Category Archives: Summer Silhouettes

Art journalling with friends… Embrace the white space update

So tonight I hosted the class… The samples for the class I shared earlier today … But here is what we actually made…

Here is mine. I used an Octopode digi stamp for the focal image.


And clockwise from top left is… Linda, Alison, Mo, Helen, Mara and Karen


Aren’t they all fab? Just love the way they gave each of the pages a different personality and their own little touches.
We had a fab night and I know I for one thoroughly enjoyed myself. Next month we will be a bit more squished, but sure we will cope, and also we get to play with gelli plates. Whoop!

Happy crafting!


Art journalling session with friends: embrace the white space

Tonight I am hosting an art journalling class with my friends … My first time of having friends round to craft in ages as the last few planned sessions had to be cancelled as real life got in the way!

So I have got all excited about art journalling since the new year… And it is time to pass the enthusiasm to others!

I admit my first point of inspiration for the class plan was the layout I did for “Journal52” a couple of weeks ago. I got such nice comments as a result of posting this page on Facebook so I started with that as the idea! Go check out this post for the original!

I decided that the best way to do the class was to work on a loose sheet of card… It takes the scariness away of working directly in the journal for beginners. So I started with a 6×6 piece of card. There is a reason for this size… It looks nice in the 8×8 journal and it fits the Wilkinson box frame which I thought would be a good way of displaying the work each month.

I chose two colours of the Dylusions ink sprays… In this case the yellow and pink and sprayed it down one side of the card. Onto this I doodled some wiggly lines.


On some book print I stamped some flowers and then added some colour by washing some ink and water over them. I let them dry then cut them out and stuck them down on the layout over the wiggly lines.


I then forgot to take pictures! I added stamping over the flowers and wiggly lines using the leaves from the Summer Silhouettes stamp set.

On separate cardstock I stamped in Memento ink the Gorjuss girl and then coloured her with Promarkers and paper pieced her dress. I fussy cut her out and stuck her onto the layout. I then added more stamping of the little flowers from the Summer Silhouettes set in both black and melon mambo.

Next I outlined the girl, added some doodles to make her look more hand drawn, and added depth with the extra ink around the outside.


I stamped with little alpha stamps, the quote I chose for the page. I then cut out the quote in strips. These I then outlined with black doodle pen before sticking them onto the page.


Once I had everything onto the page I went back to outlining and adding depth with the warm grey Faber Castell big brush India ink pens. Love how they bring everything out from the background.


This photo above shows the page laying on the black journal … And the one below on the Kraft journal. Everyone for the class has got the Kraft journal, but there were not quite enough in stock at Hobbycraft so I chose a black one for mine. I like it on both so it really doesn’t matter either way. I think I may add a mat for it before I actually stick it in!


So this was sample one… Now for sample two… Done in exactly the same way, just a different colour scheme, focal stamp, quote and background stamps.



Now tonight’s class i was hoping to use a different focal stamp but unfortunately it hasn’t arrived in time, so going to have a hunt through my stamp collection for something that will work otherwise it will be the same stamp as the first sample. What’s more over the next few days I have a few more things up my sleeve showing how you can use the same techniques and idea to create some very different projects!

Now must get on… I have a class to get ready for!

Happy crafting!


Colour my Monday! Tangelo Twist

Back to another In color this week for the weekly spot of colour!


And so I bring you…


This is a real burnt orange type of colour! I decided to go all Summer Silhouettes with this one!


I started with my favourite embellishment … A doily! My friend M can’t see the use of these and I can’t stop using them! How funny! I also decided to start using some of the gorgeous washi tape I have been hoarding but never think to use!

I also decided to team it with some embossing using the cute Decorative Dots and the lovely brushed gold cardstock and a sentiment from Hello, Lovely

My finishing touches were the lovely pearls I dotted around!

Happy crafting!


Tidying up the scrap box

I have recently had a bit of a tidy up! Mainly of the scrap box and got rid of things I really would never use by making the pieces big enough into envelopes for the lunch money for the princess! Ingenious use of paper that I otherwise would throw into the recycling! Or at least I think it is!

I have also been making up some quick and simple cards with the bits that were a bit to small to save but too pretty to throw away… Those really small bits and pieces you just can’t quite part with … So here is a selection of the cards I made using such cute bits and pieces!

A bright combination of Afternoon Daydreams, Summer Silhouettes & Papillion Pot Pourri with a splash of additional colour with the chevron ribbon!

Watercoloured Simply Sketched flower with my Inktense pencils (lush!) and used some random scraps of paper. Lovely little Itty bitty Banners sentiment too!

The fabulous Henry Says sits happily on the I am Me DSP scraps for this bright celebratory card!

Love how a delve in the scraps box can give me these three very different cards! I did some more but you will have to wait to see them!

Happy crafting!


Colour my Monday! Pear Pizazz!


Happy Monday peeps! Hope the beginning of the week was good for you!

This week is all soft and SUBTLE for you!


This was inspired by a little play I had a few weeks ago when showing a friend how to two step stamp and Helen showed her how to create a simple background using an acrylic block to stamp with … And when I saw this weeks colour was Pear Pizazz I knew it would be perfect for this technique!

I used the Summer Silhouettes stamps to create the focal image. I also used the Decorative Dots embossing folder for the background which I added the ink to to provide more definition!


Happy crafting!


More gelli plate fun

A week or so ago I shared with you the ghost print as a result of some playing with the gelli plate inspired by a UTube video. If you want a reminder… Click here!

Now it is time to share the original print and now card I made from it! I really love the blending of the background and the subtle way the stamped images work…


As this was on a coated pearlescent paper, the stamping in black isn’t my best, but still I love this card.

I added the Lavinia fairies and text from a set I have and then added the little rhinestone stars randomly around the card to add the touch of magic.

I mounted the artwork onto a pale blue and raised it above the graphite and white mount with ribbon wrap on dimensionals.

Happy crafting!


Colour my Monday! Early Espresso!


Happy Monday people! Today is an especially happy Monday … Because today is my birthday! Whoop whoop whoop!

Ok after all that whooping I need coffee …


Alright alright … I know this is probably one of the least coloured colours I could have chosen for my birthday … But I do like using Early Espresso as a good basis for cream coloured not white coloured projects! And this is one of those types of projects!


I started with a cream card blank 6×6 size, and stamped the positively chevron background stamp along the left hand side in Crumb cake. Then took some kraft coloured paper and stamped World Map in Early Espresso and edged the piece with some of the same ink. Next I took another piece of Kraft paper and stamped the Positively Chevron stamp again, this time in Soft Suede and again edged the piece. I then used part of a doily (my go to accessory of the moment!) that was sitting on my desk at the time and added that to the smaller piece. I then brushed over it with my very expensive … Ha ha ha… Shaving foam brush. This gives a very subtle amount of colour to the doily and is gentle so it doesn’t tear.

Then for the feature image. I stamped directly onto the doily using the Early Espresso ink and the Summer Silhouettes stamps. I added the stems for the flowers in Soft Suede and stamped the blooms themselves onto the kraft paper and cut them out. The kraft paper absorbed the ink very differently to the doily giving the Early Espresso a different look! The flowers I raised on dimensionals.

Then I stamped a little centre to the flowers using gold pigment ink. I used the same kraft paper to create the sentiment topper. I used the happy birthday from Stacks of Wishes and my favourite punch for adding sentiments; Word Window. I also added a knot of the linen thread and some pearl embellishments to finish it off!

Love how this looks. Elegant but earthy!

I also remembered to decorate the envelope too!

I masked an area off to write in and brushed some ink out from the centre. I stamped the leaves in a mixture of Early Espresso & Soft Suede. Then removed the mask and stamped the blooms. Then I took a Stampin write marker and added wiggly lines to outline the area I had masked.


Love the combination of the card and envelope … Makes it a lovely and special card to send through the post!

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!


Finishing off the gelli plate class!

Can’t get to sleep so thought I would write up a blog post instead!

Last Wednesday as part of the class I demonstrated how to use the gelli plate and so ended up with a little stash of prints. I then got to play along with the lovelies in the class deciding what to do with them. The great news about this was I got to play with some stamps they brought with them too! Here are the prints I made and stamped up…

I heat embossed this Swallowtail with white detail powder. Missed a bit of the stamping but don’t think it matters really!

I do love this Indigo Blu stamp! Could use it time and time again. Not 100% convinced by the gelli print though … Strange how it doesn’t sing to me!

This is a mixture of Serene Silhouettes and the Lindsay Mason fairy stamps Karen brought. Lovely! Nice funky card this one!

Julie brought Summer Silhouettes with her … I now need this set if inly for these fab leaves! Also love using the Feel Goods sentiments … Such nice statements!

My favourite last! Lavinia stamps which Julie brought just seem to work perfectly with the print. Really love this one!

So this is how they were at the end of the night. I didn’t get round to mounting them on anything, partly because I was really supposed to be teaching but also because all my stuff was spread over many rooms as we were still in the midst of moving things into the spare room which is now my craft room. Regardless of them not being finished, I am still pretty pleased with them … Especially the last three!

Now going to switch off the iPad for the second time since coming to bed and attempt sleep again!

Happy crafting!