Monday 24 May 2021

Good evening. 
I hope you can join Lucy from Sweet Poppy Stencils on the craft store (Hochanda) at 9am and 1pm, tomorrow 24th May. Lucy will be sharing some great hints and tips a long with a few fabulous demonstrations. There are also some new releases that will be available from the website tomorrow, they won’t be on the show but if you get a chance pop over to the Sweet Poppy Stencils Website

For this card I used Harmony inks on the background, smooched onto a  mat then sprayed with water, smooched the card onto the mat 2 or 3 times drying in between until I was happy with the background. Then I inked through the Honeysuckle stencil, highlighted image with an Orange sparkle pen. Stamped sentiment from Life’s a journey stamp set made a matching tag to go with this card. 

For this sample I used shaving foam mixed with a little orange distress oxide spray, through the Abstract circle backplate, once dry inked the Ornate dragonfly with black versafine ink. Stamp from the life’s a journey set. Highlighted background with a clear glitter pen. Embellished edges with gold foil. 

                          For this card I also used the ornate dragonfly, along with the Brick wall stencil
                       The background was made when I joined an online workshop run by Eileen Godwin

The next two cards backgrounds were shaving foam backgrounds. 
I pasted through the honeysuckle card with white paste, then sprinkled sweet poppy stencil platinum glitter. 

On this card I used Fairy seahorse also known as Sebastian 
I pasted though the stencil then sprinkled the new jewel tones over the wet paste, when dry brushed off excess with a brush to leave a beautiful shiny seahorse. 

 Enjoy the shows, look forward to seeing all your creations. Don’t forget to pop over to the simply sweet Poppy stencils Facebook page, for lots of inspiration. 

Monday 19 April 2021

Sweet Poppy stencils. The craft store show April 2021

Sweet Poppy stencils are Back on The craft store today, Monday 19th April 2021 at 9am and 1pm.
Sky 673, Freesat 817, freeview 85.
Hope you can tune in to watch Lucy share lots of hints, tips and techniques during her demonstrations. 

Sharing my samples using some of the stencils that will be on the show.

Stencil used for this sample...
Heart centre and outer edge of card, coloured with lemon tonic SN harmony ink pad,
Heart mandala coloured with Honey pot SN harmony ink.
Love you to the moon and back stamped with versafine onyx black ink. 

This Background was a pull from a gelli plate, using two tones of blue and white acrylic paints,
put on gelli plate with a small roller.
 Nocturne Stencil  inked with versafine black onyx, then remove stencil and heat emboss with clear embossing power.
For this background I used Pink tulip, spring meadow and oasis SN harmony ink pads,
blended onto card with a blending tool. Sprayed with a little water, then mopped up with kitchen towel.
Shower of love stencil, pasted with black paste, while still wet sprinkle with black glitter when dry, brush excess glitter with a soft brush.

For this sample, I used... Slim heart aperturePalm leaves Background,  Lily stencil and
 Hugs and kisses stamps. Heart stamp inner inked with lemon tonic SN harmony ink, Palm leaves inked with grasshopper SN Harmony ink. Verse inked with versamark black onyx ink.

I also used the Lily stencil on the next two cards. Masked off areas of stencil to use different colour inks Orange SN harmony ink on flowers and grasshopper SN harmony ink on the leaves and stem. Flower highlighted with orange sukara pen.

 Background for this card was made using SN harmony winter rose ink, smooched card through ink and water then dried with heat gun,  Inked slim heart with lemon tonic SN ink, then inked Pink tulip SN ink through Chainmail stencil (leaving heart stencil in place.) Inked then pasted flower heads with translucent  paste, onto a separate piece of card,  once dry cut out then placed onto image using sticky pad. 

This background was the remainder of the gelli background used for Nocturne card.
Using white acylic paint though the Circle links stencil I randomly marked up areas in the background.   Then with the Lazy daisy stencil I pasted with white pearl paste, then sprinkled with  Crystalina rainbow glitter, Cut out hello sentiment then covered this in Crystalina glitter.

I hope you enjoy the shows, look forward to seeing your wonderful creations,

Thursday 15 April 2021

Stargazing Foxes


Hello everyone.

Welcome to the Lavinia stamps extravaganza.

 A Fabulous few days ahead with lots of exciting things happening, prizes to be won and great inspiration from the design team.

Stargazing Foxes

The Products that I used, were…

New stamps

Tree of Courage, Tree of hope.

fox from set 2         fox from set 1

Brodwin                    Mini Dots

Mini stars                  Twisted vine set


The Tutorial for creating

Stargazing Foxes.

Distress oxide colours needed for background.

Tumbled glass, mermaid lagoon, salty ocean and faded jeans.



 Step 1.              

Using an 18 cm square piece of multifarious card, and Starting with tumbled glass and makeup brush ink up centre of card in a circular motion.

Using salty ocean ink up from edge of card towards centre, leaving a light area in the centre.

Once happy with this, repeat process with mermaid lagoon, leaving both colours showing in the centre.


Step 2.            

Repeat twice more using salty ocean followed by faded jeans, you will have a circular pattern with all four colours showing.


 Step 3.

Line up the tree of courage and the tree of hope stamps on your background, I used a stamping platform so I could stamp both together using acorn versafine Clair ink.


Step 4.

I then repeated the same process with the foxes, also using acorn ink.


Step 5.

Repeat this process once more with Brodwin using onyx black versamark ink.


Step 6.


Step 7.

Place a piece of torn paper over background, then ink base of card with faded jeans to ground trees and foxes.


Step 8.

Using a soft lead pencil gently rub pencil on the area where you want the shadow to be, then Rub with a soft cloth to blend into the background.


Step 9. 

For the next step place a small piece of low tack tape at base of the trees. Then stamp vine at base of trees using shady lane versafine Clair ink.


Step 10.

Using small dots on a small acrylic block Kaleidacolour pastel ink  stamp onto the area under the trees and foxes to give the look of little flowers



Step 11.

Using vintage photo and peeled paint oxide inks, press inks onto mat spray with water. Using a waterbrush paint the trees.



Step 12.

Using versamark and stars2 miniature randomly stamp stars in background then using soft paintbrush highlight with Lavinia gold mica minerals.



Step 13.

 Stamp long branch from tree of courage with gold ink to give the effect of a willow tree. Highlight the owl, foxes and trees with clear sukura pen.



Step 14.

 Using a quickie glue pen, dab ground area then sprinkle with fairy tales eco glitter.



Step 15.

Mat onto black and white layers then frame or mount onto blank card.


I hope you enjoy following along to this step-by-step guide. Please share your creations as I would love to see them 


Take care, stay safe.


Lilium flower card and tag


Sharing a step by step for Lavinia stamps. 

I hope you are all having fun and enjoying the new stamps, they are fabulous,

Good luck with the competitions.

Enjoy they fabulous samples, videos and step by steps that the design team have done to inspire you.


Lilium Flower card and tag.


Products used for this project.


Lilium set     Magic surrounds us words


Feather leaf stencil

Step 1.

I had a piece of multifarious card measuring 24 x 15 cm, I cut the card to a 15cm square, and decided to use the smaller piece as a gift tag.

Step 2.

Prepare Ripe permission, worn lipstick and squeezed lemonade oxide inks and water


Step 3.

 Press all 3 colours onto mat then spray with water, spray a little water onto card then press card into the ink, lift the card dry with heat tool.



Step 4.

Repeat process until happy with background.


 Step 5.

Place feather leaf Stencil onto card, then using white acrylic paint and small sponge, gently tap paint onto card and tag, do this in a couple of random areas, allow to dry.


Step 5.                                      

Using a stamping platform, rub card with powder then stamp larger Lilium flower using versamark, then heat emboss with gold embossing powder, repeat either side of large flower with the smaller flowers. Stamp a single Lilium flower on the tag.


Step 6.                                

Using an acrylic block and versamark ink stamp Magic surrounds us words stamp, then rub gold mica powder over image with a soft brush. Leaves a faint shiny effect on the card. Repeat on tag.




Step 7                               

 Highlight white acrylic paint pattern with gold pen on card and tag


Step 8                           

To finish card, blend ripe permission around edge of card before matt and layering.

Matt and layer the square topper onto black and white card, then frame or mount onto 8 inch greeting card. Cut out desired tag shape then mount onto a larger black tag shape. Punch hole in centre and thread ribbon or string through.



Look forward to seeing all your beautiful creations with the new stamps.


Thursday 18 February 2021

The Owl and the Rabbit, went out in a blizzard.

Good evening all.
There is still time to enter the Lavinia stamps challenge, the theme is: snow blizzard.
For full details please follow  this link.
The Prize is a wonderful £40 to spend in the Lavinia shop.
Have fun creating, look forward to seeing your wonderful creations.  

Please find  below the step by step instructions
for The owl and the Rabbit card. 

The Products that I used, were…

Echo                                  woodland hares.

field grass.                         Tree branch.

White Orbs stencil.            Ivy stencil

Fairy-tales Eco-glitter        Multifarious card

Stardust pen

Hickory smoke distress ink and oxide.

Step 1.

Using a 15 by 21 cm piece of multifarious card, gently blend hickory Smoke distress ink onto the card, using a blending tool.

Step 2.

Using hickory smoke oxide and makeup brush, gently rub over stencil with a makeup brush.

Step 3

Cut card down to 15cm square. Then using White orbs stencil gently rub over stencil randomly, making some areas darker than others, with a makeup brush. 

Step 4

Take a piece of torn paper, a make up brush and hickory smoke oxide, brush down towards the base to give you a ground area.

Step 5

Place stamps onto your background, to see where you think they should go. Place onto a stamping platform, then stamp with jet black archival ink.

 Step 6

Leaving card and stamps on platform, re-ink with versafine black onyx ink, then emboss with clear embossing powder. (removed stamps for picture.)

Step 7

Stamp tree branch with versafine ink, then emboss with clear embossing powder, use a fine paintbrush to brush embossing powder from owl.

Step 8

Using an acrylic block, stamp tree branch with versafine ink, using first and second generation stamping at top of card.  

Step 9

Place a 6cm circle mask, over the center of the of the card then brush around edge with hickory smoke distress ink, to give the effect of a moon. Highlight tree branches, owl, rabbit and field grass with a stardust pen.

Step 10

Place stamps over the images, using thinned down white acrylic paint and a fan brush gently flick white paint onto card, remove stamps and put a little paint onto owl and rabbit. Then sprinkle the new fairy-tales Eco-glitter onto card while paint is still wet. Mount onto black and white mats then mount onto 8” card. 

Good luck with your entries.
take care, stay safe.