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Sunday, March 31, 2013


With his Book of Ruination workshop, Andy gave us a bonus class - Rock your Book.  This is my first effort.  All the rusty bits stuck in the rock.  My craft room is fast being taken over by modelling paste, texture paints, plaster, bitumen and all sorts of other stuff.  Oh, and a few skeletons in the mix too.

Thursday, March 28, 2013


I am totally enjoying my 5th online workshop with Andy Skinner.  This one is called 'The Book of Ruination' and we've learnt yet more techniques to use in our altered art.  If you're in to this kind of stuff, you really should sign up for one of his workshops.

These are my first 2 projects.  The skelly had a bit of a rough time.  His suffered purple poison and the knife is still sticking out of his chest too!!!!  I think I rushed the inside of the book a bit, so might add something else or do it again.

This is already hanging on my wall.  I used one of those cheap MDF plaques you can get and used the same techniques as the book.  This one however, is finished better as the 'holes' are more prominent, as they should be.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013


Yeah right!  I don't think so, lol.  Aren't you all fed up of freezing, 'cause I know I am.
This week it's #161 over at I ♥ PROMARKERS and our theme is Spring. Our sponsors this week  are the fabulous MARIANNE DESIGN and we welcome a new sponsor VISIBLE IMAGE. Both sponsors are offering 2 stamps to our two winners.

I wanted to try something different this week as I really didn't want to colour an image, so I thought I'd colour my die cuts instead.  I like the concept, but perhaps not the execution lol.  Dies are by Marianne and the corner stamp is by Dylusions.

Sunday, March 24, 2013


Here's my take on Tim's tag for March.  I thought I had a good stash of T.H. stuff, but I had hardly anything that he used for this, so had to improvise.

First off, I've got no movers and shapers, so I used a Photoshop shape for my bunny, saved it as a jpeg and then imported and cut it on my Cameo.  Then I used a nestie to cut the outer frame. My substitute for his tinsel bunny was flock, but then I decided to use micro beads instead.  I hand cut the grass from a sheet of paper that was actually a T.H. pad and as I had no metal flowers at all, I used a stick pin and some pearl sprays, but I coloured the pearls a bit with a Promarker.   I made the greeting banner myself too, just eyeballing the size and shape and then I used a rub-on word.
To be honest, I'm not that keen on this one, but as I promised myself I would do one each month, here it is.
Entering into:
Tim Holtz Tags of 2013 - March.

Friday, March 22, 2013


Inspired by a vid I saw on YouTube, I've been stamping, inking and thoroughly enjoying myself.  I used stamps from LaBlanche, Elusive Images and Andy Skinner. The stencils are by Dylusions and the whole lot was coloured using my distress ink pads, the details being done with T.H. nibs.  Not much else to say really, lol, but it's been a massive change to do something bright and colourful without a Promarker in sight.  It's already stuck up on my wall.  I've also nearly finished my 1st and 2nd projects from my Book of Ruination workshop and with any luck will get my T.H. March tag done this weekend too.

And yeah, I know it's not Steampunk...but I wanted to use that stamp ~ so I did, ha ha.

Entering into:
MY GRAFICO #147 - Anything goes.
HOTSHOT CRAFTS #15 - Anything but a card.

Thursday, March 21, 2013


It's week #160 over at I ♥ PROMARKERS  and this week the theme is everybody's favourite again, Anything Goes.  So, as long as you use Letraset pens on your project, you can enter what you like.   We have two sponsors this week too so there'll be two winners.  J & C CREATIONS who are offering  a £10 voucher and CRAFTY SENTIMENTS who are offering 3 digi images.

For my card I used the Crafty Sentiment image 'Having Fun' from the Manga category.  My papers are from the MME pad Fine and Dandy Girl. The bunting was a strip of paper with a bit of fussy cutting.  I used a spellbinders die to back the image, a Cheery Lynn die that I cut up to make two swirls, a MS punch for the blue borders  and the sentiment is one of my own.

I've been playing with paints and stuff again as I'm doing the new ANDY SKINNER online workshop, 'Book of Ruination' and having great fun, albeit making a cock up here and there lol.  I'm also playing with my new LaBlanche stamps and distress ink pads and I still have my Tim Holtz March tag to make so hopefully, I'll have something else to show you soon.

Entering into:
CHARISMA CARDZ #11 - Die Cuts.
ADDICTED TO STAMPS #37 - Use Markers.
BEARLY MINE #78 - Anything goes.
TUESDAY ALCHEMY #52 - Anything goes.
MAKE IT MONDAY #132 - Anything goes.

Thursday, March 07, 2013


Hellooooooo there.  Hope you're all well.  First I'd like to say welcome to my newest follower.  Unfortunately, blogger hasn't put them in order so I don't know who you are.  I'm glad to have you though.

This weeks challenge #158 over at I ♥ PROMARKERS is 'Anything but Square'.  That can be a bit of a challenge as square cards seem to be the norm for most of us at the moment.  Our sponsor is DOCTOR DIGI who has some really fun images, you should take a look if you've not seen them already.  My choice for this week was the very handsome lady, Brunnhilde.  Being a great fan of Opera, I couldn't resist her.  I had a plan - my card was going to be totally music themed, but somehow I went completely off track and ended up with this, lol.

Brunny is mounted onto 2 Spellbinders dies.  The flowers and lacy semicircles (large sunflower doily) are done with Cheery Lynn dies. (I absolutely love them). I used Marianne dies for my leaves and a Martha Stewart punch for my borders. The papers are from the divine pack from GCD studios 'Paris Nights'. Finally, I accented a few bits with some pearls and added one of my own sentiments.

Entering into:
CHEERY LYNN #70 - Doilies.
LITTLE RED WAGON - Get in shape.
THE PAPER SHELTER #102 - Punches and dies.
NUTCRAFTERS #38 - Something beginning with B.
CRAFTY SENTIMENTS - Pretty in pink.
CUTTIN' & STAMPIN' #9 - Use flowers.
TUESDAY THROWDOWN #137 - Lace and doilies.
WHOOPSIDAISY - 2 patterned papers.

Sunday, March 03, 2013


I recently took part in a swap where we had to make a mini book from one sheet of A4 paper and this is what I came up with.  I absolutely love this idea.  There are only a couple of pages but they're a perfect size to decorate or put a photo on and they're brilliant for scrapbooking when you need a multi photo layout without cluttering up your page.  All of it was stamped...not a digi image or Promarker in sight, lol.  Any detail painting was done using distress ink.

I don't often give a supply list but I'm going to this time as it's quite extensive for a small project.
I used a double sided paper but actually forgot to write down what it was, lol.  It's plain on one side and striped on the other in shades of brown and cream which is visible inside the pocket and the back.
Other stuff:
Distress Ink Pads 'Brushed Corduroy and Black Soot'
Ranger Archival ink 'Jet Black'
Americana Antique White acrylic paint
Decoart one step crackle.
Tim Holtz...Ideology Chitchat
..................Adage Stickers
..................Salvage Stickers 'Lost and Found'
..................Paper String
..................Custom Fasteners
..................Masks 'Compass and Timeworks'
Crafty Individuals image
River City Rubberworks ~ Zettiology ~ Studio 490 ~ Stampers Anonymous (Tim Holtz collection) ~ Dylusions ~ Kanban ~ 7 Gypsies ~ Indigo Blu  and Andy Skinner.

After I'd cut and folded the book, I inked every page with the brushed corduroy as the paper was far too pale for what I wanted.  The little crackles on the background are done with an Andy Skinner background stamp, just bending it in my fingers and stamping randomly. The two cogs were painted and crackled and then I basically just got to stamping and sticking.

Entering into:
SO ARTFUL CHALLENGES (March) ~ Shades of brown.
MEMA'S CRAFTS (March) - Anything goes with a pocket twist.
ONE CRAZY STAMPER (March) - Anything goes.
HOTSHOT CRAFT #15 - Anything but a card.
INSPIRE ME FRIDAY # 98 ~ Anything goes.

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