Sunday, 19 June 2011


Happy Sunday Morning Everyone,

Well, it's definitely going to be a very Happy Sunday for one lucky commentor over on the Chocolate Baroque DT Blog.  Glenda is giving away one full set of two A4 and two A5 stamplates!  These new sets are all being released tomorrow and they are absolutely stunning.   Pop over there now and check them out.  You definitely won't be disappointed and keep an eye out over the following week for some stunning makes by the DT members.

Good Luck everyone.  I'd be so chuffed if one of my visitors won them!

Lesley  Xx

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Oooh! New Goodies ........

Hello Everyone,

I really ought not to be playing on here as I have loads to do before I go to get my hair cut in an hour's time ............. and Boy! does is need it!!!!  However, on Sunday I went to the Stampmagic show at Doncaster Dome and had a fab time with my Craft Stamping Quartet buddies Judith and Jo.  We do always miss Elaine though but the distance for her makes these shows impossible.  We were sorry that a few old favourite exhibitors weren't there this time but ....................... the advantage was that it made room for one fabulous new company called IndigoBlu who are only just a few miles from me.  My friends had introduced me to their website a couple of weeks ago so I was really pleased when I found they were going to be  showing their gorgeous range of stamps and other goodies.  I have to confess that the visit to their stand (I went back 3 times, lol) was not good for my debit card and couldn't wait to have a play with some of my purchases.  This is my first make with IndigoBlu stamps and alterables and I know there'll be many more.

I have only used part of the image of this lovely lady from the Music Hall plate and the beautiful little flourish  plus the music background and the quote are all lovely stamps and very useful.  I also used a separate crackle stamp of theirs which is really nice and fine and a good big stamp so handy for backgrounds too.  The stamps all gave lovely clear images on card when I tried them out and have done the same for the effect I wanted on my little altered box.

I used Eco Green acrylic paints, stamped with Archival Sepia ink, added a bit of clear Crackle Paint here and there before rubbing in a little Distress Ink.  The little roses were from a very cheap headband bought from a wellknown High Street store and the wired paper string came from a package I received and the metal rose I bought on my Ally Pally visit.  I love that string stuff and have used it all now so must do a search to see if I can buy it anywhere.  If anyone has seen it for sale I'd appreciate a tip off, lol!

 Right, I must get my skates on now or I'll be late for my hair appointment.

Have a lovely day everyone and I hope the sun is shining on you.  It's glorious here!

Lesley  Xx

Tuesday, 7 June 2011

It's Only Words ................

Oooh, Bee Gees!  I love that song.  I think I might have to get the LPs out tomorrow and give them a whirl on the old turntable, lol!

However, what I'm really referring to in my title is the card I have to share with you.  Debbie, one of my fellow DT members for Chocolate Baroque suggested a friendly little challenge a couple of weeks ago which was to make a card using only word stamps and this is what I came up with.

I used a variety of script and word stamps from Chocolate Baroque (formerly Elusive Images) and even the border down each side was made with a lovely script stamp from CB.  I made the flowers from layers of Tim Holtz Ideology Kraft Glassine and some lovely burgundy tissue paper in which my lovely Daughter's wedding flowers were nestled.  Needless to say I couldn't let it be thrown away, lol!  After scrunching the layers and assembling the flowers I spritzed them with Chocolat Glimmer Mist.

I really enhjoyed myself making this card so thankyou Debbie for the challenge.

As I'm doing a post I'm going to  do a bit of proud Mum boasting and point you in the direction of my Son's blog.  He's not posted anything for a while now (real life got in the way a bit, lol) but he's recently posted some pics of his latest paintings and I think they are well worth a look if you have a few minutes.  Like all of us I know he would appreciate a few words of encouragement if you think they are merited.

Well, I'd better get myself off to the Land of Nod as I can't have any lie-ins at the moment.  I have my Mum staying with me following a cataract operation last Friday and she has to have eyedrops 10 times a day.  I am the lucky (?) person charged with the responsibility of making sure she get them administered correctly.  I'm fed up with the job already and we have another five and a half weeks to go yet!

Nite, nite All,

Lesley  Xx