Monday, 24 April 2017

Black Magic Flowers

Good morning!

I am back again after only a day, I have lots of cards to blog, so get used to it (but  only for a little while!)
I saw the 'black magic' technique many years ago and it has been something I keep meaning to do, then we had this lovely set of stamps to use which is ideal for the technique.
You need a fairly solid stamp...
I used  Floribundance from the Special day sentiments set.  This is an old stamp and one of my favourites, I am very happy to see some of the older Clarity stamps making a comeback!

Stamp your image onto black card using a white pigment ink, Leave to dry then colour over the top of the pigment with pencils
 I also stamped the greeting in white ink and matted it over the top.
Easy eh!
I think I intended to add a few doodly dots around, but didn't get round to it!  Maybe on the next one.....

Thanks for visiting,
Janet xx

Sunday, 23 April 2017

A Little Grid

Good afternoon!

It's been a good Clarity weekend, yesterday I did the Claritystampers East workshop with the lovely Bawburgh ladies - I will post pics next week, once the Great Blakenham ladies have done the cards.  I even managed to take some photos on the day - quite a palava!
Also it has been lovely to watch Rossella on Hochanda, demoing with Clarity stamps in a completely different way, I will post my samples for that in due course, but thought I had better finish the last lot of samples first!.

I enjoy working with little stamps and the teeny stamps that came with the outline stamps are wonderful, they are still very detailed even though they are so small.
I did a grid card with the stamps from the Stag set.
Basically, I masked off small areas and filled them with little scenes, it is surprising how much stamping you can get into a small area!

Stamp used:
Outline Stag

Thanks very much for visiting, hope you enjoy the rest of the weekend!
Janet xx

Wednesday, 19 April 2017


Good evening,

I am a bit late blogging tonight, but just wanted to share my fox with you before I go to bed.
I used another of the lovely aperture stamps, this time the leaf.  Along with the leaf, comes a set of teeny stamps to use to make up a little scene in the aperture.  I stamped the leaf then masked around it and did the scene in using mostly brown inks.
Once done, I removed the mask and stamped around the outside with one of the leaves from the set of teeny stamps.
As is my way, I shaded around the edge with more ink, then matted onto brown card.

Link to the stamp set:
Outline leaf

Thanks very much for visiting,
Janet xx

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Paper and Lace

Good morning to you!
I hope you are enjoying the long weekend break - bit chilly here, but nice to have the extra time off work.
I went to a workshop yesterday, it was lovely to sit and make cards and a canvas someone else had designed, and not to have to think about it too much!  I also realised just how hard it is for small independent retailers to make ends meet, so, if you are lucky enough to have a craft shop in your area, do support them, or they will disappear and that would be very sad!  (I did my bit to help and stocked up.....)

The cards today are the ones we made at Claritystampers East, I may well have blogged similar cards in the past, so will just show the pics today.                                                                                              
The first one is done by sticking strips of patterned paper to a square of card, then stamping and cutting out the vase and flowers

 The same, but in different colours...

The background is done by emdossing the lines, then stamping and dragging ink pads over the debossed side.
Stamp and colour the bouquet

Finally, this one is very much based on one Barbara Gray showed on TV - using a gel press to squish through some lovely lace,

Stamps used:

Elegant ladies stencil

Hope you all enjoy the rest of the weekend
Thanks for visiting!
Janet xx

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Spring is here!

Good evening!

One of my favourite things this time of year is when 'my' house martins return.  When I first moved in to this house nearly 20 years ago, my neighbour had lots of martins' nests on her house and mine had netting to stop them.  I removed the netting but had to wait several years before they started to build a nest on my house.  I was so excited when they eventually did!  Since then we have had good years and bad years, I now have three nests outside my bedroom window and I just love waking up in the morning to the sound of these delightful little birds chattering away together.
I am happy to report that the first pair arrived back at the weekend!  I always worry about them!  They have such a long way to fly to get back.

I thought I would share this card in honour of the my mind the birds are martins.
I stamped the outline tree, then masked off each area and added brusho powder, and rather than spritzing, I used a waterbrush to activate the colour - you get a bit more control.  I did sprinkle and spritz a bit as well!

Once it was all dry, I mounted on to another piece of card, which I did sprinkle and spritz.

Stamps used:
Grove tree outline and mask

Thanks for stopping by,
Janet xx

Saturday, 8 April 2017

No place like home...even though there's not mushroom!

Good afternoon,
and isn't it a beautiful day!  I have been out in the garden this afternoon, doing a bit of cutting back - before it all gets out of hand.  I love this time of year, when everything is renewing; trees and shrubs coming into leaf, birds nesting, bees buzzing round etc etc.

The card today is one from the last TV show.  I love the aperture sets Barbara had on, so many ways to use them.
I decided to use the toadstool to make a little house for the lovely fairy to live in (I was not alone with this idea, lots of the DT made it into a little house!)
I stamped onto Kraft card, then drew in the little door with a fine black pen and coloured with pencils
If I am being honest, I had intended to just stamp 'Home' under the Toadstool, but the pen slipped when I was going round the edge of the card, so the 'New' is covering a black line!  I did panic when it happened, I can tell you, but part of the learning curve with making cards is how to cover mistakes!!!  There is usually a way, so don't just throw things away, some of the best ideas come when you are looking to cover an error!!

I hope you are enjoying the lovely weather and are having a great weekend
Janet xx
Stamps used:
Toadstool Outline set
Word Chain 2
Word Chain 9

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Sunburst stag

Hello folks,

Thanks very much for visiting.
Did you enjoy the shows on Sunday/Monday?  Good to see Barbara back in stamping mode, and what wonderful sets.  I wouldn't like to choose a favourite, they are all wonderful.

My card today features the Stag.  I love images of stags, they are such regal creatures (I can't begin to imagine why anyone would want to shoot one!!).  When I was staying with my sister a couple of weeks ago and we spent pretty much the whole time making cards, one of the things I wanted to have a go at was a sunburst card.   We had a little practice and found there are a few pitfalls, but once they are sorted, it is pretty straightforward.      

 Start with the sunburst background..
 First select your papers, I used three gorgeous patterns from the New England Fall paper pad.
This is a 5" x 7" piece of card, so I cut 2 rectangles 6" x 2" from each piece, then cut them in half along the diagonal to give triangles.
The important bit is to decide where your centre is going to be, the line up the triangles so that all the points meet at the centre point.  I laid them all out first before taking the plunge and gluing them all down.  I overlapped the edges while I was gluing, then trimmed back.

I cut a circle from one of the papers and matted it on a die cut scalloped circle cut from the same card I used to mat the background on to.  Stick the sun in place, then trim and mat.
The I stamped and clear embossed the stag onto another piece of paper, then cut him out and stuck him in place.
Link to products used:
Stag outline and mask
New England Fall paper pad

Janet xx

Saturday, 1 April 2017

A nice day

Hello all,

Thank you for stopping by.  Today, it was the Diva Red workshop which is the one Moira and I run together.  We had a lovely time, as always, chatting and making cards.

This card is one of the cards we did today and also one I did for Claritystampers East.

I used the Winter Trees set,
On linen card, stamp the grassy edge along the bottom of the card, then mask off the area under the stamped image.
Ink up the round gel press petite plate (I used fossilised amber) then add texture by lightly dabbing some damp tissue over it, then 'stamp' it in place.
Using a medium brown (I used Gathered Twigs distress ink) stamp the tree branches, then go over again with the Mantles using a green (I used Forest Moss)
Ink around the edges of the card.
On the base card, I used the tree branches to make a frame then added the main image to the centre.
I have lots of little birds from various sets, so used a couple of them to complete the scene.

Hope you enjoy the rest of the weekend!  OOh and don't forget to tune in to Hochanda to watch Barbara and Tina on Sunday and Monday, there are some lovely new things coming up......!!
Janet xx

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Above and Beyond!

Good evening,

I've just realised that I haven't blogged the cards from the last Claritystampers East workshops,  I had been asked to do some cards for men, so this is what I came up with.....

We used the clockwork stencil and the filigraphy balloon for this one.  Tape the stencil in place on the card, then blend distress or artistry inks through.  I used brown, blue and a touch of red and green for this (it does look a bit brighter in real life!)
Remove the stencil and add a bit more ink to take away the starkness
Blend more ink round the edges of the card, then add a few brads
Stamp the balloon on the card and also on a spare piece of card.  Colour the one on the spare piece and just cut out the balloon and layer over the stamped image on the card.

                                    For the second card, I did one which is very similar to one I'd made previously.
Using one of the landscape masks, mask off the top part of the card then add lots of black ink to the exposed part of the card.  Remove the mask, then stamp both balloons in place.
Add some clouds by doing the old torn paper trick                                       Stamp the large balloon onto a spare piece of white card, then colour in and cut out the balloon and layer over the stamped image on the card.          
Stamps used:
Filigraphy Hot Air Balloon set        
Line Sentiments 1 

Landscape Masks  
Clockwork stencil      

Finally, a word about the events in London this afternoon:  I have no idea what motivates people to do some things, all I can do is express my condolences to the families and friends of the people who were killed and to wish the injured a full and speedy recovery!

Thank you for visiting
Janet xx                    

Monday, 20 March 2017

A Vase of Flowers

Good morning,

I am back home after spending a lovely weekend with my sister.  We had intended to get out but it was not nice weather, it was blowing a gale most of the time, so we stayed in and got crafty!  My sister doesn't really make many cards, but she has bought a few bits over the years.  We decided to try a few different ideas and she was very pleased with the results.  See her blog Patchwork Allsorts for the cards, you will also see some lovely sewing projects, that is her forte!

I am catching up with blogging again, these cards are the ones we did at the Diva Red workshop, sadly Moira was not well, so it was just me and all the lovely ladies.

This was our first card, we made the background by scoring lines diagonally across the card to make a diamond pattern.
On the debossed side, stamp the solid image from the bouquet set in archival, then drag a distress ink colour across the card.  You should colour the card, but leave the white debossed pattern.
The topper is made by stamping the urn on some lovely Clarity patterned paper, then cut out.  Stamp the line image from the bouquet set onto some spare card, colour and cut out.  arrange them on another piece of card.  Stamp the greeting and cut out
add some gems in the centre of the flowers.

Bouquet set
The Best Wishes is an old stamp, but there is a similar one in this Christmas set (if you cut out the rest of the greeting!)

The second card we did is mostly done with Tim Holtz dies.  I don't use many dies, but I love these ones.  I managed to sneak in the same Clarity greeting!

Thanks for visiting,
Janet xx

Friday, 10 March 2017

Water and Sunshine

Hello all,

We have had a bit of excitement in the village!  I got home from work a few days ago and Simon said that there had been lots of police activity around a house very close to us.. We have just seen that they found a cannabis factory there!  Just goes to show that you have no idea what is going on almost under your nose.

Today's card is one I did for the Diva Red workshop last time (I seem to be very behind with my blogging!)                                                                                                                                                        
The background was done on  watercolour paper.  Add some colour (green and yellow in this case)by blending distress inks, then using a darker green, stamp one of the grasses randomly over the card and spritz with water, so the image blurs and just leaves some patches of colour, stamp gain while the paper is still damp, but don't spritz, so the image remains a bit sharper, then wait for it to almost dry and stamp the image again.  Mount on to a dark green backing card.
For the main image, stamp and blend ink round the edges

This card is one I made for my Kenyan friend, Robin for his birthday.  It took ages to get there! but he got it in the end!

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Back Online and Dancing!

Hello folks,

Sorry I haven't blogged recently, I have been unable to get properly online.  Chrome just suddenly stopped working and it has taken me a while to find which buttons to press to get it back - but I'm here now!! (Hopefully,it will be okay for a while)

I will have a bit of a catch up, so three cards today, all using the dancing couples stencils.

 The background for the first one is done by gently brayering acrylic paints round the card in random patches.  Once dry, I put the stencil in place and sponged grey paint through.  I let that dry then used the words and sponged white paint through.
I added lines and circles by dipping lids and a spreader in the paint and applying to the cards randomly.

The background for the second card is done with the gel press petite rectangle.  I added different colour inks to the plate and 'stamped' it on the card to make the pattern.
I used a glitter paste to drag through the stencil and added some spots of paint all round.

My favourite of the three is this one, simply using black texture paste dragged through the stencil and adding a few gems.

I had originally intended to do more with it, but it looked so lovely on its own, I just left it!

Stencils used:
Ballroom dancers
Dance words
Jive dancers
Tango dancer
Get them all The Dancers set

Thanks very much for dropping by, hope you have a great weekend,
Janet xxx

Sunday, 29 January 2017

Just to say...

Hello everyone,
Thank you for joining me, these are the other cards we made at the Claritystampers East workshop last weekend.   It was a workshop of nice and easy cards......

 For those of us who still write a 'Thank you' card, I thought January is a good time to make one.
Using the circle aperture, blend some ink (I used blue and green here), then stamp the Thank you stamp in the same colours, keeping the stencil in place.  The aperture stencils are a bit thinner than normal, so you don't get too much gap round the edges if you press hard enough.
Colour a spare piece of card, the stamp the butterflies and cut out.
Add to the card
I also stamped the 'ever so much' for balance.

This is actually a notelet.  Fold a piece of 160gsm copy paper to make the base for the notelet, then use another piece cut to size to work on for the front.
On the separate piece of paper, place a mask in the centre, then blend ink round the edge and stamp the grasses.
Remove the mask and stamp the poppy in place, then colour.
Sponge a little ink through a dotty stencil (remember to mask of the edges of your frame first!)
I drew a double fine line round the frame, then coloured that and stamped the 'just to say' in place.
Using Barbra's technique, I edged with a black sharpie pen and attached to the front of the notelet.

Finally, we didn't actually make this at the class, but I just show it because sometimes even something as simple as stamping and colouring can look fab!  Just add a strip of masking tape along the bottom of the card and stamp each grass just on the tape, then you know they will all be in a straight row (as long as your masking tape was straight to begin with!!)

Have a great Sunday
Janet xx

Links to stamps and stencils:
Meadow Grasses
Butterfly tree
A Million Thank Yous
Line sentiments
Circle dots stencil

Monday, 23 January 2017

Sending you Sunshine

Hello and thank you for joining me today.

Here in Norfolk, we have a lovely spot of sunshine, I have the back door open so I can hear the birds twittering away, so what better card to share than the one we made at the Claritystampers East workshops over the last two weekends.

Before I do that though, I just want to pay tribute to a lovely lady who died recently - Jayne Nestorenko.  Many of you will know Jayne and from reading all the tributes about her on fb, it seems she was the one who started many people on the road to card making.  I went to a couple of her workshops when she visited Norwich many years ago and we did Fantasy Film and Fibres and Twinkling H2Os.  She was also known for her medallion stamps and glitter!  It was lovely to hear her voice on Hochanda a while back during the launch of her fabulous winter scenes stamps.  How wonderful for her to know that her designs had been turned into stamps and Groovi plates and were well loved by many people.
Rest in Peace Jayne, you will be sorely missed!

All the cards we did were simple designs, I haven't had much energy following the cold I had over new year, so kept to the basics for this workshop!
I used the arch aperture stencil and added some shaded lilac distress ink, then sponged some seedless preserves over the top.
Keep the stencil in place, then add the sun rays coming in from one side and add yellow then orange.  Remove the sun rays stencil (keep the arch on place) and add more yellow.
Stamp the flower from the meadow grasses set in place, then colour in.
Using a fine black pen, doodle round the frame and add a bit of ground for the flower.
Stamp 'Sending you Sunshine' and mount onto  backing card.
Nice and easy!

I originally did the same thing but with a circle aperture - this one is waiting for a different greeting..

I hope the sun is shining where you are,
Take care,
Janet xx

Saturday, 21 January 2017

Tea bag folding

Good afternoon,
I hope you are having a good weekend.  I am doing the Great Blakenham Claritystampers East workshop tomorrow, so having a bit of a rest today.
Today's card is one made using the fabulous new papers from Clarity.  I like using pretty papers to do tea bag folding.  I prefer using papers rather than the proper patterned squares designed for the job. You don't have to be quite so precise with your folding!  It is not so much in fashion at the moment, but I do them every now and then, I think they make a good decoration.

I did my fold and glued it all together, then stuck it to a small piece of square card (which doesn't show) to stabilise it.  I like to put a brad through the centre.
These papers are all double-sided, which is good for folding because you don't get white bits showing.
I went over the top with a glitter pen.
I stamped and inked a piece of matching card, using the corner stamp from the Sketchy Set of stamps and added the word 'Special' from the word chains, then stuck that to another piece of the same paper

Thanks very much for visiting, have a great day!
Janet xx

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

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