Sunday 30 November 2014

In the style of Darcy UK

Hello everyone, well Sunday's nearly over and I am entering the Paper Artsy Challenge  right at the last minute. take a look here

I loved the bow that Darcy created here and thought it would be nice to do something thing similar. I wanted to make a snowflake as demoed by Tina Boyden at the craft club we both attend. You can see Tina's here

After adding some stamping I cut my paper into 1/2 in strips

Then to assemble

Hanging in the garden. You can see the beautiful afternoon sun we were enjoying.

Thank you for your visit.


Saturday 29 November 2014

More butterflies

Evening everyone, hope you are all well. Tonight I'm sharing another entry into CVC challenge which ends very soon. The theme is bugs, Bees and Butterflies.

Today I bought a few more Distress Stains and had a play on a journal page.

I then used a wooden ATC card to mask areas and spayed more ink.

I added some stamping

Once this was dry I added Rust Paint to edge the frame areas. I also added some outside the frames.

I added a feature in each frame

I then added my butterflies

 To finish I added some doodles.

I used a black posca pen to darken ares.

Products I used.

Thanks for your visit. Take care and come back soon.



Friday 28 November 2014

It's a man thing

Morning this is just a quick post which I'm entering into the that's crafty challenge which you can find here. I don't have step photos sorry I got carried away.

I used a soft pencil to sketch and blend and then added some stabilo pencil.

Thanks for your visit. Do come back soon 



Wednesday 26 November 2014

Speed Craft Challenge - More Inspiration!

Evening everyone!  I hope everyone is wrapped up warm and doing ok. I would like to say hello and welcome to my new followers it's lovely to have you here.

Tonight I'm sharing a quick crafty make I created for some more inspiration on the speed craft challenge blog. The theme this challenge, is anything goes, chosen for us by the lovely Ingrid who is our wonderful leader.

So I gathered my bits and bobs and set the timer

I had already printed off my Vintage Christmas paper  from our fabulous sponsor Julie from  The Old  Design Shop who has agreed to three images from her Etsy shop as the prize for the winning entry. I think that's a marvellous prize especially if you are into Vintage backgrounds.

I tore around the edge of the rose and used Vintage photo distress ink around the edges. I then stuck this to my Manila tag from Ranger #8 using a Matt medium. I dried this with the heat gun and and then used the distress ink on the bare parts of the tag. I used a stamp with broad lettering randomly on the tag in stained walnut. I asembled my elements and then stuck them on. To a small die cut shape I stamped Art and distressed in the same colours. I then used treasure gold around the edges and fixed this on using a small cushioned pad.

And then as I went to take a photo of my time I pressed the reset button by mistake. So I'm sorry I cannot show that I finished with 10 sec spare but really did. 

So come on gather that stash,  plan what to make,  and get crafting after all it will only take you 15 mins, and   you 're worth it!  Plus enter the challenge and you could be our lucky winner. What you got to lose lol. Take care and see you all soon.



Tuesday 25 November 2014

All sewn up

Hello everyone, as I'm writing this I'm sitting listening to the rain on the windows,  it has quite a soothing rhythm which is helping me relax and get into weekend mode. I love that feeling of switching off ready to begin our two days off.

I hope your weekend was fab and that you enjoyed yourselves whatever your plans. When you read this it won't be the weekend as I didn't want to blog this card until after the lady's birthday had arrived.

The card is for my sister in law and as she loves to sew I thought I would do another sewing themed card. Last year I made this.

I wanted something different this year but still related. Now! I'm not sure where I first saw this but I thought it was lovely. It greatly inspired me to make the card. Once I'd made the card I researched around and found it.


 by Jennie Atkinson and you can check out wonderful blog here.

The ideas flew round round. I thought about it for a few days, then I forgot about it, but as time was getting near it was time to start, so I gathered the pieces I had thought about using.

I used wild honey distress ink by Tim Holtz for Ranger on the background silk and Vintage Photo to colour the cheesecloth. I  used Weathered Wood to distress the burlap before sewing together.

I played around with my elements 

Once I got parts to work for me I machined the areas I wanted seen.

I kept building up my elements stitching and sticking 

Once I was happy with how it looked I made my tile to hold the sentiment. I cut a piece of floral card and distressed it first in Vintage Photo and then inWeathere Wood. I stamped my sentiment onto tissue paper and then stuck it in place once it was dry I poured UTEE over it forming a layer. Once this was dry I cracked it to add to the aged look.

The finished card

I am going to enter this card into A Vintage Journey blog challenge. 

Thank you for visiting today, take care,


Thursday 20 November 2014

Stabilo pencil review

Hi everyone, I have been asked to several times to share some information about the Stabilo all pencil.

I cannot compare it to other pencils that will go on most surfaces as I found this one and as it works so well stuck with it.

I came across the pencil by watching tutorials by Dina Wakely on her workshop site. I bought several of them from Amazon.

It's a nice pencil to hold and I enjoy using it. Below I have shown the outcome of different pressures using the pencil. It is water soluble so one side you will see the pencil activated. 

Sorry this so blurred!

It has a soft core and so needs to be sharpened regularly you can get a fine point again below shows the different thicknesses you can get.

One disadvantage is that it is difficult to rub out so I will often sketch my drawing first and when happy go over with the stabilo to give depth to my shadows.

The great advantage is that it works really well over acrylic paint so great to use over inky painty backgrounds 

I hope this helps a little thanks for the visit xxx

Debs xxx


tag you're it!

Hello everyone, chuckling to myself. Do you ever get stumped what  to call your post. I do sometimes hence the silly title tonight. Well now I've got you  here I show you the tag I made to enter two challenges.

The first is Anything Vintage at that's Crafty go have a look at what their design team up with, lots of inspiration and the other is the Artist trading Post again with great inspiration from their DT.

I took a #10 tag and spray it with seedless grape tattered rose and wild honey spray stain from Ranger and using my stencil wiped off some off the stain ( I first saw this done by Dyan Reavery on you tube)

I then used the same stencil and sprayed tea stain through randomly across the the tag.

I used a photo from lost relatives  which I stuck on some fabric that had been distressed with weathered wood distress ink. 

I then added crackle paste through a baroque stencil in places and once that was dry sprayed with worn leather Colorbloom and then highlighted with treasure gold in white fire. 

I sprayed some roses in the worn leather and added them as well as some lace and a butterfly to finish

The finished tag with my stamped and white heat embossed sentiment which is by Douglas Horton

Thanks for stopping by take care and I'll see you soon



Craft Speed Challenge - new Challenge

Good afternoon everyone, hope you are all well, and  a special welcome to my new followers.

Today over on the speed craft challenge the theme is anything goes which was picked by the very talented Keren Baker. Please pop along to the speed craft challenge  where the DT inspirations are fabulous . There are some great project there and all completed within 15 mins. How fab is that, so come on you crafty people a little art every day keeps the inspirational juices flowing. 

And we now have a sponsor how great is that. I don't know about you but I'm always looking out for vintage images to use in my projects and now you can win some which fantastic. So come get crafting! 
Take a look at the lovely Julie's shop and if you really need anything pop along to her Etsy shop 

Free Vintage Images

My project is a very simple one today I only needed my stabilo pencil and a journal page.

I started my timer  I find it easier to work backwards in time as I always know how much time I have left rather than having to calculated it the other way it works for me.

I didn't sketch this first just dived straight in. Sometimes this is good as happy mistakes just add to the overall effect but as you cannot rub out the pencil you do everything even when the mistakes aren't as happy lol. 
Here she is mistakes an all 

And I finished her in good time 

So come on pop over there now and join in the fun.

Thank you for your visit, take care 



Wednesday 19 November 2014

Sharing the love

Evening everyone, hope you are well and fighting fit now as the days appear so short and nights soooo long. I love being out walking this time year but don't like being in when its so dark and gloomy. 

Anyway Monday night I was at craft club and was lucky to win two raffle prizes and so thought I'd give one away. 

This is the set 

All you need to do for me is follow my blog and leave me a comment so I know you entered. On Friday I will pick a number at random and one lucky person will be the new owner of thi rubber stamp set.

Good luck

I was dreaming again

Hello everyone, I hope you are all well this afternoon. Thank you for taking the time to pop over to see what I've been up to. I would also like to say a big hello and welcome to all my new followers. Thank you for joining me on my journey.

A few weeks ago I was asked to play along on the Dragondream tag it on challenge. The theme was the colour purple and the letter X. Please check out the design Team's creations on the link above.

For my tag I chose a Xmas theme (although I don't like to use Xmas it did fit the theme) I first sprayed the card with purple Colorbloom I love this colour and it's so shimmery. 

I used Archival ink in watering can and JOFY mini 07 from Paper Artsy to form part of the background and then stamped again but this time in black.

I used some bourbals that I die cut from Sizzix and played around until I liked their placement. 

I sprayed the bourbals in a darker purple and silver heat embossed areas around the edges and the bows.

I stuck them down and added my sentiment and finished it off with some purple thread 

Thank you for visit today, take care and come back soon. 

Oh and spread the word there will be a little give away tonight on my blog! 

Bye for now Debs xxx