Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Bunting or Flags, the choice is yours...

Hi's Tuesday..and that means a new challenge for the next fortnight over at Tag Tuesday and guess who is hosting..Me!
I have chosen Bunting or Flags for my theme...I am hoping all you crafters out there will come along and join in...
Here are my Tags..hope the inspire you to join us...

For this tag I created a back ground using stamps, printed book pages and washi tape then added the toadstool, which was an illustration from an old book. I stamped the bunting on some patterned backing paper and cut them individually and added them to the tag. adding the little girl, which is one from Tim Holtz Relations.
The sentiment was stamped using my set of alphabet stamps.

This tag was made from scraps of G45 papers that I had in my stash...all the images were cut from the scraps...I have added a couple of flags..there are also flags in the poster on the tag...Other images were stamped....
Please come and join in with the swap...I shall look forward to visiting your blog and leaving some  love.
You can find us here at Tag Tuesday

Friday, October 5, 2018

Halloween Triptych

I am so pleased I was ahead of myself and got my project for this months challenge made a few weeks be honest I thought I had already written up my post for today and scheduled it for today..I hadn't,lol.
So this month's challenge at More Mixed Media  starts today and runs for 4weeks.
The theme is always Anything Goes..with an optional twist..and the twist this month is Orange.

I created this triptych from scratch by cutting the 3 arches from pressed paperboard, it's quite thick, so I had to be careful using my craft knife.
I gessoed each piece and then swiped over yellow orange and brown acrylic paints, blending each time with a baby wipe.
Using the fab IndigoBlu stamps I stamped each arch.
For the owl, books, bird and sentiment, I stamped them on some card, shaded them and added them to the arches.
Finally I distressed the edges in ink.
I do hope you will pop over and join us for this challenge at More Mixed Media...there is a prize on offer well worth a visit.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Autumn Tag

I had a restless night so I decided to play for an hour or so in my craft mojo had deserted me for a while and I wondered if I could get a tag done for the challenge over at Tag Tuesday.
I started to sort things on my bench that had been there for a couple of weeks and I kind of slipped in to crafting mode...

I found scrap of hessian and the short twigs, that's what gave me the idea for the tag..I stamped some leaves on some scrap card that had been inked with distress inks..the colours were perfect.
I used a corrugated tag that I swiped with wild honey distress ink then added the hessian, some sisal fibres and the leaves.
I also added a sycamore seed and the twigs.
I had some micro beads that were given to me recently so added them as well.
You can find the challenge here at 

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

October's Challenge

It's been a couple of weeks since my last posting..I have been failing miserably on keeping my crafting on a regular basis...
So a Huge Thank You to my Design Team for getting Rhedd's Creative Spirit all ready for this months challenge.

Do please pop over and have a look at the challenge and see what the design team have created, you won't be disappointed, also if you check back on the 15th you can see Sammy's tutorial..
You can find the challenge here at....
Rhedd's Creative Spirit

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Getting Ready for Halloween...

Just wanting to share my 4" cube with you all.
It can be purchased from Fernli Designs and although it arrives flat, it is very simple to assemble with a bit of glue.

The backing papers and labels are from a pad and some labels I rubber stamped.The embellishments are dies cuts and other Halloween pieces are from my stash...
Do drop by Fernli Design..not just for the cube, but to have a lookie at their other goodies..well worth a look...

Friday, September 7, 2018

A few things....

I was just going through my photo library and thought I would share some of my projects that I have made recently. Most are for group swaps...and for personal use, as in my Circle Book Page.

3 Atcs..Point Hats or Crowns was the theme, must have some stamping.

3 Atc Coins..Anything Goes theme..but must have some stamping...
I have used these for my blog header....

The first page in my Circle Board Book..this is personal to me and is an ongoing project

A Pennent I made for a Bunting Swap

Thanks to all of you that drop by my blog and are kind enough to leave me a comment...
Hope you all have a crafty weekend..x

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

If the crown fits......

Time again for another challenge over at
More Mixed Media.....
As always the theme is Anything Goes..but with the option of a twist and the twist this month is "Brown"
For my design team project I have created a page from my circle board book, the pages are made from MDF, so they are nice and sturdy.

I gessoed the page, then covered it with backing paper. I layered up the photo and added the crown.
I added 2 strips of vintage lace to the page and then added a die cut to lay behind the photo.
The photo was then added to the page along with a few flowers and then the sentiment.
To finish I flicked some diluted white acrylic paint over the whole page.

I do hope you can find time to pop over and join in with our challenge this month...remember there is a prize on offer too..some beautiful papers designed  by our Boss Lady Lozzy.
You can find us here at

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Altered Dominoes

Good Morning...hope you are enjoying the cooler weather..I am that's for sure.
Not back in to full swing re my crafting, due to health reasons..but I am managing some as I would go stir crazy if I didn't ,lol...

The September Challenge has just started over at
Rhedd's Creative Spirit
As always there is no theme..but it is an altered art/mixed media blog and strictly no "papercrafts"

My design team project this month are some altered dominoes...I have so many stamps and I wanted to use a few of them to decorate my dominoes. So I had a look through my vintage style ones and selected a few that I knew would work for the size of the domino.

I removed the spinner from under the domino..the cleaned and dried each one thoroughly.
I wanted to keep the colour of the domino blank, so no other preparation for them was needed.
I stamped my images using black Stazon Ink.
To colour them I actually painted them, using LuminArt Twinkling H2O paints...they gave a nice shimmer to the images.
I left them overnight to dry and the I sealed each domino with 2 coats of spray and seal gloss medium....finally adding a bale to each one so they can be used for a necklace.

Hope you find time to visit Rhedd's this can find us here at
Rhedd's Creative Spirit

Friday, August 31, 2018

Clock Face....

Tag Tuesday have a great theme this fortnight..Clocks/Time.
I have created my Tag using one of my favourite stamps.

His face wasn't I used a "clock" instead!!!

Do pop over and join us..we are here at
Tag Tuesday

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Another Landmark

Couldn't resist creating another Landmark Tag for the current challenge over at Tag Tuesday

I coloured the back ground of this tag with distress ink before stamping the images...
All stamps are by Darkroom Door..they were just perfect for this theme.
I do hope you will find time and join in with this challenge...
You can find us here at 

Saturday, August 18, 2018


Hello to all my blog visitors..looks set for a nice weekend much cooler too, which for me is wonderful...
I'm sharing my "Landmarks" Tag with you today..made for the current challenge over at Tag Tuesday
The theme, which I think is great, was chosen by teamie Wendy...
I have a few stamps that were suitable for this theme, but I have used my favourites from Darkroom Door and Artistic Outpost...

I kept my tag relatively simple regarding the colour palette...if I find enough time, I will make another tag with a different landmark..I am child free ( no great grandson duties,lol ) so I can get in to my craft  room this week...
Do pop over and join in with our challenge..we love to see your tags and visit your blogs...
Find us here at 

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Such a "Bright" Birdhouse....

My goodness, time seems to be flying's August already and I have noticed there are quite a few christmas themed projects appearing already in the crafting world....
Not for me least not yet..I have this pretty Birdhouse to showcase today...

This is my project this month for the challenge over at 
As always the theme is anything mixed media goes...but with an optional twist..and this month's twist is "Brights"
So after sanding it down I gessoed the birdhouse, I used bright acrylic paints to bring it to life.
The roof was then stamped with my bubble stamp from Indgoblu in black stazon ink.

Using my paint pen I added dots to the bubbles and also dots around the opening and wall and base.
Reindeer moss made for a bit of grass...I added flowers and then the bird....
Do go and check out the challenge here at 
More Mixed Media....there is a prize for our winner each month too of some gorgeous papers designed by Lozzy, our boss lady..

Friday, August 3, 2018


What a great theme for this fortnight's challenge over at Tag Tuesday.
The theme is Bingo and was chosen by design team member Michele.
I had just the stamp for it too..actually it's one that I bought from another crafter some time ago.

If you love making Tags..and you enjoy a challenge, then why not pop over to see us here at 

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

My Wooden Heart

It's time to get out all your recycling and mixed media stash and pop along to Rhedd's Creative Spirit and enter our challenge.
Myself and the design team would love yo see you so we can all pop along and leave some love on your blog.
We are a strictly no paper-crafts challenge you can let your imagination go wild with whatever takes your fancy.
Myself and my team invest a lot of our time and energy to inspire you ..and again this month our wizardry Julie will be doing a mid month tutorial on the 15th August.

I myself have had a busy month..mainly family and health my project this month for Rhedd's wasn't what I had originally planned..but never mind it turned out ok I think....

I started with this lovely wooden heart that I painted twice with gesso..then when that was dry, I cut up some sponge and daubed different coloured acrylic paints on to the heart.
I dried it with my heat tool..then using stazon ink I used my my bubble stamp and stamped that all over the heart.
I then used a paint pen and dotted inside some of the circles.

I stamped the sentiment on some yellow card and distressed the edges and added that to the heart.
I twisted some wax cord and used hot glue to add it under my feather butterfly..I then added some more wax cord for the hanging loop.

I hope to see you over at Rhedd's Creative Spirit soon.....

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Seaside/Nautical Tags

I'm hosting the challenge over at Tag Tuesday for the next 2 weeks....and for my theme I have chosen Seaside or Nautical.
Living close to the sea all my life, I have many happy memories of my childhood and my own children's childhood spending such long lazy days at the this theme is close to my heart.

For this tag I coloured the background using ink dusters and distress inks in faded jeans and fossilised amber.
All the images were then stamped and then coloured using water colour pencils..this is such a lovely set of stamps that my friend had given me a while ago....

This is my skinny was cut from scrap water colour card that I had used inktense colour blocks on and swiped over with a wet brush...
I used Crafty Individual stamps for the script and beach huts and birds...I highlighted the huts with water colour pencils.
Betty Grable is a photo type stamp, that I stamped on to plain card, cut and then coloured and added to the tag...

I do hope you can find time and enter our challenge, you can find us here at
Tag Tuesday

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Altered Peg....

It's time for this months challenge over at More Mixed Media....and for my design team project I altered a large peg.
The theme is always Anything Goes..with the option of using a colour chosen for that month...this month the colour is "Pastels"
I enjoy altering pegs, they are so useful in my craft room because I use them for note holders.

I sanded the peg, then brushed it off before staining the sides..then I added backing paper to the front and back and underneath the peg.

I stamped the image of the girls..coloured the image then added it to the tag.
To finish I added the ribbon and flower..I didn't get too fussy with embellishments as I wanted to keep the peg simple...
Do pop over and join in with our challenge this month....Lozzy, our "Boss Lady" has a prize for the well worth giving us a visit..hope to see you soon.
You can find us here at...More Mixed Media

Wednesday, July 4, 2018


Good Morning..looks like rain..a welcome change from the intense heat we've been having..far too hot for me....
Many moons ago when my children were small, they used to plant sunflower seeds and see who's would grow the when I saw Valarie's Flower theme for this fortnights Tag Challenge I remembered an old stamp I have and that reminded me of my childrens flower growing...
So here is the Tag I made...I love this stamp of the little girls sitting among the sunflowers...

I stamped on white card and then using water colour paints I coloured the image. The word stamp is from a different stamp...
I had to take the photo against a dark background, even though it was a bright day yesterday, the white tag against a white background looked grey.....
So if you love making Tags why not come along and join in with the challenge.
You can find it here at
Tag Tuesday

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Too good to waste....

It's July already..where has the last few months gone..I don't know if it's because I am older that time is flying by. The weather is ridiculously hot at the moment, I am spending more time indoors with all the fans going, but the time at home has given me an excuse the sift through a lot of my craft stuff.
I was given some albums some years ago..I was loathe to throw them away, so I stripped them back to the original covers and decided to make a couple of small journals for my design team project at Rhedd's Creative Spirit.for their July challenge.

I decided to make 4 journals  from the 4 boards so I measured them so 2 would be slightly larger than the other. 

I took one of each size and rounded the corners and the other 2 I set aside to alter at a later date.
I gave them a good sanding with some fine sandpaper to remove any glue residue.
I then gave them 2 coats of gesso.

For both of the journals I added some texture through a stencil to the front cover and left it to dry overnight.
 I painted both sides of the front and back covers using green,blue and yellow acrylic paints..then highlighted some areas in gold gilding wax for the shell journal and then I used brown,black and orange for the steampunk style journal, highlighting areas with gunmetal gilding wax.

For this journal, I adhered some orange mesh, muslin and shells to the top cover and finished decorating it with some pearls from an old necklace that was given to me some years ago, well I was never going to wear it,lol.
The pages in the journal are from scraps from around my craft room..some pages have pockets etc..sorry I forgot to photograph the inside.

The Steampunky journal is a great size..more for a man I feel. I decorated the cover with cogs and chicken wire that are from Fernli Designs...after painting them I added rust effect to areas to age it some more.
Again, the pages are from scraps in my craft room..

The Seaside journal measures 14cms x 8cms
The Steampunky one measures 14cms x 6cms
The covers are really sturdy as the board is really thick.

If you have any old board books and you no longer need them, why not recycle them and come along to Rhedds and enter our challenge...

You can find our July Challenge here at 

Saturday, June 23, 2018


I've been meaning to post this Tag for the Tag Tuesday Challenge for the last few days...but I have unexpectedly had to look after my great grandson for a few days...he is still here but sat eating his breakfast, so I thought I'd quickly post my tag.

The theme this fortnight was chosen by Wilma..and she chose anything related to twins.
The first thing to come to my mind was Alice in Wonderlands Tweedle Dumb and Tweedle I managed to source an image of the twins from a movie.
The background of the tag was made from distress inks and stamped images from my stamps.
Do pop over and join in with our challenge if you love making Tags...we would love to see you...
You can find us here at 

Monday, June 11, 2018

A New Thing...Artist Trading Coins

A new swap/trade is appearing in groups, on facebook and some of course I had to find out more.
I don't know who thought up the idea for this new craze, but I am happy they did...
Artist Trading Coins.
As I have no 2.5" punch and I am rubbish at cutting circles..I ordered some fabulous mdf coins from Fernli Designs. They are perfect..and of course can take any medium thrown at it.

Here is my first ever Atc Coin...this one is made from gray board.

I used backing paper over the coin and then stamped over that..added the image of the little girl and then some flowers. The edges I distressed with ink.

These 3 Atc Coins I have made for a group swap...these are the Fernli Design mdf coins...for each coin I used my own papers that I had used oxide inks on..then added stamped images, the bathing beauty was found in my stash of scraps...
All coins must be 2.5" and really can be made from anything..I prefer the mdf as they are so rigid and will withstand battering during postage...

A Night at the Movies

Tag Tuesday have their current challenge running for another week..and the theme is A Night at the Movies, chosen by design team member Joan
I'm trying to keep active craft wise, but my knee is still painful and it interrupts my concentration quite a lot...but I try and push through because I know how bored I would get if I couldn't craft.

So here is my Movie Tag..I had fun creating this one from a set of stamps from Artistic Outpost..the film strip stamp I used on some acetate and laid that over the image..
Do pop over and join in with the can find it here at ........Tag Tuesday

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Pretty Puzzle Piece

I've been having a play with some large puzzle pieces recently and this the last one that I made...this is for my design team project for this months challenge over at
More Mixed Media.
The theme as always is Mixed Media, with an option of using a colour..and this month the colour is Purple.
After sanding the puzzle piece down I gave it 2 coats of gesso..once dry I stamped the background and image using the masking method.
Once it was dry I coloured the image using Luminarte Twinkling h2o Paints..sadly the lovely shimmer doesn't show in the photo.

I stamped the Femme Fatale and adhered that to the puzzle piece and then sprayed it with a glossy sealer..leaving it to dry overnight.

To finish I add some girlie beads and a hanging ribbon.

Do go and check out the challenge and see what fab projects the other designers have can us find here...
More Mixed Media

Friday, June 1, 2018

Altered Puzzle Pieces

It's the Ist of the month, so another challenge is starting over at
Rhedd's Creative Spirit.
The design team have created some stunning projects,so I really hope you will pop along and join in with the challenge.
Always Altered Art, Recyled Projects. Mixed Media...anything made of wood, or wood substrate or grey-board...definitely no paper-crafted items.

For my project this month I altered several puzzle pieces, one of which I will be showing in another blog post.
These pieces are large, brightly coloured and were laminated,so I had to sand that back.
I painted the pieces 3 times with gesso.

I inked up the pieces with a selection of colours and then stamped over the whole puzzle piece and left it to one side, while I worked on the next piece.

Using the same inks I coloured the second piece and then used another nautical stamp..this one worked well as I managed to keep the girl image complete.

To finish the pieces I sprayed them with a gloss sealer...added some chains, beads etc from my stash..
If you would like to join in with the challenge you can find it here at 

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Lock & Key....

Sadly I've not been doing much blogging recently..I have a very painful knee so sitting or standing for long periods is a big no no...not to mention very uncomfortable.
So for now I am just blogging as and when I create my design team projects or enter a challenge.
Tag Tuesday challenge has another week left to run...the theme was chosen by teamie Wendy and she chose "Locks & Keys"
So here is my Tag....

I used backing paper on top of a brown tag..then I made a topper using corrugated card that I inked with Marmalade distress ink.
I added some fabric and wired a key to the topper and the adhered the topper to the tag.
To finish I added the lock and stamped the words Key & Lock.
Do pop over and join in with the challenge..would be lovely to see you there...
You can find the challenge here at

Monday, May 14, 2018

Baby Love...

There is such a sweet theme this fortnight over at Tag Tuesday....."Baby Love"
I wasn't quite sure how I would create my Tag as all I had in my head was the song "Baby Love" by the "Supremes" I started sorting through some stash while humming that song.
I managed to find a lovely vintage image to use....

I added backing paper to my tag and then stamped the words..The images was then added and then the trimmings....
If you love making Tags and fancy a challenge do pop over and join us. We are here at Tag Tuesday

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Pretty little Tag

For all of you that enjoy Mixed Media, why not pop over and join in with our challenge this month at More Mixed Media.
The theme as always is Anything Goes, but with an Optional Twist...and the twist is "PINK"
My design team project is this mixed media tag...

I covered my tag is backing paper..loved this as it had  a peeling paint affect ..and it had pink in it. The script for the background was added using a stamp.
 I adhered some sisal fibres to the tag, then added some leaf style pieces of lace  and then some pink lace that I had gathered up in to a rosette.
The flowers were added with some pearl string and curly finished I stamped the word on spare card and then added it to the tag.
A very simple but pretty Tag....
Do pop along and check out the challenge, there is a prize of some lush papers for our winner each can find us here at