Monday, 18 December 2017

A host of golden Daffodils

Morning Peeps, today I have a couple of shares for our mid month posts at Penny Black and More and Stamping Sensations, at the latter the DT are taking it in turns to share a new technique and needles to say mine is a messy one.

I'm not a big fan of Winter so decided for my Penny Black creation to look ahead to Spring with a pair of PB stamps that were made for each other. I created a soft background with Distress Inks, the used Distress Markers to ink the Daffodils, spritzed with water and repeat stamped, then added with sentiment using Versafine black.

I have just lifted my post from Stamping Sensations:

I have no idea if or what the name might be for this technique and I am sure it's not a new one, but I actually came across it by accident one day when I inadvertently let a piece of printed paper land on a sticky background that was still wet. When I tried to lift off the paper I noticed that some of the print had adhered itself to the background so I had a play and rather liked the look so this is how I find it works best.

Start by creating an inky background, in this case I used Bristol cardstock and oxide inks, but it works equally well with with Brusho, Dylusions and other background mediums.

Next take a couple of pages form an old make sure they are 'appropriate'...........I did one a few weeks back, sent it off as a TV sample only to discover later that the printed content was not really 'viewer friendly'...........the TV presenter and crew had a laugh but it's made me more aware since!!

Tear the pages into small pieces and arrange on the background randomly and have a bone folder or ruler to hand along with a dries clear glue such as Indigo Blue Slap it On...............I experimented as the regular Slap it On didn't work as well as the Super Thick version which gave a much better adhesion and transfer. You need to work quite quickly here so best work on the pieces of paper one by one, giving a good brushing of glue to the base card and over each piece, then burnish with the bone folder or ruler edge several times and peel away the paper to reveal the print.

It doesn't matter if some of the paper remains as it all adds to the randomness of the piece and of course some of the print picked up will be the reverse but as it's a background it all adds to the interest.

Now you have your finished piece ready for stamping and on this occasion I used it with Chocolate Baroque stamps. I know it looks a messy process but that's all part of the fun and once stamped up to a finished piece gives an interesting and different look

Exactly the same process, just with different coloured inks. When I have spare time I like to make up a batch of backgrounds ready for stamping up at a later date........helps no end with rush TV deadlines!

Many thanks for taking a peek and hope you will give it a try.

Saturday, 16 December 2017

A snowflake is Winters Butterfly

Morning Peeps, it's Saturday so that means it's time for our new challenge at Allsorts and this week I am your host and the theme is 'Cold and Frosty Colours. We have a prize from this weeks sponsor Crafty Ribbons, a bundle of ribbons in colours to go with the theme. 

I also have some Chocolate Baroque shares below, a day late I'm afraid as I've not been feeling at my best since my kidney procedure last week and not up to sitting at the computer for any length of time...................yes I do have a tablet but my dodgy dexterity means the smaller keyboard is just not an option as I spend more time correcting typos than writing the comment. So my apologies I've not been to visit many of you as I've restricting my time to short DT comments.

Lots of inkiness and embossing going on with this one, my starting point was to create the background with Brushos, but mopping them off so I only got a hint of the colour. Next some stamping with snowflakes and distress inks followed by creating some random lines with the edge of a credit card which I swiped across the same ink pads plus a scattering of silver Frantage which was also added around the edges of the piece. The Butterfly is Soft Wings from Penny Black, heat embossed with silver, cut out and coloured with the same inks. The sentiment is computer generated.......I do have it as a stamp somewhere but can I find it, of course I can't !

For this one I simple repeat stamped leaves in different colours to create the flower shapes

Here are some my my shares from yesterday's post over at the Chocolate Baroque DT blog, were each month we offer inspiration on quick and easy cards using CB stamps.

I used a torn piece of paper to create the wavy line mask, coloured with Pan Pastels, stenciled some flourishes with the mask still in place then stamped the Butterfly

Although many CB stamps are beautifully detailed, we aim to prove they work equally well to make cards when you are in a hurry and when creating cards for Lesley's TV shows on Hochanda the DT create some dedicated to CAS strles.

Brushos for the splatter background, stamped the flower onto black, embossed with white, cut out and fixed over two stamped leaves

Masked a strip across card, coloured with Pan Pastels then randomly stamped flowers with the mask still in place

Brushos again and blown with a straw to spread, stamped the Lily and coloured with Brushos

Applied Pan Pastels through an oval mask and stamped the wildflowers with the mask still in place

Stamped the Fuchsia and corners and coloured with distress markers

Happy weekend all and my thanks for popping in today.

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Oh the snow, the beautiful snow

Morning Peeps, time for our new challenge at Allsorts and this week Helen would like to see 'Snowflakes'. Our sponsor is Marianne Designs.

Many thanks for all your kind wishes the last few days, I am home, rather bruised and needing a few days to recover before I get back into the swing of craft land, but fine apart from that. They seemed happy how things went, a further CT scan is scheduled and another procedure towards the end of January which I am really hoping will be the end of what's seemed like a never ending saga this year.

Onto my cards and I don't seem to have much in the way of snowflakes in my stash so for my first card I used an old wood mounted Hero Arts stamp which has a negative image of a little hamlet with snow falling so to compliment that I computer generated the first few lines of a John Whittaker Watson's 'Beautiful Snow' poem. I stamped the image in blue versafine and heat embossed with detail clear powder and simply matted and layered onto a larger card onto which I had printed the poem verse.

I kept my second share fairly CAS and used two snowflake dies to cut out the snowflakes and used the negative to place over a piece of turquoise glitter card, stamped the sentiment which is Inkylicious and tied some bakers twine and a gem across the top.

I hope our seasonal theme will be one you join in with and that you will pop over to the challenge blog to see all the inspiration from my teamies.

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Imagine and a Fairy in a field of Butterflies

Good morning Peeps, it's my turn to post over at the Chocolate Baroque DT blog. Afraid it's a short and sweet scheduled posts, explanation in my last post.

As all of the details of the products and stamps used are on the DT blog here you can pop over there to get any specifics on how I created my pieces which were for Lesley's Hochanda show towards the end on November.

Before I went off for my trip courtesy of the NHS to have my kidney procedure I caught sight of the new Butterfly Challenge theme which as with previous years is, for this month only, all about Fairies and magical things, so I knew immediately that one of my creations in this scheduled post would fit the theme perfectly, it's one one below with the Fairy set in the shadow box of Butterflies.

As always my thanks for taking the time to visit today and I hope to be visiting you all again very soon once I have recovered.

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Chinese Lanterns and a Winter walk

It's time for our challenges at Stamping Sensations and Penny Black and More where our themes are 'Winter Trees and Flora' and 'CAC - Clean and Simple'. As always there are wonderful prizes to be won at both. 

I had a surprise call from the hospital................not the normal sort of surprise but I am happy it's much sooner than say I had been "fast tracked" and my kidney procedure is this coming week so I will be missing for a few days, but have done another scheduled post for later in the week with some Chocolate Baroque shares as it's my day to post over there.

My top make is my Penny Black piece, the gorgeous Chinese Lanterns image was inked with Distress Markers and spritzed with water before stamping, some watery inks splatted around by flicking them with a paintbrush and the sentiment stamped in Versafine black.

And my Stamping Sensations piece started out as a piece of Kraft card, then the cottage, trees and fence were stamped with Versafine Toffee and a little dark green added with distress pens before stamping. Next using a piece of torn paper I used a white inkpad to add the hills followed by stamping the foreground trees again...............they are a Penny Black two part stamp.......with Versamark and heat embossing with detail white powder. Then all the other elements were stamped into place, some liquid pearls and glitter added to build up the Wintery feel.

As always we have lots of awesome prizes to be won so I do hope you will join in.

Saturday, 2 December 2017

A late blooming Hydrangea

Morning Peeps, it's Saturday so that means it's time for our new challenge at Allsorts and this week I am your host and the theme is 'Thank You'. I though it would be the prefect opportunity to get a few cards ready for after the Christmas festivities. Our sponsor is DigiStamp Boutique and my card at the top used their pretty new Hydrangea image.

I printed the image out twice and cut out one to decoupage after colouring with Spectrum sparkle pens, but before adding the second layer I flicked some watery ink onto the base card and stamped the sentiment which is Penny Black.

For my second card I masked a piece of Bristol vellum cardstock as well as a big sun and used Pan Pastels to add the colour, then a mask and DI's to sponge on the sunrays. Finally using Versafine black I stamped the trees which are from Inkylicious as are the birds, the sentiment which is Penny Black and finally my Labrador which I had made many years ago by an on line company making custom stamps.

Many thanks for popping in today and I hope you will join us at Allsorts this week and also please do pop over to the challenge blog to see what my teamies have made to inspire you.

Sunday, 26 November 2017


Morning Peeps, today I am posting again over at the Chocolate Baroque blog sharing a few more of my makes from the recent Steampunk Hochanda shows. I won't go into all the detail here as I have explained all on the CB blog should you want to check out what I used. Lots of snippets of card in the one above so off to the Snippets Playground, hopefully Parsnip is getting into seasonal mode and has some mulled wine on the go.

As I intimated when I did my last Steampunk post, it's a theme I had never ventured into previously, beetles and clocks with wings and hats just doesn't gel with me and I approached this show with trepidation. But I have to confess that I did enjoy the inky grungy side of it and after all, the challenge is about doing something new and stepping outside your comfort zone.

As always my thanks for your visit today.

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