I've used a Brusho off-cut from a previous project for the central area of this card. I used the Funky Fossil Designs "Mini Daschunds" stencil with Versafine Clair "Nocturne" black ink. I used the same ink to stamp the sentiments, which are part of the Funky Fossil "Happy Words" stamp set.
Saturday, 21 May 2022
For this card, I've used "Bundled Sage" and "Tea Dye" Distress Oxide Ink through the Funky Fossil Designs "Large Polka Dot" stencil.
I've used the Funky Fossil "Ferns" and the "Small Print 2" sentiment stamp set, both stamped in Versafine Clair "Morning Mist" grey ink. Finally, adding splatters of "Vintage Photo" Distress Oxide ink over the surface.
Friday, 20 May 2022
I've been playing with my Lavinia Stamps again today, making this card featuring the very majestic looking stag.
I used two pieces of masking tape to protect the edges of the area I would be working on. First I created the background using three shades of Distress Oxide Inks: Weathered Wood, Bundled Sage and Speckled Egg.
I've used two shades of Versafine Clair (Nocturne and Morning Mist) for stamping the following Lavinia Stamps: Stag, Foliage Set, Red Pine, Small Branch and Woodland Fern.
To create the misty look, I used a finger dabber with Hero Arts "Unicorn" white ink.
Thursday, 19 May 2022
This afternoon, I pulled a couple more Funky Fossil Designs stencils from my stash to play with making this simple card.
I masked off the edges of the card and used Versafine Clair "Warm Breeze" through the "Simply Stripes" stencil. Using Versafine Clair "Nocturne" black ink through the Funky Fossil "Meadow Flower Silhouette" stencil. I used the same ink for the sentiment, which is part of the Funky Fossil "Small Print" stamp set.
I was at a loose end this evening, so watched one of Eileen Godwin's tutorials, called "Abstract Circles". I have used different inks and different stamps but the idea is all Eileens.
I used three shades of Archival Inks for this card: Cornflower Blue, Sunflower and Poppy.
I used a retired Lavinia Stamp called "Floral Spray" and a sentiment from their "Heartfelt Verse" sentiment stamp set, stamped in Versafine Clair "Nocturne" black ink.
I have used "Victorian Velvet" Distress Oxide Ink to colour in the flower. also using a black and a white pen and Enamel Accents for the large black dots.
Wednesday, 18 May 2022
I decided to have a play with the Funky Fossil Designs "Blockade" stencil to see how I could use it other than filling the gaps with one colour.
I picked four shades of Distress Oxide Inks (Squeezed Lemonade, Wild Honey, Abandoned Coral and Candied Apple).
I used tape to hold the stencil in place, then used the lightest ink to fill in all the stencil gaps. I then lifter the stencil, rotated it by a quarter and used the next shade of ink. I did this four times till I had used the darkest shade.
To top the card, I used the Funky Fossil "Hello Sentiment" die and adhered over the top of the stencilled background.
This morning, I received a small order from Lavinia Stamps, as I needed a few bits and bobs, which included the "Stag" stamp, which I thought I had, but could not locate. I wasted no time in having a play session with the stamp making this card.
I've used a Brusho background from my stash as the base, adding areas of ink through the Lavinia Stamps "Posy Stencil".
I have stamped in various shades of Versafine Clair ink (Monarch, Nocturne and Acorn), using the following stamps:
- Small Branch
- Foliage Set
- Woodland Fern
- Red Pine
- Small Fairy Fir
I've used the Lavinia Stamps "Charming Stencil" with four shades of Distress Oxide Inks for the background colour (Antique Linen, Victorial Velvet, Tea Dye and Wild Honey).
I used Versafine Clair "Nocturne" and "Morning Mist" to stamp the details, using the following Lavinia Stamps:
Rory & Darcy Set
Fairy Hive Set
Mini Stars Pound Stamp
Heartfelt Verse Sentiment
Tuesday, 17 May 2022
This morning I have played with a Funky Fossil Designs stamp set and stencil to create this CAS card.
I used eight shades of Distress Oxide Inks( Squeezed Lemonade, Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, Saltwater Taffy, Abandoned Coral, Picked Raspberry, Festive Berries and Candied Apple), through the Funky Fossil Designs "Watercolour Lines" stencil.
I then used Versafine Clair "Nocturne" black ink with the Funky Fossil Designs "Love &" stamp set to stamp the words and heart.
For the background of this card I have used a background made from mopping up Distress Inks from previous projects. A real mish-mash of colours that I felt would likely only work with something black on it.
I decided to use the Sweet Poppy Stencil "Phoenix" (SP1-136) stencil with Versafine Clair 'Nocturne" black ink through the stencil, applied with a blending brush.
I used the same ink to stamp the Lavinia Stamps "Dream" sentiment, which is part of the "Inspire Me" stamp set. Finally adding a few splatters of black and white Posca Pen paint.
Monday, 16 May 2022
I've used the beautiful Lavinia Stamps "Zelith" stamp as the main feature of this card, along with an assortment of others at the base (Urchins, Marine Kelp, Foliage Set and Twisted Vine Set) stamped in Versafine Clair Inks.
In the background, I have used the "Lime Punch" and "Graphite" Elements Inks through the Lavinia "Coral" stencil. I have also used Posca and Gel Pens for extra detail.
Sunday, 15 May 2022
Thumbing through some of my backgrounds I have made previously, I came across one that caught my eye. I'd used Dylusion Spray Inks and as the sheet was quite large, I decided to cut it in half before I started this project. This is the half that I used, I then cut it down further to create a 4" square.
The colours of the sheet made me think of a night scene, so I went in that direction. Masking off a moon and filling the circle with white and light yellow Pan Pastels and then used Van Goch Pastel Pencils to add shading to the moon.
I then stamped part of the Lavinia Stamps "Creeping Vine" and then both the snails from the "Snail Set" in Versafine Clair 'Nocturne" black ink.
I then stamped the "Spring Trees" in Versafine Clair "Shady Lane" green ink. Next I stamped the foliage in the foreground, using the "Foliage Set" and the Woodland Fern" stamps.
I used a white Signo Pen, a gold shimmer gel pen and some Posca Pens for extra detail.
I made a quick and simple card this morning using two sizes of the Lavinia Stamps "Maple Leaf" stamps and one of the "Heartfelt Verse" sentiments.
Stamping is in Versafine Clair "Warm Breeze" ink in first and second generation stamping on a "Chrome Yellow" Archival Ink background.
I have used touches of a white and a metallic gold pen to highlight areas of the card.
Saturday, 14 May 2022
Today I have made three items using the same Sweet Poppy "Blissful" stencil. They are all quite different so I decided to show them all together.
The top left has a folk art feel where I've used a gel plate background.
The bottom left has a fresh clean and simple look to it, with stamping in Archival Inks.
For the tag on the right I have heat embossed both the stencil image and the sentiment.
Well I didn't tidy my desk away and after dinner, decided to use the Sweet Polly "Blissful" stencil again, this time heat embossing using Wow! Jealous Guy embossing powder.
I used the same embossing powder for the Waffle Flower "Happy Birthday" stamp from thier "Essential Sentiments" stamp set.
As the Sweet Poppy "Blissful" stencil was still out on my desk from the earlier project, I decided to use it again, this time making a CAS card - a total contrast from the previous one!
I used two shades of Archival Ink: "Prickly Pear" for the lighter shade and "Leaf Green" for the darker. I then used the remaining ink on the blending brush to give background colour on the leaf corner.
I used Versafine Clair "Nocturne" black ink for the "thinking of you" sentiment, which is part of the Waffle Flower "Essential Sentiments" stamp set.
Finally, I used "White Opal" Liquid Pearls to add extra detail to the foliage.
Up early this morning as I couldn't sleep, so had a play with Sweet Poppy Stencils making this card.
I found a gel plate background in my stash that I had made months ago, using Pan Pastels. I thought it had quite a rustic look to it, so I paired it with the Sweet Poppy Stencil called "Blissful" using Versafine Clair "Warm Breeze' Ink to give it a more folk art look.
Around the edge of the card, I used another Sweet Poppy Stencil called "Grid Plate" with the same ink.
I added splatters of white and black Posca Pens and then highlighted areas using a gold gel pen.
Friday, 13 May 2022
I've had a few days away in the caravan, so while the third load of washing is in the machine, doing its thing, I thought I would have a play with my Lavinia Stamps.
I found a small off cut of a Brusho background from a previous project. I stamped the Lavinia Stamps "Gaggle of Geese" and the "Just for you" sentiment (part of the Heartfelt Verse stamp set) in Versafine Clair "Nocturne" black ink.
I used "Warm Breeze" Versafine Clair ink around a moon mask and also around the edge of the inner area. Using a black pastel pencil, I created a reflection of the bank the geese stand on.
For the border, I used "Spiced Marmalade" Distress Oxide Inks through the Lavinia Stamps "Abstract" stencil/mask, then added splatters of the same ink.
Tuesday, 3 May 2022
Today, in total contrast to the black and white card I made yesterday, I have used a background from my stash with a whole rainbow of colours courtesy of Brushos.
I used the Lavinia Stamps "Tree of dreams" stamp as the main focal point, stamped in Versafine Clair 'Nocturne" black ink. While the ink was out, I stamped the sentiment "Once upon a dream" in the same ink.
I added a landscape and then foliage using "Purple Delight" and "Monarch" Versafine Clair Inks. I used the following Lavinia Stamps fro the foliage area:
- Berry Leaves
- Spanish Moss
- Foliage Set
- Silhouette Grass
Monday, 2 May 2022
I decided to create a monochrome scene using Versafine Clair "Noturne" black ink and "Morning Mist" grey ink. I also used pencils and a white gel pen.
I used the following Lavinia Stamps to create this scene:
- Cherry Blossom
- Cherry Blossom Tree
- The Crow Set
- Tree Scene
- Small Trees
- Woodland Fern
- Small Branch
- Foliage Set
Sunday, 1 May 2022
A simple birthday card featuring Lavinia Stamps.
I've used Versafine Clair "Monarch" and "Charming Pink to stamp the following Lavinia Stamps:
- Fairy Dandelions
- Lunar Buds
- Floral Set
- Heartfelt Verse
Saturday, 30 April 2022
I've been out and about today, so not really had a proper crafting session, but did make this card using a Penny Black "Distinctive 40-831" cling stamp, stamped in various shades of Memento Inks (Spring Pansy, Lulu Lavender, New Sprout and Pistachio).
Around the edge of the card I have used "Shabby Shutters" Distress Oxide Ink to pull the eye into the card.
I have used the Penny Black clear stamp set for the sentiment called "Not older, better 308-96", stamped in Versafine Clair "Purple Delight" Ink
Friday, 29 April 2022
More Lavinia Stamps today, this time using "Ariel" and "Moo the mouse".
I've used a Brusho background I prepared a while back. I have used three shades of Versafine Clair Inks: Warm Breeze, Blue Bell and Twilight to stamp the following list of Lavinia Stamps:
- Ariel (small)
- Minnie & Moo
- Red Pine (small)
- Foliage Set
- Fairy Wishes
Thursday, 28 April 2022
Today I received an order from Sweet Poppy Stencils, as I could not resist some of their new release products! It would have been rude not to have an immediate play, so I made this card.
I have used two shades of green Lavinia Elements Inks (Lime Punch and Olive) for the background of the maple leaf which is a Sweet Poppy Stencil SP6-125ML. Around the edge of the leaf, I have used "Confetti" Elements ink. While I had the "confetti" ink out, I used another Sweet Poppy Stencil, which is a small maple leaf, adding the detail around the edge of the card.
I then turned to stamping the leaf area. I used Lavinia Stamps "Bron" the fairy as the main feature. I also used the following Lavinia Stamps: Small Branch, Gyp, Bubbles, Berry Leaves and Foliage Set. All stamped in Verafine Clair Inks.
I further stamped the Lavinia Stamps "Maple Leaf" and their "Mini Maple Leaf" around the edge of the card in Versafine Clair "Chianti". Finally using Liquid Pearls, Posca Pens and gel pens to add extra detail.
Wednesday, 27 April 2022
I have continued to play with heat embossing on and off today. Here's another card from the session.
It's a simple card using the Lavinia Stamps "Elegance" stencil with Wow! Embossing "Sea Mist" Embossing Powder which I've heat set. It has a lovely sheen.
I've used the "Heartfelt Verse" sentiment, staped in Versafine Clair "Morning Mist" grey ink.
This morning, I have been heat embossing, creating this card. Unfortunately the sparkle doesn't really show very well in the photograph, so I took a little clip of it in the sunshine.
I've used three Lavinia Stamps for this card. "Heartfelf Verse" for the central sentiment. In the background I have used two Lavinia pound stamps, the "Mini Orbs" and the "Mini Dots".
I have used Wow! Embossin ink pad and "Rich Gold" embosing powder. I have also used a Papermania "Enchanted Gold" embossing powder, which gave a little sparkle to the central area of embossing on the blue section.
Tuesday, 26 April 2022
Today I wanted to craft, but my mind wouldn't settle on something to make. So I turned to the super talented Eileen Godwin for inspiration. Watching one of her recent "Me To You" Facebook tutorials. The background of this card, is my take on that tutorial.
To create the background I used four Elements inks: Russed Orange, Della Blue, Confetti and Sundance with the straight edge of a hill mask and one of the circle/moon masks.
I decided one of the circles would be the moon behind the fairy, so used some white and yellow Pan Pastels to lighten the circle. I then stamped the Lavinia Stamps "Woodland Sprite" fairy in Versafine Clair "Twilight" ink.
On the left hand side of the card, I used second generation stamping of Versafine Clair "Warm Breeze" to stamp the "Faerie Spells" script. I then used "Twilight" again to stamp the "Believe in magic" sentiment.
I used a white gel pen to add highlights to the fairy, then used a mini star stamp to create a twinkle starry look around the fairy, adding touches of "White Opal" Liquid Pearls to the middle of the stars and to create a circle around the moon.
Monday, 25 April 2022
Yesterday I had a card in my head that I wanted to make, however the one I ended up making has little resemblance to the one in my head. In fact I don't really like it, because it is too dark. I
So many times it has come close to ending up in the bin, but I decided to save and upload it.
I used Confetti Elements ink brayered on to the card, then used another Elements ink called "Violet Chalk" through the Lavinia Stamps "Pebbles" Stencil.
I stamped the Lavinia Stamps "Indra Moth" using Versafine Clair "Fantasia" purple ink, colouring areas with a white Signo Pen. Over the top of the stencilled area to the right of Indra, I used the Lavinia "Words Of Spring" stamp with Versafine Clair "Charming Pink" ink.
I added splatters of white and black Posca Pen and used "Watering Can" Archival Ink to make the lines in the bottom right corner. Finally Stamping the "Take Flight" sentiment, which is part of the Lavinia "Let your spirit take flight" stamp, also stamped in Fantasia.
Sunday, 24 April 2022
I've made a mystical magical and misty scene using an assortments of Lavinia Stamps for this card.
For the background, I have used a Brusho background I had made a few weeks ago, as it was quite dark, it had been sat unused till inspiration struck on how to use it.
First, I masked off an area to create a large moo, lighting the circle using Pan Pastels and Van Goch Pastel Pencils. Using Versafine Clair "Nocturne" black ink I stamped the "Dragon Stone Castle", the "Christmas Tree Group of trees" and the "Red Pine Trees".
For the mist area, I used a Hero Arts ink pad called "Unicorn". Then using the "Foliage Set" I stamped the foreground area using "Shady Lane" and "Nocturne" Versafine Clair inks. I added touches of colour and detail using Posca Pens and Gelly Pens.
I have made a quick card this morning using the Lavinia Stamps "Liberty" stamp, stamped in Versafine Clair "Morning Mist" grey ink and coloured with Distress Oxide inks I used "Peacock Feathers" Distress Oxide Ink through the Lavinia Stamps "Elegance Stencil".
The sentiment is part of a Woodware stamp set, called "Bon Voyage" which is also stamped in Versafine Clair "Morning Mist" ink.
Saturday, 23 April 2022
I've made this card for a rather competitive friend. I wonder if he will recognise why I have opted for this image for his card?
I have used the Funky Fossil Designs "Birthday Celebration Words Stencil" with Distress Oxide Inks for the background.
The central image from the Penny Black "You're Retro 30-239" clear stamp set, is stamped in Versafine Clair "Morning Mist" grey ink and coloured with Distress Oxide Inks applied with a brush. I have also used Posca Pens and Gelly Roll pens. The sentiments are from the same stamp set and is stamped in Versafine Clair "Blue Belle" ink.
I couldn't sleep last night, so was up early and made this card.
I used a Brusho Background I had created some time ago as the base of this card. I used the Lavinia Stamps "Silhouette Thistles" stamp, heat embossed using Wow! Clear ink pad and their Opaque Vanilla White Embossing Powder which I heat set.
Around the edge of the card, I used the following Lavinia Stamps (Maple Leaf, Foliage Set and Creeping Vine), with four colours of Versafine Clair Inks (Twilight, Blue Belle, Shady Lane and Nocturne).
I added extra detail with Posca Pens, Gel pens and Pastel Pencils.
Friday, 22 April 2022
I fell in love with a Sweet Poppy Stencil called "Oriental Cherry Blossom" so had to order it!. I came back from a few days away in the caravan and my order had been delivered, so as soon as the unpacking was done and the washing machine was on, I wasted no time in having a play.
I used a small Brusho paint background I had in my stash. Round the edges of the paint splatters I used another Sweet Poppy stencil called "Plaid Back Plate SP6-122" with two shades of Distress Inks: Squeezed Lemonade and Ripe Persimmon" this filled in the white areas.
I then lay the Sweet Poppu "Oriental Cherry Blossom" stencil down over the background and using a metal spreader with the Sweet Poppu "Glossy Red Stencil Paste" filled in the areas of the stencil. I then set it aside for an hour or two.
Once dry, I noticed that some of the paste had oozed under the stencil. I used a white gel pen to fill in the excess red areas. I used a white and a black Posca Pen to add splatters.
Finally, I used a Lawn Fawn "Hello" sentiment from their "Simply Sentiments" stamp set, stamped in Verafine Clair "Nocturne" black ink.
Sunday, 17 April 2022
This morning I should be cleaning the caravan, instead I've been faffing making this foliage card.
I used the "Sundance" Elements Ink brayered on to one half of the card so that the colour fades out to one side.
Using a selection of Versafine Clair inks (Shady Lane, Morning Mist, Acorn and Chianti), I stamped the foliage using the following Lavinia Stamps:
- Maple Leaf
- Small Branch
- Foliage Set
- Heartfelt Verse
Saturday, 16 April 2022
Another card that I'm not totally happy with. Maybe I have spent too long crafting this morning and it's time for a break.
I've used the Penny Black cling stamp called "Daffodil Dance 40-378" stamped in Versafine Clair ink and coloured with Derwent Inktense water colour pencils. Around the edge of the flowers, I have used a Funky Fossil stencil called "Micro Squares" with Distress Oxide ink.
The sentiment is by Personal Impressions and is part of their "All Year Round" stamp set and is stamped in Versafine Clair "Twilght" dark blue ink.
Following on from my post yesterday. You may recall I wasn't happy with the 18th Birthday card I had made. Today I have made another card which I am a lot happier with.
I used the same "Avery Elle" weigh lifting stamp, but this time used the Funky Fossil "Sunray Stencil" with "Candied Apple" Distress Oxide Ink to create the background, fading the colour out towards the edges.
I used a Lawn Fawn greeting from their "Simply Sentiments" stamp set, stamped in Versafine Clair "Nocturne" black ink. I coloured the figure with Posca Pens.
I then die cut the 18 in the image and also in a layer of black Funky Foam. I adhered the card and funky foam letters together then stuck them on to the card, so that the 18 is elevated out of the card, without it being too obvious.
This morning I have returned to my comfort zone of making a card using Lavinia Stamps.
I have used a background from my stash, made with Brusho paints. With stamping in Versafinen Clair "Twilight" dark blue ink.
I have used the following Lavinia Stamps:
- Woodland Sprite
- English Bluebell
- Heartfelt Verse
- Foliage Set
- Mini Stars
Friday, 15 April 2022
The son of our friends will be 18 soon, so I wanted to make a birthday card for him.
He is also training for a weight lifting competition, so I wanted to make the card themed to this, but it has proven easier said than done.
There is a definite lack of stamps which fit this theme. In the end, a crafting friend pointed me in the direction of a listing on Etsy for a discontinued stamp set by Avery Elle. The only problem is that it was in America. I bit the bullet and purchased it, at an extortionate postage cost and it arrived this week.
Now I have the stamp and know the size of it, I need to create the card and I am not in the mood for it at all. Here are two attempts. The one without the blue border was my draft, I then made what was to be the card to give, but I don't like it. It is too busy. So I need to make another one. I'll leave it for today and see if I have other ideas for it tomorrow.
I've used the Avery Elle stamp for the main figure, with the Visible Image stencil called "Time Tunnel" in the background.
Sarah over at Funky Fossil Designs is offering a 20% off discount code over the Easter period. All you need to do is quote "TREAT20" at checkout before midnight Tuesday 19th April to receive the discounted purchase price, which is also on already reduced items!
This morning I've had a quick play using the new Funky Fossil Designs "Architectural" clear stamp set., which I heat embossed using Wow! Clear Embossing ink and powder over Versafine Clair "Nocturne" black ink. I then used two shades of Brusho paint granules (Gamboge and Ost.Red), sprinkled over the image and then spritzed with water.
Once dry, around the edge I used the Funky Fossil "A7 Inky Grid" stamp with Versafine Clair "Morning Mist" grey ink. I splattered black and white paint from Posca Pens across the surface and added some dots of "Ruby Red" Liquid Pearls.
Well it is Good Friday, I have no idea where this year is disappearing to!
This morning I remembered an Easter stamp set I have in my stash, that rarely gets used, so decided to make an Easter card.
I have used the Hobby Art Ltd clear stamp set called "Spring Has Sprung CS121D". I have stamped the image and sentiment with Versafine Clair "Morning Mist" grey ink. I have used Distress Oxide Inks (Tatterered Rose, Weathered Wood, Scattered Straw, Tea Dye and Picked Raspberry), applied with a paint brush. I added extra detail using a white gel pen and a 2B pencil.
Thursday, 14 April 2022
More play today, this time using a Penny Black clear stamp set called "You're Retro 30-239".
I stamped the image in Versafine Clair "Morning Mist" grey ink, colouring with Distress Oxide Inks applied with a paint brush, adding extra detail using a white gel pen and a Posca Pen. Both sentiments are part of the same stamp set, stamped in Versafine Clair "Twilight" dark blue ink.
Something a little different from me today. I've used the new stamp set from Funky Fossil Designs called "Architectural". Stamped in Versafine Clair "Shady Lane" on a multi coloured Distress Oxide Ink background (Scattered Straw, Bundled Sage, Shabby Shutters, Stormy Sky, Victorian Velvet and Weathered Wood for the stripes). Finished with dots of Liquid Pearls.
Wednesday, 13 April 2022
Today, I have played with a new stamp set from Funky Fossil Designs called "Dreaming of Japan".
I especially liked the fish on this set, so it was an obvious choice to start making something with that stamp.
I started with a piece of dark blue card and used the Funky Fossil "Pebbles Stencil" with "Tumbled Glass" Distress Oxide Ink. I then die cut a circle shape from the card.
On a piece of white card, I stamped the fish three times using Versafine Clair "Morning Mist" grey ink. I coloured the fish using white, black and orange Posca Pens and then cut them out, sticking them on the circle background.
On a piece of white card, I used "Weathered Wood" Distress Oxide inks throughthe Funky Fossil "Fish Background" stencil. Then mounted the circle onto the white stencilled card.
In the bottom right hand corner of the card, I stamped "Good Luck" using Versafine Clair "Warm Breeze" ink. I then added small gold dots using a gel pen, between the pebbles on the blue background.
I've had a few days off crafting and I have missed it. I have a few ideas flying around my head at the moment, but before having a play session, I needed to get a couple of essential cards out of the way.
One card that needed to be made was a new home card for the parents of our friends, who have just down sized into a new build. A big step when you are getting on in years!
I have used a Hobby Art Ltd stamp from their "Spring Scenes CS091D" clear stamp set. Stamped in Versafine Clair "Morning Mist" grey ink and coloured with Distress Oxide inks applied with a paint brush.
The "Home" sentiment is part of a Papertrey Ink stamp set called "Wreath For All Seasons", which I have stamped in Versafine Clair "Blue Belle" ink.