Wednesday, 2 January 2019

Sweet poppy stencils.

Proud to be a guest designer on sweet poppy stencils. So looking forward to making some samples with these fantastic stencils. I started making this card just before Christmas. Finally got to finish it today.
Here are the links to the stencils I used.
Such a beautiful designs
Stags head
Leaf background 1
Stamp used from the Noel set
The background was made using distress oxide inks, Twisted Citroen, peeled paint, antique linen and walnut stain. I squished the inks onto my craft mat then sprayed with water. Dabbed a sponge into the ink then dabbed sponge onto the card one at a time drying in between. Dapped peeled paint oxide straight from the pad though the background stencil with a piece of dry sponge. Dabbed the walnut stain oxide though the stencil using a stencil brush. Once dry went over stag image with clear sparkle pen. Used vintage photo ink on the edge of the card then stamped words with potting soil archival ink.
Hope you like it. Thanks for visiting.

Tuesday, 1 January 2019

Lavinia January challenge 

Welcome 2019 I would like to wish you all a happy and peaceful new year.
The January challenge theme is...
A story to be told. You can enter the challenge here.
My story for the my first sample is... The magic of transforming into beauty!
Images used for this project:
I used Distress oxide inks for the sky and ground, Blueprint sketch and faded jeans.
Carved pumpkin for the small butterflies, on the large butterfly and hanging lanterns, I used oxides as watercolour using carved pumpkin and squeezed lemonade. The mushrooms were coloured with a watered mixture of fired brick and candied apple oxide.
Highlighted with white pen. Splattered white acrylic paint onto background.
Stamped the images with versafine black onyx.

My next sample is: A story to be told... inside the mermaid cave.
Images for this project:
I have used oxide inks for this project, I started by drawing a faint pencil line
for me to follow as I was trying to make the outside look like a cave. For the sea I used blueprint sketch, salty ocean and tumbled glass. I then used scattered straw for the sandy area, finally went round edge of card with hickory spoke distress oxide. I then stamped the images with different colour versafine Clair inks. Highlighted with sukura clear gel pen.

I hope you have fun creating your story, I look forward to seeing your samples.
Happy crafting. 

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Lavinia stamps November challenge 

Wow! November has arrived, can’t believe that it’s almost Christmas. 

Well it’s time for the Lavinia challenge, this months theme is While you were sleeping.  entries close on the 25th November. 

For full info please follow the Lavinia page link:

There is a £40 gift Voucher to be won by the lucky winner who will be picked at random. 

Here are a few ideas I have made to inspire your creativity. 

Stamps used for first sample are as follows.

I made a similar card to this one last year and really liked the outcome so have decided to use the same background again, I used a  large circle die cut mask for the moon, using chipped sapphire and faded jeans distress inks on the background and water. I Used spun sugar and old paper for the moon. Stamped the branches with acorn versafine Claire ink. The remaining images were stamped with black onyx versafine ink. For the Highlights I used a clear gel pen, on the water I used the clear gel pen and made small wiggly lines. Card was finished in one evening. 

For my next card I I used the following Lavinia stamps.

For my second sample I thought I would use my New spectrum noir inks that hubby brought me for my birthday. They are very nice colours was very happy with them. I used Honeypot, grasshopper, pink tulip, and plum jam for the background. For the snail I used acorn versafine Claire, (second generation) the leaves were stamped with plum jam and pink tulip spectrum noir ink. Words stamped with pink tulip (second generation). Remaining images are stamped with black onyx versafine. Highlighted with clear gel pen. 

Look forward to seeing all your fabulous creations. Good luck. 

Monday, 1 October 2018

Lavinia stamps October challenge 2018. 

Wow! Welcome to October, this year just seems to be flying by.
Well it’s time for the Lavinia challenge, this months theme is Hocus Pocus, entries close on the 25th October.
For full info please follow the Lavinia page link:
There is a £40 gift Voucher to be won by the lucky winner who will be picked at random.
My first sample was made at a workshop run by the very talented Eileen Godwin. Such an inspiring lady who is happy to share her talent with all.
I used the following Lavinia stamps in my Three samples.
Starting with wild honey DI in the centre of the card using a circular motion, ink up a circle shape. Then used dried marigold for my second layer, then finally used spiced marmalade to completely cover the card. Next I linked ground area with peeled paint DI and a piece of torn paper. I then stamped the moon and the words in peeled paint and the moon in vintage Photo. Using white a little acrylic paint on a wet wipe I brushed across card to give a mystical effect. Used black onyx Versa fine for stamped images.  Highlighted with wink a Stella glitter pen.

Sample 2 was inked with spectrum noir inks. Inked using method in card 1. Spider web heat embossed with silver sparkle embossing powder,  cat and spider inked using black onyx versafine then embossed with crystal clear powder. Fern heads inked with olympic green versafine then embossed with crystal clear powder. Remaining images stamped with onyx black versafine. Finally grounded cat using green spectrum noir ink. Words cracked effect and bats are stencils by Tim Holtz.

Card Three will be my Midmonth reminder. The lacy effect hanging from the tree is the sleeve from the witch. I used this idea last year.For this card I used mustard seed, seedless preserves, broken china and chipped saphire DI. The tree was stamped with acorn versafine Clare ink, then highlighted with an orange sparkle pen.  The rest of the highlighting was done with a silver glitter pen. Remaining images are stamped with black onyx versafine.

Have a spooky time crafting your hocus pocus makes, I look forward to seeing them. 

Friday, 14 September 2018

Lavinia launch of new stamps. 

Good morning all. Today sees the launch of the new stamps from Lavinia.
They really are beautiful.
We have Raven:
Willow arch:
Twisted willow:
Tree branch:
Wild vines:
Spanish moss:
Mini leaf 5:
Mini holly:
Mini Branch:
Mini berry:
Flower Flouish:

I have had fun working with the new products, I hope you like the samples I made a they inspire your creativity a little bit.
I used the New spectrum noir ink for the background. I used a heart mask for the sun, liked the way this turned out so will be using this idea again. 

For this card I used distress ink for the background. I have a feeling that the two new fairies are going to be very popular. 

The background for this card was made with the New spectrum noir inks. They are also lovely to work with.

The background for this card was inked with distress inks.
       For the main stamping I used black onyx versafine.
Happy crafting everyone, look forward to seeing your fabulous projects.

Saturday, 1 September 2018

Lavinia Stamps September challenge. 

Good evening.
Hope you are all enjoying the summer. I had a great holiday in Memphis, such a lovely place to visit.
The theme for the September Lavinia challenge, is your favourite colour.
This card I made in My daughters favourite colour, I used salty ocean, blueprint sketch and broken china distress ink on an oblong acrylic block then sprayed with water, I then placed on card repeated twice more. Stamped feather with black versafine, then highlighted with white pen. Stamped wording onto parchment paper
Stamps used were:

For my next card I used the same stamp but used worn lipstick  distress oxide.
Stamped feather onto a piece of white card stock highlighted with a gel pen. Stamped onto pink card then stamped randomly with worn lipstick . Then stamped card second generation with worn lipstick, and blended the edges. Mounted on pink pearl and black card.

I look forward to seeing your creations. 

Friday, 20 July 2018

Lavinia Hochanda August 3rd 2018 at 10am 

Lavinia stamps are back on Hochanda today,  with a great choice of stamps, and some fabulous demonstrations with the lovely Amanda. I hope you can watch the show, I will have to watch on catch up, as I’m on holiday and it will only be 4am in Memphis when the show is on air. I enjoyed making these samples to share with you.

My first two cards were made with distress oxide backgrounds. Using worn lipstick, peacock feathers, shaded lilac and seedless preserves. 

On the first card I used versamark and gold sparkle embossing powder, I stamped and embossed  the spiral of spells first then stamped the shrub and embossed one at a time. 

For the second card, I also used a crackle effect stencil with seedless preserves, before stamping the branch on the background with versamark then embossing with pink and lilac melt dust that I found hidden away in the back of a cupboard. I then stamped the spiral of spells onto a circle background with versamark and silver embossing powder. Mat and layered onto burgundy and silver card, flicked some dark pink sparkle pen onto background, then placed imagine die cut next to circle 

Main stamps for these projects are:


The next two sets of stamps on the show always remind me of Autumn. The Colours chosen were picked as they also remind me of Autumn. My next two cards were also made using distress oxides. Fossilised amber, peeled paint, spiced marmalade, fired brick and vintage photo. The autumn fall fairy was stamped with versafine Clair black ink. The ivy was stamped with =distress oxides. 

Main stamps for these projects are:

The next two cards were also made using distress oxide backgrounds. Fired brick, fossilised Amber, peeled paint, spiced marmalade, rusty hinge and mowed lawn distress ink. Acorn house and squirrel stamped with acorn versafine Claire. Used torn paper template for ground area using mowed lawn distress ink. Used Lavinia tree stencil in background. Other Lavinia stamps were stamped with distress oxides. 

Main stamps for these projects are:

For my final card I masked off a rectangular area of the card. I used iced spruce and dried marigold distress ink for the background. Then stamped tree in Acorn versafine Claire ink. Once dry I coloured the tree with a brown sparkle pen. Stamped Kayla and caterpillar with versafine Claire black ink. I then stamped the small leaves with different green  coloured oxide inks. Flicked some brown sparkle pen to give some splats then highlighted edge in gold pen.

And the new caterpillar stamp. 

I really hope you enjoy the show, I look forward to seeing the projects you make. Please share them on the loving all things Lavinia Facebook page.