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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

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Woohoo ..... New Lavinia Stamps !!!

Afternoon

I am so excited to announce that Tracey Dutton has designed some fantastic new Lavinia Stamps and these are to be released today and will go on sale at the NEC Craft Show which is on from today 16th March until Sunday 19th March ..... Oh how I wish I could be there .....

Below are my 2 Samples just to tickle your fancy ..... Truly the Stamps are fantastic .....

I really could not using the little houses and made a whole Fairy Village ..... See below .....

 
I so wishes you could see the bling on the cards below ..... Boy did they shine !!!
 

 
 
Below are Tracey Dutton's Sample just to show you the designs, they really are just fabulous .....

 
See the Tall trees in the background they too are new Stamps .....
 

 
 

They are just fantastic ..... I can't wait to get me hands on "The Green Man" Stamp ..... They are so hot of the press I have not as yet managed to treat myself to this but I will very soon ......
Anyway if you are going to the NEC Tracey will be demoing the Stamps so pop along and watch her work her magic and have a chat with Kevin too ..... He will be there to help you with your purchases and any queries too !!!

Now just one more Sample that I really loved making ...... It was my mid month Sample for this Month's Lavinia Stamps Creative Challenge "Colour, Sparkle and Bling" .....
I used those Spotted Toadstools Stamps which just happen to be one of my favourite Stamps ..... Also I used the Spiders Web, Snails and Spider Stamps and I even fussy cut the Snails and Spiders because I just love to Fussy Cut ..... but if you follow me you will already know that, lol .....
The Word Stamp is "Don't let Life dull your Sparkle" and that was just perfect for this card and theme .....

Here you go .....


 
Oh well back to making next month's Samples .....
 
So until the next time ..... Take care and "Happy Craftng"
 
Loads of love
Marianne  xxx

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

New Lavinia Creative Challenge - March 2017 - Colour, Sparkle and Bling !!!

Hello once again

It is that time again to announce that there is a New Lavinia Challenge and for March the theme is "Colour, Sparkle and Bling"..... The winner of the Lavinia Creative Challenge will win a voucher for £40.00 to spend in the Lavinia Web Shop and just a heads up there are new stamps coming out very soon .....

Below are my 2 sample cards to help give you some inspiration but unfortunately the bling doesn't show very well ..... I really wished you could see these are they are prettier in real life but at least you can imagine the bling .....

We are nearly into Spring ..... where on earth did that time go ...... The buds are opening and the Daffodils are just showing their pretty flowers along with the Snowdrops and blossoms on the trees ..... Oh how I love this Season .....

Anyway I thought I would let you know this time as I only used a few stamps which ones I used .....
and for my first card I used the Ocean Flowers along with the Fox 2 Peri Stamp .....


For my second card I used the Single Glow Flower and the Glow Flowers which are a smaller set of 2 and these really are such pretty stamps .....


So go get your Crafty stuff out and start creating hopefully the winning entry and if mine don't inspire you much this month please have a look at the other Design Team's samples they truly are amazing .....

Until the next time I hope you all keep well and happy crafting !!!

Loads of love
Marianne  xxx


Wednesday, 1 February 2017

New Lavinia Creative Challenge - February 2017 - Full Moon

Good Morning

Today is the start of a New Lavinia Challenge ..... February's Challenge Theme is "Full Moon" .....

Don't forget that the winner of the Challenge will win a £40.00 Voucher to spend in Lavinia Stamps Web Shop and what an array of products they now sell ..... Recently they added the SVG Cutting Files ..... Here's the link to the cutting files Lavinia Stamps Cutting Files  and although I'm a novice at using them I have seen some amazing art work made with these and it's beautiful .....

Anyway back to the Challenge .....

I have once again numerous stamps here to create my Samples and you can find them on the Web Shop .....

The Moon is absolutely amazing once stamped ..... it is so detailed .....

Well enough of my waffling ..... Here are my Samples for this month ..... I do hope you like them .....

I must admit I did hand cut as usual all the decoupaged stamped images as I find fussy cutting just so de-stressing and after a day's work I can think of nothing nicer than concentrating on cutting these elements out ..... It's not for everyone but it is for me .....







I also must add my last Month's Card which I never got to blog as I was so ill over Christmas and New Year so I was late in posting my Sample ..... But here it is ..... The Theme for January was "Starry Night Sky" and this would have made a lovely Christmas Card .....



Anyway that's it for me for this Challenge ...... So get creating hopefully that winning entry and Good Luck to each and everyone of you .....

Take care and until the next time loads of love .....

Marianne xxx


Thursday, 1 December 2016

December Lavinia Challenge - Magical !!!

Hi

Well today is the start of a new Creative Challenge for Lavinia Stamps and for December's theme it's "Magical" .....

There is a Voucher for £40.00 that will be given to the winner to spend in the Lavinia Webshop ..... so come on get going and start today in creating what could be the winning entry..... Good Luck to you all !!! .....

If you take a look on Lavinia Stamps Facebook Page you will see the link that will take you through to the Creative Challenge on the Lavinia Stamps Website alternatively you can go direct to the Website and download your entry there .....

Oh Boy ..... did I have a great time creating the latest Lavinia Stamps Creative Challenge Samples ..... Here are my Fairy Jars and to be honest I used so many of the different Lavinia Stamps I can't even remember what I did use ..... I am sure that it you picked any of the beautifully designed Stamps and included them on your Jars they would look equally as good ..... Tracey Dutton who designs them herself has designed some awesome stamps ..... If you need to use exactly the same or a specific stamp and you cannot find it please let me know and I will be happy to tell you there names .....

Well here they are my 3 Fairy Jars and I just adore them and they look especially beautiful in the dark with the twinkling battery operated candles glowing ..... They would also make beautiful nightlights for the children to sit and watch as they drift off to sleep ..... ZZzzzzzzzz .....

I do hope you like them as I adored creating these ..... I have added so many photo's in various stages of darkness so you can see what they are like in normal light .....





















Anyway that's it for now as I am trying desperately to do my Christmas Cards ..... So till the next time I hope you all have a peaceful month and try not to stress too much with all the Christmas preparations ......

Take care and love to you all
Marianne
xxx