Saturday, 1 August 2020

Lavinia stamps August challenge

Good morning, beautiful summer sunshine through the widows this morning. 
Well it  is the 1st of August, the start of the Lavinia stamps creative challenge. 
As always Tracey is being very generous by offering a £40 voucher to spend in the Lavinia online store. 
The winner will be chosen at random so everyone is in with a chance.  
The design team have been busy creating inspirational projects to inspire you. 

The theme for August is Orange and lemon, how appropriate for the beautiful weather, we are having at the moment, yesterday here in London, it reached 38’ in my little garden which is a sun trap. 

The challenge runs from the 1st till the 25th August on  Lavinia stamps website   You will find full terms and conditions for entries here as well.

For my first sample I used the new Jalandhar Stamp. 
I heat embossed with wow yellow embossing powder, onto my background that was made with Spiced marmalade and squeezed lemonade distress oxides, I then used one of the new stencils from Lavinia on the background. I masked off Jalandhar to stamp The sea algae with black memento ink, I also stamped the  Marine-kelp with black Memento then coloured with with polychromo pencils. 
I coloured Jalandhar with Zig watercolour pens, then highlighted with grey alcohol pens and Sukara pens. 
Finally stamped the Bubbles with grey Clair ink once dry highlighted with clear sparkle pen, then used glossy accents to fill in the bubble.

For sample 2, I thought I’d have a go at sharing pictures of steps to make this card. I’ve got some extra time to craft this summer as no holiday, will also be spending most of the summer at home. Would very much appreciate any comments on what would make it better. 
Stamps used for this card were: ZemiraHanging-lanternsFlutterbiesHare from the wild hare set.

I started with a background made using the cling film technique, inked card with wild honey and spiced marmalade Distress oxide, then sprayed card and cling film with water, placed cling film on top and left for approx 15 mins before removing cling film. Then using wild honey Distress ink brushed over stencil randomly. 

Next I used a torn piece of copy paper to create a landscape with distress ink. I do like using distress ink over the oxide background. 

Then using versafine onyx black stamped Zemira using stamping platform. Once happy with image dried with a heat gun before highlighting with clear and orange sukara pens. 

Stamped the fluttrbies with spiced marmalade oxide ink. 

Stamped hanging lanterns with spiced marmalade oxide, then highlighted with a clear sukara pen 

Was happy with the brightness behind Zemira, so decided to use a mask and make a sun, 
I used scattered straw ink around mask. 
Finally stamped leaves and lavender using spiced marmalade Distress ink. 

Look forward to seeing all the lovely entries this month. 
Please take care and stay safe. 
Will be back with a mid month reminder on the 12th of August. 

Friday, 31 July 2020

Sweet Poppy stencil creative challenge

Good afternoon, what a beautiful day it is. 
Well tomorrow is the 1st of August, it is the start of the first sweet poppy stencils creative challenge. 
Lucy is being very generous by offering a £40 voucher to spend in the sweet poppy stencils online store. 
The winner will be chose at random so everyone is in with a chance.  
The design team have been busy creating inspirational projects for you. 

The theme for August is Hot summer colours, how appropriate for today’s beautiful weather here in 
London, it reached 38’ in my little garden which is a sun trap. 

The challenge runs from the 1st till the 29th August on the simply sweet poppy stencils Facebook page. 

Here are the rules for entering.

I have made a card especially for the challenge using the Elephants and the Fall, back plate as I just love them. 
Quite a quick card to make, the background was made with distress oxide using the wet wipe technique. I used Distress inks, worn lipstick, squeezed lemonade and spiced marmalade, then used Black Memento ink for the images and ground area. Used a Honey Doo flower stamp on the base of the card. 
Here are some extra cards that I’ve made in the past that could also be used for The hot summer Colours theme.

Friday, 24 July 2020

Lavinia stamps. Hochanda show 24 July

The long awaited day has arrived, Lavinia stamps are appearing on Hochanda  today at 9am and 1pm  You can watch the shows on Sky 673, Freesat 817, Freeview 85 and in HD online. The fabulous Amanda Branson will be hosting the shows for Lavinia stamps. Amanda will be sharing some fabulous techniques, hits and tips, there will also be some inspiration from the design team.
This is my first sample using Indra and Mystic swirl and Dream word from the inspire me set.
The background was made by applying distress oxide with a damp sponge, dabbing one colour then drying before adding second colour. I coloured Indra with mica powders mixed with water. Then stamped mystic swirl around edge, finally added word, once topper was mounted onto card. 

For my next sample I used my scan n cut to cut out the egg shape.
I then used the center piece to make my background on. 
the background was made using distress oxides. then stamped images in versafine onyx black, stamped the flowers second generation.  
 Stamps used for this card: 

For this sample I blended distress oxide onto smooth card. stamped Indra and Dream word with black onyx verafine ink, dapped different colour oxide onto the mystic swirl stamp to get a rainbow effect and stamped with water. 

I also blended oxide inks onto this background, stamped all images with black versafine. once dry coloured fairy lantern set, with orange sparkle pen. Highlighted Dragon keepers wings with clear  gelli roll pen. stamped summers ebb verse.

For this background i smooched the card into blue distress ink and water, once dry I inked the outer part of the card with mustard seed oxide. stamped Tree of dreams with brown clair ink, then using a scrap piece of paper grounded the tree. Stamped the Wild hares small set  with black versamark ink, stamped Words of spring with brown clair ink, highlighted tree with orange gelli  pen 

 The back ground for this sample was smooched into distress oxide and water on a craftmat,
grass area was blended onto card with distress ink. dragon keeper and fairy lanterns were stamped in black versafine, then highlighted with an orange gelli pen. Vine flourish was stamped with brown versafine Clair ink.  Verse stamped with mustard seed distress oxide. 
For this background I used distress ink. the images were all stamped with black versafine ink. 
Using a fan brush I splattered mica powders onto bakground 

Distress ink blended onto smooth card. All images for this card were stamped with
black  versafine distress ink,  mask used for sun, 

I hope you enjoy the shows. Enjoy making your projects with these wonderful stamps 
Take care, stay safe and have a great summer. 

Wednesday, 15 July 2020

Lavinia stamps July challenge mid month reminder.

Good evening. I hope your all keeping well, we are halfway through July 2020, so there are 10 days left before the challenge ends. There are fabulous entries on the challenge page, but everyone stands a chance as the winner of a £40 voucher to spend in the Lavinia shop is chosen at random.   

For this sample I used spectrum noir Harmony inks, I then used seedless preserves distress ink over one of the new Lavinia stencils called Foliage, I then stamped the Keeping faith Words in the background using morning mist versafine Clair ink, next I stamped the Sea flower and Mini fish also with morning mist Clair ink then brushed Silver pearl mica powder over the top.  Final stamp used for the background was the Sea Algae also in morning mist Clare ink. My final two stamps in the foreground were Sebastian who was inked with onyx black versafine then embossed with clear embossing powder. Finally added the Believe Stamps with mortgage mist then brushed with gold mica powder. 

Have fun creating your fabulous creations. 

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:
Star blossom
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.