Sunday, 26 April 2015

Rudolf day for April

Rudolf Day has snook up on me this month, but I remembered I had this little used Penny Black stamp and so made three quick one layer cards. I stamped in versamark and embossed in silver. This also gave me the opportunity to have a play with the new Distress ink colours, and for this one I used abandoned coral and cracked pistachio, before adding a bit of sparkle with jade and red sakura stardust pens and a water brush. The sentiment is a printed one from Craftwork Cards, perfect for sticking over dodgy stamping!
Here is a close up of the sparkle - you can just about see it
Next I had another go, this time managing to get the sentiment stamped straight (it is a very old one from stamporium, and no longer available), but without the sparkle.
And finally I tried another using mermaid lagoon and Cracked pistachio with a sentiment from Inkylicious
I like the new colours, but they are quite similar to some of those already out. Cracked pistachio is a paler version of evergreen bough, mermaid lagoon is similar to salty ocean and abandoned coral is quite like festive berries. These are all quite small cards - 4" square. I picked up a pack of these at the Range when I went to visit Lynne. With postage priced the way it is, more people will get one layer small cards than in the past.
 I'd better pop these over to Scrappy Mo's Rudolf Days challenge and then make the most of the sunshine. I have student finance forms to fill in later.
Thanks for popping by!

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Making a scene or two!

Hello there! Do you remember the Frantic Stamper fern die I showed you a couple of weeks ago? Well, I bought another! This is vertical birch trees. it was a bit more than I would normally spend on a single die, but I loved the size (perfect on a 7x5 card) and I am a tree-oholic!  I made a scene the same size using Inkylicious stamps, my ink dusters and a mountain valley stencil, then popped the birch trees over the top with 3d glue gel. I used a sakura stardust pen to add a bit of shimmer to the birch trees.
My second card was inspired by the lovely fresh greens of springtime that seem to be emerging at the moment.
Again I used Inkylicious stamps, memento inks, my ink dusters and a mountain valley stencil. The blossom around the edge is spun sugar distress stickles and gold liquid pearls.
Thanks for looking! 

Thursday, 16 April 2015

All Grown up!

Tomorrow is my gorgeous daughter's eighteenth birthday! I can hardly believe it! Time goes so quickly... Anyway, here is the card I made for her.
The main image was dusted and stamped onto silk art card with inkylicious stamps, memento inks and ink dusters. I then mounted it on some two tone metallic card (Bronze and maroon) that was a bargain from PDA. I embossed a piece of pearlised black card and rubbed over with treasure brass and treasure pewter. Finally I added a sentiment (little claire) some die cut fern leaves (frantic stamper) and her name in scrabble tiles (stamps from Stamporium no longer available)
Here is a view from a different angle so you can see the sakura stardust pen highlights.I have just realised that this card fits with the Birthday theme at Penny Black and More this month, so I am entering it there.
Meg has gone to spend the last few days of her Easter holiday on the south coast, so we are apart on her birthday for the first time! We have a small celebration planned for a couple of weeks time to compensate!
She is currently studying for her A levels in Biology, Chemistry and Physics, so has put off most things until exams are over and she knows whether she will be able to accept her place at university. I will let you know in due course. I am so proud of her, and even though I will miss her so much I really hope, with all my heart, that she gets the opportunity to follow her dreams.
I will leave you with a few photos...

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, 9 April 2015

A little pink creation and some photos

Hi there! I have just returned from a few days away visiting my dear friend Lynne. I needed to make a card for a work colleague who loves anything French, and as I used quite a lot of pink I thought it would be a good time to remind you that Pink is our current theme this month at Stamping Sensations.
I used Inkylicious ink dusters and stamps for all the backgrounds and used Distress inks in Victorian velvet and tea dye. The Eiffel tower (Dovecraft) was stamped on a snippet of card in starlight black brilliance ink and heat embossed with clear powder. I cut the ferns, a rather wonderful little die from Frantic Stamper (available from Once upon a Stamp) from two snippets of burgundy card. I cannot recommend Frantic stamper dies enough. They took one run through the cuttlebug and popped straight out of the die so easily! The sentiment (Little Claire) was stamped on another snippet of card, cut with a spellbinder die, and even the ribbon was a snippet! With so many snippets used I am nipping over to Di's snippet playground with this card.
Before I leave you I will share some photos from my trip to Scotland.

 Mute and whooper swans.
 Whooper swan
 Wild primrose

There is nothing quite like fresh air, sunshine, blue sky, good company and exercise to put a spring in my step! Oh yes, and seeing 47 species of bird in just one day!
Thanks for looking and for your lovely comments. Do bring your pink creations over to Stamping Sensations this month as there is a whopping prize of £40 worth of goodies from PDA to win!

Sunday, 5 April 2015

April at Stamping Sensations

Good Morning and Happy Easter! It is the first Sunday of April and time for a new Challenge at Stamping Sensations! I am pleased to say that it looks like our internet issues are sorted, touch wood, just in time to get my post finished for the new challenge! Our theme this month is Pretty in Pink and we are being sponsored by PDA Cards and Craft. I am a very lucky crafter as I live only a 25 minute drive away from PDA at Langley Mill, and visit (and spend lots!!!) often. Their paper and card selection are wonderful and they also stock a wide range of other crafting products. The items used on the card above all came from PDA. The stamp is a Woodware Clear Magic one, and I have paper pieced it to imitate some of the wide range of converse style footwear available. I added white gel pen to the laces and pink sparkle to the eyelets. I also added a bit of shading in ivory and pastel blue promarker.
My second card is a little fairy scene using fairy toadstool and grass stamps from Inkylicious. I used my ink dusters, a moon mask and adirondack inks to make the background. I stamped the fairy and grasses in versafine black and coloured the toadstool with distress markers and white gel pen. The background paper was created using dylusion sprays on copier paper. Once the bright colours were dry I placed a leaf stencil from 'that special touch' over and spayed with the white spray.
I also added a bit of subtle sparkle to the fairy and the night sky using a sakura gellyroll clear sparkle pen. You can see the effect in this photo. If you are going to Ally Pally on 11th and 12th April You can get a closer look at it on the Inkylicious stand.
The prize this month is a very generous £40 voucher to spend in the PDA store.
 I'd be very happy to help you with that if you want, lol!  Be sure to pop over to the challenge blog and take a look at the stunning pink creations that my talented team mates have created.
Thanks for looking and for all your lovely comments too.

Wednesday, 1 April 2015


Just a quick post to let you know that I am having internet problems, but having bent the ear of someone from virgin media this evening, normal service should resume on Friday.
Here are a couple of cards to be going on with in the meantime, both using the woodware clear magic stamp, Wheat. The sentiment on the second card is from Inkylicious.
Thanks for looking and hope to be back soon!