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Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Letters/numbers or both



Woops ! forgot to publish my post for Try It On Tuesday challenge starting today, think the heat has addled my brain.  The challenge this time is Letters/Numbers or both.  For my card I have used one of my old Stampers Anonymous stamps which has both letters and numbers on it. Stamped it onto an oxide ink background. The base layer is anothe inky piece, some numbers stamped down one side and layered with some tissue paper,another couple of pieces of inky card, plasterers mesh and a couple of die cuts. Thanks for visiting and hope to see you on our challenge

Friday, 16 June 2017

Under the sea



I haven't made a tag for ages so it made a change to have a play, It's quite a small tag (3"x 6" ) The tag was a dark brown so I started by painting it with gesso ,first mistake as then of course it resisted the oxide inks I wanted to use. eventually with a bit of perserverance I got a decent coverage,I had not planned what I was making but the colours looked like the sea to me.I stamped the large seaweed and shells stamp from Kaisercraft and white embossed it. Next mistake was to stamp and white emboss a sea horse which looked awful,decided to cover  it up with frantage marine embossing powder,heated it up and embedded a white die cut sea horse,die cut the anchor and shells and coloured them with aquamarine treasure gold,added a few sequins for bubbles and a scrap of meshy stuff to finish. I'm entering these challenges

Go Tag Thursday  - Anything goes
Moo-mania - Under water
Tag Tuesday - Texture
and 
Sparkles Monthly challenge - embossing ( heat or dry)

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Fairy Edna





A couple more cards for the charity box, I'm not doing very well with it this year so I need to get on and make some more.  I bought this Stamping Bella Edna stamp at Port Sunlight and this is her first outing, although she comes with a Martini stamp I decided she was drinking wine as our ladies in the village get out the wine at the slightest opportunity !

Moving along with the times -  Embossing wet or dry
Watercooler challenges -           Feminine
  

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Family Portrait


A just for fun card using Kevin's gang cats from Indigo Blu, I'm not sure what the background is as it's from "the stack" but I think its distress inks on glossy card, a couple of torn scraps across the bottom for the grass and the gang are coloured by dabbing with spiced marmalade and cracked Pistachio DI, made a mess of stamping the sentiment as I used versafine forgetting it doesn't dry on glossy card but it almost wiped off with a baby wipe and I re stamped with Memento.  I'd like to enter my card into

That's Crafty Challenges - Feline fine

and

Addicted To Stamps - Animals.

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Happy Post


I'm delighted to be able to say that I have been invited to join the Design Team at Try It On Tuesday, well it took me all of 3 minutes to say yes !  I have followed this challenge ever since I began blogging so I was super excited to be asked.  The first challenge I was asked to join in with is right up my street , I love Steampunk but hadn't done any for ages so it was fun to dig out some old supplies and ideas.  My base card is a piece of Mirri card dabbed with alcohol inks and embossed with a cogs EF. The clock and the big cog die cuts are triple embossed with some very old metallic EP,some of the other cogs have gilding wax applied..The lady is a Hampton Art stamp and I glued watch parts to the cogs on her head.Big Sizzix butterfly and teeny tiny flowers and the word soar cut from a Adage tag.  Do pop over to the challenge site and see the fabulous examples by the design team

Sunday, 4 June 2017

Favourite Stamp


This month at Stamping Sensations the challenge is to use your favourite stamp.
For my card I used quite muted colours for the background,oxide distress inks twisted citron and worn lipstick and a bit of text stamping. I love this poppy stamp from Carabelle Studio, whats not to love about a poppy stamp LOL. I had a bit of a problem painting the poppy head over the oxide inks,everything I used seemed to just disappear into the background, eventually used my very old charisma pencils.  Do hope you will join us in our challenge this month, we are a stamping challenge so your entry must have stamping as the focal point.



 

We are sponsored this month by Visible Image who are offering  a prize of £35  to  spend in their store

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Pink Angel



This month at Sparkles Christmas , Helen has chosen the theme of Non Traditional colours. Struggled to think of what I could use for this as I must admit I'm very old fashioned regarding Christmas cards,however looking through my box of 12x12 Christmas papers I found several sheets of pink and green papers and remembered making cards years ago with them. A friend had borrowed my favourite angel stamp and brought it back last week so it was still on the table, found some pink Brilliance ink ( must say my Brilliance inks are very old but still stamp beautifully). I hope you will join us with this months challenge and add to your Christmas card stash.

Friday, 26 May 2017

Winter Wonderland



Time for a card for Mo's Rudolph challenge, always catches me by surprise as I can't believe it's already another month flown by.  This stamp is new to me, one of  several purchases from Crafty Individuals at Port Sunlight, haven't got round to using any of the others yet. The colours look a bit muted on here but are brighter in real life. Some papers from LOTV a couple of years ago , a die cut snowflake and some glamour dust glitter.I have several white pns and I could not get any of them to do white dots that showed up on the umbrella!


Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Magical Day



Well, tonight I should have been getting on with making a few cards to put in the box down at our local hairdressers who kindly sell my cards for me, all the money goes to a named charity ( this time its the Yorkshire Air Ambulance ) but couldn't really settle down to it, can't stop thinking of all those children and young people killed and injured in the Manchester terrorist atroctity.
Finally had a play with some free stamps from Creative Stamping Magazine, I do love unicorns and this one is a real beauty.  This card will probably go to one of the great grand daughters, a couple of birthdays coming up next month.  
There is still time to enter Stamping Sensations May challenge which is Butterflies,fairies and fantasy.

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Favourite Stamp


My turn for mid month motivation at Stamping Sensations, we are asked to choose our favourite stamp, an impossible task for me as I love so many different ones but I do have a bit of an obsession with poppy stamps so I have used one on my favourite ones here. This one is Inkylicious Botantical Poppy which I have stamped onto an distress oxide background,added an embossed piece of oxide paper and a square of hessian, finished off with a hessian butterfly. 

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Mixed Bag

Been a funny old week so far, I've got a lot of family birthdays etc this week and next so been making quite a variety of cards. First one is for a Great Grandsons 4th birthday.  Got these cute animals free with a magazine and while they are not my normal type of stamp I think I will be using them quite a lot for kiddiewinks cards.

 I'd like to pop this card onto Fashionable Stampings Challenge - Lets Go Wild

and here's a few more

21st for Great Grandson


1st Birthday for Great Great Grandson


30th Birthday for Grand daughter


Grandson

and our daughters dog's 2nd birthday LOL


forgot to scan some of the others, caught up now until June so time to play now I hope.

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Little Things



I was thrilled to be asked to do a guest designer spot for Try It On Tuesday, a challenge I've followed for years.  When I was told the theme I was in a bit of a panic about what to do but while searching around I found this little chipboard frame with the nine squares, I think from Crafty Individuals a long time ago.  I used to make inchies quite a lot at one time so dug out my 1" square punch and punched out nine squares from bits of brusho papers in "The Pile" and stamped various little bits and pieces, the white embossed ones don't show up very well on here though.The orange button from my button tin seemed a perfect match, threads from box full of fancy knitting wools never used as I can't knit LOL 

Sunday, 7 May 2017

No Place Like Gnome



This month at Stamping Sensations the challenge is Butterflies/fairies and fantasy.  For my DT card I have used Stampendous Whisper Friends for the gnomes and flowers and Sweet Dixie stamps for the fairy door,notice,leaves and grass.  I am not normally much into cute stuff but I fell in love with the gnomes at first sight and then the fairy door took my eye too!  Hope to see you on our challenge this month, there is this fabulous prize for the winner





Just remember we are a stamping challenge and we must see stamping as the focal point of your entry, digis are accepted if they are hand coloured,

Monday, 1 May 2017

Snowflakes



Time for a new challenge at Sparkles Christmas Challenge and this month it is my choice and I have chosen snowflakes.  The snowflake embossing folder was already out from making my last card so I embossed a piece of Silver white shimmer card with it. I wanted to use teal with it and this was the nearest I could find in my stash. The large snowflake die is Tonic winter snowflake which I cut in the shimmer card and the teal and slightly offset them.  The sentiment is from a very old set of Hero Arts stamps. Hope you will join us in this months challenge.

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Rudolph Day Again



Time for another of Scrappy Mo's Rudolph day challenges again. I'm determined to keep up this year even if its just another one card to add to the box.  I already had some Hobby Art Stamps out from the last card I made so decided to do another little scene. This is much smaller than the one done with the stencil, its a 5x7 card which is a size I'm used to working with.  Used the cuttlebug embossing folder (I think this was the first embossing folder I ever bought ?) The little deer at the front is from a freebie set from last year and its just a nice size to fit in with the other stamps I've used. I'd also like to enter these challenges

A Snowflake Promise - anything goes  Christmas or winter theme
The Holly and Ivy Christmas challenge - anything goes as long as its Christmas