Friday 27 October 2017


Today's Tag....
Inspired by the Challenge at PaperArtsy, which is Pearlescent....
It was good to be reminded about the more subtle tones of pearlescent....

The background of the tag has been stamped with versamark 
and brushed with several colours of pearlescent mica powders.
I had forgotten about using this technique 
and was reminded by the inspiration post by Hazel Agnew

The main die cut leaf has been stamped with Lindy sprays 
and the twine painted with mica paints.
The gold leaf has been stamped onto vellum and heat embossed.
I have also used mica powders on the die cut sentiment and leaves.
In places I 'lightly' mixed the mica powder and the glue so that it would add texture.

Loved how the mica powders looked on the kraft card......
Quite subtle....
Of course the photos do not show the subtle effect of the pearlescent 
or the true colours....
The photos make the tag look at a lot busier than it actually is....

Had fun making the tag and thank you so much for stopping by...
Crafty hugs
Challenges I would like to enter.....
PaperArtsy - Challenge 15 - Pearlescent
Country View Challenges - Mixed Media with Autumnal Hues
Stamps and StencilsThe Season of Mists and Mellow Fruitfulness and using a tag
A vintage Journey - Crazy for Autumn ColourThe colours of our Autumnal leaves are still fabulous around our home

Stamplorations - Tagplorations - All about Fall
Stamplorations - CutplorationsThe Die cut Tag and the background stamp are Stamplorations....Inspired by the Autumnal colours and the leaves

Tuesday 24 October 2017


Trying to watercolour ..........
I was experimenting with using a couple of leaf stamps, 
colouring them with several different colours of distress markers 
and then lightly spraying with water before stamping...
 To finish I hi-lighted with a white pen, glossy accents over the 
die cut layered sentiment and  also for the water droplets.
This technique is very new to me......
I shall keep practising because it was fun to do......
Thank goodness for the Misti!

The CAS Watercolour Challenge is celebrating their 1st Birthday....
Happy First Birthday 
and Thank You for the fun and inspirational Challenges.
The theme this month is Fall Leaves.....

Thank you for your continued support and finding time to stop by,
I really do appreciate it.....
Crafty Hugs xx
Challenges I would love to enter.....
The CAS Watercolour Challenge - Fall leaves
Inkspirational - Photo Inspiration - 
The glorious colours of the leaves tumbling out of the basket
Uniko Challenge - Autumn/Fall - without the Halloween twist
Amazing colours of those leaves.....
Stamplorations - CAS Challenge with the optional twist of orange...

Sunday 22 October 2017

Fallen Leaf.....

So many Autumnal beautiful colours on our trees....
Inspiring my card....
The die cut leaves by Poppystamps have been sprayed with lots of 
different colours of Lindy Mica Sprays, which are so pretty.
I die cut the leaves twice so that I could get the gold edging on them.
 The background leaves have been stamped onto vellum, heat embossed in gold
and fussy cut.
The background card has been stencilled with a wood stencil and embossing paste.
I finished off with splattering in gold, which I loved on the leaves 
but the sentiment looks like it has an infection!!
The best thing I thought to do at this stage was to walk away......

Thank you so much for finding time to stop by.
Crafty Hugs xx
Challenges I would love to enter...Lots of great Autumnal Challenges out there.....
Country view Challenge - Mixed Media with Autumnal Hues
Leaf stamp and layering stencil by stampers anonymous
A Vintage Journey - Crazy For Autumn Colour !
I would love to join in this extremely creative and inspirational challenge 
Dies R Us - Leaves
Update....Thank you so much for the top three shout out....Great news x
Happy Little Stampers - Anything Goes with Dies
Double 'D' Challenge - Leave it to me and Mood Board
Update....Thank you for choosing my card as your winner...Thrilled and delighted x

Saturday 21 October 2017

Let It Go.....

Inspiration for today's card came from the Copper Tree behind our house.
Although.... we still have magnificent  red's, yellows and orange colours 
on our Autumnal trees it's the Copper one that inspired me.
For the background I have used Lindy sprays in copper 
and brown colours with mica, which of course are not showing up well.
I used several different stencils for the layering effect on the background.
The main leaves have been heat embossing in gold.
Finishing off with stamping the sentiment and a few splats.
The distress inks and the oxides covered the background sprays really well.
The CAS Watercolour Challenge this month is celebrating their 1st Birthday....
Happy First Birthday and Thank you for the fun and inspirational Challenges.
The CAS Mix Up Challenge is Stamping, Layering Stencils 
and my choice is splats, sprays and heat embossing.
Both great challenges, with very creative, friendly and inspirational design teams...
I enjoyed playing with stencils, sprays and splats and of course getting inky.
The challenge for me is to use mix media...which I love and keeping it CAS.
If you want to see how to do it fabulously well then pop across to the challenges x

Thank you so much for finding time to stop by...I really do appreciate it.
Crafty Hugs x
Challenges I would love to enter.....
The CAS Watercolour Challenge - Fall leaves
The CAS Mix Up Challenge  - is Stamping, Layering Stencils 
and my choice is splats, sprays and heat embossing.
Update...Thrilled to have been chosen as an Outstanding design...Thank you 
The mood board had brown leaves on it, very much like ones in my garden.
Stamplorations - Sketch and Theme Challenge - I have gone with the theme
The Sentiment stamp is Stamplorations 
Thrilled to have been chosen as a winner for my card...Thank you x

Sunday 15 October 2017

More Glitter and Feathers....

Today's' card has been inspired by The Paper Artsy Challenge - Glitter
I have got so much glitter around my study, 
after yesterdays tag that I thought I would keep going....
They have such inspirational blog posts, for many different ways of using glitter...
I was inspired from the introduction post of the glorious feathers 
Messy but a fun way to add glitter to those fabulous real feathers.
Another inspirational post was from Raquel Burillo   (photo below)
and the many ways of applying glitter.
I have used dry glitter rubbed onto double sided tape 
and a line of stickles on the left of the card, which I haven't used in years.
The real feathers have been painted with starlight topaz paint.
Such a glorious colour of Mica, gold, brown and topaz...stunning in real life.

My intention was to paint the middle feather on the card 
and then pull it off gently and use as a sort of stencil/mask....
The feather was having none of it and stuck fast!!!
Who knew the feather would stick so well without glue?
I applied the dry, sand coloured glitter on the left hand feather with wet glue.
Finishing off with a stamped sentiment in gold heat embossing and brown ink.

More glorious glittery mess around my studio.....
I really don't know why I don't use glitter more often, as in real life it is so very pretty.....maybe I'll use the dry glitter sparingly....
but all the other ways of adding glitter I'm in!!!

Thank you for finding time to stop by...
I wanted to say a Big Thank you for all the very kind 
and very generous comments you continue to leave me...
Crafty Hugs xx
Challenges I would like to enter.......
Paper Artsy Challenge - Glitter.....
Anabela Piersol

Raquel Burillo

The Paper Artsy Challenge - Glitter

Saturday 14 October 2017

Glitter and some....

I am not a fan of dry glitter, too messy for me
but the Paper Artsy Challenge this fortnight is glitter,
so I made this tag to celebrate lots of different types of glitter.
The blog has amazing and very creative projects, using all types of glitter.
One in particular that inspired me was Raquel Burillo and her many uses...
I had forgotten about glass glitter, Frantage glitter and stickles.
I have used all of these on the tag along with glue and dry glitter.
I have also used sprays, paste, stencilling and stamping for the background
and die cutting for the sentiment with heat embossing. 
The three feathers are real......Found on my walks.
These have been painted with mica and topaz paint, liquid gold leaf 
and glue with dry taupe coloured glitter.
For the edges of the ribbon I have used glitter gel.

So messy, such fun, over the top and so blingy.....
The photos do not show the pretty colours of the paint, the mica or the glitter.
In real life the colours are topaz, brown, sand/taupe and a few shades of gold.
Every time I take a photo they look different and not true colours.
Now my dry glitter is out 
I might as well continue with the mess and fun........
Thank you so much for finding time to stop by.
I really do appreciate it.
Crafty Hugs xx
Challenges I would like to enter....
Paper Artsy Challenge - Glitter.....Many types and many uses 
Creative Artiste - Anything Mixed Media goes
I have used Lindy sprays, stencilling and stamping for the background.
Frantage heat embossing, glass glitter, mica paints, dry glitter, glitter gel medium, die cutting and liquid gold leaf.
Happy Little Stampers - Christmas Challenge 
Anything Goes without the optional twist of a silhouette
Stamplorations - Mixed Media 
Anything but a card and you must use a stencil...I have used a stencil and 3D gel on the background and the die cut sentiment is by Stamplorations 
Thrilled to have been chosen as a Winner x

Sunday 1 October 2017

Metallic ......

I have been having fun with my Alcohol Inks.....
This is my card.....
I have been inspired by several of the posts on the PaperArtsy Blog...
Lin Brown and how she used aluminium foil and Alcohol inks
to make stunning flowers
Debs Who reminded us to dig out some older stamps and to use them 
Also to try and stamp onto foil and then to colour
For the die cut rectangle I used aluminium foil, a stencil and a pokey tool 
to get some texture.
I then played with lots of colours of alcohol inks and gold.
The gold really does shine and the inks fall into the indentations.

The fun PaperArtsy stamps have also been stamped onto metal foil 
and using the same technique to get some texture.
I used slightly different colours of Alcohol inks to get a slight contrast.
The flowers where fussing cut out.

I re-stamped the flowers onto the card base and heat embossed in gold.
The metal flowers have been slightly raised to give further dimension.
I had fun with this card and the technique...........
Thank you so much for finding time to stop by, I really do appreciate it.
Crafty Hugs

I wanted to pop this photo on to show you that I tried the technique on kitchen foil 
and it worked beautifully too....
Because I wanted to use a pokey too etc it wasn't going to work this time 
but it is in my box to use at a later date!

Challenges I would love to enter.....
The Paper Players - Autumn Floral
Country View Challenges - Mixed Media with Autumnal Hues
Such fabulous inspiration on their blog.......
PaperArtsy - Topic 13 - Metallics