Sunday, 29 June 2014

Lord of the Rings and hobbity things

I did this card for a young friend of mine who is majorly into all things Tolkein, with the intention of entering it into the clarity masculine challenge.

It took me an eternity to get the crossword and hobbity words using the letterbox kit into a format I could fit onto an eight by eight card.  I went over the squares in versamark and clear embossing powder and then I kept the background fairly simple using the big bare branch stamp and dotty wave stencil which I think gave it a mordor-like look. 

I am actually blogging this from a very hot and sunny Cyprus - the wonders of technology. 

Laurane x

Sunday, 25 May 2014

Clarity Challenge

The challenge this month at Clarity is All about the Words and I decided to use the 'Kiss of the Sun for Pardon' as the focus for my card. 

I used the birdhouse set for my garden setting and inked up with soothing sunset Big and Juicy for the flowers, butterscotch adirondack for the sky and meadow for the branches. 

I've entered every other challenge via email so I need to go and figure out how to link this blog entry. Here's hoping!

Laurane x

Saturday, 24 May 2014

Same stamps - different looks

I love using Clarity Stamps and I've done a couple of different card using the same stamps. That's one of the things I love about stamping - you can get such different looks just by changing colours and backgrounds.  

The first card 

Was decoupaged on the top layers and coloured using copics/pro markers. The main image was matted and layered onto a white card which I stamped randomly with a script stamp and then inked using Adirondack (purple twilight?).  A bit of ribbon, some more layering and job done.

The next card

Stamped the fuchsias and coloured using distress inks onto a background which was made using random inking (butterscotch and red pepper) with some water splodges. The verse was inked in red pepper adirondack ink and clear embossed.

I was pleased with both these cards although I think the second is my favourite. 

Laurane 👧

Wednesday, 21 May 2014


Things are looking quite exciting on the crafting front for me socially just now.  I've been going to Pauline Stephen's Perth Clarity workshops and really enjoying learning and crafting in company.  On similar front I've just discovered Meet Up and the Craftaholics Anonymous group and am hoping to go to their next event at the beginning of June - so a lot to look forward. 

I'm also trying to get to grips with blogging on my iPad so maybe this old ancient blog of mine may get a wee resurrection. 

Laurane 😀

Wednesday, 19 May 2010

Flowers and Sugar

Wow.  Two posts in two days.  What's going on?

The challenge at The Sugar Bowl was to use a sketch and the theme of recycling something to use on your card.

The stamp is one of the Gorjuss ones - I think it's called 'A little bird told me'(?) - coloured with copics and a little bit of sakura glitter.  The paper and flowers were from my stash.  I 'recycled' a couple of things for this card.  The text paper was actually from a very old dictionary we had lying around and I used pages with
'sugar' words on one and 'sweet' words on the other.  The butterfly embellishment was actually a piece taken from a necklace I picked up at Primark.  I would never have worn it as a necklace but it was made up of quite a few of these butterflies and perfect for embellishments.  Can't take the credit for it - I got the idea from someone out there in blogland.  I backed the butterfly with some matching paper and used sakura glaze pens to colour some of it in.  I was quite pleased with how this worked out.

The challenge at Papertake Challenge was to 'say it with flowers' and over at  A Spoonful of Sugar they are looking for 'Cute and Girly'   Totally Gorjuss are looking for 'round and round'  I'm putting this card in for these challenges also.

Thanks for looking

Laurane x

Tuesday, 18 May 2010

Good enough to eat


I picked up a set of cupcake rubber stamps at the demo day at my local(ish) craft shop - Craft World at Hillington.  Been checking out cupcakes for ages and this was a fabby set from Kanban with a lot of little stamps which are ideal for doing backgrounds.

I used flower soft and some beads to embellish the cupcake at the front, and I glittered up one at the back and the other one I topped with glossy accents.  Certainly fits the bill for the challenge over at Charisma Cardz Challenge which is 'sweet treats'.

I am also putting it in for the 'Celebrations' challenge on By the Cute and Girly and the 'Celebrete Something' at Stamp Challenges

I've really lost my crafting bug recently - probably because I've developed a little fondness for going out running!  There's no accounting for taste.  I've got a couple of cards on the go just now so might just manage to put them in for a few challenges.

Happy crafting

Laurane x

Thursday, 18 March 2010

Cute and Girly Friday Sketchers


I liked this week's challenge on Friday Sketchers (not that I don't always like them) and I used it to create this card for Mother's Day.  It was also supposed to be for another challenge with Butterflies but typically I managed to miss that but I think it fits with the 'Spring is in the Air' challenge at By the Cute and Girly blog.

The photograph is not too good but I was quite pleased with how this turned out.  A nice sketch to use and went well with this new Buzzcraft Olivers Orchard stamp which I coloured with copics.  The little butterflies were from the same stamp set and made nice embellishments.  The paper was from my stash which I have looked at for ages and eventually decided to use it.

Thanks for looking

Laurane x