Saturday 29 January 2022

Birdies and blooms

By way of explanation as to my no show anywhere this week, Margo has been in hospital with meningitis, on intravenous antibiotics and anti-viral drugs for almost a week and had numerous tests including a lumbar punch, such a lot for a 20 week old baby. She and Mum Anysia came home Thursday evening and taking it a day at a time. Plus Azaria tested positive so I've spent a lot of time on the phone giving moral support to them both in the absence of Mum, add extra horses to look after as well means craft has taken a back seat.

Fortunately this post and my work was scheduled a while back so I've just updated. It's my turn to host at Allsorts and my theme is 'Anything Goes with the option to add a stencil'. I also have a card for the Butterfly Challenge, which I meant to post during the week but you will understand the delay.

I really do enjoy using stencils, the one at the top a simple stencilled background using DI's and the AALL and Create Wire Bird main image stamped with Versafine Clair Twilight a couple of stars from the same set and the small birdie stamped above the word again from the same set.

Above is my Butterfly Challenge card, I've been fascinated by the Triple Point cards I keep seeing so had to give one a go, I went for a 7x7 card blank and used the same process to create the shape which I was surprised was really simple. I used Oxides to create the background layers following all four colours 'Tan, Tickle Me Pink, Tea Green and Thistle', the latter for the stamping of the Butterflies. The focal birdie is AALL and Create Toucan, yes, it's yet another using their stamps but I have been invited to create some samples with their stamps so very happy to do so as I am loving their style and quality.

A Gelli Plate background, acrylic paints brayered onto the plate, then white paint brayered onto a leaf stencil, spritzed with water and pressed onto the plate and a little gentle pressure all over, stencil removed and the card gently rubbed over the plate......I always use a decent card with the Gelli Plate. I know paper is cheaper and lots use it, but for me, especially if I am going to stamp I find card gives a far more professional finish. I also like to heat emboss my stamping if the background is acrylic paint, ink it will dry given time but I prefer to seal with EP, usually detail clear onto whatever colour ink I've used.

I then stamped the flower from the large AALL and Create image onto a piece of card spritzed with Oxides, using Versamark and details white EP. The sentiment which is part of the stamp has been stamped a second time.

My thanks for your visits and words of encouragement.
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Saturday 22 January 2022

My friend the Badger

Morning Peeps, time for a new challenge at Allsorts where Lorraine would like to see creations 'For a Child. And a very fitting prize of some Wizard of Oz stamps from Bee Crafty plus three images from Ruth Hamilton Design.

Also some details and shares for upcoming shows at The Craft Store, on Sunday there is an Oakwood show at 3pm featuring iCraft products (which includes some super stencils) and on Tuesday Stamp Addicts are back at 1pm. 

This card was for the Godchild of one of our DIL's, she wanted Fairies and Animals and was thrilled with this. All stamps are from Lavinia, a soft Oxide background, a rather large sun, the images grounded with some soft sponging and lashings of Lavinia glitter with an envie to match.

Above using Stamp Addicts Starburts stamped onto a hexies cut from a Gelli Plate panel and a die cut sentiment.

I was lucky to have several new iCraft stencils in my package and here's what I did with a few, above using Crocodile Crackle stencil and Little Critters die setOakwood have a huge selection on stencils, probably the most I've come across in any one place.

Above using Floral Corner stencilled onto acetate coloured with Alcohol ink, the pattern across the acetate came about purely by accident, I laid it on a radiator to dry and the pattern appeared which I rather liked. The texture paste and crackle glaze below is not on the web site but in the show Sunday, but I'm impressed. It's pretty firm with a grainy finish and dries in minutes, I tested it out with paints and inks once dry, it took dye inks pretty well and fabulous if you place the stencil back over when dry and spray with Oxide and Mica strays.....which is exactly what I did below using three colours of Distress Mica spray.

Above using the half Mandela stencil reversed and black gesso mixed with texture paste  to create a circle.

Have a good weekend and as always my appreciation for your kind visits and words of encouragement.

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Tuesday 18 January 2022

Circle of Life

Good morning Peeps, it's the 18th of the month so that means it's mid way inspiration time at We Love Stamping and Stamping Sensations challenges where are themes are 'Anything Stamped' as usual with the option to add 'Wings' at the first or 'A die' ay the second. And for the winners fabulous crafty goodies in for form of an A4 AALL and Create stamp set courtesy of Stampers Grove and a £25 craft bundle from Oakwood Archer.

My card at the top combines stamped from several AALL and Create sets, the beauty of this brand, particularly those designed by Tracy Evans is that they are all designed to work together and can be built up into larger pieces. The key to it all is carrying the colours and here I have stuck with just two Derwent Inktense pencils, orange and green alongside the black stamping.

Another with Wings, this time in for form of Fairies from Fairy Hugs and the Fairy Couple are from the new release showcases on The Craft Store last week.

For this one which was a recent samples for The Craft Store TV uses Oakwood Daisies and Critters stamp set and coordinating dies, an Oxide background using acetate to add the ink to the base piece, a trellis frame using a really old Penny Black die and the Butterflies cut from card inked with the same colour Oxides. The words are also Oakwood.

If you have not already joining in this month I hope you will find time to share a creation with us, the challenges run until Wednesday 2nd February and with those prizes, every reason to do so.
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Saturday 15 January 2022

Fragile Fragments

Morning Peeps, Mervi is our Allsorts host this week and would like us to 'Add a Heart' to our creations. This weeks lucky winner will receive a £15 store voucher kindly donated by Pearlywinks.

Before I move onto my cards, we are looking for a new DT at Allsorts so if you are interested please drop me a mail from the link on the challenge blog sidebar.

For my first card I have used a set called Fragile Fragments, stamped, coloured in parts and the small hearts and number elements stamped a second time in red and decoupaged. I do like the style of these All and Create DL stamps, they are easy to work with and can be left simple or played with to build up more interest as I have done here.

Thought I would share a couple more samples using the new Fairy Hugs stamps which proved very popular at the Craft Store when released this week,  if I have tempted you to take a look they are all available from Julia here.

My second Allsorts card uses a collection of stamp sets from the same source at my first share, sentiment from Blooming Poppies, Arum Lilies from Clocks and Flowers, the tiny hanging heart from Follow your Path, a hear stencil, inked with DI's, a bit of added background interest using worker stamps and the Lilies fixed into position.

Have a good weekend everyone.
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Saturday 8 January 2022

All new at Allsorts

Morning Peeps, this week Pauline is our host at Allsorts challenge and her theme is 'Anything Goes with the option of Use something new'. Helping Hands Craft are kindly donating a £15 store voucher for this weeks lucky winner.

Initially it was a dilemma where to start with the 'New' element but in the end the decision was made for me as I have been working with new stamps for both Fairy Hugs and Stampendous this week. Been a bit of a mad rush as due to the holidays, products only arrived mid week and the The Craft Store shows are 9th and 10th January so an unusually quick turnaround. 

You can buy Fairy Hugs via the TV shows or from Julia here in the UK and Stampendous again direct from TV or here in the UK. Today I am sharing a couple of cards from both companies, at the top I have used a mixture of old and new releases from Fairy Hugs, I can't give you the links to the new ones yet as they won't be listed until Monday's One Day Special. 

Above I have used the beautiful Stampendous Painted Lady, the Butterfly really lends itself to decoupage which is what I have done here.

Below another for Fairy Hugs, again with old and new stamps, the Fairy Couple being a new one.

And a House Mouse card, an unusual sight from someone who by their own admission doesn't do cute or much colouring in, but relatively happy with the result. This little fellow is called Bumble Bee Fun.

And a couple more from Fairy Hugs.

That's probably enough for one post, hope you all have a good weekend, stay safe and well and my thanks as always for your kind visits.
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Sunday 2 January 2022

Butterfly Meadows

Morning Peeps, it's the first Sunday of the New Year and the start of our new challenges at We Love Stamping and Stamping Sensations where our themes are 'Anything Stamped' at both with the options to add 'Wings' or 'A Die', all details on the respective challenge blogs. Some super prizes on offer, at WLS there is a fabulous AALL and Create A4 stamp set courtesy of Stampers Grove and at SS a £25 goody bag from Oakwood Archer.

Above I have used one of the three images on Through the Meadow along with words from the same set, it's an A 4 set from AALL and Create. After stamping I picked out some of the elements to add colour and stamped the Butterfly twice more to decoupage. I have to admit I am loving using AALL and Create stamps, it's easy to get set in a rut using images from just one company so it's nice to have freedom to spread your wings and the style of their stamps appeals as I do love using elements of images and combining with others.

As an Oakwood DT I have a second piece for Stamping Sensations, one of my samples for  the Hochanda/Craft Store shows on 8th January. Using a Kraft card base I stamped elements from Oakwood Bunch of Roses stamps and coordinating dies, sentiment from Grunge Words and the gold embossed accents are from Grunge Textures. For those not familiar with Oakwood, as well as their trade website, they also have a retail store here and sell a wide range of their own and overseas brands such as Kaisercraft, Stampendous, Paper Rose, Polkadoodles plus a wide range of needle craft products.

This one uses a matching stamp and die called Friendship, also by AALL and create, stamped, coloured and cut out and added to the matter based card and some stencilling around the edges.  The sentiment is from the same set, cut into two.

It's also share day at the Card Chain Challenge, this month I posted to Pia in Norway and this is what I sent to her following the 'Green, Wish, Die, Animal and White' line of the grid set for the month......

And I received this from Gail, if you have never heard about CCC do check it out, it's not a challenge in the normal format and why I rather enjoy joining in.

I so hope you will join in our challenges this month and look forward to visiting all your entries.
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Saturday 1 January 2022


Morning Peeps, it's our first Allsorts challenge of 2022 and I am your host with the theme of 'Black and White plus one'. This weeks prize is an A4 stamp set from Rare Earth 

Above a box of Fairy cards using a plethora of Fairy Hugs stamps, all are available from Julia here or in the States here. I won't list them all as there are about twenty in total so will just name the Fairies who are called Lantana, Tara and Olivia. I have followed a Black White with Pink as my plus one, although I used crystal white glitter which looks perfectly white irl, but has distinct green hues in the photos which I re-did several times to no avail. 

The backgrounds are all done with Oxide sprays Kitsch Flamingo and Picked Raspberry and stamping with Versafine Clair Nocturne. The box was made using an old TL die set, one I probably use more than any other as I love the shape.

For my second plus one above I have gone yellow as I love the striking contract with black and white, plus it gives subtle hints of Spring on the way in a few weeks. The stamp is from AALL and Create, the blooms stamped a second time and decoupaged, some mesh from a greenhouse day he may even realise I do this regularly and all sorts of things end up in my craft room!! I also added a few worker stamps into the background, a sentiment from another set stamped onto vellum, the single word 'Moments', some twine and a little metal tag.

Happy weekend everyone, stay safe and well and my thanks for your visits.
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