Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Change our story

Well hello and welcome once again. I am feeling quite chuffed to have found a little more time to spend in the craft room. This time I couldn't resist playing with the stamps from the latest edition of Creative Stamping. The stamps are just fab and the elephants go so well with the elephant stamp I already have perfectly. This is based on a card I made a while back so just had to put them together.


Here's what I used...

Multi media card stock... 115lb
Stamps from Creative Stamping Mag... Issue 57
Deep Red Stamp... African Elephant
Lavinia Stamp... Tree but no name on packaging
Inkylicious Stamp... Bare Trees
Sheena Douglass stamp set... Change
Stamping up stamp set... High Tide
Versafine Ink... Onyx Black
Ranger Archival Ink... Fern Green and Orange Blossom
Tim Holtze Distress Inks... Weathered Wood, Black Soot, Crushed Olive, Peeled Paint, Twisted Citron, Spiced Marmalade, Rusty Hinge, Wild Honey, Abandoned Coral and Mustard Seed
Blending Brushes and Foam
Cuttlelola Dot Pen... Black
Masking Paper
Polychromo Pencils
Sue Wilson Die.. Stitched Rectangles
Inkylicious Stencils... Reflections and Scenic Clouds
Gabreille Pollacco Stencil... Mini Moving Vines
Dreamweaver Embossing Paste... No name on this but believe it is their original paste

Here's what I did...

I began by workng out the size I needed to create by scene at the same time as working out which dies I would need as I wanted to cut a frame which would have a depth deep enough to incorporate the elephant. In order to have the elephant as part of the frame, stamp the elephant onto the card first using the versafine ink. Place the die over the top and work out the placement. Using a sharp craft blade, gently cut around the elephant to enable you to tuck the die behind the image and tape in place with low tack tape and then run it through the die cutting machine. You will now have a nice frame with the elephant as part of it which will allow him to stand out from the finished piece.

Using a die from the middle of the two used, cut this onto an A4 piece of card and take out the middle to give you a stencil to tape down over your card stock which will allow you to work within and have a neat edge. Stamp the elephants from the Creative Stamping set onto the card and also stamp it onto masking paper. Carefully cut out and place over your stamped image.

Take a piece of paper and lay across the card and begin blending over the greens to create the grass area. Once happy turn your paper round. Cut a mask to create the sun and then blend over the inks to create the sky. Remove the mask creating the sun and gently brush over with Mustard Seed until happy with the colour.

Take the Reflections mask and brush through with the Black Soot distress ink across the card to create the mountains. Using the same mask move it around and blend through with the Weathered Wood distress ink to give a look of depth to your horizon. Take the Scenic Clouds stencil and using Rusty Hinge distress ink, pounce through with a sponge to create the clouds. Once happy with the blending and the scene is created, take the tiny grass stamp from the High Tide stamp set and using Fern Green and Crushed Olive ink, stamp it randomly over the grass area to create a feel of tufts over the field. Use the Cuttlola Dots Pen to add more interest and help ground the elephants.

Take the Lavinia Stamp tree and stamp it to the right of the scene with the black Versafine ink and the tree from Inkylicious to the left so that once the frame is added just a small part will show. Take the verse stamp and stamp this top left. I felt the mountains were a little too crisp against the sky so I brushed a little Weathered Wood over the top to darken it slightly. 

Now happy with the scene it's time to work on the frame. Cut a mask and place over the elephant. Using the Twisted Citron and Spiced Marmalade, brush over the entire frame. Then take the leaf stamp from the free stamp set and stamp it around the frame in Orange Blossom and Fern Green. Take the Mini Moving Vines mask and push through the embossing paste just on one vine down the left of the frame. Blast with a heat tool so that it lifts and bubbles a little. This paste is great for this effect. Gently brush over the Twisted Citron.

Now remove the masks from the elephants on both the frame and the scene and colour with shades of grey Polychromo pencils. Add a touch of brown to the tree and you're done.

Mount the scene onto some matching green card, making sure you have a depth deep enough to allow a border once frame added. Use mounting foam to allow the frame to stand up from the finished piece and carefully place it onto the card. Mount onto your card base. I used an ivory card for this.

Well that's enough typing...phew. A bit long winded so you may be bored by now haha. That's all from me and I hope you like it and maybe got inspired.

Enjoy the rest of your week and see you all again soon.

Much love

Bev. xxx

Thursday, 17 May 2018

And so the adventure begins

Hello and welcome. I'm here today with another quick and easy make. I just can't leave these stencils alone and always seem to find something to fill then with. Today it is this beautiful horse by Stamp Addicts.


Here's what I used...

PaperArtsy Smooth White Card... 240gsm
Stamp Addicts rubber stamp... Horse SA-7087
Tim Holtz Stamp Set... Phrases 3
Visible Image Stamp Set...Destination Unknown
Clarity Stamp Stencil... Winter Tree
Momento Ink... Tuxedo Black
Versafine Ink...Onyx Black
Distress Ink... Mustard Seed and Faded Jeans
Masking Paper
Inkylicious Blending Brushes
Alcohol Markers
Fine liner pen... Black

Here's what I did...

I began by taping down the stencil with low tack masking tape. Place this onto a stamping platform and stamp the horse with the momento ink. I used this ink for the horse as I wanted to use alcohol markers to colour the horse. Stamp the horse once again onto masking paper and carefully cut out the image. Out of the waste I punched a circle to use in order to create the moon. Carefully place the mask over the horse and the circle to create the moon. Use the fine liner to create texture for the grass. Take the blending brush and brush mustard seed over the grass area. I used this colour so that I could brush the faded Jeans over the whole area creating the sky and the grass (the blue over the yellow creates a really nice shade of green). Once happy with the the colour, take a baby wipe and gently dab areas of the sky to create the look of clouds. Using a sponge gently push all the colour that has collected on the stencil onto the card. This saves waste and also gives a good sharp edge to the finished look.

Carefully remove the stencil and the masks. Take your chosen colour of markers and colour the horse. I chose shades of grey for this image. Once happy take the words from the Tim Holtz stamp set and stamp it using Versafine ink in the top left corner and the words from the Visible Image stamp set in the bottom right corner. Trim the card to your desired size then mount onto black card. Mount this onto some blue card before mounting onto your white card base.

I do hope you like it. That's all from me today. Enjoy the rest of your week and hope to be back soon.

Happy crafting

Much love

Bev. xxx

Thursday, 3 May 2018

Just because your path is different

Hello and welcome. So here I am again. I'm feeling quite shocked that I managed to be back so quick. I found myself with a little free time so managed to make something quick and easy. I've had this verse for a while and not yet used it and I really like it so needed something to go with it. After a good old rummage I dug out one of my old favorites which I felt suited it well. 


Here's what I used...

Paper Artsy Super Smooth Card... 240gsm.
Sheena Douglas stamp set... A Different Dream.
Indigo Blue Stamp Set... Lost In Benidorm.
Indigo Blue Stamp Set... Light and Sound Borders.
Bee Crafty Inkables stencil... Unsure of name but it looks like a chain link fence.
Versafine Ink... Onyx Black.
Momento Ink...Tuxedo Black.
Ranger Archival Ink...Orange Blossom.
Tim Holtz Distress Ink... Faded Jeans, Broken China and Weathered Wood.
Alcohol Markers.
Posca Pen... Red.

Here's what I did...

Stamp the image of the man onto the card using the Momento ink. I used this ink as I'm using alcohol markers to colour the image. Stamp the image again onto masking paper and cut out carefully. Stamp the verse onto the card using the versafine ink. I love this ink for stamping as it gives a really crisp detailed image. Take the mask and place it over the man carefully. 

Take the Broken China and brush over the stamped image lightly, building up the colour gradually. Take the Faded Jeans and do the same again around the stamped image to allow a darker colour directly around the image. Once happy, remove the mask. 

Now take the stencil and place in on the card and brush over the Weathered Wood lightly around the outside of the card. Take the arrows element from the Borders stamp set and stamp it onto the card using the Orange Blossom. 

Now happy with the background, take your chosen colours of alcohol markers and colour the image. I decided to use a Posca pen to colour the verse as I thought it would give me a slightly shiny look but it didn't. Hey ho, it coloured it well so all good. 

I did think of adding some dimension to the card using embossing paste but decided that it might spoil the look as I felt it was ok as is so left it there. Mount onto some navy card and then onto a white card base. Hope you like it.

All for now. Thank you as always for dropping in. Enjoy the rest of your week. Hope to be back again soon.

Much love

Bev. xxx


Thursday, 26 April 2018

How Fragile Are We

Well hello and welcome to my world. It's been a fair while since I last found the time to have a play in my craft room. What with working full time and a home to run, time is scarce. I really think working should be banned and crafting made essential. I don't know about you lovely people but craft time is something I need in my life in order to be truly happy within. Crafting is a way of expressing ourselves and the things that happen in our lives on a daily basis. Anyway I did find a little time to create this tag using the new Visible Image Stamps. I must be honest I was a little unsure of the Bloom and Grow stamp set. I felt I wanted to have a play with it, but at the same time felt it a little eerie but not sure why. Mark twisted my arm at the Ally Pally show saying go for it so here we are. This started out at a quick play with it and ended up here.



Here's what I uses...

Visible Image stamp set... Bloom and Grow.
Visible Image stamp set ... How Fragile.
Inkylicious stamp set... Water Drops.
Marianne Designs stamp set... Eline's Brush.
Tim Holtz Distress Ink... Faded Jeans.
Tim Holtz Distress Ink... Broken China.
Ranger Adirondack Ink... Cranberry.
Stamping Up Ink Pad... Night Of Navy.
Verafine Ink pad... Onyx Black.
Signo Pen... White.
Fine Liner pen... Black.
Ranger Glossy Accents.

Here's what I did...

I began with a piece of plain white card and stamped the cracked image from the How Fragile stamp set in the middle of the card using the stamping up ink pad. Stamp the baby from the How Fragile stamp set using the versafine ink pad, I used a stamping platform so that I could stamp two or three impressions to ensure I got a solid image. Blend the broken china over the card, leaving it lighter in the middle. Once happy blend the Faded Jeans around the edge of the card gently until happy with the depth of colour. Take the Water Drops and stamp them around the card using the Stamping Up ink pad. Use the white signo pen to add some highlights to the water drops and also a little doodling around the edge of the card. Using a black fine liner pen, add some more doodling around the edge of the card. 

I felt something else was needed around the baby so I took the small splodge stamp from the Marianne Design stamp set and stamped it randomly using the Cranberry Ink pad. I did this using second generation stamping so it was a softer impression. I also used this ink pad to lightly brush around the baby image. 

Take the words from the How Fragile stamp set and stamp them onto a spare piece of card and cut out. Glue the words onto the tag. To help the water drops stand out, carefully fill each droplet with the glossy accents and set aside to dry. I like to leave overnight to ensure completely dry. 

Mount the card onto black card, then onto a piece of dark blue pearl card, then onto a piece of white card, making sure you leave a longer piece at the top so that you have enough to cut the corners to create the tag. Punch a hole in the top of the tag for the ribbon. Using a die, cut two hole re-enforcement's in the blue card and glue in place over the holes. Create a bow using some blue ribbon and thread a piece through the hole. Glue the bow in place using a hot glue gun. 

I hope you like it. I certainly enjoyed making it, and despite nearly not buying this stamp set, I'm rather glad I did. I will definitely be having another play with it again soon. 

Thank you for stopping by and I wish you a happy weekend. I hope the sun shines for us all. Take care and happy crafting.

Much love

Bev. xxx



Friday, 2 March 2018

My heart belongs to you

Good evening on this very cold and snowy Friday. Found myself with an evening to myself so thought I would make a CAS card with the free stamps from one of the recent Creative Stamping mags. Nice and easy and very quick to make which is rather nice sometimes.




Here's what I used...

Free stamps from issue 53 of Creative Stamping.
Just Right Stamps... Loving Sentiments.
Stamposaurus Stencil... Unsure of name?
Versafine Ink... Black Onyx.
Imagination Craft Starlights metallic paint... Diamond.
Spectrum Noir Colourblend pencils.
Spectrum Noir Pencil Blending Solution
Masking paper.

Here's what I did...

I stamped my two images onto masking paper and cut them out carefully. I then stamped the lady onto my card with black ink. Place the mask carefully over the top and then stamp the man in place. This allows her face to be in front of his. Now place the mask over the mans image. Place the stencil down over the masked area and tape down using low tack tape. Take a piece of cut and dry foam and the starlight paint and pounce it through the stencil. I love this starlight paint but sadly it doesn't show the sparkle in this picture. Carefully remove the tape and stencil and allow the paint to dry. 

Take the pencils and softly colour the image. Blend with a stub and some blending solution. Once happy take the wording from the loving sentiments and stamp with black ink. I chose a piece of silver card that shines different colours when hit by light for my mount, but any colour would be fine. Mount onto card base. One nice and easy card :-)

Thanks for dropping in. I hope you all have a super weekend. Stay safe with this awful weather and hope to see you all again real soon.

Much love

Bev. xxx


Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Something Wonderful

Hello again. I am enjoying a much needed week off work right now so managed another card. More masculine this time. Would be good for fathers day possibly or even a Birthday card for a dad. The wording can be changed of course to anything you like :-)


Here's what I used...

PaperArtsy Smooth white card... 240gsm.
Kaisercraft... Discover.
Clarity Stamp sets... Bird outline, Mushroom outline and Tree outline.
Lavinia Stamp... Rabbits.
Istencil... Spherical Optical Illusion.
Masks... Hills and valleys.
Versafine Ink... Black Onyx.
Archival Ink... Watering Can, Potting Soil and Fern Green.
Stazon Ink... Olive Green.
Distress Oxide Inks... Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint, Mustard Seed and Faded Jeans.

Here's what I did...

I used the Outline Tree stamp to stamp the trees using black onyx. I wanted the top open so that my scene could come out of the top so made sure I didn't ink up the top part of the stamp. These stamps come with the matching masks which is great. I have had these sets since their launch on TV a long time ago but never used them. Place the part of the mask that has the cut out of the tree over your stamped image to allow the scene within to be created. This is simply done using distress inks and masks to create the grass and then the sky. I punched a small circle out of masking tape for the sun which I placed before blending the sky and used the negative part to create the sun. Once happy with the look, remove the mask and take the chosen stamps from the sets to create the scene. I used the potting soil and two different greens to stamp up the trees. The rest of the images are stamped using the Black Onyx. Once the scene is complete, place the other part of the mask over the tree so protect your image. Place the stencil over the entire card and blend through with the same colours used to create the scene. Remove the stencil and mask from the tree.

I chose the wording from the Kaisercraft set and stamped it with Black Onyx. Do the same with the rabbits. At this point I spotted the little squirrel and thought he would look just right at the base of the tree. Mount the card onto a piece of black card. Then mount to a piece of coloured card that matches the image and then onto a white card base.

I hope you like it. Made a nice change to create something a little different for a change. Having said that I do make all sorts depending on mood :-) That is the great thing about crafting after all. Just have fun and enjoy.

All for now and thanks for dropping by.

Much love

Bev. xxx


Sunday, 18 February 2018

Hello gorgeous girl

Hello again. What a gorgeous day it's been here down on the River. Sunshine and blue skies all day and even had my doors and windows open. Oh I can't wait for the spring. I hope you have all had a super weekend. Well I found myself with some spare time this evening so what better way to spend it than in my craft room. I just had to get out the clarity stencil again. I do love them :-)


Here's what I used...

PaperArtsy smooth white card... 240gsm.
Clarity Stencil... Winter Tree.
Stampin Up... Beautiful You.
Stampin Up... High Tide.
Lavinia Stamp... Unsure of name.
Debbie Moore Designs Hello Gorgeous (Free stamp set from latest edition of Creative Stamping).
Versafine Ink... Onyx Black.
Distress Inks... Faded Jeans, Stormy Sky, Mowed Lawn, Squeezed Lemonade and Mustard Seed.
Polychromo Pencils.

Here's what I did...

I began by taping down the stencil with low tack tape. Stamp the pathway in place and stamp again onto masking tape. Cut out carefully and place it over the stamped pathway. Punch a circle out of masking tape and place that where you want the sun to be. Now for the blending. Using strips of paper, place onto the card to enable you to create the sky, sea and grass areas and bush over the distress inks. Use the water effect stamp from the High Tide set to create the look of water. Take a sponge and pull in all the ink from the stencil to create the darker edge. Once happy remove the stencil and the mask from the path and sun. Now take the the mask you cut the sun from and place that over the sun so that you can now blend on the squeezed lemonade. Remove the mask and then lightly brush over the Mustard Seed to give the look of a sunset and take it down across the water.

Stamp the lady onto a spare piece of card and cut out carefully. Stamp her again onto a piece of pattern paper and cut out the dress and hat. Glue this over the stamped image. Softly colour her arms and legs and also the pathway. Glue her onto the card. Stamp the wording and then trim down the card to the size you would like it. Mount onto a piece of matching card and then mount onto a white card base.

That's all from me today. I hope you like it and thank you for stopping by.

Much love

Bev xxx

Change our story

Well hello and welcome once again. I am feeling quite chuffed to have found a little more time to spend in the craft room. This time I coul...