Friday, 2 November 2012

Cute Card Thursday

Now I've started on the cards again, I can't stop, so I've decided to try and have a go at a few challenges.  This is my first attempt for Cute Card Thursday, where this week's theme is fairies and angels.

The image is stamped and coloured with Promarkers.

Saturday, 20 October 2012

More Christmas Cards

These are my cards from this weekend and alst weekend.  All except the sparkly reindeer were made using stamped images coloured with Promarkers.

The sparkly reindeer was done using layerd stamping with a distress ink background.

Sunday, 14 October 2012

Back in the swing of things!

Well, I've been back to crafting  for about 3 or 4 weeks now, and I can honestly say it feels like I never stopped.  I'm going to miss it when I have to get back to studying.  I promised myself when I first started the degree that I would put aside one night a week for art and/or craft, but with a full time job and two children it's impossible, so I'll just have to make the most of it while I can!

I'm sticking with card making for the time being, as I don't want to get all my messy stuff out only to have to put it away again.  I've also decided that all of my Christmas cards are going to be made this year.

The cards shown are the ones I made last weekend and this week.  I will post this weekend's efforts another time.
The two teddy bear cards and the penguin are rubebr stamped and coloured using Promarkers.  Did I say how  much I love my Promarkers?  The teddies were free with a magazine - I can't remember whih one - but I think they're great for freebies!

The reindeer and the santa's sleigh scene were dones using layered stamping and distress inks - probably as messy as I'm going to be getting for now!

The Christmas tree card at the bottom was made using a wooden embellishment which I have decorated using Letraset metallic markers, Stickles and some stick on gems.  I am loving using black on my cards at the moment!

Saturday, 6 October 2012

Christmas Cards!

I know it's early, but since I really only have time to make things at the weekend and I want to try and give everyone handmade Christmas cards this year, I have made a start.  The penguins are stamped and coloured using Promarkers.

I've got lots of new Christmas stamps, so there will be more to come!

Still doing cards

This is one I made a couple of weeks ago.  Again stamped and coloured using Promarkers.

Saturday, 22 September 2012


Hello!  I have not blogged for a very long time.  For those of you who don't know, (assuming I have some followers left), the reason for this is that I'm doing a degree in psychology, and unfortunately this means I usually don't have much time for art, craft or blogging. :-(

However, I have a break from now (well, from the middle of August just gone really) until February, so I have been getting back into crafting a bit.  Partly to ease myself in gently, and partly because I haven't done it for such a long time, I've been making some cards.  These are two of my favourites, created using stamped images coloured with Promarkers.  (I have missed my Promarkers SOOO much!)

Sunday, 18 July 2010

A Bit of Brown

These are for Cazro's colour swap this month.  This month's colours are toffee and chocolate, which are definitely colours I'm a bit more comfortable with!

UTEE, Bleaching and Watercolour Pencils

These are for Cazro's Let's Stamp Swap on the DoCrafts forum.  This month's theme is triple embossing for a glossy finish.

I visited the Lake District a few weeks ago and was lucky enough to call in at the factory shop for Derwent Pencils.  I picked up a HUGE box of watercolour pencils half price, and there were some pastel pencils free with it as well.  As you can imagine, I have been exsperimenting with them ever since.

To do these ATCs, I started off by inking and stamping the backgrounds, stamping the main images and then bleaching out the colour from the main images.  I then coloured them using watercolour pencils and triple embossed them with three layers of UTEE.

Friday, 9 July 2010

Encaustic Art

I had a day off last Friday, so managed to make some encaustic art ATCs.  These are the first ones I've done in a while, so I'm a bit rusty, but I think they turned out OK.

I'm off today as well, but not because I want to be!

Thursday, 8 July 2010

The Stamp Man ATC Swap

These are my ATCs for The Stamp Man ATC Swap.   Well, three of them are anyway.  I got a bit carried away and made a a couple of extras.  This month's theme is "wings".

Unfortunately the photos don't show up the shimmeriness (is that a word?)

I made the background using Starburst Sprays, with Papermania Vinyls as masks.

I then stamped the backgrounds in distress inks and the flowers in black archival ink.  I also stamped the dragonflies directly onto the ATCs because I am lazy and didn't want to cut out the legs. (Well, I tried, but they kept falling off!)

Next, I stamped the  dragonflies onto white card using black archival ink and coloured them with watercolour pencils.  I added highlights using white and glitter gel pens.  I stamped the wings separately onto some shimmery cellophane , cut them out and stuck them on.  I attached the dragonflies to the ATCs, curved the wings and put some foam pads under the wings for a 3D effect.

Tuesday, 6 July 2010


I got some beautiful new stamps at the Happy Stampers North West show a few weeks ago.  These are from Lavinia Stamps and I absolutely love them.  The background is layered ink, masked with torn paper.

I have some trees as well, so there will be more to come!

Monday, 5 July 2010

Blind Drawing!

Most of these are for a swap on ATCs for All hosted bt AnnD, but they are very addictive so I made a few extras.

The idea is to draw a face with your eyes closed and then to make it into a character.

I've added a bit about each character at the side as well.

The images are drawn using Promarkers and black artist pen, with a bit of white gel pen.

The backgrounds were created using collage, inks, acrylic paints and pens.

Sunday, 4 July 2010


These were done for one of Cazro's Let's Stamp Swaps on the theme of bleaching.  I've inked and water sprayed the backgrounds, (stamped on most of them), stamped and embossed the main image and then used bleach to take out some of the colour.

Sun, Moon and Stars

These were for a swap on ATCs for All.  I also did a moon and a star, but I haven't posted them becasue they didn't photograph very well.

I used printed text and music score, watercolours, tissue paper, acrylic paint, glitter gel pens and Precious Metal paint.

Yellow (Another Colour I Find Difficult)

These are some more ATCs I did for cazro's colour swap.  The colours for these were yelow and cream.  Yellow is another colour I don't use very often, because I find it dificult to work with.

I used layered stamping, and I used wax crayon resist on the owl and the angels.