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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAA 6 x 6 card using some JOFY stamps on some watered Distress Ink background. I’ve painted in the flowers with Salty Ocean and Mustard Seed distress inks using a water brush. The sentiment is from Indigo Blu – only I think it would be more apt for me to say – “out of my mind …. never coming back”. I edged the topper with Salty Ocean distress ink and then I’ve mounted the topper up on mats and layers of Turquoise blue and basket weave yellow.. Thank you for taking the time to look and I hope you like it x

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Posted by on August 19, 2014 in Stamping

 

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It’s a New Day

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAn A5 card to cheer us up during this awful August weather. I’ve used a Wendy Vechi – Studio 490 stamp, stamped with Seedless Preserve and Picked Raspberry Distress inks onto a Distress Ink watered background. I’ve used fuschia pink and white waffle weave to mat and layer and mount the stamped topper on. It gives it a lovely clean and crisp look, which I like as it shows off the stamping better. Hope you like it and hopefully it will cheer your day now the sunshine has disappeared x

 
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Posted by on August 12, 2014 in Stamping

 

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Love ART

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This is the little paper bag Art Journal that I made in March on Leoni Pujols workshop in Bridlington. I hadn’t quite finished it when we left and now that I havE, I thought I would share it with you. The chipboard letters on the front have different effects on them. They have all been coloured with pro-markers and then the A has been glttered with 2 different colours, The R has been sprinkled with bronze and clear embossing powders and heat embossed, and the T has been gilded with “Morris Dance” gilding flakes. The other pics show some of the techniques we played around with during the course of the workshop. They include water ink stamping, micro beads over stamping, water and ink painting with distress inks, water bleaching stamped images, different glitters, gilding wax on embossed card and stamping into warm, heated Angelina. Hope you like them x

 

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Seagull on Guard

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAn A5 card using the Craftwork Cards “Harbour Boulevard” paper pad. I have used a piece from one of the sheets to create a topper which I have edged with Chipped Saphire Distress ink and navy card. I have used glossy accents on the seagull and the rope around the anchor to make them stand out on the topper. The backgrounds are from 2 other sheets from the pad which I have layered and edged with navy card and Chipped saphire distress ink. I used some dark brown hessian/jute ribbon behind the topper for contrast, but also because I think it goes so well with this lovely seaside pad. Two buttons tied with twine to embellish and there you have it. I think this pad is gorgeous – so clean and crisp, wonderful for mens cards, and brings back memories from my childhood growing up in a seaside town. Hope you like this pad as much as I do x

 
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Posted by on August 8, 2014 in Craftwork Cards

 

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Standing Tall

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAnother A5 stamped card using the “JOFY” flower stamps. These are most definately my favourite type of stamped cards to create at the moment. I really enjoy creating these backgrounds with Distress Inks, stamped straight onto my glass mat and sprayed with water before pressing my background card into it. You never quite know what you are going to get until you turn the card over, so its always a surprise – usually a nice one. It is very rare that I don’t like the effect. I think the 3 inks I used for the background were – Fire Brick?, Ripe Persimmon and Mustard Seed. I stamped the image with a brown Archival ink and then coloured it in with Fire Brick using a water pen. To finish I edged the whole image with Fire Brick for definition before matting and layering and mounting with 3d foam. Hope you like it x

 
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Posted by on August 5, 2014 in Stamping

 

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Note To Self

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI like to think I follow these 3 short sayings already, at least I certainly try, so decided to make this little visible reminder to keep in my Craft room. It is a Crafters Workshop 6 inch Stencil which I have coloured with my 2 favourite Distress Inks – Peacock Feathers and Seedless Preserve.

My life has been a bit of a whirl for the last few weeks. I’ve been on a wonderful trip to Hong Kong, accompanying my husband whilst he was on a business trip. It is not somewhere I would have ever really thought about visiting, but I am so glad I did – it is a truly amazing place. We returned 1 month ago today and since we have been back, life has been a little surreal – at least by my standards. I bought a new car – something I am not prone to do as I don’t really enjoy driving and the thought of having to get used to a different car is not something that I look forward to in my life. But ….. my car would not have lasted another winter, so looked around for a newer version of the same car and I have to say I am very happy with the new member of the Dinsdale family. It is lovely.

When I went to look at my new car, one of the most important questions I needed to ask was ” Will it take a baby seat” I had found out a few days before that I am to be a first time Grandma. My Son Michael and Daughter-in-law Hannah, are expecting their first baby on January 31st 2015. It is such wonderful news and I am so happy for them – I am also really thrilled to know that next year I will become a Grandma.

Just over a week ago, I travelled to the Create and Craft TV Studio’s in Peterborough for a screen test to become an onscreen demonstrator for Kanban. I have been making sample cards, demo-ing and the odd workshop for them for a while now, but for long enough I had resisted going for a screen test as I didn’t really think it was “me”. But I passed the screen test ok – although how I managed to talk with a mouth as dry as sandpaper I’ll never know – and was soon scheduled to appear on screen just a few days later on Tuesday last week. I was very nervous before the first of the 2 live shows, but after I had relaxed a liitle, I really enjoyed it and it means that I have now become a third member of a good team who are able to do the demo’s on screen.

During the last week, my youngest son Michael has completely renovated my garden, and myself, my husband John, my 2 son’s David and Michael and my Daughter-in-law Hannah, all had a great time at a family wedding. So as I say, my life has been a little surreal over the last few weeks – not at all like my life, or how I think of my life! I feel very blessed as I sit here writing this and so not only do I feel that I try to “Live with Promise, Love with Passion and Laugh with Pleasure” but these 3 very short statements define my life at the moment and I hope they continue to do so for a long time yet x

 

 
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Posted by on August 3, 2014 in Anything Goes

 

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don’t eat the Daisies

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAnother A5 card using the Paper Artsy JOFY stamps – have I said they are one of my favourite sets of  stamps, lol. I have used a number of blue distress inks with a spray of water on my craft mat to create the background. I have also used Mustard Seed and Picked Raspberry Distress Inks to watercolour the stamped flowers in. To finish I used card the same 2 colours as the flowers to mat and layer and then foam mounted the topper onto white basket weave textured card to keep it bright and clean looking x

 
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Posted by on June 25, 2014 in Stamping

 

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