Tuesday, 19 January 2021

Drinking On A Schoolday!

 Good morning and a very happy Tuesday. Today I'm back over at Country View Crafts Towers with the second of my 'Squares' pieces. 

I knew that I wanted to use my Stamperia Mechanical Seaworld and Mechanical Fantasy stamps and that I wanted it to be blue, but apart from that, I didn't have a clue! So, it seemed like a good idea to make a background and take it from there. This one is just over 8x8 and is made with Distress Inks and Oxides.

I stamped the Sea World Piping stamp all over the page and embossed in silver.

Then I stamped again in black and cut out some squares with my Seth Apter dies.

I still didn't really know where I was going with this, so I chopped some more squares out, and stamped some text with my Dina Wakley stamps.

I stamped the man from the Capture The Moment plate and watercoloured him. I then cut out a black matt and edged it in Stamperia Ancient Wax in black/silver.

Then I added a couple of cogs, it was starting to come together now.

It just needed a quirky sentiment as it was going to be a birthday card. Thank you Mr Holtz, this sticker is perfect!

And here we are, all done (thankfully) I know that I quite often wing a project but this was the first in ages that I didn't have a clue what the next stage was going to be!

There's still loads of time for you to join in with our challenge, so please, show us your squares!

Have a very happy day whatever you are doing, and thanks so much for looking x

Friday, 15 January 2021

There's No Place Like Gnome

 Good morning and a very happy Friday. Did you get the snow yesterday? we got bucket loads! It was fun to walk in then but now it's very icy so it's an indoor day. The though of slipping on the ice and having to go to hospital fills me with dread - a sign of old age I guess (plus the fact that I can trip over my own shadow)

Today is the start of a fun new challenge over at the Lost Coast Portal To Creativity, and this time it's all about the Gnomes!

I started by watercoloring a background for my gnome village. This tag is huge so it's going to take some filling!

These are the stamps that I've chosen, 3 Gnomes and Stone House. both by Lost Coast Designs.

These were stamped and clear embossed onto scraps of Gelli plate backgrounds. You should never throw anything away, it may become a gnome house! Originally I stamped them onto watercolour card and coloured them in, then fussy cut them out, then decided I didn't like them! They are literally still stuck to my desk as I foam-padded them and everything before I admitted that I just didn't like 'em. I prefer the Gelli plate version much more.

And this is where my gnome lives, in the middle of his street! You'll be singing that all day now - you're welcome!

So please join in with our fun challenge, remember there's Lost Coast dollars up for grabs.

Thanks so much for looking, take care, and have a great weekend x

Thursday, 14 January 2021

Back In Time For Lost Coast Designs

 Good morning and a very happy Thursday. Today in a change from our scheduled programming (how did I do with my BBC voice there) we are going back in time at Lost Coast Designs. Instead of a new piece for our Something Beginning With B challenge, I'm sharing a couple of favourites from 2017.

We have a black bird on a blue book cover!

Followed by black birds on a bright bokeh background. That's it for me, I'm out of B's!

If you'd like to see more details please join me over at the Portal To Creativity.

The stamps I've used can all be found here

Birds Lost Coast

Sentiments Carmen's Veranda


It's absolutely bucketing down with snow here, it looks beautiful but I'm glad that I'm not going out in it!

Have a wonderful day whatever you are doing, and thanks so much for looking x

Friday, 8 January 2021

Back To Black

 Good morning and a very happy Friday. I'm really pleased to say that I've re-joined the Lost Coast Designs, design team. I knew that if I nagged and pleaded with them for long enough they would have me back ;-) It's a lovely DT and such a wonderful range of stamps, there's something for everyone, and it's real red rubber! Our first challenge of the year is Something Beginning With B, so here's my piece.

I started by making my background. I did my first one in full colour, but then decided that I would quite like it just in black, and there's the first B.

These are the stamps that I've used. You can tell that they've been very well-loved can't you! There's a (B)ackground. a (B)order,  and the (B)ack of the couple.

The quote is by Oliver Hardy, and I thought it went nicely with the image.
For lots more inspiration please pop across to the Portal of Creativity. You still have another week to enter our fun challenge, just remember to focus on something beginning with B.
All of the stamps used can be found here at Lost Coast Designs.
I've used Spray Webbing
Diamonds Border

Have a great weekend and thanks so much for looking x

Tuesday, 5 January 2021

Facebook Live With Clare Charvill

 Good afternoon and a very happy Tuesday.  Ever since the first lockdown last March I have been doing Facebook live classes with Clare (My Creative Spirit) every couple of weeks or so. The latest one was between Christmas and New Year and we made an album that was built into its own box. 

All the papers and ephemera are from the G45 Kaleidoscope collection. I really love the bright colours, the only downside is the US spelling on some of the pages but I just have to man up and ignore it lol.

All the pages are pockets so there is lots of room for photographs.

I really enjoyed making this one, and I think I'm getting better at putting the papers together, though it was easy with this collection as everything seemed to go together so well.

Take care, and thanks very much for looking x

Monday, 4 January 2021

I'm Just Big Boned!

 Good morning and a very happy Monday. If you're back at work today have a great day, and if like me you're retired - it's the best thing in the world isn't it! Today I'm over at the Ink Art Designs Stamping Playground with a birthday card that I made for my sister.

 In 2019 she took her camper van and dog, and Neil took our caravan and me up to the Lake District. I have to say it nearly killed me! We walked uphill all day for 7 days.  Cooper was a very enthusiastic 18-month-old Labradoodle with energy to spare, but even he was blowing his paws at the end of each day. It was a standing joke that when I got to 17,000 steps I could have a butter mint to boost my energy. Some days I had 2 mints (34,000) steps. We all enjoyed it (???) so much that we booked again for 2020, but we all know what happened there. Still, fingers crossed we'll get there this year.

I started by trying to create a scenic background. Some people are so good at this - I'm not one of them, I'm really bad at scenes. I try to have a light touch but I'm just ham-fisted. I like the stones though, it's one of the new Lavinia stencils. Still, the worst parts will be covered up by my images (whether they should go there or not!)

One part that I do like though is the clouds. No, I haven't found my form at last, it's a stamp! It's the Katzelkraft cloud stamp which I've had my eye on for ages. I did wonder how you would stamp a white cloud in the sky, but you actually stamp it in blue and it becomes the sky, and what's left is the clouds.

Next, I stamped and cut out my elements. The campervan is by Art By Marlene, and Cooper (Bonzy) is by Katzelkraft. The caravan and sigh post are ABM die cuts and I thought they went with the stamps perfectly. 

Poor old Cooper had to go on a diet when he got home, it was Fat Dog Slim for a month when he got home, though as Marlene says, "I am not chubby, I am just big boned".

I hope you like my card, and that you join in with our challenge this month. It's really easy, just feature a stamp from any of the ranges that Dot stocks in the store.

Take care, and thanks so much for looking x

Friday, 1 January 2021

You're Having A Giraffe!

 Good morning and a very Happy New Year! Hands up those who are delighted to see the back of 2020 -  yes me too! So it's a new month, a new year, and a new challenge over at Country View Crafts, and to kick us off, Corrie has chosen the challenge, which is to use one or more squares on our projects. I've made a birthday card as I need my first one for the year in a couple of days!

I had an idea in my head that I wanted to make a tropical kind of background, so I pulled out my square inkpads in yellow, orange, and browns and splodged away! I've had the VersaColour ones since time began, so I thought they might have dried out. Of course, it was the strongest, darkest, juiciest one in existence, and just to make sure I wasn't imagining things, I splodged it again doh! Never mind I'm sure something will cover it up.

Next, I used all the background stamps from the Pink Ink Giraffe stamp set along with my Distress Oxides to add a bit more colour. At this point I'm thinking "what a mess, and I wish I had a Plan B"

So, I trimmed it all down and added a die-cut frame.  I stamped and watercoloured my giraffe, and popped her out of the frame with foam pads. I added a few die cut leaves, and used my favourite Tim Holtz dies for the sentiment. I'd triple embossed this to make it nice and shiny, but some embossing powder had got underneath too so it really didn't want to stick down. I mean, really, really, didn't want to grrrrrr!

Anyway, once I'd cleared away the 10 different types of glue that I'd used - did I mention that it didn't want to stick?? I added an acetate jacket, just because I like acetate and it's not like I hadn't already spent 2 days on a card that didn't want to stick!!!

Told you I'd cover the brown blob up somehow, here's a well-placed giraffe!
I really like how this turned out in the end, and I hope the recipient does too. She'd better, or it's the Card Factory for her next year!
Please join in with our challenge, you don't have to make it as hard for yourself as I did, just show us your squares.
Take care, and have a very happy new year! 

Monday, 28 December 2020

Who Want's A Hairless Cat!

 Good morning and a very happy Monday! I hope you've all had a lovely Christmas and haven't eaten and drunk toooo too much. I must admit that for me the best parts of retirement are sunny Summer days at home and a lovely long Christmas. I know this year has been a strange one to say the least, and I certainly won't be sorry to see the end of it, but I'm sure 2021 will be much better.

Today I'm over at the Ink Art Designs Stamping Playground with my Katzelkraft/Carmen's Veranda card.

I started by making my background with some distress inks and my new Lavinia stencil. Then I stamped the Katzelkraft stamps in the same colours.

Then it was just a case of stamping out my main images. Don't you just love Enervy!

This Carmen's Veranda sentiment just cracks me up! I know Enervy is a dog but he kind of looks like a hairless cat! As always, everything can be found here in Dot's store.

And that is it from me for 2020. I would just like to wish everyone a very happy and healthy new year! Take care, and thanks so much for looking x