Sunday, 29 September 2013

Diva Red workshop

Morning all,

Hope you are all doing okay!  It is lovely and bright here this morning, I only hope it lasts.  We are planning a couple of days away and the weather forecast is dreadful - lots of rain and a bit of thunder!  Still, they don't always get it right do they?

These are three of the cards we did at the workshop on Saturday, the first two are mine and the third is Moira's.  I did do a fourth, (the other 'Moira' card!) but I can't scan it.  It was a lovely screen card.

We were delighted to have the lovely Eileen Godwin join us, she was having a break in Norfolk and came to our workshop while she was here.  It was a small and select group as we had a few last minute cancellations, but we had a great time.  Thanks to Veronica for the scrummy cakes!

Have a great Sunday xx

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

We three kings...

Evening all!

(so who else is old enough to remember Dixon??)
I hope you are all well and busy crafting.  All sorts has been going on here... I've had the water tank and the cistern leaking, my guttering overflowing, flat battery in my car on so on.  Still, it's all stuff that can be sorted!

Here is another DT sample, another Christmas one, using several Clarity sets.

Hope you like it, that is the last Christmas one for a while!  I am working on the next set of stamps now - very exciting as Barbara has a new DVD launching soon on Create and Craft.
Take care
Janet x

Thursday, 19 September 2013

Home flight

Morning bloggers!

Thursday is my favourite day of the week - it is my day off work!  So , today is a card-making day.  I have DT cards, prep for workshops and a 60th birthday card to make!!  Will it all get done?  Almost certainly not, but I have the weekend too!

This is another of the cards I made for the last TV show.  I really enjoyed using the ducks and saplings.  I saw a picture on the wall when I was waiting to go in to a meeting and it inspired me for this scene.

I used the remountable duck silhouette set along with the lovely large sapling stamp.  (There is also a small sapling available)
I do love the duck silhouettes, but I immediately thought of Hilda Ogden's wall in Corrie when I saw them!  I wasn't alone - Jane Telford made a wonderful 'Hilda' card (although she used the line art stamps on shrink plastic.)
Hope you all have a fab day and thank you for stopping by
Janet xx

Monday, 16 September 2013

A glittery scene

Hello everyone

Hope you are all okay!  This is a bit of a departure for me - lots of glitter!  I normally only use a minimal amount of glitter (or none at all!)

This is the lovely treescape stencil from Clarity.

I have to say that this isn't  the best picture in the world, so apologies for that!

I taped the stencil to some Kraft card and used a gold embossing paste on the top (sky) part of the stencil and silver embossing paste on the ground part.
Spread the paste evenly over the stencil, then remove the stencil carefully.
Sprinkle with glitter before it dries.  I used shades of blue for the sky and greens and browns for the ground.  Leave to dry, trim then mat and layer!

Thank you for visiting
Janet xxx

Saturday, 14 September 2013

More trees! (and shoulder blades...)

Hello bloggers!

Greetings from a rather damp Norfolk!  Isn't it amazing how quickly we can go from lovely, hot, sunny days to damp, cold and dull days?

Anyway, can't do any gardening, so may as well make cards!  (every cloud...)
I went for another appointment at my osteopath's on Thursday and this time asked him to sort my neck out as it had been a bit stiff.  I also explained about my strange shoulder.  I was born with one shoulder blade in a strange position, this hasn't really caused me too much trouble, but I don't have a full range of movement in that arm.  He asked me if I wanted him to 'have a go at sorting it out'.  I said 'Yes!'
He did a deep tissue massage, which was very painful, but the results were amazing, he lowered the shoulder (it had been too high!) by 30%!!  I can now look over my right shoulder without turning my whole body and the whole area just feels so much more comfortable - I hadn't realised how much discomfort it was causing me (because I had never known any different!) until it stopped.  Isn't that just amazing!??  I had never had any treatment because I never realised there was anything that could be done.

I am going back again in a month to see if he can improve it further!

So back to cards.... this is another of the sample cards I did for Barbara for the last TV show.  Again, I have used the next 'In the Classroom' set.  This time I used the naked tree and the mantle over the top.

I used the grassy border to make a frame, then stamped the scene inside.
For the trees, I stamped the branches first in Espresso, then added the green over the top.  You have to do a bit of experimenting with the right amount of ink for this, otherwise the branches can look too prominent!

Hope you like it!  I'm off to look over my shoulder ...because I can!!

Take care, Janet xx

Thursday, 12 September 2013

Monochrome Winter Tree

Hello Bloggers,

As it's turned a bit chilly, I thought it would be okay to post my 'Winter' card.  I did this using just one tree from the next 'In the Classroom ' set from Clarity - I used the 'naked' tree.  This set comes with four 'naked' trees and mantles which you can add over the top.  This is such a good idea, because you can so easily do the bark and branches a different colour from the leaves.

I have hundreds of tree stamps but I always love getting more! 

I masked off the central panel and stamped the tree randomly down the sides.
Then I masked off the edges and stamped the scene in the centre panel.  The strip of grass along the bottom of the tree is part of the set too.
The bird is one of the crows that came with the lovely Scarecrow set a while ago.

A bit of matting and layering and a few gems and you have your card!

Hope you like it and thanks very much for visiting xxx

Monday, 9 September 2013

Workshop cards

On Saturday it was the Diva Red workshop I run with Moira.  We had a good day and made some lovely cards!

These are the cards I did

The first one is done by stamping on to Kraft card, and the second is stamping and masking with Clarity stamps.
Hopefully Moira will blog her cards in due course!
Thanks for dropping by
Janet xx

Thursday, 5 September 2013

Duck and Drake

Hello everyone,

Remember me??  Sorry it has been so long since I blogged!  No excuses really.

My back is much better now, but still sore, so I am going back to the osteopath next week. 
Did you catch the Clarity shows at the weekend?  My favourite bit is always looking through the homework cards that everyone sends in - some brilliant cards there!!

This is my first card from the weekend, using the treescape stencil and the new duck and drake stamp sets.

I used Centura Pearl card for this.  I embossed the card with the stencil by running it through the Grand Calibur.

Place the stencil on the other side of the card and using a stencil brush, colour with blue and green inks.
Stamp the ducks on another piece of the same card, cut out and stick over the top.
Stamp the message on another piece of card.
Mat and layer, there you have it!!

Hope you like it!
Thanks for stopping by and hope to see you again soon
Janet xxx