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Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Christmas Penguin in Red


I'm so sorry I've been absent for a while. As you know my Dad died recently and I haven't really felt up to blogging and Facebooking, though I have been crafting a little as it's helped me to just immerse myself in that for a bit.

Anyway, I thought I would drop in quickly to share this little penguin card that I made a while back, this was actually one of my kits I put together for the Whimsy Craft Retreat in September and is a revamp of the card I made for the September release, but this time I went with red, white and grey.

I hope you like it, I've listed the things I used below as well as links to the places I bought them where possible.

Thanks for dropping by,

Thursday, 13 October 2016

Whimsy October Release - Crissy Armstrong - Christmas Spaniels

This is a scheduled post as I'm currently journeying down south to say goodbye to my Dad in his final hours.

This should have been 2 cards and I have another spaniel from the set all coloured up, but I didn't get time to get the card finished with everything that's happened in the last few days, so I will have to share that one separately at a later date.

So.....Spaniels....don't you just love them? We used to have a black English Cocker Spaniel years ago and she was soooooo pretty, so when I saw the Christmas Spaniels from Crissy Armstrong I just knew I had to colour these up.

I was lucky enough to spend some time with the super sweet Crissy at the Whimsy Stamps Craft Retreat and she told me she loved Spaniels too and would love to have one. I think you can tell by the way she's drawn them.
Spaniels come in lots of different shades so I chose a different colour for each Spaniel and for this one I chose a blonde colour.

I've coloured her with distress inks and paired her with some lovely Whimsy paper from the Christmas Cheer pad and some smooth white cardstock matted with a little deep red.

The sentiment is from the recently released Scripty Occasions and I finished off with a small snowflake cut with the Layered Snowflake dies, and covered with plenty of Glamour Dust and then a few red gems.

If you're in the UK or Europe you can purchase most of the supplies I've used over at Dies to Die for.

That's all from me, I may be off the radar for a while, but I hope you'll understand.

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Whimsy Stamps October Release - Wee Stamps - Winter Wonder


Do you ever feel like you're a pendulum? You're swinging waaaaaay over there and just as you think you've reached your destination......whooosh, over the other way you go.

My month is a bit like that. After returning from the Whimsy Craft retreat on a high, and recovering from the jet lag, my Dad was once again taken into hospital. Monday night I got a call that he wasn't going to get any better and they were withdrawing treatment, just keeping him as comfortable as possible. I'm readying myself for the call to go down there. Then yesterday he seemed to rally a bit (apparently this is quite common), so I feel like I'm being put through an emotional wringer currently, and on top of everything I seem to have pulled something  or trapped a nerve in my lower back and I'm in agony. 
So I'm at home today rather than in work, trying to pull myself together a bit. Luckily for me I'd already made my stuff for the new release, so that was one less thing to think about. Soooooooo......

Whimsy Stamps October Release

You are going to want need some of these...maybe all....they are so many mouthwatering goodies on offer.

I almost couldn't decide what to colour up first, but as you know I am a huge fan of Sylvia Zet's work and this new stamp from her for Whimsy's Wee Stamps Collection was just so adorable and perfect for Christmas. I don't know about you but I still have a heap of Christmas cards to make. Am I in any way ready for Christmas? I am not.

This is called Winter Wonder.

I've gone for my usual slightly vintage and shabby chic style here, but I've kept things reasonably pared down as I want the focus to be on the sweet image.

I've stamped onto Langton HP water colour paper with Versafine ink in Onyx Black and then coloured with my Distress Ink markers.

Colours Used:

Vintage Photo, Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy, Frayed Burlap, Walnut Stain, Faded Jeans, Tumbled Glass, Worn Lipstick, Scattered Straw, Hickory Smoke, Pine Needles Festive Berries.

I ummed and ahhed about colouring in a night sky, but in the end I decided I wanted to keep the image a little lighter, so I didn't.
I added some Glamour Dust to the fur trim for some sparkle and cut out the image with a postage stamp frame die from MFT.

I used some Kasiercraft Paper, Silver Bells, from my stash and edged all my papers with Walnut Stain DI. I finished with some well placed embellishments and a couple of peal swirls from my stash to look a bit like swirls of snow.

If you're in the UK or Europe, the flowers, cheesecloth, ribbon and lace are all from The Ribbon Girl and the stamp and postage stamp die can be purchased from Tracy at Dies to Die for.

That's all from me today, but I'll be back tomorrow with more lushness from the new release, in the meantime you can catch up with all the gorgeous makes from my fabulous team mates in the
Whimsy Stamps and Inspiration Group
on Facebook and you can see all the goodies on our blog