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Friday, 27 February 2015

New techniques learnt

Hello everyone - goodness I have been gone a lot of days again.

At one of the stamping clubs that I run each month, one of my ladies showed us 2 new techniques that we had discovered - I was on holiday & didn't get to see how it was done.  Then last week she kindly came along to another of the clubs & showed it to those ladies & I was there this time.

The two techniques are called Etching & Pointillism.

Here are the 2 samples I worked & finished off at home;


This is the Etching technique & it is amazing the difference those little lines to the petals make.


Here is a sample of an image partly completed which clearly shows the difference with & without the Etching.  This one was created by one of my club members.


This is my Pointillism sample.
I had difficulty with the dots at first because I was using Promarkers & the inks seemed to bleed into each other.  This was done with cheap felt tip pens - hence the very bright colours.

I love both of these techniques & will be using them again.

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Wednesday, 18 February 2015

a little romance

Good afternoon everyone - today I have a photo of the Valentines Day card I made for my Husband;


I layered some red & white card, both embossed with this trellis style folder & trimmed them down to layers to place on the scalloped edge square card.  From some more of the red card I cut the 3 hearts, then embossed the largest & smallest with a flourish embossing folder & the middle heart with a sort of dog tooth pattern.  I just happened to have a couple of peel-offs for Valentines day left over from some time ago so placed them on an a white card which I then die cut with the scalloped oval.  Using the next size up die I cut one in the red card.  A little red gem was placed at the top of each heart.

After taking the photo I realised I hadn't put Husband on it - so I did that afterwards.  It was placed just below the oval sentiment plaque.

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Tuesday, 17 February 2015

a birthday card

Yesterday I made a card based on a design I had seen on the Internet, which was probably whilst perusing all the areas of Pinterest.  It's fascinating looking through Pinterest - but you can get lost in it & time passes very quickly.


The background was made using Distress Inks through a stencil. The first pass through the stencil didn't look right until I realised I had to shuffle it down a bit & repeat the process to get a fuller background.  The inks I used were Mustard Seed, Peacock Feathers & Seedless Preserves.

To get the curve I tore a piece of scrap paper & laid it on the card under the stencil - I then used that curve to place the flowers which have been coloured with 2 of the inks & had a small pearl placed in the centres.  I edged the background card & the base card with Peacock Feathers.

All in all - quite pleased with that design.

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Thursday, 12 February 2015

different for me

Good evening - this evening I have 2 cards to show you that are very different to the normal style that I usually create.

Let me show you the cards & then explain a little bit;


This card came about because I had a 6x6 pad of papers sitting on my desk after making another card. I liked the page shown above & beneath it was a toning page.  On this toning page I stamped & embossed some outline flowers, which I then cut out.  Onto the page itself I stamped 2 vines in the top left corner & then added the flowers above those.  Before adding the flowers I layered the page onto some cream card then some light green card & that was then put onto a white scalloped edged card.  I then added the flowers & the "birthday wishes".  Also before layering the papers onto the card I stamped the vine down both edges just to relieve the whiteness.

The flowers are from a Dreamees stamp set & I have decided to stamp these out not only on white card to be coloured in - but also - on patterned paper, & to build a collection for use in future card making.

The second card is this one;


This one came from one of the background pages I produced whilst testing my gelli- plate.  Just before making that page I had bought a magazine that had a feather stamp & stencil as a freebie. Inside the magazine they mentioned a sister magazine that had a matching die for the feather. So! I bought that magazine too.

I stamped & die cut 3 feathers & added them to the corners of the card,   I also coloured in some of the pre-stamped flowers I had made as mentioned above & placed one at the base of the group of feathers & then one each at 2 of the corners.  Then I stamped the sentiment in black.

I then layered the page onto black card which was then layered onto a square white card.

They are different to my normal;style but I am pleased with them. Most importantly I am trying different things & using more of my stash.

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Monday, 9 February 2015

box of notelets

Good afternoon everyone.

Today I have some photos of a pretty box of notelets that I made over the weekend.  I say made - I suspect the correct description would be - put together.  The makings of this item were part of a large Hunkydory pack that I won last year.  There were the makings of 2 of these boxes.  I made one back in about October I think - so I thought it best I made the other one.  They make really nice gifts - or as I have used them for - raffle prizes.

The box was very easy to put together - so before I stuck this one together I drew around the component parts in order to make some more.  I expect I will use a die to cut a fancy front lid - but for now I have drawn around it as it is.


Here is the completed box along with my drawn plans.


A close up of the box


the box & its 6 notelets - there are 6 envelopes in the box too.

There are quite a few A4 sheets of card left over from this pack (plus lots of other pieces too) so I should be able to make several boxes.

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Sunday, 8 February 2015

50th birthday card

Good morning everyone I hope you are all having a really nice weekend.

Today I have a couple of photos of a 50th birthday card that I made last week.


I started with a plain white square card which I covered with this pretty yellow & lilac striped paper.  I just loved the little sprays of lilac on it.  I die-cut a purple oval scallop onto which I stamped & embossed in gold "Birthday Wishes".  I also stamped, embossed in gold & cut out the flowers which I then coloured with Promarkers & added little gems to the centres.

The 50 was die-cut using a set of dies I have had a long time.  The alpha & the numerals come in 2 shapes - a thick one & a thin one which are supposed to be layered on top of each other for a really nice effect.  But I chose to use only the thin version & this I added to the petals of the large flower.


In the paper pad were these matching papers which I used for the inserts, turning one of them around the other way.  I added another slim 50 & stamped the verse in black.


A close up of the verse.

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Wednesday, 4 February 2015

goodness me

Hi everyone - I don't know how many of you actualy notice the details at the bottom of each post, but one of the things that is noted is the time of the post.
The one I have just posted says 3:30 am - I definitely was not up at that time of day blogging.  It was written a short while ago & was meant to be scheduled for 3:30 this afternoon - but I clicked on the wrong one.  I should have clicked on 15:30 - honestly if I had a brain.

Ah well I hope you enjoy the post.

A birthday card

Good afternoon everyone - I hope you all have this lovely sunny day that I have here in North Wales.

Today I have a photo of a recently made birthday card;


It's the first time for a while that I have made a DL card, but this image really suited the size.  I stamped the collage image onto white card in black archival ink.  Then on another piece of card I stamped the image again focusing on the flower, which I then carefully cut out.  The cut out image was then coloured with some Twinkling H2O style paints that I have (they were inexpensive from The Works a few years ago & are beautiful & shimmery).  The cut out was then placed over the image in the main design after I had cut out the main image with a labels die.  The "happy birthday" is from Clearly Besotted, along with the banner die to cut it out.  I also ran the front of the DL card through a "dotty" embossing folder.

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Sunday, 1 February 2015

A new toy

Good afternoon everyone on a very sunny but very windy & cold day.

This morning I had a play with a new toy - I have bought a Gelli Plate.

I had been thinking of buying one for some time but other things took precedence. Then a member of one of my clubs gave us a demonstration plus the chance to play.  I was totally taken with the results produced by everyone & that evening got straight onto the Internet & ordered one.  Mine is a 6" x 6" square which I felt would be big enough for what I might do.  I have already decided that I will buy another one - but a smaller one for use with tags & small pieces of card.

So, my play this morning.  Although mostly used with paints I wanted to use mine with stamping so that is where I started.

Briefly - ink is put onto the Gelli plate with a brayer, then some stamping is done, or overlaying of stencils to get pattern & texture.  When that is complete a piece of card is laid down onto the Gelli plate, gently smoothed over & removed (pulled) from the surface.  Whatever was on the plate is transferred to the card.

Here are photos of the results of my play;


My first attempt was to ink the plate with 2 colours of Adirondack inks & then stamp the fairy image in black on top.  After "pulling" the design I then stamped direct onto the card with the same image & black ink.  This shows the difference in quality of the ink direct on the Gelli plate versus direct on the card.


My second attempt, after using 2 colours of ink again, involved stamping into the ink with a clean stamp.  This results in the ink being lifted from the Gelli plate & so you get a negative print.  After pulling the print I went back & stamped the flowers in the 2 colours - direct on the plate. Then I carefully placed the card back down over the images & pulled the design again. 


I was so pleased with the results of the second attempt, that I produced another one - this time using a pretty feather stamp I have.  I really love this one & already thinking of how I can use it.


My final attempt was a little more adventuresome.  The start of the design was the same as the previous 2 - ink the plate, stamped with clean stamp & pull print.  I then inked the stamp with black ink & thinking carefully about what I wanted to do stamped the image directly onto the plate as close to the original position as I could.  I then placed the background print over the top & pulled the design again.  I didn't quite get the position right for the top left corner but a much better attempt for the lower right corner.   A great way to produce backgrounds.

Some time in the week I will also have a go using acrylic paints.  I am wondering whether the design could be lifted by a canvas rather than a piece of card.  I suspect it would work to a degree but the texture of the canvas would affect the finished look.  Worth a try.

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