Monday, 15 February 2016

A Crazy Little Bird Told Me

Happy Monday dear blogging friends, the start of a new week and I do hope it's going to be a good one for us all. 

I've just returned from visiting my son for a few days, so nice to spend time with him.  It also meant I had a chance to meet up with my crafting pal Lauren and to visit That's Crafty in Romford which was great fun  - and there were a few goodies which just had to come home with me oopsie !

Good to be home with my stash once again though and I have a number of ideas for new projects buzzing around in my head - and a few new items in my stash to play with !

Now onto the project I'm sharing with you today.  Another of our pals had a birthday in January and this is the card I made for him.

The Tim Holtz Bird Crazy stamps and dies are just perfect for creating a male card I think, I also used the Crazy Things stamps and dies for the different elements and the Crazy Talk stamps for the sentiments. 

I coloured the images using Distress Inks and ProMarkers and added Glossy Accents on the hat band and spectacles. 

The background was created using two stamps from the Stampers Anonymous Slight Alterations set, plus the dots stamp from the SU! Endless Birthday Wishes set, all stamped using DIs.

I hope you enjoyed today's project, thanks for visiting.

Friday, 12 February 2016

First Birthday Card For 2016 !

Hi there dear blogging friends, it's been such a long time since I posted anything here.  Life just got very busy and complicated since my last post in November 2015 and during the past couple of months I found it difficult to find the time to craft let alone keep my Blog up to date.  I do thank you all for still visiting and apologise for the fact that there was nothing new for you to see !   

Now we are into a new year and my Dad is getting back to good health, I'm hoping to post on here a little more often and more regularly.

I have managed to do a little crafting recently and have some new projects to share with you. Today I have the first Birthday card I made at the start of the year to share with you.

As I was looking through my stamp stash whilst making Christmas cards I found this lovely Lili of the Valley handbags stamp which hadn't been inked yet, perfect to use for my project. 

The image was stamped using Versafine black ink onto Crafters Companion watercolour card and coloured with Spectrum Aqua Pens and a water brush.  I added clear Wink of Stella pen over parts of the image and also touches of Startdust Stickles to give it a bit of bling. 

The sentiment is from the SU! Endless Birthday Wishes stamp set, stamped using SU! Raspberry Ripple ink, I also dragged the ink around the edges of the sentiment layer before attaching to the card.  With the sentiment stamp lightly inked, I gently touched parts of the stamp around the edges of the main image layer to create the impression of a frame.

Starting with a 6x6 base card I cut away part of the front to create a slightly different shaped card.  I used some magazine freebie papers for the background on the front and more inside, attached the image layer onto a scrap of SU! colours cardstock before placing onto the front, with part of it overhanging the cut away edge.

My pal loved the card and I hope you've enjoyed seeing it today too.

Thanks for dropping by to check out what I've been creating, I do hope to see you here again soon.

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

It's Been a While !

I just realised how long it's been since my last post on here, apologies and thank you for continuing to visit my Blog. 

Life has been very hectic over the past few weeks, some good and some bad stuff going on. We returned from a lovely vacation only to find that our central heating boiler wouldn't work, no heating or hot water was a bit of a shock to the system after experiencing the lovely warm Florida weather, especially when the temperatures plummeted last weekend.  Happy to report that the boiler is now fixed - although it did take 9 days for the repairs to be carried out.

Well, enough of my woes, I have a new project to share with you at last.  Whilst I have made quite a lot of Christmas cards already for this year, I do still need to make a few more.  Today's project is one of the cards I made since arriving home.

I vowed not to add any more stamps to my vast Christmas stamps collection, but when I spotted the set of Inkadinkado stamps containing this gorgeous wreath, I just had to have it.  In fact I've used all four of the stamps in the set and I love them all, so I'm mighty pleased that I weakened and did buy it.

The wreath image was stamped onto a piece of heavy weight watercolour paper using Versafine black ink.  I then used my Ranger Distress Ink pens to colour the image.  After colouring the wreath I used a gold Wink of Stella pen to colour the frame and applied clear WoS to the uncoloured areas.  The whole thing sparkles like mad in bright light, but it's not easy to capture in a photograph.  I am pleased at how 3D it looks after colouring.

Finally I cut out the image taking care to cut around the leaves overlapping the frame, and then attached it to a C6 base card. The sentiment was added using a stamp from the SU! Sassy Salutations set.

I hope you like my latest project, thanks for visiting.

Friday, 6 November 2015

Happy Birthday Dad x

Good Morning all.  Today my gorgeous Dad is celebrating his 89th Birthday Whooo Hoooo !  Sadly I won't be seeing him on his Special Day as I'll be travelling, but hope to be with him tomorrow.

Here's the card I made especially for him

I first created a background directly onto a 6x6 basecard using Brusho Acrylic Shimmer Spray, spritzing lightly.  I then cut a rectangle of corrugated Kraft card on which I'd previously stamped randomly using black ink.

After attaching the corrugated panel to the front of the card I attached a smaller rectangle of white card onto which I stamped the Happy Birthday from a SU! Sassy Salutations stamp set using Memento ink.  

This simple design is perfect for a man's card I think.

Thanks for dropping by today to see my latest project.  I'm now looking forward to spending time with my Dad to belatedly celebrate his Birthday over the next few days.

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Snowflakes Christmas

Hi folks, I've got another Christmas card to share with you today, once again crafting with my pal Kathy (the Purple Princess) using her stash.

Materials used:
  • Stampendous large snowflake stamp
  • Dylan Reaveley 'Stocking Fillers' stamp set - smaller snowflake and sentiment
  • Background created using Acrylic paints and Gelli Plate
  • Stardust Stickles to highlight

And now since it is What's On Your Work Desk Wednesday here is the work desk I'm currently sharing with the Purple Princess

Brush Pine Christmas

Hi there Blogger friends, just a quick post from me, sharing a Christmas card I made whilst crafting with my pal kathy (aka Purple Princess)

Using Kathy's stash I created a background using Distress Inks  before overs tamping the Pine Brush image with a slightly darker DI.  I added touches of Stickles to bring a little sparkle to the image.

Materials used :

  • Penny Black Brush Pine stamp
  • Distress Inks - Fired Brick and Barn Door (applied using a blender tool) Crushed Olive
  • Dylan Reaveley  'Stocking Fillers' stamp set (snowflakes used)
  • Crushed Olive DI used to create a slightly larger layer from white card stock
  • Stickles - Platinum and Stardust to add sparkle

I'll be entering this for :-

  1. Creative Inspiration - Challenge 334 - Sparkle
  2. City Crafter - Challenge 286 - Getting Ready for Christmas

I hope you've enjoyed your visit to Stamping Grandma's crafty space and today's project, thanks for dropping by.

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Entering a Rudolph Day Challenge

Happy Tuesday dear Blogger friends, I wonder if you are like some of my crafting pals and have already made more Christmas cards than they need for this year.  Or are you like me and still busy trying to catch up and get enough made during the next couple of weeks before we actually get to December.

That said, I've been a little busy over the last couple of days crafting with my pal Kathy (aka the Purple Princess) and made four festive cards which are also perfect to enter a Rudolph Day Challenge which is to use the same image on all of them.

Here's all four together

.... and for a closer look

Materials used :

  • Inkadinkado 'Evergreen Holiday' stamp set
  • Sentiment - My Sentiments Exactly set
  • Distress Ink pens
  • Derwent Inktense Blocks
  • Stickles - green, platinum and star dust

I'm entering the following challenges with my cards

I hope you've enjoyed seeing today's project, I'm happy as I now have another four cards in my Christmas stock.

Sunday, 1 November 2015

Mini Canvas Playtime

Happy first of November dear Blogger friends, my how this year is flying by - very scary !

Today's project is a mini canvas, decorated during a fun crafting session with my pal Kathy (aka The Purple Princess).

I love this Tim Holtz mini robots set and couldn't wait to ink it up after buying it recently at Violettes Scrapbook Store in Lakeland, Florida.

Materials used:
3" square canvas
Stampers Anomymous 'Mini Robots' stamp set
Stampers Anonymous 'Random Thoughts' stamp set
Visible Image 'Flower INKognito' stamp
White Gesso
Platinum Liquid Pearls
Platinum Stickles
Tim Holtz idea-ology Linen Ribbon
Sparkly Button tied on with twine
Distress Inks - Salty Ocean, Weathered Wood, Dusty Concorde and Hickory Smoke

If you would like to see what Kathyk did with hers then pop over to her blog here, any time after 08:15 GMT.

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

VW Birthday Wishes

For today's project I used a Craft Stamper Magazine freebie stamp, it's a great VW image and perfect for a male card.

Using the Hero Arts Brush stamp set and SU! inks in Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze and Midnight Muse I created a background directly onto the base card.  I then stamped the VW image over the background using Versafine Black Ink.

The sentiment is a stamp from the SU! Sassy Salutations set, again stamped using Versafine Black ink.

A nice clean and simple design, hope you like it.

Sunday, 25 October 2015

Happy Birthday to my Pal Allie

Good Morning dear Blogger friends, I hope you have a lovely day to look forward to.

Today is my pal Allie's Birthday and I'd like to wish her a most wonderful day of celebration.  Unfortunately I won't be around to celebrate with her but I made this card for her.
To create the card I used a Sizzix Stamp and Emboss set.  I firstly stamped the image onto a piece of white cardstock using Mermaid Lagoon Distress Ink.  I then placed the stamped panel into the embossing folder, carefully lining up the design with indentations on the folder. 

After embossing the design I used a clear Wink of Stella Pen to highlight the butterfly and some of the flowers.  Finally sealing the inks using Crafters Companion Spray and Shine and then attaching to the front of a C6 scalloped edge basecard.

That's it from me today, thanks for dropping by to check today's project.