Friday, 15 April 2016

Inky backgrounds

 As I said in my last post, I decided to take a trip to PDA Cards and Craft to escape the quiet house...several pounds later I emerged clutching a stack of card, some stamps and a couple of ink pads. I didn't find all the Woodware stamps I was looking for, but I did find Large Fennel, which I used on the first two cards. I now need small fennel too, having seen the samples the ladies there had made.
When I got home I thought I'd better clear a bit of the mess on my table and found some lovely bits of card coloured with Distress ink re-inkers and a water spray. If I remember rightly I used squeezed lemonade, seedless preserves and either ripe persimmon or spiced marmalade. I lay the card onto the inky wash and keep alternately spraying with water and laying on snippets of card.  The first card on this post was probably the last spray of the inks before it got too pale for me. I found one last bit  which was an almost perfect fit for this inkylicious picture perfect stamp
I'd mounted this one on the card before I decided it needed a hill in the background, so masked the rest of the card and added a hill with ink dusters. Unfortunately I managed to get a smudge on the white base card, but a well places die cut leaf soon covered it up. All stamping was done with Versafine black and then embossed with clear embossing powder.
Do you want to see what else I have been doing for the past couple of days? are Rhubarb and Ginger Muffins, and finally... Soda Bread!
The Chocolate cakes raised £28 for Karate class trophies and medals this week. I was very happy with my soda bread and have decided to venture further into making bread not using a bread machine.
Thanks for looking and feel free  to help yourself to a cake  - all calorie free, lol!


Barb said...

What a wonderful time you've had and been so industrious. I love the cards you've made with your new stamps. That fennel certainly is a beauty. I really like your backgrounds and the hill does look good on the bottom one. The leaf looks as if it was always meant to be there.

You're baking looks yummy. Well done with your fund raising. Barbxx

Lynne K said...

Stunning cards, wish I hadn't looked at the baking - now craving chocolate!

cuilliesocks said...

Hi Sally, gorgeous inking and I love the stamped image. Your colours are fabulous.
Wonderful looking cakes, my mouth is watering just looking at them, and I just love soda bread,is it a special recipe you use. Anyways you've been awfully busy, Kate x

Unknown said...

Your cards are all gorgeous, love that fennel stamp and the inky backgrounds are fab.
As for your baking, chocolate buttercream is my absolute favourite, such yummy cakes :)

Helen J said...

Love those inky backgrounds and the finished cards are wonderful. I've been experimenting with bread making lately, too (even though I'm gluten free, the rest of my family isn't). Sourdough is a particular obsession at the moment!

Joan said...

Gorgeous cards Sally, love at fennel stamp and your baking looks scrumptious !


maria's knutselplezier said...

Your cards are amazing , I love them all very much, and your cakes look delicious, I thing you don't have trubbles by gaining weight!!??


Sue's Crafty Corner said...

Beautiful cards Sally, love the fennel stamp and the gorgeous backgrounds. The baking look delicious, if I set out now I might make it in time for tea !!!.

Sue xx

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Oh Sal, I'm on a chocolate ban and you go and show me that, it's killing me!! :)
Lovely work with your new stamps well done!! Great colour combo.
Thanks so much for the inspiration,
Shaz in Oz.x

{Calligraphy Cards - Shaz in Oz}

Mrs A. said...

We had some soda bread at the weekend shop bought I hasten to add but we still managed to scoff the lot in one day! Love the backgrounds on your cards especially the last one. Hugs Mrs A.

coldwaters2 said...

WOW your cards are beautiful Sally the backgrounds are superb and show up the lovely images to perfection, awesome work. Those cakes look so tasty and delicious I think I may have put on a few pounds just looking at them, lol.
lorraine x

Karen said...

I've used PDA in the past and they supply gorgeous card stock and fabulous customer service. Love your inky creations Sally and must apologise that it's been such a long time since my last visit.
Your cards are beautiful, as always, love your scene creations you do them so perfectly. It's amazing how often a well placed embellishment saves the day, sometimes I need to use more than one lol! Off to see your squirrel photos next Karen xx

Wies said...

Beautiful cards Sally. I love the colourful backgrounds.
Greetings, Wies

Sarn said...

Wow the shopping trip was worthwhile. Fab inky cards Sally. Amazing looking baking too. I just helped myself to a slice xxx