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.

Saturday, 11 November 2017

Allsorts Colours of Autumn Chocolate Baroque style

Morning Peeps, it's Saturday so that means it's time for our new challenge at Allsorts and this week Tracy would like to see some lovely 'Colours of Autumn', one that's right up my street. Our sponsor is Tattered Lace.

Today I am off to Crafting Live at Peterborough, so nice to have a craft show not too far away, not a lot that I really need although I am hoping to get some Card-io stamps and also catch up with a couple of blogland Peeps as well as some of the TL girls.

My starting point was an Oxide ink background then stamping Chocolate Baroque Chequered Flowers and heat embossing with detail copper powder. I tool two words from a CB stencil, inked through with versamark and heat embossed with the same powder. Again the same with the CB leaves around the edge and finally I added a little colour to the flowers using the same inks as the background, but the regular DI's rather than the Oxides as they tend to give a more chalky finish.

It's also my turn to post over at the Chocolate Baroque DT blog today so I have lifted the post to share here as well.

Now I will be the first to admit that I really struggled the whole Steampunk theme, it's not something I have ever tackled before, but of course that's the challenge to extend ourselves outside our comfort zone.

For the card at the top I create a background with Oxide Inks Picked Raspberry and Peacock Feathers, a stencil and regular DI's. Using black Archival ink I stamped the large flying machine from Steampunkery, two small hot air balloons from the same set set and verse from Steampunk Travel and the same DI's to add some colour to the balloons plus a few scattered sequins.

For this one I used an embossing folder and gilding waxes to create the background, then stamped a sentiment from the new Punky Expressions set on a strip of DP, stamped the Penny Farthing from Steampunkery using Versamark and detail copper embossing powder, cut out and placed on the sentiment strip along with some raffia.

Another Oxide ink background overstamped with one of the images from Key to my Dreams, I used second and third generation stamping using DI's to create a subtle effect. Next I stamped three keys from the same stamp set with versamark and detail copper embossing powder, cut them all out and fixed with a chain embellishment I found in my stash to the small winged clock in the Steampunkery set. The sentiment is also from Key to my Dreams.

My final share uses stamps from Steampunk TravelSteampunk Travel and Punky Words, all stamped with Versafine Blue onto squares of cardstock shaded with DI's and matted onto coordinating cardstock. This style is a great way to use up snippets of card so always worth keeping those offcuts.

Hope you all have a good day and my thanks for popping in today.

Sunday, 5 November 2017

Flower Power

It's time for our challenges at Stamping Sensations and Penny Black and More where our themes are 'One Layer Christmas Cards' and 'Flower Power'. As always there are wonderful prizes to be won at both. 

Above is my Penny Black share, I used the same design as a card I made back in the Summer which I quite liked so thought I would repeat but this time using Penny Black Red Blush.............I know, the Roses are pink but guess that's just astistic licence !

I stamped the flowers onto a piece of Fabriano using versamark and heat embossed with detail white powder, having first given the piece a wash of watered down DI's. Next I coloured in with Spectrum pencils and added some stenciling. Using TL pin dot square dies.........I used every other one in the size graduations and cut the piece into three and then stamped the sentiment which is of course also PB. Finally I layering each piece up with foam pads and fixed onto a square of back and then the base card.

This one is my Stamping Sensations piece but again uses Penny Black stamps, the main one was one of the new Christmas releases called Dressed in Snow and Santa comes from another set called Santa's Visit. I am going to have more of a play with this one as I am sure it can be used for other seasons as well. I used Distress Markers to ink the stamps and Pan Pastels to create the sky. The sentiment is also PB and quite an old wood mounted one.

As usual we have some wonderful prizes on offer so every reason to pop over to the challenge blogs and join in the fun this month.

Saturday, 4 November 2017

A dream is a wish your heart makes

Morning Peeps, it's Saturday so that means it's time for our new challenge at Allsorts and this week Wendy would like us to use 'Blue and Brown' on our creations. Our sponsor is DigiStamp Boutique.

My thanks for all you warm wishes over the last week, I am feeling much better than I did and had a very positive meeting with my new consultant. I do need surgery on the mal formed kidney but she does not believe it is quite as acute as the previous guy said and is hopeful the procedure need not be as invasive as he suggested. I am so pleased I stuck my neck out for the second opinion and didn't agree to the immediate surgery he wanted to do so currently waiting for the date to come through.

It's a colour palette I really love working with so two cards from me. The one at the top uses one of the images from.....there are four in the set.......Sketchy Flowers from this weeks sponsor Digistamp Boutique. I printed onto some brown DP using the image twice and re-sizing one slightly smaller, then stamped in-between (little sister of Stampendous Agapanthus Cluster P107) and added colour with sparkle pens. The sentiment is Penny Black stamped in versafine blue. Some stenciling in the background, ribbon and pearls to finish.

The current Butterfly Challenge is quite a taxing theme of something to represent the Zodiac and/or the colour Buttermilk along with the inclusion of a Butterfly. But not being one to be thwarted I've had my thinking cap on and came up with this, the lady represents Virgo, some buttermilk'ish colours and of course a Butterfly in her hair.

The background is Distress Oxides, then after stamping with versafine black I bleached out some of the background and used pencils to add new colour to the image which is the lovely Summer Fayre from Chocolate Baroque.

This one was a sample for a TL Create and Craft TV show a while back, a background created with distress inks and some honeycomb stenciling, a TL sentiment onto an oval die and the bottom border another die, coloured with same inks and the edges embossed with detail copper embossing powder. Finally a rather indulgent OTT spray of flowers. It was actually quite a quick make as unusually for me there is no stamping.

I do hope you will join in the fun this week and also pop over to the awesome inspiration from my teamies.

Monday, 30 October 2017

Fantasy Trees plus a Snippet and a Butterfly

Good morning Peeps, it's my turn to post over at the Chocolate Baroque Blog today and I have literally lifted the post to copy here to save time, as you will know from Saturday's post I'm not firing on all cylinders this last week and guilty of rather tardy blogging at the moment.

Above I have used Dylusions to create a background over which I stamped (second generation) one of the images from Indian Textiles as I wanted to create some subtle background interest, then stamping one of the trees from Fantasy Woodland with Versafine Black and colouring in with sparkle pens and adding white highlighter. The sentiment is again from Birthday Words. An d I am poppin g over to see Miss Di and Parsnip at the Snippets Playground with this one as I was frugal again and used one my my Fabriane snippets for the side panel.

I will be the first to admit I am not a particularly frugal crafter but I do save all the smaller pieces of Fabriano which I always seem left with after cutting square pieces from the A3 sheets as they are the perfect size for creating a triptych card. I inked all three pieces with Oxide inks and using Black Versafine stamped three trees from Fantasy Woodland and Tall Trees stamp sets and a sentiment from Birthday Words.

My starting point for this card with a Dylusions background and my usual spritz of pearl mica spray to blend the colours followed by stamping around the edges with Large Crackle Background.............such a useful stamp that we all need in our stash......... using Versamark and embossing with detail gold powder. I then stamped Poppy Meadow Words of Inspiration with Versafine black and bleached out the colour, but as I added the bleach I mopped each flower with a piece of kitchen towel so it left some of the colour to give a pinkish finish. I stamped the sentiment onto an offuct sprayed with the same Dylusions and added some ribbon to finish.

I am really still not sure about this one, it's all rather dark although did look better in the flesh. I stamped the main panel onto a piece of card coloured with Oxide inks using a stamp from Butterfly Daisy Collage and Butterfly Poppy Collage multi buy. I then used Versamark and detail clear embossinng powder to glaze the panel, giving it three coats of both. I stamped the flowers from the same multi buy onto card coloured with the same inks, cut out and covered them as well with embossing powder before layering up. I placed the panel inside a die cut frame and arranged the flowers and some ribbon.

And I wanted to join in with the new Butterfly Challenge which this time round certainly is a bit of a challenge as along with your Butterfly they would like it combined with something to represent the Zodiac and/or the colour Buttermilk. So I have opted for the easier colour option, a stencilled background with some black over stamping using an Inkylicous stamp, a Rare Earth sentiment and a TL Butterfy die. It's actually one I made for a TL Create and Craft show a while back but as I am not really up to crafting at the moment thought it a perfect time to share it.

I hope you have a lovely day.

Saturday, 28 October 2017

A winter walk

Saturday morning and time for this weeks new Allsorts theme and this week Tracy Mouse is our host with the theme of Christmas Animals or animals is Christmas surroundings.

Confessions time to explain why this is going to be such a short post, somehow I managed to schedule it for last week so two went live that morning, I quickly deleted it but have been poorly all week with another kidney infection and totally forgot to write it up again. So back on antibiotics and my GP arranged for next Thursday's scheduled appointment with the urologist to be moved to Monday.

A very short explanation on my card, Pan Pastels for the background and a mixture of Penny Black, Crafty Individuals and Inkylicious stamps plus hand drawn fence.

Happy weekend all.

Saturday, 21 October 2017

Time to spook and graduation photos

Morning Peeps, it's Saturday so that means it's time for our new challenge at Allsorts and this week Susan is going all spooky on us with the theme of  'Halloween'. Our sponsor is Little Claire. Below you will also find a few photos from Azaria's Graduation in Cambridge this week, not the best as taken on my phone and as it literally poured all day photo opportunities were limited.

It was a bit like a day out with the Boswells.................some of you will remember the TV sitcom where the family did everything en our experience there is usually a limit of three tickets to Graduation ceremonies and they are like gold dust, but there was a surplus of them up for grabs so we managed to get ten (at £25 each I might add) and those able to attend had a lovely family day with a meal afterwards.

I don't really do Halloween but have to admit that I thoroughly enjoyed making this one. Starting with a piece of Bristol Vellum cardstock I placed a large circle mask in the centre and used black distress ink to build up the outside colour, once I was happy with that I removed the mask and used the negative that I had cut from to cover the black area and inked the circle. The images were all stamped with black versafine using Chocolate Baroque and Lavinia stamps, a piece of ribbon and matted onto coordinating cardstock. The sentiment is computer generated.

She seemed to have a perpetual smile and thoroughly enjoyed the whole day despite the fact that it never stopped raining. She told me afterwards that she had "so" been looking forward to the day but it went far too quickly.

With brother Zachary who graduated last year and sister Anysia, as you can see she's a tiny little thing and it's scary to think she is now in her first year of teaching English at secondary school and I might add not in the least phased by the whole experience.

I totally missed the hat throw, well at least all I ended up with was one hat in the air and rain all over the lens. But we do have the official photos to come but seems like the end of an era, we have had so many Graduations in recent years with both the 'second batch' of children and then grandchildren and Azaria is the last of the 'bunch' although we do have a couple of Masters underway. 

And such a diversity of subjects from them all, Art and Photography, Pure Maths, Cybernetics and Virtual Worlds, History, Criminology, Applied Criminology, Geology, Equine Husbandry, and English. Don't know where they get it from, I was 40 before I got as far as taking my degree, bet there again I did make a very early start in my teens on marriage and motherhood so something had to wait!!

Happy weekend all.
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