Saturday, 26 May 2018

Getting there!

Here we are again, lol!

It's my third catch up this week, one more after this and I'm up to date as far as I can remember.

Today's shares are cards I created mainly for the fun of trying out new stamps but they will eventually be sent with love from me to people I care about.

I created this first one some months ago using a then newly released Jofy for PaperArtsy stamp set so as usual not entirely sure on the background but I think I scribbled Fibralo markers onto my craftmat, spritzed with water then splattered with a brush over my card.  I probably used co-ordinating Distress Inks to lightly blend round the edges.  I stamped with Watering Can Archival Ink and coloured with pencils (either Derwent Coloursoft or Polychromos).

The flowers were stamped onto separate card and I have no idea what that was coloured with, lol!  I added colour to the details with pencils, cut them out and shaped them before attaching to the card.  The sentiments are 7 Dots Studio word strip stickers and a bit of white pen finished it off.

This second card has been created using some of my newest Lavinia stamps.  The background is Oxide Inks but leaving lots of white.   I added some stencilling with Archival Ink before stamping the fairy and her little friend and the hillocks were created with torn paper and Archival ink which I also used to blend around the edges.

I used various Archival Ink colours to stamp all the foliage and finally painted Stickles to the centres of the pods and the fairy wings.  Lavinia stamps always make me smile and I was delighted with this card.  Not sure I can bear to part with it, lol!

Right, one more day to go then I'm caught up.

Lesley  Xx

Friday, 25 May 2018

I'm back yet again!

Good Morning once again.

We have finally been having some nice weather here in the UK, for the majority that is.  As for me well.......let's just say a tad cooler would be my preference, lol!

It's cards again today but these were made for my card stash and also to have a go at using some large background stamps that I always struggle to know what to do with.  I really enjoyed making these as I got to use some more of my experimental background stash.  It's such a good feeling to actually get some of them used, lol!

This marble stamp was wood mounted and has been in my collection for many years totally neglected and unloved.  It has now been removed from the wood and can be used with my Be Creative stamp press  which makes it so much easier to get a good impression with.  The background is Oxide Ink onto glossy card which I polished once it was dry.  It gives a lovely finish!  I stamped with Black Archival (I think) and used a scrap of the background to create the sentiment strip mounted onto black card and with some thread to embellish a little.

The second card uses another old wood backed stamp which is now without the wood, lol!  Again it's an Oxide Ink background but on matte coated card this time.  Such a pretty pastel background and perfect for this negative image.  I can't say who's the stamp manufacturer as there was no name on the block.  The quote is from one of Alison Bomber's fab word sets for PaperArtsy. 

This card was again stamped onto an Oxide background but on ordinary none textured card.  I stamped with Versafine Black Ink and clear embossed.  Really love how this turned out.  The stamp is by Imagination Crafts

Another card using the same Imagination Crafts negative stamp but this time I think the background was Oxides with a small amount of PaperArtsy Infusions added on top.  I can't be 100% sure as I made it ages ago and it was sent to a friend.  However, this time I stamped in Versamark and embossing with Wow Bright White embossing powder.  Another fab result!

Okay,  now I'm getting somewhere with the backlog, lol!  Same time, same place tomorrow!

Lesley  Xx

Thursday, 24 May 2018

And another catchup post!

Morning again everyone,

I'm on a roll with my catch ups now as next week is going to be a bit busier, Bank Holiday and school half term with hopefully a visit from Daughter and her three kiddos,f so here's my second share.

Two more birthday cards and the first one for my eldest brother.  I forgot to take proper photos of this card before I sent it off so have to make do with this pic from my phone.

 As this was created back at the end of January I am guessing at how I did it, lol!  I know it was on linen effect card and I think I blended Oxide Inks to create the background then stamped the image (can't remember whose and I have too many wildflower stamps to search through, lol) with Versamark and embossed with Wow Brilliant White embossing powder.  The sentiments are definitely from my much used Chocolate Baroque collection.

This second card was for a crafting friend and the background is water spritzed Oxide Inks picked up from my craftmat.  I then stamped with Archival Inks using a variety of stamps but mostly Artemio.  I used Polychromos pencils to add colour to the main images and added white pen dots to the cow parsley.  I think the butterfly was a Tim Holtz one again coloured with Polychromos.

As usual I only attached the body of the butterfly as I like their wings to have a little movement.  I also liked the contrast of the bright blues against the background.  I used some of my huge stash of designer papers as a co-ordinating matt.  I think this is the way I have to go to get some of it used would be a shame for it to go in recycling just for the sake of it.

Okey Doke, time to get on with chores 😞....real life is so boring sometimes, lol!  I'll be back again tomorrow, till then

Lesley  Xx

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

I am such a baaad blogger!

Hello lovely people,

Despite all my good intentions at the beginning of the year, I have been a dreadful blogger for the past few months.  It's not that I haven't made a few things I've just not got round to sharing them in Blogland although I have shared them on Facebook and Instagram.  I do like to have them on here as a record for myself though so I'm going to try and catch up a little over the next few posts.

Today I have a few fairly recent birthday cards to share.

This first card was for my Hubby's recent 70th birthday.  I used stamps by Scrapcosy for PaperArtsy.  I really love this nautical set and this is a different take on the stamps to the card in my last post.

The strips were cut from an old background piece I made and I have no idea what inks I used, lol!  The stamping and blending around the edges is Distress Oxides and I did a little splattering of water to remove some of the ink on the blending.  The compass was a chipboard piece I found in my stash and I covered it with two shades of Seth Apter's Baked Texture embossing powders.

This second card was for one of my brothers.  Again I cut strips of cards from a really old background I created.  I think this might have been done with the old Moonglow Inks I bought from The Stampman when I first started crafting .  

The 'starry' looking lazer cut piece is by Scrapiniec and I dabbed it with two different coloured inks then Versamark and heat embossed with clear ep.

My final card for today was for my Son-in-Law.  I stamped the vintage car which is from a favourite Chocolate Baroque  set called Eccentric Edwardian (I think).  It's one of the first sets I ever bought from them back in the days when they went under the Elusive Images banner and I find it a mega useful set for mens cards.  Anyway, I stamped and clear embossed the car and stamped again onto masking paper.   I masked the car then added the stencilling using oxide Ink.

 I also used the Oxide Ink to add a little colour to the car as well as a bit of shadowing near the wheels.  A few strips of Tim Holtz tissue tape and stamped sentiments and that was it.

So that's it for today and hopefully I can catch up with another multiple post in a day or two.

Thanks for dropping by.

Lesley  Xx

Sunday, 29 April 2018

Speedy card and even speedier post ....PaperArtsy Blog Challenge entry.

Hi everyone,

It's been a while, lol!  Mostly because for some weeks Mr Blogger was not playing nice and would not let me post anything and I couldn't be bothered to try and sort it out.  Finally it has come right all by itself but it's a good job I have given up DT work or I would have been in a right old panic, lol!

Anyway, having been very lax with entries to the PaperArtsy Blog Challenge, Darcy brought it to our attention on FB today that it was final day for entries to the current challenge of  'Kraft' so at the nth hour I decided to have a bash at making a card and here it is.

All the stamped images are from the stunning nautical set by Scrapcosy for PaperArtsy and
I kept to shades of brown using Oxide Ink for the bottom image as I wanted a misty kind of look to it and then Potting Soil Archival for the beautiful sailing ship which I clear embossed to make it stand out.  

In the background I stamped the gorgeous script using Versamagic Cloud White.  I inked the edges and then added the Tim Holtz tape.  I stamped the quote from one of Alison Bomber's sets onto the reverse side of a scrap of Kraft card to give a slightly different shade and cut it up to add to the card.  I layered it to my base card on some fine corrugated card I had in my stash and that's it.

Yikes, 5 minutes to link up.....see Ya!

Lesley  Xx

Friday, 23 March 2018

It's VIP birthday time!

Morning everyone,

It's a bit windy out again today and although the sun keeps trying to make an appearance the clouds are winning for the moment.  At least the temperature has risen to double figures for a day or two but typically set to drop again for the Easter hols 😒.

Anyway,  today I'm sharing a card I actually created over a month ago, ready in plenty of time for our Son's 40th birthday which was on Wednesday.  I'm beginning to think our Royal Mail has a big cheek putting postage charges up next week as just recently I and a few others have not received the service we paid for.  I think it's time they did away with 'first class' as they are taking several days to deliver even when this is paid for and I was really disappointed this card did not reach it's destination till after the birthday date.  Oh well, moan over for now, lol.  I was very chuffed with the card itself and I think Jamie liked it.

I started by sticking torn bookpages to various areas of an 18cm square piece of card, then roughly brayered Fresco Finish acrylic paints in different shades of grey.  I followed this with some stencilling of the brickwork and stamped some wording using Shadow Grey Archival Ink.

I stamped the fab Bee Crafty Banksy style image using Black Archival before finally adding some Smalltalk Stickers and a phrase stamped separately and cut out.

As Jamie is an artist/tutor himself and has done a lot of graffiti style artwork I thought this card was particularly apt.  We are looking forward to a meal with close family and friends on Sunday and are hoping the weather behaves this time as it had to be cancelled due to the snow storms last weekend.

I might be back again tomorrow but if not have a good weekend everyone.

Lesley  Xx

Saturday, 10 March 2018

Ooer! It's Pink Again!

.....I must be feeling a bit poorly, lol!

Good Morning everyone,

I am hoping you have started the day with better weather than we have here.  It's been absolutely tipping it down but stopped for now.  More expected late afternoon but I intend crafting so that's ok, lol!

I seem to be having an accidental run on pink at the moment which I'm sure everyone knows is not my favourite colour.....and that is an understatement!  However, when the latest Distress Oxide Ink releases arrived I had to put the colours through their paces and I did like this dusky background I got so it had to be used.  Now the card has been received I can share it.

I thought the background was perfect for using Raquel Burillo's (aka Scrapcosy) stamp set ESC04 for PaperArtsy.  I used Aged Mahogany Oxide to do the stamping with the script stamp in the background and the roses stamped and heat embossed.  I then added some subtle highlighting with white pencil to the roses and green to the leaves.  I did a little stencilling with white Versamagic through Kim Dellow's stencil for PaperArtsy.

I found the pretty chipboard frame and lightly stamped it with the script stamp and stuck it to the card and stamped the butterfly onto a background scrap to add to the centre of the frame.  A small sentiment and a few pretty pearls and the card was finished.  

I must admit this kind of pink I do like, lol, and I loved it teamed with Raquel's stamps.

Have a lovely weekend everyone and see you again soon.

Lesley  Xx