Saturday, 30 April 2016


     Calendar Challenge No 4 at Claritystamps. The challenge is to re-create Barbara Gray's artwork featured on the 2016 Clarity calendar. This one was very much out of my comfort zone as it is a canvas and involves paint and being a little more arty. Even so I was determined to give it a try although I did not have all the items needed so I have substituted a couple of things


           So above is my attempt at this month's challenge. I will not do a step by step as all the instructions for creating this piece are on the calendar page for April and also on Barbara Gray's blog,  One Day at a Time .   

       Love these little birds and have not used them enough really. Hope you like this and  if you want to see some lovely inspiration for artwork just visit Barbara's blog. 
       Thank-you for visiting xxx

Tuesday, 26 April 2016


     I do love glitter and sparkle so the latest challenge at Lavinia Stamps is just right for me. The challenge is to just add glitter. Quite easy really and so long as you have some Lavinia stamps it is a great one to enter. Must admit I have been meaning to get my entry done for a while but the days just seem to whizz by.  
      Anyway my attempt is below. Glitter on the leaves and roofs of the cute little houses. Love these little houses.



   A quick visit today but hope you like this little scene. My niece would love it lots of glitter. Thank-you for visiting. xx    

Sunday, 17 April 2016


     I love the stencil I have used to make this card, think it is so pretty. I have used some of the petals in the past to make 3D flowers.


      I drew around the stencil onto parchment with a white pen, then embossed each outline. I made the lines a little thicker than usual so that I would have room to apply some glue to attach to the base card. 

    After embossing all the outer lines I started to add some designs to the middle of the leaves and petals. Some are just embossed and others I have done some fancy piercing and cutting. 

    Finally I pierced all around the outside edges of each petal and snipped out. Then carefully glued into place on black card. Be careful about adding the glue as it can show through parchment easily. 

    So a few close up pictures of each petal so that you can see the designs a little better. 


      Lastly mounted black card onto some green card added some faux stitch lines and a few gems. 

 Filigraphy Flower Stencil  available from Claritystamps

     Thank-you for visiting, hope you like parchment craft and will give it a try. xxx

Saturday, 16 April 2016


       Goodness what a strange mix of weather we are having at the moment. We have had sun, rain, hail and snow today, one minute quite warm the next bitterly cold. I hope it is a lot warmer this time next year as we will be celebrating a family wedding. My son will be getting married, I am sure I will bore you more with the details as the year progresses. 
      Anyway back to the present and my other son's girlfriend is celebrating her 30th Birthday tomorrow. She has two dogs and absolutely adores them so I decided this girl and dog stamp was perfect to use for a card for her. Could have done with another dog really but can imagine that one of them was behind the tree. 


       I used a lovely stencil that came with the Clarity design club. So pretty and as I used it I could think of other cards to make so I think it will get plenty of use. So start by taping the stencil to a piece of Theuva card, Just add tape at the top to make a hinge can have a little peep then as you work without disturbing your work. Then stamp the girl and dog into place with sepia Archival ink

      Tear a hill mask from copy paper and position under the stencil taping down so it will not move.

    Then brush across the top section with Mountain Rose Adirondack ink .Making it a little darker nearer to the hills, a little bit of Espresso brushed in at the edges helps with the shading.

     Using a Micron pen draw around the edge of the oval shape, then also draw in some hills using wiggly lines and following the shapes already formed. We did this at the Clarity retreat last year so I was paying attention Barbara Gray.

      Stamp in some trees using the Sepia ink again and shade in the hills with 
pencils, I also added some lines under the dog and trees to ground them. Next mask off the picture using the oval piece that comes with the stencil.

      Using the Mountain Rose brush over the flowers being careful not to get pink in the lines. Cover them with some tape if necessary.

     Finally I brushed some Meadow Adirondack into the lines on the stencil and added some matching pearls in the middle of the flowers . A fine brown line all around the outside edge with a Pro-Marker finished the design. Then it was mounted onto a pink base card. 


        Just hope she likes the card now and also has a wonderful Birthday. Think she will as I know my son has a special present for her. 

        I am also entering this card  into the challenge at Claritystamps which this month is to use the masking technique in the design. 

   Items used are
            Wee Folk stamp set
            NDC  framer stencil
            Wee trees stamp set    
            Theuva card
        Hope you like this one and Thank-you for dropping by. If you have time please leave a comment    xxx