Tuesday 25 August 2015


Hello again my friends. It is again time to share my project for TTCRD challenge.

This time the sponsor is Sami Stamps which you can visit here. I chose to work with the girl enjoying her ice-cream. As a child I always wanted to have such an ice-cream so this image resonated with me.

I used several promarkers to colour her in and after fussy cutting her, I stuck her down on the sea side background I had prepared.

For more details of what I used you will need to look at the TTCRD magazine which you will find here.
So please come and join us and remember that the challenge is always anything goes.
there are always prizes up for grabs, Theresa xx.

I'd like to enter this card in the following challenges:

Sister Act Card challenge - anything goes

Monday 24 August 2015

fly away....

Hello my friends. I'm back with a male card for a change.  I was browsing the Simon Says stamp Monday challenge blog and the theme this week is tickets. I remembered a card that I had made some time ago and so decided to blog it.

This was one of the first set of stamps that I bought from the Tim Holtz range. I started with a cream base card on which I randomly stamped the ticket with coffee archival ink.
On another piece of card I sprinkled some coffee granules and spritzed with warm water to help them dissolve and age the card. Once dry I stamped the map with coffee archival ink and cut it out. I matted it on brown and stuck it down with foam pads for dimension.

I stamped the plane in same ink and clear embossed it. I cut it out and stuck it to map. I stamped the compass in 3rd generation ink. I overstamped it with sentiment and die cut it and matted onto brown. I stuck it down as shown and added some cogs from the Tim Holtz range. 

So I hope you like my interpretation of the theme, Theresa xx

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:

Incy Wincy Designs challenge - birthday wishes

Friday 21 August 2015

my besties and fussy and fancy challenge

Hello my crafty friends and followers. It is nearly the end of August and so time for another Fussy and Fancy Friday challenge.
This time our sponsors are Sheri Baldy designs and Sweet Lilac flowers.

We were given some digi designs to work with and this girl was the one I was assigned to work with. I must confess that this is the first time that I have worked with these designs and so I did have a look at Pinterest before I set out on this project. Those of you that know me, know that this style is very far from my comfort zone, especially the pink!

So I printed off image and cut it out with an oval die. I coloured it using promarkers. I used several and don't know if I will remember them all.

skin: blush, satin and oatmeal
eyes: April showers and denim blue
hat, dress, shoes: April showers, denim blue, cornflower and china blue
t-shirt, socks: 
ribbons: dusky pink. amethyst and magenta
flowers: magenta and gold
hair: ivory, pastel beige, sandstone.caramel
ground: warm grey 1 

Then I matted on black, cut a bigger oval in light blue that looks light April showers and matted this on black again.
Then I turned to my spellbinders and cut several dies from card that matched the promarkers  on the dress. Most of them are from the Heartfelt Creations range.
I arranged them as shown, after I had matted the light blue on black on the base card. After I had stuck down the bigger oval, I attached a strip of black to which I had attached some black lace.

I stuck down the main image with foam pads for some dimension and then turned to the flowers. I rummaged in my stash of Sweet Lilac flowers to find ones that matched my colour palette and arranged them as shown.
I finished the card with glossy accents to eyes and buttons and some pearls.

I hope you enjoy my first My Besties, please be gentle and join us over at FFFC, Theresa xx

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:

Sister act card challenge - anything goes

Tuesday 18 August 2015

you make me smile...

Hello there my friends. Today I have a CAS offering for you. It is also a very quick card to make.

The background is created with distress inks and brushes. I started off by masking the sun, and then built up the sky with fossilized amber, abandoned cora, mermaid lagoon and stormy sky.
For the hills I tore some copy paper and used crushed olive and cracked pistachio.
Then I used a set of stamps from Sheena Douglass that came with a magazine and stamped in black archival ink.

So I hope that it makes you smile too, Theresa xx

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:

The Outlawz sunday challenge - CAS: friendship
The Outlaws Monday challenge - Sentiment: make me smile laugh

Tuesday 11 August 2015

calla lilies

Hello my friends. I am very excited to share this project with you. This is the first of the projects that I have for the Through the Craft Room Door as part of their DT. I am so chuffed. I joined this challenge quite regularly. First I was asked to do a GDT piece and then I was asked to join for a 6 month period.

But enough of my waffle and onto the card.
The image is from Anne's cards 4U who is sponsoring this challenge and offering 4 digis from her shop.

This post will be quite short as details of how this card was made and what I used will be found in the TTCRD magazine which you will be able to access on their website.

So please do join us in this weekly challenge. There are always prizes up for grabs. 

See you on the other side, Theresa xx

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges: 

Sister Act Card Challenge - anything goes
The Outlawz Monday challenge - sentiment: 2 frames (circle and square)
The Outlawz Saturday challenge - paper a la mode: all that glitters - bow and                                                                                                          vase

Saturday 8 August 2015

flowers and spectrum noirs.....

Hello again my friends. On my blog feed today I found a post related to Craft Stamper magazine. Now this is a magazine that I tend to read from cover to cover as it is always filed with so any stunning projects and techniques.

 The challenge on their blog is all about the use of pens or pencils and I remembered that I had made this card that I had never blogged.
I started by cutting a square piece of kraft card and stamping this beautiful corner from Claritystamp in black archival and heat embossed it in clear.

I then cut out a tag shape from kraft card and stamped the same image 4 times in black archival ink and heat embossed in clear. Once all the stamping was done I set about colouring. I used spectrum noir pencils: a white and a blue. I started with the white   and then added the blue adding more layers to darken some areas. I coloured in only the stems and flowers as shown. 

I then cut a slit around the outer edge of image on the square card as shown.
This is where the tag slots in as you can see below. I matted the card onto a white sclloped squre and then on a navy square to make the colours pop.

I added some ribbon to tag and my idea was that it could be used as a bookmark which meant that the card had a little gift with it.

I then stamped the sentiment, again from Claritystamp on white base card. The 2 narrow lines of kraft card were 2 slithers that I trimmed off tag as it was a tad wide. I thought waste not, want not and so I used them on card.

I hope you like my offering. I certainly enjoyed making it, Theresa xx

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:

Craft Stamper blog challenge - take a technique: pens and pencils
Sister Act card challenge - anything goes

Wednesday 5 August 2015


Hello there. Today I have a couple of CAS cards to share with you. Both were inspired by  the LIM challenge that said use berry colours. That explains the pinky hues for those of you who are wondering.....

I used 2 new Spellbinders dies that I have recently bought. For the first card I used pink and mauve card as they reminded me of berries albeit not the ripest ones!

The sentiment is from Claritystamp and is in plum archival ink to continue with the theme.

The second card is created with blue card and I used navy for the base card too. The sentiment was stamped in cobalt blue archival ink and is from Claritystamp.

I would like to enter the cards in the following challenges:

Simple less is more challenge - colour: berries
The paper players challenge - it's hip to be square
sisteract card challenge - anything goes

Saturday 1 August 2015

gelli print and grunge paste or tic tac toe?

Hello my friends. Today I have another mixed media offering for you. It started it's life as a gelli print that was made in collaboration with my son during these holidays.

The print is the top left one. At first we didn't think much of it. I had added the naples yellow to the plate to pick up the dredges left from the previous print that is at he bottom. But we didn't throw it away as we thought it would come in handy at some point.

A few days later I looked at it again and I started imagining what it would look like with something else superimposed on it. So I reached for one of my favourite stencils, masked an area off and pulled grunge paste through it.

Once dry I coloured it in with promarkers. I used pear green, moss and marsh green, berry red, poppy and walnut and black.

Then I repositioned the stencil and covered the image with versamark ink. I removed the stencil and sprinkled with clear embossing powder and heat set it. This gave it a fabulous sheen and made it look like ceramic. It is not easy to capture on pics...... I tried.

Using the word chains I stamped sentiment in versamark and heat embossed in black detail powder.

I then trimmed it and went round with a black sharpie and stuck it to an 8x8 base card.

The pictures below were an attempt to try and capture some of the detail on the print. There was silver on the original print and here you can see the shimmer. There is more to it than first meets the eye but it needs to be seen in person to be able to capture all the detail.

The Claritystamp challenge this month is Bingo using the grid below. My card has stencil, stamp and grunge paste.
Stencil, stamps, gelli plate and brayer are all from Claritystamps Ltd.

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:

Sister Act Card Challenge - anything goes
Fan-Tastic Tuesday - anything goes with a twist: make it feminine 
Crop Stop blog - anything goes