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!

* * * * * ANYTHING GOES WITH YOUR FAVOURITE STAMP * * * * *

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!

Sunday, 1 April 2018

April Fool ???

It's hard to believe it's April already, when we still have freezing temperatures and yet more forecasts of snow. Is the weather playing tricks on us??! However, the calendar says it's April, so that means it's time for our next challenge at Stamping Sensations, and our theme this month will hopefully be a bit easier that last month's, which seemed to stump some of you! Plenty of scope this time, with

* * * * * ONE FOR THE GIRLS * * * * *

Anything and everything feminine, or whatever might appeal to the ladies, as long as your main image is stamped and fits the theme, of course. And since we have a fab prize of a £25 voucher from our lovely sponsors Be Creative, what's not to like?

Although the stamp I've used for my card, "Afternoon Tea" by Docrafts Papermania, is old now, it's still a lovely design and works well for various occasions.

I chose only to colour the ladies (with Promarkers), to focus the attention on them and kept the rest of the design quite simple and graphic. The sentiment is by a sadly long defunct company, Eclipse Cards & Crafts, but its small size is useful when I want to convey the message without it detracting from the picture.

There's plenty of girly inspiration over on the Challenge Blog, where my teamies have some gorgeous samples for you. Looking forward to seeing yours!

Sunday, 4 March 2018

Right up my street, or rather my woodland path!

One of the joys of living where I do is the abundance of local wildlife, which I love to see. So it should come as no surprise to learn that this month's challenge theme at Stamping Sensations is one of my favourites! We would like to see your creations filled with

* * * * * FOREST FRIENDS * * * * *

Lots of lovely creatures to choose from, but your Forest Friend/s must be the main image of your project and must be stamped (hand stamped or hand coloured digi) if you want to be in with a chance of winning one of our  fab prizes. Our sponsor for March is Tattered Lace, and here's what our lucky winner will receive! Beautiful ribbons, a storage box to keep them in, a bow maker and an inspiration book!



 I decided to make an easel card to showcase my forest friends.


I used paper masks and ink dusters to create the landscape background. The trees, leaves and creatures were stamped individually on a separate piece of card, coloured with Zig Clean Color pens and cut out. The components for the easel card were cut with stitched circle dies by The Works and then assembled. The base was covered with a gorgeous leaf print paper by Bee Crafty, and finally the creatures, leaves and sentiment were added. All stamps by Hobby Art.

The creatures depicted on my card are all to be found in the woods and fields around here, but in fact we have seen all of them on occasion without even having to leave the house! I do tend to spend quite a lot of time by the window with my camera! I could have added otter, stoat, rabbit, owl, mouse, hare and vole to my picture too, but there wasn't enough room!

I am so looking forward to seeing this month's entries! My lovely teamies have got some gorgeous examples for you over on the Challenge Blog, with oodles of the aww factor! Do go and have a look, and remember you can enter up to 3 projects. Hope you can join in, and good luck!

Thursday, 1 March 2018

Snow!

We tend not to get much snow here. In the six years we've lived here, I could count on one hand the number of significant snowfalls we've had, none of which lasted for very long. This winter is definitely making up for the rest, though! More snow than I can remember for a long time.

The sight that greeted us when we looked out across the field this morning was quite amazing. The gale force wind was blowing the snow over the hill and it looked like water flowing over a weir. One day a waterfall of snowdrops (these are in the garden next door!) ....


.... the next a waterfall of snow! (Best viewed full screen to see the effect.)


Just thought I'd also upload a few photos from the last couple of days, mostly taken through the window! So glad I didn't have to go out in it! I daresay the sheep are used to being outdoors in all weathers, but I do feel sorry for them. The birds have certainly been taking advantage of our feeders, which we are having to top up every day.







"And as I was just saying to Mrs Sparrow...."



Can't remember the last time we had icicles!

So cold, the river froze at the edges

But it looked lovely when the sun shone




Mind your head!
It's been an interesting few days, but if the weather would get a bit warmer and drier very soon I'd be most grateful!

Sunday, 4 February 2018

Blooming Marvellous!

Time for our February Challenge at Stamping Sensations, and what better theme to brighten up this cold, gloomy month than

* * * * * ANYTHING WITH FLOWERS * * * * *

I have a feeling this is going to be a very popular topic, and of course, the scope is endless, but please do remember that the main focus of your project must be stamped and must comply with the theme (ie. your creation should be all about the flowers, not just a couple of tiny ones hiding in the background!) if you want it to be eligible for the prizes or top 3.

Our fab sponsor this month is Bee Crafty, who have given us a fantastic £25 voucher for our winner to spend in their online shop. I've used one of their stamps, the Backdrop Frames Splatter Swirl Upright Rectangle for my sample.

 I stamped it directly on to the front of the base card and cut away the inside of the frame. On a separate piece of card I stamped the tulips (Technique Tuesday), coloured them with watercolour pencils, masked them and stamped the text background (Stampin' Up). I then adhered the image behind the frame. The butterflies (Dovecraft) and sentiment (Hobby Art) are also stamped on to the base card.


I love most flowers, and tulips are a particular favourite. My daughter surprised me with this beautiful bunch the other day.

I'm looking forward to seeing lots of lovely flowers in this month's entries, tulips or not! I'm sure you'll have plenty of your own inspiration for your floral projects, but do go and look at my amazing teamies' creations as well, they're absolutely gorgeous! You'll find them here on the Challenge Blog. Let's brighten up this frosty February with some flower power!