Friday, 24 June 2016

Butterflies on TV

Just a heads up that Lynnda from Oak House Studio will be on Hochanda TV (Freeview 39) tomorrow - Saturday 25th at 11am and 3pm.

She will be demoing old favourites like the Clematis Tower alongside the Dog Rose and Special Edition Rose sets plus a brand new set of Butterflies.  Here is a look at my samples:

One of the sets is a solid butterfly with a matching Walesby patterned overlay.  I've used it on this card but also used the solid and kiss stamped with the Texture Squares.  The inks are Purple and Orchid Pigments Inks which stay wetter longer than die inks and so are great for kiss stamping. The background uses inks from the French Collection Pure Colours - lots of pinks, purples and mint.

Another card (my DD's favourite) uses the set of 3 solid stamps and the Triple Meadow Green ink pad which makes ombre effects so easy.

I'm sure Lynnda and the rest of the DT will come up with lots of other ideas so please watch the show or record it.  You can also watch it online afterwards on

Elaine xx

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Secret Garden

Seriously struggling for time at the moment.  I invigilate in exams at my local school so for the last 5 weeks I've been watching students writing, yawning, sleeping etc etc....only 15 more to go then done for the summer.  This morning I managed to finish my postcard for The Craft Barn's Alpha Dictionary Challenge where the letter is K.

There are not many K words and I could have done kite, key or keyhole but in the end I've chosen to do KEYSTONE as I knew I had this stone gateway stamp from Paperartsy.  I've gone for a secret walled garden blending sepia ink through a brick stencil and adding some greenery with Crafty Individuals stamps.  The 'ironwork gate' is a Memory Box die. 

Hope you like and thanks for popping by.   Any comments you leave are gratefully appreciated.

Elaine x

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Tree Triptych

Well it's wet and miserable out there so I'm staying in....... here's my next postcard for The Craft Barn's Alpha Dictionary Challenge where the letter is T.    I've probably been very boring this time and gone for TREE but Three in a Triptych with some added Text.

I've stamped and clear embossed the Beech and Oak Trees with Versafine Onyx Black (to show off all the detail) on 3 pieces of card and using a torn piece of paper as a mask added the Winter Words Text stamp up the hill !  All stamps are from Oak House Studio.   With the mask still in place I've blended on green at the bottom, then blue for the sky and finished with the torn dictionary definition and letter T Thicker.

I tried not to do a scene as my S is a seaside scene but my brain was stuck on trees on a hill.  Thanks for visiting and leaving comments, they are much appreciated!!

Elaine  x  

Monday, 23 May 2016

Stampbord Projects

Over on the Oak House Studio Blog the theme for TAKE 5 this month is Stampbord.  It's a great product with a clay surface that takes ink beautifully, can be stamped and colour scraped away. It comes in many sizes - 2" squares, 1" squares, ATCs, dominos, circles and ovals etc.

Here are a few of my projects.  The first is a necklace coloured with the Triple Fruity Reds, stamped with the Solid Rose stamp, the colour scratched out of the middle and then clear embossed over the top.  I've attached it to a co-ordinating card to give as a gift.

The next one is domino shape with the Walesby Flourish stamped into copper embossing powder and used as an embellishment on a tag.

This one is an ATC sized piece made into a hanging, sprayed with ink, stamped with the Walesby Heart and again small dots scratched out to show the white again.

And finally a small 1" piece stamped and painted and made into a necklace.

There are 5 different designers with Stampbord projects on the Oak House Studio blog so why not pop over there for a browse.  I hope you'll be inspired to buy some stampbord and have a go.

Saturday, 21 May 2016

A for Algebra

At last I've had chance to create my next postcard for The Craft Barn's Alpha Dictionary Challenge where the letter this time is A.....and no other twists thank goodness!   I had a read of my dictionary and decided to go for ALGEBRA but including Arithmetic and Algorithms as well as Amethyst.

The amethyst background is sprayed with Waterfall and Precious Purple Pure Colour Inks and stamped with Purple and Orchid Pigment inks - the numbers from Tim Holtz and Log Tables from Oak House Studio.  The Algebra (a maths joke I saw on Facebook) is written on some black chalk card with a white marker and I've finished with the dictionary definition and A Thicker as usual.

Hope you like and thanks for visiting.  Any comments you leave are very much appreciated.

Elaine xx 

Monday, 16 May 2016

Oak House Studio on TV

Just a heads up that Lynnda and Oak House Studio will be on HOCHANDA TV tomorrow at 11am and 3pm.

Stamps being shown include the very popular Clematis Tower with lots of background stamps and word sets along with a new Dog Rose Collection - 2 different sizes of corners plus a 5" border.  Here's a selection of my samples:

There is also a new set of Pure Colour Inks - the French Collection which includes French Wine, French Mint, French Lavender and Paris Pink.  Great bright flowery colours!

Elaine xx

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Friends & Flowers

I got some new stamps recently so thought I'd have a play.  It's a collection of Dog Rose stamps from Oak House Studio  and for this card I've used the smallest corner.

The Dog Rose Corner is silver embossed and then painted with French Lavender and Peter's Pear Pure Colour Inks.  The backgrounds are both sprayed French Lavender ink and the card is just finished with a  Friendly sentiment.   I've made a few other cards with this stamp set but these are for the Hochanda show next Tuesday 17th.

I'm entering this is the Craft Stamper's Take It, Make It Challenge for May where the theme is Anything Goes.    Thanks for visiting and for leaving comments - they are very much appreciated!

Elaine x