Friday 28 February 2014

SSS Monday challenge - Paste and Clarity challenge - flower power

Today's offering is a tag. When I was reading about the new challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge this time it was to create something with paste. now this is not something i have used much of before but i thought it would be great to give it a go. The one on the clarity blog is flowers so i combined the two together.

So I got out one of the large Tim Holtz tags in black card and the roses stencil from Clarity stamp and used white dreamweaver paste. I lifted the stencil carefully and scttered Tim Holtz distress glitters over image.

For the flowers i used victorian velvet and seedless preserve and for the leaves and swirls I used peeled paint and shabby shutters.

 Then i realized that the background looked quite bare and decided to use chalk board techniue and using the music stamp and feminine both from Clarity stamp I stamped them randomly in white adirondak. Then I inked edges with same white and I also dragged inkpad across to help create more of a black board background.
I then stamped the sentiment again from Clarity stamp and embossed it in tarnished rose from Stampendous.
I added a metal charm from my stash in opposite corner and then added some ribbon, fibres and twine again from my stash.

I hope you like my make and would appreciate any comments.

I would like to enter this into the Simon says stamp monday challenge - paste
                                                     and into the Clarity stamp blog challenge - flower power

Thursday 27 February 2014

fussy and fancy sketch

Well this time the fussy and fancy challenge is a sketch that you can see below.

I challenged myself to create this in one layer. So out came the gelli plate, acrylic paints and stencils and after 4 tries i managed to create this print.

Those that are quite savvy about the gelli plate will realize that this was done by pulling different prints one after the other and a lot of masking. Some inking around edges helped to make layers more defined.  
Next I added a sentiment from Clarity stamp in black archival and clear embossed.

Then it was time to add top embellishment and i turned to my trusty Sweet lilac flowers and found some that matched the colour scheme perfectly. I added some pearl swrls and a little heart charm as you can see below.


As I felt that the embellishments were a bit top heavy I added  few small flowers in the opposite corner to balance it. I matted it on a black 8x8 base card and i was finished.

I hope you like what i have produced and please leave me a comment so i know you have visited, Theresa xx

I would like to enter this card in the Fussy and fancy challenge 108
                                                                Sunday stamper - heart

Saturday 22 February 2014

cameo - simon says stamp challenge

Well over at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge they have a new challenge that this week is entitled cameo appearance. 

So I decided to join this challenge as I remembered that I had the stamps that I could use. 
Again I have turned to to the set of stamps that came with issue 14 of Creative Stamper magazine and the Kaisercraft papers. I stamped the cameo outline in versamark and embossed in black. I stamped the lady silhouette in versamark and again black embossed. I cut it out and giving it some dimension stuck it on cameo frame.

I created an easel card from a 6x6 card and layered it with kaiser craft papers and a lacy border that came with papers. I attached the cameo to the panel and added some pearl flourishes and an organza bow from some aqua ribbon that I had in my stash. I embellished the bow with a brad.

I stamped and embossed the sentiment from same set and die cut it with a spellbinder die. I created a mat by drawing around die and cutting it out with scissors. I added a couple of pearls and stuck it down with foam pads. Sorry the pic is lopsided but it turned during transfer and i couldn't change it.

Hope you like my make and if you don't mind leaving a comment to tell me what you think I'd be very pleased, Theresa xx

Wednesday 19 February 2014

thank you marionette

This will be a very quick post today. Just to show you the thank you cards I made for Massimo to give his school friends.


Seeing that Barbara is always hanging the love birds from the thank you I thought I'd try hanging the marionette. So stamped him, masked and stamped the ndc thank you. Then stamped hands according to where 'string' was. Added some more string with a black pen.
Coloured t-shirt and trousers and card was finished. Very quick and simple card but i thought it was fun.

That is all from me today, hugs Theresa xx

Sunday 16 February 2014

Eileen Godwin's workshop

Well yesterday the talented Eileen Godwin held a workshop in Warwick, so it was mighty easy for me to attend. She taught us some fab techniques and in this post i will show you the cards that I made.

This is the fish card that Eileen was referring to. She said she really liked it. Her original card had a beautiful flourish and used Sheena's flowers and had a red background. Now i'm not a red girl so i went for my trusty blues. Eileen commented on the blue and I answered : 'it is the sea'. So she says  'I have some nice fish by Ryn'. So off I went hunting for the kelp and the fish. i had taken the bubbles with me. and this was the result. The sentiment is from Clarity stamp.

And special thanks to my friend Karen Gill who gifted me a nice white sharpie that made it's debut on these cards.

This was the last card we made and the first time i have used a Lavinia stamp. The sentiment is from Sheena Douglas.

This was the first card we made. Eileen had kindly die cut all  the butterflies we needed. We were supposed to use Ryn's water doplet stamps but i couldn't find mine so i used this version instead (also by Ryn), so I could be different lol. Sentiment is from Clarity stamp.

When I went home I made this one. This time I stamped in black archival and the sentiment is from Sheena Douglas.

I hope you enjoy my makes as much as i enjoyed making them. And i would love to see what you all think Theresa xx

sweetlilacflowerschallenge - baby

So it is that time of month again when the new sweet lilac challenge is launched. Where is the time flying? already we are in mid February. It seems like 2 mins ago that we were celebrating the new year!

Enough of that and back to the challenge. this moth it is 'baby'. this card was inspired by the lovely Emma Williams. Now this is quite different to hers but the whole concept started from the die cut baby. I had some graphic 45 papers that also worked for this theme and i decided to use them.....I'm getting a sadistic pleasure when i'm cutting into them.....Don't analyse this too deeply please!

Back to the card.... So i started by cutting the letters b a b y on my slice  out of taupe card. I inked them with brushed corduroy and gathered twigs distress inks. Next i cut the baby image from a little darlings page (g45), tore the edges and inked with antique linen, brushed corduroy and gathered twigs to distress it. I matted this on taupe and matching green card.

The background polka dot is another g45 paper that I distressed in same way. Again I matted it on green and added lace from Sweet lilac flowers before sticking it down on 6x6 taupe base card.

Then it was time to add more embellishments and i chose to add flowers and leaves again from sweet lilac flowers. I inked the flowers with same inks and added clear wink of stella but this is difficult to see in pics. In real life the flowers have a lovely shimmer. 

I added the word baby and finished the card with some pearls.  I hope you like it and please don't forget to join the challenge over at Sweetlilac can win some lovely stash...., Theresa xx

And my friends this is a card made without a stamp in sight! It has been a long time since I made one of these......

Monday 10 February 2014

diamonds and we love stamping

I bought this stamp a couple of months ago and had been wanting to use it. It is a just-rite stamp and i think it is called french rose. Finally i received the spectrum noir blending pencils and thought that this stamp would be perfect to try them out. Hubby got them for me as a Valentine's pressie (which for once is very useful), and he let me have them as soon as he got them.

 So I stamped it with potting soil archival ink on ivory card. I stamped it a few times as i wanted to decoupage some of the roses. i inked around first layer with distress ink to antique the paper a bit more.

 I used several pinks and 3 purples and 3 greens to colour in the flowers and leaves. I must say i was impressed with the pencils. they are very soft.

So I cut various layers and built up flowers and finally added glossy accents to mimic dew drops. I matted on brown and then on ivory which I pierced all around. I monted it on a5 ivory base card.

I stamped happy birthday in potting soil archival and heat embossed in clear. I added some chocolate cosmic shimmer pva dots around 2 corners and finished it off with a twine bow.

I'd like to enter this card in the following challenges:

Simon says stamp monday challenge - we love stamps
Sunday stamper - diamonds my interpretation is that the dew drops look like iamonds when they glisten in the sun.

Saturday 8 February 2014

valentine's ..... love and romance at Claritystamp challenge....

Well it is February and valentine's day is round the corner. It is also the theme for the new Claritystamp challenge. This was a commissioned card that I made some time ago (I was being organized lol).

I wanted to create a flower with the heart so as not to just have a heart stamp in usual way.
The other challenge I set myself was to use as few stamps as possible and in fact i only used 2.

I started by stamping the Arty heart from Clarity stamp in black archival 4 times on red bazzill basics card, forming a sort of 4 clover leaf, and embossed it in stardust powder.
Next i repeated the process on shrink plastic and after I heated it I did not flatten it to give it some dimension. 

On a piece of theuva card I stamped the sentiment that had originally accompanied the heart all over the card in versamark and brushed white perfect pearls all over.... you can see it in the pics if you squint.
Then i stamped the corners using the heart in all 4 corners.

 Then I mounted the hearts in centre adding a black pearl. Some matting and layering and the card was ready. Finished card was 8x8.
The insert very simply said 'with Love' but i forgot to take a pic so there is my love link for the challenge over the Claritystamp challenge which is love and romance.

The person who asked for this was really pleased with it. I hope you like it as much as he did, Theresa x

ps comments always well received..... :)

Friday 7 February 2014

valentines and fussy and fancy challenge

So the fussy and fancy challenge that launched today is be my valentine. As i had this card ready i thought it would be good for this challenge.

I started by creating background on gelliplate using a clarity stencil  which was an NDC stencil. This time i used adirondak inks and stencil brushes on plate. I think I used wild plum and raisin. The first layer is all done in wild plum. Then I added some extra bits that came with stencil and using raisin brushed all over again thus creating light and dark areas as you can see from picture.
Next I stamped love in black archival and clear embossed. This is from the birdcage set lesson 10 .

Then it was time for some embellishments and felt that the Sweetlilac flowers fit the bill perfectly. I also added some leaves and some pink pearl needlehead pins. A bow from my ribbon stash finished off the bouquet.
I mounted print on 8x8 black base card. That is all for today. i hope you like it, Theresa xx

Monday 3 February 2014

up, up and away..... fussyandfancy challenge - vintage

Today's cards where inspired by Emma Williams who is one amazing crafter. If you would like to visit her blog you can do so here.
I started with a piece of taupe card and stamped the hot air balloon (freebie in a craft magazine) in coffee archival and clear embossed it. Next i stamped it 3x per balloon on graphic 45 paper eeeeeeeek. Yes I finally did it! I have cut into my g45 papers!! Unheard of, but needs must.

I decoupaged the image to make it look more realistic. I coloured the 2 blue bands with broken china distress marker. Then i stamped the trees in olive archival. I used 2 trees both from Clarity stamp. Then I inked some clouds with broken china distress ink and a make up sponge using a Clarity stencil. I stamped birds again from clarity stamp and then matted and layered on kraft card and another graphic 45 paper.
i finished it off with some twine, cogs and the compass from one of the Tim Holtz collections.
I made 2 slightly different ones for 2 of Alessandro's friends that have their birthday within a few days of each other.
Hope you like what i made, Theresa xx

As both these cards have a vintagey feel i would like to enter them into the fussyandfancy challenge 106 that this time is  vintage.

Love - Simon says stamp challenge

This card was all an exercise in masking. It is all done in black archival and black soot distress ink. I started by stamping the quirky cottage that was an NDC stamp from Clarity stamp. I .masked it off and stamped the tree behind it. incidentally all stamps used are from Clarity stamp.

I then stamped the heart which was another NDC stamp. Then using balloon stamp i inked the ribbon part and made sure i masked off balloon and stmped underneath heart to turn it into a balloon. I stamped the small tree in background. Then i brayered the sky using black soot after i put a moon/sun mask and also masked off the heart. Then i made a cloud mask from copy paper and sponged in some clouds.

I removed the moon mask and after cotting a hill shape from copy paper i brayered in some hills in background. Using same paper i shaded some areas creating little hedges which i edged with the little tree stamp. I also created a path from the house.

Finally i stamped the birds and coloured in cottage door in red sakura glaze pen.

Matted and layered and finished off with a wrought iron fence cut out of black card with a spellbinder d-lite.

I know it's not as good as Emma Williams's creations, from whom i get loads of inspiration, but i thought i'd enter it into Simonsaysstamp challenge - love.