Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Rusty Wings


Hello everyone,


Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and are looking forward to a brand New Year soon. I have had a little play with some crafting supplies......I was good after all and certain people (Other Half) obviously did not read my blog!! If anyone has any lino carving tips they will be gratefully received,I asked for a set for Christmas and now it looks daunting!

Today I have a little something I made on greyboard. Not quite sure how to describe it but quirky will do,I guess!









I am entering this into the following challenges:


613 Avenue Create,Anything Goes

Butterfly Challenge,All kinds of fairies

Creative Card Crew,Anything Goes

Inspiration Destination,Anything Goes

Mixed Media Place,Wings

Not Just Cards,Anything Goes

Through The Craftroom Door,Anything Goes





The die cuts are Cheery Lynn(thanks once again Julie) embossed with Ranger Antiquities powder,Wendy Vecchi crackle paste,Faber Castell Pitt brush pens,a red watercolour,posca pen and the girl/angel/ghost/fairy....take your pick....was handrawn with a Stabilo All black pencil and then gone over with a wet brush. I can see why the wonderful Dina Wakley loves these pencils


Hope you like it

Donna x


Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Wishing you all an Inky Christmas and a Quirky 2015


Hello everyone,


I've only been blogging since April this year but I have been bowled over by how kind and generous all you lovely crafters are out there. I have made some brilliant friendships and I am definitely meeting one lovely lady next year and hope to meet some others too.

Thank you all for your comments throughout the year,I read every single one of them and find them inspiring. If you ever have any advice or questions,please don't hesitate to ever mention it to me ;)

So,just for all of you wonderful followers,droppers in and nosy peeps out there....here is your very own Christmas card...quirky style of course.....






Come on,you have got to love grumpy koala with a tree stuck up his miserable bottom!!! By the way,this in no way reflects my views on Christmas......I have craft supplies to open Christmas morning ;))

Wonderful Christmas everyone and see you all in 2015 (or sooner probably knowing me)

Big Hugs
Donna xxxx

Monday, 22 December 2014

Yummy little snowflakes


Hello everyone,

Well I hope you are all okay out there and have finished all your Christmas preparations. Unfortunately, I seem to have been blessed with family members that NEVER have any idea what they want for Christmas pressies......the temptation to get them craft supplies was overwhelming at one stage :))


A tag for you today featuring some more snowflakes.......yes this year I'm in love with poinsettias and snowflakes it seems.






Fresco paints,memory box stencil,Cheery Lynn snowflakes,stickles,white posca pen,the cloud and houses are my foam stamps and the edging is little lines carved into an eraser.



I am entering this into the following challenges:


That Craft Place,Anything Goes

613 Avenue Create,Anything Goes-Use a Snowflake

Cheery Lynn Designs,Anything Goes

Moo Mania and More,Merry Christmas


Hope you like it

Donna x

Friday, 19 December 2014

Best snowflake in the world?


Hello everyone,


Well,okay, maybe a bit of an exaggeration but this is truly the most beautiful snowflake die I've seen and to be honest,when something looks like this its best to let it speak for itself. This was sent to my OH's Dad as his Christmas card as he likes the minimalistic look.







I am entering this into the following challenges:


Cheery Lynn Designs,Sparkle and Shine

Creative Card Crew,Anything Goes

Simon Stamp Weds,Winter Inspiration




Cheery Lynn Laced Pine snowflake die DL175 and stickles.


Hope you all have a fab weekend Christmas shopping :)

Donna x

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Speed Craft Challenge No.9 - Anything Goes






Hello everyone,


Another round of the wackiest challenge out there! This time our theme has been chosen by our very lovely Mo and it's: Anything Goes. So a nice,easy one.....perfect for all last minute Christmas projects. Please pop along here to see what my wonderful teamies have created just for you.

Please have a little browse at our challenge rules and don't forget to mention how long your masterpiece took to create.


supplies at the ready 
finished under time limit
Finished tag

The supplies you can see in the picture but just to add that the stencil is a Colourbox one.


Hope you like it

Donna x

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

It's all a load of pants.....


Hello everyone,


Hope you are all okay out there and not overdosing on the mulled wine.....


A page from my journal for you today....something a little 'different'.......it does remind me of someone but I am not allowed to say...too near Christmas........crafty pressies may be jeopardised.....









I am entering this into the following challenges:


Stampotique Designers,Anything Goes,SDC176 wk 3

Thats Crafty,Anything Goes

Art Journal Journey,Collage


Pro markers,memory box stencil,stamps are: Stampotique and Dina Wakley (best combination there is)


Hope you like it

Donna x

Monday, 15 December 2014

Snowy Snowman


Hello everyone,


Quick post from me today sharing a Christmas tag with you all







I am entering this into the following challenges:


Pan Pastels,Christmas

We Do Doobadoo,Festive Spirit

Simon Stamp Monday,Anything Goes

Thats Crafty,Anything Goes



Fresco paints used for a Gelli Print background directly on a black tag,white posca pen,promarkers,liquid pearls,Tim Holtz stamp.



Hope you like it

Donna x

Friday, 12 December 2014

Quirky Houses


Hello everyone,


Hope you are all okay amidst the rubbish weather we are having in the UK at the moment,actually wherever you are in the crafty world take care :)


A card for you today made using some of my foam stamps mounted onto wooden blocks.









I am entering this into the following challenges:


The Mixed Media Card,Home

City Crafter,Glittering Snowflakes

Thats Crafty,Anything Goes



The background is a gelli print using Decorart metallic paints and a crafters workshop stencil,frantage,white posca pen and stickles. The gorgeous snowflake is a Cheery Lynn one (thanks Julie).


Hope you like it

Donna x


Thursday, 11 December 2014

Poinsettia Love


Hello everyone,


Thank you for all your commiserations for the 'stealing' of my cardboard stash....lets just say IF it ever happens again someone's Super Mario games may get 'repurposed'.......


On a brighter note,I have a tag for you today featuring a poinsettia. Next year I'm going to make sure I get a few more Christmas dies in and the TH poinsettia die will be one of them. I seem to have fallen in love with all the wonderful poinsettias out there in blogland at the moment,they are all spectacular in all their differing colour combinations.








I am entering this into the following challenges:


That Craft Place,Christmas

Stamping Sensations,Winter Wonderland

ATP Exchange,Lets Celebrate

Moo Mania and More,Poinsettia

We Do Doobadoo,Get Festive

Pan Pastel,Colouring



Decoart paints,promarkers,dylusions spray,frantage,black signo pen. The white dots in the background are stamped in white paint using a dotty foam stamp I made,the sentiment is a Unity stamp and the poinsettia is entirely hand drawn.


Hope you like it

Donna x

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Use those wings


Hello everyone,


Hope you are all well out there and getting into the Christmas/Holiday spirit...well I've been eating Stollen and mint chocolate so I count that as being festive :)


Today I have a little canvas on a die cut cardboard tag for you. The little canvas comes from a table top easel I bought ages ago ( the ones we all use to photograph our cards and tags) and the cardboard comes from my secret little cardboard stash that has to be hidden since the other half took the whole lot once and put it in the cardboard recycling bag.....I was not amused.....cant they tell its for art purposes?!







Its really sparkly in real life as the tag and canvas have been sprayed with a combination of Cosmic Shimmers which gives it a lovely sheen. This is really not the best time of year to get the best photographs :/


I am entering this into the following challenges:


ATP Exchange,Recycle for Christmas (the tag is recycled cardboard and the little dangle at the bottom is from a broken necklace)

Inspiration Destination,Anything Goes

Stampotique Designers,SDC 176,Anything Goes,WEEK 2

The Crafters Cafe,Christmas/Holiday Season

Addicted to Stamps,Photo Inspiration........
   












I've used the red and gold from the photo for my inspiration.




Fresco paint,Cosmic Shimmers,promarkers,frantage,crackle accents. The main stamp is Stampotique and she has been given a set of Carabelle Stamp wings as her Christmas present :)


Hope you like it

Donna x

Sunday, 7 December 2014

Be a star


Hello everyone,


Is there anyone else out there that is supposed to be doing some online Christmas shopping for various people but who then just happen to get bored half way through and then go on the crafting websites and manage to buy a little something for themselves......no.....ah just me then....me bad......



A little something on greyboard for you today. Haven't used this stuff for ages....I still have about 4 unfinished projects as well on greyboard still hanging around that Ive started and then decided that I didn't like!







I am entering this into the following challenges:


Thats Crafty,All about Face

Pan Pastel,Colouring

A Little Bit Crafty,Anything Goes (but NOT Christmas)

Inspiration Destination,Anything Goes

Anything but a Card,Celestial



There's a lot of products used on this one so here goes: Memory box and Dutch Doobadoo stencils,crackle and black lava pastes,dylusions spray,gelatos,faber castell pitt big brush pens,pentel oil pastels,charcoal pencil. The girl is entirely hand drawn.

Hope you like it


Donna x


Saturday, 6 December 2014

Tasty Texture


Hello everyone,


A quick post from me today as I am just about to put the decorations on the Christmas tree.....sadly my other half managed to untangle all those fairy lights without getting into a mess like the poor man on my tag yesterday  ;)


This card owes a lot to the very wonderful and uber talented Ingrid,as she sent me a lot of the bits I've used here a while ago when we do our regular little swaps. So a big thank you Ingrid,as usual :))







I am entering this into the following challenges:


Cheery Lynn Designs,'Tis the Season

A Vintage Journey,Birds of a Feather

We Do Doobadoo,Get Festive

Moo-Mania & More,Poinsettia


Distress stains and inks,dylusions sprays,embossing powders,texture paste,stickles. The dies are mostly Tim Holtz except the gorgeous poinsettia which is Cheery Lynn.

Hope you like it

Donna x

Friday, 5 December 2014

In a right old tangled mess


Hello everyone,


Yay for Friday...at least we have a little sun in the southern part of the UK which means I can at last take some pictures of my crafty makes! The day of the lightbox is creeping ever nearer........


Today I have a non traditional Christmas tag for you! Tomorrow is the day when my other half will be sent up to the loft to retrieve the Christmas tree and all the decorations. So this tag is what he will look like tomorrow when he tries to untangle all the fairy lights.....I hasten to add that this is the ONLY resemblance to him lol







I am entering this into the following challenges:


Stampotique Designers,SDC176,Anything Goes



Dylusions sprays,distress stains,pro markers,grungepaste (will cover the 'stencil' used in another post)all stamps are Stampotique.


Hope you all have a lovely weekend

Donna x


Thursday, 4 December 2014

Speed Craft Challenge No.8 - Butterflies





Hello everyone,


Yes,it really is that time again....I can't believe how quick these 2 weeks go!!

Our challenge theme this time is Butterflies over at The Speed Craft Challenge chosen by my teamie Laine,so a nice one for all you nature lovers out there. Pop on over to see what my wonderful teamies have created just for your inspiration.

Please refer to the rules in the sidebar on the challenge blog and don't forget to mention how long it has taken you to complete your creation,the most important thing of course!

For this challenge,I decided to create another page for my journal featuring one of the huge butterfly stamps from Stampendous.




supplies at the ready
well within the time limit

all finished and now in the journal



Distress stains,promarkers,signo black and sakura gelli roll pens,stamps are: Stampendous,kaisercraft and precious rembrance.



Hope you like it

Donna x

Monday, 1 December 2014

Christmas Birdy


Hello everyone,


Today I have my very first post wearing a new DT hat. Some of you may have noticed my new DT badge on the side of my blog, I was thrilled when lovely boss lady Elaine picked me to be one of a whole new bunch of very arty ladies to join her.

The rather wonderful challenge blog is Altered Eclectics and what is really fun about this is it's for mixed media but NO CARDS and is always Anything Goes. Please pop along and see what lovely stuff my new teamies have created....I've sneaked a little peak and there are so many really different and inspiring makes on there.

Of course it would be fantastic if you joined in too,challenges usually run from the 1st of each month for the whole of the month,although as its Christmas time soon we have been given January 'off' to recharge those creative batteries!


So,here it is,my very first creation for Altered Eclectics, a very Christmassy tag








Die cut tag from cardboard,sprayed with dylusions and cosmic shimmer sprays,holographic embossing powder,stickles,dina wakley scribbly bird stamped on Christmas paper from a pad.


Hope you like it

Donna x

Friday, 28 November 2014

A Little bit of Edgar Allan Poe


Hello everyone,


Yay for Friday,hope you are all okay out there and not fighting over bargains on Black Friday! I know a certain lovely lady is currently busy buying up ALL the crafty bargains...her first name begins with an A....that's all I'm saying :)


This weeks challenge over on the Stampotique blog is use a quote from Edgar Allan Poe....there's quite a few to choose! I narrowed it down to 2,the quote I used and one about art. I was going to do a tag based on the art one but for reason I started doing a heart shape and then remembered,got confused and went with the other quote instead.....I am so all over the place when I craft :/






I rather think 'Lovelyarethesound' looks rather dashing in his Edgar Allan Poe makeover?!



I am entering this into the following challenges:


Stampotique Designers,In the words of Edgar Allan Poe,SDC175

Simon Stamp Weds,Anything Goes

Quoth the Raven ,Anything Poes


Fresco paints,pro markers,the background stamp is from Art Journey and of course the main handsome chap is Stampotique.




Have a lovely weekend everyone


Donna x

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Tim Holtz November 2014 Tag



Hello everyone,


Firstly and most importantly,Happy Thanksgiving to my favourite American crafters out there :)


I've shamefully missed a couple of Tim's monthly tags for some reason but as soon as I saw the leaf one I knew I just had to make one as it looked so fab. I don't have the big leaf die but I do have the tattered leaves one so I chose a leaf off that as my main focal point.

I die cut a tag from cardboard and stripped back some of the covering. I then die cut the tattered leaf from the cardboard. Next up was a tag covered in distress stains and then had distress ink dabbed through the speckles stencil and some gold flakes applied. The tag was then glued behind the cardboard tag and I applied glossy accents...left to dry...put in the freezer for a while....took out and then cracked.....very satisfying! Distress inks and Dylusions sprays were applied to the cardboard outer tag. Drew some veining in on the leaf and then applied the various bits and pieces.

I loved the idea of a Fall/Autumn tag so thought the image and the little chit chat stickers were perfect for this.











I am entering this in the following challenges:


Tim Holtz,November 2014 Tag

Simon Stamp Weds,Anything Goes

Thats Crafty,Anything Vintage




Distress stains,inks and markers,TH speckles stencil,dylusions sprays,glossy accents (put in freezer and then cracked),gold flakes,TH Occasions image and various other TH bits and pieces.

Can't wait to see what the December tag is,bet that's a stunner

Hope you like it

Donna x

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Snowy snowflakes


Hello everyone,


Its a really awful dull,dark here today so I'm afraid I don't have any decent amount of light for these pictures,so you can't see all the sparkle and shine but believe me its all there!


A door hanger for you today, I love these things,this will be hanging on the living room door come the 1st December :)










I am entering this in the following challenges:


Pan Pastel UK,Cold and Frosty Colours

Simply Create Too,Snow,Snow,Snow(or use all white)

Craft Room,Christmas Decorations(no cards)

Try it on Tuesday,Christmas is coming

Inspiration Destination,Anything Goes





Fresco and distress metallic paints,puff paint,distress rock candy,stickles,white embossing powder through the Tim Holtz speckles stencil. The little snowflakes and the tree were kindly donated by lovely ladies Julie and Doreen.


Hope you like it.....and lets hope its a sunny day tomorrow :/

Donna x

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

A Big Butterfly


Hello everyone,


Hope you are all well out there and not too exhausted from making all your Christmas cards :)


I have a page from my journal today for you featuring a big old butterfly...this stencil is huge! What I love about it is that it comes in 2 parts so you get the more intricate inner stencil,remove that and you get the outer shape.








I am entering this into the following challenges:


ATP exchange,Stencils

Country view Challenges,Bugs,Bees and Butterflies



Stencils are crafters workshop and the butterfly is a Clarity one,dylusions sprays,pentel oil pastels,charcoal pencils,faber castell big brush pitt pens,precious remembrance stamps.

Hope you like it

Donna x

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Tutorial - Using Fun Foam as a Stamp


Hello everyone,


Today I'm going to show you how to take a piece of cheap fun foam,a stencil and a little block of wood and turn it all into a stamp that would be ideal for background stamping. Of course,don't forget that fun foam can also be used to die cut a shape out and then use that as a stamp but I thought I'd show you that you don't have to limit yourself to just that.


Gather all your supplies together. I've used just the 2mm thick fun foam for this but any thickness will do. I suggest that you choose a stencil with a 'solid' image on so you can cut the form out in one piece rather then several little pieces,this makes stamping easier and clearer.

supplies,yes this is all you need

I picked a crafters workshop stencil for this as the images are not too intricate to cut out. I found just a plain black ballpoint pen is ideal for tracing the image onto the fun foam.
select your image,trace with pen

This is what you should have after removing the stencil,your image ready for cutting out.
nice and clear

Cut carefully around your image,as the foam is so thin it cuts really easily.
one little gingko fun foam leaf!

For mounting these foam images,I just use some glue dot pads but you can use anything that will adhere to the foam and wood...experiement and see what suits you but I find this method works well for me.
all ready for mounting

This is the back of the foam image covered in glue dot pads,nice and sticky.
ready to be stuck down on the wooden block

Any old block of wood will do....my lovely other half kindly cut some for me the other week. The beauty of this is that you can also stick a foam stamp on either side :)
ah,all ready for inking up 

Now you can ink your newly created stamp up! You can use absolutely any ink you want or even paint,gesso anything! I do suggest however that whatever you use make sure its quite juicy as the foam does absorb a little bit of what you put on it.
wow,what a bright green!
Here's the finished tag. I've kept it plain for you so that you can see how clear the stamp has printed. Lovely gingko leaves!
tag all ready for more arty stuff 

Lastly, I am sharing a journal page that shows some of the foam stamps I've used along with some of my mounted stamps. There are other stamps on the reverse of these wooden blocks.
journal page still to be completed.

You can of course cut any shape out and use it,doesn't have to be just from a stencil. Sometimes you might have a favourite part of a stencil that you just want to use separately. I just think this is a great idea just for filling up your backgrounds of journal pages,tags etc. Its quick,cheap,easy...whats not to like!

Hope you found this useful in some way.any questions just leave me a comment and I'll happily help.

Donna x

Friday, 21 November 2014

Yay....Arty Director has chosen.....


Hello everyone again,


At last,the Arty Director has awoken from her long beauty sleep and has chosen the winner of the card:











So, there you have it at last!

Congrats to Julie,you have a weird little card for your wall :)

I shall have another little draw next month for something Christmas related,so stay tuned as they say.

Right,I'm off to make something now

Donna x

Why are we waiting.....


Hello everyone,


I shall draw the 'lucky' recipient of  this:




When my Arty Director awakens from her beauty sleep:




Never work with children or animals,a very true saying :/

Be back later....hopefully

Donna x