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!

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

New Video Tutorial

Well, I have finally got round to making another video tutorial - only a year since the last one! Thanks to everyone who has left me such lovely feedback for the previous two. I can't believe they have had over 2700 views and that I have 37 subscribers on my You Tube channel! Thank you! After watching Deby's you tube video I thought I would experiment with just using yellow, pink, blue and black ink.
Hope you like it!
Just to show you how very similar backgrounds can be made to look very different using a range of stamps, I made some more...

 This one is stamped with the small willow tree and a sentiment from the Old Beech Tree set.
This one features the buzzards from the old beech tree, the foliage(top right) from the Simply trees set, and  the ferns from the Fern Leaves set.  As well as on the Inkylicious website, all of these products will be available at Hobbycrafts shows, Ally Pally, GNPE, Stamp Magic and lots more - dates here.
I am taking all of these to Miss Di's Snippet Playground, because all of my matting and layering is from my snippet drawer. I have had to cut alot of the pieces diagonally to make them big enough! It will be good to see all the girlies - Don't feel like I have been for a play for ages!
I'm also entering this last one into the Penny Black and More Challenge where the theme is Anything goes
Thanks for looking!

Monday, 25 August 2014

Rudolf day for August

I was very naughty and missed Rudolf day for July. I was busy packing for my holiday and making my anniversary card! Still, it is the first one I have missed this year, which is a bit better than previous years! On to my cards for August...
I have made quite a few small one layer cards this year to cut down on postage costs. For this one I masked off a third of the card then dusted and stamped the remaining card with Tea Dye distress ink and Inkylicious tiny script. I then stamped the Christmas tree (Christmas tree curl - small) with memento cottage ivy and added liquid pearls. I love how they shine in the light.
finally I added a very old sentiment from Stampourium. I can see me making quite a few in this design, as it took longer for the liquid pearls to dry than it did to make it!
My second card is very similar to one I made earlier in the year, but I found a Chocolate Baroque sentiment to pop in the gap.
All stamps except the sentiment are from Inkylicious (Winter Spruce and Musical Melody). Inks are Memento inks in cottage ivy, northern pine and espresso truffle. I added dots of red stickles as holly berries and coloured the cones with a tea dye distress marker. Again, very quick and easy. Do pop over to the lovely Sarn's blog and take a look at her fab and very classy Christmas cards this month, and maybe even join in the fun!
Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

A Pendant

I have been playing with some stampboard to make a pendant. I bought the chord, beads and bail from Silver Orchid Beads at Doncaster. For the stampboard I used all Inkylicious stamps.
I began by dusting the stampboard with Peach Bellini Adirondack ink. I stamped it with the worn paint background in Lettuce. I then inked up the fern stamp with  both Versamark and then Lettuce, after which I covered it in clear embossing powder, tapped off the excess and heated it. Stampboard is such fun to play with. I think I am going to make a few more. Thanks for looking!

Thursday, 14 August 2014

A bit of Inkyness

Have you seen the Inkylicious You Tube channel? You can find it here. If you haven't watched it yet, do take a look at the demo Deby does with the Ink Duster starter kit.  I watched Deby's demo using just 4 ink pads to create so many different skies and had to have a go! The ink pads in question are all Memento - Dandelion, Rosebud, Danube Blue and Tuxedo Black. I also used the picture perfect stamps that come in the Ink Duster starter kit. My first was very much like the one Deby creates in the video.
I also used the 'For You' stamp set for the sentiment. There are lots of interchangeable greetings to put with the For you stamp. Next I thought I would go a little darker and larger, and was quite pleased with the result!
The birds and grasses are from the Picture Perfect set again. I also used some leaves from Flight of Dreams and the new twiggy branch that will be on the website soon

My last card has a background made with the same colours as mentioned above, but I used different colours to stamp with. This time I used the thistle (another new stamp), grass from the wild meadow set, Tree from Simply trees and sentiment from Flight of Dreams.  I also used memento inks in Lilac posies, olive grove and espresso truffle for the stamping. I have just realised what is missing from this one - birds! I think I have been inspired by all those welsh hills ;)
Thanks for looking!

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Been away...

I'm catching up with blog land after two weeks in Wales with very intermittent internet via my mobile phone. We had a wonderful fortnight of walking, visiting castles, gardens, fresh air and relaxation - wonderful!

There was quite a bit of food as well!!!
Thanks for looking and for all the lovely comments you left whilst I was away. I will try to catch up with you all very soon x

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Elephants, or the story of a lost card

Back in June I made this card for a colleague. I sent it off around school for everyone to sign, but it never made it's way back to me! With 2 days to go no one could find it, so I sent a blank card around so I could finish it that evening. I had forgotten that I had made the previous one landscape and everyone had signed this in portrait, so it had to be a bit different! All in all I was not a happy bunny, and a few naughty words did pass my lips!
Looking at them now I prefer my second version! For this one I used memento inks in grape Jelly, Paris Dusk Dandelion and Tangelo. Stamps are from Little Claire (Elephants), Woodware (leaves) and Waltzing Mouse (Zig Zag).
Thanks for looking!

Saturday, 2 August 2014

Anything goes at Stamping Sensations for August

Good Morning! It is the first Saturday of the month and time for a new challenge at Stamping Sensations. For one month only we are launching on Saturday rather than Sunday. This month we are giving you free reign and saying anything goes for our theme. I am sharing with you a couple of cards I have made recently.

First up I have a birthday card for my brother- in- law. He loves the outdoors and so I had a good excuse to use the old beech tree set from Inkylicious again! For those of you that missed previous posts about it, this stamp has been made in the image of a tree that my dear teamie Lynne can see from her front garden - how exciting! The background was dusted with memento inks in Grape Jelly, Bahama blue and dandelion. I used Adirondack Peach bellini around the sun.
My second card is another birthday card for a lovely friend who loves foxes. For this I used all products from Inkydoodles.
The leaves and fox were coloured in with promakers. The background was created by putting an Inkydoodles stencil through the cuttlebug and then dusting it with rusty hinge DI. The blackberries and acorns are also inkydoodles stamps.
Our prize this month is donated by Tonic studios. It is a fabulous die set...
and matching punch! Pop over to the challenge blog and see the fabulous inspiration from my lovely teamies. I look forward to seeing your entries!

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

My Silver Wedding Anniversary

Today Steve and I celebrate 25 years of marriage! Here is the card that I have made for him - not very silver, but we have enjoyed many a spectacular sunset together over the years!
I used ink dusters with memento inks in Dandelion, Bahama Blue, Rose Bud and Tuxedo Black to create the background. All stamps are from inkylicious and are Delicate vine (top left), Twiggy branch (top right), grasses from Picture perfect 1 (bottom) and buzzards from the Old Beech Tree set. When you read this we will be out enjoying some fresh air and exercise hopefully!
Have a great day and thanks for looking!

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!