Saturday, 21 October 2017

Autumn Leaves



I was keen to take part in the Simon Says Wednesday challenge, this week its a photo challenge.  My inspiration was the photo of all the fallen Autumnal leaves.



This is my card created using only Die Cuts, the leaf die is from Simon Says, its the Berkshire Border Leaf Die and I have cut it in various colours to form this collage.  I also added some pearls and my Hello sentiment.


There are lots of fallen leaves here as we have been experiencing some high winds this weekend, hope the weather is better where you are.

Hugs
Sally

Monday, 16 October 2017

Thinking of you.



Had time to make another card for the Wednesday Simon Says Challenge "Thinking of you"  again I used the Script stamp from Hero Arts , the leaf stamp is from Altenew's Beautiful bloom stamp and using my Misti I stamped in various shades of Distress ink. The lovely Leaf Die is from Simon Says again I have coloured with Distress inks.  Hard to see in this photo but the background card is stamped and embossed in white using the Hero Arts Woodgrain stamp.

I shall also add this card to the Simon Says Flickr Group challenge. 

Have a great week.
Hugs
Sally

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Autumn Leaves



The leaves are turning colour now and I was inspired to make this card for the Simon Says Flickr challenge  "Fall is in the Air". The Leaf die and Stitched Square die are both from Simon Says and the Canvas Striped stamp is an old one by Hero Arts.  Had fun colouring the leaves with Distress inks .

Also adding this to the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge "Thinking of you" and the CAS watercolour challenge ( a new challenge for me, thanks Betty for the heads up.

Its a lovely day in Dorset and we are off out for a walk, have a great Sunday.

Hugs
Sally

Friday, 13 October 2017

Flower Challenge Take 2!!!



I found some time to have a second attempt at the Flower Challenge "Use your Favourite Flowers"  so pleased I have found this challenge, I love using flowers on my cards.  Check the challenge out there are lots of prizes ( if I were lucky enough to win The Concord and 9th stamps from Severn Hills would be my choice).



As I said in my last post I have lots of favourite flower stamps and this is another one from Altenew called Painted Flowers.  The writing stamp is an oldie from Hero Arts and the background leaves are from Altenew's Beautiful Blooms set.  Just coloured with Zig markers and added a few sequins for sparkle.

I shall also add this to the current Wednesday Challenge at Simon Says "Thinking of you".

Have a good weekend
Hugs
Sally

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

New Challenge for me!!

I have found a new challenge blog and its one I am sure to visit again as its called "The Flower Challenge" and as you know I love making cards with flowers.





The theme is use you favourite flower and this Altenew "Beautiful Bloom" is a definite favourite although I do have a few flower stamps in my stash that I love to use. I have stamped and embossed the flower twice in White then have fussy cut and layered up.  The striped background is an old stamp from Hero Arts and the Scalloped die is Simon Says.
There are lots of great prizes ( I would love to with the Concord and 9th stamp from Severn Hills Crafts)  have a go there is still time to enter.

I am also adding this to the Simon Says World Cardmaking Day challenge.

Its a rainy day here so hopefully I can ink up my stamps again!!

Hugs
Sally

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Pearly Tree!



I found time to make another Christmas card to add to my box, again I have used dies by Simon Says and Tree stamp and die by Hero Arts adding gold embossing and pearls for added shine. Another simple card .

Adding this to the current Simon Says Wednesday challenge and the Anything Goes challenge at the Simon Says Flickr Group.

It has really turned Autumnal here now so I am finding time to make some pickles and chutney ready for Christmas then I must crack on and make some more cards!

Hugs
Sally

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Christmas Die Cuts.



I have just had a week away in sunny Cornwall and have found it hard to get back into my card making.  I really needed to crack on with my Christmas cards so tried to get my mojo working   I made these two small cards using dies and embossing folders.

The square stitched die is from Simon Says and the snowflakes from Hero Arts, the sentiment is also Hero Arts.

Two very simple cards to get me back into the creative zone !!

I am adding both these cards to the challenges at Simon Says Wednesday Challenge Blog and also the Flickr Group Challenge.

Hugs
Sally

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Stretching my stamps!!


I am always looking for ways to stretch my stamps and after planting up my winter tubs with Cyclamens I was inspired to make a Christmas card with the "Spring Flower" set from Simon Says Stamp.




I Gold embossed the blooms from the set and coloured with Zig Markers then I added some leaves from the Altenew "Simple Flowers" set.  The Square dies making up the frame are also from Simon Says and the sentiment is Hero Arts.  So I used three different stamp sets to make up the design and I am really please with the result!

I shall add this card to both the Simon Says Wednesday challenge which this week is "Pop it Up" and also the Simon Says Flickr Group challenge #80  which is "Emboss like a Boss" and the Naughty or Nice Challenge for the month "Frame it".



Hugs
Sally

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Christmas Bauble


Just a quick post as I had time to make another card for this weeks Simon Says Wednesday Challenge "Clean and Simple"   I used the Simon Says "Stitched Square Dies" for the background, the gold embossed script is by Hero Arts and I am not sure where the bauble die is from, again a very simple card and another for my Christmas box.

I shall also add this to the Simon Says Flickr Group challenge "Emboss like a boss".

Have a great week

Hugs
Sally

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Die cuts and Embossing!


 My Christmas card making is now in full swing and I am pulling out all my older stamps ( I really need some new stamps LOL ).  This tree and sentiment are both older Hero Arts and the lovely scalloped die is from Simon Says. I have embossed the tree and sentiment with gold for a shimmer.



I needed a label for a Birthday present again this stamp is an older Hero Arts one, the background is made using the Wax Embossed Resist technique which Gina shows to perfection here.  I have used the Simon Says Stitched Square dies to cut the shapes carefully positioning them to make rectangles, such a great way to stretch your dies further.

I will add both the tag and card to the current Wednesday challenge "CAS" at Simon Says and the Simon Says Flickr Challenge "Emboss it ".


Have a great weekend
Hugs
Sally

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Watercolour Poinsettia.


Just a quick post today as we are decorating and I need to get on with it !

Love this "Antique Poinsettia" stamp from Hero Arts, I have stamped with Distress inks and then using water and a paintbrush dragged the colour into the image.  I then Die cut the rectangles and added a sentiment and some pearls.  Such a simple card but I am pleased with the out come.

I am adding this to the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge "Stamp it" and also the Love Handmade cards Flickr Group challenge.


Also made this spinner card based on a card I made the other week,  This time I have three layers using both gold and silver embossing, I then added the stoned split pin to make the elements spin.
This is for both the Simon Says Wednesday challenge and the Simon Says Flickr group challenge.


Hope you are having a relaxing weekend.
Hugs
Sally

Friday, 8 September 2017

Poinsettia



Made another Christmas card with the Star Flower Background stamp from Simon Says, this time adding a Poinsettia using Hero Arts "Antique Poinsettia" stamp,  not sure if this is too fussy ?

I am adding this to the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge and the Simon Says Flickr Group challenge.  

Looking through my Christmas stamps and I can feel a shopping spree coming on, just off to see whats about LOL!!


Hugs
Sally

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

More Christmas Cards!!


While I had the "Star Flower Background " stamp by Simon Says on my desk I decided to make some more Christmas cards with it, the star design really lends itself to Christmas designs.  This time I have created two CAS cards by just stamping and embossing in gold.  I have also used the "Square Stitched die" also by Simon Says.  This first card is very simple, the sentiment is by Hero Arts.




For the second card I stamped and embossed the design twice, fussy cutting the star and layering it up.

Well two more cards off my list and with all the wet weather we are having at the moment I am sure I will be making more over the next few days.

I am adding both these cards to the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge "Anything Goes" and also the Simon Says Flickr group challenge "Stamp it"

Enjoy your week
Hugs
Sally.

Sunday, 3 September 2017

Christmas cards started!!



Decided to make a start on my Christmas cards, and after seeing lots of inspiration on the Simon Says blog hop made this card using the Star Flower background stamp.  Embossed in silver onto watercolour card and then coloured with Distress Stains and Zig Markers. The sentiment is an old one from Hero Arts.
I shall add this to the Simon Says Wednesday Blog "Anything Goes " challenge and also the Simon Says Flickr group challenge #79 "Stamp It".





This is a card using the Honey Bee stamp "Country Blooms" and Simon Says "Square Stitched "Die and "Thanks"Die.  I shall also add this to the "Anything Goes" challenge at Simon Says and also the Love Cards Flickr Group challenge which is also "Anything Goes" this month.

I have also linked it to the current Naughty or Nice Challenge, which is a new one for me.


Its a wet and windy day here in Dorset, seems like summer is over and Autumn is definitely on its way. I love summer but Autumn brings more time to craft so its not all bad LOL.

Hugs
Sally

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Get Well cards


I have been really busy over the past few days and have found no time to craft, but I was eager to take part in the challenge at the Simon Says Flickr group with the theme this time of "Dots or Stripes".  Yesterday I at last found some time and made these two cards.  I had run out of get well cards, my 98 year old Aunt is in hospital and as we live so far away I like to send her a card every week to let her know I am thinking of her.

This first card is using the Simon Says Square Stitched Dies, the Striped stamp is "Canvas Stripes " from Hero Arts  and the flower is from Honey Bee stamps. I have coloured the flower with Zig Markers and then fussy cut.




The second card also uses the "Square Stitched" dies from Simon Says and also their "Stitched Scalloped" die.  The flowers are Altenew's "Painted Flower" stamp fussy cut and layered on Pop Dots.  Need to get this one in the post today.

Have a great week

Hugs
Sally

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