It’s been a while….

…but finally the weather is a bit better and I’ve been making the most of getting out on the bike.  Some sportives entered and times improved on – lovely scenery and great company.

I’ve still been crafting in the background but not just had time to blog.  Also been really bad at taking photos of some of the commissions I’ve done!  Not good and I must do better.

But I thought I’d let you see this one which my mum asked me to do.  Mum and Dad are very active in the horticulture scene in Edinburgh and throughout Scotland.  They are members of the Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society and have a busy week ahead of them, helping steward Gardening Scotland at the Royal Highland Showground between now and Sunday.  I’ve got my tickets and looking forward to a bit of floral shopping on Sunday – fingers crossed the weather holds.

Anyway, the Beechgrove Garden also take part in Gardening Scotland, with some of the TV programmes being dedicated to the event, and they’re on hand to give advice and demonstrations throughout the 3 day event.  This year is their 35th anniversary and as avid fans of the show Mum asked me to do a card to celebrate the event.  It was the perfect excuse to get out one of my favourite Claritystamp sets, the remountable garden set  It’s a fantastic set that offers so many possibilities and variations and I’ve managed to use it a lot over the past few months.  Image

The central image also used Claritystamps cherry blossom and the wrought iron chair.  I had a go at stacking the pots – a technique shared by the amazingly talented Sally-Anne Haynes  and I can assure you, it’s not as easy as it looks!  

The larger image, I used the letterbox kit for the wording and the lovely bunnies and bees to extend the garden theme into the frame.  The central picture was mounted using foam pads to make it stand out a little.  A quick run round the border with the chisel end of a green Promarker (a Barbara technique) to frame the whole thing and I was done.

I was so pleased with the end result, and the use of masks gives such a brilliant depth to the card.

Hope you like it 🙂



It’s all in the Sentiment

Not only was I lucky enough to win the Claritystamp Challenge Blog in March and receive a lovely £50 voucher to spend on their beautiful stamps, I was also invited to be guest designer for their May challenge – It’s all in the Sentiment.  I was absolutely delighted! 

I picked the Gandhi quote “Be the change that you wish to see in the world” which we had received with the new design club a few months ago.  Using a technique I’d seen on Darlene’s Design blog, I sponged Tim Holtz distress ink, peacock feathers, onto the Clarity card.  I then used the clear Versamark inkpad to stamp on top of the card and embossed it with clear powder.  Using an old black dye based inkpad I rubbed the pad over the top and finally gave it a polish with a tissue which brought the clear writing to the surface.  It was then cut out using a die-cut and placed onto another piece of Clarity card which had been “cling-filmed”.  This is the technique when you brayer over the Clarity card with the ink, spritz a piece of clingfilm with water, lay it on the card and squidge it 🙂  Once it’s dry you get some really lovely effects.  So, that was the sentiment ready to go.

Nothing goes through amazing change like a butterfly so using the Claritystamp butterfly from the pretty petals kit I stamped three onto a piece of Theuva card.  Using Promarkers to colour in the butterflies, all slightly differently, I picked colours that toned with the background of the sentiment.  This is the first piece of colouring that I’ve been really happy with and used all the techniques I’ve learned from watching Barbara in the classroom.  Using a blending pen gives you such beautiful shading.

I masked off the butterflies and used the small leafy swirl stamp, again with the peacock feather inkpad, to create a background.  A bit of “ink, blot, plot” so that it didn’t overshadow the butterflies.  A toning edge down the card using the wide end of the Promarker pen to finish it off. 

Everything was then mounted onto an 8×8 card and I even added a bit of bling with turquoise gems.

I’m absolutely delighted with the end result and being asked to take part as a guest designer was thrilling.  It made me push myself a wee bit more and try something a little different for me – which is no bad thing!

I hope you like it too.  If you’re visiting from the Claritystamp Challenge blog, thanks for coming to take a look, and good luck with this month’s challenge.



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