Sunday, April 29, 2012

Daring to use Colour!

I have been playing with Dylusions Spray paints , and one of my altered books, a few stamps, and a couple of stencils. I am absolutely loving these colourful bright sprays from Ranger, and although neither of these pages are finished, I thought I would show you the colour! The white pen is a Picket Fence Distress pen, which is slow to show, but perfect for journalling. We have them in sets here. Pinq is the colour of the day! I did start off handwriting the word pink, but didn't like it which is the white mark under the stickers ( ran out of K' Q is like K isn't it?) This was my first that there is a mistake, just to remind me!

Have a creative day.. no more art for me today.. am off to play with my grandson!

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Catch up time! ....and winner of the blog candy

It's the weekend, and time for me to catch up on all the news that has been going on around here....We have been busy adding new products to the website... Dyan Revealey's Dylusions sprays and some of her gorgeous stencils, Ranger's Texture Treads for Melt art, Vintaj patinas, Ranger water brushes, the fabulous tubs of Distress pens, gorgeous new ribbons, some of Tim's Alteration dies,  and of course, if you didn't know already,- these!

We have got them coming in next week, with all the reinkers! Cannot wait to get my inky mitts on a set! LOL
Everything new is listed here on our New Products page, and you never know you might find a few hidden gems in there too, that you didn't know we stocked!  We still have FREE postage over £20.00 and a great customer loyalty scheme too :))
Now to the best bit of the day! Choosing a winner for a set of our new London stamps!
I got Mr to pick a winner.... drum roll please .....
Please email me with your snail mail address so I can send you your stamps. Thank you to everyone who joined in :)
Just a quickie reminder that Monday is the last day for applying to be part of our Creative team. All the details are here.

Have a very inky and creative day

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

WOYWW 151...

Wednesday morning...light just coming up, and my desk is as it has been for several weeks.. a mess! Now there is no one to blame except myself, and if you think this is bad you should see the floor! No, you can't! It seems that really having time to create wonderful pieces of art has eluded me for several could be that I need to tidy up!

So next week is tidyup week and watch this space for an ATC and the amazing 3rd anniversary of What's On Your Workdesk! I will be back with tidy desk in its honour!
Have a great day, and pop over to Mrs Dunnit's for the wonderful world of desks!
Happy woywwing

Tuesday, April 24, 2012


Imagine life without art, and colour, and in my case stamps! What would we do? I know it is a little heavy for first thing in the morning, but I was just thinking....LOL
I was just unpacking my supplies from Ally Pally, and came across these two tags that I made at the show. Love the splats made with distress stains,

and the red tag shows  embossing with UTEE through a Crafter's Workshop stencil. Stamps used are from our Journaling range here
Just a little brightness for you this grey and rainy morning !

If you would like a little more sunshine, check out my blog candy here.
I hope you have a very colourful day, and get creative

Saturday, April 21, 2012

More new stamps... and a little candy

Good Day to you, and oh my! I have gone to write this post, and it has all changed!!! Now have to find my way around blogger again! I thought I would do a little blog candy, and give away this set of stamps.. just in time for the Queen's Jubilee and London 2012! These are brand new, and you can see all the stamps that are new here.
We also have new bags for our stamps ( so exciting!) and here is a peek of them....

Now if you fancy a go at winning the London set of stamps,  just leave me a comment :) I will pick the winner next Sunday.

I am having a bit of the weekend off, as I don't seem to have stopped for the past few weeks, so am off to do a bit of retail therapy!
Have a very creative weekend

Friday, April 20, 2012

Winner of my blog Candy!

You almost thought I had forgotten to draw the winner of last week's blog candy.. go on admit it , you had! Well if you hadn't I almost did! So without much further ado, the winner (picked by Mr is
Congratulations, and please email me your snail mail address :)
Thank you to everyone who joined in... more candy soon :)
Have a very creative day..

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

WOYWW 150!

It's that day again.. you know the one in the middle of the week that comes between Tuesday and Thursday and involves a desk, and in my case this week tidiness! Wednesday, but not any Wednesday, a Workdesk Wednesday hosted by the delectable Mrs Dunnit! This week it is the 150th edition! Yea! I am showing you my rather tidy desk at Ally Pally on Saturday. I remembered to take a picture as I was chatting to some of the woywwers who popped by to see me , and pick up their freebie! It was fab to meet a few of them :) Bribery and corruption has always worked..LOL

I didn't take many pictures last weekend, but I did manage to capture a couple of pieces before I gave them away....
Brand New Houses stamps

Thank you to everyone who stopped by, and listened to my ramblings, and watched my facial expressions! Here is a photo pinched from a fellow twitterer.... must remember to shut my mouth while Luckily the tongue wasn't sticking out!

Have a very Happy 150th Workdesk Wednesday

Friday, April 13, 2012

New Stamps, and celebrating 800!

It is silly o'clock here at Artistic Towers, the big white van is packed to the roof for the London show, and I am very excited at taking our new stamps to the show! The lovely Kat Fullman has designed three brand new sets, with more in the pipeline.

Home Sweet Home © Kathleen Fullman

They are now available online to buy, and of course if you are coming to The Big Stamp & Scrapbooking show at Ally Pally, you will be able to get them there!  Here is one of them... pop over here to see the rest! I just wish I had had time to play with them.. but will definitely be using them this weekend!
Now as you know I love to celebrate with a giveaway, and what better good fortune than the fact that I now have over 800 followers!! Are you sure you want to follow me and my ramblings? LOL I am totally overwhelmed and honoured :))
One set of these will go to a lucky commenter , and I will choose the winner next Friday.
Have a very creative day, and if you are coming to Ally Pally, please say hello ( won't know you have been there unless you speak to me! lol)

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Sneaky Peek!

Today we pack the van for The Big Stamp & Scrapbooking Show at Alexandra Palace, and we have some great treats in store for you! New stamps, lots of new templates, lots of new Tim Holtz goodies, and a few packs of the new Distress pens, and, of course all of our must have, need *stuff*! I will be demoing as usual, and getting messy, as usual! If you are coming, drop by and see us, ( we are under The Stamp Connection name)  and of course if you are a woywwer, I have a gift for you! This post said a sneaky peek, well here it is, a brand new set of stamps, by a brand new designer!

Watch this space tomorrow for a fun post!
Have a creative day

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

woyww... almost ready

Today is Wednesday in case you didn't know, and time as always for What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday, as hosted by the delectable Mrs Julia Dunnit. It is the time to show your workdesk in all its glory, and here is mine...

Very neat and tidy!!with stamps ready to pack for The Big Stamp and Scrapbooking Show at Alexandra Palace this weekend.In the background the ubiquitous mobile, pen and coffee cup and a tissue, ( not sure why thatis there!? )all just in case!!! LOL  Almost everything is packed in boxes, just ready to unpack again... it is a weekend of unpacking and packing up boxes! I love seeing everyone, and if you are the proud owner of one of these,

come and see me with it, and I will have a little gift  for you! I shall be proudly wearing mine!
Now if you haven't ever seen this phenomenon of WOYWW, then hop, skip over here, and check it out!
Have a creative day

Friday, April 06, 2012

Spray Tag Tutorial

Happy Good Friday to you! This weekend is a long weekend for everyone here in the UK, and at the moment here in the southeast of the UK, the sun is shining, and I have a very special visitor to play with today ( my husband's grandson :)) so cuddly!!) and I have lots of treats in store for you this weekend!
Firstly I thought I would share with you a technique I came across by accident a few weeks ago. Having been taught by Dyan Reaveley the technique of rolling a kitchen towel roll across wet spray paints to dry them. I was playing with Color Wash spray paints on glossy card, and this just happened!
Color Wash & Glossy Tag

I sprayed lots of colour onto a glossy card tag,

Wet sprays

and then rolled a patterned kitchen or paper towel across the paints to dry them. I rolled it lightly across and some of the paint stayed wet.. gorgeous patterns ensued!!

Roll the kitchen paper lightly over the sprayed tag

Patterned Paper towel.. perfect for other projects too!

Dried Glossy Tag

Dry the tag off with a heat tool, and then I stamped onto it with black Archival ink and some of The Artistic Stamper new stamps. . Loved this technique! Thanks Dyan!
Finished Tag

Now onto Easter, and the wonderful world of Easter eggs!! Don't you just love it when there are prizes involved? Well, sign up to my newsletter ( link on the sidebar of my blog) before Sunday evening, and you will be able to join in a special Easter Egg hunt on my website! Lots of prizes, and we have FREE postage too, for any orders that might slip into your basket in the meantime :))
I do hope you have a very restful, hopefully sunny weekend, and please let me know if you try the technique.
Have a creative Friday

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Winners! of my blog candy competition

Finally I have got round to announcing the winners of my little blog candy competition! Apologies for the delay, but I have come down with some sort of indescribable viral something or other, and spent most of Sunday in bed shivering uncontrollably. As quickly as it arrived , it has almost gone, and although I am somewhat exhausted, I am nevertheless not cold anymore ( although I feel for those in Scotland who are having unseasonable snow!!)  I admit I cannot read or even proof read, and have got caught out big style on this set of stamps!! There are actually 3 repeats of words, 2 of which I didn't see and you did!! LOL world, where and inspire ( which no one got , but I found!!) Must try harder!!Anyway here are the winners of the word stamp (with mistakes)
and the winner of the tag and borders set, picked by random is
Congratulations to you all, and please email me so I can get your goodies in the post to you.
I am off to proof read my stamps, and I will be back soon
Have a creative day