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Saturday, August 18, 2018

Be Bold .....




A 2.5 inch inspirational circular Fridge Magnet crafted from card. The outer circle is on Kraft card and is coloured with pink and purple dots. The inner circle is on a stamped background in purple and has been overlaid with an image of a dolls head and torso coloured with Alcohol Inks. The inspirational letter read 'BE BOLD' and the Fridge Magnet is embellished with multi-coloured glitter and pink gems. The circle has been edged in black !


The strong magnet on the back is thin and is made from Neodymium !

It is for sale in my Etsy Shop ..... click HERE to go have a look .....

Sid xx

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Friday, August 17, 2018

Magnetic Gingko .....


A 2.5 inch circular Fridge Magnet crafted from card, coloured with Distress Oxide Inks, stamped with Gingko and fern leaves with some lustre heat embossing.  Embellished with the glazed word 'Create' and edged in Gold.

The strong magnet on the back is thin and is made from Neodymium !

It is for sale in my Etsy Shop ..... click HERE to go have a look .....

Sid xx

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Make Your Mark .....


These personalised bookmarks would make a perfect gift for someone who reads 'real books' .....

They are made from card and antique dictionary pages along with stamping.  They have been heat-laminated to make them durable in use.

Available for sale in my Etsy Shop - Click HERE to go have a look !

Sid xx

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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Sweet Kittens .....


A sweet kittens bookmark .......

A die-cut base, coloured with Distress Oxides, stamped and coloured with Alcohol markers.  It has been heat laminated to make it durable and wipeclean and has a piece of turquoise satin ribbon to embellish !

This is for sale in my Etsy Shop - Harpies Crafty Corner  - click HERE to go there !

Sid xx

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Tea-Bag Birthday .....


Seems like tea-bag painting is on trend so I set about doing a little water-colouring on a used tea which had been dried, emptied and ironed.  I used no Gesso on this one and found that the watercolours spread a bit .... but it was a first attempt and I quite enjoyed making it.  Now saving all my teabags to do more !

The tea-bag was stamped with an Art Deco stamp in Archival black ink and coloured with water-colour brush pens.

The card frame was die-cut and coloured with Distress Oxides before mounting on foam pads.  The sentiment was stamped in Archival black ink and mounted on more Distress Oxide coloured card.

Sid xx

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Monday, August 13, 2018

August sun .....



With the scorching sunny weather we have had this August I decided to make a bright & sunny collaged August 4 x 4 inch decorated square for a swap on UK Stampers Forum Facebook Group ....

I used a piece of waste cereal packet as the base cut to 4 x 4 inches.  I then used a stencil and some bronze crackle paste applied with a palette knife.  Once dry I coloured the white space with watercolour brush pens in orange and yellow.

The clouds were stamped in Memento black ink and diecut before colouring with Alcohol ink marker and were embellished around the edges with glossy accents and blue glass glitter. The large cloud was stamped with the month 'August' in Archival black. The sun was stamped in Memento orange ink, trimmed out and embellished with orange peel Stickles glitter glue.  The central 'Sun' is a sticker.

The fantasy flowers were stamped in colours in Memento Ink, trimmed out and embellished with more Stickles glitter glue.  A couple of strips of green Washi tape were applied at the base of the square and all elements were attached by glue and foam pads as shown.  The square was finished by edging with Krylon gold pen.

Being sent to Hannah for the Swap & hope she likes it !

If you fancy joining in swaps, why not join UK Stampers Forum ? Click HERE to go there .... it's free & fun !

Sid xx

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Thursday, August 09, 2018

Magical mail......



Here is a fantasy mail-art postcard made for a swap over in UK Stampers Forum Facebook Group ....

I made the background (cut to 6 x 4 inch) from watercolour paper coloured with watercolour washes.  This was then stamped in Archival black with the images which were highlighted with white Posca pen and silver pen.

I then mounted the watercolour paper on a piece of white card and edged the postcard with black Alcohol pen.

The card was then sprayed with matt acrylic varnish to protect it through the post (it travels naked) !

If you would like to join the swap click HERE to join in .... it's free & fun !

Sid xx

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Wednesday, August 08, 2018

Pointy Hats .....



Made a set of ATC's for a swap over on UK Stampers Forum Facebook Group ....

The theme was Pointy Hats & Crowns so I choose to go the 'Pointy Hats' route ....

The base cards were made from cereal boxes cut to 2.5 x 3.5 inches.  The background was first stamped with a stamp from PaperArtsy in Versamark ink after using an anti-static bag and then heat embossed with white pearl embossing powder to act as a resist to the subsequent layer of Distress inks applied with cut'n'dry foam.  A little splash of water  and dabbing with a dry tissue removed some of the colour in a random manner.  I then wiped off excess ink from the stamped and embossed image.

I then used a Tim Holtz background stamp to colour in brown Distress Ink as shown.

The face stamp was stamped onto white card in black Memento ink and trimmed out with the edges coloured ink Alcohol ink along with the cheek spots.  The hats were made from printed and Brusho coloured backgrounds which were cut into triangles and then mounted on more white card to add a border.

The card edges were then heat embossed with peanut butter embossing powder.  The words were printed with a Dymo gun and coloured tapes & applied as shown.  Final touches were made with white and black Posca markers.

If you would like to join in a swap then click HERE to go there and join ... it's free & fun !!

Sid xx

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Sunday, August 05, 2018

Silver metal .....


Made a set of Inchies for a swap over on UK Stampers Forum Facebook Group ....

I used black card and some silver sparkle embossing powder applied over stamped images with Versamark ink. I have highlighted some areas with a white pigment pen.

If you would like to join in our Inchie swap click HERE to join the Group .... it's free & fun !

Sid xx

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Friday, August 03, 2018

Iridescent Moths ....



This tag was made for a monthly swap over on UK Stampers Forum Facebook Group ......

I cut the tag from white cardstock and coloured with Distress inks applied on cut'n'dry foam.  The swirls were stamped in dark brown.

I have used other stamps to apply various Brilliance pearlescent inks along with the text. 

The moths were stamped in archival black ink on the tag and I then made some film from fusing Angelina fibres between two layers of non-stick sheet, ironing to fuse them.  Once cool I have re-stamped the moths in more Brilliance inks before trimming out just the wings and applying over the original images on the tag.

The tag has been edged in brown Distress ink and a green eyelet applied with the Crop-o-Dile and tied through with some rust and green fibres to finish.

If you fancy joining in the swap click HERE to join the forum .... it's free and fun !

Sid xx

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Wednesday, August 01, 2018

Sweet .....


Welcome to an Arty August !!

Made some more Artist Trading Coins (2.5 inch diameter circles) for a swap over on UK Stampers Forum Facebook Group ....

These are made on a die-cut white card base that has been covered in decorative paper.  Some white circles have been applied to the background too !

The cupcakes are stamped onto white card using three different shades of ink to build up the topping and the cupcake case.  Some red 'sprinkles' have been stamped afterwards and some Stickles glitter glue applied to add a frosting.  The Coins have been edged in a border made using black & white Posca markers and the word 'Sweet' stamped with black Archival Ink.  The cupcakes have been trimmed, edged in black and applied to the coins on foam pads.

If you fancy joining in a very popular swap (there are other swaps too) click HERE to go to join the Forum ... it's free and fun to do so !!

Sid xx

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Thursday, July 26, 2018

Squeeze ......



Another bookmark, this time with limes .....

Background was die-cut from bright yellow card and the limes were stamped onto white card in two colours of green dye ink and highlighted with a fine micron before being trimmed out ans applied to the tag.  The leaves were die-cut from Brusho coloured watercolour paper and the sentiment stamped in black Archival ink.



The tag was backed in Kraft card, edged in lime ink and was sealed by laminating to protect in use followed by cutting a hole with the crop-a-dile with some yellow grosgrain ribbon tied through to finish.

Sid xx

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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Queeny Coins ....


Another set of Artist Trading Coins in the Alice in Wonderland theme.....  each has a little envelope with an aperture so the coin can be seen through .....

Sid xx

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Lemons .....



Made a bookmark as a gift for a friend who loves reading and has her nose in a book constantly .....

I die-cut a banner out of white card and coloured this with a watered down mustard seed Distress Ink wash to which I added a few spatters of lime green ink.

The lemons were stamped in two colours of yellow Memento Ink, trimmed out, edged with Archival black.  The leaves were die-cut from Brusho coloured watercolour paper.

These were glued into place and the sentiment stamped in Archival black as shown.  The bookmark was then backed in Kraft card.

The whole bookmark was then heat laminated to provide some durability in use.

Sid xx

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Sunday, July 22, 2018

Lovebirds ......


Made a mail-art postcard for a swap over on UK Stampers Forum Facebook Group .....

I made the background out of watercolour paper which I coloured with Brushos !  I stamped directly onto the background a house and some stylised trees and edged the card with a dotty border with Archival ink.  Some Posca work was done to enhance.

The birds (PaperArtsy by Jofy) were stamped on card and coloured with watercolour brush markers, trimmed out and firmly adhered to the background.  The words and hearts were stamped directly and the hearts coloured with Posca marker to finish !

This will travel directly through the post as it is so I gave it a liberal spray with matt acrylic lacquer to seal and protect.

If you fancy joining in a swap .... join the Forum and click HERE to do so .... it's free and fun .....

Sid xx

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Saturday, July 21, 2018

Alice Coins ......


After being sent a wonderful gift from Jannet Blay from a blog Challenge on her blog 'Enchanted Place' my interest in Alice in Wonderland was re-kindled !  Also she had wrapped the gift pieces in gorgeous 'Rabbit' tissue paper which I saved and used in these Coins !

I die-cut the 2.5 inch diameters circles from white card and covered each with the tissue paper applied with a soft brush and loads of matt Mod Podge.  When dry I stamped a number of AIW images in Memento Ink and coloured these with Copic Markers before trimming out.

The images were applied after being edged with black ink and the wording was stamped directly on the coin using black Archival Ink.

A couple of red heart shaped gems were applied as shown onto each coin and they were edged in red Copic marker.  They were backed with Kraft card.

The envelopes were made after stamping liberally with a red heart and the apertures cut with another smaller die.

Thanks Jannet !!

Sid xx

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Friday, July 20, 2018

Sweet Trading Coins ........


Made these Artist Trading Coins using an old rubber stamps and some different techniques. Each uses 2.5 inch die-cuts as the base.

The top one I used coloured pencils and chalks for the background and stamped with Distress Ink over this, edged with Versamagic Chalk Ink.

Bottom left I used printed paper as the base and stamped in Distress Ink and used a water brush to produce a watercolour effect. Again edged with chalk ink.

Bottom right I applied dye inks direct-to-paper, over stamped in Versafine sepia ink and then used Posca markers to further define the outlines. Again edged with chalk ink.

All three have some Posca white pen to highlight eyes and teeth.

These are up for swaps, so if you would like to swap with me, please email me on the email link in the right border of the blog !

Sid xx

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Tropical Beach ......


Made a Gothic Arch in the theme of 'Beach' ..... It's part of a monthly Challenge over on UK Stampers Forum !

I have used papers, stickers, ribbon, glitter and stamping to make it ..... bright and Cheerful reminds me of being on holiday !

If you fancy making one then click HERE to join the Forum ... it's free and fun !!

Sid xx

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Summer Sun ......



Made a set of 'Summer' ATC's for a monthly swap over on UK Stampers Forum ...... of course it had to feature sun with the wonderful weather we have been having.

I die-cut the suns and heat embossed with tangerine pearlescent embossing powder !  The backgrounds were created with Distress Oxides, with some stamping in Memento and Archival inks.

If you would like to join in the swap (very popular !) then click HERE to go to the group to join .... it's free and fun .....

Sid xx

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Wednesday, July 04, 2018

Butterfly money ......


Here are a set of three Artist Trading Coins made for a monthly swap over on UK Stampers Forum Facebook Group......

They are made from 2.5 inch die-cut circles of stout card, covered in printed papers which have been stamped and decorated with white & turquoise Posca Pens.

The butterflies have been layer stamped trimmed out and glittered with pale blue Stickles.  The word 'beautiful' has been stamped, trimmed and applied as shown.

If you fancy joining in a swap click HERE to join the Forum and take part.... it's free & fun !!

Sid xx

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July .....


Made a 4 x 4 inch Decorated Square for the month of July over on UK Stampers Forum Facebook Group ....

I used a cornflake packet for the base (trying to be green !) and covered with some printed paper which was stamped and decorated with some collaged flowers and Washi tape.

The main image was stamped and coloured with watercolour brushpens, trimmed out and applied as shown.  The square was edged with dots in Posca ink and silver pen.

Final touch was to apply the month plate on a red background on foam pads !

Hope the recipient likes it !!!

Sid xx

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Monday, July 02, 2018

Blue Wish ......


Made a set of Inchies for a swap over on UK Stampers Forum Facebook Group ....

These are always a challenge as they are only 1 x 1 inches square !  I used a blue card base, stamped a bubble design in Versamagic green chalk ink. Stamped the word 'Wish' in black Archival ink and further decorated with black Enamel accents and a mini gem.

If you fancy joining in the swap click HERE to join ..... it's free and fun !!

Sid xx

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Bloom ......


This Summery tag was made for a monthly swap over on UK Stampers Forum ....

I started with a white card base trimmed to size.  This was covered in a selection of papers which were stamped with a swirl in red Memento ink.

The main image (Elusive Images) was tamped in Archival black, coloured with Distress inks and a water-brush, trimmed out and applied as shown. The word 'bloom' was stamped at the base in Archival black ink.

The eyelet was added with the Crop-a-Dile and a piece of red spotty ribbon was stapled through.  The tag was edged in red Versamagic chalk ink to finish.

If you would like to take part in the swap click HERE to go to the Forum and join .... it's free & fun !!!

Sid xx

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Saturday, June 30, 2018

Oriental Summer .....


Made a mail-art postcard for a swap on UK Stampers Forum Facebook Group with an oriental & Summer theme ......

The base is white card and I have coloured the background with Distress inks added stamping in Distress & Brilliance inks and some stencilling.  The main image is by Hero Arts and I have used a waterbrush to colour it.  I have used gold & white pens to highlight and stamped the Chinese symbol for 'Summer' as shown.

It will be sent 'naked' through the post so I have sprayed with matt acrylic sealer to protect it against the ravages of the Postal system.

If you fancy joining in the swap, click HERE to go to the Forum and join us !  It's free & fun .....

Sid xx

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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Meow .....


A set of ATC's made for a monthly swap over on UK Stampers Facebook Group ....

The theme was Red, White & Blue .... so I kept the background dead plain , stamped the cats in red Memento ink, coloured blue with Copic markers and decorated with swirly stamps and a micron pen from PaperArtsy.

The Alphas are self adhesive ....

If you fancy joining in our ATC swap click HERE to join the group .... it's free & fun !!

Sid xx

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June square ......


This 4 x 4 inch decorated square was made for a monthly swap over on UK Stampers Forum Facebook Group ..... this one is for June !!!

I used an embossed background treated with paints and metallic waxes on card from a recycled cereal box.  A stamped and coloured tag along with printed collage elements, fibres and metal florals have been complimented with buttons and glitter glue.

This one is going to a member in Germany ..... hope she likes it !

If you fancy joining in the Group click HERE to go there and join ..... it's free and fun .....

Sid xx

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Monday, June 25, 2018

Best Butter Tag ......




Made this tag as  part of a Challenge on The Enchanted Place Blog by Jannet Blay. The challenge centres around 'Alice Day' where in celebration of the book 'Alice in Wonderland' by Lewis Carroll we are to make an Alice related piece. I have designed and made this tag as my entry. It depicts the March Hare holding up the pocket watch at the Mad Hatters Tea Party and declaring 'But it was the BEST Butter' before dipping the whole thing in his tea !

The tag is a manilla tag coated liberally in mustard seed Distress Stain, dried with a heat gun and heat embossed with diamonds through a mask with Versamark ink and detail clear embossing powder. The tag was then swiped over with picket fence Distress stain and wiped with a baby wipe to remove the white stain from the clear embossed diamonds.

Some of the unglazed diamonds were then filled in with a water brush filled with orange dye ink.
I next stamped the top of the tag with a squares and dots border stamp inked with black Archival Ink. Some black dots were added with fine black Posca pen.

The base of the tag was decorated in layers with some pale orange lace, lemon Rik-Rak ribbon and a silver buckle, black & white striped ribbon and spotty paper held in place with two gold staples.

The March Hare (IndigoBlu) was stamped on white card in black Archival Ink and coloured in with Marvey alcohol ink brush pens before cutting out and adhering as shown. The words are maroon self adhesive letters edged with black Posca.

Final touch was to edge the tag in tangerine Versamagic chalk ink and apply a piece of pale gold silk ribbon, tying in place and finishing with two more gold staples.

Sid xx


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Friday, June 22, 2018

Swirly Inchies .....



A set of Inchies made for a swap over on UK Stampers Forum Facebook Group ......

I have used a swirly background in cream and dark pink onto which I have heat embossed an image with mustard embossing powder.  Two edges have also been heat embossed with cloisonne embossing powder.

The words are from an old dictionary all beginning with the letter 'SW' edged with yellow Posca marker.

If you fancy joining in a monthly Inchie swap why not click HERE to go to join the Forum !  Its free and fun !

Sid xx

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Secret Arch .....


Made a Gothic Arch for a Challenge over on UK Stampers Forum .....

I used a Brusho background on watercolour paper and stamped this with Archival black and a set of arty flowers stamps.  I applied a few layers of washi tape and paper lace and added a stamped die-cut flower.

I used Posca and white pigment pens to decorate elements on the Arch .....

If you fancy joining in the Challenge click HERE to join the Forum .... it's fun and free !

Sid xx

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Sunday, June 03, 2018

Three Flowers .....


Beautiful day today here in Salford ....

Here is a new handmade birthday card featuring three multi-layered flowers ....

They have been stamped with layering stamps and shades of dye ink, trimmed out, glazed and mounted on foam pads.  The card is for sale in my Etsy Shop ..... click HERE to go have a look ....

Sid xx



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Friday, June 01, 2018

Green Love .......


Made a decorated tag for a Swap over on UK Stampers Forum !

I have used unusual colours for a 'Love' theme.  There are stamped elements over a background made with Distress inks.  The heart has been stamped and foiled in gold and green metallic film and mounted on foam pads to raise it.  I have stamped the buttons with Stazon ink and applied at the base.

Finishing touch was to add some green eyelash fibres.

If you fancy joining in the swap (one of many) click HERE to join the Forum and join in !

Sid xx

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AT Coins .....


Welcome to June !!!

Seems the latest papercraft trend is to make Artist Trading Coins as apposed to Artist Trading Cards (ATC's) !

They are 2.5 inch diameter circles which are decorated for trading or swapping.  These 3 are my first attempt at making some.

I have used printed papers, collage, magazine images, stamping, dimensional pearls, glitter & penwork using Posca markers and metallic pens.  I really enjoyed making them for a new monthly swap on UK Stampers Forum where 3 are made and swapped each month.

If you fancy having a go why not join the Forum to do so..... it's free and fun !  Click HERE to go there to join !

Sid xx

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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Early Bird .....



A mailart postcard made for a monthly Swap over on UK Stampers Forum ......

I made this with a card base covered in a watercolour paper background coloured with Brushos.  I then used Dylusions stamps and stamped the birdy directly on the background with Archival black ink.

The image was coloured with Posca markers, which were also used to do the outline of the card.

The sentiment was stamped on white card, trimmed, adhered and coloured with Posca marker.  I sprayed the whole card with acrylic matt spray to seal as it will travel through the post 'naked' to it's recipient.

If you fancy joining in this swap (or others) then do click HERE to go and join the Forum .... it's free and fun !!!

Sid xx

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Leaves & flowers ......


Here is a 4 x 4 inch decorated square made for a Monthly swap over on the UK Stampers Forum Facebook Group !

I have used recycled cereal packet as the base and some Brusho background & printed papers.  I have also applied a metal frame with a tree stamped and coloured within.  Some punched leaves, stamped flowers and Washi tape finish the square .....

If you fancy taking part in swaps why not join the Forum ? It's free & fun  .... click HERE to go to join .....

Sid xx

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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Chrysanthemums .......


This handmade Birthday Card card features a multitude of stamped Chrysanthemum blooms in black outline with a stunning Orange/Yellow coloured bloom with leaves to add a splash of colour !




I have used watercolours to colour the bloom (which is raised) and added some shiny yellow epoxy dots and an Orange sentiment to finish.

This card is for sale in my Etsy Shop ...... click HERE to go there ......

Sid xx


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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Inchies .....



Just made a set of 6 Inchies (1 x 1 inch Decorated Squares) for a monthly swap on UK Stampers Forum Facebook Group.

They are coloured with Brushos, stamped with small stamps and Memento inks and decorated with mini gems.

If you fancy joining in a swap, why not join the Forum .... it's free and fun ..... click HERE to go to the Group !

Sid xx

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Gerberas ......



I do love Gerberas as a cut flower .... such gorgeous colours !!

With that in mind I have made a new Gerbera Birthday Card using heat embossing & stamps from Uniko.  I have coloured with watercolours and a waterbrush.




It's for sale in my Etsy Shop ..... click HERE to go have a look .....

Sid xx

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Monday, May 14, 2018

Peacock Flower .....



It's a glorious warm & sunny day here today so here is another of my Fantasy Floral cards .... this one is a Peacock Flower ....

Made with stamps, dye inks as watercolours and layered on foam pads ....




I have used iridescent blue glitter to enhance the flower .... it's for sale in my Etsy Shop ..... click HERE to go have a look .....

Sid xx

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Sunday, May 13, 2018

Coloured Leaves .....



Made a clean & simple 'Thank You' card with stamps from Uniko and brightly coloured dye inks.

It's for sale in my Etsy Shop ....... click HERE to go have a look !

Sid xx

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Friday, May 11, 2018

Leafy Thank You .....


Want to say 'Thank You' to someone who deserves it ?

This clean and simple card was made to do just that !  It is handmade and hand-stamped in various shades of brown dye Ink using a set of stamps from Uniko.

It's for sale in my Etsy Shop ...... click HERE to go there .......

Sid xx

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Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Leafy Florals ......


Lovely weather we have been having recently .... long may it continue !

This clean & simple handmade Birthday Card has been made with hand-coloured die-cuts, stamping and sequins in very muted pastel colours....... it's for sale in my Etsy Shop ....... click HERE to go have a look ........

I have also entered this into The Crafters Castle Challenge #5 !

Sid xx


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Saturday, May 05, 2018

Ribbons .......



A set of ATC's made for a swap on UK Stampers Forum ...... the theme is ribbons & bows & I have used backgrounds made from ribbon ....with painted paperclay embellishments, die cut - inked and stamped butterflies & glitter ....

If you fancy joining in an ATC swap then click HERE to go to the Forum & join .....

Sid xx

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Friday, May 04, 2018

Fantasy Floral .....



A brand new Fantasy Floral Birthday Card made with stamps, watercolours die-cuts & sequins ....


It's for sale in my Etsy Shop ...... click HERE to go have a look .....

Sid xx

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Thursday, May 03, 2018

Pink Cake ......



This cute hand-made bear Birthday Card brings back those feelings of over indulgence at your Birthday Party !




It's for sale in my Etsy Shop ...... click HERE to go there .......

Sid xx

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