Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Twelve Month Challenge Winner

Twelve Month Challenge Winner

Hi there!

The weather is back to winter 
and I'm sitting here with my lovely
thick, warm scarf and fingerless
mitts on as I strive to keep warm

Hope you are managing to keep
warm - so difficult to know what
to wear isn't it?  Mind you, the old
adage is true - the one that goes
"Ne'r cast a clout 'till May is out"

We've a way to go then.............!

Time to announce another winner
Yayyy!!  This time it is for the
Month Challenge.  We had ten
entries, so ten numbers to give 
to Mr R O, who rapidly came up

No 3

Congratulations Jane

Please email me on
so I can send you your prize

Commiserations to everyone else
I hope you have better luck next time

'Til tomorrow

Mickie xx

Saturday, 22 April 2017



Hi Everyone!

Good to see you
are you doing anything
exciting this weekend?

I'm off to Kit and Kaboodle
where we will be making a
Decorative Gardener's Seed Box

Hmmm.... can't help thinking there
should be some punctuation in
there somewhere..............!

Apropos Decorative - Louise Thomson
is here today with a cute piece of
home decor..........

"The basic plan:

A bit of good ol’ ink smooshing…

Followed by some yummy texture paste… (I know you’ve seen the stencil before but I do rather love it!)

Stamping some feathers in Distress Oxide ink on tissue paper while the texture paste dries…

It’s funny how techniques come and go. 
I was about to painstakingly cut around 
these and try to give them a soft feathery 
look at the same time when I remembered
something I used to do with mulberry paper a lot…

A quick wizz around the shapes with a wet paintbrush and 30 seconds later…

Presto! Muchos time saved 😃

Back to the canvas....
and it is time to really start having fun. 
Plenty more ink added (mostly vintage photo, walnut stain and peeled paint) I also used a wet baby wipe to take back some of the ink in places to create more variation.

Adding water is what really makes the 
oxides come alive… 
suddenly they spread revealing a whole host 
of the colours they are made up of.

Starting to get really involved now… 
I add some brushos. 

Initially on top of the wet canvas, 
then after it has dried I add more 
before splattering with more water.

Now completely carried away, 
out comes the white gelly roll pen
 (another staple favourite) 
for a bit of doodling.

No shortcuts this time 
I stamp and cut around two birds 
from the Bo Bunny set. 

Distress Oxides make a lovely paint too- 
I just smooshed a bit on my non-stick mat
and picked them up with a wet paintbrush.

Remember the feathers? –
 time to add them back in. 

I tried using pva but being a 
water based glue it made the
ink run. 

For take-two I used pritt stick
and it was fine. 

Also added in at this point are
branches adapted from the 
wildflowers die set and coated
in more Oxide ink.

‘Lifted’ with a handwritten sentiment on 
scraps of card with fossilized amber Oxide ink 
blended on and broken china 
splattered over the top.

And just when I thought I had finished 
I suddenly found myself with the 
white gelly roll pen in hand again 
and thus a border was added!"

Thank you Louise
for a beautiful canvas
Love the depth you have
achieved in the woodland

Don't know about you
guys out there but I love
the way Louise lets us in
to her creative process

'Till tomorrow

Mickie xx

Friday, 21 April 2017



Hallo Everyone!

We have Craftyfield with us
today.  So sit back and relax
as she takes us step by step
through the making of this
very lovely greeting card:

 "Everything I heard about the New 
Distress Oxides inks had me excited. 

Would they live up to my expectations? 

Wonder no more the results are in...

My first test of the inks was with a black tag. 

Since Distress Oxides are opaque I wanted
 to know HOW opaque they really are.

 Although the tag above could be worked 
on for an Aurora Borealis night sky, the inks 
I chose weren't light enough to get me the 
intended results. 

(Note to self: get lighter colours next time!). 
Change of plan then...

On cream card the colours show beautifully. 
I did a test with water sprayed through a stencil, 
and the result, whilst delicate 
(I didn't apply enough ink for a dramatic effect), 
is beautiful.

 I stamped the flower with Distress Oxide to 
see how defined the stamping would be. 

Yes the ink stamps perfectly, like a 
pigment ink with an added bonus...

 I'm showing the IO stamp after stamping 
with the Distress Oxide. 

See how much ink is left on the stamp? 
Good thing to know, they give a very 
good 2nd generation stamping. 

Also note how detailed the original impression is. 

In the final piece the image is blurry but that is intentional!

 I sprayed some water on the stamp (without re-inking)
 to see how the ink would behave, as they are water reactive. 

I loved the results, really good for a faded background 
stamping and fairly defined in comparison to stamping
 with the Original Distress Inks and water.

Remember water reactive... 

I HAD to test this on paper too and sprayed 
my beautiful background! 

The water first blurred all the stamping and
 spread some of the blue all over the card. 
Another fabulous effect for a background paper.

I still need to do more testing, with more colours, 
but so far I am really happy with those inks 
which are rather versatile compared to either 
dye or pigment inks."


Distress Oxides (Fossilized Amber and Faded Jeans) 
Carabelle Studio Stencil 
Impression Obession CAC 
Honey doo Lilies stamp 
Paper Artsy ELB33
From my stash, black lace, flower and brad.

Thank you Craftyfield, such a 
luxurious card.  
Wonder what it would look like in a frame?

Don't you agree Everyone?  Sometimes
you get a card that you want to keep
on display....................
Please tell me I'm not the only one.........!!

'Till tomorrow

Mickie xx

Thursday, 20 April 2017



Hallo Everyone!

Hope you are having a 
good day - I'm rushing
about getting nowhere
so I feel at least one of
us should be having a
good time..............

Here is Jane Castle with
an ingenious way of
saying "thank you" ....

"For my project today using the new 
Distress Oxide ink pads I would like to share 
with you a present I've made for a 
very dear friend of ours.

 Every time he visits and has a cup of tea 
he makes very complimentary comments 
about our blend of tea 
( a mix of 3 different types we blend ourselves) 
so I felt it was time to give him a bag of his own 
but wanted it to be more than just a bag

As I tend not to throw anything away 
that 'might be useful' I raided my stash 
and found an empty cardboard inner 
from a ball of wool -- perfect!

I cut a piece of white card 7cm deep 
but longer than I needed to cover the tube. 
Then cut a tag from the some card using
 the middle size die from BoBunny 
nested tag dies. 

Both of these pieces of card were then coloured 
by swiping them through 2 colours 
of Distress Oxide ink that had been 
placed on the craft sheet and sprayed with water.

I continued doing this and adding more water 
to the card when needed until I achieved 
the effect I was after. 

I used my heat gun to dry between layers 
so as not to end up with a muddy colour. 
The lovely chalky effect builds up with the 
addition of spritzed water, leaving for a few seconds
 and then dabbing with some kitchen paper.

Once these were completely dry I masked 
off the stencil and added Grunge paste through 
the word tea onto the tag using the 
wonderful stencil by Scrapcosy from PaperArtsy. 

The centre of the card for covering the tube 
was stamped using the main image from 
PaperArtsy ESC03 in Vintage Photo and then 
heat embossed with clear EP.

Using the same stencil I then added some 
of the hessian effect to both pieces. 

Then using the sprig of flowers stamp from 
the same set I inked the stamp with Vintage Photo, 
wiped the flowers of ink with kitchen paper 
and then added some Fossilized Amber ink to the stamp 
using a sponge so as not to contaminate
 my new ink pad. This was then stamped onto 
the card each side of the main image.

The sprigs of flowers were spritzed with water 
and left for about 12secs before dabbing with kitchen paper.

The centre image was lightly rubbed with 
some Treasure Gold before trimming 
to the correct size. 

This was then attached to the cardboard tube 
with extra strong doublesided tape.

The Grunge Paste tea on the tag had the 
clean stencil replaced and was coloured 
using Fossilized Amber and Vintage Photo.

A cellophane bag was filled with the tea mix and tied 
at the top using the tag and some stripped down hairy string!

This was then placed inside the tube.

Well that makes a bag of tea look a little bit 
more interesting for a gift I think.
 Lets hope our friend likes it."

Items Used

(in Broken China, Vintage Photo and Fossilized Amber)
Nested Tag Dies
Treasure Gold in Renaissance
Extra Strong Double Sided Tape
Empty Shetland wool cardboard tube
Hairy String
And a Bag of Tea!

Well, that has improved my day
thank you so much Jane

That really is a lovely present
and I'm sure your friend will
be thrilled to bits with it

'Till tomorrow

Mickie xx

Wednesday, 19 April 2017



Hi there!

Here we with a new topic
and a new product.

Have you tried these yet?
Yes?  Then you'll know
how scrummy they are.
No?  You must - they are
so good to play with and
the results are .............
well, just take a look at
what Angel Radford has
brought to us today:

" Angela here to show you how much fun
 I have been having with these new inks. 

I wanted to see how well they worked on 
different types of card and I have to say 
they glide beautifully both with a blending tool
 and straight to paper and they show up 
so well on black card too. 

So I started by trying the same technique 
with the new Oxides (left) and the 
old distress inks (right). 

I did not want to cover the card completely 
for this project but I think you can see that
 the ink on the left looks richer and they cover 
the card quicker and are easier to apply.

Once I had a suitable background 
I went on to the images. 

I applied the ink to the stamp, spritzed it lightly 
with water and then stamped with it.

The image then takes on a gorgeous chalky 
appearance while maintaining a sharp background.

I repeated this on the black card next. 
You can see where the water was on 
the stamp giving the chalky finish and 
the other areas remain sharp. 

The image shows up so well which it 
wouldn't have done with the old Distress Inks.

 I then decided that an insert would look good 
and give me chance to see what the Oxides 
would look like just on plain white paper. 

I think it's gorgeous but what do you think? 
I love this stamp too, it's so pretty

and a close-up.

Of course all this must then be put together 
and this is how I completed the card. 

The sentiment is embossed using the oxides 
and embossing powder and completed 
with little pink gems. 

I mounted the design onto brown and 
pink card and then a black card blank. 

I can't wait to have another play but 
I am sure my teamies will be showing 
you lots more interesting examples 
of what you can do. 

Happy crafting, Angela xXx"

Products used:

Beautiful project Angela
Thank you

I need to get playing with this
super addition to the Distress range
How about you?

'Till tomorrow

Mickie xx