Saturday, 10 April 2021

Wish, Dream, Hope


Morning Peeps, it's Saturday which means a new challenge at Allsorts and this week Tracy would like to see 'Butterflies, Birds and Bees'. Our lucky winner will receive a £15 voucher from a new sponsor Helping Hands Crafts, do follow the link and pop over to their website.

I also have my shares from my post this week over at the Chocolate Baroque blog which you will find here.

As is often the case, my shares are more Chocolate Baroque creations for recent Hochanda shows, the Butterflies are from various sets, two are from Just Butterflies and afraid the other appears to have been miss-filed so I need to spend time finding which set it's from. The sentiment is from my Life is so much Better stamp set, I do seem to be rather over using these but I created them with positivity in mind, so using them was rather the whole purpose! There are some more in the pipeline.

This second one uses Song Thrush which comes in two versions, I have used the silhouette one. I stamped it in versafine black and embossed with Speckled Egg embossing enamel then a die cut frame in coordinating colours.


Time has caught up with me as I realise that as well as yesterday post here over at Chocolate Baroque I forgot to share my work from a few days ago so they are below as well along with appropriate link to that post.


And these three are on a different post found here along with full details.


Have a good weekend everyone and as always my thanks for your visits and words of encouragement which are always received with appreciation.
 
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Sunday, 4 April 2021

Spring Fairies and Flowers and a garden visitor


It's the first Sunday of the month so time for our new challenges at We Love Chocolate Baroque and Stamping Sensations. Our themes for this month are 'Springtime and 'Fantasy and Magical'. Prizes come from Chocolate Baroque and and Be Creative and at both prizes are to the value of £25.

Using my recently acquired triptych die which I am rather linking, I inked the three sections with Oxide sprays, dabbing off the excess to soften the finish. I then stamped a whole collection of CB spring stamps, all are listed above my work on the WLCB challenge bog. Finally some stencilled circles and the sentiments added.


My Stamping Sensations piece was a Birthday card for a friend whose Birthday was at the end of March. She loves all things inky and Lavinia as much as I do so I built up the scene with a good number of Lavinia stamps and Oxides for the background.

Also wanted to share a photo of a visitor we had the other day, we get visits from Roe, Red and Muntjac Deers from time to time, most frequently when there is fruit in the orchard when they gorge on windfalls. But since a neighbouring farm cut down a row of very high conifers and hedgerow over the Winter it displaced a lot of wildlife and we are seeing them jump the fences into the paddocks and gardens more often. 


I'm not sure what this little fellow who is a Muntjac found to munch on but he stayed for quite a while mooching around in the shrubberies.

Hoping you all have a lovely Easter Sunday.
 
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Saturday, 27 March 2021

Be bold, be brave.........


Morning Peeps, it's Saturday which means a new challenge at Allsorts and our host is Mervi, it will be a two week theme to take us over the Easter period. Her theme is Anything Goes with a Monochromatic option. Our winner will receive a lovely stamp from Chocolate Baroque and there is an extra prize of a Tattered Lace die.

Lesley will be on Hochanda (The Craft Store from April 1st) on Good Friday 2nd April, times to be confirmed but there will be an AM and PM show as per usual.

I also have my shares from my post this week over at the Chocolate Baroque blog which you will find further down this post. 

For the top card I have used a recently release stamp called Canary Bird Rose stamped in purple Versafine Clair onto a masked frame, inked and stencilled with the same inkpad, then the flowers coloured in using the same shade and perfect pearls added to the stamens. The sentiment from my own new Inspirational stamp set Life is so much Better released on Hochanda last month has been cut into sections and inked around the edges with the same Clair inkpad.

Details of stamps etc., used on the following three can all be found here.

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Saturday, 20 March 2021

Daffodils for the first day of Spring


Morning Peeps, today at 5.37am the March Equinox marked the first day of Spring in the Southern Hemisphere so as host for this weeks new challenge at Allsorts that had to be reflected in my theme. As usual it involves flowers for which I make no excuse as I think after the long, long Winter we are all ready to see 'Spring Flowers'

This week Clare from Pinksy Doodles is our sponsor and designed this pretty new Daffodil Vase for the occasion.


Two cards from me using the same image and both paper pieced using Clare's papers which you will find here and here. The sentiments are from my Spring Sentiments set.

My thanks as always for your kind visits and words of encouragement.
 
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Thursday, 18 March 2021

Watch the Dragonfly dance


Morning Peeps, running really late here so a very quick post with my shares for our mid month reminder posts at Stamping Sensations and We Love Chocolate Baroque where our themes at 'Monochromatic' and a super £25 store voucher from Stamp Addicts and 'I love....' and stamps to the same value from Chocolate Baroque.

The top card uses Oxides Crackling Campfire and Speckled Egg for the background and a recent Chocolate Baroque release on Hochanda called Fragile Wings, the Dragonfly was stamped twice and decoupaged.


My first mono card is another Hochanda sample for Stamp Addicts using Round Illusions stamped in various shades of brown and sepia.


Back to Chocolate Baroque this time with a Dylusions acrylic paint background and CB Harlequin Bouquet stamps in Versafine Twilight. The sentiment is one from my own new Life is so much Better which launched on Hochanda earlier this month. 


Finally a chipboard tag using the new Kitsch Flamingo Oxide ink, distress spray and embossing enamel and Stamp Addicts Butterfly Stream which launched on Hochanda this week.

Whatever you are doing, hope you have a good day.
 
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Saturday, 13 March 2021

Swallow Tail Butterfly


Morning Peeps, time for a new challenge at Allsorts and our host is Helene whose would like us to use a 'Stamped Image'. I also have a post over at the Chocolate Baroque blog so sharing some of my creations from there as well.

This week our sponsor is Stamp Addicts offering the winner a £15 store voucher. Sarah will be on Hochanda again this coming week, Wednesday 15th at 5pm showcasing some new Flower and Butterfly stamps with an emphasis on shrink plastic. It's a last minute show so it's been a bit of a testing week trying to get sample made amidst a craft room refit and a bandaged right thumb which I managed to slice across the end. 

The Swallow Tail Butterflies above came about rather be accident, seems a sheet of acetate had got in with the shrink plastic and of course didn't shrink, but I rather liked the contorted shape so decided to go with them onto a stencilled background along with a SA sentiment.


I had drew the stems, stamped some SA leaves and added the Doodle Blooms which I stamped onto shrink plastic over a Pan Pastel sky.

And my Chocolate Baroque shares, details of everything I used can be found on my post here.


Hope you all have a good weekend and as always many thanks for your visits and comments which always make my day.
 
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Sunday, 7 March 2021

Dare to be Brave


It's the first Sunday of the month so time for our new challenges at We Love Chocolate Baroque and Stamping Sensations. Our themes for this month are 'I Love'.......so we want to see your favourite crafting loves and 'Monochromatic'. Prizes come from Chocolate Baroque and Stamp Addicts.

My "I love......"'s are inks, grunge, flowers and inspirational quotes, the latter for this one and the one below come in the form of two from my own stamp set released on Hochanda TV on Friday called Life Is So Much Better. The background is Oxides and stencilling, CB Floribunda Net stamped with Versafine Clair and the flowers stamped onto inky offcuts, cut and paper pieced. The quote is stamped with the same ink onto a piece of vellum and heat embossed with detail clear EP.


Two for Stamping Sensations and the first uses Stamp Addicts Oriental Lilly, stamped with Versafine Clair and coloured with Kitsch Flamingo DI, the same colour used for the stencilling and the sentiment stamped with the same Claire inkpad.


The second again had Oxides in various greens onto a masked base piece, stencilled sun rays then using Versafine Clair I stamped SA Feline Family along with some random numbers using SA Distress Numbers plus a couple of index clips. 
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Saturday, 6 March 2021

Mellow yellow ( who remembers this oldie from school days?)


Morning Peeps, time for a new challenge at Allsorts and our host is Lynn who is thinking sunny thoughts with the theme 'Use Yellow'. This weeks winner will receive a beautiful stamp from Chocolate Baroque.

My card at the top is from yesterdays Hochanda TV shows where my first set of inspirational quotes called 'Life Is So Much Better' was released, I have used one of them broken into two, I'm rather fond of doing that plus it makes them even more versatile. The focal image is Floral Musica which featured in the same show, a crackle frame, Oxide background and Swarovski crystals...........I had a real find the other day, a box with 20 pots of them in different colours. I had totally forgotten them until I came across them emptying cupboards for my craft room re-fit. 

I've had to completely empty my craft room which has been a nightmare, wasn't planned but I've been struggling reaching things in the wall cupboards for a while so hubby thought it was time.......probably fed up hearing the yells and expletives every time I drop something!! So furniture ordered and amazingly delivered within two days and now being fitted.......albeit slowly!!


The starting point for my second share was a stencilled background, then Chocolate Baroque Ace Card stamped after masking the frame around the image as I wanted just the floral element and script, then extended the script with one of the worker stamps from the same set. Coloured the flowers, stamped the word ART, sentiment also from the same set and numbers in the background from the Just Useful set.

Happy weekend all and as always my thanks for your kind visits and words of encouragement.
 
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Saturday, 27 February 2021

Flowers, exciting news (for me anyhow) and a new stamp set to be won


Morning Peeps, have some exciting news to share, going to be a Great Granny in August.......how on earth did that happen as I can't be old enough yet. But as eldest daughter pointed out I did start very young so it was bound to happen before long.

And on top of that my first set of stamps are being released on Hochanda by Chocolate Baroque on Friday 5th March at 1pm (Lesley also has a 9am show with different stamps). Although I can't draw to save my life I do enjoy playing with words and often computer generate for my work. So when Lesley asked if I would like them made into stamps I was chuffed to bits. This is the first set and more in the pipeline 😊 

Lesley was really keen to give away a set of my stamps so just head over to Allsorts and join in Ellie's 'Feminine' theme for a chance of winning them, plus a second prize of a pretty Butterfly die from Tonic.

So a couple of sneak peeps with the sentiments in action on two of my samples for the shows, the top one also uses Harlequin Bouquet which is in the same show and below with Crackling Rose, again in the show.


Have a lovely weekend and thanks as always for your visit.
 
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Saturday, 20 February 2021

Stroom with a view


Morning Peeps, Kath is our host over at Allsorts this week and her chosen theme is 'Anything Goes with add a Number option'. Our lucky winner will receive a £15 store voucher from WOWVOW.

I also have a few shares of my samples for todays Stamp Addict show on Hochanda TV at 3pm which features some super new stamps.

My card at the top is yet another CB share from a Hochanda show a while back, I thought Stroom Clock fitted the bill perfectly. Lots of Oxide inkiness in the background, stencilled sun rays sentiment and a few worker stamps.

The Stamp Addict show features mainly background stamps which are really versatile..........


Have a good weekend one and all and my thanks as always for your kind visits.
 
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Thursday, 18 February 2021


Morning Peeps, a quick post with my mid month shares for We Love Chocolate Baroque and Stamping Sensations challenges. And a brief explanation after Saturday's post as some have asked if things are OK at my end.

I have alluded in recent weeks to my MS having a bit of a hissy fit, it's never a quick fix and inevitably my eyes take another downward turn. It's over a year since they told me I was losing my sight so every time I have a setback a bit more of the optic nerve is damaged and needs rest. Add to that Poppy one of our dogs had life saving surgery a week ago to enable her to breath and needs 24/7 care, she is making progress but it's slow going. The combination meant something had to give for a few weeks.

 
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