Saturday, 29 October 2016

Relax and Enjoy Your Retirement

Back to work next week, but there will be one fewer colleague there.  A lovely lady who retired just before half term.  This is the card that I made for her.  I have been really getting into the Groovi system by Claritystamp and decided to use it to create the card.  The background is a Gelli print on a simple piece of copy paper.

Friday, 28 October 2016

Creating A Scene!

This is the finished card from my last post.  It took a lot longer to complete than I had first estimated, so I decided not to bother with a fancy insert.  All the die cuts  used Sheena's Stamping Card and were coloured afterwards using either ProMarkers or Cosmic Shimmer Gilding Polish.

Blended all over with Old Paper
Tea Dye through the stencil
The background was created using a piece of A5 stamping card, Old Paper and Tea Dye Distress inks and the fantastic 7" x 7" Brick Wall Stencil by Claritystamp.  I moved the stencil across the page in order to cover the whole background with bricks, you can barely see the join!
I used the door and window from the Home for Christmas die set by Crafter's Companion, as well as the wreath from the Christmas Fireplace set and two of the panels from the Fence and Gate set.  The choristers were die cut using the Trio Choir die from Cottage Cutz.  I added a 2cm strip of dark brown card along the bottom of the wall background and glued it to a landscape card blank, made from a piece of A4 dark brown card, scored and folded in half.  The door was coloured in the Cardinal Red Promarker and a panel added behind the window coloured in Pastel Yellow to emulate a light in the hallway.  The wreath was coloured in Holly and dots of a red Stardust Sakura pen added some sparkle.  
The window frame and fence panels were decorated using Chocolate Bronze Gilding Polish from Creative Expressions.  A panel behind the window was coloured in the same way as the door panel and then stamped using part of the Swirly Christmas Tree stamp designed by Sue Dix for Crafty Impressions in Olympia Green Versafine ink.
The choristers were the most fiddly to colour, stamp and glue together, but the final effect was definitely worth it.  The faces and hands were coloured in Satin, the cassocks in Ivory, the sashes in Cardinal Red and the shoes in Umber.  The cheeks were added in Blush and the collars and music left white.  Each chorister was stamped with a different face from the set in Tuxedo Black Memento ink and the hair coloured in three shades of brown (Cinnamon, Chestnut and Burnt Sienna).  All that was left was to put the card together and glue each item in place.

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

WOYWW #386 - Company Today

I won't spend long with today's post as it is half term and my crafting friend has come over today, with another play date planned for Friday.  Looks like I'll have to spend all day tomorrow catching up with school work.  So, just time for a quick share of my Workbench for WOYWW.  I have just started getting a card ready for my Saturday morning class.  I shall be creating a brick wall background for the door, fence and window.  Three choristers will be carol singing under the window.  The insert will be stamped with the words from the IndigoBlu stamp with the Judikins angels for added decoration.  I like to die cut everything in white and add colour later.  Also in the picture are some of my 'mop up' pieces of kitchen towel from playing with Brushos and Pixie Powders.  I intend to split these into separate layers and glue them to card to create a background for some other projects.
My tidy desk!
The new units + marking!
I was very productive earlier in the week sorting out some new units in my shed and tidying round.  You can see my boxes of marking on the floor - my project for tomorrow.  I also hoovered the floor and wiped over the desk ready for my friend's arrival today.

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Groovi Shepherds

Once again, I finally got round to using something that I have had for ages and never used.  This is actually my second card made with the Groovi system by Claritystamp, but I will not be posting my first effort until after my Mum's birthday at the end of December, as I don't wish to spoil the surprise. 

Saturday, 22 October 2016

Gelato Night Sky

I was inspired to make this card after watching Kay Halliwell Sutton demonstrate the Faber-Castell Gelatos on Hochanda this morning.  I have had some for ages, but, just like really beautiful paper, never wanted to use them; I would just admire them in their boxes!  Having had a play, I don't think that I'll be able to stop using them.
Made into an easel card.

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

WOYWW #385 - Happy Birthday Son

Brushos and Pixie Powders
Playing with my new Gelli Petites
As promised last week, I am sharing the birthday card which I made for my youngest son, whose birthday is today.  It is not so much a case of WOYWW (hosted by the fabulous Julia) today, but What's on Your Floor Tuesday, as I am sharing some of the fabulous papers made by my friend yesterday during one of our regular Tuesday get togethers.  Next week she will be coming to visit on Wednesday and Thursday as it is half term, so I will be able to share my Workbench in all its messy glory.  My photo is a bit of a cheat, as it was taken yesterday morning; you can see the results of my labours here.

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Mini Gelli Plate Play

Circle Gelli Petite and Rings mini stencil
It's Tuesday!  This is the day when I do most of my crafting as my friend comes over to keep me company.  Today I played with my new Gelli Plate Petites Bundle from Claritystamp.  This is no longer available as a bundle, but I was lucky enough to get the full set of mini stencils, the two sets of Gelli Petites, two mounts, two sets of 7"x7" card and the stencil storage binder while the offer was on.  I used some of my Artistry inks also, as well as the Claritystamp Word Chains and Word Chain Alphabet.  It was such a lot of fun and really productive.
For my first attempt, the celebrate card front, I used the Artistry Fine Wine ink pad alternatively printing directly through the Rings mini stencil, followed by a ghost print from the remaining ink.  I loved the borders which Barbara Gray made using post it notes to hide the centre panel, so used the same method to add a border round all 4 sides.  All it needed was a Word Chain 'Celebrate' stamped in Black Soot Archival ink (I love the Tim Holtz Archival ink palette!)   

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

WOYWW #384 Getting Colder

Welcome to my contribution to WOYWW; to find out what it's all about you can visit our hostess Julia.  Once again the picture was taken late yesterday afternoon after a session crafting with my friend.  I spent the time fussing over the card which I blogged yesterday (HERE) and you can see the finished card, the stamps that I used and some of the tools.  

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Winter Holly Merry Christmas

This card is my interpretation of one made when taking part in one of the fantastic Craftathon events hosted by Phill Martin.  As you can see, I changed the colour scheme and the central focal point as well as other minor changes to the layout.
My version

The card that I made at the Craftathon event.

Saturday, 8 October 2016

Bubble Blowing Birthday Boy

Apologies from the start; I know that I had the idea for this having seen a similar layout in a magazine, but I cannot for the life of me remember which one to make the appropriate acknowledgement.  I was really struck by the idea of placing the sentiment along the side of the focal image so that it sticks out like a tab. 

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

WOYWW #383 New Stash

My friend's organised chaos!
This week's contribution to WOYWW is a bit of a set up as it is currently covered with boxes of exercise books for marking.  Tuesday is my main crafty day as that is when I have my friend for company.  I took a picture of her side of the workbench yesterday; she was joking that she always spreads out within half an hour of beginning to craft, whereas I completed a complete art journal page and my side remained very neat and organised.

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Mission Inspiration October - Danse Macabre

I must learn not to judge my efforts at art journaling until the page is actually complete.  For the third month in a row I followed the Mission Inspiration prompts and really didn't like what I was doing until I had completed step 8.  The last two steps just put the icing on the cake.  I actually love the finished piece even though I'm really not really a Halloween person!