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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

Flowers



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

and
                 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.

Thursday, 31 May 2018

Rudolph Day



Just making it at last minute into Scrappy Mo's Rudolph Challenge.  We have been visiting the Scottish Borders with our daughter and son-in-law and my blog has been sadly neglected while we were away.  I purposely didn't take I Pad or laptop so could have a break from it all and I have to say didn't miss it at all.  

For this card everything has come out of the Christmas bits and pieces box, the winter cabin was already stamped and coloured onto a circle die cut and there was already a blue circle and the die cut frame. The background is a piece of watercolour paper already painted blue. A five minute card which I really like and think I will make more of.

Tuesday, 29 May 2018

She's Got The Look



The new challenge at Try It On Tuesday is "She's Got The Look".  For my card this time I have used an old Stamps Happen stamp called Paris Socialite, the background is a piece of printed tissue paper over a piece of pink card, finished off with a strip of washi tape. I fiddled about with various bits of embellishments but in the end I thought she makes enough of a statement on her own.  Hope to see you joining in our challenge

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Destinations



There's a new challenge at Try It On Tuesday today and the theme is Destinations.  I couldn't make my mind up what to do but eventually settled on this Penny Black stamp called Venetian Summer. and coloured it with Polychromos pencils.The background paper came from the scrap box, the weekend piece is a clothing tag and I have no idea what the two at the top are,they were in the drawer where I keep all sorts of bits and pieces that I might use one day. I have collected clothing tags for years, even made my husband buy a shirt that I knew he would never wear because it had a bunch of grungy type tags on it,needless to say I haven't used the tags either !  Do pop by the challenge blog and see the great pieces made by the team and then I hope you will join in our challenge.tuesdaytaggers.blogspot.co.uk

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Just for fun








A few more cards to add to my charity box sales, this is some of the second batch of these I've made, the first ones were gone before they got chance to get to the charity box!  I joined a new little group in our village last night, its called a craft group and everyone takes something they are working on, I was the only card maker there , mostly knitting and sewing BUT it was such a lovely chatty meeting I don't think anybody actually did much!  We have a lovely room attached to the church and right by the river, our lady vicar thinks it is not used enough for socialising and it was her idea to start it up,we get to use the room free of charge and free tea/coffee and biscuits, whats not to like !

I'd like to enter my first card into the Watercooler  Wednesday Challenge - All about occasions

and
Penny Black Saturday Challenge - Anything goes with option of using favourite PB Stamps  I don't usually have a favourite stamp as I love all my stamps but at the moment these are my most used PB stamps
and
Penny Black And More - anything goes


Sunday, 6 May 2018

Close To Nature




This month at Stamping Sensations the challenge is Close To Nature.  Please remember we are a Stamping Challenge and the Stamping must be the main part of your entry, small stamped sentiment or added butterfly will not see your entry considered for the prize.  We are sponsored this month by Chocolate Baroque who are offering a lovely prize  for the winner

For my Close to nature cards I have gone with butterflies and flowers ( and a little bee) The top card uses stamps by Imagination crafts, the background is a small sprig stamp from the set stamped randomly over the paper, was a bit fiddly colouring all those little flowers and leaves but I did like the finished effect.  My second card is ,of course, the ever popular garden flower stamp from Stampers Anonymous.Both cards water coloured using distress ink pads.  Hope you will join us in our challenge .

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Stencils/Die Cuts




New challenge at Try It On Tuesday today is Stencils/Die Cuts or both.  For my piece I have used  stencil and die cut, background is a mixture of paints and inks, texture paste through stencil and once dry replaced the stencil and coloured the flowers with Distress Oxide inks. The butterfly was in the bits and pieces box along with several others, seems I can never just make one of anything which is why I end up with so much clutter. I am always telling myself to use up some of this stuff but as fast as I use some, more appears !  Do visit Try It On Tuesday challenge and see what the design team have been up to.

Reindeer


This month at Christmas Sparkles ,Lynne has chosen Reindeer for our challenge.  I have used topper and papers from an old Making cards magazine for my card.  The merry christmas is a very old rub on and I'm amazed they still work.  Hope to see you joining our challenge this month.

Monday, 30 April 2018

It's All About Pets

 Since Mr Mojo has still not returned from his extended holiday I have been making up a few cards from images I had already stamped and coloured and were sitting in a folder, amongst them was this Penny Black cat riding a bike, as it was already coloured I have just matted and layered it, added some glitter to the cup cakes, a few sequins and a stamped sentiment. I thought I could enter it into Allsorts challenge this week which is All About Pets.  I do have two cats and although they do get up to all sorts of mischief I haven't yet caught them riding a bike.

Allsorts Challenge - All about pets

and also

Fashionable Stamping - Animals

Thursday, 26 April 2018

Rudolph Day


 

Well I don't know where Mr Mojo is, he seems to have gone on holiday yet again leaving me with not one iota of inspiration.  I realised it had got round to Rudolph day once again , where does the time go?   I have a load of Making Cards magazines from a few years back so I sorted through them and found a few (lot!) Christmas toppers, amongst them was this snowman scene which I've just matted and layered onto my card blank.  The wording is from some really old Rub Ons, I was amazed that they still work, punched the snowflake from glitter card and card done. I did make another couple but they are for some later dates.

Thursday, 19 April 2018

One For The Boys


I made this card for one of the adult Grandson's birthday. All the stamps and papers are from a Creative Stamping magazine , I am always happy to find new stamps for masculine makes and I particularly like the sign post stamp that can have different words added. Just had a lovely afternoon walking round the water gardens at Fountains Abbey, it is one on my very favourite places, it wasn't too busy this afternoon but it always has the most peaceful atmosphere of any place I know, good for the soul. We didn't actually get as far as the Abbey this time, next time we will start from the Abbey end. We did manage a visit to the tea rooms though for coffee and scones!
 I'd like to enter these challenges

Watercooler Challenges                  -  Anything goes Masculine
Cardsz4guyz                                   -  Travel or transport
Shopping our Stash                         -  Yo Dude - Masculine

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Nature's Beauty



New challenge at Try It On Tuesday and this time it is Nature's Beauty.  For my card I have used a bigger card than I usually do in order to use this bird stamp which I have had for a while and only used once before.  I have no idea what type of bird it is so have used artistic licence to colour it..Lots of layers of foliage ,mostly Inkylicious stamps but the bird and flowers are Hobby Arts Nature Reserve. Do pop over to Try It On Tuesday and see the rest of the design teams art.

Thursday, 12 April 2018

Any occasion



I had some fun creating these cards with some free images that came with a craft magazine, I made these last night and lo and behold today my friend arrived with a birthday present for me including two of these fun Katzelkraft stamps so expect to be seeing more of them. I'd like to enter my card into these challenges

Watercoolerchallenges - occasions (get well card)
and 
4Crafty Chicks challenge - raining cats and dogs

these are the other cards I made

(I did rather case this one from the magazine)



and





Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Diamonds Are Forever



This Penny Black Cat stamp is called Diamonds are forever, I've had it a very long time but every now and again it gets another inking. Just stamped in Versafine and added some flowers round the
the bottom of the card, coloured with Pro Markers and a little bit of inking round the edges.  I'd like to enter this into

Fashionable Stamping Challenge        -  Animals 
and

Thursday, 5 April 2018

New beginning



Just had a quick play with some of the stamps from this months Creative Stamping, I wasn't going to buy it this month but I wanted to make a new baby card and I have to say it does have some very useful stamps with it, also some lovely papers so even though it has gone up in price yet again it fell into my shopping bag!   I'd like to enter my card into two challenges

cardz4galz  - Button and/or bows
 and
Allsorts - New beginnings

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Glamourous Day


I've seen a couple of challenges for Black and White plus one other colour, I do love a Black and white card and I knew immediately which stamp I wanted to  use.  This B Line Design stamp was sent to be in 2007 by a friend, I had just been diagnosed with breast cancer and was not in a good place. I found out then who my friends were and who were there for me, they are all still around today and even if we don't see each other as much as we used to I have always appreciated them.
Anyhow back to my card, very simple as I don't feel it needs any embellishing. The Glamorous Day stamp is from a free set from Creative Stamping.  I'd like to enter my card into these challenges

Penny Black and more  - Black and white + one

Retro Rubber Challenge - Anything goes with an old stamp (2007)

Shopping our Stash - Black and white + one

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Recycling


At Try It On Tuesday today the challenge is to recycle something. I have been gradually sorting out my dies and transferring them into DVD type boxes with magnetic sheets.  The ones I had already done have been sitting in an old cat food box for a few weeks now so thought it was time I smartened it up a bit, here's the original box

 I gave it a coat of white acrylic paint, inside and out (gesso was all dried out in bottom of jar)then two coats of a green pearl paint which I have had for years, its quite transluscent so didn't get a very good cover






Then I covered all of the outside with some patterned tissue paper using gel medium to apply it, finished it off with some tissue type washi tape round the edges. Its still needs a coat of either PVA glue or something but I'm waiting to make sure everything is totally dry before I do that.
Here's the finished project.


Do visit the Try It On Tuesday page to see the rest of the design team projects and join in our challenge.

Monday, 2 April 2018

Bird and blossom



I've had this Crafty Individual stamps from before Christmas, sitting amongst a pile of unused stamps. I had a couple of pieces of inky paper laying around on the table so thought I would try stamping on it, the idea being I could bleach out the bird and flowers to colour them, didn't work as planned, I had used some of my home made ink sprays and whatever I had used wasn't going to shift.I ended up colouring the bird and flowers with distress inks, I rather like how the birdie came out  even though the colours were not what I intended, I used Salty Ocean on the bird and it came out this pretty greeny colour instead,one of those happy accidents to my mind, the flowers on the branch and the ones at the bottom were both coloured with Festive Berries and look totally different.

I'd like to enter my card into 

Make My Monday - Things with wings

Sunday, 1 April 2018

One For The Girls



This month at Stamping Sensations the challenge is One For The Girls. Please remember we are a Stamping challenge and the main subject/focal image must be stamped, a small sentiment or tiny butterfly will not suffice.  There is a very generous prize of a 
£25 voucher from Be Creative to be won

For my card I have used Stampin Up Beautiful You set, one of my favourite sets



Follow the star



Time for a new challenge at Sparkles Christmas and this month Helen has chosen the challenge "Feature a creature " For my card I made the background with pan pastels and then stamped the three wise men with Momento ink rich cocoa, the verses are from Stampin Up Star of light set and the merry Christmas  is from a freebie set I've had for a couple of years, I really like the script style on it..

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Rudolph Day Card



Even though it feels as if this winter has gone on for ever I can't believe it's almost the end of March. We have had several very spring like days, washing out on the line and a few jobs tidying up in the garden, enjoying the new growth and the bird song BUT all the time wondering what we are going to get over Easter with the gloomy weather forecasts !  I've just made this little card for this months Rudolph Challenge, they do seem to come round very quickly, I have stamped up a few more of these but haven't had time to colour them yet, this is an old Penny Black stamp that I came across while I was looking for something else. I will add some glitter later but wanted to get it scanned on my blog and I didn't want to get glitter on the scanner plate, takes some getting off if it dries on there. I'm also entering my card on The Holly And Ivy Christmas Challenge which is always anything goes as long as its Christmas

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Call Of Spring






Time for a new challenge at Try It On Tuesday and this time we have a mood board and the theme of Spring.  For my card I started out with a distress oxide background, stamped the bird and nest and then various bits of foliage and the bird song music, I bleached out the flowers, bird's breast and the eggs and recoloured them with the same colours of inks I had used for the background . The challenge runs for two weeks so hope you will join us.

Monday, 19 March 2018

Just playing


I'm not one for fancy cards but I came across a bag full of kits that I have bought at various times at the Harrogate shows from Whichcraft, none of them have been used,  which just goes to show how I get carried away when I watch demonstrations at the shows.  My Sister In Laws birthday is this week so I thought I'd have a go at a stepper card, didn't use the stamp which goes with the kit but used this pretty little stamp from Crafty Individuals and I was quite happy with how it turned out. Should be busy making more cards for my charity box but feeling a bit short of inspiration right now.

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Spring Birdies



I had stamped another of this birdie stamp when I made the last card so decided I might as well colour it and use it. The background is made with Distress oxide inks and then embossed with the flower folder. The bird and flowers were coloured with Promarkers and I then cut it into a circle and added a few extra flowers. I'd like to enter these challenges

and


Monday, 12 March 2018

Spring is in the air ?



I don't know about where you are but I can tell you that here in North Yorkshire it is most definitely not spring like ! Today it has rained all day and its still so cold, I'm just so fed up of this winter it has gone on for far too long !   My card is a little more cheerful than me with this happy little bird in her nest, a Stampendous stamp I have had a long time. Background is pan pastel and everything else coloured with Pro Markers.  I'd like to enter my card into


and


Friday, 9 March 2018

Girls Just Wanna have fun !


Further to my resolve to try and use some of the stamps that come with magazines I couldn't not use these fun girls, the papers were also in with the same magazine (Making Cards and Papercrafts) I think I'll be making more cards with these girls, think they might go well in my charity box sales. I'd like to enter my card into

Naughty or Nice Challenge - Drink Up !
 and
Watercooler Wednesday Challenge - Feminine

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Mum's The Word



Time for a new challenge at Try It On Tuesday and this time it is Mum's The Word, could be mother and child,animal families, Quotes about mothers or mothers day cards etc I spend a lot of time searching around amongst my ridiculous amount of stamps to try and get some inspiration and came across this very old Stamps Happen stamp which I don't remember actually ever using, that company did such beautiful stamps with lovely coloured images on the wooden block that I could not bring myself to "deconstruct" them when I did remove a lot of stamps from their blocks. The background is a piece of ink sprayed paper from my heap of backgrounds,there is a bit of stencilling on there too but it hardly shows.The butterfly was in my bits and pieces box and the ribbon  and doily from my stash. Hope to see you joining in our challenge.

Sunday, 4 March 2018

Forest Friends



Time for a new challenge at Stamping Sensations and our theme for March is Forest Friends. We are a stamping challenge so your entry MUST have stamping as the main subject of your entry, a small sentiment etc will not suffice for your project to be in for a chance of winning this lovely prize




For my card this month I have used Trees stamp from Crafty Individuals, Stag stamp from Lavinia and birds and rabbits and twig stamps from Inkylicious. Background is Distress Oxide Inked.


I'd also like to enter my card into Penny Black and More Challenge - Feature A Creature


Saturday, 3 March 2018

Ladies Only



Just had a quick play tonight with a freebie stamp from Creative Stamping, there are quite a few stamps in this set that I like and this is the second card I've made using them, usually I buy the mag because of the stamps and then flick through the magazine and don't get round to using the stamps, this year I have been a bit more selective over which ones I buy.  This card is not as pale as it looks on here but couldn't get it to look any better ! I'd like to enter my card into

Allsorts challenge - Ladies only