Thursday, 31 October 2013

More trees!

I have been using my new trees and one or two other stamps to make more Christmas cards and gifts. This first card features the black forest stamp and also Musical Melody. I used Adirondack inks in Pool and Cool Peri - I love this colour combination. The central panel is on silk art card using my mountain and valley stencil. All of the pieces of card on this one are snippets, so I am rushing off to the snippet playground with it. Miss Di says they will let me play on whatever I like now I am a brown belt, lol!
I've also made another easel calendar using the timeless rectangle spellbinders. 
I made the scene using memento inks and ink dusters in much the same way as the tree scene on my second video tutorial. I used the inkylicious twiggy trees, birds from the windswept set and a quote from a set of hobby art landscape quotes.
I picked out a bit of detail on the tree and reflection with a white gel pen.
If  you are going to the NEC then look out for all these stamps on the Inkylicious stall. Thanks so much for your lovely comments. There is just one day left on the follower candy which I will draw on Saturday. Thanks for looking!

Monday, 28 October 2013

Nicecrane Christmas Birds and a Baby

With so many bird lovers amongst friends and family, I saw these Christmas bird images at Nicecrane designs and had to have them! The Bullfinches are some of my favourites, and it is especially nice to have birds other than robins on there too! I've printed the images onto matte photo paper, then mounted on scraps of card. The base card has been dusted and stamped with Distress inks in Festive berries, Chipped sapphire and tumbled glass, using Inkylicious background stamps (worn paint and Damask).

This second card is much the same, but this time I used the Inkylicious holly panel, and Memento inks in Cottage ivy and Ladybug. I dusted the background with Shabby shutters Distress ink and used distress markers to colour the Holly. I am entering these into Sarn's Rudolf  Day challenge, which I am going to try and follow more religiously next year so I am not behind on my Christmas cards! I am also entering them into the anything goes challenge at Penny Black and More
After the success with the Easel calendar I made yesterday, I thought I would try it with Spellbinders and another of Ignacio's gorgeous images, this time from the colourful nature sheet
I love the colours on this one, and the bluebells and daisies are so pretty. Weasels always remind me of some of the fabulous descriptions of the 'wild wood' from 'Wind in the willows'.
I am also going to show you the baby card I have made for my new Great Nephew (crikey that makes me feel old!) Elliot was 8lb 14oz and arrived a little later than expected!
I love the vintage feel of Ignacio's gorgeous images by Bessie Gutmann, and used antique linen and tea dye distress inks to age my papers to match the image.
I hope you are all okay out there. Did you have a dreadful stormy night? If we did, I am afraid I slept through it, and there is not a lot of evidence to say we did either! It was fairly wet and windy yesterday afternoon, but nothing noteworthy. Hope you are keeping warm and dry. Thanks for looking!
P.S. If you haven't done it yet, I have blog candy for followers here

Sunday, 27 October 2013


Is it my lucky week or what?! Tree challenges galore! There is Tree-mendous at Allsorts and Wood, trees or Leaves at Sweet Stampin'. These come straight after a trip to Doncaster where I bought a whole load of new tree stamps! I know, I am a bit of a tree stamp addict. Won't be giving up anytime soon though!
 First up is a Christmas card made with an Inkylicious new stamp called black forest. I stamped it in Stormy sky Distress ink and ink dusted the background in the same colours using one of their reusable mountain/valley stencils, a quickie glue pen and some glitter.
Next I made an easel calendar using some more new Inkylicious trees, this time called twiggy trees. Look out for these beauties at the NEC, along with the sentiment too.

I saw this idea on Pinterest and thought it would be a great gift. I used impress inks in lemon yellow and cherry pink for the sky, along with Adirondack slate grey for the hills. Here is a close up of the scene. I am also entering this into the challenge at the male room where the theme is Nature
Finally, I spotted there is a one layer challenge at Addicted to CAS, and I have been making a few more Christmas cards this week that fit the bill perfectly, and guess what? They have trees, lol!
 These were made using memento teal zeal and grape jelly. All stamps are by Inkylicious.
 I hope you like them! Well, thanks for popping by and don't forget to leave a comment for my follower blog candy here. Thanks for looking!

Thursday, 24 October 2013

Dragonflies, Birds and Sunshine!

As it was a better day weather-wise today and Steve had a day off too, we decided to go to Old Moor RSPB reserve for the day. The sun shone for most of the day, and the autumn colours are really beginning to show. I couldn't resist taking a photo of these rosehips by the side of the path. There were loads of berries of all sorts in the hedgerows.

There were lots of common Darters around, and this one was particularly obliging in posing for us to take photos!

It was from the hide at Wath Ings that we saw the most bird-wise, with lapwings and golden plovers by the thousand, dunlins, ruff, common sandpiper and several grey heron too.
 When they all took off it was quite spectacular! We also saw quite a few ducks - teal, shovelers, gadwalls and this one, which is a wigeon.
Finally, I am going to leave you with a photo of the card I made for Lynne's Birthday. I couldn't leave that autumn scene I made on a small card, so I took it off and used an 8"x8", stamping it with the Inkylicious skeleton leaves.
The leaf embellishment is the same stamp, used with versamark and mica powders, then sprayed with water.
I really enjoyed the fresh air on our stroll today, and the sunshine added to the fabulous colours. A real feast for the eyes. Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Time flies!

I can't believe it is over a week since I posted! What a bad blogger I am! First I'd like to welcome my latest followers. Not sure when you found me but welcome aboard! I have had a wonderful weekend, as my lovely friend Lynne came to stay and we went to Doncaster together for the Stamp Magic show. I think I can safely say that we shopped till we dropped! We saw Lesley there too and it was so lovely to catch up with  good friends. I have to say I enjoyed the company as much as the shopping, if not more. I am looking forward to having a good play with some of my haul, but I haven't had the chance yet, as today I waved Lynne off and then took my dad to the hospital for a pre-op appointment for his other hip. He will have his second hip replacement in December. The weather was dreadful on the drive back from the hospital. I had the wipers going full blast and the water was across the road in lots of places. When I finally got home Meg made me a cup of tea and I stuffed my face with chocolate!
Anyway, what have I got to show you today? I needed a Thank you card the other day, so I got out my ink dusters and a plain white card. Using Memento inks in dandelion yellow, lilac posies, grape Jelly, Danube blue and Tuxedo black, I made the background,masking the moon. I then stamped the owl and tree ( Lavinia stamps).
The sentiment is a Chocolate Baroque stamp. Very quick and simple! Hope you have managed to stay warm and dry. Thanks for looking!

Sunday, 13 October 2013

Tired but happy!

I can't remember if I told you, but back in June (the same day as Stamp Magic) Megan graded to 3rd kyu brown belt. Four moths later and I have been doing the same. It was tiring and full on for the two hours we were there, and a little scary. I was the only one grading from red to brown belt, so there was nowhere to hide at times! Even so I did it and now I am the proud owner of a Brown belt!
 These are two of my regular Sensei, Sensei Alex on the left and Sensei Xavier on the right.
This is our area Sensei, Sensei Karl, who is in charge of the region (Notts and Derbyshire), as you can see, at 6 foot 6" he looks like a giant next to me!
I was very proud of Meg too, as she went along to train at grading.

Sensei Karl was so impressed with Meg's Karate he invited her to senior class to train with the Sensei and black belts. 
I am hoping to relax with some inkiness this evening and  I will share some more cards very soon. Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Autumn Colours

When I saw the themes at Allsorts and heck of a challenge I just had to join in. I love this time of year for the richness of colour and quality of light, so the theme called for a scene, and here it is...
The photo isn't the best as I took it after dark, under my daylight lamp on my craft table. All stamps used are from Inkylicious, and I used a combination of Adirondack and Distress inks for stamping and ink dusting. I had plans to make it an 8x8 card and stamp the background, but ran out of time, so it is a simple scene. As I said above, I am entering it into Allsorts and Heck of a Challenge where the theme is Autumn Colours. I've also spotted the challenge at Sweet Stampin' is also Autumn, so I'm entering it there too
I can't tell you how much I am looking forward to half term and having time to not only get inky, but to wander through blog land too! Thanks for your patience and I will visit you soon. Thanks for looking!

Sunday, 6 October 2013

All Creatures Great and Small at Stamping Sensations

Good Morning! Here are my cards for the latest Challenge at Stamping Sensations, where our theme for this month is All Creatures Great and Small. Our Sponsors for this month are the wonderful Penny Black, so I chose to use my slapstick paisley swirl all over my base card in memento Danube blue. I then used a lovely set of woodware stamps for the owl, the branch, the flowers and the sentiment and coloured them with promarkers. I added three buttons to finish off.
After this fun card my eye was drawn once more to those lovely images from Nicecrane designs, and the pile of gelli print papers I had made a little while ago. This is what I came up with.
Two tiny creatures on this one! The leaves were cut with a joy crafts die, and the gelli papers were created with Docrafts paint and Inkylicious stamps.
What is the prize this month? Feast your eyes on these wonderful goodies...
I do hope you will find the time to join us this month. Pop over to the challenge blog for lots of fabulous inspiration from my very talented teamies. Thanks for looking!

Saturday, 5 October 2013

A Good Day

Well, I have been finding it difficult to get into blog land this week, but I am finally here and I will be back tomorrow too, with the October Stamping Sensations challenge. So what has brought me here today? I have had a wonderful day so far. This morning I made a ginger cake for my lovely friend Megan, who I went to Rwanda with. Here it is:
After a fairly hectic week at home and at school I needed some baking therapy, lol! Whilst it was in the oven, I discovered who has been raiding our peanut bird feeder all week!
He was quite small, so I think he is a young one. After that I went down to the New Writers UK book fayre where I met up with my friend, Megan and daughter Megan who was volunteering there. We listened to talks by Mark Gwynne Jones, a performance poet from Matlock Bath, and Steve Dunne, a crime fiction author and English teacher from Derby. They were both very approachable and we had a good chat with them. After that came the award ceremony for the children and young peoples writing competition, where Meg was a finalist. We were thrilled to find she had won the silver medal in the 14-16 age group.
Her short story will be published in a collection with the rest of the finalists in February. As you can see I enjoyed my proud Mum moment, and came home with a pile of books to read too! Hope you are having a good weekend. I will be back in the morning with my cards. Thanks for looking!