Friday, 18 October 2019

Stamping Sensations mid month Autumn inspiration

I can't believe it has been almost two weeks since my last post. Last weekend was Stamp Magic so Lynne and her friend Morag came to stay. We had a fabulous time at the show meeting up and chatting with Sandma, Kath from Allsorts, Bev from Bee Crafty, Jenny Mayes and the Inkylicious family. Lynne and I also had a lovely day shopping and crafting on the Monday. I've had 3 governors meetings this week too, so I'm definitely going to be back at my craft table today. 
Anyway, here is my mid month inspiration for Stamping Sensations where the theme is 'Trees, Leaves and Autumn'. The leaf stamps are from Uniko and the sentiment is an Inkylicious stamp. I masked it off using 2 widths of masking tape across the base card and dusted with distress ink in tea dye and wild honey. I used memento inks to stamp the leaves, using 2nd generation ink for some. Finally I added the berries using liquid pearls. I really enjoy making single layer cards like this!
 You still have plenty of time to enter the challenge, so do pop over to the challenge blog for more inspiration. Don't forget to check your entry against the challenge rules and take a look at the fabulous inspiration!
Thanks for looking!

Sunday, 6 October 2019

October at Stamping Sensations

Good morning, It's time for our October challenge at Stamping Sensations and this month we are looking for

 ****Trees, Leaves or Autumn****
 As the title suggest we would love to see your hand-stamped creations that include trees, leaves and autumn. I am sure you will come up with lots of fabulous and seasonal designs. 
My card's focal image is a gorgeous leaf bouquet from Lesia Zgharda stamps and was coloured with zig clean color brush markers. Our wonderful sponsors this month are  Stamp Addicts. They have a show on Hochanda on Thursday (10th October) at 4pm. Do tune in and take a look at their fabulous goodies!
Even though it is an easy theme, we need you to play by the rules:
Please can I remind you we are a stamping challenge so must see a stamped image which reflects the theme as the focal element of your artwork , this means:
Stamping must be the central point of attention and interest
  There is a fabulous £25 store voucher for our lucky winner. There are some wonderful stamps and stamping products on the Stamp Addict's website, not forgetting their new releases on Hochanda on Thursday.
 Do pop over to the challenge blog and take a look at the fabulous creations from my talented team mates!
Thanks for looking! 

Tuesday, 1 October 2019

Boys to Men and a digi from Dora

 The Challenge over at Allsorts this week is to share a card for boys or men. I was asked by one of my karate buddies to make a thank you card for our Sensei. I don't have any Karate themed stamps (even finding digis for adults is dificult) so I googled clip art and found these free images. I then used inks and stencils to create the background. The scrabble tiles looked much straighter in real life, lol. Here is a picture of me with him. If you know of any martial Arts themed stamps please let me know. I have digis from Mo Manning and Kenny K which are great for kids but not really suitable for adults.

My second card should have been on my blog on 24th September, but with one thing and another I am afraid I forgot. Sorry Dora! Better late than never! This was my DT card for Dora's digis that you can find here.  The papers were some I made ages ago using the shaving foam marbling technique and Distress reinkers made into sprays. I've been doing quite a bit of pencil colouring on grey and kraft card as it makes the paler colours pop.
Thanks for looking and for all your lovely comments x

Wednesday, 25 September 2019

September Rudolf Days

It is 25th September (where did that go?!) and time for another Rudolf Day over at Scrappy Mo's. I have a bit of a poinsettia themed month this month. First is a Single layer card, stamped with a Uniko stamp and coloured with my Arteza coloured pencils. I have been experimenting with adding shadows and feel like I got it right this time!
Next up is oxide inks through a Sweet Poppy Stencil, splattered with some gold ink spray and a stamped sentiment.
Finally I used a woodware set, stamped and dusted in Memento Bahama Blue, and finished off with some diamond stickles and liquid pearls. This was super quick and took longer to dry than to make!
Thanks for looking and for all your lovely comments. Do pop over to Mo's blog and take a look at the wonderful Christmas card inspiration.

Monday, 23 September 2019

Trees and Leaves at Allsorts

The theme at Allsorts this week is Trees and Leaves, so of course I had to enter, lol. I am here with two one layer cards using Uniko stamps, Stamped in memento and dusted with distress inks. I used masking tape to cover the area where I later stamped the sentiments. Both were finished with a 'few' drops of liquid pearls. This lovely simple stamp set is so versatile, and I have used it lots since I bought it, and for all 4 seasons, not just Autumn. 
The sentiment on this second one is from a Woodware set.
I've just discovered that the latest challenge at Uniko Studio is Anything goes with a twist of Autumn, so I am entering my card there too.  Do pop over to Allsorts and Uniko and check out some of the amazing inspiration on show.
Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, 18 September 2019

Mid month reminder for Stamping Sensations

Here is my mid month inspiration for Stamping Sensations where the theme is 'Anything goes with flowers'. The stamps and stencils are from Bee Crafty. The sentiment is an Inkylicious stamp. I stamped the base card with oxide inks in peacock feathers, Blueprint sketch and broken china. I used the same colours as the background for the sunflower too. The sunflower was stamped in versafine clair and coloured with zig clean color real brush markers. I recently bought some transleucent nuvo drops that were going cheap, so I used them here and there too. I really can't get enough of this stamp! I may have to get the smaller one as well 😁
 You still have plenty of time to enter the challenge, so do pop over to the challenge blog for more inspiration. Don't forget to check your entry against the challenge rules!
Thanks for looking!

Saturday, 14 September 2019

Anything goes at Allsorts

The theme this week at Allsorts is 'Anything Goes' so not too much thinking required, lol. I thought I would share a card a neighbour asked me to make. When she said she liked horses, I remembered I had some by Lavina, so a 'scene' card was the result. The stamps are all Lavinia or Inkylicious, except the sentiment (Little Claire) and the scrabble tiles. I coloured the card with ink dusters and a variety of inks. A fine black pen was used to add grass under the horses and a distant fence.
As this is another card featuring animals, I'm also taking to Penny Black and More for my second entry there.
Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, 4 September 2019

Animals at Penny Black and More

The September challenge at Penny Black and More is Animals, so a perfect opportunity to share an Elephant!
This beautiful stamp was from Pink Ink and one that I treated myself to with birthday money. I stamped it on a background smooshed with Distress oxide inks then added some colour to the elephant with watercolour pens. I bleached the colour from the tusks and added some liquid pearls. This stamp is huge, filling an A5 card, but is very good quality and stamps beautifully with either a block (I used a cuttlebug plate!) or a stamp platform.
Thanks for looking!

Sunday, 1 September 2019

Stamping Sensations for September

Good morning, It's time for our September challenge at Stamping Sensations and this month we are looking for


 ****Anything goes with flowers****
 As the title suggest we would love to see your hand-stamped creations that include flowers. I am sure you will come up with lots of fabulous and colourful designs. 
My card's focal image is a gorgeous sunflower from our wonderful sponsors this month, Bee Crafty, in fact all of the stamps used were created by them. The background was made by blending and stamping distress oxide inks and the flowers were coloured with watercolour markers. The flowers on the left were fussy cut and stuck on with 3d glue. I finished it off with some liquid pearls.

Even though it is an easy theme, we need you to play by the rules:
Please can I remind you we are a stamping challenge so must see a stamped image which reflects the theme as the focal element of your artwork , this means:
Stamping must be the central point of attention and interest
  There is a fabulous £25 store voucher for our lucky winner. There are some wonderful stamps and stencils on the Bee Crafty website.
I had more colouring inspiration whilst on holiday, visiting Helmsley Walled garden, where they had a fabulous collection of sunflowers. I'm afraid I took rather a lot of photos of them!













Lol, sorry about that! I'm feeling very 'sunny' as tomorrow is my first official day of retirement!
Do pop over to the challenge blog and take a look at the fabulous creations from my talented team mates!

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, 29 August 2019

Something Feminine at Allsorts

The challenge at Allsorts this fortnight is to make something feminine and as I have just finished this card for a neighbour's sister, I thought it would be ideal to share. The flowers are the cherry blossom stamp set from Honey Doo, coloured with zig clean color brush markers. I added glitter glue and liquid pearls to the centres. The scrabble letters are a very old stamp set from Stamporium (possibly 20 years old and no longer available). The distress oxide background was stamped with a swirly leaf stamp from Inkylicious in tea dye distress ink.
Thanks for looking and for all your lovely comments x

Sunday, 25 August 2019

Rudolf Day for August

It is 25th August so time for another Rudolf Day over at Scrappy Mo's. Two posts in two days... I haven't done that in a while!  I've opted for CAS, single layer and Humorous this month. I love Brussel Sprouts, but they aren't so popular with some members of the family, so I think these characters are going to be a hit.
The stamps are from Hobby Art, and were stamped straight on to the base card and coloured with zig clean colour markers.
I added a bit of glitter glue, diamond glaze and sponged a bit of ink around the edges. Very quick and simple, so I think there may be more to come with some of the other characters in the set!

Thanks for looking and for all your lovely comments. Do pop over to Mo's blog and take a look at the Christmas card inspiration.

Saturday, 24 August 2019

Something Masculine for Penny Black and More

Here is a card I made using Hobby Art Scene-it stamps inspired by our recent holiday in North Yorkshire. I might add a pair of walking boots in the left corner later, if I can find the stamp! I thought it would fit the current Masculine' theme at Penny Black and More. I watercoloured it with zig clean colour markers and added a few spots of gel pen on the grass and wildflowers. The base card was stamped with Hobby Art leaves in memento desert Sand and gently sponged with distress oxides.
Here are a few photos from our holiday...

 Whitby,
 Mount Grace Priory
 Nunnington Hall,
 Steve found his long lost brother in the gardens 😂
 Helmsley Walled Garden
 Byland Abbey
 and Sutton Bank.
Hope you enjoyed a little bit of North Yorkshire! We stayed in a little cottage with no internet and no signal, but there were otters in the river that ran through the garden and we saw 2 or 3 kingfishers and a hedgehog every day! The otters and the kingfishers evaded my camera, but Mr Tiggywinkle was very obliging!

Thanks for looking!