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, 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!

Saturday, 24 February 2018

something beginning with B

The current challenge at Allsorts is something beginning with B. It seemed the ideal opportunity to share this card I made recently. The Bs are the butterflies (stamps from Hobby Art designed by Janie Burnett-Bleach)brown and black inks for stamping the flowers, and the blotchy background made with distress oxides and sprinkled with water.
Half term has flown by and I still haven't ventured into blog land as much as I would have liked. We have however achieved great things in loft sorting, cellar clearing and charity shop visiting! Hope you have had a great week! I will leave you with some photos of ourt recent trip with Megan and Grant to Whyming Brook Nature Reserve, just a short drive from Sheffield.



Thanks for looking!

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Steve's Birthday Card

I'm flying in 😉 to show you Steve's Birthday card! Made with Hobby Art Stamps, I stamped onto their watercolour card and coloured the scene with a mix of Zig clean colour markers and Distress inks using a waterbrush. I added a bit of sparkle to the head feathers using a clear spectrum noir sparkle pen and added shine to the beak and eyes with a clear gelly roll glaze pen. The base card was stamped using lucky clover distress oxide ink.
Here in Nottingham, Duck is a term of endearment, and Steve loves ducks, so this set of stamps was a must-have!  
Short and sweet from me I'm afraid as I need to get to bed. Looking forward to some crafty time during half term and some time to visit blog land too. Just five more days at work before half term starts.
Thanks for all your lovely comments and I hope you have had a fab weekend x

Sunday, 4 February 2018

February at Stamping Sensations


Good morning, It's time for a new challenge at Stamping Sensations and this month we are looking for
********Anything with Flowers********

As the title suggest we would love to see your floral creations. I am sure you will come up with lots of beautiful floral designs.
My Card this month is a beautiful Iris from our lovely sponsor, Bev at Bee Crafty. I coloured the stamp with memento inks in Paris Dusk and Cottage ivy. I then dragged colour and added a little extra with a water brush. I also added a little yellow and orange zig cleancolor marker. The background was stamped (Hobby Art stamps) and dusted with distress inks in bundled sage and tea dye.
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

As I mentioned above our sponsor is Bev from Bee Crafty. She is offering the lucky winner £25 worth of gorgeous goodies from the Bee Crafty store! There are gorgeous stamps, stencils, inks and all sorts of other goodies just waiting to fall into your basket! Rather a lot fell into mine, I can tell you! If you didn't see it before here is a card made with more Bee Crafty Stamps that fit the theme. I LOVE that sentiment!

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!