Monday, 18 September 2017

Pinky's been hard at work with a dictionary !

Good morning Peeps, time to challenge another of the Design Team to try out something new and this month Pinky has been having fun with pencils and a dictionary, I will pass you over to her to tell us what she has been up to.

It's my turn for a bit of mid month inspiration and I took the chance to try something I have been wanting to have a go at for ages. I have been admiring lovely makes on Pinterest of people stamping on book pages so I took one of my kids (now all grown up) school dictionaries and decided to have a go.

I used memento rich cocoa to stamp the image and coloured it with spectrum noir pencils.
All blended with stumps and sansodor.

The stamp I used is from Woodward. I intend to make my way through all my stamps and end up with a book I can flick through when I need some inspiration.

My first finished page!

Not very exciting but I'm happy to have started. The paper in this dictionary is fairly thick so the pencil does not show through. Happy Stamping!

Thanks for sharing that Pinky, look forward to seeing more of your creations using this technique.

Sunday, 3 September 2017

September - Photo inspiration

Note added: due to spammers who apparently have nothing better to do we have had to move to comment moderation, sorry Peeps, but we will keep an eye out for your lovely words of encouragement to the team. B x

Good morning, I hope you are all ready for a new challenge and this month we have some photo inspiration for you with some pretty colours that can range from bright to pastel, it's very much down to you wish ones you choose to work with, or you may want to go floral inspired by the lovely Iris.

Please can I remind you we are a stamping challenge so must see a stamped image, sentiment or quote as the focal element of your artwork. You can enter up to three creations but please note: If we do not comment on your entry it will be because it does not follow the theme, qualify under our rules, or because we are asked to sign in or provide additional data to comment on third party hosts particularly Instagram, Facebook, Flickr, Splitcoast. We do not want to be rude but we do want to be fair to those who do follow the rules.

We have a lovely prize of a collection of Hero Arts stamps.......................

And a second prize of a bundle of ribbons and gems.........................

Clearly the Design Team really enjoyed themselves playing with the colour palette and have some super creations to share with you, thank you girls.......................

Viv is taking a break this month

Happy crafting and we look forward to visitng your entries.

Friday, 1 September 2017

August winners

A very good morning everyone, what a super bumper month we had in August with a whopping 275 entries, thank you to each and every one of you for making it such a fabulous challenge.

With so many entries the Design Team had quite a task on their hands selecting their favourites, but I am pleased to say the votes have all been counted and I can announce the winners.............

First up and this months winner who will receive a £25 voucher from Swedish House Crafts is..............

A beautiful Butterfly resting majestically on the lovely background
Closely followed by two more lucky winners who will receive a  £10 voucher from our generous sponsor................

Beautifully stamped and coloured blossoms

Who can resist that super Owl

Well done to you all, please mail me with your full names and postal addresses so I can arrange for you to receive your store vouchers.

And now for our Top 3................

Super birds and fresh feeling creation

A really dreamy image on the soft background

Such a striking background for the lovely bloom

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

Please pop back on Sunday when we will have a new challenge for you.

Friday, 18 August 2017

Something new from Sally

Good morning Peeps, just popping in with a reminder that our current challenge is in full swing and some super entries, if you have not had time to enter yet then there is still plenty of time, the theme is Anything Goes and runs until 30th August. And there are three super vouchers to be won from this months sponsor Swedish House Crafts

We are moving onto a new theme for the Design Team's mid month posts and Sally is first up so I will hand you over to her.

"Hi there! It's time for a new mid-month theme for our inspiration posts, and we are looking at 'something new I've tried recently'. 

I decided to go with Cosmic Shimmer Pixie Powders. The pixie powders are like brushos in that they are in powder form, but they are mostly just single colours and pearlised so they have an amazing sheen. They come in a fine tipped easily squeezable bottle like the ones stickles come in but bigger, and depending on how much you tilt it more or less comes out. You can give it a light tap or squeeze it. The colours are lovely and vibrant, but turn pastel shades with more water, rather than going muddy. They are also water soluble so can be mixed with water to make a paint. I've used them for the background, to splatter and as a paint on the first card.

Here I used them like Brushos, scattering and spraying with water

and here is a close-up so you can see the sheen"

Thanks Sally, I am sure lots of you will be adding these to your wish lists.

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