Art Draw 2014

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Tuesday, 2 September 2014


Morning all, a lovely morning today which is a nice change after yesterday!! In fact I think I may have picked up a cold from being damp all day - I certainly can't stop sneezing this morning!!

Just thought I would let you know that the winner of the August Art Draw is GLENNIS. Thank you so much for taking part hun, I do appreciate your regular commenting as well so it's nice for me to be able to give something back. If you could confirm your snail mail address to me I'll get it off as soon as possible.

Thanks everyone for playing and the new giveaway will be along on Thursday. 

Monday, 1 September 2014

Tim’s Tags, August

As usual squeeeeeeeaking in (thank goodness for different time zones that’s all I can say!!). Now Tim’s August Tag is here. It’s a rather good one. But Tim’s instructions this month are a bit different. This time round Tim says

this month i challenge you to create showcasing your own creative muse.

Oh heck. Where to start. Bloomin’ muse just walked out the door.

I decided to start where I normally would with Tim’s monthly tags which is:

- read through his post once. (Sigh because I don’t have EVERY ranger product ever developed)

- read through the post again breaking down the key techniques. (This month we have, tissue tape masking, texture paste, adding colour, stencilling, sewing, altered embellies, texture with distress EP)

- Collect all the product I need together, think of substitutions and select my stamps and bits n bobs. (there was however no way I was getting out the sewing machine for a few stitches on a tag).

Now I did intend to do a whole step by step thing documenting the process – but in the end I just carried on inking and splodging until I was more or less happy. After all, there really wasn’t a recipe to follow. There were so many detours from my original intention I’ll just show you the end result. 


I have come to realise that above all else it is the additions of all the odd bits of ‘ideology and ephemera that I find really difficult. Tim’s tags look balanced and complete, mine look laden and contrived so I tend to shie (Sp?) away from it. I actually prefer the one with nothing added at all!!

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Fantasy Stampers Challenge #18 – Hearts & Flowers

FS Blog ButtonWell honestly, what’s not to like about this fortnights Challenge at Fantasy Stampers? Remember you can join in with any kind of project, but it MUST include some stamping. 


Here’s my DT piece, suitably resplendent in hearts and of course, flowers!!-



base: Large Prima Tag

Main Stamp: Gorjuss – I gave you My Heart

Background Stamp (embossed) Meredith Fenwick Designs – Heart Stamp Four

Distress Inks – Worn Lipstick and Pickled Raspberry

Misc Hand made and purchase flowers

Don’t forget to visit the Fantasy Stampers Challenge Blog for some truly delightful inspiration from the DT and to link your projects.

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Shhhhhhhhhh…. it’s a **th birthday



My bestie had a milestone birthday this week so of course  I had to make a special card.

However, I was NOT allowed to add any numbers or make references to free bus travel……even though I did point out to her that the top left hand corner was crying out for two big glittery numbers…………………….In the end though as I do treasure our friendship I decided to comply.

She does however love sunflowers, so this is the card I was making them for the other week. It’s a box card, and there on the LHS I added a pocket to put her present, vouchers for afternoon tea and a theatre and dinner trip. 


Now, I am pretty sure I saw a similar card some time ago around the internet, which is why the idea was in my head and I do like to acknowledge it when I CASE someone else’s project. However couldn’t remember where it was from, and a google image search of handmade cards with sunflowers and fence just served to show that it probably isn’t that original an idea and so if you are one of the many consider yourself duly acknowledged please!!

That’s all for today, hope yours is full of sunshine!

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Vintage journey… A little Touch of Tim

Found a new to me challenge-that-I-will-probably-never-have-time-to-enter-again at A Vintage Journey. I don’t quite where I’ve been lately to miss this one as I follow most of the DTs blogs already. However the current challenge is to keep it small, and create an ATC in the style of Tim Holtz. As a first time entrant (and there’s only a week to go in this challenge) I thought I would also keep it as simple as possible, using the following techniques I associate with a Tim Holtz style.

IMG_1418[1] - distress background created with stains and water

- inking through stencils to create layers/depth

- background stamping with distress ink (ditto above)

- Stamped sentiment/quote using black archival

- shabby flowers (tiny ones!!), grungeboard leaves highlighted with distress stickles

- distressed edges

On this occasion everything I used bar the background card, masks  and string was a TH product although that isn’t essential.

Here’s another similar one.




I often work in two’s or three’s so I can see what effect anything I do is going to have and maybe change my mind for the finished piece. I’m a bit out of practice with ATCs (it’s quite a small space!!) and think I could have placed my elements a bit better but not too shabby overall. Shame the cost of posting has strangled ATC swapping they are a nice way to play.

It was good to get a bit inky… now what to do next…….

Monday, 25 August 2014

BLOG HOP ALERT!! The Creative Blog Hop

I have been asked by Elizabeth from the silver scrapper’s craft space  to participate in the Creative Blog Hop. The hop includes all sorts of creative bloggers and takes place on Mondays. Elizabeth is a long time crafter, scrapper and family historian who has successfully tried out many different techniques and media and we have ‘known’ each other a while now.

But basically this post is ALL ABOUT ME. Oh and I’m going to send you on a little journey to visit some other truly awesome peeps at the end. (That’s probably going to be the best bit).

I gave Elizabeth a bio, so if you haven’t come from there you might want to pop back there and read it. If you have clicked through then you’ll have skimmed it already so I won’t bore you with it again.

NEXT I’ve been asked to answer a few questions (truly I’m not sure I understand all of them) – I’ll try not to be too longwinded!……and I’ll put some pictures in because they do say a picture paints a 1,000 words (and I know you’ll never read a thousand words)

1. What am I working on now?

What, right this minute? Here you go.


Any or all of the above. No idea what the result will be though.Phew that was easy.

(Actually right this minute I’m off to craft with my mum and will probably take some decoupage to cut out as it’s mindless and portable but that’s not a very exciting picture).

2.How does my work differ from others in my genre?

Genre? Me? Well mainly cards, MM and papercrafting and honestly I don’t think I’m different to anyone else – but I do like to try different things. Sometimes they work. (Sometimes they are just OK).

IMG_8222 IMG_0508 Deirdre

3. Why do I create what I do? IMG_0577

- It’s an itch that needs to be scratched.

- It keeps me sane, balanced and fulfilled.

- It keeps me curious. And my mind and hands occupied.

- I like to glue stuff together.

(And there is so much stash in this room I can’t stop now!!)


Flame Haired girl  IMG_7482 Heidi's 50th

4.How does my creative process work?

(Mmmmm. You mean there is a process? No one told me!!)

OK. Seriously, lots of ways, all of them instinctive rather than rational. I have always said I have good technical abilities - I can copy a ‘thing’, make a ‘thing’, do a ‘style’ but I’m not so sure I have one of my own or that I have a really good imagination. I don’t think I could create a new ‘look’. I look a lot at real artists (ie everyone else) and watch endless demos trying to work out what it is I like about a piece. If I can do something similar I am happy and I love it if I feel I have created something worth looking at, touching, or giving to someone special. 

-  I like techniques. If some effect gets my interest piqued, I want to work out how to do it, whether it’s how to make a flat swirly rose (epic fail), using the melt pot to make waxed flowers (almost another epic fail) or doing a successful image transfer the hard way. (Epic!!)

-  Sometimes I just like messing about with paint and ink and seeing what happens.

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Now the final part of this blog hop is to ‘tag’ three other creative bloggers. I have been woefully unsuccessful in finding anyone with time to commit to this but I didn’t want to let down my tagger Elizabeth by withdrawing. So I have had a trawl back through the blog hop (really worth doing!) and I am going to re-link three peeps who have already taken part – I can’t keep the thing moving exponentially but I can keep it in a loop and hopefully encourage some more visitors to their blogs. Here are my 3 suggestions, but really it was very hard to choose.

- Julie Harrison of little woollie – as the name suggests a yarn enthusiast.I  have linked to her creative Blog hop post back in June but please don’t stop there! I know you will love it if you take time to have a look around.

- Julie Kirk of notes on paper a talented, funny, sassy young lady who says she does her best crafting when “I'm happy, comfortable, awake ... and wearing something with an elasticated waistband.” Truly a girl after my own heart.

- Deena of A Creative Need a creative card maker and digital artist and designer with a fresh unique style.

Thanks for staying with me through this, it’s a bit of a marathon!  I’d love it if you would leave a message to say ‘hi’. Every month I run a giveaway and inflict some of my old tat on an unsuspecting victim. This month it’s a box thing. So as an incentive I’ll add anyone who leaves a comment here to the draw to win it.

(Whether they want me to or not. That’ll show up who reads to the end).

That’s all folks.

Saturday, 23 August 2014

Nature Swap

This month I took part in a Nature themed Swap in a facebook group that I belong to. I decided I really had to use those Tim Holtz Stamps and Dies (French Flight) and I also had a rather sweet MDF butterfly base in my stash.

After painting the edges I added some blue patterned paper from my stash and then did various bits of nature themed stamping. The butterflies I stamped and embossed with white embossing powder. A large flower (yep, you guessed it, Arianna blooms again) also embossed in white which I think made a rather stunning flower. I think the recipient liked it, I have to make one for myself now!!


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