Monday, 26 May 2014

Rudolf Day for May

I can't believe it is the end of May already! Every Month on the 25th I am trying to join in with Sarn's Rudolf day by making 2 cards ready for Christmas. This month I have gone with Christmas trees of a more ornate nature. This is the Inkylicious Christmas tree flourish in the small size. I also used the damask background on all the panels. The side panels are stamped and dusted in Bundled Sage DI and the main panel is Tea Dye for the background and vintage photo for the tree.
For my second I added a panel in Aged Mahogany DI to go with the bundled sage and Tea dye. I also stamped the base card with Holly Panel in Tea Dye DI. I edged the main panel by using the edge of the tree. Dots of liquid pearls in platinum pearl, Gold pearl and avocado finished it off.
Do Pop over to Sarn's blog and take a look at her Christmas cards for this month. She has made some real beauties again.
As I used up several snippets of silk art card to make these two, I am also taking them to the playground for Miss Di's snippet challenge.
Thanks for looking!

Friday, 23 May 2014

That Tree Again!

 I had another play with the Inkylicious Willow tree and lots of ink! The background paper was made with Adirondack colour washes in eggplant, denim, stream, lettuce and butterscotch. I made the background ages ago and have nearly finished using the pile of papers I made with just a few sprays! I over-stamped the paper with Hero Arts Silhouette Grass stamp and Inkylicious French style Script . I also used some sequin waste with my ink dusters and Adirondack eggplant ink.
Then I took an arch die (Once upon a stamp) and cut a shape from silk art card. I dusted this with memento inks in Grape Jelly, Bahama blue, Teal Zeal, with some crushed olive DI at the bottom - why I didn't use the same Adirondack inks as the washes I used for the background, I am not sure!
The willow tree was stamped with memento Tuxedo black, and the glitter added once it was all dry. I wasn't sure if this pale green glitter would work, but I think it does. The Willow Tree will be available soon! If you want a good look at all of the gorgeous stamps that Inkylicious produce, on 8th June they will be at Stamp Magic, Doncaster, or if you can't wait you could visit the website!
I have broken up for half term today, so I am looking forward to some rest and relaxation, although I have my reports to write so it isn't all fun! I am going to try and have a good look around blogland too, as I feel I have neglected you all over the past few weeks.
Thanks for looking and have a wonderful evening!

Sunday, 18 May 2014

A mid month reminder at Stamping Sensations!

It is time for a mid month reminder at Stamping Sensations and time to reveal the mystery prize! I will keep you waiting a bit longer though, as I want to tell you about my card!  I have had a bit of a play with my H2Os and some washes/sprays I bought so many years ago I can't remember who made them! The stamp is from Sheena Douglass, embossed and painted with H2Os. You can see a bit of the sheen from this angle
I finished it off with a piece of lace and a biow made from Sari ribbon. I am quite pleased with the results - must play with my H2Os again soon!
Okay, now I will show you the prize!
 Loads of goodies! Do pop over to the challenge blog to take a look at all the fab creations my lovely DT buddies have made, and don't forget to enter your creations in the anything goes challenge.
Thanks for looking!

Sunday, 11 May 2014

Owl be thanking you!

Thanks for all the lovely messages wishing me Happy Birthday last week. I spent a bit of my birthday money on this gorgeous stamp by Little Claire. I made a quick one layer card with it to say thank you to my friend Sarah for the money, and for buying lots of my cards too. The sentiment is from Inkylicious and the background is dusted with memento grape jelly, lilac posies and dandelion yellow. The image is stamped with versafine black. I don't think it looks quite so grainy in real life!

On the subject of owls I got a lovely treat a couple of days before my birthday. We had organised for a company called Hawks of Steele to come in to school to bring owls to the year 2 class who are learning about nocturnal animals. Knowing how much I love owls I got invited through to have my photo taken.
Isn't he a beauty? He was so friendly too. Not sure if it was this one or one of the others that was in Harry Potter (as an extra!)  You can read more about the wonderful work Hawks of Steele do on their website.
I will leave you with  a photo of  belated birthday flowers given to me on Thursday. I have never thought of hyacinths as a cut flower before, but they look and smell amazing!
Thanks for looking!

Monday, 5 May 2014

A Bluebell Walk

On Sunday we went for a stroll around Bunny Old Wood, famous for it's bluebells in Nottinghamshire. Here are a few photos, some by me and some by Meg.

As well as bluebells there were lots more wild flowers.
 Red Campion,
 Greater Stitchwort
and Arum Lilies.
The hawthorn hedges were dripping with blossom too. Thanks for looking!

Sunday, 4 May 2014

Anything Goes at Stamping Sensations

It is the first Sunday of May so time for a new challenge at Stamping Sensations.
 It is an 'anything goes'  theme this month, so thought it would be the perfect opportunity to use some newish stamps! For my first card I used some paper that I had sprayed with dylusions and stamped crafty Individuals CI -182 in Gesso. I added a snippet border (CI -147) stamped in versamark and brushed with gold mica powder. The owl stamp (CI -225 ) was stamped in archival black onto silk art card and coloured with distress markers before cutting out and matting onto an embossed panel rubbed with treasure gold sapphire using 3d glue.This too was from my snippet drawer.
For my second card I stamped the base card with versamark using the border stamp CI - 147 and rubbed over with pan pastels. I then aged it a little by dusting around the edges with Tea Dye distress ink. I added a snippet panel sprayed with irridescent ink and some lace. The main image is CI - 387, stamped in archival black and coloured with distress markers. I mounted it on a couple of snippets and put together with 3d glue.
So, what is the prize this month?

We have a mystery prize so you will just have to keep an eye the challenge blog to find out!
Do pop over there and take a look at the fabulous creations my lovely teamies have created this month, too.
All you need to remember is that we are a stamping challenge and your focal element must be a stamped image, you can enter up to three times and combine your entry with other challenges.
I am off to enjoy my birthday with a walk in the woods looking at Bluebells, happy in the knowledge I don't have work tomorrow! Don't you love Bank Holidays?!
I have just realised that there are several snippets on both of these cards, so I am off to Di's Crafty Snippet playground with them. Will be back soon to share photos from my walk x