Monday, 13 October 2014

Relaxing Sunday afternoon

This is how I spent my Sunday afternoon, before heading out for something to eat.

 Well, I didn't want to get my fingers inky before going out now, did I? I had great fun using up a packet of air dry clay and lots of different moulds. I made some a while ago using ultra tick EP and my melt pot but decided to use up some air dry clay I bought ages ago for some project that never came to fruitition. I decided to give it a go and see how stable they were. The answer is very! They are ready now to be painted to match whatever project they end up on. Mind you, I will have to store them very carefully.

I have a more than a few mdf things waiting to get the "treatment". Such fun to be had. I just have another 8 or so packs or air dry clay to use up, then there is the clay that needs to be baked. Oh my! Why do I do it? Why didn't I just buy black and white and paint them? I know not why.

Anyway, It was a very relaxing way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

What do you think! Do you have a stash like this?

Bye for now,


Sunday, 12 October 2014

Lavinia Stamps challenge 10 - Autumn Colours

For this card I have used stamps I purchased recently at Port Sunlight, a great show for stampers, held twice yearly on the Wirral. Anyway, I digress. I stamped the plant images using tree branch archival ink. I then masked the moon and added spiced marmalade distress ink using a brush. Then I masked off the bottom portion for the land, and to ground the plants and used vintage photo distress ink, again with a brush. I removed the masks, then stamped the verse, again using tree branch archival ink, then I stamped the fairies using second generation vintage photo distress ink.

I coloured in the leaves and pods using brushos, then finally added a bit of glitter to the stars caused by the fairies wands touching. There is a bit of glitter on the top of each leaf and pod too! I think I got a bit carried away with the glitter!

That's all from me for today folks.

Thanks for stopping by. All comments gratefully received.

Bye for now


Clarity Stamp Challenge 20

I decided to go with a Winter theme thereby adding another Christmas card to the pile. I had great fun making this. I used a Clarity moon mask and tore paper to cover the bottom of my card. I added distress ink from the top of my card fading out as it got near the land area. I removed the moon mask then stamped the trees, firstly with an old, rather dried up black archival ink pad, then again with a new black archival ink pad.

I then worked on the bottom area, firstly stamping the three deer in place, using a mask so their feet would appear to be in the snow. Then I added ridges and shadow using the palest blue distress ink pad (I think it was stormy sky). Finally, using a glue pen I dotted snow in the sky and using fine white glitter, I then edged the ridges with the glue pen and added glitter all along the ridges. Finally, I dusted lightly around the edges of the card with blue distress ink then matted onto black cardstock.

So that's another Christmas card to add to the pile (not a very big pile I hasten to add).

I hope you like my card and welcome any feedback.

Bye for now.


A Sketch - Indigo Blu style

Challenge 20 in the Indigo Blu challenge blog this month is a sketch. so I decided to enter with a Christmas card with new stamps I bought recently.

I had great fun making this one. The main image is stamped with treee branch versafine ink then coloured with Country Cottage paints. the mat behind the main image is snowflake lace, stamped with copper Cottage paint which has been lightly misted. Once this was dry I over stamped with flitter glue and Autumn Blaze gilding flakes. The panel is then inked with old paper distress ink. The large mat is done in the same way but inked more lightly. I also used flitter glue and the same gildiong flakes around the edges of each mat. These were then mounted onto brown card, then matted onto a cream A5 card blank. Oh, and the red ribbon was added to the large mat. The main image is mounted using pinflair gel to raise it up a bit. Both mats are tucked behind the ribbon.

Finally, gems were added to the centre of some of the snow flakes. Nothing like a bit of bling at Christmas is there.

I hope you like my card and welcome feedback.

Bye for now.