Thursday, 26 December 2013

Stampotique 128 - Anything Goes

Dearest Minions,

Here is my first entry to Stampotiques anything goes challenge this month, I used this design as my Christmas card this year- the wonderful chap is known as tangled enthusiasm, I know just how he feels. the papers are from my minds eye and giggy pudding by basic grey.

Hope everyone had a great Christmas now onward to the New Year!


Sunday, 22 December 2013

cranberry carnage


just wanted to show you  the carnage that took place in the kitchen yesterday. It was all in aid of making cranberry, apple and chili relish, which does taste great. which was lucky cause if it tasted rubbish, I would have been growling.


Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Beloved trees- tiot

Dearest Minions,

The wonderful new challenge from TIOT is Trees. I love these giants through to weenie bonsai, so rather than waffle on here are some beauties to inspire you...


Ickworth Park, Suffolk

Ickworth Park , Suffolk

Ixworth Park, Suffolk

The Fort overlooking the sea, Barcelona

Hatfield Forrest, Hertfordshire

very old oak tree, Hatfield Forrest Herfordshire

Leaves covered in drifting seeds, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

Swaffham Bulbeck, Cambridgeshire
Hatfield Forrest, Hertfordshire   

Thursday, 12 December 2013

Smeared and smudged blog hop


I have two offering for the glourious SMEARED and SMUDGED blog hop, first is my Smeared ink xmas card which is for those who rather dislike the gangs who randomly fafafallala at door steps. The image is Anita from chicks love guns.

My second offering is a battery operated candle holder all ready for xmas- the images are made using acatate and tissue paper which their surrounds are made from cardboard packaging that has been painted and embossed.

please do visit our other finger licking good hoppers! With their wonderful creations.

Black Dragon
Evil Edna

I am also entering these beauties to frolick amoungst the following:
Simon says stamp- tissue


Tuesday, 10 December 2013

sassy britches


I wanted to do something striking but without huge amounts of stuff going on. So here is a very CAS card with oodles, YES OODLES of attitude.

stampotique stamp
plain shocking pink card
watermelon flexi marker
embossed card
sentiment - Dylusion stamps

I am entering this into:
Through the craft room door - anything goes
Created with love -anything goes
corrosive challenges - anything goes


Tuesday, 3 December 2013

handmade gifts


The newest challenge at TIOT is handmade gifts or tags, here is my offering.

 I have made a lot of gifts this year and here are just a few. The lavender bags have vintage images from Lisa's altered art stitched on to them. The book has a stamped image from the wonderful paper artsy mounted on to paper and then popped on the front. The scissor and Dream broaches are cobbled together from stash that has been knocking around my desk top.

Look forward to seeing your giftables and being inspired!


Sunday, 1 December 2013

diamond hearted


Recentley I was in areally minor car acident I am fine (my poor car is really not good) and feeling very lucky. I would like to use this card to say a huge thank you to the lady who saw the whole thing and stopped, the customer service staff at Bury St Edmunds Tesco who were awesome to a very shaken up person and a battered car and finally green flag and my insurance company who were very swift and compassionate.

The card is made with figgy Pudding basic grey paper- Dilly beans penny with a heart image, coloured with provo markers, sparkle added with diamond dust and my mind's eye textured papers.

I am entering this card into
less is more - made with sparkle
Dilly Beans - anything goes
Crafty hands - sparkle and bling


Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Frosty owls

Dearest Minions,

 Here is my latest offering for the less is more challenge- use birds. (The pun is strong in this one...) I am trying to make Christmas cards at the mo, but world domination is manic at the mo and I haven't had as much craft time as I would like (24hrs per day with napping, cheesecake and possibly noodles for variation.)

The stamp is stampotique, sentiment peg letter stamps, background a mask and distress inks, blended and sprayed with water. I then made my own embossing powder with clear powder, diamond dust and a tiny bit of white powder, it really gleams like frost.

I am also spreading my wings on the following challenges:

Jolly Holly Christmas challenge blog - one for the boys lots of male bird watchers about.
Through the craft room door -anything goes
Cards for men- anything goes

t'was a dark night...

coloured with promarkers

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

white on white winter card

Dearest Minions,

Greetings this a white on white xmas card, using memory box die a circle and scrap of paper not to shabby, although I did a smudge on the stag (gggrrrrr) so it is whitish on white. Anyway this is my DT piece for the ever wonderful TIOT. I am also entering this to Less is more - designer paper as the deer are made with a beautiful flocked card/papers from my mind's eye.


Tuesday, 12 November 2013

thank you, with roses


I have been after the Soul of the Rose stamps by Oxford impressions for two years and last weekend I finally got my hands on them. They are really rather speacial and here is my first card with them. The sentiment is from an steampunk Inkadioink.

I am entering this into
Less is more- thank you card -one layer
CAS on sunday- one layer
scrapbook stamp society - anything goes  black white and one colour


Tuesday, 5 November 2013

brights! TIOT


This is my DT piece for the latest TIOT challenge which is brights/seasonal colours. This is a really simple card. I used my new lushious hero art stamp- over exposed trees- and then coloured over it with various distress ink. I will grandly name it "firework tree." like totally warhol darlink!

We would love to see your designs, so please go mental with colour.

I am also entering this into:
less is more -black with a splash of brights 
card mania- anything goes
purple haze challenge blog -anything goes

tootles Peeps!


Thursday, 31 October 2013

snake heart


This is my halloween offering. I took a wicker weave heart and filled it with snakes.

I am entering this to run amoch in the following challenges:
crafty creations -make it yourself
fab and funky- halloween
simon says stamp - anything goes
through the craft room door -anything goes


Sunday, 27 October 2013


Dearest Minions,

Good morning, this is another weenie card. I had a go at a new technique which is to stamp on a distress ink background with just water on the stamp, wait impatiently for this to dry and then stamp slightly higher on the page over the water made stamp impression. I found the technique by Dawn Bibby in an old craft mag, forget which one.

I really liked how it turned out, I this it really highlights the stamp image. stamp is from stampin' up and the distress ink used is Peacock feathers.

I am entering this into the following challenges:

keep it simple- be inspired
Sister act card challenge- anything goes
Crafty little fairies- anything goes

The UK is due some awful weather, so everyone stay safe. "Let's be careful out there."

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

an underwater perspective

Dearest Minions,

I have been playing with my Designs by Rynn stamps again and have made the above card using the corner mermaid stamp and the water droplets stamp as a background on the white card. The sentiment is a Tim Holtz stamp, which is divinely fitting for most occasions. Background is made with Dylusions spray inks.

I am entering this into the following challenges:
Inky chicks -your favourite sentiment
Through the Craft room door - anything goes
Artistic inspiration challenges- anything goes challenge 64


Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Halloween- tiot


 This is our second challenge sponsored by the wonderful smeared ink.

I have made three cards using Smeared ink images. The first card is lil Grumpies with a PNG hat added to them coloured with water colour pencils. The second card is sex kitten Zombie is she not a mouldering beauty? the sentiment is from create with TLC, the blood splatter is from Zombie Ballet available from Deviant Art. The last card is a CAS halloweenie- pouting witch with sentiment by waltzing mouse designs.

I am really pleased with Zombie, her skin was a real challenge I kept adding shading until is looked rotten enough.

I am entering this neroctic pin up into the following challenges:

Gloomy art-Trick or treat- total treat!
Haunted house design - Zombies or Creeps
punkyougirl -halloween
an Inky Situation- Zombies linky party
Frilly and funky - what is your poision?- green and black no orange.
Electric Ellapu- Halloween


Saturday, 19 October 2013

hello Kitty

This is my latest halloween card I used the Leo image from Horrorscopes from Delicious Doodles. I was luck enough to win some delicious doodlesHorroscope images a while ago and I found it so hard to choose, esp as there are 13 to choose from. 

I coloured the eyes and the tips of the teeth and nails with water colours. Hello Kitty is printed with pen letter stamps and worn lipstick distress ink.

I haven't been crafting as much as usual.. here is why
my chair has been claimed.

I am entering little Hello Kitty to the following challenges:

Digi Haven- halloween -sponsored by the awesome Dilly Beans
Punkyougirl- halloween- sponsored by the most honoured Rick St Dennis
Sarah Hurley challenge blog- Halloween
the sisterhood of crafters -anything goes


Monday, 14 October 2013


Dearest and beloved minions,

This is one of my weenie cards. I wanted something really simple that would be suitable for all occassions. I love this new paper artsy  feather stamp I would like to comment on it's delicate apperence however let's face it really I want to yell "IT'S SO FLUFFY" cough.


Tuesday, 8 October 2013

textures- tiot


I am just dancing in a rather disconcerting way as we are being sponsored by SMEARED INK at try it on tuesday this month. Smeared ink are the parents of my beloved grumpies. Our challenge is textures and here is my offering.

The image is smeared ink which is printed on material this is then backed on to an embossed metal book plate. The wire roses were a beggar to get on I ended up putting a folded piece of loo roll under it for clearence.

The bookplate was stuck on to a jigsaw which had been painted and embossed, a clear dictionary sticker was then put on. I then put an embossed sprayed piece of cardboard under it all.

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

with wings!

Can you imagine him fluttering around the light fittings?

This is a birthday card for my favourite life form. The card is made from ink sprayed background, stampotquie and a moth stamp, coloured with water colour pencils and promarkers.

I am entering this into the following challenges:

Octopode challenges - with wings
sweet stampin challenges- things with wings
a creative romance - wings or fairy tale
stampin for the weekend - fairies and fantasty

Tootles Hons

also had to add this -Johnny Depp as Lego

Sunday, 29 September 2013

the beauty of the deep


This is my entry to this week's less is more challenge which is a sketch. I made these cards using stamps designed by Ryn and created the backgrounds with Dylusions sprays.

I am also entering this into:
 the pan pastals challenge which is anything goes.
Left of centre which is an element of water
Sister act card challenges- anything goes

teenie weenie card

seahorse wants to cuddle but has no arms .........

Sunday, 15 September 2013

some day my mad professor will come..


Welcome to the wonderful world of bad weather. Here is my Edwardian mutant fresh to do my bidding.

She is a wonderful Lost coast stamp stamped on to patterned card, sorry can not remember the maker of the card. She looks like she is wishing for a mad professor and rather reminds me of my excellent book, which I am readings at the mo, the changeless -the parasol protectorate by Gail Carriger.

I am entering her into the pans pastel challenge which is make it Blue
Coffee chocolate and cards anything goes
Inspire me fridays anything goes

Hope you are all well and warm..


Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Autumn colours


I have had a really productive weekend. This is one of the cards I made , I am entering this into the Less is more challenge which is a colour challenge -Rust and Dark Green.

I mixed the inks on the stamp so that it created a dappled effect, the arch was made from a old book page (mass marketed book) painted with concrete paperartsy fresco paint, mounted on textured dark green card.

I loved the effect so much I made these cards as well.
I am entering these into the following challenges
Craft room challenges - trees and leaves
LRJ designs- autumn colours
the corrosive challenge blog- all about fall