Sunday, 26 February 2017

Claritystamp Challenge - Flower Power


My entry to the February Claritystamp Challenge, Flower Power. My first outing for my Funky Foliage stamps and the Oriental Vine stencil bought in the Claritystamp Members January sale and I am quite happy with the result. The stamps are so striking I thought it best to keep the design quite simple. Also trying out an art shop sale buy, Derwent Inktense Ink pencils. Here I just used them like I would use watercolour pencils but the effect is much brighter. Will have to experiment further with these.

Stamps: Claritystamp Funky Foliage Set, NDC Time for Something New
Stencil:  Oriental Vine
Inks:      Adirondack Butterscotch, Archival Black
Other:    Gelli plate, Inktense Ink Pencils, Black Sharpie

  • To make the background paper use a brayer to load butterscotch ink onto the Gelli plate,
  • place the stencil on top and then blot with some scrap paper.
  • Remove the stencil and then take a print with the ink left on the Gelli.
  • With black ink stamp the seed heads and leaves.
  • Colour in with pencils and then blend with a damp brush.
  • Trim and add a black border with a Sharpie pen.
  • Stamp on sentiment and colour in.
  • Mount onto gold and then copper card before attaching to blank card.
Happy Crafting

Lesley x




Friday, 27 January 2017

Claritystamp Challenge - Animals


Leaving it a bit late but finally got round to completing my entry for this month's Claritystamp Challenge. I have been frantically but unsuccessfully trying to remember where I might have put my camera battery charger since moving house last year. In the end I had to resort to borrowing my husbands camera which I am not used to, so apologies for blurry pics. 

Stamp: Claritystamp Cockerel and Hen set 
Ink:      Archival Black
Other:   Colouring pencils and black pen

  • For the background I brayered some yellow and red ink onto my Gelli plate and took a print. Make two so you have one to mount onto as well.
  • Straighten out the 'Cock-a- Doodle' stamp on an acrylic block and stamp it four times to make a border. (Keep an eye on the first C. It kept wanting to bend back, as you can see from my stamping at the bottom of the card)
  • Stamp the Cockerel inside the frame.
  • Lightly pencil in the sun and frame and then go over with a black pen. 
  • Doodle patterns inside the black lines then rub out any pencil marks.
  • You could stop at this stage ......
  • ...but I carried on and added some shading with colouring pencils. The only ones I had at hand were children's ones that I leave out for the grandchildren but they still blended quite well.

  • Trim, mount onto red card and then onto another Gelli background. There is some patterning made with scrunched up copier paper on the Gelli prints but it doesn't show up in the photos.

Lesley x


Thursday, 26 January 2017

Christmas Cards

I know Christmas is well and truly over now but I did say I would try and put up a couple more of my Christmas card designs.  Better late than never I have finally got round to it. Both are straightforward so I am not putting up any step-by-step instructions but if you have any questions I will be happy to answer them if I can. This one uses the Claritystamp NDSC#121 Holly Deer and the Snowflakes stamp set.


My second card uses the Claritystamp Santa and Star corners set stamped onto a Gelli print background. The sentiment is not a Claritystamp but one from my stash, not sure of manufacturer. 


Hope it's not too late to wish everyone a Happy New Year.

Lesley x

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Claritystamp Challenge - Carol Singing and Christmas Joy


Surely one of the most joyous things at Christmas is decorating the Christmas tree, so my entry to the Claritystamp challenge is a sparkly bauble made by adapting the Filigraphy Hot Air balloon. I have made several of these in various colours.

Stamps:  Claritystamp Filigraphy Hot Air Balloon set, Snowflake
Inks:       Archival Black, Adirondack Stream
Other:     Promarker, black Sharpie and black fineliner, Ranger silver and gold Stickles 

NB. As I was batch making Christmas cards I cut my hot air balloon stamp as shown but I am sure if you have more time you could create the same image with careful masking. (The pieces still fit together to make the balloon)


  • Place the outer balloon mask, included in the set, onto your card.  Cover up the bottom section of the  balloon and then brush on the Adirondack Stream ink in a circular motion leaving a light section in the centre.
  • Remove the main mask but keep the small bit at the base. Stamp the balloon over the top using Archival black ink.
  • Remove the small mask and draw in the bottom of the bauble with a black  fineliner.  Any white areas can be coloured in with a coloured pencil.
  • Cut your card to size.  Cover the image with the balloon mask.  Lightly brush Stream ink around the edges and then stamp snowflakes around the outside. 2nd and 3rd generation ink.  Ink Blot Plot.

  • Now for the top of the bauble.  Stamp two of the balloon baskets with Archival black ink. (Photo shows  a batch)


  • Cut out as shown and use black fineliner to fill in the pattern on first one.

  • To finish off.  Edge card with Promarker in matching colour and then a black Sharpie.
  • Stick top of bauble bits on adding a gold thread through the loop.
  • Using Ranger Stickles add silver glitter to bauble and gold glitter to the top.
  • Mount image onto card blank. 

If I get time later this week, I will blog some of the other Christmas cards that I have made this year but just in case I don't

Happy Christmas

Lesley x











Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Claritystamp Challenge - Blast from the past

It's been a while since my last post.  I stepped down from the Claritystamp Challenge Design Team in September so there was no card from me last month.  However I have just managed to complete a card in time for this month's Challenge and I hope it is OK to go back to becoming an entrant to the Challenge.  Last year there was a Challenge to use stencils and as I don't use these as much as I should I thought I would have another go at that Challenge. I must admit to having a lot of the club stencils unused, still in their wrappers. 

Stencil:  NDCS #20 Love tree 
Inks:     Adirondack Red Pepper and Butterscotch
Other:   Gelli Plate and Mega mount, black pen

  • Mount your 6x6" Gelli plate onto it's Mega mount.  This really does make it easier to use.
  • Using a brayer spread Red Pepper ink onto top half of the plate and Butterscotch onto the bottom half.  They will merge a bit in the centre.  
  • Place the stencil onto some paper, or in my case a page in my sketchbook, then place the Gelli plate down on top.  I have cleaned my brayer onto this page as well.  This bit isn't needed now but I will develop it sometime. 
  • Remove the stencil from the Gelli Plate and there will be ink left on the plate where the stencil was.  This is the bit I want.
  • Place the Gelli plate onto some card and press down to take the print.

  • Not sure why I got the blobs, maybe too much ink, but I will work with them.
  • Now just take a black pen and doodle around the image.  I added some extra hearts where there were blobs.
  • Darken the colours behind the tree with colouring pencils to make it stand out more.
  • Mount onto black card then a card blank.

Lesley x









Thursday, 15 September 2016

Claritystamp Challenge - In the Garden #2


Another example card for this month's Claritystamp Challenge 'In the Garden'.  I had a special 'Summer' birthday this year as my December 23rd birthday was eclipsed last year by the birth of my granddaughter on Christmas Eve.  So this card is for all those born in Winter who would love to have a Summer birthday. 

Stamps: Claritystamp Branch from Fly Away set,  Skipping, NDC#21 Tree, NDC#? Summer, Happy Birthday 
Inks:      Archival black, Brushos
Other:    Masking Gum, black pen, colouring pencils, gold pen


  • Using black Archival ink, stamp the branch, this will later become a tree.
  • Stamp the children separately from the dog.  I did this by using masking tape on the bit I didn't want to stamp, inking up and then removing the tape before stamping. 
  • Tear a strip of copier paper and use this and the tree stamp at different angles to make the distant trees and bushes.
  • If you look closely you will see where I have drawn the trunk in lightly with pencil to help me position the other stamps.



  • Add dots of masking gum by putting some on a paintbrush and then gently flicking.  Larger dots at the front.  Let this dry while you are washing your paintbrush out.
  • Mix up a small amount of blue and green Brushos by adding water to the granuals.
  • Dampen the card above the bushes line and then drop in some blue at the top and let it merge down the card. Dry with a heatgun if you are impatient. 
  • Dampen the grass area and drop in the green, more at the bottom this time. Wait for it to dry or use a heatgun.


  • Sprinkle on some green and yellow Brushos where you want leaves and then very lightly spritz with water.
  • Use a brush to move some of the ink around until you are happy with the effect.
  • Remove the masking gum.


  • Finishing touches. With a black pen add the tree truck, some extra branches on the tree and some grass under the dog and children.
  • Use colouring pencils add further shading and some blades of grass at the front.  Add yellow in the centre of the daisies and some colouring on the children.
  • Stamp 'Summer' and 'Birthday, colour in with gold pen.  (I have cut my 'Happy Birthday' stamp into separate words.)
  • Trim, edge with a black Sharpie pen and then mount on yellow card before putting onto a blank card.

Hope you like this and it inspires you to have a go at the Challenge.  There are so many different Claritystamp stamps that could be used for this theme.

Lesley x








Thursday, 1 September 2016

Claritystamp Challenge - In the Garden


Sorry that I did not get time to produce a card for the last challenge.  Our house move went well and we have settled in now.  The new craft room, in an outbuilding, is all set up and neat and tidy.  The trouble is I don't know where anything is anymore!  Managed to get an afternoon on my own last week and made this card, my first since moving in early July.

Stamps: Claritystamp NDC#101 Agapanthus, Large Dragonfly
Inks:      Alcohol inks, Black Archival
Other:    Claritystamp Card


  • I started out wanting to have a play with some alcohol inks and the Clarity coated white card but I could not find where I had put my inks.  I did, however, find some previous examples, so decided to use one of these.  The ink has been dripped onto an applicator and them randomly dotted over the card.  Alcohol inks work so well on the Clarity card.
  • Stamp the Agapanthus over the splodges of colour using an Archival black ink.  It is better to use second generation ink on Clarity card as otherwise it can slip. I forgot this and my first stamp, at the bottom, was blurry. I also dropped the ink pad onto the card which you can also see.  Never mind, it will be cut off later.

  • Colour in the flowers using water-based pens. I used two colours to match the background.

  • Stamp the dragonfly onto a piece of the alcohol inked background paper and cut out the wings.
  • Stamp the dragonfly again onto a square piece of card.

  • Trim the background and edge this and the Dragonfly with a Sharpie pen.
  • Attach the second pair of wings and shape to add dimension.


  • Finally mount onto a blank card.
  • Tried this way first .....

  • ... but decided I liked it better like this.

A simple design, but it got me back into the swing of things after a few weeks crafting break.  Looking forward to seeing all your entries.

Lesley x