Thursday, 23 April 2020

Fairy and Handprints

Hi everyone, I hope you're all keeping safe and well. A little while ago I received a Lavinia Stamps fairy from Brenda over at Floral Fantasies. Anyone who knows her will have seen the amazing fairy scenes she makes with her stamps and I only wish I had the talent to create something half as good! But not to be put off I sat looking at the little fairy called 'Faith' and when I was looking for inspiration I came across the Creative challenge on Lavinia Stamps website with the theme of 'blue + silver'..... so that was the start of this card.

The background is coloured with Distress Inks and Distress Oxides and the fairy stamped in black Memento ink. I used nesting dies to make the card base and silver frame and added some little silver star embellishments to finish.

I wll enter this in the following challenges

Lavinia Stamps Creative challenge 'blue + silver'

Penny Black and More challenge 'anything goes'

NBUS challenge 'Darnell challenges us to get out our Never-Before-Used-Schtuff'

Now onto the 'Handprints' part of the post title. Whilst my little granddaughter is in lockdown and can't have her usual playdates or go to playgroup etc. her Mummy has been keeping her occupied with plenty of crafting fun and other activities. These are some handprint creations she made.... I especially love the elephant. 

On that note I shall leave you and head out into the garden to enjoy more of this glorious sunshine. Take care of yourselves and thanks for popping by today.

Sunday, 19 April 2020

In Search of Inspiration

Hi everyone, I hope you're all at home keeping safe and well. I noticed that in our area people are venturing out a lot more than they did in the first week of lockdown and our neighbour and her extended family have totally ignored all rules about staying home, visiting and social distancing since day 1 and are still carrying on as though they are immune from all that is happening in the world. Don't know about you but I just can't understand some people!

I have no idea where last week disappeared to and I've totally lost track when it comes to what day of the week it is. I seem to be spending a lot less time crafting and even less on the computer! The title of this post just about says it all as Mojo did the usual disappearing act and I was left scrambling about searching for inspiration and finally found a sketch which was the starting point for my card. The fun NBUS stamps are MFT 'festive flamingos' which I coloured with Promarkers and then had to fussy cut as I don't have the matching dies (remind me never to buy stamps without the dies again!) Following the sketch I made the banner from snippets of snowy paper for the sky, silver mirri card for the ice and a piece leftover from the MFT 'horizontal snowdrift' die for the snowy landscape. Then to finish off I added the sentiment from the same stamp set.

I'm heading over to the following challenges with this

MFT Wednesday Sketch challenge 

Pixie's Snippets Playground 'use your snippets'

NBUS challenge 'break out your Never-Before-Used-Schtuff'

Next I've got a card made ready for my Aunt's (98th) birthday next month. I used a LOTV art pad image - well 3 of the same image - which I fussy cut and layered up to give it dimension which really does make it look so much nicer. Along with the last of some pretty paper (not sure which pack it's from), some pink card for matting. pearls and a sentiment, I finished the card and managed to use up some more of my older stash.

This is for

Allsorts challenge 'flowers and/or showers'

Well that's it from me for today.... I'm off to search for Mojo and hopefully some more inspiration. Thanks for coming to visit and I'll be round to visit you all in the next week - I promise. Take care and keep yourselves safe.

Friday, 10 April 2020


Hi everyone, I hope this easter weekend finds you all safe and well. Mojo keeps playing hide and seek with me but at least I've found plenty of spring cleaning and housework to do to keep me occupied when my mind's not on crafting. I've also been very busy doing some online shopping from Australian shops (goodies for my granddaughter to help keep her amused and take her mind off not being able to go and play with her friends), as well as searching for those elusive home delivery / click & collect slots, oh and not to forget the odd search for online crafty bargains!

I was the very lucky winner at Stamping Sensations last month and the prize was a set of stamps and dies from a company called Thirsty Brush & Co. I admit to having not heard of them before but when the set called 'from the heart' arrived yesterday I just had to have a play. The lovely Camellias stamp and die-cut wonderfully and I used my usual Promarkers to colour them. Then I made up the card using a scrap of background paper and the negative from a die-cut scalloped circle. I've left this without a sentiment for the time being and will add something later as I plan on sending out a few cards to catch up with people just as soon as things calm down and it's safe to go out again and queue in the post office.

I shall enter this in the following

Allsorts challenge 'something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue'

Penny Black and More challenge 'anything goes'

Time Out challenge 'inspired by words'

NBUS challenge 'use your NBUS'

Thanks for popping by today and for taking the time to leave me a comment. Look after yourselves and stay safe and healthy.

Sunday, 5 April 2020

Snippets and More

I'm back already.... and with a trio, which were all made with snippets.

I used rainbow colours and all Uniko goodies on my first card - NBUS stencil 'broken lines' on the background, stamps from the 'flower power' sets and the spots are from the 'background builders round in circles' set.

This is for the following challenges

Uniko Studio challenge 'spots & stripes + additional twist use a stencil'

NBUS challenge 'use your NBUS'

Allsorts challenge 'something old. something new'

Stamping Sensations challenge 'somewhere over the rainbow'

TGIF Color challenge 'rainbow'

Next I made something a little different..... I was looking at a snippet of glitter paper, a unicorn and die-cut cloud left over from other projects, and the bits left from the snowdrift die I used in my last snippets make... then Mojo gave me a nudge and I had one of those rare moments of inspiration and made a fridge magnet. Luckily I'd just bought some sticky backed magnet sheets as I use them for storing my dies on.

This is heading over to

Pixie's Snippets Playground challenge 'use your snippets'

Country View challenge 'animal magic'

So while I was in a creative mood I decided to have a play with another Uniko stamp 'hello lovely' coloured with Promarkers. A snippet of paper and a piece of lace and another card made!

I made this for

Passion for Promarkers challenge 'lace and flowers'

.....and to finish with I thought you might like to see a photo of my Little Miss Cutie Pie playing in her tent with the caterpillars she made sat outside.... and yes that is her crafting mat on the floor in the background.

Thank you for popping by today and I hope wherever you are and whatever you're doing that you are safe and well

Wednesday, 1 April 2020

NBUS + Snippets

Hello everyone, I do hope that you are all keeping safe and well in whatever corner of the world you are. We're okay but just feeling a bit lost with the uncertainty of what the rest of the year will hold.... I should have been spending time booking flights and planning a holiday for later in the year with our daughter and granddaughter but that has all been put on hold until goodness knows when. I've only just managed to coax Mojo out of self-isolation to make a card with some NBUS goodies and snippets. This will be heading off to Australia at some point to my little Miss Cutie Pie.

 I used MFT 'sunshine and friendship' stamps, coloured with Promarkers and cut with the matching dies and 'horizontal snowdrifts cover up' die for the background, with a sentiment from 'polynesian paradise'. As all of this was NBUS goodies I'm heading over to join in Darnell's newly resurrected NBUS challenge with it's own brand new blog (which she set up with help from Loll). It's a monthly challenge, a place to show off our new and old NBUS goodies and to give each other inspiration (and no doubt encourage us to add more to our 'really must have that' list!

As I used snippets of Neenah cardstock for the stamping and snippets of coloured card and paper for the background I'm skipping (rather late this fortnight) over to Pixie's Snippets Playground to see Miss Di and the playmates and no doubt see more to add to my 'must have' list.

I'm also joining in with the Country View challenge where the theme this month is 'animal magic'.

On another note  - we managed to get a click and collect slot from Sainsburys on Monday evening and we even got a pack of toilet rolls.......... but NONE of the chocolates I'd ordered. I'm not sure about you but I'd say chocolate is definitely an ESSENTIAL item!

Thanks for popping by today and for taking the time to leave me a comment, I really appreciate it and will be over to visit you all soon. Take care.