Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Blog Candy

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Tomorrow I'm jetting off to a colder climate, my bags are almost packed, thermals are in there too. Hubby and I are going to Canada with our Daughter, Son-in-law and Grandson. My Daughter and Son-in-law are skiing for the first week in Whistler (while hubby and I babysit) before we go to Vancouver and spend sometime with my Son-in-laws family there, flying home on 21st February. So while I'm away I've decide to leave you with some blog candy. I started blogging in 2010 and have slowly built up my followers who now number 110. This is the first time that I've done this so I hope that I'm doing it right.

I'm not going to add a linkup there's just 3 things that I would like you to do and that's:

1, Be a or become a follower.
2, Added a picture of the candy to your blog sidebar.
3, Leave me a comment.

I will post overseas should the winner be from outside of the UK.

This will run from 1st February though to the end 28th February. I will draw a persons name from a hat after that date.

I'm not sure that I will be blogging while I'm away, as I'm sure we are going to be busy.


Saturday, 25 February 2017

Rudolph Days - February

Well I'm back from my travels and this scene is very reminiscent of the weather conditions for some of our stay in Canada. We arrived on the Thursday evening, setting out for Whistler and the ski slopes early Friday morning, as we left the drive at 7.00 a.m. it started to snow and continued to snow for the 2 1/2 hour drive. I must say that the Canadians cope with snow far better than we do in the UK, the cars had snow tyres on and drove through the snow without the slightest slide anywhere. We spent a week in Whistler where it continued to snow on and off all week. By the time we left they had had about 60 - 90 cms (this added to the snow that was already there, was more snow than I have ever seen before). We returned to Vancouver after the first week to find that they had snow there also (this is something that does not happen very often so I'm told). We had an enjoyable stay with my son-in-laws family for a further 11 days before returning home on Tuesday of this week. I think I have now recovered from jet lag although hubby is still having problems sleeping past 4.30 a.m. We spent an enjoyable few hours in Maureen's (Scrappy Mo) and her husband Al's company, where we had a great lunch and then went Craft shopping and of course a great deal of chatting. Thank you Maureen for a great day, hope we can return the hospitality some when soon.

 Anyway onto my card for this months challenge. The stamp is from an American company called C.C. Designs and was bought in the sale after Christmas from Oyster Stamps. I stamped onto some very smooth water colour card (bought on my visit with Maureen from a lovely little art shop) and coloured with Aqua pro markers. I then added some stickles to the image and went around the edges with glue and glitter, before matting and putting onto an A6 card base.

Of course I didn't stop at one, I made four to pop into the box for next Christmas.
Just a reminder that I have blog Candy running until the 28th of the month too.

Thanks for taking the time to look and your kind comments which are always appreciated.


Saturday, 28 January 2017

Lets Celebrate With Allsorts

I was just putting the finishing touches to this card for my Father-in-law to give to our nephew and his wife on their anniversary when I saw what the theme was for the Allsorts challenge this week. It's Let's Celebrate, so this was the perfect card to enter. I've even manage to make the beginning of the week this time instead of dashing in at the end. I've used the Heart Puzzle die from Tattered Lace along with the CD that goes with the Die to print off one of the gorgeous heart designs and a matching backing paper. I used silver mirri card to matt with and also for the die cut sentiment which is from All Occasions dies. Some white ribbon from my stash to around the card and for the bow, along with some little paper roses that I think I've had forever (well years anyway). Then I found the hearts at the top which I bought a show a couple of years ago, then was never quite sure what to do with them, but they seem to go with this card so after trying them on and off of the card I decided to go with them. 

Thanks for taking the time to look and your kind comments which are always appreciated.


Thursday, 26 January 2017

Daisy, Daisy.

I've been stamping for quite  few years now and have accumulated a large number of stamps. But as I racked my brain to think, I could not remember having a daisy stamp. This is the new challenge over on the Allsorts Challenge blog this week. But then yesterday as I was looking through some of my many CD's, looking for something else, I found this image on a Katy Sue (Flower Soft) CD. Just right for the challenge, so instead of sitting on the sidelines I can take part this week after all. I printed the Topper and two of the matching backing papers from the CD. Then after I cut everything down to size I distresses the edges with a Tim Holtz Distressing Tool from Tonic. I added a couple of ribbons from my stash and even found some white daisy shaped flowers to add as embellishments too. I've not added a sentiment, as this card will go into my box until I decide who I will send it too.

Thanks for taking the time to look and your kind comments which are always appreciated.


Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Rudolph Days

As today is the 25th of the month, it's time for the first Rudolph Days challenge of the year. Last year was the first year that I had taken part in any Christmas challenges and I'm so glad that I did, it made the Christmas rush so much easier as I had a great many cards already made. So to start my collection off for this year I used a stamp set from Stampin Up, one of the first that I bought from them and I'm also ashamed to say this was the first time that it had been inked. But you know what they say "better late than never". I found some off cuts of green and red in my scraps box and then with a separate sheet of the green made two A6 card bases. I stamped and embossed with gold embossing powder the tree and the sentiment onto some of the green card and then went around the edge with a gold pen. I then stuck some ribbon around the card and added a bow. Next I stamped the snowflake stamp around the edge of the card so that it was just visible when matted together, again I edged with the gold pen, before mounting all onto the green card bases. I now have the first two cards in my box ready.

Thanks for taking the time to look and your kind comments which are always appreciated.


Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Make It Male

Just a quick post this morning, I made this card for my Father-in-law to give to one of our Nephews who's birthday is in March. As I'm going to be away for most of February I needed to get on and make in advance. It also fits into the theme over at CD Sunday at the moment, which is Make It Male. My card is an 8x8 card using Pollyanna Pickering's Wild Birds.

I did say it was a quick post, this is because we have our Grandson here today.
Thanks for taking the time to look and your kind comments which are always appreciated.


Monday, 23 January 2017

With Deep Sadness

It was with deep sadness that I read on Face Book yesterday that the lovely Jayne Nestorenko had passed away after a long battle with Cancer. There were two people who inspired my obsession with stamping, one of them was this lady. I would love to watch her shows on Create and Craft where she would stamp and glitter the wonderful mandala stamps, then later when she was working with Crafters Companion and had her own range of stamps, Cute Companions. She went onto have several more ranges of stamps lastly with Clarity Stamps and the beautiful flowers (these are still on my wish list at present) which are available in both stamps and Groovi plates.

I made this card below in tribute to Jayne for inspiring me to start on my stamping journey. I still have many of these mandala stamps in my stash along with more glitter than I will probably ever use.

My thoughts and prayers are with Jayne's family at this sad time.


Sunday, 22 January 2017

Pixies Snippets Playground

As it's Sunday it's time again for Pixies Snippets Playground. Di has decided to change this to a fortnightly challenge from this month onwards, to give people more time to get their cards made and posted. For my card this week I have used a 6x6 black card base and a piece of the beautiful Graphic 45 paper that was left over from covering my Mini ink pad holder. I matted it onto some gold mirri card and then placed a matching ribbon and bow around the centre. The die cut circle and matt were out of the scraps box (left over from a project before Christmas) all I needed to do was stamp the sentiment, which was from a Chocolate Baroque set and pop onto the card front.

Thanks for taking the time to look and your kind comments which are always appreciated.


Saturday, 21 January 2017

Black, White And One Other Colour At PCC

Over on the Perfectly Created Chaos blog the current challenge is for Black,white and one other colour. So this afternoon while try not to be interested in Crate and Craft and the new CHA releases I've made this card for the challenge. It's a 6x6 white card base with black matting, then stamping in black using two stamps from a Chocolate Baroque set called Sunny Sunflowers. I used the two stamps to stamp a background using a Black Onyx ink pad from Versafine and also to stamp two of the larger flower on a separate piece of card. I then cut out one of the flowers as it had been stamped and the other cutting away some of the stamped area making a layer to go on top of the other. My one other colour is Mustard Seed distress ink, this I used to distress the edges of the card and also the sunflowers, using a distress pen in the same colour for the centre of the flower. I then popped a piece of ribbon in a matching colour around the centre of the card before mounting onto the black. Lastly I added the flower using glue gel and also added a Best Wishes sentiment cut from a Tonic die.

Thanks for taking the time to look and your kind comments which are always appreciated.


Thursday, 19 January 2017

NBUS Challenge - Pencils On Craft Card

Darnell has a NBUS challenge over on her blog at the moment where she is asking for people to use coloured pencils on craft card. I must admit that I have a large pile of craft card which I seldom use and have also been meaning to try this technique for sometime. The stamp is a Hobby Art stamp that was a stamp of the month in November that I just had to have, but had not used it yet. I stamped onto the craft card using Versamark and white embossing powder, then coloured using Spectrum Noir pencils, I added some very light grey around the outside of the image to give it a bit of a shadow. I then mounted onto some matching card before putting onto a shaped craft card base. Now that it's finished I have to say that I love the effect and don't know why I haven't done this before, I'm sure that it won't be my last.

Thanks for taking the time to look and your kind comments which are always appreciated.