Friday, 2 April 2021

                                                   Favourites from February 2021


   Materials from Claritystamp LTD
  • New Design Club Sentiment Stamp
  • Clarity Characters Stamps - Douglas

Materials from Claritystamp LTD
  • Linda's Children Through the Seasons Stamp
  • Designer Topper

Materials from Claritystamp LTD
  • Barbara's Passion Doodle Round Stamp 
Materials from Claritystamp LTD
  • Barbara's Passion Doodle Round Stencil





Thursday, 1 April 2021


Favourites from January 2021


Materials from Claritytstamp Ltd
  • A Dash of Dee - Dee's Innocence A6
  • Barbara's Happy Alphabet
  • Designer Paper


 Materials from Claritystamp LTD

  • Woodland Deer Stencil A4
  • Barbara's Happy Alphabet



Thursday, 9 April 2020

Easter Bunny 1

Shelagh Metselaar - The Making Lady - 5th April 2020

Stand-Up Easter Bunny

Whilst thumbing through a book, I saw porcelain ornament with shaded glaze. This gave me an idea for Stand-Up Bunnies, so armed with paper and scissors on Friday 4th April 2020, I fashioned this collection of Bunni-istas! Possibilities are endless and with children at home, it’s only fair to share.
Happy crafting!
Best wishes,
Keep Safe. ;-}
Stand-Up Easter Bunny
  • Paper – Black/White/Brown/Newspaper/Magazine Pages/Comic Pages/Left-over Wallpaper/Recycled Envelopes/Recycled Greeting Cards/Recycled Wrapping Paper, really anything that is to hand
  • Mini Pompoms/Cottonwool/Wool/Thread/Colouring Pencils etc
  •  Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Glue - PVA, Glue Stick, Tape - whatever is at hand

*Although they look the same, Brown template is slightly larger than White template and likewise, Black template slightly larger than Brown.
How I made the template:-
a)      I free-cut the ‘rabbit’ template on a fold of brown paper to use as my starting point, cut it out to check it looked ok, then used this to make my other templates. This is the original and well-used.

b)      To enlarge the template for the black shadow, place the original to leave a small selvedge at the fold and base and of black and draw around and cut.
c)       To reduce the template for the white centre, place the original slightly over the fold and base, draw around and cut as before. 

1.       Draw around smallest template against fold of white card. Cut out.
2.       Draw around middle-sized template on fold of brown paper. Cut as in 1).
3.       Draw around largest template onto black paper. Cut as before.
4.       Assemble by fastening together (glue, glue stick, tape - whatever is at hand) in size order.
5.       Add pompoms and decorate if desired.

1.       Wrapping paper
2.       Envelopes
3.       Newspaper
4.       Magazine Pages
5.       Comics

The list is endless.

Enjoy the activity. Bunny Bunting, Bunny Hunt around the garden (if dry) or house, Bunny Hop Game with dice etc - I'm sure there are heaps of ways to use these Peters.

Have fun whilst keeping safe!

Much love to all,


'The Making Lady'

Monday, 2 December 2019

Jayne Nestorenko Stamps with Fresh Cut Dies Frame

Hello and thank you for your visit. Ages since I last blogged but that's not to say I have given up 'making.' Quite the reverse in fact - as it's the usual Christmas scramble. 
My exhibit today is from the recent Clarity One Day Special on Hochanda - Sunday 1st and Monday 2nd December. I was asked about the frame hence have included a quick pictorial 'how to' below. 

Created with Clarity Stamps products:-

  • Clarity Stamps :- Jayne Nestorenko Winter Scene Stamps
  • Card/Paper - Kraft; Matte Black; Theuva
  • Ink Pads - Archival Black
  • Colours - Polychromos
  • Dies - Fresh Cuts Nested Squares Die Set
  1. Stamp chosen scene using Archival Black or similar.
  2. Colour with Polychromos.
Step 1

Using chosen Nested Square Dies, cut two frames in contrasting colours.

Step 2

Cut away two corners on the diagonal and attach to frame.

Step 3

Trim further pieces from frame remainder.

Step 4

Glue in place.

Step 5

Trim to suit.

This was done in haste and the original took rather longer but you can see from the photos the general idea. 
Hoping you return to this blog soon. Many thanks for your attention.
The very best of seasonal wishes to you all. 
'The Making Lady'

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.

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


  • 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. 

·         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
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. 

·         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

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,
'The Making Lady'

Wednesday, 9 October 2019


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!!
·         Stamp – Dragonfly; NDC 111 – Life is Never
·         Ink Pad – Archival Cobalt
·         Polychromos
·         Card – Cartridge A5; Matte Pink, Turquoise; Designer Paper/Card – Waimea Falls, Toscana
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,
'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!
·         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
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.
Happy stamping!
Best wishes,
'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!

·         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
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,
'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.) 
·         Stamp – Bird, Dragonfly
·         Ink Pad – Permanent Fuchsia (Versaclair used here)
·         Polychromos
·         White Card; Designer Paper – Shenandoah
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,
'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,

‘The Making Lady’