Sunday, 18 November 2018

Mid Month Christmas Inspiration

Hello! Here is my Mid-month inspiration for Stamping Sensations this month. I am here with a card made with another beautiful stamp from Woodware, their Stylish Reindeer. I had some bits of paper that had been printed using a gelly plate, then stamped on with inkylicious stamps. I stamped the reindeer in versafine black ink and added some liquid pearls and glitter glue. I stamped the base card with a small stamp from the same set and sponged a bit of ink around the edge too. A bit of matting and layering with silver and jade card and Voila- A very quick card! Pretty sure I can knock up another three like this one from the same sheet of gelly plate printing too. Might try some trees on the next one!
Thanks for looking and please bare with me as my visits to blog land are so infrequent at the moment. Real life does tend to get in the way of my cyber-socialising, and that is more because of work than play. The end of the tunnel is a long way away, but I can just about see it, and am hoping time passes quickly enough for me to race towards it!😜
I've just spotted that this is my 1100th post here on my blog...I wonder how many cards that is...😉

Sunday, 11 November 2018

At the going down of the sun...

I made this card thinking of my Grandad. He spent most of his children's childhood away at war. He made the most of my childhood. I learned which berries were good to eat and which I shouldn't touch. I learned the local names for all the living things we encountered on our walks and quite a few simple folk remedies. The poppies are a digi stamp from Aurora Wings, coloured with alcohol based markers. The sentiment is a stamp from Inkylicious.  I am entering it into the current challenge at Allsorts.
 My grandad is top left here. He followed his dad at the age of 14 to the last year of WW1
He volunteered for WW2 at the very start of the War.
My mum was the youngest of four children he left behind.

Thanks for looking.
EDIT - delighted to have had my card chosen in the top 5 at Allsorts! 

Sunday, 4 November 2018

November at Stamping Sensations

It is the first Sunday of the month and time for our November challenge at Stamping Sensations. This month we have a lovely theme....
****Get ready for Christmas****
My project this month features stamps from Hobby Art. I used Zig cleancolor markers to colour it all. the robin and the ivy are fussy cut and stuck on with 3d glue.
Please remember, we need you to play by the rules:
Please can I remind you we are a stamping challenge so must see a stamped image which reflects the theme as the focal element of your artwork , this means:
Stamping must be the central point of attention and interest
 We are pleased to welcome back Swedish House Crafts as our sponsor this month, with a fabulous £25 store voucher for our lucky winner. There are some wonderful stamps and other crafty goodies on their website
Do pop over to the challenge blog and take a look at the fabulous creations from my talented team mates!

Thanks for looking!

Monday, 29 October 2018

Uniko stamps

At Stamp Magic I treated myself to some stamps from Uniko, who I'd only become aware of at Doncaster in June. There were some beautiful samples and some sets had matching dies too. I particularly liked the Just because set, which I used to make both of these cards, along with one of their stencils. This first one has added gems so I am entering it in this weeks Allsorts challenge, where the theme is Pearls and/or Gems.
My second card was made with the same stamps and oxide inks, dotted with glitter glue.
These are quite different for me in style but took all of five minutes to make and I rather like the results. I can also say that Uniko stamps are very good quality for the price and stamp well. I may find myself buying more!
Thanks for looking!

Thursday, 25 October 2018

Rudolf Day for October

It is 25th October so time for Rudolf Day and there is only one more left after this! As it is half term I have found the time to make 3 cards this month. The first two were made with inkylicious stamps (and an inkylicious stencil on the first). I used oxide inks and white pigment ink on the first, which is a lovely effect on Kraft card. The background on the middle one was made with cosmic shimmer pixie powders so it really sparkles in the right light.
The stamping around the edge is a splatter twinchie from Inkylicious, stamped in citrus oxide ink and brilliance gold
My third card was stamped with the Woodware lino-cut wren...I can see me using this stamp a lot and it produces a very quick and easy card. Papers are from Craftwork Cards.
Before I go I will just introduce you to the new addition to the garden wildlife family. Buster and partner had at least one baby this year...we think they might have had two, but haven't managed to spot all four squirrels at once yet!
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He (or she) is already a dab hand at raiding the bird feeders, but is very wary of the larger birds like pigeons and the magpie. The parents seem to relish scaring those birds away! No doubt his escapades will keep me amused throughout the winter!
Thanks for looking, and do pop over to Scrappy Mo's if you fancy joining in!

Thursday, 18 October 2018

Badgers

A friend said she needed some cards for friends who like badgers and wondered if I would be able to fit the bill, lol! Little did she know that I had two badger stamps! Both of these cards were made with Lavinia stamps, the inkylicious moon, ink dusters and memento inks.
I added highlights to the badgers with a white gel pen. These are such amazing creatures and should be celebrated.
We are halfway through the month so it is time for a reminder that you still have time to enter the Autumn Colours challenge at Stamping Sensations.
Thanks for looking!

Sunday, 7 October 2018

October at Stamping Sensations

It is the first Sunday of the month and time for our October challenge at Stamping Sensations. This month we have a lovely theme....
****Shades of Autumn****
My project this month features a background stamp on the base card from our sponsor, Stamp Addicts, and small stamps on the main panel from Hobby Art. I used Zig cleancolor markers to colour the watercolour panel.
Please remember, we need you to play by the rules:
Please can I remind you we are a stamping challenge so must see a stamped image which reflects the theme as the focal element of your artwork , this means:
Stamping must be the central point of attention and interest
 We are pleased to welcome back Stamp Addicts  as our sponsor this month, with a fabulous £25 store voucher for our lucky winner. There are some wonderful stamps and other crafty goodies on their website
Do pop over to the challenge blog and take a look at the fabulous creations from my talented team mates!

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, 30 September 2018

Autumn Stag

The theme at Allsorts this week is Autumn Glory, and as it is my favourite season of the year I had to play along. My card was made with the new Inkylicious stamp, Forest Stag, zig clean color markers, inkylicious fern stamp, memento inks and ink dusters. The tartan papers were from Craftwork cards.
Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, 25 September 2018

Rudolf Day for September

Happy Rudolf day! There are only two more Rudolf days after this one (scary!!!) I am adding another two cards to my christmas card pile. The first was made with mostly inkylicious stamps and a stencil. The snowflakes are from Hobby Art.
The stamp set on my second card is from Woodware and is called lino cut wren. I fell in love with it as soon as I saw it. This is such a quick card to make and won't cost much to post either. Do pop over to Mo's blog and take a look at the gorgeous DT cards, and there are still a few days to get working on building your Christmas card stash!
Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

More things beginning with B


Time for a bit of mid-month inspiration for Stamping Sensations. This time B is for Butterfly, Bricks, Beige and a Background stamp. It's another lolly stick plaque. I used texture paste through the brick inkable, coloured the butterfly with watercolour pens and then triple embossed. All stamps and stencils are from Bee Crafty, who of course are our fabulous sponsors this month!
Thanks for looking!

Sunday, 9 September 2018

Published!

 Here are three of my cards that are in the latest copy of Papercraft Essentials, out last week. I was thrilled when they asked me to do a feature back in June.

 If you want to know more please pop to your local newsagent or supermarket and pick up a copy.
If you do, you could let me know what you think, or even have a go yourself and share
Thanks for looking!   

Sunday, 2 September 2018

September at Stamping Sensations


It is the first Sunday of the month and time for our July challenge at Stamping Sensations. This month we have a lovely theme....
********I Spy something beginning with B********
My project this month features stamps and stencils from our sponsor, Bee Crafty, and my 'B's are Bird (the beautiful large swallow stamp), blue and brown (oxide inks). I used Bee Crafty Inkables Mandala 4Ticker tape 1 and Swallow
Even though it is an easy theme, we need you to play by the rules:

Please can I remind you we are a stamping challenge so must see a stamped image which reflects the theme as the focal element of your artwork , this means:
Stamping must be the central point of attention and interest
 We are pleased to welcome back Bee Crafty  as our sponsor this month, with a fabulous £25 store voucher for our lucky winner. There are some wonderful stamps and stencils on their website
Do pop over to the challenge blog and take a look at the fabulous creations from my talented team mates, many featuring Bee Crafty stamps!

Before I go I will just share a few more photos from our holiday in Wales. First up is Fairy Glen, near Betws-y-coed. I did a fair bit of scrambling over rocks to take that one!
 Next is a view along the River Conwy, near Beddgelert.
 and this is Moel Ty Uchaf stone circle, near Llandrillo.
Finally here is the view from the near the top of Pistyll Rhaeadr.
Thanks for looking, and I look forward to seeing your entries.