Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Off to Crowborough...!

Good morning all!

I am packed and ready for my trip to Kent and the Clarity Retreat in Crowborough.  I stay with a friend of mine and we catch up with all the news from the last year then we go to the Retreat and enjoy crafting with Barbara and Paul and meeting lots of crafty friends, then we have another day together and I come home.  I have left instructions for feeding and watering the plants, birds and hedgehogs, so all should be well.  This year, I have seen as many as five hedgehogs in the garden at the same time, so they are doing well here, even if they are in trouble generally.

My cards today are there ones I did with Tina Cox's lovely flowers and Dragonflies set of stamps, this comes as a big A4 set of individual parts so you can make up your own flowers...
 For the first one, I blended inks to make a rainbow background, then stamped the line writing greetings in place and built up the design from there.
It doesn't show on the picture, but I have outlined all the flowers with a gold glitter pen.
I added some gems to finish
 For the second card, I stamped and cut out the flower heads and dies cut some rings.  One of my favourite parts of this set is the lines with the squiggles across, I can see me using them on all sorts of things!
I used them here in the background and also as a corner emellishment

For the final card, I stamped on a watercolour background and coloured in the flowers.
I used the squiggly lines to add a frame and a base for the flower to ground it.

Thanks very much for visiting, see you after the retreat!
Janet xxx

Monday, 2 July 2018

A Little Birdie Says 'Hi'

Good day to everyone,
It is lovely here, hot and sunny, just my sort of weather!  I know some people prefer it cooler, but I love the sun!  I have a sore back, sunburnt shoulders and hands covered in mud - but I also have a patio with lots of pretty flowers in pots and a cleaned out wormery, so I am happy!

I should be making cards really, but I normally work in the conservatory, which is south-facing , so that would definitely be too hot, also all my ink pads would just dry out immediately!  I am planning the cards from the comfort of my chair in the sun, then I will make them this evening, once it has cooled down.  I just hope it all goes according to plan.... (when did that EVER happen??)
Today's card is one using the really cute little bird from Tina Cox's Doodle Flowers set

For the main image, I just stamped all the pieces in place with archival ink and coloured using the fab new Pergamano blending pen and tips, I picked up the ink with the tip straight from the inkpad.  There are some tiny bits to colour and the tips made it easy!  I cut it to size and mounted on to green card.
For the background, I just stamped the different leaves around the edge of the card, blended some ink round, then coloured in the leaves in the same way I did the bird.

Right, I am off to admire my new pots, get my legs brown (while protecting my shoulders!) and have a long, cool drink while planning my next cards.  Love it!
Thanks very much for visiting
Janet xxx

Thursday, 28 June 2018

Kraft and Blue.. and a Rainbow

Good morning,
It has been fabulous weather here in Norfolk, I have been enjoying the sun and have been getting some gardening done.  Sadly my days of spending hours just lying in the sun have gone, there is always weeding or pruning or basically clearing out the undergrowth to be done.

For today's cards, I have used the three way overlay stamp and stencil sets

 For the first card I used the Marigold and friends set  I made the background on kraft card first.  Brush a little white paint along the centre of the card and add a little Blue Chase ink.
Brush some Rich Mocha ink through the Petite brick wall stencil in patches round the card
Make some circles by spreading some white paint on a mat and dip a lid in then add to the card
I used some texture paste to spread through the stencil in the set
Allow it all to dry then add some washi tape for interest and finish with some lines and circles of blue ink
Mount onto white card then more Kraft card
For the central circle, I stamped in Blue Chase ink then die cut the circle and edged with Rich Mocha brown ink.
Finish with a few gems

For the second card, I stamped the Cornflower in place and masked it, then added the rainbow round the edge by adding ink to acetate, spritzing with water and adding to the card.  Do one colour at a time
Use the same colours to colour the image.  I found the new blending tips really useful to get in all the tiny spaces. I just picked the colour up on the tip straight from the ink pad.

Thanks for dropping by, I hope you have a wonderful day.
Janet xx

Sunday, 17 June 2018

Die cutting with Clarity

Good evening,
I am back home with my feet up after a weekend of Claritystampers East workshops.  It was Bawburgh on Saturday and Great Blakenham on Sunday.  It is always lovely to get together with such a fab bunch of ladies, we even had a young lady of 8 join us on Saturday and she produced some fantastic cards.
My favourite cards were the ones we did with the lovely new Fresh Cut Dies from Clarity, we did two cards.....

This one is done with the Queen Anne's Lace die, cut into a square of cream textured card, then snip away some of the design.
For the back ground, blend some ink onto card, add a bit of interest with the brick wall stencil and a few white splatters, then attach the piece together and mount onto the base

This is the same thing with different colours and the Casablana Lilies die

 For the other cards, the Wild Privet was cut out of black card and stuck onto double-sided adhesive, then covered with gilding flakes and burnished to give a lovely effect.
I added the Chameleon on this one
This one I left plain and will add a message later.

Thanks very much for visiting,
Janet xx

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Chamomile and Friends

Hello bloggers,

Time whizzes by so fast these days, Maria is on the TV with more stamps and I realised that I haven't posted about the last ones yet!  This card is done with the Chamomile and Friends set.  It is one of the 3 way overlay sets which are brilliant!  You get three stamps of the same image, an inny, an outy and an outline and a stencil.  There are lots of combinations for using them.

For this card, I added two colours of ink to the square gel press petite plate, press the outy image of the stamp on the plate to pick up the ink, spritz lightly and stamp.
I inked the basic circle stamp and added that round the edge.
I added lots of splatters of the same colour inks and cut to size.
For the background, I spritzed the ink remaining of the gel press and 'stamped' it on the card to give a watercolour background
Allow to dry, then brush ink lightly through the stencil all round the edge of the card.
I also stamped parts of the circle round the edge.
I added a few black splatters to everything and doodled some lines round the edges.
Assemble everything and mount onto a base card
Thank you very much for visiting, I hope you enjoy the rest of your day!
Janet xx

Sunday, 3 June 2018

Sitting on the fence

Good evening,
It was an amazing show for Barbara on Hochanda today - a sell out before the end of the show!  I loved using the 3-way overlay stamps, but will post those cards later.
Today, I am showing a card we did at the Diva Red workshop yesterday morning...

I die cut the wood panels from a beer mat, added a thin coat of white acrylic paint, allowed to dry then added blue and green acrylic paint and allowed to dry.
I also added a little of each paint colour on a piece of kraft card.
To get the wood effect, I stamped the stems from a bulrushes stamp, which may no longer be available, in Brown archival ink.  I also inked round all the edges in brown.

Stamp the owl on another piece of card, colour and cut out.

Arrange all the pieces on the kraft card and glue into place

I hope you like him!

Thanks very much for visiting,
Janet xxx

Sunday, 27 May 2018

That's torn it!

Good evening everyone,

It has been a lovely day here, right up until it thundered!  It has been quite dry though, so a quick downpour was welcomed by my plants.  I have actually managed to get a bit of gardening done, which has been good.  I do enjoy getting outside and seeing what has been going on with my plants and shrubs.  I mostly do weeding and a bit of cutting back because I don't get to do as much as I would like, so things tend to get a bit (lot!) overgrown!

Anyway, on to the card for today.  I saw some cards on fb where a lady had used torn books/newsprint and thought it looked great, so inspired by that, I did my own version...

I dabbed the book page in some spritzed black ink, allowed it to dry then tore a couple of strips, inked the edges with black and attached to a piece of lovely designer paper.  Trim then stamp the chameleons in place.
I then made fusible film and fibre versions of the chameleons, cut them out and attached over the top of the stamped mages.
Mat onto black and green card.

Hope you like it!
Thanks very much for visiting, have a lovely evening
Janet xx

Stamps and designer paper by Claritystamp