Wednesday, 19 November 2014

A scene

I have seen a number of scene cards created with Majestix stamps by Card-io that use orange and purple and had been meaning to have a go making a scene with those colours. Here is my first attempt using Inkylicious stamps (Twiggy Branch, A Winter's Tale and Silhouette Deer). I stamped the wreath first using twiggy branch, before adding the colour. I used my ink dusters with adirondack inks in peach bellini and Cool Peri, although a bit more purple colour might be better. I used the cool peri to make my snowdrifts, but then highlighted with my clear stardust pen and a water brush. Finally I stamped the deer and the trees. I finished it off by adding dots of green gold and pearl liquid pearls, and then got carried away with three different lots of stickles too, lol! I mounted the panel on a 7x7 card, matting and layering with black and purple. The Deer aren't on the website yet, but like the rabbits in my last post, I am sure if you ring, Deby will pop them in with your order.
Apologies that the photo isn't the best. It has reached that time of year when I only see the house in daylight at the weekend, so this was taken under my daylight lamp. I really enjoyed making this card, so expect to see some more using these stamps and colours!
Thanks for looking!

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Not finished with Autumn yet!

Just to prove I haven't gone all cute and fluffy, here are some cards more in my style, lol!
After driving through Sherwood Forest a couple of times recently, I wanted to have another inky play with some Autumnal shades, and also to try and recreate the mistiness that we saw between the trees yesterday.
Although it was dull and damp, the sun had to make an appearance on my card!
I created the background with my ink dusters and memento inks. I then used some Inkylicious stamps to create the scene. Please note the hare/ rabbit, bottom right - this is a new twinchies set with three rabbits for £1 - what a bargain! They aren't on the website yet, but I am sure if you ring, Deby will pop some in with your order. There are also some Deer which will be making an appearance on my blog soon!
 Next I made another Stampboard pendant for a dear friend's birthday. I dusted the stampboard with citrus and peach bellini adirondack inks, then stamped the fern leaf (inkylicious) in bamboo stalk and potters clay memento ink which stayed damp on the surface long enough to emboss it. I am entering this into Allsorts this week where the theme is anything but a card.  We worked out that I first met my friend 23 years ago - very scary! Here is the card I made for her...
The Hydrangea is an Inkylicious stamp, coloured with distress markers on silk art card. The scraps of white card were embossed using cuttlebug embossing folders and then dusted with shaded lilac distress ink. the front panel lower edge was die cut with a small lattice edge from Britannia dies and the lilac border was cut using a martha stewart punch. The sentiment is from Little Claire.
As my last card was made using lots of snippets, I am taking it to Miss Di's snippet playground, where it is a while since I last showed my face. Sorry Miss!
I have a huge pile of work to get thorough at the moment, so I am not managing to visit blogland as much as I would like. Hopefully I will catch up very soon. Thanks for looking and for all your lovely comments!

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Baby cards

 I needed a new baby card and a first birthday card recently, and, after seeing this baby card by Debby, using a new Mo Manning Baby Digi called Hush, I had to have it! I printed it and coloured it with promarkers. I stamped the base card (not very well - I need to practice with these stamps!) with Inky Doodles Little Patchwork stamps in various shades of pink, before giving a general dusting of Tea dye distress ink to make it look a little bit shabby chic. I added a sentiment and a ribbon to finish it off.
My second card is for my great Nephew's first birthday. This Mo Manning Digi (called 'I Love it!') was particularly apt in that he loves his train, but the little boy in the picture has quite a lot of hair compared to Elliot! The base card was stamped with another inky Doodles stamp from the Country checks set, in two shades of distress ink (tumbled glass and tea dye). The stitched alphabets are from Inky Doodles and the sentiment is from Little Claire.
Thanks for looking and for all the lovely comments. I hope I will manage to visit you soon!

Sunday, 2 November 2014

Christmas at Stamping Sensations

 Good Morning! It is the first Sunday of November and so it is time for a new challenge at Stamping Sensations. This month we have the Theme of Christmas and we have the wonderful Little Claire sponsoring us. Here is my card featuring the Little Claire stamp 'Stocking owls'
I stamped it in Memento Tuxedo Black and coloured with promarkers. I added some inkylicious 'fluffy Puffy stuff ' (Like liquid applique if you remember that!) and heated it to make it puff up. The retro DP is the last sheet of a very old dovecraft pack. The sentiment is also a Little Claire stamp from the set 'The magic of Christmas.'
Whilst I was here I thought I would show you another fabulous Little Clare stamp - Robin Redbreast. This one is very popular with all the bird watchers in my family!
Again it was coloured with promarkers and I added lots of diamond stickles for the snow. The DP is another very old one from Dovecraft. The border was cut using a tonic border punch.
Our prize this month from Little Claire is a £35 voucher to spend in their online shop. How cool is that? I could spend it very quickly, lol!
Do pop over to the challenge blog and take a look at the gorgeous projects from the DT. They really have excelled themselves this time! Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

More red squirrels and more snowy treescapes

 After the lovely comments on my last post I thought I would share some more photos of the red squirrels at Eskrigg Nature reserve. These wonderful creatures are rare here in the UK, but well managed nature reserves like Eskrigg help to keep them going. This first photo was the nearest Lynne and I have ever been to a red squirrel (less than 2 foot away!) unfortunately it isn't as sharp as I would have liked - they move so quickly!

They were a joy to watch!
As you may have seen in my last post, this treescape stamp from Inkylicious is great for a very quick Christmas card! This time I decided to make a purple version...
I used memento Grape Jelly and diamond stickles on the snow for this one.
I also made one using Memento Paris Dusk, but this time used my sakura clear stardust pen for the snow...

Thanks for looking!

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Simply Christmas for the penultimate Rudolf day and lots of Autumn!

Here are my two cards for Rudolf day this month. I used two stamps from Inkylicious. The tree scene (treescape 1) is a new stamp (Isn't it fab?) and 'walking in a winter wonderland' can be found on the website.
 This first one was stamped in memento Teal Zeal and then masked whilst I dusted the sky in the same ink. Then I dotted lots of quicky glue pen and glitter across the foreground.
The second one was done in exactly the same way but with Danube blue memento ink. Might try a purple version next!
I am entering them in Sarn's Rudolf Day challenge and Allsorts, where the theme is 'Just Christmas'.
Before Christmas takes over completely, I wanted to show you some photos from a lovely walk I took with Lynne when I went to stay for a few days. We visited Eskrigg Nature reserve near Lockerbie. The sun came out and we enjoyed the colours and the wildlife...
 red squirrels,
 glorious beech trees
 a king boletus mushroom,
 more beech trees,
 tiny toadstools (Possibly changeable agarics)
 a nuthatch
and more beech leaves!
Thanks for looking and I hope you enjoyed the autumn colours as much as we did!

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

A Wonderful Weekend!

Last weekend it was Lynne's Birthday, which was the day before Stamp Magic, so she came to stay for a few days, so we could go to Doncaster together.
I can now share the card and a small gift I made for her.
 The card was made using ink dusters, Memento inks in dandelion, rosebud and elderberry and Inkylicious stamps, including the old beech tree, that was made from a photo of a tree near Lynne's house.
I made a stampboard pendant, using spring distress inks and grape jelly memento ink. Whilst the fern was still wet I applied clear embossing powder and set with a heat gun. As the challenge at Allsorts this week is embossing I am entering the pendant there.
We met up with some friends whilst we were at Stamp Magic. It was lovely to see you, Jane, Brenda and Lesley! Hope you enjoy playing with your new crafting goodies!
We bought quite a few new goodies too, and I am looking forward to sharing what I make over the next few weeks. It is half term, so I am enjoying a bit of playtime!
Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

More scenic hills

Here is a card I made a little while ago, and forgot I hadn't posted it. I was quite pleased with the colours. The stamps are all from Inkylicious and I used adirondack inks in lettuce, citrus, eggplant, peach bellini denim and espresso. the sentiment is stamped in memento Danube blue.
I don't know what the weather has been like near you, but we have had quite a bit of rain here. Twenty eight 5 year olds who haven't been outside all day can be a bit lively by the time home time arrives! Tomorrow we are taking them to Hardwick Hall in Derbyshire for the day, which we are really looking forward to. Keep your fingers crossed that the weather improves and we can get out in the gardens for an hour in the afternoon!
Thanks for looking!

Friday, 10 October 2014

Bees, flowers and gardens...

As the weather here has taken a down turn for a couple of days, I thought I would revisit my holiday photos to remind us what sunshine is! These were all taken on the gardens at Powis Castle and Chirk Castle during our summer holiday in Wales.
I was particularly impressed with the number of bees we saw.

I also loved all the hot colours

This stunning old English rose also smelled divine, and I am always fascinated by the passion flower, which are possibly Natures answer to steampunk!
Thanks for looking!

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Autumn Owls

I am rushing in last minute for Allsorts this week! I made this card with Inkydoodles (owls, mushrooms, branch and butterflies) and Inkylicious (delicate vine) stamps, ink dusters, Adirondack inks and promarkers. I also added a bit of sparkle with a gellyroll clear sparkle pen, which hopefully you can see here...
The theme at Allsorts this week is Autumn, and the weather is definitely getting more Autumnal by the hour!
Thanks for looking!

Sunday, 5 October 2014

Warm Autumn Colours at Stamping Sensations

Good Morning! How are you feeling this Sunday morning? Here it is time for a new challenge at Stamping Sensations where our theme is Warm Autumn Colours. It was a great chance to use tree or leaf stamps so I am very happy!!!
Here is my card. I started off by running the Imagination Crafts leaf swirl stencil through the cuttlebug with a 5" square card and my no more shims mat. I then used my ink dusters and kaleidacolor autumn leaves ink to make the embossing pop.
For the main panel I sprayed the reverse side of some centura pearl card with Dylusions and glimmer mist, before stamping and embossing the Imaginations crafts Leaves decoupage stamp set. I added a bit of red glaze to the ladybird and a bit of ribbon from my stash across the top.
When you tilt it you can see a little bit of the sparkle from the glimmer mist.

This month we are sponsored by the very lovely people at Imagination Crafts, who are offering a whopping £35 voucher to spend in their store...wish I could take part! 

Do pop over to the Challenge blog and take a look at the wonderful inspiration that my team mates have created, and I will look forward to visiting to see your fabulous autumnal creations!
Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

A card and a gift

Before I tell you all about my card I want to say a big thank you for your continued visits whilst I have been a little pre-occupied with real life stuff. It has been a busy few weeks here. Meg is applying for university and I had definitely forgotten or not realised what that entails these days. We have visited 5 universities, 4 on consecutive Saturdays. Bless her, she has taken on board my advice to go close enough to home that she can get home, do a load of washing, get it dry and have a bit of time to relax before heading back again! I am so proud of her and she has worked so hard. I just hope her dreams come to fruition.
On top of that we have had one of our HMI visits at work. I won't go into details, but it was a very intense 5 days leading up to his visit. Positive but intense. At the moment I feel I could sleep for a week!!!
Anyway, on to my card...

A friend of mine had a birthday recently, and as well as making her a card I decided to make her a gift too. Her card is a simple scene created with ink dusters and memento inks in dandelion, rose bud and elderberry (I love this colour!) All stamps are from inkylicious. I also used a mountains and valleys stencil with my ink dusters.
A while ago this friend bought one of my cards featuring this stamp from Inkylicious and put it on her wall. I thought it was time to make it into a proper framed picture.
I sponge-painted the plain wooden frame from Ikea with paper artsy fresco paints, before using grunge paste through an imagination crafts stencil. a bit more painting and some treasure brass finished it off. I was quite pleased with the result, so am now working on an Ikea mirror with the same paints and stencil, with a few additional stamps too. I will let you see it when I have finished it. In the meantime I am entering my picture in this Month's Penny Black and More Challenge where the theme is Autumn.
Thanks for looking!