Friday, 24 May 2019

A Clean and Simple Romantic Card

I found a way to use one of the Dee's Friends characters without doing a great deal of colouring as I am still not too confident with my technique.  A clean and simple romantic card, but spot the OOPS!

Thursday, 23 May 2019

Brave: Dee's Friends on a Colllaged Plaque

I am still not the world's greatest colourist, especially of people, but I can't stop practising lol.  For this piece, I used the Brave stamp set, designed by Dee Fitzsimmons for Clarity on a collaged background.

Wednesday, 22 May 2019

WOYWW 520: Happy 10th Anniversary

Happy 10th birthday to WOYWW.  How amazing that this weekly blog link up has been kept going for so long.  I wasn't there at the start (my blog has been going for less than four years), but I have been joining in regularly since I discovered this friendly bunch of deskers and their leader Julia.  Each week we link our desks over at The Stamping Ground and see what everyone else is up to.  There are plenty of people who don't link up but still like to visit, all are welcome.
As you can tell, my desk is thoroughly staged.  I am in the middle of getting samples ready for three upcoming Clarity shows, so obviously can't share what I am doing yet.  I also have not had time to make ATCs.  However, I thought I would like to give my PIF a chance to see all the tags that are available to be sent so that they can choose their favourite.  The rest (and more) will be coming with me to the 10th anniversary crop so all who attend will get a little something from me.
Yesterday was the monthly JJAMMMA meet up at Stockport.  Unfortunately Eva had a work emergency which required her attention and was unable to attend. 
Guesting on the other side of the desk, Chris was making ATCs, Lou had brought some beading with her and Jane (virtually unrecognisable without her trademark pink hair) was stamping and colouring.

Rizwana managed to make it for the first time this year which was great.  She was making a little wallet using patterned papers to decorate it.  I didn't get a photo of Kaz who was busy making cards, or Angie who joined us for the first time and was working in her journal.  I took a colouring book and pencils with me and think I'll do the same for the crop.  Happy WOYWW everyone,  I'll be round to see if there is cake on any desks after work lol.

Tuesday, 21 May 2019

A Notelet Box from One Piece of Card

Yesterday I shared how I created a set of 5" x 5" notelets (see HERE).  Today I will show you how I made the box to keep them in using one piece of card and a scoring board.

Monday, 20 May 2019

Simple Thank You Notelets Using a Gel Plate

I made this set of notelets using the new Alliums stencil from Claritystamp together with the round gel press petite plate.  They are all different, but by using the same stencil, stamps and colours all connected.  I even coloured some ribbon to match!

Sunday, 19 May 2019

A 3D Stamped Scene within a Shadow Box Frame.

I had a great deal of fun working on the layers which make up this 3D scene.  I used a shadow box photo frame from my stash to display the finished piece.
Stamp ‘Faith’ onto a piece of 300gsm water colour card in Antique Linen Distress Oxide.
Mask off and add the tail in the same ink.
Remove the mask and colour the figure using a mixture of Kuretake and Ecoline water colour pens.
Fussy cut the image.
 Stamp the shell cluster and individual shell in Antique Linen Distress Oxide.
Colour using a mixture of Kuretake and Ecoline water colour pens. Fussy cut the images.
For the background, cut a piece of 300gsm water colour card to 18cm x 18cm. Spray lightly with water and add Distress Oxide sprays in Broken China and Mermaid Lagoon. Continue to mist with water until happy with the effect. Dry thoroughly with a heat gun.
Glue the figure to the single shell. Mark out the correct location of the figure within the shadow frame and glue it in place in front of the mount.
Mask off the bottom of the background using the Mountains & Hills mask inner, press Versamark ink along the bottom and heat emboss with Golden Sand embossing powder.
Glue the shell cluster into place.
Stamp the jellyfish and bubbles in Versamark ink directly onto the background and heat emboss in silver embossing powder. Add a wash of silver mica paint over the top.
Stamp the sea horse in the same way, but heat emboss with copper embossing powder. Colour with orange mica paint.
Fit the box frame together.
Stamp the name Faith onto the frame in Cobalt Blue archival ink and add a couple of the printed phrases.

Saturday, 18 May 2019

Watercolour Figure: How to Cheat!

I am not very good at colouring or drawing for that matter.  That is why I love working with stamped images.  I particularly avoid trying to draw people, so these new stamps designed by Dee Fitzsimmons for Claritystamp were perfect to try and help me get over my fears. I still don't think I am anywhere near perfect, but these images encourage me to keep trying!