18.03.2017

Charity Blog Hop with Sandy Allnock

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You should have arrived here from the very talented blog of Lisa Stein – if you’re looking for the start then head over to Sandy’s Blog and start from there.  The full list of participants can be found at the bottom of this post.

I’m so happy to be part of a VERY special blog hop today organised and hosted by my lovely, kind, funny and very talented friend Sandy Allnock.  I was so happy when she asked me to join in – there are a great many causes out there and so many ways to support them – the gift of a charity donation being a GREAT way to do that!

The charity I’m supporting today is called IMPACT.  They are a fantastic organisation who help people across 11 different countries in Africa and Asia trying to reduce disability-causing diseases which leave millions of people every year suffering from life-changing illnesses.  They have a variety of different gifts you can purchase ranging from £10 for equipment to help a childbirth attendant to £200 for surgery to repair a fistula.  The gift I decided to get is The Gift of A Home Garden.  This will provide seeds, saplings and training to help establish a vegetable garden which could feed a family for a lifetime.  That must be better than giving someone a bottle of perfume or box of chocolates, mustn’t it??  Along with the gift card you also receive a cotton tote bag – sweet!

Card and gift

 

And here’s the card I made to go with the gift card.  I thought these wee gnomes from My Favourite Things would make the perfect partners to the theme of the gift.  I made a wee garden scene by first stencilling the Small Brick Wall stencil using different colours of Avery Elle pigment inks and Clarity Brushes (what a revelation they are)!  I then stamped a couple of the gnomes from You Gnome Me and coloured them using Copics and Distress markers.  I built up the rest of the garden using die-namics – Grassy Fields and Spring Garden (now seems to be discontinued but is still available at Seven Hills Crafts!).  

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Awesome companies are helping inspire you to hop along and leave comments on all the blogs – Altenew ($30), Lawn Fawn ($50), My Favorite Things ($25), and Ellen Hutson ($25)! Be sure to go say thanks to them on their social media for helping get the word out about giving…and leave comments by Wednesday March 22. Winners will be announced on Sandy’s blog on Thursday March 23, along with a total amount we’ve raised together!

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And here is the full list of hoppers – if you get lost at any point head back to Sandy’s blog and start from there.  Your next stop is Carly Tee Minner

15.03.2017

Simon Says … A Bit ‘O Green

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Hi all and welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge

Thank you for joining us for the Feminine Challenge and we hope you will all join us again this week too.

We will be back soon with the name of the lucky winner of the $50 Voucher

This week the challenge is to use a

Bit O’ Green 

In honour of St Patricks day on 17th March

This week we are showcasing Taylored Expressions Products this week. You don’t have to use them for the challenge but if you have them we would love to see them used.

As always Simon Says Stamp will be giving away $50 voucher to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store

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Well I had a wee bit of help from my son with this week’s card!  He’s an origami master and I saw him making bows (just randomly, like any 17 year old boy does) and thought – wow, I’ll have one of them!!  So I gave hime some Taylored Expressions polka dot paper (in green ofcourse) and voila – a beautiful folded bow!  The card didn’t need much more than that!!  Cute or what?!

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So now it’s YOUR turn, Happy Crafting
Do you use Instagram ?  If so please add  #ssswchallenge to your challenge entry uploads so we can see them on there too.
You have until Wed  8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in
14.03.2017

Avery Elle … Mimosas

My card over on the Avery Elle Blog this week features the gorgeous Mimosas Clear stamp set and dies.  I used the floral image in the background and stamped the sentiment along the top using two inks for a gradient effect.  The glasses were coloured and die cut then coated with Glossy Accents to add that little summink!!!

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07.03.2017

Avery Elle … Mother’s Day

Today’s card over on the Avery Elle Blog has been created using the gorgeous Mother’s Day stamp set from Avery Elle.  There is a simple flower cluster than can be coloured in so many different ways – I water coloured it here using Kuretake Gansai paints, haven’t played with them in a while.  I framed the sentiment by stamping the cluster above and below it and went for a purple colour scheme (my Mother-in-Law’s favourite).

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01.03.2017

Simon Says … Tag, You’re It with Ranger

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Hi all and welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge

Thank you for joining us for the last week’s challenge and we hope you will all join us again this week too.

This week the challenge is

Tag, You’re It 

This week we are showcasing Ranger Products this week. You don’t have to use them for the challenge but if you have them we would love to see them used.

As always Simon Says Stamp will be giving away $50 voucher to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store

50dollar_voucher_600pxI’ve been getting inky with Distress Inks this week – can’t wait to get my hands on the new Distress Oxides too – they look so much fun!!  Today I’ve created a tag shaped card using the A Tag For die set from Avery Elle and the Olive Branch die from memory Box.  After blending some colour onto my panel and adding some Shimmer Spritz I die cut it then added it to the front of an A2 white card.  Thue Hugs sentiment id from the Avery Elle Simply Said Hugs collection.

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So now it’s YOUR turn, Happy Crafting
Do you use Instagram ?  If so please add  #ssswchallenge to your challenge entry uploads so we can see them on there too.
You have until Wed  8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in
28.02.2017

Avery Elle … Time To Party

Oops, this should’ve gone up yesterday – forgot to schedule it!  I’m sharing a card made using Time To Party from the latest Avery Elle release.  This is such a useful set and I love that it can be customised for any birthday.  I’ve made a wee 4-bar sized sweet 16 card and just simply added some colour to the stamped image and set it against a stencilled background of gold, shimmery polka dots.

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Pop along to the Avery Elle Blog every day for lots of fun inspiration.

 

22.02.2017

Simon Says … Anything Goes

It’s Anything Goes week at the @simonsaysstamp Wednesday blogwed-newchallenge-header

Hi all and welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge

Thank you for joining us for the last week’s challenge and we hope you will all join us again this week too.

This week the challenge is

Anything Goes 

This week we are showcasing our very own Simon Says Stamp Exclusive Products this week. You don’t have to use them for the challenge but if you have them we would love to see them used.

As always Simon Says Stamp will be giving away $50 voucher to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store

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I know we’re nearly at the end of February but I couldn’t resist sharing a Christmas card made with some of my all-time favourite products.  The Believe In The Season stamp set is probably my favourite Simon Says Stamp stamp set of all time – I absolutely love it.  Paired with the Gingham Background Cling Stamp and the Perfect Bow it creates a lovely, homey feel.  The deer was embossed with Gold Tinsel embossing powder – you don’t see the text detail of the stamp with this one but I don’t think that’s a problem!  The patterned paper I used is from My Mind’s Eye Sugar Plum paper pad which unfortunately is no longer available, but there are TONS of other papers that could be used for the same effect.

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So now it’s YOUR turn, Happy Crafting
Do you use Instagram ?  If so please add  #ssswchallenge to your challenge entry uploads so we can see them on there too.
You have until Wed  8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in
20.02.2017

Avery Elle … Scalloped Pierced Rectangles

Hey there!  Today I’ve got a card featuring the new Scalloped Pierced Rectangle frame dies from Avery Elle.  These are great for adding the perfect frame to your cards and  include three different sizes and a great tag.  I also used another of the newest products from Avery Elle, Mimosas and white heat embossed them onto water colour card and coloured them with Zig Clean Colour markers.  I also heat embossed the big sentiment in the centre from the Big Greetings stamp set.  Be sure to check out the Avery Elle Blog every day for tons of inspiration on the new products.

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15.02.2017

Simon Says … Fantastic Florals with Altenew

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Hi all and welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge

Thank you for joining us for the last week’s challenge and we hope you will all join us again this week too.

This week the challenge is

Fantastic Florals

This week we are showcasing Altenew Products. You don’t have to use them for the challenge but if you have them we would love to see them used.

As always Simon Says Stamp will be giving away $50 voucher to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store

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So I bought this set months ago and it’s been sitting there crying out to be inked ever since!  I LOVE the modern, graphic style of the flowers and the larger scale is fabulous.  I used Altenew’s crisp inks for the design and double stamped with the MISTI to get really gorgeous, flawless results with the colour.  Te sentiment is from the Label Love set – one of my favourites at the moment – SO useful!

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So now it’s YOUR turn, Happy Crafting
Do you use Instagram ?  If so please add  #ssswchallenge to your challenge entry uploads so we can see them on there too.
You have until Wed  8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in
13.02.2017

Avery Elle … Fruit Stand

Hello and Happy Monday!  It’s my turn over on the Avery Elle blog and today I’m sharing a wee 4 bar sized card featuring the new Fruit Stand stamp set and coordinating elle-ments from the latest Spring 2017 release.  I stamped the little girl and stand with New Moon dye ink and coloured everything with Copics.  The grass border was done using the new die collection Picket Fence.    I love all the little extra elements that come with this set – there’s LOADS of uses I can think of!

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