Friday, May 15, 2015

Beach Stamping



Hello Friends

I hope you are all well and having a great week! We just got back from Maine, oh how I love it there. I had some beach therapy it was wonderful. We go there on vacation all the time but that was not why we were there this time.  My husband has been offered a job in Maine, so we went out house hunting and to check out the area.

While I was there I had to do a little crafting of course. I took a stone and stamped it with VersaMark ink. As it dried it came out like this with a nice dark image. I used this lovely Unity image designed by Phyllis Harris called Present in my heart.  I love this stamp of the wee girl looking out into the ocean. It seemed so appropriate to use on the beach stone.  I left it at the beach I hope someone finds it!

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today!

Mandi xox

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Friday, May 8, 2015

Craft Stamper ~ May Reminder ~ Take A Stamp



Hello Friends

I am back with a reminder for the Craft Stamper Take It Make It challenge. I hope you have had a chance to join us with this month's theme Take A Stamp. If not that is OK because there is still time to join us.

 You can make anything your little heart desires for this challenge. As long as there is a stamp on your project somewhere. There are a few other rules you must follow to play along so hop back to the Craft Stamper Blog and have a wee read at them. There is a wonderful prize package you can win. A set of 6 vintage embossing glitters in a case, and a lovely lace stamp from our sponsor WOW!.

I made this distressed jar for my project today! I LOVE it! I used this lovely Unity stamp called Within Beauty.  I have been saving empty jars forever so I wanted to start making things with them. This is such an easy project to make. All you do is paint the jar with acrylic paint. I used two coats of this lovely duck egg blue. Let it dry completely, I left mine over night. Then I took my archival ink and stamped it. Next I took a nail file and distressed some of the areas. Finally I tied some jute around the top to finish.

 How easy is that?? You really can't mess this one up! So feel free to have a go at painting your own jars they turn out so pretty.

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today! Have a great weekend :)

Mandi xox

I am linking my jar up to Unity Friends With Flair

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Giveaway Winner

Hello Friends


Just a quick post to let you know the winner of my wee giveaway!!! Thanks to everyone who entered :)  The winner was randomly drawn by my husband :)

Janis from
HerPeacefulGarden.blogspot.com
Congratulations!! 


Please get in touch send me an email with your mailing address.

You can get me at Mandimance@hotmail.com  :)

Mandi xox

Friday, May 1, 2015

Craft Stamper Take It Make It Challenge ~ Take A Stamp


Hello Friends

Welcome to my first post as part of the Craft Stamper TIMI design team! I am so excited to be part of this wonderful group of designers.

Our theme this month is Take a Stamp! As long as there is stamping somewhere on your project that is all that matters. Easy right? So you can express yourself however you want to.  All of the details can be found here.

  This is the project I came up with. I used white embossing powder and Brusho.  I LOVE Brusho it is my new addiction. I love how you can take a wee pot of coloured powder and create such organic patterns with it.  I used a Unity stamp on this card called - Don't be like the rest of them. I love this stamp so much it incorporates two of my favourite things butterflies and script writing.



I stamped with VersaMark ink then heat embossed with white embossing powder. Then sprinkled some Brusho and sprayed my paper. Once I got the pattern I wanted from the Brusho I heat set it. Then I went back over the butterfly and made it much darker to make it stand out. I stamped the love always sentiment right in the corner with VersaFine ink. Next I distressed the edges, then took my scissors and fussy cut the wings from the paper but left the body intact. I pulled the wings forward to make it look like the butterfly is actually about to take flight. Finally I mounted it on to a white card base that was also distressed.
 
I hope you like my card! I love the way it turned out. So now it is is your turn, come and join in the fun grab a stamp and create something. We have some pretty great prizes for you to win. Our lovely sponsor is WOW! Embossing Powder and you get to win a set of 6 vintage embossing glitters in a case, and this lovely lace stamp.




Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today!

Mandi xox

I am also linking this card to Unity FWF :) 

Monday, April 27, 2015

Rain Girl



Hello Friends

Happy Monday!! I got some new stamps in he mail and I just had to make a card with this one. I LOVE this wee girl playing in the rain. This is a new stamp from the lovely Phyllis Harris collection over at Unity. It is called All Things New.

I can't say enough good things about Phyllis Harris stamps they are simply wonderful. This one is my new favourite.  I love how she just captures the essence of childhood so perfectly. 

I coloured her using my water colour paints. The rain is  splatters of Peacock Feathers distress ink . The card base is some lovely pink glitter card by American Crafts. I kept my card quite simple as I wanted the image to speak for itself.

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today. I hope you like my card :)

Mandi xox

PS  I am having a wee crafty giveaway if you want to enter go here.

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Simon Says Stamp Monday Anything Goes

Friday, April 24, 2015

Scotland Photos & Giveaway

 Hello Friends

Well here are some of my pictures from my trip to Scotland. I wanted to give you a wee glimpse in to the place I call home.  If you are here for my giveaway you can scroll right to the end if you don't want to go through the photos ha :)


Glasgow Skyline & The River Clyde





So this is home for me Sunny Glasgow. It is the largest city in Scotland and home to the River Clyde. The name itself is Gaelic and it means 'Dear Green Place'. It really is too even in winter it is still very green. We get so much rain that is stays green and mossy year round. Glasgow is filled with so much to do and see and most of the museums are free to visit. It really is a great city it has lots of great shopping too it is one of the best shopping places in Scotland.


Paisley Abbey

This is an absolutely stunning Abbey inside and out. It is only a ten minute drive from my Mum's house. It is a former monastery and a current day Church of Scotland. My husband and I went here for Easter Sunday. Where a full choir dressed in white robes sang and an orchestra played. It was quite heavenly :) You can find out more about the Abbey here.

Troon Beach




 Troon is about a forty minute car drive from Glasgow. It is very quick and easy to get to even in public transport you can be at the beach in less than an hour. A lovely wee beach and the town itself has lots of wee shops and restaurants. I LOVE the beach and when I am home I go here all the time in all seasons. We have very mild weather in Scotland. We don't tend to have extreme heat and cold but we do have LOTS of rain.

A wee selfie on the windswept Troon beach :)

Doune Castle

Every time we go home I try to take my husband Don to different places that he has not been to. I think this was his 12th trip to Scotland! This was another castle to add to his list. Doune castle is situated just outside of Stirling about an hour's drive from Glasgow. This castle is currently being used in the TV series Outlander if you are a fan of that. Monty Pythons Holy Grail was also filmed here. The audio tour of the castle is narrated by Terry Jones which my husband found to be really funny.


View from the top of Doune Castle





 This is one of my favourite castles you can climb right to the top if you wish. We did and it is not for the faint of heart. Tiny stairs that get narrower and narrower as you reach the top. The view is absolutely stunning when you get there though and well worth it. The view if Mountains and the River Teith.


Auchingarroch Wildlife Centre

We took my nephew to a wildlife park in Perth called Auchingarroch Wildlife Centre. He is animal crazy and he loved this place. It is out in the middle of nowhere and the view is just snow capped mountains. You get to feed the animals and really interact with them.  You can find out more about Auchingarroch here.


Matilda  the Highland Cow

Now I can't let you go without showing you a highland cow can I :) Meet Matilda she is a one year old highland calf and she is as cute as a button. You can see her at Auchingarroch she loves to be petted under her chin. So I hope you enjoyed some of my photos from home.  I took hundreds of photos but I did not want to bore you with too many. As you can see it is a beautiful place. You can be in the city one minute and then drive an hour one way and be at the beach. Then go the other way and be in the mountains all in the same day. If you get the chance to go to Scotland of course I will highly recommend it I am biased of course ;)

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Now on to my wee giveaway! I brought back 3 stamps a wee Scottie Dog from Hobby Craft and Crafters Companion stamps 'Time Out' & 'With Sympathy. I also have some Green Jute which I love using and some Blue Tartan Ribbon. I think the best part of the prize is the Brusho though. I went back to the shop in Glasgow to buy one especially for this giveaway and they were almost out. I got the last turquoise one on the shelf. If you have been on my blog lately you know how much  I love Brusho there is so much you can do with this wee pot of powder. So all you have do is tell me why you want to win super easy. I will pick a winner next Sunday 3rd May.


Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today I hope you enjoyed my photos :)

Mandi xox

Fly


Hello Friends

Here is my Friends With Flair card for today :)  I love this stamp it is called Feather Flight. I use it quite a lot it is a very versatile stamp. This time I heat embossed it on to some vellum with white embossing powder. Then backed it on to some pink glitter card.

 I used this lovely paper pad I found when I was home called Paper Flowers. It is filled with lots of lovely soft colours and unique designs. This paper I used is a very light duck egg colour with printed feathers in pink,orange and grey. The photo does not do it any justice. The paper is pearlescent so it is hard to pick up the colours well.  I finished off my card with some gem stones and pink twine. 

 I hope you like my card thanks so much for stopping by today.  I will have my wee giveaway posted tonight along with some photos of my trip to Scotland so stop back then if you want to. The post is now up if you want to enter go here :)

Mandi xox