Friday, 22 November 2013

Jayne Nestorenko - Berry Tree

Day 3 of showing samples for Jayne's special release of her Christmas Tree stamps - today is Berry Tree. It's been great fun designing with these versatile stamps and if you'd like to see some more why not take a look at Wendy Foster's blog as she is also showing  some designs.
This first card is simply stamped and coloured with Promarkers then I glazed the berries to make them stand out more. The bauble is a Memory Box die with Spellbinders on top and a sentiment.

My 2nd card/tag was again simply coloured with the berries glittered this time. I used an embossing folder to create the background which I coloured with Panpastels and glittered.
For my last card I heat embossed the tree with Versamark and an antique gold EP before colouring with the pens. To finish it off  I added Magnolia and Cottage Cutz Dies. I found the stamps are lovely to use, giving a clear impression each time. Hopefully these will give you some ideas to have a go yourself.
Jayne's stamps are available for a limited period only on her website
 PS Jayne's blog has started to show some great instructions for her products called Dottie's Diary - written by the lovely Jennie P . Instalment 1 is up now, can't wait for more to follow!

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Jayne Nestorenko - Willow Tree

Here we have day 2 of Jayne Nestorenko's special release of stamps used at her recent workshops. All the stamps are available to buy on Jayne's webpage - but hurry... they're only available for a short time! 
Today's blog is all about the Willow Tree. So here's something a bit different don't you think?
This first card I made using double sided sticky acetate with gilding flakes. Somehow I managed to get all the coloured bits of flakes in the middle to cover the tree before I sneezed lol - not advisable!

On the second card I thought we'd go with a pink Christmas.....I embossed the image with white EP and Versamark Ink before colouring with Distress Inks. The background is done with an embossing board and the card is finished off with a flourish of flowers and die cut snowflakes.

The third sample used the same white EP technique this time with blue and lilac Distress Inks. I added a side tag with a sentiment stamped on and simply matted the card with backing paper and silver mirri board.
So here you have the super Willow Tree, lovely design and something just a little bit different from the usual Christmas Tree. Tomorrow's blog will be all about the Berry Tree hope you can pop back for a look. x

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Jayne Nestorenko - Snowy Tree and Melted Snowman

Jayne has made a special release of her recent workshop stamps and has asked me to make and show some samples using them. They are only available for a limited period so why not take a look at Jayne's website while stocks last!

Three tree stamps plus a cute little melting snowman are available for this release.

This one is called Snowy Tree, I simply stamped and coloured with Promarkers to add some shade to the tree and stand. Backed with Nitwit papers and a Memory Box Die - Snowflake Flourish and some Spellbinders snowflakes just jazzed up with a bit of bling!
Card 2 - the background is an embossing folder glittered up and clouds added using a mask and Panpastels. I stamped the trees with Versamark and coloured with Panpastels before cutting and glittering. The melting snowman is  stamped and coloured with Promarkers. Poor little snowman but it adds a lovely finishing touch!
By simply cutting off the stand the tree can be used to make a whole forest! So in card 3 I stamped some trees with Versamark and silver embossing powder and some with denim Adirondack and mounted them in front of a Panpastel landscape using moon and hills masks.

There are 2 other trees available - Berry and Willow which are really unusual and I hope you'll be back tomorrow and Friday to see some samples of them. Thank you for looking x

Monday, 18 November 2013

Workshop Weekend - Day 2

Crumbs what a busy crafting weekend I've had -  Day 2 at Eileen Godwin's was working on Art Journals - which I am still trying to get my head round ! But I think what I love about them is that each page is a one off and they are just for me. My journal is for me to try out different ideas so they may not be 'perfect' but I can take elements from what I randomly create to do on other projects. There is a lot of freedom in doing this and it's quite liberating to be able to use different stencils and stamps and mediums to create whatever you want.
We were a very small class due to flu doing the rounds, but we still had great fun chatting as we worked using Eileen's stash of stencils and stamps. A good tip from Sue who was there was to date the pages so when you're looking back you will know when you did things.

As usual my first page was quite 'tight' in that it takes me a while to get into the right frame of mind - I'm so used to working in detail -random is hard for some of us!! But I'll blog it anyway as the others thought the vibrant colours worked well together - see if this had been a card I'd have binned it lol but by being in my journal I'll keep it as a memory of a lovely day (yes I know I could rip it out but I don't want to spoil my new book!!).
My second page was a bit looser (for me!) and I combined 2 StencilGirl stencils which Eileen had recently purchased from America. I quite like this one - it's my favourite of the two.
So there you go, me being a bit loose lol! A fabulous day and great to release any stresses and tensions. Talking of which, any of you local to Rochester - Oyster Stamps are having an Open Day on 23rd November at the shop and I've been asked to do some demos along with Martine, Tracey and Margo. Don't panic it'll be me who's stressed not you and it should be a fun day with drinks and nibbles and a raffle prize to be won so pop in if you can, it would be good to see you! Not sure what I'm demoing yet but they will all be based around stamping and colouring - need to get my head down then and get going, I'll blog some examples when I've done them. Thanks for looking and have a good week x

Workshop Weekend - Day 1

Had a fabulous weekend with  Eileen Godwin and lots of lovely crafting friends. Lucky enough, as it's so local to me to do the 2 days, here is a couple of cards I made on Saturday using some Lavinia stamps. We're mid month through this month's challenge at Lavinia, so why not pop over to their blog and have a go -  £40 voucher prize for the randomly selected winner!
This first tag was made using three colours of pan pastels Violet Extra Dark, Violet Tint and Neutral Grey with the colours first swept over and blended over a moon mask to create a base. Using a torn piece of paper I used the Violet ED to create some mountains and then used the negative of the moon mask to create the moon colours, blending all three colours to give some shape to the moon.
I then used Lavinia Zen Tree and Zen Leaf with Versafine ink to stamp the images. To highlight the tree and leaf I used an eraser to lighten or remove some of the Panpastel colour. Finally adding some co-ordination gems to the tree. Eileen's version of this was in super hot colours (which has become a bit of a trademark for her!) which you can see on her blog. We all had a go using different colours and I'm sure more of them will be popping up on others blogs - they all looked fabulous!

My second Lavinia card was made using the beautiful Zen Butterfly. The background was randomly stencilled with 2 stencils and Distress Ink. The butterfly was stamped on top of this and coloured with Poppy Promarker, the trick then is to stamp the butterfly again but on acetate (use Stazon Ink!) and coloured with the same Promarker and then attached to the butterfly body underneath.  A few pearls just to finish it off and we're done.

So a fab day catching up with old friends and meeting many new, it was a full house with near on 30 of us attending and I had great fun creating these and other projects on the day.

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Here's to me Mam x

Well it's been pandemonium in the Pearce household this week! My own fault - left everything to the last minute and then get a DT request for some cards. Left what to the last minute I hear you ask? Well it's my baby girl's birthday this weekend, I'm not allowed to tell you she's going to be 40 and as I cannot believe my youngest daughter is hitting that age I 'm quite happy not to tell!! (Ooops.......)
So I've been locked away in Ellie's Cupboard for days now lol.........been having lots of fun with glitter, Frantage, inks and Panpastels going everywhere. Geoffie has been running up to Oysters to get me stuff (why do you always run out of DST when you least expect it to!) and doing most of the housework so far. And with a family descending on us for the weekend festivities the poor man has been cleaning the insides of windows, wiping light switches and hunting for cobwebs. Oh yes ladies, some serious housework has been going on!
..and breathe.......For now I can't show you any of the DT work so I'm blogging a little project I did the other week as a trial run of an idea. I've wanted to have a go at scrapbooking for a while and thought I'd start with some lovely photos of me Mam (she was always me Mam - I was brought up  in Sunderland, up North).
The hardest part for me was the planning, so many memories came back pouring over all the photos - so hard to pick just three but I wanted to span her different ages.
This one was one she had taken especially for Dad and she wrote 'Yours Ever, Gwen' on and gave to Dad when he was away fighting in the desert war. He was away for many years and I am lucky to have some letters and cards they sent to each other over the years.
The group photo you can see in the main picture is of the four of us on their Golden Wedding, my sister Sue, Me Mam, Dad and me. Mam died just a few years after this and this was probably one of the last times we were all together for a family celebration.
The baby photo would have been taken about 1924, so has a real old feel to it. Beautiful lacy dresses on Mum and her sister Marjorie and lots of curls - I can imagine they'd both been sent to bed with 'rags' in their hair the night before to make sure they stayed in!
Having picked the photos I wanted I then dressed some papers I had with Lily of the Valley flowers printed on (we had Lily of the Valley up the side of the front path). Stamped another piece with Sweet Peas (I found a variety called Gwendoline last year) and then added a few charms - a sewing machine and a clock to remind me of her passion for sewing and that time never stands still. I added her own thimble as well - because I was frightened I'd lose it, so now I know it is somewhere safe. Blackberries because Mam made jam, and a key because every Mam holds the key to their families heart doesn't she?
The frame needs more work on I know, I've simply Gesso'd it and stamped a bit of crackle on it. I'll go back and have another go after the party and I have more time. So there you have it, a personal project to celebrate me Mam who would have loved to see her daughters, granddaughters and great grandchildren this weekend - cheers Mam x

Friday, 1 November 2013

Lavinia Challenge Blog No 9 - Bright Hot Colours

Whoosh - another month gone by and yes we're all thinking 'How many sleeps until Christmas?' !! Lots of super entries last month to the challenge, beautiful designs and inspiration for us all - well done to the winner, lucky you and I wonder what you'll get with your vouchers? I know the new Zentangle stamps would be high on my list! Check them out here-

And so this month the theme is Bright Hot Colours - now I think it's been a bit chilly these last few weeks so I combined the theme colours with my preparations for Christmas! Well it's different and it can get boring using all the traditional colours so for a change here is Christmas with Bright Hot Colours!!

 Card 1 is made with Mustard Seed, Barn Door and a touch of Picked Raspberry Distress Inks. I then used a Sweet Poppy Stencil, designed by Tracey Dutton from Lavinia, with black medium and micro beads then stamped with 2 of Lavinia's wee fairies in black
Card 2 used the Fairy Words stamp to make a background. Memory Box Die to cut the baubles which were then inked with the same colours as card 1 and stamped with the Fern Leaf stamp and the words 'Fairy Dust' and Have a Fairy Merry Christmas'.

So here's to a bright hot Christmas from me - yay! Check out the rest of the team's ideas if you can - they're fab and why not have a go to create some designs of your own and enter the challenge blog, £40 of Lavinia vouchers are up for grabs every month.

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