Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Stay Wild

Hello there,

I do hope that you've all enjoyed the glorious weather here in the UK. I have to say that it's a little cooler today and I'm really enjoying the breeze.

I'd like to share a card with you that I've made using Visible Image's Stay Wild Stamp. It is definitely one of my favourites of theirs and I have a few that I made up using different colours. I made this one using Adirondack Cranberry. If you look carefully you can see how I've stamped the smaller horses around the main image:


I made the background by adding a a few different shades of pink and red onto my blending mat and then spritzing with water before pressing my card into it.  I love the new Distress Oxide inks but sadly, I don't yet own any, so I tried to achieve a similar effect by dabbing randomly with a touch of bleach.  It obviously doesn't give the same result but I'm happy with my background.  

I'm adding this card to:

Enjoy the rest of the week and I'll be back with you all soon x 

Friday, 9 June 2017

Favourite Stamp at Stamping Sensations

Hello there,

I really enjoy taking part in the Stamping Sensations Challenge but I had to think long and hard before entering this month.  Their challenge this time is to 'Use Your Favourite Stamp.'  Let's be honest here, that's like asking you to choose which one of your children is your favourite.........well maybe not quite the same ;)

After giving this some serious thought, I came to the decision that mine would probably be the 'Twiggy Branch' by Inkylicious.  I use this stamp so often to frame many my scenic images and here's the card that I've made for the challenge using that very stamp:


I went to the Stamp Magic show last Sunday and after many near misses, I finally got to meet the lovely Sally Holmes from the DT at Stamping Sensations.  If you're reading this Sally....Yes, I'm very sure that we have a similar stash of stamps :)  The Heron and the Moon stamps were part of my crafty purchases on Sunday and are also by Inkylicious.

I would also Like to add this card into the following challenges:

The Artistic Stamper - Winged Things
Penny Black and More - Anything Goes
Cardz 4 Guyz - Something Blue for Father's Day

Saturday, 3 June 2017

Final Chocolate Baroque Challenge and more exciting news!

Hello there,

I hope that you're all enjoying the sunshine.

I'm here today to share a card that I'm entering into this month's final colour challenge at Chocolate Baroque. 





The stamps that I've used are from the 'Wild Meadow' set and I've coloured the stamps with Distress inks.
                                               
I'd also like to share some exciting news with you all too.  I've had one of my cards published in the July issue of Craft Stamper magazine which came out yesterday.  The theme was Soothing Sunsets and here's a sneaky peak at part of my card:



The full card is on page 54 and I will post a photograph of the whole card once I'm allowed to when the next edition of the magazine is published.

Enjoy the sunshine and Happy Crafting!

Monday, 29 May 2017

I'm joining Crafty Individuals :)

Hello there,

I have some very exciting news to share with you all today.  I'm absolutely thrilled to announce that I'm joining the lovely Jean Hardy and the rest of her wonderful Design Team over at Crafty Individuals.

I'd like to share with you a few of the cards that I've made, three using their latest Landscape stamps and one using some old favourites of mine.  I hope that you like them:





Many thanks to Jean and Malcolm for giving me this opportunity and I'm really looking forward to working with you all.

Sandra x


Sunday, 28 May 2017

Rudolph Days - May 17

Hello there,

Just a really quick post from me today to share with you my contribution to this month's Rudolph Days challenge. It doesn't seem two minutes since the first one in January and here were are now in Summer.  At least we've had some sunshine this week :)

Here's the card that I've made:


I've made used white ink on Kraft card to give a faux parchment look.  All of the stamps that I've used are by Inkylicious.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend x

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Village Life

Hello there,

I hope that you are all keeping well and happy.

Just a quick post to share with you a card that I've made with some new stamps by Crafty Individuals. They only arrived this morning and I just couldn't wait to have a play with them :)


I can see these getting a lot of use, and isn't the Pub a great stamp for masculine cards!

Take care and enjoy the rest of your weekend x

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Let's Go Wild

Hello there,

I hope that you're all enjoying your weekend.

It's time for a new challenge over at Fashionable Stamping Challenges and this time it was my turn to choose a theme and I chose 'Lets Go Wild.'  I've had an absolute blast making this card and fortunately, I did remember to stop and take some photographs along the way, so I'll be adding this one into my 'Tutorials' page.  Let me show you the finished card:


Here's how I made it:

I started by stamping the Leopard with Versafine Black Onyx as it makes a really clear impression and I added a mask to protect him whilst I was colouring and stamping the background.


I masked off the Sun and then I used Ink Dusters to start adding colour to my background.


I removed the mask and then started to build up the colour and add some clouds over the sun to give a more natural effect.  I always start with the lighter colours first, then build up colour gradually.  As Barbara Gray would say "You can always add it but you can't take it away."


I used a Mountain Valley stencil to add the mountains; you can really see the picture starting to take shape now.


I then stamped the trees and animals.  If I'm not quite sure where I want things to be placed, then I often stamp onto acetate and move it around against the background to see where the stamp works best.  I decided to place the large tree behind the leopard to bring him into the foreground.  I love the card at this stage and it could have been left here, and maybe a sentiment added,  I think the leopard works equally as well without colour.


I coloured the leopard with inks and a little chalk, just to accentuate his nose. Finally, I stamped in the grass to complete the scene.


I'm really pleased with this one if I do say so myself and I really hope that you like it too. 

Here is a photograph of the things that I used to create my card.  There should also be some Distress Walnut Stain ink which I used to stamp the grass.


All the stamps that I've used are by Inkylicious
  • Leopard Prowl
  • Old Beech Tree
  • Serengeti 1
  • Serengeti 2
  • Whispering Winds
We would love you to join us in this challenge but please remember that we are a stamping challenge, so please don't use digital images or too many die cuts, just good old fashioned stamping, and lots of it!

We have some exciting changes happening over at Fashionable Stamping Challenges this month:

Firstly, we have a brand new sponsor and it's out very own Dot of Ink Art Designs.  Dot has her own shop on Etsy and each month, she will be choosing a different stamp as the prize for some lucky random winner. Please pop over and take a look at the fabulous range of stamps stamps that Dot has for sale at: https://www.etsy.com/shop/inkartdesigns  There will also be a Top 3 spotlight, chosen by the Design Team,

My wonderful teamies have made some amazing inspirational pieces so please pop over to their blogs and take a look if you get the chance.  All their details can be found here, or at the Fashionable Stamping Challenges web site, along with the rules for the challenge.

Wishing you all a wonderful day x


I would like to enter this card into the following challenges;

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