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February 22, 2017

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Details for my “Africa” card making classes Sunday 5th March are now up on my blog. It is less than a fortnight away! So sorry for the short notice but have just returned from overseas, where my wi-fi connections were unreliable.

John and I went to the US – Honolulu, Miami, then a cruise around the Caribbean. I had to include this photo of us all dressed up – not John’s normal mode of dress, and he wasn’t very happy about having to cart a suit half way round the world for the formal evenings on the ship, I can tell you. I must say he was very patient traipsing the streets of Honolulu in search of stamp shops though. I did actually manage to find a few to add to my burgeoning collection.                     IMG-20170218-WA000120170214_110611

20170221_08425420170221_181416No matter where I roam, it’s always good to come home.

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Floral Rainbow

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February 21, 2017

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stamps: Poppy Background & Messages of Wisdom by Hero Arts

inks: Jet Black  & Sepia Archival Pads; Calypso Teal, Lemon Zest, Orange Squeeze & Crushed Grape Dylusion Ink Sprays

papers: White Matt card; Teal Prismatic & Marigold Bazzill Cards

accessories: Elegant Frames  SD050 by Wild Rose Studio; Buttercup & Pale Blue Liquid Pearls; Colour Pencils

adhesives: Liquid Glue; Two-sided Tape

tools: Big Shot Machine; Sponge Block; Water Spritzer

INSTRUCTIONS: similar to previous post.

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Colourful Floral Background

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February 1, 2017

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20170120_133449stamps: Large Blossom by Hero Arts; Mini Frame 850647 by Prima; 3 Wishes 3318B by Stamp-it

inks: Jet Black Archival Pad; Clear Embossing Pad; Wild Honey, Peacock Feathers and Seedless Preserves Distress Stain Sprays

papers: White Matt Card; Raven & Pickle Bazzill Cards; Orange Prismatic Card

accessories: Gold Embossing Powder; Gold Fab Foil; Gold Stickles; Colour Pencils

adhesives: Sailor Glue Pen; Two-sided Tape; Magic Mount

tools: Water Spritzer; Acrylic Block; Heatgun

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Lightly spritz white card with water, then spray Distress inks over until covered to your satisfaction. 20170119_121811
  2. Place Hero Arts floral cling stamp onto acrylic block, ink up with black archival ink and stamp over sprayed card. In this stamp, the background is solid so will be the colour of your ink (black) and the flowers are open, so they will be the colour of your paper (which is now multi-coloured).
  3. Use colour pencils to add definition and highlights to your flowers. Cut stamp out. Run Sailor Glue pen around perimeter and set aside to dry.
  4. When glue around perimeter is dry (goes on blue, dries clear), gently lay gold Fab Foil sheet over (gold side facing up), press with fingertips, then lift off. The gold colour should be left behind wherever you placed the glue.
  5. Add gold Stickles to center of flowers. Set aside to dry. 20170120_133540
  6. Matt finished card front onto green card, then orange, then folded black backing card.
  7. Mask off ‘Best Wishes’ wording at bottom of stamp (there are 3 wording choices on stamp). Ink up with black ink and stamp onto scrap of white card. Ink up frame with clear embossing ink and stamp over wording. Emboss frame with gold embossing powder. Heatset with Heatgun. Cut out frame and Magic Mount into position.
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Fashionista

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January 26, 2017

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20170121_171145This mannequin stamp is perfect for using up all those small scraps of paper you may have lying about. Too pretty to throw out, but too small to be much use for anything. These came from the front cover of a Basic Grey paper pack so all co-ordinate. But otherwise I store my cut papers in drawers by colour, so it’s easy to find scraps of paper with complimentary patterns and similar tonal values that I can use successfully together on a card.

stamps: Mannequins 3281F and Tiny Birthday 4092C by Stamp-it

inks: Jet Black, Coffee and Sepia Archival Pads

papers: Ivory Matt Card; Aqua & Adobe Bazzill Cards; Pink Corrugated Card; Romani Basic Grey Paper

accessories: Ideology Coat Hanger Paperclips; Silver Stickles; Liquid Pearls

adhesives: Two-sided Tape; Magic Mount

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Joy Blossoms

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January 19, 2017

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20170119_105101stamps: Rose 144147 by Crafter’s Companion; Joy Blossoms 3066F by Penny Black

inks: Old Paper, Antique Linen & Spun Sugar Distress Stain Sprays; Jet Black & Sepia Archival Pads; Pebble Adirondack Pad

papers: White Matt Card; Gecko, Reed & Sherbert Bazzill Cards

accessories: Crystal Glitter; Colour Pencils; Metallic Chalks; Pink Funky Fibre

adhesives: Two-sided Tape; Glossy Accents

tools: Paint Brush; Sponge Block; Water Spritzer; Heatgun (optional)

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  1. Spritz white card with Distress sprays till covered to your satisfaciton. Dry with heatgun.
  2. Stamp fairy onto coloured card with black archival ink. Colour in with pencils. Sponge around edge of card with sepia ink.
  3. Stamp wording using Pebble pad (this is a brown ink leaning towards the green tones).
  4. Add highlights to rose with metallic chalks.
  5. Smear Glossy Accents over fairy wings using a paintbrush. Sprinkle glitter over while still wet.
  6. Wrap fluffy pink cord around top twice and bottom once, securing at back with tape. Attach finished card front onto darker green card, then lighter one. Adhere to yellow folded backing card.
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Blue Sky at Night

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December 18, 2016

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stamps: Winter Trees SKU 3×505521 by Deep Red; Joy Trio 3063B by Stamp-it

inks: Jet Black Archival Pad; Midnight & London Blue Dylusions Sprays; Silver Alcohol Ink

papers: Watercolour Paper; Mediterranean & Teal Bazzill Cards

accessories: Silver Cord

adhesives: Two-sided Tape; Magic Mount

tools: Notched Corner Punch; Water Spritzer; Clear Film stencil frame; Scalpel;(clean) pizza box; Heatgun; Acrylic block

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Cut a rectangular hole in piece of clear film to fit over watercolour paper. This is to provide a stencil for when you spray the inks onto the watercolour paper, so that the colour stays within that rough area and don’t cover the whole paper. I wanted the edges to remain white.
  2. Spraying inks can be a bit messy, so I use an old pizza box (clean of course). Line with newspaper to soak up the excess ink (change the paper regularly). Then I put some white paper over newspaper in case the ink from the newspaper should transfer onto my work.
  3. Lay watercolour paper in box, cover with clear stencil, making sure it is lined up so there is equal amount of border coverage on all sides. Spritz watercolour paper with water, then blue inks. I didn’t want the ink edges to be straight, but try to ensure the inks don’t bleed under the frame too much. (Have a wet paint brush and some paper towel on hand to mop up and dilute stains if this happens). When happy with coverage – dry with heatgun or set aside to dry naturally.
  4. Stamp trees onto card with black ink.
  5. Squirt some Silver Alcohol ink onto acrylic block and pick up with old toothbrush. Hold over card and run your thumb along toothbrush bristles to create splatter effect across card. Hopefully this will resemble stars in the night sky:)
  6. Stamp peace wording only (from trio of options) onto scrap of card in black ink. Cut to desired size and edge with black ink. Magic Mount onto card.
  7. Using Punch, cut notches out of the corners of the card. Secure a piece of silver cord to the back of card and wind the cord through and around each notch to form frame.
  8. Using two-sided tape, adhere card front to teal matting, then darker blue folded card.
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Silence of the Stars

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December 12, 2016

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20161013_160905A simple card with an Aussie feel,  in a calming blue and white colour palette. My original intention was to form the stars into the shape of the Southern Cross, but my stars were too large:(

 

 

 

 

stamps: Grass Tree Christmas 4909E and Christmas Mini 3044B both by Stamp-it

inks: Clear Versamark Pad; Prussian Blue and Peacock Color Box Pads

papers: White Matt Card; Lakeshore Bazzill Card

accessories: White Embossing Powder ; Ribbon; Silver Stickles

adhesives: Two-sided Tape; Tombo Liquid Glue

tools: Star Punch; Scissors; Heatgun; Sponging Block

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Stamp grass trees with clear pad and emboss in white. Sponge over image with blue inks, blending from dark to light with the aid of a sponging block. Rub a clean tissue over when done to ensure there is no ink sitting on top of the embossing that may smudge later.
  2. Cut out 5 stars in white using small punch. Glue into place. Smear with silver Stickles and set aside to dry.20161013_150644
  3. Tear edge of piece of white card to roughly fit the ground shape under grass trees. Wrap thin blue ribbon around twice and secure at back with tape. Fix this card into place at bottom of sponged card. Silver emboss tiny Christmas wording onto scrap of white card. Cut into tag shape and glue into place where ribbon intersects with itself. Tie tiny bow with leftover ribbon and glue at apex of tag.
  4. With two-sided tape, attach finished card front onto matting of Lakeshore card, then folded white backing card. 20161013_15303620161013_160844
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Frosted Bunnies

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December 7, 2016

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20161019_193453stamps: Robin’s Kingdom 30-056 by Penny Black

inks: Jet Black Archival Pad; Peacock & Prussian Blue Color Box Pads

papers: White Matt Card: Silver Foil Board

accessories: Branches & Snowflake Embossing Folder siz657251; Sketchbook Peace 99236 Memory Box die; Polysparkle Embossing Powder; Texters

adhesives: Two-sided Tape; Magic Mount; Tombo Liquid Glue

tools: Heatgun; Big Shot Machine; Scissors

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Open up the embossing folder and run the blue ink pads over the flatter side, starting with the lighter colour and blending into the darker blue. Place your white card inside, close the folder and run through Big Shot as normal. When you pull the card out, the background should be blue and the foreground (snowflakes) should be raised and the original white card colour. Pour over the polysparkle embossing powder while inks are still wet, then heatset. (Note: Polysparkle is a clear embossing powder, with a subtle sparkle through it). Attach to white folded backing card with two-sided tape.
  2. Stamp rabbits onto scrap of white card, colour in as desired, then cut out. Magic Mount these onto piece of white card.
  3. Cut out “Peace” wording die in silver foil board. Use liquid Glue to affix to top of white card above rabbits. Position off center on main card and secure with two-sided tape.

 

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Christmas Cat

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November 30, 2016

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20161031_165047stamps: Witches Cat by Lavinia Stamps; Bauble Brush 3876F by Stamp-it: Ornate Border by – unknown

inks: Jet Black & Cobalt Archival Pads; Silver Delicata Pad; Weathered Wood, Tumbled Glass & Stormy Sky Distress Stain/Sprays

papers: White Matt Card; Silver Foil Board; Jetstream & Typhoon Bazzill Cards; scraps of blue pattern paper

accessories: Precious Ornaments 98724 die by Memory Box; Silver Fab Foil; Opal Liquid Pearls

adhesives: Two-sided Tape; Tombo Liquid Glue: Sailor Glue Pen

tools: Big Shot machine; Fern Leaf Punch; Water Spritzer; Heatgun; Flat Paintbrush

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Spray white card lightly with water, then the Distress inks, using a flat paintbrush to spread the inks to completely cover the white card. I directed the darker blue ink towards the bottom 1/3 of the card. Dry with a heatgun or set aside to dry naturally.20161030_165213
  2. Stamp out the border image in black along the bottom part of card. Sit the cat on top of border at right. Stamp Bauble Brush image along top of card in blue ink.
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  4. 20161031_160631Punch out 5-6 fern leaves in blue card.
  5. Cut out smaller Bauble from Memory Box die set in silver foil board. Cut out 2 x bauble parts only in blue pattern paper.Glue patterned paper over silver baubles.
  6. 20161031_160742Smudge some silver ink on tips of blue fern leaves. Arrange them across the top of the card over stamped blue image and glue into place. 20161031_162621Position baubles hanging down from them. Dot white Opal Liquid Pearls randomly over leaves.
  7. With a Sailor Glue pen, highlight small areas of the black border pattern at bottom. When the glue has gone clear (it comes out blue) lay silver Fab Foil across glued areas, gently press with fingertips, then lift off.20161031_163912
  8. Matt card onto layer of silver foil board, then light blue card20161031_165012, then folded blue backing card.
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Peaceful Fairy

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November 26, 2016

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Summer has arrived with a vengeance! What a day to pick to have my clearance sale – the garage was sweltering. Could have used a few sprinkles of snowflakes:) Thanks to all those who attended, it was a successful day. Off to the beach tomorrow, then will try to finish off my Christmas cards. December next week already!

 

 

stamps: Magic of Christmas 4363L by Penny Black; Peaceful Wishes 4579C by Stamp-it

inks: Jet Black Staz-On Pad; Clear Versamark Pad; Stormy Sky and Faded Jeans Distress Pads; Picket Fence Distress Stain; Brushed Corduroy Distress Re-inker

papers: White Matt Card; Silver Foil Board; Powder Blue Bazzill Card; Clear Film; Frosted Film TH93048

accessories: Silver Embossing Powder; Stardust Stickles; Crystal Glitter; White Sharpie Pen; Ruby & Opal Liquid Pearls, Green & Grey Texter; Pink Chalk

adhesives: Glossy Accents; Two-sided Tape

tools: Waterbrush; Paintbrush; Heatgun; Sponging Blocks; Scissors; Paper Towel

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Sponge white card with Stormy Sky and Faded Jeans Distress Pads using sponging blocks to blend colours, starting with the darkest at the top and fading out to white at the bottom of the card. Spritz some water into your hand, pick some up on fingers of your other hand and drop randomly over blue coloured card. Blot immediately with paper towel. The water will bleach the colour from the blue ink, leaving behind white blotches resembling snowflakes. Dry with heatgun.20161010_143146
  2. Stamp Fairy onto card in black ink. Squeeze some Picket Fence Distress Stain onto plastic palette, pick up with a dry paintbrush and colour in fairy’s dress. The effect will be subtle. Colour holly in her hair with green texter. Put drop of Brushed Corduroy re-inker onto palette and colour in fairy’s hair with it using a waterbrush.20161010_144158
  3. Affix small section of clear and frosted film together ensuring you push out any air bubbles. (I used scraps left over from another project as you don’t need much). Stamp wings only onto frosted side of film with black Staz-On pad. Cut out 2 top wings separately. Heat wings with Heatgun to curl them slightly. You can mold them into desired shape while still warm and they will set like that when cool.20161010_150303
  4. Smear Glossy Accents around edges of wings (of stamped image on main card) and sprinkle in crystal glitter whilst still wet. Place 2 frosted wings into position while Glossy Accents are still wet to set.20161010_151052
  5. Highlight decorative snowflakes with dots of Stardust Stickles and tiny snowflakes with white Sharpie pen. Use the pen also to emphasis lines of fairy’s dress and shoes.
  6. Dot Ruby Liquid Pearls as berries around holly garland in fairy’s hair and Opal Liquid Pearls along base of dress.
  7. Apply small smudge of pink chalk to fairy’s cheek. Scribble grey texter onto plastic palette, pick up with waterbrush and create shadow (puddle) at base of fairy.
  8. When everything is completely dry, stamp “Peaceful” wording in clear Versamark pad and emboss with silver embossing powder into bottom left corner.20161013_121117

 

 

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