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





Sunday, 1 December 2019

Anything Goes at Stamping Sensations

Hello there my lovelies,

Well, we are now into December, so let the festivities begin!  I made some mince pies and jam tarts last night as I have my family, including three Grandchildren coming over tomorrow to help put up my tree and decorations. The eldest is five and the youngest almost three, so it may be a very interesting day lol.  I'll let you know how it goes!

It's time for our final challenge of the year at Stamping Sensations and our theme this time is 'Anything Goes.'  I know that December is such a busy month for us all but there's so much scope with this theme, so why not join us.  Here's the card that I've made:


I've gone for a traditional theme myself.  I know that Robins can be seen all year round but they are associated with Christmas and I love them!  This little beauty is by Crafty Individuals and all other stamps are by Inkylicious, except for the sentiment which was a freebie from a craft show a couple of years back.  I've added some fluffy puffy stuff onto the log to add some dimension and also some glitter onto the snow, although this doesn't show too well on this photo.

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

Now is you're a fan of Crafty Individuals stamps, you'll be very pleased to hear that the have two shows on Hochanda at 12pm and 4pm.  Lovely Lesley from Chocolate Baroque will be helping Jean with the demos and then Jean will be helping Lesley out on her Chocolate Baroque shows too, so it promises to be a great day of crafting fun.  Jean has some fabulous new Christmas stamps and hopefully, you might see some of my samples on there.  

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

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

That Artistic stamper - Christmas Is Coming
Try It On Tuesday - Inspired By A Song Or A Christmas Carol (Joy To The World)
Addicted To Stamps Challenge - Anything Goes



Monday, 18 November 2019

Mid Month Inspiration - November 19

Hello there,

I'm here today to provide you with some mid-month inspiration for our latest challenge over at Stamping Sensation.  Our theme is 'Traditional Christmas Colours' and I've opted to use green on my card.  It's a simple card this time as I've made quite a few of these this year and we all know just how time consuming making Christmas cards can be.  Here it is:


The trees and sentiment are by Inkylicious and the deer are by Crafty Individuals.  I've stamped the trees using VersaFine Clair (Shady Lane.)  

Don't forget that we are very generously sponsored this month by Lesley and David from
'Chocolate Baroque'
The prize are these two fabulous Christmas themed stamp sheets 
    

We'd love you to join us this month and to be inspired by our 'Traditional Christmas Colours ' 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

I'd like to add this card to the:

Monday, 11 November 2019

White On White

Hello there,

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

I've had a busy morning, catching up with some housework and I've made two Christmas cakes which are just starting to smell amazing.  It's made me think that I really need to start getting organised for Christmas as today is the first time this year that I've given it a thought and it will be here before I know it!

I'm here today to share a card that I've made for this week's challenge over at Allsorts, their theme is 'White on White.'  Now is not very often that I make a card without using inks, so this one is quite different from my usual style and I hope that you like it.

I went to the Stamperama show at Harrogate on Saturday.  It was a fabulous show with lots of stalls and a great atmosphere.  I was quite relieved really after the last show at Doncaster had been so much quieter than it usually is.  I had a lovely catch up with Jean and Malcolm from Crafty Individuals and also with the Inkylicious crew.  I also met and had a chat with the lovely Judith Smith who's the head of Chocolate Baroque's Design Team.  There were lots of fabulous demos going on and I really enjoyed watching John Lockwood using the new stamps by Two Jays which he'd demoed on Hochanda last week.  It's the first time I've met him and he's such a lovely chap. The samples on his stall were beautiful and I was tempted into buying the Cut and Emboss Snowflake border that I've used on today's card.  There were some beautiful samples made with it and I just couldn't resist.  Here's my card:


Some of you may have noticed that I also used this folder on yesterday's Remembrance card too.  I've just a put it on a white 6 x 6 card and used a snowflake die which I think is by Memory Box, but don't quote me on that.  I've used Ranger Liquid Pearls on each of the border's snowflakes.  It's a very simple card to make and you could easily make large batches of this in a very short time, which is exactly what we all need in the run up to Christmas.  I may be temped to add a gem to the center but I've left it off for now to fit in with the them of the challenge.

I think that's all for today.  It's been lovely to have a little more time to chat as I seem to always be in a rush these days.

Take care and I wish you lots of happy crafting x

Sunday, 3 November 2019

Traditional Christmas Colours

Hello there,

It's time for a new challenge over at Stamping Sensations and our theme this time is 'Traditional Christmas Colours.'  The colours are Red, Gold and Green and you can use any or all of them.  Here's the card that I've made:


The image that I've used is by Crafty Individuals and I've heat embossed it in gold before using various inks to water colours it with.  I've also added a couple of little red gems in the center of each flower.  I've used distress ink with a little glycerine in the background.  I find that this gives a nice, smooth finish and you don't need to use as much ink.

We are very generously sponsored this month by Lesley and David from
'Chocolate Baroque'
The prize are these two fabulous Christmas themed stamp sheets 
    

We'd love you to join us this month and to be inspired by our 'Traditional Christmas Colours ' 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





Friday, 25 October 2019

My Last Spooky Card For This Year

Hello there on this Friday morning,

It's almost the weekend and I hope that you've got some nice things planned.  I intend to make a start on my next lot of CI samples but before then, I thought I'd share another spooky card that I've made using an older CI stamp and a Visible Image stencil, here it is:


I created my background using Brushos and then I stencilled over to create the skull.  Next, I stamped the fabulous Crow stamp by Crafty Individuals (CI-500) and used a sentiment by Visible Image.  The tree, flying bird and barbed wire stamps are all by Craft Individuals (CI- 361) and I think that they work really well with the main focal stamp.  I don't celebrate Halloween in any way but I have really enjoyed creating something that I wouldn't usually make.  I think it's given me the chance to be quite creative and in an arty sense and I'm pleased with the result.

Take care and have a great weekend x

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

Try It On Tuesday - Witches/Wizards/Halloween
The Male Room - Halloween







Sunday, 20 October 2019

A Little Bit Spooky

Hello there,

Just a quick post from me today as I'm playing catch up again, so apologies if I haven't had a chance to visit your blog yet.

I'm here today to share a couple of card using two new stamps from Crafty Individuals, both drawn by Maria Kitano:

I made my background using Brusho inks and VersaFine Claire Nocturn ink.  The stars were created by splattering with white acrylic paint.  I'm really happy with how this one turned out, especially the glow around the moon.

CI-528

CI-529

The background on this one was again made using my trusty Brushos, a CI background stamp, a Spider's Web stencil and black acrylic paint, which went everywhere!  The blood was made by adding a drop of water to some Adirondack ink to create the drips.  The sentiment is by Visible Image and I was really annoyed that I didn't stamp the first bit a little lower as it's quite difficult to read but hey ho, what's done is done!  I have to say that I'm not into Halloween at all but I do seem to enjoy making Gothic type cards.

Both of these fab stamps are on offer for a short time on the Crafty Individuals web site.

That's all from me for today, so I'll wish you a very happy, peaceful and relaxing Sunday x 

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

Try It On Tuesday - Whiches/Wizzards/Halloween
The Male Room - Halloween











Friday, 18 October 2019

Mid Month Inspiration - October 19

Hello there my crafty friends,

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


The stamps that I've used are by Inkylicious and I created my background with Brushos.

Don't forget that we are very generously sponsored by:
'Stamp Addicts'
 who are kindly offering the lucky winner a £25 voucher to spend at their online store.

There's still plenty of time to enter our challenge, so why not take out your stamps and inks and get creating.

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





Sunday, 13 October 2019

Stamp Magic and a few more samples

Hello there my crafty friends,

I've been to Stamp Magic at Doncaster today and it was lovely to catch up with some of my crafty blogland friends, Sally and Lynne from Stamping Sensations and also lovely Kath from Allsorts.  I have to say that I was surprised as to how quiet the show was, both in terms of exhibitors and people attending.  I just hope that this isn't the beginning of the end of craft shows.  The craft shops have all gone, one by one and I hope that craft shows don't go the same way.  It's possible that it was just the weather as the rain was pouring down and driving conditions were horrible.  Anyway, all that said, I now have enough card to last me for a year and a few new stamps to keep me happy for a while, so I'm a happy bunny!

I'd like to share a few more of my latest samples for Crafty Individuals:





These new stamps are fabulous and quite different too.  I've really enjoyed working with them.  Jean mentioned on the Hochanda shows that the Designer, Ellie Mulligan is working on some Christmas designs, so I can't wait to see them.

That's all form me for today as I'm off to play with my new stamps.  Take care and I hope to be back with you soon x 


Wednesday, 9 October 2019

Lion King

Hello there on this beautiful sunny morning.

I'm here today to show you one of the samples that I made for Crafty Individuals latest shows on Hochanda.  Their latest stamps are fabulous and they were designed by a young lady called Ellie Mulligan.  The shows were a great success and I'm sure that we'll be seeing more of Ellie's work in the future.  Here's my card:


Now I have to say that I wasn't sure where this card was going when I stated, other than I was going to use the lion as the sun.  Once stamped, it reminded me of the 'Lion King' and so I then decided to add more animals and to use a stencil to create the sun's rays.  It was great to use the older stamps with the new and it just shows how well they can all work together.  I have to say that I was blown away by the samples that my teamies have created and they are all so very different.  Jean has quite a big Design Team but they all have their own individual style and it's always great to see what the come up with when the new stamps are released.

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

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

Try It On Tuesday - Animal Magic  

Sunday, 6 October 2019

Trees, Leaves or Autumn

Hello there,

It's time for a new challenge over at Stamping Sensations and this time, our them is 'Trees, Leaves or Autumn,' so there's plenty of scope there to get your creative juices flowing.  Here's the card that I've made:


I have to say that I've had great fun creating this card.  No leaves on this one but plenty of trees and Autumnal colours too.  The stamps that I've used are by Visible Image, Crafty Individuals and Inkylicious.  I started by stamping the face and then using masking fluid on the eyes.  I then used a blending tool to add the colour then I stamped the various trees around the edge using VersaFine Clair Nocturn.  Finally, I added the sentiments to complete my card.  

We are very generously sponsored by:
'Stamp Addicts'
 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


Sunday, 22 September 2019

Hot, Hot, Hot!

Hello there on this rainy, Sunday afternoon,

Well I have to say that I can't believe the difference between yesterday and today's weather.  Yesterday I was out walking and having a picnic in a local country park with my family and today I've been in my craft room as it's been raining for most of the day.  I think we've been quite lucky this year here in the UK as we've had plenty of sunshine, so no complaints from me.  The trees looked stunning yesterday and there's no doubt that Autumn is upon us.

I apologise for my lack of blogging of late.  Family life has been really busy and in other news, I start a new job next week.  I left my office job five years ago to look after my two young Grandchildren but now that my Daughter is at home again full time, I needed to look out for something else to keep me occupied.  I'll be working three days a week in a school office, so plenty to keep me busy.... wish me luck!

I've neglected my card challenges of late, so I'm here today with a card that I've made:


The background was made by sprinkling Brushos on my craft mat and then spritzing them with water before pressing my card into them.  This gives more of a smoother, inky effect than using them directly onto the card.  I stamped the stags onto the card and then I used a mountain stencil to ground them.  I also used a stencil for the sun.  All of the stamps that I've used today are by Inkylicious.

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

Try It On Tuesday - Hot, Hot, Hot
Penny Black and More - Animals

Wednesday, 18 September 2019

Mid Month Inspiration - September 19

Hello,

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


The main focal stamp is by Stacey Barras from Crafters Companion and the corner stamp is one that came free with a papercraft magazine.  I stamped the flowers with VersaFine Clair and then heat embossed them with clear embossing powder. I water coloured the flowers with Distress inks and Spectrum Aqua pens. I then used a blending tool with Distress inks and a touch of glycerine to colour around the image.

Don't forget that 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

Have a great day!

Sunday, 15 September 2019

It's A Butterfly Day

Hello there,

I hope that you're enjoying your weekend whatever you may be doing.

I'm here today to share a few more of my samples that I made for Crafty Individuals last shows:





I told you it was a butterfly day!

Take care and I'll be back with you on Wednesday with some mid-month inspiration for Stamping Sensations x 

Sunday, 8 September 2019

Happy Days Are Here Again

Hello there,

I hope that you're all keeping well and happy.  Autumn is definitely winging it's way in here in the UK and our friends over the other side of the world are just starting to enjoy their Spring.  The world keeps on turning for us all doesn't it.  I've really grown to love the changing of the seasons as I've got older and each one brings with it it's own beauty.

I'm here today to share a card with you that I had published in the September edition of Craft Stamper magazine.  I was asked by Jean at Craft Individuals if I would make something with a seaside theme and I was very happy to help her out.  Here's my card:


The background was made using Olive Green Brushos and I used the same colours to water colours the parts of the card that I needed to.  I tore up strips of painted card to create the waves and to give the card some texture and movement.  The individual elements on my card have all been stamped, coloured and then fussy cut before using them to create a scene.  The stamp of the girls running into the sea is a favourite of mine as it congers up such a feeling of joy.

Take care and I hope to be back with you all soon x


Sunday, 1 September 2019

Anything Goes With Flowers at Stamping Sensations

Hello there,

It's time for a new challenge over at Stamping Sensations and our theme this time is 'Anything Goes with Flowers.


I'm hoping that this card will brighten your day, as it makes me feel happy every time I look at it!

I stamped just a part of the BEAUtanicals Lilly by Bee Crafty before heat embossing it as I know that I'd be painting it at a later stage.  Next, I painted the image with masking fluid.  When this was dry, I sprinkled Brushos (Sunburst Lemon and Alzarin Crimson) before spritzing with colour to disperse the colour.  Aren't Brushos magical, I just love using them as you just never know what you're going to end up with.  I used Adirondack Mountain Rose ink to paint the Lilly and Impress Olive green for the stem and leaves.  The sentiment is by Inkylicious and I stamped this with VersaFine Clair before heat embossing to give a clearer impression.  How bright is this card?  It looks exactly the same in real life, which is another reason why I love using Brushos are their colours are so vivid.  Promise I'm not on commission for them lol :)

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, 25 August 2019

More Glorious Butterflies

Hello there,

How's your weekend going? Good I hope.  It's a Bank Holiday here in the UK, so an extra day off for lots of workers tomorrow.  It won't be long now before the kids are back at school will it.  I always think that's Autumn follows very shortly after that.

As the title of this blog post states, I'm here today to share with you a few more of my Crafty Individuals samples featuring one of their very latest very beautiful butterfly stamps:



Both cards feature CI-519 (Floral Explosion) by Crafty Individuals but they look completely different don't they.  I hope to be back with you later on in the week to share my remaining samples with you.  All four new butterfly stamps are currently on offer on the CI web site, in case you fancy treating yourselves.  

I'll leave you now to enjoy the rest of your weekend and I hope that it's a happy one! x




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






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