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Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Ciao dall'Italia ....... (Hello from Italy)

Happy Wednesday ....

Just a quick post to say even though hubby and I are away enjoying ourselves on the beautiful Amalfi Coast in Italy ..... I am still working!!  OK .... maybe not working, but I am on the Uniko Studio blog today with an inspiration post for you, using the gorgeous Chrysanthemum stencil.  Here's a few sneaky peeks ......

so pretty in pink!

crisp and fresh, perfect for Spring.

looks striking in black .....

and don't forget, your stencils work great alongside all those word dies

Why not pop over and see the designs in full.

Cheerio for now ...... time for breakfast

Friday, 13 April 2018

There's still plenty of time to enter the Craft Stamper Challenge ......

Happy Friday 13th!! ......

I hope you're not superstitious. 
This is a scheduled post as I'm currently on my way to Naples ...... (I hope I am anyway!)  Then we're off to Sorrento on the beautiful Amalfi coast, for a week of relaxation, sight seeing, good food and nice wine. Hopefully we'll get some sun too!

April's Craft Stamper Challenge is in full swing, I did sneak a quick look at the gallery before I left and there's some amazing entries on there already.
If you've still not got yours in don't worry, there's plenty of time and if you need a little inspiration here you go .....

A little bit of stencil monoprinting.  You know I don't like to waste anything and this was a left over piece from a stencil workshop.

This was done using the pretty Daisy stencil from Inkylicious.  I'd used the stencil in the normal way, applying ink through the design to get the daisy image (see that card HERE)  Instead of wiping away the excess ink left on the stencil I added a touch more, spritzed over the top with a little water then placed the stencil ink side down, onto a piece of watercolour card.

I gave it a quick press down with a paper towel then removed the stencil and what was left was this pretty monoprint effect.  I really like how the image isn't perfect, and of course no two are ever going to be the same.
This is a great way of using up any left over ink on your stencils ...... they make really interesting background pieces,  and you can add more colour if you want to, or stencil different designs over the top to add layers, or simply stamp onto them as I've done here

A Penny Black sentiment, and a couple of my favourite bees from Lavinia Stamps

I did stamp the bees directly onto the card, to get the tiny details of the legs etc., and stamped them again onto a piece of white cardstock.  These I coloured in and then fussy cut them and layered them over the top

A touch of sparkle to the wings and a few drops of glitter glue and we're done!
I did brush around the edges with a little Vintage Photo Distress Ink just to frame the daisy

As always we have a challenge sponsor, and this month it's ....

and the prize for the challenge winner (randomly chosen) is 2 fabulous stamp sets (see below)

We'll also have a Design Winner ...... chosen by the DT.  Who knows .... this month it could be you!
You can find all the challenge details along with more fantastic inspiration from the rest of the Design Team over on the Craft Stamper blog

Thanks for popping by ...... have a great weekend.
And I'll see you all when I get back.

Arrivederci alla prossima volta .......

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Happy Little Stampers ATC challenge ........

Happy Tuesday evening ......

Only 2 more sleeps to go then we're off on our trip to Italy ..... non vedo l'ora!

Before I get started on the packing though, it's time to get the final challenge for April underway over on the Happy Little Stampers Blog.

It's already been a busy month over there ...... as it is every month.   There's a challenge for everyone whether you like to Watercolour,  or is CAS your thing?  A little bit of Christmas maybe,  or Mixed Media.  And if dies are your thing, then there's also a challenge for you with Anything Goes with Dies ...... and last, but not least this month it's the ATC challenge

It's a great theme this month ...... we all have butterfly stamps in our stash.

I've kept things fairly simple ..... watercolour card inked with Distress Inks and spritzed with water and then cut into ATC sized pieces (2.5 x 3.5 inches/64 x 89mm)

A little bit of random stamping on the background with a white ink

And then I stamped my butterflies using Onyx Black Versafine and heat embossed the images with a clear powder

All the words/sentiments have been stamped onto vellum using Versamark ink and heat embossed in white

I stamped a little extra onto the bottom of one of the ATC's .....

And this little guy has been stamped onto a leftover piece of card, fussy cut and given the Wink of Stella treatment to add a touch of sparkle, before attaching him to the ATC .....

and a few dots of white gel pen here and there finishes everything off nicely.

So .... are you an experienced ATC maker or have you never made one before?  Why not give it a go and join in the fun.
As with all the HLS challenges there's a $20 gift certificate for the winner AND .... if they've used HLS stamps then the prize is DOUBLED!!

Happy stamping!

Thanks for popping by .... enjoy the rest of your day.

It's been a busy few days here .... I've finally made it back into the craft room and I've been playing catch up trying to get everything done before we go away. 
Thank goodness my back is a lot better than it was ..... I can comfortably sit down again ..... yeah!! (Maybe the G&T's at the weekend did work after all!)

Cheerio until next time .........

Friday, 6 April 2018

Time to Travel for the Happy Little Stampers Mixed Media challenge ....

Happy Friday evening .....

Yeah! ..... the weekend is here!
Should have kept my mouth shut yesterday about the sunshine.  No blue skies today I'm afraid ..... and it's cold!!!  It was a little fresh on the prom this morning .... glad I wasn't on the boat! 
Never mind ....... this time next week I shall be in Italy, on the beautiful Amalfi coast.  Sunshine (hopefully!), delicious food (no doubt!), nice wine (of course!) and seven relaxing days .... I can't wait!

Lot's to do before then though!  Including getting this month's Happy Little Stampers Mixed Media challenge started.

This month's theme is Travel ...... hmmm. Had to think about that one, even though I am getting in the holiday mood. 
In the end I came up with a pretty tag (could be classed as a luggage label I suppose) and, as I couldn't find any stamps relating to Italy in my stash (must do something about that!) I chose another of my favourite places to visit ...... PARIS  (something else to go on the To Do list .... haven't been there in a while)

I started out with a plain manila tag and simply added some colour using Distress Oxides directly from the ink pad onto the tag (I think it was Worn Lipstick and Twisted Citron)  I then used a wet wipe to blend the inks and cover the tag.

I used a couple of stencils to add more detail to the background ..... a heart stencil and the Worn Lipstick ink, and a leaf stencil which I used a wet wipe with to take away some of the ink and give a ghosting effect.

I stamped the beautiful Eiffel Tower onto the tag using my MISTI, just to make sure I got a clean image. I then added a touch more colour to the flowers, using the Distress Oxides again

And you can see I added a little bit of white gel pen to the centres and also to  highlight the main word.

I added a final layer to the tag by using the leafy stencil again, this time with texture paste .....

and a sprinkling of fine crystal glitter

As always there's a $20 Gift Certificate for the challenge winner ...... and don't forget if there's HLS stamps on the winning project, then the prize is doubled!!
You have to be in it to win it though ..... happy stamping!!

It's been a busy few days challenge wise, the beginning of the month always is.  Thank goodness I was prepared and had everything ready to go. 
What I wasn't ready for though was my workshop, which should have been this weekend ..... sorry ladies!
I'd moved it forward a week because of the holiday coming up,  then I went and put my back out didn't I.  I haven't been able to sit in the craft room and prep everything so unfortunately, I've had to cancel ....... sigh!  I really look forward to our monthly meetings ...... never mind, the May one is a week earlier than it should be too.  I'll be all prepared for that one ..... hopefully!

Thanks for popping by ....... have a lovely weekend, whatever you have planned.
Finger's crossed the weather gets a bit better. We're off out tomorrow evening, it's Chris's girlfriends birthday so we're going out for dinner ...... and maybe a cheeky cocktail or two!!

Cheerio until next time ......

Thursday, 5 April 2018

Be You ......

Happy Thursday ......

It's challenge time again.
As you know the challenges over on the STAMPlorations Blog have been running a little differently lately.
To give Shery and her family time to catch up with things, and get used to daily life with a brand new baby and a toddler (I don't know how she does it!) instead of all the different monthly challenges that run, there's only ONE!

There's still a challenge theme, and as long as you follow the theme then any type of project is welcome ..... so anything goes really

This month the theme is ..... FOCUS ON THE SENTIMENTS ....... let the words take centre stage.  Make a feature of your sentiment, either on it's own or alongside another image.

There's so many fabulous large sentiment stamps around at the moment ....... check out the Typografia range or the Say it Big series from STAMPlorations, which is where the sentiment that I've used on my card comes from ......

It's called Be You and I've used it here alongside the pretty Radiant Roses from the In Bloom collection (which by the way is in the Spring Sale!)
Oh Yes! there's a fantastic Sale event going on at the moment ...... the STAMPlorations Spring Fever Super Sale.  It's running from April 1st through to the 8th so there's still a few days left to grab a bargain.
You'll find gorgeous stamps, stencils and dies in the Spring section on the website, all with 25% off.  Just use the Code SPRING25 at the checkout.  See the website for full details

Anyway ...... back to the card ......

I stamped the roses using Versamark ink and heat embossed the image with gold embossing powder.

I then coloured the flowers with various shades of Distress inks and used a water brush to blend the colours.
A few ink splatters on the background with the same inks, add a bit more interest

I stamped the sentiment in Black Versafine straight onto my card ...... I used my MISTI to do this so that I could re-stamp until I got a really deep, crisp image.

I stamped it again onto a seperate piece of card, this time in a deep pink shade, to co-ordinate with the flowers, and heat embossed with a clear powder.   I did a little fussy cutting around the word 'You' and attached this over the top of the black version, slightly off set to give the look of a shadow. You can also see that it's had a coat of Glossy Accents, this brings the colour out even more.

To finish off I added the flowers to the inside of my card .....

Heat embossing in gold again, and using the same Distress inks as before to add the colour.

Now it's your turn .... can't wait to see your designs in the challenge gallery.

Check out all the challenge details, along with prize information, over on the STAMPlorations Blog.  You'll also find some amazing inspiration pieces from the rest of the Design Team on there too

Happy stamping!

Thanks for popping by .... enjoy the rest of your day.

It's been lovely here today, the sun has been shining ..... and dare I say Spring has finally arrived!
My back seems to be getting better too ..... fingers crossed!  I'm OK stood up now, and I can walk around fine, it's just sitting or lying down I'm still having trouble with!   

Cheerio until next time .....

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Let's get Jolly for the Happy Little Stampers Christmas challenge ......

Happy Wednesday evening .....

How's your week going? Better than mine I hope.
I'm still struggling with this back of mine ..... although it does seem to be easing up just a little bit.  At least I'm upright today which is a good sign.

Anyhow .... enough of all that ..... on to tonight's challenge.  It's the Happy Little Stampers again and this time we're going a little festive for the Christmas Challenge ......

As always the theme is Anything Goes, with this month's optional twist ..... JOLLY!
You don't get much jollier than this little guy ..... and doesn't he go well with the HLS sentiment from the Christmas Joy clear stamp set

I must confess he was a late edition to last years Christmas stash so didn't actually get used. I'll make up for that this year I think!

He's been stamped onto white card using black Versafine ink and then I've added colour to his hat and scarf using ZIG Markers and a water brush

A touch of fine crystal glitter to give some added sparkle .......

and a sprig of festive holly to add the finishing touch. 
The holly is from the same HLS stamp set and I've stamped it using a green ink, heat embossed in clear and then fussy cut around it, before using the ZIG pens again and a few drops of Glossy Accents on the berries

I inked up the sentient stamp using two colours of ink and stamped it directly underneath the snowman.
Now it's over to you.

As with all the HLS Challenges there's a $20 Gift Certificate for the winner, which will be doubled should the winning project have been made using HLS stamps.

Happy stamping folks!

Thanks for popping by .... enjoy the rest of your day.
I have to go and help clear a bedroom now ....... don't how much use I'm going to be!!  We have a new bed arriving tomorrow for the guest room so we have to move the old one out.  I can't lift it but I can help to push it down the hall ...... this should be fun!

Cheerio until next time .....

Monday, 2 April 2018

Happy Little Stampers CAS Challenge .....

Happy Monday evening .....

And welcome to April!

I hope you've had a lovely Easter break.  It's back to normal tomorrow ..... but hey! look on the bright side, there's only 4 days until the weekend!!

It's time to get this month's blog challenges underway.  First one up for me is the Happy Little Stampers  CAS challenge

As you can see the theme this month is ..... Chevrons
It had me stumped for a while this one, until I remembered the HLS Mix Mash stamp set .... there's chevrons on there ........

And I'm sorry but, I just had to use the brand new Perfectly Succulent set again too ..... I love this little cactus!

I stamped the chevrons in various shades of Distress Oxides, on one side of a piece of white cardstock

I stamped the sentiment (from the same set) on a snippet of white card, and cut the end to follow the shape of the chevrons before attaching it with foam pads.

The cactus was already on my desk ..... a little stamped leftover from the recent HLS Blog Hop.  He just needed fussy cutting and colouring, which I did with my ZIG markers

I added a touch of Glossy Accents to the plant pot, which gives a little bit of nice texture, before adding him to the front of my card using a piece of folded acetate ...... one of my favourite things to do at the moment ...... along with the googly eyes!! So much fun ..... and, he actually does rock!

A few splatters of the Distress Oxide colours to add a bit more interest to the background, and I've also carried the design over to the inside of the card ......

I should use these chevrons more often, they look really cool!  I think they make great mens cards too don't you.

As always there's a $20 gift certificate for the challenge winner to spend in the HLS store ..... and don't forget, if the winner has used HLS stamps on their design, then the prize is doubled!!

Happy stamping!!

Thanks for popping by .... enjoy what's left of the Easter break and have a great week ahead.

I hope the weather improves though.  Talk about April Showers ........ it's been one long shower here all day.  We even had a few flurries of snow in there too.  Mind you ... even if the weather had been nice today, I wouldn't have been going anywhere.  I only went and put my back out this morning .... making breakfast.  What's all that about!!!!
I bent down suddenly to catch something and felt a slight twinge ...... turned to put a plate in the dishwasher, and that was it ....... OUCH!!
I can't sit, I can't stand, I can't even lie down for any length of time ...... it's going to be an interesting few days. 

Cheerio until next time .......
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