Sunday, 16 February 2014

Miss Shoe

Sunday’s blog a Step by step
Today we are the the NEC Trade show, and I will probably be teetering round on high-heels, doing an imitation of a very tall businesswoman!
I drew this sketchy shoe years ago. 
It has to be one of THE most versatile stamps we have ever made. 

What else do we need...

Cocktail Pink Promarker
Antique Pink Promarker

Stamp the Shoe in Black Archival on Theuvacard
Add the little Kasha ladies, too, but use the Black Adirondack. Primarily because we are going to colour in with Promarkers, and Black Archival and Promarkers don’t work together very well.


Stamp the shoe on a sheet of copy paper 
and cut out the toe and heel.
Cover up the stamped shoe with the mask.


The copy paper mask shows you exactly what we are planning here...
So using your Black Adirondack, stamp little Kasha through the opening, just like the mask shows you.


If you look now, you can see that I have coloured in between the little women in a dark pink, and only added a little shade to the actual dresses  with the lighter pink.
I have put the copy paper mask in place, so that you can see the progress, but when I was colouring in I did remove it!


Now colour in Kasha everywhere else, with the lighter colour.


Nice.
Miss Shoe.
The set is pretty clever, even if I say so myself:
Miss Shoe
Wish Shoe were here
Bless Shoe
and you even get the little Kasha and a mini Sketchy shoe, too!
Drag the chisel end of the Cocktail Pink Promarker around the edges of the card for the matching border.


See how the repeat stamping of the mini Kasha gives you a great shoe pattern!


I’d wear them! But this sort of lovely shoe doesn’t usually come in my size. The shoes which come in my size are usually pretty abysmal. Most shoe shops have a sad looking section for women with abnormally large feet, like me. 
You know the ones, the very long, flat ones, which look more like little canoes. 
Have you ever seen those films, where the bloke drinks champagne out of the woman’s shoe? Dave would be slaughtered!!!

Size 9 sucks.


Now take the Large Kasha and stamp her at the end of a long folded card.


Colour her in. SO. If I am colouring her in with Promarkers, 
which ink pad did I use?
Just want to check you’re paying attention!


Mount the Shoe piece.


There. Isn’t that lovely.



You can add a mini shoe on the inside too...



If I had more time, 
I would start up a shoe company for women with large feet.
It’s all very well squeezing myself into a full-body Spanx, very slimming and sexy; but what’s the point if the only footwear I can find is either mens’ Mocassins or Clowns’ shoes!
  

much love,

56 comments:

  1. Barbara Evans.co.uk do some really nice shoes and they go up to size 10 xx

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  2. I can sympathise Barbara! Size 10, wide feet here, although I am convinced my feet got a bit bigger during pregnancy four years ago. The choice is very limited. As I have never really had much choice for shoes I am not a shoe person, but I really love the way you have created the pattern in the shoe.

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  3. Got your feet well and truly planted then on terra-firma! I used to moan too, I'm an 8, my best friend at college was a 3, we both had problems getting fashion shoes for different reasons. Can't wear heels these days, shod for comfort and to hell with it! Love the card Barbara, you gem.

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  4. Barbara, I don't believe it. You can't be wearing men's or clowns shoes. Teetering in high heels? Can't do that Ny more. I lived in the years ago, now I could last an hour or so at the most. The show looks fantastic in pink. Xx

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  5. Hope the trade show goes really well - you don't need to 'power dress' - your reputation is enough so smart comfortable is what you need - a size 6 myself so not too many problems - but cannot do the heels - gave them up years ago - too many problems with the old achilles these days!!! I love miss shoe...very stylish xxx

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  6. I love this little shoe and how you have created the pattern on it!
    Size 9s here too and heels are not a comfortable option especially since I damaged my ankle! However I do like shoes and a couple of years ago Colin in a moment of madness bought me some red 4"stiletto shoes for Christmas. I can't walk in them but I do love them.
    I hope you have your foot spa with you after a day in heels! Have a great show.
    Love and hugs xxx

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  7. Hi Barbara. I though I had probs getting shoes to fit my 7and a half but 9 is impossible. I´m at an age were I go in for comfort now but I did my time tottering around on 4 inch heels. When I was a teenager I was once described as the girl with big hands and feet - it still rankles 50 years on!
    I love Miss Shoe. Very stylish and the little ladies are so cute.
    Have a great time at the show.
    Love Val x

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  8. What a great method to add a pattern to the shoe. Brilliant. Hope the show goes like a dream.

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  9. Lovely design the shoe stamp is one of my favourites. I use to love shoes and hand bags to match now just go for comfort.my friend has a shoe shop and a great range. Have a good.

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  10. Hi Barbara. Love the card, and the mini Kasha pattern on the shoe. I have got a vision of you, super smart power dressed but with clown shoes on walking round the NEC : )) I used to spend all day in 4 inch heels, arthritis has put paid to that except for very special occasions when a faithful black 3 inch pair get dusted off, otherwise I live in Crocs. They may not be the prettiest (ok I know that is an understatement!)but my goodness they are so comfortable. Crocs now make formal shoes as well but they are not cheap so haven't got any. Thank goodness I don't have to dress up daily : ) Enjoy Stitches, have a safe journey. Take care.

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  11. Lovely. The whole effect is very clever and looks lovely. I have small feet and this has its own problems they always sell out! Joan x

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  12. Hello Barbara, love what you did with the shoe. Hope the trade show goes well for you. Paris fashion week had their models in trainers apparently so no need to worry about heels. Of course their trainers were hand made and not for sale unless you bought the whole outfit (about £50,000)!!!

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  13. Very clever Barbara! Many puns are hovering but I am resisting!!!
    Remember -big is beautiful!!
    Have a great show,
    XxxRuth

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  14. I love this sketchy shoe, and use it a lot for birthday and wedding cards. The miss shoe card is just fabulous - I have a sentiment stamp that reads "If the shoe fits, buy it!" - very apt with your larger than average feet. Good luck at the trade show today, and hope your feet don't hurt too much by the end of the day. x

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  15. Another great tutorial. Enjoy the show (oops, typed 'shoe' at first, not 'show'!).

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  16. Hello Barb, a great, pretty and feminine card. Love the sentiments. I am glad I am not the only woman that struggles to find decent size 9 shoes, and if you do find somewhere, they usually only stock about 2 pairs in that size, so often sell out quickly. Hope the trade shows goes well and you get tons of orders. I once attended it when working part-time in a craft shop, and it was fab. Bx

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  17. Love the shoe Barbara what a brill card have a good days at the nec you safe journeys at least the weather is a bit better love June xxxx

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  18. I love reading your blog, so many tips to try out. I don't have the big feet problem, the opposite in fact but my daughter has a genetic problem with fluid on her feet and finding shoes for her when she was little was a nightmare. On one occasion I remember we scoured every shoe shop we could find and there was nothing that would fit, the tears and tantrums (that was me!). Thankfully the last shop had a very helpful assistant who did a bit of research, found some little blue boots with a H width and ordered them. When we picked them up the following week Becky was over the moon. Ok they were boots rather than shoes but she loved them. She still wears more boots than shoes now at 25!

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  19. Just think of it this way. If you had tiny feet, they would hurt more at the end of a long day. Your larger feet can spread the pain and ease it. You should have been a competitive swimmer. You would have been a world champion. Just remember "walk on through the wind, walk on through the rain ..... You'll never walk alone" and walk proudly and think You're the one". "Walk hand in hand" with Dave. You'll never guess who I went to see last night. Back to the card, I would never have bought these stamps without seeing your tutorial. I would not have had any idea what to do with them, but now I see the many possibilities. Great tutorial, as always. xxx Maggie

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  20. Hiya,
    Hope the trade show is great fun, this is a lovely card today, very chic.

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  21. Thats so clever Barbara love the shoe ,but i wouldn't be able to wear it cannot wear heels anymore i am between 61/2 and 7 always had biggy feet ,mum was only a 4"xxx

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  22. Lovely card. Good luck at the trade show. xx

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  23. Thats brilliant but looks a bit complicated to achieve for me will have to study it. Good luck today
    Mx

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  24. A beautiful card which shows how versatile stamping can be. Have a great trade show, hope you can get through it without sore feet! x

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  25. I know the issues with buying shoes as I am a size 3 and a half and due to issues with my legs I can only wear shoes with a heel that is an inch and a half. The technique behind adding the pattern to the shoe is something I would never have thought of. I hope everything is going well at the NEC and am still looking at the logistics of getting to the show at the NEC next month. Oh by the way the last inkpad you used for the kasha girl was the Black Adirondack as you have coloured it in using your promarkers.

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  26. Morning Barbara,
    Great card!
    I can sympathize with the shoes, my daughter is a size 8 and as a teenager it was a nightmare trying to get her something similar to her friends !!!!
    Lorna D

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  27. Hi Barb,
    Love the idea of creating the pattern on the shoe with the stamp - very clever! I too have problems getting shoes to fit but for different reason. Wearing trainers every day ,all day for years as a PE teacher has left me with very wide feet and it's not always easy to get nice shoes in a wide/ extra wide fit! Fortunately Hotter are now making more stylish shoes! Can't wear heels any more - I'm all for comfort these days - love my crocs & my fit flops in summer. Have a great day at the show - I'm sure you're going to be very busy! Love Alison xxx

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  28. I love this card I love this shoe too..I have all three sizes and the handbag too, and as you say avery versatile stamp xx

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  29. That's gorgeous Barbara. The pattern on the shoes is brill - as is the rest of the design.
    (Gonna look up Spanx now - sounds like something I could do with).
    Beryl xx

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  30. What a brilliant idea shoes that really do go with the outfit would be worth a lot I to am a 9 wide fit I go Evans and Ambrose Wilson have shoes up to 10 have a separate catuloge of shoes on net even deliver next day have a great day xxx

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  31. That's really clever and so effective. Just shows I need to look at my stamps in a different way as the result is amazing. Hope you have a great time at the trade show. xx

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  32. Great card Barbara - I really like the how the pattern was made. I am so enjoying reading your blog every day in my old age.
    When you have some time in your very busy schedule you could possibly investigate Marisota.co.uk who have over 400 pairs of footwear listed in your size. Also Tallgirls.co.uk who start at a size 9!!! I only have an average size foot but that can also be a problem because they sell out so quickly. Shirley G

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  33. Loving the card especially the sentiment. Opposite problem here. Size 2 1/2 and wide. Soooo tricky to find shoes that fit.

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  34. Lovely card Barbara, and please can I be your first customer in your new shoe company? Ditto with my large feet, the bit of me I hate the most, and so difficult to find anything I can wear. Have a great show, and perhaps wear your slippers when you are behind the counter!

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  35. Beautiful card Barb, the shoe is still one of my all time faves as it works with so many other Claritystamps. Hope today is very successful opening day at Birmingham.xxx

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  36. Adirondack ! lovely card, great idea making the pattern on the shoe, they're on the list, so many uses for this stamp set. Hope all goes well today xx

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  37. What a beautiful delicate card such lovley colours .never mind your feet barbara your mind is full of fantastic creative ideas have a fantastic show xxx

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  38. Fab design, very clever use of the stamp to make that gorgeous pattern. I would gladly swap my size 6 feet for your size 9's if you threw in some of your talent as well. Pat x

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  39. I love this card how clever, some people peek outside the box you leap out of it, I needed inspiration and I just got it. Already on my list this set! By the way Simply B go to shoe size 11 in all of their shoes! xx

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  40. Smashing card using my favourite things ! I'm lucky to be a 3 - 4 the only bit that is small apart from my hands! Great idea to use Kasha on the shoe - I'd have never thought of that! Still that's why you are you and I am me ! We need you to guide us!

    My niece's birthday today - might do this one for next year's birthday I should get it mastered by then!! Her card today was about shopping and shoes! Not stamped though but I did die cut a shoe. That leaves me stamping for next year.

    Hope you have a great show and your feet don't ache too much at the end of the day. I believe flats are back in again this year! Must admit to wearing them more and more in any case. Since Oct/Nov I've worn my boots every day to work and can't remember changing into shoes at all!

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  41. If I had to wear heels for any reason these days, I would look like Dick Emery, lol. I'm only size 3, and when I was younger I was limited for choice. Love the sketchy shoe stamp, so versatile x

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  42. I would really like to be a size 4, but I'm 3 and 1/2, so the 4 is always a tad long and some shoes I 'walk out' of. If I had much larger feet, say a 5 or six then I really would look like a clown because I am only 5'3" tall, so I think that I'm best off as I am. I lurve shoes though, any shoes, and the 'miss shoe' (Miss You) is fantastic and so different.

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  43. That is a very clever way of adding pattern. Would never have thought of that but now added to the memory bank. I hate buying shoes I need wide fitting on one foot and normal on the other, so usually have to have something with a strap that can be adjusted. So don't have many shoes, usually quite expensive when I find some to fit. Hope the trade show is successful, have ordered tickets for NEC in March. Will be there even if I need a boat or a sleigh. Lynne xx

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  44. I hate shoes, and it goes back to the days when 'school shoes' only went up to a size 5 and I was a size 6 before I started 'big school', so always wore shoes that were too small. Lady Diana ended all my woes, because she had big feet and made flat shoes fashionable! However, my two chums at work (Tweedledum and Tweedledee aka Paniko and Milton) once asked if I bought my shoes from Marks and Spencers 'Nearly Dead Range'. Love the stamps, love the blog!

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    1. Hahahahahahaha. I cannot believe you just wrote that!! That is too funny. I remember when I was 16, my Mum took me to M&S to buy sensible shoes for my birthday, and I dared to say that M&S shoes were for old women. She walked out and left me in the shop! Can you imagine what she would have said to your

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    2. Those of a sensitive nature (your mum?) shouldn't read this: The chums and I were talking about another colleagues shoes one day (red, and very, very tall!), Tweedledee said that Germaine Greer would call them 'Eff me shoes' (don't blame me; blame Germaine, she invented the term), Tweedledum said, unlike yours; they're more like 'Eff off shoes'!

      Right, I'm clicking the publish button and legging it - and I can, because I wear sensible shoes!

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    3. Ha Ha...only just had a chance to catch up on this weeks posts..this made me me laugh out loud....Tweedledum and Tweedledee sound like a couple of characters...and as to the shoes...I'm all for sensible...I can trip over a matchstick in me bare feet!! Love the stamp and would love to be able to wear shoes like them xx

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  45. What a clever idea to use the mini Kasha stamp for the pattern on the shoe, and love the colours you used Barbara. Thank you for such a good and easy to follow step by step. I'm afraid since I ruptured my achilles ten years ago I have to wear sensible heels but I am lucky to have average sized feet although my feet are thin and one is half a size bigger than the other so I wouldn't say I enjoy shopping for shoes.

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  46. Beautiful card Barbara,

    So quirky and fun, delightful.

    Loved yesterdays card with the Cat stamp, stunning. Sorry I missed your post yesterday due to putting out posters and leaflets trying to find the owner of a beautiful stray Black kitten that's been hanging around. No luck so far, poor little chap he's so friendly too.

    Love & Hugs

    Jacquie J xxx
    http://jewelscardcraft.blogspot.co.uk/

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  47. Love that card. I think the Shoes stamp was the first one I bought from you, and am still using it very regularly. Thanks for that lovely tutorial.....Again!!!!
    Laurence xx

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  48. Love this technique, have some of the stamps must get the large shoe, Hope your day has gone well at the NEC. thanks Jx

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  49. I have not been able to wear proper shoes for more than three years and the type I need do not come in pretty lol! It is a huge relief that my feet no longer hurt like hell as pretty shoes hurt my feet. Have a good time and try not to wear yourself out x

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  50. Gorgeous card. My feet are really small compared with my height. I reckon that's why I'm always falling over .... nothing to do with the wine! X

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  51. well in germany you should be able to find some nice size 9 shoes as that is a more common size there xx

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  52. Gosh what a brilliant design.It makes you look at stamps in a totally different way.Inspiring and beautiful.Hugs Debbie x

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Thank you for your kind messages and I hope you get inspiration from my ramblings.

Barb x