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Monday, 6 July 2020

Baby Pink

A neighbour asked me to make a new baby card for her Grand daughter's new baby. I don't have much in the way of baby stuff or pink papers come to that but used the last one of an image a friend kindly sent me, its so cute ! and found bits of pink papers in amongst some freebie papers from a magazine. During my searching around I also found a jar full of paper flowers and organza bows which I must have had for donkey's years and had forgotten about them. I searched all over for some new baby stamps but couldn't find any so had to do the wording on the computer . Anyhow even though it's not my usual type of card I have ended up quite pleased with it, just hope my neighbour likes it. 

Sunday, 5 July 2020

All Creatures Great And Small

Don't know what happened to my write up on this post, I have just realised it isn't there !  This is my DT card for Stamping Sensations July challenge. The challenge this month is All Creatures Great and Small and we want to see your STAMPED entries showing any animal as long as it is a real one and not an imaginary one .  We are sponsored this month by Crafty Individuals and there is a great prize to be won.  The stamp I have used here is by Crafty Individuals as are the background stamps. The Kingfisher is coloured with Koh-I-Noor water colours which are my favourite colouring medium rght now. 

Saturday, 4 July 2020

Just playing

This post is driving me up the wall! can't get my cards appear where I want them!  I have just been playing with some stamps I haven't used before, two of them are Aall and Create but not sure of the third one. might be Studio light but I have lost the packaging.  I keep seeing post with skinny or slim cards on and when I looked for the measurements realised they are the DL size which were popular many years ago. These stamps really suit this size of card so had a go at them.  The backgrounds are done with Koh i Noor water colour paints and lots of water blotting with paper towels.Not for anything in particular just playing.

Wednesday, 1 July 2020

Christmas Recipe

Caz has set the challenge this month at Sparkles Christmas and it is a Christmas Recipe, 1 Image, 2 Background papers and Three gems.

For my card I have used a stamp by Polkadoodles but this card has been one of them that didn't want to be made, everything went wrong from start to finish !  stamped with the wrong ink which them bled when I started colouring. started again with the right ink, dropped ink pad onto the card, started again , dropped box of Christmas papers all over the floor !  I think this stamp is jinxed so it's off in the charity bag !    Hope you have better luck when you make your entries .

Tuesday, 23 June 2020

Make a scene

Time again for a new challenge at Try It On Tuesday and this time it is Make A Scene. There are some lovely examples over on the challenge site to give plenty of inspiration so I hope you will visit the team.  I must admit this was not my first try but I was not happy with the one I made so this is my second try.  The background scene and paper are out of my scraps box and the stamps used are a very old set called Non Sequitur , one of the first sets of unmounted stamps I got I think, they came from the Stamp Man at Skipton, did love that shop and was so sorry when it went. 

Thursday, 18 June 2020

Make it colourful

Once again I have forgotten to schedule my post for Stamping Sensations, my head is all over the place these days!  It's time for some mid month inspiration for this months challenge and the design team have some stunning samples to show you on the challenge site.  Our sponsors this month are Visible Image.  Don't forget that to be in with a chance of winning the super prize your entry must be STAMPED,  not just a little sentiment, butterfly or background but the main focal point of your entry.

For my card I have used a Hobby Art stamp coloured with Koh-i-Noor watercolours.

Friday, 12 June 2020

Just because cards................

My poor blog seems to be getting a bit neglected these days, not because I am not doing any crafting but I have been busy making cards for my neighbours who are, like me, all elderly and staying home and can't get to the shops to buy any cards, started off with one person asking me and then several others asked too.  Gave me some impetus to get going again.  I have also been putting a few cards on Facebook.!

These are a couple I put on the Crafty Individuals Facebook page

and this is my first play with some New Hobby Art stamps

I always fall for these scene stamps but then never use them but the latest ones are a lot bigger and don't need anything else adding although I have added some extra sheep and the man and dog from another set.

Tuesday, 9 June 2020

Make it masculine

The weeks keep flying past and its time for a new challenge at Try It On Tuesday, this time the challenge is to Make It Masculine.  The design teams have some great inspiration for you over on the challenge blog so I hope you will pay them a visit.  I have used a Grunge stamps for the background, bought at Post Sunlight year before last and first time I have inked it!  The other stamps are Crafty Individuals.

Sunday, 7 June 2020

A Sewing machine, a sewing machine .......

I was lucky enough to win some stamps from Crafty Individuals last week and I have used two sets to make this card.  I love old sewing things and I even have an old Singer sewing machine in one of the round topped wooden cases, haven't worked out how to thread it though. All the time I was making this card I had the sewing machine song or maybe it was an old advert? running through my head.

Bright colours

The challenge this month at Stamping Sensations is Bright Colours and we are sponsored by Visible Image.  On my card I have used their music and sentiment stamps,  (I'm not sure if I've got the music the right way up, tried it both ways and decided on this way up)  Hope to see you on our challenge with your STAMPED entries, as we are a stamping challenge any entry that does not have stamping as the focal point will not be considered for the prize, no pre cololoured digis allowed but you can use a digi that you have coloured yourself.

I had two goes at using these stamps with different backgrounds, couldn't decide which to use so posting them both.  The little gramophone stamp was a freebie from a magazine

Monday, 1 June 2020

Christmas Bells

Can't believe it's the 1st June. where does the time go !  We are in our thirteenth week of self isolating and I'm so glad I have my garden and my crafting to keep me busy.  We live in a small Close with mostly older people and I am getting quite a lot of requests for cards as no one is able to go out to the shops.  

It's time for a new challenge at Sparkles Christmas and Fiona has chosen Christmas Bells for this challenge.  This one nearly had me stumped as I couldn't find anything with bells on, went through all my Christmas stamps, toppers, dies and about three years worth of old Christmas cards, nothing!
Finally found this little stamp on a set of freebies from a magazine, the wording was on the same set, the die cuts were already in my bits and bobs box and the embossed paper in my Christmas bits and pieces file so it was a quick assemble once I got going.  

Tuesday, 26 May 2020

Cut It Out

There is a new challenge at Try It On Tuesday starting today. The challenge is "Cut It Out"  that's to use either die cuts or fussy cutting.  The design team have some great ideas over on the challenge site so I hope you will go and have a look.  The is the first time I have used this dragonfly die and it does cut beautifully. The flowers are also die cut as is the wording. 

Friday, 22 May 2020


I got this Penny Black stamp as a present last Christmas and have just got round to inking it up.  Not made for any particular occasion . will just add it to my stockpile.  I'd like to enter a couple of challenges

Penny Black and More -  Men/boys
Sparkles Monthly Challenge - use a real stamp ( not a digi)

Monday, 18 May 2020

Say it witjh flowers

 Time for some mid month inspiration at Stamping Sensations, the challenge is Say It With Flowers and we want to see lots of STAMPED flowers on your entries. The design team have some beautiful samples to show you over on the challenge site.

For my card I have used a stamp by Aall and create which is new to me and believe me it is enormous! this is a 5x7 card and I have had to trim the image to fit it on.  Background coloured with distress inks , flowers and vases with Koh I Noor water colour paints.

I'd like to enter some challenges

Vintage Journey - Blooms
Simplycreatetoo - Flowers
Moving along with the times - flowers

Tuesday, 12 May 2020

Lovely Ladies

There's a new challenge at Try It On Tuesday and this time we would like to see some Lovely Ladies, not just a feminine card but your entry should have a lady on it.  I couldn't decide what to use for this challenge, ended up with loads of stamps out but then finally settled on the Runway Girls, they have not had a lot of use so thought they deserved an  airing.  The back ground is a large Justrite stamp and I have used washi tape as well.  I seem to have accumulated lots of washi but never seem to use it, I am trying to use up some stash instead of buying more and more but think I'm fighting a losing battle!
The design team have some fabulous inspiration on the challenge blog so hope you will pay them a visit.