Hope is the thing that perches in the soul – black and grey

When it comes to Hallowe’en, I’m afraid I’m a conscientious objector 😉

But I really fancied some grey and black stamping, which just happens to be one of the themes at Gingersnap this month, so here’s my offering in four different formats.

I always scan through Photoshop and have never tried the various scanner settings before because at first I didn’t have time and then I simply didn’t even notice them! So today, I played a little and scanned with all three settings: –

Colour (24 bit)
hope colour
Grey (error diffusion) 
hope greyscal error diffusion copy
Grey (error diffusion) inverted
hope error diffusion inverted
and True Grey (my favourite).

hope true grey

Just a bit of fun…
I’ve been after these hand stamps for years and, thanks to Willy, I now have them in my possession, lol.  I suddenly thought the bird (Lost Coast) would be great in one of them, so had to try it out. Should have put some seed in there, though cos it looks as if it’s pecking the poor bloke’ to death! I know the bird looks too small compared to the hand, but I wanted the effect of the huge hand of God, always caring and providing.
I used three shades of grey – Storm Grey and Dove Grey (Stazon) and Adirondack Slate.
I’ve been a bit of a foodie since I came back from France – my friend always has that effect on me, serving delicious meals effortlessly, and feeding me up as if my life depended on it, lol.  I kept telling her I don’t like cheese, but would she listen???? (If you know me, you’ll know that is NOT true, he, he!) I’ve been enjoying rediscovering my love of cooking. Unfortunately, the drawback is that I also eat it, so I’ve put back half the weight I lost for Phil’s wedding!  But at the moment, I’m in a patriotic mood and am refusing to buy anything not grown in the UK, so I’m sticking to lots of veggies and fruit in season and eating really healthily. I’ve really enjoyed making soups and fruit dishes, along with the odd tart and apple crumble. Yesterday, I made some mulled autumn fruits and since I’m the only one who eats them, I had some after lunch today. Scrummy yummy with a spoonful of natural Greek Yogurt – just as nice as fresh cream, if not nicer!
This is a ladle full before I dished it out, warm and comforting, smelling beautifully of cloves, oranges and cinnamon.
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It’s a bit blurred because it’s taken over a hot, steaming pan of simmering wine and fruit and I’m not very good at holding the camera steady with one hand!

Autumn is now in full swing and it’s almost dark already (4.40pm) – the days will draw in now and we’ll have less and less light until the effect begins to reverse on 21 December. I really miss the natural light and hate going to work in the dark but hey ho – this is the beauty of England!  Time to stay warm and get some crafting time in, when time allows, methinks!


We are all stars . . . Less is More

LESS is MORE this week has the theme of Stars.
I knew I had the perfect words (Stamp Camp, I think) but couldn’t work out how to use them, so I masked off an area of white card and sprayed it with subtle colours of Glimmer Mist – Sea Grass and Peony (I think), then blotted it with my paper towel roll, which just happened to have some ochre ink on from a previous project (messy). I liked it. 
I stamped the lovely blotchy stars but – despite NOT being a glitter lover – wanted a bit of glitter, so I embossed with Holographic EP and added a silver star brad.

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One of the annoying things about Holographic EP is that it clings to places you don’t want it to cling to, but in this case, it worked out beautifully, adding random touches of sparkling glimmer to the outside border. Of course the scan didn’t pick that up, so I had to photograph it, in an attempt to show what I mean.
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Stamping was done with Versafine Blue – can’t remember the exact name but it’s a lovely royal blue.

Pretty colours – Summer just a memory…

Summer already seems like a long time ago.  It’s freezing this morning and the weather has suddenly become very autumnal.  We’ve had heavy rain, sleet and winds here in the North West and it’s really chilly.
These are Dusty Concord and Fired Brick Distress inks on glossy (encaustic type) card and I think it looks really rich. I think I pulled the colour in with a damp paintbrush again … can’t remember!  Definitely a CRAFT moment! (Can’t Remember A Flipping Thing). It’s a very simple card and was really quick to make.
I thought this was an unusual colour combo until I remembered using similar Adirondack colours (Eggplant and Watermelon) together – virtually the same shades. Must admit I’d never thought of using them together until one of my friends, Ann, used them in a workshop and I fell in love with the combination!  Thanks, Ann.

Wrap up and stay warm, everyone.  I’ll certainly be doing that on my way to class today!

Ginger Gem!

Just a little note to say thank you to the guys over at Gingersnap for choosing me as a Ginger Gem!  Woohoo!  What an honour and very much appreciated.  That was a lovely way to brighten a thoroughly miserable day in NW England.
I’m busy for the next few days but I’ll try to visit the other Gingers as soon as I can.

Update – I was chosen again – woohoo!  Didn’t want to post again, so thought I’d just say thank you here to the Gingers.  Very much appreciated 🙂


Bookmark and matching card

Finally finished my swap for KCUK – late as ever – naughty 😦
It’s an Adirondack day, today 🙂
I stamped and embossed the two Dylusions ivy stamps, watercoloured them, stamped the verse (Stampcamp) then painted with Versamark reinker and clear embossed.  (Don’t know why I bothered cos I laminated it anyway, lol.)
I wanted this to be sunny, so I then added Pool and Sunshine Yellow inks to a craft mat, spritzed with water and picked up the colour with the bookmark. Finished it off by inking the edges with Stream ink.
The back was slightly inky, so I just sponged more inks (same colours) all over it and stamped it with various leaves in Lettuce and  Meadow, adding some random leafy words (PSX).  The whole thing is edged in Krylon Gold pen, then laminated.  I’ll add some ribbons and fibres to it before posting it.

Course, I couldn’t waste the inks on the mat, so I added a little more, spritzed again and mopped up with another card, with which I made a matching card, using one of the ivy stamps and the leafy words.  Very simple but I like it. I tilted the card to encourage the inks to run for a different effect and after stamping the ivy, pulled the colour in from the edges (Lettuce) with a damp paintbrush.
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This fits Hels’ Sunday Stamper challenge for this week – Leaves and also loosely fits the Rainbow Lady’s Challenge – Falling Leaves, so I’m entering them for both.
New Doc gave me some tablets this morning and I feel a bit spaced out after taking them –  feel almost tipsy, lol.  NOT good when I have 3 days’ lesson planning to do this afternoon,  hey ho!  Off to work we go…. x


I had to make a quick card for my niece and decided to use this image for a simple card on glossy.
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I’d used Dylusions spray inks – hot pink and rusty orange, or whatever they’re called and quite liked the effects, so I started playing with another piece, using the same image and this is how it ended up. This one’s going to be a book cover, unless I stick it in my journal!

I stamped the words directly on the glossy paper but didn’t like them because they were hard to read and too close together, so I stamped again on white card, embossed, and cut out to rearrange over the top, using the first lot of stamping as part of the design.