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

Thursday, 31 October 2019

Thought I'd share another quick Autumn card, which came into being simply because I couldn't read the words on the words stamp, so tried them on a small square of card and embossed in clear ep in order to show them up clearly! 

This Time to Stamp maple leaf is one of my all time favourite leafy stamps - I love the fact that it's so delicate and feathery. The extra fussy cut leaves were added because they were on my desk... the curled leaf on the background is a PSX stamp. I used Distress Inks for the background and to watercolour the leaves, having stamped them in Archival inks.

I'm linking to 
Addicted to Stamps & More's Photo challenge (leaves and colours)

Ellibelle's Crafty Wednesday Challenge, Stamp it!
Use Your Stuff, Fall Project with at least 3 leaves...

This card is anything but seasonal... I just fancied using this image, so here it is. It's an Oxide background with some DI watercolouring on the Studio Light flutterbies, which are stamped again, fussy cut and stuck over the stamped images...they're also finished off with some clear acrylic glitter paint from an old bottle I bought when I first started stamping, around 22 years ago! The borders were stamped with no attention to how straight they were - and yes, it's deliberate. I added some random white and black pen on the cross hatch border - I didn't want it to be alternated or 'perfect'. Maybe I should've saved this for Thankful November...sadly, you can't really see the colour variations on this - the scanner didn't pick them up but I can't photograph it because it's already in the mail...it's actually more of a lavender and green - I used Shaded Lilac and Cracked Pistachio inks, stencilling in Brilliance Lavender, to add a little sheen, and spraying in clear mica to finish.
This will be the card I link to a couple of the above challenges...
(For some weird reason, despite trying to reformat several times, Blogger won't let me centre anything above this paragraph - weird - so please accept my apologies for the mixed formatting!)
Thanks for calling in today
I hope to see some of you in November's Art Every Day challenge, as and when I'm able...
I'll be back soon...

Tuesday, 29 October 2019

Good Morning, peeps! Today, we start a new challenge over at
and the challenge is
Colours of Autumn
So dig out your paints, inks, pens and images and join us in celebrating the luscious colours of beautiful Autumn...

I've focused on 'shrooms for this one...I absolutely love fungi, and used to go hunting them down at this time of year, especially when I had a good camera. There are so many amazing varieties and colours to see - and there are some very varied smells, too 😁
Have you ever come across the humble stinkhorn? It really does live up to its name!

My Tim Holtz 'shrooms aren't really 'shrooms, of course - they're the well recognised Fly Agaric toadstools (even if they're not supposed to be...) instantly recognisable to most of us as the archetypal fairy dwelling...and they are gorgeous, despite being VERY poisonous!
Please allow me a bit of artistic licence here, because they all ended up in pretty similar colours - even the much larger one (Stampotique by Jo Capper Sandon) which is definitely not really in perspective and is a little slender for the FA....although I suppose the others could be babies...h'mm? 
I used Fossilised Amber, Aged Mahogany, Walnut Ink and Toasted Marmalade DI for the background. The words (Hero Arts) are stamped in Versafine Clair Acorn and Walnut Ink DI, while the larger words are die cut alphabet letters. Oh and the blowing leaves are an old PSX stamp which only comes out at this time of year...

I even took a few photos to show off the gold paint bits... it looks really sparkly and rich. I used Promarkers and Prisma pencils to colour - albeit not very well...
 Everything has been beautifully spattered with Walnut ink and Antique Gold Acrylic paint, to give it that 'tattered' windswept look... 
 The colour looks different because it was night time, under daylight white bulbs.
Thank you so much for popping in today. I do hope you'll join us at Try it on Tuesday and don't forget to have a peep at the Design Team's beautiful inspirational pieces... you have two weeks to play. 
We look forward to 'seeing' you!

I'm linking this to Stamping Sensations' Leaves and/or Trees and/or Autumn challenge...
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Sunday, 27 October 2019

The current Paper Minutes challenge is Birds...so I made this...he's clearly standing on an uneven bit of ground...😊😉

I made the background with Dina's Scribble Sticks and a stencil...plus a touch of smooshing. The balloons and other bits are painted with Liquitex acrylics, as is the grass, though I watered it down.
I'm also linking to the Allsorts Challenge is to Make your own background.

This one I made last week, but didn't really like the way it turned out and half pulled it apart...it has foils and gold leaf on it as well as Delicata gold and Distress inks in my favourite Autumn shades. Background stamps are from an SU leaf set. The single leaf is an old PSX stamp I love, watercoloured with DIs and fussy cut. The rough frame is bits from my scrap box.. 
I'm linking to 
Papercraft Challenges, Fall (Autumn)
Sweet Stampers, Autumn, Halloween
Crafty Calendar, Autumn Colours, Halloween
Cards and More, Autumn
Stamping Sensations, Trees and/or Leaves and/or Autumn

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Thursday, 17 October 2019

Simon Says Stamp Monday's Challenge this week is All Things Pink, while Penny Black and More's Challenge is Pretty in Pink... so I made an all pink card, also using Spots and Stripes, to fit this week's challenge at Allsorts.

I used a stencil for the stripes, a stamp for the spots (the stamp's a bit wide, but it's also created striped spots 😊), using Spun Sugar and Victorian Velvet Distress Inks, with a touch of Versafine Clair pink, which I don't like...but it is pink! The 2 part flower stamps have a solid image, but I stamped it, and the outside, in Victorian Velvet Distress Oxide, expecting it to emboss...but the Distress Inks picked up the EP instead... I quite like it, though. I also added a touch of Promarker to the petals and used it for the stems. I used a toning card for the mount (sorry the scanner can't seem to pick that up) and a Spun Sugar shade for the actual card, so the only thing that isn't pink is the sentiment.
Day of the Month Club's current challenge is Anything Goes, in honour of World Cardmaking Day, October 5th and
Time Out's challenge is to make something Encouraging.

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Tuesday, 15 October 2019

I've been playing around with some Autumn colours, so I thought I'd share them with you before I get waylaid...

Daring Cardmakers have a 'Use up your scraps' challenge on at the moment, so once I'd fulfilled my need to stamp a pear or two 😉 I used some of my favourite card colour (rich, red brown) scraps to brighten up the card and add a little more interest. I used Promarkers to colour the pears (PSX), having embossed them in gold ep. Autumn just seems to cry out for gold and copper, don't you think? I haven't used many eyelets, either - as you can see from the pic - one of them went disastrously wrong... but I didn't want to waste my nutty coloured card - even if it is a scrap/offcut! The pear words are an old favourite from Stamp in the Hand, stamped in Versafine Clair Acorn.

I have a few baskets of scraps and offcuts, in various sizes, so I pulled out a couple to try out my new TH skeleton leaves, using various shades of Versafine Clair to stamp them and clear embossing. On one of the cards I smooshed some Distress inks (Toasted Marmalade, Rusty Hinge, Aged Mahogany and Fossilised Amber, with a touch of Walnut Ink; on the other, I sponged on the inks. My favourite seasonal Hero Arts stamp had its seasonal outing for the words, using either Acorn or Walnut ink for a contrast, with some splotch stamping around in Walnut ink and Shimmer Gold Delicata, which I edged both panels with. I wiped the excess ink off the embossed leaves with a baby wipe, to show the stamped images more clearly. 

The smooshed card was just crying out for something 'natural', so I found my twine and wrapped it round, adding a metal charm with gold thread, for a bit of interest...while rooting through my charms I came across some metal words, so I thought it was about time I stopped hoarding them and used TWO! A certain friend of mine would faint if she knew I'd even used one 😅 let alone a copper one!!! (Yes, I love copper and aged metal)
Last but not least, a couple of days ago, I played with blue and grey and my Lavinia and Inkylicious stamps... I used Weathered Wood and Tumbled Glass Oxides, with a touch of Versafine Clair Paradise, some Brilliance Moonlight White and some Stormy Sky DOX. Some of the stamping was done with the Weathered Wood and Tumbled Glass, to add dimension. The (very) misty mountains (no, they're not hopping - and only we ageing Led Zeppelin fans would have a clue what I'm talking about...) in the background are inked with an Inkylicious stencil. A touch of Prismacolor pencils added a little more definition.
I'm pleased to be able to enter the following challenges:-

Sweet Stampin, Autumn Colours/Harvest
Stamping Sensations, Trees/Leaves/Autumn
Make My Monday, Fruit/Vegetables
Incy Wincy Designs, Autumn Colours
Artsy Stamper, Autumn Colours
Moo Mania & More, Count Your Blessings (Reflect)
Creatalicious, Autumn
Paper Minutes, Autumn

I've also decided that I'm going to do a charm giveaway - or two - so if you're interested, keep your eye on my posts... I have a RIDICULOUSLY large stash and they're here, by my side, waiting to be sorted out, so I know I'll have quite a few to share. I could never use what I have even if I added a charm to every card I make... I used to be a real collector, and amassed quite a number via RAKs on my Yahoo group, not to mention the remainder of those I also used to sell when I had my shop... 😌

Thank you for calling in today. I hope you're well...
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Wednesday, 9 October 2019

I thought I'd play a little with my Scribble Sticks (Dinah Wakley) and here's what I ended up with...

Using a Visible Image stamp (edged with black pen, fussy cut and stuck over the stamped image) with text and graphic stamps in Versafine Clair, 2 die cuts, punched stars and some inspirational words. Plus a hand drawn border...sorry, no idea which company the words are from. 
This is yet another card that really should have been a journal page...
...so today, I decided to play in my watercolour journal instead, using Aall and Create and TH stencils, charcoal, die cut letters and some scribbles à la Dinah 😉 
I'm linking to 
Art Journal Journey Challenge, Dreams and Wishes.
Mix it Up, Open technique (stencilling and scribbling?)
More Mixed Media, ATG + Orange (there is a little orange...)
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Tuesday, 1 October 2019

It's Tuesday and time for a new challenge over at 

For this one we are asking for your interpretation of

Animal Magic

You have until the 14th October to enter, using your preferred style and medium to celebrate some of our animal friends. 

We look forward to visiting your blogs.
The Design Team have some fab creations to inspire you over on the Try it on Tuesday blog, so don't forget to have a look!

Mine is pretty predictable given the fact that I tend to use these animals every chance I get - even for Christmas!  I will try to make another few cards or do some journalling over the next couple of weeks... this one is very 'busy'...

I used Dylusions paints for the background - Turquoise and Lime - but try as I might, the scanner just wouldn't pick up the true colours...  the darker green is Mowed Lawn Distress Oxide. I painted the balloons with Dylusions, too.

It's only in French because that's the name of a widely available French cheese spread, La Vache Qui Rit , though you can now buy it over here as Laughing Cow (triangles).  It is loosely based on a journal page I saw (Sorry, I'll have to get the link later). Words created with a labeller.

I'm happy to be playing in the following challenges:-

Allsorts, Boys to men (made for a cheese loving man)

Simon Says Stamp on Wednesdays, Anything Goes

Always Fun Art Challenges, Anything Goes

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