Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Wee houses meet parchment

I was inspired to have a go at some stamping and parchment after Paul's demo on HOCHANDA on Sunday, and Barbara's blog at the beginning of the week. 
I love the wee house and shops so thought I would have another go at a reflection on parchment while I was at it. 
I m working on the White work and getting the houses straight!!

Here it is

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Groovi trials

HI have been able to spend some time getting to grips with the groovi system this week.  I love it... So here in order of trials are my three attempts.  I must say the photos do hide a multitude of errors but 
I m learning in the process.
Number 1

No 2 

No 3

This one inspired by Emma Burns very similar one just uploaded to her blog.

I also had a go at doing a reflection with the wee houses see below:-

Hope you like them.....

Monday, 11 January 2016

Calendar challenge; January 2016

Here is my January offering from the Clarity calendar challenge.  I have changed it slightly by not adding the tree mantles as I wanted to create a bright, frosty winter scene.  I had to improvise a bit with the birds as I don t have that stamp.
I hope I have risen to the challenge! New Years resolution no 1 completed and only 11 to go. 
Hope there will be lots of us 'having a go'

Hope you like it X 

Calendar challenge update!

I wanted to add some subtle glitter to this card o it had that cold frost morning feel to it.  I ordered an amazing glue applicator which has a very fine metal applicator ideal for tiny amounts of glue.....well it arrived today ( was not expecting it for another couple of weeks) so have now added the glitter ( quite subtle)! It's a great little gadget ( photo at the end).

Glue applicator

Great, very precise application it x 

Monday, 4 January 2016

Clarity challenge January 2106

January 4 th 2016

Happy new year!

My New Years resolution in January 2015 was to enter the Clarity challenge every month! I made it in January and then dismally failed thereafter.

Work, life and a redesign of the garden intervened and so I have renewed the resolution this year and plan to enter both challenges through 2016 including the calendar challenge. We ll see how I get on.........

Here is my entry for the 'say it with flowers' challenge for January.

I have made two cards but think this will be my entry, I have posted the other one underneath.I wanted to have a go at layering using clarity stencils and a variety of acrylic paints and distress inks/ markers. I also wanted to use the clear, gloss textile paste to see what happened!
I used various stencils (see if you can spot them all)! 
I love the fact that the acrylic paint acts as a resist to the distress inks. 
Dotty wave; lantern pods; brick wall; ocean swirl; ABC stencil; clock stencil; 
The dotty wave; brick wall and ABC stencil and lantern pods were done with acrylic paint first.
Distress inks; mustard seed; wild honey; pickled raspberry; dusty concord; peacock feathers and chipped sapphire round the edges. 
I used transparent gloss texture paste to add the dotty wave over the top, I used the Chinese lanterns in the first one I made but it was a bit over powering and also the texture paste was too thick.
I love the effect and all the layers give it a nice 'grungy' look.
The flower stamp is Gentian and columbine which I stamped onto 7 x 7 stencil card and masked while I did the background.
I like the texture paste effect which adds texture but doesn't detract from the detail.

Second card

Hope you like it.