Monday 31 July 2023

Abstract Dandelions: A Round Up of Projects

The Abstract Dandelions come as a stencil, a die, 3-way overlay stamps and Groovi plates.  Here are some projects using the stencil and die with links to the projects below each one.

Creating a 3D look with the stencil (see HERE).

Sunday 30 July 2023

A Tag in Tribute to Good Omens

The current prompt over on Tag Tuesday is Books and as the second series of Good Omens, one of my favourite books by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, started streaming on TV on Friday, this seemed like a good fit.

Friday 28 July 2023

Town Design: Stencil, Stamps and Die

 Thia is one of my favourite designs from Clarity Crafts.  The 'town' image comes as a stencil, stamps and die as well as Groovi plate.  Here are some projects using the design with links to the instructions.

Perfect for new home cards (see HERE),

Wednesday 26 July 2023

WOYWW 738: Free At Last

Welcome to the first weekly desk sharing of the summer holidays.  Please visit Julia at Stamping Ground to find out more about this wonderful weekly link up.

I have had my Clarity Art Nouveau stamps out for a play but nothing to show yet.
As you can see the first few days of the holidays have been kept simple.
I never actually saw the inspector last Wednesday but that was my last Ofsted as they are not due to return for four years and I will have retired by then.
I have been catching up with sample making at a leisurely pace and enjoyed a musical get together with the recorder group in Lichfield yesterday afternoon.  I may actually have a chance to visit everyone this week.  Happy WOYWW.

Sunday 23 July 2023

Mixed Media Journaling Stamps: A Series of Projects

 The Mixed Media Journaling stamps from Clarity Crafts are great for backgrounds  - cards as well as journal pages.  Here are some projects using them and links to the instructions.

A journal page to start (see HERE).

Wednesday 19 July 2023

WOYWW 737: Two Days and ...Ofsted!

So much for a relaxing last week of term.  We had the phone call on Monday and Ofsted (Office for Standards in Education) inspectors are in today.  They were also in yesterday.

My desk shows the latest Temu deliveries ready for my #dailycollage next year.
Like everyone in school feels.
Don't forget to visit Julia at Stamping Ground for more WOYWW fun.  May not get round to visiting this week as I will be heading in early.  School will be open from 7am instead of 7.30am.  Happy WOYWW.

Tuesday 18 July 2023

SHAC Baubles - Christmas in July

This is the last of my samples using the SHAC Bauble stamps from Clarity Crafts.  There are two lovely sets which come with masks.

Monday 17 July 2023

#dailydrawing2023: Half Way Through July

 Half way through July with my #dailydrawing2023 challenge to myself so time for another round up of the first half of the month. 

As you can see Broom appears twice so I substituted Bat the second time around.
I chanelled a DIsney character from Beauty and the Beast but kept it non copyright.
A typical scene.
Fences make good ones!
I do like sci-fi.
I decided to go with the verb rather than the adjective.

The non edible variety.
The obvious response to the prompt.
I googled a picture to copy.
I decided to go with the wax variety.
Keeping it simple.
Well we are in the middle of the Ashes series.
Nice and snuggly!
Always my choice at McDonalds.
Still avoiding drawing faces if possible.

Saturday 15 July 2023

A Mermaid Tale?

The current challenge over on Tag Tuesday is Mermaids / Merpeople. I tried some paper piecing as an alternative to colouring.  I love the mermaid tail which is part of the Dee's Friends A4 (and A5) Faith stamp set.  I started off small, testing the technique with a tag. 

Cover a #8 manilla tag with book text (Romanian).
Add a light layer of white gesso and once dry, seal with matte gel medium.
Add stamping along the bottom using the tendrils of the jellyfish. Stamp multiple times in Versamark ink and heat emboss with silver embossing powder.
Add a tint to the background using a Sky Blue Indian ink pen and blend out.
Stamp the mermaid tail onto the back of a piece of Indian Summer paper in Cobalt Blue archival ink and cut out.
Add the tail to the tag and seal with matte gel medium, drying thoroughly.
Add shading with the same pens as before in Cobalt Green, Phthalo Blue and Indanthrene Blue, blending out with a Pergamano blending pen & nib.
To finish, cut out ‘You are beautiful’ from the printed sentiments, edge with Cobalt Blue ink and add them to the tag.