Saturday, 12 January 2019

Milestones


The challenge at Allsorts this week is Milestones, and they are asking for anything with a number on it. A little while ago I made this card for a friend's son. He loves listening to live music and so I made a background with a Bee Crafty Stencil and distress inks, before stamping the Visible Image drummer with Versafine ink. The Happy 21st Birthday is a stamp set from Little Clare (no longer available, unfortunately) that has interchangable numbers and greetings and is very useful. It is a very simple card but was well received and considered very 'on trend' by Meg and her friends! I am going to try a few more cards like this but using distress oxides and versafine Clair inks for a more grungy look.
Hope your week has gone well and thanks for looking! Your comments are very much appreciated. 

Sunday, 6 January 2019

January at Stamping Sensations

Good Morning and Happy New Year! I feel like I have neglected you rather, but you will be pleased to know that I've had a wonderful time being a domestic Goddess as well as getting inky and painty. You will see the results in the fullness of time! As it is the first Sunday of the month, it is time for our January challenge at Stamping Sensations. This month we have a lovely theme....
****Fabulously Feminine****
For my card this month I used stamps and stencils from Inkylicious and a little glitter glue for the fairy's wings.
  The background was created using ink dusters and distress inks in shabby shutters, mermaid lagoon and seedless preserves. A little memento black was also used to create the hills and dust around the edges. The moon was dusted first with Brilliance white then, once dry, it was stamped with the same ink. Highlights were added with Sakura white and stardust pens.

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 wonderful hand-stamped creations from my talented team mates and to take a look at the fabulous prize! I do hope you will enter and share your lovely hand-stamped creations with us.
Thanks for looking!

Thursday, 27 December 2018

Hope you had a good one

 Hi there! Christmas has come and gone very quickly, but I am happy to say a good time has been had by all, here. As usual we had a quiet Christmas day and then lots of family visiting with a full Christmas dinner and tea time treats on Boxing Day.
Anyway, I thought I would show you the last three Christmas Cards I made. The first was for Meg and Grant who had just returned from a trip to the Galloway Forest Park. They spent an evening at the observatory there, where they watched a meteor shower. Stamps are all from Inkylicious and the background was created with Brushos then sections were bleached for the snow
 My second card was for Steve. All stamps on this one were from Card-io and the background was dusted with Blueprint sketch and chipped sapphire distress ink.
My final card was for my Dad. He loves his scenes so I combined inkylicious stamps to create a snowy mountain and lakeside scene for him. this was coloured with watercolour pens.
I am now 'procraftinating' trying to re-organise my craft table (our big dining table that gets cleared every boxing day) and not put as much back on it as I took off! All I have managed so far is to unwrap my Christmas present stamps and find homes for all but two. There is still a huge pile of bits and bobs in the spare room waiting to return downstairs. When I retire I will have to do some serious sorting! 
Thanks for looking and for all your lovely comments over the past few weeks. I don't intend to be absent from Blogland as much as I have been. My new years resolution is to look after me a little better and not let work take over. 

Tuesday, 18 December 2018

More December Sparkle

Here is my mid month inspiration for Stamping Sensations where the theme is winter sparkle. Our sponsors this month are Be Creative! For my card I used their black sparkle fine detail embossing powder with some Inkylicious trees ... take a closer look!

It is a subtle but rather gorgeous sparkle!
Sorry it is so short and sweet. The end of term is in sight!!!

Sunday, 2 December 2018

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 theme....
****Winter Sparkle****
For my card this month I used stamps and a stencil from inkylicious and embossing powder and glitter glue from our Sponsors this month, Be Creative.
You can just see a bit of the Ice Blue Topaz glitter glue sparkle on this close up. The snowflakes were die-cut from wonder sheet and embossed using Wonder white Diamond embossing powder. The background was done with dried marigold and iced spruce distress oxide inks.
Please remember, we need you to play by the rules:
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
 We are pleased to welcome back Be Creative as our sponsor this month, with a fabulous £25 store voucher for our lucky winner. There are some wonderful stamps and other crafty goodies on their website
Do pop over to the challenge blog and take a look at the fabulous creations from my talented team mates!

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, 25 November 2018

Rudolf Day for November


It is already 25th November (I know! Where did that go?) So it is time for another Rudolf Day over at Scrappy Mo's. I have been playing with some more Uniko stamps (I couldn't resist, despite saying I didn't need any more Christmas stamps!) For all the cards I stamped onto watercolour card then coloured with zig clean color real brush markers.
This second one was a complete mistake! I had made a few mistakes on the colouring so sprayed water all over it and walked away. When I came back the colours had created a fabulous background, and I was able to colour it again, this time with the right glasses on! 
 The next two cards were stamped in memento desert sand and coloured. I love this 'no line' technique!
 Not sure if I should add a sentiment to these last two. What I sometimes do is save a couple like this and add a Happy New Year sentiment in case of forgetting to send a Christmas card. The tartan papers were from Craftwork Cards.
I seem to have quite a healthy stash of Christmas cards now, so Thank you Mo for taking the panic out of December!
Do pop over to Mo's Rudolf Days Challenge for some inspiration

Thanks for looking! 

Sunday, 18 November 2018

Mid Month Christmas Inspiration

Hello! Here is my Mid-month inspiration for Stamping Sensations this month. I am here with a card made with another beautiful stamp from Woodware, their Stylish Reindeer. I had some bits of paper that had been printed using a gelly plate, then stamped on with inkylicious stamps. I stamped the reindeer in versafine black ink and added some liquid pearls and glitter glue. I stamped the base card with a small stamp from the same set and sponged a bit of ink around the edge too. A bit of matting and layering with silver and jade card and Voila- A very quick card! Pretty sure I can knock up another three like this one from the same sheet of gelly plate printing too. Might try some trees on the next one!
Thanks for looking and please bare with me as my visits to blog land are so infrequent at the moment. Real life does tend to get in the way of my cyber-socialising, and that is more because of work than play. The end of the tunnel is a long way away, but I can just about see it, and am hoping time passes quickly enough for me to race towards it!😜
I've just spotted that this is my 1100th post here on my blog...I wonder how many cards that is...😉

Sunday, 11 November 2018

At the going down of the sun...

I made this card thinking of my Grandad. He spent most of his children's childhood away at war. He made the most of my childhood. I learned which berries were good to eat and which I shouldn't touch. I learned the local names for all the living things we encountered on our walks and quite a few simple folk remedies. The poppies are a digi stamp from Aurora Wings, coloured with alcohol based markers. The sentiment is a stamp from Inkylicious.  I am entering it into the current challenge at Allsorts.
 My grandad is top left here. He followed his dad at the age of 14 to the last year of WW1
He volunteered for WW2 at the very start of the War.
My mum was the youngest of four children he left behind.

Thanks for looking.
EDIT - delighted to have had my card chosen in the top 5 at Allsorts! 

Sunday, 4 November 2018

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....
****Get ready for Christmas****
My project this month features stamps from Hobby Art. I used Zig cleancolor markers to colour it all. the robin and the ivy are fussy cut and stuck on with 3d glue.
Please remember, we need you to play by the rules:
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
 We are pleased to welcome back Swedish House Crafts as our sponsor this month, with a fabulous £25 store voucher for our lucky winner. There are some wonderful stamps and other crafty goodies on their website
Do pop over to the challenge blog and take a look at the fabulous creations from my talented team mates!

Thanks for looking!

Monday, 29 October 2018

Uniko stamps

At Stamp Magic I treated myself to some stamps from Uniko, who I'd only become aware of at Doncaster in June. There were some beautiful samples and some sets had matching dies too. I particularly liked the Just because set, which I used to make both of these cards, along with one of their stencils. This first one has added gems so I am entering it in this weeks Allsorts challenge, where the theme is Pearls and/or Gems.
My second card was made with the same stamps and oxide inks, dotted with glitter glue.
These are quite different for me in style but took all of five minutes to make and I rather like the results. I can also say that Uniko stamps are very good quality for the price and stamp well. I may find myself buying more!
Thanks for looking!

Thursday, 25 October 2018

Rudolf Day for October

It is 25th October so time for Rudolf Day and there is only one more left after this! As it is half term I have found the time to make 3 cards this month. The first two were made with inkylicious stamps (and an inkylicious stencil on the first). I used oxide inks and white pigment ink on the first, which is a lovely effect on Kraft card. The background on the middle one was made with cosmic shimmer pixie powders so it really sparkles in the right light.
The stamping around the edge is a splatter twinchie from Inkylicious, stamped in citrus oxide ink and brilliance gold
My third card was stamped with the Woodware lino-cut wren...I can see me using this stamp a lot and it produces a very quick and easy card. Papers are from Craftwork Cards.
Before I go I will just introduce you to the new addition to the garden wildlife family. Buster and partner had at least one baby this year...we think they might have had two, but haven't managed to spot all four squirrels at once yet!
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He (or she) is already a dab hand at raiding the bird feeders, but is very wary of the larger birds like pigeons and the magpie. The parents seem to relish scaring those birds away! No doubt his escapades will keep me amused throughout the winter!
Thanks for looking, and do pop over to Scrappy Mo's if you fancy joining in!

Thursday, 18 October 2018

Badgers

A friend said she needed some cards for friends who like badgers and wondered if I would be able to fit the bill, lol! Little did she know that I had two badger stamps! Both of these cards were made with Lavinia stamps, the inkylicious moon, ink dusters and memento inks.
I added highlights to the badgers with a white gel pen. These are such amazing creatures and should be celebrated.
We are halfway through the month so it is time for a reminder that you still have time to enter the Autumn Colours challenge at Stamping Sensations.
Thanks for looking!