'What you do speaks so loudly, I can't hear what you say.'
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Allsorts are celebrating their 10th birthday, just as we are at Try it on Tuesday, so I just had to take part, especially because I wasn't able to take part in last week's challenge.

I'm having to keep things quite simple at the moment, so I decided I'd use my big cake with lots of candles stamp (which I love) for this one... I enjoyed the colouring with my beloved Prismas 😊  It looked great until I decided to add the words 'Bring on the cake'... I cut the stamp up to make it easier, then stamped it on each side of the image - and managed to get a black smudge from I've no idea where! So I had to restamp, cut it out and attach it over the smudged bit. It's not too bad but I liked it more before. The ground is stencilled with Hickory Smoke Distress ink.
Happy Birthday, Allsorts!

The challenge at Addicted to Stamps is Flowers, so I'd like to link this one. 
I stamped various circle stamps in different colours of Distress Oxides, then drew stems, a rough circle around one of the stamps, added some dots and doodled a few leaves and squiggles, then added the insects, the dotty border and the Happy Birthday.

Addicted to Stamps and More have a Make Your Mark challenge, so I'm linking to that because of the doodled and hand drawn bits.
Dare 2B Artsy also have a Flower challenge.

Penny Black and More have a Feminine challenge, with an Anything Goes Option, so I thought I'd use a 'different' kind of feminine image... which also has a stencilled background that made me think of lilypads on a pond, which I why I used it. I'll link it to Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, which is to use Stencils. I was inspired to buy this stamp after seeing Yvonne's lovely journaling with it 😉 - that's my excuse, anyway. Adding the bulrushes really does make the image look smaller. The words on the image became a little blurred with my (bad) painting and even worse over writing, so I added the words below. 

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Tuesday, 14 May 2019

Just nipping in to post a card for Moo Mania and More, whose current theme - Just One Word - ends tomorrow!

This card is made with a die cut over watercolour paper, then Oxide stencilling over a masked bee. I quite enjoyed making this simple card... the honeycomb theme is carried over to the inside, too, as inspired by Lols, who often decorates the inside of her cards to match. 

I'm also linking to Paperminutes, whose theme is Birds and Bees.

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There's a new challenge from today over at 
Try it on Tuesday

Let's Party! 
Celebrate our 10th Birthday

We'd love you to join us!
Feel free to interpret the theme in your own, unique way, using any medium you prefer - just have fun.

I decided to use those entertaining sheep, who love to party in the fields when no one is watching...

My background is smooshed Distress Inks, and the sheep are stamped in place, then stamped on white card, coloured with Prisma pencils, cut out  and edged in black ink before attaching to the card.
Stamped and cut out flags were attached to Baker's Twine to complete the party decoration. I love the little guy playing the guitar 😊 but I should've given him a bit of 'ground' so he didn't look as if he's in mid air - or maybe he's jumping up in glee?
We'd love you to join us.
Don't forget to check out the fabulous artful inspiration from the rest of the team at Try it on Tuesday.
Look forward to seeing you there!

Thanks for popping in today

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Friday, 10 May 2019

Good Morning!
Just nipping into the Allsorts Challenge, Pretty in Pink, before it closes, later today. I'm not getting as much crafting time as usual at the moment and when I do get some, I'm really  S-L-O-W!!!

So, yesterday, I sat down with the intention of creating a pretty pink floral card so that I could also enter other challenges, but it isn't quite what I intended because I was drawn to play with these Lavinia flowers, which aren't exactly 'Country Garden'-ish - though it has its own charm - I think. I was aiming for a CAS card - but as you can see, less definitely became more...

I smooshed Victorian Velvet, Spun Sugar and Worn Lipstick Oxides onto my card, adding water droplets, then stamped the gorgeous Lavinia flowers, which I love. They just looked a little lonely on the pink card...so I added a few more of the smaller stamps, then after clear embossing, I stamped a Hero Arts Birthday text stamp repeatedly over the background, using Worn Lipstick. I coloured the flowers with Prisma pencils, adding some Pink Posca and white gel pen to the smaller ones. I really should have photographed it because the scanner hasn't captured all the nuances of the various shades of pink, which is a shame. They're actually quite pretty in real life  😉

I'll also link it to Penny Black and More, where the challenge is Feminine and/or ATG.

This next one is quite simple but is suitable for Stamping Sensation's English Country Garden theme, even though I've used die cuts. I cut them from watercolour paper, then added various layers of watercolour paint to them to get a bit of depth and variation in colour.

I'd also like to link to the following:-

Die Cut Divas, Flowers


Thank you so much for visiting today.

I'll be back soon
(not tomorrow - I'll be at Port Sunny, all being well!)


Thursday, 9 May 2019

Mornin' all!

Thought I'd share a couple of birdie cards this morning. I love these whimsical birds from Paperartsy  - so much fun. The first card I made is on a cloudy background, made with torn paper and Distress Oxide inks. I used some of the clouds from the stamp set, and somehow managed to stamp a few upside down, but I just went with it, adding a little lightly stamped rain. The birds are coloured with Prisma Pencils, though I confess that I had coloured the faces and the wings - even glittering the wings - then decided I didn't like them, so stamped again and cut out the heads 😉 to stick over them. The words are another old (mounted) House Mouse stamp.

On this card, the birds are stamped onto a smooshed Oxide background, followed by a little stencilling and a Chocolate Baroque border stamped over a stamped and coloured grassy bit at the bottom. After colouring with Prismas, I decided to colour over the faces and wings with Posca pens, for a bit of pink - for a change. The problem with Prismas is they tend to obscure the stamped edges, so I outlined them again in black Posca, which is probably a little too heavy...but it gives them a little bit more whimsy, so I decided to go with it. The butterflies are cut from some Washi tape. I had intended to make a page for one of my journals, to fit in with Erika's Art Journal Journey challenge, but instead, it became another card...  they're fun to play with, though, so I'm sure I'll be using them again soon.

I'm linking to the following challenges:-

Creatalicous, ATG, optional Flowers

Thank you so much for stopping by, today...

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Friday, 3 May 2019

Good morning Peeps!

The theme at Allsorts Challenge this week is Mother's Day or Feminine, so, since we've already had Mother's Day in the UK, I made a feminine card, using some of my latest favourite images.

The background is smooshed Oxides in shades of purple (Dusty Concord, Seedless Preserves, Mulled Lavender) with a touch of Squeezed Lemonade and some Fossilised Amber for the sun behind the tree and Salty Ocean for the sky. The tree is a Lavinia stamp and the girls and words are from Jane Davenport, coloured with Prisma Pencls. I tried scanning this, but the colours were so far out, I took a photo instead and it's much truer to life. It's not the perfect tree for this idea, but it's a tree I love, so I used it anyway 😉  I toyed with adding some stencilling in the background, but decided against it, though I may try it next time I use the images.

Ellibelle's Crafty Wednesday Challenge is also Feminine, or Add a sentiment, so I'll link to that and to
Creative Knockouts, whose theme is Friendship

Timeout have chosen 'Playful' for their theme, and I think this fits that theme perfectly. I'll also link to 
Make My Monday's Wings theme.

I love this oddball fairy but I also love the House Mouse words, which I've had for a LONG time!
I went back to my beloved Adirondack inkpads for this colour combination, lightly sponging Raspberry and Clover on the background, then colouring the fairy with Prisma Pencils. The leaves and 'buttercups' are Lavinia Stamps.

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Tuesday, 30 April 2019

Good morning, all you lovely people😊
Today, we have a new challenge from Try it on Tuesday!

The challenge for the next two weeks will be

Things with Wings

We'd like to see all your birds, butterflies, other insects, fairies, angels, 
any strange creatures with wings...
As usual, you may interpret this in any way you like, using any medium,
in your own, unique, way
Don't forget to check out the super inspirational artwork the TIOT team have created

This card began as a gelli print, which I played around with for a little while, adding bits of text and dripping lots of Neocolors onto it here and there, until I got the colours I was looking for. I then stamped the main images over it in Versafine Onyx Black, embossing with clear powder.
The butterflies were stamped again on plain paper, fussy cut, coloured with Prisma pencils and Posca pens, then attached to the card. A bit of white gel pen highlighting and the word 'Fly' were added to complete it. Mounting it onto white card highlighted the bits of white ink.

Here's a closeup of some of the detail on one of the flutterbies…

I can't wait to see what you make and am looking forward to visiting your blogs 😉
Have fun creating!

I'm linking this to the current Make My Monday challenge, Wings

Mix it up Challenge, Anything (optional Mixed Media) Goes
and to 

SSS Wednesdays, Anything Goes

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Monday, 29 April 2019

Good Morning, everyone! Hope you're all feeling bright and breezy at the beginning of a new week!

Just hopping in to catch the SSS Monday Going Round in Circles challenge, which ends at 1pm (GMT) today.

I made a quick card using circles as lollipop flowers, embossing with white powder, then adding colour with Prisma pencils and Promarkers. This wasn't my intention - I had intended smooshing or spraying lots of colour over these, but it just sort of happened. I'll still try it that way but here's what emerged from yesterday's playtime.

I also made a very quick card for the Alphabet Challenge's CAS theme...
I've been playing with Neocolors a lot, lately, and that's how I made this. I coloured the flower stamps with Neocolours, spritzed with water, then stamped onto watercolour card, managing to catch a little of the colour with clear embossing powder, to add a little more definition. It's very delicate, so hard to get a good image but I love the way it turned out.

Thank you so much for calling in today

I'll be back tomorrow, with a new challenge for Try it on Tuesday


Friday, 26 April 2019

Good morning, peeps 😊 I hope you are well? 
I've been doing a lot of 'messing' in my craft room lately, with no finished items to show for it - maybe because I'm 'dabbling' in things I don't usually do, so it doesn't really seem to be coming together well. Or maybe I'm just in an ultra self critical mood at the moment - more likely, I think. I have a few things waiting to complete, though.

Anyway, I knew there was a 'Going Round in Circles' challenge at SSS Mondays, so I was playing with circles - which I love...this background is sponged with Cracked Pistachio, then stencilled with Pine Needles Oxides, over which are stamped coffee rings, with a bit of dotty stencilling in Gathered Twigs. I stamped the words and added the fussy cut and coloured image. I definitely need a good caffeine shot to get me going in a morning...I drink decaff for the rest of the day, but I savour those first few cups - every last drop -  of caffeine and am very grateful for  my Nespresso! I'm not sure the colours I used work as well as I'd hoped when put together. I'm lacking some of my favourite card colours because I use those colours so often. I really need to hunt for some good colours again!

I coloured these flower stamps with Neocolors, spritzing before stamping repeatedly over very lightly smooshed green inks, finishing off with a couple of the smaller flowers stamped in Versafine and an old words stamp. I love the way it turned out. I finished it off with a bit more sponging, using the ink that was left on the sponges, in Mowed Lawn and Salty Ocean. I love the texture of the Neocolours when used like this - the images are slightly raised where there was more undiluted wax on the stamp.

SSS Wednesdays have an Anything Goes challenge, so I'll link to that.

April's Everybody Art Challenge has a Numbers theme, and there are lots of floral challenges around... so I'll link the following to 

Allsorts Blossoms, Butterflies and Bugs challenge
Daring Cardmakers' Blooming Flowers
Moo Mania and More, Spring Fever
Ellibelle's Craft Wednesday Challenge, Wings, Tails and Blossoms

I stamped the image twice, cutting out the flowers, colouring and attaching them later, then added some stencilling, a little more stamping and the Dylusions words, doodling bits of white gel pen.

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Monday, 22 April 2019

I found this in my photo file, made a while ago, but never posted because at the time, I decided I just didn't like it... looking again, I think I like it a little more now  😉 Using Watercolour paper and some Distress Oxides, I applied lines of lots of blue inks and brushed them out with water, leaving me with this semi stripey background. I just stamped the dandelions in deeper blue, for a shadow effect, then stamped and embossed the white  dandelions over it - quite simple.

This is for  Day of the Month Card Club, Dandelion Day.

For my birthday, a very dear friend sent me a wonderful Lavinia card, which I loved. This is a shamelessly 'cased' copy - though it isn't an exact copy. I didn't have all the stamps she used, and I think she used a mixture of Distress and Distress Oxide inks, whereas I used all Distress Oxides. It isn't as dramatic as the one I received, but I'm quite pleased with it 😊

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Friday, 19 April 2019

What a beautiful day it is in NW UK for this very special day! 
I hope it's sunny, bright and cloudless wherever you are....it's amazing how a bit of warm sunshine changes the whole atmosphere 😉

I have more florals to share, so here's the first one... gorgeous cosmos blooms, with a subtle trellis (or barbed wire fence, depending on your point of view, lol) background. I enjoyed making this clean looking card for a change... layering stamps are fun once you get the hang of them. 

This one was a play around and was cut down from the original large square I started with because I wanted the girl and her hair to be the focus. I really enjoyed making it, with a bit of masking, some Promarker/Copic colouring and a little stencilling. Colouring can be so relaxing at times.

Lastly, another playaround that I'm not really too keen on...the stencilling is just a bit too prominent for what I wanted, but I LOVE these hares 😊 This is where the question mark comes in...I know they're not exactly bunnies, but hares are very similar and much more interesting - to me, anyway, lol. I had been wanting these lovely hares for a long time, after seeing them on a few blogs, but had no idea who made them until they were mentioned by Sue... thank you, so much. I would never have dreamed that they were Christmas stamps...
The 'flowers' are really supposed to be mistletoe, but I decided they looked so similar to the fuchsias I love, I'd use them that way.  

I'm linking to the following challenges...

Simon Says Stamp Mondays, Beautiful Blooms
Daring Cardmakers, Blooming Wonderful
Stamping Sensations, April Showers bring May flowers
Penny Black and More, Spring
Just Add Ink, Choose Two - I chose 'bunnies' and flowers
Moo Mania and More, Spring Fever
Country View Crafts, Easter and/or Spring

Thank you so much for calling in today.

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Wednesday, 17 April 2019

I  love Spring and have been enjoying making Spring cards - they always work so well for  the people we know and love. Isn't it lovely to have sunshine and longer days again? I love the lighter nights and mornings.

I'm linking to these challenges today:-
Make My Monday, Diamonds
Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge, Beautiful Blooms
Moo Mania and More, Spring Fever
Country View Challenges, Easter or Spring
Paper Minutes, Anything Goes
Penny Black Saturday Challenge, Anything Goes + Spring colours

This is one of my favourite PB stamps and I've used it in lots of different colours and designs, but I really like it in these lovely shades of pink. I used Victorian Velvet  Oxide for the shading and the stamping,  with a little Spun Sugar, adding more colour with Prisma Pencils.

I used a Harlequin background stamp and Bundled Sage Distress Oxide for this one, stamping some text in Victorian Velvet over it before stamping the Tim Holtz blooms, again adding colour with Prisma Pencils.

Lastly, a little simple card to celebrate my favourite creatures 😉
A little sponging and stamping for the ground beneath the Prisma Pencil coloured birds, then some stencilling above, with a few Tweets and simple words to complete it.

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Tuesday, 16 April 2019

Morning, all 😄  Time for another challenge at 
and this time the theme is...

Yay!  Spring is finally here 😉 so we're celebrating it for the next two weeks.
We'd love to see your art - of any kind - the challenge is open for a fortnight from today, so there's lots of time to join us.
Of course, you may interpret this any way you like, using whichever medium you prefer. 

I decorated a page in my 8x8 journal for this one...using a napkin over a gessoed page, so very little stamping, for a change. I did add some dotty stencilling, a little sponged ink and stamped some crackles in brown and gold, which show up much better in real life, and of course I stamped and cut up the words, edging with black ink before attaching to my page. You can also see some personal journaling on the image outlines, though it's hard to read because the  napkin absorbed the ink and it's no longer crisp... this is a great way to decorate a page in super fast time, although my fiddling around probably took longer than if I'd stamped it, if I'm honest! 

I'm really enjoying my gorgeous tulips and Grape Hyacinths at the moment, and that's why I chose this particular napkin.

Ooh, I almost forgot to share the fun I had making this with Art Journal Journey, whose theme (chosen by Wendy K) is Having fun!

Thank you so much for calling in today.
Don't miss the wonderful artwork created by my TIOT team mates!

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Monday, 15 April 2019

Did you know it was National Dandelion Day on April 5th? Nor did I!  No idea which 'nation' it is, but Day of the Month Card Club - a new challenge, focusing on those weird and wonderful celebration days of the month,  have chosen this as their April challenge. I quite like the idea of celebrating dandelions, don't you? Although they're often seen as the enemy of lots of gardeners, I've never been one of them. I love them, and still enjoy the pleasure of blowing them as far as I can 😊

This piece of acrylic paint background card has been sitting in my background basket for some time...I just love the subtle colours, so decided to use it for this challenge. One of my friends sent me a set of Inkadinkado 'winged creature' stamps, so I used part of the butterfly trail with a couple of simple dandelion stamps. A friend surprised me with these three word stamps on my birthday, so I thought they deserved to be inked, too. 

I'm going to link to the Allsorts Challenge again - Blossoms, butterflies and bugs - not quite blossoms, but definitely butterflies.

I'm also linking to Addicted to Stamps and More's Anything Goes challenge and
SSS Wednesday's No Patterned Paper Challenge.

Thank you so  much for calling in...

I'll be back tomorrow with another challenge from Try it on Tuesday...