Monday, 28 March 2016

Spring in the garden

Spring appears to have arrived, and whilst there was a sunny spell on Saturday I took a few photos around the garden.
The snowbells came with the house. I had never seen any before that. They are like oversized snowdrops with missing petals, and I find them fascinating, lol!
The tête a tête Daffodils are very tasty to something in the garden, but I managed to get a photo of these before they were eaten!
I couldn't get a photo of the robin without the reflection in the glass today - not my best photo
I love unusual primulas - I bought some of these for my Dad's garden too

The colour of this Japonica is so cheerful - shades of abandoned coral
As well as colour we have some lovely scent from the Viburnum.
The Flowering currant is a great source of food for early bees
And this Narcissus had a perfect bloom!
Hope you enjoyed a little peak around my garden!
Thanks for looking!

Saturday, 26 March 2016

Rudolf day for March

Here I am with a couple of cards for Rudolf Day. The first is an inkylicious tree in a snowy landscape. The embossing folder is from Sheena Douglass, which I picked up in the sales last year.
My second card has a Digi from Teri Sherman's Delicious Doodles, coloured with Be Creative alcohol markers.
I used the same embossing folder. Now you may notice there are no sentiments on these. I want to use quite a small stamp and I have temporarily mislaid it, so rather than searching for it, I'll add the sentiment later!
Do pop over to Scrappy Mo's blog and take a look at the DT cards. There is lots of inspiration! I am going to try and make several cards for April's Rudolf day as I haven't made as many as I had made this time last year.
We have a ridiculous arrangement for our Easter holidays from school, in that I have good Friday and Easter Monday off, back to school for 4 days then two weeks off. The down side of this is we will have two extra days to do before the summer holiday, so don't finish until 26th July, and on top of that I am only off for one week when Meg is here.
Thanks for looking and for all your lovely comments

Sunday, 20 March 2016

More Aurora Wings Colouring

 Back in February I entered this card into an Aurora Wings Challenge on Facebook. Amazingly, I was lucky enough to be a winner! As a part of my prize I chose this image called Calla Lily Sprite.
The first one I coloured with be Creative markers and used papers on my card from the Artylicious cd Butterfly Bliss and Filigree fusion (I think - it is a while since I printed them out!) The pale gold card is pearlescent, and I used a  gold gelly roll stardust pen for the centres of the lilies.
My second card is one that I did as a sample for Be Creative's Hochanda shows last Friday. I used paper from their Nature's portrait paper pad. The bottletop and glitter glue are also from Be Creative.
Hi there to my new followers, Teri, Kate, Jo and Trudi. Great to have you here! I aim to have some Follower candy soon, as I head back to 300 followers (I got there just before Google had the clear out and wiped 14 off my total (Grrrr!)
Today I have enjoyed my belated Mother's day, with Meg being home for her Easter Holiday. I was treated to breakfast in bed, a beautiful bunch of flowers...
and some amazing home baked biscuits called Gypsy Creams (I think these might be a Dumfries and Galloway delicacy, taken from the cookbook we bought from New Abbey tea Rooms last summer)
I consider myself a very fortunate Mum!
Thanks for looking!

Sunday, 13 March 2016

Ink duster playtime

 I had an urge to get some inks and ink dusters out and had a little play. All of the cards have the main image stamped and dusted onto silk art card. Inks are either Distress inks or memento inks. All stamps on the silk art card for this one are from Inkylicious. I stamped the base cards with crafty individuals CI-430.
 This second card uses hedgerow1 and a sentiment from Hero Arts. Ink colours here are Distress inks in seedless preserves, picked raspberry and broken china. A white gel pen was used to add the highlights.
 I used a bit of water on my dusters on this one. The stamps are from the windswept set
For this last one I used all inkylicious stamps.
Thanks for looking!

Sunday, 6 March 2016

March Challenge at Stamping Sensations

Good Morning! It is the first Sunday of the month, so time for our March challenge at Stamping Sensations, where this month we have a great theme of........

********Flower Power********

Perfect for Mother's day, and spring! For my first card I used a stamp by Honey Doo Crafts, coloured with Be Creative markers and decoupaged  over an ink dusted oval. I used the same pens to make a coordinating layer before mounting on a base card covered in paper from the pastel inspirations pad. I added a stamped sentiment framed using a Be Creative  bottle cap. 
 For my second card I used a digi (girl) from Digistamp boutique and a flower woodware singles stamp. All images were coloured with Be Creative alcohol markers. The paper on this card is from the Vintage Collage pad, and I also used be creative glitter glue.
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. It so upsets us to see names come out in the draw who are not eligible for the prize because they have not read the rules. 
Now onto the sponsor and prize this month 
We are being sponsored by Be Creative who have put together a great prize! Feast your eyes on these goodies!  
 Paper pads, pearls and gems galore! You can see loads of ideas of how to use Be Creative products on the design team blog. Do pop over and become a follower!
Also don't forget to pop over to the challenge blog and take a look at all the fabulous inspiration from my multi-talented teamies too! 
It will be a very strange Mother's day for me as Meg is not able to come home this weekend and I'm the only Mum left in the immediate family. We are postponing Mother's day here until 20th March, when Meg will be home for her Easter holidays.
Thanks for looking, and if you are celebrating Mother's day today, I hope you have a great day!