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



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