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Sail Away

I decided on a man’s card for this weeks class at Cottage Crafts, it looks quite a simple card but there are lots of different techniques to teach the girls which I know they are going to love My class girls struggle sometimes with distressing the edges so this time round I am going to show them how to blend with a brush.

Have stamped the three images onto watercolour card then used Distress Inks and the Memories Mist Iridescent which gives it such a gleam.

For more info about the classes please pop on over to Marina’s blog here.


Aloof Dressed In Inchies

Distressed wasn’t the word when I dropped a small can of red paint yesterday … Vogue Moulin Rouge … but lucky enough it was emulsion and cleaned up OK but that wasn’t the last of it. Had this great idea of painting some directly onto bubble wrap then running through the Spellbinders Grand Calibur. Guess who put to much paint onto the bubble wrap and it squigged out everywhere, another mess to clean up but the cardstock looked great. 😀 Couldn’t face making anything yesterday but today I was in the mood and below is my finished piece.

I used to love inchies but haven’t made anything with them for a long while so out came my new Studio 490 Stamps which I bought whilst back in the UK but only just getting around to using. You can actually buy stamps that are the perfect size for inchies but I have made my own. Stamped the flapper from the set onto a 5″ x 2″ piece of painted card (OK stop laughing), used Versamark and black embossing powder before cutting into 1″ squares. Trust me they are evenly spaced but the pic make them look lopsided!!!

Here is a close up of the cut out inchies and the bubble painted card (still hear you laughing). The parasol is from Crafty Individuals but the bumble bee has been cut into from the background paper to give more dimension.

Entering for Simon Says Stamp & Show – Depth Of Distress … which I think is just perfect for this piece considering the paint incident!!!!



This ATC came about because I saw Hels Sunday Stamper and she wants you to Pick A Pocket Or Two so decided to put a pocket on one of my ATC’s and add a tag … but not just any ole pocket … an acetate one. It didn’t show up so I stamped onto it with a sentiment still could hardly see it so blobbed ink onto it … not to bad … then the problems started how to attach it … remember it is only 3.5″ x 2.5″. I stitched it on but it looked awful so brain went into overdrive and I decided to add some brown lace around the edges … ah but what idiot didn’t change the white cotton. This was turning into a nightmare but then a lightbulb moment colour in the stitching with Pro markers … mmmm it didn’t look to bad anyway judge for yourselves 😯

It is such a surprise to see these colours when the tag is removed. If you look HERE you can see which ATC I have used this time … only five more to go.

Entering for: Sunday Stamper – You Gotta Pick A Pocket Or Two


Time For Tea With Bingo

What a clever Mr Tim to make these embossing folders a perfect size for ATC’s this is one from the Playing Games set, also have the Poker Face which is brilliant.

Love the Prima clear stamps these are another useful accessory for ATC’s as you can see below … used the Meadow Lark and Nature Garden very pretty.

To enhance the bird and flowers, coloured both with TH Markers then the Bingo, flowers plus the bird were given a coat of glossy accents. Finally another enhancement was to stitch along the little tape measure and the top of the cup … isn’t it always the way when I had finished and was giving the once over I realised I should have used TH Crackle Accents for the word BINGO … ah well!!!

My ATC’s are nearly coming to an end below is the last of my play around backgrounds, who can believe what you can make with a bit of paint, paste, masks, glimmer mists and embossing folders. These are all ready to embellish and you can just see the Little Car and Man on two of them.

Entering For: Simon Says Stamp & Show Challenge – Show A Bit Of Brown
Fun With ATC’s – Stamps on your ATC

Please scroll down for a look at more of my ATC’s


Two More

Me again with another 2 ATC’s … ah ha …what is she going to do with these you ask well …
a few of my teemie sisters from FSC are having a swap with me, Claire has first dibs of which ATC she wants so I decided to show them all to let her decide. More to come Claire so you don’t have to decide yet. 😆

Making these has been so satisfying because I have been playing around with moulding paste, crackle glaze, embossing folders and glimmer mists. Fun and play is the name of the game with crafting and I am certainly having both with these.

Entering for: Simon Says Stamp and Show – A Bit Of Brown
ATC’s & Cards With Attitude – Anything Goes



This is the other ATC I wanted to show you … it shows more of the background which I made with the modelling paste and acrylic paint.
When I mixed the paste and paint together I dragged it through a piece of sequin waste which gave it dimension and so touchy feely. The edges have been inked with Chipped Sapphire.

This one is probably my fave so far because the background was a bit left over from a piece of card that I gessoed and then stamped into. The doily was inked then the edges were patted with versamark before being covered with clear embossing powder. Placed it onto the card and spritzed with Key Lime Pie Glimmer Mist. Image is from a CD which I stamped over with the Prima Frame Stamp called Believe, lastly I stitched around the image to make it pop more.


Just Thinking

Back from my play day just in time to show you another ATC which I made.
What did I play around with today I hear you ask, well check out that background it was made with modelling paste and acrylic paint. It is so touchy feely and very dimensional, if I get time to take a pick of the other ATC you will be able to see more of the background. Acrylic paint used is docrafts Avocado with Fired Brick distress ink around the edges.


Vintage ATC’s

A real quickie post this morning as I have just had a phone call from a friend asking if I am up for a crafting sess this morning … am I wahoo.

These two ATC’s are what I made yesterday with left overs that were on my desk. This is me gone ….


New Neighbours Again

Just had to capture this pic of Penny we have new neighbours again we have different ones at least 4 times a year. Poor Penny is never amused and just stares willing them to go away.

Here are the neighbours who Penny is giving the evil to.

Can you see all that uncut grass … what a pain … on Sunday Andrew was out mowing the grass, he got 10 mins from the end and the mower packed in … one very unhappy bunny.

Lastly the pic below is a view from our bedroom window … oh so quiet and peaceful.

No pics of Byron because he is under house arrest we walk him on the lead. Just can’t trust him off as we have rabbits all over the place and he keeps trying to catch them by sticking his body into their warrens he comes back absolutely filthy, covered in mud and dirt.


Nature Sew Enjoyable

I sew 😆 enjoyed this project, a bit time consuming but very enjoyable.

Stamped the honey bee image onto a piece of white Aida fabric (think it was a 27 count) then embroidered it, how cool is that really pleased with how it turned out.

I was lucky enough to win these Honey Bee Stamps from Chocolate Baroque some time ago and I was just waiting for the right time to use them so as soon as I saw what my teemie sister Yvonne had picked for her theme at Fashionable Stamping Challenges I knew I was going to have a play with them.

What is the theme I hear you asking … NATURE … what else could it have been 😎
I chose all of the colours for this project because they remind me of nature … Sunshine, Greenery and Woodland.

The first lot of pics is how everything looked before I knew what I was going to make for my DT piece … didn’t use everything shown.

Can you see the little jam jar in the 3rd pic well in there is a piece of ribbon and lace soaking in the new TH DI called Squeezed Lemonade.
I find this the easiest way to do it if I want to change the colour of my ribbons or lace (anything really).

More pics but these are of the stamped embroidered Bumble Bee which when finished was backed with some wadding, stitched to keep in place, spritzed with Tattered Angels Gold Glimmer Mist … (masked off first) … die cut then lastly frayed the edges.

The beehive is stamped onto cotton gauze fabric which I coloured in with copic markers, also padded it with wadding, stitched around the edges then finished off with Picking shears … all left over from my sewing days plus the hoop is another left over from my cross stitch days. Added an eyelet so that I could slip the ribbon through from the recycled envelope.

Anyway this is what I finally pieced together … a recycled envelope which when opened has two tags in the pockets with loads more lovely things done to them. The backing is my fave cereal box painted with emulsion then crackle glazed before being inked and stamped onto. The stamping on the tags has been gold embossed and then lightly coloured with copic markers.

So hope you have enjoyed the before and after but you really should take a look at the Fashionettes work displayed today it is all stunning.

Entering for: Sugar Creek Hollow – More Is Better
Crafty Boots Challenge – Material
Tando Creative Challenge – Fabric