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Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Pretty little poppies .......

Happy Wednesday .....

Middle of the week again ...... and busy as usual.  And .... the sun is shining .... Whoo hoo!! It's still flippin' cold though ...... brrrrr!!!

Did you get to watch Clarity with Barbara on the telly at the weekend?  A few of my samples made it onto the shows ..... it's still weird seeing my work on the telly!!
Anyhow ...... I gave you a few sneaky peeks last week so it's time to see them in full.

What did you think of the new stamps ...... pretty eh!  And really handy to have in your stash too, the two sets work so well together .....
and the gorgeous Meadow Grasses 
(my favourite!) 

Here's a  couple of my samples using the pretty Poppies stamp set .....

I loved how this turned out ..... not my usual colours ..... the yellow and orange that is, but I'm loving how they look when mixed with the hot pink .... gorgeous or what!!!

I just inked the four panels of white card using Distress Inks .... directly from the ink pad to the card. You can still blend them beautifully doing it this way

Once the ink was dry I then stamped the poppies onto three of the panels and used one of the Clarity Word Chains on the other ...... embossing each of the images with a clear powder

Next came the magic bit ...... bleaching out some of the colour of the poppies using just plain water. Because the Distress inks react with water you can take some of the colour away just by painting over the top with a clean, wet paint brush and then using a piece of kitchen roll to dab away the ink to leave this lovely bleached looking effect .... clever eh!

A bit of matting and layering using black and white card, and to finish off I added a bit more interest to the large black layer by stamping one of the grasses that comes in the Poppies stamp set, across the bottom of the card and simply embossing with a clear powder ....... if you click on the main picture above you'll see what I mean (ooops! ....... I didn't take a close up photo of that bit!!!)

I loved this card so much that I made a little book mark using the same colours and techniques .....

This time though I added in a bit of white embossing  ........

And splattered a touch of white paint here and there on the background ......

You can use whatever colours you like with the poppies ...... who's to say they have to be red ..... even though they do look so pretty when they are ....

CAS this time ..... just a touch of colour

And the perfect word to go with them .....

Thanks for popping by .... enjoy the rest of your day.
I'll be back later in the week with more from Clarity.

Cheerio until next time


Monday, 8 February 2016

Happy Birthday Less is More!

Happy Monday!

I hope you all had a good weekend ..... it was a little bit on the wet side over here.  I think I'm getting webbed feet!!!

Let's get the week started with a celebration shall we.  Over at Less Is More  it's Happy Birthday all the way .......... they're 5 this week ...... Whoo hoo!!
Congratulations ladies!

Less is More was the first blog challenge that I entered all those moons ago.  They introduced me to the OLC (One Layer Card) which is now a firm favourite of mine and of course my love for lots of white space.
Each week the ladies come up with a fab challenge and there's always loads of entries, with lots of inspiration.  Keep up the good work girls .... we love you!!

It's always a Colour week at the beginning of the month and this time its one of my favourites .....

(accents of metallics or black are acceptable too)

Never easy to photograph .... but always looks great!

Lots of white space this week ....... I used one of my favourite Penny Black dies for the balloons and a die from my pile of NBUS (Never Before Used Stuff!) ....... the Happy Trio from WPlus9 ..... love it!!

I cut three of the happy's and layered them together for a bit more depth ......

and you can see that I gave each of my die cuts a quick spritz with some white pearlescent spray

I attached the balloons using foam pads for dimension and tied a little bit of silver thread around the bottom of them

I gave the whole thing one final spritz with the pearlescent spray ..... another thing that's not the easy to photograph, especially when there's no sun to catch the shimmer!

A nice sentiment inside (Penny Black's sprinkles and smiles) ......  

and another quick spritz finish everything off nicely.

Happy Birthday Less is More ..... here's the next 5 years!!

Thanks for popping by ..... enjoy the rest of your day.

It's half term here in the Isle of Man so I've got the little man this week.  I'll try and keep up with things and not get too distracted with Super Mario, Thunderbirds or Thomas!  Although I may just be tempted by a nice trip to the ice cream parlour later in the week, and ...... we have to decorate the plant pot that his daffodil is growing in so that should be fun ..... and messy!!

Right I'm off now to finalise my Stampin Up! order (could take a while!) from the party I hosted yesterday.  We all had a great time.   Lyn, my lovely SU rep did a fantastic job ...... great demos and a fab make and take.
They all want to know when we can do it again!

Cheerio until next time .....


Saturday, 6 February 2016

Mixed Media Challenge for Happy Little Stampers

Hello again .....

Time for another challenge ...... it's a busy old month so far!!

It's the turn of the HLS Mixed Media Challenge this time ..... and this month it's all about using PAINT

As always the challenge is sponsored by the Happy Little Stampers Store

And the challenge winner will receive a $15 discount voucher to shop in the store

We have a fabulous Guest Designer with us again this month ..... the lovely Autumn from  Sew Paper Paint is joining in the fun .... please pop over and say Hi.

So ...... paint ...... I love the stuff!!

Towards the end of last year I ran a small workshop on creating Masterboards.  
Basically you use your stamps to create complete sheets of your own patterned card or paper, then colour them in using inks, or pens, pencils or in this case I used PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Acrylic Paints.  I've been waiting for an opportunity to cut it up and make a card!

It started out as a sheet of white A4 cardstock which I coloured completely using the paints.  Once this was dry I then stamped over the top using one of the mini JOFY stamps (JOFY Mini 34) until the whole of the sheet was covered.
Try and keep your pattern quite random, and stamp off the edges too.  Turn your stamps as you go along to get a different look.

I embossed each of the images with a clear powder ...... this helps when colouring in the flowers later.

I used more shades of paint from the Fresco Finish range to colour each of the flowers ..... just mixed each one with a little water and used them with a fine paintbrush ...

The embossing acts as a resist against the paint around the edges so you don't loose any of the detail of the stamped images.

I've used a whole range of colours on mine, but you could just use one or two, use your favourite colour in two or three different shades or just colour the background in a nice bold colour and leave your stamped images white ..... just have a play.

Anyhow .... my masterboard was then cut down to size (approx. 14cm square) ....... and I've still got loads left over for other projects.
I then stamped the HAPPY .... from the HLS Bold Birthday Sentiments onto a strip of torn vellum using Versamark ink, and embossed with a fine detail white powder

This was then wrapped around the card, and then mat onto another piece of white card, before adding it to the front of my cardblank.

I finished off by adding some dots of white Enamel Accents to the centres of the flowers and just a few onto the vellum for added decoration.

I even used a piece of the masterboard to decorate the inside .......

Along with another of the words from the HLS Bold Birthday Sentiments

Have a go at making your own masterboards .... it's fun.

Thanks for popping by ..... enjoy the rest of your day.

Cheerio until next time

Barbara's back ........

Happy weekend folks!

I hope it's a good one for you ..... got anything nice planned?

If you're a Clarity fan then you'll be pleased to know that Barbara is back on our screens again this weekend with lots of brand new Clarity goodies.
Make a date with HOCHANDA this Sunday ....... that's Sky channel 663/Freeview 39/Freesat 817 .... at 2pm and 5pm.  Then the lady's back again at 8pm to launch a new One Day Wonder ..... oooh!!!

I've been busy in the old craft room playing working with some of the new goodies so here's a few sneaky peeks at some of my DT pieces that will hopefully be on the shows .....

Beautiful new stamp sets ......

Loved these new designs ....

Watch on Sunday and you might just see these in full ..... or check back here next week and I'll share them all with you then.

Thanks for popping by ..... have a great weekend whatever you're up to.

Cheerio until next time


Friday, 5 February 2016

Text Me .......

Happy Friday folks,

It's the first Friday of the month and that means there's a brand new Craft Stamper Challenge.
It's the turn of Take a Technique this month and the theme is .....
TEXT ME ......

Now when we say text we don't mean sentiments or phrases ..... NO single words.  What we want to see is lots of text on your projects ..... think backgrounds!   Text or script background stamps, handwritten text, old book pages, scrapbooking papers with text, bits torn from magazines .... whatever you can find.

Our sponsor this month is ..... A Sprinkle of Imagination

And the prize is a fabulous £25 gift voucher to spend in the store ...... ooooh!

Not only that ASOI are also offering 10% off for blog readers.  Just use the code CSBlog10%  on any orders placed from February 5th right through to the 25th, with a minimum of £5 spend, excluding p&p.
Fancy that ......... well you'd better get creating.

Need a little but of inspiration to get you started ..... there's loads on the Craft Stamper Blog today .... and here's a little something from me ....... a quick tag card using an old book page for the background

I love using old book pages to stamp onto ..... the text always makes a nice interesting background.
Just be careful though ..... give the page a quick once over to check for any naughty words that may be on there ...... don't go using any of the Fifty Shades books now ..... oooh errr!!!

I simply glued my book page onto a piece of cardstock, to give it a bit more strength and then stamped the gorgeous Sunflower from IndigoBlu.
I embossed the image using a clear powder .... which makes things a little easier when adding colour.

In this case I've used my Distress Inks to colour the flower ...... mixed with a little clean water.  Not too much though .... remember it's an old book page, the paper might be quite delicate, you don't want to tear it.

Before stamping the words, I painted over the text with a bit of white Gesso just to tone down the book text a little so that the sentiment (STAMPlorations Subway Art Builders - DARE) would stand out more

I finished off with a co-ordinating ribbon ......

And a torn bit of book page on the inside ......

Again adding the colour in the same way

Now it's over to you ..... get texting!!!

Don't forget there 2 winners each month ...... the winner of the sponsors prize which is chosen randomly, and then there's the Design Winner chosen by the DT .... never an easy task I can tell you!!
They get their winning project published in the Craft Stamper magazine ..... oooh!  They're invited to be a Guest Designer on a future challenge ...... oooh!!  AND they get their own Winners Profile on the Craft Stamper Blog ..... whoo hoo!!! So come on .... give it a go!

Thanks for popping by ...... enjoy the rest of your day and have a great weekend.
I'm off out this morning ...... I'm going over to a friends for a crafty play day.  My craft bag is packed .... who knows whats in there.  We're not planning anything in particular  ....we'll just see what happens ..... probably lots of tea and biscuits and more chatting than crafting but hey! it'll be fun.
Then on Sunday I'm playing hostess for a Stampin Up party ..... another gathering of crafty ladies. Hubby will be locking himself in his office again ..... apparently we get quite loud ..... I don't beleive that!!

Cheerio until next time


Thursday, 4 February 2016

Let's play some festive Tic Tac Toe ......

Hello there,

It's time for February's Christmas Challenge over at  Happy Little Stampers (I remembered this month ... whoo hoo!!)   We're got a little game of Tic Tac Toe for you ....

You know the rules right ..... choose any line to play along.  That means straight across, straight down or one of the diagonals, so there's lots of options to choose from.
I've gone straight down the left hand side ....... Pink .... Glitter (had to!) and Gold

The PINK part is the snowflakes ..... a mixture of Tim Holtz stamps and Inkadinkadoo, and first and second generation stamping

The GLITTER is a touch of sparkle added to the large snowflake ......

And the GOLD bit is the sentiment of course .....

One of the stamps from the HLS Mixed Christmas Sentiments ..... stamped and embossed with a gold powder.

As always there's a little design on the inside too ....

Pink snowflakes make a nice change I think.  Now it's your turn .... which line will you choose?

As always the Challenge is sponsored by the Happy Little Stampers store ......

and the winner will receive a $15 voucher to spend in the shop

I'm looking forward to seeing all your entries!

Why not pop over to the HLS Blog .... there you'll find lots more inspiration for the challenge.  We've got a great guest designer too this month.  The lovely Ksenija from Sweet Kobylkin is joining us .... you're in for a treat! 

Thanks for popping by .... enjoy the rest of your day.

Cheerio until next time

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