Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Candy sticky

This is a sticky post, you can click here if you would like to add your name to the candy.

Saturday, 18 April 2015

Quick and simple does it

It's Saturday morning again which means a new challenge at Allsorts and Jo has chosen the theme of 'Quick and simple does it'. Our sponsors are A day for Daisies and Marianne Designs.

Many thanks for your good wishes this week, they are much appreciated, I am getting there, it just seems slow going, guess I must blame my dysfunctional body that everything takes twice as long as normal.

I know some of you will question this being a quick and easy card, but believe me it really is so quick and simple to create some inky cards, this one took no longer than fifteen minutes. I started with a piece of Fabriano watercolour card, spinkled the brushos onto it and hen lightly spritzed with water as I didn't want the colour to spread to far. Next I stamped on the Poppies using a Rubbernecker stamp inking the stamp with distress markers and spritzing with water before stamping and stamped the Penny Black flowers and birds using black archival. Tied a red ribbon, matted and layered and finished.

This is a last minute addition, I had totally forgotten our Penny Black mid month post until Tracy reminded me.......thank you Tracy and for offering to sort the post for me, really appreciate it. I can't believe how phased I am still feeling and really do need to get my act together over the weekend as another parcel arrived from Tattered Lace yesterday and all I can say is make a note of 30th April !!

The Penny Black stamp 40-102 Dreamy has been repeat stamped onto a Dylusion background and the sentiment is from Penny Black 30-229 Special Wishes.

Hope you all have a good weekend and fingers crossed the weather warms up again as today (Friday) it's a tad cold after a few lovely days.

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Beauty is.....Spring blooms and a large round bale of hay

Close up of one of the Camellia flowers, they don't tend to do well in our soil so we have a couple of ericaceous beds and after a few years are seeing the lovely evergreen bushes and blooms develop.

Good morning Peeps, no card today, just a few photos from the gardens which I have have the chance to enjoy this morning whilst I recuperate from my op on Monday. The beauty of two acres is that you can have several of the same shrubs but they don't necessarily all come into bloom together. It's early days but I think late frosts avoided it's going to be an abundant year for shrubs like Ceanothus, Lilacs and Escallonias as they are literally bursting with buds, but with this lovely weather there are some already well into bloom.

Viburnum Tinus 'Eve Price', the blossoms have a beautiful scent and this one is perfectly placed alongside one of the raised decked seating areas.

Clematis Armandii also has a wonderful aroma and climbs freely, this one has taken itself the full length of a pergola with the Albertine Rose and is now entwined into an apple tree..............note the blue sky in the background today, what a treat.

Part of the Japonica family Sophora Micropylla 'Hilsop' has masses of bell like yellow flowers which hang in clusters like this one.

Another of the above shrubs, planted more recently so the blooms are not as prolific yet but in time will be as lovely.

One of the Forsythia bushes which flower flower freely, this one is not a particularly good specimen this year although those it in the top paddock hedgerow are far more prolific.

A bee making the most of the pollen of the Mahonia 'Aquifolium'

Kerria Pleniflora, another shrub of which we have several, they are very slow growing shrubs but as they mature give a lovely show of yellow pom pom blooms.

Violets with a special meaning, I dug a few roots up in a hedgerow when I was about eight and planted them in my Dad's garden, when we moved to our current house about thirty two years ago I transplanted some and over the years they have multiplied and there are patches in several of the shrub beds growing happily in the undergrowth.

Spiraea ‘Snowmound'.....I think..... we have several Spireas which looks very similar and I seem to have lost track which are which.

Skimma Japonica'Rubell', another that lives happily in one of the ericaceous beds.

And finally a photos of the boys who are always happy campers with their jumbo hay bale although this one which only went into them on Sunday already looks pretty deflated. They are enjoying being outside, especially Heskey (foreground) who hates long winter spells in his stable.

Thanks for taking a peek and hope you all have some of this glorious sunshine. I will be back to my blogging rounds in a day or two when I feel a little better.

Monday, 13 April 2015

Some candy

Good morning Peeps, I won't be about for a day or two as I will be in the hands of the NHS and not likely to feel up to much after the procedure, so I thought I would share some candy that I have put together following a bit of a clear out of things I never quite got round to using. I will split it two ways and ramdomly select the winners on 7th May.

To be in with a chance of winning all you need do is:
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  • Please note, candy only blogs will not be included in the draw
Good luck one and all.

Saturday, 11 April 2015

Lets' play Bingo

It's Saturday morning again which means a new challenge at Allsorts and Tracy is inviting us to play Bingo. Our sponsor this week is Baker Ross.

I have gone with the flowers, ribbons and die cuts line. It is one of my recent makes for Tattered Lace's Create and Craft programmes using the new Shutter dies set, it's a really wonderful set and amazing how you can create a perfectly accurate kinetic card in minutes as all the guess work has been done for you.

I used a cream linen card for the card base and Graphic 45 DP's, using one of the sections with the birds as the focal element. The daisies are all cut from the Tattered Lace Blossoms set, they cut so easily allowing you to double up your paper and cut two or three at a time, making easy work of cutting several. When I have half an hour spare............and believe me that doesn't happen often these days........I cut out a batch of flowers in cream and white so they are all ready to colour with Pan Pastels or distress inks.

The four corner elements have been cut from the reverse side of one of the DP's and a little pearl added to the centers and bows tied on two more of the section.

For those of you who have not found it yet, we have a Tattered Lace blog where you can find daily inspiration and product news as well as giveaways now and then.

Monday, 6 April 2015

April blossoms

Morning Peeps, I am running well late with this one, truth is I am still knee deep in Tattered Lace samples still and apart from Easter dinner with the family which daughter cooked, I've not lifted my head from my desk, let alone venture into blogland so huuuuuge apologies for the no show visiting.

Our April challenge theme at FlonzCraft Vintage Stamping Challenges this month is 'Handmade Flowers' and as always there if a fabulous $20 on line store voucher to be won from FlonzCraft.

I was going to make roses as I always enjoy making them but when I thought about it April is all about blossoms and as I have a Flonz Blossom stamp in my stash decided to go down that route. I stamped the Vintage Fashion Girl in the foreground and the blossoms across the top and then used Pan Pastels to create the background along with some sponges sun rays and a few flowers along the bottom corner. The lady has been coloured with Chameleon pens and the little blossoms made using a small punch, distress inks and little pearl stamens in the centers.

Thanks for taking a peek and I promise as soon as I get this batch of samples out of the door I will be round to visit................mind you by then the next batch of products will hitting the door mat, but it is such fun so not complaining.

Sunday, 5 April 2015

April in Paris

Time for our monthly challenges at Stamping Sensations and Penny Black and More where our themes are Pretty in Pink and Birthday's.

The top card is my Stamping Sensations piece, it is one I recently made for a commission from our local doctors surgery for a lady who is retiring. The brief was, pink, Paris, bling, handbag, her name but no mention of the 'R' word. It also had to be quite a large card to enable all members of staff to sign it so I went for an 8" x 8" and put a insert made up of three layers.

So my Penny Black Venetian lady is on another trip to Paris ! I used a die to create the arch shaped mask and used Pan Pastels to create the scene using a Sheena stencil and with the mask still in place stamped some trailing ivy and flowers round the top and also sponged some sunrays. I stamped the lady onto white cardstock and again onto some patterned DP and paper pieced her dress, hat and handbag. Some roses, a punched border and die cut ivy and an organza bow. I also made a matching box which you can see in the photo below.

For my Penny Black card I used a real favorite wood mounted stamp 4383K First Dance. The background was created with Brushos, adding liberal helpings of water to the Fabriano card and then sprinkling the Brushos and letting them run and bleed ans I gently twisted the card.

I used distress markers to ink the stamp and spritzed with water before stamping several times and used the same colour marker to ink the sentiment which is from the new PB 30-2997 Sprinkle and Smiles sentiment set. I kept it all fairly simple and just added some ribbons before matting and layering.

I do hope you will join in our monthly challenges, as always we have some awesome prizes to be won.

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