Thursday, 25 June 2015

Rudolf day for June

Back in May I got this gorgeous birthday card from my lovely friend Lesley, using a stamp from Honey Doo Crafts, a company that I hadn't really looked at before...When I did I spent quite a bit!!!
One of the stamps I bought was this one, which I have used to create three cards for Scrappy Mo's Rudolf days this month.
First up I used wow brass embossing powder on burgundy card...
Next up I tried it with flutter glu and flake...
Finally I tried flitter glu and flake again, but managed to get a smudge of something on the card and it looked a mess. I decided to cover it in different colour sprays including sparkly ones to cover the mess and create this one...

A reasonable save I think ;) Note to self - flitter glu and flake gives good resist with colour sprays like dylusions!
Do pop over to Scrappy Mo's and take a look at the fab inspiration and prize. Not sure if I will manage to join in next month  - might be without computer (still on XP here), but I will try and do extra for August if I don't join in.
I will leave you with a few photos of the birds in my garden.
 Love this one!!!
 A great tit...
 and a very noisy baby starling taken by Meg - he was so loud he woke her up!
Thanks for looking.

Saturday, 20 June 2015

Father's Day cards

I am sorry I haven't been around blog land much this week. It is report writing season and I need to get them done by next weekend, so I will be back soon. I have two cards to share with you today. One is for my dad and one is for Steve from Meg. Meg normally makes her own, but she has had three A level exams this week, so that is what she has been concentrating on.
First up is Steve's card...
For this one I used stamps from Inky Doodles . I made a little scene with my ink dusters then stamped the ducks ( On the Riverbank set), rushes, leaves (woodland walk set) and the boardwalk (Great outdoors set). Two of thses sets were purchases from Stamp Magic earlier in the month. I coloured the foreground detail with promarkers. The base card was stamped with fern leaves from Inkylicious in cracked pistachio.
My second card is a little watercoloured scene for my Dad
For this one I used Hobby Art stamps - the Harbour Scene-it set and coloured it with Aquamarkers - I haven't used mine in ages, but always tend to reach for them when I use Hobby Art stamps.
As I have used stamps I am entering my cards into the Allsorts challenge this week, and also My ducks have wings so I am entering them into the Penny Black and More Challenge where the theme is wings. I have made a third Father's day card for Steve's Dad (His 95th father's day) but I have made a very similar one for a magazine article that won't be out until August, so I will share it then!
Thanks for looking!

Saturday, 13 June 2015

Playing with goodies from Doncaster

 When I was at Doncaster last week I bought several stamps from Visible Image. I needed a card for a colleague who plays the drums, so I pressed this one into use straight away, along with the sentiment from Inkylicious. I created the background by using a technique that I learned from Jean on the BJ Crafts stall.
I used a mixture of silkies and stencil paints applied with cut and dry and thinned a little with Magic-Blend blending solution (all from Imagination crafts). I then put the bubblicious stencil (Inkylicious)over the top and secured with stencil tape. I used a baby wipe to remove some of the silkies and stencil paint before rubbing over a little sparkle medium with the cut and dry. This technique requires good smooth card stock that will stand being rubbed with a baby wipe (300+gsm) and the right sort of baby wipes (Huggies don't work - economy Sainsburys ones do). Finally I stamped and heat embossed the Drummer (Visible Image) in black
Here is a closer view from an angle to show the sparkle bubbles a bit more clearly. It is definitely a technique I will try again. I am looking forward to having to time to try some other techniques I saw, like dylusions on shaving foam, but I have 28 more reports to write first!
Thanks for looking!

Sunday, 7 June 2015

June Challenge at Stamping Sensations

Good morning! This is the first Sunday of the month and so time for a new challenge over at Stamping Sensations. This month our theme is........................

******Dies and Punches******

We still need to see a stamped element but this can be combined with whatever dies and punches you would like to use.
 Here is my card
The flower stamp is from Little Claires and the sentiment is from Inkylicious. I stamped the background with the inkylicious worn paint background. The dies are from Marianne designs and spellbinders. The inks are Adirondack Eggplant and Pool. I coloured the flower with promarkers and added colour to the card and die cuts with my ink dusters.

We have a fabulous prize from.............

Tonic Studios who are this months sponsor are synonymous with quality and precision cutting products from scissors to punches, guillotines to dies. During the last year they have extended their range of products to high quality clear stamps  and very recently released their own design papers. Their products are available from many High Street craft stores and frequently feature on Create and Craft TV. And here is a photo of that prize:
What an amazing prize it is! As this goes live I will be getting ready to set off to Doncaster to Stamp Magic, a show I really love! 
Hope you get the chance to join in with our Challenge this month. Please pop over to the challenge blog and take a look at the wonderful inspiration created by my fab teamies!
Thanks for looking!

Saturday, 6 June 2015

Stamp Magic Time!

So who is going to Doncaster to Stamp Magic tomorrow? I will be there, but on my own as Lynne is not able to visit this time, and Meg is deep in revision as her A levels start on Monday. I have already made my shopping list and am very excited to see some different exhibitors this time. I will of course be visiting the stalls of all my favourites like InkyliciousInky Doodles and Little Claire.
No doubt I will bump into some lovely friends. Drop me an email if you fancy saying hello.
My card is made using Inky Doodles stamps, promarkers and ink dusters.
Thanks for looking!

Saturday, 30 May 2015

Where has the week gone?

I have had a week off work and it has flown by! I have been busy making but unfortunately I can't show you most of them until August! What I can show you is a cake and a card I made for my lovely God-Daughter who was 24 this week.
The cake was a Carrot cake...
 I adapted the recipe and left out the nuts, decorating the top with some golden sugar sprinkles on the cream cheese frosting.
Here is the card...
Most of the stamps on this scene are from Lavinia Stamps. The cat is so much like one of my god daughter's cats! I created the background with my ink dusters and Distress inks in squeezed lemonade, Dried marigold and Shabby Shutters. I also used memento inks in rose bud, olive grove and tuxedo black.
We have a very beautiful kitten who has begun visiting our garden. It has no collar, so no bell, and is stalking the birds. I will have to resort to the squeezy bottle of water soon as I do not feed my birds so they can end up in a cat's stomach, however pretty he is! If you own a cat, please make sure there is a bell on their collar to at least give the birds a fighting chance, especially at this time of year with so many fledglings around. Please excuse me mentioning this, but I put the same effort into looking after my garden birds as many people do into looking after their pets, and I have seen quite a few casualties recently.
I will leave you with a photo of one of the Dunnocks that lives in our garden and has been very busy this week, flying backwards and forwards taking food to the nest.
 Thanks for looking!

Monday, 25 May 2015

Rudolf day for May and Creative Stamping issue 25

Hi there! I have made three more very CAS cards for Rudolf day this month. I stamped the wreath (Penny Black) using bundled sage Distress ink and added some dots of 3 different liquid pearls. The reason I placed the sentiment off centre is because I managed to smudge the liquid pearls with the side of my hand - one of the issues of being left-handed. I think it was a happy accident though!
My second attempt I managed to get things unsmudged, square and central! the sentiment is a tiny one from Hero arts. I used memento cottage ivy ink for this one.
My third card is stamped in cracked pistachio distress ink and the berries are a mixture of liquid pearls and Spun sugar distress stickles. The sentiment is from Honeydoo Crafts.
Check out the challenge at Scrappy Mo's and get yourself organised for Christmas! It's only May and I have 15 cards done already. Most of mine so far are one layer and 6 inches square or less. Be aware that a 7x7 card is classed as a large letter, as it is fractionally too big in one direction to fit the slot, and there is a £1.11 charge for the recipient if you put the wrong stamp on. Don't you just love our postal service?
On a happier note, if you get Creative Stamping magazine you may have seen my latest cards for them. It was a fab colour scheme and I got a bit more freedom to use other stamps (I chose lots of Inkylicious ones) as well as the free ones. Here are a few ...

 If you want to know how I made them you can check out the magazine.
Thanks for looking!

Saturday, 23 May 2015

Another garden visitor

I wasn't really lying down all week after the Pink of Monday! It was the run up to half term and SATs week for year 2, so things were busy at work. Anyway, I have spent the day pottering and visiting my Dad before getting started on another commission for Creative Stamping magazine. Issue 25 is out next week, with my previous commission in it and I am looking forward to seeing what you think! Today though I have some photos from the garden again.
Here is another visitor to the bird feeders this week. She has had a busy year so far, planting a conker in every plant pot in the garden and relocating half a dozen daffodils from a pot to under a shrub!
Elsewhere in the garden we have the Lily of the Valley in bloom...wish I could share the beautiful perfume with you too!

I will be back on Monday to join in with Scrappy Mo's Rudolf Days Challenge.
Thanks for looking!

Monday, 18 May 2015

Not my colour!

Our Mid month Challenge for the DT at Stamping Sensations is to choose our least favourite colour and create something using that colour. I have chosen to use  pink! I never wear pink myself and I remember getting very cross in Mothercare when Meg was a baby, as half the store was pink and half was blue, with no other colours available! Fortunately there seems to be more choice now. The shade of pink I like the least is what I call Barbie Pink. If you have ever walked down that isle at Toys r Us you will know what I mean! Anyway, back to my card.

As we are being sponsored by Crafty Individuals this month I thought I would use their stamps for my card. First I stamped a flower from CI 206 in picked raspberry distress ink all over a 7x7 card. I then stamped around the edges with the same ink using CI 116. Next I dusted some more picked raspberry around the edges. I embossed a square of pink card with Victoriana cuttlebug embossing folder and distressed with white ink. Taking a piece of the same pink card, I stamped C1 134 using versafine black ink and embossed with clear embossing powder and heat set. Then I matted this onto some silver mirri card and layered onto the embossed pink card...and now I am going for a lie down!
 Thanks for looking and don't forget you still have time to enter our floral theme over on the challenge blog!
If you fancy seeing something more calming then scroll down and take a look at the robin I photographed yesterday ;)

Sunday, 17 May 2015

A Robin is not just for Christmas!

Bobby the Robin was being particularly obliging, posing for me today...

What a handsome little chap he is! I will be back tomorrow with some mid month colourfulness for stamping sensations. Thanks for looking!

Sunday, 10 May 2015

A baby card or three

I needed a baby card for a colleague a little while ago, and I happened across these stamps as I was wondering what to do. They are Visible image stamps that I treated myself to a couple of years ago and I hadn't got round to inking them up. Now I don't normally do pink, but the recipient does, so I used Spun Sugar Distress in and memento rosebud for the sentiment. The Die is timeless rectangles. I dusted middle of the die and the hands panel with Spun sugar and added faux stitching round the base card with a distress marker.
I then went on to make a blue and a yellow version...
using Tumbled Glass and Salty ocean Distress ink...
 using Memento dandelion and peanut brittle inks. In real life this one looks much more subtle! I was so busy I forgot to take photos of these until after dark today.
I will leave you with a few photos from the garden today...
 A Californian poppy,

 A blackbird,
A cream spot ladybird,

 A male house sparrow
 and a wood mouse at the 'all you can eat bird food buffet' (sorry he is a bit out of focus)!
Thanks for looking!

Monday, 4 May 2015

A Walk in the Woods

 Grab yourself a cuppa and a chair. This is a picture heavy post!
This afternoon Meg, Steve and I went for a wander around Ploughman's Wood, a small but beautiful local nature reserve about ten minutes drive away from home. I took my camera (okay, I have hardly put it down since I got it!) and took quite a few photos!
 We went to see the bluebells, which were beautiful
 as were the wood anemones...
 There was also a lot of greater stitchwort and the hawthorn was just coming out too.
 In the woods the lesser celandines were like little stars shining.
We also heard lots of skylarks, saw yellowhammers,
 several large bumble bees
 and some tiny spiders. This last photo was taken by Megan and she managed to capture the webspinning in progress.

It was such a lovely afternoon, and we will definitely be going for a stroll around there again soon.Thanks for looking and I hope you enjoyed the photos.