Sunday, 27 January 2013

And now for something completely different!

I have been having a sort out of some bits of paper I had sprayed with Adirondack colour washes and Crafty Notions creative colour sprays. I sprayed them about two years ago at least, and thought I really ought to use them! I found one bit that I particularly liked and covered the front of a card with it. I stamped some text (Inkylicious) and added a ribbon that I spritzed a little too. Then I stamped the image and the sentiment (Indigo Blu) with archival ink onto some scraps of silk art card and ink dusted them with some Adirondack inks.
This is very much a card made from snippets so I'm off to share it with Miss Di and the girls in the playground.(Pixie's Crafty Snippets). The theme at Allsorts this week is masculine cards, so I thought I would share it there too, as I am hoping it will go down well with a teenage fan of Harry Potter and Merlin.
Thanks for looking.

Saturday, 26 January 2013

Snow, Goldfinches and Siskins

I decided to join in the RSPBs Big Garden Birdwatch this morning, and saw a lot more birds in an hour than I saw last year. I think it helps that we have snow on the ground and fully stocked bird feeders! After a few minutes  5 Siskins flew in. This is the first time I have seen Siskins in our garden, although I think they may well have been visiting for a little while as the Niger seed feeders have been emptied regularly, and the Goldfinches don't manage that on their own! Anyway, instead of me talking about them here are some photos.

This is a male Siskin, and the following blurred effort is a female.
 Here are a few of Goldfinches too, again not great photos but good enough to identify them!

As for snow, it is melting fast, but this morning it was about 5 1/2 inches deep...
I used my crafting ruler to measure the snow on my patio table! Hope you are managing to stay warm and you are enjoying your weekend. Sorry I haven't been around blog land quite so much this week. Again, work has had to take priority I'm afraid. Hopefully I'll be back in the next few days with a card and to visit you. thanks for looking!

Sunday, 20 January 2013

Another Snowy Cottage for Craft a Scene

 Here is my second offering for Craft a Scene this month where the theme is snowy cottages. For this one I used a snowy cottage stamp from Sheena Douglass, and added an extra tree and a few bits of foliage from Inkylicious. I stamped it in Memento London Fog and coloured with promarkers, but the sheep were blending into the background. I wasn't sure what to do about it, but eventually got my fine liner and went over them in black. I think it turned out okay. I added a couple of die cut flourishes at the corners (a Christmas present) and some turquoise flat backed pearls. Thanks for looking and I hope you will have a go at our Craft a Scene challenge this month.

Saturday, 19 January 2013

Flower Power at Allsorts

Hi there! I hope you are having a good weekend. I am here alternating between crafting and school work after driving up to my Dad's this morning to take his shopping and make sure he is behaving himself!
I made a card using some bits and pieces that were lying around. I coloured the stamp (Inkylicious) with my distress markers onto a shape cut with my Spellbinders Decorative labels one, and with the die still in place I ink dusted the background in green and blue. I used tea dye DI to dust the edge to bring out that detail a bit more then mounted on the next size up of labels 1 with some silicone glue. I cut the two embossed panels (Cuttlebug Victoria embossing folder) so they were the same size and mounted onto some gold card, adding a little more tea dye with my ink dusters. I added an organza ribbon at the bottom and stamped the base card with an inkylicious swirl and some antique linen DI. I'd just finished it when I spotted that the challenge at Allsorts this week is Flower Power. I did get round to making a card for Allsorts last week, but I never got it photographed, never mind posted, so it will have to wait until another day.
I will leave you with a few photos of my journey today. The snow laden trees were rather lovely!

Thanks for looking, and I hope you  are managing to stay warm!

Friday, 18 January 2013

A couple of thank yous

The challenge for January at a Heck of a challenge is Thank you, so I thought I would enter these two cards that I made a couple of weeks ago. The first uses stamps from Inkylicious and white embossing powder. The Distress inks I used were bundled sage, dried marigold and spun sugar on silk art card. 
 My second card is a Chocolate Baroque image, coloured with Distress markers and mounted on a piece of card that was embossed and dusted with tea dye DI. 
Hope you are warm and cosy and the snow isn't affecting you too much.  I was on a course today (Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling), but the people who were running it were very flexible so we opted for a shorter lunch and to not have a tea break in the afternoon and we rattled through and finished three quarters of an hour early. I was home about the time school would be finishing. So far nowhere near as much snow as was originally thought here. How about you? I am hoping to take my Dad his shopping tomorrow, so I hope it doesn't snow any more until I get back.
I am keeping my follower candy open until I have the chance to pop out to a craft shop and get a few bits and bobs. I have a few bits, but they are mostly cute, and some of you don't do cute.When I have been I will post a picture. 
Thanks for looking!
P.S. Anyone else had a problem with their blog background disappearing completely and not going back on? I have ended up using a different template. Didn't want to, but I suppose it will have to do.

Sunday, 13 January 2013

A bit minimalist

Happy Sunday! Hope you are keeping warm. We woke up to a layer of snow this morning - very pretty, but not a great deal and now we have reached mid afternoon it is looking quite patchy. The light has been beautiful all day, though, casting a tinge of very pale apricot across the garden. I thought I would share a card that I made just before going back to work. I used some of my favourite colours - Peach Bellini, Mountain Rose, purple twilight and Eggplant. The stamps in the foreground are Stampscapes and I coloured them with distress markers and white gel pen. The hills were just masks and ink. The flourish on the corner was a new die I had for Christmas. I tried the card with 2 , but it covered up the detail in the foreground, so I just stuck a scrap triangle of black under the image. The black pieces were both scraps so I am entering this into Di's Crafty Snippets challenge. I know they are a tiny part of my scrap mountain but every little helps! It will be good to be in the playground again. I have been away too long!  This scene is a bit minimalist for me, and I am really tempted to put some birds in the sky or some dangling branches, but in the end I've gone with it as it is.
Well, I'd better go and see what I can find for my followers candy before I get tea ready. Thanks for looking!

Sunday, 6 January 2013

Snowy Cottages at Craft a Scene

Good Afternoon! The first Challenge of 2013 for Craft a Scene  is Snowy Cottages, and this month we are being sponsored by my good friend Teri of Delicious Doodles. This little scene is called A Crofter's Winter, and I coloured it with promarkers, adding a few bare twigs with berries on in the foreground (Inkylicious stamp). The base card is stamped with 'Snow Dust' (Penny Black) and dotted with diamond Stickles. To add to the Scottish theme I added a tartan ribbon and a die cut snowflake.
I do hope you will come and make a scene with us this month. Do visit the challenge blog where you will see some amazing scenes from my lovely teamies. Thanks for looking!
P.S. I am very aware that I promised some blog candy for when I reached 200 followers, which was a few weeks ago, but with all the hustle and bustle of the holiday I still haven't done it. I haven't forgotten, and as soon as I have the chance I will sort something out. I promise!

Stamping Sensations Friendship Challenge

It is the first Sunday of the month and time for a new Challenge at Stamping Sensations. Our January theme is FRIENDSHIP and this month we are being sponsored by Stix 2.
I used a stamp from Inkadinkado and coloured it with distress markers before stamping it onto cartridge paper. I added a few flourishes (Inkylicious) to the patterned paper underneath, that has been in my stash for a very long time. I embossed the flourishes with brass wow embossing powder. The base card was covered in the other side of the patterned paper. I again stamped it with the same flourishes from Inkylicious, this time in Tea Dye distress inks. I finished it off with an ivory ribbon and some paper roses.
Now, let me show you a picture of the prize...

Loads of sticky stuff and goodies! Well, I do hope you will join us this month at Stamping Sensations. Pop over to the Challenge blog for some more inspiration from my lovely teamies. Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, 2 January 2013

My favourite 5 of 2012

I thought I would join in with the review of last year and show you my favourite 5 cards that I have made over the year. It is my first time joining in with Debby.
My first has to be the Birthday card I made for Meg back in April which you can find here.
The second is the Tryptich I made for My Father in law, for Primrose Day. The original post is here.

  My third is the notebook and matching card I made here using the gorgeous spring distress ink colours!

 These trees are also favourites, along with my craft a scene lighthouse and troubled sky.
Hmm, trees and scenes...bit of a theme there, lol! There were several other close runners, also with trees and rather scenic too!
I will leave you with photos of the desserts I provided on New Years Day. We had to do a detour to and from our friends' house due to the road being flooded, but they aren't totally cut off, thank goodness. I made a Chocolate gateau

and the biggest pavlova I have ever attempted - 12 inches across! It just fit in my Pizza tray!

May 2013 bring everything you hope for and, for all those affected by floods, some drier weather! Thanks for looking!