Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Scene-it tutorial English Country Garden

Hi everyone I said I would post a tutorial on how I use the scene it stamps so here it is.
Here I am using English Country Garden I have a 7x7 square card and re-positionable  masking tape.
To start take the tape and edge the border of the card on all four sides then using the Tudor thatched cottage stamp it on a post it and cut it out to make a mask making sure the post it mask is sticky so it will stay put on the paper. The stamp the cottage about halfway down and a little off centre

Add the Background stamp to the card the mask will protect the cottage so don't be afraid to stamp over this.
then add the background mask to the other side of the cottage and cut a mask out for the sun and the clouds.

Can't draw but can cut .....don't ask me how that works! .....this is the mask for the clouds I don't use the whole mask just parts of it and turn it and blend the ink where I want the clouds to go.....Hopefully I end up with something like this  below

Next put the grass in .....Now I use brushes to do both the sky and the grass keep the two masks in place while you gently blend the grass  starting off the page and working in to towards the centre so you should end up with something like this...

this is where I start to add bits the geese the bee hives gates and fences  extra flowers put in the gaps so it all fits and looks as though it belongs there...

Gradually build up the flowers and the tree at the back ....keep going till you are happy then colour with promarkers or your preferred colouring medium.

Nearly there now.....Just a few more bits to add.....

Take the masking tape away being careful not to tear the card....draw a "deckle" edge around your artwork and a Hollyhock which my regular bloggers will know I have fond memories of , and there we are all but done.

I have matted in yellow and green which I think are nice spring colours I have added though you can't see it here a little Wink Of Stella on the sun and the windows it looks lovely and adds a lovely finishing touch....
I hope you enjoyed this and found it easy to follow and question feel free to pm me on Facebook and I will do my best to answer any questions you may have ...

NOTE* if you take a closer look I have used different shades of green when you look at the colours in nature you will see many different shade's of green be bold and give this a try ....I can see this set fast becoming a favourite x I hope you do too.

Thursday, 23 January 2014

First Design Team Cards for HOBBY ART

My first Hobby Art Design Team cards aired today on Create and Craft 23rd January at 12pm and 4pm
Lots of lovely new stamps from HOBBY ART  the first is Fishing ....did you know it's the most popular sport in England? I used Wink of Stella on the sun and Water lovely ....the effect is stunning.  The second set is Spring Chickens and chicks and a rather smart Cockerel I couldn't resist getting out my mica paints he is a JOY to colour, and I thought for a change I would make a children's card with the chicken and chick's and Wendle the worm!.....I do like him as a little character I can see him popping up in all sorts of place's!
 The Third set is an English country garden I will try and find out where it's gone... I took a photo of this and now can't find it either on the camera card or on the computer so annoying I will try and replicate it later in the week so you get and idea of how lovely these stamps are.  Sorry Jenny the new girs gets a C- must try harder......such a shame as it was the favourite out of the cards I made I had really good fun playing with it and building up the scene.  I can't believe how easy these are to use just decided where you want the stamps to go and then watch as it grows before your eyes.....when I have another go and making the garden I will try and do a little tutorial on here to show you all how easy it is.
The butterfly is a Hobby art stamp though not featured itself as a stamp set on this show, but the sentiment is, it's from the Sentiment's Clear Set there are lovely verses in this collection this is just one of eleven different sentiment's great value I'm sure you will agree. And what's more they stamp like a dream. The Foxglove and bee's lovely easy set to use With other flowers in the set as well Anna's Set Just For you has 13 stamps of which the Bee and Foxglove are just two it just screams summer evening walks with the dog's in the Devon countyside mmmm Cream tea anyone?

The next card above is from the same set using Cow Parsley as the focal two stamps if you look carefully you will see that not only have I stamped them in Black but also in Lettuce just off centre to give a shadow adding depth. the grasses are also multi stamped and the mayflys have Wink Of Stella  on their wings. the last card the Cafe Scene I love I used my distress markers on this and the covered the flowers  in Wink Of Stella and the pots! hope you like these as much as I enjoyed making them .....

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

1 Jan 2014 New Beginnings

First may I take this opportunity to wish each and every one of you a very Happy New Year. Thank you all for following  my blog and your inspiration.
I am looking forward to 2014 for so many reasons I have become an independent tutor with groups throughout South West of England as well as my Workshop in Plymouth on the horizon in the months to come Exeter, Tiverton and Truro are venues I have been looking at.

Many of you will know that I have an announcement to make today well The Lovely Jenny Mayes has asked me to become a member of The Hobby Arts Design Team. Jenny I thank you and look forward to working with with you and a wide range of fantastic products with new idea's and a wealth of new designs. My First card using Hobby Arts is Bird Song a set of 9 clear stamps designed by Sharon Bennett. I hope you all Like it. Happy New Year to all may 2014 be all you wish it to be.