Thursday, 1 January 2015

Happy New Year 2015!

How did you celebrate the New Year?  I still have a cough and cold and wasn't feeling very well, so I pretended I was in Eastern Europe (which is 2 hours ahead of the UK) and raised a glass at 22.00, then went to bed!  Still, at least I haven't got a hangover!!
Who knows what 2015 will bring - you can never tell can you?  Let's just hope it a mostly good.

I have blogged two cards today - these are my last 2 samples from the last Clarity show.  I thought I had better get them done before the next show is on!  There are some lovely new stamps coming up, so make sure you are watching on Sunday!!
Oh!  And there is a whole lot of wonderful new Clarity stamps and stencils coming up on Create and Craft USA on Monday too.

For my first card I used a watercolour background, made by squishing ink on to a glass mat, then spritzing with water and picking up the ink on the card.  Once dry do all the stamping, then colour in.
I also added a bit of 'ground' for the fox cubs to sit on

I used a new technique to me for this one - I brayered lots of green ink onto some watercolour card, then spritzed the leaf stencil with water and placed it on top of the coloured card and pressed down well.  When you lift the stencil, you get the pattern of the stencil 'bleached out' of the card.
I dried the stencil, then put it back and added a few more bits of colour on the leaves (I could probably have done this first, thinking about it!)
The centrepiece is stamped and embossed, then I have stamped the squirrel separately, coloured and cut him out.

Wishing you all a happy, healthy and peaceful 2015
Janet xx


  1. Happy New Year Janet. xx Hope you feel better soon. On week 3 of this cold for understand the feeling. Take care of yourself and lovely cards as always.

  2. Happy New Year Janet. I hope you're feeling better soon.

    Two beautiful cards - I particularly love the background on the foxes one. Looking forward to seeing what you made for the upcoming shows. x

  3. Happy new year.
    I'm loving these backgrounds, I'll have to try the watercolour one, never thought to use them, doh! Always do to the distress this is something I'll be having a go at.
    Hope your feeling better soon, take care,
    Jackie, x

  4. Hi Janet and Happy New you I am full of this cold so no celebrations here...both great cards and love the different backgrounds....
    Take care...Jo, x

  5. Happy New Year Janet! We are all still snuffling too... let's hope the cold is over soon!! Lovely cards!! :) xx

  6. happy new year Janet. love the first card and the background on second is brill. will try your technique xx

  7. Beautiful composure & colours with the foxes Janet - I haven't used mine yet, but today is going to be a crafty one, so all my crafting gear will be back in the kitchen shortly now our friends have left. I may well have to invest in the squirrel too - your artwork is gorgeous! Look out Clarity - I feel another order coming on! :-) xxx

  8. Hi Janet, love these might have to try that stencil trick xx

  9. Happy new year, hope you are feeling better. I like the stencil technique. It looks very effective. Will try it when I stop coughing and sneezing.


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