the Jury is Out

October 27, 2016


20161026_175751A few weeks ago, Ellie very kindly lent me her Stampotique stamps to have a play with, but I’m only just starting now. Firstly I wanted to get my Christmas cards out the way, then having been on jury duty for the better part of the last 2 weeks, I haven’t really been in a creative space. Now finally I have my life back, and looking at these ‘not so pretty’ images is really resonating with my mindset now. This picture kinda says it all.

And Halloween is nearly upon us – so perfect timing!



stamps: Linda 6100R by Stampotique

inks: Jet Black & Sepia Archival Pads; Carved Pumpkin, Worn Lipstick & Broken China Distress Stain Sprays

papers: White Matt Card; Raven & Cantaloupe Bazzill Cards

accessories: Texture Paste; Black Enamel Accents; Watercolours

adhesives: Two-sided Tape; Tombo Liquid Glue; Glossy Accents

tools: The Story Stencil mini 507s by TCW; Scissors; Waterpen; Palette knife; Water Spritzer; Heatgun; Sponge Block


  1. Spritz white card lightly with water, then the Distress inks. When the card is covered to your satisfaction, dry with a heatgun or set aside to dry naturally.
  2. Lay the stencil over now coloured card and smear texture paste through with aid of a palette knife. Set aside to dry. (Note: if your card is not completely dry before you add the texture paste, the inks may seep into the paste, colouring it, so there will be the dimension still, but not the contrast of colour.)
  3. Stamp ‘Linda’ in black ink onto card. Stamp her again onto scrap of white card and colour her in with watercolours. Cut her out and glue into position over image on card. (I didn’t worry about her hair tendrils).
  4. Sponge around edge of card with Sepia ink. Attach with two-sided tape onto matting of black card, then onto folded apricot backing card.
  5. Apply black Enamel accent to her hair and some Glossy accents to her boots. Set aside to dry.

White Mannequin

October 14, 2016


white mannequin 6stamps: Dress Form CS884 by Kaisercraft; Old Letter CG197 by Hero Arts; Background pattern siset092 by Stamp-it

inks: Jet Black & Sepia Archival Pads; Clear Versamark Pad; Spiced Marmalade, Dusty Concord & Seedless Preserves Distress Pads; Seedless Preserves Distress Stain Spray

papers: White Matt Card; Velvet Bazzill Card

accessories: White Embossing Powder; Purple Ribbon; Colour Pencils

adhesives: Two-sided Tape; Magic Mount

tools: Heatgun; Sponging Block


  1. Stamp dress form in black ink onto 2 larger pieces of white matt card. Clean stamp.white mannequin 1
  2.  Stamp image again with clear Versamark pad onto white card scrap, pour white embossing powder over and heat set with Heatgun. Cut out body of dress form only. Sponge some Seedless Preserves Distress ink over with a sponging block to highlight details of pattern. Wipe a dry tissue over to remove any ink that may be sitting on top of embossed areas. white mannequin 2
  3. Stamp background pattern with clear pad randomly around edges of both white card pieces and emboss in white. Sponge Spiced Marmalade Distress ink over some sections.
  4. Sponge Dusty Concord Distress ink over remaining areas of white cards. Add a little Seedless Preserves ink.white mannequin 3
  5. Spritz a small amount of Seedless Preserves Distress Spray over card.white mannequin 4
  6. Stamp out Old Letter with Sepia ink over entire area of smaller card, positioning circular postal mark into top right corner. Stamp again onto left side of larger card (lining up oval postal mark). Sponge edges of both cards with Dusty Concord Distress ink.
  7. Adhere smaller card over larger card with two-sided tape, lining up patterns where possible. Fix onto folded backing card of dark purple (Velvet Bazzill) card.
  8. Run some two-sided tape on reverse side of white embossed cut out dress form along bottom only. Starting at the left, fix ribbon to tape, pleating as you go. Allow extra ribbon to run off at right. Apply Magic Mount to dress form and fix into place over black image of dress form on main card. Using two-sided tape, fix remainder of ribbon in pleats off the the right of dress form.
  9. Colour in dress form posts.white mannequin 7




Floral Mannequin

October 10, 2016


20161010_110728stamps: Mannequin E6402 by Impression Obsession; Art Pattern 4206E by Stamp-it; She DD1205A by Unity Stamp Co

inks: Jet Black Archival Pad; Fired Brick Distress Pad; Lemon Zest, Squeezed Orange & Postbox Red Dylusion Ink Sprays

papers: White Matt Card (16 x 6.8cm) plus scrap; Lemonade (16.6 x 7.4cm) & Reed (17.2 x 16.6cm) Bazzill Cards

accessories: Colour Pencils; Assorted Flowers; Rhinestones; Fancy That die Reeds & Grasses 3 PCH-104 & Memory Box die Grand Oak Tree #98462; Dylusion Stencil Dotted Flowers DYS34018

adhesives: Two-sided Tape; Magic Mount; Glossy Accents; Tombo Liquid Glue

tools: Big Shot; Scissors; Heatgun; Water Spritzer; T-grid


  1. Spray white matt card lightly with water, then colour with Dylusion inks until covered to your liking. Heat set with heatgun.
  2. Lay circle part of stencil over card and spritz with water. Lift off stencil and dab card immediately with paper towel to dry. The water will have bleached the colour from the inks, leaving the pattern of the stencil showing.
  3. Stamp mannequin in black ink into center of coloured card. Stamp mannequin again onto scrap of white card and colour in with pencils. Cut out the dress and tiny tag and adhere them over main image on coloured card.
  4. Stamp border pattern across bottom of card in red ink. With the help of a t-grid, line up wording vertically along right-hand side of card and stamp in black ink.floral mannequin 003
  5. Fix card front to yellow matting, then folded green backing card.
  6. Cut out leaves and reed shapes from dies using your Big Shot Machine. Arrange flowers in top left corner of card and glue in place with bits of leaves and reeds poking out. Decorate with rhinestones. Glossy Accent flowers on mannequins ribbon tie. Set aside to dry.floral mannequin 002





Postal Mannequin

October 7, 2016


postal mannequin 023stamps: Postal Mannequin 8339P by Inkadinkado; Paris/New York J11671 and Suitcases from Time Travelers set CMS157 both by Stampers Anonymous; She DD1205A by Unity Stamp Co

inks: Jet Black & Sepia Archival Pads; Scattered Straw, Victorian Velvet & Weathered Wood Distress Pads; Tumbled Glass, Weathered Wood & Bundled Sage Distress Stains Sprays

papers: Specialty White Card; Savannah & Blossom Bazzill Cards

accessories: Simple Banner die #836 By Poppy Stamps; Small Dress Forms Embossing Folder 1219-110 by Darice; Glitter Pen

adhesives: Two-sided Tape; Magic Mount

Tools: Big Shot Machine; Heatgun, Scissors


  1. Spritz white card with Weathered Wood, Tumbled Glass & Bundled Sage Distress Stain Sprays until covered to your satisfaction. The Specialty card tends to be a bit more water repellent than normal matt card, so you may want to spread the inks with your fingers or another piece of card to help cover the white areas. Dry with heatgun.
  2. Emboss with Dress Forms embossing folder through Big Shot machine. Go over pattern with sponging block dipped in Weathered Wood Distress pad to highlight raised mannequins images. Sponge edges of card with sepia ink, then attach to blossom (pink) matting, then Savannah (cream) backing card with two-sided tape.
  3. Stamp postal mannequin onto right side of card in black ink, then again onto scrap of white card. Cut out body of mannequin on scrap. Sponge Scattered Straw & Victorian Velvet Distress ink over mannequin body. postal mannequin 025Magic Mount this over mannequin image on main card.
  4. Stamp suitcases from Time Traveler set onto white scrap card with black ink. Cut out top 4 suitcases only and colour as you did the mannequin body. Stamp “She” wording across suitcases in black and then again onto main card beneath where the suitcases will be fixed. Stamp “She” wording once more onto more white scrap card.  Cut out strips of tiny typewriter script from wording, sponge with matching inks and adhere into place across suitcases. (This is to make the wording more legible, otherwise it’s too hard to read). Attach suitcases into place with two-sided tape. Outline the script words “she” and “dreams” with the glitter pen.
  5. Punch out the banner die twice in Big Shot machine from white scrap card. Colour with Scattered Straw & Victorian Velvet inks. Attach to top left of card front. (I glued the bottom banner & Magic mounted the top one).
  6. Stamp Paris/New York wording in black ink onto scrap from embossed mannequin background card. Cut out individual cities and fix to card front as desired.

Paris Mannequin

September 30, 2016



Paris mannequin 7You’ve heard of the leaning tower of Pizza – well here is the leaning pedestal of Paris! Some of you may have already noticed the fact that I am not a perfectionist (though hopefully it’s not too glaringly obvious).  I grew up with a mother who was a perfectionist. As a result, a lot of the tasks she set herself were never completed because they weren’t quite perfect and so had to be re-done – and time ran out and it never happened. There were cupboards full of half- finished things that she was going to get back to one day. My father on the other-hand was a ‘close enough is good enough’ type of guy. Something needed fixing, he did it. May not have been a perfect job, but it was done and he moved on. Needless to say both characteristics have their draw-backs, so I decided at an early age I would try to strive for middle ground. I do the best I can within the time allowance. So it’s not perfect, but you get the idea. I try not to sweat the small stuff:) And it serves as a gentle reminder that my eyesight is not what it used to be and to USE my t-grid when positioning things!

stamps: Butterflies siset 034, Paris mannequin siset066, Love 2774C all by Stamp-it; Mannequin Pedestal by Inkadinkado

inks: Jet Black Archival Pad; Spun Sugar & Worn Lipstick Distress Stain Sprays & Pads

papers: White Matt Card; Romance & Raven Bazzill Cards

accessories: Sizzix Mixed Media #2 Thinlit siz661185; Ribbons; White Sharpie Pen; Bubble Wrap; Brown Pencil; Clear Rhinestone

adhesives: Two-sided Tape; Magic Mount; Tombo Liquid Glue

tools: Scissors; Big Shot Machine; Heatgun; T-grid


  1. Cut white card with swirl pattern from Mixed Media dies using Big Shot. Spritz card with water, then Distress ink sprays until completely covered. Dry with heatgun.Paris mannequin 1

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2. Rub ink pads over bubble wrap, mainly Spun Sugar with a little Worn Lipstick. Apply randomly to card. The great thing about using Distress inks, is that they’re water soluble, so if your bubbles are too dark, simply wet a paintbrush and wipe over area and the ink will be diluted. Dry with heatgun.

3. On the back of card place two-sided tape along straight edges. Use wet glue for swirly cut-out area. Attach card to white matting, then black matting, and finally folded pink backParis mannequin 3ing card.

4. Stamp pedestal only in black ink at bottom left side of card. Use a t-grid to ensure the pedestal is straight (obviously I didn’t, naughty girl). Stamp Paris Mannequin in black ink above it. Stamp mannequin again onto scrap of white card and cut out body only. Place Magic Mount on back, with a strip of two-sided tape along bottom edge to attach ribbon to. Fold wide organza ribbon in half (creating two layers of skirt) and adhere to tape. Flip right way up and fix into place over main image on card. Affix clear rhinestone to top of Eiffel tower.

5. Stamp smallest butterflies from set onto white card scraps in black ink. Sponge lightly with Spun Sugar ink then cut them out. Colour bodies with brown pencil and add dots of white to edge of top wings using a Sharpie pen. Stamp butterflies into desired positions on main card. Apply glue to bodies only of butterflies and fix to main card, folding up wings to create dimension. Apply a dot of pink Liquid Pearls to heads. Set aside to dry.

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  1. Stamp Love wording onto white card in black ink. Round corners with punch and sponge with Spun Sugar ink. Layer onto black card and round corners to match. Tie bow with skinny pink ribbon and glue onto plaque. Magic Mount plaque onto card.

Orchid Teabag

September 25, 2016



stamps: Orchid K3350 by PSX

inks: Jet Black & Sepia Archival Pads

papers: White Matt Card; White & Kraft Bazzill Cards

accessories: A Little Thanks #98575 Memory Box die; Snow Cap Adirondack Paint Dabber; Yellow Pastel & Landscape Green Studio Paints; Ripe Persimmon & Peeled Paint Distress Pens

adhesives: Glue Stick; Two-sided Tape, Magic Mount

tools: Big Shot Machine; Paint Brush; Sponge Block


1. Dry, empty, and iron your teabag. I opened this one right out. Stamp orchid onto teabag in black ink (started colouring before I remembered to take a photo).20160815_164252

2. Colour in orchid with paints. I also used some Distress pens to add definition. They are water-soluble, so you can blend them in with a wet paintbrush. Set aside to dry.20160815_174026

3. Place piece of white card behind teabag in top right corner. Affix with glue stick. The teabag material is not completely flat so there will be folds and wrinkles in it. For that reason I was sparing with the glue, just mainly doing the edges, to allow that softness to remain. Now glue these to center of kraft card. Sponge around edges of kraft card with sepia ink. Attach to folded white backing card with two-sided tape. 20160815_175142

4. Cut out ‘thanks’ word die in white card using Big Shot machine. Attach into position with glue stick. Or you could cut out wording with jac paper/super sheet on the back of the white card, to make sticking it down easier. It is very small and fiddly. Place square of Magic Mount beneath Teabag tag and fix into place.





On the right is another floral sample of a teabag card.

stamps used: Flower Pots F1107 by Impression Obsession, Time to Enjoy F1843 by Hero Arts




Flower Teabag



20160816_123503stamps: Flower amongst Flowers 4155L & To Say Hi 3409E both by Penny Black

inks: Jet Black & Sepia Archival Pads; Mustard Seeds, Spiced Marmalade & Barn Door Distress Pads

papers: Ivory & Black Matt Cards; Pomegranate Bazzill Card

accessories: Lipton Teabag (used)

adhesives: Glue Stick; Two-sided Tape; Magic Mount

tools: Sponging Blocks


  1. Dry, half open back of teabag to empty, then iron flat.
  2. Tear along bottom edge of ivory card. Stamp flower in center in black ink. Stamp flower again over teabag.

3. Using sponging blocks, colour ivory card with Distress inks, starting with the lightest at the top and blending them together as you go. Colour teabag also, just using a dabbing motion so as not to tear the bag. Glue back of teabag and fix into place over main image. 20160816_093602

4. Sponge around edges of main card with sepia ink and attach to matting of black card, which has also been torn across the bottom edge. Attach these to folded red backing card.

5. Stamp wording in black onto scrap of ivory card. Sponge with Mustard Seed Distress ink. Sponge around edges with sepia ink and Magic Mount into place at base of card. Magic Mount teabag tag into position at top of card. 20160816_123437




Inky Teabag

September 20, 2016


20160825_192621stamp: Elegant Stems C8412 by Stampington

inks: Jet Black & Sepia Archival Pads; Wild Honey, Peacock Feathers and Seedless Preserves Distress Stain Sprays

papers: Ivory Matt Card; Brick & Gecko Bazzill Cards

accessories: Buttercup Liquid Pearls; Sunflower Sparkle Perfect Pearls; Copper Swirl Paperclip; Coloured Rhinestones

adhesives: Glue Stick; Two-sided Tape; Magic Mount

tools: Circle Punch; Paintbrushes; Heatgun; Sponging Block; Water Spritzer


  1. Dry your teabag. I opened this one right out to empty, then ironed it flat.
  2. Spritz teabag lightly with water, then your Distress inks. The water will help the inks blend together. Dry with heatgun or set aside to dry naturally. 20160822_192734
  3. Stamp your Stem collage onto your teabag in black Archival ink. Pick up some Sunflower Sparkle Perfect Pearl powder with dry paintbrush and brush over mesh design of stamped image on teabag. 20160822_191345
  4. Stamp image again onto ivory card. Tear along bottom and right hand side of ivory card and sponge the edges with sepia ink using sponging block. Attach to brick (reddish) layer, then onto folded green backing card with two-sided tape.
  5. Stamp postal mark only onto scrap of ivory card.  Cut out postal mark with circle punch. Sponge edges with sepia ink. Put square of Magic Mount beneath it and set aside.
  6. Squirt some Buttercup Liquid Pearl out, pick up with fine paintbrush and apply to flower heads. Affix coloured rhinestones to base of flowers. Set aside to dry. 20160822_19302420160822_193103
  7. Apply glue stick to back of teabag, then lift gently into place over same image on ivory card, lining them up carefully. The teabag material will not be completely flat so it can be a little tricky, but try to get the sides of the teabag lined up with the edges of the card as much as you can. 20160822_195024
  8. Fix circular postal mark into position. Secure teabag tag to top of card with spiral paperclip. 20160825_192621




Blue Night Teabag



20160814_221537stamps: Birds in the Trees D1365 by Memory Box; Sun 2953C by Penny Black; Live Inspired DD960A by Unity Stamp Co

inks: Jet Black & Sepia Archival Pads; Clear Versamark Pad; Antique Linen Distress Pad; Denim Adirondack Pad; Tumbled Glass Distress Stain; London Blue Dylusion Spray

papers: White Matt Card; Mid-brown Prismatic & Fawn Bazzill Cards

accessories: Sunflower Sparkle Perfect Pearls; Silver Alcohol Ink; Teabag (used)

adhesives: Glue Stick, Two-sided Tape, Magic Mount

tools: Sponging Block; Water Spritzer; old Toothbrush; Heatgun (optional)


  1. Dry, empty and iron your teabag. Stamp birds in trees onto teabag in black ink. Stamp them again in the middle of white card.  Dab Tumbled Glass Distress Stain over both to colour. Set teabag aside to dry. Continue colouring white card by spraying London Blue Dylusions ink above the lighter blue. Spritz with water a little to blend. Set aside to dry or speed up process with heatgun.20160814_21274120160814_213050
  2. Sponge white card with Antique Linen Distress ink until all white is covered. Sponge all edges with sepia ink.
  3. Glue stick back of teabag and position on main card, lining up tree branches. Stamp sun (moon) in clear Versamark pad across both. Pick up some gold Perfect Pearls with a dry paintbrush and brush over moon to colour.20160814_21324720160814_215735
  4. Sponge denim ink across top of card to darken night sky. Give silver Alcohol ink bottle a good shake. Tip very small quantity onto tip of old toothbrush and flick with thumb over night sky to create stars.20160814_221427
  5. Stamp ‘live inspired’ wording in black ink vertically alongside outside edge of teabag.
  6. Attach finished card onto mid-brown matting, then folded fawn backing card. Put a square of Magic Mount onto back of teabag label and attach at base of card.

Bike Teabag

September 17, 2016




With this weather being so cold the last few months, I have found myself drinking lots of tea. Rather than throw away my teabags, I have re-cycled them into cards. Something a little different and quirky.

  1. When the teabag is dry, empty it out. Depending on the shape of the bag, I either tear across the top under the staple or open out completely. Each one will be a bit different. I deliberately don’t try to be neat, as I think the torn edges and stains add character to the overall design.
  2. Iron your teabag. This makes it easier to stamp onto. I placed my iron directly onto the bag on medium heat. The bags are quite hardy and (obviously) can take a bit of heat and also water. This particular bag was quite dark so decided to use it for a man’s card.


stamps: Bike from World’s Fair ICO347 by Graphic 45; Leaf Swirl 3968G by Stamp-it

inks: Jet Black Archival Pad; Clear Versamark Pad; Bronze Perfect Pearl Mists

papers: Walnut & Pinecone Bazzill Cards; Copper Shimmer Card

accessories: Mini Gears #98847 Memory Box die; Copper Embossing Powder; Earl Grey teabag (used)

adhesives: Two-sided Tape; Magic Mount; Tombo Liquid Glue

tools: Heatgun; Big Shot Machine


1.Stamp leaf swirl across top of lighter brown card in black ink. Stamp man on bike image below it (doesn’t matter if left side is not perfect as it will be covered by teabag). Stamp man on bike with wording onto teabag. 20160815_174515





2. Fix teabag into place over main image. Because this particular teabag was so dark, I used two-sided tape, knowing it wouldn’t show through. 20160815_174842Put square of Magic Mount onto tag of teabag and secure in position.

3. Apply Clear ink from Versamark pad direct to edges of light brown card. Pour copper embossing powder over while still wet, then heatset using heatgun. Do all 4 sides. 20160816_134543

4. Lightly spritz base of card with Bronze Perfect Pearl Mists. Attach to folded dark brown backing card20160816_134047.

5. Cut out mini gears die twice in  copper shimmer card using Big Shot machine. Randomly ink gears with black ink. Use liquid glue to attach them onto card where desired.