Recognition

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Bright Colours

              Hello.......
Here is today's card
The background has been cut from a Brusho's background of several colours.
I love how they blend and more often than not produce 'surprise' results.

The stamp is a Lavinia stamp heat embossed with gold.

I used the Brusho's, activated with water as a water-colour 
to further hi-light the image.
When you use them this way they are more controllable.
The linen card has a faux layer with gold embossing around the edge
The gold layer around the image is mirror card.
I finished off with gold thread and a die cut Hello sentiment.
I am entering the following challenges....
Crafty Hugs x





Monday, 28 September 2015

Dream

     KraftBlue and Wings.....
Update...I am thrilled and delighted to have been chosen 
as a top Three over at Cardz4guyz with this card-Thank you very much x
I was inspired by two challenges to make this card
I stamped the main image in blue archival and heat embossed with blue EP.
I did the same for the sentiment.
I used white acrylic paint to colour in the clouds and the sea-gulls.
I have used a stencil and heat embossing for the blue at the bottom 
and also run a line of  embossing ink with white EP to finish.
The card has been layered onto blue card stock and Kraft card.

By keeping to the two colours, limited layers 
and no embellishments it is my CAS card for ATCAS
The challenges are
Crafty Hugs x

Sunday, 27 September 2015

Pigment Powders.....

              Brusho's......
Still learning about Pigment Powders at The Paper Artsy Blog here
I was inspired to do this project
My inspiration has come from 2015 #17 Be The Rainbow by Kay Carley
at PaperArtsy Blog
Take a look it is very creative and gorgeous
It inspired me as I loved the technique of the background and
the technique of colouring in the flowers.
My other inspiration is from The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge
The background has been done with brusho's.
The right hand side of the project is darker and 
is to represent the green wood on the inspiration photo.
I coloured embossing paste with brusho's and spread it through a stencil.
at The PaperArtsy Blog.
I stamped the 'circles' and heat embossed with white embossing powder.
I took the circle idea and the colours from the photo inspiration.
The stamps are JOFY 09 set from PaperArtsy
The photo had small items within the tyres and 
I have represented this by a technique inspired by
where baby wipes had brusho's sprinkled on them, whilst damp, 
heat dried, which caused them to shrink and produce great texture.
I have popped on tiny pieces of these within some of the circles.
Click on the link as the blog post explains how this is done much better than I did!

I coloured in the circles using Brusho's as watercolours.
When you heat emboss the circles with EP the brusho's and 
water stay within the lines and become much more controllable.

I finished off by shadow stamping the tall grass, 
adding a tiny amount of mica to hi-light 'The Wood' effect and
sprinkling and heating shabby white embossing enamel from underneath.
These are two projects inspired by the inspiration in different styles.

Learning all the time about Pigment powders. 
Having fun and getting messy.
I find that creating with Brusho's is mostly be chance, 
mostly unpredictable and mostly a lovely surprise!
Crafty Hugs x





More Pigment Powders

             Brusho's......
Still learning about Pigment Powders at The Paper Artsy Blog here
I was inspired to do this project
My inspiration has come from 2015 #17 Brusho Cards by Catherine Johnson
at PaperArtsy Blog
Take a look its super CAS
It inspired me as using pigments can also be clean and simple and restrained.
My other inspiration is from the photo inspiration at The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge
The right hand side of the project 
is to represent the green wood on the inspiration photo.
I used a bark/tree stencil and embossing paste to represent this.
I added water to pigment powders and sprayed them over the paste.

I stamped the 'circles' and heat embossed with white embossing powder.
I took the circle idea and the colours from the photo inspiration.
The stamps are JOFY 09 set from PaperArtsy

I coloured in the circles using Brusho's as watercolours.
When you heat emboss the circles with EP the brusho's and 
water stay within the lines and become much more controllable.
I finished off by stamping the sentiment from the same stamp set 
and clear embossed it.
I also sprinkled and heated shabby white embossing enamel from underneath.
These are the two projects from the inspiration to see 
the similarity but I thought quite different in style.

Learning all the time about Pigment powders. 
I find that creating with Brusho's is mostly be chance, 
mostly unpredictable and mostly a lovely surprise!
I have loved the inspiration on The PaperArtsy blog with the Pigment Theme.
There has been so many clever and creative uses for them.
Hope to get some Bistre's now .........
Crafty Hugs x

Saturday, 26 September 2015

Steampunk

                                  Cogs........
The card started off as white card stock.
I have used  acrylic paints, distress inks, alcohol inks, embossing, 
pastes, dies, mica and stamping to make the card.
The shine on the card from the feux metal hasn't come out in the photo.
I have made this card for a family member who's birthday it is next week.
I popped in some detail to the inside of the card
I also made a tag for the gift.
I didn't see the need to wrap up the gift...the gift bag itself is good!
I am entering the card into two challenges
and
Crafty Hugs x



Friday, 25 September 2015

CAS-Fall Scene

                   Fall Has Arrived.....
This is my card.....a Fall Scene
I am entering my card into the following challenges.....
The Paper Players-Clean and Simple...Create A Fall Scene
I wanted to create a CAS card which was a 'Fall Scene'
from the Paper Players Challenge.
I die cut The Poppystamps Die called Maple Leaf 
and used this as a stencil/Mask as a basis for my 'scene'.

The following elements have been taken from
 the City Crafter Photo inspiration Challenge.
The hills, birds, sun and fallen leaves
The colour 'red' has been incorporated into the fallen leaves and
the colour 'yellow' into the sun.

The mini 'scene' was blended with distress inks.
I used a stamp for the trees, sentiment and the birds.
I hi-lighted the 'scene' with small amounts of Gold Mica 
to give that extra colour that this time of year brings.
I've kept the layers and embellishments to a minimum for a CAS card 
and loved taking time out to sit and produce this mini scene card.
Crafty Hugs x



Thursday, 24 September 2015

Pigment Powders

        Brusho's .....
They have provided videos, inspiration, techniques and information 
from the 13th September, at the start of the challenge.
I have loved trying the techniques out, each and every one of them.
I have always wanted to do more with my Brusho's 
and this has been great, it's sort of 'Made' me do it!
I am also entering The Mixed Media World Challenge-
Anything goes with Autumn Colours
I came up with this collage/project for the challenge
The background is Brusho's, Pigment Sprays and Mica.
One of the many things I have learnt on the PaperArtsy blog 
is that the Brusho's are not permanent even after heat setting.

I used the Designs by Ryn Hibiscus stencil with Embossing paste and Gel.
I thought the transparent one would be what I was looking for 
but it really did disappear so I used the more Opaque one 
but even then it still took on a lot of the colour of the background.
I used the Brusho's to Water colour, blend 
and to Hi-Light the Flowers, the leaves and the 'tall grass'.
I also used a white pen and Mica mixed with medium to hi-light some of the elements
I used the PaperArtsy EDY12 stamp set 
and the Jofy 09 stamp set.
 and the Designs by Ryn Hibiscus stencil.
 Some of my many attempts during The Pigment topic Theme
I have loved learning about Brusho's from the PaperArtsy Challenge Blog

The reason I have written out my diary below 
is that the Challenge asked you 
to say which technique/topic you where inspired by. 
I have to say I was inspired and tried them all!!! 
13th Sep-Watched the very helpful videos
Tried the background with Brusho's, sprays and mica 
and used one of them on my final project
14th Sep-Brusho and mixing with mediums
Tried the Brusho's with modeling paste and 3D Gel through a stencil
One is transparent and one white opaque so got very different and interesting results
Loved how it coloured the medium really well
Tried Brusho' with stencils, misting with water and then over-stamping them
16th Sep-Used the Brusho's with stamps
Learnt loads, very different results to how you use them
18th Sep-Be The Rainbow by Kay Carley
Just Loved this Inspiration Card
Use the link above-Take a look it is gorgeous
Just showed how versatile the pigments are and controllable, if you want them to be.
Loved the white embossing and keeping the Brusho's inside the embossed lines.
Loved the background and the light stamping over it and the use of the white pen.
20th Sep-Great tip about using damp  kitchen paper on the desktop 
and around your work as the Brusho's get everywhere, however careful you are!
Tried the bleaching and stamping, great idea
21st Sep-Great CAS card. Tried Brusho's to water colour and blend. 
Brusho's can be so unpredictable but also very controllable doing it this way
I used the idea on my final project
These are a few of my finished efforts so far...
Brusho's mixed with water and water colouring with a brush
Sprinkling dry Brusho's onto card and misting with water, also
wetting the card first and then sprinkling the Brusho's on
Using a couple of Brusho's, spraying with water, leaving them to do their magic, 
blend together and using the card to die cut
Heavily wetting the flower, inside the embossed area, 
sprinkling with Brusho's, gently moving them in the areas I wanted them 
and leave alone to dry
Pigment Sprays with Mica
I am hoping to buy The Bistre's now to enhance my Brusho's.
So much to learn and loving it!
I am also linking the blog to Designs by Ryn Challenge 
to show how I've used the beautiful Hibiscus stencil.
Thanks for stopping by this very long post today!
Crafty Hugs x




Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Greetings

        CAS(E) this sketch
I was inspired by the following three challenges
to make my card
I sprayed water colour card with Lindy's Stamp gang sprays, 
with mica in them and then used the 'Maple Leaf'  die
from Poppystamps to cut out the leaf.
The die cuts with an outline so I also die cut 
a piece of gold card to use as the outline.
I popped hessian at the back of the leaf and twine.
The small maple leaves have been stamped 
using distress markers in three colours
and represent the three small dots in the sketch.
The mica in the sprays are so pretty.
I have entered the Poppy stamps challenge three times 
but hopefully they are all very different?
I am loving these dies and its that time of year to use them!
Crafty Hugs x




Monday, 21 September 2015

In Pieces

                     A Little Note
to make this card
Update....I was a Spotlight Artist with this card...
Thank you so much, absolutely delighted!
The Poppy stamp has been stamped onto the white linen card and masked.
The background has been done with a stencil and black embossing paste.
This gave a nice texture to the layout.
I stamped the Poppy again onto paper and paper pieced it.
Although an old technique I had never paper pieced before,
as I am not so good at cutting out but I really enjoyed doing it.
I finished the card off with a stamped sentiment, 
a little red glossy accents on the smaller poppy heads at the bottom 
and three little gems.
Crafty Hugs x

Friday, 18 September 2015

Autumn Colours....

Autumn is a Second Spring
Today's card is inspired by the theme of Autumn, 
its leaves and Autumn Splendour.
I started by spraying several Lindy's Stamp Gang sprays onto card.
I used the Poppy Stamps Maple Leaf Border Die 
to cut out the four Maple Leaves out of white card stock 
and popped the sprayed background underneath.
I used wet glue as I didn't think the mica in the background 
would stick successfully with my normal tape glue.
However, once the sprays where wet they made a mess. 
Another lesson learned and had to start again!
The edge of the card has been embossed with gold EP.
I stamped the sentiment with a Clearly Besotted stamp,
with A Big and Juicy ink stamp pad of autumnal colours which gave a lovely effect.
The Mica sprays gave a gorgeous selection of Autumnal coloured leaves.
I do so love them!
I will be entering the card into the following challenges...
Crafty Hugs x