Thursday, 21 June 2018

DRAGONFLY

Hi all you gorgeous crafters out there, I was playing with some yupo paper, if you haven't used this stuff, it is a synthetic paper!!..yes I know!!..weird eh!!, but it is fab for using alcohol inks on, and if you really dont like what you do, you can just wipe it off or even run it under the tap and start again!!! how cool is that!!.
Anyway, like I said, yupo paper, alcohol inks, the dragonfly stamp from the BUTTERFLIES AND INSECTS stamp set.....which by the way, didn't stamp out exactly clearly, but I love that, it gives it an ethereal quality, so I rolled with it!!
Then I did my usual fave...recycled packaging,...free and fab!!. I scraped some embossing paste onto corrugated card, added someHARLEQUIN stenciling, spritzed it, then used it to layer my dragonfly on, then finished off with a sentiment from the FRAMED WORDS stamp set.


Hope to see you all at The Artistic Stamper "colour it blue" challenge.



Monday, 4 June 2018

The "C" word!!!

Yep.......It's that time of year!!!....The "C" word!!! ..All you crafters will know what I am on about!!!....."Christmas card making"!!. LOL...I can hear some of you saying that I am being a bit premature, and for a gal who if there was no last minute then nothing would get done!!!..I am pretty much organised, so yes, as the theme for this months challenge is BLUE over at THE ARTISTIC STAMPER, it was the perfect opportunity, so I have made a start on my Christmas cards. 


I am obsessed at the moment with my gelli plate, so that is the route that I decided to go down. I started off with a gel printed background, then made some "bauble" shapes with my small round gelli plate, then with several Artistic Stamper STENCILS & MASKS I did prints over the top, then using paint on the gel plate as a stamp pad, I stamped the SNOWFLAKES then finished off with the sentiment from the CHRISTMAS GREETINGS stamp set.
Has anyone else started on their Christmas cards???


Monday, 21 May 2018

A Tribute To Tracy Scott

Have you seen the new set of stamps released at THE ARTISTIC STAMPER?... a collection of background stamps designed by the amazing Tracy Scott, her work is so inspiring, vivid, and alive,  so I have made a tag in homage to Tracy's kinda style....lots of vibrant colour, I used the dylusions paint, and I have used one of her new background stamps too, you will find all eight of them HERE, I have used the background 6, I love love love it, I also used the dragonflies from the INSECTS AND BUTTERFLIES set, and the verse from the DRAGONFLY WORDS stamp. I hope you can join in the fun of this months background challenge, you can download your entry HERE.

Friday, 4 May 2018

Lepidopterist???

My hand is in the air..."Hello, my name is Jane and I have a butterfly stamp addiction!!"....so that makes me an environmentally friendly lepidopterist, I dont collect the real ones, and put them in glass cases, I just have an obsession for the rubber sort!!....along with other tiny obsessions of cardboard, circles, stencils..etc..lol. Anyway, This months challenge title is backgrounds, and as I have said previously, I have a huuuuge pile of them, but do I go to them when I need one...oh no...I go and make another pile!!!.
I made this card for The Artistic Stamper monthly challenge, where the subject is "backgrounds". hope to see you there.

Beautiful backgrounds

Hands up all of you who have a huuuuge pile of backgrounds that you have made, either gelli prints or stamped or stencilled, or any other technique, just waiting for the right project to use it on...!!!!....I thought so...sooo that's most of us then!!!....Well...you are in for a treat when you see the new stamps that The Artistic Stamper are launching, and here is a sneak peek of one of them that I have used to make the background for my card. I simply added a butterfly from the INSECTS AND BUTTERFLIES stamp set, then added a sentiment. Somebody stop me from using this background stamp....cos my pile is twice as high now!!!!!
So this months challenge is all about backgrounds, hope to see you HERE.

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.