Tuesday 18 June 2024

Summer Rose and Buck House


Morning everyone, it's mid way reminder time at We Love Stamping and Stamping Sensations where our themes are Fabulous Florals as selected my me (transparent as ever) and a Mood Board along with the usual option of AG with your stamped element. 

Note added: MIA and apols for lack of visits. Nearly eleven weeks, several GP telecom consults and A&E visits fobbing me off with a Crohn's flare up, Thursday an A&E registrar listened, sent me for a CT scan, stones in both kidneys (again) and one lodged in the urethra so today a 'day trip' to have the lodged one dealt with.

Back to my shares and I wasn't terribly happy with the colours of my WLS make above as the pocket looks way off colour from the Rose, in reality the colours were pretty close. Made the pocket from a 12x12 sheet of Bazzil, score board and border dies, AALL and Create Rosy Posey stencil (138) and Sent with Love stamp set (831), stitching stamped from Time Heals All (1110). I would like to share this at the Path of Positivity challenge. 


More Lavinia using again the Digitalis, Felicity sitting in the fore contemplating her day and a kaleidoscope of Butterflies appropriately called Flutterbies. The sentiment is a really old one from Stamp Addicts.

And a couple of the first official photos from our day at Buckingham Palace for the Investiture. I was waiting for more before I shared but the system is rather archaic and they are sent hard copy proofs, a few at a time, these scanned so not as clear as I would like. Owen is not one for fuss and bother but said he throughly enjoyed the day. 

As you can see he's grey, myself and his siblings we all went that way at school (Clairol is my best friend!). When he was first in the Police Force he was nicknamed badger as at the time he still a a hint of black down the sides, as he climbed the ranks and moved to the Home Office the name seemed to disappear, wonder why!


Saturday 15 June 2024

Masculine


Morning everyone, a new challenge at Allsorts and this week I am your host and given tomorrow is Fathers Day a theme of 'Masculine' seemed appropriate, plus I know it's one that pushes some of us (me included) outside our comfort zone so really is a challenge. Prizes come from Craft StashHighlight Crafts and AALL and Create.

It's been a long whilst since I bought any new Penny Black stamps as the cost of them in the UK now is pretty prohibitive. But I had seen a couple that really appealed for landscape scenes so decided to treat myself and here's the result of my first play. Above alcohol inks using a puffer and heat gun to move the colours about to create a (sort of) scenic feel then stamping with black archival ink. The sets used are Panoramic and just the trees from Snowy Village.


The same sets used here onto a Pan Pastel background and Fox and grasses from Lavinia. I felt the fence and bushes needed some Birds so managed to mask the wire on the larger stamp to add a few.

Saturday 8 June 2024

Just dream


Morning everyone, a new challenge at Allsorts where Lolo would love to see 'Flowers galore'. Prizes come from Craft StashHighlight Crafts and AALL and Create. Also got a couple of photos to share further down, a fun one of the Horses and the Poppies are out!

AALL and Create released a beautiful new collection this week designed by Abs, I'll be honest and say I've declined some of the recent releases as I'm not a colourist and felt I couldn't do them justice. But as this release is floral I was persuaded to give it a go and above one of those samples. I used Best You Ever Had (1176), Bound to Return (1179), Explosive Bombosive (6) and Power of the Word (754).

I would like to enter this into the new Path of Positivity challenge where theres an optional theme of Goals/Dreams. 

In other news, migraines so, so, still there with the odd clear day, but don't think as violent as the last few months so maybe the treatment is doing something to help. I had an interesting 'educational' day yesterday, the consultant I see for Pernicious Anaemia asked me to be the patient in a video for NHS distribution aimed at encouraging GP practices to promote self injection of B12. I'm lucky as the district nurse does mine every six weeks, but many struggle to get one every twelve weeks, my Daughter and eldest Granddaughter included who both have PA, so I'm hopeful the video will help many like them, it affects far more women than men.

I was hesitant as unlike insulin and migraine injections which come in pre loaded pens and pretty easy to administer, this is a standard needle and injection, but first one done and wasn't that bad actually which is just as well as I need to do them every other day for a good few months to try and get on top of all that's going wrong with my body. 


A second one using flowers from a number of MCS collections, all cut on the Scan and Cut and my favourite Penny Black sentiment, the card was for the Birthday of one of our Granddaughter in laws who celebrated her Birthday this week, she loves Autumnal colours.


Anysia decided the Horses needed new facial fly protection, left it with her to choose and this is what we ended up with, not sure they are impressed? Left to right, my big boy Heskey, Merlin and Penelope.

The first Oriental Poppies came into bloom this week, heres one of them....


Have a good weekend everyone.

Sunday 2 June 2024

Luka on the lookout


Morning everyone, time for new challenges at We Love Stamping and Stamping Sensations where our themes are Fabulous Florals as selected my me (transparent as ever) and a Mood Board along with the usual option of AG with your stamped element. 

At We Love Stamping we have a whole host of prizes to give away as we celebrate 15 years of the challenge blog, it's changed names along the way but still dedicated to stamping and even one or two original DT's. At Stamping Sensations there are some recent Lavinia releases to be won.

Above I've used stamps from this months Lavinia release along with several others and a first outing for some of the new Versafine Clair colours. It's the colours and Digitalis that I have take from the mood board at SS to build up my scene.


My WLS card using one of AALL and Creates DL border stamps, I really like the size of these and it's rather a shame they no longer produce this size and the one I have used here now sold out. An Oxide background, colour to the stamped image, some twine and words from Power of the Word (754).


And this has to be a first, I've actually got the right day to share my May exchange in the Card Chain Challeng following the colours of gold, raspberry and blueberry along with the added stencil option. I used Lavinia's new large Pixie Boot stamp along with lots of smaller worker stamps, my card went to Jo. By sheer coincidence the colours also fit rather nicely with our mood board at Stamping Sensations.

Really hope you will join us this month.

Saturday 1 June 2024

Lots of layers


Morning everyone, a new challenge at Allsorts where Sarah would like to see 'Lots of layers'. Our prize for this week is a bundle of Christmas items, stamps, DP's and stickers.

I did warn there were more AALL and Create washi tape cards in the pipeline, this one uses Sunflower and Hare (102). There are twelve (at the moment) in the layering collection which come in different widths, I'm not sure how many projects you could make with each roll, but I've made five with this roll as they sell well at the RSPCA shop and theres still plenty left for more.


My trusty Tattered Lace hexagonal dies were used on both of these, sentiments on the first form one of my upcoming sentiment sets and on the other is I believe, an old Penny Black.


I've also got one for the current Snippets Playground, not my norm at all but I've been crafting in a bedroom the last couple of weeks as my craft room is under renovation/redecoration so it's been a matter of what I can create where and stamping's defo not been an option. 

Was going to be a straightforward redecoration, until hubby decided to remove the false ceiling to reveal the original Victorian vaulted one, the room's 20' long so really open's it up and makes it much lighter, but also means lots more work ensued.
 

Lots of snippets, Personal Impressions dies along with an embossed panel using an 8x8 folder and guess what, I remembered to take a photo.


Hope everyone has a good weekend and thanks as always for your visits.

Saturday 25 May 2024

The Roaring 20's


Morning everyone, a new challenge at Allsorts and Ellie has selected the theme 'Blast from the Past', a real fun one. We have prizes from Stampendous.

I decided the MCS Art Deco ladies would be perfect for the theme and used three along with a border stencil from Sweet Poppy which has a distinct feel of that era. Looking back at fashions over the years, it's this period that I most admire and would love to have sported some of those outfits.


Each image printed out, die cut and mounted onto the base and an envelope to match each of the three cards.

Had a little interlude in hospital on an IV this week due to Crohn's/Diverticulitis issues, scans and tests ongoing.....I like to add variety to life, but no migraine on two days (yahhhhh)! Did manage a little crafting and tried out some of my new Versafine Clair colours, so far my favs have to be Hawthorn Rose which is just gorgeous, not pink, not lilac, somewhere in-between and Artic, I'm not a blue person but it's nice for Christmas cards


Rudolph Days challenge kicks off again today and I was prepared for a change and have this to share. A mixture of Penny Black and Lavinia stamps and I reverted right back to PB days, inked the fence and trees with DI's, cleaned the stamps whilst still in place on the platform, inked with Versafine and heat embossed with detail clear EP. This allowed me to add the Pan Pastels without muting the colours of the stamping. 

Happy weekend all, if your in the UK a nice long one.

Saturday 18 May 2024

Celebrations all round


Morning everyone, today is our 15th Birthday at Allsorts and it's sobering to realise that's 871 challenges and don't think I've missed one which makes me very ancient I guess!

So of course we have very special prizes up for grabs from the generous guys at AALL and Create, oh my goodness just take a look. As Allsorts is 15 we had to have 15 winners.


Those who are into their A&C products will know recent releases have included some fabulous washi tapes, rub on's and DP's so being a lucky girl who gets to play with their goodies I've used some for my samples this week. The AALL and Create washi tape used on the above collection is called Free the Birds (75) and also one of their new die sets called Tag it Yourself (27). If you've not used these new layering washi tapes yet then you really need to give them a try as they are such fun.


I've used some of the new rub on's from AALL and Create on this one, Acid Blends (5) along with Textured Florals stamps (531) and Tick Tock ephemera (26). The sentiment from my Moments stamp set, link in the name and it's also back in stock at Create and Craft. In the months waiting for my treatment and unable to stamp I found the washi tapes and rub on's invaluable so be warned there are more to come. 

I am popping to the Path of Positivity challenge with this one, their optional twist is Art/Creativity, the words Art and Inspire are on background.

It's also mid month inspiration time at We Love Stamping and Stamping Sensations and at the first June sees another celebration.  


My shares for the mid months posts, the one below following the mood board at Stamping Sensations with an inky background and distress crackle paste to create the sun rays. Stamps are AALL and Create Anemone (980), Fully Fledged (751) and Watering Can (438), some washi tape and a few TRR flowers tucked in as well. The words above and below a sneak peek from of one of my new stamps sets coming shortly.


The one below was (after a change of word replacing Vintage with Rose) a Birthday card for our ex DIL whose name is Rose so perfect for her. Some recycled corrugate, gold Tilson dusted over, Rosy Posey stencil (138) in the background and Rose from Sent with Love (831). The word Rose I used to replace is on the same stamp set.


The challenges run until 29th May so still plenty of time to join in. 

After some hope last week there's been a bit of a downturn with a migraine every day, on a couple they only lasted a few hours but others 24/7 so at moment looking like the Albation failed. But the spinal and cervical nerve blocks seem to have kicked in and pain in the left hand/arm and lower back much better, so if I get a decent day migraine wise will get stamping to test the water.

A note about the new colours of Versafine Clair, I know lots are still trying to get hold of them and First Stop Stationers are expecting new stocks in the next couple of weeks. They told me their first allocation of 600 sold out in under 24 hours, but you can advance order if you call them to reserve and make payment. They are so reliable and their prices are pretty competitive as well! I've not used any of mine yet but some of the colours look really lovely.

Saturday 11 May 2024

Spots and Stripes and amazing skies


Morning everyone, a new challenge at Allsorts and Lorraine would like to see some 'Spots and Strips'. We have prizes from Stampendous.

Allsorts celebrates it's 15th Birthday next week and there are awesome prizes, so please help us spread the word........and talking of words, theres a play on them in the logo to give you a hint of what's to come!

A stencilled spotty background and flowers from AALL and Create Hellebore (1063) which were stamped onto inky offcuts, cut out and arranged onto the base. Words from the same set and quote form my Believe stamp set. I would also like to share this at The Path of Positivity challenge.

Many thanks for your visits, know I've been a tardy blogger with all that's been going on but a glimmer of hope following the Albation, I've had two days this week with only a few hours of migraine.

Addendum: Amazing North Lights/Aurora Borealis skies in our parts last night....

Sunday 5 May 2024

Magnolias and Palace visit


Morning everyone, time for new challenges at We Love Stamping and Stamping Sensations where our themes are Vintage as selected by Lynn and a Mood Board to celebrate Pinky's birth month, along with the usual option of A/G with your stamped element.

Further down an insight into the weeks activities!

Above a page from an old book, some inky treatment then stamped the Penny Black Magnolia using my stamp platform to build up the colour. Butterfly, words from AALL and Create (754) and the word Vintage computer generated. Plus an envie to match. 


More AALL and Create, this time Watering Can (437), flowers from Hexapetalistic (978) Woody the Woodpecker from Follow your own Path (563), all cut out on the Scan and Cut and washi tape which I coloured in parts to carry the colours. When I use the S&C to cut elements most are stamped into snippets, it's a great way to use them all up, so I'm off to the Snippets Playground with this one.

The Palace visit was amazing, although not many photos to share as phones and belongings had to be handed in after walking through the Grand Entrance (where we see carriages arrive on TV footage). A limited number of photos were allowed in the central courtyard after the ceremony, but most of the photos were official ones which will be available shortly.


The Princess Royal officiated and displayed her usual sense of humour when Owen replied to a question and mentioned details of one of his meetings where the Queen, her Mother was present. The actual ceremony took place in the Throne Room and it was sobering realising how many Monarchs had been seated there over the centuries.

We were treated to a mini tour of some rooms, the Music Room with an amazing domed ceiling where many Royal Christenings have taken place including the (then) Princess Royal and Prince of Wales. The Blue Room is a huge galleried room of ornate furniture and fine china pieces, The White Room houses the Erard grand piano, a gift to Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, a beautiful gold piece with inlaid carvings in shades of pink. We were seated alongside it on a huge chaise lounge and gold embroidered chairs for a time and I would so love to have taken a photo of all. 

That room also has the late Queens secret door leading to her private quarter's, disguised as a huge ornate mirror. The Equerry who escorted our party explaining everything in great detail said it's original purpose was to ensure the Queen could leave one gathering without doubling up on distance and move on refreshed to attend the next.

The room which had a great impact on me was the Queens Gallery (recently re-named by her eldest Son as the Picture Gallery), it houses the Worlds largest display of works by Venetian artist Canaletto. Being a lover of Venice, the artwork really appealed.

Just a few photos, the best I can offer at the moment, taken over the shoulders of one of the official photographers....

After the ceremony we had a champagne dinner at the Oxo Tower, Harvey Nichols restaurant, which by coincidence is where my outfit came from! We met up with Owen's daughters (two of our elder Granddaughters) and all was delicious especially my chocolate and cherry creation.

Added bonus of the day, you'll need to be a sport enthusiast to appreciate this one, Jeff Settling late of Sky TV was there to receive an MBE, we had a long chat with him and his wife and got an update on Hartlepool United.....again you'll need to know who he is to get that one!

Finally, I went into hospital first thing the morning after the Palace excitement, had both spinal and head procedures done, the latter required 48 hours rest as I opted for spinal anesthesia rather than a general, so it's taken a bit longer than planned to write this. Due back for a check up Wednesday.

Back to challenges and really hope you will join in with our themes this month.

Saturday 4 May 2024

Flight of the Dragonfly


Morning everyone, a new challenge at Allsorts and Liz would like to see 'More than one Fold'. Prizes come from Oakwood and Highlight Crafts. I'm out of hospital but a bit fragile so will update on the weeks special events tomorrow.

A tri fold tag card using AALL and Create Tag it Yourself dies(27), Oopsa stencil (161), Wingbrushed (1107) and Time Heals (1110). A brayered and stencilled background, pot from Containers (401) plus a few left over flowers and Squirrel from Highlight TRR collections.


Allsorts celebrates it's 15th Birthday in a couple of weeks and there are awesome prizes, know we always have good ones but believe me this will be sooooo special. So please share the logo to help us spread the word........and talking of words, theres a play on them in the logo to give you a hint of what's to come!