My Lovely Friends,

Friday 22 January 2021

 Hi guys, just popping by to let you know I have a new video tutorial on my channel on how I created the card below,

it may give you a laugh if nothing else!! Lol

Hi guys, I've done a tutorial on my youtube channel on how I created the Lavinia stamped card i made for my Sister's Birthday I showed you the other day ,
hope you enjoy, it may give you a laugh if nothing else, Lol x

Tuesday 19 January 2021

Happy Birthday Sis

 Hi guys, it's my Sisters Birthday today and for a change I created a card using a Lavinia stamp, stencil as well as a Sweet Poppy stamp which I treated myself too with some Xmas Money,

I did the card size 5" x 7" and using the fabulous Fairy Pods metal stencil by Sweet Poppy designs I added some fine Gesso through with a bit of foam, when dry I went over the top with lovely  Flora stencil by Lavinia stamps I brushed some distress ink through, making it appear more pronounced at the base going lighter as I went up the card,

I then created a moon effect by going around a circle mask lightly using the distress ink, I finished it off with some glitter added around and over the middle section to give a cloud effect,

I stamped the adorable Felicity Lavinia stamp over the base of the scene, simply adding some more glitter to the wings, beneath her as some grounding and a hint coming out of her hand, I also added some pearl dots too, the shine in real life shows alot more then on my photo's, duh!

  I made this card a little wintery looking as it was just like it outside when I created it, lol

Happy Crafting!!

Sunday 17 January 2021

What you can achieve

 Hi all, I thought I'd show you today a few different ways of using one stencil and one stamp set for different finished looking cards,

Janine has some gorgeous stencils and stamp sets to buy online in her shop The mad Scrapper, she does have a Bricks and Mortor shop too ( I love to visit this shop) but at the moment with Lockdown of course it's closed,

I used the fabulous stencil TCW stencil - Magnolia Blossoms and Gabi's Hibiscus Stampset either on their own or combined together with different media,

The first one is just an easy to make card using the stencil with distress inks through, this gives a lovely soft effect, as usual I will list all products below,

Another way to use the stencil is by using it with Finnabair Texture paste, this gives a lovely raised effect for a bit of added interest, I then used one of the stamps from the stamp set using the Ranger Archival ink pad in Pebble Beach,

Using another of the Magnolia's from the same stencil set I thought how this appeared a little like a water Lily, so for this one I first stencilled some Finnabair Modelling Paste through the stencil with the stencil the right way up, when fully dry place the stencil turned upside down so the flower appears reversed, to make this appear muted I stencilled through the stencil this time in Finnabair heavy Gesso in white, again let this dry, when totally dry I used some distress ink to create the water and sky effects,
On the base of the card I added one of the beautiful stamps off the stamp set,

For this card I again used some white Gesso through the Magnolia stencil, let it dry then went over the top with one colour of distress ink in Bundled Sage, I then stamped the Thinking of you stamp in the Ranger Archival ink in Pebble Beach, then take a piece of smooth cloth or something similar and add some water to make it slightly damp, (not wet) then use the cloth carefully over the Gesso'd flowers and it will reveal the flower underneath, as the gesso acts as a resist,

For the next card I stamped one of the flower stamps off the stamp set in the Memento London Fog doing the same with the text stamp, then I coloured the flower and leaves with some Copics from my stash,

On the card below I used the same Flower stamp using the Archival pad as mentioned before but this time I stamped it onto watercolour paper, I then coloured the flower and leaves with distress re-inkers, when dry I created a mask of the flower stamp and placed it over the top, then I placed the Magnolia stencil over the top and using a small amount of Gesso on a sponge I dabbed this through and created the look of some different flowers behind, let dry then go over the card with distress ink, I took some of the gesso off as mentioned above and left some showing more as in the middle bud,
Finishing off the card again with a sentiment stamp,

Last but not least is another card I creted using the same flower stamp, this time again coloured with my copics, but I added some distress ink around the edges of the card, leaving the centre lighter around the flower, I then took one of the Sentiment stamps and using a similar coloured ink pad from my stash I added the wording along one side of the card, simply stamping the whole of the stamp or only parts of the stamp to give variety,

I do hope I've given some inspiration on how just one stamp set and one stencil can be used in so many ways to create different looking finished projects, as of course these could also be used on other things.

Product list:

Finnabair texture paste / white Sand

Finnabair Heavy White gesso

Finnabair Modelling Paste

TCW Magnolia Stencil 6" x 6"

Gabi's Hibiscus Stampset

Ranger Archival Ink / Pebble Beach

Distress inks:

Speckled Egg

Broken China

Bundled Sage

Milled Lavender

Dusty Concord

Vintage Photo

Spun Sugar


Peeled Paint

Scattered Straw

Wild Honey

Happy Crafting!!

Friday 8 January 2021

Happy Birthday - may all your Fishes Come True

Hi guys, Happy New year to you all,

It feels like ages since I've done a blog post, but I've created a Birthday card for my Son and thought I'd show you,  

I usually have bought some stuff to make his cards from the local craft shop but seeing as we are in lockdown that wasn't possible, so I went in the search of my stash!!

He's a total fishing nut so I had some things to make one,!!! lol

I'm loving using stencils to make scenes with too at the minute so I had this bullrushes  stencil in my stock, had it forever and sorry don't know who's make it is, anyway I used a fine coating of white Gesso through it to give a muted look, when dry I went over the back of the card with distress inks in Speckled Egg and Broken China and Antique Linen,

The stamps were by Inkilicious Bullrush 2 which I stamped in Rich Cocoa memento ink, then I used Gone Fishing Stamps in Versafine Clair - Nocturne for the fisherman and stone effect,

The fish I stamped Archival ink - Watering Can so it appeared lighter to appear fighting in the water, hence why it's upside down and I just drew the line to look that way too,

Happy Crafting!!