Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Shadow Stamping

Here's a simple card for the Less is More Challenge week 167 - it's ONE LAYER week with a theme based on SHADOW  STAMPING.

I love this technique and decided to do a tree on a grassy knoll.  I've used a Beech Tree (Oak House Studio) stamp inked with Potting Soil Archival and stamped twice which gives the tree a little more depth.   I've used the same stamp on it's side for the grass - using Meadow Adirondack, a piece of torn paper for masking and stamping twice.  It's just finished with the sentiment from Oak House Studio too.

Hope you like and thanks for looking.  Please leave a comment - they are always very much appreciated!  

Monday, 14 April 2014

Oak House Studio - Texture Challenge

Just a heads up that over on the Oak House Studio blog there's a new challenge where the theme is TEXTURE. 

Here's a  card for a man for a change using homemade washi tape banners.  I've used 4 Oak House Studio stamps that can be used to create texture - Squares Border, Linen Background, Harlequin and Checkerboard with Pigment Ink Pads - Midnight, Forest Green, Fired Brick and Powder Blue.   I've just added some buttons and the sentiment from the Men's Stamps set.

 Oak House Studio stamps are very versatile - they are clear but can be used to stamp textures in polymer clay, embossing paste and hot embossing powder without coming to any harm.

 For this tag, I've used Totally Turquoise and Citrus Lime Ink in a Bottle for the background and stamped this with the large Walesby Flourish.  The tile is triple embossed with copper and stamped with the small Walesby Flourish.

All stamps, ink pads, spray inks and embossing powders are from Oak House Studio and can be bought HERE.

Pop over to the Oak House Studio blog, join in the fun - there is a £40 prize to be won!   Oak House studio are also looking for new Design Team members so if you are interested, all the details are HERE.   Good luck!

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Rain or Shine?

A quick post today with my Journal52 piece for week 14.  The prompt is Rain or Shine - what sort of weather do you like.

I've done a rainy side with Brolly Man and a sunny side with Sun Rays and greenery.  I've just hand drawn a rainbow using Sharpies.  I don't like rain, but thunder and lightening and snow are all good as long as I'm inside looking out!!  The plants need the rain but why can't it always rain at night and be lovely and sunny during the day!!

Guess we are never satisfied ....or stop talking about it!!

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Paris in the Spring!

I've made a tag for A Vintage Journey challenge where this fortnight the theme is a Little Bit French.

My Scrapbook Magazine came the other day along with some free Bo Bunny papers - usually they get forgotten but this time I noticed some with French writing so that's the base of my tag.  I've used Aged Mahogany to colour the edges, to stamp Tim Holtz's Eiffel Tower and added Wild Honey to die some seam binding.   I've coloured some gloss card with Spiced Marmalade, stamped the words using my PSX Alphabet in Vermillion and stamped Mona Lisa with Potting Soil.

Hope it makes you smile!!

Tuesday, 8 April 2014


This fortnight the theme at The Craft Barn's Quotes and Lyrics Challenge is to use CHANGE and/or TRUTH.   Well as I soon as I saw that I had to do Changes by David Bowie.....and I now know the correct words.  I always thought it was strange changes but obviously not!!

Anyway the background is a swooshy mix of Salty Ocean, Broken China, Walnut Stain and Vintage Photo Distress Inks.  I've used the rusty enamel technique on the clock, added a charm and typed the words on the computer.  Simples....

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Turquoise Daisies

Here's a card today for the Less is More Challenge week 166 where the colour theme is TURQUOISE.

I had a rummage through my stamps and decided to use the Double Daisy stamp from Oak House Studio - I've inked the solid stamp with Nick Bantok's Cerulean Blue and then stamped over this with the daisy outline in Archival Manganese Blue ....so two shades of turquoise.  The sentiment is from my favourite Hero Arts set.

Struggling with craft at the moment as I've sprained my thumb/wrist - I had 3 attempts at this as I kept dropping the acrylic block on my card....doh!  Hopefully it'll improve -  I'll keep taking the tablets....   

Thanks for popping by and if you leave a comment, thank you so much!

Monday, 31 March 2014

Round and Around

Here's my card for the lucky dip week 165 at the  Less is More Challenge where the theme is ROUND & ROUND.

I had lots of ideas but decided in the end to use my Studio Calico Circle Graph Mask.  I stamped the Hero Arts sentiment with Onyx Black Versafine, cut a mask for this and then fastened the circular mask over the top.  I've used Stonewash Adirondack for the middle and then Salty Ocean and Faded Denim for the outer rings. 

Simple but striking I hope you'll agree!!