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! 

Sunday, 18 August 2019

Mid month Wings inspiration for Stamping Sensations

Here is my mid month inspiration for Stamping Sensations where the theme is 'Things with wings'. The stamp and stencils are from Bee Crafty. The sentiment and mini label are very old stamps from Stamporium and the splatters around the edge of the focal image are an Inkylicious twinchie stamp. I stencilled the base card with oxide inks in spiced marmalade and worn lipstick, adding a bit of colour to the swallow with Arteza brush pens.
 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!

Thursday, 15 August 2019

dragonflies

Here is another lolly stick plaque, painted with Acrylic paints and stamped with Hobby art stamps. I used memento inks to stamp this one and added a few drops of liquid pearls. I also used Glossy Accents on the wings of the dragonflies.
Thanks for looking! 

Sunday, 11 August 2019

Beside the Sea...

Back in June I made my Dad's Father's Day card with the Hobby Art Stamp sets called Water's Edge and Shore Scenes. I used the Inkylicious waves stamp for the water. More recently I used the same stamp sets to create another scene for my Pearl Wedding Anniversary card for Steve.
These stamps are so beautiful! I think I might be playing with them some more soon. Both cards used a panel of silk art card for the scene and then the bird was coloured with Zig Clean colour markers on watercolour paper, cut out and stuck on with 3d glue.
Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, 6 August 2019

New Woodware stamps

I bought these Francoise Read Woodware stamps a little while ago and forgot I hadn't blogged any cards with them. These two were very quick makes. I had the backgrounds ready smooshed with Distress oxides, so all that was needed was stamping with Versafine Clair and a few spots of liquid pearls and glaze. The stencil on the second is from Woodware too.
I am so enjoying myself at my craft table. I will share some more with you very soon. Thanks for looking!

Sunday, 4 August 2019

August at Stamping Sensations

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


 ****Things with wings****
 As the title suggest we would love to see your hand stamped creations showing us birds, insects, fairies and anything else you can think of with wings. I am sure you will come up with lots of fabulous and colourful designs. 
My card features a gorgeous magpie from our wonderful sponsors this month, Rubber Dance. The background was created by smooshing distress oxide inks and the images were stamped with versafine clair ink. The magpie was embossed with Stamping Stuff kaleidascope embossing powder. Check out the multicoloured sheen...
   Our prize this month is a £25 voucher for the Rubber Dance online store. There are so many gorgeous stamps to choose from too!

Please ensure you check our challenge rules before entering, it may save you embarrassment and make sure your entry receives comments from the team and is entered into the prize draw. We run our challenge for fun in our spare time. It is your responsibility if entering to make sure you follow our challenge rules.
Do pop over to the challenge blog and take a look at the gorgeous designs from all my talented teamies! They really have made some wonderful cards again this month! 
Thanks for looking!

Thursday, 1 August 2019

Stag Sunset

Here is a lollystick plaque made using the larger lolly sticks, stuck together with hot glue. I then painted it with Acrylic paints (nothing fancy, just some from Wilkos) and stamped with inkylicious stamps and versafine ink. I am going to try another like this with versafine clair to see if I get a crisper outline. I have a couple of projects on the go at the moment which I will share with you soon. The craft fest is in full swing, lol 😁
Thanks for looking!