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Brayered birthday card – Chasing dreams

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After watching Barbara (from Clarity stamps) doing a cloudy sky technique on TV the other weekend I just had to give it a go on Heather’s card and I have to say it is dead easy to do.
To get the cloudy sky you pull out a cotton wool ball to make it nice and fluffy and flattish and you flatten it onto an old embossing ink pad.  Take some silk card and now squash the cotton wool onto the sky area of your card using the palm of your hand (not finger tips).  Remove the cotton wool then using a brayer and some blue dye ink, brayer over it.  Now if I remember correctly Barbara then went over it lightly with a darker shade of blue but I didn’t.  Then buff the card with a piece of kitchen roll.
Inks: Adirondak Stonewashed blue and Black, Distress inks Frayed burlap and Forest moss, Stampin up Bordering blue
Card:  White card, black card, white silk card
Stamps:  Clarity stamps Row of trees, Lavinia stamps Chasing dreams (sml), mushrooms (sml), fairy steps and wild grasses and flowers, Woodware Nature fun (tiny snail)
Other:  copic pens to colour certain areas, black tiny nail heads, stickles
Posted in birthday card, brayer, card, chasing dreams, Clarity stamps, lavinia stamps

Brayered wistful cat birthday card.

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Inspiration for this card is from Lavinia stamps picture gallery (tranquillity).  It is not quite a direct copy but very nearly.  I used the brayer for mine and a couple of different stamps but the over all design is Tracey Dutton’s.  I made this for Grace’s birthday – I love the peaceful aspect to this card and I resisted the temptation to put too much stamping around the edges for once.
Inks:  Adirondak Sailboat blue, Black and Eggplant, Distress ink Stormy sky
Card:  white, black and blue card
Stamps:  Lavinia stamps cat, lily pad, bamboo, wild flower and bugs, Elusive images Oriental good deeds.
Other: Mini mosaic tiles, stickles, opaque pink pen, green glaze pen
Posted in birthday card, card, cat, lavinia stamps

uk stampers weekly challenge tag week 36

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This tag (for week 36 in the ukstampers challenge) is so much nicer in real life as you can really see the twinkle.  This weeks challenge had to include:

  • a leaf as a stencil
  • paint
  • doodling

Inks:  Brilliance Platinum planet, Versacraft white, Colorbox French blue and Ice blue
Card:  white card
Stamps:  A stamp in the hand Field of sky (for the snow), Lavinia stamps Icicles
Other:  Dried pressed leaves, glitter pen, diamond glaze, white acrylic paint, white opaque pen, fibres, silver eyelet

I used the leaves as a stencil and dabbed the blue chalk inks over them then dabber a little Platinum planet over the tops.  You can just make out some veining on the leaves as these were the same ones I used for the previous tag so there was a little residual ink left on them.  The snow was stamped using the white ink and the icicles using the Platinum planet ink. I spattered some white paint over the whole tag to give an extra snowy effect.  My doodling is actually the 3 spiders webs in the foliage – using the white pen and highlighted with the glitter pen.  The icicles were highlighted using the glitter pen too and also diamond glaze.  I took the glitter pen all around the edges too.

Posted in lavinia stamps, tag, tags, uk stampers challenge 36

uk stampers weekly challenge tag week 35

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Long overdue but finally had a bit of time to play so here is my tag for week 35 to include:

  • embossing powder
  • a leaf as a stencil
  • paint

Inks:  Memento Tuxedo black, Distress inks Barn door, Forest moss and Wild honey
Card:  white card, tissue paper
Stamps:  Lavinia stamps Fall,
Other:  dried pressed leaves, acrylic paint daubers copper and gold, Distress stickles Peeled paint, embossing powder Ochre, Verdigris and Hollyberry red gold, metal leaf charm coloured with Sharpies, mixed fibres, bronze eyelet

I started by using my pressed leaves as stencils and stippled the distress inks over them, then gave the tag a light spray with water to blend the colours a little.  Once dry I sprinkled the embossing powders over the tag and heated from beneath to melt them.  I dabbed the paints sporadically.  The falling fairy and seed were both stamped onto the tissue paper, cut out and glued onto the tag using diluted PVA. I dabbed some of my maidenhair leaves with the paint too, then once they were dry I embellished the base of the tag with them.  The edges were finished off using the distress stickles  To finish it off I added the coloured charm and fibres.

Posted in lavinia stamps, tag, tags, uk stampers challenge 35

Brayered birthday card Green goddess

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I love how this one turned out – I did think at one stage it would become too dark and a bit messy as I find it hard to stop adding more.  You can’t really tell from this photo but there are tiny glittery highlights in areas, the large wings have been water coloured using an aqua brush brushed through a glitter pen first to give a glittery sheen on them  and the little fairies wings have the same glitter pen on them but not brushed through.
Inks:  Memento Tuxedo black, Stampin up Mellow moss and Old olive, Adirondack Sunshine yellow and Woodland, copic pens to colour the green goddess
Card:  White, black, old olive
Stamps:  Lavinia stamps: tree root, slender mushrooms large and small, willow, fern leaf, green goddess, three small dancing fairies, trailing ivy corner, mushrom houses
Other:  glitter pen
Posted in brayer, card, green goddess, lavinia stamps

Brayered fairy landscape card

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I love doing these brayered cards and this is a nice one for a female of any age group.  The project is from The craft stamper mag, April 2009 and at the last crop a few of the other ladies and I had a bit of a brayer workshop.  I added the punched leaves later.

Inks:  Memento Tuxedo black, Adirondack Red pepper, Cranberry and eggplant, Distress ink Mustard seed, Stampin up Mellow moss
Card:  white card, black card, green and black vellum
Stamps:  Lavinia stamps flower fairy, fern leaf, folliage and trailing ivy corner, (butterflies stamp was borrowed)
Other:  punched butterfly and leaves to embellish, fantasy film for fairy wings, dots of glitter pen

Posted in anniversary card, brayer, card, fairy, lavinia stamps

Brayered anniversary card

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I made this for my great friends who are having way too much fun in the sun!
This time I left a space at the top corner when I brayered the blues and greens to emulate the suns rays coming through the water.  It was misted with a little water to keep it misty looking and I masked some of the sea weed so the sea horse looks like it is swimming behind it.
Inks:  Memento Tuxedo black, Stampin up Bashful blue, Mellow moss and Sage shadow, Adirondack Slate and woodlands
Card:  white, black, holographic aqua
Stamps:  Lavinia stamps, Mermaid silhouette, Sea creatures and scene, grasses fro English Stamp Co. Oriental plate 3
Other:  netting, mixed fibres, glitter pen, gen clusters, Bedazzles electric slide, Diamond glaze
Posted in anniversary card, brayer, card, lavinia stamps

Another brayered sympathy card

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This one is quite simply brayed along each corner of the white card then stamped.  It was a little too bright so I then spritzed it with water and a little gold powder (this gives it a misty effect with a very slight golden sheen when tilted).  Ignore the fluffy bits at the top of the olive layer as this just brushes away – which I meant to do before I photographed it.

Inks:  Big and juicy Spice (green end only), Stampin up Mellow moss, Adirondak Woodlands
Card:  white silk card, brown textured, old olive, mellow moss
Stamps:  Lavinia stamps, Rubber tapestry clear, Papertreyink Out on a limb sentiments
Other: Mellow moss ribbon, brown brads

Posted in brayer, card, lavinia stamps, sympathy, sympathy card

ukstamper challenge week 21 tag

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Well it has been a while since I last did the weekly challenge so we are now on week 21. The recipe for this week is:

  • a stamped image of an animal – I have used a unicorn
  • heat embossing – I sprinkled on some Moss and Clear sparkle and heated from below
  • something shiny – I used Glossy accents for the stream, painted on rather than straight from the bottle

I may have to take a photo from the side so you can see the twinkle and the stream but it has taken me over an hour just to get a decent photo as it is – I wish the colours would look the same as in the photo as they are in real life. The green should look more olive than it does here.

I have edited this after trying out a few photography tips and tried a few more settings on my point and shoot camera. Here is the image I came up with – can you see any difference??
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Inks: Stampin up Mellow moss and Always artichoke, Versafine onyx black, Memento London fog
Card: white card
Stamps: Lavinia stamps Unicorn, foliage and bridge, stampin up Autumn days and Pocket silhouettes
Other: Embossing powders Clear sparkle and Moss, Distress stickles peeled paint, glossy accents

Posted in 21, lavinia stamps, tag, tags, uk stampers challenge, unicorn

Anniversary card

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Earlier this week it was our great friend’s Fraser and Carey’s wedding anniversary!
I love Lavinia stamps especially the fairies and wildlife silhouettes, they are very delicate and detailed. Guess what – I have just gone and bought some more!!

Inks: black document ink, Stampin up old olive and Mellow moss, Distress ink Aged mahogany
Card: white card, glossy white card, black card, patterned paper, black vellum
Stamps: Lavinia stamps fairy couple and mushrooms, Basic grey Flourish corners, RS Tapestry clear ferns and foliage
Other: Marvy pens to colour, maidenhair fern punch, Prima Camelot rose, pink stickles, Stampin up oval and scalloped punch, black half pearls

Posted in anniversary card, card, lavinia stamps

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