Friday, 9 March 2012

I'm back and an announcement

Good morning, peeps!  Did you think I'd left the country then or maybe given up blogging?  I'd like to say thank you to all those loyal followers who are still here reading this on my poor, neglected blog - I promise I'll try and do better.

Where have I been?  Well I went to the trade show at the NEC and picked up some weird bug that wiped me out for a week and then life just continued at it's usual hectic pace here at Whitehouse Towers and I don't seem to have had time to do anything but work and I'm still behind!  Hey Ho - got a holiday coming up from tomorrow so maybe I'll get some time to post some of the work I've been doing that you haven't yet seen!

Today, I thought I'd show you a couple of cards that I'll be teaching at workshops at Samuel Taylor, Roseville Street on 20th March and Samuel Taylor, Brighouse on 31st March, the topic is 'Watercolour Techniques using stamps'.

This card is made with one of the stamps from the uber talented Sheena and is part of her Little Bit Sketchy collection.  I have tried to make the scene look like a tinted photograph, which I think it does and I created the effect with Distress Ink Pads.  I would have preferred to put a reflection of the hillside in the water but I don't have a great deal of success with the acetate method that Sheena uses and, whilst I could have done it with my 6" brayer, I didn't think it was fair to the ladies on the workshop to make them think that they have to have a new piece of equipment to reproduce the card, so it is as it is.

The 'frame' is created with a Go Kreate Die and the ivy is cut from a Marianne die.

This card was made from an Indigo Blu stamp called 'Poppy Meadow' and the effect was created by using water based markers.....

.....and the announcement I hear you ask.  Well, I'm absolutely delighted to tell you that I've been asked to join the lovely Sheena's Design Team and what do you think I said?  I can tell you that I'm still doing the happy dance and really looking forward to working with all the wonderful designs, many of which I already own because I think she is such a talented lady.  If you think that all she does is Paint Fusion then follow the link above and find out just how diverse the range is.

Well, tomorrow we'll be taking the High Road (or the Low Road - not sure which yet) up to Bonny Scotland for a week's relaxation, walking and eating (not necessarily in that order) but I may well be posting some more card samples from the far North.  At least the midges won't have hatched yet!

Thank you for looking today.



  1. Good to see you back Diane and hope you are fully over the bug. Huge congratulations on the DT appointment and I adore that poppy stamp and your colouring.
    Thought about you last weekend when one of your samples got a special mention on Barbara Gray's show on C&C.

  2. Hi Diane

    Your back and I can get my Diane fix! I have bought some of Sheena's stamps but haven't used them yet.
    Well, once again your cards are beautiful as always. Congratulations on your appointment to Sheena's Design Team.


  3. Beautiful work (as always) and different to what I usually expect to see. One day I will get to a workshop.
    Sorry you have been ill, hope things improve and you have a lovely trip to Scotland.
    Congrats on the new DT - well deserved - your work is so beautiful in every way.
    Thanks for the BC.
    Neet xx

  4. Didn't take me long to find you, Diane and it looks like we are practically neighbours, how lovely.
    The creations on your blog are absolutely beautiful. The ladies on your workshop are in for a treat.
    Enjoy your break.
    Hugs Lisax

  5. So sorry that you were poorly hope you are feeling much better now!
    Such gorgeous work!
    Congratulations on you DT!
    kim x


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