Monday, 31 December 2018

Happy New Year and Favourite Cards of 2018

Hello there,

I do hope that you've all enjoyed your Christmas and that Santa brought you lots of lovely crafting supplies.

As another year is drawing to it's close, I'd like to share with you some of my favourite cards of the year:













Wow, it's only as I'm scrolling through that I've realised how many cards I've made throughout the year.  I've had a great year of crafting and I'm looking forward to seeing what's in store for 2019.

All that remains is for me to thank you all for your friendship and support over the last year and to wish you the very best of everything in 2019.  May it be a happy and healthy one for you.  I look forward to visiting your blogs and seeing more of your crafty creations.

  Happy New Year

Monday, 24 December 2018

Peaceful Christmas Wishes

Hello there,

Well it's almost time for the big day to be upon us.  The shopping is done, the presents are wrapped and children all over the world are filled with wonder and excitement.  Christmas Eve is such a special time and I love the anticipation that it holds.  Having three young Grandchildren, my heart is filled with joy each time I hear them talk about the magic of Christmas and I can see the excitement in their eyes, especially when Santa is mentioned!  That's what it's all about for me and I really wish that innocence could last forever.

Having lost my own Dad at Christmas, many year ago, I am also very aware that Christmas isn't always a happy time for everyone and my heart goes out to all of you that may be bereaved, or sad and lonely at this time.

I'd like to share this Christmas card with you that I've made for all of my friends and followers in blog land:

All stamps used here are by Crafty Individuals

I've made some amazing crafty friends over the last few years and I've even been lucky enough to meet some of you in person.  I guess nobody understands a crafter like another crafter!  I just want to say thank you to you all for your continued friendship.  I really do appreciate your visits and the lovely comments that you leave as I know that your time is precious.  I feel truly blessed xx

All that remains is for me to wish you all 'A Very Merry Christmas' and all the very best of everything in 2019.  

Crafty Christmas Hugs,

Tuesday, 18 December 2018

Mid-Month Inspiration - December 18

Hello there,

Well, we're getting pretty close to the big day aren't we with just a week to go.  I hope that your preparations are going well and that you're still managing to find a little time to relax amongst all surrounding the chaos.

It's time for some mid-month inspiration over at Stamping Sensations and here's the card that I'd like to share with you:

The background was made using a Gelli Plate. The snowflakes and main focal stamp are all by Crafty Individuals.  As you can see, I've heat embossed the main stamp with a gold sparkle embossing powder.  The die cut Deer at the base of the card are by Memory Box.

We are very generously sponsored this month by Be Creative, who are kindly offering the lucky winner a £25 voucher to spend at their online store.

That's all from me for now, so I'll wish you a happy and peaceful day x

Sunday, 16 December 2018

Festive Wreath

Hello there,

I hope that you're enjoying your weekend and that the Christmas preparations aren't stressing you out too much.  We do tend to put an awful lot of pressure on ourselves at this time of year, and yet everything gets done doesn't it.

I'd like to share with you the last of my Crafty Individuals samples made for their last Hochanda show:

It's such a pretty wreath stamp and it's a lovely one to colour.  

That's all from me today but I'll be back with you on Tuesday xx

Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Festive Bookmark Cards

Hello there,

We're well and truly on the road to Christmas now, so I'd like to share a couple

more samples that I made for Crafty Individuals using their new festive stamps:

Just a couple more left now, so I'll share them at them weekend x

Sunday, 9 December 2018

Time For Tea

Hello there on this Sunday morning.

I'm sure that your Christmas preparations are in full swing now.  I know that I say this every year but I just can't believe how quickly it's all flown round again.  I'm going to put the marzipan on my cakes today so that it has time to harden a little before I ice them.  Whatever you're doing, I hope you have a lovely day x

I'd like to share with you a few more of the samples that I made for Crafty Individuals:

Thank you for your visit today and I'll be back with you shortly to share the last of my samples which are all Christmas themed and feature the two newest stamps by Crafty Individuals.

Take care and enjoy the rest of your day x

Friday, 7 December 2018

Stamping on Fabric

Hello there,

Thank you so much for your kind wishes left on my last post.   I'm pleased to say that I'm feeling pretty much back to my old self now.  I feel blessed to have so many kind and thoughtful friends and followers.

I'm here today a little earlier than expected as I have some free time today, so I'd like to share with you a bag that I made as a sample for Crafty Individuals' Hocanda shows on Monday.  Now, I've never stamped or painted onto fabric before, so I have to admit that I was a little apprehensive when Jean said what she had planned.  When the pieces of printed fabric arrived with me, I wasn't sure what I would do with them but here's the bag that I made:

I started by painting the printed CI fabric piece using Koh -I- Noor water colours and acrylic paint.  I don't have any fabric paints or some of the special mediums that you need, so I just went with what I had.  I used masking tape to divide the bag into sections. Next,  I used a couple of CI stencils and then sponged in the colour using a make up sponge.  I decided to use a bolder colour in each corner, so I chose red.  As you can see from the central image, I picked up the colours that I'd used in that.  I used VersaFine Clair to stamp in my tea pots as I wanted to keep the theme of tea at three, which is the sentiment stamped on the main image.

Now, I have to say that I grew very attached to this little bag before I had to package it up and send it off to Jean.  I enjoyed the experience of it all so much that I've just ordered 10 more bags to play with.  I guess that this just goes to show that It's good to move out of your comfort zone every now and again.

Thank you for your visit today and I'll be back with you again over the weekend with a few more samples.  Until then, take care and be happy x

Tuesday, 4 December 2018

Just A Few Cards

Hello there my crafty friends,

I hope that you're all keeping well and happy.  Before I start my post, I'll apologise for my lack of blogging and commenting over the last week or so but I've not been too well, so thank you for your patience and for not deserting me.  I'll try to catch up with you all over the next couple of days.

My post today is just to share a few of my cards with you that I made as samples for the two Crafty Individuals'' shows that were on Hochanda yesterday.  Jean and Lesley did some lovely demos and there were some new fabric panels on too.  If you missed the shows, then you can always watch them on Catch Up for the next couple of weeks:

Hope you like them and I'll post a couple more at the weekend.

That's all from me for today, so take care and be happy x

Sunday, 2 December 2018

'Winter Sparkle' at Stamping Sensations

Hello there my crafting buddies,

Well, there's no stopping Christmas now, so the theme for our new challenge at Stamping Sensations is 'Winter Sparkle'  Who doesn't love a touch of glitter, especially at this time of year so why not join us in this festive challenge.  Here's the card that I've made:

The stamps that I've used on my card are all by Be Creative  and my touch of sparkle are the Christmas trees which I've cut with a Tim Holtz die.  I've coloured the sentiment with a gold gel pen and the snowflakes have been made with a small punch.

That's all from me for now, so I'll wish you a happy and peaceful day x

Sunday, 18 November 2018

Mid Month Inspiration - November 18

Hello there,

It's time for some mid month inspiration over at Stamping Sensations and here's the card that I've made for our theme 'Get Ready For Christmas.'

All stamps and the stencil that I've used on this card are by Inkylicious.

That's all from me for now, so I'll wish you a happy and peaceful day x

Saturday, 10 November 2018

A Head Full Of Worries

Hello there,

I do hope that you're all enjoying your weekend whatever you may be doing.

Now I briefly mentioned in my last post that I had won the Visible Image October challenge with my 'Glimmer of Light' wall hanging.  The prize was a £40 voucher to spend on Visible Image products and after much deliberation, I made my choice and ordered my new stamps.  They arrived with me the very next day and I couldn't wait to have a play.  Here's the first card that I've made with them:

I started making my background using Lemon and Turquoise Brushos, ensuring that I had more blue to the left hand side as this was to be my head full of worries and I wanted it to be darker than the right hand side of happy dreams.  I stamped the head slightly off center to leave room for the butterflies to fly out of the back of it.  I first used VersaFine Clair and then I heat embossed it with Black Sparkle embossing powder.  Next, I stamped the skulls, numbers and cogs as I wanted to give the feel of a cluttered head.  I used a touch of bleach to lift a little colour from the skulls and highlighted their teeth with a white gel pen.  I used Peacock Feathers distress Oxide ink to stamp the butterflies flying out from behind the head and the sentiment and larger butterflies were stamped using VersaFine Clair.  I fussy cut them out and added them to give my card some dimension.  These butterflies are so pretty and they stamp beautifully.  They are also very easy to cut out which is really useful if you ever need to use quite a few of them at once.

I was thrilled to win the challenge and I'm really happy with my new stamps.  Here's a photo of the ones that I chose:

Can you tell that I like butterflies?

All that is left to be said is a big thank you to Mark and Helen at 'Visible Image' for making such fabulous stamps for us all to play with and for their kindness and generosity in their challenges and giveaways.

Thank you to you too for taking the time to visit today and I hope that you enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Happy Crafting.

Thursday, 8 November 2018

Butterfly Daisy Collage

Hello there my crafty friends,

I hope that you are all keeping well and happy.  I'm full of cold at the moment but on the plus side, that means that I can relax in my craft room for a while and take things a little easier.

I mentioned a few week ago that I won a raffle prize at the Stamp Magic show which consisted of items donated by the exhibitors that were there.  There were lots of goodies in the bag which I'm still working my way through but I have to say that I was blown away by the generosity of Chocolate Baroque  who had given an A4 stamp sheet.....'Butterfly Daisy Collage.'  The stamps are  absolutely divine and I've really enjoyed having my first play with them which has resulted in the following card:

 I've taken the first photo from the side as it's difficult to see the dimension of the butterflies from straight on.

I made the background using Brushos and I have to say that I love the vibrancy of it.  I stamped the image using VersaFine Clair (Nocturne) which is my favourite new ink pad as it pick up every single detail and on most occasions, it only takes one press to achieve a perfect impression, can't say how much I love this product!

I stamped a second image over the Brushos background and then fussy cut out the butterflies to give them some dimension.  I coloured the daisies using a white 'Posca' marker which is another new favourite as flows beautifully and covers really well.  I promise I'm not on commission for any of the products that I've mentioned but if I like something, then I have to say so.

I had another two very nice surprises this week.  The first one was on Saturday evening when I won Visible Image's October challenge with this wall hanging that I made recently.  I'll share more about that in a later post when I've had a play with my new stamps.  The second surprise was on Tuesday when I saw that I'd won a £15 voucher from Chocolate Baroque.  My name was selected randomly for commenting on the DT posts.

I'd like to thank Lesley and David from Chocolate baroque for their incredible generosity and for the hard work that they both put in to keep bringing us all such amazing products.  I love watching Lesley's demos on Hochanda and she's always coming up with new and interesting ideas, and techniques.

That's all from me for today as I'm busy working on some samples for Crafty Individuals' next show on Hochanda.  I'll let you know the date and times a little nearer the event.

Needless to say, that despite looking and sounding like someone from a cold and flu ad, I'm felling very blessed.

Take care and I hope to be back with you all very soon xx

Sunday, 4 November 2018

Let's 'Get Ready For Christmas' at Stamping Sensations

Hello there my lovely crafty friends,

It's time for a new challenge at Stamping Sensations and our theme this time is 'Get Ready For Christmas.'

Here's the card that I've made:

I stamped the Penny Black image with StazOn black ink and then masked off the snowy area to keep it white while I coloured in the sky with my Ink Dusters.  The inks that I used were Distress: Stormy Sky, Fossilized Amber and just a very light touch of Wilted Violet.  Once my sky was finished, I shaded in the piles of snow at the side of the field and stamped in a few birds by Inkylicious.  The sentiment that I've used was a freebie from a stamp show a couple of years back.  I created the snow laden branches with white acrylic paint.

That's all from me for now, so I'll wish you a happy and peaceful day x

Wednesday, 31 October 2018


Hello there,

I've never done any Halloween cards before this year but I've definitely made up for it over the last few weeks.  You've got Jean and Malcolm to thank for that over at Crafty Individuals as they brought out two fabulous new stamps designed for them by Maria Kitano.  Here's the last of my offerings and it's a' Spookalicious Dream Scene' inspired by the sentiment that I've used on my card:

Is all that we see or seem
but a dream within a dream?

I've also used CI-361 which has lots of different elements on it that work perfectly with the Crow stamp.  

Take care and I hope to be back with you all again very soon x

Sunday, 28 October 2018

Peaceful Waters

Hello there again,

Now I wouldn't ordinarily post twice in a day but I've had a such lovely and peaceful weekend with lots of time to play with some of my new stamps.  At the Stamp Magic show a couple of weeks ago, I caught up with the lovely Inkylicious crew and it would have been rude not to have bought a few new stamps at the same time;)  I'd like to share a piece of art that I've made today using their new 'Mountain Ranges' stamps:

I've used two of the mountain ranges here to bring them into the scene, rather than having them in the distance.  I actually just stamped over and it was very forgiving but in future, I will stamp the first range and then mask it off before adding the next one.  I've used inks and water paints to colour the water and I've highlighted it using my white gel pen a Posca marker, which I absolutely love to bits.  It also covered the incoming tide without picking up any of the blue and it looks quite realistic.  All of the stamps that I've used in this scene are by Inkylicious.

Right then, I promise that's me done for today, so I'll wish you all a happy and peaceful day x

It's That Crow Again!

Hello there,

I do hope that you and your loved ones are keeping well and happy.  If not, then I wish you brighter days to come x

I'm here today to share another card featuring one of the fabulous new 'Crow' stamps by Crafty Individuals.  Now in all fairness, I did warn you that I hadn't been able to put these down, hence there being quite a few of them!

I've created more of a tranquil scene this time, although it may have spooky undertones, what do you think?

There's quite a lot of masking on this one and I've used several different CI stamps, all of which can be found on their web site.  Finished off with a little Ivy, burnished with Gilding wax.

Just one more to come now for the time being but I'll save that for the 31st.

Take care and be happy x

Saturday, 27 October 2018

Glimmer of Light

Hello there,

I'm back a little earlier than anticipated as it's absolutely freezing here today, so I decided to head into my craft room and get messy!

When I went to Stamp Magic a couple of weeks back, I was thrilled to see 'Stampers Grove' there as they stock Visible Image stamps, which I absolutely love.  I'm building up my collection slowly but surely and I've been wanting to buy the Glimmer of Light stamps for a while now as I already had the Light Bulb set which work with them perfectly.  Here's what I've made:

I made the background using Brushos with a touch of water colour to create a galaxy effect.  I then used a white Posca marker pen to add the stars.  The light bulb and Moths were coloured in Autumnal colours and then fussy cut out.  I used my new Koi Noor water colours for the first time and I was really impressed by the depth of colour that they have and they blended beautifully as you can see on the large Moth.  Right then, time to start on the Christmas card I think.  

I'll be back with you again tomorrow but until then, stay warm and 'Happy Crafting.'

Thursday, 25 October 2018

Envelope Mini Album

Hello there,

I've been so enthralled with the new Crafty Individuals stamps that I completely forgot to post some pictures of the small album that I made for their last show on Hochanda which featured 'Tickets and Ephemera.'

I haven't really done anything like this before so I followed a tutorial on YouTube about how to make an album using envelopes.  Once I got into it, I really quite enjoyed it and it was good to use so many of Crafty Individuals' stamps and papers.  Here it is then:

I used tags on each page which can be removed and used for journaling.  I'm just thinking that it might be a good idea to make something like this with pictures of the family taken at Christmas time. 

That's all for today and I'll be back on Sunday.  Until then I wish you lots of happy crafting x

Sunday, 21 October 2018

More To Crow About

Hello there,

I'm here today to share with you the second of Crafty Individuals new stamps which is another fabulous crow, drawn by the very talented artist Maria Kitano.  Here are two of the cards that I've made so far using this new stamp:

These new stamps are wonderful and I've tried to show here how you can either bring in lots of different colours and elements or keep it quite simple as I've done with my second card.  Either way, you're going to love them and I've noticed that they're already popping up on lots of blogs, so I'm not the only one who thinks they're terrific.

Take care of yourselves and enjoy the rest of your day x

I would like to add my first card into the following challenges:

Artistic Stamper - Inktober
That's Crafty - Spookalicious Challenge
Try It On Tuesday - Trick or Treat it's Halloween

Thursday, 18 October 2018

Mid Month Inspiration - October 18

Hello there,

I hope that you’re all keeping well and happy, and if not, then I wish you brighter days ahead.

I had an wonderful time on Sunday at Stamp Magic.  I got to meet up with a my crafty friends Sally and Lynne from Stamping Sensations and  lovely Kath from ‘Allsorts.’  I also shared a table with a very nice lady who turned out to be Lorraine from Mrs. Bs Blog.  We chatted for ages about our love of crafting it felt like we’d known each other for ages.  Next, I chatted to the Inkylicious crew who I’ve known for ages and then I met Jean and Malcolm from Crafty Individuals for the first time.  Can you see why it was an amazing day?  Just when I thought the day couldn’t get any better, I won the raffle prize which included contributions from all the exhibitors, so plenty of new crafting goodies to keep me quiet for the next few weeks.  Anyway, on to the matter in hand.......

I'm here today to offer you some mid month inspiration with our current challenge over at Stamping Sensations and here's my card:

I've opted to use Autumnal colours in this tranquil lakeside scene.  All of the stamps and stencils that I've used on this card are by Inkylicious.

Friday, 12 October 2018

Something Wicked This Way Comes

Hello there my crafty friends,

I hope that you're all keeping well and happy and that life is being kind to you.  If not, then I wish you brighter days to come.

Now very recently, I received some new Gothic stamps from Jean Hardy at Crafty Individuals and she asked if the Design Team would make a few samples to share with everyone.  Well, as soon as I opened them, I knew that I just had to get them inked up straight away.  Needless to say, I had an amazing time creating this card as I'm sure you'll see.  I've never made anything for Halloween or in a Gothic style previously but everything seemed to flow perfectly with this one and I have to be honest and say that I absolutely love the finished result, so much so that I'm going to frame it and keep it in my craft room.  Being my own worst critic, that's praise indeed from me lol :)  Anyway, I'll stop going on and show you the card:

The background was made using two shades of Brushos spritz with water.  I then stamped the CI image of the Crow and Cross, along with Whitby Abbey and the birds.  Next, I bleached out the colour from both images and the moon, and then water coloured the colours back in.  On this occasion, I left the Crow in black and white to give a a more dramatic look.  I used another new CI stamp to create the lightening and then heat embossed it in white.  The ghost in the right hand corner is from a CI Filmstrip and the date on the gravestone was cut out from an old calendar,  I used a CI Crackle stamp around the edge and then used a blender tool with Adirondack Eggplant ink to create a darker outer edge which with then naturally draw the viewers eye in.  The cobweb was stencilled in using a Bee Crafty Dinkable.

I'll be back soon with more samples of the new CI stamps but until then, I wish you lots of crafty happiness x

Sunday, 7 October 2018

Shades of Autumn at Stamping sensations

Hello there you crafty lot and thank you for visiting today.

It's time for a new challenge over at Stamping Sensations and our theme this time is 'Shades of Autumn.'  Now I don't know about you but I love this time of year when the colours of nature at at their finest.  We visit the Lake District quite often and I never fail to be amazed by the scenery at this time of year.

Here's the card that I've made for this challenge:

I started by stamping and masking the Owl which is by Flonz Craft.  I then stamped my moon and masked it off using a circular stencil.  Next, I used my Ink Dusters to colour the background with autumnal colours.  I stamped the trees in the background and then set about creating some hills before stamping in the larger trees in the foreground.  I removed both masks and then used some distress inks to watercolor  my owl.  Finally, I stamped the sentiment to complete my card.  All stamps with the exception of the Owl are by Inkylicious.

That's all from me for now, so I'll wish you a happy and peaceful day x

Thursday, 4 October 2018

Just The Ticket - Mixed Media

Hello there,

I hope that you're all keeping well and happy.

Just a really quick post from me today to share with you the wall hanging that I made as a sample for Crafty Individuals' Hochanda shows earlier this week:

Hope you like it.

Take care and I'll be back with you on Sunday when we'll be starting a new challenge over at Stamping Sensations but until then, I wish you lots of happy crafting x

Tuesday, 2 October 2018

Just The Ticket

Hello there,

Well, it seems ages since my last post but life has been quite hectic of late with one thing and another, so sorry for my absence and for my lack of commenting.  I'm hoping that things will be back to normal soon so that I can be back with you all a little more often.

Did you manage to catch Crafty Individuals on Hochanda yesterday?  There were some great demos by Jean Hardy and Lesley Wharton of Chocolate Baroque.   The shows were all about tags and tickets and I'd like to share with you a few of my samples:

I hope you like them and I'll be back with you on Thursday to share a wall hanging that I made.  Until then, I wish you lots of happy crafting x

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

'Slap It On' at TIOT

Hello there my crafty friends,

I'm here again with my second post of the day.

A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to have my card chosen in the Top 5 over at 'Try It On A Tuesday'  and I was very happy when I received an email from Avril asking if I would like to do a Guest Design spot for them, so here I am.

The theme this time is 'Slap It On' and so I decided that I would take out my Brushos and slap on some colour.

I started by stamping the image of the artist which is by Flonz Craft and then masking it with some masking fluid.  When the fluid was dry, I then used several different shades of Brushos and let the colours run. Once this was dry, I then removed the mask from my image.  As there was so much colour on the tag already, I decided to leave the image black and white to create more of an impact.  I pained in some droplets of colour at the top of the tag and stenciled in the word 'Create' to finish.  The word 'Artist' and sentiment are by Inkylicious.

The lovely ladies over at TIOT always have some wonderful samples on their blog, so why not pop over and take a look at what they've all been up to this week.  Even better, get your sleeves rolled up and join in with them on this fabulous challenge.

Before I go, I'd just like to say a big thank you to Avril and the rest of the team for giving me the chance to get messy.  Needless to say, I had a great time! :)

Take care and be happy x

Mid Month Inspiration - September 18

Hello there,

It's time for us to offer you some Mid Month Inspiration over at Stamping Sensations and here's my card:

Our theme this month is 'I Spy Something Beginning with B.'  On this card I've used the colours blue and black and I've stamped on some birds.    I stamped the girl by Inkylicious and then masked her off using a circular stencil.  Next, I sprinkled Brushos around and spritzed them with some water.  I remove the stencil and then when it was dry, I stamped on the birds and sponged in a little colour behind the girl.

I'll be back with you all later today with another piece of my artwork, so I hope you can pop back again later x

Sunday, 9 September 2018

Go Wild On Your Birthday

Hello there my crafty friends,

Well it looks like Autumn is well and truly on it's way.  There's definitely a nip in the air on a morning and the nights are drawing in.  I don't know about you but in our house, salads are on their way out and soups are on their way in!

It's our eldest Grandson's third Birthday this week and so I thought I'd share with you the card that I've made for him:

The stamps that I've used were free with the Creative Stamping magazine a couple of months back.  I have to say that I've made quite a few cards with these stamps already as they are so versatile and the possibilities with them are endless.  For this card, I opted to create a scene on an 8x8 card and then add a couple of images that I fussy cut out, and also a few die cuts to add some dimension.

It's hard to believe that it's three years since we were sat waiting for a phone call to say that Jack had been time flies.

That's all from me today as I'm busy at the moment making some sample for the next Crafty Individuals show on Hochanda on the 1st of October.  I'll post more details of that a little nearer to the time, so until next time, take care and be happy x

Sunday, 2 September 2018

I Spy Something Beginning With 'B'

Hello there my crafty friends,

It's time for another new challenge over at Stamping Sensations and our theme this time is 'I Spy Something Beginning with B.'

For my card, I opted to use a bird, blossom and to colour my background blue.

The bird stamp and the stencil skyline that I've used on my card are both by Bee Crafty and I think that the work really well together.  I'm hoping to catch up with Bev at the upcoming Stamp Magic show to top up my stamp collection as they've had some fabulous new releases recently.  I absolutely adore their Animal Art Scenery stamps.

The blossom stamp that I've used is one that I bought years ago from 'Lakeland' when they used to have a craft section and the sentiment is by Inkylicious.

I started by using Ink Dusters to colour the background and to create the mountains, then I used my stamps and stencil.  I used a very fine paintbrush and bleach to then remove the colour from the blossom and the bird.

That's all from me for now, so I'll wish you a happy and peaceful day x

Tuesday, 28 August 2018

Thank You For The Music

Hello there,

I hope that you are all keeping well and happy.  Things have been busy here with one thing and another, so not much time for card making or blogging of late, so apologies that I haven't been round to visit you all as much as usual.

I've had some spare time today to make our Son's birthday card though.  It's a special birthday this time round as my baby boy will turn 30.  Wow, where did all the years go?  I remember turning 30 myself and thinking at the time that I was ancient.  I look at my own Son now and think how young he seems..... If only I knew then what I know now, and how young I really was! :)   No fear of him seeing his card as he doesn't look at my blog.

It's an 8 x 8 card and I started by covering the background with Distress Oxides and then using a star stencil and a wet wipe to lift out some of the colour.  I thought this would give more of a subtle effect than using white ink or paint.  I bleached out the colour from around the letters and I did the same with the drums, which I then water coloured back in with Distress ink  I've used a variety of stamps, most of which came free with Creative Stamping magazine a few months back.  I've had so much use of of that musical stamp sheet.  The singers to each side of the drums are by Inkadinkado and the letters are by Visible image.