Tuesday, 25 January 2022

Rudolph Days - January 22

Well hello there,

It's the 25th of the month already, so time for the very first 'Rudolph Days' challenge of 2022.  Here's the card that I've made for the challenge:

I have to say that this is one of my favourite stamps and it's called 'Restful' by Penny Black.  I simply stamped it using VersaFine, then heat embossed it to set the ink.  Next, I used some Dr. Ph Martin's Bleed Proof White paint to colour it.  I added extra water to the far field to give a the scene some perspective, then used the paint a little thicker as I got to the bottom of the card.  To finish off, I waited until it was dry, then touched up the snow on the fence posts and on the tops of the stones.  I also added some snow to the branches of the tree.   As I said, I love this stamp as lends itself to being coloured in many different ways and I think it's a beautiful image.  

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

Friday, 14 January 2022

A Sunrise, a Tag & and an Art Journal Page

 Hello there,

I bet you all thought I'd got lost!  I'm still here but life has been in the way as it sometimes does and my crafty mojo hasn't been what it should be.  Fortunately, I have managed to finish my next lot of Crafty Individuals samples for their next shows on the 4th of February which I'll post once the shows have aired.  

I do hope that you all had a good Christmas and New Year.  We spent both with our children and grandchildren, which is exactly as I wanted, so I've got no complaints.  We've also been able to to get out for a few walks as the weather has been good.  It's been really cold but dry with no wind, so just right.  We tend to walk very early on a morning, so we've seen some really beautiful sun rises.  I don't know what it is about seeing the sun rise but it always fills me with hope, which is just what we all need I think.  Here's one of our early morning photos:

The Covid situation seems to have no end to it and I'm whole heartedly sick of it.  It didn't help when pictures of the No. 10 Garden party were shown in the news.  It was held on the very same day of my Sister-In-Law's funeral.  Only 10 people were allowed at the service due to government restrictions, so I stood back and watched my poor brother and his heatbroken daughters, unable to hug them.... I thought I was doing the right thing at the time but now in retrospect, I'm not sure and it sickens me every time I think of that day.  I still feel that I never got to say goodbye to a very special person who had been in my life since the day I was born. I know that I'm not on my own here and many have gone through much worse than I have and my heart goes out to them all.  My SIL died on her own within 24 hours of being admitted and the only time my brother got to see her was after she had passed away.  My blood is boiling just thinking about it, so I'll move on.  Sorry and thank you for listening to my rant.

Onto the matter in hand and I'd like to share a couple of makes with you.  Isa, a lovely lady from our CI DT is running a FB challenge.  It will be run throughout the year and there are a few different challenges running each month.  One is a tag one and there's also a journal page challenge.  You are given a few prompts for the month, then it's up to you.  I find this to be challenging and it's been a good way of kick starting the old mojo.  I've also used lots of 'Snippets' on both, so I would like to add my tag into the latest challenge at the 'Snippets Playground'. The Snippets on the tage are the lady, the sentiment and the die cuts.  Have you seen their fabulous new blog page?  If not, then go take a look.  Di's doing a great job and Sarn is up to her usual mischief!

Here are my tag and journal page:

I think this page sums up how I'm feeling this year!

Take care of yourselves and stay safe.  If, I don't see you before, then I'll be back with you on the 25th for Scrappy Mo's Rudolph Day challenge xx