Thursday, 24 June 2010

Metal Aide Memoire

Well here's my entry for the Sunday Stampers Challenge 108 with the theme METAL GURU. See Hels blog for all the details. The first thing that came to mind was T.Rex and that song but with two teenage daughters in the house, dinosaur stash hasn't been my priority. So I found some copper metal and some greeny-copper card and embossed them with not a clue what I was going to make. I had a lightbulb moment, diecut some tags and voila, turned it into a tag holder for the hall.

A few ideas for the tags inside:

The tags are distressed with Rusty Hinge and Pine Needles and stamped with a PSX Celtic alphabet and a clock stamp from somewhere. I've fastened a piece of acetate on the front so that you can write on them, draw the time on etc and then wipe it clean and start again. It's a bit of a hairy project I know but it beats yellow post-it notes stuck everywhere. Now I've just got to convince my family to use it.

For those of you in the north, Lynnda will be invading The Craft Room (Lincoln Shop) on the next two Saturdays with Oak House Studio stamps and there'll also be some on The Craft Room's stand at Stamp Magic in Doncaster on Sunday. So if you fancy getting away from the tennis/football, why not check it out.

Monday, 21 June 2010


England's performance definitely....and Federer nearly went out of Wimbledon on day one....and my daughter is distressed as there is no Glee on tonight but that's not what this post is about.

With apologies to shop owners and Mr Holtz, but does anyone else have trouble with the blending tool. I know it works well but it's a tad expensive so I'd rather not buy 20 or so to go with my distress ink pads. Changing the foam annoys me - either the velcro comes off the block or the blue felt pulls off the foam. Very irritating.....or is it just me?? I'm sure it's not.

Anyway to rectify the situation a 2m length of wood was purchased and my husband spent a 'happy' hour cutting it into 20 blocks! I superglued cut n dry foam to each block then labelled them with dymo tape.

The good news is there is still about 1m of wood left so that means I can buy some more colours!! Now which ones do I need next?

Hope to be back later in the week - I'm working on something for the Sunday Stamper Challenge with the theme Metal Guru. Check out Hels blog for all the details.

Wednesday, 16 June 2010


Here's my entry for the Sunday Stamper Challenge with the theme of Numbers. I haven't had much time this week and it's going to get worse so I made a quick card last night. It had to be a birthday card as it was Hels 40th last weekend.
The background is Distress Inks - Broken China, Faded Jeans, Shabby Shutters and Bundled Sage. The stamps are Tim's and half the background has been put through a Numbers embossing folder.

Hope you like the card - I also did an insert using the same stamps and inks.

Hopefully next week I'll have a little bit more time to make something slightly more to go!

Thursday, 10 June 2010


Missed last week’s Sunday Stampers Challenge but here is my entry for week 106 with the theme of LETTER. I couldn’t decide which letter to use/decorate so I went with the idea of writing a letter and the envelope it gets sent in. I did say a couple of weeks ago that I was going to have a go at Mail Art so here it is.

Its so dismal today it didn’t photograph very well but my daughters think it’s cool so that’s good enough for me!!

Searched long and hard through my stamps – the background ones are Oak House Studio – Hessian, Harlequin and Summer Text – done in Versafine Sepia and Ochre Chalks and then distressed with Shabby Shutters and Rusty Hinge. The rest are Tim’s stamped in Cocoa Brilliance and with a Sizzix diecut stamp.

Hope you like it!

Monday, 7 June 2010

Time Flies...

Where does the time go? A week into June already and little crafting has been done. We've been away for a few days and after 7 loads of washing, I'm now trying to find excuses to avoid catching up with the ironing .....hence this post!!

Whilst I didn't do any crafting I did add to my stash a little - a box full of card from The Paper Mill shop to replace some of the most used colours and get some corrugated card, linen and leather etc. Then a trip to The Stamp Bug at Hatherop which we happened to pass one day on our way out - and they say women can't navigate!! They're selling off loads of wooden Hero Arts stamps so how could I refuse!! Other than that, I took lots of photos of wildlife, flowers, steam trains etc and enjoyed the beautiful weather.

Now it's back to work and exams for 3 of us this week. And maybe catching up with a few challenges and getting inky and possibly distressed....oh no, I hear you cry! Back later in the week with some photos.

Tuesday, 1 June 2010


It's bedding plant time again - for various reasons I always end up being late planting up my pots but it doesn't take long for them to catch up and burst into flower.

I was looking at pansies and all the different colours you can get - I always choose purple ones, no idea why, but I guess it's the closest colour to blue which I always think is a nice companion to the pinks and reds of pelargoniums etc. It made me think of a scrapbook page I made last year.

Don't you just love those colours - purple shading to pink. I used Oak House Studio's Pansy Pot stamp - just the flower part - to create a border and printed a pansy definition on the computer.

Pansies always look jolly so I hope this brightens your day!