Saturday, 21 September 2019

Autumnal Leaves


Morning Peeps, I've been missing in blogland this week and again I must thank you for your kind words about my latest kidney procedure, I have to wait a two or three weeks for another CT scan but the consultant said he was "quietly optimistic" which sounds positive.

Now onto our new challenge at Allsorts where our host is Mervi, she has chosen the theme of 'Trees and Leaves', this weeks lucky winner will receive a die set from Tattered Lace's brand new cut and emboss range.

As a self confessed 'treeaholic' it's a theme I love working with and have used a new set (to me) from Penny Black, it's a clear stamp which I inked direct to stamp with Distress Markers using Autumnal colours, re-stamping and spritizing with water a few times using my stamp platform. Some stencilling in the background and a sentiment which I think is Inkylicious.

Have a good weekend all and many thanks for your kind visits.
 
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Wednesday, 18 September 2019

Poppy parade


Good morning Peeps, a really quick post as I forgot to scheduled this ahead of my latest 'mid week break' courtesy of the NHS and am pretty useless typing on my tablet. It's mid month time at Penny Black and More and Stamping Sensations challenges and here are my shares.

Now, I know the top card is a rarity for me as I don't do cute and sweet, but I came across the stamp at the bottom of one of my Penny Black draws, unused for year and though it would fit into our 'Animals' theme perfectly.


And this one uses stamps from Bee Crafty who are sponsors of this months 'Anything with Flowers' theme. This was a Birthday card for our daughter Joy, so fitting!

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Saturday, 14 September 2019

A little crooked house


Morning Peeps, time for a new challenge at Allsorts and this week I am your host and I have a theme with an optional twist, it's 'Anything Goes' with the option to take inspiration from this weeks prize, a recent new release A4 stamp set from Rare Earth

My top piece is inspired by the prize and is an A5 canvas, lots of paint and ink, crackle glaze and a Kim Moody House stamp made for a Hochanda TV show a while back. The rhyme is computer generated and some inked chipboard leaves and toadstools.


My second piece has a Distress Ink background, Inkylicious Poppies, Penny Black floral stems and  sentiment all stamped with Verafine Clair.

I do hope you will join us this week and wish you all a lovely weekend.
 
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Saturday, 7 September 2019

Fanciful bird, Butterflies and Faeries


Morning Peeps, it's Saturday and time for a new challenge at Allsorts and our host this week is Helene and the theme of 'Autumn'. This week winner will receive a store voucher from JMC Designs.

Before telling you about my creation, a quick thank you for all the kind wishes and enquiries about my kidney procedure, I'm pleased to report that all went to plan this time and I was home the same day, one more repeat of the same in two weeks then another CT scan to see the outcome.

Back to Allsorts, I've known Julia the artist behind JMC Designs as a blogging friend for many years, so when she approached me after the launch of her on line store and asked about being a sponsor I was keen to help. And in so doing have stepped well outside my comfort zone by not only using digital images but colouring them in as well!!

I've never made any secret that I'm no colourist but I've given it my best shot! The image at the top is called Sarah who I coloured with Inktense Pencils, added some stencilling with DI and a Penny Black sentiment.

Warmed Cardamom above is a brand new release from Julia this week and you will find along with all her other images here, Julia has also created a sentiment sheet to go with these Autumnal images and I used on on the above card. This time I coloured in with my new Arteza brush pens, not entirely happy with how they worked and the bodice is a bit blotchy but it's early days with them.


I also have a card which I created for the new Butterfly Challenge and it's been pointed out to me that it also fits over at the Lavinia World Challenges so I am linking up there as well.

I succumbed........yet again........to some new Lavinia stamps and used them along with a few older ones including the Lunar Flowers which I adore, to create my scene. When I saw Semira this new Fairy I could envisage her with a kaleidoscope of Butterflies drifting from her outstretched hand which is how I have stamped the two images. The Butterfly Wheel requirements this time are: |Lapis Lazuli, Laser Lemon, Languid Lavender, Layers, Lace, Lattices and of course a Butterfly. The Lemon and Lavender are the inks used on the background, the Fairy, Butterflies, tiny Bunny and Tree are heat embossed with Judikins Lapis Lazuli EP, my layers come in the form of the larger Butterfly which is made up of two different sized Chocolate Baroque stamps, lace along the top and I inked a lattice stencil onto the background........but I'm not totally sure if this is what Mrs A is looking for so that one might be a tad tenuous.

Just a reminder that at Allsorts we are back to normal weekly challenges now the holiday period is over so I do hope you will join us. Have a good weekend everyone.
 
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Sunday, 1 September 2019

To hear the Angels Whisper


It's time for our  new challenges at Stamping Sensations and Penny Black and More where our themes are 'Anything goes with Flowers' and 'Animals'. As always there are wonderful prizes to be won at both.

A simple card for my Penny Black share using Lets Go Wild, a fairly old PB set but as the image are silhouettes one I use quite often as with a nice bold background you need little more, or in this case the addition of a sun, a die cut frame and some bunting which is also in the stamp set.


I've used Bee Crafty's BEAUtanical Peony for this one as they are our sponsors this month, a Distress Ink background built up with some  random background script stamping and circles stamped with the same inks using a lid from an embossing powder pot. I used Distress Markers direct to stamp to build up the colour on the Peony and a sentiment which is also from our sponsors.


And a couple of my Chocolate Baroque shares from my post yesterday on the DT blog using some of the new Christmas stamps released recently and the first is the lovely new Christmas Garden above and below the cute Gnome from the Tomte stamp set. All details can be found over on my post on the DT blog.


Have a good Sunday everyone.
 
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Saturday, 24 August 2019

Feminine at Allsorts and Butterfly Challenge


Morning Peeps, it's Saturday and time for a new challenge at Allsorts and this week Lynn is our host and we are going all 'Feminine' for her chosen theme and Swedish House Crafts are our sponsors. I also have a card for the current Butterfly Challenge.

Again I'm apologising from being missing from blogland, a weekend away was closely followed by what should have been a routine kidney procedure, I say should have been as it all went a bit pear shaped so not had the best of weeks and I'm back in again at the beginning of September.

I'm not convinced I like the top card, I wanted to have a go letting the inks bleed which seem to be so popular to give a watercolour effect but to me the finished article is messy. Anyhow, using my stamp platform I used my normal Distress Markers and water to stamp the Penny Black image and then sloshed.......technical term......... a bit of water around the blooms to let the colours bleed out, as I said I think it's messy rather than attractive!! And my all time favourite PB sentiment.


What with non crafty things taking up my time lately I've not joined in the Butterfly Challenge for a few weeks but was determined to keep my promise and join in the current one where the Butterfly Wheel offers: Key Lime, Kraft, Kinetic, Knots, Kobi (Pink/Lavender), Kobe (Dark Burgundy) and of course a Butterfly or two. And I've got them all albeit the key lime is a tad tenuous just added to parts of the stamped images. The DP's take in the other colours, the base card is Kraft, a TL dies provide the Kinetics, ribbons tied with a knot and Butterflies on the stamps which are both Chocolate Baroque.

This is one of my recent Hochands samples for Stamp Addicts, the show was all about inchies and twinchies and have to say I thoroughly enjoyed working on these samples and I especially love the beautiful Muse image from Judikins. I covered six inchies with G45 papers and stamped onto three of them, mounted all onto the base card and stamped and cut out a Butterfly from the same stamp set.

Happy weekend all and I'm hoping lots of our will join in our theme this time round, remember you have two weeks to enter.
 
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Sunday, 18 August 2019

Mid month shares and trying out Arteza brush pens


Morning Peeps, a scheduled post and done in a bit of a rush as I had totally forgotten we are away for a long weekend and the date of our mid month inspiration posts for Stamping Sensations and Penny Black and More falls on Sunday.

These three cards were a test run with my new Arteza Brush Pens, I thanked the company for their prompt dispatch and delivery (less than 24 hours which was amazing) and they said they would be very happy if I wrote a review on my blog, so here it is. As is always the case when I do this I write as I find.

The purpose of purchasing was specifically for direct to stamp inking as it's the technique I use much of the time and from which I gain crafting satisfaction. For years I have used Distress Markers, but the price of them has been steadily increasing and when I came to order 16 replacement ones for the colours I use more frequently, the cheapest I could find was £2.50 and on some sites £3.75 and no one site had all the coloured I needed. So I decided to give the Arteza pens a try and bought the full set of 96 for £56.09 (after 15% discount) so amazing value compared with many other similar products on the market.

My thoughts here are based purely on using them as a medium to ink direct to stamp, friends tell me they are excellent for colouring in but this is not something I do often or even enjoy, but I might give it a try to see how they compare. With 96 pens to choose from the colour range is excellent and the set comes with a water brush as well so in terms of value for money can't be knocked.


Now onto using them for the purpose I purchased, early thoughts are that they are not as juicy as Distress Markers and it took quite a few re-stamping's to build up the colour using my Timmy stamp platform, I can usually achieve what I'm after with three or four repeat stamping's using DM's. I started as I always do with laying down the colours on the stamp and giving a good spritz of water for the first stamping, this usually gives a nice spread of colours merging into one another, however with the Arteza pens the colour stayed pretty much where I put it despite the water and was reluctant to move.

I built up the colour with more inking and stamping in the hope the colours would dispersed but they stayed pretty much set in place, the Butterflies below are a good example of what I mean, normally I would expect with the persuasion of water that the two colours will bleed into each so there are no set lines between colours. So in this regard I am rather disappointed but wanted to share the finished projects otherwise there is little point in me writing the review!


But I've not given up on them yet and want to experiment more, I haven't tried them on any of my Brushstroke floral's yet so that will be a job for next week and I will report back when I have played a bit more and hope I can be a bit more positive. I will also give them a whirl creating backgrounds to see where that takes me.

If anyone else has had success using them as I have done and perhaps followed a different process I would love to hear so please do share.

Back to my work, apart from the two smaller Butterflies which are Chocolate Baroque, all stamps are Penny Black as is the die on the Bird card, the sky on the top card was created with DI's and bleach, some decoupage papers and DI's on the tag, everything else was coloured direct to stamp with the Arteza pens.
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Saturday, 10 August 2019

Sailing into the sunset and my race heroes


Morning Peeps, back from holiday and in time to tell you about our new challenge at Allsorts where Ellie has chosen the theme of 'Sun, Moon, Stars or Baby'. Our lucky winner will receive a double Hollypond Hill CD ROM set. Again this is a two week challenge during the holiday season.

When I ran regular classes and demos, something I only do now and again these days as my health is unpredictable, I was often referred to as the "Moon Lady" or "Poppy Lady" because invariably I included a piece of work featuring either a sun or moon often accompanied by Poppies as well.

Old habits die hard as they say as nothing has changed and I continue to use both in my crafting regularly. On the above card I stamped the mountains and sea first which are from Stampscapes, placing some torn paper in the foreground where I wanted to create a beach before stamping. Then a sun mask, built up the colour using Pan Pastels, stamped the boat, also Stampscapes and some Inkylicious leaves around the top to frame the scene.
We have been on holiday in the Alps and Alex had a race on the Italian side on Mont Blanc, the 60K Monterosa Est Himalayan Trail endurance race with weather conditions from 30deg to snow and ice at 3000m so we were thrilled that he came 5th in a large field of athletes. And a podium finish as in Ultra races they extend the podium to six. So I thought I would share a couple of photos, the bottom one is at the finish where he looks a bit battered and worn but happy.
And at the same time one of his elder brothers Eliot below was running the Centurion North Downs Way 100 mile race, he's been injured and unable to train properly but still managed 20th place, I don't have a photo of him in that one but this is one taken on day five of the Sussex Marathon Madness event which is in June - yes marathons on five consecutive evenings which he seemed to complete with ease and happy to display all five medals.
Daughter Joy also runs (but she's camera shy), mostly 10k and half marathons although she did do London as did eldest Granddaughter Anysia. And then of course there is Grandson Zachary who took part in the London Triathlon for the second time in July. I don't know where they get all their energy from as every one takes months of training, preparation and dedication but we are super proud of them all.
And at the risk of being super boring, this is a Tweet from the Home Secretary this week, our eldest son to the left who was seconded to the Home Office a few weeks ago as the UK National Mobilisation Coordinator, again we're super proud parents!
Back to Allsorts and my second card uses a mixture of stamps, I know the trees and sentiment are Inkylicious but I have no clue what make the fence is as it's unmounted, but a suspicion it might be Prickly Pear from the days I designed for them. Again the background is Pan Pastels and a mask and stencil to add the sun and rays.

I took lots of photos on holiday but not had time to edit them as yet, we were delayed getting home due to BA's problems this week but were lucky that our flight did at least get air bound eventually, I think it was the last BA flight out of Geneva that afternoon. And to add further delay a lorry ran our taxi home off the M11, fortunately we were OK, it could have been far worse but the driver did a sterling job of controlling the car to prevent us going down the embankment to the oncoming traffic. The lorry failed to stop and seemed to speed up but we got all the details and it's thought he was on his mobile phone.

Have a good weekend everyone and please do pop over to the challenge blog to see the inspiration on display from my team mates.
 
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Sunday, 4 August 2019

Joy is a net of Love


Another scheduled post as it's the first Sunday in the month which means new challenges at Stamping Sensations and Penny Black and More where our themes are 'Things with Wings' and 'For Boys and Men'. As always there are wonderful prizes to be won at both.

My top card uses stamps from Rubber Dance, this months Stamping Sensation sponsor. I first created the background using Distress Oxides then used a stencil and texture paste to add script which I inked over with the same Wilted Violet DI and stamped some flowers around the edges. The Butterflies are stamped onto vellum and heat embossed with detail white EP and the same ink s used to colour the back before fining in place and adding wire antenna. The sentiment is Penny Black.  


This is another of the new Penny Black release from their Dreaming range called Calm Waters. I used Distress Markers to ink the stamp, Pan Pastels for the sky and Koh-i-Noo paints for the rest of the scene. The birds are from Natures Friends and as I was putting them back in the packet the little Deer fell out so I decided to ass that as well, the sentiment is also PB. 


This one is not me at all, but I figured it's quite a good image for the lads. Stamped and coloured and placed in an aperture and the top layer run through a brick embossing folder to give the impression we are looking through the window at the little lad sitting in his bedroom. The word is made from chipboard letters and the starts die cuts.

Have a good Sunday everyone, I will see you all in a few days when we are home from our holiday.
 
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Tuesday, 30 July 2019

The sweet smell of a Rose


Yet another scheduled post while we are on holiday, this time sharing my post from over at the Chocolate Baroque blog here. The Hochanda TV shows featured some beautiful new Rose stamps which I have used on these samples, Rose and Thistle Rose Set, details of how I created them can be found on the above link.



Have a good Tuesday everyone and thanks for your visit.
 
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Saturday, 27 July 2019

Buttons ans Bows


Morning Peeps, a scheduled post as we are away on holiday so fingers crossed Blogger is not having one of his hissy fits.

It's Saturday and time for a new challenge at Allsorts where our host is Kath and she has chosen the theme of 'Buttons and Bows' and for the winner we have a some new release dies from Tattered Lace as well as a bundle of ribbons. This is the first of three fortnightly challenges during the busy holiday season.

It only occurred to me as I started writing this scheduled post that it's Poppies once again, clearly I more obsessed with them than I realised and certainly have an unhealthy amount of Poppy stamps.

This one is fairly new, I didn't buy it when it was first released but of course before long I had to have it. I stamped it using Distress Markers direct to stamp and used a die to cut the top section so that some of the Poppies popped up over the aperture. To do this I cut around the Poppies in the centre and then placeed the bottom of the die behind them so only the top and side are cut with it. The sentiment is also Penny Black and I mounted the top on foam to place over it. Some ribbon across the bottom and tiny buttons to embellish. 

Have a good weekend and please do pop over to the challenge blog to see the inspiration on display from my teamies.
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Saturday, 20 July 2019

It's Poppies again


Morning Peeps, it's Saturday and time for a new challenge at Allsorts where our host is Wendy with the theme of  'Charm's' and we have a super prize from Sizzix. 

Now charms are not something I use often or indeed any embellishments, but like most of us there are a few lurking in my stash so it was no problem hunting down some to create these two cards.

The one at the top is of course Poppies from Penny Black, another favourite stamp, but this time I decided on blue. I first created the background using a stencil and DI's and used the same DI to stamp the PB grasses, then I stamped the Poppies in my usual way using Distress Markers and a spritz of water building up the colours by stamping several times using my stamp platform. Some ribbon across the corner with a little Butterfly charm attached to it.


I kept to all sepia tones for this one using a Penny Black grass stamp and Inkylicious Poppy and Versafine Clair inks. The script was added by inking an unmounted stamp but instead of mounting on a block holding it and bending to just add script here and there. Finally a Penny Black sentiment and again some ribbons and twine to hold the charm.


And just look at this gorgeous collection of goodies I received this week from my friend Alice (scrAPamonod) in Liguria, she knows how much I love anything Italian and there were some beautiful crafting items including Italian sentiments, two packs of delicate lazer cuts from Sardinia and from Alice's own garden a jar of Capers in crystal salt which are going to be perfect with some nice Lemon Sole.

Have a lovely weekend everyone.
 
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Thursday, 18 July 2019

Newly hatched chicks, new Artisan designs and mid month shares

This was 'hatch day' on Thursday 4th July, three eggs produced three perfectly hatched chicks (see further down post for the update)


It's mid month inspiration time at Penny Black and More and Stamping Sensations challenges where our themes are 'Summer colours and 'The Earth Laughs in Flowers'.

I have indulged again with my PB's this time from the just released 'Dreaming' range of stamps and dies, there are quite a few scenic images so I couldn't resist and they arrived from John across the pond a few days ago.

This one is called Paradise and isn't it just, I could while away my time there quite easily, in my head it's the Caribbean as that's just how I always remember the sunsets on our visits. A simple to create card, stamped the image with Versafine Clair, placed a circle mask for the sun and added colour with Pan Pastels. Finally a some birds and leaves which are also PB.


This is one of my samples for Pete's Artisan Designs shows on Hochanda on Sunday 21st July, this release of stamps is a little bit different and were a delight to work with,  the shows are at 10am and 2pm so please do make a note to tune in. 


My Stamping Sensations uses an image from Crafty Individual our sponsor, stamped onto an Oxide background and coloured in, I them created the frame using the same colour Oxides and stamped CI Dragonflies, cut a circle in the centre and mounted onto the base card. The sentiment is computer generated.

We have loads of birds nesting around the gardens, Pigeon's in the pergola and top paddock, Wrens and countless Sparrows in the courtyard, Bullfinches and Robins in the back shrubbery along with several families of Great Tits, Green Woodpeckers with two young, Swifts in one of the stables, two pairs of Jay's in the front hedges, Magpies in the tall conifers, Moorhen's in the pond as well as several pairs of Blackbirds, numerous Starlings and a pair of Honey Buzzards with one youngster. And probably a few species I've forgotten but gives you an idea of the abundance of birds we have.

But try and I may I can never get decent photos as my hands are too shaky, but one pair of Blackbirds played right into my hands with this precariously positioned nest in the top of a shrub just below one of the bedroom windows.

And just eleven days later on Monday 15th July,  still three of them although only two are visible, the other is underneath but all three beaks soon appear when Mum or Dad bring the food. And as I write this post on 17th I can confirm they have had their maiden flights and left the nest.

Isn't Nature wonderful and we feel so privileged to witness so much wildlife in our own back garden, there is a healthy population of most of the usual garden four legged wildlife, Rabbits apleny much to hubby's annoyance as they plunder the veggie gardens, Red and Muntjak Deer venture out of the thicket into the orchard when they are feeling brave and of course there is the Fox. Sadly the latter has taken to daytime visits with his young teaching them the ropes and our chicken and duck population has suffered in recent weeks, but they are free range (shut up at night of course) and you can't warn hens about the dangers of going too far! 
 
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