' ' ' 'Crafty Endeavours: January 2017

Wednesday 25 January 2017

Hearts & Flowers

This week the Craft Barn DT  is working with the charming Honeydoo stamps.

I think they lend themselves to a CAS style and this is what I did:

So come by the Craft Barn blog to see how I made it!

Thanks for coming by,
I am entering the SSS Wednesday challenge.

Sunday 22 January 2017

Winter Wonderland

Today I am guesting again on the Rubber Dance blog with an inspiration piece for the January challenge. The colours and photo inspiration are:

The photo immediately reminded me of the hoar frost effect on trees and grasses and this is what I set out to replicate in my make.

Stamps: Weed Love and Winter Wonderland from Rubber Dance

Other:  Versamark
            Barn Door Distress ink
            Black Memento
            Red and brown Zig markers
            Clear embossing powder
            Brushos in Ultramarine and Turquoise

Come over to the Rubber Dance blog to see how I made it and don't forget to enter the January challenge. You could win some lovely Rubber Dance stamps...

Thanks for coming by,
Also entering the Craft Stamper TIMI, SSS Monday Challenge, Penny Black and more and Fashionable Stamping challenges.

Friday 20 January 2017


I fancied spending some quality time colouring images this week as I find it quite relaxing. Well it's relaxing unless I'm in a hurry!

The image is by Polkadoodles, and represents Octavia washing her wings!
I used alcohol markers and backed the image with a die-cut panel (Tonic Studio Twined Lily Square Die set) matted on navy blue cardstock.

Due to the winter sun the photo is more yellow than it should be and Octavia's wings are much more pink in real life and the grass is greener too...

Keep warm & thanks for coming by,
I am entering the Polkadoodles, Allsorts and Colourcrazy challenges.

Friday 13 January 2017


Inspired by the British sitcom Keeping Up Appearances (last aired in 1995 in the UK) I titled my make Bouquet... Like Hyacinth, the "lady of the house", I'm using a variant spelling but this time it stands for Bokeh.
This week the team at the Craft Barn is trying their hand at this technique born from the photographic effects. See the picture on the right to get an idea of what we are aiming for.

Stencil: DIY Circles stencil
Stamps: Paper Artsy EK02
Kaisercraft Love This
Versafine Black
Clear Embossing powder
Distress inks & crayons
White pigment ink

Come by the Craft Barn blog to see how I made it!

Thanks for coming by,
I am entering the Stamplorations MM, Vintage Journey and Creative Artist MMchallenges.

Saturday 7 January 2017

Mothballing Christmas

Welcome to my second inspiration piece for the January Country View Challenge hosted by Brenda.
A nice and easy theme of Anything goes allows me to share my January crafting activities.

If you thought "A snowman!" after Christmas... well I don't know about you, but after a month long making Christmas projects, I have lots of left overs, crafty ones that is... Which I won't need until late 2017. So, I can either bin the lot, or use it to make some cards for next Christmas and, since it's the holidays, I might as well use the time constructively and avoid waste!

First, I look at scraps of cardstock and paper too small to be used as mats or as a base to stamp on. I die-cut or punch shapes and sentiments from these, like this Brusho'ed piece of card on the right. Here I used a Memory box leaf and some Handwritten Tim Holtz dies.

Then, any piece that suggests a make I put to use immediately. And so I made my first snowman panel out of a sprayed sheet of white paper. Actually it's not the paper I had sprayed, as such, but some snowflakes, the paper was just there to catch the drips! But looking at it I saw snowy hills, perfect to stamp pine trees and snowmen...

The pine trees are from Stampscapes and the Snowman and sentiments are from Rubber Dance. For colour I used pencils on Mr Frosty.

The spray (Prima Bloom in Precious Stone, a silvery grey) already gave a snowy look to the sky but I decided to add a few white flakes with an acrylic paint pen (Graphmaster).

I still had another square from the same paper so I tweaked the design to give this second version:

I hope I have inspired you to use your scraps and that you'll enter our Anything goes challenge, you could win a £20 voucher to spend on new goodies!

Thanks for coming by,
Also entering the Craft Stamper TIMI and Stamplorations CAS and Casology challenges.

Friday 6 January 2017

Mixed Media play

Today I'm showing this Mixed Media project on the Craft Barn blog. I used stencils with inks, sprays and paste and had great fun.

Come and see how I made it here.

Thanks for coming by,
I am also entering the Stamplorations Theme and Sketch challenge.

Thursday 5 January 2017

Happy New Year

Today at last I''ve had a little bit of me time in the "craft room". Father Christmas was generous and I have some new kit to play with...

If you haven't got a lot of time I have selected 5 of my best 2016 makes below and if you are looking for more inspiration I also show a slideshow with my favourite projects (85+) at the bottom of this post, until my next post.

Do tell me your favourite in your comments!

I wish you all a splendid 2017, hoping it will bring all our wishes true!
Happy New Year,

Dictionary Challenge Last page!

[Edited to include photo and video of all the pages together]

Yesss made it to the end!
The last letter was an easy one with lots of options and no twist!

Once again I chose my word after choosing my stamp... a magazine freebie set called Oriental Garden which I have never inked before (my new item).

So I give you Pagoda!

I simply stamped the pagoda and the Cherry blossom branch in black dye ink, adding colour with watercolour pencils. And of course I added the definition and letter to finish off the page.

I think we (all the bloggers who have made it to the end) can pat ourselves on the back! I'm looking forward to look at the completed project and re-discover my pages. So pleased I did it, it's such a lovely online community and I want to thank all the visitors to my blog who left comments throughout the year.

This year the Craft Barn has a different challenge and you can read all about it here.

The finished pages in video:

and in picture:

Thanks for coming by,
Also entering the SSS Monday, Penny Black and more, Allsorts, That's Crafty and SSS Wednesday challenges.

Sunday 1 January 2017

A burst of sunshine

January is quite a grey month, cold, rainy and hum...grey!

As an antidote, today I'm showing a rainbow-coloured card with a dash of black for my first Country View Challenges inspiration piece where the theme is a nice and easy Anything goes.

I first stencilled yellow ink and applied permanent masking liquid (Winsor & Newton) on top with the Sunburst stencil (Andy Skinner/DecoArt) before dropping coloured inks at the top of my watercolour card.

When the ink was dry I die-cut the Happy (Papertrey Ink) from the base card.

Lower left is a stamp from the Happy Birthday set (Rubber Dance), inked with several inkpads and the birthday die-cut is from the Handwritten Celebrate set (Sizzix/Tim Holtz).

I love the play of light on the die-cut, which throws different effects depending on the angle, below a shadow on the inside of the card:

Hope you'll get a bit of sunshine through my colourful make and that you'll join in with our challenge at Country View Challenges this month, you could win a £ 20 voucher!

Thanks for coming by,

Also entering the Artistic Stamper challenge.