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Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Christmas cards Part 5

Another selection using the same techniques, and using some of my long forgotten stamps (photos aren't brilliant they were all on white card.

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Christmas Cards Part 4

A few more variations on a theme using the mini gel plates, distress inks, some stamps, a micron pen and a bit of glitter!

Monday, 28 November 2016

A quick Birthday Card

I suddenly remember it was a friend's birthday on Saturday, so a quick card we needed to that I could pop it through her letterbox.

I decided to use up some of my crafty stash (yes there is a lot of it I have to confess).   I used the mini gel plates to create the hexagonal background, using dusty  concord distress ink.  Outline the shape with black micron pen, and then added a couple of paper flowers from my stash, some gems, a sentiment and a piece of ribbon.  Ta Da - got myself out of a hole!  Made and delivered in less than 15 minutes

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Parchment Owl

I tried my hand at some parchment work yesterday.  I haven't done a lot before, but this gorgeous owl was part of my Clarity Club Groovi goodies for this month, and I just had to play, and chose some coloured parchment to work on.

I found it  a bit difficult to capture what it looks like in real life with the photo - I may update the photo when the weather improves and I can get better daylight!

Mind you it wasn't quite as straightforward as planned.  Having sat with the instructions from Barbara Gray on how to do the black outline etc, and followed religiously, I couldn't work out why the "white work" wasn't showing that well - well duh dipstick me - it does help if you work on the correct side of the coloured parchment.   Shown below his my first attempt and faux pas working on the wrong side!

(Actually now that it is mounted it doesn't look too  bad, and the photograph make it look lighter than it really is!

 I gather I am not the first person to work on the wrong side, and as a pal said "You are a parcher now - we have all done that at least once".

Here are a couple more photos, which hopefully are slightly better:

Monday, 21 November 2016

Christmas Cards 2016 part 3

Just a couple today, although I have made more than one of the one below.    As you can see I am really into using my Gelli plates for backgrounds - it makes it so simple to stamp a background.  I have had this deer stamp in my stash for sometime, I think it was a freebie on a magazine.  It was painted with memento inks

Sunday, 20 November 2016

Christmas Card 2016 part 2

Today's cards were created using Clarity stamps, Clarity mini Gelli plates, a black micron pen, and the sparkle overlay pen

Saturday, 19 November 2016

Starting the Christmas cards ...

This year I decided that I would try and use some of my dies and stamps for my Christmas cards instead of creating them in Craft Artist.  So over the next few days o(r maybe weeks) I will share some of my makes.

Today I am showing a few made with dies:  (I apologise for the quality of some of the photos, but Microsoft in their wisdom upgraded their photo editing programme, so some of the photos might not be as good as I would have hoped as they were all taken indoors in artificial light and I had a problem cropping and tweaking them - hopefully I will get to grips with the new programme by the time I have finished my cards!)


 Blue Joy again on a background created with mini gelli

Star wreath with circular gelli min background

Star wreath again but over-painted, and no background

Wreath die and bauble die on circular gelli background

Wreath die with blue gelli background on a green card, with Clarity stamp images

Snowflake on square gelli background

Snowflake again on hexagonal background

Star with square gelli background and snowflake stamp corners

Woodland heart on square gelli background
 Just to finish the descriptions under the photos, those using the mini gelli plates and memento inks. were edged with a black micron pen, and sentiments added with various stamps.

Friday, 18 November 2016

Card for Krystyna

I created a couple of cards in CAP for a friend.   I have used variations of this image before, as it is a favourite of mine ........

....... However, I also did this one, which is the one I chose, as I love the Lilies and Light kit by Michelle Jackson-Mogford based on the paintings of Monet

Sunday, 13 November 2016

Another Fairy House

With battery tealights inside

I have been playing with Powertex again, and have made this fairy house.   This time I used clear Powertex, and then painted with acrylic paints, and gilding wax

another view
 As you can see it is just made from t-shirt material, and old dishcloth, some rick-rack and some lace, with a few gems added.

Before painting ....

...... and what it started out like
This started life as a pickle jar and lid.   the lid had scrunched up foil taped to it with masking tape

Sunday, 6 November 2016

A "First"

As you know I normally post craft stuff, but just had to share some personal photos today.  Being the first Sunday in November, it was the Veteran Car Club run from London to Brighton, or as most people know it - The "Old Crocks".

It was a lovely morning, so my daughter asked if I would like to go.   Of course the answer was yes. I went last year with my pal who was up staying from the West Country as she had never seen it before.

We always used to watch it when we first moved to Sussex, going then with my parents and my brother as the cars passed the top of our road.   Later of course I went with my pals, and then my husband and our children.   I hadn't been for a few years, mainly because if we were free to go it had invariably been a horrid wet day.

They changed the route for a few years, but last year they had it going through the centre of Crawley and along the High Street.  It was the same this year.

We had a great time - the cars were coming thick and fast.   The Scouts had a stall selling hot coffee, burgers and bacon rolls (the coffee was most welcome as although it was sunny it was a tad chilly - even though we were well wrapped up), and a jazz band was also playing in part of the high street.  A great atmosphere as you can imagine.

We saw the oldest car built in 1895, also the one that was the car in the film Genevieve, and the Harrods car with Jodie Kidd in it (though confess we didn't know it was her until later!)   The old coaches being driven by celebrities in aid of Children in Need also stopped opposite us.

Anyway here are a few pictures from the day.

The oldest car on the run

Had to share this one - this lady's huge crocheted poppy was gorgeous
(see had to include something crafty - lol!)

The Jazz Band

The highlight for my daughter and I was being able to have our photo taken sitting in one of the cars - so an "Old Crock" got to sit in an "Old Crock"  "

An old crock and her daughter!

Details of the car we had our photo taken on

Saturday, 5 November 2016

Something Completely Different!

I had fun today - just playing!  I watched the Colourlicious Shows on Hochanda yesterday, and was inspired by the use of gelli plates for block and reverse printing.

Well I didn't have the large gelli plates that she was using, but I do have some mini shaped ones from Clarity, and I had some blank tea towels! So nothing ventured, nothing gained.

I tried doing the block printing the way Jamie showed, but found it a little awkward, so using the little gelli mounts, I used them like a stamp.  She also used a brayer on the gellis, but I found that made the background too light for the effect I wanted, so I just used a sponge on them.

I do have some of the Indian wooden block stamps in my stash (albeit only a few) so I used what I had and did the reverse printing, by stamping into the gelli and removing some ink, before stamping on the tea towel.   I also did some ordinary stamping with the Indian stamps, as well as using a couple of stencils (a random leaf effect one near the centre and Andy Skinner''s Fossil stencil  to fill in the triangles around the edge.   White "gaps" and the edge then just had the textile paint applied randomly with a sponge.  For info the gellis I used where the triangle, hexagonal and oval.

This is sort of work in progress at the moment, as I haven't decided whether I want to fill in the rest of the white of the tea towel yet.

Friday, 4 November 2016

Birthday Card

A simple card for a friend.   Die cut flower and leaves from pearlescent card stock.  Some fancy ribbon from my stash with gems on it.  Hand written sentiment with Mixtion relief and silver mirror foil, and finally a hit of clear sparkle overlay on the gaps in the leaves and flower.  (although don't think that has picked up on this photo)