Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Mail Art Notelet and Envelope

This morning saw me getting inspired and inky to create some Mail Art for a challenge on

For my entry I have used Stampotique stamps 'Head' and 'Hare' to decorate a notecard and envelope that I swept with Tim Holtz Mini distress inkpads in 'Abondoned Coral' and 'Fossilized Amber'. I also used elements from stamp sets My Minds Eye - Everyday Fun KFD139 and Kanban Crafts - Keys A56007  to add detail and a 'Hello' stamp from my stash.  Letraset Promarkers were used to colour the images.
I am entering this into

Monday, 22 August 2016

Polka Dot Train

I haven't added to my blog for ages but have promised myself that I will try to be more active on it, so here goes!!!  
For Stampotique Design Challenge #255 - Use Polka Dot.

 I used a background of watercolour paints sprinkled with rock salt, in soft pinks and greens, for this piece and then I inked it in places to create a deeper green and to add interest. I stamped a polka dot track using distress inks and added a cut out stamped sign with a handwritten warning and some stamped flowers and swirly leaves. 
I love my Roc Nicholas Scooter girl from Stampotique Originals. She was repeat stamped, coloured with Spectrum Noir and Marvy le plume pens and then paper pieced to form the train and carriages (the chain links were drawn in with a fineliner pen). Finally 3d gloss was added to the wheels, her crown and eyes and to the flower centres, just to add a little texture.   I hope you like it.

Monday, 3 September 2012

First attempt

I love doodling, as do several of my craft buddies, but I usually doodle freely in my artwork rarely using stamps etc. Lisa (Link here: ) one of my craft buddies is a stampaholic and does some amazing doodles which also incorporate some stamping. They are often 'weird and wonderful' and I love them. I always feel inspired by the little stories she journals on them and I've always wanted to have a go but I don't own any 'weird character' stamps of my own ( Yet!! ). 

When we last got together I borrowed some of her much loved 'Stampotique' stamps 
(link: ) 
to stamp up a couple of  images and so the other night while hubby was watching the Paralympics, out came my trusty Promarkers and my fine-liner pens along with a couple of texture background stamps and my black ink and these were my results. 

They're no where near as intriguing as Lisa's but I've had a go and  really enjoyed doing them. 
I  have to say though Lisa, I think I've 
caught the 'weird' bug and it's your fault
 that I now have even more ideas to add
 to my evergrowing Christmas wish list.  LOL

Well, we can all dream-can't we?

Friday, 31 August 2012

Going Potty !!

This  is the kind of gardening I never mind doing!!

This morning found me up extra early so I decided to start on a card for my mom to give to her gardener (someone too close to me to mention as it needs to stay secret until 13th September).

Mom fell in love with my set of Lakeland stamps and insisted I used them for his card.
"It must have his wellies and that wiggly worm" she said.

So here it is complete apart from the insert as  I've got to find some suitable words.

I used a texture stamp from my SeeDees Tropical set for the background and coloured the images with Promarkers. The plants were stamped directly onto the card but everything else stamped, cut out and then added. The wellies and flowerpots have been raised with foam tape and the wellies, ladybird, worm and handles of the tools have all been 3D glossed.

As I had stamped a few extra images I decided to carry on and use them up on a second card to pop in my box.

This time I added a watering can instead of the wellies and chose a snail instead of a worm.  Of course, with my love of snails that is almost inevitable


I hadn't got a shelf stamp or anything to resemble one so I drew my own with a fineline pen. Again I raised the watering can and the flowerpots with foam tape. The stack of plant pots was just some odd ones that I glued on top of each other.

Ooops!!! I've just realised I haven't 3D glossed the ladybird and snail, better go and do it now before I forget. 

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Win some blog candy from the craftbarn.

For a chance to win some fantastic blog candy go to and find out how.

Bear with Balloons

I was tidying a few bits and pieces off my craft worktop today and came across some balloon brads that I feel I've had in my stash forever. My daughter bought them for me but I've never really known what to use them on. As I needed to make a card pretty quickly for my 10 year old nephew I decided to put them to good use along with a Forever Friends Bear stamp that rarely comes out of the drawer and some paper I've also had for ages.

If I can get the link right I am going to enter this in the Sketch Saturday Challenge.

Doodling in the Rhine Valley

I made these ATCs while on holiday at
beautiful Rudesheim in the Rhine Valley.

Lots of time to relax and chill but no crafting stash apart from a few ATC cards, a fineliner pen and a few Promarkers.

I think a boat ride along the meandering River Rhine must have inspired me a bit as on return home I noticed I had doodled quite a few 'loops' and 'boat-looking' thingy's on a couple of them.

This one is my favourite.