Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Lavinia Stamps Design Team

Here is me sparkling with the news that I've been invited to join the fabulous Lavinia Stamps Design Team - wow - how thrilled am I !  I have been an admirer for some time of these super stamps and the team's skills in creating  beautiful designs with them.
There are three new designers including me so I'm not the only one jumping up and down and doing a happy dance around the place ! People said when I retired that I'd get bored chance I'm having too much fun !
Here is the link to Lavinia Stamps and I hope you'll join in their monthly blog competition, their new one starts tomorrow! . Fabulous prize of £40 to spend at Lavinia's, so it's well worth having a go and joining in the fun.

 Here are some previous samples I made using Lavinia Stamps.

Off to get my thinking cap on!..............................hope you have a lovely day x

Monday, 29 July 2013

Poppies Over Porlock Bay

We had a lovely week in Somerset again, the weather was fantastic we've been lucky the last few times and it does make a difference! My favourite time down there is still the Autumn but this time the heat seemed to make all the wild flowers ping with colour. It seemed appropriate then to make my ATC for this month's theme 'Colour' to reflect this.

Poppies over Porlock Bay

We visited all our old haunts, Simonsbath, Exford, Dunster and of course Porlock and Porlock Weir. There were foxgloves, poppies, cow parsley and some little pink flowers everywhere we went. But the poppies were just so vibrant I had to use the Claritystamp 'Tall Poppies' , obviously using only part of the stamp - remember this ATC is only 2.5 by 3.5 inches !

Having stamped I used the Claritystamp Clouds Mask and a hand made sun mask and got to work with my Panpastels to make the background - I even managed to get an interpretation of Bossington Hill in ! I used the positive and negative to do the sun so I could add 2 colours to my sun to show how hot it was! The poppies were coloured with my Spectrum Noir pens and then lacquered with 3D Crystal Lacquer, which I also used to highlight the sea where the sun was reflecting off it. The centre of the poppies was finished off with Flowersoft in a dark green.

So a happy memory of a beautiful place x

Sunday, 14 July 2013

Eileen's July Workshop

Just a quick blog as I am wilting in the heat! Here are a couple of cards we made at Eileen Godwin's workshop yesterday. More new techniques!

Enjoyed making this one, used white embossing powder and distress inks. Took a while to do but well worth it. Everyone used different colours and it was great to see the differences, none of us could choose a favourite they were all good!

And now for something completely different! Eileen does keep us on our toes! This one used an embossing folder covered in ink and spritzed before embossing the card through a Big Shot. Then a bit of additional distressing around the edges and some gilding wax to finish the background. I cut the letters out twice, in gold and black before attaching with foam pads.

Great fun and such a lovely bunch of crafters - can't wait for next month's delights! x

Monday, 8 July 2013

Apple of my Eye - Boy and The Tractor

Jayne Nestorenko has been busy lately and it was great to see her on C&C last week, her shows are called ' Inspirational Stamping Ideas' and well worth watching. Jayne was my original inspiration for starting stamping as I used to watercolour and she showed me how I could compensate for my lack of drawing skills! 
This one is from her recent release 'Apple of my Eye', with a cute little boy and a tractor. I have teamed it with some mixed sentiments I had bought , so useful as you can pretty much make up your sentiment to suit.

The background is made by stamping the image in Versamark and then going over in Panpastels, really quick and simple to do. I stamped the central images in Adirondack Espresso ink and then pulled the colour out using a damp brush to give some dimension to the images. Simple matted onto gold mirri board with the sentiments die cut in gold as well and there you have my card. A vintage feel to a lovely set of stamps.

As a proud member of Jayne's design team I am eagerly awaiting her next new release, but I'm revisiting her previous ones in the meantime - sooo many themes to choose from !

Jayne will be at the Doncaster Show this weekend so look out for her stand if you're going. x

Thursday, 4 July 2013

Lavinia Challenge Blog 5 - Use a Punch or Die Shape

Well it had to be done - Christmas in July! Yes I know - we haven't really had a summer (but there's hope for next week......) but we all know how busy it gets nearer to the time so I've started now.

This tag is an entry for the Lavinia Stamp Challenge this month, the theme being use a punch or die shape in the design. I'm hoping I've interpreted it right and used - Dee's Distinctively Die 'Stacker Tree' and Marianne Creatables 'Merry Christmas'.

The stamps are from Lavinia Stamps of course - Fairy Shops 1 and 2 which make a fab street scene, this time a Christmas shopping one. Won't be long and we'll all be in the thick of it but wouldn't it be nice to visit 'Bows and Buttons' and 'Wands and Wishes' !

I stamped them onto cream card with Adirondack Ink 'Espresso' and them pulled the colour out with a wet brush, I was hoping for a vintage effect which in my head went with the style of the shops. I attached the trees and then the cut out shops with foam pads onto a piece of Centura Pearl card which I had brayered with Bellini Peach, Wild Plum and Stonewashed inks. I inked on the pearlised side which gave a nice subtle effect I think. A bit of Glamour Dust and Liquid Pearls with some pretty ribbon and we're done.

So fingers crossed it meets the theme but at least I've made a start on the Christmas mountain! x

Monday, 1 July 2013

Clarity Challenge Blog 5 - Oh I do Like to be Beside the Seaside

Wow - where did June go! Another month of fabulous entries to the Clarity Challenge Blog, well done to the winners. Click here to go to the blog and see who they are. You'll also see all about the next challenge, we may not be having the sunshine we want but it is summer and holiday season is upon us - so it's 'Oh I do like to be beside the seaside'.
Whenever I start a card I always make a tick list in my head of what I'm hoping to achieve so for me it was bright colours, fisherman's cottages, beach huts and blue skies. We spent many happy holidays, when my girls were young, in Cornwall so memories of that came to mind. I wanted to try something different and so I created my background by stamping the cottages and then painting them with distress inks. I am in love with some of the bright colours such as Picked Raspberry and Peacock Feather and so they were my first choice! I cut the background into 3 and mounted onto red card then matted onto a blue stripe card which was matted onto navy card.

Gettin' messy!

I stamped the beach hut onto a separate piece of card, masked it and created the sky with a Clarity Clouds Mask and Pan Pastels. I then created a separate frame with white and navy card, this is when I do the scary bit (the writing) before I assemble any further in case I mess it up! A deep breath and stern words ('Just do it Hellen') are very helpful  I find! Having positioned the completed frame with foam pads it looked like it needed something else so I coloured and cut out the seagull and created a lifebuoy and net from a piece of cheesecloth and some card. The seagull made me think of my cat so HMS Piper was born...........

Here's a list of what I used -

Clarity Stamps - Seagull, Beach Huts, Row of Houses

Distress Inks - Peacock Feather, Picked Raspberry, Mown Lawn, Squeezed Lemonade, Faded Jeans, Barn Door.

So whatever you're doing this summer I hope you enjoy it and I hope I have triggered a memory of sunny days beside the sea! x

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