Sunday, 15 July 2018

A Little Owl

The theme for July over at Penny Black and More is 'things with wings', so the perfect opportunity to share my latest lolly stick wall hanger. The stamps are a newish set from a Hobby Art, designed by Janie Burnett-Bleach. I stamped in Versafine onto watercolour paper, coloured with Zig clean color markers and fussy cut before mounting onto the lollystick base with 3d glue gel. I used glossy slap-it-on from Indigo Blu to give the leaves a bit of a sheen. I do like the slap-it-on as the sheen is not as glossy as glossy accents, so perfect for realistic leaves. I used glossy accents on the eyes, and a bit of starlight paint on the moon.
Do let me know if you start getting bored with my lolly sticks ๐Ÿ˜‰. I am holding a stall at the local arts festival next weekend and will be interested to see if they sell. This one will end up on my kitchen wall if it doesn't.
Thanks for looking and for all your lovely comments. A week and a half to go at school before we break up. Fingers crossed that Ofsted don't call before then. TTFN

Saturday, 7 July 2018

In my Garden...

This week's challenge at Allsorts is 'In my Garden' so I thought I would share a monolith I made a couple of weeks ago for my stall at Gedling Arts festival on 21st July. The apple blossom, bee, ladybird,  caterpillar and Chaffinch are all easy to find in my garden, although the apple blossom has become small Bramleys now.
The stamps are all from the same set, called Birds, bugs and blossoms from Hobby Art. I coloured them with zig clean colour markers. The MDF monolith was from Visible Image.
Do pop over to Allsorts and take a look at the fantastic inspiration from the DT.
Thanks for looking!

Sunday, 1 July 2018

July at Stamping Sensations

It is the first Sunday of the month and time for our July challenge at Stamping Sensations. This month we have a lovely theme....

********In the Garden********
My project this month features stamps from our sponsor, Crafty Individuals, and the base of the wall hanging is a piece of recycled Amazon packaging painted with Imagination Crafts Starlight paints. The flowers were stamped on to watercolour card and coloured with watercolour markers and a white gel pen
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
 We are pleased to welcome back Crafty Individuals as our sponsor this month, with a fabulous £25 store voucher for our lucky winner. There are some wonderful new stamps on their website
Do pop over to the challenge blog and take a look at the fabulous creations from my talented team mates, many featuring Crafty Individuals stamps!
Thanks for looking, and I look forward to seeing your entries.

Saturday, 30 June 2018

Rudolf day for June


 The end of the month is later today so I'm here for a last minute entry for Rudolf Day  over at Scrappy Mo's. I have created a holly and ivy card using Hobby Art stamps. Just the one card this time. Sorry it is so quick a visit. I will be back tomorrow with my stamping Sensations DT piece. Do pop over to Mo's blog and take a look at the fabulous inspiration from her and the DT.
TTFN

Sunday, 24 June 2018

A little bird...

Here is another lolly stick wall hanging using hobby Art stamps by Janie Burnett-Bleach. I panted and stamped the background then stamped the Bullfinch (It looks like a chaffinch in the set, bit if you stamp in a pale ink it is easy to change the marking to suit the species you want) , twig and ladybird on to watercolour paper. I fussy cut and added with 3d glue. A bit of glossy accents finished it off.
I hope your weekend is going well. We had a lovely belated father's day visit from Meg and Grant. I also finished my reports and the magazine commission I've been working on and a couple of birthday cards for people at school. I'm feeling happy to tick so many things off my to do list. Next week is stupidly busy at work so I might not be showing my face in blog land until next weekend.
Thanks for looking and for all your lovely comments x

Sunday, 10 June 2018

Lolly Stick Wall Art

After seeing Sandra's (Sandma Cards) wonderful lolly stick wall art as a sample for the last inkylicious show, I decided to have a go myself. I've been posting plenty of them on facebook but realised that I hadn't put any on my blog yet, so there are a few to see.



Here is how I secured the back and how to hang it
Each plaque is made by sticking large lollysticks together using hot glue. I painted them with either black or white acrylic paint then used ink dusters and inks over the paint. With the black one I used oxide inks and colourbox white pigment ink. For the white ones I dusted with distress inks and used watercolour markers, as well as stickles.   For all of them I used inkylicious stamps, ink dusters and stencils. If you want to know more feel free to leave a question and I will get back to you.
It is report writing season so I am spending all my spare time on those. I hope I will be able to see the wood for the trees by the end of the month and get more time in blogland after that.
Thanks for looking and for all your lovely comments xxx

Sunday, 3 June 2018

June at Stamping Sensations

It is the first Sunday of the month and time for our June challenge at Stamping Sensations. This month we have a lovely easy theme....
********Anything Goes********
My Card this month features stamps from our sponsor, and the backgrounds are a mixture of brushos behind the sax player, and distress inks on the background through a stencil.
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
 We are pleased to welcome back Visble Image as our sponsor this month, with a fabulous £25 store voucher for our lucky winner. There are some wonderful new stamps and stencils on their website that are on my shopping list...๐Ÿ˜‰
Do pop over to the challenge blog and take a look at the fabulous creations from my talented team mates, may featuring Visible Image stamps!
Thanks for looking, and I look forward to seeing your entries.

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Apologies - It's not me, It's Blogger!

I've endured a very frustrating week so far in blog land. For all those people who I've tried to leave a comment for and not managed it, it's not for want of trying! It seems that I am not able to leave comments where the comment box is embedded, only where it is a pop up box. I might try using chrome to see if it's the same.
On top of that I am no longer receiving emails to notify me of blog posts, so for DT blogs I need to be more on the ball! I have two new followers on bloglovin' but there is no way I am clicking to follow them as their websites are called Sexytad and Sexyxyo. Don't you just love parasites? I can't see how to block them either.
Anyway, Rant over. If you haven't got it already, grab your copy of this months Creative Stamping. This was probably the easiest Magazine commission I have ever done. The Stamps are absolutely wonderful. Here are the cards I made. For more info (and the stamps) you will need to buy the magazine.
Thanks for looking!





Monday, 28 May 2018

May Rudolf Day and Lea Gardens

 The end of the month is approaching fast so it is time for Rudolf Day once again over at Scrappy Mo's. I have created two little scenes using Inkylicious stamps and my ink dusters. The first has a sentiment from Honey Doo Crafts and on the second  I used a Sheena Embossing folder. I might add a sentiment eventually - for now it will do.
Do pop over to Mo's blog and take a look at the fabulous inspiration from her and the DT. Now spring is finally here, we have had a couple of outings recently, one of which was to Lea Gardens in Derbyshire, where there is a fantastic collection of Rhodedendrons, Azalea and Camelia. There is also a lovely tea shop! Here are some photos (I took lots!)












 The colours, scent and variety were a feast for the eyes!
By the pond we spotted lots of red damselflies
 and in the pond were lots of newts!
 Finally, take a look at the cakes!


Thanks for looking!

Sunday, 20 May 2018

A quick reminder

Here is a quick reminder that the theme of 'Close to Nature' at Stamping Sensations still has until the end of the month to run, so get your entries in!
Here is a quick bit of inspiration using one of the latest releases from Crafty Individuals
I used a mixture of Izinks and memento inks and my ink dusters for the background. Short and sweet from me today I'm afraid. I will try and catch up over the bank holiday weekend and share some photos of a little trip out we took yesterday.
Thanks for looking and for leaving comments despite the GDPR headache x

Sunday, 6 May 2018

May at Stamping Sensations


It is the first Sunday of the month and time for our May challenge at Stamping Sensations. Spring is such a wonderful time of year so we have a theme to compliment the season.................

********Close to Nature********

We are looking for flowers, trees, wild animals and insects, in fact anything associated with the wonders of Nature and the great outdoors which surround us every day.

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

Both of my cards were made with Hobby Art stamps, Stamped in memento Desert Sand and coloured with watercolour markers. I think this is my new favourite technique, and very satisfying to colour ๐Ÿ˜Š
Our sponsors this month are Chocolate Baroque, and there is a great prize on offer!
Do pop over to the challenge blog and take a look at the fabulous creations from my talented team mates! This is obviously an inspirational theme for them all.
Thanks for looking!

Friday, 4 May 2018

Inkylicious Samples

Hi There!
Long post alert (but mainly pictures)! Here, as promised, are my Inkylicious samples that are on Hochanda this afternoon. The stamps are all absolutely gorgeous and I still haven't stopped playing! If you want details about how I made them please ask. First up are the field poppy samples...


Next we have some seaside and beach scenes...





here is a summer meadow scene...
A couple of beach hut cards...

A moody moonlight scene...
Sunrise...
Sunset...
And magical unicorns!
I have had such fun and the stamps are still out and still being inked at every opportunity!
Thanks to Deby and Emma for sharing their wonderful stamps with me! I am so lucky!
Thanks for looking!