Sunday, 2 August 2020

S'troom o'clock


It's the first Sunday of the month so time for our new challenges at Stamping Sensations and Penny Black and More challenges where our themes are 'Make it Masculine' and 'Say it with Flowers'. 

My SS creation at the top is an early preview of one of my samples for this coming Tuesday's Chocolate Baroque Hochanda shows when Lesley will be launching some stunning new stamps, this one is called The Stroom Clock.......well of course it is! Whilst this one lends itself to masculine cards there are two more sets with a distinct feminine feel to them but still carrying a clock theme. The shows are at 10am and 3pm so do tune in or set record.

The background is watery Oxides blown around and some stencilling using CB stencils, the main clock and mushroom image stamped with Versafine Clair and the the mushrooms stamped again, cut out and triple embossed with details clear EP and some gilding was around the edges. I added some metal clock hands and a sentiment from the same stamp set.


Oxides again for the masked strip on this one, the masking tape removed and the beautiful Penny Black Orchid stamped using Distress Markers direct to stamp.

Have a good Sunday everyone.
 
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Saturday, 1 August 2020

Be Peaceful and Stay Strong


Morning Peeps, it's Saturday and time for a new challenge at Allsorts, our host this week is Tracy who would like to see "Masculine' cards suitable for men and boys. 

Our sponsor is Chocolate Baroque who will be showcasing some exciting new stamps on Hochanda TV on Tuesday 4th August at 10am and 3pm. Lesley will also be on our screens on Sunday 16th August with a new Craftalong, the kit for that show is available to purchase with a £5 discount from Hochanda here.

This is one of my samples from the July shows on Hochanda which showcased a new collection of Native American stamps. A tri-fold card with an Oxide and stencilled background and various elements from Catching DreamsDo Right Always and Hold On as well as the Beautiful Russian Princess Katya stamped without her headdress and an Indian bandana added so she has becomes Haiwatha. She evokes memories of the very old and tatty book Hiawatha which captivated me as a child, contrary to what many believe she was in fact female but you have to go back almost 100 years before Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote his poem about Chief Hiawatha and his fictional wife Minihaha.

Can I thank you for so many kind messages over the last three weeks whilst I was poorly. It's many years, if ever, that I was confined to bed for over a week totally drained of strength. A raging temperature (negative COVID test done as a precaution although I had no other symptoms) and a migraine which did't let up for over a fortnight. Lots of test were inconclusive and it's one of those that will in all probability be put down to the medics favourite word when they don't have a clue "a virus". Pleased to say I am now feeling much stronger and venturing back into blogland.
 
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Saturday, 18 July 2020

Flowers all Over


Morning Peeps, it's Saturday and time for a new challenge at Allsorts, our host this week is Mervi who would like to see "Flowers all Over". We have another lovely Chocolate Baroque stamp for our winner, this time the pretty Honeysuckle single limited edition.

Another short post, still rather weak and poorly and only up in short bursts and awaiting test results. But on a positive note, the obligatory COVID test last week came back negative, impressively at 1.06 am just fourteen hours after it was done.

All stamps used are Chocolate Baroque of course, above using Poppy Ledger and Make Your Mark and below using Wish Flower, Just Butterflies, and Make Your Mark agin.


I also have my share from todays mid month post at Penny Black and More challenge which Tracy very kindly did for me and also the set of Notelets I made for Stamping Sensations, thanks for that one to Sally. 

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Saturday, 11 July 2020

Lets play I Spy

My I Spy B's are: Butterfly, Blooms, Blue and Blobs

Morning Peeps, it's Saturday and time for a new challenge at Allsorts and I am your host this week and my theme is "I spy with my little eye something beginning with B". This weeks winner will receive a Chocolate Baroque Butterfly Tree stamp which is a limited edition run but you can still purchase it in the Essence of Nature set.

A very short post as I've been poorly and in bed all week, but will try and link to the Butterfly Challenge as I made this one for that as well. I've used a lot of stamp sets including Patchwork Butterfly. Just Butterflies, Pretty Poppies and Wild Meadow.

                                       
My B's are Butterflies and Black and the purple is so bright I could add Bold maybe?
 
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Sunday, 5 July 2020

Spread your Wings

 
It's the first Sunday of the month so time for our new challenges at Stamping Sensations and Penny Black and More challenge. This month our themes 'Make it Colourful' and 'Favourite Stamps'. There are of course prizes to be won at both, however there may be delays with people receiving them due to the ongoing global situation.

I've received my communication that say's I can stop shielding "with care" at the beginning of August, although I am not confident I actually want to go far if at all. Throughout lockdown I've been amazed by the amount of contact from the NHS as a whole, as well as calls from the GP several from endocrinologist, urologist, neurologist.......lots of 'ologist' basically!! In a way I find it a bit invasive yet I guess it shows they are on the ball.......or as one of my son's put it, without clinics and procedures they are looking for something to do.

My SS card at the top uses a new (to me) stamp from this months sponsors Crafty Individuals called 'Fly and be Free' which I stamped onto an Acrylic ink and sencilled background then stamped just the Butterfly twice more and decoupaged. The sentiment is also taken from he same stamp and finally I flicked some white ink randomly.


My Penny Black share uses the beautiful blooms release earlier this year called Petal Poetry, stamped using Distress Markers and spritzed water direct to stamp, then masked the edges of the piece and added some soft inking and finally a sentiment from Blooming Sentiments.


And a quick and simple second Penny Black share using Bejewelled, which I stamped using Distress Markers direct to stamp. The background was created by inking a stencil with Oxides, spritzing with water, wiping the edges to remove the damp and ink so I didn't get a line all round, placed onto card and pressed gently with a piece of kitchen towel. As well as the prizes from Penny Black we also have one from Blade Rubber Stamps.

I do hope you will join us this month and look forward to visiting all your entries.
 
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Saturday, 4 July 2020

Chocolate Baroque Summer and new shows


Morning Peeps, it's Saturday and time for a new challenge at Allsorts, our host this week is Helene whose theme is 'Summertime' and we have a pretty Chocolate Baroque stamp as a prize called Lady in Hat who I think looks very Summery.

Lesley will be sharing a new and very exciting collection of stamps on Hochnda TV on Tuesday 7th July at 10am and 3pm, these are something really different and you won't want to miss out.

have used several Chocolate Baroque stamp sets here including June FairyGlorious Spring and Wisteria Lane onto an inky background of Oxides and alcohol inks which I am finding are rather a fun combination to play with and seems to work best on a smooth finish rather than glossy cardstock. The sentiment is also from the June Fairy set


And carrying on the Chocolate Baroque theme, heres a couple I posted on the CB blog yesterday using the beautiful Katya.................keep your eyes on the samples on Tuesday's shows and you will see she's a lady of many disguises!! I also used Just Butterflies and sentiment from Words of Love .


This one uses elements from the new Timeless set onto an inky background with random stamping using Ephemera 2, Edgy Edges and another sentiment from Words of Inspiration, it's a set I bought many years ago in Glenda days long before I was a DT member with them and still probably my favourite CB sentiment set.

Have a good weekend all and as always many thanks for your kind words and visits.
 
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Saturday, 27 June 2020

A Chocolate Baroque Tomte Christmas


Morning Peeps. So today it's my Birthday, another year...............!! Yesterday was hubby's Birthday and I share mine with Grandson Zachary. He's always chosen what we do to celebrate but thankfully he's beyond swimming and footie parties, in fact he's just finishing his first year as a History teacher so it will be a sedate social distancing bbq in the garden...........with a few bubbles, I may even crack open the bottle of Fortnum and Mason Champers I received............after all there's also winning the League to celebrate...........for those who don't know Liverpool have won the Premiership🍸😂

We are enjoying some beautiful Summer weather and I have a Christmas card to share, every year is the same, as soon as it's time to make Christmas cards for TV we have lovely sunshine and heat. It's for this weeks Allsorts challenge, our host is Lynn whose theme is 'So Cute' and our winner will receive a Chocolate Baroque stamp.

So being one of the Chocolate Baroque 'girls' I wanted to used one of their images for my card this week, but as everyone knows I just don't do cute and freak at the very thought. CB's style of stamps doesn't encompass cute really but after a trawl through the Chocolate Baroque cabinet I came across A Tomte Christmas which was released last Christmas and I thought fitted the bill OK.

So simply stamped into a foliage wreath created with CB worker stamps and then coloured in with Distress Markers and some glitter to add to that seasonal feel.

Have a good weekend everyone.
 
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