Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Rudolf Day!

Oh deer (pun, lol!) I nearly forgot Rudolf Day over on Sarns Blog! I have had a very quick twenty minutes making one layer cards using two set of stamps from Paula Pascual called Joyful bubbles and Large Christmas. I have gone for Aqua, pool and teal inks. I may well go back when the ink is dry and add some glitter, but they will do as they are if I forget!
 Don't look to closely at this first one. I didn't get it very straight!

Two more cards towards next year. I will try and be better prepared in March. Thanks for looking!

Sunday, 23 February 2014

Butterflies and flowers

I made it to Mrs A's first Butterfly Challenge just in time! I made a monochromatic card using the Inkylicious Daisy fields stamps, A hero Arts butterfly and a sentiment from Inkylicious. The inks are Shaded lilac Distress ink and Memento Grape Jelly. As the matte and layers and butterfly are all made from snippets I am also taking this to the snippet playground. I am also entering this into Brenda's 5th Bloggerversary draw  where she asks us to use our favourite craft item. Mine is definitely my ink dusters, which I used here to get the lightly shaded and graduated background. I know Brenda loves her butterflies too, so I am sure she will like this one.
Here is a closer view of the butterfly...
I feel the mojo is more or less back to normal now, thank goodness!
Do you want to see what else I have been making?
Feel the calories!!! I made it for one of the Sensei at Karate who gives Meg a lift home from senior class every week, not that we are trying to slow him down or anything, lol! I have offered to make another that we will raffle off to raise funds for trophies and medals, like the one Meg won in December.
As it was half term I have trained at two classes this week and did a karate seminar on Saturday - Five hours of Karate in 3 days. I am pleased to say I can still walk, lol! A few aches and bruises, but nothing serious. I must be fitter than I thought!!!
Thanks for looking and for all your lovely comments.

Thursday, 20 February 2014

Snippets for the playground

I am still rather lacking in the mojo department, but rather than stare at craft stuff, I have used the time wisely and got on with preparation for next half term. I did have to make one card though, which is my nephew and his wife's anniversary card. I got my drawer of snippets out and found several pieces that went together, originally from Pink Petticoat. I arranged them on the card and was left with one little hole, which was fine as my sentiment was on a largish nestie that could cover the hole! The sentiment is one from Inkylicious, and I use it for weddings, anniversaries and valentines too! I added some faux stitching to finish it off and a punched flower and leaves.
Right, I've got my waders and I am off to Miss Di's snippet playground to see if I can help with the Ark Building project. There is a roll over week with extra special candy for anyone who enters three times, too. Hopefully I will get round to another couple of entries. Thanks for looking!
P.S. If you are interested Meg has put four of the songs she has written on sound cloud and you can find them by clicking on the picture on the right.

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

I'm back!

I can't believe it has been over a week since I posted! I have been a bit lacking in the mojo department, and that last week of the half term at school was really busy, including a twilight course, Staff meeting, valentine disco and Governors meeting, all after the school day finished. Needless to say I needed to switch off, and I spent most of Sunday reading (and finishing) a book that I had fallen asleep with several times during the week!
On Monday we were invited to the local Council Chambers where Meg was presented with a copy of the book in which her short story has been published (Proud Mum and Dad moment!).
 Today we decided to take a trip to Dearne Valley and RSPB reserve at Old Moor. We were lucky to have some sun and we saw plenty of birds. It was lovely to get some fresh air and exercise!
 As you can see the sun shone this morning and the blue sky was wonderful! It was a little less bright as the day went on, but we enjoyed watching the shovellers .
 This was a rare moment when their heads were above the water and we could see those magnificent beaks. Most of the time we had this view!
 There were still lots of berries in the hedgerows, but most were past their best now.
They still provided some lovely colour though.
Hope you enjoyed the photos. I will be back soon with some cards hopefully. I am still lacking in ideas, but hopefully a bit of pinterest surfing should sort me out!
Thanks for looking!

Saturday, 8 February 2014

Dad's Birthday

Last time I went to see my Dad he had been having a good look through his handmade cards from the past few years. His favourites were his eightieth birthday card (post here showing each of the panels I made for it) and the second card in this post. He likes a scene, lol! So I set to work on this year's birthday card, as it is his birthday tomorrow...
I stamped the scene in Archival Black before dusting with Memento Bahama Blue, Danube Blue and Adirondack Butterscotch inks. The rocks in the foreground are coloured with distress markers(Shades of Brown and grey), the cabin too(Brushed Corduroy). All stamps are from Stampscapes except the birds, which is an Inkylicious stamp. Do those colours make it look tropical? Dad is more of a Lake District fan than warmer climes!
With all those colours beginning with B I had to enter it into Allsorts this week, as that is their theme!
Thanks for looking, and I hope you stay warm and dry with all these storms!

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Scary! My Art Journal - a work in progress

I am taking the plunge and sharing with you my first ventures into art journalling. I am not really sure if I know what I am doing or not, but it was a good excuse to try out my portfolio pastels! I haven't written anything - I know that writing is a part of the process, so I will add words, but I quite like what I have done so far and don't want to spoil it!!! If you have any suggestions please let me know!

 I am reasonably pleased with this first one. I like the way the colours blended when I used my water brush on the pastels.
This second one didn't turn out at all as I had imagined it, and I am still not sure I like it. I might have another go and start with the tree. I was inspired by this art, but I think my colours are too bright and not blended enough. I also need to think about using stamps, stencils and paints too!
Thanks for looking!

Sunday, 2 February 2014

Wings, fantasy and fiction at Stamping Sensations

This Month at Stamping Sensations we have a theme of Wings, Fantasy and Fiction. I had a big pile of paper coloured with a mixture of sprays - Dylusions, Adirondack Colour washes and Crafty Notions creative colour sprays. These seemed the perfect backdrop to some butterflies and a lovely sentiment from Inkylicious. Stamps in the background are also from inkylicious  stamped in Brilliance Starlight Black.
This month we are being sponsored by Crafty Devils, and this is the wonderful prize they are offering.
Just think of all the super goodies you could get with that! Do pop over to the challenge blog and take a look at all the fabulous inspiration from my lovely teamies. I am really looking forward to seeing all your fabulous creations. Thanks for looking!