Monday, 14 September 2020

Stamping on fabric for Bee Crafty


Good morning! I am here with a little Bee Crafty DT project and to bust a few myths, lol! Let's start with those. Firstly you don't need special ink to stamp on fabric unless you are going to wash it. If it is going on a card it isn't going to be washed, so most inks will work well. I have used versafine, versafine clair, memento luxe, stazon, brilliance and versamagic. All worked fine, but I was particularly impressed with the versafine clair, which is not waterbased and can be coloured and dampened after stamping without it changing.

Secondly, you can colour your fabric with most mediums. All those sprays like dylusions and distress oxides can be sprayed on fabric. It would wash out, but for a card they are wonderful. You can also colour with inktense pencils and blocks which I am told can be heat set, becoming permenant after ironing. You will need to iron your fabric a couple of times during the process. You can also use a range of fabric. The best thing to do is experiment and see!

Let's get on shall we?

I used dylusions spray inks, Beautanicals large branch and tree stamps, Wordage small words, Brown Versafine clair ink, sequins, seed beads and green embroidery threads

First I started with a piece of calico and sprayed with dylusions and water. Once it was almost dry I ironed it. I've also used poly cotton pillow cases and curtain lining which also worked well. I tend to rip the fabric to give a frayed edge along the weave so it is straight.

I placed the flat coloured fabric in my stamp platform and stamped the tree using versafine Clair. If you want to use an embroidery hoop make sure your fabric is big enough and you stamp centrally. You can always make it smaller afterwards.

Next you can use up some of the little stuff from your stash! I sewed on small seed beads in the middle of sequins. Check your needle is narrow enough to pass through your beads before you thread it, lol.

Next I added some smaller and larger seed beads on their own.

To ground my tree I added 'grass' which is just straight stitch in 2 different shades of green. It doesn't have to be neat and it can be all different lengths, just like grass. Just keep going until the gaps are filled. I used single strands of embroidery thread for my grass. You could add some embroidery to the tree too. Single Chain stitch makes good leaves and french knots also look good. There are plenty of you tube videos for these. Once you have finished, iron your fabric again taking care around the embellishments.

Mat and layer your fabric to your card. Double sided tape works well, or use a good glue stick to stick fabric to paper. You could even sew it together! 

Finally add a sentiment...

I am really enjoying getting back into needlework at the moment. I've realised there are lots of stamps I can use for this sort of project and it is good to experiment, mixing paper, card and fabric, as well as inks and sprays!

Before I go, just out of curiosity, would you be interested in doing something like this as an online workshop? A little kit to sit and stitch together? It would have to be via facebook I think, or possibly zoom. If so leave me a comment as it is something I am thinking about 😀

Thanks for looking!

Monday, 7 September 2020

A Bee Crafty mini Journal


Make yourself a cuppa and have a read (it is a bit of a long one).  I have had this mini mdf journal in my stash for a long time and thought it was about time that I decorated it and put it to proper use. It is ideally sized to make pages from left over bits of gelli prints and other backgrounds too. 

I used 

mdf mini journal

Mandala 7 inkable 

Art Journal words stamp

 I also used White gesso, modelling paste, acrylic paints, gilding wax, sandpaper, gold posca pen, versamark ink and gold embossing powder. 

This is one of those projects that I have completed over several evenings, not because it is hard to do, but to let it dry properly between each stage. I started off by painting all the mdf on both sides with gesso and leaving to dry.

Then I applied modelling paste through the mandala stencil and left to dry overnight.

I chose 2 colours of chalk finish acrylic paint and dry-brushed it over the mdf on both sides, first the blue...

and then the purple

When that was dry I sanded it down with the sandpaper and then applied some gold gilding wax.

Finally I stamped the words in versamark ink and heat embossed in gold. 

Here is the finished journal, although I will be tying some ribbons to the metal rings and adding more pages.  I have also gone around the edges of the mdf with a gold posca pen.

If you haven't had a play with MDF before I hope this has encouraged you to have a go.

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, 6 September 2020

September at Stamping Sensations


It is the first Sunday of the month and time for a new challenge at Stamping Sensations. This month our challenge theme is 

***The Great Outdoors***

I used stamps from Bee Crafty  in their Beautanical range to make my tree scene. I do love seeing the heather turn the hills purple at this time of year!

Please remember we are a stamping challenge and the focal element of your work must reflect the theme (i.e. makes suitable for boys and men). Whist we prefer conventional stamping, digital images are allowed. You can check out the challenge rules here.

Do go to the challenge blog to check out the breathtaking creations from my multi-talented teamies. You can also find details of the fantastic prize! 

Thanks for looking!

Monday, 31 August 2020

A CAS card for Bee Crafty

 Hi there! I am here with a clean and simple card for Bee Crafty today, using some of their older stamps. I wanted a simple 'thinking of you' card for a friend.

 I used:

Mandala 7 inkable

Script background stamp 

Beautanicals Wildflower 2 

Wordage Everyday  sentiments 2

I also used Tim Holtz distress inks in Cracked Pistachio, Antique Linen and Tea Dye. The wildflower and Sentiment were stamped with Versafine Clair in Pinecone. I used an ivory scalloped edge card.

Here is how I made it as a step by step

I inked through the stencil with a cheap but fabulous make-up brush. I have tried a range of brushes recently and this type are great with stencils. 

I stamped the script in antique linen distress ink to the right of this, covering up to the edge of the card.
I used the blending brush to add some tea dye distress ink around the edge of the card before stamping the wildflowers in Versafine Clair pinecone.

Finally I stamped the sentiment in the same ink.

Here is another look at the finished card. I think it is another 'all occaisions' card, and any of the sentiments in the everyday words sets would work with it. It would also make a good set of notelets, with stamping in different colours. Very simple, but I hope you like it!

Thanks for looking!

Saturday, 29 August 2020

Rudolf Days for August

 I'm here a bit last minute for the Rudolf days challenge. The end of the month has crept up on me as I am sure it was only about 18th last time I looked! Hope you are all keeping well and enjoying some craft time yourself. 

I've knocked up two simple cards using a woodware stamp set and distress inks in old paper, bundled sage and iced spruce. there are a few bits of sparkle and berries using liquid pearls and stardust stickles. The colouring on the top one was done with distress markers, and I must apologise as it isn't up to my usual standard. I was colouring when it was raining yesterday, and really should have put the light on as it did go very dark.
Do pop over to Maureen's lovely blog and take at the Christmas inspiration. 

I have had a less productive week for some reason. The mojo hasn't disappeared completely, but it isn't at it's strongest. Father-in-law (who is 4 months off his 100th birthday) has a fall during the night on Monday and has broken his hip, so is confined to hospital for a while. We will know more next week. We were worried that he had to have surgery, but he made it through okay and is recovering. He seems to be in good spirits, which is the main thing. I've made a few more masks and done a bit of needlefelting and embroidery, which I will share with you soon.
Thanks for looking!

Monday, 24 August 2020

Moon and Stars

 Did you see Bev from Bee Crafty on Hochanda on Friday Morning? There was just one show featuring the brand new Moon and Stars stamps that you can find here as a bundle. These are stamps that will be suitable for so many different occaisions, and I am sure I will be playing with them on a regular basis. Also on the show were some new inkables Which will be on the website soon, and the brand new tag dies, which are so useful! 

Anyway, here are my samples...


If you did miss the show you can still watch it on Rewind here.

The stamps are also available individually:

La Luna

Over the Moon

Star textures

Moon and stars sentiments 


Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, 18 August 2020

Mid month inspiration for Stamping Sensations


It is mid-way through the month and time for  a reminder of our challenge at Stamping Sensations. This month our theme is

 ***Make it Masculine***

I seem to have a bit of a sheep theme going on this month as my mid month offering is this lovely sheep from Woodware. For anyone who is interested it also comes with both English and Welsh Happy Birthday sentiments. The base card was stencilled with a lovely leaf d'inkable from Bee Crafty.  

Do go to the challenge blog to check out the  wonderful creations from my talented teamies and more info on this month's prize.

Thanks for looking! 

Monday, 17 August 2020

Jane's new stamps for Bee Crafty

 I had great fun playing with the new range of stamps from Jane Royston, which were launched on Hochanda last Thursday. Here are the samples I made.

Here are links to where you can find the products used:

If you missed the shows on Hochanda (Thursday 13th Aug 11am and 3pm) they will be available on catch up via the website:

Or you can view them via the links below:

Thanks for looking and don't miss Bev and Sam with more new stamps on Hochanda this Friday!

Monday, 10 August 2020

A New Home card


Hello again! As the current challenge on the Bee Crafty Stamps facebook group is to use stencils, I thought I would share a card using the Doodle Art Rainbow View house stamp over a stencilled background. 

I started off with a 5 1/2 inch square of satin finish art card and distress oxide inks in faded jeans, wilted violet and shaded lilac. I sponged a 3rd of the card stock in each colour.

I put the Eclipse Trellis stencil over the top and then dabbed at the ink with a cloth dampened with water before setting aside to dry.

Next I took a piece of mixed media card and stamped and coloured the house and 3 trees on to it. 

  After cutting these out I attached the house to the stencilled background with 3d glue. 
 I stamped the trees onto the background first, then added the coloured trees and sentiment with more 3d glue. 

There are brand new stamps from Bee Crafty out on Thursday on Hochanda at 11am and 3pm. They are designed by Jane Royston, and are fabulous!  Here is a sneeky peak.

 Thanks for looking!