27 August 2014


For this fortnight's DragonsDream Tag the theme is the letter Y and Transport - this had me scratching my head as I didn't really know what to do and then I remembered that to travel is to go 'yonder'!
I used my Tim Holtz travel stamps on tissue paper and used Fresco Finish paints to colour them. Then I had a lovely time trying to fit the jigsaw of images together! I included a plane, hot air balloon and motorbike to make sure I had the transport part of the theme covered!
Hope you'll join in with us - just make sure you include a stamp and a tag and your interpretation of the theme! If you need more inspiration - my team mates have created a really fabulous variety of ideas - why not pop over and see?

13 August 2014


DragonsDream Tag It On has a new theme this fortnight set by the rather lovely Julie Ann Lee - The letter O and rust (as well as the obligatory tag and stamped image). I chose to use colours in the 'rust' palette as well as a faux rust technique on the number one. The stamps and masks are by Tim Holtz and Wendy Vecchi.
Please join us this fortnight and show us your rusty side!

11 August 2014


I really love words and often turn to quotations to act as inspiration and this Oscar Wilde quotation always makes me chuckle! The challenge at Country View Crafts Challenges this month is 'Word Play' and this is just perfect for me!
There are stamped Ellen Vargo images in the background and then very thin layers of paint over the top to make new colours and areas of interest. The images are from Lynne Perrella for PaperArtsy and I love mixing these images up to make new people. I love using individual letter stamps for each word, the act of stamping each one out gives me great pleasure as I watch each word form on the page!
Thank you for popping by - I hope you've joined in with us this month!

1 August 2014

Home is where the heart is...

I love words, they often act as the springboard for my ideas and so I was thrilled when I saw we had 'Word Play' as a challenge at Country View Crafts Challenges this month. I took my moleskin journal and roughly drew some houses in pencil and then wrote, by hand, everything home means to me around the houses. 
Then I coloured the houses in with Portfolio Pastels. I painted the background with watered down paint and revealed some of the writing in areas by wiping them with a baby wipe. I live at number 4 so I stamped a heart on that roof. I also added two Dylusions birds with funky hats.
I love these pages, as much for the personal message in the background as well as for the lovely bright houses in the foreground! I hope you'll join in with us this month!

30 July 2014

Petal (Twice!)

It's time for another challenge at DragonsDream Tag It On and this time it was time to choose and I chose the letter 'P' and cogs (as well as the usual rules of a stamps image and to use a tag). 
I used a cog from the MDF Man as a flower head in a Wendy Vecchi bottle. The doily stamp on the flower is also by Ms Vecchi.
The bottle needed something to stand on and so I added a strip of decorative lattice die cut  Now this you would think is where my post would end.... the trouble is I'd completely forgotten I had made this and so made a second tag for this challenge! When you see the second tag you might spot a few similarities! The design, the doily stamp etc were all on there! Spooky or what?! I only realised I had made two when I was adding the second to the big ring that I store this growing alphabet on! Good job I keep them all together!
You can't see the background very well in the photos but it has a water spritzed clockwork mask by Tim Holtz - honestly! The last photo might show this a little clearer...!
So, two tags for the same challenge! Bargain! I hope you'll join in with us this fortnight - we'd love to have you along!
I have (finally!) updated my dedicated DDTIO Alphabet page with all my tags so far this year - there aren't many missing now...!