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uk stampers weekly challenge tag week 34

 For week 34 we had to include:
  • paint
  • fabric
  • embossing powder

I actually went through a lot of decisions before I ended up with this one.  I was going to do some image transfer onto fabric, changed my mind and thought about using the fabric I had already coloured and stamped onto, then changed my mind again and used the flames from my Betty Boop fabric.  There is red and black embossing powder on the edges (even though it looks white at the bottom – that is just reflection).  The tag was painted red.  The skeleton was embossed with black powder then coloured in white Gesso.  This was then very lightly sponged with Rusty hinge to take away the brightness of the white.  The edges were stamped with black Stazon and distressed with Black soot and Fired brick.  The flames from the fabric were stuck to down then red embossing powder was sprinkled over the bottom half of the tag and heated from below.  The flames still looked a bit bright so I went over them lightly with some distress ink Black soot.  I did manage to get a bubble under the paint when I as in a hurry to dry it but actually I don’t think it matters.

Inks:  Versamark clear, Distress inks Black soot, rusty hinge and Fired brick, Stazon Black
Card:  white card
Stamps:  Non Sequitur Grave tidings, Stampers Anonymous Urban tapestry
Other:  Acrylic paint Crimson, Gesso White, Embossing powder Rich red and Black, pewter eyelet coloured black, fabric flames, fibres

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

ukstampers March ATC swap

We are doing the ukstampers March swap a little early and the theme this time is rip and tear (basically distressing) so for two of my ATCs I have used ripped tissue paper and ripped napkin and the 3rd one uses distressed embossing powder for the tiny frame. We also had to make an arch to swap. I have never made an arch before so this is my first attempt. I spent ages on it and am quite pleased with the result so I hope the recipient likes it as much as I do.


Inks: Distress inks shabby shutters, peeled paint and mustard seed, black document ink
Card: white card, tissue paper
Stamps: free memories stamps from craft stamper mag, Elusive images Diamond art, Stampers anonymous mini muse
Other: white rub-on Family, melted UTEE tinted green, mod podge, cut out text


Inks: black document ink, distress ink scattered straw
Card: white, napkin
Stamps: Stampin up Sanded background, StudioG small alphabet
Other: mod podge, glossy accents


Inks: Distress inks Frayed burlap, Scattered straw and vintage photo, black document ink, versamark with gold and distress vintage photo embossing powders
Card: white
Stamps: Paperartsy wings plate 4 and man of numbers plate 5, Llewelyn-Bowen Venaissance
Other: glossy accents, tiny flower sticker, red krylon shimmer leafing pen, water colour pencils, glitter pen

Inks: black document ink, Distress inks Frayed burlap, antique linen and vintage photo, versamark with gold embossing powder
Card: White, black
Stamps: Alice in wonderland (unknown), Autumn leaves On the edge (Katie Pertiet, Basic Grey flourish corners
Other: beads, copper chain, gold and copper brads, glossy accents, clear circle domes, zip pull, gold trim stained with copper alcohol ink, copics to colour, copper pen

Week3 ukstampers tag challenge


Week 3 on ukstampers challenge asks for a tag incorporating a floral stamped image, buttons and some text.
Here is my effort using watercolour paper this week and another form of resist.

Inks: Black document ink, sprays: Chroma jewels Amber, Glitz spritz Desert moon antique rose, Glimmer mist Cherry limeade
Card: thick watercolour paper, computer paper
Stamps: Stamps Happen Magnolia (Julia Hawkins)
Other: tan button, 3 tiny burgundy buttons, water colour pencils to colour, Tim Holtz flourish mask, Distress stickles rock candy (over the computer generated text), eyelet

Week 2 ukstampers tag challenge


This tag is for last weeks challenge and for this one I had to include any stamped image, glitter and buttons. As you can see I made it all about buttons and I stamped the background on glossy card using the resist technique then for the individual buttons: they were stamped on acetate and glitter added to to the back.

Inks: Black Stazon, versamark, Big and juicy Hydrangea
Card: glossy white, acetate
Stamps: free buttons stamp from craft stamper mag ages ago, Technique Tuesday Hanging by a thread
Other: variegated thread, scissors brad, glitter, brayer

Black and White ATCs

Happy New Year!
I wish you all the very best for this coming year and I would like to thank you for all your comments you have been kind enough to leave over the past year. I get inspiration from visiting other crafter’s blogs so I hope in sharing my crafty work (and my mistakes) that my blog gives some inspiration and tips to others too.

This is the my first blog entry of 2010. It is soooo cold just now and my craft room is the coldest room in the house so I haven’t been doing much in it recently.

Here are my 3 ATCs for the ukstampers swap – this month’s theme is black and white with a twist: the twist being that we have to make a tag too. Now I have just kept to the black and white theme for my tag and there is also a floral thing going on in them all too (not intentional at all!). The doll ATC was inspired by Gail Milburn’s article in the Craft stamper mag Feb 2010 issue.



Inks: Black document ink, Versacolor white pigment ink, Distress ink black soot
Card: White card, black textured card, piece of black textured paper (from inside of chocolate box)
Stamps: Hero arts four dolls, Stampin up sense of time, The artistic stamper hound’s tooth, Tapestry stamps Yummy garden (plus others), Clarity stamps corner, Michael Strong Cloisonné vase
Other: brad, square button, paper rose, blossoms, pearls, black sequins, lace, crackle glaze, ribbon, black mesh, sparkle pens

Watercolour ATCs

The September ATC swap theme for ukstampers is ‘watercolour’ so I have used Oriental watercolours as my inspiration for my 3 swaps. I have used various sprays and a variety of techniques to make the background papers using leaves as masks and also masking paper.

Inks: black document ink, watercolour pencils and sprays
Card: white card, watercolour paper, black card
Stamps: Non Sequitur: Oriental love letters (Caligraphy), Samurai (horse and Acer leaves), Oriental collage elements (pear), cranes (small chop and other calligraphy). Stampin up canvas back ground stamp, Judikins bamboo
Other: white pen, Diamond glaze

T for time tag


Oh dear…….I am not too happy with my efforts for this weeks ukstampers challenge. The letter this week was ‘T’ for time. The idea I had in mind for this was the sands of time; sand (time) in the hour glass and sand in ancient Egypt with partial hieroglyphs as part of the background.
I printed a clipart hourglass twice and cut out the frame of one in order to decoupage it. I glazed the glass parts. The sides of the tag are painted with crackle paints then rubbed with stain to give an old effect. I masked the sides and coloured the background using similar colours to those in the clipart image, then stamped the hieroglyphs and sand. I couldn’t make up my mind how I was going to get the text on it so I printed the text on an acetate version of the hourglass, cut it out and stuck that over the card hourglass that I had already glazed. The sand at the base of the tag just doesn’t look like sand so I added a Sphinx embellishment.

Inks: Distress inks; black soot, frayed burlap, mustard yellow, worn lipstick, walnut
Card: white card, acetate
Stamps: Judikins artifacts cube, A Stamp In The Hand sand
Other: Distress crackle paints; picket fence and frayed burlap, printed clipart, sphink embellishment, large eyelet

Magic ATC Tutorial


Inks: Black Stazon for the acetate, black document ink on the card, various colours
Card: white card, ivory card, acetate, decorative paper
Stamps: Penny Black toadily, Lavinia Stamps foliage, Rubber Stamp Tapestry (various), Sugar Nellie owl, Non Sequitur oriental love letters
Other: watercolour pencils, copic pens, ric-rac, ribbon, twine, coin, button, bead, stickles, eyelets

I found this link for a Magic pull up card years ago but I thought about altering it to make ATC sized versions for this months ukstampers swap theme ‘acetate’. I was using my ruler with inches on it so all the measurements are in inches.

Here is a tutorial to show how I made my ATC versions:

ATCs are 3 1/2 inches x 2 1/2 inches.
Measure some card stock 5 1/2″ x 7″ see Fig1
Score the 7″ side at 3″ (Fold 1)
Score the 5 1/2″ side (from the left hand side) at 1/2″ then 3″ (Fold 2 and Fold 3)

Fig 1

Cut away the top left hand rectangle and save it for later – this will be the sliding piece.
Cut the corners off the flap at the left side
Cut a slot measuring 2″ x 1/4″ over Fold 1 as shown in Fig 2, leaving 1/4″ at both sides of the slot.

Fig 2

Mark and cut out a window from the left hand rectangle measuring 1 7/8″ x 2 3/4″.
Now get the rectangle that you saved earlier and cut the flap off first. Now mark and cut away a strip down both sides down to about 3/8″ from the bottom.
You should now have pieces that look like Fig3.
Make sure that the T shaped piece can slide easily through the slot and if not just take slivers off until it does.

Fig 3

Fold the top rectangle down over the bottom one.
Fold the left hand window side over the to the right and tuck the flap in at the right hand side.
Try to make the folds ‘generous’ because the inside will contain 3 layers, this will help stop the sliding part becoming stuck.
Now that you know which side will be the front and back unfold it all again. You can now colour and decorate the outside. Take care to leave the inside panel plain as this is the side you will see through the window and acetate.

Stamp an image on the T shaped sliding piece (you can use the window to guide you so you stamp within that area). This image will be the coloured one so if you are using water colours choose a waterproof ink to stamp with.
Take a piece of acetate larger than the T shaped piece, place it over your T shaped piece and using Stazon ink or Brilliance ink stamp the same image onto the acetate directly over the previous image. Make sure your ink dries before the next stage. Holding the card and acetate move them around so the images are EXACTLY over each other and cut the acetate to the same size as the T piece using a craft knife or scissors. If you have a stamp positioner you could cut the acetate out first and use the positioner to get accurate results. This image will remain uncoloured.
Colour in the CARD image. see Fig 4

Fig 4

Fold the top right hand rectangle down over the bottom one. Slide your coloured card T piece all the way up through the slot until it stops.
Draw a very thin line of glue along the top edge only and place the acetate piece EXACTLY over it and stick it down. To disguise the glue you can add a small piece of card or ribbon over the top.

Fig 5

Now push the slider all the way down and fold the front over. Put glue on the flap so that when you tuck it in at the back it will stick to the back and not to the slider. (you can just fold it over and stick it down without tucking it in if you prefer).
You can add eyelets and ribbon and decorate as you wish.

When you fold it all over the first time it may not fold well so just take a sliver from the left hand side of the top rectangle and make the folds a little more generous.
The window can be any shape or size.
Try colouring your acetate image one colour and the card image another colour for a different. look.
If you stamp on the inside panel by mistake (as I have done before) you can still use it by folding to the left instead of to the right.
If you make a cardboard template then just use this to make others by drawing around it (saves having to measure things out) but remember to cut inside the pencil line when cutting it out but cut outside the pencil line when cutting out the window and the slit.
When adding embellishments to the front, remember not to stick them to the acetate.

Icon tag




I made so many mistakes with this tag, for the Sunday challenge No. 41 on ukstampers theme ‘I’ for icon, but I am quite pleased with the results anyway. The coloured eye was made in photoshop (tutorial here)and the ‘eye’ con is the false eyelashes. Wow are they sticky! You can’t really tell from the photograph but there are small flourishes on the ‘C’ stamped in yellow but as the crackle glaze dried the yellowness disappeared into the magenta. I also stamped some diamonds down the right hand side and embossed them in ochre but as the embossing powder melted the colour disappeared. It may be because I have used watercolour paper and it is very absorbent.
Inks: the colours on the watercolour paper are Stamp Zia neon yellow, and Ecoline magenta (diluted), Brilliance sunflower yellow with ochre embossing powder
Card: watercolour card
Stamps: Dovecraft Fantasy emblems flourish, Elusive images Diamond art [you can’t really see the stamping though]
Other: False eyelashes, grunge board letters, wire and beads, Tim Holtz borders mask, Crackle paint on the ‘I’, bottle cap with punched out piece of card, stampin up eyelet, crackle glaze