Saturday, 19 August 2017

Morrocan lady

Good morning all!

Up bright and early today - it is the Claritystampers East workshop at Bawburgh today and tomorrow is the workshop in Great Blakenham, I am looking forward to seeing everyone again.  I will blog the cards from the workshop on Sunday evening.  Today's card is one we did at Diva Red a couple of weeks ago.  Definitely a clean and simple one.

 I started by die cutting a white circle and stamped the lady and her hat.  Colour her hair and add some lipstick.  Stamp the lady again onto some beautiful designer paper and cut out the hat.  Attach to the stamped image on the card and mount onto a die cut circle of matching card.
I then used the fab Morrocan Tile die twice to cut the same colour card and paper.
Attach the outer part of the card die straight on to the base card
The trickiest part of this is to inlay the inner parts of the paper cut outs inside the outer part of the card.
Once that is done, attach the lady and add some gems.
Really nice and easy
Hope you all have a great day... I'm off to get inky

Janet xxx

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Dare to be Different!

Good evening,

I enjoyed watching Maria's 'Get in Shape' show today - thankfully not about keeping fit, but about simples shapes for Groovi plates and stencils.  Such a good idea, and so very useful!
I was lucky enough to get the stencils to make samples with:
Framework Circles stencil
Leafy Swirl and Dotty Wave petite syencil

I started by attaching the stencil to a piece of stencil card
Blend black ink though all the circles, apart from one - use pink ink for that one
Keep the stencil in place, and place the circle inners over the circles you don't want to ink, then place the Swirl stencil over one circle at a time and sponge some white paint over the stencil
Repeat for all but the pink circle, add black ink over the stencil for that circle.
Remove all the stencils.
Using a fine black pen, scribble round all the circles
Add a few dots by blending some black ink through the dotty wave stencil
Print the words Dare to be Different on a PC then cut out and mount onto black and add to the crd.
Mount onto black card and then the base card.

Hope you like it,
Janet xxx

Friday, 11 August 2017

Controlled Random..

Hello at last,
I have just realised that it has been ages since I blogged, so I have three cards to show you today.  I am having a wonderful day to myself, I got up early, did the housework and have got the rest of the day to make cards.... prepping for workshops and making samples.  It is going well so far...!

I am sure you will know by now that I like doing inky backgrounds, but the results can be quite random sometimes.  I have just discovered a way of getting some control, this is not my idea, I saw it on an online course I have subscribed to. I am sure many of you will already know about this, but it was new to me.  All the cards below are made using this technique.

 At Christmas, I was having lunch with my Aunt and she had some lovely serviettes, with a wonderful colour combination, so I nicked one to keep for inspiration.
The colours of ink I've used here are Iced Spruce and Dusty Concord, both Distress Inks.  The stamps are from the Snowglobe Outline set
So on with the card..
Start by stamping the snowglobe with a black archival or some sort of permanent ink.
Mask to cover the snowglobe
squish the Iced Spruce ink on a piece of acetate, spritz  lightly with water, then you can pick up the acetate and place the ink where you want it to go.  It still gives a random effect, but you have much more control over where it goes.  Good eh!!  You can add as much or little as you like.
Once you have enough Iced Spruce, repeat the process with Dusty Concord.
Allow to dry, then do some stamping, I added a few little snowflakes from  the set of stamps which comes with the snowglobe , I also added a few circles, by inking the base of a lid and applying to the card.  When you are happy, remove the mask and replace with the opposite mask, so now you have covered the background and exposed the snowglobe.
I used the same colours to make my little scene and black archival to stamp the images.
Paint the base with Dusty Concord.
The Christmas words come from Jayne's Postcard Framer set

This card was done in the same way, using the same colour inks
Stamps used:
Journalling set
Gerbera and Butterfly set

...and again, this time with the Chrysanthemum and Butterfly set and the Journalling set

Thanks for visiting, I won't leave it so long before I blog again..

Janet xxx

Monday, 24 July 2017

A week of Clarity

Good morning,
I have had a week off work and have been thoroughly enjoying myself!  It was the Claritystampers East workshop in Bawburgh on Saturday, then off to Kent to stay with my friend and catch up with all the news, we also went to the Clarity Retreat on Wednesday and Thursday, another chance to meet some lovely crafters and catch up with Barbara and Paul, who both worked hard to make it a lovely couple of days, we did some fab projects over the two days.
It was a bit of a long journey home, travelling on the first Friday of the school holidays is not the best idea!
Then it was the Claritystampers East workshop in Great Blakenham on Sunday, which was lots of fun and lovely Lynne Hammond joined us which was brilliant!  Nice to catch up with her too.

These are the cards we did at the Clarity stampers workshops:

This is a brusho background and the lady is also painted with brusho mixed with a little water.

This lady had a fusible film and fibre hat and die cut flowers

Spread grunge paste through the stencil, allow to dry then paint through the stencil, sand a bit and add some black ink

These are the stamps and stencil used, all from Claritystamp:

Hats 1
Journaling set
Flower Power stencil

I have one more day before I return to work tomorrow, so I am off to make the most of it!  IThanks very much for visiting,
Janet xx

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Elements - Fire

Good evening,
I am posting a card tonight made with the 'Fire' elements stamp - but I really think the 'Water' one may have been more appropriate with all the rain we've had recently!

For the main image, I stamped the image with versa mark and heat embossed with gold powder.  I coloured with water based markers, scribbling them on a mat and picking up the colour with a water brush.  I die cut it to a scalloped oval.
For the background, I cut a piece of the Northern Lights designer paper into strips, then cut them in half to make a long triangle.  Find your centre point on the card, then stick all the strips round.

Thanks for popping in, hope to see you again soon.  (I will try and remember to blog a bit more regularly!)
Janet xxx

Monday, 26 June 2017

Elements - Water


I thought it was about time I blogged again, I have been a bit remiss recently!  I am busy doing samples for the July shows - it's Christmas!!  I always find it a bit difficult to do Christmas cards so early in the year, but I know we have to get ahead if we are going to make enough cards to send out to everyone!  They are fab new stamps coming up, so don't forget to tune in!

Today's card, however is more appropriate for the weather - Water!.  I am a Pisces girl, so water is dear to my heart!  I love 'watery' colours.

Stamp : Water Element
Stencil: Jo's Bubbles

For the background, I found a brusho background I had in my stash, then added more colour using the Jo's Bubbles stencil, inking through in random areas.  I let the ink dry, then drew round the circles with a glue pen and added some glitter.  I used the new Perga Glitters - yes, of course you need them! Layer onto matching card.
On a separate piece of card, I stamped the water element image with black ink and coloured with pencils, then cut it out and layered onto a die cut circle. Attach to the background a finish off with a few gems

Thanks very much for visiting, I hope you enjoy the rest of your day!
Janet xx

Monday, 19 June 2017


Good morning!
I'm up early this morning, the trouble with having cats is that they expect breakfast soon after dawn, which is pretty early this time of year!  It is a lovely morning though, so I don't mind too much.  It is nice and cool, so there is chance to get a few jobs done before the heat starts taking its toll.

I thought I would show you a few tags I've made with one of the latest sets from Clarity, but first a card sample using the same tags set and the gardening set

I stamped the tags out, starting with the biggest in the centre and working down in size towards the edges.
I just stamped and coloured a little scene in each tag.  Just make sure to mask off the one next to the one you're working on.

Here are the other tags...

Thanks very much for visiting, I hope you have a fabulous day!
Janet xx