Friday, 23 August 2019

Peaceful Easy Feeling

Hello there on this lovely sunny Friday afternoon.

It's been a busy day for me so far as I've spent all morning gardening.  I can't believe how much things have grown over the last two or three weeks.  I guess it must be the mixture of sunshine and rain.  I don't usually let it go so far but my back has finally stopped being painful after the fall that I had a while ago and it's been the first time that I've felt up to doing it.  All done now though, so time to catch up with a bit of blogging.  

I've been making a few cards lately to top up my stash and this is one of them.  I have to admit that I haven't used this Sheena Douglass stamp in ages but it's a great stamp for masculine cards,  It's quite a simple card but I didn't feel that it needed any more.  The mountains are a stamp by Inkylicious:


That's all from me for today but I hope to be back with you on Sunday with a couple more of my  samples from the last Crafty Individuals shows on Hochanda.  

Wishing you all a very happy and colourful weekend x 

I would like to add this card to the following challenges:

Penny Black and More - For Boys and Men
Craft Stamper - TIMI August


Sunday, 18 August 2019

Mid Month Inspiration - August 19

Hello there,

It's time for some mid month inspiration at Stamping Sensations where our theme this time is:

'Things With Wings'  

I stamped the lightbulb which is by Inkylicious and then stamped and fussy cut out the moth by Visible Image.  I added a yellow glow around the bulb and then blended some pink Distress Oxide to cover the white card in the background.  I then used various flower stamps by Stacey Barras before water colouring them with Spectrum Aqua pens.  I really like the finished card and it's something a little different to my usual style.  I also found it quite therapeutic colouring the roses.

There's still plenty of time left for you to join us in this month's challenge and don't forget that we are very generously sponsored this month by 

'RUBBER DANCE' 

art stamps who are giving our lucky winner a £25 voucher to spend in 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.

Take care and be happy x






Monday, 12 August 2019

Poppy Power

Hello there on this Monday morning,

I'm here today to share a card with you using a gorgeous Woodware poppy stamp that I won in the July challenge over at the Penny Black and More challenge.  I received it through the post on Saturday and couldn't wait to ink it up:


I used Brushos to create my background and then stamped the poppies using VersaFine Clair.  After heat embossing, I used the Brushos again to paint the poppies.  As it's an A6 stamp, I used a few stamps by Crafty Individuals as fillers around the edge.  Finally, I blended some Cranberry Adirondack ink around the edge of my card.  Designed by Francoise Read, it's such a beautiful stamp and I think that I will make a few more using different colours to top up my card stash.

I hope to be back with you later in the week to share another care or two but until then, I hope the sun shines for you wherever you are x

I would like to add this card to the following challenges:

The Artistic Stamper - Anything Goes
Craft Stamper TIMI August - Anything goes
The Flower Challenge - Use Your Favourite Flower





Friday, 9 August 2019

CAS Butterfly

Hello there,

Well it's almost the weekend again and I can't believe just how quickly the weeks and months are passing by.  Whatever you're all getting up to, I hope that it's a happy time for you.

Now I know that CAS isn't usually my style but I've quite enjoyed making a few CAS cards recently and they're been really well received, much to my surprise.  Here's the card that I'd like to share with you today:


The Tim Holtz butterfly was stamped in VersaFine Clair Nocturn, heat embossed and then water coloured using Distress inks and Koh-I-Noor paints.  The sentiment stamps are by Lindsay Mason.

Only a short one from me today, so have a great weekend x

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

CAS Watercolour August Challenge - Colourful Butterflies
Less Is More - Tangerine, Aqua and White


Wednesday, 7 August 2019

All About Butterflies

Hello there,

I'd like to share with you a couple of the samples that I made for Crafty Individuals shows on Hochanda earlier this week.  They had four brand new stamps this time around all featuring beautiful butterflies and here are my cards:

Brusho background 


The background was made using Distress Oxides and VersaFine Clair

As you can probably see, I'm loving my pinks on these two cards :)

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

Moo-Mania - Butterflies
 
I'd like to enter my second card into the following challenges:

The Artistic Stamper - Anything Goes

Tuesday, 6 August 2019

Wish You Were Here

Hello there,

I was really pleased a few weeks ago when I was asked if I would like to be a GD for the 'Try It On Tuesday' challenge.  This is one of my favourite challenges and I always like to enter whenever I have the time.  They have a very talented bunch of ladies on their DT, so why not pop over and see what fabulous makes they've done for this latest challenge.  Here's the card that I've made:


I started by stamping with VersaFine Clair Nocturn and then heat embossing the palm trees and the lady to avoid any smudges during the colouring process.  I masked off the sea and then used my Ink Dusters to colour the sky.  I used a small circle stencil to create the setting sun.  Next, I masked off the sky and coloured the sea in the same way.  I then used a paint brush with a little more colour to give it some movement.  I also used my inks to water colour the lady on the beach.  Finally, I used some Fluffy Puffy stuff to make the sea foam look a little more realistic and added a few strokes with a white gel pen to represent the waves.

The lady stamp, rocks and sentiment stamps were free with Creative Stamping magazine and the palm trees are by Crafty Individuals.

A big thank you to the fabulous DT at TIOT for asking me to GD for this month's challenge x 

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

TIME OUT Challenge - Relaxation

Sunday, 4 August 2019

Things With Wings

Hello there my lovely craft friends,

It's time for a new challenge again at Stamping Sensations and our theme this time is:

'Things With Wings'


If you remember,  back in the Spring, Crafty Individuals brought out some new stamps by Maria Kitano.  I have to say that I fell in love with these stamps as soon as they dropped through my post box but this Bluebird was my favourite.  It just looks so lifelike and it can be used for so many different occasions.  I also love that you can use any colours that you choose to and it always looks fabulous.

I started by using a yellow Distress Oxide ink and a little glycerine which I applied with a blending tool.  I stamped and heat embossed the image with VersaFine Clair and then coloured it with various inks and Koh-I-Noor water colours. I used another CI background stamp (CI-430) with Distress Blueprint Sketch which I spritz with water before stamping.  I also used the same ink to blend around the edge of my card.  I think this colour works beautifully with the yellow ink.  Finally, I finished with a sentiment by Chocolate Baroque.

We are very generously sponsored this month by:

'RUBBER DANCE' 

who are offering a £25 voucher to spend in their online store, so why not join us for a chance to win such a fabulous prize.

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

Before I leave you today, I'd just like to give you a quick reminder that the lovely Jean Hardy will be on Hochanda tomorrow at 4pm and again on Tuesday at 10am.  As usual, she'll be joined by the fabulous Lesley Wharton from Chocolate baroque.  There are some super new butterfly stamps and great demos, so be sure to tune in.  If you can't make the shows, then you can always use the catch up on Hochanda to watch them later.  That's all from me for today and I'll be back with you again on Tuesday.

Take care of yourselves and have a lovely day x

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

The Artistic Stamper - Anything goes






Wednesday, 31 July 2019

Celebrating Women

Hello,

First of all, I'd like to thank you for your kind words and concern about my back.  It's still quite painful but it has improved a little since the weekend, so fingers crossed that it will keep getting better.

I'm here today to share a card that I made at the weekend for the @gardenpartychallenge on Instagram but I think it will work really well at the challenge over at The Artistic Stamper too.  I think it closes at the end of today, so it's a bit last minute but better late than never as they say.  Here it is:



I'll be back with you on Sunday as we have a new challenge starting at Stamping Sensations, so until then, take care and be happy x

Saturday, 27 July 2019

Buttons, bows and a painful back!

Hello there,

I'm here today to share a card that I've made today for the new challenge over at Allsorts.  The theme is 'Buttons and Bows' and is the choice of my lovely blogging mate Kath.  Now I'm not usually one for using buttons on cards but I found the perfect stamp for the job so I thought I'd join in with the fun.  The stamp is by Woodware and it's the first time its been inked up.  The backing paper is by Crafty Individuals and I've done some faux stitching around the edge:


Now for the painful back story.... I looked around my craft room yesterday and it was a real mess, so I decided to have a tidy up day.  Now as you in the UK are aware, it's been a hot few days here and so the fan was a must.  My chair was blocking the cool air flow and so I moved my chair from it's usual position.  Now you all know what it's like when you start to discover things that you'd forgotten about and in the excitement of the moment, I sat back in my chair, which wasn't there, of course!!!!  Ouch, that is what I might have said if I could have spoken.  It literally took my breath away and I felt so sick.  My Hubby heard the bang from downstairs and came running up.  He just saw the blood which had splattered all over as I'd scraped my shoulder on my desk on my way down.  I won't go on as I'm sure that you get the gist of it all.  I could hardly walk last night but didn't want to be in A&E on a Friday evening and I'm sure it will be better once the bruising comes out.  It is a little easier today but walking is still very painful, especially up and down stairs, so I've sat at my desk for most of today making a few cards and this one of them.  The moral of my story is if your craft room is untidy, then just leave it as it is as it's probably safer that way lol.

That's all from me for today and I wish you all a safe, happy and colourful weekend x

Thursday, 18 July 2019

Mid Month Inspiration - July 19

Hello there,

It's time for some mid month inspiration over at Stamping Sensations and here's the card that I've made:


For the background, I've used a combination of Inkylicious stamps as I wanted to achieve a collage effect.  For my main focal image, I've smooshed Distress inks in the background and then used this lovely silhouette stamp (CI-367) by Crafty Individuals.  As always, I've stamped with VersaFine Clair and then heat embossed.

Don't forget that we are very generously sponsored this month by Jean and Malcolm from: 

Crafty Individuals 

who are offering 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 them  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

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.

  I hope to be back with you all soon but until then, take care and be happy x



Tuesday, 16 July 2019

Find Courage

Hello there,

Just a really quick post from me today to share a card that I made yesterday for the new @gardenpartychallenge on Instagram.  The challenge is run by two of my Crafty Individuals teamies, Sylvia and Isa, so I'm happy very to be supporting them both in their new crafty venture:


The Poppy stamp is by Inkylicious, the sentiment is by Visible Image and the background text stamp is by Crafty Individuals.  I've water coloured the poppy using Distress Inks and the sentiment is heat embossed in gold.

I would also like to add this card into the following challenges:

Penny Black and More - Summer Colours
Craft Stamper - Take It Make It (July)

That's all from me for today but I'll be back on Thursday with some mid-month inspiration at Stamping Sensations x





Sunday, 7 July 2019

The Earth Laughs In Flowers

Hello there,

I hope that you are all keeping well and that the sun is shining for you wherever you are.

It's time for a new challenge at 'Stamping Sensations' and our theme this time is:

'The Earth Laughs In Flowers'


I think Crafty Individuals are well known for their beautiful floral stamps but this is one of my favourites of theirs. I've smooshed Distress Oxides onto my craft mat and then spritzed them with water before pressing my card into them.  Once this was dry, I stamped the image with VersaFine Clair and then heat embossed it.  I painted the flowers using various inks and Spectrum aqua markers. I finished my card by added a pretty lace die cut and black ribbon.

We are very generously sponsored this month by Jean and Malcolm over at:

 'Crafty Individuals' 

who are offering 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

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

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

Penny Black and More - Summer Colours









Monday, 1 July 2019

Time To Make Some Changes

Hello there on this Monday morning.

I hope that you all had a good weekend and that it wasn't too warm for you.  It's much cooler here today and I'm just doing this quick post before I go out and cut my grass, which has shot up again over the last week.

The card that I'm sharing with you today is one that I've made for a new challenge on Instagram which has been started by two friends, one of which is my very talented Crafty Individuals teamie Sylvie.  It's called the #gardenpartychallenge.  Here's my card:


I started by using a pink Distress Oxide in the background then spritzing it with water.  Once dry, I used Text scrips by Crafty Individuals and Inkylicious to create my background.  Next, I stamped and heat embossed the Moth  and sentiment  by Visible Image before using the additional stamps by Crafty Individuals and Inkylicious.  I finished off by colouring in the Moth and stamps with Adirondack and Distress inks.  The faux stitching around the edge of my card was made by punching holes and then joining the up using a fine black pen.

This was the challenge

Good luck to Sylvie in her new crafty venture and I wish you all a happy and colourful day x 
.

Sunday, 30 June 2019

The Last Of My June CI Samples

Hello there on this Friday morning,

I'm here today to share the last two of my latest round of Crafty Individuals samples:

This first card was made using the Ephemera stamps, stamped onto CI paper and then fussy cut out to make my background.  I then over stamped with some of the postage stamps.  I love the CI children stamps and so I decided to make this card all about childhood memories and the sort of places that a child might visit, so I used a circus stamp as one of the main features.


This card was made using the border stamps and the background script stamp, which is one of my favourites as it's so useful and I di use it time and time again.

That's the last of my June samples and I'm busy again now making more samples for the shows that Crafty Individuals have on Hochanda at the beginning of August.

I hope that you all have a fabulous weekend and that the sun shines for you (Fingers crossed!)

Thursday, 27 June 2019

A Couple More Of My CI June Samples

Hello there,

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

I'm here today to share with you a couple more of my Crafty Individuals samples made for their June shows:


I have to say that I'm loving using the latest stamps from Crafty Individuals as they all really lend themselves to colourful backgrounds, as you can see here with my first card.  I made the background using a Gelli Plate and acrylic paints, and then stamped over with CI images.  The colours on this card are so vivid and this is one of my personal favourites and all the stamps worked together really well.  I've just made a journal cover using this main focal stamp, so that's something that I may share at a later date as there's no artwork in it yet, so not much to show at the moment.



This one is quite a different style for me as I don't really do CAS but on this occasion, I thought that the stamps worked really well together for a CAS look.  I used a grey VersaFine to give a more subtle effect and then I stamped the sentiment in black so that it stood out more.  

That's all from me for today but I'll be back on Sunday with my last couple of samples from the June shows.  Until then, I hope the sun shines for you wherever you are x 

I would like to add my first card into the following challenges:






Sunday, 23 June 2019

A Sweet Little Birdie

Hello there on this Sunday morning,

I'm here today to share another Crafty Individuals sample from their last shows on Hochanda.


This is another new stamp now available on the CI website and the artwork is by my very talented Teamie Dora.  

I made a watery Brusho background, dried the card with a heat gun and then scrunched it up.  I opened it up and then I went over the card with a Distress Tea Dye ink pad before spritzing it with water to give a marbled effect.  Once my card was dry, I ran it through my Big Shot machine to straighten it out.  Next, I used a text stamp on the background using the Tea Dye ink pad again before stamping the main image with VersaFine Clair and then heat embossed it to avoid any smudges.  I then used my Sandstone and Olive Green Brushos again, along with some distress inks to water colour the image and I used bleach to lift the colour within the circle around the bird. 

That's all from me for today so I wish you all a very happy day x 


Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Mid Month Inspiration - June 19

Hello there my crafty friends,

It's time for us to give you some mid-month inspiration at Stamping Sensations and here's the card that I've made:


Now if you remember, on my last Stamping Sensations post, I did say that I like lots of different colours and so for this card, I've used my second favourite colour which is Turquoise.  I thought the colour would work perfectly with these fabulous stamps by Visible image.  It's a great little set as it has a little background fillers such as the tiny fish and seaweeds.  My background was made using Distress Oxides and I've used the same colour in a Distress ink to colour the Jellyfish.  To finish, I used a white marker pen to colour the bubbles.

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' 

this month 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, 16 June 2019

Butterflies In The Pink

Hello there,

I’ve just realised that I still have a few samples left to show you from the last Crafty Individuals shows.  The first card that I'm sharing with you today is made using one of my favourite stamps from the new collection.  Here it is:


The paper that I've used in the background is also by Crafty Individuals and the dies cuts are Tim Holtz florals.  

To colour the butterflies, I tried to fine inks that I had that were similar to the colours in the background and then pressed them onto my mat before spritzing with water.  I then dipped my card into the colours.  Once dry, I stamped the butterflies with VersaFine Clair.

Here's another card that I made:


Now this one was something new for me.  It's a penny slider card.  I thought about the horse galloping and decided that I would give this one a go.  I've never made one before and it was a little fiddly, but it worked really well when I'd finished and it was something a little different. The horse that I've used is the same one from the carousel horses that I've posted here previously.  Once again, the background paper is by Crafty Individuals.

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


Friday, 14 June 2019

By The Sea

Hello there again,

I've done well with my blogging this week and I'm here today to show the last of the card that I made last weekend:


I made this one using acrylic paint on a Gelli Plate.  Just two paint colours and then some fluffy stuff and white acrylic paint for the sea foam.  I stamped the deckchairs directly on the card and then again so that I could colour and fussy cut them out.  I curved them and the umbrella with a bone folder before adding large blobs of glue from my hot glue gun.  The clouds were just sponged on with white acrylic paint.  Quite CAS but I didn't think it needed anything else.

That's all from me for today but I'll be back on Tuesday morning with some mid month inspiration for Stamping Sensations, so until then, I'd like to wish you all a very happy and colourful weekend x

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

The Artistic Stamper - By The Seaside
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Vacation

Wednesday, 12 June 2019

'Nothing Soothes The Soul'

Hello my crafty friends,

I'm back again today with the second of my beach themed cards.  Once again, I've used the stamps that came with issue 72 of Creative Stamping magazine.


I really enjoyed using several of the new stamps and I decided to use cotton for the kite tails, rather than the stamped version.  I bent the kite to give it some dimension and did the same with the stones and seagull.  

I hope to be back on Friday with my last beach card of this week, so until then, stay happy x 

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

The Artistic Stamper - By The Seaside
Simon Says Stamp - Monday Challenge (Vacation)




Monday, 10 June 2019

Relax

Hello there,

I'm not sure about you but I'm a little disappointed with the weather here in the UK at the moment.  It seems like rain, rain and more rain, and don't forget the chilly winds too :(  It's only a couple of weeks ago that I was enjoying the warmth of the Greek sun, and so I thought I would remind myself of that by making a few seaside and beach cards.  I had a very happy day in my craft room on Saturday, so this week, I hope to share a few of the cards that I made.  Last Friday, I picked up the latest copy of Creative Stamping magazine and the stamps that came with the magazine were all beach themed, so they are what I used.  I have a dreadful habit of falling in love with stamps on the front of mags and then never using them, so I was determined not to let that happen this time.  Here's the first of my cards:


I think the sentiment is perfect for this scene.  I just have to look at this scene and I'm in my happy place.  Lets all keep our fingers crossed for warmer days :)

Wishing you all a happy week ahead x 

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

The Artistic Stamper - By The Seaside
Simon Says Stamp - Vacation




Sunday, 9 June 2019

Something Blue

Good morning my lovely, crafty friends,

I hope that your weekend is going well.  I had a lovely day yesterday, just playing with stamps, both old and new and it was wonderful to spend some time in my craft room.

The card that I'm sharing with you today is one that I made for this month's challenge at CAS Watercolour Challenge - Something Blue


Totally out of my comfort zone as I wanted to add a blue border but resisted temptation! :)

The stamp is by Crafty Individuals and the sentiment was a freebie with this month's Creative Stamping magazine.  I stamped the image using VersaFine Clair and then water coloured it  with Distress Blueprint Sketch. I the used a small amount of bleach to lift some of the colour.  To finish, I used an Ink Duster with some of the Distress ink to give  some subtle shade in the left hand corner.

Wishing you all the best of days x


Friday, 7 June 2019

Another New Stamp With Brushos

Hello there,

Just a quick post from me today to share another sample that I've made for Crafty Individuals using one of their fabulous new stamps:


This is a super collage stamp as all of the hard work is already done for you.  For this card, I simply made a background using my Brushos and then I stamped over with VersaFine Clair.  Finally, I just picked out some of the elements, stamped them again and fussy cut them out before adding them to give a little contrast.  This stamp really lends itself to colourful backgrounds.

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

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

Penny Black and More - Blooms -  Butterflies and/or Bugs
Try It On Tuesday - Make A Mark
Country View Challenges - It's A Bug's Life

Wednesday, 5 June 2019

Beautiful Butterfly.

Hello there,

I'm back again today with another of my samples made for the two shows that Crafty Individuals have had on Hochanda this week.  If you missed them but would still like to see them, then they'll be available on Hochanda Catch Up for the next couple of weeks.  Here my card made with another of their brand new stamps:


This is such a beautiful stamp and the possibilities with it are endless.  I've also used another new text stamp from CI in the background.  This is another large stamp, A6 and the butterfly is gorgeous.  I really enjoyed seeing all of the other samples by my CI teamies and their wonderful colour choices.  I've used just two main colours on this card but you can have great fun creating colourful backgrounds that will be just perfect to use with this collage stamp.

That's all from me for today and I hope that it's a happy one for you x

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Penny Black and More - Blooms, Butterflies or Bugs
Try It On Tuesday - Make A Mark
Country View Challenges - It's A Bugs Life





Tuesday, 4 June 2019

Some Fabulous New Stamps By Crafty Individuals

Hello there my crafty friends,

I do hope that you are all keeping well and happy.

I'm here today to share a card that I've made using one of the fabulous new stamps by Crafty Individuals.  Jean was on Hochanda yesterday and she will be back again today at 12pm along with Lesley Wharton with more fabulous demos.  If you're not able to tune in, then you can always watch them on Hochanda Catch Up for the next couple of weeks.  My teamies have excelled themselves once again with their samples and I feel honoured to be part of such a talented team.  Here's the first of my samples:


Here's the actual stamp:

The carousel horse has been drawn by my very talented teamie...Dora.  Hasn't she done a great job.  It's quite a large stamp, A6, so great for making larger cards.  The one that I've made here is 8 x 8  and my aim was to make it look like a carousel with movement.  One of my happiest childhood memories is of my wonderful Dad taking me for a ride on these when I was small.  I remember the horses being so big and colourful and holding on so tightly to their gold poles.  I can still hear the music now and I remember my absolute joy and excitement, what precious memories.

Talking of precious memories, I made lots more last week as Hubby and I went on holiday to Halkidiki with our Daughter and her family.  The weather was glorious and I don't think I've ever felt so relaxed in my entire life.  It was fabulous from start to finish and I enjoyed every single second.  My Hubby went down to the beach every morning to watch the sunrise and I managed three mornings which I have to say were amazingly beautiful and incredibly emotional.  We've been married for over thirty seven years and this was just so romantic.  Just the two of us, an empty beach and the sun.  Here a just a few of the photos that we took on our phones with no filters:




It was a little cloudy on this one but I still loved the beauty of the sky and the way that the sun's rays were shining through.  I can't wait to get my inks out and use some of these photos for inspiration.

Sunset

Right then, as with any return from holiday, there is washing to be done and lots of catching up to do.  I'll be round to visit you all as soon as I can.

Thank you for visiting my blog today and for taking the time to share some of my precious moments xx

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

Addicted To Stamps Challenge - For A Boy/Man

Sunday, 2 June 2019

Show Your True Colours

Hello there,

It's time for a new challenge over at Stamping Sensations and this time, our theme is:

'Show Your True Colours'


I had think hard about this one as in truth, I quite like lots of colours but if I have to choose an absolute favourite, then it would be purple, in various shades.

For my card, I created a background with Brushos and then I've used Visible Image stamps.  The image of the head and verse were stamped using VersaFine Clair Nocturn and then heat embossed to avoid smudging.  I used my stamping press and Distress inks to create an Ombre effect on the dream catcher.

We are very generously sponsored this month by Mark and Helen at: 

Visible Image 

The lucky winner will receive a £25 gift voucher to spend at their online store.  How amazing is 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

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



Friday, 24 May 2019

I Love My Brushos

Hello there,

I'm here to share another card with you that I'm entering in the current challenge over at 'Allsorts.'  It's their tenth anniversary, so lets give them lots of support as they all do a great job in inspiring us week after week.  Here's the card that I've made:


I've used my Brushos in the background.  They are definitely a firm favourite of mine as I love the intensity of their colour, also their unpredictability.  The main focal stamp that I've used is by Crafty Individuals and the sentiment and ink splat stamp were freebies from Creative stamping magazine a couple of months back.

Another amazing challenge blog, also celebrating their 10th birthday are the fabulous team over at TIOT.  They never fail to provide us with their wonderful inspiration and great challenge themes.  Thanks to all the DT, past and present for their hard work and inspiration in keeping this superb challenge up and running.

Wishing all of you all a happy and colourful weekend x

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

Craft Stamper - Take It Make It Challenge (May)
TIOT - Let's Party (10th Birthday celebration)
Penny Black and More - Feminine with (Anything Goes Option)


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