Thursday, 8 October 2015

Inktober the 8th

A little simple floral inkyness today with cream stamped card matted onto on gold matted onto a kraft card base.

I deliberately stamped off the page on this one. I then stamped the larger flower, then the leaves and then stamped a second flower on a scrap piece of cream card and cut it out. (I do have the punch for this flower, but it wasn't to hand and the scissors were right there... and since it was just the one it was easy enough to do)  A foam pad to pop it up and it was placed over the original image. A small white perfect accent in the centre of the flower finished it off.

And that is today's quick and simple offering. I'll be back tomorrow with something different...and I am still trying to steer clear of Christmas cards, least until the clocks go back.

Until tomorrow, take care.

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Inktober the 7th

A whole week of Inktober has passed already and wow that just  flew by...

Anyhow a really quick and simple card from me today using the layered letters stamp set from Stampin' Up! It is a photopolymer set that comes with two base stamps (rectangle and oval) and a full set of letters and symbols to stamp over the top. Its really quick and easy to use and the possibilities are endless.

I teamed the set with another to complete the sentiment and add a little extra interest and Ib finished it with a little bow of tied lace trim.

Haven't yet decided what I will make tomorrow, but it is INKtober and so it will involve ink for sure.

Until next time, take care


Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Inktober day 6

More stencil work included today...I cheated a little and started this one yesterday because the metallic texture paste  needed a long time to dry.  I used the metallic texture paste through a butterfly storm mask (sourced from my dear friend the fabulous Dee Catron at  Um Wow Studios).

I left it to dry overnight and today I went back with sponges and ink to create a blended sky (using  blues, yellow and  pinks) to which I added a die cut and punched layered butterfly and a stamped sentiment. I really like how this one came out. Playing around  with ink just for fun is so therapeutic
Until tomorrow

Inktober day 5...

Okay so its day six already but life got in the way of the uploading yesterday and so I am a day late with this one... which has been patiently sitting on my work desk waiting to have its picture taken ...

For this one I decided to play with some stencils and I used a small portion of a larger mask from a set by Stamping Up! I  taped it to my project and sponged four shades of ink through the holes in the stencil.

I ink-edged the panel, matted it onto contrasting blackberry base card and added a punched butterfly and a little bling to finish

Today's make (day 6) is drying as I type and will be uploaded later

Until then, take care

Sunday, 4 October 2015


Day four and this is quite literally a thumbnail photograph...because I made the card in  landscape and had to hold it  down to take the photo.

I decided  after playing  spot the ink yesterday, that today's make should be quite heavily "inkfluenced" and so I went for a  super inky background technique with a bright bold sentiment stamped over.

I love this sentiment... wise words indeed.

Until tomorrow

Saturday, 3 October 2015


Okay so its day three of INKtober... and I woke up with the most  horrendous headache that  has stayed with me all day long... None of the usual headache banishing tricks has worked and I am really hoping it will be as sick of me as I am of it and will disappear soon...

Pain makes me ever so slightly (okay really very)   antisocial and so sloping off to the craftroom seemed like a good idea. A little distraction crafting never did anyone any harm...

The ink is not quite so obvious on this card, but there are actually three different kinds of ink on here...

Can you see them?...
Until tomorrow


Friday, 2 October 2015


For day two of INKtober I have made this quick and simple card.

I die cut the butterfly in plain white card and adhered it to the white card base using Tombow glue.

Then I squished my ink pad to get some ink on the lid and used the blender pen to add colours through the die cut butterfly.

A few gems and stamped sentiments was all that was needed to finish it.

Day three tomorrow and maybe I will do something other than a card...

Watch this space ;)


Thursday, 1 October 2015


All around the world artists are taking part in the INKtober Initiative and creating an ink drawing every day for the whole month of October. I cannot draw for toffee, but I do use (a lot of) ink and so have decided instead to try to produce one new inky project every day for the month of INKtober.

And here is the first... with ink being used at just about every step of the way...

Ink applied to the embossing folder with a brayer before running it through the machine, inks applied  with a sponge, inks stamped onto the main panel and added with a blender brush, inks stamped and heat embossed for the sentiment ...

This is day one...another thirty to go..


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