Monday, 28 December 2015

Top of the naughty list


This is one of the cards I sent out this year. I love these little dogs you can give them so many expressions by changing the direction of their eyes.

I am send the whippersnapper to the following challenges (and hoping he does NOT pee on the carpet.)

Sisters of snark - X is for Xmas
That's crafty - anything goes
Brown sugar challenge - Christmas

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas.

Thursday, 10 December 2015


And each flower and herb on Earth’s dark breast
rose from the dreams of its wintry rest.
~Percy Bysshe Shelley, "The Sensitive Plant"

Because it  is raining outside, dark and cold.
So have a little bit of spring sunshine.

Stamp board with brushos and an old dandelion stamp, then my beloved visible image words stamp.

A little madness in the Spring
Is wholesome even for the King.
~Emily Dickinson
Sneaking into the following challenges:
Addicted to stamps - CAS
Crafty Gals Corner - anything goes

Saturday, 28 November 2015

Sisterhood of Snark

I can not tell you how honored I am to be a guest designer for the Sisterhood of Snarky stampers this week. I have also been rather in awe of the sisterhood's funky and sarcastic designs.
here is my guest designer offering for this week's challenge N is for naughty:

I call it the Christmas disco:


Thursday, 5 November 2015

Layers of happy Dodo


This is my entry to the wonderful Try it on Tuesday which is layers, this has 4 layers. The stamp comes from Katzelcraft. Everyone needs a bowler hatted bird. It's the law.

Here is a photo of a weird and beautiful vapor trail.


Sunday, 1 November 2015

grumpy cat vs modern art


I saw this cat stamp and fell in love, I am an adoring fan of grumpy cat.  The stamp is by Katzelkraft, their site should come with a warning on it, "you will spend money here, you will want to spend more!"

So here is my beloved grumpy cat offering his critique on modern art.

I looked into Jackson Pollock for this card and I was surprised at the styles of his work, while most of us have seen the vibrant splats pictures (technical arty term) I had never seen the landscape or monochrome drawings. Art puns expanding my horizons, bizarre.

I am entering this into the following challenges:
Less is more - paper piecing.
Sisterhood of Snarky stampers - K is for Kitties

As yesterday was Halloween, here are some images of Nowton park looking a touch on the spooky side...

"Here Frank do we look occult enough? Nah we need a skull, can't go wrong with a skull to perch on."

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

inspired by Astrid

Good morning,

It is a really misty day this morning, so here is a little taste of summer. This card is inspired by Astrid McClean who has a wonderful eclectic blog full of excellent art. Do have a look.

Here are some photos I took of Suffolk looking dazzling in the Autumn sunlight.


Sunday, 18 October 2015

feathers & fossils


This is my entry to this week's Less is more challenge - masculine.

I have used an embossed black feather against a background of fossil like bubbles & burshos which were wrapped in clingfilm and left to dry, this has left the background with a subtle pattern and variation in color.

Fossilized raindrops-from
I think that colors make it rather camouflage like.
 Tootles EE

Thursday, 15 October 2015

scraps and chaps


this is my entry to the following challenges:

SanDee & Amelie's steampunk challenges - top hat and mustaches are the 'taches not things of awe?
That's crafty - boys will be boys - 3 lush gents.

I really enjoyed making this card, the background was an experiment with brushos that didn't work but I really liked the chemical spill look it created. I then added scraps including a black card that had been embossed with a  cog like design, finally I added my gents. This is why my craft corner is such a mess, the I can rescue it/change it/use it frame of mind.


Friday, 4 September 2015

Rainbow sprinkle


This is my entry to the current Less is more challenge which is to use  sprays.
I am also entering this to left of center challenges - use blue. 

I have recently had some bad news and this is how I feel right now!
Best Wishes

Thursday, 13 August 2015



This is my entry to the that's crafty challenge purple passion and the fashionable stamping challenge on the beach. I have used the wonderful shell from Designs by Ryn on vellum, I then painted the underside and backed it with a pager from the waterbabies.




This is my entry to the less is more challenge this week which is the eyes have it. This is a one layer card using the crazy birds stamp and of course, a pun.


Wednesday, 29 July 2015



This is my entry to the latest less is more challenge, which is scraps. This card is made with a scrap of stamp board decorated with Brushos, visible image and wild asparagus stamps and fabric paper also made with scraps of paper.


Tuesday, 28 July 2015

wild and free

I got some Brushos for my birthday and I have loved using them.This is a canvas which I have layered with paper scraps before painting with gesso and then I went a bit mental with Brushos. The images are stamp board which has been painted with Bushos and then stamped with visible image stamps which I always seem to end up using at the mo.

I am entering this into the wonderful:

Try it on Tuesday - hot and wild
Craft Stamper- anything goes
crafty card makers - anything but a card 

PS here is the angriest stuffed toy in the world

 Llama RAGE!

Sunday, 21 June 2015

two for one post


 This is my entry to the current that's crafty challenge - Housey, housey. 
the card is made using lots of layers so, fingers crossed I can give it to one of my mad cat lady friends.

I also wanted to enter this challenge to make sure I said a BIG thank you to Laura who works at That's crafty and helped me get hold of the Tim Holtz crazy birds stamps. Laura  was swift in her replies and was very polite to a rubber stamp obsessive who kept emailing her demanding updates.

This my entry to this week's less is more challenge - use a stencil.
Yes I got to use the afore mentioned stamps and this is my entry to less is more using a dylusions stencil, pickled raspberry ink and a big circle cut out.


Friday, 12 June 2015


Good day,

This is my card for the current Less is more challenge- sunset colors. The stamp is a Lynn Perrelli which I have inked with various shades of distress inks and then framed with an embossed arch.

I have decorated the inside, because it is a large card and filling up that much space with happy birthday was a bit intimidating!

Best Wishes

Friday, 29 May 2015



I love to use bits on my cards especially if they are free or from used objects. The embossed steampunkish background is made from a Diet coke can, which I cleaned and flattened and stuck on a bit of cardboard packaging which had be painted with gesso and sprayed.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Less is more - use metal
left of center- recycling
Artful times - anything goes, sadly the last challenge


Monday, 18 May 2015

fancy cat


I love this stamp almost as much as I love this quote.

This is my entry to:
The artful times challenge orange and hot pink
craft stamper - take a stamp.


Monday, 4 May 2015



If you are in the UK then mentioning voting may induce yawns, however I was thinking about how many people are not able to vote either at all or without fear of reprisal, I thought about all those women who campaigned for the right to vote.
So here are my freedom themed pieces, I used the wonderful Visible image revolution stamps over sprayed backgrounds.

and finally no matter who it is for ...