Sunday, 31 August 2014

A postcard

I'm working on increasing my small collection of Justrite Stamps, they have some fantastic sets and they stamp beautifully well worth the investment I think.. This is my latest acquisition and I've really enjoyed using it the hardest part was deciding on the colour scheme.

I made my first card with the postcard stamp yesterday by stamping with Archival black ink onto some cream card.  For the flower I used water and a brush to apply Adirondack Peach Bellini and Worn Lipstick Distress ink for shading, Shabby Shutters and Crushed Olive for the leaves. The butterfly is Peacock Feathers Distress Ink and the butterfly on the top left has been cut out, coloured and glossed with glossy accents.  I shaded the card with Antique Linen Distress ink, die cut some leafy swirls and stamped some Dreamees flower stamps for embellishment. These flower stamps are lovely as well, this is the first I've used them.  I stamped with Versamark then heat embossed with different embossing folders to try out different effects.  I can see me playing with these a lot when I've got a bit more time.

The background paper is from the Lili of the Valley Antebellum paper pad matted onto a complementary card.  Finally I used some Stickles glitter glue around the edges and on the flower.

I hope you like the finished card, any comments will be very welcome thanks for looking.

I am entering this card for the following challanges:
Crafty Boots Challenge - Postcards
Crafty Calendar Challenge  - Anything Goes
Artistic Stamper Blog Challenge - Anything Goes
Through the Craftroom Door  - Anything Goes

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Whimsical Water-Bleaching Technique

Hi, I am entering this card into the August Craft Stamper Magazine Challenge for which I needed to choose a technique from one of the 2014 Craft Stamper Magazine issues.  I decided to have a go at the Whimsical Water-Bleaching technique shown on pages 38 and 39 of the September 2014 issue by Rikka Kovasin.  Distressing backgrounds is something I've only dabbled with before and I really wanted to have a go at this and the results are below.

Using some coated card I blended Pickled Raspberry and Wild Honey Distress inks. I then spritzed water onto the Creative Expressios Rose background stamp.and stamped onto the inked card lifting off some of the ink which I then stamped onto a separate piece of card and I've used that piece for the central panel.  The dress is another Creative Expressions stamp coloured with the same Distress Inks using some cut and dry foam and a bit of masking to make sure the pink roses stood out from the yellow background.  The roses around the bottom are from Indigoblu, I stamped twice onto coated card with black Archival ink, coloured with the same Distress inks and cut out to frame the bottom edge.

To assemble the card I used some black card to mat the background onto.  I cut an aperture with a Spellbinders Die and used some mounting foam to raise the background up.  I cut out the dress and adhered it to the card inside the aperture and used Pinflair glue to attach the roses at the bottom corner.  Finally I used a Justrite die to stamp the sentiment onto with Black Archival, the sentiment is also from Justrite.

Thank you for looking, your comments are welcome.

Get Well Roses

Hello again, this is my second card created using the Clarity rose stamp. For this card I've also used the Clarity Vase stamp and one of their stencils.  The sentiment is from Justrite.

To make the card I inked through the Clarity Stencil with some Barn Door Distress Ink and Memento Pool to create the background and matted this onto some red cardstock.  I stamped the vase in Black Memento coloured with a mix of Pastel Blue and Pastel Green then masked off before stamping the bunch of roses 3 times, masking off after each stamping to fill the case.

The roses and leaves were coloured with promarkers, Poppy and Ruby for the roses and Lime Green and Pear for the leaves.  I stamped with sentiment with Black Archival but wish I had clear embossed it as well as it doesn't stand out quite as much as I would like.  I finished off the card with some red ribbon and made a little bow out of the same ribbon.

I hope you like the finished card, any comments you leave will be very welcome.

I am entering this card for
 the ABC Challenge - Use Ribbon, Roses and Red.
Fan-Tastic Tuesday - Anything Goes


Afternoon Bloggers

For this card I used the Clarity Rose stamp which I acquired recently.  Using  Black Archival ink I stamped
the rose onto watercolour card and coloured  with Distress inks, a brush and some water. using Pickled Raspberry for the pink roses and Squeezed Lemonade and Wild Honey for the yellow rose.  For the leaves I used Shabby Shutters and Forest Green. I die cut the image with a Spellbinder Die lightly shaded with Pickled Raspberry and then matt  this onto another mat cut from a Spellbinder Die shaded with a heavier application of Pickled Raspberry ink.  The background is Squeezed Lemonade overstamped with  one of the Clarity Club Stamps using  a third generation of Pickled Raspberry ink..  Finally this was matted onto another card shaded with more Pickled Raspberry.  The sentiment is from the Clarity Happy Stamps stamped with Black Archival and embossed with clear embossing powder.  I hope you like the finished card, any comments you make will be very welcome.

I've been playing with several ideas for this Rose stamp and decided to enter this version for the following Challenges:

 Clarity Stamp Challege 18 - Feminine
Stamping Sensations - Anything Goes
Craftig from the Heart - Anything Goes

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Al Fresco Bicycle

This is the first of a few cards I've made using the lovely Craftwork Cards Al Fresco paper pad which I've had for a while now awaiting time and inspiration.

I found some dark pink glossy card to mat the background papers onto and cut a Spellbinder shape mat for the bicycle and a fancy edge at the right side of the background.  I die cut some flowers and bunting from the Al Fresco papers and a leafy swirl and leaves from plain white card and coloured with Pro Marker Pastel Green.  There is quite a bit of stickles glitter on the flowers that doesn't really show up on the photo here.  Finally I added some pearls to the die cut flowers and a sentiment..

I am entering this card for the following blog challenges

Fussy ad Fancy - Bingo Board - Pearls, swirl and flowers

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Sew Pretty

Today's card is one I made using a free set of vintage stamps from Cardmaking and Papercraft magazine and matching papers.

To make this card I used contrasting papers for the background added some stitching around the edges with a black pen.  The sewing machine has been stamped onto a die cut shape and the ruler, button and scissors have been stamped onto separate card and cut out.  The scissors were also heat embossed with silver embossing powder before cutting out.

I am entering this card for the following blog challenges:
Paula Holifield Crafts -Sew What
Allsorts Challenge - Favourite Things
Fantastic Tuesday - Anything Goes
4 Crafty Girls - Anything Goes

Wednesday, 6 August 2014


I've seen a number of examples of Justrite Stamps and Dies used on TV recently and been keen to try them out, they do some lovely designs. I added to my small collection when I went to the Summer Crafting show in Doncaster recently and this is the first card I've made using both stamps and matching dies.  The stamps I have are a mixture of rubber and the clear polymer variety and they are beautiful quality and stamp a very clear image. I believe the dies are made by Spellbinders so also good quality, worth the investment.

This is a card I made for my daughter's birthday on Monday.  I've used purple and cream cardstock, the background is embossed with a Stamposaurus Stencil through the Grand Caliber and some purple ribbon and beading have been used around the bottom.  I made the flowers on the ribbon  from Craftwork Card Candi coloured with Dusty Concord Distress ink and glued together to form, what I hope looks like, a violet flowerhead. I've added a small yellow gem to the centre of each flower.  The flowers and leaves around the mainimage are made using a Dreamees Stamp set (also a recent purchase) and some more Dusty Concord ink. The main image is the Violette Vintage Labels Justrite Stamp  coloured with both distress markers and promarkers. I hope you like the finished card and any comments you make will be very welcome

I am entering this card for the following blog challenges:
Ladybug - Favourite Colour
Stamping Sensations - Anything Goes
The Artistic Stamper - Anything Goes
Crafty Boots - Flowers
Crafting at the Weekend - Anything Goes
Addicted to Stamps - Make your Mark
Crafting from the Heart- Anything goes
Through the Craftroom Door