Saturday, 29 April 2017

Rudolf day for April

After missing Scrappy Mo's Rudolf day for March I was trying to get four cards made for April, but I messed one up, so I'll share three this month and three next πŸ˜„ Note to self: A rolling pokey tool doth spread liquid pearls for miles!!!!!!
 For my first two cards I used the Hobby Art Holly and Ivy set, embossed with gold embossing powder and coloured , the forst with liquid pearls and the second with watercolour markers
 I used glossy accents on the berries of the second one.
My third card was stamped with Inkylicious stamps and dotted with liquid pearls.
Do pop over to Mo's blog and take a look at all the lovely inspiration!
I hope you have a wonderful bank holiday weekend. We are going to have a walk in the peak district at some point, depending on the weather. 
Thanks for looking!

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Meg's Birthday Card

It was Meg's birthday on Monday, and I decided to make her card using Oliver the Owl from Hobby Art. I used ink dusters to create the background and stamped grasses and seed heads from the set for the background. I coloured the owl with alcohol markers. Later I decided to try and create more of a night time scene using the same stamps. After hubby told me it wasn't straight, I added some ivy to Oliver's perch in order to disguise the wonkyness 😁
I am quite pleased with the result. As the challenge at Allsorts this week is  I spy and needs to begin with B, a Barn owl (also a bird) would seem a reasonable choice, so I'm entering it there.
We had a lovely meal in Sheffield at a place called the Italian Kitchen. Before I go here is a photo of the cake I made to take with us 
Thanks for looking and enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Saturday, 15 April 2017

A Couple of Digis from Dora

Here are two DT offering for Dora's Digis which are here on her blog. I coloured them with Be Creative Alcohol markers. They are a few days late, I'm afraid! I was supposed to post this before I went to stay with Lynne, but completely forgot!
My first is Dora's lovely Elephant teamed up with Chocolate Baroque papers and a die cut bow

 My second is Dora's Seagulls and Crafty individuals paper from their Seaside pad.
Both Images were coloured with Be creative Alcohol markers.
As I said, I have just come back from a little break at Lynne's house. We had some good walks and there were lots of photo opportunities. I thought I would share some of my bird photos here. First we have a lesser Redpoll

 a tree sparrow
 A pair of siskins

A pheasant
a Buzzard
 A yellow Hammer
 and Goldfinches
 As you can see, Lynne gets a wonderful array of birds on her feeders, and the Buzzard is a regular visitor to the field next to her home.
Thanks for looking and I hope you have a great weekend. We will be seeing Meg as it is her 20th Birthday on Monday - where did that time go?!
 Happy Easter!
 

Monday, 10 April 2017

A few photos

We had a lovely walk today around a relatively new RSPB reserve in Notts - Langford Lowfields. It was quite breezy and cloudy at times, but we  really enjoyed it. Here are a few photos...

 I always called this flower Lady's smock, but it is also known as Cuckoo Flower.
 A great crested grebe
 Greylag geese
 I love the reeds against the water...
 There were hundreds of cowslips
 lovely reflections when the wind dropped
A male reed bunting making the most at one of the bird feeders
Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Moonlight, Willow trees and a walk

Since I got my Inkylicious Moonscape stamp and mask I have been playing with it quite a lot! For this scene I used memento inks in Elderberry, Lulu lavender and Cantaloupe. I stamped the moon in lulu lavender then masked it and dusted the cantaloupe ink over the area. I then continued to dust with the lulu lavender and the elderberry ink. After removing the mask, I dusted the moon lightly with lavender and cantaloupe ink in a circular motion, giving it a pink tinge. I added the hills with a mountain valley stencil and stamped the willow trees (also from inkylicious) in Elderberry ink. Finally I added spots of clear stardust gelly roll pen to the trees and their roots and stamped the birds. This was such an easy card to make and I am very pleased with the result.
Before I go I will share a few photos. Meg came home for a few days and we went for a walk in Derbyshire - the Tansley and Matlock area. There was beautiful sunshine and lovely scenery along the Lumsdale Valley.
Here are a few photos...







Sunday, 2 April 2017

April at Stamping Sensations

Good Morning! It is the first Sunday of the Month and time for a new Challenge over at Stamping Sensations! This month's theme is...........

***Anything Goes***

As the title suggests we want to see your projects  - no theme this month, but please remember we are a stamping challenge so must see a stamped image, sentiment or quote as the focal element of your artwork. Conventional rubber/acrylic stamps and digital images are acceptable, but pre-coloured digital images and toppers are not. And please note: if we do not comment on your entry it will be because it does not follow the theme, qualify under our rules, or because we are asked to sign in or provide additional data to comment. We do not want to be rude but we do want to be fair to those who do follow the rules.
 For my card I used Woodware Large fennel in the foreground and Indigo Blu tiny backgrounds for the inky layer. These stamps, and the distress ink used for the background are all bought from PDA (our lovely sponsors this month), along with the liquid pearls and the lovely black paper used for matting and layering.
So what is the prize I hear you ask... A whopping £40 online voucher to spend with PDA! I can easily spend that every time I visit, lol, so if you need any help....πŸ˜‰
I just wanted to say I'm sorry I haven't been around much recently. The run up to the end of term has been so full on this last two weeks. I have been buried under assessments, Data and record keeping as well as observations, a class exhibition, a trip and some student reports. I have now finished for a full two week holiday though, so I aim to have some me time! Apologies for the lack of blogging. I even missed March Rudolf days! Not like me - hopefully normal service should now resume!
Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Signs of Spring from Dora's digis

Here are two DT offering for Dora's Digis which are here on her blog. I coloured them with Be Creative Alcohol markers. The background paper for the first was in my stash for many years and there are only snippets left of them now. They were double sided too. The ribbon was the last bit of some that I received from a friend.
My second card features Dora's daffodils which I used to frame an ink dusted  scene stamped with Card-io stamps. The papers are from a Craftwork cards 8 x 8 pad of non-traditional tartans.
I'm off to the Snippet Playground with the first one, and hoping Miss Di doesn't put me in detention, lol.
You will be pleased to know I am well on the road to recovery and have been able to return to work. I think I have also caught up on sleep I had been missing 😊😊😊
Dora has some gorgeous digis and these would be perfect for a Mother's day card (It is a week on Sunday here in the UK)
Thanks for looking!

Saturday, 11 March 2017

At the end of the rainbow

I've been wanting to play with the Inkylicious birch trees 2 stamp set for some time, but had been struggling for time and mojo. Then this week I got shingles. I have been very lucky as it was a very mild dose and I got treatment very quickly. As shingles is contagious in the form of chicken pox to those who haven't had it yet (especially children), I was told I had to stay off work. I have rested, crafted, surfed the net and generally enjoyed myself whilst taking some huge tablets (5 a day, 4 hours apart)
Anyway, on to my card. I used distress inks in stormy sky, dusty concord, picked raspberry, fired brick, spiced marmalade, twisted citron, mermaid lagoon and chipped sapphire with my ink dusters for the background. The panel is mounted on black and silver paper and I added a few dots of white gel pen.
I am entering this into the current challenge at Penny Black and More where the theme is Anything goes and Cards in envy where the theme is 'keep it simple'
Hoping life gets back to normal this week. Oh yes, Before I go a big welcome to my new followers. Sorry if you have been here a while and I hadn't noticed - what a bad blogger! Hope to get over to visit you soon.
Thanks for looking!

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Stamping Sensations Challenge for March

Good Morning! It is the first Sunday of the Month and time for a new Challenge over at Stamping Sensations! This month's theme is...........

***Close to Nature***
As the title suggests we want to see your projects inspired by the natural world this month..........
 I feel closest to nature when I am out walking in the countryside, so I am sharing the card I made for my Dad's birthday with Hobby Art Stamps (Country Ramble Scene-it set). I water-coloured it with a mixture of Zig clean color markers and aqua markers.
Please can I remind you we are a stamping challenge so must see a stamped image, sentiment or quote as the focal element of your artwork. Conventional rubber/acrylic stamps and digital images are acceptable, but pre-coloured digital images and toppers are not. And please note: if we do not comment on your entry it will be because it does not follow the theme, qualify under our rules, or because we are asked to sign in or provide additional data to comment. We do not want to be rude but we do want to be fair to those who do follow the rules.
 Here is the fabulous prize this month.....



                       
I wish I could enter myself!
Do pop over to the challenge blog and take a look at all the fantastic creations by my lovely teamies. There is some wonderful inspiration again this month! Hope you get the chance to join in and I'll look forward to seeing all your lovely creations!  
Before I go I want to share a photo with you. Last Tuesday I got my accreditation to be a Karate Sensei for GKR! I'm still pinching myself πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€
Thanks for looking!

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Rudolf day for February

I've made two cards for Rudolf day this month. The first is a very simple die cut from Be creative wonder sheets, popped onto some deep purple pearlescent card. I stamped the base card with a snowflake from crafty individuals.
For my second card I used crafty individuals stamps, except for the sentiment, which is from Inkylicious. The main panel is sparkly with glitter, but you can't see it on the photo. The lower layer is also quite sparkly as it was sprayed with a range of colour and glimmer sprays. The snowflakes are embossed with Be creative jack frost embossing powder, which has some lovely sparkles too.
If you fancy joining in and getting organised for next Christmas, please pop over to Scrappy Mo's and take a look at the inspiration.
Thanks for looking!

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Cats from Dora

Here is my latest DT offering for Dora's Digis which are here on her blog. I coloured them with Be Creative Alcohol markers. The background paper was in my stash and the bow and tag are die cuts. Although the image was drawn with Valentine's day in mind, I am using this as a wedding anniversary card for my nephew and his wife.
I'm entering this into the challenge at Allsorts this week where the theme is 'anything goes'. Short and sweet from me this week as I am back to work tomorrow and we have spent the day out in Derbyshire with Meg and her boyfriend, Grant. We blew the cobwebs out on Curbar Edge and had a lovely meal in Baslow.

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Hearts for Valentines day

I've been busy working on my Valentine card for Steve. Inspiration for a valentine card for a man who doesn't do cute are few and far between, so I resorted to a scene in a heart shaped aperture. I used my ink dusters and distress ink to create the background, then stamped with memento ink. The one job Steve has done outside in the torrential rain this morning is feed the birds, so it seemed apt to add his feathered friends. All stamps are from Inkylicious. I added dots of stickles and liquid pearls for the buds and water droplets on the branches that make up the border.
The theme at Allsorts this week is hearts and/or flowers, so I am entering this one there.
This is my thousandth post - I can't quite believe it! 
I will leave you with a few photos of buster the squirrel who is enjoying our bird food so much, lol.


Sunday, 5 February 2017

Stamping Sensations Challenge for Febriuary

Good Morning! It is the first Sunday of the Month and time for a new Challenge over at Stamping Sensations! This month's theme is...........
***Animal Magic***
As the title suggests we want to see animals of all shapes and sizes this month, even mythical ones if you wish..........
I chose a Hobby Art Highland Cow stamp for my card this month, teamed up with some tartan paper from Craftwork Cards, sticking with the Scottish theme! I used my zig clean colour markers and added a die cut bit of heather and a bow.
Please can I remind you we are a stamping challenge so must see a stamped image, sentiment or quote as the focal element of your artwork. Conventional rubber/acrylic stamps and digital images are acceptable, but pre-coloured digital images and toppers are not. And please note: if we do not comment on your entry it will be because it does not follow the theme, qualify under our rules, or because we are asked to sign in or provide additional data to comment. We do not want to be rude but we do want to be fair to those who do follow the rules.
 The prize this month is from Tattered Lace. Take a look!
Do pop over to the challenge blog and take a look at all the fantastic creations by my lovely teamies. There is some wonderful inspiration again this month! Hope you get the chance to join in and I'll look forward to seeing all your lovely creations! 
     

Sunday, 29 January 2017

Steve's Birthday card


Two posts in two days?! I know, but don't get used to it. I'll be back to weekly posts soon enough.
I just wanted to share Steve's birthday card with you. I used all inkylicious stamps except the moon which is from Lavinia. The papers are from craftwork cards. I have a thing about tartan and when I saw their tartan goody bag after Christmas I had to have it!
So, Steve is another year older, but feeling very upbeat as he is now counting down to retirement! Hopefully once he is retired we will get the chance to go and enjoy scenes like this at October half term or during the Easter holidays. Right, I'd better go and finish my dad's card and Meg's boyfriend's which are both next week.
Thanks for looking!