Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Here we go Christmas!

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday have set the challenge of using plaid this week. When I think plaid, I tend to think Christmas, and since I have been meaning to get started on my Christmas cards much earlier this year, it seemed like a good opportunity.

So here we go...


I used a variety of papers from a do crafts pad, ribbon from crafty ribbons and dies and stamps by lawn fawn.

It's a simple start to what I'm sure will become many, many more Christmas cards for 2017!

Thursday, 6 July 2017

We are sailing!

Hi there!

I seem to have gone down a very 'beachy' route recently without realising it - must be in need of a holiday!

Anyway, it is hard to resist the lovely beach themed stamps from impression obsession...

I stamped this tranquil scene using archival ink so that the detail would remain when using watercolours. It is coloured with inktense pencils which are another current favourite of mine.

The pencils work fine on their own but adding water to them really brings them to life. I ran the archival pad around the edge of the card to give it a border. 

I masked most of the picture and then sprayed with colour bloom for a bit of sheen, added more archival ink and some scribbley bits with the inktense pencils to give the whole thing a slightly antique look.

Next to mount it on to my background. It is my first time playing with a cover a card stamp so naturally there had to be a bit of experimentation before I committed to anything too serious!

 Take one - inked up with brushos, spritzed with water, with a paintbrush dragged across for good measure.
 Take two - inked with pale blue versa mark pads - no good in this instance but I think it would have been fine if I chose a darker shade of blue.
 Take three - using fresco paints applied with cut n dry foam.
Take four - Using distress oxides applied to wet paper. 

Plenty of options to choose from but I went with the frescos this time as I liked the way the paint colours blended. 

I inked it twice to cover this long thin card. If you want a more subtle join you can avoid inking all the way to the straight edge, however it didn't really matter to me as the join was going to be covered up. I also gave the card a border using more fresco paint applied directly with a sponge.

I laid out a few scraps of paper from my stash which had nice textures to them. 

Using an Impression Obsession die I cut a couple of nautical shapes and coated them in alchemy wax...

...and layered them all up together.

I added a couple more die cuts and a few enamel accents to finish it all off.

 Naturally it only seemed right to make the card insert and envelope match as well - partially inking the cover a card stamp worked really well for this.
 Well, that's all for now!

Materials list;

Impression Obsession stamp - seaside scene
Io Cover a card stamp - clouds
Archival ink - potting soil
Derwent inktense pencils
Impression obsession die - seagulls
Impression obsession die - nautical
Fresco finish paints - turquoise, antarctic, nougat
Colour bloom - sherbet
Cut n dry foam
Alchemy wax - inca gold
Distress oxides - faded jeans, broken china

I'd like to enter this in to the following challenges;
Impression obsession - is getting hot in here
SSS - red, white and blue (if you'll forgive the green and gold?!)
Sss- summer sunshine
Penny black and more- for the boys
Allsorts- a question of sport

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Playing with inks

A little late to the party I know but I recently purchased some dylusions ink sprays from the craft barn and have been having a lot of fun playing and experimenting with them.
This is one of the first cards I have made with my experiments. I played around spraying ink directly in to card, on to a may and then picking it up, through a stencil and directly on to a stencil then making a print. This is what I did with this card;

I love the vibrancy of colours that you get with these inks! I simply mounted my stencil print panel on to a card blank, added some butterflies punched from more ink sprayed card along with some diamantes. The die cut is from lawn fawn fixed to vellum. Everything is finished off with a bit of compulsory stickles glitter. 


Wednesday, 14 June 2017

A father's day beer

Well I think I'm just about in time for father's day with these cards. I bought card-io's 'last orders' set ages ago thinking it would be perfect for such an occasion as this. Now all I need is for my hubby to forget the cards by next month so I can use the stamps again for his birthday!!!

I mostly used versa colour inks and built up the layers using 2nd and 3rd generation stamping. I also blended ink around the stamping using a dry baby wipe for subtle background colour.

You can play spot the difference between the two cards if you like... There are differences there, they're just subtle :)


Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Some bunny

Well I'm definitely going to need to do some father's day cards at some point, but for now I wanted to share with you some tags I made for a little boy who is due at the end of June. (Well I suppose technically they're for his mum!)

I used sizzix dies to cut the tags and the stamps are from lawn fawns hello baby set. 

Quite simple but I think quite cute too!


Stamping sensations; favourite stamp (I have so many favorites but this bunny set is definitely one of them!)
Penny black and more; anything goes

Sunday, 4 June 2017

Cats and dogs

A little while back now I shared the original version of this card which featured just pooches. After the arrival of 'miaow you doin' I have created an updated version featuring some Moggies as well.

It's a pretty busy card compared to my usual style but I guess that's what happens when you have a new stamp set to play with!! I'm very excited to have just discovered a lawn fawn challenge blog and would like to enter this card in to their spring inspiration challenge.
I would also like to enter at SSS Wednesday anything goes and penny black and more anything goes.

Enjoy your day, Lou :)

Friday, 2 June 2017

Blossom time

Hi everyone,
I was very excited about playing with these new Tracey Scott stamps, they're so bold and fun and useful for all sorts. 

I started with a tando organiser which I coated in gesso and then fresco paints. For this project I used the limited edition Tracey Scott paint colours, teamed up with granny smith, Bougainvillia, and Nougat.
Each page of the organiser was treated to a different paint colour. 
Using the stamps mounted on a clear block I began building scenes in each of the pages. If you are planning to paint on to a stamped image, always make sure you use a permanent ink- I used rangers archival ink for this.

Another option is to stamp using the paint as I have done on the front cover in the background. Apply it thinly to a piece of cut n dry foam and dab over the stamp to get even coverage. You can get two or three decent impressions each time before re coating in paint. 

When you're happy with your stamping you can start painting :)
I added highlights to some of the book's colours using the white Nougat paint.
To add a little extra texture I worked in to the painting using inktense pencils adding borders, shading and doodling.
On some pages I added hints of glitter using the wink of Stella pen too.

The front and back covers. I used a fineliner to add a title to the front - as you can see, nothing too specific!

 All the inside pages in order...

With all the pages completed I tied them together using some rough twine from my stash, not forgetting to add a mixture of bright paper to the inside so I can write in it!

Thanks for reading :)

This project was designed for the craft barn.

I would like to enter this project in the following challenges;
Craft stamper, anything goes
Simon says stamp Monday- circles (the orange page in particular but there are also lots of the front cover)

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

The reason I smile

I’ve been playing with a gorgeous paper pad 
from kaisercraft this week. 

There are so many bits included I think it’s one 
I’ll get a lot of makes out of. 

Some of the papers inside are totally white with
 a glossy pattern added to them. This makes them 
perfect for adding colour to. 

I experimented with adding watercolours 
and brushos, using the gloss as a resist. 

For this make I started by swiping my archival pad 
over the gloss several times and then wiping
 the excess off with a damp cloth.

I chose to mount this on to a watercolour design 
from the pad and ran the archival ink pad around
the edges of both papers to give them a subtle border.

I cut a large and a small flower from one

of the page designs and edged them 
with Potting Soil Archival ink

Using the back of my thumb nail 
I curled the petals and layered 
the flowers together. 

In the centre I added a little button 
coated in alchemy wax.

I completed the card with a sentiment

stamped in Archival aquamarine. 
Again I edged it with the Archival ink. 

The card is finished with a little

Wink of Stella and some liquid pearls for a bit of shimmer :) 

Materials list;
Archival ink (aquamarine, potting soil)
Button (from stash)
Wink of Stella

I'd like to enter this in to the less is more shimmer challenge 

Sunday, 23 April 2017


Good morning! 
Here to share with you a make for the craft barn using distress oxide inks.

The basic plan:

I started with a bit of good ol’ ink smooshing…

Followed by some yummy texture paste… (I know you’ve seen the stencil before but I do rather love it!)

Stamping some feathers in Distress Oxide ink on tissue paper while the texture paste dries…

It’s funny how techniques come and go. 
I was about to painstakingly cut around 
these and try to give them a soft feathery 
look, when I remembered
something I used to do with mulberry paper a lot…

A quick wizz around the shapes with a wet paintbrush and 30 seconds later…

Presto! Muchos time saved 😃

Back to the canvas....
and it is time to really start having fun. 
Plenty more ink added (mostly vintage photo, walnut stain and peeled paint) I also used a wet baby wipe to take back some of the ink in places to create more variation.

Adding water is what really makes the 
oxides come alive… 
suddenly they spread revealing a whole host 
of the colours they are made up of.

Starting to get really involved now… 
I add some brushos. 

Initially on top of the wet canvas, 
then after it had dried I add more 
before splattering with more water.

Now completely carried away, 
out comes the white gelly roll pen
 (another staple favourite) 
for a bit of doodling.

No shortcuts this time 
I stamp and cut around two birds 
from the Bo Bunny set. 

Distress Oxides make a lovely paint too- 
I just smooshed a bit on my non-stick mat
and picked them up with a wet paintbrush.

Remember the feathers? –
 time to add them back in. 

I tried using pva but being a 
water based glue it made the
ink run. 

For take-two I used pritt stick
and it was fine. 

Also added in at this point are
branches adapted from the 
wildflowers die set and coated

in more Oxide ink.

‘Lifted’ with a handwritten sentiment on 
scraps of card with fossilized amber Oxide ink 
blended on and broken china 
splattered over the top.

And just when I thought I had finished 
I suddenly found myself with the 
white gelly roll pen in hand again 
and thus a border was added!"