Friday, 28 March 2014

Flower Card


hope you are all doing well.  I have had quite a busy couple of weeks, and only now have time to update my blog.   I am sharing with a you a card I made for a lady at work who just retired.  She will be greatly missed, but hopefully I will be able to meet up with her from time to time.

The background first stamped with music notes from an Artemio set with Watering Can Archival Ink.  It was then dry embossed using Tea Party from Couture Creations, and inked with Mowed Lawn, and a little Salty Ocean and Walnut Stain Distress inks, and Attic Dust Prima Chalk ink.  I kept layering the colours and splashing water on it until happy with the overall colour, but I wanted green to be the most prominent colour.  I distressed the edges with the Tim Holtz distresser and inked them with Walnut Stain ink.  I added some Tim Holtz Tissue Tape, the measuring tape is from Laboratorie, and don't know about the other one as the packaging was discarded.

I die cut the Weathered Clock from leftover plastic packaging and added gesso to help it stand out on the card.  I die cut the Tattered Florals and Elegant Flourishes from chipboard.  For the flower I painted it with Brushed Pewter Distress Crackle Paint, and when dry, I coloured it with Raspberry and a little Red Pepper Alcohol inks.  The brad in the centre is from DoCrafts Gorjuss range from last year.  The stem is the smaller die cut flourish, and it was embossed with American Crafts Blue Glitter Finish embossing powder.

I added some wool around the bottom of the card, it was a pale blue and I dyed it using London Blue Dylusions and Time Travel Teal from Lindy's Stamp Gang.

I am entering it into the following challenges:

Craft for the Craic: Something Green
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Transparent
Inspiration Journal: Splash of Colour

Thanks for looking,
Have a great weekend,

Friday, 14 March 2014

Distress Ink Play

Hi everyone,

today I am sharing a little something, very simple, and I am not sure if I will hang it or put it into a book yet.

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge for this week is Distress, and A Vintage Journey's inaugural challenge is Anything Tim

I placed a tree Glimmer Screen from Tattered Angels on some white Bazzil card, and sponged over the top part with Tumbled Glass and Weathered Wood Distress Inks, layering them until I got the colour I wanted.  For the bottom part I sponged Gathered Twigs and a little Weathered Wood.  I dried it with heat tool, then stamped 'it's all perspective' from Tim's Good Thoughts stamp set with Jet Black Archival Ink. I adhered this panel onto some black card, and then added some Pumice Stone Distress Glitter along the edge on the inked panel with Glossy Accents. 

And there you have my simple make for today. 

Thanks for looking,
Have a great weekend,

Monday, 10 March 2014

Gorjuss Bookmark

Hi everyone,

I am sharing a bookmark I made using The White Rabbit from Docrafts new Grojuss collection.  I love the whole Gorjuss range, and have been waiting, not so patiently, for the new line.  There are four stamp sets released in Ireland, eight in total, same as the release last year, and I am disappointed that only four are being released here again.  I guess I will have to go searching online for them. 

Here is my bookmark.

I started by stamping the image using Memento Tuxedo Black ink onto Bristol Board.  I coloured the image using Copics, added Stardust clear glitter pen on to the hearts on her outfit, and I went over the clock she is holding with Antiqued Bronze Distress Stain.  I cut her out, and was initially going to make a card, but decided to make a bookmark for myself.

For the base I used Bazzil White card, and, after watching a couple of Tim Holtz videos on YouTube where he is using Distress Stains, I decided to use some.  I coloured the card using Weathered Wood, went over it with Brushed Pewter, and layered them until I was happy with the colour. I stamped a script stamp from Artemio randomly using Watering Can Archival ink.  I laid The Crafter's Workshop mini Time Travel stencil on the base, and went over it with modeling paste.  I die cut the Weathered Clock, coloured it with Black Soot Distress Ink, and highlighted it with Antiqued Bronze Stain.  I adhered the clock to the base, and layered the stamped image over it.  I added a 'time after time' rub-on from Tim Holtz Words Remnant Rubs. 

I used the We R Memory Keepers Deco edge Corner Chomper to finish the corners, distressed the edges and inked them with Black Soot Ink.  I placed some Antiqued Bronze stain on a craft mat and sprayed water over it.  I then used a paint brush to lightly add some of the mix to the base, concentrating on the edges.  This pulled some of the Black Soot ink into the centre, and I liked that effect. 

The back was coloured the same way as the front, but on this side I stamped a small and larger clock from the Gorjuss set and coloured the edges of them with the bronze stain.  I die cut another Weathered Clock and used it as a mask on an ATC Kraft Glassine Pocket, going over it with Black Soot ink.  I stamped the quote from Urban Chic using Jet Black Archival Ink and heat set it.  I adhered it to the base on three sides using Mulit Matte Medium, leaving the top open so I can add a tag to take notes.

I created this for the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog where the challenge is Tick Tock.

Thanks for looking,

Thursday, 6 March 2014

Altered Bag for Eclectic Paperie's Do Something with a Bag Challenge


today I am sharing an altered bag.  I made it for Eclectic Paperie's Do Something With a Bag Challenge which ends in a couple of hours.

I altered a Mark Richards canvas bag.

I stamped a script stamp from Artemio using Watering Can Archival Ink.  I stenciled over this using Prima's Doily stencil and Barn Door Distress Paint.  The hearts are from Papermania, the two smaller ones precut and the larger one cut using Papermania's canvas and an X-Cut die.  I painted them with Barn Door, stamped the script, edged them with Black Soot Distress Paint, and glued some lace down the centre.  I also glued trim along the edges using Helmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive.  I have to use glue as my sewing skills are basic at best.

It was a great challenge, and my first altered bag.  I have a few more bags and look forward to altering them too.

Thanks for looking,

Monday, 3 March 2014

Giveaway Winner


I hope everyone had a great weekend.  This is a short post to announce the winner of my little giveaway from this  post.

There were ten comments, with two comments coming from two of the same people.  To make it fair I gave each person one entry, so that left eight eligible comments, and numbered them according to the order in which they were posted.

Here is the result:
Number 1 is Paper Profusion, congratulations Nicola.  If you email me your address at I will send the prize to you this week.

Thanks to everyone who comments on any of my posts, it is very much appreciated.


Friday, 28 February 2014

Altered Canvas


another quick post.  I have finally gotten around to completing a project to enter into Lindy's Stamp Gang  monthly colour challenge. Here is February's challenge:

The Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is to use texture or stencils.  I have combined the challenges to alter an 8x8 canvas.

I placed the 12x12 doily stencil from Prima on the canvas and went over it with Liquitex Light modeling paste.  When dry I sprayed it with Autumn Maple Crimson and Cheshire Cat Cherry.  I also stamped on it using the script stamp from Urban Grunge and Watering Can Archival ink, it's not easy to see on the photo.  I lightened it by painting it with gesso mixed with water, dried it, and then sprayed it with Cotton Candy Pink.

The lace and Prima flower are sprayed with Tibetan Poppy Teal.  The flower trim is sprayed with Down the Rabbit Hole.  I stamped The Jumbo Peony flower from Stampendous on white card and embossed it with  a combination of clear embossing powder and some Tibeten Poppy Teal Magical Mica, from the Autumn Leaves Magicals set, mixed in.  I covered the stamped image with Opal Sea Oats.  I have a dabber top on mine as I bought it in a stain set several years ago.  I cut it out to place behind the Prima flower.  I die cut some flourishes from a Marianne Creatables die, painted them with Pitch Black Ranger Dabber and then sprayed them with Midnight Rendezvous Raven.

Thanks for looking and have a great weekend,

February Tag of 2014


A very quick post as it is very late.  Here is my tag for February for the Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2014.  You can see Tim's tag here.

I did not have any of the items Tim used, so I made do with what I had.  It didn't really turn out how I had planned, but that happens sometimes.  It was still fun to make.

Thanks for looking,

Monday, 24 February 2014

Cameo Card


Thanks to those who commented and congratulated me, and pinned my cards, that featured in a Simon Says Stamp Designer Spotlight.  You can see the cards here.

Today I have a quick card share. I am entering it into Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog where the challenge is Cameo appearance

I used a Marianne Creatables die for the cameo, and a Diversions die, Ring of hearts, for the frame.  The cameo die cut is placed onto some card sprayed with Tiger Lily Glimmer Mist, which is making a cameo, as I don't remember the last time I used it.  I have many bottles of Glimmer Mist, I rarely use them, and plan on changing this in the future.  I layered some May Arts ribbon onto some card sprayed with Cattail Copper Brown Starburst Spray from Lindy's Stamp Gang, and splattered with some of the Tiger Lilly Glimmer Mist.

And that is my quick and simple make for this challenge.  I love cameos, and was delighted to see this challenge.  Orange is a colour that does not feature in my work often, and after spotting a couple of projects using it recently, I decided I had to use it.

Thanks for looking,

Thursday, 20 February 2014



today I am sharing a bookmark I made, and I am entering it into several challenges.  I decided to combine them, and see what I could come up with.

I started with altering a playing card which is the challenge at Eclectic Paperie, ending in a few hours, so I am once again getting there just in time.  I am also entering this into Lindy's Stamp Gang Colour Challenge for February.  I sanded the card, gessoed it, and painted it with Tibetan Poppy Teal Starburst Spray from Lindy's Stamp Gang.  When dry I placed some heart shaped punchinella on it and went over it with Liquitex gloss gel medium.  When this was dry I sprayed it again with the Teal Starburst spray.  

I die cut some card using the Loopy Rings Memory Box die, coloured it with the same spray and adhered it with Ranger's Multi Matte medium.  I die cut the heart using X-Cut heart dies, embossed it with a Cuttlebug Script folder, and sprayed it with Down the Rabbit Hole Starburst Spray from Lindy's.  I die cut some black card using  my new Die-Versions Blooming Box die and placed part of it behind the playing card.  I think it adds some extra dimension to the tag.

The tag was sprayed with Cheshire Cat Cherry and Autumn Maple Crimson Starburst Sprays from Lindy's.  I stamped, once again, the script stamp from Urban Grunge by Tim Holtz using Sepia Archival Ink.  I then used The Crafters Workshop 6x6 Tiny Circles stencil to add some gel medium to the tag for more interest and texture.  I placed the smallest Dylusions Flossy stencil on the tag, and put Versa-mark through it and heat embossed the image with Snowfoam Heat it Up embossing powder.  I distressed the edges of the tag and the playing card and inked them with Walnut Stain Distress Ink.  I lightly went over the tag with the ink too.  

I glued the pieces together and doodled around the the tag and card with a Copic outliner pen.  I wanted to add a quote or some words and looked through my Pinterest board on books and picked something I liked.  I wrote 'Drink Tea and Read Books' over the embossed image with my Copic pen.  It is the simple pleasures in life that make one happy, reading and tea are two of those pleasures for me.  The Inspiration Journal's challenge this month is Show it with Words and I am entering the tag here too.

I am also entering the bookmark into Simon Says Stamp Work it Wednesday challenge.  This is new on their blog this year, and this month the challenge  is to use something new, I used the Die-versions Die. 

Don't forget, if you leave a comment on the previous post, here, you will be in with a chance to win a small prize.  I do not have a photo of the prize as I have not fully decided what to include yet, but there will be a couple of stamps and mists in it.

Thanks for looking,

Friday, 14 February 2014

Some of my favourite stamps


today I am sharing three cards I have made using some of my favourite stamps.  The challenge at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog is We Love Stamps, so we have to use our favourite stamps or technique.

When I think of my favourites, Tim Holtz automatically comes to mind.  Here are some cards I made this week, using Remanants, Time Travellers, Winged Things II and Urban Grunge stamp sets.

The first card started with making a tag for fun.  I used Antique Linen Distress Paint through Prima's Turkish Grunge stencil, you can barely see it on the finished tag.  I sprayed it with some watered down London Blue Dylusions, dried it with a heat tool, flicked some water droplets on it and dried it again.  I stamped one of the men from Time Travellers with Walnut Stain Ink and coloured him with several brown shades of Distress ink.  I then stamped the gears from the same set and and an image from Remnants in Broken China and Evergreen Bough Distress inks.  I used the script stamp from Urban Grunge to add more texture.

I stamped a Kaiserkraft birthday sentiment using Jet Black Archival ink.  I distressed the edges using the Tim Holtz distresser, and inked the edges.  I used some of the naturals Trimmings to add a Word Band to the tag, going over it with some Black Soot Distress paint and wiping off the excess so the paint stayed in the letters.  I cut some paper from French Industrial paper pack and stamped it with the gears in Walnut Stain, distressed the edges and inked them.  It was missing something so I added some Elements Remnant Rubs in two of the corners.  Having fun I decided to continue.

For this card I started off using Carmen Silks paint through The Crafters Workshop Mini Subway stencil.  I went over this panel with Prima Stars stencil and Liquitex Gloss Gel Medium.  When dry  I stamped the script stamp from Urban Grunge in Jet Black Archival ink in places to add texture.  I sprayed the panel with some of the Carmen I had mixed with water in a bottle.  I then added Bucked o' Blood Mood Shadow Mist, Dark Chocolate Truffle and Golden Sleigh Bells Starburst Sprays from Lindy's Stamp Gang and more of the Carmen mist until I was happy with the colour.  I distressed the edges and inked them.

I die cut the Weathered Clock and Gadget Gears from black card, embossed the outer part of the clock with the Sizziz clocks embossing folder, went over all pieces with Brushed Pewter Distress Stain, dried them and inked them with Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain Distress inks.  I adhered the pieces to the card and added some Mini Gears to the die cut gears with Multi Matte Medium.  I stamped the man onto Bristol Board and coloured him with several of the brown shades of Distress Inks.  I adhered him to the card using dimensional foam tape.

For the third card, (you all getting tired at this stage I bet?), I started it the same as the second one with Carmen Silks and the subway stencil.  Here, I only used the Carmen spray at first, as I wanted a brighter red than the previous card.  I used the same script stamp as the previous cards with the black Archival Ink onto some tissue paper, dried it and tore it into strips.  I glued it over the red panel diagonally and vertically with Multi-Matte medium, a new technique for me.  I distressed the edges and inked them and the whole panel with Walnut Stain ink.  I cut two pieces of the Steampunk On The Edge die, and painted them with Walnut Stain Distress Paint, but it was not dark enough.  I used VersaMark to cover the entire diecut, and embossed them with Twilight Bronze Slate embossing powder.  I liked this so I added them to the top and bottom of the panel and trimmed the edges. I layered this onto some black card.

I stamped the man from Winged Things II onto Bristol Board and coloured him with Distress Inks, and trimmed him.  I stamped the crown separately and coloured it with Tarnished Brass Distress Stain and adhered it with foam tape.  I added him to the panel, but again I felt something was missing.  I have been watching several YouTube videos lately on art journalling, (Vicky from Vicky Papaioannou is one of my current faves), and the Pitt big brush pens are featured in many of them.  I felt I just had to get some, so I went to Cregal Art, which is my nearest craft store, and bought a pack of four, (and a few more items too, bad I know, and going back next week for more!).  Back home, I used the Dark Sepia pen to shade around the man and the gears and I am much happier with the result, although I do need to practice the shading more.

I cut some paper from the French Industrial paper pack and inked it with Walnut Stain and Black Soot Distress inks.  I stamped the gears from Time Travellers with Black Soot around the the edges and heat embossed them with clear Heat It Up embossing powder.

I think that explains everything.  If anyone is still around after reading this you deserve a little prize.  So leave a comment and I will pick someone randomly using  to send something to.  I will leave this open until 28 February 2014.  You do not have to be a subscriber but it would be nice if you decide to.

Thanks for looking,
Have a great weekend,