Sunday, 9 May 2021

Foliage And Berries

Hello there,

I'm back again with another CAS card, this time for the 'CAS Christmas Card Challenge.' Their theme this time is 'Foliage and Berries' and here's the card that I've made:



The foliage stamp that I've use is by Crafty Individuals and the sentiment is by Inkylicious.  I embossed a couple of lines along the opposite corner to give the card a little more balance, although it's not that easy to see on the photo.  I water coloured the images using various inks.

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

Wednesday, 5 May 2021

Rainbow CAS

Hello there,

How are you all doing today? Good I hope.

I'm here today with a quick post with my make for this month's 'CAS Mix Up Card Challenge.'  Their theme this time around is 'Rainbow Ink Blending' and you must use a stencil.  Here's my card:



I stenciled the rainbow colours through the honeycomb stencil, then stamped over using black VersaFine.  I then lifted the colour from the raindrops using a weak bleach solution.  All the stamps that I've used on this card are by Inkylicious.  

Okay, that's all from me for today as I've got lots of jobs that need doing, so I'll see you all again soon.  Until then take care, stay safe and be happy xx





Thursday, 29 April 2021

Rudolf Days - April 2021

Hello there my crafty friends,

I'm here today with my contribution to this month's 'Rudolf Days' challenge:

The stamp that I've used on this card is by 'Crafty Individuals and I've water coloured it using my brush markers.  I then used a die to cut out the wreath and mounted it onto so red card to give it a festive feel.

Why not join in if you can as this is such a lovely, friendly challenge as Mo and her DT would be very pleased to see you.

Take care of yourselves and I'll be back with you all again very soon xx

Sunday, 25 April 2021

Stampscapes Meet Inkylicious

Hello there my crafty friends,

It's been a while since my last post but the weather has been glorious this week and so we've taken advantage of it, having lots of lovely walks.  On Tuesday, we walked just short of nine miles, so as you can imagine, I slept well that night!  Im also busy making my next lot of samples for Crafty Individuals, so if I'm quiet over the next couple of weeks, that is likely to be the reason why.

Now the reason that I'm posting today is to share a card that I've made today using my brand new Stampscape stamps that I won in a recent FB challenge over at Ink Art Designs.  It's a lovely little friendly group run by the very talented Dot Leathbridge.  I was a great admirer of Dot's work when I first started stamping and we were on the same DT at 'Fashionable Stamping' challenges for while.  I was always excited to see Dot's makes as they were always stunning and she loves her ink as much as I do.  A few years back, Dot decided to start up her own buisness at Ink Art Designs. It's in Australia, so a long way from us here in the UK but still a fabulous online shop to visit with some amazing stamps.  If you get chance, why not pop along and take a look for yourselves as it's well worth a visit.  Here's the first card that I made yesterday:


Now if I had to sum up myself as a stamper, then this would be it.  I love using different types of stamps but my strength definitely lies in scenic stamping.  I've been a fan of Inkylicious stamps for years now and designed for them on a few occasions when they had shows on Hochanda, so a few of their stamps, the mountain, boat and sentimnent seemed to be the perfect match for my new Stampscape stamps.  

I'm absolutely thrilled to bits with my new stamps and I would like to say a really big thank you to Dot for being kind enough to post them from the other side of the world.  I can't wait to try them out in different colours and to make different scenes with them.  The are just so easy to use and the end result looks great, even if I do say so myself! ;)

Right then, that's all from me for today as I'm visiting family this morning for a garden visit, then I'm going to make some homemade wine but that's a story for another day.

Take care of yourselves and stay safe xx




Wednesday, 14 April 2021

Christmas Rainbow

Hello there,

Yes, I know that I shouldn't really be mentioning the 'C' word in April but I'm here today to share a card that I've made for the 'CAS Christmas Card Challenge.'  Their theme this time is 'Rainbow.'  I've made my card using stamps by Crafty Individuals and the sentiment stamp is by Inkylicious.


That's all from me for today but I hope to be back at the weekend to share a few more of my latest CI samples with you. 

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

Try It On Tuesday - Make A Rainbow

Moving Along With The Times - Birds/Animals

Take care and stay happy xx



Sunday, 11 April 2021

CAS Paper Piecing

Hello there my crafty friends, 

I'm here today to share a card that I've made with a couple of challenges in mind.  the first one is for this month's 'CAS Mix Up Card Challenge.'  Their theme this time around is 'Paper Piecing.'  


Now I have to admit that this isn't something that I do a lot of, so I've been thinking about which of my stamps I might use for this challenge and this beautiful flower by Visible Image seemed like the perfect choice as it's a fairly easy one to cut out.  It's one that I've only bought recently, so I'm still enjoing playing with it. I stamped the flower for a second time onto plain white card and then used an Inkylicious text stamp to add a little more interest.  As this is a CAS challenge, I've only added the two smaller flowers and a sentiment.  I made the background by using Distress Oxides.  

The second challenge that I'd like to enter this card in is over at 'Pixie's Snippets Playground.'  It's a fabulous challenge and it's been ages since I've been for a play there but it's their 400th challenge, so how special is that! Many congratulations to Di who runs the challenge and offers inspiration on what to do with those little snippets that we all have.  My snippet on this card is the second piece of card that I stamped and then cut out.

That's all from me for today but I hope to be back with you all soon, so until then, stay safe and take care xx

 

Wednesday, 7 April 2021

Love Is Eternal

Hello everyone,

Here's another one of my samples that I made for Crafty Individuals shows on The Craft Store last Friday.  This one features the beautiful 'Alice Palace' stamps and aren't they adorable.  As soon as I saw the stamp, I knew that I wanted them sitting in the moonlight.

                                                      Featuring CI-372, CI-495 and CI-361

Just a short post from me today as I've just finished decorating and a nice hot bath is calling!

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

The Library Challenge - Alice's Adventures In Wonderland

Moving Along With The Times -  Animals/Birds




Friday, 2 April 2021

Happy Easter - 21

Hello there and how are you all doing today?

I hope that the sun is shining for you wherever you are.  Hubby and I were out for a walk first thing and it was quite cool then but the sun is shining now, so let's hope that it lasts.  We go out walking most mornings and it's been lovely to slowly watch spring starting to appear.  One week, there were no buds on the trees and the next, they were all full of them and the snowdrops, daffodils and numerous other plants have been an absolute joy to behold.  

The card that I'm sharing with you today is from my latest set of samples for Crafty Individuals and I thought that it would be appropriate for today.  

This is such a sweet little stamp and although it did originally have a happy birthday sentiment on it, I cut that part off, so it could really be used for lots of different occasions.  This is one of Crafty Individuals older stamps but it's lovely one.  Talking of Crafty Individuals, Jean's first show at 10am today was a sell out, so it would seem that many of you are loving the new stamps.  There is a second show on this afternoon at 2pm on 'The Craft Store' (Hochanda) so I'm looking forward to watching that.

Right then, I think I may do some crafting this afternoon, so I'll love and leave you for now.  Wishing you all a wonderful Easter weekend and I hope to be back with you all again soon xx

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

Moving Along With The Times - Animals/Birds

The Library Challenge - Alice's Adventures In Wonderland

Country View Challenges - The Birds And The Bees


Thursday, 1 April 2021

Burglar Cats

Hello there,

Just a quick post from me tonight to remind you that lovely Jean Hardy from Crafty Individuals will be on The Craft Store (Hochanda) tomorrow at 10am and 2pm.  There are some quirky new stamps on and some much loved older ones too.  Here’s a sample that I’ve made using one of the new stamps:


That’s all from me for today but I’ll be back with you all soon to share a few more samples xx

 


Sunday, 28 March 2021

Bluebells

Hello there,

I hadn't indended doing a post today but I've just finished making a card and I thought I would share it with you, so here it is:

Featuring CI- 572, CI-493 and CI-194.

This card features the latest new stamp by Crafty Individuals and it's beautiful isn't it.  It's one that can be stamped and coloured quite simply, or you can do as I've done here and add lots of colour.  I've used my trusty Brushos in the background of the main focal image, then I've blended Distress inks around the edge in complementary colours.  I just highlighted the bluebells with a touch of white Posca pen to bring the bluebells to life.  

If you're a fan of Crafty Inndividuals stamps, then you'll be pleased to hear that they have two shows on Hochanda on Friday the 2nd of April at 10am and 2pm GMT.  They have more fab new stamps featuring the artwork of Sharron Bates, and who knows, you might even see a couple of my samples on there.  I will, of course, be posting my samles on here once the shows have actually aired.

Right then my lovlies, that's all from me for today but I hope to be back with you very soon, so until then, take care and stay safe xx




Thursday, 25 March 2021

Rudolph Days - March 2021

Hello there,

Well, it's the 25th of the month again which can only mean one thing.  Yes, it's time for another 'Rudolph Days challenge.  Here's the card that I've made this month:

 
I've done my favourite style of stamping which is to create a scene, this time, using two different sets of stamps.  The trees, shed and gate are by Andy Skinner and the sheep are by Hobby Art Stamps.  

I started by stamping the shed and then used some torn copy paper to mask off the snow while I created the sky.  I have to say that I love this tree stamp as it's so realistic and another thing that I really like about this stamp set is that you have the gate and fence posts, so you can make every card different.  I used a black fine liner to join the fence posts together.  Finally, I stamped the sheep as I think they look great on Christmas cards.

Mo and her friendly team will have lots of inspiration for you, so why not pop over and take a look.

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


Monday, 22 March 2021

Twofer Challenge

Hello there again,

I've just realised that my blog posts are like buses, nothing for agaes, then three of them come at once! :)

I've just been commenting on my friend Viv's blog and I realised that the challenge that she'd made her cards for is one that I've not entered before and it's the 'Twofer Challenge'   It's not because I haven't wanted to enter but because other things always seem to get in the way and I haven't had time to make two cards at once.  It just so happens that their theme this time is 'Your Choice' and I have two cards in my stash that I haven't posted before, so here they are: (Better late than never!)




So the first one is for 'encouragement' and the second one a birthday card.  This beautiful stamp is by Chocolate Baroque and was very kindly gifted to me by my lovely crafty friend 'Sally.'  Yes, I know that I'm blessed to have such good friends, I'm a very lucky lady!

That's all from me for today but I'll be back on the 25th, so until then, take care and stay safe xx



  

Sunday, 21 March 2021

Stamping With A Die Cut

Hello there my crafty friends,

I mentioned yesterday that I was hoping to enter a few challenges and so I've made a card for one of my new favourites, the 'CAS Mix Up Water Colour Challenge.'  Their theme this month is print making with die cuts.  Now this is definitely a new one for me and something that I've not done before.  It's not as easy at it looks but I got there in the end.  I decided that I would use Distress Oxides and they tend to react much better with water.  Here's the card that I've made:

The die cut that I've use is one of Tim Holtz's florals.  I painted on the ink, then spritz it before pressing it onto the white card.  Once I'd positioned it where I wanted it, I pressed on gently with a tissue and I found that doing this gave the best impression.  Once I'd stamped with the die cut a few times, I let it dry and made a second floral to add on top of my prints to give the card a little dimension.  I finished off by mking a die cut butterfly and using a Stampin Up sentiment.  As I thought that it might end up a total mess, I was pleasantly surprised at the end result.  

That's all from me for today and if I don't see you before, then I'll be back on the 25th for the Rudolph Day Challenge xx

Saturday, 20 March 2021

Pretty Flamingos And A Toucan

Hello there, 

I thought that I'd do a quick post today to share a couple more of the samples that I made for Crafty Individuals back in February and here they are:

The lovely background paper that I've used on my first card is also by Crafty Individuals



I've just finished my samples for the next shows that will be on Hochanda at the beginning of April, so I hope that I'll be able to visit you all a little more often and I may even enter a few challenges if I can get a move on before the month's over.  I just don't know where the time goes!

In other news, I had my Covid vaccination on Wednesday.  I did suffer some mild side effects but I was feeling fit and well again by Friday.  I'm just glad that it's all over and done with, well at least the first one.

Wishing you all a lovely weekend and I hope to be back with you all soon xx







Friday, 12 March 2021

Out Of Chaos

Hello there,

Sorry that I've been so quiet over the last week or so but I'm busy making samples at the moment.  More details of that to follow nearer to the event.

I'm here today with a quick post to share a card that I've made using some new stamps from Visible Image.  I've been wanting this set for ages after recieving the larger set for Christmas.  

I love this flower and can see it getting plenty of use in the future.

In other news, I'm getting my first Covid Vaccination next week, so wish me luck!  I have to say that I'm not looking forward to it but I am looking but I am looking forward to the freedom that I hope it may bring in the near future.  It's been a long lockdown and I'm ready now to start getting back to some sort of normality.

Right then, that's all from me for today but I hope to be back will you all very soon.  Until then, take care, stay safe and have a good weekend xx

Thursday, 25 February 2021

Rudolf Days - February 2021

Hello there,

I'm here today with this month's offering for the 'Rudolf Days' challenge.  I've used the same Chocolate Baroque stamp that I used last month but in different colours.  I love this stamp and once again, I've really enjoyed water colouring it, it's so therapeutic! 

As I mentioned last month, I'm going to try much harder this year in entering this super challenge....so far, so good!

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

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

The Holly and Ivy Christmas challenge - Anything Christmas Goes


Tuesday, 23 February 2021

It's Nellie & Ellie

Hello there,

I'm sharing another one of my CI samples with you today and this time it's the fabulous new elephant stamp.  All of the new stamps this time around were drawn by a talented young lady by the name of 'Ellie Mulligan' so Jean hardy decided that she would call this stamp 'Nellie & Ellie.'  I love how their trunks entwine, it's so sweet:

I started by creating a background with Brushos, then stamped out the lovely elephants before using white embossing powder.  To make the elephants stand out a little, I used a make up sponge with some Teal Zeal ink to highlight their bodies and this was the closest that I could find to match the background colour.  The small stamps that I've used in the background are also by Crafty Individuals.

Message for Magic Maggie

So please that you’ve had your first COVID vaccine.  I’m not in this round but hopefully I won’t have to wait too much longer as I can’t wait to spend time with my grandchildren.  Many thanks for your continued support.  Take care of yourself and stay safe x

Thank you for your visits today and I'll be back again on Thursday with my card for this month's Rudolf Days challenge, so until then, stay safe and take care of yourselves xx

Saturday, 20 February 2021

Animal Parade

Hello there on this chilly Saturday morning.

Just a quick post from me today to share another of my most recent samples made for Crafty Individuals.  This card features stamps from two of their new set which should hopefully be on their web site some time next week.  Anyone who knows me well will know how much I love using silhouette stamps, so these were right up my street.  I created the reflections by stamping versafine ink onto acetate, then pressing it onto the card.  The bacground was created using Distress inks.


Take good care of yourselves and I wish you all a very happy weekend xx

Monday, 15 February 2021

Going Wild Today

Hello there,

I do hope that you managed to watch Crafty Individuals shows on Hochanda TV last Friday.  They were superb with lots of sell outs too, so Jean and Malcolm will definitely be busy for the next couple of weeks.  As I promised, I'm here to share another sample with you and here it is:


I though that it would be good to create a larger card so that I could use both of the large animals and also use the smaller silhouette stamps too.  All was going swimmingly until I realised that I didn't have a card that was big enough for me to mount it on......plan B then! :)  I then set about finding some cardboard and some black card to make a frame.  I decided to use black to give a more dramatic look to the finished project and I was pleased with the end result.  The new stamps will be added to the CI website shortly.

Well, the sun is shining here in the UK and it's lovely to finally have a day where it's a few degrees warmer.  Let's hope that it lasts a while as it definitely makes you feel that Spring may soon be on it's way.

Okay, that's all from me for today and I'll be back to share more of my most recent samples with you very soon but until then, take care and stay safe xx


Wednesday, 10 February 2021

Crafty Individuals Are Going Wild

Hello there,

I'm being a good blogger so far this year, let's hope that it lasts! :)

I'm here today to let you know that lovely Jean Hardy from Crafty Individuals will be back on telly again this Friday, 12th of February.  Her shows will be on Hochanda at 10am and 2pm, so don't forget to put your recorders on.  The stamps, once again are fabulous and the theme this time is Wild Animals.  There are some gorgeous new stamps by Ellie Mulligan and of course, Jean will be having some great deals on her paper packs, which always sell out in no time.  As we are now only a couple of days away, I'll be a bit cheeky and share one of my samples with you but shhhhh, don't tell anyone :)  Here it is:


Now isn't this zebra a beauty, he's definitely one of my favourites from the new collection and a good size too. as this card is A5.  I stamped the zebra, then masked him off with maksing fluid before adding Brushos to the background. Next, I used the Brushos as paints to add some colour to the zebra himself.  This allows you to use the Brushos in a more controlled way.

Okay, that's all from me for today and I do hope that you can tune into the shows.  Who knows, you might even see this card on there.  I'll be back over the next couple of weeks to share more of my samples with you but until then, stay safe and take care of yourselves xx 


Monday, 8 February 2021

Love Is In The Air

Hello there,

I know that I said I wouldn't be back until Wednesday but I decided to enter a couple more challenges while I have some spare time on my hands and I'm enjoying having a play with my stamps and inks.  Here's the card that I've made:


I absolutely love this beautiful stamp by Crafty Individuals, it's so romantic and just perfect for Valentine's Day or for an anniversary.  Unfortunately, it's now retired, so no longer available, which is a shame.    For this card. I stamped the couple, then masked them off before creating the sun with a circular stencil and putting the hill in place.  Once these were done, I then added the trees and foliage in the foreground.

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

Try It On Tuesday - Falling In Love

Moving Along With The times - Valentines/Love

Simon Says Stamp Blog Challenge (Wednesday) - Love Is In The Air

Sunday, 7 February 2021

CAS Thank You

Hello again,

Look at me posting twice in two days!

I'm here to share another CAS card that I've made for the 'CAS Mix Up February Stencil Challenge' and this time their theme is 'Stencil Heat Embossing.'  I had to think long and hard about this one as I don't have a huge collection of stencils, so while die cuttting a small butterfly for another project, I had an idea.  I used the negative part of the die cut to make my own stencil.  Here's my card, then I'll talk about what I did to make it:


I started my colouring my stamp using some brush marker.  I used my stamp press for this job as it makes everything so much easier as you can build up the colours gradually. I then water coloured the poppy pods before adding a darker red over them to make them stand out a little.  The stamp is by Chocolate Baroque and the sentiment by Stampin Up.  For the butterfly, I used some masking tape to keep everything in place, then I brushed some colour over it.  Next, I used a Tim Holtz stencil to add a little pattern for interest.  Finally, I sponged some embossing fluid over my butterfly stencil, then lifted the tape before adding some clear sparkle embossing powder and heat embossing.  I'm not sure that this photo shows it very well but it does have a lovely sparkle to it.

That's all from me for today but I'll be back with you on Wednesday for a catch up and a few sneaky peeks.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend and I hope that it's a happy one xx

Saturday, 6 February 2021

CAS Christmas Card - February 21

Hello there,

Just a quick post from me today as I'll be back with a longer post later in the week when I'll share a few of my sneaky peeks for Crafty Individuals next Hochanda show on the 12th of February.

I'm here today to share a card that I've made for this month's 'CAS Christmas Card Challenge' and their theme this time is 'Dogs and/or Cats.' 


I've had this stamp for years but this is actually the first time that I've used it, although it is very sweet.  I bought it from 'Make Your Mark,' which is a lovely little stamp shop in York.  I always pop in whenever we have a day there, which until lockdown was quite often.  I do miss our trips to York as we always enjoy our time there.  The sentiment is by Inkylicious.

That's all for today but I'll be back tomorrow with another CAS card...... get me! :)  Don't worry though, I'm off to do what I really love now which is getting really inky :)  

Enjoy your weekend xx

Saturday, 30 January 2021

Rudolf Days - January 21

Hello there,

Just a qick post from me today with my entry for this month's 'Rudolf Days Challenge.' I started off really well last year but then got caught up with other things, so I'll try and do better this year.  Here's my card:


This one's a little bit different for me as I usually make inky cards but it's good to do something a little different from time to time.  The image is by Crafty Individuals and the frame is by John Lockwood.   I know that pink isn't a colour that narmally you'd use at Christmas but I though that it worked well with the feminine image.

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

Tuesday, 26 January 2021

Something Bright and Cheerful!

 Hello there and how are you all doing?

It's tough at the moment with all this freezing cold weather about here in the UK.  At least during the first lockdown, we were able to get out in some sunshine for some lovely walks, so roll on April is what I say!  The plus side is that we have more time to craft, which always makes me happy.

As I have quite a large stock of my handmade cards, I'm enjoying my art journaling at the moment and it gives me the chance to use some of the unused stamps that I have.  I have quite a few that I love but that aren't really suitable for card making, so this is a great way of giving them some much needed love and attention.  Here's a page that I've made this week using stamps by Visible Image:

I started off by using rainbow colours of Brushos and then used various stamps to make the page.  I wanted something bright and cheerful Once the stamping was finished, I used a VI stencil to create a little more interest in the background.  I'm loving how this turned out and the colour really is that vibrant.  I just need to make another one now to go opposite to it in my journal.

That's all from me for today, so stay safe and take care of yourselves until we can chat again xx


Wednesday, 20 January 2021

Silhouette Christmas

 Hello there,

I do hope that you're all keeping safe and well and that you're managing to stay sane in this crazy, crazy world.   Thank goodness for crafting is all that I can say!

One of the things that I wanted to do this year was to try and enter in a few more challenges and so I've made this card for the 'CAS Christmas Card Challenge' and their theme this time is 'Silhouette.'  Here's the card that I've made:


The bauble, sentiment and tree stamps are by Inkylicious and the deer are by Crafty Individuals. 

I'd also like to enter this card into 'The Holly and Ivy Challenge.' (Anything Christmas Goes)

That's all from me for today, so until next time, take care of yourselves and stay safe xx


Tuesday, 19 January 2021

Winter Blues

 Hello there,

Back in December of last year, I was thrilled to be asked by lovely Jo at 'Try It On Tuesday' challenge if I would like to join them this month to do a Guest Designer spot.  As this is one of my favourite challenges, I didn't hesitate to say 'yes please.'  Their theme this fortnight will be 'Winter Blues' and here's the card that I've made:



Whenever I think of a cold January day, I think of sheep in snow coverered fields.  It's a tad early for lambing but it's not too far off now.  All of the stamps that I've used on my card are by 'Hobby Art' (Swallow Barn Scene-it and Sheep Scene it.)  I was really drawn to these two sets when I first saw Jenny demoing them on Hochanda last year and I couldn't resist buying them.  I I really enjoy creating different scenes with them, so they seemed like the perfect choice for this challenge.  For this card, I stamped the images in VersaFine Clair Twighlight, then watercoloured it using Adirondack Denim ink.

Why not pop along to the challenge to gather inspiration from their wonderful Design Team, or better still,  why not join in with them, it's all good fun!

Thank you once again to Jo, I've really enjoed being a part of your fabulous challenge.

That's all from me for today, so take care, stay safe and keep on crafting. xx


Monday, 11 January 2021

New Stash and Splatters

 Hello again,

I've been making the most of my spare time and I've had my first play with some Visible Image stamps that I got for Christmas.  Now I've been after this set for ages and while it was on offer on Black Friday, I decided that I would treat myself to the larger 'Total Chaos' stamp set.  I love these stamps and I've seen so many wonderful cards made with them but the flower is huge.  I wish I'd ordered the smaller set now as I think that I would probably get more use out of it but this set will be great for art journalling and I really like the background stamps that came with it, so no real regrets with my purchase.  

I mentioned in my last post how much I enjoy joining in challenges as they can often take you out of your comfort zone.  I love CAS cards but when it comes to making them myself, I struggle a little as I just don't know when to stop.  With me, it's usually the more ink or paint the better!  I love the 'CAS mix up card challenge' and it's one that I want to join in more with this year.  Despite not usually making CAS cards, I've really enjoyed doing this one and here it is.  

I started by stamping the flower with Versafine and then heat embossing with a clear embossing powder to stop it from smudging.  Next, I made a mask for the flower before blending Tattered Rose ink around the edges.  I then decided to stamp some text inside the flower, so I masked the outside of it to do this.  It was looking okay at this point but I thought that I would use some of the same ink to water colour selected parts inside the flower.  As I'm starting to use my stencils a little more these days, I thought that I would add some small circles to the outside of the flower.  Time to add the splatters at this point, so I pressed  a grey Memento ink pad onto my craft mat, then spritzed it with water.  I then picked it up with a wide paint brush bufore splattering in onto my card. There was just the sentiment to add at this point and I've used another of my new stamps here.  I guess this one 'Hope' is something that we all need right now isn't it.  I'm happy with my new stamps and I think that I'll add this piece to my art journal.  I really enjoyed making pieces of art just for the fun of it during the first lockdown and I think I may very well start doing it again, why not.

Take care my blogging friends and stay safe xx





Thursday, 7 January 2021

Positive Words

Hello there my crafty friends ,

I can't belive that it's been a week since my last post and what a week it's been!  

We are now in our third lockdwon here in the UK and I'm so please that I've got enough craft supplies to keep me going. It's really easy to get brought down by watching the events on the news, so I'm trying to stay away from it as much as I can and I'm concentrating on the positive things in my life such as healthy food and regular exercise and spending more time doing what makes me happy.  One thing that I really enjoy doing is to enter some of the many card challenges that are around and I noticed that one of my favourite challenges which is  'Try It On Tuesday' has just started their first challenge of the year.  Their theme this time is to use an uplifting or positive quote and that's probably something that we all need more of right now, so I just had to join in.  Here's the card that I've made:

The flowers are by Crafter's Companion, the sentiment is by Inkylicious and the butterfly is by Bee Crafty.  I water coloured the flowers using Distress inks and then I did some soft blending around the edges of my card just to finish it off.

That's all from me for today, so until next time, take care and stay safe and remember this storm will eventually pass and the sun will shine again for us all xx