Visible Image ‘Somewhere in Time’ Stamps

Good morning, morning everyone and a special hello  *waves*  if  you have popped in from Visible Image where I’m now a DT member!!  Eeeek!

I was super inspired when my Visible Image DT kit arrived (and just a little blown away at the awesomeness of the stamps).  I got very excited as, even though they’re sold in sets, they are so interchangeable and many of the images and sentiments can be used in different ways… which, as a crafter, is just fabulous!

The ‘Somewhere in Time‘ set really caught my eye.  I loved the fractured pocket watch… it seemed to represent how I’m feeling at the moment.

Obviously, me being me, I had to start with an inky background and so I reached for some watercolour paper and my Distress Oxide’s.

I loved the stormy look I created with the Oxide and spritzed with gold ink to add a little sparkle

I’ve added elements of ‘Fibres‘ and the gorgeous ‘Strobe‘ stencils before stamping the text from ‘Scripted Sheets‘ and the cogs from ‘Somewhere in Time’.

I placed the ‘Strobe’ stencil so it looks like light is shining onto the main image

Text stamps are a great way to add texture and break up areas of colour

Once the background was complete, I could start adding the main images.  Using Wow! Embossing powder, I stamped the background of the watch and added the detailed image over the top once cooled.

The detail on Visible Image stamps is just incredible… even the smallest detail stamps perfectly every time

To break up the text, I’ve used the rain stamp from the ‘Sparkle in the Rain‘ set before adding the sentiment.  The title ‘Time’ stamp is from the ‘Somewhere in Time’ set and the sentiment from ‘What Really Matters‘.

I hope you like my first post for Visible Image, it’s been quite daunting… and for those of you that like to know what’s been used, here’s a list of the magic ingredients used in this project:

Visible Image Products:
Somewhere in Time, Scripted Sheets, Sparkle in the Rain, What Really Matters and both Fibre and Strobe stencils

Distress Ink Pads:
Oxides: Iced Spruce, Antique Linen and Vintage Photo Oxides Tumbled Glass
Distress Ink: Tumbled Glass, Tea Dye
Distress Spray Stain: Tarnished Brass

Wow! Embossing Powders:
Primary Ebony Super Fine, Metallic Silver

Other Items:
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist ‘Basically Bare’


Quickie Christmas Cards

Hello everyone…

Chilly day here today but thankfully I’m off so am hibernating with a cuppa in the craft room catching up on blogging and Instagram etc.

I’ve been trying to sort out some of the mountain of un-used ‘stuff’ I have in the craft room lately, and thought I could go though the Christmas boxes and make some quick cards.  It all started with a Craftwork Cards workshop I went to a few weeks ago and we were given a sheet of embossed baubles (you may have seen these on my Facebook page if you’re a follower on there.. if not, pop on over as I post much more on there).

You can see I’ve added colour to the embossed die-cut baubles using Distress Oxide ink pads and the rather beautiful sheen comes from a gilding wax.

I so loved the quickness, I decided to make a few more along the same lines-ish!

The wooden embellishments on these two cards have been heat embossed in a sparkly red glitter and the embossed sentiment uses scrap paper and I’ve highlighted the lettering with gold acrylic.

My favourite two cards feature wooden snowflakes from Docrafts Bare Basic range that I’ve had for years and never used.

The snowflakes have been given a coat of Wow!’s Opaque Bright White and then Ultra Shimmer embossing powders and have been glues to a stencil background with some washing tape as the main sentiment.

Super quick cards and I’ve only used scraps of card and left over embellishments!  I’ve got so much Christmas stuff… stamps, embellishments, wash tape, ribbons etc… I should pull my finger out and get making more really!

Catch you again soon, H xx





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