Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Stampendous Blossom Bunch - Take two....

Good morning all,

I do hope that you are all keeping well?

I am feeling pretty shattered at the moment as I have just finished a run of shows and was at the NEC in Birmingham last week with the lovely Imagination Crafts. Fabulous show and thank you to all of you that came and supported us at the show, I met some fabulous people......

So today I thought that I would show you the second card that the ladies made at last months workshop. I gave them lots of different options for this card and they all made their own take on it which was fabulous.
The only main feature was that they were colouring the stamped Blossom bunch image with Aqua Markers and then masking off to stamp a background in place....I used the Stampendous Vintage Contract on mine

It was then up to them to use the other elements that I put in their packs to design the card layout and they all did really well......

The Aqua Markers have been re-ordered and will be arrive in about 3-4 weeks as they are on back order, so I will let you know as soon as they come in.

It is a quick one from me today, so I will say ta ta for now and I will be back soon.....

Big hugs

 Lisa B xx

Spectrum Aqua Pens  Blossom Bunch  Vintage Contract

Monday, 23 March 2015

Spectrum Aqua Pens and the Bokeh Effect

Good morning, happy Monday. I hope everyone had a nice weekend. No doubt many of you will have seen the Bokeh technique on many projects recently. It looks so effective & I wanted to have a go. I tried it on a scrap piece of watercolour card & as often happens, I liked the result so much I had to use it on a card. I used colours from the Floral set of Spectrum Aqua pens & the
 Blossom Bunch stamp from Stampendous.

I scribbled Marigold & Jasmine pens onto a blending mat, spritzed them with water & dabbed the colours randomly onto the watercolour card & let it dry.........

Used a piece of Cut & Dry foam to apply white Versacolor ink through the
 Imagination Crafts Bubble stencil. Left it to dry for a little while, replaced the stencil & applied more ink. I repeated this a few times to build up the white.............

Stamped the Blossom Bunch stamp with Grape Versacolor, applied Clear Gloss embossing powder & heat set.......

Began colouring with Heather Spectrum Aqua, but the white ink reacted against the pens & the result was a very different colour..........

So I stamped onto another piece of card, coloured the flowers with Heather & Orchid SA pens, cut out the flowers & adhered them to the main image..........

I wanted to continue the circles theme behind the tag shape I'd cut, so I used a piece of patterned paper from the Joy Crafts Vintage paper bloc, punched out some circles from another scrap of watercolour card - also coloured with Jasmine & Marigold SA pens, as were the card candi - and added some dots & scribbles with a black fine line pen............

I added gold liquid pearls to the centre of the flowers & a final embellishment of a mini hinge clip & a length of seam binding ribbon. The sentiment is from the
Thanks for visiting the blog today. Don't forget the theme of the current blog challenge is 'Spring Watercolours', all the details are on the challenge page.
Have a great week, see you next time.

Friday, 20 March 2015

Daisy, Daisy

Hello crafters, my turn again, how great that spring is in the air, makes you want to make cards with flowers on all the time :o)  This card is for our promotion for this month and uses the new Stampendous Daisy Thanks stamp and Spectrum Aqua Pens
I started with a white 7 x 7 card and used the Thanks a Bunch stamp from the Stampendous Daisy Thanks set to stamp around the edge using Versafine Black Onyx.
Then matted some of the new Pastel Paper Bloc onto some black card from my stash and glued it into place.  I stamped the Daisy image onto some Watercolour Card, twice so to create dimension.  Before colouring in the image I inked around the card with Tumbled Glass Tim Holtz Distress Ink, just to take away the starkness of the white really.  This time I wanted to move away from the traditional white Daisy so went for a nice yellow from the Aqua pens, then coloured in the centres with a very watered down black.
I then coloured in the largest flower from the second image only and cut it out to decoupage onto the original, then coloured all the centres in with black Wink of Stella.
I expect you've gathered by now that I love the little bows created from the Sue Wilson Finished Touches Range of Bows, leaving them in the die I dabbed a little of the blue ink over them.  I then matted this onto another piece of black card before mounting the whole thing onto my card.
 Here's the finished card again :o)
Thanks for dropping by today, and see you again very soon
Love Jan xx    If you would like to look at the bottom of the page there is my take on our class makes from 6th March :o)



Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Daisy Bird Stamp from Woodware......

Morning all,

I do hope that you are all well, I have yet another cold and feel a little run down at the moment!!!
It is always a really busy time in February and March with shows and I can't wait for the summer and some warmer weather, still spring is arriving so I can't complain......

On that note I have a little spring card to show you that I made as a sample for last months workshop. I mixed up painting with Spectrum Aqua Markers with paper piecing using the new paper pad called Joy Craft shabby Chic Paper Bloc) which I absolutely love these little floral designs, mixed in with dotty and ginghams in lovely colours...... 

I matted and layered some borders using the printed papers and some black card.
I stamped my image
I coloured the daisies using Spectrum Aquas Floral set and then using my matching papers from the pad I re-stamped the image on two of  the matching papers and cut them out and paper pieced them on to my main image.....
I added some card candi to finish it off.....

I hope you like my little spring card and it brightens your day......

I am travelling up to the NEC today to get ready for the Spring Hobby Crafts Show at the NEC in Birmingham 19th - 22nd March . I will be demoing with my lovely friend Sue on Imagination Crafts Stand A32 . If you are attending, pop by and say Hi.....
Sue and I both have new demos and do really different things with Imagination Crafts products. Sue will be demoing Silkies with Sparkle Medium and I will be showing you a new technique I have called 'Spring Bling'. We have some fabulous offers on at the show and my brand new stamps will be there too.....exciting!!!

Well that is all from me for now, have a great week.......
Big hugs,
Lisa B xxx

Spectrum Aqua Pens - Floral  Shabby Chic Paper Bloc  VersaFine Ink pad - Onyx Black  Daisy Bird

Monday, 16 March 2015

Spectrum Aquas & Woodware's Special Bird

Good morning, I hope everyone had a nice weekend. My first card today began as a practice piece - as a result, there are no step-by-step photos, apologies, I wanted to see how pale I could make the intense Spectrum Aqua colours of the Floral set, so I stamped the
 Woodware Clear Magic Special Bird stamp onto watercolour card with Onyx Black Versafine ink, heat set it with WOW Clear Gloss embossing powder & got to work.

Colours used: Orchid, Jasmine, Blossom, Marigold, Sunflower, Meadow, Bud Green.

Usually, I would scribble the pens onto my blending mat, but here I applied them directly to the edges of the image & dragged out the colour with water brushes. I wanted to see how much colour I could remove & the answer is most of it - you can see how pale the background under the bird is & also under the wing....

When I decided to make a card with this piece I adhered a piece of patterned paper from the
Pastel Paper Bloc by Joy Crafts to a 6x6 card blank & put the image on top, backed with a piece of black card & added Glossy Accents to the flowers. The sentiments are also from the Special Bird set.
My second card.........

For the background I scribbled Sunflower & Heather from the Floral set onto my blending mat, spritzed them with water & used a tapered brush to dab them onto the watercolour card. I built up the colour by repeating this & spritzing water on top to blend the colours until I was happy. I used the same colours for the bird, with Jasmine & Marigold for the flowers.
The Spectrum Aqua pens can also be used to stamp with, by using the brush tip directly onto a stamp. Here, I used Woodware's Clear Magic Fiona stamp, colouring it with Heather, spritzing it with water & stamping onto watercolour card. I got five images from one application of ink, spritzing each time with water. I sprayed more water onto the watercolour card to get the colour to run into some of the white area & when the card was dry I cut it into two pieces & backed each with pieces of
Anna Marie Designs Citrine card............

(For some reason, I am unable to add picture links, please use the links embedded in the post)
   That's all for today, thanks for looking. The new blog challenge is open & we've had lovely entries so far, it runs until April 4, so there's still lots of time for more entries. And of course, the Mega Sale continues & will do so until everything is gone, so take a look, you're bound to find a bargain, or several.
Until next time, happy crafting.

Friday, 13 March 2015

Lisa & Imagination Crafts at GNPE, Harrogate

Happy Friday to everyone. Just wanted to let you know that Lisa will be demoing on the Imagination Crafts stand along with Sue at the GNPE show at the Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate today & tomorrow.
Wishing you all a great weekend.

Thursday, 12 March 2015

Spectrum Aqua and Woodware You Make Me Happy

Morning all,


Today I'm doing a little step by step for a simple clock.
and is watercoloured with Spectrum Aqua pens, Floral set.
So to start I used a piece of Watercolour card and stamped using 
Ensure the ink is dry before you start to watercolour.

Nest I used my blending mat and the following coloured pens,
Begonia for the heart, Jasmine and Sunflower for both suns, Bud Green for the leaves and grass,
Jasmine and Leaf Green for the birds and soil and Wild Flower for the flower petals with Sunflower for the flower centers.
The only colour this set doesn't have is blue so I used Tumbled Glass distress ink to watercolour with.
You can mix the Aqua pen colours together but as blue is a primary colour it cannot be mixed.
To watercolour with the pens I swiped a little colour onto my blending mat 
and in a seperate area I spritzed water.
I could then use the colours as dark or pale as I wanted with the amount of water I added, I used a fine paint brush to colour with.
The distress ink was used in the same way.

Now for the sentiment area, I punched a circle using a post it note.
I could then colour the sun in the center using the negative.

By  replacing the circle positive over the yellow sun I could add the blue around it.

I then cut the three main sections out.

Next I cut a white piece of card 11cm in length by 10.5cm wide and mounted this onto a black piece of card 12cm x 11.5cm.

By measuring the center point of the two joined pieces of card I could then punch a center hole for my clock movement to fit through.
The three stamped and coloured cut out sections have been mounted using foam pads.
I used a short spindle movement this is sufficient for this clock and gives enough room for the hands not to be obstructed by the mounted pieces.
The main digits of the clock I have represented using some dew drops from my craft stash.

I really hope this isnpires you to have a go at clock making.
Thanks for reading today, enjoy the rest of your week.
Crfaty Hugs xKx

You Make Me Happy  Spectrum Aqua Pens - Floral  Tumbled Glass Distress Ink Pad   VersaFine Ink pad - Onyx Black Watercolour Card  2 Ink Blending Mats  WOODWARE SPRAY BOTTLES - PACK OF 2  Brush BucketPremium Black Card  Foam Pads