Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Happy New Year.....

Well, here we are a New Year and a New Challenge....
I do hope that you all had a lovely evening last was just Karl, Tess and me as both Adam and Mikey were working...(we did have a fabulous time though).
Back to business...first of all Thank you to everyone who entered last months Clarity Challenge ...oh there were some fantastic pieces of really are a very clever lot...and Congratulations to the winner....£50 to spend on Clarity products.....yah....
This month the theme is.....New Beginnings.......
Here is my take on the theme......

I started by using the smaller pieces of card that come in the 6x6 Gelli plate card pack...I stamped the quirky cottage stamp using black Archival ink.
I stamped it once again and cut  it out to make a mask,  I also made a sun mask...and placed these onto the card...

I loaded my Brayer with two Adirondack inks....Sail Boat Blue and Pesto,
I then brayered these across my 6x6 Gelli plate..with the blue at the top..

Next, I placed the brick wall stencil onto the Gelli plate, covered it with copier paper and gave it a rub....took the paper away....and then the stencil...

I then took my stamped and masked card, placed it image side down onto the Gelli plate...and gave it a rub....

This is what I got when I took the masks away..

I then coloured the sun using Butterscotch Adirondack ink and a stencil brush.

I added colour to the house using my Distress Markers.

I used the brilliant Letter Box set of stamps and black Archival ink to make the banners...

Bakers twine is great to thread them together ...although I have to say if I didn't have a needle threader this would be impossible for me...

I used my VersaMark pen and Clear Embossing powder to glaze the house...I really like this look....
Some matting and layering and the card was finished.

I couldn't decide which card I liked the best, so I just used both...

These toppers are really quick to make and I was thinking that they would make brilliant new Address cards....

I do hope that you like them....and that you will enter our challenge....
Also have a look at the work of my fellow DT members...some fabulous samples....
Thanks for starting the year with me and I look forward to many more crafty chats with you...
Hugs...Jo. X 


  1. Brilliant Jo. I love everything you have done. Great step by step. And how did you know I was moving home?....very kind of you to show me how to jazz up new address notifications. Big Hugs Emma xxxx

  2. Both fab, Jo. Looking forward to more in 2014 xx

  3. I love these Jo and think they're an amazing idea (nudge, nudge, wink, wink). I've just moved house so the New Home one would be perfect - not that I'm hinting!
    Love the way you've used the stencil and Gelli plate on these cards and that quirky cottage is one of my favourites. Lots of love and good wishes for 2914 xxxx

  4. Jo love the clean crisp look of both of these. Simple yet really clever idea. Wonderful step by step. Thanks for the inspiration as always. Happy New Year xxx.

  5. Great idea Jo. I love all of the little details on them. Happy New Year. x

  6. Lovely Jo, great technique, I must have a go! I havent tried the ink padson the gelli plate yet. Happy New Year to you, hope 2014 brings you many visits to Crafts 4 U 2 Do xx Lisa x

  7. Lovely Jo, great technique, I must have a go! I havent tried the ink padson the gelli plate yet. Happy New Year to you, hope 2014 brings you many visits to Crafts 4 U 2 Do xx Lisa x

  8. Fantastic work Jo... I love the full set! Needle threader... what an excellent idea!! :D Thanks Jo xxx

  9. Lovely Jo really great I love them both xx

  10. These are fabulous Jo, love the gorgeous background and image. Happy New Year!

    Linda xxx

  11. Thanks for your lovely comments ladies....I really do appreciate them....Jo. X

  12. What a great way to personalise your 'new house' cards. Your tutorial has given everyone the inspiration to try this for themselves :-) xx