Monday, 28 October 2013

Oyster Stamps Workshop and more......

Had a super day on Saturday up at Oyster Stamps at a workshop with Jacqui Dennis, lovely to see Jacqui again. We're on two Design Teams together but rarely get to see each other so it was great to have a catch up and also to learn more colouring techniques and tips from her.

In the morning we worked on the Striped Candy Cane stamp from Heartfelt Creations which I have decoupaged up to make a card with the addition of a Memory Box die of a lacy bauble (La Rue?) simply matted and layered using some Maja Design and Fabscraps papers on gold card.



In the afternoon Lyn showed us some Panpastels backgrounds which were fab, haven't had a chance to make any cards up with them yet though! Martine also demonstrated the Fiskars Stamp Press - great way to 'try before you buy'.

 
 





Having got into the swing with the pens again I made a couple of Whimsy cards for children - their images are so sweet and make lovely children's cards. This first one is very simple 'Jingle Cat', coloured and decoupaged I attached it to some Spellbinders die cuts of a Christmas bauble to make a 3D tree ornament and obviously had to add some jingly bells!
















And finally another Whimsy image 'Christmas Bunny' with some Dee's Distinctively and Magnolia dies - and of course some glitter and a bit of Frontage because it's for Christmas!!















All stamps and dies available (subject to stock) from Oyster Stamps, Rochester, Kent - Telephone 01634 686823 or Website http://www.oysterstamps.co.uk Not all are shown on the website so please ring or call in, particularly for the Whimsy Stamps.

Friday, 11 October 2013

Heartfelt Creations - Sweet Juliet

Loving the autumn colours which are starting to peep out on the trees and hedgerows, I know it means winter is coming so I'm making the most of it while I can!  In the meantime I'm also loving the colours on this - Spiced Marmalade highlighted with black - so rich looking.......


This is featuring a stamp from the new Sweet Juliet release from Heartfelt Creations this month. I read their write up on the release on their blog - '' This collection is inspired by the beauty of ancient rooms locked away and laden with antique treasures. These rooms are filled with yellow candlelight and dusty vases. Crinkly letters lay scattered around, turning crisp and fading more every day. A postcard lays covered in thick dust, forgotten in a dark corner. Wildflowers lay around, as crisp and crinkled as the beautiful wallpapers.'' - how fab! They focused on black, gold and burgundy but I changed the burgundy to rich orange.

This is a 6 x 6 card with the additional tag tucking in behind the gold matting card, just make sure (unlike me sometimes!) that you remember not to put DST all the way around so you leave a space for the tag to go in and out.














Stamp used - Heartfelt Creations HCPC 3563 Sweet Juliet Post Card. Stamped on cream linen card, edges distressed with Spiced Marmalade and Vintage Photo Distress Inks and flowers coloured with Polychromos Pencils and blended with Sansodor, when dried petals highlighted with Stella Wink in Gold matted onto soft gold card.


Backing Paper - Heartfelt Creations Sweet Juliet distressed with Spiced Marmalade and Vintage Photo Distress Inks matted onto black card.
Flower on tag made using Heartfelt Creations HCD 734 Sun Kissed Fleur, coloured with Polychromos Pencils and blended with Sansodor, highlighted again with Stella Wink in Gold.

Stamp, dies, Stella Wink Brushes and Distress Inks available from - Oyster Stamps, Rochester, Kent - Telephone 01634 686823 or Website http://www.oysterstamps.co.uk

Friday, 4 October 2013

Impression Obsession H1901

Well this month seems to be all about moons! Maybe it's the Halloween influence ? This one is a new release from Impression Obsession (H1901) that I received from Oyster Stamps. Couldn't resist it as I love the little couple at the top of the hill, as if they're walking into the moon.......if you enlarge the picture you can see one of them has a walking stick - just like me at the moment!!



Bit of a technique needed here as this is a rubber stamp not a clear polymer one - easy to get round though with a little bit of guesswork mixed in!  I stamped with Stazon ink onto a piece of acetate and when dried I laid this onto my linen cardstock, because the acetate was cut to the size of the stamp I  could put pencil dots where the four corners of the image were onto the linen card. I made and used a negative moon  mask (the piece with the hole in - not the moon bit) over the acetate to get my placement. I removed the acetate (keep it though for future use) and coloured the moon through the hole with Panpastels, blending 3 colours to make a vibrant red moon.
 
Now comes the tricky bit! Line up your pencil dots on the card with the corners of the stamp on the block. I really found my Fiskar's Stamp Press ideal for this as I was able to hover and move it about until I was happy and then push down to stamp the image using Versafine Ink. Because I used Panpastel's  I was able to rub out the excess from outside the circle. ( I made my mask using a Spellbinders die which was just slightly bigger than the actual moon - easier to rub out than add on! )
 
Then just mat and layer how you want. The tree had a sprinkling of Glamour Dust for a frosty effect on the branches. I had in mind the sentiment 'I love you to the moon and back' when I was making this card so printed it out on my computer then cut to fit.
 
Well it's been a busy week, the kitchen table was taken over with assembling a scented rope garland (a freebie from a magazine) , the conservatory table had a gesso'd shadow box frame drying and the spare room became know as the room of no return!! Looking forward to Sunday when I will meet up with some crafty friends at Karen Clare's workshop -  I'll be posting some photos of what we get up to !
 
Stamp, Fiskar's Stamp Press, Panpastels, Ink and Glamour Dust all available from - Oyster Stamps, Rochester, Kent - Telephone 01634 686823 or Website http://www.oysterstamps.co.uk
 
Fiskar's Stamp Press - how did I manage without one!!
 

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Clarity Stamps Challenge 8 - Winter

This is my last posting for the Clarity DT as I have decided to step down from the team - super bunch of ladies who I shall miss working with but I've had so many requests to do other things and to look at other directions in my crafting that I've had to be ruthless! So thank you for all the good wishes I've had sent me from my ex Clarity teamies and best crafty wishes to the new members - I know you'll have a blast!


The theme is Winter for this month so I created this scene using Panpastels to make a wintery sky. I love the verse so that was my original inspiration and I stamped a scene using the Church , Moonshadow , Snowflake Verse and a tree. I added Glamour Dust and a few Memory Box and Dee's Distintively dies to finish it off.

I hope to show you some of my new projects soon, got to get my head around  the new techniques I'm trying first! x

Lavinia Blog Challenge 8 - Autumn Colours

Crikey - another month flown by ! The entries for last month's Lavinia Challenge 'Add a Flower' were absolutely fab, well done to the lucky winner. A £40 prize to spend on the Lavinia Stamps website is up for grabs every month. Why not have a go yourself?
 
This months theme is Autumn Colours so let the ink or pans flow and show us your interpretation of this beautiful season of changing colours - one of my favourite times of the year.

I love how the sky seems to glow with brighter colours at this time of year and at certain times of the day. I had a go with my pans to try and create this effect on my first card with the colours reflecting in the water surrounding an island of trees.
Looking at the photo it looks like it's a canvas but I used my favourite linen cardstock to give this impression.
The leaves were done with a mixture of Adirondacks and Distress Inks with the veins embossed in gold.
 
Lavinia Stamps used - Tree Scene (4 trees and a hedgerow) and Autumn Leaf ( 3 stamps, outer, inner and veins) .
 
 
For my second card I used the metallic pan pastels to create the background. I did find the colours were quite light so I added some orange and red to give it more depth before going over with both of the metallic golds and bronze. I then stamped in Versamark black ink and added some Glamour Dust to look like early frost. The sentiment was done on my computer before matting up.
 
Lavinia Stamps used - Autumn Scene ( 5 stamps, 1 branch and 4 shapes of leaf) and Fern Leaf which is a really versatile stamp for adding edging to any card.  
 
So there you have it, just a couple of ideas for Autumn Colours, hope you'll have a go and enjoy making some reminders of a beautiful and inspiring time of year. x
 
 I am also entering the Panpastels Challenge with this post.
 

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