Friday, 30 August 2013

Oyster Stamps - Stampendous and Heartfelt Creations Stamps

Well I've been very neglectful in my blogging lately, I've been wearing my nurse's hat this week with an injured Piper cat. Sooo time consuming.........and lets not go there when it's medication time! Oh  my but at least he's getting better, and after all he is so worth it!

 Anyway, I'd made a couple of cards but just hadn't had time to photograph and blog - so here they are.
This one is simply made with a Stampendous stamp called Ranunculus Field, coloured with alcohol inks. You need to enlarge to see that I decoupaged the large leaves and some of the flowers before adding glossy accents. Looks much better in the flesh so if you're going to the shop take a closer look!

This one was made using Heartfelt Creations stamp HCPC 3541 Summer Season, again coloured with alcohol ink pens. Love the washing flapping on the line - oh the joys of being able to get your washing dry outside - nothing like it! I finished it off with the Die-Namites die Butterfly Frame, which I cut to create a design on the inside bit of the card - very versatile as you can use it as an oval frame as well and then I added a few lovely summery flowers.

Both stamps and die available from -
Oyster Stamps, Rochester, Kent - Telephone 01634 686823 or Website

Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Jayne Nestorenko - Venetian Masquerade

And now for something completely different - here are some samples I've made using Jayne Nestorenko's stamp set - Venetian Masquerade. These stamps are available here on Jayne's website.

A really versatile set with many options to create various layouts. I used distress inks to create the vibrant backgrounds with lots of gold - both embossed and gilding flakes - ooh you can go to town with some bling if you want to!

A5 size - Venetian Masquerade
I've also seen samples using pastel colours and monochrome and they look stunning - so much fun to be had with these ones, just let your imagination run riot !

Thank you for looking and I hope that over the past few days you have enjoyed seeing some of Jayne's new stamp designs x

Sunday, 25 August 2013

Jayne Nestorenko - Beautiful Ballerinas Card and Tag

Here we go with another two designs using Jayne's new stamp set Beautiful Ballerinas - available from her website.

On this card I used some of the other elements in the set, some fabulous swishy theatrical curtains to give some background to the main images. Simply coloured with Spectrum Noir pens and Polychromos pencils and a dash of Glamour Dust !

On the tag, I've just used the ballet shoes (they had to be red!) on a Spellbinders Oval die and framed with Memory Box Tiffany Frame with a few flowers to finish it off.

Simple designs, but sometimes that's all you need to make cards that any little ballerina would love to get!

Just a couple more to show you tomorrow, I hope they have all given you some ideas for Jayne's stamps. x

Saturday, 24 August 2013

Jayne Nestorenko - Beautiful Ballerinas Plaque

Morning all - I've been showing a few designs  over the last few days using Jayne Nestorenko's new set called Beautiful Ballerinas. Jayne used these stamps at one of her recent workshops and they proved so popular she has decided to release them.
Here I am showing a little wall plaque made using an mdf heart which I covered with papers after sealing. I topped this with some Memory Box and Spellbinder die shapes before adding one of Jayne's Beautiful Ballerina images from the set, a few butterflies and some flowers.
Lovely stamps to work with and to colour with my Spectrum Noir pens and Polychromos pencils - for those of you who enjoy colouring they are ideal.

Jayne's new stamps are available from her website at a special price for the A5 sized set. So pretty and versatile for all those aspiring ballerinas!

 Thank you for taking a look, I'll be showing a few more over the next couple of days so I hope you'll pop back for another look. x


Friday, 23 August 2013

Jayne Nestorenko - Beautiful Ballerinas Take 2

Day 2 of posts for Jayne Nestorenko's stamp set Beautiful Ballerinas. I had great fun playing with these stamps which were used at one of Jayne's recent workshops. I believe they are in limited numbers and available at a special price on Jayne's website - click here to see.

Yesterday's design was frilly and fancy so today's are clean and simple! The sentiment comes with the set and finishes off the card a treat. I stamped onto a Spellbinder oval die cut and edged the image and sentiment with gilding flakes.

On the red card I used the banner which comes in the set to frame the little ballerina and matted onto an embossed background (Cuttlebug Wicker Weave).

There are loads of options in the set, such fun to play with -

More tomorrow -  you can also check out Jayne's Facebook page - Time for Tea with Jayne Nestorenko - or her website over the next few days for more inspiration on using her designs! x

Thursday, 22 August 2013

Jayne Nestorenko - Beautiful Ballerinas

Here's a perfect stamp set for all of you who know little girls who love to dance. Jayne has brought out this set which has the two ballerina images below, theatrical curtains, some ballet shoes, a crown and a delicious banner with some corners. It's A5 size and on a special price for a limited period - click here for more information on Jayne's website.

I made a matching gift tag using the shoes and corners -

Jayne has asked me to show a design a day over the next few days, so I hope you'll come back tomorrow to see another design using these lovely stamps. x
Items used - Jayne Nestorenko Stamps - Beautiful Ballerinas ; Maja Design Papers : Memory Box Dies La Rue Heart, Magic Flourish, Butterfly Vine ; Spellbinders Die Curved Rectangles.

Sunday, 18 August 2013

Quietfire Designs - Sentiment Tags

 Sometimes I like to just use a sentiment stamp on a card or tag and here are two beauties I found by Quietfire Designs at my last trip to Oyster Stamps .

This first one I had in mind for a Grandson going off to university - and we all know how hard male cards are to do! So this one was perfect to me, I used some papers I already had and distressed the edges - first by pulling the edges (using a wet wipe and my nail!) and second by using distress ink (Tim Holtz Faded Jeans) . A little bit of Frantage and a couple of embellishments from my stash and it was done. I wanted to keep a vintage look so I stamped the sentiment on a  piece of backing paper and cut out the oval shape with my Spellbinders Classic Ovals die.

The second one is more girlie and I thought suitable for someone moving to a new home - hence the key and little house charms on there. I used similar methods as the first one to distress the edges (using Spun Sugar DI) and used Memory Box Tiffany Frame to highlight the sentiment. I added a few Liquid Pearls to finish it off.
So two tags from two little stamps, I find the tag style of card suits using sentiments as they really become the focus of the card.
Hi to my new followers - hope you enjoy looking through my designs, and thank you to all my followers for following x

Quietfire Designs stamps, Spellbinder and Memory Box Dies, Distress Inks,  Frantage and Liquid Pearls were from - Oyster Stamps, Rochester, Kent - Telephone 01634 686823 or Website

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Any Time is Cupcake Time!

Had great fun this week with a lovely clock kit from Karen Clare AKA The Clock Lady - click the link for more information on Karen's blog 'Craft Time'. Some of you may have seen Karen's clocks when Clarity is on C&C as she is a member of the design team and there is invariably a clock made using the new stamps each month for fresh ideas.

I used the Claritystamp Kitchen Set stamps and practised first on a paper template circle - wish my cake stand was a bit further left but still quite pleased with my first attempt! I backed the cardboard circle that comes in the kit with my own die cut piece of  black card of the Whimsy Double Scallop Doily Die before attaching to the blank CD (also in the kit). You mark the 'times' every 30 degrees around the face and I used the cupcake from the Kitchen Set instead of numerals. Et voila!
Everything you need comes in the kit - you just use your own stamps to design and  personalise it. Karen is starting up some workshops from October  - can't wait for her first one! Workshops are great places for crafters to share information and learn new techniques - oh and chat, drink tea and eat cupcakes ! x

Monday, 12 August 2013

Take One Stamp........

Two cards here using a fabulous stamp from Impression Obsession (CC069 C-A-C Craquelure) which is a massive 5.75'' square so makes an ideal background for my usual 6'' square cards. Obviously you don't need to use the whole stamp so you can just crackle a corner or two if you wish - think I'm going to be using this one quite a bit!
First up I've used it as the main image to create a gold embossed background on cream card, I then trimmed and matted onto black card. Then I stamped a sentiment I already had onto a strip of cream card and again matted onto black card. Now I love how effective black and white or black and cream can look - but the sun was shining so I had to add some colour! First I used my Memory Box die Magic Flourish and cut that out of black card, then I used my alcohol inks to colour some flowers from my stash. I wanted really bright colours to create a focus. A few pearls and we're done - simples!
The next one again uses the IO stamp to create a background, again in gold embossing on cream card which I matted onto red card. The feature stamp is from Stampendous CRR143 Snowy Postcard which I stamped in Cranberry Adirondack Ink on cream card which I again matted onto red card. I added the gingham ribbon, sentiment and lace from my stash .
Thank you to all my new followers, it's lovely to see you! x

Oyster Stamps, Rochester, Kent - Telephone 01634 686823 or Website 

Saturday, 10 August 2013

Eileen's August Workshop

Fab day at Eileen's today. Love it because she takes me out of my comfort zone with the projects we do!

Panpastels and Versamark background with coloured Versafine Lavinia dandelion images and a bit of Glamour Dust.

Embossed backing paper with clear embossing on raised areas. Distress ink and Gilding Wax. Really didn't think this was going to turn out as well but the wax makes all the difference!
Same embossing technique as above (no wax) but using watercolour paper and painted with distress ink. Think I went a bit bright lol!
Thanks to everyone there for a super day of having fun, chatting, drinking tea and eating cake with friends old and new - couldn't get a better crafting day x

Thursday, 8 August 2013

Butterfly Days...........

So many pretty butterflies around at the moment - haven't seen so many for ages, must be the summer sun bringing them out. There are 2 at the moment flying between some lavender plants in my garden, love watching them!
Couldn't help then but be drawn to Spellbinders 'Wonderful Wings' set of dies - butterflies in all shapes and sizes which I bought last week from Oyster Stamps.
The background is made using a cloud mask and Panpastels on linen cardstock. I always use Ultramarine Blue for my skies, I tried a paler blue but it looked a bit wishy washy. The butterflies and the inner edge of the pink frame are glittered with 3 different shades of pastel glitters.
The picket fence is by Poppystamps and the sentiment is one I already had.
Hope the lovely weather carries on for a while and that you enjoy watching the butterflies too! x


Saturday, 3 August 2013

Heartfelt Creations Tattered Collage HCPC3471

Here's a  card I made using a large stamp from Heartfelt Creations. These stamps with verse and picture are really useful, obviously you could use it as is and simply colour in the flowers but to me it was shouting out for a bit of decoupage.
The main image is stamped onto linen cardstock and I coloured the leaves and flowers with alcohol ink pens, I only worried about the shading on the flowers that would show and the leaves.
I then stamped the part of the stamp with the flowers onto Neenah cardstock twice. This gives me two layers per flower. Reading the packet I see there is a matching 'Tattered Blossom Die' which might have saved me some time but it can be done either way - your choice.
I picked out three flowers as my main images from the stamped part images on the Neenah card and coloured them with shading this time. After cutting them out I went around the edges with the ink pen so there would be no white edges showing and then shaped them using a piece of foam with my ball tool to get some depth.
After matting and layering I stuck the decoupaged flowers on and added a few gems to highlight the centres. I didn't have the right green card so I used my alcohol ink pens to colour the edge of a piece of white card to match it to the leaves.
Stamp available from Oyster Stamps, Rochester or on their website
Well I hope you like it, I enjoyed making it! x

PS - just found out this stamp isn't showing on the website but they are happy to take phone orders 01634 686823

Thursday, 1 August 2013

Oyster Stamps Design Team

Yes it's official and how lucky do I feel!

Went shopping at my local craft shop Oyster Stamps in Rochester and was invited to join their design team!  They'd seen my work on here and on Facebook, liked it  and so asked me to join them. How lovely is that and how fortunate  I feel to be able to keep expanding my circle of crafty friends. Crafters are such a friendly bunch and always happy to share tips and tricks,  I've learnt so much from chatting and blogging, going to workshops and watching demos on TV - and it has been so much fun.

Along with the rest of the Oyster team I'll be showcasing new products for you to see so watch this space!  Right then - off to do some stamping! x

Clarity Challenge 6 - Animals

Well here we go with another new challenge for Clarity! There were some fabulous entries last month, combined with the beautiful weather it really made it feel like summer seeing all the holiday designs - happy days.
Please pop over here to see who the winner was, I hope they enjoy spending their £50 prize on some  Claritystamps  stamps! We also pick a top 5 which is soooo difficult when everyone produces such lovely designs.
So back to this month's challenge which is animals. I  don't have many animal stamps so my challenge was to manage to make a card with just 2 animal images LOL !
I used the black cat from Clarity's Birdhouse set, remember lesson 18? A lot of stamps in this set and really versatile with so many options. I added the butterfly from the Cat and The Butterfly stamp. The sentiment - thank you - was the latest issue from Claritystamp's NDC and I couldn't resist sitting the cat on the extension line of the stamp. For the background I just randomly stamped the small Leafy Swirl stamp.
So that's  the Claritystamps I used - the flower and leaves were die cuts and I pulled it all together with some matting and layering.
I do love classic black and white and that is what I was aiming for, but that little bit of rebel in me just HAS to add a bit of colour ! The yellow daisy centre was matched to some of the matting which for me finished it off.
So maybe you will have a go this month and I hope I have shown you that even if you don't have many stamps to match the theme you can still create a suitable design. Please check out the rest of the design team's samples for more ideas - they are truly fabulous. Hope you have fun!

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