Saturday, 13 February 2016

Going round in circles



Good morning to you all, it's time for our new challenge at Allsorts where this week Kath is hosting her first challenge with us and would like to see 'Circles'. Our sponsor is Crafty Ribbons and we also have some tickets to the NEC March Hobbycarft show to give away.

I love circle easel cards as well as Penny Black stamp which still remain my firm favourites and this beautiful Lily which is wood mounted and called First Dance is one I use often. After cutting the layers using Tattered Lace dies I stamped the Lily onto Fabriane watercolour card using Distress Markers and lightly inked the edges with the same colour which is Picked Raspberry. Using the same colours I stamped around the bottom section with Penny Black Twirls border set. After assembling I added a double bow, a Tattered Lace sentiment and a few pearls.


I also have a card for the current Butterfly Challenge where the theme is 'S for Stamping and /or Sapphire' and of course a butterfly or two.

I made an acetate stencil using different sized circle dies and sponged mustard seed and chipped sapphire distress inks through the mask and then using the same inks stamped a selection of Stamp Addict stamps, these sets came out some time ago and the tiny ones were ideal for purpose here. I finished the card off with some grosgrain ribbon and a few sequins.

Happy weekend all.

Sunday, 7 February 2016

Create with your Soul



Time for our monthly challenges at Stamping Sensations and Penny Black and More where our themes are 'Anything Goes with a stamp and a die' and oooooops 'Anything Goes'.

To create my top card for Penny Black I used the reverse side of a piece of Centrua Pearl, a mask for the sun and Pan Pastels to create the background. Next I repeat stamped Penny Black Aspire, then used two Penny Black dies called Perched and Berry Branches cutting them from offcuts of black card and mounted them over the base stamping. I am popping over to the Snippets Playground with this on, won't have time for much of a play but better show my face as I don't want detention again.


My Stamping Sensations piece is one of the promo video samples I did for Tattered Lace using some stamps and matching Lily die bloom, all the decoupage layers are included in the set so it's really easy to cut in one go. The stamp set includes the background stamps plus one to add detail to the cut blooms and as with all Trio's an embossing folder to add more texture. All the stamping was done with distress inks and the colour dragged in and the larger Lily blooms added on top. The sentiment is a new one from Visible Image and I just love the font on this one.

I do hope you will join in our challenges this month as we have some awesome prizes as always.

Saturday, 6 February 2016

Allsorts Clean and Simple



Good morning to you all, it's time for our new challenge at Allsorts where this week Julie would like to see 'Clean and Simple'. Our sponsor is Digistamp Boutique plus one extra prize.

I have used a new Penny Black stamp called 'Pop Pop Poppy'................well how could I not buy that one ? I inked the stamp with Distress Markers and spritzed with water before stamping onto the the reverse of a sheet of Centura Pearl. Added a Penny Black sentiment and drew a black border around the image. Simples as the Meerkat's say.

Needless to say I had a long play session with this stamp, a red one, a pink one, a blue one...........get the drift.

Happy weekend all.

Monday, 1 February 2016

A rainbow of colour



We have a new challenge starting today over at FlonzCraft Vintage Stamping Challenges, this month our theme is 'Splatters and Drips'. As always there is a very generous $20 voucher to be won from FlonzCraft.

Brushos came immediately to mind for this theme so I started with using Crimson and Lime Green and lots of water to create a background, I still find it such fun how many other colours creep out the more water you add. I let the wet colours drain down the card as I held it an an angle and quite like the softer hues that I ended up with.

Next I stamped Flonz Blossom across the top and heat embossed with detail cloear powder, bleached out the colour and then painted with the same Brusho's, then stamped and embossed Flonz Grasses along the bottom. Then I stamped the Flonz Butterflies onto he offcuts of card and painted, again with the same two Brusho's and loved the extra colours that came through without even trying.

The sentiment and raindrops are Inkylicious, I also beached out the latter before highlighting with a white pen .

I would also like to enter this into the current Butterfly Challenge (and the Playground if I'm allowed -see below) which is 'U' for undulating along with the butterflie's, now I will confess I checked this out in the thesaurus to see if  my interpretation of the word correlated and this is what it told me 'move with a smooth wave like motion'. Well I figure that sums up Butterflies quite well, so hopefully this will fit the theme.


Just amending my post and adding this as I totally forgot when posting earlier. But I just can't miss popping over the the Snippets Playground today because when I was lurking about behind the bike shed earlier............as you do.......... I heard a rumor that there is going to be plenty of hooch to be had up in the tree house after dark and no way am I missing out on that one, so see the rest of you obstreperous gang there.

The wall hanging is another of my Tattered Lace creations, I picked up the chipboard heart and base at the NEC last November and decided to have a play with the pretty bits and pieces of paper which came from a 12x12 pad ages ago. No idea of the make as what you see what literally all that was left but just proves never throw them away as they come is useful at some point.

I painted the chipboard with gesso and then stuck down the paper and lightly inked the edges. The flowers are cut and embossed with one of the Trio sets and along with the butterfly are made from the offcuts. Leaves are also Trios, cut from oddments of coredinations and sanded down.

I just had another thought.......two in one afternoon is a bit scary, but it just occurred to me that the butterflies on the card at the top were made from offcuts of the lightweight Fabriano, at the cost of it I never throw a bit away.  So assuming I am allowed two entries entering this one as well.

Happy Monday all and hope you have a good week.

Saturday, 30 January 2016

Fairy moon dance



Good morning to you all, it's time for our new challenge at Allsorts where this week Tracy has come up with the theme of 'Bring on the Bling'. Our sponsors is Scrappers Delight.

I have read on several blogs that as well as Blogger meddling with our followers, some people have discovered they have been removed from blogs they follow even though they use a Google ID and have had to sign up to those blogs again. So if you are missing a visit from me lately please give me a nudge because realistically it's impossible to realise this or that blog is no longer showing up on a reading list.

Now onto my card, it wasn't my initial plan but I seem to have ended up with a rather purple card. I started by stamping the trio of Lavinia fairies, masking them and then stamping two of them again, left the masks in place and inked just the trunk and root of the tree, cleaned that section then inked and lined up the top part to extend the height.

I then used Pan Pastes and some ripped paper to create the background, masking a large sun, or maybe it's a moon and the fairies are doing a moon dance, totally open to interpretation. I stamped leaves across the top with an Art Impression stamp, little flying fairy and some toadstools across the bottom, all of which are Lavinia stamps. And to finish lots of glitter, a nice organza bow and pearl and gem ribbon slide.

Have a good weekend all.

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Tattered Lace winners , Rudolph Snippet and the Long Weekender



Morning Peeps, it's time to announce the winners of the Tattered Lace candy and also share a few samples made for the Tattered Lace Long Weekender starting on Create and Craft at 8am on Friday.............and a note added as I nearly forgot, well I actually did forget until I got a congniziance moment during the night................that I had made a card especially for Rudolph Day and the Snippets Playground.

On a different note I am guessing I am not the only one who has seen disappearing followers the last month due to Bloggers shenanigans ? Overnight I've seen another 27 go and it really does make me wonder at the wisdom of it all, I'm convinced he won't be happy until we are all paying for the privilege of having a blog.

Part of the long weekender are some beautiful A5 sized panel dies and although I have made a good number of cards using them as intended, I was itching to use the Rose Garden panel as a stencil. So I cut it out using 250gsm card, laid it over a chipboard heart prepped with Gesso and decoupatch papers and spritzed Bubblegum Pink Dylusions and am thrilled with the lovely pattern. I then decorated with ribbons, lace, flowers and feathers.


This one has the Foliage panel die simply cut from pearl cardstck and placed over a contract colour, a mat using the TL decorative labels , ribbon and TL daisies and sentiment. They made such elgant but also quick cards.


The Rose Grden panel die again this time using the new TL Shades Ombre cardstock, a frame using the new Pearl Pin Dot square dies, Pearl Dot border and Birthday sentiment from the Charisma Stores range.

Now for those winner.............................

The first name out of the draw was Lau who will receive the Tattered Lace Panorama dies


And the second name out is Lorraine B who will receive the dies and Ombre cardstock

Well done to you both, please mail me so I can get your goodies in the post to you.

And one final card....................


More Ombre cardstock, the foliage panel used with the hexagonal die set, a rose, pearls and the little leaves are the spines from the waste after cutting the panel.

And here is that almost forgotten card for Rudolph Day and Snippets Playground, honestly I really did have a post it note on my computer to remind me I had a card all ready and then forgot, or can it be that my computer is a magnet for numerous post it notes that it just got lost in the mire that's also known as my desk.


So here it is, nothing spectacular but I feel quite chuffed that it's still not the end of January and I have a Christmas card made, that has to be a record for me. Snippets of beloved G45 paper, can't throw any of that away, a Penny Black sentiment and a TL oval Pearl Dot frame.

Thanks for taking a peek and hope you all have a good Wednesday.

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Tattered Lace New Year candy

This is a sticky, new posts below.


Please click here to go the the post if you would like to enter my Tattered Lace candy.



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