Friday 30 October 2020

Crafty Individuals Samples for Hochanda

 I thought I had better share the samples I made for the latest release of Crafty Individuals stamps, designed by our lovely Sandma Cards

I will just post the pics and a link to the stamps. Any questions as to how I did it, feel free to ask.

You can find the new products on the website here

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday 28 October 2020

October Rudolf Days and an Autumn card for Dora

Hello! I really must try and get a bit more organised! I have quite a few draft blog posts but keep forgetting to do something with them! Anyway, I am here with a couple of cards for October Rudolf Days. Both of these use the new gorgeous Dawn Serenity stamp, designed by Sandma Cards for Crafty Individuals, along with the snowflake D'inkable from Bee Crafty. For the first I used shaded lilac distress ink and for the second I used tumbled glass, but unfortunately I hadn't cleaned my blending brush enough from using it to blend stormy sky! These are quick and easy Christmas cards to make, so I think there will be several more similar ones. Do pop over to Mo's Blog and see some more lovely Christmas card inspiration.
 I am also sharing my DT card for Dora over at Dora-knutselhoekje
Don't you just love this wonderful mushroom image? I printed it onto some Mustard coloured pastels paper and coloured it with coloured pencils. The base card was stamped and stencilled with Bee Crafty stamps, inkables and distress oxide inks. 
Thanks so much for looking. I do intend having a bit of time visiting some blog land friends during the next couple of days and organising my blog posts a little more!

Monday 26 October 2020

A leafy Tag and a Sneaky Peek for Bee Crafty

 Good Morning! I am here with a step by step leafy tag using the gorgeous stamps and matching stencils in the Bee Crafty Beautanical range.

I used

Tag Dies

The maple leaf set

The Nettle leaf set 

The oak leaf set

Easy frame inkable 4" maple, nettle and oak leaf

Distress oxide inks in Fired brick, Frayed burlap, Fossilized Amber and Peeled paint

Versafine black ink and clear embossing powder

First I cut the tag from white card and the back layer  from black card.

Next I used the inkables to sponge leaf outlines in autumn colours to the tag.

I stamped over the stencilling with the corresponding leaf stamps also using the distress oxide inks before drying thoroughly with a heat gun.

Next I stamped and clear embossed the sentiment from the Maple leaf set before attaching to the black layer and adding some coordinating yarn.

Hope you like it! 

Whilst I am here, Bev and Sam are off to Hochanda tomorrow for a fab show at 10am. Here are a couple of sneaky peeks of the delightful winter journalling girls. I do hope you can watch!

Thanks for looking!

Monday 19 October 2020

A Raven for Bee Crafty


Hi there! I am here with a bit if a gothic card today for Bee Crafty. 

I used:

Nevermore Raven Set

Dripping Skull 6x6" inkable

Distress oxide inks in Wilted Violet, Black Soot and Spiced Marmalade

Versafine clair Black ink

White 15cm square card

14x14cm mixed media card

First I put some oxide ink onto my glass mat and sprayed with water before smooshing the mixed media card through it. I used a heat tool to dry it off.

Next I splattered some of the spiced marmalde and wilted violet ink over the  mixed media card with a wet fan brush. I dried this with the heat tool too.

Once it was dry I stamped the Raven, Nevermore and the quote in Versafine Clair Black ink. 

I then lined up the skull template against the right hand side and sponged a little black soot distress oxide ink through the stencil. 

Finally I matted and layered it onto the base card with some black paper. Ravens are such wonderful birds and I just couldn't resist this stamp set, as I do love a bit of Poe too. Thanks for looking!

Monday 12 October 2020

A moonlit tree for Bee Crafty

 Hi There! I am here with another step by step tutorial for the Bee Crafty blog. 

I used Distress oxides in squeezed lemonade, mustard seed, broken china, blueprint sketch, faded jeans and black soot. 

The tree stamp is from the Beautanicals Large branch and tree set

The sentiment is from the Wordage Moon and stars set

The dotty stamp is from the Doodle Art Sunflower set

The skyline inkable is Horizon 1

I also used a fan brush, water, a gold mica spray, versamark ink, gold embossing powder, a 15cm square of smooth card, gold paper and an 18cm square card.

First use sponges or a blending tool to make a circle of mustard seed distress oxide ink for the moon on your stamping card. Add some squeezed lemonade around it.

Next add broken china, then blueprint sketch and faded jeans. You can go back in with previous colours to smooth it out.

Use the fan brush to splatter with water and then with the mica spray. Dry thoroughly.

Stamp the tree in versamark ink and heat emboss using the gold embossing powder. I brushed a little away before heating, along the bottom edge of the trunk so it didn't make a solid line.

Use the inkable to mask off just above the bottom of the tree trunk and blend black soot Distress oxide to ground the tree. 

Stamp the sentiment in versamark and emboss with the gold embossing powder.

Take the base card and stamp the dotty stamp in the three blue shades of distress oxides around the edge. Drag the sponge around the edge of the base card too.

Finally mat and layer onto the base card woth some gold paper.

Here is one last photo letting the light catch the embossing.

Thanks for looking and for all your lovely comments!

Thursday 8 October 2020

Inspired by Sunsets

 Our lovely friend Lynne has taken some stunning photos of sunsets recently. Several of them feature a very beautiful old Beech tree, which Deby at Inkylicious made into a stamp a few years ago. This prompted talk of ink colours and bending brushes, followed by Lynne challenging us to recreate the scene. We had a choice of photos, but this was the one that I chose, and here is my card:

Nowhere near as beautiful as the real thing, but I'm happy. The base card was stamped with Crafty Individuals stamps in dried marigold and versafine black. The sky behind the tree was done with Distress inks and ink dusters, using mustard seed, fossilized amber, spiced marmalade, ripe persimmon, rusty hinge and fired brick. I stamped the tree in Archival black and extended the ground and fence to fill the width of the card with a black pen.

Please do take a look at everyone's beautiful art work, inspired by Lynne's gorgeous photos.

I am sure Lynne, Sandma, Viv and Joan would love to have you visit them. These lovely friends are so wonderfully supportive and their creations on their blogs and on facebook are a real feast to the eyes. 

Whilst I am here, I've got a quick reminder for you that Jean Hardy is on Hochanda tomorrow with some stunningly beautiful new stamps designed by Sandma. The programmes are at on10am and 2pm, straight after the lovely Lesley Wharton of Chocolate Baroque (9am and 1pm) I will leave you with a sneaky peek at one of the cards I made for the show 😁

Thanks for looking!

Monday 5 October 2020

A CAS card for Bee Crafty


Good Morning! I hope you are well and have had a good weekend. I am here with another Step by Step tutorial for a Bee Crafty CAS card in Autumn colours. 

I used:

Wordage Ticker tape 1

Queen Bee Autumn botanicals

Versafine Clair Black ink

Distress Oxide inks in Fired Brick, Fossilized Amber, Peeled Paint, Spiced Marmalade and Vintage Photo

Liquid pearls in Buttercup and Platinum Pearl

Ivory square card 

a Sticky note

First I stamped the sentiment right of centre onto the base card and then stamped again onto the sticky note. I cut it out of the sticky note leaving a narrow margin, and placing over the one stamped on the base card as a mask.

Next I used the Autumn botanical stamps and oxide inks to stamp around the sentiment, with each stem touching the sentiment mask.

I put a little of the vintage photo distress oxide onto my glass mat and scooped up some of the ink on a wet fan brush. I then tapped it over the card to make splatters. I repeated this with spiced marmalade distress ink too.

Finally I peeled off the mask and added some dots of liquid pearls amongst the splatters closest to the leaves and seedheads, and sponged a little fossilized amber distress oxide around the edge. 

Here is another look at the finished card.

Don't you just love that sentiment? It really is very true. I have shared some well needed laughter with a few friends recently. It certainly helps to keep the spirits up! 
Thanks for looking and for all your lovely comments. I will catch up on visiting you over the next few days. I have had a stall at a craft fair for 3 days at a local garden centre. It was great fun, and wonderful to be amongst some really lovely very talented crafters. I've got lots of sewing ideas now, as well as some good places locally to go for fabric!

Friday 2 October 2020

More seaside samples!

 Good morning! I hope today finds you well and I hope you don't mind me taking you on another trip to the seaside! First we have the Grace Darling lighthouse - CI-384  on a background of Distress oxides in cracked pistachio, peacock feathers and faded jeans.

I also used the Call of the Sea stamp CI- 397 to create some samples too, along with  CI-272 with it's lovely seaside treasures and sentiments. I  also used some of Malcolm's wonderful photo papers.

 You can find the Crafty Individuals paper products here.
Thanks for looking and for all your lovely comments. Our Lovely Jean Hardy will be on Hochanda on 9th October and not at the crack of dawn this time, so I hope you can tune in and watch. The new stamps are just wonderful. Think scenic, designed by Sandma...shhhh, can't tell you more yet!