Saturday 17 July 2021

Bird House

 Yet another of my gelli plate experimental backgrounds titivated up with some stamping - it has been good to get back into stamping as a change from endless die cuts although there will be a variety of techniques used here from day to day.  Variety is the spice of life!!

Bird House - stamp from a magazine freebie set which I've had (unused!!) for a long while 
Cat - Lavinia Stamps
Foliage - mix of Lavinia stamps and others from my collection
Words - Phill Martin freebie stamps

Wednesday 14 July 2021


 The idea for this card isn't entirely my own, spotted it a little while ago and decided to give it a try although I must apologise for not crediting the source.  You know how it is - you see something that sticks in your mind and then cannot find it again 🙄.  What I did remember is that you start out with a stencil and ink up a piece of card and then some of the motifs were cut out and used as 3-D 'trees'.  I inked a piece of cream card to give the impression of a landscape and then stamped a couple of trees to form a backdrop..   I chose three sections of the stencilled piece and cut them out, inking the edges slightly.  Popped them into place and then stamped a couple of hares and some flying birds to complete the scene.  I dithered a bit about adding a sentiment, eventually deciding I would.

Stencil - Pods from Lavinia Stamps
Bare Trees - stamp from an Autumnal set which were free with a magazine last year
Hares - Lavinia Stamps
Birds - Card-io stamp
Sentiment - from magazine freebie set Phill Martin

Monday 12 July 2021

Christmas Snippets

My card for the latest Pixie Snippets Challenge is a Christmas one - thought I'd make a start and make one or two in between other projects and they will soon add up to what should be enough for this year when the time comes.   There is a super prize this time with inspiration from a guest designer - this one aims at using up some of our smaller snippets which we can't bear to throw away. Why not take a look and maybe have a go yourself.

For my card I turned to a set of dies and stamps which came as a magazine freebie perhaps last year or even maybe the year before that - all I know is that the packet had remained unopened in my box of Seasonal stash.  I sorted out some snippets of blue and white card which I used for the small square motifs but unfortunately I didn't have a large enough piece of anything matching for a background so I simply printed off a sheet from a favourite CD, cut a piece to fit this card and now I have yet another good-sized snippet for one or two more cards.  The sentiment was one from the gift set and was stamped onto the background paper and white embossed.  The small blue squares were snippets left from a piece of  card printed from the same CD on a previous occasion. For the scenes I cut stitched squares from white pearl card snippets and then used parts of the dies to produce the separate buildings and trees to fit the blue squares.

Backgrounds - printed from Season's Greetings CD Artylicious (Chocolate Baroque)
Squares - dies from Tonic and Stampin' Up
Scenes - die cut in white pearl card using die/stamp set given with a magazine

Sunday 11 July 2021

Stencilling and Stamping

 This clean and simple card is more or less CASE'd from one made by the talented Eileen Godwin who has made lots of YouTube videos well worth watching for inspiration. (Just Google her name).  I didn't have the stencil or all the stamps which she used but managed to improvise 😀.  I started off with brushing two colours of ink through a stencil to make a partial impression, followed by using the Misti to position the stamps.  The stars and the word were second generation impressions.  The image was mounted onto a piece of paper which had just the right colours to tone with the inking.

Stencil - Berry design from Lavinia stamps
Cat - also from Lavinia
Butterfly - from a Penny Black silhouette floral set
Word - from a stamp set which I've had for many years (Chocolate Baroque)
Stars - stamp from a large sheet of Christmas stamps, magazine freebie
Background - paper from Clarity stamps