Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Recent problems publishing comments

Most of us have probably encountered the recent problems with publishing comments when we go to peoples blogs.

Well one of my challenge teamies came across a possible solution whilst she was out in blogland, I have tried it on my own blog and it certainly does seem to make comments much quicker to publish. So this is the information she passed on:

In the settings on your blog select 'posts, comments and sharing, select 'comment location' and from the drop down menu select 'pop up window' then save. 

It's as simple as that. Apparently blogs have 'embedded' as  the default option, but I have tried commenting on my own blog with both options and the 'pop up window' most certainly is much quicker.

As I mentioned above I obtained this info second hand, but I am sure the originator will be happy for us all to share as it will make life much easier for all of us, so please feel free to lift the above and share.

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Dreaming of the Beach

A very good morning to you all, over at the Chocolate Baroque DT blog I am sharing some more seaside inspired inspiration from last months Hochanda shows, for ease and because I am having another procedure done at hospital I have literally lifted the post over to my own blog.

The card at the top uses elements from Seashore Scenes and Seaside Dreams stamp sets all stamped in Versafine Toffee. After stamping the sky I coloured with Pan Pastels and also stamped the Seagull image. Next I stamped the shell border onto Kraft card, added some white highlights and used a die to cut the aperture to create the do this you first cut round the top only of stamped image then place the die onto the card tucking the bottom section behind the stamping as below and it's always a good idea to fix the dies in place with low tack tape to stop them moving..............


You then have a frame with stamping as an integral part to place over the focal image. Finally I mounted onto a base card and added some string.

The focal image on this one is from Seashore Scenes stamped with Versafine black. I placed a sun mask in the skyline before colouring with a mixture of pencils and Pan pastels, added the sentiment from Seaside Dreams stamp set and also some foliage to the fore on the scene using a stamp from the Silhouette Grasses set.

Finally a CAS style card, I used a circle mark to stamp the Seagull from Seashore Scenes stamp set three times using Versafine Toffee, then used the circle from the mask and placed over the stamping and added some soft shading around the aperture using Distress Inks. The sentiment is from Seaside Dreams stamp set.

All of the stamps I have used can be found on the website here or by following the links above.

Also, here are some of my CAS cards which appeared on the DT blog yesterday.

Have a good Tuesday all and if your weather is anything like ours, inside in the warm is the best place to be.............I checked the long range weather forecast and they promise a glimmer of sunshine Friday so sounds like if you blink you will miss it............roll on Spring.

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Down the bottom of my garden

Morning Peeps, it's Saturday again and time for our new challenge at Allsorts and this week Tracy Mouse is our host and would like us to create without using any design papers. We welcome a new sponsor this week Craft Obsession who are offering a £15 voucher to our lucky winner. 

Despite being a real hoarder and stroker of DP's I don't actually use them as often as I should, but do love creating my own backgrounds be they vivid and inky or softer tones with Pan Pastels which is what I have used on this one along with a circle mask for the moon and torn paper for the hills.

So this is a little scene which if you are really quiet you can spot down the bottom of our garden on misty spring and summer mornings.........honestly !! Well doesn't everyone have Fairies at the bottom of their gardens ?

The arch shaped triptych card has been created with dies and the little scenes made up with Lavinina and Chocolate Baroque stamps. I even added a little mouse for our Tracy as she so loves them.

I added some soft colour with glitter pens to the teasels, blossoms and Fairy wings and tied the three sections together with eyelets and ribbon.

Many thanks for visiting today and I hope you will join in with our challenge this week.

Sunday, 7 January 2018

There's magic in the air

It's time for our  new monthly challenges at Stamping Sensations and Penny Black and More where our themes are 'Cold and Frosty Colours' and ' Something New'. As always there are wonderful prizes to be won at both so every reason to come and join us. 

My Stamping Sensation piece at the top uses Lavinia stamps, my stating point was the create the moon which I stamped with second generation distress inks. I added the moonrays with a piece of torn paper..........I start at the top sponging each ray and moving downwards as you can then judge the distance between each......if you start at the bottom you are covering what you have already sponged. I then stamped the Fairies with Versafine black and grounded the large one with Pan Pastels and yes you've got it, another piece of torn paper! Next the flowers which I coloured in sparkle pens and finally again using second generating ink I randomly stamped the sentiment which is from Stamp Addicts followed by the leaves across the top. 

The starting point of my second Stamping Sensations creation was to colour the top section of a piece of Fabriano with distress inks and then bleach away some of the colour with a sponge to create the clouds. Next using versafine black I stamped a mixture of tress and leaves using Sutter and Art Impressions stamps, then added some soft colour with Pan Pastels and glitter to give a frosty feel.

My Penny Black share is an inky one, regular distress inks for the background, then some stenciling using a new stencil, three Butterflies from PB Social Butterfly set, all stamped with versafine black and coloured with distress pens the same colours as the background and sentiment from Happy Wishes, I used a post it note to mask so I could stamp the individual elements to break the sentiment into three pieces. Finally some wire antenna for the Butterflies and a few sequins.

Do pop over to the challenge blogs to see the wonderful inspiration my team mates have to share.

Saturday, 6 January 2018

Something new at Allsorts and a special bottle of bubbles

Morning Peeps, it's Saturday so that means it's time for our new challenge at Allsorts and this week I Susan would like us to see 'Something New'. Our sponsor is Digistamp Boutique. It's a bit of a lengthy post as I wanted to share one of my Christmas gifts and also a few shares from my post earlier in the week over at the Chocolate Baroque DT blog.

My card at the top uses a new stencil and stamp from Visible Image. I started by placing a circle mask over a square of white card, then the patterned mask on top of that and used Pan Pastels to colour through to create the pattern. I then removed the pattern mask but left the circle on in place and stamped the horse image with black verfine. I stamped then the smaller horses in the set and also one of the sentiments.

My second share started as a bit of an experiment, I wanted to do something using the Black Floral set from this weeks sponsor and playing with it found my programme would allow me to do a drop shadow of the image. So immediately I thought of reflections in water, copied the image three times and printed out. Using Pan Pastels I added water and sky and then used Lavinia fairies, one of which is new (the little pair dancing in the air) and foliage stamps to build up a scene.

I had to share this photos with you, it's a Christmas gift I received from one of our son's and DIL, when they were visiting the Champagne region of France is September, one of the vineyards they visited had hand painted bottles of champagne and when they saw this one they said it had me written all over it.........I wonder why ? And it's a vintage year so a special one to savour when the cork gets popped.

Last but by no means least, here are a few of my Chocolate Baroque makes for the shows over on Hochada a couple of weeks ago, you can find more details on the DT blog here

For all these creation I used I used various elements from Seashore Dreams and Seaside Scenes stamp sets whick you can find on the shop blog by following the links.

This litter box had been sitting in my crafts room for a few weeks since one of my daughters in law 'donated' it to me do I gave it a re-vamp.

I added a few real shells collected in Majorca a year or two ago.

Have a lovely weekend all and keep warm.

Friday, 29 December 2017

My personal top picks of 2017

Good morning Peeps, I hope you all had a good Christmas and are ready for the New Year ahead and that you can approach it with renewed energy, enthusiasm and hope. 

Those who visited my Christmas post will know I decided to take a bit of step back from blogging and focus my limited energies on DT commitments, as it's turned out that's a sensible decision as over Christmas my MS kicked in big time and I am pretty immobile at the moment and everything has to be be in shorts bursts. But we had a wonderful family Christmas with 17 for dinner some days and it was really special to have all the children and grandchildren sitting round the same table.

So this post has taken me some tome to prepare but I was really taken with the post by one of my team mates Ellie at Penny Black and More and wanted to do something similar........hope you don't mind me being a copy cat Ellie. She did a lovely post with her twelve favourite cards of 2017, selecting one a month. However, once I started on my post I reaslied just how difficult it was and it took me ages to decide on my final choices, it did however confirm the stamps I turn to time and again are Penny Black and Chocolate Baroque with Lavinia coming a close third. And Pan Pastels remain a firm favourite for backgrounds and shading as they provide a seamless blend of colour every time. 

So here are my final twelve, plus as extra one at the top as I thought the inspirational quote from Chocolate Baroque very fitting as we approach 2018...................

Lavinia stamps and Pan Pastels

Stampendous P107 and Penny Black Dance, my all time favourite two stamps and Pan Pastels

Chocolate Baroque stamps

Penny Black stamps

Chocolate Baroque stamps

Chocolate Baroque stamps and Distress Oxides

Chocolate Baroque stamps

Penny Black stamps and Pan Pastels - this was a Birthday card for our French DIL

Lavinia stamps and Pan Pastels

Chocolate Baroque stamps and Brusho's - there had to be a Poppy in my choices

Lavinia stamps and Pan Pastels

Inkylicious and Penny Black stamps

Many thanks for popping in today and my very best wished for 2017.

Saturday, 23 December 2017

Happy Christmas and a thank you

Good morning Peeps, before I move on to my challenge post I want to add a few contemplative or maybe philosophical words.

I have received so many beautiful Christmas cards from fellow crafters and would like to say an open thank you to each and every one of you. Looking at them all hanging in my hallway I realised the handmade ones almost outnumber the shop bought ones and confirm what an incredibly talented bunch you are, they range from CAS to cute to traditional and I am drawing immense pleasure looking at each and every one of them and appreciating your different crafting boring things would be if we all shared the same styles of crafting!

Looking forward to 2018, as many of you know I have not enjoyed the best of health in 2017 and I am not out of the woods yet and have more surgical procedures to come in the New Year. I don't do social media but have tried so hard to keep up with all of your blogs, but with all the will in the world I seem to have failed miserably and some weeks not got beyond DT commenting commitments.

Running three challenges does take a fair amount of time and commitment but is well rewarded by the high volume of entrants we continue to see and the wonderful sponsor who support us. Also I find craft is a good stress and pain buster and I love my DT work for the various companies I create for, so as far as blogging goes I will approach 2018 in slow steps and see how things go and hope you understand if I don't visit as often as I might wish or have done previously.

OK, got that out of my system and moving onto our new challenge at Allsorts which will run for two weeks over the Christmas holiday period. Mervi is our host and has chosen the theme of 'Seasonal Flowers'. Our sponsor is Stamp Addicts plus we have an extra prize as well, hop over the the challenge blog to take a look.

Also, Lesley from Chocolate Baroque is back on Hochanda today with a 'Best of Show' programme which will incorporate stamps that have been featured during the year, below are a few samples using some of the stamps that will feature. Also, I posted over at the Chocolate Baroque DT blog on Thursday and totally forgot to do the same on my own blog, so here rather belatedly is an edited version of that post which means this is a mega long post and you may need a cuppa or even a glass of something to get you to the end.

First my Allsorts creation at the top inspired by a lady demoing at Crafting Live last month using serviettes, so had to give it a try as I was so impressed by the results she was achieving. She was using Imagination Crafts texture paste which looked really thick compared by so many on the market and having used it have to say it's certainly one of the best I have tried over the years.

So I started with an 8 x 8 canvas which was pre-primed so I went straight in with the texture paste stippling it at the corners and around the edge. Next a Christmas serviette, cutting out the section I wanted and then carefully separate the three layers as it's the top one you use. Apply a generous coat of decoupage glue (I used Imaginations Craft's) roughly where you want to place the cut out image and carefully lay into's pretty fragile so you only get one shot at this part, then gently pat over the surface using a piece of kitchen towel...........the glue I used dries very quickly, you can also softly brush the edges of the serviette with any glue remaining on the brush.

I then stamped a sentiment and stenciled some holly before going around the edges with acrylic paint  using an almost dry brush and then gilding polish. Finally added some liquid pearls and glitter to the centres of the Poinsettias. It was fun and I made several of these to give to the children as an alternative to Christmas cards.

And here are my Chocolate Baroque shares......................

 Distress Inks and stenciling and stamped from Tangled Garden and Words of Inspiration.

Acrylic paints and crackle glaze and stamps from Lily Fuchsia and Hyacinth multibuy 

More oxide inks, flowers from Lily Fuchsia and Hyacinth multibuy, sentiment from Birthday Words 

Regular Distress Inks , stenciling and stamps from Breath of Spring and Birthday Words

Using Rose Steam Script onto a Dylusion's background

Using Katya onto a Brusho background, she was a real favourite with both the DT and viewes

Using leaves from the Take it or Leaf it set inked with Distress Markers

Using the large Baroque Corners onto a background of Distress Oxide's

Using Chequered Flowers onto a masked Distress Oxide background, I absolutely love this stamp

Wishing you all a Happy and Peaceful Christmas.

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