Tuesday, 5 May 2015

May Class at The Glitter Pot

Hi everyone. Just thought I'd let you know that I will be taking a class at The Glitter Pot on Saturday 16th May using the same colouring techniques that I was demonstrating at the weekend.

Originally I was going to be using the same Penny Black stamps that I was demoing with but unfortunately they all sold out! Ao the imagery may not be the same as the card above but the colouring techniques will be exactly the same :)!!

Friday, 1 May 2015

The Glitter Pot's 2015 Spring Spectacular

Oh goodness I just don't know where the days go!!

I've been super busy creating all sorts of things just lately but this weekend it is The Glitter Pot's Spring Spectacular. I'll be there both on the Saturday and the Sunday showing how to create cards like these using a few of the new Penny Black stamps along with  Copic markers and Distress markers.

I also have an all day class coming up at The Glitter Pot on Saturday 16th May where we will be creating a card or two just like the ones above if anyone fancies it!

Saturday, 28 March 2015

Copics and Coloursoft class at The Glitter Pot

Hi everyone.

Just wanted to let you all know that I have an all day colouring class at The Glitter Pot on Saturday 11th April showing how to colour dainty images firstly using Copics on their own and then using Copics combined with Coloursoft pencils which gives you a softer look - ideal for dainty imagery.

If anyone is interested you'll need to contact The Glitter Pot to book :).

Saturday, 21 March 2015

Last minute cards!!

Helloooo!!!  Last Saturday I stepped in at the last minute to cover a Copic Colouring class at The Glitter Pot. Unfortunately I didn't get the chance to make my coloured images into cards as there just wasn't enough time but since then I've popped them onto some cards - although most of them are VERY simple I thought I'd share them with you anyway!

First up is the more involved card. For this one I used an embossing folder and some dies to decorate the plain pearlescent Bazzill card. The stamp is a new one by Penny Black called Make a Wish! which was coloured using Copic markers. I distressed around the image with Tumbled Glass. The embossing folder is a Crafts Too one (Sweet Flowers)and the dies are by Memory Box - Puffy Clouds and Grand Oak Tree.

 Here's a bit of a closer look at the colouring for you.
Next up is a very simple card of the same image just stuck onto Crafter's Companion watercolour card and edged with a black marker.
Here's the same image again just distressed with Tumbled Glass distress ink with Stampendous Shabby White embossing enamel added for interest and texture.

Next up is another new Penny Black image called Carrot Collector again coloured with Copics and mounted onto Crafter's Companion watercolour card.
And lastly here is that same image this time distressed with Bundled Sage distress ink with Stampendous Shabby White embossing enamel added.
I have another Copic based class coming up at The Glitter Pot on Saturday 11th April - this time using Copics with Coloursoft pencils which enables you to create softer images with more detail!

Friday, 6 March 2015

Brusho Demo at The Craft Barn

Hi all. Just a super quick post from me to let you know that I'll be at The Craft Barn in Nutfield, Surrey demoing with the wonderful Brusho watercolour powders from 10am - 4pm.

Friday, 27 February 2015

Stencil card

Helloooo :). Today I thought I'd share a stencil card that I made last year for one of the classes that I took at The Glitter Pot last year.

This is made using Imagination Crafts Sparkle Gel along with a couple of their stencils namely Wild Flowers and Apple Blossom.

I also embellished with some stamping using a Hobby Art stamp set called Just For You. The background was achieved with Distress inkpads.
 I also coloured the Sparkle Gel using a combination of Copics and mica powders.
In due course I will be offering to make this card as an all day class from my home. If anyone is interested please email me.

Toodles for now.................

Friday, 20 February 2015

One colour of Brusho

Helloooooooo again!!  Today I thought I'd share three really simple cards that were created just with one colour of Brusho (Grey) and a black inkpad.

I am SO proud that I can now do quick cards -lol!!  And it's all thanks to Brusho paints as they honestly do all the work and effects for you. These cards were all created onto The Craft Barn's plain smooth card - I wanted to show that you don't always need to use watercolour card with them - different types of card will actually give you different effects making the paints even more versatile :).

First up is a closer look at the tall card -
The stamps used here are from a Stampendous stamp set called Bold Sprigs. You can see from the closer photo below that I also added some stamping with a grey inkpad as well as the black one and added some white dots to the black stamping using a Sakura white pen.

Next up is the square card with only very simple stamping on it using that same Bold Sprigs stamp set.
 And as you can see from the close up photo below I chose to outline the black imagery this time with the white pen.
 Lastly this card shows how you can achieve a really quick wintery looking card - this time using a Woodware stamp set called Winter Trees.
With this card I added some Shabby White embossing enamel to the 'snow area'.
Well that's all for today. If anyone wants to see the fabulous Brusho powders in action I'll be back demoing at The Craft Barn on Saturday March 7th.


Sunday, 15 February 2015

More Buzzy Bees

As promised I'm back again with part two of the bee cards that I made using the new bee stamp collection set by Jo Firth Young.

This time I stamped, coloured and cut out lots of the little bees and incorporated the bee hive!  The backgrounds were made using the same techniques as in the previous post. All the stamps used are from this one stamp set.

 A closer look.
And here's the second card this time using one of the new mini wording stamps which of course goes perfectly with the stamp set.
 A closer look at the wording.

Friday, 13 February 2015

The Buzzing of the Bees

Hi everyone. As promised I am back to show you a couple of the  cards that I made using one of the new stamp collections by Jo Firth Young.

First up is a 6x6" square card using the big and little bees from the bee stamp set all of which I cut out and shaped the bodies a bit before gluing them to the card. The background was achieved using a yellow and orange distress ink and some of the background stamps from the same set.

 A closer look at the bees that I coloured with Copics.

And here's a smaller version - this time I added some background stamping in black and added some cut out hexagons as well as the bees.

I'll be back again soon to show another couple of bee cards made with this fabulous set by Jo - you can check out the stamp set here which is already available at The Craft Barn.


Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Brusho and a DT Call

Oh my goodness!!!!  I really cannot believe how long it has been since I last posted!!  Personally I blame my laptop - I was just getting into the swing of things of posting again and it conked out!!

I've now got a replacement but I've been really busy creating stuff - for the last couple of  months I've been busy with designing some stuff back for Craft Stamper - actually I have an article in this months magazine using a JOFY stamp set and the fabulous Spectrum Noir blendable pencils from Crafter's Companion. Personally I haven't seen the magazine yet but I've heard that it is in there!!

Last Saturday I was at The Craft Barn demonstrating with the fantastic Brusho paints.  They are a watercolour powder like no other - the effects you can get with these with no effort at all are just amazing!!  Love, love, LOVE them - I'll be back at The Craft Barn in March demoing them again and then I have a class there using them later on in the month.

Here's a taster of one of the most simple things you can do with them -

Literally just sprinkle the Emerald Green paint down one side of the panel - spritz the watercolour powder with water and then stamp some imagery. Easy!!
The stamps are from the Bold Sprigs stamp set by Stampendous.  Quick cards here I come!!

I've loads more card samples to show you using these amazing paints but I'll save them for some more blog posts!!

Meanwhile I must tell you that Crafter's Companion have just issued a Design Team Call - you can find out all about it here.

I'll be back again very soon to show you some card samples that I've created with one of Jofy's latest stamp releases!!  I was SO excited to be asked - you can find her latest stamp designs over on Jo's blog.


Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Party Paws

Are you impressed with me being back again SO soon - lol!!  Thought I would pop on and post another card before my laptop dies on me!! So without further ado here it is.......

This was created using one of the Party Paws rubber stamps along with some papers printed out from the Party Paws Christmas CD Rom and coloured with both Spectrum Noir pens and pencils.  The trees are a Die'sire die. All from Crafter's Companion.
Here's a different view of it so that you can see that it slots behind the small fir tree to create the 3D front. Once again I liberally sprinkled Shabby White embossing enamel (Stampendous) and used Stormy Sky distress ink to add some shadowing to the trees.
And here's the other 'side view' of the card.

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Cute Christmas!!

Hi peeps!!  Well I've got to be very quick with my post as my laptop is very poorly and only lasts about 10 minutes before it shuts down for the day!!

So here goes with my card for today.

As some of you know I joined Crafter's Companion DT earlier this year and have now got into CD crafting which was totally new to me!!  I always thought that it wasn't that 'creative' but it is quite surprising just what you can do once you start adding lots of different elements from the CD Roms.

This card was created using quite a few different elements from the Christmas Moonbeam Meadows CD Rom along with the Fir Trees Die'sire die - both from Crafter's Companion.  I added some Shabby White embossing enamel to the imagery and some Stormy Sky Distress ink.

Whereas the card below (also from the Moonbeam Meadows CD) is just simply one of the images stuck to a card blank with some Stickles added to it and a couple of gems.
I honestly loved working with this CD Rom as all the images were just fab!!

I hope to be back again very soon with some more cards to show you if my laptop will allow!!  Meanwhile I have a new one on order as I can't live without one!!

Monday, 1 December 2014

A Frosty Morning

So today my computer has got to go to the 'doctors' as it's not very well!!!!  So just incase it doesn't come back I thought I'd quickly post up a card that I created last year using the fabulous Lavinia Stamps.  Just LOVE this range of stamps and I ended up doing a 'happy dance' when The Craft Barn began stocking them!!

Anyway without further ado here is the extra long card that I created which is A4 folded in half lengthways.

The background was created just by tearing bits of paper and sponged with Distress inkpads.

 As you can see when the card catches the light it really shimmers - this was down to using an Encore Silver metallic inkpad and Stardust embossing powder.

As you can see I chose to stamp the 'outer' trees with the silver inkpad too in order to make them shimmer and give the impression of 'frost'.

Here's a closer look at the middle of the card where you can see I added a touch of shadowing under the horses which was just done with a water brush.

The finishing touch was sprinkling just a little of Stampendous' Shabby White embossing enamel over the whole thing.

Hope you like it!!

All products used are available from The Craft Barn.

Monday, 24 November 2014

The Snow Cards

Helloooooooo!!  As promised here are the Snow cards with those Distress Ink backgrounds.

 I think out of all the cards that I did this is my favourite colour scheme which was Tumbled Glass and Weathered Wood. Once again the huge Snow word was painted with FlitterGlu and Crystal glitter was then popped over the top. For the snowflake I just added Silver Stickles.

Then as you can see I had once again stamped IndigoBlu's Frosted Baubles with FlitterGlu and gilded it - just love this effect!!

And here is the other Snow card this time with Dusty Concord added to the Tumbled Glass.

And of course those Frosted Baubles again gilded with leafing flakes.

I'm really hoping that I might get chance to make some of these as my Christmas Cards for this year!!

Oh and just a bit of news to share.........................I am now proud to announce that I am an Accredited Spectrum Noir Colourist!!

Sunday, 16 November 2014

More Snow and Santa cards!

Here are some more Christmas cards using the huge Santa stamp again by Francoise - this time with Distress Inkpad backgrounds for a totally different look to the last posting.

Background for the above card was achieved using Victorian Velvet and Seedless Preserves Distress inks. The Santa wording was stamped onto one of the  Silent Night First Edition papers and then coloured with Copics. Dies are Memory Box.

As you can see when the card catches the light I have used IndigoBlu's Frosted Baubles stamp with FlitterGlu and gilding flakes.

This time Milled Lavender and Dusty Concord were used for the background. Santa was painted with FlitterGlu and Crystal glitter sprinkled over the top and then coloured with Copics.

Then as you can see when the card catches the light Frosted Baubles has been stamped with FlitterGlu again and gilded.

I'll be back in a few days time to show you the Snow ones with Distress ink backgrounds.