Tuesday, 2 August 2022

Who Knew?

 Hello lovely crafters. 

I always wanted to be artistic and now I'm made a tiny piece of art. 

Our challenge this fortnight at Shopping our Stash is: She Sells Seashells

Anything to do with the sea, shells or the beach. 

I searched through my stash and didn't find one single shell or beach hut so I decided to try and paint something. To my amazement it worked. 


From my stash I used a scrap of watercolour paper, a very old Kanban stamp set, for the grass and seed heads, and greeting from a Stamplorations stamp set. Then a Die-namics die to frame my little masterpiece.
The key I think was adding some white gel pen lines as froth. Of course I needed some birds and there was a tiny bird stamp in the same set. 

I think on the whole I will stick to stamping but it was fun to try. I'm really pleased with the fact that this worked and how cute it turned out. 

Do see if you have got something summery and beachy in your stash and join in with our challenge. 




Thanks for visiting, enjoy your day. 



Tuesday, 19 July 2022

Christmas in July

 Hello lovely crafters...



I hope everyone in the UK is surviving. We are in the midst of a heatwave which, as you know is unusual for us, being more accustomed to drizzle. We don't cope well with extremes of weather. It's extremely hard for me in my work, growing flowers, I've heard there is rain in the north. I may move north. 

Here is my card for this fortnights challenge at Shopping our Stash:

SOS475 - July 19th - WTHeck Embellishments - use those embellishments in your stash which make you wonder why they are even there. 




This was tricky for me as I don't use many embellishments on my cards. That doesn't mean I don't have any. Oh no, I do. 
I found two of these star bursts with gems in the middle. I feel I probably pulled them off a card I received before binning it. Clearly I need to get a grip. 
Have a little dig through your stash and see what you find!


I had an idea and it came together surprisingly quickly without any drama. 
I inked some scraps of card with Brushos and let them dry, very quickly, in the sun. Then I cut out the ivy and pin branches plus the greeting.
I fancied a bit of red and I found a tiny piece of red tissue already glued onto another piece of card which meant I could die cut it. Another failed project!
After a little stencilling on the card front, it was just a matter of gluing everything down and covering the  ends with the starburst. I offset it which gives a pleasing look, I think. 

The dies area mix of Leane Creatif and Tattered Lace. Stencil is 

It's a little bit chunky for the post, one reason why I'm not so keen on too many add ons, but this will be one for hand delivery. 

I'm also popping into the Snippets Playground where it's Christmas in July and there are summer cocktails on offer. I'm bringing some elderflower champagne which I made, I thought it wasn't alcoholic but now I'm no so sure. Hic. 
All the leaves are snippets. 

 And I've dropped into the Allsorts Challenge where it's also Christmas in July.

Maybe thinking of cold snow and carol singing with cool me down. 


Thanks for visiting, enjoy your day. x


Tuesday, 5 July 2022

Inky balloons

 Hello lovely crafters


Welcome to July. Here is a card I made for the new challenge at Shopping our Stash. 


Rootle through your stash and see what you have to join in with our latest challenge. 

Use ink blending. 

When I first started stamping I used to obsessively watch Barbara Gray on Create and Craft tv. I also bought her glossy card stock and wondered why it was so hard to like she did, she made it look so easy, of course. My stamping improved immeasurably when I started using matt! 
Anyway  I still have some of the glossy and it takes ink beautifully. So I started with a piece of glossy  cardstock and blended blue, green and pink distress ink over it using brushes. Stamped the balloons from an old Stamplorations set and cut them out. 
Then I cut a circle from the centre front of a card base and using a stencil blended the same inks through the small circles directly onto the card front. Or actually, I think I inked and then cut...
I used the same brushes so some of the 'bubbles' are multi coloured. 


I placed the balloons and then glued them down, adding the strings by hand as it was easier than using the string stamp. A few swirls and stars are stamped in the same inks. 
Happy Birthday is cut from a scrap of ink blended card and glued to the back of the card so it shows through the cut out circle.
Finally I used a few star sequins. I can't tell you how old these are. it's a lot of years!



I hope you like it and are inspired to join in our Ink Blending challenge which lasts for two weeks. 

Thanks for visiting, enjoy your day. x

Tuesday, 21 June 2022

There's Gnome one like you

 Hello lovely crafters, 

Here is another card for our Shopping your Stash challenge. 

There's Gnome one like you - a card featuring at least one Gnome.


The only Gnome stamps I have are Christmas stamps so Christmas card it is. This is a PolkaDoodles stamp and to my shame, I have never used it before. I'm more of an inky effects card maker. 


This is nothing like what I planned when I chose kraft card but heyho! I think I'd imagined pale snowy colours but instead I give you red and green. 
The lamp is a separate stamp so I cut out a partial mask to stamp it behind the carol singers. 

After I'd mounted it on a piece of very old card stock, so old I don't even know where it came from, I went in with a white pen and added a leafy border. Thus proving why I use stamps and don't draw my own cards. 😁

Thanks for visiting, enjoy your day. x




Tuesday, 24 May 2022

Bright baubles then holly

 Hello lovely crafters. 

Today's card is for our latest challenge at Shopping our Stash. Where we encourage you to use your stash, dig out those stamps, papers and dies (and everything else) which we know you are hoarding and put them to use. 

Make mine a Tall one - a slimline card or mini slimline. Here we also call them DL.


For some reason slimline makes me think of Christmas cards and still on a mission to catch up with those here is what I made:


For this I chose a bauble stamp which was on of the first stamps I ever bought and still love. I stamped and embossed in gold and then painted in using Brushos. I've also had my Brushos for a while but not used them very recently. 
I went in with a gold gel pen to give a little more detail and then added the gold greeting. 
Finally I used a piece of purple card for the base which I may have had for 10 years!

Then I decided I didn't like that one too much and made another. 


I used my Honey Doo holly stamps, embossed in gold and then painted in with distress inks. I wanted to add splatters but wasn't brave enough/ran out of time. 

I finished with this lovely Penny Black greeting. Placed where the embossing wasn't quite perfect. 
The world needs more Joy, Peace, Love. 

From my stash, everything really, but especially a piece of gold sticky which I saved from the bin when I worked in an office (at least 5 years ago) and the green card which is a few years old. 
Thanks for visiting, enjoy your day x


Tuesday, 10 May 2022

Pastel shades

 Hello lovely crafters. 


Here are my cards for the new Shopping our Stash challenge and I have not one, but two cards. 

Despite my best intentions, I have not kept up with making regular Christmas cards. So I decided that to make one for this challenge. 

The theme is The Power of Pastels - use the pastel colour pallette. 


Why not for a Christmas card?

However, while rummaging through my stack of paper and inky projects I found this:


The background is made by putting watercolour paper in an inked embossing folder. Spritz with water before running though a die cutting machine and all kinds of fun happens. I know I made lots when I tried this. Each one was different. I thought this pale blue was perfect for a pastel challenge. 


I didn't want to do too much to it or cover the pretty inking so just added some die cut leaves around the sentiment. 
I stuck down the blue panel and then trimmed top and bottom whereupon I found the card was in two pieces. I'd forgotten I'd made a top fold card so I'd just trimmed the join! No matter, I just put the front on a new card. Almost as good as when I cut right through the back of a card when cutting a front aperture. 


I still wanted to make a Christmas card and here it is. 


It's a mini slimline - bang on trend right now!
The tree is aqua and the backing paper is soft blue. 

I'm also skipping over to the Snippet's Playground as I hear there is a May Pole and I've always wanted to have a go. I'm sure everyone is in a right muddle and tied up in knots. 
I've used snippets for the sentiment and leaves on the 1st card and papers, tree and sentiment on the second card. 

In other news I posted a card which I must have made about 5 years ago. It always escaped when I had a clear out and finally it was just right. It was a snippets card too!



I'm also linking to Christmas Kickstart Challenge where the challenge is Mini Slimline. Coincidentally using a sentiment stamp I won in a previous challenge here!


Thanks for visiting, enjoy your day. x


Thursday, 28 April 2022

Inky stencilled leaves

 Hello lovely crafters! I hope you are all enjoying getting inky and sticky. 

I notices a tap tapping as I walked yesterday and found a gemstone stuck to my shoe. I hadn't even been using gems!


This one's for Sarn. She mentioned on Sunday how hard cards for our male friends are. I agree. 

I saw this idea demonstrated by Gina K on The You Tube and realised I could adapt it for my son's birthday card. She calls it the reverse stencil technique. (Don't blame me if you fall down a rabbit hole).


In real life the colours are rich and velvety. 
You ink your card, I used different shades of green. Then place the stencil and tape it in place and ink over the whole thing in black. Fun and dramatic.


When you lift the stencil you have the original inking showing. Which is perfect here as the leaves are green.
 A simple die cut and stamped greeting. 
No fuss or frills as members of this household have been known to smirk about butterflies and gems. I carry on regardless!

Et voila a quick and easy card, looks fab (I think), didn't take long but still has a satisfying amount of creativity in the creation. 

Edit: here a couple of photos for anyone who didn't quite understand. The stencil - Palm Frond Honey Bee Stamps. 


And the stencil laid over the finished card, showing only the black inking. 



So I'm popping this over to the Snippet's Playground. I used one large snippet and several smaller pieces for the greeting. 'Happy' is layered 3 times.

There are always great ideas on show over there. Take a look. 

Thanks for visiting, enjoy your day. x