Digi Choosday Challenge – Winter Birthday

Digi Choosday Challenge

Morning, it’s Choosday so that means it’s time to share my make for the Digi Choosday Challenge blog, this weeks challenge – W47 Winter Birthday.

Make sure to pop on over to the Digi Choosday Challenge to check out more inspiration from the DT and to get the DISCOUNT CODE for use against individual downloads over on Polkadoodles, valid for today only until midnight GMT.

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I decided to make a page for an art journal, I’m having lots fun with art journals and experimenting with different techniques 🙂

I plumped for an art journal page rather than a card because I’d come across a quote from Lucy Larcom which I think fitted perfectly for this weeks theme of Winter Birthdays. I’m certainly not in the Winter of my years but I’m definitely no longer a Spring chicken and I don’t have the same enthusiasm for my own birthdays anymore as I did in my youth lol. The quote from Lucy Larcom is a reminder to myself not to focus on the number and the years gone but to look forward to the coming years with more appreciation and enthusiasm!!

So now I’ve waffled on about why, now for the products and techniques used!

I choose Octavia Winter Time from the Octavia Frosted Winter collection, available on CD-Rom or digital download. I coloured Octavia with alcohol markers and fussy cut the image.

I choose a gorgeous vintage shabby chic style paper in a gentle green colour from the Octavia Frosted Winter collection, the digital paper has a textured effect and to play on this more I used a script rubber stamp using Versamark and heat embossed with gold embossing powder. I also used the Versamark ink pad to edge the paper and heat embossed again with gold embossing powder.

I typed up the Lucy Larcom quote in a word package on my PC and printed it out, snipped out the words and edged with a Memento ink pad in green. I used the Memento ink pad knowing that I was going to seal the whole page with DecoArt Matte Medium, which would smear the Memento ink when applied because I didn’t want the bare white of the paper and the smeared ink would tone the paper down. I used an inkjet printer for printing the text, some inkjet prints will smear or bleed when wet glues/mediums/paints etc are applied but touch wood my printer ink doesn’t (at least done lightly!), but it is something you should be aware of if using inkjet prints and applying wet mediums over the printed image or text.

I printed out some the flowers also from the Octavia Frosted Winter collection and cut them out, I also used a couple of the papers from the collection to use with Spellbinder foliage dies. I embossed the flowers and foliage with a Tattered Lace embossing folder and highlighted the embossing with Pinflair Buff It.

I glued down Octavia and the text with DecoArt Medium and went over the whole page with the Matte Medium too. The Matte Medium helps when I use the Pitt Artist Pens to add shadow and definition to the page, the Matte Medium allows the ink in the Pitt Artist pens to smudge easily for a soft effect. I added the flowers & foliage using Pinflair glue gel and used Viva Decor Pearl pen to create the centre of the flower. Once everything was added to the page, I thought the top right hand corner looked a little bare so using Versamark I used a little accent stamp, from a Tatty Twinkle stamp set, to create the corner detail and heat embossed with gold embossing powder.

Using Pitt Artist Big Brush pens I added some definition around the text, I also used a Graph’it Shake pen in gold directly on the words and smudged with my finger so there’s a very subtle gold sheen on the words. To make Octavia pop I used the Pitt Artist Pens again, using grey and a soft yellow, to give her a little glow and I also used grey and black pens to add shadow around her feet to ground her. Finally I mounted onto an 8×8″ piece of aqua cardstock. I’m going to use my Cinch to bind my art journal pages together when I’ve made more!

Thanks for popping by and I very much hope to see you projects over on the Digi Choosday challenge blog, you’ll also find more inspiration from the DT over on the blog too.

I’d like to enter the following challenges

 Artistic Inspirations challenge #145 

Creative Fingers challenge #98

613 Avenue Create challenge #151

Inspiration Destination challenge #60

Craft Your Passion challenge #289

Brown Sugar challenge #173

Crafting From the Heart challenge #87

Crafting with Friends challenge #11


Tatty Twinkle Lace stamp collection – Lace

Morning, sharing some samples made for the launch of the brand new Tatty Twinkle stamp collection – Lace.


Had great fun with these stamp sets, my fav has to be the Sew Perfect set.


If you missed the launch show on Create and Craft TV (Freeview channel 36) this morning, you can see the show on the Create and Craft website here


Tatty Twinkle Sew Perfect, Tattered Lace dies – Elizabeth Border D699, Florentine Over the Edge 2 D226 & Lacy Primrose D852


Tatty Twinkle Sew Perfect, Tattered Lace dies – Mini Oriental Loop Border DX14


Tatty Twinkle Twirl, Tattered Lace dies – Essential Hearts ETL07 & Chatsworth D364


Tatty Twinkle Twirl, Tattered Lace dies – Essential Decorative Circles ETL05 & Anne D732


Tatty Twinkle Special Day, Tattered Lace dies – Elizabeth D735, Anne Border D700, Claire Trio TRI08 & Severn Dovetails D429


Tatty Twinkle Special Day, Tattered Lace dies – Christine Trio TRI07


Tatty Twinkle Grace, Tattered Lace dies – Centre Stepper card die SC02, Essential Decorative Rectangles ETL06, Butterflies D266 & Build a Bird Sun Gem D741


Tatty Twinkle Grace, Tattered Lace dies – Monumental Moments Happy Birthday MON01









Shoes, Shoes, Shoes

I know, I know I’ve been very lax with my blog but it’s just been busy, busy on the home front!


Sharing my recent makes using the brilliant new 3D dies from http://www.3diemensions.com.

I love making 3D projects but I don’t enjoy the drawing round the template and the cutting out, it’s time consuming and holding scissors for too long can be painful for me. The new dies make it sooooo much easier, can get to the fun bit of embellishing the project virtually instantly.


Just had to get the flat back gems out and do some bling for the shoes, I use the self adhesive strips of gems so it didn’t take too long to get all the gems on. Although the gems were self adhesive I did put glue on the back because I find the self adhesive gems need a little help sticking!


The brown shoes are my take on the steampunk theme and I created a simple box decorated with Tattered Lace dies and use stamps from my Tatty Twinkle collection, the stamps just added the finish touch for the shoe box and tissue paper. The shoes are also decorated with dies from my Tattered Lace die collection, which reminds me I need another storage folder for my expanding die collection oops!


The orange kitten heel was made using the same template but I simply cut away some of the edge of the shoe and reduced the heel.

You can buy the dies from Create and Craft, you can see demos throughout the day over on both Ideal World (Freeview 22) and Create and Craft (Freeview 36).


Thanks for popping by 🙂








Tatty Twinkles – Sunshine and Flowers Part 2

As promised yesterday, here’s part two of my recent makes using the brand new Tatty Twinkle stamp sets.

These samples were created using the Tatty Twinkle Spring Blossom stamp set and Sunshine Days, the stamp sets are available at Create and Craft TV, the Tattered Lace dies can be found over on the Tattered Lace website.

Thanks for popping by, enjoy your day whatever your up to 🙂


Tatty Twinkles Sunshine Days

Tatty Twinkles Sunshine Days


Products used –

Tatty Twinkles stamp set – Sunshine Days

Tattered Lace die – With Love Classic


Tatty Twinkles stamp set – Sunshine Days


Products used –

Tatty Twinkles stamp set – Sunshine Days

Tattered Lace die – Washing Line Lots of Love

Tattered Lace die – Chelsea Corner

Tattered Lace die – Beautiful Blooms


Tatty Twinkles stamp set – Spring Blossom


Products used –

Tatty Twinkles stamp set – Spring Blossom

Tatty Twinkles stamp set – Crazy Daisy

Tattered Lace die – Kew

Tattered Lace die – Watering Can

Tattered Lace die – Beautiful Blooms

Tattered Lace die – Severn Dovetails


Tatty Twinkles stamp set – Spring Blossom


Products used –

Tatty Twinkles stamp set – Spring Blossom

Tattered Lace die – Hardwick

Tattered Lace die – Severn Dovetail

Tattered Lace die – butterflies from Starlight Square