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

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Flying, Frogs and Flowers

Good morning all,

At last, the weather is turning sunny!  It makes such a difference doesn't it?  This is definitely my favourite time of year. 

I was at the Claritystampers East workshops at Bawburgh and Great Blakenham over the last two weekends.  It is always great to see everyone and catch up with what is going on.

It was a workshop featuring stencils this time...

 For the first card, we used the Umbrellas stencil to create the background.  Brush ink lightly over the whole stencil, then pick out certain areas to add more colour
Stamp the script from the Journaling set randomly in the gaps
Stamp the Flying Boy and the greeting with black

This is another version, using stronger colours and adding some splatters

...and this one with the frogs, which I stamped and embossed with green ink and crystal embossing powder
This was the first version I did of the background in my mind the umbrellas looked a bit like lily pads! (I think they are actually tree frogs but maybe they fancied a dip in a pond!)

The final card for today features the lovely Alium stencil, this comes in two parts.
Attach the outer part to the card and brush plenty of ink through.  Keep the stencil in place and stamp the script all over.
Add the inner part of the stencil and sponge lots of black through
Cut to size, edge the card with a black pen, add some Washi tape and mount on the base card
As a final touch, dip dot some black paint in the centres of the flowers.
I will probably add a greeting later

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

Friday, 18 May 2018

Another catch up!

Good morning!

I am up and about early today, I always wake up much earlier in the spring because it is so light in the mornings.  I am very sad to report that none of my house martins have made it back this year.  Hearing the lovely chattering outside the window is one of the joys of spring and summer for me, so I will miss that very much.  There are a few pairs nesting locally, so hopefully they will have a good breeding year and repopulate my nests.  It is very sad that their numbers are declining (along with most other creatures, apart from humans who are multiplying out of control!)

As usual, I am catching up with cards, so here are two from the three way overlay sets.  These stamp set have three parts to each image: an inner an outer and an outline, which you can overstamp in different colours.  I find lining these up incredibly difficult, I think my eyes must have some sort of defect, it always looks ok while I am stamping but it is usually way off, so I decided to use the stamps separately!

I started by adding lots of ink to a piece of stencil card to create an ombre effect.
I stamped the inner and outer parts of the stamp in a pattern using black ink
outline with a fine black pen and mount onto black card
For the background, I stamped the outline all round the edge of the card and coloured in bits here and there.  Edge with a black sharpie pen

I managed to get a decent line up for the second card!
I did the three way overlay, then added some ink to the square gel press petite and 'stamped' that over the top
I added a couple of squiggly black lines round the edge.
Mask this off then brush ink through the matching stencil to make the frame.
add a few splatters and some black paint dots.
Mount onto black card.

Stamps used:
Fossil leaf & stencil
Queen Anne's lace & stencil

This is just a quick look at some older cards, for this one I used the Toadstool and Hares set
I masked off the central square, stamped the leaves around, the removed the mask and stamped and coloured the main image
The fourth card is done by brushing the ink through the lovely aperture stencil and overstamping with the hares.

Thank you very much for visiting, I hope you enjoy your day!
Janet xxx

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

5th Anniversary

Good evening everyone,
Today fb informed me that it was 5 years ago that I did my first blog post.  I can't believe it was that long ago - time seems to whizz by so fast these days. (I know that is a sign that I am getting old!)
It has been very enjoyable, posting cards here and also visiting other blogs, reading the news and finding inspiration for cards.

 The first and second card are done in a similar way:
Stamp the main image on a piece of stencil card, colour in and tear round it.  Now you can use it when you are doing the background to make sure everything is placed correctly.
For the background piece, start by squishing some ink on a mat, dilute a little with water and paint an area a bit bigger than the main topper on the card. Add a few splatters too.
Stamp and stencil to create the background.
Keep placing the topper on the card, so you can get an idea of how it will all look
When you are happy, attach the topper and finish with a few gems

For the third card, I used a lovely piece of card from the petites set, I stamped the trees, bird and Lily in place

Stamp Lily two more times on another piece of the card and cut out different parts of her dress to layer on the main image

Thanks very much for visiting and thank you for sticking with me if you have here for the full 5 years!

Janet xx