Saturday, 23 March 2019

Feathered Friends


Morning Peeps, time for our new Allsorts challenge and this week Ellie is our host with the theme of 'Feathered Friends'. We have a lovely Humming Birds stamp from Indigo Blu for this weeks lucky winner. 

The card at the top is one made using one of the Tattered Lace Charisma range, the images in a wide range from animals, fairies, flowers etc., come on a CD in a variety of colourways with a matching die allowing you to cut out several layers to decoupage and build up. I created an inky background and stamped a sentiment which I have had for years, I think it may be from Stampendous.


Hubby bought me a collection of Groovie products for Christmas and apart from one quick play I have been so busy with DT work I've not really had time to properly get to grips with them, so last weekend look time to see if I could create something for this weeks challenge. However, although I have several different embossing plates none have birds, then I had the idea to use elements from the alphabet frame in the starter kit and pieced together the brackets and comma to form the three birds. Early days with the parchment as previously I've only done two with flowers................of course, so trees seemed the obvious next step and apart from some colour on the birds, kept the rest plain.

Have a good weekend everyone.
 
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Monday, 18 March 2019

Back Over the Rainbow


Morning Peeps, it's the 18th of the months which means we have our mid month inspirational posts over at Stamping Sensations and Penny Black and More challenges where are themes are 'Somewhere Over the Rainbow and 'Going Round in Circles'. Both challenges run until Wednesday 3rd April so there is still plenty of time to join in or to add a second or third entry.


My first Stamping Sensations piece has a Distress Ink colour-wash background dabbed up from a craft mat onto which I stamped a Chocolate Baroque image with Versafine black, coloured in and stamped the Butterfly again onto vellum and decoupaged and stamped an Incylicious sentiment.

My second SS piece has a similar background a stencilled skyline and then a Stamp Addicts Dove stamped along with a little sentiment tag tied with some ribbon, this was a recent sample for them which I believe is coming up on a Hochanda TV show this coming weekend.


My Penny Black creation uses another on the case cards from Which Crafts, I started by stamping (yet again) Dance, Sing, Love onto a background piece along with Blush using second generating stamping, then assembles the frame. Next I stamped and cut out three First Dance Lilies using Distress Markers is deep pink and red shades, pierced the centres and added some tiny pearl stamens and placed onto the frame along with some Tattered Lace Ivy and pearls.

Have a good week all, mine is going to be one of preparation ahead of Alex coming home for a break from his travels, so looking forward to having him back home for a while.
 
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Saturday, 16 March 2019

Dance Sing Love and Stampendous P107


Morning Peeps, time for our new Allsorts challenge and this week Kath is our host and would like us to use a favourite stamp or die on our creations, our winner will receive two stamp sets. Further down you will also find some Chocolate Baroque shares, those from my post here a couple of days ago  and also my 15 minute cards which are on today's post here.

No surprises here as half of my crafty friends and those who have ever attended one of my workshops could have predicted, yep it's good old Stampendous P107 Agapanthus Cluster along with Penny Black 2695J Dance, Sing, Love which are without doubt the most used stamp from the hundreds, maybe thousands.......I dare not count, that I own.

I started with a background of Burushos which I quickly blotted as I wanted to maintain the blue and green colours without too much bleed, some stencilling using a brilliance inkpad, then simply stamped my two main images with black versafine. Simples as the Meerkat's would say.

Now my Sewing Room Chocolate Baroque shares.................


And my quick and easy 15 minute shares...............


Happy weekend all and please do pop over to the challenge blogs and see the inspiration from my team mates and of course I hope you will join in our Allsorts challenge this week.
 
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Saturday, 9 March 2019

Allsorts and another release from Artisan Design


Morning Peeps, Wendy is back again this week and her theme is 'For a Child', this weeks lucky winners will receive a collection of stamps suitable for children's cards.

So sorry I have been very much missing from visiting you all this week but I have been rather busy, had an appointment with Mr Bow Tie (my Neurologist) which took up a day and have been hard at play work preparing samples for Pete Simpson's new Artisan Designs show on Hochanda this coming Thursday. It's all been rather hectic as shows have been moved forward due to the recent changes at the channel but it's going to be a great show so I hope you will tune in as the new stamps are fabulous and as with the last show all about florals and wonderful inspirational sentiments which tick all the right boxes for me.

So first of all let me tell you a bit about my Allsorts share, it's a 10x10 canvas and had quite a bit of treatment firstly with acrylic paint and gesso, then tissue paper stamped with Lavinia stamps and painted over with watered down gesso to give an ethereal look, watered down acrylic paint, more stamping, toadstools cut out and fixed into place a larger fairy stamped between them, liquid pearls and die cut leaves.

And now some of my shares which I am about to pack and send off to Pete for Thursday's show. I will share some more in due course.


Happy weekend all.
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Sunday, 3 March 2019

Poppies, Rainbows and Feathers


Good morning Peeps, time for our  March challenges at Stamping Sensations and Penny Black and More where our themes are 'Somewhere over the Rainbow' and 'Going round in Circles'. As always there are wonderful prizes to be won at both. I also have my Chocolate Baroque shares which I should actually have posted yesterday, knuckles suitable rapped.

Slow going on the kidney front and three months on of the oh so nasty pills I was put on when I was so ill in the Autumn I'm now told they've done more harm than good and I'm back to almost 24/7 chronic migraines. So it's a controlled withdrawal over six weeks and Thursday I discuss with the Neurologist where we go from here as the danger is more hemilpegics which can lead to stroke. Why or why is life so complicated?

So craft and I confess there's been little of that outside DT commitments these last few weeks and at the top you will find my Penny Black share and no surprise it's Poppies using the lovely Penny Black stamp and Distress Markers to repeat stamp the blooms and then the sentiment, die cutting the piece and mounting onto the base card with foam tape raising each element a layer higher to gain added dimension. Poppies always make me happy!

I dabbled with how to incorporate the rainbow colours red, orange, yellow, green blue, indigo, purple, I started by doing several background then put those aside............more of those later in the month! Instead I decided to get out my inks of the moment Versafine Clair along with Chocolate Baroque stamps, fist I added a little colour to the sky along with a sun mask and then simply stamped using the inks in the order of the rainbow colours and added a CB sentiment which I thought went rather well with the theme.

And here are by CB shares from yesterday's post here.


Me team mates at both challenges have pulled all the stops out again so please do pop over to the challenge blogs and see the inspiration on offer and of course I hope you will join in our challenges.
 
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Saturday, 2 March 2019

Favourite seasons


Morning Peeps, time for our new Allsorts challenge and this week Tracy is our host and it's so nice to have her with us as and when she feels up to it. Her theme is 'Seasons' and she would like us to make a creation featuring our favourite season of the year. Our winner will receive some Tattered Lace embossing folders and frame dies.

I hope those of you who had the unprecedented burst of sunny weather enjoyed it, to sit in the garden for lunch in February for several days in a row was certainly a treat and as my in house weather man kept reminding me "make the most of it as it's back to normal next week" and seems he's right.

My problem with the theme is that I love all seasons except winter and out of choice create for Spring and Autumn and as my pre-prepared work is getting low went for a couple sitting in my folder, a tropical summer sunset and an Autumn fairy scene.


The top one has a Pan Pastel background and a mixture of Sutter, Stampscapes and Art Impression stamps plus a little bit of colouring with pencils. The bottom lolly stick creation has a base of Oxides, leaves tamped with Distress Inks and heat embossed mainly with copper embossing powder, the Lavinia Fairy stamped with Versafine and heat embossed with a variety of embossing powders. The sentiment is (I think) from Inkylicious and the Ivy across the top Lavinia.

Happy weekend all and do pop over to the challenge blog to see what season my team mates favour.
 
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Saturday, 23 February 2019

Springtime in all it's Glory


Morning Peeps, time for our new Allsorts challenge and this week I am hosting the theme of Spring, a season I am so looking forwarding to and already there are lots of signs it's well on it's way, snowdrops have been out for weeks as have the daffodils and crocuses. We have a very fitting die and embossing set for this weeks winner.

Been one of those weeks, the Internet was down last weekend, that took my desktop computer out with it so I was without one until Tuesday when then new one arrived, was ready to get that set up that evening when my kidney problems kicked in again.......sooooo annoyed as they've been behaving  since they put those things on hold while the other issues were going on, so I'm back on that merry-go-round again and waiting for another CT scan.

Anyhow, my Spring card, they are ones that I always enjoy creating and as I often do I reached for some favourite Penny Black stamps, stamping first a background using Versafine Clair inks and the the main image again using the same inks and repeat stamping the Daffodils and lovely William Wordsworth poem which is a really old PB stamp which I have had for years and comes out year after year.

Do pop over to the challenge blog and see what my team mates have created and also I do hope you will join us this week.
 
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