Monday, 18 June 2018

Garden flowers

Good morning Peeps, a quick post with my mind month inspirational shares for Penny Black and More and Stamping Sensations challenges where our themes are 'In my Garden' and 'Anything Goes'.

I am guessing lots of you are sick and fed up with Blogger's antics in not sending new post and comment notifications. Although I have never bothered with the option on my own blog, it's invaluable on the DT blogs and whilst I know you can leave a comment and ask to get updates from then on, that's of little help if you don't know there is a new post in the first place and subsequent comments before your own. It beggars belief that an organisation the size of Google seem unable to sort out their problem and almost four weeks after GDPR is still looking for a "fix". I have seriously considered looking elsewhere for a platform to use for DT blog purposes as it's like working in the dark. OK, moan over, but it is sooooooo very frustrating.

My Penny Black shares all stem from a 'play day' I had before we went on holiday when my new stamps had just arrived from PB's latest releases. All have been created with the same distress ink to stamp technique and a spritz of water before stamping. On the top one I masked the edges after stamping  the bloom and sponged some DI tea die and lightly stamped PB Harlequin background.

This one is my Stamping Sensations share using Altenew stamps and the lovely sentiment from this months sponsor Visible Image.

Penny Black Roses and sentiment stamped and heat embossed with detail black and coloured in with sparkle pens.

Here I used an acrylic block, DI's and water to 'stamp' the background and the stamped the Lilacs and sentiment.
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Saturday, 16 June 2018

Dies at Allsorts and Chocolate Baroque

Morning Peeps, home from our travels after a very relaxing couple of weeks in the sun, worse part as always is coming home and trying to get back into the swing of things.

This weeks Allsorts theme is hosted by Kath who would like us to 'Use at least two dies'. Our sponsor is Stickeryou offering one lucky winner a whopping $65 store voucher. I also have my shares from my post over at Chocolate Baroque a couple of days ago plus some 15 minute cards from the post there today.

It seems to be CB all the way on this post, for the top card I used six different TL dies to cut the base shape and mats and layers, stamping the top layers with a mixture of Chocolate Baroque stamps and colouring in with sparkle pens. Some ribbons and liquid pearls to finish. That seems like a rather quick explanation, but the dies do all the work really.

Another CB sample using used to cut the aperture Pan Pastels for the background and stamping using Distress Markers direct to stamp, along with a sentiment which is also CB.

And here are my Chocolate Baroque shares from this weeks posts over there................

Happy weekend all, lets hope the weather is kind.
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Saturday, 9 June 2018

Ladies night out

Morning Peeps, this weeks Allsorts theme is hosted by Tracy  and is 'Ladies Night Out'.  Our sponsor is Swedish House Crafts who are offering a £15 store voucher for one lucky winner.

I had these ladies on a Rice Paper sheet so decided the eras were about right for my Granny and Mum and this may well have been how they dressed for a night out. I covered the 6 x 8 canvas with gesso and then stippled some texture paste, when dry I lightly sponged DI's around the edges. Next I added the cut out ladies and their respective dates, stamped an Inkylicious sentiment and some leaves using a CB stencil and DI.

There's lots of inspiration to be seen from my team mates over at the challenge blog so please do pop over and show them some love.

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Sunday, 3 June 2018

Believe, wish, hope

Hello Peeps, scheduled posts still so hoping Blogger is behaving. It's time for our  new challenges at Stamping Sensations and Penny Black and More where our themes are 'Anything Goes' and 'In the Garden'. As always there are wonderful prizes to be won at both. 

Starting with my PB&M creation, I started with a Distress Ink background of Picked Raspberry, Squeezed Lemon and Twisted Citron, I then stamped the lovely Jubilant PB stamps which I always think looks very much like a Hibiscus. Then I stamped it again, coloured in with Spectrum pencils and cut out to decoupage. Some stenciling to the background and the words which are computer generated.

I bought this Visible Image stamp set a while ago but being unwell for so long coupled with a missing mojo it only recently saw ink. I started with a whiteboard tag which I covered with gesso and then several colours of DI followed by a spritz of water to blend the colours.  Next some random harlequin stenciling then the images stamped with Versafine black and some seam binding.

The same stamp set again, this time onto a Brushop background, the images stamped with the same ink as above and I used a stencil to ground the horses, I've no idea the make of the stencil or how to describe it really, sort of random streaks of lightening.

And a close up of the decoupages flowers.

And one more using the beautiful new Garden Gems stamp along with a pretty old wood mounted one from PB called Time. As usual I inked the stamp with Distress Markers and spritzed with water before stamping, added some harlequins using a stencil and DI and a few gems here and there.

I really hope you will join in this months challenge ans do pop over to the challenge blogs to check out the inspiration from my teamies.

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Saturday, 2 June 2018

Baby, baby and fanciful feathers

Morning Peeps, the scheduled posts continue whilst we are on holiday. This weeks Allsorts theme which is hosted by Wendy is 'Baby Baby'. Our sponsor is Digistamp Boutique offering a £10 store voucher and if you pop over to the challenge blog you will see there is also a second prize on offer.

Further down you will find my latest Chocolate Baroque shares featuring the new feather and floral stamps released on Hochanda recently.

Another of the tri-fold cards I shared a few weeks ago here when I gave the dimensions for cutting and scoring. The background is Distress Oxides followed by stamping with several different baby themes stamps, mostly really old wood mounted ones and some have no name I'm afraid other than the Bunnies which are Stamps Happen, used to love their stamps but have a feeling they are no longer about. I also added some sponged polka dots using a stencil.

You will find details of the stamps and products I used along with instructions over at the DT blog here.
Have a good weekend one and all.

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Saturday, 26 May 2018

Bee Happy and Rudolph Days

Morning Peeps, I'm no scheduled posts for the next couple of weeks as we are off sunning ourselves  (at least I hope it's sunny) on another Celebrity ship taking in the waves with a glass or two of all things I'm not really fussy so long as there are bubbles. I won't be using the on board WiFi, unlimited use was a free perk option, but a drinks package and a hefty on board credit was far more appealing, so will see you all when we return.

This weeks Allsorts theme is hosted by Tracy Mouse and it's a real fun one of 'Insects, Bugs, Bees and Butterflies'. And we have a the perfect prize to fit the theme, an A4 stamp sheet full of all the things Tracy had in mind for her theme.

I had two cards sitting my my Chocolate Baroque folder which had not been blogged and both fit the theme perfectly. For the one at the top I used a die to cut out the three honeycomb shapes and used foam pads to raise the piece over a piece of yellow DP, but before fixing into place used two CB stamps to add the sentiment into one of the apertures. Stamped, cut out and coloured two bees, fixed in place and used liquid pearls to create the 'trail' of their flight.

The background of this one is Distress Oxides, the floral harlequin image stamped to the left of the panel, cleaned the stamp and inked just the harlequin section to add more pattern before adding a Butterfly which is also CB.

And I remembered as I was doing some packing that when this post goes live the new Rudolph Days challenge will be in full swing, so above is my share for that, I am going to have to try and add the link from my tablet at a friendly cafe somewhere, now that will be testing for sure as the keyboard and I don't get on, have to use a desktop to do any typing.

So as it's a bit of a last minute addition I hope you will forgive the lack of info on my card other than it's a Stamp Addicts sample for Hochanda, Distress Inks, die cut aperture, some twine and a button.

Happy weekend all.

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Saturday, 19 May 2018

Happy 9th Birthday Allsorts

Morning Peeps, this week at Allsorts we are celebrating our 9th Birthday!! There are 9 prizes, one for each year so you absolutely have to join in this week.

Our meal at Midsummer House was fabulous and everything it promised to be. We decided on the Tasting Menu which comprised of eight courses but was actually twelve if you add the amuse bouche, palate cleansers which were delicious sorbets and handmade chocolates and sweetmeats to finish. But we resisted the Dom Perignon at £1,700 a bottle...................yes honestly and that was just a standard 70cl people actually pay that for a bottle of wine do you think ?

But earlier in the day turned into a bit of a fiasco, they called last minute to cancel the CT scan and then called back and asked me to go the next day for a DEXA scan which I've been waiting weeks for, but no way can they do the CT one until after our holiday. I despair of the NHS at times, I'm sure they think people get to a certain age and have all the time in the world to drop everything and jump when they want to change things.

So onto my card and this is one of two very similar ones I made a few weeks ago using some new Lavinia animal stamps, this one is for one of our son's who has a special Birthday coming up at the end of the month.

The shaped card is a really easy one to make using a sheet of A3 card, I made another this shape a couple of weeks ago which I explained here should you want to make one.

I used Distress Oxides to colour the stamping pieces, flicked with water to add some interest, sponged a sun, stamped everything with Versafine black and used a piece of torn paper and the same colour inks to ground the animals.

I am hoping my son likes this, he's an athlete and along with our DIL travels the world running, as I write this scheduled post he is in La Palma doing the 'Transvulcania Vertical' race, 7.7 kilometers literally as it says, vertically up the cliffs. So I thought the Visible Image sentiment 'Go where your dreams take you' was perfect for him along with the Nature theme as he is also a professional photographer and keen on landscapes, skies and rural scenery. I always find creating cards for him a tad challenging, but am fairly pleased with how this one turned out and as my blog is the very last place he visits I know I am pretty safe blogging it.

And a second card which is created with PM stamps, this one uses my current "most favourite" PB stamp 'Spontaneous Joy', I stamped the whole image once using Distress Pens direct to stamp and spritzed with water, cleaned the stamp and then stamped just one of the flowers to extend the panel. Next I masked the edges and applied DI in the same colour, added some stenciled harlequins and finally a sentiment.

Lastly and a day late thanks to faffing about with hospital appointments, by Stamping Sensations and Penny Black mid month shares.

Using Penny Black 30-419 Happy Wishes and 40-491 Garden Gems from the new In Bloom collection available in the UK from Crafts U Love

Using Penny Black 30-419 Happy Wishes and 40-602 also from the new In Bloom collection.

Both the above notelet set and card below are some of my unused samples from a Chocolate  Baroque programme a few months ago.

I really hope you will come and join in the Allsorts fun this week.