Sunday, 9 January 2022

Follow Your Dreams

 Good morning and a very happy Sunday. Today I'm back at Country View Crafts with my second project for our 'Year To Sparkle And Shine' challenge, and this time I've thrown just about everything at it!

I started by painting my canvas board black, then putting some texture paste through a Clarity stencil.

Next I stippled some Dina Wakley paint all over in dark colours.

Layer 3 of about 50 lol. I dropped pinches of Ayeda powders and Pixie Powders all over and sprayed with water. Then I stood back and watched the colour explode!

Much titivation and sparkle splodging later.... here we are! The stamps are by Just A Girl And Her Imagination (Tracy Easson) and I thought they fitted really well with my stary sky background.
Tracy Easson stamps can be found here in the store.
Dina Wakley stash is here.
And Pixie Powders here.

I hope you join in with us in our fun challenge and show us your sparkle!
Take care and have a very happy week x

Thursday, 6 January 2022

Unleash The Flying Monkeys

 Good morning and a very happy Thursday. Today I'm back across at the Lost Coast Designs Portal To Creativity with my second project for our Let's Fly challenge.

Nothing says flying quite like monkeys does it!

I started by making my background with Distress Oxides. I wanted a gray murky look like the black and white part of the Wizard of Oz. I've used mixed media paper so I dipped and dripped to my hearts content.

I stamped my monkeys on and off the page. Then I stamped them again, cut them out, coloured them, and layered them up.

Then added some interest by stamping in metallic paint.

These are my stamps, I've just used the tip of the hat and the boots for my 'Wicked Witch of the East'
Flying Monkey (Carmen's Veranda)

So there we have it, the flying monkeys have been unleashed!
I hope that you're enjoying our challenge, and that you join in.
Have a wonderful day whatever you are doing, and thanks so much for looking x

Saturday, 1 January 2022

Those Magnificent Men In Their Flying Machines

 Good morning again from me! Here's another new challenge to play along with, this time it's Lost Coast Designs, and the theme is Let's Fly. Here's my first project. 

As soon as I stamped my steampunk gentleman this song started running through my head (probably because I'm very old lol) so I knew that it had to be my sentiment.

I started by making my background with some mixed media card and distress oxide inks.
Then I stamped my flying machines for placement. I wanted to just stamp the buildings but I wasn't happy where I'd stamped them. They were a little bit too low for my liking, but that can be fixed later.

I stamped my flying machines again and embossed them with bronze embossing powder. I also stamped my 'Magnificent Man' and coloured and cut him out. 

I typed up my sentiment and added it. I'm still not happy with the placement of those rooftops lol.

So I inked up another piece of card and re-stamped them. You know what this means - yep - fussy cutting - shoot me now!

Oh but I'm so much happier with it now! It's mad isn't it, it's just an album page, just for me, no one is ever going to see it (apart from you guys) but I had to put it right! I've also inked around the spires to add a bit of 'old London smog'

These are the stamps that I've used.

I hope that you join in with our fun challenge! There's only 1 rule, the focus has to be on real stamping - no digis allowed!

So once again I wish you all a very Happy New Year, and thanks so much for looking xx

Happy New Year

Good morning, happy Saturday, and a very Happy New Year. I hope you've had a wonderful Christmas and New Years Eve, and that you've got over your turkey and chocolate coma.

Of course, a new year calls for a new challenge at Country View Crafts, and this month's,  chosen by the lovely Jo, is Your Year To Sparkle And Shine. For my first project, I've made a journal page.

There's nothing fancy here, just lots of glitter card, mirri card, and a fair bit of die cutting. I've had this glitter card FOREVER. It comes out every Christmas as you can never have enough bling at Christmas.

I really like this Tim Holtz die, and should definitely use it more often.

 Susan has a great range of Tim's dies here in the store.
So please join in with our challenge and show us lots of sparkle and shine.
Take care, and have a very happy 2022 x


Saturday, 25 December 2021

May Your Christmas Sparkle

Good morning and a very Merry Christmas! I hope that Santa has visited and that Rudolph has eaten his carrot!

 Today I'm over at the Lost Coast Portal To Creativity with my sparkly Christmas card for our Gnomes challenge.

I started by making my base. This is one piece of 12x12 card with the different coloured dots on either side.

And these are some of our fab new gnomes (though gnomes aren't just for Christmas!) I cut my Santa gnome twice as I wanted to layer him up.

Here he is, coming down the gnomey mushroom chimney
And all layered up and glittery.

Well would you believe it, the card fits perfectly into the envelope that I made last time lol.

For the card, I've used

and for the envelope

That's me signing off for 2021, so have a very merry Christmas, and a happy and healthy new year. I'll see you all again in 2022 - PLEASE let it be a good one!

Friday, 24 December 2021

Keep Calm, It's Nearly Christmas!

 Good morning and a very happy Christmas Eve. Today I'm over across at the Ink Art Designs Stamping Playground with my Luigi The Llama Christmas card. 

This kind of fold is very popular at the moment, and my lovely blogging buddies Angela (Felix the Crafty Cat) and Annie  ( Aussie Annie) have been sharing lots of fab examples.

I'd like to say this is my first attempt, but it's actually my third! I totally cut up two cards before I realised that it was a top folding card! There were pieces falling off all around me before my lightbulb moment lol.

The base card has been covered with Crafty Individuals papers, and Luigi has been stamped onto an alcohol ink glossy background, and his gifts layered up.

These are my fun stamps, and both of these ranges can be found here in Dot's store.
This is my last project for Ink Art Designs, and I would like to thank Dot and my amazing teamies - I've had the best time here, and I hope we'll be cyberspace buddies forever!
Take care,  have a wonderful day whatever you are doing, and thanks so much for looking x

Wednesday, 22 December 2021

Christmas Mail Art

 Good morning and a very happy Wednesday. Today I'm over at the Lost Coast Portal To Creativity with my second Gnomes project.

This time I've decided to make an envelope for one of my gnomey Christmas cards.

I started by stamping my corner images, then I did a bit of masking (unheard of for me) and stamped my Christmas lights. All of the images have been coloured with my Prisma pencils as envelopes aren't as sturdy as card.

These are my lovely stamps, I've used

I hope you like it, and that you join in with our fun challenge. Please remember the golden rule - real stamps only, no digis!

Take care, and have a very happy week x

Thursday, 9 December 2021

Merry Christmoose!

 Good morning and a very happy Thursday. Today I'm over at Country View Crafts with the second of my Christmas projects. 

In real life I'm actually in Spain with Neil and my Mum and Dad chasing some sunshine! Today will be spent looking into clinics so that we can come home next week. We had a frantic week before we came out arranging Covid tests, and then the guidelines changed again on our first day out here. Oh what fun!

You may remember that my first card was a snowy night scene, well today's are the daytime versions!

Once again I've used some of my newest, and some of my oldest Tim Holtz stamps and dies. I can't believe how old some of these are, and I love that they fit in so well with the new ones.

I'm not sure why the Merry Moose isn't in the photo as he lives permanently on my desk every Christmas. When you have a son called Chris you can guess who's on his card every year lol.

Susan has a wonderful range of all things Tim Holtz here in the store.
Have a very happy day whatever you are doing, and thanks so much for looking x