Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Blue Is The Colour….


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I’m really into rubber stamps at the moment and big, bold sentiments.
Of course, as a gardener, the more ‘florally & foliagey’ the images, the better…lol.


On this card I’ve used just 3 inks in lush shades of blue.
I love these mini pads from Versacolor…


… and I can’t get enough of these amazing sentiment stamps.
Look how many you get on just one set!!



I’ve given the darker leaves some leafy veins using a white Sakura pen.

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The trouble is, I’m looking at my cream living-room walls now & thinking….hmmmm, shades of blue.

Until next time.

Foliage stamp - Botanical 2, Paper Smooches
Sentiment - The Big, the Bold & Party, Winnie & Walter
Versacolor Mini Ink Pads
White Sakura Pen
Glass Gems

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Floral Gorgeousness


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Oh boy….I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this beautiful floral stamp set from Altenew & the large sentiment sets from Winnie & Walter.


This is the Peony Scroll set & you can see I used just 4 pens to colour the flowers with… Lime Zest, Lime, Pear & Olive green.

Beautiful, beautiful stamps.



Saturday, 14 February 2015

It Must Be Love


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Here’s the card I made for Mr C for Valentine’s Day.
I’m a lucky gal…I got breakfast in bed & a dozen, red roses.
Hope your day was full of love.


Heart stamp from Hobbycraft
Sentiment stamp from Winnie & Walter ‘The Big, The Bold & You’
Stamped with Versacolor & Versafine inks

Friday, 13 February 2015

Love Is In the Air


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Tiz Valentine’s Day tomorrow.
A day for love & romance.
A day for roses, heart-shaped chocolates & a candle-lit dinner.

Personally I’m hoping to have a serious card-making session & an early night.

What ever you’re up to, enjoy!

Flourishes ‘Cherry Blossoms’ stamp
Watercolour paints
Clearly Besotted sentiment

Friday, 6 February 2015

Punching n’ Die-ing


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Greetings peeps.
The weekend’s here…Yay!

Here’s a card made up entirely of die-cutting & punching (no one was harmed in the making of this card)….oh….and a wee stamped sentiment.

So not ENTIRELY made up of die-cutting & punching, but you get the picture.

Fav’ daughter has finally confirmed her university choice for September this year, so this weekend I will be starting a string of training sessions on ‘How to Survive Living Away from Your Parental Slaves’ (Catchy title Huh!)

Lesson 1 will be an introduction to furniture polish & that yellow rag we call ‘Duster’.
Have a great weekend all.

Letters & Fence dies – Memory Box
Grass & Sentiment – Clearly Besotted
Butterflies – Ancient X-Cut punch

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Brushos By The Sea


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Fav’ daughter & I have decided that we should try & get fit. There’s nothing of said daughter, she’s like her dad….a skinny bean. I, however, lack the ‘skinny gene’ so I’m hoping to get fit & shed a few ‘ounces’ (ahem!) too.
In the interest of dignity we agreed that night-time fast walking / jogging would be more appropriate. We have invested in lycra jogging attire that on a ‘skinny bean’ looks fab, on a ‘skinny gene’ lacking, middle-aged woman it looks less flattering….so dead-of-night jogging it is.
Last night, in sub-zero temperatures, we ventured out….looking more like Walkers from The Walking Dead than getting-fit walkers….but we‘ve made a start.
Here’s hoping the scales like my efforts.

Meanwhile, here’s a card to warm your cockles.
This is a Michael Powell stamp, coloured with Brusho paints.

Thursday, 29 January 2015

A Bit of This n’ That


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Greetings Earthlings.
A quickie from me today using a bit of this & that…


…watercolours first, followed by a spot of stencilling with Liquitex Super Heavy Gel on a Crafters Workshop Circles Explosion template, liquid pearl highlights & coordinating sequins.


Sunday, 18 January 2015

Grrrrrr Moments


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This card, made for my fabulous son, should have been dead easy to make but I was having ‘one of those’ days.


I dusted off the ol’ Promarkers to create a background & coordinating honeycomb embellishments, using dies from Clearly Besotted

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I used a set of Memory Box alphabet dies to cut out my sons name.
This is when it all went downhill.


I stamped ‘Happy Birthday’ underneath his name & the ink smudged, so I re-stamped onto a scrap of card & stuck that on top….that looked rubbish.
Started again, only this time the ‘L’ die slipped in my Cuttlebug and his name came out all wonky.
The third attempt came out straight so I stamped the sentiment above his name & the same damned thing happened…ink smudged…Grrrr. Stamped again on a scrap & thankfully the position looked better this time.

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Finally it was time to slip the background behind his name & stick on the honeycomb embellishments, except 1 of the 5 had suddenly disappeared. Mr C & I looked absolutely everywhere only to eventually find it stuck to the back of my arm!!
This card WAS made with huge amounts of love for my son
(with a whole heap of ‘Grrrrrr’ moments thrown in).

Happy Birthday Oliver….love yer!!


Thursday, 15 January 2015

New Homes


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I’ve been having a BIG crafting clear-out & reminiscing over some of the crafty purchases I’ve made over the years.
There are some seriously cringe-worthy items, lots of shamefully unused bits n’ bobs and, I confess, enough papers to carpet the planet (with several layers).
I’ve also found some real treasures including this cute little house stamp set from a company called One Four Zero. I’m not sure they exist anymore but I’m so glad I rediscovered these stamps in my stash
The floral background was created with Majestix peg stamps.
Off to bundle everything up & to find it all a new, worthy home.

Monday, 12 January 2015

Groovy Greens


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Here’s another card using Brushos & stencils.
Like the Muppet that I am, I forgot to photograph the Brusho colours that I used but I think it may have been Leaf & Sea Green.


Using acrylic paper, I spritzed a few drops of water, sprinkled on my Brushos & puffed the colours around using my Tim Holtz puffing gadget to create my background.
I then puffed a co-coordinating green Promarker pen around the edges (again, sorry can’t remember the colour…Doh!)

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The next step (my fav’) was to use embossing paste with a stencil (Memory Box - Garden Fronds). I scribbled the same green Promarker pen as before on to my craft sheet & then added a small dollop of paste on top, mixed it together with a pallet knife & created 1 green frond. I sprinkled some glitter on too. When that was dry I repeated the process but this time just using the paste (which is white).


When it was all dry I glazed the green frond with clear gloss, for no reason, other than I like experimenting Smile

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To finish I outlined the card to frame it and I’ll add a sentiment at a late date.
Now, I’m off to write a blog post about Streptocarpus (like you do…lol).



Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Stay Away From the Light!!


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So here we go…attempt number 2 at watercolours.
I was really pleased with this until Mr & Miss C said it was lacking the sun….Grrrr.


So here’s how I started, watercolour paper & drizzles of masking fluid, which I left to dry over night. The masking fluid keeps areas of the paper white when you paint over it. The drizzles were eventually going to be light shimmering on the water.


There are some amazing artists providing online tutorials for watercolour beginners with loads of tips & advice.
I painted the scene, using my Windsor & Newton paints, using more water than my last effort, but the sun was a later addition (one I regret). I added it after the family critiques gave me one of those looks, by which time all the paint had dried & the added sun then didn’t blend or wash out.
A few hours later I rubbed off the masking fluid.

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Here’s the end result….just don’t look at the sun!!!!

Sunday, 4 January 2015

An Attempt at Water Colouring


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Don’t snigger.
This is my first ‘successful’ attempt at water colouring.
I use the word ‘successful’ as a means of describing the only attempt I was brave enough to show you. There’s a bin full of disasters beside me.
The books & online tutorials make it look so easy….phft!


I used these babies….Windsor & Newton half pan watercolours. The tree stamps are from the Cardio Winter Walks collection & the grass from the Inkylicious Essential Grasses set.

I have so many ideas in my head, ideas that I want to get onto paper.
Easier said than done.


Thursday, 1 January 2015

Happy New Year!


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Happy New Year everybody & welcome 2015.

Here’s another card using Brusho paints.


You can see from above the colours I used & the MINIMAL amount of paint ‘sprinkles’ needed to create the background. The powder is sprinkled onto dry card (I used satin silk art card this time).


Spritz with water. If you get any large water drops (see top edges of blue) then you can simply dab with tissue or paper towel just to suck up the excess water. Leave to dry naturally. I then spray with cheap hairspray to a) stop the colour coming off on your fingers & b) to re-intensify the colours).


I then cut out the portion I liked, added a Memory Box flowery border below & mounted onto my card. 3 gems…job done.

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Sunday, 28 December 2014

Puffing Sharpies


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I hope you’ve all had a fabulous Christmas & that Santa was kind.

My crafting experiments continue. The bin beside my little workstation is overflowing with disasters but I am, thankfully, having some success.

My card today was made using the Mini Aspen Trees template from Crafters Workshop & ‘puffing’ black & silver Sharpies pens with my Tim Holtz marker spritzer tool.
The white foliage is a Memory Box die, ‘Gentle leaf’, & the flowers are from one of the Papermania Capsule collections.

Enjoy your New Year celebrations.
See you next year.

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

And now….

…for something completely different.


I have several new craft BFFs.
The first is Liquitex Gloss Super Heavy Gel. Smeared over a stencil (this is a mini Cell Theory template from Crafter’s Workshop) you can create some beautiful effects. It goes on white but dries clear and because I wanted to use my second BFFs, Brusho paints, I’ve used satin silk art card which allows the paint to move about a bit before drying.


These little pots of powdered paints are amazing.
Everyone seems to just poke a hole in the pot lid in order to dispense the powder. It’s truly magical stuff & the mix of colours in some of the pots is quite unusual….

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The gel takes a couple of hours or so to dry properly & then you’re ready to play.
On this one I spritzed the card with water & then shook out a few sprinkles of Leaf Green & Turquoise Brushos. Trust me….a LITTLE goes a long way, these paints should last forever!
A quick puff with my third BFF, the Tim Holtz Distress Tim Holtz Distress Marker Spritzer tool (minus any pens) just to move the paint around et voila!

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Lush isn’t it?
Leave it to dry then my top tip would be to give it a quick coating of hairspray just to seal the colours. This paint is VERY intense & will temporarily stain your mitts & I do find it still rubs off a bit even when dry so I just hairspray to be sure.


Here’s my finished card.
There’s a lot of playing experimenting going on on my craft desk at the mo’, using all manner of things I’ve never used before, including embossing paste, masking fluid, stencils, shaving foam & more brusho paint techniques.
Until next time….XXX



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