Sunday, 30 November 2014

Snowflakes and Wishes by Lynne Moncrieff


I am sharing a Christmas card with you this week featuring a small stamp but a stamp that must be one of my most inked up stamps, wish.



Oxford Impressions Sleigh Bells and Christmas Wish
PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Paint Blush and Vintage Lace
Studio Calico Starburst
Gel Medium (Matt)
Maimeri Iridescent Paste
Ivory Jute Twine
Pompom Trim
Vintage Book Text



Dry brush Gesso onto Kraft cardstock with foam brush. Apply Maimeri Paste to snowflake stencil. 

Paint book text with Fresco Finish paints. Use brayer to ink up stamp. Stamp onto the painted book text.

Stamp Wish onto margin of book text. 

Layer stamped image to cardbase with fragment of lace, pompom trim and sentiment.  Tie twine into bow and adhere to top corner of image.

Paint wooden embellishment with Picket Fence embellishing with flat back pearl.

Generously apply Glamour Dust to the card.

Until next time,


Saturday, 29 November 2014

Jolly Robin by Donna Ratcliff

Morning all! I have a real soft spot for the Alice Palace stamps produced by Crafty Individuals so had a bit of a play with the ‘Jolly Robin’ for today’s make…….

What I used

White Card Blank
Crafty Individuals, Alice Palace Designs – Jolly Robin 
Tim Holtz Layering Stencil – Holly Bough 
Spectrum Noir AquaTints – Essentials, Bright and Beautiful 
Cut and Dry Foam 
Glycerin ……..available from all chemists


What I did….

1. I stamped the robin onto a piece of white card and then painted him using the Bright and Beautiful AquaTint set. 

2. Once I’d got him all painted I put a tiny, tiny amount of glycerin onto a piece of Cut and Dry Foam and then picked up some AquaTint onto the foam and blended on a background, darkening the edges as I went…

3. To make the background sheet I used some of the gold from the Essentials AquaTint set and worked it through the holly stencil using another bit of cut and dry. I also blended a bit around the edges and over the top…

4. Then again using a tiny bit of glycerine on some Cut and Dry Foam I blended some colour over the top, the gold works as a perfect resist. 
5. Then I simply mounted everything up onto a card blank.
Hope you have a lovely weekend and see you next week
Donna xx

Friday, 28 November 2014

Bird On A Bough by Fliss Goodwin



Hi there, as promised I have another project to share this week using the gorgeous and quirky Dina Wakley Scribbly Birds set which has become my current favourite bird set. This time I’ve created a little piece on a panel of heavy board similar to those in the online shop by PaperArtsy.



Distress Inks – Peacock Feathers, Gathered Twigs, Crushed Olive, Peeled Paint, Tattered Rose, Frayed Burlap
Heavy Board Panel – such as those by PaperArtsy
Embossing Folders of choice – floral for the heart and stripe or swirl for the branches




·       Cut a piece of stamping paper to fit your chosen board panel. Use the Brusho Crystals with water to mix up a paint and apply this in a wash to the paper. You don’t need to be precise as splotches will give a good grungy effect.

·       Using the Peacock Feathers ink, stamp the wood panel design all over the painted paper, first down and then across to make a grid design. Glue this to the board panel and draw faux zigzag stitching around the edges.

·       Cut a large homespun heart shape out with the largest die (I used a scrap of painted paper from my bits box. Paint this with the pink paint and dry emboss with a floral folder – mine is Anna Griffin.

·       Stamp a bird with the Archival ink on stamping paper and colour with the pink and brown Distress inks. Cut out when dry.

·       Draw a branch shape on stamping paper, cut out and colour with the Gathered Twigs ink. Emboss with a swirl or stripe embossing folder. Colour a further scrap of stamping paper with the green inks and hand cut small leaf shapes. Score down the centre and fold to make more life-like. Add detail with a pencil if you like.

·       Assemble the panel as you like using a mix of glue and foam pads for added dimension and finish off with the text panel, stamped with the grey ink and inked with pink Distress ink.


We have a new challenge for you over at the Challenge Blog today so don’t forget to check it out at 8am and find out how you can win a £20 voucher to spend in the online shop.


See you next week,


Fliss x

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Midwinter Canvas by Carol Fox


I have a small frosty canvas for you this week.

This is what  I did


I flipped my canvas over so I used the recess side as a little shadow box. I gave it all a coat of paint, I used Sky Blue Americana Multi Surface Satin. Once this was dry I rubbed some silver paint over the top with my finger to give it a distressed finish.

I stamped my winter scene onto some card and cut it out to fit into the recess. I coloured it with Distress inks and stuck it down inside the recess.

I used the Alterations Stamp and Die Set for the holly bough and the snowflakes, stamping them in the colours I wanted and adding Stickles once they were stuck in place on the frame.

I stamped the greeting onto shrink plastic, trimmed it and then shrunk it using my heat gun and an acrylic stamping block to press it flat once it was shrunk. I stuck this in place as shown.

I now add lots of Frantage Shaved Ice using Glossy Accents as the sticky medium to hold them in place.


I used 


Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Christmas Is Coming by Alison Hall



I'm still having fun experimenting with the gorgeous Brusho Crystal Colours, & today I have a quick and easy Christmas card to share with you.



Brusho Crystal Colour - Emerald Green & Scarlet
Ranger Mini Mister
Black Card




1. I misted a piece of white card (4 x 4 ins), then sprinkled on some emerald green Brusho Crystals. I was amazing to see the yellow & blue colours appear, as well as different shades of green, from just this emerald Crystal Colour. I let the colour drip a little then dried the ink with a heat gun.

2. Next, I stamped the image with onyx black Versafine ink, then heat set it with the heat gun.

3. I mounted my artwork onto black card, then attached it to a kraft card to finish. 

4. I also made a card using the scarlet Brusho Crystals. I flicked water onto this background, then blotted with kitchen towel, to get the water splash effect. The stamping didn't work as well as I hoped, so I stamped the image onto white card, matted it on black, then glued it over my mistake.


I'll be back next Wednesday with another Brusho Crystal Colour project.


Alison x

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

On The Naughty List? Card/Coaster by Mandy C




Cosmic Shimmer Spray in Golden Mint and Silver
Archival Ink ~ Jet Black and Potting Soil
StazOn ~ Stone Grey and Saddle Brown
Oxford Impressions 'Sleigh Bells' Stamp Set


·       Cut out a piece of card 4x4 inches in size.

·       Stamp using the sleigh from the Oxford Impressions set and the Saddle Brown StazOn randomly over the background to create your own background.

·       Spray with the Cosmic Shimmer spray. Blot and then dry with a heat tool.

·       Stamp with the Stone Grey StazOn and the Kaisercraft Dictionary stamp to add some texture.

·       Stamp onto the stamping card, using the boys in the sleigh stamp and the naughty sentiment. Use black Archival for this.

·       Cut out and colour in.

·       Glue onto the card with the Cosmic Shimmer Glue.

·       Use some chalk ink in Chestnut Roan around the edges.

·       Finally add some flourishes at the top of the card.
I've added some varnish to the top and put some cork on the underside and created a coaster.

Mandy C
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