Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Rudolf Day - April 17

Hello there,

It's the 25th of the month and that can only mean one thing, it's 'Rudolf Day' over at Scrappy Mo's blog.  I've come to the conclusion that this challenge makes me realise just how quickly the months are flying by.  Here's the card that I've made:


All the stamps that I've used are by Inkylicious and the colour that I've used is Memento Teal Zeal.

When I'd finished stamping, I thought that there was a little too much of the one colour, so I took out my trusty bottle of bleach and put a few touches amongst the trees.  I was really happy with the result as the colour tones work together beautifully so I'll definitely be trying the technique again.

Enjoy your day x

I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:

Rubber Dance - Black & White and 1 other colour

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Black with a touch of Jasmine and a Butterfly

Hello there,

I hope that you're all enjoying the weekend and that you might even have had some sunshine today.

Here's a card that I've made and I'd like to enter it in a couple of card challenges:


The first one is Allsorts and this week they are asking you to show something starting with 'B,' so my card has black flowers which are made using Tim Holtz Wildflower dies and a black butterfly.  This now takes me nicely onto the second challenge which is Mrs A's 'Butterfly Challenge' and their theme is 'F is for faux and/or the colour Jasmine.'  My background is a piece of Jasmine coloured card.  I checked on Google and it states that the colour is a creamy yellow, and so this was as close as I could find to the description.  My 'Faux' are the tiles that I've created in the background.  I can't even begin to tell you how many times I got this wrong and how much card ended up in the bin! I've seen this technique used many times before and so I thought that I would give it a go. Having got there eventually, I really like the look of it and it does make a change from leaving the card plain.  I shaded it very gently with black ink so that it would co-ordinate with the rest of the card. I finished the card with a black bow on the flowers and a sentiment from Stamps Happen.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend x


Thursday, 20 April 2017

Black, White and Red

Hello,

I'm here again today with another quick blog post to join in with this week's challenge over at Allsorts and their challenge this week is a sketch,  Here's the card that I've made:



I stamped and coloured the Poppies which are by 'Inkylicious'. I was going to add a link directly to the Poppies but it looks like they're no longer available,  The sentiment from 'Sweet Dixie' stamps.

I cut out the required shapes and then mounted them onto my card, along with the Poppies which I fussy cut out.  As it all looked quite bare, I embossed the oval to add some interest. The leaves were made using a 'Tattered Lace' die and then the card was finished using a black bow and ribbon.

As I've used lot's of snippets here, I'll pop over to show this card to Miss Di over at  Pixie's Snippet's Playground, no doubt there'll be lots of mischief going on there! It's week 277 and 278 of the challenge.

I'm also entering this card into the following card challenges:

Rubber Dance - Black & White and 1 other colour
Try It On Tuesday - Add a Quote




Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Enjoy The Little Things

Hello there,

I'm here to share with you a card that I've made for the 'Try it on Tuesday' challenge, their theme is 'Add a Quote.' Here's the card that I've made:


The sentiment stamp that I've used is a new one for me by DaliART and is definitely one of my favourites. The other stamps that I've used are by Inkylicious.

Wishing you a happy day x


Sunday, 16 April 2017

Happy Easter And One Last Cat

Hello there,

I would just like to wish all of my blogging friends and followers a very Happy Easter and I hope that you all have a lovely day.

I'm here today with another Cat card.  Now I know that I've done quite a few recently, so I promise that this will be the last one for a while, although I can't promise that I won't be taking him out and inking him up :)

This time, I've used a Clarity Woodland stencil to frame the picture.  Take a look and see what you think:


Stamps used:
Inks used:
  • Adirondack 
  • Impress 
  • Distress
  • Versafine
I'd like to add this card into the following challenges:

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Chocolate Baroque Take Two

Hello there,

I hope that you're all looking forward to the long Easter weekend.  I'll be spending much of it with my Husband, Children and Grandchildren, so aren't I the lucky one and I hope that you'll all be doing something that makes you happy too.

I'm here today to share with you the second card that I've made for the colour challenge over at Chocolate Baroque.



I started by dusting over some white card using Memento Pear Tart and Lulu Lavender and then used the same colours again over a Harlequin stencil. Next, I stamped the flower from the Chocolate Baroque 'Wild Meadow' set with Adirondack Cranberry and then I painted it using the same ink.  I used the ink on sponge daubers go go around the edge of the card to give a greater depth of colour.

Having got to this stage, I realised that I hadn't yet used the forth colour in the challenge.  The card that I created was quite subtle and I thought that adding another colour at this stage would probably spoil it, so I decided that I would mount my finished card onto Kraft card...problem solved and I actually quite liked the look of it once I'd got it all mounted.

I'd also like to enter this card into the following challenges:





Tuesday, 11 April 2017

It's That Cat Again!

Hello,

I hope that you're all well and happy and enjoying Spring.

I'm here today to share with you a card that I've made for the 'Rubber Dance' colour challenge.  The colours are dark brown, light blue and white, so here's the card that I've made:


I just love this cat stamp by Visible image and I just had to have another play with it. The colours that I've used are Distress Blueprint Sketch and Memento Rich Coccoa.  The butterflies that I've used are by Inkylicious.

I'm also entering this car into the following challenges:

Sunday, 9 April 2017

FSC - 'My Favourite Things'

Hello there,

It's time for our April challenge over at Fashionable Stamping Challenges, chosen this time by our Lovely Leanne. The theme's she's picked is ' My Favourite Things' inspired by one of her favourite musicals 'The Sound of Music.'  Leanne wanted us to take inspiration from the words in the first verse.  

I decided that I would make a tag this time and attach it to my brown paper package, tied up with string.  I also used some of the Invisible Image stamps that Leanne kindly sent to me a while ago to add the 'Whiskers on Kittens,' thereby ticking three of the boxes!





I started by stamping and heat embossing in black, a rose stamp by Anna Griffin.  I then coloured the rose using Spectrum Noir and Marvy markers.  I used three different shades of red to give the rose more depth. As I was making a paler background, I wanted the rose to really stand out.
I masked the rose with a Post-It note before stamping the falling raindrops with Memento Black Onyx and then masking them with drawing gum.  Once this was dry, I used my Ink Dusters to give the background it's first layer of Impress Old Rose ink.  I then went over it again using a Tim Holtz Flourish stencil.  Next, I dusted around the tag with Adirondack Water Melon, then Memento Gray Flannel and finally with Memento Black Onyx.  This created a vignette to draw the eye into the main focal image.  I finished my tag by erasing the drawing gum and shading the raindrops with a charcoal pencil to make the, pop.

The raindrops and postcard stamp are all by Inkylicious.

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!

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.

We are as always, very generously sponsored by Leo over at Flonz Craft and one lucky random winner will receive a $20 voucher to be used online.  There will also be a Top 3 spotlight, chosen by the Design Team,

Wishing you a wonderful day, full of your own favourite things x

I would also like to enter this tag into the following challenges:

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Bring On The Bling and a Thank You

Hello there,

Well, it looks like Summer's finally on it's way.  It's glorious here today and the sun is shining, happy days!

I'm here today to share with you a card that I've made for this week's challenge over at 'Allsorts' and their theme is 'Bring On The Bling.'  I knew right away when I saw this challenge which of my stamps I would be using.  A few weeks back, the Design Team at Allsorts were kind enough to offer some extra prizes on their own blogs and I was lucky enough to win this beautiful Honey Doo stamp from Kath, so I would like to say 'Thank You' to her today and I hope that she likes the card that I've made with my prize:


I made this card by stamping the image into a glue pad and then covering it with a fine glitter.  The flower looks stunning in the sunshine as it picks up all of the different colours but they don't show up too well in this photo.

Here's another photo that I took with a little sunshine on it.  It's not the best photo but it does give you more of an Idea of how it really looks, plenty of bling on there!


I would also like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Monday, 3 April 2017

A Butterfly for a Special Friend

Hello there,

Before I start today's post, I've had a few new followers join me recently, so I would just like to say 'Hello and welcome' to them, and also to say thank you to the loyal band of followers that I have for their continued friendship and support.  It really means a lot to when I read all the lovely things that you say and I appreciate that you give your precious time to leave those comments, so thank you.

I had a lovely surprise on Friday to find that I had won the March challenge over at Stamping Sensations with this card, lucky me :)  This was the very first challenge that I won when I started blogging back in 2015, so to have won it for a second time is amazing, as was the prize that I won, which is a fabulous selection of dies by 'Tattered Lace.'  Many thanks to Brenda, who runs the challenge and to her wonderful Design Team for thinking my card worthy of winning, I feel truly honoured.

I'm here today to share a card with you that I made for a special lady who's birthday was in February. I'm pleased to say that she loved the card and I hope that you do too.


X

I was just scanning through some card challenges that I follow and I noticed that this would fit in just perfectly with 'The Butterfly Challenge.' The theme this time is'#75 Butterflies + R is for Repeat and/or the colour Night sky.'  My background is the colour of the night sky, the corner punch is repeated and of course, my card features a butterfly, so I think that I've ticked all the boxes here.

I stamped the Bigz Butterfly from Inkylicious in Versamark and then heat embossed it with gold embossing powder, I then used an acetate print of the same butterfly and used gilding flakes on the back, which allowed all of beautiful metallic colours to show through. I really like the way that the acetate gives the butterfly dimension and movement. The sentiment is also by Inkylicious, heat embossed with the gold again, and I think the corner die is by Memory Box.


I would also like to enter this car onto the following challenges:






Thursday, 30 March 2017

'Modes of Transport' Inspiration

Hello there,

I'm here today to share with you a card that I've made for an inspirational mid-month piece over at Fashionable Stamping Challenges.


The stamps that I've used are all by Sheena Douglass. I've had the stamps for years but I think that they're still available.

The steam train was coloured using Spectrum Noir and the rest of the scene was painted using various inks.

Wishing you all a happy and colourful day x


Saturday, 25 March 2017

Rudolf Day - March 17

Hello there,

Well, after starting off the year with very good intentions, I didn't manage to get my post ready in time for last month's Rudolph days challenge, so I'm adding two this month to make up for it and I hope that Scrappy Mo will forgive me :)

Here's my first card which made when I was having a play with a new stamp from Inkylicious, Snowy Pines.  I had intended to use just the trees but I got a little carried away and I ended up  some other stamps, all by Inkylicious. The ink used on this card for dusting and stamping is Adirondack Denim.

Here's Card No 2

This one is a very similar to one that I made for a sample on Hochanda.  Since putting it on Pinterest last Summer, it's had over two thousand pins, so I think people must like it.  I made this one using Adirondack Cranberry ink, which seemed quite appropriate as it was for a Christmas card.  I used an embossing folder which came free with a magazine and after dusting over it with the Cranberry, I then skimmed over the top with some silver Metallic Gilding Wax.

That's all for now, so I wish you a happy day.

I would like to enter my first card into the following challenges:

Stamping Sensations - Close to Nature





Friday, 17 March 2017

Chocolate Baroque

Good morning,

Are we all ready for the weekend then?  I love weekends as they usually give me the opportunity to spend some time in my craft room, which I love.

I'm here today to share a card that I've made for the colour challenge over at Chocolate Baroque.  I love Chocolate Baroque stamps and I've really enjoyed watching Lesley Wharton demonstrate them recently on Hochanda, I think she's a true crafter and a great inspiration to both new and accomplished stampers.  I've watched the challenges come and go but I haven't joined in before as I only own one set of their stamps but when I saw the latest colour challenge, I thought I would have a go and join in this time, so here's my creation:


All of the stamps that I've used are from the 'Wild Meadow' set and the inks that I've used are: Memento - Dandelion; Lulu Lavender; Tuxedo Black; Adirondack - Terra Cotta; Cranberry; Versafine Black Onyx.

I used Ink Dusters to colour the background with the yellow ink and then used a circular mask to create the Sun by going over the sky again with more yellow and then with terracotta.  Next, I used a stencil to add the mountains.  With my background now in place, I stamped the flower and I used some bleach to take out the colour.  I then water coloured the head of the flower with the purple and cranberry and the part below was coloured with cranberry and terracotta. When this was dry, I highlighted the edges with a white pen. I stamped around the edge of the card with another stamp from the set and then used a finger dauber, first with purple, then cranberry to create a vignette to draw the eye into the image.  Finally, I finished by adding a computer printed butterfly.  I stuck the butterfly onto card and then fussy cut it out before curving the wings to give them some dimension.

That's me all done for today so I'll wish you all a happy weekend and hopefully lots of happy crafting :)


I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:

Sunday, 12 March 2017

FSC - Modes Of Transport

Good morning my friends.

It's time for a new challenge over at Fashionable Stamping Challenges. The theme this time is 'Modes Of Transport' and was chosen by Dani. I decided make 'Cruising' the theme for my card. I really enjoyed making it and I hope that you like it too. 


I started by stamping the background randomly with a Nautical stamp that I've had for years by The Stampman. I then dusted around the edge, first with Distress Tea Dye and then Memento Teal Zeal.

The torn off pieces at the back of the collage were made using Starburst Stains which I painted on the card and the I sprinkled with rock salt to create a weathered look. I then used another stamp from the Nautical set to add the text and I used the full stamp to create the piece of text used in the collage. The tag is one that I had intended to use on the front of the card but that it just wasn't right, so rather than waste it, I added it as part of the collage and I think it works really well.

The Vintage Voyage stamp and the Film Strip stamps are both by Inkylicious. The inks that I've used to stamp and colour the images are: Versafine Black Onyx, Distress Tea Dye and Memento Teal Zeal. 

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!

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.

We are as always, very generously sponsored by Leo over at Flonz Craft and one lucky random winner will receive a $20 voucher to be used online.  There will also be a Top 3 spotlight, chosen by the Design Team,

Wishing you all a wonderful day x

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




Sunday, 5 March 2017

Springtime

Hello to all my wonderful blogging friends and followers,

I've indulged myself this week and bought myself a 6 x 6 Gelli plate.  I've seen so many amazing backgrounds made with them and they looked like a lot of fun, so I thought I'd give it a go.

I spent much of yesterday trying out the plate with various inks and paints and I actually couldn't see my desk by the time I'd finished but it was great fun and the possibilities are endless.

Here's a card using one of the backgrounds that I made:


I started by using a layer of lemon ink and then adding a stencil before brayering over it with a Spring green colour by Impress.  I then used the same ink to stamp the small ballet dancers that you can see in the background.  The daisies were also stamped directly onto the Gelli pad using an aqua blue ink. 

Once I was happy with the background, I then stamped the words directly onto the paper to ensure that the words would be the right way round.  When the paper was dry, I used a paint brush to bleach the colour out of the daisy petals.  Unfortunately, the petals lost a little of their definition so I went around them lightly with a charcoal pencil. I used a finger dauber to add the yellow and green to the center of the daisies.  To finish the card, I stamped the main ballet dancer and the Dance sentiment with Versafine Black Onyx to give a nice clean impression. 

With the exception of the Daisy stamp which is by Inkylicious, all of the stamps that I've used today are by the Artistic Stamper.    I won the challenge last September at Artistic Stamper last year and I just fell in love with this stamp set, so I chose it as my prize.

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

Saturday, 4 March 2017

Inspired by Tim Holtz

Hello there,

Well, the sun's been shining again today and I'm starting to think that Spring really is on the way.  It's lovely to see the blossom on the trees again and I'm looking forward to warmer days coming soon.

I'm here today with a card that I've made for the challenge over at Country View Crafts challenge which is 'Inspired by Tim Holtz'

My Daughter bought me the Tim Holtz Umbrella Man die for Christmas and this seemed like the perfect opportunity to give him his first outing.


I made the background by using Brushos and Cosmic Shimmer Pixie Powder.  I'm really loving using my Brushos recently and I think they work really well with this particular die,  The effect at the bottom was purely accidental, as you never know what you're going to get as an end result but it does look like he's splashing in a puddle.  The sentiment is one that I've used may times before and is by Inkylicious.

I hope that you enjoy the rest of your weekend and that the sun is shining wherever you are :)

I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:

  • HLS  - March Water Colour Challenge 


Thursday, 2 March 2017

Stay Curious

Hello there,

It's really cold today but the sun is shining and it's a beautiful day. It's the first time I've been in my craft room for quite a while now and I've had a great time creating and I'll tell you why.......

I had a lovely surprise yesterday to find that my wonderful blogging friend Leanne had sent me a set of the brand new stamps by Visible Image called 'Curious Cats.'  This was most unexpected and I'm overwhelmed by Leanne's kindness.  I felt that it was only right that I should have a play with them as soon as I could and today's the day. Here are the first two cards that I've made with them this morning.  I can see that they are going to be very addictive!


The background was made using Brushos and Cosmic Shimmer Pixie Powers,  I then stamped over using VersaFine Black Onyx.  I bleached the colour from the eyes and nose and then painted them back in again.  I decided to use blue for the eyes to give a total contrast from the pink.


The background was made using a Creative Expressions Church Window stencil. I then stamped the various Visible Image stamps again with the Versafine.  I bleached out the colour from the eyes and the nose but decided to leave them white this time.  I used a Mountain stencil to create the hills in the background and then used the whiskers stamp to add some grass to the scene.  The hills and colour around the image is Adirondack Eggplant, I then dusted around the edge again with some black Memento ink to create a vignette.

I absolutely love my new stamps and I feel very blessed indeed to have such a kind and thoughtful friend, thank you Leanne and I hope that you like what I've made them. x

I would like to enter the first card into the following challenges:

Rubber Dance Stamps Colour Challenge - March




Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Whispering Winds

Hello there,

I'm here today to share a card with you that I've made using one of my favourite stamps by Inkylicious, which is 'Whispering Winds.'  The challenge over at Penny Black and More this time is to use your favourite stamp. It's really hard to choose just one as I love many of the stamps that I own but this is one that I find myself using time and time again.


I started by colouring the background using Ink Dusters before masking off the sun and then adding more colour before removing the mask. I like to colour through the sun with various colours to make it look like passing clouds and to give a more natural look. I them added the stamped images to my card to create the scene.

All the stamps that I've used today are by Inkylicious

Wishing you all a happy day x

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Penny Black and More - Use your favourite stamp
Allsorts - Anything goes

Sunday, 12 February 2017

FSC - It's Just a Number

Hello there my crafty friends,

I'm here today to share a card with you that I've made for this month's challenge over at Fashionable Stamping Challenges.  The theme this time is 'It's Just a Number' and was chosen by my wonderful teamie Brenda

I thought this one might be a bit of a struggle for me as I only own one small very basic set of number stamps and so I decided to use a clock stencil as the main number feature.


I started by using some of my homemade embossing paste, through the stencil and onto some stamping card.  Once this was dry, I used various inks to colour the background and then I randomly stamped some numbers and clocks around the outside of the large clock.  

I rubbed some gold gilding wax over the clock but it just didn't look right and so I used some sandpaper to take it back to the original white colour of the paste. This made the numbers stand out and I was then happy with the look of it.

As the card had a bit of a Steam Punk feel to it, I thought I would add some  stamped images from Flonz Craft to continue the theme.  The Gibson Girl is one of my favourites from Flonz Craft and I find that I use it time and time again,  The two men are from another set which I love called 'True Gentlemen.'

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!

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.

We are as always, very generously sponsored by Leo over at Flonz Craft and one lucky random winner will receive a $20 voucher to be used online.  There will also be a Top 3 spotlight, chosen by the Design Team,

Wishing you all a wonderful day x

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

The Male Room Challenge - Numbers
Craft Stamper Challenge February - Anything Goes

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Hearts and Flowers

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Hearts and Flowers

Hello there,

It was lovely surprise to have this card of mine 'In the Spotlight' for January 16 at 'Try it on Tuesday' when the Design Team chose some of their favourite cards for 2016.  I then had another lovely surprise when I was asked if I would like to be a Guest Designer for one of their challenges and I was thrilled to accept. The challenge is 'Hearts and Flowers' and here's what I've made:



As you can see from the photo below, this little box started out life as a little sewing box.  It's one that I've had a while but haven't got round to decorating it, so this seemed like my perfect opportunity.

 

As Spring is hopefully just around the corner, I decided to use Spring colours.  I thought the best way to approach this was to create my focal image first and then to colour the box afterwards using similar colours.  The image is the 'I love Paris' stamp by Stampendous.  It's one that I've had for a long time but it'd definitely a firm favourite.  I used a little Memento Dandelion in the center and then dusted around the outside with Purple Twilight and Eggplant. I coloured the flowers using a Spectrum Noir pink and the stamped them again a couple of times so that I could decoupage them to give them a little dimension.  I was able to do this as the box is slightly recessed inside and I felt that it gave some depth to the finished project.

I started the outside of the box by giving it a couple of coats of Gesso as a base to add the colour.  I used my Ink Dusters to gently colour the box using Purple Twilight ink. I then used a Tim Holtz Flourish stencil around the base of the box and dusted over it again with Adirondack Eggplant.  

As I've gone for a 'Spring' theme, made some flowers using my Delicate Aster dies and them painted them yellow as a contrast to the purple.  I added some ready made roses and leaves and I used some white Heather to match the lace around the heart.  I chose to use this key as it also has heart shapes on it and I coloured it with gold with gilding wax.

As this is something I've been meaning to do for ages, I'm thrilled with the outcome and I hope that the Design Team at 'Try it on Tuesday' will be too.

Enjoy your day x


Sunday, 29 January 2017

Time to celebrate at Allsorts

Hello there,

Allsorts are celebrating their 400th challenge this week, so I just had to join in as it's always been one of my favourite challenges.  The theme this week is 'Let's Celebrate,'  and here's the card that I've made:


The stamps that I've used came free with a magazine and although I've had them for quite a while now, it's the first time they've been used which also makes them perfect for another one of my favourite challenges...... Darnell's NUBUS challenge.

The stamps were quite simply stamped onto cream card using Versafine Black Onyx.  I then coloured the roses red and went around the edge with a gold pen.  The card looked a little bare when I'd finished so I added some gold corners to the inside just to bring it all together.

This is quite different to my usual style of card making but I'm happy with the end result.

Take care and enjoy the rest of your weekend x

Thursday, 26 January 2017

Daisy Daisy

Hello there,

Many thanks for all your kind wishes, both for my birthday and on the birth of our new Grandson.  I had a wonderful birthday and I topped up on some totally unnecessary crafty purchases :) You know what it's like don't you!

I'm here today to share a card that I've made for this week's challenge over at Allsorts.  The theme is 'Daisy Daisy.' I've made a DL card for a change and used one of my favourite Time Holtz Dies, along with some Inkylicious stamps which I stamped in Versafine and then fussy cut out as I wanted to give them some dimension. I'm really into Spring colours at the moment and so I've opted for a purple and lemon combination, with just a touch of Pink in the background. On saying that, I'm not sure that purple is a Spring colour but I still like it :)


I would also like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Week 265 and 266
Try it on Tuesday - Anything but Square

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Rudolf Day January 17

Hello there,

Here we are with the first Rudolf Day challenge of the year at Scrappy Mo's.  It's also my birthday today, so it's a double celebration! :)

I'd like to share with you one of the cards that I made to send out last Christmas.



It's one of my favourite stamps by Crafty Individuals and the sentiment is by Inkylicious.  I made some on white card too but I preferred the cream as it gave the card more of a vintage feel.  The image is coloured with Distress inks and the umbrella was stamped a second time, then cut out and stuck on to give a little dimension.  I would usually raise it up more than this but I had to keep it reasonable flat to post it.

It's a fabulous way to keep going with your Christmas cards throughout the year and it's such a friendly challenge, so why not have a go yourself.

Happy Crafting x

I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:

Stamping Sensations - Coffee and Cream
Addicted to Stamps Challenge - Baby It's Cold Outside



Monday, 23 January 2017

Some Happy News

Hello there,

As I mentioned in my last post, I've been away for a short while and I 'm now very happy and relieved to share the reason why.

On Friday of last week, our third Grandchild was born.  He was born one month early, weighing 4lb 13oz.  I'm so happy to say that both Mum and baby are both doing well and are now back at home. 

                                                                      Meet Harry:


He's so, so tiny but he has all the world to grow in.  Needless to say, I'm a very 'Happy Sandma)   :)


Friday, 13 January 2017

Balloon Girl

Hello there,

I hope that you're all managing to keep safe and warm in this chilly weather :)

Just a really quick post from me today as life is quite hectic here at the moment.  I won't be around very much over the next couple of weeks and so I apologise in advance if I don't get to visit you all as often as I usually would.  I'll explain the reason why at a later date and I promise to catch up with you all as soon as I can.

Here's the card that I'd like to share with you today:


Just a very simple card where I've used Brusho colours in the background and  a couple of Inkylicious stamps stamped with Versafine Black Onyx.  

I'd like to enter the card into the following challenges:








Sunday, 8 January 2017

FSC 'Winter or Spring'

Good morning, I hope you're all enjoying a lovely, relaxing weekend.

It's time for a new challenge over at Fashionable Stamping Challenges and the theme this time is 'Winter or Spring' and it was chosen this time by our lovely teamie Carola.

I've been wanting to use my 'Gibson Kids' stamp by Flonz for a while now and this seemed like the perfect opportunity. I decided to make this card using Kraft card as I love how the snowy images just pop. Here's my card:


I started by stamping the Gibson child using Distress Ground Espresso and then masked the image before using a Mountain Valley stencil by Inkylicious, to created my snowy hills,  I used Frost White ink by Colour BoxInk Dusters and Finger Daubers to do this.  When the hills were finished, I then used VersaMark ink to stamp in varies sizes of Snowy Trees by Inkylicious and then heat embossed them with a white embossing powder. To finish the trees, I painted them in with white acrylic paint and then used Fluffy Puffy Stuff to make them stand out against the snowy background.

To frame the image, I stamped the Twiggy Branch, first in Ground Espresso and then again with the VersaMark before heat embossing with a white powder.

I stamped the sentiment firstly with VersaMark, then heat embossed with white powder before stamping again with the Ground Espresso to create a shadow.

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.

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.

We are as always, very generously sponsored by Leo over at Flonz Craft and one lucky random winner will receive a $20 voucher to be used online.  There will also be a Top 3 spotlight, chosen by the Design Team,

Wishing you all a wonderful day x

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

That's Crafty - Anything goes
The Artistic Stamper - Anything Goes
Country View Challenges - Anything Goes

Monday, 2 January 2017

Birthday Calendar

Hello there,

Well, here we are again at the start of a new year and that means lots of new crafty adventures, how exciting! :)

I'd like to share with you a piece that I've just made.   I hate missing people's birthdays but my memory isn't quite as good as it used to be and so I thought that I would make myself a  Birthday calendar to hang in my craft room. I had printed off some DL monthly sheets quite a while ago but never got round to using them, so these were just perfect for what I needed.

I've only decorated one side at the moment but the plan is to do all four sides eventually so that I can change the cover from time to time.  As this one is mainly Spring colours, I may do the four seasons, so we'll see how that goes. Here it is:


All of the stamps that I've used are new.  I have previously used a smaller version of the Isobelle stamp, but I bought this larger version just before Christmas.  The stamps used are all by Inkylicious, with the exception of the two girls on the film strip which are by Craft Individuals.

I started by tearing strips from the page of a book and then gluing them onto a sheet of stamping paper which I stuck onto cardboard to give it some strength.  Once this was dry, I then used my Ink Dusters to create the background using: Memento Dandelion and Nautical Blue, Distress Twisted Citron and Impress Pale Aqua.

I'm happy with the outcome and I don't have an excuse now to miss any birthdays!

Wishing you all a lovely day and all the very best for 2017 x

I'm entering this into the following challenges:

Allsorts - Week 396 Something New
That's Crafty - Anything Goes
Penny Black and More - Anything Goes
The Artistic Stamper - Anything Goes
Country View Challenges - Anything Goes
Time out Challenges - Inspired By Words


Sunday, 1 January 2017

Happy New Year 2017


  

2016 was such an amazing and very unexpected crafting year for me.  I had my crafty makes published in two different magazines and I designed cards for Inkylicious that were featured on several different Hochanda shows.  All of this was, and still is, beyond my wildest dreams!

In 2017...........
 May you find your happiness where and when you can, and never take anything, or anyone for granted.  
Life is short and every day is a blessing!

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