Wednesday, 11 April 2018

5th Anniversary

Good evening everyone,
Today fb informed me that it was 5 years ago that I did my first blog post.  I can't believe it was that long ago - time seems to whizz by so fast these days. (I know that is a sign that I am getting old!)
It has been very enjoyable, posting cards here and also visiting other blogs, reading the news and finding inspiration for cards.

 The first and second card are done in a similar way:
Stamp the main image on a piece of stencil card, colour in and tear round it.  Now you can use it when you are doing the background to make sure everything is placed correctly.
For the background piece, start by squishing some ink on a mat, dilute a little with water and paint an area a bit bigger than the main topper on the card. Add a few splatters too.
Stamp and stencil to create the background.
Keep placing the topper on the card, so you can get an idea of how it will all look
When you are happy, attach the topper and finish with a few gems


















For the third card, I used a lovely piece of card from the petites set, I stamped the trees, bird and Lily in place

Stamp Lily two more times on another piece of the card and cut out different parts of her dress to layer on the main image


Thanks very much for visiting and thank you for sticking with me if you have here for the full 5 years!

Janet xx

Sunday, 8 April 2018

At Last! 4 cards to catch up.

Good morning all,

I hope you are having a lovely weekend.  Sorry it has been a while since I last blogged, but I haven't been feeling brilliant.  I have had a viral infection which has drained me of energy (not that I have much energy at the best of times!)  Anyway, I am mostly better now although I do still have a bit of a cough left.

Four cards to show you today, to catch up a bit:


This one uses the Lily of the Valley stamp set and distress oxides inks.
Stamp the Lily of the Valley in place with a permanent ink
Squish the ink pads on a piece of acetate, spritz with water and add to the card, around the image.
Water colour the image using oxides inks picked up from a mat with a damp paintbrush
Stamp the verse
add some gems
Squiggle a fine line round the edge of the card.



A nice simple card, just stamp the Freesia and verse in place and colour in
Place a heart stencil over the verse and apply a gold colour ink through the aperture
Add a few strips of designer paper for interest

The stamps used are from the Freesia and Mother verse set











For the third card I've used:
Mandalas petite stencils set 1
Mandalas and Mask stamp set
Journalling set
Gel Press Petites set 1

Start by adding ink to the square gel press petite plate, add some texture with scrunched up copy paper and print onto some stencil card,
Repeat until you like your background
Tear round the square
Ink up the stencil with plenty of black ink
Place face down on the prepared square and run through a die cutting machine to transfer the ink
Stamp the mandala on a separate piece of card, colour with pencils, cut out and attach to the centre of the stencil image
On another piece of stencil card, mke the background by stamping various images from the journalling set and sponging and splattering some ink.
Mat onto black card and attach together
Finish with dots of black paint



Last card for today! Using the same stamp sets as the previous card and the Mini word chains 11&12
On two pieces of stencil card, use distress oxides to create the backgrounds,
Cut one piece down and stamp images from the journalling set
On a separate piece of card, stamp three mandalas, colour and cut out to create flower heads
Attach these to the main card, then draw some stems with a fine black pen
Add the words and some paint dots
Add sequins in the centres of the flowers.

Thank you for visiting and I hope to see you again soon!
Janet xx


Thursday, 15 March 2018

Cards from the weekend

Hello everyone,
It has been a while since I last blogged, sorry about that, but I will post several cards.  Since we last met, I have turned 60!!  I can't believe I have got to be that age, I guess if you keep getting up and going to bed day after day it all just adds up bit by bit and suddenly you are the one at work who has been there the longest, rather than being the young inexperienced one.
We've also had the Beast from the East and we certainly had plenty of snow here, I couldn't get in to work a couple of days and we cancelled the Diva Red workshop as the village where the hall is was snowed under.
We did manage to go ahead with the Claritystampers East workshop on the Sunday which was good.  The snow was still hanging around in patches nearly a week later when we had the Claritystampers East workshop in Bawburgh, but travel was back to normal by then.

Here are the cards we made:

Using the Art Nouveau stamps and Abstract Squares stencil and coloured with promarkers


 We made the background by cutting a plastic bag so it folds like a book. then squished and spritzed ink on one side, then folded the other side over and moved the ink around, then opened it up and pressed the card over the top.  Spritz and move the ink around again (without re-inking) to get onother background.  We had to leave the card to dry.  I think there were some people there who could have spent all day just doing that!
Once dry, stamp and colour the main image and add the stencil design round the edge

The last card looks simple, but it took a while!  It is a repeat of the sample card I made and blogged earlier.

It was lovely to see people again, we had had quite a long break, so it was great to see everyone again and catch up with our crafting!

I won't leave it so long till I blog again,
Thanks for visiting and see you again soon,
Janet xxx

Friday, 23 February 2018

More art nouveau

Good evening,

I hope you are keeping warm!  It has been pretty nippy round here!  I found a little hedgehog out and about during the afternoon.  I know enough to know that means they are in trouble, so I brought it in and kept it warm, offered food and water and have now found a lady who will look after it properly.  Hopefully it will make it through the winter and maybe I'll get it back to release in the garden in spring. I weighed it and it was far too small to hibernate, hopefully it will have a chance now.

So looking forward to spring, the cards today are floral and spring coloured.  Both done using the Clarity designer card and the Art Nouveau stamps


The main image is stamped and coloured.  The Snowdrops are left white but have some glitter pens over the top.
I tore round the frame and mounted on dark green cardand tore round that too.
For the background, I chose a matching piece of designer card, blended dark green ink  through bits of the stencil and stamped 'For You' in the same green ink round the background.
I tore the card in half and curled up the torn edges, then attached to a white base card.
Attach the main image to the front and add gems/sequins to finish.
Stamp the word 'Snowdrops' on a spare piece of card and add to the front of the card
Stamps used:
Art Nouveau Snowdrops and Tulips
Art Nouveau Sentiments
Abstract Squares stencil



For the second card, I stamped and coloured the Poppy Fields image and stamped the words in place.  colour in, cut ti size and mount on matching card
Stamp the image again on spare card, colour the flower heads and cut out.
Choose a matching piece of card from the designer card range and cut into squares and rectangles.
Arrange on the base card and add the main image and loose flower heads
Stamps Used:
Art Nouveau Bed of Roses and Poppy Fields
Designer card packs - Petite Edition

Thanks for visiting, I can hear the little hedgehog rummaging around, so I hope that is a good sign!
Janet xx

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Valentine's card

Good morning,
I hope you are having a day filled with love, actually it would be good if that happened every day wouldn't it?

this is the card we made last Saturday at the Diva Red workshop.  It could be made to suit other occasions, not just Valentine's day.

The heart is actually cut from a beer mat! 
Start by die cutting the alphabet and stick it to the beer mat, then die cut the heart - it is a Sizzix Bigz die.
Paint with black gesso and allow to dry then paint and distress with different acrylic paints until you like what you've got.
Finish by coating with a clear gloss or metallic glaze. Allow to dry.
For the background, stamp the script from the Journalling set
Stamp 'Be My Valentine' from the Art Nouveau words set and cut out.
I added some crafters wire round the heart, then attached the words.
Edge the card with gold paint

All stamps used are from Claritystamp

Thank you for visiting today
Janet xx

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Simple card


Good evening,
Have you got your snow shoes  We had some snow this morning, but it has all gone now - it is still pretty cold though, but only to be expected, it is winter after all!

Today I am showing a very simple card.  The stamps for this one were on the Hochanda show last weekend.  They are lovely stamps, I can't choose a favourite set, they are all fab!

  I die cut the lovely border, it's a Sizzix die, into the white card and cut round it to give a 4.5 x6.5 inch card.
I stamped the Just a Note in place then matted it onto a piece of the new 5x7inch designer card
On a different piece of the card, I stamped the beautiful rose and the two corners.
I also stamped the flower heads on another piece of the designer card, cut out and stick over the top of the stamped image.
I coloured the leaves with promarkers and matted it onto the same designer card
Add some pretty thread round the stems and mount onto the main card

Stamps used: Art Nouveau Floral Spacer
Art Nouveau sentiments
The die is from the Pete Hughes mixed media collection.

Just a point to note: The card on the topper is actually the same colour as the background card, it just shows up whiter when I scan it because it is raised.

Thanks very much for popping in
Stay warm!
Janet xx

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

A Three Card Post


Good evening!
Sorry that it is so long since my last post.  I thought that as it was nearly time for the next Clarity shows, I had better get on with blogging the last ones.  These shows featured the lovely silhouette stamps.  They are really good if you like doing backgrounds, or if you don't they are good to use with the Clarity designer paper pads.

 For the firs tone, I stamped the 'You Hung the Moon' image on the back of a sheet of designer paper, then stamped some words from the mini word chains(an absolute must have!!) across the bottom part of the card.  I used colours which matched the paper.
I stamped out the 'You Hung the Moon' words, coloured them in the same colours, cut them out, edged them in black ink and added them to the card.  I edged the card with black ink and attached it to the base card.
Finish with some black gems
 For the second card, I die cut some stars from a piece of the new designer card
I add some splodges and splashes of ink onto a piece of white card then stamped the 'Fly Away Boy'
I stamped the foliage stamp along the bottom in green ink
I attached it to a matching piece of the designer card and added the stars across the top of the card
I stamped the words You and Star and cut them out then attached them to the card
For the last card, I stamped the Flutterby Girl  and the Carpe Diem on a piece of designer card.
For the background I used white card and blended a matching yellow/gold ink along the edges and stamped the branch and the words Hope and Faith.
Add some gems to finish


Thanks for visiting.  Don't forget to tune in on Sunday and Monday to see Barbara and the team in action.  There are some lovely stamps coming up on the Sunday afternoon show!

Janet x