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Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Ooh la la...

Happy Wednesday,

Ive titled this post because I think today card has a real french look to it!  It is a really easy card to achieve especially of you have the Izink Inks.  If not you could try distress or other Die based inks.

I simply stared by pressing the raspberry and the night ink pads into a piece of watercolour card.  Next I sprayed water over the pice, the colours in the ink ran which gives the effect shown.  the great thing about the Izink inks is that whilst they are die pads they are water ( not oil ) based so the colours are not permanent and run as shown.







Once I died the piece I stamped the three main stamps from the summer flowers clear stamp set over the top in Black versatile ink ( an oil based die ink that won't run)  I simply then matted the card in red and blue and placed it on a 5 x 7" card bank and finished.

Very simple but I wanted to show what can be achieved by just playing with your inks in a tidy way!

The workshops in the North are now planned and full details will be released tomorrow  there may also be a couple of places on the Coventry one as a couple have moved to the Northern  one.  Please email Lockerscrafts@gmail.com and Mrs duck can help!

Enjoy...

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Stamped tree...

Happy Tuesday,

I will have full information on the planned workshops tomorrow but I can confirm that we have 2 days in the North planned for November!

Back to today and I thought I would share another winter / Christmas card made with my new range.  I have again used some waste in this card as I really don't like throwing anything away!











I started by putting the ultramarine izink onto the rectangular media plate and ran my brayer over the surface to fade the colour form dark to light.  Next I used the bubbles stamp and the snowflake stamp from my Summer Flowers and Winter trees clear stamp sets and stamped these onto the plate in Night, Ultramarine and Can izink die ink pads.  I kept the patterns just at the top so that it looks like its a snowy scene.

Next I stamped this onto the paper and added the tree stamped directly onto the paper (using my Press to Impress stamp platform) I tore a piece of card in a wave and used this as a mask to add the layers of snow at the base using the mini blender tool from Crafts too and the ultramarine ink ( that's one of the things I love about this ink It works for stamping and blending!)

To make up the card I again used a piece of card that I had cleaned my brayer on ( just running the brayer over scrap card after running it over the media plate)  I stared the snowflake stamp over this using the same three colours of ink and cut this to a panel.  I added a thin dark blue mat around the main image and the side panel.  Finally, before adding to a small 5" x 5" card blank, I added a random die cut form my box of precept bits shaded with the blending tool and the night ink pad.

Enjoy...

Monday, 24 July 2017

Mix it up...

Happy Monday,

Today's card is  mix of my classic die cutting with the new media plate stamping technique and even a bit of waste used for the flowers.

I created the circular background using the round media plate, a selection of the cool izink ink sets a the snowflake stamp form the winter tress clear stamp set.  I prepared the media plate with inks and breyered over before stamping the snowflakes in different colours over the top.  I then stamped this using the press to impress stamp platform Click HERE for the link to the stamp platform as there has been quite a lot of confusion as to which I prefer and use.  I repeated the process until I had a centre exactly the way i wanted.

I mounted this behind a die cut from the new Find It media PM10097 Snowflake frame.  I cut this in silver stardust card from Limetree crafts and added gems around the centre ring.  I matted this onto white, blue and silver to make the larger card as shown.

For the flowers I cleaned my brayer on a piece of scrap card by running it over the surface to remove the ink.  This piece was too nice to waste so I cut the poinsettias form it using the find it YCD10026 poinsettia die.  I shaded through the die with mint izink for the centres and shaped them before adding a pearl in the centre.


I added a bow of organza ribbon and a couple of hat pins from my stash.


Workshop News
The workshop advertised yesterday is now fully booked however we are looking to add the Sunday on as well I will let you know if we can or if we have a reserve list.  There is also one of these planned for November in the north I will let you all know the details for this tomorrow!

For now, Enjoy...

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Christmas tree...

Happy (real) Sunday,

Sorry for the mistake in the day yesterday as I am sure you can all imagine I am rather tired after everything this week!  I do have to say a big thank you again to everyone who has helped and supported me through the launch with a special mention to everyone who came to Inspirations in Preston on Thursday and Friday to see the first live demo of John Next Door!

A couple of bits of news today so don't forget to scroll down to the bottom of todays post to see info on a special Workshop!  I thought today I would share a card made with my products and other Crafts Too products.






I started this card at the demo on Friday with a mixture of my Winter Trees stamps and the Magic Stamp.

I stared by heating a cut down rectangular magic stamp which I then pushed into the christmas style tree from the winter trees set.  This creates a negative stamp of the image.  I inked this with ultramarine and the ocean izink die ink pads and stamped it in the centre of a pice of card.  This leaves a perfect white tree against the shaded background.  Next I positioned the actual tree stamp in the white space and using the Press to Impress stamp platform I stamped the tree in black exactly in the middle ( This is almost impossible for me with a stamp block as I always got outside the line!

The background is a piece from something I am trying so its a bit of a sneak peak!




















Now onto the news Mrs Duck and I will be holding a workshop all details below.  I keep getting g asked if I do workshops that aren't in a specific shop so we thought we would create one!  This is the first one so spaces are listed and it even includes lunch!

There will also be a pop up shop selling my latest ranges and other selected products!


Enjoy...

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Stamp Press Pink Trees...

Happy Saturday,

What better to cheer us all up on a Sunday than a row of cherry blossom filled trees?  I have cheated on this card as the cherry blossom appearance is made with a leaves stamp and inks but it does suggest trees in full bloom to me!







I have added the video which shows the basic technique for this card as part of the Press to Impress Facebook Live I filmed yesterday at Inspirations in Preston.  If you click the link HERE it will show you the video.  I will try to add this youtube as soon as possible but its a little tricky! lol

It was a fabulous 2 days and Thank you to everyone who attendee I'm sorry the stock didn't last longer!  I will let everyone know as soon as the Media Plates and Masks are back in stock promise!

I stamped the trees in a row as shown in the attached video.  I then used thermal leaves stamp included in the winter trees set and stamped leaves over the tress in Raspberry, Walnut and Tea Izink die ink pads.


Enjoy...

Friday, 21 July 2017

Sunrise in Brown...

Happy Friday,


I wam doing a Facebook live video today between 9am and 10am all about the Press to Impress stamping platform to share some of the unique features of this prior to its launch on Hochanda on the 8th August  I will try to post the video on my blog tomorrow for my blog family that aren't on Facebook!


Another sample from this weeks shows using the Media Plates ( I promise we will bring these back as soon as possible) this time what looks like a more complex card but again with the system really easy to reproduce!

I started by adding the circular media plate too my Press to Impress temp platform and added the Izink inks in walnut, honey and dawn in stripes across the plate.  I then ran my brayer across the surface to make an ombre effect which suggest a sunset.  Next I used the new small blending tool form crafts too and added more of the walnut to the top edge of the circle and the honey at the base, stamped it,  to give the circle a 3D appearance.




I then added the wheat style clear stamp form the spring stamp set onto an acrylic block and using the walnut ink I stamped this around the base of the circular media plate and stamped this.  This adds the shadows in the circle which, because I stamped it onto the media plate the shadow finishes perfectly at the edge of the circle.

I then added the wheat stamp onto the stamp press and inking with the honey stamped this repeatedly, by sliding the card within the stamp press, across the bottom of the card.  This is one of the reasons I love the press to impress board as It has an open side and bottom means I can use any size of card as well as slide card in the press to repeat a stamp perfectly!





To make up the card I simply cut the piece into a 6 x 6" square and then into 3 2" strips.  I mounted these in a chestneu card and spaced them evenly, with a 1/4" gap across the front of the card.  I made up the card with a long strip of the powder puff style embossing folder ( again form Crafts too and on this weeks shows)  Repeating the pattern by embossing twice as these folders are designed to repeat as much as you need and I love flexibility almost as much as value!







The card is finished with an 8x8" card blank in white *( hand made from Limetree A3 warm white card)

Enjoy...

Thursday, 20 July 2017

in the pink with magic...

Happy Thursday,

Today and tomorrow I am at Inspirations in Preston demonstrating my new range and Christmas craft dies by Creative Expressions so pop along if you want to see what I will be doing!  They should have stock of the new range so it's a good chance to get the products that seem to be selling out so fast!

Today I thought I would share a card that is made using the magic stamps and my spring collection of stamps.







I stared by heating the magic stamp with my heat gun then I pressed the stamp into the Crafts Too rose embossing folder ( Part of the set on this weeks Hochanda shows) this made a large rose stamp.  I then randomly stamped this over a piece of white card  (8x8") using the rose, grenadine and ultramarine izink die ink pads.  It does have a look at an early 1980's wallpaper to me!  Next I cut a smaller block form the main piece and again heated and pressed this into the embossing folder this tine selecting a single rose.  This i stamped, using the same colours, over the top to give a more defined rose pattern.


I cut this piece into a square for the backing and a strip for the side of the card and backed these in deep blue card from my stash.  Next I stamped, using my press to impress of course!, the open flower spray from the Spring flowers clear stamp set onto more of the white card.  I coloured and shaded this using the Clear Colour watercolour brush pens and using a water brush pulled out the colour to add the shading.


I matted this on blue and added a pale blue bow to bring the ultramarine colour to the front and finished!

I have been asked loads of questions about the press to impress stamp platform so I am planning a short Facebook live video for Friday morning explaining the way it works and the differences between the other platforms on the market ( you know me I like to explain what something is my favourite!)


Enjoy...

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Trees in the mist

Happy Wednesday,

Firstly thank you al Sooooooo much for the wonderful support yesterday and through this period of change to me new John Next Door brand.  The shows yesterday were so busy I hardly had time ti think trying to get more stock between shows so I didn't disappoint anyone!

I know I have said it before but I want to reiterate that none of this would be possible without those of my blog family who visit, whether you comment or not, every day It really is so special!

Roight Mushy over now nback to the crafting.  I thought I would share this card today as It has a softer feel but shows what other things can be achieved with the Winter Stamps from the new range .

This card started out as an accident, it happens to all of us I know, as i accidentally smudged one of the trees.  I stamped the tree from the winter trees set in the tea izink dye ink pad onto pearl acrd.  I moved the card along 5am and stamped it again and repeated this once more to get three tress.  I then used the mint and ocean inks and randomly stamped the leaves in the set over the trees. It was at this stage that I smudged one of the trees ( as the ink takes longer to dry on pearl card)


This gave me the smoky / misty look as seen on the trees.  I repeated the process but didn't smudge the next one and I simply cut this out and mounted it in a gold circle ( using the CE pierced circles dies)

I mounted the crisp tree at one edge of the misty strip and added a border of more gold before making up the card as sown with the Happy Birthday stamped repeatedly across the bottom.



Again something different to do with the Joh  Next Door range!

I have had loads of emails asking where the stamp press is available form as well as the rest of the range. There are lots of retailers who are stocking these there is a link to a couple on the sidebar.

I will be demonstrating the new John Next Door range at Inspirations in Preston Tomorrow and Friday as well as my selection form the Creative Expressions Christmas die range so pop in and see in person how to use the system and products!

Enjoy...

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

John Next Door range TV Launch...

Happy Tuesday,

I can't believe the TV launch of my new Brand and range has come round already It has, as I'm sure you can all imagine, taken a lot of time, drawing and planning to get to this stage especially as I am back on Hochanda on August 8th with more ideas!

Today I thought I would share a selection of the cards I will be demonstrating techniques from across the two hours today ( 10am and 2pm) The shows are really technique based and I thought it would be good to show as many different things you can do with the Media Plates, Masks and Stamps!

There are so many different things you can do with the range from building your own tree for any season as in this simple card  to building complex looking backgrounds and art style projects in amateur of a couple of minutes ( as in the card above with the blues and reds.

















I really hope my Blog family can tune in remember there is catch up and online ( just don't get caught at work watching! )

Show times are 10am and 2pm (UK time) on the following platforms

Freeview - Channel 85
Sky - Channel 663
Online - www.hochanda.com

and also available live streaming on the Hochanda Facebook page!


Enjoy...

Monday, 17 July 2017

New Mask technique...

Happy Monday,

The feedback from the launch of my John Next Door brand has been so positive I would like to thank my Blog family for the support and (vital) feedback!  I am sharing a card today made with a combination of the Autumn flowers stamps and the Argyle stencil / mask.  I will be demonstrating this technique on Hochanda tomorrow at either 10am or 2pm but there is also a You tube video awaiting upload for this one as well.





This is a simple technique however it does relay on having a stamp press to make it work as the stamp and paper both need to stay in the same place for a few different layers of the stamping!

I stared by using my Duo mask Argyle on a piece of white card and shaded through this using a warm red and a honey die based Izink ink pad and blaending tool.  Next add the stamps one the top with the mask still in place, ink up the stamp with black ink and stamp.
I then open the press and add in a scrap of paper and stamp the image again onto the new piece if card.  this gives the shaded stamped image as seen on this card which is made form the piece form the main card ( hope this makes sense I have a video on this technique and will demo this on Hochanda tomorrow at 10am)


Finally I ink the stamp, after removing the spare piece, in red and stamp this onto the main piece.  This gives the shaded look to the stamped image above with different areas being in either black or the red.





I made this up into the card as shown adding a layer of brown and a matching ribbon.

All the products used for this card and technique will be available on the Brand launch tomorrow at 10am on Hochanda ( freeview 85, sky 663 and online)


Enjoy...

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Media Plates...

Happy Sunday,

Firstly I would like to thank all my wonderful Blog family for the fantastic comments and reception of my new brand!  Its been truly overwhelming  If you have emailed me I will reply however I am struggling through them all at the moment I will get to you as soon as I can promise!

I thought I should start sharing some of the techniques that are possible with my new Media Plates and stamps so I thought I woulds share this Christmas card that looks complex but is really simple to produce!  The technique used is with the oval media plate and the resist technique ( there is a you tube video for this however I am waiting for it to upload!)

I stared by adding the inks to the media plate in the press to impress stamp tool.  I then went over this with a brayer to soften the colours ( all of this is explained in the youtube video for basic techniques available HERE  ) Next I used the snowflake stamp from the Winter Trees set and inked it with perfect medium then I stamped this first onto the media plate to remove the ink and secondly onto the card to stamp the coloured snowflakes.  Using this technique i removed the ink form the plate and was able to stamp multicoloured snowflakes around the card.

I then stamped the media plate onto the card ( by closing the lid of the press to impress) I added the tree stamp onto the lid and stamped this followed by the pot.









Finally I added more of the snowflakes and the sentiment.  A mat of blue card and just add this to an 8x8" card blank and finished.

A card that looks like it takes hours of shading, an oval reverse snowflake stamp and lots of hard work.  However with the stamp press and the media plate it takes 5 minutes!


Dont forget if you want a sneak peak of the orange before Tuesday's Hochanda shows then I will be at Crafting Live in Doncaster all day!


Enjoy...

Saturday, 15 July 2017

The countdown is over!...

Happy Saturday,

I really hope you have all enjoyed the countdown and all the rumours I have to say I have!  The day is here so it's time to share my new Direction.  As of Today I am launching my own brand and ranges under the title of John Next Door!  The range is in collaboration with Crafts Too which is a fantastic Family Owned Craft brand and Distributor.  Their range covers all areas of the Craft world from Dies and stamps to Tools paper and everything any crafter ( like me) would drool over.

The Brand - The John Next Door brand is designed by me and will encompass all areas of the crafting world in fact the tag line is For The Makers.  I know that a lot of my Blog Family, like me, move between crafts and love trying something new.  This moves us from being paper crafters to more of makers with fabric, home decor baking and all aspects of the hand made world being things we love and do.  Therefore the brand will have new ranges every month based on existing and new areas of Craft.

There is no schedule of new stamps every month or set ranges I have taken a far more eclectic look at the range and it will change based on techniques and projects I am loving!  The First release is below with the launch of the New Media Plates, stamps and stencils / masks.  We have been working very hard to create a new system that is easy to use with new techniques that is easy ( just my cup of tea!)

The first range will launch on Hochanda TV on Tuesday 18th July ( next Tuesday) at 10am with a further show at 2pm I do hope you can tune in to see the launch and hopefully learn some new ideas and techniques designed to take our skill levels somewhere new!

Some of the range will be available on the Art of Craft stand today and tomorrow at Crafting Live in Doncaster so those going will be able to see the range in use first.  failing that the Full range will launch on Tuesday on Hochanda!


Over the next few months I have Embossing folders, fabric crafts with Stencils, Dies, stamps and so much more ready to go!  We have also been working with a company in France to deliver a fantastic range of Inks, paints, pastes and other products which have amazing attributes and are fantastic value ( always important to me)



I hope you will all enjoy this new direction for my Crafting Journey and love the John Next Door brand as much as I do!  To get you stared here is the first New youtube video featuring how to use the Media Plates that everyone has been asking about!

Over the next few days I will post sample pictures ( and there are youtube videos showing the techniques) However there are a few above and Mrs Duck has been playing with the stamps and is showing some ion her Blog click HERE to see what she has come up with!

Enjoy...

Friday, 14 July 2017

More Drama...

Happy Friday,

Well with one day to go there are an awful lots of rumours going round about what my Sam Jelly baby is talking about. From what I've seen on Facebook the cat is out of the bag about some of it but not everything! lol

I thought today I would post a dramatic card ( well that's how it appeared to me) as if there isn't enough drama about!  I stared by making the outer frame from the press cut woodland scene ( really a true favourite) into a square the great thing is the die cuts in the centre and just slots together to make the square.

Next I used the scene section of the die cut in black gloss card and used the Fire and Ice technique with gilding flakes on the back and iced snow on the front to add a little more glam to the card.  I added this to a larger set of black white and silver mats and layers to make the piece more dramatic.


The flowers are the orange blossom flowers and leaves cut form embossed and glitter kissed paper.  I added more of the gold glitter kiss to the flowers and leaves after shaping them.  I added 5mm stick on pearls in the centres of the flowers and added more of the pearls in the corners for balance.



I love the finished look of this card especially as whilst making it I thought id gone too far in mixing the colours and shine!



Here's Sam for the final day and a little more of a reveal!

have you guessed what it is yet?

Enjoy...