Sunday, 14 January 2018

Let's Have A Little Summer Sunshine In January!

Good morning,

I hope that this day will be a good one for you filled with lots of things that make you smile:)

I entered a couple of card challenges last week for the first time in ages and was lucky enough to have my card chosen in the DT's Top 5 picks at Allsorts.  I was so thrilled that I've decided to enter this week's challenge too and the theme at Allsorts this week is: 'No Patterned Papers.'

Making my own backgrounds is one of my favourite crafting things to do as the possibilities are just endless.

Here's the card that I've made:

Now I don't know about you but I'm getting just a little fed up of seeing grey skies and rain recently, so I thought that I would cheer up proceedings by opting for some summer sunshine.  The main focal image of my card is one of my favourite stamps by Crafty Individuals.  Don't those girlfriends look like they're having the time of their lives just splashing carelessly! 

I started my background by blending various Distress Inks and some Memento Teal Zeal, and using just a touch of blue Brushos to give that underwater effect.  I used a stencil to add some depth and then I used various stamps including Seahorses and shells by 'Sweet Dixie' stamps to continue the seaside theme.  The sentiment and seagulls are also by Crafty Individuals.

I hope that this little bit of sunshine will brighten you day x

I would also like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Craft Stamper Magazine - Take It Make It January (Anything Goes)
Artistic Stamper - Anything Goes
Country View Challenges - Anything Goes
Try It On Tuesday - My Favourite Things (Making my own backgrounds)

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Love Is In The Air

Hello there,

I do hope that you're all keeping well as I know that there are some very nasty bugs doing the rounds at the moment.  If you're not well, then wrap up warm, look after yourself and get well soon x

I'm here today to share with you a card that I've made for our Son and Daughter-In-Law's Anniversary which is this week.  I can't believe how quickly the last two years have passed since their wedding day :)

I enjoyed making this as all the products are new to me and I love trying out new stamps.  I was lucky enough last week to pick up a copy of the Creative Stamping magazine and the free stamps this time are absolutely fabulous.  It's a music collection by Sheena Douglass and I can definitely see them getting lots of use.  On this card, I've stamped the musical notes, corners and sentiments using those free stamps.  The stamped couple are by Crafty Individuals.  I bought this lovely stamp a few months ago but it's the first time I've used it.

Take care and I hope to be back with you all very soon x

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Allsorts - Something New
Craft Stamper Magazine - Take It Make It Challenge: January
The Artistic Stamper - Anything Goes
Country View Challenges - Anything Goes
Penny Black and More - Something New

Sunday, 7 January 2018

Cold and Frosty Colours at Stamping Sensations

Hello there my Crafty Friends,

I do hope that you all had a lovely Christmas and a Happy New Year.  

Here we are again at the start of another year of crafting adventures and I wonder what this year will have in store for us all, lots of exciting things I hope.  I'm determined to make an effort this year to ink up some stamps that have sat unloved and underused in my drawers for far too long.  I keep saying that I won't buy any more stamps until I've used all that I've already got but sadly, that's a resolution that I never seem to manage to keep.  I'm sure that you all understand where I'm coming from here :)  Let's have a show of hands!

Today is the first challenge of the year at Stamping Sensations and our theme this time is 'Cold and Frosty Colours.'  We would like to see you using lots of blues, purple and whites but the subject is of your own choosing, so lots of scope there.  Here's the card that I've made for this new challenge:

I started by creating the background with Distress Oxides, stamps and stencils and  I then used the lid from a container and some acrylic paint to make the white rings. Next, I stamped and heat embossed a row of white trees before adding another piece of card with more trees and the birds on.  I finished by adding a Tim Holtz die cut in the corner to break things up a little.

All of the stamps and stencils that I've used today are by Crafty Individuals and the stamps are: CI-209. C-481, CI-478, CI-017

We are generously sponsored this month by 'Sizzix' and we really hope that you'll be able to join us.

I do hope that you'll be able to join us in this month's challenge but please remember that Stamping Sensations is a stamping challenge, so we must see a stamped image as the focal element of your artwork, not just a stamped sentiment or stamping in the background, this means: 
Stamping must be the central point of attention and interest.

All the details of our challenge rules can be found here

Please note:  If we don't comment on your entry it will be because it doesn't follow our theme to qualify under our rules, or because we are asked to sign in or provide additional data to comment on third part hosts such as Instagram, Flickr or Facebook etc.  We really don't want to be rude but we do want to be fair to those who follow the rules.

That's all from me for now, so I'll wish you a happy and peaceful day x

Sunday, 31 December 2017

Happy New Year 2018 and Favourite cards of 2017

Hello there,

Well.... Christmas is over for another year and here we are once again on the verge of a new year, a fresh start, and I can't help but wonder what this one will bring for us all.  For me, 2017 has been one filled with much personal joy as our youngest Grandson was born in January, a month earlier than anticipated, so he's kept us all on our toes.

Crafting wise, I've joined the Design Teams over at Stamping Sensations and Crafty Individuals and I feel very content with where I'm at right now.  It's a real privileged to be part of two wonderful teams and I still have to keep pinching myself at times to believe it!

I thought that I'd end this year by sharing a favourite card of mine from each month of 2017 (Thanks to Brenda for this idea) so here goes:













Wishing all my crafty friends and followers the very best of everything in 2018.
Crafty hugs,Sandra xx

Saturday, 23 December 2017

Merry Christmas 2017

Hello there to all my crafty friends and followers.

First of all,  I apologise for my lack of blogging and visits over the last couple of weeks.  I've had one of the dreaded Christmas bugs that have been going around and it seems to be taking me some time to get over it but I couldn't let today go without wishing all of my crafty friends and followers a Merry Christmas and to say thank you for all of your kindness over the last year.  I really appreciate your visits and the kind comments that you leave as I know how busy life can get at times.

Christmas for me is a time of reflection.  A time to remember loved ones who are no longer with us and a time to be thankful for all the good things that we have in life.  Having lost my own Dad at Christmas many years ago and loosing a very special Aunt on Thursday, my heart goes out to everyone who may be in grief, or sad and lonely at this time.

With three young Grandchildren, I'm also reminded of the magic and excitement that Christmas brings and we are so lucky to have our families close by.  Wherever you are, and whoever you're with this Christmas,  I wish you peace, joy and happiness.

Here's a card for you.  It's one of the cards that I've sent out this year to family and friends, although the colours did vary.  I've used a photo programme to add a few snowflakes as I though it looked more festive:


Sunday, 10 December 2017

A Walk Through The Flowers

Hello there on this cold and frosty morning,

I'd like to share with you a couple more of the samples that I've made for Crafty Individuals.  You may be familiar with these two already if you follow the Crafty Individuals blog as Jean shared them on there a few days ago:

Featuring: CI-411, CI-449, CI-454

Featuring: CI-417, CI-415, CI-464

I used Distress and Distress Oxides to create the backgrounds and Derwent Inktense pencils to colour the flowers.  These stamps are so beautiful and they were an absolute joy to use.  

I hope that you're enjoying the samples as I really enjoyed making them.

Until next time, stay warm and safe, and be happy x

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

'Country Days' with Crafty Individuals

Hello there,

I hope that you are all keeping well and happy.

I'm here today to share with you one of the samples that I made for last week's Crafty Individuals show on Hochanda.  If you didn't manage to catch the shows, they will still be available for the next couple of weeks here on rewind

Featuring CI-417, CI-481 CI-017 and CI-480

As I made quite a few cards for the show, I'll be sharing more of them with you in the next few weeks.

Thank you for visiting today and I wish you lots of happy crafting x
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