Sunday, 5 July 2020

Spread your Wings

 
It's the first Sunday of the month so time for our new challenges at Stamping Sensations and Penny Black and More challenge. This month our themes 'Make it Colourful' and 'Favourite Stamps'. There are of course prizes to be won at both, however there may be delays with people receiving them due to the ongoing global situation.

I've received my communication that say's I can stop shielding "with care" at the beginning of August, although I am not confident I actually want to go far if at all. Throughout lockdown I've been amazed by the amount of contact from the NHS as a whole, as well as calls from the GP several from endocrinologist, urologist, neurologist.......lots of 'ologist' basically!! In a way I find it a bit invasive yet I guess it shows they are on the ball.......or as one of my son's put it, without clinics and procedures they are looking for something to do.

My SS card at the top uses a new (to me) stamp from this months sponsors Crafty Individuals called 'Fly and be Free' which I stamped onto an Acrylic ink and sencilled background then stamped just the Butterfly twice more and decoupaged. The sentiment is also taken from he same stamp and finally I flicked some white ink randomly.


My Penny Black share uses the beautiful blooms release earlier this year called Petal Poetry, stamped using Distress Markers and spritzed water direct to stamp, then masked the edges of the piece and added some soft inking and finally a sentiment from Blooming Sentiments.


And a quick and simple second Penny Black share using Bejewelled, which I stamped using Distress Markers direct to stamp. The background was created by inking a stencil with Oxides, spritzing with water, wiping the edges to remove the damp and ink so I didn't get a line all round, placed onto card and pressed gently with a piece of kitchen towel. As well as the prizes from Penny Black we also have one from Blade Rubber Stamps.

I do hope you will join us this month and look forward to visiting all your entries.
 
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Saturday, 4 July 2020

Chocolate Baroque Summer and new shows


Morning Peeps, it's Saturday and time for a new challenge at Allsorts, our host this week is Helene whose theme is 'Summertime' and we have a pretty Chocolate Baroque stamp as a prize called Lady in Hat who I think looks very Summery.

Lesley will be sharing a new and very exciting collection of stamps on Hochnda TV on Tuesday 7th July at 10am and 3pm, these are something really different and you won't want to miss out.

have used several Chocolate Baroque stamp sets here including June FairyGlorious Spring and Wisteria Lane onto an inky background of Oxides and alcohol inks which I am finding are rather a fun combination to play with and seems to work best on a smooth finish rather than glossy cardstock. The sentiment is also from the June Fairy set


And carrying on the Chocolate Baroque theme, heres a couple I posted on the CB blog yesterday using the beautiful Katya.................keep your eyes on the samples on Tuesday's shows and you will see she's a lady of many disguises!! I also used Just Butterflies and sentiment from Words of Love .


This one uses elements from the new Timeless set onto an inky background with random stamping using Ephemera 2, Edgy Edges and another sentiment from Words of Inspiration, it's a set I bought many years ago in Glenda days long before I was a DT member with them and still probably my favourite CB sentiment set.

Have a good weekend all and as always many thanks for your kind words and visits.
 
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Saturday, 27 June 2020

A Chocolate Baroque Tomte Christmas


Morning Peeps. So today it's my Birthday, another year...............!! Yesterday was hubby's Birthday and I share mine with Grandson Zachary. He's always chosen what we do to celebrate but thankfully he's beyond swimming and footie parties, in fact he's just finishing his first year as a History teacher so it will be a sedate social distancing bbq in the garden...........with a few bubbles, I may even crack open the bottle of Fortnum and Mason Champers I received............after all there's also winning the League to celebrate...........for those who don't know Liverpool have won the Premiership🍸😂

We are enjoying some beautiful Summer weather and I have a Christmas card to share, every year is the same, as soon as it's time to make Christmas cards for TV we have lovely sunshine and heat. It's for this weeks Allsorts challenge, our host is Lynn whose theme is 'So Cute' and our winner will receive a Chocolate Baroque stamp.

So being one of the Chocolate Baroque 'girls' I wanted to used one of their images for my card this week, but as everyone knows I just don't do cute and freak at the very thought. CB's style of stamps doesn't encompass cute really but after a trawl through the Chocolate Baroque cabinet I came across A Tomte Christmas which was released last Christmas and I thought fitted the bill OK.

So simply stamped into a foliage wreath created with CB worker stamps and then coloured in with Distress Markers and some glitter to add to that seasonal feel.

Have a good weekend everyone.
 
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Saturday, 20 June 2020

Pets on parade


Morning Peeps, it's Saturday and time for a new challenge at Allsorts, our host this week is Ellie who would like to see 'Pets' on our creation. My apologies for the lack of visits this week, a bit of an MS flare up going on so time at my desk and computer is a bit of a no go area, yes I have a phone but far too small to contemplate blogging on.

Two card from me this week, the above one using Penny Black stamps, paper pieced and a fairly........for me.......CAS creation.


Another very plain and simple card stamping the Stamp Addicts new Cat image which I stamped in black and left uncoloured apart from the eyes and a sentiment also from Stamp Addicts.

Finally a share from my post over at the Chocolate Baroque blog here.


Thanks for you visits and hope you have a good weekend.
 
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Thursday, 18 June 2020

Stay Wild


Good morning Peeps, a quick post with my mid month shares for Stamping Sensations and Penny Black and More challenges and also my entry into the current Butterfly Challenge.

For my PB creation I used a page from an charity shop poetry book, dabbed it into some water DI's to age it a bit and then repeat stamped Penny Black Magnolia Rhapsody using Distress Markers direct to stamp and placed into a die cut frame.


The Butterfly challenge had reached the letter Z so there are some unusual colours, Zenchua (light purple), Zinwaldite (flesh tones) Zinc (blush silver), Zebra stripes, Z fold and of course a Butterfly. I used shimmer and matt acrylic paints to create the zebra stripe base pane, smearing dabs of the three colours of paint down the base later using an old credit card, there was a residue of paint sitting on the card so I used that to created a circle effect on the top panel. The Butterfly is Chocolate Baroque stamped twice onto vellum and heat embossed with white EP and the sentiments is also CB.


My Stamping Sensations piece has a spotty stencilled base panel and I stamped a few of the tiny horses from the Visible Image set into the larger circles. The focal circle was created on the Gelli Plate with Oxides and Brushos and the large horse and sentiment are from the same VI set.
 
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Saturday, 13 June 2020

Embossed Poppies


Morning Peeps, it's Saturday and time for a new challenge at Allsorts, our host this week is Kath and she would like to see 'Embossing, wet or dry'. 

A diversion from my normal style using the Groovi Board hubby bought me the Christmas before last which hasn't really seen enough action. Among the folders he gave me with it was one with Poppies......of course.....and that is what I have used here.


It's been pretty abysmal weather this last week............but we did need the rain for the  hay, crops and gardens. So not spent too much time outside other than some tidying up which yesterday was in the form of collecting pine cones from under the trees before cutting the grass as they always mash up in the tractor blades. I always smile when I see bags of them being sold in garden centres for ridiculous prices when we have barrow loads of them every year...........am I missing an opportunity?

There's always a Lab to help, here in the form of Holly who would far rather pinch one out of the wheelbarrow that go collect her own which she will invariably roll on until it's flattened. And below you can see the new ones forming already and so the cycle of Nature continues.


Have a good weekend everyone, not sure how many of you have ventured out yet, for me it's 15 weeks (as it has been for the rest of the household), actually thought it was longer until I counted yesterday. 

But don't think I'll be going anytime soon, when the GP rang last week she urged me to continue to shield if at all possible and realistically I have no need to go anywhere, we are lucky to get regular Waitrose/Sainsbury or Tesco deliveries, plus organic boxes from Riverford. I've also had a couple of fruit and veg box's from M&S and very pleased with them, all delivered packaged in a chilled box and as fresh as in store........yes I am missing my regular trips to their Foodhalls a tad!!

 
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Sunday, 7 June 2020

Dance, Sing, Love and meet Bramble


It's the first Sunday of the month so time for our new challenges at Stamping Sensations and Penny Black and More challenge. This month our themes are 'Make it Colourful' and 'Favourite Stamps'. There are of course prizes to be won at both, however there are likely to be delays with people receiving them due to the current situation.

So it was inevitable Penny Black Dance, Sing, Love would make an appearance and I have used it as the focal element surrounded by a more recent favourite release called Magnolia Rhapsody.


My Stamping Sensations share is just a lot of inky indulgence, stencilling, a Chocolate Baroque Butterfly stamped onto acetate.......it's actually dimensional but doesn't show on the photo............and a Visible Image sentiment, plus a couple of "metal bits" which I found sitting on a shelf in hubby's workshop........a touch of inspiration from Tracy Evans whose work I adore.

I thought I would show you the latest addition to our canine family, Azaria has wanted a Miniature Dachshund since she was a little girl and it wasn't too long after she had secured her first English teaching job that she registered with a breeder. Bramble arrived with us two weeks ago so in now ten weeks old, these photos were taken the other day, as you can see Lily was totally accommodating and they speak for themselves........


Stay safe everyone and I hope you will be joining in with our themes this month.
 
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Saturday, 6 June 2020

Summer Sunshine


Morning Peeps, it's Saturday and time for a new challenge at Allsorts, our host this week is Wendy and her theme is 'Sumer Sunshine'. This weeks winner will receive a whole image collection of their choice from JMC Designs.

So two sunny yellow cards, the top one using inks and a stencil to create the sun rays within the frame and Heartfelt flowers stamped onto vellum and embossed with white EP. The sentiment is Penny Black.


This second card is quite an oldie never blogged which I made for a Chocolate Baroque Hochanda show.

And a bit more Chocolate Baroque from my post over at the blog yesterday which you can find here.


Many thanks as always for your visit, have a good weekend.
 
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Tuesday, 2 June 2020

New Blogger, grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

Well, I bit the bullet and changed to the new blogger format, don't much like it but as it's going to be with us whether we like it or no by the end of June decided I had better get used to it.


It wasn't until this morning that I got as far as checking out my reading list (been a bad blogger the last few days) and discovered this message when I click to visit someones blog:


The page you were on is trying to send you to https://allsortschallenge.blogspot.com/ (example link)



If you do not want to visit that page, you can return to the previous page.


Is anyone else getting this and if so have you found a way to eliminate it? Yes you can get to blogs but it it just adds another process which seems totally unnecessary process and the 'return to the previous page' doesn't even work.


It wasn't even broken so why the heck did they have to try and fix it and impose change.

 
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Saturday, 30 May 2020

Magical World's


Morning Peeps, it's a bit of a sad day in our household today, it should have been Anysia and Sam's wedding day and the sun is shining!! Over a year of planning and suddenly COVID-19 reared it's ugly head and everything went out of the window.

As yet no new date has been set as most of the service providers, venue, caterer, florist etc., who had already been paid and not about to refund are already booked for next year by those arranging weddings before all this kicked off. There were one or two winter dates when everyone was available at the same time, but the whole wedding theme, dresses etc., was arranged around Anysia's favourite flowers Peonies which have a short season right now. So at the moment we are looking towards 2022 and that seems such a long, long way off and I pray my failing eyesight will hang in there long enough for me to see it all.

Onto our new challenge at Allsorts, our host this week is Tracy Mouse and would like us to create some 'Magical World's'. This weeks winner will receive a Lavinia stamp which was another of those I repeat ordered without checking what I already had but will have to go to the winner at some later point, not that I've been out but told that not only has our local Post Office been closed since March, the village post box has now been taped up with a message nearest one is........basically miles away.


Both of my cards feature Lavinia stamps, oxides and acrylic pains in the backgrounds, generally an inky messy playtime! The above Fairy is the one our Allsorts winner will receive.

I also have a post over on the Chocolate Baroque blog today and sharing those as well.


Have a sunny weekend everyone.
 
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Saturday, 23 May 2020

Bold and bright


Morning Peeps, it's Saturday and time for a new challenge at Allsorts, our host this week is Mervi who is asking us to create something with 'Spots, Stripes and Plaids'.

I decided it was time to give this new A4 Aall and Create stencil called 'Totally Dotty' an outing as it's been floating around my desk for weeks and it inspired me to have a little play. I inked the stencil with Distress Oxides, spritzed with water and placed over a piece of card and rubbed gently to release the colour. Once dried I placed the stencil back in place and sprayed yellow Dylusions, then stamped with Penny Black stamps using Versafine Clair.

Stay safe and well everyone and if you have sunshine, then enjoy.
 
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Tuesday, 19 May 2020

Running late with DT posts


Morning Peeps, a quick post as I should have posted my mind month shares for Penny Black and More and Stamping Sensations yesterday. I had scheduled the posts for the challenge blogs but was sure in my head the 18th was Tuesday so I could do it early this morning, it's this permanent Groundhog Day scenario and I just don't know what day of the week it is.


Likewise I had a post over on the Chocolate Baroque DT blog so had better share those cards as well.


My thanks for your visit and words of encouragement, they are always appreciated.
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Saturday, 16 May 2020

I got inky at long last!!


Good morning, I hope everyone is safe and well. We are mid way through our current challenge at Allsorts with out Anything Goes theme so I thought I would share another creation with you as............yeah.........I got inky this week!! So for the first time in absolute weeks I have a brand new make, not to everyones taste but it made me happy.


All the stamps are Chocolate Baroque which have featured on recent Hochanda shows, I love the ability to just stamp them randomly and still come out with something that is pleasing to the eye - well my eye anyhow. The Butterfly was stamped onto acetate and as you can see I just used half of it raising it with some gel. Background Distress Oxides, Versafine Clair for the sentiment and circles and Stayzon for the Butterfly.

And a few more photos from my garden wanderings.............

An early self set Digitalis growing in totally the wrong place as they do

Viburnum Opulus Roseum and two yellow posers

Red Hawthorn Pauls Scarlet tree
Ceanothus Concha standard tree

Jasmin Fragrant Evergreen Viburnum

Have a sunny and safe weekend everyone.

 

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