Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Candy sticky

This is a sticky post, you can click here if you would like to add your name to the candy.

Saturday, 25 April 2015

Bring on the bling

We have a new challenge at Allsorts today and this week Helene would like to see lots of glitter and sparkle with the theme 'Bring your Bling'. Our sponsors are PPR Papercrafts and Whimsy.

Thanks you for all your kind comments on my last post they are much appreciated and I am now on the mend I think.

Today's card is another of my recent Tattered Lace makes for Create and Craft and one I really enjoyed making, it's no secret that I love Spring and Flowers so this one ticks both of those boxes.

I started by embossing and distressing a piece of white core DP from Trimcraft using TL All Over Flourish 8"x8" folder, such a useful size I find. I then mounted this onto a piece of green glitter card which I decorated top and bottom with the matching TL Delicate Flower border dies.

Next I cut lots of leaves using TL Leaf Branches, some in a green bazzil and some in the same green glitter card. The little blossoms are all made with a small punch, inked with DI Victorian Velvet and little pearl stamens and glitter added to the centers. The central sentiment is again from TL and cut in more of the green glitter card and then offset very slightly over another cut in black.

Happy weekend all.

Monday, 20 April 2015

Spring Blooms and London Buses

Hello Peeps, I thought I had better share a few of my Tattered Lace makes for the current Pick of the Week on Create and Craft, I should really have blogged them sooner but as I mentioned Saturday it seems to be taking me forever to get over this one. I have another check up this afternoon and I am rather suspecting there will be more antibiotics as the persistent pain suggests there is an infection in the wound. The added benefits of being immune compromised !

The Pick of the Week seems to be selling as fast as ever with all things TL, but I am not surprised as these floral dies are gorgeous and coupled with the option of printing them from a CD and then cutting is an added bonus. You might have already been some of these on the TL blog, so if I am repeating apologies in advance.

The one at the top is probably my favourite of this bunch, no secret I love my inky backgrunds and this one with Dylusions and grunge paste was perfect to showcase the Spring Blooms.

It's funny how peoples tastes vary as I was not keen on this one and nearly didn't send it off for the shows, but Steph was rather taken with it, so just shows. The flowers are the same Spring Blooms as the top card, along with TL Happy Birthday and Large Ivy.

This one uses the Charisma Primrose, it's a clever die as it cuts all the decoupage layers in one go whether you are using cardstock.......mine was sprayed with Dylusions......o.r printing from the DT rom and then cutting, the die is an exact match. The leaves are TL Leaf Branches and the sentiment is also TL.

The bus and truck dies were also released over the weekend as part of the Crossover machine launch on C&C, this is one of those made trying hard to keep away from red buses, as I mentioned on the TL blog, when it comes to buses London ones always come to mind.

And here are some of those London buses and I can confirm that the route number is totally authentic, no 11 does indeed go to Victoria !!

Have a good week all.

Saturday, 18 April 2015

Quick and simple does it

It's Saturday morning again which means a new challenge at Allsorts and Jo has chosen the theme of 'Quick and simple does it'. Our sponsors are A day for Daisies and Marianne Designs.

Many thanks for your good wishes this week, they are much appreciated, I am getting there, it just seems slow going, guess I must blame my dysfunctional body that everything takes twice as long as normal.

I know some of you will question this being a quick and easy card, but believe me it really is so quick and simple to create some inky cards, this one took no longer than fifteen minutes. I started with a piece of Fabriano watercolour card, spinkled the brushos onto it and then lightly spritzed with water as I didn't want the colour to spread to far. Next I stamped on the Poppies using a Rubbernecker stamp inking the stamp with distress markers and spritzing with water before stamping and stamped the Penny Black flowers and birds using black archival. Tied a red ribbon, matted and layered and finished.

This is a last minute addition, I had totally forgotten our Penny Black mid month post until Tracy reminded me.......thank you Tracy and for offering to sort the post for me, really appreciate it. I can't believe how phased I am still feeling and really do need to get my act together over the weekend as another parcel arrived from Tattered Lace yesterday and all I can say is make a note of 30th April !!

The Penny Black stamp 40-102 Dreamy has been repeat stamped onto a Dylusion background and the sentiment is from Penny Black 30-229 Special Wishes.

Hope you all have a good weekend and fingers crossed the weather warms up again as today (Friday) it's a tad cold after a few lovely days.

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Beauty is.....Spring blooms and a large round bale of hay

Close up of one of the Camellia flowers, they don't tend to do well in our soil so we have a couple of ericaceous beds and after a few years are seeing the lovely evergreen bushes and blooms develop.

Good morning Peeps, no card today, just a few photos from the gardens which I have have the chance to enjoy this morning whilst I recuperate from my op on Monday. The beauty of two acres is that you can have several of the same shrubs but they don't necessarily all come into bloom together. It's early days but I think late frosts avoided it's going to be an abundant year for shrubs like Ceanothus, Lilacs and Escallonias as they are literally bursting with buds, but with this lovely weather there are some already well into bloom.

Viburnum Tinus 'Eve Price', the blossoms have a beautiful scent and this one is perfectly placed alongside one of the raised decked seating areas.

Clematis Armandii also has a wonderful aroma and climbs freely, this one has taken itself the full length of a pergola with the Albertine Rose and is now entwined into an apple tree..............note the blue sky in the background today, what a treat.

Part of the Japonica family Sophora Micropylla 'Hilsop' has masses of bell like yellow flowers which hang in clusters like this one.

Another of the above shrubs, planted more recently so the blooms are not as prolific yet but in time will be as lovely.

One of the Forsythia bushes which flower flower freely, this one is not a particularly good specimen this year although those it in the top paddock hedgerow are far more prolific.

A bee making the most of the pollen of the Mahonia 'Aquifolium'

Kerria Pleniflora, another shrub of which we have several, they are very slow growing shrubs but as they mature give a lovely show of yellow pom pom blooms.

Violets with a special meaning, I dug a few roots up in a hedgerow when I was about eight and planted them in my Dad's garden, when we moved to our current house about thirty two years ago I transplanted some and over the years they have multiplied and there are patches in several of the shrub beds growing happily in the undergrowth.

Spiraea ‘Snowmound'.....I think..... we have several Spireas which looks very similar and I seem to have lost track which are which.

Skimma Japonica'Rubell', another that lives happily in one of the ericaceous beds.

And finally a photos of the boys who are always happy campers with their jumbo hay bale although this one which only went into them on Sunday already looks pretty deflated. They are enjoying being outside, especially Heskey (foreground) who hates long winter spells in his stable.

Thanks for taking a peek and hope you all have some of this glorious sunshine. I will be back to my blogging rounds in a day or two when I feel a little better.

Monday, 13 April 2015

Some candy

Good morning Peeps, I won't be about for a day or two as I will be in the hands of the NHS and not likely to feel up to much after the procedure, so I thought I would share some candy that I have put together following a bit of a clear out of things I never quite got round to using. I will split it two ways and ramdomly select the winners on 7th May.

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Good luck one and all.

Saturday, 11 April 2015

Lets' play Bingo

It's Saturday morning again which means a new challenge at Allsorts and Tracy is inviting us to play Bingo. Our sponsor this week is Baker Ross.

I have gone with the flowers, ribbons and die cuts line. It is one of my recent makes for Tattered Lace's Create and Craft programmes using the new Shutter dies set, it's a really wonderful set and amazing how you can create a perfectly accurate kinetic card in minutes as all the guess work has been done for you.

I used a cream linen card for the card base and Graphic 45 DP's, using one of the sections with the birds as the focal element. The daisies are all cut from the Tattered Lace Blossoms set, they cut so easily allowing you to double up your paper and cut two or three at a time, making easy work of cutting several. When I have half an hour spare............and believe me that doesn't happen often these days........I cut out a batch of flowers in cream and white so they are all ready to colour with Pan Pastels or distress inks.

The four corner elements have been cut from the reverse side of one of the DP's and a little pearl added to the centers and bows tied on two more of the section.

For those of you who have not found it yet, we have a Tattered Lace blog where you can find daily inspiration and product news as well as giveaways now and then.

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