Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Stay Wild

Hello there,

I do hope that you've all enjoyed the glorious weather here in the UK. I have to say that it's a little cooler today and I'm really enjoying the breeze.

I'd like to share a card with you that I've made using Visible Image's Stay Wild Stamp. It is definitely one of my favourites of theirs and I have a few that I made up using different colours. I made this one using Adirondack Cranberry. If you look carefully you can see how I've stamped the smaller horses around the main image:


I made the background by adding a a few different shades of pink and red onto my blending mat and then spritzing with water before pressing my card into it.  I love the new Distress Oxide inks but sadly, I don't yet own any, so I tried to achieve a similar effect by dabbing randomly with a touch of bleach.  It obviously doesn't give the same result but I'm happy with my background.  

I'm adding this card to:

Enjoy the rest of the week and I'll be back with you all soon x 

Friday, 9 June 2017

Favourite Stamp at Stamping Sensations

Hello there,

I really enjoy taking part in the Stamping Sensations Challenge but I had to think long and hard before entering this month.  Their challenge this time is to 'Use Your Favourite Stamp.'  Let's be honest here, that's like asking you to choose which one of your children is your favourite.........well maybe not quite the same ;)

After giving this some serious thought, I came to the decision that mine would probably be the 'Twiggy Branch' by Inkylicious.  I use this stamp so often to frame many my scenic images and here's the card that I've made for the challenge using that very stamp:


I went to the Stamp Magic show last Sunday and after many near misses, I finally got to meet the lovely Sally Holmes from the DT at Stamping Sensations.  If you're reading this Sally....Yes, I'm very sure that we have a similar stash of stamps :)  The Heron and the Moon stamps were part of my crafty purchases on Sunday and are also by Inkylicious.

I would also Like to add this card into the following challenges:

The Artistic Stamper - Winged Things
Penny Black and More - Anything Goes
Cardz 4 Guyz - Something Blue for Father's Day

Saturday, 3 June 2017

Final Chocolate Baroque Challenge and more exciting news!

Hello there,

I hope that you're all enjoying the sunshine.

I'm here today to share a card that I'm entering into this month's final colour challenge at Chocolate Baroque. 





The stamps that I've used are from the 'Wild Meadow' set and I've coloured the stamps with Distress inks.
                                               
I'd also like to share some exciting news with you all too.  I've had one of my cards published in the July issue of Craft Stamper magazine which came out yesterday.  The theme was Soothing Sunsets and here's a sneaky peak at part of my card:



The full card is on page 54 and I will post a photograph of the whole card once I'm allowed to when the next edition of the magazine is published.

Enjoy the sunshine and Happy Crafting!

Monday, 29 May 2017

I'm joining Crafty Individuals :)

Hello there,

I have some very exciting news to share with you all today.  I'm absolutely thrilled to announce that I'm joining the lovely Jean Hardy and the rest of her wonderful Design Team over at Crafty Individuals.

I'd like to share with you a few of the cards that I've made, three using their latest Landscape stamps and one using some old favourites of mine.  I hope that you like them:





Many thanks to Jean and Malcolm for giving me this opportunity and I'm really looking forward to working with you all.

Sandra x


Sunday, 28 May 2017

Rudolph Days - May 17

Hello there,

Just a really quick post from me today to share with you my contribution to this month's Rudolph Days challenge. It doesn't seem two minutes since the first one in January and here were are now in Summer.  At least we've had some sunshine this week :)

Here's the card that I've made:


I've made used white ink on Kraft card to give a faux parchment look.  All of the stamps that I've used are by Inkylicious.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend x

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Village Life

Hello there,

I hope that you are all keeping well and happy.

Just a quick post to share with you a card that I've made with some new stamps by Crafty Individuals. They only arrived this morning and I just couldn't wait to have a play with them :)


I can see these getting a lot of use, and isn't the Pub a great stamp for masculine cards!

Take care and enjoy the rest of your weekend x

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Let's Go Wild

Hello there,

I hope that you're all enjoying your weekend.

It's time for a new challenge over at Fashionable Stamping Challenges and this time it was my turn to choose a theme and I chose 'Lets Go Wild.'  I've had an absolute blast making this card and fortunately, I did remember to stop and take some photographs along the way, so I'll be adding this one into my 'Tutorials' page.  Let me show you the finished card:


Here's how I made it:

I started by stamping the Leopard with Versafine Black Onyx as it makes a really clear impression and I added a mask to protect him whilst I was colouring and stamping the background.


I masked off the Sun and then I used Ink Dusters to start adding colour to my background.


I removed the mask and then started to build up the colour and add some clouds over the sun to give a more natural effect.  I always start with the lighter colours first, then build up colour gradually.  As Barbara Gray would say "You can always add it but you can't take it away."


I used a Mountain Valley stencil to add the mountains; you can really see the picture starting to take shape now.


I then stamped the trees and animals.  If I'm not quite sure where I want things to be placed, then I often stamp onto acetate and move it around against the background to see where the stamp works best.  I decided to place the large tree behind the leopard to bring him into the foreground.  I love the card at this stage and it could have been left here, and maybe a sentiment added,  I think the leopard works equally as well without colour.


I coloured the leopard with inks and a little chalk, just to accentuate his nose. Finally, I stamped in the grass to complete the scene.


I'm really pleased with this one if I do say so myself and I really hope that you like it too. 

Here is a photograph of the things that I used to create my card.  There should also be some Distress Walnut Stain ink which I used to stamp the grass.


All the stamps that I've used are by Inkylicious
  • Leopard Prowl
  • Old Beech Tree
  • Serengeti 1
  • Serengeti 2
  • Whispering Winds
We would love you to join us in this challenge but please remember that we are a stamping challenge, so please don't use digital images or too many die cuts, just good old fashioned stamping, and lots of it!

We have some exciting changes happening over at Fashionable Stamping Challenges this month:

Firstly, we have a brand new sponsor and it's out very own Dot of Ink Art Designs.  Dot has her own shop on Etsy and each month, she will be choosing a different stamp as the prize for some lucky random winner. Please pop over and take a look at the fabulous range of stamps stamps that Dot has for sale at: https://www.etsy.com/shop/inkartdesigns  There will also be a Top 3 spotlight, chosen by the Design Team,

My wonderful teamies have made some amazing inspirational pieces so please pop over to their blogs and take a look if you get the chance.  All their details can be found here, or at the Fashionable Stamping Challenges web site, along with the rules for the challenge.

Wishing you all a wonderful day x


I would like to enter this card into the following challenges;

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Destination Unknown

Hello my crafty friends,

I'm here today to share this card that I've made with one of my new sets of  Invisible Image Stamps, which I'm loving, especially the 'Stay Wild' set, which I will share with you at a later time.  I wasn't sure what direction this card was going to go in but I'm happy with the outcome and I really like the colours for a masculine card:


My background was made using Memento Morocco, Distress Mermaid Lagoon and bleach.  I dabbed the ink onto my craft mat and then spritzed it with water before picking the ink up on the card.  The beach then lifts a little of the colour off.  I stamped the title and then the paper aeroplanes before adding the other words. Next, I stamped the planes again, fussy cut them out and then added them with a little shadow to give a little more dimension.  I joined them altogether using a fine liner before finishing off the words with a white highlighter pen.  There was still something missing at this point, so I took a small plastic cap and stamped some rings using Versafine Black Onyx and white acrylic paint. 

The sun is shining and my garden is calling for some attention so I'll leave you for today but I'll be back on Sunday with my card and a new challenge over at Fashionable Stamping Challenges.

Wishing you a happy day x

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

Visible Image May Challenge - Express Yourself

Sunday, 7 May 2017

'Butterflies Fairies and Fantasy' at Stamping Sensations

Hello there, and a very happy Sunday morning to you all.

As most of you will already know, I was lucky enough to win the March challenge over at Stamping Sensations. This really came as a huge surprise to me as there were so many beautiful entries.  I won a fabulous prize of some 'Tattered Lace' dies, and I was also asked by Brenda if I would be their Guest Designer for May, so I jumped at the chance and here's the card that I've made for them:


The main Fairy stamp that I've used is by 'Make Your Mark.' They have a wonderful little stamp shop on Goodramgate in York, so if you're having a trip out to York, then it's well worth a visit. The rest of the stamps that I've used are all by Inkylicious, with the exception of the butterfly which is one that I got in a small set from The Works.

The inks that I've used are by: Adirondack; Distress;Versafine.

I used Perfect Pearls on the tips of the flowers to give some dimension and to make them stand out a little. I think this works particularly well against the dark inks. I also added some iridescent glitter to the Butterfly Fairy's wings, although I'm not sure that it shows up too well in the first photo, so here's a close up:


Just before I go, I would like to show another photo of just a few of the flowers that I've made so far with my prize from Stamping Sensations.  I just love the Lily, which looks so real, what do you think?


That's me done for today and I hope that you like what I've made.  Many thanks to Brenda and her wonderful Design Team for giving me the pleasure of joining them today and I'm sure they would love you to pop over to their blogs to see what they've made too.

Wishing you a very happy and relaxing day x

Friday, 5 May 2017

A Face And Some Sunshine Colours

Hello there my friends,

It's funny how sometimes we can have a complete lack of mojo, and at other times, the ideas just keep on flowing, well I'm very pleased to say that I've had a very happy and productive morning  in my craft room and here's the result:


I have to say that I've fallen in love with this tag.  I'm not really sure why, or what's different about it. Maybe it's just the warm, bright colours.  I actually started out with the intentions of just adding colour and stamping, but then one thing lead to another and I couldn't stop myself, so it's ended up as a piece of mixed media and I'm very happy with the end result.

I started by stamping the face and masking it to protect the image. I then used my Ink Dusters to add some colour to the tag. Next, I added some torn pieces from a book and then coloured over them too. The stamps that I've used are all by Inkylicious and the inks are: Distress - Fired Bricked Red; Carved Pumpkin; Impress: - Old Rose and Versafine Black Onyx.

The die cuts that I've used are by Tim Holtz and Tattered Lace and the butterfly is one that I printed out and then fussy cut out.  I finished by adding a black lace bow to the lady's neck, which I felt gave the tag the balance that it needed.

I'm entering this tag into the following challenges:

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Chocolate Baroque Revisited

Hi there,

Just a really quick post with my second and final entry for this month's challenge over at Chocolate Baroque:



The stamps that I've used are from the Chocolate Baroque 'Wild Meadow' set.

Enjoy the rest of your day x

Monday, 1 May 2017

Chocolate Baroque Tag

Hello my trusty blogging friends,

I hope that you're all enjoying the Bank Holiday weekend.

I'm here today with a tag that I've made for this month's colour challenge over at Chocolate Baroque.

I started by brayering some green acrylic blue/green paint onto my Gelli plate and then pressing a piece of lace into it.  I removed the lace and then pressed my white card onto it to pick up the lace pattern. This looked great when I first did it but then I lost some of the pattern once I started to add the other colours around the edge. I think you can still just about see it if you look closely at the center. The Thistle stamp that I've use  and the stamp around the edge are both from Chocolate Baroque's Wild Meadow set.



I do hope that you're getting the chance to spend some time doing what you love the most x


Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Rudolf Day - April 17

Hello there,

It's the 25th of the month and that can only mean one thing, it's 'Rudolf Day' over at Scrappy Mo's blog.  I've come to the conclusion that this challenge makes me realise just how quickly the months are flying by.  Here's the card that I've made:


All the stamps that I've used are by Inkylicious and the colour that I've used is Memento Teal Zeal.

When I'd finished stamping, I thought that there was a little too much of the one colour, so I took out my trusty bottle of bleach and put a few touches amongst the trees.  I was really happy with the result as the colour tones work together beautifully so I'll definitely be trying the technique again.

Enjoy your day x

I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:

Rubber Dance - Black & White and 1 other colour

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Black with a touch of Jasmine and a Butterfly

Hello there,

I hope that you're all enjoying the weekend and that you might even have had some sunshine today.

Here's a card that I've made and I'd like to enter it in a couple of card challenges:


The first one is Allsorts and this week they are asking you to show something starting with 'B,' so my card has black flowers which are made using Tim Holtz Wildflower dies and a black butterfly.  This now takes me nicely onto the second challenge which is Mrs A's 'Butterfly Challenge' and their theme is 'F is for faux and/or the colour Jasmine.'  My background is a piece of Jasmine coloured card.  I checked on Google and it states that the colour is a creamy yellow, and so this was as close as I could find to the description.  My 'Faux' are the tiles that I've created in the background.  I can't even begin to tell you how many times I got this wrong and how much card ended up in the bin! I've seen this technique used many times before and so I thought that I would give it a go. Having got there eventually, I really like the look of it and it does make a change from leaving the card plain.  I shaded it very gently with black ink so that it would co-ordinate with the rest of the card. I finished the card with a black bow on the flowers and a sentiment from Stamps Happen.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend x


Thursday, 20 April 2017

Black, White and Red

Hello,

I'm here again today with another quick blog post to join in with this week's challenge over at Allsorts and their challenge this week is a sketch,  Here's the card that I've made:



I stamped and coloured the Poppies which are by 'Inkylicious'. I was going to add a link directly to the Poppies but it looks like they're no longer available,  The sentiment from 'Sweet Dixie' stamps.

I cut out the required shapes and then mounted them onto my card, along with the Poppies which I fussy cut out.  As it all looked quite bare, I embossed the oval to add some interest. The leaves were made using a 'Tattered Lace' die and then the card was finished using a black bow and ribbon.

As I've used lot's of snippets here, I'll pop over to show this card to Miss Di over at  Pixie's Snippet's Playground, no doubt there'll be lots of mischief going on there! It's week 277 and 278 of the challenge.

I'm also entering this card into the following card challenges:

Rubber Dance - Black & White and 1 other colour
Try It On Tuesday - Add a Quote




Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Enjoy The Little Things

Hello there,

I'm here to share with you a card that I've made for the 'Try it on Tuesday' challenge, their theme is 'Add a Quote.' Here's the card that I've made:


The sentiment stamp that I've used is a new one for me by DaliART and is definitely one of my favourites. The other stamps that I've used are by Inkylicious.

Wishing you a happy day x


Sunday, 16 April 2017

Happy Easter And One Last Cat

Hello there,

I would just like to wish all of my blogging friends and followers a very Happy Easter and I hope that you all have a lovely day.

I'm here today with another Cat card.  Now I know that I've done quite a few recently, so I promise that this will be the last one for a while, although I can't promise that I won't be taking him out and inking him up :)

This time, I've used a Clarity Woodland stencil to frame the picture.  Take a look and see what you think:


Stamps used:
Inks used:
  • Adirondack 
  • Impress 
  • Distress
  • Versafine
I'd like to add this card into the following challenges:

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Chocolate Baroque Take Two

Hello there,

I hope that you're all looking forward to the long Easter weekend.  I'll be spending much of it with my Husband, Children and Grandchildren, so aren't I the lucky one and I hope that you'll all be doing something that makes you happy too.

I'm here today to share with you the second card that I've made for the colour challenge over at Chocolate Baroque.



I started by dusting over some white card using Memento Pear Tart and Lulu Lavender and then used the same colours again over a Harlequin stencil. Next, I stamped the flower from the Chocolate Baroque 'Wild Meadow' set with Adirondack Cranberry and then I painted it using the same ink.  I used the ink on sponge daubers go go around the edge of the card to give a greater depth of colour.

Having got to this stage, I realised that I hadn't yet used the forth colour in the challenge.  The card that I created was quite subtle and I thought that adding another colour at this stage would probably spoil it, so I decided that I would mount my finished card onto Kraft card...problem solved and I actually quite liked the look of it once I'd got it all mounted.

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





Tuesday, 11 April 2017

It's That Cat Again!

Hello,

I hope that you're all well and happy and enjoying Spring.

I'm here today to share with you a card that I've made for the 'Rubber Dance' colour challenge.  The colours are dark brown, light blue and white, so here's the card that I've made:


I just love this cat stamp by Visible image and I just had to have another play with it. The colours that I've used are Distress Blueprint Sketch and Memento Rich Coccoa.  The butterflies that I've used are by Inkylicious.

I'm also entering this car into the following challenges:

Sunday, 9 April 2017

FSC - 'My Favourite Things'

Hello there,

It's time for our April challenge over at Fashionable Stamping Challenges, chosen this time by our Lovely Leanne. The theme's she's picked is ' My Favourite Things' inspired by one of her favourite musicals 'The Sound of Music.'  Leanne wanted us to take inspiration from the words in the first verse.  

I decided that I would make a tag this time and attach it to my brown paper package, tied up with string.  I also used some of the Invisible Image stamps that Leanne kindly sent to me a while ago to add the 'Whiskers on Kittens,' thereby ticking three of the boxes!





I started by stamping and heat embossing in black, a rose stamp by Anna Griffin.  I then coloured the rose using Spectrum Noir and Marvy markers.  I used three different shades of red to give the rose more depth. As I was making a paler background, I wanted the rose to really stand out.
I masked the rose with a Post-It note before stamping the falling raindrops with Memento Black Onyx and then masking them with drawing gum.  Once this was dry, I used my Ink Dusters to give the background it's first layer of Impress Old Rose ink.  I then went over it again using a Tim Holtz Flourish stencil.  Next, I dusted around the tag with Adirondack Water Melon, then Memento Gray Flannel and finally with Memento Black Onyx.  This created a vignette to draw the eye into the main focal image.  I finished my tag by erasing the drawing gum and shading the raindrops with a charcoal pencil to make the, pop.

The raindrops and postcard stamp are all by Inkylicious.

We would love you to join us in this challenge but please remember that we are a stamping challenge, so please don't use digital images or too many die cuts, just good old fashioned stamping, and lots of it!

My wonderful teamies have made some amazing inspirational pieces so please pop over to their blogs and take a look if you get the chance.  All their details can be found here, or at the Fashionable Stamping Challenges web site, along with the rules for the challenge.

We are as always, very generously sponsored by Leo over at Flonz Craft and one lucky random winner will receive a $20 voucher to be used online.  There will also be a Top 3 spotlight, chosen by the Design Team,

Wishing you a wonderful day, full of your own favourite things x

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

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Bring On The Bling and a Thank You

Hello there,

Well, it looks like Summer's finally on it's way.  It's glorious here today and the sun is shining, happy days!

I'm here today to share with you a card that I've made for this week's challenge over at 'Allsorts' and their theme is 'Bring On The Bling.'  I knew right away when I saw this challenge which of my stamps I would be using.  A few weeks back, the Design Team at Allsorts were kind enough to offer some extra prizes on their own blogs and I was lucky enough to win this beautiful Honey Doo stamp from Kath, so I would like to say 'Thank You' to her today and I hope that she likes the card that I've made with my prize:


I made this card by stamping the image into a glue pad and then covering it with a fine glitter.  The flower looks stunning in the sunshine as it picks up all of the different colours but they don't show up too well in this photo.

Here's another photo that I took with a little sunshine on it.  It's not the best photo but it does give you more of an Idea of how it really looks, plenty of bling on there!


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

Monday, 3 April 2017

A Butterfly for a Special Friend

Hello there,

Before I start today's post, I've had a few new followers join me recently, so I would just like to say 'Hello and welcome' to them, and also to say thank you to the loyal band of followers that I have for their continued friendship and support.  It really means a lot to when I read all the lovely things that you say and I appreciate that you give your precious time to leave those comments, so thank you.

I had a lovely surprise on Friday to find that I had won the March challenge over at Stamping Sensations with this card, lucky me :)  This was the very first challenge that I won when I started blogging back in 2015, so to have won it for a second time is amazing, as was the prize that I won, which is a fabulous selection of dies by 'Tattered Lace.'  Many thanks to Brenda, who runs the challenge and to her wonderful Design Team for thinking my card worthy of winning, I feel truly honoured.

I'm here today to share a card with you that I made for a special lady who's birthday was in February. I'm pleased to say that she loved the card and I hope that you do too.


X

I was just scanning through some card challenges that I follow and I noticed that this would fit in just perfectly with 'The Butterfly Challenge.' The theme this time is'#75 Butterflies + R is for Repeat and/or the colour Night sky.'  My background is the colour of the night sky, the corner punch is repeated and of course, my card features a butterfly, so I think that I've ticked all the boxes here.

I stamped the Bigz Butterfly from Inkylicious in Versamark and then heat embossed it with gold embossing powder, I then used an acetate print of the same butterfly and used gilding flakes on the back, which allowed all of beautiful metallic colours to show through. I really like the way that the acetate gives the butterfly dimension and movement. The sentiment is also by Inkylicious, heat embossed with the gold again, and I think the corner die is by Memory Box.


I would also like to enter this car onto the following challenges:






Thursday, 30 March 2017

'Modes of Transport' Inspiration

Hello there,

I'm here today to share with you a card that I've made for an inspirational mid-month piece over at Fashionable Stamping Challenges.


The stamps that I've used are all by Sheena Douglass. I've had the stamps for years but I think that they're still available.

The steam train was coloured using Spectrum Noir and the rest of the scene was painted using various inks.

Wishing you all a happy and colourful day x


Saturday, 25 March 2017

Rudolf Day - March 17

Hello there,

Well, after starting off the year with very good intentions, I didn't manage to get my post ready in time for last month's Rudolph days challenge, so I'm adding two this month to make up for it and I hope that Scrappy Mo will forgive me :)

Here's my first card which made when I was having a play with a new stamp from Inkylicious, Snowy Pines.  I had intended to use just the trees but I got a little carried away and I ended up  some other stamps, all by Inkylicious. The ink used on this card for dusting and stamping is Adirondack Denim.

Here's Card No 2

This one is a very similar to one that I made for a sample on Hochanda.  Since putting it on Pinterest last Summer, it's had over two thousand pins, so I think people must like it.  I made this one using Adirondack Cranberry ink, which seemed quite appropriate as it was for a Christmas card.  I used an embossing folder which came free with a magazine and after dusting over it with the Cranberry, I then skimmed over the top with some silver Metallic Gilding Wax.

That's all for now, so I wish you a happy day.

I would like to enter my first card into the following challenges:

Stamping Sensations - Close to Nature





Friday, 17 March 2017

Chocolate Baroque

Good morning,

Are we all ready for the weekend then?  I love weekends as they usually give me the opportunity to spend some time in my craft room, which I love.

I'm here today to share a card that I've made for the colour challenge over at Chocolate Baroque.  I love Chocolate Baroque stamps and I've really enjoyed watching Lesley Wharton demonstrate them recently on Hochanda, I think she's a true crafter and a great inspiration to both new and accomplished stampers.  I've watched the challenges come and go but I haven't joined in before as I only own one set of their stamps but when I saw the latest colour challenge, I thought I would have a go and join in this time, so here's my creation:


All of the stamps that I've used are from the 'Wild Meadow' set and the inks that I've used are: Memento - Dandelion; Lulu Lavender; Tuxedo Black; Adirondack - Terra Cotta; Cranberry; Versafine Black Onyx.

I used Ink Dusters to colour the background with the yellow ink and then used a circular mask to create the Sun by going over the sky again with more yellow and then with terracotta.  Next, I used a stencil to add the mountains.  With my background now in place, I stamped the flower and I used some bleach to take out the colour.  I then water coloured the head of the flower with the purple and cranberry and the part below was coloured with cranberry and terracotta. When this was dry, I highlighted the edges with a white pen. I stamped around the edge of the card with another stamp from the set and then used a finger dauber, first with purple, then cranberry to create a vignette to draw the eye into the image.  Finally, I finished by adding a computer printed butterfly.  I stuck the butterfly onto card and then fussy cut it out before curving the wings to give them some dimension.

That's me all done for today so I'll wish you all a happy weekend and hopefully lots of happy crafting :)


I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:
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