'What you do speaks so loudly, I can't hear what you say.'
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Tuesday, 31 August 2010

Simple alphabet ATCs for the August KCUK ATC swap .
cath alphabet atcs
Skin colour pigment inks applied to ATCs, then image stamped in Versafine and clear embossed.  Little girl’s face and neck masked, then inks added to rest of ATC and the whole ATC embossed with clear EP.  Little ribbon tied through hair.  Super simple and quick, but I may well had a word or two before I think they’re complete.

Sunday, 29 August 2010

Had to make a card for my youngest son – always difficult to do, as I usually buy a humorous card - and this is what I came up with.  I thought the time theme was appropriate.
to phil 2
I sponged the background with Distress inks – Tumbled Glass, Stormy Sky and Broken China.  Looking at it now, I wish I’d added some white highlights – hindsight is a wonderful thing, lol.

Since this also fits the Challenge for Rosie D’s Challenge Blog (78 and sadly, the last ever challenge) it will also be my entry for them.  Thanks for the info, Sally.

Saturday, 28 August 2010

F for flowers flourish and faux batik
I used Vivid inks this time, for a change, lol - yes, I have a LOT of different inks and while each is usually suitable for a particular purpose, there are lots of water based dye inks, which are interchangeable, and I usually end up using Ranger inks, so now and again, I like a change.  Besides which, there are some shades made by other companies which I love and which simply aren't available from Ranger.

Couldn't resist using lots of things beginning with 'F' this time but at least I was a good girl and not used BAD words, lol.  There's Faux Batik, Flicked water, a Flourish and Flowers.

If you don’t know how to do Faux Batik, here’s how…
  1. Stamp image(s) in Versamark or clear Embossing ink, then emboss in clear powder. 
  2. Apply colour, using your favourite method but be sure not to use permanent or pigment inks, which will cover the embossed images and spoil the effect.  Water based inks, such as Vivid, Distress, Adirondack, Big 'n' Juicy, Kaleidacolor, Memento, Marvy, etc etc are ideal.  If there’s ink on your embossing, wipe off with a piece of kitchen towel or a baby wipe..
  3. Cover the embossed card with a piece of kitchen towel (newsprint or brown paper work just as well).  Set an iron to HOT (no steam) and IRON over the material covering the embossed bits, leaving it over them for 15 seconds or so.  You know your own iron, so you’ll know how hot it’s getting.  If you need to, lift up the paper/kitchen towel to see if the embossing powder has lifted up.
  4. When embossing powder is removed, overstamp with more images (or the same – works particularly well with flowers and people, creating a sort of shadow effect).
  5. Clear emboss new stamping if you like, to create dimension.
There was a craze about 6 or 7 years ago for using this technique on manila files – it’s a nice change.  Follow the instructions above but when adding colour, just wash over the embossed image with reinkers (Adirondack reinkers work well), using a wide, flat brush.  Brush over with water if you think it’s a little too heavy.

Iron off the embossing powder, leaving a ‘Faux Bleach’ effect.  Nice technique.

Someone asked me what the Flicked water technique is and it's just what it says.  Spray (or pour) a bit of water into the palm of your hand, slightly cupped, then randomly flick drops of water onto your inked background.  Heat with a heat tool and you have another great little effect.

Thursday, 26 August 2010

Embossed, with eyelets.

This is a scan.

E for embossed Eiffel Tower with Eyelets
This is a photo
E for Eiffel
My scanner really does make colours way too vivid, so I took a photo, to see the difference and here you have it.
The background is made with a Kaleidacolor Ocean Breeze inkpad, scribbled onto a non stick craft mat, then mopped up with the postcard.  I stamped the French text while it was still wet, so it ran a little but I liked the effect.

Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Just had the heads up from the lovely Dawn that I've given this week's WOYWW posting the WRONG number, so my link is going here instead of to HERE!!!  My apologies, peeps.

Wow – Wednesday already!!  How did that happen and where’ve the last few days gone to????

woyww 25 august

On my desk today you can see the remains of what I was working on yesterday, with said card proudly sitting in my WOYWW easel.
Nothing much changed since last week except that I’ve added even more mess to my piles because I’ve hardly been here – lots going on behind the scenes in other parts of my life this week.

Off to snoop  er peek er snoop on a few other desks but only for a short while because I’m going out again, today.  If you’d like to join us, courtesy of the lovely Ms Dunnit, then hop on over to Julia’s blog!

Thank you to all for your lovely comments last week – I’ll do my best to visit you some time this week, even if not today!

Tuesday, 24 August 2010

The first challenge on Let’s Ink it Up is ‘Anything goes – with a twist’, the twist being to use yellow somewhere on the piece.

I’m not a yellow fan, though I think it’s so lovely and fresh on other people’s cards – but I do love to use shades of yellow with other colours.  It seems somehow that the yellow pulls everything else together, blending it, so I do use it a lot.

This time, however, I decided to challenge myself and to use lots of yellow – ie Adirondack Sunshine Yellow, Butterscotch and Caramel, but with Oregano and Mushroom as accents and I really fancied making a Grid card cos I hadn’t made one for years, so here’s my VERY Yellow creation – on glossy card.  It’s a BIG card, btw – almost A5 size (A4 folded width, with a bit cut off the bottom).

24 August 2010

For those of you who asked about the stamps I used, they are from (in clockwise order) Non Sequitur (top two), Paperartsy (middle right) and centre bottom, Simple Expressions (bottom right and bottom left),  Raindrops on Roses (centre left) and the central image is a Judikins stamp (not a cube, lol) although I’ve seen the same image from lots of different stamp companies, so I’m presuming it’s royalty free clip art.
Oh, and for those who said they’d never done (or heard of) grid cards, I did take step by step photos, so will blog them as soon as I can get to it.  It’s a great technique – easy but just a bit time consuming.  You may have heard it called the Retiform technique.

Just had a lovely surprise when I visited the Gingersnap Wrap up for Red, orange and yellow.  I’ve made Ginger Gem again, so this time I’m proudly displaying it, not having done so last time!   This is the card I entered.

Thank you so much.


The Gingersnap challenges are so much fun.

Monday, 23 August 2010

The theme for this week’s Crafty Cardmakers is a Lady Gaga Video. 


See stills on the Crafty Cardmakers website if you prefer not to watch the video – definitely not my cup of tea, lol!

gaga challenge

From the video, I focused on silver, white, diamonds and bling but also on the part where she looks in a mirror, which is why the frame is there.


I stamped the image (Time to Stamp Glamour Girls) in Brilliance Starlite Silver on Glossy card, then cut to fit the frame (Life’s Journey from K&Co).  The background is stamped with a Kars’ Harlequin Background, then heat embossed with a Silver/White sparkle Embossing powder.


The silver mesh (from my stash) was attached with a bit of double sided carpet tape (Wilko special, lol) behind the frame, then with 6 silver square brads – 3 at top left, 3 at bottom right – turned to look like diamonds.  I didn’t want it to be firmly attached.


The word ‘Divine’ was from the same stamp plate and was stamped and embossed with Fine silver Embossing powder, then layered onto silver mirror card.


Wire embellishment (Woodware) was attached with Glossy Accents and after attaching the stamped layer to a piece of silver mirror card, then to a folded white card, I attached the frame to the front – again with super strong Double sided carpet tape, to keep it secure.


The prize for this week is approx £10 worth of Die cuts from

Susie Sugar of Die Cut Dreams

We’d love to see you take part this week. 

Thanks for looking.

Saturday, 21 August 2010

After struggling with a DT project which was way outside of my comfort zone, I decided to play for a little while this afternoon – just because!!  Happily, the colours I used (which are some of my favourites) just happened to fit into this week’s Playdate Café Challenge, which is this colour scheme.


21 August 2010 enjoy

It doesn’t look quite straight, but it is – it looks that way because I mounted the top layer onto thick foam tape for a change – the scanner has obviously struggled with the 3D effect.

All Tim Holtz (Stampers Anonymous) stamps, with Distress inks in Tumbled Glass, Bundled Sage and Stormy Skies, then some Adirondack Pool added.

This is another scrapling I made quickly, yesterday.

scrapling 5

Thursday, 19 August 2010

Just had a couple of hours to play, so I made some backgrounds with Ecoline inks – watercolour paints.  I just used a pipette to put a few drops of red and yellow on a non-stick craft mat, then spritzed with water and picked up the colour with some white card.

red orange yellow children

Then stamped the Paperartsy image (and clear embossed) and the Hero Arts Friends stamp (using Wild Honey Distress ink).  The words are from various stamp sets and are all clear embossed.

Theme Thursday challenge for this week is Children.

Gingersnap have a red, yellow and orange challenge but they also have a Paint challenge, so this fits both.

Rainbow Lady’s Challenge for this week is ‘Paint it’

Don’t think I’ve ever entered a card for so many challenges in one go – quite coincidental, lol.

(I’ve changed the image to a photo because the scan made it look more ochre than orange and it was WAY too bright!)

Wednesday, 18 August 2010

It’s been one of those weeks and here’s the proof in all its glory.  NOT a very tidy desk this week at all – in fact, it’s as it very often is, lol. 

I made a few things really quickly, one after the other, and have been out nearly every day with John, so I left it as it was when I finished, without moving a thing or cleaning a stamp and haven’t touched it since. 

Now you see the chaos I really work in, he, he.  I did proudly display my latest creations in my beautiful WOYWW easel, though – you can see it, honestly, if you look VERY closely – he, he.   You can also see a card front I got from Vix yesterday – lovely colours – and I like those stamps – ooh, disaster!

I should probably be ashamed, but guess what?  I’m not, really.  I nearly always end up working this way, hunting for bits to use beforehand so that I have things to choose from and I rarely have more than this amount of space to work in – unless it’s something bigger, lol.  Even if I start with a totally tidy and clear desk (which is rare) it ends up looking like this.  It’s probably going to get worse before it gets better cos I won’t have time to tidy it but NEED to stamp soon or I’ll go nuts!  It won’t take me long to tidy that lot up when I’m ready.  Every item has its own home to go to.  If only you could see the floor…

woyww 63 

woyww close up

Missing my desk at the moment cos I’m out and about a lot more than usual. In fact, I won’t be here on Wednesday morning, so I’m posting this early and hope to get to add it to the Blogroll before leaving in the morning!  Hope I’m forgiven..

If YOU’d like to see how other people work, then why not head on over to Julia’s Blog – Stamping Ground – to see the other entries.  In fact, why not join the merry throng, lol?  You’ll be amazed – and/or jealous – one of the two – AND it’s lots of fun!!

Probably won’t have chance to get to visit you all this week – sorry!!  I’ll try but it’s unlikely until John goes back to work.  Only 13 more days to go…

Tuesday, 17 August 2010

For those of you who were asking about the Red Kites, you can see my far from perfect attempts at photography here.  It will give you some idea of the size and majesty of them.  (I keep anything non art related off this blog, so as not to bore people, lol)  I just saw some of John’s photos and although he’s complaining about the few he hasn’t deleted, I think they’re great.  I’ll upload them when I get hold of them.

Monday, 16 August 2010

Here’s my DT sample for this week’s Crafty Cardmakers’ Challenge Spotlight, which this week is the Spotlight Technique.

I used a jigsaw piece for my spotlight and here’s how it was made.

First, stamp the image (Stampendous) and the Greeting (SU) in Versafine Onyx black, then clear emboss. 

Ink up stamp again and place a jigsaw piece (primed with gesso if it’s patterned) on the inked stamp in the part of the image you want to spotlight (or highlight) – I chose the heart.

Clear emboss, then colour the parts of the image on the jigsaw piece (I painted with Distress inks in Spun Sugar, Victorian Rose, Dried Marigold, Barn Door), outline with black marker, then attach to the image where it fits. 

You could always highlight your spotlight piece with Glossy Accents, clear Embossing powder or UTEE and you can use any shape you like for your spotlight. 
Add three toning brads in bottom right hand corner, then mount first onto toning pink card, then onto a folded brown card. Easy peasy.

There are some FAB samples from my teamies on the Design Team, so head on over to Crafty Cardmakers’ Challenge to check them out!  We’d love you to join us this week!

This month’s Stamping challenge on KCUK is Offcuts and Eyelets, so when I read about ‘Scraplings’ on the Gingersnap site, I thought it would tie in nicely.

Here are two quick samples I made to try them out.

offcuts and eyelets 2  offcuts and eyelets 3

They’re a great way to use up your card offcuts, especially when you’ve cut a folded A4 card to get a square!  They’d make lovely little thank yous or ‘calling cards’.  I’ll play some more when I get time but now I’m off to see some Red Kites – hopefully – while the weather’s good!

Sunday, 15 August 2010

Back to the Alphabet Postcards and here’s my D – D for Dance and for Diamonds.  Really not what I had intended but sometimes something comes into your head and you just have to go with it, even if it’s not really very ‘you’, lol.  This was one of those times.

D for Dance

It’s not often I paper piece, but this time I did because I didn’t want to mask the dancers – they would have been really awkward images to cut out and I just don’t have the patience, so I cut the clothing from a patterned paper.  The outside border is sheet music, torn into strips, the harlequin background (Kars) is stamped in Adirondack Lemonade and Juniper on a Lemonade sponged background and the images are from Time to Stamp.

Saturday, 14 August 2010

I was reading Sue Roddis’ blog the other day and noticed this post, inspired by Michelle Ward’s Crusade 43 Challenge and I just had to try it, I liked it so much.

Basically, you just tear or cut out bits of  headlines from newspapers and/or magazines.  Mine were snaffled from the Radio Times and a Sky Mag, both hanging around.  I haven’t done anything with the pages yet but I will – I just wanted to record the pages as they looked before they were completed because I like them :D

typography pages
typography 2
typography 3
There ARE deliberate gaps but there’s also an accidental gap which I only spotted in the photos, lol.  All that text is blinding!  Isn’t it a cool effect?  Thanks to Sue and to Michelle for the inspiration!
Can’t wait for John to go back to work so that I can do more work on these. 

Friday, 13 August 2010

I made these backgrounds last week, when playing with Brilliance reinkers, so these were very quick cards, but fun to make.  I think I like these words, he, he.

This one’s on matte card.
lilac and lime 2
This one’s on glossy paper.
lilac and lime
I used exactly the same colours on both – Pearlescent Lime and Pearlescent Purple.  Just goes to show what a difference the card base makes!

For those of you who asked how to create these backgrounds, here are the instructions.

It really is very simple but gives you some fab, quick and easy backgrounds.  Just squirt bits of Brilliance reinker onto a non stick Craft Mat, then spritz with water.  Brilliance is a little more viscous than standard water based inks, so stay thick and tend not to blend in the same way and the colours remain vivid.  Just mop up the inks with cardstock (matte or glossy – totally different results, as you can see – glossy tends to be a little more muted because the colours move more on its surface) and let them dry.  If you pick up a lot on one piece of card, ie if the ink is a bit thick, just spritz again with water, lay another piece over the top and pull off to get some fab effects on both pieces.  You can twist it as you take it off if you want to get swirly patterns.  It's cool because Brilliance is so shimmery to begin with that you get all the effects of shimmer sprays.  Don’t worry if you get some white bits, either – they add to the effect.  Oh – and this works on black glossy cardstock and acetate and lots of other surfaces, too!

Thursday, 12 August 2010

I enjoyed playing with the PDCC colours (see post below) so I did another one, hoping the colours would be a little truer – unfortunately, the green is a tad too dark this time.  Can’t win, lol.

PDCC 12 August 2010 b

But I do like this design ;)

I used Brilliance Pearlescent Beige this time and at least the beige is more accurate.  Might enter this one, too, although I’m not sure if we’re allowed multiple entries?

I missed playing with PDCC last week, so when I saw today’s challenge, I had to play along.


Here are the challenge colours.


Here’s my attempt.

PDCC 12 August 2010

My beige isn’t quite as beige as I’d hoped and my green’s a few shades out, but never mind.  I stamped the grasses with Fabrico (now Versacraft) Mint Green ink, then clear embossed them.  Added a sun/moon mask, then sponged over the whole card with Versamagic Wheat (adding a little Pumpkin to edges and bottom).  Finally, I stamped the words in Versafine Vintage Sepia and embossed . 

Wednesday, 11 August 2010

Here we are again – another Wednesday, so it must be the fabulous Ms Dunnit’s WOYWW!!!

I’m afraid I’d had a really messy session with acrylics and sponges and tidied up a bit before I took this photo – shame on me, lol.  BUT it’s still very active and not over tidy, despite the fact that my other half has booked a few weeks off work, so we’re going chasing photos here there and everywhere, when the weather allows – AND it’s because I needed the space to do something else – not because i wanted to tidy up specifically for the photo. 

NOT that the glorious North West of England allows very much when it comes to good weather – in fact, we’ve hardly seen the sun for over 5 weeks now.  It’s been grey, dismal and even cold at times since June!!!  It CAN be a  little frustrating when I read the Southern and Eastern girls’ blogs, saying how hot they’ve been – sigh!!!  So we’ve also been over to Wales, chasing the sun when they’re lucky enough to have it – not too far from us, though so not difficult.

Anyway, here’s my semi tidied desk (which means sponges under desk, acrylics thrown in box behind me and scratch paper assigned to bin) with lots of stuff in progress.

woyww 11 aug 2 woyww 11 augustb
I’ve moved a lot of my mounted stamps into their respective homes, although I’ve still kept out the bigger ones I use a lot for background work – I have a special box, kept in a special place (the floor, he, he) for the rest of the ones I reach for on a regular basis.

Ma Vinci’s humongous alphabet stamps are out there in their bag- for my alphabet pages and postcards but also for some personal journalling I’ve been doing.  If you look closely, you’ll also see Saturday’s Stamp Club project, half completed because I want to modify it a bit before I carry on.  It’s a fab concertina envelope book, taught by the lovely Gill, who doesn’t blog YET. 

In my WOYWW easel is an old vintage card I made about 5 years ago – out because it’s a reminder of something for another project I’m intending to make.  There are also stamps for a DT project I have to make this week and some backgrounds and stamps, waiting to be put together, including the acrylic stuff I was playing with.  If you look carefully, you’ll see the punchinella (sequin waste) peeping from the open drawer – I use that a lot to fill in and to do edges of pages and backgrounds, so there’s always a piece around, along with other bits of mesh and ribbon I use for the same thing.

I’ll be out early tomorrow, so I’m scheduling this cos we’re off chasing steam trains again, then perhaps on to see some Red Kites, although that may have to wait until later in the week, depending on other things.

If you wanna join the rest of us and snoop peek at other desks, why not head on over to the lovely Julia’s blog and follow the links – it’s a fab way to spend half a day, lol – or more!!!  Thanks, Julia.

Tuesday, 10 August 2010

The theme at Think Monday, Think ATC this week is Communication.

Communication 10 August 2010

Saturday, 7 August 2010

Today, I felt like a big change, so this morning, I attempted a card made by Michelle Zindorf – not very successfully - but it’s gone in the post, today, to someone for a special reason. It was fun to try.

Tonight, I did something I’ve been hankering after for a few weeks and made a vintage card – using different shades of Turquoise for the current Wednesday Stamper challenge.
I used Gesso over strips of old dictionary papers and music sheets, then Adirondack Dabbers (Aqua, Pool, Stream and Sandal) to create the background with some stamping and some stencilling.  The pretty lady is an old stamp from Bella Rosa – stamped with Archival Sepia – and you’ll notice that I distressed a lot of the edges, finishing off with some vintage photo corners and a couple of buttons.  The metal word actually says ‘Hope’, but you can’t see it clearly because of the light – it’s dark here, lol.
vintage turquoise scan 06 August 2010

It’s a long time since I’ve done any vintage work and I really enjoyed this for a change.  VERY messy, though and I think I’d better tidy my desk before the next WOYWW, lol, not to mention getting my stuff together for today’s Stamp Club.

This also fits today’s Lots to Do Challenge, which is ribbons (there’s ribbon in the button) and lace, but I may well do another one to fit the challenge cos this is a bit of a cheat.

Wednesday, 4 August 2010

Here are my D & E pages for the KCUK Chunky Alphabet swap.  I think the D page is a little over the top and the letters would have looked much better further over, but I decided to move them in to make binding easier… very difficult when you don’t know how the recipient is going to bind her book.
I make no apologies for using one of my favourite stamps again – I really love this little girl.  May even add some colour to her before she goes in the ‘done’ basket, lol.  This is the page you saw on my desk, unfinished, for those of you who are WOYWW snoopers, lol. 
Don't you think she'd look perfect with a pair of Doc Martin's on?  He, he - can just picture it now!
d  for dream again
I used Memories Pigment inks to make the background, applying Direct to Paper, then overstamping in the same colours before embossing the whole thing with clear powder.
This one’s been made a while but I couldn’t post it until my DT card was live.  I messed up with the Sunshine Yellow Adirondack pad cos my mask slipped (sounds like something Freudian, lol) but then thought it looked quite realistic and arty, so I left it as it is.
e for elephant 
It’s Free Theme over at Crazy Amigos for the Summer Holidays, so this will be my entry.

Here we are again on Wednesday and WOYWW!!
Today’s my baby brother’s birthday, so Happy Birthday, Howard!  I won’t see him cos he’s in New Zealand and has been for 10 years.  I haven’t seen him for 7 years – sad.

Back to
WOYWW and here’s my mess for this week.  It’s quite a creative mess this week – well, that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it – lots going on and lots in the pipeline but in my defence, isn’t that how it SHOULD be????? 

woyww 4 august
Here’s a close up of what I was working on last night – another Chunky Alphabet page for KCUK in delicious shades of blue, pink and green. 
woyww close up 4 august
In my WOYWW easel is something I started but went wrong – ooh, yet another mistake, lol – but I liked bits of it and so saved it to remind me to repeat those bits, especially the colours.
Don’t forget , if you’re the curious sort,  you can snoop see other people’s work desks by going to the lovely Julia’s blog and following the links, where all kinds of delights will be revealed, lol.

Tuesday, 3 August 2010

Here’s my letter C for the Chunky Alphabet swap on KCUK.

Stamps used are Time to Stamp (Crows, rock and grassy bits), Jozart stamps (drawn by Jo) and random Alphabet Stamps from Hero Arts and Words and Crafts.

C for Crows 03 August 2010 (2)

Just been playing with some offcuts, so decided to make that the August Challenge on KCUK and here it is.
Offcuts and eyelets 03 August 2010

I had a bit of fun, making some backgrounds with alcohol inks, Perfect Pearls and Brilliance reinkers this afternoon, then I got carried away for a little while and made both of my ‘B’ page ideas for the KCUK Chunky Alphabet swap, without thinking – duh!

The background on B for Boyz and Button Brads is alcohol inks – Citrus and Pool with a bit of Wild Plum, Stonewashed and some gold mixative.  Looks a bit washed out here, but that was the sun reflecting.  (NO, I’m NOT lying – we DID have some sunshine for a couple of hours, honestly!!!  Bit of a shock to the system, really, after all this greyness and drizzle.)

This one’s a Brilliance reinker background (Pearlescent Daffodil and Pearlescent Orchid, with just a hint of Pearlescent Crimson) with Wild Honey and Rusty Hinge Distress inks sponged through punchinella and some stamping with a Colorbox Stylus tool, using Sunshine Yellow Adirondack.  There’s a touch of white highlighting on there, too and the bee has been ‘rounded’ with Glossy Accents.


I can’t decide which page to use, now.  IF I’d had any sense, I’d have done C for Children for the Boyz one, but guess what???  I er don’t have much sense, lol.  Am tempted to ‘doctor’ it, though…

I also made another quick card with one of the Alcohol ink backgrounds that I fell in love with!
You can’t see the mixative on it when it’s flat, but it’s really pretty.


Monday, 2 August 2010

Over at Crafty Cardmakers, Joy has set us a challenge this fortnight which is the following recipe...
  • 1. Use stickers or punches
  • 2. Use the colour orange or yellow
  • 3. Include and animal or fish
The second week (w/c 2 August) is Spotlight challenge week and the Spotlight is to use a punch.  So here’s mine…

First, the white background was sponged with Adirondack Sunshine Yellow ink, then, using a punchie as a mask (with non permanent adhesive) to keep the sun yellow, I sponged Spiced Marmalade, Dried Marigold, Cabin Door, Victorian Velvet and Spun Sugar distress inks , with a little Adirondack Mountain Rose, onto the background.

The elephants and tree (one stamp from I Brake For Stamps) were stamped in Versafine Onyx Black, then clear embossed. Top corners were punched with a corner punch, purely for a little bit of interest, though I’m not sure it worked, lol and this was matted onto black card.

The outer layer (also matted onto black) is just a square of white card, the outside of which is stamped with a Rollagraph (taken off the wheel and used as a stamp) with Versafine and clear Embossing powder. I masked the corners to avoid overlapping.  Final card is Bazzill orange.

Don’t forget to check out the scrummy artwork by the rest of the Design Team at Crafty Cardmakers.

This card also fits the Gingersnap Challenge, Red, Yellow and Orange – in a slightly different way, but it fits.

Sunday, 1 August 2010

Over at Lots to Do, the Challenge this week is scenic route – not sure about the route but it’s definitely scenic, lol.

I was playing with my friend’s Silkies and made a cool background which is perfect for this stamp.  I just stamped and embossed the Stampscapes image and the words, then highlighted the rocks and water with white pen.  Nice, quick and easy. 

ltd scenic

Must say here (although I probably shouldn’t…) that I wouldn’t buy Silkies cos I don’t think they’re worth the money. They’re water based pearly paints, which come in a little nail polish like bottle, with a brush.  The background was made by putting a few colours on a craft mat, spritzing with water, then brayering.  They DO give a lovely shimmer and dry very quickly and I do like the colours but there’s very little in each bottle and I don’t think they’re all that easy to use.  Just my humble opinion, lol.