WS – Skinny

Had some fun this afternoon kicking back with paper, inks and images from Ten Two Studios to make a skinny for Wednesday Stamper.


Got the image from Green Collage sheets HERE and her Beau is an inchy punched from The Little Men sheets I am so partial to! Swirl stamp from Crafty Individuals.

The flower brad was blue, but I smooshed it onto a green inkpad, and clear embossed it a couple of times – voila – green brad! I have got St. Patrick’s Day on the brain for some reason, though we don’t even celebrate it here in England as such, thus the “green” theme. Could I find a shamrock or a clover? No way, not without printing one out… 😉


An unearthly visitor…

TGIF asked for a skinny this week and I was in Christmas mode so I used the same background card, painted yellow, stamped with gesso snowflakes, smooshed with copper Brilliance ink and clear embossed! I stamped the Cherry Pie angel onto the skinny with black stazon and then stamped him again onto pale grey vellum. I tore round the vellum image and fixed it over the stamped angel with Invisidots – brilliant for sticking vellum down – thumbs up!

For the WS challenge – metal elements – I used a snowflake embossed paste tube for the bottom edge. For Inkurable Stampers – December’s challenge is ‘scallops’, I traced a scalloped edge onto the back of the metal with a black Sharpie and cut it out… The text is cut from a Christmas Story Book I found in the Freebie bucket outside a Charity shop!! I thought it was very appropriate *gg* A bit of dotty doodling with the black Sharpie and voila!


If the Cap fits…

I love Wednesday Stamper challenges, don’t you?! Even after a hard day’s work on my feet for 8 hours, coming home to cook dinner for us (yep, more standing!!), I couldn’t help popping upstairs to ‘chill’ with some paints, paper and stamps. I appear to be obsessed with Halloween this year and I made this skinny this evening… After all, the challenge was to “Put your thinking caps on”!

Collage image from Kelly at Collagevisions. Stamps: Pointing finger – Home Impressions Christmas plate. Halloween images – Tandastamps. Silly phrase (with play on words) – me!

I got published!!

Woohoo! This skinny “Dragonfly House” is my entry to This Thursday, it’s all about… Their theme is ‘Black is back’ and they want to see plenty of black. Well I just had to shout this from the rooftops, didn’t I? I submitted this piece to Elli Jenks at “Not Just Stamping” – an online publication – for their “Winged Things” category and she chose to publish it in this month’s issue (#10)! Yay!!

Hopefully there’s enough black in here to make it acceptable! If you are a subscriber to NJS, you can always vote for my dragonfly and the winner gets some Twisted Papers CDs!! *fingers crossed* 🙂

This Thursday…

‘Colour is my obsession’ is this week’s theme at This Thursday, it’s all about…  So I was asked to step up and make some examples using collage sheets from Lisa’s Altered Art. These were rather fun to work with and I got a bit carried away with my sense of humour (as usual!!) Firstly I used the lid of a baked beans can to produce a hanging folly…I used this delightful little chap in conjunction with the running man and the bat:

He looks too cute to really turn little men into bats, doesn’t he?!! Then I had some fun with a girl with “that” expression on her face…

I got quite inspired by the word tiles sheet, as you can see! Lastly I made an ATC using some spatter-painted background cardstock I made a while ago. I liked the coordinating blues of the girl, the wings and that tile.

I did actually bend the wings forward to add a little dimension and they’re attached with glue dots, but that doesn’t photograph well. You’ll have to take my word for it! It’s also pretty obvious (to me, anyway), that I’m no expert with an Exacto knife – my cutting out is a bit raggedy. However, my friend Barbara reckons it just takes (hours of ) practice!

Thanks to Tracey, Susie and Patti for the fun I have had with these images since Monday!!

An ATC and a Skinny!

I feel so good now I’ve had an hour up in my room and had a chance to play again… art soothes the busy mind, the weary body and the restless soul. Not a quote, merely how I feel right now! I like playing with text pages and colours, so I made my backgrounds by scribbling watercolour pencils onto torn out dictionary pages. I then brushed water or floor wax over them to spread the colour. I adhered these to ATCs and a pre-cut skinny. Then I taped down some punchinella (sequin waste) and sponged gesso over them around the edges. Stamping was done with black Stazon ink and I cut words I liked from another page(s). I made the asian girl a flower for her hair with white 3D paint by Anita’s and popped a couple of orange seed beads into it before it dried. Ah!!!!

This is my Skinny for Created by Hand (‘orange/skinny’) and ArtyGirlz (‘Eras’) as she’s from Ria’s Victorian plate and the beautiful ‘Eyes’ ATC is from Third Coast RS (thank you Val!).

Tracey has given me an award which I shall blog tomorrow – thank you so much!

When we were young…

Is this week’s Skinny Saturdays theme and I have made the ‘faux linen’ background for Saturday’s Workout with white and gold ink on black cardstock. (It IS there, Heike and Sandy!). My text reads: “Life was so simple…” Ain’t that the truth?!

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The image of the children is from ‘that’ calendar and the advert is from a free collage sheet I downloaded. When I find the site again, I’ll put a link to it!

Things With Wings

Sarah at Skinny Saturday has closed her challenge blog for now as she has new ventures to pursue – and we wish her great good luck. So, with her blessing and a lot of encouragement, Caroline (of Auntys Forum), has started up Sea Gal’s Skinnys – skinny challenges on a Friday!

Here’s my interpretation of “Things with Wings” – a skinny house!


The script reads: “Dragonflies:Things with wings skinny” on the left and “Butterfly wings and zentangles” on the right. The house is 3″x5″ cut from mountboard (matboard), coloured with lightly sponged distress inks – fired brick over frayed burlap. The dragonfly is part of the Personal Impressions Garden set, which I love for the intense, detailed images.

I think my remaining 2 Row Houses for the swap are going to be stencilled and doodled… hope nobody minds! 😉


Monday’s Child….

What a lovely theme Sarah (Skinny Saturday), picked us this week – straight out of a nursery rhyme: Monday’s child is fair of face. It’d be lovely to make the whole series… *idea forms*!! Here’s my skinny:


My ususal complex route!! Background was made using Trish’s glue resist technique – hence the wavy lines and rainbow colours. Stamped frame is part of the Crafty Individuals tree; image from our NGS advent images, tinted with watercolour pencils.

The paper ‘Dymo’ is Paper Pesto paper used in my Dymo labelmaker. 😉  I learnt this technique today!! The sunflowers are from my March Design Team kit (Aunty’s Forum) and the bee is a button from Donna. Ribbon was part of a bundle from Ali (Auntys!) – thanks hunni!!

Mixed Media Monday – a skinny!

I like waiting for Mondays to come around so I can join in with the Mixed Media Monday challenges! The theme this week is “Childhood”… lovely! Here’s the skinny I assembled for this challenge:


The background is one I made last year – an experiment. I got the idea when I came across a lovely blog, which I’ve never managed to find again! 😦 I stuck very old dictionary pages to a 12×12 piece of cs then covered it with PVA glue and tissue paper. It warped quite a bit but is fine for chopping into smaller pieces. The tag is from some 12×12 MM papers I bought in a job lot at a car boot sale, mainly vintage style papers, etc. I just thought it was so pretty and appropriate for this week’s challenge. And there’s absolutely no rubber stamping for once! (Although I have inked the edges… I fear an ink-free day is no longer in my nature!!)