Happy Thoughts

October 30, 2016


Bring on the HAPPY!!

20161029_154935stamps: Prom Queen 6051 by Stampotique, ‘She’ DD1205A by Donna Downey for Unity Stamp Co

inks: Jet Black Archival Pad; Pure Sunshine, Bubblegum Pink & Cut Grass Dylusion Sprays

papers: White Matt Card; Yellow Card; Yellow Green Bazzill Prismatic Card; Black & White Stripe (Annie P Paperie)

accessories: Orchid Liquid Pearls; Stardust Stickles; Watercolour Pencils; Clear Rhinestone

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

tools: Butterfly Frenzy siz659575; Big Shot machine; Scissors; Water Spritzer; Water Brush; Heatgun


  1. Spritz white card lightly with water, then various Dylusion sprays until white is completely covered. Dry with a heatgun or put aside to dry naturally.
  2. Stamp girl at left of coloured card, then again onto some scrap of white card. Colour in her dress and pantaloons. Cut these out. Glue pantaloons in place over main image. Magic Mount dress on.
  3. Stamp wording in black ink.20161029_155046_008
  4. Place some white card over Sizzix butterflies die and roll through Big Shot machine. Colour cut-out butterflies to co-ordinate with your card. Glue them into place, lifting their wings to create dimension.
  5. Place a strip of the black & white paper down left side of yellow matting. Attach to folded yellow/green backing card. Attach decorated card to front with two-sided tape.
  6. Highlight girl’s hair ties with purple Liquid Pearls. Add dots of Stardust Stickles to her dress. Place clear rhinestone in cleavage. Add touch of Glossy Accents to her lips and boots.



Elegance is an Attitude

October 29, 2016


20161028_214837Not all of us are born beautiful. We have to work with what we have and carry it off with as much style and grace as we can muster, ha, ha.

Continuing with my spate of Stampotique cards. I’m finding it very cathartic – releasing all my dark demons. Thanks Ellie:)

stamps: Glimmering Hope 6047 by Stampotique;  Elegance is… 3214C & Swirl background siset091 by Stamp-it

inks: Jet Black Archival Pad; Fired Brick, Broken China & Picket Fence Distress Stains

papers: White Matt Card; Raven & Lagoon Bazzill Cards; Silver Shimmer Paper

accessories: Crystal Glitter; Aqua Stickles; Pink Ribbon; Chalks; Glitter Pen

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

tools: Paintbrush; Scissors; Teflon Mat; Heatgun; Tonic Star Punch


  1. Create separate puddles of ink on teflon mat from the Fired Brick & Broken China Distress Stains. Swipe white card through. Repeat process until covered to your satisfaction. Dry with heatgun.
  2. Ink up swirl background stamp using Picket Fence Distress Stain. Stamp out over coloured card. Dry with heatgun.
  3. Matt coloured card onto black card, then affix to top of folded green backing card using two-sided tape.
  4. Stamp girl in black ink onto card just off-center. Her dress will flow below onto green card. Stamp her again onto scrap of white card. Colour in her dress with Fired Brick Distress Stain. Dry with heatgun. Apply Glossy Accents over dress with paintbrush and sprinkle over crystal glitter whilst still wet. Set aside to dry.
  5. When dry, cut out dress and bow. Wrap skinny pink ribbon around center of bow and Magic Mount into place over main image on card. Affix dress into place with two-sided tape.
  6. Apply some Aqua Stickles to bodice of girl and some Glossy Accents to her eyes.
  7. Stamp wording in black ink onto small piece of white card. Cut to size, mat onto black card and adhere to top left of card with two-sided tape. Smudge some turquoise chalk over wording with your fingertips. Punch out stars in silver paper (there are 3 sizes in this punch). Place a dot of glue where you want the stars to be, then stick stars on. Using a ruler, draw a line from wording plaque to stars with glitter pen (making sure your lines run parallel to one another).




Be Original

October 28, 2016


20161028_201621Just playing with a few Stampotique designs this week in the lead up to Halloween.

stamps: Gooseneck 6025 by Stampotique

inks: Jet Black & Sepia Archival Pads

papers: Kraft, Flamingo & Cantaloupe Bazzill Cards, scraps of patterned papers

accessories: Texture Paste; Orange Chalk; Watercolour Pencils; Diamond Stickles; Pink Rhinestone; Black Zig Pen; Dark Chocolate Liquid Pearls

adhesives: Two-sided Tape; Magic Mount

tools: Elliptic Stencil mini 605s by TCW; Scissors; Waterbrush; Fine Paintbrush; Sponging Block; Palette Knife


  1. Assemble scraps of co0rdinating papers and adhere to kraft card in desired pattern.
  2. Stamp ‘Gooseneck’ girl in black ink off center to the left. Stamp her again onto scrap white card, colouring in her dress and bow (in hair) only with watercolour pencils. Cut out dress and bow.
  3. Lay stencil over (ensuring her face is inside the square) and smear texture paste through with the aid of a palette knife. Lift off and wash stencil and knife immediately. Set card aside till texture paste is dry.
  4. Sponge orange chalk around inside of circle. Draw brown watercolour pencil along inside edge of circle and outside edge of square, then wet with a waterbrush to blend out.
  5. Colour in girl, including using Dark Chocolate Liquid Pearls for her hair, applied with fine paintbrush. Magic Mount previously cut out dress and bow over main image. Affix pink rhinestone to center of bow. Apply diamond Stickles to trim of skirt.
  6. Write wording by hand onto card with black Zig pen.

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. Still processing my feelings from the trial. 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.