Friday, 25 September 2015

No Card, Just My Never Ending Gratitude & Some Photos

Hi, all you lovely, lovely people!  I have just returned from my trip to Spain and have been overwhelmed by the generosity of all you wonderful people in blog-land!

Although you all knew I that was away and unable to return  the compliment of you leaving comments . . . you commented anyway . . . and I am so grateful to you all . . . thank you, thank you!  I will be resuming my commenting on your blogs ASAP!

I have literally had thousands of e-mails to wade through and unfortunately, my internet seems as sketchy now as it was before I went away - I don't know why I expected it to be any different, I think it was just a case of wishful thinking!

Anyway, as I still have unpacking to do, washing, opening the mountain of mail/junk mail that was blocking the front door at 3:30a.m. when we arrived home, I will leave you with a few photos that I took on one of our trips out to see 'El Torcal' which. As you can see from the pictures is a strange, but amazing sight, with a view from the top that left me breathless!

The last two photos were taken on the coast on another stunningly beautiful day!

Once again, I can't thank you all enough for your visits and I will repay your kindness as soon as I can!

Have a lovely, lovely day!  Hazel xx

Monday, 14 September 2015

Butterfly Trio

As you are reading this I will be in sunny (hopefully) Spain, with the peace and quiet of the campo (countryside) all around. 

Of course, as you, (my regular readers) will know, I am without internet, but with the problems and frustrations I have had recently with the internet - that can only be a good thing - the downside is, I will miss you all and my visits around blogland!

Just before I left the UK.  I had made a Bokeh background piece and wanted to do something with it, so I made three cards.

** WARNING **  This post will be picture heavy!

When I cut the butterfly die out of the background, I couldn't bring myself to throw away the negative pieces, so I cut another butterfly out of black card and used the negative pieces with the black one and mounted it to a plain, white card base, added a sentiment strip, WOS and glossy accents.

This is that card.

The butterfly I cut out of the Bokeh piece, I just made into a shaker card on plain, white card-stock and added a sentiment die-cut.

This is that card.

Finally, with the Bokeh background, I cut another butterfly out of white card and foam, adhered them together, backed the cut-out with gold foil card-stock and adhered the layered butterfly in to the cut-out for dimension.  I then added a sentiment, die-cut from the same gold foil card-stock, added some gold  'sequins' and some gold Stickles and called it done!

This is that card.


I hope that you enjoyed your visit today and if you leave any comments, I thank you and apologise that I will be unable to return the favour until I am back in the UK!  Have a lovely day!  Hazel xx

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Happy Little Stampers CAS September Challenge - Colouring

Those of you who follow this blog closely will know that I am away right now, without internet, so this has been scheduled in advance.  For the September Happy Little Stampers CAS Challenge, the challenge is for colouring.

To give you all a wonderful incentive,

Happy Little Stampers are sponsoring this challenge and the lucky winner will receive this terrific stamp set!

Now, I know that some of you lovelies are out there groaning, "Oh no, not colouring, I hate colouring".  I'm here to show you that it needn't be difficult and, in fact, when you start and get into it a bit, it is actually quite fun and relaxing!  I will also show you that you needn't be an expert . . . I, am certainly far from it!

I have used one stamp set, Altenew's 'Persian Motifs', and coloured it in three different ways . . . let me know which you prefer at the end.  Be warned, this is going to be a long, long post!

The first, what I call, is the 'loosely goosey' technique, which is loose, wild, abandoned and unstructured and this is what it looks like, I will describe the process below.

First I stamped the image onto to watercolour paper in Versamark and scribbled some colour straight on to the images, with Kuretake Sai waterbrush markers (I couldn't afford the Zig Real Brush Pens) and spritzed generously with water and just let the colours mix and blend the way that they wanted to - hence, the 'loosey, goosey' technique - I did mop up some areas where there was too much colour gathering, but that is all I did in the way of control!

The next technique was a little more controlled, but again, not a lot, and this is what that looks like.  Again I will explain the process below.

This time, I started off the same way by embossing the image onto watercolour cardstock, but this time I controlled the ink a little more by just laying a little of the colour near the base of the petals and drawing it out with water on a clean paintbrush, so that it faded out towards the tips of the petals and did the same with the leaves.  I finished the whole thing off by giving the background a very light wash of colour.

The final method I used was completely different.  This is more controlled and uses coloured pencils.  Again, the method will be described below the photos.

First, I stamped the image in black, I used Versafine Black Onyx, but it doesn't matter what you use as this is a 'dry' method.  I used Caran d'Ache Soft Colour Pencils and just applied them with a very light touch with varying shades of blue in layers until I had the colour depth that I wanted, I do not use blending solution because if you build the layers up gently and not lay all your colour down at the start, you are able to blend without solution and control it better.  I did the same with various shades of green for the leaves.

Now, this is where I lost control and my black gel pen took over.  I decided, in my wisdom, to put a 'few' dots of black to fill in some gaps.  I started with little groups of three and then my gel pen thought, "hey, this looks fun, I want a go" and took over running about all over the place putting far too many down and spoilt the whole thing . . . well, I was horrified, but I had spent hours on the piece, so I decided I had to just run with it, so please excuse it and look beyond the dots and pretend they aren't there . . . next time, I won't allow the little devil anywhere near a piece that has taken me hours to complete!

Well, if you have stayed with me up until here, I applaud your endurance and thank you from the bottom of my heart.  Don't forget to let me know which method you like best and give it a go and join us for some fun at Happy Little Stampers!  Have a lovely day my friends!  Hazel xx