This is the wonderful view across the Fen from our house, it never fails to inspire me

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Candy recycling

This is a sticky, new posts right below this one.

I have been taking stock of my craft room and it came as no surprise that I have a great deal of stash that has only been used in demos and as I don't do so many nowadays and when I do the same products are rarely used, decided I really should move some on to new homes. Some of the stamps are still new and unused, other have had just a few inkings, likewise the trolley bag as I have two so I am going to use one to transport the goodies to their new home. But if you don't mind the fact that they are not brand new then please do join in.

La Blanche stamps, which may or may not have had an inking can go to five new homes

And a rather large wallet of decoupage sheets, there must be in excess of 50 new sheets many die cut. I know they are not for everyone so please mention in a comment if you are not interested in winning these.

To be in with a chance here is what you need to do................
  1. Add the photo at the top of this post to your sidebar with a link back here
  2. Add your name to Linky below
  3. And be a follower - any candy only blogs will not be included in the draws.
I will do the draws on 30th July before I go on my holiday.

Monday, 21 July 2014

An evening stroll

As it's Monday it's time for my Prickly Pear DT share. I am not sharing a Nicecrane piece this week as the web site is down for maintenance but you will be able to check it out and see more new designs very shortly.

It's a first inking for Stella the rather elegant looking lady who has been paper pieced. The frame is the aperture left after cutting the Timmy wardrobe frame, I always keep the waste as it works perfectly for creating a little scene in this case using Pan Pastels, ripped paper to make the hills and clouds and some Prickly Pear flower and leaf stamps, all listed above with direct links.

Hope you all have a lovely week.

Saturday, 19 July 2014

White on White

Good Morning Peeps, it's a rainy one here in the Fens but hopeful it may brighten up later.

Time for another challenge at Allsorts where Wendy has chosen the theme of White on White, our sponsors are  Marianne Designs and Scrappers Delight.

It was a bit of a scary theme for me, not sure what it is about all white cards that scares me but I decided I would really challenge myself and make two. For the top one I stamped a Penny Black Poinsettia several times onto vellum and heat embossed with detail white powder before cutting out and decoupaging. Some die cute holly, cord layered across the inside of the aperture and some ribbon.

This is a little overdue, a card which I should have blogged yesterday for my mid month Penny Black and More piece and more inky fun. A background created by 'stamping' with an acrylic block.........this one has guidelines in it and gives a nice almost linen effect.............inked with distress inks and a spritz of water and then over stamped with the lovely First Dance lily which was also inked with distress markers and a liberal spritz of water before stamping. Then simply matted and layered, a punched border and ribbon.

On this card the Penny Black butterflies were also stamped onto acetate and heat embossed with detail white and arranged onto an embossed panel and lots of swirly pearls added.

Hope your weekend is a good one whatever you have planned.

Monday, 14 July 2014

A day at the beach

Happy Monday morning to you all, time to share my Prickly Pear and Nicecrane DT creations.

As most know I am not one for cute images and cards, comes of not being a natural when it comes to colouring in I think, but this sweet little girl does rather appeal and teamed up nicely with some shells I bought back from Majorca, Graphic 45 DP, sky and sun using Pan Pastels and bunting cut on the Cricut.

Another criss cross card........I feel there is probably a proper name for this style but not sure what it actually is, so criss cross for now.

The image is from the Brisley Playing Children design sheet, this little girls reminds me of a photo of me as a child complete with plaited hair.

As with so many Nicecrane designs this one matches perfectly with Graphic 45 DP, this one is from the Botanical Tea collection.

Have a good Monday everyone.

Saturday, 12 July 2014

Splish, Splash Splosh and a butterfly

My friend Tracy has chosen the them of Splish, Splash Splosh at Allsorts this week and our sponsors are Crafty Ribbons.

I made this one a few weeks ago using the Sizzix Accordian die and these fun bathing images from Nicecrane Greetings from the Seaside design sheet.. I stamped the base bard elements with an Inkilicious backround stamp and inked to give an effect of water and added some nautical elements with pieces cut on the Cricut.

My second card is one I made for the current Butterfly Challenge whose theme is One Layer cards, I was lucky enough to be selected as one of the Top 3 with my pink card last month.....thank you so much Mrs A. That card had a rather large butterfly so I am hoping the one on this card is not too insignificant. The image is Indigo Blue, Fabriano watercolour cardstock and a backgrond created by inking a small acrylic block with distress inks, spritzing and using that as the 'stamp' to create a random pattern. I bleached out the lady's face, some of the flowers and the butterfly, coloured with Wink of Stella pens and added some glossy accent to the butterfly and little birdie.

Whatever you are up to I hope you all have a lovely weekend.

Monday, 7 July 2014

Dogs and dances

Golden Retriever GG0059 and Flourish die PPRS D045

It's time for a new challenge at FlonzCraft Vintage Stamping Challenges where Viv has chosen the them eof Face the Music and Dance and as always there is a chance to win $20 stamps of your choice from FlonzCraft. And as it's Monday I also have my Prickly Pear and Nicecrane DT shares.

The top one for Prickly Pear uses the lovely Golden Retriever which I have lightly coloured with watercolour we all know I don't do colouring in too well so kept it simple........some DP from stash and a flourish using a new die from PPRS.

For my first FlonzCraft card I used some of the brand new Design Papers together with the Tango Dance couple paper piecing the ladies dress with the reverse of the floral DP, some punched flowers and Prickly Pear flourish, the same one as in the above card.

And this is my take on a Victorian Dance Card, I am not totally convinced the couple above fit into the same era but there is a waltz in there so with a bit of artistic licence I am linking the two.

I created an aperture in a panel which I also embossed and then rubbed with gilding wax and placed a FlonzCraft image into the aperture. I printed the dance list on the computer and stamped around the edges with a FlonzCraft Baroque corner and finished with some liquid pearls, tassel and beads.

I hope you all have a good week.

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