Stencilled Beneath the Sea Tag

Hello once again,

Really super quick post from me today.  Had a very busy (but lovely) weekend and am heading off for an early night.

After hoovering and washing the car today (taking it round to the car wash counts as washing it yourself, right?!) I had a couple of hours spare and felt the need to create (again) so came up with this little tag:

I started with a white tag to which I colour blended oxide inks and spritzed them while drying to add a subtle texture.  I’ve taken the same Dutch Doobadoo ‘Wavy Bubble’ stencil that I’ve used on a couple of my recent makes and added ‘Salty Ocean’ oxide ink and faded it out in the middle.

The sparkly sunburst comes courtesy of a Tim Holtz stencil and Wow! Embossing powder in (the aptly named) ‘Under the Sea’.  After a quick spritz of gold ink, I’ve stencilled the gorgeous ‘Mini Nautilus’ from Crafter’s Companion in modelling paste to create a raised texture. I love this stencil… so delicate but works beautifully no matter what medium you are using!

The cute dies are Katie Skilton for Sizzix and I just love them! I’ve added some detail on the fish using yet another Tim Holtz stencil and his oxide inks in Wild Honey and Fossilized Amber.

To finish, I’ve scribbled a quick line border, added some ribbon and twine and popped on a hand written sentiment.  Not bad for a quick make!

Right… I’m off to bed although I think pupsters Stan and Syd have already beaten me to it!  Look at cheeky Syd…

Night all xx


Indigo Blu Distressed Card

Hello again folks,

I’ve been busy with my inks, stamps and stencils again, making a fabulous mess int the craft room… which I must clean up as we’ve got people staying the weekend!

Anyway, this 8×8″ card did take me a while, I won’t pretend I knocked it up in half an hour!  Lots of different layers of inking and stencilling and I like to let the modelling paste dry naturally.

So, I started with an oxide ink background, like this…

… and heat embossed some fine dots and a fabulous bird stamp which you can’t overly see in the photograph.  The modelling paste was added through a stencil and left to dry overnight.

Having dug around in my (many) boxes of stamps, I found a beautiful set by Indigo Blu, ‘Sewing Mends the Soul’ which I’ve barely used and yet love so very much.

The strip of thimbles (seen here in sparkly pink!) and the main image is from this set.

I wanted to frame the main image and found these plain wooden  frames in my stash.  Having painted it with acrylics and then stencilled in a lighter colour, I’ve heat embossed the edges using a copper powder.

So there you are!  Took me a while but I got there in the end!

Today’s ingredients are:

Oxide Inks:  Worn Lipstick, Picked Raspberry, Abandoned Coral, Vintage Photo and Spiced Marmalade, Cracked Pistachio, Broken China

Embossing Powders:  Papermania ‘Sea Foam’, Wow! Strawberry Sundae, Sweet Cheeks, Primary Ebony Super Fine, Metallic Copper

Stamps:  Indigo Blu:  ‘Sewing Mends the Soul’,  ‘A6 Circle Dot Background’ Kaisercraft: ‘Tiny Dots Texture clear Stamp’, ‘Betsy’s Couture’, Stampendous: ‘CRP135 Bird Post’

Stencils:  Tim Holtz: ‘Cargo’, Dutch Doobadoo: ‘Wavy Stripes’, TCW ‘Mini Believe Script’

Acrylics:  Docrafts Artiste Acrylics  Lagoon, Sage

Other items: Papermania:  Bare Basic large Wooden Frame, Black card, Card blank

Distressed Butterfly Card

Morning/Afternoon/Evening crafty folk…

Who was it that switched on Autumn full throttle today?!  Blustery, drizzley and very dull and drab looking… not even the golden tones of the leaves on the trees can lift my spirits today… although to be fair most of the leaves are trampled on the floor due to the winds.

Anyway, it was so amazing last night to get all my chores out the way early and sit down and create for a few hours.  I’ve been missing stamping and inking lately so pulled everything out and made this:

I had absolutely no plan with it, just inked and let ideas roll…

The small bottle tucked away at the bottom is a mini stamp from PaperArtsy

I love this butterfly stamp from Prima and I’ve tricoloured it using Wow!’s fabulous powders

The Oxide Distress inks are a really game changer, and I love using them on watercolour paper as you can layer up and spritz to your hearts content!

After the base stamping, I’ve spritzed with gold ink to warm the colour palette and create more texture

The sentiment is one that I love and works so perfectly with anything butterfly I feel.  I’ve merely printed it onto card using an old typewriter font and cut and matted onto the same graphite card stock that the card is backed onto.

For those you that like to know colours etc… here’s a list of ingredients:

Ranger Oxide Inks:  Black Soot, Faded Jeans, Peacock Feathers, Peeled Paint, Lucky Clover, Twisted Citron, Spiced Marmalade, Cracked Pistachio, Salty Ocean, Wild Honey, Iced Spruce

Wow! Heat Embossing Powders:  Colour Blend Verdigris, Metallic Silver, Vintage Amethyst, Primary Ebony Super Fine and Wow! Clear Ultra Slow Drying Embossing Pad

Stamps:  Prima Marketing Inc: ‘Love Letter’ item no: #580179 (main image) , PaperArtsy: ‘Mini 63’ (Bottles)

Stencils:  Dutch Doodadoo:’ Chicken Wire’, Unknown: ‘Honeycomb’

Other ingredients: Liquitex Modelling Paste, Liquitex White Gesso, Papemania Gold Spritzing Ink

So now I have to clear up my messy desks from last night as I have got a bit over excited and just plonked stuff everywhere… and then I can start all over again!

Happy Wednesday everyone!

H x









Craft Consortium’s ‘Winter Wonderland’

Well hello, hello, hello…

I know, I know… it’s been a lifetime since I blogged last but life has been a bit pants lately and I had to put crafting on hold for a couple of months.  I won’t bore you with he details but a corner has been turned and slowly things are getting back to normal.

Anyway, enough dull stuff… As many of you know, I have been on the Craft Consortium DT for a while but have left due to the above stresses and strains.  Such wonderful, lovely people (def apply if you ever get the chance!) and the products are just so scrumptious!!  So these are my last makes for them  using their new range, ‘Winter Woodland‘ which has just flown off the shelves on Create and Craft, well done guys!

These cheeky little Artist Trading Cards were so lovely to make.  In my usual, grungy style, I’ve layered and matted the papers adding texture and inks.

This range has been designed once again by Kate Hackney and is just beautiful.  It’s Christmassy without shoving it down your throat and I love that subtly… it’s simply stunning.

This shaker/stepper card also uses the ‘Winter Woodland’ papers:

The thing I love about Craft Consortium paper pads is the front and rear covers.  You always get added images like the toad stools and leaves I’ve used on this card and they are all glossy and fabulous!

Do check out the ‘Winter Woodland’ paper pad… it’s simply beautiful!

H x


Stickerkitten ‘Penguin and Presents’ Christmas Makes

Hi everyone,

Okay… okay… I know it’s only August but all of you crafters out there know that Christmas in the crafting world starts in June and ends mid September when Spring makes are thrust upon us. So I’m sure you’ll be less than surprised to see a Christmas post me me. Now, I’m not the most Christmas-loving person in the world (I really do have to force myself with Christmas makes) but I’ve really enjoyed playing with these papers – something to do with knowing where they’ve come from?!

Many many moons ago, myself and the lovely Stickerkitten (A.K.A. Sarah!) were on the Docrafts DT together and have remained Facebook friends although we’ve never actually met in real life – yet! Haha!  When she announced she was bringing out her own range of paper crafts I was super chuffed for her and James (her hubby – the designer behind the images) and I have tried my best to support them as best I can.

So today I’m sharing a couple of cute makes using their fabulous new range ‘Penguins and Presents’.

Their latest Christmas themed range has papers, wooden embellishments, super sparkly sequins and stamps and as I mentioned before, all the images are designed by James.

I’ve already started painting the wooden embellishments using gesso before adding some colour

The sequins are available in two sparkly colour ways: red/white or silver/white/iridescent but both are scrumptious!

I love the way the packaging echoes the papers in the range

After watching Sarah on Facebook Live last Saturday, I really liked the way she had used the range with kraft card and although it’s only peeping out on this first quick make, it softens the papers… if you get me?!

I went really simple with the first card, just playing with the stamps

I’ve stamped holographic heat embossing powder on using the stamps to create a sparkly background before adding the snowflakes in Strawberry Sundae by Wow!

To add extra sparkle, I’ve dotted on ‘Icicle’ Stickles from Ranger

The second make uses everything in the range:

I’ve trimmed the string of lights to add it to the top of the card and I’ve then added dots of the ‘Icicle’ Stickle again to give more sparkle as you can never get enough at Christmas!

The wooden embellishments are brilliant and can be easily painted.  I gave mine a coat of gesso first as I wanted the colours to remain bright and not get sucked into the wood itself.

The penguins have been given a coat of the same ‘Icicle’ stickles as previous and finished with a jaunty hat and scarf off the stamp set

To highlight the background paper, I’ve scattered small adhesive pearls in the centre of the snowflakes

So there you have it.  I definitely had fun making these two cards and have a few ideas up my sleeve for gift bags and tags… who knows possibly even a cracker!

Do check out Stickerkitten’s other ranges as they are all utterly gorgeous and being a small, new business, they thoroughly deserve some success!

Have a good week everyone, H x

Distress Oxide Ink Pads… the new colours!

Well hello everyone!

Wow… been so ridiculously busy as always but was super excited to receive my set of the new oxide ink pads last Friday!!  I’d already sort-of planned what I wanted to make with them (well the colours anyway) and I couldn’t get in the craft room quick enough!

The backgrounds are so easy to make and they’re so quick to make.   It’s a great excuse to get inky… so you can make them quickly and then leave them to dry while you’re catching up with something else!

The chalky finish to the inks gives a fabulous matt finish to the backgrounds, perfect for stamping on

The first card used Antique Linen, Spiced Marmalade, Wild Honey and Fossilized Amber ink pads, all dabbed onto a craft sheet and spritzed with water to make the colours come alive.  I love watching the colours ‘pop’ off the sheet!

The stamped images are all Craftwork Cards, including the textures stamped in Vintage Photo oxide

You can add extra texture to the stamps by drawing into them in gel pens. Here I’ve used white and gold pens to add some detail

The second card I’m still not sure about but I’ve had some lovely comments off people on the Craftwork Cards pages over on Facebook and I do trust their judgement!

I love the grungy background but not sure the white is the right colour for the stamps

My last share for today is probably my favourite. I love the moody darkness of the background and the PaperArsty stamps just work so well.  I’ve clearly harnessed my inner Goth for this card and I’m loving it!

The main stamps are embossed using Wow! heat embossing powders in Vintage Amethyst, Earthtone Grape and Metallic Platinum whereas the large bird is black Stazon

The stamps are fabulous aren’t they?  I do love the PaperArtsy stamps.   You can really treat them badly and they’ll still stamp and give you amazing results!

So there you have it!  Three simple-isa makes using the utterly scrumptious oxide ink pads from his royal highness Sir Tim Holtz… haha!

See you all soon, H xx

Craftwork Cards Workshop

Hello everyone…

Yes, I know it’s been yonks since my last post but I’m so busy I haven’t had chance to craft in a while so bear with (as they say).   I made the sad decision to come off the Craft Consortium design team as I felt I was letting everyone down and I was getting stressed about it… and crafting isn’t supposed to be stressful and I just need to concentrate on other stuff at the moment.

Anyway, on Saturday myself and my partner in craft-crime, Clare, went to a rather fabulous workshop for Craftwork Cards held in Horley (I know!  Down South for a change!)  We’ve been before and always love them and this was much needed as we spent the day giggling like a couple of school girls (well, it was held in an infants school!)

As always, there is plenty of inspiration from Julie Hickey and the DT:

Loving Julie’s inky backgrounds with the different fonts used… very effective

Love, love, love the colours used on this card and using a kraft card blank adds a different finish

Really simple make but I loved the look of it

Craftwork Cards ‘Reveal It’ used here to huge effect

There was 60 of us in total, so quite a lot of chatting and catching up went on as many of us know each other from the CWC Facebook pages and it was lovely to see everyone.

As you can see in the background, it is always necessary to buy a few bargains at these days!


We were massively fortunate to have a sneaky peak of the new collection “Kimono’ and even use it! Gorgeous papers… really stunning and all beautifully illustrated by Mary Gillingham of the DT. My personal favourite is the tiny Geisha girl paper… super cute!

There were a couple of makes using this collection on display:

I just love the liquid pearls dotted on the background squares

This was the front of a notebook and looked just adorable!

And then it was our turn to have a go. Mary had made a recipe sheet for us all to follow for origami kimono’s which we then topped with cute Geisha girl heads cut from toppers.

The imagery is just beautiful as are the colours

And then we used the adorable new fan card blanks to make the second card:

I love these fan cards and they’ll work really well with some 1920’s inspired papers I have!

Using the same “Kimono’ papers, Pippa showed us how to make these cute origami flowers which I rather love!  There was the most amazing wreath covered these flowers and I take my hat off to whoever made it as it would have taken forever but was just stunning.

The flowers were so simple to make and who knew that Glossy Accents was just as brilliant as a glue gun for quick drying!


I was then forced out of my comfort zone to make a couple of clean and simple cards… the first of which failed spectacularly as I smudged my ink but the second turned out pretty alright (and I’ve sinned added some gems to the small daisy flowers and glitter glue to the buttons).

I really don’t do clean and simple cards very well as I always feel they’re not finished!?


Lastly, is an inky make which I didn’t think I would like and it turns out I love it!

We were each given a die-cut sheet of foiled florals which we coloured using just a water brush and a couple of drops of ink.  I went quite heavily into mine with colour (I know, shocking!) and then couldn’t finish at the workshop as the flowers were drying but I was okay with that as I wanted a deep colour and I love it!!

There was only pink or purple to choose from so Clare chose pink and I chose purple and we mixed!

We then inked up a greeting card (Fashionista anyone?!) and arranged the flowers around the outside. Julie had hers framed and I just happened to have a spare Ikea box frame in a drawer and this is the finished make:

So I’ve come happily home with some new makes and loads of ideas!  Julie was talking about the possibility of a stamping workshop which I am definitely interested in!!

That’s all for now though folks…  thank you for reading.

Love H x