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Friday, 28 June 2013

Clarity Stamp Challenge 4

Hi folks, cutting it fine for the entry to the Clarity Stamp Challenge blog (May - Mr & Mrs)I thought that I had already posted it but oops! I hadn't.  I have been busy doing some furniture renovation and have got a bit carried away with it, I have one piece left to do but I thought I had better get this blog finished first. 

So the challenge this month is for Weddings and Anniversaries.  I have made an Anniversary card to give to my husband later in the year (this is the earliest I have made one for him, I am usually finishing it off the night before).

The picture that I have taken of the card shows it much lighter than it actually is and it does not show up the shimmer from the ink, so apologies.

I decided on the Love Birds stamp (no. 80) that I got from Clarity Stamp New Design Club this month (we in the club get a free stamp each month before it goes on sale on Clarity Stamp site) along with the Love You  (no.60) NDC69-F  as my focal point. 

I used the Foliage Branch from the English Garden (Lesson 18 bought from create and craft tv) for the background and Happy Anniversary from the Happy Words Set (REMHAP). 

I used ONE ink pad for the whole design, Archival Brilliance - Twilight.  This is a tri-colour ink pad.  the colours are pale blue, lilac and Pale Pink. 

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Playing around

Hello folks!  I have a few days in between card making and getting on with some artwork that I have to do, so I decided to have a little tidy up in the craft room and in the process found my Perspex Riser...I keep losing it as it is see-through.  So I decided to do something about that.
I used Black Adirondack ink pad (it looks blue on the acrylic) along with my Clarity Stamp Large Landscape.  I placed the Riser on its side over the edge of my table and put a sheet of copy paper between the table and riser to help me see where I was stamping.  I stamped the same image on both sides only as I need to keep the top clear.

I then took my Small Birch Leaf down both edges of one side of the Riser and the Small Cherry Blossom (both the Birch and cherry Blossom are from the Split Tree Set are from Clarity Stamp) down the other edges on the other side. I then glued a Dragonfly to the outside of one side (and when I get my Clarity butterfly I will do the same to the other side).

The Dragonfly from Clarity Stamp was made by stamping on to shrink plastic and leaving to dry before cutting out as close to the line art then using my heat gun to shrink it.

So now hopefully I wont loose it amongst my craft stash!

Sunday, 16 June 2013

Get well #2 Decoupage

Hello again. After finishing the last Get Well card I was asked if I could do something similar for a young lady who had suddenly been taken ill so I changed colours added another stamp and made a Decoupage Teddy and bouquet. 

I Stamped out the Teddy 4 times, once onto Theuva Card and the rest onto Super Smooth Decoupage paper using Hobbycraft Ink Pad - Metallic Lavender.   I covered the Teddy stamp with my mask (glad I kept it) stamped up the other images in the same sequence as I did for the last get well card.  I then covered the fence with its mask and stamped up the Hollyhock stamp from Clarity Stamp lesson 18 set.

On the main image I coloured in the small flowers in the bouquet with uni-ball Pen - Sparkling Violet.  The main flowers I used a Promarker - Lilac.

Get Well Card #1

Hello Folks.  Hope you have all had a good crafting week.  I know I have.  My five minutes of fame went live today on Clarity Stamp Challenge Blog.  So thank you to the team at Clarity Stamp Blog for choosing my entry to be in the top 5 favourite for "its all in the sentiment" Challenge. 
So on with today's card...

I made this card using a combination of Clarity Stamps, Car Boot and ebay purchase.  (details at end of Blog).
My colours were achieved by using Memento Teal Zeal Ink Pad, Memento Teal Zeal Dual Marker, Brayer, Splodge Mat and Makeup Sponge.

I Started by making Masks for the Teddy, Moon and Fence. I then stamped the Teddy on to Theuva Card and covered with mask. Next I stamped the Fence in place - slightly higher than Teddy's feet, I then stamped the Fern in place in front of the fence.

I stamped the Foliage Branch around the top part of the card and then the Flying Birds.  I then put the Moon Mask and Fence Mask in Place

Thursday, 13 June 2013

Crafty Lesson

Hello Folks,  Been a While.  I have been enjoying the sunshine for a week, no crafting at all.  (The sun doesn't shine as much as it should here in Scotland and after all the rain we had been having I took advantage of the break).  So now that the rain is back I can get on with making cards.
To kick start me off again I received a text message request from a 10 year old girl wanting to make a card for her teacher and she preferred to use my craft stash rather than her mother's.  Not complaining as I love to show off all my lovely stamps etc.  In the end it ended up becoming a two hour crafting lesson and we both had fun!  I am in no way a teacher but I have given a few lesson in drawing and painting very early on in my life and more recently along with a friend have been giving a few lessons in card making to our local Girl Guides which I enjoyed immensely.  So with the permission of her mother I would like to share a few pics of Lauren and her craft lesson.  

I let Lauren choose her stamps first then she chose the ink colours that she wanted to use.  She also chose to use embossing powder (she does like the heatgun). So I had her cut a sheet of A4 white thin card in half (she knew that if one went wrong she had the other half to play with).  I had her de-tacking stencil tape, putting it around the edge of her card to make a frame. She mounted the stamps that she wanted to use onto two different types of acrylic blocks and after I showed her how to use them and with a little guidance from me about her composition off she went.  I did a quick swish with my anti-static bag on her card and she stamped her message then the Rod, then sprinkled the pale pink meltdust.  With my heat mat underneath the card off went the heat gun.  She used a die to cut out a frame to cover the message and a previously cut circle for the moon.  It was all go from there, inking and stamping and cleaning. (lauren and her mum washed all the stamps that were used including the brayer and my splodge mat....brill!....I didn't even make the cuppas...her mum did that...they even put all the stamps back on my acetate sheets in the correct sets too!!! Just Loved That)  We covered stamping, heat embossing, masking, shading with sponges, brayering and of course looking after your stamps.

This is little old crafty me showing her how to hold the brayer and I think you can tell she enjoyed using it and the effect that you can get with it.  (check out the two pairs of spectacles...never go anywhere without them and one pair is good for keeping the hair out of my eyes)

Here is Lauren with her finished card.  She was a very good pupil and listened to everything I told her and she should be very proud of herself and I hope her teacher loved the card (how could she not after all the care that Lauren put into it). 
Lauren is very arty and is always drawing and has a little craft stash of her own and for being such a good pupil I gave her a little angel stamp to add to it.

This is the finished card  
Lauren chose mainly Clarity Stamp stamps and she used Pearlescent Crimson Archival and Pink Sherbet Adirondack inks and pale pink Meltdust