Sunday, 11 December 2016

Clarity Challenge 46

Materials used
Stonewashed, Denim, black Archival ink
Forest Ridge, Merry Christmas, Deer stamps
Moon mask
Stencil brushes
Torn paper for hills
This was my 3rd attempt at this.  Still not perfect though.  On the first attempt I accidentally stamped the trees in blue instead of black.  When I overstamped the blue with black I actually though it looked quite effective.  A happy accident!  So that is what I have done here too.

Thursday, 17 November 2016

Clarity Challenge 45 - Blast from the Past

I created the border first using the circle from the Floral figures set and Pesto ink.  The centre circle was made with a petite gelli plate and some lace and the same Pesto ink.  I brushed round the edges of the centre square with the same colour.  The cat is also from the Floral figures set.  It was stamped in black archival ink and the leaves and flowers were coloured in using a green fineliner.  I stamped the sentiment with the letter box kit and edged each section in black.  To finish I added a die cut (as I don't have a stamp) paw print in black and holographic green card.

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Clarity challenge 44 - Squares or Circles

A clean and simple card for this month's entry.
I used
Dotty wave, Jo's Bubbles, a Box Frame and Leafy Swirl stencils
Raspberry, Stonewashed and Black inks
Sentiment stamp
Various wee folk including the stars from one of the fairy sets
Black micron pen

Monday, 12 September 2016

Clarity Challenge - In the garden

First I stenciled the wall in the background.  I masked off the bottom area and brushed over lightly with espresso then used espresso again through the stencil. 
I then stamped the wrought iron bench and coloured in parts of it with a fineliner.
Using a variety of stamps I stamped the greenery along the bottom of the wall and the wrought iron tree.
For the lawn I brushed over with lettuce ink and used the end of a small stamp to create texture with 2nd and 3rd generation pesto ink.
The flowers in the foreground were stamped with pesto and coloured in using promarkers.  I wanted them to be fairly muted so didn't bleach out the lettuce ink but coloured straight over it.  I used some glamour dust and gems on the flowers to add extra texture.  The glitter looks a bit blobby in the photo but sparkles nicely in real life!

Sunday, 14 August 2016

Clarity Challenge 42 - Fussy Cutting

I would like to enter this for Clarity Challenge 42.
I used:
NDC stencil
Dragonfly, Shepherd's purse stamps
Yellow, Lettuce, Pesto, Red Pepper. Stonewashed, Black inks
Red and Green coloured pencils

Saturday, 30 July 2016

Calendar challenge 7 - July

As usual I didn't have exactly the right equipment for the challenge.  So I used ink from my ink pads to create the background with the Gelli Plate and a piece of acetate.  I had to spritz the ink first so it would move  around. 

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

First Anniversay

I made this card for my daughter and son-in-law's first wedding anniversary. 
I used an idea from Sue Wilson's blog and adapted it to suit.  The dies are all SW.  Montreal, Laurel leaves and complete Camellia petals.

Clarity challenge 41 - Days out

I stamped the Sketchy Lady and the Diamond carriage and horse first using Black Archival and embossed with clear embossing powder.  I then stamped the sentiment using the letterbox kit.
For the sky I used Stonewashed and the cloud mask.  I really like how the card gives little blobs of texture.
Next I created the castle and the hills using the landscape mask, Espresso and Lettuce inks.  Not forgetting the torn paper for the hills!
The foreground was made using the Dotty Wave and Stone Wall stencils randomly and Espresso and Vintage photo inks.
I painted the lady with Stonewashed and Lettuce inks, both to make her stand out and tone with the background.
A few finishing touches - the grass verge using a stamp from Trees and their mantles, shadows with some diluted Vintage Photo ink and a touch of colour on the bottom of each letter to match their background.

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Clarity challenge 40 - Masculine

This journalling set seems to be my 'go to' for masculine cards.  I love the simplicity of the images and the script stamp has to be my very favourite for creating background interest.
I used espresso and lettuce inks for my background and the birthday sentiment from the word chains.

Thursday, 19 May 2016

Clarity challenge 39 - Anything Goes

I used my blending tools and Pesto, Lettuce and Espresso inks to make the background.  I then stamped randomly on the background with water using the script stamp from the Journalling set to add some texture.  I used the script stamp again and second generation of espresso to stamp again.
The bird stamp, which I love, is stamped with Versamark and then embossed in black.  I lifted some of the ink from the birds with a small brush and water although this does not show up too well.
To make the border strip I again used the script stamp.  This time using black Archival and brushing over lightly with Lettuce and Espresso.
Finishing touches are:  edging the border strip with a black fineliner, mounting the panel on black, stamping the sentiment, assembling the card.

Friday, 8 April 2016

Docrafts capsule collection papers
Dark blue card
Sue Wilson Orange blossom complete petals, dandelion clocks, montreal dies
Spellbinders tag dies

Clarity calendar challenge 4 - April

Now I know that this does not look very much like the original calendar artwork.  However, I have followed the step by step instructions and used all the same techniques as Barbara did. 
I don't normally make canvases, although I have done some with Sazz in her workshops. However, I quite enjoyed making this one and am reasonably pleased with the outcome.

Clarity challenge - April

I really like this stamp and have used it for both of the challenges this month. 
First I stamped the bird in black archival ink to give it a crisp, clean look.  I made a mask for the bird and added the moon and outer parts of the cloud masks.  I then used a stencil brush and stonewashed ink for the sky.  I made my own cloud mask from copy paper and inked these in with denim ink.  After removing all the masks I painted the bird with espresso.  I didn't want to use more colours as I wanted a clean, simple feel to the card.  I stamped the greeting and the foliage (first and second generation) in black archival.  I am (for once) really pleased with this and plan to make some similar ones as birthday cards for some of my family.

Sunday, 13 March 2016

Gold wedding card

A wedding card made for my nephew.  I used some Sue Wilson and some Spellbinders flower dies.

Clarity calendar challenge - March

Clarity challenge 37 - All about the girls

I used a lot of masks in this project!  At first I was a bit disappointed that the ink had seeped under some of them a bit but then I decided I quite liked the effect.  I stamped the words first and then masked them off.  Placing the inner part of the lady stencil on the card I then stamped the shops.  These were then masked as well.  For my background I used the ink that was left on the poly bag after doing the background for the calendar challenge.  Ingenious or what?  After removing all the masks I placed the outer part of the stencil in place and used my stencil brushes to create the lady.  I used one of the house stamps to give her dress an abstract pattern.  I used coloured pencils on the shops and a fine liner to outline my lady and give her some curly hair - she looked a bit weird without it.

Thursday, 25 February 2016

Red Shoe

I made this card for my daughter's birthday.
I used Spellbinders gold labels 4 for the white background.  A Spellbinders flower and Majestic Circles for the sentiment. Tattered Lace shoe die, red glitter card, white card, feathers, pearls and a peel-off.

Sunday, 14 February 2016

Clarity challenge 36 - Love

I started thinking along the theme of Valentine's Day as it was so close.
I used Raspberry Adirondack ink throughout.
First I stamped the word 'love' with the letterbox kit and then masked it off as I wanted this to stand out.
The next stage was to place the heart stencil, without the inner piece on the card and very lightly brush through with the ink.
I then placed the abstract squares stencil underneath the heart stencil and brushed through again. 
Next I put the inner part of the heart stencil in place and brushed though again, this time quite heavily to give a contrast.
I stamped 2 of the wee folk and the kissing couple into three of the squares.
My background is black card and letterbox kit letters saying 'love'.  I stamped the word randomly over the black card and then brushed over with Lava Red mica powder. 
To finish the card off I cut out the heart, mounted it onto the black background and then mounted that onto some bright pink cardstock.

Clarity Calendar challenge - February

I found this month's challenge really difficult and am not too sure about the finished result.
First of all this is the only shaving foam background I could find and I don't have any inks to create more at the moment, although I'm sure you can use other mediums.  So having chosen my background I thought it looked rather psychedelic.  The first thing I could see was the rather strangely shaped tree in the foreground.  I then decided the boy was flying over some mountains which had many streams running into a gorge at the bottom.  In the distance I can see a secluded beach with hills behind.  Isn't it amazing what you can find in a piece of inky paper!

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Clarity calendar challenge - January

Well I thought that I would try to have a go at the calendar challenge each month just to challenge myself really.  This is my second attempt at it and I'm not especially pleased with it.  However, after reading Barbara's blog this morning I thought (JFDI) as she said.  So here it is, warts and all.

Monday, 11 January 2016

Clarity challenge 35 - Say it with flowers

I have entered this card for the Clarity January challenge - Say it with flowers.
I used the Clarity petals set to stamp the outline of the petals to make the flower shapes using Black Archival ink. 
Then I made Zentangle type patterns in each petal using a fine liner.
The sentiment is a Clarity stamp which I particularly like.
I used die cuts to finish off the card. 2 different Spellbinders circles for the flowers centres.  Rose creations and Layered poinsettias for the flowers.