Sunday, 21 October 2018

Treescape Seasons

Good morning! 
I hope you are having a lovely weekend.  It was the Claritystampers East workshop at Bawburgh yesterday, 6 years since the very first one and a couple of weeks ago, it was the 5th birthday of the Great Blakenham group.  My next blog post will be dedicated to the Claritystampers groups, I will do a little trip back over the years....

For today, I will show you the cards I made for the Treescape stamps and stencils which were on TV last week.  They sold out really quickly, not surprising, they are lovely.

 All the cards are made the same way, I just used different colours for the different seasons.  use the oval picot dies to cut three ovals: the smallest and largest cut from a piece of the same designer card and the middle one cut from white card.
Take the smallest oval and brush lightly with a little talc, stamp the Treescape with versamark ink and heat emboss with white embossing powder.
Adhere the ovals together to make a topper
On a 5x7 card attach the stencil and brush matching colour Distress Oxide inks through
Remove the stencil and stamp the appropriate word for the season and a little bird.
Attach the topper to the card.
Very easy!

Thanks very much for visiting, I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Janet xx

Monday, 1 October 2018

Cheery Santa

Good morning everyone,
It is a blustery old morning here, but a good drying day, as they say.  My washing is hanging out and I am keeping an eye on it in case it blows away.  I have some samples to make today, but I have time to show you what we did at the Claritystampers East workshop at Bawburgh on Saturday.  We also did these at the workshop in Great Blakenham a few weeks ago.

We made a start on Christmas cards, I know it seems early to some people, but if you are going to send handmade cards, you have to get going!
The first card caused a bit of huffing and puffing, but everyone loved the finished result, so hopefully it was worth the effort!
 This is all die cut.  Start by cutting the image out of black card, attach to a base circle, then die cut all the pieces out of different colour card and fill in the gaps.  It is a bit fiddly, but I loved doing it.
Cut a gold circle frame and embed the black circle into it.
For the background, just use versamark to stamp the words  across the card.

For the second card, die cut a green ring, then attach to the base card, after stamping the Christmas words in green ink
On separate card, stamp colour and cut out the Holly and Ivy spray and some extra leaves and berries, then assemble round the circle, add a touch of glitter to the berries.

The third card was back to die cutting.
Die cut the doves and attach to a die cut circle base, then very lightly brush brown ink over the image.
Add more colour to the raised parts by using gilding wax.
The strip down the side of the card is a piece of hessian with a piece of ribbon over the top.
I added a touch of brown to the background card, so it toned in with the main image.
Add some gems for the eyes and also dot a few around on the card.
Stamp the greeting on separate card, cut out and attach.

This is a different version using the deer die.

It was lovely to see the results all the ladies produced and as always, lovely to chat and have a laugh along the way!

Thanks very much for visiting, hope to see you again soon

Janet xx

Sunday, 9 September 2018

Town Houses

Hello Bloggers,
Today I am sharing a couple of cards I made with the new Town House stamp and stencil.  The stamp set comes as a three way overlay, so you get the same image in three different forms, an outline and outline filler and an inside filler.  This allows you to easily colour different parts of the image.
Personally, I find it quite hard to overlay the images perfectly, but I think that is down to my eyes!  I am slowly improving with practice and a few tips one of which is that you have to be quite close to the image when you hover over it with the stamp.

 For this card, I attached the stencil to a piece of stencil card, then brushed blue ink towards the top and brown ink towards the bottom of the stencil
On a separate piece of card, I stamped the outline in brown archival, the inked up the top of the inlay stamp with the same blue ink, and wiped away any bits I didn't want, then stamped over the image to give a blue sky.
I added brown ink over the buildings and wiped away any ink from the sky, then stamped that in place.
I decided against adding the filler of the outline so it remains white, the same as the stencil.
I tore round the stamped and stencilled images then mounted both on matching card.
For the second card, I kept it very simple, I used the Stone Wall stencil and brushed black soot ink through the whole stencil.  I added a few black splatters.
On separate card, I stamped the outline in black and coloured in with black and grey pencils.

Stamps used:Three Way Townhouse
Stencils used: Town stencil
                        Stone Wall Stencil

Thanks very much for visiting
Janet xx

Wednesday, 5 September 2018

Last of the Beer Mats

Good morning!
It was the Diva Red workshop on Saturday and we made a start with Christmas cards - I know this is a bit early for some of you, but we have to start now to get them all made in time to send out!
I was given some beer mats a while ago by one of my crafty friends, a pub local to her was closing and had lots of unused beer mats left.  I have to confess they sat in my stash for quite a while until I got some Bigz dies, then I remembered them.  They are brilliant for die cutting!  They are not too heavy, but they provide a lovely surface to work with.
I had used most of them in previous projects, but still  had enough left for this project.  Sadly, I have used them all now, but I intend to find some more!

 Cut two stars from your beer mat, brush white Gesso over and allow to dry.  Scrape some texture paste through the Spots and Stars petite stencil and allow to dry
Brush some blue Distress Oxide ink over the whole star, then wipe some off again to reveal the stars from the texture paste.
Add some glitter glue if you fancy.
Decide where you are going to position the stars, then stamp a couple of dangles from Linda's Birthday Dangles set
Along the side, I added a piece of Washi tape, a strip of paper and a peel off border (remember them?)
Stick the stars in place and add the greeting from the Christmas Greetings set Which I stamped and cut out from a spare piece of card.

For the second card, we made a nice background by brushing watercolour paint in blocks on some mixed media card.  Allow to dry then stick a post-it note in the centre and stamp snowflakes round the edge to make a frame.  Outline with a fine black pen
On a separate piece of card stamp the bauble and the robin in place and colour (I used watercolour paints)
Stamp a couple of snowflakes and cut out the bauble.
I didn't cut out the top loop, I stamped the on the card and stuck the cut out bauble over the top.
Add some white dots and a fine line to hang the bauble from.
The stamps for this card are all from the Christmas Bauble set

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

Monday, 27 August 2018

A Nice Background

Good Morning!
I hope you are all enjoying the bank holiday weekend, in spite of the rain!
Have you heard that Leonie is joing the Clarity team?  Isn't that brilliant!  She is going to start a mixed media line which I am looking forward to very much.

I saw Leonie do a lovely background on TV the other day and had to give it a go, the two cards today both have the background.

To do the background, I used mixed media cardstock.
Spritz with water, so the card is wet
Brush watercolour paint in blocks all round the card, overlap the colours slightly but leave them mostly in blocks
Spritz with more water and blot to give a lovely faded effect.
I did two of these backgrounds to make two cards.
The fist one I cut the card square, the masked off the centre and stamped the poppy leaves all round the edge.
Add a tiny bit of black ink round the edge of the frame
Remove the mask and stamp the poppy in the centre
Colour everything in using pencils
Outline the square with a fine black pen and mat onto black, then a white base card.

 For the second card, I die cut the Wild Privet from the new Fresh Cut Dies collection at Claritystamp, then cut it out using a square die from the Nested Squares set
I cut some of the leaves out of the centre of the design then attached it to the background.
I stamped the words from the new Mini Word Chain 17+18 using black archival ink
Mount onto a black card base.

Thank you for visiting today, I will try not to leave it too long until I blog again.

Janet xxx

Monday, 23 July 2018

A crafty week

Good evening everyone,
Thank you for popping in.  It has been a lovely week off work for me, sorry to say I will have to go back to work tomorrow.  I could certainly get used to time off with all this sunshine! 
I had a fab time in Kent with my friend and at the Crowborough retreat with Barbara, Dave, Paul and the Clarity Crew.  It is always lovely to craft along with like minded people and have a laugh and a catch up with old friends.  Oh... we made some lovely cards too!  Everyone works so hard to make it good for us, so a huge 'Thank You' to everyone. I will post my projects, but they still need finishing off, so watch this space...
When I got home, we had a family day on Saturday as some relatives were visiting from Canada, then on Sunday it was a Claritystampers East workshop in Great Blakenham.  These are the projects from the class...all done using the Poppies set of stamps
 For this card, start by masking off a strip at the bottom of the card and blend ink over, add the brick wall stencil and blend more ink through.
Stamp the grass in place and colour in.
Splatter a little ink and add some gems, then stamp the greeting and attach to the card.  Mat on matching card.
 For the second card, add some ink to a rectangle stamp mount, spritz with water and press on to the card, repeat if necessary and add some ink round the edge of the mount to give a bit of a frame, using the same inks, stamp a second generation leaf around the background then allow to dry.
Stamp the main images in black archival.
Tear round the inky area, leaving a bit of a white edge.
Decide where the topper is going to sit on the base card, then stamp the leaf in black, just in one corner.  Attach the topper and add a few gems to balance the design.

The last card is done with just one inkpad.
Place a square post-it in the centre of a square piece of card, Blend a little ink from the post-it out, then stamp the leaves around the frame.
Remove the post-it then stamp the poppy and the word in place.
Add a little of the ink to a mat and pick up the colour with a water brush and use to colour in the images.

All nice and simple cards this time!

Hope to see you again soon,
Stay cool!
Janet xxx

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