Wednesday, 11 November 2020

My very own Design Team Launch!

Dearest Readers

It is with great excitement that I share my very own design team with you!

At the moment it has the nickname Lady Vagabond Design team, but you will notice that the official name is Belinda Basson Design Team with Stamperia as hopefully I will design a few more lines for Stamperia in the future!

I have started a Facebook group called Belinda's Creative Inspiration for Everyone for you to join... you just have to answer once question to get automatic entry to the group!  I look forward to seeing what you create with my Lady Vagabond and future lines with Stamperia!

In Alphabetical order here are the links to these incredible creative people:

Anne Redfern:  Instagram  

Crea Red:  Instagram

Diysil Art:  Instagram

Hadry DC:  Instagram

Olga Heldwein:  Instagram

Shamela Hendricks:  Instagram

There is a mystery person joining the team at the end of February which is something to look forward to!

The first post will be 8 December, starting with myself and it will roll from there with a post every Tuesday and Thursday!

In the mean time I hope you go and follow the team on their various platforms for amazing inspiration!

Thursday, 5 November 2020

Lady Vagabond Suitcase


Every Vagabond needs a Suitcase

So I set about making one for my Lady Vagabond using one of the Stamperia blanks KC56

I started by priming my whole case inside and out with Gesso K3P08N, then I painted the outside with Allegro Terra d'Ombra KAL106 brown and sprayed the inside with Aqua Colors Turchese (Turquoise)KAQ018, Cuoio (Leather) KAQ004 and Verdone (Dark Green) KAQ001.

When everything was dry I used Antonis compass stencil KSAT15 on the lid of the box using Allegro Cuppuccino KAL90.  Stiking to the same paint, I then stncilled he rest of the box using the new Once Upon a Time stencil KSTDG06 and Classic Wallpaper KSTDG07. For the locks and the finishing touch round the edge of the lid I used my stencil called Luggage KSG455. 

I poured some Polyurethane resin into my moulds "Fly Machine" K3PTA482, Locks K3PTA484 and Antonis mould K3PTA488 for the saying under the handle "This way for Adventure" then painted them with my "Rust combo" Allegro Mattone KAL20, Arancione KAL08 and Terra d'Ombra KAL 106.

For the verdigris look I added some Turchese with Texture Sand paste K3P40 and a little dark green Aqua Colour mixed together.  For the final accent I added some copper Cerantica wax on the right hand side of all the raised areas.

I also used one of the greyboard KLSPDA413 laser cut clock parts as a base under all my resin pieces and painted this with all the colours mentioned above.

The inside of the box was finished off with some of the paper from the 12x12 paper pad. SBBL82

Monday, 2 November 2020

Exciting times ahead!

Dear reader

I know I have been sporadic at most during the past year and a half in posting here, but for good reason... Having moved countries and set up home in early 2019, I then set about finding my way around the craft world of Europe!

I was invited to become an International Teacher for Stamperia and then to be one of their new product designers!  All in the space of the last 6 months!

It has been a crazy ride and finally I have been able to share all my new designs with everyone.  My new line is called Lady Vagabond which goes together with Antonis Tzanidakis range called Sir Vagabond...

The products will start shipping from mid November and should be in the shops world wide by the end of the month!

I cannot begin to tell you how excited I am to see what people create with my line of papers, moulds and stamps etc...

These are my suitcases which I use for craft storage in my lounge... 
I stacked them and drew them and turned my drawings into stencils and images for the papers as seen in the double page spread below!

It is truly a surreal feeling to be finally holding my products in my hands!

I look forward to sharing projects with step out photos here in the weeks and months to come.

Monday, 24 August 2020

New class on the Stamperia e-Academy


I have 2 paid for classes and one free class on the Stamperia e-Academy platform.

You can find them here:

Monday, 27 July 2020

Steampunk Magical Time machine

Hello my dear blogger friends!

Sorry that I have been so quiet!  Since I started at Stamperia as an international teacher 3 months ago, it has been the craziest time of my life!

I have created 3 online classes for their e-Academy, one of which is a free class, the other two are 25 Euros each for 2.5 to 3 hours of video time and PDF notes... 

Then we had the teachers training for a whole week...

and now we are near the end of the on line Contest over on Stamperia's Facebook page.

I am up today in group 7!

I would really appreciate your vote here:  Stamperia Facebook page

Here is my project!  The public have until 12 mid on Wednesday to vote for their favorite in this group. 
Then there will be the last group No8 and the 8 finalists will go against each other in 2 groups of 4... Then the winner from each of those groups will go head to head in the battle for top spot!

It started off as a "blank Canvas" in the form of this little old clock which had seen better days.  
I painted it with Alegro paints by Stamperia as they have a matt finish.
I then added some moulds from the texture impression sheets by Stamperia as well as some laser cut grey board for a steampunk feel.

The new snowflake mould was perfect for inside the clock and I created some clear snowflakes using the new Crystal resin with brilliantini glitter inside for extra sparkle.
I created a backing to hide the workings of the clock using rice paper adhered onto some acetate.  This defuses the light from the inside of the clock which I put inside the snowflake

Finally, I made a little book to go under the clock where you can keep photos or notes or keepsakes.

The last thing to do as add some extra shine to the project with pink Cerantica wax through a snowflake stencil on the base of the clock and to pick up the highlights on the various moulded items on the rest of the clock.
I used rice-paper wings on acetate again to create the wooden laser cut fairy's wings which have a lovely translucent effect.

Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, 17 March 2020

Art journal "Shine Your Light" page

I decided that I would do a Facebook live for this journal page... In the end, I added a little heart at the top of the right hand corner so that there are 5 hearts on the spread... 4 hearts just didn't work for me, I like odd numbers for elements.  Also, it helps to draw your eye around the page.

Sunday, 15 March 2020

Cards made from Stamperia leftovers of Mechanical Sea World papers

I am very grateful that I am a crafter at this time in the world where the Corona Virus has taken hold and we are all in self induced isolation.  My husbands office is closed for 2 weeks and my son's school will be closed from Tuesday... go figure... why not Monday is beyond me... but I digress...

I plan on making lots of things over the next few weeks as I have no excuse not to be at my desk!  Other than to cook and clean the flat of course...

I recently received a parcel from Stamperia and there was a stunning stencil for cards in it.  (You can see the unboxing in my previous post)  They sent it to me for my Alice Egg which I posted on their Facebook group and it came 2nd in a challenge...

I decided to use up the leftover bits and pieces of paper from decorating my chair (see previous post) and cut them up into usable 6"x6" card bases and any other interesting bits got torn and inked edges, ready for adding to the cards.
 I recently purchased these two stamps and the glamour paste as well as the crackle paste and wanted to use them on the cards too... I didn't get round to using the stamps though...

I had a long strip of the steel plate paper and decided it would be great for the stencil.
 First I masked off the excess of the stencil with washi tape
 Then I spread the paste through the stencil.
 It is deliciously shiny, but hard to read at this stage.
 So I re-used the tape from the stencil and masked off the paper so that I could ink the block with Vintage Photo and black soot distress ink.
 To remove the excess ink on the stencilled image, I replaced the stencil over the top and cleaned it with a baby wipe.  Excuse the upside down image... I just cant get it to behave!
 It is much easier to read now.
 I removed the tape and chopped the strip up.
 This is what I had to work with...
I used some of the Glamour paste on the chipboard laser cuts from Antonis range with the ladies face.
 I die cut some Tim Holtz cogs and added them to the cards as well as a hinge I found cut out already in my stash, which I chopped in half and used on 2 different cards.
 Then I added the Crackle paste with a spatula and waited for it to dry... the thicker the paste, the bigger the cracks...
Here is a close up of the cracks, once I had added some distress crayon.

I decided to make an easel card for the last one to use up the extra sentiment.