Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Allium step out

See..................as promised I am back!!!

So without further ado I promised to show you a more detailed step out of how I created this framed picture.


Using the Allium stamp set

So here goes......
 Above are all the materials that I gathered up in advance including a 6x6" piece of white canvas.

 As you can see I both masked off a border around the square piece of canvas and then taped it down onto my craft mat so that it wouldn't move around. I then prepped it with Snowflake using a piece of Cut-n-Dry.

 Next I took another piece of Cut-n-Dry and sponged over the panel with A Hint of Mint whilst doing this I picked up a tiny amount of the Lilac Fresco Finish on my piece of Cut-n-Dry and continued dabbing and mixing it with the Hint of Mint. As I dabbed and sponged onto the canvas I was able to still allow some of the Snowflake base to show through.

 Next I stamped grass all the way across the panel using Sage Fresco Finish.

 Then I arranged two of the Alliums onto the piece of canvas so that I could judge where I wanted them to be.

 Then after removing the stamps I sponged Sherbert where I thought the Allium heads would end up being.

 Next I stamped the leafy sprig using Sage Fresco bending and arranging it onto the block before stamping it out so that it would fit nicely around the Allium heads.

 Next I stamped out all my main imagery using black Archival - again shaping and bending the stems before stamping them out. (For this stamp set I purposely designed the components all with straight stems so that they could easily be manipulated on a block to bend either to the left or right thus giving more versatility to the stamps.)

 After stamping out all my main imagery in black, I was then able to fill in any gaps with a butterfly which was stamped with Sage Fresco and then painted with Fresco Finish paints.

Then I painted in all the other imagery using Fresco Finish paints and also added dots of colour to the grasses to represent some tiny little flowers.

 As all the Fresco Finish paints I was using to paint with were opaque I had lost a lot of the detail of the imagery so I painstakingly drew it all back in with a black fine-liner!

Now this next bit is definitely normally unheard of...................... I reached for a needle and thread!!!!

As you can see from this close up I chose to sew on some clear seed beeds to add both texture and interest to the Alliums.


Then lastly I glued on some tiny rhinestones. Once the glue was dry I then mounted it into a deep box frame.

I am afraid that all the pictures really don't show just how pretty this is!! Unfortunately this was created on one of our really wet/dark days where it never got light so you'll have to take my word for it that it does actually look quite nice!!

If anyone fancies doing this as a class at my home in Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex or if anyone would like me to teach a class at their shop/store please do email me :).

I'll be back again soon with a more detailed step out of the heart fridge magnet using the Cosmos stamp set...............

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Monday, 1 February 2016

I've Designed Some New Stamps!!!

So sorry for my lack of blog posts but I can now reveal that I have been 'super busy' behind the scenes designing two brand new stamp sets for the PaperArtsy Eclectica range!!!  I am SO excited to finally be able to show you them :)




If you go over to PaperArtsy's blog you will be able to see the wonderful samples that my very talented team created using these new sets plus a couple of step outs from me.

I would just like to thank my team mates - Emma Humphreys, Chris Dark and Helen Chilton for all their hard work and stunning samples and also Leandra from PaperArtsy for inviting me to become a guest stamp designer for their Eclectica range - it has been such an amazing and thrilling time for me!!! Below is a video of Leandra showing these new stamps and the amazing creations of my fabulous team.


Tomorrow I will show you the Allium step out (from PaperArtsy's blog) in a bit more detail.

Meanwhile I have just set up a brand new Facebook page that I will be using to post future classes, card samples etc.... so it would be great if you could pop on over and give it a like!!

Plus I have now set up both Twitter and Instagram accounts too so it would be fabulous to gain some followers!!  I have no idea as yet how to use them but I'm sure I'll work it all out eventually!!

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See you tomorrow.............

Thursday, 3 December 2015

'Tis the Season

Oh goodness!! Sorry that I've been so quiet!!!  There is a VERY good reason for my 'quietness' which I can't reveal at the moment! Suffice it to say that I have been really busy these last couple of weeks with something that I am SUPER excited about! Just as soon as I can I will tell you all about it - soooooooooooooo excited!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Meanwhile I have suddenly realised that Christmas is fast approaching and I am now in full blown panic mode as I haven't done anything towards this yet!

A couple of months ago though I made this card/box  for the launch of Hunkydory's Tis the Season collection.

This first photo shows the cover of the card which is a box lid. The image was taken from the matching Little Book and just trimmed down to make it into a square then layered onto a panel of gold mirri.

Next up is what is revealed when you take the lid off which in essence is a box base all decorated inside using the matching cardstock and the decoupaged element.

Then this is the inside of the card which has been decorated with one of the matching inserts.

Friday, 20 November 2015

Robin Redbreast

Oops I've been busy, busy, busy so I've been neglecting my blog again!!

I also going to be busy for the next few weeks so before I make a start on my next assignment I thought I'd stop by and quickly share a card with you that I made using Hunkydory's Season's Greetings/Windows to the Heart collection.

 So this was made using one of Hunkydory's side stepper card blanks which I covered with Evergreen Adorable Scorable. The main Robin Redbreast panel was taken from The Second Little Book of Festive Poetry and all the other toppers and borders came from the Season's Greetings Collection.
I also used a matching insert to decorate the inside. I love to finish my cards off in this way :).

I have yet to make any of my Christmas cards this year and I've a feeling that it will be a last minute dash with some Hunkydory makes!!

Monday, 16 November 2015

Brusho With Mica

Hi everyone.  Yesterday I took my last class of the year for The Craft Barn so I thought I'd share with you a couple of the cards that I designed for this class using stamps by Woodware.

The cards were created by stamping and embossing the imagery before adding Brusho, then whilst the cardstock was still wet (from spritzing the Brusho) Pearl Mica powder was sprinkled over the top which gives a lovely shimmer to the snowy looking cards. For proper snowflakes Chunky White embossing enamel was sprinkled over the top and for some extra sparkle I added a little Crystal glitter glue here and there.

The Brusho colours used were Prussian Blue, Ultramarine and Lemon - I love this combination to give a wintery, snowy sky. The trees and wording were taken from Woodware's Winter Wishes stamp set and the star was taken from the Huge Snow stamp set. The pictures below shows the shimmer that was created from sprinkling the Pearl mica. The light rays from the star was achieved using a Clear Sakura Stardust pen.

For this card I used the same three colours of Brusho for the background and just introduced the Black and Gamboge Brusho for the snowman's nose, hat and mittens. The same Woodware stamps were used on this card along with the introduction of Funny Snowman. Once again you can see the shimmer a bit better on the card below of the mica.
I hope you like them!!

Thursday, 5 November 2015

Demo at Sharon's Card Crafts 12th Nov

Hi everyone.

I'm just stopping by to let you know that next Thursday (12th November) I will be demoing some of the latest releases by Crafter's Companion at Sharon's Card Crafts in Swanley, Kent from 10am-4pm.

Amongst the products I'll be demoing will be the fabulous Accordion Dies with matching Everyday Overlays, some of the new Create a Card Collection and the fabulous new Sparkle Spectrum Noir pens. So if anyone is in the area do stop by and say hello :).

This is one of the cards I created with the Rectangle Accordion Die when I was last there using one of the Christmas Overlays along with one of the Perfect Partners stamps by Sheena.

It's amazing the sort of cards you can create with these Accordion Dies!!

Thursday, 22 October 2015

Sneaky Peek of Brusho class

Hellooooooo - today I thought I'd share just a little sneaky peek of part of one of the cards we'll be making on my Blinging Up Brusho class for The Craft Barn on Saturday 31st October.

All stamps used are by Woodware :).

Thursday, 15 October 2015

Poinsettia Accordion

Today I thought I'd share a card that I created for my demo at Sharon's Card Crafts in Swanley last month using Die'sire dies combined with a Sheena die. (I'll be back at Sharon's on 12th Nov demoing with more Crafter's Companion products :))

The dies were cut from Centura Pearl cardstock and I just kept it all very clean by sticking with just the one colour. I added some glitter glue to the poinsettias but you can't really see it in these photos so you'll just have to take my word for it - lol!!
Dies used were Die'sire Create a Card Square Accordion with the Die'sire Ivy Square Overlay. (Keep a look out for a project using these dies in the next issue of Making Cards magazine ;)!!) The poinsettia die is Sheena's Perfect Partners Festive Fancies Poinsettia. Such a beautiful die :).

Obviously you can jazz this up as much as you like but for my demo I had just wanted to show what can be achieved with minimal effort :).

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Less Is More

Hellooooooo again!!  Today I thought I'd share one of the cards I created last year using products by Crafter's Companion.

This cute little Party Paws character was coloured using Spectrum Noir pens and the background was just a piece of Centura Pearl cardstock embossed with an Embossalicious Baubles folder with a little Shabby White embossing enamel sprinkled along the base of the panel.

A very clean and simple card.

Friday, 9 October 2015

Just For You

Look at me...............I'm back again with another post!!!  It won't last - lol!!!

Today I thought I'd share a card that I created a lot earlier in the year for my demo at The Glitter Pot before they closed their doors - do you ever get the feeling that I spell 'death' to our local craft shops!!!  (They all close on me!!!!)

Anyway here is  one of the cards that I did for this demo using a fabulous Penny Black cling stamp called Divine for the main image. The supporting imagery came from a Penny Black clear stamp set called Sprigs and the little words and butterfly are from another Penny Black clear set called Snippets which is just full of really handy small sized font words - just perfect for squeezing into little spaces!!

The colouring was done using a combination of Copics and Distress Markers - I just love the texture that can be created by combining them.

For added interest I cut up a Flourish die by Penny Black and glued little pieces of it where I felt I needed some decoration and that's it!!

See you next time.............

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Ahoy There!!

Now don't faint!!!  But here I am again with another post!

This time I thought I'd share a card with you that I made from one of the topper collections in Hunkydory's Tots 2 Teens Collection. This was originally made for the £1 Million Giveaway launch shows on Create and Craft and you can still take advantage of this amazing offer on Hunkydory's website.

 As you can see I chopped into the cardstock quite a bit for this one to make a dimensional stepper card. The actual stepper card was created out of some red Adorable Scorable cardstock with each of the steps decorated with the matching pirate cardstock and topper.

I really enjoyed creating cards with this collection :).

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Brusho Trees

Today I thought I'd share another of the cards that I had on display with me last Saturday at The Craft Barn made with the wonderful Brusho featuring the Trio of Trees stamp by Woodware.

Once again I chose to create a wintery scene with them using Prussian Blue and Lemon for the background area along with Grey to create the shadows under the trees and for the trees themselves. The lights on the tree were painted with Lemon and Gamboge - for the green coloured lights I just added a tiny amount of Grey to some of the lights that I had painted with Lemon.

My next class 'Blinging Up Brusho' that was to be held at The Craft Barn on Saturday 31st October will still be going ahead but the venue will now be different - all those that have booked on will be informed by The Craft Barn as to what the new venue will be!! (It is only about 7 minutes from The Craft Barn!)

My thanks to everyone who stopped by my table for my last ever demo at The Craft Barn at Priory Farm :). If anyone needs a demonstrator/tutor then please get in touch!! My email is on the sidebar - thank you!! :) Meanwhile I shall still be popping up with a magazine article here and there!!

Friday, 2 October 2015

Last demo at The Craft Barn........ever!!!

Hi everyone. Tomorrow I will be at The Craft Barn demoing for their October Mini Fest but I am very sad to say that this will be my last demo there ever as on October 18th The Craft Barn will be shutting their doors and becoming an online business :(.

It is only through The Craft Barn that I ever got into demoing and teaching in the first place SO many years ago now............................

Anyway tomorrow will be my last day there demoing with the marvellous Brusho powders so if anyone fancies stopping by it would be lovely to see you.

Below are a couple of cards that I'll have on display using Woodware stamps. I'll be demoing and sharing the techniques on how to create effects like these from 10am-4pm.

The card above was made using the Woodware Poinsettia Corner - with Lemon, Alizarin Crimson, Ost Red and Emerald Green Brusho. The white and gold specks are Stampendous's Shabby White embossing enamel.
This card was made using Woodware's Patch Circle Bauble along with Grey and Purple Brusho. Once it was dry I added some shimmery silver squiggles to the bauble using a Sakura Silver Stardust gel pen. The white specks on the background is Stampendous's Chunky White embossing enamel. A really quick and simple card to create but quite effective :).

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Two by two

Today I thought I'd share one of the cards I created using elements from the Tots to Teens Collection by Hunkydory that was part of the 1 million pound giveaway event on Create and Craft. Hunkydory are now offering this event over on their own website too - you can check it out here.

I wanted to create something a little different with this card so as you can see I decided to make the large topper come forward from the main card through the use of acetate.
However after doing this I thought that the bit behind the topper looked a bit bare so I added another topper onto the main card which is only revealed once the main topper stands forward - so it's a little surprise!
I was actually quite pleased with how this turned out as I didn't quite know where I was going with this when I started it!!

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

The Craft Barn's October Mini Fest

This Saturday it is The Craft Barn's October Mini Fest which means that there will be 6 of us demonstrating lots of different products and techniques from 10am - 4pm.

I will be there demoing with my favourite medium of the moment..............Brusho!!!  Below are some of the cards that I will have on display using stamps by Woodware -

The other fabulous demonstrators who will be there are Lin Brown, Helen Chilton, Jo Firth Young, Chris Dark and Carol Cockbain.