Hello, yes, it's that time of the year when we get in the mood for Halloween at TioT.
I've made a card using a witch die cut, cut from some shiny black card along with a cauldron image I found on the internet, which I coloured with Promarkers. I used Distress Inks for the background and added some stars cut from Brushed Pewter stained white and black card. A torn piece of die cut and some 'spiders web' - that stuff's got a mind of it's own - and then my plastic spider - yuk - I don't like spiders. As my Witch is cooking up something strange, a computer sentiment.
The rest of the DT have some wonderful inspiration for you, so please pop over to the blog to see their spooky creations.
Hello, this is a scheduled post as I couldn't miss telling you about the new challenge at Fashionable Stamping and for this fortnight Shirley chose the theme of 'Time Waits for No Man'
I've used two old Crafty Individual stamps for my card. I stamped the Gent and cogs stamp directly onto an Oxide inked background, masked the image before stamping the clocks label as a background. I also stamped the image onto white card, fussy cut the gent and then using Versamark and Clear EP, heat embossed. The sentiment was printed on the computer and coloured with the Oxides.
The rest of the team have some great inspiration for you, so please pop over to the main blog, where you will also find all the challenge details. We have InkArt as our sponsor who are offering one lucky random winner a stamp from their online store.
Hello, a couple of weeks ago I was lucky and won the challenge at Stamping Sensations and they asked if I would like to join them as a Guest Designer for their October Autumn Glory challenge
I've used a Flonzcraft stamp, stamped in Black and heat embossed with clear EP. I started with Fossilized Amber, Wilted Violet, Seedless Preserves and Rusty Hinge DIs to colour my layers.
The base layer was stamped with a small leaf from Artistic Outpost using Rusty Hinge and Vintage Photo.
The DT at Stamping Sensations have some wonderful inspiration for you, so why not pop over to the blog for all the details.
We're off on holiday on Tuesday, so things will be a little quiet around here, but there are a couple of scheduled DT posts lined up. I need to to start the packing now, but whatever you're doing, have a great day.
Hello, it's time for a new challenge at Try it on Tuesday and for this fortnight the theme is 'Time/Clocks'
I've used the Tim Holtz Alarm clock coloured with Brushed Pewter and Tarnished Brass stains and added a clock face from the Thrift Shop Ephemera pack. The background was made using Oxide inks and with such a pretty dress on my little paper doll, it just had to be Party Time, which was printed on the computer.
The rest of the DT have some great inspiration for you, so please pop over to the main blog for all the details.
Hello, and thanks for calling in, I've another card to share using my new Rubber Dance stamp. This time I've fussy cut the lady from the background, coloured her with Distress Crayons and matted her onto a piece of Oxide coloured card and lightly stamped the Tim Holtz Papillion background adding some faux stitching. The base card uses the first and less watered application of the inks.
The sentiment was printed on the computer, I also added Frosted Lace stickles over the word Sparkle. then added some die cut wildflowers, again, coloured with Distress Crayons.
Hello, I've not had much inspiration or time in the craft room lately, but as I've got four 'girly' birthdays this month, it's given me the push to get my act together and get organised. As a little incentive to get motivated, I bought this Dancing Woman stamp from Rubber Dance and she's been well inked this last week.
The card base had already been embossed with crackle paste through the Flourish stencil and was in the 'bits box' so I dipped it in Worn Lipstick, Fossilized Amber and Antique Linen DOX. I used Brushed Pewter Distress paint and my trusty finger over the embossed cracks - which gave it a look of Mother of Pearl! The stamped panel was a mop up piece, again in the bits box, that must have mopped up some Brushed Pewter stain along the way as it has a lovely sheen, I used Worn Lipstick DI to emphasise her dress and Wilted Violet to the flowers. The sentiment is computer. I used a dull silver card to mat.
Hello, it's time for a new challenge at Try it on Tuesday and this fortnight it's 'Stitch It' and as usual it's up to you what you make as long as there's some stitching - real or faux.
I haven't used my Dress form die for a long time, so this was a great opportunity. I cut 2 from white card, stained the base and top of one with Vintage Photo Distress Oxide, the other was trimmed to leave just the body, to which I glued some printed linen and trimmed to shape.
The DP was trimmed and pieced and I machine stitched the border, I used a Rose stencil with DIs and then stamped and clear embossed the G 45 and Tim Holtz words.
The rest of the DT have some fabulous inspiration for you, so please pop over to the main blog for all the details.
Hello, I don't know about you, but I'm a bit of a messy crafter. However, fortunately for the craft room, my friend comes over most Thursdays and I have to tidy to make room for her which means the 'box of bits' keeps getting bigger. I try to use them up from time to time and always feel good if I can make a dent - no matter how small, so here goes...
This crackle background was the 'try' when I first got DecoArt Crackle Paint, applying different thicknesses and after drying this was too good to throw, so in the box it went. I've now used Distress Sprays Tumbled Glass and Chipped Sapphire and just left it to dry in the cracks and added some stencilling for interest. These sentiments had been stamped for something else, so I cut them apart and rearranged and also cut apart my little Paper doll boy as his friend/brother looked a bit timid for what I had in mind. He reminds me of my son, not in looks but whenever we took a picture of him and said 'smile' he always stood to attention!
I am going to enter this at Tag Tuesday as their theme is Use Your Scraps.
Hello, it's time to tell you about the new challenge at Try it on Tuesday and for this fortnight it's 'In My Garden'
I decided to use my new Paper Artsy Kay Carley stamps. I stamped with Black Archival and heat set with Clear EP, I also stamped a couple of masks on post-it notes so I could layer the flowers. Leaving the masks in place, I coloured the background with Distress Inks in Tumbled Glass and Broken China and then sprinkled on PA Infusions In the Navy. Unfortunately a little of the Infusions sneaked under the mask, but after colouring the flowers, it didn't really spoil. The sentiment is from a Jofy set.
It would be lovely to see what's in your garden, so why not join in. The rest of the DT have some great inspiration for you, so please pop over to the main blog, where you'll also find all the details.
Hello, it's time for a new challenge at Fashionable Stamping and this time Dot has chosen 'Use Your Inks' and you can use them anyway as long as you use them to stamp as well.
The prize for the Lucky random winner will be a stamp from our Sponsor Ink Art Designs.
For the background of my card I took inspiration from Brenda who made this tag a while ago. I loved the background, and as I've had this stamp from Crafty Individuals for quite a while (un-inked), thought it might be something to try for my 'inky' piece. I used Antique Linen, Tumbled Glass and Shaded Lilac and Stormy Sky DIs and spritzed and dripped with water. Then stamped randomly using two colours, I used Frayed Burlap and Dusty Concord.
My butterfly was stamped with Black Archival and I watercoloured with Fossilized Amber DI, when it was dry I applied a little Frosted Lace stickles and rubbed over with my finger, which just left a feint shimmer. I decided on the position of the butterfly and then stamped the antennae with black so that I didn't have to fussy cut this part. I masked off part of the sentiment and again stamped with the two inks.
The base layer was distressed with inks and then a script stamp using Frayed Burlap.
The rest of the Design Team have some wonderful inspiration for you, so please pop over to the main blog, where you will also find all the challenge details.
Hello and thanks for calling in today, I've got another card to share and to remind you that you still have another week left to join in the Post Card( Mail Art) challenge at Try it on Tuesday.
I've had this image for a couple of years - one of those just had to have stamps, but it hasn't bee inked up very often, so this was a good opportunity, I've stamped it twice, but only coloured the top rose with Aged Mahogany Distress ink, both layers were dipped in Vintage Photo Oxide ink. The DP was sent to me by my lovely friend Chrissie and was just perfect for this card. The sentiment came free with a magazine.
Well I've got my fingers crossed for a better week, we had no internet last weekend and then I've had major computer problems, but with a little help from DD, which at first didn't seem to solve anything, it's now behaving, so with some luck we'll get back to normal.
Hello, It's time for a new challenge at Try it on Tuesday and for this fortnight it's 'Postcards' and we would like you to either Make/Design or include a Postcard on your project.
I've made a little seaside scene using Crafty Individuals stamps which were fussy cut and coloured, and then arranged on a paper napkin, that was included with a birthday card from my DT friend Yvonne, which I adhered to the base card.
The rest of the DT have some wonderful designs for your inspiration, so please pop over to the main blog, where you will also find all the challenge details.
Hello and thanks for calling in, I've actually got round to inking up some new PaperArtsey stamps that I bought at Happy Stampers in May.
I need a couple of 'flat' birthday cards to go in the post, so with a little bit of colouring and a background of Yellow Brushos and Wild Honey DI stenciling, a quick card and that's one done.
Something a bit different for me.
Hello and thanks for calling in, this poor little blogs been a bit neglected lately, but a wet weekend resulted in some productive play time for a change.
I was wondering what this little girl has could sit on and as she has such a dreamy expression I thought about her just sitting and watching with nothing to do. So here she is sitting on the garden wall in the sunshine.
I used Crackle paint through a brick stencil and when dry, rubbed the Distress crayons over and then highlighted the brick pattern with a white pen. Tumbled Glass crayon for the sky, then Squeezed Lemonade crayon through a stencil for the sun rays and some wildflowers to complete the scene.
Thought this sentiment was just right.
Lots of showers forecast for this week, so I hope this little girl made the most of her sunshine!
Hello, 'Let it Shine' is the new challenge at Try it on Tuesday this fortnight, and as usual it's up to you how you interpret this theme, I've gone for Moonshine.
I got this quote in a bargain bin at the Crafty Individuals stall at Happy Stampers in May and have been wanting to use it, and thought it went so well with the little dancing girl from the Paper Dolls.
I used a Clarity stamp for the moon, masked it and then sprinkled PaperArtsy In the Navy infusions.
the shading on the lower half was done with Bundled Sage DI. I die cut some black wildflowers, randomly pressed them into a Versamark pad and brushed over some Perfect Pearls. As we had the moonlight, we had to have the stars, these were stamped and embossed with silver and gold EP.
The rest of the DT have some very varied inspiration for you, so please pop over to the main blog and you'll also find all the challenge details.
Hello, and thanks for calling in, don't know what your weather's like, but we had a really wet day yesterday, so I had a lovely day in the craft room, caught up on a couple of DT pieces and finished a card using a Distress Oxide background made a while ago.
I've cut apart one of the Paper dolls and partially masked two stamps to create the sentiments.
Hello, I thought I'd just pop in to tell you that there's a new challenge at Fashionable Stamping and for this month it's 'Gone Fishing' The Design Team have some great inspiration for you so please pop over to see.
Unfortunately, I've not had much time to get into the craft room this past month so was unable to complete anything for this challenge, but if you like the theme, why not try your hand as there's always a random winner with a great prize from Ink Art Designs.
Have a great day, and thanks for calling in.
Hello, it's time for a new challenge at Try it on Tuesday and this fortnight our theme is 'Tags'
I used corrugated card for my tag and smeared on a rough coat of Gesso before applying a coat of DecoArt Crackle paint. Next came a sprinkling of PaperArtsy Infusions in Slime and a good spritz of water. I must admit that no matter how many times I've tried to photograph this tag the colours either look too pale or too dark - sorry.
I've layered up a some Wildflowers, greens and twine over a Frameworks die cut and finished with a twine bow.
The rest of the Design Team have some great inspirations for you, so please pop over to the main blog and you'll also find all the challenge details.
Thanks for all your best wishes for hubby, I'm pleased to say he's recovering well.
Hello.....and thanks for calling in today, it's the end of June, and this is the first 'live' post of the month, I know we all call Blogger, but at least it does schedule posts.
We had a lovely holiday at the beginning of June in Icshia, a small island in the Bay of Naples, but that all seems like a distant memory now, as we were only home a few days when hubby became very poorly and ended up in hospital with Pneumonia, but after a week on ICCU I'm pleased to say, he's now recovering well and hopefully, life is returning to normal and hopefully crafting and blogging can resume.
As a start, I thought I'd share this card which was made a while ago using a background and mop up from one of my first plays with the Oxide inks, I stamped the TH Wildflowers with Black and heat set using clear EP. I loved the background colours, but it reminded me of a stormy sky and as the sun was shining, it didn't get blogged at the time, I wish our stormy sky outside my window looked as pretty as this instead of just grey!
Well that's it for now, I'll be catching up with you very soon.
Hello and thanks for calling in today, it was my time to pick the theme this month at Fashionable Stamping Challenges and I chose 'Feminine' and if you like the theme, you still have time to enter.
As it was my theme, I decided to add another piece using some new Stampendous Andy Skinner Shabby Chic stamps. Again I've printed out a label I found on the internet, re sized and then stamped the corset image in the center.
The box was left over from my favorite mint tea bags, was covered with a mix of Distress paints using a dry brush. I did some second generation stamping with some of the other labels from the set
giving a worn vintage look to the box.
A few Sizzix Tiny tattered roses and leaves and a pretty bow to complete.
You still have time to enter the challenge and you can find all the details here.
Hello, it's time for a new challenge at Try it on Tuesday and for this fortnight we have Letters or Numbers of you can even use both if you want.
I've got a lot of birthdays coming up so a great opportunity to use one of my favorite stamps, the sassy lady from Dyan Reavely's Couture set. I stamped the image with Black Archival and heat set using clear EP before colouring the background with Oxide inks in Fossilized amber, Worn lipstick and Wilted Violet, using a blending tool and then spritzing on lots of water. I also coloured a piece of card with Wilted Violet and stamped and fussy cut the coat, hat and bow. My numbers are rub-ons and the sentiment is a freebie from Creative Stamping, bought just for the sentiment!
The rest of the team have some great inspiration for you, so please pop over to the main blog for all the details.
Hello, time to tell you about the new challenge at Fashionable Stamping and for this month it was my turn to pick the theme which is 'Make it Feminine'
A while back I printed off a couple of frames from the internet and this one was just right size for IndigoBlu's ' Elsie' . I made a background with lots of water and Oxide inks Fossilized Amber and Broken China. I stamped the Stampendous Blossom Spray with Fossilized Amber and then lightly coloured the leaves and blossom using a rolled up blending sponge with Peeled paint and Worn Lipstick. The wildflower die cuts were coloured with DIs.
We have InkArt Designs as our sponsor for this challenge and they are offering one lucky random winner a stamp from their shop, and don't forget there's also a picked Top 3. For all the details, please pop over to the main blog.
Again, a scheduled post, and if I haven't visited lately, I'll be around later in the week.
Hello and thanks for calling in, today sees the start of a new challenge at Try it on Tuesday and this fortnight the theme is Steampunk /Mechanical. As usual it's up to you what you make as long as it follows the theme.
I've made a card with an industrial look using card covered with metal foil tape embossed with a Spelbinders EF for the base and then black card embossed with a Tim Holtz cogs folder, I used Treasure Gold in Aquamarine on some of the raised parts. The gears die cut was covered with paint and a copper embossing powder. My three gents are an old Tim Holtz stamp again layered on some embossed metal card.
The rest of the DT have some wonderful inspirations for you, so please pop over to the main blog where you will also find the challenge details and some news!
This is a scheduled post as we are on holiday in Italy, hopefully enjoying some lovely sunshine and drinking lots of local wine, not too sure how good the internet will be, so if I don't catch up with you soon, see you next week.
Hello and thanks for visiting today, I've another little inspirational piece for Try it on Tuesday where our theme this fortnight is Feathered Friends.
I used embossing paste through the Tim Holtz Woodgrain stencil, for the base layer, it was coloured with Distress ink and crayons. I used a couple of bits of TH idea-ology and some Wildflowers along with a stamped quote is from Artistic Outpost.
You still have another week to join in, so why not head over to the main blog for all the details.
Hope you all had a lovely bank Holiday and that the weather didn/t spoil your fun.
Hello and thanks for calling in, today sees the start of a new challenge at Try it on Tuesday and for this fortnight it's Feathered Friends.
It's been a while since I did a page in my little Journal that I started after doing Marjie Kempers online class, and I already had a spring coloured background of Wrinkle free Distress using Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed and Tumble Glass reinker. I've used an IndigoBlu stencil and the leaf elements from a Kay Carley flower set of stamps I bought a HS. The stamped sentiment is from Artistic Outpost Serenity plate and the little bird is PaperArtsy, along with some random music script.
The rest of the DT have some great inspiration for you, so please pop over to the main blog for all the details.
Hi, my name is Avril and I live in the North East of England. I have always been interested in crafting , usually of the needlework kind. However, since discovering card making, it has become a bit of an 'addiction' .