Thursday, 29 December 2011
I enjoyed using Versamagic, so made these in pastel colours for two special people who are going through a very sad and difficult time right now.
They’re more or less the same design, using the same colours but stamping the backgrounds in different colours (alternating between Ocean Breeze and Aquatic Splash for text and flowers) finishing off with two different colours (Purple Hydrangea and Turquoise Gem) which gives them a slightly different look. Spring Pansy just adds a touch warmth to the otherwise cold colours. It’s not often I stamp without black but I’m quite enjoying the softness of these inks at the moment.
Love this stamp set from Innovative Stamp Creations – the flowers are wonderful and work well for a lot of occasions but will also be perfect for a backdrop in my journal.
Thought I’d have a go at the Craft Barn Journalling challenge and found this – I’d forgotten all about it. I was upset and frustrated about something at the time – can you tell??????
Wednesday, 28 December 2011
Soft Yellow and White and lasts for four weeks.
Labels: Gingersnaps Guest Appearance
Monday, 26 December 2011
Friday, 23 December 2011
Wednesday, 14 December 2011
When I saw wax as the theme for this I went into serious panic mode. Anyone who knows me, knows I HATE wax collage – I’ve tried it, am BAD at it and just hated working with it, although I love other people’s creations. So I had to approach this from a different angle and here’s what I ended up with.
I’ve had this candle stamp for years – bought it from someone who, as far as I know, is no longer in business, but I love it. I stamped it on glossy card, using Stazon ink and then coloured the candles with a small, sharpened candle, to create a wax resist effect. I then overstamped with Versamark before sponging various Adirondack green inks over, creating a second resist effect. Once I’d wiped off the wax, I added some shading with Tombow felt tips. The music and candle card is one of my oldest (and favourite) stamps from Embossing Arts and after shading with Tombows I used Sepia accents to age it a bit more. The Kraft card (Woodware) is stamped with Versamark ink, to give a bit of depth under the layers. All layers (including card) are edged with gold Krylon pen.
The gift card is a Scrapling, one of my favourite things to make and perfect for gift tags. Whenever you make a card which isn’t quite A5/A6, you’ll have a strip of folded card left (if you fold first, as I do) and that ‘scrap’ is perfect for a little accompanying card.
Tuesday, 13 December 2011
Do you sense a theme? I don’t know why that’s what I’m drawn to this year, but I’m just going with it and enjoying it. Lots of glitter on this and some flicked Crafty Notions white spray for snow. Iced Spruce works really well for snow and background trees. The greens are Adirondack Meadow. Words aren’t stamped well, but I still like the patchy look. If I do this again, I’ll go off the page to make it more realistic but time’s run out for now.
I’m entering this into this week’s Drunken Stampers Challenge, which is Glittery Holiday.
Sunday, 11 December 2011
Been meaning to photograph and post this for a while but didn’t get my act together until now. Anyway, as a Christmas present from me to say thank you for visiting and to celebrate reaching 250 followers (now an amazing 265 – thank you!) here it is.
Labels: Blog Candy
Friday, 9 December 2011
Just a quickie to post this card – haven’t had much time to make more, although I need loads, so will have to get going on those next week!
I’ll be away this weekend, so see you when I come back! Have a great weekend and hope the weather’s kind to you.
Wednesday, 7 December 2011
I was thrilled to be invited to be ‘Visiting Artist’ over at Gingersnaps for December – a great honour – thank you for asking me.
December isn’t my most creative month, I have to admit – I tend to concentrate on simple Christmas cards, with the odd gift thrown in for good measure, but I tried to fit this in with this month’s challenges.
For the month of December, the theme is Holiday lights and the first ‘theme’ challenge is ‘Starry Nights’. I love starry skies and so decided to make a calendar for this one.
Tuesday, 6 December 2011
Just like buses, nothing for ages then suddenly you get a few posts, lol. I finished these over the last few days but haven’t had chance to photograph them, partly due to lack of light!
The first one is for the One Layer Wednesday challenge, which is to use nothing but a Greetings stamp on two cards, using different colours or placement. Just sneaking in by the skin of my teeth on this one, even though I had hoped to take part earlier in the week!
My first one is embossed in glitter gold EP on champagne pearlescent card.
The second one obviously uses the same stamp, but this time it’s embossed with Pearl Gold EP on a cream 6x4 card. Hard to photograph in this grey light.
Thursday, 1 December 2011
… to the very talented Nellie,
who sent me this fab blog candy.
this gorgeous card!
I’d already admired this on her blog, so was thrilled to see it in real life and of course it’s more gorgeous than it looks!
It’s very much appreciated.
Sorry I haven’t been around much this week but I’ve been out of action for a few days. I’m hoping to be back now, but may still be a little quiet x
Thursday, 24 November 2011
The theme at Make my Monday is Snowflakes, Flowers or Foliage. I’m trying to get into a C mood now (I think … watch this space, lol cos I’m bound to change my mind soon) and so I concentrated on snowflakes.
I used my favourite technique – resist – stamping snowflakes as a background on glossy card, sponging various shades of blue and lilac over the top, using a torn paper mask. Trees were then stamped behind the hills, followed by a little snowman family, the great text (Stampinback) and lots of snowflakes (stamped in white and embossed in Hologram powder). I finished it off by sponging Snow white Dabber around the edges.
Here’s a close up to show the holographic effect – bit blurry but that’s because it’s suddenly gone very grey – again!
Saturday, 19 November 2011
Well, since I messed up last time and this has almost become a black and white challenge (with a hint of colour, lol) I thought I’d make some more cos I love black and white and especially with a hint of colour! This is the first of the batch – more to follow when I finish them off.
Labels: LESS IS MORE
Friday, 18 November 2011
Part II of the KCUK Challenge is a 10 minute C card. (Eeek! Way too early to say the real word and to get all the C stamps out!)
The background is a Cuttlebug Smoosh (or is it Smooch?) – coloured with Memories Soft Stone ink, swiped over it before embossing. The stamps are Stazon on acetate, which had to be thermal so I could heat set them. Attached with brads and a bit of ATG under the tree, then matted first onto silver card, then onto grey. I had the card cut to size before I began and the card is a lovely, thick embossed card I use a lot because it absorbs inks well, so it dried quickly.
This was my second attempt because my first one didn’t work :-( I clear embossed and tried to use Glimmer Mists but NONE of my sprays worked! I was well miffed. I brought them downstairs to clean out but half of them still didn’t work, so I may just give up on them and use them as paints :-) Wouldn’t mind but I have loads of them, although to be honest, I haven’t used them much since I stopped doing workshops.
Forgot to say that this fits the Sunday Stampers’ theme for this week, which is Pine trees, so I’m going to enter it for that. It came to mind as I was thinking about which stamps to use and then I forgot. That’s what comes of rushing out in the morning, lol. Thanks for the challenge, Hels!
Had one of those days…
Went to use my Stampers Anonymous flourish and couldn’t find it. There are some stamps I leave permanently on mounts because I use them so often and that’s one of them – I think it’s the best flourish stamp I have. Then I decided I wanted to use my CI angels stamp – guess what? Can’t find that, either, so I was already frustrated before the Glimmer Mists incident. AND while looking for it, one of my A4 sheets of Christmas stamps fell behind the chest of drawers they’re kept on – aagghh! I need another good blitz in that room, I think, although I’m getting ready to move everything into another room, so sort of putting it off until then. I won’t be able to stamp for a while when I do that and I’m not looking forward to it!
(Quick edit – this was Thursday – just found my flourish stamp – Friday! Phew! Looked everywhere for it and then found it in my basket of used stamps – duh – minus mount! I’ve put it straight back onto a mount so that I don’t lose it in future :-) What a waste of precious stamping time, lol!)
Labels: Quick and Easy
Thursday, 17 November 2011
I love the rich colours of Autumn and after using my leafy stamps for the LIM challenge, I just wanted to do more. So a couple of days ago I started this before going to work, adding a bit to it the morning after. I need to use it now for an assignment, so I thought I’d take a photo before I start journalling – lines pencilled in because it’s official, lol – it needs to be neat-ish and plain writing!
Here’s a close up of the texture effect, although it’s taken in sunshine (YES, we have sunshine today!!!) so it looks a lot lighter and the background colour seems to have disappeared.
Off to prepare a presentation on the Evolution of the English Language, but I’m going to try to start some quick and easy C card stamping later on – I have a ten minute challenge to do and some ATCs!
I’m entering this for the Happy Daze Design Team challenge, which is ‘Explosion of Colour’. We once did a swap on KCUK with a similar title, but I called it ‘Riot of Colour’ – Explosion sounds so much nicer, lol. Distress inks, Brilliance Dewdrops and Gesso can all be bought at Happy Daze.
Monday, 14 November 2011
Had a lovely hour yesterday, playing with the same colours of DI I’d used on my LIM leaves card, but this time on Glossy card and with stipple brushes. It’s a long time since these little friends of mine have been out of their basket. I used to use them all the time to add colour because I found it easier to place colour exactly where I wanted to AND because it’s good for you. There’s something about thumping a brush on that card – very therapeutic.
It has to be said that I’m not over happy with this one because I added micro beads in Sepia Accents but it’s given a bit too much dimension to the sunflower heart. Might just have to add more to the petals… will think about that one.
This one’s just a matted up version of one of my LIM one layer leaf cards. I liked the colour (Aged Mahogany) and the design, but thought it a bit too stark to stay on its own.
Browsing through this week’s LIMette entries has given me lots of ideas. It’s amazing what you can learn from looking at other people’s LIM design ideas. Some people have a real knack for making a simple card stunning. LIM is a great challenge, so if you get chance, please do join in – the beauty of it is it doesn’t take long at all, although some of the designs aren’t quite as simple as they appear to be. There are some incredibly talented peeps in blogland!
Sunday, 13 November 2011
They’re celebrating 600 followers on the Craft Barn Blog and look what’s up for grabs!
Saturday, 12 November 2011
This one’s Versamagic Spanish Olive
I enjoyed using these stamps so much (after years of neglect) that I just had to make one more.
Friday, 11 November 2011
The Falling LeavesToday, as I rode by,
I saw the brown leaves dropping from their tree
In a still afternoon,
When no wind whirled them whistling to the sky,
But thickly, silently,
They fell, like snowflakes wiping out the noon;
And wandered slowly thence
For thinking of a gallant multitude
Which now all withering lay,
Slain by no wind of age or pestilence,
But in their beauty strewed
Like snowflakes falling on the Flemish clay.
Labels: Quick and Easy
Thursday, 10 November 2011
I had to play with my pears once I’d got them all out and it IS the only time of year they’re in season…