Thursday, 29 October 2015


        Well Autumn is here again, far too quickly for my liking because that means cold days will be following soon. I am not a winter person but must admit to the sight on a crisp frosty morning. Everything looking so crisp. Still we have not got that far yet and Autumn is giving us some wonderful colourful sights this year. Not sure that we will see a tree like the one I have created below for October's challenge at Claritystamp.  The theme is to use Stencils, we could use stamps as well but I have chosen to stick with just stencils. I have also used a small canvas for a change.

      Firstly I painted all over my canvas with Blueberry chalk paint. Lovely dark background.

       Next I taped my stencil in place and masked off the bit at the bottom that I did not want to use.   I used Tree of Life stencil

        Once prepared I dragged some grunge paste through and left to dry. Then re-applied stencil over the picture. 


     Next I added some colour to the tree by sponging different colours of inks through the stencil. It's a magical tree so no need to stick to nature's colours. I wanted some leaves so rubbed some gilding flakes over double sided adhesive. I love the effect achieved with this medium.

      I stuck the piece of adhesive to some copy paper so that I could draw on some leaves and cut out. I used the stencil that came with October's NDC  newsletter to get the shapes. Just needed to glue these to the tree, I used some Pinflair gel for this and also a few dabs of glitter glue around the base. 

        Would be nice to have trees this colour in our garden. Hope you like this canvas. Please leave a comment if you have time. Thank-you.  xx

Thursday, 1 October 2015


      Hello, welcome back. I was having a look through all my stamps the other day and found this pretty background one. I think it is based on 'The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady' so I am guessing Wild Roses. Not too sure but I think my aunt used to call them Dog roses but I might be very wrong. I am not brilliant on names for wild flowers. Anyway I have used this stamp as the basis for my card for the challenge at Sweet Lilac Flowers, which this time is titled 'Say it With Flowers' I think most of us enjoy making floral cards.

     I started by making a mask for my stencil out of copy paper. Just draw round stencil and then cut out the inside carefully on the lines. Then I taped the stencil to a piece of card , making a hinge at the top. I brushed some Meadow Adirondack through the aperture, just lightly. Lift up the stencil to have a little look and decide if more ink needed. 

    When I was happy with the colour I removed the stencil and placed the copy paper mask I had made over the design.  Then I stamped my flowers into place.

      Once I had stamped enough flowers I removed the paper mask and drew a fine squiggly line all around the outside of pattern. 

          Next step was to use my Spectrum Noir pencils and colour in the stamped image. 

         I mounted the design onto a piece of contrasting paper,added another line around the edge of the card. Then some of the Sweet Lilac flowers and a few pearls

          I die cut a greeting in the same paper as background and added to the top.


         Quite a simple card but looks effective I think.  So I am going to enter this into the challenge at Sweet Lilac.  Do have a look at their website and also maybe put your own entry into the challenge, might win some lovely flowers. Thankyou for visiting.  xx