Wednesday, 1 January 2014


Happy New Year

How are you feeling this morning..bright and breezy or a bit under the weather?
I can't believe we are in 2014 already - it doesn't seem two minutes since we were celebrating the new millennium!!
Did you take part in the last Claritystamp challenge? We had some fantastic entries, lots of great crafters out there and of course the products are just brilliant. 2013 saw lots of new innovative products and ideas from Claritystamp. I  wonder what our Barbara's plan for this year is..and she will have a plan..she always has a plan lol oh and a list ha ha ha.

Anyway that's enough rambling from me and on with the theme for this beginnings.  I was on facebook and a friend posted with the opening words from the's a new day it's a new dawn so that was where my inspiration came from.....

I started with a hand drawn sweep across some card then just kept  going by adding more sweeps then I shaded some bits in. I photocopied it several times and using various sections for masks I was able to create the shading. I used lemonade and butterscotch adirondaks and wild honey distress inks for the whole picture.

I used the stencil brushes they are fab I love em.

Next I used the sunshine stencil - more masking to cover  up the sweep and I didn't want the yellow to go all the way to the top of the sweep.  Now the stencil has a solid middle so it was left white but fortunately the punch I use to make my moon masks was just the right size so I made a hole in a post it note and inked through. I did the sun in lemonade and faded it out at the edges but then went back in the middle with some more butterscotch. I stamped New dawn with a combination of the happy word set and the letterbox set. I used the cloud mask to do the clouds these I wanted to make more yellow at the bottom so I used the negative part of the mask - if you get my drift. I stamped the birds and the tree is stamped with lemonade but I also dipped it into the butterscotch at one side for some shading.

I used another piece of card to matt and layer the first I just edged dtp with the butterscotch to keep it all tone in tone and the background I swept across with the brushes and lemonade then inked through the inner part of the square aperture stencil (the one with the hexagons) using more lemonade.

Here's to 2014 - hope its a good year for you all xxx

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