Category Archives: Summer Silhouettes

UK Stampers Forum fireworks and Christmas bunting

I’m on catch up for a couple of projects I never got round to sharing on my blog… two bunting swaps… one themed Fireworks and the other themed Christmas.

So the fireworks one I used paints to create the background and then did lots of stamping using Paperartsy stamps and a few other random stamps that I thought looked a little like fireworks. For each of them I stamped in distress oxide and then heat embossed with clear.

I then stamped the celebrate in versamark and used a sparkly white powder to heat set that. I added the little banner with good times and then some dots of stickles to add more sparkle and shine.

For the Christmas bunting I went for a patchwork background with different papers…

I then cut it down and sewed each of the seams and round the edge.

I then stamped the Darcy snowflakes and heat embossed them and added the Tim Holtz tree die cuts (these were cut from an alcohol ink background)

Next I created the little hill and stamped the snowman and coloured him with water colours.

I added the snow by using some matt medium and then sprinkling on the embossing powder.

I finished off with a Tim Holtz sticker.

Super happy with these bunting… and how different they both are in style.

Happy crafting!


And onto the next era…

… so this beautiful girl, my princess, finished primary school today. And boy am I emotional! I actually started the crying at 8am writing the card to the teacher.

This was her before the school prom on Monday… she is definitely the loveliest creation I have ever made (obviously with some help from the hubby!).

Today it was gift giving and card giving time for the teachers and the princess and her friend raided my card making stuff for their cards and I made this special card for the best teacher that we could have asked for!

Distress oxides (of course!) and summer silhouettes stamps are the main ingredients for this card!

Now off to lie down in a darkened room and recover from all the emotion of my baby growing up!

Happy crafting!


Mixed media card class

Tonight it’s time for me and my friends to play card making mixed media style!  This time I decided to play with the large background stamps and see what I ended up with.


This one I made a Brusho background using Positively Chevron. Then stamped beautiful birdhouse by Claritystamps.


This time a distress ink blended background with water splodges and used the World Map with Sky’s the Limit stamps.


Next a painty tag using handcarved and summer silhouettes and some gorgeous silk trim.


Finally I used a stencil and stencil brushes to create this soft card.  I used the Dictionary stamp and then Awesomely Artistic stamps to finish in a mix of purples and browns.  Love the effect of the brush on the linen cardstock too.

So wonder how we will all get on making these at class… what I know will happen is that we will have fun and feel chilled out doing it!

Happy crafting!


Use them or lose them stamp challenge #8

So this year I have decided to challenge myself to make a set of card, scrapbook page or journal layout using each of my stamp sets as I know I have some I rarely use!  Time to change that!

This is actually a two for one card… Summer Silhouettes and Something Lacy.


I stamped pieces of Cherry Cobbler and Night of Navy cardstock with the Craft white ink.

I mounted the navy on white cardstock and then mounted them up.


I decided to die cut a sentiment from a gold cardstock to add to the top and then added some card candi to finish off… oh and added another mat of cherry cobbler card.



Finished off the envelope with some stamping….


Love the final card but must admit I am struggling to love the Something Lacy stamp.  Just can’t see that I would ever use this much…. so think it might be one for the lose it pile.

Happy crafting!


PATWITS circle journal… Julie’s journal

So this is my first spread for another’s journal in quite some time.

 Forgot how nerve wracking it is to create in a book that isn’t your own, especially when the talent expressed on the page before is so awe inspiring.

 I knew however to stare at the white page was a bad idea and it was better to get some colour down quickly just to take the fear away.

 So here are my basic process pics… Nothing fancy and you can tell I got carried away right at the end as the photos stop! 

So yes this is the point the mojo started working properly and I started to like what I had created.  Ok I know the girl is far from brilliant but she is pretty much as good as I get … Why on earth I thought a face was a good idea I have no idea! But I just went ahead and created and had fun and that was the idea! 

Yes I threw pretty much everything I could think of into it.

And now the final page…

Happy with that! Hope Julie likes it too! 

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! 


Happy birthday Dad!

Today is my Dad’s birthday… So an English countryside was sent to Spain for him to enjoy! 

I love these a letterbox stamps by Clarity… Such fun to lay with and the masks are an essential addition too! 

Added some foliage to balance the picture out a bit and the birds Darcy drew for one of her paperartsy stamp sets.

Happy crafting and happy birthday to my Daddy dearest!


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!