Wednesday, 1 July 2015

A Pleasure to make.....

Hi Everyone,

I'll say lovely to see you today and then get the weather out of the way from the start and just say ....... I don't like it hot!!!  Which is why I love Spring and Autumn ;-)

I've not had much I could show recently as I've had quite a few cards to make for birthdays coming up soon but last Friday was Helen's birthday so I can now share her card. 

Once again it was a simple format (my favourite style at the moment) where I blended various shades of blue and purple Distress Inks through a sunburst stencil and then did the same with a doily stencil on top.  If I remember correctly I used brushes to apply the ink.  I inked roughly around the edges then matted onto two layers of complimentary card.  I stamped one of Dina Wakeley's scribbly birds onto the stencilled card, mainly so I didn't have to fussy cut his legs, lol, and then again onto some designer paper from my stash.  I cut him out, minus legs, and stuck him over the image on the card.

Finally I stamped the Chocolate Baroque sentiment direct to the card.........why the heck do I always do that last and risk bu......   er, ruining the whole thing ;D........ and stuck the layers onto my cardbase.

That's it for today and it could be a few days before I get back with anything else.  I'm trying to finish the fab project we did at our weekend with Lin Brown a couple of weekends ago but my craftroom is pretty much no go in this heat.  See you again as soon as I can.

Lesley  Xx

Sunday, 14 June 2015

Geometry was never my strong point!

Hi everyone,

Phew, it's been a while since I got to post anything and it's not that I haven't made a few cards but chump that I am I kept forgetting to take photos, lol!

Anyway, I now have my swap tags and ATCs to share ....... and I'm very early for once, mainly because I knew I had a fairly busy month coming up and also because I got a crack on with them thinking they were going to take me ages because of the theme this time which is ...................GEOMETRIC!!!  Now this is a topic/subject which struck fear into me at school, second only to algebra, but once I got started my tags and ATCs came together quite easily and I really enjoyed doing them.


I completely forgot to make notes of what I did on the background so for once you just have a few photos and I won't be boring you with the basics, lol!



Thanks to Chris for setting this theme as I ended up enjoying getting out of my comfort zone!

Bye for now!

Lesley  Xx

Sunday, 24 May 2015

It's Only Words and .............

the BeeGees have always been one of my favourite groups and that song another of my favourites.

Good Morning Everyone,

This Sunday morning started out a bit damp and very dull but at 2:00 pm it's starting to brighten up a bit.  Typically for a UK bank holiday weekend it's definitely a tad chilly with the wind though which is a shame for those hoping to make the most of the outdoors.  No problem for me though as I am quite happy at home this weekend ;-)

It's time for swapping tags and ATCs with the group I'm in and the theme for this swap is 'Words'.  I loved this theme when it was announced but because of our recent family bereavement I haven't had much time (or mojo) and thought I wasn't going to make it but I got a spurt on over the past few days and my stuff is ready to post on Tuesday.


I was at a loss where to start and was going through some bits and pieces I'd saved from workshops years ago where I found the above tags which had been used for techniques but never made anything with.  It's so long ago I can't even remember what was on the first one but the second just had a lovely image stamped with Golden Interference paste and I built on it from there.  I'm pretty sure you'll be able to see it if you click on the pic and it created a lovely resist.

Over on the PaperArtsy blog the current challenge is, by coincidence, Words and there have been some absolutely wonderful blog posts to inspire us all starting with THIS ONE but there are several of the DT whose post have techniques I've used on these tags.  As I've used several PaperArtsy stamps and other products I hope my swap buddies don't mind me linking these up to the challenge this time. 
 I was quite pleased with the ATCs too because I used two previously unused stamps for the background (Inkylicious wood grain and a PaperArtsy stamp which is basically little bits of different script and finally the main image is another unused stamp by Chapel Road.

Since my last post when I shared all the gorgeous handmade birthday cards I'd received I've been lucky enough to extend my birthday a little because I've had a couple of beautiful late arrivals....

 Thank you Kirsten it's fabulous! 

This card was actually from the Chocolate Baroque birthday card swap group which is a closed group but it was designed and made by Debbie.

And if you made it to the end of the post here's another photo from my garden.  I used to have lots of these stunning double daffies but think the slugs have got them all bar this one. Isn't it a beauty!

Lesley  Xx

Thursday, 14 May 2015

And a 'not so quick' Birthday Card post......

Hi Everyone,

Last week I had a birthday (60+++.... :D) and count myself so lucky to have some extremely talented crafting friends so my lounge was beautifully decorated by awesome creations for a week.  Before I put my gorgeous cards in my box of treasures to be taken out and lovingly stroked every so often yesterday I got round to taking photos and share them now with you all.  I've added the blog links where possible and you would find some fab inspiration on each one!

Here we go in no particular order.........

Blogger seems to be playing up for Julie Ann's link.  I do hope it works because her blog is very special!!!
Not only did I get the gorgeous card but she also sent me one of her fabulous peg dolls. Isn't she wonderful and I need to choose a name ;D!

Hazel also decorated the envelope with the same fab seed pod image but I forgot to take a pic :-(

I can't find a link anywhere for Chris's blog but if you are looking Chris, DM me the link & I'll edit this post ;-)

The final 3 are from my lovely longstanding crafting buddies who I met over the internet through our mutual love of Chocolate Baroque stamps (way back in the days when they were Elusive Images).  What an amazing 'match maker' the internet and crafting can be as every single card in this post comes from someone I have 'met' this way and gone on to meet many in real life.  They are all amazingly supportive through thick and thin and I'm very grateful for their friendship.

Jo's interests have taken a different route (for the moment) but she still made me a stunning card!

and last but most definitely not least

I so appreciate all the time and effort my friends put into making these little works of art and they will always be treasured by me.

Finally, for those of you who don't already know last Friday, after being very ill for some months after breaking her hip last November, my lovely Mum passed away.

Nora Kemp
26.7.28 - 8.5.15
Rest easy now Mum.

This is the card I have made to take to the nursing home to thank them for their care and kindness to Mum, my brothers and myself during the short time she stayed with them.

See you all again soon when hopefully normal blogging will resume.  Enjoy the rest of your day!

Lesley  Xx 

Monday, 11 May 2015

Another quick birthday card post

Morning All,

Today I have another birthday card I made for a crafting friend.  Two of my friends have birthday's a few days before my own and my last post showed you Hazel's and today I am sharing the one I made for Sally.  Sally is another fabulous crafter and does the most awesome scenic cards, amongst others.  When I've had time to take photos I'll be sharing the fabulous cards I received for my own birthday including one from Sally.

I stamped the swirly 'stem' and then ran the piece of card through an embossing folder.

I then stamped several of the flowers and leaves (which both come in two different sizes) onto white card and coloured them with pencils before cutting them out, shaping and layering them and arranging them on the embossed background.

Finally I stamped the sentiment, cut it out and layered it onto co-ordinating card, added it to the main image with 3D foam and layered the whole piece onto more co-ordinating card before layering onto the base card. Finally I added some dew drops to the flower centres.

The stamps I used are from Honey Doo Crafts with a sentiment from JoFY for PaperArtsy.

Have a good Monday everyone.

Lesley  Xx

Sunday, 10 May 2015

And once more .... by the skin of my teeth......

I have an entry for the current PaperArtsy Blog Challenge!

Hi Everyone and I hope you are having a lovely Sunday doing what you love best.

I didn't think I was going to manage an entry to this fortnight's PaperArtsy Blog Challenge which is all about sprays as Leandra describes so well HERE.  The PaperArtsy DT have shared some absolutely stunning makes, as always, and I can't wait to try some of them.  However, I had a couple of birthdays for the beginning of the month and decided to try something using sprays for one of them.

It was the very lovely and also very talented Hazel's birthday just 3 days before my own (more about that in another post).  Please drop by her blog if you get chance as she shares some fabulous makes and her enthusiasm for anything involving craft is so contagious!  Anyway, for her card I took inspiration from Leandra's introduction to the various sprays and found a card on Pinterest by the brilliant Eileen Godwin which I wanted to try but using a different method to her altogether. I will try her tissue paper method at some point though because it looks great.

I have several different types of sprays in my stash all sadly neglected but by far the majority of them are Glimmer Mists which I have had for years and I daren't count them ;-/  These are the ones I chose to use here.

I used the stencil I made myself for the bokeh technique and kept moving it around using a different colour spray each time and drying thoroughly with the heat tool in between each spray.

I then added some stencilling using Versamagic ink and finally stamped some Artemio silhouette images and the butterflies over the top before layering onto the card base.  Obviously with using a stencil I got a bit of bleed underneath which could also have been due partly to the card I used but I quite liked the effect and overall I was really pleased with the outcome.

Off to link up my entry now and catch up on the details of each of the PaperArtsy DT share over the past two weeks as I've only managed a brief look at the photos and I know there's lots of tips and ideas to soak up.

Thanks for dropping by.

Lesley  Xx

Friday, 24 April 2015

One Happy - One not so!

Hello again and thank you for your visit.

I have a couple of cards to share with you today (there would have been two more but I forgot to take pics ;D). 

This first one was for my OH who shares his birthday with Queen Elizabeth II ...... perhaps I should have made her a card as well, lol!  I took inspiration from a card I found on Pinterest here but as usual tweaked it a bit.  I think OH was very pleased not to receive a card from me that wasn't shades of brown, lol!

 The stamps I used are from Inkylicious and I worked directly onto linen look card to get the texture.

My second card is one of those all crafters wish they didn't need to make and doubly so in this case as it was for a relatively young person who died from pancreatic cancer.  He's left behind 2 boys from his first marriage and a little girl who isn't 2 yrs old yet and her sad!

I inked and stamped three squares of card, stuck them to the base card and stuck the poppy die cut ovr the top.

A few more pics of our neglected garden's little treasures.

 Beautiful Helibores

Delicate Pieris Japonica

Lovely waxy Hyacinth

See you again soon!

Lesley  Xx