Sunday, 27 August 2017

Rainbow Boy

Good morning,
Another blog so soon?  Well, I have lots of cards at the moment.  Clarity have been busy with lots of lovely new stamps and papers recently and there is more to come.... Maria is on TV on Tuesday 29th at 10.00 and 14.00

I made this using the same background technique with ink on acetate to make my rainbow.
Stamp the Flying Boy with black archival and stamp the sentiment from the Fairy set
Edge with a black marker and mount on to the base.
Add some matching colour gems.
Very quick and easy, but one of my favourite cards
Artistry inks: Blaze, Orange Popsicle, Golden Turmeric, Green Garland, Midnight Blue, Indian Jamun

Distress ink: Wilted Violet
Stamp sets used:
Fly Away
Fairies 1 (Rainbows and Stars)

Thanks very much for visiting
Janet xxx

Saturday, 26 August 2017

Just paper....

Good morning!

Were you you up bright and early to watch the Clarity shows at 07.00am?  I managed the 'early' but 'bright' in the mornings is a bit of a stretch!!  I have to tell you that you definitely need the new Indian Summer paper pads, the designs and colours are just gorgeous and then they brought them out in parchment!  An absolute 'must have'

I like paper!  I have a ton of beautiful designs which I don't get round to using often because I also love making my own backgrounds.  It's a tough dilemma!
For this card, I chose a couple of sheets from the Indian Summer pad, both the same.
The background is made by simply tearing three strips off the paper and sticking them back on to the same sheet of paper, making sure you get a nice white edge. Trim to size.
The tree is done by cutting five squares of paper in 4,5,6,7 and 8 cms and folding them using a triangle teabag fold.  Glue them all together, mount onto card and add to the background.  I added some white paint dots and a little star embellishment I found in my stash.
Thank you for visiting today, I hope you enjoy the bank holiday weekend!
Janet xx

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Rainbow Butterfly

Good evening,
Another post already!  Don't get too used to it though - it won't last.
Today's card is another one we did at Claritystampers East, using my newly discovered 'Controlled Random' technique by adding some ink to a piece of acetate, spritzing,, the placing the colour where you want it to go on the card.

I thought I would put the control to the test by making a sort of rainbow.
I started by stamping the lovely butterfly from the Gerbera and Butterfly set with a waterproof black ink
Stamp again on copy paper and cut out a mask to cover the main image
Using the acetate trick, add the colours of the rainbow one at a time across the card.
Sponge a little black round the edge of the mask to create some shadow.
Remove the mask and colour the butterfly by painting the same colours
Add some matching gems
Run round the edge with a black marker and mount onto a white base card.

Thanks for visiting,
Janet xxx

Monday, 21 August 2017

Gerbera and Journalling

Good evening ,
A bit of a late one, but I am winding down after a lovely crafty weekend with the Claritystampers Easr ladies at Bawburgh on Saturday and Great Blakenham on Sunday.  It is always great to catch up with everyone and as always we had some laughs and plenty of cake as well as making some fab cards.  We used some new stamps I spotted at the Clarity Retreat as well as one of my all time favourite sets of stamps; the Journalling set.

Both of these cards are done the same way, just that one is portrait and the other is landscape
 Start by blending some yellow inks on the card, then stamp the Gerber twice in diagonal corners.
Stamp again on copy paper to make masks.
Cover the stamped images, the use the stamps from the Journalling set to do the background.
Add a little shadow round the flowers
Remove the masks and colour the flowers with the same yellow ink and maybe a shade darker too.
Ink round the edges and mat onto black.
The little black dots are done by dipping an embossing tool in black paint, then dotting it onto the card (Apparently this is known as 'dip-dotting, which I think is a fabulous name!!)

I am rubbish at remembering to take photos, but rest assured, the ladies all made wonderful cards!

Stamp sets used:
Journalling set

I can't find the Gerbara and Butterfly set on the Clarity website at the moment, but I am sure they will be there soon....

Thanks very much for visiting,
Janet xx

Saturday, 19 August 2017

Morrocan lady

Good morning all!

Up bright and early today - it is the Claritystampers East workshop at Bawburgh today and tomorrow is the workshop in Great Blakenham, I am looking forward to seeing everyone again.  I will blog the cards from the workshop on Sunday evening.  Today's card is one we did at Diva Red a couple of weeks ago.  Definitely a clean and simple one.

 I started by die cutting a white circle and stamped the lady and her hat.  Colour her hair and add some lipstick.  Stamp the lady again onto some beautiful designer paper and cut out the hat.  Attach to the stamped image on the card and mount onto a die cut circle of matching card.
I then used the fab Morrocan Tile die twice to cut the same colour card and paper.
Attach the outer part of the card die straight on to the base card
The trickiest part of this is to inlay the inner parts of the paper cut outs inside the outer part of the card.
Once that is done, attach the lady and add some gems.
Really nice and easy
Hope you all have a great day... I'm off to get inky

Janet xxx

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Dare to be Different!

Good evening,

I enjoyed watching Maria's 'Get in Shape' show today - thankfully not about keeping fit, but about simples shapes for Groovi plates and stencils.  Such a good idea, and so very useful!
I was lucky enough to get the stencils to make samples with:
Framework Circles stencil
Leafy Swirl and Dotty Wave petite syencil

I started by attaching the stencil to a piece of stencil card
Blend black ink though all the circles, apart from one - use pink ink for that one
Keep the stencil in place, and place the circle inners over the circles you don't want to ink, then place the Swirl stencil over one circle at a time and sponge some white paint over the stencil
Repeat for all but the pink circle, add black ink over the stencil for that circle.
Remove all the stencils.
Using a fine black pen, scribble round all the circles
Add a few dots by blending some black ink through the dotty wave stencil
Print the words Dare to be Different on a PC then cut out and mount onto black and add to the crd.
Mount onto black card and then the base card.

Hope you like it,
Janet xxx

Friday, 11 August 2017

Controlled Random..

Hello at last,
I have just realised that it has been ages since I blogged, so I have three cards to show you today.  I am having a wonderful day to myself, I got up early, did the housework and have got the rest of the day to make cards.... prepping for workshops and making samples.  It is going well so far...!

I am sure you will know by now that I like doing inky backgrounds, but the results can be quite random sometimes.  I have just discovered a way of getting some control, this is not my idea, I saw it on an online course I have subscribed to. I am sure many of you will already know about this, but it was new to me.  All the cards below are made using this technique.

 At Christmas, I was having lunch with my Aunt and she had some lovely serviettes, with a wonderful colour combination, so I nicked one to keep for inspiration.
The colours of ink I've used here are Iced Spruce and Dusty Concord, both Distress Inks.  The stamps are from the Snowglobe Outline set
So on with the card..
Start by stamping the snowglobe with a black archival or some sort of permanent ink.
Mask to cover the snowglobe
squish the Iced Spruce ink on a piece of acetate, spritz  lightly with water, then you can pick up the acetate and place the ink where you want it to go.  It still gives a random effect, but you have much more control over where it goes.  Good eh!!  You can add as much or little as you like.
Once you have enough Iced Spruce, repeat the process with Dusty Concord.
Allow to dry, then do some stamping, I added a few little snowflakes from  the set of stamps which comes with the snowglobe , I also added a few circles, by inking the base of a lid and applying to the card.  When you are happy, remove the mask and replace with the opposite mask, so now you have covered the background and exposed the snowglobe.
I used the same colours to make my little scene and black archival to stamp the images.
Paint the base with Dusty Concord.
The Christmas words come from Jayne's Postcard Framer set

This card was done in the same way, using the same colour inks
Stamps used:
Journalling set
Gerbera and Butterfly set

...and again, this time with the Chrysanthemum and Butterfly set and the Journalling set

Thanks for visiting, I won't leave it so long before I blog again..

Janet xxx