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!

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Anyone for cricket?!

What do you get when you cross a new wood grain stamp with a colleague who loves his sport, especially cricket and football?
First I created a background using the ink dusters, Mountain and valley mask and clouds mask. I then cut out a cricket bat shape from a snippet of white card and stamped it with the inkylicious woodgrain stamp and scored it down the centre. I added a little shading to make the bottom appear angled, and a scrap of red paper for the handle. I stuck it to the card with silicone glue. Unfortunately a dark patch appeared on the bat, and whilst trying to make it less obvious I caught the side of the card with the Tea Dye DI pad! I decided to cover it up with a few stamps of delicate vine, and hubby was very helpful in letting me know that there is a tree on the pitch at Canterbury! I finished it off with a couple of birds and a sentiment also from Inkylicious.
I am entering this into a couple of challenges:
Thanks for looking, and I hope you are managing to stay dry! 

Monday, 14 July 2014

A one layer butterfly dash!

I am frantically flapping in with a last minute entry for the Butterfly Challenge, where the theme is one layer plus your butterfly.
 The stamps are from Inkylicious, as are the acetate butterflies, which I coloured with a Sakura gelly roll glaze pen. The card has been dusted in rosebud and dandelion memento ink and the stamping is in imperial purple versafine ink. I used a gelly roll stardust pen and a water brush to add some sparkle to the raindrops.
It adds a very subtle sparkle, but I managed to capture it on camera in the early morning sun.  This card was inspired by some of the gorgeous creations Deby of Inkylicious had made at summer crafting on Saturday, one of which you can see here.
I am also entering this card into the Allsorts challenge this week where the theme is 'splish, splash splosh', and with all the droplets and a couple of likes of the sentiment I think it fits the theme!
Thanks for looking and for all your lovely comments recently. I have eight more 'get-ups' as we call them at school before 5 weeks off, Yay!

Saturday, 12 July 2014

Summer Crafting, Inkylicious style

Meg and I took a quick visit to Summer crafting at Doncaster today. If you are going tomorrow, do make a bee-line for Inkylicious on B02, not far from the main entrance. Deby has some fabulous new stamps on show, and one is particularly important to my dear friend, Lynne, as she sees this tree from her garden every day!
Here is the card I have made with it this afternoon.

I used my ink dusters to dust the sky with memento inks in dandelion, rose bud, lilac posies and elderberry. You will see quite a few using this ink combination over the next few weeks! The set of stamps is called old beech tree and includes two buzzards, the tree and two sentiments. I added a bit of cow parsley in the corner and extended the ground a bit with a distress marker.
My second card features more new stamps, a gorgeous set called fern leaves.
For this one I used Adirondack inks in peach Bellini and Mountain Rose, Distress inks in crushed olive and shabby shutters, and Memento inks in lilac posies, olive grove and espresso truffle. This is a card for another wonderful friend who is going overseas for a couple of years. I will miss her very much.
My final card is made using some older Inkylicious stamps called Summer Morn, and the same ink combo as the top card.
The little flower in the corner is made using the Blooming Marvellous set. The background was made by running a stencil (inky doodles) through the cuttlebug with an embossing mat and then sanding it.
Well, I'd better go. I have 5 birthday cards to make this weekend!
If you go to Summer crafting, I hope you have a lovely time, and that it isn't as packed as it was this morning. If I were you I'd also take a bottle of water with you if the weather is as hot as it was today!
Thanks for looking!

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Summer Blooms at Stamping Sensations

Good Morning my friends! It is the first Sunday of the month and time for another challenge at Stamping Sensations. This month our theme is Summer Blooms and our sponsor is Heartfelt Creations
For my card this month I have chosen to use a stamp of a flower I love, and have grown very successfully this year too!

Bet you wish you had smellyvision! Here is a closer picture of the card...
The background is a Sheena style Gesso and H2O wash on water colour paper I stamped and embossed the sweet peas (Inkylicious) and put onto a base card that had been stamped with the Inkylicious worn paint stamp in shaded lilac. The sentiment is from Inkylicious too. The wide boarder strip was created with scrunched paper, a combination of dylusions and creative colour sprays and a spellbinders die.
Above is a close up of the H2O shimmer and below you can see the shimmer from the creative colour sprays
Now, onto the prize... 
Please note that PP&S will apply outside the US
What a wonderful prize, eh? Do pop over to the challenge blog and take a look at the amazing creations that my teamies have produced, and also pop back there with your entry for this wonderful prize! 
Before I go I'd like to say thank you and a little wave to my latest followers - great to have you on board and  lovely to know that you like what I make!
Thanks for looking and for all your lovely comments.