Technique – stencilling

Featuring stencilling

Gilded Hello


I went to the Big Stamping and Scrapbooking Show at Alexandra Palace for the first time in a long time today! There were definitely far fewer exhibitors on site compared with the last time I went. I guess that reflects what’s happening to the industry here in the U.K…..but there were some fabulous companies there and I managed to buy a few goodies…..

I put some of them to use straightaway – I made this card using my new Clarity Stamp stencil. I applied Versamark ink using a sponge blending tool and then added some Ranger sticky embossing powder. It stays sticky for a decent amount of time after heating and so I applied some fabulous gilding flakes from Crafty Notions. Aren’t the flakes pretty? Such different colours too – but they were hard to photograph! Anyway, I finished off the card with a nice bold Winnie & Walter die.

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Bear family birthday

Hi everyone!

I wasn’t intending to get this bear family stamp when I saw the Hero Arts Christmas release… but then when I was buying online, I noticed that cute baby bear! Look at its little paws! Oh my goodness! I HAD to have it!

Anyway, I spent quite a while yesterday using this sweet image to practice colouring with my Prismacolour pencils. This one was my favourite image! I really like the pencils, but I do need to practice more with them!

I’m entering this into the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge – Anything Goes.

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Time Out – rainbow lily

Hi Everyone!

I am very honoured to be a guest designer for the current Time Out challenge. This time, the challenge is to CASE a card (at the end of this post) created by the talented Beverley Brown.

I’ve seen a few cards on Instagram where the designers coloured the background rather than the image, which I thought was so eye-catching so I decided to give that a whirl for my take on Beverley’s card. I stamped the gorgeous Penny Black stargazer lily which I then masked off before stencilling some distress ink to make a soft rainbow background. I added a die cute sentiment from Avery Elle (which I tweaked as I wanted to have a longer ‘tail’ before the word rather than after it!).

Do stop by the Time Out challenge blog and check out the inspiration from the fabulous design team! I hope you can play along too!

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Time to Sparkle

Happy Saturday!

There is a gorgeous colour combo over at the Color Throwdown challenge this week. In fact I have made quite a few cards with it! Anyway, this is the one that I decided to enter for the challenge. I used some new-to-me dies from Simply Graphic together with a stamp from Poppystamps.

As I was assembling the card, I felt it needed something a little extra to ground the image and so I stencilled a bit of Cosmic Shimmer glitter paste to the background. Love how this sparkles without detracting too much from those gorgeous dies!

I’m also entering this card into the current Freshly Made Sketches challenge!

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Masked bird

Happy Sunday everyone!

It’s time for a new challenge over at AAA Cards. This fortnight’s theme is ‘Masking’ and Stamplorations is our sponsor.

I absolutely ADORE masking – it is one of my favourite techniques and one I use a lot, especially for one layer cards – this cute owl card was so much fun to create, as was this stencilled card.

For my card, I used the fabulous ‘G’day Mate’ stamp set – a collaboration between Avery Elle and Ellen Hutson. I love the colours in this month’s Ellen Hutson Pinsights Challenge so I used some of them when colouring the bird. I then masked off the image and used the My Favourite Things Radiating Rays Stencil to create the background. To finish off the card, I used a word die from Ellen Hutson together with a Concord & 9th stamp and a few glittery stars!

My teammates have shared some gorgeous CAS cards on the AAA Cards blog and we are also joined by Guest Designer Maria from White Mood. She has some amazing creations on her blog, so please drop by her site!

I’m also entering my card into the current Ellen Hutson Pinsights challenge.

I hope you’ll play along with us over at AAA Cards and have as much fun creating with this technique as I do!

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All together

Happy Saturday!

The theme for this week’s Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge is ‘add a sentiment’ with a focus on Impression Obsession products.

I love Impression Obsessions sentiment stamps – so many of them make me chuckle and this one seems very apt for me at time… hopefully you can relate!!!

Anyway, I added it to a background I had created ealier this week when trying out my new Tonic Studios Nuvo Glimmer Paste with a Dylusions stencil. Love these pastes! Although the pink is a quite bright for me in real life!

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