Thursday, 18 December 2014

Monochrome Christmas Cards

Phew, been so busy catching up - where does the time fly to ? Had a fab weekend with my eldest daughter and son in law and now planning for another with my youngest daughter and family - happy days.

Having done so much colouring lately I wanted to make some with no colour and I'm quite pleased with how they came out.........

Penny Black 'Little Hamlet' and Hobby Art 'Country View' 
Such a shame that glitter doesn't always show up in photos as it really lifts the card and looks like frost on the trees and rooftops.

Hobby Art 'Woodland Glade Scene Set and 'Church View'
I may not be able to blog again before Christmas,  I really hope you all have a lovely Christmas whether it be quiet or hectic, so here are some Christmas wishes from my house to yours ........ xxx

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Lavinia Stamps Challenge - Add A Flower

Time for a new challenge on Lavinia from today, the theme is Add A Flower so lets see all your lovely designs incorporating flowers of any type!
We had some fabulous entries last month and many congratulations to Barbara Cleggett who was picked by as the lucky winner of a £40 voucher for the Lavinia web shop - enjoy your prize Barbara !

This is my sample for this month using ' Have a Fairy Merry Christmas' sentiment with 3 little fairy houses from the set 'Zen Houses'. I lightly coloured them with my pens and joined them up with strings of fairy lights - as you do - because it's Christmas time !

Do take a look at the rest of the team's designs - they have done some absolute beauties

Don't forget you can enter by blog or by email so no excuses for not joining in - you could be our next winner ..........

Thanks for looking and a hello and welcome to my new followers, as my next Lavinia post may not be until the new year I wish all my Lavinia viewers a merry Christmas and a happy new year !

Monday, 1 December 2014

Oyster Retreat November 2014 Projects

What a fab time I had on the Oysters Retreat this weekend. Crafting with my good friends Eileen Godwin and Martine Smith, I demonstrated colouring with lots of  lovely crafters at the Hellidon Lakes Hotel in Daventry. I've made lots of new friends and it was such a great atmosphere of fun and learning !

Details of what I used - 
Carrier bags available from  15 x 20 x8cms
Mo Manning designs 'Little Elf Present' and 'Little Elf Mim'
Dies - Little B Die Star, Memory Box Snowflake and Creative Expressions Classic 3D Bow 

Images coloured with alcohol pens and highlighted with Glamour Dust.

For those of you who were asking I recommend taking a look at the fabulous Alyce Keegan's website  where you can learn more about techniques for colouring. Alyce also has a Facebook page - Kit and Clowder.

Christmas crafting fun - everyone from the Oyster Retreat had a great time with lots of laughter. The next one is in March 2015 - not to be missed !

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Penny Black - Prancers

 I have seen some fantastic designs lately where a designer (Mayuri) uses lots of bright Distress Inks to form a picture, and I took inspiration from this for this first card. You can see the original version here -
I had a similar stamp from a Penny Black set called Prancers which features fir trees and stylised deer.

I used bright Distress Inks to create the background then over stamped in black ink at the front. I cut a curve and edged with Glamour Dust before attaching it with foam pads and adding the Memory Box Die 'Leaping Deer' cut in gold card.

Here's a card and tag using the same set of stamps with the trees done in white embossing powder on kraft card ...............

Busy busy with lots of Christmas prep as I know lots of you are also. Hope to see some of you at the Oysters Open Day on Sunday , lots of us there including Eileen and Martine along with Janet, Kerry and Barbara. Knowing Oysters it will be a fun day !

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Impression Obsession

Love this background stamp from Impression Obsession and I was inspired by an Ellen Taylor design. See her original card here -

I made my version by stamping the image  (Time Worn Roses L9372) with DI Vintage Photo before simply colouring with pink and green pens and adding a few embellishments from my stash.

The sentiment is from Quietfire Designs which are available from Oyster Stamps, Rochester, Kent - Telephone 01634 686823 or Website

Friday, 14 November 2014

Honey Doo Crafts

Busy few weeks at the moment, trying like mad to keep up and then catch a rotten cold - grrrr! Getting over it now and looking forward to another colouring teaching class tomorrow at Oysters, then it's Christmas Open Day there on the 23rd and to finish the month off I'm teaching at the Oyster Retreat in Daventry .... phew ! Hope to see some of you on one of those days? Can't tell you what my project for the retreat is ...........ssh! secret, but there will be some colouring demonstrations and a sample or two for everyone to make and use over Christmas. Nearly done all the prep now - ready to rock and roll !

Had a fabulous time demoing at the Sincerely Yours Show at Tonbridge - the day just flew by it was so busy. Great to meet and catch up with everyone including the lovely Kay and Amanda Fletcher from Honey Doo Crafts. So sad to have stepped down from their design team, unfortunately I am having to cut back as my wrist is playing up and I am struggling with certain things. So nice to be told I am welcome back any time and hopefully that won't be too long as I do enjoy using Amanda's fabulous stamps.

Also had great fun at a Paul Church workshop the other week with some crafty buddies, here's a Honey Doo card made using a technique from Paul - Brushos,  shaving foam and a stencil. Gives a lovely background effect to the Honey Doo stamp 'Butterfly Border' ........

And finally a card made using 'Hearts A Flutter' stamped and embossed in pale pink with a few die cuts to embellish it .......

Hope you all have a great weekend, thanks for looking x

Sunday, 2 November 2014

Lavinia Challenge - November - Snow and Sparkle

Well done to the winner and thank you to everyone who entered the last challenge, such fabulous entries! Don't forget if you don't have a blog you can enter by email via the Lavinia Website. Wonderful prize of £40 to spend in the shop so have a go! Lavinia have brought out some brand new dies as well to compliment their beautiful stamps - well worth checking out the shop to see.

This month's challenge is 'Snow and Sparkle' ........

I used the Seed Pod stamps to make this and coloured with Distress Inks and Wink of Stella pens. My version of northern lights in the sky......

Take a look at the rest of the teams fantastic designs to give you some inspiration - and hope you have fun !

Monday, 13 October 2014

Join in on the Oysterstamps Blog Hop and Win a Prize

Welcome to the Oysterstamps Blog Hop. The boss wanted a tag made using items from the shop - so here's mine ............................ 

Close up of the frosted film


Heartfelt Creations HCPC 3471 – calligraphy background stamped in Distress Ink – Vintage Photo. Designs by Ryn Water Droplets stamped in Onyx Black Versafine. Drops highlighted with White Gel Pen. Inkylicious– sentiment  ‘Believe’ from the Wild Meadow  set.
Memory Box – Caserta Bloom cut in Brown Card and edges done with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. Heartfelt Creations – Arianna Lace cut in blue card. Heartfelt Creations – Arianna Blooms cut in blue card and Tim Holtz Frosted Film and clear Clearly for Art.
Cream Lace, stick on pearls, cream and blue ribbon

In fact I enjoyed making this tag so much - I made another!


Penny Black - Forest Friends. Inkylicious - Santa's Sleigh and Wild Meadow
Tumbled Glass and Chipped Sapphire with Copics on the deer and flowers
Crystal Glamour Dust and Silver Ribbon

Hope you'll have a good look around the rest of the team's blogs who have some fabulous ideas for inspiration, everyone who leaves a comment on each blog hop post over the 7 days has a chance to win 1 of 2 goodie bags from Oysters !


Neet          10th October            
Pam          11th October            
Martine     12th October            
Hellen       13th October            
Margot      14th October            
Andy         15th October            
Eileen       16th October            
Kerry        17th October            

Make sure you visit every blog and your name could be drawn! Don't worry if you've just found the hop here on mine as you can backtrack and leave your comments - the draw will be after the last blog which is Kerry's.

So remember - keeeeeeep hopping , 

(in a Strictly Come Dancing kind of way) and good luck  !

Oyster Stamps, Rochester, Kent - Telephone 01634 686823 or Website

Friday, 10 October 2014

Lavinia Stamps Challenge - October - Autumn Colours

Yay! Autumn, one of my favourite seasons, love the colours - 'season of mists and mellow fruitfulness' says it all really. Been busy stocking up the jam cupboard with all the lovely fruits of the season, I always look forward to stocking up the cupboards ready for winter.
So we're into October now, well done to the winner of last month's Lavinia Stamps challenge and well done to everyone else too who entered the challenge, fantastic art work such a joy and inspiration to see! 
This month's theme is Autumn Colours so I'm looking forward to seeing some rich and sumptuous colours..........or maybe some misty mornings? Don't forget you can enter by email if you don't have your own blog - couldn't be simpler just use the contact form on the website and away you go. With £40 of Lavinia vouchers as the prize each month what have you got to lose.......AND there are some stunning new stamps out now on the Lavinia website !

This one is made using the new Spotty Toadstool and a couple of older stamps - the Autumn Leaf set and Fairy Web. The leaves were stamped with Brushos and then a crackle glaze applied. The toadstool has a clear varnish on top and the web some tiny gems to look like dewdrops.

This one is made using Distress Inks and 2 fab new stamps - Lillies and Floral Spray both coloured with Wink of Stella in gold.

So come on and have a go and if you're looking for more inspiration then take a wander around the rest of the team's blogs - some fantastic designs to lift your spirits on a misty morn !

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Penny Black - Fairy Holly

Just a quick post for today, tomorrow sees the start of the new Lavinia Blog Challenge and a few days later the start of Oysters Blog Hop !

Had such a fun day colouring on Saturday so had to have a go today with another Penny Black stamp - Fairy Holly with the corners from a different set called Forest Friends. Christmas is sneaking up isn't it so must get ahead !

Coloured with Copics and pencils with a dash of Glamour Dust on the dress and some Crystal Lacquer on the globe, berries and bells to add some shine.

Stamps available from - Oyster Stamps, Rochester, Kent - Telephone 01634 686823 or Website

Sunday, 5 October 2014

Colouring Technique Workshop 1

Whew! What a fabulous day with so many lovely crafters. Hope they all enjoyed it as much as I did, Christmas songs and colouring Christmas images - couldn't get much better.

Here I am !

Hard at work .......

So engrossed .......

Ideas to inspire.
The day went by so quickly, plenty of friendly fun and laughs in between every one working hard on their feathering and blending - a great day, thank you to everyone who came. Thank you to Martine for the photos.

This workshop is being repeated on the 15th November for anyone who couldn't get a place on this one and the next new one will be January 17th when we will be looking at colouring techniques for hair,

Oyster Stamps, Rochester, Kent - Telephone 01634 686823 or Website

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Oyster Stamps - Colouring Workshop Preparations

Busy getting final prep done for my workshop on Saturday at Oysters, looking forward to meeting lots of lovely crafters who have booked a place. I've even dusted off some Christmas CDs to get us in the mood and we're going to be working with some gorgeous images by Mo Manning from Penny Black to help get ready for Christmas .........

This is a technique based workshop, with a project or two in the afternoon - hopefully these ideas will inspire everyone in using their alcohol pens and blending pencils to bring the images to life. I expect there will be plenty of glitter and I hope lots of laughs throughout the day ...........can't wait for the fun to begin !

STOP PRESS - this workshop will be repeated  on 15th November at Oysters, please ring the shop if you would like to attend. Thank you so much for all the interest, very much appreciated x

Oyster Stamps, Rochester, Kent - Telephone 01634 686823 or Website

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Inkylicious Daisy Fields

Lovin' the stamps from Inkylicious at the moment, seems to fit the season so well to me.

The flowers and butterflies are from a set called Daisy Fields and the lovely sentiment is from Wild Meadows, how true are those words at the moment ' A misty morning does not signify a cloudy day'. We've had a few autumnal misty mornings this week so had to smile when I read this.

Stamps - Inkylicious Daisy Fields and Wild Meadow
Distress Inks - Brushed Corduroy, Spiced Marmalade, Spun Sugar, Squeezed Lemonade, Weathered Wood with clear Wink of Stella on the sun.

All products available from Oyster Stamps, Rochester, Kent - Telephone 01634 686823 or Website

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Inkylicious - Wild Meadow

Well I'm obviously going through a moon phase - must have been influenced by the recent supermoon so look out there are a few more in my head waiting to come out !

Really wish I could photograph glitter better as it so doesn't sparkle in the photo like it does in real life and it's the contrast of sparkle against the dark inks that I like on this card.

There, that's a little better! Wink of Stella on the moon and Glamour Dust on the flower heads.

Stamps used - Wild Meadow by Inkylicious
Distress Inks - Stormy Sky, Chipped Sapphire, Mowed Lawn and Forest Moss for the background. The moon is coloured with Weathered Wood and Antique Linen.

All items available from Oyster Stamps, Rochester, Kent - Telephone 01634 686823 or Website

Monday, 8 September 2014

Inkylicious Stamps

Oysters have got some new stamps in from Inkylicious - super ones with trees, wild flowers and grasses, perfect for making up scenes.

They also had this one with reindeers on which reminded me of one of our trips to the lovely Somerset moors. I made the background with autumnal colours because that is one of my favourite times to go down there, then I set it on a larger piece of cream card and stamped a couple of trees to break it up a bit.

Stamps used - Reindeers ; Bare Trees
Distress Inks - Mustard Seed, Wild Honey and Aged Mahogany.
Copic Pens - E31; E15 ; E17

Lots of other Inkylicious stamps in stock so I'm going to be playing with them for a while!

Just to update you, my colouring workshop is coming up soon, it's fully booked but there is a reserve list if you are interested. After that I'll be demoing at the Sincerely Yours Papercraft Show in Biggin Hill in November - hope to see some of you there. Thank you for looking.

Stamps and Distress Inks available from Oyster Stamps, Rochester, Kent - Telephone 01634 686823 or Website

Friday, 5 September 2014

Rubbernecker Stamps

Fab new stamps on their way from America which should be arriving very soon at Oysters, they're available to order now - but are going fast !

Distress Inks - Weathered Wood and Stormy Sky with the Sketch Poppies Set. Different kind of stamping with separate elements to make the picture up with some lovely sentiments.

Distress Inks - Spiced Marmalade and Festive Berries, with Squeezed Lemonade and Mowed Lawn DI markers. Water Colour Stamps set which again comes with different elements and fab sentiments.

If you want to try something different these sets are great fun to use - there are videos on Youtube for extra ideas. Thanks for looking.

Available from Oyster Stamps, Rochester, Kent - Telephone 01634 686823 or Website

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Lavinia Stamps Challenge 9 - Add Some RIbbon

Congratulations to the winner of the Lavinia Stamps challenge 8 - lucky you to have £40 to spend on their website where Tracey has just issued some fab new designs! ooh decisions decisions .......enjoy and have fun. There were some gorgeous entries last month, so lovely to see all the different ideas people have using this versatile range of stamps.

This month the challenge is to Add Some Ribbon........'s one idea I had for the new challenge using buff card as a backing and then stamping the Dandelions and Sentiment onto die cut shapes before adding some gingham ribbon. Quite like the simplicity of it - lol will probably go on to make a really fussy and OTT one next knowing me !

On a similar theme here's another one I made using white EP and the Hop, Skip and Jump stamp .........

Hope you'll enjoy having a go this month, remember you can enter by email now via the Lavinia Stamps website or simply click HERE or via the Lavinia Challenge Blog. Good luck and I look forward to seeing your entries !

Thanks for looking and don't forget to check out the rest of the teams fabulous blogs for different ideas.

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