Monday, 18 June 2018

Visible Image Mid Month Inspiration

Hello there,

It's time for a little mid month Inspiration over at Stamping Sensations and I'd like to share another card that I've made using the 'Face It' stamp set from Visible Image.  This time the eyes are closed which I thinks creates a very moody and thoughtful looking card.  I also think that it looks quite dramatic in blacks and greys.


The background was made using Brushos and the tree stamp is by Andy Skinner.

We'd love you to join us in this month's challenge and there's still plenty of time left for you to share one of your makes with us.

Don't forget that we are sponsored by Mark and Helen at Visible Image, and the lucky winner will receive a £25 gift voucher to spend at their online store


Stamping Sensations is a stamping challenge, so we must see a stamped image, sentiment or quote as the focal element of your artwork, this means: Stamping must be the central point of attention and interest.

All the details of our challenge rules can be found here

Please note:  If we don't comment on your entry it will be because it doesn't follow our theme to qualify under our rules, or because we are asked to sign in or provide additional data to comment on third part hosts such as Instagram, Flickr or Facebook etc.  We really don't want to be rude but we do want to be fair to those who follow the rules.

That's all from me for now, so I'll wish you a happy and peaceful day x

Sunday, 17 June 2018

A Dedication To My Wonderful Dad

Hello there,

As it's 'Father's Day' today here in the UK, I really felt that I wanted to make a card that I could dedicate to the memory of my wonderful Dad who sadly passed away many years ago.

My Dad used to have a fabulous garden and he used to grow all of our flowers and vegetables.  I remember them being in long, neat rows, and he used to plant a few plants or seeds each week, so that we had a constant supply of food throughout the summer and autumn months.  I guess as a child that I took this for granted, especially when many of my friends were eating the then new and very fashionable ready meals that had just started to appear on the market.....what a fool I was, and what I wouldn't give to have my Dad here again today to thank him for all he did for us.

I feel absolutely blessed to have had such an amazing Dad and for all the happy memories that I have of our time together.  What's that saying...... Don't cry because they've gone, smile because they were here. :) xxx

Here's the card that I've made, and that I dedicate to him:


On this card, I've used some gardening stamps by 'The Stamp Man' that I've had for years and never  
used until now.  Unfortunately, these stamps are no longer available. The trees are by Inkylicious and I’ve used some Floersoft on the bare tree.  

I hope that your day will be a special one where beautiful memories can be made x  

I'll be back with you tomorrow with some mid-month inspiration over at Stamping Sensations.

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Penny Black and More - In The Garden
Try It On Tuesday - For The Boys

Sunday, 10 June 2018

Ladies Night Out

Hello there,

I hope that you're enjoying the weekend so far and that you might have something nice planned for today. 

I'd like to share a card with you that I've made for this week's challenge over at Allsorts, and their theme is 'Ladies Night Out.'


The stamp of the lady is by Flonzcraft, and I think she looks rather elegant all dressed in pink, don't you?  The step stamp is by The Stamp Man and all other stamps are by Inkylicious.

Wishing you all the very happiest of days x

Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Pink Elephants

Hello there,

I hope that you're all still enjoying the sunshine.  We seem to have missed all the thunder storms here that were supposed to happen, although it has been very muggy at times.

I had just about given up hope of getting this month's copy of Creative Stamping magazine when I managed to get a copy on a visit to York last week.  I love every single image on there and it's definitely one of their best sets of stamps to date.  As the magazine is now just a penny short of £9, I have to really like most of the stamps before buying it.  I bought this one without any hesitation as I knew that I would use the stamps again and again, especially for those hard to make masculine cards.  I've made four cards to date and I'd like to share one with you that I've made for a lovely lady that I know who's about to have a baby girl anytime now.  The Elephant image is wonderful but I wanted to do something a little different with it, so here goes:


The colours that I've used are all pinks, greys and lilacs as I think they work together really well.  Let me know what you think?

That's all from me for today and I hope to back with you all very soon x

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Allsorts - Baby, baby

Sunday, 3 June 2018

Anything Goes at Stamping Sensations

Hello there on this Sunday morning,

I do hope that you're all keeping well and happy.

It's time for a new challenge at 'Stamping Sensations' and our theme this time is 'Anything Goes.'  That's a nice easy one this time, so why not get your stamps out and join us.  We are very generously sponsored this month by 'Visible Image' and so I've used their stamps as inspiration.


I'm a fan of  Visible Image stamps and so I've made my card using three of their stamp sets: Face It, Leave Your Fears Behind and Alphabetical.

I started my card by stamping the Face It stamps with Versafine and then heat embossing them to avoid any smudges.  Next, I made masks for the eyes to keep them nice and white.  I then dabbed some Distress inks onto my craft mat, spritzed them and pressed the card into it.   I've made my own mask for this stamp set using acetate.  I did make several before I finally found a shape that I was happy with.  It's amazing how different the face looks with different shaped masks.  I used the mask over the face and then used a sponge dauber and pink ink around the face to give it some definition.  I then brought in the Leave Your Fears Behind set in to add the birds and trees around the face.  I had the idea to create a fringe with the band of trees stamp and I think it's worked reasonably well in framing the face.  I don't have the 'True Colours' stamp by VI, so I made my own text up from the Alphabetical set.  All of the black stamping was heat embossed.  Finally, I gave my girl a little make up, some blue eye shadow and some red lippy.  Not my colours but I think they suit her, she's definitely showing her true colours :)

Don't forget that we are sponsored by Mark and Helen at Visible Image, and the lucky winner will receive a £25 gift voucher to spend at their online store


Stamping Sensations is a stamping challenge, so we must see a stamped image, sentiment or quote as the focal element of your artwork, this means: Stamping must be the central point of attention and interest.

All the details of our challenge rules can be found here

Please note:  If we don't comment on your entry it will be because it doesn't follow our theme to qualify under our rules, or because we are asked to sign in or provide additional data to comment on third part hosts such as Instagram, Flickr or Facebook etc.  We really don't want to be rude but we do want to be fair to those who follow the rules.

That's all from me for now, so I'll wish you a happy and peaceful day x

Monday, 28 May 2018

Cats In The Moonlight

Hello there,

I hope that you're all enjoying the Bank Holiday here in the UK.  Although we were supposed to be having thunderstorms here, it's been fine all day.  I was up with the lark this morning and straight into the garden.  The lawns could actually do with a little rain but I'm loving this fine weather.  I think it's because we had to wait so long for it to arrive.

Blog land seems to be very quiet at the moment and I'm suspecting that may also have something to do with the weather.  I know that this GDPR thing as been a nightmare for most of us too and I've read on a couple of blogs that people are thinking of giving it all up, which would be so sad.  It's such a shame when all we want to do is to share what we've made with like minded people.  Enough of that now though and onto cards, here's one that I'd like to share with you:


The last time I was over at Inkylicious dropping off some samples, Deby gave me a couple of new stamps that they've made to try out.  The cats are a larger version of some that I've used previously but the difference with these is that they are both separate from the branch, with I think is a great Idea as you can then use them in different settings and independently, so far more scope.    The second new stamp is the one that I've used around the top of my card, it's pretty isn't it.  I don't think these are on Inkylicious' web site yet but I'm sure it won't be too long before Deby puts them on.

All the stamps that I've used on this card are by Inkylicious, and I've used both the positive and negative brick wall stamps.  I'm very happy with the finished card and I decided that a few gem stones would make the tree a little more magical.

That's all from me today and I thank you for taking the time to visit x

I'd like to add this card into the following challenges:

Penny Black And More - Anything Goes
The Artistic Stamper - Backgrounds


Friday, 25 May 2018

Rudolph Day - May 18

Hello there,

It’s 'Rudolph Day' again over at Scrappy Mo's blog and so I'd like to share a card that I've made for the challenge:


The stamp that I've used called 'Restful' and it's by Penny Black.

The background was made using Distress and Distress Oxide inks.

Thank you for your visit today and I hope you can join me again soon x
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