Friday, 25 July 2014

Cute Snails!

My God daughter's birthday card had to involve snails in some shape or form. She is the proud owner of Gary II  and made this video of Gary I having a shower. She has since gone to university and gained a degree in Zoology, where snails played a part too.  I used a penny black image and coloured it with promarkers before cutting with spellbinders dies and dusting with distress inks. The base card was stamped with the tiny snail (stampendous) and dusted also.
As you read this I am starting 5 weeks of school holidays. Thought it would never come!
Thanks for looking!

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Anyone for cricket?!

What do you get when you cross a new wood grain stamp with a colleague who loves his sport, especially cricket and football?
First I created a background using the ink dusters, Mountain and valley mask and clouds mask. I then cut out a cricket bat shape from a snippet of white card and stamped it with the inkylicious woodgrain stamp and scored it down the centre. I added a little shading to make the bottom appear angled, and a scrap of red paper for the handle. I stuck it to the card with silicone glue. Unfortunately a dark patch appeared on the bat, and whilst trying to make it less obvious I caught the side of the card with the Tea Dye DI pad! I decided to cover it up with a few stamps of delicate vine, and hubby was very helpful in letting me know that there is a tree on the pitch at Canterbury! I finished it off with a couple of birds and a sentiment also from Inkylicious.
I am entering this into a couple of challenges:
Thanks for looking, and I hope you are managing to stay dry! 

Monday, 14 July 2014

A one layer butterfly dash!

I am frantically flapping in with a last minute entry for the Butterfly Challenge, where the theme is one layer plus your butterfly.
 The stamps are from Inkylicious, as are the acetate butterflies, which I coloured with a Sakura gelly roll glaze pen. The card has been dusted in rosebud and dandelion memento ink and the stamping is in imperial purple versafine ink. I used a gelly roll stardust pen and a water brush to add some sparkle to the raindrops.
It adds a very subtle sparkle, but I managed to capture it on camera in the early morning sun.  This card was inspired by some of the gorgeous creations Deby of Inkylicious had made at summer crafting on Saturday, one of which you can see here.
I am also entering this card into the Allsorts challenge this week where the theme is 'splish, splash splosh', and with all the droplets and a couple of likes of the sentiment I think it fits the theme!
Thanks for looking and for all your lovely comments recently. I have eight more 'get-ups' as we call them at school before 5 weeks off, Yay!

Saturday, 12 July 2014

Summer Crafting, Inkylicious style

Meg and I took a quick visit to Summer crafting at Doncaster today. If you are going tomorrow, do make a bee-line for Inkylicious on B02, not far from the main entrance. Deby has some fabulous new stamps on show, and one is particularly important to my dear friend, Lynne, as she sees this tree from her garden every day!
Here is the card I have made with it this afternoon.

I used my ink dusters to dust the sky with memento inks in dandelion, rose bud, lilac posies and elderberry. You will see quite a few using this ink combination over the next few weeks! The set of stamps is called old beech tree and includes two buzzards, the tree and two sentiments. I added a bit of cow parsley in the corner and extended the ground a bit with a distress marker.
My second card features more new stamps, a gorgeous set called fern leaves.
For this one I used Adirondack inks in peach Bellini and Mountain Rose, Distress inks in crushed olive and shabby shutters, and Memento inks in lilac posies, olive grove and espresso truffle. This is a card for another wonderful friend who is going overseas for a couple of years. I will miss her very much.
My final card is made using some older Inkylicious stamps called Summer Morn, and the same ink combo as the top card.
The little flower in the corner is made using the Blooming Marvellous set. The background was made by running a stencil (inky doodles) through the cuttlebug with an embossing mat and then sanding it.
Well, I'd better go. I have 5 birthday cards to make this weekend!
If you go to Summer crafting, I hope you have a lovely time, and that it isn't as packed as it was this morning. If I were you I'd also take a bottle of water with you if the weather is as hot as it was today!
Thanks for looking!

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Summer Blooms at Stamping Sensations

Good Morning my friends! It is the first Sunday of the month and time for another challenge at Stamping Sensations. This month our theme is Summer Blooms and our sponsor is Heartfelt Creations
For my card this month I have chosen to use a stamp of a flower I love, and have grown very successfully this year too!

Bet you wish you had smellyvision! Here is a closer picture of the card...
The background is a Sheena style Gesso and H2O wash on water colour paper I stamped and embossed the sweet peas (Inkylicious) and put onto a base card that had been stamped with the Inkylicious worn paint stamp in shaded lilac. The sentiment is from Inkylicious too. The wide boarder strip was created with scrunched paper, a combination of dylusions and creative colour sprays and a spellbinders die.
Above is a close up of the H2O shimmer and below you can see the shimmer from the creative colour sprays
Now, onto the prize...
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Please note that PP&S will apply outside the US
What a wonderful prize, eh? Do pop over to the challenge blog and take a look at the amazing creations that my teamies have produced, and also pop back there with your entry for this wonderful prize! 
Before I go I'd like to say thank you and a little wave to my latest followers - great to have you on board and  lovely to know that you like what I make!
Thanks for looking and for all your lovely comments.

Sunday, 29 June 2014

Rudolf Day for June with snippets

I am dashing in for June Rudolf Day a little later than I had anticipated! I missed Sarn's posts due to blogger dashboard issues and I don't seem to have a clue what day it is at the moment, lol!
I have gone for two trees again - the small Christmas Tree Flourish from Inkylicious, with a musical background.
Here is the first...
I used the edge of the tree to make the border and Adirondack inks in Aqua and Pool. the sentiment is also from Inkylicious. I did add irridescent glitter, but you can't really see it in the photo.
For my second card I used the same stamps with wild honey distress ink and versafine tuxedo black.
The Dies are all from spellbinders and the red spots are red stickles.
I used snippets for both, so I'll be skipping off to Miss Di's Snippet playground with them too.
Meg and I spent yesterday looking round at Birmingham University. It was definitely worth going to look at possibilities for courses next year, although a little disappointing in how elitist some of them are. I won't have a rant, but I did feel a bit cross at one point and then very proud of how resilient Megan is. 
Thanks for looking!

Saturday, 28 June 2014

Playing with Goodies from Doncaster

Three weeks ago, Lynne and I went to Doncaster Dome for the stamp Magic show. As usual we had a wonderful time and really enjoyed looking round all the exhibitors. I bought a fair bit of stash, but due to work commitments I am only just getting around to playing with it now!
The stamps on this card are all from Inkylicious. The woodgrain stamp is new, as is the blooming marvellous set of flower stamps which are great for layering up. I added a blob of crystal glaze in the middle of each flower. This was just a bit of a play really. I am looking forward to trying some different ideas with these stamps.
My next card, a very simple one layer card with added butterfly, also uses Inkylicious stamps.
I used memento inks in grape Jelly, Teal Zeal and Bahama Blue. The butterfly is a twinchie stamp and the sentiment is from this new set.
Thanks for looking. I am off to get my planning done so I can have some time to make my cards for Rudolf day tomorrow! Please pop over to Lynne's blog and take a look at her amazing recycled ink duster holder too!

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

A wedding card

A colleague asked me to make a wedding card for her niece. The wedding theme is herbs, which I thought was lovely, particularly as I grow lots! I really wanted to buy the Jane Shasky cd called herb garden that Joanna Sheen brought out a while ago, but it is no longer available! Time to stop kicking myself and start thinking!
Plan B was to find some herb like stamps amongst my collection and stamp something. this is what I came up with.
The sentiment and lavender stamps are from Inkylicious and the thyme and mint leaves are from Chocolate Baroque. I dusted the sentiment panel in faded lilac distress ink and embossed the sentiment with some lilac embossing powder that I have had for ages but rarely used! I added a ribbon and some liquid pearls. I think it is quite unusual for a wedding card, but I was pleased with the result, as was the lady who commissioned it.
Well, my dashboard seems to be fixed and is showing all the blogs I follow once more, thank goodness! Just when I have no more spare time and a busy weekend ahead visiting a university and preparing lots for work.
I hope I will manage a few minutes catching up soon
Thanks for looking!

Monday, 23 June 2014

Reading list issues

Seems there's a lot of people having the same problems as me with their reading list and the 'view more' button only showing one blog and not loading others..
 https://productforums.google.com/forum/#!category-topic/blogger/something-is-broken/TM9QlkTp6zc
Allegedly Google know about it - but fixing it isn't top of their list! Feel free to leave comments on the post above. If enough people do they might listen...
Okay, you can stop laughing and pointing at that pig flying across the sky!!!
I rely on my list to see who has updated, so I'm probably missing loads - please forgive me, but take a rant at Blogger! Just when I have a bit of time to look round it too. GRRRRRRRRRRR!

Sunday, 22 June 2014

Cute snippets

I had a couple of little girl birthday cards to make, so I dived into my snippet box and found the images, already coloured on holiday last year! The little girl is from Sugar Nellie and the Dragon is from Wild rose studio. Both are watercoloured with distress markers and a water brush. The sentiments are from Little Claire.
The papers are all ones that have been in my snippet drawer for ever. The ones on the first card were from cuddly buddly I think. These strips needed using as they were looking a bit battered, which gave me the idea to go for a distressed look with some tea dye DI! Does the bottom one look odd with that strip of base card down the middle? I was going to use the ribbon down it, but forgot and had stuck it together good and proper before I realised! I have no idea of the make of those papers! Both of these are very much outside my comfort zone, so I may have to lie down to get over the shock of doing cute!I used up some peel-offs too, as 5 year olds quite like them!
I should be back in blog land a bit more now as I have finally finished my reports and the phonics check. Hope the girls in the snippets playground haven't forgotten who I am, I have been away so long! Sorry Miss Di! I will try and do better ;)
Thanks for looking!

Thursday, 12 June 2014

Playing with my Birthday Stamps

Hi There! I'm dashing into blogland very quickly with a card I made a few weeks ago to say thanks to Lynne, who bought me this gorgeous set of stamps by Art Journey for my birthday. I ink dusted the background with memento teal zeal, bahama blue and seedless preserves DI. I stamped the teasel and pussy willow in archival black, and the tiny script (Inkylicious) in starlight black brilliance ink.
I added a bit of detail with a gelly roll white pen to finish it off.
I am an infrequent visitor at the moment, but I am almost half way through my reports now, so I am hoping to be back more regularly by the end of next week. Thanks for looking and for all your encouraging comments xxx

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

A walk at the weekend

Last Saturday Meg and I decided we needed some fresh air, so went for a walk at Teversal trails. Meg had been inside all week revising for her AS levels, and the rain had stopped me getting out in the garden too, so we grabbed our cameras and jumped in the car.  We did the same at roughly this time last year, but with such a mild winter I was hopeful we might see an orchid or two. We saw some Ragged Robin, a member of the campion family. Yes, they are really that tatty-looking, it hasn't been eaten!

Then we came across this beautiful briar rose...

Next we found this tranquil place.....
and guess what...Yes! we found orchids! Hundreds of them in that grass on the left! Okay! I will show you close ups.
Here are a few common spotted orchids


You can clearly see the spots that give it it's name on the last one!
Here are a few more...
 I think this one is a southern marsh orchid
 This is another common spotted
I don't know this one, because it wasn't spotty, but the flowers had common spotted markings! Orchids are a bit difficult to identify as they vary so much!
We also saw a few furry creatures too...
This one
and this one!  
 Hope you enjoyed the photos.
I can't tell you how much I am looking forward to the weekend as my dear friend Lynne is visiting and we will be going to Doncaster Dome for stamp magic! Are you  going?
Thanks for looking!