Sunday, 6 August 2017

Clarity Outline Stamps - Original Set August 2017

Clarity Stamps
Outline Stamps - Original Set
August 2017
  • Stamps:- Leaf Outline plus Masks; Peace at Christmas set - Three Kings and Star; Santa and Stars Corner set - small group of stars; Alphabet Word Chain; Word Chain 11 - Star
  • Ink Pads:- Archival Cobalt; Artistry Midnight Blue, Blue Chase
  • Masks:- Moons set; Stars set
  • Gel Press
  • Stamps:- Grove Outline plus masks; Peace at Christmas set - Stable scene, Single Star, Sentiments
  • Ink Pads:- Archival Cobalt; Artistry Midnight Blue
  • Gel Press
  • Spider Web Ribbon (to use with Gel Press as background

  • Stamps:- Bird Outline plus mask; Garden Unmounted set; Rope Frame set - Trees; Word Chains 13 - Christmas; Word Chains 4 - Blessings
  • Ink Pads :- Archival Cobalt; Artistry Midnight Blue
  • Gel Press

  • Stamps:- Leaf Outline plus mask; Jayne's Winter Scene; Jayne's Postcard Framer set - Sentiment
  • Ink Pads:- Archival Cobalt; Artistry Midnight Blue
  • Masks:- Moon set
  • Gel Press
  • Spider Web Ribbon (as before)

  • Stamps:- Toadstool Outline plus mask, Fairies; Wee Folk 8 - Girl and Tree; Christmas Tree Outline - Fairy Lights; Alphabet Word Chain
  • Ink Pads:- Archival Cobalt; Artistry Midnight Blue
  • Gel Press
  • Stencil - Christmas Stars
  • Stamps:- Stag Outline and masks; Jayne's Poinsettia - small (cut from stamped swag images); Jayne's Holly and Ivy - small ivy leaf frond; Jayne's Postcard Framed and Sentiment; Deerscape
  • Mask:- Moon set
  • Ink Pads:- Archival Cobalt; Artistry Blue Chase.

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Clarity Challenge August 2017 'Garden Party'

Clarity Challenge
August 2017
'Garden Party'

This card celebrates a garden party with a suitably placed glass of bubbles! The Nested Squares plate was a great aid in the formation of the steps! The rest - straightforward.

  • Groovi Plates:- Hats 1, Nested Squares - steps, Cake Decorations - Champagne glass and swag, Tina's Flowers, What is Life - Leaf border, Art Deco Alphabet
  • Groovi A4 Parchment
  • Colours:- Pergamano Pens, Faber Castel Albrecht Durer Watercolour Pencils, Polychromos 
This was another joy to create. Isn't it great when a theme speaks to you!

Happy parching!

Best wishes,

'The Making Lady' 

Clarity Challenge August 2017 'Garden Party'

Clarity Challenge
August 2017
'Dames Portant des Chapeaux'

Hello - blog time again and boy! did I enjoy designing and making this card. 

The main hat is so reminiscent of one my mum wore in the 70s' and the same I borrowed for a photo shoot for a national newspaper; enough said - Mum did not wear this beautiful, deep, rich, jade green titfer again as she deemed that the villagers would reckon it was mine! I had hoped to find it, salted away in a suitcase, whilst clearing my late mum's house but sadly it was not to be. I will just have to search for the photo. 

So - this card is very much a tribute to my mum as she was one of those ladies, depicted in the card; Mum knew how to wear her many and various hats. She suited them. She even took to the catwalk to promote them.  And - I am lucky enough to carry on the tradition which may have begun with my mum's aunt Lyn (short for Lavinia) who was a milliner in those far gone days when hats were a 'must wear.' I love hats. I wear hats. I have many - summer, winter, rain, wedding, large, small, colourful and plain. I have collected hats and head gear from the many countries I have lived in and visited - my dining room walls tell the story although my Texan stetson is in a hat-box in the loft.

And my plan for my later years is to go on wearing them. I wish to embrace old age with a sense of eccentricity!

  • Cardstock:- card blank - one - 8ins x 8ins; Clarity Stencil Card; Clarity Papers remnants.
  • Clarity Stamps:- Hats 1,2; Alphabet Word Chain
  • Inks:- Archival Black
  • Miscellaneous:- Faber Castel Polychromos; black and coloured card mats.

  • Stamp the largest hat centrally towards the foot of the stencil card; mask and stamp other 'hatted faces' around, masking continuously. 
  • Stamp corresponding hats and attach to main images. Stamp others to fill in. 
  • Add colour to faces. 
  • Mat onto card then onto card blank. 
  • Using the Alphabet, stamp an appropriate sentiment, add a scribbled edging and mat. 
Et voila - 'Dames portant des chapeaux!'

Have fun!

Join the challenge!

Best wishes!

'The Making Lady'

PS The sentiment is optional. (Haven't glued it down yet!}

Sunday, 2 July 2017

Clarity Stamps Challenge July 2017 'Summer Holiday'

Clarity Stamps

July 2017

Summer Holiday

Hi, here are my contributions for July's Clarity Challenge - one stamped and coloured, the other a Groovi. I do hope we will experience some sunny weather - at the moment the only thing enjoying the rain and drizzle up here in the North East is the grass, which seems to grow as it is being cut!
Off to Crowborough to the Retreat later this month and prepared for messy fingers. 
Happy crafting!

  • Clarity Stamps:- Adjust the Sails, Wee Fashion - hat, Martini glass; Wise Owls - glasses; Summer Shades - palm trees.
  • Clarity Stencil:- Circle
  • Dies:- Circles
  • Polychromos, book page, Archival Black, Distress Inks, self-adhesive gems.

  • Clarity Groovi Plates:- Original Groovi Starter Kit  - scenery, font; Meadow Grasses; Baby Clothes - adapted, Wren and Leaves; Henna Border; 
  • Polychromos; Canvas paper; Distress Inks.
Et voila - my exhibits for the Clarity Challenge July 2017 'Summer Holiday.'

Back in August with the next installment!

Best wishes,

Shelagh ;~}

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Groovi Favour Box by Shelagh Metselaar

Groovi Favour Box
Shelagh Metselaar

As promised - my latest discovery! Enjoy yours!

·         Groovi Plates:- Nested Squares GRO-PA-40037-03, NDGC16 GRO-MU-40577-01, Border Henna GRO-PA-40187-09, Jayne’s Roses x2  GRO-FL-40395-03, GRO-FL-40396-03
·         White Parchment – A4
·         Pergamano Markers – light green, medium green; Faber Castel Polychromos - lilac, purple;  Faber Castell Albrecht Durer Water Colour Pencils – lilac, purple

1.       Emboss dome as shown.

2.       Emboss horizontal and right hand vertical lines using square 5 from centre of Nested Squares.
3.       Move parchment fractionally along to right to ensure correct length of bottom line and also to add the left hand vertical line.

4.       Align the dome to the completed corner of square and emboss; repeat on third side.           NB – Don’t do what I did and embossed the dome from the incomplete side!!!! Photo tells all.
5.       Extend the lines to complete; join to form final side of square and emboss final dome.
6.       Emboss scallops inside perimeter of square and also inside dome, moving the border plate to suit base lines. Leave a short gap where each dome and square meet to assist folding. NB I found the scallops are not all the same size and to this end marked, on the reverse side of the plate with a Sharpie dot, the one I used (for uniformity.)

7.       Decorate and colour inside of domes and base to suit. (Leaves coloured with green Pergamano markets; flowers first with water colour pencils and barely damp brush then depth of colour added with Polychromos. Pierce with a bold  double needle then pierce each single hole again prior to cutting to form a picot edge.

To complete, punch a hole using a Cropodile, one in each top tab. Thread ribbon through two opposite holes, followed by the other two. Tie a small bow and top with flowers made from Tina’s flower plate. 
Happy crafting!

Saturday, 3 June 2017

Tea for 2!

Groovi ‘Tea for 2’

June 2nd 2017

·         Groovi Plates:- New Design Groovi Club 16 (Dancing Girl inside Cloche), Nested Squares, Nested Squares Extension and Small Alphabet, Willowy Wreath, Tina’s Flower Plate
·         Clarity Parchment:- 1 x A4 White
·         Clarity Papers:- New England Fall – Brown Salt Speckle
·         Card:- Black, White, Dull Bronze
·         Colours:- Faber Castel Albrecht Durer Water Colour Pencils used with an almost dry brush


For the frame

1.       Emboss Willowy Wreath centrally on A4 parchment.
2.       Add outline from Nested Square. Emboss cup as per photo sequence below. 

Tea Cup
1.       Emboss as in photos using NDGC 16
*The bold white lines are the actual embossed lines.

Photo A 
Photo B
Photo C
Photo D
Photo E

Photo F
Photo G
Photo H
Photo I
Photo J
Photo K

  • Use different areas of NDGC 16 to decorate cup and saucer. 
  • Using Nested Squares create a  chequered tablecloth.
  • Add an inner square from the Nested Squares to accommodate the Tea for " font from Nested Squares Small Alphabet plate.
  • Add 'Tea for 2.'
  • Colour to suit. (I used Faber Castel Albrecht Durer Watercolour pencils and an almost dry paint brush.)
  • Pierce with a twin needle tool and picot cut both inner and outer. (This was the initial thought behind this card as my picot cutting is still somewhat erratic.)
  • Make a second cup and saucer and picot cut. Colour as before. 
  •  Mount cup and saucer frame onto 'Salt Crackle' paper from New England Fall pad. Further mount onto black, white, black, dull bronze card, in that order.
  • Attach separate cup and saucer. 
  • Emboss, colour and cut out two flower sprays from Tina's flower plate. Add brads to connect flowers then attach to sides of card.
. . . . And here we have my 'Tea for 2.'

Here's hoping the photos are clear instructions and help, as trying to put these into words started to run into pages!!! 

Keep on grooviing!

Shelagh ;~}

P.S. May was a hard month for my family and whilst I have been able to detail and scribe the above as it was only replicating something made on 28 April, Groovi inspiration is proving most elusive at the moment. I hope to see you all soon. 

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Chocolate Baroque Challenge May 2017

Chocolate Baroque Challenge

May 2017


Hello - here is my CB Challenge swansong and I am sad that this is indeed the end of an era. The month of May has been very traumatic for me and my family and I'm currently finding difficulty in putting ink and colour onto paper. However, as a long term contributor to the challenge, I could not let this event go unmarked. 
Hope you like my effort!

·         Stamps:- Chocolate Baroque – Serena, Birdcage Collage, Flora Musica.
·         Inkpads:- Ranger Archival
·         Cardstock:- white
·         Canvas:- Pebeo 20cm x 20cm
·         Colour:- Pebeo paint – green pearlescent; Paper Artsy Fresco Acrylic Paint – Jade, Bora Bora, Beach Hut, Limelight; Derwent Inktense Pencils; Spectrum Noir Sparkle pens – Clear, Purple
·         Miscellaneous:- White Texture Paste; Cosmic Shimmer Sparkle Texture Paste and Metallic Gilding Paste - Lime Burst; Sequins – Purple; Self-adhesive gems
1.       Spoon white texture paste onto canvas and spread over in different directions with a brayer. Allow to dry.
2.       Paint areas in the named Fresco Finish paints, stippling into uneven areas. Allow to dry.
3.       Sponge small areas with Lime Burst Sparkle Texture Paste.
4.       Add some Lime Burst Gilding Paste to chosen areas.
5.       Stamp Serena three times onto white card using Archival Black. Colour all three with Inktense Pigment pencils and decoupage. Glue onto coloured base canvas.
6.       Stamp Birdcage Collage nine times onto white card. Colour feathers, leaves and flowers to suit and cut out.
7.       Glue separate leaves into place. Add tail feathers as a headdress and embellish with gems.
8.       Construct flowers from the birdcage images and add leaves. Glue onto the canvas to suit. Add beads to the centres.
9.       Decorate corner with feather images. Add flower constructed from a flower from Flora Musica image. Add gem to centre.

10.   Scatter sequins and glue. 

Et voila. . . . . Serenity!