Monday, 3 December 2012


 Saturday was Lisa and Sharon's Christmas event at Hethersett -even the weather got in on the act, with freezing temperatures and snow flurries outside - fortunately, a nice warm hall inside!
The make that I really liked was a set of coasters - the one I made on the day was the top one, bottom was one I made at home yesterday.
The first tile was quite smooth, and could easily be stamped on with stazon - one option was to stamp the tile, colour with promarkers and heat set in the oven, the other to cover the tile with dsp using decopatch glue. Being awkward, I combined the two - stamping on a square of newsprint dsp using the oak tree from Lovely as a tree and colouring with promarkers before pasting onto the tile. I was so pleased with my set of 4 tiles that I managed to snaffle some spare tiles at the end of the day to make some more.
These tiles were much rougher surfaced, and stamping directly onto the tile didn't work well, so I used squares of dsp again and this time stamped with the large image from My friend. I didn't have decopatch glue, but I did have some Studio multimedium, which worked just as well, except that I had a matt finish instead of a glossy one.
These will come in very handy for those secret santa presents -they definitely come in under the £5 limit!

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Christmas cards

A few cards I made as samples for a workshop with some WI ladies last month................

 Lovely as a tree large stamp as leaves, holiday ornaments stamp gold embossed and cut out.  We also did this using gilding flakes - fab result, these baubles look stunning gilded on black card!
 Holiday frame embossing folder on whisper white, matted onto gold , cherry cobbler base card. Bauble was die cut from gold mirri card then run through the lacy brocade embossing folder before mounting with dimensionals and adding a red bow.
Sorry for poor photo, scan on right even worse, but does at least show the embossing better.
My Big shot was working overtime with these two cards, many of the ladies had never used one before, but they all soon got the hang of it.
Calendar card used the woodgrain embossing folder and the bird punch (was going to use the owl punch, then couldn't find it)- borrowed the idea of cutting up the folder to make the tree from another blog, can't remember whose now - if you know, tell me and will add the link!

The snowflake die only arrived the evening before, so this was a very quick card with framelits- didn't realise I hadn't glued the snowflake on straight until I saw the photo.
Last card used the Beautiful season set with a framelit and the lacy brocade folder again.
Apologies for all the white space, can't get rid of it despite several tries.................

Monday, 1 October 2012

ILWS bloghop

Welcome to the ILWS bloghop - thanks to Laura for organising all 37 of us!   You should have come here from Sarah, (loved the snowflakes on an earlier post ) but you can start here at the very beginning...
 I had several ideas using stuff from the new catalogues - and a wish list a mile long to go with them! After severely pruning the list, I found that a lot was not going to be available on pre-order, so had to order it when the autumn/winter one went live and hope that it would arrive in time.
Fortunately, it did - just, as the ornament stamps only arrived last week - but other things caught up with me, and I ran out of time.Excuses apart, I did have fun when I eventually got around to playing..........
The blue card was actually the last one I made - blue card is night of navy, gold is non-SU from stash. I stamped the ornament stamp in versamark, gold embossed it and cut it out by hand, added gold cord for hangers and dimensionals to the back of the lefthand ornament. I used the new lacy brocade embossing folder for the backing panel, and brayered the new midnight muse ink {love this colour) over it first - it doesn't really show on the photo, but adds a bit of extra depth.

Brown card also uses the lacy brocade folder - can tell I like it, can't you!- on crumb cake card, and I brayered more crumb cake ink over the embossed panel afterwards. The 'hanger' was cur from black card using the sizzlits swirl die, and the ornaments from the sadly-retired mocha morning papers using one of the smallest dies from  the holiday ornaments die set. The hanger is flat on the card, and the ornaments are on dimensionals. The greeting is from the beautiful season set, stamped in black on white, punched out with the modern label punch and sponged round the edge with crumb cake- gold layer used the same punch shape, cut in half and used as a frame. Base card is early espresso - I wanted a very restrained card that could be used to send greetings to someone perhaps going through a bad patch in their life who would not appreciate the usual cheerful card!
The green card is actually the first one I finished - base card is cherry cobbler, gold is from stash again, and the embossed panel is gumball green core'dinations card . I embossed the panel using the holiday frames folder, then sanded it down lightly. The stamp from the holiday  ornaments set was stamped on cherry cobbler, embossed in gold and cut out by hand. A gold cord bow was added as a hanger before mounting the ornament onto dimensionals. I did originally ink the folder in gumball green ink and embossed onto whisper white, which gives a lovely effect, then ended up giving those bits away to a friend.................
Next blog is Christa's for more super ideas...........

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

marry me and velveteen stamping

 Following a link while bloghopping, I found Mynnette's Technique Tuesday blog, and the velveteen stamping post - now this was sometime ago, and I meant to have a go, never got round to it, then refound the blog and the challenge was still open..............
I spent an annoying amount of time trying various combinations of paper and inks and stamps before succeeding ! This is basically a variation on a resist technique, and after trying SU whisper white ink, Stazon opaque white, Claudine Hellmuth's multi medium all with equal lack of success, I switched stamps completely, got out the trusted Versamark and glossy card  - and it worked! I used the large silhouette stamp from the My friend set for the background, and baja breeze ink on the silhouette stamp from Marry me. Flushed with success, I repeated it with the SU white ink and night of navy ink, which also worked.
I decided I was probably trying to use stamps which were not bold enough in the first place.
I turned both pieces into quick and very simple cards.  The blue square base was cut down from A4 baja breeze card, with the image mounted onto linen textured silver card after stamping the base image in versamark onto the base. The sentiment from Marry me was stamped in baja breeze inside the frame, then punched out and given a silver frame. A very delicate card, that I thought would work for an anniversary one.
The darker image also on the silver, but this time using the topnote die, then onto a base of wisteria wonder.

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

summer mini bloghop

 I rashly agreed to take part in the ILWS summer mini blog hop -then suddenly realised that time was running out - fast - and I had not even opened the I spent a couple of afternoons over the very wet weekend  playing, and these cards are the result.
They are all based on 6"square white cards, and all use my favourite homemade background technique of just random stamping, mostly with just one inkpad being used. Lisa tells me that in SU terms, this is a one-sheet wonder - whatever, I love doing them!
 The blue card used night of navy and all the Open Sea stamps apart from the ship to make the background. The main image is Sail Away, stamped in black ink, then the sails and boat masked and a small circle of post-it to mask the sun before sponging the sky and sea in. I used an assortment of  inkspots for this, from a retired subtles collection picked up on ebay - even if they were retired, I can't think why anyone would sell them, they are such useful little pads! (more are now on the -to-order list).
The second card used another of the spots, really rust, which I think might match up with cajun craze? This time I did use the sailing ship from Open Sea, but also paired it with the speedboat from Need for Speed - I thought it made a nice contrast. the sea was sponged using one of the spots, and the edges of the white card and the ship images were sponged with early espresso.
The last one was more 'arty', and the one I enjoyed doing the most. The base card was sponged with crumb cake, bashful blue, night of navy inks randomly all over, then edged with early espresso. i used early espresso to stamp the background and the ship image, and to edge the ship image.
The tag shape was cut by hand after stamping the ledger image onto a piece of sahara sand card, sponging the edges with early espresso before crumpling it up, flattening out, rubbing the early espresso pad over the creases and along the edges after using the distressing tool, then spraying with water and leaving to dry.  The espresso ink bleeds green, which gave the aged wrecked look I was after. Several strands of linen thread  finished it off before adding it on dimensionals over the ship image. The small square letters are some I picked up from a fellow crafter at the weekend, no idea where they came from originally, but they seemed to fit!
Thanks for looking, hope you liked what you saw!
If you came from Ally's blog, you need to go to Kim's for the next leg - or start this group from Emily's blog. 
The other half of the bloghop starts with Alison's blog if you still feel like more inspiration................and have a few spare hours.........
Apologies to any early visitors - the scheduled post didn't work, and I've just reset it!

Monday, 2 April 2012

need for speed

Stamp from 'need for speed' set, stamped in black ink ,masked and stamped again. Whisper white torn panel sponged round edges with old olive ink, then with black ink to be  a 'road' - the sponging isn't as definite as on the scan, think I damaged the scanner by pressing a bit too hard on the lid when copying a thick book last week!
Colour scheme from the Simply stampin challenge this week - wild wasabi/daffodil delight/tangerine tango/whisper white.  I didn't have the wild wasabi, so used a piece of garden green DP from the patterns paper stack, and tried to match the green for the car using whispers markers.
The greeting from an old SAB set 'so happy for you'  was punched out using the modern label punch, and backed with a piece cut down from the decorative label punch

Thursday, 29 March 2012

lovely as a tree

Square card cut down from A4 in old olive.
Backing layer stamped on whisper white in certainly celery and pear pizazz inks using stamps from French foliage randomly across the sheet.
Image from Lovely as a tree stamped in black onto whisper white - bottom edge punched with spiral punch. Sides torn, sides and top sponged with old olive and crumb cake inks to define the panel.
Ribbon is old olive grosgrain.
Sketch from Simply stampin challenge 52

Thursday, 15 March 2012

cupcakes etc

 have been playing with my new goodies, as I have a stinking cold and so cannot bake for market this week.
This one uses the cupcake wheel across the base of the crumb cake card, and the build-a-cupcake stamp set with the topnote die as background.
 Fresh vintage here, coloured with marker pens, stamped onto whisper white, matted onto blue background.  The lace ribbon punch cut from the same blue card from the brights pack and glued down one side - we made a similar card at Hethersett last month. Card base is again crumb cake.
Another crumb cake base card, cut down from A4 to give a square card. Mat is real red, top note die again using a piece of embossed cream card bought somewhere - Thetford show?. Main images from  My friend from the spring mini, stamped in baja breeze and real red inks onto whisper white, cut out using an x-cut square die and matted onto baja breeze.
Colour scheme was from the Simplystampin challenge this week

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

feels like Christmas!

 My starter kit arrived yesterday - really felt like Christmas again - a huge box full of goodies! After removing a mountain of brown paper, these shots are some of the contents - I got 4 stamp sets, including the broadsheet alphabet, which came as an extra for signing up in March.
Another of my chosen sets was the Greenhouse garden, which was the one I picked to start playing (working)  with...........
and straightaway I found out the major omission in the starter kit - no stamp-a-ma-jig! Now logically, if you are going to include a two-step stamp as a basic part of the kit, then you ought to include the essential accessory, yes?
The only similar stamp I have used before has been the mini Cath Kidston style set at a stampers 6 evening at Lisa's, where I managed fine without a gadget - doesn't work with greenhouse garden though!
I fiddled around and made a rough one using a couple of acrylic blocks, which worked reasonably well after a couple of tries. Needless to say, said gadget is now on the 'need'  list................
 I used a ready-made square card blank in  white as a base. the torn panel across the middle was [art of a larger piece of whisper white card stamped with almost all the French foliage stamps in pear pizazz ink. The flower was stamped in baja breeze and black inks, cut out and layered over the torn panel with dimensionals - leaves from French foliage again, this time in old olive ink. Greeting from a SAB set I won in the raffle at the last all-day event at Hethersett, also stamped in old olive.
The next day at Hethersett is on 29th April - details on Lisa's blog for anyone interested

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

a challenge

After much faffing around, and  changing my mind, I have signed up to become a Stampin Up demo.
 This blog is just for my Stampin Up posts, unless they are for my usual challenges, in which case they will still appear on vroncards.

I am waiting for my starter kit to arrive, but these pix are of older cards made with SU products
Sail away stamp from a mini cat, matted onto blue card, then onto a crumpled up and distressed map stamp, then onto a bit of netting from a bag of fruit - makes a good fishing net!
The bird is from Beautiful Season, stmaped on white, painted with watercolour pencils, cut out with a nestabilities die, mounted onto a green card using the top note die, then onto white. Can't remember offhand where the sentiment came from.
Last card uses Just believe, one of my favourite sets. Background scene was sponged using a mix of old retired SU ink spots, with some always artichoke and old olive in the front. Stamp was stamped in black 3 times across the card. Thin mount of silver card, and a square card cut from A4 in always artichoke