Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Rudolf day for March

 It is time for Rudolf day again over at Scrappy Mo's! This month I have made two cards which are both snowy scenes and feature rabbits (or hares) and trees. All the stamps are from Inkylicious.  I have been searching for a particular sentiment stamp but not found it, so at the moment they have no sentiment. Maybe it is time for a spring clean, lol!
I added glitter using a quicky glue pen and some silver liquid pearls for berries on this second one. I am still not sure if the memento Paris Dusk works particularly well (blue hares??). I think I prefer the first card with its more natural colours (Stormy sky distress ink and tuxedo black versafine). I also added a few squiggles of sakura clear stardust pen along the snowdrifts.
Do join in with Rudolf day if you can. All you need to do is make a Christmas card or two for 25th of the month, and by Christmas you will have a lovely stack ready to go!
I am also linking my cards to Merry Monday where the challenge this week is Trees. Thanks for the heads up, Di!
Thanks for looking!

Thursday, 19 March 2015

Inky playtime

On Mother's Day I allowed myself a bit of inky playtime with my ink dusters and some inkylicious stamps. I began by making a mask with a cd, cutting out the centre to make an aperture.
I then used ink dusters, Memento and Adirondack ink and a mountain and valley stencil to create some hills and sky. After removing the aperture mask, I stamped the thistle with versafine tuxedo black around the edge of the circle. I stamped the rabbit in the same ink. Finally I inked up the middle-sized northern pine with Memento northern pine and espresso truffle, adding a 'shadow' from the rising sun using the ink duster pinched together at the end. A few highlights were added using a sakura gellyroll clear stardust pen, which you can see a little better here:
 My second card uses the same techniques but different stamps.
The leaves and trees are from one of my oldest sets of Inkylicious stamps, Flight of Dreams. I added tiny punched flowers and dots of distress stickles around the edge of the circle. The birds are from the set 'Prickly shrubs'.
If you aren't sure how ink dusters work, you can check out my video tutorials on Youtube. If you are heading to the Hobbycrafts show at the NEC this weekend, be sure to visit the Inkylicious stand and take a look at all the new stamps. I wish I could be there myself!
Thanks for looking and for all your lovely comments.

Sunday, 15 March 2015

Flowers and Pearls at Allsorts

This week the theme at Allsorts is Flowers and Pearls. I found this DP in my drawer and decided to use it. It is a digi download from Pink petticoat and I love it! I stamped the flowers (Kanban) in Memento Espresso truffle and coloured with coordinating promarkers, adding a tiny bit of sparkle here and there with a sakura gelly roll stardust pen. I also dusted around the die cut and the main card with Tea Dye distress ink. The sentiment is from Woodware and was stamped in versafine black.
After mounting the die cut with 3d glue onto the card front I added some pearls onto the panel.
Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

A snippet make

Hi There!
Here is a card I made at the weekend. I decided to have a play with the Inkylicious toadstools1 set and a grass stamp from Essential grasses. The toadstool was coloured with promarkers and a white sakura gelly roll pen. I also stamped the paper behind the main image with French style script before dusting it with Tea Dye Distress ink. Everything was a snippet apart from the base card, so I am taking it to Miss Di's snippet playground.
 Hope you enjoyed the sunshine today. It was a beautiful day here and I had a lovely 15 minutes out on playground duty this afternoon.
Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Spring, lambs and Creative Stamping

 Hi There!
I had a lovely trip out with a friend at the weekend to a tea shop a few miles from here. Beauvale Abbey is between Watnall and Eastwood to the west of Nottingham.
There is a wonderful tea shop in one of the farm buildings, and we indulged in a pot of tea and some lemon-iced ginger cake. The pot of tea for two had more than seven cups in it and the cake was delicious (that is high praise indeed from me!)
On our wander around the remains of the Abbey we met some very very new lambs...

They reminded me that the latest copy of Creative Stamping is now out, and there are some wonderful springtime stamps with it. There is a particularly lovely lamb, which I used on this card.
All details of how I made this and several more are in the magazine.
I will leave you with a photo of a beautiful primula that I treated myself to at the garden centre down the road.
Spring wishes to you, and thanks for looking!

Sunday, 1 March 2015

March at Stamping Sensations

Good Morning! This month at Stamping Sensations our theme is 'One for the boys!'. It was an easy one for me as three out of four males in our immediate family have had their birthday already this year! . The card above was the one I made for my Dad's Birthday. The Garden shelf stamp is from Little Claire, and the stripy paper is a free download from Canon Creative park. I used promarkers to colour the stamps.
I stamped the watering can separately and attached with 3d glue. I also added flat backed pearls for the drawer handles.
My second card was my brother's birthday card.
This was made using a range of Inkylicious stamps, ink dusters, a mountain and valley stencil and memento inks.
We are sponsored this month by Foil Play who are offering a wonderful prize of £35 to spend in their on-line store.
Do pop over to the challenge blog and take a look at the stunning inspiration that our DT have created. I am looking forward to visiting and seeing all the wonderful creations you produce this month.
Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Rudolf day for February

It is time for another Rudolf day at Scrappy Mo's and we only have the three days this time to post our creations, so I'd best get cracking!
Two rather glittery creations this time.

First up is an attempt at one of those wreaths made of sticks. I didn't have that sort of wreath stamp, but I did have a circular mask and the inkylicious willow twigs stamp. I dotted it with red stickles berries and added a craft creations sentiment in the middle on 3d glue.

My second card was made using a stencil that I think may have been a magazine freebie about 10-15 years ago! I used some golden pine sparkle medium from imagination crafts through it, then mounted it on miriboard. The sparkle medium looks quite golden here, but it probably more green in real life. The sentiment is from Chocolate Baroque.
Sorry my photos are a bit rubbish. It has been so dull and dreary, even with a bit of daylight we needed the lights on, which has made these cards more creamy coloured than they should be.
Thanks for looking, and I hope you get the chance to join in with a Christmas card over at Mo's blog. Do take a look at her fab card and the wonderful prize on offer too.

Sunday, 22 February 2015

A couple of challenges and a bit of a birdy post!

At Allsorts this week the theme is the colour purple. My inspiration for this card was the sight of two whirling buzzards on Saturday afternoon, and the scrap paper pile I lean on when I am ink dusting sometimes!
Here is the card...
The background was created using ink dusters, Memento inks in dandelion, rosebud, purple twilight, elderberry and Danube blue. The stamp is from Inkylicious, on the old beech tree plate.
Here is the top of the pile of scrap paper I have been using and taking some inspiration from!

My second card is for the current theme at Less is More, where they want to see wings.
This started off as a one layer card with the lower half masked off. It was when I removed the masks and attempted to stamp the sentiment that it all went wrong! I dropped the stamp in completely the wrong place and made a right mess! I ended up cutting part of the front off the card, mounting it on some blue and using a fresh base card. Good job it wasn't a one layer week! Stamps are from inkylicious, stamped in memento ink and coloured with distress markers and a water brush. The background was dusted with tumbled glass DI using a cloud stencil.
Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Special snippets

A couple of weeks ago I was lucky to win a prize in the snippet playground. It was a gorgeous set of rose themed stamps by Lindsay Mason. One of my first thoughts once half term arrived was to press them into use to make a thank you card for Miss Di, and here it is.
The panel of paper on which I stamped the rose background was left over from some dylusion spraying (After midnight, cherry pie, funky fuchsia and white linen). I stamped everything in memento elderberry. The black strip that the rose background is mounted on is also a snippet. The sentiment is from Inkylicious.
As I used up a couple of snippets I am taking it to the snippet playground, where there is a fantastic prize on offer - only some of Sarn's zentangle stamps!
Me and Sarn have been talking about a bit of karate in the playground. I just need to persuade Sensei Alex to come along, whilst Mrs A is enlisting some muscular fire fighters for us to grapple with!!!
Thanks for looking!

Sunday, 15 February 2015

Cards for Steve and a bit of Karate

 Two weeks ago it was Steve's Birthday. At the time I wasn't feeling very inspired and made this, apologising to him for his cards being all a bit the same recently. As time has passed I have decided I rather like it after all. All stamps are from Inkylicious and it was ink dusted and stamped onto inkylicious silk art card using Memento and Adirondack inks.
My Valentine card for Steve was only created in haste on Valentine's day (Thanks, Ofsted!). Again they are all Inkylicious stamps, and inks are mostly distress inks with a little bit of memento ink too. This time I used smooth copier card that I bought from Anna-Marie Designs at Doncaster Dome, last october. I have to say it is great all purpose thin card - great for using promarkers on and also great for using with ink dusters.
Whilst I am here I will also share with you that I passed my grading on 8th February, and I am now a 2nd Kyu brown belt.
This means I get a little black stripe on the end of my belt and I have one more grading before beginning to train for my black belt.
 And finally here I am receiving my certificate from our area Sensei, Sensei Karl. I have to say that without the coaching I have received from Meg, I really don't think I would have passed. She is regularly leading parts of karate classes as a run up to her sensei training, and coached me at home in the run up to grading.
Two posts in two days - can you tell I am on holiday?! 
Thanks for looking!

Saturday, 14 February 2015

Un petit peu de Paris!

Hi There! It has been over a week since my last visit to Blogland, due to Ofsted at work, but I am not complaining as it means I can truly relax over half term! Before you ask, I can't say how we did until the report is published in about three weeks time. Apparently they have downgraded schools for revealing the result before they should!
 So, onto my cards. A few weeks ago I paid a visit to the Range to buy this sweet Paris Eiffel tower stamp by Dovecraft, as I has seen it on Ruth's blog and knew several people who would love cards with it on! My last Eiffel tower stamp fell apart last time I used it. When one of those friends said she wanted an unfussy valentines card for her hubby, I made the card above. I added the inkylicious delicate vine stamp in bundled sage distress ink and the waltzing mouse sentiment. I am entering this into this weeks Less is More, where the theme is Love and one layer.
I couldn't just make one though, so here is a second, on a square card this time and using spun sugar and shaded lilac DI, and a woodware sentiment.
very quick and simple, and already the stamps have paid for themselves!
Thanks for looking and I will look forward to visiting you this week!

Thursday, 5 February 2015

Playing with new stamps

As soon as I saw the new fairy and toadstool stamps at Inkylicious I had to have them! They arrived very promptly and I had a little play. Just two cards this time, but there will be more coming soon, as they are still out on my desk!
 My first card features the Fairy toadstool 2 stamp on an ink dusted background, coloured with distress markers. I added gellyroll stardust clear and white pen for highlights. The additional grasses are from the create a collage meadow set. I had made the blue background with a variety of sprays some time ago and hadn't used it. I covered it with a leafy stencil and sprayed with the dylusions white spray. I was rather pleased with the effect.
My second card was a very CAS and easy card. I dusted a strip of white card with memento inks and then repeat stamped the silhouette toadstools from the set toadstools 1 to make a border. I matted and layered onto a punched border and stuck to the front of a card. I won't add a sentiment until I use it. If you are near Manchester, Inkylicious will be at  Hobbycrafts, Event City, Manchester from 6th Feb - 8th February 2015. I am entering it into the Penny Black and More challenge where the theme is 'Anything goes'.
Both of my cards used all snippets except for the base card, so I am nipping off to the snippet playground with them. Sorry Miss Di, I meant to email you to say thank you for the stamps that arrived last Wednesday. They are also on my desk ready for a little play at the weekend, hopefully.
I say hopefully as it is likely I am attending grading for 2nd Kyu (brown belt with a black tip) on Sunday - not feeling overly confident though!
Thanks for looking and I will look forward to having a good visit of your blogs very soon, as it is only another week to half term - yay!