Thursday, 23 August 2012

Prize stamps!

Why are there not enough hours in the day ! Been very busy with our mini harvest since getting back from Theresa's- first year since moving and we've been quite successful in the garden. Bottled up 4 1/2 lbs of beetroot with shallots and oven dried nearly 2lbs of tomatoes. Also made 5lbs of jelly using up fruit in the freezer to make room for this years batch.There is still more to come, love this time of year filling up my shelves for the winter.

Anyway finally found time (without feeling guilty!) to use my prize stamps from Jayne Nestorenko. They are a real departure from previous designs from Jayne but were a pleasure to use. I asked for the Geisha girl stamp plate and the Accessories one. I based the design on the three panel layout because I felt it had an oriental feel.

The panels were stamped using versamark ink with the blossom flowers and leaf in the Accessories set, then inked over (yay SplodgeAway mat has made such a difference to my brayering and blending - brilliant, so much better using this) with Adirondack Juniper and Stonewashed colours. The lilies, geisha and fan were coloured with promarkers and some areas highlighted - clear embossing on the comb and fan and Liquid Pearls on the geisha dress, comb and lilies. The die is a Memory Box one called Catalina Wreath done in gold mirri. I added the wreath because I thought it rounded it off and tied things together more rather than just placing things in the corners and middle.

Hope you like it too x

Friday, 17 August 2012

Follow Your Dreams

Yippee! Lewis , my eldest grandson, got his A levels results yesterday and had his place at Hartpury confirmed to study equine science in September! He has always been horse mad so this is his dream come true.

This Jayne Nestorenko card idea using 'Hide and Seek' and 'Follow Your Dreams' stamp sets seemed appropriate for him.

Took a while as there was lots of masking, brayering and sponging just to do the background. Then I stamped the images seperately and coloured with Promarkers and cut them out (easier for me than masking the images on the background).

 The left side seemed a bit bare so I manufactured a signpost using the sentiment from one of the sets.

 I hope it's a card he will keep forever because this is to celebrate one of those life changing events that happen along the road of life that we travel.

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Christmas Contrasts

Here are two more cards from the LOTV christmas range, quite contrasting in style just to experiment.

Also used Spellbinders Create a Snowflake set of dies and the Memory Box Catalina Wreath and Whimsy Double Scallop Doily Dies.

 I'm using dies more and more as I think they add some real depth and texture to the cards.












Think I prefer the pastel colours - maybe because it's still summer  - but I do love the red glittered wellies on the grungey card !

That's it for my new LOTV purchases - unless of course I'm tempted again! The LOTV website and blog is really useful for inspiration.

Plan to move on the Jayne Nestorenko stamps for my next lot. revisiting some old 'Adorable' favourites!


Monday, 6 August 2012

Gosh - I won!

Just found out that I've won Jayne Nestorenko's challenge with my card here -


The brief was to design a card to brighten her day - certainly brightened mine I can tell you! Have to acknowledge with thanks that the sky technique (with a twist of my own) is as shown me by Barbara Gray at Cowden as I think that's what caught the judges eye.

Moving House

I made this card for my sister when she moved last year. The Polka Doodle fairy houses stamps seemed appropriate somehow and I mixed them with some Jayne Nestorenko stamps - the washing line and the fence and trees from her Wishing Line set. I love the washing saying Wishes and you can't quite see but the mouse to the left is holding a towel with Best on it. One of those combinations which make you smile!x

Helen



Monday again! Where does the time go?

Here is a Jayne Nestorenko card I made from her Patchwork Polly range - appropriately called Helen! There are some lovely images in the range including the tiles or patches which make good backgrounds I think. This one was watercoloured before glittering and I finished it off with a few flowers from my stash.x

Saturday, 4 August 2012

Christmas Gift





Here's another LotV stamp, called Christmas Gift.

Coloured with Promarkers and glittered (beginning to see a pattern here?!) then mounted with some Memory Box dies. I really struggle with these dies as they are so intricate, no matter what I do there is always one bit that sticks! Perseverance and patience required. The backing paper is from Hunkydory. x

Lili of The Valley 2012 Christmas Stamps









Loving the new LOTV Christmas stamps! Simply coloured with Promarkers and then glittered, with Memory Box and Spellbinder dies for added dimension and texture. Bought 4 stamps but had a hard choice as there are some really lovely ones to pick from!

Blue Flowers with Dragonflies - Reprint, Roxstamps and Gummiapan by Hellen

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