Monday, 14 October 2019

A Litle Bit of Wood!

A Little Bit of Wood!
Hello and thanks for looking at this post. This little creation has been languishing for almost two weeks, a few bits missing thus stopping it from looking complete. Enter the new Fresh Cut Floral Picot Dies and an idea formed. A short explanation follows. 

  1.  Stamp Bird of Paradise stamp onto card with a permanent ink. Trim. Set aside.
  2. Place Leafy Strip Stencil on card, spray over Vintage Photo and Spiced Marmalade Distress Oxide Sprays, blot, spritz, cut out and repeat twice more. Set aside.
  3. Die-cut medium Floral Stellar die twelve times from designer paper. Form into flowers using four cut images and curl each petal. (I used the point of a pokey tool to wrap each petal around.)
To assemble:-
    4. Attach three long wired flowers/berries to wood slice. (I bent around three centimetres at the foot of each wired flower to an 'L shape' and used Glossy Accents with tape to secure to wood.) Allow glue to dry before next step.
    5. Trim Oxide fronds into three or four adjoining leaves; arrange and glue over wires at base. 
    6. Attach flowers to suit. Glue bird onto one of the flower wires using Glossy Accents. 
(A few strands of stamens were added to the centre of each flower here.)

Et voila! A wood, wire and paper sculpture. 

Hope the details are helpful and encourage to 'have a go.'

Meantime - I have five more sets of dies to try out. Wonder what will come next?

Many thanks and best wishes.



Shelagh
'The Making Lady' 
Stamps, Dies and Stencil used:-


Extras:-

  • Wood Slice
  • Distress Oxide Sprays - Vintage Photos, Spiced Marmalade
  • Designer Papers of Choice
  • Card
  • Wired Flowers
  • Permanent Ink Pad
  • Water Spray






    







Friday, 11 October 2019

One Tag is Not Enough!

Thank you for visiting. By far the most complex in the collection, this tag took a bit of time to compile, mainly giving time to allow glue and gesso to dry. Stamps, stencils, dies all appear. 

Materials:-
·         Stamp – Bird; Mixed Media Journal; Word Chain 17
·         Stencils – Chain Link, Diamond
·         Fresh Cut Dies – Marigold and Friends; Nested Dome Tag
·         Ink Pads – Archival Black; Permanent - Green, Turquoise; Picket Fence, Faded Jeans
·         Stencil Card; Turquoise Card
·         Polychromos
·         Gesso, Book Page, Black Fine-liner
Instructions:-
1.       Cut large tag from turquoise card; randomly sponge black ink through stencils.
2.       Die-cut dome tag from stencil card, glue on scraps of book page. Add brush strokes of gesso. Dry.
3.       Apply Picket Fence, Faded Jeans, Black inks.
4.       Stamp images from journal set. Stamp sentiment.
5.       Attach marigold die-cut.
6.       Stamp bird onto designer paper scrap. Colour. Attach to dome tag and add this to large tag.
7.       Add paper ribbon.




Thursday, 10 October 2019

Spread the love!

Hello - another Cherry Green Bird example, stamped onto designer paper off-cut and mounted onto a stencilled image - the latter a trial for Distress Oxide Sprays and of which I only possess a few. 


Materials:-
·         Stamp – Bird
·         Stencil  - Leafy Heart
·         Ink Pads – Permanent Green, Turquoise
·         Distress Oxide Sprays – Walnut Stain, Fossilised Amber, Spiced Marmalade
·         Polychromos
·         Cream Card; Designer Paper Offcuts; Kraft Card; Dark Brown Card

Instructions:-
1.       Stamp bird onto designer paper scrap; colour; trim.
2.       Tape Leafy Heart to cream card. Spray oxides randomly, beginning with lightest. Blot. Spritz with water and blot again. Allow to dry.
3.       Trim stencilled image. Layer onto chosen card.
4.       Attach bird and sentiment.
Many thanks for looking at this blog post.

 Happy stencilling!
See you soon.
Best wishes,
Shelagh
'The Making Lady'


Wednesday, 9 October 2019

'Life!'


Hello and another example this time using a single Cherry Green stamp. Having framed the dragonfly on a tag, I decided a sentiment was the way forward as the image spoke for itself and did not require further adornment. No clutter here!!
Materials:-
·         Stamp – Dragonfly; NDC 111 – Life is Never
·         Ink Pad – Archival Cobalt
·         Polychromos
·         Card – Cartridge A5; Matte Pink, Turquoise; Designer Paper/Card – Waimea Falls, Toscana
Instructions:-
1.       Stamp dragonfly onto one corner of A5 cartridge, slightly off-page. Colour dragonfly.
2.       Stamp sentiment at diagonally opposite corner.
3.       Layer onto toning card, followed by tag-shaped designer paper.
4.       Attach to designer paper covered card blank.
5.       Add gems.   

Back again with another of my makes soon,
Best wishes,
Shelagh
'The Making Lady'


Tuesday, 8 October 2019

No Sparrows Here!



Hi and many thanks for looking at this blog. 
Below is a card made with new Cherry Green stamps from Clarity and the rest from my stash. It's great to make use of long forgotten papers and dies, really in an effort to rationalise both outlay and stock. Colours rather remind me of the numerous sparrows in our garden, currently clearing all the bird feeders on a daily basis!


Not a Sparrow!
Materials:-
·         Stamp – Cherry Green Stamps - Bird set
·         Ink Pad – Archival –Potting Soil
·         Cartridge Paper; Mulberry Paper; Patterned Paper; Toning Card; Brown Card; Card Blank
·         Gold Gel Pen
Instructions:-
1.       On A5 cartridge, stamp main image centrally. Stamp single feather around all four edges.
2.       Add highlights to image with gold pen.
3.       Layer onto patterned, toning, brown and mulberry card/papers before attaching to card blank.
4.       Stamp six feathers on separate cartridge; trim. Attach three each to diagonally opposite corners. Add gold gems. 

Back again soon with another example.
Meantime, 
Happy stamping!
Best wishes,
Shelagh
'The Making Lady'

Monday, 7 October 2019

Dragonfly Duo

Hello again, hello!
It's good taking time to blog and share ideas as a fair amount of it is taken in preparing examples for shows. 
This one is simply stamping but as a permanent ink pad was used on watercolour paper, I had a little experiment with a recent purchase - Faber Castell Albrecht Durer Water Colour Markers - Lush! I only bought the set of ten but really ought to have known better and gone for the full thirty! This is only a repetition of my Faber Castell Polychromos experience!

Materials:-
·         Stamp –  Cherry Green Dragonfly Set
·         Ink Pad – Archival Cobalt
·         Cartridge Paper, Watercolour Paper, Holographic Card, Designer Paper
·         Wink of Stella – clear; Stickles – Crystal
·         Faber Castell Albrecht Durer Water Colour Markers – Phthalo Blue, Ultramarine, Middle Purple Pink, Dark Phthalo Green
·         Polychromos
Instructions:-
1.       Stamp dragonfly twice in Archival Cobalt diagonally onto A5 cartridge. Colour one image with
2.       Stamp image once more onto water colour card. Trim the latter.
3.       Colour one dragonfly image and image on water colour paper with water colour markers. (Scribble selection of colours onto craft mat and pick up colours with fine paintbrush.) Splash some residual colour remaining on paintbrush over card.
4.       Add fine-liner border.
5.       Layer onto chosen paper and card.
6.       Decorate with Stickles and Wink of Stella.

This stamp may be used for any occasion and there is enough detail to exclude the colouring. 
See you soon.
Kind regards,
Shelagh
'The Making Lady.'



Sunday, 6 October 2019

In the Pink!



Hello and thank you for visiting. 
Here is a card made with Cherry Green/Clarity stamps in luscious colours. Decided to go slightly off the usual with this one and the swags worked perfectly as corners and also connectors. (Make rather swish oval frames, too.) 
Materials:-
·         Stamp – Bird, Dragonfly
·         Ink Pad – Permanent Fuchsia (Versaclair used here)
·         Polychromos
·         White Card; Designer Paper – Shenandoah
Instructions:-
1.       Stamp swag from Dragonfly set at each corner of stencil card. Repeat to join swags. Colour.
2.       Stamp bird twice on separate card. Colour.
3.       Trim, attach bird centrally and decoupage areas.
4.       Layer onto designer paper, followed by card blank.
Thanks again for taking time to look. Back again soon with another one from the set. 
Happy inking!
All god wishes,
Shelagh
'The Making Lady.'




Tuesday, 1 October 2019

Craft Stamper November 2019


Most remiss of me, not posting any work for some time but hardly had to change my mind!  
Delighted to have had a card of mine selected for the November 2019 issue of Craft Stamper.

Craft Stamper November 2019 Cover Story

Fleeting glimpse of my submission


Back soon with more examples. 

Best wishes,

Shelagh
‘The Making Lady’


Friday, 23 August 2019

Clarity Stamps - Mel's Christmas Branches with Acrylic Shapes and Baubles

Mel's Christmas Branches, Acrylic Mini Shapes and Baubles

Hello - these fabulous stamps from Mel arrived just before vacation time and I have many 'half projects' but few complete thus decided to incorporate some into one. Three matching circles were cut using largest and 4th largest Nested Circles dies, glued together and wrapped with hessian ribbon. Various acrylic shapes were stamped using Staz-on black ink pad and allowed to air dry prior to colouring with Sakura Glaze Pens. Once dry, Versamark ink was applied straight from the pad to the reverse of the coloured side, glitter embossing powder applied and heat set, then edged with a black Sharpie.
I had thought to colour the reverse but wanted to show the transparency of the acrylic shapes. 
Back soon with another selection of 'makes.' 

Best wishes,

Shelagh

'The Making Lady.'



Saturday, 17 August 2019

Mixed Media - Not Sure

Mixed Media - Perhaps Not!

Found this in my archives and it could just be the first time I have 'walked the brayer' over the canvas. Love the stamps It's a bit dark but what may be expected using a mid-blue and brown paint? A bit of stamping over and in addition - however, the sentiment does say it all!


Many thanks for looking in. 

Upwards and onwards with creativity!

Shelagh

'The Making Lady'





Friday, 16 August 2019

Clarity Stamps - Lou's Stencils and Acrylic Tags

Clarity Stamps, Stencils, Tags

On attempting to tidy my workroom, I re-discovered lots of paper and card from what seems aeons ago but only five or so years - it is easy to forget things when constantly looking on-screen at all the new additions. Lou's stencil was placed on the acrylic tag, chosen area outlined with a Sharpie, stencil removed, areas coloured with other alcohol markers and finally the tag outlined with a black Sharpie. Mounted onto a re-discovered A6 size patterned card, thread, ribbon and flowers attached, ready for the stamped word 'Friends.' 

My first foray into Clarity acrylic products!

Look out for the next project!

Best wishes,

Shelagh

'The Making Lady'

Thursday, 15 August 2019

Clarity Stamps - Oriental Panels

Clarity Stamps

Another project from the 'Mets' archives using Clarity stamps - I recall having the idea of a Japanese screen as befitting the challenge, stamping and constructing the panels then wondering how on earth to join them together with a semblance of authenticity. The answer was to sandwich strips of lightweight card between panel and backing in a ratio of three strips to one side, two to the other; coil these strips and slide a toning and shortened bamboo skewer between these coils. It worked!!!!

Many thanks for visiting. 

Best wishes

Shelagh

'The Making Lady' 

Wednesday, 14 August 2019

Clarity Stamps - Floral Flourish Floral Forest Dies

Clarity Stamps

Hi - back again with two dies featured on Maria's shows on Hochanda today. 
Here I've used the Unravelled Twine stencil as a Gel Press background, along with cutting the two dies into one piece of card; all it needs is a bit of 'plate juggling' - die-cutting plates that is. Uncut areas were torn away to create a solid diagonal before the addition of gems and a couple of Barbara's sticker words.


All components listed available from Clarity Stamps website.
  • Stencil - Unravelled Twine
  • Gel Press - 6" x 6"
  • Artistry Ink Pads - Lime Kiss, Fancy Fuchsia
  • Floral Forest, Floral Flourish 5" x 5" Dies
  • Barbara-isms Stickers


See you again soon with more examples.

Best wishes,

Shelagh
'The Making Lady.'