Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Poison boxes and mango monsters

So I took a nice pine box and made it look really old and scruffy. It's ironic how much time and effort I put into making this new box look like it had been on a dusty witch's shelf.

I painted it silver then crackle glazed it, then painted it white. I then printed out poison labels and pasted them on with Decoart Media matte medium as a transfer paste. So much fun! and it turned out how I have imagined it.
I am entering this into :
That's crafty challenge - anything but a card
Not Just cards -anything goes 
Altered Electics - anything goes

and now for the Mango monster...
My friend has had a baby recently and  I wanted to create a card for her first child as I think they often feel left out.

The card is tropical fruit colors, starting with lemon and lime, moving to Mango and then orange and finally the lovely purple of some dragon fruits (my favorite.) I am sending this image to cause havoc in the following challenges:
Simon says stamp -for a child
Less is more -Tropical Fruit
Sisterhood of snarky stampers- M is for mink


Wednesday, 26 July 2017



I have man flu so creating a grunge deaths head moth tomb stone was fitting today. I used visible image stamps,deaths head moth and grunge swirl on top of a that's crafty MDF monolith which I had painted with Tim Holtz metallic distress paint, copper, then used paper artsy crackle glaze and then old lace deco art paint.

I am entering this into the That's crafty challenge- grunge
Craft stamper challenge - anything goes
the male room - mixed media  (it was inspired by man flu...)

I was lucky enough to go the Summer exhibition on Monday here are some photos of some of the art displayed.


Monday, 17 July 2017



I created the background using a book page which I gessoed then used the oxide distress inks through a stencil by Andy Skinner. I am a bit obsessed with fossil shells and the golden ratio so I have a couple of stencils and numerous stamps! I was playing with my Visible image stamps and saw how well the time spiral fitted... there will be more of these to come! Finished it off with a Tim Holtz chit chat sticker.
 I am entering this into That's Crafty's anything goes challenge.

I was lucky enough to visit  Sissinghurst Castle in Kent recently, it is heavenly.


Sunday, 16 July 2017



I have been playing with my new Visible Image stamps a head of time. The images are so striking and as time is one of themes I keep returning to, I lusted after them as soon as I saw them. I have used white paint in the eye and then a black dot as think this gives it a touch of the sinister.

The current simply less is more challenge is to use a colored background this is a joint challenge with AAA Cards. It is a deadly One Layer Card challenge!

I have also been getting creative/messy with paint and here is the matching tag which I think looks a little Brett Weldele ish - love his art work and lust after his rubber stamps .The drips that he often uses became splatters with paint painted on with a credit card, the background he gives his central figures was created with a baby wipe.
I am entering this into the That's crafty challenge - anything goes.

Talking of time it is by birthday in a week, I feel a bit like this butterfly, fabulous if a little worn around the edges!

Sunday, 2 July 2017

Here is the Mews


On a beautiful summer Sunday, once again the Tim Holtz Hipster stamps have inspired a ton of puns. I don't know about you but at the moment I read news websites from behind a cushion! which is probably where this card idea comes from.

 the less is more challenge is national flag colors so here is the union jack colors.

Here is a further one I did of the same design in green.

Hope you are having a simple delicious weekend in the sun.


Thursday, 29 June 2017



I am a tad obsessive over  my scraps of paper, I really like making these little collections. This one had a gorgeous old sticker added ( had to be glued on and held in place with pegs as kept falling off.) The congratulations stamp is a freebie from making cards magazine.

I am entering this little lovely into the following challenges.

That's crafty have a challenge running which is keep it simple
Simon says stamp - anything goes 
Crafty creation challenges - anything goes


Sunday, 25 June 2017



I love the paintings of Vincent Van Gough  adore a good pun and have recently bought the new Hipster stamps by Tim Holtz, I really enjoyed making these cards which combined all three.

The painting featured is my favorite,  Almond Blossom, if you get a chance go and see it in the Van Gough museum in Amsterdam, no photos can really capture the ranges of shade and color.

I am entering these into the following challenges:
Snarky stampers - A is for Arty
That's crafty  - keep it simple

Today I went to Lackford Lakes which was beautiful.


Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Feline sublime


This my entry to the That's crafty challenge which is Feline fine. This chap is part of a stampendous stamp which I have added to an off cut of some die cutting I did, cutting round his paws to give that laid back insolence which so many cats possess.

I think  the image really works in black and white so I left it plain, nay "classic"!


Monday, 29 May 2017

disco will never die!

Less is more theme this week is SHIMMER and nothing says shimmer more than this glamorous pink sparkly triceratops, seemed only fair to mention disco, because this was probably a fairly common sight at the legendary Studio 54!


Thursday, 20 April 2017

a walk in the spring



This is my entry to the Less is more challenge Spring walk. I love magnolias, so here is my favorite Spring elegant flower.

Talking of Elegance here is my entry into Sisterhood of Snarky stampers' challenge Elegant, the quote is from Ovide


Wednesday, 29 March 2017



this is my entry to the current less is more challenge use a frame, this adorable critter is from Clarabelle studios, I think he looks like a 1970s nerd cat, so the quote strokes his ego!
 Here are some photos I took recently at Lackford Lakes in Suffolk
Spring has SPRUNG!


Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Spring leaf

Good day,

It has been the most beautiful spring day in Suffolk today which inspired my entry to Less is more which is Leaves using a one layer card.

I used one of my favorite nature stamps, Kelp leaves by Designs by Ryn in mown lawn distress ink and then stamped a magazine freebie for the sentiment. I love the card look at all that white space!

I am also entering this into March customer creation on the Designs by Ryn blog.

Finally I shall leave you with Bury St Edmunds basking in the spring sun!