Saturday, 17 August 2013

All Creatures Great & Small...

Clarity card challenge this month is animals. So I set about creating a card that I could enter. Here it is, I hope you like it.

I first started with a grid card, but I just couldn't come up with a background I was happy with.

I always find finishing a card the hardest, I loved what Barbara did on the letter set lesson where she wrote a message and inserted a card. So I looked up a few quotes and settled on " All Creatures Great & Small" once I had that done I had to figure out what I would use as the centre piece. That's when I decided to use the stamp stamps.
For the background I used the spice rainbow pad and cranberry.

Then I had to add something to just complete it, so I turned to guilding flakes, I love these.

Monday, 12 August 2013

Lavinia: at the stroke of midnight a magical door appears.

Hello Everyone,

I haven't been blogging for quiet a while, amazing how time just slips by. I have been following the various challenges, and I have finally managed to make another card for the Lavinia Challenge. So here it is. I hope you like it.

The inspiration for this card is from the Lavinia 2nd and 3rd DVD. My favourite colours are blues and greens, so for this card I have mainly used, Blue and Purple Adirondack inkpads, and the Onxy black versa fine for stamping of the images. I also used part of the Fairy Words Stamp, which I inked up with the versa mark pen, to just highlight the words I wanted to use and then brushed with the mica powders.

I love the Door stamp and the little fairies so my card is the idea of a magic door appearing only at midnight.

Back to Lavinia Blog

Sunday, 12 May 2013

Clarity Pattern Building.... with a difference

Usually when someone mentions Pattern Building in relation to Clarity.. I think Clever corners... but while I was creating this months ATC.... Texture, which I will post a pic of once I give it to Barbara! I made some of my own paper.... using Clairty stamps from the Remountable Haberdashery Set

And here is what I came up with.

Oh I also got some inspiration from Maria Simms Clairty Take 2 show. The Cool masking technique.

So I stamped the buttons first, then I masked them off and stamped over them with the dotty patch. I used adirondack inkpads Denium, and Meadow.

On this Paper I used the lettuce adirondack inkpad.

Ooops has it really been a month!

Hi Everyone, gosh I can't believe its been a month since I last posted something, its been a bit crazy the last while. So what have I been up to! Well i just created two of the Clarity samples from Aprils New Designs Stamps... the Bird Cage. I must say I really do love Clarity's Stamps, and with all the techniques that Barbara shares, it just makes them extra special, don't you think?

So the first card, that I made a stab as is the Guilding Flakes Two-Tone:

I made it as per Barbara's Project sheet, except that I used Autumn Guilding Flakes and for the center of the card, I added gold and white perfect pearls. Then I mounted it onto Black Clarity Card.

For the Leafy Swirl in Blue, I followed Barbara's project sheet but I did add some stamps from the Bird Cage Lesson, in Black Archival. I then added an outline around the outside using a promarker.

The other reason for doing these cards was to get some practice in before I head of to the Clarity Retreat in Cowden in two weeks.... wahoooooo I cannot wait... gotta go get some more practice in ;-) I will post more  on Cowden!!

Saturday, 6 April 2013

Lesson 15 In the Classroom

Have you heard of In the Classroom with Barbara Gray? I hope so you have, but just in case, every first sat of the month, Barbara Gray has a 2 hour lesson, where you can craft along with her. After you have finished your masterpiece, you'll find out whats the next lessons kit and everything you'll need. Its so enjoyable, and I have always been so happy with any of the pieces I've created. Here is this months lesson.

Clarity Stamps Lesson 15
If you missed the classroom show today, don't worry it will be added to the clarity site soon

Follow lesson 15

All the previous lessons are there too... hope you find something you like.

Or keep up with all the clarity news on the Clarity Challenge Blogspot....
Clarity's Blog.

Right I'm off to do some homework for next month. Back soon xx Happy Crafting.

Sunday, 31 March 2013

Happy Easter....

Happy Easter everyone, I hope the Easter bunnie left lots of chocolate, he certainly didn't forget our house!!! Lily & David are downstairs now snacking on chocolate and making dinner out of playdoh. I probably should mention lily is 4.

Weather outside is lovely, it's not raining or snowing. Must go for a walk later. Well hope you are all well this morning, enjoy your Easter Sunday wherever you are and what ever you're doing. Hope it's with your loved ones :-)

Saturday, 30 March 2013

Spring.... Really

Godness gracious what is the weather doing. Woke up this week to snow and its freezing...but thankfully the sun has come out now, so fingers crossed its here to stay...

Well I did get some crafting done this week... There are a lot of family and friends birthdays this week. Plus there will be new challenges and of course the clarity ATCs

Clarity all along the byway
I distressed the edges and then stamped the dandelions in imperial blue, and then 2nd gen inked them around the edges. To give the effect of the pollen floating away I used liquid pearls white opal. 

Friday, 15 March 2013

Inspiring March....Clarity ATC

Never Mind, March

Never mind, March, we know
When you blow
You’re not really mad
Or angry, or bad;
You’re only blowing the winter away
To get the world ready for April and May.

Found this poem on the net, but not sure who wrote it. So the theme for march was inpiration. Hmmmm how do you capture that on 2.5" x 3.5" 

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Fairy tales & Castles..

Hi everyone, can you believe how cold it is.... Brrrrrrr it's march hopefully the weather gets warmer soon. Are you all set for St. Patricks Day? It's lovely to see all the green, and the shamrock is
 out and always looks lovely. So here is my entry for the Lavinia Challenge. Hope you like it.

I started off with the leaves and then I stamped the castle. Then I added in the hills under the castle. I used the tree stamp to add some grass tuffets. Then I matted and layered the card onto pink and purple papers. Then I added some candidate and a craftwork card flower. 

Thursday, 7 March 2013

Mother's Day - March 10th

For all the Mum's out there, here are two cards I've made, one for my Mum and one for my hubby's Mum.

for David's Mum

Variation on a theme for both cards! The lily was made using Tonic Studios, Lily Die and Card, really nice to use and so easy to put together but i love the look of these. For my Mums card I used the Brambly Rose Fabric Stamp Set from Rubber Stamp Tapestry on the square mat. Then I used one of Tonic Studios circle dies to make the Mother's day Embellishment. And I finished it off with a torn strip of card and some card candi. On David's Mums card I used a Green square card background and on the circle tonic studio die cut i stamped the brambly rose on to it. And of course i had to add some glitter :-)

for my Mum

Pinch punch 1st of the month... Claritystamps first challenge

Ok so I know it has been a while, but here is my entry for the clarity stamp blog challenge. Anything goes. I started off using the joy to the world stamp... But the card just didn't work out as I had hoped it would so after a while of looking at a blank page I ended up with this.

First of all I started with the message scroll, I stamped this in place and then masked it off. Then, I masked off the frame and stamped the tree in black onxy (versa fine ink) and coloured it in using promarkers.
For the grass & sky i used a brayer to build up some layers. The moon mask was put in after I stamped the tree but before i brayered (is that even a word... but you know what i mean) the sky.

Using the ornate clever corner i stamped to create an ornate frame, stamping in the ink on the splodgemat used for the grass and the sky. I absolutely love using flitterglu from Indigo Blu so used this around the edge and the green background card.

To finish it off I matted and layered on to White card (with a green promarker edged finish) and then onto a Green card which I had added some guilding flakes to. There is also the image of the Large Pear Tree stamped on the green card and covered in Mica powders.

Stamps Used:
Large Pear Tree
Ornate Corner
Artist Set
To the World... (love this message)

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

First blog...

So blogging.. Here we go. Well I'm 36 and ,I've in Dublin with my hubby and little girl. I work in Lenovo and I love crafting. This started in 2005 when I went to get my boyfriend a Valentines card but didn't like any cards in the shop, so i went into Inspiring Ideas to get some ideas and they where showing how to make cards and as they say the rest is history. I love using Clarity stamps, Lavinia stamps & rubber stamp tapestry peg stamps. I've also started using tonic studio products.

Quick wee post today, I spent Saturday making Craftwork Card flowers, must say I love their wreaths, I did make a wreath card for my sister in laws birthday and I was really happy with how it turned out. I then used the Tonic punches to finish off the edges. I couldn't resist adding some peel off dots and boarders.
This was my first attempt but i have watched some you tube videos since on creating the flowers and Craftwork Cards own videos and found these a great help.

Here are the flowers I created at the weekend.

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

February ATC - Love

Are any of you part of an ATC group? I joined one last August and I didn't really know what to expect. But I love it. Each month we all make an ATC for a specific Theme. Then you send it to the next person on the list and so on each month. Its great to have a challenge to work to each month, and so lovely to receive an ATC each month. The interpretation of the themes are amazing. So here is the one I did for February.

So i decided to try something different and have  a note over a background style. I used Clarity birdcage stampset for the background and I used a colourbox chalk pink ink to add some colour. On the note I used the Loved you yesterday... sentiment, which I love and the small balloon stamp and tree stamp.

Saturday, 9 February 2013

Pan Pastels...

..did my best to resist, but after watching lots of demos at the NEC I caved. I bought a set from amazon and just managed to start using them this evening. I love them. I'm converted they are so nice to work with, extremely easy to blend with, much easier than inks. So you will see attached my first attempt.

Thursday, 24 January 2013

Special Occasions

Hi Everyone, This post actually started off this morning, but its past my bed time but can't resist posting another post.. it really is addictive! Here are some more of my cards, please
bear with me as I figure out the layout of these posts.

Wedding Card:  The framed wedding card is made with the Clarity Carriage Stamp and
Cherry Blossoms Stamps. But I have since done a workshop on
how to created the book cards, so I will be re creating this card as I love this style.

Wedding Card: This card was made for my cousin's wedding last 
August, I used the Clarity Church 
& ATC Trees to create this card.

Special Birthday Card for a very good Sister in Law. I used the 
Sliver Birch Stamp and the wild poppies stamp from Clairty to create 
this card. I actually coloured in the Silver Birch using Twinkling H2Os - nutmeg

Well I think i had better head to bed, work work (as I call it my actual paid job) tomorrow. Night All xx