Sunday, 27 July 2014

Happy 1st Birthday to our Grandson Stanley

Hello again.  It seems ages since I last blogged, but as many of you know already, I have recently started a new job, so that has been taking up a lot of my time.  I do have a couple of projects that I will be able to share with you over the coming weeks.  This card will be my entry for this months Claritystamp Challenge. 

Using the abstract squares stencil, I used my stencil brush with Tumbled Glass distress ink to create first a very delicate sky above the rainbow with some clouds added using a Clarity mask.  Below the rainbow, I made the sky a bit stronger and flicked some water at it, and blotted, to create some raindrops.  I blended Barn Door distress ink, Butterscotch and Stream Adirondacks, and finally Dusty Concord distress ink for the rainbow.  Lettuce Adirondack was used for the ground.

Ready for the stamping.  This was mainly done in Archival Black, with a little Watering Can Archival too.  The figure is taken from the Wheelie Men & Boys stencil, and I masked off the letters I needed from the Word Chains to spell out Stanley's name. 
Now to create the surprise.  I had already decided which squares I would use for my "windows"
To help position the photos accurately on the underneath layer, I traced round the outline of the squares before gluing the photos into position. 
The 2 layers were then stuck carefully together, the artwork edged in black and simply mounted onto an 8" x 8" white card blank.
I hope you like it.  It was certainly well received!  I'm hoping it won't be as long till next time.  Xxx

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Thank you cards

Hello again.  I've enjoyed a lovely weekend's crafting, and want to share a couple of thank you cards I've made using the Claritystamp garden heart, "kind hearts" verse and a sentiment from the word chains, along with the abstract squares and trellis stencils.

I used my stencil brushes to add colour through the abstract squares stencil.

Ready for the stamping.
I masked off each square in turn using post-its and stamped sections of the garden heart through the apertures. 
I wanted to add each line of the sentiment separately, so used post-its again to cover up the other lines of the verse when inking up the stamp.
All that was left to do was to colour in the design using my spectrum noir pencils.
I then made a smaller tag card with the same theme.  The only thing I did differently was to add a little embossing paste through the trellis stencil as well.
The finished cards.
I really enjoyed making these cards.  I hope you like them too.  Till next time.  Xxx

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Happy Anniversary to my Sister and Brother-in-law

This card has been made for a little while, but I am only just able to share it with you.  It is my own spin on one of Barbara Gray's projects.

It was very simple to make;  I brushed ink through the family tree stencil from Claritystamp, then added definition to the trunk and branches with promarkers.  I then cut out apertures, behind which I mounted some photos of Christine and Ian's wedding day.  I finished with a die-cut tag and Claritystamp word chain sentiment tied with a ribbon.  This was all simply matted onto some dark brown card. 
I hope it will bring back many special memories of their wedding day.  I certainly enjoyed making it.  If you have taken time to have a look, I would love to hear what you think.  Till next time.  Xxx