Monday, 14 September 2015


Here's a quick card for the Less is More Challenge - week 241 is a ONE LAYER card with the theme WISHING/WISHES.

Lots of different ideas popped into my head but I went for some masking and my favourite colour scheme of blue and black.  The Wishes is a free stamp from Crafty Individuals and the Chevron background is a Kaisercraft stamp inked with the Triple Sky Blue pigment ink pad from Oak House Studio.  This stamp arrived in the post this morning so I thought it would be rude not to use it - don't you just love those distressed edges!

I was just about to publish this post when I realised this is my 500th post --- so here's wishing another 500!!  It's taken 5yrs but it's been fun and I hope some of my visitors have found something of interest.   So a big THANK YOU for your support!!

Elaine xx

Thursday, 10 September 2015

Autumn is here!

Sorry readers for not posting but I've been away on my hols and then Mr Mojo went on his too!  However here's my next square for The Craft Barn's Calendar Challenge where the words for September are BROWN and TREES/LEAVES.

For the background I've used Rusty Hinge Distress Ink and then sprinkled around the edge with Dark Brown Brushos.  Over this I've stamped the Sycamore Leaf stamp from Oak House Studio with Rusty Hinge again.   The Beech Tree is also Oak House Studio, inked with Potting Soil Archival and clear embossed.  I've used a script stamp from 7Gypsies with Emerald Archival to ground the tree and finished with the calendar.

I'm also entering this is the Craft Stamper Magazine's Take It, Make It challenge where anything goes and I've definitely used stamps!!

I can't believe we only have 3 more months to go so guess I should start thinking about construction - it's going to be an A shape calendar but not sure whether to bind it at the top or use rings....   Anyway thanks for visiting and thanks for commenting - they are much appreciated!!

Elaine  xx

Monday, 24 August 2015

On the Boardwalk

I was just looking through my card box and realised I'd never blogged this card so thought I'd do that today.  I made it for a challenge where the theme was Boardwalk and using Kraft, Turquoise and Orange colours.

I dry brushed some white acrylic paint through Tim's Woodgrain Stencil to create a boardwalk type feel and added some stamping from Crafty Individuals stamp sets.    I hand cut a surf board shape, stamped some flowers from Oak House Studio's Spring Bloom set and coloured them with markers.  The turquoise I did in stripes to make it look like waves.

Hope you like and thanks for popping by.  Please be honest and let me know if my surf board looks more like an ironing board - both my daughters thought so!!

Elaine  x

Friday, 21 August 2015

Turquoise Beads

I thought I'd show you something different today. A couple of years ago I bought a string of turquoise beads but found they weren't long enough so at last I found the time to re-string them.

I have a few lampwork beads in my stash so I've used one as a centrepiece and then added some Miyuki Cube beads and silver spacers.  I kept some of the turquoise beads back to make a matching pair of earrings. 

I quite enjoyed making this so watch this space, I might make some more!!

Elaine xx

Monday, 17 August 2015

Through the window

Here's another card made using the Vintage Blue Inks from Oak House studio - both the Ink in a Bottle spray and the Pure Colour Chemistry Watercolour Ink.  

I started by spraying some watercolour paper with Vintage Blue Ink in a Bottle and added a little Delicious Damson too.  I silver embossed the Block Frame stamp, painted the frame with Vintage Blue Pure Colour ink and cut out the sections.  To add a little more interest I painted Pure Colour ink onto a small acrylic block and stamped this to create the mottled 'brick' pattern.   The flowers are from the Spring Blooms set (as is the sentiment) - these were silver embossed onto some card sprayed with Delicious Damson and Paris Pink Ink in a Bottle and arranged in a plant pot.  The net curtains are the Mack Rose stamped with White Brilliance onto vellum.

I'm loving playing with these new Inks - they're so intense and allow you to create the shade you want.  I'm looking forward to getting some more colours and having a mixing session in the!!

Elaine x

Friday, 14 August 2015

Sepia Tones - Poinsettia

I managed to get my hands on some of the new inks from Oak House Studio namely the Pure Colour Chemistry watercolour inks - they are extremely intense so a little goes a long way and they lend themselves to painting, misting, mixing and writing etc etc!

Here I've just used the Sepia tones to show the different products available.

I started by spraying a sheet of watercolour paper with Vintage Sepia Ink in a Bottle and then overspraying with the Glorious Gold.  If you don't have Ink in a Bottle then why not buy an empty spray bottle and water the Pure Colour down.   I used half the background over stamped with the English Garden Text. The rest I stamped with the Build Your Own Poinsettia set of stamps (3 bracts and a centre) and gold embossed.  The outer leaves I painted with Vintage Sepia Pure Colour Chemistry - a deliciously rich ink I have to say - and then glued it all together with silicone glue to give some height.  I glued beads to the centre too.

 I've stamped the Friends Like Fruitcake with Chocolate Pigment Ink and clear embossed, sponged a little Vintage Sepia Ink in a Bottle and then matted this on some card painted with the Pure Colour Chemistry Ink.  To finish I created some stripey ribbon by just dragging a paint brush with the intense ink along one side and heat drying to crinkle.
I love all the shades you can get from just one bottle of ink and can't wait to acquire more colours.  Pop back on Monday for a look through the Vintage Blue window! 
Elaine xx

Monday, 10 August 2015

Steampunk Sparrow

Here's my card for the Less is More Challenge  week 236 where it's ONE LAYER cards and THE EYES HAVE IT.  I know I must be mad but I love one layer cards as they are indeed a challenge.

I have no face or eye stamps but then realised it would be good opportunity to use my new Deep Red Rubber stamp - the Steampunk Sparrow.   He's just inked with Onyx Black Versafine and coloured with Tombow markers.  I masked him off and created a panel using the cog stamps from Chocolate Baroque's Punky Flowers set.   I drew a couple of lines and finished with the Oak House Studio sentiment.

I'm also entering this into:
Happy Little Stampers Challenge - CAS and MASKING
The Craft Barn's weekly challenge - COLOURING
The Craft Stamper - Make It Take It - PENS and PENCILS

Hope you like and thanks for visiting - you're always welcome!!

Elaine xx