Friday, 5 February 2016

I love alcohol


welcome to my canvas inspiration for this months challenge at

The theme this month is Anything Goes.

I thought I would take a step back in time to a technique I haven't done for a long time. Many years ago I used to go to a craft shop that has now closed and had some fantastic times their learning lots to do with alcohol inks and I have loved them ever since.


This is a very messy technique but worth the mess. Put down a water proof mate to catch the excess ink that runs off you will be using this later. Take a canvas,even the cheap ones you can get, and submerge it in water so that it is wet through ( see told you it was messy ). Then you take the alcohol inks and drop spots of ink onto the canvas, have the canvas at an angle so the inks will run down. The water lets the inks spread and run and create their own patterns so you will never do two the same. then you just put it to one side to dry.  See it's really easy.


Then it's just decoration time. The large flowers are lengths of plain ribbon, white is best, the just put it into all that ink you have on the mat to colour it in the same colours. When dry run a cotton threasd along one edge and gather it up to make flowers. Then there are small silk flowers, fluffy yarns, bits of rusty wire anything you fancy really arrange onto your canvas as you wish. I hope you all like it, I enjoyed getting messy again, 

I would like to enter this canvas in the following challenges

Sunday, 31 January 2016

Floxglove Frenzy


I've rushed to make this card for a challenge and missed getting it in by a couple of minutes. Never mind I'll share it anyway because I really like it.


This has been stamped in distress inks using the Clarity foxglove stamps. The image has then been layered up with 3 shades of coordinating card. The simple sentiment was hand written and a long tailed bow to finish. Never mind maybe next time I'll get there in time.

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges
Just Add Ink - Just add Nature
Crafty Ribbons - Fabulous Flowers
Fan-tastic Tuesday - ATG with flowers
TTCRD - ATG
Craft-dee Bowz - Use a Bow


Friday, 1 January 2016

Pretty Box


Happy New Year to all my lovely visitors. This is my first post of the year and it is my project for the new Creative Artist Mixed Media Challenge.
And the theme is 
Use Chipboard.
Our sponsors are Dusty Attic, they have some great chipboard kits and shapes to work with.


Now to the box. It has been coloured using a alcohol pen in a dark lilac colour and then covered in a patterned paper. I have cut some corner out using a die in a matching lilac card. Round the top edge of the box I have put some white and a light green lace.


On the lid there is a piece of the same patterned paper. I have then used a toning glitter 3D paste though  Clarity Stamps leaf spray stencil. To finish off the lid I have added a lovely matching feather, some lilac flower sprays and a few very pale green paper flowers.

I really enjoyed doing this project, made me feel like spring is just around the corner.

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:

Deep Ocean - ATG
TTCRD - ATG

Thursday, 24 December 2015

Merry Christmas Special Friend


A Christmas card for Christmas day sent to my very special friends. I really like Julia Watts work and have watched her demo a few times and this was done in tribute to her style.


There are ;ots of layers to this card. The background has been randomly stamped and then distresses around the edge. The Merry Christmas has been stamped on the square card then the merry has been stamped again on a separate piece of card and covered on a layer of glitter using double sided adhesive. with lots of die cutting for the flowers and leaves from Sue Wilson dies. I was pleased with the outcome.
Happy Christmas to all my friends and blog visitors.

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges

Fresh Brew - ATG Christmas
Crafty Hazelnuts - ATG Christmas
Emerald Faeries - Christmas
Let's Create - Use a Stamp
Sparkles Forum - Favourite Christmas colours
A Snowflake Promise - ATG Christmas
Holly Jolly Christmas - ATG Christmas
TTCRD - ATG
Simon Says Stamp - Winter Wonderland
Fashionable Stamping - Make your own Background

Friday, 4 December 2015

Creative Artiste DT


Well I would like to announce that I have been asked to join the Design Team for
and this is my first project for the December challenge which is 
Anything Goes.

I have always enjoyed making and altering things so now I can enjoy playing for a reason.


As Christmas is rapidly approaching I thought I would make my first project a Christmas one.
So I have made a box of Poinsettias. 
It starts out as a card in a box base, but I have folded the side down and shaped them to make it look a little different. The die cut poinsettias have been die cut using a Sue Wilson dies and Spellbinders dies. The top edge of the box and the top of the back have been edged with cotton lace.


I have die cut a variety of leaves including some Tim Holtz dies to fill in below the flowers. Then just added some berry stalks, tiny pinecones, and other leaves to add extra dimension.

I am really pleased to be working with some very talented ladies at Creative Artiste. Please pop over to the challenge blog and see what lovely things they have made too. 

I would like to enter this box in the following challnges
Scrap and Craft - Anything Christmas
ABC Christmas - 4x4 box
TTCRD - ATG
Try it on Tuesday - Bags and Boxes
We Love to Create - Mixed Media

Saturday, 28 November 2015

Gentle Dream


A nice simple CAS card done using all Clarity products today. I've enjoyed playing for a change although it didn't turn out as I originally intended.


I have used a Clarity stencil of lovely leaves. I have used Archival ink pads Tea Rose, Potting Shed, Cornflower Blue, Sap Green which i have applied with Clarity stencil brushes. Lastly a lovely Clarity sentiment stamp. Also I have applied glue through the stencil and added some glitter but that wouldn't show up on the photo which was a shame as it looked quite effective. But I hope you like it anyway.

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges
Clarity Stamps - Clean and Simple
Addicted to CAS - Dimension
Daring card makers - Something Stenciled
Colour Throwdown - Colour Inspiration
Everybody Art - Branch or leaf
TTCRD - ATG

Thursday, 26 November 2015

Old Codger


Hi Folks,
I thought I would share with you this fun card made for a friends birthday. I hope he finds it funny too.


I have coloured in the old guy in with alcohol pens. The rest of the card is quite simple with lots of plain and patterned layers and the image has been cut out with a spellbinders die. 

My next post will contain some interesting news so please pop back again soon.

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges;

4 Crafty Chicks - Masculine
Crafty Hazelnuts - ATG with patterned paper
Left of Centre - Use a Sentiment