29 December 2008


So I've been playing with my new Bombshell stamps and experimenting with different ways of colouring them in. First of all I tried my usual watercolour pencils which worked well for shading, especially if I layered the colours to get more depth of colour.

Next I tried 'The Blonde One's' Pro Markers which are artist quality felt pens. These gave a much more cartoon like quality which suits the image. They are also easy to layer to give shading.

Fantastic, funky retro stamps!

I spotted these stamps at 3d Jean's lovely shop and my wonderful DH was obviously listening because I opened a pack for Christmas!
They are so funky and retro- gorgeous and brilliant for the ever tricky men's cards and teenagers too!

26 December 2008

Family Fun!!

Woo-Hoo I hope you all enjoyed Christmas!! I know we had a lovely time here in the Old Oak Tree!! Today is a quiet day for us all *sigh* so nice!
Here's my first LO I've done since August! It shows some of the madness of when we all descend on my Big Sis and her family! Although Sis was still suffering with the lurg we all had a goof laugh and exchanged gifts!!
Happy Crimbo!!!

Supplies Used
Lots of bits and pieces really!
Tim Holtz style tag made with Stamper's Anonymous Santa stamp and Distress Inks
7Gypsies Papers
October Afternoon Paper
MM Papers
Grungeboard and Embossing Powder
Tim Holtz Journalling Tickets
Jenni Bowlin Journalling Tags and Calendar
Prima Journalling Notes
QuicKutz Revolution 12" dies
Glitter (of course!!)

25 December 2008

Merry Christmas!!!

All here at the Old Oak Tree are busy with their pressies, reading, playing making in between slurping hot drinkies and scoffing croissant!!
Have a lovely day everyone!!!

23 December 2008

Funny Funny Beagle

Here's our gorgeous Willow who LOVES her cuddles! Being a Beagle she is very vocal but the noises she makes in this video are soooo funny!! This is Willow enjoying cuddles with 'DH' !!

16 December 2008

Gorgeous QuicKutz Dies- Elegance!

Again a fabulous range from QuicKutz. i had been worried about them recently as some of the ranges were a bit 'old' but this Elegance range is right on the mark.
Damask and chandeliers, you can't get much more en fashion than that and LOOK at that TAG- that's going to be HOT, HOT, HOT!

14 December 2008

Art Adventure

I loved the window challenge set on An Awfully Big Art Adventure.
Mint tin with Tim Holtz metal bits, photos of my sweet Ma as a child in India with her Moon Moth.

13 December 2008

My turn again!!!

...over on It's a Creative World I wanted to share the very fast and easy colouring technique I use for my stamped images- means you can whip up a batch of cards whilst watching Strictly Come Dancing on a Saturday evening!!

7 December 2008

Glittery for Christmas

I love my Tilda stamps and I've been playing and getting glittery!
I've been making good use of my Cuttlebug Embossing folder to create the snowy background. I embossed some Making Memories blue paper then sanded it to bring the white core of the paper through- I was rather pleased with the effect!
Tilda and Hos (the horse!) were stamped on white card using my fave black ink pad Versafine and coloured using water colour pencils.

TIP ~ I just colour along the edges of the design then use a water brush to moisten the colour and pull it across the rest of the stamped image. This way you get a lovely graduated colour that gives depth to the finished image.

The fiddly bit is cutting the images out but I took my time and minded my fingers (finger is healing nicely now!) and mounted the images onto the cards with double sided tape.
To add to the effect of snow paint some light blue around the edges of the white cardstock you use for snowy ground and paint blue where feet touch the snow as well.

I went to town with the glitter- Stickles on all the white snow and nice thick silver for a frame!! 'Tis everywhere in the Old Oak Tree!!

4 December 2008

Inky ATC's for Christmas

I love all things inky, grungey and glittery so my Christmas ATC's for a recent swap had to tick all these boxes!!
As I've had a blast doing Tim Holtz's masking technique i thought I'd take it small scale onto my ATC's this time. I've blooged about it on It's a Creative World today so you can see my inky exploits over there!!

2 December 2008

It's Tag Time again!!!

FANTASTIC it's 12 days of inspiration from Tim Holtz as he kicks off the Christmas Season with another of his 12 Tags of Christmas!!
Get on over there to see his wonderful creations and get ideas for the whole year!