Friday, 10 May 2019

Craft time!

Hi all!
So, I've been and had a little holiday over on the Greek Isle of Zakynthos (Zante), for a week and I'm missing my friends there like mad now! Isn't it just rubbish going on holiday for one week only? I mean, what really is the point? And yet.....we do it twice a year!!!
I'd much prefer to stay for longer but, as the OH works for himself, it isn't cost effective for him to be away from work for too long - or, as I think, he just can't abide to be away from work for too long otherwise he gets fidgety!
So, we end up with two weeks away split over the year.
This holiday has been no different to the others in as much as it was excellent! Tiring (exhausting actually), because I never sleep when I'm away; I've over indulged on food and drink (yaaay - that's what holidays are for!) and emotional because I love to meet my friends but hate to leave them again :(.
Anyhoo, I know I need to start healthy eating again--------at some point! So many cakes, so little time!

Before I went away, I did make a few items for Papercraft Inspirations (as you do!) and for myself too!

My latest card in the Papercraft Inspirations mag  consisted of some lovely Stampin' Up papers and cut outs to make the cutest giraffe shaker card (pictured)

I also made my daughters birthday card (33 - where do the years go?) and I made this using the free stamps from Creative Stamping magazine (70) by Hot off The Press.

I have also made 3 cards using issue 71 stamps, Creative Stamping mag, but I've not put sentiments on them yet as they're just for my stash and if anybody needs a card for maybe a wedding/engagement/anniversary etc. They're made in the same format as the birthday card as that's my go-to style this month!!!

So that's all for now folks!

I've got my head full of DT stuff for Pinflair as our Jo has a show in the next week or so and she certainly knows how to keep me out of mischief!!!

Have a great weekend everyone

Lesley x

Monday, 15 April 2019

Craft Stamper Challenge!

I cannot believe I'm back already!
I've decided to enter the April Take It Make It Challenge over at the Craft Stamper blog so this will be my second blog post in one day!

For this challenge, ANYTHING GOES!

So I went with 3 ATC's as I received my Creative Stamping magazine the other day with a set of fabulous Crafty Individual Vintage stamps and I just had to make something with them and this is what I came up with :

I created my backgrounds on canvas paper using distress inks which I smooshed onto my craft mat swiping my paper through and drying between each different colour.
I then used distress oxides to create interesting background images (2 masculine and one feminine) before stamping the main images using a variety of mediums; stazon black ink, wow embossing powder in white and gold and posca paint pens in black and white.

I added a little pearl pen and some sentiments to finish them off.

So, from the wilderness to an abundance of posts in one day (tee hee :) )

TTFN (again)
Lesley x

Challenged - In many ways!

Hi everyone!
I've been away from blogland for a few weeks now as I felt that the amount of social media I share my work with became overwhelming to the point where I didn't feel like sharing so much anymore!
Anyway, I decided to overcome this blockage and dive back into the world of sharing here again.

As usual, my days can be either chaotic and busy or just downright boring!
If I didn't have my faithful old craftroom to play in, I think I'd just lose all my marbles.........again! You might remember where I found my marbles last time they went missing..........check the blog if you're intrigued!

I have been super busy creating stuff for the lovely Jo at Pinflair (my current Design Team).
She has developed her side of the crafty business -LuvCrafts -and posted it under the Pinflair umbrella so she can work alongside the rest of her lovely family so, our first show will be on Create & Craft on Monday 22nd April (Easter Monday!). She'll be sharing this show with her mum, Christine, who was the very first guest on Create and Craft when it first aired in 2003! So, she must be doing something right!

My work with Papercraft Inspirations magazine continues too. Each month I have a task to create something for the Reader Tester section and I still enjoy doing it and the good news is that one of my teamies (Diane Williams) on the Pinflair DT is a new member of the Reader Tester Team and she is brilliant! I'll just have to up my game!
Oh yes, I have recently  been accepted into another DT, my term with them begins in August, but I'm not at liberty to state who it's with just yet! You'll have to check back here nearer to my start date as I'll be able to divulge the company's name then!

On a personal note, my OH is fully back to normal now after last years' horrendous problems and we are looking forward to our first holiday to Zante, at the end of the month, since September 2017. I, for one, cannot wait! Just to go and visit our lovely friends out there and to take in the sun and sea for a week is going to be heavenly. As for the cocktails - I might just have to have a few every day to make up for lost time!!!

That's everything in a nutshell for now.

I'd like to say I'll be good and blog new stuff as soon as I think of it, or make it, but I'll probably forget and so I'll say adieu for now!

I will try to be back as often as I can.

Lesley xxx