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.

Thursday, 22 October 2015

St Petersburg, New Stash and Dolphins

Thought I'd share a couple of pix with you today taken on a day out with my pal Kathy (the purple princess).  We let the boys come along too !

This is me shopping for new stash in Whim-so-Doodle in St Petersburg, far too many tempting goodies in this store, thank goodness it isn't closer !   The cookies baked especially for us were totally delicious mmmmmm....

After St Petersburg it was on to the Johns Pass Boardwalk where we were fortunate to see wild dolphins swimming and playing in the bay

After our travels we headed for dinner at the Longhorn Steakhouse in Lakeland... Slurp !

Back at Kathy and Steve's we sorted our new stash and here's a couple of pix of my haul.

Hope you've enjoyed your virtual trip in Florida and stash shopping.  Have a great day.

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Celebrating a Happy Birthday

Good morning dear friends.  Today I'm sharing a birthday card I made recently trying something new.  I have never actually stamped on acetate and coloured from behind using acrylic paints before making this card and was quite pleased with the finished result.

I first created a background using Distress Inks and stamped the 'Celebrate' sentiment at the bottom using Memento Rich Cocoa ink. I then stamped the acorn and leaves image by Studio 112 onto a piece of acetate using Green Stazon ink.  Once the ink was completely dry, I coloured the image from behind using acrylic paints.

The acetate was attached to the background using brads, then mounted onto a piece of orange cardstock before being adhered to the front of a C6 scalloped edge base card.  Finally I stamped the 'Happy Birthday' sentiment using the Rich Cocoa ink and a stamp from the SU! Sassy Salutations stamp set, underneath the image.

Here's a close up shot of the acetate layer

I hope you've enjoyed seeing today's project, thank you so much for taking the time to visit Stamping Grandma.

Have a great day.