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Wednesday, 18 July 2018

More Crafty Individuals

Another card for our July challenge at Stamping Sensations  In My Garden theme, this month we are being sponsored by Crafty Individuals and as I have lots of their stamps it was hard to choose which to use. I have used the acrylic block stamping technique for the background and them simply stamped over it with black Versafine ink, added a little colour to a couple of the flowers and the dragon fly and some punched butterflies from a left over bit of the oxide ink back ground piece, there is still plenty of time to enter our challenge so hope to see you there.

Tuesday, 17 July 2018


The challenge at Try It On Tuesday is to Add A Quote and there is still a week to enter .  After I had made my DT card last week I thought that I do not use my quotation stamps nearly enough so last night I made a batch of Brusho backgrounds and tonight I have been stamping and adding quotes to some of the pieces.

For this one I have stamped the Crafty Individuals Baroque background, the quotation is from an old set of Elusive Image (now Chocolate Baroque) stamps and the butterflies are also Elusive images stamped onto an extra piece, of inky paper and fussy cut

For my second card I have used Inkylicious Ballerina stamp, added a bit of glitter to her Tutu and a quote from a very old Chapel Road stamp set, a few punched glitter stars added.

Used the gorgeous Visible Image butterfly for this one, quote from Artistic Stamper and foliage from Inkylicious

This is my least favourite but maybe it will grow on me ! its a Woodware stamp and an Elusive image butterfly, I have tried to add a bit of colour to the plants but think I would stamp it in another colour another time.

I have been really struggling with crafting for some time now and have even considered giving it up but I've made a few decisions as I have realised I was feeling pressured to produce cards for my charity ,making cards I knew would sell rather than just making what I really like, so I am putting that on hold for the time being.  The above cards were my first just for fun play and I have enjoyed making them .

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Add A Quote

The new challenge at Try It On Tuesday is to" Add A Quote"  NOT a sentiment.  This is not the card I had intended to show but I have not been able to get a decent scan or photo of the other one as I'm having lots of problems with my computer. On this I have used a HoneyDoo stamp of the dancer and the wording is from Inkylicious. The background is one of my inky pieces ,I think I may have used Glimmer mists on it and I've just added some little glittery stars. Hope you will join us in our challenge.

This was the first card I made with the dancer stamp but I liked the pink one best !

Sunday, 1 July 2018

Christmas stockings

Time for a new challenge at Sparkles Christmas and this month Jacky has chosen Christmas Stockings as the challenge theme.  Had a rummage amongst my many Christmas stamps but couldn't find anything appropriate so thought I 'd have a look through some old Making Cards Christmas magazines and found this cute little robin sitting in the cosy knitted stocking, the papers came from the same magazine so a quick and easy card to make. As there were 4 images on the page I thought I might as well use the other three and make them up into cards.  Hope you will join us in our challenge this month and add another card to your Christmas card box.

Here are the other three cards

In My Garden

This year is flying past too fast for my liking and its already time for the July Challenge at Stamping Sensations .  This month we are sponsored by Crafty Individuals and the theme is In My Garden. For my card I have used a Crafty Individuals stamp, this is from a set of two stamps called Spring Flowers.  I do have some Fritillaries in my garden but there are only two or three of them, one of my neighbours has lots but mine refuse to spread even though they have been in for years.  I love the delicacy of this stamp so decided to keep the card simple. The DP is also from Crafty Individuals as is the little bee stamp.  Hope you will join us in our challenge this month.  We are a stamping challenge so need to see the stamping in a prominent place on your card.

Thursday, 28 June 2018

June Rudolph Day

After another scorching hot day it seemed a bit strange to be making a snowy scene for this months card for Maureen's Rudolph Day challenge.  A few years ago I made a lot of cards using this stamp but with a snowman at the front so this time I thought I'd ring the changes and add the deer looking towards the star.  Half way through the year already don't know where the time goes.  Tonight I thought I'd try out the new sprinkler to water the lawn but got it in the wrong place and got water all over the conservatory windows which had just been cleaned this afternoon, after I got myself wet through trying to move it I realised it would have been a better idea to turn it off first, think the heat has fried my brain !

Tuesday, 26 June 2018

Things With Wings

Time for a new challenge at Try It On Tuesday and this time the theme is Things With Wings. I couldn't decide what to use , Birds, Bees, Butterflies ? but in the end I went for something totally different with these fairies.  All the stamps used are by Inkylicious and stamped onto a piece of inky paper, there is glitter on the fairies wings and some fairy dust sprinkled around which doesn't show up on here.  This card will go in my "family box" and eventually go to one of the little Great Grand Daughters.  The Design Team have some fabulous inspirational pieces over on the challenge blog so hope you will pop over and take a look.

Monday, 25 June 2018

Birthday Cake(s)

This is a cute Penny Black stamp I was lucky enough to win from an Allsorts challenge a few weeks ago. Simple card with very little colouring needed and just added a few sequins and a stamped birthday greeting. I've spent longer looking for some cake inspired wording than making the actual card, I know I have some cup cake stamps somewhere but haven't been able to find them, too much stuff !  I'd like to enter my card into Allsorts Challenge - Sweet Treats

Monday, 18 June 2018

Wings Of Time

There is still time to enter our challenge at Stamping Sensensations, there is a great prize waiting for one lucky winner.  As always, we are a stamping challenge and MUST see stamping as the main focus of your entry. For my card I have used the feather stamp from Visible Image Angels Are Near set. Stamped with Izink purple ink and embossed with iridescent glitter,very sparkly which doesn't show up on here. the wording is an old Clarity stamp.

Saturday, 16 June 2018

Beside the sea

I thought I would enter Fashionable Stamping challenge which is "Seaside", it gave me a chance to get out some older stamps and have  play with them.  The Top card is all Crafty Individual stamps while the second one is a very old Stamps Happen stamp, they made such beautiful stamps I was very sad when they went out of production.

Fashionable Stamping  - sea side
and also
Through The Purple Haze - At the beach.

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

One For The Boys

 Time for a new challenge at Try It On Tuesday and this time we would like to see "One For The Boys"   so we are hoping to see your makes for the men/boys in your life.  Now I normally enjoy making masculine cards but this time nothing I tried went right, in the end I decided to abandon any fancy stuff and go fairly simple. The Balloon and compass stamps are from Indigo Blu and the wording stamp is a free one from Creative Stamping magazine.  Hope to see you joining in our challenge.

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Happy Monsters

I made this card for our five year old great grandson's birthday last month, he loved it and also loved the enclosed cash with which he said he could buy lots and lots of things, bless him .The stamps are
some Woodware ones I got a couple of years ago and I think it's only the second time they have seen ink. I'd like to enter my card into the Male Room Challenge which is For Little Boys

Tuesday, 5 June 2018


I think I have a new "favourite" stamp !  I have always been a bit wary of the brush stroke style of stamps but after someone sent me a little card using Penny Black Spontaneous Joy stamp I just had to have the stamp.  I did watch a video on the PB site on using this stamp and although I didn't have the colours or some of the items used it was very informative , so this is my first attempt with it and I am just so happy with it !  It really looks like a water colour painting, no lines !  I have done a few more in different colours but this is my first and favourite  I'd like to enter my card into a couple of challenges

                 Penny Black at Allsorts - In The Garden

Sunday, 3 June 2018

Anything Goes

Wow ! its time for the June challenge at Stamping Sensations, where does the time go ? This month its an Anything goes Theme but do remember we are a stamping challenge and your entry MUST have stamping as the focal point, this doesn't mean a small stamped sentiment or a last minute added small butterfly!  I have gone quite clean and simple this month but I think this stamp needs little adding. In retrospect I wouldn't have added the enamel gems , in real life they are an exact match for the colour of the butterfly.  I recently bought quite a lot of the IZINK dye ink pads and I just love them, the colours are beautiful.  I have used the purple and turquoise directly onto the stamp,spritzed with water and stamped onto water colour paper, I loved how it turned out, the two mounts were inked with the same colours so everything matched.

We are sponsored this month by Visible Image who are giving the lucky winner a £25 Voucher to spend in their store 

Friday, 1 June 2018

Jolly Old Santa

This month at Sparkles Christmas it is Mary's choice and she has asked to see your project featuring Santa.  My card is made with a topper from a magazine, mounted onto a piece of green card.  The wording is done with Rub Ons.  Hope you will join us in our challenge this month.