Best Wishes Handmade Card

best wishes card

Another card made with vintage papers, this time an old dictionary. My friend commented that having the word ‘cuckold’ in the background somewhat takes away from the ‘best wishes’ message, but hey there is also ‘cuddle’ so perhaps that cancels ‘cuckold’ out?!?

I used a 3D embossing folder which I pressed together with Brushos and the dictionary page inside. I then stamped and inked over the top and added the die cut frame.  I’m not yet sure if it’s finished, but then I often say that!




Man with Umbrella Handmade Card

man with umbrella card

man with umbrella card close up

I’ve had the man with the umbrella Tim Holtz and Stampers Anonymous stamp for years and never really known how to use it. I had a background I’d created using loo roll and Brushos (see here for more information), but this background was calling for something black and bold. I don’t know if anyone else has this problem, but the stamp has gone really sticky. I can’t remember if it’s always been sticky, but it means it’s tricky to stamp cleanly. I ended up inking it twice and carefully peeling it off the background after each stamping.

I then used a stamp from the Santoro Adrift collection (cut up) to create the rain, which I made stand out more by going over it with a black pen. The house was from a really cheap Covermason stamp set I got from Amazon (I can’t find it on there at the moment).

I thought it needed something else, so I went round the edges with a black pen. It’s a bit rough in places, but I’m calling that my new style 😉

I’d like to enter it into a blog challenge:

More Mixed Media Challenge – “Anything Goes” – optional Yellow

I’m really going to have to start writing letters again so I can send some of these cards out!



Brusho Wild Flowers

wild flowers collage

So I had a few ‘failures’ with my Brusho backgrounds, where I stamped on some of them and wasn’t too keen on the results. I ripped one of them into strips and stamped over the top (with Woodware stamps). I then drew over the stamps with pen to make them bolder and knocked back the background with white pencil and gelatos. I quite like how it turned out, I might do more of these. You can’t beat a good collage!



Documented Life Projects Weeks 5-7

DLP weeks 5-7

Okay so I cheated a bit. This is DLP weeks 5-7. That covers the February theme: Layers You Will Love! and the weekly prompts:

week 5:  Art Challenge:  Under Paper (paper on your work table that gets all inky while you work)  Journal Prompt:  What Lies Beneath?

week 6: Art Challenge:  When Not To Stop  Journal Prompt:  “Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough!” (Ooh)

week 7: Art Challenge:  Cover Up Good Stuff  Journal Prompt:  Going Undercover

So I might need to explain a bit! I used some gelli plate prints which were lovely (the good stuff, week 7) but were also only useful as a background really (under paper, week 5, I know stretching it a bit, but I ripped up the 2 prints into strips, so it really was from scraps). I layered and layered including the following materials: 2 gelli prints, Inktense blocks, gesso (multiple layers), patterned tissue paper, brayered on layers of acrylic, Possibly some distress stain (can’t remember), layers of embossing powder and obviously alphabet stamps. There were a few occasions when I wasn’t happy with it. So I just added more gesso and then more layers (week 6, when not to stop).

What I might do with the next one is to take photos/scans and show in stages how I did it. Let me know if you’d like to see that 🙂


Stand Out From The Crowd – Art Journal Pages









For the second set of pages I have completed this weekend, I started with a very small piece of wallpaper sample I had left over from another page (which I have only actually done the background for). It gave me the idea from the colour scheme. I collaged a background of those colours and used a Manga wallpaper sample as the inspiration for the girl. I then decided the wording and added the ‘crowd’ in the background. Not deciding in advance what the end product would be means that the pages are totally different to what I would have come up with if I’d planned it all out in advance. It’s nice to just pick something inspiring and work a page around it!