Tuesday, 18 September 2018

I don't mind red if the white runs out


Good morning Peeps, a really quick post as guess who forgot all about the challenge mid month posts, in fact I only remembered when I saw one of my team mates posts on my reading list. So here are my shares for Penny Black and Stamping Sensations challenges.

Our theme at Stamping Sensations is 'I Spy something beginning with B' and on the top card my B's are Birds, Branches, Blue and Black. All stamps are from the lovely Bev at Bee Crafty who is our sponsor this month offering a £25 store voucher.


And my second card, also with stamps from our sponsor and the 'B's on this one are Boy, Birthday, Building and Bubbles.


And my Penny Black share where our theme is 'Make it Feminine'.


And here's a fun one for the current Snippets Playground Challenge. I didn't hink I would have time to join in but saw this in my folder and thought it would fit the bill. It's one I made for the recent Stamp Addicts Hochanda shows. I had the bottle neck hangers from years ago so just stamped the sentiment onto offcuts, cut with TL dies and mounted onto the front of the hanger and added some ribbon. When I sent this one off to Sarah, I said I wasn't sending the bottle as knowing she is partial to a drop of red, I was sure she had one or two she could use and sure enough she confirmed that on the show!! You can find the stamp here.
 

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Saturday, 15 September 2018

Dancing in the moonlight


Morning Peeps, apologies for the no show for a few days round your blogs, had a bit of a kidney flare up so not felt my best this week. It's time for our new Allsorts challenge and this week Ellie would like us to create a scene with stamps and/or dies. Our sponsor offering a £15 store voucher is Swedish House Crafts. I also have my shares from today's 15 minute CAS post over at Chocolate Baroque blog.

So, a lolly stick creation for Allsorts. I had seen a few of them popping up in blogland and was rather taken with something different and wondered how many lollies people must be eating to gather together enough to make the base...................then the penny dropped as a well known kitchenware store from the Lake District..............you know the one I mean..........sells them in packs, so mystery solved, if indeed it really was a mystery rather than me needing to putting my thinking cap on.

And it was rather fun. I bought what they described as 'jumbo' sticks and fixing nine together plus two more on the back to hold it all in place I ended up with a 160cm square base to play with. When the glue on the back was dry - I used Collall all purpose which is new to me but I am finding it quite easy to work with, I gave it a coat of white gesso, dried and then covered with Distress Oxides. Next I stamped Lavinia Trees and Fairies, Inkylicious leaves across the top, grounded the Fairies and trees with distress ink and used Liquid Pearls to create some flowers.

Be warned, there are one or two more in production.


And a second one, a scene with a mixture of stamps from Sutter, Bee Crafty, Inkylicious and Art Impressions, all stamped in black archival and then the background added with Pan Pastels and Distress Inks, some glitter and Liquid Pearl berries.

And now for my Chocolate Baroque shares.

Happy weekend all.
 
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Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Ellie the Elephant


Hello Peeps, today it's my turn again to post over at the Chocolate Baroque blog with more of my samples from the recent Hochanda TV shows using the beautiful Eastern inspired stamps and for simplicity I have just lifted my post from there.

The Elephant shaped card above was cut from a mask I purchased a long while ago to make cards for our youngest Granddaughter who loves anything related to Elephants, she treasures a small pink Elephant she had as a baby named Ellie.......it must be the most travelled Elephant ever as it goes everywhere with her. 

I stenciled the background with Silhouette Palace 1, stamped the Elephant from Indian Elephant and coloured in with pencils, then stamped using Distress Markers direct to stamp flowers from Indian Elephant and Indian Textiles, cut them out and fixed across the top of the Elephant and added some peral strings.


Here I have used the large Elephant from Paisley Elephant which I stamped and then masked so I could stamp the background with the script stamp from the same stamp set. After removing the mask I coloured the image with sparkle pens and randomly stamped around the edges with Natures Paisley. Finally I added some gold lace to the bottom, gold pearls to the Elephant and mounted into corrugated to which I had added some gold embossing.


I have to confess to really linking the Palace on the Indian Textiles stamp set, this time I used Versafine Toffee and stamped onto cream card which I first stamped with the script from Natures Paisley and added some stenciling using Silhouette Palce 1 using a sponge from which I dabbed off most of the the ink to achieve a soft finish. Then I used the edge of the border stamp from Indian Textiles across the top.
 
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Saturday, 8 September 2018

Teddy Bears Picnic



Morning Peeps, time for our new Allsorts challenge and this week Kath would like to see Bears and we have a lovely stamp from Penny Black for this weeks prize...........I couldn't believe that I didn't have a single bear in the PB box so it's some little critters which are always popular.

I feel I need to offer an explanation for any dodgy comments you might have received from me recently. My dexterity is always bad as is my sight, all part of the MS scenario so what I write is not always as intended, but I am reliant on one eye at present until the cataract is dealt with so between iffy fingers and sight I know there have been a few faux par's slipping through the net.

Back to my card which is something right out of my comfort zone and the theme did put me in a bit of a quandry. I thought I had a Polar Bear stamp but it's not to be found anywhere, then in my search I came across a Penny Black set hidden in a bag marked just Penny Black, no name or code and I am sure I would never have bought it, so can only conclude it was one I was asked to use in a class or for store samples at some point. Anyhow, it fitted the theme perfectly and I used two of the stamps in the bag to create a little scene, extending the stamping from around the tree to add a few more flowers. Pan Pastels for the sky and background along with DI's and pencils for the colouring and red gem 'apples' on the tree.

Please do pop over to the challenge blog to see the inspiration from my team mates.
 
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Sunday, 2 September 2018

Veneitan Roses and meet Clover the Dalmatian puppy


It's time for our  new challenges at Stamping Sensations and Penny Black and More where our themes are 'I spy' and 'Make it Feminine'. As always there are wonderful prizes to be won at both.  And I had to share some photos of Clover an adorable Dalmatian puppy that has joined our family, you will find her further down my post.

Starting off with my PB&M share at the top I used an old favourite Venetian Summer which I stamped with black Versafine onto Fabriano, next I stamped the Roses from Red Blush around the top and sides to frame the Venetian scene. I then stamped, cut out and coloured more roses to decoupage and after coluring the scene I used Pan Pastels to create the sky and sun rays and matted onto a black base card. I have to say I am feeling rather deprived this year as we have not been to Venice, somthing we usually do even if only for a couple of days pre cruise.

'B' is for Boy, Blue and Birds

This was was so much fun, starting with Distress Oxides which I put onto a piece of acetate, spritzed with just a little water as I wanted to loosen the ink but keep the coloures vivid, then dragged a piece of Fabriano through and left to dry with no dabbing off. Next I stamped the Walking Together stamp from Bee Crafty with black versafine, cleaned the stamp and inked just the large circle element to stamp along the side and also just the bottom section of the stamp to fill in across the base. The sentiment is Chocolate Baroque.

'B' is for Branches, Birds, Believe and Blue

And another I made for Bee Crafty using quite a few Bee Crafty stamps, Branches, Poppy, Sentiment, Teasels and Leaves. I gave some details of how I made the base card here a while ago here so won't bore you with it again. I used Oxides to create the backgrounds, the stamped the images, added some texture paste with a stencil and bleached out the colour from the Poppy.


The new Butterfly Challenge started this week and the colour palette really appealed to me and I beleive I have managed to incorporate all seven elements which are: Electric Yellow, Embossing Powder, Eucalyptus, Embellishments, Emerald, Embossing Folder and of course a Butterfly. I stamped the Penny Black flowers with black versafinre and heat embossed with detail clear powder, then coloured in with sparkle pens, one of which is actually called Emerald and the brightest yellow I had.

I then cut it out and stamped the little Butterfly sitting on the stem a second time and decoupaged. The background was washed with two shades of green DI the closest I could find to the requisit colours and yellow, dried and embossed with a TL folder, fixed he flowers in place and added a bow and two little embellishments.


And as promised a couple of photos of Clover, our new Great Granddog. Ever since she was little Anysia has wanted a Dalmation and we knew that once she and Sam bought their first house it wouldn't be long. She is now nine weeks old and adorable, they have had her for a week and already she knows her name and we have had lots of puppy cuddles.


I hope you will pop over to the challenge blogs and see what my team mates have created to inspire you and look forward to seeing all your creations.

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Saturday, 1 September 2018

Never stop making wishes


Morning Peeps, time for our new Allsorts challenge which I am hosting and the theme is 'Things with Wings', Butterflies, Bugs, Birds, Fairies, the choice is yours. I am also posting over at the Chocolate Baroque blog today, you can find my artwork further down.

Starting with a piece of Fabriano I used Pan Pastels to create a background, then I used a stencil and DI's to sponge some sun rays..............or they could be moon rays............that one is down to intrpretation! I stamped the Lavinia Fairy with black versafine, then my all time favourite stamp Stampendous P107, Agapanthus cluster as it works really well with the Lavinia image. Finally some toadstools, foliage and a little mouse all of which are Lavinia. The sentiment is a pretty old one from Stamp Addicts although I don't think it's available anmore.



Here's another I found lurking in my files, it's one I made ages ago for Tattered Lace but never blogged. The Rare Earth image was stamped with versafine black and coloured in with sparkle pens, I stamped the Peacocks tail and some of the flowers a second time and decoupaged, then matted with TL pearl border frames.



Today I am also posting over at the Chocolate Baroque DT blog, all details of my work can be found there but these are the stamps and stencils used which are all available on the CB web site hereIndian ElephantIndian TextilesPaisley ElephantNatures PaisleyAmazing Mackintosh Words Silhouette Palace 1 and Silhouette Palace 2 on the card above and the little acetate book below.




Have a good weekend everyone.
 
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Saturday, 25 August 2018

Lets get musical, a Snippet and Rudolph Day's


Morning Peeps, time for our new Allsorts challenge and we are back to our normal weekly challenges. It's Wendy's week to host and her chosen theme is 'Music', We have a super prize of Tattered Lace dies on offer so do pop over to the challenge blog and join us.

An update on this weeks telephone consultation with Papworth Hospital which I mentioned last week. Well what a waste of time that was, it took all of a minute and all I was asked was my religion and nationality, I am sure that is vitally important to the state of my lung, they said I have been "prioritised" and have an urgent appointment in just under four weeks time. If that is urgent goodness only knows how long one waits for a routine appointment.

Back to my creation for this week and I knew instantly what I would use for the theme, it's a sample I made for Bee Crafty some time back but never blogged. My starting point was to use Pixie powders and lots of water to create the inky background blowing the wet mixture to spread it into 'dribbles'. I used my Timmy stamp platform to stamp th image with black versafine, I find the positioner really helpful with silhouette stamps as it gives you the opportunity to stamp several times to get a deep impression. The sentiment is Penny Black.


And a share for the new Rudolph Days over at Mo's, they do seem to come round quickly. It's a Chocolate Baroque TV sample from last month's TV shows using the lovely Serena image which I stamped with versafine black and coloured in, cut out with a TL die and mounted onto an emossed Holly background, the folder is also TL. A CB sentiment and some organze ribbon.


And here's one for the current Snippets Playground challenge over at Miss Di's. Now I'll be the fist to admit I'm not very frugal with paper and cardstock, my waste bin is testament to that, but here I had to be as I only had one sheet of the pink left. So I cut the smaller layer from the middle of the larger and it worked OK giving a large enough margin so did exactly the same with the white layers and I hope that can be classed as snippets. The Rose image is Stamp Addcits, stamped coloured and some glossy accent rain drops.

Happy weekend all and we look forward to seeing all your music inspired creations over at Allsorts.
 
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