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Update from Mixed media card class

Mo and I enjoyed a really relaxing and chilled out class tonight as it was just the two of us. 

Here are the cards we made.



I put the little montages together using the Project Life app which I am enjoying using at the moment to document life.

Anyways… a lovely evening resulting in inky fingers and a hug with a friend. Can’t ask for anything more!

Happy crafting!


Mixed media card class

It is time for my monthly mixed media card class with my friends.  My theory behind these classes is to take one stamp set and show a few different ways of using it that are not the usual ‘SU style’ and make some arty cards.  We use different media and techniques we learnt together the past year or so when doing art journalling techniques.

Last month for various reasons i ended up cancelling the class so these cards have been waiting to be blogged for quite some time! So for this session the stamp set was Lovely as a Tree which is a real oldie but goodie!

I starter the samples off with a simple Brusho card.


Watercolour card stamped in Archival.  Then added some drops of Gamboge and Brilliant Red to the trees and spritzer with water to activate and move the colour.  Then added some Cobalt blue to the sky.  I kept an eye on how the water and colour moved and dabbed it with a tissue if there were puddles of colour or too much water to soften the blend.  Once it was dry I edged the card with some ink and then doodled the outline onto the Kraft card blank with a white paint pen.

Next sample I went for a distress ink background but made it a little different by cutting it into two panels.

I kept to autumnal colours again as I was avoiding green colours but this would work well with green instead of the oranges.
I stamped the leaf stamps in the background using the distress inks and then the oak leaves onto book print and then cut them out. I added some more blending of ink on them before adhering all the pieces to the black layer. I took a strip of black and gold embossed the sentiment and then hand cut it out. I do have the dies but was trying to avoid using them for this class. Finally I watered down a little gesso and flicked it onto the panels so that it gave a nice splatter effect.

The next sample was using some left over cardboard from the haul to gathered for making junk journals.
I mixed some blue gelato into some texture paste and then added it to the corrugated card. Next I stuck the stars into the texture paste and then let it dry out. Then added a little more gelatos with water onto the card. Again I let it dry out.

I then stamped the fir tree onto the cardboard a couple of times and then again onto some white card. I cut out the tree and adhered it to the card panel. Then I dabbed some texture paste onto the tree.

Then I added some stickles in silver down the card panel and rubbed them over the tree too. For the card base I broke it up with a black strip on which I stamped in white craft ink the little pine cone and sprig and edged the black strip with the white. The sentiment was stamped onto white and cut out.

The final card was a gelli plate trick with ink. I must admit it is not my best attempt but it gives the idea and in the class we might come up with better ways of doing it.

I blended Hello Honey and Bermuda Bay onto the gelli plate and stamped the leaves round the edge using Mossy Meadow then printed the image. Next I stamped the oak tree in Mossy meadow, tore a piece of scrap and brushed some mossy meadow under the tree as a shadow. Not the most inventive use of the gelli plate but maybe we will come up with some better ideas in the class?

Will share an update with creations later.

Happy crafting!


Brusho play!

My friend Linda gave me something to play with… Brushos!  Wow how fab are they? 

Immediately had made four backgrounds that just needed some stamping to finish off… How quick and easy! 

   Sheena Douglass stamps for the one above and SU stamps below.  

Darcy Paperartsy stamps for the one above and Sheena Douglass stamps for the one below.   

A bit ink on the edges and jobs done!  Four journal pages quick and easy, all could quite easily be card fronts too! 

Happy crafting! 


Samples for tonight’s inky gelli plate class

Tonight it is time for art journaling at mine with my friends… And I have lots of gelli plate fun planned… All with inks not paint for a change!

Here are the samples… Yes I’ve gone all ethereal! 

So the fairy stamps are Lavinia stamps (although I have some Lindsay Mason ones  that may be used on the night too!) as are the toadstools and hanging ivy.  The top one also features Summer Silhouette stamps, and a clarity mask.  The bottom has Lovely as a tree stamps and the fern from Butterfly Basics alongside a fabulous large stamp from Indigo Blu across the bottom.
The trick with the hills is a Barbara Grey one, and I was very much inspired by her quick demo using the Jo Bubbles stencil on tv a couple of weekends ago. 

Hoping the ladies enjoy their fairy makes tonight! 

Happy crafting! 


ATC swap… June 2014… birds

Just over a month ago I had a bright, or some may say insane, idea of doing a monthly ATC swap with the group of crafty friends whom often come to my house for arty crafty fun… The gang who played bravely with paint and paper and glue and canvases only a few days ago! Well they all thought this was a fab idea, and even though some had never made an ATC before, we agreed to have a theme each month (chosen at random from suggestions from the group) and to make one for each in the group and one for ourselves if we so wished … So 7 of the same (or very similar)!

The first month the theme was birds which was suggested by the lovely Julie. Now I had no idea what I was going to do and when I googled and Pinterested … Yes this is now a verb in my vocabulary … I was blown away by the fab offerings from the web of other peoples interpretations of birds on ATCs.

The first time I sat to work on them, I was actually in the cafe of the library near my work where I sometimes grab a coffee in my lunch break and enjoy the break from my work, and I had a watercolour pad, some watercolour pencils and a playing card to use as a template… Here is what happened …





Next time I worked on them was at the swimming pool when my princess was in her lesson and I was in the spectator seats… This time I added more colour with the watercolour and some more definition.

When I got home that afternoon it was time to get out the stamps… First Lovely as a Tree in subtle Crumb Cake ink…


Then to add the birds… Serene Silhouettes stamped in versamark and then heat embossed…


I then cut out the little topper and rounded the corners and set to on the base of the ATC. I used Tangerine Tango cardstock to compliment the sunset background. I added the Woodgrain stamp in the same ink to create a subtle background.


On the reverse I used an old Paperartsy ATC stamp ready to be completed with the details of the ATC.


Then it was time to assemble and put the finishing touches to the ATC. I decided on some gold brads, dream stamped on the side, and a little bit of extra inking to the topper to finish it off.


I have not made many ATCs before, and never so many in one go… But it was a lot of fun. I must admit as we have chosen the themes for a few months in advance I have already finished next months too… But you will have to wait a month to see those!

Happy crafting!


Braving the Brayer! Class time!

In November I had to postpone a class with friends where we played with the brayer. I was stressed and super busy and in fact in the midst of another crash with my depression so it was good when my friend suggested we postponed. Of course we still wanted to meet and play with the brayer so instead of Christmas card class using the techniques, I rearranged to January for us to play with it then. Tonight was the night!

And here are the samples of the brayered panels we were making!

An Autumnal scene using a fabulous Oak Sheena Douglass stamp, and the beautiful colours of Strawberry Slush, Crisp Canteloupe, Summer Starfruit, Baked Brown Sugar.

A summery scene, using the fab Lovely as a Tree set and the lovely colours of Pistacho Pudding, Gumball Green, Summer Starfruit, Baked Brown sugar, Crisp Canteloupe. This had a bit of sponging on too to add the suns warmth.

And finally I couldn’t not do a Christmas card…

Another Lovely as a Tree one … I love this fir tree! I used Midnight Muse as the main colour, with Basic Black and Basic grey for the tree. I also stamped the tree using the Illuminate ink for some glimmer in the background, and then over the top I add snow by stamping with a dotty background stamp.

The sentiment was a Woodware one I got last year and did my cousins Christmas card order with. Love the swirly script. I then edged the coloured area with some squiggly lines and mounted the topper onto Tempting Turquoise cardstock.

As per usual fun was had with friends… And we ended up mounting the panels onto cards but kept the design very simple so that the topper spoke for itself!

Happy crafting!