Saturday, 19 June 2021

Poppies and yet more Poppies

Morning Peeps another weeks rolled round and it's time for a new challenge at Allsorts where this week Kath has set the theme of Anything Goes with the option to add Buttons and/or Bows.

Stamp Addicts are our sponsor and Sarah will be on TV again during The Craft Store's Family Favourites event on Thursday 24th June at 7pm.

Some beautiful Poppy stamps will feature in the show so I was in my element creating samples, above following the Anything Goes option at Allsorts is one using Emily's Poppies, small and medium along with the pretty Poppy border stamp. Below is another of my samples, two MDF hearts, acrylic paints and crackle glaze, Glossy Accents added to the Poppies and a SA sentiment.

An MDF tag following the Buttons and Bows option which was also for a Stamp Addicts show at The Craft Store a while back, acrylic ink and crackle glaze, more texture added with a script stencil and texture paste and the SA Kingfishers, stamped cut out and placed onto the tag. A ladder ribbon bow and some sequins.

Lastly I have to share another photo of my lovely Poppies, they have produced flowers every day but on Tuesday there were ten in bloom (one rather hidden) so had to take another photo.

Hope you all have a good weekend and my thanks as always for your kind comments and words of encouragement.
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Friday, 18 June 2021

A right mixture

Morning Peeps, it's a quick post as I have a host of work to share, mid month creations for We Love Chocolate Baroque, Stamping Sensations and River of Creativity and my post yesterday for Chocolate Baroque here. Our internet has been out more than on last two days so writing this quickly before it go again.

At the top Poppies from Fresh Florals stamped, coloured and cut out with a die cut frame and Italian House in the aperture.

My Stamping Sensations share embraces my 'I love.....' of inks, flowers and a touch of grunge. Linen card brayerd with Oxides, random stamping with worker stamps and the focal image is a the lovely Rose from my friend Ruth, some may remember I used to design for her a few years back and we were fortunate to meet up a couple of times when she was over from Northern Ireland.

Her new website Ruth Hamilton Design is in it's infancy but new designs are being added regularly. The sentiment is one of my own from Life is so much Better, link below. I stamped the Rose onto inked cardstock and cut out to decoupage, washi tape, mesh from the greenhouse and a couple of index clips.

Now for some TV samples from my post yesterday on the Chocolate Baroque blog House using Urban Chic  and Life is so much Better stamped onto CB black and white papers coloured with Oxide sprays. The house is paper pieced with card coloured with the same.

My River of Creativity mid month share uses the fun Feline Family from Stamp Addicts, stamped in blue and yellow glitter added to their eyes. The wordage was made up with letters from Distressed Alphabet.

This one is Bridge House  and Orchard Design a Tree stamped onto the inside section and the whole panel and sentiment stamped and then covered with Distress Glaze.

Finally a door hanger covered in CB Design Papers and the seedpods from Sow the Seeds.

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Saturday, 12 June 2021

Butterflies and Bugs and Poppies in bloom

Morning Peeps so time for a new challenge at Allsorts and this week Wendy would like to see lots of 'Butterflies and Bugs' and a prize from Craft Stash for our lucky winner. I also have some shares from my post a few days ago over at the Chocolate Baroque blog here and the large Poppies I mentioned the other day are now in bloom.

A pretty simply created card above, an oxide background, masked the edges and added the colour, stamped Chocolate Baroque Butterfly Daisy Collage one and a half times with Versfaine black with the mask still in place and finito.

This was a The Craft Store TV make for Stamp Addicts, a masked circle softly inked around the edges, Music Sheet stamped in Versafine grey and the Butterfly, SA kiss stamped onto Circles in Circles and cut out. The sentiment is also SA.

Aren't they just glorious?

My Chocolate Baroque shares,

Have a sunny weekend.
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Sunday, 6 June 2021

Vibrant Poppies

It's the first Sunday of the month so time for our new challenges at We Love Chocolate Baroque and Stamping Sensations. Our themes for this month are 'Hand coloured or paper pieced image' and 'I love.....' We have a new sponsor at Stamping Sensations, Helping Hands Crafts and of course Chocolate Baroque at the other.

The tri folded arch was created using my much used TH cabinet card die and the mats for the stamping an arch shapes die which works well with it. Lots of Oxides and stencilling and the Poppies from CB Fresh Florals stamped an coloured........yes I did say coloured in, all seven panels, using Distress Markers and Sparkle Pens. The words are from a number of different CB stamp sets.

My Spring and Summer creation was another TV Craft Store make, the little booklet made with dies, Oxide sprays and a whole host of CB stamps that I won't even attempt to list but incorporates my 'I loves........ of colour, inks, Flowers and Nature.

And a few photos from around the garden this week......

Zoe fund this on one of the Ash Trees in the top paddock, I wouldn't like to guess how may Bees there actually were in this swarm, but it was quite a spectacular sight. We are not certain where they come from, although we have a suspicion they may live in the trunk of a broken branch of the same tree. We kept well away and within half an hour they dispersed except a few left buzzing around the branch.
A fledgling Sparrow under the dining room window, he looks pretty fed up with the afternoons session of flying lessons with his siblings.
A lovely display of self set poppies, hubby scattered some wild flower seeds last Summer in the nearby paddock and they seem to have migrated to one of the veg patches so of course he had to leave them to flower nettles and all. I can't wait for the one at the front to flower, will share some phots when it does.
And the first of the Digitalis, as usual they have self set all around and some in the most inconvenient places, but we tend to leave as many as possible as their blooms are a delight. This one is approaching 6 foot high and located itself in the gravel between the old and new conservatories.

I look forward to seeing you all when I pop round to visit your entries.
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Saturday, 5 June 2021

Foxes, Fairies and Fantasy

Morning Peeps so time for a new challenge at Allsorts, this week our host is Tracy Mouse with the theme of Magical Worlds and we have some lovely Lavinia products for this weeks winner. 

Today also sees the start of our second challenge at River of Creativity, we had an encouraging start to our challenge and if you didn't get chance to join in then perhaps this months theme of 'Parent and Child' will inspire you.

For those who follow me by e.mail I have added a new option to my sidebar as Feedburner is ceasing in a few weeks, so please add you mail addy to the new Follow It and fingers crossed things 'should' continue as before.

Obviously it was going to be Lavinia stamps for this one. An Oxide background, masked sun and for a change I used a glue pen through the stencil to add the rays and then sprinkled with glitter. I wasn't sure how it would turn out or photograph but reasonable happy with the result.

This is my DT creation for River of Creativity, it uses Stamp Addicts Foxy Mama simply stamped with Versafine and a little colouring with Distress Markers and framed in coordinating colours. We encourage all styles and types of crafting from cards to cakes so why not come and join in this month.

Some Fairy tags, I make these up in batches to send with winners prizes, I think it adds a little personal touch when received and people always seem appreciative. 

And last but by no means least, one of my Chocolate Baroque samples from Lesley's Craft Store shows yesterday, there were two shows, one all about sea life and the other steampunk. This one uses the Seahorse from the Mermaid Queen set.

Have a lovely weekend everyone and thanks as always for your visits.
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Saturday, 29 May 2021

Hot pink in Tuscany and a winner

Morning Peeps I'm sorry my blog visits have been patchy this week, lets just say it's not been the most straightforward of weeks and my time has been diverted elsewhere thanks to the malicious activities of one sad crafter spreading a net of inexactitude. If I needed reminding why I don't do FB, this was it. But myself and my team mates at my three challenges really appreciate the kind words of support we have received from so many of you. 

So time for a new challenge at Allsorts and this week Mervi would like to see cards for any 'Celebration' but not Birthdays. Our prize come from Chocolate Baroque and I have a few more CB shares further down from my post on the CB blog yesterday.

Lesley will be back on The Craft Store on Friday 4th June at 9am and 1pm with different stamps for both shows featuring old and new along with loads of inspiration using them.

When I made this one for a TV programme for Chocolate Baroque I was trying out some new Distress Glazes, this one Kitsch Flamingo added over the CB Tuscany scene stamped simply with Versafine black. 

Have to say I do rather like the effect they give but I think Ranger will see a good income from them as they don't go far at all. I have used the pot of Speckled Egg on just four creations and it's almost empty, but given the idea is to cover the whole image not too surprising I guess.

Around the borders I stamped one of the new CB Vertical Sentiments, matted onto coordinating card and an organza bow to finish.

Details of stamps used can be found on my post at the CB blog here.

Before I go, I need to announce the winner of the prize from last Saturday's post celebrating Allsorts 12th Birthday, the lucky recipient is Sarah (Mallows Crafty Bits), well done, please mail me with your full name and postal addy so I can send your goodies. 

Have a lovely weekend all, in the UK we have a long Bank Holiday weekend so fingers crossed the weather is on the up and the sun shines.
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Saturday, 22 May 2021

Happy, Bright and Sunny colours and prizes to celebrate Allsorts 12th Birthday

Morning Peeps so time for a new challenge at Allsorts, this week we are celebrating our 12th Birthday and have a bumper giveaway with twelve prizes, so do pop over to the challenge blog and see what you could win by entering our 'Happy, Bright and Sunny Colours' theme.

We are so fortunate to have a lovely group of sponsors to whom we are most grateful, this weeks prizes come from the following craft stores: Craft Stash, Chloes CardsTattered and Bee Crafty.

As it's a special week I have a little giveaway as well, a winner will be drawn from all those commenting on this post and announced next Saturday. There are some Chocolate Baroque black and white papers, coloured stamping cards and their lovely Poppy Ledger stamp.

My creation at the top is a background of various workers stamps, stencilling and washi tape, all done totally randomly to see that I ended up with. A large Chocolate Baroque Butterfly stamped into vellum with Versafine Clair and heat embossed with detail clear EP, cut out and placed over some black twine and sentiment from one of my own stamp sets.

My second share featured Stamp Addict Groovi Blooms stamped onto card inked with Oxides, an inky stencilled background onto which I drew the flower stems and then added the flowers and leaves and a die cut circle behind the large bloom. The sentiment is also SA.

I really do hope you will join in our Birthday celebrations, with so many prizes on offer why not!!
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