Monday, 16 October 2017

Christmas Robin

Hi All
I hope you are all well and those that have been affected by the storm are doing okay. My thoughts are with you.


I have had this ginger colored card from Limetree crafts in my stash for a while and have been wanting to use for a long time - so here's my first card with it.
Using a bell shaped mask and swept white ink across the aperture. I then stamped  an old Kanban stamp within the bell with black ink and embossed it with clear embossing powder. I used Glossy Accents on the beak and colored the berries in red.
I stamped the sentiment in the same white ink and added pearls and a bow as finishing touches. I mounted it on to some Topaz pearl cardstock from Lime Tree crafts.


Thanks for taking the time to stop by.
I am entering this card in the following challenges:
crafting from the heart #179 ATG
abc christmas challenge - unlimited -ATG
Christmas at sweet stampin challenge Oct- ATG
crafty animals Challenge #7 - Anything Goes







Monday, 9 October 2017

Festive Banner

Hi all
Another Christmas card for today

Here I have used my new card-io Majestix stamps (Festive Fir-Cones)I created a strip by masking off part of the white topaz card and then stamping randomly along the strip in various colours. I then removed the masking tape and popped the Happy Christmas in the gap which was die cut in vintage Gold card.
A great card for batch making too
Well I have passed my three month probation at my new job - yeah!! 
The job is going well (very different from my old one) and the people are nice.

Thank you for stopping by and any comments you wish to leave are greatly appreciated.
Have a great week everyone. 

I am entering this card in the following challenges:
crafting from the heart - challenge 178 AG
CHNC - challenge extra -October
crafty hazelnuts christmas challenge 354
christmas card challenge #23
abc christmas challenge u-for-unlimited -v-for-vibrant




Monday, 2 October 2017

Purple Sky

Hi Bloggers
Here it today's offering

 I know it has been a while since my last blog... the time has just whizzed by.

I had  a great time at Ally Pally and bought quite a few items. I invested in some Card-io stamps and have been having a play with them so I will be showing quite a few Christmas cards over the next few weeks. 


I used Versa color ink to create the sky. I then stamped the trees and deer using versafine black ink. Once the ink was dry I used my quickie glue pen to scribble glue across the image and sprinkled Glamour Dust over it. 
 I used SW dies to cut the image out and mounted it on to black card to make it pop. I embossed a piece of white card with CE falling snow embossing folder.



Thank you to those who have pressed the button to follow my blog it is greatly appreciated.

Have a great week 

I have entered this card in the following challenges:
Winter Wonderland - ATG
CCC # 22
crafty hazelnuts christmas challenge #353




Monday, 4 September 2017

Bauble Mask

Hi Fellow Crafters
Wow the weeks are just flying by.. we are now into September.
I need to get cracking on my Christmas cards. .. Here is this weeks offering.



Just a quick blog this week.
A mixture of stamps from my stash and a xmas bauble mask, teamed with Tim Holtz distress inks.
I think I may add bow to the top of the bauble it seems to be lacking something.. but a quick card to do. I may create another one and bling it up more..

Take care until next time and have a good week.
I am going to enter this card in the following challenges:
christmas card challenge #20
Crafting With Friends Challenge 49
avenue 613 challenge 201anything goes



Monday, 21 August 2017

Stormy skies

Hi all



I created the background first by inking up my acrylic block with TH distress inks weathered wood, tumbled glass and salty ocean then I spritz it with water and swept the block over a piece of water colour card.
Once dry I decided to stamp an old Kanban image.
I used my SP circle dies to create an aperture in some dark blue card and then created a frame for it in white.
Then I just added a lighter blue strip across the bottom for my sentiment to sit on.
I had lunch with a great friend on Thursday it was lovely to catch up with her. 
It will soon be bank holiday I am looking forward to the break, I hope the weather improves.. 
I am entering this card in the following challenges:
seize the birthday - ATG
brown sugar challenge #264 ATG
fashionable stamping challenges #126 use your inks



Sunday, 13 August 2017

Just because

Hi All

I hope you all had a chance to enjoy today's glorious sunshine. 


I made this card for my friend as one of just because cards..

I wanted to try out my new script stamp from Honey Doo.
Firstly I swept CE Colour Cloud in diagonally across the card and blended the colours. I then stamped the script stamp, and pulled out an old Kanban stamp and just used certain elements of it around the edge of the card. Then is was simply matted and layered on to black card and white card that I edged with the green CC ,


My new job is going well I can't believe I have been there six weeks now.
Thanks to those of you who have asked after Rufus, he is fine and back to his normal self.
Thank you for taking the time to stop by
I am entering this card in the following challenges:
MAWTT- #51 Things that fly
Colour crazy challenge #32 ATG
Crafty friends #64 ATG



Monday, 24 July 2017

Silhouette Christmas Card

Hi Crafters


How is everyone this week?
I saw a lovely Card-io Christmas card on Pinterest and tried to have a go at making a version of it myself  from the craft stash I have.
After a few attempts, this is what I came up with.
I used a mixture of stamps from Kanban and Colour Cloud and Distress Inks. I added CS Diamond Sprinkles for a bit of sparkle.




Thank you for stopping by.

I have entered this card into the following challenges:
A Gem of a Challenge #199 Christmas in July
CRAFT challenge 425 - 20th of July – Christmas
Cardz 4 galz -Challenge # 52 Christmas or Winter
abc christmas challenge - N is for New & O is for Old








Monday, 17 July 2017

Christmas Greetings

Hi All




I have started to try and do some Christmas cards... but it has been proving difficult due to the new job. My brain is not what it used to be and the learning is making me very tired.. lol.. But I am getting there, I think, although some days I take two steps forward and five back.
The card I would like to share with you started life by me wanting to use a Poinsettia mask that I have had for a long time but never used. I inked through the mask with CS Scarlett Woman colour cloud ink. As there are 4 different styles on the same mask I decided just to ink through them all to see what they looked like.
I then fussy cut around the poinsettia and attached it to my base card. The sentiment is from Tattered Lace.
A few bits of bling finishes the card. I quite like the way it turned out and great if you need a card in a hurry.

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
CCC # 17
crafty hazelnuts christmas challenge #342
the holly and ivy christmas challenge 10 - AG
avenue 613 Challenge # 199 Anything Goes / Optional Twist Monochrome
chnc-challenge-extra for july



Sunday, 25 June 2017

Humming Bird

Hi all
As promised here is the other card that was shown on Hochanda.

I first made a Pixie Powder background ( I think it was the Emerald Green) and then die cut SW Hummingbird out of black card. I simple laid it on top of the background for a really quick and easy card. I mounted it on to another piece of black card that I run through my Platinum with a mask that was inked with Versamark. When I removed the mask I used clear embossing powder and heat set it. I am not sure if you can see this in the pics but it just adds that little something in real life.


I am sorry I have not visited many blogs over the last week or so and its been a while since I posted anything- but life has a habit of getting in the way. I was hoping to do more crafting while I have been in between jobs but that was not meant to be. 
Unfortunately, we have had a run bad news recently, just like the proverbial bus they all come at once.
My friend (only 49) has just been diagnosed with breast cancer and starts her treatment next Friday, while another sadly lost her husband after a long illness, my husband's friend had a heart attack (luckily he is ok and had 3 stents put in and is recovering at home and waiting to go back to hospital to have a 4th put in). Then my sister in law who has not been well for a few months finally got her tests results back from the hospital with a diagnosis of lung cancer due to her been exposed to asbestos as a child- can you believe it !! It is so sad only 47 and given a year to live !
All of this in just one week my head is in a spin and the family has been turned upside down again!!

And then in amongst all this I get a phone call to say I was successful in one of the jobs I had applied for (yeah). I have accepted it and am due to start on 3rd July.

I hope you all have a good week and take care of each other.
xxx

I am entering this card in the folling challenges
animal friends -animals with wings
crafty animals #3 AG
delicious doodles challenge 2 All Creatures Great and Small
the crafty addicts #37 Anything Goes/ with an option of Summer colours






Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Purple Glitter Flowers

Hi all





I started this card with a white piece of card and using SP labels 46 die I cut an aperture in the centre of the card. Then I randomly stamped a flower  with TH Shaded Lilac and Milled Lavender on to this to create my patterned paper and inked round the edges with Milled Lavender.
For the background of the aperture image I swiped the same ink pads over a piece of white card and spritzed it with water.
 Once dry I stamped the flower image from Glitz Craft stamp and stencil kit. I lined the stencil up over the stamped image and spread purple glitter paste through the stencil. 
Once this was dry I mounted it behind my aperture and added as black frame round the aperture to make the image pop.
To complete the card I added pearls to each corner.

Well I am now officially unemployed!!
It was so sad saying goodbye to everyone on Friday as we have all known each other for many years. 
We are all meeting up again as the end of this month as that it when the remainder of the people leave. It doesn't seem real yet!  but I can now concentrate on the next chapter in my life and look for new employment opportunities.
I hope you can enjoy the sunshine today lets hope it lasts.

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Another card using Pixie Powders

 Hi All


I cannot seem to stop using Pixie Powders at the moment they are so versatile. I was only having a play with them (as you do) as I had some new colours and this is the card I  created from it.
I started by die cutting an old SP Vintage Lace border die out twice. I placed the two borders behind a strip of  coconut white Foundations card and mounted this on to a larger piece of embossed card. 
For the focal element I used SW Maggie die and backed it with a piece of the Pixie Powders background. The sentiment is stamped  on to one of SW inner dies from her Melbourne die set with  one of Phil Martin's from his chalkboard range.
Again I Pixied some vellum and once it was dry I  die cut it with SW Camellia dies and popped a pearl in the centre of each flower.  I cut SW tree from her Family Tree die and then snipped into the branches up to create the foliage behind the flowers.



I was so excited on Monday and Tuesday as Julia Watts was on Hochanda and she had asked for people to send in cards that they had made using SW stained glass collection. I sent in two of the humming bird and they were both shown. I must admit it gave me such a buzz to see my cards on TV.
I did blog one of them you can find it here stained-glass-window-humming-bird
I need to take a picture of the other one then I will blog it. Julia has popped them in her gallery on her blog too. All the examples she received were lovely.
I hope you all  have had a chance to enjoy the weather I hope it doesn't rain too much this weekend.
Have a great week.
I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:





Sunday, 21 May 2017

Birthday Butterflies

Hi to everyone
At Ally Pally in April I purchased this lovely stamp from Honeydoo, the first time I have used their stamp and I must say it stamped beautifully.
I stamped with Versamark and embossed with CS detail black embossing powder. I painted the butterflies with my CS Pixie Powders mixed with water. I did stamp the image twice as I hand cut some of the butterflies and mounted them on top of the original image to create some dimension.

I have been so busy since we came back from the the Isle of Wight I haven't had the time to post anything on my blog. But we had wonderful so relaxing and the weather was so nice unlike this week where we have and torrential rain. (urghh) .

Still trying to find a job only 3 more weeks to go .. its quite strange at work now  I've not experienced anything like it before.

I hope you all have a good weekend.
Thanks for stopping by.

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
MAWTT #45 - Butterflies
allsorts challenge 46- Happy Birthday
QKR stampede #244 - Things with wings
dream valley -156 things with wings




Sunday, 7 May 2017

Birthday using Altenew Stamps


Morning all
I made this card at the request of my friend for her Auntie.


I used the wonderful Altenew Beautiful Day stamp, using a variety of yellow inks, with the outline stamped in watering can archival.
I cut the image out by hand and shaped it to add dimension.
The sentiment is computer generated and I added some CS Glacier Ice round the edges of the mats and layers.



I had an interview for a job on Wednesday what an experience !! It included a test too!! Its all changed since my last one nearly 16 years ago. I didn't get it as someone else just had an advanced skill on the excel which I don't but I passed everything else so that was a positive. 
I hope everyone has a great weekend.
Were off to the Isle of Wight on Monday for a complete rest so no blogging for me. 
 thanks for stopping by.

I have entered this card in the following challenges:



Monday, 1 May 2017

Owl be... Woodware stamp

Hi all
Happy May Day..
 This Owl stamp is from Woodware. It is so versatile you can colour it in any medium and in a variety of colours. I thought this card looke great for a man so I gave it to my brohter in law for his birthday this weekend.
For this card I started by stamping the Owl in versmark and added CS black detail embossing powder. I then coloured the Owl with my promarkers.
I cut it out with SW square double pierced dies and mounted it on to black and then green card which I embossed with CE falling snow embossing folder.. (I told you this is my new favourite - the texture is gives is amazing it is so tactile).

Well I am back from training in South Yorkshire, a beautiful part of the country. I am back at work this week  and next week I am on annual leave only a few more weeks before I am made redundant.
My CV is written and I have joined a couple of agencies.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:
crafting from the heart #157 AG
allsorts challenge 413 - embossing
sweet stampers #6 Animals








Monday, 24 April 2017

Stained Glass Window - Humming Bird

Hi All
I recently purchased Sue Wilson Humming Bird die from her Stained Glass collection and this is the first card I made with it.

I die cut a peice of black card and glued this on to a peice of acetate. I then turned it over and used Pixie Powders mixed with water and CS glue to paint on the back of the die.
I had to do this over a couple of days due the drying time of the 'paint' to minimise it bleeding into the colour next to it.
Once dry I mounted it as shown on blue card which I had embossed with my new favourite CE Falling Snow embossing folder (so you will be seeing a lot more of it lol)

You will be glad to here that Rufus (my cat) is now well and is no longer under house arrest - although he does tend not to wander very far from home now.
I am finally recovering from my bout of flu although my daughter has now got it so she is not happy with me .. It is horrible the cough was horrendous and caused my asthma to flare up which is a nuisance but I am taking more medication to control it.
Back to South Yorkshire on Wednesday to do some more training. I have been working on my CV as June will be with us before we know it. This year is flying by so quickly.


 Have a great week and thanks for stopping by.

I have entered this card in the follwoing challenges:
crafting from the heart # 156 AG
allsorts challenge # 412 something beginning with a B
Brown sugar challenge #247 use a die cut
MAWTT #43 birds and feathers





Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Baby Girl

Hi all

Here is today's card. I hope you all had a nice Easter.

 A simple but effective baby card. I made the pram using different size circles from Spellbinders.  I embossed The largest circle with a dots mask and just cut into it to create the shape. I mounted it on the scalloped circles and then on  to some papers out of my stash. I added a few butterflies and a little bling and pearls to complete the card.


While I was away in South Yorkshire training the people who are taking over our jobs my husband developed man flu and he has kindly passed it on to me. So although I've had a few days off work for the Easter Break I've been ill. It's been out with the Vicks and popping day and night nurse capsules..



 Thanks for taking the time to stop by.
I am entering this card in the following challenges.
crafting with an attitude - challenge 26 AG
crafting-with-friends.blogspot #41 AG
the crafty addicts #35 AG




Friday, 14 April 2017

Easter Wedding

Good Friday to you all

This card I made for a colleague at work who is getting married tomorrow.(she already has the card so it's ok for me to post it)
I really love the Dottied Daisy embossing folder its my new favourite so I just had to use it. I embossed a piece of white card and coloured the flowers in using  CS colour cloud Basil Leaf and Lemon Meringue and then lightly went over the flowers with CE gilding polish pearl lustre.

For the focal point I used SW Maggie die in lemon card and embossed a matching stamp with CE white embossing powder. Then used a die from SW Melbourne die set in green to frame my sentiment.
The flowers are SW daisies which I glittered with Glamour dust and added pearls too. I completed the card with foliage  some tiny butterflies. I really liked the way this card turned out.

Have a great Easter everyone xx



Sunday, 2 April 2017

Easter Bunny


Hi Bloggers
An Easter card for today
I used a freebie stamp to create this card in pinks and green.
I painted the oval frame with mica powders and the bunny was coloured with promarkers. I die cut it using SP dies and mounted it on to a piece of white card that I embossed with CE dottied daisys folder and inked round the edges with green ink. A pink ribbon and pearls complete the card.

I may not be able to visit blogland as often over the coming weeks as I will be working in South Yorkshire.
This is because everyone on our office (about 300 people) are being made redundant due to the location of our offices being moved from Middlesex to South Yorkshire.  Quite a few people have left already which is so sad. My date is early June but until then we need to train the new people on our roles. So I will we going to South Yorkshire to help with the transistion.

On a more positive note I'm off to Ally Pally at the wekend for the craft show - are you going? I am really looking forward to it.
I have entered this card in the following challenges:
dies r us challenge - Easter
alphabet challenge B for Bunnies
crafting when we can challenge 141- animals



Monday, 27 March 2017

Water Colour Tree

Hi bloggers






For this card I added TH peeled paint and tumbled glass to my acrylic block then spritzed the block with water. I then 'stamped' this ink on to my card.
Once dry I used my tree stamp from Glitz craft  and then I used the  stencil from the set and added touches of brown on the leaves and trunk of the tree.  I used SW double pierced squares to cut it out. Then the mats and layers where in brown and white card which I coloured with Tumbled Glass ink.

Ang, Thanks for asking about Rufus my cat, he is still on bed rest poor love, but he has improved dramatically and put on weight lol.
Here is a pic of him..
My MIL is still quite poorly and remains in hospital, they think her infection may be in the veins leading to her heart, and she is still having daily tests.

Have a great week everyone - hopefully the good weather will stay around for a while.

I have entered this card in the challenges below:
brown sugar challenge - ATG #243
colour crazy challenge colour crazy ATG