Thursday, 17 April 2014


Saturday saw me at Alexander Palace for the Big Stamp and Scrapbooking Show. As always I came home with bags bulging and some lovely new rubber stamps.  One of my favourites was from PaperArtsy, Tops & Tails 1.  This stamp needed mounting to use with an acrylic block and I thought I would share the technique that I use:
As I don't like waste I always cut my design from the rubber sheet first taking care to keep my scissors straight.  This ensures the edge of the stamp is supported by the rubber and not overhanging as this would spoil the print.
Next I lay each stamp onto the adhesive side of Repositionable Cushioning, such as Kling-On.  I fit them fairly close with enough space to cut around neatly - this saves wasting the cushion backing where there are gaps in between each stamp on a sheet.  I then cut off the unused backing and replace the waxed sheet to protect the adhesive.
Before cutting each stamp out I cover the backing sheet with talc.  This stops the blades of the scissors becoming covered with adhesive and allows a neat and easy cut.   I have discovered this after many clumsy attempts of peeling the sheet from my blades and having to keep cleaning them! 
Once you have cut the stamps from the adhesive backing sheet, simply wipe the rubber with a wet-wipe. 
When using this stamp I decided I wanted to mask the face from the bottom part of the design.  After one or two attempts I decided to cut it carefully to make 2 separate stamps.  Once done the bottom part reminded me of a dragonfly and with a couple of antennae added it looked the part.  Don't you love it when  things work out even better than you planned!  I'll be back soon to show how I used this stamp. 
Meanwhile, it felt brave to cut the stamp as it was finely detailed.  But the risk was worth it and I plan to revisit some of my other stamps and do the same. 
How about you? 
What risks have you taken with your stamps and stash?
Have a good Easter and thank you for popping by.  Any comments or ideas to add are greatly appreciated.

Sunday, 6 April 2014

5 in 5 - MELANIE April 2014

Those who follow my posts might know that Melanie is my friend who lives in Australia. She loves photography and every month she has taken part in this monthly neme.

Melanie does not have a blog and so each month I post her photos. I love that we have found a way for her to take part!
When I began this photo challenge last July I did not anticipate that this partnership would develop. It was not planned but I am SO glad that it happened because it has added something unexpected. I am so excited each month when I open Melanie's email with her monthly photos. So once again Melanie, a big thank you, and over to you:

"This month I finally made it to Blair National Park for a 5 in 5 shoot and walk.  It was a glorious morning with a beautiful blue sky.  Only 11®C as shown by the temperature gauge in our car but the sun was shining in all its glory, the birds were in fine chorus and the water of the Playford Lake glistened.

Click here to find out more about this national park.

I had hoped to see wild life as well as bird life and was rewarded by seeing two koalas.  Neither were in particularly easy spots to photograph but I saw them while near the lake so my five minutes starting with koalas could take in water birds as well as those in the surrounding trees.  So many photos in five minutes that it is difficult to select just five but here they are:-

Top left a pair of sulphur-crested cockatoos.
Bottom left an Australian Magpie
Top right a duck whose name I cannot find
Bottom right the shy koala
And the middle photo is of a rainbow lorikeet

Other times while walking in the park I have seen kangaroos and emus but guess they were all dozing out of sight during my walk today.

I hope you enjoy the photos as much as I enjoyed my walk".

I am pleased that Melanie finally got to visit Belair, it has been promised for sometime and was well worth the wait. And Melanie
shared some exciting news today, she has become a grandparent for the first time. Congratulations Melanie! 

If this has inspired you to take photos to add to this challenge you have until 25th before the link closes. It's great fun and this post should answer any questions or give any other information that you need.  Thank you to Melanie and everyone else who has taken part. Links for this months posts are here and I'll be back next month with more photos from Melanie and myself.   


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