Thursday, 15 August 2019

dragonflies

Here is another lolly stick plaque, painted with Acrylic paints and stamped with Hobby art stamps. I used memento inks to stamp this one and added a few drops of liquid pearls. I also used Glossy Accents on the wings of the dragonflies.
Thanks for looking! 

Sunday, 11 August 2019

Beside the Sea...

Back in June I made my Dad's Father's Day card with the Hobby Art Stamp sets called Water's Edge and Shore Scenes. I used the Inkylicious waves stamp for the water. More recently I used the same stamp sets to create another scene for my Pearl Wedding Anniversary card for Steve.
These stamps are so beautiful! I think I might be playing with them some more soon. Both cards used a panel of silk art card for the scene and then the bird was coloured with Zig Clean colour markers on watercolour paper, cut out and stuck on with 3d glue.
Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, 6 August 2019

New Woodware stamps

I bought these Francoise Read Woodware stamps a little while ago and forgot I hadn't blogged any cards with them. These two were very quick makes. I had the backgrounds ready smooshed with Distress oxides, so all that was needed was stamping with Versafine Clair and a few spots of liquid pearls and glaze. The stencil on the second is from Woodware too.
I am so enjoying myself at my craft table. I will share some more with you very soon. Thanks for looking!

Sunday, 4 August 2019

August at Stamping Sensations

Good morning, It's time for our August challenge at Stamping Sensations and this month we are looking for


 ****Things with wings****
 As the title suggest we would love to see your hand stamped creations showing us birds, insects, fairies and anything else you can think of with wings. I am sure you will come up with lots of fabulous and colourful designs. 
My card features a gorgeous magpie from our wonderful sponsors this month, Rubber Dance. The background was created by smooshing distress oxide inks and the images were stamped with versafine clair ink. The magpie was embossed with Stamping Stuff kaleidascope embossing powder. Check out the multicoloured sheen...
   Our prize this month is a £25 voucher for the Rubber Dance online store. There are so many gorgeous stamps to choose from too!

Please ensure you check our challenge rules before entering, it may save you embarrassment and make sure your entry receives comments from the team and is entered into the prize draw. We run our challenge for fun in our spare time. It is your responsibility if entering to make sure you follow our challenge rules.
Do pop over to the challenge blog and take a look at the gorgeous designs from all my talented teamies! They really have made some wonderful cards again this month! 
Thanks for looking!

Thursday, 1 August 2019

Stag Sunset

Here is a lollystick plaque made using the larger lolly sticks, stuck together with hot glue. I then painted it with Acrylic paints (nothing fancy, just some from Wilkos) and stamped with inkylicious stamps and versafine ink. I am going to try another like this with versafine clair to see if I get a crisper outline. I have a couple of projects on the go at the moment which I will share with you soon. The craft fest is in full swing, lol 😁
Thanks for looking!

Monday, 29 July 2019

Rudof Days for July with a button and a bow

 I'm here with a couple of cards for this month's Rudolf days. I have had a very busy first two days of retirement, with hairdressers, meeting up with friends, a visit to see Dad ( He had his cataract removed last week) and karate grading for 3 of my students. Today has been very lesiurely by comparison 😁. After clearing a little space on my craft table I used a few of the goodies I purchased at Doncaster. The Die is called Ice crystal circle by Amy Designs and was an absolute bargain. The stamps used in the centre are from Hobby Art, stamped with Memento ink.
I added a bow and a button on the second card so I can enter it into this week's challenge at Allsorts as well as the Rudolf Days challenge over at Scrappy Mo's.
Short and sweet today as I am off out into the garden to spend some time with Steve as today is our Pearl Anniversary. Thanks for looking and I will be back in blog land very soon.

Thursday, 18 July 2019

Mid month inspiration for Stamping Sensations

Here is my mid month inspiration for Stamping Sensations where the theme is 'The Earth laughs in flowers'. The stamp is from Honey Doo crafts and was another birthday present from my hubby. It comes with a fabulous sentiment about repotting. I stamped the base card with the same stamp in Memento Desert sand, adding a bit of colour wash to it with a paint brush. I coloured the main image with Arteza brush pens.
 You still have plenty of time to enter the challenge, so do pop over to the challenge blog for more inspiration. Don't forget to check your entry against the challenge rules!
Thanks for looking!

Sunday, 14 July 2019

Clean and Simple at Allsorts

The new challenge at Allsorts this week is Clean and Simple, a perfect opportunity to share this card. I dusted the background with citrus twist, mermaid lagoon and wilted violet distress inks, placing a moon mask over the top after the first dusting. I stamped Inkylicious tiny script in memento lulu lavender, then stamped the Woodware fennel and sentiment in versafine clair ink.
Thanks for looking. I'm hanging on for dear life as we stampede towards the end of term... just 10 more 'get-ups' to go!

Sunday, 7 July 2019

Stamping Sensations for July



Good morning, It's time for our July challenge at Stamping Sensations and this month we are looking for


 ****The Earth Laughs in Flowers****
 As the title suggest we would love to see your hand stamped creations showing us beautiful flowers. I am sure you will come up with lots of fabulous and colourful designs. 
My card features flower and grass stamps from our wonderful sponsors this month, Crafty Individuals. They were coloured with Arteza watercolour brush pens.  I used a sentiment from Hobby Art and distress inks to create the background. Our prize this month is a £25 voucher for the Crafty Individuals online store. There are so many gorgeous products to choose from too!

Please ensure you check our challenge rules before entering, it may save you embarrassment and make sure your entry receives comments from the team and is entered into the prize draw. We run our challenge for fun in our spare time. It is your responsibility if entering to make sure you check our challenge rules.
Do pop over to the challenge blog and take a look at the gorgeous designs from all my talented teamies! They really have made some wonderful cards again this month! 
 
Thanks for looking!

Thursday, 27 June 2019

Rudolf Days for June

A very quick offering for Rudolf Day from me this month and only one card as my time has been taken up writing my last lot of reports. I finished them yesterday, so I'm very happy! Just 21 more work days to go!
Anyway, onto my card...I used a stamp from Inkylicious and some papers from an artylicious cd (possibly) I'd covered the card with the paper a very long time ago, so I can't remember! The sentiment is pre-printed and cut from Craftwork cards. the glitter glue finished it off.
Do pop over to Mo's blog and check out the lovely creations there!
Many thanks for looking and for your comments. Hope I will have lots of cards next month to make up for the single one this month!

Saturday, 22 June 2019

Pastel Colours for Allsorts

This week's challenge at Allsorts is to use pastel colours. I used my gelli plate and oxide inks to make the paper using a Honey Doo stamp called repot rose. It is one of those gorgeously simple fine-lined stamps that make a beautiful card.  I then stamped the image onto watercolour paper and coloured with my Arteza brush pens, adding a little glitter glue in the centre of each flower.
As I got home from work on Friday my next door neighbour was waiting for me and asked if I could make her a 90th birthday card for her mother-in-law. I invited her in to take a look in my box to see if any were the sort of thing she was looking for. This is the card she chose, so I added a 'Happy 90th Birthday' sentiment to the front and another sentiment inside. She was delighted with it. I'm looking forward to using my gelli plate a lot more in five weeks time! I've written 21 reports now, so only 8 more to go, then I will enjoy reacquainting myself with my craft table.
Thanks for looking and for all your lovely comments.

Tuesday, 18 June 2019

A Turtley beautiful Stamp for mid month inspiration

Here is my mid month inspiration for Stamping Sensations where the theme is 'Show your true colours'. My favourite colours are green, blue and purple. The stamp is from Pink Ink designs and was a birthday present from my hubby (the sort you buy yourself then they wrap up πŸ˜†). Isn't he beautiful? I created the background by smooshing Distress oxide inks, before stamping the turtle and colouring it with Zig clean colour markers. I used an inkylicious twinchie splatter stamp all around the edge and to create a little detail in the water and a little white gel pen on the turtle's shell.
 You still have plenty of time to enter the challenge, so do pop over to the challenge blog for more inspiration. Don't forget to check your entry against the challenge rules!
Thanks for looking!

Sunday, 16 June 2019

A garden full of fledglings!

Hi there! Thought I would take the opportunity to share some photos of the new fledglings in the garden. I think the weather kept a few broods nest-bound for longer than expected and over the last few days we have had lots at the feeders. I haven't managed to photograph them all, but we have at least 5 blue tits, 3 great tits, 4 robins, 2 blackbirds and 4 or 5 wrens in addition to the house sparrows, starlings and godfinches that were around before the rain.
Here are some photos...
first up is the blackbird

Daddy blackbird is very busy keeping them fed
 Here is a great tit


then some bluetits...






 Here are the robins...




 More blue tits


 The tiny tiny wrens...

 And one last robin...
 So as you can see the report writing is going slowly when I have all these distractions just outside the window and a camera next to me!!! Hope you have enjoyed looking at the photos and not noticed the state of our windows, lol!
Thanks for looking and I will be back on Tuesday with my mid month inspiration for Stamping Sensations.

Saturday, 8 June 2019

A dragon for Allsorts

The Challenge over at Allsorts this week is Fantasy World, so a perfect opportunity to share this gorgeous Dragon stamp from Pink Ink. I stamped it on watercolour paper and coloured it with brushos and zig brush pens. I also used some gold and blue metalic sprays to splatter the background before adding lots of dots of glitter glue and liquid pearls. I have seen so many beautiful cards made with this stamp and am looking forward to colouring it in lots of different ways. Seven weeks left at work and then I hope I will get chance to play with it some more.
Thanks for looking!
EDIT: Delighted to say that I won at Allsorts! 😁

Sunday, 2 June 2019

June at Stamping Sensations

Good morning, It's time for our June challenge at Stamping Sensations and this month we are looking for

 ****Show your true colours****
 As the title suggest we would love to see your hand stamped creations showing us your favourite colours. I am sure you will come up with lots of fabulous and colourful designs. 
My card features my favourite colours of blue, green and purple (oxide inks), along with stamps and a stencil from our wonderful sponsors this month, Visible Image.
Our prize this month is a £25 voucher for the Visible Image online store. There are so many gorgeous stamps and stencils to choose from too!

Please ensure you check our challenge rules before entering, it may save you embarrassment and make sure your entry receives comments from the team and is entered into the prize draw. We run our challenge for fun in our spare time. It is your responsibility if entering to make sure you check our challenge rules.
Do pop over to the challenge blog and take a look at the gorgeous designs from all my talented teamies! They really have made some wonderful cards again this month! 
As this goes live Lynne and I will be making our way to Doncaster Dome for Stamp Magic for a lovely crafty day. My shopping list isn't huge but we will wait and see what we find there! 
Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, 28 May 2019

Butterflies from Dora

Here is my DT project for Dora this month. Our theme was bright colours and butterflies. My card was made with digis drawn by Dora, which you can find on her blog here. I printed them onto super smooth paper and coloured with alcohol markers. I then cut them out and attached them to a box frame painted with chalk effect inks. Not sure what I will put in the frame yet, but I did enjoy making something other than a card. Thanks for looking!

Sunday, 26 May 2019

Rudolf Day for May

 Hi there! It is  time for another Rudolf Days Challenge over at Scrappy Mo's. This month I have been playing with a lovely little set of foliage stamps from Uniko called Natures Treasures to make some single layer cards. The stamps are an absolute bargain at just £5 for the set. I started by putting a strip of masking tape across each card and then sponged Distress ink in Bundled sage. I stamped the foliage in distress ink and Versafine clair before taking off the masking tape, adding a sentiment and dotting with liquid pearls and glitter glue.
 Here is a photo of them both together.
Thanks for looking and I hope your Bank Holiday weekend is full of everything you love xxx

Saturday, 18 May 2019

Mid month inspiration for May Stamping Sensations

Here is my mid month inspiration for Stamping Sensations where the theme is 'In an English Country Garden'. I stamped the Hobby Art Bee in versafine and the Inkylicious flower in memento Desert Sand and coloured with Zig real brush markers. The leaves were stamped onto the flower panel in the spaces using memento new sprout. I stamped the Hobby Art splatter stamp randomly over all the elements before sponging a little Wild Honey distress ink around the edges. The sentiment and honeycomb stamps are also from Hobby Art.
You still have plenty of time to enter the challenge, so do pop over to the challenge blog for more inspiration. Don't forget to check your entry against the challenge rules!
Thanks for looking!

Sunday, 12 May 2019

Woodware Flowers

 This woodware flower has been in my stamp collection for several years and I have used it in a variety of ways over that time, but mainly as an embellishment. I love the fact that it is so easy to cut out, as are the leaves (also Woodware). I decided stamp several and to colour them brightly with my Zig markers on watercolour paper and give them a black background.
I added some liquid pearls, glitter glue and white posca pen to finish them off. Hope you like them. They will be used for birthday cards in the next month or two - there are quite a few coming up.
I am entering these into the Challenge at Penny Black and More where the theme is All Things Feminine
Thanks for looking!

Sunday, 5 May 2019

May at Stamping Sensations

Good morning, It's time for our May challenge at Stamping Sensations and this month we are looking for
 ****An English Country Garden****
 As the title suggest we would love to see your hand stamped creations on that theme. I am sure you will come up with lots of fabulous designs involving flowers, gardening, etc 
 Our prize this month is provided by our fabulous sponsors, Chocolate Baroque. The lovely Lesley and John have donated two wonderful stamp plates for the lucky winner.
Please ensure you check our challenge rules before entering, it may save you embarrassment and make sure your entry receives comments from the team and is entered into the prize draw. We run our challenge for fun in our spare time. It is your responsibility if entering to make sure you check our challenge rules. It is not our responsibility to read your posts and remind you if you fail to comply. If you do not follow the rules we will simply ignore your entry.

Do pop over to the challenge blog and take a look at the gorgeous designs from all my talented teamies! They really have made some beautiful cards again this month! 
Thanks for looking!

Saturday, 27 April 2019

Rudolf Days for April

Hi there! It is time for another Rudolf Day over at Scrappy Mo's. This month, as I often do, I have two offerings for you, both using the same inkylicious stamp. the first is stamped in Chipped Sapphire and the second in Mermaid Lagoon. The stamp is quite a bit larger than the image you see here. I had already cut some squares of watercolour paper, so it was sensible to use them. I used a water brush to spread the colour a little.
For my second card I dry embossed the base card using a Sheena embossing folder and dusted more Mermaid Lagoon ink over it. I also added a punched border to cover the area not embossed.
Sorry it is so short and sweet.
Thanks for looking!

Thursday, 18 April 2019

Mid month inspiration for Stamping Sensations

Here is my mid month inspiration for Stamping Sensations where the theme is 'April Showers bring May flowers'. The papers are from Be Creative - our sponsors this month. I stamped the Hobby Art Hydrangea in versafine and coloured with Zig real brush markers. I stamped the Inkylicious twinchie splatter stamp (as raindrops) around the edge of the watercolour panel before sponging a little blueprint sketch distress oxide around the edges.
You still have plenty of time to enter the challenge, so do pop over to the challenge blog for more inspiration. Don't forget to check your entry against the challenge rules!
Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, 16 April 2019

Ladybirds and Daisies


Over at Allsorts this week there is a theme of Blossoms, butterflies, bugs. I have had a bit of a trawl through some of my very old stash this week, and from some of it came up with this. The stamp is Penny Black Lazy Daisies, stamped onto watercolour card and coloured with zig clean color markers. I have always loved this image. It reminds me of those warm spring days where suddenly there is a ladybird everywhere you look in the garden! The paper was from a very old Provo Craft Bitty Scrap pad - all blues, greens and purples, and I loved every one. What you can't see is the shine on the ladybirds and the shimmer on the centre of the daisies, from a gelly roll glaze and a gelly roll stardust pen. I also added the white marks on the ladybirds' faces with a white gel pen.
I am also entering this into the Penny Black and More challenge, where the theme is Spring.
I hope you are having a good week and thanks for your lovely comments.

Sunday, 7 April 2019

April at Stamping Sensations

Good morning, It's time for our April challenge at Stamping Sensations and this month we are looking for
****April Showers bring May flowers ****
 As the title suggest we would love to see your hand stamped creations that reflect that phrase. I am sure you will come up with lots of fabulous designs involving flowers, gardening and the odd rain cloud, brolly or wellies! 
My card this month was made with a Woodware stamp that I stamped in versamark and embossed with Be Creative detail white embossing powder. I had used faded lilac, peacock feathers and cracked pistachio distress inks on the panel. I went over the flowers and leaves with distress markers to intensify the colour in places before splattering with a little water and gold mica spray. The base card was dusted and stamped with the inkylicious water droplets stamp in the same shades of ink.  
Our prize this month is a £25 voucher from our sponsors, Be Creative. Gordon and Justin have a lovely range of embossing powders, adhesives,  a stamping platform and the screen-pal as well as some fabulous layering stamps.

Please ensure you check our challenge rules before entering, it may save you embarrassment and make sure your entry receives comments from the team and is entered into the prize draw. We run our challenge for fun in our spare time. It is your responsibility if entering to make sure you check our challenge rules. It is not our responsibility to read your posts and remind you if you fail to comply. If you do not follow the rules we will simply ignore your entry.

Do pop over to the challenge blog and take a look at the gorgeous designs from all my talented teamies! They really have made some beautiful cards again this month! 
Thanks for looking!