Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Joan's favourites

Good morning, just popping in with our mid month inspirational post, the last few months the DT have been taking it in turn to share their favourite five stamps and some artwork using them and this month it is my pleasure to introduce JoanJoan is one of our newer team members but had been a regular entrant and winner of our challenge and has fitted into the team perfectly. 

Don't forget our March 'One for the Guys' theme is still running  with a £35 gift voucher from FoilPlay to be won and you will find the post below this one. Now I will had you over to Joan.......................

"My turn for mid month inspiration in which we are to choose five favourite stamps and show something made with them. Well its an almost impossible task to choose only five from my enormous collection, I have been a rubber stamp addict for over twenty years and have never parted with any of my stamps, my favourite stamp is always the one I'm just using ,anyhow here goes

I'm a great fan of Inkylicious stamps so this is just one of them, "Live Your Life" and also vine flourish

My second choice is a Penny Black Stamp called scented message, lovely for birthday cards

And next is a Stampendous stamp, Ranunculous,  great for stamping on inky backgrounds

Now I know Brenda used this one last month but I had to include it too , love the butterflies but the text stamp must be my most used background stamp ever ! Papillon

And finally this is actually a set of stamps, Stampin Up Gorgeous grunge, my "go to" set for quick and effective cards - especially for men!


Thanks you so much for sharing your lovely cards with us Joan, I am sure everyone has enjoyed seeing them as much as I have.

Sunday, 1 March 2015

March challenge - One for the Guys

Welcome to our March challenge and it's my pleasure to introduce another lovely new sponsor Foil Play who are offering one very lucky winner a £35 voucher to spend in their store. Our theme this months is......................

********One for the Guys********

Foil Play specialises in rub on foils and ultra fine glitter, along with card toppers and 3D decoupage (die cut and traditional) and a great selection of greetings and embellishments too. New products are added often and the site offers an array of over 11,000 different paper craft products from classic and well known brands, including Kanban, Hunkydory, Dufex, Craftwork Cards, La Pashe, The Hobby House, Debbi Moore Designs and many more.

Foil Play has no minimum order and you can pick just the individual products that you want, without needing to buy a huge kit. There are plenty of crafty bargains, including big discounts for bulk packs of selected products. UK P&P is free when you spend over £10, orders are packed carefully and sent speedily by First Class mail.

This month we are very pleased to welcome Delphine as our Guest Designer, we loved the card she won with a few months age and here is another stunning card from her....................

And more inspiration from the Design Team who have as always risen to the challenge with a stunning array of work.....................


Now it's over to you to share you creations for the guys in our lives.

Friday, 27 February 2015

February winners

Good afternoon, my apologies that our winners post is so late but I have had mega computer problems and unable to do much at all for the best part of the month, so I am so sorry I didn't get to many of your entries and want to say a huge thank you to all of the DT for holding the fort during February, you are all troopers.

With so many fabulous entries I know it has been hard for the team to select their favourites, but these are the final ones who came out of the voting........................

This month winner is.........................

We love the muted colours, textures and dimension

Well done Lynne, you have won the very generous voucher from Little Claire, enjoy your shopping spree and don't forget to pick up our winners badge.

This months To 3 are..................

A gorgeous inky indulgence

Beautiful monochromatic and romantic tag

Lovely use of Brushos/Bister

Well done to you all, please collect our Top 3 badge to display on your own blogs.

I will be back - Blogger and computer willing - on Sunday with our March challenge.

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

February mid month

Good morning Peeps, I am here with our mid month inspirational post for this months Anything Goes theme which you can find here.

The last few months the DT have been sharing their favourite five stamps and it seems now it's my turn ! I have no problem introducing my fellow DT's, but somehow it's a little strange when it comes to myself, so I think I will be keeping it fairly simply and rather than bore you with lots of blurb just list my favourite stamps and show a few cards I have made using each of them in recent months. All I will add is that I agree with my fellow DT's that this is a very hard task and it took me some time selecting, Poppies and Trees would have been an easy choice or so I thought until I realised I had so many of both. 

My first choice will come as no surprise at all to anyone who knows me or who has attended my classes and demos, in fact any one of them would have predicted this one would be at the top of my list. It's Stampendous P107 Agapanthus Cluster which I seem to have been repeatedly using for many, many years, I love it so much that I actually bought a second one just in case it was ever discontinued or my original one wore sad is that !

Used along with masking and Pan Pastels 

With Pan Pastels and grunge paste

Just a generally inky indulgence

It was also inevitable that there would be a good number of Penny Black stamps in my shortlist, from the day I started stamping they were my favourites and the love affair has never faded. I love the fact that they still make many wood mounteds which are my stamp of choice and their design and quality remain as good today as fifteen years ago.

I have a bit of a fetish for inspirational quotes and Penny Black have a good number of them which I find lend themselves to many styles of crafting. And of those Dance, Sing, Love 2695J is definitely my number one choice, again a pretty old stamp that comes out time and again.

With Dylusions, bleach and grunge paste and Penny Black Poppy

Dylusions and grunge paste again with other PB stamps and die

Again with Dylusions and grunge paste, masks and a PB die and just part of the sentiment

Floral's rate very highly on my list and I love this beautiful Hollyhock Penny Black 4376K which is a relatively new wood mounted stamp.

With dylusions and grunge paste

The Hollyhocks combined with parts of another Penny Black sentiment

Clean and simple - for me that is

Tim Holtz Papillon unmounted stamp set is one I have had a few years which comes out regularly.

Along with yet more dylusions

Same again with lots of background stamping

With Dimensional paste and used in the background

Penny Black Birds on a Wire 3937H is another old favourite, it's also now available as I die.

Masking, Pan Pastels and a PB quote

More masking, Penny Black Asprire grasses and Pan Pastels and using a fine black pen and ruler you can easily extend the wire as I have done here

Exactly the same again and another Penny Black sentiment

Thank you for taking the time to browse my favourite stamps.

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