Monday, 4 December 2017

Velveteen Stamping & Brayered Backgrounds

Saturday 13th January 9.30- 4.30

Making the most of your brayer &
Velveteen Stamping
Saturday 13th January 9.30- 4.30
The Pilgrim Rooms, Glenorchy Church, Exeter Road Exmouth
EX8 1PL   
Jan’s workshop  £15
Tips and tricks
with a brayer with Janet.
Jan says:-
I have lots of tips to create very simple and colourful
backgrounds for your stamping projects.  We shall use a brayer to create full colour backgrounds, with stripes or checks using clever masking and layering We will use some silhouette grasses/flower stamps with the brayered  backgrounds to make some fresh colourful cards for Spring. 
Don’t fret about not having a brayer, you will still make some pretty cards using
mine (I have some spares)  BUT please bring a brayer if you have one.
Deb’s workshop  £15 .
Deb says:-
Velveteen stamping is a technique using a combination of stamping with pigment inks overlaid with
dye inks to create a unique “tapestry” effect.
 We shall use stampsfrom a new company
I’ve just discovered
The set I shall use 439635- “Shines Bright” designed by
Toni Darroch.
Have a look at the website & you can buy from them if
you wish.
We shall create an elegant 4 fold card (no mechanics involved!!) plus a gift box for your card
Book both workshops for £28
 How to book
Please book your workshop with either Jan or Debs
We’ll supply handouts and all card packs, inks & other
craft materials used in the workshop.
Please bring a basic kit i.e pencil, ruler, small scissors,
paper trimmer, DSA tape, 3D foam pads, acrylic blocks for
your stamps (if you are bringing your own)
& a box to take your work homeis useful.
Please make sure that your workshop is paid for either at
time of booking  or 1 week prior to
workshop at the latest.
Payment can be made by cheque to Debbie by post (details on
request) or by PayPal (email Debs & an invoice
will be sent to your email address- easy!)
             Please note:- Until you have paid for your workshop your place is not assured
& the workshop may be cancelled!!
The Pilgrim Rooms at the rear of Glenorchy Church
Exeter Road,
Contact details
               Janet– or tel:- 01395 274620 Mobile 07530 444522
or tel:- 01395 223026 Mobile 07928 813576

Deb's Velveteen project

A peep at Jan's brayering projects 

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

O Come Let Us Adore Him


Here's the original

And perhaps time for a little extra one!  

Monday, 23 October 2017

Christmas Workshop

Snowflake Reindeer
              Materials used:-
Stix2 products
6x6 white card blank
 S57268 A4 masking sheet
Glue gun & Rainbow iridescent glitter
S57277 white snowflake die cuts
Glue gun & sticks

Creative Expressions 
FRS 655 Snowflake Reindeer
Colour Cloud- Spring Bluebell, Lavender Lace, Indigo Mist
Glitter Kiss Frosty Sparkle

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1.           Take the card blank with the fold at the top & fold the front in half with the fold pointing upwards to form an easel card. Place to one side.
2.           Stamp the reindeer to left side of the piece of flat white card & onto the piece of masking sheet using Versafine Black.
3.           Carefully cut out the reindeer from the masking sheet (excluding antlers, snowflakes & lines) remove backing sheet & place over reindeer stamped onto card. Tip: take some of the “tack” from the sheet by lying on the back of your hand first to avoid taking the surface from the card.
4.           With the masking sheet in place, using a Smoothie gently stroke Colour Cloud shades Spring Bluebell & Lavender Lace from top over reindeer. Turn piece around & do the same from bottom. Try to leave a lighter area in the centre around reindeer body. When satisfied with result remove mask. Edge with Indigo Mist.
5.           Dab some of both colours onto a craft mat & using a small brush & water, watercolour the image. Use Indigo Mist to add some shading. When dry sparingly stroke Glitter Kiss Frosty Sparkle over the entire area of image.
6.           Sponge the die cut & tag with the blue & lavender. Add some dots of hot glue & glitter & set aside to set.
7.           Stamp sentiments onto the tag & the small piece of flat white card. Edge with Indigo Mist.
8.           Edge the larger strip of white card with Indigo Mist & attach the embossed pearl card on the top with foam tape. Attach this to the inside bottom edge of the card blank using foam tape to form the “stop” bar.
9.           On the craft mat make 4 dots of hot glue & cover with glitter. Leave aside to set.
10.         Attach “Wishing you…etc” to bar at bottom of card blank using foam pads (thicker ones at  centre to form a curve. Add a strip of foam tape above & below stop bar & cover with glitter.
11.         Take the piece of ribbon & thread the tag to the bottom section before tying around right of image. Attach image to piece of pearl card & then attach this, the bottom half only to fold of the front of the card blank to the left. Secure tag in position with a foam pad.
12.         Using small dabs of hot glue attach snowflake to right of card front & the glitter drops you have made to the stop bar & the left corners of the image.

Tall Christmas Trees

Materials used:-

6x6 ivory card blank
Clear foam pads
Red & green Transfer foils
Tinted Intense card red & Christmas green.

Creative Expressions
JGS361 Tall Christmas
Colour Cloud- Basil Leaf & Natural Rosewood
Glitter Kiss Frosty Sparkle

  1. Taking the card blank fold the front back to the left & crease well. Take the strip of card & fold away from centre also.
  2. Take the  2 pieces of ivory card & the strip which you have folded & sponge lightly with the 2 Colour Clouds.
  3. Using Versafine stamp the large tree & small on the smaller piece of card & all sizes onto the larger card. Stamp the parcels along the strip. Edge the pieces with Basil.
  4. When dry stroke with Glitter Kiss Frosty Sparkle.
  5. Apply “Basil” to parcel stamp & stamp down both edges of inside right of card blank.
  6. Layer pieces onto red & green card. Attach smaller piece to folded back section of card blank & larger piece to inside area.
  7. Attach the folded strip to bottom of card blank with its front folded back so that the fold of the strip sits at the opposite side to the card front& the second fold sits inwards. It will sit over bottom of trees.
  8. Stamp sentiment onto cream punched shape & then layer this onto red & then green.  Attach to inside left of card.
  9. Add  clear foam pads to areas of card as shown in sample & apply red & green Transfer Foils

Friday, 15 September 2017

Christmas Robins

Christmas Robins

Materials used:-
Stamp set:- Hobby Art CS173D Snowman & Friends
Inks:- Distress inkpads- Festive Berries, Fired Brick, Evergreen Bough, Walnut Stain, Brushed Corduroy, Peeled Paint,
Versafine Onyx Black. Creative Expressions Colour Cloud Decadent Teal,
Other:- Stickles Red, Liquid pearl white. Green snowflake punch. Silver metallic ribbon.
 S/A diamantes.  “Falling Snow” embossing folder. Frosty Sparkle Glitter Kiss.
Ornate Bracket die
8 x 8 “Swing” card 
An aperture has been die cut from front of card ready for you & the piece cut is what you will work on.
1.   The internal mechanics. Take the piece of  A4 white card, which has been trimmed to 7.5” wide & score at 3 ½” intervals starting from the right. From the narrow panel which is left cut a 1” tab at the top & bottom cut away cut in the centre of tabs. Fold these under & then fold the card mountain, valley style. Flatten out & place to one side.
2.   Take the die cut piece & stamp robins at the centre using Versafine. Edge with Decadent teal very softly & avoiding Robins. Stamp holly sprigs in corners.
3.   Using appropriate Distress inks watercolour the image & set aside to dry.
4.   Take the embossed piece of white card & gently stroke Frosty Sparkle Glitter Kiss first horizontally & then vertically. Set aside.
5.   Take the internal piece of card & stamp a robin & holly border along the bottom of the 2 panels at the right & centre. Paint with Distress inks. Stamp “Happy Christmas” above Robins on the right hand panel.
6.   Softly sponge the edges of the front of the card blank & the inside right side of the card with Teal & a Smoothie.
7.   Attach the sparkly embossed piece to the left of the inside right hand panel of the card.
8.   Refold the internal piece of card & line up the centre edge where the tabs are at the centre point of the aperture. Using PVA glue fold the tabs under & glue in place.
9.   Take the die cut stamped image & apply PVA glue to back of right side only & line it up in the aperture making sure it fits perfectly. Attach to internal panel.
10. Add glue to right hand edge of panel & close the card to position it before attaching. 
11. Stamp “Robins” sentiment onto the strip of white card trim & cut ends to centre to form a banner shape. Edge with Teal. Attach to top left of front using foam pad in the centre & DS tape at edges to form a curve.
12. Attach silver ribbon to top & bottom of card blank using DS tape. Attach snowflakes, diamantes, Stickles to berries & Liquid Pearls for falling snow & snow on branches.

Holly & Robins (A5 card)
Additional materials:- Versafine Vintage Sepia, coloured pencils, glue pen & crystal glitter,
holly die cuts,  s/a red pearls.
1.      A scalloped oval has been die cut from the centre of the card blank.
2.      Take a Zig glue pen & apply some glue to the scalloped edges of the aperture from the outside & apply some glitter. Set aside to dry.
3.      Using the piece of flat white card stamp the Robins in the centre using Vintage Sepia.
4.      Colour softly with pencils & add glitter to snow on boughs with Zig pen. Apply foam tape to right side edges of the piece taking care that it will not show when attached to inside of card blank. This will make image sit back into card.
5.      Before attaching stamp Happy Christmas sentiment at bottom right of front of card with Versafine Onyx Black. Now attach the Robins to inside of card blank being careful to centre it properly.
6.      Add some veining to holly leaves using a DEET, apply glitter with Zig pen & then attach to card at top right & bottom left.
7.                  Attach organza double bow to top left & add red pearls to holly.  

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Driftwood Frames

Hi there here I am again at last, haven't blogged much lately as I've been busy with workshops & demos. Just thought I'd show you the last workshop  projects from last weekend which went down well with everyone. I used the MDF frames from Creative Expressions with Gilding Polishes,stamping & die cutting.The frames come in a set of 2 sizes & we concentrated on the larger one but I did the smaller as a suggestion of what you could do.There were a lot of ideas flying around as to what the girls were going to come up with themselves & I'd love to see you're results please!

So here's the actual project from Saturday & the Gilding Polishes used here were Mediterranean Blue, Powder Blue, Haybale Citrus Green, Golden Olive, Graphite & Enchanted Gold. 

This was my take on the smaller frame & as you can see I've used it with the pieces running vertically- just to be different because I can! The Gilding Polishes used here were Rich Red, Silver Hessian, Graphite & Golden Olive. The stamps used are from the Woodware Collection from Creative Expressions  & they are FRS650 Vintage Inspiration &FRS043 Eyes. I've also used some die cut branches which were from a Tim Holtz set & some skeleton leaves.