Monday, 26 May 2014

Lavinia Stamps - Challenge 5 - 'Birthday Girl'

Lavinia Stamps - Challenge 5 - 'Birthday Girl'

Nearly the end of another month and again I've not had a great deal of time for crafting but I do like to try and find time to enter this fabulous challenge.  This is my entry for the Lavinia Stamps Challenge 5 - Birthday Girl. 

I decided to use the stamps that came free with the Papercraft Essentials Magazine and stamped the main image using Potting Shed Archival Ink, once this was dry I grounded the fairy again using Archival Ink Potting Shed, Fern Green and Red Geranium.

I then put in the background using a piece of curved acetate to form hills with Distress Inks Peeled Paint, Frayed Burlap, Antique Linen, Shaded Lilac and Stormy Sky. Next I put in a moon mask and started to build up the sky applying the Distress Inks with a make up sponge using Victorian Velvet, Seedless Preserve, Picked Raspberry, Dusty Concord and Wild Honey. The moon was coloured once the mask was removed to make sure it wasn't too stark a contrast. To finish the background off I stencilled in some leaves with Dusty Concord. 

The card was trimmed and matted onto a white Linen Card then to finish it off I stamped some fairy dust and added glitter to this and the fairies wings and added a 'Happy Birthday' peel off.

Why not visit Lavinia Stamps website and have a go at the challenge yourself, you never know you may be a winner. For more details follow the link:


This is my entry for this months Claritystamp Challenge which is called It's All About The Words.


7x7 Geli card x 2
Poppy stencil
'Remember' stamp from word chain set
Corner stamp from journaling stamp set
Distress Inks Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, Fired Brick, Peeled Paint, Frayed Burlap and Black Soot
Versafine Onyx Black
Cream scalloped edge base card

As it is coming up to the 70th Anniversary of D-Day I thought it would be fitting to do a card to celebrate and honour not only those that made the ultimate sacrifice and lost their lives but also to everyone who took part during World War II.  This should be a time to remember everything that they secured for the life that we know today. 

I used the poppy stencil and coloured through with Distress Inks of varying colours to give depth to the image. This was then matted onto scalloped card and a piece of Geli card which was distressed using Spiced Marmalde and Fired Brick to tie in with the main image. I stamped the word 'Remember' on to a separate piece of card and distressed the edge with Fired Brick, this was mounted with foam pads to raise it a little and finally the corners were added.  

I enjoyed making this card, thanks for taking the time to look, I hope you like it and any feedback would be much appreciated. 

Hope to see you again soon. 

Crafty hugs xx

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Tarmac Technique - Take Two

Hi Everyone

Here's my latest project.

I was so taken with this new technique I persuaded my other half Dave that we 'needed' to take a trip to Ikea at the weekend (sorry Mandy, we'll have to go again but I couldn't wait). A few hours later and we arrived home with lots of goodies including half a dozen mirrors.

Here's what happened next:

I picked out the paints that I wanted to use, I found a good selection of garden paint match pots at 
B & Q favouring nice bright colours

Next I stuck my embossed backing papers, die cuts and boards to the mirror.

Introduced some paint and went from bright white to just BRIGHT!

Then covered it with Karen Clare's secret ingredient....... This is where you get to thinking 'What have I done?'

Then for the Big Reveal!

Finally, a bit of bling in the form of a Inka Gold wax, I used Gold, Copper, Old Silver, Rosa, Violet and Steel Blue. 


Now I'm planning my next one which will be on a 'Sewing' theme and I'm waiting for some new Sizzix embossing folders to arrive that I just couldn't do without. 

I hope you like it, any comments would be greatly appreciated. 

Crafty hugs


Tarmac Technique

On a sunny Sunday morning in May, Amanda (my crafting partner in crime) and I went to a most fantastic workshop hosted by Karen Clare ( AKA The Clock Lady) to learn all about the Tarmac Technique.

Very different from anything I've done before, a thoroughly good day was had by everyone and the finished mirrors were all absolutely stunning.

Here is the my mirror, I was so pleased with what I had achieved and keep going and having a sneaky peak and still can't quite get over the fact that 'I made that'.

Thank you so much for the inspiration Karen and to everyone there for making it such a fabulous and fun day. 

Needless to say, I enjoyed myself so much I went to Ikea at the weekend and bought some mirrors so that I can do it again and again and again..............

Hope you like it, any comments would be gratefully received. 

Crafty hugs xx