Friday, 23 June 2017

A Birthday and a Bereavement.

Hello everyone

A quick post from me to share a couple of cards I made for recent events, one for a happy birthday and the other, sadly for a close friend whose Mum passed away.  These are both quite simple cards but I was particularly pleased with them.

First the birthday card which was for our Son's lovely Mum-in-Law.

It was a difficult card to photograph really to get the fab effect of the butterflies which are cut using a new die I bought recently at the StampMagic show.  There is a background layer created using PaperArtsy Infusions then the diecut layer placed over the top with the wings lifted. The large butterfly is a mini Tim Holtz/Sizzix die cut from the same Infusions background and overstamped with a PaperArtsy Mini script stamp.

A different angle to try and show the dimension.  It still doesn't show it too well with being white but the effect is lovely and I was really pleased I'd bought this die from Chloe's stand.  The stamped sentiment is from Chocolate Baroque.

My second card is one of those inevitable ones we crafters wish we did not to have to make but I always try to take extra care to keep them simple and elegant when I do.

This was a simple case of stamping the beautiful Penny Black stamp (another StampMagic purchase this time from Snazzy's) with Watering Can Archival Ink, then the sentiment from Chocolate Baroque and finally layering onto a co-ordinating matt before sticking it to the card base.

I absolutely love this elegant stamp and the clever dimensional effect given by the cut of the rubber.  Val, the owner of Snazzy's had two or three other designs in the same range and it was so difficult just choosing one.  I think I might have to have at least one more!  

It has been so hot over the past week making my conservatory craftroom unbearable until too late in the evening for much crafting to be done but we (or might that just be me) are looking forward to a much cooler weekend so I'm hoping to have some playtime this weekend.

Thanks for dropping by and until next time........

Lesley  Xx

Friday, 16 June 2017

I said I'd be back!

Hello Again,

For my second post today I am sharing a postcard created for one of the other swaps this month in UK Stampers Forum.  This time the theme is numbers.

I've used PaperArtsy stamps throughout on this piece, mainly HotPicks sets.  I stamped the main image (affectionately known as Shrek Girl amongst PaperArtsy fans) and then created a mask to cover her while I blended Distress Oxides and did all the random stamping on the background.

When I removed the masks I decided not to add much colour to Shrek Girl as I liked the way she popped from the background so I just coloured little bits and then added Glossy Accents to her heart.  

And speaking of hearts..... when I'd finished this piece I realised it fits the fab Country View Crafts challenge again so I'm off to link it up. 

It might be next week before I'm back again so I hope you all have a lovely weekend.

Lesley  Xx

This time it's ATCs!

Morning all,

The weather has cooled down a little from a couple of days ago....much more my comfort zone now 😉 but it's set to rise considerably again for the weekend so I will probably be complaining, lol!

My first post this morning (amazingly I have another one to follow) is to share the ATCs I have created for this month's UK Stampers Forum swap (Facebook group).  If you're interested this is becoming a very popular group run by Sid Hazelden.  There is lots of varied inspiration with friendly members and Sid kindly organises several swaps every month which I'm really enjoying so look it up on Facebook if you're interested in that kind of thing.  It says UK but I think there are international members too.

The theme for this month's ATCs is 'Anything Goes' so I created three totally different ones.

 I used different background techniques and products and different stamp manufacturers for each one.

 This one turned out to be my favourite and its a stamp by Artistic Outposts.  I laid down random colours of water soluble crayons then covered them with PaperArtsy Crackle Glaze and finally a mix of two slightly different shades of green Fresco Finish.  I was rushing the layers a bit because my conservatory craftroom gets so hot everything dries before I can apply them and I don't think I put enough crackle glaze on so only got a few crackles here and there but I think it was for the best in this instance.  Finished off with a little highlighting in red.

This one has a spritzed background of Lindy's Stamp Gang sprays.  The image is from one of the newest Lynne Perrella sets from PaperArtsy stamped with black Archival ink.  I then added London Bus and White Fire highlights using PaperArtsy Frescos and painted the face.  This ended up heavier than I wanted because again, it was drying too fast for me to blend it properly but it didn't look too bad in the end.

The final one is Distress Oxide ink squished on my craft mat, spritzed with water and then the card dipped into it.  I stamped the clouds then used a water brush to remove some of the colour.  I did the rest of the stamping, added colour to the ladder and bird and finished off with painting the clouds with glitter gloss.  EDIT :  I forgot to say the stamps are from Tracey Easson's Wonky Tonk collection.

Once again a fun swap to enter and I love waiting for my swaps to arrive each month.

I'll be back shortly with another post.

Lesley  Xx

Monday, 12 June 2017

I got off to a slow start.......

but I'm up and running again now for June!

Hello everyone,

After doing so well up to the middle of May I disappeared. lol, but some of that was down to family time over half term holidays etc.  I have made several items but either can't blog them yet or I haven't had time but finally tonight I can share a tag I've made for the UK Stampers Forum (Facebook group) June swap.  The theme this month is anything goes which is handy because I've managed to make it fit a some challenges.

I started off with a large manilla tag and layed down several layers of Fresco Finish Acrylic paints very randomly using my small brayer.  I used 3 shades of grey plus a light layer of lilac.  When I was happy with the painty layers I mixed some PaperArtsy Violetta Infusions with a dollop of Finnabair modelling paste and applied it through a heart stencil.

I then did some light stamping on the background using Emma Godrey and Darcy stamps (both for PaperArtsy) and then stamped the quote from Darcy's set with black Archival ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.

Finally I diecut a scribbly heart from a piece of Infusions treated card using a Tim Holtz/Sizzix die, stuck it to the tag, edged the whole thing with black and added some ribbon.  I keep looking at the tag now and thinking it's not quite finished and I think it needs another diecut heart.  I'll have a go tomorrow and if I decide to add another one I'll edit the pics.

I'd like to enter this tag into the following lovely challenges...

I hope to be back with you by the weekend with another challenge entry 😉.  In the meantime I hope you all have a good week.

Lesley  Xx

Friday, 19 May 2017

I'm doing well this month.......

Hello everyone on another wet and grey day....

I hope all this rain is making some difference to our depleted stocks of water, lol!!!

Anyway,  for some reason despite several days away from my craftroom I'm doing quite well on the production rate this month......for me at any rate, Ha! Ha!  This morning I've finished a tag for the UK Stampers Forum tag swap.  As mentioned in my previous post this is a lovely FaceBook group for beginners and experienced stampers alike.  The theme this month is Anything Goes so how could I not enter.

 I had no plan in mind for this tag, it's very rare that I do but by complete happenstance I ended up with a tag which I think has a reference to our current situation here in the UK, ie  our upcoming General Election.

Once again I started out with a recently discovered tag.  I think this one was done with Distress Stains judging by the splats of gold and the colours.

I stencilled with Fresco Finish paint through a Seth Apter designed stencil then created the background with PaperArtsy Minis and Hot Picks stamps.  I stamped the clock/watch face 3 times onto another piece of background card (Glimmer Mists this time I think) die cut them and stuck them to the tag.

Finally, when I got home from an overnight visit to our daughters last night the Paperdolls from Tim Holtz' last release of products were waiting for me.  Haven't we been waiting an age for this release to reach the UK for all but a very lucky few?  As I went through them all just to see what was in there (there are lots) this lady struck me as looking like a suffragette and so together with the 'MAKE IT (your vote?) COUNT'  I thought she completed the tag perfectly.  I simply inked round the edges of the lady with Sepia Archival Ink before placing her.  I added the key and the OXO (painted with a mix of gold and copper FF and then clear embossed) for balance.  Finally I layered the tag onto black card and added the sari silk and lace.

That's it from me for today.  See you again soon and have a lovely weekend everyone.

Lesley  Xx

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

I nearly forgot again, lol!

Evening everyone who hasn't gone to bed yet!

I got a little busy with chores this afternoon and forgot to come back and do this quick post but as I'm going up to my daughter's in Harrogate tomorrow till late Friday I didn't want to leave it.

This time I have a postcard to share.  It's for another swap in the UK Stampers Forum again and this time the theme is 'Floral Heaven'.  Well, I have more flower stamps than butterflies I think so I was spoilt for choice on which to use.  I decided on a beautiful stamp from Chocolate Baroque called Crackling Rose.

Once again I've started with one of my found glimmer mist backgrounds (I have loads, lol).  I stamped the image using Watering Can Archival ink and embossed with clear ep.  I then painted the image using Amsterdam Acrylic Inks (bought from PaperArtsy at Ally Pally last month).  I stamped the lacy border, another Chocolate Baroque stamp from their Lace Fragments set and used cut n dry foam to edge with black Archival ink.

Finally I stamped the word BLOOM which is part of a quote from a PaperArtsy stamp and I added a few tiny 'dew drops' of Glossy Accents but I don't think you can see them on the pic.

I'm off to enter this into a challenge.

I hope tomorrow and Friday are as glorious as it's been here today.  I have tickets to the Stitching Sewing and Hobbycrafts show which starts tomorrow for 3 days so Jenna and I are going on Friday.

See you all again soon.

Lesley  Xx

Everything's coming up Butterflies!

I'm back .....

.....for the second of three posts today!

I've made three ATCs for a swap for the UK Stampers Forum (not just for crafters in the UK) this month were the theme is 'I've got butterflies'.  There couldn't be a better theme for me as I might just have a 'few' butterfly stamps knocking around my craftroom, lol!  Add to those the new Distress Oxide inks with which I am in love and I was in seventh heaven.  The Forum is a lovely group, growing daily with beginners and experienced stampers alike.  It's full of inspiration with some lovely swaps and challenges so why not look them up on Facebook.

They all started out with blended Oxide backgrounds which I sprinkled with water and dabbed with paper towel.  Stamping was then done with Black Archival ink.

This first one simply had a few touches of Sakura gold sparkle pen before edging in Walnut Stain Oxide and adding a bit of Frantage on the corners and a Chit Chat word.

The second one had some of the colour removed with a wet paintbrush before once again adding a bit of subtle gold sparkle, walnut stain edging and Frantage.

The third one is my favourite I think.  Same methods as the other two but with a few dots of white pen added as well.

I really enjoyed these quick makes and I like them so much I think I need to make three more for me, lol! 

I'm entering them into a couple of lovely challenges.... 

Another post .....yes, 3 in one day, lol...... coming up later.

Lesley  Xx