Sunday, 30 October 2011


It's time for Halloween inspired designs over at The Sunday Stamper today, so using my limited supply of all things inspired by the 31st of October I've made a tag.

The tag is coloured with the new limited edition distress inks, I just love those wonderful autumn colours.  I've stamped a Happy Halloween ticket, and used a Seasonal Ideology mask for the witchy background.Using various bits of seasonal stash  and Ideology stickers I made a rosette and added the BOO. The girl is an Artchix image, and the ribbon is some seam binding stained with Black Soot DI.

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Tim in 10

My goodness, Linda has certainly set a challenging test for me this week over at Grungy Monday. We are being asked to make a card using at least one Tim Holtz product  in ten minutes or less.
The reason that this is so challenging for me is that I have a bit of an aversion to making cards as I never really seem to get them quite right, and also, I'm not very good at planning my art, it kind of evolves from a chaos of inkpads, stamps, and two extremely helpful fluffy feline advisors if I'm lucky. But I sat and thought, finally had an idea, gathered some stuff, and banished the cats from my art room/spare bedroom.

I used a black card, a manilla tag, Ripe Persimmon, Seedless Preserves, and Gathered Twigs DI's, my favorite swirly Tim stamp, some Ideology Salvage stickers and a couple of embellishments to make my card, so having set the stopwatch here is what I came up with.

Actually I wonder if I should set myself time limits sometimes, I just squeaked in at 9 minutes and 48 seconds, though what you can't see is that its not really stuck down very well!  I love those new seasonal Distress Ink colours, and mine only popped through the letterbox yesterday so it was great to use them this morning.
Now I'm off to have a look at some of the lovely artwork over at Grungy Monday.

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

The Scary Sisters

I have been such a really bad blogger lately, somehow it's five weeks since I last posted anything, so the return of Grungy Monday, which is inspired by all things Tim Holtz, was perfect to kick start me into making some art.
I've made a tag which I'm can enter both in the Grungy Monday Challenge, which is all about a Holtzian Halloween, and Simon Say Stamp and Show Things With Wings.  Actually I think I can also enter this in Hel's Sunday Stamper Challenge which is Blue and Orange, as there is the teensiest amount of blue in the poison phial

The tag is coloured with a sploosh of Barn Door, Spiced Marmalade and Wild Honey Distress Ink, and the tree is one of my all-time favourite Tim stamps, stamped in Black Soot DI. The birds are stamped and embossed with black embossing powder to make them stand out a little bit, and I've tried to make my Halloween ticket look suitably grungy, on some Kraft cardstock.
The spooky sisters are an Artchix image , as is the Gothic Arch

The tag is finished off with  a tiny glass phial coloured with a poisonous looking blue Alcohol Ink, some German scrap. and some ribbon that I've dyed using Black Soot DI.