Saturday, 22 February 2020

Make it Girly at Allsorts


Morning Peeps, it's Saturday and time for a new challenge at Allsorts where our host is Lynn who would like us to 'Make to Girly', this weeks lucky winner  will be able to choose a whole collection of images from Julia's JMC Designs store.

It's still short and sweet again I'm afraid as it's another couple of weeks until I get glasses so I can see the screen with any degree of clarity, so all rather hit and miss still. My top card used the lovely Zamira from Lavinia along with Poppies, all stamped with Versafine Clair.


I managed to get a card made for the current Butterfly Challenge which I've not joined in with for a while, the current requirements for the letter 'T' are tunnel card, tea rose, teal, thistle, twine, two of something and of course a Butterfly. You can't really go wrong with inky backgrounds so lack of vision wasn't a great issue, three colours are Distress Oxides, a Crafty Individuals image, then I stamped the Butterfly twice more to decoupage, a twine bow on his throax, three pearls and dies to create the tunnel effect.


And this card features Marcelle from this weeks sponsor, something of a challenge for me as I'm not a colourist at the best of times, let alone without glasses.

Have a great weekend.
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Tuesday, 18 February 2020

To hear the Angels


Good morning Peeps, hope your week is going well.

I only just remembered my mid month shares for Stamping Sensations and Penny Black and More challenges which is ludicrous given that I did both the challenge posts yesterday, also my work from my post here over at the Chocolate Baroque blog.

I'm struggling somewhat with typing and screen work because as I mentioned the other day my close vision is poor and glasses can't be sorted until four weeks after the last op, so posts and comments are short and sweet I'm afraid.

My top card uses a Bee Crafty sentiment and stencil along with Heartfelt Creations flowers.


I used a number of Penny Black stamps on this one to build up he scene over an oxide background.

And my Chocolate Baroque shares using the beautiful Blueprint stamps designed by Lesley............

 
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Saturday, 15 February 2020

An early Magnolia


Morning Peeps, I've completed my two week screen rest after my second eye op, at the moment all seems to be going well, my distance vision is much improved and I can see to drive again !! Close vision is poor but should be helped with glasses once my eyes settle. The consultant seemed fairly confident that what he's done should relive some of the strain on my optic nerves and give me a couple of years reasonable vision, but warned the right eye is deteriorating quite quickly and is the one I'm likely to lose sight in first, but overall not all bad news and hopefully not in the short term.

Now onto our new challenge at Allsorts where our host is Ellie who would like us to use "Dies and/or Punches' on our creations. We have a new sponsor this week WOWVOV, do pop over to their web site and have a browse there are so many different products to compliment our crafting.

My card is a Chocolate Baroque Hochanda TV creation using Brushos on the base layer, then a Penny Black die - it's quite small but is very easy to line up and extend as I have done here. The Magnolia was stamped with Versafine black, coloured and cut out and placed over the lattice. The little Butterfly is also CB well it's actually quite a large one initially but was stamped onto shrink plastic and magically transformed.

Happy weekend all.
 
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Saturday, 8 February 2020

Anysia's wedding invitations


Morning Peeps, another scheduled post whilst I'm on screen rest after my second eye op, but as it's Saturday I need to tell you all about our new challenge at Allsorts where our host is Kath who has chosen the theme of 'Add a Heart', very fitting as we head towards Valentines Day. We have a lovely stamp set from Stamps by Chloe for this weeks lucky winner.

I have previously alluded to making wedding invitations for our eldest Granddaughters wedding in May and now I can share them as they have been sent out. I made 100 in total starting with  the pockets made with a die, they measure 160cm square when made up and each contains five 
enclosures, Invitation, RSVP, SAE Envelope for reply, Accommodation in the locality and Honeymoon Dream. 

Their home is all set up so they are asking for donations towards their honeymoon dream from anyone wishing to give a gift. The honeymoon is all booked thanks to Granny (yours truly) and is a Greek Island Cruise, Anysia said she wanted a surprise but Santorini was on her wish list and as she is rather partial to cruising it was an easy one. I'm just hoping there are some wedding guest contributions to go towards it!!


All inserts and envelopes were stamped with a mixture of Penny Black and Inkylicious stamps in two shades of green Versafine Clair. I had the envelopes made with lavender tissue lining to match the inserts (although they look rather dark in my photo they are a good match) which are lavender pearlescent card. I initially though I would have to heat emboss the stamping as it was pearl card, but the ink actually dried really well without having to do so.


I still have the Order of Service and Menu's to make but am rather happy that the bulk of the work is done and more importantly Anysia and Sam, plus Mum and Dad are happy with them. The reception is being held in the next village in a rather lovely converted barn overlooking lakes and farmland,  very fitting to go with the rustic theme of the wedding, they open it for only 20 weddings a year in order to retain the exclusivity of the venue.


Also as promised a photo from son Eliot's Untramarathon race last weekend when he took part in the Arc of Attrition. I'm relieved to say he completed the 100 run around the rugged coastal paths of Cornwall in 33hours and 27 minutes without any visual issues this time (no stops are allowed other than drink/feed stations and athletes have 40 hours in which to complete the race). Although he's done a good few 100 miles races before he said this was the hardest and I'm not surprised given the inclement coastal weather down there this time of year.

Thanks as always for your visit and kind words, As mentioned above I'm still on screen rest after my op but hope to get 'out and about' into blogland very soon.
 
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Sunday, 2 February 2020

Laugh Live Dream and some more athletic success


Morning Peeps, another scheduled post as when this pops up I should have had my second eye op so on screen rest again for a couple of weeks. Our new challenges starts today at Stamping Sensations and Penny Black and More where our themes are 'Feminine' and 'Animals, Birds and Butterflies.' As always there are wonderful prizes to be won at both. 

My Stamping Sensations share at the top uses stamps from Bee Crafty our sponsor, the border stamps are from Large Doodle Butterfly and the Lily is from the BEAUtanicals range. An oxide background, stencilling and the Lily stamped a second time and decoupaged. I stamped part of one of the sponsors wordage stamps onto a piece of embroidery aida.


I love the Butterfly and matching die set Penny Black released last year and I have used it here along with their lattice die, an Oxide background and the Butterflies are cut from card coloured with the same inks.

Alex our travelling athlete son has been in Portugal for a couple of races, he did really well in the one last week coming in second and the first GB runner home (he's No 607 in the photo further down and one of him on the podium) and also got another PB (Personal Best).

No idea where my kids get their energy from, three of them are regular distance runners, it not unusual for Alex to be out at 5am to run 22 miles when he's home, he calls it a "short training run". Today he will be on his way to Seville for another marathon, he came third in that one last year so is looking to improve his placement.


This weekend another son Eliot is running the Arc of Attrition, a 100 mile endurance race around the rugged coastal paths of Cornwall, when he ran it a couple of years ago he ended up in hospital with Ultramarathon Induce Bilateral Corneal Edema (loss of vision) at 82 miles, Alex and Zoe were his support team and luckily found him, but as they are on the Continent for Alex's races can't be there so we're worried to say the least, but he's adamant he's doing it and assures us he will be fine this time. I might have some photos of that next week.


Looking forward to seeing all your creations for the themes this month.
 
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Saturday, 1 February 2020

Vintage at Allsorts and latest Hochanda TV makes


Morning Peeps, a scheduled post because as this goes live I should be having my second eye op and as it's Saturday I need to tell you about our new challenge at Allsorts where Wendy is our host and would like to see a 'Touch of Vintage'. This weeks lucky winner will receive a prize from Craft Stash.

I am also posting (scheduling) over at the Chocolate Baroque Blog today, you will find my shares further down. All four stamp sets were designed by Lesley using her own vintage blueprints plus beautiful florals, to say I loved working with these is an understatement and I got totally carried away ending up with rather a lot of samples, some are below and I will be sharing more later in the month.

This is a sample from last months Chocolate Baroque Hochanda shows, the background was created on the Gelli Plate, then the steampunk Owl stamped in Versafine black and I decided to leave it uncoloured  and just added a couple of pearls for the eyes. Then some texture paste added through a stencil, a sentiment from the same stamp released and matted onto corrugated.


And a tag made from Artisan Designs stamps, also created for Hochanda TV., background stamping over Oxides, the flowers stamps, cut out and decoupaged and some white highlights added, oh yes and a Chocolate Baroque Bee.


I've again been told I need to have a two week screen break to try and preserve the nerves from more stress and strain so will see you all in due course.
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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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