Saturday, 30 May 2015


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Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Make A Wish....

Hi Everyone

Over at WOW HQ this month is SKETCH time!

Click here to enter our current challenge and win some Wow! Embossing Powders!!

I have chosen number 1.  I Started with a black card and used 'Make a Wish' flowers as a background with London Fog ink from Memento.

I then used Tim Holt's die cuts of a cogg, a ticket and used Spellbinder ' Timeless Rectangle for the layer underneath the ticket.

I covered the rectangle with Versamark then heat set with the new Chocolate Caramel Pearl embossing powder.  I stamped the cogg with  'Cracked leather' stamp and Versamark and heat set with Ebony embossing powder.  Then fully covered it with Versamark again and heat set with the Chocolate Caramel Pearl.  The image of the cracked leather shows through.

The tickets I stamped with versamark and  the 'Express Yourself'' words. 'Make a wish' came from the  'Make a Wish' stamp set.  I then inked with distress inks and added again a soft background of the butterfly and small flower from the Make a Wish set with London fog ink again.

How you have a great month deciding which sketch to use - or be bold and use all four of them.

Take care

Monday, 13 April 2015

I can see a Rainbow........

Hi Everyone

This month at WOW HQ is the theme RAINBOWS.

I started with some watercolour paper and used the stamp 'Vintage Wallpaer' with Versamark and Bright White embossing powder.  I heatset the image.

I then used my H2Os (watercolour paints) and wet the paper.  I then used the colours of the rainbow paints over the image.  As the image is embossed it will repel the water.

I then placed a piece of kitchen roll over the top to soak up the excess colours.

I then stamped out the saying 'Live Life Laugh Often' from the 'Love Beyond Measure' set and used the technigue as above.  I then cut this out.

The card was put together with a black mat, and a pink ribbon.

I am also entering this into the Take it, Make it Challenge over at the Craft Stamper Magazine blog - Take a Technique - Colour. 

Hope you have a colourful month!


Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Take a Walk on The Wild Side!

Hi Everyone,

This week at Stampotique is NEON COLOURS.

I started out with painting a tag in black Gesso.

Then I used Versamark and 3 different stencils- sunburst - numbers - dots, making a background - overlapping each stencil.

I then used the following WOW embossing powders: Fluorescent yellow, Fluorescent magenta, Fluorescent blue, Fluorescent green, Fluorescent tickle pink, Fluorescent orange, Fluorescent pink, fucia fusion and mandarin and covered the Versamark with a bit of each colour.  I then heat set this background.  Over the top of this I stamped out a few times,  the Stampotique dandelion duo and used Versamark and Ebony embossing powder, heat setting them.  I got a fine marker pen and also put black dots around some of the embossed dots.

I then stamped 'SHEER' out onto white cardstock with Versamark and Ebony embossing powder and heat set this image.  I then got some neon backing paper and stamped out 'SHEER again on different parts of the paper to get different colours, and then cut out the T. Shirt, skirt, tights and shoes from these and paper pieced onto the original stamped image.  Her hair and skin I coloured with Pro Markers and drew some glasses and cut these out.

The saying 'Hey babe, take a walk on the wild side'  is from a song by Lou Reed and the idea came from a picture I saw on the internet with it attached.I typed this out and printed it off onto patterned background card.

Go wild this week with your colours....

Saturday, 14 March 2015

Reach for the Stars

Hi Everyone

Over at Stampotique this week is SDC 186 - Stars.

 I started with a Tim Holz tag and spritzed some dark inks onto a craft mat.  I then moved my tag through the inks from left to right making the pattern on the tag.  I then left this to dry.

Then with some watercolour pencils I coloured in some of the uninked areas.

With my Studio 490 'License Plate Art' Stamps I stamped out the numbers block down the right hand side with black memento ink.  I then used Distress stain on a Dina Waklay 'Grungy Circles' and stamped this out onto the tag.

I then used Dina Waklay 'Script Star' stamps and DeeGruenig blending block ink and stamped out 3 stars, onto white cardstock then cut them out gluing them onto the tag.  

Relaxin' was stamped and coloured in then cut out and glued onto the tag, adding 3 crows to her side from the Studio 490 stamp plate, as before.

The saying 'There wouldn't be a sky full of stars if we were all meant to wish on the same one' -Frances Clark 
was taken from the internet.

Hope you reach for the stars this week.....

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Springtime in Monocrome!

Hi Everyone

Over at WOW HQ this month is the theme of Spring.

I decided to use the stamps 'Make a Wish' and 'Lace' in my project and make it monocrome.

I firstly made the background by using a leaf embossing folder from Sheena Douglas and white cardstock running this through my E Bosser.

I then used the technique 'background with an acrylic block'.  I placed on my Slim Jim's black and white acrylic paint dots then squashed a further acrylic block on top of this making a pattern with the paint.  I then pulled them apart and transferred the paint pattern onto a piece of white cardstock, by placing the block onto the card.  I then let these dry.

The trees I used the stem from the 'Make a Wish' large dandelion and added on top, half of the lace stamp cut like a tree.  I then stamped out the lace a further 3 times and cut out the flowers. I used one on each tree and the rest were cut in half and used as decoration on the top and bottom of the card.

All the items were stamped and inked with Versamark and heat set with WOW ebony embossing powder.

The picture was then framed with black cardstock.

Get yourself some blocks - one colour and try some different techniques. Think outside the box with your stamps.

I am also entering this into blogworld:
Craft Stamper -Take a Stamp
Artistic Stamper - Spring is coming
Runway inspired - Black and White 


Monday, 9 March 2015

You Inspire Me

Hi Everyone

Well over at the Craft Stamper Magazine blog, my name was drawn out to win some of Kim Costello's photo polymer stamps and I chose these:

Spritz and Speckles/Just Because

From these stamps I created:

I started by using gesso all over a plastic picture frame I purchased from a jumble sale for £1.  Then used acrylic metallic paint and my finger to daub, grey and bronze onto the etching around the frame.

I then used watercolour paper and spritzed my Ranger, Dylusions, and Mica sprays in browns all over the paper and added Dylusions white spray over the top for a misty and aged look.  I then let it dry.

I then used Kim's stamps on the background with memento inks.  BECAUSE was stamped out and heat set with WOW clear embossing powder, then cut out and aged by taking a pair on scissors and distressing around the cut out word. The other words 'you inspire me' were stamped onto the background paper, under the larger word.

The cogs are from the Tim Holtz Alterations 'Gadget Gears' and were painted with H2O's then run through an embossing folder.  I added black ink to the raised embossed areas and rubbed it off with a dry cloth, again to give an aged look. 

I have used a bottle top with a stamped image of a woman's face inside, cork flower made with Tim Holtz Tattered Flower die, old watch face and hand, embellishments of a pair of scissors, peg, metal butterfly, Tim Holtz brass pin and a small cotton reel.
Pop over to Kim's blog for more ideas and techniques together with her range of stamps to purchase.

I am also entering this into the following challenges:
Hope I have inspired you to visit some jumble sales and charity shops!

Saturday, 21 February 2015

What do I do with this INK?


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Hi Everyone

Just come across this FREE course from Stampington and Co for any of you who are in a whirl about inks, the different types and what to do with them. Just lick on the link.


Sunday, 15 February 2015

My Simple Love of Making Things

Hi Everyone

Over at Stampotique this week is 'Its all love and hearts.'

This canvas came to me yesterday morning as I got up and I quickly went and wrote down what I saw in my head.

I started with an old canvas I purchased from a charity shop for £1.
I then covered it in White Gesso and let it dry. 
 I then made a stencil from a Marianne Design Die of a brick wall and put moulding paste through it using it as a stencil onto the canvas and let it set.  The embossing folder that came with the die I put through my E Bosser and then added acrylic paint over the top in gold, silver and bronze to give an 'antique' feel to it. 
I then added some Tim Holtz 'words' tissue paper onto the canvas with clear gesso. 
The flowers I made from scraps of decorative cardstock, some WOW embossing glitters and a Cuttlebug Quilled Chrysanthemum die.
I spritzed the canvas with Ranger Inks, and Dylusions.
The cogs are a sizzix die called thinlits 'Rondeaux'  I then put them through a 'distress' Crafters Comapnion Embossing folder giving a distressed look and again added acrylic paint on top in the same colours as before.
The words are made from cardboard.
'JAMMIN' was coloured in with Distress pens and cut out.
The pocket he is in was found on a coat my daughter purchased and it had a plastic tag on it. I used a hot glue gun to stick the items on it as I thought they would be a little heavy for normal glue.  I started by decorating it with odd strips of material I have in my stash, then added some nuts and bolts from my husbands stash, an old key, cork, bottle top, woodchip butterfly and dragonfly, a heart embellishment, a small cotton reel, a peg, dowling and washers. (PHEW!).  I then covered everything with black Gesso and let it dry.  I then got a piece of sponge and my embossing ink refil bottle and dabbed the ink onto the sponge all over the black Gesso.  I then got my mica powders and dabbed them all over the embellishments.  I then glued the tag onto the canvas.
At Tim Hotz this month is the title My Simple Love of Making Things  and I think this about sums my canvas up with my FAB tag!

Hope I have inspired you to have a rummage through your bits and bobs!   

I am also entering this into the monthly challenge over at the Craft Stamper Magazine of 'Stenciling'


Sunday, 8 February 2015

A Little Birdie Told Me

Hi Everyone

It's a long time since I joined in at Stampotique as I have been away with work commitments and that thing that gets in the way of crafting - LIFE.

Anyway I hope to change this and I am starting off with SDC 181 Orange and Lemon.

I started with a geli plate background of green and orange, incorporating some household objects in making the background such as bottle tops and a stippling brush, then I used a sponge stamp of Mr Moon and a grid mask which I stamped out with yellow acrylic paint.

I then added orange marmalade distress ink to a branch stamp, and stamped and coloured in 'Birdy Bonnets'

My quote this week is:

I didn't need a burning sun and a cooling moon to show me my way, just want you to hold me whenever I tumble'

Take Care

Sue x