Readers of Craft Stamper will have seen that we have designed the current issue’s cover mount stamp. Keen readers have already spotted that the cards I made for this issue featured an as yet unseen set of stamps called Eastern Grasses. Well that’s right, and it’s one of those lovely little themeplates that has already earned it’s keep making several birthday cards, including a couple which were for men.
Now that Craft Stamper is out, I can share here the cards I made for this issue. Katy, the editor, asked us to work within a colour brief which I found quite a challenge as the colours made me think of light spring days and the weather at the time was autumnal and stormy. I found myself reaching for russets and golds, but managed to stick to the brief for the magazine and was pleased with the results. I was also laid low with a stinking cold at the time and found it hard to muster up any energy, so kept them all very simple.
This card is made from white glossy card (from our essential card pack) which was stamped with one of the dotty grasses in versamark, then brayered all over with Memento ink (Lulu Lavender if I remember rightly). I’ve stamped the square heart from Weekend in Venice – the heart shaped space in the middle was perfect for overstamping. When I made this, I tried a few rainbow pads and wanted something more subtle. Even taking off most of the colour on the brayer first still wasn’t right, so I was pleased when I had the idea of just brayering on a single colour. Sometimes less really is more.
This one features one of the lovely journal cards designed by Lesley Wharton for the Decadent Brocade CD. I printed it out onto canvas textured card which is why the stamped words look lightly textured. I had some pearls in just the right shade of pale aqua/green to embellish this with.
Finally, this simple card features a frame made from Nestability label dies which are actually framing the stamp that says Romance on the Romantica themeplate. The bird stamp is coloured with Copic markers and enhanced with a touch of Stardust stickles and stuck over the word.
The first and last of these cards feature stamps from the new set, Eastern Grasses. It is coming out very soon and I’m sure it will be a favourite for lots of occasions. Keep an eye on the Elusive Images blog – the new releases will be shown over there in the next week or so.
Finally – today’s bit of good news is that Basil has eaten cat food for two days in a row! We have tried every brand you could possibly think of and thanks to all your wonderful suggestions you’ve left in comments. Sorry I haven’t had time to respond to each of you, but thanks to whoever suggested the expensive vet-only pate that you mix with hot water. I tried it with a tin from the supermarket and finally we seem to have hit on a flavour he is interested in (beef). We have tried so many things over the last two weeks, it’s such a relief – I just hope it lasts. Talking of relief, Basil has been quite averse to going outside in this snow and has to be accompanied outside to go to the toilet. I think he’s super anxious, so Adrian has to go with him to reassure him that it’s ok. Well tonight he presented us with the first normal poop that we’ve seen in ages. Sorry if that’s too much information, but at least I didn’t take a photo of it for you!
What I did get photos of though is the amount of snow we’ve been having. Can you tell what this is?
It’s a solar light which is almost certainly broken now – I’m sure the instructions said to take them inside in freezing temperatures.
And here’s the snow piled up against the outbuildings. It’s no wonder we have trouble getting off the drive the way it drifts.
And I’m really not sure the plants appreciate their snowy blanket!
It does however make a great foil for a black cat glamour shot – this is Basil on the windowsill.
Oh, these anorexic supermodels – really Basil, you don’t want to be a size zero!