Digi Choosday Challenge – Anything Goes



Morning, thanks for stopping by I know everyone is getting busier and busier at this time of the year, so I do appreciate you taking the time to have a read.

It’s Tuesday so that means it’s time for a new challenge over at the Digi Choosday challenge blogthis weeks theme is Anything Goes.

Digi Choosday - Anything Goes, Polkadoodles, Oddella

I’m continuing my obsession with super size tags and the IckyInk Oddella digi stamps, from Polkadoodles. Some of you may recall another tag I made using the same Oddella digi stamp a few weeks back, you can read the post here, I’ve not only use the same digi image but I’ve coloured in virtually the same way, yes I did like the way she turned out in the first tag!!  I printed Oddella at a smaller size for this tag, four on an A4 sheet, were as on the With Thanks tag just two to the A4 page. I used the Windows Photo Viewer to print the images, I find it quick and easy to do when I want to print multiple images of the same digi stamp.

I coloured Oddella using alcohol markers and fussy cut the image.

I created the background of the tag using Faber Castell Gelatos, using yellow, orange and red, sealing them with DecoArt Matte Medium . I used a Tim Holtz stencil and Black Soot distress ink, to add interest to the background. I added more texture to the background using Versafine inks and various Indigo Blu stamps. I sealed the stencilling and stamping with DecoArt Matte Medium, after I’d heat set the inks with a heat tool. I used a Clarity Stamps heart stencil to draw through, with Faber Castell Pitt Artist pens!, adding definition to the hearts with rough squiggle lines, using a Sakura Micron pen. I also dotted a few of the hearts with a white Shake Graph’it pen, sealing again with DecoArt Matte Medium.

I glued the Oddella digi image down using DecoArt Matte Medium and sealed her with the Matte Medium too. Now I’d messed up the ladybug in Oddella’s hair, the black glitter didn’t work???, so I decided to give her a little top hat. I roughly drew a top hat using a Sakura Micron pen and coloured with alcohol markers, fussy cut and glued over the ladybug. Finally I used a couple of die cuts and a flat back gem to add a little something to the top hat! I used a text stamp from the Tim Holtz range, stamped using Onyx Black Versafine and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.

Finally, I used the Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pens to add shade around Oddella.

Look forward to seeing your entry over on the Digi Choosday challenge blog and don’t forget the fantastic discount code available for one day only, full details on the challenge.



I’ll be entering the following challenges

613 Avenue Create challenge 154 

Creative Fingers challenge 99

Crafty Girls Creations challenge 10

World Wide Open Design Team Challenge Blog challenge 6



Daisy Bella, Tattered Lace Dies

Afternoon and Merry Xmas everyone πŸ™‚

Sharing my makes for the Tattered Lace 4 Day Deal on Create and Craft TV, Freeview channel 36.

Lots of sell outs already so don’t miss out and make sure you check out the shows πŸ™‚


Daisy Bella, Tattered Lace dies


Daisy Bella, Tattered Lace dies


Daisy Bella, Tattered Lace dies


Daisy Bella, Tattered Lace dies


Thanks for stopping by πŸ™‚


Digi Choosday – Xmas Decor



Morning, how is everyone? Are we all nearly there with Xmas preparations!!! I’m winning but still not quite there yet πŸ™‚

Well, it’s Tuesday so that means it’s the start of the new challenge over on Digi Choosday challenge blog and this week the theme is Xmas Decor.

I’ve made a plaque, I used the same colour palette as my Xmas wreath made for last weeks challenge.

Digi Choosday - Xmas Decor, Polkadoodles

I started by giving the plaque a quick coat of the Creative Expressions Matt Chalk paint in Heritage Green, before using one of the yummy backing papers from the Work and Play 5 – Festive Hollybobs collection, available as a digital download or on CD-Rom.

I used one of the Design Sheets from the Festive Hollybobs collection to create the main focal point of the plaque,elements from the Design Sheet were used to  decoupage some of the elements of the topper and others to embellish the rest of the plaque. Adding a little Stickles glitter glue to finish off.

Look forward to seeing your projects over on the Digi Choosday challenge, lovely prize up for grabs for the winner of the challenge.


Digi Choosday Discount Day

Don’t forget there’s also the fabulous discount code available for use at Polkadoodles to use against digital downloads, you can find the code over on the Digi Choosday challenge, it’s only valid for today so don’t miss out!

Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to leave a comment πŸ™‚


I’ll be entering the following challenges

Artistic Inspirations #146

Craft Your Passion #291

The Crafty Addicts #5

Brown Sugar Challenge #175



Pan Pastels Art Journal


Afternoon, another post! Two in one day, I’m being very bad should really be getting organised for Xmas but crafting is soooo much more fun than braving the shops at this time of the year. I’ll get my behind in gear tomorrow for the Xmas prep, I will, I will, I will!!!!

If you’ve been reading my blog recently you’ll have noticed, I’ve discovered the joys of art journals so I’ve been experimenting with Pan Pastels today.

I recently purchased some of the Pan Pastels in suitable shades for flesh tones so this is my first attempt at colouring skin with Pan Pastels!! I think I could have been a bit braver with the shading but at least I got the Pan Pastels out and tried, got to practice or I won’t improve. Also really pleased with the new fixative I’ve used, it’s called SpectraFix. I’m not a fan of most aerosol fixatives because they tend to smell and something about them seems to trigger my migraines but SpectraFix is not in a pressurised aerosol, it’s a pump action spray, no odour, well nothing I can smell, and is a natural milk casein fixative. I can spray inside and touch wood I’ve been fine πŸ™‚

I started by stamping the focal image, Blossom Beauty from Stampendous, in Jet Black Archival Ink then coloured the background with a couple of Pan Pastel colours using Sofft sponges. I then started colouring Blossom Beauty, all coloured with various Pan Pastels and Sofft knives , I need to get some of the small applicators, think it would be a little easier for me to colour small areas. I sealed the Pan Pastels with the Spectrafix, allowed to dry (only takes a couple of minutes) and then used various stamps, from Indigo Blu, Tim Holtz and Dylusions, to create interest in the background, using Archival inks in various colours. I used the Graph’it White Shaker pen to add dots to the flowers and the Dylusion stamped images.

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of day πŸ™‚

I’ll be entering this into the 

Love To Create challenge #25



Indigo Blu – Winter Blues

Afternoon, where is the time going??? Just two weekends before Xmas, scary!!!

I really should be be doing a few jobs for Xmas but I decided some crafting needed, medicinal purposes you know, stress is bad for your health and crafting for me is relaxing πŸ™‚

 Sharing my recent make,  I’m still into super size tags so started with a tag cut from watercolour card. I created the background using Faber Castell Gelatos, Metallic Mint, Cotton Candy and Metallic Blueberry. I used DecoArt Matte Medium to seal the FC Gelatos, I used a brush with the medium because I knew the medium would reactive the Gelatos and create streaks and generally move the FC Gelatos around. Once the Matte Medium had dried, I used a Distress Ink, Faded Jeans, and a couple of stencils to create interest in the background (Tim Holtz stencil – Bubble and Imagination Crafts – Grunge Elements). I stamped the tree branch, from Indigo Blu’s stamp set Nature I, using Archival Ink Forget-Me-Not and Versafine Deep Lagoon, heat setting the inks. I also used the Indigo Blu Rugged Edge stamp set to add more interest and texture to the background, using Archival inks and Faber Castell Pitt Pens, heat setting the inks. Finally I used various stamps from the Indigo Blu stamp set Wild Meadow, with Archival ink in Jet Black.  I stamped the text stamp, again from the Indigo Blu stamp Wild Meadow, onto a scrap of card that I’d coloured with the FC Gelatos. I cut the text up and glued to the tag, finally, using the FC Big Brush artist pen in White to add highlights to the dandelions and dot around the tag.

I’ll be entering this into the 

Indigo Blu Challenge, this month is theme is Winter Blues.

Love To Create Challenge #24 , this months theme Anything Mixed Media/Creative Goes


Indigo Blu - Winter Blues, Wild Meadow, Nature I and Rugged Edges