Monday, 31 March 2014

A fun workshop

Hello everyone - I thought I would pop in with some photos I took at a workshop I held last Thursday.

It was a workshop I had been asked to try as there had been a few requests.  A mixed media card making session.  The idea was to change the look of a piece of paper & use it on a card, thereby getting people to use more of their scrap pieces & odds & ends of stash.

Part of the way through the session this was the state of the table;


The ladies had gone off for a well earned cup of coffee.


refreshed & ready to continue

Two of the ladies were card makers & liked clean & simple - the other three were interested in "getting messy" as they explained it to me.





The three photos above are from the card makers & I think the lady who made this last page was just getting into the idea of mix media.







These photos are from the ladies who wanted to "get down & messy"

I am really pleased with how the morning went & some of them are interested in mixed media on other surfaces.  So - time to get my brain & creativity in gear.

Thank you for stopping by & I will be back again shortly with photos of some items I made at a workshop I attended yesterday (Sunday 30 March).


Friday, 21 March 2014

The white wash continues

Hi everyone

Last night I showed the white wash technique to one of my Rubber Stamping Groups & I think they fell in love with it as much as I did.

Whilst demonstrating the technique to them on kraft card & a pale grey card, as in my previous post, I was asked if I had tried it on black card.  The answer was no & that I would do it before the next meeting.  Within a couple of minutes I had been passed a piece of black card so that I could try it whilst the ladies wee "playing".

This is how good it looks - forgive it just being the piece of card - I didn't have the means to turn it into a proper card.


I should have taken a photo after I had just stamped & embossed the image - because although I used white EP it looked creamy on the black card & looked stunning.  Well! I thought so.  I will be trying it on black card again & making a complete card - so will photograph it at the embossed stage.

I do like the CAS style & this white wash technique certainly fills the bill - I will be using it a lot more.

Thank you for stopping by I hope you enjoyed your visit.

Monday, 17 March 2014

more white washing

Hi everyone

I have now bought the white ink refills from Stampin' Up for this technique & so have worked another couple of samples.  The refills work much better than squishing my white pigment ink pad onto an acrylic block.

I worked 2 more samples - one on kraft card again & one on a light grey card, I haven't matted & layered them yet - here they are;



very pretty!

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Friday, 14 March 2014

New technique .....

... well, it is for me.

I have promised to show my stamping clubs a new technique I discovered & really fell for.  Of course before I can show them I must try it - properly.  The technique this time is - White Washing.

It came to my attention through a newsletter I get via email & then I Googled it to read about it more. It appears to stem from "Stampin' Up".

Here is my attempt;


In this technique the image is first stamped with Versamark ink then embossed with White EP. The white wash comes from using white ink refill & painting the image with it.  I am awaiting a delivery of white ink refill so today I tried using a white Versacolour ink pad & squished it onto a small acrylic block & picked the ink up with a damp paint brush.  When the white wash is dry you then paint in with coloured ink the various elements of the image.  I used Colorbox & Versacolour ink pads which again I squished onto an acrylic block & used a damp paint brush.  It is a very delicate finish & I was pleased with the result.  On the little flower that is on the piece of card to the side I didn't use the white wash step - so that I could make sure that the next stage of colouring did work & as you can see it did because this flower is quite dark.


 A closeup of the main flower in the image. I am going to create another version & this time use some very pale grey card to see how that will look. I haven't seen it done on black - so |I might have to try that too.

After that result I feel happy enough to show my club ladies.

Thank you for stopping by I hope you enjoyed your visit.

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

special birthday card

Good evening everyone - today I made a special card for our grand-daughters for her 18th birthday this weekend.

I started the morning off with the great idea of using my new Tonic Pop-up Dies - but that went downhill quite quickly as I could not get a good cut.  I have an E-bosser & put the die through about 6 or 7 times. I was initially using the pop up mechanism for inside the card - but one of the perforation edges actually cut through. So that went to the bin - well not quite - I kept it for using for oddments of card.  The die for creating a topper also didn't work well - so I gave up the idea. In the end I chose one of the Verso Tonic Dies that has the tag shape in the centre.  I had used it at Christmas so new it would cut OK.

Here's the card;


I used just one half of the blue scalloped card - the other half was the piece I spoke about above that almost got binned.  I did use the 18 plaque from the pop up dies & the tag shape was from a set of dies the make of which I cannot remember. Onto the tag I stamped a "happy birthday" & her name in Versamark ink & used a pale blue EP to tie in with the card.  I used double-sided tape to adhere the blue card to the white base card - but the join was a little uneven - so I covered it with white satin ribbon wrapped around to the back.  Looks quite effective.  Some flat backed clear gems at the corners & a couple of flowers with gem centres, made with the Petal Pairs punches out of white paper & some coloured with Promarkers to match the card, to complete.

Next big occasion - a golden wedding card.  But first I must sort that pop up die.  I did Google the problem but didn't really find anything - although I spotted someone saying that Jodie (of Tonic) had some tutorial videos which covered some problems.  I popped in to see what I could find & she has done a video for each of the various embossing / die-cut machines on how to build the sandwich for Tonic dies.  So tomorrow I will try the sandwich & see if it is any better.

That will be after I have printed the insert for the 18th birthday card & placed it inside the card & got it ready to post.

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Monday, 10 March 2014

Less Is More - Week 162 - One Layer Card

Hi everyone today I am showing you my card that I have made for this weeks challenge over at Less Is More where the challenge is a One Layer Card with the added theme Spring Flowers.

Here is my card;


I used a white scalloped edge 5x5 card & stamped the image & the sentiment in Versamark then embossed with gold EP.  The daffodil stamp is a much loved & much used stamp from All Night Media - I have had it years.  The sentiment stamp is from Hero Arts & I have had that quite a while too.  I then coloured the image in with my H2O style water colour paints using my aqua brush.  Just to finish & tie the two images together I put some yellow paint inside each of the letters with openings - ie - a,e,g etc.

Thank you for visiting my little blog & please do pop over to the challenge blog - just click on the name at the top of this post.  You will see some amazing cards.

Sunday, 9 March 2014

A recent birthday card

Good morning everyone & I hope it is as lovely & sunny with you as it is here in North Wales - so nice to see that bright light.

I am here today to show a recent birthday card I made - it couldn't be shown until the recipient had seen it.


The base card is a 5x5 scalloped edge white card which I ran through an embossing folder.  I had to use the embossing folder twice & it was my first attempt at creating a matching pattern.  It wasn't 100% so the ribbon helps cover the slight miss.  I stamped the flower with Versamark ink then coloured it with Pan Pastels. I cannot say whose stamp it is as I no longer have the packaging & there is no indication on the acetate they are mounted on.  

I then trimmed the card with deckle edge scissors plus another square that was only slightly larger. The larger square I edged with the Pan Pastels to make my mat.  I found I still had some pink/plum EP so that is what I used for my greeting.  A trio of flat backed pearls completed the image.

This is also the first time for quite a while I have used my Pan Pastels.  I am trying to look at "my stash" each week & use something that hasn't seen light of day for a while. We all have things don't we?

Thank you for stopping by my little blog I hope you enjoyed your visit.  I have another card to show later after it has been seen by the recipient.

Have a lovely weekend.

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

two into one does go ..

.. because for the first time for some time I am entering two challenges with the one card.

The two challenges are - "Anything Goes" at Just For Fun Challenge Blog and Sketch #239 at Tuesday Morning Sketches.  I have only recently discovered these two challenge blogs - so this is my first entry.

Here is the sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches;


and here is my card;


I have created a square card & rotated the sketch.  The medallion stamp I have had a while & cannot remember whose it is.  I stamped it with black archival ink then coloured it with Promarkers "Rose Pink" & "Amethyst".  I carefully cut around the image leaving a narrow white border & raised it on sticky pads.  For the stripes I used ribbon & stamped the greeting in Brilliance ink which I then embossed with clear EP.

This is the second card I have made this week with this stamp - I am quite taken by it - & can see some more ideas forming.

Thank you for visiting my blog & please click on the links above to the two challenge blogs & see what others are creating.

'Bye for now.




Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Less is More - week 161 - Colour

Good afternoon everyone & a rather nice day it is too. Earlier it looked like we might get rain but it has held off & we have had sunshine.

Now, I haven't joined in a Less Is More challenge for some time & felt that this week I should sort myself out & start joining in again.  The theme this week is Colour & the colours are "Yellow & Green"

Here is my card;


This medallion stamp looked so clean I am not sure I have even used it before.  It has a small one that comes with it too.  When I looked at it in the drawer I knew it was the one for this challenge. I stamped it in Black Archival Ink then coloured in with Promarkers - using - Lemon & Leaf Green. The "Happy Birthday" was stamped using Adirondack Citrus.  The medallion was placed on sticky pads to raise it a little from the base card.

I am really pleased with this card & I can see I am going to use it again in different colourways.  It has also inspired me with other ways to use it too.

Thank you for visiting my blog - please come back again & why not pop over to the Less Is More blog to see what others are doing. Just click on the name at the top of the post.

Another sad occasion

This year, sadly, I have had four sympathy cards to make. In each case the person was elderly but still the passing was unexpected.

But happier news is on the horizon as I have two friends who are both expecting a baby within a week of each other this month, & of course earlier I had an engagement card to do.

Here is the latest sympathy card - as clean & simple as I could do;


The floral image was stamped in blue Distress Ink & then lightly brushed with an aqua brush to give a water colour effect.

I hope to be back shortly with photos of some birthday cards I have made (but can only show you once the persons birthday is here) & also a challenge card I am in the midst of making.

Thank you for popping in - please call again.