Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Happy Halloween

Hi there and a Happy Halloween to you all. I couldn't let today go past without making a journal page, so here is my page.
The background is sunset orange paint dabber just dragged all over the page and smoothed over with a baby wipe.
The Happy Halloween stamp is from Tim Holtz Apothecary set. In the background i stamped the skull and the web from Tim Holtz Halloween Blueprint set in Archival Venetian Orange. I also used Dylusions Bits of this set for the spider.

The border across the bottom is from The Octopode Factory and is called Pumpkin border. Its coloured with pro markers in the following colours:
Pumpkin, Pear Green and Tulip Yellow.

The main image is again The Octopode Factory and is called Bat Boy. He is again also coloured with pro markers in the following:
Blush, Poppy, Crimson, Pumpkin, Tea Green.
Tan, Cinnamon, Burnt Sienna
Cool Grey 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

Thank you so much for looking and have a spooky Halloween.
Craft Punked 43 - Halloween.
TOFF - Trick Or Treat.
Cupcake Challenge 216 - Witches/Pumpkins.

Monday, 29 October 2012


Morning all. Crafty Boots Challenge this fortnight is an invitation/ tag. I couldn't make up my mind so chose to share both.
This invitation was created for my parents 40th wedding anniversary. All Mum said she wanted was something simple but effective.
The card is a 6x6 blank, the corner stamp is from what was Dimension Fourth and is stamped in Fired Brick Tim Holtz Distress ink.
The centre is again a stamp from what was Dimensions Fourth, stamped in black memento ink with the butterfly and the flower coloured with Poppy pro marker pen.

My second piece is a No 12 Manila tag from Ranger. The background is all Dylusions inks in squeezed orange, pure sunshine and postbox red. I also used cut grass through the Dylusions stencil let it snow. The black is through the same stencil but was done with pitch black paint dabber.
The stamp around the edge of the tag is from the Dylusions 'Inbetweenies' set.

The main image is a bit of a mixture of 'body parts' and are from the following sets:
Head - Bits of this
Hair - Doodle Parts
Wings - Doolally Dorris
Body - Ruby Rainbow
The frog is from Pondering Petunia and his hat is from the Christmas accessories set. The words are from the Christmas words and the baubles hanging from the coat are from the Christmas border set. The baubles are attached with alternate red and green brads that i found in my stash.
Finally i added some red stickles to the ends of the eyelashes and to the bobble on the frogs hat, giving it a bit of Christmas bling.
Thank you for looking and good luck with the Crafty Boots challenge.

Friday, 26 October 2012

Inspiration/CASE study

Stampotique's Challenge this week is to be inspired by someone else's work. I chose a piece by Magda Polakow as my inspiration. Her journal page with the' line up' stamp struck a cord and so here is my creation.
The background was created with mop up of Dylusions inks.

Here is the 'line up' stamp surrounded by spiders from Dylusions 'bits of this' stamp set and Holly border from Xmas borders stamp set, again from Dylusions.

Here is 'Tangled Enthusiasm' and 'Daniel's tree topper' stamps.

The border was created with a stencil from Dylusions called ho ho holly.
Thanks for looking.
SDC 71 - inspiration/ CASE

Thursday, 25 October 2012

Little Sorcerer's Apprentice

This journal page was created in my A4 landscape journal. The background is created using paint dabbers in Cool Peri and Juniper.
The border is created with a Dylusions stamp from Around the Edge set and coloured with Dylusions inks, Crushed Grape and London Blue.
This little guy is from the Paper Shelter and is called Little Sorcerer's Apprentice. He is coloured with pro markers in the following colours:
Cinnamon, Henna, Burnt Sienna, Tan, Spice
China Blue, True Blue, Sunflower, Gold, Blush
Lavender, Lilac, Amethyst.
The eyes border is from Dylusions Inbetweenies stamp set.

The hat is apart of the image from the Paper Shelter and coloured again with pro markers using some of the above colours. The large spider is from Dylusions Bits of This stamp set and the small spider is just from my stash.

The leaves are again Dylusions and are from the Further Around the Edge set. They are coloured with Dylusions ink in Crushed Grape.

Thank you for looking.
MMCS 81 - So Spooky.
Sweet Stampin - Halloween.
The Paper Shelter - Halloween.

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Santa with a lime twist

This is my latest page in my new Dyan journal, ooh its fabaroonie to work in.
Anyway this page was created with a background of Dylusions inks in Cut Grass and Fresh Lime.
This image is the Sugar Plum Fairy from The Octopode Factory, isn't she fab?
She is coloured with the following pro markers:
Blush, Poppy, Crimson, Pine, Lime Green, Pale Pink, Tea Green. Her wings are from the Dylusions set Ruby Rainbow and are coloured with Lime Green pro marker. The gems are all from my stash.
This chappy is again from the Octopode Factory and is Santa & Baby Ruddy. He is again coloured with pro markers, the same as above but with Burnt Sienna and Tulip Yellow extra. His beard, hat and cuffs are glittered with chameleon glitter.

This holly stamp has fast become a favourite of mine and is from Dylusions Christmas borders set. It is coloured with Cut grass and postbox red dylusions ink. Edged with a white gelly roll pen. 

The square right hand side border is created from a Dylusions stencil called chequered dots. The wiggly line above it i created free hand (first time i have dared to do this). I drew the holly leaves on with the white gelly roll pen.

The merry Christmas words are from the Dylusions Christmas border stamp set.
Thank you for looking.
TOFF - Squares.
I Love Pro markers 140 - Christmas is coming.


Morning all, Wednesday again and so time for WOYWW. Here is my desk today.
Bit messy but i am making xmas cards, Dylusions style.

Happy WOYWW.

Sunday, 21 October 2012

Flutterby Butterfly

Over at Wicked Wednesday this week, their ATC challenge is 'Butterflies' and here is my interpretation.
The background is created with Dylusions inks mop up! Then stamped with a star stamp from my stash in Tim Holtz Faded Jeans distress ink. The edge is again from Tim Holtz and is from an ATC set he produced for QVC. It is stamped with Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink.
The main image is from The Octopode Factory and is called 'Flutterby Butterfly'. It is coloured with the following pro markers:
April Shower
Powder Blue
Budding Rose
Tea Green
The gems are from Papermania and are fuchsia.
Thank you for looking.

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Summer becomes Autumn

This is my latest journal page. The background i created at the beginning of September at a journal class i took with Dyan Reaveley, we made lots of backgrounds and although i have used most of them, i had lost this one in my book. Oh what a find too as out summer has definitely gone now and Autumn is in full swing.
The background is created with Dylusions ink sprays in Squeezed Orange, Lemon Zest and Postbox Red. The leaves are from the 'Around the edge' stamp set from Dylusions and are coloured with Dylusions inks squeezed orange and melted chocolate.

This little lady is 'Curious Corin' from the Dylusions stamp set of the same name. She is coloured with promarkers in the following colours:
Burnt Sienna.

The background images are created from stencils and stamps, all from Dylusions. 'Letters jumble' stencil, both sizes, 'Diamond of a border' small stencil and 'basic background' stamp set.

The spider is from the 'Bits of This' stamp set from Dylusions.

The words read "The gentle caress of autumn, steals the sultry heat of summer". It is written inside a stamp, again from a Dylusions set called 'write between the lines'.
Thanks for looking.
Sweet Stampin Challenge - Autumn leaves/trees.

Monday, 15 October 2012


Over at Crafty Boots this fortnights challenge is 'home' and here is my interpretation using a journal page. As its nearing Halloween i thought i would blend the 2 together.
I started by creating the background using paint dabbers in sunset orange, raspberry and sailboat blue. I added some dimension with the harlequin stamp from Dylusions 'backgrounds' stamp set, inked with Venetian orange archival ink.
The border was created with a stamp from the 'around the edge' Dylusions stamp set, stamped in jet black archival ink and coloured with Dylusions inks, London Blue and Bubblegum Pink. The white pen is the sakura white gelly roll.

The castle is from The Octopode Factory and is called the 'Whimsical Castle'. It is coloured with Dylusions inks in the following colours:
Bubblegum Pink
Squeezed Orange
Lemon Zest
London Blue
Pure Sunshine
Postbox Red

The witch is from The Paper Shelter and is called 'Bewitched Nights'. She is coloured with Pro markers in the following colours:
Cool Grey 5 and 3
Tequila Sunrise
Tulip Yellow

The birds are from a Tim Holtz mini set i got a few years ago on QVC and the letters are from what was formerly Dimensions Fourth.

Not sure why this photo is on its side but blogger wont let me turn it around!!! Anyway The small houses are from The Octopode Factory and was free in a Craft Stamper magazine. These are again coloured with Dylusion inks. Using the same colours as above but also Crushed Grape.

The leaves are from 'around the edge' Dylusions stamp set and coloured with Squeezed Orange Dylusions inks.
Thank you for looking and i look forward to seeing your creations over at the Crafty Boots Challenge.
I love Promarkers 138 - Halloween.
 Polka Doodles 41 - Halloween.

Monday, 8 October 2012

Flowers with a dark twist

Over at Wicked Wednesday this weeks challenge is 'flowers with a dark twist'. Here is my interpretation.
The background is created with Adirondack paint dabbers sunset orange and raspberry.
Stamps used are all Dylusions:
Background love
Bits of this.
Flowers are coloured with Dylusions inks Squeezed Orange and Bubblegum Pink.
The skull is coloured with blush promarker.
A white POSCA pen was also used.
Thanks for looking.
Wicked Wednesday ATC Challenge - Flowers with a dark twist.

Friday, 5 October 2012

My Way

This week over at the Art Journal Cafe their challenge is music. At the time i was looking at thier page i was listening to Bon Jovi's "Its my life" song, where they mention Frank Sinatra. This page then popped into my head.
The background is created with Pitch Black Dabber. The outside decoration is created with Dylusions stencil - Number Jumble.
The picture is edged with Black Glaze Sakura pen and the dots created with a white POSCA pen.

This is a small tag, again covered with Black Dabber and edged with a sakura White gelly roll pen.

Underneath the tag are the words from Sinatra's song My Way. These are written through a star stencil from the Dylusions starry starry night.
"Yes there were times i'm sure you knew,
when i bit off more than i could chew.
But through it all, when there was doubt,
I ate it up and spit it out.
I faced it all and stood tall,
and did it my way".
The back of the tag has the words from Bon Jovi's "its my life". The lines on the back are from Write between the lines stamp set from Dylusions.
"Its my life, its now or never.
I aint gonna live forever,
i just wanna live while i'm alive.
My heart is like an open highway,
like Frankie said' i did it my way'.
I just wanna live while i'm alive".

The small stars are created from the starry starry night Dylusions stencil and coloured with Sakura gelly roll pen. The word' life' is from Dylusions word love stamp set.

Thank you for looking.
Entering :

Thursday, 4 October 2012

Think Pink

This is a page in my journal that i created for a challenge set by Dyan Reaveley. The challenge had to feature pink, one of her figure stamps and the words "I believe in me".
The background is Raspberry paint Dabber.
The figure is coloured using Pro markers Blush, Black and Cerise.

Stamps used are all from the Dylusions range in the following sets:
Bordering on the Edge
Doolally Dorris
Bits of This
Word Love
Background Love
Ruby Rainbow
Further around the Edge.

The tag was created with 'mop up' from previous journal pages and the stamping and drawing added later.

All other colouring was done with Dylusions sprays in water pens.
Thank you for looking.
Entering : Cupcake Challenge 212 - Think Pink.

Wednesday, 3 October 2012


Morning all from a sunny East Yorkshire. Cold but sun shining so liking it alot. Its Wednesday again so time for us crafter's to have a peep into the crafty spaces of fellow crafter's around the world courtesy of The Stamping Ground.
Here is my desk today, currently working in my journal on a black page!, will post page when finished.
I have moved around my tags to give inspiration and to brighten up my area.

I have started to use old peel off boxes for storing my bits that i have stamped but haven't got around to using yet.

Thank you for popping over and happy WOYWW.