Sunday, 13 August 2017

Two new cards.


After a busy week in the garden I have found time to make some more cards, this first one uses the "Country Blooms"  stamps from Honey Bee , I have stamped and coloured the image with Zig Markers and then fussy cut out.  The large scalloped die is from Spellbinders, I decided a shaped card suited this image, I then adhered with foam tape after adding some splatters with the markers.  The Thanks die is by Simon Says, finally I added a few pearls.
I am adding this to the current challenge #77 at the Simon Says Flickr Group.





This second card was a bit of a challenge foe me as I prefer to make cards with flowers on, but I wanted to take part in the Wednesday Challenge at Simon Says.  I dont have may child related stamps so I found this free Heather Ellis digital image online.  I have again coloured with Zig markers and die cut the balloon to make a shaker with glitter paper and sparkles.  The sentiment is Simon Says.

Now I am off to the garden again as its a lovely sunny day here.
Have a great Sunday,

Hugs
Sally

Monday, 7 August 2017

Very productive weekend!!



I want to improve my water colouring and found time this weekend to sit in my craft room and practice,  I was inspired by this card and decided to have a go.  I think I need alot more practice yet!!

The stamp set is from Altenew called "Beautiful Day" and I used distress inks as watercolour paints.
The sentiment is by Simon Says.

Next I made a pink version again the sentiment is from Simon Says.  I always struggle when adding a sentiment to a card and I am not really happy with this. So with the next card I am leaving it blank and just adding my sentiment on the inside.



For this card I used an old Hero Arts stamp called "Canvas Stripes" for the base,  the scalloped die is from Simon Says.  This time I stamped and embossed in white two flowers and then fussy cut so I could layer up the flower for more dimension.

I am entering all three cards into the current "Splatter it" challenge over at the Simon Says Wednesday blog and also the Simon Says Flickr Group Challenge #77.

Its set to rain again here so I am off to do some more practicing!

Hugs
Sally

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Lots of Splatters!



I am keen to improve my watercolouring so decided to ink up this lovely Painted Poppy stamp from Altenew.  I used Distress ink and then smooshed with water, I also added some blue and then splattered ink onto the page.  The sentiment is from Simon Says.

I am adding this to this weeks  Wednesday challenge at Simon Says "Splatter It"

The weather has improved a lot here today, no rain and the sun is out, time for a spot of gardening.  Enjoy your week.

Hugs
Sally

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Painted Flowers.


The weather here has been awful today, heavy rain all day and its cold for the time of year.  Its a perfect day to get in my craft room and have a play, this is the card I have just finished.  I have used watercolour paper and the Painted Flower stamps from Altenew.  I have stamped with Distress inks and then using water and a brush just smooshed the colours around. The sentiment is from Die-Namics.




Had fun with this one, I do like playing with watercolours!

I am adding this to the August challenge at Die Cut Divas "Anything Goes" .

Hugs
Sally

Monday, 24 July 2017

Christmas in July!!



I had chance to make another card for the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge "Seeing Stars"  I decided to make my first Christmas card of the year and dusted off an old favourite of mine, the Hero Arts Snowman stamp and die. I have coloured with Zig Markers.   The background is a die cut with my Silhouette machine and placed onto a blue distressed background.  I have also added some Stickles for lots of shimmer.






This second card I made for my oldest friend, I have known her for 50 years and she is a very special fried so I wanted to make her a special card.  I have used Altenew's "Beautiful Day" set which I stamped  and watercoloured with distress ink and then fussy cut out.  The background is a Tim Holtz stencil.  This is my third card for the Summer Challenge over at Virginia's blog.

We are off back to Surrey for a few days to visit old friends and some family, I am looking forward to catching up with everyone.

Hugs
Sally








Saturday, 22 July 2017

More crafty time!




I am playing along again with Virginia's Summer Blog Party,

here is creation number 2.



  I have stamped and embossed in white the Altenew "Beautiful Day" stamp then after layering I also added some more colour with my Zig markers.  Next I fussy cut.  Stamped the leaves direct to the background card that I have also die cut using the "Wavy Stitches Scalloped " die from Simon Says.

I am also adding this to the current. Simon Says Flickr group challenge "Anything Goes"



My next card is very simple, I have just stamped and embossed in white the Simon Says "Star Flower Background" stamp.  I then shaded with Distress ink and added some highlights with Zig Markers.  This is for the Wednesday challenge at Simon Says "Seeing Stars".

Its been a very wet and windy few days here so we are taking the opportunity to decorate the kitchen, just waiting for the paint to dry then back to it!!

Hugs
Sally.  

Monday, 17 July 2017

Poppies.


I had another chance to play along with the Wednesday challenge at Simon Says "Use Plaid", this time I have used the "Painted Poppy" stamp set from  Altenew.  I have used the Simon Says Scalloped Die again, only turning it on its side for a different look.  The sentiment is from Hero Arts.
I have also added some ink splatters and pearls.

Its a beautiful day in Dorset and I am going for tea in the garden, just perfect!

Hugs
Sally

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Two posts in two days!!


I cant believe it, I have found time to make another card!! I really wanted to take part in the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge "Use Plaid"and after sorting through my patterned papers I managed to find some Plaid paper.  The flowers are from the Altenew set "Painted Flowers" which I have stamped and fussy cut.  The scalloped die is from Simon Says, added lots of sparkle with some wire and sequins.  Not my usual colour choice but I like it!!

I am also adding this to Virginia's Summer Blog Party Challenge.






Just thought you would like to see this  photo of one of the cows in the field opposite our house, such a lovely face!!

Hugs
Sally 

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Back on Track!!


It's been a while since I had time to make a card, but I am back on track and found time to make two today for a couple of challenges.  This first card is using Simon Says "Stitched Square"die and "Thanks"die with the "Zen Floral" stamps from Honey Bee .  I have coloured with Zig markers and added some pearls. This is for the challenge over at the Simon Says Flickr group " Black and White with a splash"



My son asked me to make this card, he wanted a bright sparkly card for his friends little daughter Amelie.  The stamp is from Hero Arts and the window die for the shaker element is  from MFT.  I cut her name with my Silhouette machine.  I am adding this to the "Anything Goes" challenge at the Love Handmade Cards Flickr Group.

Hugs Sally

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Patterned Paper


We are back from a weeks house sitting for my cousin and I have at last made it to my craft room again, I wanted to join in the Wednesday Challenge at Simon Says so hunted through my huge stash of patterned paper to do this fussy cut card.  I used the "Spring Flower" stamp set from Simon Says and also their "Stitched Square "Dies, also added some pearls for a little sparkle.



Here are three shots I took in my cousins garden, he is a huge wildlife fan and encourages it to visit his garden.  The badger is a regular visitor, he loves peanuts!!



The squirrels eat all the seeds that fall from the bird feeders.



And this is a Damsel fly that was attracted to the pond in the garden.

Hope you all have a good week , I am off again to help with another school trip so no more crafting now to next week!

Hugs
Sally

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