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Tuesday, 28 December 2010

Old Father Time

The last theme of the year over at Tuesday Taggers is 'Old Father Time'. Once again our sponsers The Craft Barn are offering a super prize.

A wall hanging is my efforts for this challenge. Using my favourite craft items of the year. Distress inks, a variety of time stamps, embossing folder, die cuts and embellishments. The edge I embossed in gold, but it doesn't show so well on the photo.

Thankyou for for stopping by to take a look, I hope you will join the fun at TT.

Thursday, 23 December 2010

C. of C -week 25

Linda over at Studio L3 for week 25 of the Compendium of Curiosities challenge, has us trying out Scribble Stain Distress. All instructions can be found on page 34 of Tim Holtz book.

I have had a few tries and this is my best effort, which I stamped and embellished a bit, to make a tag. The colours of distress ink I used were Shabby Shutters and Pine Needles.

Also the tag fits in with the Stampman Challenge of Anything goes on a tag.

Thankyou for stopping by to take a look.

I hope you all have a Happy Christmas.

Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Tuesday Taggers- Favourites of 2010

Over at Tuesday Taggers this week we have a Showcase Challenge. Share with us you favourite projects of the year, Show us, up to 6 items you like the most. A super prize from Lovn Ink is on offer. So pop over and read all the instructions here.

It has been hard to choose my favourites , but I have shown a few I realy enjoyed making.

The Perpetual Callender is a new project made as a gift.

I used Graphics 45 papers and Steampunk rub-ons,coloured with Distress Inks and edged with gold paint.

The mirror I made in April, it is one of my first blog entries.

Next I chose the Altered Matchbox, it is now on its way to Sweden, for the latest Art'n'Soul swap

Finally, I was able to follow Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of Christmas this year. I have displayed my versions of the tags on a pin board.

I would like to thank all you folk who visit my blog and take time to leave much appreciated comments. I hope you will all have a Happy Christmas as New Year.

Wednesday, 15 December 2010

C. of C. week 24

This weeks theme from Tim Holtz's Compendium of Curiosities can be found on page 47- Distress Stickles. Over at Linda's StudioL3 you can see some amazing examples of this technique.

I used scraps of paper for the base collage,then various TH stamps, colouring with tattered rose, victorian velvet and vintage photo DI.

Thankyou for stopping by to take a look

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

The Stockings were hung.............

This weeks theme over at Tuesday Taggers is and 'The Stockings Were Hung' please come and join in the fun.

Christmas is creeping up fast and it will soon be time for Santa to fill those socks.

I have been making place setting gifts for my festive table, here are a few that are nearly finished. The stockings are made with coloured card and cotton wool, stamped and embossed with snowflakes. Each one will contain a small gift, a chocolate and of course the joke, think that is all I can get into something that is only two and a half inches high.

Thankyou for stopping by to take a peep.

Sunday, 12 December 2010

Day12- of the 12 Days of Christmas Tags.

Well the marathon tag making challenge has ended with another amazing tutorial from Tim. I have certainly learnt alot over the past 12 days, my 'want, need and must have' list has grown beyond all recognition.

This time, I actually had two items, the backing paper and the calender stamp. But my tag is once again my own version, as all the rest of the ingredients are substitutes.

Thankyou for stopping by yet again to see my tags, your comments are greatly appreciated.

Off now to look at the other tags over at Artyjen's.

Saturday, 11 December 2010

Day 10 and Day 11 - tags for Christmas

Two tags today, caught up at last.

Needless to say I didn't have many of the right ingredients, so these are my versions.

Day10- Snowman, I used an old stamp again, stamped onto glitter paper then cut out, the black hat I cut from a piece of leather type material, the crown is another atempt at cutting freehand.

No snowflakes, so I used the swirls embossing folder for the top layer.

Day 11-Pine trees. Another bodged effort. I liked the idea to make your own stamps,but, here was a big empty space in my stash. So the trusty cut your own tree method was applied, I used white embossing powder and glitter for the snowy areas.

I cannot believe that it will be the last day tomorrow, I have realy enjoyed making these tags.

Once again I will be off to Artyjen's to see the fabulous tags made by the splinter group.

Thankyou for stopping by to take a look at mine.

Friday, 10 December 2010

Day 9-12 Tags of Christmas.

Second post today, is my version of Day 9's tag.

For the background I used a favourite word stamp before putting it through the machine in a music embossing folder. Goes without saying I didn't have the die, so spent a while folding a piece of music paper, which seems to have worked. The heart I cut out and embossed, the crown is a waste bin item never to see the light of day. The other things are from my bits and pieces box.

Once again I mention Artyjen's Splinter group and the fantastic tags made by other crafters.

Thankyou for stopping by to take a look at mine.

Day 8- 12 Tags for Christmas

Phew, I am late with this one. It realy caused me to get my thinking cap on, to see what I could use, as once again I had none of the ingredients.

The Santa stamp is very old, no idea who it is by.

I did follow the background process and I did have a couple of metal corners, the houses are a Crafty Individuals stamp, the rest is just what I could find. All finished when I remembered the words Tim used, but only the thought was there to add them.

Artyjen's blog had some amazing tags using Tim Holtz's tutorials.

Thankyou for stopping by to look at my tag

Wednesday, 8 December 2010


I am playing catch up, this is my version of yesterdays tag, for the 12 Days of Christmas tags.

Once again it is a bit bodged. The only things I had were the Tattered Floral and swirl dies.

My background is a wood grain paper, the letters chipboard, they look a bit pink on the photo, but they are red. I had some red silky material that I stuck to grunge paper before cutting it. Then, Oh boy! did I find myself in a pickle putting it together, I had more glue on me than the flower.

Thankyou for stopping by to take a look at my tag.

Over at Artyjen's you will find some fantastic tags.

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Tuesday Taggers- Deck the Halls

The challenge theme this week over at Tuesday Taggers is Deck the Halls with boughs of Holly. We have a brand new sponser Lovin'Ink please pop over and take a look.

So as the 25th is rapidly getting closer, I thought I should start making the house look a bit more festive. I have had these two wicker shapes, waiting a while to be brightened up. It was amazing how easy it was, a few sprigs of artificial holly [snow is to deep to get looking for fresh] and ribbon. I neglect to say how many times I pricked myself with the wire thats keeping things together, and the star was photographed without its ribbon, but hey, they are now in my hallway and Christmas is on its way.

Thankyou for taking time to have a look.

Monday, 6 December 2010

Day 6- Tim's tags for Christmas

Well here we are, half way through The Twelve Days of Christmas and the amazing tutorials from Tim Holtz.

Once again many substitutes, the only item besides distress inks that I had was the Pine Trees embossing folder. My reindeer is a laser die cut piece, the music from the free sheet I printed yesterday, the rest came from my stash and stamps.

Once again I am mentioning Artyjen's splinter group, and the amazing tags that folk have been making, well worth a visit.

Thankyou for stopping by to take a look at mine.

Sunday, 5 December 2010

Day 5 of Tim's tags for Christmas

I should start by saying what I didn't have and didn't do, but, the list would be never ending. Some of the things to substitute were, distress crackle, white utee, a holly stamp and the white stuff for the beard. Here are a few items I did use, the numbers are chipboard with white embossing powder, the music a freebe from Craft Stamper magazine white acrylic paint , green and clear glitter. The edges are a bit pink as it won't take any more distress ink on the paint.

But hey, its my take on todays tag. I am realy enjoying the challenge to use what I have in my stash.

Please pop over to Artyjen's blog and take a look at the fringe group tags.

Thankyou for stopping by to take a look at mine.

Day4 of Tim's Tags for Christmas.

Well. I am a day late , but here is my take on this one.

The only thing I had that vaguely resembled the guide was a sticker of Santa from my seasonal pack. For the background paper I coloured with distress inks. The tile was a fragment piece, but I did have a snowflake stamp, this is my 3rd attempt, as you guessed I didn't find this part easy. The bling is some tiny sequins and pearl dots from a Viva perlen-pen.

Please go look at at Artyjen's blog and see the fabulous tags the splinter group are making.

Thankyou for stopping by to take a look at mine.

Friday, 3 December 2010

3rd Day of Christmas Tag

Day3 of Tim's 12 Days of Christmas.

Well this time I did have a couple of things, the die cut bird and the poster. For the flower I used a die cut poinsettia [ sorry never could spell this one] lightly colouring the edges as Tim's flower looked white. I found some ancient flower soft fot the bird to perch on. I enjoyed making this one.

Off now to look at Artyjen's splinter group to look at the amazing tags over there

Thankyou all who stop by my blog to take a look.

Thursday, 2 December 2010

Day 1and 2 of Tags for Christmas

The brilliant Tim Holtz is guiding us through the ' 12Days of Christmas' with some fabulous tags. There is a tutorial posted each day on his blog.

So you guess from my title I am a bit late with my first one.

Although I love his products I do not have as many as I would like. So my tags are made with as much as I can find in my stash , with many improvisations to complete them.

Thankyou for stopping by to take a look.

Wednesday, 1 December 2010


I have been making a few wall hangings this week to add to gifts.

For this one I used Stamps by Tim Holtz and Wendy Vechi. Embossed the die cut bird in gold, using fabric for the Tattered Floral die cut flowers, the other bits and buttons are from my stash.

One of the blogs I have just found Take a Word has a chalenge this week to use the word Home, so I am off to look at the amazing work over there.

Thankyou for stopping by to take a look .

Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Tuesday Taggers- St.Nicholas Day

Last week Tuesday Taggers Design Team asked me if I would like to join them. You can guess my instant answer of 'Yes Please'. I cannot describe the excitement I felt getting this unexpected invitation. Thankyou all again and I look forward to being a member of such a talented team of crafters.

The Tuesday Taggers challenge theme this week is St Nicholas Day, please pop over and see the super examples and join the fun.

Once again our sponsers The Craft Barn, have donated a gift voucher for their amazing shop.

For my card, one of my layers is an embossed number plate which I double distressed with walnut stain and worn lipstick ink. A fragment tile highlights that special number ,which is fast creeping up on us. I stamped the base layer with a fern stamp by Tim holtz, used a Martha Stewart punch for the border. My image is by Crafty Individuals.

Thankyou for stopping by to take a look at my card.

Friday, 26 November 2010

C. of C. -week 23

Week 23 already, of Linda's Compendium of Curiosities challenge, over at Studio L3 . This week we are experimenting with Double Distress, - all details of how to do this technique can be found on page 40 of Tim Holtz's book.

I used an embossing folder with vintage writing for my D.D. layer, a picture cut from a sheet of Graphic45 paper, the base card is chocolate brown. The inks I used were vintage photo and walnut stain.

I have made my piece into a card for my OH, who always takes the photos for me and loads them on to the computer, so he has has a sneek peep at his Christmas card, which I may tweek a bit before he gets it.

GC 80 Gingersnap creations Colour challenge this time is Vintage Hues, I think this card will fit this theme as well

Please go visit both these super blogs and see the fabulous examples, and thankyou for stopping by to take a look at mine.

Thursday, 25 November 2010


Tuesday Taggers- have challenged us this week to make a decoration. I have had these two bird shapes since I visited The Stamp Attic in the summer with every intention of using them before now. On trips round blogland recently I have seen some of these decorated but cannot remember where, but must mention how beautiful they looked.

For my pair of birds I used Viva Decor, copper paint to cover the surfaces. A snowflake stamp which I embossed to decorate, finishing off from the box of bits that I cannot possibly do without.

Thankyou for stopping by to take a look.

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Keep It Simple has another festive theme this week. The challenge is - Evergreen, there are some super examples , please pop over and take a peep.

For this card I have used only a selection of papers from my Christmas stash, a Martha Stewart punch, a laser cut tree shape and ribbon. I ended up using this format to make 3 more cards, So apart from a couple of specials, I think I have nearly cracked the Christmas card making frenzy.

Thankyou for stopping by to take a look at my card.

Monday, 22 November 2010

Christmas Decorations

Winterwonderland is a super blog where Janet inspires folk with her Christmas Challenges. Please go and visit. I always look, but so far have never taken the plunge to join in, that is until today.

The theme this time is, Make a decoration.

I have just started making some Christmas tree hangings, using a Tim Holtz label die as a base shape. Coloured with silver acrylic paint, stamped with a snowflake stamp then distressed with tumbled glass ink. The pictures are Crafty Individuals and are just the right size for the label. The poinsettias , bows and tiny bells are from my stash.

Thankyou for stopping by to take a look

Sunday, 21 November 2010


Challenge 10 over at the Stampman this time is-- Anything by Tim, with a Christmas theme.

Tim Holtz of course, I love using his super stamps and products.

For this card I used piece of card from the new TH Seasonal Paper stack as one of the layers. Using stamps from the Holiday Hideaway collection on the attatched tag, also for the base card. Tumbled glass distress inks shade the edges.

Thankyou for stopping by to take a look.

Saturday, 20 November 2010

Altered Matchbox

I have just finished this altered Matchbox for a Flikr group Art 'n' Soul swap. It is about 2x3 inches.

I painted the whole box with silver acrylic paint. Used a Paper Artsy word stamp to decorate inside and out. The picture is by Crafty Individuals, which I trimmed with lace. The two small parcels will be a suprise for my swap partner.

This project will also fit the theme of the current challenge at Lets Ink It Up - Recycle It.

Thankyou for stopping by to take a look

Thursday, 18 November 2010


This weeks challenge over at Tuesday Taggers is to include a word in the project. Janet has given us three to choose from, Peace, Love and Joy.

For my card I used a BoBunny stamp for the main image. Mounted it on embossed red card, with Barn Door distress ink round the edges. The chipboard letters I embossed with a deep red embossing powder, my favourite red ribbon completes this card.

Thankyou for stopping by to take a look.

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

C. of C.- Challenge 22

Another fantastic week over at StudioL3. We are up to page 52 in TH's Compendium of Curiosities- Alcohol Ink Splatter. There are some fantastic examples , please go over and take a look.

I had a real fun time with this one, I had to improvise to blow my inks around, its amazing what you can do with the end off an old funnel. I have used one of my pieces to make a Birthday card for an artist friend of mine. She paints delicate botanical flowers, I think she will see the funny side of my efforts.

The light hasn't been so good to photograph things, but this is the best of the bunch.

Thankyou for stopping by to take a look.


The theme this week over at Keep It Simple is Wonderland. This challenge is to encourage us to make a card in about 3o minutes. This time I have kept away from my beloved rubber stamps and used an Enchanted Christmas CD by Joanna Sheen. I found a topper I liked , printed it off with the matching papers, a bit of matting and Layering, an edge and a bit of ribbon, then, 'Hey Presto' a real quick card.
Thankyou for stopping by to take a look.

Saturday, 13 November 2010

Tag Tuesday Challenge-Bingo

On my journey around the super blog challenges, I found this one over at Kardcrazy. It is ages since I used this Tim Holtz stamp, I had a good rummage to find it. Found a few old favourites in my search. I embossed the background and used Vintage Photo and Wild Honey Inks to colour it. The little cutie is all dressed and ready to go off to Bingo, this stamp is from the SWALK collection, coloured with cosmic shimmers.

Thankyou for stopping by to take a look.

Thursday, 11 November 2010

Away in a Manger

Whenever I use this stamp, I think of the Christmas Carol, Away in a manger.

Again its an old stamp with the makers name so faded that it cannot be read. For this card I followed a Colour Combo challenge over at Tuesday Taggers use, silver, gold and purple, with some stamping. It is a shade of purple for the base card and layer, but the light is so iffy at the moment it didn't photo so well. The gold layer I edged with a Martha Stewart punch, the silver is an edging strip and holly berries. For the stamped image I used chalk to shade, and framed it with a MarianneD die shape.

The challenge at Keep It Simple this week is Shape up, I think this card will fit this theme as well.

Thankyou for stopping by to take a look.

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

C. of C. challenge 21

Week 21 of this fantastic challenge journey through Tim's Compendium of Curiosities.

Linda over at StudioL3 has chosen Pefect Distress this week, all instructions can be found on page 38.

I have had a few tries at this one, think I am to heavy handed with the water spray. Still none will be wasted as they will make good gift tags.

The colours I used were Vintage Photo and Barn Door inks. Heirloom gold and pewter perfect pearls. The stamps are Tim Holtz , I think Viva Deco, also Crafty Individuals.

Thankyou for stopping by to take a look.

Monday, 8 November 2010

A Christmas Dream

Another Christmas card made today, haven't thought about how many I still have to make.

The stamped image was an old favourite by Inkadinkado. The colours for the matting and layering papers are pale grey, navy, silver and white, it was a Martha Stewart punch for the edging.


The Stampman Anything goes for Christmas

Sir Stampalot November challenge, Christmas Traditions

There are some inspiring examples to be seen, when you pop over to take a look.

Thankyou for stopping by to take a peep at my card.

Thursday, 4 November 2010

C of C -week 20

Week 2o over at Studio L3 has us exploring the delights of Industrial Grunge. All information can be found on page 54 of Tim Holtzs' Compendium of Curiosities. There are some great examples at Linda's , when you pop over to take a look.

I have made my piece into a tree hanging. The shape was made from a TH on the edge die. To colour it, I used silver mixative and tumbled glass ink. Not having all the bits and pieces, I used an old nail file, sandpaper and a pokey tool to aid the distressing.The picture in the frame is from Craft Individuals, and die cut flowers embellishments.

Thankyou for stopping by to take a look.

Wednesday, 3 November 2010


This is my take on this weeks challenge theme at Tuesday Taggers "A taste of the Orient". The card is made with a selection of papers etc from my stash. For the central topper I used Kirsten Lapping stamps, ribbon and an oriental coin. It was coloured with cosmic shimmer paint, then shaded with chalk.

Thankyou for stopping by to take a look.

Saturday, 30 October 2010


This card I have made for a challenge swap on Flickr [Hugz from the Heart] , the theme being Thanksgiving.

For this card I used a Crafty Individuals stamp, shaded it to fit in with a colour challenge. It is mounted on a card which I embossed with a Tim Holtz 's Pine Tree folder and a few leaves. The ribbons came from my stash as did the Thanksgiving setiment. The base card again is chocolate brown

I will also enter it into the following challenges.

Lets Ink It Up--Make a Scene

Gingersnap creations--GC76- Colour challenge, Pumpkin, eggplant and avocado

Please go visit these sites and see the fabulous examples.

Thankyou for stopping by to take a look

Tuesday Taggers- Deep Purple

Happy Halloween everyone.

This week the challenge over at Tuesday Taggers is Deep Purple Halloween, once again sponsered by The Craft Barn

For this tag I used stamps by Elusive Images, embossing the tombstone and rook. The borders are a Martha Stewart punch. It is coloured with distress inks, spiced marmalade, dusty concorde and peeled paint. I used distress stickles over part of the tag, to give it , I hoped, moody look, this hasn't shown up so well on the photo.

Thankyou for stopping by to take a look.