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??????
Labels: INKY BACKGROUNDS
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