Monday, 18 October 2021

Another Peaceful Scene

Hello there,

I'm here again with another of my scenic cards.  This one features the cottage from CI-460.  A beautiful stamp that's just perfect for a 'New Home' card' or as I've used it here to create a scene.  This scene reminds me of a leisurely Sunday morning stroll with a loved one..... just perfect! 

Wishing you all a very happy and peaceful week xx

Friday, 15 October 2021

Landscape Photo Tutorial

Here is the latest card that I've made using the brand new stamps and stencils by Crafty Individuals.  If you would like to see how this card was made and perhaps try something similar yourself, then I've added a photo tutorial below to show you how.  Here's my finished card:

1). Using a blending brush or blending tool, lay down some background colour.  I roughly placed the yellow where I want my sun to be.

2). Place one of the round CI stencils where you want the sun to be, then brush over it again with your blending brush or tool, this will increase the depth of the colour on your scene

3). Place a sheet of copy paper where you want the water to be.  I usually make mine the bottom third of the card.  Brush over from side to side, but try to use a little less pressure where the reflection from the sun would be

4). If using a brush, then spritz it with water and drag it across the water.  This will give the water a sense of movement.  Make sure that you mask with your copy paper first to avoid it smudging the rest of your scene

5).  I wasn't happy with the colour of my water at this stage, so I decided to make it darker by adding some dark blue ink.  If you do the same, then don't forget to blend some of the same colour at the top of the sence too

6). Place your copy paper at the top edge of the water and use the CI stencil to create some mountains in the background.  Take care to keep everything still at this point and build up the colour gradually

7). I used the same technique here as on step 6 to give the scene a little more balance.  You can always add more or less mountains in the background depending on the size of card that you're using

8). Time now to use the hanging branch from CI-583.  This is such a useful stamp and will be one that you'll use time and time again

9). As you can see here, I've stamped the branch one way, then turned it around to give a completely different look at the left hand side

10). It's really important that your ink is completely dry, so I stamped the branches using VersaFine, then heat embossed it with a clear embossing powder.  Once it's dry, then you need to blend around the edges which will then start to frame the scene.  I did mine first with purple, then with the dark blue

11).  Now it's time to start adding some botanical stamps into the foreground.  Think carefully at this point about the balance and framing.  You can see on this picture how I start with the taller stamps at either side of my scene

12). I used stamps from CI-584 and CI-585 to do this.  I also stamped a few in purple to add a little contrast

13). Once again, ensure that your stamps are completely dry before blending again with the dark blue ink.  Next, I used a Posca pen to highlight the botanical stamps

14). I used the CI landscape stencil to add the birds to my scene.  It's absolutely fine just to use a blending tool to do this but as I wanted mine to be a little darker, I went over them with a fine liner. The sentiment that I've used is from CI-583.   When this was done, I then mounted my scene onto some black card.

15).  As I had used lots of purple in my scene, I decided to mount the card again onto so purple card before finally adding it to my white base card.  My finished card is 8 x 8.  

All of the stamps and stencils that I've used for this tutorial are available from Crafty Individuals at:

Monday, 11 October 2021

CAS Sympathy

Hi there,

Just a quick post from me to share a card that I'd like to enter into this month's CAS Mix Up challenge.  I spent a very interesting afternoon yesterday making leaf prints.  I didn't have a great deal of success but I very much enjoyed getting messy playing with my Gel Plate.  I'd tried stamping with the leaves and that didn't go too well until my crafty friend Lynne suggested trying Oxides to get a better coverage.  Anyway, after a few more attempts, I finally got a print that I was happy with.  In the end, I used Adirondack Oregano, Oxide Cracked Pistachio and Oxide Peacock Feathers.   Here's my card and apologies that it's not the best photo:

Here are a few of the prints that I made, mainly using the Gel Plate.  I think I'll try and find a way of using some of these in my art journal.  The pink one at the bottom is a fabulous print that I did using acrylic paint but it's too big for a CAS card, other than if I were to cut into it but that would be a shame I think.  My finger tips are still blue today :) :):)

That's all for today but I'll be back shortly with another photo tutorial x 

I'd like to add my card into the following challenge:

CAS Mix Up Card Challenge - Botanical Prints

Thursday, 7 October 2021

I Love My Brushos

Hello there,

How's things with you? Good I hope.  

I'd like to start by saying a big thank you to all the people who have been kind enough to take the time and leave such lovely comments on my last few posts, I really do appreciate it.  Blog land just gets quieter and quieter, so thank you for sticking with me  x

I'm here today with another of my most recent samples:

As the title says 'I Love My Brushos' and I really do.  I honestly can't get enough of them!  I think it's the fact that you never know how a background it going to turn out.  I decided to use the single botanical stamps on this card to create a boquet of them.  Once everything was completely dry, I used a glue pen and added some glitter.  I think you can just about see it on the photo.  I used a crackle stamp around the edge but I had too much space left at the left hand side, so I added a black die cut and a few sequins.  They seemed apprpriate as I'd already used the glitter, so lots of sparkle on this one xx

I'd like to add this card into the following challenges:

Happy Little Stampers - Watercolour Challenge

A Bit More Time To Craft - Anything Goes

Tuesday, 5 October 2021

Gorgeous Botanicals

Hello there,

I'm back again today to share a couple more of my CI samples with you.  I absolutely loved using these new stamps and I could have gone on making this batch of samples forever!  They are such beatuiful stamps that can be used for so many different occasions.  Here's todays cards:

Jean released another beautiful set of papers on the last show and both of these cards feature one of the new designs.  I think my first card shows how well the stamps and papers work together.  I quite often make sets of cards for friends and family and this combination would be perfect for that and would look lovely boxed up.

More samples to come and I hope you're enjoing seeing them as much as I enjoyed making them x 

Sunday, 3 October 2021

Autumn Mushrooms

Hello there,

I hope that you're all enjoying the weekend.  The weather hasn't been too bad, although it's definitely getting colder and my jumpers are making their way to the front of the wardrobe!  I hadn't intended doing a post today but I watched a FB live by Isa C Art & Craft a couple of days ago and I felt inspired to take out my stamps and inks and have a go.  Isa was demoing some new mushroom stamps that she's designed for Katzlecrafts, so I decided to use some mushrooms by Chocolate Baroque from their Autumn Poppy set  Here's what I've made:

I used a selection of Distress and Impress inks that I pressed into my craft mat.  I spritzed with water and then pressed my card into in colours until I was happy with the background.  This is meant to be a messy process, so I wasn't looking for a perfect finish, just a good coverage of the three different colours.  Once the background was dry, I stamped various mushrooms and coloured some black to place them further into the background.  I then used a word stencil and picked out the letters to spell autumn.  I some VersaMark on them, then heat embossed them in gold.  Next, I stamped the mushrooms again onto white snippets of card before using my inks again to paint them.  I felt that the colours were lacking a bit, so I added a touch of red, which I think made the difference that it needed.  I decoupaged the mushrooms to give them depth and dimension.

That's all from me for today but I'll be back soon with more of my samples from last Friday's CI shows, so until then, stay safe and happy crafting xx

I'd like to add this card into the following challenges:

Pixie's Snippets Playground Challenge - #413

Country View Challenges - Autumn Colours and/or Halloween

Try It On Tuesday - Autumn Blessings

Sparkles Monthly Challenge Blog - Autumn Colours

A Bit More Time To Craft - Anything Goes

Friday, 1 October 2021

Crafty Individuals are on TV Today

Hello there my lovelies,

I can't believe how quickly the months are rolling by and the Lovely Jean Hardy from Crafty Individuals will be on 'The Craft Store TV'  again today at 10am and 2 pm, so I'm here with you today to share the first of my samples from this time around.  Now I have to say that these beautiful stamps are right up my street as they say as they are perfect for scene making.  Here's the first of my cards:

The Kingfisher and the trees across the centre are older stamps but the botanical stamps and the hanging tree branches are from the new sets.  As we are now well and truely into autumn, I thought that I would make this card using autumnal colours. I've stamped some of the botanical stamps with VersaFine Clair and then heat embossed some using a vanilla embossing powder as I think that white would have been too harsh.  I also decided to mat and layer the card onto cream card for the same reason.  Everything tones in quite well, so I'm happy with it.  I hope that you can watch the shows but if not, then they'll be availabe on catch up for a few weeks after.

Take care of yourselves and I'll be back soon with more samples xx

I'd like to add this card into the follwing challenges:

Country View Challenges - Autumn Colours and/or Halloween

Make My Monday - Embossing /Either (Heat Embossing On My Card)

A Bit More Time To Craft - Anything Goes

Sparkles Monthly Challenge - Autumn Colours

Saturday, 25 September 2021

Rudolph Day - September 21

Hello there,

It's the 25th of the month, so time for another 'Rudolph Days' challenge over on Scrappy Mo's blog.

Here's the card that I've made:

Well I have to say that I've really enjoyed making this card.  I love it when you can take stamps from different companies and they all work together in the way that they've done on this card.  

I masked off the snow to add the background colour.  Next, I masked off the snow again and added the CI trees to the skyline. The over hanging trees are by Stampscapes and the sleigh and moon are by Inkylicious.  The beautiful hare and foliage in the foreground are by Crafty Individuals. 

That's all from me for today, so take care of yourselves and stay happy xx

I'd also like to add this card into the following challenges:

A Bit More Time To Craft - Anything Goes

The Holly And Ivy Christmas Challenge - Anything Goes

Pixie's Crafty Workshop - Challenge #412 (Hare made with a snippet of card)

As You Like It Challenge - Autumn/Winter and Why? - (Winter) Because I love it when the ground is covered with snow and everything looks so perfect and peaceful.)

Daring Cardmakers - A Walk On The Wild Side 

Jingle Belles - Dashing through The Snow

Crafty Calendar Challenge - Anything Goes

Wednesday, 15 September 2021

Autumnal Art Journal Page

Hello there Peeps and how are you all doing?

I've had a good week so far.  Hubby and I had a lovely morning walk yesterday collecting elderberries and blackberries for wine making over the coming weeks.  I'll have to let you know how that goes as I've never made either of them before.  I made some elderflower wine earlier on in the year and that was really successful, so I'll keep my fingers crossed for the next lot.  I spent yesterday afternoon making an autumnal art jounal page with a little bit of a twist as I have a dancing girl in the center.  I hadn't planned to do that but I was just drawn to the stamp, so I went with the flow!  Here it is:

The 'Dancing Woman' stamp is by Rubber Dance (NBUS)  I'm ashamed to say that I've had this stamp for the last year or so and it's the first time that it's been used!  All of the leaves that I've used with this exeption of a few small die cuts are by Inkylicious.  I pressed my ink pads into my craft mat, then spritzed before picking up the colour on my card.  Once it was completely dry, I then stamped in VersaFine and clear embossed it to set the ink.  Next, I spent a good couple of hours cutting them out and that's a labour of love, I can tell you!  There are a few tiny leaves that I die cut as I wanted to have a good variety of shapes and colours on the page.  Next, I had to decide whether to use a sentiment or not but in the end, I decided to go with one that came as a freebie with Creative Stamping magazine a couple of years ago.  Also, I forgot to mention that I used a leaf stencil on white card which I used as the base of my design.  Although you can't see very much of it, I fussy cut around it as I didn't want to have a straight edge.  All done now and I'm very happy with it and I hope that you like it too.

I would like to add this journal page into the following challenges:

Country View Challenges - The Leaves Begin To Fall

A Bit More Time To Craft - Anything Goes

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Ruby's Memory  (Very rare that I use snippets on my inky cards, so joining in just for fun with this challenge as I have loads on this journal page :)  

Make My Monday Challenge - Autumn/Fall Card

Friday, 10 September 2021

A Scenic Tutorial

Hello there,

I mentioned in my last post that I had made a scenic tutorial, so here it is as promised.  This is the card that I made:

1. Start by adding some colour to your background.  When I'm creating a scene such as this one, I try to use the same colour top and bottom as it will then give a reflection of the sky colours in the water
2. Use a sheet of copy paper to mask off the sky to create the water
3. Keep the mask in place and stamp in the trees
3. Use a stencil or a piece of torn copy paper to create some hills in the background
4. Stamp some images in the foreground
5. Add some hanging branches to the top of your card, then heat emboss with a clear powder as you will be adding some colour over this and you don't want it to smudge
6. Blend some colour over the branches.  This will help to frame the image and draw the veiwers eye into the scene that you've created
7. Time to add some colour now.  This will give your scene the detail that it needs.  Also, don't be afraid to add more stamps if you feel that they are needed.
8. All finished, so sit back and admire what you've just created!

I hope you've enjoyed this photo tutorial and I'd love you to drop me a quick comment to let me know what you think of it.  Better still, have a go at a scene like this yourself and let me know how it goes, I’d love to see what you create xx 

Magic Maggie, you cracked me up with your last comment about the car boot sales.  Keep looking……. I’ll be the one buying all the crafty stuff, not selling it! :) :) :)

Tuesday, 7 September 2021

Published In Papercraft Society

 Hello there,

At the beginning of August, I had a couple of my projects featured in one of the Papercraft Society Box magazines (23) (August Edition) over at Craft Stash.   It contained some lovely designs by Jean Hardy from Crafty Individuals, although they didn't make any of the products themselves.  Here's what I made:

This one was made using stamps and a stencil from the kit.  As it was an autumnal themed box, these were the colours that they wanted me to use.

For my second project, I used stamps and dies from the kit.  Again, I had to use autumnal colours but I think they work so well with these stamps.  I die cut the tiny leaves and then shaped them before adding hot glue to give them dimension.  The idea was to make them look like fallen leaves.  

I had to provide a photo tutorial for both projects and I have to admit that I made a bit of a boo boo with my first card.  I was so eager to get started that I did the whole card before reading the instrusctions again, which clearly stated that I needed to use the stipulated colours!  That will teach me won't it!  On the plus side, I now have another photo tutorial that's good to go, so I'll post that here on Friday.

That's all from me for today, so I'll wish you all a very happy week xx  

Saturday, 4 September 2021

CAS Autumn Colours

Hi there,

Just a quick post from me today to share a card that I'd like to enter into a couple of challenges:

The stamps that I've used are my Crafty Individuals, Inkylicious and Stampscapes.  I stamped the branch with VersaFine to give a good image, then I went over it again with various Distress inks before spritzing it and stamping it again to give a water colour effect.  The owl is water coloured with Distress and Adirondack inks.

I'd like to add this card into the following challenges:
CAS Mix Up Card Challenge - Autumn Colours

Addicted To CAS Challenge - Nature

Happy Little Stampers - Winged Things

Wednesday, 1 September 2021

A Spotty Card For A Worthwhile Cause

Hello there and how are you all doing? Good I hope :)

I'm here today to share a card that I've made for a challenge that my crafty friend 'Chris Frazer' of 'All She Crafts' blog is running on FB.  The idea of Chris' challenge is to raise the awareness of how to spot the signs and symptoms of Leukaemia by asking people to create something spotty using any crafty medium.  I've chosen to to use some Crafty Individuals stamps and a stencil to create my spots and here's the card that I've made:

I absolutely adore this seagull stamp and the fabulous spotty stamps in the background were all designed for Crafty Individuals by my lovely crafty friend 'Flo Langley' who was a previously a DT member. 

September is Blood Cancer Awareness month and today a campaign is being launched to 'Spot Leukaemia' and it's all about spotting the six signs and symptoms which are listed below:

I'm happy to be supporting Chris in this worthwhile cause and I think that my card hits the brief.

Wishing you all a very happy day xx

Message for Magic Maggie
Thank you for your kind comments on my last post.  In answer to your request for a sky tutorial, I tend to use the same technique for most of my cards.  This can be found on my 'Tutorials’ page but here's a link to one that probably shows it best.  Hope this helps you Maggie and many thanks for your continued support x

Wednesday, 25 August 2021

Rudolph Days - August 21

Hi there,

It was time for another 'Rudolph Days' challenge over at Scrappy Mo's blog but sadly, she's had to cancel this month due to ill health.  Get well soon Mo and I will look forward to joining you again next month xx

Here's the card that I'd made for the challenge: 

For this card, I've used stamps by Inkylicious.  These are some of my favourites of their stamps, I've made hundreds of cards with them and I never get tired of using them.  It's amazing how you can change how a scene looks just by changing the colour of the sky.  

I have to say that I've done really well so far this year as I've managed to make a card for Mo's challenge every month and let's be honest, there's only three more to go, so fingers crossed that I can keep up the good work!

That's all from me for today, so take care and be happy x 

Monday, 23 August 2021

The Gentle Dragon

Hi Folks,

I'm back today to share the last of my most recent samples for Crafty Individuals.  Here's my card:

This one was stamped and coloured and I added some glitter to the wings.  I really like the warm tones on this card which features the 'Gentle Dragon' (CI-580) stamp by Crafty Individuals.  I used the Phoenix stamp around the edge of my card and then blended some red ink.  I also used some gold gilding wax too.  I used some 'Spray and Shine' on this one, so that the colours would look more intense and it worked really well.

Samples all shown now, so I'll soon be onto something new.  Thank you for your lovely comments and I really appreciate your visits.  Blog land seems to be getting quieter and quieter, so it's good that there are still a few of us out there supporting each other,

Take care and I'll be back on the 25th with my latest 'Rudolph Days' offerering.  Until then, take care and stay happy xx

Friday, 20 August 2021

Fairy Rose

Hi there,

Have you got that Friday feeling?  I hope that you've got something nice planned for over the weekend.

Before we get to the weekend, I have a couple more samples to share with you.  This time it's using the new Crafty 'Fairy Rose' stamp (CI-579.)

Now this card was a bit fiddly but worth it in the end.  I used my stamping press and elongate the tree part of the stamp.  I had intended to colour the card but in the end, I decided that I prefered it just in monochrome, so that's how I left it.  I used a die to cut out an apeture as I wanted the lovely 'Fairy Rose' to actually swing.  As with my last card, I've used a backing sheet from the 'Wonderfully Weathered 3' set by Crafty Individuals.  This one toned in beautifully with the monochrome look.  Next was the really tricky bit.... trying to thread the black cotton through the swing and fixing it to the card.  Needless to say, I think that I need some new glasses.  I remember the days when threading a needle was dead easy but not now!  The fairy was stamped three times and layered up as I wanted the wings to look like butterfly wings.

Card number two was stamped and coloured and then I added some Flower Soft.  I've had this stuff for years and it rarely gets used but I thought that it would work well on the tree.  I used another backing paper from 'Wonderfully Weathered 3' and then coloured the fairy to match.

Okay, that's me done for another day.  Only one more sample to share from the shows at the beginning the month, so I'll see you all soon xx