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Tuesday, 12 December 2017

We Wish You A Merry Christmas

Good afternoon and happy Tuesday. Christmas is now hurtling toward us verrrry quickly, so I thought it was time I made a card. Luckily the challenge this month at Lost Coast Designs is Winter/Christmas, so here's what I've made.



I've used the gorgeous Lost Coast Designs Megan's Christmas Bird, and coloured it with watercolours and lots of stickles.


Then just some matting and layering, and some die cuts for the sentiment.

Please join in with our challenge, you can never have too many Christmas cards (or tags or whatever), and if Christmas isn't your thing then the Winter theme is always good.

I'm also entering this into the challenges at That's Crafty - 'Tis The Season, Simon Says Stamp Monday - Christmas/Winter Holidays, and Craft Stamper TIMI challenge, anything goes.

Have a very happy week, and thanks very much for looking xx

Monday, 11 December 2017

I'm Late, I'm Late, I'm Late

Arrrgh, I was over on the Rubber Dance blog yesterday with a tutorial for this


Ooh doesn't a close up highlight slightly dodgy colouring skills!
Anyway for some reason I didn't post it on my blog (please insert plausible explaination that doesn't involve me being a very old bird) I think I'll settle for pre Christmas Eeeeekkk. I've made my list and checked it twice and my 'to do' list now goes over the page!

So, better late than never, I'd love it if you would go over and visit by clicking here.

All of the stamps can be found here, and of course they will come winging there way to you with free P&P if you quote SDFreeShip on orders of 15 Euro's and above.


Have a very happy Monday, and thanks very much for looking xx

Saturday, 2 December 2017

Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow

Good morning and happy Saturday! A new month always means the start of a new challenge at Rubber Dance, and it's an extra special one this month. This time it's a month long challenge with a colour theme, and/or glitter. As it's Christmas I've gone for lots of glitter!

Yes that frost is real, in fact we had a full on blizzard a couple of days ago.

I started with this tea light holder from a rather well know Scandi store. I thought the colour was just right for what I had in mind.

Then I started to stamp the images from Whimsical Winter, Playful Penguins, and Winter Wonderland with Stazon inks. 

Did someone say glitter???

I coloured them all in with DecoArt glass paints, glass pens, and Stickles.

Then I added some Snowtex and ultra fine glitter.



It looks even nicer in the dark.

Such a cute penguin!

I love this tree.


Here's our mood board, and look at that fabulous prize! Remember you have all month to enter so what are you waiting for!
If you need more stamps (and who doesn't) just quote SDFreeShip for free worldwide P&P on orders of 15 Euros and above.

I'll be back to see you later in the month, and thanks very much for looking xx













Friday, 1 December 2017

It's Begining To Look A Lot Like Christmas

Good morning Happy Friday, and happy December! Yes it's nearly Christmas and of course I'm massively behind with my preparations, - well it wouldn't be Christmas otherwise! The new challenge over at Country View Crafts is Christmas with an option of red, green, and rust, so I've taken the opportunity to make some gift tags.





I started by taking 3 manila tags and scraped them with Amsterdam acrylics. 



Next I added some stencilling with White Linen Dylusions spray ink.




Time to stamp now, I used Tim Holtz Christmas stamps, and Ranger Archival ink with clear embossing powder to give a glossy look.




Next I added some Frantage rust.






They've been embellished with Tim Holtz Christmas Quote Chips, Thinlits, Bigz Dies, and On The Edge dies. I've had some of these for many years, and some for only a couple of weeks, but everything works so well together. Tim Holtz is VERY clever!

I'm sure you're all in full swing for Christmas (if not, why not), so please share your makes with us for the chance to win £20.00 to spend in the store.

I'm also entering my tags into the challenges at A Vintage Journey - Winter Wonderland, and Craft Stamper TIMI Anything Goes.

Have a very happy weekend, and thanks very much for looking x

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Beauty In Simplicity

Good afternoon and happy Tuesday. I'm over on the Lost Coast Designs Portal To Creativity with my second C&S card.


This is my new favourite Carmen's Veranda stamp Birds Collage Background, that's been inked with Distress inks.
There's still time for you to join in with the challenge, but be quick, but hey it's only C&S, what could be easier.... - well, just about anything!!

Have a great week, and thanks very much for looking x

Friday, 24 November 2017

Live With Passion

Good morning and happy Friday, welcome to the weekend. I'm over on the Rubber Dance Blog today, where the rest of this will be revealed.



If you click the link here I'll meet you over there.

As always, if you want any of our fabulous stamps just quote SDFreeShip on all orders of 15 Euro's and over for free worldwide P&P. 

Have a wonderful weekend, and thanks very much for looking xx


Tuesday, 21 November 2017

No Internet For A While

Hi everyone,

I won't have any internet access for nearly a month! I've scheduled a few posts for November, but I'm afraid I won't be able to visit your blogs.
I look forward to catching up with everyone at the end of November.
Be good!

Monday, 20 November 2017

Clean and Simple for Lost Coast Designs

Good afternoon and happy Monday. The Lost Coast challenge this month is a very scary one (to me) it's Clean and Simple eek!



I started by stamping the Lost Coast Designs Flower Flourish onto a scrap of a Gelli print and embossed in black.


Then I stamped it again onto a piece of white card and embossed this. It's not easy is it white card and black embossing powder! Then it was just a case of matching the two up.

The sentiment is one of the wonderful Carmen's Veranda clear stamps, Born To Stand Out.

Please head over to the portal and check out my teamies wonderful creations - they're not scared of C&S like I am!

I hope you join in, there's Lost Coast $'s up for grabs! Have a fun week, and thanks very much for looking xx

Friday, 17 November 2017

A Crazy Birthday Card

Good morning and happy Friday. It's time for my second 'stencil' piece for Country View Crafts, and this time I've gone a little 'crazy'


If you remember I made a master board for this challenge so I started by cutting a piece 7.75 x 7.75. I really like it, but it's a bit busy for a background, so I decided to chop holes into it!

In the first one, I put this Crazy Cat.

And in the other, I put this one!

I've also used a die from the Tim Holtz Halloween Sizlits set, and my go-to Celebration Words set.
I really like how it looks, and as the recipient is a 'cat person' I hope she'll like it too.
There's still lots of time for you to join in, so please dust off the stencils and play along.
Have a fun week, and thanks very much for looking x

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Shhhhhhhh

Good morning and happy Wednesday. Today is the start of a fun new challenge over at Rubber Dance, it's your Favourite Movie. Here's mine (with apologies to Donna and Bibi) for the (mis)use of the stamp.


Yes, it's The Sound Of Music... oh wait a minute, I couldn't do the von Trapp family, - I hope you can tell what it is, but for those who can't, it's The Silence of the Lambs. I've used the cloud that Donna designed for the Whimsical Summer Rubber Dance plate.


I made a background on mixed media paper with Fresco paints and Porfollio oil pastels. Then I stamped the cloud (as a cloud this time).


Now I don't like to brag but I drew these myself lol. These are the ones that made the grade, you should see the 2 sheets of  A4 that ended up in the bin! Who knew drawing an oval could be so hard. Actually, I did, that's why I buy rubber stamps.


Then just a bit of washi tape to ground my lambs, and some rain drops - well they won't be very happy with their mouths taped up will they.

It's your turn now, so please join in and show us your favourite movie. Remember to quote SDFreeShip for free worldwide P&P on orders of 15 Euros and over.
Have a fun week, and thanks very much for looking xx













Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Feeling Groovy

Good morning and happy Tuesday. I'm over on the Rubber Dance blog today with this.


Actually, there's rather more than this, and I would love it if you hopped across and had a look. Just click here to be transported across.
As always just quote SDFreeShip on all orders of 15 Euros and above for free worldwide P&P.
Have a wonderful week, and thanks very much for looking xx

Saturday, 4 November 2017

Broken and Beautiful

Good afternoon and happy Saturday. Following on from Halloween over at Lost Coast Designs we have the Day Of The Dead.


I've used Carmen's Veranda Sugar Skull Woman and Broken Look Beautiful together with Lost Coast's Rustic Checkerboard Border.
And this is how it looks in my chippie album.


There are more details of how this was made over on the portal so please pop over and have a look.

Have a great day, and thanks very much for looking x

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Stencil Time for Country View Crafts

Good morning and happy Wednesday. It's the first of the month which always means that it's time for a new challenge at Country View Crafts. My lovely teamie Gabrielle has chosen stencils for this months theme, which is something I really enjoy using.



For this challenge, I thought I would make a master board, which is something I haven't done in ages.

I started with a piece of A3 and gessoed in black, and then white. Then I brayered on some colour. I've used acrylic paints from ranges by  Dina Wakley, DecoArt Media,  and Amsterdam.

Then I added some stencilling with Dylusion stencils and white acrylic.

For a bit of contrast, I added some black stencilling, and it was all done. Now the scary bit, time to chop it up!

I've used a hexagon die and the Tim Holtz Detailed Butterflies dies.

For the background, I used a circle stencil for some reverse 
stencilling with Distress Inks.

The sentiment is from my favourite Tim Holtz Celebration Words.

If you pop back later in the month, you'll see what I did with the rest of the board!

Now over to you, please join in with our fun challenge, and show us your stencils.

Have a wonderful month, and thanks very much for looking x