Monday, 23 April 2018

Georgie Girls Frame Project

I promised I would post pictures of the frame project we did for our craft group “The Georgie Girls”. We all bought one of the popular multi-frames that you can pick up in places like The Range, Dunelm Mill and various bargain stores. We all did a panel to fit each other’s frame, following a theme and colour scheme of our choosing. This generally takes us most of the year as we meet up every 4-6 weeks.
Lin was the first to send me her images. She actually had 2 frames with 4 apertures. Lin loves soft and gentle colours. But I think you will agree both her frames are lovely.

I hopefully will have more to post as the girls send them in to me.

Saturday, 14 April 2018

Resist Techniques

I have now completed my first two Saturdays of workshops at McOyster Crafts in Cupar. It was lovely to see a few familiar faces as well as some new ones. Although I had forgotten how tiring it can be. I was certainly ready for a gin or two when I got home!! But well worth the effort!

The workshops seemed to go down quite well. So I am going to do my next workshop on Saturday 12th May. The samples for this class are shown in my previous post. I love techniques so this class is all about resist. This class is based on embossing powders but I will probably put together another class to explore this technique further as the possibilities are amazing!!

I haven't had so much time for crafting lately. I am however loving my stamping platform. It has enable me to revisit my Penny Black "Brushstroke" stamps. I made this card recently for someone who loves birds. I intend to do lots more of this type of card for my stash!!

I love the way you can gradually build up the colour to get a beautiful watercolour effect. Before I had my stamping platform I would apply inks directly to the stamp, spritz with water and hope for the best. Sometimes it would work quite well but more often than not it was a bit hit or miss. Now I get beautiful images every time. I adore this Penny Black stamp with the two birds sitting side by side. Perfect for several occasions.

Thursday, 22 March 2018

Workshops at McOyster Crafts

Well I am finally ready for my first workshop in quite a long time, almost 8 years. Everything is prepped and ready to pack tomorrow night for Saturday's workshops at McOyster Crafts in Cupar, Fife. 
I  have also been coming up with another idea for a workshop on resist techniques. This is a technique I have always loved myself so thought it would make a nice workshop. 

The first card is just a basic resist using a beautiful Here Arts flourish stamp. My friend Linda has been using it recently and that reminded me what a perfect stamp it is for this technique!!

I used Distress Oxide inks to blend over the top and a little sparkly butterfly to finish off.

For the next technique I stamped and embossed floral images, blended distress inks over the top and then a wet paintbrush to lift off colour. I love this technique so it was fun to do a few examples, although the blue one is my favourite!!

The final technique uses the resist and blending of inks as in the previous samples but spritzed with a pearlised spray and then uses a hot iron and paper to melt the powder. This is perfect if you want to over-stamp with text or sentiment stamps.

I did these techniques years ago at my own workshops at Stampaholics and they always seemed popular. Hopefully they will be again!!

Saturday, 3 February 2018

Valentines Day Card

I thought I would try something different (for me that is) this year for my Valentines Day card for my husband.
I love the trend at the moment for stitched edged dies. Although I have stitched circles and squares etc, I decided to add to my collection. I recently discovered an online shop that sells a lot of American brands like My Favourite Things, Lawn Fawn, Neat and Tangled to name but a few!! The shop is Seven Hills Crafts and is well worth a visit. I have a wish list as list as my arm. 
I bought snow capped mountains and some stitched hillside borders as I love doing landscape style cards. And this is what I made.

I hope he likes it!!

Sunday, 28 January 2018

50 ...and fabulous!!

It's another wintery day here up in Scotland. I am meant to be writing up instructions for a magazine commission but decided to have a break and finish a card for a work colleague who is about to turn 50. She is quite girly and loves pink. On these occasions I often turn to an old Hero Arts set of stamps with a selection of shoes. What woman doesn't like shoes!!

The background was made using a Tim Holtz plaid stencil and pinky tones of Distress inks. The numbers were die cut from white card stock that I attached some double side sticky film to before hand. Once cut all you need to do is peel off the backing and cover with a fine glitter. Remember to rub it in well to get even coverage and to stop it falling off. I just computer generated the sentiment and cut it out to finish the card!!
Oh well back to work tomorrow!!

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Time Flies

I can't believe it's been over two years since I last posted anything on my blog!! I had a long spell where I wasn't crafting at all. Since going back to work in the NHS I lost touch with what was going on in the crafting world. I think most of my attempts at making something ended up in the bin and I began to feel that I had lost any creativity I may have once had. 

Then I got asked to contribute to a stamping magazine and that forced me to sit at my desk and try and come up with some ideas. There is nothing like a deadline to help keep you focused!! And so gradually I began to enjoy crafting again. And now that I am about 3 years away from retirement I am looking forward to having more time to do all the things I love!!

The thing I enjoyed most when I had my shop was teaching techniques in workshops. I met some great people and made some good friends.  A group of us still meet regularly for a craft swap and a catch-up. 

I now buy most of my stash on-line or go to Cupar in Fife to McOyster Crafts. The owner Adrian has kindly agreed to let me do a few classes for him in March. So I thought I would put a little plug on my blog in the hope it might help fill a place or two. 

I am starting off with a class called "Distressed Background Techniques". I love Distress inks and now that the Distress Oxide inks have arrived I love them too!! This class will explore a few ways to create backgrounds for stamping on. 

 Wrinkle free distress with stamps from Visible Image

Blended Distress with stencils and water

The last 3 all use stamps to create the background and the focal image.

The second class is called "Cards for Men". I am sticking to distress inks with more techniques for making backgrounds and a travel theme. 

If these classes work out I hope to carry on and do more classes now and then. These first two classes will be on the last two Saturdays in March for anyone who might be interested. I always try to support my local shop. I remember only too well what it is like trying to compete in such a big market place. 

Sunday, 27 September 2015

I am Back!!

Well it's been a while since I last posted anything on my blog. What a year it's been!! We sold our house and had to move into a rented house for 3 months. My daughter got married in June. We then moved into our new house in July. Then my father-in-law became ill and sadly passed away recently. So lots of happy moments, hard graft and then sadness when Graham's Dad died.

With all the upheaval going on my craft stuff was packed away for several months and I have only just settled into my new craft room. It is considerably smaller to my last craft space. Downsizing has been interesting ...... and difficult. We crafters don't like to part with anything that may or may not be useful. I am now enjoying crafting again. 

Last weekend my friend Linda and I went down to Skipton to the Beamsley craft retreat. We have been going for 4 years now and love it. I actually managed to make 39 Christmas cards. A great start to my Christmas preparations. Here are a few of them.

I bought a new Penny Black stamp with the berries. I really enjoyed playing with this. 

This was another new Penny Black stamp with lots of potential. I wanted to try it in lots of colours. These are my favourites.

I loved the autumn colours of this one. This stamp will be useful for a variety of occasions

These next two are variations of designs I have done before. But they are stamps I love and they come out every year.

The next two are very similar in style. Simple but effective:

And of course my favourite Penny Black prancing deer. I just love that stamp.

We had a great weekend in Yorkshire. Laughing, eating and crafting ... the perfect tonic after a very busy year.
Siobhan xx

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

WOODWARE - Chosen by Siobhan - Bookmarks

Some time ago, our team leader Dorothy asked us all to pick a theme for the week. And this was my choice for the Woodware blog.... bookmarks. For me they are a bit like tags, if I don't feel like making a card these are ideal for trying out things. Whether it's a new stamp or colour combo they are a nice format to work with. And they make a quick gift idea to enclose with a card. I read my kindle mostly but I still enjoy a book now and then. One of my pet hates is seeing people turn down a corner to mark their place!! Give them a few bookmarks.

Here is my selection.
The first one is a scrapling. When you trim an A4 sheet of card to make a square card blank (6x6in) you are left with a thin strip of card. Whilst these are handy for shopping lists it is far more creative to turn them into a little card, or scrapling.

And perfect for a bookmark as it is or you can trim the back off. Creating a blended background and then stamping some bold images on top is a great way of creating these nature inspired bookmarks. The flower stamps are all from Woodware designed by Jane Gill.

I love this stamp, it's just so versatile.

 Not everyone likes making their own backgrounds. This one was stamped on to patterned papers with some ribbon and lace added.

And finally, something more masculine. This was made using stamps from an Andy Skinner set. 
Well this is my last project for Woodware for a while. We have recently sold our house and will be moving to our new house in mid July. So we are having to move into rented accomodation for several weeks. My craft stuff has to be all packed away and I probably won't see it again until end August!!
Thank you to everyone at Woodware, it has been a good DT to be on. And thanks too to my friends and other crafty bloggers for taking the time to look at my blog from time to time. 
I wish Gill all the best in taking over my place in the team and I look forward to seeing what she creates.
Now I need to finish off the bits and bobs for my daughter's wedding, start packing, get the rental house ready for family coming over, go to work, have a nervous break down ....
I know things will be a bit crazy for a while but it will be worth it!!
Siobhan x

Thursday, 2 April 2015

Woodware - Colour Challenge - Black and Silver

Its a colour challenge this week at Woodware. This time the chosen colours are black and silver. My effort is a bit of a quick one this week but I am quite pleased at how it turned out.

The quote was the starting point for this card. It is from a clear Woodware set designed by Jane Gill. I embossed it in silver onto a square of black card. Then I stamped a scrap of silver card with a patterned stamp and embossed that in detail silver powder. Then I punched out the dress.
I die-cut a fancy square frame from silver card but decided it needed some blinging up!!. So I inked all the edges with silver ink and embossed with Stampendous Marcasite powder. This gives a really vintage silvery finish.

I thought this card would be nice for a 21st or 18th. I actually use the Woodware dress punch quite a lot for girly cards as it is just a lovely shape.
That's it for this week folks!! Have a good one.
Siobhan x

Friday, 27 March 2015

Stampendous - Dreamweaver - Woodware - Blog Hop - Making Texture

This week we’re going to celebrate with the awesome Stampendous Design Team and the Dreamweaver Stencils Dream Team all of the two companies have come together and we are excited to be able to kick start this marriage with the great Stampendous and Dreamweaver Stencils products that we at Woodware make available to the UK market.
 We’ll be offering three prizes in the UK and three in the US. Each prize package will consist of  Nathalie Kalbach’s terrific Grunge Mixed Media Cling Rubber Stamp Sets and the beautiful Zen Butterfly Dreamweaver Stencil! Both products are ideal for adding texture and backgrounds to your projects!
So remember to visit and leave a comment.
Both products are ideal for adding texture and backgrounds to your projects!
And that’s our theme!! Making Texture. We hope you’ll enjoy the wonderful inspiration that three talented teams will bring you this week! Be sure to visit all the blog links listed and leave your comments! Each comment will count as an entry towards one of the terrific prize packages.
Well this has been a busy week for this collaboration from three great companies. I love Stampendous and Dreamweaver and have done for a long time. Although I must admit I do not use my stencils as much as I should do.
Here is my contribution, a tag using a combination of two sets of new Stampendous stamps, one from Nathalie Kalbach and the other an Andy Skinner set. I have gone with a Steampunk style. And I have kind of done a step by step as I sometimes get asked how to build up backgrounds to get depth and texture.


These were the stamps I used and here is the Dreamweaver stencil LJ915

I started off with white tag. I stencil embossed each end of the tag using the metal stencil.Then I stared blending dye inks over the top of it.

There was a plastic stencil/mask with the Nathalie Kalbach stamps which I used next to add to my tag.

Next I added some stamping in soft colours.

Then some distressing with splatters of water. I also used a pearlescent gold mica spray to add some lovely shimmer.

Now to start adding some stamping in black to make the images pop.

I also added some fine splatters of black ink with a fine paint brush.

I used some gold embossing on some stamped images and Frantage powders around the edges of the tag to add more texture.

 And then I added the clock which I die cut as a circle and raided my "hardware" box for all the finishing touches.
And here is my finished tag.

Talking off busy weeks. We have decided to move house to give us a bit more room for when family and friends come to stay. The house went on the market on Sunday and by Wednesday we had sold it. I am still in a state of shock!! The realisation that it will probably take me a month to pack up my craft room, is starting to worry me!!. Never mind, it will be all worth it in the end.
I hope you have enjoyed the hop this week. There have been some amazing projects and it's not finished yet. Be sure to follow the links below :

See you all next week. 
Siobhan x
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