Saturday, 13 August 2022

Christmas in a heatwave

Morning Peeps, no Allsorts post today as the current challenge is running for two weeks with the chance to win a £15 WOWVOW voucher.  

It's Zachary and Faith's wedding tomorrow, the weather is set to be glorious and momentum and excitement is gathering. As mentioned, mobility remains as issue but had a visit (shock horror) from the GP this week and he has prescribed morphine patches to help with my pain, so I am hopeful this will ease movement somewhat.......after all I need to be agile enough to grab the next glass of bubbles to stave off dehydration. Will share photos in my next post on 18th.

So instead of Allsorts shares I have a couple using some  new Highlight Crafts Two Red Robins goodies. I have a discount voucher (BRENDA10) if you are tempted to treat yourself on their website......just add at checkout.

Also a heads up that the Crafting Live show at Peterborough promises to be a sell out with a bumper number of exhibitors, you can book now here.

The new A Frosted Eve USB launched on Create and Craft last evening and I have used one of the backing scenes from the USB along with other new dies from the A Frosted Eve collection. I adore the background scene with Santa, it comes in a landscape and portrait option.

To create the semi wreath I used A Festive Posey and of course a couple of Robins from the same collection. The sentiment is from one of my own sets released on Create and Craft last month and can be purchased from Stamp Addicts here. Further down a sneak peek of two more of my sets just released which will showcase on C&C in the next Stamp Addict show.

One more not shared on my blog as yet using more of the same collection along with Deer to My Heart, aren't they adorable little creatures.

My new sentiments and inspirational quotes, a few old favourites and some new ones as well, for whatever reason the photos are blurry but I promise the stamped images are clean and crisp.

And they go rather nicely with these which are new and now available from Stamp Addicts and will also feature in the same C&C programmes.
No samples made with them yet, but will share soon.

Enjoy the sunshine and keep cool.
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Sunday, 7 August 2022

Secret Garden

Morning all, time for our new challenges at We Love Stamping and Stamping Sensations where our themes are 'In my Garden' and 'Make it Magical". Still slow going here, think my MS nurse and physio are trying to install some sense of reality when they arrive with new walking aids (I did send he zimmer frame packing). And this week a folding mobility scooter is arriving, seven weeks of not leaving the house and reason has did present quite a challenge finding one that folds small enough for an MX5 boot.....I've driven one for years and see no reason why that should change just because my body's having a hissy fit.

There's a real treat in store for winners at both challenges, not that our prizes aren't always fabulous,  at WLS there are two prizes, an A4 AALL and Create stamp set and also a stencil from them and at SS the prize is three stamp sets from Fairy Hugs also available here in the UK from Julia (she also sells a good range of A&C stamps at competitive prices).

The background of the top card has Oxide sprays with a good helping of water to allow the ink to run down the page and I concentrated the yellow in the centre to allow me to add a circle mask which I inked round to make it pop. Then lots of stamping with both old and new Lavinia stamps to create a scene.

I'll let you choose where it is, could be the far end of the garden/top paddock where there's a natural pond which the Fairies love to frolic around when they think we're not watching, or could be or could be the actual secluded secret garden which we created years ago. The side french doors open into a very quiet area where we have a hot tub but you have to be very quiet to see them there and usually only at dusk.......well don't we all have Fairies somewhere in the garden? 

More Lavinia, again old and new combined in a triptych created with my most expensive die....a large Monsoon dinner plate and scissors, stamped onto an Oxide background. I think this is definitely down by the post where the Fairies hideout and live happily side by side with the Moorhens (who currently have four chicks) and other wildlife. I wonder what the little Mouse will find at the top of the Fairy ladder? Yes, I defo live in a Fantasy world and guess I always have.

Have a a lovely weekend everyone.
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Saturday, 6 August 2022

In the Forest so green

Morning everyone, time for another challenge at Allsorts and it's the first of two which will run for two weeks during August. Lorraine would like us to create our own background, inks, stencils all manner of options there. There's a prize of a £15 store voucher from WOWVOW.

Not a new make above, but not previously blogged and one I enjoyed making as I am right at home creating backgrounds, in fact DP's terrify me. To begin with I can never choose and once I do I'm never quite happy with how it looks alongside my stamping.

All stamps are Lavinia stamped with Versfaine Claire onto the Oxide background and circle masks used to create the moon with auras.

My second card using the Freesia from one of the new AALL and Create releases called Delight in Flora. Background brayered with two shades of Oxide,  the focal element stamped, some stencilling and stamped script (second generation), the bloom paper pieced using an inked offcut, along with the sentiment and letter F onto a punched circle which I covered with Glossy Accents and matching envie. The set is not loaded onto the A&C website yet, but is available from Create and Craft here.

And one final share which was for Hightlight Crafts using lots of Two Red Robin dies to create a summer meadows scene.

Have a lovely weekend everyone.
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Saturday, 30 July 2022

Butterfly Meadows

Morning everyone, time for another challenge at Allsorts and this week Mervi is our host with the theme of Butterflies and/or Bugs. This week we have two prizes, a lovely Woodware Butterfly stamp from Craft Stash  and a craft stencil.

I really appreciate all you kind words, I know I'm a tardy blogger lately as I still can't sit for too long in one stint, but hopeful with the visiting physio mobility will improve......our eldest Grandson is getting married in two weeks and I am determined I am going to be able to walk from A to B unaided by then.

I'm showcasing a few older AALL and Create stamps as I've not been able to do much with last weeks new releases as yet, the links go to A&C's own web site where you can order direct. Showcasing their stamps in this way works well for me, particularly right now with the health issues as there's no pressure of timeframes and shows.

Above from Key Botanicals onto an inky oxide background and a pen nib for the Butterflies thorax. A&C do lots of A7 worker sets which come in so useful, I've used Splodge,  'Reckoner Digits and the wire/line is from Patches along with Grungy Alphabet, an A5 set.

A second which is CAS by comparison to the one above, this time AALL and Create Through the Meadow, it's an A4 set with three good sized images. Stamped in black and some colour added to bring out the pattern with a sentiment and letter B added from the set mentioned above. And I picked out the little number element of the main image and stamped a second time onto inked card and placed over the original.

Enjoy the weekend and as always thanks for your visits.
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Saturday, 23 July 2022

A Summer Sunflower

Morning everyone, time for another challenge at Allsorts and this week I am your host with the theme of Summer. This weeks winners will receive a set of Stampendous summer themed stamp set available from Oakwood and three images from Ruth Hamilton Design

It's going to be another short post as it remains slow going here, been in bed on and off all week, a colon infection to add to everything else. But my new MS nurse seems very good and scheduled visits from a physio plus an ultrasound - at home, I had no idea that was possible. More help from her in one day than the GP in several weeks, he remains impervious and has failed miserably to offer any support. 

Above AALL and Create Friendship Florals onto an Oxide background, some stencil work and A&C script stamped and embossed with detail copper EP and little birdies stamped onto a label.

My second card uses Ruth's new St Johns Wort, printed onto vellum and coloured on the reverse with Distress Markers placed around an oval with one of my own stamps in the aperture.

Have a lovely weekend.
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Monday, 18 July 2022

Create Sunshine

Morning everyone, running rather late here, scheduled the mid month inspiration posts for We Love Stamping and Stamping Sensations, I even did one over at River of Creativity to update everyone what's happening there, but alas, forgot my own.

It's going to be a short post as I have a new MS nurse coming in, not needed one for a long while but things are such it's necessary again, c'est la vie.

Above using the new Create Sunshine border stamp, Oxides, new Saltwater Taffy along with Cracked Pistachio, paper piecing and some washi tape.

This ones uses an older A&C stamps called Blooming Beauty and one of my own inspirational quotes which will be available to buy from C&C in the Autumn. My Christmas Magic and Christmas Season stamps released on Friday proved very popular (you can see some of them in my post below) and my thanks to those who told me they purchased them.

Keep cool everyone and thanks for your visits.
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Saturday, 16 July 2022

Christmas already?

Morning everyone, time for another challenge at Allsorts and Pauline has chosen the theme of 'Christmas in July'. This weeks winner will receive a £15 store voucher from Pearlywinks and there's a second prize of a super Sizzix seasonal die.

Weeks ago before we went on holiday the new AALL and Create releases arrived, but going headlong into this MS relapse which is soooooo slow going....but at least I can sit up now.... means I've made just this one using the Robin and Nuthatch along with the Poinsettias from Joy Elements. A matching inset and envie to go with it. 

As Miss Di and Sarn have also decided Christmas really must start in July, I am going to add the above to the Playground as the Poinsettias, Robin and sentiment were all stamped onto snippets and paper pieced (again our dear Kath comes to mind). But I'll be taking a good supply of ice, strawberries and my Nutribullet to ensure there are sufficient Daiquiri's on hand to keep things cool, Kath would have approved of that as well.

And following with the Christmas theme, as mentioned last week my new stamps were released on Create and Craft yesterday, Christmas Season and Christmas Magic both A5 sets available from the TV channel and Stamp Addicts, £14.99 and £16.99 mounted/unmounted respectively. Here's a few more of my samples from the show.

Have a lovely sunny weekend.
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