Sunday, 1 May 2016

Claritystamp challenge blog 39 - Anything goes

Hello  and welcome. Its time for a new challenge on the Claritystamp blog challenge the theme this month is anything goes.

We had  lots of lovely entries last month where the them was a little different in so much as it was all about a technique  (masking),

As ever the standard is amazing you all put in some fantastic entries,  good job the winner gets picked randomly ..

I have a very busy crafty weekend this weekend so its Friday lunch time as I write this blog and I will schedule it  as I won't be here. On Saturday I am over in Fleetwood at the crafty company doing a groovi workshop and then on Sunday I am joining in the fun at the retreat being held by Maria Simms and Susan Moran - really looking forward to that and getting to meet some friends.

So anyway back to this months challenge - I seem to have been taken over by the groovi and I didn't have much time so I thought I would just make a quick inky card for a complete change .

I started by inking up the gelli plate I used forest moss and rusty hinge , I spritzed with water .

I had mounted my plate on the mount  so I could turn it over and press on my card - this way I could press till all the ink ran together 

This is the piece I used to trim down for my topper.

I repeated to make a piece to use for the background but on this piece I blended a little more ink around the edges - green where it was green and brown where it was brown then finished off with a little black soot

Using black archival and a mixture of the meadow grass stamps  

I used a fine black liner to colour in some of the leaves.

Added a word from the word chain. then  mounted both pieces on some black before attaching to the card.

Right I had better get cracking and sort out what I need to take tomorrow and consult the long list of stuff I need to pack for Sunday too.

Have a great bank holiday and I look forward to seeing your entries.

Friday, 1 April 2016

Claritystamp challenge blog 38 - masking


oh my have I been busy its been all go since the middle of February - but I am loving it really lol.

I nearly didn't get chance to do a card for this challenge but it was my brother in law's birthday on Thursday so I tried to combine the two.   Its so hard making cards for men don't you think.  He loves the outdoors and walking but sadly had a stroke so cannot walk  like he used to so I don't like to do a nice landscape or anything like that as I feel it is just rubbing it in so I decided to go with the birds and I didn't have much time as I made it the night before his birthday - 

I do like these birds and after watching Paul on Sunday I decided to get out the burst powders from Ken Oliver.

This is miles away from all the clean groovi stuff I have been doing lately out for Barbara back on our screens Sunday and Monday - marvellous  you mustn't  miss it - get your cards out!!!

 Any way I bet you are shocked and astounded ....cos I remembered to take piccies.
I stamped in black archival and used clear embossing powder  a much safer option than black embossing powder.

I want to keep the birds white so that I can colour them with pencils

I wasn't bothered about the legs - these will be black

I decided to add a sun behind them

another mask - look where I have positioned it - I couldn't put it behind them as a rising sun so I just aligned it with the bottom of the birds feet ----didn't want to cut my moon mask up!

I added some blue at the top and sepia at the bottom (ish)   well that was the plan lol

Sorry I did miss a step with the old phone camera

I then removed all the masks and gave them a wash whilst my colour dried.

Now it was time for a cover up job I just wanted to colour the moon

lots of mask, copy paper and low tack tape 

Well its not a perfect circle and the blue isn't just in the sky but I like the randomness of colour bursts

I coloured in the birds with a mix of pink and blue layering them on top of each other to add to random style  bit difficult to show 

Anyway that's it  a bit different what can I do for my other brother in law whose birthday is on Tuesday and I have to post it!  blummin fellas ----I can feel a car coming on lol

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Claritystamp Challenge blog - All about the girls

Wow March is here - I cannot believe it! 

It's all go here - busy getting samples done for Barbara's shows on Sunday  and a one day special on Monday  and lots of  demo bookings so I am a very happy bunny right now 

We had some fabulous entries again in February so if you did take part thank you - it means a lot to us when we get lots of entries  even though it makes it hard  to pick our fave five lol 

Anyway enough of the waffle this month's theme is all about the girls

Now hold on to your hat I started and remembered to take a picture before I went too far

but then I got carried away and didn't take anymore

so back to words lol

I put the nested frame in the plate mate and mad a tiny pencil mark on the two corners where I need to put the flowery corner so that it all would meet up .  I traced the corners from the border plate then added the classic frame.

Next I added the ladies - I picked these two as they face in opposite directions so they could look at each other.  I decided to do a wrap around to attach so scored to make it square .  

What to do next to fill in too much black space - so I added  a smaller classic frame on the inside and used the lace netting for the outside then I used a diagonal grid and pierced the frame

thanks for stopping by today  I look forward to seeing your spin on this months challenge  - good luck 

Monday, 29 February 2016

groovi dt samples - panel boxes

Final two from Maria's last show 

These two feature the panel box plates 

these are just utilising various bits of the plate  the pink one has some grid work in the middle  and the second one came together as I used the corner flourish like i would pattern build with a corner stamp.  The flower in the middle was made using the loop on the flourish that you can see in the corners of the pink card 

Sunday, 28 February 2016

groovi dt samples - lace flowers

I used the panel box plate to make the four little shapes and set them symmetrically

added the flower heads in the corners I used the nested circles to frame and then the scallops from the lace flower plate 

The white dots are made using a grid and embossing tool .

I started pricking around the edge then remembered I was doing a wrap round as I had nowhere to hide the adhesive so I carried on piercing around the edge but didn't snip

Saturday, 27 February 2016

groovi dt samples - musical instruments

More music today folks!

As soon as I opened the post and saw this plate I immediately thought of Barbara's Dave and his love of music and his guitar selection - so I decided to give him a shop.

So in my head ....

the music and Dave's music shop is the header above the shop window.
The keyboard is the facade under the window 

And the instruments are on the floor of the shop window or hanging from the top .

I used two different colours of paper behind to separate the floor of the window from the back 

Final one from the music plate 

I made a frame by using the bow at the sides and music top and bottom

I was aiming to have the violin laid across a book of music.  

The violin came first then I used the arch of the music to make a book shape moving up and down to make the lines for the score and then added a few notes,  - good job I can't read music - cos I have no idea what it would sound like

Friday, 26 February 2016

groovi dt samples - musical instruments

Hi there thanks for dropping by 

Oh Me Oh My I am very busy lol

I have just loaded the car ready for demo day tomorrow and just sent my offering  to  the Claritystamp Challenge blog for 1st March so I thought I would try and schedule a few blog posts as I don't seem to be getting very far with sharing them

I saw the musical instruments and thought that they might make great little characters - sometimes I do worry about what goes on in my head!

I started with the guitar added "hands" from part of the musical notes.  I think his eyes were from the hole where the sound comes out and a full stop for the pupils.  I did the violin the same again moving the sound holes for the eyes,

I put them in a frame from the panel boxes set and made little squares around the edge - cos I needed somewhere to stick 

I added the keyboard behind - to ground them and music going along the top .  

mmmmm what now - that's when I hit on the family picture idea  - called them the strings and gave them the names of Vera Violin and Graham guitar   I just wish I hadn't put the treble clef in next to Vera but hey ho .