Monday, 25 August 2014

Rudolf day for August

I was very naughty and missed Rudolf day for July. I was busy packing for my holiday and making my anniversary card! Still, it is the first one I have missed this year, which is a bit better than previous years! On to my cards for August...
I have made quite a few small one layer cards this year to cut down on postage costs. For this one I masked off a third of the card then dusted and stamped the remaining card with Tea Dye distress ink and Inkylicious tiny script. I then stamped the Christmas tree (Christmas tree curl - small) with memento cottage ivy and added liquid pearls. I love how they shine in the light.
finally I added a very old sentiment from Stampourium. I can see me making quite a few in this design, as it took longer for the liquid pearls to dry than it did to make it!
My second card is very similar to one I made earlier in the year, but I found a Chocolate Baroque sentiment to pop in the gap.
All stamps except the sentiment are from Inkylicious (Winter Spruce and Musical Melody). Inks are Memento inks in cottage ivy, northern pine and espresso truffle. I added dots of red stickles as holly berries and coloured the cones with a tea dye distress marker. Again, very quick and easy. Do pop over to the lovely Sarn's blog and take a look at her fab and very classy Christmas cards this month, and maybe even join in the fun!
Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

A Pendant

I have been playing with some stampboard to make a pendant. I bought the chord, beads and bail from Silver Orchid Beads at Doncaster. For the stampboard I used all Inkylicious stamps.
I began by dusting the stampboard with Peach Bellini Adirondack ink. I stamped it with the worn paint background in Lettuce. I then inked up the fern stamp with  both Versamark and then Lettuce, after which I covered it in clear embossing powder, tapped off the excess and heated it. Stampboard is such fun to play with. I think I am going to make a few more. Thanks for looking!

Thursday, 14 August 2014

A bit of Inkyness

Have you seen the Inkylicious You Tube channel? You can find it here. If you haven't watched it yet, do take a look at the demo Deby does with the Ink Duster starter kit.  I watched Deby's demo using just 4 ink pads to create so many different skies and had to have a go! The ink pads in question are all Memento - Dandelion, Rosebud, Danube Blue and Tuxedo Black. I also used the picture perfect stamps that come in the Ink Duster starter kit. My first was very much like the one Deby creates in the video.
I also used the 'For You' stamp set for the sentiment. There are lots of interchangeable greetings to put with the For you stamp. Next I thought I would go a little darker and larger, and was quite pleased with the result!
The birds and grasses are from the Picture Perfect set again. I also used some leaves from Flight of Dreams and the new twiggy branch that will be on the website soon

My last card has a background made with the same colours as mentioned above, but I used different colours to stamp with. This time I used the thistle (another new stamp), grass from the wild meadow set, Tree from Simply trees and sentiment from Flight of Dreams.  I also used memento inks in Lilac posies, olive grove and espresso truffle for the stamping. I have just realised what is missing from this one - birds! I think I have been inspired by all those welsh hills ;)
Thanks for looking!

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Been away...

I'm catching up with blog land after two weeks in Wales with very intermittent internet via my mobile phone. We had a wonderful fortnight of walking, visiting castles, gardens, fresh air and relaxation - wonderful!

There was quite a bit of food as well!!!
Thanks for looking and for all the lovely comments you left whilst I was away. I will try to catch up with you all very soon x

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Elephants, or the story of a lost card

Back in June I made this card for a colleague. I sent it off around school for everyone to sign, but it never made it's way back to me! With 2 days to go no one could find it, so I sent a blank card around so I could finish it that evening. I had forgotten that I had made the previous one landscape and everyone had signed this in portrait, so it had to be a bit different! All in all I was not a happy bunny, and a few naughty words did pass my lips!
Looking at them now I prefer my second version! For this one I used memento inks in grape Jelly, Paris Dusk Dandelion and Tangelo. Stamps are from Little Claire (Elephants), Woodware (leaves) and Waltzing Mouse (Zig Zag).
Thanks for looking!

Saturday, 2 August 2014

Anything goes at Stamping Sensations for August

Good Morning! It is the first Saturday of the month and time for a new challenge at Stamping Sensations. For one month only we are launching on Saturday rather than Sunday. This month we are giving you free reign and saying anything goes for our theme. I am sharing with you a couple of cards I have made recently.

First up I have a birthday card for my brother- in- law. He loves the outdoors and so I had a good excuse to use the old beech tree set from Inkylicious again! For those of you that missed previous posts about it, this stamp has been made in the image of a tree that my dear teamie Lynne can see from her front garden - how exciting! The background was dusted with memento inks in Grape Jelly, Bahama blue and dandelion. I used Adirondack Peach bellini around the sun.
My second card is another birthday card for a lovely friend who loves foxes. For this I used all products from Inkydoodles.
The leaves and fox were coloured in with promakers. The background was created by putting an Inkydoodles stencil through the cuttlebug and then dusting it with rusty hinge DI. The blackberries and acorns are also inkydoodles stamps.
Our prize this month is donated by Tonic studios. It is a fabulous die set...
and matching punch! Pop over to the challenge blog and see the fabulous inspiration from my lovely teamies. I look forward to seeing your entries!