Thursday, 26 May 2022

Gilded

I haven't played with Gilding Flakes for a while - mainly because I am messy at the best of times and gilding flakes are really not something I should be allowed to get my hands on.😳

I did though manage not to have too much of the stuff floating about the place this time - a minor miracle!

I have used both of these stamps before (card is HERE) but thought I would try the flakes with the same stamps to see what it looked like.

The verdict is - not too bad at all considering I am a 'flaky' novice!

The bird house is a really old stamp from Chocolate Baroque formerly Elusive Images.

I decided at the time that adding more foliage was probably a step too far as no doubt I wouldn't have got it positioned right but on reflection maybe I should have been brave as the bird house does look a little lonely on just a gold line drawn thread.....

And typical me - the black card I used wasn't big enough for my normal size makes so the gold strip was added - which I think finishes it better - so happy necessity!
Am sharing over at
Use Your Stuff - Add Gold
TTPH - CAS
Retro Rubber - Anything Goes
Thanks for looking today - I appreciate you coming to my blog! x

Friday, 20 May 2022

Big!

 I recently acquired an Indigo Blu big butterfly stamp. Have actually used it - and more than once!

The Brushos were out on the desk top as I have used them for another project which will be shared in a couple of weeks time.
I stamped and heat embossed the butterfly before fussy cutting.

I thought that if I cut off the body (psycho tendencies 😈😈- LOL) on one side this meant that I could use the other side complete with body to make another card.....😊

Once the embossed wing was dry I looked for a suitable matching purple ink shade and simply stamped the whole butterfly onto the card base.
A few Brusho spatters and a die cut sentiment dipped in the wet brusho residue on the craft mat - it made for quite a quick card and one for my own stash box!

Work has continued here outside. We have extended the existing patio (those flags were HEAVY!) and rebuilt the dismantled raised bed in the shadiest part of the garden right outside the kitchen window- it's now filled with lush shade loving plants which cheer me up when I am washing up!

Still a bit to do planting up a new border and the all important water sculpture installation - which are jobs to be tackled over the next few weeks - dear husband is prone to reminding me that
'we're not as young as we used to be so everything takes a bit longer'! (Like I needed to hear that.......😒)
Sharing my bodyless butterfly at
TIOT - Butterfly
Dragonfly Dreams - Butterfly

Thanks for stopping by - hope all is well in your part of blogland! x

Monday, 9 May 2022

Wall

We've had some nice dry days recently so the work has continued in the garden and the craft desk has been sat at infrequently.

But I did do a couple of makes and tidying away the usual mess I make (yes I am keeping the new room tidy 😉), I thought I would use the Gesso again before it got consigned back to the cupboard after being inspired by Pinterest.

I have quite a lot of stencils - I have decided I have to start using them more - I buy them, look at them and then they just get filed away!

I have a couple of brick wall stencils but this one is a large one from Clarity.

I started by inking my background in shades of Antique Linen, Victorian Velvet and Seedless Preserve.

Once dry I simply randomly applied the gesso through the stencil.
A bit of random stamping along the bottom and one of my fave sentiments using Memento Sweet Plum
Job done!

Sharing over at TIOT whose challenge this time is Use a Stencil, and over at Colourful Options the challenge is Pretty in Pink.
Hope all is OK in your part of blogland and will get round to catching up with you all soon! x

Thursday, 28 April 2022

Spray

We've had some lovely weather recently and it has given me a chance to start re-designing the new home's garden to make it our own so I have been absent from the craft desk for quite a while.


As my back is insisting I have a day off from digging (and it's a bit cloudy!) I have a share for you today.

I love the Delicate Florals set from Penny Black and teamed it here with some background stamping and stencilling.

I brushed the background first with DI's in shades of yellow, overstamped randomly with an old script stamp before sponging through the diamond stencil.

I used my Arteza waterbrush pens direct to the stamp then dragged out the colour with a wet brush after stamping.

Finished with a few tiny gold liquid pearl dots.

When I packed up to move I found the rounded corner punch (covered in cobwebs as it had fallen down the back of a cupboard!) so thought I would see if it still worked. I quite like the soft rounded edges so have put it where I can find it!
Sharing over at
Colourful Options - Yellow
Country View - Spring
HLS Watercolour - A/Goes

Thanks for looking today - hope all is well in your part of blogland. x

 

Friday, 15 April 2022

Flowers

 A quick share from me today -

we have had some nice days this last week and despite still coughing (Can't believe I have been left with this cough and waves of fatigue! Getting better but boy is it slow!) I have spent some time outdoors planning out the changes to our garden, so crafting has taken a back seat.

But I made this after being inspired by Pinterest - in fact I made two similar but will save the other one for a later share.

Just a simple 'fishnet' stamp partly inked and a few black splatters to start for the background then a die cut piece of foliage, a daisy and one of my fave dies, this big Chrysanth bloom.
All just smooshed through some ink on the craft mat.
That's it!

We are having 4 days away with some friends next week - they also have recently moved house so we all think we deserve a rest - although we are hoping to play in a bowls tournament - first time for nearly 3 years since I have played - and only hoping I can stand up long enough and not cough my head off!

Sharing over at TIOT who's challenge is Spring Colours.

Thanks for looking and I wish you all a Happy Easter. x

Saturday, 9 April 2022

Is Spring here?

It has taken me a long time to shake off the virus despite having all my jabs - I know for many symptoms are mild but there are others like me who have been really poorly.
I have tested negative for the last 5 days but still have a cough which I am told may be with me for several weeks yet 😖. At least I am feeling a little more human!

Despite having this beautiful new craft room am finding it quite difficult to get back into creating - there are so many other things I want to be doing, not least my garden!

We had a couple of days of lovely weather and I thought Spring had arrived - then we suddenly had overnight frosts, very strong winds, rain and plummeting daytime temperatures.
It's really cold here at the mo and those few spring flowers which are out are probably regretting showing their faces.

This spring offering was simply made from left over bits of cardstock, using this lovely Alexander Renke Crocus die which has become one of my all time faves.

A quick and simple card that didn't tax me too much!

I have been AWOL from the Playground - keeping my germs to myself - but I am poking my nose through the gates with this make!
Thanks for stopping by - I hope all is well with you in your part of blogland. x

Thursday, 31 March 2022

A Day Late

I am a day late posting the winners from my little give-away (see previous post) but sad to say having managed to stay safe for 2 years, done everything I should have done, it appears that a trip as a treat to a large garden centre and a sit for coffee and cake resulted in the damn virus deciding to settle on me.👹

I know for many people they say the symptoms are 'mild' - well if this is mild I am so thankful I didn't get severe!
Thank God for the vaccine is what I say. I have been incredibly unwell for the last 5 days and ventured out of my bed this morning for the first time.
I feel a little better, the throat is not so sore and the cough is not so hacking but the fatigue is immense and I am keeping fingers crossed that tomorrow I may improve a little more.👍

Anyway - enough of my tales of woe -

2 Winners 📣🎉🎈
Bundle 1 -5 piece Die set 'Village of Light', Snowflake Slimline Stencil and a circle die goes to Stamps and Paper

Bundle 2 - Memory Box Stamp Graceful Fern, Snowflake Slimline Stencil and a circle die is Mac Mable

ANNE and MAC please contact me via the e mail link by clicking on my profile in the sidebar with your addresses. 
Rest assured the gifts will be sanitised and not touched by me - dear husband will be postie! 

Thank you again to everyone who has stayed with me - blogland is so much quieter now than when I began way back in 2008 but all my blogging friends are to me just priceless.💕 x

Wednesday, 16 March 2022

Happy Dandy Dance! (And a surprise)

 Hang out the bunting (even though it will get wet cos we have a very very rainy day here) -

WE ARE CONNECTED! 😁😁

Hopefully now things here will get back to normal and I will be able to spend a little time at my craft desk, visiting blogland without worrying about silly mobile data charges.

I have a quick CAS card to share and further down the page is a little thank you from me to my lovely followers who have commented on my posts whilst I have been internet-less!

I had a little stampie-fest with one of Lavinia's Dandelion stamps.
I used Dew Drop inks in Grape Jelly, Pear Tart and Sea Breeze.
I had found some neglected coloured card whilst unpacking so used a small piece of the purple one to just give me a definitive edge.

I am experimenting all over the new house to find a spot that I am happy with to take my photos!

Right - now here's the aforementioned surprise -

As I am so very grateful to all those who have commented on my sporadic blog posts I have put together a couple of things to say thank you.

Bundle 1 is a 5 piece Die set 'Village of Light', a Creative Expressions Snowflake Slimline Stencil and a circle die.

Bundle 2 is a Memory Box Stamp Set called Graceful Fern, a Creative Expressions Snowflake Slimline Stencil and a circle die

PLEASE NOTE MY LITTLE GIFTS ARE ONLY OPEN TO THOSE WHO HAVE FOLLOWED MY BLOG PREVIOUSLY AND HAVE COMMENTED ON POSTS SINCE THE START OF 2022.
IF THIS IS YOU AND YOU WANT TO GO INTO THE HAT JUST LEAVE A COMMENT ON THIS POST AND SAY YOU WANT TO BE INCLUDED.

Please don't just come along and leave a comment now to be in with a chance of the giveaway! I will check!
I'll number you in the order you comment and will do a draw on 30th MARCH.
I will post to anywhere but can't be responsible for any taxes!

THANK YOU TO ALL MY LOVELY BLOGLAND FRIENDS WHO HAVE BEEN WITH ME DURING MY STRESSFUL TIME!  XX

Tuesday, 1 March 2022

Magnolia

A scheduled post - regular visitors to my blog will know I am on the DT for CAS Mix Up and normally we have a new challenge on the 1st of every month.
If you have visited the CAS Mix Up blog in the last few days you will have seen the little note from Loll announcing that our challenges are temporarily on hold  - never fear we will be back as soon as we can!

Here's a make using a stamp which was a present from a friend - I took the pic before I added the sentiment!

Some light ink blending for the background in Spun Sugar and Tumbled Glass.

I stamped the image direct on the background, then stamped again onto some card and heat embossed before watercolouring and fussy cutting it out.

This is a really big stamp so there's a little bit of it cut off at the bottom.

Matted onto black card before mounting on the base card.
The stark white base card didn't look right so I blended a little of the same background colours onto it which gave a much softer effect.

Was a quick and relatively simple make too!

Thanks for looking - hope everyone is safe and well in blogland and I'll be back soon! x

Monday, 21 February 2022

Update!

 Hello blogland!
So here's a quick update - now settling in nicely in our new home.🏡 It took such a long time but now that is all behind us and we can start enjoying. 💕😊
My craft room is just about done and I am looking forward to finding Mr Mojo (deffo still in a cardboard packing box📦 somewhere) and being able to get back to making.
BUT........ we will not have any broadband connection for another 3 weeks AT LEAST!😡 To say we were disappointed with the timescale is an understatement, particularly when we booked it in December - but the date they gave us in February they had to cancel because of staffing issues and the next available one is 15th March.... so let's hope no more cancellations on that front - not least because I am having to use my mobile phone data and loading pics uses up lots!

All that said just to show that I have not deserted blogland I have a share and promise once the broadband connection is sorted I shall spend days visiting everybody!!

Black card base and an old embossing folder and then rubbed a Versamark ink pad across it. Sprinkled off the edge of a spoon embossing powders in copper, silver and platinum. Finished with a little gilding wax to create the faux metal look.

Quite happy with the way this turned out and made for no other reason other than I unpacked the stuff!

I have a post already scheduled for 1st March and then I shall be back very soon after - broadband connection permitting - and once it is I will have a little giveaway for my loyal blogging buddies to show how much I appreciate those who have stuck by me for such a long time.
I hope you are all safe and well and send everyone hugs! x
PS - I notice that many of my followers pics have disappeared - is this normal? Did I miss something? Or has everyone left me????!!!

Saturday, 15 January 2022

Mid Month at CAS Mix Up and FINALLY!!!!


Our CAS Mix Up January challenge of 'Loose Watercolour' is half way through and you have until 24th of the month to join us.

There's already some lovely cards in our gallery and we love to see your creations!

I did a bit of accent stamping to highlight the lovely big flower which is from Altenew. It's one from their layered sets and I just used the outline stamp.

Stamped it in a pigment ink in a dark pink shade and then once dry watercoloured.

Hope you can join us this month - the DT and our Guest designer Karen (Random Reflections)
have lots to inspire you!


My lovely blog visitors will know what a terrible trial we have had since selling our home last May and then moving into a tiny (and very cold) rented property supposedly for a few weeks.
Almost 7 months on we finally exchanged contracts on our new home on 11th of this month, we get our hands on the keys on the 19th and our removal firm are booked for 21st.
I cried with relief when we finally exchanged contracts, it has been a long hard few months, fraught with worry wondering if it was going to happen at all.

I have several more grey hairs than I did 6 months ago! Anyway, onward and upward for us now.
The new place doesn't need anything doing in terms of decorating but we do have to buy new furniture so that will be exciting and more importantly I am looking forward to a brand new craft space! (The only downside is no internet until mid February!)
To those of you who have sent me message of support and put up with me generally moaning and being miserable for what probably seems like an eternity, (you know who you are), I thank you and am eternally grateful for my blogland buddies.
I will be back as soon as I am able. x

Tuesday, 4 January 2022

First Christmas Card 2022!

Last year I joined in at CAS Christmas for almost every month apart from one so am trying to have another go this year. Seems quite weird making Christmas cards so early but last year playing along every month helped me a bit so there was not as mad a rush at the end which was just as well considering the house situation!
I also have not yet re-packed  the few Christmas stamps I'd got out so it made sense to use them!

The first challenge of the year is 'Silver and Gold'.

I took a circle stencil/mask and lightly inked the outside in Hickory Smoke then tore some paper to make 'snow drifts' inside the circle and inked.

The stamps are all from Lavinia and Inkylicious.
The embossing was a bit tricky!

I did all the silver stamping and embossing first, then embossed the gold tree. Used an embossing pen to dab onto the berries and gold embossed.
I was a little apprehensive in case I overheated the silver and made it dull but thankfully it all turned out OK and it really is shiny in real life!

The sentiment stamp was a freebie in a craft mag last year - was quite disappointed with it as it didn't give a crisp impression but you can make out the words 'Winter Greetings' when you have hold of it so overall am quite happy with the way the card looks.
One down - lots to go!
Peace On Earth have a Christmas theme of  'Anything Goes', so am popping this into their gallery too and Country View Challenges January challenge is 'A Year to Sparkle and Shine'.

Saturday, 1 January 2022

New Year, New Challenge!

Today is the start of our new challenge after our December break over at CAS Mix Up. Jenny has given us the task of 'Loose Watercolouring'.

There's lots of links to tutorials over on the challenge blog and also some fab examples from the DT and I really hope you will be able to join in with us - after all no doubt you all got lots of lovely stash at Christmas so time to use it!

I enjoyed doing this as it was nice to just be able to watch the colours blend together without any effort on my part - apart from putting the paint on the brush.

Stamped the flowers onto watercolour card and just left to dry overnight. Wet the image then added the colour - simple and looks quite artsy (well I think so anyway!)
It's unlikely to win any accolades from art critics but I'm quite pleased with it!

Quick and easy, added a simple sentiment and matted onto coloured cardstock - job done.

Visitors to my blog will know that the latter part of 2021 was quite a stressful time for me on top of Covid, let's hope 2022 is a better year for us all.
 
Thanks for looking today, appreciate it! x