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Tuesday, 24 May 2016

A CAS Birthday

There are a couple more challenge blogs celebrating birthdays so first off  I 'd like to wish the lovely Brenda and her team over at Allsorts who are celebrating a massive 7 years of challenges (and still going strong) a very Happy Birthday ...  and secondly a Happy Birthday to all at AAA Cards who are having their 2nd Birthday Bash.

I've had another play with my Penny Black 'the unfolding' cling stamp but this time I inked it with Memento inks. I used the little Dew Drop ink pads so it's easier to ink the different areas with colours straight onto the stamp and no other colouring was needed. Then I stuck the image to a coloured card blank and added a silver peel-off sentiment. Looking at the photo I think it may be a little too CAS and need a couple of pearls adding to finish it off but, as they're at the bottom of the craft cupboard where my back is just not going to let me get down to at the moment, they will have to get added at a later date!

Must admit I'm rather liking my new PB stamps and I still have some more to play with.



I shall enter this in the following challenges ~


Allsorts challenge 'happy birthday'

AAA Cards challenge 'happy birthday'

In The Pink challenge 'happy anything'

Penny Black and More challenge 'anything goes'

Stamping Sensations challenge 'anything goes'

Time Out 'Inspired by Words' challenge 'may all your weeds be wild flowers'


Thanks to you all for popping by and for all the wonderful words of encouragement you leave me.

Thursday, 19 May 2016

Penny Black Sunflowers

I recently treated myself to some Penny Black flower stamps and I'm finally getting time to ink and colour them.

This one is called 'sunny pair' and I coloured it with my usual Promarkers, then cut and matted it onto some yellow card. The spotty paper was a magazine freebie and the lace, ribbon, pearls and peel-off sentiment are from my stash. When I'd put it all together I used a Memory box texture brilliance stencil and Memento inks to add the sunshine - I know that was a bit crazy as it could have gone badly wrong but I wasn't sure if the sun would look too much so wanted to see it without first. I'm not sure if it's my laptop screen but IRL the yellow is not quite as dark and is definitely more of a 'sunny' colour.



I shall enter this in the following challenges

Passion For Promarkers Special Anniversary challenge 'spots +/or stripes'

The Craft Barn challenge 'sun'

Dream Valley challenge 'ribbon. lace and pearls'

Time Out 'Inspired By Words' challenge 'may all your weeds be wild flowers'

Penny Black and More challenge 'anything goes'

Stamping Sensations challenge 'anything goes'

Craft Stamper Take It Make It challenge 'anything goes'

Crafty Ribbons challenge 'ribbon and lace'


Thanks for popping by today. I'm finally getting time to catch up with you all, so if I haven't been round yet then I'll see you over the coming weekend.


Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Butterfly and A for Aperture and Apricot

Good Morning everyone and thanks for popping by today. I was very lucky to be a winner over at Mrs A's Butterfly challenge and as well as receiving a prize of some fabulous butterfly goodies I was also asked if I'd like to be a guest designer and of course I jumped at the chance.

I picked the letter A to go along with the Butterflies and Mrs A gave me..... Aperture and.... the colour Apricot. Although I've never made an aperture card before I must admit to be rather relieved when she gave me the theme and that only left the colour to sort., so after a mad search through my crafty stash I found this A4 heavyweight patterrned card (possibly from Hunkydory) to use for the base. I cut it down to approx 6 inch square and used an Xcut scalloped circle die to cut the aperture and added dies cut from snippets of card and paper - Memory Box Chloe Stem and Marianne Designs scroll (both of which I coloured with an apricot Promarker), Poppystamps Blooming Posie (with Stickles added to the centres) and Marianne Designs circlet. I added one of the fabulous wooden butterflies that were in the goodies I received from Mrs A and some gems from my stash. I decided not to tempt fate by stamping directly on the inside of the card so instead I stamped a Penny Black sentiment on a die-cut scalloped circle and carefully stuck in place.

When I looked at the leftover strip from the A4 card I thought it would be ideal for a bookmark so used a smaller scalloped circle to cut the aperture. Then after folding and sticking the card I added another of the wooden butterflies and a couple of gems.





I shall enter this in the following challenges ~

Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes With Dies challenge 'use dies as main focus'

Cuttlebug Mania challenge 'May flowers'

Pixies Snippets Playground challenge 'use snippets'  I used snippets for the die-cuts and -not sure if it counts but - the bookmark was the leftover snippet from the main card.



This Butterfly challenge will be running for 4 weeks instead of the usual fortnight so I shall be back in a couple of weeks (on the 1st June) with some more inspiration. In the meantime I'll look forward to visiting your blogs and see what you come up with for your 'Butterfly and Aperture / Apricot' creations.

Monday, 16 May 2016

Birthday Celebrations

Hi everyone and a huge thank you for the lovely comments and best wishes you left on my last post. I am very pleased to say that after a few days, when the antibiotics started to kick in, Dad made a speedy recovery and was discharged from hospital Saturday afternoon..... and I managed to keep all the plants in his greenhouse watered well and nothing died off !!

I did get another scare this morning though as the Careline phoned me because he'd pressed his alarm and as he wasn't answering the phone we leapt in the car and had a mad dash around - with me imagining the worst of course - only to find him just coming in from the garden to make himself a cuppa tea. He'd had a busy morning in the greenhouse and must have caught the alarm without realising and never heard the phone ringing in the house..... talk about relief !!

Anyways enough of my ramblings as I have the card to show you which I made for Dad to give his Sister who was 94 last week.... and just in case you're wondering I'm happy to say she is just as active as my Dad. I used a large 8 inch card blank and a decoupage image which I printed from the Joanna Sheen 'Jayne Netley Mayhew collection part 2' cd, with a few extra flowers printed off as well. The paper is a freebie from The Coffee Shop blog, the sentiment is a Clearly Besotted stamp and the pearls and lace are from my stash.





I shall enter this in the following challenges

CD Sunday challenge 'something beginning with B'   birds + blossom

Fussy and Fancy Friday challenge 'birthdays'

Creative Corner challenge 'let's celebrate'

A Gem of a challenge 'flowers'


Thanks for your visit and I'll be around to catch up with you all over the next few days.

Monday, 9 May 2016

Butterflies and Snippets

Hi everyone and apologies for not being around the last few days. My Dad was taken into hospital again - this time with pneumonia. He is pretty unstoppable and after being discharged from hospital last time he was busy in the greenhouse so we also have to keep going to his house tending plants as well as hospital visiting!

I've got a card that I made for a few challenges (but only just got chance to blog) and one of which I'm too late for but which was the colour scheme I used. The image is 'sketchy flower frames' from Digistamp Boutique which I coloured with Promarkers and matted onto some red card. I used a leftover piece of white card for the base so it measures just a tad over 4 inch square. The black pearls are from my stash and the butterflies are punched from a snippet of the red card




I shall enter this in the following challenges

Pixie's Snippets Playground challenge 'use your snippets'

Butterfly challenge 'butterfly + R for recycle / ruby red'

Mod Squad challenge 'April showers bring May flowers'

Digistamp Boutique May 16 customer competition


I'm not feeling too much like crafting and blogging at the moment so I hope you don't mind if I'm not around so much this next week or so. I promise to catch up with all of you when I'm feeling a bit more energetic. But leaving you on a more positive note.......  my baby granddaughter is taking her first plane ride and will be bringing her mummy and daddy to see me in September. I can't wait to have my first cuddle.

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Gesso and Stencils

Hi everyone and thanks to all of you who left such lovely comments on my first attempt at stamping with Aquamarkers.

I've another 'give it a go and see what happens' card to show you today and I've CASEd the same card as I did yesterday. This time I've used my new Penny Black 'intertwined' stencil and applied gesso through it onto black card. When the gesso dried I used Aquamarkers with water to colour it before matting onto silver mirricard and then onto the base card. The sentiment is a Clearly Besotted stamp and the butterfly is a Cheery Lynn die with a couple of gems added.

I've applied gesso through stencils before but never as the focal point and I'm not sure whether I like this card..... although maybe that's because of the black background as I don't find it an easy colour to work with.



I shall enter this in the following challenges


Happy Little Stampes CASE challenge - and this is the card I CASEd


Country View challenge 'use a stencil'

Cuttlebug Mania challenge 'butterfly'

Love to Create challenge 'anything goes mixed media'

Mod Squad challenge 'April showers bring May flowers'

Simon Says Wednesday challenge 'stencil it'

and as I had to delve deep into my snippets box for the black card (told you I don't really do black) and also the little pieces of white card for the butterfly and sentiment, I shall also head over to see the playmates over at Pixie's Snippets Playground where the challenge is to use up your snippets.



Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Aquamarkers and Stamping

Hi everyone, hope you are all well and that those of you in the UK enjoyed the bank holiday weekend.

I've recently been treating myself to some new Penny Black goodies and this stamp is called 'the unfolding'. I have seen how people ink their stamps with Distress inks and then spritz with water but as I don't own any of said inks I decided to try it out with my Aquamarkers. I was quite pleased with the result and just added a few extra touches with the paintbrush before attaching to the card base. The sentiment is from Clearly Besotted and the fabric butterfly which glistens and shines different colours is from my stash.



I shall enter this in the following challenges


Happy Little Stampers CASE challenge - this is the card I CASEd


Passion For Promarkers challenge 'nature'

Penny Black and More challenge 'anything goes'

Stamping Sensations challenge 'anything goes'

Noor Design UK challenge 'spring flowers'

Live and Love Crafts challenge 'blossoms and/or butterflies'



Wednesday, 27 April 2016

New Stamps and a CASE

Evening everyone, hope you're all keeping well and warm. I was a very lucky girl and won Miss Di's super prize over at the Playground on Sunday and when this fabulous stamp set fell through the letterbox yesterday I had to set to and have a play with them. (Thank you again Di)

This is my very first set of Uniko stamps (called Gerbera) and it was really lovely to ink up and colour them with my usual Promarkers.  I stamped straight onto the card blank and then again onto another smaller piece of card. To do this and get the stamps to line up I first stamped the base, then I put a cello bag over it and placed the smaller card where I wanted it to go on top, then lined up with the first image and stamped again - I used a cello bag as that was the nearest clear thing to hand but vellum or acetate would do as well. After colouring the image I matted it onto silver mirri-card and then stuck it to the base card, being careful to line up the flowers. The sentiment is a Clearly Besotted stamp which I also matted onto a bit of mirri-card. Looking at the card now I think it may need a couple of pearls added to finish it off.




I shall enter this in the following challenges ~


Happy Little Stampers CASE the Designer challenge ~ and this is the card I CASEd



Uniko Studios challenge 'use metallics'

Mod Squad challenge 'Mother's day'

Tuesday Throwdown challenge 'anything goes'

Simon Says Wednesday challenge 'anything goes'



Monday, 25 April 2016

Christmas Robin

It's the 25th and Rudolph Day is here again. I've gone for a CAS design on a 7 inch square card blank - which I managed to get from Hobbycraft thanks to Di (of the Playground) putting me on the right track. I've used my new Penny Black 'pretty perch' robin stamp which I coloured with Promarkers and added Stickles and Sakura clear glaze - although neither show up very well in the photo. I die cut the top with Memory Box 'grand merry christmas' and matted onto red card before sticking to the card blank.




I shall enter this in the following challenges

April Rudolph Days challenge 'christmas'

Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas challenge 'use a sentiment'

Sparkles Christmas challenge 'CAS christmas'

Time Out challenge 'celebration + option die cutting / fussy cutting'

HLS Christmas challenge 'die cuts'



Sunday, 24 April 2016

A Snippet of a Tag

This is turning out to be a really super day - this morning I had my first phone conversation with my granddaughter... okay it wasn't really a conversation but she did have a lot to say for herself making noises into the phone! AND I've just been over to the Playground and see that I won last weeks challenge so I'm doing a happy dance around the room at the moment.

Anyway I've been trying to get into the christmas spirit using some of my (never ending pile) of snippets to make a tag.  The dies I used are Marianne tag and sprig and Tattered Lace poinsettia (fastened with a brad) and holly leaves. with just a bit of ribbon, bakers twine and gems from my stash.




I shall enter this in the following challenges

Pixie's Snippets Playground challenge 'use snippets'

Winter Wonderland challenge 'winter blossoms'

HLS Christmas challenge 'die cuts'


While I'm in the christmas mood I'm off to make my card ready for tomorrows' Rudolph Day challenge.