Sunday, 14 July 2019

Clean and Simple at Allsorts

The new challenge at Allsorts this week is Clean and Simple, a perfect opportunity to share this card. I dusted the background with citrus twist, mermaid lagoon and wilted violet distress inks, placing a moon mask over the top after the first dusting. I stamped Inkylicious tiny script in memento lulu lavender, then stamped the Woodware fennel and sentiment in versafine clair ink.
Thanks for looking. I'm hanging on for dear life as we stampede towards the end of term... just 10 more 'get-ups' to go!

Sunday, 7 July 2019

Stamping Sensations for July



Good morning, It's time for our June challenge at Stamping Sensations and this month we are looking for


 ****The Earth Laughs in Flowers****
 As the title suggest we would love to see your hand stamped creations showing us beautiful flowers. I am sure you will come up with lots of fabulous and colourful designs. 
My card features flower and grass stamps from our wonderful sponsors this month, Crafty Individuals. They were coloured with Arteza watercolour brush pens.  I used a sentiment from Hobby Art and distress inks to create the background. Our prize this month is a £25 voucher for the Crafty Individuals online store. There are so many gorgeous products to choose from too!

Please ensure you check our challenge rules before entering, it may save you embarrassment and make sure your entry receives comments from the team and is entered into the prize draw. We run our challenge for fun in our spare time. It is your responsibility if entering to make sure you check our challenge rules.
Do pop over to the challenge blog and take a look at the gorgeous designs from all my talented teamies! They really have made some wonderful cards again this month! 
 
Thanks for looking!

Thursday, 27 June 2019

Rudolf Days for June

A very quick offering for Rudolf Day from me this month and only one card as my time has been taken up writing my last lot of reports. I finished them yesterday, so I'm very happy! Just 21 more work days to go!
Anyway, onto my card...I used a stamp from Inkylicious and some papers from an artylicious cd (possibly) I'd covered the card with the paper a very long time ago, so I can't remember! The sentiment is pre-printed and cut from Craftwork cards. the glitter glue finished it off.
Do pop over to Mo's blog and check out the lovely creations there!
Many thanks for looking and for your comments. Hope I will have lots of cards next month to make up for the single one this month!

Saturday, 22 June 2019

Pastel Colours for Allsorts

This week's challenge at Allsorts is to use pastel colours. I used my gelli plate and oxide inks to make the paper using a Honey Doo stamp called repot rose. It is one of those gorgeously simple fine-lined stamps that make a beautiful card.  I then stamped the image onto watercolour paper and coloured with my Arteza brush pens, adding a little glitter glue in the centre of each flower.
As I got home from work on Friday my next door neighbour was waiting for me and asked if I could make her a 90th birthday card for her mother-in-law. I invited her in to take a look in my box to see if any were the sort of thing she was looking for. This is the card she chose, so I added a 'Happy 90th Birthday' sentiment to the front and another sentiment inside. She was delighted with it. I'm looking forward to using my gelli plate a lot more in five weeks time! I've written 21 reports now, so only 8 more to go, then I will enjoy reacquainting myself with my craft table.
Thanks for looking and for all your lovely comments.

Tuesday, 18 June 2019

A Turtley beautiful Stamp for mid month inspiration

Here is my mid month inspiration for Stamping Sensations where the theme is 'Show your true colours'. My favourite colours are green, blue and purple. The stamp is from Pink Ink designs and was a birthday present from my hubby (the sort you buy yourself then they wrap up πŸ˜†). Isn't he beautiful? I created the background by smooshing Distress oxide inks, before stamping the turtle and colouring it with Zig clean colour markers. I used an inkylicious twinchie splatter stamp all around the edge and to create a little detail in the water and a little white gel pen on the turtle's shell.
 You still have plenty of time to enter the challenge, so do pop over to the challenge blog for more inspiration. Don't forget to check your entry against the challenge rules!
Thanks for looking!

Sunday, 16 June 2019

A garden full of fledglings!

Hi there! Thought I would take the opportunity to share some photos of the new fledglings in the garden. I think the weather kept a few broods nest-bound for longer than expected and over the last few days we have had lots at the feeders. I haven't managed to photograph them all, but we have at least 5 blue tits, 3 great tits, 4 robins, 2 blackbirds and 4 or 5 wrens in addition to the house sparrows, starlings and godfinches that were around before the rain.
Here are some photos...
first up is the blackbird

Daddy blackbird is very busy keeping them fed
 Here is a great tit


then some bluetits...






 Here are the robins...




 More blue tits


 The tiny tiny wrens...

 And one last robin...
 So as you can see the report writing is going slowly when I have all these distractions just outside the window and a camera next to me!!! Hope you have enjoyed looking at the photos and not noticed the state of our windows, lol!
Thanks for looking and I will be back on Tuesday with my mid month inspiration for Stamping Sensations.

Saturday, 8 June 2019

A dragon for Allsorts

The Challenge over at Allsorts this week is Fantasy World, so a perfect opportunity to share this gorgeous Dragon stamp from Pink Ink. I stamped it on watercolour paper and coloured it with brushos and zig brush pens. I also used some gold and blue metalic sprays to splatter the background before adding lots of dots of glitter glue and liquid pearls. I have seen so many beautiful cards made with this stamp and am looking forward to colouring it in lots of different ways. Seven weeks left at work and then I hope I will get chance to play with it some more.
Thanks for looking!
EDIT: Delighted to say that I won at Allsorts! 😁

Sunday, 2 June 2019

June at Stamping Sensations

Good morning, It's time for our June challenge at Stamping Sensations and this month we are looking for

 ****Show your true colours****
 As the title suggest we would love to see your hand stamped creations showing us your favourite colours. I am sure you will come up with lots of fabulous and colourful designs. 
My card features my favourite colours of blue, green and purple (oxide inks), along with stamps and a stencil from our wonderful sponsors this month, Visible Image.
Our prize this month is a £25 voucher for the Visible Image online store. There are so many gorgeous stamps and stencils to choose from too!

Please ensure you check our challenge rules before entering, it may save you embarrassment and make sure your entry receives comments from the team and is entered into the prize draw. We run our challenge for fun in our spare time. It is your responsibility if entering to make sure you check our challenge rules.
Do pop over to the challenge blog and take a look at the gorgeous designs from all my talented teamies! They really have made some wonderful cards again this month! 
As this goes live Lynne and I will be making our way to Doncaster Dome for Stamp Magic for a lovely crafty day. My shopping list isn't huge but we will wait and see what we find there! 
Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, 28 May 2019

Butterflies from Dora

Here is my DT project for Dora this month. Our theme was bright colours and butterflies. My card was made with digis drawn by Dora, which you can find on her blog here. I printed them onto super smooth paper and coloured with alcohol markers. I then cut them out and attached them to a box frame painted with chalk effect inks. Not sure what I will put in the frame yet, but I did enjoy making something other than a card. Thanks for looking!

Sunday, 26 May 2019

Rudolf Day for May

 Hi there! It is  time for another Rudolf Days Challenge over at Scrappy Mo's. This month I have been playing with a lovely little set of foliage stamps from Uniko called Natures Treasures to make some single layer cards. The stamps are an absolute bargain at just £5 for the set. I started by putting a strip of masking tape across each card and then sponged Distress ink in Bundled sage. I stamped the foliage in distress ink and Versafine clair before taking off the masking tape, adding a sentiment and dotting with liquid pearls and glitter glue.
 Here is a photo of them both together.
Thanks for looking and I hope your Bank Holiday weekend is full of everything you love xxx

Saturday, 18 May 2019

Mid month inspiration for May Stamping Sensations

Here is my mid month inspiration for Stamping Sensations where the theme is 'In an English Country Garden'. I stamped the Hobby Art Bee in versafine and the Inkylicious flower in memento Desert Sand and coloured with Zig real brush markers. The leaves were stamped onto the flower panel in the spaces using memento new sprout. I stamped the Hobby Art splatter stamp randomly over all the elements before sponging a little Wild Honey distress ink around the edges. The sentiment and honeycomb stamps are also from Hobby Art.
You still have plenty of time to enter the challenge, so do pop over to the challenge blog for more inspiration. Don't forget to check your entry against the challenge rules!
Thanks for looking!

Sunday, 12 May 2019

Woodware Flowers

 This woodware flower has been in my stamp collection for several years and I have used it in a variety of ways over that time, but mainly as an embellishment. I love the fact that it is so easy to cut out, as are the leaves (also Woodware). I decided stamp several and to colour them brightly with my Zig markers on watercolour paper and give them a black background.
I added some liquid pearls, glitter glue and white posca pen to finish them off. Hope you like them. They will be used for birthday cards in the next month or two - there are quite a few coming up.
I am entering these into the Challenge at Penny Black and More where the theme is All Things Feminine
Thanks for looking!