Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Explore Discover Dream Tag by Mandy C


Crafters Workshop Stencils ~ Mini Specimens and Mini Star Fall


·       Using your craft mat, splodge some Distress paints, stain and inks on the mat. Spritz with a little water and swoosh your tag through the inks. Dry with a heat tool.

·       Use the white dabber and the mini Specimens mask, apply white paint through the circle pieces of the mask. Dry. Add random stars around the tag using the Festive Berries Distress paint and the mini star fall mask. I dabbed it on with some cut and dry so the paint wouldn’t be as thick.

·       Stamp using the Tim Holtz Mixed Media Stamp Set (the chicken wire stamp) and the Olive Pastel ink over the background in random places. Dry.

·       Add some more texture with the sepia Archival and the ‘bobbly’ stamp from the Tim Holtz set.

·       Stamp the Feather Bird using the black Archival ink, dry with a heat tool, as Archival is a very wet ink.

·       Stamp the words from the Huck Finn set onto some cream cardstock. Cut and adhere using the Cosmic Shimmer Glue. Edge with a black pen.


·       Finally edge the tag with the black dabber.
Mandy C


Monday, 28 April 2014

Positive Negative by Deborah



This week I've stuck to simple stamping using one of the faces from All the Gals and the film negative borders from When in Rome.

To get the placement right I arranged all the stamps on an acrylic block with grid lines. However, I then removed the Dina Wakley face and words and stamped the borders first. This is because the Dina Wakley stamps are cushion mounted and therefore thicker than the clear border stamps.

After trimming the white card to size I edged it with a thin line of Umber Promarker, then used Sunflower, Pastel Pink and Sky Blue to colour the hair, lips and eyes.

I mounted the piece onto a folded giant kraft tag. You could thread or hang something from the reinforced hole if you wish but I didn't have anything appropriate to hand - and sometimes, less is more.

Sunday, 27 April 2014

Let Us Eat Cake by Lynne Moncrieff




This canvas was made as an alternative to a birthday card for a cousin who is celebrating her 40th birthday this month.



Cosmic Shimmer Chalk Paint First Bud and Shallow Sea
Idea-ology Memo Pin
Square canvas with easel (a great substitute would be a PaperArtsy 4”x4” canvas or one of the mini canvas with easel)
EXTRAS:- Oxford Impressions Distressed Numbers (4 and 0), vintage French book text



Apply First Bud to canvas then dry brush Shallow Sea and Sherbet. Heat set between each colour.

Stamp flower repeatedly with StazOn.

Paint book pages (I used vintage French book pages) with Antarctic and Sherbert. 

Stamp cupcake once onto each page. Layer together for a cupcake with blue frosting and a pink papercase. 


Layer onto scrap cardstock to make the stamped images more stable. Do this for all the elements.

Stamp candle, flowers, bird and birthday onto both pages. Fussy cut all elements.

First, adhere flowers over the stamped flowers on the canvas. Then adhere the other elements.

Apply Satin Finish to the frosting and candle.

Cut flag from the pink painted text. Stamp advertisement. Adhere the word birthday before tucking the flag into an Idea-ology Memo Pin. Tuck behind the cake, adhering with silicone glue.

Adhere bird to the cake also with silicone glue.


Paint the easel with Sherbert and First Bud.



Cut another of the blue painted book page to required size.


Stamp Happy Birthday and in this instance, 40.


Brush Sherbert onto the edges.


Adhere to the canvas.


Until next week,


Saturday, 26 April 2014

Man’s Best Friend by Donna Ratcliff


So everyone ready for the weekend? I have a couple of journal pages to share with you today…..
Crafty Individuals Stamps – Alice Palace Designs British Bulldog
Kaisercraft Clear Stamps –

That Special Touch Mask -
Chevrons, Swiss Cheese

Gesso, Black Gesso

Distress Paint –
Mowed Lawn, Antique Linen, Salty Ocean, Mustard Seed
Distress Ink – Vintage Photo, Mowed Lawn, Peacock Feathers, Mustard Seed
Memento Ink –
Tuxedo Black

Black Pen
Cut ‘n’Dry Foam
Fine Paint Brush
1. First of all I applied a thin coat of gesso over the pages then gave them a quick dry (think I’ve said before I don’t do waiting!!) then put on blocks of colour using Mowed Lawn, Salty Ocean and Mustard Seed Distress Paint. I let it dry a little and then wiped some of it off with a baby wipe to reveal patches of the gesso covered pages underneath. Then I added some Distress Ink…..Peacock Feathers, Vintage Photo and Mustard Seed.
2. Then to add a bit more interest and another layer of colour I blended in more ink and a bit more paint through the Chevron and Swiss Cheese Masks plus a bit of punchinella. Then I added some stamping using the graffiti stamp by Kaisercraft, a few doodled flowers and a few black lines done with an old gift card and some black gesso.
3. Then I stamped the bulldog onto a scrap of white paper cut him out and coloured him with Distress inks using a bit of Cut ‘n’ Dry Foam. I cut a few strips of old book paper coloured them with some Mustard Seed Distress Ink and glued them onto the page and then glued the bulldog into position. Then I added the pics of my little monster onto the other page.
4. Finished it all off with some drawn lines, bit of shading, painted the doodled flowers and added some stamped wording using some alphabet stamps.

Hope you have a lovely weekend and see you next week
Donna xx

Friday, 25 April 2014

Botanical by Fliss Goodwin



Hello there, I have a nature themed creation for you this week in Spring shades to show you just one thing that can be made with a set of very versatile Papermania cling stamps.


Here’s What You Need: 

Distress Inks – Shabby Shutters, Crushed Olive, Wild Honey
Scraps of Green and Yellow Card
Distress Markers – Crushed Olive, Wild Honey


Here’s How To:

·       Cut a piece of stamping card to fit your chosen card blank and then paint roughly with a layer of gesso. When the paint is dry, sponge on the 2 shades of green ink, starting with the lighter first and then adding the darker shade mostly around the edges.

·       Stamp the flower sprigs across the bottom of the coloured card with the Spanish Moss ink. Add a further layer by stamping over the top of the previous images, and stamping off the base of the card as shown in the photo.




·       Next, stamp on the letter text. As the stamp is smaller than the area needing covering, start stamping just above the flower sprigs and right across the card. Repeat the layer above this, lining up the base of the image as it won’t all fit on the card if yours is square like mine.

·       Stamp the trio of butterflies and the pocket watch collage on scraps of stamping card with the green ink. Add colour with the Aquamarkers and Distress Markers (I doodled on the plain butterfly to add interest). Trim the collage panel to a rectangle and then sponge on Shabby Shutters and Wild Honey inks to add more colour.

·       Mat the collage panel on a scrap of yellow card and on green card die cut with medium sized ornate frame die. Add the background paper and matted panel to the card. Cut out the butterflies and arrange on the card as you like.


Have a great weekend and see you next week.


Fliss x
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