In The craftroom 2nd August 2014 – I had a plan!

I did have a plan for today’s crafty afty, but things don’t always go to plan do they? and this week was no exception

Actually this weeks plan was for last week but the stencils I needed didnt arrive  in time so the change of plan was really last week, but now its this week. Confused ? me too.

Anyway I was reading Barbara Gray’s blog for the 20th July where she was showing a step by step how to use one of her lady stencils. She also set a challenge using any of the lady stencils and dressing them using any technique we wished. I thought this would be a rather fun thing for the group to do so sent off for the stencils, only I think rather a lot of other people must have done so too as they took a little longer than usual to arrive.

But arrive they did eventually, yesterday, so no time to play and make up any samples which I usually like to do.


A5 Elegant Lady and Accessories StencilElegant Ladies Stencil 7 x 7 Inch

You get the inner bits too which I think is a great idea

Then It also dawned on me that only one person would be able to use each stencil, especially if they were going to be inking etc, so I gave them a choice, they could either have a go at the fashion challenge or do something else . Luckily two wanted to do the challenge and two wanted to make  a card for an imminent birthday/anniversary and one was having to stay home waiting for a delivery. Couldn’t have worked out better lol.

Lisa and Diane wanted to have a go at the challenge and both had very different ideas on what they wanted to do.

Lisa wanted to iris fold, so she ran the inner   stencil she wanted through the embossing machine with a piece of plain white card to give her a neat outline to follow to make her aperture. Then popped the piece of card in an embossing folder and through the machine again before settling down for the afternoon folding and sticking her pieces of paper in place. This was all done freehand (without a pattern) and the end result is lovely.


Just to finish off Lisa has touched up the embossed areas of the white card with a little ink and treasure gold. I do like  the effect of iris folding and will now have to try and arrange a crafty afty iris folding session as they all now want to have another go too. Thanks Lisa 🙂


Diane decided to have a go at the technique Barbara Grey demonstrated in her blog post using perfect pearls on black gloss card (lucky I just happen to have both lol) as she had not tried this before

Again the inner stencil was used to get an outline by running it through embossing machine with the black gloss card.Then it was a case of choosing which stencil to use for the pattern of the dress, laying it down over the image on the card and overlaying the outer stencil over the top. Inking through both stencils with Versamark embossing ink(masking off the areas like head etc ), dusting with perfect pearls and  giving a final polish.


Diane used the Clarity snowflake stencil for her dress pattern, doesn’t it look fabulous especially for a first attempt


Irene wanted to make her husbands birthday  card and had seen a card I had made using the Embossalicous clocks stencil from Crafters Companion

A Stitch in Time - 8in x 8in Embossalicious Embossing Folder

As Irene is our newest recruit there were a few techniques here that were new for her so she had quite an educational afternoon learning a few embossing tricks.


The bottom layer was cream card embossed using the clocks folder, then rubbed lightly over the embossed images with a Stazon ink pad and inked around the edges with distress ink.

The second layer was again embossed with the clocks folder, this time rubbed over firstly with Treasure Gold gilding wax ( emerald gold) then lightly over the embossed areas with a gold gilding wax.

For the third layer a Clarity stamp sentiment was stamped  with Versamark ink and embossed with WOW detail black embossing powder. Various watch stamps from Clarity Stamps were then stamped randomly using Archival ink first and second generation and finally inked around the edges with distress ink. A pocket watch die was used for the finishing touch.  Irene was really pleased with her finished card and I think her husband will be rather impressed too.


When we  played with stencils a while ago Margery had used the Clarity rose stencil to make a birthday card and had really liked it and asked if she could use it again, this time to make an anniversary card.

IMAG0792This was the birthday card

IMAG1035And here is her anniversary card.

As we have done previously the inner part of the stencil was run though the embossing machine to get a raised image, then the outer stencil is placed over image and coloured with distress inks. The bow is made using  a Sizzix Bigz die and the quote is from the Sheena Douglass words stamps range.

It does make a lovely card for any occasion. Loving it in red though.


Thats it for this week I am now going to have a well earned glass (or two ) of wine and watch the Commonwealth Games which has been brilliant and the reason I have not got much done in the craft room this week . Cheers!




1 Comment

  1. All very beautiful cards and what a great way to spend an afternoon, crafting with friends!
    Lynn x

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