Friday, 24 March 2017


A very quick one layer card using the lovely big allium image from breath of spring by Chocolate Baroque.

The base card is 5"x7", and the stamped layer is about 4.5"x6.5", so you can see what a large stamp this is, measuring over 4" in height.

I stamped the image and the sentiment from
words to dazzle and sparkle using black memento ink.
The image was coloured with blue, lavender and green alcohol markers, and edged with the lavender marker as well.

I used a very general sentiment, so this would be suitable for a wide number of accasions.

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

CB challenge 33

Using the glorious spring  and sticks and stones stamp sets to create a scene.
I stamped the rabbit from glorious spring first using black versafine ink, then the trees from sticks and stones  and the small rabbit from glorious spring using london fog memento ink.
Catkins from glorious spring were repeat stamped down one edge in black.
I used tumbled glass distress ink for the sky and peeled paint for the trees and grass.Catkins and branches were coloured with alcohol markers.
Finally the sentiment stamped in the sky in black.

linking this to
the house of cards challenge, make a scene

Saturday, 11 March 2017

spring flowers

Two cards using the lovely spring stamps shown last month on Hochanda, I haven't added any greetings then they can be used for almost any occasion.

First a very simple card using the spring bird tulip  stamps .

The tulips were stamped in black versafine ink and coloured with watercolour pencils. Background sqaure card was coloured with peeled paint distress ink using a brush, then the small tulip stamp stamped randomly in the same ink. The mat is gold mirri card, which doesn't show up as gold on the scanner.
This one was a bit more complicated, but still quite a quick card.
I die cut a circle of white card and stamped the tulips again in versafine, then masked them off with masking fluid; stamped the daffodils from spring bird daffodil to each side of the tulips, then rubbed off the masking fluid.
Coloured the tulips first using plenty of colour, then the daffodils using less colour.
A die cut green scalloped circle matt, and the corner swirls from breath of spring stamped onto the corners of the card blank using peeled paint distress ink to finish it off.

Both card blanks are 6" square, so easy to post at the standard rate.

Sunday, 5 March 2017

cut it out!

This is the card I made yesterday at Gissing, using Janet's new Tim Holtz dies - I had promised myself not to buy any more dies, but have to admit that I am very tempted, especially with the wild flower ones!
Base card is a cream linen 7" square. A 13cm, square of cream linenc ard was coloured with a mix of distress inks - I used peeled paint, brokem china, wild honey and spiced marmalade - before cutting the corner die. A spare scrap of card was also coloured and used for the butterfly base piece.
14cm square of black card to mount the  first piece on, amd more black card to die cut the butterfly and two of the wildflower. I used one flower whole, and cut the other one into 3 bits before gluing down onto the base.
Greeting is from Claritystamps.

This one is for the Paper Players challenge 334, which is 'cut it out'

Thursday, 2 March 2017

spring scene

Been playing again with the recent stamps from Chocolate Baroque, and made a spring scene using the lovely bridge from kingfisher song and the daffodils from spring birds daffodil.
I stamped the daffodils twice in the foreground, then masking them off with masking fluid before stamping the same image again. Stamped the bridge in the background, and once the ink was really dry rubbed off the masking fluid.
The bridge and trees were coloured using watercolour pencils and a water brush, keeping the colour fairly light to give an impression of distance. Daffodils coloured with alcohol markers - I did the first two images in darker tones, then coloured in the others with paler tones.
Matts are black and gold mirri card, and the base is a 6" square card. there is p[lenty of room for a greeting, when I decide who will get it......
I am linking this to some challenges, not often i can find several that fit!
corrosive challenge #2 - anything goes
house of cards - make a scene
addicted to stamps 251 - anything goes

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

 These were some coasters I made for Lesley's recent tv show on Hochanda on February 16th featuring some lovely springtime stamps.

I found a set of mdf coasters that I had bought ages ago and never got round to using - it was well past time they got used! I was inspired at the time to get them by a (now very old) post on Eileen Godwin's blog of a workshop at Rochester (sorry, can't find the exact link!) , and duly gave them a coat of white gesso and then one of a very pale blue emulsion paint before stamping the daffodils and tulips using black memento ink.
There were 6 originally, and a holder, but I managed to lose one small vital piece of the holder, so had to make a box instead, and 4 coasters due to running out of time.

The flowers were coloured with promarkers before being given a coat of modge podge as a sealant. I had always thought that promarkers were water resistant, but one of the daffodils did lose a bit of colour when I added the modge podge,. so I spread it around a bit more to try to make it look as if it was meant!
Fortunately the cameras didn't home in on that one......
For the box lid I stamped the daffodils first and covered them with masking fluid, then stamped the tulips twice at angles behind them.
Coloured with markers again - I did the flowers first, then the leaves. It was a bit difficult knowing which leaves belonged to which flowers, so I tried to do the daffodils first, then just added more green to what was left!
Smudged wild honey distress ink round the flowers, then added silver krylon pen round the edges before glueing to the box lid.
Now if only I could remember where I got the coasters from................hopefully Zoe will remember, as she used coasters too (definitely a case of great minds!) maybe Zoe can remember the link to Eileen's blog too.............