Sunday, 8 December 2019

Exciting News!

I've been desperate to tell you my news! On Thursday I was just trying to decide which of the new Crafty Individuals stamps I needed to get when Jean contacted me and asked me to join the Design Team! Needless to say I said yes please! I've been a big fan of CI stamps for many years, and feel honoured that Jean asked me. We have both become addicted to candle decorating recently and so it seemed only fitting that my first post after joining the DT are candles.
 My first candle was decorated with CI-510, the beautiful Kingfisher from Maria Kitano
 My second candle used CI-507, the perching bird stamp, which I coloured as a robin.
Here are the two of them together. If you didn't see Jean's Hochanda shows last week, do try and watch them on Catch-up. They are very inspirational!
Also there is a wonderful new Crafty Individuals Facebook group which is full of fabulous inspiration, tips and techniques. Check it out here.
Thanks for looking and for all your lovely comments.

Monday, 2 December 2019

The craft fair and a gift

On Sunday I had a stall with my lovely friend Lynne at the little garden centre at our local park. I thought you might like to see some photos of the stall.
Lynne makes beaded jewellery and her earrings and bracelets are so beautiful.
  

We had a lovely time chatting and people and dog watching. There were some lovely pooches who came in after their run around the park so their owners could warm up and browse with a cuppa. There were some lovely customers too.
There is a glimpse of my Christmas Gift at the top of this photo. Here is a better photo of it.
I've made 3 of these since July, one hanging one and two on stands. This one is now going to be a gift for a former colleague for Christmas, lol. I used the Pink ink dragon and the bee crafty sentiment and mdf. I made the first back in August and shared it on Pink inkers facebook page, and am happy to say that Pink ink workshops use mdf from Bee Crafty now 😁.
As this is a Christmas Gift, I am entering it at Allsorts this week, as that is their theme. I am also going to enter it at Try it on Tuesday, where the theme is 'inspired by a song or carol'. My Song would be 'Puff the Magic Dragon'.
Thanks so much for all the positive vibes, as they certainly worked. Our takings amounted to more than the years insurance, the table fee and left me with a little spending money too. We are very grateful to all of the lovely customers who bought our work and the lovely comments we received. It was a great day.
Thanks for looking x

Sunday, 1 December 2019

December at Stamping Sensations

 It is the first Sunday of the month and time for our December challenge at Stamping Sensations. This month we have a lovely easy theme, perfect for this time of year....
****Anything Goes****
My cards this month were made with a woodware stamp. I stamped and paper-pieced them all. The first and second were made with a cheap and cheerful paper Addicts pad called Yuletide Wishes that I picked up in 'The Works'. 
For my third card, I embossed the base card and added a die cut snowflake border, also from The Works. The blue and gold paper was left over from an inky mica spray session a while ago.
   

Please can I remind you we are a stamping challenge so must see a stamped image which reflects the theme as the focal element of your artwork , this means:
Stamping must be the central point of attention and interest

Our prize this month is A £25 voucher to spend at Be Creative!   Do pop over to the challenge blog and take a look at the fabulous creations from my talented team mates and more details of that great prize! Thanks for looking!  
About an hour after this post goes live I will be setting up for our local craft fair (just round the corner) and hoping to sell lots of cards, candles and MDF. If you are near Nottingham, I will be at Woodthorpe Park Plant Shop in the green houses from 10 am to 4pm today. Pop and see me and say hello!

Saturday, 30 November 2019

A Winter Digi from Dora


Hi there! I m here with my DT card for Dora Knutselhoekje. 
The  theme the DT are following this month is Winter. I used the Winter Wren image, printed onto card and coloured with alcohol pens. The splatter stamp on the base card and the sentiment are from Inkylicious.  There are lots beautiful samples on Dora's blog from the rest of the DT. Do pop over there and take a look at Dora's fabulous images.
Thanks for looking!

Thursday, 28 November 2019

Candles! (Tell me if I am boring you!)


Confession time - I've got a bit addicted to decorating candles! All have been stamped onto tissue paper in versafine ink and coloured with Zig real brush pens. The first one was my first attempt before I found out about using greaseproof to stop it from melting and dripping everywhere! It is a Lesia Zgharda stamp.
 Next is the gorgeous Happy Cat from Crafty Individuals, this time as a grey cat.
 The Hobby Art little owl also fits nicely onto a 15cm candle.
I had a special request for some Westie candles, so I bought this hunkydory stamp, and made two which sold immediately. This was a vanilla scented candle from the range, measuring about 12 cm.
 Here is another Crafty individuals stamp. Jean Hardy inspired me to use this one and will be on Hochanda demoing this on Tuesday 3rd December at 12pm and 4pm. Do tune in and check out their fabulous stamps! For those of you on Facebook there is also a new private group for fans of Crafty Individuals products where we can share our lovely crafty makes.
Finally, here is the Pink Ink Hare on a 20cm candle with a few tiny drops of liquid pearls.
If you fancy having a go, I can recommend IKEA and the Range for candles.
Thanks for looking!

Monday, 25 November 2019

Rudolf Days for November


 It is the last Rudolf day before Christlmas and I am here with quite a few cards. I have a good selection to add to my stock ready for the local craft fair where I have booked a table. Now I am no longer at work I have been having a ball making cards, candles and mdf items for my stall. 
My first six cards all used Hobby Art stamps and zig pens on watercolour card.


 For my last two cards I used a Uniko set that I won in their September/October challenge.
 They are both stamped over a round gelli plate background made with brayering and stamping Distress inks in Tea Dye and Bundled Sage.
So the grand Christmas card total is currently at 60, and if they all sell, I'll be making another thirty plus family ones in the next couple of weeks, lol. Keep your fingers crossed for me! Do pop over to Maureen's blog for some Christmas Inspiration and thanks for looking!

Monday, 18 November 2019

November Mid-month inspiration for Stamping Sensations

Good Morning! Here is my mid month inspiration for Stamping Sensations where the theme is 'Traditional Christmas Colours', meaning red, green and gold. My first card was made with my 4" round gelli plate and distress inks in bundled sage and tea dye. I stamped the berries (studio light) and embossed in gold, colouring with zig real brush pens. I added a bit of splatter stamping (inkylicious) around the edges of the white panel and added a sentiment (woodware) in Memento Rhubarb Stalk, finishing off with a little bow.
My second card was made with a woodware wreath stamp and tartan papers from Craftwork Cards. The base kraft card blank was stamped with a uniko leaf in brown versafine.
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 and take a look at the fabulous inspiration!
Thanks for looking!

Saturday, 16 November 2019

Christmas Flowers

The Challenge at Allsorts this week is Christmas Flowers, so it seemed the perfect opportunity to get out my Christmas Foliage and Christmas Garland Hobby Art sets. I stamped in memento Desert Sand and coloured with my Zig clean colour real brush markers. The sentiment is a very old one from Stamporium. I matted and layered it onto a 7"x7" card.
Do pop over to the Allsorts challenge blog and look at the wonderful Christmas inspiration over there.

Monday, 11 November 2019

A Christmas Card and some Christmas gifts

The Challenge at Penny Black and more this month is Christmas, and with plenty of time on my hands, I am making quite a lot of Christmas things! I got my 4" round gelli plate out and had a little play to make a few backgrounds with distress inks in tea dye and bundled sage. I also used a Bee Crafty Inkables texture disk. I stamped and embossed the Holly (Hobby Art) in gold then coloured with zig real brush pens. The sentiment is a woodware stamp. My card is my entry to the challenge.
I have taken the plunge and booked a table at a local craft fair. If you are interested and near Nottingham, I will be at Woodthorpe Park Plant shop on 1st December (more details here) As well as lots of cards, I have been decorating candles (Crafty Individuals stamps) and mdf baubles (Hobby Art and Inkylicious stamps).
Thanks for looking!

Sunday, 3 November 2019

November at Stamping Sensations

It is the first Sunday of the month and time for our November challenge at Stamping Sensations. This month we have a lovely theme....
****Traditional Christmas Colours****
My card this month features a fabulous stamp from Crafty Individuals and the base card was stamped with a woodware stamp. The Candle was decorated using a stamp from Hobby Art. I used Zig cleancolor markers to colour them all, with some transleucent nuvo drops on the berries.


Please can I remind you we are a stamping challenge so must see a stamped image which reflects the theme as the focal element of your artwork , this means:
Stamping must be the central point of attention and interest


Our prize this month is two beautiful stamp plates from  our wonderful sponsors, Chocolate Baroque.  Do pop over to the challenge blog and take a look at the fabulous creations from my talented team mates and more details of that great prize! Thanks for looking!