Tuesday, 31 December 2013


Hello fellow Crafters,

Today I went to the town to have lunch with my hubbie, so by the time we got back from a boozy lunch there wasn't that much time left to craft ! I managed to make this ATC.

I coloured the ATC with pink Distress paint. I made sure it wasn't a complete cover, leaving little spots white. I then rubbed it with distress ink in a darker pink which colours the little spots slightly darker so you get a mottled effect. I used a cap from a tube or something for the rings and when I started making the white dots I couldn't stop ! Little Gog Lin was stamped on white paper, coloured and clear embossed as was the Banner. Both stamps are from Stampotique Originals.  I only used a bit of that. I placed Gog  on a bit of washi tape and put a bit more tape at the top. The sentiment is a chit chat sticker from TH and I also had to do a bit of doodling around that ! That was it !

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Hope you like it…. 

More exciting news !!!

Hello fellow Crafters,

Today I have some wonderful news to share with you. At the beginning of December I applied for a position on the brand-new design team of Roc Nicholas. She is a very talented lady and I have always admired her work. She also designs stamps for my favourite stamp brand Stampotique.

You will find her blog HERE.
You will find her fabulous stamps HERE.

I was delighted when she e-mailed me to say that I made it to the design team ! Yay !!! Here is on of the projects I made for my application :

The other members of the team are these five very talented ladies. Feel free to go and visit their blogs. It is worth it. A click on their name will take you there.

Cathy Parmelee                
  Gez Butterworth                
Jane Wetzel                      

I will be posting a new creation using 'Roc' stamps every first of the month. It will be published on this blog, on Roc's blog and on Roc's Facebook Page called Roc Nicholas Rubber Stamps. I will also put it on the Stampotique Facebook page. 
I hope you will enjoy Roc's stamps as much as I do ! 

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget that my first creation as DT member will be up tomorrow, new years day ! 

Sunday, 29 December 2013

Andy Warhol Inspired Art Journal

Hello fellow Crafters,

I made this Art Journal a while ago and thought I'd share it with you today. I was inspired by the Andy Warhol paintings of Marilyn Monroe. I used Stampotique's Bird Lady.

I stamped her 4 times and coloured her in Andy Warhol style. I used colour pencils. I added the polkadots to her dress. I doodled the black and white border around it and that was that. I glued the whole thing on pink tissue paper, then on music tissue paper and after that I glued it in my Art Journal.

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Hope you like it…..

Saturday, 28 December 2013


Hello fellow Crafters,

I didn't have much time today but I managed to make this ATC:

I started with a white ATC which I coloured with Distress Ink in two shades of orange. I then dripped some water on it. I stamped Bla bla with white ink as a background. Unfortunately you can hardly see it. I also made some rings with white ink. The edges were distressed with black Archival Ink. I used the same ink to stamp the scalloped circles (cookie cutter).  I then put some partial rub ons on (Tim Holtz). I stamped Artichoke Monster (Stampotique) on white card, coloured him with alcohol markers, clear embossed him and glued him on the ATC after putting down some washi tape. The sentiment Whatever, is from Stampotique too. And that was that !
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Hope you like it…….

Friday, 27 December 2013


Hello fellow Crafters,

I also made a tag today which I am entering into the Craftorij day 5 of the countdown and the Tag Along Challenge blog where anything goes this week.

I used a kraft tag. I stamped a TH butterfly on it with orange Archival Ink. The girl and the word serendipity are both from a TH stamp set as well. I aged the edges a little bit with Sepia Archival Ink and used some washi tape to sit the girl on and on some other places to blaa

Happy holidays..

Hello fellow Crafters,

This week, over at the Wicked Wednesday Challenge blog the theme is Happy Holidays.
I made this:

I used Distress Ink in the colour Broken China to colour the top of the ATC. I used the same ink to stamp the swirl.  I then went around the card with some black Archival ink. The girl is from Deep Red and was stamped on book text as was the sentiment. She was placed on a tiny bit of washi tape and the sentiment was cut out and glued on. 
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Hope you like it…..

Wednesday, 25 December 2013

Hello !

Hello fellow Crafters,

It is week 4 of the Anything goes Challenge over at the Stampotique blog. If you would like to win some of those lovely stamps then why not have a go too. Here's what I made :

I made this card using Distress Inks in 2 shades of orange and some pink for the top. I used a stencil and the same ink to create the flowers. I then doodled around some of the flowers with a white gel pen. I just the following Stampotique stamps:

The Altered Hello was stamped directly on the card front. The rabbit was stamped on white card and coloured with alcohol markers and clear embossed. Lastly I placed the rabbit on the 'O' and that was it !
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Sunday, 22 December 2013

Wishing you a very merry Christmas !

Hello fellow Crafters,

Over at the Tag Along Blog, the Challenge this week is set by Donna and she chose Retro Christmas.
This is what I made:

I started with a #8 Manilla tag which I painted Ice Blue (PaperArtsy Fresco Paint). I distressed the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and splattered some white paint on it. The image I used came from the Graphics Fairy and I matted it on Kraft card stock. I also used Kraft to stamp my sentiment on in Versamark. I embossed it with white embossing powder. I then stamped some stars on the tag which I coloured in with a white paint pen. I used some jewels and punched out some hearts which I put in the top right corner as I felt it was a bit empty. I then doodled around everything with a black pen and matted the tag on some corrugated paper. A red ribbon finished it off. The quality of the picture is not brilliant. The girls face is not that red in real life. 
Thanks for stopping by !!! 

Wednesday, 18 December 2013


Hello fellow Crafters,

Today I made an ATC for Coby's Challenge on the Craftorij FB page.
She wanted us to use gold on our project. So here's what I made:

This ATC was started with gessoed book pages which were painted with gold acrylic paint that I rubbed off again in parts. I distressed the edges with Archival black ink and used rub ons (Tim Holtz) for the words. The feather stamp was a freebee with a magazine and the little elf is called Gog Lin and is from Stampotique.  I only got him this week. He is so cute….. You will find him HERE.

The feather and little Gog were stamped on white card, coloured with alcohol markers and clear embossed. That was it !

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Hope you like it ….

Ho Ho Ho

Hello fellow Crafters,

I made this tag for the third week of the Stampotique Designers Challenge. The theme is Anything goes and if you hop on over HERE  and have a go,  you can win yourself $ 30,-- of those lovely stamps !!!

I cut this tag out of green polka dot paper and used a bit of left over Christmas paper for the top and the bottom. I inked the edges with Peeled Paint Distress Ink. I then stamped 'Uncle Buck' on white card and coloured him as usual with watercolour pencils. He also got clear embossed. I cut his hat out of some red glitter paper and topped it with what is supposed to be a snowflake I think because it came in a pack of Christmas related bits for card making. The ho ho ho was made with sticky letters. Lastly I matted the tag on red card and put the green ribbon through the top.

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Hope you like it….

Saturday, 14 December 2013

Shop till you drop !

Hello fellow Crafters,

I made this art journal page last week and it tells you what I did today. 

The background was made with Pan Pastels. I then used Flying Heart (Stampotique) and a flower stencil to create some interest. With thinned down black paint I made the rings and the splatters. I changed Birdlady into Baglady. She was stamped on white card and coloured with watercolour pencils and a waterbrush. I had to draw the hat, boxes and bags because I didn't have any stamps. They were also coloured the same way. I used booktext for the little scalloped edge she's standing on and for the sentiment. 

Thanks for stopping by!!

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Mwah !

Hello fellow Crafters,

I made this card for the Stampotique Designers Challenge # 128, anything goes.

It is the first time my work is being showcased on the Stampotique blog, so very excited! If you want to take part in this challenge and have the chance of winning a $30,-- voucher for those nice stamps then go HERE
Here's how I made it : It is a 13 x 13 cm card. I started with cutting a 13 x 13 cm piece of cardstock and used a honeycomb stencil and model paste to create the texture. After it dried I coloured the whole thing with acrylic paint in naples yellow. I didn't like the effect so I went in with Pan Pastels in yellow. Orange and red; much better. I used the following Stampotique stamps:
Fax to Wolfgang was used for the background. I stamped bits of it with Archival Orange ink. Karin and the Flying Heart were both stamped on white cardstock and coloured with watercolour pencils and a water brush. I clear embossed them, put them on double sided tape and cut them out. I thought the flying hearts were too big so I decided to cut the wings off, sorry Roc..... I adhered them to the card and that was it !
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Hope you like it !

Friday, 6 December 2013

Magical wings

Hello fellow Crafters,

After I did my Art Journal today I had a bit of time left so I thought I'd make an ATC :

I painted the card pink and clear embossed some harlequins on it. Went around the edges with black Archival Ink. The stamp I used is called Bird Lady and is from Stampotique. I stamped her on book text and then coloured her with colour pencils without water today. I clear embossed her and placed her on a bit of washi tape. I doodled around the harlequins a bit with a white paint pen. I then stamped 2 of the words on the Tall Word Collage, also Stampotique and cut them out and glued them down on the ATC. That was it. 
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Hope you like it…..

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas..

Hello fellow Crafters,

Today I fancied doing an Art journal and enter that into the Stampotique Designers Challenge # 128 which has the theme: Anything goes. It is a month long challenge this time and I thought I go with the Christmas theme. At the end of it you can win yourself $30,-- worth of Stampotique stamps so why not hop over and have a look.
I made this :

I already painted this page last week. I had some tissue paper, stamped lots of letters on it and glued it onto this page. I then painted gesso over it and blue paint. You can still see the letters peek through here and there. I did some background stamping and used Stampotique's
The white stars were drawn by hand and coloured with a white paint pen, not sure I like them.
The Christmas tree was hand drawn on pattern paper and cut out and shaded a bit. For the little critters on the page I used 
I stamped them all on white card and coloured them with watercolour pencils and a water brush. Also I clear embossed them. Hunk insisted on wearing his reindeer jumper for this occasion. The hats were drawn by me and coloured and embossed the same way. I then thought that Grandpa Hunk's painting needed to go up. I stamped Hunk again and gave him hair and a moustache. 
It's a shame that you cannot see all these little detail on a photo. 
The sentiment was stamped on book text and I also used some of this to ground everything on. Also used a bit of red and white polkadot washitape. 
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Hope you like it…..

Thursday, 5 December 2013

Stamp on something else….

Hello again, fellow Crafters,

Coby  is hosting another Stampotique Challenge over at the Craftorij Facebook page. The theme is : Stamp on something else. I had a little think about this and came up with this little box which turned out quite nice I think :

This box is made of thin wood and I painted it lightly with Gesso and then went over it with PaperArtsy Fresco paint in Ice Blue, my favourite colour for Christmas themed projects. I stamped the little angel, 'Daniel's Treetopper'  and the hearts, 'Daniel's Hearts'  on the lid and coloured them in with alcohol markers. I then put glitter glue on the wings of the angel and the hearts on the lid. The box itself I did differently because it wasn't straight. I stamped the hearts on tissue paper and then coloured them before glueing them in place with ModPodge. The words came from the 'Tall Word Collage' from Stampotique and were also stamped on tissue paper and glued on the box with ModPodge. I them destressed all the edges with black Archival ink and lastly gave the whole box a coat of matt varnish.

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Hope you like it…..

Baby, it's cold outside...

Hello fellow Crafters,

Today, at Mandy's Tag Along Challenge blog the theme is set by Carol and is 'Frosty the Snowman'.

So I got to work and came up with this :

This tag is really a tag shaped card and I thought I use one today, because I got a whole stack of them in the cupboard !! I started with white gesso and Ice Blue Paperartsy fresco paint and made it a bit blotchy. I then made my white paint pen drip to make snow flakes. In the Haloween goodies that I won in october was a little bag of sticky back canvasses and I used one today. I painted it with the same white and blue and after it dried I stamped Stampotique's 'Snowy Fran' on it with Archival Ink. I stamped her again on white paper and coloured and clear embossed her. I then cut her out without her arms and glued her on the stamped image on the canvas. I then tore strips from a brown paper bag and made ruffles to go behind the little canvas. I also added a little heart to hang off her arm. I then glued the whole thing on the tag. The sentiment was made with sticky letters and book text which I glued on more of the brown paper bag paper. I also doodled around the words with a red gel pen. I adhered the words to the tag and a bit of brown card stock as a mat and some red polkadot ribbon finished it off. 

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Hope you like it…..

A charmed Christmas

Hello fellow Crafters,

This week, over at the Wicked Wednesday ATC blog, the theme is : a charmed Christmas. Before I forget, last week the theme was Friendship and I won ! Yeah !!! My prize was : 5 nice digital images !!
Anyway, this is what I made for this week :

I stamped a Dylusions stamp on the ATC with Versamark and white embossed this. I then used Chipped Saphire Distress Ink and a blending tool to colour the background. The little Father Christmas came from a really cheap bargain basement  stamp set. I coloured him with alcohol markers for his suit but used my favourite watercolour pencils for his face. He was then clear embossed. The words are Tim Holtz stickers and the little envelope is a metal charm. I put al little bow on it which I made with bakers twine.

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Hope you like it…..

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Merry Christmas

Hello fellow Crafters,

Over at the Crafty Individuals blog The challenge is "Make something festive". So on this occasions I decided to go vintage. I think I was a little bit influenced by Lynne Moncrieff, who does vintage a lot better than me ! If you like vintage then go and have a look at her blog, her work is absolutely fantastic!!

Anyway this is what I made :

I don't own any Crafty Individuals Christmas stamps so I had to improvise. I started with a cream card base on which I glued some book text and some patterned paper. I did distress all the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. I then got a doily out, cut it in half and coloured it with Victorian velvet Distress Ink. I glued it on top of the book text and patterned paper. I then cut another bit of book text and adhered some dark red organza ribbon to it. It looks like pink here and that was the effect I was going for. The birdcage is a CI stamp and it was stamped in Versamark and embossed with cream embossing powder. I used an oval die and my cuttlebug to cut it out. I also cut out a bit more book text with a slightly bigger oval die. Before adhering these two ovals to the card I attached the lace ribbon on the right with staples. The sentiment came from a bargain basement stamp set and was stamped and embossed the same as the birdcage. Lastly I used the little bird stamp which came from the same CI set as the cage. I stamped him with black Archival ink and coloured him with Victorian Velvet Distress ink and a water brush. That's it !
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Hope you like it…...

Mwah x

Hello fellow Crafters,

Today I made a card for the Challenge over at the Stamping Cottage
The theme is clean and simple, which is a challenge in itself for me ! Anyway I had a go and made this card :

I started with a white card and stamped the 'Flying Heart' three times. An then added the 'Mwah x'. 
Both these stamps are from Stampotique Originals. I coloured them in with alcohol markers and watercolours pencils and that was that !

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 Hope you like it …..

Monday, 2 December 2013

Altered box

Hello fellow Crafters,

I fancied doing something different and I had an empty (chocolates) box lying around so I decided to change it into this :

This box measures 18 x 18 cm. I started by painting two layers of gesso on it. After that dried I painted it with PaperArtsy Fresco paint in Ice Blue.  I used the following stamps:
Ink & the dog, Vintage, ID01 from PaperArtsy
Mini MN 29 also from Paperartsy
The main image was stamped on tissue paper and then adhered to the box, the rest of the stamps were stamped straight on the box. I also made some circles with a top from an empty tube and some white gesso. I finished it off with some paper flowers which were distressed with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and one paper and one metal embellishment !
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Hope you like it ….

Naughty is the new nice….

Hello fellow Crafters,

I am still recovering from yesterday's excitement from the announcement that I will be on the Stampotique DT from the 1st of January. I would like to use this opportunity to thank everybody for their congratulations, support and good wishes !

When I was roaming the internet yesterday I came across another challenge and you all know how I love a challenge so I decided to go for it !
It is at the Artistic Stamper Blog HERE.  The theme is anything goes so I thought I stay in the Christmas spirit:

It is a number 8 tag which I painted with Paperartsy Fresco Paint in light blue. I smeared some white ink over it here and there and then embossed the stars with white & silver holographic embossing powder. Unfortunately you can't see the sparkle on the picture. I used washi tape here and there and the main image is Gooseneck, she is by Stampotique Originals. I changed her slightly by extending her stockings to the top and replacing her bow with a Christmas hat. The other images came from different bargain basement Christmas sets. The sentiment was made with a label machine. I matted the tag on black card stock and added a red and a black ribbon through the top.
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Hope you like it….

Sunday, 1 December 2013

So excited…...

Hello fellow Crafters,

I have been bursting to tell you that I will be on the Stampotique Designers Challenge team from 1st of January 2014.
I could't believe they chose me as I am fairly new to stamping and there are so many talented people out there. So, I am very excited to join the other 16 very talented ladies and make some nice stuff with these awesome stamps. I will be making something every Wednesday (=Challenge Day) so I hope you pop round to have a look !

Make sure you also have a look here where another 7 ladies will make sure that you get your daily Stampotique hit !!!

Thanks for stopping by !