Saturday, 25 January 2020

Take Flight


Morning Peeps, it's Saturday and time for a new challenge at Allsorts where our host is Tracy Mouse and her theme is 'Take Flight'. This weeks lucky winner will receive a store voucher and surprise gift from Swedish House Crafts.

Now I know our Tracy is very into her Lavinia stamps and was lucky enough to visit their shop earlier in the month, so of course I had to make something using some of their beautiful stamps. I started with an inky circle created with a Gelli Plate, then masked around the circle and stamped a mixture of Lavinia stamps to create my scene.


And with this theme there had to be some Butterflies, these are Penny Black ones cut out with the matching dies, a die cut frame and grasses stamped into the aperture with a stamp which is a huge red rubber one but I have absolutely no idea of the make.

And here are this weeks Chocolate Baroque shares from the Hochanda TV shows last month which focused on Steampunk, something I've always been a tad scared of but it's growing on me! All details of these makes are on my post which can be found here.


Have a good weekend everyone.


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Saturday, 18 January 2020

The best and most beautiful


Morning Peeps, it's Saturday and time for a new challenge at Allsorts where our host is Mervi and she would like to see creation with 'More than one word'. We have another lovely prize from Craft Stash. It's also mid month time at Penny Black and More and Stamping Sensations challenges so I lave my shares for those posts. Our themes there are 'Make it Feminine' and 'Favourite Stamps' so I do hope you will join in.

Not my normal style of card but I wanted to focus on the Penny Black stamp which fitted really well within this die frame set, so a fairly simple one to make placing the die cuts over some DP, the sentiment focally and two Penny Black Butterflies.


If I ever needed any reminder that I love Penny Black stamps this post confirms as apart from the flowers on the card above, every single stamp is a Penny Black right down to the little Dragonfly on the last card. For the above card I used DI's and a stencil to create the background, stamps my all time favourite Penny Black sentiment and stamped the Heartfelt flowers onto vellum, embossed with detail white EP and cut out with the coordinating die.


Another Penny Black Brushstroke stamp inked direct to stamp with Distress Markers and repeat stamped to build up the colour, some soft background stencilling, a PB sentiment and Dragonfly.

Happy weekend everyone.
 
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Saturday, 11 January 2020

Say it with flowers


Morning Peeps, it's Saturday and time for a new challenge at Allsorts. This week I am your host and no surprise on the theme 'Say it with Flowers'. There is a lovely floral stamp and sentiment from Bev and the gang at Bee Crafty for this weeks lucky winner.

I'm sorry I am not getting to your blogs as often as I might like, but I had a bit of a setback with my eyes and referred to the Cambridge University eye unit. I'm now having to use steroid drops several times a day to control the inflammation and not able to spend long in front of the screen as the glare is painful.

My top card is one of those I made for this weeks Chocolate Baroque third anniversary shows on Hochanda, the stamps are beautiful and created by Lesley from her own blueprint's. They were such a success that they sold out in the first seven minutes of the first show, they are now on extended and further extended delivery which means David is beavering away to get all the orders out.


For this card I have used one of our sponsors recent stamp releases Large Doodle Art Butterfly stamp set, a background of Distress Oxides and some stencilling with ink, texture paste and Be Crafty stencils, decoupaged the flowers and used lots of bright and cheery colours.

And here's a few Chocolate Baroque shares from my post on the DT blog here. which featured in last months Hochanda shows.


Hope you all have a good weekend.
 
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Sunday, 5 January 2020

Butterflies flying free


It's time for our  new challenges at Stamping Sensations and Penny Black and More where our themes are 'Favourite Stamps' and 'Make it Feminine'. As always there are wonderful prizes to be won at both. 

I know how difficult it always is choosing just one favourite stamp, hence the theme is plural giving more scope. As a real Lavinia fan like so many of us I had to have the lovely Zamira when she was release a few months ago and here she is releasing the Butterflies within a fantasy scene of Lavinia trees and flowers with the hint of a mystery City in the distance created with a CB stencil.


I have used three PB stamps on my triptych card keeping to just pinks and green for the colouring and the lovely Penny Black quote in the centre.

I really hope you will join us this month and please do pop over and visit my teamies to see their individual creations.
 
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Saturday, 4 January 2020

Elegant Orchid


Morning Peeps, it's Saturday and time for a new challenge at Allsorts where our host is Helene with the theme of 'Soft Pastels'. The prize is a set of pastel pens and markers from Stabilo.

A floral creation from me using a new (to me) Penny Black Orchid stamp which I inked direct to stamp with Distress Markers and a spritz of water before stamping, then added a wash of diluted DI and a Penny Black die cut sentiment.

Wishing everyone a Happy, healthy and crafty 2020.
 
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Saturday, 21 December 2019

Dreaming of the Beach


Morning Peeps, there was me thinking I had scheduled this post and discovered that wasn't the case, so as I'm only just easing back into short bursts of screen time after the op it's a rather short post.

At Allsorts it's a two week challenge over the Christmas holiday period and Lynn has kept the theme nice and simple 'Anything Goes', Sarah and Vickie at Stamp Addicts are our sponsors with a £15 store voucher. I am also entering the card below into the current Butterfly Challenge which as with tradition every December deviates away from Butterflies to Fairies and magical beings.

The card at the top is the Birthday card I made for Eliot our surfing son who celebrated his Birthday recently which was shortly before travelling to Sri Lanka to celebrate their 10th wedding anniversary, he said he could walk out of their hotel directly onto the beach to surf, sounded wonderful. I used so many stamps on this one along with Pan Pastels and Distress Markers.


And Oxides, Versfine Clair and of course Lavinia fairy, foliage and tree stamps for this one.

This will be my last post before the man in red arrives so I would like to wish you all a wonderful Christmas season and hope that whatever you have planned that it's an enjoyable time for you and your families.
 
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Saturday, 14 December 2019

Spread Your Wings.........and Fly Away


Morning Peeps, another scheduled post whilst I'm on eye rest (added note to say all went well and I'm resting it just as advised), it's Saturday and time for a new challenge at Allsorts where our host is Ellie and she would like us to create something based on a song title. This weeks lucky winner will receive two lovely dies from Tattered Lace. Further down you will also find my creations from my post over at the Chocolate Baroque blog.

My song title is "Spread Your Wings"......"and fly away" written by John Deacon of Queen and featured on their News of the World album, it's one of Queens lesser known songs but one we saw performed live on stage with Freddie resplendent in lack leather trousers, braces and bare chested...........and how wonderful was his voice.

It's another Chocolate Baroque Hochada creation, using just one colour of Versafine Claire ink to create the contrast with black. I used elements of stamps from Butterfly Poppy Collage and Punky Romance stamped onto the page of a Charity Shop poetry book, then using one of the Baroque Heart Trading Hearts, stamped the pretty floral image from A Heart Full of Love, coloured in and added wings from Time Travel.

Hope you all have a good weekend.
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