Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Summer Poppies!


May and June have been very busy months for me including , a holiday to Nice and a weeks trip with my daughters school to Purbeck so I have not stepped foot in my craft room for ages, I received some new goodies before I went on holiday to France and have just found time to play with them.  I made this card for my friends wedding anniversary next month with my new Painted Poppy stamp from Altenew. The Die cut frame is from "My Favourite Things" and I love the effect.




I stamped and gold embossed the sentiment onto vellum.  I shall add this card to the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge  which is "Emboss it" and also the Flickr group "Love Handmade cards" June challenge "Summer celebrations".

Unfortunately I shall be unable to craft now for another couple of weeks  as we are housesitting for my cousin.  Hopefully July will be a bit quieter and I will get to play again with my new stamps and also do some blog visiting.

Hugs
Sally

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Emboss Resist


I have just received this Simon Says Stamp "Star Flower Background" as a recent prize and I just had to ink it up straight away.  This is the perfect stamp for the emboss resist technique (one of my favourites)  For this first card I have used a piece of patterned paper and stamped in white before distressing with Tea Dye ink.  I then highlighted the hearts and dots with a gold pen.  The sentiment is Hero Arts which I have layered up and added some wire detail.


 For this second card I have stamped and embossed in gold and the distressed with Raspberry, Mustard Seed and Ripe Persimmon inks.




I shall add these cards to the Simon Says Flickr Group challenge#71  which is "Favourite Technique".

Hugs
Sally

Friday, 12 May 2017

Birthday Roses.



I was lucky enough to win a gift card for Simon Says Stamp at the Love Handmade Cards Flickr Group challenge and my goodies arrived this week.  I couldn't wait to try them out and here is the card I made.

I have used the Altenew "Painted Flowers" which I have stamped and fussy cut, the scalloped die and sentiment are from Simon Says, I then added the pearls and gold thread before layering up on the spotty patterned paper I found in my scraps box.

I am adding this to two challenges, Simon Says Wednesday challenge "Going Dotty" and The Love Handmade Cards Flickr Group May challenge "Bring on the Flowers"

We are set for good weather again this weekend so its out in the garden for me, hope you all enjoy your weekend.

Hugs
Sally

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Pink Flowers

I had chance to make another card for the Simon Says Wednesday challenge and the Simon Says Flickr group challenge.  This time using the Spring Flowers stamps from Simon Says which I have stamped and embossed in gold and coloured with Zig Markers, I have then fussy cut ready to adhere  to my panel.  I coloured the panel by putting Zig markers on some acetate and spritzing with water before smooshing it on my watercolour paper panel. The sentiment is Hero Arts,

Its a lovely Spring day here and we are off for a walk, hope you have a great Sunday.
Hugs
Sally

Thursday, 4 May 2017

In the Pink!



I have been playing again with the "Simple Flower" stamps from Altenew, love the modern look to these flowers.  This is a very simple card stamped and an added Simon Says sentiment and sequins.

Another card for my daughter, as a teacher she is always asking for "Thank You" cards.

I am adding this to three challenges,  the Simon Says Flickr group challenge#70 "Anything Goes" , the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge "A Hint of Pink" and the Love Handmade cards Flickr Group May Challenge "Bring on the Flowers"

Hugs
Sally

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Shaker Birthday.


Its been a Bank Holiday weekend here in the UK so our daughter and son cam,e to visit and we have been out and about.  My daughter wanted a Birthday card for a friend so I quickly put this Shaker card together for her.  The stamps are the "Simple Flowers" from Altenew  and the square frames have been cut using Simon Says "Stitched Square "Dies.  It was hard to get a decent photograph as the acetate was very reflective.

I am adding this to the current Simon Says Flickr challenge#70 which is "Anything Goes."

Have a great week.

Hugs
Sally

Sunday, 23 April 2017

More Flowers!



I have had time to play with my new stamps again and have created these two small cards,  this first one used an old Spellbinder die to make the shaped card.  The stitched circle die is by Avery Elle, I have stamped the Painted Flower in black randomly over the circle, the background is coloured with Zig Brush Markers.  The sentiment is by Simon Says,  to add some sparkle I have added a Wink of Stella to the rose blooms although I can't get a good enough photo to show you the shimmer.

Both my cards are for two challenges the Simon Says Flickr group challenge "Sparkle and Shine" as in real life it has a definite sparkle and also the Simon Says Wednesday challenge "Showers and or Flowers"




My second card used the same Altenew "Painted Flower" stamp, this time onto a die cut  "Stitched Square" from Simon Says , I have layered this up on foam tape for dimension and added the sentiment and lots of pearls.

Hope you are having a fun weekend.

Hugs
Sally


Friday, 21 April 2017

Another shaped card.



I wanted to play again with the "Painted Flower" stamp set from Altenew, I really like the soft effect you can create with this stamp.  I have used the same method as for this card only I decided this time to make a shaped card.  I have coloured the flowers with Zig Brush Markers as you can create a very delicate colour.

I am adding this card to the Simon Says Wednesday challenge"Showers and / or Flowers"

Just a short post as I  need to get into the garden, have a great weekend.

Hugs
Sally

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Painted Flowers


I have two new stamp sets to play with after winning over at Virginia's Blog, this set from Altenew is called " Painted Flowers", I love the delicate looking blooms.  I have stamped and embossed in gold before lightly colouring with my Zig markers.  Added the embossed Die Cur sentiment from Simon Says, plus some Nuvo drops and gingham ribbon.

I am adding this to two challenges, the Simon Says Flickr Group challenge "Sparkle and Shine" and the Simon Says Wednesday challenge "Showers and/or Flowers".

Have a great week.
Hugs
Sally

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Simple Flowers.



I was lucky enough to win a gift voucher for Altenew on lovely Virginia's blog (thank you again Virginia) and my new stamps arrived this morning.  I got the Simple Flowers and Painted Flowers stamp sets and couldn't wait to ink one of them up.  Made this card using the colour inspiration at the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge Blog.  All the inks I used are Hero Arts, love the vibrant colours and the sentiment is from the Beautiful Day stamp set from Altenew.

We have a busy weekend as the family are visiting for Easter so stamping may have to take a back seat.

Hope you all enjoy the Easter break.

Hugs
Sally

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Lambing!!



This card is based on the card in my last post, I so liked the smaller size that I decided to try and make a round version.  I didn't add a sentiment this time as I shall save it  for a specific event and add one then.  I am adding this card to this months challenge at the LOVE handmade cards Flickr group  "Anything Goes".





I also wanted to share these photos, we have a large field in the front of our house which my craft room looks out over, so exciting as  this afternoon this cute lamb was born before our eyes !!  Its still wet in this photo and mum is busy licking her dry.






It was about an hour before the lamb got to its feet, very wobbly still .  Spring is definitely here in Dorset !

Hugs
Sally


Monday, 10 April 2017

Two Birthdays.




I needed two Birthday cards so set to work,  like lots of people I find masculine cards hard to make but as it is a 60th I decided to focus on the numbers which I cut with my Silhouette machine.  I then added the motor bike images using an older Hero Arts set called "Going".  Quite easy straight forward in the end!


This second card I found a lot easier as flowers and girly are definitely my thing!  I have made a few of these smaller square cards lately and like the finishes result.  The frame is cut using the Simon Says Stitched Square dies.  The flowers are also Simon Says from the "Spring Flowers" set.  I have stamped and embossed in white, coloured with Zig Markers  and then fussy cut.  The flower heads and leaves are pop dotted for added dimension.
I am adding both these cards to the Simon Says Wednesday challenge which this week is "Happy Birthday".

Have a great week.
Hugs
Sally


Saturday, 8 April 2017

Birthday Flowers.



I am still having fun playing with this Altenew Beautiful Day stamp, the image stamps so clearly and gives a great result every time.  Again I have stamped and embossed in gold as it adds that extra bit of luxury for a special Birthday card.  I have layered it up on a frame made from the Simon Says Stitched Square dies and the sentiment is from Hero Arts.  This card is for the current challenge at the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge Blog.

Its a beautiful day here in Dorset and we have been busy in our garden laying some turf, hard work but worth it, I am looking forward to sitting on the lawn in a few weeks!

Hugs
Sally

Sunday, 2 April 2017

More Spring Flowers!



Its been a beautiful week here so not much time for card making as we are re-designing our garden, lots to do!!  I have had time today to make two cards using my Altenew "Beautiful Day " stamps.  For both cards I have stamped and embossed the flowers in gold before adding the colour.  For a change I decided to use a dark background and I really like the gold against the black,  The sentiment is by Simon Says, I have just die cut then embossed.




For this second card I have used the Simon Says stitched squares die to add a frame to the card.
 I am adding these to the "Anything Goes" challenge at the Simon Says Wednesday Blog.  Also the second card I will add to the Flickr Group LOVE handmade cards April challenge.


I have another busy week lined up ans my Daughter is coming to stay for a few days, lets hope the weather holds for us!

Hugs
Sally

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Note Cards.


We have had some beautiful Spring days here and so I have been spending alot of time in the garden instead of making cards.  As we moved last year I am eagerly awaiting new growth in the garden as it is all a surprise, I do know we have some flowering cherry trees and I can't wait to see them in full bloom.  
These two note cards are inspired by the cherry tree blossom, this top one was an experiment and I am pleased with the result, I used the Altenew "Beautiful Bloom" stamping with distress inks on watercolour paper and  adding lots of highlights with Zig Markers, then I added loads of water to get this soft effect. The base square is a Simon Says die and I have embossed the edge in Gold before adding the sentiment and sequins.



For the second card I die cut another square of watercolour card and stamped and embossed in white the flower outline, then I added Raspberry distress ink, The flowers and leaves are stamped and embossed in gold then fussy cut before pop dotting on the card,

I am adding both cards to the Simon Says Wednesday challenge "Bit O'Green" and the Simon Says Flickr Group Challenge #67 "Think Spring" the Simon Says product I have used is the stitched square die on both cards.

Hope you are enjoying your weekend
Hugs
Sally

Friday, 10 March 2017

Flowery cards!


After seeing all the fabulous cards posted using the Altenew " Beautiful Day" stamp set I knew I had to have it.  At last it has come and I couldn't wait to ink it up.  For this first card I have stamped and embossed in gold and then fussy cut all the images.  I then stamped the flower with distress inks and coloured the remaining elements with Copics.  The sentiment die is by Simon Says. I am really pleased with this stamp set and know I will be using it loads!!!


I am adding this card to three challenges, the first at the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge "For a Special Lady"  The second is the Simon Says Flickr Group challenge#66  "Colouring" and lastly the Flickr Group Love Handmade Cards "Spring" Challenge.






For the second card I have stamped onto water colour paper and coloured with my Zig Markers, again the sentiment die is by Simon Says. This card is also for the Simon Says Flickr Challenge and the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge.

It really is Spring like here today the sun is shining and its a beautiful day,so I thing I shall be in the garden this afternoon.

Have a great weekend.

Hugs
Sally

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

30 Day Colouring Challenge !


I have got very behind with the 30 Day Colouring Challenge organised by Kathy,   Here are two more cards I have made both coloured with my Zig Brush markers.  This first one is using an old Hero Arts stamp, embossed in white then the coloures have been smooshed over, I then added some highlights of colour with the pens.  The sentiment is from Simon Says.  I am adding this also to the Simon Says Flickr group challenge #66 "Colouring".




For this card I used the Tim Holtz Flower Garden set also stamped and embossed in white before colouring.

I am now off into the garden, we have lots to do !!

Hugs
Sally

Saturday, 4 March 2017

Flower Tags.


I wanted to take part in Kathy's 30 Day Colouring Challenge but am a little behind already, I have made two tags, this first one using the Honey Bees Country Bloom set and coloured with Zig Brush Markers. This is for Day one of the Challenge.





For Day 2 I have used the Simon Says Spring Blooms set again, this really is my favourite set at the moment its so versatile.  Its stamped and embossed in gold and coloured with Zig markers.

I shall also add these tags to the current Simon Says Wednesday Challenge "Tag your it" and also two challenges over at flickr, Simon Says "Colouring" Challenge and Love handmade cards "Spring "Challenge.

Hope you are enjoying your weekend, we are having spring like showers then sun  today.  Spring is definitely on its way.

Hugs
Sally 

Monday, 27 February 2017

Mothers Day!


I was asked by a friend to make this card after seeing my other Spring Flower cards.   This time I have been inspired by all the snowdrops that are springing to life in the village I live.  I think this stamp makes a brilliant snowdrop.
I have stamped and embossed in gold onto white paper and fussy cut the flowers to form a tuft of snowdrops. Here is a photo I took last week such pretty flowers.

Its not the best photo as the weather has been really bad in the last few days and I needed to get it in the post to my friend.



Here is a photo I took last week in the woods near our house.


Hope you have a great week.

Hugs Sally

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Birthday Flowers.



Another quick play with that "Spring Flower" set from Simon Says, there really are so many possibilities!!  This time I have stamped and embossed in gold onto watercolour paper before colouring with my Zig Brush markers.  The purple flower has been fussy cut and pop dotted for some added dimension. I then added the die cut sentiment and some pearls, simple but effective.

Such a lovely day here, we have just been out for a 3 mile walk in the countryside and spotted these beautiful snowdrops, Spring is on the way !!!



I shall add this card to the Wednesday  challenge at Simon Says "Fantastic Florals" and the "Anything Goes" challenge at the Simon Says Flickr page.

Have a great week

Hugs
Sally

Saturday, 18 February 2017

More Spring Flowers.



We have had some lovely crocuses arrive in the garden ( as we have moved I am not sure what is already planted here) a lovely surprise , so I was inspired to use my "Spring Flower"s stamp again.  This time colouring the flowers a lovely shade of purple.  I have fussy cut all the flowers and stems and pop dotted for dimension . Its based on my last card but using a Kraft background.

The weather is lovely this weekend so we are off out in the garden to do some tidying, its great to be back out there again.

I am adding this card to two challenges, the Simon Says Wednesday challenge "Fantastic Florals" and the Simon Says Flickr group challenge "Anything Goes".

Hope you all have a great weekend.

Hugs
Sally

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Spring Flowers



I have been absent from my craft room for a week as our daughter has been visiting during half term.  I did get to play today and as this stamp set from Simon Says was still on my desk I had to ink it up.  I have stamped and embossed the flowers in white, then coloured with my Zig Brush markers.  Then I fussy cut all the flowers and leaves.  I added a die cut frame and popped it on foam for dimension then individually added the flowers and leaves plus some pearls to finish,

Its warming up a bit in Dorset and there are signs of spring arriving, looking forward to all the Spring flowers.

I am adding this card to the current Simon Says Wednesday Challenge "Fantastic Florals".

Hugs
Sally

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Love Heart!



Had some fun with my Kraft paper again making this Valentine card,  I have die cut the Heart and then stamped in white with "Canvas Stripes" from Hero Arts,  The square die and sentiment are both from Simon Says.  The flowers and leaves are from the "Spring Flowers set ,also from Simon Says, I fussy cut the small flowers and leaves and coloured with Zig Brush Markers.  Some of the flowers are raised on pop dots for added dimension.

I am adding this to three challenges Die Cut Divas "Red or Pink " Challenge and two challenges over at Flickr.  Simon Says  "Love is in the air" and LOVE handmade cards challenge"Hearts and Flowers"

Hugs 
Sally

Monday, 6 February 2017

New Stamps!!






I have a new stamp set from Simon Says called Spring Flowers and I have been having fun all weekend playing with it.  Here is a simple design that I have coloured with Zig Brush markers, the flowers also have lots of sparkle as I have added a Wink of Stella to them (hard to see in the photo).  I have also added some splashes of colour and sequins.  The love sentiment is also from Simon Says.

This card is for both the Simon Says current Flickr challenge "Love is in the air" and the Wednesday Blog challenge "Colour of Love".

This red heart is from a gorgeous box of chocolates I received last year from Hubby, I had to save it as it is so pretty and perfect as a prop for Valentines!!

Hugs
Sally

Friday, 3 February 2017

Love you!


I was lucky enough to win some goodies from Simon Says last month and as soon as they arrived I had to have a play.The flower are made using the Simon Says "Spring Flower " set inked and embossed in white and the coloured with Zig brush markers.  I then fussy cut them out.  The striped on the Kraft card is a really old stamp from Hero Arts called "Canvas Stripes" I have stamped it using white pigment ink.  The square dies and the love die are all part of my prize.  I have just added some white dashes to the Love word using a white gel pen to match the dashes on the flowers.





I have curled the petals for some added dimension before gluing to my card.

I am adding this card to two current challenges.  The Flickr "Love Handmade Cards" groups February challenge (Hearts and Flowers) and also Simon Says Wednesday Challenge "Colour of Love".

Hope you have a great weekend.

Hugs
Sallyx

Thursday, 26 January 2017

Thank You!


I needed a couple of Thank you cards to send, I have used old and new stamps for these cards but both have a flowery theme.  This first one is using the Country Blooms set from Honey Bee Stamps, I have stamped in black coloured the leaves with my Zig Watercolour markers, then just added a round of Distress ink to the flowers, An abstract design, but I am pleased with it.  The sentiment and tag dies are by Avery Elle.




This second card uses a Hero Arts stamp and die set that I have had for a while but love, Its the colour layering Hibiscus flower, I have also added some splatters and sequins.  I shall add both these cards to the "Anything Goes" challenge at the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge.

Have a great week

Hugs
 Sally.

Sunday, 22 January 2017

Thanks!


I only have a limited  selection of Simon Says Stamp products but I am keen to enter their flickr group challenge.  I always love a challenge as it often stretches my creativity and makes me try different things.  The latest challenge is to use your favourite technique well if you follow my blog you know I love this wax resist background technique, I have really used it alot if you want to try it yourself look here for all the details.  For the bottom of the card I have used a stamp from Honey Bee Stamps and the Black "Thanks" die is from Simon Says. I have just added a few sequins to finish it off, I love black and pink together always a great combination.

Its a beautiful day here, cold and sunny so we are just off for a walk in the sun.  Have a great weekend.
Hugs
Sally

Monday, 16 January 2017

Winter White Birthday



I had time to make another card for the Wednesday challenge at Simon Says "Winter Birthday"  again I have used my new stamp from Honey Bee Stamps. I have stamped it and embossed in Gold onto some die cut white card, added the glitter strip and layered it up on some coffee coloured card.  The Birthday sentiment die is from Avery Elle, lastly added some pearls.
Have a great week
Hugs
Sally

Friday, 13 January 2017

Wintery Birthday Wishes!


I am having fun playing with my new Honey Bee stamps, this time I have made a card for the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge "Winter Birthday".   I have chosen blues and gold for my card, wintry colours, this card is two layers, the underneath is just Peacock Blue distress ink blended onto the card.  The top layer is my Honey Bee stamp stamped and embossed in gold then fussy cut, I added a strip of gold glitter paper and the sentiment die.
We have had some really cold weather here and it did snow but didn't last long, there is just a bitter wind now so I plan to snuggle in front of the log burner this afternoon.

Hugs
Sally

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

A Floral Birthday.



I have had more time to play with my new stamps from Honey Bee Stamps, this set is called "Country Blooms" and I can see its going to be a favourite.  The stamps give lovely clear images and are great for colouring.  This time I have used my Zig Waterbrush markers, then I have fussy cut the image and added it to the oval frame.  The background is created with Distress ink and wax paper.

This card is for two challenges, "New Something" over at Simon Says Wednesday Challenge.   and the "Anything Goes" challenge at LOVE handmade cards FLickr group.

Hope you are having a great week and its not too cold where you are.

Hugs Sally

Sunday, 8 January 2017

Crafty time at last!


Happy New Year to you all, hope you had a great break, unfortunately I got a nasty cold just after New Year which affected my crafty mojo.  Hopefully its back now and I am feeling a lot better too.

 I was lucky enough to win some stamps from Honey Bee just before Christmas and they arrived this week, I couldn't wait to ink them up and here are the two cards I have made. This first one has been coloured with my Zig watercolour markers, I loved colouring this pretty design.  I shall enter these cards into ABNH "Anything Goes " challenge and also the Simon Says "New Something "challenge.



The second design has been coloured with Stabilo pens and copics, the sentiment is from Hero Arts.
I have also entered this card into the LOVE -Handmade Cards flickr group challenge, "Anything Goes"


I just thought I would show you my other crafty project that I have been working on, a picture made from sea glass that I have collected from the local beach.  The beach near us is Lyme Regis and it is very famous for being on the Jurassic coast line, lots of fossils are found on the beach here especially ammonites  so my design is based on an ammonite.  



Hugs Sally