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Wednesday, 27 March 2013
Quite a few comments last week, about my tidy desk! So before I get a terrible reputation, its back to its former messy glory.
A few weeks ago, Eileen Godwin, who runs the DT for Lavinia Stamps, (and was one of my earliest followers) asked people to let her know if they would be interested in Guesting for the DT, on the new Lavinia Stamps Challenge Blog. So I promptly emailed her, and a couple of weeks ago she got back in touch, and asked if I would like to Guest for April! So out came the Lavinia stamps, and I waited, somewhat impatiently, for inspiration to strike. And then, typically, just like buses, two came along at once, lol.
One I can't show you yet, it will be on my blog on Monday 1st April, and also on the Lavinia Stamps blog, The other is in the post below this, and also on my desk here, on the right, hiding my Guest piece.
Sunday, 24 March 2013
I had to have a go at the first challenge, which is 'Anything Goes', as long as the stamps are Lavinia. All the Rules are HERE. You have till the 31st of March to enter this one.
When I went to the Hobbycrafts, NEC show last November,as well as some Lavinia stamps, I also picked up a pack of Traceys new ready made backgrounds, which come in lots of colours & scenes,called Original Scenescapes and I've used one called Blue Sky for this card.
Tree Goddess Luna,
Spiral Of Spells,
Slender Mushrooms, small and
Believe word stamp.
Everything was stamped using a Versafine Black inkpad, and the first image stamped was Luna.
You can see a couple of test stampings on my scrap paper, I often do this just to reassure myself I've got it inked properly.
Next I wanted to add the Spiral of Spells, so to get a feel for how to place it, I placed it uninked over the moon. I decided I didn't want the words to overlap the fairy, and if I could I also wanted the spiral to be inside the moon itself.
So out came the trusty Stamp Positioner. I stamped onto that, then placed it so I could see what I needed to mask.
Rather than make a mask of the fairy, I masked off the words I didn't want to print on the stamp itself, using Low Tack tape.
Once I had inked the stamp, I tried a test print on my scrap paper- it came out ok, so I re-inked, then removed the low tack tape from the stamp.
I carefully lined up my Stamp Positioner again over the moon, then stamped the Spiral Of Spells ( holding my breath!).
Next I added the small dragon- maybe he's a long way off, or perhaps he's just a baby?- then the slender mushrooms, small, along the bottom.
Now we needed some fairy sparkle!
I used Black Diamond Stickles to outline Lunas wings, and to add detail to the branches and tips of the mushrooms.
Its hard to see in this picture, it doesn't show up very well. I felt it needed a bit more sparkle, so I gave the whole image a quick blast with Crafters Companion Spray & Sparkle, Iridescent.
I took another picture from a different angle here to try & show the glittery finish.
After this, I added the word 'Believe'.
I stamped it onto a transparency sheet in Black Staz-on, then traced over the word with pva glue, and sprinkled with a crystal glitter. Left this to dry out overnight, then trimmed close to the word. A few spots of glue on the back, behind the glitter, secured it to the bottom left of the image.I actually made this word for another project, but it didn't 'work' in the end, so I put it aside. But it was perfect for this one.
Then I matted the image onto Pearlescent Black paper, and trimmed down to a narrow border.
To make the card, I took two sheets of purple pearlescent card. and cut them down to make the shape I wanted.
I scored each piece about 1 inch in from the left, and matted the image to one panel.
Next I made two marks where I would put the eyelets, made the holes in the top piece, lay the back underneath, then made the back holes
through the top holes, so they would line up properly.
If you wanted to add an insert, you could do it at this stage, just before you add the eyelets. Sandwich the insert between the two pieces of card, and punch the holes through all the layers.
Purple eyelets were added, and a length of purple & white dotted organza ribbon threaded through & knotted at the front.
Wednesday, 20 March 2013
This one was from late last summer, with all the trees in leaf. We are pretty much at the top of a hill, absolutely ace view, winter or summer.
Tuesday, 19 March 2013
The Wedding Acceptance uses the Memory Box dies La Rue heart, and the matching Grand Heart for the backing. I die cut the Grand Heart from white pearl card, and the La Rue overlay from a silvery paper. A few silver & white flowers were made using the Tim Holtz strip die, Tattered Flower Garland. I used a mix of silver, white & vellum for those and filled the centres with seed beads.The Bride & Groom are the Stampendous stamp, At the Altar, stamped once onto black card for the groom, then onto white pearl card for the bride, and finally onto vellum to cut out the overdress. I added a little Diamond Stickles to give her dress a bit of sparkle.
The Lattice background is a Quickutz folder, Diamonds & Dots.
The Easel Anniversary card uses the same folder, and hearts. The flowers on here are a mix of Tims Tattered Florals Movers & Shapers, and Tattered Florals Bigz die. I like that you can mix all these flower dies together and get an endless variety of flower shapes & sizes. Dark Red ribbon was wrapped around the Lattice before matting onto dark red card, and the sentiment was computer printed and cut out with Nesties Labels 4. I had one set of these, the large, but ended up eventually getting the small set too, which gives less of a margin between the layers. Sometimes I felt the gap was too big between the layers on the single set.
Wednesday, 13 March 2013
.Earlier in the week, my desk looked like this:
All my bear panels being stitched together! Found a smashing e-bay supplier of gingham fabric, and it goes perfectly with the bear squares. The quilt is all put together now, but I will show that after Jo has had it to put on the LilyBo site. I should be getting it off to Jo next week, I just have to make the bag for it now. Happy Wednesday folks, I'll be round to visit later.