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Thursday, 13 July 2017

Lavinia Creative Challenge "Create a Landscape" - July's Mid Month reminder -

Hello .....


Here's my Mid Month shout out for The Lavinia Stamps Creative Challenge "Create a Landscape"

I just want to remind you that there is only 14 days left for you to get those entries in before we start all over again with a new challenge ..... So come on get those creative juices flowing and you never know it could be your turn to win the £40.00 Voucher that is up for grabs .....

Here's another of my Cards I created and I hope this lends you some inspiration into entering the Challenge .....

The Stamps I have used are .....

Zen Butterfly
Orchid
Wild Flowers
Field Grass
Time to reflect







Well that's it folk until next month .....

Take care and enjoy yourselves and of course this beautiful weather .....

Loads of love
Marianne xxx

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Bee and Butterfly Cards ..... Ohhhhh and The Umbrella Man .....

Hello again

Thought I would blog my Cards that I made at Eileen's July Workshop .....

We have a lovely Day creating some really super Cards .....

For once I managed to nearly finish some Cards as I am a little bit of a slow Coach, lol and just love faffing around adding the finishing details ohhh and if I haven't mentioned before I love Fussy Cutting .....

That Barbara Cleggett made some super Cakes but my favourites were those Viennesse Whirls and I must admit I was a little "Piggy" and I have two .....

My Crafty Buddy Archie Maisey came and we had a lovely day creating some Cards using Brusho's and Distress Inks ..... A little dab of Texture Paste, Some texture Stamps and Stencils .....
I learnt fast this time that a little goes a long way with the Brusho's and I managed to keep them a bit under control, lol ..... for a change ...., I don't usually do White Spaces as I love Colour and you can guarantee I usually put colour all over the card but today I managed to well for 3 Cards control myself .....

I used various stamps being .....
Chocolate Baroque Bee Stamps
Finnabair Butterfly Stamps
and of course the all time favourite Tim Holtz Umbrella Man .....

Well here they are and I must admit I was a little chuffed with them all .....

Hope you like them too .....

 











Well it's been an age since I did any blogging for anything other than my DT Cards for Lavinia ..... and I must admit I so enjoyed using some different stamps too !!! ......

I'll try to do some more very soon ...... I promise ..... :0)

Loads of love and take good care of yourselves
Love Marianne xxx

Saturday, 1 July 2017

New Lavinia Creative Challenge for July - "Create a Landscape"

Hiya .....

Wow .... That's another couple of weeks that have just flown by ..... I'm sure their right in what they say "The older you get the quicker the time flies past" and boy does it !!! .....

Well yes you've guessed it ..... it's that time again for the start of a brand new Lavinia Stamps Creative Challenge and for July the theme is "Create a Landscape" ..... A voucher for £40.00 will go to the winning entry to spend in the Lavinia Stamps Webshop ..... Lavinia Stamps

Here's the link to the Creative Challenge so you can unpload your entry here ..... Creative Challenge

I must admit it took me a while to conjure up and create a picture in my mind of what I was going to do and finally I came up with the ideas of a Bluebell Landscape and a Poppy Field Landscape ..... I was quite pleased with how they turned out and I thought for a change too a "Triptych" Card was called for which was extra work but I really enjoyed doing them .....

Here's my first Card "Bluebell Landscape" and the stamps I used are listed below .....

Fox 1 - Kernal
Fox 2 - Peri
Mustrooms
Spring Trees
Three Field Mice
Snail
Zen Leaves
Hop, Skip and Jump
Bluebells
Small Stones






And here's my second Card "Bluebell Landscape" and the stamps I used are listed below .....

Group Poppies
large Poppies
Wild Poppies
Poppy Pods
Small Stones
Field Grass
Flowers Miniature
Pheasants and Fence
Sky
Mooch





I know I used a variety of stamps but I felt it was a must for the impact ..... but if these inspire you to create something like them then of course you can use some of the other stamps you may have .....

Oh well that's it for now but remember I will be back Mid Month with a little reminder and with another Card that luckily I have already created, lol ..... I'm off to start on the next Challenge and yep you have to wait till next time to find out what the Theme will be .....

Take care and remember keep crafting .....
Loads of love
Marianne xxx

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Lavinia Stamps Creative Challenge - Mid Month "A Hidden fairy"

Hello again

Do you know once I got into this Month's Creative Challenge for Lavinia Stamps I thoroughly enjoyed the theme ..... I really had to stop myself and start creating the next Month's Inspirational Samples .....

Anyway this is just a mid month reminder that you have till 28th of this Month to get your entries in as that is when the Challenge closes and believe me it's really worth having a bash as there is £40.00 of Vouches up for grabs and will be given to the winning entry ..... You can spend it on any of the products on the Website ..... The winner is picked at random so who knows it could be you .....

Here is my Mid Month Inspiration card ..... I so enjoyed making this one and the colours well I am just so pleased how they complimented each other so nicely ..... Hope you like it too !!!

The Stamps used are:

1. Fairy Dandelions
2. Fairytale
3. Field Grass
4. Snail Miniature
5. Flutterby Miniature
6. Woodland Hares
7. Lavender
8. Fairy Path

Well here you are my latest "A Hidden Fairy" Card ..... I so hope you like it .....

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Well till the next time and remember stay safe and enjoy whatever you get up to .....

Loads of love
Marianne xxx

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Lavinia Challenge June - A Hidden Fairy

Hello

Well here we are again at the beginning of June with a New Lavinia Challenge which I will be honest had me stumped a bit as I couldn't think what I could do to hide a Fairy apart from not put one on there, lol ..... Well I tugged at my Brain Cells and I think I got there in the end .....

Now before I show you my Samples I must firstly tell you the usual bits and bobs .....
There is a Voucher worth £40.00 that can be won and that you can spend in the Lavinia Stamps Web Shop ..... Each New Challenge starts on 1st of each Month and will close on the 28th of the month when a Winner will be picked from random .....

Ok and here we go .....

Here are my Samples and I will be honest I really enjoyed the challenge theme this month and these are what I came up with I just hope that you like them and they continue to inspire you into to creating your own masterpiece and entering the Challenge .....

See if you can spot them before I show you ..... Haha ha ha .... Well did you???

The Stamps I have used for this Card are:

Hobbits Home Large
Small Stones
The Green Man (Leaves Only)
Three Dancing Fairies
Fairy Web
Silhouette Castle Miniature (£1.00)






Now for my second Card I used the following Stamps:

Bella's House
Fairy Inn
Cherry Blossom (Just the Flowers)
Small Stones
Maple Leaves
Maple Leaves Miniature (£1.00)
Tree Half (Branches Only)
Three Dancing Fairies




Hope you like them .....
I'm now off to start my Mid Month Sample .....

So I wish you all a very happy June and I look forward to seeing your beautiful creations .....
Ooooohhhh and Good Luck .....

Loads of Love, take care and most importantly after the very sad news in the last couple of weeks..... Stay Safe and may Peace be just around the corner .....

Big Hugs to you all .....
Marianne xxx





Sunday, 14 May 2017

Lavinia Challenge "Create your own Vision" Mid Month Inspiration .....

Good Morning and Happy Sunday to you ......

Thought I would share my Mid Month Inspirational Card with you as a little reminder that we are already half way through the Month .....

For sometime I have wanted to just play and use the "Green Man" Stamp as The Man in the Moon ..... Well I played and I think it works well ,,,,,,

The stamps I used .....

The Green Man (Small)
Star Gazing ..... In my case Moon Gazing, lol
and a couple of my all time favourites .....
Spotty Toadstool
Maple Leaf

...... all stamped in Versafine Onyx Black
Background Blended Distress Inks in various colours
Spotted Toadstools painted with Clean Color Pens .....
Gold, Silver and White Gel Pens used fro highlights


Thought I would share with you the dilemma I was having with the colours of the leaves ..... I stamped and fussy cut for ages, changing my mind as I went ..... Just hope I choose the right colour combination ..... Well I think it works OK ..... Hope you do too !!!


Well that's it from me ..... now off to do some chores before getting on to the next Lavinia Challenge Samples ..... Whoops nearly let the cat out of the bag but No, you really will have to wait to find out what it is .....

Don't forget there is a Voucher of £40.00 to be won so have a go and enter the Challenge as it really could be you that wins .....

Take care and until the next time .....
Loads of love
Marianne xxx



Monday, 1 May 2017

Happy May Day and Woohoo it's the start of a New Lavinia Creative Challenge ..... Create Your Own Vision

Good Morning and Happy May Day .....

Today is the 1st May "May Day" and that means the start of a New Lavinia Creative Challenge ..... and this month's theme is ..... Create Your Own Vision.

I really enjoyed this theme and could of gone on making Cards over and over as my mind was just full of ideas ..... just time prevails for me .....

Now there is a £40.00 voucher that will be given to the winner to spend in the Lavinia Webshop at www.laviniastamps.com ..... You have until 28th of the Month to get those entries in and then a winner will be picked and it'll be announced who is the lucky entrant was on the Lavinia Stamps Facebook Page and on the Website .....

Ok here we go, lol ..... Whoops, I used so many stamps I cannot remember them all but I will try .....

Here are my Cards that I have created for inspiration for you and I just hope that they help you create that winning masterpiece .....

Oh how I loved losing myself within these mystical scenes ..... Lost in the Woodland with the Green Man and then below the waves in a beautiful colourful world of fishes and pretty flowers and corals .....

My first card I used ......

Small "Green Man" Stamp
Small "Stones" Stamp
and the Woodland Stamp

The outlines are stamped in Versafine Onyx Black and Distress Inks and then painted with Distress Inks ..... A Silver and Gold Sparkle Pen has been added for extra interest and highlights on the Green Man's Face and on the Stones .....





My second Card is an underwater scene ..... I will try and remember all the stamps I used .....

Shoal of Fish
Sea Creatures
Seaweed
Sea Bubbles
Fairy Barnacle
Mermaid
Oh and a couple of Bluebell Flowers ......

The background I have splodged some of the beautiful Distress Oxide Inks also available from Lavinia Stamps and then stamped some of the outlines in Black Versafine and painted again using Distress Inks ..... I have used a Silver Sparkle Pen to make those bubbles shine .and also highlighted the bubbles with a white Gel Pen .....





I do hope you like them as much as I did creating them ..... and I really hope that they inspire you to get your crafty stuff out and enter this Month's Lavinia Creative Challenge .....

Good Luck and until the next time take care and most of all enjoy your crafting .....

Loads of love
Marianne 
xxx

Saturday, 1 April 2017

It's already April and it's time for a New Lavinia Stamps Creative Challenge ..... Buds and Blooms .....

Hello and welcome to April .....

It's the start of a New Lavinia Stamps Challenge and this month it's Buds and Blooms ......

Now don't forget the winner of the Challenge will win a £40.00 voucher to spend in the Lavinia Stamps Web Shop ..... and of course there are new Stamps out so you could spend the voucher on those .....

Here are my Samples that I have created for this Month's Challenge and I am hoping that these may just help you with some inspiration to make your beautiful works of art ......

For my first card the stamps I used are .....

Fairy Inn
Bella's House
Secret Passage
and Cherry Blossom .....






...... and for my second card the stamps I used are .....

Chinese Lanterns
Wild Poppies
Mice
Sky
and  Never let go .....

 



Well have fun creating your entry and don't forget you have only till 28th April to get those entries in .....

Good luck and most of all enjoy your crafting !!! .....

Loads of love
Marianne xxx