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Wednesday, 20 July 2016
The desk then, thats what you're here for after all. This week I've made another card with the stencils, and that's in the previous post. After that it became a session of C card making, and a load of stash busting.
This is the batch of cards that appeared- the embossed toppers I did a couple of years ago. I've got loads of this sort of thing in my Christmas box, and I'm using it up this year, come hell or high water.
Here are the Christmas tree ones, drying after having the bling added. Little acrylic gems to simulate Christmas lights.
Ridiculous, really. Sat in the middle of the hottest days of the year, making Christmas cards. Madness, I tell you, madness.
Last pic for the week, and this arrived for me on Tuesday. A gorgeous black & white scarf sent as an anonymous PIF.
So whoever you are, thank you. It's gorgeous, I love it. And yes, I will continue the chain with a PIF of my own.
Just had a phone call from my GP's surgery- they have the results of my MRI, and there is no sign of any cancer reappearance. There may be some disc issues, which would explain the sciatica, but otherwise, all that can be seen is evidence of how the internal workings are healing after the surgery. Today is a good day!
Monday, 18 July 2016
I'd used Adirondack inks, with stencil brushes. Mainly blues, with a very light application of some purples in a few bubbles.
Here we are with most of the stamps in position, it was only when I came to write this post I realised how few photographs I'd taken!
I added some Stickles in purples and blues to give a bit of sparkle.
After the stamping was dry, I trimmed it to size, then matted onto pale blue, purple and dark blue layers of cardstock.
It's mounted onto a 7"x7" card blank, and some purple ribbon added to the left hand side.
The sentiment is from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Crazy Talk set.
Jo's Bubbles.( Clarity Stamp)
For the Bubbles stencil I used Adirondacks,
Pool,Stonewashed & Sailboat Blue
Wild Plum & Purple Twilight
Versafine Onyx Black, Majestic Blue, Deep Lagoon & Imperial Purple.
Small Owl, Star Cluster, Small Stars 1, Fairy Orbs (comes in a set of 3 sizes)
Enchanted Garden ( 3 fairies and small individual stars)
Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Crazy Talk CMS236.
Sea Glass ( the turquoise one)
Purple and the Dark Blue is a Dovecraft one.
Wednesday, 13 July 2016
These two are not strictly on my desk, rather on my dining room table. Aniseed balls. I had a fancy for them, and could not find any locally. Doesn't help that we don't actually have a proper sweet shop in town. You don't seem to see those so much anymore.
Regular aniseed balls above, and black ones, with liquorice, on the right. Who else could have Goth aniseed balls? Rofl!
Beloved Hubby did a bit of internet searching, and found me some. I just found the way they were delivered very pleasing, lol.
Next, some stamps. Some of the new releases from Visible Image.
Christmas ones here on the left.
Some fabulously cool images here on the right, as well as a set of sentiments. And the headphones are made to fit perfectly onto the large skull.
These also arrived this week, back in May, Helen & Mark did a special run, for one month only, of personalised 'handmade by' stamps.
Finally, how I store my stencils. A document folder from Staples, with clear pockets.
I don't have any larger than 7"x7", apart from a couple of A4 ones I cut myself from my Silhouette.
And finally, following on from the pic of my eldest, Ant, with his green beard last week.
One of his friends posted this on FB last week- he was on a course, when this picture pops up on screen.
Ant had told me about this before, it all started with a course he went on when the BBC in Birmingham was being closed down. The guy running it asked Ant if he could use a picture of him in the section of his course dealing with how to stand out and get yourself work when you go freelance!
Suffice to say, every time this guy shows the pic, and asks his group if they know who it is, at least three quarters put their hand up and name Ant. To which the bloke responds, 'my whole point in a nutshell.' 'If you remember Ant, so does everyone who employs him. And when they want someone for a job, and they are all good at what they do, it's the memorable people who get called first.' So his advice, whilst not needing people to dye various parts of themselves crazy colours, is to find some way of standing out from the crowd.
I will visit as many people as I can today, and after that it will possibly be Friday- Virgin are doing some work on the Broadband infrastructure on Thursday, and it could be disrupted for most of the day.
I forgot to say, many of you will have seen Julia's & Jan's posts about Darnells visit to the UK. She will be in Salisbury one day next week- Jan & Julia have the info, so give them a message if you can make it and would like to join them. Also, she will be coming through Birminghams New Street Station on Sunday 24th July. I don't know what time yet, as Marg (Silvercrafter) is making the plans, and I'm going with her. So anyone who could make it to Birmingham next Sunday would be very welcome indeed. Not sure Marg has got an email link on her blog, if you want to know when & where, Email me with the link in my sidebar, and I'll pass on all the info.
Tuesday, 12 July 2016
This one was done using the Clarity Abstract Squares 2 stencil, along with a selection of Adirondack brown inkpads, and brushes to apply.
These are the inkpads I used, along with the brushes. The smaller brush was used with the Espresso ink to add some shading, which was further enhanced by going around the stencil with a latex make up sponge at the end.
Change of subject as well for this card- it's all about the birds. I'll list the stamp sets used at the end again.
I'd used Smokey Gray to stamp the tree & birdhouse, then switched to Onyx Black for most of the other images, apart from the Squirrel. He's done in Vintage Sepia. All Versafine inkpads.
Some foliage was added in Olympia Green,and a wire drawn in fine pen to hang the feeder from the branch. Then it was trimmed and matted onto brown, then black cardstock. All mounted onto a 7"x7" card base, with some eyelash wool wrapped around the spine.
Final touch was to stamp Happy Birthday, done in Vintage Sepia, and using one of the new Visible Image ' Go To Words set 1'.
I think the colours lend itself nicely to a masculine card, and perfect for any bird watchers you may know!
Cardio/Majestix stamp sets:
Tall Trees ( tree trunk & small branches)
Forest Friends ( owl,bunny, squirrel, some small birds)
Birdsong 1 (birdhouse, bird on birdhouse, bird on feeder & tree)
Summer Wreath (Foliage)
Winter Walks (Flying Birds)
Visible Image Go To Words Set 1
Clarity Abstract Squares Stencil
Adirondack in Lake Mist, Latte, Hazelnut,Mushroom & Espresso.
Versafine in Onyx Black, Vintage Sepia, Smokey Gray & Olympia Green.
Monday, 11 July 2016
This is the first one I've done, and it used Cardio/Majestix stamps. These are almost all small stamps, along the lines of the Rubber Stamp Tapestry Peg stamps, and indeed, Cardio do make a few round acrylic pegs to use the stamps with, if you find that easier than small blocks, or if you don't have any.
I will list the sets I used at the end of this post.
I used the technique I posted about a couple of weeks ago, using images stamped onto OHP( Overhead Projector Film), you could also use acetate, or indeed, plastic packaging for this.
I sorted out a handful, and fiddled about till I had a basic layout I liked, then added to it a little later.
I also picked one of the backgrounds I made using a range of Green Adirondacks.
This was my starting point, and I photographed it with my phone, as I knew as soon as I'd moved them, I'd forget what went where!
For the scarecrow, I used Versafine Vintage Sepia.
I switched to Versafine Onyx Black for the next few images, and Versafine Crimson Red for the Butterfly. Smokey Gray for the bunny, and toadstools.
I infilled with some dragonflies,stars and flowers using Versafine Majestic Blue and Deep Lagoon. Most of these pads are the little 'cube' versions, and are really easy to use with such small stamps.I added a couple of leaf stems using Versafine Spanish Moss.
The cardstock is Clarity Stencil card, which is a 7"x7" matte stock. This size works perfectly for a 6"x6" Gelli plate.
To mount this, I matted it onto a mid-green cardstock, then onto brown.
I'd added a thread for the spider with a fine point black pen.
The dragonflies and small flowers are from assorted Rubber Stamp Tapestry sets, you can find similar items amongst the Cardio/Majestix line.
I also left some spaces empty, so as not to crowd the image too much.
It comes with a range of sentiments, and a box to stamp them in. Both were inked in Majestic Blue, then stamped onto a scrap of white card. Matted to match the image, then mounted above it with foam pads.
A suitable card for the gardeners in your life?
Stamp sets, all Cardio:
Summer Wreath ( Butterfly, and leafy stem bottom right)
Backyard Blooms (Spider, web,caterpillar, leafty twig top left)
Pleasant Pastures (Scarecrow, Toadstools,snails, small birds)
Cottontail Capers( small bunny)
Birdsong 1 (Woodpecker)
Rubber Stamp Tapestry sets:
Triple Dragonfly Floral SFL 34015
Dragonflies at Dusk SBI 08000
Tim Holtz Visual Artistry stamp set, Saying Stuff.
Clarity Stencil, Abstract Squares 2
Adirondack Green inks,
Thursday, 7 July 2016
I had no plans to buy a Gelli plate, this one is part of the craft stash that was gifted to me. Everything I'd seen up to now had been using paints, and that really hadn't grabbed me. This one with inks though looked more my thing.
Barbaras technique is to lay your chosen stencil on top of the Gelli plate, then dab your ink pad straight onto it.
Using Distress Inks here, as they are nice and wet, and they are what she used. This one on the right was using Candied Apple and Carved Pumpkin.
Next, take your Speedball brayer, and spread the ink out evenly over the stencil.
By the way, this stencil with the oblong shapes is called Abstract 3, by Clarity. The one with the squares is called Abstract Squares 2.
At this stage, you really can't see much.
Now peel off your stencil, and put to one side. Take a sheet of cardstock- Barbara produces a 7"x7" pack especially for this, and it's very good too- and lay it down over the Gelli plate.
Smooth out over the back of the cardstock with a reasonable amount of pressure, and trying to make sure you cover the whole of the sheet.
Peel off your cardstock to reveal the print.
You can see I missed a spot or two, where I didn't press very well.
Now for 'Spot the (unintended) mistake'!
I repeated the inking, after cleaning my stencil, lay the cardstock down- and then realised I'd forgotten to remove the stencil. I actually only realised when I took the picture. Good job the cardstock is double sided.
This time I dabbed Cracked Pistachio and Wild Honey.
I think this one was Wilted Violet and Mermaid Lagoon.
This time around, I added a Moon mask below the main stencil. This 3 colour one didn't work out- guess who forgot to remove the stencil again?
But these three did.
I also tried with another stencil- Jo's Bubbles.I have a feeling those are going to work well with some Lavinia stamps of fairies.
All in all I think I love this technique. It's easy to get a wide variety of backgrounds from it. I think next I may try brayering directly onto the stencil and use some of the Adirondack inks.
Wednesday, 6 July 2016
I've made a couple of cards with them, and I'll post them over the next few days.
Because they are on film, I had to use Staz-on ink, and from some research on the net, it appears the ink doesn't harm clear stamps, it's the Staz-on cleaner that does.
So, it's fine if you don't mind stained stamps, and I don't.
Two tips I've come across doing this- first, if you don't want Staz-on staining your stamps, then if you apply Versamark first, then Staz-on, the Staz-on will wipe straight off your stamps afterwards, but as I was doing this on film, I'm guessing that would not have dried, so defeating the object.
Second- what if you get Staz-on onto your acrylic blocks? The cleaner definitely ruins them, I ruined a few before I found out about the cleaner. Turns them cloudy, with loads of fine cracks appearing. Well, apparently, Antibacterial hand sanitiser gel will clean them up. Sounds mad, doesn't it? But, nothing to lose by trying it.
Here was one very mucky acrylic block.
I squirted a small amount on,spread it over with my fingers, wiped off with a paper towel, and hey Presto! It works! Literally, wiped over with my fingers, and it came straight off. No rubbing or scrubbing.
That was definitely a wow! moment. I really wasn't sure it would work. But it does, perfectly.
So, something useful there.
Top picture is my eldest son, Ant, with his green beard, and opposite, my youngest son, Mike, with his two tone one. Amazing, that as Mike ages, he looks more & more like his brother.
As they say, madness does not run in our family, it just wanders around, having a good time in the process.
Wednesday, 29 June 2016
If you like using brushes for this sort of thing, please go have a look at the previous post. There are some great bargains to be had in brushes at The Works right now, and they work brilliantly as 'colour duster' type brushes.
These are the brushes, and at 2 for £3, a real bargain compared to most 'crafters' brushes.
You can see in the previous post how well they worked, and here's another example:
The eagle eyed may well spot a Gelli plate, front left. I'd said I would never buy one, as it wasn't really my thing, but this was amongst all the craft stuff I was gifted a while back. I watched a few YouTube videos, by Barbara Gray of Clarity Stamps- where would we be without YouTube now?- and gave it a go. The result was some very nice backgrounds through stencils, using ink rather than paint. I think it was the fact most people were using paint on them at first that put me off. These two below were done with a brayer, rather than brushes, the ones on the right are with the Brushes from The Works.
I have plans for these with some small stamps- I have some Clarity Wee Folk, some Lavinia stamps,and a load of Cardio that should work nicely. I may even see if I can get a Christmas card or two out of this technique.
Reasonably short, and hopefully sweet, this week.
Quick update, saw the Registrar from the Oncology team last Friday for the results of my CT scan. Sort of ok, there is something they wanted a better picture of, so wanted an MRI. I told him my own GP was already sending me for one, due to the sciatica, and got him to refer me back to our local hospital's Oncology team.Travelling to Birmingham and back is a bit of a nightmare for the traffic, it can easily take an hour each way, and a lot more at rush hour. Local hospital is 10 minutes away.
So, I have the MRI date, it's the 13th of July, and will be a couple of weeks after that that I get any results. Hopefully it's nothing, he said it may well just be how the bone is healing.