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Thursday, 19 May 2016

A little reminder for the STAMPlorations CAS card challenge ......

Happy Thursday ......

It's time for a quick reminder about this months CAS Card challenge over at STAMPlorations.  As always Anything Goes ..... CAS (Clean and Simple) that is, with the Optional Colour Twist of Magenta for the month of May .......

You don't have to use the colour twist .... you don't have to use STAMPlorations products, but it would be fabulous if you did!

I've gone for both .......

I've used the STAMPlorations stamp set City Girl from the Bees Knees collection
I simply stamped the lady onto a piece of white card, uisng black Versafine ink.  I added colour to her coat using the Adirondak ink Soft Plum, and then I fussy cut around her.

I added a touch of black to her hair, and the belt on her jacket and then gave the belt and her sunglasses a thin coat of Glossy Accents to give a touch of shine.

For the background I used the acetate technique for smooshing the ink onto my card ...... I applied some ink onto a craft sheet, spritz with water then used a piece of acetate to pick up some of the ink. I then dabbed the acetate onto a piece of white card applying the ink randomly to create my background.

Once this was dry I used another of the stamps from the City Girl set to add some extra detail to the background, and embossed with a white detail embossing powder

I then attached the lady onto my card using foam pads to add dimension .....

and finished everything off with a sentiment, again from the same stamp set

More smooshing and another fab stamp from the City Girl set inside

Have you entered the challenge yet ..... there's still plenty of time.  Pop over to the STAMPlorations CAS challenge blog for more inspiration from the Design Team and full details on how to enter .... Happy stamping!

Thanks for popping by .... enjoy the rest of your day.

Cheerio until next time

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Finishing touches .......

Happy Wednesday ......

Another week is flying by.
Things are starting to get busy over here with preparations for this years Isle of Man TT ..... only 10 days to go before it all gets underway with the start of Practice Week .... whoo hoo!! And when it all comes to a close we're off to the Cotswolds again for our little family week away .... can't wait!

Things are busy in the old craft room too ...... DT stuff to do, workshop to prep, an SU party to organise at mine ready for when the new catalogue launches, and a few bits and bobs to do just for me ..... because I can!!

I've just finished off adding the final touches to my project from one of the workshops I went on whilst I was across in the UK.  Here's what we got up to with the lovely Maria Simms ...... based on a workshop done by a talented lady named Debbie Rock (I think all the workshops have been done now so I'm safe in showing this  ....... I hope I am anyway!)

We had great fun getting all inky and covered in paint, creating the centre panel on the actual day of the workshop.  And then I've since mounted mine onto the larger canvas, and added more background detail with a stencil and some texture paste.

There's a bit of everything on here ..... stenciling (my favourite Brick Wall), texture paste (love it!!), paint, mica sprays, and lots of embellishments.

There's lace, paper flowers, lots of metal trinkets.  Die cuts, beads and I even added an old piece of chain on there

Everything was held in place with gel medium and dried off with the help of a heat tool.  The gel medium lets you create layers with the embellishments giving lots of depth and texture to your projects

Once we were happy with the layout everything was painted over in either black or white (as you've probably guessed .....I went with black)
Next came the fun part .... lots of spray inks and mica sprays to give the colour and sheen to the finished panel. More mica was brushed over in parts to give more depth of colour

And then I finished everything off with a touch of Treasure Gold Gilding Wax, just here and there to give more shine

Not sure the colours come across well in the photos ...... they're much more intense in real life.
I used a pink shade and touch of purple down the left hand side blending into turquoise and blue shades with just a touch of green on the right.  Then to highlight in places, I spritzed over with Perfect Pearls in the Heirloom Gold shade and finished with White Fire Treasure Gold.  Really pleased with how this turned out ....... very Finnabair-esque I think.

I wanted to mount it onto something bigger so, I used the brick wall stencil again onto a 12x12 canvas board to add some background detail and texture.  Painted the whole thing black and then added just a smidge of the White Fire Treasure Gold here and there, to bring out some of the detail of the brick wall

Thanks to Maria for another fabulous workshop and thanks to Debbie Rock for the inspiration.

Thanks for popping by .... enjoy the rest of your day.
I've got to tidy the old craft room .... again!!! and then a little bit of reading to do later.
A friend and I popped to the book/art shop over in Port Erin yesterday, and along with stocking up on some watercolour card, a new canvas and some new paintbrushes, I found this on the shelf ...... (I only went in for a look!!!)

I do like a nice G&T as you all know ....... and I'm gathering quite the collection now

 so I thought I'd try and learn a little more about Mother's Ruin

Cheerio until next time ......

Monday, 16 May 2016

Happy BIG Birthday Sandie .......

Happy Monday!

I hope you all had a good weekend.
There's a little celebration going on today ..... the lovely Sandie (London Days) is having a special birthday ..... she's 50! ...... whoo hoo!!! (Hope she doens't mind me telling you that)

Happy Birthday to You
Happy Birthday to You
Happy Birthday dear Sandie ....
Happy BIG Birthday to YOU! 

To mark the occasion Kylie (Kylie is Addicted to Stamps) from Happy Little Stampers, is hosting a surprise birthday linky party

 and I'm joining in the fun

I used the Happy Little Stampers Doodled Flowers ...... Big Bold Numbers (the perfect set of stamps for those special birthdays) and Fun Birthday Sentiments, along with the flower stem from one of the new set of stamps from PaperArtsy ...... EKC01, designed by the lovely Kay Carley

I simple stamped the stem onto a piece of white card, added the pretty flowers and then coloured them using Distress Inks

I stamped the numbers onto a separate piece of card, fussy cut them, and then added the white dots using a gel pen before attaching them to the front of my card

To finish off I stamped the birthday greeting and added a few inks splatters here and there, mixed in with some tiny dot of glitter glue

Inside there's more of those pretty blooms ....

and just a few more inks splatters too

Kylie's keeping the linky open for the next two weeks so why not join in the fun and wish Sandie a very Happy Birthday!

You may have noticed I have a new watermark on my main picture ........ designed by my lovely blog buddy Loll Thompson (Stamping with Loll) ..... is there no end to this lady's talents!!!
Get to the bottom of this post and you'll find I have a new signature too ..... thank you so much Loll I love them.

Thanks for popping by .... enjoy the rest of your day.

Cheerio until next time ....

Friday, 13 May 2016

loves me ...... loves me not

Happy Friday 13th! ........

You're not superstitious are you?  I hope you're not having one of those days when you wished you'd stayed in bed.  Fingers crossed things are going OK so far ...... but it's still early yet!

It's time to give you a little bit of inspiration for this month's Craft Stamper Take It Make It Challenge.  It's an easy one this month .....  just Take a Stamp.  Anything goes as long as there's rubber stamping on your project somewhere ..... simple!

I wasn't sure I'd have time to join in the fun this week, what with being away and all that ..... but I managed it.  Couldn't resist playing with some of that new stash I brought home with me.

I love these stamps from IndigoBlu ..... they're the Colour Me range, and this one is the Daisy .... it's just gorgeous, and so easy to use.

I've simply stamped the image onto a square piece of white cardstock with a black Versafine ink and then heat embossed it using a clear powder ....... look at all that detail!

I then coloured it using Distress inks (picked raspberry for the petals and a mix of mustard seed and wild honey for the centre

I added the words around all 4 sides of the daisy ...... from the JOFY13 stamp set .....

And finished off with a little something on the inside ....

I think you'll agree .... a really pretty design, quick to achieve and suitable for all kinds of occasions.

The challenge is sponsored this month by ...... Designs by Georgina

and here's the fabulous prize up for grabs ....... 3  gorgeous stamps sets and three brand new stencil designs

Get those entries in  .... you never know Friday the 13th could be your lucky day.  And if you're looking for more inspiration then pop over to the Craft Stamper Blog today .... the DT have been busy again.
Happy stamping!

Thanks for popping by ..... enjoy the rest of your day and have a great weekend.  Lets hope the sun shines.

Cheerio until next time


Thursday, 12 May 2016

Back to normal .......

Hi there ..... I'm home!!

Happy Thursday to you.  Have you missed me?  No ..... I didn't think so.  I've missed you though.

The old craft room door is open again ...... can't get in there to do anything though, I can't see my desk!!!

I had a fabulous week and a bit across in the UK ...... the weather was great, the company couldn't have been better (thanks to Susan for putting up with me).  We had some nice days out, no doubt you've seen the pictures on Facebook ...... funny how I'm always eating cake!!!
We crafted, we shopped, we ate out quite a bit.
Port Sunlight was as good as always ........ the sun was shining and I got lots of new goodies to play with.  Thanks to my friend Maggie for bringing half of this stash home with her in the car!

It was so nice to see everyone ..... met up with some of my Design Team buddies for a good old chat, and finally got to introduce myself properly to Lucy and the Sweet Poppy crew.

Then on the Sunday I went to a fabulous workshop with the lovely Maria Simms (from the ClarityStamp DT)  We got all inky and messy with our projects .... right up my street.  Here's a little sneaky peek at what we got up to ......

Lots of paint, lots of mica.  Stencils and trinkets.  I believe it was a class originally taken by a very talented lady named Debbie Rock based on a beautiful gift that she made and gave to Maria.
I need to finish my project off and then you can see my version in full ....... another messy day in the old craft room coming up!!

Now it's all back to normal ....... my suitcase has been unpacked, the crafty haul is slowly finding its way into the old craft room, and I've finally got all the washing done!!
The house was tidy when I got home .... thanks to Lauren for that, however the mountain of ironing in the corner was not very welcoming!  And as the sun is still shining over here it's too nice to bother with it today!  Instead I'm going to look at booking flights for my next trip across .... did I mention I'm going on an Eileen Godwin workshop ...... whoo hoo!!!  OMG!!! I'm so excited ..... love this lady!!
While I was away it was announced that Eileen is travelling up north!!!  She's holding a workshop at the Craft Range over in Burnley ...... not that far from my buddy Susan.   Well of course we had to book on now didn't we .... would have been rude not too.  It's not until October so I've a little while to wait ... but I'm going!!!

Thanks for popping by .... enjoy the rest of your day. Hope the sun is shining for you too
I'll be back tomorrow with a little bit of inspiration for the latest Craft Stamper Challenge ..... if I can find my workdesk that is!

Cheerio until next time


Friday, 6 May 2016

Let it shine ........

Hello there again .......

I'm back with another challenge for you (told you it was a busy week!) .... this time it's the Happy Little Stampers Mixed Media Challenge, where the theme for May is ......

Like all HLS challenges, we're sponsored by the Happy Little Stampers store, and the winner of the challenge will receive a fabulous HLS stamp set.

There's a few ways to add shine to your projects ....... use mirri card, glitter, glossy accents or a glaze. Emboss with metallic powders, use metallic paints or add foil.
I've used Gilding Flakes to give the shine on my project .......

A few weeks ago I ran a small workshop, where we played around with embossing folders, using them to print/stamp with.  It's such a fun technique with different results every time.

You simply rub your coloured ink onto your embossing folder, spritz with water, place your white card in the middle, close the folder and press ..... and voila!  a great background to work with.

I used the fabulous honeycomb folder from SU which unfortunately has appeared on the latest Retirement List ..... shame!  Inked it with Wild Honey Distress giving me the perfect background for those busy little bees

The shine part comes from the IndigoBlu Gilding Flakes in the Chariot of Fire option ...... I love the rich gold colour.
I simply die cut the word from white card, covered it with Flitter Glu and then dipped it into the flakes. I made sure the word was completely covered, then rubbed away the excess using a soft sponge.
I layered the gilded word onto one cut in black to give it some depth, and then attached it to a strip of black card before adding it to the front of my card.

I then stamped the bees onto the honeycomb, stamped them again onto white card and coloured them before fussy cutting them out and layering them onto the card ..... Bee Happy .... get it!!!?

There's a little bit more of the design on the inside ....

with the words from the HLS Bold Birthday Sentiments

Now it's your turn.  Pop over to the HLS Blog for more inspiration from the Design Team along with our lovely Guest Designer this month .......  KalySto.  You must check out her inspiration piece ... it's amazing!
Happy Stamping!

OK .... that's me done for today.  I've got an early start tomorrow and a shopping list to write ...... not that I'll be sticking to it!!

Thanks for popping by again .....
Not only have I got the craft show to look forward tomorrow but, on Sunday I'm doing a workshop with the lovely Maria Simms .... more crafty fun!

Cheerio until next time .....


Take a Stamp .... any stamp

Good morning!
Happy Friday folks ......

I'm still across in the UK and having a ball!!.  There's been the craft retreat, an SU workshop, we've done some sewing.  We've lunched out, there's been a spot of retail therapy, had a fantastic Indian meal out last night ...... and there's still more fun to come. I don't go home until Monday so roll on the weekend.

But .... as it's the first Friday of the month there's also the launch of May's Craft Stamper challenge.
This month it's the turn of Take a Stamp .... so that means Anything Goes as long as there's rubber stamping on there somewhere.
Don't forget .....

  • you can enter up to three projects ......
  • linkyour entry back to your actual challenge post not just your blog
  • include a link to the Craft Stamper Challenge blog
  • and please ...... only ONE project per post

This month the challenge is sponsored by ....... Designs by Georgina

And the lucky challenge winner will receive this fantastic bundle ......

Three fabulous stamp sets AND three brand new release stencils ...... great prize!

As always there's the Design Winner too ..... chosen by the DT.  Full details can be found over on the Craft Stamper blog

I've been playing with one of the new  Eclectica stamps set from PaperArtsy,  designed by the very talented Kim Dellow ...... EKD02

I just love these little birds!

I've kept things reasonably clean and simple ..... a nice quick and easy background made by smooshing Distress Inks onto a piece of acetate, spritzed with a little water and then transferred the ink to my piece of card by gently dabbing the acetate onto the card, building up the depth of colour as I went along

I stamped the branch for the birds to sit on, directly onto the card and coloured it using Distress Inks.
I also stamped the birds directly onto the card ..... sat on the branch ...... and then stamped them again on a separate piece of card, added some colour and fussy cut around them (minus the legs!!)

I layered  the coloured birds onto my card using foam pads for a bit of dimension .....

And then finished off  with  a few words ...... all the stamps I've used for the front of my card are from the same stamp set ......... EKD02

As always I've added a little something on the inside ......

More acetate smooshing .......  a Tim Holtz sentiment which I thought went quite well and more of those cute little birdies ....

Now it's over to you ..... Happy stamping!!

Thanks for popping by .... enjoy the rest of your day and have a fab weekend.
I'm off to Port Sunlight tomorrow for the Happy Stampers Art Festival ..... my first craft show of the year!!

There's a whole group of us going so it should be a fun day. Hopefully I'll see some of you there.

Cheerio until next time

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