Friday, 18 July 2014

"What you lookin' at?"



I love this little quasimoto, he just looks like he's looking directly at you and saying "What?" or "What are you looking at?"


I stood him on star flower, added a little funky striped leaf and the exclamation mark from cockatoo screech.

Friday, 11 July 2014

what is it about the white/kraft combo?


My fab friend Chris, of Pearshaped Crafting, shared a little notebook she'd covered earlier this week so whilst in the Trafford Centre last night (the local shopping Mall for my US and other overseas visitors!) I bobbed into Muji to get my own for only 60p!


I stamped mine with antique description and embossed it with fine detail white embossing powder before adding cockatoo screech and my own speech bubble.  This little A5 notebook is perfect for keeping in my handbag, just as Chris suggests :)  Thanks Chris!!

Stampotique stamps used

Friday, 27 June 2014

Happy Birthday!


My little girl was 17 this week and as she's just finished a dance show Hazel dancing was the perfect image!


I used one of my new stamps 'Baroque background' for the grass, and Janet's lovely clouds cover up all the black smudges I can't help but add to my cards!!!


A few sparkles in the daisies and I was happy with my card.  Sorry for the short post, it's sheer madness at work at the moment!


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Friday, 20 June 2014

simple pleasures

I'm back at work after my op and this is a majorly busy time in school so just a quick card from me today!!


The bicycle and bikeride text are both from Janet Klein's new collection.  Aren't they gorgeous?!


I added extra flowers to the basket (I hope Janet doesn't mind!) by stamping them on more card and cutting them out.  There's some sparkles in there too!


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Friday, 13 June 2014

Stampotique mail art


This week I joined in Roc Nicholas' mail art swap on Facebook.  I love using the inside of envelopes for the patterned paper but it really surprised me how much of my mail looks the same from the outside - there's hardly any variation in text!


I used one of the boring envelopes as a template, drew round it and added ink through lots of stencils.  I stamped 'dog' on the bits of the envelope that had text on and placed them in a row.  Roc's top tip before posting is to coat the envelope with gel medium to protect it.  I was very glad I did this as it was absolutely throwing it down when I went out to the post office.  However, it did pick up the blue dylusions ink and made the dogs slightly blue - oops!!


I enjoyed making the envelope so much I decided to make another.  This has some added extras and features over on the Stampotique Designers' blog today.

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Monday, 9 June 2014

beaded envelope with a sprinkle of fairy dust

This month's Lavinia Stamps Challenge is 'add some beads or gems' and since I usually add some kind of sparkle to any card I make using Tracey's gorgeous stamps I decided to add some beads.


I was originally going to make a card with a beaded edging but I enjoyed making my envelopes so much yesterday I made another and added beads for texture around the toadstool houses.


Starting with my gelli plate I laid the opened out envelope (my template) underneath so I could see the area I needed to ink, and to help image placement.


You can just about see the ink I brayered on and the stamped images.


I picked up the second lot of colour onto what will be the back of the envelope, then realised I'd done it all backwards so started again, turning the envelope template over under my gelli plate (I can now hear you all shouting at me but don't worry, I get there in the end!!).



Just as I lifted this second print I realised that the first one was fine, it's an envelope, it doesn't matter which side the flaps go to fasten it!!  Duh!!!  Never mind, I now have two lol.  I drew around the brown envelope, cut it and folded it and then forgot to take anymore step by step photos - sorry!!


 I stitched the beads onto the envelope before I attached it altogether (glad at least a tiny portion of my brain was working!!).  Love that bronze embossing powder I found in my drawer ;)


The toadstools were stamped onto the envelope in order to get the fine detail around them, but I stamped and coloured them again on separate card to give them more definition and to cover up the line created by stamping over the flap at the base of the envelope.


The envelope was looking a little empty so I made a tag with a sequinned flower (when I tried this on the envelope it was too much with the beads but I really liked the idea!!)


They don't show up well with the camera but the sequins are two shades of pink and orange.


 Still loving that bronze embossing powder!!


I think it still needs some more tags inside but I'm happy with what I've done so far.


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