Category Archives: Serene Silhouettes

Gelato birthday card

I have one more sample left from last weeks class to share… A birthday card topper made using a gelato background.

I made a fun background using a couple of colours and then stamped the silhouette stamps.

Great fun and easy! 

Happy crafting! 


Results of playing with friends

Last night was art journaling class at my house and this time only three friends were able to come.  It was a shame others couldn’t come but it did mean it was a very relaxed play session for us.  

The main aim was to use gelatos, but we also got to play with the brushos a little too before I handed them back (reluctantly) to Linda.

Here are the results…

These were all using gelatos and archival ink.

These were using brushos and archival ink.


And everyone else’s creations…

I am still not 100% convinced that I need gelatos but they are fun to play with.  brushos on the other hand… Definitely on my birthday wish list! 

Happy crafting! 


Gelato playtime for class

Sorry I’ve been AWOL this last few days.  I visited very close friends (I call them my Dutch family) in the beautiful city of Zwolle, for the wedding of my “little” Dutch brother and his gorgeous bride.

Don’t they look fabulously happy?   And on the left is me “scrubbed up” and my parents were with us too! 

Now I am back, and time to get into the swing of things again… Starting with gelato/art bar class tomorrow.

Here are the sample pages….  


I used a mixture of gelatos and the derwent art bars as they are similar products (gelatos slightly more creamy in texture), black archival ink and some stamps, stencils and then finishing off with a bit of flitter flu and gilding flakes.

Hoping my friends like this play with a different medium.  It will be nice to change things up a little. 

Happy crafting! 


Time to reflect… Continued! Treesday!

Back in December, before I made the no challenge statement for 2015, i reflected on how my blog had developed during 2014. Here is the post… Click here . Now in that post I mentioned the tree set I had bought and not used at all. I did pickup the set shortly after that post, but still didn’t use for anything for last Christmas. Well I have been reflecting again. (Yes I know this is usually dangerous! Ha ha!)

Now this is linked to the Use It Up Saturday post a couple of weekends ago, and is to remind myself of how many tree stamps I actually own to try and prevent myself from buying anymore… No matter how fab they look… So here goes promise number two!


So from now on, all tree stamps will get an airing, and creations with said stamps will be on a Tuesday, hereby to be known as Treesday!


So it’s not exactly a challenge, but then I can’t really say it is just me crafting however I like… It gives some structure to my blog… So you know and I know trees will be featured, one way or another on a Tuesday! But I’m not promising frequency you will note… I have learnt that lesson!

And my first offering…


A very simple card… Used my Spectrum Noir Aquatints to create a background on a panel of card and sprinkled water to create some texture in the pigment displacement…. Very posh sounding term for where the Colour sits on the cardstock! Goodness knows if it is the right term or not, but it sounds good!

This weeks tree, is the branches with birds stamp from Serene Silhouettes stamps from Stampin Up. Added the sentiment, and edged the panel using a SU marker in Pacific Point as it worked with the colours of the background and then added to a white card blank.


I had of course to add some decoration to the envelope too… This is a definite aim of mine for the year to not forget the envelope. I started this off last year and I really think it finishes the project off properly. I won’t always remember to do this I know, but it really does help the whole card look gorgeous if the envelope matches too!

So here is to not challenging myself this year, but to using the stamps already I own (in plentiful supply) and stopping the hoarding!

Happy crafting!


Colour my Monday! Lost Lagoon

Happy Monday!

Another of the In Colors for you… Yes it is time to go for a dip in …


Love this colour! But I have to admit I didn’t end up using a lot of it for this card… But hey, that’s just the way it goes sometimes!

I actually started with the scrap of DSP which was from Soho Subway and then grabbed some bits and pieces that were leftovers from other projects… Like the piece of Strawberry Slush which had been punched out using the Chevron punch, then a circle from Basic Grey and some bakers twine. Finally time to add some Lost Lagoon… I used the Gorgeous Grunge stamps on the card blank, and overlapping some of the DSP, then I took some white linen cardstock and created the two other toppers… One using the Serene Silhouettes circle stamp and the other using a stamp from a card set.


I then decided it needed some more pink in there so added in a little Bliss butterfly.

Happy crafting!


Lavinia … u Tube inspired gelli plate play!

Ok I need to STOP watching UTube art videos… I am just getting super inspired!

Yesterday before I managed to get some sleep after the entire night of not sleeping I had to create something with the gelli plate after watching a Lavinia Stamps video… And wow I was soooooo impressed with the results of my little play! Suspect the ladies who come to my house for crafting will get a go at something like this in the future. I’ve not yet mounted the art work as I need some black card to frame it … But isn’t it divine?


And what’s more… This was the ghost print on plain old printer paper… Can you imagine what the first print looks like which I did on pearlescent paper! I didn’t finish that one, (the ink takes longer to dry on the pearlescent paper) so will share that once I have stamped it and finished it off.

I am so so so so impressed with this technique! Just creates such a pretty background to make into a piece of artwork!

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!