Sunday, 31 December 2017

Happy New Year 2018 and Favourite cards of 2017


Hello there,

Well.... Christmas is over for another year and here we are once again on the verge of a new year, a fresh start, and I can't help but wonder what this one will bring for us all.  For me, 2017 has been one filled with much personal joy as our youngest Grandson was born in January, a month earlier than anticipated, so he's kept us all on our toes.

Crafting wise, I've joined the Design Teams over at Stamping Sensations and Crafty Individuals and I feel very content with where I'm at right now.  It's a real privileged to be part of two wonderful teams and I still have to keep pinching myself at times to believe it!

I thought that I'd end this year by sharing a favourite card of mine from each month of 2017 (Thanks to Brenda for this idea) so here goes:

JANUARY

FEBRUARY

MARCH

APRIL

MAY

JUNE

JULY

AUGUST

SEPTEMBER

OCTOBER

NOVEMBER

DECEMBER


Wishing all my crafty friends and followers the very best of everything in 2018.
Crafty hugs,Sandra xx


Saturday, 23 December 2017

Merry Christmas 2017

Hello there to all my crafty friends and followers.

First of all,  I apologise for my lack of blogging and visits over the last couple of weeks.  I've had one of the dreaded Christmas bugs that have been going around and it seems to be taking me some time to get over it but I couldn't let today go without wishing all of my crafty friends and followers a Merry Christmas and to say thank you for all of your kindness over the last year.  I really appreciate your visits and the kind comments that you leave as I know how busy life can get at times.

Christmas for me is a time of reflection.  A time to remember loved ones who are no longer with us and a time to be thankful for all the good things that we have in life.  Having lost my own Dad at Christmas many years ago and loosing a very special Aunt on Thursday, my heart goes out to everyone who may be in grief, or sad and lonely at this time.

With three young Grandchildren, I'm also reminded of the magic and excitement that Christmas brings and we are so lucky to have our families close by.  Wherever you are, and whoever you're with this Christmas,  I wish you peace, joy and happiness.

Here's a card for you.  It's one of the cards that I've sent out this year to family and friends, although the colours did vary.  I've used a photo programme to add a few snowflakes as I though it looked more festive:


MERRY CHRISTMAS 2017

Sunday, 10 December 2017

A Walk Through The Flowers

Hello there on this cold and frosty morning,

I'd like to share with you a couple more of the samples that I've made for Crafty Individuals.  You may be familiar with these two already if you follow the Crafty Individuals blog as Jean shared them on there a few days ago:

Featuring: CI-411, CI-449, CI-454

Featuring: CI-417, CI-415, CI-464

I used Distress and Distress Oxides to create the backgrounds and Derwent Inktense pencils to colour the flowers.  These stamps are so beautiful and they were an absolute joy to use.  

I hope that you're enjoying the samples as I really enjoyed making them.

Until next time, stay warm and safe, and be happy x



Wednesday, 6 December 2017

'Country Days' with Crafty Individuals

Hello there,

I hope that you are all keeping well and happy.

I'm here today to share with you one of the samples that I made for last week's Crafty Individuals show on Hochanda.  If you didn't manage to catch the shows, they will still be available for the next couple of weeks here on rewind

Featuring CI-417, CI-481 CI-017 and CI-480

As I made quite a few cards for the show, I'll be sharing more of them with you in the next few weeks.

Thank you for visiting today and I wish you lots of happy crafting x

Sunday, 3 December 2017

'Winter Trees and Flowers' at Stamping Sensations

Hello there my crafty friends.

It's time for a new challenge over at 'Stamping Sensations' and I can't believe that this is the last one of the year.  This year has flown by so quickly and I've really enjoyed being part of the team, and I'm really looking forward too, to seeing lots of new crafty creations in the year ahead, both from my lovely teamies and from you crafty lot too :)

Our theme this month is 'Winter Trees and Flora' and here's the card that I've made:


As I absolutely love to use white ink on Kraft card, I thought that's what I would do to make this card.  I started by creating the fallen snow using white ink and a mountain stencil and then I went on to stamp my moon and then to use a circular stencil to give it it's shape.  Next, it was time to add my Winter trees and the Deer.  Once everything was in place, I used a white pen to highlight the snow on the trees.  Finally, I heat embossed the Winter sentiment using with white embossing powder and then I dusted around the edges with the white ink and added a few snowflakes.

All of the stamps and stencils that I've used today are by Inkylicious and the inks that I've used are: Colour Box: Frost White and Distress: Ground Espresso.

We are generously sponsored this month by 'Stix 2' and we really hope that you'll be able to join us.


Stamping Sensations is a stamping challenge, so we must see a stamped image, sentiment or quote as the focal element of your artwork, this means: Stamping must be the central point of attention and interest.

All the details of our challenge rules can be found here

Please note:  If we don't comment on your entry it will be because it doesn't follow our theme to qualify under our rules, or because we are asked to sign in or provide additional data to comment on third part hosts such as Instagram, Flickr or Facebook etc.  We really don't want to be rude but we do want to be fair to those who follow the rules.

That's all from me for now, so I'll wish you a happy and peaceful day x







Sunday, 26 November 2017

Santa Clause Is Coming To Town

Hello there my crafty friends.

I hope that you're enjoying the weekend and keeping nice and warm during this cold spell.

I'm here today to share a card that I've made for this week's challenge over at Allsorts, and their theme is 'Inspired by a Carol or Winter Themed Song' and I've decided that mine will be 'Santa Clause is coming to town.'


I've gone for a Vintage look with this card as I wanted it to have a traditional feel to it.  All of the stamps that I've used are by 'Crafty Individuals' and I've coloured it using Distress inks and Inktense pencils.  Don't those little children look sweet peeping through the window!  Talking of Crafty Individuals, don't forget that Jean Hardy will be back on Hochanda on the 1st of December with more of her wonderful products and demos.

I would also like to enter this card in Scrappy Mo's 'Rudolph Days' challenge as this will be the last one of the year and into 'Pixie's Snippets Playground challenge.'

Wishing you all a happy crafting week x


Thursday, 23 November 2017

Bee Crafty Beautanical

Hello my crafty friends,

It's been absolutely ages since I've entered any card challenges and so I thought that I would rectify the situation.

Here's a card that I've made today using one of the 'Beautanicals'' stamps from Bee Crafty.  I bought this the Stamp Magic show in October, so I thought that it was time for me to give it it's first outing:


As I don't have any Bee Crafty Sentiments, I've used one of my favourites by Inkylicious as I felt that the space needed filling.

The flower itself is coloured with Worn Lipstick and Wilted Violet Distress inks and the background was created using the same colour Distress Oxides. I then various stencils used over the colours.  I stamped the butterfly twice and then shaped it's wings to give a more realistic look. I'm really happy with the end result as it has a lovely fresh look to it and I hope that you'll like it too.

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Penny Black and more - Flower Power
That's Crafty - Stencil it
The Artistic Stamper - Use a Quote








Wednesday, 22 November 2017

More Gorgeous Snowmen

Hello there,

Just a quick post from me today to share another of the cards that I made using the new Crafty Individuals Snowman Stamp CI-485:


I stamped and white embossed the image onto Kraft card and then coloured in the snowmen using white ink.  I stamped the frame twice and then fussy cut it to add more dimension.  Here's another photo which shows this much better:


As you can see clearer on this photo, I fussy cut and decoupaged the snowmen's hats and scarves too.

Thank you for looking and I wish you a happy day x






Monday, 13 November 2017

New Christmas Stamps at Crafty Individuals

Hello there,

I'm sure if you're a fan of Crafty Individuals that you might already know that they've just released three new and very gorgeous Christmas stamps.  When the stamps arrived with me, I just couldn't put them down and I know that you'll love them too.  Here are three samples that I've made using each of the stamps:




Jean will be back on Hochanda on the 1st of December with more of her lovely stamps and demos, and I'll let you know the times of the shows a little nearer to the time of the event.

That's all from me today so I'll wish you a happy and colourful week x

Saturday, 11 November 2017

Rememberance Day

I'm here today to share with you a card that I've made for Remembrance Day.

My wonderful Dad worked on the railways in Burma during the second world war and my Granddad received the 'Distinguished Conduct Medal' for his bravery during the 'Battle of the Somme' in WW1.  My thoughts are with them both today and with all the other brave men and women who gave so much of themselves so that we might have a better future.  Thank you xx


Sunday, 5 November 2017

One Layer Christmas Cards at Stamping Sensations

Hello there,

I do hope that you're all keeping well and happy.

It's time for a new challenge over at Stamping Sensations and our theme this time is 'One Layer Christmas Cards.'  Now I now that the thought of creating something with one layer fills some people with dread but I have to say that I've thoroughly enjoyed making this Christmas card.



I started by stamping the base of the Inkylicious snow globe with Distress Walnut stain and painting it with Distress Tea Stain before adding the circular stencil to enable me to create the globe itself. Once I was happy that the stencil was in the right place, I used my Ink Dusters and also a sponge dauber to give it a little more detail around the edge. The ink I used to do this with was Blueprint Sketch.

With the globe all finished, it was then time to stamp my Crafty Individuals Robin in place and give him some colour using some water colour pencils.

I created the border of my card using some lovely stamps that came free with the Creative Stamper magazine last year. I've used these stamps so many times and I have to say that I love them. The colours that I've used to stamp with are Impress Olive Green and the Walnut Stain.  The red bow and berries were made using Adirondack Cranberry.

With my card almost finished now, I added my sentiment and some iridescent glitter to the base of the dome to give the impression of snow sparkling.  As this is a one layer card, I drew a fine black line using a Sharpie pen around the edge of my finished card to give the impression that the card had been mounted. I'm happy with this card turned out and I hope that you like it too.


We are generously sponsored this month by 'Tattered Lace.'


Stamping Sensations is a stamping challenge, so we must see a stamped image, sentiment or quote as the focal element of your artwork, this means: Stamping must be the central point of attention and interest.

All the details of our challenge rules can be found here

Please note:  If we don't comment on your entry it will be because it doesn't follow our theme to qualify under our rules, or because we are asked to sign in or provide additional data to comment on third part hosts such as Instagram, Flickr or Facebook etc.  We really don't want to be rude but we do want to be fair to those who follow the rules.

That's all from me for now, so I'll wish you a happy and peaceful day x


Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Last of my October Crafty Individuals Samples

Hello my crafty friends,

I'm here with you today to share with you the last of the samples that I made for the Hochanda show back on the 1st of October and here they are:





As it's the 25th of the month today, I would like to enter my first card into Scrappy Mo's 'Rudolf Days 'challenge.


Thursday, 19 October 2017

Bee Crafty Bird Tag

Hello there,

Just another quick post from me today to share a tag that I've made using one of the Bee Crafty stamps that I bought at Stamp Magic at the weekend.  It's the first time I've ever used these stamps and they leave such a good impression and I'm really impressed with the quality of them too.


I made the background using Distress Oxides and then used various stencils to create some depth and interest. Next, I stamped the bird with Versamark and then bleached out some colour.  The words were stamped and then cut out from an Inkylicious stamp.

I'll be back soon to share the last of my Crafty Individuals samples but until then, I'll wish you lots of happy crafting x

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Autumnal Lakeside Cabin

Hello there,

I didn't intend to post anything today as I've been to the 'Stamp Magic' show at Doncaster.  The show was so much better attended than the last show in June and the atmosphere was good.  I bought some new crafting goodies and caught up with my lovely teamies....Sally and Lynne from Stamping Sensations, and Sally and Lynne's friend Audrey, so it's been a great day.  The trees on our journey home looked absolutely spectacular and so I was inspired as soon as I got home to try our some of my new stamps from Inkylicious (Not yet on their web site) and here's the result.  It's only a quick card but I just couldn't wait to have a play:


These are two separate scenic stamps but they work really well together.  They can be used for any season really but I thought that I'd start with Autumn before it whizzes by.  

I hope that you've all had a lovely weekend x


Wednesday, 11 October 2017

'Trees and Leaves' at Allsorts

Hello there,

I hope that you're all keeping well and happy.

I'd like to thank you for all the lovely comments that you've left recently, I really appreciate them.

Just a quick post from me today as I'd like to enter the challenge this week over at Allsorts.  Their theme is 'Leaves and Trees' and so I thought this card was just right:


The background was made using Brushos and Distress inks and stamps are by Inkylicious.

Wishing you a happy and colourful day x


Sunday, 8 October 2017

My Second Batch of Crafty Individuals Samples

Hello there and I hope that you're enjoying your weekend.

Here as promised are a few more of the samples that I made for the Crafty Individuals shows on Hochanda last weekend.  I've decided to show you some that I made with Kraft card, which I love using with white embossing:

Featuring: CI-422 and CI-464

Featuring CI-443; CI-385 and CI-464

Featuring: CI-443 and CI-464 

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Just a few Crafty Individuals samples

Hello there,

I'd like to share a few of the samples that I made for the Crafty Individuals shows that were shown on Hochanda on Sunday.  If you missed them, then you can still catch up with them here for the next couple of weeks.

Featuring:  CI- 478; CI-385 and CI-395

Featuring: CI-482

Featuring: CI-422 and CI stencils

I hope that you like them and I'll share more of them with you at the weekend.

Enjoy your day x

I'd like to enter my first card into the following challenges:

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Autumn Glory at Stamping Sensations

Hello there,

It's time for a new challenge over at Stamping Sensations and our theme this time is 'Autumn Glory.' I don't know about you but Autumn is one of my most favourite times of the year.  The colours are absolutely spectacular and I never fail to be amazed by Autumn's spender.


For my card this time, I've used one of my oldest and most faithful ink pads, the good old Big and Juicy (Spice.)  The colours in this pad are just perfect for Autumnal cards and I wish they still made them.  On saying that, I must have had mine for ten years and it's still going strong.  I started by placing a leave stencil over some white card and then I created my background by dusting the various colours from the pad.  I stamped around the edge of the card using a leaf stamp by Inkylicious and then used a water colour brush to pull out the colour.  I've used one of my favourite sentiments in the center of the card. I firmly believe that it is the little things each and every day that make us truly happy, not the big things that people strive for. The stamps is by Dali ART.

We are generously sponsored this month by 'Stamp Addicts' and really hope that you'll be able to join us for this month's challenge but please remember that we are a stamping challenge and we need to see stamping as your main focal image. All the details of our challenge rules can be found here

Please note:  If we don't comment on your entry it will be because it doesn't follow our theme to qualify under our rules, or because we are asked to sign in or provide additional data to comment on third part hosts such as Instagram, Flickr or Facebook etc.  We really don't want to be rude but we do want to be fair to those who follow the rules.

That's all from me for now, so I'll wish you a happy and peaceful day x

Monday, 25 September 2017

Rudolf Day - September 17

Hello there,

Here we are again on the twenty fifth, so it's time once again for another Rudolph Day over at Scrappy Mo's.

The card that I'm using for the challenge is a sample that I made for Crafty Individuals earlier in the year:


The background was made using Distress inks and the stamps that I used are:

The sweet little boy and the dove were from the 'Merry Christmas' miniature paper pad. 

Jean Hardy from Crafty Individuals will be back on Hochanda Sunday the 1st of October at 4pm and 7pm, so tune in if you can or set your recorders as she'll be doing some fabulous demos and showing her beautiful stamps.

Wishing you a happy and colourful week x

Saturday, 16 September 2017

A Pictorial Invoice

Hello there,

Before I start, I'd just like to say a big 'Thank You' to my loyal band of followers for your kind words and continuing support, I really appreciate it and it wouldn't be the same without you.

I'd like to share with you today a card that I've made using one of the latest new stamps by Crafty Individuals, it's call 'A Pictorial Invoice.'


I stamped the image using a Big and Juicy ink pad and then used the same pad to colour the individual elements.  I was happy with the background and the colour of my card but I felt that it was still lacking something, so I added the leaves and butterflies to give a little dimension and this did the trick.

This stamp and others are on sale at the moment at Crafty Individuals, so why not pop over and take a look.

That's all from me for now but I hope to be back with you all soon.  Wishing you a happy and colourful day x


Sunday, 10 September 2017

Stay Wild Revisited

Hello there,

It feels like ages since I've posted anything although it's only been a week.  I've not been around quite as much as I've been busy recently making some samples for an upcoming Crafty Individuals show on Hochanda.  I'll let you all know when the show will be on a little nearer to the time.

I'd like to share a card with you today that I've made for a family birthday.  It's a card using one of my favourite stamps by Visible Image:


I've made the background by stamping and spritzing various Distress inks onto my craft mat and then picking up the colour on my card.  I've added a touch of bleach here and there, and I think the result looks a little similar to when Distress Oxides have been used,  I don't have yet but they are still on my crafty wish list.  I've used a vanilla embossing powder as it doesn't look quite as harsh as white.

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenge:

Sunday, 3 September 2017

Buddha at Stamping Sensations

Hello there,

It's time for a new challenge at Stamping Sensations and what great fun I've had creating this card. When I first saw the colours of this challenge, I wasn't sure what I would make using them but I'm really happy with how this eventually turned out:


I started by stamping Buddha using Versafine Black Onyx and then heat embossed with a clear powder.  This helps the ink not to run when it comes to the painting part.  I masked Buddha off before setting about my background.  Now at this point, I had no idea what stamps I would be using so I started by adding a pale pink glow around my image.  I then used a stencil and Adirondack Raspberry to create a swirl around him.  As there was lots of space left at this point, I stamped randomly using Versa Magic Oasis Green ink and a small flower stamp.  Still lots of space left so I stencil in some green dots and a Lattice pattern with Memento Nautical Blue. As this has now created a border that I'm happy with, I decided to stamp some Oriental looking hanging flowers with the pinks and blues that I've already used int he rest of my scene.  Almost done now so I sponge around the edge with the Nautical Blue before removing the mask and paining Buddha in the same colour and also using some Teal Zeal to add some shading.  I finished off by adding a Peace sentiment by Crafty Individuals which I think works just perfectly with this scene.  I think I've managed to hit the brief and I hope that you like it. The Buddha stamp is by Inkylicious

Here is the photo and colour palette for this month's challenge:

Here's this month's fabulous prize by Hero Arts:

We really hope that you'll be able to join us for this month's challenge but please remember that we are a stamping challenge and we need to see stamping as your main focal image. All the details of our challenge rules can be found here

Please note:  If we don't comment on your entry it will be because it doesn't follow our theme to qualify under our rules, or because we are asked to sign in or provide additional data to comment on third part hosts such as Instagram, Flickr or Facebook etc.  We really don't want to be rude but we do want to be fair to those who follow the rules.

That's all from me for now, so I'll wish you a happy and peaceful day x

Buddha at Stamping Sensations

Hello there,

It's time for a new challenge at Stamping Sensations and what great fun I've had creating this card. When I first saw the colours of this challenge, I wasn't sure what I would make using them but I'm really happy with how this eventually turned out:


I started by stamping Buddha using Versafine Black Onyx and then heat embossed with a clear powder.  This helps the ink not to run when it comes to the painting part.  I masked Buddha off before setting about my background.  Now at this point, I had no idea what stamps I would be using so I started by adding a pale pink glow around my image.  I then used a stencil and Adirondack Raspberry to create a swirl around him.  As there was lots of space left at this point, I stamped randomly using Versa Magic Oasis Green ink and a small flower stamp.  Still lots of space left so I stencil in some green dots and a Lattice pattern with Memento Nautical Blue. As this has now created a border that I'm happy with, I decided to stamp some Oriental looking hanging flowers with the pinks and blues that I've already used int he rest of my scene.  Almost done now so I sponge around the edge with the Nautical Blue before removing the mask and paining Buddha in the same colour and also using some Teal Zeal to add some shading.  I finished off by adding a Peace sentiment by Crafty Individuals which I think works just perfectly with this scene.  I think I've managed to hit the brief and I hope that you like it. The Buddha stamp is by Inkylicious

Here is the photo and colour palette for this month's challenge:


Here's this month's fabulous prize by Hero Arts:

We really hope that you'll be able to join us for this month's challenge but please remember that we are a stamping challenge and we need to see stamping as your main focal image. All the details of our challenge rules can be found here

Please note:  If we don't comment on your entry it will be because it doesn't follow our theme to qualify under our rules, or because we are asked to sign in or provide additional data to comment on third part hosts such as Instagram, Flickr or Facebook etc.  We really don't want to be rude but we do want to be fair to those who follow the rules.

That's all from me for now, so I'll wish you a happy and peaceful day x


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