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Another Mixed Media Card

Some more playing with texture for my make today. For this one I’ve painted some calico, ripped out book pages and torn up packaging. I love getting messy! For the focal point of this piece I have used the gorgeous stamps from the July Unity Store Kit Key To Joy available over at Make The Day Special.

I did think that the butterfly and sentiment worked nicely together, what do you think? If you take the music notes on the butterfly as the ‘Master Key’? Is that pushing it?

Well hope you have a musical day.



StampsJuly Unity Store Kit Key To Joy

Ink – Versamark sepia; Distress ink Vintage Photo

Colouring – Neocolor crayons

Usual Suspects – Golden Heavy gel; silicone glue; Bonda-web; Scissors

Other – Calico; Acrylic paint; Book page

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Mixed Media Gift Box

You know I love lots of stamps right? Like so many of us crafters we love all those yummy designs around don’t we? Well when I saw this latest stamp from Unity designed by Suzi Blu available at Make The Day Special, I just HAD to have her! I love her!

I’m not supposed to be spending any money and I was going to wait but I could not resist putting a picture of her up on my blog last week and then I convinced myself that you would buy all of Emily’s stock so of course I had to get in there first didn’t I? Tee Hee!

I’ve made a gift box and painted it with acrylic paints and tea staining. I used the gorgeous key stamps from the Unity Key to Joy July 2010 kit, also available from Make The Day Special to emboss in gold.

The hearts are cut from a homemade paper fabric and I’ve finished the box off with painted fabric and a little matching tag.

Isn’t she pretty?

Before I go you might like to know that the lovely new {Ippity} Stamps are over at Emily’s {Ippity} Inspiration Blog with lots of lovely examples from the design team of these yummy stamps. Oh man I just want them all!

Have a fabulous Friday all you lovelies!



Stamps – Unity Suzi Blu; Unity Key to Joy July 2010 kit

Ink – Archival Black

Usual Suspects – PVA; Golden Soft gel: Craft Knife

Other – Handmade paper fabric; PrismaColor Illustration Markers; Book Page; Acrylic paints; Calico; Card; Gold Embossing powder; Gold marker pen

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Looking For Some Summer Sun

My card today is a plea to the Summer weather. It seems to be a bit all other the place at the moment, so I thought a card to the weather might help!

As you can see I am going through a bit of a corrugated card and painted fabric phase at the moment! The stamps I’ve used are from the wonderful Unity Adventures in Happiness store kit which you can get from Make The Day Special.

Hope you have a day of sunshine.



StampsUnity Adventures in Happiness store kit

Ink – Archival black

Usual Suspects – silicone glue; Golden soft gel

Other – Thread; Calico; Acrylics; Corrugated card; Glitter glue

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Cute Card Thursday And Ippity

Some texture for you today, I always like to mix a bit of texture together. The challenge over at Cute Card Thursday is:


So get your tree and leaf stamps out. My tree is from the gorgeous {Ippity} kit What Matters Most which you can get from {Ippity} Inspiration.

I’ve used a mix of Acrylic paint and watercolour pens and pencils to colour the tree and bird stamps.

The calico was coloured with Acrylic paints.

As I’ve used Acrylic paint for this card I thought it would be perfect for the Gingersnap Creations Spicy Supply challenge this month which is – Paints.

Have a Tree-mendous day you all.



Stamps{Ippity} kit What Matters Most

Colouring – Acrylic paints; Marvy Le Plume II Watercolour pens; Watercolour pencils
Usual Suspects – Paper trimmer; Silicone glue; Golden Soft Gel

Other – Calico; Acrylic Paints; Sewing machine; Bond-a-web; Corrugated card; Craft Vilene

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Simply Handmade Home Decor Wall Hanging

Some sewing for you today and a little stamped and stitched wall hanging. I just love this stamp from Hero Arts but then I am a sucker for all sewing themed stamps! Well, if I’m honest not just sewing themed stamps LOL!

I love the vintage look matched with the contemporary design and the slightly distressed fabrics!

I’ve put this little wall hanging up in to my Etsy and Folksy shops, but I’m not sure I want to part with it LOL!

Edit: I’ve added it to the challenge over at Practical Scrappers which this week is flowers. Thanks Tanya for the heads-up!

Have a Simply Handmade Day.


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Grace On Film

Hey guys, I have a mixed media canvas to show you today, I’ve called it ‘Grace On Film’!

I was lucky enough to win some gorgeous Darkroom Door stamps as blog candy from Rachel Greig’s Darkroom Door blog and just thought they would be perfect for this project. I love mixing fabric, paper, embroidery and rubber stamping and the different textures and effects it gives to a piece.

There are a lot of details, that I’m not sure I’ve managed to pick up in the photographs – still trying to get to know my new camera.

The fabrics have been hand coloured and stitched with beading detail. The Darkroom Door image has been hand tinted and I’ve also added crackle details to the sentiments and yummy buttons to my fabric roses.

Thanks for popping by.


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Playing With Canvas

A mixed media make on canvas for you today and this one uses the inspirational Random Redhead challenge over at Gingersnaps Creations, which is all about the ‘Botanical’ this month.

One of my favourite stamps is reminiscent of an old botanical book illustration so I thought that it would be perfect for this challenge.

Thanks for popping by today.

Have a lovely crafty day.



Stamps – Anna Griffin Botanical illustrations; Crafty Individuals; U-Mount Creative expressions

Ink – Archival black; VersaFine Sepia

Usual Suspects – Mod Podge; Silicone glue

Other – Sewing machine; Vinyl; canvas; calico; tag; string; Alcohol inks; leaves; button; stamp; Acrylic paint; Jute; sequin waste; molding paste;

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Another Altered Page

Hi Guys, for anyone who regularly sees my makes you will know that I am a bit of the style-flitter – I jump around the different styles having not worked out what my style actually is yet!

I’m not sure if it is just my need to try out everything, or my very short attention span or if, one day, I will settle on a particular style.

I’ve been having lots of fun with altered pages at the moment! So I thought I would show you another one, slightly different from my Alice In wonderland – Inspired make. I’ve called this one Language Bird. Ok so I’m not so good with naming my makes!

I thought I would enter this into the Free As A Bird Challenge over at Ink On My Fingers which holds the Sunday Stamper’s Challenge and as it is the 100 challenge it is sponsored by The Artistic Stamper and The Stamp Attic.

I’ve used a page from an old English encyclopedia and from a German book – however, as I do not speak German I have no idea what the page is about!

I’ve coloured the page with Watercolour wax crayons and then masked and used inks over the top. The bird and branch are Wendy Rhodes stamps and I’ve used Glossy Accents over the bird.

There is a bit of doodling and stitching and I used the Bazzill Templates for the stitched swirls. The stamp is from Japan.

Right off to flitter
(is that even a word, my spell check doesn’t seem to recognise it? Where is my Editor boyfriend when I need him?)
about with something else.

Hope you are all having a great Saturday



Stamps – Wendy Rhodes

Ink – Archival Black; VersaColor inks

Colouring – Neocolor Watersoluble wax crayons

OtherGlossy Accents; Bazzill Templates; Stamp; embroidery thread; Prismacolor Illustration markers; Templates; Mod Podge

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Curiouser And Curiouser! Cried Alice

I’ve been playing with paint and having a whale of a time! Why does playing with paint make me so ridiculously happy? LOL!

Well here is the result of a recent playing with paint session – an Alice in Wonderland inspired altered book page that has been rattling around in my head for a couple of months or so now.

I thought that I would enter it into the Sir Stampalot April Challenge which is all about ‘Fantasy’ and get this – you can win a Cricut Personal Electronic Cutter! Oh Boy Oh Boy! Yes you heard me right – quick, you have until Midday 29th April to get you entries in!

The details (skip to the pictures if you aren’t interested LOL!):

For my altered Alice page I’ve used a range of techniques and materials. The background is painted in acrylics on an old book page and layered up on painted calico. I’ve used salt to give that broken-up speckled look and then a Tim Holtz mask to give the negative image shadow.

I really should have taken pictures of each stage as I was going along, but I didn’t think it would ever get to my blog, LOL!

I’ve used Viva Decor glitter gel to add some dimension. Then stamped Paper Artsy and Tuesday Technique stamps on the background for the clock and clock parts.

Alice is from the internet and I’ve lightly coloured her with pencils – I wanted a tinted look rather than coloured look.

The Cheshire Cat was hand drawn using the recent Tim Burton film for inspiration. The key is a Stamps Away stamp on paper and then glazed onto the page with tinted Mod Podge (my new best friend!).

Of course I had to use fabric, lace, buttons and stitching LOL! Coloured, where needed, with acrylic paint. You might also have noticed some {Ippity} Stamps as well – the Mushrooms 🙂

This was such fun to do! It might take a bit longer than you average card – even at the rate I make cards! Which is very slowly!

Well thanks for looking

Hope you are all having a lovely weekend



Stamps{Ippity}; Paper Artsy; Tuesday Technique; Stamps Away; Studio G Alpha

Colouring – Pencils; Acrylic paints

Inks – VersaColor; Archival black

Other – Buttons; Lace; Computer; Printer; Calico; Sewing Machine; Tim Holtz Mask; Mod Podge; Viva Decor; Glossy Accents; PrismaColor Illustration Markers