Friday, 13 October 2017


Today I have a project using stamps from AALLandCreate including my own range of stamps. All stamps are available from the BOUTIQUE.
I opted to create a book this time around using Eileen Hull's ScoreBoards XL Die Passport Book.  Its such a joy creating with stamps that you have designed yourself and I still can't quite believe I have my own range of stamps.
I began by die cutting the covers and pages for the book and then coloured each mountboard piece with Dina Wakley Heavy Body Acrylics in Lemon and Magenta.
I stamped one of my sentiments along the spine and added some background stamping. I stamped the Bird from my stamp set which you can find HERE using Black Archival Ink, stamping over the Magenta stamped layer. I love adding layers to my designs. The background stamping has been created using Autour de Mwa and Fiona's stamp sets which you can also find in the Boutique. I masked my bird and then added the Feather behind. I love that the Magenta stamping is still visible behind the darker, bolder black stamping on top.
I added painted layers inside along with some background stamping. I stamped my bird with Black Archival Ink and then inked the stamp lightly with Magenta paint and stamped over the top to give a second layer of colour. My Stamp Platform worked beautifully for this process.
I am loving this colour scheme at the moment and I adore the inspirational quotes from my set of stamps.
I wanted to keep the book fresh, bold and funky.
I stamped FEARLESS on top of the focal imagery, adding some touches of Magenta on top. I also included a monocle over the birds head, adding a feather embellishment below taken from an old piece of jewellery.
I stamped 'Rise Above' below my bird to ground the image so that it was not floating on the page. I also included some scratchy paint lines with an old credit card.

I bound the pages together with some black twine.
I am really pleased with the outcome of this little creative time. Hope you enjoyed your visit.


Thursday, 12 October 2017

A Sensitive Soul

Today I have created a card just for fun with pieces left over on my desk.
The background has been created with Distress Oxides Vintage Photo and Wild Honey with a touch of monoprinting using a Layering Stencil and Black Soot Distress Oxide Ink.
The Raven has been die cut from a sheet of the Clippings Stickers and I added a handsome gent behind from the Regions Beyond Paper Stash. I also blended Vintage Photo Distress Ink around the die cut shape to highlight further.
I machine stitched the die cut piece to a cabinet card to give it some weight and stability and added an Adornments Arrow embellishment along with a spider and number 31.
I added a remnant of cheesecloth, died with Black Soot Distress Ink to add further texture to my design.
A few delicate splatters of black paint also add a further layer of interest. Each of my metal embellishments were also coloured with Butterscotch Alcohol Ink.
Thanks so much for stopping by.


Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Eileen Hull Holiday Projects

Hi and welcome to my monthly post for Eileen Hull.  This month the Design Team are showcasing their Halloween, Christmas or Autumnal Projects.
I decided to create a Halloween project using Eileen's Passport Scoreboards XL Die.
I began by cutting my front and back covers and pages from mountboard and then adding colour using Distress Paints Ripe Persimmon and Twisted Citron, applying the paint with a brayer.
I embossed all my pieces with Tim Holtz Floral Texture Fade and then added Twisted Citron Distress Oxide Ink over the top, simply swiping the inkpad across the raised areas. I then dried the ink with a heat tool before applying the next colour.
I then applied Spiced Marmalade Distress Oxide over the top to give a second layer of colour and once again dried the ink with my heat tool.
I adhered the front and back covers to the binding which has also been coloured with Distress Paints.
I then machine stitched the front and back cover to the spine and then dry brushed Black Soot Distress Paint across the raised/embossed areas.
I only used a light touch to add the dry brushing as I did not want too much black paint coverage.
I die cut five Raven's from black card.
Adhered all the layers together to give me one dimensional Raven.
I highlighted the embossed area on the Raven with a touch of Wax and added a Clippings sticker to the top.
No Raven is complete without a Paper Doll!!! I also added a feather behind which had a touch of stamping added using the background stamp from the On The Farm Stamp Set.
I added some skull beads randomly to the twine.
I also included some Design Tape and a Transparent Tile all from Tim Holtz Idea-ology range. I added a circle of twine for added texture.
My fellow team members will be posting each week for the month of October with their inspiration for this month, stay tuned.

Thanks so much for stopping by.


Monday, 2 October 2017

The Silence!

I created today's card just for fun.
  1. Apply Carved Pumpkin Distress Ink to the background of white card, blending the colour to add layers and depth to the colour. Continue to apply colour until you are happy with the depth and vibrancy. Rub over the card with an Anti Static Bag.
  2. Place the Visible Image Grungy Union Jack Stencil onto the coloured background and apply VersaMark Ink over the stencil, applying with a piece of Cut 'n' Dry Foam.
  3. Remove the stencil and then sprinkle with Clear Embossing Powder. Melt the powder with a heat tool.
  4. Blend Vintage Photo Distress Ink over the embossed image, again blending the ink with an Ink Blending Tool or piece of Cut 'n' Dry Foam, applying layers of colour to give depth.
  1. Add delicate splatters of black paint to give a further layer of interest.
  2. Staple the background piece to a piece of black card and then onto a further layer of card coloured with Carved Pumpkin Distress Ink.
  1. Die cut a Raven from Tim Holtz Halloween Clippings Stickers.
  2. Add a touch of shading around the Raven with Black Soot Distress Ink.
  1. Before adhering the die cut Raven to the card, place the Visible Image Skull Shadow Stencil onto the background and then blend Black Archival Ink over the stencil.
  2. Affix the Raven to the card.
  3. Add a Clippings Sticker to the background.
Thanks so much for stopping by.

Saturday, 30 September 2017

Eileen Hull Mini Blog Hop - WINNER

Eileen Hull is currently on the Paper Trail, driving the whole width of America and travelling up into Canada in her now famous Scotty, a 1976 Serra camper van! You can find out where Eileen will be visiting and teaching classes by visiting her website or by following her adventures on Facebook where she will be doing regular Facebook Live videos.

Following on from the hugely successful release of Eileen's ScoreBoards XL Journal Die and Katie Skilton's sell out shows on the Craft Channel, Hochanda, here in the UK, myself, Jenny Marples and Anne Redfern had a mini blog hop during September to celebrate the success of Eileen's XL Journal Die, both here in the UK and elsewhere in the world. 

It is now finally time to announce the winner from my entrants.

I used Random Number Generator to select my winner.

This corresponds with Rachel Fisher's comment. Congratulations Rachel, if you could contact me via email ( I will arrange to have your prize sent to you. I hope you enjoy using the fabulous Journal Die and I can't wait to see what you create.

To see the other winners of our Mini Blog Hop please click on the links below:

Thank you to everyone who joined in our hop, and if you are looking for more inspiration, Eileen Hull's Journal Treasury EBook is available HERE. We also have a fantastic friendly Facebook Group "Eileen Hull Fan Club" which you can find HERE, with inspirational daily posts to inspire you further.

Thank You.


Friday, 29 September 2017

A Vintage Journey Tag Friday

Welcome to my Tag Friday post with A Vintage Journey.
I opted to decorate one of Tim Holtz medium Etcetera tags. This was fun to create as there was no pressure just a few hours to simply create for the fun of it.
I coated the tag with a layer of Gesso to give me a good base and then painted the tag with Broken China Distress Paint adding touches of Gesso to lighten.
I applied Crackle Paste over the Screwed Layering Stencil which I thought was perfect for a masculine piece. I then used Gathered Twigs Distress Crayon to add a further layer of colour, blending with my finger and a damp baby wipe.
I added corrugated card, which I always think adds wonderful texture to a piece and I added a few touches of Broken China Distress Paint with my finger along with a light blend of Gathered Twigs Distress Ink. I also added a touch of background stamping using the background stamp from the On The Farm stamp set and Potting Soil Archival Ink.
I applied Gathered Twigs Distress Crayon around the edges of the tag which gives definition to the design and draws the eye in to the focal imagery. I also included Nailheads for added texture and dimension along with a few Remnant Rubs for added layered interest.
I had a vintage clock face in my stash and incorporated this into my design which was perfect for my Paper Doll image to sit. I added Clippings Stickers behind for further interest and also included a Quote Chip. A few black paint splatters add a further layer to my design.
I also incorporated a couple of Ruler Pieces and a hanger from Tim's Idea-ology range. I also added some design tape and some scratchy lines to the edge of my tag using an old credit card and black paint.

Thanks so much for stopping by.


Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Eileen Hull New Release - Sizzix Book Club

The Eileen Hull DT have some fabulous sneak peeks for you this month of Eileen Hull's soon to be released Sizzix Book Club Collection
Here is my next sneak peek. These dies are absolutely fantastic and amazingly versatile.

I will have step by step details closer to the release day.
Eileen is happy to introduce new three-in-one dies that serve multiple purposes to fit into every area of your creative life. There are three new ScoreBoards Dies for sturdy project bases and three die sets to embellish them.

Each die may be used in so many ways - on books, cards, gift boxes, home decor projects, and for storage and organisation.

Imagine a die that can create a box, a book, and a frame all on one die - we now have that with this new release.

The Book Club collection will be releasing this Autumn.

Watch this space!