Saturday, 9 December 2017

Oh the snow, the beautiful snow

Morning Peeps, time for our new challenge at Allsorts and this week Helen would like to see 'Snowflakes'. Our sponsor is Marianne Designs.

Many thanks for all your kind wishes the last few days, I am home, rather bruised and needing a few days to recover before I get back into the swing of craft land, but fine apart from that. They seemed happy how things went, a further CT scan is scheduled and another procedure towards the end of January which I am really hoping will be the end of what's seemed like a never ending saga this year.

Onto my cards and I don't seem to have much in the way of snowflakes in my stash so for my first card I used an old wood mounted Hero Arts stamp which has a negative image of a little hamlet with snow falling so to compliment that I computer generated the first few lines of a John Whittaker Watson's 'Beautiful Snow' poem. I stamped the image in blue versafine and heat embossed with detail clear powder and simply matted and layered onto a larger card onto which I had printed the poem verse.

I kept my second share fairly CAS and used two snowflake dies to cut out the snowflakes and used the negative to place over a piece of turquoise glitter card, stamped the sentiment which is Inkylicious and tied some bakers twine and a gem across the top.

I hope our seasonal theme will be one you join in with and that you will pop over to the challenge blog to see all the inspiration from my teamies.

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Imagine and a Fairy in a field of Butterflies

Good morning Peeps, it's my turn to post over at the Chocolate Baroque DT blog. Afraid it's a short and sweet scheduled posts, explanation in my last post.

As all of the details of the products and stamps used are on the DT blog here you can pop over there to get any specifics on how I created my pieces which were for Lesley's Hochanda show towards the end on November.

Before I went off for my trip courtesy of the NHS to have my kidney procedure I caught sight of the new Butterfly Challenge theme which as with previous years is, for this month only, all about Fairies and magical things, so I knew immediately that one of my creations in this scheduled post would fit the theme perfectly, it's one one below with the Fairy set in the shadow box of Butterflies.

As always my thanks for taking the time to visit today and I hope to be visiting you all again very soon once I have recovered.

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Chinese Lanterns and a Winter walk

It's time for our challenges at Stamping Sensations and Penny Black and More where our themes are 'Winter Trees and Flora' and 'CAC - Clean and Simple'. As always there are wonderful prizes to be won at both. 

I had a surprise call from the hospital................not the normal sort of surprise but I am happy it's much sooner than say I had been "fast tracked" and my kidney procedure is this coming week so I will be missing for a few days, but have done another scheduled post for later in the week with some Chocolate Baroque shares as it's my day to post over there.

My top make is my Penny Black piece, the gorgeous Chinese Lanterns image was inked with Distress Markers and spritzed with water before stamping, some watery inks splatted around by flicking them with a paintbrush and the sentiment stamped in Versafine black.

And my Stamping Sensations piece started out as a piece of Kraft card, then the cottage, trees and fence were stamped with Versafine Toffee and a little dark green added with distress pens before stamping. Next using a piece of torn paper I used a white inkpad to add the hills followed by stamping the foreground trees again...............they are a Penny Black two part stamp.......with Versamark and heat embossing with detail white powder. Then all the other elements were stamped into place, some liquid pearls and glitter added to build up the Wintery feel.

As always we have lots of awesome prizes to be won so I do hope you will join in.

Saturday, 2 December 2017

A late blooming Hydrangea

Morning Peeps, it's Saturday so that means it's time for our new challenge at Allsorts and this week I am your host and the theme is 'Thank You'. I though it would be the prefect opportunity to get a few cards ready for after the Christmas festivities. Our sponsor is DigiStamp Boutique and my card at the top used their pretty new Hydrangea image.

I printed the image out twice and cut out one to decoupage after colouring with Spectrum sparkle pens, but before adding the second layer I flicked some watery ink onto the base card and stamped the sentiment which is Penny Black.

For my second card I masked a piece of Bristol vellum cardstock as well as a big sun and used Pan Pastels to add the colour, then a mask and DI's to sponge on the sunrays. Finally using Versafine black I stamped the trees which are from Inkylicious as are the birds, the sentiment which is Penny Black and finally my Labrador which I had made many years ago by an on line company making custom stamps.

Many thanks for popping in today and I hope you will join us at Allsorts this week and also please do pop over to the challenge blog to see what my teamies have made to inspire you.

Sunday, 26 November 2017


Morning Peeps, today I am posting again over at the Chocolate Baroque blog sharing a few more of my makes from the recent Steampunk Hochanda shows. I won't go into all the detail here as I have explained all on the CB blog should you want to check out what I used. Lots of snippets of card in the one above so off to the Snippets Playground, hopefully Parsnip is getting into seasonal mode and has some mulled wine on the go.

As I intimated when I did my last Steampunk post, it's a theme I had never ventured into previously, beetles and clocks with wings and hats just doesn't gel with me and I approached this show with trepidation. But I have to confess that I did enjoy the inky grungy side of it and after all, the challenge is about doing something new and stepping outside your comfort zone.

As always my thanks for your visit today.

Saturday, 25 November 2017

Oh Little Town of Bethlehem

Morning Peeps, it's Saturday and time for our new challenge at Allsorts which this week has been chosen by Ellie who would like our artwork to be inspired by 'A Christmas Carol or Song'. Our sponsor is Tattered Lace.

The stable and three Kings stamps from Stamp Addicts offer several options for a Christmas Carol, but I decided on Oh Little Town of Bethlehem because I was lucky enough to visit there a few years ago. I stamped the focal images with verafine black, then added the background using Pan Pastles, then the rays coming down over the stable. The star is a Chocolate Baroque stamp and my faviourite Christmas sentiment from Penny Black. I would also like to enter this into the current Rudolph Day's challenge over at Mo's blog.

And a second one, a recent Stamp Addcits sample for Hochanda using their village scene and Santa stamps, all stamped into a bauble shaped aperture which i first coloured with Pan Pastels.

Do pop over to the challenge blog to see what my teamies have come up with to inspire you.

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Moonlight dance

Morning Peeps, it's Saturday so that means it's time for our new challenge at Allsorts and this week Kath would like us to see 'Glitter' on our work and to tie in  with that we have a bundle of all things glittery from our sponsor Baker Ross.

Glitter and Fairies always go together in my mind so it was an easy choice what I was going to to do. I started with a mask for the moon and Pan Pastels to create the background with the idea of the Fairies dancing alongside water. After stamping the Lavinia Fairies focally on the waters edge I added a tree, some Water Lilies, Rushes and trailing flowers across the top and finally glitter to the Fairies wings and the flowers. That's about it, a fairly simple and quick to make card..............I know what some of you will say, but honestly with a few inks or Pan Pastels and silhouette stamps it couldn't be simpler.

It's also halfway time over at Penny Black and More so I have my share following our Flower Power theme. Two card, well it's flowers isn't it !

The one above uses the beautiful Penny Black 40-449 Light Touch, inked direct to stamp with Distress Markers and spritzed with water before stamping, then the same colour DI's made into a watery mix and flicked onto the card with a paintbrush. And some ribbon to finish.

The lovely Sunflower wreath is Penny Black 40-467 Flowers All Around which I stamped twice so I could colour with pencils, then cut out to decoupage the focal flowers, added a bow and some gems.

As always my teamies have lots of inspiration to share so do pop over to the challenge blogs to check out all their creations.
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