Sunday, 24 July 2016

Another card using Dora's Digis

Whoops! I just realised I should have posted this on Tuesday! I had it all prepared then didn't get any further!  To make my 7x7" card I used Be Creative papers and markers. I printed this lovely image (one of the birds reversed) on to smooth white card stock before colouring in and adding sky, hills and grasses with  ink dusters and inkylicious stamps. Dora and I have been wondering what chicks they are and the nearest we have come up with are Stone Curlews. I love their quirkiness and those cute little wings! You can find Dora's Digis here on her blog.

Sorry I haven't been around much. I have been quite busy at school (still 2 more days before we break up!) but there is light at the end of the tunnel! Steve's dad is now out of hospital and recovering nicely at home. His warden aided complex has 'chocolate and chat' in the lounge most evenings and he ventured down the corridor to join his friends on Friday. He is still a bit wobbly, but coming along nicely.
Meg went camping with some old friends for a few days and had a great time...unfortunately so did the insects that bit her, in fact it looks like they had more of a party than she did! Bless her, she has become very tasty to the insect world in the past couple of years.
Right, I'd better go and catch up with my DT commenting. Once I have done that and got my latest magazine article finished I will be in blog land a little more, hopefully!
Thanks for looking!

Saturday, 23 July 2016

Candy Winner!

Thanks so much for all the wonderful comment and hello and welcome to all my new followers. I am so sorry I can't send you all a little something, and I do hope you will enjoy your visits here.
On to Business - We have a winner!
This is Sue T! Please drop me an email ( and let me know your postal addy and I will get your prize in the post as soon as I can!
Thanks again everyone!

Follower Blog Candy!

This candy is now closed.
Once upon a time I had 300 followers and then Blogger decided to have a sort out and I lost 22 of them... It has taken a few months, but I am back to 301 followers so it is time to celebrate! It has been a lovely 7 1/2 years since I started my blog, and this will be my 961st post. I want to say a huge thank you to everyone who has left me a comment or visited during that time. I truly appreciate your kindness. Onto the prize. I have selected most of the stamps I used for one of my most popular Christmas cards on Pinterest. This was something else to celebrate...
This card that I made for Meg has been pinned over 2200 times! I have included a few extras and will continue to add to the prize as I go. I am going to keep it open for a month for all my followers (Blogger and Bloglovin') Please feel free to share on your side bars once you have entered by putting your name and blog on Mr Linky. 
Thanks for looking and all the best!

Sunday, 17 July 2016

Some more Samples for Be Creative

Here are some cards made with the Be Creative paper pads for Gordon and Justin's appearances on Hochanda a little while ago. For the first I used a Digi from Hero Arts (I also have this as a clear stamp and a red rubber wood mounted stamp, but the possibility of resizing the digi made it a must have as well!)  I coloured it with Be Creative alcohol markers, shaped it with spray 'm' boss, and mounted on a Nellie Snellen die cut. The border is a spellbinders die and the gems are also from Be Creative, coloured with an alcohol marker. I added some Be Creative glitter glue to the butterfly too.
For my second card I used a stamp from Inkylicious over some card washed with Distress inks and water. I added a skeleton leaf and popped them on the front of a card covered in paper from the Be Creative Nature's portrait pad.
My final card was made with the time flies pad and a Digi from Digistamp boutique, again coloured with alcohol markers. The sentiment was stamped then placed into the flattened bottle cap before mounting with 3d glue gel.All Be Creative products are available from Once Upon a Stamp. You can find their website here.
Sorry I haven't been in blog land much recently. There has been lots happening at work and Steve's Dad has been in hospital all week after a fall caused by very low blood pressure. He had a nasty knock to the head, but no broken bones, and after transferring him to another hospital he had a pacemaker fitted on Friday...not bad going for a 95 year old, and to be honest he seems more lively now than he has in months! He should be home by the middle of next week, but is still a bit wobbly walking.
I will leave you with a photo or two of our wildflower meadow in the allotment at work. So pleased it came into flower just as we were judged for the Nottingham in Bloom competition!

Thanks for looking! 

Sunday, 10 July 2016

One for the boys

The Challenge this week at Allsorts is 'One for the boys'. I made a card for a colleague who was doing a sponsored bike ride and whose birthday is next week, and it definitely fit the bill! I didn't have a cyclist stamp so I found a clip art silhouette and popped it in the middle of some smooth white printing card. I then used ink dusters, Inkylicious stamps and mountain valley stencils to create a little scene around him. I am quite pleased with the result!
A huge welcome to my 16 new followers! To all my followers, thanks for your support and kind comments.
Before I go I want to share some photos from a walk last weekend. We walked around the Teversal Trails. It is almost five miles and at this time of year there are plenty of orchids around, as well as other wild flowers... Take a look...

Hope you enjoyed that! Thanks for looking!

Sunday, 3 July 2016

July at Stamping Sensations

Good Morning! It is the first Sunday of the Month and time for a new Challenge over at Stamping Sensations! This month our theme is
********Anything goes with a stamp and ribbons********
 I used my ink dusters to create the scene above.  All stamps are from Inkylicious and the inks were Memento Dandelion, Cantaloupe and Rosebud, oh yes, and Tuxedo black of course! The finishing touch is a luxurious black satin ribbon The usual rules apply, you can enter up to three times, combine with other challenges, use any make of stamp......but can I please remind you we are a stamping challenge and stamping must be the focal/predominant element of your work
Our sponsors this month are Crafty Ribbons who have supplied this wonderful prize for us to offer to you.

 Do pop over to the challenge blog and take a look at all the fantastic creations by my lovely teamies. Also please say a big welcome to our new Teamie, Marlies. There are some stunning DT cards again this month! Hope you get the chance to join in and I'll look forward to seeing all your lovely creations!
Oh, yes, and if you aren't too busy today do try and catch one of the Be Creative shows on Hochanda - they have some great gadgets to help with all your crafting! 

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Rudolf Day for June

June has flown by and now it is well into this month's Rudolf days. I am here with a couple of cards using the flourish Deer stamp from Inkylicious. The first uses the faux parchment technique and flitter glu and flakes from Indigi Blu for the deer
look at that sheen! These flakes are called chocolate box.
For my second card I sprayed my ink dusters with a little water and dragged across the silk art card to make the background. I then stamped the deer in Versafine Majestic Blue and embossed with Titania Wonder embossing powder from Be Creative.
Thanks for looking and don't forget to pop over to Scrappy Mo's for a look at the DT cards. Also I have follower candy on my home page if you want to pop your name down. Thanks!

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Another of Dora's delightful digis

 It is my turn again to post a photo of a creation made with one of Dora's digis. I coloured it with Be Creative alcohol Markers and then die cut it. I wanted to make the dragonfly stand out so I covered the first one in glossy accents. I noticed some creases around the edges to tried to iron them out... did you know that glossy accents melts under heat?.. I ended up making a second card after cleaning the iron, lol. You can see the original on the digi shop, but I prefer the second ;)... take a look at the close up...
For this one I went over the dragonfly using a versamarker and then applied some of the new embossing powders from Be creative. This one was fairy wings. It took two coats to get the finish, but can you see that glitteriness? (Is that a real word, lol?) Perfect for insect wings as well as fairies!
Do take a look at Doortje-digis shop. You will find this and lots of other Digis there too! You could also pop over to the Once Upon a stamp website to get your hands on bargain Be creative alcohol markers (£60 for the whole set!!!). The wonder embossing powders are available from Hochanda and will be in OUAS's online store in due course.
Thanks for looking and I hope you have put your name in Mr Linky for my follower candy.

Sunday, 12 June 2016

Some inky magic

I've managed an hour of Inkylicious inkiness! After finally catching up with Emma and Deby's shows on Hochanda, I took my inspiration from them and created a few cards this weekend. I should have been writing reports, but I needed my father's day cards and an anniversary card!
 This first one is for my Dad for Father's day. He is 87 and used to love walking in the Lakes. He still does a little walking when he can, but has been troubled by pain from his spondilitis recently.
 This is a 30th Anniversary card for our friends Jane and Mark (Parents of my God Daughter). They have border collies so I added the dog walkers (Hobby Art)
Finally I made another similar to the first, adding the lovely sentiment, one of the new ones I picked up from Stamp Magic at Doncaster Dome last weekend. All stamps and Ink dusters are available from Inkylicious
Sorry it is a brief visit. Meg has been home, gone back to Sheffield for her results (She has passed her first year comfortably!) and home again.
I need to sort out a photo of the stamps I bought for my blog candy and then I will post it. Thanks for looking!

Sunday, 5 June 2016

June's challenge at Stamping Sensations

Good Morning! It is the first Sunday of the month and time for a new challenge at Stamping Sensations. Our Theme is Feature a Creature and we are sponsored by Be Creative. Your creatures can be furry, have wings, have 6 legs, eight legs or no legs if you like! They can be real or mythological (Everyoneloves a unicorn, lol) - it really is up to you.
 The usual rules apply, you can enter up to three times, combine with other challenges, use any make of stamp......but can I please remind you we are a stamping challenge and stamping must be the focal/predominant element of your work. Conventional rubber/acrylic stamps and digital images are acceptable, but pre-coloured digital images and toppers are not.
 For my card I used a Crafty individuals stamp, CI-225. I stamped the image on to silk art card with Archival ink and coloured with distress markers and a water brush.The background layer was stamped with Inkylicious old wood floor stamp and memento rich cocoa ink.  the backing papers come from the Be Creative Natures Portrait paper pad. The lacy border down the paper is also from Be Creative.
'What is the prize?' I hear you ask. You get a big stash of the new wonder crystals and embossing powders, in fact some brand new colours that Justin and Gordon have been busy creating! Take a look on the Hochanda Website and Once Upon a Stamp's Website for Be Creative goodies.
Do pop over to the challenge blog and take a look at all the fantastic creations by my lovely teamies. There are some absolute stunners again this month! Hope you get the chance to join in and I'll look forward to seeing all your lovely creations!
As this post goes live I am off to Doncaster Dome for Stamp Magic and a chance to spend some birthday money! Sadly I am going alone as Lynne hasn't been able to come down due to a nasty virus. I have her shopping list though, and  I am also going to select some blog candy, because after all of Mr Blogger's shenanigans, I now have 300 followers again! Come back soon for more details. Hope your Sunday is a good one!
Thanks for looking!

Sunday, 29 May 2016

Rudolf day for May and In the Pink

 It is time for another Rudolf Day over at Scrappy Mo's, and for this month I have gone with two digis. The first is a freebie I found online by Inger Harding. You can find it here. The papers are from my stash and the base card was stamped with a holly border stamp from Inkylicious in old paper distress ink.
 My second card is another digi, this time from Digistamp Boutique. The embossing folder is by Sheena Douglas and I used another snippet to make the bow and fake ribbon. Do pop over to Scrappy Mo's and take a look at the inspiration and lovely prize. As I have used snippets on both of these I'm taking them to Miss Di's Snippet playground, where there is more lovely inspiration for using up those snippets
When I saw the Challenge at Allsorts this week was 'in the pink' I had the perfect card for it. I am god mother to a lovely young lady who has pink hair from time to time! It is her birthday this week, and when I saw the digi from Lavinia it reminded me of her so much! Take a look and see for yourself! All of the digis in my post are coloured with Be Creative Markers and a range of glitter glue and liquid pearls. The papers on the pink card are from PDA, and the bright pink ribbon was a gift from a friend.
I hope the bank holiday weekend brings you good weather and the opportunity to do what you love. Hoping to do some serious gardening myself.
Thanks for looking!

Sunday, 22 May 2016

A taste of Africa

After seeing Emma and Deby of Inkylicious on Hochanda last week, I got my ink dusters out to have a play, and decided to use the Serengeti sets of stamps.
I used memento inks and a mountain valley stencil to create the scenes. For the second one I put a few dots of clear stardust sakura pen for stars in the sky. I used white gel pen to highlight the stamped images.
I'm entering this second one into the current challenge at Allsorts, where the theme is Happy Birthday.

I used the off-cuts from the first card to make my last card, and think it might be the best of the lot! Definitely as far as the white pen goes! I am taking my Elephants to the snippet playground as I used snippets. Don't let the elephants near the hooch, Sarn!!!!
Thanks for looking!