Tuesday, 30 June 2020

A Whale of a card

Its time to show you another of Dora's delightful images. This month she has drawn some wonderful new sea creature images for us. There are whales, turtles, and even Narwhal! My DT Card features a wonderful whale, which I coloured with silver paint. The background was created using distress oxides in peacock feathers and salty ocean, water spray and some bee crafty stencils. I've never thoroghly wet a digi before and I am quite pleased that there was only a tiny bit of bleeding. The shell stamp is from Crafty Individuals CI-272. You can find Dora's fabulous Digis on her website here.
Thanks for looking!

Saturday, 27 June 2020

Rudolf Days for June

It is time for Rudolf Days at Scrappy Mo's. I have got to admit it has snook up on me once more so have only made my cards today. They are two very different ones this time. My first was inspired by the lovely Sandra at Sandma Cards, who made some beauties for Crafty Individuals using their bare trees. I stamped the base card with CI-430 and distress oxide in shaded lilac. The background for the tree was inked with distress oxides in shaded lilac and blueprint sketch. I splattered it with water and mopped off the excess. I used white embossing powder on the largest tree from CI-209 before adding a little more ink, glitter, fine tipped pen and liquid pearls to the foreground.

My second card is a woodware stamp, coloured with ecoline brush pens with a little added glossy accents and frosted stickles.
I do hope you are all okay out there. I'm keeping busy with a mixture of stamping, crochet, karate, baking, gardening, sewing and embroidery. I've still not been bored enough to wash the car! I'm doing 3 hours of karate via Zoom each week, which is helpiing me to stay fit, along with a few walks. The crochet has slowed down whilst the weather is hot, but I am sure I will still have finished it by the Autumn.
This is probably the half way point.
Thanks for looking and for all your lovely comments.

Sunday, 21 June 2020

Pets at Allsorts

I had a little smile when I saw the Pets Challenge at Allsorts this week. I have a pet Giant Africa Land Snail called Brian...  My make is a birthday card I made for my God Daughter who also had a pet Snail called Gary until quite recently. 
I created a distress oxide background on coated card stock, stamped with Lavinia stamps and then sealed with laquer. I wasn't sure it was going to work, but having done some of the stamping in versafine Clair and the chalky texture of the oxides I knew it would need something to stop it smudging. Very happy to say that it worked.
If you aren't keen on snails you might not want to look any further, but just to prove snails are great pets, here is Brian...

He munches his way through the salad drawer, and has a great love of cucumber and sweet potatoes.
He loves having a shower in the sink and doesn't need a great deal to keep him happy. His grandfather (also called Brian) lived to the grand old age of 9 and had many offspring.
Thanks for looking!

Thursday, 18 June 2020

More 'Make it Colourful' inspiration

It is mid-way through June so time for our mid-month inspiration for Stamping Sensations where the theme is

***Make it Colourful!***

Our Sponsors this month are Visible Image. My mid-month creation was made with That's Crafty stamps and stencil with a distress ink background. I simply wet the stencil then layed it over the ink to get the watermark effect. I coloured the flowers with arteza brush pens.
I do hope you get chance to enter the challenge.

Thanks for looking and for all your lovely comments.

Monday, 15 June 2020

Even More Crafty Individuals Samples

Here are some more samples that were created for the latest release of Crafty Individuals stamps. First up are those 3 birds using this stamp, coloured with giotto pens and matted and layered on to Flo's gorgeous papers
Next up is the tea cups, again coloured with the giotto pens and on Flo's papers
This is the Sewing Machine on a patchwork background of Flo's papers
This version of the Camper Van was attached using a wire spring so it is on a bumpy journey!

And finally another of those cute quirky birds.
Thanks so much for looking and for taking the time to leave a comment. All of the new stamps are so wonderful, I can't seem to put them down!

Wednesday, 10 June 2020

More Crafty Individuals samples

I thought I would show you some of the 'non-card' creations I made for the recent Crafty Individuals shows on Hochanda. My pin cushion (above) and needle book (below) were stamped with Versafine clair using CI-328

I made a fabric wall hanging with the new sewing machine stamp too (CI-545)
I made a shrink plastic brooch with the new campervan stamp and a broken necklace CI-546
Here is a little ephemera folder stamped with images from CI-328

and finally, here is a small junk journal, stamped with images from CI-391

If you are on Facebook and aren't aware we have a Crafty Individuals Facebook group. It would be lovely to see you there! Thanks for looking and for all your lovely comments!

Sunday, 7 June 2020

June at Stamping Sensations

Good Morning! I hope that you are well and doing okay in these strange times.  It is June, and time for a new challenge at Stamping Sensations and the theme this month is

***Make it Colourful!***

My card had a liberal coating of distress oxides in blueprint sketch, peacock feathers, citrus twist and fossilized amber. I then laid a damp mandala stencil over it. Once dry I stamped the gorgeous Leave your fears behind stamp set in black versafine clair.
Our fabulous sponsors and makers of this stamp set this month are the lovely Visible Image who produce amazing stamps and stencils that are unique, original and different. Their samples are often accompanied by colourful backgrounds, hence our theme.
Here is another card using some of their stamps that have sadly been discontinued.
 Please remember we are a stamping challenge and the focal element of your work must reflect the theme (i.e. colourful). Whist we prefer conventional stamping, digital images are allowed. You can check out the challenge rules here.

Do go to the challenge blog to check out the breathtaking creations from my multi-talented teamies. You can also find more details of the fantastic prize!
Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, 2 June 2020

Brand New Stamps from Crafty Individuals!

Hi There! I'm here with just a few of the samples that will  be appearing on Hochanda on the Crafty Individuals shows today.  Jean will be on at 7am and 1pm. My first is an A6 sized concertina card with  the gorgeous camper van stamp, watercoloured with the giotto pens. These were added to cling film backgrounds, just like Jean created on her facebook live here.
My second card features the beautiful tea cups stamp, which I simply watercoloured with the giotto pens, adding a paper doily (circa 1960!) to the base card. I used glossy accents on each cup.
Next up is the wonderful sewing machine, watercoloured with the giotto pens and mounted onto some of the beautiful papers created by Flo Langley, our lovely and very talented teamie.
Finally, here is a pink teapot that reminds me very much of my grandmothers - both had rather large china collections! Neither of them had one with a robin sitting on the top though! ๐Ÿ˜„ The paper was a gelli print again using Flo's  fabulous stamps.
I hope you have enjoyed a quick look at some of the fabulous new releases. I will let you know as soon as they are on the CI website, but you can get them for Hochanda in the meantime.
Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, 26 May 2020

Rudolf Day and a Digi from Dora

There aren't many days left in May, so it is time for the Rudolf days Challenge over at Scrappy Mo's. This first card is a little inkylicious scene, stamped in Memento Paris Dusk and watercoloured with Chipped Saphire distress in. I then mounted it on a base card that had been dry embossed with a magazine freebie snowflakew embossing folder.
My second card used Crafty Individuals stamps CI 463, CI 465 and CI 541. The papers were sprayed with mica sprays and the photo certainly doesn't do it justice in all it's sparkliness. Do pop over to Maureen's blog for more Christmas inspiration

Also, here is my DT Card using one of Dora's wonderful new floral digis, tulips, which I coloured with pencils. You can find Dora's fabulous Digis on her website here.
I have been busy beavering away at my samples for the next Crafty Individuals shows which will be on Hochanda on Tuesday 2nd June at 7am and 1pm. I really hope you can tune in and watch. The new stamps are absolutely gorgeous and I love them. I can't wait to show you! I will be posting all my makes with them here on my blog once the Hochanda shows have been aired, so very soon!
It looks like craft shops will be opening again here on 15th June, but workshops and shows will probably be a way off from that as social distancing will still be in place for a while. In the meantime I hope you have plenty of stash to keep you going, and, as we will have missed at least one craft show, you have the opportunity to treat yourself to a little something.
Stay safe and I hope you are well xxx

Thursday, 21 May 2020

Green fingers and gardening...

I made this card for my SIL to give to my nephew for his birthday. He has been enjoying his garden recently. Stamps are all from Hobby art and are watercoloured with brush pens. the base card was inked with distress oxides and stamped in versafine clair.
I'm entering it into the Boys and Men challenge over at Penny Black and more and Anything goes at Allsorts. I'm taking it to The Male Room too where the theme is 'in the garden' ( thanks for letting me know, Faith x).
Hope you are all okay. I am fine, if a little green around the edges due to an accident with my brushos!!! I went to pull out the pin on the lid and the entire lid came off. I thought I'd cleaned it all up, but I keep discovering more. It mixes really well with handcream to give an all over green tinge, and I must have sprinkled a minute amount on the bath mat when I went to wash my hands again, as when I got out of the shower this morning I noticed green footprints. I managed to rescue the card I was making, but whether I can rescue the bath mat remains to be seen๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚. Remind me never to try shampooing the craft room carpet!
Thanks for looking and for all your lovely comments

Monday, 18 May 2020

Mid month inspiration for May

It is mid-way through May so time for our mid month inspiration for Stamping Sensations where the theme is
***Say it with Flowers***
 My mid month creation has a sentiment from Hobby art, and two recent woodware stamps - Vetch and Cow Parsley over an ink dusted background. I added a few highlights in white and silver pens. I do hope you get chance to enter the challenge
How are you doing? Hope you are okay and staying safe and well. I think we are all on a bit of an emotional rollercoaster at the moment. It is important to realise that it is okay to not be okay at the moment, but equally, talking about it can help. I'm keeping very busy with various things including some really amazing new stamps from Crafty Individuals that are going to be on Hochanda, along with shows from Chocolate Baroque on 2nd June.  see if you can catch the shows - you won't be disappointed! I'm continuing with the craft sort out, doing some sewing and crochet, doing karate on Zoom 3 times a week as well as helping to manage the Crafty Individuals facebook group. We would love for you to join us there if you haven't already - just click the link. We have a project of the week award for a stamp prize, a monthly challenge (ATCs this month) for a larger prize and Jean also does giveaways on her Facebook Lives which are at 2.30pm on Wednesdays and Fridays.  
Thanks for looking and for all your lovely comments!

Sunday, 3 May 2020

May at Stamping Sensations

Good Morning! I hope all is good with you, and that you are well.  It is May, and time for a new challenge at Stamping Sensations and the theme this month is

***Say it with Flowers***

Also this month we have two fabulous sponsors, Chocolate Baroque and our very own
Dora, who has her own range of wonderful digital images, as well as designing some stamps for Crafty Individuals. 
My first card features the beautiful honeysuckle from the Chocolate Baroque fragrant honeysuckle stamp plate and was coloured with zig clean colour real brush markers.

 My second card is one of the stunning new digi flower stamps just released by Dora and coloured with pencil crayons.The sentiment and text stamp on this one are from Crafty Individuals. 

 Please remember we are a stamping challenge and the focal element of your work must reflect the theme (i.e. Flowers), a few added flowers as an embellishment will not suffice and not be eligible for the prizes. Whist we prefer conventional stamping, digital images are allowed. You can check out the challenge rules here.

Do go to the challenge blog to check out the breathtaking creations from my multi-talented teamies. You can also find more details of the fantastic prizes! 

Thanks for looking and for your lovely comments. Apologies for the randomly highlighted parts of my text. Not entirely sure what has happened there but after 20 minutes of playing around trying to change it I have given up. 
Stay safe friends xxx