Friday, 18 May 2018

Close To Nature with Crafty Individuals

Hello there,

It's time for some mid-month inspiration over at Stamping Sensations and I'd like to share a card with you that I've made using two of the latest stamps by Crafty Individuals.   Our theme this month is 'Close to Nature' and I think these stamps fit the bill for that just perfectly.  The stamps are absolutely beautiful and the one with the Pied Wagtail on is definitely one of my all time favourites.  Although this stamp looks fabulous when it's stamped just in black, I thought I'd opt for something a little different and so I've stamped it using Adirondack Cranberry.  Here it is:

The image in the frame is another new stamp, designed by Jean Hardy at Crafty Individuals.

If you haven't joined us already this month, then I hope that this post might inspire you to do so.

Take care and Happy Crafting,
Sandra x

Sunday, 13 May 2018


Hello there,

I'm here today to share a few more of the samples that I made for Inkylicious' show on Hochanda last week and today, it's all about Unicorns:

I'm sorry that it's only a very short post again but things are very busy at the moment with one thing and another.  Hopefully, things should be back to normal again in the next week or two and I'll then have a little more time to spend in my craft room.

Take care and I hope the sun shines for you wherever you are x

I'd like to add some of these cards into the following challenges:

Allsorts - In The Pink - (Card No. 2)
Penny Black and More - Anything Goes - (Card No. 1)
The Artistic Stamper - Backgrounds - (Card No. 3)

Sunday, 6 May 2018

We're 'Close to Nature' at Stamping Sensations

Hello to you all on this Sunday morning,

It's time for a new challenge over Stamping Sensations and our theme this time is 'Close to Nature.'

Here's the card that I've made:

Now we are very generously sponsored this month by the lovely Lesley Wharton from Chocolate Baroque.  The prize that Lesley is offering is their fabulous 'Wild Meadow 'A4 stamp set, along with a sheet of 'Cling a Ling' to mount them on.  It just so happens that the Wild Meadow set was the first set of stamps that I ever bought from Chocolate Baroque, many moons ago and so I decided to make my cards with some of those stamps today.

I started by creating my background using Fossilized Amber Distress Ink, Adirondack Peach Bellini and Memento Nautical Blue.  My mountains were made using Memento Tuxedo Black.  Once I was happy with my background, I then used Versafine black Onyx to stamp the silhouette flowers.  I also used second generation stamping to give more of a sense of depth.  I do love using Versafine ink as it gives such a clear image but unfortunately, it does smudge quite easily, so for this reason, I heat embossed the flowers with a clear embossing powder to set the image.  I then used Adirondack Water Melon around the top of my card, then Nautical Blue followed by Tuxedo Black around the bottom.  Had I not heat embossed my card, then this would have been the point where it all went wrong. The sentiment that I've used is by Andy Skinner.

This card makes me think of warm Summer days and I hope that it might inspire you to join us in this month's challenge.

Stamping Sensations is a stamping challenge, so we must see a stamped image, sentiment or quote as the focal element of your artwork, this means: Stamping must be the central point of attention and interest.

All the details of our challenge rules can be found here

Please note:  If we don't comment on your entry it will be because it doesn't follow our theme to qualify under our rules, or because we are asked to sign in or provide additional data to comment on third part hosts such as Instagram, Flickr or Facebook etc.  We really don't want to be rude but we do want to be fair to those who follow the rules.

That's all from me for now, so I'll wish you a happy and peaceful day x

Friday, 4 May 2018

Inkylicious Seaside Samples - May 18

Hello again,

The lovely Deby and Emma from Inkylicious were on Hochanda today at 2pm.  If you missed the show, then you can always watch it on Catch Up at Hochanda for the next couple of weeks.

Well I have to say that when I collected these stamps from Deby, it was like Christmas Day for me.  There were so many beautiful stamps that I hardly knew where to start as I wanted to play with them all at once! :)  As I've made quite a few cards, I'll share them over the next few weeks so that you don't get too fed up of seeing my posts.  I do thank you all for your patience as this is my third post this week and ordinarily, I would only post twice at the most. 

Here are just some of the things that I've made:

This is something a little different for me but I was really pleased how it turned out:

I glued some Ice Cream sticks together and painted them with black acrylic paint.  
Next, I dusted over with white ink before applying the colours.  
I then stencilled in the moon with white ink and mountains with black acrylic.
I used a white pen to add some stars and to give the water a moonlit look.

Next is a little gift bag that I've decorated using the gorgeous new
round shell stamp which I've heat embossed in white. 
The sentiment and image in the center are from the new
A5 Seaside Elements stamp set.  The crackle background was made using this stamp

Again using the new Shell stamp and the picture in the center is made
from the Seaside Elements A5 set.  I've used the Worn Paint stamp in
the background too

Thursday, 3 May 2018

More Crafty Individual Samples - May 18

Hello there,

I do hope that you're all keeping well and happy.

I'm here today to share a few more of my Crafty Individual samples:

Featuring CI-493 (New Stamp)

 Featuring: CI-207, CI-436, CI-438, Victoria Corner, New Bird Die, 

Featuring: Springtime Paper Pad, CI-436, CI-437, CI-151

                                                Featuring CI-493 (New Stamp) CI-436, CI-478

Don't forget to set your recorders again tomorrow (Friday the 4th of May) as Deby and Emma from Inkylicious have a two hour show on Hochanda staring at 2pm.  They have some gorgeous new stamps on, and  I'll be back again soon to share some cards that I made for that show.  Until then, I wish you all a happy day x

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Crafty Individuals Silhouette Flowers

Hello there,

Did you see Jean from Crafty Individuals and Lesley from Chocolate Baroque working their magic on Hochanda this morning?  If you missed the show, then you can always watch it on catch up for the next couple of weeks.

I'm here today to share some of my samples with you:

Featuring CI-495 (New Stamp)

Featuring CI-367

Featuring: CI-365, CI-287

I'll be back to share more samples with you soon in a couple of days, until then, stay happy x

Sunday, 29 April 2018

Rudolph Day - April 18

Hello there,

Well here we are again and time for another 'Rudolph Day' challenge over at Scrappy Mo's.  This month I've made a card using stamps by Crafty Individuals and I decided to use non-traditional colours:

Sorry for my lack of blogging recently.  First of all, my old beloved computer gave up the ghost and so I've been getting used to a new one with Windows 10......that's been fun!  I've also been busy making samples for Crafty Individuals who are on Hochanda 1st of May and for Inkylicious who are on Hochanda on the 4th of May, so lots to keep me busy but not much time to be at my computer.

Thank you to my loyal band of blogging friends for their continued visits and kind comments, you are all very much appreciated.

That's all from me for now and I hope to be back with you all soon x

I would also like to enter this card into the following challenges:

The Holly and the Ivy Christmas challenge - Anything Christmas Goes

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