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, Handcarved, Stampers Anonymous - Tim Holtz, Totally Trees

Brusho swaps! #131 – #133

I’m participating in another swap! This time it’s a Facebook group which focuses on Brushos and pigment powders. The theme for the swap is Spring. 

I started with this one…

I used the Brushos to sprinkle through a stencil. This was Gamboge and Lemon. 

I finished it with a simple silhouette stamp and a quote. 

Next I used Brushos to stamp the background. I love the way this works and the watercolour effect of the stamping.  I finished with a Totally Trees stamps and then a bit of water colouring.  

Now a background using the Brushos and then coloured in the stamped image using Brushos too! 

Love how all of these came out. 

Happy crafting! 


Totally Trees

For ATC’S sake … 57

A vintage and modern mix for today’s atc that I made for the Wicked Wednesday challenge.  I actually won last time I entered so looking forward to getting my prize and I am sure making some ATC’S with what I get!  Anyway the theme this time is Owl you need is love… and I’ve gone down the love theme for my entry.

I started with a piece of scratch paper that I added some stamping on (French text) and then added some distress stain in ground espresso.  

Next some stamping in versamark and embossing with gold Glitter powder. I used the Totally Trees set to do this although I didn’t do clear stamping which was fine as I just wanted it to be background. 

Then I added the piece of sequin waste using some gold staples. Then I wrapped some linen thread round and added the heart bronze charm. 

Finished off with some doodling and some neon sparkle gems. 

Love this. Such a fab mix of genre but they still work well together. 

Now today I have to sort out a Gelli plate class for in a few days so going to go and get painty in a few hours but first gymnastics class for the princess so need to get up and get us going for the day.

Happy crafting !


Totally Trees

Five atcs… and another pink and orange creation (46 – 50)

Tonight I made another 5 atcs! These are actually for random act of kindness week which is in a couple of weeks… but as I grabbed pink and orange for the colour scheme… yes I am getting a little obsessed… I knew it worked with the Paperartsy challenge so I’m posting these here now! 

I created them all in the same way although each features a different tree. 

I started with the piece of black and white patterned paper and covered it with distress inks using the blending tools. I used wild honey, spiced marmalade, worn lipstick and Picked Raspberry. All such lovely colours. 

Then I cut these just slightly smaller than the base ATC’S which I’d cut from Orange cardstock and stuck them down.  

Then I took some tags and using the same colours I did the trick of smooshing the colour on the craft sheet adding water and then layering up the tags with colours.  

Once they were dry I added a little more ink to the edges. Then took the Totally Trees stamps and stamped each with a different tree. Then used the Kim Dellow stamp to stamp the word grow on each. 

I added some bakers twine to each tag and then added a piece of craft foam behind to increase the dimension a bit. 

I did get another piece of the paper ready for an ATC but ran out of tags so have put that aside in the stash to do something else with at some point. 

Love these & hoping they bring a smile to their recipients faces as my RAK! 

And these five atcs take me upto 50 … only 315 to go in my year long challenge… and I’m racing ahead at the moment with quite a few multiple atc projects a bit like this one! 

Happy crafting!