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Monday, 1 September 2014



September has come along very quickly this year hasn't it  I can't believe that we are heading at such a hurtling speed towards winter - ooooh it's not good, not good at all, lets hope we have an Indian Summer this year and that September's weather is kindly towards us.  

Again this month we have had some fantastic entries for the feminine theme - maybe not quite as many as usual but then again it has been the holiday season and the children have been off school.  As ever though the entries are all fantastic and picking my five favourites has been a very difficult task. 

I have soooooooo struggled this month to come up with something for the theme and don't ask why because there is certainly lots of gorgeous Claritystamps relating to Nature - I know because I have lots of them - but could I think of anything to do - could I heck as like - I think my mojo has just completely done one this month, so apologies in advance for this month's piece but I promise that next month's will be much more inspirational (I know this because I have already done it...sshh don't tel; anyone)

In the end I decided to do a tag so I started by cutting a piece of the gelli card into a tag shape.
I used a coffee archival ink pad, then took the word chains and choosing letters from various words and a lot of masking I stamped Nature.  The inspire bit was simple as that is a complete stamp - I just had to add the S.   Funny that I decided to say Nature Inspires - when I wasn't being inspired myself  lol.

Using one of the brushes I coloured the tag with Antique Linen then I added the poppy stencil and used aged mahogany with a make up sponge.  It looked a little bare - mmm what can I add to fill in the space?  so then I remembered the little leaves from the split tree set - ideal so I stamped with forest moss.  I added more forest moss around the edges followed by Walnut stain

Friday, 15 August 2014

happy birthday Janet

Evening all - Finally I have something I can share ...well I did share all those brusho things on FB lol

It was my youngest daughter's birthday this week and the eldest daughter and her bubby are currently out there in La Linea visiting so I took the opportunity to send a decent sized card lol.


I had the gelli print from my last successful session and I thought this would be perfect.  When my daughter lived here she had this banksy  sticker on her car so when I saw it for sale as a stamp  from the Bee crafty range of inspired by Banksy I just had to get it  added happy birthday from the word chains although on this picture it looks like the Bi in Birthday are not there -- but they are in real life lol.

Anyhow I have had a message to say she loves it so thats all that matters

Friday, 1 August 2014


AUGUST  really? already?

 Oh my word where is this year going?  I cannot believe its time for a new challenge on the Claritystamp Challenge blog.  

Last month was anything goes and wow did we have some fabulous entries again.  You guys are just amazing it is always so hard to pick just 5 for the top 5 - all I can say is I am glad we don't have to single out just one and its left to the random picker!!  
Is this the month you are going to give it a go? £50 voucher for the winner - what's to lose?

This months theme is feminine.

Now for some time I have been trying to get prints off my gelli plate but have struggled to get what I want - but patience is a virtue and practice practice practice practice and FINALLY I got some prints that were what I wanted YAY

So I just had to use one for this months challenge.


I used the abstract squares stencil  for this print and I used buff titanium, a blue, there is also a hint of some pink  and black acrylics.

I used the gingko stencil from last months new design stencil club and denim and black ink to add background around the print.  I have quite a lot of the miniature stamps and decided to use velvet lady, kasha and a shoe as they fit nicely in the boxes and I coloured these in with spectrum noir pencils.  the other two little stamps I have had for years - some of you may remember that many moons ago Barbara always had a box of little unmounted stamps whenever she attended a show and both of these were the results of rummaging lol however they can be found in the atc section the floral urn is here  I can't find the miniature version of the Lotus but here's a link to the full size one

I coloured some sweet lilac flowers - so easy with the Claritystamp brushes - with denim and raspberry.  I gave the same treatment to some white lace and cut a flourish from a die.

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Workshop 2nd August

 Morning all,  I have had a lovely few days as my daughter has been home on a visit from Gibraltar, sadly I got up at 4am this morning to take them back to the airport so now I must get  my head back into gear and get organised.  This is the card we will be attempting on Saturday at Craftrange 10.30-12.30

This card was inspired by a card done my Laura Williams which you can view here

Booking is through the shop  and useful items to bring if you have them

raspberry and denim adirondak or any pink and blue die based ink pads
black archival 
ink brushes and a paint brush.
and a stencil of our choice for the background - don't worry if you haven't a stencil - cos I got loads lol 

If we have time we will also make the tag.

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

grumpy's card

Morning all, as some of you know I have been struggling lately and have had to use a certain bucket a lot lately.  I have put a picture of the said bucket at the bottom of this post but if you are easily offended don't look Ethel - it was posted on my timeline by a friend one day when I had thrown everything I tried to make in the bin, personally I think it's funny.

It's our anniversary tomorrow and I have been trying to make a card for grumpy.

It all started when I bought a craft mag and one of the free stamps was this sentiment - oh that will do nicely for grumpy a card - I had been struggling with a theme - cos you know he doesn't have any interests except sport lol.  Anyway I made him a gelli print card in February and he really liked it so I thought well I will just use a print and the sentiment, sunshine stencil and Bob's your uncle (or in my case husband).


So I had many attempts and spoilt lots of lovely backgrounds trying to get the sunshine on  and following a conversation with Sam Crowe I had another go last night and finally cracked it.

I made a lovely background , took a heart from the hearts and leaves stencil and used it in the middle of the sunshine stencil.

I now had a nice print but the sunshine was white and where the heart was - a bit blotchy.  ADD INK!

doh why didn't I think of it before - so I added some lettuce followed by some denim, went around the heart to define it with a speccy pencil added Happy Anniversary from the Happy word set.  and mounted it .  That'll do but it looked a bit lost on the card so I took the ginko stencil - cos that's a  bit sun ray- ish too same green and blue - job done

Here is the bucket..................................>

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Someone Special

Morning all  now don't faint but I am here with another card !

I was asked for a birthday card for a chap with a white terrier and not being a big animal lover myself I have no dog stamps!


No idea what to do so I found a nice piccie of a chap walking his terrier in a dark moody setting  so I dragged it into Serif and sort of sized it so that the man would be central in the abstract squares stencil   I chopped up the pic so I have the sun in another square.  I added some text on another it of the picture and then cut this to fit another square.

Using the stencil I inked through with lake mist, butterscotch, slate and a touch of black to match the colours of the original pic. - In real life it looks quite good.  I did a bit of stamping hither and thither, using post it notes to protect around the shapes a few gems and a small wood heart I coloured in with a sn pen

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

anything goes

Oh Wow can you believe it's July already? Have you had your holidays yet or are you still looking forward to them?

 So have you had a look at all the fantastic entries we had for the Claritystamp Challenge 16 last month?  Masculine - we are all agreed men cards are a pain right?  but I will tell you what you lot are up for a challenge and you met it more than admirably - fantastic entries from everyone.

This month's theme is anything goes - easy peasy right? but no I really struggled to come up with an idea this month - I am blaming the weather  but my mojo seems to have gone awol and where I normally have loads of ideas of things I want to do my mind is currently a blank which is not good.  

Anyway I had to make a card for my crafty Sister in Law whose birthday was on Sunday so I have killed two birds with one stone and come up with this! 
I also wanted to used the abstract squares stencil (new addition - these stencils are even more addictive than the stamps - I have loads and still got a long wish list that is ever growing!


I wanted to layer up some of the squares so I made two backgrounds using red pepper, butterscotch and pesto, they are not exactly the same but as my mother used to say - a man on a galloping horse will never notice lol

I stamped the design onto one of the backgrounds using geranium archival.

 I looked at the squares and decided which ones to cut up to layer up from the second background.  I also wanted the stamping to match - could I find my acetate - could I heck as like - I could find some strong stuff but that was too expensive to just chuck in the bin after - so I raided the kitchen drawer and used some greaseproof paper - at least I could see through it!

I stuck down the greaseproof over the top of my image so that it wouldn't move and then with a tiny bit of tape gun on the back of my squares I lay them in place - now I could match up the stamp underneath without spoiling my original!


I then removed all the masking and attached in place with foam pads and stamped Happy Birthday.  I felt it just needed a few flowers - so I got some sweet lilac flowers that were white and inked them up with red pepper and my stencil brushes.

So that's it, Margaret loved it.  I am looking forward to seeing what everyone gets up to this month - Oh my word with the theme of anything goes - anything could happen lol. So come on give it a go  I love seeing what you all produce