Tuesday, 17 January 2017

After the rave.....

Good evening all,

Thanks for dropping in.  It was the first Clarity workshop of the year on Sunday, it was at Bawburgh and we started with a bit of excitement!  Apparently there had been a 'party' there the night before and it had 'got out of hand'  Turns out it was more of a rave!!  The hall is in a village just outside of Norwich and I think almost everyone had been disturbed by it.  At around midnight the police were called and the hall caretakers were trying to disperse everyone.  No violence - just lots of noise, drink and drugs!

The guys had done a sterling clear up job and apart from the smell and a some dodgy marks on the floor, the hall was fit for us to use.  It was rather scary how many of the 'old rock chicks' in the group recognised all the smells and canisters left around!

I will post the cards we did after the next workshop, in Great Blakeneham, so for now I will show one of the cards from the last TV show.
This one is done using some of the lovely new papers from Clarity, designed by Dee Paramour and Barbara.  They are lovely designs and superb quality, as you would expect!

The background is made by cutting strips of the paper and sticking them down on a piece of card, start with two long strips across the diagonal, then fit other strips round them.
I stamped the fab sketchy bag and shoe on a separate piece of the paper and cut them out and stuck them on the background.

Take care,
Janet xxx

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Ray of sunshine

Good evening,

I thought I had better get round to blogging again, or I will get out of the habit!  This card is one I did for the Diva Red workshop on Saturday.  It is really easy, but I am pleased with the effect.

I used the Sunshine stencil and the Deerscape stamp

 To start, mask off the bottom of the card , then use yellow ink first, then orange to colour through the stencil,  Remove the stencil, but not the paper mask, then add a bit more yellow.
Remove the mask, then stamp the deerscape in place. - How easy is that!

I edged the card with a sharpie pen, then drew another fine line on the inside with a black pen and ruler.
Add four gems to finish, then mount onto the base card

Thanks for visiting
~Janetxx


Thursday, 5 January 2017

Review of 2016


Hello everyone,

Sorry I haven't blogged for a while, I have not been feeling too good!  It is only a cold, but it is making me fed up.  I don't feel so bad now, but I am not getting much sleep because I can't stop coughing!  I know many of you will be suffering too, so you have my sympathy!  I also know there are many people with much worse health issues, so I will stop moaning now.

I think I have blogged all my cards for the moment, I am doing some for the next TV show, but can't show you those until the weekend. - look out for those new paper pads, they are fabulous!!!
I am also prepping cards for the workshops coming up, so can't show you those yet either!  The new dates for the Claritystampers East workshops are on the relevant pages on here, so if you fancy joining us, get in touch!

S, while I am sat here couching away, I thought I would show a selection of my favourite cards from 2016 - some are DT cards, and some are from the workshops










Thanks very much for visiting - hopefully it will be business as usual very soon!
Janet xxx

Monday, 26 December 2016

Last Christmas card

Good Morning!
I hope you have all had a lovely Christmas day, we had a nice relaxed one with my parents coming over for their dinner.
The card for today is the last Christmas card of the year, again using the Jayne Nestorenko winter scene.  This one has a darling little snowman in.

I stamped onto watercolour cardstock, then used Brushos to do the sky and simply watercoloured the rest.
I live in Norfolk and many houses here and in Suffolk are pink, so I always like to do 'cottages in the country' pink.

Thanks for dropping in, I wish everyone a Happy Christmas.
Janet xx

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Season's Greetings!

Hello folks,

I am lucky enough to be off work now until after Christmas, so I am catching up with some housework and decorating for Christmas.  I am so glad it is the longest day today, it seems to have been dark all day, I am always pleased to see it getting lighter again!

Today's card is another one I did using Jaynes' Christmas scenes.  I love this winter hedgerow.

I did the background first and added the colour using my petite gel press circle.
I added two colours to the plate then gently touched over it with scrunched tissue then pressed on to the card, I kept repeating this, overlapping the circles, until I was happy with what I'd got.
I stamped everything in place, then took a bit of the colour out of the trees and shrubs by adding water and blotting.
When it was all dry, I used a white gel pen tp add all the white bits, I also darkened the hedge a bit to put it behind the trees.  I matted it on matching card and it was done!  I don't think I added any glitter, but that would obviously work well with this.
Stamps used:
Season's Greetings
Santa and Sleigh
Jayne Nestorenko's Winter Scene - Children

I hope your Christmas prep is going well!!
Janet xx

Monday, 19 December 2016

A little picture

Good morning,

Did you have a good weekend?  I am slowly getting in to Christmas mode - cards written and sent. pressies wrapped  - just got to put all my craft stuff away (Just??) and get a bit of tinsel out,...

Another card today using the Jayne Nestorenko designs.  It was so lovely to hear Jayne's voice on the TV  show when the range was introduced, I did a workshop with her many years ago when she came to Norwich.  I think we did fantasy film and fibres, she was such a lovely lady and very talented.  I am sad to hear she is so ill, but it looks like she is remaining positive and still enjoying a bit of crafting

I used watercolour card for this and started by stamping the frame in place with archival ink
I masked the edges then stamped the scene in place.
Then I used my Artistry Inks to watercolour everything.
Finally, I stamped the little birds on the frame,
then mounted in on black and then blue card.
Stamps used:
Jayne Nestorenko's Winter Scene - Cat
Jayne's Frame

Thank you for visiting,
Janet xx

Monday, 12 December 2016

Kenyan style Christmas cards

Hello folks,
So today I thought I would share cards that I have made up, but the artwork isn't mine.  It started a while ago when I got a friend request from a man in Kenya.  Normally I would just delete a request from a man I don't know, but for some reason, I decided to accept this one - I thought it would be fun to get news from another part of the world.
It turns out that he also made cards and sold them to help pay for his education, so I asked to see pictures, they were fantastic pieces of art.  I said If he sent me some, I would buy them from him and sell locally or use myself, so that is what we do, Robin sends me his little works of art and Imake them into cards (It was better that way for postage costs)

These are some of his Christmas designs...






Fabulous, aren't they?  My favourites are the orange/red and yellow backgrounds.  I think the colours and pigments could only come from Africa- so vibrant!  I love them, hope you do too. 
 Have a lovely day!
Janet xx