Sunday, 20 May 2018

A quick reminder

Here is a quick reminder that the theme of 'Close to Nature' at Stamping Sensations still has until the end of the month to run, so get your entries in!
Here is a quick bit of inspiration using one of the latest releases from Crafty Individuals
I used a mixture of Izinks and memento inks and my ink dusters for the background. Short and sweet from me today I'm afraid. I will try and catch up over the bank holiday weekend and share some photos of a little trip out we took yesterday.
Thanks for looking and for leaving comments despite the GDPR headache x

Sunday, 6 May 2018

May at Stamping Sensations


It is the first Sunday of the month and time for our May challenge at Stamping Sensations. Spring is such a wonderful time of year so we have a theme to compliment the season.................

********Close to Nature********

We are looking for flowers, trees, wild animals and insects, in fact anything associated with the wonders of Nature and the great outdoors which surround us every day.

Please can I remind you we are a stamping challenge so must see a stamped image which reflects the theme as the focal element of your artwork , this means:


Stamping must be the central point of attention and interest

Both of my cards were made with Hobby Art stamps, Stamped in memento Desert Sand and coloured with watercolour markers. I think this is my new favourite technique, and very satisfying to colour 😊
Our sponsors this month are Chocolate Baroque, and there is a great prize on offer!
Do pop over to the challenge blog and take a look at the fabulous creations from my talented team mates! This is obviously an inspirational theme for them all.
Thanks for looking!

Friday, 4 May 2018

Inkylicious Samples

Hi There!
Long post alert (but mainly pictures)! Here, as promised, are my Inkylicious samples that are on Hochanda this afternoon. The stamps are all absolutely gorgeous and I still haven't stopped playing! If you want details about how I made them please ask. First up are the field poppy samples...


Next we have some seaside and beach scenes...





here is a summer meadow scene...
A couple of beach hut cards...

A moody moonlight scene...
Sunrise...
Sunset...
And magical unicorns!
I have had such fun and the stamps are still out and still being inked at every opportunity!
Thanks to Deby and Emma for sharing their wonderful stamps with me! I am so lucky!
Thanks for looking!

Sunday, 29 April 2018

Rudolf day for April

Hi there! First I must apologise for being so quiet for the past two weeks. As well as Meg's 21st, (Thanks for all your birthday wishes for her!) I have been very busy making samples for Inkylicious who have a show on Hochanda on Friday afternoon at 2pm. Do tune in  - the stamps are gorgeous!  I will share my makes with you once the programme airs, I promise!
Rudolf day has snook up on me again! Where did April go? Anyway, here are my cards.

I don't do a lot of cute, but these geese from Hobby Art will definitely appeal to lots of our friends so I had to get them. They are stamped on watercolour paper and coloured with zig clean color markers and distress markers.
Do pop over to Mo's blog and take a look at the fabulous inspiration from her and the DT.
Before I go, here is a sneaky peek at one of the cards I've made for Inkylicious
Thanks for looking and Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Meg's Birthday

Today my wonderful daughter turns 21! We had a meal out at the weekend and tonight we are having an evening together before she returns to Sheffield tomorrow.
She has grown from this....

 to this...
and we are so proud of her and love her to bits!
Here is the birthday card I made for her. I took lots of inspiration from Marianne Lait, who worked some amazing magic with this stamp set for her Hobby Art DT samples. Do pop over and see Marianne's blog. She designs for both Hobby Art and Lavinia and her project are stunning!
I used glossy accents on the dragonflies and added some liquid pearls to the stamens of the cellandines. All of the flowers and the dragonflies are attached with 3d glue gel and the card is 8 x 8". the scene was created using ink dusters and distress ink with some stamping in memento. 
Thanks for looking!

Monday, 9 April 2018

Square Allsorts

The theme at Allsorts this week is Be there or be square! If you look closely there are many many squares on my card! The stamps are all from Hobby Art and the flowers, grasses and seedheads are coloured with zig clean color markers. Do pop over to the challenge blog and take a look at the DTs fabulous cards.
Thanks for looking and for all your lovely comments

Sunday, 1 April 2018

April at Stamping Sensations

Good morning, It's time for a new challenge at Stamping Sensations and this month we are looking for
********One for the Girls********
As the title suggest we would love to see your creations featuring all things feminine. It could be flowers, feminine colours, bling or just about anything that would appeal to the ladies in our lives! 
My card was made for my great niece and features a stamp from many, many years ago. I think it was by Sugar Nellie, but I don't think it is available any longer. The background was stamped with an Inkylicious leaf and spritzed using Be Creative mini spritzers. The main image was coloured with watercolour markers and a Be Creative water brush. The whole thing was assembled using Be Creative wondertape.
As you have probably realised, our sponsors this month are Be Creative. Gordon and Justin have very kindly donated a £25 voucher for their web store, and with some new goodies coming to their website this month, we can't wait to see what new, value-for-money products they are launching! 

Please can we remind you we are a stamping challenge so must see a stamped image as the focal element of your artwork, not just a stamped sentiment or stamping in the background, this means:
Stamping must be the central point of attention and interest 

Do pop over to the challenge blog and take a look at the gorgeous designs from all my talented teamies! They really have made some beautiful cards this month! 
Thanks for looking!

Friday, 30 March 2018

Rudolf Day for March

Here I am last minute with two cards for March Rudolf day, so just in time for another Rudolf day over at Scrappy Mo's.
 Both were made using Inkylicious stamps, ink dusters and distress and memento inks - DI weathered wood and Memento London fog on the first, and Memento Nautical blue on the second.
I also used a gelly roll sparkle pen and a spectrum noir clear sparkle pen on the snow and moon, but you can't really see it here.
Lets hope we don't see lots of the white stuff this weekend! Things to do and people to see!
Do pop over to Mo's blog to see the beautiful inspiration and join in the Rudolf fun if you can!
They were both made using snippets as well, so I'm off to Miss Di's snippet playground with them too! 

Sunday, 25 March 2018

Dora's Digis for March

Carrying on with the African theme I have been playing with my ink dusters to create a background for Dora's fabulous Elephant that you can find here. The background stamps are all from Inkylicious and the inks are Izinks. I coloured the elephant with alcohol based markers.
I also made a card with one of the squirrels which you can also find on the realistic animals page. It was a sunny morning for once so the base of the easel card is a bit too washed out in the photo.
I'm hoping it got to it's destination on time.
Here is a photo of our resident squirrel during the recent snow

 
Thanks for looking and for all your lovely comments.

Saturday, 17 March 2018

African Animals

With all this cold weather around I decided to escape to Africa on my craft table and here are the results 😀
All stamps from Inkylicious except the birthday sentiment on the first card. I used Izinks on the first card and I am impressed! They seem really good.The zebra was heat embossed with black sparkle embossing powder, so it is more blingy than it looks on here!
Hope you are keeping warm and snow doesn't spoil your plans! Sorry it is short and sweet. Work is keeping me super busy at the moment
Thanks for looking and for all your lovely comments

Sunday, 4 March 2018

March at Stamping Sensations



Good morning, It's time for a new challenge at Stamping Sensations and this month we are looking for
********Woodland Friends********
As the title suggest we would love to see your creations featuring any creatures that live in the woods. It could be mammals, birds, insects or invertebrates!
My first Card this month was made with Lavinia stamps. I created the background with inkylicious ink dusters and distress inks.
My second Card was one I made as a commission for Creative Stamping Magazine. More details can be found in Issue 51 (along with the stamps I used)



Please can we remind you we are a stamping challenge so must see a stamped image as the focal element of your artwork, not just a stamped sentiment or stamping in the background, this means:
Stamping must be the central point of attention and interest 
Our sponsors this month are Tattered Lace and they have donated this lovely prize!
 
Do pop over to the challenge blog and take a look at the gorgeous designs from all my talented teamies! They really have made some outstanding cards this month! 
Thanks for looking!

Sunday, 25 February 2018

Rudolf Day for February

Hi there! It is already 25th February and so it is time for another Rudolf day over at Scrappy Mo's. For my Cards  I made a wintry woodland scene using stamps from Inkylicious over an inky background made by smooshing and washing spectrum Noir sparkle pens over some watercolour paper. I added snow with a white Posca pen. My only regret is stamping the sentiment too close to the top edge!
My second wintry scene was created using a Crafter's Companion 3d embossing folder and rubbing over with a bit of Treasure Brass. The sentiment stamp is from Inkylicious.
We have just has a lovely walk in the woods, but it was a bit nippy, and by all accounts it won't be getting warmer for a few days. Lets hope we can all stay warm and cosy and not have to make snowy journeys.
Do pop over to Mo's blog to see the beautiful inspiration and join in the Rudolf fun if you can!