Friday, 26 April 2013

Sweet Poppy Butterfly Tree

This was fun to do! I tried a stencil at one of Eileen Godwin's workshops a few months ago and was impressed with the ease and result of using them.
But it's the same with any new technique you have to buy more stuff! Finally succumbed after watching a show on C&C but got my goods direct from Sweet Poppy.
To make this I used linen cardstock, laid the stencil (Butterfly Tree) over and applied the Sweet Poppy Dimension Paste with a palette knife. I then carefully removed  the stencil and sprinkled 3 colours of fine glitter over while the paste was still wet. Then did the same with the sentiment.
Left them both to dry overnight before simply matting and layering onto a holographic piece of card from my stash.
So simple and I think so effective, bought a few other stencils so my next plan is to start on some Christmas cards using a different stencil and some gilding flakes. Would certainly recommend the products if you fancy having a go x

Friday, 19 April 2013

Lavinia Challenge Blog 2 - Bright and Beautiful

Ah, feels good to be doing some craftin' again. For those that don't know, I had a bad fall last week - from the top of a flight of stairs all the way to the bottom! So lucky to have only broken a toe but covered in bumps and bruises, staying in one position for too long can be a problem so snatching bits of sitting in between lying and walking around. So of course the sitting has to be crafting time!
That's one of the beauties of Panpastels (which I used to make this background) is that they are quick and easy to do. So having blended onto linen card stock I then stamped on top with Adirondack Slate and Eggplant, and Peacock Feather Distress Ink using Lavinia Stamps Lavender and Nigela. I then heat embossed with gold the Small Pixies and Stars. I added some gold glitter to the tops of some of the flowers to look like some of the fairy dust had landed there!

After matting onto bronze card stock I added some ivy leaves I cut using a Crealies Die from some 'Caught in Crystal' acetate I'd made earlier. Love how the flakes of gold shine through the rich inks and acetate.

So that's it for now - I'm entering this in Lavinia's Stamp Challenge Blog 2, Bright and Beautiful.

Hope you all have a great weekend and I hope to be 'running around' again soon ! x

Monday, 1 April 2013

Clarity Challenge 2 - In The Garden

Haha! OK so I took the challenge literally! No seriously I needed something to let people know when they come to the front that I can't hear them because I'm in the garden ...... which happens to be through the wrought iron gate at the side of the house. So here's a handy little door hanger to let them know, although because it is made out of card it will be hung indoors at the window next to the door.

This really was a challenge I can tell you, quite a bit of free hand work to keep me quiet such as the brick arch and the line all around. Ages since I've done so much so I took it step by step and made all the topper elements individually so if one bit went wrong it wasn't a disaster. Each assembled topper was attached to the back card with foam pads to give some depth.

Stamps used -

Large Topiary Tree - stamped in Adirondack Ink in Lettuce and Espresso. Coloured with Promarkers and the leaves were then clear embossed as I always think Bays have glossy leaves.

Wrought Iron Gate - I used 2 stamps for this, Wrought Iron Circle and a New Design Club stamp called Celtic Square. This was a bit tricky as I stamped with Versamark Ink onto heat proof acetate and embossed with black embossing powder. One of those times when you are thankful that your ink pad is mucky so you can see where you've been!

The Garden - I used the Cherry Blossom Branch and the Lupin stamps on a Panpastel backround to create a vague garden scene.

I made the arch by drawing around my wrought iron gate and then using Promarkers I drew the bricks in freehand and coloured them.  Cut this out and attached the gate to the back of the arch on the left side having left a clear flap on this side when cutting out and bending the acetate first to give it the appearance of being open.

Cut a piece of green card 21 x 21 cm and a piece of cream linen card 20 x 20 cm. Before matting them I distressed the edge of the cream one and draw a wiggly line all around, I came in on 2 corners to make it look like the edges had come untacked and curled up. After matting I added 4 black circles to look like the tacks and attached the arch and tree topper. The letters were made by using some Cuttlebug dies I had - you can obviously use Claritystamps Letter Box Set instead. Punch two holes at the top and thread a piece of string through, tie a pretty ribbon bow and you're done!

Hope you'll have a go at the new challenge, there were some fabulous entries on challenge 1 and it's been good fun seeing what everyone has done. Why not go to the Clarity Challenge Blog and take a look? I know it has given me some great inspiration, thank you x

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