Friday, 27 March 2015

Greetings…

 

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Tiz the weekend…Yay!
Hoping to have a weekend of crafting, planting veg & who knows…I may even have a go at making a cake.
(Get the Gaviscon ready!)

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My card today feature stamps from Altenew’s  ‘Painted Flowers’ set & Winnie & Walters ‘The Big, The Bold & the Happy’ sentiments set.


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I’ve just used 2 cheery Versacolor inks, orange & marigold & a Versafine black for the outline & sentiment.

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Have a good weekend everyone.

Friday, 20 March 2015

Challenging Colours


It’s been a while since I took part in a crafty challenge but I rather liked this one over at Make The Day Special.

It’s a colour challenge, in fact a choice of 3 colour challenges, all out of my comfort zone.
As well as picking a colour option, you have to use a product bought at MTDS.

I thought I’d have a go at 2 of the colour options.

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I chose the colour challenge on the left for my first card and used stamps from the Paper Smooches ‘Botanicals 2’ set & sentiment from the Winnie & Walter ‘The Big, The Bold and You’ set

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These were the closest colours I could get to using Versacolor pigment inks.

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I gave a few of the leaves a bit of extra Va-va-voom with a white Sakura.

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Feeling a little braver with a colour challenge, I thought I’d have ago at the middle colour option, this time using Promarkers.
Sheesh…it’s been a while since I used the ol’ girls & I don’t know why but they seemed a bit tired, dare I say ‘dated’. I think I’ve enjoyed working with inks & paints so much just lately that somehow they seem ‘so last year’ (d’ya get my drift?)

Anyway, I digress.
This floral stamp set is from Altenew, again from MTDS.

I had planned on tackling the 3rd colour option but I went down with a flu virus, so ran out of time but I might  have a go at that another day for my own personal challenge.

Catch yer next time Smile

Sunday, 15 March 2015

Greatest Give-Away Ever!

 

Before I get to my AMAZING give-away, here’s my card for today.
Another gorgeous floral stamp set, this time from Mama Elephant ‘Freestyle Florals’ with a Winnie & Walter ‘The Big, The Bold and Party’ sentiment.
I had planned to colour in the flowers but fav’ daughter walked in the room & said ‘Ooooh,  Très sophisticated, leave it like that’.
Who was I to argue?

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So, our house is full of lurgy.
In order to rid chez-nous of said lurgies, I will be offering all of you, yes you lucky readers, the chance to get your grubby mitts on one of the many symptoms on offer in…

“The Great British Virus Give-Away.”

There’s lots of opportunities to win, lots of ‘prizes’ on offer, you just need to follow this blog & leave a comment stating which prize you’d like to win.

PRIZES
Dripping tap nose
Sneezing
Annoying cough
Aches
Pains
Aversion to light
Shaking with cold
Hot sweats
Dizziness
Fatigue
Red nose

I think you’ll agree, a give-away NOT to miss.
But wait!
One lucky person will receive ALL, yes you read that right…ALL of the symptoms above!!
So what are you waiting for?
All prizes will be dispatched with the utmost hasteWinking smile

Good luck!!

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Blue Is The Colour….

 

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I’m really into rubber stamps at the moment and big, bold sentiments.
Of course, as a gardener, the more ‘florally & foliagey’ the images, the better…lol.

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On this card I’ve used just 3 inks in lush shades of blue.
I love these mini pads from Versacolor…

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… and I can’t get enough of these amazing sentiment stamps.
Look how many you get on just one set!!

 

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I’ve given the darker leaves some leafy veins using a white Sakura pen.

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The trouble is, I’m looking at my cream living-room walls now & thinking….hmmmm, shades of blue.

Until next time.

Foliage stamp - Botanical 2, Paper Smooches
Sentiment - The Big, the Bold & Party, Winnie & Walter
Versacolor Mini Ink Pads
White Sakura Pen
Glass Gems

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Floral Gorgeousness

 

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Oh boy….I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this beautiful floral stamp set from Altenew & the large sentiment sets from Winnie & Walter.

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This is the Peony Scroll set & you can see I used just 4 pens to colour the flowers with… Lime Zest, Lime, Pear & Olive green.

Beautiful, beautiful stamps.


 


 

Saturday, 14 February 2015

It Must Be Love

 

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Wotcha!
Here’s the card I made for Mr C for Valentine’s Day.
I’m a lucky gal…I got breakfast in bed & a dozen, red roses.
Hope your day was full of love.

 

Heart stamp from Hobbycraft
Sentiment stamp from Winnie & Walter ‘The Big, The Bold & You’
Stamped with Versacolor & Versafine inks

Friday, 13 February 2015

Love Is In the Air

 

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Tiz Valentine’s Day tomorrow.
A day for love & romance.
A day for roses, heart-shaped chocolates & a candle-lit dinner.

Personally I’m hoping to have a serious card-making session & an early night.

What ever you’re up to, enjoy!

Flourishes ‘Cherry Blossoms’ stamp
Watercolour paints
Clearly Besotted sentiment

Friday, 6 February 2015

Punching n’ Die-ing

 

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Greetings peeps.
The weekend’s here…Yay!

Here’s a card made up entirely of die-cutting & punching (no one was harmed in the making of this card)….oh….and a wee stamped sentiment.

So not ENTIRELY made up of die-cutting & punching, but you get the picture.

Fav’ daughter has finally confirmed her university choice for September this year, so this weekend I will be starting a string of training sessions on ‘How to Survive Living Away from Your Parental Slaves’ (Catchy title Huh!)

Lesson 1 will be an introduction to furniture polish & that yellow rag we call ‘Duster’.
Have a great weekend all.

Letters & Fence dies – Memory Box
Grass & Sentiment – Clearly Besotted
Butterflies – Ancient X-Cut punch

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Brushos By The Sea

 

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Fav’ daughter & I have decided that we should try & get fit. There’s nothing of said daughter, she’s like her dad….a skinny bean. I, however, lack the ‘skinny gene’ so I’m hoping to get fit & shed a few ‘ounces’ (ahem!) too.
In the interest of dignity we agreed that night-time fast walking / jogging would be more appropriate. We have invested in lycra jogging attire that on a ‘skinny bean’ looks fab, on a ‘skinny gene’ lacking, middle-aged woman it looks less flattering….so dead-of-night jogging it is.
Last night, in sub-zero temperatures, we ventured out….looking more like Walkers from The Walking Dead than getting-fit walkers….but we‘ve made a start.
Here’s hoping the scales like my efforts.

Meanwhile, here’s a card to warm your cockles.
This is a Michael Powell stamp, coloured with Brusho paints.

Thursday, 29 January 2015

A Bit of This n’ That

 

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Greetings Earthlings.
A quickie from me today using a bit of this & that…

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…watercolours first, followed by a spot of stencilling with Liquitex Super Heavy Gel on a Crafters Workshop Circles Explosion template, liquid pearl highlights & coordinating sequins.

Simples!

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Grrrrrr Moments

 

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This card, made for my fabulous son, should have been dead easy to make but I was having ‘one of those’ days.

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I dusted off the ol’ Promarkers to create a background & coordinating honeycomb embellishments, using dies from Clearly Besotted

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I used a set of Memory Box alphabet dies to cut out my sons name.
This is when it all went downhill.

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I stamped ‘Happy Birthday’ underneath his name & the ink smudged, so I re-stamped onto a scrap of card & stuck that on top….that looked rubbish.
Started again, only this time the ‘L’ die slipped in my Cuttlebug and his name came out all wonky.
The third attempt came out straight so I stamped the sentiment above his name & the same damned thing happened…ink smudged…Grrrr. Stamped again on a scrap & thankfully the position looked better this time.

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Finally it was time to slip the background behind his name & stick on the honeycomb embellishments, except 1 of the 5 had suddenly disappeared. Mr C & I looked absolutely everywhere only to eventually find it stuck to the back of my arm!!
This card WAS made with huge amounts of love for my son
(with a whole heap of ‘Grrrrrr’ moments thrown in).

Happy Birthday Oliver….love yer!!


 

Thursday, 15 January 2015

New Homes

 

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I’ve been having a BIG crafting clear-out & reminiscing over some of the crafty purchases I’ve made over the years.
There are some seriously cringe-worthy items, lots of shamefully unused bits n’ bobs and, I confess, enough papers to carpet the planet (with several layers).
I’ve also found some real treasures including this cute little house stamp set from a company called One Four Zero. I’m not sure they exist anymore but I’m so glad I rediscovered these stamps in my stash
The floral background was created with Majestix peg stamps.
Off to bundle everything up & to find it all a new, worthy home.

Monday, 12 January 2015

Groovy Greens

 

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Wotcha!
Here’s another card using Brushos & stencils.
Like the Muppet that I am, I forgot to photograph the Brusho colours that I used but I think it may have been Leaf & Sea Green.

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Using acrylic paper, I spritzed a few drops of water, sprinkled on my Brushos & puffed the colours around using my Tim Holtz puffing gadget to create my background.
I then puffed a co-coordinating green Promarker pen around the edges (again, sorry can’t remember the colour…Doh!)

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The next step (my fav’) was to use embossing paste with a stencil (Memory Box - Garden Fronds). I scribbled the same green Promarker pen as before on to my craft sheet & then added a small dollop of paste on top, mixed it together with a pallet knife & created 1 green frond. I sprinkled some glitter on too. When that was dry I repeated the process but this time just using the paste (which is white).

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When it was all dry I glazed the green frond with clear gloss, for no reason, other than I like experimenting Smile

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To finish I outlined the card to frame it and I’ll add a sentiment at a late date.
Now, I’m off to write a blog post about Streptocarpus (like you do…lol).

 

 

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Stay Away From the Light!!

 

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So here we go…attempt number 2 at watercolours.
I was really pleased with this until Mr & Miss C said it was lacking the sun….Grrrr.

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So here’s how I started, watercolour paper & drizzles of masking fluid, which I left to dry over night. The masking fluid keeps areas of the paper white when you paint over it. The drizzles were eventually going to be light shimmering on the water.

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There are some amazing artists providing online tutorials for watercolour beginners with loads of tips & advice.
I painted the scene, using my Windsor & Newton paints, using more water than my last effort, but the sun was a later addition (one I regret). I added it after the family critiques gave me one of those looks, by which time all the paint had dried & the added sun then didn’t blend or wash out.
A few hours later I rubbed off the masking fluid.

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Here’s the end result….just don’t look at the sun!!!!

Sunday, 4 January 2015

An Attempt at Water Colouring

 

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Don’t snigger.
This is my first ‘successful’ attempt at water colouring.
I use the word ‘successful’ as a means of describing the only attempt I was brave enough to show you. There’s a bin full of disasters beside me.
The books & online tutorials make it look so easy….phft!

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I used these babies….Windsor & Newton half pan watercolours. The tree stamps are from the Cardio Winter Walks collection & the grass from the Inkylicious Essential Grasses set.

I have so many ideas in my head, ideas that I want to get onto paper.
Easier said than done.

 

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