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Tuesday, 10 December 2019

Christmas is coming


It's time for a new challenge at Try It On Tuesday and the theme is Christmas Is Coming. There are some lovely samples from the design team on the challenge site so hope you will go and show them some appreciation.  Unusually for me my card is all die cuts, white pearlescent and gold card. I must admit I am quite traditional about Christmas and I always like a nativity scene.

Sunday, 1 December 2019

Winter Wonderland


Time for the December challenge at Sparkles Christmas and this time the theme is Winter Wonderland.  I have used an Inkylicious stamp and pan pastel for my card.  the little stars are gold even though they don't look it on here. Hope to see you on our last challenge of the year.,

Anything Goes

The new challenge at Stamping Sensations this month is Anything goes .  We are sponsored this month by Be Creative and there is a lovely prize to be won.  Please make sure your entry has stamping as the main focal point for your entry to be considered for the prize, s small stamped sentiment does nor count. 

For my cards I have used my favourite Christmas tree from Stampin Up's Lovely as a tree set and the stamped poinsettia is also an old time favourite, I think it is from Crafters Companion but I have lost the packaging.  

Tuesday, 26 November 2019

Away in a manger


Time again for a new challenge at Try It On Tuesday. The theme this time is Inspired By A Song/Carol.  I've gone with the Carol option as I had just got this Woodware stamp and wanted to use it.  Unfortunately I have had great difficulty in getting it to stamp properly, this is the best out of several attempts so it's not going to be the quick Christmas card stamp I thought it was going to be!
Stamped with Versafine and clear embossed, coloured with distress inks.The back ground is coloured with the same DI and stamped with a liitle star stamp from a free set.I hope you will visit the challenge site and see the lovely samples by the design team and then join in our challenge

I'd also like to add my card to The Rudolph Day challenge, last one for this year and I've managed to enter every month this year.

Monday, 18 November 2019

Traditional Christmas



Time for mid month post at Stamping Sensations challenge to use traditional colours. For my card I have used Chocolate Baroque A Tomte Christmas stamps, I particularly love the jaunty little reindeer. There is still plenty of time to enter the challenge and there is a great prize to be won.  Please make sure your entry has stamping as the focal point if it is to be considered for the prize.

Tuesday, 12 November 2019

cold, cold,cold

 Well, better late than never so they say so here I am with my DT card for the new challenge at
 Try It On Tuesday, the challenge theme is cold,cold, cold. There are some fabulous samples by the DT team on the challenge site so hope you will pop over and visit them

Wednesday, 6 November 2019

Feeling happy!

I've just done my Christmas card making evening with almost forty non crafters and they all loved it! Fab fun evening ( think the wine helped too😄😄😄) I was so worried about doing it but everything was fine and I got paid too LOL



Sunday, 3 November 2019

Traditional Colours

Its time for the November challenge at Stamping Sensations and this month we want to see traditional Christmas colours.  We are sponsored this month by Chocolate Baroque and there are some lovely stamps to be won !

















For my card I used distress inks Festive Berries and Twisted Citron for the background piece and did a bit of water splattering, then stamped the berry sprigs all over it.  I stamped the poinsettia on a piece of white card and coloured it with the same distress inks but it looked a bit wish washy so went over it with pro markers, added a bit of glitter to the flower centres.

I Hope you will join in our challenge but please remember that to be in with a chance of winning a prize your entry must be stamped and follow the theme. A small added sentiment does not count, the stamping needs to be the main point of your entry.

Tuesday, 29 October 2019

Colours of Autumn



The new challenge at Try It On Tuesday is Colours Of Autumn so for my card  I have used various distress inks and embossed the background piece with a leaf folder. The top piece is stamped with a very old Hero Arts stamp, the leaves are from a free Crafty Individual stamp which I have had for ever , the sentiment is Inkilicious.  The design team have some fabulous pieces of art to inspire you so please pop over to the challenge site and take a look.


Friday, 25 October 2019

Dashing Through The Snow



It's time for Rudolph Day again and I am trying to make sure I enter every month this year.  For my card I have used an inked embossing folder ( I did try stamping on the folder too but was not too sucessful.  I do like the Merry Moose die, makes me smile he's so jaunty in his red bridle and collar !

Friday, 18 October 2019

Trees and Leaves (2)



Time for some mid month inspiration at Stamping Sensations which is still Trees&/leaves and there is a £25 voucher for Stamp Addicts shop still waiting to be won.  As we are a stamping challenge your entry MUST have stamping as the main focal point of your entry and follow the theme.

For my card I have used some stamps that came with a stamping magazine last year, the leaves already had splatters round them so I just added some more with Rusty Hinge distress ink which is what I used to stamp the leaves. The Tree stamp is a Crafty Individual stamp also stamped with Rusty Hinge Ink.

Tuesday, 15 October 2019

Halloween



A new challenge at Try It On Tuesday and it is Witches, Wizards and Halloween fun.  I don't do halloween cards so my DT piece is a journal page using the Crafty Individuals raven, tried to make it look spooky by having the grave stone rising out of the swirling mist .  Distress ink background and a few bats flitting across the moon.  Do have a look on the challenge blog as the DT have some much more interesting pieces to inspire you to join in the challenge

Thursday, 10 October 2019

Autumn Colours



A card for s friends birthday which I should have posted today but somehow I didn't get it finished last night and have just remembered to finish it off tonight, if I get it in the post tomorrow morning might just make it in time .  I have used a Woodware stamp I bought at Stamperama last March and it's the first time I have used it, coloured with water colour paints and the layers are all done with distress inks  I'd like to enter my card into Make My Monday Challenge which is Autumn Colours

Wednesday, 9 October 2019

Bokeh


Hmm I think I could have been a bit more subtle with the white ink but its ages since I did the bokeh technique and when I saw it was this months challenge at Country View Crafts I thought I'd have a play. The back ground is distress inks and the white is brilliance moonlight white. Used a stencil to add a few more small circles and stamped some seaweed round the edges. still looked a bite bare so added a few sequins

Sunday, 6 October 2019

Autumn Leaves


The challenge for October at Stamping Sensations is Trees and /or Leaves. I decided to go with leaves mainly because I really wanted to use the lovely Inkylicious wording stamp which I have had since last year and not had a chance to use it.  The stamped leaves are from Stampin Up French Foliage set except for the large embossed one which is an Inklicious one.We are sponsored this month by Stamp Addicts and there is a very generous £25 voucher for their store to be won.  We look forward to seeing your entries which MUST have stamping as the focal area of your entry. Entries which do not follow the theme or the rules will not be eligible for chance to win the prize.



Tuesday, 1 October 2019

Animal Magic



October already, where has the time gone!  The new challenge at Try It On Tuesday is Animal Magic The Team have some fabulous inspiration for you over at the challenge site so hope you will take a look. For some reason I seem to have accumulated a number of Unicorn stamps and what is more magical than a Unicorn !  For my card I have made a brusho background and then stamped the Unicorn and wording with versamark and embossed in detail white.  I bleached out some of the colour from the Unicorn with a diluted bleach mixture so it left some colour behind.  The stamps are all Inkylicious.  Hope you have fun and enter our challenge.

Make us laugh



Its time for the October challenge at Sparkles Christmas and this time Jane has chosen the challenge "Make us Laugh".  Well last minute Annie me knew exactly what image I was going to use but after spending most of the afternoon searching for it I did a hasty look for printables on Pinterest and found these funny little Robin images.  Coloured him with Charisma pencils as I wasn't sure if the ink jet image would bleed if I used my promarkers, added some glitter and a die cut snowflake.  Hope you will visit the challenge blog and see the inspiration from the design team and join in our challenge.

Friday, 27 September 2019

Oh Holy Night


This is the best of  a bad lot of photos of my card, I usually scan my cards but on this one the gold looked black no matter what I tried. I just got the star frame and I thought it would go well with my new Holy Night stamp which unfortunately doesn't show up too well on here, also I really wanted to use a darker background but couldn't find a darker blue amongst my stacks of card stock. If I make some more of these I will make an inky background. Anyhow I was determined not to miss the 
Rudolph Challenge as I have managed to enter every month up to now.

Wednesday, 18 September 2019

More Flowers


Its time for a little mid month inspiration at Stamping Sensations and  the team have some fabulous cards to inspire you.  For my card I have used a very large Woodware stamp for the focal image, the little flowers are from the same set. My background is inked with Oxides and stamped with a script stamp from Cover a Card series. Hope to see you joining in our challenge but do remember we must see stamping as the main focal part of your entry. This month we are sponsored by Bee Crafty who have a lovely on line shop and there is a great prize to be won.

Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Tropical



Its time for another challenge at Try It On Tuesday and this time its Hot Hot Hot.!  Use Hot colours, a visit to a hot country or even a hot drink. We look forward to seeing your take on this theme.
Mine is a journal page, using various ink sprays, some Inkylicious stamped vines and this very colourful parrot cut from a magazine.  The stamped and fussy cut flowers are the last few from a big batch I made ages ago, need to have another marathon stamping and cutting as they are so useful to have ready to add to a card etc.  The design team have some fab inspiration for you over on the challenge site so hope you will visit them,

Tuesday, 3 September 2019

Boys and Girls

Hard to believe we are round to September already, it's been such a strange year with the weather being so unpredictable, today we have had sunshine and heavy downpours and it's quite chilly too.
The new challenge at Try It On Tuesday is Boys and Girls, any age from babies to teens.  For my card I have used a pre-printed Lili Of The Valley image and coloured it with Pro markers.The wording is an old Penny Black stamp. The Teamies have some fabulous inspiration over on the challenge site to hope you will pop over and take a look

Monday, 2 September 2019

Girls Night Out



Another card with stamped images from the file, I do know this is a Stamping Bella and was my friends stamp. There were also various bits of DP with the images stamped on to paper piece the dresses so just a bit of colouring and fussy cutting, some die cut and embossed mats and another card for the pile. There are a few more of these so will make them up later.  I'd like to enter my card to

Allsorts Challenge - Feminine

Naughty cat


The other day I came across yet another file full of stamped or printed digital images so I am on a mission to try and use some of them up. I think the stamped ones are from when I have had friends here and used some of their stamps as I don't recognise them as being mine.  There were a few of this cat which I know is a Penny Black stamp as I do have another one in this series.  After I'd coloured it I couldn't find any papers to match so coloured some with distress oxides.  I'd like to enter this card into

Penny Black and More Challenge - Animals

and this is a second one with another of the cat stamps


Sunday, 1 September 2019

Daisies



Its time for the September challenge at Stamping Sensations and this time it's "Anything goes with Flowers"   Don't forget we are a stamping challenge and so we must see stamping as the focal point of your entry.  

We are sponsored this month by Bee Crafty and there is a lovely prize to be won.Bee Crafty is an on line crafts shop with stamps, stencils and lots more,



Winter Wishes

It's time for the new challenge at Sparkles Christmas and for our September challenge Debs has chosen "Winter Wishes". For my card I have used a Penny Black image, snowflake embossing folder and a freebie sentiment. 

Thursday, 29 August 2019

Its Rudolph Time again



Another month flown by and I realised I had not made a card for the Rudolph Challenge I haven't missed a month up to now so don't want to fall at the last post !  This is one of the cards I am making kits of for a group of 40 plus non crafters to make in November, someone kindly volunteered me to do it and I know they had no idea of the task they were setting me!   For this card I have used a die I bought in The Works, ( cuts beautifully)  cut it in gold and red and glued them together, it''s a very simple card but I am quite happy with it.

Friday, 23 August 2019

Lets Dance



Make My Monday challenge this week is "Dance"  gave me a chance to use this Stampendous stamp that I really like but it gets very little use. I love that it takes so little time to make, the verse is part of the stamp, just had to add a bit of colour and some little crystal drops for the rain.

While I was in the mood I also made another card, this time using a  creative expressions stamp for the dancers and some stamps that were free with Creative Stamping last year.



Tuesday, 20 August 2019

In my garden there is.............


Its time for another challenge at Try It On Tuesday and this time we would like to see what is in your garden ?  Mine is a journal page this time, flowers are stamped, bird,bee and butterflies cut from some free papers that came with a magazine. The design team have some fabulous inspiration over on the challenge blog so hope you will visit them.

Sunday, 18 August 2019

Things with wings 2



Time for a mid month bit of inspiration over at Stamping Sensations and the design team have some lovely samples to show you.  I'm a bit disappointed at how my card looks on here ,it is brighter in real life although I do find that the oxide inks do tend to look a bit duller than the ordinary distress inks,maybe its just how I use them.  For my card I have used a favourite TH background stamp and a butterfly stamp that was free with a magazine.  There is still plenty of time to enter the challenge but as we are a stamping challenge we must see stamping as the focal point of your entry.

Tuesday, 6 August 2019

Wish You Were Here


A journal page for the new challenge at Try It On Tuesday which is Wish You Were Here.  Any kind of project/medium is welcome as long as it follows the theme.  Do visit the challenge blog and see what the design team have created. Hope you will join us.

Sunday, 4 August 2019

Things with wings



Forgot to schedule my post for Stamping Sensations  new challenge, better late than never which seems to be the story of my life at the moment.  This month we are sponsored by Rubber Dance and the theme is Things with wings. 

Rubber Dance is a home base stamp company in Norway. We manufacture all our stamps on site, Stamps are deeply etched red rubber with natural clingy back that will adhere to acrylic blocks and stamp platforms.


We look forward to seeing your entries but please make sure your entry qualifies by having Stamping as the main focus of your project.

Thursday, 1 August 2019

Gift From The Sea




Just a bit of playing about for the the Library Challenge which this time is a book by
Anne, Morrow Lindbergh. I haven't heard of this book or the author so my piece is inspired by the title which is Gift From The Sea.  The little saying is so true, I love going to the seaside and it does make me so happy so that is a gift from the sea to me. I just used a couple of bits of DP and computer generated the saying.  The large shell stamp is a very old one, had quite a search to find it. stamped it with Memento Peanut Brittle, overstamped it with Versamark and the coloured it with gold and pink mica powder to get a lovely shine. I'll probably stick this is my art journal.




























It's snowtime !



Time for a new challenge at Sparkles Christmas and this time Caz has chosen the theme of Its Snowtime.  Well I don't know about you but we have had the strangest weather over the last week, hottest day on record one minute , amazing thunderstorms and torrential rain, we did miss the hailstone storms which have been all around us, did someone say it's summer !
For my card I have used a Hunkydory topper and paper from old stash which I am trying to use up.The winter wonderland stamp was free with magazine a couple of years ago. The design team have some lovely cards to show you over on the challenge blog so hope you will visit them and join in our challenge.

Wednesday, 31 July 2019

Ooops!


Well I'm coming in on a wing and a prayer with this one, almost missed this months 
Rudolph Challenge  Its a ten minute card with bits and pieces lying around, only things I cut specially were the red mat and the snow hill which can hardly see on here, might add some glitter to it later and some red stickles to the baubles on the tree.

Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Splatters and Splodges

Time for a new challenge at Try It On Tuesday and this time we want to see lots of splatters and splodes. There are splatters on the background of my card but not showing up too well on here.Stamp by Hobby Arts and a mixture of Hobby Arts and Crafty Individuals splatter and splodge stamps. Lots of inspiration over on the challenge site so hope you will visit.

Wednesday, 17 July 2019

Birthday Kitty


Hadn't posted anything for ten days and now two posts in one night. I wanted to get this on in time to enter Allsorts challenge which is CAS. I do love this Penny Black kitty, just makes me smile !

Where flowers bloom....


Time for the mid month inspiration at Stamping Sensations, still plenty of time to enter this months challenge which is The Earth Laughs In Flowers so we are wanting to see your lovely flower projects, we are a stamping challenge so your entry MUST follow the theme and have stamping as the focal point. Crafty Individuals are offering a £25 voucher for their store for one lucky winner.

Tuesday, 9 July 2019

Colours Of The Rainbow



The new challenge at Try It On Tuesday is "Colours Of The Rainbow" so we are hoping to see lots of colour this time around.  The design team have lots of inspiration over on the challenge site so hope you will visit them.  For my card I have used a stamp from Stamping up  Work Of Art set. I couldn't find any appropriate wording but ended up cutting up an Inkylicious stamp that had never been used although the rest of the set had, I would have been horrified at cutting up stamps at one time but now I take the scissors without a qualm ! 

Sunday, 7 July 2019

The Earth Laughs In flowers



Time for a new challenge at Stamping Sensations and this time the theme is "The Earth laughs in flowers" so we need to see your lovely floral creations.  We are sponsored this month by
 Crafty Individuals  who have an amazing range of beautiful stamps. This is all one stamp but I have re stamped the largest rectangle and lifted it with foam tape, also decoupaged the butterfly and blue flowers, restamped and fussy cut two extra butterflies too,. The background DP is from
 Crafty Individuals also. .  I found some Inktense liquid water colours I had forgotten about and used them as I wanted to go a bit more vibrant than my usual watercolours. I have watered them down a little as the colours as so bright, loving them all over again!  I hope you will join us in our challenge BUT do remember we are a stamping challenge and must show prominent stamping and follow the theme to stand a chance of winning the very generous voucher from Crafty Individuals.


Monday, 1 July 2019

The Rainbow



The current Library Challenge is The Rainbow by D.H. Lawrence, once again a book I have not read.
This is the cover which is the inspiration



An Unrushed Walk Through A Very Different Time - The Rainbow by D.H. Lawrence | Byte The Book

I think I got a bit carried away and gone a bit overboard with the rainbow colours, didn't have a stool but found this stamp with the chair which I wanted to be centre stage, stamped the two women as shadowy figures in the back ground Not the best interpretation but I had fun making it and in the process rediscovered all my Paperbag Studio and Oxford Impression stamps that have not seen the light of day for a long time !

also entering
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - make your own background/


Another Christmas card



Time for the July challenge at Sparkles Christmas 
and Jackie has asked us to show us a tree.I have used my all time favourite Lovely as a tree set for the background trees and the main tree. Added some die cut deer and a star, some red and gold stickles on the tree and gold stickles for stars in the sky. Look forward to you joining in our challenge.




Sunday, 30 June 2019

Sea views



Another card made with the latest stamps from Creative Stamping Magazine, I have loved playing with this stamp set and there are still a lot of the stamps I haven't used yet.  The DP is from the Nautical Signature Collection ( I wasn't buying any more papers but can't resist a bit of nautical!) I stamped , coloured and cut out the lighthouse scene and the bird (long tailed Skua) anchor is die cut and bit of mesh stuff from my stash.There are a lot of layers on this card , base card,blue mat,wood paper,scallop and plain ovals,cut out lighthouse and bird plus the netting and anchor so I'm entering this into the Male Room Challenge which is "Multiple  Layers"

and

My Time to craft - Seaside


Saturday, 29 June 2019

We Three Kings



Nearly missed Rudolph Day, I seem to be playing catch up with everything these days, a quick card to make, background is pan pastels, every thing else is die cuts. The top panel is mounted onto silver mirri card and looks lovely but can't get a decent picture of it for here!.  I think I will be making a few of these as they are so quick and easy!  I know I have made some of these previously with glitter background but I don't seem to have blogged them.