Thursday, 31 March 2016


     Title of this blog post kindly delivered by my husband, he leaned over to my desk to see what I was doing and said ' Oh Rosie Rosie.' Seemed appropriate somehow.
     Anyway this is a quick visit today because as usual I am cutting it fine to get my Claritystamp challenge card entered on time. The theme this month is ' All about the Girls ' a lovely one to do and I have had an idea in my head for most of the month but it has been frantic here and I have been putting my craft to one side. 

     I will tell you how I made my card but not any step by step photos today. Sorry. 


       I started by making the background paper, this was done on the Gelli plate. I brayered on some mushroom Adirondack ink then scrunched up a piece of copy paper and blotted all over. Then I placed a piece of stencil card over the ink and smoothed the back. Lifted off and hey presto a lovely mottled background. I then randomly stamped a script on top with black Archival, second generation as I did not want it too dark. 
      The lady, or Rosie as her name seems to be is a stencil. Mirror stencil I laid the stencil onto some good quality paper and brushed over lightly with mushroom ink again. Then I masked off the top part and using Cranberry Adirondack I brushed in the dress. Wiped around the edges of the stencil with a sponge to drag in any spare ink.  Using one of the stamps from the Poppies set  I added some flowers to the dress. A little bit fiddly as I had to mask off the stamp each time I only wanted a small section of it.. Coloured in her hair with Spectrum Noir pencils and then carefully cut her out. This is why I used paper for the design, to get a smoother line around the edge. 
      I mounted the background first onto some brighter pink card then added Rosie. I made the feathers using Single feather stamp. Stamped in versamark then embossed with gold powder, then cut out. These were added with some lovely roses I had in my stash and a little key charm. 
     A gold scroll in the top corner which was die cut and I made the tag from  a border plate in the Groovi system. I embossed it onto parchment then used it as a template to cut out some card. Added some matching inks with blending tool, went round the edge with a black pen and stamped some more of the dress flowers in the middle. A little bow at the bottom completed this part. 

       A few pearls and gems completed the design. Almost what I had in mind and not too bad considering I have rushed it. 


          Need to get this entered now before I go off to my Slimming World meeting. Lets hope I have not done too much damage over the Easter holiday. I did avoid the chocolate but gave in to a couple of hot cross buns, just love them and a rather scrummy desert I made for Easter Sunday. Hey ho back on it next week. Hope you have all had a good break and looking forward to the next one and some nice weather now I hope. 

       Thank-you for dropping by. xx

Monday, 28 March 2016


    Goodness March is almost over and I really don't seem to have achieved anything this month. I have been very busy but not doing the things I would really like to do. So I am now rushing to try to get challenges finished before the last few days of this month. First on the list is the Clarity Calendar challenge, I do not have to think of the design for this , just need to make a reasonable copy of the piece by Barbara Gray. All the step by step instructions are on the back of the page on the calendar, so lots of good advice. 

      Above is the original piece by Barbara and is featured on the calendar for March. I could not achieve a background quite the same as it could not be controlled. Anyway got to be in it to win it as they say. Well worth giving it a try as there is a £50 Clarity voucher as a prize. So below is my attempt. 

         Not a perfect copy but I like the finished piece so even if I am not lucky enough to win, I still have a pleasant card courtesy of Barbara Gray's design of course. 
     All I have to do now is get this entered in the challenge then try to get the normal monthly challenge completed in time. Hope you have all had a lovely Easter, loads of chocolate probably. 
        Thank-you for visiting. xx