Monday 30 July 2012

Hello Gorgeous

As to the title I'm talking about a set of stamps from Penny Black which I've used four of to make this card.
The images I stamped with Memento and then coloured with Copics.The collar of the dress was glued and then glittered using a Quicky glue pen and Glamour dust.
To cut the mounts to stamp on I used Spellbinders dies Grand Labels One and Classic Scalloped Circles.
The  mounts and papers I edged using Antique Linen Distress ink to tie them all in together.
If  you would like to see other samples made with this set then check out J & C Creations Blog.

Tuesday 24 July 2012

Something Different

Something different for me that is,usually I make cards,sometimes boxes but I was asked to use several different pieces of chipboard shapes.For this post I'm showing the door hanger for which I've used the Penny Black set called Free Flight to decorate it.
The base was made by applying an acrylic paint,in this case black,using a heat gun to make sure it was completely dry before the next stage.Paint over all of it with a PVA glue and then straight after with another colour of paint.As you dry this with a heat gun the top layer of paint will crack,the reason being the glue and paint dry at different rates.
I overstamped the main image onto the bottom of the hanger with Jet Black Archival and also the small butterfly randomly over the rest.The larger butterfly I stamped onto white card and used Distress ink to colour it.Bundled Sage and Victoria Velvet were the colours I used but there are many combinations that could be.

The spiral flowers were coloured with Victorian Velvet before twirling them and the leaves with Bundled sage.The leaves came from the foliage set of dies by Spellbinders.

All the products came from J & C Creations,link on the right-side of my blog.

Sunday 22 July 2012

Koi and Cards

Well is it Summer now,certainly t-shirt weather today.My husband and I went out today to the Japanese Koi show,we used to go to the one at Billing near Northampton but that finished,this one is in Cambridgeshire.

They have some really large Koi on show which have been judged for shape and markings.There was a large number of holding pools around the arena and tents containing different companies selling their products.There was also a tombola, my luck was in here I won two prizes

We also had an audience watching us walk round;

As to the card it's another one from Sheena's last show using the Silhouette Grasses.The background was made using Broken China and Peeled Paint Distress Ink,then overstamped with Jet Black Archival to build up the picture using the silhouette stamps.I divided the piece up into four pieces then mounted them onto black card with foam pads.

Thursday 19 July 2012

Live in the Moment

Great mans card this one,I used Stormy Sky and Broken China for the background and Jet Black Archival to stamp the silhouettes.Mounted the image onto a white square cut with the Fleur de lis square from Spellbinders.
Looking forward to seeing the new dies on the Pick of the week, C&C tomorrow at 12noon,will be nice to see what I'll be playing with very soon.

Tuesday 17 July 2012

Early Show

Looking forward to the show tomorrow,hopefully my daughter let's me watch it before I take her work.

The background to this card was produced by applying the luminarte dabbers,several colours,to a craft sheet and misting with water.Then laying the cardstock on top to lift the colour,make sure it's completely dry before doing the next step.I then stamped the image with Jet Black Archival and embossed with clear embossing powder.
The flower was made by die-cutting a couple of scalloped circles using core'dinations cardstock.These were then placed through a Ribbler in different directions to loosen the fibres,to make it easier to separate the layers.Spray the four pieces with water then attach with a brad through the centre.Pull up each layer in turn,scrunching it together.Allow it to open back up,then let it dry,this will then hold it's shape.I wiped over with a glitter glue to give a bit a sparkle.The leaves were made using a memory box die.

Monday 16 July 2012

Back to the Highlands

Countdown to Sheena's next show has begun as some of the design team's work is being shown on Sheena's blog. To follow that here is another of my samples

The background was made by using Tea Dye Distress Ink,Jet Black Archival and a Luminart Dabber, a different stamp for each colouring medium.An unusual mix of colours for me but I liked the way it turned out.The central topper was made by stamping the island image onto white card and then die-cutting this piece.I inked round the edge with the Tea Dye and then matted this piece onto black card.

I have a break now from shows until the 18th August but that doesn't mean I'm not going to be busy.I will be doing an all day workshop 10am - 4pm on 4th August at the Costa Coffee in Rushden.Cost is £25.00, the kit and use of tools is included. Details of the project I will post later but if you are interested or need more information let me know by e-mail

Friday 13 July 2012

Doncaster Show

Well we are all set up and ready for the show tomorrow,rather large stand for the two of us,if it's like last year I won't see Kay for customers for most of the day.
I manage to connect to the internet but not for long so can't stay on too long.Will try and post some photos tomorrow but here is another of the cards I made for Sheena.

I love this card,it's very simple to do.The main image was stamped on Kraft card(Anna Marie Designs,they are at the Doncaster show)otherwise know as leather card ? with clear ink then I used Cosmic Shimmer black embossing powder.The crochet ribbon came from Creative Expressions and the paper was from my stash,doesn't really show but it is a poinsettia pattern on it.
Will try and sign on again tomorrow and let you know how the show is going.

Thursday 12 July 2012

Silhouette Grasses

This is the second set of stamps from Sheena Douglass, which will also be shown for the first time on C & C on the 18th July.These are very useful stamps,for stamping over background effects,applying ink and paint too and making backgrounds for cards.

To make the background I applied several Luminarte dabbers to a craft sheet and misted them with water.Then placed the Centura pearl cardstock on top to lift off the colour.Once dry I stamped on top with an clear embossing ink, added white embossing powder and then heated.Repeating the stamping until the picture was finished.


There may be a break in my posting again as I'm at the Doncaster show with Kay.If I have internet access I will show some more cards made with Sheena's stamps.

Wednesday 11 July 2012

Silhouette Highlands

Here's a peek at Sheena's new stamp set which is due to be shown on Wednesday 18th July 8am & 12noon on Create and Craft.

This card was made using Rusty Hinge and Wild Honey Distress Ink and the silhouette images were stamped with Jet Black Archival.The squares are 4cm in size and once inked were mounted using foam squares.
Over the next week I'll hopefully show you more examples from next weeks show.

Tuesday 10 July 2012

With Love

Well this is the last of the samples I made for Jayne Nestorenko.This was actually the first one I made,I chose some papers from my stash which were actually designed for a Wedding Album.Both the colour and the theme seemed to be right for this stamped image.I stamped using Brushed Corduroy Distress ink and used a damp brush to pull out the colour.This then I die-cut using labels eight.The edge of the middle strip was made using the Classic triple Scallop and the greeting was stamped on a large label.

I'm sorry to leave on a sad note but I've just heard a friend and fellow crafter has just died.Robert of Once Upon A Stamp has died, I presume today.I'll miss his wicked sense of humour,his laughter and my hugs from him when we met at shows.My deepest sympathy goes to Gordon and his family.

Thursday 5 July 2012

Leather Card ?

Ok just a quicky post tonight,must get some sleep as I'm leaving for Newbury in the morning with Kay.
This card was a favourite at Jayne Nestorenko's workshop on Sunday.I wasn't sure on it but I do like using the Kraft card.They thought it looked like leather.The cardstock came from Anna Marie Designs who attend most of the shows around the country.

Yes I did stitch around the edge with some pink DMC cotton,left from my cross stitch days.To make it easier I used a Tim Holtz ruler and pierced though at regular intervals.
The image was stamped with a Perfect Medium pad and then use a black embossing powder.I know I like to stamp the images and cut them out but this was possibly slightly more than I intended to do.The flowers and leaves came from the accessories set.
Bye for now.

Wednesday 4 July 2012

Kyoto Gardens

I used Faded Jeans to stamp the image,then pulled out the colour with a damp brush.Then embossed the whole piece with clear embossing powder,a couple of layers to give a gloss finish.I equally divided the tile up and stuck them down on a piece of blue card leaving a small gap between each piece.
The background was stamped with clear embossing powder using the flower from the accessories set.
Of course as you know I can't make a card without using Spellbinders somewhere, so this time a used Aster and Floral Flourishes.

This week has been busy so far with my DT work and playing with some brand new Heartfelt Creations stamps and dies,I'm loving these,very pretty.I will show the cards in the very near future.

Tuesday 3 July 2012

Flowers and Lace

This card was made using a technique I learnt when I first began crafting for a living.If you would like to know how to make a card using this technique I am running two workshops on Tuesday 10th July 10am - 12noon & 7pm - 9pm at the Costa Coffee in Rushden High Street.The cost is £12.00.
I'm also planning to to an all day 10am - 4pm on Saturday 4th August.If you are interested in either workshop please e-mail me

Bye for now

Monday 2 July 2012

Japanese Geisha

Back to the black and white again for this Geisha girl,another of Jayne Nestorenko's new stamps.This one again can be brought separately or with one called the Kyoto Gardens.

I had some flowery black and white paper in my stash which I thought would work well with this stamp,so I used this for the background.Before I attached it to the base card I used a Spellbinders edgeability to create a border top and bottom.The Japanese Geisha I stamped using Jet black Archival and embossed with clear embossing powder.
Using the Blossom Three die to die-cut the image,then create a faux nestie by drawing around the same size die onto black card and cutting out.This gives a smaller mat than if you cut with the next size die up.
The swirl was made using a Marianne die and the leaves from a Martha Stewart punch.
The flowers were made by punching a circle and cutting a spiral into it.I then used tweezers but you could use a quilling tool to wind the spiral up from the outside in.Allow the spiral to relax a little then glue the small base piece at the end.A PVA based glue is best as this allows a bit of movement but grabs quick and solid when dry.

Busy week this week, samples I can show,some have to be held back 'till a later date.Friday I will be leaving for the Newbury show with Kay.