Monday 29 June 2009

My last two cute cards (for now)

I had a really busy weekend going to a great workshop at The Stampman in Skipton with my friend Jo and having my favourite visitors over the weekend too. I was absolutely shattered by last night so didn't get to post the last two cute cards I made in the batch from a couple of weeks ago, so here they are now.

The format of this card was pretty much the same as the previous ones, just a different image from Whiff of Joy and different colour combination. I do think their images are so sweet and they stamp beautifully, even though I used textured watercolour paper.

And now for the last one

This time I used a semi gloss card to stamp my image onto but still used the DIs to colour it. The result was much more muted but I still like it. I decided to keep this one clean and simple except for the layered flower and the lovely stickers which have tiny gems on. I think I mentioned before that I found these on a stand at the NEC but it's the first time I've used them. I hope I can find some more when I've used them all because they are really dainty.

Although I think I like doing more 'arty' cards, with lots of inking and stamping, best I have enjoyed making this batch of cute cards which is a good job as I have two little granddaughters who I don't think will appreciate 'arty' for quite a few years yet.

I'm hoping to finish my makes from the workshop last Saturday tonight and post them in the next couple of days.

Hope you've all managed to stay comfortably cool today. It's been a bit on the warm side for me and going to get warmer over the next day or two by all accounts!

Friday 26 June 2009

Two More of My Cuties

This is another of the cute cards I've made recently and again coloured using Distress Inks, this time the image is a Whiff of Joy stamp which I bought from The Hobby House stand when I went to the Harrogate Papercraft show earlier this year. The papers I have had in my stash for a long time along with the flowers and gems. The Nesties labels die and CB embossing folder were again from Once Upon a Stamp. Finally the paper lace ribbon was from Graphicus.

and here's another one using the same pretty image

The only things I used that were different from the first card are my Fiskars Threading Water border punch and some lovely little stickers I found at the NEC in March.

My daughter and little Granddaughter are coming tomorrow and staying for the weekend and I'm also going to a workshop at The Stampman with my friend Jo on Saturday, so my last two cute card makes might have to wait until Sunday evening.

Have a lovely weekend everyone!

Thursday 25 June 2009

A Couple of Recent Cards

After you have read this post scroll down to find the link to some wonderful blog candy from Elusive Images!!!

First of all a big thankyou to any visitors who have checked back (some of you lovely people more than once) to see if I've managed to sort out my photo problems. Well, we did have a gremlin (now given the boot I hope) so things are a lot better but I still haven't sussed how to make my images clickable so that you can see an enlargement but I'll keep trying.

The two cards shown above were very quick and simple to make. I stamped the pretty flourish using Adirondack dye inkpads, dragged the colour a little with my waterbrush and added some glitter highlights. I cut out the butterflies from some Artylicious paper which was from my exclusive Graphicus Guild paper pack, added a few touches of glitter, curved the wings and attached them with silicone glue. I then stamped the sentiment with a Black Memories inkpad.

The flourish stamp (Dimension Fourth) and the sentiment stamp (Butterfly Kisses) were both bought from the NEC last March and the glitter, inkpad and Artylicious paper butterflies (which can also be found on the Artylicious Butterfly Bliss cd) can be had from Graphicus.


I'm fairly new to the cute style of card but I'm getting better at them and this is the first of five I made a week or so ago. I decided to try using Distress Inks to clour my lovely images and I think my results were quite successful. Even my brother, who is a talented watercolour artist, was quite impressed by my first attempts. This cute little elf is called Alva from Magnolia Stamps and is another one I bought from the NEC from the lady who designs them. I love this little elf because .................. she has a mouth! I'm pretty sure she's supposed to be a Christmas elf because that's a poinsettia in her hand but I wanted to use her now so I used more summery colours.

The Nestability Label die, CB Swiss Dots folder, Core'dinations card and Distress Inks were all from Once Upon A Stamp. The flourish and fern leaf punches were from The Hobby House and everything else was from my stash and I can't remember where from.


Don't forget to scroll down!

Friday 19 June 2009

Father's Day Card

After you read this post don't forget to scroll down to find out about some fabulous blog candy from Elusive Images !!!!!!

This is a card I was asked to make by a friend and everything I used can be purchased from Graphicus, except for the base card and the brad which were already in my stash.

The background paper is from my Graphicus Guild paper pack (some fabulous papers in there) and I used a stamp from one of the exclusive Guild stamp plates to randomly stamp over it using Adirondack dye inks and I also blended inks over of the paper too. I also blended some inks over a smaller piece of the paper for the sentiment and a separate little tag that I cut from hammered card. I used Timber Brown Stazon to stamp the Happy Father's Day onto an acrylic tag, the fancy images onto some previously Glimmer Misted card and the sentiment.

I then cut out the swirly images, arranged them on my card and used 3D foam pads to attach them. I matted the sentiment and layered the card and acrylic tags together with the brad and attached them with different thicknesses of 3D foam pads.


There will be some wonderful blog candy given away very soon over on the Elusive Images DT blog. The Elusive Images range of stamps are my absolute favourites for quality, design and style and the new ones that are to be released very soon are definite MUST-HAVES.
So click on over to the ELUSIVE IMAGES DT BLOG and check out how to enter. I wish you luck (but not too much 'cos I want to win some of it)!

Monday 1 June 2009

Wheeee! Did I Have a Good Time Last Week

I had an absolutely wonderful two days attending a couple of workshops with the very talented Lynn Robinson-Hunter at Graphicus in Barnard Castle, Teesdale.

On Wednesday it was a Tag Book workshop and we used lots of the Distress Inks with a few other things thrown in. I've also done some more stamping to mine since I got home because, as usual, I was too slow to finish mine at the workshop (I spent too much time between tags tidying my workspace!) so I've used a few of my own items too. The idea was to build up a selection of tags showing different techniques ('how to' notes written on the back of each tag) so we had a great time blending, stamping, spritzing, spraying, emboss resisting, masking, using napkins for pretty images and image transfers using acrylic paint dabbers. I've also done a bit of masking on one of my tags here at home.
I shared the workshop with four other lovely ladies and we had a great time with quite a few laughs and giggles throughout the day. These are my favourite tags so far, but I intend to do some more on my own when I have the time (famous last words, Lol)

The second workshop on Thursday was Stampbord Creations. I can honestly say I have thoroughly enjoyed every workshop I've been to at Graphicus but this one blew me away. I have never been more pleased with anything I've made than my lovely Stampbord Mirror. I am totally thrilled with it (can you tell?). I have played with Stampbord before but Lynn certainly has a way of bringing out the best of my abilities and she showed us some beautiful pieces of Stampbord that use techniques that are taught in the other Stampbord workshop they do at Graphicus. We really should have done that first but never mind, I am still totally happy with my finished piece of artwork and I would still love to do the other workshop next time they run it.

I used Distress Inks exclusively for colouring my backgrounds and for the background stamping. I just used Stazon for the main top images. As the other ladies on the workshop asked what colours I had used I will explain here that I covered the whole of each piece of Stampbord with Tea Dye DI and then used 2 other colours blended carefully on top of that in combinations of Fired Brick, Shabby Shutters, and Spiced Marmalade. I built up the colours very slowly and carefully so that the blends were quite subtle and had different depths to them. On a few of the pieces I used a piece of mesh and others a piece of sequin waste and dabbed Pine Needles DI very gently to create a bit more depth. I then began layering my stamped images and for the background stamps I used Vintage Photo DI, stamped off once onto scrap paper, and finally a dark brown (can't remember proper colour name) Stazon for the main images.

I'm now going to go to town with my photos, even at the risk of boring you.

And here's the full piece in all it's glory!

I'm sorry if I sound a bit OTT about my mirror but I really didn't expect to come home with a piece I'm so proud of and it's all down to Lynn. She is an exceptional tutor and gets my head in just the right place to pull all this together. Had I tried to do it at home I would have ended up with a hodge podge of bits and no idea at all what to do with them so thank you very much Lynn. I can't wait for another workshop now! Thankyou also to my fellow crafters for your company, especially my internet friend Phree. We all had some really good fun and a great day altogether.

Everything I used can obviously be bought from Graphicus, except for the corner embellishments (from my own stash) and the dangly bit over the mirror which is made up of an old pair of cheap earings and a bit off an old necklace.