Sunday, 28 February 2016

Wax On..........Wax Off


The title sort of gives it away lol, yes I've been playing with the encaustic wax again! I do struggle but it does get easier the more you practice and I can get a few background sheets done if I'm lucky before there is melted wax and smoke all over the place! The smoke is a little worrying, I have the iron set on low so I think I'm taking so long putting wax on, accidently taking it off and then putting it back on that I think it may be overheating, I learn something new every time I try!


I found out that you need to stamp first - using a dye ink (pigment ink melts before your eyes when you put the wax and iron on it - trust me on this one!) and apply the wax after. If you use light colours (I used yellow, red and pink) then the image still shows through and then I discovered that I could use alcohol pens to lightly colour on top of the wax. Really expected it to smear but no it seemed to set OK.  I used Clear Lacquer on the flower heads to lift them a bit. Even used a die on a scrap and that seemed to work as well (note to self - do remember to clean the die afterwards! Some of the wax got trapped but soon came off) Finally some pink and gold sequins were added. I'm entering this card in February's Chocolate Baroque Challenge 20 as I've used their stamp - Spring Bird Tulip on it.


This one really doesn't photo well but I followed the same principle as the other and it does look lovely in real life, this time I used Chocolate Baroque stamp set Poppy Meadow and just coloured the leaves not the flowers as I felt the wax coloured them well enough.


Well that's it for now, I'll be back this Thursday with some DT work and I really must get ready for my workshop next Saturday! Keeps me off the streets eh? Hope you have a good week and thanks for looking. x

Saturday, 27 February 2016

Penny Black Stamp It Saturday


Hi, hope you're having a great time - I'm super excited as my eldest Grandson is visiting this weekend. Don't get to see him much so I'm really looking forward to seeing him ! I had a busy weekend last week too with doing a workshop one day and then going to a local crop another - great fun.

Today I'm showcasing  a Penny Black rubber stamp of a Mo Manning design, this one is called 'Make a Wish' which you can also get as a digital from Mo's shop.  A lot of shops sell Penny Black stamps and dies and Oyster's is one in the UK. Some of us on Mo's Dream Team are doing this - taking it in turns every Saturday so keep an eye out for some great inspiration from everyone.



I used a Spellbinders die for the frame - sorry I can't remember the name it's quite an old one. I topped the frame with a piece of card which I had stenciled first with Gesso and then used Spiced Marmalade and Mustard Seed Distress Inks to colour it. The little girl is coloured with Copic pens and I added a dandelion die from Amy Design to tie it all together and used a Penny Black sentiment die on the mini tag.

So, I'm off to share this on Penny Black Facebook page and of course Bella and Bronte's page too. Thank you for looking and see you soon I hope!

Friday, 26 February 2016

Altenew - Fresh Freesia

Good morning - yay it's Friday!

A quick post this morning using a stamp I've had for a while, I bought it because my mum's favourite flower was Freesia and this lovely image comes with a lot of sentiments which are so handy.


I'm entering this in the Altenew February Challenge which asked for a card based on one given as inspiration by Yana on their blog.

She took her inspiration from an old blue door she had photographed so I initially embossed the blue card using a wood effect embossing folder. Then I topped it with a gold die cut using a Spellbinders die called Lonely Hearts and added some sprigs of white leaves, one of the sentiments from the stamp set and coloured the lovely Freesia with my pens after embossing it with white WOW EP. I deliberately kept the strokes of colour quite loose to resemble water colours.

Not always the type of card you want to make and often too difficult to do when in the situation that you need it but there are lots of different sentiments with this set to cover other options such as birthdays etc.

Thanks for looking and have a nice day!

Thursday, 18 February 2016

Mo Manning Blog Hop - February 2016

Hi - It’s the third Thursday of the month and so a big welcome to Mo Manning’s monthly Blog Hop!



Check out the blogs listed below and leave a comment on each of their blog hop posts to be in with a chance of winning a prize from Mo if your comment is picked – these are the Dream Team bloggers this month –

Lou, Hellen (you’re here), Vili, Anneke, Kaly, GrethaJulie,  and Gaynor 

Last month the two winners were Margo and Goldie, hope  they enjoyed their shopping trip !

The lovely Lou is the host this month and has picked ‘Boys’ as the theme this month – now I’m not that good at making boy’s cards but with 4 grandsons I really should do more. Mo has loads of super boy images and yes even teenage boys which can be really hard to find so pop to her shop and check them out for when you need one!



This image is called ‘Airplane’ and is especially for one of my boys – Oliver who had his birthday this month.

The sky is quite loose clouds made with Pan Pastels and a mask on linen cardstock (the texture helps the pastel to grip better I find). I added some cloud and sentiment die cuts and then my Copic coloured image with some Clear Crystal added to look like glass.


So thanks for looking and don’t forget to leave a comment before you hop on to Vili next!

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Mo's Dream Team February Challenge


Hi – Happy Thursday! Busy getting ready for Valentine's Day? Take a look at this little sweetie from Mo's Shop called XOXO ...........




Simply coloured with my Copics with a Tim Holtz stenciled background and Bundled Sage Distress Ink.

COPICS USED
Skin – E000,00,11,21 and R20; Green - G40,43 and 46; Hair - Y21,YR23,E15 and 18.

Today is the start of the new monthly challenge for Mo which you can see here - http://mosdigitalchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/ so much fun and a lovely prize for the winner. The theme each month is 'Anything Goes with a Mo Image'. The team's blogs are listed on the right so feel free to pop over  and take a look for more inspiration.

Thank you for looking and see you soon! X 

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