Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Yes it's that time.....Ready for another Lavinia Challenge - Challenge # 6 June Use any Colours You Like

Morning All

I really don't know where the time is going but it's June already and that means it's time for another Lavinia Challenge..... This Month its Challenge #6 "Use Any Colours you Like" !!! .....

You could win a voucher for £40.00 to spend in the Lavinia Stamps Web Shop http://laviniastamps.com/shop/ ...... So go on give it a go as you know you have to be in it to win !!!

Here are my Four Samples that I have made to inspire you although with all the fantastic entries that are coming through I think you have loads of Inspiration yourselves.....

For my first Sample I cut a 2" circle in a piece of card but if you have a stencil that would be better and easier to use but you need the inner and outer circles. You can use a die cutter and that way you can get both..... I blended Fossilized Amber and Squeezed Lemonade and for my Moon giving a darker side to show the light source.....I then blended Chipped Sapphire and Broken China in the Sky, then I blended Shabby Shutters, Abandoned Coral and Fossilized Amber together for the foreground meeting the blues at the horizon..... I then stamped the Spring Trees in the background about one third up the page leaving enough room for me to stamp the 2 little Pixie Stamp called "Star Gazing" into the foreground between the trees which immediately gives it perspective..... Then right in the foreground using the same Ink colours I used the Lavender Stamps and then highlighted it with a Gold Sparkle Gel Pen. I stamped and cut out 2 more pairs of fairy wings and layered them up just for a bit of interest....Whoops nearly forgot I then used the Stamp called "Leaf Trail" stamped in Archival Ink first and second generation ink again to add perspective at the top of the card.....


For my second Sample I did much the same as before but this was because I really love the look of the first Sample so needed to do another one using some different stamps which are just as gorgeous. On this one I used 4 of the new Distress inks being Cracked Pistashio, Blue Lagoon, Abandoned Coral and Fossilized Amber and what beautiful colours they are..... I randomly blended the inks on the card obviously putting the blue into the sky and then just put the rest where they fell, lol there was no plan.... the I went to work with some water splashes which always amazes me at how much colours is removed. I then dabbed it dry with kitchen towel and left it to dry thoroughly before I stamped anymore..... I knew the stamps I wanted to use and for my main image I chose the "Tree Goddess, "Luna" she is beautiful..... and then from the Tree Limb that she is sitting on I stamped the "Trailing Ivy" and then from the tree limb to the base of the card I stamped the "Fairy Web and the Spider.... The "Leaf Trail" again was used to help me give some balance to my card and at the top hanging over the moon I stamped the pretty "Willow" Stamp in first and second generation ink.... once I was happy with what I had done I highlighted again various points with the Gold Sparkle Gel Pen.... I nearly forgot on this one I stamped and cut out 2 more pairs of fairy wings and layered them up just for a bit of interest....

Now for my 3rd Sample I wanted to do something different and although I had something else in my head this is how it turned out and I am quite pleased with it.... Hope you like it !!!
I masked off a section using "Post It Notes" about an inch from the bottom of the card and about 2 inches high and made a scene within there just using a piece of torn copier paper to create my hills and then I have stamped the "Christmas Tree Group" from left to right again in 1st and 2nd generation ink. I then used one of the tiny £1.00 Fairy Castle Stamps in the distance.... The "Leaf Trail" and yellow flowers from the same set was used stamped from the top edge cascading down over on the left hand side of the card where I then added the flowers and I used one of the "Zen Flower" Stamps from this set and coloured them using the Spun Sugar Distress Ink watered down and painted on roughly with a Wild Honey flower centre which I cut out and shaped the flowers with my fingers and then layered them up. On this I chose to just layer up twice so not to make them too high..... once I had put the card together with Matts & Layers I added the "3 Dancing Fairies" and the £1.00 "Slender Mushrooms" to the bottom right hand corner and once I was entirely happy with the card I added extra interest with my Gold Sparkle Gel Pen and some Stickles to add some bling.....

For my finally Sample No 4.... I thought I would have another go at something different and it didn't quite come together but I will adjust it and save my thoughts for another day as I will make it work, I promise you I will..... I started with a blank card and cut away a section from the centre and added Acetate to the back to make it steady enough to stand up..... For this card again I used one of the pretty Zen Flower Stamps and handed painted them in Shaded Lilac and Spun Sugar and cut them out. I also used the "Maple Leaf" stamped using a 3 different Greens in Distress Inks, Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint and Crushed Olive and inked them up with the paler colour first and then just dabbed a touch of the Crushed Olive to the edges of the leaves..... Once dry I cut them out with the leaf stems and laid them out until I was happy with the design and then glued them on one by one..... I added a tiny word Stamp to the back page of the card so you could see it through the acetate and then out come that Gold Sparkle Gel Pen again to add some interest.....

Well that's it for Month 6 Lavinia Challenge and I must now go and feed my poorly Cat Jasper as many of you will know all about his poor state and I am trying to help him through this tough time I just pray he makes it.....
Thanks again for popping by and hopefully see you again soon xxx
Lots of Love


  1. Such a beautiful selection of samples Marianne, just love the contrast of strong colours then the more delicate colours on your flower cards, just lovely, so much work goes into your cards and it shows xx Zoe xx

  2. Fabulous, fabulous samples, Marianne....love them all. The colours on the first two are amazing! xx

  3. Great samples Marianne, I don't know how you find the time to do them all. Love them all. Kx

  4. Your work is just amazing.. the richness of the colours and the overall designs... fabulous ! E xx

  5. Such beautiful samples Marianne. They are all gorgeous but I do have a soft soft for the 'star gazing' card. I just love that image. Hope you're having a good week.
    Hugs Jennifer xx.

  6. An fab, beautiful designs xxx

  7. These are all fabulous!
    Linda xxx

  8. Beautiful (apart from that close-up of the spider in its web! - I had to scroll past that very quickly, as I'm a terrible arachnophobe!)
    I particularly like Sample No 3.
    Thanks for sharing - great inspiration for the Lavinia challenge, as always.