Thursday, 14 February 2019

Two More Birdies

Hello there and a very …….

'Happy Valentine's Day' 

As I mentioned on Sunday, I'm here to share with you a couple more of my CI samples:

Using another new 'Bluebird' stamp by Maria Kitano on a Brusho background

Using CI-180 and CI- 443 White embossed onto Kraft card

I'll be back with you on Monday with some mid-month inspiration over at Stamping Sensations, so until then, take care of yourselves and I wish you lots of happy crafting x 

Sunday, 10 February 2019

It's a Bluebird

Hello there,

I hope that you're all enjoying your weekend and that you have some nice things planned for today.

I'm here to share a couple more of my Crafty Individuals samples using their fabulous bird stamps:

Using the new 'Bluebird' stamp by Maria Kitano and CI papers

A Waterfall card using CI - 184
That's all from me for today but I'll be back on Thursday with a couple more samples.  Until then, I wish you all a very happy week x

Wednesday, 6 February 2019

A Little Bird Told Me

Hello there,

Just a short post to share with you a couple of samples that I made for the Crafty Individuals shows that were on a the beginning of the week.  The bird stamps that were on are absolutely fabulous and I was just blown away by the samples that my very talented teamies made.   What an amazingly creative bunch they are.  Here are a couple of the cards that I made:

It doesn't show too clearly on the photo but I shaped the Robin and used silicone glue to give him some dimension.

Here using an older CI stamp and their very pretty papers

I absolutely adore the little Robin on the first card which is one of Jean's new stamps and I'm sure that he will get lots of use on this year's Christmas cards.  I'd also like to add this card to the following challenges:

Penny Black and More - Anything goes with the option of a tags
Craft Stamper - Anything goes

I hope to be back at the weekend with a couple more but until then.... be happy xxx

Sunday, 3 February 2019

'All Things Bright and BEAUtiful' at Stamping Sensations

Hello there,

Before I start today's post, I'd just like to thank you all for your kind words regarding my last post.  Things are still full on but I'm trying to put things into perspective and to look on the positive side.  I'm so grateful for the medical care that my loved ones are receiving and the NHS have been outstanding in all cases so far.  My Grandson Jack will be the first one to have his surgery next month and my Son is just awaiting the results of an MRI that he had on Wednesday.  My youngest Grandson Harry who has just turned two will be having surgery in the early summer and that will be major surgery, anticipated to last around eight hours.  I'll let you know how things go on nearer to the time and just try to concentrate on crafting until then.  I haven't spent much time in my craft room recently but I have been enjoying the inspiration on Pinterest, so hopefully, I'll soon be back crafting again very soon.  Moving on now...…..

I’d like to remind you all that the lovely Jean Hardy from Crafty Individuals will be on Hochanda tomorrow at 4pm and again on Tuesday at 10 am. She has some fabulous stamps, both old and new, so I hope you’ll be able to join her.  I’ll try to get some of my samples posted in the next couple of weeks. Note for Sally Holmes.........you won’t want to miss this one! ;)

Okay then, finally moving on to the task in hand. It's time for a new challenge over at Stamping Sensations and our theme this time is 'All Things Bright and BEAUtiful.'

I love to see a beautiful sunset in all it's glory and so I decided to go all out bright and beautiful. I started by creating a background using my Brushos.  These give such vivid colours and I just love how random they are.  Take a look at my finished card:


The sentiment that I've used is by Visible Image and the butterfly is by Bee Crafty.  Having stamped the sentiment and the butterfly, I decided that I wanted to create a bold frame for my card and so I used the very edge of another Bee Crafty stamp, the large BEAUtanical Lily.  I think this worked really well and I just gave the flowers a touch of red and orange to draw the viewers eye into central image.

We are very generously sponsored this month by the fabulous 
Bev and Sam from  'Bee Crafty' 
who will be giving one lucky winner a £25 voucher to spend in their online store

We would really love it if you could join us with a piece of your artwork featuring this month's theme but please remember that 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

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

Sunday, 20 January 2019

Snow is Falling

Hello there my Crafty friends,

I'd like to share a card with you that I've made using my Visible Image 'Snow is Falling' stamp set.  I love Visible Image stamps and I'm building up my collection of them slowly but surely.  As the weather here in the UK is quite chilly at the moment, I thought that this card would be quite appropriate for a Winter theme.  Here it is:


I've used Distress Oxides in the background and then heat embossed the snowflakes.

I apologise if I'm not around much over the next weeks but I have my Son and both of my two Grandsons awaiting surgery.  It just seems to be an endless round of hospital appointments for x-rays and MRIs at the moment and I'm spending more time than usual looking after my Grandchildren, so not much time for crafting.   I have to admit that 2019 hasn't got off to the best start for me with one thing and another and I'm sadly not feeling very inspired at the moment but I'm sure that won't last forever as we all have the loss of Mojo from time to time don't we.  Keep up the good work my crafting buddies and I'll try to visit you all when time allows.

Wishing you all lots of colourful and happy crafting x




Friday, 18 January 2019

Mid-Month Inspiration - January 19

Hello there,

I'm here today so share with you a card that I've made as a little mid month Inspiration over at Stamping Sensations for our 'Fabulously Feminine' theme.  Now I have to say that I was first inspired myself by a gorgeous card that my lovely crafty friend Avril made last year.  I loved everything about Avril's card and I have to say that I've made quite a few of them since, all in different colours.  Here's the one that I've made for this month's challenge:


I used Distress Oxides in the background and the music and sentiment stamps were freebies from Creative Stamping Magazine last year.  The gorgeous dancing lady is by Flonz Craft.  

Don't forget that our prize for this month is something little different and its a 'Stamp Lucky Dip.'  This means that the winner will receive a random selection of ten stamps by different makers.....  How fabulous is that!

We would really love it if you could join us with a piece of your artwork featuring this month's theme but please remember that 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

That's all from me for now,  so whatever you're doing, I hope that you have a wonderful day x

Sunday, 6 January 2019

We're Fabulously Feminine at Stamping Sensations

Hello there my crafty friends,

It's lovely to be back with you all at the start of a new year, and who knows what this one will have in store for us all.  Needless to say, I'm sure that it will whizz round as soon as all the others and we'll be on with the Christmas cards again before we know it!  :)

I'm here today as it's time for our first challenge of the year over at Stamping Sensations.  Our theme this time is 'Fabulously Feminine,' so we're looking for any cards that would be suitable for a lady, so plenty of scope there for you.  Please just remember that we are a stamping challenge and that's what we want to see.

Here's the card that I've made as a little bit of inspiration:


The main focal stamp that I've used is one that I've had for years by 'Stampendous.'  I still think it's a really beautiful stamp and I've used it so many times and I never tire of using it.  I stamped it using VersaFine ink and then heat embossed it to avoid smudges.  I then water coloured the image using Distress inks.  I used my Ink Dusters on the background and then I used various stencils to add some interest.  The sentiment that I've used is by Inkylicious.

Our prize for this month is something little different and its a 'Stamp Lucky Dip.'  This means that the winner will receive a random selection of ten stamps by different makers.....  How fabulous is that!

We would really love it if you could join us with a piece of your artwork featuring this month's theme but please remember that 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

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

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