Two cards on my desk this week, both using Crafty Individuals stamps.The card on the left uses the 4 Birds stamp, CI 184, and Owl Postage, CI 225. Both were stamped onto an oil pastel background made with yellows and browns, using Staz-on black. I cut the four birds into individual images, and trimmed the owl stamp down to the postage stamp edge. I matted this onto gold card, and trimmed down to leave a border, using a stamp edge blade.  I then cut a sheet of gold card to size slightly smaller than the card front, which is an A4 sheet of cream linen card scored & folded, and used landscape format. I cut the gold card into four sections and added some matching paper from the Papermania Earthtones pack. Two panels had very narrow brown ribbon wrapped around, then all the images were put in place, sticky tabs used on the two bird images that overlap the owl. A small greeting was added to the final blank section.
The card on the right  uses CI 001, dragonfly postal stamped onto an oil pastel background made with blues & greens. A sheet from Papermanias ‘ Antique Cream’ paper pack was used to cover the front of the card, then I tore 8 strips from toning mulberry papers, and attached these in a wave across the front of the card. The stamped image was matted onto a scrap of dark blue card, and trimmed down to leave a very narrow border. Two dragonflies were made using Fusible Fibres and the dragonfly on the stamp. These were attached with silicone glue.8 small flowers were punched from pearl paper, in toning colours, and paired up, overlapping the petals, and secured with a yellow brad, again attached with silicone glue.
How to make the oil pastel backgrounds is shown on one of my pages.

I thought this may be of interest to anyone with a Tesco nearby. I went in earlier this week, and in their £1 promotion area, I found this pack of 10 DL size storage wallets, like the sort sold for storing peel-offs. I thought they would be really useful for scraps and offcuts of paper/ spare stamped images/etc, and ten for a quid is a real bargain! So much so, I think I will be getting another couple of packs when I go in again- you can never have too much storage, can you?

And talking of storage, here is how I store my brass stencils- photo albums intended for 7 x5 photos, they cost me around £2.50each, again they came from Tesco, in one of their end of line sales, I think. I have adapted some of the pockets, dividing them down the middle with a row of staples, or in some a row across the centre, then cutting a slot in the side, depending on the size/shape of the stencils.


39 thoughts on “WOYWW #89

  1. I like the dragonfly card,and I must look at the way you made the dragonfly. I haven't been to Tesco for a while – I have a thing about TescoLand taking over the world, but those storage things are a good idea. By the way, I think I need to speed up this machine a bit, but I do not feel strong enough to do a splat and clean install for a while, so a bit of patience is called for. Must email your kind husband about someone else's sick machine. Speak to you soon. XX

  2. Hi Shaz – thanks for popping over to my blog. I love your work – isn't it amazing how different people's styles are, considering we all use the same basic papers etc? I see you're in Redditch – might bump into you at Hobbycraft or somewhere – I'm in Worcester. Keep up the good work xx

  3. Beautiful cards. I do love Crafty Individual stamps. I must increase my collection!!! It seems to be a week for bargains. Hop on to my blog and you will see another bargain!Sam aka Hettie #145

  4. Hi Shaz,Great storage idea…I use it too! I have A4 clear wallets with my images that have been stamped and are ready to colour. I have one for each stamp company so I can easily find an image when I need it. Love the card with the dragonfly…beautiful work! The emu is up and about on two legs much to my daughter's relief! I now wait patiently for the next repair job to hit my desk!Susan xxox #13http://stamponme.blogspot.com/

  5. Ooo, Shaz just adore that owl card… now have not any owl stamps but this is certainly a cracker of one! thanks so much for sharing and love your idea of brass stencil storage, dont have enough for that but grand idea,Shaz in Oz.x

  6. Two beautiful cards. I love the blue one, just my colours. It's funny I saw some oil pastels the other day and wondered how to use them. I shall be checking your backgrounds out!!Thanks for your lovely comments and the tip on the pro markers. I shall be checking that out too.Hugs Lisa (139)

  7. I am head over heals with your birds card. The owl really got me as I am most fond of owls above other birds (I do like them all though). Gorgeous technique and your work is spectacular! TFS! Shari #152

  8. I have similar storage folders in A5 size, useful for scraps and stickers etc as you say. Also, somewhat boringly, we have one each with all the medical and hospital info in one place. Handy for the necessary appointments.Enough of that, I am visiting the rest of your site now…Shirl #122

  9. Beautiful cards Shaz, really love the stamps you use, so different. Your Valentines/heart cards are absolutely stunning too, just beautiful. Great storage ideas and cheap too, can't beat that!HugsBrenda 100

  10. I love both of these cards – birds & dragonflies are special favourites. Have linked as a follower & look forward to seeing more of your work. The storage idea is good. I like my brass stencils…interesting that they are less popular at shows these days.

  11. Love your cards and the plastic wallets are a snatch at that price… I would be tempted to make a complete mini book with them!! I will now be looking at photo albums with a different eye… storage for little bits like that is a brill idea! Hope you found your nail polishing kit, it would work a treat!! hugs Annette

  12. You're always so good at using such interesting techniques. I'm no good at that at all, but I'll keep looking at your gorgeous cards to get some new inspiration. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  13. What beautiful cards! Your work is just lovely Shaz, this is my first visit to your blog. I'm thrilled that you became a follower, thank you! While reading the forums at SCS I got the WOYWW site from you and am now an offical member. I'm a little scared as my desk is a sight but it looks like I am in good company!

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