Here’s One I’m Making – The Queen of Hearts

Many of my favourite challenge blogs are celebrating “International Women’s Day” and as this is the time of the year when I have a lot of celebrate a lot of female birthday I thought I would join in:

I am still enjoying using the polymer stamps from Visible Image and this week I am using the Queen of Hearts set. I spotted on Pinterest the image coloured in pastel colours which I fell in love with and decided to follow.

When thinking about Alice in Wonderland, I think about psychedelic and this had me reaching for Sheena Douglass’s 60’s themed stencils.

I also decided to stamp some of the smaller images from the stamp set on to both card and acetate to make the jars look more realistic.

Usually I would stamp on acetate with stazon but I hadn’t got one with any juice left, so I used Ranger Archival and as I was using heat-resistant acetate I gave it a quick blast with my heat gun.

I cut and coloured the content of the jars and stuck them on the front of the jar and then stuck them to the card with 3D gel.

I finished the card by matting it on ombre cardstock (yellow to pink) and then cold mirricard before adding an appropriate sentiment.

Stash Used

  • UKCraft – Card Blank
  • Crafters Companion – Neenah Cardstock and Heat Resistant Acetate
  • Hunkydory – Ombre Adorable Scorable and Gold MirriCard
  • Crafters Companion – Spectrum Noir Pens
  • Visible Image – Queen of Hearts Stamps
  • Dylusions for Stampers Anonymous – Sentiment Stamps
  • Sheena Douglass – 60s Stencil
  • Ranger – Black and Navy Archival Ink
  • Ranger – Distress Inks – pink, blue, green, lilac

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{Powertex} – When Powertex Met Inkylicious – Lets Get Rusty II

A couple of weeks ago I shared a the front over of my a stamp album I am making. I turned my attention this week to the inner covers of the album. I decided that I wanted to contrast the outside Steam Punk with a much more nature based inner cover, I started with plenty of bister.

pt_stampbook_02_09I had used bister on the front to add to the feeling of decay so I let it dry naturally to give me small cracks. Here I wanted big cracks for a bark effect so I dried it quickly with a heat gun.

pt_stampbook_02_08I have recently treated myself to Sheena Douglass’s create-a-flower stencils which have a selection of leaves on them. Some are quirky and were just the effect I wanted.

pt_stampbook_02_07I started with the dark moss-green with large leaves. I tried to avoid the patches with lots of cracking on them.

pt_stampbook_02_06I then used some translucent bronze paint to add slightly smaller leaves, This gave me the effect of sheen and tint without obscuring the design.

pt_stampbook_02_04I then selected a third much smaller leaf shape with light green to add some complete contrast.

pt_stampbook_02_03I sealed the who design with clear gesso. I have also added a couple of large cogs to the back cover and I am in the process of repeating the rusty powder process to the back cover.

pt_stampbook_02_02Stash Used

  • Powertex UK – Ivory Powertex
  • Powertex UK – Brown Bister Powder
  • Heidi Swapp – Moss and Ice Green Acrylic Paint
  • Tonic – Nuvo Bronze Paint
  • Sheena Douglas – Create-a-Flower Stencils
  • Ranger – Clear Gesso

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Stash, Stock and Supplies – Tonic Table Tidy

If you have been following my blog for a while you will know I love my craft storage and I have two requirements:

  1. It needs to be flexible and maximises space.
  2. It needs to be cat proof… as my cats like to investigate anything that comes into their “home”

ttt_08So this is what my craft area looks like usually, a lot of stamping and mixed media stuff for the cats to knock off the table and lots of ink pads. This is the stuff I used most, and therefore I want to have to hand.

ttt_02The Table Tidy is a modular system which attached to the side of the table which you can separate pockets to.Currently it comes in three pocket, the main unit and then additional single or double pockets.

To be cat proof, it needed to be able to take the weight of a 4kg cat taking a short cut and these beauties means that once it is screwed onto the table it is not going anywhere.

ttt_07The metal framework gives the canvas pockets a degree of rigidity which means you can use them on their own or as park of the wider unit. There is no bend and the weight remains distributed as I added more units.

ttt_04One little touch I like is the check fronts are not just there for decoration. They are a mini pocket and perfect for a pen or a pair of scissors.

ttt_06So how much does it hold? A lot, a surprising amount. It is deeper than it looks and you can pack a lot in.

ttt_03It even takes the weight of my Crop-o-dile and the stick and spray is well supported. AND it copes with a cat launching themselves from it. So what impact has it had on my workspace?

ttt_01Much neater but filled with powertex stuff as that is what I am currently working on!

I like this unit, it extends my work desk without being intrusive and it means that everything is still to hand… and it frequently copes with the BMB Cats taking a short cut to their favourite seats.

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Here’s One I’m Making – Tick Tock Birthdays

From middle of February to the middle of March I have so many birthdays to celebrate. This week I am drawing on a number of challenges to celebrate my Brother-In-Law’s birthday:

I am still loving stamps by Visible Image and I am using the White Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland for this card. And there was only one thing I could do for a background and that was clocks.

bday_gj_03I used a circle clockwork stencil as I wanted to replicate the feeling of falling down the rabbit hole.

bday_gj_04I found the cogs around the edge got lost in the final design so just trimmed a circle from it. Another thing I struggled with was getting the tones right for a white rabbit. I swapped to Chameleon pens which allowed me a much more gradual lay down of the grey ink.

bday_gj_05I also added in some sparkle pens and glossy accents to add depth to design. The Chameleon pens work really well over such a small area and I was pleased with the subtle colour changes in the design. Most Visible Image sets come with matching sentiments, which make putting cards together so simple.

bday_gj_06I think the greatest irony with this card was that I delivered it late… Yes I missed a very important date (!)

bday_gj_01Stash Used

  • UKCraft – Card Blank
  • Crafters Companion – White and Dessert Storm Neenah Card
  • Hunkydory – Gold MirriCard
  • Visible Image – White Rabbit Stamps
  • Tattered Lace / Creative World – Clock Die Cut from Cinderella Collection
  • Clarity Stamps – Clockwork Stencils
  • Cameleon Pens – Alcohol Pens
  • Crafters Companion – Sparkle Pens
  • Ranger – Glossy Accents
  • Ranger – Archival Brown and Black Ink Pads
  • Ranger – Brown Distressed Ink Pads

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Here’s One I’m Made – If you go into the woods today

Much of the early discussion around the Disney Dies from Create and Craft and Tattered Lace washed over me because of a couple of reasons:

  1. Disney Licences don’t come cheap and therefore the dies were always going to reflect the cost of the licence in the first place, so I didn’t get the moaning around the price.
  2. Disney protect their brand rigorously (see point number one) and there was always going to be implications when selling finished items, which make them even less affordable for some. And even though Create and Craft initially said you could, they retracted it very quickly in the face of the questions from those who know Disney’s business practices
  3. I didn’t have a need for vintage Mickey or Frozen dies so was not interested in the first place and knew where I stood on point 1 and 2.

0213-harrison_christening-01However I do think it was handled, at best naively, maybe clumsily, at worse maybe a little dishonestly (even if you haven’t got the answers to the questions being asked – admit it don’t fudge the issue).

So why am I discussing it now? I had to decide what I felt about what had happened once they announced the Winnie the Pooh dies because there were dies I would use and they were more affordable. I decided in the end that as I could afford them and I would use them, they would be a great purchase for me.


My first real chance to use the dies were to celebrate a friend’s little boy’s christening. As part of the kit, I got a couple of the books of pre-printed characters and backgrounds. I decided to use a couple of the sheets of back to for decoupage.

0213-harrison_christening-03The background and the pre-printed images are spot on and very well done. There are enough images to cut around and build the image. The pre-printed images match the dies perfectly.

0213-harrison_christening-06In addition to the pre-printed shapes, I added a string of washi-tape bunting, some diecut balloons also from the Winnie the Pooh set and some presents from Tim Holtz Crazy Things.

0213-harrison_christening-04to add a little more depth to the images, I took a white pen and added highlights to the Winnie and his friends.

0213-harrison_christening-05I am not usually a fan of ready-made kits but I do like the effect of all the pieces coming together in this card and it still gives you enough room to create.

Stash Used

  • UkCraft – Card Blanks
  • Tattered Lace – Winnie the Pooh Background and Pre-printed Colourful Creatures
  • Tattered Lace – Winnie the Pooh Dies
  • Crafters Companions – Neenah Desert Storm Kraft Cardstock
  • Core’dinations – Coloured Cardstock
  • Tim Holtz for Stampers Anonymous – Crazy Things Stamps
  • Tim Holtz for Sizzix – Crazy Things Dies
  • Crafters Companions – Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers
  • W R Memory Keepers – Washi Tape

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Here’s One I am Making – Zombie Goes Disco Dancing

As Penny Black and More allow you to enter up to three cards in each challenge and as I am using my favourite stamp again, I thought I would enter this card too, as well as in Simon Says Stamp “Anything Goes” challenge this week.

0213-martin_leaving_card-03I started by stamping the image, letting it dry and then covering it with masking fluid. I wanted to use one of Sheena Douglass’s 60’s stencils which is delicate, I wanted to try a new technique to secure the stencil in place. I used something I picked up in the States, its called press and seal, its like a slightly adhesive cling film.

0213-martin_leaving_card-04It works, the stencils are secured in place and I could move the cardstock around underneath it until I liked the position! I think I would use it for projects where I just wanted to use a stencil quickly for a small area but for background development I will carry on using spray glue.

0213-martin_leaving_card-05As I had slipped slight with the design when I stamped it and as I wanted to make this zombie to really “pop” I edged the image with light grey.

0213-martin_leaving_card-06I like the effect because it looks like a psychedelic shadow, it makes the image look like it is shimmering a little bit.

0213-wobble_valentine-04Here are the two images with out the finishing bits. It’s amazing how it looks different with just a change of background and hair colour.

0213-martin_leaving_card-01I matted the card on rainbow MirriCard and then onto white cardstock.

Stash Used

  • UK Craft – Blank Cardstock
  • Crafters Companion – Neenah Cardstock
  • Hunkydory – Rainbow MirriCard
  • Visible Image – Zombie Stamp
  • Sheena Douglass – 60’s Stencils
  • Tim Holtz – Crazy Word Stamps
  • Ranger – Distress Inks
  • Spectrum Noir – Alcohol Ink Pens

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{Powertex} – Atishoo Atishoo (Part One)

I have a couple of Powertex projects on the go and one of these is a tissue box for work. As it is the middle of the cold season, most of the desks around me have boxes of tissues on them and I decided I needed to cover mine. The MDF Man does some very nice pre-made boxes and I have had one sitting upstairs for a while…

pt_tb_01_04I haven’t got a clue what I am going to do with the box, but I know that I want to do use some of the Powertex Colortricx Terraviolet pigments on the finished item.

This is one of two “Terra” pigments (Green and Violet) which when added to a project gives an iridescent shimmer. I have had a tub of it for while but not had the time to play with it and this project seemed the perfect place to start as its such a smooth surface.

pt_tb_01_03As I hadn’t use the pigment before, I had a chat with the Powertex UK Team and asked for advice on what colour powertex to use as a base. They suggested one of the darker colours so I opted for their darkest shade of black.

pt_tb_01_01It took me a while to paint the item as I wanted to “catch the drops” as I want to keep some of the sides a plain glossy black so that the pigment/textured areas will stand out… (still have no real idea of how I am going to decorate pigmented area).

pt_tb_01_02Once the outside was dried, I covered the inside too, again slowly to catch the drips, As you can see from this picture I did need to file down the base where some of the powertex has dribbled…

pt_tb_01_05Once I have decided what to do with it, I will share it!

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