Sunday, 17 June 2018

Spring Tulips



Time for a look at Beccy Muir's latest photopolymer stamp set called 'Spring Tulips'

You will adore this set of stamps as much as I do. You will find the Spring Tulips set  and many more stamps sets in Beccy's Place shop. You will find lots of inspiration on Beccy's Place blog. Do take a few moments to have a look.



I really enjoyed working with the Spring Tulips stamp set by Beccy Muir. These are just two of the cards I made with this stamp set, you will see the others later on in the week.
The first card was done onto to white card with black ink. The image was coloured with alcohol markers and pencils. I used many dies to cut out and layer the image and to decorate the front of the card.  I like the contrast of the colours.

For the second card, I decided to try a technique I had not done in sometime. The image ( Spring Tulip set) was stamped in a pail grey ink and then coloured with watercolour paints. The pail was more successful as you can still see the lines on the flowers but I like the effect nevertheless. 

I do hope you will visit Beccy's Place blog to see what the rest of the design team have created. 

Thank you and God Bless


Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Heat Embossing


Good morning and welcome to a new challenge over at Back to Basic and Beyond. The new challenge is 'Heat Embossing' which is and will probably remain a much loved technique by many of us. For those who are new to heat embossing you will love it! 

First stamp the image, (Magnolia by Beccy Muir) with onyx black versafine ink and the quickly covered it with black embossing powder. Tap off all the excess powder and then using an embossing tool heat it until the powder has melted. The image and background were coloured with watercolours  and then matted coloured card. 

 Tips, keep your tool in one area until the powder has melted (becomes shiny) the move it along.  Don't over heat, the powder will just sink into the card and become dull. If you  are just starting out, use an embossing ink as it more sticky and gives you move working time. 

Just have fun and experiment.





Sunday, 10 June 2018

Tangled Garden


Time for another release of digital stamps by Beccy Muir. This wonderful set it called 'Tangled Garden' and is very versatile.  As with all of Beccy's digital stamps, the set comes with both black and white images and coloured ones also.  You can find this stamp set and may others in Beccy's Place Shop and inspiration on Beccy's Place blog.

There is also a challenge every month and Beccy kindly gives to a free image to play along. Do come join the fun!


With the Tangled Garden  digital stamp set, I created two projects a mixed media piece and a card. The mixed media piece started as a blank canvas board. It was then coated in three colours of Imagination starlight paints. The next layer was done with a stencil and structure paste. I printed one of the images  and sentiment from the Tangled Garden set and then coloured it in with alcohol markers. Layered  on pattern paper and then added the roses (sprayed with glimmer mists) and die cut leaves.



This card was a lot simpler to make. I printed on of the black and white images from the Tangled Garden digital stamp set. Was then  coloured it in with alcohol markers. The background was embossed and then used an ink pad to lightly glide over the surface of the embossed card. 

Thank you so much for the visit and I do hope you take few moments to see what the rest of the design team have created with this set. 

God Bless

Monday, 4 June 2018

First large oil painting


Hope you all had a great weekend. Wanted to share my first real attempt at a large oil painting. My only experience with oil paints were two Bob Ross classes at Hobbycraft over 17 years ago. Currently I am  undertaking a diploma in painting and drawing to give me foundation in art which I did not have and always wanted. So far I am having fun and trying out lots of different mediums and oil is one that has fascinated me.

 I bought some oil paints, canvas and brushes from The Works in Royston  and using one of Paul Cezanne's still life as inspiration did this painting. Must say I was really pleased with the quality of the oil paints even thought they only cost £3! I know it's far from perfect, but I am so pleased with the finished piece.  There will be lost more playing with oils but this time the ones you can clean up with water. lol

Please be kind. lol


(disclaimer I do work part time for The Works but these are items I purchased myself and these are my personal opinions). 


Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Back to Basic and Beyond Challenge #4- Fold back card



It's time for another challenge over at Back to Basic and Beyond. This the 4th challenge and we would like to make a Fold Back card! These are really easy and fun to make, so I hope you see all your lovely creations. 
You can get lots of inspiration for the rest of the design team by checking out the BBB challenge blog




Recently purchased from carabelle studio stamps and thought they would be perfect for this challenge.  For the background on the folded side I used stamps from two sets 'Man with M' and 'Collage typographique'. 

Do hope you will come an join us at Back to Basic and Beyond Challenge.


Thursday, 24 May 2018

Ferris Wheel


Time for some fun on a Ferris Wheel! With the better weather coming some of us might get a chance to go on one of these soon. This latest digital stamp set by Beccy Muir is called 'Ferris Wheel'. 
You can find out what the rest of the design team have created by visiting Beccy's Place Blog. 

For my first project (image above) I decided to alter the cover of one of my sketch books. I will be using it outdoors so thought it was best to make it look good. 
Decided that the Ferris Wheel image was going to fit on an ATC size topper so printed it out to fit that size of card. The image was coloured with alcohol markers and the background with high-low acrylic paints. The background of the ATC was also coloured with the acrylic paints. The cover was first stencilled with left design in silver paint. It was then stamped with a swirl in gold. Then modelling paste was added through a stencil  and glimmer powder on top as it was wet. Once dried the topper with the image was added to the cover. 



For the second project I made this card. The image of the Ferris Wheel from the digital set was printed onto white card. The image was coloured with alcohol markers and then sprayed with glimmer mist. The image was die cut and layered onto silver mirri card. The sentiment is from the 'Ferris Wheel' digital set as well. 

Have a great day.

Saturday, 19 May 2018

Spring Chicken again!


As promised here are the two other cards that I made with the  new digital stamp set 'Spring Chicken' by Beccy Muir! You can find this set and many more in Beccy's Place Shop.

The first card above used one of the images from the Spring Chicken set but copied and placed one image in front of the other. I used a photo-editing software to do this.  Once it was printed onto white card, I used pencils and alcohol markers to colour them. The sentiment is also from the Spring Chicken digi set. 




I went a bit simple with this card. The image and the sentiment from the 'Spring Chicken' digital set is just perfect together! The image and sentiment were printed out and the image coloured with alcohol markers and pencils.  

Hope you liked my cards using the Spring Chicken set of digi stamps by Beccy Muir!

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Spring Chicken


Spring Chicken time!!! This new digital stamp set called 'Spring Chicken' by Beccy Muir is just too funny!!! The images and sentiments that are included in the set are just perfect.  You will find yourself using these images time and time again, I know I will!

The card above is the first of three which I made using the 'Spring Chicken' digital stamp set. You can find more inspiration on Beccy's Place Blog. This fist card started with printing one of the images from the Spring Chicken set and one of the sentiments. The image was coloured using pencils . The yellow and green background was done with acrylic highflow inks. The blue background was done by using pearl paint, then stencils were using and an embossing folder. 

Hope you like the first one, there are two more to come!








Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Back to Basics and Beyond Challenge #3- One sheet wonder



Back to Basic and Beyond #3  theme is 'One Sheet Wonder Cards'. Basically we are asking you to used one sheet of 12 inches x 12 inches paper (or card stock) and make as many cards as you can , must be at least to. There are lots of  diagrams on Pinterest  that you can use but we have given you one to start with. 

For my cards I used a lovely sheet of paper from one of my many 12 x 12 paper packs. It was fun trying to use one only sheet of paper. As you can see from the photo I manged to get 6 cards from my sheet. 

Really looking forward to seeing what you create. There are lots of inspiration from the rest of the DT on the Back to Basic and Beyond blog.


Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Happy 18th Birthday Skipper!!!!


Happy Birthday to my baby. Skipper is 18 years old today and going strong.  She has a lot of attitude and we love her to bits. 
Hope to share many more birthday with you darling girl. 

Love Mummy and Daddy!

Thursday, 10 May 2018

Blooming Tools


A new month which means time for some new released from Beccy Muir. This first set of photopolymer stamps is called 'Blooming Tools' and is perfect for any male or female who enjoy a bit of DIY. 

As you can see I made three very different cards with my 'Blooming Tools' stamp set. I am certain you can find may other ways to used them. You will find more inspiration for the rest of the design team on Beccy's Place Blog. There is also a monthly competition on the blog and a free digital stamp.

My first card above began with stamping the larger image from the Blooming Tools set onto white card and cut out with a die. The image was then coloured with alcohol markers and pencils. The background was made using Brushos, paste, paint and stamps. The card shape was made using a Tattered lace die. 



The second card started with the background. Used several colours of Brusho crystals and once dried stamped images from 'Blooming Tools' set, with black and gold ink. The main image was stamped and coloured with alcohol markers and a bit of pencil. 




This third card was the simplest of the lot. The background was made by spraying with green and blue glimmer mist and letting it dry. Once dried I stamped one of the images from the 'Blooming Tools' set all over and cut out an aperture. Stamped and coloured the same image from the 'Blooming Tools' stamp set as the main focal point of the card. 

For those in the UK the cost of shipping from Australia is not very much and the stamps do arrived very quickly. (My personal view)

Have a great day and thanks for the visit.

Would like to enter the first card in

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Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Messy fun


What a joy it is to just play! Started with the messy stuff first, which is the fun bit. Started with a sheet of white card, sprinkled Brusho crystals and added water. Once dried I used a stencil and added some paint and then inks. Then various stamps from Beccy Muir, Club Scrap and Third Coast stamps were used to over stamp the colour layer. White acrylic was used to highlight parts of the background. The train (Third Coast image) was stamped and coloured with alcohol markers. The sentiment is from a stamp set by Beccy Muir.

Entering this is the following challenges:



Enjoy the lovely weather!!!