Thursday 26 July 2018

Double Ombre !

Hello and welcome back ! It's Sue here with you today sharing an inspirational post on the current challenge of Ombre. Shading from light to dark is a favourite technique of mine but I had no idea it had it's own title !

I also love working with shades of one colour so that's where the thought process started.

I've used Fresco Finish Acrylics, gathering a selection all of varying shades. I started with a piece of white grey board which I gave a coat of matt medium to so it was protected against the liquid I was about to use.

I started with Snowflake working on a diagonal and adding the next shade while the paint was still wet.

While the board was drying I used the same technique on 4 small canvases that I taped together while they were painted.

While the canvases were still taped together I stencilled over 2 of them, still keeping to the Ombre technique of starting with a light colour and working towards a darker colour.

Now the white board was dry I stencilled across the bottom half, again using the Ombre technique but through the stencil. A little bumping also highlighted the stencilling.

Once everything was dry the canvases were mounted onto the board.

The text is another one from an Alison Bomber set, stamped in Watering Can Archival ink. I prefer the grey against more delicate colours.

Using Snowflake as the base for the stencilling allowed the colours that followed to have a subtle shade difference.

Adding just a small 'bump' when stencilling really makes it stand out from the background.

I hope you've enjoyed today's post and you still have time to share your Ombre projects with us.

Thursday 19 July 2018

Welcome to today's Guest Designer, Anne !

Hello and welcome back ! Today we are joined by another lady who is very well known in blogland. Anne Redfern was the winner of the Let's Fake it challenge and was therefore invited to join us for a day. We asked Anne a few questions and also asked her to share her 3 favourite projects:

Hello, my name is Anne Redfern, aka Redanne.  I live close to the countryside in the beautiful County of Cheshire, England.  I have been crafting in some form or other since I was a child.  I love mixed media, vintage and 3D crafting. My style is eclectic and I love trying out new things and if it is messy, so much the better! 

I am so thrilled to have been asked to share some of my projects here, as Guest at Stamps & Stencils.  I have huge admiration for the Design Team and love the mix of projects they bring to us for inspiration!

How long have you been crafting for ?
I have been crafting in some form or other all my life but only seriously for about 6 or 7 years.

Who or what inspired you to start crafting ?
I went to a local craft shop, just out of interest, and saw a man demonstrating a Big Shot machine and doing some stamping.  Within minutes I was hooked, bought the machine and some stamps and have never looked back since.

What is your favourite technique ?
My favourite technique, at the moment, is brayering with paint and ink.  I love that it turns out differently each time and creates wonderful texture.

What excites you most about crafting ?
I think what excites me most about crafting is the huge diversity of products (and techniques) available.  Just when you think no-one can possibly come up with anything different, they do just that...

What is your 'go to' craft product and why?
Tough question but I think my go to craft product is Multi Matte Medium and although it does not dry very quickly, it will stick just about anything to anything!  It is so versatile.

Who would you most like to take a class with ?
I am very lucky to have taken craft classes with a few of my crafting heroes but I would love to take a craft class with Richele Christensen who works with Tim Holtz, I just love her vintage style.

What's your favourite style of crafting i.e. journalling, altered items etc..
My favourite style of crafting is most definitely 3D, I just love dimension!

Where do you find inspiration?
I find inspiration from many sources, Pinterest, other crafter's blogs, Craft Stamper Magazine, nature and also YouTube.

Thank you so much Anne for sharing this insight into your crafting journey. 

If you would like to join us for a day the current challenge is Ombre and there is still plenty of time to join in.

Thursday 12 July 2018

Super quick cards using ombre!

Hello there! Rachel here today with an inspirational post using ombre to make super quick cards - ideal when you have a few to make!

All made using water colour card, a 0.75 inch brush, water and distress ink... Starting at the top of the card add colour with a wet brush - blend down the page and add more colour at the top if needed.

using peeled paint d.i.

using iced spruce d.i.

using wilted violet d.i.

Finally, cut down, stamp, mount and voila! 4 quick cards!

Thanks for visiting today!


Rachel xx

Tuesday 10 July 2018

Winners of Do judge a book by its cover

Hello and welcome back! Today we are announcing the winner and top 3 of the Do judge a book by its cover challenge. Congratulations go to :

Congratulations Nikki ! We loved the neutral tones, painty splatters and crackled border. Please email for your winners badge and details of your Guest post. 

Now onto the top 3:

Congratulations everyone ! Please email for your top 3 badges.

There's still plenty of time to join in with the current challenge Ombre.

Thursday 5 July 2018


Hi everyone Ruth here with this months challenge of  'Ombré' .... here's what I want you to do.

Ombré has been in fashion for a while now and not just in art...or even hair! It's a french word meaning 'a colour that is shaded or graduated in tone' for this challenge we want to see projects or part of your project that has one (or more) colour that graduates from it's lightest pastel tint to its darkest that?? simple...ooh and with a little stamping or stenciling of course! Let's have some inspiration from the talented team to get you started!