Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Happy, happy wishes


Morning Peeps, this is going to be a really quick post with my mid month inspirations cards for Stamping Sensantions and Penny Black and More and also my 15 minute Chcocolate Baroque shares from the post over on the DT blog a couple of days ago. Sorry I am so late with them but have quite a lot going on at home right now plus a rendezvous with the NHS later today and time is rather getting the better of me.


A|nd here are my Chocolate Baroque shares.







Have a good Wednesday all.
 
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Saturday, 14 July 2018

Flowers all over


Morning Peeps, time for our new Allsorts challenge and this one is a bit different as it's a two week challenge. It's always a few busy weeks during the holiday season so we decided it it would make sense to have two week challenges until the end of August to give both the DT and all you lovely entrants a bit more time to enjoy the holidays.

Mervi has chosen the theme which is 'Flowers all Over' and our sponsor is Swedish House Crafts. My teame mates have made some lovelt floral inspiration so do pop over to the challenge blog and take a peek. I have also had a rummage thriugh my unused work folder and come up with one that I think will fit into the current Butterfly Challenge.

I used one my my current favourite Penny Black Poppy stamps called Spontaneous Joy. I used Distress Markers to inky the stamp and repear stamped it around a piece of Fabriano. I then cut the piece into four using TL pin dot dies and before assembling stamped a PB sentiment into the midde section. To get depth I increased the layers of foam tape with each layer, added a few sequins and matter onto coordinationg card.


Here is my entry for the Butterfly challenge and I think it incorporates five of the elemements, Wisteria, Wine (naturally), Wheat, Wire and of course the Butterflies, I don't own any washi tape so that one is missing as is the window. The stamps are all Chocolate Baroque stamped onto a panel which I first masked, added some DI's then used Distres Markers direct to stamp to add the flowers and removed the side masks so that the flowers extended slightly out of the frame. Two CB Butterflies stamped and cut out, wire antenna and a Penny Black sentiment.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend and look forward to seeing you over at Allsorts.


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Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Many of you will already have heard the extremely sad news that Tracy my friend and challenge team mate, lost her eldest son Scott on Friday. I am writing this post with Tracy's permission as I do not do Facebook and therefore using my blog to pass on the information in the paragraph below.

Those who do use Facebook may already know that one of Scott's friend Liam, has started a Just Giving page here to help his family meet some of the funeral costs. They are costs no parent expects to be faced with and something few would be prepared for so if you can give even £5 it would be greatly appreciated in helping Liam reach and hopefully exceed the target to help his friends family.

When I spoke with Tracy last evening she asked me to extend her thanks to those who have sent sympathy cards which are of great comfort to her John, Jodie and Bobby.
 
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Monday, 9 July 2018

Glorious Poppies


Good morning Peeps, just sharing my post from over at Chocolate Baroque featuring a few of my samples from Lesley's June shows on Hochanda which featured some beautiful floral and succulent stamps. It occurred to me as I was scheduling the post that today would have been my maternal Grandmothers Birthday, she loved her cottage garden so my cards seem a very fitting tribute to her.

For my top card I repeat stamped what I have decided is a Poppy from Scrumptious Succulents around the borders of my my base layer and coloured in with pens. Next an oval aperture at an angle which I edged with a pearl string and stamped a sentiment from Loving Sentiments to fit in the frame on an offcut of Fabriano, always keep the tiny bits as they are useful behind apetures. I'm popping over to the Snippets Playground with this one, only two weeks till schools out for the summer holidays.


Here I have a bookmark, the base piece is 600gsm Fabriano which takes water really well without warping so perfect for purpose. After adding Distress Oxides, I stamped the lovely flower which I think looks rather like a Hollyhock from Blossom and Grow.............although there's a bit of atistic licence with the colours..........and coloured in with pens, then stamped part of one of the Cacti from Scrumptious Succulents around the edge using Versamark and heat embossed with details gold.


I have always liked the shape of the boxes and cards using this die set so I decided on another offering using the new stamps, the flowers on the top are from Captivating Cacti, stamped several time, coloured and cut out to build. I then used a mixture of stamps from the three sets mentioned above, colouring all with sparkle pens adding some stenciling and sentiments from the same sets.


My final card today has a background using Distress Inks blended with a little glycerine which seems to give a lovely soft finish, a sponged sun and the blooms from  Blossom and Grow stamped in versfaine black and left un-coloured as I felt there was enough drama in the strong background colours.

My thanks as always for popping in today and I hope I have offered some inspiration to those of you who already have the stamps and if you don't, then I hope you will want to pop over to the shop and treat yourself.
 
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Saturday, 7 July 2018

In my Garden and thank you to my teamies


Morning Peeps, this week I am you host at Allsorts and I've chose a real comfort zone theme of  'In my Garden' and there is a lovely Chocolate Baroque stamp to be won.

And before anyone say's a word, yes we have the same theme over at Stamping Sensataions, but beleive me I only realised when I wrote this post. We plan themes months in advance, this works well as many of the girls like to work ahead and I count myslef very fortunate that all the girls are so conciencious and I have never once needed to hunt down work at the last minute. I probably don't say this enough, but thank you all for making organising them a delight.

So of course I had to use a CB stamps and both cards are samples I made for recent Hochanda shows. The one at the top features my all time favourite CB sentiment from the Words if Inspiration stamp set along with Floral Harmony which is the same stamp as the prize on offer. 


My second creation is another aperture card........you will soon be fed up seeing these, I stamped Hanging Flowers and coloured in with sparkle pens, added a pale wash of DI's and added a little stencilling using Useful Leaves

I then measured out the size of aperture and stamped Baroque Corners on opposite sides, coloured and cut around one side and then used a die to cut the aperture placing it behind the two cut out sections so they remain part of the frame. Using Kaleidoscope of Butterflies I addd some soft stenciling abour the frame before assembling and adding some flowers.

Happy weekend all.
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Sunday, 1 July 2018

Dace, Sing Love and afternoon tea at The Dorchester


It's time for our  new challenges at Stamping Sensations and Penny Black and More where our themes are 'In my Garden' and 'Things with Wings'. As always there are wonderful prizes to be won at both. I am also popping over to the Snippets Playground with the one below, the sentiment and Dragonflies are stamped onto a offcuts of Fabriano.

So it's Poppies for my first PB&M share, stamped onto a piece of Fabriano then carefully cutting round some of the Poppies I placed a die behind the cut sections so that I could cut the aperture with the blooms popping in front. Coloured in with sparkle pens and my all time favourite sentiment Dance, Sing Love stamped in black, foam pads added to the back of the front section and mounted over the sentiment. PB Polka Wings stamped twice, cut out, coloured and added to the finished card.


Yes, I do like an aperture and this one has been made in the same way as the top card, but this time using Crafty Individual's stamps who are our Stamping Sensation sponsor this month. I coloured in with a mixture of DI's and sparkle pens and added a few Dragonflies.


I have to confess that I am not overly fond of this card, it's one of the new PB stamps I bought from the Spring releases which I loved on the picture but once it was stamped out the appeal disappeared........it's not often I say that about a PB stamp. I used a watery DI mix to colour the background, stamped the image and coloured in with DI's, stamped the sentiment, it all looked a bit bland so I added some stenciled leaves.


Now on to afternoon tea at The Dorchester, the famous London hotel, no I didn't get to go 😦😢, but Anysia (left) and Azaria (right) above did! Alex and Zoe took them for a rather splendid treat for their Birthdays which are on the same date as each other.


Naturally, in true family tradition there had to be bubbles along with a Birthday cake complete with candle for each of them. It's rather scary to think that Azaria who is 21 starts her teaching career in September when she will be teaching English to 11 - 18 year old's and tiny as she is doesn't seem in the least phased by the prospect.

And Anysia has just taken a big leap with her boyfriend, they moved into their very first house a couple of weeks ago, along with a hefty mortgage which seems par for the course nowadays if they are to jump onto the property ladder.


And as for Alex and Zoe, well at the end of this month they are off to Europe along with their two dogs for a year or so. They have a fabulous new purpose built motor home and will be following their dream partaking in races across the continent. Normally they fly out to venues specifically for races, but now they will be driving following the race calendar, Alex runs 10K's and marathons and Zoe does ultra marathons which they got into when they were at Uni, which is where they met. We will so miss them and it's going to seem very quiet at times but if you have a dream you have to follow it otherwise you may always regret it as you get older.

Back to our new challenges and I hope you will pop over to the challenge blogs and see all the inspiration on offer from my team mates.

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Saturday, 30 June 2018

Baby animals, Rudolph Days and Choclate Baroque


Morning Peeps, this weeks Allsorts theme is hosted by Helene and she would like to see 'Baby Animals'. We have a lovely Rare Earth stamp as our prize. I also have some shares from my post over at the Choclate Baroque DT blog yesterday and one for this month Rudolph Days........ right on the deadline!

It had to be dogs or horses for me so I decided on a foal as my baby animal, it's the time of year where several have been born recently in our area and the are adorable with their fluffy little tails.

There is a real mixture of stamps here, Crafty Individuals, Stamp Addicts, Sutter and Art Impressions. With the exception of the birds I stamped everything into place using a mixture of Archival ink and Distress pens, then built up the background using Distress Inks and Pan Pastels, adding colour to the horses and house using DI's again.

Myself and the team are looking forward to seeing lots of baby animals of all types this week.


My Rudolph Days card used Chocolate Baroque stamps, starting with a masked panel in the centre and then inking the stamps with Distress Markers and spritzing with water before stamping top and bottom on the mask. After removing the mask I stamped a sentiment in the blank panel.



Your will find all details of stamps and products used over at the DT blog here.



And I thought I would share these couple of photos of  Eliot and the medals he won this week. This was last evening on day five with two laps to go.


Lots of you know several of our children (and now our eldest granddaugter as well) are athletic and run marathons and ulta marathons all over the world and we are always so proud of their achievements. Well this week Eliot took part in a contest to run five marathons in five days, all took place in the evening when at least it was a little cooler................I know it sounds crazy, but he succeeded so well done to him, another achievement under his belt.


Just thinking about it exhausts me!! Have a happy and sunny weekend all.

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Saturday, 23 June 2018

How doth the little honey bee


Morning Peeps, this weeks Allsorts theme is hosted by Susan who would like to see some 'Sweet Treats'. Our sponsor is Marianne Designs with another lovely prize. I also have a share for the current Butterfly Challenge and by the skin of my teeth a share for Pixie's Snippets Playground, I've not shown my face for far too long at both.

Initially I was lost with this theme as cupcakes and all those cute stamps don't feature in my stash. Then a light bulb moment as I was working on Chocolate Baroque samples for Hochanda TV........honey is sweet and I use it often in my baking so there was my sweet treat.

I love poetry and often use sections from poems in my artwork and this time it was Isaac Watts 'How doth the little honey bee' that provided my inspiration. The card comes from a show a couple of months ago using quite a few stamps from CB's Honey Bee set including the beautiful Digitalis which after Poppies are my favourite flower. After creating a sunny Distress Ink background I stamped the images, colourd the flowers, bees and beehive, printed out the sentiment, cut into three and added along with some decoupaged bees which are on the same stamp set. This is also my Snippets share as the poem was printed into offcuts and the Bees stamped onto left over Fabriano.

My teamies have lots of takes on the theme so do pop over to the challenge blog to take a peek.


On to my Butterfly Challenge, I have not managed too many of the options in the Butterfly wheel, I think just the colours Vermillion and Gold, a Vertical Pattern and of course the Butterflies which are all made with shrink plastic. Stamps are all Chocolate Baroque along with a distress oxide background and the darker ferns are heat embossed with Vermilion Sparkle although that sparkle is non too evident on my photo.

Happy weekend all, looks like it might me a sunny one here in the UK so make the most of it.

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Thursday, 21 June 2018

Blogger notifications solution

At last there seems to be a solution to the e.mail notification problems on Blogger, I missed the posts yesterday on their help forum but fortunately my Allsorts teamies Kath didn't so thanks to her all three of my DT teams can keep in touch with one another again. So for those of you who still have the problem this is the solution.........
  • Go to your Blog dashboard and select settings
  • Then 'posts, comments and sharing
  • Copy all the mail addys in the text boxes, remove them and click save top right
  • Then paste them back in again and click save
  • Do exactly the same in the 'email' setting below the above one

All addys will receive a mail asking them to subscribe or decline and once they have returned that clicking subscribe all is back to normal, we have checked it out on our DT blogs and it works.

It's such a simple solution and now makes perfect sense as Blogger/Google needed everyone's consent to keep sending mails in order to comply with GDPR. But why they didn't explain that somewhere a month ago I have no idea.

 

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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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