Sunday, 6 July 2014

Using more than 30 stamps on the background

I made this page for a challenge over at The Studio Challenges:Stamping time to get your stamps out and get stamping on your layout, how many stamps can you get on your page?

I went wild with stamps this time. I used over 30 different stamps for my background :) 
First I stamped with black ink all over the page. 

Then I added some color using digress ink and masks.

The I just added some paper, some decorations, stickers and a Photo. 

Stamps ... lots of stamps made using the Teresa Collins stamp maker by Photocentrics
Heidi Swapp Dreamy Collection (paper, Ephimera decorations, stickers)
Masks by Crafter's Workshop
Distress ink

Saturday, 5 July 2014

Farewell to an era

It is time to say farewell to an era now that the youngest kid stops Kindergarden and starts school. A new era in our lives Soon she will be able to read and write and then before we know it the house will be full of teenagers.

I have made three thank you cards for the personell at Kndergarden using Heidi Swapp's fabulous Dreamy collection, Tonic Studio Dies and of course home made stamps.

Tonic Studios Floral Circle die
Heidi Swapp Dreamy collection
AC Thickers
Stamps all made using the Teresa Collins Stampmaker from Photocentrics

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Artsy backgrounds XOXO

I love artsy backgrounds with colour and stamps. I started by adding a tin layer of transparent gesso on the PP. then I just quickly added some of my favourite colour turquoise on some of it. Then I went wild using several different stamps randomly over the teal area and some of the rest of the page where I planned to put decorations.

I used Amanda Robinson Studio Love cards 1 and 5th February free shape XoXoXo border as decorations on this page together with some butterfly rub-ons.

In the end I decided I needed just a tiny bit more colour so I splashed some more turquoise in a slightly darker colour, same as the butterflies, on the page.

Monday, 16 June 2014

A man, his hat and moustache

These pictures are from a maskerade we had 4 years ago but when I saw FabScraps new Gentlemen's Club Collection I knew I wanted to use those photos.They are also perfect with the father's day stamps.

For This Project You Will Need
    FabScraps Gentlemen’s Club paper range: C66 001, 002 and 004
    FabScraps Gentlemen’s Club Journal Box MC66 001A
    FabScraps Gentlemen’s Club Die Cuts DC66 010 Hats, Clock & Waistcoats and DC66 014 Penny Farthing Bicycle
    FabScraps Stencils and metal bug decoration
    Modelling paste, gesso, mask, embossing powder, mini staple, Crystal Glaze, Ink and flowers. Moustache stamp
1.                   Use a blue C66 001 as a base. Cut off ½ 2 on two sides.
2.                   Add modelling paste on a mask. Let dry. Distress the edges.
3.                   Cut off the centre of C66 004 so that you keep a frame that is 1” wide. Put behind the base. Stich on using a sewing machine.
4.                   Cut out a piece 4x10 2 from the centrepiece of C66 004. Add some gesso on a mask and let dry. Distress the edges.
5.                   Cut a slightly bigger piece from C66 002. Distress the edges and put behind.
6.                   On top of these two pieces put two photos. Glue on but only in the centre so that you can tick in decorations around the edges. Add to the page.
7.                   Cut of a piece of one of the Hot air balloons from MC66 001A and add
8.                   Cut out a clock from MC66 001A and add some crystal Glaze. Let dry.
9.                   Add embossing powder to the hat DC66 010 and the bike DC66 014. Paint some of the hat black. Add both.
10.               Add lots of flowers and the clock.
11.               Cut out circles from C66002 and add beside the photo using a mini staple.
12.              Make a stamp from the negatives below using the Teresa Collins Stampmaker from Photocentrics. Stamp 3 moustaches, let dry, cut out and staple on
13.               Add the metal bug decoration.
14.               Add the title.

15.               Enjoy

Stamp made using the Teresa Collins Stampmaker by Photocentrics:

Thursday, 5 June 2014

If friends were flowers I'd pick you - stamping backgrounds

As soon as I saw this fantastic chipboard word 'If friends were flowers i'd pick you' I knew I would love to use it. First I thought of using it with a pic of me and one of my kids but I couldn't in the end just choose one and I rarely manage to get them all in one photo LOL. So instead I chose a pic of my son and one of his very best friends.

I made the background using lots of colors and lots of different stamps

 I framed the image using one of the scraplet circles

I added flowers to another circle

On all scraplets I embossed in dark blue and then I added some gesso. Finally I added distress ink (Peacock feathers)  onto the gesso.

Maggie Holmes Styleboard collection by Crate Paper
Stamps made using Teresa Collins Stampmaker by Photocentrics
(Except butterfly stamp which is Kaisercraft)
Mist by Dulysions
Distress ink by Ranger
Embossing powder, ink, mixed flowers
Chipboard / Scraplets from A2Z Scraplets

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

This is what awesome looks like by Petra

I just love this word scraplet, how could you not?
I combined it with one of the cute parrot that I embossed in different colors. Easy peasy. Hope you like it.

I stamped all over the page with my camera icon circle stamp and some on another piece of paper too which I then cut out and mounted on 3D foam.

I used this stamp negative with my Stampmaker:

Sunday, 16 March 2014

Mr & Mrs - The perfect wedding gift. Make these fabulous letters using your stamp maker kit

This weekend i got crafting and made these lovely black and white letters for my friends wedding.  These are unique in every way because the printed design was designed by me and then made in to a stamp using the Photocentric Stampmaker kit.

Materials i used
1.Cardboard letters from Hobby Craft
2. Black and white ribbon set
3. Black acrylic paint
4. White acrylic paint
5. embellishments -pink and blue felt butterflies from hobby craft
6. White & black embossing powders - WOW embossing.
7. Heat Gun
8. Clear Versamark ink pad

How to Make
  • Design your pattern on the PC. I used corel draw and watched alot of you tube videos to teach myself how to design.
  • When ready print your design using the inkjet film that comes in the kit. Here is what my negative looked like.

  •  I then made the stamp following the instructions in my kit. For a brief idea of how this is done -Position the negative in the clamp with the imagepac sachets. Expose under the UV light for 6 secs on one side and then flip it over and expose for a furher 1.40. Cut around the edges and peel of the backing. Wsh remaining liquid in sink using warm soapy water. Put in water tray back under the light for a further 3 mins to harden and then let dry. Here is what my stamps looked like.

  • Paint your cardboard letters using the acrylic paints. You can of course choose different colours
  •  Whilst they are drying get your other materials ready, embossing powders, versa mark, heat gun. 
  • Stamp your design over your letters using the versa mark ink pad and then cover with embossing powder. Heat the embossing powder using your heat gun and watch it change in to crisp white. Or if using different colours watch them change under the heat. Be careful not to over heat and always do a practice run to test what look it will achieve.
  • Finally after you have finished stamping decorate the remaining letters with embellishments of your choice.  
srand back and admire your work. 

Thursday, 13 March 2014

Photograph Stamp

Hun fun and create some wonderful personalised kits for your friends and family. Using the Photocentric Imagepac Stampmaker kit i got creative making a photo in to a stamp. 

First choose your photo. For my little tester project i used a black and white picture of my friends little girl called BROOKE. Isn't she a cutie :-)

I then converted the image in to a negative and printed it out on to my inkjet film that comes in the kit. I used Corel Photo Paint to do this. If your not familar with any designing programme then the best way to learn is to watch you tube videos or read the internet. There is so many help guides out there. This is how i learnt. It takes time but very rewarding when you do finally get to know it.  For a video on how to print a negative please visit Here's what it came out like

Using the stampmaker kit i made an A7 stamp from the negative. Picture below.. The kit is extremely easy to use and comes with full instructions. You can make a stamp in just 5 mins......WOW amazing.

And here is the final touches and by far the best and stamp. I stamped just on to white cotton fabric for a test but i plan to make a little keepsake cushion as a gift for my friend. The ink i used was stazon because this stamps best on to fabric.  Now it's over to you.........come on guys lets see what photos you can stamp with.

                                                       X CHARLENE SLAVEN X

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

You & Me

I decided to make a mixed media background for this page. Starting off with some structure paste on the big 12x12 A2Z Scraplets shape giving me real big round structure shapes. I combined it with smaller dots in different shapes using a Prima mask and structure paste. on top of this I added a thin layer of Gesso. Then I used a Stencilette and more structure paste to make the big round swirl blobs. The You & Me Word scraplet I covered with gesso and then stamped and embossed.  

I added some mist on the You & Me word and then I mounted everything exept the photo. I added mist in several colors and then I stamped with black to get some contrast to the page. I added the photo and finally some gesso to matt down the flowers and leaves.

I used this arrow stamp on the edges from the June kit and I just love the effect. I am planning to make it in several different sizes to play around with. Everything is possible when you have your own stampmaker.

All stamps are made using the Teresa Collins stampmaker by photocentrics: