Tuesday 22 December 2009

Dragon's Dream Tag Challenge Christmas

Told you I was having a play day!
I used Tim Holtz tattered Rose distress ink to tint the tag around the edge, and also to stamp some holly. Then in black versafine stamped the Noel by habico and coloured it in using Sakua gel pens, not played with those for a while. Then over stamped in black versafine with the holly stamps again. Very useful those little holly stamps, seemed to have used then on everything this Christmas!

Merry Christmas

Thought I would share with you a couple of the Christmas cards that I've made this year. Unfortunately the glitter on the Tree card doesn't show up very well. I love to see how the same ink can look completely different on various card stock. The tree's in the background are stamped directly on to stardream card, so it soaks in a bit. Whereas the main image is on Clarity matte card stock which shows the colour off beautifully. The arch window card was a result of a session with the ink bottles getting very mucky! great fun! Merry Christmas and happy New Year love Elizabeth xxx

Rainbow Lady's Challenge 83

Took a leaf out of Jenny's book and combined a challenge with a card that I needed, ie Husbands Christmas card! Have to confess I have been feeling a bit sad over the last few weeks, so decided that today was the day to have some crafting fun!! Hope you like the result.
Stamped the personal impressions rudolph stamp on to wood effect card, then drew around the stamped image with a fine line pen to create a stable and wooden panels. Stamped the image again but on to white card this time, and coloured it in with Lyra Polycolour pencils, cut out the elf, rudolph and door sign and glued them on the stable. Added some shading around the edge of the stable, made a folded back door and added brads for handles. Finished off with fine glitter glue for snow. That had to be the last card, surely?

Friday 4 December 2009

Crafty Ann's Challenge 3 Texture

I'm not quite sure how clearly this image will show up on here, but here it is anyway.
Today's plan was to spend the day cleaning and sorting things out ready for the Christmas Tree, cards, lights etc to go up. Ups!!!!
Instead have had lovely relaxing play with Cosmic Shimmer UTE and inks, much more fun than cleaning!
Stamped the Clarity seahorse and embossed with yummy Lapis Sapphire UTE, embossed it and then painted in the gaps with pink mica powder. I then gave it a couple of coatings of the Cosmic Shimmer UTE clear embossing powder, cracked around the edges and added some silver ink, to get in to the cracks, then re-heated it. It ended up with such a fab texture, but a couple of bubbles that just would not go, that's where the aurora borialis gem stones came in, as you know I do like a bit of sparkle!

Rainbow Lady's Challenge 81

The challenge was to use a Christmas Carol on a black card base. This is the stamp I bought whilst on the Stamp Addicts retreat back in June (can't wait for next year!) She is by Personal Impressions and I have used her on the bulk of my main Christmas cards.
I coloured her in with Lyra Polycolours and matted her onto silver holographic card and added gems in the corners. I did the same with the words, which are from a very well used Hot Off The Press kit.
I added ribbon and a large sprig of holly left over from a couple of Christmas's ago. Am starting to feel quite festive now, the Christmas light's are on in town, I've had my first mince pie, bring on the mulled wine and I will be happy!!

Thursday 3 December 2009

TIO 25 Blue Moon

Very cold here today, perfect crafting weather! Came upstairs this afternoon to tidy my craft haven and got side tracked by my ever growing box of inks, what an excuse!
Anyway here's my offering for Frankie's TIO 25 Challenge "Blue Moon" good job you can't hear my singing!
Masked off the moon with a post it note, and used Tim Holtz Aqua, Willow and Silver inks to create the background. Stamped Lavinia Fairies in Black Stazon, and then in Teal Blue Stazon added a mixture of snowflakes using some of the Hot Off the Press acrylic stamps.
Another Christmas card off the list!!!!

Friday 27 November 2009

Rainbow Lady's 19th November Challenge

Sorry I'm late Cynthia, but here is my entry complete with beads. I had to scan the pictures in as my camera was playing up, the images are not as clear as I would like them to be.
They are three A5 sized stretched canvas's, which I stencilled over peel offs with metallic acrylic paint. Carefully got rid of the peel offs, stipples on some seaweed and added some bugle beads in different shades of green for some texture. Some in the centre are sewn on, but where the canvas is stretched over the frame, I had to glue the beads on instead. There will probably end up in the upstairs bathroom when it is redone.

Tio Challenge 24

Here's my entry for Frankie's Gothic Arch challenge. Have had a little play with the inks this afternoon, I am green this week!
Played with Willow and Oregano inks along with Judi Kins Old Gold Mica Gloss to create the back ground.
Stamped with Lavina's Gothic window stamp, in versafine, then carefully added colour onto the window with a cotton wool bud.
Used Anna Griffin swirls stamps around the edge of the arch.
Hope you like.

Friday 20 November 2009

Crafty Ann's Challenge 2 Black White & 1 Colour

The second challenge has come around so quickly! Congratulations to Beryl a well deserved win on the first one. Everything on my desk is pink at the moment the paper, the ink and gems, so my colour is Pink to go along with the black and white. Put a hint of brilliance pearlescent purple (nearly pink) on to white card, to create shading around the edges and also in the centre. Stamped Lavinia's fairies with versafine black over the top. Christened my new Anna Griffin flourish stamps around the edge again in versafine, and matted card onto black cardstock. Used a pink card for my base and cut out some swirls from cricuits joys of the season cartridge in black. Made a frame with the swirls and added some glitter glue for fairie kisses. I finished off the card with a ready made slider and some black ribbon. Love black and pink together. Hope you enjoy. Elizabeth xxx

Thursday 19 November 2009

Dragon's Dream Tag Challenge - is back!!!

Yippee!! Honey this means you are feeling so much better xx Here is my little offering. Bought the stamps when we were on retreat with Stamp Addicts. They are by Rubber Stamp Concepts, and I hope the Angels show up on my scanned images as well as they stamp! Love playing with inks, my nails at the moment are a cross between blue and silver, fine for our WW girls night out, but from work Church (may have to go gold and red) sorry northern sense of humour kicking in! can't wait for next years retreat. See you there xxx

Sunday 15 November 2009

Bird House

It's a Crafty friend's Birthday this week and I never know what to buy for her! So when I spotted this plain little bird house in In-Store for £1-99, I thought how about decorating it?
I stamped the free little owl stamp from craft stamper magazine with black staz-on, along with a fence from messy rabbit, then added some tiny flowers and foliage from Anita's CD stamps using teal blue and hydrangea blue staz-on. And have coloured everything in with my Lyra Polycolour pencil's in the hope that they are waterproof? Quite fancy one of these myself, may just have to have anither trip into town in the morning!!

Friday 6 November 2009


Here's my entry for Craft Ann's first challenge celebration. I did this scrapbook page a couple of years ago for a competition in Papercraft Essentials and although I wasn't a winner, they actually printed it in issue 26.
The photo at the top of the page is of Gerry chasing confetti, hence the confetti and crystals tumbling down the page!
The black and white photo at the bottom of the page is one of my favourites, Mum, my Sister and I. We didn't know the picture was being taken so it's completely natural laughing, fillings and all!
The background paper is by Brenda Pinnock, I use a lot of her papers as I love the colours she chooses. The frames are left over bit's from an Anna Griffin kit. The title is cut out with the Hippie Chick alphabet on Cuttlebug and the confetti was made from various punches, along with aurora borialis crystals. Well I do like a little sparkle!

Wednesday 4 November 2009

Thank you card for my friend

OK am now addicted to this technique!
I made this card as a thank you to a dear friend of mine, for spoiling me with a whole forest of tree stamps, from Clarity for my Birthday.
Again I used the big and juicy spice ink pad to create the mountains and sun in the background.
I stamped the large fir tree and birds in the marvey heritage dark walnut.
I found the tag in a box of K&Co embellishments it says "Nature is the art of God" how very true! I used cut and dry to add some of the orange tones form the spice ink pad, and the stamped the top of the fir tree at the sides in the dark walnut ink.

Orange Sunset

I really enjoyed making this card although the colours are a little more subdued than the other cards I made.
I used the big and juicy ink pad in the spice colours, and again tore paper to create mountains.
I carefully followed all of Barbara's instructions and brayered over, moving the paper and re-braying to fade out the mountain range into the distance.
I punched a 1" hole in a piece of paper and then brayered over to create the sun.
I only used two stamps on this project the flock of birds and the large fir tree, both from Clarity both of which I stamped with Marvey Heritage in dark walnut.

Fairies in my garden

Have finally managed to sit down and spend some time playing with my new stamps, and having a well needed practice with my brayer!
I love playing with inks and started off by brayering the background with big and juicy in waterfall. I then ripped paper to create the mountains in the background and went over with the brayer again. Keeping the paper on I used cut and dry foam to edge the mountain with black versafine, to give them some definition. I then decided to brayer over the mountains again with Tim Holtz tattered rose ink. I decided to make the forefront of the picture look like water so I covered the lower half up and added versafine ink this time to the bottom of the mountains, to create what I hope looks like a shore. I used Lavina Stamps Fairy Castle, Fairy and toadstools along with Clarity's small foliage stamp and large oak tree.

Saturday 25 July 2009

Rainbow Lady's 23rd July Challenge WHEELS

First I scanned in our page from the local a-z, then played around changing the colour to make it look old and well worn. Printed it off, folded it and distressed the edges with a marvey heritage inkpad in timeless sepia. Dragged the same colour ink onto the edges of some honey coloured stardream card. Stamped out my vintage car onto some white card, coloured it in and then glazed with anita's 3d clear gloss. Finished off the card by stamping the word travel on to the bottom of the map, and added some dark grey metallic pearls at the corners. If you put your spec's on you might find me in K3!!

TIO13 Spots and Swirls in Pink

This is my tag for Frankie's TIO 13 challenge "Spots and swirls". The thank you stamp is one of the clear mini stamps by inkadinkado, and is a great size for atc's. The swirl stamp around the edge of the tag is by Heidi Grace and is one of many that live permenantly on my desk! I stamped the images with Versafine black ink and then coloured around the edge of the tag, shaded some of the swirls and coloured flowers with watercolour pencils. Finally I added some pink gems amonst the spotty swirls. Thank you Frankie for the challenge xxx

Saturday 18 July 2009

Rainbow Lady's 16th July Challenge HATS

This is the card I've made for the Hats Challenge, set by Rainbow Lady on the 16th July. The stamped image is one I received in the Rainbow Friends stamped image swap last month. So thank you Wanda for the Little girl and pony. I used my much loved new Lyra Polycolour pencils to colour them in, then changed the colour of my white stardream card using the peacock brilliance ink pad (my favourite at the moment!) to make it blue at the top and green at the bottom. I made a stable from some card with a wood grain on it, and added door handles with a fine liner pen. The grass and shovel were cut out on Cricut from the paper dollies cartridge and the flowers were sat on my desk!!

Thursday 18 June 2009

Frankies TIO8 Challenge Simplicity and Serenity

This is the Tag I made for Frankies TIO8 Challenge Simplicity and Serenity. The stamp is by penny Black and called quite dandy, and just happens to be one of my favorites!! I used Marvey Heritage ink pads in both Lavender Fields and Pond Green for the image. Then added some small clear gems for sparkle on the flower heads. I stippled around the edge of the tag with the Lavender Fields ink, and then added a white eyelet and some green ribbon to co-ordinate with the Pond Green ink.

Pictures from Retreat

Cynthia with her masterpiece in front of her, even her pencil case was purple!
Jenny looking very pleased with herself after completing her gorgeous oriental pop out card
Wanda modeling her card and hiding her inky fingers very well!
Frankie in Oriental Heaven need I say more!!!!!!!

Wednesday 17 June 2009

Stamp Addicts Retreat June 2009

What a fantastic weekend we had at the Stamp Addicts Rubber Stamping Retreat. From left to right we have Wanda, Jenny, Me, Frankie and Cynthia, all having a well deserved cuppa and bickies inbetween crafting sessions.
We had such a good time, that if the girl
s had given us the chance to book for next year, we would have done so there and then!!!