Going to Market

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April 5, 2017

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20161230_154536I was brought up in West Africa and can always remember being in awe of the mammies carrying such heavy loads on their heads.  They made it look so effortless with their erect posture and perfect balance. I used to try and emulate them by walking about the house balancing books on my head.

 

stamp: Market Day 1089J by Embossing Arts Co.

inks: Jet Black Archival Pad; Rust, Pine needles & Crushed Olive Distress Stain Sprays

papers: White Matt Card; Pinecone & Raven Bazzill Cards, Gold Foil Boar20161230_154616d

accessories: Small Oak Tree by Memory Box; Harvest Pot Pourri, Colour Pencils

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

 

 

 

 

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alternative version made using Batik technique

 

 

 

 

 

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At the Market

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March 29, 2017

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20170107_144241stamps: Zulu Lady 400E by My Stamps; Clay Pots 1972E by Stamp-it

inks: Jet Black Staz-On Pad; Wild Honey, Aged Mahogany & Walnut Stain Distress Pads

papers: White & Ivory Matt Cards; Honeycomb & Pinecone Bazzill Cards

accessories: Frosted Shrink Plastic; Gold Beads; Gold Fab Foil; Colour Pencils; Clear Embossing Powder; Gold Thread; Metallic Chalks; dried grass

adhesives: Glossy Accents; Sailor Glue Pen; Two-sided Tape; magic Mount

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tools: Heatgun; Tiny Hole Punch; Sponge Blocks; Sander

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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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Race Day

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November 1, 2016

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at the racesBest of luck for the Melbourne Cup today! Hope you back a WINNER!!

 

stamps: In Vogue 3242F, Jockey 3980C & wording from set082 all by Stamp-it

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White Mannequin

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October 14, 2016

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white mannequin 6stamps: Dress Form CS884 by Kaisercraft; Old Letter CG197 by Hero Arts; Background pattern siset092 by Stamp-it

inks: Jet Black & Sepia Archival Pads; Clear Versamark Pad; Spiced Marmalade, Dusty Concord & Seedless Preserves Distress Pads; Seedless Preserves Distress Stain Spray

papers: White Matt Card; Velvet Bazzill Card

accessories: White Embossing Powder; Purple Ribbon; Colour Pencils

adhesives: Two-sided Tape; Magic Mount

tools: Heatgun; Sponging Block

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Stamp dress form in black ink onto 2 larger pieces of white matt card. Clean stamp.white mannequin 1
  2.  Stamp image again with clear Versamark pad onto white card scrap, pour white embossing powder over and heat set with Heatgun. Cut out body of dress form only. Sponge some Seedless Preserves Distress ink over with a sponging block to highlight details of pattern. Wipe a dry tissue over to remove any ink that may be sitting on top of embossed areas. white mannequin 2
  3. Stamp background pattern with clear pad randomly around edges of both white card pieces and emboss in white. Sponge Spiced Marmalade Distress ink over some sections.
  4. Sponge Dusty Concord Distress ink over remaining areas of white cards. Add a little Seedless Preserves ink.white mannequin 3
  5. Spritz a small amount of Seedless Preserves Distress Spray over card.white mannequin 4
  6. Stamp out Old Letter with Sepia ink over entire area of smaller card, positioning circular postal mark into top right corner. Stamp again onto left side of larger card (lining up oval postal mark). Sponge edges of both cards with Dusty Concord Distress ink.
  7. Adhere smaller card over larger card with two-sided tape, lining up patterns where possible. Fix onto folded backing card of dark purple (Velvet Bazzill) card.
  8. Run some two-sided tape on reverse side of white embossed cut out dress form along bottom only. Starting at the left, fix ribbon to tape, pleating as you go. Allow extra ribbon to run off at right. Apply Magic Mount to dress form and fix into place over black image of dress form on main card. Using two-sided tape, fix remainder of ribbon in pleats off the the right of dress form.
  9. Colour in dress form posts.white mannequin 7

 

 

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Floral Mannequin

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October 10, 2016

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20161010_110728stamps: Mannequin E6402 by Impression Obsession; Art Pattern 4206E by Stamp-it; She DD1205A by Unity Stamp Co

inks: Jet Black Archival Pad; Fired Brick Distress Pad; Lemon Zest, Squeezed Orange & Postbox Red Dylusion Ink Sprays

papers: White Matt Card (16 x 6.8cm) plus scrap; Lemonade (16.6 x 7.4cm) & Reed (17.2 x 16.6cm) Bazzill Cards

accessories: Colour Pencils; Assorted Flowers; Rhinestones; Fancy That die Reeds & Grasses 3 PCH-104 & Memory Box die Grand Oak Tree #98462; Dylusion Stencil Dotted Flowers DYS34018

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

tools: Big Shot; Scissors; Heatgun; Water Spritzer; T-grid

INSTRUCTIONS –

  1. Spray white matt card lightly with water, then colour with Dylusion inks until covered to your liking. Heat set with heatgun.
  2. Lay circle part of stencil over card and spritz with water. Lift off stencil and dab card immediately with paper towel to dry. The water will have bleached the colour from the inks, leaving the pattern of the stencil showing.
  3. Stamp mannequin in black ink into center of coloured card. Stamp mannequin again onto scrap of white card and colour in with pencils. Cut out the dress and tiny tag and adhere them over main image on coloured card.
  4. Stamp border pattern across bottom of card in red ink. With the help of a t-grid, line up wording vertically along right-hand side of card and stamp in black ink.floral mannequin 003
  5. Fix card front to yellow matting, then folded green backing card.
  6. Cut out leaves and reed shapes from dies using your Big Shot Machine. Arrange flowers in top left corner of card and glue in place with bits of leaves and reeds poking out. Decorate with rhinestones. Glossy Accent flowers on mannequins ribbon tie. Set aside to dry.floral mannequin 002

 

 

 

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Postal Mannequin

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October 7, 2016

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postal mannequin 023stamps: Postal Mannequin 8339P by Inkadinkado; Paris/New York J11671 and Suitcases from Time Travelers set CMS157 both by Stampers Anonymous; She DD1205A by Unity Stamp Co

inks: Jet Black & Sepia Archival Pads; Scattered Straw, Victorian Velvet & Weathered Wood Distress Pads; Tumbled Glass, Weathered Wood & Bundled Sage Distress Stains Sprays

papers: Specialty White Card; Savannah & Blossom Bazzill Cards

accessories: Simple Banner die #836 By Poppy Stamps; Small Dress Forms Embossing Folder 1219-110 by Darice; Glitter Pen

adhesives: Two-sided Tape; Magic Mount

Tools: Big Shot Machine; Heatgun, Scissors

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Spritz white card with Weathered Wood, Tumbled Glass & Bundled Sage Distress Stain Sprays until covered to your satisfaction. The Specialty card tends to be a bit more water repellent than normal matt card, so you may want to spread the inks with your fingers or another piece of card to help cover the white areas. Dry with heatgun.
  2. Emboss with Dress Forms embossing folder through Big Shot machine. Go over pattern with sponging block dipped in Weathered Wood Distress pad to highlight raised mannequins images. Sponge edges of card with sepia ink, then attach to blossom (pink) matting, then Savannah (cream) backing card with two-sided tape.
  3. Stamp postal mannequin onto right side of card in black ink, then again onto scrap of white card. Cut out body of mannequin on scrap. Sponge Scattered Straw & Victorian Velvet Distress ink over mannequin body. postal mannequin 025Magic Mount this over mannequin image on main card.
  4. Stamp suitcases from Time Traveler set onto white scrap card with black ink. Cut out top 4 suitcases only and colour as you did the mannequin body. Stamp “She” wording across suitcases in black and then again onto main card beneath where the suitcases will be fixed. Stamp “She” wording once more onto more white scrap card.  Cut out strips of tiny typewriter script from wording, sponge with matching inks and adhere into place across suitcases. (This is to make the wording more legible, otherwise it’s too hard to read). Attach suitcases into place with two-sided tape. Outline the script words “she” and “dreams” with the glitter pen.
  5. Punch out the banner die twice in Big Shot machine from white scrap card. Colour with Scattered Straw & Victorian Velvet inks. Attach to top left of card front. (I glued the bottom banner & Magic mounted the top one).
  6. Stamp Paris/New York wording in black ink onto scrap from embossed mannequin background card. Cut out individual cities and fix to card front as desired.
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Paris Mannequin

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September 30, 2016

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Paris mannequin 7You’ve heard of the leaning tower of Pizza – well here is the leaning pedestal of Paris! Some of you may have already noticed the fact that I am not a perfectionist (though hopefully it’s not too glaringly obvious).  I grew up with a mother who was a perfectionist. As a result, a lot of the tasks she set herself were never completed because they weren’t quite perfect and so had to be re-done – and time ran out and it never happened. There were cupboards full of half- finished things that she was going to get back to one day. My father on the other-hand was a ‘close enough is good enough’ type of guy. Something needed fixing, he did it. May not have been a perfect job, but it was done and he moved on. Needless to say both characteristics have their draw-backs, so I decided at an early age I would try to strive for middle ground. I do the best I can within the time allowance. So it’s not perfect, but you get the idea. I try not to sweat the small stuff:) And it serves as a gentle reminder that my eyesight is not what it used to be and to USE my t-grid when positioning things!

stamps: Butterflies siset 034, Paris mannequin siset066, Love 2774C all by Stamp-it; Mannequin Pedestal by Inkadinkado

inks: Jet Black Archival Pad; Spun Sugar & Worn Lipstick Distress Stain Sprays & Pads

papers: White Matt Card; Romance & Raven Bazzill Cards

accessories: Sizzix Mixed Media #2 Thinlit siz661185; Ribbons; White Sharpie Pen; Bubble Wrap; Brown Pencil; Clear Rhinestone

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

tools: Scissors; Big Shot Machine; Heatgun; T-grid

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Cut white card with swirl pattern from Mixed Media dies using Big Shot. Spritz card with water, then Distress ink sprays until completely covered. Dry with heatgun.Paris mannequin 1

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2. Rub ink pads over bubble wrap, mainly Spun Sugar with a little Worn Lipstick. Apply randomly to card. The great thing about using Distress inks, is that they’re water soluble, so if your bubbles are too dark, simply wet a paintbrush and wipe over area and the ink will be diluted. Dry with heatgun.

3. On the back of card place two-sided tape along straight edges. Use wet glue for swirly cut-out area. Attach card to white matting, then black matting, and finally folded pink backParis mannequin 3ing card.

4. Stamp pedestal only in black ink at bottom left side of card. Use a t-grid to ensure the pedestal is straight (obviously I didn’t, naughty girl). Stamp Paris Mannequin in black ink above it. Stamp mannequin again onto scrap of white card and cut out body only. Place Magic Mount on back, with a strip of two-sided tape along bottom edge to attach ribbon to. Fold wide organza ribbon in half (creating two layers of skirt) and adhere to tape. Flip right way up and fix into place over main image on card. Affix clear rhinestone to top of Eiffel tower.

5. Stamp smallest butterflies from set onto white card scraps in black ink. Sponge lightly with Spun Sugar ink then cut them out. Colour bodies with brown pencil and add dots of white to edge of top wings using a Sharpie pen. Stamp butterflies into desired positions on main card. Apply glue to bodies only of butterflies and fix to main card, folding up wings to create dimension. Apply a dot of pink Liquid Pearls to heads. Set aside to dry.

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  1. Stamp Love wording onto white card in black ink. Round corners with punch and sponge with Spun Sugar ink. Layer onto black card and round corners to match. Tie bow with skinny pink ribbon and glue onto plaque. Magic Mount plaque onto card.
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A Larger Glass

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August 25, 2016

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I am reading a book by Dr Mike Dow at the moment called the “The Brain Fog Fix”. Apparently drinking a little wine every evening can actually be beneficial for the brain (one glass per day for women and up to 2 for men),  more than that however and it has the opposite effect. My first thought was ‘I’ll need to get myself a larger glass’ (so I can still just have 1 glass per day) and my second thought was ‘Ooooh, I think I have a stamp for that!’ And if you do like to indulge, apparently Champagne and Pinot Noir are the better options.

20160814_162830stamps: Larger Glass 94842X by Inkadinkado

inks: Versamark Clear Pad; Jet Black, Sepia & Library Green Archival Pads

papers: Ivory Matt Card

accessories: Sizzix Frame, Fancy Rectangle 658948; Gold Leaf; Assorted Flowers; Paper Butterfly; Star Dust Stickles; Snow Cap Dabber Paint; White Opal Liquid Pearls; Sunflower Sparkle & Bronze Perfect Pearls; Self-adhesive Pearls

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

tools: Big Shot Machine; Paintbrush; Scissors; Water Spritzer; Sponge block; small Sponge

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Cut out the fancy frame from Sizzix die in ivory card. Sponge around edges with sepia ink. Rub clear Versamark ink pad over randomly. Pick up some gold and/or bronze Perfect Pearl powders with a dry paintbrush and brush over frame. The powder will stick to the clear ink. Spritz lightly with water when finished to set the powders. 20160813_16200820160813_162154

 

 

 

 

 

2. Stamp the image in black ink onto ivory card. Cut the wording at the bottom off separately and cut out the main image around border. Stamp bottle in image, again onto scrap of ivory card in green ink. Cut out bottle and glue over bottle in main image. 2016-08-11 17.45.40Run Sailor glue pen around border, and also around neck of bottle and stem of champagne glass. Set aside to dry. The glue comes out blue, then dries clear and tacky. When dry, lay bits of gold leaf over glued areas and press gently with fingers. Use a soft brush to remove excess gold leaf back into pot. I preferred to leave it a little lumpy around parts of the frame for a textured look.

3. Because the image is quite dark, I went over the ladies dress with some white paint applied by dabbing with a small sponge to highlight it better. I dotted some White Opal Liquid Pearls around her neck for a necklace and added some Star Dust Stickles to champagne glass. Set aside to dry. I still found the glass not prominent enough, so drew a line around it (a little crookedly, oops) with a black Zig pen.20160814_161330

4. Fix main image onto ivory card with two-sided tape, angled across decorative frame. It does actually fit perfectly within the frame, but I chose to angle it as I felt it suited the ambiance of the sentiment better. Sponge around the wording with sepia ink. Magic Mount the back of it and position on card.

5. Arrange assorted flowers in bottom left corner as desired. Place self-adhesive pearls in centers of them where needed. Glue butterfly cut-out at top of frame.

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Perfume Bottles

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July 12, 2016

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perfume bottles

Pleasure is the flower that passes: remembrance the lasting perfume.

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stamps: Perfumery 4470E, Pleasure is the Flower 4497D, Leaf Swirl 3968G all by Stamp-it

These are some older cards which I just realised I hadn’t previously posted. Feeling in a feminine mood today. I’m not much of a girly, girl, but I do love a nice perfume! Nothing too heavy. Not sure if you can see in the picture, but I have added Star Dust Stickles in a spray formation coming out of the green perfume bottle. Just a subtle touch, but it fills the space nicely.

 

Image (38)I used the perfume stamp in this card also, stamped onto frosted shrink plastic, coloured in then shrunk down. A bit fiddly, but very cute! I did the bottles only, then hand drew in the lines with a black pen later and added dots of Liquid Pearls for decoration. I also added Liquid Pearls to the center of the roses in the bouquet.

other stamps used: Lady Rose 4847E and Filigree Border 4866D by Stamp-it

selfie 017The mirror is a charm which I placed some silver foil board behind.

 

 

 

 

 

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A variation using the above Lady Rose stamp.

 

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