Sunday, 2 December 2018

Brighten up these grey days!

Don't know about your neck of the woods, but up here it's been damp, dull, dreary and draughty lately. Very draughty! And very damp! Not to mention cold! We've had the odd fine day, but they've been few and far between, and the unremitting grey leaves me feeling blue. I'm definitely not a winter person. Roll on the spring!

However, at least we have Christmas to look forward to, along with this month's challenge from Stamping Sensations which I hope is going to brighten things up considerably as our December theme is

* * * * * WINTER SPARKLE * * * * *

Bring out the bling, and show us your winter wonders, but please do remember that the main image of your project must be stamped and follow the theme.

We are sponsored once again by the fabulous Gordon and Justin of Be Creative, and knowing Justin's love of all things Christmassy and glittery, I'm sure they will both be looking forward to seeing all your entries as much as I am.

I've used some of the superb Be Creative products on my card.

Their Wonder Tape, Wonder Sheet and Glue Wands are my go-to adhesives for card making, and their Wonder embossing powders and crystals are to die for. I stamped the sentiment (Inkylicious) and embossed it with one of the detail embossing powders from the White Mystical set. This is a set of four white-based powders, three of which have glitter mixed in, and the one I chose is named, appropriately, Winter Sparkle. I used the same powder to make the background. I cut a piece of Wonder Sheet to size, removed the cover sheet from one side and sprinkled the powder all over it, and heated it. Both the Wonder Sheet and the Tape are heat resistant, so they are perfect for heat embossing. Once melted, the silver glitter mixed in with the white powder really does sparkle beautifully. The photo doesn't do it justice, although you can maybe see it a little better in the next one.

I diecut the sentiment with a Spellbinders die and added a few punched snowflakes (Tonic Studios punch) to finish off the design.

My lovely teamies have loads of gorgeous sparkly inspiration for you over on the Challenge Blog, so do go and take a look, and I hope to see lots of entries for our final challenge of the year. Let's make Blogland sparkle!

Sunday, 18 November 2018

Getting there!

Well, I have managed to make a few more Christmas cards!

I'm particularly pleased with this one, because the background is not printed paper, believe it or not, it's stamped! I love tartan and plaid backgrounds, as they are colourful and go with many themes, so when I saw this new stamp set by Concord & 9th, I was delighted! I can now make my own plaid papers in whatever colours I like!

For the topper I've used the Woodware Lino Cut Wren (which I think could also be a robin!) and embellished with poinsettia dies by Marianne Design and pine branch by Britannia Dies. The sentiment is computer generated and cut out with a die by The Works. Stitched circle dies also by The Works.

This card also fits our November challenge at Stamping Sensations, where the theme is "Get Ready For Christmas!" There's still plenty of time to enter. Pop over to the Challenge Blog for all the details.

Now, only another 60 or so Christmas cards to go.............

Sunday, 4 November 2018

And panic begins to set in......again!

This is the time of year when I suddenly realise that, in spite of all my good intentions, it is less than two months until Christmas and I have hardly started making my Christmas cards! (Also just realised that my November post last year had a similar title!) So it is just as well that our theme for November at Stamping Sensations reminded me that I'd better get a move on, as it is

* * * * * GET READY FOR CHRISTMAS * * * * *

We'd like to see your take on all things Christmassy, just as long as your main image is stamped and follows the theme.

Here I've used a gorgeous new winter scene from Inkylicious (so new I don't think it's even on their website yet! I bought it at Stamp Magic last month.). The background stamps are a set of two Twinchie stamps, also by Inkylicious, The sentiment is one I've had for many years, and the make is unknown. The holly diecut is a magazine freebie. I coloured the main image with watercolour pencils and added some glitter glue for a bit of sparkle.

We are sponsored this month by the fabulous Swedish House Crafts. I'm sure this will be a very popular theme, so I will look forward to seeing lots of lovely entries! Now, I'd better start thinking about some more Christmas card making......

Sunday, 7 October 2018

Autumn Colours

The theme for our October challenge at Stamping Sensations is one which I'm sure will be a favourite for many people.What better to showcase at this time of year than the

* * * * * SHADES OF AUTUMN * * * * *

The subject of your entry can be anything you choose as long as the main element of the project is stamped and you have used typical autumn colours, such as greens, yellows, oranges, reds and browns.

Nothing says Autumn to me more than the changing leaves in all their multicolour glory, so that is what I have portrayed on my card.

I stamped various leaves (both solid shapes and outlines) from a set by Stamps By Me, leaving spaces to cut out three more leaves with a die by Concord & 9th. I made a background with Brushos, using autumn colours, and adhered it behind the stamped piece, after which I fixed the diecut leaves back into their cut out spaces so that the Brusho background showed through. I was quite happy with the result but felt that it just needed a little more, so I added the sentiment (Inkylicious) and stamped a few splatters (Concord & 9th) to finish it off.

There's a £25 voucher from our fab sponsors Stamp Addicts for our lucky October winner, and my lovely teamies have some gorgeous inspiration for you over on the Challenge Blog.

Whilst autumn is not my favourite season of the year (too close to winter and the cold weather!) I do love the autumn colours, so I'm really looking forward to seeing lots of lovely entries. Good luck everyone!

Sunday, 2 September 2018

I Spy With My Little Eye......

And I hope lots of you will join in the game too, as our September challenge theme at Stamping Sensations is 

* * * * * SOMETHING BEGINNING WITH "B" * * * * *

Your project may contain as many elements beginning with "B" as you wish, but one of them should be the main feature of your design, which must be stamped, to comply with our challenge rules. We don't want to have to look too hard to find them!

We are sponsored this month by the wonderful Bee Crafty, (details on the challenge blog) and I've used some of their beautiful stamps for my card, on which you'll spot Butterflies, Brushos and Blue!

All stamps are by Bee Crafty, except for the sentiment, which is from Prickley Pear.

Remember, you can enter up to three projects for the challenge, and they don't have to be cards, as long as the main element is stamped and fits the theme. Should you need any inspiration, my very talented teamies have plenty for you on the Challenge Blog, and they would be delighted if you were able to visit their individual blogs too. I can't wait to see this month's entries - wonder how many "B"s I will be able to spy!

Sunday, 5 August 2018

What's your favourite?

We're well into the summer holiday season now, so to keep things nice and easy our August Challenge at Stamping Sensations is an "anything goes"one but with a twist!


The choice of topic is yours, but your project must include your favourite stamp as its focal point! This can be an all-time or current favourite; if you are anything like me, you'll find it hard to decide! My current favourite tends to be whichever one I've just bought! However, I have several old faithful stamps which I find myself going back to again and again.

So, on my sample I've used a current favourite and some all-time favourites!

My current favourite stamp is the gorgeous "Coneflower" by Rubber Dance, who happen to be our lovely sponsors this month. They have an amazing collection of stamps and have donated a fab £25 voucher for the lucky winner.

I stamped the flowers on to a background coloured with Distress Oxide inks, stamped and cut out two extra flowers to decoupage on the front, and then embellished with my all-time favourite Hero Arts butterflies. The flowers and butterflies were coloured with Zig Clean Color markers. Backing paper is by Bee Crafty and I cut out the easel shapes with dies from The Works. Sentiment by Hobby Art.

It has been interesting to see the selection of favourites that my teamies have come up with - lots of flowers and butterflies, animals, gorgeous girls, and a touch of fantasy too! Do pop over to the Challenge Blog and have a look at them. I can't wait to see yours!

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Another garden card

Just a quick reminder of our July challenge at Stamping Sensations, where our theme, sponsored by Crafty Individuals, is "In My Garden".

Again, I've used stamps by Crafty Individuals, along with some of their masks and one of their gorgeous new background sheets. The sentiment is by Personal Impressions, the butterfly die by Cheery Lynn.

There's still plenty of time to enter the challenge. For full details, challenge rules, and more stunning samples from my talented teamies, check out the challenge blog at Stamping Sensations.

Sunday, 1 July 2018

Summer at last!

We are currently in the midst of what is, for Scotland, a most unusual heatwave! Wall to wall blue skies and sunshine! It won't last, of course, but for now we can make the most of it. And since the school hols have just started, there's plenty of opportunity to sit out in the garden with a glass of something cold and simply relax. That makes our July challenge theme at Stamping Sensations very appropriate, as it is

* * * * * IN MY GARDEN * * * * *

Floral images spring to mind, of course, but you could also depict garden birds, creatures or insects, the veggie plot, garden shed, tools, water features, or garden activities. I'm sure you could add plenty more to the list! But as usual, please remember that your main image must be stamped for your entry to be eligible for our prize or top 3.

We are sponsored this month by the fabulous Crafty Individuals, who have a wonderfully eclectic collection of rubber stamps and accessories. These include many garden related images, several of which I have used on my card.

All stamps by Crafty Individuals, except for the sentiment which was a magazine freebie. I used Versafine inks and pigment inks for the stamping, and Zig Cleancolor markers for colouring.

My teamies have some absolutely gorgeous inspiration for you over on the Challenge Blog. We are looking forward to seeing lots of lovely summery garden themed projects! Hope you enjoy the challenge!

Sunday, 3 June 2018

No stress!

We have a nice stress-free challenge for you this month at Stamping Sensations, as our theme is

* * * * * ANYTHING GOES * * * * *

Well, maybe just a tiny bit of stress! We are a stamping challenge, so the main image or focus of your project must be stamped, but apart from that you are free to choose any subject for your creations.

Our fab sponsor for June is Visible Image, and I've used several of their amazing stamps on my card.

I simply stamped them directly on to the background music paper (which I've had in my stash for years!) and added a few music notes which were diecut from gold card to finish it off. The dots & squares were stamped first with Distress Oxide inks and spritzed very lightly with water. All stamps by Visible Image, from their "Jazz It Up", "Soul Music" and "De-stressed Backgrounds" sets. See, even the stamps are stress-free! Here's a closer look.

Over on the Challenge Blog my teamies have some super samples to inspire you. Do go and have a look at them and I hope you will be able to join in this month and enter a project (or three!).

Sunday, 6 May 2018

It's only natural

We have a lovely new challenge theme for May at Stamping Sensations, and it's one of my favourites! This month we would like you to get

* * * * * CLOSE TO NATURE * * * * *

and show us your projects depicting the natural world. Lots of possibilities here, but please do remember that the main image of your design must be stamped and must fit the theme if you wish it to be considered for a prize or top 3 place.

Our sponsor for May needs no introduction, I'm sure - it's the fabulous Chocolate Baroque, who have donated one of their stunning Wild Meadow A4 Stamp Sets plus a sheet of mounting foam for the very lucky winner.

For my card I used some of the stamps from the Wild Meadow set, along with some from one of my all time favourite Chocolate Baroque sets, Spring Foliage, which features bluebells, pussy willow and alder catkins, all of which are in flower around here just now, timed perfectly for our theme!

I stamped various flowers and foliage from the two sets on the base card, stamped the bluebells and coloured them with Zig Clean Color pens, diecut them with a die from The Works, and attached them to the base card with foam pads.

 A tiny butterfly and sentiment from Hobby Art completed the design.

My amazing teamies have some absolutely beautiful samples to show you over on the Stamping Sensations Challenge Blog, and they would be so pleased if you were able to visit their personal blogs too, where you can see their projects in more detail. I'm really quite excited about our nature theme, and am hoping to see lots of lovely entries! Good luck everyone!