Friday, 28 January 2011


It's Alter it with Wings on Try it on Tuesday this week.

Last year I mentioned that I had bought some large German Scrap wings in Covent Garden and I was waiting for the right project to use them on - well this is it!

I started with a black mirror from Ikea and covered it with gesso and then cream paint .

I added some Viva Terra for texture and also patches of Viva Decor gold Ferro.  I spritzed a text stamp with water and stamped it in to the Ferro.  When it was dry I rubbed on some gold and graphite Inka Gold to highlight the text.

I added some angels which were stamped on tissue paper with sepia ink and I stippled on some gold paint where things overlapped.

I attached some ribbon around the mirror and glued some buttons to the piece.

The metal pieces top and bottom were embossed through the big shot with a mould, then rubbed with terracotta alcohol ink. ( I might change this to gold later but will live with it a bit first - it goes with the sepia images but might be too much of a contrast with the other gold tones.)

The final step was to add my wings.

Thanks for looking x

Thursday, 20 January 2011

Quick 40th Card

I made this card using paper from Bella Boulevard and Crate Paper and the number thickers are by American Crafts.

I made it with this week's colours from the Playdate Cafe Challenge in mind - Grey, Green and Orange.

Monday, 17 January 2011

Another Playdate Cafe Challenge

I spotted the base card for this in Paperchase and thought it was the perfect shade for this week at The Playdate Cafe Challenge.

The three colours this week are aqua, caramel and grey.

The stamp is Stampers Anonymous by Tim Holtz, stamped in grey and black.

The flower is part Prima and part punched cardstock and patterned paper.

The lace, ribbon and swirls I had in my stash box.

The top edge was made by putting some Tim Holtz tissue tape on black card, inking it with a blue stamp pad and then punching with a Martha Stewart punch.  Mmmm must try that again with different colours and see what I end up with.

Thanks for looking X

Wednesday, 12 January 2011

Tag for a Male

The theme for Try it on Tuesday this week is a tag for a male.

The background paper is by Scrap within Reach (only had it for 10 months! Lol!) and has been overstamped with Pumice Stone and Sepia swirls (stamp by Tim Holtz).

The border at the bottom is a sticker, also by Scrap within Reach, and I added some trimmed 7gypsies gaffer tape immediately above it.  I stamped over it with a crackle stamp by Crafty Individuals.

The Knight is by Elusive Images and it is stamped on to Stampboard.  The stampboard was inked with Rusty Hinge and Pumice Stone distress inks first.  The same swirls as before were added using Timber Brown Stazon ink, and the knight image was "scratched" with a metal tool to highlight some of the detail.  I put a little silver Inka Gold around the edges.

I stamped "my hero" on a second piece of backing paper and inked it with Vintage Photo and Black Soot distress inks, then folded it in to a little banner.

I inked all the edges with black soot, added some ancient brads that I had in my brad box, then finished it off with some lovely stripey ribbon from SU.

Wednesday night already!  This week is flying by.

Thank you for looking, and thank you (as always) for all your lovely comments this week. X

Sunday, 9 January 2011


This week's theme on Let's Ink it up is "Anything goes".   I decided to get my brayer out and ink up a background.  The fairies , toadstools and cobweb are by Lavinia Stamps, the ground foliage is by Clarity Stamps.

I stamped the moon on pearlised vellum and embossed it with silver EP.
The ribbon is by 7gypsies and I put it on a background of card punched with a Martha Stewart punch.

The background paper and the ornate frame are by Tim Holtz.

The frame has a little Blue Steel and Graphite Inka Gold rubbed on it, and the fairy wings, cobweb and some of the upper foliage have some stickles on them for a bit of sparkle.

Hope you're having a lovely relaxing Sunday. X

Saturday, 8 January 2011

I love Coffee

The theme this week on Gingersnap Creations is Hot Beverages.

I used Brushed Corduroy and Pumice stone inks for the background, plus a little glimmer mist.

I've had the Coffee twill tape for yonks, and the sentiment on the saying made me smile. ( Can't remember who produces the coffee cups and saying stamps - sorry).

I don't know about being successful but I do know that I need gallons of coffee in a morning before I even start to function properly!

Must dash - Shopping trip awaits.

Have fun X

Friday, 7 January 2011

Happy Anniversary

Green, Silver and Gold are the colours at the Playdate Cafe this week.

I made this tag to add to an Anniversary Card I am making.  I embossed the tag with a Damask Cuttlebug folder first and added green, gold and silver ink.  The silver heart ( Damask Hearts from Elusive Images) was embossed in silver on to tissue paper and glued to the tag.

I tinted a Prima flower gold and added a silver charm with a pearl brad.

I had the ribbon in my stash - normally use it for wedding cards, and just added some gold german scrap, a TH tag and a silver frame and gold heart charm.

Yippee it's the weekend!  Have a good one.

Thank you for looking X

Wednesday, 5 January 2011

New Year Card

I needed a New Year card for one of my friends in Australia, so as the theme on Tuesday Taggers is New Beginnings, and the theme at Studio L3 is Rusted Grunge I thought I'd have a go at both.
I used Alterations dies for the sign and the leaves, made the hanger "rusty" and sprayed glimmer mists on the leaves as a background.
The tickets are Tim Holtz and I added a bit of Inka gold everywhere.
It's a bit Autumnal, but I do like browns and greens!

Sunday, 2 January 2011

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!  I hope it brings you health, happiness and all the things you wish for.

We've had a lovely restful holiday for two weeks, it's been great.  We've just stayed in most of the time - nothing like being cosy when it's freezing out there.  I've only ventured out of the house twice since Christmas Eve - once to get some more fresh veg (how boring!) and then A and I went out for a lovely meal on the 30th Dec.

Hope you've all had a good time too X