Thursday, 19 September 2019

LOTV to the rescue again

Evening Everyone,
Well it looks like my second post from yesterday went live so let's see if I'm pushing my luck by trying another post :O)
I did finally manage to get a little bit of crafting done on Sunday, due to a couple of very last minute requests from my daughters.
 First a New Home card.
Once again I opted for the fabulous LOTV Simply Print digi images.
They are an absolute god send when you need to make last minute cute cards.
Chloe has her last swimming lesson on Sunday so Becki needed a Thank You card.
Unlike Emma she is really not enjoying the structure of the sessions very much, so I decided that this fabulous image was much more Chloe's style of water play.
Not that I am suggesting that she is a drinker you understand, although she does get through an awful lot of juice over the course of a day.
Next a couple of  Baby Congratulation cards.
I love all of the really cute images that you can find at the LOTV Etsy shop.
Finally I used this little cutie with a fabulous Groovi background that I found in my stash.
All in all a very successful day. I told you they made it easy to create cards in a hurry.
Have a great evening.
Happy stamping and hugs

Wednesday, 18 September 2019

Autumn Colours at CCM challenge 241

Evening Everyone,
We have a new challenge over at CCM, we are looking for Autumn Colours.
I love the Autumn, definitely my favourite season. Now it may have something to do with my birthday being on October,
 or the fact that it can be lovely and bright, but not nearly so hot as the summer,
or it may just be all the beautiful rich colours. Whatever it is I love it.
My card for the challenge was actually made several years ago (I told you I had hundreds of cards yet to be shared with you) using a fabulous old Stamps Happen stamp, and a mop up background.
I thought that I would take this opportunity to share a few more autumnal cards from this stash.
Another mop up background and a lovely Woodware tree designed by Jane Gill.
I have numerous leaf stamps,
and dies in my stash, and I absolutely love working with white embossing powder and inks for a bit of multiple resist.
Another leafy card, this time a little less Autumnal in colour.
Finally, where would the Autumn be without a few cobwebs and a wize old owl once again from Woodware.
I hope that you get the chance to play along with us. Please don't forget to check out what the rest of the team have come up with to inspire you.
Now I wonder what happens when I press post...… many times will I have to write this one before it finally gets past the Internet gremlins!!!
Happy Crafting and Hugs.

Thank You for sticking with Me

Hi Everyone,
I'm sorry that I have been MIA again, but it has been a hectic couple of weeks, and definitely rather quiet on the crafting front for me.
My Granddaughter Emma started at 'Big School' and I went to stay and help out for a few days.
These last few years seem to have flown by, it seems like only yesterday when I witnessed her arrival, and here she is starting school.
I have to say that I was there more as support for Mum than Emma, who has taken to school like a duck to water. 
She is on silly 2 hour days for the first couple of weeks (she was at Nursery full time) so she was heard to complain to her Mum that she had 'only been there for 4 minutes'.
It might only be a short time, but it has certainly tired her out as the days have gone on, probably because it is far more structured than playing at Nursery School. Little brother misses her, although I think he is secretly glad of the rest, his sisters can be a little full on at times.
Mummy has even mastered the art of a French plait, after plenty of practise on one of Emma's dolls :O)
We did get a little bit of crafting done while I was there.
I have been promising Emma for a while that I would show her how to use the die cutting machine that I bought her for Easter, so we had a great time cutting out unicorns, fairies, seahorses along with other assorted shapes.
Chloe tried to get in on the act which I don't think impressed Emma very much, check out the expression!!
This post seems to have taken me ages to write as the Internet keeps dropping out. I have given up two days in a row, so I will call it a day and try and sort out my CCM post for later...…….if technology will let me lol.
Have a great evening.
Crafty hugs

Monday, 2 September 2019

Pearls and/or Gems for CCM Challenge 240

Hi All
We have a brand new challenge starting today over at CCM where our lovely host Dr Monika is looking for Pearls and/or Gems on your creations.
Now it was not a problem to find a card for this challenge, my problem was narrowing it down, since adding a couple of bits of bling to a card has become one of my favourite things to do.
This is all courtesy of the wonderful Jennifer McGuire and her influences. She has cost me a fortune in sparkly bits and pieces.
I found this Alcohol Blend colouring technique on her blog which I shared with the Girls a couple of weeks ago.
Basically an image is stamped and embossed onto a piece of alcohol inked background that has been prepared on Yupo paper or in this case Grafixarts Craft Plastic.
Do be careful when heating the embossing powder or your background might shrivel up a bit. Ask me how I know this :O)
Next remove the alcohol ink from this stamped and embossed image with an Alcohol ink Blending tool and use it to paint another image, this time on regular card stock.
 The flowers are from one of my new stamp sets from Alpaca Pals.
I love their cute stamps as well as this fabulous floral design.
I cut my painted panel up to create two finished cards, and as you can see they all have a smattering of tiny gems. Perfect for this challenge.
I hope that you will find the time to join us, and don't for get to pop over and see what the rest of the team have come up with to inspire you.
Happy Crafting and hugs

Sunday, 1 September 2019

A Spot of Paper Piecing.

Evening All
How is it possible to loose quite so many hours looking at Pinterest!!!
I promise myself that I will only get to the end of the page and then stop, but the page just seems to get longer and longer, it's like it hears me and doesn't want to let me quit lol.
My excuse for visiting is usually when I am prepping ideas for class, which is what happened today.
I think that this had therefore better be a rather short post if I am to get anything else done tonight.
Recently we held a paper piecing class using Woodware stamps. I decided this time to limit the stamps that I bought with me and use a Christmas card idea that was inspired by something that Davina did in a previous class.
This was the card, so I looked through my not inconsiderable selection of stamps to find anything that was similar, just in case someone didn't fancy Christmas cards.
I have been trying very hard to keep up with the instruction tags for their book, and so this was my little reminder of the technique that we played with on the day.
I'm definitely not going to get much else done tonight, so I think I had better call it a day before it turns out to be midnight again :O)
Happy Crafting and Hugs.

Thursday, 29 August 2019

Leafy 'Bump and Smudge'

Hi Again,
One of the newer techniques that I have been playing with recently is 'Bump and Smudge'.
I love the Distress Oxide Inks, and this is the perfect technique to showcase them since it takes advantage of both the dye based and pigment properties of the inkpad, and it is sooooo easy to do.
Basically you 'bump' your stamp against your inkpad to ink it up, and then having stamped it on to plain cardstock you 'smudge' it with a foam tipped blending tool or smoochie.
We had such fun with the technique and have repeated the class several times due to its popularity, so I have several batches of cards that I will share with you over the next few weeks.
This first batch are all very masculine, which is good because I am always short of cards for men.
They all use a fabulous old Penny Black leafy stamp 40-111 Breezy and green/brown Distress Oxides. I created a panel for this card using the leaves and a script background stamp. I finished it off with some twine, tiny black metal dots and a birthday greeting.
The 'Bump and Smudge' technique relies on the dye ink in the oxide to give you the image and the slower drying pigment ink for the smudge, so you need to work on the images one at a time or they will dry out before you can smudge them.
I cut up the panel I created for this card to make two very different cards. Once again I used a favourite Woodware sentiment stamp set and brown Nuvo drops for this square card.
The remaining portion of the panel was used on this card along with a die cut sentiment, some gems and some more stamped leaves.
My final card uses the same leaf stamp and a large text background stamp (I think it is Stampendous) to create my panel. I also splattered this panel with some water to add interest and some lovely oxidised splatters.
This technique would be perfect for a Masterboard (class suggestion Janice :O)?) and I can see me using it a lot more in the future.
Have a great evening.
Happy Crafting and hugs

Wednesday, 28 August 2019

Driving with the wind in your hair.

Hi All
Well I have to say that the weather today is much more to my liking. Yesterday afternoon was definitely not the time to be trapped on the roof of a multistory car park waiting for the RAC!!!!!
Especially when having waited for 4 hours the problem was fixed in 5 minutes flat.
And no it wasn't one of those 'stupid women' moments, I don't drive anyway, and my friend is far from stupid and has been driving for a long time. Everyone has agreed that it is a design flaw in the construction of the car lol.
While we are on the subject of cars here is a lovely LOTV Simply Print digi image on this card.
An open topped car and a bit of speed would definitely have been preferable to hanging around in the scorching sunshine.
The background to both these cards has been made using a fabulous 3D Embossing folder, silver card stock and a bit of black paint.
 I also used some die cut wheels and cogs.
While we are on the subject of embossing folder backgrounds, here are another couple of cards.
This last one uses a couple of Penny Black Stickeroo images.
Edited to include a couple of other cards
I found another couple of cute cards while I was doing some photo housekeeping this afternoon, so I thought that I would add them to this post.
Another embossed background and a dinosaur from one of my new favorite stamp companies Alpaca Pals, so adorably cute but also some fabulous sentiments and floral/background stamps.
And finally a bit more paper piecing.
Sylvie and I decided to go to the gym on the bus this afternoon, despite the car getting fixed yesterday, we didn't want to tempt fate.
Happy Crafting and hugs

Monday, 26 August 2019

Christmas Ornaments

Afternoon Everyone, me again!
Another Bank Holiday Monday, unfortunately it's been just like any other Monday for me as I've been working, but I hope that those of you that aren't are enjoying it.
It's incredibly hot given what Bank Holiday weather is usually like, so I thought that as the next one will actually be at Christmas then I would bring the temperature down a bit by sharing a few more Christmas cards with you :O)
They are all made using a very old, but much loved Magenta stamp set.
The backgrounds have been created with a brayer and a Fruitcake Kaleidacolor ink pad. Once again, a very old technique.
In fact, to be perfectly honest I cant for the life of me remember when I actually created the panels. Probably during a demo many years ago, but as you know I'm on a mission to use up some of the millions of bits in my stash.
That's not easy when I teach a class each week, which inevitably creates more bits to use up. Still I'm not complaining. I love my hobby. It keeps me sane, and I hope that The Girls enjoy it. Given that they keep coming back I guess that must be a yes lol.
Some of the brayered panels were just stamped and embossed, while some were spritzed with water or even bleach.
This one had cling film placed over it after the water to create a fabulous frosted effect.
I have always loved the 'Wet Watercolour' look for painting. So easy to achieve, and every piece is different.
This final card uses a different colour inkpad for the background which has then been spritzed with bleach.
I really think that I should revisit this technique with The Girls. Sometimes we are so eager to try new things that we forget some of the old favourites.
I added glossy accents to some of the stamped images for a little added interest. It also intensifies the colour underneath.
I thought that it was about time that I entered a challenge so I would like to join everyone at Winter Wonderland - Christmas Ornaments.
Have a great evening.
Happy Crafting and hugs