Brushos, Dies, Festival of Trees, Masks/Stencils, Santa builder, Tree punch, YouTube video

Advent cardmaking: Snowflake

Had fun with failed videos for today’s cardmaking video but got there on the third attempt… and as a result 4 cards got made!

Love using texture paste and brushos together… they create such beautiful shading and tonal colour… and these stencils from claritystamp are delightful.

Love how simple they were to finish into cute cards and how vibrant and jewel like the colours are.

Hope you enjoy the process video.

And here is a pic in daylight to show the true colours…

Happy crafting!


Brushos, Design Team, Digital stamps, Handcarved, Spectrum noir pencils

DT: Back to Basics and Beyond: Resist technique

Hello… in amongst all the Christmas madness I have a bright and cheery birthday card to share… which happens to be my design team contribution to the Back to Basics and Beyond challenge blog… and the challenge is … RESIST TECHNIQUE.

one of my favourite uses of this technique is to create a water colour background so that’s exactly what I did!

I used the Handcarved background stamp which I partially inked with versamark, stamped and then heat embossed. Then using diluted brushos in purple colours and a brush I added the colour. I also splashed colour to add to the messy vibrant patch of colour.

I chose a focal image (digital stamp from all Dressed up) and coloured it with spectrum noir pencils. Then I Found a happy birthday sentiment in my stamps and added that on a die cut circle. I edged the circle to make sure it popped with a stampin write marker.

Finished it off with some sequins.

Happy crafting!


Brushos, Dies, Masks/Stencils, PATWITS circle journal, Tim Holtz

Rebecca’s circle journal part 2

As promised there was a second part to the circle journal for me to share with you… the inside… and I went back to Christmas stash to make this!

I wanted a complete contrast from the outer pages so instead went for softer colour and watercolour using the Brushos to create a wintery landscape.

I’ve never really done an art journal page which is Christmas themed I don’t think so this made a nice change to Christmas craft on a different scale.

Absolutely love the Tim Holtz remnant rub ons. They are perfect for this kind of page!

So happy with this and how it contrasts with the front and back I shared yesterday. Hope Rebecca likes it too!

Video of the process can be found here.

Happy crafting!


Artist Trading Coins, Brushos

Twelve days of Christmas coins

I am running a short swap for the coins swap group this month … So people will hopefully get coins back before Christmas day… and the theme… 12 days of Christmas!

I made mine using the Creative magazine stamp set and some scraps of cardstock I had watercoloured. I then finished them each off differently.

Here they are before I cut them into coins…

And then once finished…

Love these images. They are so easy to colour in lots of different ways.

Enjoyed making these and hopefully the swappers will like them too.

Happy crafting!


Artist Trading Coins, Brushos, Distress oxide ink, Waterfront

More tropical ATCoins

So my swaps for the UK stampers forum were once again using the same theme as my coin swap group…. totally tropical.

I decided to use three different inks and the same stamp set to create three tropical scenes.

The first one I used normal dye based SU inks and stamped and then softened with a fine brush.

The second I used brushos and water spray to stamp. The third I used distress oxides to provide a more opaque image.

Love how these came out.

I covered them in versamark and clear emboss to seal the delicate inks and protect the artwork to finish.

Hope the recipient likes my tropical island scenes.

Happy crafting!


Art Alchemy paints, Artful Days Goodie Box, Brushos, Canvas and Mixed Media art, Darcy, Distress oxide ink, Inktense, Derwent, JOFY, Kim Dellow, Masks/Stencils, PATWITS circle journal, YouTube video

Sarah’s circle journal

I have another circle journal contribution to share with you today… this is the first in the current round of journals and it’s in Sarah’s journal. And I videoed the process for you to watch.

My colour scheme is lime and teal for the whole year so this was the first of the journals to apply my colour scheme to.

I started with a piece of the handmade paper I had bought cut to the right size to cover the spread. Then I added gesso and then brushos for the background.

Then I added some Inktense marks too and left the page to dry.

Next I took the other special paper I had bought and die cut some rings and added them to the page.

Now I know these don’t look like the colour scheme as they have some purple and gold in them too but I couldn’t resist adding them! Hopefully they will blend in by the end and work with the colour scheme still!

Remember when I am working on this page at this stage I have no plan or idea as to what the final page will look like so it’s just a case of me adding layers and going with the flow!

Next I added more definition and shading with my Inktense before adding some modelling paste through a stencil. I then set it aside to dry again.

Once it was dry I added metallic art alchemy paint to the raised circles and a few splashes with the leftover paint. I also added some pen work using a metallic gelli roll pen to add further definition to the circles.

At this point I forgot photos… so it’s a good job I videoed so you can follow along. I decided to create some clusters of “flowers” using the Kim Dellow stamps water colouring them with oxides. I also added some stamping in the background in both ink and sparks art alchemy paint. I also added some white posca pen doodles and marks.

I then grabbed some leaves from my flower embellishment box to add to the clusters and also some blue gems to add more sparkle.

I finished off with some black gesso splat and lines to make sure it teamed with the edge of the page in the book which I had done in black gesso to frame the page.

And here it is, complete with some Tim Holtz stickers, in the sunshine.

Love the vibrancy of the colours and the textures I created.

It’s definitely not a specific image but instead a collection of colours and textures into a cluster. Hopefully Sarah likes what I made for her.

Happy crafting!


Artist Trading Coins, Brushos, Shrink plastic, Totally Trees

Totally tropical Artist Trading Coins

So this month’s swap I’ve decided to contrast the UK weather with a bit of winter sun and gone with the theme of

totally tropical!

I mean November weather is just asking for a return to the beautiful balmy weather of the summer … so why not tropical?

So I decided to create a background of brushos and then stamp the palm tree from totally tropical on top and then heavily emboss it so it was all shiny.

Next I stamped and watercoloured the flamingos and fussy cut them out. Then added them and the shrink plastic sentiment to the coins to finish off. I then added green embossing to the edge as I thought it gave them a different look.

The finishing touch was to add the little gems as I thought these coins needed the sparkle.

Can’t wait to see how everyone else interprets this month’s prompt.

Happy crafting!


Brushos, Watercolour paints

Christmas cards set 1 for 2018

Yes I have made some Christmas cards… yes I know it’s only October but as I used most of the backlog of cards up last year it was wise to get started on this year’s sooner rather than later… and for this I made 12 over a few different sessions grabbing random bits of time and I thought masterboard approach was a good one to go for for this.

I grabbed some water colour cardstock and added water and brushos. (Yes part of my #31productchallenge first time the brushos have come out to play for me this month!)

Love how different they look once dry… although the lighting has turned this more green!

Then stamping … I got out the cute set of stamps from an old Creative Stamping magazine and created a set of stamps I could repeat as a pattern and stamped these all over.

Next I took a couple of the smaller images and stamped them in whisper white craft ink (#31productchallenge) and heat embossed them.

Then I cut the piece into 12 squares 3.5″ by 3.5″

Next it was time for focal images.

I stamped the cute animals from the set onto watercolour paper and heat embossed them. This didn’t work brilliantly but it was enough to provide some kind of edge to the lineart so I could colour the inages using my metallic water colour paints (#31productchallenge).

This gives the images some lovely shimmer. I started cutting images out and layering them onto the backgrounds and then decided to add some more shimmer in the backgrounds too as they looked a little flat. So I added the water colour paints to the images in the background and sometimes some flicks of paint.

Then I stamped the same sentiment 12 times and added it to the card panels and edged each of the panels in either the grey, island indigo or dapper denim.

All that remained was to add these to card blanks … so I chose 4×4 cards to add them to… and inside the card blanks I added a paper insert onto which I did some more stamping.

And this is them all finished off!

Super happy with these cute cards… and happy to have got the festive crafting underway!

Happy crafting!


Art Alchemy paints, Brushos, Canvas and Mixed Media art, Stamps

Arty Session.. Paris

So I didn’t want long to put some of the techniques that Karen Stamper shared at our class last weekend to use… I included them in this Paris based canvas session I did with my friends.

None of us finished our pieces completely as they need to dry before some of the finer details can be added but love how they all came out by the end of the session.

Mine is above. I love the drips and the metallic splatter I added. Definitely had a detour from Karen’s limited supplies as couldn’t resist using my Art Alchemy Sparks paints!

The pic of it in the daylight the next morning shows the colour better… it’s amazing the difference that natural light makes! (Depressing to think that days are getting shorter now as we head into autumn!)

Below are the pieces made by the others … Mara, Kathie and Eleanor.

Love how different they all look whilst keeping to similar ideas and the same theme.

Fast forward to the next night and I set about adding more details and definition… and ended up with a few more landmarks…

And then last night some more details added with embossing and an embossed Eiffel Tower. Calling it finished!

Need to get this in a frame and on the wall. Super super proud of this.

Happy crafting!


Brushos, Dies, Papermania

Spotty leaf card

The latest magazine from Creative Stamping has some fab leaf stamps and so I decided to have a play.

I had already got a piece of cardstock that I had added brushos to so I grabbed that as the starting point. I’m pretty sure it was aquamarine brusho that had been added and brushed to provide the streaky finish.

I stamped in distress oxide the leaf stamp and then clear embossed it. Then I die cut it using a stitched rounded rectangle die. I did the same with a piece of card I coloured using the wrinkle free technique and distress oxide. Then I chose a piece of Papermania wood patterned paper. I decided to tear it down one side and then adhere the three pieces together using eyelets.

This gave it a different look. Then I stamped the background stamp from the set onto the card blank down one side and added the panel.

Next I stamped and embossed the sentiment onto the leftover brusho card and added that.

Really love the different finishes and the stamped image. Going to play with the other leaf stamps too as they are fab.

Happy crafting!