Monday, 2 May 2016

May's Claritystamp Samples

Hello. I hope you're enjoying the bank holiday. We had a great time yesterday watching the amazing Tour de Yorkshire riders whizz past and Barbara's shows on Hochanda later. Such beautiful samples from the rest of the DT and the light panel is a great One Day Wonder. As Barbara mentioned, the DT were lucky enough to get one and it is a really handy gadget. It's so much easier than holding things up to the window like I've done in the past.

There was a bit of a retro feel to the show yesterday with some old favourites.  Although I'm a dog person I do love the cat stamps.

These are the cards I made for the show.  As always, I will be back to blog them individually throughout the month.


Thursday, 28 April 2016

My Mum's 70th Birthday Card

Hello. It was my mum's 70th birthday this month and this is the card I made for her.

I created the scene around last month's New Design Stencil Club stencil (the trees) and framed it with one of my favourite foliage stamps from the Birdhouse Garden set.

I then got a bit experimental - I have a heart stencil, that I cut with my Cameo, and I brushed Distress Ink through it over the top of it all. I went heavier in some areas than others so it wasn't too uniform.  Luckily I really liked the result. 

Love you lots Mum. x

Stamps and Stencils Used
NDC 22 Stencil

I hope you have a great bank holiday weekend. Don't forget that Barbara is on Hochanda on Sunday (1st May) at 2pm and 5pm. There's also a One Day Wonder launching at 8pm, so that means 4 more hours on Monday too.


Monday, 25 April 2016

Filigraphy Hot Air Balloons and Flower

Hello. I wanted to get this post written yesterday but I had such a busy weekend and I didn't get the chance. Better late than never though.

This is the card I made for Paul's show on Saturday. I didn't really know anything about Monument Valley so I had a look at some pictures to see what it looks like. The sky seemed to be a lovely bright blue in most of the photos so I dug out my brayer and went for it.

First I stamped and masked the balloon, then I added the Monument Vally mask and brushed it in using Walnut Stain, Vintage Photo and Rusty Hinge Distress Ink.

When that was done I swapped the mask over and brayered in the sky. I used Stonewashed Adirondack and Salty Ocean Distress Ink for this.

I must admit I love the Filigraphy stamps in simple black and white but this one needed colour so I added some with my Spectrum Noir pencils.

I finished it off with some of the Line Sentiments.

I thought I'd add a few of my previous Filigraphy samples too as a couple were shown on Saturday and I know there are always new people who won't have seen them before.

Life is a Journey - blogged here.

Filigraphy Hot Air Balloons - blogged here.

Filigraphy Flower - blogged here.

I'd better get up to my craft room as I am a bit behind on my sample making. I know what I want to do for today's card, I'm just not sure how to achieve it. It could be a frustrating day.........

I hope you have a good week.

Stamps and Masks Used


Friday, 22 April 2016

Ewe Are How Old? - 50th Birthday Card

Hello. I couldn't resist doing a cheeky card for my friend's 50th birthday.

Instead of 50 candles on a cake, I have 50 sheep on a hill.

It was inspired by one of Barbara Gray's demos on the last Hochanda show, although Barbara used nice phrases like "Ewe are special", "Ewe are my sunshine" and "I love ewe".

I had no clue how much room 50 sheep were going to take up, so I started on the bottom of the card and worked my way up. I numbered the masks as I did them so that I didn't lose count. 

When they were all safely covered, I placed the torn paper so that a couple of them were above it and brushed in the hill.

I then used a Spectrum Noir pencil to add a bit of colour under their feet.

I used a mixture of Clarity stamps and a stencil to do the inside. She's a fellow Labrador owner so I had to get one of those in somewhere.

It's funny, whenever I buy cards I tend to go for humorous ones but as a stamper it's not something I make that often. I so enjoyed doing this one!

Stamps and Stencil Used
Labrador - Thank You Framer

Don't forget that Paul Church is on Hochanda tomorrow (Sat 23rd April) with three shows - 11am, 2pm and 6pm.


Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Wee Spring Scenes

Hello. This is the last of my samples from Barbara's show..............

Clarity sample
...but it wasn't the first card I made like this. It was also my mother-in-law's birthday around the time I was making my samples and I was enjoying the new stamps so much .............

My mother-in-law's birthday card
............that I made her card with them too. I was really pleased with how it turned out so I thought I'd make a similar one for Clarity.

I did them both the same way - First I brushed in the daffodil frame using Butterscotch Adirondack ink and Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink. I then masked it off to work on the central panel. The images were stamped in place and masked off so that I could brush in the background. 

I do love the Picture Framer stencil. It's perfect for this time of year and works equally well in portrait or landscape.

I'll be back soon with some personal cards I've made recently. Funnily enough they all feature this month's stamps too. I do love them!

Stamps and Stencil Used
Wee Lynne

Saturday, 16 April 2016

Crazy About You

Hello. I'll keep today's post short and sweet after a rather long one last time.

This is the second of my samples focussing on the Word Chain Letters. After doing my driving test card I was lacking in ideas, so I thought I'd look through my stencils and see if it sparked anything. It did! When I saw the Cracked Box Frame stencil I thought "crazy paving", which led to "Crazy about you". 

I tested it out on a piece of card and luckily it was the perfect size for the aperture.

I ran the card and stencil through my Ebosser to emboss the frame and then sponged Sail Boat Blue and Eggplant Alcohol Ink though the stencil. To make it more defined I finished it off by brushing Faded Jeans Distress Ink over the top.


Stamps and Stencil Used


Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Farmyard Scene

Hello. Are you sitting comfortably? I have a feeling this could be a long post.

I could have been naughty and cloned out my wee accident with this one, but I couldn't do that to the real thing so here it is warts , or should I say coffee drops, and all.

I've done similar projects with the House stencil before (my favourites can been see here and here) but I couldn't resist doing another with the Wee Farm set. It's perfect for them.

I started off by placing the stencil on some paper to work out where I wanted everything and make sure the perspective was okay.

When I was happy with that I inked in the house and trees. I put the inner part of the stencil on that card and sponged on Jet Black Stazon. I kept the ink pad nice and wet by regularly applying the reinker, both to the pad and the Cut-N-Dry foam.

I then started the stamping with the fence but I messed it up and had to start all over again!

Eventually I got everything stamped neatly and I masked off the areas that I didn't want green. The hills were then brushed in. 

You can see I haven't masked off the fence. I was initially concerned about this..........

...........but when I was out with Maya I noticed that the wooden fences were all green anyway. What luck!

It was all going quite well, but then my luck changed. Hubby had brought me up a cup of coffee and I was walking across my craft room with it when I slipped on some plastic. Coffee and I went flying...........


...............and my lovely scene ended up looking like this! Thankfully it was only a dinky cup of espresso but it still made a mess. Because it's on smooth stamping card it blistered a bit too where the liquid hit it. As you can imagine, I was gutted! I'd spent ages planning and making it and I couldn't exactly stick a butterfly over them all (they were more obvious in real life than in my photo).

I couldn't bear to bin it, so I did what I could to rescue it - another horse and a tree behind the barn covered up two spots and a bit of black pen covered the one at the top. The only one I couldn't disguise was the one under my Wee Cow (and trying to do so made it worse), so I like to think that my Wee Cow has just had a wee. It's the country!

I actually liked the busier look of it , so I added a few more trees too, as you can see on the finished piece at the top.

It's not perfect but I really enjoyed making it, well most of it.

Stamps and Stencil Used

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