Thursday, 31 December 2020

Happy New Year 2021

 Hello my lovely bloging friends,

It's New Year's Eve and time to reflect on the year that we're about to leave behind.  What a year it's been!  I don't think any of us could have anticipated what this year would have in store for us all.  I won't dwell on it for too long as I know that it's one that we'll not be too sorry to say goodbye to.  The hardest part of the year for me was losing my wonderful Sister-In-Law.  It came as such a shock to us all and then not even being able to attend her funeral due to the Corona restrictions just made it all even harder to accept.  There's not a day goes by where I don't think about her and my heart breaks for my brother, their two daughters and for their children who've lost their much loved Nanna.  I will always hug my loved ones that much tighter from now on as we never know what life has in store for us.  

The one thing that has kept me sane throughout this crazy year has been my crafting.  I'm so enjoying being a part of the lovely Design Team at Crafty Individuals and an added bonus is that two of my best blogging buddies, Sally from Crafty Salutaions and Lynne from Creative Lynks have also joined the team.  I was also given the opportunity this year to design some scenic stamps.  I really enjoyed the process and people seemed to love the stamps, which was great  I just need to get my thinking cap on again for a few more designs.  Jean and Malcolm from Crafty Individuals are such lovely people and I wish them both continued success with the business. 

Talking of my crafty friends, there are a group of us which includes Viv from Viv's Visuals and Joan from Night Time Stamping, Sally and Lynne and we chat to each other most days.  There's always one of us on hand if we need any crafting advice or just a shoulder to cry on.  More importantly, we have lots and lots of laughs....that's usually down to Viv who has a wicked sense of humour.  I feel incredibly blessed to have such a wonderful group of friends and if any of you are reading this, I love you all to bits xx

Finally onto my wonderful and loyal followers, I wouldn't be here without you, so thank you  Blogland is so much quieter than it used to be as Facebook and Instgram have taken over but blogging isn't just about pressing the 'Like' button, it's a place where you can get to know each other just that little bit better.  I love it whenever anyone leaves a comment and I love to visit other people too to see what they've been up to. It's also great to be in touch with so many like minded people as we all know that 'look' that we get from family when you start to talk about cards and they roll their eyes:)

Well it wasn't going to be such a long post but I've waffled on as usual, so I'll share some cards with you now before I go.  Here are my favourites from each month of the year:

January

February


March


April

May

June

July

August

September

October

November

December

That's my year of cards! 

May I take this opportunity to wish you all the very best of everything in 2021.  I wish you peace and happiness and may you love and be loved always.

Take care, stay safe and I'll see you next year xxx



Thursday, 24 December 2020

Merry Christmas 2020

 Merry Christmas 2020


Wishing all my wonderful crafty friends and followers a very 
'Peaceful and  Happy Christmas
x x x x x x x x x x x



Thursday, 17 December 2020

Pablo The Penguin

 Hello my crafty friends,

How's it all going.....good I hope.

I'm here with a few more of my recent samples for Crafty Individuals and this one features their new Penguin stamp 'Pablo.'  Now I have to say that many people have fallen in love with Pablo and I'm no exception!  He's a little sweetie and the DT have made some amazing samples with him.  My friend Sally has made some shrink wrap earings and a beautiful bauble.  You can see what fabulous makes she's done with the new stamps here.  

My first card was a labour of love as there was lots of masking involved.  My idea was to create a choir with Pablo as the lead singer.  I masked Pablo to put the snowmen behind and then masked the snowmen to add the Christmas trees.  Judging by Pablo's face, he'd rather be at the back with the others!

A simple card with Pablo against a lovely Crafty Individuals background paper.


Finally, using one of my favourite techniques which is to use white embossing on Kraft card.

See what I mean, he is a cutie isn't he.

Right then, I'm hoping to get maybe one more post in before the big day.  Time to crack on now with another batch of mince pies.....well, it is nearly Christmas and we can always diet next year ;)

Take care and be happy xx

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

Try It On Tuesday - Christmas Sparkle
Country View Crafts - Anything Christmas
The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge - Anything Christmas Goes


Sunday, 13 December 2020

Echinacea

 Hello my crafty friends

I'm here again today to share a few more samples that I made for the Crafty Individuals shows that were on Hochanda on the 5th of December.





Only a short post from me today but I hope to be back again with you all some time during the week.  Until then take care and stay safe everyone xx

Thursday, 10 December 2020

Let's Go Sailing

 Hello there,

I just can't belive how quickly the weeks are rolling by and we're now only a couple of weeks off the big day itself.  We're used to noisy family Christmas' but this one will be a quiet one spent at home with just the two of us.  That's what 'Corona Virus' has dictated and so we will just have to make the best of it.  My heart goes out to anyone who'll be spending the festive period alone.  I always try to live by the motto of count your curses once and your blessings twice.  The events of this year and our sudden loss of a much loved family member has reminded me that we should never take anyone or anything for granted!

Okay, let's move onto the matter in hand which is to share with you a couple of the samples that I made for the Crafty Individuals shows on Hochanda last week.  There were four new stamps and the two cards that I've made here were made with the fabulous 'Boat' stamp.  They were all lovely to work with but this one is my favourite:


On this first card, I've used Brushos in the background and a CI text stamp.  The harlequin pattern was created by running some all purpose filler through a stencil, then rubbing it back when it was dry.  The sentiment stamp and seagull are also stamps by Crafty Individuals.


Again using the same stamp but this time using an aqua colour.  This shows the thing that I love most about stamping and that's that you can take one stamp and yet create so many different looks with it.  All the other stamps that I've used in the background are older stamps by CI.

The four new stamps are now on the CI website and there's a discount on them if you buy them in the next week or so, so well worth a visit I think.

That's all from me for today and I'll try to get back in the next few days to show you what I've made with some of the other new stamps.

Take care and stay safe xx

Thursday, 3 December 2020

A Christmas Card and a Sneaky Peek

 Hello there my crafty friends,

I hope that you are all keeping well and happy.  The weather is definitely turning colder here and it looks like we might have a little bit of snow in the next week or so.  Brrrrrrr

I'm here today to share a Christmas card that I've made recently using some new stamps by Crafty Individuals.  Here it is:


The robin is an older CI stamp and the beautiful foliage stamps are new.  They were designed by my very talented teamie, Isa.  They are so versatile and as you can see here, I've stamped them up a few times and decoupaged them.  They are a joy to colour and can make your cards as simple or as complicated as you'd like them to be. 

Now while we are on the subject of Crafty Individuals, Our lovely Jean Hardy has two show on Hochanda this coming Saturday 5th of December.  The first one is on at 7am....yes, I know, it's very early, so if you can't watch it, then why not hit your record button and enjoy it later.  The second show is at the more reasonable time of 1am.  Unfortunately, Jean has to take the time slots that Hochanda dictate.

This time, the new stamps are by artist Sharron Bates.  I've had great fun as always making my samples and here's a sneaky peek at a three of them:

 




I'll be sharing these samples and more with you once the shows have aired.  Until then Take care and stay safe.....and warm! xx

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

The Artistic Stamper - Christmas

Country View Challenges - Anything Christmas

The Holly And The Ivy Christmas Challenge - Anything Christmas Goes


Tuesday, 1 December 2020

Christmas

 Hello there,

Well, it's the 1st of December and Chrismas will soon be upon us, so let the festivities begin! :)

Back in October, I was lucky enough to be the Winner of a challenge that I'd entered at 'Country View Crafts.'  In addition to winning a fabulous £20 voucher to spend online in their store, I was also asked if I would like to be their Guest Designer for December, which I kindly accepted.   Their theme this month is 'Christmas' and here's the card that I've made:

I decided to use one of the stamps that I designed for Crafty Individuals back in August which features the beautiful robin.  I know that you can see them all year round but nothing says christmas to me more than seeing one in the snow.  I created some hills in the background and I made the background a little darker, so that with snow would stand out more.  The snow was created by splattering with a white Posca pen.  The stamps that I've used today are by Crafty Individulals and the sentiment is by Inkylicious. 

I really enjoy entering the challenges over at Country View Crafts.  The inspiration from their Design Team is always amazing, so why not pop along and take a look.  Better still, why not join in with this 'Christmas' challenge.

That's all from me for today but I hope to be back with you all again soon.  Wishing you all lots of fun throughout December xx

Wednesday, 25 November 2020

Winter Wonderland

 Hello there,

Exactly one month today and we’ll all be celebrating the big day, albeit very differently for many of us.  I guess that we all have to make the most of it in whatever way we can.  I’ve made cakes this week for ourselves and for the family and that always feels like the start of Christmas for me.  

Moving on to all things crafty, I’m here today to share a card that I’ve made with some new stamps that I recently won at the ‘Country View Challenge.’  It’s quite an old stamp set by Andy Skinner and I’ve like it for ages, so I was thrilled when I saw it in stock.   Here’s the card that I’ve made:


I started by stamping the trees, shed and gate, then heat embossed them to stop any smudges happening.  Next, I used a stencil to add the snow and I used a light touch of grey ink to add some texture and hills.  I then masked off the snow and shed before sponging in the sky with Distress inks.  After stamping in the birds, I used a post stamp by Inkylicious to create the fence and I drew the links in using a black fine liner.  This is my first play with my new stamps and I’m looking forward to using them again shorty as I love them, especially the tree.  

Here’s a photo of the stamps that I chose as my prize from Country View Crafts:


That’s all from me for today and I’ll be back with you all again soon xx

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

Try It On Tuesday - Winter Wonderland

Christmas Card Throwdown (November) - Winter Wonderland



Friday, 20 November 2020

Off The Edge (Not Me Though!)

Hello there, 

How are you all doing? Good I hope.

I promised myself that I would enter the CAS challenge this month over at 'CAS MixUp Card Challenge.'  I just made it by the skin of my teeth last month, so I've managed to get there a little earlier this time!  Here's the card that I've made:

Those who know me well will know that I struggle with CAS cards, so I actually enjoy challenging myself to make something a little different to my usual type of card.  As Christmas is almost upon us, I decided that I would make an extra card for the occasion, as I usually find that I don't have enough when it comes to the time when I need them.  The poinsettia stamp that I've used is by Crafty Individuals and I've water coloured it using Adirondack and Impress inks. The sentiment was a freebie from a craft show that I went to a couple of years back.  I've use a Tim Holtz die in the opposite corner to balance everything up.  

Right then, that's all from me for today and I hope to be back again with you all very soon.  Wishing you all a very happy and colourful weekend xx

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

Moving Along With The Times - Christmas Flowers


Monday, 16 November 2020

Time Well Spent

 Hello there,

I hope that you all had a good weekend. Well, it's the second week of the second lockdown and I've decided that I will try to make positive use of this time.  My Hubby and I have been out walking every morning, around three miles a day, so that's got us off to a good start.  Taking of time well spent, I'm here today to share a card for this month's challenge over at 'The Artistic Stamper.' and their theme this time is 'Time.'


This was made by using one of the older Visible Image stamp sets.  I use varoious Distress inks in the background of the clock.  I then stamped the clock and set about cutting all of the pieces out before sticking them with my hot glue.  This then gave me the chance to add each piece at a different angle to give the card dimension, although it doesn't show very well in this photo. Next, I used the different background stamps to fill the background and sponged around the edge with a little purple. All the stamps that I've used on here are by Visible Image.  The colours that I've used today are quite feminine but this is also a great stamp for masculine cards too.  

That's all from me for today, so I'll wish you all a happy week, whatever you may be doing xx


Wednesday, 11 November 2020

Kingfisher Bookmark

 Hello there,

Sorry that I've been quiet over the last week but I've been busy making my next lot of samples for Crafty Individuals.  

I'm here today to share a bookmark with you that I've made for this month's challenge over at  'Country View Crafts.'  Their challenge this month is 'Anything But A Card.'  I had a wondeful surprise over the weekend when I saw a post from them saying that I'd won their October challenge, so I've just ordered three new stamps from them and I'll share what I make with them over the coming weeks.  Here's my bookmark:

I made the background using Brushos and the stamps that I've used are all by Crafty Individuals.

Thats all from me for today as I've got lots to do and I need to start thinking about getting my Christmas cards ready to write as I like them all to be done for the beginning of December.  This Christmas will be a strange one for all of us with all that's going on around us.  I'm sure that it will be very different to last year.  Thank goodness that we didn't know at that point what 2020 had in store for us.  I, for one, will be glad to put this year behind us and look to a brighter 2021.......fingers crossed!

Take care of yourselves and enjoy doing whatever makes you happy xx

Friday, 30 October 2020

The Raven

 Hello again,

I can't believe how many times I've posted this week, it must be a record, either that, or I've got way too much time on my hands!

It's that time of year again for all things spooky.  I don't do Halloween but I do enjoy creating gothic type art.  The piece that I'm sharing with you today is one that I've made for my art journal.  I followed a FB live demo by the very talented Dot Leathbridge about creating galaxy backgrounds and I've used one of them on here.  All the stamps that I've used are by Crafty Individuals:

It's a beautiful stamp and I've just added a little colour to some of the feathers.

If you celebrate Halloween, then I hope you enjoy it and if you're like me, I hope it will pass swiftly, then it will be onto all things Christmas, although goodness knows what that will be like this year with all that's going on around us.

Take care and have a good weekend xx

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

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Movie Inspired (The Raven)

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything goes


Thursday, 29 October 2020

Dawn Whispers

 Hello,

I'm here today to sahre with you a card that I've made using the last of my four designs for Crafty Individuals:

These stamps are so easy to use, even if I do say so myself :) Simply stamp the image, then heat emboss to avoid making any smudges, then create your background.  This was blended with Ink Dusters and the water was water coloured, all with Distress inks.  The paper in the background is by Crafty Individuals from the 'Weathered Wood 2' pack and I've added a little colour with this Ink Dusters to blend with the scene.  Jean Hardy from CI has been doing a lot of demos and cards using these stamps and papers and she's used alcohol inks which give a wonderful, artistic look.  

Right then, as it's raining again, it looks like another crafty day for me.... The things that we do to keep ourselves amused!  Take care and I hope that your day is a colourful one xx

Wednesday, 28 October 2020

How To Catch A Star

 Hello there my lovelies and how are you all today?

I woke up to a beautiful sunrise, so that was a good start to my day.  I've done a little food prep for today, so time now to have a crafty play.

The card that I'd like to share with you today is one that I've made for the latest 'Library Challenge.' I'm always on the lookout for new challenges as they can often take me out of my comfort zone, which I like every now and again.  The Library challenge isn't new, just new to me but I find it an interesting one. Their challenge this week is a book called 'How To Catch a Star.' and here's my take on it:


I started by masking off my moon, then I blended Adirondack Denim, Distress  Oxide Wilted Violet and Memento Tuxedo to create my background. The silhouette stamp is by Inkylicious and I masked off the umberella.  This stamp worked really well as it does look like she's reaching up for the star.  I splattered the background with water, then once this was dry, I used my white Posca pen to add more stars.  I used a mountain stencil to ground the girl and to also add a little extra interest.  Finally, I finished by using an old Stampman sentiment, which I heat embossed in white and I added a silver die cut star.

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


Monday, 26 October 2020

Dawn Serenity

 Hello there,

I hope that you all had a good weekend.  The weather here wasn't too good but we did see the odd bit of sunshine.  Grey skies and rain again this morning, so I'm having a crafty play.  There's lots of housework do do but hey, life's short!

The cards that I'm sharing with you today were made using on of the new scenic stamps that I designed for Crafty Individuals using some of their older stamps:

                                                                            CI-553 'Dawn Serenity'
On this card, I've also used some of the older stamps to extend the scene.  When I started this card, I had fully intended to colour the robin but as it progressed, I really liked the monochromatic look of the robin in the moonlight, so I decided to leave it as it was.

                                                                         CI-553 'Dawn Serenity' 
This card was inspired by a demo that Jean Hardy did using her new 'Weathered Wood' background papers.  It consists of lots of snippets of paper stuck togeter again to form the background, then I've used my stamp in the center.  These new papers are beautiful and they've been made using photos taken by Jean's partner, Malcolm Noble.  The colours are really bold and quite dramatic.  I'm glad that you get so many in a pack as I could just sit and look at them....yes, I know I'm sad.  Perhaps it's this lockdown thing that's starting to get to me!

That's all from me today as I'm now going to have a play with all things messy :)  Take care of yourselves and I wish you all a very happy and colourful week xx

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

Make My Monday - Masculine

Saturday, 24 October 2020

Tone On Tone

 Hello there,

I wasn't expecting to be doing this post and it's all a bit last minute. After some very kind and encouraging words from the very lovely and talented Mac at 'The Sweetest Of Peas' blog, I've decided to enter the challenge over at 'CAS Mix Up.'  The theme for this challenge is 'Tone On Tone' and stencils must be used.  Here's the card that I've made:

I'm afriad that you'll have to forgive the terrible photo as the light is fading fast here and if I wait until tomorrow, the challenge will be closed.  

The stamp that I've used is by Crafty Individuals, as is the snowflake stencil. The second stencil is one that I've had for ages but I can't remember who made it.  I've water coloured the image using Distress inks and Koh-I-Noor water colour paints.  The sentiment is one from my stash.

That's all from me, so enjoy the rest of your evening xx

Thursday, 22 October 2020

Poppies Galore

 Hello there,

An very quick and unexpected post from me today but I've just finished a card, so I thought that I'd share it with you:

I made the background using the cling film technique on Brushos.  The poppies are by Chocolate Baroque and I've water coloured them with Distress and Adirondack inks. I'm really happy with the colours and how the card truned out and I hope that you like it too.  

Take care, stay safe and I hope to be back with you all again soon xx



Wednesday, 21 October 2020

Dawn Hideaway

 Hello there,

How are you all doing in these troubled and worrying times?  I'm starting to feel like this virus is going to go on forever.  Just when it seemed like were were getting back to some sort of normality, we're suddenly heading back to square one again.  It's like real life 'Snakes and Ladders!'  Once again, my crafting is keeping me sane, along with a few wonderful crafty friends who make me smile every day, thank you lovely ladies, you know who you are x

I'd like to share another card with you using another one of the stamps that I designed recently for Crafty Individuals using some of their older stamps:


With this card, I've taken the origional stamps and expanded the design to make an 8 x 8 card.  The new stamp on it's own is perfect for 6 x 6 cards and is ideal for batch making, which is great for people who make them for charities, or if you need a card in a hurry.  
That's all from me for today and I'll be back again with you all soon. Until then, take care and stay safe x 





Sunday, 11 October 2020

Dawn Reflections

 Hello there on this Sunday morning,

That's another week gone and aren't they rolling by so quickly! 

As I mentioned in my last post, I've recently designed four new stamps for Crafty Individuals.  The shows were on Hochanda on Friday and they seemed to go really well.  If you missed them, then you can always watch them on catch up for the next month or so.  It's not my origional artwork but Jean has always admired the scenes that I make and asked if I would like to use some of their older stamps to create some new scenes.  It's always a lot of fun building up a scene but I feel that these new stamps are perfect for people who are just starting out stamping or if you need to make cards in bulk.  They would be great for anyone who likes to make lots of cards for charity.  The hard work has already been done for you, so you just need to colour your own background and hey presto, it's done.  Here are a couple of samples that I made with one of the stamps:



People are often drawn to refections but they're not always the easiest of things to recreate.  This stamp is so easy to use.  You simply stamp, heat emboss to set it and then colour the background exactly as you wish, it couldn't be easier. 

The new stamps will be added to the Crafty Individuals web site over the next week or so and they are usually on at a special price for a short time, so a good time to snap them up.  I've really enjoyed making up these scenes and I hope that you like them too.  My teamies at Crafty Individuals have created some amazing samples with them and many have been posted on the Crafty Individuals FB group page, so if you're on FB, why not pop along and take a look.

That's all from me for today, so thank you for your visit and I wish you all a very happy and colourful week ahead xx

Thursday, 8 October 2020

Autumn Sky And A Sneaky Peek

Hello there,

I can't belive how quickly the week are rolling by.  Christmas will be upon us before we know it but for now, I want to enjoy the beauty that Autumn brings.  The card that I'd like to share with you today features a lone Beech tree.  My crafting friend Lynne (https://creativelynks.blogspot.com) can see this tree from her house and it was made into a stamp by Inkylicious a few years ago.  She has shared some spectacular photographs recently of some amazing sunsets where the sky looks like it's on fire.  Stunning oranges and red and this tree has been in the background, so I thought I'd have a go at trying to re-create something similar.  When I mentioned this in passing, Lynne suggested that it might be fun of all of us to have a go at taking one of the sunset photos and recreating it in which ever way we chose to do so.  So here goes...... this is my card followed by the photo that I used to inspire me:


 

This really is a stunning photo and my card comes nowhere near capturing its beauty, so I decided that the sentiment that I've used here is just perfect on this occasion.  I started by water colouring using Distress and Adirondack Inks.  Once this was dry, I then used some pastels to deepen the colour in the sky.  This was a little bit messy but it gave me the effect that I was looking for.  I finished by setting it with some hair spray.  First time that I've done this but it worked really well.  

If you would like to see what my friends have made, inspired by their choice of Lynne's sunset photographs, then you can visit them at:

https://creativelynks.blogspot.com

http://sal-utations.blogspot.com/

https://vivsvisuals.blogspot.com/

https://latenightstamping.blogspot.com/

Now onto other news and very exciting it is too!  Tomorrow (Friday 9th October,) lovely Jean Hardy from Crafty Individuals will be on Hochanda at 10am and 2pm showing her latest new stamps and papers and the bit that I'm really excited about is that I've designed four of the new stamps.  Now I have to point out that I'm no artist, so it's not my original artwork.  Jean asked if I would like to create some scenes using some of their earlier stamps and I said yes.  There's quite a lot of work involved, especially for Jean but I'm very pleased to say that we are both thrilled with the finished stamps and I hope that you will be too.  Here's a sneaky peek at one of the samples that I've made using one of the new stamps and Jean's new papers:

I'll be able to share more samples with you all after the shows have aired.  I do hope that you'll be able to either watch the shows live or on catch up, which you can do for about a month after.

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

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

Try It On Tuesday - Autumn Colours

The Library Challenge - What To Look For In Autumn


Tuesday, 6 October 2020

A Little Bit Spooky

Hello there,

I'd like to share with you a page that I made at the weekend for my art journal.  I had intended to make two with them being for Halloween, a left and right that worked together but sadly, that didn't happen.  I ended up with a right but didn't like the one for the left, so that's now a project for another day!  Here’s the one that I ended up with:


All of the stamps that I've used are by Crafty Individuals and the stencil in the background is by Visible Image.

That's all from me for today, short and sweet but I'll be back with you all again on Thursday xx

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

Country View Challenges - Halloween (Make A Scene)

Moving Along With The Times - Animal/s and.or Bird/s




Sunday, 4 October 2020

Ahead Of Our Time

Hello there,

I'm here today to share a card that I made recently for our Son's birthday:

I started by creating my background with Brushos and then I stamped and heat embossed the head in the center of my card.  I then masked it off before adding the clocks which I embossed in copper.  The door was stamped and fussy cut out .  Once all of the main elements were in place, I then added more stamps into the background for added interest.  Finally, I used my white Posca pen to add a little more detail to the clocks and added a couple of white die cuts to the center of each.  I also blended a little grey ink around the edges so that the eye would be drawn into the frame.  I was really happy with this one as the colours all seemed to work together really well and I had great fun putting all of the elements in place.  I'm pleased to say that he loved it too.  The stamps that I've used on this card are all by Visible Image.

Whatever you're doing today, I hope that it brings you joy.  Until next time, take care and stay safe xx 


Thursday, 24 September 2020

Autumn's Here!

 Hello my crafty friends,

It was only a couple of days ago that we were basking in the sunshine but over the last couple of days, autumn has well and truly arrived! There's a definite chill in the air and the garden is a little on the damp side.  On the plus side, the leaves are changing colour on the trees and for me, the palette that autumn paints is the prettiest of all.  With all of this in mind, I decided that I would create an autumnal page for my art journal and this is the result:

I started by sponging some distress inks in yellow and orange to create my background.  Unfortunately, the orange doesn't show too well in this photo.  The stamps that I've used with the excetion of the sentiment are all by Chocolate Baroque from their 'Autumn Poppy' set.  The sentiment is by Inkylicious.  This was a labour of love as I stamped and cut out masks for each of the mushrooms.  I did this as I wanted to push some into the background to create some depth.  Once this was all done, I then set about adding some colour.  I used various inks and brush pens to do this.  Finally, I finished by sponging some colour around the edges and using a white Posca pen to add some highlights here and there.  I haven't had these stamps very long but now felt like the perfect time to use them.

Take care of yourselves, keep safe and keep warm xx

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

CCEE Stampers - Mushroom Month

Moving Along With The Times - Create a Scene

The Library Challenge - What To Look For In Autumn

Friday, 18 September 2020

Mid Month Inspiration - September 2020

Hi there,

It's time for some mid month inspiration over at Stamping Sensations.  Our theme this time around is 'The Great Outdoors, so plenty of scope for you there and still plenty of time left to join us.  Here's the card that I've made to inspire you: 


This scene was created using stamps by 'The Stamp Man.'  This was one of the first stamp sets that I ever bought and it's served me very well over the years.  Unfortunately,  I don't think it's available any longer, which is a shame as it's so useful, especially for masculine cards.  I've stamped the scene using VersaFine and then coloured it using various inks and water colours.

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




Monday, 14 September 2020

Butterfly Tree and Whitby

 Hello there and Happy Monday,

Lets hope that this is the start of a fabulous week for all of us.  I've enjoyed the bit of sunshine over the last few days and we've taken advantage of it to give the garden a good tidy up before Autumn sets in.  Sunshine always gives us that extra spring in our step doesn't it.  I seem to be far more productive on sunny days than I am when it's raining, even if I'm not going out anywhere!  

I'd like to share a card with you today that is the second card that I've made for this month's challenge over at 'We Love Chocolate Baroque.'  This one is very simple and quite CAS as I didn't think that it neded much else.  If I make any for posting, then I would probably stamp out some extra butterflies and decoupage them to add some dimension but I decided to keep this one flat:


The Butterfly tree is by Chocolate Baroque and the sentiment was on a wooden stamp that I've had for so long that I can't remember who made it.  I peeled it off the wooden block so that I can use it on my stamping platform.

I'd also like to add this card to this week's challenge over at 'Allsorts' which is all about things that you love and I really do love butterflies.  Whenever I see one, they always make me feel happy x 

In other news, I forgot to mention that we had a trip to Whitby last week.  We ended up only staying for a couple of hours as it was getting really busy and people just weren't social distancing, so it was a short but sweet visit.  I found my happy place sitting on the beach.  Just seeing the sea and listening to the waves was pure bliss.  Here's a photo:


Right then, that's all from me for today and I'll see you on the 18th with some mid-month inspiration at Stamping Sensations.  Until then, take care, stay safe and be happy xx