Sunday, 21 June 2015

My Gelli Print Father's Day Cards

Hello. I know when I write my posts that I'll always get at least one person reading them - My dad. So I'd like to start by wishing him "Happy Father's Day".

As I mentioned in my previous post, he loves bird watching. Where as my father-in-law loves horses, so I thought I'd make a bird card and a horsey card (not very original but I never know what to make for men's cards). Other than that I was stumped. Then I saw this post on Barbara Gray's blog and was inspired.

I haven't played with my Gelli plate for a while so it was great to get it out again. I've used different colours, stamps and stencils to Barbara but I followed the steps she took.

This is my dad's with the new Geese stamp...........

.............and this is my father-in-law's with the Wooden Horse stamp.

I hope they (and you) like them.

Thanks for joining my dad and visiting my Crafty Little Blog today.

Stamps and Stencils Used


Friday, 19 June 2015

Birthday Card

Yay! It's nearly the weekend!

Today's card is the last of my samples from this month's Claritystamp show. Quite appropriate really as next month's stamps arrived this morning. I think you know what I'll be doing this afternoon!

I used a couple of the Framer Shapes Stencils to create it - the semi circle one gives shape to the scene and the oval one created the sun.

Due to the bird theme I thought of my Dad and added "Happy Birthday Dad" to finish it off.  I think it would also make a lovely Sympathy or Thinking of You card though.

Stamps and Stencils Used
Grass from Summer Shades Set

I hope you have a lovely weekend. I'll be back on Sunday with my Father's Day cards.


Tuesday, 16 June 2015


Good morning. What are you up to today? I'm stuck indoors waiting for a parcel to be delivered, so I thought I'd sit down and blog another card.

I went bold with this one!

I wanted to have the chicken sat on her nest, so I had to get rid of her legs. Don't worry, she didn't feel a thing - I did it by masking off the bottom of her before I inked up the stamp. Then when I stamped the nest afterwards it looked like she was sat on it.

I then masked off the chickens and stamped "Cock-a-doodle-doo" above them. I did have to remove the legs from the mask too but I did it carefully so that they can still be used.

I cut some copy paper to follow the line of the text and used it as a mask when I brushed in the hills. I then used the bottom part to mask those off when I did the sun.

The chickens are coloured in with Spectrum Noir pencils.

Stamps and Stencils Used

Hurry up delivery man. If you come early I can still go out!


Sunday, 14 June 2015

Friendship Card

Good morning. It's a drizzly grey day here today so I think my craft room might be calling me. I have a couple of cards to make and, with Hubby's help, I finished adjusting my toile for my flapper dress yesterday so that's ready to start. I'm a bit nervous about it as the fabric I've bought is gorgeous and I don't want to mess it up.

This card was a last minute make as I only had the idea the evening before I was going to send off my samples. I suddenly realised that the circle stencil would make a large moon and the perfect background for the owls.

I stamped the owls onto some white card and masked them off with the handy mask that comes with them. I then used my Amos repositionable glue stick to stick the circle onto the owl mask before brushing on Denim and Black Adirondack Ink.

I swapped it over for the outer part of the stencil and brushed Butterscotch Adirondack ink on for the moon.

I added a bit of shading with a make-up sponge, coloured in the owls with Spectrum Noir pencils and added the foliage and "Friendship" to finish it off.

It's funny that a quick, last minute make ended up being one of my favourites. I hope you like it too.

Stamps and Stencils Used

Before I go, here's a peek at the fabric.

Hopefully it will end up as a wearable dress!


Friday, 12 June 2015

Teacher's Thank You Card

What a lovely day it is - I've just walked Maya wearing my shorts for the first time this year.

This seems like an appropriate card to blog today as Hubby's been away on a course for a couple of weeks and he has his final exam today. I don't suppose his instructors will get any thank you cards but they are a lovely idea and so appropriate at this time of year.

I began by stamping the single owl in place, then masked it off with one of the handy Clarity masks, before stamping the others and the blackboard.

As the group of owls are sat on a branch, I masked that off before inking the stamp.

I continued the line below their feet across the page to create the hill.

Then it was just a case of adding the colour with a brush and make-up sponge. The owls are coloured in with Spectrum Noir pencils.

The blackboard is coloured in with a black Spectrum Noir pencil. The words are stamped in Versamark ink and then heat embossed with white powder.

To finish it off I gave the teacher a gold monocle that I filled in with Glossy Accents.

I'd better go and tidy up now. Hubby will be home later and I have sewing pattern pieces all over our bedroom floor. I think I need a bigger craft room..........or maybe a separate sewing room!

Stamps Used


Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Patchwork Geese Card

Hello. I thought I'd start with this card................. I've been sewing today and I'm wearing one of the tops I've made for the first time. It did make me smile when Janet commented on my previous post that she knew this card was mine. I have become a bit obsessed with sewing and fabric. I've not yet tried patchwork though but I've been watching all of the shows on Create and Craft. So it was my first thought when I saw the hexagon stencil and the geese fitted in one of them perfectly.

I found some beautiful Vintage Rose papers by Craftwork Cards in my stash (I think they were free with a magazine a few years ago). I drew around the stencil then cut them all out. I then arranged them on some white card and cut it down to a square.

Then the fun began! I got on to my sewing machine and stitched all around them (it shows up better in real life than it does in the photo). You just have to go with the flow when doing this as there's no unpicking due to the holes left in the card.

When it was all stitched I breathed a sigh of relief and mounted it onto some more white card to give a border around the outside.

A heart.........

...and a sentiment finish it off.

Thanks for reading, that makes me Sew happy.

Stamps and Stencil Used


Sunday, 7 June 2015

June's Claritystamp Samples

Hi everyone. Wasn't today's show busy! The new Groovi parchment system looks like such a clever idea - the samples were all beautiful.

I had some fab new bird stamps to play with and these are my samples. I hope you like them. I'll be back soon to blog each one individually.


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