Monday, 1 September 2014

Two great prizes in our blog hop

Good morning Peeps, today sees the launch of the new stamps and dies at Prickly Pear Rubber Stamps and to celebrate we are having a Blog Hop which will run for three days starting today. I also have my share for our new challenge at FlonzCraft Vintage Stamping Challenges where our September theme is a nice and easy one 'Anything Goes', as always there is a great prize from FlonzCraft.

My FlonzCraft card uses another of my favorites called 50's Fashion Girl which I have paper pieced with Graphic 45 DP's, this one is such a pretty Oriental once with the blossoms one side and the script the other. I also made a rose from the same DP using Tonic's punch and stamp rose set.

On to the Blog Hop and when you arrive here you should have come from Maureen's blog and go next to Michelle's blog and you can find the work from the whole team here. There are two great prizes which will go to two randomly selected winners who have left comments on the DT's and PPRS blogs, check out the prizes below. The winners will be announced on the PPRS blog here on 8th September.

Myself and the DT have been busily working.......or is that playing........with the new releases and my card at the top of my post uses the sweet little Reindeer's, background using Pan Pastels and some frosty snow glitter. Here are the products I used: GG0199 Reindeer Kisses large, DD0217 Reindeer Kisses small, EE017 Dashing through the SnowPPRS-D045 Flourish die and PPRS-D031 Poinsettia die

I will be back again on Wednesday with my next share in the Blog Hop.

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Early Christmas makes at Allsorts

Mervi is looking for some Early Christmas Makes at Allsorts this week where our sponsor is FlonzCraft and a huge apology to Leo as I didn't get quite as far as making another with one of his stamps, but you can still click on the link and check out his lovely Vintage inspired stamps which are excellent value for money.

I have been working on some DT cards using some of the newly released Stamp Addict stamps so this is a perfect opportunity to share some of them with you. All the stamps can be found n in the whats new section here.

The card above is not dissimilar to one I blogged a few weeks ago, fairly clean and simple but this time using the new White Christmas quote and a Stamp Addicts Poinsettia stamp from a couple of years ago but still available, I stamped and coloured the image a couple of times to decoupage and did some fancy stitching round the edge.

I have used the Festive Bouquet for my second card, stamping it six times to create a wreath affect, I used olive distress ink and embossed with detail clear. The sentiment is another from a set by Stamp Addicts matted onto some nestie circles and some red pearls.

Have a lovely weekend Peeps.

Monday, 25 August 2014

Party time

Part of the garden prepared for the party, we had literally yards if fabric bunting made by Zoe and draped it from the house to the gazebos and back again and just about every where really. Hubby asked when the Vicar was arriving as he said it looked like the annual Church Fete - fair point although I don't recall any alcohol there.

Hello Peeps, hope everyone had a good bank holiday weekend despite the abysmal weather here is the UK, quite a culture shock after our hols.

I know I promised a little health update before our holiday but time sort of got the better of me and as my Mojo still appears to be in the Med have nothing crafty to share so thought I would take the opportunity to let yo know how things went. Also I am sharing some photos of Azaria's 18th Birthday party which was the week before we went away, her Birthday is actually the end of this week, but as so many of the family were going to be on holiday this week we went for an earlier date to accommodate everyone and going out for a meal on the actual day.

So health matters and an explanation why my blog activities have been spasmodic in recent months. The positive is that I am so pleased to say the latest scans do not show any cancer in my neck now. But I am not totally in the clear as my PTH and Calcium levels are still very high which means something is still amiss and I am being referred to Addenbrooks for different scans on my chest as two of the Parathyroid glands have relocated there........I know that sounds crazy but apparently possible

And the calcium imbalance has created a couple of other problems, a stomach ulcer but thankfully that now seems under control and it's had a detrimental effect on my teeth leading to several roots needing to be removed as they were no longer strong enough to hold the crowns. Apart from that all is reasonably stable and I am hoping my Mojo reappears and I can get stuck into crafting again.

As you can see Labs get everywhere

Daisy ready for the Barbie, we laid the food out in the secret garden as it's nicely shaded

Some of the desserts but had to leave some indoors as it was the hottest day this Summer. But absolutely perfect for the party and we were able to sit out until well past midnight.........well those still in a fit state to do so that is

The bouncy adult one as there were no children present, in fact Birthday girl was the youngest. As you can see it proved very popular. And did I.................yes of course I did, but it went with a strict warning that none of the photos reached any social media sites......mind you I don't do any of them so who knows ?

Two of my 'little' boys having a somersault competition.......the one at the back threatened to sleep on it overnight and much to our surprise he actually did, fallout from Uni days I guess.

The bouncing went on all afternoon and into the night

The calm after the storm, no it didn't rain it's just water - my boys have always been partial to a water fight and couldn't resist, they held out until the evening but the water soakers made their usual appearance and the boys antics didn't disappoint - dare I say even hubby joined in !

It's two more of those Labs again

Thanks for taking a peek and hope you enjoy seeing what us Fen Folk get up to on a warm Summers day......the benefit of living in the middle of nowhere is that you can make all the noise you want !!

Saturday, 23 August 2014

Warm Sunshine Colours

Fresh back from my hols and time for another new challenge at Allsorts and his week it's my turn to be your host and I have the theme of "Warm Sunshine Colours', you know oranges, reds, yellow all those colours that remind us of hot summer days despite there not being too many of those in the UK since we came home. Our sponsors this weeks are QKR Stampede and Marianne Designs.

I used several colours of Dylusions to create the background and am quite happy how the colours intensified to give the sunshine appearance, you never can be sure as no two background are the same even using the same colours. I sponged sunrays using a stencil, think this is a Timmy one, some harlequins and then grunge paste. The flowers are all cut from a piece of card using the same colour Dylusions using a Prickly Pear die, some core and ivy and a piece of corrugated.

Happy weekend all and hope you will join in our challenge this week.

Monday, 18 August 2014

Purple Poppies

The last of my scheduled holiday posts, this time with my Prickly Pear Monday share and also my Penny Black and More mid month inspirational piece.

It's another Dylusions background for my PB creation - crushed grape, cut grass and fresh lime with usual spritz of glimmer mist pearl. The edges are stamped with PB swirls and bleached out here and there, random inking and grunge paste though stencils and poppies cut with PB field of dreams from card coloured with the same Dylusions.

And my PPRS share is a bit more inkyness using the lovely HH0044 Floral Silhouette stamp which was a Crafts Beautiful commission. The background is another of those using distress inks and an acrylic block - the sort with guidelines which give an interesting affect when used to stamp.

Have a lovely week everyone and will be round to you all very soon now

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Sing and dance and new PPRS stamps

Still on the scheduled posts for this weeks Allsorts challenge where Helene has set us the theme of using our 'Masks and Stencils' and we have a fab new sponsor Ace Envelopes who are offering a £25 Amazon Voucher to one luck winner - how cool is that !

And over at Prickly Pear there is a three day blog hop going on here to celebrate the release of the new stamps and dies. I am not taking part this time round due to being on holiday but I do have a card to share with you today using one of the new stamps myself and the DT have been playing with the last few weeks. And I will be sharing more of the new stamps in the coming weeks.

So for my Allsorts piece it's  more lovely inky indulgence with a a background created with Dylusions and distress inks then grunge paste through a Timmy mask and an arch window stencil through which I sponged distress inks, some random stamping with a Penny Black stamp, two sections of a Penny Black sentiment and Penny Black Bashful die daisies cute from a piece of card sprayed with the same colour dylusions.

And for my Prickly Pear piece Pan Pastels, some masking and the stamps as listed above

Have a lovely weekend everyone.

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