Stamped tag for UK Stampers Forum swap

I created a wintery tag for this month’s swap…

I added bookprint to the tag, then some stencilling using white acrylic paint. I also added more stencilling using texture paste. This created a nice resist for the shimmer watercolour paint I added.

Then I added stamping using both distress inks and archival. Next more stamping using versamark and embossing powder to add even more texture to the background and also for the focal image which I stamped onto white card and cut out.

I love the wintery feel of this tag. For the finishing touch I added the ribbon and twine by stapling it with coloured staples.

I also defined the edges with darker ink to give it more depth.

Happy crafting!


Christmas Decorations!

I’m grabbing 5 mins to blog whilst I have a coffee before taking the 13 yr old shopping for her Christmas presents (clothes!!!) … believe me, this coffee is essential!

So at the weekend I decorated my third (yes I have 3 trees) Christmas tree… but this year made some new decorations!

They started life as wooden hearts anf I chose Paperartsy fresco finish paints that worked with the purple dangler on the left hand side of the photo as these were the decorations I knew I was using.

I started by adding texture through a stencil.

I started 4 off with a base of Midnight and 3 with a base of Mulberry.

Next I built up the layers of paint…

By now you couldn’t tell which started navy or purple.

Next step was to add splatters and stamping and stencilling. Layers upon layers!

… and embossing…

I had to them one side at a time to allow for drying…. so here is the other side… similar but not the same!

Next out came the paint pens and doodling time!

I included silver, pink and white paint pens and a purple shimmery gel pen too for different finishes.

Super happy with how they ended up… and super pretty on my tree!

In the natutal light they are more of a cool purple than the in progress photos show!

Right, that is my break over… time to brave the idea of shopping at the Trafford Centre with the 13 yr old!!!

Deep breathes!

Happy crafting!


DT: CHNC: Quick and easy

Today I have a lot of cards to share for the Craftyhazelnuts Christmas challenge blog as the theme was quick and easy… and I got carried away making many cards using a magazine set!This was a set from Making Cards magazine last year that I hadn’t used and the toppers and papers were so easy to use as complete sets so very little needed adding. I used the leftover papers backs which were white to create the layers between papers and toppers.I sat in front of the tv cutting the papers and toppers and deciding on designs of the layouts. Then I sat at my desk to assemble them and add them to card blanks.Next I added some embellishments… card candi and some wink of stella on the words or the little decorative elements on the toppers.Love how this set came out … and in all it took about 90 mins to make all 12 cards and very little in the way of supplies.Off to see others quick and easy cards… always good for picking up tips for last minute Christmas cards!Happy crafting!Catherine

DT: Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge

Happy advent!

Last of the patterned paper challenges of the year, and as it is Decemeber I had to go Christmas!

And once again a Making Cards magazine set using most of the pack to make these 11 cards.

I added some green card as a mat for some cards and my gold and silver sharpie pens to add borders to layers.

To some I added Wink of Stella to the images to add to the presents or stars or words in the card toppers.

On some I added some fluff for the snowflakes to add texture.

Love the modern but 1950s style to these.

Happy crafting!


DT: CHNC: things with wings

Hi there… another week that passed far too quickly!

So onto this week’s challenge at CHNC and Hazel said for us to add a thing with wings! So I went for the bird below that I decided to make into a Robin.

The background is using distress oxides onto photo paper… I’ve done this quite a few times and love the marble finish!

I stamped the image and then the tag image too. I also stamped the bird image onto some white cardstock.

Next I coloured the image with promarkers and fussy cut the image out. I also added shading beneath the tag too which helped to give the image some pop!

Happy crafting!


DT: CHNC: the letter R

I am a bit late this week as I needed some daylight to take the picture of my card. Sorry!

The challenge Hazel gave us for this week’s Craftyhazelnuts Christmas challenge blog is the letter R.

I chose to add the lovely rabbit as my R to my card.

I coloured the bunny with promarkers and added fluff to the rabbits tail. I used scraps of patterned papers and embossed the sentiment in white with sequins as embellishments.

Simple and cute.

Now off to see what everyone else made for this week’s challenge and enjoy some blog hopping via CHNC.

Happy crafting!


Hazel’s circle journal

It’s the last of the circle journals for me to work in… the wonderful Hazel’s journal. I had two sides to decorate. So here is what I did for side 1.

I went for a distress oxide background blended onto white gesso. I wiped through a stencil and this left a pattern in which I doodled into with a black posca paint pen.

I also added some white gesso marks with a card and a lid and the same with black gesso. I also added some stamping with some number background stamps.

Next I added the focal part which was the fabric stamped elements which i had added sewing to.

I recoloured the face with some distress ink too so it blended better with the colour scheme.

Then some more doodling and I was done!

Will share the other side tomorrow.

Happy crafting!