Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Lady in Pink

* Cardstock:- Clarity Card 7x7 Gelli Plate card, pearlescent white and black card, silver mirri card; discarded Gelli Plate print
* Acetate
* Clarity double sided sticky sheet
* Clarity Stamps:- Butterfly Tree and butterflies, Remountable Winter Trees, ‘Suede Lady,’Remountable ‘Happy’ words
* Inkpads:- Ranger Archival Black, Ranger Distress Victorian Velvet, Seedless Preserve
* Fine glitter

1. Using Archival Black, stamp ‘Suede Lady’ onto white card and cut out; repeat four times more on the discarded Gelli Plate print and cut these out. Decoupage onto the white image and set aside.
2. Stamp the Butterfly Tree onto a piece of 7 x 7 Gelli Plate card using Seedless Preserve. Cut a sun/moon mask and place partially over the tree image.
3. Tear a piece of copy paper to create a hill; place this under the tree image and blend out using Victorian Velvet. Continue this to create a landscape. Trim a sliver from top and bottom; mount onto black pearlescent, white Gelli Plate card, silver mirri to suit.
4. Using Seedless Reserve and two of the Winter Trees, stamp images in the background. Blend in shadows under the trees.
5. Remove one side of the protective covering from half a sheet of Clarity double sided sticky. Using Seedless Preserve, stamp the three butterflies from the Butterfly Tree set twice (two images of each size of butterfly.) Scatter over fine glitter. Remove the other protective sheet and place a piece of acetate over this sticky side. Cut butterfly images out. Glue one set onto the scene to suit. Add the ‘Suede Lady’ image.
6. Colour a scrap of card with Victorian Velvet and stamps ‘Happy Birthday’ in Seedless Preserve centrally. Decorate with remaining acetate butterflies. Mat onto black pearlescent and silver mirri.
7. Create an easel card blank from a long piece of pearlescent card. Add matted image to the easel and sentiment to the mountain fold.

This card is made with love for my mum who celebrates her 88th birthday on 4th January and I am also entering it into the Clarity Stamp Challenge.

Sunday, 30 November 2014

IndigoBlu Challenge September 2014

                                                                 IndigoBlu Challenge September 2014

Happy Friday from Shelagh,

Yesterday, I was doing up bit of 'redding up' (N. East Scots dialect for tidying up) in my craft room and threw out a ribbon spool. I then looked through my box of IndigoBlu stamps and came up the idea of recycling it. This idea may run and run with Christmas not far away and I'd love my ribbon stash to be condensed into a smaller area. (My large collection had more than a little to do with living in USA for over two years, where there were nine different craft stores within a thirty minute drive!!) The colours of the leaves roughly replicate an ornamental tree at my front door which is currently displaying beautiful autumnal shades.

How I made this little hanging is detailed below.

This is my first attempt at 'posting' and I'm afraid it's not going too well. The photograph is not as sharp as it is on file and I'm having difficulty in loading another, so please forgive!

Thank you for looking.



Indian Summer

Shelagh Metselaar IndigoBlu Challenge September 2014

  • Stamps:- IndigoBlu -  Holly, Boadicea, Discover Your Passion, Mr Darcy
  • Cardstock:- White; Acetate
  • Inkpads:- Archival  - Sepia;  Memento – Rich Cocoa
  • FlitterGlu
  • Gilding Flakes:- Lancashire Rose, Morris Dance
  • Colouring Medium:- Pan Pastels,  Spectrum Noir Colouring Pencils
  • Empty Cardboard Ribbon Spoon
  • Gesso
  • Circle die
  • Thick twine – small piece.
  1. Peel away the top cardboard covering of the ribbon spool to create an aperture but leaving the base intact. Paint the ribbon spool with two or three coats of gesso inside and out. (The reverse of base does not need to be done as this will be covered.)
  2. Using Rich Cocoa, stamp ‘Miss Austen’ from the Mr Darcy set on white card. Colour to suit using Spectrum Noir pencils, blending shades together. (I only coloured the face, flowers and leaves). Die cut the image with the circular die, selecting a size fractionally smaller than the inside of the spool.
  3. Stamp the same image on acetate with Archival Sepia; leave to dry. Blot with copy paper to ensure the image is thoroughly dry. Die-cut as in (2).
  4. Ensuing the images are in line, attach the acetate to the coloured image. (I used folded mini glue dots in intervals around the extreme edge, where they were almost invisible.)
  5. Place some foam mount inside the dry ‘gesso-ed’ spool and attach circular image.
  6. Sponge FlitterGlu onto holly leaf stamp and stamp sixteen images on white card. Cover seven with Morris Dance flakes and nine with Lancashire Rose. Stamp two butterfly images from Discover Your Passion set in FlitterGlu and cover with Morris Dance. Cut out both butterfly images and attach on onto the other.
  7. Colour the leaves with Pan Pastels and cut out. In a clockwise direction, glue the seven ‘Morris Dance’ leaves around the top of the spool to frame ‘Miss Austin.’
  8. Using a larger circle die than that in (2) cut a circle from white card. In an anti-clockwise direction, glue the nine ‘Lancashire Rose’ leaves.
  9. Knot some thick twine and place at back of spool. Glue the leafy circle over the back of the spool to hide the twine.
  10. Stamp the flower collage from ‘Boadicea’ seven times on white card, colour the largest flower only – again using Spectrum Noir pencils and cut out. Add to the frame along with the gilded butterfly from (6).
And there we have it – something from nothing!                                                                                                                 

Sunday, 13 April 2014

The 'First Post' from Shelagh


Thank you for visiting my very first blog. It has been created within the past couple of minutes, so I am very new to all of this. Please bear with me, they will get better!

My interest in card making started when I was living in Holland in 2006 and nursing a broken arm. In plaster from wrist to shoulder scissor work and decoupage provided the necessary therapy to keep my fingers exercised. Latent crafting ability emerged and I haven't looked back.

The highlight so far was when I was chosen as 'Cardmaker of the Year' 2013 in the competition hosted by Cardmaking and Papercraft and Quick Cards Made Easy magazines.

Over the coming weeks I will post some examples of the work I have completed. I do hope you take as much enjoyment from viewing them as I did when making them.

Kind regards,