Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Inspired by Barbara Gray

For Christmas, I was very fortunate to get some DVDs by Barbara Gray of Clarity Stamps along with some of her stamps and other bits and pieces.

Before Christmas John had a chest infection - in fact, he ended up having to go to A & E two days before Christmas to be checked out - he's still being troubled by the airways disease, but the infection has subsided. Meanwhile, he passed his germs on to me just at the wrong time! I began to feel unwell on Christmas Eve and am not sure how I got through Christmas Day with all the cooking etc, but I did. However, yesterday is a bit of a blur and today likewise. I stayed in bed for quite a while today and am still in my PJs now.

I've been curled up watching some of the DVDs by Barbara, so I thought I'd have a bit of a play to see if it helps me to feel better.

This first card involved brayering with a rubber band round the roller. I inked up with Adirondack wildflower rainbow ink pad, but, unfortunately, this hasn't been used for ages and had become muddied, so the background turned out to be very dull and dark, but I stuck with it, using the Clarity tree stamp in various ways, including the hedgerows from using the stamp sideways.

For the second card, I've brayered with Big & Juicy vibrant primary (toning this down by brayering a lot on paper before committing to the card) adding a little stormy sky DI across the top. I stamped the Clarity Christmas tree and then used the tree silhouette that I'd used for the previous card several times in the background, all stamped with Adirondack espresso.

The background of the third card was brayered using Big & Juicy Happy Birthday, once again using the tree silhouette in various ways together with a My Mind's Eye wild asparagus stamp.

I think I need to practise a lot before I can get anywhere near the standard of success Barbara Gray achieves, but at least I've had a play and tried to divert my attention from how I feel.

I'm linking these for:

Anything goes 57: the colour blue and one other colour (the first card)
Gingerloft 30: Christmas and winter
Incy wincy 126: winter wonderland
One stop craft 163: winter wishes
Fairytale 31: something simple
Sunday stamper 186: do anything you wanna do
Crafty cardmakers58: use it three times - I've used the tree silhouette stamp more than three times in different ways on each card
The stamp man: use a technique you've not used before (rubber band for hills and paths)
Little miss muffet 25: anything goes
Stampin for the weekend 23: anything goes
Stampelsonne 52: free choice of subject
Our daily bread 90: anything goes
The crafty pad 152: anything but Christmas
Sparkles forum 27: anything but a Christmas card
Everybody art 173: anything goes


  1. aw Hazel hope the play helped a little.

    Great attempts with the brayer and the stamps...its great to have the dvd's to refer to isn't it...

    Hope you feel better soon xx

  2. Great job Hazel! Thanks for sharing at The Crafty Pad this week!
    Good Luck
    Dawn xx
    PS Get well soon!

  3. Gosh well done Hazel, I've watched Barbara on telly and tried to do the brayering thing, but without a great deal of success!

  4. Your first card Hazel is very good, would not have realised the background was dull and dark. Equally the other two cards are gorgeous. Well done you.

    Thank you for sharing with us at Little Miss Muffet Challenges.

    Hugs Shirley x x

  5. Lovely cards Hazel - Thanks for sharing with us at The Crafty Pad challenge. :)


  6. Lovely cards

    Thank you for joining us at Sparkles for our “Anything but a Christmas card” Challenge

    Hope you will join us again soon, good luck in the draw

    Shaz x

  7. Fab cards Hazel, sorry to hear you have been proper poorly, wishing you a speedy recovery and a very Happy New YEar... thanks for joining in with the Sunday Stamper x

  8. Gorgeous cards! Just perfect for our Use it 3 Times challenge :)
    Thanks so much for playing along with us at Crafty Cardmakers.
    Fiona x

  9. Lovely Cards Hazel and thanks for joining us at Incy Wincy this week
    hugs Nikki & DT

  10. Fantastic cards! Thank you for playing at Crafty Cardmakers xx

  11. Sorry to hear you were ill but hope you're feeling better by now, Hazel! Your card is lovely with this new technique...makes a gorgeous BG! Thanks for playing along with ODBD Shining the Light challenge!

  12. Great cards thanks for joining at Incy Wincy this week.
    Jenny x

  13. Great set of cards! I think you did a really great job with them..Thanx for joining us this week at Incy Wincy. Hope to see you back again next week. Good luck!
    Renee DT

  14. Oh my gosh, how gorgeous. That looks like it took a long time. Way to go.

    Thanks for joining the Little Miss Muffet Stamps - Anything Goes Challenge #25 and Good Luck!

  15. Thanks for joining us at Crafty Cardmakers with your fabulous creations! You have clearly been having a lot of fun. I hope both you and hubby are in tip top shape in no time.

    Happy New Year.


  16. These cards are stunning.Totally love them. Great job on these.
    Thanks for joining us at SFTW.

  17. Lovely cards Hazel! What a great effect!

    Thanks for joining us for the Anything Goes challenge at Little Miss Muffet stamps!

    I hope you are feeling better by now!


  18. These are very beautiful cards :-) I hope you are feeling much better now Hazel, its miserable being poorly at Christmas! Thank you so much for joining us at One Stop Craft Challenge, hope to see you again soon! Elaine DT xxx p.s I will be announcing new candy soon if you would like to pop by and enter- www.sparklingblackrose-craftmylife.blogspot.com

  19. wow love these cards.Thanks for joining us at Crafty Cardmakers, hope to you again soon.

  20. Lovely cards, great techniques.

    Thank you for joining us at Anything Goes


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