Saturday, 18 January 2020

Mid-Month Reminder - January 2020

Hello there,

It's time for some mid-month inspiration over at Stamping Sensations' and our theme this month is 'Favourite Stamps.'  I have so many stamps that I absolutely adore and the one that I'm sharing with you today is one of my go-to favourites as it can be used for so many different occasions.  It's a quite a simple stamp but I always feel that it looks really elegant and it can be using in so many different ways.  I enjoy stamping it with a very pale ink and then colouring to get a water colour effect or stamping it against a colourful background simply with black ink.  The card that I'm sharing with you today has been stamped with VersaMark ink and then heat embossed in white.  I've then coloured the image using white ink and then used coloured pencils over it to add so colour.  It's quite simple but I think the white against the Kraft card looks really effective.  The stamp is from Crafters Companion and the sentiment stamp was a freebie from a magazine.


It would be great if you could join us as there's still plenty of time and don't forget that we are very generously sponsored this month by fabulous:

'Tattered Lace'

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

Saturday, 11 January 2020

Say It With Flowers

Hello there, how are you all today?

I'm very well, happy and busy at the moment but good busy.  I'm working very hard on a healthier lifestyle and I've been enjoying some lovely walks.  Today started with one of the most amazing sunrises that I've ever seen, followed by a lovely walk.  We walked round a local dam and saw, herons, swans, ducks and lot's of squirrels.  Walking in the early morning is my favourite time as it's much quieter and you can really appreciate the nature around you.  Anyway, enough of that now and onto the card that I'd like to share with you today.


I've cut out the corner using a Tim Holtz die and the stamp that I've used to stamp the flowers is one of my favourites, it's by Crafter's Companion and drawn by Stacy Barras.  I have used it so many times and it's a great for all occasions and in all colours.  I've coloured it with various inks and with Inktense pencils.

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

Allsorts - Say It With Flowers
Penny Black and More - Make It Feminine

Wishing you all a very happy weekend x 




Sunday, 5 January 2020

Favourite Stamps

Hello there,

Welcome to our very first challenge of 2020....how incredible does that sound?   I doesn't seem like two minutes since we were celebrating the Millennium does it!

To kick off this year, our theme this time around at Stamping Sensations is 'Favourite Stamps' and I know that we all have plenty of those don't we ;)  Maybe it's an old favourite or a new one that you've added to your stash at Christmas, so get those stamps and inks out and join us.

Here's the card that I've made:


This stamp was brought out last year by Crafty Individuals and I just love it.  Its a great stamp to use on background as one that can be used to make a really quick card by adding to a pre-coloured background as I've done here.  My background was created by using Brushos which I absolutely love as their colours are so vivid.  I've picked out certain elements and then stamped them onto white card just to give a little contrast.  I've done this card in lots of different colours, so as you can see, It really is one of my favourite stamps.

We are generously sponsored this month by the fabulous:

'Tattered Lace'

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



Tuesday, 31 December 2019

Happy New Year 2020

Hello there my wonderful Crafty Friends.

Well, here we are one again on the eve of a brand new year and decade.  It's a time to reflect on what's been and what is to come.  For me, the New year is like starting that first, clean, unspoiled page of a book.  It's a brand new start that's full of possibilities.  I hope that 2020 will bring us all good health, peace, joy and happiness xx

To end this year, I'd like to share a couple of cards with you that I'd forgotten about.  They are samples that I made for one of the Crafty Individuals shows:



The cat stamp is one of my favourites, I just love it's adorable face and how magnificent is that lion!

Thank you all for your continued crafty friendships and support.  I really appreciate each and every one of your comments and I look forward to visiting you all in 2020 to see more of your amazing creations.

Wishing you all a very colourful and happy 2020
xxxxxxx




Tuesday, 24 December 2019

Merry Christmas 2019

Hello there my Crafty Friends,

I'm sure that you'll all be busy today with your preparations for the big day tomorrow but just in case you stop by, I'd like to wish you all a 'Peaceful Christmas' and all the very best of everything in 2020.  I'd all so like to send some crafty love and a virtual hug to anyone who needs it as I know this time of year can be really tough for some x


Thank you all so much for your continued friendship and support over the last year, I really appreciate it.  

Merry Christmas 
xxx

Wednesday, 18 December 2019

Mid-Month Inspiration - December 2019

Hello there,

Are you all getting ready for the big day, not long now!  Well if you need a little time to unwind, then why not take an hour out for yourself  to get crafty and join us in this month's challenge.  I'm here today to offer you a little inspiration at 'Stamping Sensations' with this card that I've made:


The stamp that I've used is by Inkylicious and I've coloured it using various inks and paints.  The embossing folder is by John Lockwood and I've used liquid Pearls inside each snowflake.  I bought the embossing folder at the Harrogate show last month and I have to say that I've used it with so many different stamps and it really does create a lovely frame and they all look so different.  

Don't forget that we are very generously sponsored this month by: 
Be Creative 
who are kindly offering the lucky winner a £25 voucher to spend at 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



Saturday, 7 December 2019

Christmas Samples - December 2019

Hello there,

How's it all going?  Christmas is well on it's way now and I hope that your preparations are going well.  I would also like to send a virtual hug to anyone who's having a tough time right now and I hope you can find your peace x

Crafty Individuals had two shows on Hochanda last week and I'd like to share a few of my samples with you today:





All of these new stamps can now be found on the 'Crafty Individuals' website and they're on offer at the moment, so why not treat yourselves.  On the subject of Crafty Individuals, a very kind lady called Chris Frazer has set up a brand new  Face Book group for everyone to share their CI makes.  It's a private group, so only the people who belong to it will see your posts.  There's also inspiration from the Design Team and I know Jean Hardy would love you to join her and others in their love of CI stamps.  If you're interested, here's the link:    https://www.facebook.com/groups/craftyindividuals/

I'd like to add my second card into the following challenge:
Addicted To Stamps Challenge - Anything goes (Stamped)

I'd like to add my last card into the following challenges:
Allsorts - Snowmen or/ and snowflakes

That's all from me for today as I still have some handmade gifts that I need to make and a few more Christmas cards to write, so I wish you all a very happy weekend x





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