Sunday, 1 September 2019

Lavinia stamps September challenge.

Dear bloggers

Well, welcome to the September creative challenge for Lavinia stamps, the theme this month is ' if you go down to the woods '..... What will you see?

For full details please follow the link Below, for your chance to win a £40 gift voucher.
Septembers creative challenge. 

My first card was created using the following Lavinia stamps:

Zamira  [Used hair for grass as mentioned on Hocanda by Joe Rice]

Forest scene

Small Fairy chain 

I blended distress inks onto smooth white card, using twisted citron, cracked pistachio and mowed lawn. the forest scene was stamped with Olympia green versafine, the fairies and Zamira's hair were stamped with onyx black versafine.  Highlighted card with Clear gel pen.


For this card, I used the following Lavinia stamps.


Spooky tree

Mideela small

Dragon set

Fairy buttercups

I blended the distress ink onto smooth white card, twisted citron, gathered twigs, broken china,  peeled paint and tea die. Stamped Trees with fallen leaves Clair versafine ink, Valko and dragons stamped with onyx black versamark ink, buttercups stamped with lady bug momento ink.

Well done to everyone who entered last month, the entries were beautiful. Good luck for this month. Myself and the DT look forward to seeing all the fabulous entries for September.

Don't forget to take a look at  the Lavinia stamps facebook   page,  there are also two more pages with lots of inspiration for you to enjoy:

Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Sweet Poppy stencils. 

Hello All. 
I’m so happy to tell you that I am now officially on the Sweet Poppy stencils Design team. I feel very honoured to have been asked to join such a wonderful team of designers. 

Sweet Poppy Stencils are back on Hochanda on 21st May @ 11am & 3pm with their fabulous stencils and stamps. Please tune on Tuesday watch Lucy demonstrate some fabulous techniques. 

They also have some wonderful new stamps. 

Broadcasting Live on Sky 673, Freesat channel 817, Freeview channel 85, and streaming in HD online

Here is a link to the website.

Sharing some of my samples.
For this sample I have used the Phoenix stencil ,
There was some water colour left on the stencil, so I placed on card 
and spritzed with water. When I noticed the colour spreading onto the card I lifted the stencil.
Cleaned  and dried it, then placed it back onto the dry card and inked through the stencil with 
Archival black ink. 
For this card I used zig water colour duel tip pens and drew around each part of the stencil with 
the thick end of the pen. Then removed the stencil and spritzed water at it, left it to dry naturally. 
Then inked through stencil with black archival ink. 

This card was made in collaboration with my best friend Tracy Nutton. 
The background was repeated stamping until whole card was covered. 
The eye stamp from the set was coloured with zig water colour pens. The red centre of the eye was coloured 
with sweet poppy stencil mica powder. For the frame I used silver paste sprinkled with red and grey mica powders then heated until it bubbled. Mounted on Black and red card. 

Black tip was stamped in black versafine and embossed with clear embossing powder. 
I then coloured him with zig water colour pens, I scribbled them onto my craft mat then using a little water on a bush I painted the dragon using a gunmetal colour and a beige colour. I stamped the faux skin stamp three times then cut them in 3 different sizes to make the flower. 

Black tip Stencil
   I used navy blue and olive gold mica powders from sweet poppy stencils over silver paste, then heated until paste bubbled. the background was done using the Faux dragon leather back plate, using bundled sage and  crushed olive distress oxide. Words stamped with versafine black onyx ink. 

I used a blue and purple zig pens scribbled onto my craft mat then spritzed with a little water before smooching card onto the colours, drying card in between each colour, coloured the dragon with the same pens, cutting around stamp on the scan and cut, was very happy with the cut was near perfect, then mounted onto card with foam pads. 

I used sparkle pens in blue, green and a little purple onto card then brushed over with a wet paint brush, for the back ground. Dabbed through the castle stencil with archival black ink using a stencil brush. used copper paste through stencil then sprinkled with a little silver mica before heating with heat gun to get the bubbled effect, also used the dragon stencil to make the path to the castle.

Not sure how I made this background, but thought it was fitting for the Phoenix,  
Used translucent paste, then covered in clear mini beads. Once dry placed stencil back in place and with black archival ink coloured the clear beads. was happy with this technique as the phoenix was still translucent and could make out the colours coming though the beads. high-lighted with white pen.  

for my final sample I used the sweet poppy stencil tag die. Using mowed lawn and spiced marmalade oxide inks blended onto my tag, inked through leaf stencil with mowed lawn,  then slashed ink from a green and orange sparkle pen onto the background. Stenciled Dragon with copper paste onto white card, then heated until it bubbled, once dry coloured with zig pens and water, cut out by hand then mounted with foam pads.
Hope you enjoy the shows, look forward to sharing more samples soon.

Monday, 22 April 2019

Lavinia Hochanda show April 23rd

Hi All.

Lavinia stamps are back on Hocanda today at 11am and 3pm. 
There are 4 great sets of stamps to choose from.
Amanda will be sharing some fabulous demo's.
Just like to share my DT samples with you, as there are a lot to share in a short amount of time.
Hope you enjoy the show. 
 If you do miss the show you can 
always watch on catch up for two weeks.

Set 1. Josie and Zen Angelic words.

 Harmony inks and versafine Clair ink 
 Harmony inks and Versafine Clair.

Distress oxide and versafine clair.

Monday, 1 April 2019

Lavinia stamps April challenge.

Hi Everyone. April has sprung into action, this year is going so quickly. Come along and join us at Lavinia stamps for the April challenge, theme is buds and blossoms. I have been having a play with some stamps I’ve not used for a while. For full details on entering the challenge pleas visit the Lavinia stamps challenge Here

         For this card I used the following Lavinia  stamps 
                                                                       Brave and loved 
For the background I used, spectrum noir Harmony inks, straw bale, oasis and pumice. The images were stamped using versafine Claire. 

The following lavinia stamps were used for this card. 
For the background I smooched distress oxide squeezed lemonade, worn lipstick and dried marmalade, using each colour separately, onto my craft mat then sprayed with water, I dried with a heat gun in between each colour. 
Stamped the honeysuckle randomly over the card, then coloured petals with sparkle pens. 
The following lavinia stamps were used for this card. 
For this background I taped edge of card with masking tape then blended distress oxide evergreen bough and salty ocean onto the card, then using same colour I inked through a free magazine flower stencil. The Lilly was stamped with Versafine Clair then coloured with sparkle pen. fairy and hare stamped with Versafine Clair 

Friday, 1 March 2019

Lavinia stamps March Challenge.

Welcome March.
Today I am sharing my March samples with you. 
The theme for March is pink purple and blue. I loved working with 
these colours they work really well together.
The DT team have made some wonderful samples to inspire you, 
we are looking forward to seeing your wonderful creations
The prize is an amazing £40 gift voucher to spend in the Lavinia shop,
there are so many wonderful products to chose from, you'll be spoilt for choice. 
For full details on the challenge, please follow the link  below.

Stamps used for sample 1

The background was made by smooching Sheena stamping card into distress oxide 
pressed onto a craft mat and sprayed with a little water, I did one colour at a time then dried with a heat gun in between, i used the following colours: salty-oceanbroken-china
Stamped images with Versafine Clair ink, glamorousmonarch and nocturne.
Highlighted Sebastian with a pink sparkle pen, then highlighted areas 
with a clear sparkle pen.  

Stamps used for sample 2
The background was made on Sheena stamping card, using sparkle pens, I randomly brushed a blue, purple and pink sparkle pen across the card then brushed over with a wet brush, dried with a heat gun, then flicked water on to card to faux bleach it, before stamping with versafine Clair ink, nocturnemedieval-blue, and monarch. Highlighted card with a yellow and clear sparkle pen.

Stamps used on sample 3. 

The background was made by smooching Sheena stamping card into distress oxide 
pressed onto a craft mat and sprayed with a little water, I did one colour at a time then dried with a heat gun in between, I used the following colours: 
the images were stamped with vesafine Clair. 

Looking forward to seeing all your wonderful creations.

Sunday, 10 February 2019

Lavinia stamps Hochanda February 2019 

Sharing my samples for the  February Hochanda show, the lovely Amanda Branston will be showcasing the design team samples, and giving great demonstrations. Really looking forward to watching the shows live as it’s half term. Please try  to tune in at 12 noon and 4pm if you can. Have a great day.

Here are the links for Set 1
Forest so green
The background for my first sample was made using distress oxide inks blended onto Sheena smooth card. I stamped the words with Manarch versafine Clair ink (second generation). I then stamped Winifred with versafine fine black onyx ink. When dry, I drew around a heart shape lightly with a soft pencil. I used this as a guide to stamp the stars with monarch versafine Clair ink. I then cut the card, and stamped the words on the smaller part, along with more stars. Highlighted with sparkle pen before mating onto black card.
For sample 2 I used orange and green brushos on photo paper, then sprayed with water. Once dried I stamped Winifred with versafine black onyx ink. Mounted onto orange and green card. Stamped Flutterbys with versafine black onyx ink. 
Sample 3 for set one, background was sponged with distress oxide and water, once dry used a torn piece of paper as a mask to blend mowed lawn and peeled paint onto the bottom of the card. Then stamped the words, at the bottom of the card, then stamped Winifred both in nocturne versafine Clair ink. I then used a large circle mask and blended tumbled glass and salty ocean oxide inks onto other part of card. Then made a faint pencil line around the circle, followed this line to stamp the stars in monarch versafine Clair ink then embossed with clear embossing powder. Finally stamped flutterby with nocturne Clair ink. 

Set 2
Silver lining
Forest scene
My first project for set 2, I used a pink and purple background that was made using the shaving foam technique, I then masked off and used worn lipstick oxide to create the ground area, then used a circle mask to create the sun stamped the trees with monarch Clair ink stamped words with versamark and embossed with silver powder. Stamped flutterby with monarch Clair ink. Finally stMped snail with antique linen oxide and coloured with pencils. 
Sample 2. The background was inked with spectrum noir harmony inks. Honey pot, strew bale, sand storm, inked the trees and lettering  with friar brown versafineClair ink. Spectrum noir Midas gold brushed on base of card. Made a tag for the words. 

Background made using distress inks tumbled glass, seedless preserves, mowed lawn and squeezed lemonade. Snail stamped with antique linen oxide then cored with pencils. Trees,words and birds stamped with monarch Clair ink. 

Set 3
Lunar buds
Mini leaf

Background, sponged wilted violet, tumbled glass and worn lipstick all over card. Stamped faith in centre of card with nocturne Clair ink. Cut out masks for lunar buds so I could stamp them closer together also stamped with nocturne Clair ink along with the flutterby, stamped the mini leaf with monarch Clair ink. 

Sample 2 blended background with wilted violet, evergreen bough and salty ocean distress ink, splashed with a little water. Stamped images with nocturne Clair ink. Coloured the lunar buds with wilted violet and squeezed lemonade oxide. Highlighted with clear gel pen and sparkle pens. 

Sample 3. Background blended with tea dye and scattered straw inks, leaves and buds stamped with monarch Clair ink. Faith and flutterby stamped with nocturne Clair ink. Inked through a stencil with old paper distress ink. Coloured wings and lunar buds with pink sparkle pen. 

Set 4
Ocean words

Sample 1. Background is photo paper smooched onto salty ocean and shabby shutters oxide ink sprayed with water. Stamped Sebastian with nocturne Clair ink. Then stamped words and seaweed with paradise Clair ink. Highlighted with white pen. 

Sample 2. Background blended using wilted violet, seedless preserves, salty ocean and chipped sapphire oxides. Inked through stencil with wilted violet. Main Sebastian stamped in centre then second generation stamped into background. Also stamped Lavinia small seahorse, fairy orbs and large green man beard in background. Coloured Sebastian with bronze Midas spectrum noir ink. Finished with sparkle pen and glass beads. 

Sample 3. Another photo paper background smooched in oxcide and water. Stamped Sebastian with bluebelle Clair ink. He went a little bit wrong, not all the ink transferred to the card, so he looks a little skeletal, decided to finish the card. Stamped seaweed with nocturne and bluebelle Clair ink, used Sebastian’s spines around edge of card. Highlighted edge of Sebastian with blue alcohol pen then highlighted with white pen. 
Hope you enjoyed the shows. Amanda did quite a few fabulous demos. Enjoy your new stamps. Always willing to help with any questions. 

Friday, 1 February 2019

Lavinia stamps February challenge 

Good evening all.
It’s the first of the month so time for a new Lavinia challenge. The theme for February is: a place to escape too. Looking out my window I don’t think I’ll get very far with the snow that’s falling at the moment.
For full details please visit: You could be the lucky winner of a £40 voucher picked at random, to spend in the Lavinia shop.
Good luck everyone.

For my first sample I used Spectrum noir Harmony inks.
Grasshopper, plum jam, winter rose, pale fig, and honey pot.
Blended inks onto Sheena card, then inked through the  inkylicious cloud stencil and highlighted with a white pen. 
I cut a random shape from photo copier paper for the hills and inked th grass area first. I Then used a white ink pad though a small circle 
For the sun, then highlighted sunbeams with a sparkle pen. 

Lavinia stamps
Maple leafTree sceneFairy Dandelions and Make a wish.

For my next sample I also used spectrum noir inks. 
 lemon tonic, straw bale, ocean blue, parakeet,spring meadow and grasshopper. 
For the hills I used hickory smoke distress ink.
For this sample I inked up the sun first, then blended in the blue colours. 
Next I masked off the grass area and blended the green ink onto the card. Moved masking tape down to the top of the grass area then using a paper mask that I cut from copier paper I inked the mountain area. To finish off added som glitter and white pen highlights. 

Lavinia stamps used for this sample. 
Have fun making your creations. Looking forward to seeing where your fairies will escape too. 
Congratulations to Karin ├ůslund's who’s entry “You Are Braver Than You Think” was selected by our Python Random Generator to win the £40 voucher in this month’s Creative Challenge.