Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Perfect trees

Hello People of Blogland,

Sorry I haven't blogged for a while, I've been making DT samples for the Clarity shows at the weekend and can't show them yet!!  I hope you are intending to watch, there are some lovely stamp sets on their way!!

This is a card I did for the Diva Red workshop I do with Moira.  We had a tiny disaster, in that there was no power at Moira's so we had to make a last minute booking at the village hall, so thanks to them for accommodating us at short notice.

I'm sure many of you will have seen Barbara do this on the TV.  The image is stamped onto double sided adhesive.  One side is stuck to a piece of white card.
The other side then has the reverse image showing through the backing sheet.
With a craft knife, score all the lines (and add a couple of extra hills).
Take each piece of the backing paper off in turn and 'colour' with perfect pearls.

Hope you like it and thanks for visiting xx

Sunday, 21 July 2013

Deck the Halls....

Hi there bloggers! 

How have you all been?  For the first time in ages, I am actually getting a bit of a tan!  I have managed to get some time in the sun in the garden - lovely.
T.his is the last of my DT cards for this month - new stamps for next month have arrived, so I'm making a start on those now.  It is always exciting to get that package through the door to see what's coming up.

I really like the new Musical Score stamps, they make a nice change for Christmas cards.  I also love the holly sprig stamps, you get two stamps on one mount, but can remove them to use one at a time.  these stamps are so useful to make backgrounds or frames.  I decided to keep it fairly simple for this one.
I stamped and embossed the Carol with gold details powder, then stamped and embossed the holly sprigs with green powder.  I inked round the edges in green, added a bit of red glitter to the berries and dot and dashed a line round the edge.
The background is a paper from my stash which I sprayed with gold mist.

Take care and hope you come back soon xx

Thursday, 18 July 2013

Leafy swirls

Good morning everyone!!

It's Thursday, so it is my day off work (guess which is my favourite day of the week??) and it's going to be a scorcher, so hopefully I'll be catching some rays later.

This card is made using the Leafy swirl stamps and one of the lovely new Clarity stencils.  Clarity have started a range of stencils, most of them are available in 9 x 11 inches or 7 x 7 inches to fit the Gelli plates  The large size is a bit too big for the Grand Calibur, but the smaller ones fit and emboss beautifully.

I am looking forward to collecting them all as they are produced, because they are going to be designs that match stamps I already have.  (Yes, I will have to have them all!!)

Anyway, this set of stamps and stencil is the next 'In the Classroom' kit, so i'm looking forward to seeing what Barbara does with them.

This background for the card is done by embossing the stencil with
core-dinations cardstock, then sanding to bring up the design and tearing to size.
The main image is stamped and embossed with white embossing powder.
Embellish with a paper flower, brad and a piece of ribbon.

Hope you like it and thanks for your visit, I always enjoy reading your comments!
Have a wonderful day,  Janet xx

Monday, 15 July 2013

Back to Christmas!

Evening All! 
Sorry about this, but it is back to Christmas cards again!  I must admit, I wouldn't normally start my cards quite so early, but these were the stamps I got to work with for the Clarity DT.  Don't get me wrong, I love the stamps, just a bit early for Christmas for me!
This was my favourite of the cards I did - very simple design, this time a vertical strip with the ships, and a lovely idea to make the carol music scores.  If you like the music scores, keep an eye out, I think there are more on the way....

The ships are from the repositional ship set, you get three stamps on one mount and you can reposition them as you want.
I masked off the card to leave the strip exposed, then brayered with shades of blue - going from bottom to top and getting lighter as I worked my way up the column.
I then stamped the ships in place, using darker ink at the bottom and slightly lighter shades as they got smaller.
I created a bit of shadow under each ship using one of the texture stamps from the 'making a point' set from lesson 15
Remove the mask and add the I saw three ships music score
For the finishing touch, I used a fine line pen to highlight the edges of the strip.
Thanks for stopping by
Janet xx

Saturday, 13 July 2013

Workshop cards

Hello again, this is one of the cards we did at the Diva Red workshop last Saturday.  This one is my version of the card Moira did.  For the original version, have a look on Moira's Blog, she has a version done on black card too, which looks great.
  The Alliums are from Clarity and are stamped and embossed with WOW purple glitz embossing powder, the circle is fusible film and fibre ironed first, then a black peel-off added, and cut out, then the black centre bits were added back in to create the flower heads.
The edge of the card is embossed with the same embossing powder to create the border and I've added a touch of glitter glue to the flowers

This is one of the cards I did, it is very much the same as one I posted earlier, so I won't go into how to make it again.  There was a butterfly on the original, but I decided to stamp a message on this one

Hope you like them, we all had fun making them xx

Friday, 12 July 2013

Birthday wishes

Hello all, how is your Friday going?  Mine is good, now that I am home from work!  (Actually, it wasn't that bad at work, but I can't get out in the sun!)
I have had some complaints about the amount of Christmas cards I've been blogging, so this is a birthday card I made for my brother....
~The background is some lovely paper I found in my crafty stash, Douglas is stamped and embossed then coloured with promarkers.  The words are from the clarity Happy words set.  They are stamped and embossed too.
Thanks for visiting, hope you come back soon xxx

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Holly tree

I'm blogging this on Sunday, it is 17:02 and Murray has three championship points!!! He has just lost them, but hopefully by the end of this post, he will have won!
So what am I posting? A Christmas card!!  Doesn't quite seem right, but we have to get going if we're going to get them done by Christmas!!

Murray has another championship point.......which he's won!!!!  How brilliant is that!!!
Very well deserved and hard earned Andy!

So back to Christmas....
The  holly tree is stamped twice and embossed with a coppery embossing powder and coloured in with promarkers.  I cut the top part of the tree and layered it over the base image.  The berries are glittered.
The music score is also stamped and embossed with the same powder, then I've stamped the holly sprigs in various shades of green and coloured the berries red
Squiggle some lines round the edge and embellish with gems.
Thank you for visiting, enjoy the rest of your day
Janet xx

Tuesday, 9 July 2013

A Pear Tree and a Partridge!

I know, I know, it should be a Partridge in a Pear Tree, but I don't have the small Partridge stamp and this one was too big to be in the tree, I thought.

As soon as I saw the Pear Tree stamp, I thought cream and gold.

The main image is stamped and embossed with gold detail powder, then coloured with promarkers and glittered very slightly by using the gold stardust pen from Sakura

I also added a gold embossed border and squiggled a line around the edge of the image.
For the background, I stamped the pear tree in gold brilliance, which has a lovely sheen to it.

The Partridge is stamped and coloured with promarkers, then cut out and mounted on the card.

Hope you like it xx

Monday, 8 July 2013

More gardening!

In the card-making sense, that is!  I haven't actually been gardening, you understand!   What a dilemma on Sunday; Barbara on the TV, Andy Murray playing in the final and the first really hot and sunny Sunday for ages!  I sat in the garden for part of the morning, recorded Barb and watched Murray.

I wasn't at all sure about this card, I wanted to do a sort of watercolour effect and it didn't really turn out the way I'd planned, but Barbara and Leonie said some nice things about it, so I thought I would blog it

The main images of the bird feeder and the cat are stamped in a brown archival ink, the rest of it is stamped by inking up the image with Adirondack inks, then spritzing the inked stamp before planting the image.
I didn't spritz the squirrel, but I did blot a bit off the bottom of the image, to make it look as if he was nestled amongst the branches.
Hope you had a great weekend!
Thanks for stopping by
Janet xx

Sunday, 7 July 2013

In the Garden

Hello fellow bloggers,
At last!  We have some hot and sunny days, let's hope it lasts for a while.  Time to get out in the garden, so I thought this card was very appropriate.

I really like the 'strip' idea in cards (you may have noticed!!) and I thought this garden set would go well with this style of card.  This is a really lovely stamp set from Clarity, one of the lesson sets.  It is the Birdhouse and picket fence set

This is a really easy card to do, I stamped the bird feeder in place first, then masked off the top and bottom of the card to create the strip.
Stamp all the images in place, then sponge blue for the sky and green for the grass.
I also masked off small areas and just stamped the very top of the hollyhocks stamp to give a bit of random flowery stuff in the background.

Remove the masks and draw along the edges with a fine line pen.
Stamp the birds and squirrel in place.
Hope you like it and thanks very much for visiting
Enjoy the lovely weather!
Janet xx

Monday, 1 July 2013

Diva Red workshop

Hello, I haven't blogged for a while, but I have been making cards, just not got round to blogging!  I will be blogging them soon, so 'watch this space'!

This card is the one I did for the Diva Red workshop last Thursday, very similar to one I've done before

The background is done by stamping the image lots of times with a multi colour inkpad, then spritzing with water, so the images all merge.  Use watercolour paper for this.

The lovely foxglove images are from Claritystamp