Monday, 3 July 2017

Hampton Court Flower Show

I can't believe a year has passed since my visit to Hampton Court Flower Show. Colour and perfume from the flowers, music from the bands, hustle and bustle from the visitors, glistening fountains, picnics, it was a lovely day.

This was one of my favourite gardens, I love the selection of flowers and the cabinet of pots decorated with bunting, it looks so pretty. I have decided to use this picture for my next scrapbooking project.

Using one of Woodware's clear singles stamps "Bee Happy" JGS515 from a Maze of Memories I stamped a little off page to the left of my photo then cut around the right side of the image to hold the photo in place. On the right hand side I used one of my "old" Penny Black stamps, it's marked 1999! I cut around the left edge this time so I could slot the photo's in both sides.

Placing the images is important, if the two designs are too close you will buckle your photo so take care. 

The same stamps are used for the bottom photo and I have stamped and cut the flower tops so they fill in the dark gaps on the photo. If you have a go don't get carried away and cut the whole shapes out!

To work out spacing around the photo stamp the largest image first, hold the photo above the image and work out by eye where you are going to slot the photo in. Place the photo on top and mark the opposite edge with a pencil. When you stamp the second image (remove the photo) you have to stamp the image so it overlaps your pencil mark. Practice on scrap paper if you are unsure. 

Colouring is great fun, choose bright and bold or go pastel the nice thing is anything goes.

Did you notice the doodled border?

I will add lettering to say "Hampton Court Flower Show" then I might put the date on a watering can and hang it from one of the letters. A couple of bees or a butterfly a little glitter and it will be ready to put in my album.

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Father's Day

Several years ago a few crafty ladies gathered over a cuppa to share their new stamps. Each lady took their own card, ink and 2/3 of their favourite stamps and we took it in turn to swap images. One particular design caught my eye and as Dad is a keen gardener I knew it would come in handy one day. Stamping the design twice I could make a layered picture when the time came.

This month wondering what card to make for Father's Day I came across the two images and set about colouring the first piece in pencils. As I worked I decided to cut out the middle area behind the cat saving the shelf, garden tools and little radio.

I used a knife to cut part way round the butterfly wings and folded them forwards. From the second piece I coloured and cut out the watering can, potted plant, shed notice and cats head. Layering all the pieces onto a brown piece of card gave a decoupaged look (Dad's favourite.)

We often have a family joke about the number of snails on the allotment so decorating the plain card with snails seemed the only option and raised a few smiles on the day!

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Pond Water

Nearly the end of June already - I have to tell you it's been a busy time including a visit to the Chelsea flower show, a trip to Harrogate, another to Rye, birthdays, Fathers Day, walks round a couple of beautiful gardens and a little crafting!

Do you remember the gorgeous pond water background papers I made from the distress oxide inks? I decided they were too busy for my frog photo's, I couldn't bare to cut into them so I have kept the cards for another day.

Plan B, I spotted some gorgeous frog card designs and stamps on have a look on their blog archive for the month of April and you will see the full blog post, including lots of fab ideas.

I'm not very good at cropping my photo's and at the moment adding borders looks a bit 70's so until I master a more modern look I have decided to place plain photos on a double page, four full size photo's was too much so bravely I chopped into two so there is a focal point on each piece.

I set about stamping waterlilies and frogs around the photo's, there is a very cheeky looking chap top right, and I love the one who looks like he is dancing on a lily pad.

 On the bottom right corner this little chap looks like he is going to jump into the photo pond.

I did consider making a slider so a frog jumped across the page but this is going into a plastic sleeve so I decided against it. I also considered whether to cut out some lily pads and raise them over the edges around the bottom of the photo's but decided to use a few accent beads and a simple line of journaling at the top. I can always add to the pages as my scrapbooking experience increases.

To colour the images I used pencils and for the background I reached for a soft blue in my pan pastels but I don't have a blue! Out came an old chalk set.....I will tell you about them at the end of the blog. 

Can you see the accent beads? There is a little glitter added to the water and the bottom edges of the frogs so in day light they glistens as if they are wet. 

Carefully drizzling glue near but not on the photo's I have used Frantage flakes and fragments to resemble food given to the tadpoles and pond weed.

I'm so pleased with this set of stamps, it's one of those very "useable" sets perfect for male and childrens cards - lots of fun can be had adding a few balloons to one of the characters for example.

I journaled along the top edge and down the side of the page. It was one of those amazing evenings when the frogs were too content to dive under cover when I approached to take a photo.

This water lily stamp is a great design for a ladies card. I used it in the middle of my double scrap page.

Then filled in the background using the smaller set below.

I'm thrilled with my pages and hope to decorate a flowery page next time so I can add a few more embellishments.

I mentioned using an old chalk set to colour the background. Well after years of use many colours had crumbled under heavy use, I decided to clean the box. Carefully removing the colours from the box I then placed a piece of journal paper on top. Turned the tin upside down and emptied the small pieces of chalk and crumbs onto the journal page. Below, top left.

The box was wiped with a dry tissue and the larger pieces of chalk were placed back in the box. I carefully rubbed the crumbed chalk into two piece of journal paper to make two pretty backgrounds using what was basically waste for use at a later date. 

Saturday, 13 May 2017

A visit to Keukenhof

Lots of colour inspiration from my trip to Keukenhof, the dutch bulb fields in Holland.

This was the first flower bed that I saw as I walked through the gates, look at the mass of beautiful tulips.

The planting was spectacular. Every time you walked around a corner there was an array of colour.

Planted through woodland and around a large lake many tulips, daffodils, narcissus and hyacinths in all colours, shapes and sizes.

This was my favourite statue called Butterfly, if you could like one it is 26,000 Euros! The designer is Jack Van Iwaarden de Vreede.

Indoor installations included this caravan, now I would love one of these!

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Wiggly Stems

I thought I would share the images I coloured using the Wiggly Stem Stamps. What a fabulous name for a set of flower stamps!

The pretty pastels on this piece were made using a water technique shared by Christina from using my Zig pens. By dipping the pen in a little pot of water it drains the ink from the nib of the Zig pen and as you start to colour the ink filters back through the nib and allows you to shade or create beautiful rainbow effects. 

I think this one was my favourite.

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Circle Flowers

While the Circle Flower stamp was all inky I decided to stamp a couple more to sit and colour in front of the telly.

So I now have a pretty colour selection which would be nice mounted with gem butterflies and a pastel colour selection which would be nice mounted with lace or pretty paper doilies.

This was the one from Sunday's blog.

Colouring is very therapeutic and its surprising how different they can all look.

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Dylusion Paints

There's nothing like a bright sunny morning to encourage bright colours in crafting, I love the latest Dylusion paints which come in 59ml pots suitable for dipping brushes, cloth, cards into.

I am using Lemon Zest, Fresh Lime, Cut Grass and a Pure Sunshine ink spray.

By dipping a corner of a baby wipe in the lemon zest pot to pick up the smallest amount of paint I then used the full wet wipe round my fingers to spread the paint over the card. (When you have a go spray water over the sheet to help the colour move if it's a bit dry.) Start with a small amount of paint, you can always add more paint.

I started on an A4 sheet so I can make four background pieces. Using Fresh Lime paint applied with a baby wipe I made a cross on the centre and added more paint around the edge. Next a small amount of Cut Grass adds depth to the cross and edges.

The bubble effect on the left hand side is Pure Sunshine ink sprayed through a stencil, it compliments the paint colours beautifully.

Decision, decisions, what images shall I use for my card fronts?

It's such an quick and easy way to make a selection of cards.

I added more Cut Grass paint to the edge of the fourth piece which will be perfect for the Eiffel Tower stamp! It reminds me of spring time in Paris.

Grabbing a few Zig pens I decided to colour a couple of my pieces. Starting with the Circle Flower stamps I used pen colours to compliment the paint.

Then I used a wilder selection of colours for the Wiggly Stems flower stamp.

Once the pieces are mounted I will add a little glitter and maybe a couple of accessories or a greeting.

As mentioned before all the materials used can be purchased from