Thursday, 17 August 2017

New stamps at Crafty Individuals

Hello there you crafty lot,

I have some good news for all of you Crafty Individuals fans out there as they have just released seven new stamps to add to their fabulous range.  Here's a couple of the samples that I've made them over the last couple of weeks:

Featuring CI-480 and CI-481

Featuring CI-478 CI-209 and CI-460

I do hope you like them and I'll be back with a few more over the next few days.

All of these gorgeous stamps are currently on offer at Crafty Individuals, so why not pop over there and grab yourself a bargain.

Take care and Happy crafting x 






Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Visible Image meets Inktense

Hello there,

I'd just like to say many thanks to my loyal band of followers for the lovely comments that you've left recently, they're really appreciated, and so are you! :)

I really been impressed with the artwork that I've seen around using  Derwent Inktense pencils and I was thrilled when my lovely Hubby treated me to a set a couple of weeks back.  I was instantly impressed when I saw the depth of colour that you can achieve with them in comparison with the normal water colour pencils. I also love how they just blend so effortlessly.  I've coloured in a few images which I'll share will you at a later date but I thought I'd try something a little different for me which was definitely out of my comfort zone and here's the result:


I've used this fabulous stamp set by Visible image on several occasions but I thought I'd try to be a little more artistic with this one.  Although there's lots that I need to try and improve on, I'm reasonably pleased with this as a first attempt. 

I started by stamping the cat's face using Versafine ink.  Once this was completely dry, I then used my new pencils to add the colour before using a water colour brush to blend it all.

I'm adding this card to the following challenges:

Penny Black and More - All Creatures Great and Small

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Deckchairs By The Sea

Hello there,

I hope that you've all enjoyed your weekend.

I'd like to share a card with you that was featured in last month's edition of Craft Stamper magazine:


The main focal image is one of my absolute favourites from Crafty Individuals.  I love it because it's so full of fun and it reminds me of those careless days spent splashing around in the sea, when time just didn't matter.  The guy in the deckchair is a stamp that I've had for ages by Sheena Douglass.  He looks quite relaxed, don't you think? 

The background was made by spritzing water onto Distress inks on my craft mat and then dragging my card through it.  Once it was dry, I then used Seaside stamps by Sweet Dixie and the same inks so that everything would tone in nicely.  I added some Fluffy Puffy stuff on the incoming tide to add some dimension and to give it more of a realistic look.  

That's all from me today but I hope to be back with you all soon, until then, enjoy the rest of your day x 


Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Pretty Flamingos

Hello There,

Thank you for your very kind comments on my last post and 'Hello' to my new followers.  Thank you for joining me on my crafting journey and I hope you'll visit often.

I'm here today to share with you a card that I recently made for Crafty Individuals featuring their 'Pretty Flamingos'


I'm fairly new to using acrylic paints but I thought I would try using them with these stamps. I really like the depth of colour that you can achieve with them and I think this card has quite a tropical feel to it, what do you think?

I would like to add this card into the following challenges:

Penny Black and More - All Creatures Great and Small
The Artistic Stamper - Anything Goes

Sunday, 6 August 2017

I've Gone Fishing at Stamping Sensations

Hello there,

It's time for a new challenge over at Stamping Sensations and our theme this time is 'Anything Goes.' I have to say that this gives everyone lots of scope to get their creative juices flowing and we really hope that you'll be able to join us.

I decided to make a colourful scenic card this time and I hope that you like it:


I started by using Ink Dusters to colour in the background with Memento Dandelion before masking over the water and then dusting again with Memento Rose Bud, Danube Blue and Adirondack Denim.  I also used the same colours in the top right hand corner.  Once I was happy with my background, I then used a stencil to create the mountains with Rich Cocoa ink and I used the same ink to stamp the trees.  I had originally intended to stamp everything in brown but then I decided that using black in the foreground would give the image more perspective, what do you think?  

All the stamps and stencils that I've used are by Inkylicious.  

We are very kindly sponsored this month by Swedish House Crafts:

We really hope that you'll be able to join us for this month's challenge but please remember that we are a stamping challenge and we need to see stamping as your main focal image. 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 so I wish you a very happy and colourful day x

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenge:

The Artistic Stamper - Anything Goes

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

A Poppy With Love

Hello there,

When I saw this weeks challenge over at Allsorts, I knew that I had to join in as I absolutely love Poppies.

I made this card a while back for someone who's going through a tough time at the moment and this challenge seemed like the perfect time so share my card with you all, so here it is:


I started by stamping the Inkylicious Watercolour Poppies and then masking them before I created my background.
The background was made by dabbing Distress inks onto my craft mat and then spritzing with water. I then added a little more colour by sponging it directly onto my card. Once I was happy with my background, I then removed the mask and coloured the poppies using Spectrum Noir markers.

Thank you for your visit today and I'll be back with you again soon as we have a new challenge starting on Sunday at Stamping Sensations.  Until then, enjoy the rest of your week and stay happy x

Sunday, 30 July 2017

It's all 'Black and White'

Hello there,

I do hope that you're all well and that life is treating you all kind.

I'm here today to share a card that I've made for this month's challenge over at The Artistic Stamper blog.  Their theme this time is 'Black and White.'


I've opted to make quite a simple but classy looking card using one of my favourite stamps by Flonzcraft.  I just love this Gibson Girl, she's so beautiful and I never tire of using her.  I've made the border using the Flourishing Vine stamp by Inkylicious.

That was short and sweet for me!  I hope to be back with you all soon x


Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Rudolf Days - July 17

Hello there,

That's another month gone by and time again for another 'Rudolf Days' challenge over at Scrappy Mo's blog.

The card that I'm sharing with you today is another sample that I made for Crafty Individuals and here it is:

 Featuring: CI-446, CI-327, CI-241, CI-254
The background was made using Distress inks.

Take care and I'll be back with you soon x

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

Cardz 4 Galz #52 - Christmas or Winter
Pixie's Snippets Playground - Weeks 291 and 292
The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge #11 -  Anything Christmas Goes


Sunday, 23 July 2017

Summer Seaside Fun

Good morning to you all and I hope that you're all enjoying your weekend.

I'd like to thank you all for the lovely comments that you've left on my recent blog posts. I really appreciate each and every one of them.

I'm here today to share with you a piece of art that I made last week. I was just having a browse through my favourite blogs when I came across this gorgeous tag by my lovely Stamping Sensations teamie Joan of Late Night Stamping. I was stunned by the sea and just how realistic it looked.

I have some acrylic paints that I bought quite recently to use with my Gelli Plate but I've never really used them to actually paint with so I thought that I'd give it a go. Using the paints definitely allows you to add more movement than when just using inks alone.  I let the sea dry and then I used a cotton wool ball and some white acrylic paint to add the sea foam on the incoming tide. I was pleasantly surprised with the outcome and so I decided to add some of my favourite stamps from Crafty Individuals to complete the seaside scene.


Thank you to Jean Hardy for sharing this last week on the Crafty Individuals blog.

Many thanks for your visit today and I'll be back with you again on the 25th with a card for Rudolf Days  x


Friday, 21 July 2017

A Card For A Lovely Lady

Hello there,

I'd like to share with you today a card that I made for a lovely friend of mine who celebrated her 80th birthday last week. She doesn't like a lot of fuss but she does have a good eye for all things pretty, so I knew this card had to be a special one for her.  It's quite different to my usual inky style but it does us all good every now and then to make something a little different from the norm. I also made a matching box which I completely forgot to take a photograph of.  She loved the box so much that she stood it next to the card, bless her.


Ordinarily when I make cards like this one, I would use a printer and choose an ornate font in silver to make a personalised sentiment for the front but as I don't have a printer at the moment, I had to stamp the front using some stamps and a number die which came free with a Papercraft magazine.

I made the background of the card using the Spellbinders Elegant Labels Four set that I've had for a while now and the Lilies and some of the Ivy were made using some Tattered Lace Floral Dies from the set that I won in the March challenge at Stamping Sensations.  The Lilies were made with plain white card and then I coloured them using Cranberry Adirondack ink to match the background colour.

The Floral set is fabulous and the Lilies are definitely one of my favourites from the set as they are so detailed.  I occasionally have a batch making session and then ink them up using a variety of different colours. I find this much easier than having to sit and make the flowers at the time of needing a card.

Thank you for visiting and I wish you a happy and colourful day x


Saturday, 15 July 2017

Christmas in July!

Hello there,

As I'm getting ready to add my card to this blog post, I can already hear many of you shouting....Noooooooo, not Christmas already, so I'll keep it brief!

Jean Hardy from Crafty Individuals was on Hochanda yesterday sharing her gorgeous Christmas stamps and other festive products.  I made several samples for the shows which I hope to share with you over the coming weeks.  I thought Jean did really well and she looked relaxed throughout the two shows.  Her demos were fabulous and if you missed the shows, then you can always watch them on Hochanda rewind for the next couple of weeks.

The first card I'm sharing with you is the one which I gave you a sneaky peek of in my last post so here's the full card:

Featuring: CI-241, CI-327, CI-456, CI-462, CI-463

This one was shown a few times and is one of my favourites.  It's a shame that they didn't take the tag out as It has another one lovely stamp on it.  Fortunately, I did take a photo before I sent it off to Jean, so here's how it looks:


I hope you like this and I'll post more of my samples over the coming weeks.

Take care and enjoy your weekend, whatever you may be doing x 

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Crafty Individuals on Hochanda

Hello there my crafty friends,

I'd just like to let you all know that the lovely Jean Hardy has two shows on Hochanda tomorrow (14th of July) at 3pm and 7pm and will be featuring some of her beautiful Crafty Individual Christmas stamps and other products too.

I thoroughly enjoyed making the Christmas samples for the show and maybe we might see a couple of them tomorrow. I hope you'll be able to watch or record the show but if not, then you can always watch it on catch up for a couple of weeks after.  I can't wait to see what gorgeous samples Jean and my teamies have made too :)

I'll leave you today with a card that I've recently made using one of the latest Crafty Individual stamps and also a sneaky peak at part of one of the samples that I've made for the show:



  Good luck for tomorrow Jean and I can't wait to watch your fabulous demos x

I'd like to enter the first card into the following challenges:

Monday, 10 July 2017

What You See

Hello there and a happy Monday morning to you all.

A few weeks back, I went to the Stamp Magic show at Doncaster and I bought a few more Inkylicious stamps to add to my ever growing collection.  When I recently saw the Rubber Dance July Colour Challenge, knew this was the perfect opportunity to take out my stamps one of my new stamps and get it inked up for the first time and here's the card that I've made for the challenge:


I knew that I would be using quite a lot of water on this project and so I used a glossy card as it doesn't buckle when the water is added.  I started by putting the three colours onto my a piece of acetate and then spritzing them with water before smooching the colours onto my card.  When I was happy with the colour, I stamped the eye in VersaFine Black Onyx before embossing with a detailed black powder.  I then added several drips under the eye in the three colours to look like tear drops.  Next, I used my Ink Dusters to add more colour and also a star stencil over the colours to add a little more interest.

The card was just a little too big for an A6 card, so I used a square card and added a few Tim Holtz Floral die cuts in black to finish the card off.

The stamp is by Inkylicious and the inks that I've used are: Distress Fossilized Amber; Wilted Violet and Adirondack Raspberry.

Wishing you all a happy and colourful week and I'll be back with you on Thursday to share some exciting news about the next Crafty Individuals show on Hochanda x

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

That's Crafty July - Anything Goes
Craft Stamper TIMI - Anything Goes

Saturday, 8 July 2017

Craft Stamper Treescape

Hello there,

Here's my Treescape that was published in the July edition of Craft Stamper Magazine:


And here's a sneaky peak at part of my card that's in the August edition.  I'll share the whole card with you when Craft Stamper publish their next edition:




10/7/17 Update:
I'm really sorry for any confusion caused by my changes to this blog post but I have now received confirmation from Craft Stamper that their guidelines haven't changed and that you are still allowed to post any published work on publication of their following magazine, so I've added the picture again.

Kind regards, Sandra x

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:










Thursday, 6 July 2017

Serenity

Hello there,

I hope that you're all well and happy.

Before I start this post, I'd just like to say thank you to all of you for the very kind comments that I received on my last, and on my previous posts, they're very much appreciated.  I would also like to say 'Hello' to my new followers and thank you for joining me on my crafting journey.

I received some new stamps from Chocolate Baroque on this morning and I've been having a play with them.  I had two vouchers to use and as soon as I saw the Serenity and Tranquillity stamp sets, I knew they were the ones for me. Here's my card:


I'm happy with the result, other than the Water Lilies which I think needed to be paler but every day's a learning day and I'll try a lighter colour next time.

I'd like to say a big thank you to Lesley Wharton and her team for despatching my order so promptly. The service from start to finish was exemplary and it took just two days to arrive with me, so I was thrilled this morning when the post arrived as I was able to get stamping right away.

Take care and I'll be back with you all soon x

Sunday, 2 July 2017

'Anything With Flowers' at Stamping Sensations and some happy news!

Today is a very happy day for me, let me tell you why.........

When I started my blog just over two years ago, the very first card challenge that I entered was Stamping Sensations.  I was lucky enough to win that challenge which then gave me the confidence to keep on blogging and to try out new things and new challenges.  It's always been special to me, so you can't believe the absolute joy that I felt when Brenda and her team invited me to join them on their Design Team.  I'm pleased to say that I accepted their kind invitation without hesitation and today is my debut at Stamping Sensations.

Before I share with you the cards that I've made, I would just like to say a very special and heartfelt thank you to Brenda, and to each and every one of her Design Team for making me feel so welcome. I really appreciate it and I'm looking forward to new friendships and to the challenges ahead.

On to business now and this month's challenge which it 'Anything With Flowers.' We are very kindly sponsored this month by Crafty Individuals and the lucky winner will receive a £35 voucher to spend on their fabulous stamps.

Now I also recently joined the Design Team over at Crafty Individuals, so when I found out that they were to be the sponsors for this months challenge, it just felt like it was all meant to be and I couldn't wait to get my stamps out and get cracking, so here's the first card that I've made for this month's challenge using one of the latest stamps by Crafty Individuals CI-470:


I actually created the image using several layers but they don't really show too well on the picture above so I've taken the one below from a different angle which shows this much better.


I started by stamping just the Rose part of the stamp by inking it with a Spectrum Aqua marker (Spice) and then stamping randomly around the outside of my background. I didn't cover it completely as I wanted to leave some of the card plain around the main focal image.

I coloured the Rose using the same marker and then used various Distress and Adirondack inks to add more colours and shading to it, and also to the rest of the image as you can see from the photo above.

Here's my second card using Crafty Individuals CI-472


I started by painting the image with Distress and Adirondack inks.  I love purple and yellow as a colour combination, so this was the first choice for me as I thought that they would work perfectly with this beautiful image.

Once the image was finished, I set about making a background to match.  I started by dusting over the card with the Adirondack Sunshine Yellow and Distress Wilted Violet. I then stamped randomly with CI-017 and CI-194 to add the subtle script and music.  I used a Harlequin stencil to replicate the Harlequin pattern on the main focal image.  I then finished by giving it a splattering of water and lifting it off with a paper towel,

We really hope that you'll be able to join us for this month's challenge but please remember that we are a stamping challenge and we need to see stamping as your main focal image. 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 so I wish you a very happy and colourful day x





  

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Stay Wild

Hello there,

I do hope that you've all enjoyed the glorious weather here in the UK. I have to say that it's a little cooler today and I'm really enjoying the breeze.

I'd like to share a card with you that I've made using Visible Image's Stay Wild Stamp. It is definitely one of my favourites of theirs and I have a few that I made up using different colours. I made this one using Adirondack Cranberry. If you look carefully you can see how I've stamped the smaller horses around the main image:


I made the background by adding a a few different shades of pink and red onto my blending mat and then spritzing with water before pressing my card into it.  I love the new Distress Oxide inks but sadly, I don't yet own any, so I tried to achieve a similar effect by dabbing randomly with a touch of bleach.  It obviously doesn't give the same result but I'm happy with my background.  

I'm adding this card to:

Enjoy the rest of the week and I'll be back with you all soon x 

Friday, 9 June 2017

Favourite Stamp at Stamping Sensations

Hello there,

I really enjoy taking part in the Stamping Sensations Challenge but I had to think long and hard before entering this month.  Their challenge this time is to 'Use Your Favourite Stamp.'  Let's be honest here, that's like asking you to choose which one of your children is your favourite.........well maybe not quite the same ;)

After giving this some serious thought, I came to the decision that mine would probably be the 'Twiggy Branch' by Inkylicious.  I use this stamp so often to frame many my scenic images and here's the card that I've made for the challenge using that very stamp:


I went to the Stamp Magic show last Sunday and after many near misses, I finally got to meet the lovely Sally Holmes from the DT at Stamping Sensations.  If you're reading this Sally....Yes, I'm very sure that we have a similar stash of stamps :)  The Heron and the Moon stamps were part of my crafty purchases on Sunday and are also by Inkylicious.

I would also Like to add this card into the following challenges:

The Artistic Stamper - Winged Things
Penny Black and More - Anything Goes
Cardz 4 Guyz - Something Blue for Father's Day

Saturday, 3 June 2017

Final Chocolate Baroque Challenge and more exciting news!

Hello there,

I hope that you're all enjoying the sunshine.

I'm here today to share a card that I'm entering into this month's final colour challenge at Chocolate Baroque. 





The stamps that I've used are from the 'Wild Meadow' set and I've coloured the stamps with Distress inks.
                                               
I'd also like to share some exciting news with you all too.  I've had one of my cards published in the July issue of Craft Stamper magazine which came out yesterday.  The theme was Soothing Sunsets and here's a sneaky peak at part of my card:



The full card is on page 54 and I will post a photograph of the whole card once I'm allowed to when the next edition of the magazine is published.

Enjoy the sunshine and Happy Crafting!

Monday, 29 May 2017

I'm joining Crafty Individuals :)

Hello there,

I have some very exciting news to share with you all today.  I'm absolutely thrilled to announce that I'm joining the lovely Jean Hardy and the rest of her wonderful Design Team over at Crafty Individuals.

I'd like to share with you a few of the cards that I've made, three using their latest Landscape stamps and one using some old favourites of mine.  I hope that you like them:





Many thanks to Jean and Malcolm for giving me this opportunity and I'm really looking forward to working with you all.

Sandra x


Sunday, 28 May 2017

Rudolph Days - May 17

Hello there,

Just a really quick post from me today to share with you my contribution to this month's Rudolph Days challenge. It doesn't seem two minutes since the first one in January and here were are now in Summer.  At least we've had some sunshine this week :)

Here's the card that I've made:


I've made used white ink on Kraft card to give a faux parchment look.  All of the stamps that I've used are by Inkylicious.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend x

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Village Life

Hello there,

I hope that you are all keeping well and happy.

Just a quick post to share with you a card that I've made with some new stamps by Crafty Individuals. They only arrived this morning and I just couldn't wait to have a play with them :)


I can see these getting a lot of use, and isn't the Pub a great stamp for masculine cards!

Take care and enjoy the rest of your weekend x

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Let's Go Wild

Hello there,

I hope that you're all enjoying your weekend.

It's time for a new challenge over at Fashionable Stamping Challenges and this time it was my turn to choose a theme and I chose 'Lets Go Wild.'  I've had an absolute blast making this card and fortunately, I did remember to stop and take some photographs along the way, so I'll be adding this one into my 'Tutorials' page.  Let me show you the finished card:


Here's how I made it:

I started by stamping the Leopard with Versafine Black Onyx as it makes a really clear impression and I added a mask to protect him whilst I was colouring and stamping the background.


I masked off the Sun and then I used Ink Dusters to start adding colour to my background.


I removed the mask and then started to build up the colour and add some clouds over the sun to give a more natural effect.  I always start with the lighter colours first, then build up colour gradually.  As Barbara Gray would say "You can always add it but you can't take it away."


I used a Mountain Valley stencil to add the mountains; you can really see the picture starting to take shape now.


I then stamped the trees and animals.  If I'm not quite sure where I want things to be placed, then I often stamp onto acetate and move it around against the background to see where the stamp works best.  I decided to place the large tree behind the leopard to bring him into the foreground.  I love the card at this stage and it could have been left here, and maybe a sentiment added,  I think the leopard works equally as well without colour.


I coloured the leopard with inks and a little chalk, just to accentuate his nose. Finally, I stamped in the grass to complete the scene.


I'm really pleased with this one if I do say so myself and I really hope that you like it too. 

Here is a photograph of the things that I used to create my card.  There should also be some Distress Walnut Stain ink which I used to stamp the grass.


All the stamps that I've used are by Inkylicious
  • Leopard Prowl
  • Old Beech Tree
  • Serengeti 1
  • Serengeti 2
  • Whispering Winds
We would love you to join us in this challenge but please remember that we are a stamping challenge, so please don't use digital images or too many die cuts, just good old fashioned stamping, and lots of it!

We have some exciting changes happening over at Fashionable Stamping Challenges this month:

Firstly, we have a brand new sponsor and it's out very own Dot of Ink Art Designs.  Dot has her own shop on Etsy and each month, she will be choosing a different stamp as the prize for some lucky random winner. Please pop over and take a look at the fabulous range of stamps stamps that Dot has for sale at: https://www.etsy.com/shop/inkartdesigns  There will also be a Top 3 spotlight, chosen by the Design Team,

My wonderful teamies have made some amazing inspirational pieces so please pop over to their blogs and take a look if you get the chance.  All their details can be found here, or at the Fashionable Stamping Challenges web site, along with the rules for the challenge.

Wishing you all a wonderful day x


I would like to enter this card into the following challenges;

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Destination Unknown

Hello my crafty friends,

I'm here today to share this card that I've made with one of my new sets of  Invisible Image Stamps, which I'm loving, especially the 'Stay Wild' set, which I will share with you at a later time.  I wasn't sure what direction this card was going to go in but I'm happy with the outcome and I really like the colours for a masculine card:


My background was made using Memento Morocco, Distress Mermaid Lagoon and bleach.  I dabbed the ink onto my craft mat and then spritzed it with water before picking the ink up on the card.  The beach then lifts a little of the colour off.  I stamped the title and then the paper aeroplanes before adding the other words. Next, I stamped the planes again, fussy cut them out and then added them with a little shadow to give a little more dimension.  I joined them altogether using a fine liner before finishing off the words with a white highlighter pen.  There was still something missing at this point, so I took a small plastic cap and stamped some rings using Versafine Black Onyx and white acrylic paint. 

The sun is shining and my garden is calling for some attention so I'll leave you for today but I'll be back on Sunday with my card and a new challenge over at Fashionable Stamping Challenges.

Wishing you a happy day x

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

Visible Image May Challenge - Express Yourself

Sunday, 7 May 2017

'Butterflies Fairies and Fantasy' at Stamping Sensations

Hello there, and a very happy Sunday morning to you all.

As most of you will already know, I was lucky enough to win the March challenge over at Stamping Sensations. This really came as a huge surprise to me as there were so many beautiful entries.  I won a fabulous prize of some 'Tattered Lace' dies, and I was also asked by Brenda if I would be their Guest Designer for May, so I jumped at the chance and here's the card that I've made for them:


The main Fairy stamp that I've used is by 'Make Your Mark.' They have a wonderful little stamp shop on Goodramgate in York, so if you're having a trip out to York, then it's well worth a visit. The rest of the stamps that I've used are all by Inkylicious, with the exception of the butterfly which is one that I got in a small set from The Works.

The inks that I've used are by: Adirondack; Distress;Versafine.

I used Perfect Pearls on the tips of the flowers to give some dimension and to make them stand out a little. I think this works particularly well against the dark inks. I also added some iridescent glitter to the Butterfly Fairy's wings, although I'm not sure that it shows up too well in the first photo, so here's a close up:


Just before I go, I would like to show another photo of just a few of the flowers that I've made so far with my prize from Stamping Sensations.  I just love the Lily, which looks so real, what do you think?


That's me done for today and I hope that you like what I've made.  Many thanks to Brenda and her wonderful Design Team for giving me the pleasure of joining them today and I'm sure they would love you to pop over to their blogs to see what they've made too.

Wishing you a very happy and relaxing day x

Friday, 5 May 2017

A Face And Some Sunshine Colours

Hello there my friends,

It's funny how sometimes we can have a complete lack of mojo, and at other times, the ideas just keep on flowing, well I'm very pleased to say that I've had a very happy and productive morning  in my craft room and here's the result:


I have to say that I've fallen in love with this tag.  I'm not really sure why, or what's different about it. Maybe it's just the warm, bright colours.  I actually started out with the intentions of just adding colour and stamping, but then one thing lead to another and I couldn't stop myself, so it's ended up as a piece of mixed media and I'm very happy with the end result.

I started by stamping the face and masking it to protect the image. I then used my Ink Dusters to add some colour to the tag. Next, I added some torn pieces from a book and then coloured over them too. The stamps that I've used are all by Inkylicious and the inks are: Distress - Fired Bricked Red; Carved Pumpkin; Impress: - Old Rose and Versafine Black Onyx.

The die cuts that I've used are by Tim Holtz and Tattered Lace and the butterfly is one that I printed out and then fussy cut out.  I finished by adding a black lace bow to the lady's neck, which I felt gave the tag the balance that it needed.

I'm entering this tag into the following challenges:

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Chocolate Baroque Revisited

Hi there,

Just a really quick post with my second and final entry for this month's challenge over at Chocolate Baroque:



The stamps that I've used are from the Chocolate Baroque 'Wild Meadow' set.

Enjoy the rest of your day x
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