Tuesday, 27 May 2014

do you clean your stencils?

Don't you just love to get parcels?  This stunning stamp, Butterfly Pattern by Stampendous, was amongst many goodies in my parcel this morning.

As soon as I saw it on The Stampman's website I knew it was one of those 'must have' stamps!!  It looks like it would sit well in the corner of a journal page or card, and it's full of tiny patterns that can be used in numerous ways.

The background is a mop up page from some more 'creative palette' play this morning.  I find I often like these papers more than my intended piece!  Amongst the stamps (yes, there were more!!) Jill had included some stencils for me to borrow.  She was a little concerned that she hadn't had time to clean them ..

... but I have to say, they look right at home!! (Mine are the ones on the left, Jill's the three on the right).

The colour in the photo above really isn't true but hopefully you get the idea.  It's one of the tags that I mentioned was waiting to be finished in my last but one post and has a 'creative palette' monoprinted background.  It uses two more of my very favourite new stamps, a gorgeous, gorgeous text stamp from the Stampendous stack art set 'Royal Heart Stack' and the beautiful 'cow parsley' by Jane Gill for Woodware.  And don't you just love 'found poetry'?

There are a couple more sneak peeks of my preparations for this weekend's Great British Craft Festival over on The StampMan blog if you'd like to look.  Please come and say hi if you are visiting the show.  It's at Bolton Arena, Horwich, BL6 6LB and starts both days at 10am.  You'll find us on stand 34A, opposite the seating area which I understand has a handy cafe pod!! 


  1. Like you Sarah I never clean my stencils, nor my Creative Palette, I just add another layer of ink or paint lol.
    Fabulous pieces.
    hugs Kimx

  2. Beautiful tag, what a gorgeous butterfly stamp that is.

  3. I felt a little ashamed at sending you those stencils as I had left them, very painty after our last show, seems that I am not alone at not cleaning them then! My biggest concern was that they had stuck together, but they parted very easily!!

    I'm loving your work with the Creative Palette, stamps and other stuff you have used Sarah :D I'm really excited about the show at the weekend, looking forward to meeting Sophie too xxx

  4. I try to clean my stencils because at the moment I mainly use paint, but they're by no means perfectly clean! Love that butterfly! Hope the show goes well.

  5. Gorgeous make, I think the stencils look lovely all coloured up like that. Elizabeth x

  6. beautiful Sarah and what a fab butterfly for the collection. wish I could come and see you at the w/e like you my stencils are disgusting - especially since I had the gelli plate.

  7. A lovely butterfly and as a result a lovely tag.
    See you soon.
    Hugs, Neet x

  8. Love these tags! As you know mine are sort of cleanish but only because I like to get every last bit of ink/paint into my journal or on to a piece of paper I can tear up! See you soon, bringing Em I think! Chrisx

  9. Wonderful! Love the mop ups and bet you had a great time today, demoing!

  10. Oh and yep, sorry - I do eventually clean my stencils... x


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