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Leave Your Fears

Leave Your Fears

This is a beautiful stamp set from Visible Image which I haven’t played with it for ages, so that needed fixing!

I’ve been slowly trying out the oxides to see how they compare to regular distress inks for different techniques … so for this card it is about seeing how it works with the ‘acrylic block’ technique.  And it worked!  The main colour used is Iced Spruce.  The splash of colour was Broken China, applied with a piece of plastic.  This is to fit in with the Splash Of Colour theme for this month’s challenge on Visible Image’s facebook page (link below).

A little doodling of hearts and a few splashes of black ink finishes it off.  It doesn’t feel like it needs any more than this.

Stamps used are from the ‘Leave Your Fears Behindset.

There is the monthly Show and Tell group on their facebook page.  Along with the new monthly challenge for those who would like to play along and be in with a chance to win spending money.

This month it is ‘Splash Of Colour’.

To see the new range and to see more information on them, please pop on over to the Visible Image Shop.
Also at my Etsy shop – the link is on my side-bar.
Visible Image social links are:
The blog …
Our facebook group – where you can find our monthly Show & Tell challenge and Monthly Theme Challenge.
Our facebook page – where you will be kept up to date with everything that is going on.
You can also follow Visible Image on: PinterestTwitter and Instagram

Come Fly With Me.

Come Fly With Me

is my latest inspiration piece for Rubber Dance.

The Challenge this fortnight at Rubber Dance is all about using ribbon, or string, on your work.  Now I have to be honest – rarely do I ever use ribbon, or flowers, or the colour pink … in anything that I make.  Okay, sometimes a little pink lol.  So the string and ribbon in this card may be a little hard to see.

I found some pretty scrap ribbon hidden away in the bottom box on the shelf.  This had a row of gold beads down the center, so I’ve cut the material bits away just leaving the beads.  I’ve run some string through my black ink pad, and the two bits together made for a lovely tail and antennae for my butterfly.

A reminder that Rubber Dance will ship stamps for FREE, anywhere in the world on orders over 15 Euro!
Just enter my code: DLFreeShip at the checkout.
or, if you are in Australia, check out
You will find a whole lot of inspiration over at the Rubber Dance blog…with loads of creative ideas for you to try and to get your creative juices flowing.
Please join in the fun and be in the running for some awesome Rubber Dance stamps.
Have fun stamping!!!
Just a note to let you know that I have changed my blog from blogger to wordpress.  I’m really happy with the change but this means that there are no longer any ‘followers’ list. If you like what I do and would like to follow – I have a ‘subscribers’ option on the right side-bar.
Thank you to everyone who has followed me over the years and I hope that you subscribe for future posts.
Dot x

Gone Fishing …

Gone Fishing

is our new challenge at FSC for the month of July.

This is a stamping challenge, so please use a stamp must be the focal image on your project.

Do you have stamps of fish?  Or a person/people fishing on a pier or in a boat?  Then please join in the fun.  It is Summer in the Northerm Hemisphere, but fishing is something that you do all year round.  Here, in Portland, in the middle of Winter,  it is Blue Fin Tuna season … so it is full-on with fishermen in town.  After all, the fish are already wet so they don’t notice the rain.

This month I’ve made 3 ATC’s.   The first one shows a PaperArtsy stamp that was a gift from Shirley when she attended one of the craft shows in England last year (thanks Shirley).

The second one uses a stamp from Flonzcraft.  This is a favourite of mine … there just seems to be something very sentimental about a grandfather and child fishing.

The third ATC is a priceless memory that I bet many men have.  Many hours of their childhood spent fishing.

The stamp is also from Flonzcraft.

And finally, here all all three ATC’s together.  The fish are from Rubber Dance (Something Fishy)

The girls at FSC have come up with some inspiring and very different takes on this theme. Please pop on over and check out their awesome creativity, be inspired and maybe join in the fun.

Ink Art Designs is our sponsor this month and has a gorgeous stamp set to give away to one lucky winner chosen by random org. We also have a top 3 chosen by the design team and Saturday Spotlights where we showcase inspirational makes. And the icing on the cake is that each month we will be having a guest designer chosen from the entries.

 I hope that you will hunt out your fishing stamps and join us at FSC!

Just a note to let you know that I have changed my blog from blogger to wordpress.  I’m really happy with the change but this means that there are no longer any ‘followers’ list. If you like what I do and would like to follow – I have a ‘subscribers’ option on the right side-bar.
Thank you to everyone who has followed me over the years and I hope that you subscribe for future posts.
Dot x

A Splash Of Colour

A Splash Of Colour

is the new theme for the challenge this month over at Visible Image on facebook.

There will be wonderful inspiration showing the different ways to add a splash of colour to your project by the DT, along with the entries into the comp.

A little lip colour and some shading on the face were added with my Inktense pencils, then I decided to draw some tears.

The background is from my stash.  The “Face It” stamp set is one that I haven’t played with much so it seemed like a good idea to play with it.  The best part of this set is how the placement of the parts is all worked out for you and you have a choice of eyes open/eyes closed.

Stamps used are:

Face It

Love You Longer

There is the monthly Show and Tell group on their facebook page.  Along with the new monthly challenge for those who would like to play along and be in with a chance to win spending money.

To see the new range and to see more information on them, please pop on over to the Visible Image Shop.
Also at my Etsy shop – the link is on my side-bar.
Visible Image social links are:
The blog …
Our facebook group – where you can find our monthly Show & Tell challenge and Monthly Challenge.
Our facebook page – where you will be kept up to date with everything that is going on.
You can also follow Visible Image on: PinterestTwitter and Instagram

Fly-Fly Flowers

Fly – Fly Flowers

by Rubber Dance is the feature stamp on this card.

It’s the start of a new month and that means it’s colour challenge time at Rubber Dance.

The colours this month are yellow, purple and pink.  These colours are so bright, Summery and happy!

I’ve been playing with the new oxides again and came up with this background.  The trouble with the oxides is that you just want to keep on playing.   The Fly-Fly Flowers stamp seemed like the perfect fanciful image to put on the background.  

The zentagle image, designed by the talented Melina Dahl, was a nice contrast to the inky background that I was making.  I wanted to keep some sections of the image white so that it stood out a little more and didn’t get lost in the background.

A reminder that Rubber Dance will ship stamps for FREE, anywhere in the world on orders over 15 Euro!
Just enter my code: DLFreeShip at the checkout.
or, if you are in Australia, check out
You will find a whole lot of inspiration over at the Rubber Dance blog…with loads of creative ideas for you to try and to get your creative juices flowing.
Please join in the fun and be in the running for some awesome Rubber Dance stamps.
Have fun stamping!!!
Just a note to let you know that I have changed my blog from blogger to wordpress.  I’m really happy with the change but this means that there are no longer any ‘followers’ list. If you like what I do and would like to follow – I have a ‘subscribers’ option on the right side-bar.
Thank you to everyone who has followed me over the years and I hope that you subscribe for future posts.
Dot x