Sentiments in Focus…

All last week, I was inspired by an Allsorts challenge to ‘Use Sentiments as a Focus’. Although I’ve missed the challenge (long gone – duh!), I’m going to blog the cards I made because it’s something I don’t do a lot of. I do always like to use an inspirational sentiment but it’s rarely the actual focus of the card and I generally start with an inked background, so it was fun to do things differently for a little while.

The first two are simply stamped in Versamark ink on watercolour paper, then embossed with white EP and painted over with watercolours.



This one was stamped around the edges of glossy card in Versamark (for a resist effect), then sponged over with Distress inks. The sentiment was stamped in the centre – still on Autumn!


This is a Media plate background I played with a couple of weeks ago, adding bits of gold leaf to the flowers and around the edges, using a Quickie Glue pen.


The final card is stamped on a background I made by mopping up remaining Distress inks and adding a little more colour where I thought I needed it.


This last one is just a card I made for a friend who isn’t very well… it’s made with Distress Oxides on watercolour paper, using Lavinia stamps again…. must admit, this is one of my personal favourites!


I’d like to enter this one into a few ‘Anything Goes’ challenges.

Creative Fingers

Inspiration Destination


Creatalicious (with optional background)

I’d also like to enter it into the ‘Show us Your Stamps’ challenge on

Frilly and Funkie

Thanks for looking.

See you soon!




Inky Play..

I’ve been to Grange-over-Sands for a few days and arrived home to new inkpads – ooooh! I LOVE inks Rolling on the floor laughing

So I had a bit of a play – and will hopefully have another tomorrow…!

I was using just two colours of Distress Oxide, here. The first one is direct to paper, the second is inked from my non-stick sheet. Love the hues which developed after adding water.

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I played on glossy card, too but haven’t used those, yet.

This is my completed card.


I’d like to enter this one into the Simon Says Stamp ‘Stamp It’ challenge.

More inky backgrounds to catch up on… these two use my all time favourite Penny Black Fuchsia stamp.

Distress Inks pick up


Distress Inks, Faux Batik


I’ll enter these, too, since they’re both stamped Smile

Be back soon with some more inky plays….

Thanks for looking!




The sun has got his hat on and I just had a blissful hour, making a few background papers and some journal pages.  I started out by trying the technique Carol showed on her blog, which was Dyan’s technique (Art from the Heart) – but it wasn’t successful…. never mind.  Had a great time anyway and my papers are almost dry in the warm sun.  Hard to believe it’s actually not cold!

The pages are from my PCET journal – something I have to do as part of the course – although I’m not doing too well on that score cos I’ve been too tired to journal!  I can see me inventing ‘em all again when excerpts have to do in my files – ooer!  As you can see, some of them didn’t turn out too badly and the design’s coming through more as the pages dry a bit more.  It WAS fun, though and the best bit is yet to come – I’m going to stamp on them when they’re dry!! 

Gotta tidy up now, though…

GPP Street Crusade #44 – Paint scraping

Found the latest GPP Street Crusade yesterday and just had to have a go – especially cos my mind was in turmoil over something at the time.  The brief is to use acrylics in journal pages but using only a scraper – or old Credit card/store card – and maybe some stencils of some kind.

I gessoed my altered book pages first, using an old credit card, then applied the paints in layers, spritzing with water now and again, followed by stencilling using a fern stencil I love but haven’t used very often.  It’s a metal stencil so I couldn’t move it around enough to get random ‘off the page’ imprints, which I would have liked.

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Had to wait for the paints to dry overnight because I’d applied them pretty thickly through the stencil.  I wanted to add some more but didn’t want too much because I liked the pages as they were.  I decided on using some letter stencils and some sequin waste – which I was hoping wouldn’t ruin the ‘negative/positive’ effect which I liked so much and here are the results so far.
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I really like these pages and they look a lot better in real life but I’m sure I’ll like them much more when I’ve journalled on them, lol.

Painted Lace

Been making a swap for a friend and pulled out some card I made a while ago, thanks to some inspiration from a friend, Freyja, who some of you will know, who sent me some samples which I really liked 🙂

I thought I’d show you and tell you how it’s made because it does look good and it’s SO easy.

These are A5 size, so could be folded to make a card or cut up to use as backgrounds.  It doesn’t stamp very well – though it does stamp – but it certainly looks rich and elegant.

It’s just cheap gold and silver spray paint, from the Pound Shop, sprayed through lace onto cream and black card.  I did use some copper too but must have used that.  Doesn’t it look good?  It’s worth doing if you have any spray paint knocking about.  You can buy scraps of lace from market stalls, in little bundles and there are often some really interesting patterns.  Great for Christmas cards, too.  (Sorry to mention the ‘C’ word at this time of year!)

Faux Metal Experiments

I saw a great example of some Faux Metal on Willy’s Blog (if you haven’t seen it, you really should have a peek – it’s well worth bookmarking) and just had to have a go last night. 
Addendum here: Paula says that you can do the same techniques on silver foil, stuck to card, so that may well be much cheaper and isn’t that what we all want, lol???

Here are my results.
This one’s just a selection – flat silver card, gold mirror card and silver mirror card.
faux metal selection 2
Same again – silver mirror card, copper card and flat silver.
faux metal three types card
Mirror silver and mirror gold card.
faux metal mirror card
Flat silver card, with borders.
faux metal borders
Gold Mirror card with borders
faux metal distressed mirror card borders
On this one I tried Stazon Olive as well as Pumpkin.
faux metal stazon olive pumpkin
Quick card made with a background like the above, but no Stazon Olive.
faux metal 1
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Then I remembered the Stazon distress technique, where you swipe gold mirror card with Stazon Black, then wipe it off.  It takes the top bit of colour out, leaving silver behind and looks distressed.  Mine’s not very distressed, so perhaps I rubbed it off too quickly or too vigorously?  I had used Black acrylic paint and Pumpkin ink first 🙂
Will try again but had fun.
stazon distress fm

Ink Fairies and More Experiments

Before I forget, today is the last day for commenting on the Blog Candy if you’d like to win it – no more comments will be accepted after midnight (GMT) tonight. I can’t believe that 199 people have commented so far!! Wow! Now for something exciting…

The Ink Fairies came this morning, instead of the postie… a
good friend sent me a Memento Inkpad (and some pre-cut glossy card) and an
anonymous friend (although I think I know who she is, from the postmark….) sent
me a new Black Memories Ink Pad! Now I can use my Copics without worrying about
the ink, although I have found that Versafine is okay if you leave it to dry for
a day or two before colouring and I’m not averse to embossing it anyway, to make
sure it doesn’t smear!
I cried at the thoughtfulness of these two fairies
and then realised I could now carry on with my experiments and became really
excited, so here they are.

Memento on the left and Memories on the right – on the new glossy card (encaustic double sided gloss type)

Memento Memories

Memories on the left and Memento on the right.

memories memento

Memento – as you can see, it stamps beautifully (where it doesn’t, I think it’s my fault and yes, I filled in a little bit – not too well, either) BUT it’s not as black as other inks, is it? Good for Copics, though – as is Memories ink 🙂


Recommendation from fellow blogger, Lynne was to try Versamark, then Ancient Page on my inkpad. So I tried that and a few other inks, too. The one on the left (slightly smudged – my fault) is much better and is Versamark with Memories ink. The one on the right is Versamark plus India Ink. It’s a Cuttlebug wax resist background, so I wonder if the wax would have caused some resistance?

v plus memories v plus india

This one is Versamark and Ancient Page and yes, it does work (thank you) but I still don’t like Ancient Page because it’s grey, rather than black. Shame… it’s an alcohol inked background, btw.

versamark ancient page

The following two are stamped with Stazon – naughty, naughty, I know, although they reckon the cleaner does the damage, rather than the ink, so I just used babywipes to clean. The images are MUCH darker and much crisper and I must admit I prefer these. Only problem is, if you look closely you’ll see that each stamping actually pulled some of the coating off the card – strangely, it was the hand in both cases, lol. I can live with that – I’ll fill it in with marker pen 🙂 Worth noting, too that this was coated glossy card – only glossy on one side – so the other gloss should be better.

stazon stazon 2

On the other hand, both Memories and Memento were perfect for line drawings as you’ll see from these clear stamp images, although you’ll have to click to enlarge if you want to see clearly. Once again, you really can see the difference in shades of black – the Memento is definitely greyer.

Memories Memento line drawings