Saturday 14 January 2023

Allsorts Challenge #711

 The theme for the Allsorts Challenge this time is **A/G or Winter Blues** and I've decided to go along with the colour theme because I've just been making a bookmark for a friend who has a birthday later this month.  There is some reflection from the plastic sleeve which seems to be slightly wrinkled but I'm going to pop it under a heavy book which should flatten it out.  Also it has yet to have a ribbon added - I had nothing the right colour so I've coloured a piece using the same colour as I used for some of the inking, but leaving it to dry before I add it. I did think of taking the bookmark out of the sleeve and taking another picture (minus wrinkles) but I didn't want to risk creasing the piece of card which is a fairly tight fit in the sleeve.

All stamps from Lavinia Stamps
Distress ink and Versafine Claire for stamping

Thursday 12 January 2023


 Looking through my file of cards made last year I see there are a few which I've not shared on my blog.  I do enjoy building up scenes with stamping onto backgrounds which I've made and this one used stamps from Lavinia - I can never have too many of them - so beautiful and very versatile as well. I started off by masking off a circle on the card, adding some small foliage stamps and applying some inks using a soft brush. the mystical boat (Liberty) was stamped and a mask was used to add the little passenger,  A bot of delicate colouring using pencils.  The stars were added as a final touch along with a sentiment.

Distress inks used and a selection of Lavinia stamps

Tuesday 10 January 2023

Snippets Challenge #445

 Celebrations in the Playground because it is an Anniversary for the lovely Di who took over running this challenge 11 years ago - such dedication.  This time the challenge has been set by SaRn who has now joined Di  to lend a hand and there is an opportunity to be entered into the draw for another really generous prize this time.  As usual we have to rummage through our snippets to find something suitable for making a card and as an added extra, take a photo of said snippets.   I've had to be a bit more organised making my card this time, remembering to take pics of the snippets - I normally just 'wing it' using bits and pieces which come to hand 🤣.  

I started by deciding which stamps and dies I was planning to use and then sorted out a selection of greens and yellows/browns.  I actually had to cut into a whole piece of white card for the embossed background but of course that's left me with some white snippets for another project - always loads of small white/cream snippets around, handy for adding sentiments.  The embossing folder was inked using a brayer before running it through and then I set about stamping the dinosaurs and die cutting them along with a selection of rocks and leaves.  I then put everything together and that's it - my entry for the current Snippets Challenge and a card suitable for anyone who likes dinosaurs.

Background - Birch trees E/F Stampin Up (retired)
Dinosaurs - No Bones About it - Stampin' Up (also retired)
Leaves, grass and rocks - various Stampin' Up retired stamp/die sets

Sunday 8 January 2023


 The January challenge on Stamping Sensations is **add some sparkle**  and I've done this by adding some pale pink gems to this floral card.  The flowers have been stamped, coloured and die cut and the sentiment was stamped using Versamark and white embossed on black card.  A piece of landscape DSP was used behind the white die cut layer  Hopefully the floral theme will remind us that Spring is just around the corner, despite the grey, rainy weather this morning 😍

 Flowers - Hand Penned Petals stamp set - Stampin' Up
White Layer - die cut from Stampin' Up Aspen Trees set
Landscape background - DSP from New Horizons also SU (retired)