Thursday, 8 December 2011

back to tags

Well here is another simple tag, to create a background I have stamped and embossed in clear the larger of the two lines stamps.

The poinsettias are from the tile set and have been stamped and embossed in gold on to my new favourite card (well for this week). that is a dark red linen ideal for Christmas and not bad for stamping considering it has a texture on it.

They have been cut out and mounted on to the tag using silicon glue. The centre flowers have been highlighter with ice stickles. I think I might have smudged it just a bit : ) but then I am not very good at letting things dry.

My tip for adding three flowers like this is to line up the two outside flowers then pop the last one in the centre. I am sure I read somewhere? that "us humans" are really good at estimating the middle of two points (fairly bad at estimating thirds etc).

It is not a TAG

Very similar type of project to working on Tags, My bunting has been a feature of our displays since 2008 and some of the original still looks good despite being up and down at the NEC and other shows. Janet Pelling asked me if her art group could come and make bunting together at the studio. So that was my cue to revisit this old favourite. So here was I with a room full of ladies who had really not done any stamping so need to keep it fairly simple but ensure they got good results

  1. We use OHS stamping card (that always help beginners get a more consistent good result).
  2. We used Versamark through out, slow drying and very forgiving (not mention relatively clean).
  3. We added colour with Pentel watercolour pastels (stamping is all about picking your own colour scheme).      These are my samples, I decided to focus on the stamp images we have that give a look of fabric.
 I did use a bit of clear embossing powder and some white. Loved the effect chalk has on the embossing powder.

Monday, 5 December 2011

Mondays Tag

Another tag made with the white 120 x 60 mm tags.
Here I have simple stamped the winter words background stamp using archival ink.
The poinsettia was stamped twice on stamping card using versamark and embossed with detail powder. I painted both images with Aquash. I have then cut one image up to make the top and bottom layers of the decoupaged flower, Used foam pads today but generally like to use silicon or pinflair for jobs like that.
Bit short and sweet today hopefully something more exciting next time.

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Sunday, 4 December 2011

and another tag

 A second blog in two days, I guess some of you will know what I have been up to, but please don't spoil the fun for everyone.

I love this tag for it's simplicity. I have simple stamped warm winter wishes using versamark ink repeatedly across the tag and used chalk to create some colour. I have trimmed some blue card to cover the bottom and torn the top edge of that for more texture. I used a piece of white organza ribbon threaded it through a jump ring on a polymer clay charm on which I have stamped the word kiss. I tied the ribbon in a simple knot then wrapped it round the blue card before sticking the card to the tag. 
Re the polymer clay charm I sat made 100 of these and 100 of another design for use in my class at the last BCE Dabble day. It is a very simple use of polymer clay and stamps but I like it.

Saturday, 3 December 2011

I know I should be blogging more often, I had planned to set myself lots of challenges to help keep me on track, it just doesn't work for. I know or am aware of some the road blocks that stop me completing a blog on a more regular basis but to be honest I am not really sure why I find it so difficult. Maybe I should just try and not put too much in each post then I wouldn't worry that I have got enough to say or that I don't have an image to go with what I want to tell you.
I can tell you I am more excited about Christmas this year, maybe it because Ben is come home for the first time since September. Maybe it is because for the first winter in 5 years or so I have managed to fight of the colds in a couple of days instead of things flooring me for weeks but whatever it is I am much happier this December than for a long time and that will show in the number of Christmas projects I have done this year.

Here is just one tag. This was a white 120mm by 60 mm tag. I have stamped the OHS Christmas tree off the edge,  and embossed with gold detail powder. I then masked the tree. I have repeat stamped the winter garden words in the background with Forest Green pigment ink ( Oak House studio of course). At which point I wasn't happy with the top of the tag, so I stamped and clear embossed a couple of snowflakes in that area, then applied the same Forest Green Pigment ink across using cut n dry foam.
The tree was watercoloured using my faithful aquash set.
All materials are available from me although they might not yet be listed on the website, well I can't do everything at once!
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Monday, 14 November 2011

get sorted for 2012

I have been working on a teaching calendar for 2012. Calf House Artists have met to fix dates for Summer school etc. and so I can tell that I will be teaching summer school in July AND August. If you can't wait that long then here is an image from my Club Class group, these guys meet on Wednesdays for just two hours. Here is last weeks project.

The idea was to learn about masking and wet in wet water colour techniques. I do like to show them something they haven't tried before or get them to re visit products they haven't used recently.

As they come every week they tend to be the folks who get to see what's new round here first plus they get at least 10% off everything they buy at the studio, and chance to book other workshops ahead of the crowd, now you know why they call it VIP Club Class.

Friday, 4 November 2011

Make it Pink projects

Well eventually download the photos from last weekend to my computer.
Here are a few images of the alcohol ink project from the Make it Pink day. I think I can safely say all who tried it love it and for most alcohol inks were a new product to try.

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Making it PINK!

This weekend we held our regular MAKE IT ! PINK! in aid of breast cancer charities. You propably know that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and we generally celebrate with Pinks Fridays that inevitably spill over into Saturdays for the those folks have to work on Fridays.
My usual format was in Place £1 gets a cup of tea or coffee with a bun suitable iced in stunning pink!
The Craft folks gets to make a project if they prefer which costs them £5. All the £1 and £5 go to the charity.
This time we did two projects one of new crafters who got to explore chalks and one for more established crafters who got to add colour to acetate either with Alcohol inks or staz on.
I have taken photos but can't seem to access them at the moment so will have to post them later.

Thursday, 27 October 2011

what's happening

It has been amazing few weeks at the studio, and still I haven't blogged!! we have had a number of events and this week Tracey has the amazing Barbara Becker Simon teaching at her studio. Barbara arrived on Tuesday so came up to the studios to look around yesterday. I was teaching so no chance to really be a fan and tell her how much I like her work. Today I really must go to the studios and get ready for my MAKE IT PINK event which is this Friday and Saturday at Calf House Studios in Bishop Burton, please try and come. For more details look at VIP Stamping.

Monday, 5 September 2011

top secret

Sorry I can't show the projects I am working on until October. And I am still working on the class list for this term but it WILL be finished for the weekend when I start taking bookings. I will be at the studio on Friday to catch up with my students and start taking class bookings 10am to 3pm. On Saturday the whole gang are there for Heritage Day 10am to 5pm so great chance to bring along the rest of the family and have a look round the farm. There will be 10% of all workshops booked over the 2 days.

Thursday, 1 September 2011

Club Class Homework

Last week we had a Club Class session with some new faces. What did we do? well we drank tea and cried with laughter, oh crafting you mean, Well we "explored" Pentel chalk pastels We had an endless supply of ATC sized Stamping Card and packs for Pentel Chalk Pastel, some inks and a big pile of Oak House Studio Stamps. This week I made myself " do something" with my ATC sized cards. I had to ensure I didn't spend too long on that part of the process, I just made myself "finish" something. So these are 3 tags I made from my cards. I wanted to be quick, so tearing and maybe an extra bit of chalk round the edges. If you fancy being part of the Club Class thing give me a ring to find out more OR pop by next Saturday when the studios are open as part of Heritage Weekend.

Friday, 15 July 2011

Here are few photos to show you I have been working! Some of you may be wondering why I am managing to blog a bit more. BEN is the answer.
He has been coming to the studio with me. It has been great having company, someone to clean my stamps and do piles of die cutting ; 0. BUT also he "plays" with the camera too and gives me extra time in the morning cos he ain't up yet!!.
I am off for something to eat as I have been up hours, enjoy these ....

Sunday, 10 July 2011

decorating wood

I have been working on samples for summer school over the last few days. Here are some of the decorating wood ones, but I have been making loads more. I have to admit I am not that good at getting photos taken. I wouldn't have these Ben hadn't been there experimenting with my camera between cleaning stamps after last weekends stamping escape. I know you need to see photos of that too. I will try honest

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Thursday, 30 June 2011

Strawberry Tea

Last weekend was our annually Strawberry Tea for Breast Cancer Care. We had a great time as the photos show. Martin and Heather were in charge of catering (and washing up). Lots of people grabbed some bargains as Martin had cleared some stock from the warehouse.
Some people took up the challenge of doing a project check out that box!! (note this has now been added into Lynnda's boxes course).
Lucy and Joseph stole the show.

Sunday, 3 April 2011

retreat to the other side of Yorkshire

Finally bloging!

I know I have been missing for a while, hope to get back in the swing now,
These are photos from the fabulous weekend I had with Gwen and her team at the other side of Yorkshire.

The food was amazing and so was the company. The project were great and no stamping,? I know ! if you look closely you will see I did manage to do some stamping, but Gwen was very understanding!!!

I had a lovely time and if you have never been away on a crafting retreat I suggest to get one booked now! they are ideal getaways on your own or with a friend. You will come back with lots of new friends to talking crafting to as an added bonus.I came back inspired and ready to get back to the drawing board.
Gwen has another weekend planned for later in the year, should be good.