Monday, 13 October 2014

Join in on the Oysterstamps Blog Hop and Win a Prize

Welcome to the Oysterstamps Blog Hop. The boss wanted a tag made using items from the shop - so here's mine ............................ 




Close up of the frosted film

ITEMS USED

STAMPS
Heartfelt Creations HCPC 3471 – calligraphy background stamped in Distress Ink – Vintage Photo. Designs by Ryn Water Droplets stamped in Onyx Black Versafine. Drops highlighted with White Gel Pen. Inkylicious– sentiment  ‘Believe’ from the Wild Meadow  set.
DIES
Memory Box – Caserta Bloom cut in Brown Card and edges done with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. Heartfelt Creations – Arianna Lace cut in blue card. Heartfelt Creations – Arianna Blooms cut in blue card and Tim Holtz Frosted Film and clear Clearly for Art.
EMBELLISHMENTS
Cream Lace, stick on pearls, cream and blue ribbon

In fact I enjoyed making this tag so much - I made another!




ITEMS USED

STAMPS
Penny Black - Forest Friends. Inkylicious - Santa's Sleigh and Wild Meadow
DISTRESS INKS
Tumbled Glass and Chipped Sapphire with Copics on the deer and flowers
EMBELLISHMENTS
Crystal Glamour Dust and Silver Ribbon

Hope you'll have a good look around the rest of the team's blogs who have some fabulous ideas for inspiration, everyone who leaves a comment on each blog hop post over the 7 days has a chance to win 1 of 2 goodie bags from Oysters !

OYSTERSTAMPS DESIGN TEAM BLOG HOP

Neet          10th October                      http://www.hickydorums.blogspot.co.uk/
Pam          11th October                      http://pam-simcrafts.blogspot.co.uk/
Martine     12th October                      http://abfabdesigns.blogspot.co.uk/
Hellen       13th October                      http://www.elliescupboard.blogspot.co.uk/
Margot      14th October                      http://margot-craftcorner.blogspot.co.uk/
Andy         15th October                      http://www.andrewbennett17.blogspot.co.uk/
Eileen       16th October                      http://eileenscraftyzone.blogspot.co.uk/
Kerry        17th October                      http://kerryscraft.com/


Make sure you visit every blog and your name could be drawn! Don't worry if you've just found the hop here on mine as you can backtrack and leave your comments - the draw will be after the last blog which is Kerry's.


So remember - keeeeeeep hopping , 

(in a Strictly Come Dancing kind of way) and good luck  !

Oyster Stamps, Rochester, Kent - Telephone 01634 686823 or Website http://www.oysterstamps.co.uk

Friday, 10 October 2014

Lavinia Stamps Challenge - October - Autumn Colours

Yay! Autumn, one of my favourite seasons, love the colours - 'season of mists and mellow fruitfulness' says it all really. Been busy stocking up the jam cupboard with all the lovely fruits of the season, I always look forward to stocking up the cupboards ready for winter.
So we're into October now, well done to the winner of last month's Lavinia Stamps challenge and well done to everyone else too who entered the challenge, fantastic art work such a joy and inspiration to see! 
This month's theme is Autumn Colours so I'm looking forward to seeing some rich and sumptuous colours..........or maybe some misty mornings? Don't forget you can enter by email if you don't have your own blog - couldn't be simpler just use the contact form on the website and away you go. With £40 of Lavinia vouchers as the prize each month what have you got to lose.......AND there are some stunning new stamps out now on the Lavinia website !


This one is made using the new Spotty Toadstool and a couple of older stamps - the Autumn Leaf set and Fairy Web. The leaves were stamped with Brushos and then a crackle glaze applied. The toadstool has a clear varnish on top and the web some tiny gems to look like dewdrops.



This one is made using Distress Inks and 2 fab new stamps - Lillies and Floral Spray both coloured with Wink of Stella in gold.

So come on and have a go and if you're looking for more inspiration then take a wander around the rest of the team's blogs - some fantastic designs to lift your spirits on a misty morn !


Thursday, 9 October 2014

Penny Black - Fairy Holly

Just a quick post for today, tomorrow sees the start of the new Lavinia Blog Challenge and a few days later the start of Oysters Blog Hop !

Had such a fun day colouring on Saturday so had to have a go today with another Penny Black stamp - Fairy Holly with the corners from a different set called Forest Friends. Christmas is sneaking up isn't it so must get ahead !



Coloured with Copics and pencils with a dash of Glamour Dust on the dress and some Crystal Lacquer on the globe, berries and bells to add some shine.

Stamps available from - Oyster Stamps, Rochester, Kent - Telephone 01634 686823 or Website http://www.oysterstamps.co.uk

Sunday, 5 October 2014

Colouring Technique Workshop 1

Whew! What a fabulous day with so many lovely crafters. Hope they all enjoyed it as much as I did, Christmas songs and colouring Christmas images - couldn't get much better.

Here I am !

Hard at work .......

So engrossed .......

Ideas to inspire.
The day went by so quickly, plenty of friendly fun and laughs in between every one working hard on their feathering and blending - a great day, thank you to everyone who came. Thank you to Martine for the photos.

This workshop is being repeated on the 15th November for anyone who couldn't get a place on this one and the next new one will be January 17th when we will be looking at colouring techniques for hair,


Oyster Stamps, Rochester, Kent - Telephone 01634 686823 or Website http://www.oysterstamps.co.uk

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Oyster Stamps - Colouring Workshop Preparations

Busy getting final prep done for my workshop on Saturday at Oysters, looking forward to meeting lots of lovely crafters who have booked a place. I've even dusted off some Christmas CDs to get us in the mood and we're going to be working with some gorgeous images by Mo Manning from Penny Black to help get ready for Christmas .........



This is a technique based workshop, with a project or two in the afternoon - hopefully these ideas will inspire everyone in using their alcohol pens and blending pencils to bring the images to life. I expect there will be plenty of glitter and I hope lots of laughs throughout the day ...........can't wait for the fun to begin !

STOP PRESS - this workshop will be repeated  on 15th November at Oysters, please ring the shop if you would like to attend. Thank you so much for all the interest, very much appreciated x

Oyster Stamps, Rochester, Kent - Telephone 01634 686823 or Website http://www.oysterstamps.co.uk

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