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 
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