Month: June 2014

A lovely Sunday #186

Evening everyone.  I’ve had a lovely Sunday today spending time with my lovely hubby as well as Molly (the dog) and Finlay (the cat).  We timed our walk with Molly perfectly this morning june29to catch a beautiful sunny start to the day.  We’ve had a busy day – so no time for crafting today – but I recently rediscovered an old creation that I’d forgotton about – so I thought I would share that with you today. (more…)

Cow Parsley on Pastel #185

June28It makes a change for me to have to work a little differently with my stamps.  I usually do a lot of stamping onto coloured backgrounds, which is all well and good, but I know that those of you who are not confident with stamping sometimes worry about as you are committed to getting a good image onto a painted background.

As I was able to stamp some of the new designs of Woodware stamps whilst Annette our demonstrator was in store on Saturday, I have lots of black on white card images I can play with.

If I went in with the mister backgrounds, it was going to mute the image, so I decided to play with it a different way.

I started by applying texture paste through my script mask (Mini Art Is) onto some white card.  Once dry I sprayed it with chalk cosmic shimmer misters – yellow, pink and purple.

June28aThe image I have used is the Woodware Cow Parsley stamp.  I darkened up my stamped image with a black fineliner so it was a proper dark black (If I had the stamp to hand I would have stamped and embossed it in black).  I spent some time cutting around the image and the greeting.  The advantage of this technique is if I had stamped my cow parsley and wasn’t happy with the quality of the image, I could restamp it as many times as I needed to, so ideal for the beginner stamper still learning how to stamp.

I mounted both onto my backing piece using silicone glue so it stood forward from the background.  A final black mount really sets off the contrast.

happy crafting



Shabby Decoupaged Key Cabinet #184

Key cabinetWe have had some lovely new wooden items arrive in the shop that are lovely to decorate with tissue paper decoupage or paint.  I just love these little key cabinets!  They’ll be on the website soon – but meanwhile you can call to order.

I started by adding a coat of gesso all over the cabinet so that I had a white neutral base to start from as I wanted to use very pale papers (if I was using dark papers, I would have worked straight onto the wood). (more…)

Green Teasels #182

green teaselsI love it when I get to use up scraps.  Last time I was using my brayer with my acrylic paints (I think when I made the heart panels) – I rolled the brayer onto some card to clean it and then once dry I put it into my card box.

Annette – our demonstrator on Saturday – was kind enough to let me stamp some of her stamps – so when I spotted this card in the box I thought it would be perfect to go with the teasels. (more…)

Folded Book Part One – #181

folded bookI’ve wanted to try my hand at altered books and folded books for some time.  I’ve been collecting books here and there on my travels and neatly storing them on the bookcase ready for a brave moment.  My reasons for not trying are two-fold (pardon the pun!). (more…)

The Craft Desk Challenge – Shabby Pink Tag #180

Shabby Pink tagPink….. Jane creating something is pastel  pink?  yes I know.. a bit out of character for someone who is pinkist like me!

….. why I hear you ask… well.. it was the craft desk challenge of course.  You can’t move from your desk, you have to create your project with what is around you.  Luckily, I set myself this challenge before I tidied up so I had lots to choose from!!!!!!!  So a quick rummage in my card scraps box and I found a piece of colour core pink card..mmmm fancy creating a tag…..mmmm how about some sanded polka dots.. yes.. starting to form a plan. (more…)

Beautiful Polka Dots #179

Beautiful Polka DotsMy friend had her birthday party today as a vintage tea party, so I wanted to make her a birthday card to match the theme.  I thought my lady stamp in the vintage 50s style dress would be perfect and I just had a fancy for colouring her in a black and white polka dot dress.

The stamp is from Creative Expressions called Pure Elegance.  I stamped and embossed her in black powder and then used my fineliner to draw little circles all over the skirt.  I coloured around the circles to give her the polka dot dress.  I used Promarkers to add some colour to her body and a little shading on her shawl and hat. (more…)

Butterfly Colour Blocks #178

June21Today’s project features some masking and inking.  I used sticky notes to create a wonky square on my card and applied Shaded Lilac Distress Ink into it with cut n dry foam.  I then formed the next shape and used Peacock Feathers and then the final square and used Scattered Straw.  I then outlined each of my wonky squares with a deliberately wibbly line.  I added a little extra detail at each of the corners and a border around the larger square to match. (more…)