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I’m Back!!!

Posted by manicstamper on November 7, 2007

Oooooh I can’t tell you how great it is to be finally done with going away for this year.
Totnes was fabulous as usual. Dave, Liz and the staff at Finishing Touches gave us a very warm welcome as always. Lots of familiar faces at both the demo and the workshops and some new ones too and everyone seemed to enjoy it.
I spent an obscene amount of money while I was down there in Finishing Touches and at a gem of shop in Buckfastleigh called Cally’s Christmas Cottage. If you like American Primitive and Folk Art style you really need to visit this beautiful shop. Cally is a lovely lady and she didn’t bat an eyelid at a mad 50 year old ooooohing and aaaaahing like a five year old in a toy shop.
Much as I love doing the classes and demo’s the designing, planning and preparation is very hard work……….not that I am going to be putting my feet up much you understand. I have a list of jobs as long as a squids tentacle which need doing both workwise and housewise. Also the shop I work at is relocating……hopefully at the end of November but possibly the end of December. Deb and I are very excited as the new shop is absolutely gorgeous. I’ll give more information when we have a definite date.

I have a few new cards to share with you. Dave asked if I would do my demo with the new collage stamps from Hero Arts……….how could I refuse…….lol!!!
So the first card is done using Alcohol Inks on silver card. I applied the inks in single colors using Raisin, Denim and Stonewashed inks and then overstamped using one of the stunning corner stamps from one of my Fancy Pants stamp sets. All of the gems were clear to start off with and I coloured them using peeloff pens.
The image is stamped in White Stazon onto black card and attached behind the aperture. I stamped the smaller image onto the piece I removed and mounted it on a foam pad.

The second card is just stamping and layering on Dovecraft Christmas papers and Bazzill card.

Well I ought to go and get some sleep. I am not quite up to scratch healthwise at the moment. I’ve had a very sore back and hip for a couple of weeks and I have also been snookered by another ailment……..details would be too much information but suffice it to say I think I am single handedly keeping the cranberry juice industry!!!
I have just about managed to get through the last two days at work but thankfully I have Wednesday off and then a long weekend to look forward to after Thursday.
I was going to the NEC on Friday but DD bought my Christmas pressies down in Totnes so we are not going to bother. We’re going to have a lazy day at home instead watching DVD’s and getting our strength up to finish off some decorating jobs on Saturday.

Bye for now


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Hello Blog Land!!!

Posted by manicstamper on October 11, 2007

Long time no see!!!

I’ve been having a bit of an odd time for the last week or so. A mixture of work and not feeling so good with a dash of having a good think about what I want to acheive in the coming year.

The card I posted with the pregnant lady went down really well and I have had orders for other cards for other occasions from it which was a lovely surprise.

We are busy at the shop still with Christmas workshops and I did my first Monday class last week. I over-ran by about half an hour but that was due to serving customers at the same time so I didn’t do too badly I don’t think…….not when you consider that I can run over even when Deb is there to see to the customers……..I do have a tendency to talk a lot…….lol!!!

Deb made the mistake of letting me have a look at one of our suppliers catalogues last week and saying that if I wanted anything to write it on the list. As you might guess the pen ran away with me a bit and I came home yesterday with a bag full of goodies. Three Cuttlebug embossing folders, a set of four dies and a large single one, six Adirondack ink pads to complete my collection of the earth tones, two ink rollers, a Brilliance ink pad and I can’t remember what else although Deb gave me an early Christmas present of one of the Basic Grey packs with the papers, die cuts and alphabets. I was nearly in tears. It was the Periphery Collection which is just beautiful and I can’t wait now to have a play with it…………..just a few more weeks and then my time at home will be my own for a while…….yay!!!

The card I have posted today is my first attempt using Stampbord. I have packs and packs of it in my drawer but just haven’t had the time to do anything with it but I needed to do something with it for a future class. I have to say that it won’t be this card as it took me hours to do but I had fun with it.

The background is alcohol inks on white gloss card. Meadow and Lettuce with Gold Mixative. I then stamped the large image from my Elusive Images Holly set in Sage Ancient Page ink over the top. It doesn’t stand out a lot as I wanted a very subtle finish.

The gold lines across the bottom are done with PVA glue which has been covered with embossing powder and heated. The gems were pressed on while there was still some wet glue but it didn’t hold them so I lifted them off and re-attached them using Glossy Accents.

The Stampbord was inked with chalk ink pads and then stamped with the holly stamp in one corner. The rest of the decoration was hand drawn.

I scraped some of the drawing off and recoloured with a gold pen for the flourishes and an Adirondack pen for the dots.

Holes were made with my Crop-adile and threaded with eyelash fibre.

I am quite pleased with the effect but I’m looking forward to having a more in depth session with the Stampbord………especially the larger pieces.

I played hookey today from the work I was doing at home to make a card for the DCM challenge. I will post that tomorrow as it is not quite dry yet and I don’t fancy glue all over the scanner bed.

Best go and grab a couple of hours sleep as I have an all day class tomorrow at the shop. I have one Friday too so I will have done four days this week…… wonder I am shattered.

Ooh forgot to say a huge thanks to Andrew, Tanya and Alex at TandaStamps for the lovely welcome when I popped down to see them last Wednesday in Bridport. They very kindly showed me how they go about making the clear stamps and it was fascinating.
Night night then

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Last Day of the Roman Stampfest!!!

Posted by manicstamper on May 23, 2007

That’s it then……….I’ve had enough of stamping mens cards now. This is the last lot of Roman cards for now.
The first one is a very loose interpretation of the Retiform technique. The centre panel is coloured with Adirondacks in Stonewashed and Denim. The other panels are Stonewashed and Eggplant.
I don’t know what you would call the second technique though maybe ‘Stupid Woman Sitting Up Until 3am Cutting Out Half Inch Squares Of Card’ would fit the bill………lol!!!
The third card is a Sizzix tag cut from an alcohol ink background of Mushroom and Espresso. I then stamped the image and painted with alcohol inks and blending solution. For the mosaic tiles I cut tiny squares from funky foam using a square plier punch and stamped the colours individually using an assortment of Adirondack inks.
That’s my bit done this week for workshop cards so I need to clear my desk now, have a good tidy up and then make a card for an order and a few cards for the stand at the local shop.
DD is doing tea tonight so I don’t have to worry about that. Not that she does cooking……….her best friends are M&S and Tesco’s Finest…….lol!!! So we are having cold chicken with fresh salad and Jersey Royals.
What with one thing and another I have got so behind with The Big Challenge on Carolyns so I will try and make some of the cards for the shop fit the challenge.
Catch you later

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Mad Friday!!!

Posted by manicstamper on May 19, 2007

My word I have been a busy little bee today.
The old computer finally died with much crunching and grinding so I have dismantled the whole thing and created some much needed space in the workroom.
So I have spent today reorganising and with the help of a shoehorn I might just be able to clear my overspill from the kitchen table at last.
I think I may also end up with a clear space to have my die cutting machines to hand but don’t hold me to that will you…….lol!!!
I can’t say that I am awfully in love with the new laptop. I keep wanting to wind it up as it seems very slow compared to a full sized one. My printer doesn’t seem to be working properly either as I printed off a sheet of Mona Lisa images from Trish Bee’s site and she came out a very strange lime green. I shall try the Epson site to see if they have driver updates that will cure the problem.
Talking of lime green…………my Crop-a-Dile came on Thursday……..yay!!! Ooh it’s lovely. I had the one in a case with 400 eyelets so I can’t wait to play with it. The boss had one too and we had a quick look at hers after the workshop……….it punches Stampboard so we were both pleased about that.
I’m going to treat myself to a play day today and play with some stuff I haven’t used for ages and some new stuff I haven’t had time to even look at so I shall enjoy that. I can’t do any more prep for Stockport at the minute as I need to go and buy some black card to make up the class packs.
Had a lovely surprise e mail from Wendy Rhodes congratulating me on my article in Craft Stamper. It really made my day……thank you Wendy.
I’ve finally managed to post a new card using the TandaStamps Art Deco Set 1. This is a gorgeous set of stamps to work with and I have used my favourite for the focal point.
The background is patterned paper which has been overstamped with the rose border from the set and the circular image has been stamped onto a background of alcohol inks………Stream and Butterscotch with Gold Additive. It matches the paper perfectly so I think I chose the the colours pretty well for that.
I then made a template for the ‘cigar band’ by drawing a circle and adding the side pieces so that it could all be cut as one rather than layering a circle over a strip which didn’t look as effective.
Well I have just noticed that it is 4:26am so I am away to get some sleep so that I am bright eyed and bushy tailed for my play day.
Oooooh it’s good to be back blogging in full colour…….lol!!!
Night night all

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