Wednesday, 29 October 2014

More red squirrels and more snowy treescapes

 After the lovely comments on my last post I thought I would share some more photos of the red squirrels at Eskrigg Nature reserve. These wonderful creatures are rare here in the UK, but well managed nature reserves like Eskrigg help to keep them going. This first photo was the nearest Lynne and I have ever been to a red squirrel (less than 2 foot away!) unfortunately it isn't as sharp as I would have liked - they move so quickly!

They were a joy to watch!
As you may have seen in my last post, this treescape stamp from Inkylicious is great for a very quick Christmas card! This time I decided to make a purple version...
I used memento Grape Jelly and diamond stickles on the snow for this one.
I also made one using Memento Paris Dusk, but this time used my sakura clear stardust pen for the snow...

Thanks for looking!

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Simply Christmas for the penultimate Rudolf day and lots of Autumn!

Here are my two cards for Rudolf day this month. I used two stamps from Inkylicious. The tree scene (treescape 1) is a new stamp (Isn't it fab?) and 'walking in a winter wonderland' can be found on the website.
 This first one was stamped in memento Teal Zeal and then masked whilst I dusted the sky in the same ink. Then I dotted lots of quicky glue pen and glitter across the foreground.
The second one was done in exactly the same way but with Danube blue memento ink. Might try a purple version next!
I am entering them in Sarn's Rudolf Day challenge and Allsorts, where the theme is 'Just Christmas'.
Before Christmas takes over completely, I wanted to show you some photos from a lovely walk I took with Lynne when I went to stay for a few days. We visited Eskrigg Nature reserve near Lockerbie. The sun came out and we enjoyed the colours and the wildlife...
 red squirrels,
 glorious beech trees
 a king boletus mushroom,
 more beech trees,
 tiny toadstools (Possibly changeable agarics)
 a nuthatch
and more beech leaves!
Thanks for looking and I hope you enjoyed the autumn colours as much as we did!

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

A Wonderful Weekend!

Last weekend it was Lynne's Birthday, which was the day before Stamp Magic, so she came to stay for a few days, so we could go to Doncaster together.
I can now share the card and a small gift I made for her.
 The card was made using ink dusters, Memento inks in dandelion, rosebud and elderberry and Inkylicious stamps, including the old beech tree, that was made from a photo of a tree near Lynne's house.
I made a stampboard pendant, using spring distress inks and grape jelly memento ink. Whilst the fern was still wet I applied clear embossing powder and set with a heat gun. As the challenge at Allsorts this week is embossing I am entering the pendant there.
We met up with some friends whilst we were at Stamp Magic. It was lovely to see you, Jane, Brenda and Lesley! Hope you enjoy playing with your new crafting goodies!
We bought quite a few new goodies too, and I am looking forward to sharing what I make over the next few weeks. It is half term, so I am enjoying a bit of playtime!
Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

More scenic hills

Here is a card I made a little while ago, and forgot I hadn't posted it. I was quite pleased with the colours. The stamps are all from Inkylicious and I used adirondack inks in lettuce, citrus, eggplant, peach bellini denim and espresso. the sentiment is stamped in memento Danube blue.
I don't know what the weather has been like near you, but we have had quite a bit of rain here. Twenty eight 5 year olds who haven't been outside all day can be a bit lively by the time home time arrives! Tomorrow we are taking them to Hardwick Hall in Derbyshire for the day, which we are really looking forward to. Keep your fingers crossed that the weather improves and we can get out in the gardens for an hour in the afternoon!
Thanks for looking!

Friday, 10 October 2014

Bees, flowers and gardens...

As the weather here has taken a down turn for a couple of days, I thought I would revisit my holiday photos to remind us what sunshine is! These were all taken on the gardens at Powis Castle and Chirk Castle during our summer holiday in Wales.
I was particularly impressed with the number of bees we saw.

I also loved all the hot colours

This stunning old English rose also smelled divine, and I am always fascinated by the passion flower, which are possibly Natures answer to steampunk!
Thanks for looking!

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Autumn Owls

I am rushing in last minute for Allsorts this week! I made this card with Inkydoodles (owls, mushrooms, branch and butterflies) and Inkylicious (delicate vine) stamps, ink dusters, Adirondack inks and promarkers. I also added a bit of sparkle with a gellyroll clear sparkle pen, which hopefully you can see here...
The theme at Allsorts this week is Autumn, and the weather is definitely getting more Autumnal by the hour!
Thanks for looking!

Sunday, 5 October 2014

Warm Autumn Colours at Stamping Sensations

Good Morning! How are you feeling this Sunday morning? Here it is time for a new challenge at Stamping Sensations where our theme is Warm Autumn Colours. It was a great chance to use tree or leaf stamps so I am very happy!!!
Here is my card. I started off by running the Imagination Crafts leaf swirl stencil through the cuttlebug with a 5" square card and my no more shims mat. I then used my ink dusters and kaleidacolor autumn leaves ink to make the embossing pop.
For the main panel I sprayed the reverse side of some centura pearl card with Dylusions and glimmer mist, before stamping and embossing the Imaginations crafts Leaves decoupage stamp set. I added a bit of red glaze to the ladybird and a bit of ribbon from my stash across the top.
When you tilt it you can see a little bit of the sparkle from the glimmer mist.

This month we are sponsored by the very lovely people at Imagination Crafts, who are offering a whopping £35 voucher to spend in their store...wish I could take part! 

Do pop over to the Challenge blog and take a look at the wonderful inspiration that my team mates have created, and I will look forward to visiting to see your fabulous autumnal creations!
Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

A card and a gift

Before I tell you all about my card I want to say a big thank you for your continued visits whilst I have been a little pre-occupied with real life stuff. It has been a busy few weeks here. Meg is applying for university and I had definitely forgotten or not realised what that entails these days. We have visited 5 universities, 4 on consecutive Saturdays. Bless her, she has taken on board my advice to go close enough to home that she can get home, do a load of washing, get it dry and have a bit of time to relax before heading back again! I am so proud of her and she has worked so hard. I just hope her dreams come to fruition.
On top of that we have had one of our HMI visits at work. I won't go into details, but it was a very intense 5 days leading up to his visit. Positive but intense. At the moment I feel I could sleep for a week!!!
Anyway, on to my card...

A friend of mine had a birthday recently, and as well as making her a card I decided to make her a gift too. Her card is a simple scene created with ink dusters and memento inks in dandelion, rose bud and elderberry (I love this colour!) All stamps are from inkylicious. I also used a mountains and valleys stencil with my ink dusters.
A while ago this friend bought one of my cards featuring this stamp from Inkylicious and put it on her wall. I thought it was time to make it into a proper framed picture.
I sponge-painted the plain wooden frame from Ikea with paper artsy fresco paints, before using grunge paste through an imagination crafts stencil. a bit more painting and some treasure brass finished it off. I was quite pleased with the result, so am now working on an Ikea mirror with the same paints and stencil, with a few additional stamps too. I will let you see it when I have finished it. In the meantime I am entering my picture in this Month's Penny Black and More Challenge where the theme is Autumn.
Thanks for looking!

Saturday, 27 September 2014

Rudolf day for September

 My two cards for Rudolf day this month are very similar, although one is on a rectangular card and has a sentiment, whilst the other is a square card without a sentiment. I was experimenting with the Old Beech Tree set from Inkylicious on different sorts of paper. The first is on the reverse side of some centura pearl and the second is on watercolour paper. I can't remember which I used chipped Sapphire DI or Memento Paris Dusk on! To get the snow in the foreground I wiped off the majority of the ink on the bottom of the stamp with a baby wipe. I added a few snow drifts with ink dusters and a mountain valley stencil. I then dusted the sky too. The first card looked fine as it was, but the dusting on the second card wasn't very even, so I went over it with a water brush.not sure if this works or not.
I added a fair bit of stickles as snowy sparkle to the branches and the snowdrifts, as well as some white gel pen highlights. Do pop over to Sarn's blog to take a look at her very elegant Rudolf day cards - such unusual, but gorgeous colours!

Thursday, 18 September 2014

My favourite five stamps (or confessions of a treeoholic!)

 Good morning! It is my turn this month to provide some mid month inspiration for Stamping Sensations.
Our challenge is to choose our 5 favourite stamps and make something including some or all of them. It was so hard to choose only five, and already I am thinking of ones I missed out! I had about 8 trees and lots of leaves on my shortlist!
Here is my card...
 I used my ink dusters to create the background with memento inks in dandelion, Rose bud, Danube blue Tuxedo black and Elderberry on plain smooth white card. I used a mountain and valley stencil too, along with a white gell roll pen and a stardust gelly roll pen.
Here are my stamps - I think this is the order I would choose!
Black Forest  Northern Pine Delicate VinesOld Beech Tree Picture Perfect 
All of my favourite stamps are from Inkylicious
I realise there are some sets here, but if I have to choose just one from each set, it would be the biggest Northern Pine, the buzzard from the old beech tree set and the grasses from the picture perfect set!
Thanks for all your lovely comments lately. There are still a couple of weeks to enter our Things with Wings challenge at Stamping Sensations. Thanks for looking!

Sunday, 14 September 2014

A get well wish and a birthday card

 I needed a Get well card quickly last week, so reached for my ink dusters and inkylicious stamps. The background was dusted with Memento Dandelion and Rosebud and crushed olive Distress ink. It looked a bit flat, so I added a few dots and leaf highlights with a gellyroll clear stardust pen. You can just about see it from this angle...
The next card was the birthday card I made for the same person. Whenever I get to work she is generally applying her make-up, so I thought this stamp from acid drops and whatnots was ideal! The Best Wishes sentiment is from Inkylicious.
Minimal colouring with promarkers on this one, but all my matting and layering is from my snippet drawer, so I am taking them to Miss Di's snippet playground.
Sorry I am not around as much at the moment. We have university open days for Meg on consecutive Saturdays throughout September. I think I am going to be crossing my fingers rather a lot!
Thanks for looking!

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Things with Wings at Stamping Sensations

Good Morning and it is time for another challenge over at Stamping Sensations. Our theme this month is Things with Wings. I chose dragonflies for my cards this month.
 My first card features a new stamp from Inkylicious called Dragonfly bookplate. I coloured it with distress markers and dusted around the edges in grey flannel memento ink. I then used a clear stardust gellyroll pen to go over the dragonflies.
you can just about see it in this photo. My Second card was made with Crafty Individuals stamps, again coloured with distress markers. The background was dusted with tumbled glass and broken china distress ink
Our prize this month is donated by Crafty Devils.
£35 worth of goodies - how good is that!
I do hope you will join in the challenge this month and I look forward to seeing your lovely stamped creations. Pop over to the challenge blog to see the wonderful creations by my very talented teamies and to remind yourselves of the rules.
Thanks for looking!