Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Above and Beyond!

Good evening,

I've just realised that I haven't blogged the cards from the last Claritystampers East workshops,  I had been asked to do some cards for men, so this is what I came up with.....

We used the clockwork stencil and the filigraphy balloon for this one.  Tape the stencil in place on the card, then blend distress or artistry inks through.  I used brown, blue and a touch of red and green for this (it does look a bit brighter in real life!)
Remove the stencil and add a bit more ink to take away the starkness
Blend more ink round the edges of the card, then add a few brads
Stamp the balloon on the card and also on a spare piece of card.  Colour the one on the spare piece and just cut out the balloon and layer over the stamped image on the card.

                                    For the second card, I did one which is very similar to one I'd made previously.
Using one of the landscape masks, mask off the top part of the card then add lots of black ink to the exposed part of the card.  Remove the mask, then stamp both balloons in place.
Add some clouds by doing the old torn paper trick                                       Stamp the large balloon onto a spare piece of white card, then colour in and cut out the balloon and layer over the stamped image on the card.          
Stamps used:
Filigraphy Hot Air Balloon set        
Line Sentiments 1 

Landscape Masks  
Clockwork stencil      

Finally, a word about the events in London this afternoon:  I have no idea what motivates people to do some things, all I can do is express my condolences to the families and friends of the people who were killed and to wish the injured a full and speedy recovery!

Thank you for visiting
Janet xx                    

Monday, 20 March 2017

A Vase of Flowers

Good morning,

I am back home after spending a lovely weekend with my sister.  We had intended to get out but it was not nice weather, it was blowing a gale most of the time, so we stayed in and got crafty!  My sister doesn't really make many cards, but she has bought a few bits over the years.  We decided to try a few different ideas and she was very pleased with the results.  See her blog Patchwork Allsorts for the cards, you will also see some lovely sewing projects, that is her forte!

I am catching up with blogging again, these cards are the ones we did at the Diva Red workshop, sadly Moira was not well, so it was just me and all the lovely ladies.

This was our first card, we made the background by scoring lines diagonally across the card to make a diamond pattern.
On the debossed side, stamp the solid image from the bouquet set in archival, then drag a distress ink colour across the card.  You should colour the card, but leave the white debossed pattern.
The topper is made by stamping the urn on some lovely Clarity patterned paper, then cut out.  Stamp the line image from the bouquet set onto some spare card, colour and cut out.  arrange them on another piece of card.  Stamp the greeting and cut out
add some gems in the centre of the flowers.

Bouquet set
The Best Wishes is an old stamp, but there is a similar one in this Christmas set (if you cut out the rest of the greeting!)

The second card we did is mostly done with Tim Holtz dies.  I don't use many dies, but I love these ones.  I managed to sneak in the same Clarity greeting!

Thanks for visiting,
Janet xx

Friday, 10 March 2017

Water and Sunshine

Hello all,

We have had a bit of excitement in the village!  I got home from work a few days ago and Simon said that there had been lots of police activity around a house very close to us.. We have just seen that they found a cannabis factory there!  Just goes to show that you have no idea what is going on almost under your nose.

Today's card is one I did for the Diva Red workshop last time (I seem to be very behind with my blogging!)                                                                                                                                                        
The background was done on  watercolour paper.  Add some colour (green and yellow in this case)by blending distress inks, then using a darker green, stamp one of the grasses randomly over the card and spritz with water, so the image blurs and just leaves some patches of colour, stamp gain while the paper is still damp, but don't spritz, so the image remains a bit sharper, then wait for it to almost dry and stamp the image again.  Mount on to a dark green backing card.
For the main image, stamp and blend ink round the edges

This card is one I made for my Kenyan friend, Robin for his birthday.  It took ages to get there! but he got it in the end!

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Back Online and Dancing!

Hello folks,

Sorry I haven't blogged recently, I have been unable to get properly online.  Chrome just suddenly stopped working and it has taken me a while to find which buttons to press to get it back - but I'm here now!! (Hopefully,it will be okay for a while)

I will have a bit of a catch up, so three cards today, all using the dancing couples stencils.

 The background for the first one is done by gently brayering acrylic paints round the card in random patches.  Once dry, I put the stencil in place and sponged grey paint through.  I let that dry then used the words and sponged white paint through.
I added lines and circles by dipping lids and a spreader in the paint and applying to the cards randomly.

The background for the second card is done with the gel press petite rectangle.  I added different colour inks to the plate and 'stamped' it on the card to make the pattern.
I used a glitter paste to drag through the stencil and added some spots of paint all round.

My favourite of the three is this one, simply using black texture paste dragged through the stencil and adding a few gems.

I had originally intended to do more with it, but it looked so lovely on its own, I just left it!

Stencils used:
Ballroom dancers
Dance words
Jive dancers
Tango dancer
Get them all The Dancers set

Thanks very much for dropping by, hope you have a great weekend,
Janet xxx

Sunday, 29 January 2017

Just to say...

Hello everyone,
Thank you for joining me, these are the other cards we made at the Claritystampers East workshop last weekend.   It was a workshop of nice and easy cards......

 For those of us who still write a 'Thank you' card, I thought January is a good time to make one.
Using the circle aperture, blend some ink (I used blue and green here), then stamp the Thank you stamp in the same colours, keeping the stencil in place.  The aperture stencils are a bit thinner than normal, so you don't get too much gap round the edges if you press hard enough.
Colour a spare piece of card, the stamp the butterflies and cut out.
Add to the card
I also stamped the 'ever so much' for balance.

This is actually a notelet.  Fold a piece of 160gsm copy paper to make the base for the notelet, then use another piece cut to size to work on for the front.
On the separate piece of paper, place a mask in the centre, then blend ink round the edge and stamp the grasses.
Remove the mask and stamp the poppy in place, then colour.
Sponge a little ink through a dotty stencil (remember to mask of the edges of your frame first!)
I drew a double fine line round the frame, then coloured that and stamped the 'just to say' in place.
Using Barbra's technique, I edged with a black sharpie pen and attached to the front of the notelet.

Finally, we didn't actually make this at the class, but I just show it because sometimes even something as simple as stamping and colouring can look fab!  Just add a strip of masking tape along the bottom of the card and stamp each grass just on the tape, then you know they will all be in a straight row (as long as your masking tape was straight to begin with!!)

Have a great Sunday
Janet xx

Links to stamps and stencils:
Meadow Grasses
Butterfly tree
A Million Thank Yous
Line sentiments
Circle dots stencil

Monday, 23 January 2017

Sending you Sunshine

Hello and thank you for joining me today.

Here in Norfolk, we have a lovely spot of sunshine, I have the back door open so I can hear the birds twittering away, so what better card to share than the one we made at the Claritystampers East workshops over the last two weekends.

Before I do that though, I just want to pay tribute to a lovely lady who died recently - Jayne Nestorenko.  Many of you will know Jayne and from reading all the tributes about her on fb, it seems she was the one who started many people on the road to card making.  I went to a couple of her workshops when she visited Norwich many years ago and we did Fantasy Film and Fibres and Twinkling H2Os.  She was also known for her medallion stamps and glitter!  It was lovely to hear her voice on Hochanda a while back during the launch of her fabulous winter scenes stamps.  How wonderful for her to know that her designs had been turned into stamps and Groovi plates and were well loved by many people.
Rest in Peace Jayne, you will be sorely missed!

All the cards we did were simple designs, I haven't had much energy following the cold I had over new year, so kept to the basics for this workshop!
I used the arch aperture stencil and added some shaded lilac distress ink, then sponged some seedless preserves over the top.
Keep the stencil in place, then add the sun rays coming in from one side and add yellow then orange.  Remove the sun rays stencil (keep the arch on place) and add more yellow.
Stamp the flower from the meadow grasses set in place, then colour in.
Using a fine black pen, doodle round the frame and add a bit of ground for the flower.
Stamp 'Sending you Sunshine' and mount onto  backing card.
Nice and easy!

I originally did the same thing but with a circle aperture - this one is waiting for a different greeting..

I hope the sun is shining where you are,
Take care,
Janet xx

Saturday, 21 January 2017

Tea bag folding

Good afternoon,
I hope you are having a good weekend.  I am doing the Great Blakenham Claritystampers East workshop tomorrow, so having a bit of a rest today.
Today's card is one made using the fabulous new papers from Clarity.  I like using pretty papers to do tea bag folding.  I prefer using papers rather than the proper patterned squares designed for the job. You don't have to be quite so precise with your folding!  It is not so much in fashion at the moment, but I do them every now and then, I think they make a good decoration.

I did my fold and glued it all together, then stuck it to a small piece of square card (which doesn't show) to stabilise it.  I like to put a brad through the centre.
These papers are all double-sided, which is good for folding because you don't get white bits showing.
I went over the top with a glitter pen.
I stamped and inked a piece of matching card, using the corner stamp from the Sketchy Set of stamps and added the word 'Special' from the word chains, then stuck that to another piece of the same paper

Thanks very much for visiting, have a great day!
Janet xx