Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Nearly 2015! by Alison Hall



Hi Everyone! It's Alison here, with my final post of 2014. I have a New Year card to share with you. I used my favourite Artistic Outpost quote, and that lovely Carabelle Studios fairy again.



Prima Clear Stamps - Vintage Vanity 6, Vintage Vanity Doily
Small Alphabet Stamps
Ranger Archival Ink - Jet Black, Aquamarine, Fern Green
PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Paint - Guacamole, Bora Bora
7x5 inch Kraft Card Blank
Copier Paper
Green Fabric Flower




1. I began by brayering the blue and green paint onto copier paper, then tore a piece to fit roughly on a 7x5 inch kraft card blank. I used the glue stick to attach it.

2. I used the Aquamarine and Fern Green Archival inks to stamp the Prima doilies, then Jet Black to stamp the fairy, lace and words.


3. I stamped the fairy with Jet Black ink, onto white card, cut her out, and used the glue stick to adhere her over the image on the card.


4. I finished my card off with a green fabric flower, attached with Glossy Accents.


Wishing you all a very happy and creative 2015,


Alison x

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Background Making by Mandy C



To make your own backgrounds you will need a variety of things… for these ones I’ve used paint, sprays (both mica and ink), stencils, texture paste, a ‘scraper’ (I use an old payment card) card or paper


These are all on A5 size card/paper so ideal for making a project.


Background No.1





Let’s start with an easy one… for this I’ve used the DecoArt Neon Paints and a scraper.

As these paints as transparent you get a lovely effect of the underneath colours coming through.

Add some bits of paint to the card and ‘scrape’ through it.

It’s always a good idea to have a spare piece of card or paper to wipe your excess paint onto. (this is called a serendipity piece)


Background No.2






For this background I used paints and stencils.

You don’t have to use the items/colours I used but the stencils were Mini Chicken Wire and Mini Spinning Tops and Dutch Doobadoo Wheels.

Paints are a selection of Distress Paints (Antique Linen, Seedless Preserves, Wild Honey) and Pitch Black Adirondack Dabber.

Start with the Antique Linen, add paint to the card and scrape across. Add some lilac paint using the scraping method. Then start using your paints through the stencils (never use the whole of the stencil), lay the stencil across your card and dab paint through in random patches. It makes a more interesting textural piece of background. Keep adding paint until you are happy with it.


Background No3






This one is made on a piece of old paper. Spritz first using some mica spray. I’ve used a turquoise. Dry with a heat tool (when using sprays you should always dry between layers as it prevents ‘muddying’). Scrape a few lines of a copper colour around the outside. Now we can start with our stencilling. For this background I’ve used Doodle Squares with the pitch black Adirondack dabber and a damask stencil with some texture paste mixed with copper paint. I also used the damask stencil with a Distress Paint - Festive Berries.

Next week I will be using the backgrounds to make a project to share with you.
Mandy C

Monday, 29 December 2014

Green Bough Tag by Deborah



Paper string from my stash


I'm skipping January to March (brrr) and thinking about Spring, using one of my all-time favourite stamp sets: Dina Wakley's Scribbly Birds.

Firstly, I covered my tag with a gelli print featuring Lin Brown's fern leaf stencil. The green paint I used was Eco Green's Pistachio (which I now see is no longer stocked) but there's plenty of green acrylic paint in the shop (Fresco Finish Guacamole perhaps?) you could use instead.

I stamped the bird straight onto the printed tag and then coloured him in with watercolour pencils and Gelatos (Gold Champagne on the head and wings). Then did the same with the two leaf borders.

The sentiment is stamped in Jet Black Archival ink.

Sunday, 21 December 2014

She Gathered Snowflakes by Lynne Moncrieff

I had fun with three Brusho Crystal colours to create the cardbase and for staining scraps of lace and handmade papers for this Christmas card.


Brusho Crystal Colour – Turquoise, Prussian Blue, Violet
Scraps of Lace and Mulberry Paper
Coarse Salt Crystals


Apply Brusho Crystal colours to watercolour paper, continually misting with water, allowing colours to blend. Scatter coarse salt crystals and leave to dry.

Repeat this step for a second panel, excluding the salt crystals. Heat set. Stamp lady. At this stage apply the same mix of Brusho Crystals to handmade papers and lace.
Lay aside for the moment.

Returning to the first panel, repeatedly stamp Winter Wonderland stamp. Mist with water, smudging the Distress Ink. Heat set. Stamp lady. 

Now return to the second panel. Tear the stamped lady into pieces. Adhere a few over the main image (discard or save the rest for another project). Aim for a tattered appearance. Highlight areas of the lady with the white paint pen and flat back pearls.

Embellish card with pieces of the torn lace and handmade papers (prepared earlier) and torn pieces of Tissue Tape (a dab of Gel Medium will help the Tissue Tape to adhere).

All that is left for me to do is …..

Send you Seasons Wishes.

Lynne x

Saturday, 20 December 2014

Birthday Owl by Donna Ratcliff


Morning all! Something completely non-Christmassy for you today, a modern looking birthday card…….

What I used

White Stamping Card
Lost Coast Designs Stamps –

Kaisercraft Stamps -

Clarity Stamps Stencil -
Abstract Squares (2)

Distress Inks –
Peacock Feathers, Crushed Olive

Jet Black Archival Ink

Black Card, White Card Blank

What I did….

1. First step was to blend some distress ink through the stencil, I used a couple of colours applying in patches and blending until smooth…

2. Once the colour was on I trimmed the piece of card down leaving a good sized border. Then inked up the wording and stamped over one of the larger blocks…


3. Then I stamped the largest owl of the set onto some white card and cut him out. I added the tiniest amount of colour around the edges just to ‘anchor’ him to the background and then glued him in place.  

4. To finish I mounted onto some black card and then onto a white card blank.
Hope you have a lovely weekend……and……a great Christmas!! See you in a couple of weeks.

Donna xx

Friday, 19 December 2014

Longing For Spring by Fliss Goodwin

Hello there, I have a mixed media wall hanging to share this week. My title was inspired by the colours used to make my creation, as pink and green is one of my favourite combinations. I hope this will bring a breath of Spring to the current rather chilly weather. As you’ll see, the layered butterfly has come out to play again too!


Kaisercraft Single Clear Stamps – Butterflies, Botanical, Script
PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Paints – Blush, Candy Floss, Guacamole, Limelight, Rose, Sherbet
Strong Chipboard or similar
Large Green Doily or paint a white one
Snippets of Ribbon or Fabric
Leaf Trim
Sponges to apply paint


·       Cut a 21cm square of watercolour paper (the Ranger one is very strong which is essential for this due to layers of paint etc.) and a piece of chipboard for backing the same size.

·       Using sponges, apply the light pink paint all over the watercolour paper, and then add the medium pink around the edges, working in towards the middle in places. Add patches of the Guacamole paint over the top. Leave to dry.

·       Tear a strip of Bondaweb and paint on the side that doesn’t have the glue with the gold paint. It’s best to do this on a craft sheet as the paint with seep through the holes and you can scoop up the excess and keep on applying until the surface is covered. Allow this to dry and then tear into pieces.

·       Using a dry iron, iron patches of the painted Bondaweb to the painted paper, making sure you put the backing paper over the top or you’ll end up with a very sticky iron!  Carry on until you’re happy with the effect.

·       Sprinkle the ribbon snippets on the Bondaweb patches and repeat the ironing after carefully placing the backing paper on top. You’ll see that the snippets stick to the shimmery patches. Cut a piece of leaf trim and iron this on too on the right side to resemble a vine.

·       Stamp the Botanical image on with the Fern Green ink. I added this 4 times. Then repeatedly stamp the script design in the remaining spaces with the same ink.

·       Colour a couple of scraps of paper with the deep pink and green paints, then stamp on butterflies with the fern ink. Cut these out.

·       Die cut a butterfly from watercolour paper and emboss with the texture fades folder. Paint the top half with the Candy Floss paint and the lower half with the Limelight. Paint the body with the gold Shimmer paint. When dry, apply fern green to the raised areas.

·       Cut a piece of doily and glue to the left hand edge. Using the Tacky Glue, glue the paper to the chipboard, sandwiching a piece of ribbon in between to make the hanger.

·       Glue the butterflies in place to finish.

Have a really lovely Christmas everyone and see you afterwards.

Fliss x
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