My journey through crafting collecting goodies along the way x

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Lauren,Laurel, New York and the House of Zandra.

Hello here we are again and its not snowing outside today but wait that was rain and hail I just heard, oh well at least we will be inside for our classes and I don't intend to spend any length of time outside not until the weather sorts itself out and I really do hope that it will be soon as I must find time to get things organized out on the allotment but the demo days are coming thick and fast so its not going to be easy me thinks I could do with a clone or maybe a magic spell that would allow me to be in several places at once lol! Never going to happen darn it!
For now I will have to do my best and just get on with things............... OK lets get on with our cards for class, I have used a die set along with a stamp both from Creative Expressions, Lauren is the set of dies and Laurel Flourish is the stamp that works with the dies, I have teamed them up with New York Border die set and a set of flower stamps from my stash which come from The House of Zandra and I know that Louise won't have the stamps in stock but there is a really good alternative and that would be the very pretty printed flowers which are the same ones as the stamps I have used but on A4 sheets ready to cut out. These are in stock and also from the House of Zandra.
Card one is 8x8
I have used Crimson kiss Colour Cloud Blending Ink, Clear ink pad, White embossing powder, Menthol Starlights paint, a fine tip paint brush and Spectrum Noir EB2 alcohol pen (beige colour).
I have stamped the flowers and a rose leaf stamp and embossed on to white parchment.
Card 2 is 6x6,
I have stamped Laurel Flourish onto a dye cut panel with Weather Wood Distress Ink and added some diamond stickles to highlight. This time I stamped the flower on to parchment with clear ink and embossed with white twinkle WOW powder. The dye cut Lauren frame is layered on top of the stamped image. I have added a couple of die cut leaves and an embossed background.
OKAY this is where I show you the photo's but first I'm off to visit O2 and get them to fix my camera because this issue only began when I had the upgrade to Windows 10 so I'll be back soon with the pictures to show you fingers crossed x
So I'm back from O2 what a waste of time they didn't know anything so now I have an appointment with the O2 GURU and guess what he's not available until Friday at 3pm, joy of joys!!!!
I have taken a couple of photo's with my phone and although they're not very good I guess it's better than none so here goes.......

Hooray it worked this time.

8x8 square card

As you can see I have painted the flower using  a fine paint brush and a touch of Starlight paint.

The leaves have been coloured on the back with my Spectrum Noir Alcohol pen, a beige or sandstone like colour.

A selection of products I used to make both cards.

6x6 square card.

I have stamped the House of Zandra flowers onto Parchment for both cards.

The embossing folder is a Die'sire from Crafters Companion.

The leaves are a die from one of Sheena's Perfect Partners range, think it's the Country cottage Carnation.

Thank goodness that's worked see you soon

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Perfect Partners - by Sheena

Hi everyone, sorry I'm really late this week with my post only just recovering from the NEC last weekend. Had a really busy weekend and the journey there and back was a nightmare. I will cut the natter time down as we have a class tomorrow and I guess you would like some sort of clue as to what we will be doing.
Because I have had not much time to prepare I thought we would do something with one of Sheena's stamps and die range. I decided to use the Rose set so I have teamed it up with Antique Linen, Peeled Paint and Peacock Feathers Distress inks along with a touch of Renaissance gold gilding wax and some Stickles glitter glue. I have made a 6x6 card and kept it very plain and simple and another which is 8x8 but this time I have used much stronger colours.
Here are a couple of photos to give you an idea but they are not quite finished yet, like I said short and sweet.
Don't know why but I can't seem to add any photos to this post so I will try again later.

Monday, 14 March 2016

More Flowers -- Cone Flowers, well that's what Woodware call them.

Hello there, well it seems I have made it through the weekend and what a very long and busy weekend it was I'm absolutely cream cracked if you'll pardon the expression and didn't think I would get anything done in time for our classes this week but I have and I hope you will forgive me if they are a tad on the simple side but sometimes simple  is a good thing as it means that we can produce our cards in extra quick time when we really need to.
After having used the Whimsical Flower stamp last week I have continued with another stamp which is very similar and again brought to us by Woodware, it is quite a large image so you don't need to use much more  to create your card but you have many options on how you could use it. So I don't want to make things long winded as I need to get my act together cause this is going to be yet another hard working week for me as I'm in Birmingham as from Friday and will be demoing at the NEC with Sheena's new range Day of the Dead!! Think I might start to look a little frayed at the edges myself by then, well they do say no rest for the wicked but at least I will fit in with the theme of things and no doubt I will certainly feel done in by the time I have to drive home on Sunday evening...
Right enough moaning here is what I made with this stamp.............

A selection of goodies to create both of the cards I have made.

As you can see I have used my Distress inks to paint with mixed with a touch of my Clear Sparkle Pen, Black Versafine and Clear Embossing Powder, a fine tip paint brush.

I did use the Tonic Crystal Drops on the flowers on both cards.

Shaded Lilac
Dusty Concord
Seedless Preserve
Gathered Twigs

Card one is a 5x7"

The sentiment stamp is from the set we used last week,

Card two is a 6x6"

The background has been created with the Distress inks and Smoothies blending tools and a splash of water.
Before that I have stamped and embossed the image then painted over with Drawing Gum, thought we should give it another go as it's such a good technique especially when using these types of backgrounds.

I have painted the image with Pearl and Amethyst Starlight paints.

The flower in the foreground has been stamped and cut out then decoupage onto the front to give a little dimension. You can just about see the light catching the mica in the Starlight paint.

That's me finished for now I really do need to get my Day of the Dead in motion lol! Sounds like Voodoo to me, see you all soon.


Monday, 7 March 2016

Sally Anne - Whimsical Flower

Golly gosh!! nearly forgot about blogging for our classes this week, I'm tooo busy watching Sheena with the Day of The Dead as I will be demoing this very different unusual range in a couple of weeks at the NEC so I was trying to get the  feel of it and hope I don't hit a dead end lol!!!! It's very different that's for sure all about a day to celebrate loved ones that have passed away before us so hope I can do it justice, I won't be pulling a rabbit out of the hat for this demo, more like digging a skeleton out of the grave.......... we shall see.
Better move on before I jinx myself.
Sally Anne is a Whimsical Flower brought to us by Woodware, something else that pops out of the ground don't you know. Such a lovely image and quite substantial in size, here's what I came up with.....

Our first card is a 5x7.

I have stamped and embossed the flower with black Versafine and Clear Powder.

I coloured the image with my watercolor pens, you could use Distress inks, pencils or anything you choose.

I used my lime green Premarket to go around the edge of the flower panel.

The second card is 7x7.

Here you can see I have started the background for the second card, I stamped the image and embossed it then painted over it with Drawing Gum and allowed it to dry. When totally dry I used my Aqua pens and a wet flat ended paint brush to drag the colour across the panel.

When the paint has dried you can simply rub away the drawing gum leaving a plain white image on the coloured card, it gives you a resist effect and it makes this technique much easier than having to cut out a mask.

You just might be able to see I have added my clear Sparkle Pen over the flower which I coloured in the same way as the other flowers using a red, orange and yellow.

These colours are what I used on the 7x7 card.

You can choose any colours that you prefer to use.

One image stamped onto the background panel with the Gum removed.

One image stamped and cut out then coloured with the pens above and a fine tip paint brush.
I also used a craft knife to cut between the stem and leaves.

That's all for now see you soon x

Sorry the last photo seems a little blurry.