Monday, 10 January 2011


The house is in chaos, I am having my kitchen re-fitted so I have to be on hand for the builders as well as do my own work! The kitchen will be wonderful when it is done, but in the meantime it looks like several world wars have taken place, so I have found refuge in my craft room!

I have been taking inspiration from all sorts of places for these cards, so I can't take all the credit for the design! I saw the lady from Clarity Stamps use the cling film technique to get a spooky background, here is my first go, I quite like it, but I think that it would be worth experimenting with colours - watch this space.

This butterfly and flourish came out better than expected, I made it on the fly having seen something similar in a magazine. I love this flourish, but it is a shame that I can't connect it to make a string if you see what I mean, instead I have to go for one off drama.  The other nice thing about the stamp is that it still leaves a beautiful impression when you just take a portion of it on the side of the card.

  These "mountain" cards are again Clarity Stamp inspired.

On this months Craft Stamper magazine there was a watch and sentiment as a freebie, so I used this with some distress inks and a Tim Holtz mask to create the card below.


ShazInOzCardsCalligraphy said...

wow! what a lovely lot of work here Melissa, you are so very arty and creative love your soft gentle tones in your scenes, and the Tim Holtz just above, so all very beautifully done.
Love Shaz in oz.
x PS did you use the brayer on your scene ones, with paper tear hills??

Melissa said...

HI Shaz, yes I did use a brayer - that has got to be one of the most used items I have :) I love the way you can blend colours together. Thanks also for your lovely comments, I've never thought of myself as an arty person it is a great compliment - especially as I flunked art at school :).

Eileen said...

I am well impressed with all of your beautiful cards Melissa ... The colours are, as Shaz says, just gorgeous and the blending is spot on! A natural talent with the brayer if ever I saw one. Well done crafty mate! X

PS... The teachers laughed at me when I suggested taking 'o' level art!

Denise said...

Hi Melissa

What a lovely lot of cards you've posted, I totally agree your art work is terrific, I'm not very confident with the brayer, but I do love to watch Barbara on Sunday mornings, I definitely need to get more practice in...
Dee x

MaggieC said...

Lovely mountain cards, so soft and atmospheric. Colouring and brayering are great.

Shaz in Oz. said...

Hi there Melissa have an award for you over at my blog is you like to pick it up..only if you want to..Love Shaz in oz.xx

Melissa said...

WOW Shaz that is great - how do I pick it up? Am I too late :( my life has been in chaos this year and I am only just getting myself back together