Wednesday, 1 July 2020

Lavinia stamps July challenge


Lavinia stamps July 2020 Challenge.

Good evening. Hope you are all keeping well. The Lavinia stamps challenge for July begins today, the theme for this month is  My favourite stamp.  What a great theme looking forward to seeing everyone’s favourite stamp creations. 
Don’t forget you could be the lucky winner of a £40 gift voucher to spend in the Lavinia stamps shop. 

My favourite stamp before the new launch was Sebastian so I’ve used him on my projects. 

I made this card at the beginning of lockdown, lost my mojo for a while after this card but getting back into daily routine once again. 
I made the background using spectrum noir Harmony inks. 
In the background I have used some sweet poppy stencils and Lavinia stamps. 
I stamped Sebastian  with versafine Clair nocturne ink then embossed with clear embossing powder. I also used Sebastian’s fin for the edge of the card. Highlighted both with a gold pen. In the background I used the Seaweed2 stamp set., and the Shoal of fish Stamp. 
Love the brightness of this card. 



For my next  project the background was made using salty ocean, antique linen and tea dye distress ink. 
Stamped Sebastian with acorn versafine Clair ink then highlighted with clear glitter pen. 
Stamped whimsical whisps in salty ocean distress ink. Seaweed 2 in broken China and mowed lawn distress ink, Sea bubbles in salty ocean Distress ink then highlighted with Silver pearl mica powder. 

Looking forward to seeing everyone’s beautiful creations. 
Take care have fun crafting. 

Monday, 1 June 2020

Lavinia stamps June challenge

The June Challenge Theme is...
 Woodland Magic.

Good evening, hope you are all well and enjoying the sunshine on this beautiful day.
June has arrived so its time for a new Challenge, you could win a £40 gift voucher to spend in the Lavinia store if your the lucky winner picked at random. 
For full details on the challenge please visit the Lavinia Creative Challenge page.
Good luck. Stay safe

For my first Sample this month I used the following products:
For the background I used weathered wood, antique linen and old paper, blended onto smooth stamping card. used a piece of ripped paper for hills and as a mask for background trees,
then stamped the Fairy Fir Tree in the background using vintage photo distress ink. then stamped the Tree of wisdom and Vine in versafine Clair Acorn ink. colored the tree with tea dye distress ink, before adding small berries on the tree and vine with a red glitter pen. 
Finally stamped  Rory and Darcy with Nocturne Clair ink and Field grass with forest moss distress ink. then highlighted with clear gel pen.


I used the following products on sample 2.
                                                                     Fairy Fir Tree
I blended mowed lawn and seedless preserves ink onto smooth stamping card with a blending tool,
I then stamped the Forest so green words with peeled paint (second generation stamping)
Using Shady lane and Acorn versafine Clair I stamped the Fairy Fir Tree randomly to represent a woodland. the lavender was stamped next in dusty Concorde, then the bunnies and fairies in black nocturne Clair ink. Finally stamped the Wallace family in acorn Clair ink before highlighting with a clear gel pen.


For my final sample I used the following products.

Decided to use sparkle pen for the background of this card, took the lid off the pen, then oops there was ink all over the work area! I decided to mop it up with some card and ended up with 8 Backgrounds. Once I had done this I started on the background for this card, I brushed the pen backwards and forwards across the card. then sprayed with water and repeated the process. Once background was dry  used acrylic paint through a stencil to make the moon. stamped the dragons and trees with black archival ink, then stamped the stars versamark, using a soft brush, brushed over silver mica powder. To finish off I blended chipped sapphire ink around edge.



These are my 8 backgrounds that I ended up with from my sparkle pen spillage.



Friday, 1 May 2020

Lavinia stamps May challenge 2020

Fauna and Flora.

Good morning.
Hope you are all keeping well, safe, and finding things to do during lockdown.
My family are all trying to keep busy. Doing some Keep fit, baking, doodling, cleaning, decorating, sorting cupboards etc and of course a bit of crafting in the evenings.

May has arrived So that means the Lavinia stamps monthly challenge has begun. The theme this month is Flora and Fauna.

For full info please follow the link below.
Lavinia Creative Challenge.

For my first card Sample this month I used the following products:
Aurora
Star blossom
Willow
I used wilted violet, ocean blue, mermaid lagoon and faded jeans distress oxide. Placed colours onto a  glass mat then sprayed with water. Smooched card through ink then dried each layer repeating for each colour. In the background I used Star blossom stencil from sweet poppy stencils designed by Tracey Dutton. I inked through the stencil with faded jeans distress oxide. Stamped images with versafine Clair Nocturne ink. Then highlighted flowers with  blue sparkle pen and other images with clear gel pen.



Products used for this sample:
Fairy orchid set
Single fairy orchid.
Flower flourish.
I also used one of the leaves from the small green man.

I used spiced marmalade, picked raspberry, and warm lipstick distress oxide. Placed colours onto a  glass mat then sprayed with water. Smooched card through ink then dried each layer repeating for each colour. In the background I used  Foilage from sweet poppy stencils designed by Tracey Dutton. I inked through the stencil with spiced marmalade distress oxide. Stamped images with versafine Clair Nocturne ink, coloured flowers with purple sparkle pen mixed with a little water then splashed onto the card. Then highlighted flowers and other images with clear gel pen. Blended black soot  distress ink around edge of card.




Good luck with your entries I look forward to seeing your beautiful creations. 
Take care and stay safe. 

Sunday, 19 April 2020

Sweet poppy stencils


Lucy from sweet poppy stencils will be on Hochanda on the 20th April at 5pm. Due to the unusual situation we all find ourselves in Lucy will not be in the studio, so the demos have been recorded! 
So if your looking for inspiration get yourself a cuppa and chill in front of the tv for an hour watching Lucy create samples with her wonderful stencils. 

For this samples I used the Magnolia stencil. For the background I used candied apple, spiced marmalade and black soot, around the edge I used the curly bits from the Twisted vine stencil then highlighted with gold pen. 



For this sample I used the Wheat stencil. First I made the background using Distress oxide wild honey, fossilised amber, squeezed lemonade and gathered twigs. I inked up the stencil with vintage photo distress oxide then used Transparent paste over top.
I the used the stencil on the badges of the card and stamped the Spring verse from the seasons stamp set in versafine Clair acorn ink. 


    For this sample I used the Twisted vine stencil and using white gesso and a little carved pumpkin distress ink inked through the stencil. Cleaned and dried stencil then inked through with twisted citron. Then inked background with crushed olive, mowed lawn, soot black and peeled paint Distress ink. I then inked through the Magnolia stencil with black  memento ink. Finished card with a sentiment stamp and black glitter pen splashes. 


 For this sample I used the Wheat stencil. First I made the background using Distress oxide wild honey, fossilised amber, squeezed lemonade and gathered twigs. I inked up the stencil with the same oxides using a different colour in each corner. Then I cut a square from the centre and stamped the Smile word from the smile stamp set, then mounted onto brown card an replaced using double sided pads. 



 For this sample I used the Wheat stencil. First Sprayed the inked stencil with water then placed over a piece of card, this transferred the ink onto the card leaving the wheat patten in white,then I placed the stencil on the card And inked up using fossilised amber.  I then added some extra colour to the background using Distress oxide wild honey, fossilised amber, squeezed lemonade and gathered twigs. I stamped the edges of the card using the Snowflake From the Noel stamp set. Added a bow made from string. 


Stay safe and enjoy the show.  Happy crafting. 

April mid month reminder for Lavinia challenge

Well we are more than halfway through April. 4 weeks of lockdown have passed and I hope you are all well.


The theme for Lavinia April challenge is Blue and silver. For this card I used one of my favourite stamps ( I have loads of favourites), for the background I used tumbled glass, broken China and faded jeans distress inks blended onto smooth card. Splashed with water them moped up with kitchen roll. Inked up stamps with versafine Clair ink. Used silver mica power mixed with water then flicked onto card with a fan brush and a silver pen to highlight Sebastian.
Stamps used were: Sebastian, also used around edge, Seaweed and Fairy barnacle.

For full details of the Challenge please follow the link. Creative challenge.

Stay safe and take care.
We are all in this together.

Wednesday, 1 April 2020

Lavinia stamps April challenge


Good morning. 
 I hope you are all keeping well and staying safe in these uncertain times. 
I’m finding that each day is merging into the next without even realising it. A big thank you to all those essential workers who are helping us. Thank you to all those who are social distancing. The next few months will be difficult for some so we need to look after each other. 
I love my crafting but my creativity is struggling at the moment, so I watched some of the many demonstrations that are on Facebook at the moment and decided to follow along to a demo from Eileen Godwin, my first two samples are what I produced during the demo. 
The theme for April is: Blue and Silver. 
For full details on entering please follow the link to Lavinia stamps April challenge  challenge 

Card 1
Following along to Eileen’s demo using Stormy sky and rumpled glass oxide 
Stamped Lavinia feather, and Dream word from the Inspire me set with blue belle versafine Clair ink, using a fan brush and silver mica powder mixed with water, tapped over card to give a hint of silver, then highlighted feather with silver pen. 

Card 2
Mermaid lagoon and faded jeans oxide inks used for background.
Stamped Indian Flouish with versamark ink then heat silver sparkle embossing powder. As on card 1 spattered background with silver mica powder then stamped the dream word from the inspire me set then highlighted flourish with blue gel pen.

Card 3
For the background I used stormy sky, mermaid lagoon, faded jeans and tumbled glass oxide ink blended onto smooth card with a blending tool. Then spayed with water and left to dry naturally. 
Stamped Indra with Blue Belle versafine Clair ink then highlighted with silver mica powder mixed with water.  Stamped Mini orbs randomly over background with versamark then using a soft brush rubbed mica silver mica powder over top. Stamped A time to reflect sentiment with blue belle Clair using second generation stamping image randomly over background. Then cut background into 3 and   Mounted onto navy blue linen  and silver mirror card. 

Hope you like my samples for this month, I wish you all well. 

Sunday, 1 March 2020

Lavinia March Creative Challenge


Good morning on this wet and windy 1st of March. 
It’s time for a new Lavinia stamps creative challenge, for March the theme is: A forest gathering. 
Your Entry could be chosen at random to win a £40 Voucher to spend in the Lavinia store. 
For full details please visit the creative challenge page. 

For my first sample I used the following stamps. 

For the background I used Distress Oxide inks Mermaid Lagoon, Fossilized amber, and Faded Denim for the sky, crushed olive,and mowed lawn for the grass area. stamped the animals in versafine clair Nocturne ink and the trees in Fallen leaves versafine clair. highlighted with gel pen. 




 For my second sample I used the following stamps. 
Dancing till dawn
For the background I used crushed olive, mowed lawn, and pine needles distress oxide, for the background, the miniature leaves were stamped with crushed olive Oxide which i also used for the hills.The trees were stamped with fallen leaves versafine clair, and the fairies with Nocturne versafine clair. Then finally stamped the flower flourish with pewter colour box ink.



I look forward to seeing all your lovely creations, and good luck.