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Wednesday 31 August 2011


The Artistic Stamper Challenge in August is MEN!

Aren't these Spanish Gentlemen just gorgeous!

Whilst I was making this I kept looking at the gentlemen's  expressions and wondering what they could possibly be looking at? One looks highly amused. Another completely shocked and the third worried, dismayed and perplexed. It finally came to me. I know I shouldn't have taken my bra off! LOL

To say I am  the wrong side of 40 + you should get the picture. They were far to gentlemanly to say anything of course but with those expressions they don't need to!

I created an alcohol ink background using colours that reminded me off old mossy stone walls. I decided to add some dimension by re stamping on different paper and cutting out the gentlemen, so they would stand out. Of course I had to play with their headwear. I was thinking about what next to do with them and was just playing around with alternatives when I popped them onto a black glossy card and really liked the simplicity and masculine look it gave. So that is what I did.

Saturday 27 August 2011


This is my contribution to the theme Travel. This week there are 2 challenges on this theme. Firstly "Simon Says Stamp and Show" and secondly "Tag it On"

I have wanted a sneaker stamp for sometime but have never found one, so I was delighted when the new papers from 7 Gypsies called Off the Wall came out. There was no question I just had to have them.

I combined the paper with stamping. The harlequins, both the word stamps and birds in flight - all stamps by Tim Holtz.

I constructed an alternative tag hanger for the piece which I am rather pleased with. Also the distressing on the label went well and ended up looking like very worn old leather with a feel that is not dissimilar.

Thanks for looking.

Friday 26 August 2011

Anything but a Card; Art Journey challenge

August's challenge over on Art Journey is "Anything but a Card", so I have made a tag bookmark!
I adore this Summer Girl enjoying fishing and I had great fun playing with paints, inks, stencils and stamps  to create the background. I just had to put a bit of dimension on with the fish on the line. I paper pieced the girl so she would come to life a bit more.

Thursday 25 August 2011

Come on Everybody!

There is a fabulous challenge on the go and September is nearly with us, the last of the Summer holidays must largely be over? So please come on and play with us at Gingersnaps.

Encouraging Words Fridge Magnets

What could be more fun! All of mine are ATC size but they can range in size from 2" x 2" up to 4" X 4" and anything in-between.  There are some more guide lines below. But first if you are in the UK the magnet backing is available from Amazon.

You need to sign up by September 1st but you have until September 15th to complete them. In the UK or Europe you can send them to me (a UK address) and in the US to Ali (US address). These details will be available once you have signed up.

 Gingersnap Creations Encouraging Words Magnets Exchange 
Requirement: each magnet must be between 2”x2” and 4”x4” and include some stamping and more than one layer. 
Media: anything that will take a magnet. Magnetic sheets, magnetic strips and business card backs can be found in most stationary stores and many craft stores. 
Number of pieces: 4 unique designs for 4 unique designs 
Due Date: September 15, 2011 
Sign-up/withdrawal date: September 1, 2011 
Creative Requirements: 
Each piece needs to be original (no photocopies), but you can use whatever supplies and style you prefer. Please ensure your base is sturdy enough to support all layers and embellishments. Remember to include your name on the back of each piece - your email/blog address is optional. Finally, please make sure the pieces you send are at a level you would be happy to receive in return. 
For this exchange, please create 4 different pieces to be exchanged. 

Netty has some really fab ones on her site. A very cool and unique idea. Do hop over and take a look. If these don't inspire I don't know what will!

Here are mine to start your creative juices flowing:

Here is a link to the original post for more details: 

I am really looking forward to your creations.

Wednesday 24 August 2011

Bright and Beautiful

I created this tag for the Bright and Beautiful August Creative Individuals challenge and the Gingersnap Tribute to Teens

I just adore this stamp. It is an image that certainly speaks a thousand words. It must bring back such happy memories to so many of us and I just felt the words fitted so perfectly with the image.

Less is More: Things that Move!

This may make you laugh. It did me! 

This CAS card started off as being the submission for the Colours from your flag challenge. But yes, I did just miss the deadline. Damn, I first thought and then I read that this weeks theme is "Things that Move". Since I had used 2 sticks before with springs, how else would they move? I decided to just add these again and voila, it would fit with this weeks theme.

Great save, even if I say so myself.

Sunday 21 August 2011

Altered Page with Stampotique 36

As you my have guessed by the lack of activity on my blog recently that we have been away for a while. It has been wonderful to come home and get inky and messy again and to just play. So this is my contribution to the Altered Page challenge with Stampotique.

I continually view youthful people and am amazed that even if they are not "beautiful" in classic terms,  there is still such beauty in youth. I thought this character was well fitted to the thought.

Wednesday 3 August 2011

Waterloo Sunset: Sunday Stamper

Waterloo Sunset? Must be taken from the Bridge if it is! However it was fun playing with all my inks and this great embossing folder. Perfect for the job. It reminded me of those magical times when "Driving in my Car" and suddenly there is a most magnificent sight to behold. It does seem to "awaken the soul".

We are off for a few days soon otherwise I think I would go back and add some people into the car. Some funny cut out faces. Maybe the family. I think this would add something. I will probably do so at a later date.  Also the chrome additions to the car do not look so stark in real life., but I may go back and make these more subtle. ink the edges or something so they are more in keeping. Maybe walnut stain?
So Hels, an incomplete contribution this week but well on its journey.

Less is more: Feeling Fruity

This is the first of my postings today as I will be away then until Sunday. Fairly self explanatory. Less is more, Clean and simple: Feeling Fruity.
In real life there is more shading on the strawberry, with more variation of colour showing.
I rather liked the saying and it felt fitting with picking lots from our garden.
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