Tuesday, 22 October 2019

Christmas Arch Card

This is the last sample card that I made using Tina's Christmas Centrepiece stamps.  I decided to emulate the arches that are traditional at Christmas.

Friday, 18 October 2019

Sparkling Christmas Tag

I made a Christmas tag with the smaller stamps which come with the Tina's Sparkling Christmas Centrepiece stamp set.  I went for a grungy look, but I wish I'd stuck with clean and simple.

Wednesday, 16 October 2019

WOYWW 541: Some Sneaky Shopping

I may have indulged in a little sneaky craft shopping recently.
My desk shows the Floral Friends Aperture Dies and accompanying ii (inspiration and ideas) book that I purchased during a recent blitz offer from Claritystamp.  Every so often Barbara Gray decides that something should be made available at a really good reduction for a couple of days.  My Christmas sale order hasn't arrived yet.  I was really restrained and kept myself to three stamp sets and a set of four dies.
Eva and I bought the die to make this matchbox and case between us at Maria Moorhouse's recent workshop.  I may have a few still to put together for a project that we worked on: one of my plans for half term the week after next.  Maria is on Hochanda today at 12pm and 4pm with some new Christmas stamps.  These are my sample sneaky peeks.

I am joining in with Queen Julia and the WOYWW gang over on The Stamping Ground for another Wednesday of desk sharing.  It is a late night at work this evening (prospective parents evening) and I have to pick up my new glasses in the morning, so it may be the weekend before I can visit everyone. Happy WOYWW!

Tuesday, 15 October 2019

September Tag: All Geared Up for Leyburn

Having not joined in with a challenge on Tag it Tuesday for a while, I went back and completed September's challenge belatedly.  As I went to my first ever Clarity Open Day in Leyburn N. Yorkshire at the end of September, I decided to celebrate the event.

Monday, 14 October 2019

A Traditional Christmas Card

I love a traditional Christmas image, in this case, Jayne's Carol Singers from Claritystamp. Rather than stamping and colouring the image in a more traditional way,  I decided to give it more of a water coloured  look.  I then created a background to turn the topper into a Christmas card.  Many of these stamps are in the Christmas sale at Claritystamp until midnight tonight.
I stamped the image - designed by the late Jayne Nestorenko for Claritystamp - onto a piece of card (10.5cm x 13cm) in Antique Linen Distress Oxide.  It is a technique that I have seen which allows the line art to fade into the background once the image is water coloured, creating a more painterly effect.
I used my Ecoline pens from Royal Talens to add colour,  scribbling them onto an acrylic block and picking the colour up with a water brush.  I started with warm grey and warm grey light for the stone work.
Next I used sepia and sepia light for the pew.
For the girl's outfit I used scarlet and for the boy's deep green.  The foliage was coloured using fir green and the mittens in ultramarine deep.  Once I had finished the remaining water colouring and the topper was dry,  I drew some of the features back in using a Sakura micron pen.
For the background,  I stamped and heat embossed six of the Clarity Christmas carol music staves onto a piece of card measuring 13.8cm x 20cm.  They were stamped in Versamark ink and heat embossed in detail white embossing powder.
They didn't stand out from the background until I blended a layer of Festive Berries Distress Oxide over the top and buffed up the embossing with a clean piece of paper towel.  I used the German version of Silent Night, but the English version is also available.
This was matted onto a piece of green paper (20.5cm x 14.3cm) and added to a piece of A4 hammered card stock, folded in half to create an A5 card blank.
The topper was matted onto another piece of the same green paper and added to the background with foam pads for extra dimension.

Sunday, 13 October 2019

Twas The night Before Christmas: Quick Cards

I had a set of Christmas cards to make for some friends and wanted them in the same style but each one individual.  The colour of the mat makes a big difference too.  I used the Night Before Christmas stamps from Claritystamp, currently available in the Christmas sale.  

Friday, 11 October 2019

Wednesday, 9 October 2019

WOYWW 540: A Visitor to the Shed

It's that time of the week again when I get to drop in on peoples desks and share my own, courtesy of Julia at The Stamping Ground and the WOYWW blog hop.  I shall be brief today...
And now that you've all stopped laughing, here is my desk.  I was working with some of the lovely Indian Summer designer paper from Claritystamp.  On the left is my coaster that shows the club that I support (3 points last weekend for the first time this season lol).
As it was Eva's fortnightly get together with me in the shed, I thought I'd better show you the other side of the desk.  She was getting suitable messy with Brushos and Pixie powders trying some of the new stamps that she bought at Port Sunny last weekend.
And finally, as we were requested to show our teddies this week, some of the sporting bears who keep me company when Eva can't make it over.  From left to right: Stokie Bear, Werder Bear, The Olympic mascot from 2012 and of course my very own Pottermus (looking happy because we finally managed to win a league game on Saturday).  Happy WOYWW, I'll be over to visit in the morning if I don't catch you before work today.

Saturday, 5 October 2019

Hat Ladies Journal Page

I haven't worked in my leather bound journal with hand made paper for a while.  It's surprising what the paper will take if given a base of gesso to work on.

Friday, 4 October 2019

Get Well Card for a Colleague


A colleague at work was injured just before the start of term.  Thankfully she is now back at work and well on the way to recovery.  This is the card I made for everyone to sign.

Thursday, 3 October 2019

A Clarity Day Oop Norf


Last Saturday I finally made it to a Clarity Open Day, the one 'oop norf' in Leyburn, North Yorkshire at the Tennant Auction House.  What a day out it was as well!

Wednesday, 2 October 2019

WOYWW 539: Flat Out then Flat

Welcome to my weekly contribution to What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday (WOYWW) c/o our illustrious leader Julia at The Stamping Ground.  Many apologies for my lack of desk visiting last week. On Thursday, when I usually visit, I was flat out completing samples for an up coming show with Barbara Gray.  On Friday Eva and I headed straight up to Leyburn after work, ready for the Clarity Open Day on Saturday (and a chance to hand deliver the samples).  By the time we had driven back on Saturday evening, I was far too flat to do much more than flop and catch up with the washing on Sunday.  Yesterday I spent nearly all day at various medical appointments (not all mine) so barely had time.
My desk today shows my total restraint at the Open Day as I spent far more time catching up with people and watching demos than actually shopping.  I couldn't resist getting these paper pads for my own stash however.
My guests on the other side of the desk (in Leyburn) this week are Jane Telford and Marley. Hi Marley!  Jane kindly gave Marley her own special make and take session as she had been given a Groovi starter kit and wanted to try it out.  She is a natural and maybe one day will be joining in with WOYWW herself.
Still no progress with the shed.  I am hoping we may get a week of decent weather over half term in a few weeks and then I will probably try and finish it off myself.  This week I will make the effort to visit everyone, but not until tomorrow as I am working today.  Happy WOWYW everyone.

Monday, 30 September 2019

Saturday, 28 September 2019

Friday, 27 September 2019

Stamping on Parchment: Funky Hare

This is the first time I have tried stamping on the Clarity designer parchment, even though I have seen Barbara Gray do it many times.  I used the new Cherry Green Funky Hare stamp from Claritystamp for my foray into the unknown.

Wednesday, 25 September 2019

WOYWW 538: Off Gallivanting

There has been and will be lots of gallivanting this week.  Yesterday I was up in Stockport at the monthly JJAMMMA (Junk Journals and Mindful Mixed Media Art) meet up and on Friday, Eva and I will be heading off 'oop North' for the Clarity Open Day at Leyburn, N. Yorkshire on Saturday.  I had to leave the meet up early, as it so happened that #1 son and his girlfriend were arriving back at Manchester airport yesterday afternoon and I was able to combine catching up with friends with the airport run.
My desk this week shows the new technique that I was shown by a first time meeter-upper, Tom, at the JJAMMMA get together.  It is done with a gel plate.  Dye based ink is spread over the plate with a brayer and then Brushos mixed with water are spattered on top.  A print is then taken.  It's a brilliant technique and you can never predict exactly what you will get.  This was my attempt and I will certainly be playing some more.  Thanks Tom!
As it was also our fortnightly get together, I grabbed a shot of the other side of the desk yesterday morning.  Eva was playing with her new Floral Alphabet stamps from Clarity.
So why am I sharing a view of my desk.  It is of course to join in over at The Stamping Ground with Julia and the rest of the WOYWW crew.  Please feel free to visit desks or even join in yourself. 
No progress on the shed this week.  It has simply been too wet to get anything done since #3 son got over the lurgy.  Maybe next week...

Tuesday, 24 September 2019

Happy Birthday: Purple Frame

I made a frame and decorated it with the Hope Filigree Swirl stamps from Claritystamp.  The inner part of the frame can be replaced with a photo if the recipient so desires.

Sunday, 22 September 2019

Thursday, 19 September 2019

Adding Stamping to a Candle using the Ornate Filigree Swirl Stamps


Maria Moorhouse can be seen at 9am, 1pm and 5pm today  on Hochanda with these ornate swirl stamps from Claritystamp.  The designs are also available as Groovi plates fro parchment work.  For my first project, I decided to decorate a candle.