Monday, 30 October 2017

Workshop cards

Hello bloggers,

I have some cards from the Claritystampers East workshop at Great Blakenham,  I had to cancel the Bawburgh workshop this time because my nephew got married at the weekend.  It was a lovely day in a wonderful venue in Hampshire.  Apologies to the Bawburgh ladies, but I couldn't miss the wedding and the hall was booked other weekends.

Here are the cards we did, fairly quick and easy - I don't think you want complicated cards to do at Christmas!
 Really quick:
Mask to leave a 5cm strip
blend Distress oxides
stencil in a few stars
stamp the nativity scene and the star in black archival
remove the mask and stamp the carol
add gems

This one is done with the square petite gel press:
Add ink to the plate and add some texture with damp paper towel, 'stamp' on the card
repeat twice more, using different textures, inks and spritzing
Stamp the trees and star in black archival
add a few gold highlights with a glitter pen.

Stamp the carol as a background on the base card

 The last card is also done with a petite gel press plate (the circle this time) this card is a repeat from another workshop and I have blogged it before.

We used the Christmas Carol sets for all the cards and the stamps can easily be interchanged for the different cards.

Thank you for visiting
Janet xx

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Autumn Leaves

Good evening,

I thought it was about time I blogged again.  Sorry it has been a while.  I was out gardening at the weekend - that takes its toll these days.... I used to be able to work all day, have a bath and feel fine.  These days I can hardly walk afterwards!  I shouldn't really do such a long spell, but it was a very rare non-workshop weekend with good weather, so I thought I'd better make the most of it.
I cleared 9 big bags of undergrowth, so the garden looks better and I can move again., so it's all good.

There is a definite autumn feel now, so today's card is one from Maria's show last time using the lovely leaves stencils and stamps sets

I started with the background, I blended Golden Turmeric ink all over stencil card, then blended various colours through the leaf stencils.
I used the same colour inks to blend on another piece of card, then stamped three of each of the leaves and cut them out.
I stamped the verse on another piece of the blended card and cut that out and mounted it on matching card.
I assembled it all on the base card.

Sycamore leaves 1 + Stencil
Maple Leaves 2 + stencil
Mulberry Leaves 3 + stencil
Oak Leaves 4 + Stencil

Thanks for visiting,
Janet xx

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Crafty Saturday

Good morning all,

I hope you are having a lovely weekend so far.  Mine is another crafty one!  It was the Diva Red workshop yesterday and this afternoon I meet with the Sundae Club.  A small group of us have been meeting one Sunday afternoon a month for many years now.  We do make a couple of cards but I think the chat over coffee and cake is just as important.

These are the cards I made for yesterday's workshop.

 Start my adding ink to the circle Gel Press Petite and print it on the card, add a darker colour just on the edge of the plate and re-print over the top of the first one, this will give you a nice edge to the circle.
Stamp the Carollers and music score in place.
Add the trees along the edge of a piece of torn copy paper.
Colour the music with  grey pencil.
Use a gold glitter pen to colour the lantern and add some splatters and gems to finish
The second card is a repeat of the one we did at Claritystampers East

Thanks very much for visiting
Janet xx

Sunday, 24 September 2017

Workshop cards

Good morning,

Thanks for visiting today.  I am a bit sad this morning, we found a very sick little hedgehog in the garden yesterday afternoon and tried to rescue it, but we were too late, it was in a bad way and I don't think taking it to a rescue centre would have helped, it was too far gone.  We got advice from a lady Simon knows who rescues animals, so I will know what to do another time, if we find another one who isn't in quite such a bad way.

I realised I haven't shown the cards from my last Claritystampers East workshop, so here they are...
It was a Christmas workshop, which means I get the glitter out!  (Just a small amount!)


This was the first card.  We inked the Square framework stencil and pressed it to the card to make the frame, then did little scenes in each square.

FOr the second card, we made the background by blending ink through the holly stencil.
On a separate piece of card, apply green paints, allow to dry then stamp the outline holly leaf and cut out.
Stamp some of the berries on red card and cut them out too
Assemble the pieces on the card
Stamp the deer in place and add the greetings which are stamped on a left over piece of the painted card

The third card is simply stamped with permanent ink onto good quality watercolour paper and watercoloured.  I have never known it so quiet while everyone was doing this!

Thanks to the lovely ladies for another fun couple of days and to Veronica who supplied her wonderful cakes even though she didn't come to the workshop!

Items used:
Holly leaf outline set
Jayne's Letter to Santa
Word chain 13
Word Chain 14
Framework squares stencil
Christmas Holly shape stencil
Perga Glitter

Hope you have a good weekend!
Janet xx

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Paper Poinsettia and Tree

Good morning,
Thank you for visiting.  It is chucking it down with rain here and so cold!!  I hope we have another warm spell before autumn really sets in.  This is not my favourite time of year, I like spring and summer - not a fan of dark evenings and drizzle!  I do like the colour of the leaves as we get into later autumn though , so it's not all bad.
Today's cards are the ones we did at the last Diva Red workshop....

 I have been bitten by the die cutting bug recently - I haven't really done much before, but have started to enjoy it, especially when mixed with stamping of course!
The background for this is die cut foliage stuck onto card and brushed over lightly with green acrylic paint.
The poinsettia is die cut from brown paper packaging.  I did two of each layer and stamped one of each layer with the script from the Journalling set from Claritystamp.
It does look better if you brush some black ink round the edges of all the petals (huge groan from everyone in the class!!) It makes the petals stand out better though - so it has to be done!
Assemble the poinsettia and attached to the card. Mount onto Kraft card and add some gems.  The Season's Greetings stamp is from a Clarity set.

The second card is a paper folded Christmas tree attached to a background of matching paper from the lovely New England Fall Designer Paper Pad.

Thanks for visiting,
Janet xx

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Cogs, Clocks and Flowers

Good evening to you!

I had to be very careful typing the title to this! Clogs and cocks would be a whole different thing! Pictures of hens in clogs......hahaha.

This is one of the cards I did for Maria's show a while back.  I was really pleased to get the Cogs and Clocks stamp set, something a bit different and obviously good for men's cards, but I decided to go pink and floral.
 This is simple to do..
Stamp the clock face and mask it.  Stamp the cogs and swirls around it.  I kept to a pink and grey theme.
Add a few splodges by inking on to acetate then placing on the card.
I added one of the lovely new paper flowers and leaves from Clarity.
Mat onto matching card and add a few gems
Resist the temptation to add anything else!!
Sorry the picture is a bit blurry, the flower meant it didn't scan brilliantly well

This is the more masculine version..
Stamp the clock tower and mask, stamp the clock face over the top
Use a rectangle to mask over the stamped images then blend brown and blue inks all round.
Stamp the various cogs and swirls in different colour blues and browns
Remove the masks, edge the rectangle frame with a fine brown pen
Add a tiny bit of colour to the tower with pencils
Mat on to brown card

Clocks and cogs
Blossom Pink Paper Flowers

Thanks very much for visiting
Janet xxx

Saturday, 9 September 2017

Ribbon writing

Good evening,
Thanks for dropping in.  I have had a lovely day with the Claritystampers East ladies at Bawburgh..They are such fun, we always have lots of laughs.  I will post the cards after next weekend when I am at Great Blakenham.
Rosie was on the TV today with the ribbon writing sets and a new Happy Birthday set.  I am a huge fan of this style of stamp, they are so useful.  I was so short of time, I only had chance to make one card, but I loved using this set.

I started by attaching the oval stencil to a piece of stencil card.  Blend some inks through the aperture.  Leave the stencil in place and run round the outline with a fine black pen.
Remove the stencil and stamp the Happy Birthday in black archival ink
Colour the letters with the same colour inks
Add some splats and splodges
Allow to dry
With a fine black pen colour the letters in blocks then draw in and out round the oval shape and colour that in blocks too.
Stamp the rest of the greeting
Add some gems
Outline the edge of the card with a black sharpie pen then mount on matching card.

Happy Birthday Sentiments
Oval Sand Dollar stencil

Enjoy the rest of the weekend!
Janet xxx