Thursday, 25 February 2010


As STAMPOTIQUE has new images out just now I have been playing more than usual with them! The card above has KARIN #6108 and KITTY #6096 which are both new images and ROW of FACES #6020 which is an older image. While I was posting the ALICE IN WONDERLAND piece yesterday I had a very silly thought that one of the Stampotique girls might like to pretend to be here she is with her best cheesy grin and her very own CHESHIRE CAT!!
This piece is also on the new STAMPOTIQUE DESIGNERS BLOG.

This is my piece of inspiration for the STAMPOTIQUE DESIGNERS CHALLENGE where the challenge is to use Stampotique stamps and the colours rose, pale yellow and mossy green with blue as an optional colour.
I stamped the ROW HOUSES #9082 onto paint colour strips and cut and pieced them, the tree was made using CRAYON CIRCLES #8948 and the little bods are called TWO STICKS #6006.
And don't forget that STAMPOTIQUE stamps are available in the UK from THE STAMP ATTIC

Wednesday, 24 February 2010


WEDNESDAY STAMPER has ALICE IN WONDERLAND as its theme this week. I expect that Alice is going to be a popular theme over the next couple of weeks as the release of the new film gets closer. I have loved ALICE IN WONDERLAND for as long as I can remember so I am more than happy if that happens!
I made this journal page a couple of weeks ago so it is nice to be able to share it today. The images are from a set of postcards that a friend gave to me, as are the words around the edges.

Tuesday, 23 February 2010


This funny little art doll was one of the pieces submitted to CRAFT STAMPER for this months issue. It wasn't used in the mag but is online as a web extra project. Under the publishing rules I can't use pics of the other pieces on here but I can show this one as it is already online. For supplies list and instructions please refer to the CRAFT STAMPER WEB SITE

Monday, 22 February 2010


STAMPOTIQUE have some new images just released! They also have a new STAMPOTIQUE DESIGNERS BLOG to showcase their stamps and the work of the design team (of which I am a member) and a STAMPOTIQUE DESIGNERS CHALLENGE blog where challenges are set every two weeks, the next one being this coming Wednesday.
This is my first piece playing with the new stamps, I just love the ANGEL and the HEADS. The words are taken from an older stamp TALL WORD COLLAGE.

STAMPOTIQUE stamps are available here in the UK from THE STAMP ATTIC

Sunday, 21 February 2010


This week the PLAY DATE CAFE has as its colours.......BROWN, RED and LINEN.........a nice combination!
I just got these stamps this week and so was looking for an opportunity to play with meet FIVE DAPPER GENTS dressed in their red and brown finery!

The stamps are from a German company........A CAPELLA

Saturday, 20 February 2010


my play days with Helen and Sarah when I leave!
Yesterday we decided to have a journal day and took our inspiration from the DIANA TROUT book Journal Spilling. If you head over to SARAHS blog.......THE ART OF MOODLING.....she has a YouTube video by Diana explaining what we did!

I ended up with three pages cos we had to let paint dry in between processes.......makes it look like I was mega productive!!

I even wrote on these pages, unheard of for me though because these had no focal image the writing sort of filled them in.
All in all a very interesting exercise!

Tuesday, 16 February 2010


Last Saturday I went to Sarahs.....THE ART OF MOODLING......metal book workshop at PADDYS STAMPING PLACE. I had a fab day of just playing around with metal working tools and inks and paints.

This is the front of my book.........we had small Beatrix Potter books to cover.........I had Jeremy Fisher but ended up with an owl on the front!

This is the back, I made a mistake with the lettering and ended up with a gap between the first T and the W, oh well!!
I really liked the cogs and wheels effect.........this was done by placing Tims cogs and sprockets under the metal and rubbing over to get the impression.

This is inside the front cover of my book, I coloured it with a little black paint, again a happy accident as some paint oozed over from the front so I just spread it around! I then added stamped HOME carry on the theme from the covers.

I have decided that I am going to go with the Jeremy Fishery-ness of the book and enhance the pages! So here I've added some trailing leaves, a little damp house and some buttercups!

Monday, 15 February 2010




Well, not just me, my husband as well.........he is the reason we are moving, he has a new job there. It has taken quite a while for all the details to be ironed out which is why I haven't said anything about it out here in blogland but now all the arrangements are finally coming together the time has come to share the news!
I know most of you are going to react with WHERE???? So, Kazakhstan is the 9th biggest country in the world, a former Soviet state, original home of the tulip and the apple, apparently, and an exciting place.....well for me it is!
We are going to be living in Almaty, the former capital, which is right over in the east of the country very close to the Chinese border. The picture above is of the Orthodox Russian cathedral in Almaty.
Stuart should be going in about 4 weeks time and I will follow a few weeks after that, the end of April should see us both there and settling into a new life.
This blog will be carrying on and I will no doubt be posting pics of our new surroundings!!

Wednesday, 10 February 2010


Today is the launch of a new challenge site! THE STAMPOTIQUE DESIGNERS CHALLENGE blog. Challenges will be issued twice a month on a Wednesday, the first one you can use any stamps you like but the second one you have to use Stampotique stamps!

So the first challenge today is to create a love themed is my entry.

Just to remind you..........STAMPOTIQUE stamps are available here in the UK from THE STAMP ATTIC..........and there are new ones coming VERY soon :)

Tuesday, 9 February 2010


Yesterday two friends.....Sarah of THE ART OF MOODLING fame and Helen came over for a play day. We decided to take the art of KELLY RAE ROBERTS as shown in her book TAKING FLIGHT as our inspiration and starting point. It was great fun seeing how we all tackled the ideas so differently..........keep an eye on Sarahs blog for pics of all the projects, she was far more organised than me and took pics as we went along and of the end results.

This is my piece which I am quite pleased with apart from the fact the body could have done with a bit more definition! I am hopeless at drawing faces so I cheated and used one cut from an Alice in Wonderland post card!

Sunday, 7 February 2010


Just thought I would share this journal page. It has been sitting around for a while with just the border and the little bods on while I pondered on what to write on it, then I read JENNY DOHS BLOG where she talks about her "life being different these days" as she moves into her new venture. Those words struck such a chord with me I knew I had found what to write!
I am not much of a writer of my feelings in my journal, I prefer to add a quote that has taken my eye or just a few significant words but every now and then I feel the need to write things down and this was one of those times!

Friday, 5 February 2010


School days that is! I think at the time most of us would say not but looking back most of us would? OK enough getting all philosophical, this is my entry for this weeks PLAY DATE CAFE COLOUR CHALLENGE! The colours this week are two shades of brown, blue and green.

Wednesday, 3 February 2010


Here is my February calendar page for the calendar challenge over on KATE CRANES BLOG that I am playing along with un-officially! It is actually a double page spread so these two pieces are joined together, just can't get it all under the scanner at once!
I spent a very lovely day yesterday at SARAHS house, we both worked on our calendar pages along with chatting, drinking coffee and eating millionaires shortbread and oh yes, lunch! A very relaxing way to spend the day.

Monday, 1 February 2010


This cute little fairy figure is from a new range of stamps to THE STAMP ATTIC called PAPER RELICS. The wings and the figure come from a set called TIME TO FLY (there is also another bigger set of wings in the set).
The text is HERO ARTS, the swirl is from the Victoria Collection by 7GYPSIES and the little quote is from CATSLIFE PRESS