Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Tim's Dec Tag 2013

Tim's Dec Tag 2013

 Have  had real difficulty getting this photo into my blog. So am just going to post it on Tims' site.

Saturday, 30 November 2013

Tim Holtz Nov Tag

Tim's Nov Tag

Last minute as usual. Not over keen on this method as I am a retired teacher and chalk always dried up my hands . As a result every winter I get nasty splits in my fingers and thumbs. Haven't got any of Tim's  so have had to fussy cut. Rather pleased with the outcome though. Looking forward to December's challenge

Friday, 4 October 2013

Vintage stamping challenge

Anything from your garden challenge

Hope you like my entry for the challenge over on Vintage stamping challenge. This was a paper bag which I lined with cardboard to give it substance. I then made 4 large tags to house packets of garden seeds to put into the bag. 

Thursday, 3 October 2013


it's that time of the week to get on over to Julia's stamping blog to share your workspace with like minded crafters. I'm in the middle of making 80 wedding invites using my Cricut and stamping the date on the tickets. These are custom made for my partner's son.  The ship is for their surname, the harp for his Irish fiancĂ©e ,the table mountain shaped pages for where they got engaged and the tickets because her father owns the cinemas in their village. Hope you like.

Monday, 30 September 2013

Tim's Sept tag 2013

Tim's Tag Sept
Hi! here I go again leaving it until the last day. get on over to Tim's blog and check out the great entries and the tutorial on how to make it.Looking forward to Creative Chemistry 2 starting next week.

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Altered Mail

Altered Mail
Just entering the challenge over on eclectic paperie. I have used an HSBC envelope inside and out to make a quick card. As I didn't want to hide the stunning patterns I have kept it simple. Get on over and visit all the wonderful blogs.

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Altered paintbrush

Altered Paintbrush
Just came up with an idea for the challenge over on eclectic paperie. Zebras have got to be one of my favourite looking animals. Hope you like his luscious eyelashes.

Sunday, 1 September 2013

Wings and things

Wings and things
Vintage Stamping Challenge.
Just realised it is the last day for " Wings and Things" challenge over on  Vintage Stamping Challenge.
This is an altered white Dior box inspired by my good friend Toni (Artistic craft dabbler). The method was actually quite easy to do. I embossed sticky-backed silver tape (from the local hardware store) and stuck it all over the box. the embossing folder is a Tim Holtz riveted metal texture fade. I then distressed it with alcohol inks and rubbed it back a bit. The corners are grunge paper circles distressed and folded. the rivets are paperclips minus the butterflies on the back. The hot air balloon was stamped, coloured with distress inks covered in glossy accents. The label was stamped and distressed in the same way and the wings were distressed with frantage.

Saturday, 31 August 2013

Tim's Aug Tag 2013

Tim's Aug Tag
Get on over to the Tim Holtz website to view some wonderful tags and take part in next months challenge. I've learned so much from completing the challenges.

Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Tim's July Tag

July Tag
Here we are again just managing to complete in time . Why do I  put myself under  such pressure? Must do better next month. Hope you like. If so , why not join in yourself tomorrow when Aug Tag is posted over on Tim's blog.

Saturday, 29 June 2013


Vintage Stamping Challenge
This stamp evokes lovely memories of my childhood. I was an avid reader and always liked Mabel Lucie Attwell's illustrations. I am entering this at the last minute as per usual in The Vintage Stamping Challenge which finishes tom. and the eclectic paperie monochrome challenge which ends on the 4 July.

Tim's Tag June

Tim's tag June
In a bit of a rush. Only had all month to do it. Lovely son has got me a ticket to see Bruce Springstein in London tom. which has made up for the fact that was unable to secure a place on Tim's class in Coventry in Aug. Was on the phone from 8:30 until  10:30 and then gave up trying to get through. Fellow bloggers Tim's new challenge will be on his blog on Mon. make sure you get over there and have a look.

Wednesday, 19 June 2013


Hi everbody. It's that time of the week to hop on over to Julia's stamping blog and sneek a peek at other bloggers workspaces. As you can see mine has very little space left.  Having a great time making envelopes with the new WeR memories envelope punchboard which arrived Mon.I followed 'Gentleman Jim the Crafters' You tube video to make the envelope book in just over an hour.  Listening to him I some how got onto Laura Denison Designs and am now half way through making a large Tag box out of a brown paper bag and Graphic 45 papers. No guesses as to what people will be getting for Christmas. LOL !!! Was highly delighted to be classed as Highly Desirable over at the Vintage Stamping Challenge.

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Blog hopping

This was one of my first blogs and I thought I would resurrect it for the Seths Buried treasure blog hopping. I would appreciate your comments.


Hi, finally managed to take a photo and get it into the computer in time to take part in Julia's Stamping Blog. Get yourself over there to have a peek into other crafters workspaces. I have been doing a lot lately with my Cricut expression and mini Cricut . I have been making wedding invites and a lovely picture of 'Round and Round The Garden' for my granddaughters first birthday ( her favourite game at the moment guaranteed to produce peals of laughter). Unfortunately I forgot to take a photo but will get my daughter to remedy that. Just about to do some stamping for card making (my first love).

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Eclectic Paperie Challenge

Eclectic Paperie Challenge
This is my entry for 'The Altered Spoon Challenge' over on Eclectic Paperie. The petals are made from melted plastic spoons, coloured with adirondack inks and highlighted with stickles. The leaves were hand cut using shaped scissors. I used a ball tool to emboss the veins and highlighted them with Tim Holtz distress ink. There is a good instruction guide on You tube outlining the methodology and safety precautions.

Sunday, 2 June 2013

Vintage Lace

 This mannequin was made at a recent workshop I attended. The body is made of paper mache which I painted in gesso. The wooden stand was painted in gold acrylic. I stamped images onto a man's paper handkerchief. I then gently tore round the different shapes and then, and only then separated the layers. I pasted a gel medium onto the form and with my fingers and a paint brush placed the top layer of the stamped images in the appropriate positions. I then sealed these with another layer of gel medium.  Next, I glued the lace around the bottom and top of the form. After stamping, colouring and shaping the flowers I glued the flowers in place , finally embellishing with pearls.  These processes allow me to enter a couple of challenges. The first being over on Vintage Stamping Challenge (Lace and Pearls)  and the second  on  Our Creative Corner  using a recipe from 3 columns ( Lace, Wood , Inks)

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Tim's Tags May 2013

May 2013
Just completed this month's challenge by the skin of my teeth. Looks very pale for some reason. Battery about to go on camera so have had to settle for this. Looking forward to the new challenge. Hopefully will be able to spend more time on it. Please pop over to Tim's site and take part you will learn lots of new techniques.http://timholtz.com/12-tags-of-2013-may

Saturday, 6 April 2013

Tim's April Tag 2013

Was lucky enough to have some late birthday money which paid for Tim's stamps and some of his new Distress paints. Loved making this tag and very pleased with the outcome. I have learned a lot by taking part in the challenges he sets every month. Get yourself over there and have a go.http://timholtz.com/12-tags-of-2013-april/

Tim's tags March

Back now after 9 weeks in fantastic South Africa relaxing and playing golf 3/4 times a week. I did take some stash with me to make cards whilst I was away so that I didn't have withdrawal symptoms. Lovely weather we're having aren't we? Developed a terrible cold and cough. Didn't make Tim's March challenge in time but still made the tag. Hope you like!

Wednesday, 2 January 2013

Tim's Tag Jan 2013

Tim's tags Jan 2013
 Didn't think I would be able to do one before going away but as you can see I did. Thank goodness there will be one a month again. Loved this one.


Hi, Have missed taking part. This may be the last time for a while. I haven't even been able to browse either. Make sure you get over to Julias stamping ground