Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Lavinia Scenescapes by Julie Emmett

Good morning crafters, Julie here, I hope I find you well today?

Today I have got two quick makes, using the already created Lavinia Stamps' Scenescapes you can buy in packs of four (back in stock later this week). These are great if you do not own any alcohol inks as there are so many different colours to choose from. The first card is using the Bliss Lavinia background, it's a lovely collection of autumnal colours.

I used Lavinia stamps and archival ink. The first item I stamped was Fox 1 as I wanted his head to be in the moonlight. Next I used Fairy Barnacle to create the floor of scene. I then needed something for the fox to be looking at and chose the small snail, (back in stock this week, hopefully), stamping this 3 times to make a small gathering. I then added the Flutterby stamp in the moonlight and used a flower stamp to infill all around the edges. As usual I had to add a little sparkle, so added some Icicle Stickles to my dandelion heads and butterfly and a little white sharpie to add some more highlights to the moon. To finish this card I layered it onto some gold Mirri card and then onto my card blank.

For the second card I used Sacred Lavinia background. This feels like a summers evening to me..........

I wanted to use the Badger stamp for this card and stamped it twice so the badger had a buddy, then I stamped the Flutterby stamp in the moonlight and finished a flower stamp around the perimeter of the background, secondary stamping as I went. This made a very quick card front which I matted and layered onto some purple card, then onto some silver Mirri card before fixing to my card blank. To finish this card the Icicle Stickles came out again for the butterfly and flower heads.

Flutterby (mini) LAVST   Fairy Barnacle LAVST

I hope you like these quick makes today.

See you next Tuesday, have a good week.

Love, Julie x

Friday, 24 February 2017

Lavinia Scene Scape

Hello there crafters, Friday again.  Today's card show's how to use the simplicity of the Lavinia Scene Scapes and one Lavinia Stamp Set.
To be honest I got the inspiration for this card by going on the Lavinia website.
So I started with the normal 7" x 7" white card blank, I then matted the Lavinia Celestial Scene Scape onto some white card and then on to some black card. 
I then simply stamped both sizes of the Lavinia Fairy Pods randomly at different heights for interest using Black Archival
I felt that it didn't really need much else apart from a little highlighting using a white pen, which brought it to life.
Well that's it for today, sorry it's such a short blog this week, but I think these Scene Scapes and Lavinia stamps are a joy to work with and give such stunning effects too.
Thank you for dropping by the blog today and see you again soon.
Love Jan -x-

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Beautiful Lavinia Scene Scapes

Good morning all! How is February going for you? There has been lots going on the crafty world and Lisa has been busy at the NEC show looking for products for forthcoming classes...whoopee!! I think if I was there it would be like a child in a sweet shop...

This week it's a really quick Lavinia Stamps card from me, using one of the new Scene Scapes. I think it is important to remember that we don't always have to make really intricate cards for every occasion, and the Scene Scapes are perfect for these times!

If you like the effect of the Alcohol Inks we have been showcasing, but don't want to buy the actual inks and card to do it yourself, some of the newer scapes are perfect for you! You don't have to use them in their entirety and of course you can cut die cut them to your heart's content. I have even used them to cover a side of a pencil pot before and if I do say so myself, it looked very good!

My first step was to add a bit of interest to the side of my card. I quite like making a scene that you can look at and spy lots of different layers, so I chose a simple text stamp from the Artistic Stamper Encyclopaedia Britannica Set (46% OFF at the moment!!). I stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink a few times, repeating the text

My next step was to stamp the Zen Tree off to one side, on top of the text and the moon. I also wanted to create some depth of field, so used some torn paper and Gathered Twigs Distress Ink to add a hill in the background and a tiny one at the front.

I coloured the bubbles on the tree with different marker tones to make them stand out a little more and add interest.

Next, I decided I wanted the Woodland Hares to be my main focal image for a change, so I stamped these with Tuxedo Black Memento as before. To add some more depth to the topper I chose various foliage stamps from the Lavinia range and stamped all around the front at different heights. Wanting to bring some sparkle in, (had to be done!) I chose some Stickles and added them to my tree bubbles and some of the foliage.

Picking out some tones from the image, I matted and layered onto a card blank and added a sentiment from a Hobby Art set.

There we have it! Not a tricky one, but I like it and I think I could even be used for a man's card: what do you think?


P.S. Lisa B. Designs still have a few Lavinia Stamps at 33% off! Grab a bargain while it lasts!!!

Zen Tree LAVSTField Grass LAVSTDandelions 2 LAVSTWoodland Hares LAVSTStickles AquaStickles Grape CrushStickles Christmas RedStickles PeacockGathered Twigs - Mini Encyclopaedia BotanicaMemento Ink Pad Tuxedo Black Bliss LAVSC

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Mermaid Charm by Julie Emmett

Good Morning crafters, Julie here, I hope I find you well today? Today's card is another alcohol inks background with Lavinia Stamps images.

I started off with a piece of Yupo and applied Juniper Alcohol Ink directly onto the Yupo and spread this around using a lint on my applicator tool to give an even coverage. 

Next I moved onto applying drops of alcohol ink onto the surface starting with Patina then Honeycomb and then Mermaid Alcohol inks. I decided the colour looked a little intense so add a few drops of  my initial coverage colour Juniper, to break up the intensity.

Then the fun begins applying blending solution to the lint on the applicator tool and start to dab until you get the desired background you would like to achieve. I love the way the background changes before your eyes and how you can lighten intense colour with the blending solution as there is no right or wrong with this.

I left the background to dry - I just love these colours together. The stamps I chose were Guinevere (the mermaid), the Shoal of Fish and Seaweed all by Lavinia Stamps. I stamped the mermaid first, the the shoal of fish and finished with repeated stamping of the seaweed in Jet Black Archival Ink to finish the scene.

This time I matted my scene onto some silver Mirri card and then some pastel green pearl card from my stash as I wanted this card to have an elongated view to it. I finished the card with white pen dots for the fish eyes and a few bubble dots from the mermaid's hand as I thought this was enough. 

Seaweed LAVST    Alcohol Ink Yupo   Alcohol Blending Solution  Felt Applicator Pads 20pk    Mermaid AI   Patina AI   
Honeycomb AI    Juniper AI    Ranger Archival

Well, that's my make for today, I hope you like it, see you next week.

Love Julie x

Friday, 17 February 2017

Alcohol Inks & Lavinia Fairy

Hello again crafters, hope you're all keeping well.   I've seen the first signs of Spring in my garden, a few Snow Bells, Daffodils and some Tulips my daughter bought me all the way from Amsterdam are just poking through the soil :o)
 Another little card using Alcohol Inks and Lavinia stamps but based on one of the cards you done at the workshop a couple of weeks ago.  I had already done this card and didn't have any idea Lisa had chosen that design for the class.
So I used a 6" x 6" white card blank and cut a black card matt, slightly smaller, I then cut some white gloss card 5.5" x 5.5" to use as my background.
I used the following three Alcohol Inks:
I dotted some ink onto the felt pad of my blending tool then in between dotted some Alcohol Blending Solution.  Then started to press down onto the gloss card and leave it for a few seconds and carried on doing that all over the card refilling the blending tool whenever I thought it needed more colour.  I then used a clean piece of felt and dotted some blending solution and dabbed that all over the background to give a sort of marble effect, well I thought anyway :o)
Once I was happy with that I thought I'd be clever and try to remove some colour from the centre of the card to create a moon but unfortunately made a complete mess of it.
Rather than throw it away and start again I decided to cut out the messed up bit using a circular die then added some more ink around the edges.  I took the cut out piece and covered it in a double sided adhesive sheet and covered that in glitter, before placing it back into the hole and sticking it with sellotape from the back of the card.
I then stamped the background a few times using the Lavinia Willow stamp, using Black Archival.
I cut a piece of acetate slightly wider that the card, then stamped the Lavinia Bria Rose stamp using Black Stazon and left that to dry.
I then cut myself two borders using a punch from my stash for the acetate to attach to.
So when the fairy was dry I bent the left hand side about 1 cm and tucked it behind the background card sticking it down with double sided tape.  I then attached the borders to both sides of the card and stuck the whole thing to the base card.
Really quite simple but very effective card and can be posted flat.
Here's the card again and one from a different angle.

I hope you enjoyed this simple little card and thank you for dropping by.
See you again very soon
Love Jan -x-