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!

Thursday, 16 May 2019

Wednesday, 15 May 2019

WOYWW 519: It's Getting Closer

Only one week to go until the 10th anniversary edition of What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday (or Whizzday as it is starting to be known as the weeks seem to come round so quickly).  Julia started this chance to link up our desks each week back in 2009.  Whether it's your first visit, you've been with the blog hop since the start, arrived mid way through or dip in and out, all are welcome: just visit The Stamping Ground to join in.
My desk this week shows the haul that I acquired at Port Sunlight on Saturday.  I dropped my samples off for Dee and Barbara's shows on Hochanda that will be on on Friday and Saturday and managed to pick up the dies, stamps and stencils that I wanted from the Clarity stall.  I also stocked up on some glue, envelopes  and some chipboard shapes (not shown).
I bumped into lots of crafty friends including fellow WOYWWers.  Doug kindly took a photo of me with Shaz and Chris, there will be another version of this on Shaz's blog today I'm sure, but I have no evidence of meeting Neet and Heather lol.  I'll be round to visit after work tonight and look forward to seeing many of you at the 10th anniversary crop on 1st June.
PS. Maria Moorhouse is on Hochanda at 12pm and 4pm today with some old stamps, new dies and new stencils.  Here are sneak peeks of my samples for the shows.

Tuesday, 14 May 2019

Using Perfect Pearls and Metal Flakes on Coated Card

This was my final sample for the recent Clarity one day special on Hochanda.  The shows should still be available on catch up if you wish to see the demos by Lou Withers (Saturday 11th 6pm/8pm and Sunday 12th 9am/1pm and 5pm).  For a change, I worked on black coated A5 card.

Monday, 13 May 2019

Stamping Within a Stencil

I decided to use a different substrate than normal for this sample.  I had a chipboard door hanger blank in my stash which worked perfectly with both the stamps and the stencil that I was working with.

Sunday, 12 May 2019

There Is Beauty in Simplicity: Mixed Media

The second piece that I created using one of the new Geo stencils from Claritystamp.  Lou will be back on Hochanda with lots of demos at 9am, 1pm and 5pm today.

Saturday, 11 May 2019

Geometric Thank You Card

Lou Withers will be with us this evening on Hochanda at 6pm and 8pm bringing a new one day special from Claritystamp.  There will also be plenty more chances to see great demos tomorrow at 9am, 1pm and 5pm.  I had great fun playing with some of the stencils!

Friday, 10 May 2019

A Clean and Simple New Home Card

Our eldest son and his girlfriend recently moved into their own home and have been working very hard doing it up, with the help of both families and friends.  I made this card to celebrate them being straight for the first time.

Thursday, 9 May 2019

Easier than It May Appear: A Birthday Card

This is the third project made from a play session with some Yupo paper, alcohol inks and one of the new Funky Foliage stencils from Claritystamp.  The shows are still available on catch up (Sunday 5th at 2pm and 3pm) if you'd like to see more demos.  I am proud to say that this piece was on prominent display throughout and looks far more complicated to create than it actually was.

Wednesday, 8 May 2019

WOYWW 518: Two Weeks and Counting

Only two weeks until the 10th anniversary of What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday (or Whizzday as Julia has taken to calling it).  I am so looking forward to the anniversary crop on 1st June (for details see HERE).  I will be getting to meet a few more WOYWW friends face to face for the first time as well as catching up with those I've met before.
My desk shows some stamping ready for a project.  When I use water colour pens or paints for colouring, I stamp in Antique Linen Distress Oxide so that the stamped lines blend into the colouring rather than standing out.  It gives more of a hand drawn and coloured effect.  I have been very busy making samples over the last week.  I posted one set yesterday and will be handing over two lots at the weekend in person, at Happy Stampers' Port Sunlight on Saturday and at Maria Moorhouse's workshop on Sunday.
Talking of Port Sunlight, I will be there early as I am meeting up with the Clarity crowd for breakfast across the road.  I know that Shaz and Doug are going to be there on Saturday but is there anyone else that I should be looking out for?  Maybe we could meet up for a coffee at a prearranged time.  How about 1pm in the cafe?  Suggestions and shout outs gratefully received.
I'll be along to visit you all after work this evening.  Please check out other desks via The Stamping Ground; see you there!

Monday, 6 May 2019

Sunday, 5 May 2019

Funky Foliage Stencilled Layers: A Birthday Card

This is the first of the samples that I made for Barbara Gray's shows on Hochanda this afternoon.  Between 2 and 4pm she will be introducing some new dies and stencils to go with the previously released Funky Foliage stamp set.  I hope you can join her.

Saturday, 4 May 2019

A Third Birthday Card

Yet another use of my ombre backgrounds, this time for a child's birthday card.  The daughter of friends was three yesterday and this is the card that I made for her.

Thursday, 2 May 2019

Inspiration on a Tag

Just to show that large stamps can be used on smaller projects, I created an inspirational tag/bookmark using one of the Circus stamp sets designed by Leonie Pujol for Claritystamp.

Wednesday, 1 May 2019

WOYWW 517: Back in The Swing of things

That week went round quickly again.  I am back to writing my post on a Tuesday as the new term has started and I work on Wednesdays.  Only three weeks to the 10th anniversary of WOYWW.  Please visit our leader Julia over on The Stamping Ground to find out more about this long standing weekly tradition and the annual crop.
I was busy colouring some ribbon for a sample that I was working on.  The shows aren't for a couple of weeks so can't show any more than that yet.  In the background are my completed weekly art journals for 2017 and 2018.  I am way behind this year but will probably catch up over the summer holidays.
#1 son's move went well last Thursday with a few minor hitches.  He and his girlfriend are slowly getting sorted, although they had a bit of drama with the rain on Sunday.  Sorted now thank goodness.  We are invited over on Friday evening for a get together with Tina's family, who are helping them out this week, as they are heading home on Saturday.
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See HERE for step by step

Will be on blog tomorrow
All four of the samples which I made for Leonie's shows last Friday were shown on air.  It is the first time this has happened, so I was really chuffed.  I finally got round to blogging the piece with the shell from last week's desk share yesterday (see HERE if you are interested).

Tuesday, 30 April 2019

Working with Alcohol Inks on Acrylic

This piece was the last one that I made for the recent mixed media Clarity shows on Hochanda with Louise Withers.  I used a larger acrylic square as I was feeling more confident working on the substrate, having already created three samples.

Monday, 29 April 2019

A Clean and Simple Good Luck Card

I like the additional small stamps and sentiments which come with the Circus stamp sets (designed by Leonie Pujol for Claritystamp). They work really well for a clean and simple card.

Sunday, 28 April 2019

Pebeo Vitrail on an Acrylic Shape

This was a simple piece trying out a 3D effect on acrylic using some of the Pebeo Vitrail paints and one of the new Clarity acrylic shapes.  This one is from the square set.

Saturday, 27 April 2019

Turning Stamps into Large Flowers

This is the second of the art journal pages that I made with the new Circus stamp sets, designed by Leonie Pujol for Claritystamp.  It was featured on Barbara Gray's blog yesterday so I though I'd share the step by step today.

Friday, 26 April 2019

Leonie's Circus Stamps on an Art Journal Page

This was the first sample I made with one of Leonie Pujol's new Circus stamp sets (Claritystamp) being showcased today at 8am and 12pm on Hochanda.  They are great for card making, but also for journaling.  My first project was an art journal page.  They also fit in beautifully with her stencil designs.

Thursday, 25 April 2019

Die Cutting Vinyl: An Acrylic Background

This was the second sample that I made using the new acrylic shapes from Claritystamp. I have had some sheets of vinyl suitable for making peel offs for a while and decided to see how a piece would work with dies rather than an electronic cutting machine, such as a Cricut or Brother Scan N Cut.