Saturday, 26 November 2016

Dora's Snow people

It is the last Rudolf day before Christmas, so I have been busy making. These are all made with Digis from . Dora has been very busy drawing some gorgeous snowmen. They were all so cute I couldn't decide which one to choose and in the end I had two!
 I coloured them with Be Creative alcohol markers and added some glitter.
 The papers are all from my stash and all Dovecraft, I think, gathered over the years
You can find Dora's digis here, and all of them cost 2.5 Euros.
I'd like to say another huge thank you to Scrappy Mo for getting me organised making my Christmas cards again. It has been a pleasure seeing all the lovely inspiration and visiting fellow Rudolf day-ers too.
The challenge at Allsorts this week is 'Anything Christmas' so I am entering them there too.
Can I just say that I apologise if I don't get round to see you. It has taken me so long to add links to this post and find everything after the blogger shake up. I hate it! I'd quite like 5 minutes alone in a room with the 'bright spark' that thought it up... If it ain't broke why fix it? They seem to think blogging is only about posting and not about reading other peoples's blogs, and god forbid people wanting to link to another blog or trying to run several blogs. Grrrrrrrrrrrrr! Rant over!
Thanks for looking! 

Monday, 21 November 2016

One Day Special from Be Creative

 Be Creative are launching a great value lovely selection of stamps today on Hochanda.
 These are a few of the samples I have made using them. The first and third sample I stamped with Versafine ink and used zig clean color markers. The second sample was stamped with water-based momento
 This fourth sample was stamped in kaleidacolor ink and then spread with the new be creative water brush
 I love making frames with small stamps and this holly branch is perfect for it, as was the holly stamp I used on the first card.
 I also love making my own backgrounds using stamping and coordinating ink. The small present was perfect for this.
Do tune in and watch if you can at 8pm  - quick - pop the telly on now!!!

Saturday, 19 November 2016

Mid month inspiration for Stamping Sensations

Our mid month posts at Stamping Sensations are to feature each DT members 'go to' stamp. My Go to stamp had to feature a tree, but which one?! After much thought I went for this treescape by Inkylicious.

 I have used it for Birthdays, Christmas, Father's day and sympathy cards. It is such a versatile stamp.

Thanks for looking!

Saturday, 12 November 2016

Feature a Creature at Allsorts

The theme of Feature a Creature at Allsorts seemed like the perfect opportunity to share a card I made for my friend's son, who turned eighteen last month. I used Lavinia stamps, memento inks and inkylicious ink dusters. There is some fabulous inspiration from the Allsorts DT on their blog.
Short and sweet from me today as I have a mountain of things to do this weekend. I will try and visit blogland a bit more soon.
Thanks for looking!

Sunday, 6 November 2016

November Challenge at Stamping Sensations

Good Morning! It is the first Sunday of the Month and time for a new Challenge over at Stamping Sensations! This month we have a nice and easy theme for you...............

********Christmas Greetings********

As the title suggests we want to see a Christmas Greetings on your creation, this can be the focal element or an added stamped sentiment.
My card was made with Inkylicious stamps, memento inks and ink dusters. The image is coloured with alcohol markers and the tartan paper is from Craftwork Cards.
Please can I remind you we are a stamping challenge so must see a stamped image, sentiment or quote as the focal element of your artwork.Conventional rubber/acrylic stamps and digital images are acceptable, but pre-coloured digital images and toppers are not. And please note: if we do not comment on your entry it will be because it does not follow the theme, qualify under our rules, or because we are asked to sign in or provide additional data to comment. We do not want to be rude but we do want to be fair to those who do follow the rules.

Stamp Addicts are our lovely sponsors this month and are offering a super £35 store voucher for our lucky winner. Do pop over to the challenge blog and take a look at all the fantastic creations by my lovely teamies. There is some wonderful inspiration for Christmas this month! Hope you get the chance to join in and I'll look forward to seeing all your lovely creations!  
Sorry I haven't been around in blog land much. It has been a bit of a crazy first week back to work. I can't see it slowing down in the run up to Christmas either! Thanks for looking!

Thursday, 27 October 2016

Rudolf days for October

 Good morning! Happy Rudolf day! As it is half term I have been a busy bee and made four cards for this month to take over to Scrappy Mo's for the challenge. I started off by stamping the woodware holly stamp all over an A5 sheet of cartridge paper using versafine. I then used my Zig Clean Color markers to colour it. I dusted tea dye distress ink over the finished sheet and added glossy accents to the berries and spots of glitter glue in between.
 I sliced it up into two long panels and two square panels, matted and layered and popped onto cream card blanks. There are one or two smudges covered by carefully placed ribbon, and a dodgy stamping of a sentiment,but on the whole they worked out fine. I do like the zig pens (one of my purchases from Doncaster), they blend so well!
 Unfortnately I don't think the stamps are available any more. They came out about the same time as the tipsy trees, and I have used them most years since. I do love how Rudolf days challenge helps me to use lots of my old stamps too!
Right, I'd better go as Steve and I are off out for a walk. I have been quite inactive since we got back from Wales other than my Karate classes and a walk round Chatsworth. Will try and post some photos soon.
Thanks for looking!

Sunday, 23 October 2016

Sparkle and Shine

 Good morning! Hope you are having a lovely weekend so far! When I saw the challenge at Allsorts this week I knew I had a card that fit the bill! I made this for my lovely colleague Sarah, who keeps me sane every day! I used Visible image and Inkylicious stamps, along with Distress inks in mermaid lagoon, picked raspberries and seedless preserves. I dusted the inks onto silk art card and used a stencil and a baby wipe to remove some colour in places. When it was dry I stamped the rain drops (Inkylicious) in memento black, adding a bit of sparkle with a gelly roll clear stardust pen. When it was dry I stamped the girl and the sentiment (visible Image) in Versamark and embossed with Be creative black sparkle embossing powder. It really was very sparkly, but unfortunately the camera hasn't really picked it up. It didn't help that there wasn't enough natural light either. Here is a close up where you can see a little bit of twinkle, but not half as much as there was in real life!
 I stamped the base card with Visible image stamps in the same inks and dusted with the same inks. The matting and layering was done with snippets so I am nipping off to Miss Di's snippet playground with this too.
We have just returned from a few days away in mid Wales. The rain certainly didn't dull Nature's sparkle. Here is the view from our cottage... Sheep rather than gold at the end of that rainbow!
 We spent a day at Lake Vyrnwy and saw more rainbows...
 There is some beautiful scenery around the lake and there are several waymarked RSPB walks giving stunning views of the lake.
 Here is a close-up of the tower on the lake. It may house various instruments to do with the reservoir's water, but whoever designed it make it look like something from a fairytale!
 The waterfall looked so beautiful surrounded by the Autumn colours and the sun provided beautiful spotlights as we walked.

Thanks for looking!

Monday, 17 October 2016

Clean and Simple and Doncaster

Lynne and I had a lovely time at Doncaster Dome on Sunday. It was lovely to chat with Deby from Inkylicious, Gordon from Be Creative, The lovely flower making ladies at Pink Frog and Jenny Mayes at Hobby Art. We spent a while watching Jenny demo the new Zig pens and had a go ourselves too before they fell into our baskets. We also met the lovely Zoe Sanderson on the Inkylicious stall. Zoe and I met a few years back at a workshop in Peterborough and we have been in touch in blog land ever since. Do pop over to Zoe's blog and take a look at her stunning creations. I am particularly in awe of her jewellery making skills and regularly drool over her necklaces and other creations. 
I haven't had chance to do much crafting in the run up to half term but hopefully will get round to doing a bit more in the next couple of weeks.
Here are a couple of very quick cards I made with the Woodware stamps called small fennel a few weeks back. I used memento and distress inks to dust and stamp with, along with an inkylicious text stamp for the background of the second. These are very simple five minute cards that were inspired by some samples I saw when visiting PDA Cards and Craft at Langley Mill.
As I used some snippets of brown card to mat the images I am taking these to the snippet playground to see Miss Di. I am so sorry I missed your 250th playground, Miss Di, but I am here for 251st!
Thanks for looking and for all your lovely comments x

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Another Digi from Dora

Here is my latest DT offering for Dora's Digis which are here on her blog. I coloured it with Be Creative Alcohol markers and created the background in the panel with ink dusters.I added some stamped birds (Inkylicious) The background paper is from Craftwork Cards and the ribbon was in my stash. This reminded me so much of my visit to Rwanda where I walked with the Giraffes in the Akegera National Park.
 We got out of the minibus and walked towards the giraffes, and they walked towards us...
 Here is a photo I took.
Such beautiful creatures! Thanks for looking!

Sunday, 2 October 2016

Stamping Sensations October Challenge

Good Morning! It is the first Sunday of the Month and time for a new Challenge over at Stamping Sensations! This month our theme is


  For those of you that know me you will know of my addiction to tree stamps, and the latest trees from Inkylicious were a must buy as soon as I saw them! They are called Midnight trees, and I used them with a range of Memento inks onto smooth stamping card.  The background tones were created with memento inks and ink dusters. The usual rules apply, you can enter up to three times, combine with other challenges, use any make of stamp......but can I please remind you we are a stamping challenge and stamping must be the focal/predominant element of your work. Conventional rubber/acrylic stamps and digital images are acceptable, but pre-coloured digital images and toppers are not.
Our sponsors this month are  Penny Black who have supplied a wonderful prize for us to offer to you - take a look.

Do pop over to the challenge blog and take a look at all the fantastic creations by my lovely teamies. There are some absolute stunners again this month! Hope you get the chance to join in and I'll look forward to seeing all your lovely creations! 

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Mussel Shell pendants

 If you managed to catch the Be Creative shows on Hochanda at the end of August you may have seen my Mussel shell pendants. I used Be Creative wonder crystals then added some micro beads and charms (from PDA). To get the crystals to stick before heating you can use a be creative glue wand or a  versamarker. The one on the left was embossed with Turquenite and Verdite Green wonder crystals. The one on the right was embossed with Imperial Blue, one of the limited edition colours.
 I got some pinch bails from a bead store and used ribbon to hang them from
I've already had orders for several, but I'm not sure how much to sell them for. The one above has been most popular so far. Hoping the shells I collected on holiday last until I go to the beach again!
A word of warning, be careful if you make them yourself. Heated shells take a very long time to cool down, and you can easily burn yourself on the shell or the melted crystals...You don't want to know about the mess I made when I dropped one because it was too hot!
You can see more that I made for the shows here on the Be Creative Blog.
Thanks for looking!

Sunday, 25 September 2016

Rudolf Day for September

Who stole September then?! Where did that go? I can't believe it will be October next week! Let me tell you about my cards for Rudolf day this month. I fell in love with the latest tree stamps from Inkylicious and had to have them before Stamp Magic. As soon as they arrived I whipped them out of the packets and set to work. My first card uses the set Midnight trees A7 with fence posts, A moon stencil and memento inks. I made the shadows of the trees by swishing a damp paint brush below the stamped image. The sentiment is from Craftwork Cards
My second card is a digi stamp (not sure if it is still online, but it was a freebie from Cuddly Buddly). I coloured it with Be Creative Alcohol markers and mounted using coordinating scraps. I used snippets on both cards so as well as Scrappy Mo's Rudolf days I will take these to Miss Di's snippet playground too.
I do want to apologise for not getting round to visiting your blogs as much as I would like. This term is very busy so far, but I am hoping it will calm down soon. I have a lovely class of 31 5 year olds, but it is very tiring. Thanks so much for your lovely comments. I hope to catch up soon!
Thanks for looking!