My lovely followers x

Friday, 18 May 2018

IndigoBlu @ Topflight Stamps

Hi everyone, I'm today with a masculine card to show.
I've used a stamp from IndigoBlu called 'Fairway to Heaven', a golfing image, for all the men in your lives who love a round of golf!
IndigoBlu are an English company who make mounted, red rubber stamps.....they are very detailed and high quality. Checkout the IndigoBlu section on the TOPFLIGHT STAMPS website for a great selection.
To start, I laid a stencil over a piece of watercolour card, spritzed some water on the stencil then sprinkled on Brushos. Once the stencil was removed, it left the coloured background.
I stamped the image using Versafine Clair ink, in Twilight, then coloured the golfer with watercolours.
A little bit of inking around the edges, and a couple of layers of green & yellow card, (all from PAPERMILLDIRECT) and I was done. 
Let me know what you think, by leaving a comment......
Catch you next week, 
Barbara x

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Sunset...... with Inkylicious

Hi bloggers, a quick mid-week post from me with a little tag, using stamps from
We've seen some beautiful sunsets recently both at home in Wiltshire and on the coast at Broad Haven, Pembrokeshire where we're lucky enough to have bought a holiday home.
The sunsets have inspired this tag.
I've used the gorgeous textured card -hopsack- (225gsm) and Mocha Brown (240gsm), both from PAPERMILLDIRECT
The choice of textured card & colours over at Papermilldirect is second to none!
All stamps are from INKYLICIOUS
Pampas Grass,
Tiny Script,
Seagulls
Willow Twigs
and 
Fern Leaves
Hope you like my little tag,
Barbara xx

 

Friday, 11 May 2018

Rubber Dance @ Topflight Stamps

Hi everyone, I'm back with my weekly blog post for TOPFLIGHT STAMPS......I can't believe how quickly the weeks are flying by, it just seems a few hours since I did my last post 😏
Anyway, this week I've made a little tag/bookmark with some fabulous Rubber Dance Stamps, designed by Susanne Rose. I love Susanne's work, so when I saw these 'Textured Houses' I just knew I had to have them.
I inked up a piece of cardstock with Izinks , then laid a bubble stencil over the top and sponged through with white Gesso.
The houses were stamped onto an old book page,  cut-out and inked with contrasting colours, then adhered to the background. I mounted the coloured piece onto black card, as a base.
I inked a piece of seam binding to match.
I love these little houses, so this won't be the last time you see me using them 😀
Topflight Stamps have a good selection of Rubber Dance stamps, why not pop over and check them out?
Catch you soon, but as always, have a fab, crafty weekend.
                                                 Barbara x

Thursday, 10 May 2018

New Inkylicious Products......

Hi everyone, well I've been stalking the postie this week, waiting for my new products from
They arrived this morning and I had to sit and play with them immediately!
We've just bought a holiday home this week, in Broad Haven, Pembrokeshire.... a minutes walk from the beach. These new stamps will be used to make some framed pics for the lounge 😀
On this project I used the clam stencil with Pampas Grass, Seagulls, and Willow Twigs stamps.
ALL CARD STOCK IS FROM PAPERMILLDIRECT
The inks are IZINKS.....very bright & juicy, I'm loving them!
I popped the completed card 'topper' into a cheap frame from Ikea....
So, the first art for our new holiday home, yeah!
Back soon,
Barbara xx

Friday, 4 May 2018

Chippenham Workshop Samples

Hi bloggers, back again with a couple of samples I've made for my Chippenham workshop on May 5th.....
This month we're doing mixed media, but a couple of the ladies asked to make cards instead.....this is what I've done for them 😃
 ALL CARD STOCK FROM PAPERMILLDIRECT.
 I'll be back after the weekend with pics of the workshop projects, until then have a fabulous weekend
Barbara xx


Barbecue Time at Topflight Stamps

Hi everyone,
 I'm over at the TOPFLIGHT STAMPS blog today with this card made from stamps by Joy Crafts.
 Pop over to see the full post, if you have time.
Have a great weekend,
Barbara xx

Friday, 27 April 2018

Carabelle Studio from Topflight Stamps

Hi bloggers, I'm here again...... and this week I've made a couple of tags to show you.
I've used a fabulous new stamp by Carabelle-Studio.
This stamp is a complete image and makes for a very quick card or tag.
 I inked up a piece of cardstock with some new inks called Izinks......they are BRIGHT!!
I then applied white paint through an Andy Skinner stencil, from PaperArtsy.
With the card cut in half, the stamp was inked with Versamark, then heat embossed....... one piece in white and the other in black. I stamped the butterfly part on separate inked card, cut them out and adhered to the tag.
 I was just curious how different the tags would look, although they were identical apart from the colour of embossing powder.
I'm still not sure which one I prefer 😀 what do you think??
Topflight Stamps have a massive selection of Carabelle Studio stamps, why not pop over to check them out?
Catch you soon, have a great weekend,
                                           Barbara x

Friday, 20 April 2018

More Paperartsy at Topflight Stamps

Hi blog followers, it's Friday already and I'm back with my TOPFLIGHT STAMPS post for this week.
 I live in the UK, and we've already had Mother's Day, but I notice it's coming soon in the US.
Because of this, I've made a couple of feminine cards, which could be used for Mother's Day, or even a birthday.
I've used Jofy stamps again, from Paperartsy, (link at end)
 These are simple cards, but quite effective.
ALL CARDSTOCK IS FROM PAPERMILLDIRECT
I've used black smooth, and white Hopsack on these cards.
I stamped the large flower onto previously inked background, then cut it out. At this stage I added doodles, with a white pen. .....Using Distress Oxides and a blending brush, I lightly inked a small part  of white textured card stock, to give a very soft base for the vibrant flower. I splashed a bit of contrasting colour over the card, then adhered the flower to the background. 
I filled in parts of the image with Ranger 'Glossy Accents'.
The 'mum' was die-cut and adhered along with a small sentiment.
The whole 'topper' was mat onto black card, then a white card base of the same textured card. 
My usual few sequins and I was done.
Because I love this new stamp set, I made a second card whilst I had the stamps out, in a different colour.
I've also used a Jofy stencil on this one.....(the leaves are actually a pretty green colour, but look anemic in the pic 😕)
Well, as always, have a great weekend, with plenty of crafting if you get the chance.
Bye for now,
Barbara xx
 

 

Friday, 13 April 2018

Paperartsy meets Topflight Stamps

Hi Folks, I'm back on the Topflight Stamps blog today with this card using Jofy stamps from Paperartsy, and Distress Oxides.
Full post at 
Have a great weekend.....we're taking our new caravan away for it's very first outing tomorrow....yikes!
Barbara xx


 

Sunday, 8 April 2018

Charlie's 3rd Birthday

Hi folks, I'm on the PAPERMILLDIRECT blog today with this bright card I made for my grandson Charlie's 3rd birthday last month......I think he liked it 😀
All card stock from PAPERMILLDIRECT
There is some fabulous inspiration on the Papermilldirect blog, from the other girls in the DT.... why not pop over and check it out.
Back soon,
Barbara xx

Friday, 6 April 2018

Paperartsy Infusions & Carabelle-Studio Stamps

Hi folks, I'm back from holiday and raring to go ....
I'm over on the Topflight Stamps blog today with a new post using Paperartsy Infusions and stamps designed by the amazing Birgit Koopsen for Carabelle-Studio.
Check it out if you have time...
www.topflightstamps.com
Catch you soon
Barbara x

Friday, 30 March 2018

Paperartsy at Topflight Stamps....

Hi everyone, I'm still on holiday at the moment, so it will be a quick blog today........
I made this set of tags using fabulous stamps designed by Jo Firth Young, available at  
TOPFLIGHT STAMPS      
Find them here-

Paperartsy have some fabulous designers and the stamps are brilliant quality, they will last forever. 
Anyway, this little trio of tags were coloured with Distress Oxides, then stamped using the Sunflower Set (51)......huge stamps with sentiments included. 
Each tag had it's own colour scheme - all I added was a few drops of water to make the splodges, a bit of doodling and some Ranger 'Glossy Accents'
 I layered onto black card from PAPERMILLDIRECT then made a tie using American seam binding which has been coloured with the matching Distress Oxides.
Here are some close-ups ..........
 I quite like the idea of using scraps of 'bookprint', too, so stamped a few bits, cut them out and adhered to the design.
 I filled some of the leaves with Glossy Accents, to make them stand out.
I had to add a touch of glitter too......
Hope you like them.....please leave a comment, good or bad, I'm a big girl, I can take criticism 😀
Catch you next week,
Barbara x

Friday, 23 March 2018

For The Love Of Stamps......

Hi blog friends, I'm on holiday at the moment in Tenerife, so I'll keep this post short & sweet.
This week, on the TOPFLIGHT STAMPS BLOG,  I've used a pretty little set of stamps called 'Just My Cup Of Tea' from HunkyDory - find it HERE
I liked the cute little flowers and ferns, so I made a background of them using varigated inkpads from KALEIDACOLOR. 
I used an 'aquabrush' just to pull some of the outline ink and fill the flowers with colour. It reminds me of wallpaper I had in my bedroom as a kid....(long, long time ago 😄)
I made a circle frame from white 'hopsack' textured card from PAPERMILLDIRECT, then mounted onto an orange background, also from PAPERMILLDIRECT
The teapot & cup were stamped,  heat-embossed in gold then 'fussy-cut' and adhered to the frame.
The little sentiment is from the same set, and fits the teapot perfectly.
Well, that's about it for now, I'd better get back to my sunbathing 😎......see you next week, still from holiday. Have a great week's crafting.
                                                                       Barbara xx

Saturday, 17 March 2018

Easter Cards at Papermilldirect

Hi bloggers, I'm on the PAPERMILLDIRECT  blog today, with a tutorial for making a few simple Easter cards using images from Heartfelt Stamps and Derwent Inktense pencils.
Now, I'm the first to admit I'm RUBBISH at colouring, but these pencils make the job much, much easier......
Why not pop over and checkout the full details?
Catch you soon, have a good weekend,
Barbara xx



Friday, 16 March 2018

Lavinia Stamps Wooden Tag .......

Hi Bloggers, I'm back today with a tag for TOPFLIGHT STAMPS using fab images from LAVINIA STAMPS
This week I covered a wooden tag with watercolour cardstock, then inked it with Distress Oxides in Wild Honey & Candied Apple.
I stamped the fairy 'Seeing is Believing' and 'Whimsical Wisps' with Versafine Clair ink in Twilight.
All I had to add was some Ranger Glossy Accents and Ranger Liquid Pearls.
Checkout the beautiful selection of Lavinia Stamps at www.laviniastamps.com.......even if you're not 'into' fairies, there are loads of other brilliant images available.
LAVINIA STAMPS ARE ON HOCHANDA - SATURDAY 17TH MARCH.....DON'T MISS IT!
Well, that's it for now, my next blog will come from the Canary Islands.....hopefully it will be warmer there, than it is here in the UK at the moment.
Catch you soon,
                                                                         Barbara x

Friday, 9 March 2018

Studio Light stamps @ Topflight Stamps

Hi everyone, well here I am, another week almost over and a week nearer to Summer 😄, or Winter, if you're unlucky.....😒
This week I have an 'old school' type of card, using die-cuts and heat-embossing with a Studio Light background stamp.....available HERE
I thought the stamp would be perfect for a male card, and black & gold were my preferred colour choices.
It's a very easy card, but if you want to checkout the tutorial, it's on the Topflight Stamps blog HERE
I think this background stamp would be great for quite a lot of 'occasion' cards.....male birthday, graduation, driving test etc.
 Why not pop over to the Topflight Stamps shop, there is a brilliant selection of Studio Light stamps...
Catch you all next week,
Happy crafting,
Barbara x

Friday, 2 March 2018

Lavinia Stamps, and not a fairy in sight.......

Hi everyone, back again with a new card made with images from Lavinia Stamps (I'll list below, all stamps used)
This is my weekly DT post for www.topflightstamps.com and also my DT post for the March challenge at www.laviniastamps.com 
I started by inking a piece of watercolour card with Distress Oxides, then lifting some of the colour out, by applying water through a leaf stencil.
I then stamped some background images with Oxides, before moving onto my main image.
The main images, 'Fairy Houses' and 'Home Is Where The Heart Is' were stamped in Versafine Clair ink, in Twilight.
I added a bit of colour to the fairy houses with Oxides and used Ranger Stickles to highlight the windows, roof etc. I love Stickles, they work so well with Lavinia Stamps.
 Stamps Used :-
Fairy Houses 
Home Is Where The Heart Is 
Sacred Spells
Whimsical Wisps
Slender Mushrooms 
Mini Stars 
Hope you like it......
 Catch you soon,
                                              Barbara x

Friday, 16 February 2018

Carabelle Studio at Topflight Stamps

Hi everyone, welcome back to my blog. I'm here today with 3 ATC's made with stamps designed by Birgit Koopsen for Carabelle Studio, called DUTCH TULIPS.
These are the very first ATC's I've ever made, but I think I'm 'hooked' 
TOPFLIGHT STAMPS carry a massive range of Carabelle Studio stamps, why not pop over to the website and check them out. 
 I made the backgrounds with Distress Oxides, then stamped the images in Versafine 'Clair'......a bit of shading & doodling and I was done.
These will definitely not be the last ATC's I make.....I already have a few 'ready-inked' for future projects
Please leave a comment if you've enjoyed looking, or have any questions.
Catch you soon,
                                                                        Barbara x

Sunday, 11 February 2018

A 'Last-Minute' Valentine's Card for Papermilldirect

Hi Bloggers, I'm back on the blog at
today, with another 'clean & simple', quick Valentine card.
Full details on the Papermilldirect blog...
Back soon
Thanks for looking ,
Barbara
 

Friday, 9 February 2018

Visible Image at Topflight Stamps

Hi bloggers, I'm back with a tag I've made for Topflight Stamps, using stamps from Visible Image and an inky background.
I started by stamping the ballerina from the 
Born To Perform set, (see below) onto heat-resistant acetate with Versamark, then heat-embossing in black. This was then trimmed and 'glittered'.
 I adhered the ballerina to my inky background. Then I added the two stars, which I filled with glitter,  and a sentiment from the same set. A bit of doodling and I was finished. 
The fibres I've used are 'silk-throwers' waste.... the pic doesn't do the colours justice, they're beautiful.
Hope you like my little tag....Please leave a comment, if you've enjoyed looking.....good or bad. (I'm a big girl, I can take criticism 😇) 
Catch you soon,
Barbara x


Thursday, 8 February 2018

A Rainbow of Valentine's Love

Hi everyone, I'm on the PAPERMILLDIRECT blog today, with this quick Valentine's card.
I made it with heart dies, sentiments from Inkylicious & Carabelle Studio, and, of course Papermilldirect's fabulous white hemp, black smooth and coloured card stock.
Have you checked out the fantastic range of colours lately ???
 Full details on the Papermilldirect blog.
Thanks for looking,
Barbara x

Friday, 2 February 2018

Lavinia Stamps at Topflight Stamps

Hi everyone, welcome back to TOPFLIGHT STAMPS
It's almost the weekend already, aren't the weeks flying by?....soon be Spring!
Anyway, this week I have a set of 3 tags/bookmarks/card toppers for you.....they can be used however you want 😀
I started off by inking 3 small pieces of watercolour card with Distress Oxides in various colours....I chose colours I knew would blend together without going 'muddy'.

Next I picked out the images I thought would go well with the colours.....I'll list the names of every stamp I've used, below. 
I tried to keep the design simple on each piece, as I wanted the lovely colours showing through.


After mounting the pieces onto black card,  from PAPERMILLDIRECT, 
 I used quite a bit of Ranger 'Stickles', as I think Lavinia Stamps just cry out for glitter & bling.
I finished of with some Ranger 'Glossy Accents' and a few pieces of net fabric, in matching colours.
 The stamps I've used are :-
Trinity
Eden
Stars 2
Vine
Celestial Tree
Fairy Trees 1 & 2
Dream Catcher
Stones
Sea Bubbles
Three Dancing Fairies
See A Fairy, Make A Wish
Sacred spells
Whimsical Hares
Most of them are available in the shop HERE  and I know there's been a big delivery of new Lavinia Stamps this week, so why not pop over to check them out?
Hope you like this weeks project, don't forget to leave a comment if you've enjoyed looking......see you next week,
                                                                         Barbara x

Friday, 26 January 2018

Carabelle Studio at Topflight Stamps

Hi everyone, welcome back to the blog..... I'm here again, with not one, but two cards using fabulous stamps from Carabelle Studio.
I must say here that I'd never used Carabelle products until I was introduced to them by TOPFLIGHT STAMPS.....now I absolutely love them, and they've quickly become a firm favourite.
So, this week I thought I'd make one 'inky' card, and one 'clean & simple', using the same set of stamps.
ALL CARDSTOCK IS FROM PAPERMILLDIRECT
The set is called LEAVES
 I stamped the image direct onto white card, to start.....
 Because the beautiful sentiment mentioned 'rainbow',  I then stamped onto a piece of previously inked card, to incorporate rainbow colours.
Once the leaves had been cut-out, I adhered them to the 'flat' image.
The sentiment was stamped, then the whole piece was layered onto an inky background.
I added a few sequins to finish.
Although I adore getting messy & inky, I still love Clean & Simple cards, and I enjoyed making this one....hope you like it 😀
Whilst I had the stamps out, I made another totally different card, using an inky background, (made with Distress Oxides) and adding another set of stamps called CIRCLES & STITCHES 
 I'm not too keen on my doodling, but it was too late to change it....(I need a new white pen)
 If you have time to leave a comment, please let me know which one you prefer.... 
Here are the stamp sets I used,

Back soon, 
Barbara x