Saturday, 19 August 2017

Forest Friends and Penny Black mid month inspiration

Morning Peeps, it's Saturday so that means it's time for our new challenge at Allsorts and this week Tracy Mouse has chosen the theme of 'Forest Friends'. Our sponsor is Tattered Lace and the prizes are sooooooo sweet.

I also have my Penny Black and More mid month inspiration, a day late I'm afraid as I forgot to schedule and yesterday I was 'negotiating' with the consultant about these two ops. I thought we had an agreement on the way forward until he rang me again..............what's all this new hands on business with consultants ringing patients in the evening ? So at the moment not much further forward, he wants to plough on although admitted it could wait until after our holiday. And having re-scheduled from July because of all this faff I really don't want to cancel a second booking and lose our money because of course the insurance won't cover us as it's a pre existing condition.

OK moan over and onto my creations and my card at the top was a fun one to make using a mixture of Sutter, Inkylicious, Crafty Individuals, Creative Expressions and Art Impressions, eleven stamps in total to make a countryside scene. I started by stamping the trees and fence into position, bleaching out some clouds then adding the background with distress inks, then adding the Fox's which I coloured with DI's, Sheep highlighted with white gel pen and finally the greenery and birds.

My second card uses Chocolate Baroque stamps onto a background of Pan Pastels, using an oval stencil to create the focal element and then stamping the scene with the mask still in place.

My first Penny Black share has a Distress Oxide background then a stencil and DI's the add the window. The PB Soft Wings Butterfly was stamped with the same wilted violet oxide ink and heat embossed with detail clear powder then colour added with twisted citron oxide ink. I used PB Twirls to stamp around the edge and PB Iris die to add the flowers. The sentiment is from a new PB set called Happy Wishes................and I am pretty convinced that somewhere in my stash there is an old sentiment set from them with the same name.

Finally another little scene using Pan Pastels and stamps from PB Natures Friends set and Birds on a wire, an oldish wood mounted stamp that I find so useful in scene making.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

CAS cards with Chocolate Baroque

Good morning Poops, today we have a post over at the Chocolate Baroque Team blog here sharing more of our CAS creations showcasing ways to use the beautiful range of Chocolate Baroque stamps to make quick and easy cards in just 15 minutes.

The one at the top has a simple background using Distress inks applied direct to an acrylic block which has grid line, spritzed with water and used just like a stamp onto the base card and then stamped in black versafine using the lovely Chequered Flowers and a sentiment is also CB.

Stamped onto Kraft card using Floral Harmony and leaves from Take it of Leaf it ..................isn't that such a fun name...........all stamped using versamark an d detail white embossing powder.

There was a set of two beautiful corner stamps in the release called Baroque Corner, here I used the larger one and stamped four times using versafine red and a simple gem in the centre.

This is the smaller of the corners, stamped back to back four times using two colours of adirondack ink.

Thanks for popping in today and have a god Tuesday.

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Butterfly blossoms

Morning Peeps, it's Saturday so that means it's time for our new challenge at Allsorts and this week Susan would like us to add a name or number to our work. Our sponsor is Marianne Designs.

This was a card I made for the Mother of one of our DIL's, she had a bad fall back in May and broke her hip, recovery has been slow and has been in hospital for some time so I thought this might cheer her a little.  I started by computer generating her name and sentiments onto a sheet of linen cardstock, first measuring the spacing to allow me to cut a square aperture in the centre using a TL die.

The focal image is PB Magnolia Rhapsody, it's one of the new releases from earlier this year and I absolutely adore it and have used it many times. I used Distress Markers to ink the stamps and spritzed with water before repeat stamping. Some soft stenciling in the background and a Chocolate Baroque Butterfly.

Happy weekend all.

Friday, 11 August 2017

Just Happy Birthday

Good morning, today I am over at the Chocolate Baroque blog sharing a couple of creations from my makes for the recent Hochanda release of the lovely new floral stamps and colouring kit.

For this card I used a diluted mix of Distress Ink to wash a piece of white cardstockock and then used the beautiful Floral Harmony stamp which I repeat stamped using Versamark and detail white embossing powder. After coloring the flowers with sparkle pens I used Distress Ink and a stencil to add some flourishes to the top corner, next I took three square dies but before cutting I used them as a guide to place the stamped sentiment which is from Words to Dazzle and Sparkle. I then cut the piece into three and layered up onto a piece of black card using foam pads and made each layer slightly higher as I worked towards the centre.

And here is a colouring page from me from the Colouring Collection which has the most adorable designs. It's a well known fact to those who know me that I am not a colourist but I have to say I really did enjoy doing this one for which I used colouring pencils and blending solution. When finished I added a some tiny dots using Liquid Pearls.

My thanks to you all for taking a peek today and if you were lucky enough to grab yourself some of the new stamps and pages I know you will be having fun creating with them.

Sunday, 6 August 2017

From Paris to the Countryside

It's time for our challenges at Stamping Sensations and Penny Black and More where our themes are 'Anything Goes' and 'All Creatures Great and Small'. As always there are wonderful prizes to be won at both.

My starting point for my Stamping Sensations piece above was to create a Parisian background with Pan Pastels and stencils followed by stamping around the frame with Penny Black Magnolia Rhapsody, inking the stamp with Distress Markers and leaves from PB Natures Gifts. I stamped the lady image twice and paper pieced her coat and hat and placed her onto the scene, I did ground her with some darker PP but that doesn't seem to show up too well on my photo and she appears to be floating !

For this card I used the lovely new tree stamp from Penny Black called Stately, stamping once using second generation and then again to the fore using the first inking. Next I stamped the Deer and Rabbits from PB Natures Friends using black archival and added the background using DI's. A few leaves and foliage and finito.

And one final really quick and simple card, ideal if you have forgetten a Birthday, I repeat stamps the Butterflies stamp using two colours of DI's, stamped the sentiment onto a panel and added some flowers around the edge, matted and layered and done ! All three stamps are from Swedish House Crafts. I am popping over to the Snippets Playground with this one........if I dare show my face that is as I've been a truant for a few weeks so ready for detention from Miss Di.

I hope you can find time to join in our challenges this month and also pop over to the challenge blogs to see the inspiration on offer from my team mates, you won't be disappointed.

Saturday, 5 August 2017

Fly your flag

Morning Peeps, it's Saturday which means it's time for our new challenge at Allsorts and this week Mervi would like to see the 'Colour of your Flag'. Our sponsor is Digistamp Boutique.

Before telling you about my cards I want to extend a big thank you for all your kind comments and mails about my health, the latest is that I've had another CT scan followed by the dreaded phone call on Tuesday and an appointment the next day when I was told I need another kidney surgery, well in fact it will be two three weeks apart. 

They were keen to do it later this month but I think that is mainly motivated by the fact the consultant is leaving the hospital shortly. So I asked to be referred back to my original Urologist who had said he feels we can take our re-scheduled holiday late September (the July one had to be cancelled because of my last surgery) and the surgeries will take place when we return. Such a long drawn out process and it's seriously messing with my craft and blogging, but at least you can understand my absence of late.

I was totally stumped as to what I could make for this weeks theme as red, white and blue is not a colour palette I am very fond of, then I had a light bulb moment which said stick with what you know and of course flowers is what came to mind. So I inked the lovely Penny Black Lustrous image with Distress Markers and spritzed with water before stamping onto a piece of Fabriano. I lightly inked around the image with a pale blue DI and added some pattern with a stencil. Cut a frame with a TL die, stamped a PB sentiment and raised it over the image with foam pads and matted onto some dark blue paper and there the colours of the Union Jack.

And as red comes into the equation on our British flag there had to be Poppies as well so I have another pretty simple card colouring the Poppies from DigistampBoutique Sketchy Flowers with sparkle pens and decoupaging the flowers. I added some laves using a stencil and DI's, a bow and matted and layered using TL pin dot dies.

My teams mates have some lovely inspiration to share so please do pop over to the challenge blog.

Monday, 31 July 2017

Awesome, creative. amazing

Afternoon Peeps, just popping in with a few more Chocolate Baroque shares made with the stamps Lesley showcased on Hochanda recently. These should have popped up yesterday to tie in with my post over at the DT blog here, it's no excuse I know but I'm not firing on all cylinders as you will know from my post Saturday.

If I had to choose a favourite from the lovely Seasonal Ladies I think it would be Autumn Medley  featured on the card above, mainly because I just love working with Autumnal colours. My starting point was to stamp the image with Versamark and emboss with detail copper before colouring in with Distress Inks. Using a mask and texture paste I added some branches across the top and when dry replaced the mask and rubbed over some Distress Inks and glue here and there and some Gilding Flakes although that doesn't really show up in my photo I'm afraid. Finally I stamped three words from the Amazing Mackintosh Words stamp set, cut them out and added to the finished piece.

Here I stamped the image from Mackintosh Beauty stamp set three times and coloured in with Distress Ink, matted and layered with coordinating card and stamped a sentiment from Mackintosh Sentiments set.

The background of my next card is Distress Inks with a spritz of mica spray which helps the colours blend into each other. The lovely Spring Awakening image is stamped with Versafine black and heat embossed with detail clear and pencils used to colour the flowers in her hair. Using the new masks which compliment the Seasonal Ladies I inked some leaves, the sun and word.    

My final share used an image from Mackintosh Beauty, stamped with Versafine black and heat embossed with detail clear onto a piece of card created with the shaving foam technique.........I tend to have a session with different colours so I have a stock of them ready to stamp onto. I coloured the image with pencils, matted her into the base card, tied some ribbon and stamped and cut out a rose from the same set to place in the centre.

As always my thanks for you visit today.

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