Wednesday, 17 January 2018

No patterned papers

The theme at Allsorts this week is no patterned papers and I made this card last weekend using just stamping so I thought it fit the bill well. The stamps are all from inkylicious and I used the kaleidacolor blue breeze inkpad.
Sorry it is short and sweet! Hope you are having a good week!

Sunday, 14 January 2018

Feathered Visitors

We have had rather a lot of different visitors to the bird feeders recently, and both Meg and I managed to get some photos, so I thought I would share them with you.
 first up is our male Blackbird, who is already staking his claim to his territory and chasing off the competition. The next photos aren't the best as they are taken through the slightly grubby window on full zoom to the bottom of the garden, but first we have a chaffinch
 and also goldfinches (top) and greenfinches (bottom). Just in case you were wondering, the glass lampshade prevents the squirrel from reaching the holes on the birdfeeder!
 Then the male Blackcap appeared and has been around for over a fortnight now

 Here is a better photo of the goldfinch.

 The great tit loves the berry flavoured fat candle from B&M!
 The starling is looking very smart at the moment too.
 Bobbin the Robin is always around the garden
 And finally, meet our resident goldcrest, Britain's smallest bird. Don't you just love his yellow mohican?
I am just hoping they all show up for the RSPB's big garden Birdwatch in a couple of weeks time. If you want to join in with the biggest citizen science project of the year, you can find out more here . All you do is commit to watching for an hour and then you can log your sightings online or by post.
Thanks for looking and for your lovely comments

Sunday, 7 January 2018

Something New

Here is a card I made with my new spectrum Noir sparkle pens and two new stamps from Bee Crafty. I am loving that sparkle! I might have moaned about breaking up from school so late, but it has been wonderful to have some crafting time after all the festivities have ended. It is back to work tomorrow so I am cramming in an extra post today.
I think this has to be one of my favourite quotes of all time and I intend to try and follow that advice this year!
As the challenges at Allsorts this week and Penny Black and More this month are to show new things, I am entering this card into both challenges.
I hope your New Year has got off to a good start and thanks for looking and for your lovely comments x

January Challenge at Stamping Sensations

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

********Cold and Frosty Colours********

As the title suggest we would love to see all those colours we associate with this time of year, blues, purples, silver, white, and I am sure you will come up with lots of ideas to showcase those colours.

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
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   I've created a couple of scenes for my DT cards this month using stamps from Inkylicious.  The sky and snowdrifts were ink dusted with Distress inks on the first and the sky was created with spectrum Noir sparkle pens on the second. here's a close-up of the sparkle!

 We have a great prize consisting of a collection of Sizzix products.................
Do pop over to the challenge blog for more details on the prize and take a look at all the gorgeous creations from my multi talented teamies. I look forward to visiting your great entries!
Thanks for looking! 

Sunday, 31 December 2017

My year in Cards

Hi there! Brenda has posted her favourite cards from this year and I so enjoyed looking at them I decided to do the same. I won't put detailed information, just the make of stamps. I did enjoy reminding myself of what I had made this year. Here we go then...
January has to be Steve's Birthday Card using Inkylicious stamps.
For February I have chosen the valentine card I made using Inkylicious stamps.
March's card is a rainbow through the woods, again using Inkylicious stamps!
April had to be Meg's birthday card, using Janie Burnet-Bleach's Oliver owl stamp from Hobby Art.
For May I chose the monochrome (with a spot of red) Christmas cards that I made for Rudolf day using Inkylicious stamps.
 June's card is a moonlit fishing scene using inkylicious stamps.
 July's card is a hobby art cottage scene with some wheat on Kraft card. 
 August had to be a Pembrokeshire-inspired Hobby art coastal scene.
 September was a Hobby Art harbour scene.
October 's card was Inkylicious Autumn Leaves (and inkylicious stencil)
 November was a bit of Delft inspired real estate using Inkylicious stamps.
 And December was a bare snowy tree from Inkylicious!
Just so you know, I do own more than two makes of stamp, lol, but these are my favourites.
Wishing everyone a Happy New Year and truly wonderful 2018. I'm off to cook up a global inspired buffet for tonight and a very British Roast Dinner with massive amounts of veg for tomorrow for 8 of us ๐Ÿ˜
Happy New Year!

Sunday, 24 December 2017

Merry Christmas!

 Just popping in to Blogland to wish you all a very Merry Christmas! Here are a few last minute Christmas cards - the first two made with Hobby Art stamps and the third with Inkylicious stamps. Tartan paper is from Craftwork Cards.
 I've started 'domestic godessing' with home made bread, butternut squash soup,  a bran loaf, lemon drizzle cakes and mince pies so far. Gammon joint will go on to cook very soon.
Hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and a peaceful and prosperous new year.
I know you are all aware of my love of wildlife, and having been deeply moved by Blue Planet 2, I am making the decision to not buy any more glitter or glitter glue until a biodegradable alternative comes on the market. I will also not buy plastic coated double sided tape, sequins and buttons etc made of plastic. Where possible I will recycle. I am now faced with the quandary of whether to use any of the above that is already in my stash... Hope I can encourage others to start thinking about crafting a little more greenly in 2018.
Have a good one xxx

Sunday, 17 December 2017

Cold and frosty colours

The Current challenge at Allsorts is to use cold and frosty colours. I have been playing with Bare Trees 3 from Inkylicious for a couple of cards and had just created this little scene when the theme popped up.
Here is another card made with the same tree, but in warmer tones and with a Card-io sentiment.
The Inkylicious set comes with two trees, speckles and grass and will be great for any season - I'm just in winter mode at the moment!
Sorry it is so short and sweet after no posts for a fortnight. Meg and Grant have just arrived home for 3 weeks and last week was Panto week at school. I've been all out completing assessment data, but only 4 days left to go at work so the end is in sight!
Thanks for looking and for all your lovely comments!

Sunday, 3 December 2017

December at Stamping Sensations

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

********Winter Trees and Flowers********

There is plenty of scope here and I am sure many of you will find the theme fits in very nicely with your Christmas card making, so we look forward to seeing what you create. I have focused on Christmas cards using stamps from inkylicious and techniques that Deby and Emma have been demonstrating recently. I used silk art card and Tea Dye distress ink on the first card and the second was smooth stamping card and the Fruitcake Kaleidacolor ink pad. the base card was stamped with a Crafty Individuals snowflake.The snowflake is a lawn fawn die.

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

Stamping must be the central point of attention and interest

On to our prize and this month. We have a super collection of crafting goodies from Stix 2 plus another small prize from them for a second winner.

Do pop over to the challenge blog and take a look at all the gorgeous creations from my multi talented teamies, and I look forward to visiting your great entries!
Thanks for looking! 

Sunday, 26 November 2017

A robin is not just for Christmas!

Hi there! I know! Two posts in one day! I am here to share a card I made with a gorgeous new stamp from Crafty Individuals. Dora had drawn the branch as part of a card she was sending to Jean at Crafty Individuals, and Jean asked if they could use it as part of a stamp along with their own robin and flowers. In return she sent Dora some of the stamps and I was lucky to receive one. I stamped it on watercolour card and coloured it with zig clean colour markers. I love Robins and see them all year round so decided to go with the blossom on the stamp and make it into a Spring card. I think this robin will be singing his heart out  to impress his mate! Well done Dora and a big thank you to Jean for being so generous. You can find the stamp here on Crafty Individuals website.
Thanks for looking!

November Rudolf day

As it is the last Rudolf day this year I've gone all out with four cards to share with you. The first two feature Inkylicious stamps. This first is a matted and layered version of one I did last month, using fluffy puffy stuff for the snow and glitter around the edge of the base card.
 The second card was made using the techniques shown by Emma in the video for the winter snow pines kit.
 My next two cards feature Hobby Art stamps. The top one is on silk art card with an ink dusted background and coloured with Zig clean color markers. The one below is on smooth white card and is coloured with promarkers before coating in lashings of glitter ๐Ÿ˜
Apart from Christmas cards I haven't even thought about Christmas yet. Now Steve has retired he may well have a lot of errands to run very soon! ๐Ÿ˜‰
Do pop over to Scrappy Mo's blog and check out the Rudolf Day challenge. Thanks for looking and I hope your Christmas preparation is going better than mine!

Saturday, 18 November 2017

A glittery Robin for Allsorts

I coloured this Hobby Art Robin and Ivy a while ago but hadn't thought what to do with them. they are stamped on watercolour card and coloured with zig clean colour markers I've got round to making them into a card this morning. 
The challenge at Allsorts this week is to use glitter...I've had one or two serious glitter incidents recently, so went for glitter glue instead, lol!It is round the edges of the Kraft card and also in the ivy leaves and the snowy hills in the background.
I will leave you with a photo of our resident robin from my garden.
Thanks for looking!

Thursday, 9 November 2017

A lakeside cabin I want to live in

I've decided I want to relocate to this little cabin! It looks very peaceful and I bet they get all sorts of wildlife in the garden. These are the new Lakeside cabin and Lakeside boat stamps from inkylicious in two colourways on watercolour card. It is really easy to line them up with a stamping platform. I used my Stampers Friend from Be Creative. The first scene is stamped in memento Paris dusk and coloured with blueprint sketch distress ink using a waterbrush. I started off thinking Delftware then added some glitter to give it a frosty feel
My second was stamped in Memento Rich cocoa and coloured with vintage sepia distress ink. All of the stamps and  inks can be found on the Inkylicious Website.
Thanks for looking!