Thursday, 10 October 2019

All Hallow's Eve

 I'm a little bit behind with posting this month but the theme for the October Lavinia Challenge is :-
I thought I'd make some ATC's for this one and had fun playing around with my Distress Oxides to create my backgrounds before inking up my stamps.
Here's a list of what I used to create the first one:-








If you fancy being in with the chance of winning a £40 voucher to spend on more lovely Lavinia stamps, just check out the theme this time and Ink up your Lavinia stamps.



And whilst you're here, I thought you might like to see this card using one of the wonderful recent release stamps
Sirlus, I've stamped him splashing in the waves created with Faded jeans Oxide inks,
along with the stamps that I used to create the ATC's above.


Thanks for stopping by,
Julie.x

Wednesday, 4 September 2019

If You Go Down To The Woods

If you go down to the woods today you just might see one of the Lavinia Fairies swinging from a vine or possibly hear a Reindeer calling for a mate. 
With such a gorgeous selection of Lavinia Stamps it does't take much to fire up the imagination and just imagine, you could actually end up winning £40 to spend on more stamps to add to your collection!
So the theme for this month's Lavinia Challenge is
Here are my dt samples for this month.



I used a selection of Distress Oxide inks to create my background on Multifarious card and created the scene using the following stamps:-





For my second card I used  Rue,  Willow Arch, along with many of the stamps from the first card. 

I'm using these cards for the following challenges:-
IWD, Things with wings,
Crafters Cafe 226, Mythical.

We hope you join us in the challenge this time,
thanks for stopping by,
Julie.x



Thursday, 22 August 2019

It's Almost Time!

Put the Kettle on, make yourself a drink and settle yourself on the Sofa to watch Lavinia Stamps on Hochanda.
At 11am and 3pm today Jo Rice  will be demoing some of the wonderful new stamps that have been released today. 


So hit the record button so you can revisit her handy hints and tips on how to recreate her work.


If you keep your eyes open, you might even catch a glimpse of some of these cards. 





Thanks for stopping by,
Julie.x

Wednesday, 21 August 2019

Calling All Lavinia Lovers!

Can you believe our luck, On Thursday the 22nd of August, there will be 10 new Magical stamps being released at Lavinia Stamps!  


 I shared a sneaky peak of some of the wonderful new releases last week and today I'd like to share a few more,



some of which you might actually see if you tune in to Hochanda  at  11am and again at 3pm on the very same day!



So don't forget to watch as Jo Rice makes her screen debut for Lavinia Stamps!


Thanks for stopping by, 
Julie.x

Wednesday, 14 August 2019

A Sneaky Peak


Thought I'd take the opportunity to give you a 
sneaky peak ! 



 Being lucky enough to be part of the Lavinia design team means that I get to play with the new stamps prior to the release date which will be on the 22nd August.




I just teamed them up with some of my other 


The last two cards here are both tiny pieces of artwork made using up snippets of card left overs, I just couldn't resist it!




I'm using these cards for the following challenges:-
 Pinspirational 245, photograph,
Incy Wincy, Fantasy,
Stamping sensations, Things with wings.

Thanks for stopping by, 
Julie.

Saturday, 3 August 2019

Create Your Own Dream With Lavia Stamps

 It was so very hot last week that when it came to creating my dt cards for this month's 
 theme at Lavinia Stamps challenge, all I could think was how I dreamt to find a nice cool place to sit and relax, hence my colour choices. 



The watery background for my first card happened purely by accident, watch this space because I love the effect it gives! I used distress oxide inks sweeping the colours, Broken china and faded jeans  from opposite colours of the Multifarious card using mini smoothies until the colour eventually met in the middle. I then used my water spray bottle to mist the card then left it as I searched around for my versafine ink. Suddenly realising I'd not dried my card I rolled my entire kitchen roll across the card noticing how the scene looked like the sun was glistening on the water and feeling slightly dissapointed that I'd stamped my moon before I'd set to work with the oxides, never mind, it's not too in your face after I'd set to work stamping vines to add to my cool scene. 
I stamped my midnight meandering bunnies then grounded them by masking the area and adding Peeled paint then stamping my hideaway using Spanish moss, Willow and Climbing Ivy using first and second generation stamping to create depth. I then stamped the Bulrushes, just over the edge of my card. I stamped Dreams and delights onto card, trimmed out just what I wanted then wet the end of the card rolling the end tightly and gluing it into place.



For my second card I added a circular mask before this time using the Faded jeans, spraying my card lightly , dabbing lightly then sprinkling with Ultra marine Brushos. Once dry I stamped my Fairy chain, small celestrial tree and some Spanish moss.
If you fancy being in with the chance of winning a £40 voucher to add to your collection of Lavinia stamps, just follow the challenge guidelines and join us in 
I am entering the following challenges:-
CCK August, Four legged friend,
CCC120, Summer,
JFF, At the shoreline.

Thanks for stopping by,
 Julie.x

Sunday, 7 July 2019

Looks Like A Challenge.

It's time for the July Challenge at Lavinia Stamps and the theme this month is





For my first little card I stamped the "moon" then inked the background masking the moon area and then added colour to wherehthe masked moon had been masked. The "Background script" was stamped 3rd generation before creating the scene using the
 "Witches Cat" and "Field Grass." Highlights were added using a white gel pen.



For my second card I was tight for time but luckily I have a supply of "Scene scapes" for such an occasion. I just inked my ground and added some orange to the moon using a "smoothie". I then used the following stamps to create my scene.
"Valko,"
I added sparkle to the fairies' wings using "Wink of Stella."

I'm using these cards in the following challenges:-
Show us your cats 44, Furrything goes.

Thanks for stopping by,
Julie.x

Saturday, 4 May 2019

Bright And Beautiful



The New Lavinia Challenge is under way and If you'd like to be in with the chance of winning a £40 voucher,why not ink up your Lavinia stamps and come and join us! 
The theme this time is,
For my first DT card I inked up my background and stamped the beautiful "Seeing is believing"as my focal image, stamping "Willow" from above her then stamped a selection of "Fir trees" below.



For my second card I masked and inked my background to create a sunset then stamped  the "Witches cat" and "Birds", then framed the focal area using the following stamps:-



Thanks for stopping by,
Julie.x

Tuesday, 30 April 2019

Indra


If you watched Lavinia stamps on Hochanda the other week you just might have seen these cards. 
For my first shown here I stamped the gorgeous Indra onto my fabric using black Versafine ink, ironed it to set the ink and dropped the feed dogs on my sewing machine and did free motion embroidery around the stamped image.




I then stamped the sentiment and stitched it inside my card.





For my second card I stamped Idira onto pearlescent card and embossed it and fussy cut the wings. I Shaped them slightly over the back of my scissors added glue to just the body and placed it onto another stamped image.


For the final card I created the background using
 Distress Oxide inks, stamped the image using Versafine, masked the image then randomly stamped the sentiment using oxide inks. In some places the text looked a little heavy so I lifted some using a baby wipe.


I'm using this card for the following challenges:-
PC 36, Women and girls,
TIOT, With wings,
MMM95, With wings,
Allsorts 517, Feminine.

Thanks for stopping by,
Julie. x



Monday, 22 April 2019

Hochanda Samples.

Tomorrow at 11am and 3pm the lovely Amanda will be on Hochanda doing what she does best, creating some magic with Lavinia stamps!


 If you keep an eye out you just might see some of my creations among the samples.


This time I have created some samples using free motion machine embroidery to colour in the stamped image.


On some I have got plain inky.


On others I got a little experimental and stamped through baby wipes  to lift ink from my background .


I'm entering the following chalenges with these cards:-
Crafty Cardmakers 232, Mythical creatures,
Allsorts515, B,B,B.


Hopefully you will be able to tune into the show!
Thanks for stopping by,
Julie.x

Tuesday, 2 April 2019

Buds And Blossoms.


Sometimes a perfectly placed, outstandingly drawn, stamped image speaks louder than a page full of images and if you want an outstandingly drawn image you need go no further than Lavinia Stamps, Tracey Dutton is an extremely talented artist!
If you have any Lavinia Stamps, you'll know exactly what I mean and if you have any Bud or Blossom stamps you might like to join us for 
For my first card I used the  
Moon Pods, stamping them onto a background created my dabbing my oxide ink pads onto an acrylic block, spraying it with water then placing it onto multifarious card. I then added additional colour to the images using a damp brush and oxide ink. I doodled a frame around the inked area and highlighted areas of the pods using a white gel pen.



My second card was created by stamping Hanging Lantern and adding a hint of colour to each bud using a damp brush into a sprinkling of Emerald Green Brushos. I then placed a Fairy Forager , stamped Dreams  then doodled a frame.


Don't forget to join us in the challenge if you fancy being in with the chance of winning a £40 voucher!
I'm using these cards for the following challenge:-
TT428, Pastel shades.

Thanks for stopping by,
Julie.x

Friday, 1 March 2019

White Rabbit.



It's the first day of March and time for a new challenge theme at Lavinia Stamps. This time the theme is



For my first card I created my background using distress Oxide inks, spraying with water to create an almost chalky effect background. After leaving this to dry I stamped Dream Catchers  I'm sorry that I didn't keep a record of which inks I used, I did add some highlights though using a white gel pen.  



For my second card I again used oxide inks to create my backround but this time I sprinkled the card with Emerald green Brushos before drying it with my heat tool.  I then stamped Indra using Versafine  then painted it with Ultra Marine Brushos  which I sprinkled onto my mat picking up the colour using a damp brush. I then stamped the 
Wild vines using Versafine Clair around the edges of my card.  I wish the gorgeous sparkle showed up in my photo, I used the Violet from the Brushos SprinkleIt collection by adding a small amount into a pot, adding water then painting it onto the wings, it truly does create a beautiful glittery shimmer to the wings.

If you'd like to be in with a chance of winning a £40 voucher to spend at Lavinia, just ink up your Lavinia stamps and follow this month's theme.

Thanks for stopping by,
Julie.x



Thursday, 21 February 2019

Hochanda Samples



Did you watch the show today? If you did you may have caught a glimpse of these among the  samples.



I stamped Sebastian onto some cotton fabric using versafine ink then added a touch of colour using fabric paints.



I stamped the sentiment then made the notebook cover with the help of my sewing machine.





For this card I created the background using distress Oxides and a sprinkling of Brusho powders. After die cutting the frame I used the Mini Leaf to stamp around the frame then stamped the focal area using Faith and  Luna Buds.



I couldn't quite squeeze the sentiment onto the heart so decided that shrink plastic was the way to go. After painting the heart I stamped Winifred before framing her with Stars. I added sparkle to her wings with Wink of stella.


I had lots of fun with my oxide inks and brushos again to create this backround. I used a piece of ripped paper to mask the sky then brushed on the grass. I randomly stamped the sentiment using second generation stamping before stamping the lovely trees with versafine.  When I had finished I decided that I wanted to echo the sentiment by going around the pinky cloud areas using a gel pen, adding a silvery sparkle edge.

I'm entering the following challenges:-
Craft challenge 502, Fantasy,
Paper Shelter 371, Things that fly.

I Hope you join Hochanda again at 4pm today where you can pick up more hints and tips from Amanda!

Thanks for stopping by,
Julie.x

Wednesday, 20 February 2019

To Tickle The Taste Buds!


It's not long to go until the lovely Amanda does her stuff and shows off a selection of the beautiful 



So thought I'd try to tempt the taste buds and give a little preview of  a few of my sample for tomorrow's show.



Four very different examples each using 
different techniques.


Stamping onto fabric as well as card!
These were all made using the
stamps featured in the show!


I will add more details on how I created these samples tomorrow.
Join Lavinia stamps tomorrow,
 Thursday 21st February at Noon and again at 4pm on Hochanda.

Hope I've tempted you enough to come and join us, Thanks for stopping by, 
Julie.x


Sunday, 10 February 2019

Free Motion Card Making

I've always sewn  but just over a year ago I learnt a new skill, free motion machine embroidery, one that I've been able to use in my card making. I don't think I've ever blogged any of my sewing before but thought I'd share a card that I was asked to make for a friend to give her daughter. I used free motion machine embroidery to create this Disney themed card, I only stitched the felt ears where they met the number allowing for some nice dimension to the piece. Initially I hadn't thought about blogging this card so it's not my usual white background look. I might share more of my free motion embroidery, although they too might not be with the best background.




Thanks for stopping by,
Julie.x

Friday, 1 February 2019

A Place To Escape To


Once upon a time, long long ago there was a fairy by the name of  Rue . Rue liked nothing more than to escape to the edge of the forest where she knew that the Spanish vines hung low enough for her to reach and she would while away the hours swinging from them, trying to pluck a Mini Leaf  from high above her as she breathed in the smell of the sweet Meadow Grass  brushed by her toes. She loved this spot and as she gazed into the distance at the Trees in the distance  she would loose herself in her magical world!




Moments like these stick with us forever, scents that remind us of places, come back to us like Birds on the wing




I lost myself there for the moment, escaped to my happy place, playing with the

If you'd like to conjure up
 come and join us in this month's challenge at
 Lavinia stamps, you could be in with the a chance to win a £40 voucher to spend! Just ink up your Lavinia Stamps, you've nothing to loose!

I'm using these cards to enter the following challenges:-
Always fun challenges, 95, Monsters or fairies,
Alphabet challenge, W is for wings,
Fab n funky, Fantasy figures.

Thanks for stopping by,
Julie.x