Thursday, 31 October 2013

Claritystamp Challenge 8 - Winter

This is my card for this months challenge, late as ever I really must be more organised next month. I started off by stamping the fisherman and (reverse image with the splodge mat) using chipped sapphire Distress Inks. Next I moved on to the background which is a mixture of iced spruce DI and stonewashed Adirondack. The next step was to put in the moon shadow, cabin and trees for which I used a mixture of blues, greens and black both by Distress Inks and Adirondack. Finally, I put in a bit of shading using a blending tool and went around the edge using forest moss and chipped sapphire. 

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Lavinia - Challenge 8 (Autumn Colours)

I love to watch the seasons change as we move through the year and especially like it when autumn arrives. To watch the trees turning to their rich autumnal colours is a joy to behold. This is my entry for Lavinia Stamps Autumn Colours Challenge, to see further details on how you could be in with a chance of winning a £40 voucher to spend on the Lavinia Stamps website follow the link below. Go on why not give it a go, you know what they say you've got to be in it to win it.

Sunday, 27 October 2013

Clarity Clocks


This was my first attempt at making a clock with some kind advice and mentoring from Karen Clare aka The Clock Lady

Clarity butterfly and flourish.

Lone Ranger at sunset.

Sweet Poppy Stencils

I was mesmerised watching Lucy do demonstrations at the NEC in March 2013 using Sweet Poppy stencils, inks with translucent paste/pearlescent paste and also the micro beads. This is another area of card making that I really enjoy, hope you like the results. 

Variations on a theme using different coloured inks through the stencils and co-ordinating card for matting and layering.

The Delights of Sparkle Medium

In November 2012 when I went to the Hobbycraft show at the NEC for the first time with my crafting buddy Amanda I bought some sparkle medium from Imagination Crafts. Since then I have made a number of cards using this medium and I just love the results. 

This card was made on a pre-printed background paper by Lavinia Stamps and the Felicity stencil from Sweet Poppy Stencils. It was mounted onto black card that was clear embossed with leaf stamps and placed on a cream 8x8 card. 

The two cards above we're made using Imagination Crafts sparkle medium through stencils by Sweet Poppy Stencils.

These two cards were made using the Leafless Stencil from Dreamweaver Stencils using contrasting sparkle medium and papers from Imagination Crafts. 

These last cards were again made using Imagination Crafts sparkle medium through Sweet Poppy Stencils. I just love the combination, try it out but don't be surprised if you get addicted. 


Here is a simple card using the poppy stamps from Claritystamp embossed in gold on Clarity black coated card stock mounted on gold mirror card and layered onto a pearlescent card. Very quick to make but simple and elegant. 

Alcohol Inks

Here are some cards that I made recently using alcohol inks on laminating pouches. They have then been backed on white card (but not actually laminated) and mounted inside a linen card with an aperture cut out with a Spellbinder die. This is great fun so be sure to have a go. 

Saturday, 26 October 2013

IndigoBlu Snow Queen

Here we have two cards made during a very enjoyable evening with my 'crafty' mate Mandy.

On both cards I have stamped the IndigoBlu Snow Queen on the reverse side of centura pearl card using an onyx black Versafine ink pad. On the first card some areas of the hair have been drawn over using a white crayon to create a resist technique, then they have both been coloured using a variety of Distress Inks. The next step was to spritz with water, dry and finally mount and layer onto cards. 

The beautiful leaves stamped on the first card are from the Ornate Leaf Set by Designs by Ryn. 

Hope you like them as much as I enjoyed making them.

Friday, 11 October 2013

Umbrella Man

Card made using Tim Holtz umbrella man stamp kindly stamped for me by my crafting buddy Mandy. Coloured using distress inks and layered onto card that was embossed with a cog stencil and the detail picked out using rubbing wax. 

Saturday, 5 October 2013

A Little bit different

I have only recently started using distress inks and created this with the first outing of my new Dylusion Stamps which are quite different to my usual taste. Great fun! 

Autumn Delight

I love this time of the year and the beautiful autumnal colours that it brings.

I started this card by taking some leaves from my garden, inking them up with distress inks and pressing them onto a piece of linen card, once dry this was distressed with frayed burlap and antique linen.  I stamped 'autumn' on it using Dylusion's alphabet rubber stamps from Ranger. 

This was matted onto a piece of card which I made a border using a stamp from the Dylusion 'Further around the edge' set which I distressed with antique linen, mustard seed, spiced marmalade, dusty concord and a hint of fired brick around the edge. 

Finally, this was matted onto a piece of black card and put on a white base card and as a finishing touch I added a flower cut out using Tim Holtz Tattered Floral dies. 

I hope you like it as much as I enjoyed making it.