Monday, 4 May 2020

Furry or Feathery Friends on the Path of Positivity

The start of a new month and the start of a new challenge at Path of Positivity. This month the optional theme is Fury or Feathery Friends. With Spring in the air there is a lot of activity among the birds and animals as nests, dens, drays and setts are spruced up ready for a new set of babies.

I expect, like me, many of you are in strict lockdown as the world struggles to contain the Covid-19 pandemic. I could not imagine living with social distancing measures in a built up, urban area. We are so fortunate in having countryside all around us. We can walk out of our front door and be up on the hill in the wood and across the fields well away from anyone else in minutes. Our wood on the top of Herne Hill is full of bird song and if you look hard squirrels, mice and voles are busy gathering food and nesting material. In the evening if you are really patient you might see the badgers and foxes out and about. In the fields the ewes and their lambs are grazing on the fresh spring grass. 

The sheep always make me smile after they have been shorn, the babies look so much bigger than their mums!

Today I have a shaped and tactile card to share with you.

Materials used:
stamping card
cotton wool
Copic pens:
sheep: W1, W3, W5, W7

I have used the pens to colour the sheep's face, ears and legs using cotton wool for her fur. The image has buttons for eyes so I found buttons the same size and just stuck them over the top. 

I coloured and cut out the image first then attached to a tent fold card overlapping the top and cut around again. Finally I stuck on the cotton wool and the buttons.

We have two great sponsors this month, and 
This challenge, our optional twist is a focus on Furry or Feathery Friends. Animals can be such a comfort in our lives especially during this time when so many of us are isolated from our extended family and friends. This month create a project that honours the furry or feathery friends that surround you, whether in your home or in nature.

In order to be considered eligible for this month's prizes, remember that general types of  projects/posts will not qualify for the prizes unless they are also positive, inspirational, motivational or encouraging in some nature. Prizes this month include:
  • A $10 gift certificate from  Oddball Art , our guest sponsor for this month, for a person chosen in a random draw based on all qualifying entrants.
  • ONE image (value of $5 or less) from Scribbles Designs for the post or project that the team deems most inspiring of the bunch based on all qualifying entrants.
  • One digital image from Creative Bug Digital SnapShots for each person chosen as a DT Delight.

With such a huge range of bird and animal images around why  not give it a go and join in with our challenge. You can find all the details, the link for entries and more inspiration on the Path of Positivity Blog. Hope to see you there.

Thanks for dropping in. Take care and stay safe.


Sunday, 3 May 2020

Stampers Delights Anime New Release

Continuing this month's sea theme the new Anime images also feature mermaids and sea creatures. I have used a selection of images to make a pop-up box card.

Materials used:
printer card
X-Press It card
Spellbinders Pop-Up Box die set
Copic pens:
skin - E50, E51, E53, E55
hair - V05, RV66, V69     YG21, YG03, YG17
mermaid - BG13, BG15, BG49     Y17, Y38, YR68
crown - G17
stones - E31, E33, E35, E39
seahorses - YG11, YG06, G06, Y13     Y00, Y11, Y15, YR23
sea weed - G02, G17, G29, G99

The box was cut from white card and then covered with papers from the Taste of Summer kit. All the elements are coloured then fussy cut. Having decided on positioning they are stuck onto the bars that go across the inside of the box. The box will fold flat for posting.

The mermaid, seahorses and weed come from the Let's Make Waves set and the sentiment from the Best of Fishes Set.

This is the final new release for the month and what a lot of images there are covering the three main styles that Stampers Delights focus on. So if you like all things watery do go and take a look . Here are all the links you need to find the images and further inspiration from the Design Teams.

Thanks for dropping in. Take care and stay safe.


Friday, 1 May 2020

Stampers Delights Chibi New Release

This month is all about the sea with a lovey set of mermaid images newly released. 

Materials used:
5" x 7" card blank
X-Press It card
Copic pens:
skin - E000, E00, E21, E11    E4, R20
hair #1 - YR20, YR24, YR27, E39, E59 
hair #2 - BV000, BV00, BV11
eyes - C0, C1, C3
shells - E93, YR61, YR02
stars - Y00, Y11, Y13
mermaid #1 - BG53, BG45, BG57, BG49
mermaid #2 - BV01, BV02, BV13, BV04
necklace - BG49, Y06
white Jelly Roll pen

I actually enjoyed colouring these beauties which is a good sign because for the past couple of weeks or so I really have been off my game. We have a major family issue going on and Covid - 19 restrictions are not helping. If you looked at my earlier post with the fish bowl you will understand, not one of my best I admit but as much as I could do at the time. Hopefully things will improve in time but my head may be all over the place for some time - you have been warned!

All you mermaid and sea image lovers are having a treat this month, there are plenty of images to delight and my fellow team members have come up with some fantastic inspirational creations for you. Please do go and have a look at everything on offer. All the links you need are below.

I hope you are all managing to keep sane in these most unusual of times. We have just observed a national minute of silence in memory of all who have lost their lives in the Covid-19 outbreak here in the UK but particularly all the key workers in the NHS and beyond. With such big numbers being bandied around you can lose sight of the human face of it all. The thousands of families whose lives have been shattered by this terrible virus and who cannot even gather to share grief and comfort each other.  If you have been touched by Covid my thoughts are with you. If you are recovering from it I wish you a speedy and lasting recovery and if you are protecting yourself or another vulnerable person I hope that you stay safe to the end of all this.

Meanwhile there is always crafting to keep us going so here are the links:

Thank you for dropping in. Take care and stay safe.


Stampers Delights Progressive Challenge

Here we are at the start of May, this year certainly is flying past even with all the uncertainty in the world at the moment. To cheer you up Stampers Delights has a lovely fish bowl set to create with as this months progressive challenge image. I have gone for a shaped card using some of the images to make up my scene and a sentiment inside.

Materials used:
scalloped circle die
X-Press It card
Copic pens:
fish #1 - Y11, Y13, Y15, Y17, E15     RV63, RV66, RV69, RV99     blender
fish #2 - Y11, Y13, Y15, Y17, E15     V000, V01, V12, V15
weeds - G05, G07, G29
coral - YR00, YR02, YR07, E15
sand - E41, E42, E43
bowl base - C0, C1, C3, C5
water - BG0000, BG000, B00

I used the scallop circle die to make a card base and attached the fussy cut bowl to the front. Using a scalloped circle rather than a straight edged one means that the card does not roll over but settles on two of the scallops.

I hope you will check out the Progressive Challenge which you can find on the Stampers Delights Facebook Page. You can request the image from the Challenge post. All the links you need are below.

How are you all doing in lockdown? Maybe where you are restrictions are starting to be eased. I don't know about you but I seem to have developed a muddled brain, all my creative ideas have flown out the window. But then we have some family issues going on which are totally not related to Covid-19 but which are harder to handle because of it. 

Here are all the links you might need for Stampers Delights so you can request the image and check out what the rest of the team have come up with for inspiration. You might also like to look around the shop for more images to play with, especially as this weekend is new release weekend. If you like mermaids and under the sea images you will love what is coming up!

Thanks for dropping in. Take care and stay safe.


Monday, 20 April 2020

Going out in style?

We are certainly living in the most difficult of times this century with the world in chaos because of one invisible but deadly germ. Life in lockdown seems unreal almost dream like. I thought I would be able to get a lot of crafting done and be on top of my DT commitments but it is not working out that way. In fact I have no mojo for making cards, colouring, sharing. It's like all the creative energy has been seeping away.

Now not all of this is due to Covid-19, can't have it getting all the glory! A lot is going on for us as a family too and being separated is not at all easy. I know I am not the only one but when things are happening to you it certainly seems like it at the time. Does that make me a selfish person, I don't think so it just makes me human.

Anyway I did not set out to depress everyone, so moving swiftly on. Our theme at Path of Positivity this month is Style, something I know nothing about and certainly can't be accused of having. I envy people who can go out shopping and come back with clothes that make them look fabulous even if they have only been to the charity shop. My daughters are both like that, there wardrobes make them even if they do not have a lot of choice in them.
During Covid when no one is going out there have been great stories of people dressing up in ballgowns and wedding dresses just to put out the bins. A couple who live just up the road from us have been going on their daily walk around the area dressed as Micky and Minnie Mouse, they even post up their route on the town FB page beforehand so the children can look out for them. There is a postman in the county who has been wearing a different costume everyday on his rounds. Even in the midst of disaster we are a resilient people and create ways to keep our own spirits up and those of others. Part of me hopes that it does not all go once we are let out.

For the midway post I have made another page for my 'Inspirational Quotes' book.

Materials used:
Lunagirl - Mignon #2 Digital Collage Sheet  
silver mirri card
music themed clear stamps
Brushos in red, yellow and black
black archival ink pad
white printer card

I decided to use the gypsy with a tambourine image for this one and made a themed background with a set of clear music stamps from my stash. The quote I found on the internet and it seemed a great one to use. I think I might take it as a definition of my own style!

I have rediscovered my Brushos after some time of not using them. I love how just spraying a fine mist onto the powdered pigment produces all sorts of different colours. The black has blues in it and when it merges with the red you get a purple colour. Where the red and yellow meet oranges start to form. With it being a powder the sprinkling mixes up the scattered gains so different colours appear within other colours so looking at it now I can see blue spots in the yellow and red and red spots in the yellow. You never know how the powder will react with the water it is quite magical to watch it happen.

So why not join in the fun. Remember all entries need to be uplifting in some way to qualify for prizes and the theme is optional. It would be great to see what you come up with.

Our sponsors this month are Lunagirl Images who are offering a $10 gift voucher for the random draw winner and Scribbles Designs offering one image of $5 or less for the team pick as the most inspiring qualifying entry. For the link to enter and all the details visit the Path of Positivity Challenge Blog here.

Thanks for dropping in. Take care and stay safe.

Monday, 6 April 2020

It's All In The Style

Time for a new challenge at Path of Positivity and this month the optional theme is Style. Now I admit this is a hard one for me because I am not a style sort of person. I wear what I wear because it's comfortable. Looking at my wardrobe you would think I am very sombre with a lot of black and brown but my philosophy is that black and brown go with anything so stick to the most usable colours.

Having said that I have added some colour with crochet and knitting so I have a crocheted jumper in shades of purple and pink and a very bright orange knitted cable tunic. On the needles is another purple creation so colour is starting to creep into the wardrobe!

My fantasy style, in my dreams, I guess would be gypsy which is why I have chosen one of the Mignon sets from our sponsor this month. I have kept my card very simple to compliment the image. The CAS style does tend to be my default mode for cards so I guess it also counts towards the theme remit.

Materials used: 
clear sentiment stamp
little flowers embossing folder
3.5" x 5" card blank
printer photo card
black archival ink pad
gold mirri card

So what is your style? Are you a casual person, do you like dressing up? Do you have a particular crafting style? I hope you will share with us at Path of Positivity. The theme is optional but it would be great to see some different views on style so why not have a go and create a project that reflects your unique style or that connects to style in general.

Our sponsors this month are Lunagirl Images who are offering a $10 gift voucher for the random draw winner and Scribbles Designs offering one image of $5 or less for the team pick as the most inspiring qualifying entry. 

Thank you for dropping in. Take care.


Entering the following challenges:

Sunday, 5 April 2020

Stampers Delights Anime New Release

Today is release day for the new Anime images and we are continuing the crafty theme. If you like using physical stamps keep a look out for some new clear stamps coming into the store.

I have used the artist image to make a rainbow to put up in our window. So many people are putting up rainbows as a sign of hope during the lockdown caused by Covid - 19. Local children out on their one permitted walk a day are having fun spotting them. I have flipped the image and placed her so that she looks as if she has just painted the rainbow. The wording uses the initial letter of the colours of the rainbow.

Materials used:
A4 That Craft Place blending card
Copic pens:
skin - E000, E00, E21, E11, E04     R20, R22
hair - Y21, Y38, E15, YR23
jeans - B91, B93, B95, B97, B99
tee-shirt - Y00, Y11, Y15, YR23
apron - YG11, G12, YG06, G14, G05     R22, R29, R59
beret - C3, C5, C7, C9
glasses - RV69
paint brush - C0, C1, C3, C5, C7, C9     E31, E33, E35
rainbow - R29, R39, R59, R89     YR04, YR16, YR07     Y11, Y15, Y19
                 G02, G17, G29, G99     B24, B26, B18, B28     
                 BV23, BV25, BV17, BV29     V06, RV66, RV69, V09, V99
clouds - C0, C1     Blender

I hope that people who come down our little close will enjoy my rainbow, but even if no one comes the neighbours can see it!

Are you socially distancing where you are? I'd love to know how you are all doing. Crafting does give us an advantage in that there is always something to do. Have you been crafting? Maybe you have picked up an old craft that you have not done in a while. I have just found my way back into cross stitching and it is fair to say I am addicted. There is something very therapeutic in hand sewing. Or perhaps you are trying your hand a a new craft. I have some embroidery kits to have a go at, something I have never been particularly happy with my sewing abilities so thought I would give it another go. Do please leave a comment with how you have been keeping busy/sane in these strange times we are living through.

Meanwhile don't forget to take a look at the Stampers Delights store for wonderful images and the Facebook page and blogs for inspiration. Here are some useful links for you:

Thanks for visiting, from a socially safe distance! Take care and stay safe.


Friday, 3 April 2020

Stampers Delights Chibi New Release

It's the first weekend of April and time for the new releases from Stampers Delights. Today it is the Chibi images in the spotlight. Janice has created some lovely crafting themed images for you all. Also look out for the new limited physical stamps coming into the store. They will be great for those of you who like a more traditional approach to stamping.

I have used the Chibi image to make the front cover of a new Art Journal.

Materials used:
Stampers Delights - Love My Markers
A Bit More Time To Craft (Lozzi) - Fun Digi Papers Set
brushos in various colours
Liquid Pearls - Garnet
watercolour paper
printer card
That Craft Place blending card
Copic pens:
skin - E000, E00, E21, E11, E04,      R20, 
hair - R14, R27, R46, R59
dress - YG01, YG06, G05     Y00, Y11, Y15, YR23
pen - C0, C1, C3, C5     V15, V17
shoes - C1, C3, C5, C7

I used a paper from the Fun set printed onto A4 card and stuck to the front of a sketch book.  The watercolour paper was used with the brushos to make a mat for the main image.

The heart shape is covered in garnet liquid pearls and the lettering has been coloured with various Copic pens.

Do head over to the Stampers Delights store to see other images in the series as they are released. You can find the clear stamps here.

Here are some useful links for you:

Thank you for dropping in. Take care and stay safe.

Wednesday, 1 April 2020

April's Progressive Challenge at Stampers Delights

A new month begins and had anyone said at the beginning of the year that we would be confined to our homes and that a virus would sweep the world causing misery to millions I doubt if we would have believed it. But here we are. I hope that wherever you are you are keeping sane and safe.
Of course us crafters have a head start when it comes to filling time, all those projects to do and new skills to try. So if you fancy a great image to colour head over to the Stampers Delights Facebook Page and request the image for this month's challenge.

Materials used:
Presscut 3 Fold Card Die set
white card
X-Press It card
Copic pens:
skin - E000, E00, E21, E11
hair - Y21, Y26, YR24, E25
scrubs - B21, B23, B24     B00, B12
glasses - R29, R39, R59     100
shoes - C0, C1, C3
stethoscope - C7, C5, C3, C1     R29, R39, R59, R89
plasters - R39     R000, R00, E00
lettering - R29, R39, R59, R89

I used the character and the sentiments from the Medical Heroes #2 set and the pills from the We're In This Together set which I turned into plasters.

The card base is made using the die set. The trickiest part was remembering to cut the panels in the right orientation to get the wording correct. It helped to have the card base as a memory guide.

Janice has produced a couple more sets in this series which are on sale at the moment. You can get them from the Stampers Delight Store here

Here are some more links you may find helpful:

Thanks for dropping in. Take care and stay safe.

Monday, 16 March 2020

Beauty of Botanicals Part 2

Here we are midway through the Path of Positivity challenge with the optional theme Beauty of Botanicals. Last time I talked about the first spring flowers and this time I am moving into summer. As the year progresses the pastel colours are replaced as the showy summer flowers take hold. Now the colours get brighter and bolder. I have used bright colours in my flowers and they remind me of Mesembryanthemums or Miserable Anthenomes as we used to call them. The variety we had in our garden is Celertum Bellidiforme or Livingstone Daisy. They come out when the sun is out but close up when it gets dark. I love the vibrant colours and the way they enjoy being in the spotlight of the sun.

Image result for Cleretum bellidiforme

So this is my card inspired by the colours of the Livingstone Daisy.

Materials used:
flower embossing folder
Express It! card
yellow card
purple card
scalloped edge rectangle die set
A6 card blank 
Copic pens:
pot - E97, E99, E39     R89, R39
flowers - RV02, RV04, RV09     V15, V17, V09     Y13, Y15, Y18
leaves - G05, G07, G28

I only use one image for the card but cut out the two layers using the dies. I wanted to highlight the flowers so cut the top layer off centre. The embossing folder was quite small, a freebie with a magazine I think, so I had to emboss the yellow mat twice. To cover the join I embossed a strip of purple card and wrapped it around the yellow card.

I hope you will join us this month and show us your projects, remember that the theme is optional but   this time of year lends itself to plenty of occasions for using flowers. All the details of how to enter and the prizes on offer from our two sponsors, SheepSki Designs and Scribbles Designs can be found on the Path of Positivity Challenge Blog here

Thanks for dropping in. 


Entering the following challenges:

Sunday, 8 March 2020

March Stamper's Delights Anime New Release

Today is release day for Stamper's Delights new Anime images and the fairy line continues.

Materials used:
nesting die set
X-Press It card
matt gold card from stash
5" x 7" card blank
Copic pens:
skin - E50, E51, E21, E11     R20
hair - Y23, Y21, Y38, YR24
eyes - G05, G17
rose - V0000, V000, V01, V12     G24, G94, G99
small flowers - Y02, Y15, Y19     E37, E35, E33
blackberries - BV20, BV23, BV25, BV29     YG61, G21, YG63, G94
dress - B21, B23, B45
wings - YR21, YR12, YR04     C0, C1D
tiny flowers - RV10, RV02 
background - W00, W0

The orange glitter paper from DDDoodles has been printed onto Ice Crystal paper so it has a very subtle matt sheen to it.

I hope that you have been enjoying the new range of fair images from Stampers Delights, do go over to the Stampers Delights store and see what other wonderful images there are. Also there are plenty of places to visit for more inspiration. I have put some useful links below.

Friday, 6 March 2020

March Stamper's Delights Chibi New Release

Time for some new Chibi images at Stamper's Delights. Janice is going back to her early days with some wonderful new fairy images. This time it is the turn of the Chibi fairies to reveal themselves.

Materials used:
X-Press It card
designer paper and card from stash
Hunkydory Diamond Sparkles - Fairy Daydreams
circle die set
Copic pens:
skin - E50, E51, E21, E11     R20
hair - V01, V12, V15, V17 
eyes - C0, C3, C5
dress - Y02, Y15, Y19
boots - YG01, YG11, YG03     W5
wings - RV000, RV00, RV10     V000, V01, V12
blackberries - BV20, BV23, BV25, BV29
rose - YR00, E93, YR61, YR02     G07, G17, G28, G29
little flowers - B21, B23, B45     Y00, Y02
tiny flowers - E39
background - B0000, B00

The sentiment comes from the set and has been printed onto white card. The circle mat is is cut from a piece of designer card I found in my bits box. The bottom layer is from a mop up sheet I used to soak up left over ink from my glass mat, it was just lucky that the colours went with the image.

Do go over to the Stampers Delights store and see what other wonderful images there are. Also there are plenty of places to visit for more inspiration. I have put some useful links below.

Thank you for dropping in. Take care.