Thursday, 2 April 2020

Happy Anniversary ...

.... Morning! It's a beautiful morning today with bright sunshine, but still a chill wind. We had some much needed rain last night and hopefully tonight too - Mum's garden needs all the water it can get!! I've made an anniversary card today - my uncle and aunt celebrate 55 years this weekend. So, mum wanted me to do her a card to send:

Stamps: Michael Powell - Church; Stampin' Up! - Teeny Tiny Wishes; Uniko - All Occasions Sentiments #1
Inks: Versafine - Onyx Black; Versafine Clair - Nocturne
Dies: Die-namics - Stitched Trad Tags Stax #6, Trad Tags Stax #7
Accessories: White Card; SU Card - Strawberry Slush; Copic Markers; Clear Embossing Powder

I'm submitting this card to Colour Throwdown - CTD#587 and to MFT Wednesday Sketch Club - MFTWSC#483.

I've had this stamp for years - it's based on a counted cross stitch design by Michael Powell, sadly both are long discontinued. However, I think it's perfect for an anniversary card. I stamped the image on white card, coloured it with Copic markers, stamped and heat embossed with clear powder. I used a stitch edged tag to cut out the image and used the matching plain tags to cut out a coloured mat layer. I finished the front by adding a simple sentiment. On the inside, I cut another mat layer of pink card and added a bold greeting - loads of space for mum's message. The card is in the post and on its way.

That's all for today - see you soon.

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Wednesday, 1 April 2020

SHC - Happy Christmas ...

... Hello again! It's one of those days when design teams posts clash. Today I have both a Seven Hills Craft Blog and Christmas 24 Challenge post, so I decided to continue with a Christmas theme. In fact, I used the same stamp set for my cards. Here's the first:

Stamps: Colorado Craft Company - Big & Bold Winter Wishes Snowflake
Inks: Distress Oxide - Squeezed Lemonade, Twisted Citron, Broken China; Versmark; Delicata - Silvery Shimmer
Accessories: White Card; SU Card - Black; Detail White Embossing Powder; Sheer Shimmer Spray - Frost

I'm playing along with The Holly & Ivy Christmas Challenge - H&ICC#68 where it's Anything Christmas Goes.

I stamped the snowflake and greeting in Versamark and heat embossed with detail white powder. Using my blending brushes I created an ombre background with yellow, green and blue distress oxide inks. I love the soft velvety finish these inks give. I made sure to wipe of any excess ink from the images. Then I added some sparkle with a frost shimmer spray. I layered the finished panel on black card and adhered it to the front of the card. It's a large 5" × 7" card - perfect to show off the snowflake. On the inside, I cut another mat layer of black card and on the white panel I stamped the snowflake in silver and added another greeting from the set. I used the three inks to create an ombre greeting.

My next two cards are one layer cards with a clean, simple finish:

The square card is embossed with plain silver and the other 5" × 7" card is embossed with silver tinsel.  The sentiment on this card didn't work perfectly, so I restamped the sentiment, slightly offset to create a shadow effect. On the inside of each card I restamped the snowflake and added another greeting.

I really like this set. The snowflake is stunning and the fonts used in the sentiments are just lovely. Why not visit Seven Hills Craft shop to check it out?

I hope that everyone is coping okay with having to stay in their homes. It's a very difficult time for us all, but the main thing is to be safe. That's all from me today. See you again soon.

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C24C - White Christmas ....

.... Hello! I'm here this morning with my card for Christmas 24 Challenge - C24C#07 where we have a sketch for you. I've been pretty faithful to the sketch, but I don't do bows!!

Stamps: Colorado Crafts Company - Big & Bold Winter Wishes Snowflake
Inks: Distress Oxides - Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Salty Ocean, Blueprint Sketch; Versamark; Delicata - Silvery Shimmer
Accessories: White Card; Dylusions Shimmer Spray - White Linen; Sheer Shimmer Spray - Frost; Silver Embossing Powder

I started by masking off a rectangle on the square card. I used several shades of blue Distress Oxide to create an ombre background. I added some shimmer with White Linen Dylusions and Frost sprays. Once dry I used my antistatic bag and then stamped the large snowflake and sentiment in Versamark and heat embossed with silver powder. I cut the panel to 5½" square and adhered it to a 5¾" square card. On the inside, I cut a mat panel of black card and a smaller white panel on which I stamped the snowflake again in silver and added a sentiment using two shades of blue ink.

Thanks so much for playing along with our last challenge - I had fun visiting your cards. Don't forget to visit our blog - Christmas 24 Challenge - to see what the rest of the team have created with the sketch. See you soon.

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Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Marbled Birthday ....

... Morning! I'm sharing another birthday card today - this was totally inspired by the photo and sketch on the current Fusion challenge - FUSION#0620:

Stamps: Gina K - Birthday Greetings, Peite Patisserie; Concord & 9th - Marbled Turnabout
Inks: Gina K - Sea Glass, Black Amalgam; Memento - Summer Sky; Stampin' Up! - Smoky Slate; Delicata - Golden Glitz
Dies: Lil Inkers - Long & Skinny Rectangles
Accessories: White Card; SU Card - Smoky Slate; Nuvo - Clear Aquashimmer Brush

I'm also playing along with Seize the Birthday - STB#186 where it's either Anything Goes or for the kids, I've gone for AG.

The inspiration photo shows a lovely tiered cake with pretty marbled hexagons. I decided to concentrate on the marbling and used my MISTI and the turnabout stamp to echo the colours in the picture. I die cut some strips of white card and on the longer portions stamped some gold tiered cakes - picking up on the gold in the picture. I added a simple, bold greeting. On the inside, I cut a mat layer of grey card and had fun on the white panel by adding a fun sentiment and lots of cakes. These are the best cakes for me as they are entirely visual!!

That's all from me for today. The sun has come out and I'm off for my daily walk. See you tomorrow.

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Monday, 30 March 2020

Happy Birthday ....

... Morning! Start of week 2 in our new world of staying at home. I started this card yesterday afternoon/evening - so nice to have light evenings!! Anyway, I finished it this morning. A much needed birthday card for my stash:

Stamps: Stampin' Up! - Blessed Easter, Itty Bitty Banners, Happy Happenings
Inks: SU - Pumpkin Pie; Memento - Morocco; Gina K - Black Amalgam, Wild Dandelion
Dies: Die-namics - Wonky Stitched Circles Stax #4; SU - Bitty Banners
Accessories: White Card; SU Card - Mango Melody; Nuvo - Clear Aquashimmer Brush; Copic Markers

I'm playing along with Freshly Made Sketches - FMS#428 and Fab Friday - FABF#186 - such pretty colours.

One of my resolutions this year is to use my older stamps and this card has no new stamps at all. Mind, some of the stamps have only just been used 😁😀😁. I stamped the tulips on white card and coloured them with Copic markers. I used a fancy stitched die to cut out the flowers and adhered it to a panel of bright card and trimmed to size. I adhered it flat to the card base. I stamped the greeting on white card, used the matching die to cut it out and used dimensional pads to attach it. I added a touch of sparkle to the tulips with a clear aquashimmer brush - wish you could see it in the picture! On the inside, I cut a mat layer of the yellow card and on the white panel added a birthday greeting along with some more tulips.

I've finished in my craft room this morning. Now I'm off to sort out the utility room cupboard. It's one of those jobs that always gets put off until tomorrow. Well, now that I'm not allowed out, I can't put it off until tomorrow. Who knows, I might find some loo rolls 😀. This afternoon, Mum and I will be starting her new compost bin. So glad we got it, the local council have stopped garden rubbish collections, so we'll be able to compost it and get good stuff for the new garden. This lockdown is turning me into a gardener! How did that happen?

See you tomorrow.

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Sunday, 29 March 2020

Make Tea ....

... Good afternoon! I hope your morning has been going well. I've been out for my walk - I'm up to 2½ miles now, it's lovely to hear the birds sing. Since being home, I've been in my office sorting things out, listening to music and making a card:

Stamps: Uniko - I Love Tea; Waltzingmouse Stamps - Afternoon Tea, Afternoon Tea Sentiments
Inks: Versafine - Onyx Black; Gina K - Black Amalgam, Soft Stone; Memento - Angel Pink, Lulu Lavender
Accessories: White Card; Stampin' Up! Card - Highland Heather; Copic Markers; Clear Embossing Powder; Uniko Stencils - Broken Lines, Scattered Polka Dots

I've made this card for several challenges - CAS Colours & Sketches - CASC&S#363 - I turned the sketch, CASology - CAS#364 where the theme is Tea, Colour Throwdown - CTD#585, and Uniko Challenge - USC#58 to use spots and stripes.

I don't drink tea myself, but I do know many people who do, and I've got lots of tea stamps, so I had to play along with CASology. I stamped the teacup outline image and used two stencils to add some colour to the cup. I restamped the image in Versafine and heat embossed with clear powder. I added the lovely flower image from I Love Tea and heat embossed that too. I then fussy cut the image and coloured the opening - it's tea afterall! I made the card base from purple card. I cut a white panel smaller than the front onto which I stamped a sentiment which I think is very appropriate for our current strange time. I adhered the teacup above the sentiment and then stamped some steam curls. On the inside, I cut another white panel and added a couple of teacups along with another sentiment. I've left space for my own message.

Well, we've reached the end of our first week having to stay in the house. I suspect that many of us have been catching up with jobs that we've been putting off. I did the shed last week, and next week I'm tackling the utility cupboard. There is a strange feeling in the village - the main road through our village is so much quieter, I don't really hear planes, just birdsong and dogs. Oh yes, there's also the sound of children playing in their gardens. It's a tough time for us all - be safe. See you soon.

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Saturday, 28 March 2020

MM - Idle Hands .....

... Hi! When we came home to North Wales in October 2018, we were living, temporarily, in Chester. On one of our shopping trips we past an art gallery where they were about to host a show for Todd White. In the window was a painting called "Idle Hands" and I feel in love with it. Now, in the past I've seen other canvases that I've really liked, but this was the first one that I felt I had to have. I went in and just looked at the picture and then I headed off and mentioned it to Jonathan. He simply said - go buy it!! So I did!! The picture had to stay at the gallery until we were able to move back into our house. And now, "Idle Hands" hangs on the wall and I see it everyday and it fills my heart with joy. I was lucky enough to attend his show and meet Todd - he's a fab guy and signed the book I bought.  I made this spread to celebrate my lovely new picture:

Stamps: Dylusions - Dependable Dotty, Around the Edge, Bordering on the Edge, Anatomy of a Page, Three Little Maids
Inks: Dylusions Inks - Crushed Grape, London Blue, Dirty Martini, Squeezed Orange, Tangerine Dream, Postbox Red, Bubblegum Pink, Lemon Zest, Cut Grass, Fresh Lime
Accessories: Dylusion Large Journal; Ranger Archival Ink; Brochure for Todd White Show; Skull from Todd White Carrier Bag

I have several of Dyan's journals with lots of backgrounds started - this one was started while living in the States. I picked this background and added a simple border, along with some shadow stamping using Dylusion stamps. In the catalogue was a section of 'my' picture which I cut out, mounted on black card and adhered to the page. I then cut out some images, coloured them with Dylusions inks an added them to the page. I finished by cutting out the large 'day of the dead' skull from the carrier bag, added some colour and glued it down. Here are a couple of close-up shots of each page:

I'm submitting this spread to Love to Craft Challenge Blog - LTCCB#44 where it's anything goes, and to More Mixed Media Challenge - MMMC#03 where it's anything goes with the option of green.

Before I go, I took a photo of my picture to show where it hangs in the house. I know the picture is called "Idle Hands", but I call her Sally as she reminds me a bit of the character from The Nightmare Before Christmas.

I am so lucky to have this picture - I see something new in it everytime I go by. That's all for today. Wherever you are, keep safe.

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Friday, 27 March 2020

MM - Covid-19 ...

.... Good afternoon! It's a beautiful day here in Northop Hall and in normal circumstances I would be going out for a walk, but it's not normal and I've already done my daily exercise. So, I've been working on a spread in my art journal. You've probably guessed by the title of this post that my spread has been inspired by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Stamps: Dylusions - Graphic Backgrounds, Toadstool Town, Say It How It Is, Basic Background, Branching Out, There's Not Mushroom in Here; Dylusions Clear Stamps - Numerology, Creative Dyary Stamps, Others (from the USA)
Inks: Dylusions Sprays - Lemon Zest, Fresh Lime, London Blue; Ranger Black Archival; Gina K - Black Amalgam; Versafine Clair - Golden Meadow
Accessories: Dylusions Large Journal; Dylusions Collage Sheets; Dylusions Paint - Black Marble, Lemon Zest; Copic Markers; Posca Markers; Dylusions Stencils - Bubbles, A Stitch in Time; Joggles Stencil - Starlight; Images from the Internet

I'm submitting this spread to More Mixed Media Challenge - MMMC#03 (anything goes with option of green), Addicted to Stamps and More - ATSM#382 (make your mark) and Love to Craft Challenge Blog - LTCCB#44 (anything goes). I'm also playing along with the Dylusions Facebook Challenge March.

With all that's been going on with Covid-19, I wanted to get it out and on paper. Going through my art journals I found a pre-inked and stamped background spread using yellow, green, a touch of blue, and leaves - the perfect spread for the Facebook challenge. I'd already ghosted the page with a Joggles stencil, and I outlined a couple of the stars with black paint pen. I added a black stencil border to the areas that didn't have any leaves. I used some Dylusions background stamps to add some detail. I found a biohazard symbol on the Internet and printed off a few along with some words. I went through the collage images (all previously cut out) and found some that worked with the challenge theme, but also seemed perfect for the pandemic idea too. I stamped out a selection of different mushrooms, coloured them with Copic markers - some red and lots of shades of yellow - all suggesting danger/toxicity and cut them out. I created a hidden pocket on the spread for a tag. I painted the tag bright yellow, used the alphabet stamps to spell out "covid 19" and added some typed notes that I created on the computer. And I found the perfect quote from Dyan's word stamps "I am exhausted by how stupid everyone is getting" - mainly those that seem to think it's a good idea to stockpile loo rolls and pasta!!  Here are some larger photos of each page:

I've also taken photos of the tag - back and front. The data comes from various sources on the Internet - mostly the World Health Organisation and Public Health England.

I'm not sure that I've worked out all the anxiety and worry, and this theme may make another appearance in my journal, but it's helped for now. That's all - be safe and stay indoors.

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