Distress Stain Steampunk Bird

This week’s Monday Mojo email is all about Distress Stains so I thought I would share with you this tag that I made for the recently launched Chocolate Baroque Challenge Blog.


I made this not long before we moved house, at a wonderful playday with Lesley, Judith and Debbie.  We were discussing the challenge blog at the time and finalising the details of how we would set it up, then we came up with the idea of picking some colours there and then to start the ball rolling.  From my distress tag swatch, if I remember rightly, we picked out Squeezed Lemonade, Mowed Lawn, Peacock Feathers and I think the red is either Festive Berries or Barn Door.

I started by swiping some Squeezed Lemonade Distress paint onto a couple of tags, then stamping the foliage frond with the same paint.  When dry, this acts as a resist to the more liquid stains.  I put Mowed Lawn and Peacock Feathers distress stain on the bottom of the tag and the red at the top.  I sprinkled some water on and dried it quickly with a heat tool to stop the colours blending too much into brown where they meet.

I stamped some Punky Flowers onto the tag, then stamped the bird and coloured the branch.  The bird was stamped twice onto the second tag and I cut one whole bird and an extra wing to decoupage on top.  I did add a nice green ribbon, but don’t have a photo and it is still packed away “somewhere”.

I do love playing with distress stains, so I dug them out this week and had a little play session.  Here are some of the backgrounds and tags I created.

distress stain bg

distress stain music

distress stain tags2

distress stain tags1

I just love having a stack of tags and backgrounds like this to hand, they’re great for the times when I don’t want to get all messy, but need some coloured backgrounds ready to go.

If you haven’t checked out our Challenge Blog yet, head over there and take a look, there’s some fab inspiration from the Design Team, plus some really super submissions coming along.  You still have time to play as it’s a monthly challenge, so you have until August 19th to play along and if your entry qualifies, you could be picked as our prize winner!

Happy stamping!


Make a Wish

house journal tag

I am thoroughly enjoying the feeling of being settled that this new house has brought us.  Having been a home owner for most of my adult life, renting for four years was never very comfortable.  There was a constant awareness of the cream carpets that the cat was doing her best to shred, the lack of our treasured pictures on the walls, the inconvenience of not being able to put up shelves.  There was an up-side of course – we didn’t have to sort out or pay for the mouse gnawed burst pipes, the faulty plug bathroom leak, the cracked window or the new roof slates.  That aspect of renting was great!

The house we are now living in is one of two neighbouring houses that were both being sold.  Originally, back in February we wanted to buy number 8 and thought our offer had been accepted, only to find out a few weeks later that both properties had been taken off the market.  We found another property in the same village, but a survey revealed some expensive long term maintenance which we didn’t have the budget for, so we pulled out of that one.  I was pretty upset at the time, but something made me contact the estate agent dealing with the original two houses and my timing was perfect.  He told me they had just become available again and there was interest in number 8 already, but number 7 was a possibility.  It took another few weeks and ended up going to a nail biting closing date, but we were overjoyed to get number 7.

During the whole process, I generated a fair few journal pages that focused on the themes of homes, shelters, nesting, rootedness, etc.  This journal tag is one that I made when I first got myself some Gelatos.  I loved the creamy blending and made a few tags just playing with colour.  The Fantasy Castle symbolises the yearning I felt at the time to have a place of my own and I  journaled some of my thoughts around the edge of the tag.

Initially the tag just had the ‘make a wish’ sentiment (from Words and Birds) on it.  The ‘magic happens’ phrase just appeared all by itself one day, as if by magic!  Honestly I cannot remember going back and stamping that – weird?  But I made the wish, the wish came true, so it just shows, magic really does happen.

Wishing you lots of magic in your day,

Christmas Owls


This week’s Monday Mojo email contains quite an in depth beginners brayer tutorial.  If you have never been happy with the results you get from your brayer, then I’d encourage you to read it and I hope it will encourage you to give it another go.

For my new artwork, I reached for the nearest stamps which included Harlequin Fragments and our new Christmas stamps.  The background that I brayered was in shades of burnt orange, which I overstamped with Archival ink in Venetian Orange.  I stamped the owls with black Archival and extended the tree trunk at the side (thanks to Judith’s card for that idea).  I stamped the owls again on paper, coloured them with pencils and Wink of Stella pens, then cut the stockings and birds out and decoupaged them onto the tag.

The tree is coloured in white Wink of Stella which looks completely translucent when it first goes on, but dries white.  I used a black pen to re-draw some of the horizontal lines at the edge and also used a pokey tool to scratch through the dried Wink of Stella to give that look of a birch tree.

The sentiment is from our new Christmas Magic clear set which meant I could line it up so the swirly line at the bottom continues the line of the branch that the owls are sitting on.

It is difficult to focus on Christmas in the heat of Summer, I know.  We have customers who make cards for a living or for charity and they are already building up their Christmas stock, ready to offer to retailers, their Church group or their school in September.  Others just want to get a head start so that when all the rest of the Christmas craziness is in full swing, the hand made cards for their special friends are all done and sorted.  Hats off to you if you are that organised – I may get there this year, who knows?!


Home Sweet Home

This week I feel like I’m getting back to a normal working routine.  Lesley has handed Monday Mojo back to me after helping me out over the last couple of weeks, and didn’t she do a great job?


This week’s original card was one of the most popular of the whole series, so I hope I’ve come up with another winner with this sweet little landscape card.  As I said in the email, I’m obviously well into ‘nesting’ mode with the choice of house stamps coming to me without even thinking about it.

I have used a mix of stamps – the houses are from Home Sweet Home, the trees are from our clear set Terrific Treescapes and the foliage is a mixture of Tall Trees and stamps from Briar Rose Butterfly and Harebell Butterfly.

I stamped the two house images with black Archival then connected and extended the hills between them with a black fineliner. I also used the fineliner to draw some leaves on the bare tree (the tree behind the house on the left doesn’t have leaves) to match the other one.  I coloured the houses and trees with my Polychromos pencils then drew a faint pencil line to act as my cutting guide and cut away the sky completely.

The hills are coloured lightly with pencils, then I used various green dye inks and a large stipple brush to add stronger colour at the base of the hills.  I stamped foliage all the way along the bottom, mixing and matching elements from different stamp sets and varying the shades of green.  I then scored about an inch in from the left, folded it and put double sided tape down the folded edge.

The back of the card is a separate piece, brayered with a home made inkpad (using distress reinkers) and stamped with a selection of trees from Terrific Treescapes.  I glued the folded edge of my shaped panel onto the back of the brayered card and trimmed through both layers on the right to get them the exact same width.

I am not going to do a colour challenge with this week’s card, but instead, I’m going to leave you with a little tease of something new that we are introducing this Wednesday.


Check out the Design Team blog on Wednesday to find out what it is.  I’m sure you’ll see this image popping up on the other girl’s blogs too – we’re all pretty excited about it!


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