Sunday, 23 April 2017

Sunny

Nice bright sunny day here - but very cold - so not sure that Spring is here after all even though the cherry blossom is flowering.

If you have been visiting me for a while you will know that yellow is not one of my favourite colours to work with.
Scrabbling through the 12x12 paper I found this striped paper. In fact found several sheets of it - most in real vivid colours (really 'in your face' colours that make you need to shield your eyes!). Don't remember buying them either!

The yellow one though was actually quite a nice shade and with a few bits of white card laying about on the desk, I made this simple and quick.
Die was coloured with Inktense Watercolour Pencils.
Only little bits of stamping - the sentiment obviously - but the butterflies looked flat once I had coloured them so just inked up a teeny flourish stamp with Certainly Celery ink and gave their tiny bodies a few curly bits!

Joining in the following challenges -
LIM - Stripe
HLS Dies - A/Goes
4 Crafty Chicks - Butterflies
Allsorts - I spy (:Letter 'B')
Petal Lu - Yellow Flowers

Am now busy preparing for the next trip and still have a few things to do -  but thinking about wrapping up and going for a long walk as it seems a shame to waste the sunshine even if it is cold!
Have a great day whatever you're doing and thanks for stopping by! x

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Inlaid Dies

I hope everyone had a lovely weekend. I spent mine getting to grips with some paperwork and then had a little time for myself in the craftie space.
When I am able to I try to take part in the CAS Mix Up Challenges. I find it easy to add elements onto fussy cards but trying to make CAS ones with the required elements taxes me a bit and I like the challenge!
This month it's 'Inlaid Dies + Stamping +Your Choice'.

I have had this Poppy die for a long time and think it was one of the first I bought. Bright idea to use it with some left over Alco Inked paper and white card.
At this point I think I should make a 'Note to Self' - think about how long it is going to take you to inlay all the fiddly bits before starting!!

I used Raspberry and Red Pepper for the flower heads and Lettuce, Meadow and a teeny bit of Citrus for the stems and base.
Although it took quite a while to piece it all back together (particularly the white bits) I am happy now it's finished! Cut it out using my cross stitch die then popped it back into the original square pice before mounting it onto the base card.
The sentiment was stamped in Certainly Celery and heat embossed and I added a couple of teeny sparklies to finish it off.

Have no plans today excepting to pop over to the Playground to catch up with everyone then make a few more cards! Thanks for stopping by - have a great day whatever you're doing. x

Other Challenges -
CASology - Cue Word 'GROW'
The Crafty Addicts - Anything Goes/Sentiment
Dragonfly Journeys - Square
HLS CAS April - Blend
Cut It Up - CASE (and I CASE'd Loll (AGAIN!!) Her card is here

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Bad Penny!

Hello my luvly blogging buddies! I hope you are all happy and well!

Arrived home and have not stopped. No 'me' time at all! Need another holiday to get over the Tour - but it was a really brilliant tour and those of you who follow me on Face Book will no doubt have become very very bored with all the pics by now!

Mr Mojo is still on his holidays as I have no ideas for anything since my return.
So I have been busy doing the organising for the next trip at the beginning of May. Then I am home for a few days before the travelling starts in earnest. Have everything reasonably sorted but it's been a hectic time.
When Mr Mojo disappears I always turn to Pinterest and CASE. And this is what I have done with this set -  a lady called Naomi in the US made a set like this and I really liked them!

Just simple and quick - and now sold as a pack - money in the charity box!
Basic Kraft card, rounded corners, and some foliage stamps. Simples.

Have a day to myself today - so am intending on staring at stamps and card until I get an idea - if I'm not back by the middle of next week send a search party!
Have a great weekend whatever you're doing. xx
Challenges -
Cards + More - Monochrome
The Crafty Addicts - A/Goes + Sentiment

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Dragonfly Dreams

April already! Here's my DT card for this month at Stamping Sensations.
Our theme is Anything Goes - but please remember we are a STAMPING challenge and we need to be able to see stamping as the MAIN focal point of your entry!
If you go to the blog you will see the rules and of course the prize that we're giving away this challenge! 

I've done a bit of inky dusting and and embossing this month using a few stamps which I've had for a while.

Inks used were Cracked Pistachio, Peacock Feathers and Mermaid Lagoon.

I stamped and  white embossed the Stampendous Dragonfly Vine stamp, then used Cosmic Shimmer in shades of Violet Frost and Golden Pear on the wings. Quite pleased with it in real life as it has blended well and looks effective.

The delicate 'bits of wings' background stamp and the 'Dragonfly Dreams' words are from a set which has a date of 2008 (!!) and was by a company called The Stamp Bug.

Stamped the 'wings' background with Mermaid Lagoon and white embossed the words.

Finished the panel with a few 'dew drops' then mounted it onto co-ordinating card before adding to the white card base.

I am currently on my first overseas tour of my Presidential year - in Spain- so I hope the weather is kind - to all of us wherever we are!!!
Also hope that this scheduled post has published! Will be round to visit you all on my return in a few days. x

Sunday, 19 March 2017

A trip

Happy Sunday everyone! Although the weather here is far from happy - it's blowing a gale and the rain is lashing down!
Not that I am too concerned as I shall be in the sunshine tomorrow (I hope!) - more of that later.....
Had some odd scraps of watercolour paper so decided to use them up - and as they're scraps I am away to the Playground (have my wellies and my sou'wester on....)
The stamp is one I have had for a while from Crafty Individuals and I decided to smoosh the watercolour paper with colours that I thought the flowers should be then hopefully be able to position the stamp over the top so that the colours were roughly in the right place.

The green DI is Mowed Lawn, the blue is Mermaid Lagoon and the yellow Fossilized Amber and I was pretty happy with the resulting smooshing as the stamps with a little bit of fiddling ended up in the right place.

I then painted over odd bits of the images with the same colours to give a bit more definition.
Mounted the panels onto black card.
The card base has a script vellum overlay - another paper pack I have had for ages -  I thought it picked up the script background of the stamp (and it saved me stamping and embossing the card base!!!πŸ‘Œ).
Stamped the simple sentiment onto the smallest piece of paper ever and shaped it like a tag, punching a small hole in the top, wrapped some white organza ribbon round the vellum and tied the tag onto it.

Challenges -
Inkspirational - Smooshing
CAS Mix Up - Smooshing/Stamping/Vellum
HLS Watercolour - A/Goes with option of Smooshing

I shall be absent from visits for a little while - as my first Presidential tour starts tomorrow so sunnier climes for me! (And the 65 others coming too!) 
I am hoping that Mr Blogger behaves himself and publishes my scheduled DT post and hope that you will not forget me whilst I am gone (I mean - How could you??????!!!!!!!) 

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

A new try....

Finally galvanised myself into action - well sat and got some inks out anyway!
I have seen many cards where the creator has done a 'baby wipe' technique and I have never tried it. (mainly because I don't know anyone with a baby so I could steal the wipes.......πŸ˜€πŸ˜€)
I DO have some wipes that I use for cleaning my desk and after studying the packet - it said bleach free, so thought I would experiment and see if it worked - hey- the worst it could do was wreck an ink pad wasn't it???

Armed with a piece of watercolour paper and the said wipe I found the oldest (and shabbiest) of my Distress Inks (working on the basis that there was hardly any ink left in it and the edges were all shabby so no point re-inking) I put wipe to pad and began.
I began to get a little excited as it was actually working - added bonus it didn't seem to be having the Ink Pads screaming out in agony either!.

Once first colour on, (Antique Linen), applied some Tea Dye (not from a tea bag, but an ink pad 😏) across the middle and the bottom of the paper.
Weathered Wood came next - little dabs in the 'sky' and on the space left between the Tea Dye.
Tree stamps inked in Pumice Stone.

Left without any sentiment as have no idea what I am going to use it for - No doubt will add it on later when I have to find an emergency card!
I would welcome any comments from anyone but particularly from those clever bods who have perfected this technique and any tips would be useful - I found it quite enjoyable to do and am quite happy with the first attempt - might have another go today!

Sharing this with  -
Happy Little Stampers - March Watercolour- Anything Goes
1 Crazy Stamper - Anything Goes
613 Ave Create - Anything Goes
A.I - Let's Watercolour
Sweet Stampin - Anything But a Birthday

Have a great day whatever you're doing. x

Saturday, 11 March 2017

An entire week....almost!

So it's now almost an entire week since my last blog post and I have done...... not a lot. Not a lot Craft wise anyway. Have done tons of other stuff and then when I have come up here and sat myself in the chair cannot think of a single thing to do!

I've got Yupo paper coloured with alco inks, sponged bits of card and lots of bitty things sitting here on the desk looking forlorn and unloved and waiting for some action.... and still I haven't managed anything - apart from this one card.

And this was only made as I found the stamped image in a drawer!
The stamp is an old La Blanche one given to me by a crafting friend about 7 years ago - can tell it's never been used in this house as it still stamps beautifully!

So in the absence of creative moments, I simply coloured it in soft colours using watercolour pencils, picking the paint up from the craft mat rather than applying the pencil direct to the card.
I resisted the impulse to paint the sky and just left the image to stand on it's own.
I was going to make it a Sympathy card for the stash box, but it somehow ended up as a Thank You!
It's not going to set the world on fire as creativeness goes and it didn't really satisfy my craving to do something but it's a make all the same!

I am going to have to get the brain cells going over the next couple of days as at the end of the week the madness starts in earnest and then there definitely won't be any time for making - and I want to be able to schedule some posts other than those for the Design Team!
Sharing this make at -
Sweet Stampin - Anything but a birthday
Alphabet - Z for Zero embellies
Flower Challenge - Anything Goes
 
Thanks for being here - hope your weekend is a good one! x

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Close to Nature

Time for another challenge at Stamping Sensations - this month our theme is 'CLOSE TO NATURE' and if you pop over to the challenge blog you will see the fab prize we have on offer and some delights that the DT have produced to inspire you.  
TRUST ME - YOU WILL WANT TO HAVE A CHANCE AT WINNING THE A-MA-ZING PRIZE THIS MONTH!!
Please remember - WE ARE A STAMPING CHALLENGE - AND WE NEED TO SEE STAMPING AS THE FOCAL POINT OF YOUR PROJECT. 

I decided it was time for a change so I have made a large tag this month!
It may end up of the front of a card at some point...

Inkiness all over the place here.... Rusty Hinge, Old Paper, Antique Linen DI applied with duster brushes all over the tag first.

Script stamp from Indigo Blu inked in Vintage Sepia, stamped on an odd piece to remove excess then stamped onto the tag.
'Chicken Wire' stamp applied the same way.

Flower from SU's Butterfly Basics coloured with Peacock Feather DI mixed with a little bit of cosmic shimmer, a dab of orange in the centre, Forest Moss DI for the leaves  and then the sentiment stamped in Versamark Espresso Truffle Ink.
The word 'beautiful' was a stamp waiting to be put away and just laying on the desk - so I used it!!

The butterfly is also from Indigo Blu. Stamped, coloured it with a little  Peacock Feather DI then fussy cut. Popped it up onto the tag with 3D foam for dimension.
Finished it all off with a triple seam binding bow.

Challenges
Go Tag Thursday - Butterflies
Creative Stamper - Springtime
Craft Rocket - No Patterned Paper
Sweet Stampin - No designer paper
PB & More - A/Goes

Hope you will join in with us this month! Have a great day whatever you're doing. x

Friday, 3 March 2017

Uninspired!

I have had a non productive week as far as anything crafty is concerned as I have been busy with lots of admin stuff.
As with all things mojo-wise when you are busy doing other things I have struggled to make anything and desperate for some inkiness card I began an internet trawl.
I thank the person who came up with the CAS idea in the first place as it allowed me to make 2 cards - both the same design but in different colours.

These are going into my stash and hopefully will get sold for my charity sometime this season.

The design ticks the boxes for me at the moment - I need CAS, which will not cost the earth to make, nor cost the earth to post  -  I can sell for just the same price as the card cost me to make and am keeping my fingers crossed that the low prices will encourage people to buy more!

I don't have a family who I can arm-twist into purchase so rely heavily on people I know!
These had to be 2 of the quickest cards I have made but I quite like them!

Thanks for visiting - will be round to see you all very soon - but for now back to the paperwork!

Challenges -
Star Stampz - Monochrome
Crafty Gals Corner - Add Ribbon
Crafting By Designs - Anything Goes
The Crafty Addicts - A./Goes - CAS

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Happy Day!

This is a re-vamp of a project completed a few years ago. The canvas has been on the wall in the craftie space both here and in the previous house and it had faded with the sun so it now has had a face lift. Sharing with you as yesterday was for me a 'Happy Day'!! (more at the end of the post...)

The canvas measures 12" x 10".

I used acrylic paints for the background and made (what I hope look like) fluffy white clouds across the blue sky with modelling paste.
The flowers in the bottom left and the butterflies are cut from paper napkins, and gesso'ed into place.
I  added a few sweeps of a paintbursh to make stems and dabbed a bit of pink onto the tops for flowers.

The bird and branch was cut from an old book.
The cherry blossom is an old stamp, flowers coloured with Distress Ink and the birdcage (also a stamp - image given to me by a friend) was painted then cut out, and I added a thin string of silver metal as the hanger.
My 'sunshine girl' was made from card with a bit of lace under her skirt.
The Happy Days stamp is done on a bit of tissue paper, stuck onto the canvas and a butterfly and a heavily embossed stamped dragonfly finished it all off.
Was a change from cards to re-do this canvas - had forgotten how much I enjoy the mess! 

So my 'Happy Day' -
yesterday I became the 2017 Bowls England President! Was a day with all kinds of emotions going on -sick with nerves before, pinched myself a few times afterwards as I kept seeing this gold chain round my neck, but overall a lovely day spent with a huge number of lovely people. Then last evening it was posh frock for the Presentation Dinner that when over officially marked the end of the previous President's year - and the start of mine!
Couple of pics to share for those of you who haven't seen them on Facebook -
- and yes that really is ME in the long dress! No photoshopping - just ME!
Have spent the last few weeks trying to lose weight from round my middle as over the last 2 years whilst Junior Vice President, then Senior Vice, I have visited many Clubs all round the British Isles - and was fed wonderful food at them all! So a bit of treadmill every day has been called for...
That's it - all my news for this week!
Am worn out today - think being up till 2am then the drive home this morning has seen me off completely!

Linking my canvas to the following Challenges -
Creative Artiste - A/thing Mixed Media
Frilly & Funkie - Out of the Cold
As You Like It - What do you make other than cards and why

Will catch up with you all this week - am having a quiet week at home! x  

Monday, 20 February 2017

Alcohol again

Just a quick post from me today and a quick CAS card to share made when I was playing with Alcohol Inks and inspired by Loll!
Used some ivory linen card as the base card this time as I thought it went better than stark white with the leaf.

The leaf was cut from a scrap piece of Yupo and the colours were Stream, Lettuce and Citrus.

I used the left over from the base card for the embossed wood panel and the frame.  I cut the inset of the frame with a nestie and stamped the sentiment in Lucky Limeade ink.

The 3 buttons were from my stash as I thought that rather than use sparklies, if I used buttons this could be a 'man' card!

Quite happy with this, although on reflection I perhaps should have used a die which had broader leaves so that more of the colours of the alco inks could be seen.
Might try this again!

Challenges -
Pixies Snippets Playground- Week 269/270
Addicted to CAS - Wood
HIMCR - Embossing
Alphabet - You for You Choose

Thanks for looking today. Have to brave the wet weather and do some shopping so will catch up with you all later - have a great day whatever you're doing. x

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Flying High

Had a bit of a re-jig in the craftie space and a good tidy this morning - bet now I won't be able to find anything......

I've been messing about with inks again - this time Pine Needles and Weathered Wood with a bit of Fossilized Amber.
And am feeling quite pleased with myself as I have today (round of applause pleaseπŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘) used two NEVER BEFORE USED Dies!!!

So after inking the main panel, I randomly stamped the cogs using Tea Dye DI and used the wire honeycomby stamp from SU Butterfly Basics inked in Versafine Smokey Grey along the bottom and right side edge.

The sentiment was a rectangle, but used the MISTI to re-position into a straight sentence. Looks a bit light here but is OK in real life!

The balloon die was rubbed with Pine Needles DI, then I applied a liberal helping metallic rubs in verdi gris and gold. Cut a piece of green vellum to sit behind it.

Finished off with the Never Before Used cogs die, and pewter, rust and gold rubs applied here too!
Matted and layered onto dark brown then Bermuda Bay card stock.

Challenges -
Stampin' Royalty #362 - Dies
OLLCB - Use Die Cuts
Cardz 4 Guyz - No patterned paper
TIOT -  Let's Get Messy
and I am also entering into this into #430 at Color Throwdown who have this gorgeous inspiration pic!

Thanks for taking the time to stop by today. Appreciate any comments you might leave - have a great week! x


Saturday, 11 February 2017

Romance?


I don't do soppy.   With Valentine's Day looming, I am fed up with soppy!
Valentines' Day is dear husband's birthday.      We don't do Valentine's day.
We don't really do birthdays either - not cards or presents but we normally have a nice meal around the date - not ON the date 'cos everywhere is full of soppy!!!

I have made a 'not soppy' Love card - made for no other reason than I was feeling a teeny weeny bit soppy.
 
The heart stamp was a cheapie from Hobby Crafts - bought it as I don't posess any heart stamps and thought it might be needed.... first time it's seen ink!
I used a Brilliance Ink Pad in Rocket Red for the heart and the splats (which are from a Visible Image set).

The ink splatters across the card were a mix of the Rocket Red ink and Festive Berries DI as I wasn't sure if mixing water with just the Brilliance ink would work!
Mounted the heart on a scrap of vellum cut with a nestie, stamped the sentiment in Onyx Black and added a strip of corrugated red card (which means I can go play again over at CAS Mix Up!)

Unsurprisingly there's lots of soppy love themed challenges around so am linking to -

Crafty Purple Frog - Love is All Around
House of Cards - Love theme
Time Out - Inspired by words
              (and I have used 'Heart')
Uniko - Anything Goes
Allsorts - Hearts
AAA - CAS
House that Stamps Built -
                   Red/Hearts/Vellum

It's very cold here today. We've had a couple of snow flurries but it hasn't stayed. Changed the bed and done a little bit of housework this morning. Planning now on having a lazy day in the craftie space - in the warm!

Thanks for looking today - have a great weekend whatever you're doing - and if you're doing 'soppy' - enjoy!!  x  

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Thursday

The days have passed quite quickly and there never seems to be enough hours in the day!
I have made a couple of cards and hoping that I will be able to link the other one up CAS Mix Up February Challenge as well as this one (if I ever finish it that is!)

I am always inspired by stuff seen on Pinterest and I suppose this one came from there too!
The challenge was to use corrugated card, with stamping and your choice of other techniques - I went overboard I think as I ended up using as 'my choice' - Fussy cutting, heat embossing, Distress Inks, splatter and vellum!
The colour combo is one of my faves.
This was quite quick to do and used up some odd scraps of Aqua and Black card along with a snippet of vellum.

The card was ran through the 'crimper' and just torn. Before fixing I lightly splattered some Peacock Feathers DI onto the white panel.
The butterfly was heat embossed in white, fussy cut and smooshed through the craft mat where I'd put the DI!
A scrap of ribbon, a sentiment stamped onto the tiniest piece of aqau card and a couple of gems to finish.

I am beginning to panic a little as I appear to have completely abandoned all the fussy and fancy stuff just lately.
I don't know whether it is because I always seem to not have a lot of time so am opting for clean and simple cards or because I am finding that CAS has become my 'thing'. Although as always I wonder if my CAS is well just too - CAS!!
I am not giving up hope that I will once again delve back into the stitching, distressing, generally throw everything on a card type of make - after all whatever will I do with all this stuff if I do????

Thanks for looking!
Hope your day has been good whatever you've been doing! x

Sunday, 5 February 2017

More Alcohol

I was having a lovely time last week until that damn virus which I had before Christmas decided to put in yet another appearance. Not as bad this time but enough to make me feel more than a little fed up with myself....!
So the title of my post does not mean I used the coughing as an excuse to lubricate myself with drink (not that I need much encouragement) -  it means that I have made another card with the neglected alco inks!
I am beginning to enjoy just being able to chuck liquid inks onto a sheet of paper and have them all merge into yummy colours.
I am though struggling as to what to use the coloured sheets for but this one shouted Autumn Leaves.

Ivory linen textured card used as the base.
Colours on Yupo were Butterscotch, Caramel, Ginger and Latte.

I am hoping that these 3 shades are close enough on the colour wheel for me to join in at Less Is More this week. They are celebrating their 6th Birthday so I thought that a 'Thank you' to those who run the blog was called for!
The leaves actually have some distinct embossed veins which don't show up too well in the pic, but are quite effective.

The left over snippet was used as a dimensional panel - waste not, want not. So I am also taking my coughing body into the Playground - but will wrap a scarf round my face to keep my germs to myself!
Going to spend today catching up in blogland so will be visiting you all soon! xx

Animal Magic and other things!

Animal Magic is the theme of our challenge this month at Stamping Sensations . Great prizes again up for grabs but please observe our rules and remember we are a STAMPING challenge so must see a stamped image or sentiment as the FOCAL point. If you follow our rules you could be in with a chance of winning this fab prize from TATTERED LACE

I have a lot of stamps I rarely use - no surprise there then.... and I bet I am not alone.πŸ˜› I buy because I like them, maybe use them once (or even not at all) and then store them away.
This LOTV stamp is one of those (along with the other 3 I bought from the Mice set....) - this one has seen ink twice, the others once each I think!

I always think LOTV stamps need lots of embellies but I have tried to do one with hardly any on it at all - as I am intending on sending this through the post.

Originally I had a plain base but it really did look stark so this tiny flower embossing folder which was free in a magazine last year (or the year before?) was also taken out of it's wrapping!

Our flower shop mice were coloured with Promarkers, then matted onto green card after using a X stitch die to cut it out.
The little tags were snippets left over from the green card and the sentiment is from SU.

Other Challenges -
Crazy 4 Challenges - Animals

Thanks for taking time to have a look today - hope you will join us! x 

Saturday, 28 January 2017

Time Flies

Not much time for crafting this week - had 2 lovely days out - the Warner Studios Harry Potter Tour at the beginning of the week and an afternoon at the cinema yesterday. Brilliant days - the tour was awesome - loved it.
Time really has flown but I made a man card!
 Quick and simple but I rather like it!

I used an Ivory linen textured base as a change - I have stacks of this card and I really do have to use it instead of reaching for the white all the time.
This clock embossing folder is NBUS!! Had it about 2 years - shame on me. But will pop over to join Darnell's little party with it and sending her get well wishes as she has had some surgery this week. (xx)

I used Peacock Feathers, Wild Honey, Cracked Pistachio Distress Inks. The dark green verdi gris colour was achieved with the overlapping of the DI's - like it!

Doesn't show up very well on the pic but I used some long neglected Metallic rub in an Olive colour across the dark green bits and it has a lovely finish.
I mounted it onto a dark brown base and stamped the sentiment in Rich Cocoa.
Added the clock charm as an afterthought!

Happy girlie though 'cos I don't have a lot of male themed cards in the stash so really do need to try and rectify that as soon as possible - won't be for a little while though as I am away this next week.
Will pop round and see you all as often as I can.
Challenges -
A Vintage Journey - Circles (well clocks/watches are round!!)
Aud Sentiments - Masculine
Crafty Addicts - A/Goes
Thanks for looking! Have a great weekend whatever you're doing. x 

Sunday, 22 January 2017

Alco Inks - 1.

I have had bottles and bottles of Alcohol Inks for years. I have used them exactly 5 times ......... πŸ˜•..........Until now.πŸ˜€
I have always used them on metal (OH used to supply the beer cans!!) when I was doing a lot of mixed media and not a lot of card making. In recent times I have forsaken the mixed media side of things (although I still have tons of stuff/canvases/modelling paste etc etc) and concentrated on cards - mainly because time is at a premium and also I can sell the cards and the money goes in the charity pot!
BUT - being an avid follower of Loll's blog, I saw the beautiful cards she made using Alco Inks so off to Amazon I went and ordered some Yupo paper.

It arrived and I spent yesterday playing about with the dusty inks.This is the first of 3 cards made yesterday - the other 2 are not Christmas related!

I used Lettuce, Watermelon and Red Pepper colours and after watching Loll's tutorial used some tin foil to mix my colours then dragged the paper through.
Sprayed some Alco Ink blending solution in a mini- ister and when it dried this piece reminded me of Christmas colours - Cue the poinsettia die.
The sentiment is from Stamping Up's Beautiful Season set and I used Encore Gold Metallic Ink. 

The stitched frame was a bit of a mistake. I meant to emboss and ended up cutting! Rescued it by putting it back inside the already embossed outer frame!

I am secretly quite pleased with myself for finally using the long neglected inks. AND I am secretly quite pleased with the result!

Challenges -
Christmas @ Sweet Stampin - A/Goes
Sweet Stampin - Dies
Paper Players - CAS/Use a flower
C+GI - No designer paper
ABC Christmas - A = Anything Goes
Time Out - Pic Inspiration  here - and I used the red/white/green colours as inspiration!

Thanks for looking and I also thank you very very much if you have left me a comment - I appreciate them all!
Have a great day whatever you're doing! x

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Colour burst

I promised myself that I would try and enter the CAS Mix Up Challenge as often as I could when time allowed. The challenge was Stamping, Liquid Colours and your choice.
This card has been lying finished for over a week and am just getting round to posting - but better late than never and thankfully am still well in time as the challenge doesn't end for a while!
I wish I wasn't so messy!! It's not like I don't have tons of desk space because I do -  but I am just too lazy to move anything so consequently when I start spraying not only does the piece I am working on receive the spray but everything in the near vicinity gets a dose too.

I made the panel first (my choice - acrylic block with Spiced Marmalade, Squeezed Lemonade and Mustard Seed) on a left over piece of watercolour paper, then stamped the flower in white and heat embossed. Stamped again in gold and heat embossed again.
Some gold cosmic shimmer spray splattered and sprayed (did manage to get SOME on the card!).
Finished with a snippet of vellum, heat embossed with the sentiment.
Am also popping over to the Playground with my snippets make.

Other Challenges -
ATS & M - Photo Inspiration here 
 ( I loved the rainbow colours of the flower - opted to use the lemon and orange shade from the petals for this make)
The Crafty Addicts - Monochromatic
Glitter n Sparkle - Use gold

Have a great day whatever you're doing! x 
  
 

Saturday, 14 January 2017

Saturday already?

Can someone tell me where this week went? Looking in at blogland I realised  my last post was Sunday! Normally I can put absences down to my other life (!!) - but confess that nothing from the bowling side has intruded this week so NO EXCUSE!!
I have though taken possession of something I coveted ever since I saw a sneak peek of them.. here it is - my new stamp set - Stampin Up's 'Beautiful You'. (Happy dance when it dropped through the door - thanks Sue!)

It is not usual for me to actually ACT on my 'I really want this stamp' thoughts particularly as I don't have a lot of crafting time with the Bowls England stuff - but I made an exception with this set - I SIMPLY HAD TO HAVE IT!
Out there in blogland I noticed that the set had been used on a dark card background so thought I would give it a try.
A bit of a change from my normal white (don't worry- the other stamps have been put onto white card!!) - but am actually quite happy with the result considering it is something I don't do very often.
Stamped image then used wax pastels. Had to overstamp as the pastels covered up the skirt folds (so thanks MISTI!)

Ran the white round the edge of the sea (OK I know it doesn';t really look like waves but you get the idea!) and made a little path in the sand. Stamped a couple of sand drifts using Fossilized Amber DI.
The sentiment is hiding a sin - tried to colour a sun and made a mess - so sentiment had to be stamped separately instead of direct across the sun - which was my original intention!

Challenges -
Daring Cardmakers - Try Something New
Crafty Creations - Anything Goes
Craft Rocket - Anything Goes
Craft 4 the Craic - Pick Me up ( and I can think of nothing better than a walk barefoot in the sand on a warm day to make you feel good!)
Thanks for having a look today - will be around in a little while to visit you all.
Have a great day whatever you're doing. x  

Sunday, 8 January 2017

Playing!


Just been having a couple of days playing about with the Misti and it's probably one of the best things ever - but even with the new toy Mr Mojo must still be hungover from Christmas and lying down in a dark room somewhere as I currently am completely devoid of ideas.
So where do you turn to - Pinterest of course - well I do anyway.
So here's a CASE.

I have had this stamp for a few months and never used it.
I bought the stamp intending it to be donated as a prize - but then it just lay (with another one bought at the same time) on the shelf.  Being devoid of ideas and seeing how it was used during my internet trawl, I decided I might as well use it myself!
So have gone mad with it this week - and am actually quite happy I didn't give it away.

Made a set of note cards using the stamp with different colours for the flowers (which I will share at another time) and had a bit of a mess about with some masking, sponging and double stamping on this one.

Happy with how this turned out - it's a lovely softie feminine type card.


Challenges -
Sweet Stamping - Something New
Just Us Girls - New
MTTC - Something New
Flower Challenge - Blue and Yellow
(Am hoping the background sponging counts as yellow enough - I used a mix of Squeezed Lemonade and Shabby Shutters as the Squeezed Lemonade I didn't think gave enough depth.)

Have a great day whatever you're doing. x