Tuesday 29 July 2014

My Silver Wedding Anniversary

Today Steve and I celebrate 25 years of marriage! Here is the card that I have made for him - not very silver, but we have enjoyed many a spectacular sunset together over the years!
I used ink dusters with memento inks in Dandelion, Bahama Blue, Rose Bud and Tuxedo Black to create the background. All stamps are from inkylicious and are Delicate vine (top left), Twiggy branch (top right), grasses from Picture perfect 1 (bottom) and buzzards from the Old Beech Tree set. When you read this we will be out enjoying some fresh air and exercise hopefully!
Have a great day and thanks for looking!

Friday 25 July 2014

Cute Snails!

My God daughter's birthday card had to involve snails in some shape or form. She is the proud owner of Gary II  and made this video of Gary I having a shower. She has since gone to university and gained a degree in Zoology, where snails played a part too.  I used a penny black image and coloured it with promarkers before cutting with spellbinders dies and dusting with distress inks. The base card was stamped with the tiny snail (stampendous) and dusted also.
As you read this I am starting 5 weeks of school holidays. Thought it would never come!
Thanks for looking!

Saturday 19 July 2014

Anyone for cricket?!

What do you get when you cross a new wood grain stamp with a colleague who loves his sport, especially cricket and football?
First I created a background using the ink dusters, Mountain and valley mask and clouds mask. I then cut out a cricket bat shape from a snippet of white card and stamped it with the inkylicious woodgrain stamp and scored it down the centre. I added a little shading to make the bottom appear angled, and a scrap of red paper for the handle. I stuck it to the card with silicone glue. Unfortunately a dark patch appeared on the bat, and whilst trying to make it less obvious I caught the side of the card with the Tea Dye DI pad! I decided to cover it up with a few stamps of delicate vine, and hubby was very helpful in letting me know that there is a tree on the pitch at Canterbury! I finished it off with a couple of birds and a sentiment also from Inkylicious.
I am entering this into a couple of challenges:
Thanks for looking, and I hope you are managing to stay dry! 

Monday 14 July 2014

A one layer butterfly dash!

I am frantically flapping in with a last minute entry for the Butterfly Challenge, where the theme is one layer plus your butterfly.
 The stamps are from Inkylicious, as are the acetate butterflies, which I coloured with a Sakura gelly roll glaze pen. The card has been dusted in rosebud and dandelion memento ink and the stamping is in imperial purple versafine ink. I used a gelly roll stardust pen and a water brush to add some sparkle to the raindrops.
It adds a very subtle sparkle, but I managed to capture it on camera in the early morning sun.  This card was inspired by some of the gorgeous creations Deby of Inkylicious had made at summer crafting on Saturday, one of which you can see here.
I am also entering this card into the Allsorts challenge this week where the theme is 'splish, splash splosh', and with all the droplets and a couple of likes of the sentiment I think it fits the theme!
Thanks for looking and for all your lovely comments recently. I have eight more 'get-ups' as we call them at school before 5 weeks off, Yay!

Saturday 12 July 2014

Summer Crafting, Inkylicious style

Meg and I took a quick visit to Summer crafting at Doncaster today. If you are going tomorrow, do make a bee-line for Inkylicious on B02, not far from the main entrance. Deby has some fabulous new stamps on show, and one is particularly important to my dear friend, Lynne, as she sees this tree from her garden every day!
Here is the card I have made with it this afternoon.

I used my ink dusters to dust the sky with memento inks in dandelion, rose bud, lilac posies and elderberry. You will see quite a few using this ink combination over the next few weeks! The set of stamps is called old beech tree and includes two buzzards, the tree and two sentiments. I added a bit of cow parsley in the corner and extended the ground a bit with a distress marker.
My second card features more new stamps, a gorgeous set called fern leaves.
For this one I used Adirondack inks in peach Bellini and Mountain Rose, Distress inks in crushed olive and shabby shutters, and Memento inks in lilac posies, olive grove and espresso truffle. This is a card for another wonderful friend who is going overseas for a couple of years. I will miss her very much.
My final card is made using some older Inkylicious stamps called Summer Morn, and the same ink combo as the top card.
The little flower in the corner is made using the Blooming Marvellous set. The background was made by running a stencil (inky doodles) through the cuttlebug with an embossing mat and then sanding it.
Well, I'd better go. I have 5 birthday cards to make this weekend!
If you go to Summer crafting, I hope you have a lovely time, and that it isn't as packed as it was this morning. If I were you I'd also take a bottle of water with you if the weather is as hot as it was today!
Thanks for looking!

Sunday 6 July 2014

Summer Blooms at Stamping Sensations

Good Morning my friends! It is the first Sunday of the month and time for another challenge at Stamping Sensations. This month our theme is Summer Blooms and our sponsor is Heartfelt Creations
For my card this month I have chosen to use a stamp of a flower I love, and have grown very successfully this year too!

Bet you wish you had smellyvision! Here is a closer picture of the card...
The background is a Sheena style Gesso and H2O wash on water colour paper I stamped and embossed the sweet peas (Inkylicious) and put onto a base card that had been stamped with the Inkylicious worn paint stamp in shaded lilac. The sentiment is from Inkylicious too. The wide boarder strip was created with scrunched paper, a combination of dylusions and creative colour sprays and a spellbinders die.
Above is a close up of the H2O shimmer and below you can see the shimmer from the creative colour sprays
Now, onto the prize...
Please note that PP&S will apply outside the US
What a wonderful prize, eh? Do pop over to the challenge blog and take a look at the amazing creations that my teamies have produced, and also pop back there with your entry for this wonderful prize! 
Before I go I'd like to say thank you and a little wave to my latest followers - great to have you on board and  lovely to know that you like what I make!
Thanks for looking and for all your lovely comments.