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Holidays are coming!

Hello to all!

Its been a while since I had a chance to post anything; with Christmas on the horizon I am sure that we are all looking at our Christmas stashes with glee and becoming reacquainted with stamps/dies which we had forgotten that we have ๐Ÿ™‚

Today I am bringing you an MDF project; this is my first attempt at one as I wanted to move into working with something more durable than a card and MDF seemed a reasonable priced option with the added benefit that if you really hate what you have done, you can sand it back and start again!



  • MDF door hanger
  • Spectrum sparkle pens
  • Sheena Douglass Ivy stamp
  • Sheena Douglass Christmas words Stamp
  • Dona Ratcliffe christmas pixie’s stamps
  • Sheena Douglass Twinkling lights die
  • Sheena Douglass poinsettia die
  • Spectrum Noir alcohol pens
  • clear glitter embossing powder
  • Pebeo 3d relief paste and silver foil
  • Pebeo silver gilding wax
  • Fomarian
  • Liquid pearls / glitter glue
  • Black embossing powder
  • White Gesso
  • fine micron pen


  1. Cover the whole base with white gesso and leave to dry
  2. splodge your choice of spectrum sparkle pens onto a glass matt
  3. pick-up with a damp sponge and dab freely onto the whole of the base.
  4. leave to dry(!)
  5. repeat from step 2 until you are happy with what you have
  6. Apply gilding wax all around the edges, bringing some of it on into the corners (you can do this later, but then you will have to navigate around stuff)

1st Layer:

  1. Stamp your base images (words and ivy) in black ink; I used versafine because it is so very juicy and the surface of the MDF is not as smooth/flat as a piece of card
  2. use a micron pen to fill out any bits that didn’t quite make it
  3. Stamp the toadstool house with an embossing ink and heat emboss

2nd Layer:

  1. Trace over various lines with the 3d paste; I chose to do the stems on the ivy and the line running through the words ‘sparkle’. I also did a couple of extra foil stars to match in with the word.
  2. leave the paste to go off (I recommend either walking away, or doing all the prep work for layer 3) if the paste has not turned clear, it is not ready.
  3. apply the foil

3rd Layer:

  1. On separate card, stamp out, colour and cut out your decoupage elements. This is the leaves for the ivy and the flying pixie. You may have noticed that I did not mention colouring the ivy on the first layer, this is because there is no point, you are going to cover it up with the decoupage anyway
  2. Die cut your additional elements. These are the twinkling lights and poinsettia elements. I have used foamarian for the poinsettia which will cut through at 3 layers of foam in one go (yay)
  3. Colour your elements – I have used sn pens for both; in addition I also drew on some vein lines in the flowers with a micron pen.
  4. Shape elements as required
  5. Cover the fairy lights (the actual lights only) with clear embossing powder and heat emboss with clear glitter embossing powder. I have done 2 layers of this, but you can do more.
  6. Layer up your elements onto the base (I’ve used 3d glue gel)

To finish:

  1. Add liquid pearls to the centre of the flower and as desired over the whole of the base
  2. Add gold glitter glue to areas of the flower for extra sparkle

And that’s it – happy crafting!



Holiday Project

Hello to all! I have been on holiday from work this week so I have been spending some quality crafting time (despite the bad weather) with various bits and bobs. While most of what I have been doing has just been playing, I was inspired by a fellow crafter to create a project that was a little more ambitious than a single card front; et voila!

The top picture is of the card closed, it then opens out into an extended concertina card as pictured below


The majority of the elements are from Sheena Douglass’ Time Traveller range, but I have added in a couple of extra bits ๐Ÿ˜‰

Front Cover

From the new ‘Call of The Wild’ Range by Sheena Douglass

This is the image stamped; heat embossed and then fussy cut (as I do not yet have the matching die) I have then coloured it using distress inks and a little bit of spectrum sparkle with a finishing touch of Twinkling H2O for the white bits of the feathers. The sentiment is from the same stamp set and the torn edges on both this and all of the other torn edges in this piece are created using a deckle edge tearing ruler.


Section one is the time machineย  balloon die which is again coloured with spectrum sparkle and distress inks, however I have also used a little gilding wax.ย  I will list all of the colours etc at the bottom of the post.


For Section Two I have used a patterned paper as my base and then added in some chain stamps (For the love of stamps) and a compass die (Tonic). The rest is still the Time Traveller range. I wanted to make the cogs and the ‘Thingamabob’ a little more interesting so I have used a combination of embossing powders and gilding wax to create different looks; I have also used some Frantage embossing powder (this is a thicker powder) which has givenย  the mottled effect on the ‘Thingamabob’. As I was covering most of this is embossing powder I didn’t put much effort into colouring it; it is mostly a distress ink wash although I have used pencils to colour the fin and the umbrella.


Section Three is a pocket with a blank tag for a personal message; the quill and inkpot are also Sheena Stamps but from the 2016 Christmas range.


Section Four is very similar to Section two; again I have used a patterned base card and then embellished it; the clocks and cogs are embossed the same way as in section two, with the pocket watch face being coloured with distress ink.


Section Five is what the whole project was based on!


I coloured this Time Traveller lady several months ago now but couldn’t decide how to place her. Hopefully, this project will have done justice to the beauty of this stamp ๐Ÿ™‚


Time Traveller Range:

  • Thingamabob Stamp Set
  • Steam Punk Woman Stamp Set
  • Timepieces Stamp Set and matching die set
  • Geared Up Stamp Set and matching die set
  • Make Time die

Call of the Wild Range – Dare to Dream Stamp Set

For the Love of Stamps – Time to Celebrate Stamp Set

Distress Inks:

  • Aged Mahogany
  • Peacock Feathers
  • Vintage Photo
  • Walnut Stain
  • Black Soot


  • ‘Ocean Wave’ Spectrum Sparkle
  • ‘Calypso’ WoW embossing powder
  • ‘Rose gold’ WoW embossing powder
  • Frantage embossing powder
  • Oil Pencils
  • Tearing Ruler
  • Pebeo gilding wax
  • Adhesive gems
  • ‘Gold’ Ranger Liquid Pearls
  • Black Card
  • HunkyDory Map Paper
  • Graphic Arts paper pad (base card)
  • Ribbon
  • Tonic Compass Die


More Stamping! or possibly more Christmas…

Carrying on the challenge, I have three new entries which are also all going into my Christmas stash!


So this one is using a Phil Martin stamp which is the phone and the text message icons; I’ve then added in some christmassy stuff to make it a little more seasonal. The ‘Noel’ is from an Indigo Blu set which I got right at the beginning of my crafty habit and is still one of my favourite sets.


This happy little penguin is from Whimsy Stamps; on this one I have coloured it with pencils but I may well do several of him in different mediums because he is so cute…



And Finally, this is one where I had no idea at all where I was going with it until I did; the snowflakes are a Honey Doo Stamp set from last year which I have heat embossed with a Wow! diamond sparkles. This is the first time out for this embossing powder and I have to say I am impressed! As is often the case, the photo does not due justice to the level of sparkle on this card and having also used Papermania’s Snowflake embossing powder my experience is that this one gives better image coverage with a more even sparkle – however this may just be luck of the draw. I have used distress inks to give the snowflakes some definition, however I then felt that the bottom left corner was looking a bit empty so I added this cute little stamp. I had a horrible moment after stamping when I realised that I had stamped in versafine instead of momento; the card I used here would not work well with watercolours so I decided to use my alcohol markers as planned and hope for the best. I think I have gotten away with it… (hurrah). I have also extended the ground line of the stamp out to the edge of the card so that the image wasn’t floating so much. The ‘Merry Christmas’ is from the same set as the ‘Noel’.

I hope you all like my fun stuff, I certainly enjoyed making it ๐Ÿ™‚ – Keep it Crafty!

More Stamping!

With the Summer holidays almost over I am trying to squish a couple of extra photos into the challenge; unfortunately I have had to abandon a couple for looking a bit rubbish, but I am happy with the two below so felt they were worth posting ๐Ÿ™‚


This is a lovely Crafters Companion stamp which I have used before but felt was well worth using again.I used polycolours and extended the scene around the stamp to fill the topper space. I have also cleverly covered up an unfortunate ink smudge with a ribbon ๐Ÿ˜‰


This second one is a Lili of the valley digistamp; also coloured with polycolours but with wp-image-1923221322some Wink of Stella glitter pen; glue drops to which I have added some glitter and some foiling (difficult to see on the photo) and a couple of liquid drops for the hair and toe bells. This particular one had two rescues, the first being that I over coloured my fairy’s face, which I managed to fix using a rubber (proper artists putty rubber, not a hard pencil eraser) which worked very well and the second being that although I have a stamping platform I forgot to use it, so when the sentiment only half stamped I had to try and line it back up. As is nearly always the case I ended up with a ghost image of some of the sentiment, but this has been covered by adding a green shadow effect to the text.


Whilst Xmas was happening in one room…

… I was trying to be a good bunny in my room!

The Challenge this month is to use something new, however both WC and myself are also trying to be really good and finish off projects that have been started and toppers which have been made but then not added to anything. I already had a small backlog of toppers which has since been added to because I have taken to doing some colouring when away from home; so yesterday I took some time to go through my ‘starts’ tray and divided everything up into ‘Coloured’ ‘Half Coloured’ ‘Not yet coloured at all’ and ‘Completed Toppers’. I am now trying to work my way through them before starting something new, though I have to admit to working on a reward system; having completed the ones that will be shown below I allowed my self a new bit of colouring…



This Is the other Crafters Companion Stamp by Donna

That I bought a few weeks ago which I have coloured with SN alcohol pens and some distress ink. I am also quite pleased with myself because I have used up a piece of backing paper that I didnt like (yay me) and then created a bead trail all over using liquid pearls. I plan to do a more overtly steampunky version but have not yet reached that reward level…


Technically this one still is not finished because it needs a sentiment, but apart from that it all finished! Colouring mediums as above although this one also has twinkling H20 over the top of the flowers – this is what I used before there were sparkle pens ๐Ÿ™‚

This next one I started for Mothers Day this year but it got sidelined because I had an order come in which took priority; after which Mothers day was over so I never finished it.

The base of this card is all computer generated

I also printed off a second Daffodil image so that I could colour it; the leavs under the coloured image are actually the same daffodil image coloured in green. I have then foiled the word ‘Mum’ in gold and added several green flicks with my colouring pencil to add to the bouquet along with gems and liquid pearls.


When I originally did the foiling there were some gaps where the glue has not pulled the foil, so I have filled in the holes with more of the 3d paste creating quite a nice ‘bubble’ effect on the word ‘Mum’ although I am not sure how well it can be seen on the photo!

And Finally, this one could also do with an additional sentiment to bridge between the two sections; I have included it here though because the dragonfly topper I have used has been sitting in a drawer for 2 years…





Black and Gold

Embossed Christmas

This is a really simple card which I wanted to talk about because I used some new stuff…

Tool Kit:

  • Sheena Stamping Card
  • Black Card
  • Versamark Ink
  • Gold embossing powder
  • Docrafts Christmas Postage stamp
  • Creative Expressions frame stamp
  • X2 Snowflake dies
  • Corner punch
  • Ultimate Pro
  • Distress Inks
  • Ribbon
  • 3D Glitter gel

Step by Step…

  1. Stamp and heat emboss both images, using the Versamark ink and the gold embossing powder
  2. Cut your card to size
  3. Add embossed line frame around the edge if required
  4. Punch out the corners
  5. Distress the whole piece of card in your lightest colour
  6. Use your medium colour to shadow all around the outside edge and then also on the inside edge (the side closest to the middle) of the stamped and embossed frame
  7. Use your darkest colour to also go around the edges of the card and then directly over the whole of the stamped frame, darken more at the four corners of the frame – The embossed lines will repel the distress ink, so just swipe straight over it ๐Ÿ˜‰
  8. Attach optional ribbon
  9. Die cut your snowflakes, I have continued to use black card for this.
  10. Dab the front of your diecuts onto the Versamark ink pad; I chose to do the whole of the smaller snowflake and the outside edges of the larger snowflake
  11. Heat emboss the diecuts with the gold embossing powder
  12. Stick it all to your card base
  13. Where wanted, add drops of 3D glitter gel
  14. Leave to dry, then add an insert

Both of the stamps I have used here are new as is the glitter gel which I found in a shop yesterday and thought “oo… you look interesting…” I have used various stickles at various times but a lot of the glitter glues dry flat. The application was easy and the control was good, the gel is also full of glitter rather than merely flecked with glitter so I am really pleased with the purchase and may have to buy some more as they come in a variety of colours…

Messy Crafting (hehe)

I haven’t forgotten the challenge, but this is where my head was at today ๐Ÿ™‚

These are both done the same way using a mixture of Spectrum Noir markers and distress inks. The stamps are all Sheena and the shine on the poppies is from Luminarte twinkling H2O’s. I had done a background for the poppies as well but unfortunately it got too close to a wet dryer sheet and was unsavable ๐Ÿ˜ฆ