Monday, 30 December 2013

Here come the girls........

Well I hope you all had a fabulous Christmas, I know I did with a big family gathering the weekend before and then my youngest daughter and her family spent Christmas with us. Such a joy to see my three youngest Grandson's faces on Christmas morning- super fun! We're nearly into the new year and I know it is a time when many of us reflect and remember times gone by. On that note and after doing 'me Mam'  I had another go at making some more memory frames. So as I was looking at a theme of people who have enriched my life the obvious choice was my daughters - so here they are - my gorgeous girls  ............

Each one was made with love and has little charms which mean something from their lives, a sewing machine and teacup for Theresa ...

...... a shoe and a cupcake for Ruth.

The hardest part and the longest is to choose the pictures, I wanted to keep to three to show their different ages so far, so many memories came flooding back and I had to be quite strict with myself or they would never have got done! Then came the supplier search to get the charms, texts and bling, actually assembling them was the easiest bit........
These were given as gifts to the girls - now I need to make them again for me to hang them next to me Mam in the hall.......what a lovely trio that will be :-) Happy New Year to all my followers, here's hoping for a good one! x

Monday, 23 December 2013

Heartfelt Creations - Burnished Keys

Well here we are - nearly Christmas! Hope you're all ready. I had a fabulous time last weekend with a family gathering at my house and then from tomorrow I have my youngest daughter and her family coming to stay. So looking forward to it and hope whatever your plans are you enjoy them too.

Here is another card I've made using the last Heartfelt Creations release which is all about keys. Pretty versatile and can be used for new home, valentines etc

The picture isn't doing this any justice I'm afraid - the flowers are all sparkly having had Wink of Stella (clear) brushed on them and the brown pieces having the gold version of Stella before embossing with clear EP. You can just see a bit of glistening on the top right plaque -h ope to get it up to Oyster Stamps after Christmas so if you're in the shop you can see what I mean!

Sending Christmas wishes to all my friends and followers, hope whatever you have planned for Christmas brings you much joy x

Stamps, dies, Wink of Stella and EP are all available from - Oyster Stamps, Rochester, Kent - Telephone 01634 686823 or Website

Friday, 20 December 2013

Heartfelt Creations - Journey of Love Keys

Well I just don't know where the time is flying to - probably the North Pole as I don't seem to have any spare do you? Still struggling with my blog not playing nicely with Facebook but from what I've seen I'm not the only one - please get it sorted Mr Microsoft!

I made this card a few weeks ago for Oysters from the last launch from Heartfelt Creations, lovely sets of stamps but I did find the matching papers a bit dark and depressing - maybe it's all the Christmas decs around me lol ! The stamps are gorgeous though and ideal for planing ahead to Valentine's day. 

To make the background I stamped with Versamark and embossed with white EP before colouring with my Distress Inks, highlighting the images with some extra ink as needed. The tag was made the same way but using pinks and greens to colour. The keys were die cut with the matching die template and added with foam pads for a bit of dimension.

So better late than never, lets hope this blog post works now or I'll be going back to pulling my hair out!!
All stamps,  ink and die available from - Oyster Stamps, Rochester, Kent - Telephone 01634 686823 or Website

Sunday, 8 December 2013

Eileen's December Workshop

Yay! After weeks of problems with my computer, error messages every time I tried to blog  and impossible to load pictures on FB I finally think it's sorted. The last update from IE really screwed things up so having eliminated viruses and registry issues I have changed my browser and fingers crossed it seems to have worked.

What with this, BT problems dropping my connection all the time (12 times one day!) , decorating the lounge and having new carpets fitted (where does all the dust come from?) I have been pulling my hair out for the last few weeks! Sooo nice to go to Eileen Godwin's workshop yesterday and lose some stress in the day. Love meeting up with old friends and making new, the day just flies........
.....mind you I did struggle with one (the tag) as my inks just kept bleeding so in desperation I stamped all over it and drew wiggly lines to try and cover it up. My deep sighs were audible around the hall - sorry!  
Top left in this picture is distress inks and Tim Holtz, top right is Panpastels and Lavinia stamps and bottom is distress inks and Clarity.

Many thanks to Eileen for her inspiration and laughs and to all the lovely ladies there yesterday, you cheered me up no end :-) x

Sunday, 1 December 2013

Lavinia Challenge 10 - Anything Goes

Happy 1st of December! The Christmas countdown has really started now......must get some Christmas cards made asap........

The new challenge at Lavinia has started and for this month the theme is Anything Goes so you can really let rip with all those ideas you have bubbling away in your head. Congratulations to last month's winner Julie Rose, really hope Julie enjoys spending her prize of £40 in the Lavinia shop.

My designs for this month include using a Sweet Poppy Stencil designed by Tracey from Lavinia, fabulous for combining different textures on your card by mixing with co-ordinating Lavinia stamps.

So here my Butterfly Tree (stencil) has been magic'ed by the Zen Butterfly and a couple of naughty fairies hitching a ride - but they've done a good job so should be forgiven! The butterfly is stamped and embossed with white EP on acetate then coloured to match the colours on the tree.

 My second design was centred around the beautiful verse stamp I used on a simple Panpastel background. I used the Zen Tree, Zen Leaf and cobweb to complete and added jewels per the verse.

There are some fantastic designs from the rest of the team - check them out for more ideas and inspiration - I look forward to seeing your entry this month!

All stamps are available from Lavinia Stamps website.

Friday, 22 November 2013

Jayne Nestorenko - Berry Tree

Day 3 of showing samples for Jayne's special release of her Christmas Tree stamps - today is Berry Tree. It's been great fun designing with these versatile stamps and if you'd like to see some more why not take a look at Wendy Foster's blog as she is also showing  some designs.
This first card is simply stamped and coloured with Promarkers then I glazed the berries to make them stand out more. The bauble is a Memory Box die with Spellbinders on top and a sentiment.

My 2nd card/tag was again simply coloured with the berries glittered this time. I used an embossing folder to create the background which I coloured with Panpastels and glittered.
For my last card I heat embossed the tree with Versamark and an antique gold EP before colouring with the pens. To finish it off  I added Magnolia and Cottage Cutz Dies. I found the stamps are lovely to use, giving a clear impression each time. Hopefully these will give you some ideas to have a go yourself.
Jayne's stamps are available for a limited period only on her website
 PS Jayne's blog has started to show some great instructions for her products called Dottie's Diary - written by the lovely Jennie P . Instalment 1 is up now, can't wait for more to follow!

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Jayne Nestorenko - Willow Tree

Here we have day 2 of Jayne Nestorenko's special release of stamps used at her recent workshops. All the stamps are available to buy on Jayne's webpage - but hurry... they're only available for a short time! 
Today's blog is all about the Willow Tree. So here's something a bit different don't you think?
This first card I made using double sided sticky acetate with gilding flakes. Somehow I managed to get all the coloured bits of flakes in the middle to cover the tree before I sneezed lol - not advisable!

On the second card I thought we'd go with a pink Christmas.....I embossed the image with white EP and Versamark Ink before colouring with Distress Inks. The background is done with an embossing board and the card is finished off with a flourish of flowers and die cut snowflakes.

The third sample used the same white EP technique this time with blue and lilac Distress Inks. I added a side tag with a sentiment stamped on and simply matted the card with backing paper and silver mirri board.
So here you have the super Willow Tree, lovely design and something just a little bit different from the usual Christmas Tree. Tomorrow's blog will be all about the Berry Tree hope you can pop back for a look. x

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Jayne Nestorenko - Snowy Tree and Melted Snowman

Jayne has made a special release of her recent workshop stamps and has asked me to make and show some samples using them. They are only available for a limited period so why not take a look at Jayne's website while stocks last!

Three tree stamps plus a cute little melting snowman are available for this release.

This one is called Snowy Tree, I simply stamped and coloured with Promarkers to add some shade to the tree and stand. Backed with Nitwit papers and a Memory Box Die - Snowflake Flourish and some Spellbinders snowflakes just jazzed up with a bit of bling!
Card 2 - the background is an embossing folder glittered up and clouds added using a mask and Panpastels. I stamped the trees with Versamark and coloured with Panpastels before cutting and glittering. The melting snowman is  stamped and coloured with Promarkers. Poor little snowman but it adds a lovely finishing touch!
By simply cutting off the stand the tree can be used to make a whole forest! So in card 3 I stamped some trees with Versamark and silver embossing powder and some with denim Adirondack and mounted them in front of a Panpastel landscape using moon and hills masks.

There are 2 other trees available - Berry and Willow which are really unusual and I hope you'll be back tomorrow and Friday to see some samples of them. Thank you for looking x

Monday, 18 November 2013

Workshop Weekend - Day 2

Crumbs what a busy crafting weekend I've had -  Day 2 at Eileen Godwin's was working on Art Journals - which I am still trying to get my head round ! But I think what I love about them is that each page is a one off and they are just for me. My journal is for me to try out different ideas so they may not be 'perfect' but I can take elements from what I randomly create to do on other projects. There is a lot of freedom in doing this and it's quite liberating to be able to use different stencils and stamps and mediums to create whatever you want.
We were a very small class due to flu doing the rounds, but we still had great fun chatting as we worked using Eileen's stash of stencils and stamps. A good tip from Sue who was there was to date the pages so when you're looking back you will know when you did things.

As usual my first page was quite 'tight' in that it takes me a while to get into the right frame of mind - I'm so used to working in detail -random is hard for some of us!! But I'll blog it anyway as the others thought the vibrant colours worked well together - see if this had been a card I'd have binned it lol but by being in my journal I'll keep it as a memory of a lovely day (yes I know I could rip it out but I don't want to spoil my new book!!).
My second page was a bit looser (for me!) and I combined 2 StencilGirl stencils which Eileen had recently purchased from America. I quite like this one - it's my favourite of the two.
So there you go, me being a bit loose lol! A fabulous day and great to release any stresses and tensions. Talking of which, any of you local to Rochester - Oyster Stamps are having an Open Day on 23rd November at the shop and I've been asked to do some demos along with Martine, Tracey and Margo. Don't panic it'll be me who's stressed not you and it should be a fun day with drinks and nibbles and a raffle prize to be won so pop in if you can, it would be good to see you! Not sure what I'm demoing yet but they will all be based around stamping and colouring - need to get my head down then and get going, I'll blog some examples when I've done them. Thanks for looking and have a good week x

Workshop Weekend - Day 1

Had a fabulous weekend with  Eileen Godwin and lots of lovely crafting friends. Lucky enough, as it's so local to me to do the 2 days, here is a couple of cards I made on Saturday using some Lavinia stamps. We're mid month through this month's challenge at Lavinia, so why not pop over to their blog and have a go -  £40 voucher prize for the randomly selected winner!
This first tag was made using three colours of pan pastels Violet Extra Dark, Violet Tint and Neutral Grey with the colours first swept over and blended over a moon mask to create a base. Using a torn piece of paper I used the Violet ED to create some mountains and then used the negative of the moon mask to create the moon colours, blending all three colours to give some shape to the moon.
I then used Lavinia Zen Tree and Zen Leaf with Versafine ink to stamp the images. To highlight the tree and leaf I used an eraser to lighten or remove some of the Panpastel colour. Finally adding some co-ordination gems to the tree. Eileen's version of this was in super hot colours (which has become a bit of a trademark for her!) which you can see on her blog. We all had a go using different colours and I'm sure more of them will be popping up on others blogs - they all looked fabulous!

My second Lavinia card was made using the beautiful Zen Butterfly. The background was randomly stencilled with 2 stencils and Distress Ink. The butterfly was stamped on top of this and coloured with Poppy Promarker, the trick then is to stamp the butterfly again but on acetate (use Stazon Ink!) and coloured with the same Promarker and then attached to the butterfly body underneath.  A few pearls just to finish it off and we're done.

So a fab day catching up with old friends and meeting many new, it was a full house with near on 30 of us attending and I had great fun creating these and other projects on the day.

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Here's to me Mam x

Well it's been pandemonium in the Pearce household this week! My own fault - left everything to the last minute and then get a DT request for some cards. Left what to the last minute I hear you ask? Well it's my baby girl's birthday this weekend, I'm not allowed to tell you she's going to be 40 and as I cannot believe my youngest daughter is hitting that age I 'm quite happy not to tell!! (Ooops.......)
So I've been locked away in Ellie's Cupboard for days now lol.........been having lots of fun with glitter, Frantage, inks and Panpastels going everywhere. Geoffie has been running up to Oysters to get me stuff (why do you always run out of DST when you least expect it to!) and doing most of the housework so far. And with a family descending on us for the weekend festivities the poor man has been cleaning the insides of windows, wiping light switches and hunting for cobwebs. Oh yes ladies, some serious housework has been going on!
..and breathe.......For now I can't show you any of the DT work so I'm blogging a little project I did the other week as a trial run of an idea. I've wanted to have a go at scrapbooking for a while and thought I'd start with some lovely photos of me Mam (she was always me Mam - I was brought up  in Sunderland, up North).
The hardest part for me was the planning, so many memories came back pouring over all the photos - so hard to pick just three but I wanted to span her different ages.
This one was one she had taken especially for Dad and she wrote 'Yours Ever, Gwen' on and gave to Dad when he was away fighting in the desert war. He was away for many years and I am lucky to have some letters and cards they sent to each other over the years.
The group photo you can see in the main picture is of the four of us on their Golden Wedding, my sister Sue, Me Mam, Dad and me. Mam died just a few years after this and this was probably one of the last times we were all together for a family celebration.
The baby photo would have been taken about 1924, so has a real old feel to it. Beautiful lacy dresses on Mum and her sister Marjorie and lots of curls - I can imagine they'd both been sent to bed with 'rags' in their hair the night before to make sure they stayed in!
Having picked the photos I wanted I then dressed some papers I had with Lily of the Valley flowers printed on (we had Lily of the Valley up the side of the front path). Stamped another piece with Sweet Peas (I found a variety called Gwendoline last year) and then added a few charms - a sewing machine and a clock to remind me of her passion for sewing and that time never stands still. I added her own thimble as well - because I was frightened I'd lose it, so now I know it is somewhere safe. Blackberries because Mam made jam, and a key because every Mam holds the key to their families heart doesn't she?
The frame needs more work on I know, I've simply Gesso'd it and stamped a bit of crackle on it. I'll go back and have another go after the party and I have more time. So there you have it, a personal project to celebrate me Mam who would have loved to see her daughters, granddaughters and great grandchildren this weekend - cheers Mam x

Friday, 1 November 2013

Lavinia Challenge Blog No 9 - Bright Hot Colours

Whoosh - another month gone by and yes we're all thinking 'How many sleeps until Christmas?' !! Lots of super entries last month to the challenge, beautiful designs and inspiration for us all - well done to the winner, lucky you and I wonder what you'll get with your vouchers? I know the new Zentangle stamps would be high on my list! Check them out here-

And so this month the theme is Bright Hot Colours - now I think it's been a bit chilly these last few weeks so I combined the theme colours with my preparations for Christmas! Well it's different and it can get boring using all the traditional colours so for a change here is Christmas with Bright Hot Colours!!

 Card 1 is made with Mustard Seed, Barn Door and a touch of Picked Raspberry Distress Inks. I then used a Sweet Poppy Stencil, designed by Tracey Dutton from Lavinia, with black medium and micro beads then stamped with 2 of Lavinia's wee fairies in black
Card 2 used the Fairy Words stamp to make a background. Memory Box Die to cut the baubles which were then inked with the same colours as card 1 and stamped with the Fern Leaf stamp and the words 'Fairy Dust' and Have a Fairy Merry Christmas'.

So here's to a bright hot Christmas from me - yay! Check out the rest of the team's ideas if you can - they're fab and why not have a go to create some designs of your own and enter the challenge blog, £40 of Lavinia vouchers are up for grabs every month.

PS - Hello and welcome to my new followers and thank you to everyone who leaves a comment - you make my day :-)

Monday, 28 October 2013

Oyster Stamps Workshop and more......

Had a super day on Saturday up at Oyster Stamps at a workshop with Jacqui Dennis, lovely to see Jacqui again. We're on two Design Teams together but rarely get to see each other so it was great to have a catch up and also to learn more colouring techniques and tips from her.

In the morning we worked on the Striped Candy Cane stamp from Heartfelt Creations which I have decoupaged up to make a card with the addition of a Memory Box die of a lacy bauble (La Rue?) simply matted and layered using some Maja Design and Fabscraps papers on gold card.

In the afternoon Lyn showed us some Panpastels backgrounds which were fab, haven't had a chance to make any cards up with them yet though! Martine also demonstrated the Fiskars Stamp Press - great way to 'try before you buy'.


Having got into the swing with the pens again I made a couple of Whimsy cards for children - their images are so sweet and make lovely children's cards. This first one is very simple 'Jingle Cat', coloured and decoupaged I attached it to some Spellbinders die cuts of a Christmas bauble to make a 3D tree ornament and obviously had to add some jingly bells!

And finally another Whimsy image 'Christmas Bunny' with some Dee's Distinctively and Magnolia dies - and of course some glitter and a bit of Frontage because it's for Christmas!!

All stamps and dies available (subject to stock) from Oyster Stamps, Rochester, Kent - Telephone 01634 686823 or Website Not all are shown on the website so please ring or call in, particularly for the Whimsy Stamps.

Friday, 11 October 2013

Heartfelt Creations - Sweet Juliet

Loving the autumn colours which are starting to peep out on the trees and hedgerows, I know it means winter is coming so I'm making the most of it while I can!  In the meantime I'm also loving the colours on this - Spiced Marmalade highlighted with black - so rich looking.......

This is featuring a stamp from the new Sweet Juliet release from Heartfelt Creations this month. I read their write up on the release on their blog - '' This collection is inspired by the beauty of ancient rooms locked away and laden with antique treasures. These rooms are filled with yellow candlelight and dusty vases. Crinkly letters lay scattered around, turning crisp and fading more every day. A postcard lays covered in thick dust, forgotten in a dark corner. Wildflowers lay around, as crisp and crinkled as the beautiful wallpapers.'' - how fab! They focused on black, gold and burgundy but I changed the burgundy to rich orange.

This is a 6 x 6 card with the additional tag tucking in behind the gold matting card, just make sure (unlike me sometimes!) that you remember not to put DST all the way around so you leave a space for the tag to go in and out.

Stamp used - Heartfelt Creations HCPC 3563 Sweet Juliet Post Card. Stamped on cream linen card, edges distressed with Spiced Marmalade and Vintage Photo Distress Inks and flowers coloured with Polychromos Pencils and blended with Sansodor, when dried petals highlighted with Stella Wink in Gold matted onto soft gold card.

Backing Paper - Heartfelt Creations Sweet Juliet distressed with Spiced Marmalade and Vintage Photo Distress Inks matted onto black card.
Flower on tag made using Heartfelt Creations HCD 734 Sun Kissed Fleur, coloured with Polychromos Pencils and blended with Sansodor, highlighted again with Stella Wink in Gold.

Stamp, dies, Stella Wink Brushes and Distress Inks available from - Oyster Stamps, Rochester, Kent - Telephone 01634 686823 or Website

Friday, 4 October 2013

Impression Obsession H1901

Well this month seems to be all about moons! Maybe it's the Halloween influence ? This one is a new release from Impression Obsession (H1901) that I received from Oyster Stamps. Couldn't resist it as I love the little couple at the top of the hill, as if they're walking into the moon.......if you enlarge the picture you can see one of them has a walking stick - just like me at the moment!!

Bit of a technique needed here as this is a rubber stamp not a clear polymer one - easy to get round though with a little bit of guesswork mixed in!  I stamped with Stazon ink onto a piece of acetate and when dried I laid this onto my linen cardstock, because the acetate was cut to the size of the stamp I  could put pencil dots where the four corners of the image were onto the linen card. I made and used a negative moon  mask (the piece with the hole in - not the moon bit) over the acetate to get my placement. I removed the acetate (keep it though for future use) and coloured the moon through the hole with Panpastels, blending 3 colours to make a vibrant red moon.
Now comes the tricky bit! Line up your pencil dots on the card with the corners of the stamp on the block. I really found my Fiskar's Stamp Press ideal for this as I was able to hover and move it about until I was happy and then push down to stamp the image using Versafine Ink. Because I used Panpastel's  I was able to rub out the excess from outside the circle. ( I made my mask using a Spellbinders die which was just slightly bigger than the actual moon - easier to rub out than add on! )
Then just mat and layer how you want. The tree had a sprinkling of Glamour Dust for a frosty effect on the branches. I had in mind the sentiment 'I love you to the moon and back' when I was making this card so printed it out on my computer then cut to fit.
Well it's been a busy week, the kitchen table was taken over with assembling a scented rope garland (a freebie from a magazine) , the conservatory table had a gesso'd shadow box frame drying and the spare room became know as the room of no return!! Looking forward to Sunday when I will meet up with some crafty friends at Karen Clare's workshop -  I'll be posting some photos of what we get up to !
Stamp, Fiskar's Stamp Press, Panpastels, Ink and Glamour Dust all available from - Oyster Stamps, Rochester, Kent - Telephone 01634 686823 or Website
Fiskar's Stamp Press - how did I manage without one!!

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Clarity Stamps Challenge 8 - Winter

This is my last posting for the Clarity DT as I have decided to step down from the team - super bunch of ladies who I shall miss working with but I've had so many requests to do other things and to look at other directions in my crafting that I've had to be ruthless! So thank you for all the good wishes I've had sent me from my ex Clarity teamies and best crafty wishes to the new members - I know you'll have a blast!

The theme is Winter for this month so I created this scene using Panpastels to make a wintery sky. I love the verse so that was my original inspiration and I stamped a scene using the Church , Moonshadow , Snowflake Verse and a tree. I added Glamour Dust and a few Memory Box and Dee's Distintively dies to finish it off.

I hope to show you some of my new projects soon, got to get my head around  the new techniques I'm trying first! x

Lavinia Blog Challenge 8 - Autumn Colours

Crikey - another month flown by ! The entries for last month's Lavinia Challenge 'Add a Flower' were absolutely fab, well done to the lucky winner. A £40 prize to spend on the Lavinia Stamps website is up for grabs every month. Why not have a go yourself?
This months theme is Autumn Colours so let the ink or pans flow and show us your interpretation of this beautiful season of changing colours - one of my favourite times of the year.

I love how the sky seems to glow with brighter colours at this time of year and at certain times of the day. I had a go with my pans to try and create this effect on my first card with the colours reflecting in the water surrounding an island of trees.
Looking at the photo it looks like it's a canvas but I used my favourite linen cardstock to give this impression.
The leaves were done with a mixture of Adirondacks and Distress Inks with the veins embossed in gold.
Lavinia Stamps used - Tree Scene (4 trees and a hedgerow) and Autumn Leaf ( 3 stamps, outer, inner and veins) .
For my second card I used the metallic pan pastels to create the background. I did find the colours were quite light so I added some orange and red to give it more depth before going over with both of the metallic golds and bronze. I then stamped in Versamark black ink and added some Glamour Dust to look like early frost. The sentiment was done on my computer before matting up.
Lavinia Stamps used - Autumn Scene ( 5 stamps, 1 branch and 4 shapes of leaf) and Fern Leaf which is a really versatile stamp for adding edging to any card.  
So there you have it, just a couple of ideas for Autumn Colours, hope you'll have a go and enjoy making some reminders of a beautiful and inspiring time of year. x
 I am also entering the Panpastels Challenge with this post.

Friday, 27 September 2013

Lavinia Challenge Blog 7 - Add a Flower - Design 3

Phew! Where is September going? Have you had time to enter the Lavinia Challenge yet? There's still a bit of time left if you've been meaning to and haven't got round to it yet - £40 prize to spend in the online shop!

This is the last of my 3 designs for this month's theme - Add a Flower. This is a 3D tag with the Fairy Bridge on the base tag and Wild Flower, Group Poppy and Flower Fairy on the front tag. After stamping and colouring both backgrounds with Panpastels I cut the top tag (around the images at the bottom) and attached to the base tag with foam pads to give it some dimension. A bit of Glamour Dust and ribbon  - eh voila! Fairy peeping through the flowers at the moon.

I've been checking out the blog and there are some inspirational designs sent in! If you're still searching for your inspiration why not visit the other design team's blogs as well? Thank you for looking x

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Lavinia Challenge Blog 7 - Add a Flower - Design 2

Well we're part way through the month so I thought I'd blog another of my designs for the Lavinia Challenge Blog. Fabulous prize of a £40 voucher to spend in the online shop!

This month's theme is Add a Flower and I wanted to show you this CAS design because one of the things I hear from friends is that Lavinia is 'just fairies'. Well not a fairy in sight here! There is a great range of floral and landscape stamps and on this card and matching tag I have used just one stamp - Wild Flower . The vase was drawn freehand. The stamp is a silhouette stamp and so I used my Distress Inks to stamp and then went around the outline with a black Pilot Pen for definition - it was one of those lightbulb moments for me when I realised if it's a silhouette it doesn't have to be black! Already obvious to many of you I know - but it takes me a while sometimes to catch on lol !
So one stamp can make any number of cards, VFM I call that! x

Monday, 9 September 2013

Heartfelt Creations - HCPC 3398 Bella Rose Wedding

Here's a 3 in 1 design I've adapted from a design I saw on The Maja Designs Blog by Camilla Stoen Bakke. I've been using their papers for a while now - because they are so gorgeous, and often check their blog for inspiration. We're off to a wedding soon and I thought this would be a good idea to hold a gift voucher or cheque as requested by the happy couple.
First of all I made a pouch using pearlised card, the front of the pouch is matted and layered with co-ordinating papers and embellished with Memory Box dies Butterfly Vine and La Rue Heart. I coloured and decoupaged the stamped image from Heartfelt Creations before adding some blinged lace and some flowers.
The small tag is made using a Magnolia die and has the couples names on using Memory Box Parker Alphabet (would need to rethink this if they had bigger names!!). This tag slips under the top mat on the pouch to the right.
The large tag or insert , which goes inside the pouch, is made using pearlised card and matted and layered before adding another piece of lace and a sentiment. A smaller tag from Magnolia is attached to make it easier to pull out and put back.
A smattering of fairy dust (aka Glamour Dust) and it's done!
Stamp and dies available from Oyster Stamps, Rochester, Kent.

Friday, 6 September 2013

Impression Obsession- Branches of a tree

Thought it was about time I got my Panpastels out, I've been practising with the new metallic ones too but not ready to show yet!

I wanted to carry on having a go with different sky styles and found these stamps at Oysters which I thought would be lovely against a coloured early morning sky. The pastels are so suited to this style as you can add or rub out until you get the blending how you want - good fun.

As my focus was the sky I kept the foreground very simple  blending just two colours - Chromium Oxide Green Tint and Turquoise Extra Dark. The sky is a mixture of Ultramarine Blue, Ultramarine Blue Tint, Magenta and Diarylide Yellow Tint.

Glamour Dust added to the tree to highlight the morning rays on maybe an early frost! There are a lot more stamps in the set, bare branches, leaves and blossoms which I haven't used.

Thank you for following and hello to my new followers x

Panpastels, Stamps, Inks and Glamour Dust available from -
Oyster Stamps, Rochester, Kent - Telephone 01634 686823 or Website

Monday, 2 September 2013

Clarity Challenge Blog 7 - Vintage

Well that's it - August is done and dusted, the last few early mornings have felt really autumnal although we've had some hot days to follow them. With the start of a new month we say well done to the winners from the last Clarity Challenge Blog - as usual some fabulous entries. I love to see how people interpret the Claritystamps with a different view - so inspirational to see, thank you.

The new challenge is 'Vintage' and here is my interpretation - High Tea - yummy cake and a cup of tea lol !

 I used the Kitchen Remountable Stamps for the cake, stand, plate and cup of tea coloured with my Spectrum Noir pens, the Wrought Iron Chandelier and the Tea Verse from Claritystamps  to make this card. The table cloth was simply hand drawn on a piece of paper - lots of rubbing out before I got it right! - and used as a stencil on some backing paper I had and white linen card for the top cloth. Of course with high tea you must have a matching napkin - again practised the shape on paper before cutting out on a matching scrap of backing paper.

Some lace, some pearls and a bit of Frantage and we're done...

There are some fabulous Vintage samples for you to see by the rest of the design team over on the Claritystamps Blog so why not pop over and take a look - hope you'll have a go and can't wait to see your ideas ! Happy September everyone x


Sunday, 1 September 2013

Lavinia Blog Challenge 7 - Add a Flower

Soooooo excited to show my first sample as a member of the Lavinia Stamps Design Team! I've been entering the blog challenge since it started as I love their stamps  so you can imagine the happy dances I was doing when I was asked to join another talented DT.

This month's challenge is 'Add a Flower' and I must say my inspiration for this design came from Messrs Fripp, McDonald, Lake and Giles who wrote a beautiful song back in the 60's called Moonchild for the King Crimson Album 'Court of the Crimson King' - anyone else remember this? There's a blast from my hippie past for you!
I do have an unfortunate habit of thinking with song lyrics - can be a bit annoying at times as unless I get them out of my head I'm humming them all day lol! So anyway, I thought why am I humming this song and of course realised that Lavinia Stamps were ideal to create my moonchild dancing in the shallows of a river .......
I used Mia and Fairy Bridge clear stamps from Lavinia to make my scene on linen card, using Panpastels to create a moon, sky and foreground. I wanted to get a sort of 'tween stage feel - you know when night starts changing to day, just before the full dawn. I added Glamour Dust and some lovely flowers I had including a white or moon lily and there you have it....
I have made some other interpretations of this month's theme which I'll blog later in the month but in the meantime why not take a look at what the other members of the team have done on the Lavinia Stamps Challenge Blog and maybe have a go yourself? Hope you have fun x
NB married to a musician I am mindful of the music copyright laws and would state that the use of these lyrics is for research and inspiration only. This card is not for sale.

Friday, 30 August 2013

Oyster Stamps - Stampendous and Heartfelt Creations Stamps

Well I've been very neglectful in my blogging lately, I've been wearing my nurse's hat this week with an injured Piper cat. Sooo time consuming.........and lets not go there when it's medication time! Oh  my but at least he's getting better, and after all he is so worth it!

 Anyway, I'd made a couple of cards but just hadn't had time to photograph and blog - so here they are.
This one is simply made with a Stampendous stamp called Ranunculus Field, coloured with alcohol inks. You need to enlarge to see that I decoupaged the large leaves and some of the flowers before adding glossy accents. Looks much better in the flesh so if you're going to the shop take a closer look!

This one was made using Heartfelt Creations stamp HCPC 3541 Summer Season, again coloured with alcohol ink pens. Love the washing flapping on the line - oh the joys of being able to get your washing dry outside - nothing like it! I finished it off with the Die-Namites die Butterfly Frame, which I cut to create a design on the inside bit of the card - very versatile as you can use it as an oval frame as well and then I added a few lovely summery flowers.

Both stamps and die available from -
Oyster Stamps, Rochester, Kent - Telephone 01634 686823 or Website

Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Jayne Nestorenko - Venetian Masquerade

And now for something completely different - here are some samples I've made using Jayne Nestorenko's stamp set - Venetian Masquerade. These stamps are available here on Jayne's website.

A really versatile set with many options to create various layouts. I used distress inks to create the vibrant backgrounds with lots of gold - both embossed and gilding flakes - ooh you can go to town with some bling if you want to!

A5 size - Venetian Masquerade
I've also seen samples using pastel colours and monochrome and they look stunning - so much fun to be had with these ones, just let your imagination run riot !

Thank you for looking and I hope that over the past few days you have enjoyed seeing some of Jayne's new stamp designs x

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