Thursday, 16 July 2015

Old School Clarity - Thinking of You Card

Hello. I just realised that I haven't blogged my card from the recent US show. It's been a funny few weeks as Hubby has been away adventure training. Apparently 3 weeks of teaching diving in the Florida Keys is "Hard work" but I don't believe a word of that and I haven't been at all jealous stuck here! Still he's coming home tomorrow and we'll be able to celebrate our 26th wedding anniversary which was yesterday.

These trees and the Moonshadow were some of the first Clarity stamps I bought, over six years ago. They were also what Barbara was using the first time I met her on my first visit to the Harrogate Show in September 2009. We were totally enthralled by Barb's demo...........

............and were very lucky to be given it (photo above).

With all this nostalgia I couldn't resist going old school with them for my card. Things have changed a lot in those years but it's still what I love to do the most.

Back then it was all done with a brayer, hills torn from copy paper and masks cut out of Post-its. Now we have the Clarity stencil brush and Clarity masks to make things easier. I used them with Adirondack Eggplant and Denim ink to create the scene.

Stamps and Masks Used


Thursday, 9 July 2015

Merry Christmas From The Wee Folk

Good evening. I hope you've had a good day. I've spent the last few days sewing - I've finished my flapper dress for the Mess Summer Ball and had enough fabric left over to make a matching evening bag for me and a tie for Hubby (if he'll wear it - he's not convinced that matching clothes are a good look but I know it will look fab with his pinstripe suit). I'll blog some photos after the do. The tie may or may not be being worn!

Thank you for the comments on my last post; it was interesting to see which were your favourites.

Today's card is the other one that I made for this month's Claritystamp show.

I started off by stamping the Merry Christmas stamp in Jet Black Archival ink, then I added the Wee Folk to it. Merry Christmas is coloured in with a red Sakura Stardust pen so it has a lovely shimmer that doesn't really show up in the photo.

I added some Distress Ink with a Claritystamp stencil brush to tone down the white card so that it blended better with the backing card, which is from an old Kanban kit. I used the same card with a Tim Holtz Tattered Florals die to make the flower. The leaves are cut with a Joanna Sheen die - Ivy Flourish.

I'd better go and tidy up my craft room now. I thought it looked bad after I've been card making but it looks even worse after I've been sewing!!!!

Stamps Used


Sunday, 5 July 2015

My Wee Folk Christmas Cards - July's Claritystamp Samples

Hello everyone. What a lovely show today. It was great to see Leonie on with Barbara again and I was blown away by the Groovi samples. Such talent and patience! It was also great to see Barbara and Carole's DT debut. Patience again with all that cutting out on Barbara's fab tree and talent all round. I do feel very lucky to be a part of such a talented team.

I was so pleased that my Wee Folk cards were shown as a set and I thought it only right that I blog them that way too. Unfortunately that will mean that My Crafty Little Blog is a bit quiet for the rest of the month though.

They were inspired by one of my favourite cards that I've made this year - the "Walkies!" one with the Wee Folk woman and dog. I later made another version as a Valentine's Day card.

When the Christmas Wee Folk arrived I couldn't resist revisiting them and making a series of little Christmas scene cards. I had such fun creating them!

The base card are 6" x 6" and the scenes are on a 3"x 3" square cut with a Spellbinders die.

In this one they're decorating the living room tree.

The Floral Circle stamp from the Floral Figures Set made great wallpaper. The curtain pole is the bar from the Best of the Classroom Set and the chandelier is from the Wrought Iron Dolls House Set. The stamps on the rest of the cards are all from the Christmas Wee Folk and Word Chain sets (I'll link to them at the bottom of the post) and have been stamped in Jet Black Archival Ink.

The children have had a great morning here; they've built a snowman and now they're having a snowball fight.

The trees are stamped in second generation Library Green and Olive Archival Ink. It doesn't show up that well in the photo but they've also been glittered. The snow is created with Weathered Wood Distress Ink (applied with a make-up sponge) and the hill section of an A4 Claritystamp blending mat.

This skating scene is my Mum's favourite. The shape of the pond is again created with the bottom of my Clariytstamp blending mat. It's coloured in with Slate Adirondack ink on a brush. I added a few blade lines with a really thin black pen and her shadow with a black Spectrum Noir pencil.

This one caused a bit of a disagreement here - Mum and Dad really liked it but Hubby thought that Santa shouldn't be out in such a heavy blizzard! I possible did go a bit OTT with the Frantage but Hubby was overruled on this one.

The trees are stamped in the same Archival colours as the other scenes but I used first generation ink on this one.

The Frantage is Shabby Blue Opaque embossing enamel. It's predominantly white but also has specks of gold embossing powder and blue glitter in it. I sprinkled it on top of the scene and heated it from underneath to melt the powder.

I think that Maya might be helping out the reindeer here as they seem to have run off and left poor Santa behind!

The sleigh does have Santa in it but by carefully positioning the stamp I was able to leave him out. Santa waving at himself would have been confusing!

The roof is drawn in black pen and coloured in with a black ProMarker. I added a few white dots with a Sakura Souffle pen for the stars.

In this one the elf is bringing in some presents for under his tree. I love how he's balancing them - I think they will all go flying any second now!

I hope you like them and I'd love to know which is your favourite. I think the elf one is mine.

I'd better get on now as I have lots to do today, including making some more Clarity samples. I'll be back soon with the other card that I made for today's show. The Wee Folk make an appearance on that too - I do love them!

Stamps Used

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