Wednesday, 4 April 2018

The Pigeon and the Statue!!

Hi there...Well the snow has gone...hopefully never to return, and it looks like spring is finally here...well there are reassuring signs when I look out of my kitchen window and see the sure signs of my plants starting to spring to life...yaaaaay!!.
Sooooo....for my first card for this months The Artistic Stamper April Challenge, which is "Birds and Bees", I thought I would make a card that would hopefully put a little smile to your face.........it made me kinda chuckle when I got the idea....or maybe I'm just a bit nuts!! lol,...anyway, when I saw the statues from the ARCHITECTURE stamp set, it reminded me of every statue you ever see....full of pigeon poop!!!...Hee Hee.
I love this quote..I think it is very apt!!!!..dont you?.
You will find details on how I made this card, and to join in the challenge HERE.


Wednesday, 21 March 2018

More Gelli Fun

 Hi Guys!!.. here is my next card for this months THE ARTISTIC STAMPER "stencils and masks" challenge...


If Like me, any of you have been following the fabulously talented Birgit Koopsen's 31 days of Gelli printing challenge, which is all about getting out your gelli plate and experimenting with different techniques, each day you are given a new subject to interpret as you wish, day 14 was all about tissue paper, so I got out my gelli plate and some tissue paper, and started making prints using the CHEVRON MASK, the LARGE SEQUIN WASTE MASK, the SMALL DOTS MASK, the HARLEQUIN MASK, and the ZIG ZAG MASK.


I then tore the pieces up into smaller pieces and glued them randomly onto my card...


Then I stencilled some glitter texture paste through the gorgeous DOG ROSE stencil, then added some cerne relief as an ouline, and finally I heat embossed the word "Beauty" taken from the NUDES stamp set. 
I hope to see you over at The Artistic Stamper.
 






 

Saturday, 3 March 2018

Stencils and Gelli's and Flowers..Oh my!!

Eeeeeekkk!!!...I was sooo happy when I found out that this months challenge over at The Artistic Stamper, is all about stencils!!!..I mean, who doesn't love using stencils, they are so versatile, I have trillions...(well..a bit of an exaggeration)..of them, so I combined my Artistic Stamper stencils and masks with my other love...the gelli plate!!!, boy oh boy, you can spend a whole day just throwing things on that fabulous lump of gelatine and always be surprised with the outcome. 




As usual, I forgot to take photos of the process of this card, but it started off as a gelli print similar to this one...using the A4 SWIRL MASK

I then brayered several colours of blue paint on the gelli plate, added the DOG ROSE STENCIL, and blotted the paint off from the cutouts so that it left the negative impression when I put the swirl gelli print back on the plate. I then went round the flower shapes with a charcoal pencil to accentuate it, then matted and layered onto a card base, waiting for the appropriate sentiment to add at a later date. I loved the end result and I am sure I will be doing many more. 



Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Big Red Flower

Hi Guys.  Well... I wonder how many of you had a nice Valentines Day!!!.. I got my usual bottle of champagne from my other half, I tell him not to get me flowers....I hate cut flowers, much prefer to see them growing in soil or a pot, anyway....I would much rather receive a bottle of bubbly, a bit of luxury now and then.....yummmm. 
We are still on with the "Roses are Red" challenge, so I was inspired to make this card using one of the huuuuuge flowers from the DOG ROSE A4 stencil. 

 

 I started by making a background using the GRID BACKGROUNDSEQUIN WASTE, and CALLIGRAPHY MAT 12 stamps, then spritzed with a few inks. I then  thickly applied some red paint through the large flower on one half of the A4 stencil, then heating it up with my heat gun til it bubbled to achieve some texture. The centre of the flower is done by using my newest addition to my craft stash... some pebeo vittrail and fantasy moon paints....oh my word...I'm in heaven playing with these beauts!!!. I then added a sentiment before matting and layering. 
There is still time to join in this fabulous challenge HERE

Sunday, 4 February 2018

TheYear Of The Woman

Hi Guys!!, Well my card for today is so simple but....crikey!!!... whoever said that  clean and simple cards are hard to do...were spot on!!!.... a week of thinking....twenty minutes of doing!!!


I kinda like it, but had to do several attempts before I was happy, I kept on throwing more things on it but it took your eye away from the fabulous woman stamp...taken from the NUDES stamp set, this is a fabulous set of stamps and includes the words too. 
The Artistic Stamper Challenge for this month is "RED", interpreting  it any way you choose, to join in just download your works of art HERE.. I look forward to seeing your makes.



Monday, 22 January 2018

The Dragonfly

Hi all you gorgeous crafty folk out there in blogging crafty heaven!!!. I'm here again to share one of my makes, that actually just happened!!!, I was just messing about with the circles from the DECAY JOURNAL PLATE, and thought hmmmmmmm..."yes I like that"...so I added the DRAGONFLY WORDS, then thought...ooops...I've not taken photos of each step, oh well...there is only the dragonfly from the INSECTS AND BUTTERFLIES stamp set, sooooo....no point taking photos now it's nearly finished!!!. Something tells me I'm gonna be making this mistake a lot, cos I rarely have a specific idea in mind, and when I do, it never actually works out, soooo....just a lot of playing around. Like I say to my friends, crafting for me is 99.9% faffing...and 0.1% card making!!!!
Anyway, I hope you like my card, I do love butterflies and dragonflies so something tells me I'm gonna be using this stamp set a lot. I'm really loving seeing your entries in The Artistic Stampers "Anything Goes" challenge, and I look forward to seeing more of your fabulous makes.  Have a good crafty day.


Thursday, 4 January 2018

Skeleton Leaves

The challenge at The Artistic Stamper this month is "Anything Goes", so I thought I would set on with a birthday card for my friend. I had a few lollipop sticks on my worktop, so I decided to use them.
I started by taping four of them together and then stenciled texture paste through the SMALL DOTS MASKthen I went on to spritz it with different inks. while that was drying I stamped and embossed one of the SKELETON LEAVES and made a little "friend" tag with one of the many words from the FRAMED WORDS stamp set.I then added these to the lolly stick mat,with a bit of raffia and then added this to a card front mop up....mopping up the excess ink from spritzing the lolly sticks, with a piece of card.


Monday, 1 January 2018

Happy New Year and Thank You


This months challenge over at The Artistic Stamper is an anything goes challenge, so I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to make some Thank You cards to give to the kind people who bought me gifts for Christmas.  
I started by making an A4 masterboard using paints, the SMALL DOTS MASK, the CALLIGRAPHY MAT 12, and the GRID BACKGROUND stamps.  



I then cut my masterboard up into little squares and stamped the small butterfly from the INSECTS AND BUTTERFLIES stamp set and a thank you sentiment to finish off. 



Happy New Year to each and every one of you and keeeeeeeep crafting!!!!

Thursday, 21 December 2017

Two for One

I made these two cards for The Artistic Stamper Blog, I didn't set out to make two but the second came about from the scraps from the first, so all's good....


here is the second...


For the details on how I made these...and a little story on my very obvious corrugated card obsession!!!!... it would be great if you hopped over to THE ARTISTIC STAMPER BLOGSPOT, and maybe join in their ongoing Christmas Challenge, it would be great to see you there. 


Monday, 4 December 2017

Happy Kissmas

Hi.  Well.. this is  my very first design team post for  The Artistic Stamper and for my first card I wanted to do a Christmas themed card with non traditional colours and to make use of a stamp that is not necessarily for Christmas. I have this Rodin's "The Kiss" statue on my fireplace... (obviously the small version!!) so when I saw that The Artistic Stamper had it in a stamp....I just fell in love with it, a versatile stamp that can be used for lots of occasions... ie... Valentines Day, Birthdays, Anniversaries, Weddings,....and now...... Christmas!!.



I started by inking up an old book page, then stencilled blue ink through the SMALL DOTS 6x6 mask, I then stamped and heat embossed the SNOWFLAKES, then on a separate piece of paper, stamped the THE KISScut it out, and along with the computer generated sentiment, added it to my card. 
I do hope you can join in this months challenge over at THE ARTISTIC STAMPER , where, of course, the challenge subject is Christmas. I look forward to seeing all you fabulous makes. 

Friday, 1 December 2017

We Three Kings

Well......the 1st of December, and the first post for me as a new ARTISTIC STAMPER design team member!!. I am so happy to be joining this talented team and looking forward to using their fabulous stamps.
There is a new challenge over on The Artistic Stamper Creative Team blog, and the subject is Christmas!!.


For my very first design team card I have started off with distressing a piece of sheet music...We Three Kings of Orient Are....apt, because I have used three of the crowns from the CROWNING GLORY stamp set, I stencilled some flake and glitter glue through a section of the A4 SWIRL MASK then added some gilding flakes, but then knocked it back with gesso. The sentiment is from the CHRISTMAS GREETINGS #2 stamp set, I then finished off with the computer generated Three Kings names and some sewing.
I do hope you will join in the Artistic Stamper Christmas Challenge, I look forward to seeing your creations.

Monday, 16 October 2017

Beautiful Life

I am combining two challenges this week, the MIXED MEDIA MONTHLY CHALLENGE has set a colour challenge, the colours really got me going because I already have the colour palette in my spray inks stash!!!, lovely almost fluorescent colours, and who doesn't love a rainbow type colour challenge!!











I have used the fabulous VISIBLE IMAGE  "sparkle in the rain" stamp set. I started the drippy background with my paints, then splattered the paints on a separate piece of card, then stamped the image with purple ink, cut it out, edged with the purple ink to make it stand out a bit more, then stuck it onto my background, the words "beautiful" and "life" are from other visible image quotes that I have paired together.