Category Archives: World Map

Back to Black twinchies

So as per usual I made twinchies for the coin swap peeps… and kept to the same Back to Black theme. This first set of four was using black cardstock and the baked texture embossing powder in Deep Sea to add the dictionary stamping in the background and the butterfly embellishment. Also added the punched leaf from black cardstock and kept it plain as contrast. Then edged the pieces in black embossing powder to finish off.

Second set of four was another scrap piece of black cardstock and this time heat embossed with the handcarved stamp although didn’t ink it fully so it meant it was more of a loose stamping.Then I heat embossed the white splodges on top. Next I coated some cardstock with sparks paint and then heat embossed one of the Watercolour wings stamps before using a punch to punch out the butterfly.

I then used the Tap Tap Tap sentiment which I heat embossed in white and then finished the twinchies off with white gel pen doodles.Pictures don’t really show the sparkle and shine on these but they are fab in real life.Then another pair of twinchies…

Next a set of six…More embossing and this time one embossed background with white craft ink stamped and embossed which created cool effect on the leaves. Then punched and stamped butterflies on top.

Next up a set of eight. Again an embossed background this time using the world map stamp and then the simply sketched leaves using different powders.I found a butterfly in a magazine stamp set and embossed them onto the black card using white powder.Finally two using scraps of patterned paper, and embossed flower and embossed details on punched butterflies.Some fun twinchies … all back to black but also with butterflies thrown in for this month’s theme too!

Happy crafting!


Distress oxides… I just can’t get enough of them (172)

I really can’t stop using my distress oxides. They are so lovely to use I just can’t put them away. 

Here is a card I made just when I was playing! 

You can probably tell this actually was an ARC but I wanted to offset the butterfly more than would normally be accepted so turned it into a card instead. 

This was the starting point. A painted piece of paper (probably brayering off during gelli plate play) and a scrap of patterned paper. I love those rich colours of the paints and the texture the layers create.

Next up more layers. Book print and tissue wrap layered over the top. Some of this is translucent and others not. Love the effect this creates. Then added distress oxide on the top. 

Next the panel for the topper to sit on.  A piece of mixed media cardstock which has plenty of oxide smooshed on and layered up. I also added a little stamping using the World Map stamp. 

Next is the butterfly. I added gesso to the chipboard embellishment and then added distress oxide onto it with a little water. I then heat embossed the whole embellishment to ‘set’ the colour and make it glossy. 

I finished the card off by mounting this into a Navy cardblank I made and it is just waiting for a sentiment or a reason to give/send it. 


Just adore that background… and counting this in my ATC challenge! 

Happy crafting!


November Artful ATC swap …. books and literature

Another month… another ATC swap! 

This month the theme is books and literature so I dug out the Gorjuss girl stamp I’ve used before and used the same quote I’ve also used before.  I did however add some little extra splashes of gorgeous sparkle. 

Couldn’t resist making this as loved it so much last time I made this … so cute and love the vintage look! 

Next I decided to dig into the Roald Dahl stash that I’ve had for ages and rarely use. I take it out, look at it and stroke it and put it back! Time to use it… well a piece of 2.25inch x 3.25inch piece of paper and a couple of stamps…. plenty of the stash left after that excessive use I can tell you! Ha ha ha.

So  added watercolour to the edge of the papers to give them a vintage look and coloured in the stamped BFG and Sophie using the watercolour pencils. Then once I’d constructed the ATC layout and stuck everything down I added more of the watercolour as shading and to add dimension to the quote.

I also used ink to edge the piece and the same of the ATC blank I mounted it on. When I had adhered them together I then took a damp finger and wiped round the edge to smear the ink a little and make the base card less clean. 

Really love how this came out and so pleased I am using this Roald Dahl for such a cool use instead of only stroking it and leaving it in the cupboard.

Looking forward to seeing the ATC’S I get in return. 

Happy crafting! 


Mini marvels … mail art swap

A friend of mine (fellow PATWITS circle journaller Chris) has organised a swap of mail art for a Facebook group specialising in ‘mini’ makes so the rules are that the envelopes are to be no bigger than 5″ x 4″.

I chose 4″ x 4″ white envelopes and sealed the envelopes shut.  I then added a small post it note on the front and a strip of washing tape across the back to mask some areas off.


I then stamped them on both sides with Archival black ink and the World Map background stamp.


Next I used Sea Green Brushos on the front and plenty of water to activate the crystals.


They look pretty messy at this point… and very wet!

Once they had dried I used a baby wipe over them to dissolve any crystals that hadn’t yet been activated.  This gave them a lovely pale green background with the swooshes of Brusho vibrancy.

I then turned them over and wiped some teal paint over them with a baby wipe.  Because it was such light coverage it became a nice light colour. 


I decided later I wanted more green too on this side so added some Twisted Citron distress ink randomly on the back, and across the section I unmasked when I took the washi tape off.  Before I added the green though I doodled across the strip and round the square on the front I had masked and stamped the Fleur De Lis (squiggly ink Paperartsy set) on both the front and back.



I added some colour to the fleur De Lis on the front using Cracked Pistachio and Mermaid Lagoon distress stain and a paint brush and then added some splodges on the front and back using the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set and Lost Lagoon and Pacific Point SU inks.

I also added the Once upon a time stamp to the back with Archival ink.

So now I have five envelopes that look similar ready to send to my suggested recipients. And the space on the front for their address and a space on the back for my name and date.  How nice for the postman/woman to see as they post the post!



Happy crafting!


Later update… decided they needed a little something else… so added some touches of copper…


Some weeks later I then made some more for swapping but forgot the accepted dimensions so these are slightly too big for the challenge… oops!


These are all acrylic paint with the birdhouse and bird in ink (book print for the Bird collaged on).

So as these were too big for the actual challenge I instead have sent some of them to some friends to cheer up their day (there are a few left to be sent). It was good fun to do these. Might have to do this again another time.

Happy crafting!


Brusho magic art journalling class

Tonight we started autumn term of our art journalling sessions.  Tonight’s class was creating brusho backgrounds combined with heat embossing. 
Results were lots of oohs and aahs as the brushos activated. Lots of laughs and fun was had and most importantly people went home less stressed than when they had arrived. Much needed arty fun!

Here are the results of our playtime…



Lots of cool brusho artwork.  Will start sharing the samples soon. Just not had much time to get round to blogging of late. Life far too busy.

Happy crafting!


Art journalling … Birds and bleeding tissues … With Fairefoxes

Yesterday I shared the page I made when inspired by my friend Rae and her Art journalling blog series… Well I was that inspired I started another page which I finished off today! Yes two pages in one day!

Rae’s prompt was “birds with clipped wings can still sing” and her technique she tried was the bleeding tissue paper one… But she creates her own tissue substitute using kitchen roll and Dylusions. So I had a go at this too!

Unfortunately as I was too lazy to walk down one flight of stairs for the kitchen roll, I just grabbed some toilet roll instead! This of course was incredibly flimsy once pulled apart and sprayed… So I ended up just spraying a few pieces, letting them dry and cutting them up to create a border on the page. I then wet the page, put the little pieces down and sprayed them with water again. This had the effect of soaking the paper. Now as I mentioned yesterday the sketchbook I am using as a journal is not good quality… So there has been a bit of bleed through, even with two pages glued together, ah well… That’s the joy of Art journalling… It doesn’t really matter!

So I didn’t let them stay on until dry… Had to take it off sooner to get the excess liquid… But it still created a border so it works… If you use the right tissue and then journalling base paper… So I know for another time!

Anyways… I then created a tree out of book paper, and added leaves, using a stamp I carved myself. I added some more spray using a mask, and then gave the whole page a coat of gesso… Why? To tone down the colours and blend the picture a bit. Next I added more colour and definition to the tree and leaves and added some background colour to the sky.

I decided it needed some depth and so added the stamped World Map using Inktense to stamp with to remove the definition. Next I created my bird cage from another piece of paper and hand cut it with the craft knife, painted it roughly using silver paint. The bird I created using the Builder Bird punch, and coloured it using the Inktense blocks.

Once I had stuck down the bird in the cage, I added a silvery border around the page and then grabbed some alpha stamps and stamped out the quote.


The finishing touches were some doodles to define some of the images and adding the date… Realised I put the wrong year on yesterday’s too so had to quickly amend that!

Happy crafting!


ATC swap: Books

Following on from yesterday’s time ATC for August I have the September ATC which had a theme of books (Karen I think suggested this?!)

I knew immediately that I wanted to use a particular Gorjuss stamp for this, and to play with my Promarkers and I also knew what quote I wanted to use! But a small problem presented itself… I couldn’t find my gorjuss stamps… Not a single one of them! Fortunately a few weeks after starting to look for them I decided to completely rearrange the shelves and found them filed away right at the bottom and the back of one of the shelves! Horrah! Excitement at finding them led me to start this ATC batch straight away – even though it was only the end of June.

I used Baked Brown Sugar for the stamping onto Whisper white cardstock. Then coloured the girl in with my Promarkers keeping to a neutral colour scheme!



Next to create the background. I found some brown paper, and stamped in Crumb Cake the fabulous World Map, then using Baked Brown Sugar stamped the speckles from Gorgeous Grunge and then used some gold pigment ink to stamp the splodge. Then I inked round the edge in Soft Suede. Next a strip of torn book print … Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator in this case. And a brown organza ribbon wrapped around it.

Now all that was needed was to cut out the girls, print off the quote and cut that out and stick together, well I got my prototype done… Including mounted onto More Mustard cardstock…


But fussy cutting her our takes time… So it took me another week to finish them all off. Final touch was to add some liquid pearls to the heart in her hair. Love the final piece and how it all came together.


Happy crafting!