Thursday, 12 February 2015

Recycling candy

Please click here to add your name if you would like to enter my recycling candy (this is a sticky, new posts below)

Saturday, 24 January 2015

Lace and Pearls

Our Tracy Mouse is challenging us to use Lace and Pearls on our work at Allsorts this week where our sponsors are Deedees Designs and PPR Papercrafts.

I have two cards and both are way different to the norm for me, one is a tad cute.................I did say some were coming along didn't I.............. and the other has some colouring in, now there's a turn out for the books on both counts. And I have to make a confession that I really enjoyed making them both.

The focal image on my card at the top is a really old wood mounted stamp I have had for years, there is no clue as to the make but I have a feeling it may be an early one from Creative Expressions. I had the pretty piece of pink lace so used that as the colour inspiration for my card and coloured the image with Chameleon pens, some very subtle shading round the edges, simple mat and layering and some roses and pearls plus a pearl necklace for the lady.

I listed all the making details and products used on the baby card over at Tattered Lace here so won't bore you with all the details again, there will also be a blue version popping up over at the Tattered Lace blog tomorrow.

Have a lovely weekend everyone.

Friday, 23 January 2015

Recycling candy

I have been having my January craft room clear out and have some stamps and embossing folders which are looking for new homes. I will split them equally so there can be two winners, so please add you name below if you can give some of these pre loved goodies a new home. To be eligible to go into the draw:

1)  Be a follower of my blog, new ones are always welcome.

2)  Add the above picture to your sidebar with a link back here ( I do check before I announce winners).

I will draw the winners in two weeks on 13th February.......that's Friday 13th !! Candy only blogs will not be included in the draw.

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Tattered Lace and some Penny Black as well

Happy Wednesday Peeps.

Can I say a huge thank you for all your kind comments on my weekend post about joining the Tattered Lace team, I knew their products were popular but I can tell from what you all say that they rate among your very favourite dies on the market. Certainly Stephanie's intricate designs and their cutting quality are second to none and I am finding that there's none of this having to run through your machine several times as invariably they cut perfectly first time.

So have you seen the Tattered Lace four day deal on Create and Craft this week ? I am still having great fun playing with the new products and have another card to share with you which you will also find on the Tattered Lace blog. The inspirational blog was only launched last month so if you have not already found your way there what are you waiting for as it has daily inspiration, freebeis, tutorials and of course updates about new products.

For my card above I used the Butterflies interchangeable embossing folder and coredination card stock which I sanded down and as with my card Saturday embossed a second piece so I could cut out a butterfly to embellish. The edges of the card and butterfly have some gold gilding wax rubbed over them as has the rose which I made from some thick'ish tissue paper........thanks from using it to wrap my serving plates Marks and Sparks, I told you it would have a second life ! I added some punched borders, ribbon and twine and ivy cut with Tattered Lace ivy die.

Rather belatedly I also have my mid month Penny Black inspirational piece, I always rather like the striking contrast of yellow and black and started with a black card base, added an embossed yellow panel, a banner stamped with Penny Black 2638K Swirl Pattern, the sentiment is from Penny Black 30-229 Special Wishes and some die cut swirls, lace, a rose and pearls to finish. There is still another week before the challenge closes so plenty of time to join in to be in with a chance of winning one of the great prizes on offer.

Saturday, 17 January 2015

A hint of Spring and some rather exciting news

Saturday morning means it's time for our new challenge at Allsorts but before I tell you about that I have a bit of news to share...............I have been invited to be part of the Tattered Lace inspirational team, exciting or what. Our work along with Stephanie and Nancy's is posted here on an almost daily basis, the blog is new so if you are a Tattered Lace fan or just enjoy using the dies you already have you need to add your name so you don't miss a thing as it's full of tips, inspiration and free downloads.

I feel very honored to be given the opportunity to work alongside the other talented crafters on the team and create with Stephanie's awesome designs. Next Monday 19th January sees the launch of a tattered Lace four day deal on Create and Craft and one of my Allsorts DT pieces this week features some of the new products which include some really clever and rather different embossing folders. I have been busily working away with both the new folders and dies and will be sharing more with you in the coming days...........and that includes some cute, scary or what from me.

So back to our new challenge at Allsorts where Susan has played right into my my hands with the theme of 'Spring Flowers'. We have two fab sponsors this week A Passion for Stamps and Marianne Designs. It's no secret that I love Springtime and don't need much an excuse to create cards with Spring flowers.

On the top card I used one of the new Tattered Lace embossing folders with coredination, sanded it down and cut a circle to make an easel card, I also cut out one of the butterflies to use as an embellishment. I made three flowers using punched shapes and my idea was they are Alstroemeria, I know they are more of a summer flower but there are some Spring varieties......OK with you Susan ? The Ivy is a Tattered Lace die, it's extremely detailed and quite large but cuts like butter with just one run through the e.bosser.

My second card is a little scene that can be seen at the end of our garden every Spring !! I used my Timmy cabinet card die for the base card and stamped with a mixture of Chocolate Baroque and Lavinia stamps, distress markers to add some colour to the flowers and Pussy Willow and Pan Pastels for the sky. Finally I used a mask, grunge paste and glitter to add some fairy magic.

Thanks so much for taking a peek and if you also have fairies at the end of the garden please do tell, it would be nice to know that I am not the only one living in a fantasy world.

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Brusho playtime

First I saturated the cardstock (see below for type) with water before sprinkling colbalt blue, violet and leaf green and just letting them merge together. Hero Arts scroll stamp, Rubbernecker sentiment and Hearflet Creations flowers using the same method to colour after stamping and cutting.

Good Morning Peeps, hope you are OK, I know lots of you have nasty flu bugs so to those of you who do I do hope you are soon feeling much better.

Our internet was down all weekend and is still off more than on at the moment so blogging and commenting has been very much if an when until they get it sorted. So what do you do when you can't while away the time in play..................and on this occasion it was with the Brusho's Santa delivered. I am demoing with them in a couple of weeks so need to get my head round them so it was the prefect opportunity to get messy.

Oh what fun they are as well, no secret that I love lots of colour and anything inky and messy so I was in my element and though I would share a few. I still have lots to learn with them but am fairly happy with how it's going so far. I have experimented with various cardstock to see what gives the best results and to my mind it's Fabriano HP 300lb as it's such a sturdy weight, I find lighter weight card warps and does not give such a nice finish when matted onto the cards which is probably not surprising given the amount of water used to get the full benefit of the powders. I have tried out various methods in my playtime and listed under each photo what I did with the Brushos.

I created the moodly sky by first masking a sun with Pebeo masking fluid and laying a piece of paper over the bottom section before sprinkling cobalt blue (it has to be one of my favs as it gives out such gorgeous hues of blue and purple as it dissipates in the water), purple and orange onto the dry cardstock. Next I spritzed with water and dappled with my finger until I was relatively happy with the spread of powder. The stamps are a mixture of Stampscapes, Inkylicious, Clarity and Art Impression. The ground section of the card was added using Pan Pastels once the sky was dry.

To achieve the graduated look I started by spritzing water liberally over the top section of the card and added violet, then repeated the spritzing twice more coming down the page adding ultramarine and then lime green. All stamps are Inkylicious. I was really pleased to discover that the Brushos bleach out beautifully which is what I did to the raindrops before adding a little white gel pen.

Here I spritzed the top section of the card first and sprinkled on turquoise, then more water and tilted the card around to allow the colour to run downwards to give a sort of rain effect. As you are totally in control you can make the drips go whichever way you want. Then I added a little orange Brosho to the bottom section before stamping with stamps from Indigo Blue, Art Impression and a Penny Black bird in the foreground.

The background on the this one was created by sprinkling scarlet and blue and then instead of water I used iridescent gold Glimmer Mist to activate the powders and scrunched a piece of cling film over the top, left for a few moments on the radiator then removed to reveal a lovely gold faceted effect. It doesn't really show on the full photo so there is a close up below. The stamp is Penny Black.

My final one is a very random background, I sprinkled blue, sea green, white, leaf green and emerald onto the cardstock then liberally spritzed with water and just left the colours to activate. The teasels and sentiment are Sweet Poppy Stencils using glossy black paste.

What I particularly like about working with Brushos is that the colours achieved on each piece are totally unpredictable as each one has other colours within them and vary dependent on the volume of liquid added. For example I used no yellow, orange or pink on the card above yet all of those colours are within the finished piece.

And they are not that expensive compared with some colouring mediums, the individual colours are about £1.40 each (Ken Bromley Art Supplies which is where I also but my Fabriano) and if you buy a box set of either twelve or twenty four it works out even cheaper.

Have a good Tuesday all and as always any questions please do mail me and ask away.

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