Saturday, 13 December 2014

Another little festive postcard...

....I've made another vintage themed postcard for the challenge over at Country View Challenges.....
I used Oxford Impressions stamps, love their vintage, nostalgic style and lots of distress ink to give a faded, old look. Took a few pics as it progressed through various stages of stamping and inking!! Lol!........




Pop over and join in the fun.....

Donna xx



Monday, 8 December 2014

New Stamps and Stencils on the way....

.....from Sheena Douglass.

Sheena will be launching some great new stamps and a lovely collection of new masks on Thursday 11th on Create and Craft, first show will be at 8.00am. Here's a little peek at one of the samples showing one of the new stamps and a great new trees stencil.....


.....the background was covered with a wash of Aquatints and then faux bleached. Once that was dry I put a mixture of black gesso and gold AquaTint through the tree stencil.  The girl was stamped, cut out and coloured with Aquatints.

I'll be back tomorrow with another little peek :)

Donna xx

Monday, 1 December 2014

Vintage Christmas Postcard

The new challenge over at Country View Challenges is Nostalgic Christmas so I thought I'd make a vintage themed Christmas postcard.......

Pretty much all stamping and distress inks...started off by stamping the boys (Oxford Impressions) and then blended a bit of distress onto the background and used a Tim Holtz layering stencil for the holly....
..then I added some little stamped poinsettias (Tim Holtz) and a sentiment (Oxford Impressions).... 
....then to finish a stamped postmark (Oxford Impressions) and more distress shading around the edges to give it a more vintage look.... 

Please pop over to the challenge blog and join in the Nostalgic Christmas fun :)

Donna xx


Sunday, 30 November 2014

Greetings from Abroad....

.......is the theme over at Sunday Postcard Art.  My greetings come from a hot Africa (oh I wish, she says staring out onto a cold november day!)....
Donna xx

Saturday, 29 November 2014

Friday, 28 November 2014

All About Face....

...is the new challenge over on the That's Crafty Challenge blog. I used a bit of card for my base that had been used to try out and mop up colours after I'd been working with AquaTints.....
....onto that I stamped the face stamp from Carabelle Studio's and added a bit of background stamping and wording using Kaisercraft  clear stamps.
If you can pop over and join in the fun, there's a chance to win a £20 That's Crafty voucher!

Donna xx


Saturday, 22 November 2014

You may say I'm a dreamer....

.....here's my weekly make for That's Crafty ......
.....as usual all the details of everything I've used is over on the That's Crafty blog, so if you have a chance do pop over :)
Donna xx

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Friday, 14 November 2014

Anything Vintage.....

..is the new theme over on the That's Crafty Challenge blog.  Here's my make for this challenge a vintage chemist combined with AquaTints.....
I stamped out the images using the 'The Chemist' stamp set by Tim Holtz and then using the AquaTints in the simplest way just used them to paint the image.....
I love the way you can overlay the colours and see the underlying colour shining through.  I've used a mixture of the Beautifully Grunge, Essentials and Pastel sets of AquaTints for this....
Pop over and join in the fun, there's a chance of winning a £20 voucher :)
Donna xx


Saturday, 1 November 2014

Tangled Poinsettia.....

.......for my weekly That's Crafty make.....
.......as usual details of stamps used etc are on the That's Crafty blog
Donna xx

Friday, 31 October 2014

Hot and Spicy...

....is the new theme over at the That's Crafty Challenge blog. So I've gone for some hot and spicy colours........
Started off by embossing a piece of card using the Sheena Douglass Sakura Embossing Folder and then colouring it with a mixture of distress inks.......Ripe Persimmon, Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed and a bit of Gathered Twigs
Then I stamped and cut out IndigoBlu's big butterfly and then coloured it with matching colours of distress ink
Then just glued everything together adding a sentiment from the Kaisercraft range and mounting everything onto a card blank.
Make sure you pop over and join in the challenge, you could win a £20 voucher to spend on the website :)

Donna xx




Thursday, 30 October 2014

There's a new Mixed Media kit....

....being launched by Sheena Douglass this weekend full of lovely Pebeo goodies plus there will also be some lovely new stamps :) This is a card that I've made as a sample using one of the new stamps and a mix of the Pebeo Paints.....
Make sure you tune into Create and Craft over the weekend for the shows and Sheena's great dems :)

Donna xx

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

A Christmas tag....

.....for my second make for the Country View Crafts Challenge
Lots of sparkle and glitter on this one! Mind you it doesn't show that well in the photo. To create the background of the tag I blended some Distress Ink (Peeled Paint, Pumice Stone, Gathered Twigs) onto a plain white tag then using the Gothic layering stencil from Tim Holtz I put on some Cosmic Shimmer Sparkle Texture paste.
To create the stocking I cut it our of white card using the Tim Holtz stocking die then embossed the main bit using a holly Embossalicious embossing folder but you could use any festive embossing folder you have in your stash. Then coloured all the pieces with distress ink, lightly applied a bit of sparkle paste over the raised embossed areas and then glued all the pieces together.
For the Poinsettia I used the new Sue Wilson Classic Poinsettia die, cut it in white, coloured with distress ink, glued it together and added a few specks of glitter and a few crystal beads for the centre. Also cut a few strands of ivy using the Die'sire ivy strand die.....again any poinsettia/foliage dies would work exactly the same.
The numbers were cut using Tim Holtz's movers and shapers mini set, coloured with a bit of ink and then covered with glossy accents.
Once everything was dry I stuck it all together and added some ribbon and a sentiment.

Donna xx


Time to say goodbye....

....this is my last post as a member of the Creative Expressions DT because my year has come to an end......it's been a great pleasure being a member of the group and I have to thank all Sarah And Tracey for all their hard work in organising and running the team.

So for my last make I have a classic Black and White make using the Filigree Frame stamp....
This is one of those cards which is quick to do, and I mean quick, but looks elaborate enough that whoever received it would think you'd spent ages on it!! Literally all you need to do is stamp the frame in black, trim and layer onto some black card. then mount that onto a larger piece of white card and then onto a black card blank. Add a bit doodled stitching, and then arrange some pearl swirls around the edges. Finish off with a large white bow with a pearl embellishment in the middle. See told you it was a quickie!!
 Thanks for stopping by and thanks for all the visitors I've had during my time with Creative Expressions, I hope you'll still stop by from time to time :)

Donna xx

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Orange and Black...

....is this weeks theme over at Sunday Postcard Art where the month of Halloween based themes continues. Dug out a stamp I've not used for some time to make this (Stamp Addicts Stamp).....
Donna xx


Saturday, 25 October 2014

The Big Apple.....

...here's my weekly That's Crafty make.......
......as usual all the details and a couple of other photo's are on the That's Crafty blog, please pop over and have a look if you have a moment :)

Donna xx

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Spiders....

....is the theme over at TagAlong this week. Here's my tag....
...why don't you pop over to TagAlong and join in the fun :)
Donna xx

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Another day....

...another frame.  I've used another one of Creative Expressions new frame stamps for my make this week. This one is 'Curled Frame' and comes complete with this lovely quote ....
This is a seriously simple but colourful make. Start off by making your background by simply splodging bits of distress ink onto your craft sheet (I used Picked Raspberry and Crushed Olive), spritz it with water and then pick up the colour by dabbing and swirling your card stock through the colour. 
Then stamp the frame onto another piece of white card, trim and paint with the same colours of distress ink...
To finish off, simply trim, layer onto some black card and assemble....
Thanks for stopping by :)

Donna xx

Monday, 20 October 2014

Look after the pennies.....

.....and the pounds will look after themselves. That was a favourite saying of my Nan's when she was alive. So here's the perfect place to put the pennies......
...this is my weekly make for That's Crafty ...... something went wrong with my blog scheduling so this didn't post at correct time but you will find full details on their blog :)

Donna xx

Friday, 17 October 2014

Spooky......

.....is the new challenge over on the That's Crafty Challenge blog. Here's my spooky little number featuring some boney little characters from the Danse Macabre set by Oxford Impressions.


I stamped everything out first, drawing in few extra lines to indicate multiple tickets for my two players to stand on. Then I coloured everything using painted and blended distress inks.

Pop over to the challenge blog and join in the fun :) 

Donna xx

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

A bit of Kraft.....

....and one of the new frame stamps for my Creative Expressions make this week.

I used the Wrought Iron Frame singles stamp and stamped it onto a piece of white card in Potting Soil Archival Ink, then cut it out, added a bit of shading with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink and mounted onto a piece of brown card
                                                   
I stamped the centre bit again, cut it out, shaded it as before and mounted it onto the first piece but at a slight angle. To create the base of the card I cut a piece of Kraft card and randomly stamped the Alpha stamp all over it using Potting Soil Archival, added some shading with Gathered Twigs and a little doodled line around the edge. Then I wrapped a piece of green and ivory striped grosgrain ribbon around the middle, gluing it behind before mounting the whole thing onto a white card blank which I had shaded with Gathered Twigs.
Then I glued the stamped frame panel in place, tied a bow of the same striped ribbon and  added it to the side of the panel.  To finish it off I added another doodled line but this time around the edge of the card base.

Donna xx




Sunday, 12 October 2014

Potions...

....is the theme over on Sunday Postcard Art today.  I've used some Crafty Individual and Oxford Impressions stamps along with Aquatints for this weeks offering....
Pop over and join in the fun if you have the chance.
Donna xx

Saturday, 11 October 2014

Danse Macabre....

.....a touch of spookiness for today's piece for That's Crafty.....


....as usual all the details of stamps and products used are over on the That's Crafty blog. Pop over if you get the chance :)

Donna xx 

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Rainbow Frame

I have a bright and colourful offering for you today, as I start my last month as part of the Creative Expressions DT.......
I used the Filigree Frame Singles Stamp, inked it up with a mixture of Peacock Feathers, Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed and Picked Raspberry Distress Ink then lightly spritzed with water before stamping. (Note: didn't ink up the wording because I intended to overlay the centre panel)....
Then I inked up just the centre and stamped the wording panel....
I cut out the coloured frame, cutting close to the edge and the sentiment and then layered the sentiment panel onto the coloured frame using a bit of 3d glue gel. Then I matted the whole thing onto a black piece of card.  To create the larger frame for the background  I inked up the stamp as shown, didn't bother missing the wording because I knew it wouldn't be seen....
I stamped the frame twice as shown below.....
Trimmed up the frame, mounted it onto black card and then added my previously made topper.  Then it was time to paint the outer frame using the same colour of distress inks that I'd used for the central panel....
Once I'd filled in areas with colour, I added some doodling....
Thanks for stopping by :)

Donna xx