Hello again, a bit earlier in the day than my last post, as I have packed up for the evening now to give time for a bit of time to unwind before going to Liverpool tomorrow. It's been quite an exciting day today with a box from Personal Impressions that I've been waiting for...... ......I don't know about you, but I think lots of packages look far more interesting before they are opened. However, this was a much anticipated one and look what was inside....new stamp sets, new packaging and, not really very exciting this one, a new batch of my promotional cards. The stamps are some of mine and some by Andy Skinner, who I am teaching workshops at Stitches with this year, and whose designs I know you will just love. Not all of the stamps will be in rubber, these are just samples for me to work with. The stamp set at the front isn't a new one, it was sent to show me the new packaging for my designs which is in one of my favourite colour combinations of aqua and caramel. So, you'll be able to spot them easily enough!All I have to do now is make oodles of samples from them! Talking of boxes, I had been saving two rather snappy ones that contained Christmas gifts. I tried my pens in one, but they were too long, I tried Grungeboard in one, but there was too much for the lid to close, I tried flowers, but they kept spilling out.....etc etc. The boxes are really sturdy ones though, and too good to put in the recycling bin. Today I finally found the perfect items to go inside one of them though.... ....if you look at what my Distress inks have been sitting inside I think you'll agree that the ribbon bedecked pink and black number is far more suitable! Not very grungey, but they fit inside nicely! (Well, some of them do anyway! Lol!) So, my table will look a little posher than it normally does for my demonstration at Martins Cards & Crafts tomorrow. The shop is on Linacre Road in Liverpool, so hope to see some of you there if you are in the area. By request, I will have one of my Art Journals with me if you'd like a closer look. I'll be demonstrating a mix of Darkroom Door stamps as well as Perfect Pearls Mists and Crafter's Workshop Templates.
Here's a card using a lovely stamp from a set called "Little Dreams" which I've combined with a background stamp (huuuuge one! I've cut the image down quite a bit here) called Floral. I stamped it with Dusty Concorde Distress ink onto PI's 300 gsm card, heat set it and then spritzed with Turquoise Mist. The velvet butterflies are from Petaloo. The colours don't show too well here, but I love to combine light purples and greens. Next is a baby card! I don't do baby cards! However, this DD set (Hello Baby) is gorgeous and I love that teddy image. David was extremely impressed (no pun intended) by the quality of the image. I stamped him onto PI's coated gloss card and just added a hint of colour using Le Plume pens. I stamped a mixture of the other images from the set using Weathered Wood Distress ink onto the 300 gsm card. A little grunging with a slightly mucky foam applicator (!) gave it just the look I wanted and I wrapped the ribbon, parcel style around to finish it off. As often, quite a simple card as I aim to show the techniques in the main. I'll have to do a little girl version now! I'll finish with a second sneaky peek at the mystery object which I posted last time! Ooh, maybe I'm showing too much there! Well, it is starting to take shape now and I will show you the finished thing in a few days. Many thanks to those friends who are helping me with this, I would have struggled to get it done on time by myself! Right, I had better sign out now, or my R&R time will all have gone! Have a great weekend everyone and hope to see some of you tomorrow. Lindsay