Saturday, 18 November 2017

Moonlight dance

Morning Peeps, it's Saturday so that means it's time for our new challenge at Allsorts and this week Kath would like us to see 'Glitter' on our work and to tie in  with that we have a bundle of all things glittery from our sponsor Baker Ross.

Glitter and Fairies always go together in my mind so it was an easy choice what I was going to to do. I started with a mask for the moon and Pan Pastels to create the background with the idea of the Fairies dancing alongside water. After stamping the Fairies focally on the waters edge I added a tree, some Water Lilies, Rushes and trailing flowers across the top and finally glitter to the Fairies wings and the flowers. That's about it, a fairly simple and quick to make card..............I know what some of you will say, but honestly with a few inks or Pan Pastels and silhouette stamps it couldn't be simpler.

It's also halfway time over at Penny Black and More so I have my share following our Flower Power theme. Two card, well it's flowers isn't it !

The one above uses the beautiful Penny Black 40-449 Light Touch, inked direct to stamp with Distress Markers and spritzed with water before stamping, then the same colour DI's made into a watery mix and flicked onto the card with a paintbrush. And some ribbon to finish.

The lovely Sunflower wreath is Penny Black 40-467 Flowers All Around which I stamped twice so I could colour with pencils, then cut out to decoupage the focal flowers, added a bow and some gems.

As always my teamies have lots of inspiration to share so do pop over to the challenge blogs to check out all their creations.

Saturday, 11 November 2017

Allsorts Colours of Autumn Chocolate Baroque style

Morning Peeps, it's Saturday so that means it's time for our new challenge at Allsorts and this week Tracy would like to see some lovely 'Colours of Autumn', one that's right up my street. Our sponsor is Tattered Lace.

Today I am off to Crafting Live at Peterborough, so nice to have a craft show not too far away, not a lot that I really need although I am hoping to get some Card-io stamps and also catch up with a couple of blogland Peeps as well as some of the TL girls.

My starting point was an Oxide ink background then stamping Chocolate Baroque Chequered Flowers and heat embossing with detail copper powder. I tool two words from a CB stencil, inked through with versamark and heat embossed with the same powder. Again the same with the CB leaves around the edge and finally I added a little colour to the flowers using the same inks as the background, but the regular DI's rather than the Oxides as they tend to give a more chalky finish.

It's also my turn to post over at the Chocolate Baroque DT blog today so I have lifted the post to share here as well.

Now I will be the first to admit that I really struggled the whole Steampunk theme, it's not something I have ever tackled before, but of course that's the challenge to extend ourselves outside our comfort zone.

For the card at the top I create a background with Oxide Inks Picked Raspberry and Peacock Feathers, a stencil and regular DI's. Using black Archival ink I stamped the large flying machine from Steampunkery, two small hot air balloons from the same set set and verse from Steampunk Travel and the same DI's to add some colour to the balloons plus a few scattered sequins.

For this one I used an embossing folder and gilding waxes to create the background, then stamped a sentiment from the new Punky Expressions set on a strip of DP, stamped the Penny Farthing from Steampunkery using Versamark and detail copper embossing powder, cut out and placed on the sentiment strip along with some raffia.

Another Oxide ink background overstamped with one of the images from Key to my Dreams, I used second and third generation stamping using DI's to create a subtle effect. Next I stamped three keys from the same stamp set with versamark and detail copper embossing powder, cut them all out and fixed with a chain embellishment I found in my stash to the small winged clock in the Steampunkery set. The sentiment is also from Key to my Dreams.

My final share uses stamps from Steampunk TravelSteampunk Travel and Punky Words, all stamped with Versafine Blue onto squares of cardstock shaded with DI's and matted onto coordinating cardstock. This style is a great way to use up snippets of card so always worth keeping those offcuts.

Hope you all have a good day and my thanks for popping in today.

Sunday, 5 November 2017

Flower Power

It's time for our challenges at Stamping Sensations and Penny Black and More where our themes are 'One Layer Christmas Cards' and 'Flower Power'. As always there are wonderful prizes to be won at both. 

Above is my Penny Black share, I used the same design as a card I made back in the Summer which I quite liked so thought I would repeat but this time using Penny Black Red Blush.............I know, the Roses are pink but guess that's just astistic licence !

I stamped the flowers onto a piece of Fabriano using versamark and heat embossed with detail white powder, having first given the piece a wash of watered down DI's. Next I coloured in with Spectrum pencils and added some stenciling. Using TL pin dot square dies.........I used every other one in the size graduations and cut the piece into three and then stamped the sentiment which is of course also PB. Finally I layering each piece up with foam pads and fixed onto a square of back and then the base card.

This one is my Stamping Sensations piece but again uses Penny Black stamps, the main one was one of the new Christmas releases called Dressed in Snow and Santa comes from another set called Santa's Visit. I am going to have more of a play with this one as I am sure it can be used for other seasons as well. I used Distress Markers to ink the stamps and Pan Pastels to create the sky. The sentiment is also PB and quite an old wood mounted one.

As usual we have some wonderful prizes on offer so every reason to pop over to the challenge blogs and join in the fun this month.

Saturday, 4 November 2017

A dream is a wish your heart makes

Morning Peeps, it's Saturday so that means it's time for our new challenge at Allsorts and this week Wendy would like us to use 'Blue and Brown' on our creations. Our sponsor is DigiStamp Boutique.

My thanks for all you warm wishes over the last week, I am feeling much better than I did and had a very positive meeting with my new consultant. I do need surgery on the mal formed kidney but she does not believe it is quite as acute as the previous guy said and is hopeful the procedure need not be as invasive as he suggested. I am so pleased I stuck my neck out for the second opinion and didn't agree to the immediate surgery he wanted to do so currently waiting for the date to come through.

It's a colour palette I really love working with so two cards from me. The one at the top uses one of the images from.....there are four in the set.......Sketchy Flowers from this weeks sponsor Digistamp Boutique. I printed onto some brown DP using the image twice and re-sizing one slightly smaller, then stamped in-between (little sister of Stampendous Agapanthus Cluster P107) and added colour with sparkle pens. The sentiment is Penny Black stamped in versafine blue. Some stenciling in the background, ribbon and pearls to finish.

The current Butterfly Challenge is quite a taxing theme of something to represent the Zodiac and/or the colour Buttermilk along with the inclusion of a Butterfly. But not being one to be thwarted I've had my thinking cap on and came up with this, the lady represents Virgo, some buttermilk'ish colours and of course a Butterfly in her hair.

The background is Distress Oxides, then after stamping with versafine black I bleached out some of the background and used pencils to add new colour to the image which is the lovely Summer Fayre from Chocolate Baroque.

This one was a sample for a TL Create and Craft TV show a while back, a background created with distress inks and some honeycomb stenciling, a TL sentiment onto an oval die and the bottom border another die, coloured with same inks and the edges embossed with detail copper embossing powder. Finally a rather indulgent OTT spray of flowers. It was actually quite a quick make as unusually for me there is no stamping.

I do hope you will join in the fun this week and also pop over to the awesome inspiration from my teamies.

Monday, 30 October 2017

Fantasy Trees plus a Snippet and a Butterfly

Good morning Peeps, it's my turn to post over at the Chocolate Baroque Blog today and I have literally lifted the post to copy here to save time, as you will know from Saturday's post I'm not firing on all cylinders this last week and guilty of rather tardy blogging at the moment.

Above I have used Dylusions to create a background over which I stamped (second generation) one of the images from Indian Textiles as I wanted to create some subtle background interest, then stamping one of the trees from Fantasy Woodland with Versafine Black and colouring in with sparkle pens and adding white highlighter. The sentiment is again from Birthday Words. An d I am poppin g over to see Miss Di and Parsnip at the Snippets Playground with this one as I was frugal again and used one my my Fabriane snippets for the side panel.

I will be the first to admit I am not a particularly frugal crafter but I do save all the smaller pieces of Fabriano which I always seem left with after cutting square pieces from the A3 sheets as they are the perfect size for creating a triptych card. I inked all three pieces with Oxide inks and using Black Versafine stamped three trees from Fantasy Woodland and Tall Trees stamp sets and a sentiment from Birthday Words.

My starting point for this card with a Dylusions background and my usual spritz of pearl mica spray to blend the colours followed by stamping around the edges with Large Crackle Background.............such a useful stamp that we all need in our stash......... using Versamark and embossing with detail gold powder. I then stamped Poppy Meadow Words of Inspiration with Versafine black and bleached out the colour, but as I added the bleach I mopped each flower with a piece of kitchen towel so it left some of the colour to give a pinkish finish. I stamped the sentiment onto an offuct sprayed with the same Dylusions and added some ribbon to finish.

I am really still not sure about this one, it's all rather dark although did look better in the flesh. I stamped the main panel onto a piece of card coloured with Oxide inks using a stamp from Butterfly Daisy Collage and Butterfly Poppy Collage multi buy. I then used Versamark and detail clear embossinng powder to glaze the panel, giving it three coats of both. I stamped the flowers from the same multi buy onto card coloured with the same inks, cut out and covered them as well with embossing powder before layering up. I placed the panel inside a die cut frame and arranged the flowers and some ribbon.

And I wanted to join in with the new Butterfly Challenge which this time round certainly is a bit of a challenge as along with your Butterfly they would like it combined with something to represent the Zodiac and/or the colour Buttermilk. So I have opted for the easier colour option, a stencilled background with some black over stamping using an Inkylicous stamp, a Rare Earth sentiment and a TL Butterfy die. It's actually one I made for a TL Create and Craft show a while back but as I am not really up to crafting at the moment thought it a perfect time to share it.

I hope you have a lovely day.

Saturday, 28 October 2017

A winter walk

Saturday morning and time for this weeks new Allsorts theme and this week Tracy Mouse is our host with the theme of Christmas Animals or animals is Christmas surroundings.

Confessions time to explain why this is going to be such a short post, somehow I managed to schedule it for last week so two went live that morning, I quickly deleted it but have been poorly all week with another kidney infection and totally forgot to write it up again. So back on antibiotics and my GP arranged for next Thursday's scheduled appointment with the urologist to be moved to Monday.

A very short explanation on my card, Pan Pastels for the background and a mixture of Penny Black, Crafty Individuals and Inkylicious stamps plus hand drawn fence.

Happy weekend all.

Saturday, 21 October 2017

Time to spook and graduation photos

Morning Peeps, it's Saturday so that means it's time for our new challenge at Allsorts and this week Susan is going all spooky on us with the theme of  'Halloween'. Our sponsor is Little Claire. Below you will also find a few photos from Azaria's Graduation in Cambridge this week, not the best as taken on my phone and as it literally poured all day photo opportunities were limited.

It was a bit like a day out with the Boswells.................some of you will remember the TV sitcom where the family did everything en our experience there is usually a limit of three tickets to Graduation ceremonies and they are like gold dust, but there was a surplus of them up for grabs so we managed to get ten (at £25 each I might add) and those able to attend had a lovely family day with a meal afterwards.

I don't really do Halloween but have to admit that I thoroughly enjoyed making this one. Starting with a piece of Bristol Vellum cardstock I placed a large circle mask in the centre and used black distress ink to build up the outside colour, once I was happy with that I removed the mask and used the negative that I had cut from to cover the black area and inked the circle. The images were all stamped with black versafine using Chocolate Baroque and Lavinia stamps, a piece of ribbon and matted onto coordinating cardstock. The sentiment is computer generated.

She seemed to have a perpetual smile and thoroughly enjoyed the whole day despite the fact that it never stopped raining. She told me afterwards that she had "so" been looking forward to the day but it went far too quickly.

With brother Zachary who graduated last year and sister Anysia, as you can see she's a tiny little thing and it's scary to think she is now in her first year of teaching English at secondary school and I might add not in the least phased by the whole experience.

I totally missed the hat throw, well at least all I ended up with was one hat in the air and rain all over the lens. But we do have the official photos to come but seems like the end of an era, we have had so many Graduations in recent years with both the 'second batch' of children and then grandchildren and Azaria is the last of the 'bunch' although we do have a couple of Masters underway. 

And such a diversity of subjects from them all, Art and Photography, Pure Maths, Cybernetics and Virtual Worlds, History, Criminology, Applied Criminology, Geology, Equine Husbandry, and English. Don't know where they get it from, I was 40 before I got as far as taking my degree, bet there again I did make a very early start in my teens on marriage and motherhood so something had to wait!!

Happy weekend all.

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Simple Pleasures

Morning Peeps, a really quick post with my mid month Penny Black and More shares, we are off to Cambridge today for Azarias's throwing it down so really hope it soon eases off as all those youngsters as well as us guests are going to get drenched hanging around for the couple of hours between robing and the ceremony. Will share some photos later in the week.

I had a delivery from Crafts U Love this week with stamps from the new Peaceful Winter collection by Penny Black, Paula had them available for immediate shipping. So I made a quick card using a couple of them 40-567 Restful and 40-558 Snowy Village along with a sentiment from 30-429 Happy Wishes. Stamped simply with Versafine black and coloured with Pan Pastels.

My second card uses 3819D Polka Wings, 4184K Rosa, 30-419 Happy Wishes and 40-546 Dancing Daisies, inked direct to stamp with Distress Markers and spritzed with water before stamping.

As I said a really quick post...................and it's still pouring !

Monday, 16 October 2017

More Autumn, a snippet and vertical harlequins !

Hello Peeps, my turn to post over at the Chocolate Baroque DT blog today sharing some more of my samples from Lesley's recent Autumn shows on Hochanda as well as some of my makes from yesterday's CAS post. 

So more indulgence in inky Autumn colours and Poppies and my starting point for the top card was a background of Mica powders spritzed with pearl mica spray to bleed the colours and add some sparkle. I then stamped the Poppy heads from the Poppy Meadow set along with some smaller ones from Natures Table and some grasses from the same set. Next I used a stencil and Distress Inks to add some sun rays, then stamped some more poppy heads across the top. The sentiment is from Natures Peace which is one one of the sets in the multi buy. I added colour to the Poppy heads using the same mica powders and highlighted with a white pen.

Scenes are something I really enjoy creating and for the above card I started with creating a cloudy sky using distress inks and bleaching out some clouds. I then stamped trees from the Autumn Edges and Tall Trees using Gathered Twigs DI and added leaves with DI's using just the top of one of the larger stamps in the same set. Using watered down DI I painted in some hills and stamped leaves along the top using another same stamp from the same set. The fauna in the foreground is stamped with an image from Silhouette Grasses and sentiment from Birthday Words.

On this one I tried to create warmth using DI's for the background and then added some stenciling. The focal images is from Fantasy Woodland. After cleaning the larger stamp I masked off a section so I could ink and stamp just the tiny trees alongside the small tree to the right. Inking just the tip of the flower stamp in the set I added a border around the piece and finally stamped a sentiment from Birthday Words.

Another Oxide background here with some stenciling, followed by some background stamping using the scrip stamps from Butterfly Poppy Collage and then the lovely harlequin and Poppy head stamp using Versafine Black. After stamping I cleaned the stamp, masked the Poppy heads and inked just the harlequins to extend the pattern. The two Butterflies are from the same set and coloured in with the same inks used for the background. 

The background colours have a damson hue to them and the vertical rows of harlequins will hopefully fit into the current Butterfly Challenge which is D for Damson and/or V for vertical along with the requisite Butterfly.

Thought I would also share a few of my CAS cards that were on the DT blog Sunday................

I am popping over to the Playground to see Miss Di and Parsnip with this one as I used a small offcut of Fabriano to stamp the trees, I buy A 3 sheets and it's pretty expensive stuff so I always hang on to small pieces that always seem to be left after I have cut larger sections.

I hope you all have a lovely day with some crafty time as well.

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Think Pink in October

Morning Peeps, we are back from our travels after a lovely holiday and many thanks for your kind visits whilst I have been missing, I really appreciate them all.

Today it's my turn to host our new challenge at Allsorts and as October is Breast Awareness month my theme is 'Think Pink', I know it's something that's close to many of our hearts and I hope we can join together to spread awareness across the Globe. Our sponsor is Swedish House Crafts.

It's a while ago I created this piece and it's been sitting in my folder waiting for the opportunity to use it and this weeks theme seems appropriate. My starting place was a piece of 600gsm Fabriano given a coat of gesso followed by adding the Roses and flourishes with stencils and texture paste. When dry I spritzed with a watery ink mixture, followed by more stenciling with a harlequin stencil and distress ink and finally gold gilding wax here and there to bring out the patterns. The Butterfly and sentiment are both Tattered Lace dies painted with the same inks and gilding wax. I mounted the piece onto a square of hessian.

I do hope you will join in with this weeks challenge, I think the theme is something close to the hearts of many of us.

Saturday, 7 October 2017

Greek culture and salami from Naples

Morning Peeps, we are still on our travels and so another scheduled post, since my last post we will have visited Santorini which is one on the Cyclades Islands, no matter how many times you go there you are taken aback by it's sheer beauty and the beautiful whitewashed houses that rise up from the blue waters of the Aegean Sea.

And today our itinerary has us in the port of Piraeus, the gateway to Athens which is about half an hour away. We have been there several times before, explored the Acropolis a couple of times and also the City of Athens and it's modern shopping centre so will probably just have a wander in the local town. Then it's off to Italy with stops in Naples and some of their wonderful local salami and of course wine, then onwards to Rome.

So still scheduled posts and our new challenge at Allsorts where this week Mervi is going all Autumnal with the theme of  'Trees and Leaves'. Our sponsor is Marianne Designs.

It's another theme that plays right into my hands which means two cards, one an Autumnal scene and another with lots on inkiness. The one at the top is a sample from last weeks Chocolate Baroque Hochanda shows with DI background then stamping using images from Autumn Poppy, Natures Table and Natures Peace and colouring with DI's, some white highlighting and stenciling using the laves mask.

A bit more inkiness along with  Pan Pastels to create the background, a masked sun and
then stamping with a mixture of Sutter, Stampscapes and Creative Expressions stamps.

Short and sweet I'm afraid as I'm rushing to schedule this ahead of our holiday.

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