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Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Mahogany Monochrome

Hi Folks !  Well another 'little' post from me.  This time it is another of my pictures.  I have made this for my Hubby's up and coming 50 th (so don't tell him ).  I am also going to enter this into the Clarity Stamp Challenge, Monochrome.  I am a bit late in posting this (so what's new ) as I not only did the picture but I have stained and waxed the pine frame to co-ordinate.  The frame was a very pale pine and as the colour of the ink I used for the picture is Ranger Distress Ink - Aged Mahogany, it took me  a while to get the shade right and then I had to wax it a few times after that.

So on with the show and tell!  I cut a piece of canvas 51 x 21 cm and taped up the edges with masking tape. I took two pieces of copy paper, joined them together. I cut along the length of this to get the shape for my hills.  I put in a moon mask over to the right of the picture and then added a bit of a sky with my large Clarity Stencil Brush and my chosen colour which as I mentioned above was Aged Mahogany. I used another roughly torn piece of paper and a make-up sponge to add a horizon and to add shading for the hills.

Designed by Emma Burns, Handmade in Scotland,

I chose my stamps all from Clarity stamp ( as them's the rules)- Split Tree, Mini Pear Tree, Large Birch Leaf, Small Birch Leafsmall leaf (used for grasses), Grasses 2, Grasses 3 and Tree ( used for hedgerows ) and finally Pointillism Stamp ( used for added ground texture)

I stamped the bare split trees and then stamped them with the Small Beech Leaf.  Next was the Mini Pear Tree.  I took the edge of a tree stamp to make my hedgerows (where we are living now they are everywhere...only the real ones are so very neatly trimmed. )  I then added shading and the grasses around the two trees.  I added the tall grasses 2 and 3 to the bottom.  Next the Large Beech Leaves to the top corners of the picture.  I decided to add some more shading with my trusty make-up sponge and Clarity Stencil Brushes

Designed by Emma Burns, Handmade in Scotland,

So all that was left was for me to put the picture in the frame and take some photos...well guess who had a day off work. Yep that's right Hubby.  And guess who wanted to sit out in the sun. Yep Hubby.  In the end I sent him to the local shop just so that I could get a picture in good light which in itself brought problems of trying not to get a reflection of myself in the picture.  Oh well done now!

Hope you like it !  

Congratulations to Jane Morris for winning the Flower Power Challenge.  Congratulations to the other Top 5 Picks too.  Barbara Lancaster, Shelagh Metselaar, Lynne Bishop and Andy Duggan.  Very well deserved and I feel very honoured to be among you. (also happy to get another Top 5 button for my Blog )xxxx 

Happy crafting. 

Emma xxx

Sunday, 27 April 2014

Just a Note

Hi Folks !  A little card here using Clarity Stamps.  I made this card for a friend who had recently undergone an operation and was well into her recovery and I just wanted to let her know I was thinking of her.

I decided to use my new Small leafy Swirl  stamp along with the sentiment Just a Note.  I love the leafy swirl stamps and the font of the sentiment blends in nicely with them.  I have used only one ink pad Archival Brilliance - Pearlescent Lavender.

I began by stamping the leafy swirl around the edges of my Card Blank, 'blotting before plotting' as Barbara Gray is always saying.

I then taped up a piece of Textured Card with Low Tack Tape and stamped the swirl at an angle.  Next I stamped the sentiment followed by the swirl again.
I then part stamped the swirl in the opposite corners but this time adding a blotted image too.

I shaded in the corners using my Clarity Stencil Brushes.  I removed the Low Tack Tape and taking my ink pad I ran it along the edges of my image.  I finally
attached this piece to my already stamped card blank with double sided tape

I do like the effect of the shading in this card which unfortunately is quite hard to see.  I went for a light touch rather than having dark corners as it suited the colour of the ink better.

Designed by Emma Burns, Handmade in Scotland,

I hope you like it.

Happy Crafting!

Emma xx

Playing with my Melt Pot.

Hi Folks! Once again I have been a bit remiss in doing my Blog Posts.  Surely you can forgive me as I have had a good reason...the SUN has been shining!  I have also been doing a bit of landscaping in my new garden (with the help of my husband and son.  They do all the donkey work...I just point and tell them where to put things, I was allowed to plant the bulbs though)

I have to admit that I haven't made many cards this month but I have been playing with my Melt Pot.  I have been making moulds from some of the embellishments I have in my craft stash and practising my technique of pouring the UTEE in them.  So far I feel they are not up to sharing...a few air bubbles got missed here and there but I am getting better, will share when I feel they are up to scratch.

But what I am proud of is the flowers that I have made using two new dies from Sizzix.  I got a load of new things from their recent sale, saved over a £120 BARGAIN.

I used Rose 3D 658504 to make this lovely rose. 
Designed by Emma Burns, Handmade in Scotland,

It is a spiral die and very easy to use.  I added a couple of leaves  from my stash - a Marriane Die - coloured them with a Pro Marker before sticking them to the back.  I then dipped them in my Melt Pot.  Not bad for a first attempt me thinks!

Susan's Garden Mini Lily 658408

I then went on to make these two lovely Orchids.  I started with white paper and coloured the petals and leaves with a Pro Marker.  The only thing I didn't like was the stamen part of the die so I decided to use some of my wire that I still have from when I used to make flowers from Petal Paste.  The wire has a coating on it that you can colour with pens like the Pro Markers.  I just folded the wire over ( concertina ) and then snipped the folds at one end.  I bent the ends over and coloured the tips with a brown Pro Marker.  Using the wire made it easier to glue into the middle of the flowers too.

Designed by Emma Burns, Handmade in Scotland,

So now I am going to have a play and see what flowers I can produce from these dies as I have had a request to decorate some boxes with them.  I have one more post to write for today and then I had better get a move on as I still have a challenge to enter too, running out of time this month.  Note to self...get organised girl!

I would love to hear what you think about my flowers, all comments welcome especially if you have any tips to pass on.

Happy Crafting!

Emma xx