Saturday, 13 May 2017

Seaside album

Morning fellow crafty bloggers, this week Hochanda had Crafty Individuals on their programme and they managed to get Jean on, although she said she was nervous I think she did a brilliant show, the theme of the stamps was seaside, I decided to make a zig zag album which I am sharing with you today a list of the stamps and materials are at the bottom,

Materials used
Stamps......CI 272 Seaside Treasures
CI.....278 Beside the seaside
CI....397 Call of the sea
Life Journey 2 Matt images
Background book 6 The Seaside
Thanks for taking a peek
hugs n smiles

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Spring has finally arrived.......

What a glorious couple of days we have had this weekend, I have managed to finish weeding my garden and planted a few more plants ready for the summer, the theory is to just then chill depending obviously on the weather. A few weeks ago I made an album for my sister featuring the lovely stamps from Crafty Individuals, its a memory album of our family home garden, unfortunately we had to sell the house after Mum became ill so my Son took some lovely pictures throughout the year which I used for this album.

I have used the spring time book from CI for the background papers and then put a wash of gesso over the papers to soften the colours then on some of the pages I used stencils to create the raised areas and then spritzed glimmer mists to add colour in parts before adding the stamping.

I embossed the frame sprinkling on glitter and then stamping
the crackle background stamp using versafine black

CI..209 Winter Trees, CI...287 Birds on a wire,CI....405 Listen to the trees
CI......309 Singing Merrily, CI....116 crackle background

Thanks for taking a peek
Hugs n smiles

Sunday, 12 March 2017

New Stamps........

Morning crafty bloggers here are a couple of cards that have been made using the new stamps from Crafty Individuals, I've kept them simple so that you see the full designs.

The main image was embossed in gold using stamp CI...466 (on offer at just £4.15) and then painted with H20s, the frame is frantaged with a pink, gold and white, the background was made by stamping and embossing in white with the music stamp CI...194 Spring time music

This time I have used stamp CI...468 You are a star on offer at £4,95, again really simply made by inking up the stamp in various shades of inks, the star cut out was embossed and mounted on the tag with the sentiment of thank you on a glitter washi tape
Thanks for taking a peek

Monday, 2 January 2017

Sad farewell.............

Morning fellow bloggers wishing you all a very happy new year, hopefully this one will be a little less sad as we said goodbye to so many people. Unfortunately my Mum was one of those people, she passed away in my arms on Sunday 18th December, she has struggled with dementia for many years but we refused to accept it and carried on with life as near normal as possible with her going to garden centres, cream teas and play areas with Zach, my Tuesdays won't be the same any more especially come September when Zach goes to school full time. I guess I'll just catch up with my crafting that has been put on the back burner these past few months. I did forget to post this last Christmas card that I made with the new stamp CI...462 large Christmas tree.

I just stamped the background with the new snowflake stamps using broken china and chipped sapphire and added splashes of water to soften the colours, The snowflakes are wooden toppers that I brought in Sainsbury's and then used frantage and a gem stone on the top to finish.
This year I hope to get back into doing challenges as I neglected my blog so much as well as catching up with you guys.
Hugs and Smiles

Friday, 16 December 2016

Tranquil snowy scene..........

Morning fellow bloggers, here is another card featuring one of the new stamps from Crafty Individuals,such a lovely little snow scene, which I kept very simple by just giving it a wash of Tea Dye distress ink.The word silent night I stamped and embossed on Vellum using CI 446 and the snow cottage scene is CI 463

 I must confess that I haven't been in my craft room for a couple of weeks as I have my Mum living with me and unfortunately she is on end of life, so I have spent the past 10 days sleeping by her side and holding her hand. Three months ago Mum fell and broke her hip and after seven weeks in hospital she went to a nursing home unfortunately they didn't know the meaning of nursing and after a week she was taken back into hospital as she was so poorly, she spent a week there but they couldn't do very much other than give her fluids and antibiotics to fight the infection and because of her dementia, we decided that Mum would be best at my home where we could wrap her in love, but now it is the time that we have to say goodbye, at least all of the family have had that chance to come and say their goodbyes and she is out of pain, asleep and comfortable.

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

New stamps ........

A couple of weeks ago Crafty Individuals launched a few more wonderful stamps to tempt you, here is a  cards I have made using some of them.

 I am still practising with my copic markers, I kinda just build up layers, I must invest in a some classes as I'm sure there is a lot more to these pens. This card is made using the following stamps CI 465 Festively Ornamental  I used the smaller snowflake stamp to stamp the background and around the sentiment, the poinsettia was coloured and fussy cut out to sit around the frame of the sentiment CI 446 Festively Curly words.

hugs n smiles

Sunday, 13 November 2016

Christmas makes......

Morning to you fellow crafty bloggers, I have been away for quite a while now and thought it was time to share some of the cards I have been making but not blogging, I must admit to not feeling up to is as for the past six weeks I have spent every afternoon in hospital visiting my Mum who fell and broke her hip but because she has dementia her progress has been slow and her dementia has got worse, it's a cruel disease as there have been a couple of days when Mum has been herself again but there are more days when she has become lost to us and has been very agitated. We have now had to go and look at nursing homes for her as she is pretty much bed ridden but a couple of the places we visited gave us nightmares with the conditions and staffing levels, we knew that Mum would end up back in hospital real soon again, how these places get to continue is beyond me the standards are so low.
Anyway onto my Christmas card that I have just made featuring a few Crafty Individual stamps, the image has been coloured in with copics as my Son added another set to my collection as a birthday present and of course you never have quite the right colours so you end up buying more........we all been there yes!

The green background I created by using a brayer and Fresco acrylic paints, after which I stamped the dictionary definition onto it CI 396 , on a spare bit I stamped and embossed the word Noel CI 446, the Santa image CI 396 I cut out and mounted over a piece of lace.
Thanks for taking a peek
hugs n smiles