Saturday, 31 January 2015

Dare Devil by Donna Ratcliff


Morning all! Received another Artistic Outpost stamp set the other week, couldn’t resist getting them inky…..

What I used

Artistic Outpost Stamps – French Flight
Distress Inks –Salty Ocean, Broken China, Black Soot, Gathered Twigs
Cut and Dry Foam
White Stamping Card

Black Archival, Watering Can Archival

What I did….

1. First off I stamped a selection of the images onto a white tag. Some I stamped in black and some in grey (Watering Can) and I masked off images as I stamped to get a layered look without having to stamp and cut out all the images. 

2. Then I added colour using Distress ink and some Cut and Dry Foam, plus I also used a bit of Distress to paint the faces etc of the figures.
3. If you add some darker shadows at the edges of various images you can really enhance the layered look without actually having layers…. 

4. To finish off I added some stamped words and also some ribbon to the tag.
Hope you have a lovely weekend and see you next week
Donna xx

Friday, 30 January 2015

Totally Tropical by Fliss Goodwin


Hello there, I have a very bright creation to share this week as I’ve been feeling in need of cheering up in the current chilly and rather dismal weather we have where I live. My treasured Gelato kit came to the rescue and the tropical look came about totally by accident – I sometimes think serendipity is my middle name!



Distress Inks – Ripe Persimmon, Picked Raspberry, Black Soot, Wild Honey
Thick Card or Chipboard




·       First make the papers. Cut a larger and smaller square of watercolour paper – mine are 15cm square and 11cm square. Paint the larger one with mostly yellow and a little orange Gelato and the smaller with more orange so that you have a contrast.

·       Using the foam stamp in the kit, stamp the larger square with the design using the orange Distress ink and then stamp in between with the Wild Honey ink. Stamp the same design on the smaller square with the pink Distress ink. You should now be able to see where the tropical look came from!

·       Cut a further square of watercolour paper slightly larger than the smaller decorated square and rub the edges with the blue shade of Gelato from the kit. Spread the colour by dipping your finger in water and rubbing the paper. A bit messy but very effective!

·       Die cut a butterfly from more watercolour paper and emboss with the folder included with the die set. Paint with the blue Gelato and rub the green shade over the raised areas. Using the ink applicator, rub black ink round the edges and over the body of the butterfly.


·       Cut a square of thick card or chipboard the same size as the largest panel of decorated paper then add all the layers as shown in the photo, sandwiching a piece of ribbon inside to create the hanger.
Don’t forget to check out the Challenge Blog at 8am as we have a new challenge for you today.
Have a great weekend and see you next week.
Fliss x

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Hope of Spring Tag by Alison Hall


The daffodil shoots have appeared in my garden, which gave me the inspiration for this tag.



Carabelle Studio A6 Stamps - French Lily Background and Leafs by Birgit Koopsen
DecoArt Media Acrylic Paint - Cobalt Teal Hue, Primary Yellow, Primary Magenta, Yellow Green Light, Carbon Black
Natural Jute String




1. I used the small brayer to apply the Cobalt Teal Hue, Primary Yellow, Primary Magenta, and Carbon Black paints to the tag, then stamped the French Lily Background with the Carbon Black paint.

2. I painted some white card with yellow green light, then used the black Versafine ink to stamp two leaf sprigs on it. I cut them out and glued them to the tag, trimming the excess.

3. I painted a small piece of white card with Primary Yellow, stamped and cut out the quote, edged it with Black Soot Distress Ink, then glued it in place.

4. I sponged Carbon Black paint to the edges, then tied a piece of jute string to the tag, to finish. 


I hope you're inspired by my tag,

thanks for dropping by,


Alison x

Monday, 26 January 2015

Scrappy Birds by Deborah


Black Fude Ball Pen
Promarkers: Turquoise, Sunflower, Azure
Double Sided Tape
From my stash - yellow card


These two cards came from a play session the morning I received the Bird and Feathers stamps and was inspired by the scrappy, scraggly bird who looked like he'd lost a few feathers.


Blue Bird:

To stamp the blue bird on one card I first flooded my Distress ink pad with the re-inker and, rather than wait for it to sink in, I stamped straight away onto the watercolour card (smooth side).

Once dry, I used the same pad to stamp the small feathers around the blue bird. Some were second or third stampings, so I added some contrasting colour with Sunflower Promarker.

I drew sketchily around the bird, feathers and card edge with the Fude Ball pen, then ran the Turquoise marker around the edge, stamped the sentiment and mounted the piece onto some neon yellow card from my stash.


Red Bird:

I stamped the splatters with the very wet Broken China pad onto a separate piece of watercolour card, then stamped the bird and feathers in Red Geranium on top. I cut the card to a square then stamped the sentiment on the off-cut. To finish I used the double sided tape to stick everything together.


Sunday, 25 January 2015

You Are Strong by Lynne Moncrieff


Dina Wakley Affirmations and You Can stencils are perfect for sending a strong message especially to a friend or loved one who might be in need of a particular affirmation to help them through their day. I created this canvas panel with someone in mind.



Dina Wakley Stencils:- Stenciled Women, Affirmations and You Can
PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Chalk Paints:- Little Black Dress, London Bus, Brown Shed, Lake Wanaka, Guacamole, Honeydew
Brusho Crystal Colour:- Vermillion
Idea-ology Ball Chain
Idea-ology Tissue Tape
Palette Knife (or old credit card)
Scraps:- Fabric and Lace
Masking Tape
Stencil Brush or Round Sponge Brush



Adhere fabric, lace and Tissue Tape to canvas panel with Gel Medium. Leave a few moments before applying paints. Apply randomly, heat setting between each colour.  Apply Brusho, mist with water, allowing to drip. Heat set before finally applying swipes of Gesso. 


Stencil woman with Little Black Dress. Stencil You and Strong with the same paint and Are with fineliner marker pen. 

Attach ball chain through holes created with crop-a-dile at top of canvas panel.

Finally edge panel with Little Black Dress.

I will probably go off and tweak little areas of this, I feel the woman could do with some pearls, it is one of those moments… do I leave it as it is or should I tweak?! Time will tell.


Until next time,


Saturday, 24 January 2015

Smile by Donna Ratcliff


Morning all! I’ve been playing with another of the lovely Alice Palace designs from Crafty Individuals again this week…..

What I used

Crafty Individuals Alice Palace Designs – Crowned Bunnies
Kaisercraft Clear Stamp - Smile

Carabelle Studios Mini Stamps –
Textures Spirales
Watering Can Archival

Black Archival

Gelli Plate


What I did….

1. I’ve used a previously made gelli print for this plus a bit of ‘clean up’ paper, whenever I’m making gelli prints I always keep some spare paper to clean off my brayer and stencils and then keep it ‘just in case’! Lol!
2. So I stamped out the bunnies onto a piece of this ‘clean up’ paper and cut them out…


3. For the background I took a previously made gelli print and cut it down to size…

…and then added a little stamping around the edges using the spiral stamp and Watering Can Archival ink.
4. I then glued the rabbits in place and added the wording using the Kaisercraft ‘Smile’ set. Then simply layered it up onto a card blank.
Hope you have a lovely weekend and see you next week
Donna xx

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