Monday, 30 March 2020

Masterboard Monday.

 Welcome to all my new followers, hope you enjoy the journey.

I am here today to show you a card made with this Masterboard:



Think of spring and we think of flowers so here goes.

The stamps used for this were by Altenew called Watercolour Halftone but I'm sure there are other makes that work just as well. 
Stamps that have a large surface area work best for this technique rather than those which create fine lines.


If you like this here's how I made it.


So that you don't have to stay too long I'm showing you three stages in one photograph here.


This is the first and second stage in the Ghosting technique.
1. Apply a light blend of colour around the edge of an A4 sheet of card.
2. Heat emboss your chosen stamp with clear ink and embossing powder.



3. Apply more colour around the edge going inwards but leaving some white card showing in the centre.


4. Place a thin sheet of paper over the card and remove the embossing by ironing over the paper which will absorb the melted powder.
This photograph was actually from an earlier project but it's the same technique.


5. Now go around the design with more stamping using a slightly darker ink.


The ghosting will now stand out almost white as there was very little ink applied when the embossing was done.


At this stage you are ready to cut the card into four pieces ready to make the cards.


And finally this was the first finished card I made.


And I decorated the insert too.
The sentiment is by Woodware.


One final look and that's your lot for today.



However there are three more pieces left so be sure there will be more to follow.

I would love to hear your comments and hope you enjoyed the tutorial.

Many thanks for stopping by and happy crafting,

Angela x

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Stamping Sensations: March - Spring Florals.

Friday, 27 March 2020

Friday fun Day with Smiles.

Welcome to all my new followers, hope you enjoy the journey.
Angela here again to show you what I've been up to this week.

Things are not the same as usual and as we're all forced to stay in doors I decided to get out my journal and do something different for a change so here goes.


It's ages since I did anything in my journal let alone Steampunk style so that's the theme for today.

I've used several makes of stamps for this project including Creative Expressions small light bulbs, The Artistic Stamper large bulbs including the ones with the cogs inside and the sentiments are by Visible Image.

The background colour was applied using mica inks so are quite shiny and then the black ink added after the stamping to give depth to the design.
I completed the layout by adding some white pencil highlights, Stickles Glitter glue and some die cut chains.

Hope you like it.

Other than that I've been busy moving stuff into my new craft cabin. The weather has been lovely here so for once the ground was firm so a good time to move stuff down there. 
Definitely had a good amount of exercise carrying stuff down from the loft too.



This is where I was up to at the beginning of the week but there will be more pics to follow soon.

Thanks for stopping by.

Have a great weekend everyone whatever you choose to do, stay safe.

And if you would like some more smiles you just need to pop over to see what our friends have been doing this week at Annie's for "This Week's Smiles" and you can share your  smiles too.


Angela x

I would like to enter the journal pages in the following Challenges:
The Artistic Stamper Creative Team - March Challenge - Steampunk.
SanDee and Amelie's Steampunk Challenges - March - Anything Goes Steampunk/Industrial.

Wednesday, 25 March 2020

WOYWW - 564 - What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday.

Welcome to all my new followers, hope you enjoy the journey. 

Hi Workdesk friends. 
Here we are for another Wednesday at the Workdesk. 
I am here again to show you:

"What's on my Workdesk this Wednesday".

If you don't know what this is all about then please visit the
 
Stamping Ground, our host Julia will explain.


I don't know where to start today as so many people have been asking me questions about things you've seen on my desk and blog so I'll show you the desk and then try to answer some of your questions.

So here is my desk for today!



Busy as I'm finishing off a project in my Art journal.


Don't worry if you think this is an old post, it's not but I do have another of those tubes on my desk waiting for me to decorate it. 
The earlier one is still waiting to be completed but I promise you will get to see it again. 
The other stuff is a project I've been working on with some Altenew stamps and dies and the stamp you can see is by Visible Image and I'm using this in my journal.
The big white tub is Gesso and the red and whit spotty box is holding some Oxide stamps that I've been working with.


Collection of odds and ends.


This is the front of my journal. Not a very good photograph as the sun was shining in.


So now I will try to answer your questions but if I miss something just ask again.

  • The Tuxedo card is another type of Pop Up Box card and I've put you a link here where you can see more.
  • The little Rabbit die that was on my desk last week is a Tim Holtz Movers and Shapers Easter Bunny but it is an old one and they also did a larger version of the same rabbit however I noticed that Sizzix have produced this again as a metal die for the Sidekick and Country View Crafts have them here.
  • The Exploding box got lost when we had the roof altered with other stuff which I still haven't found but sure they will all turn up again soon.
  • The tubes which I have been working on originally had one of those bottles with the oil and reeds. The small piece is the lid which fits in the top.
Finally I've been busy this week moving craft stuff from the loft to the new cabin so I should have some photographs to show you in there soon.

So that's it from me, all done for today.

 Thanks for stopping by and hope you will pop over and join in the visits around the other desks.

 I'm off now to see what everyone else is up to.
Have a great woyww 
and 
happy crafting,

Angela x

Monday, 23 March 2020

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge - 253 Spring.

Welcome to all my new followers, hope you enjoy the journey.
Hi! back again to tell you that it's time for another challenge over
at Crafty Cardmakers.

 Judy is hosting today and our challenge is Spring.

As usual you can enter anything you fancy, it doesn't have to be cards, as long as it meets the challenge. 

Hope you will join in.
And here is my project for the challenge:


The papers are by 'docrafts' and I used some of them to create the tags as additional embellishments and layered the background with some plain matching card.
The central images were part of the pack and are 3D decoupage.
The sentiment stamp is part of a free gift from a magazine.

 I hope you will pop over to see what the rest of the DT have been up to and maybe join in the challenge.
I look forward to seeing what you come up with too.
 Happy crafty card making.
Angela x 

Friday, 20 March 2020

Friday Fun Day with Smiles.

Welcome to all my new followers, hope you enjoy the journey.
Angela here again to show you what I've been up to this week well last week really but just been a bit busy.



It might become obvious soon where this photograph was taken.
Something we're unlikely to see again for a while.


And this one!


Clouds or mountains?
Both actually.


 What do you think is happening here?


We stopped off here on the way up to the mountains. 
I'm sure you will guess what this little hut is and what the guy is doing.

More photos to follow soon but just to let you know we got back safely just in time before the French decided to close the ski resorts. 

France is now in Lock Down though some new clients were taken up to the resort, not sure why they couldn't decide to close on the Friday before people left home. 
I hope they are all home by now but sadly have missed their holiday.


Got these beauties for my mum for Mother's Day and most of you have already seen her card if not it's here.
It's not a very clear photo but the pic at the bottom right is my husband and I on our wedding day. The light from the window has cast a shadow on it but to be honest I had forgotten it was there when photographing the flowers.
Just to the left is a coloured bowl which is interesting known as Carnival Glass, my mother has had this for a long time.

The blue vase is Wedgwood but unusual as it's a shiny glaze and they were more often a matte finish.
My mother's family were originally from the Potteries in Staffordshire so we still have a variety of old pottery around the house.


 Not sure what Maisie is up to here but she seems to have found a hat from somewhere. I think it must have fell off the arm of the chair and I'm surprised she didn't jump off, maybe she likes it!
Funny girl!



Sure Maisie and Stan will try this soon now they're home.


Now I know where our two got this habit from!

You would smile even more if you were at ours for dogs dinner time. Those of you who have seen our two will know that Schnauzers have beards and after dinner I can be seen chasing after them to clean this hairy part which collects bits of dog food but they really don't appreciate it! 
Stanley will help by checking and removing any left-over food from Maisies beard.

Mmmm......think I know someone who would do these things given half a chance.

Have a great weekend everyone and
 thanks for stopping by.

And if you would like some more smiles you just need to pop over to see what our other friends have been doing this week at Annie's for
"This Week's Smiles" and you can also share your  smiles too.

Angela x

Wednesday, 18 March 2020

WOYWW - 562 - What's On your Workdesk Wednesday.

Welcome to all my new followers, hope you enjoy the journey. 

Hi Workdesk friends. 
Here we are for another Wednesday at the Workdesk. 
I am here again to show you:

"What's on my Workdesk this Wednesday".

If you don't know what this is all about then please visit the
 
Stamping Ground, our host Julia will explain.


So here is my desk for today!


I'm working with some  Altenew stamps today but other than that the desk is a bit empty of crafty stuff.


I promise you will get to see the finished tube box but it's been moved as I've been spraying it with a varnish in fact the one you can see in the green can above.
The paints are waiting to be put away and the Tim Holtz rabbit die I'm using on the Tuxedo Easter card which is also waiting to be completed.


Nothing different here either. 
The tool box has taken over as the exploding box and it is getting difficult to get anything else in there!

You might like this last card that I made:


Made it for Mother's Day and if you've not seen it just go down to the post before this one where you can see the full card and the Masterboard. 
Hope you like it.

So that's me done for today.

 Thanks for stopping by and hope you will pop over and join in the visits around the other desks.

 I'm off now to see what everyone else is up to.
Have a great woyww 
and 
happy crafting,

Angela x

Monday, 16 March 2020

Masterboard Monday.

 Welcome to all my new followers, hope you enjoy the journey.

I am here today to show you a card made with this Masterboard:



I was just having a play really with a new Altenew stamp but decided I liked it so much that it needed to be used on a card.
 I made this simply with a variety of Oxide ink colours and a piece of A4 card.


And the final result!
As you will see I used  a mixture of techniques to complete this card.


The flowers are Altenew stamps called 'Wallpaper' and the squares are 'Halftone'. The sentiment is a die by Sue Wilson for Creative Expressions and the embossing folder 'Embossalicious'. 



First I layered some black and purple card onto the card blank and then attached the Masterboard background.




I used an Altenew die 'Leaf Medallion' to cut a section away from the embossed piece to reveal the masterboard below and then arranged the flowers and leaves before attaching them.
You can see here the Stickles Glitter glue that was added to the stamens. 



This was the positive part created by the medallion die.


I stamped and then coloured the flowers with water colour brushes by DoCraft and then cut them out. 
You can see better here that they are slightly tucked behind the embossed card.


One more look at the completed card with tiny butterflies and enamel dots added.


And a little something for the inside finishes the card.

Those little butterflies dies are so useful.

I do have some of the Masterboard left-over and that medallion die Love 2 Create Ch. cut so of course you may see what I've done with those another day.

I would love to hear your comments and many thanks for stopping by. Happy crafting,

Angela x

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Love 2 Create Challenge 3 - Anything Goes Mixed Media Challenge.

Friday, 13 March 2020

Friday Fun Day.

Welcome to all my new followers, hope you enjoy the journey.
Angela here again to show you what I've been up to this week.


A few pics from the Craft Club day which was actually a couple of weeks ago now but didn't get round to posting them. 



This is such a happy group and so friendly.


This was the project for this session.
We take it in turns to give the group a project to work on.


These are some examples of what we made.


These look really nice and are one of the easiest folds I've ever done.


And of course everyone needs a cuppa to keep them going.


Hope you like them.



And doggy pics next.


Stan likes to get the upper-hand but Maisie has no intention of moving, she's in her spot and she's staying there even if her leg slips a bit and she gets a bit squashed!


Stan obviously decided that he would just have to use Maisie as a pillow as she obviously was not going to move for him and that knee is just not big enough for two dogs!
This cuddling up has taken a long time for Maisie to accept but she's okay with it now.........well sometimes Lol!

Finally the funnies.




If you have a dog you'll be able to relate to these.


Have a great weekend everyone and
 thanks for stopping by.

And if you would like some more smiles you just need to pop over to see what our other friends have been doing this week at Annie's for
"This Week's Smiles" and you can also share your  smiles too.

Angela x
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