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Sunday 30 September 2018

Lavinia Stamps Creative Challenge- Hocus Pocus by Zoe

Good morning Lovelies, can you believe it’s October? 

So Lavinia Stamps Creative Challenge goes live today and the theme this month is - “Hocus Pocus”, you don’t need a blog to join in, just click on this link   All the info you need is there to join in, there’s an amazing prize of £40 worth of voucher to spend too, winner chosen by

So here are my samples this month, products listed below the photos.

My calendar pages were masked top and bottom with low-tack tape, I then smeared white chalk paint randomly across the bottom two pages using a wet wipe, once dry I used a stencil to create my moons then masked the moon and coloured using dye based inks, my first calendar I used a witch stencil from Sweet Poppy Stencils which was designed by Tracey Dutton, I used a black ink but very lightly, I just wanted it to be like a shadow.

Well that’s quite a list hahaha! 
Thank you for visiting, I hope I’ve inspired you to join in, have a great day xx Zoe xx

Friday 31 August 2018

(Backup) Lavinia Stamps Creative Challenge - “Favourite Colours” by Zoe

Good morning Lovelies, September already, can you believe it? 

So welcome to my blog, today I’m posting my samples for the Lavinia Stamps Creative Challenge, the theme for September is “Favourite Colours “  you don’t need a blog to enter, just click on my link above and all the info is there. 
There’s an amazing £40 voucher to win, winner is chosen by 

Here are my samples, list of stamps will be below the photos.

I honestly love all colours, it’s very hard to choose favourites, but I guess my all time go to colour if really pushed I’d say “Blues” 

My first card is the “Caught in Crystal” technique! 

Here I’ve used a multi media card-stock and Distress Oxide re-inkers with water to create my background and the same colours to intensify the eyebrow, I used a white pen to whiten the eye, I used a teal sparkle embossing powder for the flourish in the background and Claire ink for the script.

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit, I hope you like my creations.
 Have a great day xx Zoe xx

Wednesday 1 August 2018

(Backup) Lavinia Stamps Creative Challenge - August - Stamping with Blues by Zoe

Hello everyone, And welcome to my humble blog.
Today I’m sharing with you my samples for Lavinia Stamps Creative Challenge which went live this morning. You don’t need a blog to enter just click on the link and it will give you all the info you need. There’s a fabulous £40 in vouchers as a prize for the winner chosen by

Here are my samples. List of stamps and the links will be at the bottom.
 I used Versafine Claire inks for my Stamping on the first card and sparkle brush pens and a waterbrush to colour the house and path.

I have used Claire inks for the background, but the gorgeous moth I used hot foil through a laminater.

Thank you for visiting, I hope you like my creations and enter the challenge. Have a wonderful day xx Zoe xx 

Thursday 26 July 2018

Christmas by Sweet Poppy Stencils

Good morning Lovelies! 

Well, long time since I’ve blogged! I hope you’re all well and enjoying the summer, I know it’s too hot for some but it was a long miserable winter.

Anyhow, I went to Eileen Godwin’s workshop earlier this month, I hadn’t been for 16 months due to having my 2 Foster babies who have now moved to their new forever family. 

I’m still grieving their loss, been 6 weeks now. My 6th adoption and it never gets any easier, but it’s what I do and I love my job, apart from the last bit.

So these were what I made at the workshop, using the gorgeous Sweet Poppy Stencils and New Stamps, plus Inks, Gesso, Translucent Paste and other pastes, plus the fabulous new Tag die, my last 3 projects I’ve actually made into tag cards, the largest is quite large which is fab.

I have listed and linked the Stencils at the bottom. I had to finish my projects at home last night as I was on holiday.

Holly borders
Mehndi snowflake
Phew! That was a lot of linking, thank you so much for visiting today, I hope you like my projects, had a lovely time creating them.
Have a wonderful day xx Zoe xx 

Tuesday 15 May 2018

Mid Month Reminder for the Lavinia Stamps Creative Challenge

Good morning Lovelies, just popping back with a reminder for the Lavinia Stamps Creative Challenge, you still have time to enter- here the theme this month is “Bright and Beautiful, I think you’ll agree my sample is certainly Bright lol.

Links to items used with be below the photo.

Seed heads
I used a stencil in the background that was misted with water and blotted to create some texture, torn paper and a light ink to ground the tree and some coloured enamel dots for the tree.

Thank you for visiting, I love to read what you think. Have a great day xx Zoe xx

Tuesday 8 May 2018

Sweet Poppy Stencils

Hi there Lovelies, hope you’re enjoying this beautiful warm sunny weather, it’s about time!

I’m sharing with you today some samples I’ve made using this gorgeous Flamingo.

I’ve used a Gelli print background and translucent paste which I left to dry and then hot foiled through a laminator, the stamped sentiment is also from the “Seasons” set by Sweet Poppy.

Another Gelli print background, I stamped subtly using another stamp from the Seasons set and this time I used “Expand it” through the stencil, it’s a unique product, once applied you heat it with heat tool and it bubbles and bobbles, it’s cool, unfortunately it lost the pretty filigree pattern but I thought it looked fab still, once I’d got the effect I wanted I then brushed it with Sweet Poppy Mica powders, mounted onto a canvas that I’d previously coloured and added Gilding wax.

Here’s a large MDF circle which I Gessoed and painted with Sweet Poppy shimmer paints applied very randomly with a blending tool, I inked through the Stencils and with the flamingo I used translucent paste and micro beads.

White pigment ink through stencil then I used the gorgeous pastel pearlescent pastes.

Gelli print background, white pearlescent paste then Sweet Poppy glitters while wet.

Lucy will be on Hochanda later this month, be sure to tune in.
All available to buy here
Thank you for visiting, have a wonderful day, don’t forget your sunscreen xx Zoe xx 

Tuesday 1 May 2018

Lavinia Stamps Creative Challenge - May “Bright and Beautiful” by Zoe

Good morning Lovelies, well what a better day than yesterday! Wow it felt like November yesterday, blowing a gale, rain and rather cold, sun shining, birds are singing, happy happy!

So today I’m sharing my 2 projects made for this months Lavinia Stamps Creative Challenge the theme this month is Bright and Beautiful, you don’t need a blog to enter and there is an amazing prize, chosen by of £40 in vouchers to spend on Lavinia Stamps products. To enter use this Link it gives you all the info you need to enter.

So here are my samples, links for the products are listed below the photos.

Greyboard Heart 
Star Blossom

A5 Envelope

Both the heart and envelope I’ve used a white pen to highlight areas and I’ve used a Gilding wax around the edges of the heart.

Thank you for visiting, I hope I’ve inspired you to join in, have a wonderful day xx Zoe xx 

Wednesday 25 April 2018

Eclipse card

Good morning Lovelies, looks like it’s going to be a lovely day today down here in East Kent.

Today I’m sharing with you my first attempt at an Eclipse card. I don’t get a lot of time to make cards for myself these days, with being on 3 popular Design Teams who all feature on Hochanda regularly, plus I’m a foster carer and currently have two little ones, girl aged 2 and her baby brother nearly 9 months, so free time is a premium at the moment so I’m quite pleased how it turned out.

It’s my Mums birthday next month and she loves cerise pink.

I used my my Scan n Cut to cut 5 Mums to create the depth, 2 in white linen card and 3 in the pink, I used Pennyblack Stamps and Coloursoft pencils to create my image and sentiment.

I hope you like it? And hopefully my mum lol!

Have a great day xx Zoe xx 

Thursday 19 April 2018

Mid Month Reminder

Good morning Lovelies, I hope you’re enjoying the sunshine, it’s about time spring started huh? 
Anyway I’m posting a sample I’ve made as a “Mid Month Reminder” for Lavinia Stamps Creative Challenge. This months theme is Flowers and Foliage, you still have time to enter, you can find all the info here.

I used a Grey/Whiteboard heart from my stash and Distress Oxides to colour it, I stamped the gorgeous Large Poppy using Versafine Black and heat embossed with a clear sparkle embossing powder, I used sparkle brush pens to colour the Poppy.
Links for products used are below the photo.

Large Poppy
Distress Oxides

Thank you for visiting today, I hope you like my heart, please leave a comment, I love to hear what you think.
Have a wonderful day xx Zoe xx 

Sunday 1 April 2018

Lavinia Stamps Creative Challenge - April - Flowers and Foliage

Good Morning Lovelies, oh boy I’m so late posting this blog post.

Here are my samples for this months Lavinia Stamps Creative Challenge, the theme this month is Flowers and Foliage, you don’t need a blog to enter, all the information you need is here! There is a fabulous £40 voucher to spend on yummy Lavinia Stamps products if you win.

Thank you so much for visiting, have a great day xx zoe xx 

Friday 2 March 2018

Lavinia Stamps Challenge - March, Mushrooms and Toadstools by Zoe

Good morning Lovelies. Wow it’s cold, I hope you’re all keeping warm and safe?

I’m late with my post!! Here is my sample for this months Lavinia Stamps Creative Challenge the theme for March is Mushrooms and Toadstools. Click on the link to find out how to enter, it’s simple and you don’t need a blog, and the winner chosen by will win a fantastic prize of £40 in vouchers to spend on lovely Lavinia goodies.

I used Distress Oxides which I blended and using Tracey’s technique of using fingertips to dab water on, which controls a where you want the texture, I used a sparkle embossing powder which doesn’t show so well in the photo at the top, using Claire ink in green, on the Whimsical Whisps  it really sparkles in the flesh. I used Claire inks in various colours for my stamping, the inks are beautiful, juicy and a fab selection of colours, they are on the website and really worth investing in.

I hope you like my creation, thank you for visiting.
Have a wonderful day xx Zoe xx 

Friday 2 February 2018

Lavinia Stamps Creative Challenge- Feb by Zoe

Good morning Lovelies, well that’s the end of January, I’m never sorry to see it go along with February lol! These long dark evenings and mornings will be soon shortening, yay! 

Today is the launch of Lavinia Stamps Creative Challenge for February and the theme this month is - “Enchanted Woodland”.
 For details on how to enter click on this “link”. You don’t need a blog to enter, all the info you require to enter is there.

The winner is picked by and the prize is a whopping £40 voucher to spend on Lavinia goodies! 

Here are my samples, I’ve used the gorgeous Scenescapes for my creations this time, they are so unique, beautiful quality and when time is a bit of an issue they are fantastic and require very little work to create something sensational.

I used the wonderful Claire inkpads also available on the website, they are second to none.

Thank you for taking the time to visit and leave a comment, it means so much. Have a wonderful day xx Zoe xx

Monday 29 January 2018

Exciting new products from Sweet Poppy Stencils

Good morning Lovelies, gosh I’ve been very neglectful of my blog lately!

Today I want to share with you some samples I’ve made for Sweet Poppy Stencils featuring the fab New Dies and Stencils yes you read right “Dies” to match some of the popular Stencils. They cut like cutting through butter first pass! 

I’ve used the Poinsettia Stencil with the new gorgeous yellow pearlised paste and cut using the the coordinating die, it’s a little tricky to line up but Lucy advises to make a little mark on the wrong side of the die and about 1cm above the same point on the design, “also a good thing to bare in mind when pasteing through the stencil - writing side up!!! It won’t line up on the reverse!” How do I know this you ask? Hahahaha! So my background is sparkle pens scribbled onto a tile and spritzed with water and then large bubble wrap dipped in and stamped onto card, a few subtle background stamping using a grey ink second generation, and one of the wonderful Sweet Poppy Words simply inked.

A wall hanging made with some Multi media card which I brayered using chalk paints for a random look, again using the gorgeous pearlised pastes and the Mehndi Flower Stencil and Die, I inked over very lightly with black soot Distress ink to knock the whiteness back a bit, I used the Mehndi Flourish Stencil (one of the new Stencils) to create some cohesion to the background and flower using Black Archival ink.

My Christmas card I used the glossy red Paste through the Poinsettia stencil twice and added chunky glitter to the centre and edges while still wet, I created a green layer using a Gelli print in dark greens and just cut with the die, I also used the glossy green paste directly onto my prepared background just to create more depth, I cut and shaped my red Poinsettia’s with die and shaped with my fingers, the pastes dry quite flexible so great for forming petal’s, my background is several layers of Distress Oxides and white pigment ink through the large and small Poinsettia on the stencil, the word is also from a SP Stencil.

My last 2 are made from the same piece of card that I’d created using Distress Oxides. I used translucent paste through the Stencils and once dry hot foiled in black through the Laminator.

Thank you so much for visiting today, I Hope you like my samples, I loved making them. Have a wonderful day xx Zoe xx