Thursday, 30 October 2014

Deer, Deer, Deer

Evening everyone,

Today I have finished off some samples for the TV at the weekend - I always look forward to 'Clarity Sunday' - a nice start to the day!  I hope you will be watching there are some fab stamps and stencils coming up....!

This is one of my samples from last time, using the beautiful stag/reindeer

I masked off the central strip, then stamped the largest of the repositional pine trees, in two shades of brown

I removed the mask, then stamped the stag three time, being careful to line him up
I ran a brown fineline pen along the edge of the strip and mounted it all on brown card

See you on Sunday!
Take care,
Janet xx

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Double Claritystampers (Part two)

Hello again!

I thought I would get part two done while I am in the mood!  These are the three cards we did yesterday.  I would like to say a huge 'Thank You' to the lovely Lynne Hammond fellow DT member who agreed to let me use her fab Christmas jumper card.  The ladies loved it Lynne and we got it done without too much Valium!! ...some wonderful results too!

This is Lynne's card, for the original see Lynne's blog  This is really a lesson in stamping and keeping your concentration!
Lynne used a pencil line to keep the stamping in the background straight, but I didn't fancy all the rubbing out afterwards, so I used masking tape!

 For this card, I cut an aperture in a square piece of card. I squished some distress ink on a glass mat and added a spritz of water and a touch of glimmer spray, then picked that up with a sponge and lightly coloured the card
The lovely reindeer/stag is stamped on a separate piece of card and the background coloured blue.
The tree is stamped on another pice of card and cut out (and glittered!)
I also stamped the edge of the tree round the edges of the aperture square.
Stick it all together and add the message
Finally, for tbis card, we used white acrylic paint sponged lightly on the top half of some white card, then once it is dry, mask off the bottom and add blue to the top half, the acrylic paint will resist the ink
Stamp the trees and stag in place and repeat for the message, without the acrylic paint

I hope I have caught up a bit!

Thanks you for stopping by
Janet xxx

Double Claritystampers (Part One)

Hello Folks,

I hope you are all enjoying the weekend and the extra hour!  I always feel that hibernation would be a good plan at this time of year!  Maybe we should take a leaf out of the hedgehog's book.....

Anyway, I had a lovely time yesterday doing the Claritystampers East workshop in Bawburgh. They are such a brilliant group of ladies and we get wonderful cake from Veronica - what more could you want?

It was pointed out that I haven't posted the cards from last time, so I will do two posts with September and October cards....
These are the cards from September,

First card - very simple, stamp the carol and mask, then add some hills at the bottom, put a moon mask in place, then add some colour for the sky
Remove all the masks and stamp the Carollers and trees in place. Add some shadow and a bit of glitter

For the next card, we used versa mark on the red background card to create a watermark background, using the 'Merry Christmas'
The scene is stamped in distress inks, then the tree has some glitter added for tinsel

The third September card again uses versa mark, but this time on the Clarity card as a resist.  We stamped the snowflakes, then added a moon and brayered blue over it, then stamped the sleigh and message in black and a few more snowflakes in blue

Sorry about the long wait...look out for part two ..coming straight up
Thanks for visiting
Janet xxx

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Happily Ever After

Good morning everyone,

It's a bit rainy here at the moment, but it is due to cheer up later, I am reliably informed!  I have been busy prepping cards for next Saturday's Claritystampers East workshop., I will blog those cards next week after the workshop.  Meanwhile, here is one of the cards I did for the last TV show.
I have used the lovely Happily Ever After remountable stamp set which includes the Fairytale Castle and all the little flags.  This is a large stamp, so they all come on a mega mount.

I started with a background made by squishing Distress or Adirindack inks on a glass mat, then spritzing with water and picking up the ink on the card.
Once that was dry, I stamped the castle and flags in place and coloured it in with Spectrum Noir pencils Keeping the colours to pinks and blues.
I masked the castle and added some green hills and a path.
I used a fine black pen to emphasise the top of the hills and the path, then stamped the trees and the words in place.

It has been suggested that this castle would look good done in different colours to make a spooky Halloween card........

Thanks very much for visiting,
Hope you have a great Sunday
Janet xxx

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Faux Cross stitch scene

 Good evening bloggers,
Remember me?  Sorry I haven't been around for a while, Stuff has been getting in the way of my blog recently.
Anyway, today's card is one of the samples from the last TV show, using just one ink and the set of stamps that came with 'Dave's jumper' stamp.  What a great idea that is!  A plain jumper stamp that you can add all sorts to - good for a Christmas jumper, but also brilliant for all year - nice to get something for men's cards!

For this card, I use the three snowflakes and stamped the background, then cut to size.
For the centre piece, I stamped the deer first, then added the trees round him, then added a bit of shadow.  I may have added a touch of glitter too (as it's for Christmas!!)
I matted it up on blue card - very simple but I rather liked it, if I say so myself!

It is a small card, but I thought it is good to do some small cards for Christmas, you don't want to send everyone a masterpiece that's taken hours to do - do you??

Thanks for visiting and I will try not to leave it so long next time!
Janet xxx

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

The Great Outdoors and Toucans!

Hello bloggers,

This is my last catch up blog!  These two cards were made as samples for the Clarity TV show last month.

 The first one is 'The Great Outdoors'  I enjoyed making this one even though it did involve cutting out, which is not my most favourite activity!
I stamped and embossed the large scene in place, the stamped and embossed it on three other pieces of card and cut out the mountains so that I could decoupage them over the main stamped image.  I coloured the clouds and water with promarkers and added some glitter.  The other images are then stamped in place and I coloured the words.
The background is a piece of watercolour card which I used to mop up some distress inks spritzed on a glass mat.

I had to look up Toucans on the internet to see how to colour them - what an amazing range of colours they come in!!  I stamped and embossed the toucans, then coloured with promarkers. I masked the centre panel to do the strips down the edge using the lovely cheese plant leaf stamps.
I also picked up some colour off my mat to stamp the images above and below the birds.

Phew, I think I've caught up now, so my more recent cards will be blogged over the next few weeks.

Thank you for visiting
Janet xx

Monday, 6 October 2014

A bit more catching up...

Hello folks,
Thanks for visiting.
I have got a bit behind with my blogging and still haven't done my cards from the last German Clarity TV show, so I will show you the last of those here.  I have had a busy few crafty weekends:  Last weekend was Claritysampers East at Bawburgh, Saturday just gone was Diva Red workshop with Moira and Sunday was Claritystampers at Great Blakenham.  All those cards to feature in future blogs...

These two are from the German TV show, some time ago

 The first one is done using the lovely snowflake stencil for the background, just inking over the stencil.
The main image is done with one of my favourite sets, the winter wonderland set.  I inked the large tree aperture stamp with an inkpad I made myself using the distress re-inkers on a piece of cut and dry felt
I stamped the deer in place, then added some snow.
Mat and layer and add the words using matching colours

The second card is done with a stencil, just ink through,  The word banner is stamped and cut out.
I added a little bit of colour round the edges too
 The last two from the English shows will be here soon.....
Take care,
 Janet xxx