Sunday, 27 July 2014

Did it before the end of the month!

Having failed dramatically to meet the deadline for June's calendar page I was determined to do better this month.  OK it may not be that much better but at least the month as not actually ended this time!

Working in a school the only theme that I could do really for July is the fact that the academic year is over - as much a joy to teachers as it is to the children!

July Page 2 Copyrighted
Materials used:
Distress Inks: Ripe Persimmon, Dried Marigold
Adirondack Inks: Butterscotch, Lemonade
Memento Ink: Tuxedo Black
Circle Die
Spectrum Noir pens and pencils
Clarity Sunburst stencil
Clarity Letterbox stamps
Penny Black Girls Rock stamp

Working directly onto the pages I used the yellow and orange inks to stencil the sunburst in the middle of each page. I punched 31 circles out of white paper and used the yellow inks and stencil to form the pattern around the edges before numbering them with a black pen. I stamped the children along the bottom of the page then again onto paper. I coloured in the skin, hair, shoes and hairbands of the children on the page with pencils and the clothes of the images stamped onto paper with pens. I cut out the coloured clothes and stuck them onto the children with 3d glue gel then arranged the circles and stuck them in place. Finally I added the words using the Letterbox stamps.

July Page 1 Copyrighted

This year the sun did not stop shining as soon as we broke up, in fact it has been glorious all week. I will probably get shot down in flames for this but I think it is just a tad too hot and as it has been very dry some overnight rain would be good for the pond and the garden!

I hope you are having a good summer wherever you are, or maybe a good winter. In the international community that is the internet you just never know who might be popping in or where they come from! So whoever you are and wherever you are thanks for dropping in. Take care.


Monday, 21 July 2014

Spectrum Noir and Summer

I decided that it was high time I had another crack at the Spectrum Noir Challenge.  This month the theme is 'Summer' and I have just the stamp to use and one that I love.


Materials used:
Stamps Happen Collecting Sea Shells stamp
Fun in the Sun stamp from Creative Stamping Magazine
Die'sire Chantilly Lace Stamping Frame
Memento Tuxedo Black ink pad
Neenah card
A3 sheet of Kraftcard
Spectrum Noir Pens: TN2, TN3, TN5, TN7, PS2, CR3, GB2, HB1, HB2, IG2, IG3
Spectrum Noir Pencils: 016, O74, O77
Sea shell backing card - sorry don't recall the make
slate embellishment

I stamped the little girl out twice onto the Neenah card and cut out one image with the die before colouring her in using the Spectrum Noir pens and pencils. I made an 8 inch square card blank from the Kraftcard and covered the front with a slightly smaller piece of the shell backing card. I then used my brown distress ink blending tool and inked the lacy part of the die without adding any more ink to it. Finally I used foam pads to attach the coloured image to the front of the card and glued on the Natural Beauty embellishment.

Just for good measure I made a DL card with the left overs and the second image (it is the one I used to trial my colour choice).


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Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Confessions of a Hunkydory Addict

I am a stamper at heart and part of me thinks that using a kit is somehow cheating when it comes to making cards.  That was until I discovered Hunkydory.  I now have a huge stash of goodies, enough to make hundreds of cards.  However now that we are starting to seriously think about what happens when my husband retires in a couple of years and we leave the big vicarage for our small cottage, drastic downsizing is needed and so I am in the slow process of making room in my craft cupboard so that there is no overflow!  A good excuse to tackle the mountain of Hunkydory packs, so for the past few days that is what I have been doing.  Here is the proof!





All those cards have make hardly a dent in my stash, which not only goes to show how much I had but also what great value Hunkydory is!  Also as I have been suffering from an acute case of creative cramp putting these together had kickstarted the creativity again.  Now to find the time to get cracking on some serious stamping!!

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Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Where did June go?

Two things that have taken me by surprise:
1. It is 2 weeks since I last posted.
2. We are already over a week into July!

Working on the premise that occasionally it is better late than never, here is my Art Journal page for June.

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Clarity Poppy stamps (two stamps)
Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Adirondack Stonewashed ink
scalloped circle die
Spectrum Noir pencils

I stamped the poppies in black and coloured them in with the pencils. Using the die I made a paper stencil and stencilled in the journalling circles with blue ink. I used a black micron pen to write June down the side.



I chose to do poppies for June because on my drive to school I pass a glorious patch of bright red poppies.  They always make me smile even on dull, damp mornings.  I would have taken a photograph to show you but there is no where to pull over safely to do so.



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