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Cards For Him And Her Plus A Journal Project

Another fabulous sunny day outside which put me in the mood to show last week’s class cards and also the project we will be making tomorrow.

I love to rip and tear and also love using different colours of ink when stamping so this technique was perfect.

Again I showed how you can make a very feminine card and also one for a man.


With this one we also used the triple embossing technique for the frame.


Ahead of myself here as below I am showing what the girls are creating tomorrow.

They have all bought journalling books and I know they are all going to have fun learning how to fill them with some amazing artwork.

Gesso, washi tape, stamps, masks and Gelatos are the main ingredients of the pages below.

I am sure everyone will be amazed with the magical way the gelatos blend superbly into the background when used with baby wipes.



Inky And Messy One Layer Card

This mornings class really sizzled, everyone worked so hard with their cards plus I remembered the rubber gloves as we all got messy, painty and inky.

The card in yesterdays post here is the fist card the girls made today but because I had already made it I used different DI colours when I demonstrated the techniques to them.  Colours used this time round are Weathered Wood, Bundled Sage, Dried Marigold and Peacock Feathers.

Finished it off with different stamps after the girls had gone home.  These were Indigo Blu again but from two different sets.  First is called ‘Live Laugh Love’ and the second ‘Blazing Poppies‘.  The sentiment is from Stampin Up.

The second card was all about the background really.  Started with Gesso, bookprint and chalk paint on plain white cardstock.  We also stamped with the paint before blending over with DI’s.

Whilst doing the first background we made a second so we could punch out the flowers and leaves with everything matching the layer behind.  Stamped the sentiment onto Vellum with black Versafine before adding clear embossing powder and then ripped to fit.


Entering the first card into the Indigo Blu Challenge – Just One Layer
Craft Stamper Take It Make Challenge – Take A Stamp


Just A Hint Of Gold

Gold embossing is not usually for me but this card was crying out for just a teensy bit of glamour.

Another buy from Ally Pally are these three stamps from Indigo Blu, one called Ink Splat Butterfly and the other two, which I have been after for ages, are called Bubbles Background and Crackle Glaze.

Picked Raspberry, Seedless Preserves, Dusty Concord and Shaded Lilac are the DI colours used for the background of my card.

Stamped the butterfly with Versamark then added white embossing powder before stamping the Bubbles with Black Versafine and the Crackle Glaze with Picked Raspberry.  Made sure everything was dry then over stamped the white embossed butterfly again but this time with the black Versafine ink making sure the image was off centre just a fraction before adding clear embossing powder.  Lastly the lines were stamped with Versamark and gold embossing powder added.

Entering for the Indigo Blu Challenge#27 – Just One Layer


FSC And Jumbo Toilet Roll Storage For Lauren

Fashionable Stamping Challenges this fortnight have a theme of  “Sew What” (all about the sewing) which was picked by the lovely Claire.

 ‘OMG’ I am so ashamed to say that I am addicted to jumbo toilet roll holders, see my first post here.  Well it’s just my latest fad really, recycling them into receptacles for anything you like.

I am using mine at the moment for storage of utensils on my desk (don’t even ask how many I have got on the desk.  Just waiting to take a photo of the one I made for Andrew’s desk at work.  With a little imagination you can turn them into beautiful plant pot holders.  Remember to line with a little plastic bag or place the plant pot into a plastic bag so that you can add water.  The diameter of these jumbo rolls are 3¼ inches across and the depth is 3½ inches.

Both my granddaughters have taken after me with their crafty ways.  Amber is the artist in the family she loves anything to do with paints and Lauren is the sewer.  I used to sew for England once upon a time.  Clothes, curtains, cushions, quilts anything that was to do with material was my thing.

I have made this storage holder for Lauren so she can store all her little bits and bobs.  The adorable girly stamp you can find here from Flonz’s store and the little scissor stamp is an Indigo Blu here.  The dress form stamp is from Stampin Up.

I am not sure she will like this as anything vintage, aged and distressed is not her thing but if not then Mummy will probably find a use for it.

I would love it if you hopped on over to see all the DT’s work as they are simply stunning.  Also don’t forget that the winner of this challenge has $20 to choose anything they like from Flonz’s store.


Mixed Media Class

Seems ages since I have shown any class projects but today we are into the realm of mixed media again.  The girls are still a little out of their comfort zone when it comes to layering up their inks, paints, stencils, different molding pastes and gesso so the class was all about these items.

One layer cards look amazing … so much to see … so I showed them what mediums to start with for the base then we worked out from there to the beautiful Lotus Blossom stamp from Stampin Up.  Below is the finished card.

This is the card I made whilst showing them how to layer up but I used different colours and stamp.


Our First Skype Session

Been on at my SIL for sooooo long that I had given up that it was ever going to happen but yayyyyy it has and long may it last.  She finally got a web cam!!!!!!!

What a day my SIL Irene and I had two weeks ago.  We had our very first  ‘Crafty Skype Day’  and what a day it was.  We started at 10 in the morning and finished at 4 in the afternoon.  We didn’t want to either but we both thought that maybe we should start making the dinner for the other halves.  Below is what we made.  Well this is what I made and it won’t be long before you can see what Irene’s looks like because I am pleased to say she is going to be back blogging again soon.

So much fun was had that we are doing it each week.  You should see what we made this week it’s just gorgeous.  A bit more scruffy and distressed than the make below.

It’s just like having Irene in the room with me.  We trot off to have a coffee, then eat our lunch … maybe hang out some washing all in between our crafting.  Irene is a fabulous crafter but she lacks the confidence to use all her crafty stash and that’s just what I make her do.

Showing front and back of the album first with loads of scrummy stamping.  I used the Cinch to bind mine and Irene used the Bind-It-All plus my colours are mainly black, red and brown whereas hers are more purply, I think.  So long ago I’ve been asleep since then.

Used a couple of Tim Holtz pics for inside but changed the lady as she didn’t match the page opposite.  I whitened all of one side which turned out just right.

The flowered page is the back of a SU envelope with a SU stamped white embossed flower before colouring in with a white chalk pen also from Stampin Up.


Thought I would add a male page with the yummy new stamps from SU called Traveler.


Loads more pages but I think you have seen enough for one day.

Watch out for more projects because as I said this is a weekly Skype Craft Day.


Flying Visit

A quick flying visit just to show two samples of what the girls will be making at the class on Saturday.  The finished card doesn’t usually look anything like the samples but it’s fun just having a play to see where everything takes me.

Same colours but used different stamps.  Still working on the end product!!!


Roll Out Those Lazy Hazy Crazy Days Of Summer

Have you ever bought anything … just because.  Well that is how I came to buy this single sheet of 12 x 12 paper.  Didn’t have a clue what I was going to do with it but totally fell in love with the tranquil image of her watering the flowers.  Her face looks full of hope so maybe I too am hoping for a repeat of those luxurious lazy hazy days of Summer we had last year.

Now that takes me nicely to Our Creative Corner whose April challenge is “With A Song In Your Heart” chosen by the amazing Alison.

My chosen song is an oldies favourite by the late great Nat King Cole and just by clicking on the link you can listen to Those Lazy Hazy Crazy Days of Summer.

The paper was sitting on my desk and so was the image when I was on my way to bed.  Popped into the craft room whilst waiting for Andrew to walk the fur babies.

Now who knows how a crafters mind works.

Beside the paper and image was my SU glue so what did I do … slathered glue all over the image, cut the paper into four 6 x 6 squares and placed the image behind the one with the beautiful picture.  Placed a heavy book on top and then went to bed.

In the morning I spritzed water over the spot where the image was and proceeded to rub away at the paper very gently.

Haven’t done a lot of image transfer (maybe because I have never been happy with the results) and also everything I have read about it says that you should use an inkjet printer.  Guess who has a laser printer.  This time round I am ecstatic with the results.

So pleased with the result but couldn’t understand why she had writing on her face when the night before there was none.  Took me a while to realise that the paper was double sided and had script on the other side.  What a happy accident this was and if I had realised I would have taken more care of where I had placed my image.  Can’t wait to experiment with other double sided papers but the only thing is that the script comes out mirror imaged.  To make her pop even more I sprayed lightly with a spray and shine from Crafters Companion.

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Used other mediums for enhancement including this little piece of die cut which was left over from this card here.  I did tell you that everything went in one of my bit boxes.  Spread a little silver translucent paint just around the top left hand corner of the image and paper.   The quote is a stamp from Indigo Blu.


An Explosion Of Colour

Fashionable Stamping Challenges this fortnight have a fabulous Silhouette theme which was picked by the lovely Ellie.

My fabby teemie sister Avril has chosen to use the same stamp as myself.  How different they both look … mine an explosion of colour and hers (which you can see here) so soft and delicate.  CAS as it should be.

Definitely an explosion of colour going on here girls.  Wanted my silhouette stamp, which you can find here, to really stand out so what better way than to surround her with colour.

First thing I did was to stamp, then mask her off.  My background was made by using an Indigo Blu stamp called Blazing Poppies with a clear Versamark ink pad then embossed with a white powder.

Next came the colourful fun part.  Onto an acrylic block I dabbed  DI’s – Barn Door, Tumbled Glass and Mustard Seed, spritzed water over the colours before placing onto my cardstock.  Leave this for a little while so the colours soak in.  When dry lightly buff so you can see the white pop off the page.

Not sure if you can make out the butterflies around the edges, there are four of them.  These were stamped with a cream chalk paint and the butterfly is from a set called Nature I – also from Indigo Blu.

My flower was made by using stamps from PaperArtsy.  Used two sets one is here and the other is here.  Again these were stamped with a Versamark ink pad then white embossing powder, before being heated and cut out.

I would love it if you hopped on over to see all the DT’s work as they are simply stunning.  Also don’t forget that the winner of this challenge has $20 to choose anything they like from Flonz’s store.

Entering for: Indigo Blu Challenge – Spring Blossom’s


Envelope Album

First page of an envelope album which I started the other day but as you can see here I have sailed away on a different path yet again.  This is definitely what crafting is all about, just go with the flow!!

This time I have used a different stamp for the front which is from Indigo Blu called Dancing Children.  First used this stamp here but only showed the girls from the end, today you can see all the stamp..

Originally I wanted the album to be a little sophisticated but then veered off  and went for a Springtime feel.  Because our weather at the moment is so unpredictable … should be Spring by now … I went with a scene that looks as our weather does … storms, snow and in between some beautiful sunshine.  Background paper is a G45 sheet.

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  Made the background by first stamping then masking off before adding DI’s Ripe Persimmon and a mixture of Mustard Seed plus Squeezed Lemonade.  Did the flick technique with water and when dry blended some Black Soot and sprayed a little of the Dylusions White Linen.   Coloured the children with a mixture of Copic Markers, really enjoyed getting them out and having a play something I haven’t done in ages.

Have to show more later as I am off to start my class project for today!!!