Thursday, 31 December 2015

Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Thinking of Others

Hello there,

It seems like an eternity since I last posted but as we all know, Christmas is a time to being with the ones we love. 

I'm sad to say that my wonderful Sister-In-Law lost her Dad just before Christmas and my heart goes out to her.  I lost my own Dad at Chrismas and although there is never a good time to loose a loved one, it's especially hard to put on a brave face at this time of year.  My eldest Brother had major surgery on the 21st and is now recovering, albeit very slowly.  He's been in hospital now for six weeks and during that time, he's suffered a very personal loss too, so my love,  thoughts and prayers are with him and his family at this time.

As it's a time for reflection and for thinking of others that are less fortunate than ourselves, I want to share with you a card that I've made.

 Hope to be back with you soon. x

Saturday, 19 December 2015

Winter Trees on Kraft Card

Hello to all my lovely crafting buddies.

I'm here with my last card before Christmas and it's one that I've made for the 'Vintage Stamping  Challenge.'  Their theme this month is 'Winter Trees.'   I've really enjoyed using Kraft card for the first time over the last couple of months and I love the results that can be achieved by just using white ink, water and heat embossing.  Here's the card that I've made:

It's a simple card where I started by masking and creating the snow drifts with white Memento ink and dusting with pink to give a sense of depth.  I masked the snowdrifts and then stamped on the trees and heat embossed them with a white embossing powder.  I used a piece of accetate with a circle cut out to make the moon and then dusted around the edge to give a misty effect.  I also dusted over and around the trees with white ink to create clouds and then over the top again with pink and blue to give a little contrast.  The stamps that I've used are by Inkylicious.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend, Sandma x

Monday, 14 December 2015

I Have An Announcement To Make

Hello there to all my friends, followers and passers by.

I'm really pleased and excited to announce that I've been asked to join the Design Team over at the 'Fashionable Stamping Challenge.'  I didn't hesitate to accept their kind offer and I'm really looking forward to the challenges ahead.  Long before I started blogging earlier this year, their challenge has been on my favourite's tab but never in my wildest dreams did I ever image that one day I would be joining them as a Design Team member.  Needless to say, I'm over the moon and it's lovely to finally share my good news with you all.

Here's the card that I've made for this month's challenge which is 'Make Your Own Background.'  Avril chose the theme this month and I'm so looking forward to seeing all of your fabulous entries.

I've used Silk Art Card for this project and I started by heat embossing the main focal image with a clear black embossing powder.  This was to ensure that the image was sharper and that it wouldn't smuge once I started adding the various inks.  I gently dusted Adirondack Lemonade all over the card before masking off the moon with a cut out circle.  I then used the following colours to create my background:
Impress - Tangerine
Impress - Slate Grey
Adirondack - Butterscotch
Adirondack - Raspberry
All the stamps that I've used are by Inkylicious.
I started with the paler colours first and then used a stencil before dusting over it with the Raspberry.
Once I was happy with the blending, I then used a Caligraphy stamp to add the background writing.  As I wanted the writing to blend with the background, I stamped it twice onto copy paper first to give a more faded look. As it now just needed the finishing touches, I used a branch which I heat embossed in gold to add texture and contrast.  I also added the birds which I heat embossed in black.

I mounted the completed image onto purple card to match the Raspberry and then onto gold for a touch of luxury, then finished by mounting on black card.

Thank you for joining me today and I hope that you can join us in this month's challenge over at 'Fashionable Stamping Challenge' where one lucky winner will recive a $20 voucher to spend online with our fabulous sponsors at 'Flonzcraft.'

Take care of yourselves and enjoy the week ahead. x


Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Krafty Christmas

Hi there,

Just a really quick post today with few more of the Christmas cards that I've made using Kraft card. I really love the effect of using white ink on Kraft card and it seems to be really popular at the moment.