Friday, 20 September 2013

Vintage - 90th birthday

Here is a card for a commission - 90th birthday. I decided it was time to stop stroking the graphic45  French Country pads (I have the large and the little lol) and actually use some.  I also got a new Clarity stamp - sketched lady I love her . I started with  sheet from the 8 x8 pad and a postcard topper ftom the big pad I also used a lttle tag and stamp  from the small book .  I paper pieced the lady in some more of the papers so then I inked around the background in vintage photo and aged mahogany.  I added some lace from my stash.  the flowers are from sweet lilac flowers.  I made a box and added a sheet of 8x 8 and the small version of the large topper for somewhere for the recipient's name.

I have entered this into the blog challenge on Sweet Lilac blog

Thursday, 19 September 2013

September Demo day - samples final part

So hear are the last of the samples made using this fabulous tree from the same set of stamps as yesterday's post.  The shop also had another set of Andy Skinner stamps with another tree - which is also stunning.  hope you like them as yesterday all done with the brayer, adirondak and distress ink pads and archival ink for the stamping.

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

September Demo day - Samples part 2

Here are some of my more sedate samples all made with the set of Andy Skinner stamps that I am using in the next workshop on 25th September - There may be a couple of places left on the afternoon session but you would have to check with the shop

It's a great set of stamps called a winters tale and there is a beautiful tree too the samples using that stamp I will blog tomorrow.  These are all done with the brayer and either adirondak dye based ink pad or distress ink pads but the stamping was done with archival ink 

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

September demo day - Samples part 1

Here are some of my samples from the Demo Day at Craftrange last Saturday.

I had great fun with these - getting messy lol.  I will post my other samples tomrrow x

All these have been made using distress stains, dylusion ink sprays or distress paints.  I had real fun getting inky.  I was using a brayer to "splodge" the different mediums onto the card then drying it before adding more colour that I watered down and then brayered on top .You can see that the "streaks" from the first brayer then the second pass with added water just added colour.  I have gone through stencils on some of them with the distress paints,

 some have got a metallic stain spread over the top the one with the typewriter has glue n seal resist and well I just had to do some splats lol x

Monday, 16 September 2013

passing out

Hi All - well what a weekend that was two full days of craftiness - pure bliss!!

Saturday was spent demonstrating over at the Craftrange I had 3 yes 3 brayers on the go!!! one for ink one for distress stains and dylusion sprays and one for distress paints - Oh I had great fun - will post some pictures of my samples later in the week .  In the meantime - here's one I made this afternoon.

This is a first for me - I have been asked for a card to congratulate a lad on passing out in the Army needed a soldier on the front and the words,

Soooooo what to do - well I found a nice picture of the soldier against the clouds which I thought I could utilise so I took it into CAP2 and added the words.  I added a black border and printed it out.  I used the graduated colour picker to change the colour of some commando style backing paper added the tank trucks and the word army.

Oh they like it - cos I was quite chuffed how it came out

Wednesday, 11 September 2013


This is a card I made for the Sweet Lilac Flowers blog challenge entitled summertime

This picture is not very good but I have brayered a blue sky and behind the lady is a hill.  All the stamps are from Claritystamp the leaves are a spellbinder die and the flowers are a mixture of Sweet Lilac Flowers - they are lovely paper flowers so I was able to add a bit of pink to the pure white carnation type flowers to tone in with the card. the backing paper was in my stash.

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

shoes again

Hi All - Oh my life I have been busy what is it with birthdays at this time of year do you think?  extra curricular activity at Christmas?  anyhoo I have been busy making lots of cards - some of which I cannot show you ....yet! 
I have been trying to get in front as my baby is currently spending a few days home from Gib - truly great to see her!

I have also been busy doing samples ready for this week's demo day over at Craftrange - oh I have been lent some fabby stuff to play with --I have had some very inky fun!!

Here is a card - a commission  that I can share with you! a friend for a card with shoes!!

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Tags again

Just going to schedule this blog post as tomorrow I am off the Art from the Heart in Harrogate and a workshop with Dyan Reavely -----oooo excited.  So I just thought I would show you some tags I made

I had fun making these the stamps are all from an A4 plate that I got from the Stamp man

Monday, 2 September 2013


Good Morning All what a busy weekend all very crafty loved every minute - I spent Saturday with a lovely bunch of crafters at the Claritystamp northwest workshop run by Maria Simms - we did some lovely cards.  Of course it was Claritystamp weekend on the telly - it's great watching Barbara work her magic.

I have been asked to make a 65th birthday card for an author who likes music

So this is what I came up with  I stamped some writing on some craft card in brown, then I took a piece of music and coloured with antique linen frayed burlap and vintage photo. I had some lovely handmade type paper so I coloured this too and stamped with a script stamp.

The book was a clip art the I took into serif and added the words - cut it out and also coloured with the inks and I added the metal embelly .

Sunday, 1 September 2013



Its the time of the month again when the Claritystamp challenge DT showcase their ideas lay down the gaunlet for a new challenge.  Click here to take you the blog

Last months challenge was all about animals and it caused quite a stir there were some fantastic entries - so many clever crafters out there.

So this months theme - vintage.

Vintage, vintage, vintage - it went round in my head for ever - what stamps can I use for vintage  - no idea should I use a lady? what else can I use to put with her?  On I don't know.
Then I saw a card on fb that had used the london skyline DING! someone switched on the light lol

I have a vintage car and I also have a miniature vintage car - LONDON to BRIGHTON vintage car rally - get in!

This was not how I envisaged this card at all but after several attempts and layouts this is what I finished up with.  the London and Brighton orignally formed a frame that was partially cut into to hold a separate section but my middle bit failed miserably  and I wasn't happy so I salvaged them and started again after all they took ages to do as they are double embossed to make them look like tiles, and then I decided to do the same with the start!

I wanted the skyline just to be a misty bit of background really so I dragged some antique linen to start with and then sort of add a bit of mushroom  to one side and just at the top to give a more misty effect .  I added a few faint clouds and that was the sky done.

I used the brayer to add a bit of colour top right and bottom left of the background card. and with the help of some masking I stamped the cars (in my head they are lined up F1 grid fashion ready to start - not that they would go that fast lol). I added some ink to "ground" them.  mmm I really wanted it to stay sepia coloured but it didn't look right so I decided to use some muted tones on the cars.
I masked off a border  and then dragged in a bit of brown and then over stamped with the miniature car in some sort of similar colours to the main image.  I then covered these up and used my crackle stamp all over the page.

I hope it meets with your approval - will you be having a try at the the challenge - go on you know you can do it and there is a £50 voucher for the winner - can't be bad