What’s on my Work Desk Wednesday

Well, I took the photos for today’s WOYWW and I cannot help but feel utterly ashamed. It’s not creatively messy anymore, it’s simply mess!

Here’s my desk as of ten minutes ago;


There are not one but FIVE unfinished projects on my desk right now. The Crackle Paint glass jars, that I still haven’t gotten round to finishing. Two different projects for this weeks Compendium of Curiosities Challenge because I started one, then had another completely different idea. The (un)finished tag projects from Creative Chemistry 101 and an altered photo frame. Sheesh!

Anyway, getting to the point. I’ve decided that it’s time for a clear out and/or clean up. I mean, it’s not just my desk. It’s under my desk. It’s the floor. It’s even the stash cupboards.



I can’t find a thing when I need it, though you can guarantee that said thing will not only be found, but in my way when I don’t need it! So, next week, (unless I trash it again in the meantime) you’ll see a completely organised and tidy craft space. Honest!

Finally, I apologise for not getting around many spaces last week. My lovely 8 month old rescue kitten, Dave, became poorly last Wednesday, and upon rushing him to the vet we learned that he had a terminal illness and had to be put to sleep. Devastated doesn’t cover it, but I’m glad we found it quickly and that he isn’t suffering.


Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday, see you next week!


Compendium of Curiosities 2 Challenge – Week 1

What a fun, inky, messy day I’ve had today! Deciding to play along with the talented Linda Ledbetter’s Compendium of Curiosities 2 Challenge was definitely one of my better ideas. Despite the fact that I’ve left it to the very last minute! I’ve had such a blast!

In case it’s not immediately obvious, the challenge is to complete various techniques from Tim Holtz newest compendium of curiosities. This weeks being the custom stamp technique found on page 66. The lovely folks over at Simon Says Stamp are offering up a voucher for their store for the winner.

I started off by cutting the Sewing Room Die from Grunge Board.


Then I cut the bodice of the dress form once again from Foil Tape.


I then placed the Foil Tape bodice inside the Riveted Metal Texture Fade and ran it through my Big Shot. I then dabbed it with a little Pitch Black paint dabber and set it aside.


Next I cut the stand from the Grunge Board bodice and inked it using Rusty Hinge and Vintage Photo Distress Inks. I then sprinkled it with Vintage Photo embossing powder and used my Heat Tool to emboss it. Once cool, I brushed away the release crystals and inked again with Rusty Hinge Distress Ink.


I then die cut the wings from the Heart Wings Alterations die using a scrap of chipboard. I then coated them in Picket Fence Crackle Paint and set them aside to dry. Once dry I dabbed a little Pitch Black paint dabber along the edges. Then pressed them into Clear Embossing Ink and coated them in UTEE, melting it with my Heat Tool. I gave them two more coats with UTEE and set them aside to cool.


Next I created my background using the Custom Stamp technique from Compendium of Curiosities 2 on a piece of Claudine Hellmuth’s Sticky Back Canvas. (No instructions here, you’ll have to buy Tim’s book! 😉 )


I attached my canvas to a Kraft tag and added faux stitching with a white journaling pen.


I took the Grunge Cotton Reel cut from the Sewing Room die and coloured it with Gold and Pitch Black paint dabbers. I then coloured a strip of parcel string with Silver paint dabber, and once dry wound it around the reel along with a length of silver bead chain. I then added a Mini Pin from Tim’s new Idealogy releases.

Next I cut a Movers & Shapers Heart from Shrink Plastic, colouring it red with a ProMarker before shrinking it with my Heat Tool. I then used Matt Multi Medium to glue it to my dress form.

I attached my dress form and cotton reel to my tag using double sided sticky foam, and gued the wings underneath using Matt Multi Medium. Also using Matt Multi Medium to attach an Ideaology Crown above the dress form (I removed the loop by snipping it with my Tonic Scissors) I then added a couple of Ideaology gears held together with a Long Fastener, punched through the tag. I then glued a few Mini Gears to the side of the tag and called it done.





What’s on your Workdesk Wednesday.

Oh my. Two weeks without a single blog, then I go and post two within 24 hours!

It’s time for WOYWW again and oh boy is my desk messy! Two weeks without getting inky leads to me sitting at my desk with my arms flailing like an octopus grabbing bits of stash and frantically throwing them together!

Here is my desk today


And be still my crafting heart, because today, I’ll mostly be playing with this..


It feels like I’ve waited forever for this die to hit the UK and it’s arrival yesterday lead to tiny little squeals of joy and some very strange looks from Missy Moo. Speaking of whom, she’ll be turning one on the 29th and I, completely stumped for card ideas, any suggestions greatly received!

Happy Wednesday!


12 Tags of 2012 – April

Oh my, it feels like ever such a long time since I last blogged. The Easter holidays really played havoc with my crafting time, and I confess this tag was my first foray back into inky goodness for almost two whole weeks!

Anyhoo, what better way to create a mess than with Tim Holtz’s 12 Tags of 2012

I started by cutting the Bird Branch die from grunge board. I then cut the bird from the branch, and inked the branch with Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain Distress inks using my Ink Blending Tool. I then coated the branch with Vintage Photo Embossing Powder, heat setting it with my Heat Tool. I then sprinkled a little Ranger Queen’s Gold embossing powder over the top, and heat set it. Next, I sprinkled a touch of Peeled Paint Embossing Powder onto the ends of the branch, before heat setting it and leaving it to cool. Once cool I gently removed the release crystals and set it aside.

Next I inked the bird using Stormy sky, Chipped Sapphire, Walnut Stain and Wild Honey Distress inks on my Ink Blending Tool. Adding an eye with a black marker and giving the beak and eye a little shine with Glossy Accents. I then spread a thin layer of Rock Candy Distress Stickles over the feathered part of the bird before setting it aside to dry.

I cut a tag from Ranger Manilla Card using my Tag and Bookplate die, before following Tim’s instructions for embossing and using the Reflections stamp. I then added colour with Stormy Sky, Chipped Sapphire, Dusty Concord and Wild Honey Distress inks on my Ink Blending Tool. Then I distressed the edges of the tag and inked it with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

I then spritzed a little water onto my craft sheet and dabbed the tag into the droplets. I then heat set it before spraying the entire tag with Biscotti Perfect Pearl Mist and heat setting it once more.


I used Glossy Accents to adhere the bird and branch to the tag, then added an Idealogy Crown using Matt Multi Medium to adhere it atop the bird’s head.


I then added a Word Band to the bottom of the tag, using double sided sticky foam. I then threaded a little twine through either end of the Word Band and attached them to the tag using my Tiny Attacher.


I finished the tag adding a length of Binding Ribbon coloured by swiping Dusty Concord Distress ink onto my craft sheet, spritzing it with Biscotti Perfect Pearl Mist and dipping the Ribbon into the droplets.


And I’ve just noticed that I forgot to attach an Ideaology Key. D’oh!


It’s a real shame that my camera didn’t pick up all the glitter and shine. It’s ever so pretty!


See you next time!


It’s Wednesday again, that means its time for WOYWW again. I know I say this every week, but where do the weeks go?! I simply cannot understand how it is April already. April means my beautiful baby girl is about to turn one, and that truly isn’t possible. She was only born about 5 minutes ago. And anyway, I looked out of the window this morning and the weather tells me that it definitely is not spring, so you see, it can’t possibly be April. So there.

Now my moaning is out of the way, brace yourself.

This is my desk today;


It’s clean and tidy! Well, as clean and tidy as it ever gets anyway. It looks all wrong doesn’t it? However, it looks so much better with my new purchases..


And better still with all 25 tags from Creative Chemistry 101..


Right, I suppose I best go and stare at my sleeping daughter because I suspect she’ll be turning 18 in the next week or so.. 😉

Happy Wednesday!

Creative Chemistry 101-Day 4

Ah Day four, my nemesis. I did not have an easy time with this set of techniques, and I’m really unhappy with both my tags and the eventual card. But I promised I’d show the good and the bad, so here I am.

Day four of Tim Holtz Creative Chemistry 101 was all about Distress Re-Inkers. Now, I don’t own very many Re-Inkers, and what I do own aren’t particularly complimentary to each other but hey ho, persevere I will..

The techniques involved Watercolouring with Re-Inkers, Layered Misting Technique and Custom Stamp Pad Technique. Here are the tags I did alongside the videos.


How deliciously ugly is that girly?! Sigh.

I had to make two cards for Day Four because I simply could not make all three techniques work together. Hell, being honest, I’m not sure I made them work at all! My crafting mojo took one look at what I was trying to do and moved out.

For the first card, I combined the Layered Misting Technique and the Watercolouring with Re-Inkers technique. My two most hated parts of this course. I utterly detest spray inks. Truly, I do. I’m messy with them, they coat everything in a mile radius. Add to that, that my Re-Inker colours simply weren’t complimentary and you can understand why my crafting mojo headed for the hills.

Anyway, moaning over. I started by stamping the girlie from Tim Holtz’s Stampers Anonymous Winged Things stamp set onto Ranger Speciality Stamping Paper. I then coloured her in using my detail Ranger Water Pen and Dusty Concord, Vintage Photo, Spun Sugar, Wild Honey, Mustard Seed, Crushed Olive, Broken China, Pumice Stone, Fired Brick and Dried Marigold Re-Inkers. I then dried her with my Heat Tool before cutting her out and Cutting off the hat. I then distressed the edges with Vintage Photo and added the words ‘she dreams of’ from Tim’s new Chit Chat stickers. then coated the wings in Glossy Accents and set her aside to dry.


Next I created my background by spraying my paper with Dried Marigold Re-Inker (confession: It was Re-Inker with Perfect Pearls as I had changed my Mini Misters for another Class and didn’t want to waste it) Then I attached several Butterfly Stickers and sprayed again with Wild Honey Re-Inker. I then set it aside to dry.


I then die cut lace strips from white card using Tim’s Vintage Lace die, misting them with Biscotti Perfect Pearls Mist and colouring the edges with Pumice Stone Distress Ink. I also coloured a piece of seam binding ribbon with Victorian Velvet Distress stain, crumpling it into a ball and drying it with my heat tool. I then dabbed it with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and attached it to the bottom of my background with a strip of Wonder Tape. I attached the lace strips to the top and bottom of the background using Ranger Collage Glue Stick.

Next I took a piece of heat resistant acetate and stamped the butterflies from Tim’s Papillion stamp set in Clear Embossing Ink before sprinkling it with Ranger Bridal Embossing Tinsel and heat setting it with my Heat Tool. I then used Tim’s Butterfly Movers and Shapers to cut three of the butterflies from the acetate and also three from a paper I’d liberally spritzed with more Re-Inker mists. I then attached the acetate butterflies to the misted butterflies down the body only, bending the acetate wings so they sat as if in flight. I then attached pearls to the body of all three.

Next I glued my girlie to the background, adding an ideology crown where the hat should be. I then attached the three butterflies before attaching the words ‘winged things’ that I’d punched from my label maker. Finishing by adding an ideology token and a pair of tiny wing charms.


I’m pretty ambivalent towards the finished card. It’s not my style to be honest, and I’m not sure I like it but that’s what I made so there you have it. I should also pass credit to my six year old son, the butterflies were his idea, as was some of the composition. He loves the finished product, typically.

The final technique was the custom stamp pad, and I confess I haven’t actually finished it as yet. My mojo is still on strike for these techniques I fear. Still, I’ll share where I’m at.

I started by stamping the butterflies from the Papillion set, using my custom stamp pad, onto Speciality Stamping paper. I then heat set it with my heat tool. Next I pressed Clear Embossing Ink all over the page and coated it in Ranger UTTE. I gave it six coats of UTTE before letting it cool. Once cool, I bent the paper backwards to shatter the UTTE before inking the shards with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.




And that’s pretty much where I left it, I’ll try to remember to share the finished piece once my ever elusive mojo decides to make its return.

Creative Chemistry 101- Day 3

I can hardly believe it, but here I am. Blogging three times in one week. It’s almost unnerving!

Day three of Creative Chemistry 101 was all about HRH Tim Holtz teaching us techniques using Archival Ink. We learned the Alcohol Ink Agates, Archival Resist and Stamping with Reflections techniques, and oh boy was it fun!

As I mentioned yesterday, I’ll be showing my original tags that I made alongside the videos and I’ll also show a card made using all three techniques.

Here are my original tags.


The little bit of Manilla tag peeking through on the top of the middle tag is a good lesson to learn. Don’t use Glossy Accents to glue the reinforcer to the tag if you’re a messy gluer! D’oh!

Now, here I must apologise for the lack of step by step photographs. I have no excuse other than I am obviously rubbish and completely lost my head whilst making the card. I completely forgot to take photos. My head is hanging in shame, I promise.

Here’s my card.


I decided to combine all three techniques into one card by using a sort of patchwork look, bound together with Tiny Attacher staples that had been coloured with Snow Cap Mixative.

The first technique was Alcohol Ink Agates. I applied Butterscotch, Gold Mixative, Eggplant, Pool, Raspberry, Red Pepper, and Bottle Alcohol Inks onto a felt pad on my ink blending tool and dabbed them onto half a piece of Ranger’s Glossy Paper. Once I was satisfied with the colour saturation I stamped over the top with Jet Black Archival Ink using the Retro Circles from Tim Holtz’s Stampers Anonymous Bitty Grunge stamp set. I then heat set it with my Heat Tool before cutting the page into 2″ x 2″ squares and matting it onto slightly larger squares of Mustard Seed Core’dinations and inking the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.


The next technique was Archival Resist. I started by stamping the Retro Circles stamp onto Ranger Glossy Paper using Chrome Yellow, Rose Madder, Aquamarine and Deep Purple Archival Inks. I then heat set them with my Heat Tool. Next, I rubbed Vintage Photo Distress Ink straight from the pad onto the paper, streaking in down the page then quickly buffing it with a muslin square. Then I added a little Peeled Paint and Fired Brick from the pad onto the page, again buffing it with the muslin. I then heat set it once more before cutting it into 2″x2″ squares and matting it onto Mustard Seed Core’dinations.


The final technique was Stamping with Reflections. I used the Retro Circles Texture Fade and stamped it with Dictionary Reflections stamp using Coffee Archival ink, adding a square of Manilla cardstock before running it through my BigShot. I then inked my embossed page using Chipped Sapphire, Dusty Concord, Peeled Paint, Tumbled Glass, Faded Jeans, Fired Brick and Wild Honey Distress Inks and my Ink Blending Tool. I then cut the paper into squares and inked the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. Next I pressed the squares into my Clear Embossing Distress pad and coated them in Ranger Ultra Thick Embossing Powder, melting it with my heat tool and letting them cool before matting them onto Mustard Seed Core’dinations and inking the edges again with Vintage Photo.


I then attached all of the squares to a piece of Black Soot Core’dinations using a little Glossy Accents before stapling the pieces in a cris-cross style with my Tiny Attacher. I was deliberately messy with the staples, to give it a rougher look. I then inked each staple with Snow Cap Mixative. I then cut a small banner from white card and inked it with Peeled Paint Distress Ink and Distressed the edges with Vintage Photo before stamping it with the word ‘Wishes’ using my wood mounted letter stamps (they’re vintage so I’m not sure of the brand) I then attached the banner to the bottom right square using a Long Fastener through a Washer.


I then took all of the letters to form the word ‘Birthday’ from Tim Holtz’s Ransom Alphabet and attached a letter per square. I then stuck the whole thing to a card and called it done.


So there you have it, my version of Day Three 🙂

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