Sunday, 1 December 2013

Lavinia Stamps, Distress inks, Adirondack inks, Versafine inks, Archival inks and Kroma Crackle.

Hello my Crafty friends,

It's the 1st of December and the start of a brand new
Lavinia Stamps Challenge,
the theme for December is 'Anything Goes', so no excuses, get creating using your beautiful Lavinia stamps, you could win a whopping £40 to spend on Lavinia goodies.

I have made three projects for this theme to help inspire you.

My first is an 8"x 8" Christmas card, as you are all probably aware, I love making little pictures with my stamps, and Lavinia stamps work a treat used in this way, so I had fun creating this card.

The stamps I used for this card were....
Spring Trees, Fir Tree, Mistletoe, Creeping Vine, Holly, Have a Fairy Merry Christmas, Star Gazing, 3 Small Dancing Fairies, and Zen Houses.

I started by stamping the Zen Houses, and masking them, then coloured the background with Distress inks. I stamped everything else, using different coloured inks. 
I coloured the houses with Promarkers, and using dries white cosmic Shimmer glue, I creted the snow, whilst it was still wet, I added glitter to it.

My second project is a 6"x 6" gelli plate print card. I spent some time talking to and watching the very talented designer of Lavinia Stamps, Tracey Dutton, at the NEC. She inspired me so much, that I got myself a selection of Adirondack and Versafine inks, dusted off my gelli plate and my brayer, and here is my first go......

I was so pleased that all Tracey's tips worked, lol !!!

The stamps I used are all from the fab Zen range....
Zen Rose, Zen Mini Stamps, Zen Leaf 2, and Zen Butterfly.

I finished off with loads of glitter !!!

My last project is an MDF Bauble, which I painted with white gesso, left it to dry then stamped Fairy Shops 1, Fairy Shops 2 and Tree Scene using Archival inks.

I coloured the shops with promarkers, then painted blue acrylic paint 
underneath, when it was dry I added Kroma Crackle, and put it in the airing cupboard for 3 days, lol, yes it does take a while to dry !!! 
It actually dries white, so I added a few swipes of gilding wax for that extra shine.

I added 'dries white' glue for snow, and touched up with stickles. I added ribbon to the top and finished off with a stamped shrink plastic sentiment.

All the stamps I have used on these projects can be found HERE.

Thank you so much for visiting, please leave me a comment, I love reading them.

See you soon, hugs Pauline xxxx


  1. love all of these Pauline but your little houses are ab fab! x

  2. wow these are all gorgeous Pauline beautiful made.

    gr karin

  3. These are all just stunning Pauline!! Such amazing work, I'm speechless..... Big hugs to my clever teamie! xxx

  4. Absolutely amazing projects Pauline, each and everyone is stunning as always hugs xxx

  5. I think that the first one is my favourite Lavinia Stamps card EVER!! it is so beautiful

  6. Wow Pauline you've done it again!!!
    Everyone a stunner.
    So glad you've used your Gelli - brilliant result.
    Missed you today xxx

  7. Wow these are fabulous - all of them, but my favourite is your Christmas card - great scene you have created - love those little colourful houses.

  8. WOW Pauline these are stunning! I do love them all but I do so love the bauble.

    Linda xxx

  9. Gorgeous cards Pauline, the houses seem so "alive". Stunning. Kx

  10. Dear Pauline,
    these cards are wonderful charming creations, wonderful colored and combined, the last looks straight out from a picture-book.
    Big hugs Anja

  11. these are stunning hun wish you could teach me how there done shame don't live closer lol would love to watch you create your masterpieces xxx

  12. These are amazing projects Pauline. I love the Zen images and the bright colours you have used. Excellent work.