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Tuesday, 15 August 2017

In my garden


Time for a new challenge at Try It On Tuesday and this time the theme is "In Your Garden".  I did start out with a rather complicated piece including lots of masking but it ended up a total disaster so ended up in the bin.  So my card is a very simple one this time, Inkilicious drips and splatters stamp stamped with Kaleidacolor ink(Riviera) and the Woodware Going To Seed stamped over the top with black Versafine ink. The little sentiment stamp was free with Making Cards magazine.  I carried on and made another six cards with the splats in didderent colour Kaleidacolour inks and various other
Woodware and Inkylicious plant stamps. Trying to get a bit more stock for my charity box sales.

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Just because cards


 

Not feeling very motivated this week, too many other things on my mind I suppose.  While mooching about "tidying"  I came across my box full of pan pastels which I haven't used for a while, don't know why as they make fabulous coloured backgrounds in the twinkling of an eye. I've no idea what colours I used as I just pick and mix at random.  The stamps are all from Indigo Blu Victorian Garden set which was a birthday present back in April. I did some second generation stamping to give a bit of depth but it was too faint to show up on here.


I bought these Hobby Art stamps during a trip to Skipton and Embsey with our daughter. Another pan pastel background, all the stamps are Hobby Arts except the top one which is Inkylicious.  It's bit pale but I was so concerned with colouring the bird that it didn't end up looking like a canary that I maybe erred a little on the cautious.

I'd like to enter this card into Moving along with the times  - Things that Fly
and Cardz4galz - Pretty pastels

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Colour your world



This month at Stamping Sensations we are sponsored by Swedish House Crafts  with a great prize of £25 voucher for the winner and tw0 runner up prizes of £10 .The challenge is one that's always a favourite :- Anything Goes.  Do remember we are a Stamping Challenge and we must see stamping as the focal point of your entry, If we  do not comment it is because you have not followed the rules of the challenge.  For my DT card this month I have coloured a piece of card with distress oxide inks and then stamped the birds on a wire stamp from Inkylicious and bleached out parts of the birds to make them fit my wording, added the dab of colour to add the word Colour.


Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Paris Post card



The challenge this time at Try It On Tuesday is Post Cards.  For my postcard I used a 4"x 6" piece of glossy card and covered it with distress oxide inks in Wilted Violet and Cracked Pistachio, heat dried it and then dipped it into various colours of oxides spritzed on my blending mat,drying in between each lot of colours, get a bit carried away and can go on for ever adding more layers of colour .  I stamped the Woodware Paris Collage in Wilted violet onto it,not the most successful stamping, so stamped it again on tissue and adhered the tissue to the lower half which had not stamped well.  Stamped the collage again on a piece of Brusho paper and fussy cut the butterfly,watch etc. Added a die cut Eiffel tower and a stamped postage stamp.  Lots of messing about but enjoyed making it and reasonably happy with the result.  Hope you will join us in our challenge.

Peace On Earth



Time for a new challenge at Sparkles Christmas 
and Debs has chosen "Use A Festive Sentiment as A Focal Point "  For my card I have used a die I bought last year and I think I only used it once and Stampin Up snow embossing folder. The blue background is made with one of my homemade ink sprays with a bit of gold splattering which doesn't show up too well on here.Stamped and embossed in white the Christmas verse. Hope you will join us in our challenge and get some more Christmas cards in your stash, only five months to go !

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Sunny Pair



A "just because" card. I've had this Penny Black stamp for quite a while but not really used it much, don't know why as this Sunny Pair are very bright and cheerful. A very simple card, just stamped onto a stitched square, coloured with zig pens, the background paper was free with a magazine and a bit of ribbon from my stash. Didn't add a sentiment as I don't know what I will use this card for.
I'd like to enter it into Penny Black Friends Saturday Challenge - Flowers and
City Crafters Challenge -something beginning with S   - Sunflowers

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Believe In The Magic



Another month almost over and it's time for Rudolph Day challenge once again. For my card I have used two Crafty Individuals stamps, wording and snowflakes from a freebie stamp set.  Background paper made with home made ink sprays made from some cheap metallic paints I got from The Works ages ago. I'd also like to enter my card into The Holly and The Ivy Christmas Challenge which is always Anything Goes


Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Let It Shine



The new challenge at Try It On Tuesday starting today is "Let It Shine "  . For my piece I decided to go with bright sunny colours and colourful flowers.  Created the background with distress inks and added the stencilled sun rays with the darker of the two colours, think it was spiced marmalade. Stamped the Woodware long,tall flowers across the lower part of the card and painted the with distress inks. Added my little painted butterfly and the computer generated words. Hope to see you on our challenge this time.

Monday, 17 July 2017

Sea Scape



I wached Jean from Crafty Individuals on Hochanda last week and she made some background papers for Christmas cards with acrylic paints, as I have most of the stamps she used on the show I thought I'd give it a go, however mine were decidedly not Christmas by the time I'd finished !  I then thought I'd seen a challenge for something to do with sea so ended up using some of the papers for making this card.The background is a cover a card stamp by Impression Obsessions,the porthole was free with a magazine and the galleon is Stampin up.Few torn bits of the painted paper for the waves and a die cut anchor.Looked for the challenge I'd seen and it had finished, about right for me ! However I would like to enter my card into Make My Monday challenge which is Holidays/travel, hope it fits their criteria ?

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Butterfly




I had been die cutting some Sizzix/ Stamping up butterflies for something else I was working on and had several pieces of white card with the outline of the butterfly cut out, also had cut more of the lacy butterfly than I needed (just in case, as you do ) rather than waste the negative pieces I thought I would see what it looked like with a piece of coloured card behind,looked a bit bare so added the white lacy one over the top and loved it, so went ahead and found some pretty satin card to use.
Used my tonic square dies to cut the white "waste" into a neat square and also to cut the blue/teal ? square. Made some antenna out of little strips of card and cut a body out in the coloured card too.
I stamped "just because "in the top corner and then decided to add "its your birthday "in the lower corner,wished I hadn't as it didn't stamp too well, thank you "Misty" for restamping it for me even if it is still a bit blotchy LOL

I would like to enter my card into Cardz4Galz challenge - butterflies
Happy Little Stampers - anything goes with dies
and

Monday, 10 July 2017

Keeper



Saw that Fashionable Stamping challenge that has just started is Gone Fishing, first thought was to make a masculine card but then ,looking at the DT samples , one of them had used an Artistic Outpost stamp and it reminded I have the Keeper set of stamps that I have never used. Stamped the girl onto an oxide ink background, added a bit more vegetation and a couple of fish, added to another inky background piece made using the same colours and with a bit if meshy stuff ( I really don't know what this stuff is, there was a big roll of it in an old first aid box but its great for adding to cards !)

Fashionable Stamping - Gone Fishing

Thats Crafty Challenge - Anything goes

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Fashionista



The challenge at Try It On Tuesday this time is to make a tag, either stand alone or as part of a project. I had got out of the habit of making tags so faffed around for a while thinking what I could use.  .I stamped and white embossed the background wording and then coloured the tag with oxide inks.  I tore a piece from a serviette to create the Paris background.Stamped,embossed and coloured the runway girl ,added a piece of lace and a black bow and mounted the tag on to a piece of black card, was rather happy at how it turned out .  

Sunday, 2 July 2017

Its all about flowers





This month at Stamping Sensations the challenge is Anything With Flowers so lots of scope  to burst into bloom !  We are sponsored this month by Crafty Individuals who are offering a fantastic prize of £35 to spend in their shop

Although I have to admit I have a drawer full of CI Stamps I was surprised to find I had very few flower ones but for my top card I used one of my favourites, such a pretty stamp. I stamped in Versafine over a piece of Oxide ink paper left over from another card,used a bit of bleach to lift the colour from some of the flowers and added a bit of colour.  For my second card I got a bit carried away with the background,distress inks,stencilling,stamping etc.The two flower pieces were stamped and embossed in black  and coloured with markers.

Thanks for looking and I hope to see you joining in with our challenge this month.



Saturday, 1 July 2017

Christmas Ornament



Time for a new challenge at Sparkles Christmas and Mary has asked to see an ornament  either on a project or an actual ornament.  The Design team have some very different ideas to inspire you.  A few (or maybe quite a lot!) of years ago medallion stamps were all the rage and I made loads of cards with them.  This was always my favourite one and I found the ready made medallion in a box along with a few others in different colours. They were quite time consuming to make, five layers on this one,apart from the gold layer they are all  painted with Pearl Ex.  The background is an embossing folder ,no name on it but think it is creative expressions then mounted on a piece of blue pearlised card.  Hope you will join us in our challenge this month and add another Christmas card to your stash (less than six month to go you know ! )

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

On The Beach



Well it's been far from beach weather here today, rained continually now for two days and tonight was really windy too, rain beating on the windows, had to put the central heating back on, not flaming June for sure.  I made my little tag for Tag Tuesdays challenge of Seaside.  Sloshed (technical term!) on some Paperartsy acrylic paints quite thickly, adding bits of white for the breakers,added some Taupe frantage for the shingle. Don't know why they give the frantage colour names as everyone I have used just comes out gold despite shaking it up.  I don't know the name of the stamp of the children as it belongs to a friend and I had stamped a few up ages ago,coloured them with watercolour pencils and stamped the Inkilicious birds in the sky.

Tag Tuesday  -    The Beach



Monday, 26 June 2017

Snowy cottage in the woods



Just been playing with a, new to me, stamp from Crafty Individuals. Tried stamping it in various colours,this one is versafine smokey gray, just a few little touches of colour and lots of glitter,piece of star embossed blue card and a surround of silver glitter card, if I make more of these would probably add a sentiment.


This one actually looks a lot better in real life, stamped with encore blue ink, embossing folder inked with the same colour.  I like the top one better but the actual image stamped in blue is lovely, just needs a less busy background I think.

I'd like to enter the first card into Mo's June Rudolph challenge

Dressmakers Corner



Seem to be stuck in the doldrums again recently and even though I have lots of new stash I  can't get motivated.  To give myself a kick up the  ********  I thought I would try and enter a few challenges and this is my card for Cardz4galz challenge which is Sew and Sew.  Oxide ink background ,stamps from Inkylicious and Indigo blu,free border stamp with Card Making magazine,tape measure and cotton card a magazine freebie. The dressmakers corner stamp is from a very old SeeDees stamp set.anyone remember them. I had forgotten I had any until I unearthed a box full of them in the back of the cupboard, never know what else is hiding in there ! I'd also like to enter

Eclecticellapu challenge - Touch of pink and/purple

and 

Fashionable Stamping - Make it feminine

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

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

The Great Outdoors



This week at Cardz4guyz, the challenge, chosen by Julie is The Great Outdoors. I had really wanted this Clarity Stencil for a while but kept telling myself I didn't need it but last weekend I found myself clicking the buy now button once again !  Actually its a lot bigger than I thought and I've had to make a  7x7 card to accomodate it, not fan of big cards so may not be using it much ! The stamps are from Hobby Arts other than the rabbits which are Inkylicious.  Hope to see you on our challenge with a card for a Guy in your life.  This is my last DT card for Cardz4guyz as I have reluctantly decided to step down, I've enjoyed being part of the team for the last couple of years but I'll still be making lots of cards for the men in my life.

Sunday, 23 April 2017

I Spy........



Not been doing much crafting this week as I've been trying to get some work done in the garden most days, the last few days have been really sunny although its still cold out of the sun.  My usual annual fight with celandines ,know I'll never completely eradicate them but have to try and keep the numbers down. Could not believe there are already greenfly on one of my clematis, must remember to go and spray them tomorrow. usually try first of all with soapy water but if that doesn't work its out with the bug spray!   Last night I did manage a little play with my oxide ink pads, for some reason I forget to get a yellow one so as I was ordering that I thought I might as well have the others I don't have ,just waiting for them to arrive now, always think a bit of yellow lifts things. Anyhow this is my first play with my new Indigo Blu stamps( another  birthday present), do love the flower stamps in the set. The butterflies looked a bit dull so I added a bit of wink of stella, wasn't too impressed with that so added some glamour dust glitter as well.  I'd like to enter my card into

Allsorts Challenge - I Spy ........... something beginning with B-  Blue and butterflies

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Shades of brown



This week at Cardz4guyz Caz has chosen Shades of Brown for the challenge. For my card I have used the sand pipers and reeds from Stampin Up Wetlands set and the sentiment is from another set.
Kraft card base and a bit of corrugated town card. The two background papers are actually a light brown although they look grey on here.  Hope you will join us in this weeks challenge with a card for a Guy in your life..


Black and white



Saw Rubber Dance challenge for Black and white with one other colour and thought I'd have a go at it. Then I didn't know what stamp to use, first p
of all I found this Stampendous Dance in the rain and thought I'd use that and then I found another stampendous  Steampunk lady and after that a couple of creative expression ones I thought might do, Ended up making four cards in all but I had also got out some Banksy style ones that I've never used but thought I'd better stop now as its well after midnight.
Here are the other three cards, no idea what I'll use them for but enjoyed making them









Rubber Dance  Challenge - Black and white plus one colour of your choice