Thursday, 21 July 2016

Happy Giraffes

Good evening all, and thanks for popping in..I have been going go write this post for three days now but something has always got in the way...

I do hope that your week is going well and that you are managing to enjoy some of this lovely weather.

On Monday I was a very lucky lady and had lunch with a special friend who I haven't seen for ages, yes we speak nearly everyday but a real face to face catch up and hug was so much better...

Then on Tuesday Julie and me when to visit the CraftRange , we had a really good shop, a great chat with Debs and Janet and the icing on the cake was a coffee and catch up with our Linda...

Plus getting sorted for upcoming classes, this Saturday it is inky and Groovi classes at CJ's in Edgeley..

Anyway back to this pending blog post...

I have been asked about one of the backgrounds from our cards last Saturday...

So here we go...

I started with a piece of stencil card and added some distress inks, just roughly blended I used Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade and Brushed Corduroy ....then I found that Fosilized Amber over the top really brought the colours together.

Next to give that animal sort of texture I randomly stamped the crackle stamp...

On with the stencil, and then some water spritzing

When the stencil is removed you can see the ghosting starting to appear..

After a few minutes this is what I had...

I added some more distress ink around the edge to frame the background.

Then using a couple of stamps from the Wee Foliage set , I bagan stamping...

Now that the scene was set , I just needed a centre piece

Yes the giraffes...I stamped then in Potting Soil , Archival ink and then added some colour with Distress inks and water,,,

Then added some foliage to the top left hand corner to compliment that on the background.

I do love these new stamps...

Just fabulous

It is amazing what you can make from a piece of white card...

Just one of the many reasons that I love crafting...

Thanks for all your lovely comments on my last post , and I definitely can't decorate my Mums plaster now as she had it removed yesterday...she now has a very trendy black boot....

Oh maybe I could decorate

Better get on, I need to go and get the washing in, so good to be able to get it all dry in the fresh air..

Have a lovely evening...

Much love

Jo. xxx



  1. A very beautiful project. Hoping to buy the stamps at the Retreat. ;~}

    1. Thanks Shelagh, you will love them , oh and the retreat...X

  2. Beautiful effect Jo on the background card to compliment the topper perfectly.
    I too have had a catchup with good friends week. It has been good to relax and spend time with the people who I care for and are my support network. Good friends are truely a gift to cherish.

    1. Thanks Fiona, so glad that you have had some catch up time,,,,hope things are ok...I have been thinking about you,,,,sending love and hugs....( remember if you need me, I am here ) xxx

  3. Lovely card Jo, mine is currently in a prime position on the fireplace. I bet your mum is happy to have the plaster off in this warm weather. Hope Tess and Eric are coping with the weather too. See you again soon. Lisa xx

    1. Thanks Lisa, glad that your card is on display...whoop....and so it should be,..
      Tess and Eric are happy in the shade , well at the moment.....

  4. A lovely project! Beautiful shading, especially on the giraffes ! I've just ordered the stencils and must get the stamps now. You have made a white piece of card look stunning! X

    1. Oh bless you Jackie, thank you so will love the stencil, so much more that can be done with

  5. This is beautiful Jo, My friend loves giraffes and is retiring to have more time for family, so I may use this idea if that's ok. It just seems to fit so well. Glad you had a lovely time catching up with friends. Hugs, Jeanette xxx

    1. Hi Jeanette, good to hear from you, and oh yes I would be thrilled if you used it.
      Enjoy your summer holidays from

  6. I love blending inks for a background can get some lovely effects. This is beautiful and great with those stamps. Hope your class went well today and that you and family are well. xx

  7. Hi Jo, beautiful card I love everything about it. Will have to try this with mine. Thank you for sharing great ideas. XX

  8. Bless you all, thanks for your lovely