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Tuesday, 19 March 2019

Say it with flowers

Time again for a new challenge at Try It On Tuesday and this time it is "Say it with flowers"
For my card I have inked a piece of card with distress inks in yellow and blue which seem to be my favourite colours at the moment. Lightly stamped the back ground with an old Tim Holtz stamp, stamped and coloured the Tim Holtz flowers, decided they looked a bit dull so stamped again on to a piece of scrap card, coloured and cut out and added them over the original stamped flowers. The design team have some great inspiration for you over at the challenge blog so hope you will visit them.

Monday, 18 March 2019

Over the rainbow

Time for a some mid month inspiration over at Stamping Sensations where theme is Over The Rainbow inspired by the colours or the song.  For my card I have used the colours of the rainbow by sponging stripes of distress oxide inks and then spritzing them so the colours merged.  The zebras were stamped separately and fussy cut ( those skinny legs were a challenge!) I have previously tried masking or bleaching them but never very successfully. The stamps are all Inkylicious.  There is still plenty of time to join in the challenge but please make sure your entry has stamping as the focal point. 

Saturday, 16 March 2019

March Hares

Been a horrible day here, heavy rain most of the day and never seemed to get light properly so had a look through a few challenges and saw a couple I'd like to enter.  I have had these Hobby Art stamps for a long time and the smaller one had never been used so I made a couple of cards with them
First one for Cardz4galz challenge which is March Hare or Rabbit.. Made the background with yellow and blue distress inks and a couple of Inkylicious stamps. I do like Mr Hare ,he looks rather surprised !

The second one is for Sparkles Monthly challenge which is a Stamped Background, more Inkylicious stamps for the background 

Born to stand out

Had a day out at the Stamparama show in Harrogate a couple of weeks ago they had obviously totally under estimated the number of people attending and the venue was far too small resulting in it being so crowded I felt it was quite unsafe ! If I hadn't arranged to meet a friend I might well have left as quite a lot of people were doing however it did quieten down after lunch and I managed to get round most of the stands.  I had tried to get this giraffe stamp by Pink Ink Designs for a while but it was always out of stock so I was happy to find in there, I really wanted a lot more of their stamps but had to resist as I was almost spent up! It's a really big stamp so needs an 8" card which I didn't have so found some A3 card stock and cut my own. Coloured him with water colour pencils, the leaves etc are all from the same stamp set. I had bought the quote also at the show and it seemed just right for this card. ( I see on facebook that Stamperama have booked a much bigger hall for November so got that down in my diary )

Tuesday, 5 March 2019

Colour My World

This time the challenge at Try It On Tuesday is "Inspired by a word" For my page I chose the word COLOUR, most things I like are colourful so I have added some of my favourite things to this page.
I started by dabbing red,blue and yellow acrylic paint randomly over the page, let it dry and did some random stamping. The poppies, butterflies and flower heads are all from a serviette. I had intended die cutting the word but the dies were too small so drew them, cut them out and coloured them, quite like the wobbly effect.  The design team have some great inspiration over on the challenge blog so I hope you will pay them a visit.

(apologies for late post, put the wrong date in the scheduling and couldn't work out how to alter it!)

Sunday, 3 March 2019

Somewhere Over The Rainbow....

This month at Stamping Sensations challenge the theme is Over The Rainbow,  we want to see your STAMPED entries showing the colours of the rainbow ( Red Orange Yellow Green Blue Indigo and violet)   

For my card I have used a piece of watercolour card and after wetting the paper applied bands of  all seven colours across it, letting the colours blend into each other. Stamped and fussy cut the three Hero Arts butterflies out of another piece of watercolour paper treated in the same way. The Three flowers are Woodware stamps and were stamped onto a piece of cards randomly splodged (technical term!) with acrylic paint and then fussy cut. The wording stamp was free with a magazine last year.
There are some lovely cards by the design team over on the challenge blog so hope you will pop over  and have a look 

Friday, 1 March 2019

Vintage Christmas


Time for a new challenge at Sparkles Christmas and for my choice this month I have chosen Vintage Christmas.  For my card I have used this old fashioned Father Christmas which I got from the internet a long time ago and I have always loved it, layered it up on some old Christmas papers from my stash.

Thursday, 28 February 2019


Just wondering if anyone is going to Stamparama in Harrogate this coming Saturday?

Tuesday, 26 February 2019

Merry Moose

I fell for this Merry Moose Die set as soon as it started to appear on various blogs etc but I made myself wait until after Christmas to order it as I had made myself a promise not to buy any new Christmas stuff for that year . Once it got to January several items I had been lusting after just fell into my shopping baskets.  I think next time I might add his collar and bell to smarten him up a bit but he makes me smile every time I look at him!  I'm entering this into Maureen's Rudolph Challenge the first of this year.

Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Powder your ....

 New challenge at Try It On Tuesday and today it is " Powder your.... "  use any kind of powder on your entry, embossing powders, mica powders, Brusho powders etc, please tell us what you have used. For my card I have used Brusho powders to create the background, I stamped the inkylicious poppies with black ink on the red areas of the background and embossed them with clear embossing powder, I added extra colour to the flowers with watercolour paint and added the little butterflies. The sentiment was bought from Stamp Camp when they used to come to Port Sunlight ,hence the American spelling of colour, a bit irritating but I do like the wording.

Monday, 18 February 2019

All things bright and beautiful 2

The challenge at Stamping Sensations this month is All Things Bright and Beautiful, All Creatures Great and Small. There is still plenty of time to enter this months challenge but please remember we must see Stamping as the main focus of your entry. We are sponsored this month by
Bee Crafty and there is a lovely £25 voucher for their store to be won

For my card I have used  Penny Black Good Neighbours stamp, coloured with pro markers. A Hero Arts butterfly and an inked embossing folder for the background.


Sunday, 17 February 2019


A couple of weeks ago I was asked if I would like to do a review of some Hunkydory products, this was quite out of the blue as it's not my usual type of crafting. However I have thoroughly enjoyed using these products and have created quite a stash of cards for my charity box.  I did choose to use masculine products and chose Gentleman's Journey set and the matching inserts.  This is an extremely large pack of toppers, matching backing card , two different types of interactive cards,box envelopes for the three dimensional cards and even the brads for the spinner cards and all very high quality.

This is the globe spinner card which was really easy to make (and usually I struggle with this type of project)  It was harder to get a decent photo than to make it !

and this is the Rotator card

there are several of both of these type of cards in the pack.

I also made twelve  ordinary cards in one sitting, the only things I had to add were the base card and glue, I did add  coloured card mats to a couple of them but could have made them without.

I love the aviator one, already know who that one is going to

I haven't used even half of the kit and they are all for different sports/pastimes  so don't have to duplicate anything.  I also got the matching insert set but haven't got round to them yet. They are A4 size so big enough for any size card. 

I also received a complimentary copy of their magazine which contained three sheets of toppers and five A4 pieces of  background card, plus some stamps(butterflies, hearts and sentiments) and two dies.There are lots of ideas and projects in the 100 page magazine. One snippet I was happy to see is that Hunkydory are creating a glitter that is plastic free and it will be available sometime this year. After I found out that glitter is made of plastic I have felt guilty about using it. These as just a few of the cards I have made with the kit, more for my charity box.I thought the magazine certainly gave value for money.

We have had a family wedding and some significant birthdays over the last ten days so my blog has been sadly neglected but hopefully back to normal soon.

Tuesday, 5 February 2019

Just a note

The latest Creative Stamping magazine (issue 67) has a fabulous set of Crafty Individual stamps with it.  Apart from the two large collage stamps there are loads of little stamps too.  I have inked my piece of card with Iced Spruce Oxide ink and randomly stamped the ink blotches, script and crackle stamp all over it ( I'm in love with the little crackle stamp!) stamped the ink pot and quill pen and the happy birthday and finally added the typewriter collage piece.  I'd like to enter these challenges

cardz4guyz - something beginning with T   -  typewriter
International Art and Soul - Make your own background


It's time for another challenge at Try It On Tuesday and this time it is Romance. Could be a Valentine or anniversary or wedding.  I have gone for an Art journal page again . Started out spraying the page with glimmer mist which was supposed to be pink but was quite a bright red. Added some torn pieces of paper , then a torn piece of serviette with red roses and the Eiffel tower ,found the image in a folder of bits and pieces and cut round the heart shape, stamped onto a piece of tissue paper for the other side of the page and cut out, coloured and added the flowers and butterflies and the two hearts.
I have had the stamp for a while as it was an impulse die at a show and when I got home and translated the words I didn't know where I would use it. It reads "when I close my eyes I dream of you. Always I dream, always I love you"  The design teams have some fabulous pieces to show you so hope you will visit and enter the challenge.

Sunday, 3 February 2019

All Things Bright and Beautiful

All things bright and beautiful is the new challenge at Stamping Sensations. We are sponsored this month by Bee Crafty . For my card I have used Bee Crafty bird on a branch, masked the bird and stamped the cherry blossom behind it, back ground stamped with feathers and lightly inked, and added the two butterflies.  We are a stamping challenge so do make sure your entry has stamping as the focal point.