Saturday, 4 July 2020

Blowing Bubbles
























Good Morning bloggers, it's Saturday morning so It's time for a new challenge today at Allsorts.
This week is Helene's turn to host and she would like to see 'Summertime'

Nothing says summer like little ones playing with bubbles in the garden. We always stocked up on bubbles for the six week holidays, Scott and Jodie would try to burst them before the dogs did, Bobby preferred the bubble guns.  So my daughter managed to surprise me with the new Distress Oxide colour Speckled Egg and I love it, so it had to go on this card with a bit of Broken China. As this stamp is from the Nostalgic range I kept it quite simple and muted.  I did the background then stamped directly on to it, then coloured the image with Distress Inks.  I added some glossy accents to the bubbles.


Don't forget to head over to Allsorts for all the details of this challenge, and to check out all the fabulous inspiration from my very talented team mates.

Here is the prize on offer:-
Lady in Hat cling mounted rubber stamp - Chocolate Baroque
Chocolate Baroque Lady in Hat stamp


Lesley will be sharing a new and very exciting
collection of stamps on Hochanda TV on Tuesday 7th July at 10am and 3pm, these are something really different and you won't want to miss out.

Recipe:-
Stamps - Do Crafts - Nostalgia by John Byars - Blowing Bubbles, 
Colouring Mediums -  Distress Oxides, Distress Inks, 
Tools - Embossing Folder - Cuttlebug - Tiny Bubbles
Embellishments - Glossy Accents


Thanks for popping by my blog.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Saturday, 27 June 2020

Everyone Needs A Thistlehog

























Good Morning bloggers, it's Saturday morning so It's time for a new challenge today at Allsorts.
This week is our lovely Lynn's turn to host and she would like to see 'So Cute'

A while a go at the start of lockdown my Daughter surprised me with these Thistlehogs from Pink Ink Designs, I've been waiting to use them and this is the perfect theme, as I think they are definitely SO CUTE.  At first I made a different card but it went in the bin, it took me a while to get my head around it because of it's size.  So when I got it's perspective and got my Lavinia foliage stamps out it started to come together on a gel plate and brusho's background.  There is sparkle on his wings and through the hanging foliage in various glitters and Glamour dust.


Don't forget to head over to Allsorts for all the details of this challenge, and to check out all the fabulous inspiration from my very talented team mates.

Here is the prize on offer:-

 Chocolate Baroque Swirl Flower
Swirl Centre Flowerhead cling mounted rubber stamp
This where you can find this and many more stamps to purchase
Chocolate Baroque is a small independent art and craft company, based in the historic market town of Barnard Castle in County Durham in the North-East of England and is owned and run by Lesley and David Wharton. 


Recipe:-
Stamps - Pink Ink designs - Thistlehogs, Lavinia - Fairy dust words, Berry Leaves, Spanish Moss Foliage, Twisted Vine set, Slender mushrooms mini, Bluebells, 
Colouring Mediums - Versafine Clair, Brusho's, Colorbox, 
Tools - Gel plate, Brayer, 
Embellishments - Lavinia moondust Holographic, Rosebud glow, Glamour dust, 


Thanks for popping by my blog.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Saturday, 20 June 2020

Fur-ever Friends

























Good Morning bloggers, I hope your all keeping safe and well, it's Saturday morning so It's time for a new challenge today at Allsorts.
This week is our lovely Ellie's turn to host and she would like to see 'Pets' 

For my creation this week I started by creating a background that I saw on a tutorial by Jo Rice on Youtube.  I started by dragging distress ink down my card, then bringing another colour in from the sides.  Using a splot stamp and some script, I randomly stamped over the top, finally using a lid I dipped in some Gesso and put some circles on to my background.
My stamps are freebies from Creative Stamping and I masked the cat and the rabbit to add the dog. I coloured them with Distress Inks.


Don't forget to head over to Allsorts for all the details of this challenge, and to check out all the fabulous inspiration from my very talented team mates.


This is for the following challenges:-
1.

Recipe:-
Stamps -  Magazine freebies, Sentimentally yours
Colouring Mediums - Distress Inks, 
Tools - Gesso, 


Thanks for popping by my blog.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Thursday, 18 June 2020

Sending Wishes

























I'm here today to remind you about our challenges for Stamping Sensations and Penny black & More @ Allsorts, if you didn't get the chance to join in last month's challenges these could be the ones for you.

At Stamping Sensations this month the theme is 'Make It Colourful', for my creation I made a Brusho's background, then stamped a beautiful fairy from Lavinia.  I added some extra foliage and glitter for some sparkle.  The wings are coloured with a gelly roll pen to give them some sparkle.

We have sponsorship this Month from:-
Visible Image with a £27 voucher

And of course, the Design Team have created some stunners to inspire you. Please do pay them a visit to their individual blogs - it means a lot to know you appreciate their efforts.

























And now onto my second challenge creation for Penny black & More @ Allsorts, where the theme is 'Favourite Stamps', this has always been my favourite stamp, there's a Christmas version too which seems to have evaded my stash, but I'm sure I need it LOL! I love this stamp so much I like to keep it simple so the image is definitely the star of the show.

Are you wanting some inspiration, pop on over to the challenge blog and then you can see all the wonderful creations from the rest of the talented team.


Recipe:-
Stamps -Penny Black - 3980K Team Effort, Sentimentally Yours - Box kit 2, Lavinia - Josie, fairy dandelions, snow shrub, fern leaf, every dream,
Colouring Mediums -  Distress Inks,  Brusho's, Versafine Clair, 
Embellishments - Gelly Roll Pen - star, Lavinia - moon dust - holographic, white gel pen, 


Thank you for popping by my blog.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Saturday, 13 June 2020

The Perfume Bottle





Good Morning bloggers, I hope your all keeping safe and well, it's Saturday morning so It's time for a new challenge today at Allsorts.
This week is our lovely Kath's turn to host and she would like to see 'Embossing, Wet Or Dry' 

For my creation this week I chose to do wet embossing, I started with a gel plate backgound, sprinkling brusho's on, then embossed in gold some swirls. Some distress inks to the edges,  I then stamped and coloured my image, using several layers of embossing powder to to give the perfume bottle a high gloss.  then I stamped a separate butterfly and flower, coloured them then decoupaged them on to my main image.


Don't forget to head over to Allsorts for all the details of this challenge, and to check out all the fabulous inspiration from my very talented team mates.


This is for the following challenges:-
1. MAWTT - #119 - Anything with wings
2. Crafty Creations, #410 - Anything Goes

Recipe:-
Stamps - Chocolate Baroque - Butterfly Perfumery,
Colouring Mediums - Distress Inks, Brusho's, Colorbox inks, Gel plate, 
Tools - Embossing powders, 
Embellishments - Lavinia Moon Dust - Rosebud Glow, 


Thanks for popping by my blog.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Sunday, 7 June 2020

Butterflies and Butterflies

























Hello, I hope your all safe and well,  it's a new month for Stamping Sensations and Penny black & More @ Allsorts challenges, if you didn't get the chance to join in last month's challenges these could be the ones for you.

At Stamping Sensations this month the theme is 'Make It Colourful', for my creation I made a tag using Chocolate Baroque stamp sets.  The background is made using Distress Oxides, then stamped with words and splots, and then the main image stamped.  I stamped the butterflies separately, coloured them then decoupaged them onto the tag.  And then just added ribbons.


We have sponsorship this Month from:-
Visible Image with a £27 voucher

And of course, the Design Team have created some stunners to inspire you. Please do pay them a visit to their individual blogs - it means a lot to know you appreciate their efforts.




















And now onto my second challenge creation for Penny black & More @ Allsorts, where the theme is 'Favourite Stamps', so a very long time ago a blogging frien borrowed me this stamp so I could stamp some out to use.  Then later I mentioned on my blog that I loved this image and had looked for the stamp but couldn't find it, and as if by magic it appeared on my doormat one day, a gift from my wonderful friend Brenda.  So it has a special place in my heart and so it's more than just my favourite stamp, it's very special to me.
Onto the card, another Distress Oxide background, with Sentimentally Yours butterflies stamped on it.  My image was water coloured with Distress Inks so that everything matched colour wise, added sparkle to the wings and all done!


Are you wanting some inspiration, pop on over to the challenge blog and then you can see all the wonderful creations from the rest of the talented team.


Recipe:-
Stamps - Chocolate Baroque - Butterfly Minds,  Penny Black - 432J - Bitty ear Angel, Sentimentally Yours - Box kit 2, 
Colouring Mediums - Distress Oxides, Spectrum Noirs, Distress Inks,  Perfect Pearls Cosmic Shimmer, 
Embellishments - Ribbon, Gelly Roll Pen, Glamour Dust, 


Thank you for popping by my blog.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Saturday, 6 June 2020

Dragonfly Watching

























Good Morning bloggers, I hope your all keeping safe and well, it's Saturday morning so It's time for a new challenge today at Allsorts.
This week is our lovely Wendy's turn to host and she would like to see 'Summer Sunshine' mainly yellow.

For my creation this week I saw the theme and to be honest I drew a blank, so I thought I'd start with a sun and some different shades of yellow inks.  Once I placed the Hare on the toadstool the rest was easy, some glitter added for that sunny sparkle and job done.


Don't forget to head over to Allsorts for all the details of this challenge, and to check out all the fabulous inspiration from my very talented team mates.


Our sponsor this week is JC Designs
 JMC Designs -  The lucky winner will be able to choose a complete collection of Julia's designs.

This is for the following challenges:-
1. Cute Card Thursday - #637 - Anything Goes
2. Crafty Creations - #410 - Anything Goes



Recipe:-
Stamps - LAV577 - Berry Leaves, LAV166 - Dandelions, LAV387 - Meadow Grass, LAV471 - Fairy Bugs, Lav482 - Whimsical Hares, LAV208 - Toadstool, 
Colouring Mediums - Distress Inks, 
Tools - Moon/Sun mask, 
Embellishments - Glitter, 


Thanks for popping by my blog.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Saturday, 30 May 2020

Magical Worlds

























Good morning Bloggers, I hope everyone is keeping safe and well.  Our challenge  here at Allsorts could help you if your in isolation to pass time and help take your mind off it all for a little while. 
This week is my turn to host  and I would like to see 'Magical Worlds'  So this could be anything that is magical, it can be Unicorns, Dragons, Fairies, Witches or even Wizards.  As long as it's from a magical world you can use it

To make my card I made a background using a gel plate and brushos, then created a scene to house my fairy couple using Lavinia stamps.  This was the Annivesary card I made for my Hubby.


Don't forget to head over to Allsorts for all the details of this challenge, and to check out all the fabulous inspiration from my very talented team mates.

Please note this week there will be a prize, but due to the present circumstances that make things difficult to post, the prize will have to be posted out when it is possible at a later date.



                                                            












 Lavinia Fairytale

Recipe:-
Stamps -  Lavinia LAV151 - slender mushroom mini, LAV094 - fir tree 1, LAV246 - large path, LAV305 - leaf mini 1, Lav266 - star gazing, LAV455 - tree half R2, 
Tools -  Inkylicious - moon stencil, Gel Plate, 
Colouring Mediums - Brushos, versafine clair, colorbox, 
Embellishments -  glitter, 


Thanks for popping by my blog.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Saturday, 23 May 2020

Three Little Piggies


















Good morning Bloggers, I hope everyone is keeping safe and well during this awful time, 
Our challenge  here at Allsorts could help you if your in isolation to pass time and help take your mind off it all for a little while. 

This week is our lovely Mervi's turn to host and she would like to see 'Dots, Stripes or Gingham'

To make the background I used Distress Oxides , then over stamped dots using a Lavinia mini stamp.  My main image I coloured with the same colours in Distress Inks. and the sentiment came with the main image.

Because of the current situation we really feel that isn't practical  to be posting prizes . We hope you understand.


Don't forget to head over to Allsorts for all the details of this challenge, and to check out all the fabulous inspiration from my very talented team mates.


This is for the following challenges:-
1. Cute Card Thursday - #635 - Critters
2. 2 Crafty Critter Crazies - #38 - Anything Goes
3. Creations In Pink - #22 - Anything Goes In Pink
4. Crafty Creations - #409 - Anything Goes


Recipe:-
Stamps -Kraftin Kimmie - Tickled Pink Piggies, Lavinia - LAV585 Mini Dots, 
Colouring Mediums - Distress Oxides, Distress inks, 

Thanks for popping by my blog.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Monday, 18 May 2020

Flowers And Masculine




























Good morning, I hope you are all staying well and safe.   If you feel some crafting will help at the moment then hopefully these challenges can take your mind of things for a bit.
These are Mid Way challenges for Stamping Sensations and Penny black & More @ Allsorts challenges, if you haven't joined in yet these challenges could be the ones for you.

At Stamping Sensations this month the theme is 'Say It With Flowers'. To create this I chose this beautiful Inkylicious Poppy stamp, which I stamped onto this background I created using Distress oxides.  I coloured the poppies with Spectrum Noir markers, and a white gel pen, I added some words, all to do with nature to work with the Poppies.  There is a bit of sparkle done with glitter among the words and around the flower heads, but as usual isn't showing up on the picture.

We have sponsorship this Month from




Please click here to find a huge collection of images hand drawn by Dora, a member of our Design Team. She creates beautiful flowers, animals and much more, many inspired by her love of Nature.


And of course, the Design Team have created some stunners to inspire you. Please do pay them a visit to their individual blogs - it means a lot to know you appreciate their efforts.

This is for the following challenges:-
1. Crafty Creations - #409 - Anything Goes


And now onto my second challenge creation for Penny black & More @ Allsorts, where the theme is 'Boys & Men'.  For my creation I used this Penny Black Union Jack Mini, coloured with Watercoloured pencils.  Using a stencil I created a background in monochrome colours and then added a sentiment.

We have prizes from Penny Black and Blade Rubber Crafts

Are you wanting some inspiration, pop on over to the challenge blog and then you can see all the wonderful creations from the rest of the talented team.

This is for the following challenges:-
1. Penny Black Saturday Challenge - May - Inspired By A Song (my song is I've Been Driving In My Car - Madness)
2. Aud Sentiments - #251 - Anything Goes + sentiment

Recipe:-
Stamps - Penny Black - 4220K Miniful, Inkylicious - Field Poppy, Lavinia LAV593 - Words Of Spring, 
Tools - Stencil (magazine freebie), 
Colouring Mediums - Distress Oxides, Spectrum Noirs, Distress Inks, Faber Castell Aqua pencils,
Embellishments - white gel pen, glitter, 

Thank you for popping by my blog.
Stay Safe and well
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Saturday, 9 May 2020

The Flutter Of Magic

























Good morning Bloggers, I hope everyone is keeping safe and well during this awful time, 
Our challenge  here at Allsorts could help you if your in isolation to pass time and help take your mind off it all for a little while. 

This week we had been planning a special fortnight with lots of prizes to celebrate our 11th Birthday. However, given the current Global situation we really feel that isn't appropriate plus posting prizes off at the moment is not practically possible. So we are saving the prizes for now and hope to do something special later in the year when the World situation improves.

In the meantime we hope you will join in with Brenda's simple theme of..........

********Anything Goes********

As a two week challenge was already in our schedule we are sticking with that and the challenge will run until Friday 22nd May. And instead of a Top 5, it will be a Top 10 and there may even be some 'special mentions' of any entries that really pop out at us.


To make my card I went all out with my Lavinia stamps, I just sat and played, I had all sorts out on my desk, really not like me, I'm the kind of person that tidies as I go.  I just lost myself making this.  The background is done with Distress Oxides and a full list of what I used is in the recipe below.


Don't forget to head over to Allsorts for all the details of this challenge, and to check out all the fabulous inspiration from my very talented team mates.


This is for the following challenges:-
1. Cute Card Thursday - #633 - Anything Goes
2. Crafty Creations - #409 - Anything Goes
3. Lavinia stamps - May - Flora & Fauna
4.

Recipe:-
Stamps - LAVINIA - Aria, Pipin, Flutterbies, Mystic Swirls, Winter Berries, Vine Flourish, Berry Leaves, Fir Tree 1, Meadow Mushroom, Meadow Mushroom mini, Dragon Pods, Words Of Spring, 
Colouring Mediums - Distress Oxides, Versafine Clair, 
Embellishments -  Moondust - Rosebud Glow, Gelly Roll pen clear star, Gel Pen white, 


Thanks for popping by my blog.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Sunday, 3 May 2020

Where Flowers Bloom So Does Hope!


























Good morning friends, I hope you are all staying well and safe in these unpredictable times, we all need some kind of release whether it's crafting, cooking or catching up with box sets.  If it's some crafting you want then hopefully these can take your mind of things for a bit.
Here's our new challenges for for Stamping Sensations and Penny black & More @ Allsorts challenges, if you didn't get the chance to join in last month's challenges these could be the ones for you.

At Stamping Sensations this month the theme is 'Say It With Flowers'.  Dora our Teamie at Stamping Sensations draws and creates her own Digi images, this image is one of hers and was a joy to colour, using Spectrum Noirs.  I added a sentiment from Apple Blossom.  The background I created using Distress oxides then stamped an Apple Blossom butterfly over the background.

We have sponsorship this Month from




Please click here to find a huge collection of images hand drawn by Dora, a member of our Design Team. She creates beautiful flowers, animals and much more, many inspired by her love of Nature.


And of course, the Design Team have created some stunners to inspire you. Please do pay them a visit to their individual blogs - it means a lot to know you appreciate their efforts.

This is for the following challenges:-
1. Crafty Gals Corner - #206 - Spring/Easter



























And now onto my second challenge creation for Penny black & More @ Allsorts, where the theme is 'Boys & Men'.  For my creation I used a Penny Black golfing Hedgehog, coloured with Spectrum Noirs.  I picked out some fab papers from Wild Rose Studios and made some banners for a bit of embellishment.

We have prizes from Penny Black and Blade Rubber Crafts

Are you wanting some inspiration, pop on over to the challenge blog and then you can see all the wonderful creations from the rest of the talented team.

This is for the following challenges:-
1. 2 Crafty Critter Crazies - #38 - Anything Goes
2. Aud sentiments - #250 - Masculine + Sentiment

Recipe:-
Stamps - Penny Black - Missed You - 2894J,  SheenaDouglass - Winter Woodland - sentiment, Dora's Digi's, Apple Blossom - sentiment, 
Papers - Wild Rose Studios - Dancing Daisies,
Colouring Mediums - Distress Oxides, Spectrum Noirs, Distress Inks, 

Thank you for popping by my blog.
Stay Safe and well
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Saturday, 2 May 2020

Butterfly Perfumery



























Good morning Bloggers, I hope everyone is keeping safe and well during this awful time, 
Our challenge  here at Allsorts could help you if your in isolation to pass time and help take your mind off it all for a little while. 

This week is our lovely Helene's turn to host and she would like to see 'Butterflies'

To make my card I used Distress Oxides and created a background, then over stamped with a flourish stamp from Butterfly Perfumery stamp set, and then using splots from Butterfly Mind I added some more interest to the background and embossed them in gold.  For my main image I stamped the perfume bottle and decoupaged the butterfly.  I then stamped and added another butterfly to the image.


Don't forget to head over to Allsorts for all the details of this challenge, and to check out all the fabulous inspiration from my very talented team mates.

Here is our lovely sponsor:-


With a £15 voucher

This is for the following challenges:-
1. 2 Crafty Critter Crazies - #38 - Anything Goes
2. Cute Card Thursday - #632 - Feminine
3. Crafty Creations Challenge - #408 - Anything Goes

Recipe:-
Stamps -Chocolate Baroque - Butterfly Mind, Butterfly Perfumery, 
Colouring Mediums - Distress Oxides, Spectrum Noirs, 
Embellishments -  Glamour Dust, 


Thanks for popping by my blog.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Saturday, 25 April 2020

Birthday Mischief!

























Good morning Bloggers, I hope everyone is keeping safe and well during this awful time, 
Our challenge  here at Allsorts could help you if your in isolation to pass time and help take your mind off it all for a little while. 

This week is our lovely Lynn's turn to host and she would like to see 'Add A Bow'

To make my card I used one of my old faithful stamps a House Mouse stamp, I started with a piece of Kraft card as I wanted to try something new, and the idea came from blogging buddy Sally, thank you Sally!  After watching Lesley from Chocolate Baroque demo water coloured pencils my daughter bought me some.  Sally mentioned that they were good on Kraft card especially with little furry critters.  I enjoyed using them and will be using them a lot more, this is my first attempt using them and I think it's not too bad.


Don't forget to head over to Allsorts for all the details of this challenge, and to check out all the fabulous inspiration from my very talented team mates.

Here is our lovely sponsor:-

Crafty Ribbons


This is for the following challenges:-
1. Colour Crazy Challenges -  week 16 - Anything Goes
2. House Mouse & Friends Monday Challenge - Anything Goes

Recipe:-
Stamps - Sentimentally Yours sentiments, House Mouse HMCP89 - Birthday Mischief, 
Colouring Mediums - Faber Castell Aqua Pencils, 
Embellishments -  Ribbon, White Gel Pen, 


Thanks for popping by my blog.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Saturday, 18 April 2020

Fly Away!

























Good morning friends, I hope you are all staying well and safe in these unpredictable times, another three weeks of lockdown to go, and going by social media lots of crafters seem to be finding it hard to craft or to find some mojo. I too have found a lot of days hard to create something.  I was going to learn to crochet by watching Youtube videos, as it's something I have always wanted to do but haven't yet found the mojo to do that either.

Anyway here's some new challenges, hopefully these can take your mind of things for a bit.
Here's  mid way challenges for for Stamping Sensations and Penny black & More @ Allsorts challenges, if you didn't get the chance to join in last month's challenges these could be the ones for you.

At Stamping Sensations this month the theme is 'Somewhere Over The Rainbow' I started by stamping some butterflies from a new stamp set I bought for myself for my birthday, I coloured them with Spectrum Noirs and stamped a sentiment which is from another set of stamps I bought myself for my Birthday.  I thought I would get some inspiration from them as lockdown had started the day before my Birthday, and I felt deflated and need to keep busy for my mental health.  The background is created with Distress Oxides.

We have sponsorship this Month from






'be Creative!'  with a £25 voucher

And of course, the Design Team have created some stunners to inspire you. Please do pay them a visit to their individual blogs - it means a lot to know you appreciate their efforts.

This is for the following challenges:-
1. As You Like It Challenge - Favourite Animal (Butterflies as they are so beautiful)
2. Cute Card Thursday - #630 - Wings
3. 2 Crafty Critter Crazies - #37 - Anything Goes
4. Crafty Calendar Challenge - #April - Add a Butterfly



























And now onto my second challenge creation for Penny black & More @ Allsorts, where the theme is 'Anything Goes' so how easy is that.  For my creation I used a Transparent set of Penny Black stamps, I chose this cute cat with balloons and coloured with Spectrum Noirs then coated the balloons with  Glossy Accents.  I stamped the sentiment, then using a handmade cloud stencil inked in a background of clouds.

We have prizes from Penny Black and Swedish House Crafts

Are you wanting some inspiration, pop on over to the challenge blog and then you can see all the wonderful creations from the rest of the talented team.

This is for the following challenges:-
1. Aud Sentiments - #249 - Birthday Sentiment


Recipe:-
Stamps - Penny Black - 30-012 - Bubbly, Chocolate Baroque - Butterfly Perfumery, Chocolate Baroque - Butterfly Mind,  Sentimentally Yours sentiments, 
Colouring Mediums - Distress Oxides, Spectrum Noirs, Colorbox ink, 
Embellishments -  Glossy Accents


Thank you for popping by my blog.
Stay Safe and well
Happy crafting
Tracy x