Category Archives: Sheet Music

Music to my ears ATCs

Thought I had left music themed art behind after last month’s coin swap but the theme for this month’s atc swap at UK stampers forum is “Music to my ears” so out came the music images again.

But I kept with the theme I had used for the other swap items this month with both the colour scheme and the use of Badass artchick stamps.

I did however have to use some Creative Stamping magazine stamps for the focal image and the sentiment and the Sheet Music stamp for the background.

I also kept to the idea of using the shrink plastic for the sentiment. It’s such a cool substrate to use and be able to fit larger sentiments onto these smaller pieces of artwork.

I created backgrounds with the oxides and water to create some fun backgrounds. Sheet music was then stamped using the faded jeans ink. Then the pieces of glossy cardstock with the oxides on for the topper. I sewed these pieces into place to add texture and heat embossed the focal image on.

And this rounds up all the September swaps for UK stampers forum… And they look so fun as a collection…

Happy crafting!


Twinchies – music

I am so grateful for the lovely artists joining in the Artist Trading coin swap I organise so I try to include a little card when sending them back. Last month I included a twinchie which was music themed!

I took a piece of cardstock that already had some inks applied and added more distress oxides. Then I stamped in distress oxide the Sheet Music background stamp from Stampin Up.

Then I cut the card into 1.75inch squares. I edged them with grey archival and did the same with the coloured card twinchies I had cut.

Then onto the inked panels I added the image and sentiment from For the Love of stamps set. I do love these jazz stamps.

Once they were all stamped I added versamark and clear emboss as a coat to the panels and adhered them to the twinchies. I love the finish when they’ve been embossed.

So there you go… 12 inchies as thank you for joining in with the swap!

But it didn’t stop there … as there were an additional 5 joining in the swap so I had to make 5 more!

I kept them similar but not the same! I cut the panels a little smaller and edged in the faded demin distress oxide. But otherwise very similar!

Happy crafting!


Music themed Artist Trading coins


Another month of swaps has started and over at the Facebook group I organise the theme is “music” and here is my selection…

Ok so I used the masterboard I had made… I added the Sheet Music background stamp using the archival ink. I then stamped the focal images onto tissue paper and adhered them, and then the same with the sentiment.

I also added a little bit of white pen work. Next I added a couple of layers of clear embossing to coat them.

Really happy with these and love the different layers of colour and pattern in the coins. Even such small pieces of art work can have so much to look at.

Happy crafting!


A gift ATC

You may recall that last month I made a background where I then cut out three circles to make coins and one ATC… well I finished the ATC in a similar way to gift with the coins as a surprise for the recipient.

Once the coins were finished I used the same set of stamps to find a rectangle one for the ATC. Just like the coins I added colour with the distress oxide and added some wink of Stella and then added it to the card.

I finished it off with a dotted border using the white paint pen and some black enamel accents dots.

Love how this came out and how it complimented the coins…

Happy crafting!


Three more Artist Trading coins

UK Stampers forum have joined in with the new craze of Artist Trading Coins … and this month there is an anything goes swap where we make three coins for a swap partner. I decided to make mine into a set that were similar themes…

I started with this background using distress oxides, distress resist spray and some stamping.

Then I die cut three circles (and an ATC) from it…

Next I stamped and embossed the images I wanted to use from an Art deco set I got a few years ago from Creative Stamping Magazine. After heat embossing them I added colour using the same distress oxides and cut them out and added them to the coins.

Next I added sentiments and a little shading using a big brush pen. I decided they needed some more white so I also added the faux stitching using the white paint pen.

For a finishing touch they all got some wink of Stella on the main feature and then lots of dots of enamel accents which I think added some drama and tied in the black embossing and black sentiments.

Hopefully the recipient will like them too.

Happy crafting!


Background swap arty session 

Tonight there are a few of my friends coming round for a crafting session.  Originally this was pre Christmas but it ended up being a date no-one could make…so instead it’s tonight for us to have some fun with Distress Oxides. 

I decided that we could all make some pretty papers and then make cards from them… but with a twist… once we’ve made the paper we cut it into pieces and then swap so we have some of each other’s papers. 

I did however need to make a couple of samples to see if we could design cards regardless of the style of the papers we made… with similar elements…. 

… so I first made a vintage themed background with Peeled Paint, Faded Jeans, Vintage Photo, Frayed Burlap and Walnut Stain. 

I used a selection of stamps… Timeless Textures, Affection Collection, Butterfly Basics, Sheet Music.

Next I made a bright and funky one… Picked Raspberry, Twisted Citron, Spiced Marmalade, Cracked Pistachio, broken china.  And stamped using stamps from Tap Tap Tap, Handcarved, Happy Celebrations, Butterfly Basics.

Then I cut them into panels… 

… And then started to put together cards based on the same sketches that I put together (whilst eating lunch at work I managed to get some ideas down on paper! 

I started with an inlay die cut using the swirly scribble thinlits die. This provides a lovely finish and needs very little to finish it off.  I just added a stitched framelit oval and a sentiment to each of them and changed the orientation of the cards.

Next I took the other larger panels and I die cut a frame effect using two rectangle dies.  I popped the frame up on foam pads and then added the diecut birds to the middle panel before sticking it back in place.  I added some wink of Stella to the bids and a die cut sentiment label and added twine to each of them … one the linen thread and the other the bakers twine. 

I decided to change the orientation for each of them again to show two possibilities for the card design.

Next up I wanted to use die cut sentiments.  As I was layering two panels of the cardstock I did add a little ink to the edges to give them more definition.  I felt one needed a white sentiment and the other a black.

So onto another layered layout.  I couldn’t resist using this dragonfly die cut for both of the cards.  I just adjusted the position of the bottom panel for each card and chose a different placement for the sentiment.  I die cut both dragonflies from white adding colour using my clarity brushes to keep it gentle.

And finally I gave both of the final cards a mount of black and on one I tore an edge and the other I left it straight.  Then I layered two flower die cuts that i had done in black and white and reversed the order to give them a different look.  I added lots of wink of Stella to the black top level on the bright card as it needed some shimmer.

I am really happy with how these came together as samples… wonder how the session will go and if we will manage to do something different? I’ve diecut loads of bits and pieces and so it will be interesting to see what people use! 

Happy crafting! 


Another batch of masterboard Christmas cards

Another set of masterboard cards I made when crafting with the child. The decision was made she wanted to do a background with paint and it was to be green so we both did the same thing using the same colours and techniques and stamps but obviously our end results were slightly different for each of us.  Her aim was to use the background on the 4×4 card blanks so we then cut it up into panels… 6 3×3 ones, 3 2.75×2.75 and then three small rectangles left.

We stamped and coloured with promarkers lots of freebie magazine stamps that were easy for me to cut out as I knew I would end up cutting them all out… I did silently wish for a scan’n’cut at this point! 

Then we set to and layered them up. The princess added a stamped sentiment to each of the card blanks so she had to only put an image on a panel and then adhere the panel. 

I chose to use some card blanks from the ‘random stash box’ and then make a few from white cardstock and then one of the 4×4 cards… And here are mine… 

Most of mine I added the Tim Holtz sticker sentiments to make my life easier and then just adhered them all to one another.  Simple, fun and arty cards! 

Happy crafting!


Stampotique tag

Hello. Today I have a swap I made last night for a group on Facebook I am part of… UK stampers forum.  I used up some bits and pieces off the desk and my lovely distress oxides to add some fun too.

I started by just swiping the edge of the ink pads across one side of the tag in little stripes. I spritzed each layer with water and then dried it. Then I added the Sheet Music stamp with the black soot. This gave a very subtle effect. 

Next I added the scrap of yellow cardstock and dsp. Then I cut out this Kate Crane image I’ve had stamped for a while and coloured in with Spectrum Noir pencils. I added the little crown to the girl and then added the sentiment using my label maker. 

I am entering this in the anything goes challenge at Crafting by Designs

Happy crafting! 


Deck the Halls… I’m back on a Christmas vibe again

Ooops… I did say no more Christmas cards before the end of August… but then I accidentally made one! Ha ha ha! 

It started off as a scrap of card and before I knew it … it was a Christmas card! 

Using Sheet Music, Watercolour wash and the Carols of Christmas turned a few pieces of card onto a fun vintage themed card. Ah well so much for my leaving Christmas until after August had finished! 

Happy crafting! 


Christmas in August… decking the halls

Another card to share today from the mass card making session from two weekends ago. I used distress oxides to create the background and then added Sheet music stamping before heat embossing the main sentiment from Carols of Christmas and then the holly corners using my Claritystamps. 

I adhered this onto a pre embossed scalloped card blank from the stash. 

So nice.  Will definitely be making some more like this in future… although I don’t have any more of these card blanks so will have to improvise on that part. 

Happy crafting!