Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Clarity Challenge March 2017 'It's a Man's World.'

Clarity Challenge
March 2017
‘It’ a Man’s World!’

Another month, another Clarity Challenge and another chance to compete for a £50 Clarity voucher!
Between working on a magazine commission and doing my level best to create a rather large number of cards for friends and family for this very birthday heavy month, my brain was rather frazzled thinking of ideas to best illustrate March's theme which is 'It's a Man's World!'  Phew!!! Made it!
Thank you for looking in . . . and
 . . . . I hope you like my offerings. 

Example 1

Stamps:- Clarity Canal set – horse and heron; Animal Totem set; Christmas Jumper
Inkpads:- Archival Black
Cardstock:- White; Kraft card; Silver Mirri
Miscellaneous:- Faber Castell Polychromos; Micron Pen; Garden Twine; Mini Wire Coat Hangers


1.       Score, fold and join Kraft card to create seven ‘pages.’ Cut seven pieces of mirri card slightly smaller than each pages and attach.
2.       Cut seven pieces of Kraft card (I used scraps from the main construction) slightly smaller than the mirri. Punch two holes evenly at each top corner; thread through twine and secure using red liner tape. Attach to each mirri mat using foam tape.
3.       Stamp jumper seven times using Archival Black; select focal stamp then stamp and mask on body and sleeve.
4.       Colour waistband and neck rib with various shades of brown pencils. Add stitch lines with extra fine black Micron pen 005.
5.       Cut out each jumper. Attach each coat hanger to reverse using foam tape and attach one to each page of card.

 . . . . . And here we have ‘One for Every Day of the Week.’

Example 2

Stamps:- Clarity Summer Shades; NDC 91 - Pocket
Cardstock:- White; Pale turquoise mirri
Papers:- Clarity Candy Shop, New England Fall, Northern Lights
Inkpads:- Archival Black
Miscellaneous:- Acetate; Gold Metallic Sharpie; Buttons – 2 large faux bone, 4 small faux bone; Micron Pen, Black Sharpie; black and white sewing thread.


1.       Cut white cardstock to A5. Edge with black Sharpie.
2.       Mount onto turquoise mirri and trim.
3.       Cut a rectangle of blue circle paper from Candy Shop and trim to leave a small white border of white. Attach to white. From the offcuts, cut a strip for the front buttonhole facing. Add some faux stitching with black Micron pen 005. Attach to shirt front. Cut a triangle from the offcuts, add faux stitching as before and attach to top of shirt to suggest a collar.
4.       Cut zig-zag paper from New England to fit over shirt. Before attaching over shirt, fold back a triangle to create a lapel. Attach over shirt front.
5.       Using Archival black, stamp the pocket onto a zigzag offcut and cut out. (I stamped the pocket a second time, cut out the top area and added it as a contrast.)
6.       Add white thread to three of the small buttons and glue into place; add black thread to two large and one small and attach to jacket front and pocket.
7.       Stamp glasses onto card and cut out including lens area. Using extra fine red liner tape on reverse, attach glasses to acetate. Trim.
8.       Place inside pocket, attach with red liner tape and trim so that at least one lens is showing.
9.       Attach pocket to jacket using foam tape.
10.   Construct a bow tie (I used off-cuts from Northern Lights pad), trim and add to top of shirt.

. . . . . . And there we have Example 2 – ‘For the Well-dressed Gentleman!’

Example 3
·         Parchment:- A4 White, A4 Blue, A5 white
·         Groovi Plates:- Ocean Swirl Border, Diagonal Piercing Grid, Starter Kit Background 
·         Stamps:- Clarity Harbour set – boat
·         Miscellaneous:- Faber Castell Polychromos; white card blank.
1.       On scrap card, stamp image of boat. Trace onto A5 sheet of parchment with white pencil.
2.       Using plate, emboss a wave pattern around boat image. Emboss detail on waves using Diagonal plate.
3.       Add background using starter plate.
4.       Colour the reverse of parchment to suit.
5.       Create a white ‘foamy’ frame using the same border plate on white parchment. Pierce and cut to create a picot edge around.
6.       Create blue waves by embossing the same plate onto blue parchment and follow instructions at 5).
7.       To attach the layers to a white card blank, sew each corner using the embossed lines to camouflage the stitches.

. . . . . And here we have 'Ahoy There!'

Et voila! These are my examples for the month of March 2017 Clarity Challenge - 'It's a Man's World!'

Happy crafting and best wishes!

Shelagh  ;~}

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Chocolate Baroque Challenge February 2017

February 2017

A superb colour palette this month! For some years - probably more than I care to think about - I have been yearning to use a set of Elusive Images mask stamps. I bought them along with another set for a particular project then changed my mind so they have been languishing in my CB box in pristine condition. This month's colour selection provided the ideal opportunity and has also given me the chance to try the set of Gansai Tambi paints for the first time - how I've resisted these for nearly two years, I have no idea! 
This was an adorable project and the rich coppery tones in contrast with the black, green and sparkle factor is quite lovely.
All four photographs have been taken in different lights to capture the sparkle and tones.

  • Stamps:- Chocolate Baroque - October Fairy (stylised leaves); mask - Elusive Images
  • Canvas:- 1 x (10cmx15cm) ; 1 x (13cmx18cm)
  • Card:- Black x 2 A4 sheets; Xcut - Copper metallic self-adhesive sheet; Copper mirri card; white
  • Inkpads:- Distress Twisted Citron, Peeled Paint, Mowed Lawn, Iced Spruce; Versamark; Archival Jet Black
  • Paint:- Gesso - black; Kuretake Gansai Tambi set 
  • Miscellaneous:- Die - Sizzix Bubble; Glitter Paste - Light Copper; Faber Castell Polychromos; Pebeo gilding wax - Renaissance Gold; Cosmic Shimmer Aurora Dawn Ochre embossing powder; fine clear glitter; sequins; Glossy Accents; tissue paper; double sided sticky sheet; Pebeo large white marker pen
  1. Canvas 1 - Paint larger canvas (13cmx18cm) with black gesso and allow to dry. Repeatedly ink and stamp with the 'leaves' stamp with Versamark and add images over gesso-ed canvas. Sprinkle over embossing powder and heat-set. When cool, sparingly apply Renaissance Gold gilding wax. Set aside.
  2. Canvas 2 - Ink smaller canvas (10cmx15cm) - portrait orientation - straight from inkpads (in order from foot) beginning with Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint and finishing with Iced Spruce. (At this point, I added touches of Twisted Citron all over.) Allow to dry. 
  3. From scrap white card, die-cut 2 bubbles images and place over green canvas as stencils. Sweep over some copper glitter paste onto canvas. Remove stencils and allow both canvas and stencils to dry. (NB At this point I dusted the wet stencils with fine white glitter for a contrast in some areas.)
  4. Stamp the leaves used previously on tissue using Archival Black. When dry apply white marker to reverse of stamped image. Allow to dry then colour with pencils. Add touches of glitter to images. Roughly cut out images and add to one side of sticky sheet. With protective backing still in place, cut out images. Set aside.
  5. Stamp mask onto white card using Archival Black. When dry, paint image using a concoction of greens from the Gansai Tambi paints set and the face with a mixture brown (scant) and silver. Add highlights by deepening the gold with some brown. 
  6. Add some double-sided sticky to reverse and cut out. Mount onto black, cut out then onto copper mirri and cut out.
To assemble:-
  1. Create a mat for the canvas in this order 1) black, 2) copper metal sheet and 3) black. 
  2. Glue larger canvas centrally to this and allow to set. 
  3. Glue smaller canvas centrally onto the larger black canvas. 
  4. Apply glue to reverse of copper bubbles and add to canvas.
  5. Remove backing from the stylised leaves and attach to canvas. 
  6. Add mask using foam tape. 
  7. Add sequins.
  8. Add Glossy Accent glaze to centre of stylised leaves.
. . . . . and here we have my 'Masquerade.' 

Thank you for your visit to

Happy crafting!!

Monday, 20 February 2017

Indigoblu Challenge February 2017 Guest Post

February 2017
'Love is All You Need'

Hi and thanks very much for popping in. A bit of a departure for me from my usual work but oh! I so enjoyed all the colour blending and spritzing. Must do more of this random work as it is exactly that - RANDOM! I must look out for a frame and mount as I do think she deserves it!

Here's the 'how-to.'

  • Stamps:- Indigoblu 'Juliet'
  • Cardstock:- white A5 water-colour paper; pink mat; 8x8 card blank cut to size
  • Inkpads:- Distress Worn Lipstick, Festive Berries, Aged Mahogany, Black Soot, Picket Fence; Archival Black; 
  • Miscellaneous:- white pen, white pencil, grey Polychromo, silver pen, Color Burst Liquid Metallic Rose; tiny self adhesive gems; sticky notes
  1. Spritz water-colour paper with water. 
  2. Lay damp paper landscape-fashion on craft mat and swipe inkpads in order -  Aged Mahogany, Fired Brick, Festive Berries, Worn Lipstick in bands across from bottom to top. Spritz again with water until the colours all merge. 
  3. Draw a line of Metallic Rose along foot of wet card and immediately up-turn card, allowing all the wet ink to drip down. (At this point, there were scrunched sheets of kitchen roll on my craft mat, ready to mop up the residue.)
  4. Dry with a heat gun - this has a dual purpose as the heat evens out the paper as well as drying it.)
  5. Using Archival Black, stamp 'Juliet' in the centre of the coloured card. Allow to dry.
  6. Highlight floral areas on Juliet with white pen. 
  7. Cut a heart from centre of a sticky note. Place heart aperture on card and blend over Fired Brick; offset aperture and blend over Black Soot.
  8. Repeat twice. 
  9. Randomly place aperture around top and bottom of card and blend over firstly Worn Lipstick followed by Picket Fence.
  10. Add shadows and highlights with grey and white pens and pencils. Add # to the lighter hearts with silver pen.
  11. Blend Black Soot around edge.
  12. Add tiny self adhesive gems to suit.
Et voila! Here we have 'Sending All My Love to You.'

Thanks very much for visiting my blog.

Hope to see you again son.

Best wishes and happy crafting.


Thursday, 16 February 2017

Indigoblu Challenge Feb2017

 'Love is all you need'
February 2017

Hi, great to have you visit my blog. Thank you!
The Indigoblu theme for February is 'Love is all you need' and it took me a bit of time to work  out where I was going with this as any stamps I own and deemed appropriate had already been used in DT examples. On that note, here's my 'Love from me to you' explanation. 

  • Stamps:- Indigoblu 'Under the Sea' set
  • Cardstock:- white;Hunkydory Ombre mat; 8x8 card blank (cut to fit;) scrap card.
  • Inkpads:- Distress Inks - Chipped Sapphire, Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers, Black Soot; Archival Black; Versafine Onyx Black; Staz-On Olive Green
  • Miscellaneous:- Faber Castell Polychromos; Micron pen; Glossy Accents; white Pebeo marker; tissue paper; sticky notes; double-sided sticky sheet.
  1. Tap ink onto glass mat/craft sheet in order bottom to top Chipped Sapphire, Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers and spritz with water spray.
  2. Lay white card-stock over and press to absorb water. Mop up any remaining ink/water solution around extremities of card. Dry with heat gun.
  3. Spritz water over dry card, allow to settle for 10-15 seconds then blot with kitchen roll. Allow to dry. 
  4. Ink water weeds from set with Staz-On Olive and repeat stamp along base of card. 
  5. Hand draw and cut three sizes of heart from folded sticky notes.
  6.  Starting with middle size heart aperture, place in centre of blue background and stamp bubbles to fill aperture. Pencil in heart perimeter. Repeat with smallest and largest hearts to suit. 
  7. Outline hearts with Micron pen. 
  8. Stamp bubbles from weeds upwards, using first and second generation Versafine Onyx Black. 
  9. Stamp a goldfish onto tissue paper; turn over tissue and stamp fish again. (N.B. To ensure two fish in opposite directions. Paint wrong (unstamped side) of fish with white Pebeo marker and allow to dry. Remove one protective layer and apply double-sided sticky sheet to each 'wrong' side of fish.
  10. Colour fish with Polychromos. Cut out and apply to suit. 
  11. Blend Black Soot around perimeter of card. Mount onto a complementary mat, then onto card blank.
  12. Apply Glossy Accents to bubbles within hearts and allow to dry overnight.
Et voila! Here we have 'Love from Me to You,' my entry for this month's Indigoblu Challenge. 

Happy crafting!!

Thanks for your visit. Hope to see you back soon. 



Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Clarity Challenge February 2017 'Flower Power'

Clarity Challenge
February 2017
‘Flower Power’
. . . 'Like a Red, Red Rose!'
Example 1

Hello and welcome to my blog. To fulfill this month’s brief, I decided to create a simple card which not only incorporated the ‘floral’ part but made reference to ‘The Bard’ (it was Burns’ Night on 25th January) and would also be suitable for St Valentine’s Day. To this end, I used the Clarity ‘Chessboard’ stencil along with ‘Rose’ and ‘Leafy Swirl’ stamps.
Cover the stencil with Versamark Onyx Black and feed through an embossing machine. I was able to pull five prints from the single inking. Stamp the rose image onto super smooth copy paper with Archival Black and colour with Polychromos. Add double sided sticky sheet to the reverse of the image and cut out. Stamp the Leafy Swirl with Archival onto the chessboard, peel off the protective layer from the rose image and attach to suit. Outline areas with a glue pen and sprinkle over some extra fine glitter. (Mine was a holographic white from Tonic.) Add shadows with Polychromos. Using 'My' from Word Chain 1, 'Love' from Word Chain 6 and 'is' by blanking out relevant letters from 'Kisses' (Word Chain 15,) stamp ‘My Love is . . . in the plain area at the top of the chessboard using Archival Black. The dots were achieved by blanking out part of the exclamation mark from Alphabet Word Chains. 
 Et voila . . . . c'est fini!
Example 1

Example 2

For my second example, I set about to replicate the first - but in parchment. However a few things conspired against me in so doing!  1) I'm a novice at parchment work; 2) In tidying up my craft room a tad, I misplaced the stencil . . . ; 3) . . . and the rose stamp!!! I set about approaching it in another manner. 
Beneath an A4 sheet of white parchment, I secured a spare print detailed in instructions above (this was to obtain the right angle of the flower), embossed the large flower-head from Jayne Nestorenko's rose plate (Jayne - a tribute to from me to you,) added the stem from Groovi 'Leafy Swirl' plate, traced the checkered squares and embossed the lines using the Groovi Nested Squares plate. The black squares and rose were shaded with my trusty water colour pencils as above. I then added the sentiment using letters from the Groovi Border Plate Mate, coloured the reverse then added some glitter highlights to the front.
Then the nightmare - it is some time since I pierced and snipped a picot edge and this one turned out simply not good enough, in spite of changing scissors three times - but then as the saying goes, 'a bad workman . . . . ' - therefore I trimmed the lot off- excepting part of the stem - which meant I needed to use a corner punch - not something I use often - to secure the image onto a trimmed sheet of white parchment and mounted this on a trimmed but slightly larger sheet of black parchment before attaching to card.
Phew, got there in the end!

                 . . . .And here they are, side by side!

Stamps and Groovi plates are all available from the Clarity Stamps website.

Et voila! My Clarity Challenge DT examples for February!

Thank you for visiting 
Hope to see you back again soon.
Cheerio for now and happy crafting. 

'The Making Lady'

Friday, 27 January 2017

Chocolate Baroque Challenge January 2017

January 2017

‘Floral Flutterby’

Hello and welcome once more to The Making Lady's blog. 
As we are approaching St Valentine's Day, I decided to incorporate the beautiful palette with a 'love' themed card, not only that, there's not a single 3D element in sight!!! The biggest challenge was to select the stamps to use and on looking through my selection of CB stamps, I settled on the floral butterfly, something I've wished to use for some time. The entire image is created by stamping and masking, with a bit of shading to create the illusion of an 'add-on' butterfly. 

My special Christmas present was a complete set of Polychromos and boy! did I have fun exploring. I laid down the base with Inktense pencils, taking colour straight from the pencil tip with a damp paintbrush (No 6) then added the Polychromos over. 

The sentiment is repeated stamping of Love from the Mackintosh 'With Love' phrase.
Top Tip - I found it easier to ink the words, cover up 'With' with a piece of Scotch Magic Tape, stamp 'Love,' remove the tape and repeat to suit. (I used a new piece of tape each time to prevent smudging.)

·         Stamps:- Chocolate Baroque Tangled Garden set – floral butterfly; Sunny Sunflowers set – large leaf and small leaf; Mackintosh Sentiments – ‘With Love’
·         Cardstock:- White card 8ins x 8ins
·         Inkpads:- Archival Black
·         Colouring medium:- Derwent Inktense Pencils; Faber Castell  Polychromos
·         Misc:- Micron Pen – 005; Self-adhesive gems – 2mm black oil-slick; sticky notes; scrap card; black Sharpie.

1.       Fold a piece of 8ins x 8ins card in half and draw half a heart shape against the fold. Cut out the centre and set aside. The square with the heart centre is required for this card.
2.       Place the heart square over another 8ins x 8ins square and tape down around the edges with low tack masking tape.
3.       Using Archival Black, ink the butterfly stamp and stamp in the centre of the heart aperture.
4.       Re-ink stamp and stamp onto large sticky notes. Cut out and reserve to use as a mask. Place over stamped image.
5.       Ink the large leaf from the set, stamp a number of images on sticky notes and cut out. Stamp a leaf on the edge of the butterfly, mask then re-ink and stamp again. Repeat until there is a leafy border around the perimeter of the butterfly.
6.       Repeat (5) with a smaller leaf from and stamp and mask as before, whilst so doing, creating a heart shape.
7.       Using a light, dilute pink from the Inktense box, paint in the exposed, un-inked heart shape.
8.       Remove heart aperture.
9.       Colour butterfly using deep pink from the Inktense set in a variety of colour strengths.
10.   Colour the inner, larger leaves with a darker green Inktense and the outer, smaller leaves with a softer, lighter green.
11.   Continue colouring these images with Polychromos.
12.   Doodle a border around the heart’s perimeter with a fine black pen.
13.   Trim card to suit and edge with a black Sharpie pen and mount onto an 8ins x 8ins card blank.
14.   Stamp ‘Love’ repeatedly along a strip of card. Edge with Sharpie and attach below the image.

 The photos are taken on three different backgrounds - you can decide which one you prefer! Meantime, thank you for reading my blog; I do hope you will visit again. 

Best wishes,

'The Making Lady.'

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Chocolate Baroque Challenge December 2016

December 2016
'Rennie's Rose'

This month's colour palette more than suggested 'Valentine' to me and although my finished project is not at all how I envisaged it at the outset, I think it reflects the essence of St Valentine's Day. The instructions and materials are listed below. Happy browsing!!! 

  • Stamps:- Chocolate Baroque 'Punky Hearts;' 'Mackintosh Beauty;' Mackintosh Windows'
  • Cardstock:- White 
  • Inkpads:- Archival Black; Distress Inks - Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Antique Linen, Picked Raspberry, Worn Lipstick
  • Misc:- Faber Castell Polychromo Colouring Pencils, Derwent Inktense Pencils, Glue Pen, Alcohol Markers, Clear Glitter, sticky notes.
  1. Using black Archival, stamp the 'wavy' leaf from the Punky Hearts set eight times. Sweep over Twisted Citron followed by Mowed Lawn using blending foam pads, leaving some areas lighter than others. Cut out and edge with a dark grey marker. 
  2. Draw a template of a heart on a folded sheet of card and cut out. Draw around this twice on a piece of white card and cut out. Set aside.
  3. Cut a heart out from the centre of the template and draw around this in the centre of on of the reserved hearts. Cut out centre to leave a heart frame.
  4. Using Archival black, stamp the garland from the Mackintosh Beauty set onto sticky notes and cut out three masks. (Cut all three out at once to save time.)
  5. Again using Archival black and beginning at the lower point of the heart frame, stamp and mask the garland, working around the perimeter. (I worked from side to side to achieve a sense of symmetry.) Colour leaves, flowers and berries using Inktense pencils to introduce each colour (from the CB palette) and add depth using Polychromos. Outline inside and outside border with a dark grey alcohol marker. Blend over Antique Linen. Apply glue pen to the outer leaves only and sprinkle over glitter. Set aside.
  6. Stamp leaves and berries from the same garland repeatedly over the solid heart and colour in as before. Lightly blend over Antique Linen.
  7. Stamp the lady from Mackintosh Windows twice using Archival black onto white card. Colour the faces using a very pale pink alcohol marker, the eyes and lips with Polychromos. the hair was coloured first with Inktense and as before depth created with Polychromos as were the large flowers.
  8. Cut out face from one image and attach onto the other to create some depth. 
  9. Glue onto main heart to suit the attach frame using foam pads.
  10. Stamp large rose from the Mackintosh Beauty set (I stamped and coloured six but only used three) and colour using Picked Raspberry. Add glitter to highlight areas. 
  11. Glue onto to heart frame using foam pads.
  12. Run double sided tape around the reverse perimeter of the heart shape to hold the leaves. Attach to suit.
  13. Finish off by attaching a loop to the reverse.
  14. (To create a tidy back, I cut out another heart and attached it to the main heart to cover all the 'workings.')
Et voila! - Rennie's Rose!

Thank you for reading this post.

Happy crafting!