Friday, 29 June 2012

Workshop - Create a Scene

Our workshop this week, taught us about building up a scene using individual stamps. We used a brilliant stamp set from Hobby Art called the Autumn Scene-its, if you haven't used this yet, please do so as it's very addictive.

The above card uses Memento Ink and ProMarkers and is finished off with a sentiment also from Hobby Art.
The card on the left uses a Sheena Douglass technique, where distress ink is applied to the back of Centura Pearl card, the image is then stamped using VersaFine, water is then used to take the colour out and reveal white areas.
The card on the right uses water colour paper, VersaFine ink and AquaMarkers.
One stamp set, 3 different looks, what do you think?
Have a good weekend. x

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Poppy Fields

Hi all and hope today finds you well.
This is one of my favourite cards and uses my new toy, the PanPastels. IndigoBlu stamps have been used with distress ink to produce the base card. The 2 images have been stamped in black and then PanPastels add the shade. Cosmic Shimmer Pearlescent PVA glue in black and ribbon add the finishing touches.
Have you tried PanPastels, if not, why not give them a try.
Bye for now. x

Monday, 25 June 2012

Flight of the Magpie

Morning all the start of another week, today's project is created using Clarity Stamps.
The background has been stamped with Juniper Adirondack Ink and the main image with Momento Ink, highlighted with ProMarkers and 3 layers of ultra thick embossing powder on top. I stamped the Magpie image twice, then cut 2 of the birds out, which I then decoupaged onto the background. These are lovely stamps to use, hope you all have a good week ahead. x

Saturday, 23 June 2012

Fairy Folk

Weekend is here, yeh more time to craft!
These 2 cards use a brilliant stamp plate by Hobby Art called, Fairy Folk. There are many different images which can be used in many different ways.
The above card uses distress ink and water colour techniques for the main image. The background is made by stamping with VersaMark, white embossing powder to produce a resist and then distress ink added.
Same stamp set, but a different look!
Black card, VersaMark ink and gold detail embossing powder are used to produce this effect. Ribbon and hatpins complement the design.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend. x

Thursday, 21 June 2012

Paris Collage

Morning all, hope you are well. I have been playing with my new Clarity Stamp, The Paris Collage. The background of this card is stamped with distress ink and the main image is on Velum and uses Expresso Adirondack.
Bakers twine, wooden embellishments and brown Card Candi, add the finishing touches.
That's all for today. x

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Tool Box

Have you been stuck for a card for a male friend?
Well I have the answer for you, a brilliant design team that produce fantastic images that are great for colouring with Alcohol Markers.

JustInklined produce amongst other things a great, easy to use C.D. called The Next Big Thing.
  This is one image from the c.d. and has been coloured using a combination of ProMarkers and MetallicMarkers.
Have a good day and do pop back soon, Jo. x 

Saturday, 16 June 2012

Himalayan Poppy

Ok, so today I have been playing with my new toys, PanPastels and Poppy Meadow stamps by IndigoBlu. Tha above card is coloured with ProMarkers and highlights added with Glossy Accents. 
This piece of work uses Flitter Glue along with the PanPastels and was done on mount board.
Have a great weekend and see you soon. x

Thursday, 14 June 2012

Workshop - Ultra Thick Embossing Powder

Have you ever used Ultra Thick Embossing Powder or, is it one those products that you have bought and it stands on the shelf?
Our first project today was an easel card in which we made a topper by stamping with the Hobby Art Floral Sketches stamps, with Momento ink and coloured in with ProMarkers. We then used VersaMark and 3 layers of powder to produce a tile effect.
For the second card, we started off by colouring our wooden embellishment with ProMarkers, inking with VersaMark and then embossing with UTE. A piece of card was embossed with 3 layers of UTE and then, Mica Powder was added, this was then reheated to make it 'fast'. At this point, a stamp was pressed into the UTE and left for a few seconds to cool. This is a great way to leave an impression!
Just thought I would share this with you, 3 flower shapes were cut out from paper, formed into a rose shape and then dipped into my melting pot containing the UTE (melting pot = empty Hotpot Pie container!). It gives the effect of enamel.
Thanks for dropping by, see you soon. x

Wednesday, 13 June 2012


Hi, thanks for dropping by today. I would like to introduce you to Mae, she is one of Hobby Arts fabulous new stamps.
For my first card, I used Tattered Rose distress ink and random stamping to make the background. The main image is stamped on the reverse side of Centura Pearl Card, again with Tattered Rose and then water coloured. 
Same Stamp, different look!
Parchment paper and white embossing powder were used to create this effect. Silver Mirri card and card candi finish off the design.
Hope to see you again soon. x

Saturday, 9 June 2012

Postcards with a Sporty Theme

Today, I would like to share this gift set of Postcards with you. The box has been made from Centura Pearl Card and then decorated with stamped images.
The two stamps sets I used are both from Clarity Stamps, the post card set and the Sports set.This has a large stamp using the word 'Sport' and an assortment of smaller male sports figures. The central design was created by masking, stamping and sponging with Adirondack Ink. 
Thanks for stopping by. x

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Fairy Girls

 These 2 cards were made using the new Hobby Art Fairy Girls stamp set. They are brilliant to use and very versatile, from Distress Inks to Alcohol Markers you can't go wrong!
Bye for now x

Monday, 4 June 2012

Diamond Jubilee

Hope you are all enjoying the celebrations.
My card for today uses Clarity Stamps, gold embossing powder and white vellum.
Enjoy, see you soon xx

Saturday, 2 June 2012

Workshop - Glues and Mica Powders

These workshops started with a general introduction about various glues, tapes, adhesives and their uses.
We then moved onto Mica Powders and I demonstrated some of the many ways in which they can be used.
Our first card uses the Versamark ink pad to randomly stamp the background with Mica Powder brushed on top. The stamp set used is Floral Sketches by Hobby Art. A topper was made by covering a piece of white card with Versamark and then Mica Powder. The image is then stamped with more Versamark thus, 'lifting' the powder away and leaving the image in white.
This is such an effective technique and would look great with a variety of stamps.
For our second card, we stamped on double sided adhesive using Archival Ink and placed acetate over this. Turned the work over and randomly covered the area with Mica Powder of various colours. This was then 'matt and layered' and the card was finished off using a greeting from the stamp set. Hope you are having a good weekend.