If You Scare Easily Then Look Away…NOW!

This might be a bit scary…

You might want to look away…

Lock your doors and windows…

It’s the haunted house stamp from the Artistic Outpost Haunted Halloween Stamp set available from Quixotic Paperie.

The base of the ATC is from the scary Echo Park Apothecary paper

Are you suitable scared now?

Well I did warn you in the title!

Don’t have nightmares!

Kim ‘The Zombie Crafter’ Dellow


Spooky Saturday

Another Spooky make for you all today and this one is my DT make for Quixotic Paperie. Going all Halloweeny at the moment! You don’t need to look away as there are no spiders on this one but there is a gentleman Skeleton! He is from the Artistic Outpost Haunted Halloween stamp set and when I first saw him I knew that I had to have him!

I’ve matched him with the fabulous Echo Park Apothecary papers and some chaotic stitchery.

If you look carefully you might see that the sentiment, also from the Artistic Outpost Haunted Halloween stamp set, is in fact hanging from a thread and is free to swing eerily around the front of the card.

When you pick up your Artistic Outpost stamps don’t forget to get some EZ Mount as well.

ps. I’ve linked this up to the Artistic Outpost September referral program and whilst you are there also check out their lovely stuff.

Have a super scary Saturday.


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Ghosts Of Times Past

It is Saturday and that means it is my day on the Quixotic Paperie blog and I have another Artistic Outpost ATC make for you this week. I’m enjoying making these inky ATCs!

This one uses the Artistic Outpost stamp sets Bird Of A Feather and Windows And Doors.

I used Ranger Archival ink Coffee to stamp the girls and the sentiment and Archival Coffee and Sepia to add distress to the make. The door in the background is stamped in Archival Plum on a map collage background that I’d coloured with ZIG Art and Graphic Twin pens from Kuretake.

The splash of colour was also provided using ZIG Art and Graphic Twin pens this time with some stamping.

Some further detailing was added with embossing and metallic rub.

All great fun but you really should have seen the state of my hands afterwards! I should have taken a photo!

ps. I’ve linked this up to the Artistic Outpost August referral program and whilst you are there also check out their lovely stuff.

Have an Inky Saturday!


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Someone Is Watching You!

Do you have that feeling like someone is watching you? Well they are! LOL!

I’m super late today with my Quixotic Paperie post, I’ve literally just finished it and high-tailed it over to the blog to get it all posted! Phewee it is hot off the presses!

It is a little sample, I’m calling it that because it was meant to be an ATC but it turned out just a smidge too big to be classed as one. I’ve used two of my favourite stamp sets from the Artistic Outpost range – Steampunk Set and the London Underground Set

The background was stamped over rusted fabric with Archival Coffee ink pad.

Quick he has just looked away…

You can sneak off now!

BUT before you do don’t forget to check out the Quixotic Paperie Design Team Call and the Sale!



Maybe It’s Because I’m A Londoner…?

Have you spotted the new Artistic Outpost kits in at Quixotic Paperie? Lurve! 

Both are London themed so I am a bit biased in their favour as I am a Londoner! But I can’t be the only fan as no sooner had the London Underground and Loverly London sets hit the shop then the London Underground set had sold out! 

But never fear Elaine has some new stock ready to find new homes.

edit: Would you believe it? London Underground has sold out again! Think we all love these stamps! But don’t worry Elaine has more on their way!

Here is an ATC I’ve made using London Underground.

I’ve linked this up to the Artistic Outpost July referral program and whilst you are there also check out their fabulous stamps.

Loverly London

* Artistic Outpost - Loverly London stamp set *NEW* - Click Image to Close

London Underground

* Artistic Outpost - London Underground stamp set *NEW* - Click Image to Close

How can you not want these sets in your collection?

I’m so going to get Loverly London as well LOL! Of course don’t forget to stock up on EZ mount

Elaine has a fab special offer running as well:

And while you’re there, check out all the new products in stock!


Alota StampsArtistic OutpostBelles ‘n WhistlesGorjussKraftin’ Kimmie StampsMake It CraftyPaper Makeup Stamps
SCACD Stamps (exclusive UK stockist), Some Odd Girl StampsStampavieStamping BellaStempelglede,The Greeting FarmWhimsy Stamps

Cor Blimey Guv’nor!


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Quixotic Paperie – Mini Book Using Wooden Shapes – Tutorial

Well it has been a busy month of tutorials here at Crafty Makes and I have another one for you this week. This time I’m using the wooden alterable shapes from Quixotic Paperie along with other yummy items to make a mini-concertina book. If you follow the Quixotic Paperie blog you would have seen this on Saturday 18th June 2011.

You might have noticed it is the round ornament bauble shaped wooden shape? You don’t have to use them just for Christmas!

What you will need:

StampsArtistic Outpost Ephemeral Backgrounds; Artistic Outpost Birds Of A Feather; Studio G Alphas

PapersKraft Card; Graphic 45 Steampunk Debutante

Colouring – Pencils

Inks – Distresss inks; Distress stains; Archival Jet Black; Archival coffee

Usual Suspects – Golden Gel medium; Gesso

Tools – Scissors; Crop-A-Dile; Cuttlebug; Spellbinders Nestibilities Circle dies; Blending tools and foam; Ruler; Scoring tool

OthersWooden Shape Round ornament with hole; Fabric; Tim Holtz Idea-Ology Sprockets; Viva Decor Gel Pen Walnut; EZ Mount

Make A Template For The Inner Pages

If you need to make the hole in the wooden shape bigger then before making the inner pages template use the Crop-A-Dile to make the hole bigger. Then use the wooden shape to cut a rough template to give the size of the inside pages. I’ve made sure that the hole in the ornament is not covered.

Score And Fold Kraft Card

To make the inside concertina pages use the template to score a line in the Kraft card and
fold it.

Use the fold to score the next line and keep scoring and folding until you have the number of pages you want or until you run out of card! Make sure that your first and last pages are both folded in the same direction i.e. the first and last page are both valley folds when attached to the covers (see picture below – ‘Assemble Mini Book’).

Cut Inside Pages

For this step you can either use your template to cut out the inside pages, making sure you leave the left and right folded sides of the circle uncut to give the concertina effect.

Another method is to use the Spellbinders nestibilities dies. Pick the die nearest to the size you want and line up the folded Kraft card on the die, again leaving the left and right folded sides untouched by the die. Use the thinner cutting plate and some shims with your cutting machine and run the card and die through the machine a couple of times. It wont cut all the way through and you might need to experiment with the shims to get the right thinkness.

Finish cutting the pages with the scissors, the die will have left guidelines in the card it has not cut through.

The inside pages are ready to decorate anyway you want. For this tutorial I’ve used distress stains to colour them.

Prepare the wooden shapes with a layer of gesso and once it is dry colour as you wish, I’ve used distress ink and stains in this tutorial.

Assemble Mini Book

I used soft Golden Gel Medium to apply the first and last page to the covers making sure that the holes are next to each other at the ‘spine’ of the book.

‘Bind’ The Book

I’ve used a strip of fabric coloured with distress stains to tie the covers together, making sure that it is not so tight that you can’t open the book. You can of course make the knot easy to tie and untie so that you can see both sides of the concertina pages if you have decorated both sides.

The book is finished and ready to decorate however you want!

I’ve linked this up to the Artistic Outpost June referral program and whilst you are there also check out their fabulous stamps.

Have fun with this tutorial and don’t forget to come back to let me know how it goes!


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Windows To Your Soul

Hello folks, it is Saturday so that means it is my Quixotic Paperie DT make for the week.

Now those of you that popped by on Wednesday will know that it is Quixotic Paperie’s 2nd birthday this month and Elaine and the DT have lots of fun things lined up for the month that we hope you will enjoy. The first being the yummy 10% off:

1st June to 8th June 2011

10% Off Throughout The Store!

(This does not stack with existing sale offers or discount coupons, and does not include Gift Certificates.)

So I’ve been busily beavering away at my craft desk – oh hardship LOL! Got a little ATC to show for it.

I’ve used stamps from the Artistic Outpost Birds of the Feather kit for the background, stamping with Archival Coffee and Ranger Distress Stains. The window and sentiment come from the Artistic Outpost Windows and Doors kit stamped in the Archival Coffee and coloured with more Ranger Distress Inks.

I’ve also mounted used some EZ Mount to mount my stamps.

I’ve linked this up to the Artistic Outpost June referral program and whilst you are there also check out their fabulous stamps.

Right well that is me for today, hope you all have a lovely Saturday.


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How You Getting On With Those Sardine Tins?

I’ve been altering sardine tins again, this time for a swap over at UKStampers. I loved the first one I did in April and this one was just as fun! I’ve called it ‘In The Frame’.

At the moment I’m just altering the inside of the sardine tin as I like the juxtaposition of a little unexpected world inside an everyday object.

The gent is from the Artistic Outpost Steampunk stamp set available from Quixotic Paperie.

If you are very sharp-eyed you might also spot the gears accessory stamp that comes with the Kraftin’ Kimmies Stamps Lavina stamp.

Now there wasn’t really a Steampunk theme running through my head when I made this, I was more focussed on the frame within the tin. But I have added a chain to the mica plate and rusted some of the Tim Holtz Idea-Ology Sprocket Gears for the counterpoint to the framed man. 

I used newspaper and Gesso on the inside of the tin and added colour with ZIG Art and Graphic Twin.

Have a fun Saturday.



Cheeky Cherry Pie

It’s Saturday! Wahoo and I’m running just a touch late with my Quixotic Paperie post today. Usually I like to have my post all scheduled and ready to go in the morning but this little lady was still uncoloured and the layers unstuck this morning.

But I’m here now and I’ve got a Little Cheeky Cherry for you today and she uses all sorts of goodies you can find over at Quixotic Paperie.

She is my favourite of the Greeting Farm Cheeky range – Cheeky Cherry Pie. I’ve coloured her with pencils and layered her up with lots of fabric and paper textures.

The papers are from the Prima Melody collection and I’ve got my Shimmez Spritz out and added some sparkle. You might like to know that all the Shimmerz paints are on special offer at the moment.

You might also recognise the background to the stamp? It’s one of the Artistic Outpost Ephemeral Backgrounds stamps – see how versatile these stamps are 🙂 Love them, you might have noticed that!

Right catch you guys later, have a good Saturday.

Happy crafting.


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Is this cheating? A post containing something I’ve already shown you? Well this was originally an ATC that I posted for my DT make for Quixotic Paperie a week or so ago.

I thought I would make it into a card with a bit of fabric and my favourite corrugated card texture.

So just to remind you the image uses two of the the Artistic Outpost stamp sets The Ephemeral Background set and the Steampunk Stamp set.

I thought that I would link it up to Hels’ Sunday Stamper challenge which is ‘Men’ this week

Sorry if you feel cheated for a make you have partly already seen. Pretend I showed you a work in progress before!

Have fun.



Mail Art Steampunked

Hi Guys, hope you are having a good weekend. For those of you getting the two bank holidays – hope you are having a lovely LONG weekend – could get use to this!

Got a little mail art for you today, something a little different from my usual cards. I’ve decorated an envelope using the fabulous Artistic Outpost stamps and some journal stamps I already had in my stash.

I’ve used the fabulous Ephemeral Background set which is just so useful.

With the wonderful Steampunk Stamp set which has so many fabulous Steampunk themed stamps to keep me busy for a good while yet!

I think you can tell I love these stamp sets!

My list of projects using them are getting a little out of hand!

I’ve linked this up to the Artistic Outpost April Referral Program for April.

Right I will be off now! before I go don;t forget the Quixotic Paperie weekend special:





Catch you later.