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uk stampers weekly challenge tag week 29


My inspiration for week 29 ukstampers weekly challenge is a copper etched coaster that I had my coffee mug on.  This photo doesn’t show the metallic sheen very well.

The rolling recipe this week is:

  • stamped image of a child
  • dots
  • anything of Tim Holtz

I stamped and embossed the images the swiped over the copper paint.  This didn’t show up the image as much as I would have liked so I then dabbed highlights in Pearl and used a water brush so swish it over certain areas. The dots were stamped around the edges in black, then to make it all look slightly aged I took some sand paper over it.  You may have to look very closely to see the dots.

Inks:  versamark clear embossing ink with clear ambossing powder, Memento black
Card:  black card
Stamps:  A stamp in the hand Field of sky (dots), Joanna Sheen Mainly babies, Stampers Anonymous (Tim Holz collection) Fairytale frenzy
Other:  eyelet, fibre, Acrylic paint dabbers Pearl and Copper

Rust Lives tag

I had a few ideas for this tag and it was hard to choose which one to do. I started off thinking Dumpy’s rusty nuts (it is a band – Honest) then went on to Rust never sleeps (Neil Young), then Live rust (Neil Young) which gave rise to Rust Lives. I thought this was apt as rust does grow and spread a bit like an infection until it has devoured it’s host. I had tried to rust some steel wool which normally rusts in the blink of an eye but when you need it rusty it just doesn’t happen. Harry then tried to help me find some rusty objects and gave me a rusty beer can, but that just disintegrated when I tried to cut it. Then, while out for a run in the car the other day Harry spotted a piece of rusty metal by the side of the road so we brought it home with us but I couldn’t think how I was going to cut it into usable pieces as it was quite large and thick. I finally did use that piece of rusty metal but just as a photo (much easier than cutting it).
Inks: Tim Holtz distress ink black soot, fired brick, dried marigold, and Versamark with Tim Holtz Distress powder vintage photo, Alcohol ink Rust
Card: glossy photo
Stamps: Stampers anonymous Urban tapestry (corner and side splatters down the side) Other: Tim Holtz stencils type, squashed bottle cap, stampin up eyelet, glossy accents

a sheer mess


I was going to be making a card for Carolyn’s challenge ‘sheer elegance’ using some sheer ribbon but Chiquo decided to go for a dig this morning! Harry had been digging the mint out that had started to spread and I hadn’t quite got around to putting the green plastic netting over the nicely raked surface so Chiquo decided to have a dig and the mud went everywhere!

This gives a new meaning to ‘the mint with a hole’. Chiquo is in the dog house now!

Inks: Archival coffee, versamark with Tim Holtz distress embossing powder weather-worn
Card: Stampin up green and brown textured, plain white, glossy photo
Stamps: All night media paw print (actually a cat’s paw print), Stampers anonymous Tim Holtz Urban tapestry corner
Other: bottle tops, sheer brown ribbon, stampin up brown gros-grain ribbon, white brads, images inside the bottle caps are from Twopeas DW bow wow

Astral tag


Here is my first tag for the ukstampers challenge 34 – we are doing A-Z tags.

Inks: black document ink, Tim Holtz distress inks; weathered wood, mustard seed, dried marigold, black soot, variety of copics, gelly roll sparkly pens, bleach
Card: white
Stamps: Stampers anonymous urban tapestry, Inkadinkado zodiac, Anna Griffin alphabet
Other: Tim Holtz mask flourish, monogram stencil to dry emboss the capital a, sun charm, stampin up eyelet, sequin waste

Sleepy cat black and white ATCs

sleepy cats B_W

Black and white is the theme for the UKstampers April ATC swap so I have gone with; the same stamp, same colours and the same embellishments but keeping each one unique.

Inks: versamark (with white opaque embossing powder), Brilliance graphite black, alcohol ink pitch black
Card: white glossy, plain black, plain white
Stamps: Michael Strong’s Cloisonné cat, Stampers anonymous Urban tapestry
Other: gelly stardust pens black and white, black gems, black feathers, black velour cord

I used compressed air on drops of black alcohol ink and glossy white card to make the black and white splatter background ( Tim Holtz technique) then randomly stamped the tiny splatters.
Can you spot the mouse?

CBC 7 Years Young

The CBC forum will be 7 years young on 12th March so my bookmarks for the March bookmark swap say just that! Check out the CBC forum for the birthday bash weekend activities – it should be fun.
These were made using Tim Holtz alcohol ink splatter technique.

Inks: various alcohol inks, black document ink
Stamps: Tim Holtz foam stamps Chronicles, Cute companions Patchwork numbers (years young), 7 (unknown)
Card: white glossy, black
Other: can compressed air, black ribbon with beads

Postcard from London


A very quick postcard made for the ukstampers Sunday challenge – from London. It took about 10 minutes to make and it was really fun to do. I used the alcohol ink with compressed air technique from Tim Holtz (you just have to check out his blog!)

Inks: Alcohol lemon yellow, cranberry and a little blending solution, black document ink
Card: white glossy
Stamps: Tim Holtz foam stamps Chronicles
Other: can compressed air, London 2012 logo from internet