Saturday, 29 November 2014

tales of a steampunk cat


This is a wonderful image from Aurora wings, which is normally in the background, however like most cats he wants to be center stage.

 I have framed the image with a die cut frame which I embossed and wiped ink over it. The sentiment is translated into Russian and says "Tales of the Steampunk cat."

 I am entering this into
the anything goes Aurora wings challenge
Sister act card challenge- anything goes
Brown Sugar - anything goes


Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Christmas is coming (via B&Q)


This is my latest for TIOT, the challenge being - Christmas is coming. This is a cunning piece, we had parked in the B&Q carpark to visit another shop, so we went in and loudly said "oh they don't have them in here" to fool them into believing we were only there for the wonder of B&Q. BUT I chanced upon the paint section ooooh said the crafter in me when I saw the colour cards. I managed to control myself and only take a few (20 is a few!)

I then came back home sniggering in a manic way, cut them down to size (someone else did the straight lines as don't do straight) stamped them, embossed them, mounted them on card and switched my smug mode on.


Thursday, 13 November 2014

Smeared and Smudged blog hop -transprancy


This is my entry to the Smeared and Smudged blog hop. The theme is transparency.

I used a smeared and smudge image to centre the piece then placed a port hole on top of him with an acetate window that I had coloured using alchol ink.

I used distress around the port hole and the part stamped the blotted writing stamp from Visible image on top. I finished with the dictionary definition of transparency.

Please do have a look at the splendid pieces that are on this hopage.

the blog roll of honour and doom is:

Black Dragon
Evil Edna
Sarah N
Sarah S


Tuesday, 11 November 2014

handmade- fridge magnets

                This is my entry to the newest challenge at TIOT which is handmade. These are my fridge magnets which I have been making, which I keep saying are for other people but are still on my fridge.

bottle tops and bits


Visual image

Designs by Ryn stamp

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

colours of Autumn


This is my latest entry to TIOT our current challenge is seasonally apt, colours of Autumn. We would love to see what you come up with, all crafts are welcome.

Here are some Autumnal images to get you in the mood..

the alien seed pods glow before ...taking over the WORLD!

taken at Ickworth House and Gardens, Suffolk, UK


Friday, 24 October 2014



this is my entry to the current Less is more challenge, which is; little creatures. This handsome spider is Geoffrey Many Legs. Is he not a beauty?

The wonderful Try it on Tuesday is running a spooky challenge, do have a look.


Tuesday, 14 October 2014



One of my favourite poems is the Rhyme of the acient marnier this image is inspired by the poem, using the epic ghost ship stamp by Sheena Douglas and the blotted writing is from Revolution by Visable image.

This is for the Current TIOT challenge: Spooky. let your inner Hammer horror run free....

speaking of Hammer I saw Dracula untold last week. It was great fun, Horror cliche bingo had to be played at times, hairy spider check, bats check, skulls check, haunted cave check. Really good cast hope there is a second film...

do not stand infront of this man when he needs to get to the bar..


Saturday, 11 October 2014

Green abstract


I went completely abstract for this and had a great time, the background is made with Dylusion sprays and a stencil then I stamped over with a grunge flourish stamp from Visable Image, who are a bit of a new favourite at the mo. Then I tore the edges of the background and mounted on black card. I think it looks like an alien plant.

I am entering this for the most excellent

Artful times challenge - Green.
sister act card challenge - Anything Goes
Addicted to Stamps - Anything goes

PS does anyone have any tips for making sprays last longer mine always clog and stop working...

Saturday, 4 October 2014

Autumn Splendor


The leaves are turning into a beautiful circus of swirling colour. So time for a little CAS in the splendid colours of the season.

I am entering this into:

Less is more Autumn Colours
Allsorts challenge Autumn 
That's Crafty - keep it simple


Thursday, 2 October 2014



This card is made for the Less is more challenge which this week is mostly words.

 This features an old banner stamp from the wild aspragus collection by my mind's eye, my beloved peg stamps on a scrap of a back ground made with paper artsy paints. I love it, so simple and a touch silly.


Tuesday, 30 September 2014

fly my piggies!


 This is my Flying pig display team. They are zooming around TIOT as our lastest challenges is animals.


Friday, 26 September 2014

over the rainbow

Dearest Minions,

I love this image of Judy Garland so she is going to hop down the yellow brick road to the following challenges:

less is more -let's face the music and dance
brown sugar challenge - anything goes
Stemplesonnechallenges - anything goes stamp as main image


ghost bride


I recentley got this ghost bride image from Aurora Wings and have been playing with her ever since.
so here she is in a some glamour shots..

In card form this is her debut .... glamorous decay

The card background is created with paper artsy bricks stamped in pumice stone and then over stamped with a crackle background in weathered wood ink. I very lightly shaded her skin and some of the flowers with water colour pencils, I then used a water pen to blend the colours. I hope the arch against the stone work gives a church feel.

I am entering the card for  the following challenges:

left of  center - fairytales- the tale of the Ghost bride

I also wanted to include these images which influenced the above images

these phots were taken at Rockingham Castle which is wonderful.


Wednesday, 24 September 2014

celebrate with a smile

Today I am celebrating a first, I have a cold and manged to sneeze in my own ear. Gross level 5 now unlocked.


Monday, 22 September 2014

I have heard mermaids singing....


When I was younger I loved maps with mermaids and kracken populating the sea, who am I kidding I still love them. Sailors cope with so much and then the idea of singing fish women dragging them to their deaths must have tipped them over the edge (of the row boat.)

The wonderful image is from Aurora Wings is it not AWESOME!?

These are swimming into the following challenges;
punk you girl - what creeps under the sea
Macrebe Monday - Ancient Evil
Aurora Wings challenges - a touch of darkness


Sunday, 7 September 2014



This is my entry to the That's Crafty challenge which is Girl Power. I have used a section of an Clarabelle Studios stamp and my new favorite die which is a frame.

To make the frame I swipped distress inks on a piece of card then die cut. The main iamge is mounted on foam pads to make it stand above the frame.

I am also fluttering to the following challanges:

Vandicrafts Artistry challange - anything goes
artbymiran challenge - anything goes
Wags and whiskers - one for the girls.


Tuesday, 19 August 2014

use your stash TIOT


do you have SOOO much stuff on your desks, odments and the like? then here is your chance to use it, the current challenge at TIOT is use your stash. Here is what I put together with odd bits.

We would love to see what you have come up with.


Sunday, 17 August 2014

sassy pants


This is my entry to this week's less is more challenge which is animals.


Tuesday, 5 August 2014

budget cruising- wish you were here?


And this is why you check the small print. This is for the latest TIOT challenge "wish you were here." It was inspired by a friend's experience on a cruise.

The images are from Santorro's Mirabelle collection, which I have a huge weakeness for, and then my darling peg letter stamps.

The subtitle is a quote from Withnail and I "Help we've gone on holiday by mistake!"


Thursday, 31 July 2014



I made this card by painting a book page with a thin layer of white paint, stamping a beautiful Designs By Ryn Moth and then masking it. I then sponged distress over the page, tore it using a metal ruler to fit, stuck it on black card.

The current TIOT challenge is things with wings which has been really inspiring.

I am entering this into the following challenges:
Less is more - anything goes
Creative Moments - anything goes
Eclectic Ellapu- anything goes
Sweetstampin challanges - take flight

Here is a beautiful image of a mangolia tree in Prague, seems to fit with the above image.

Best Wishes

Saturday, 26 July 2014


The theme at this week's less is more challenge is anything goes, so here are my really simple cards. I put a Santorro heart sticker inside a chipboard frame sticker- tada!

I am also popping these into the following challenges:

crafty catz- anything goes
keep it simple -only use stickers 
crafter's cafe - anything goes


Tuesday, 22 July 2014

thnings with wings

Good day, 

I am so proud of this canvas, it sits on the living room wall all shiney and poffy and dare I say a bit smug. I am entering it in the current TIOT challenge, which is things with wings. I would love to see what you come up this so let rip!


Tuesday, 8 July 2014

thencolours of summer

Dearest Minions!

I really loved making this the background is water colours. I then shaded the mushroom using promarkers in greys and red. This is my entry to the current TIOT challenge summer colours.

and here is my picture of this summer.


Wednesday, 25 June 2014

adjust the fairytale

Greetings ,

this is my entry to the current Less is More  challenge which is watercolour. I loved this image as soon as I saw it, it is from a Day for Daisy's.

I am also hopping on to the following challenges:

addicted to stamps -anything goes
inkyimpressions- anything goes
word art wednesday -anything goes


Tuesday, 24 June 2014

tag you're it!


This is my entry to the current Try it on Tuesday challange which is tags. This is a multi layered collage which is built up using aceatate.


Thursday, 12 June 2014

Blog Hop -found or recycled


This dangerous felon (stumpie grumpie) is entering the Smeared and Smudged blog hop. His cell is made from steel (or a mini ceral box) which is painted in anti grumpie paint so that he does not escape to ravage the world with Grumpie disaproval.

Only approach his cell if you can stand the ardent grumpiness.......

Do have a look at my have a look at my other hoppers, they have made some spine tingling awesome stuff.