Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Brusho and Gel Medium

After watching Tracey demo the Brushos at the show and explain to us what the thickener was for I decided to see if it would work with Golden gels. Top one is soft gel mixed with orange and it was a bit thin and sloppy, but it still gave good results when dry.

This one is Golden regular gel medium mixed with turquoise brusho and scraped through a stencil. This was much firmer that the above and has dried with more depth, ie the surface is much more raised than the top one.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Birthday Thanks and a Lovely Surprise

Just so you know, this post is very picture heavy, very!! Firstly I had help unwrapping my presents and opening my cards this morning.

And then he really got stuck in!!

First batch of cards from my lovely friends Hazel, Lesley, Lin, Hazel H and Emma.

And the next batch are from some more lovely friends, Helen, Chrissie, Burn, Debs, Chris and Lin.

And the next fabulous batch are from my lovely friends, Kirsten, Alison, Chris and Linda.

And finally this lovely lot arrived today, Neet sent me the green Stampotique card, and Jo the one underneath with the LP image and the lovely Julie Ann made me a gorgeous charm gift and look at the tissue she wrapped it in (right) and the fabulous envie.

And this is a gorgeous hanging from Linda which she gave to me on Sunday at the Donny show, it's fabulous, front and back.

This is a close up of the fabulous charm from Julie Ann, look at those shrink plastic pieces, gorgeous.

And on Sunday at the show, the lovely Lin and Chris presented me with this fab envie top right and inside was this PA voucher, they asked me to spend it at the show, so I got the set of EV stamps left, thank you so much for this lovely present.

I also treated myself to this set of stamps by Ryn Designs with some birthday money.

And then these two plates were from my fabulous mate, Emma. They are a Choc Baroque steampunk set which I had my eyes on at Port Sunny.

And the lovely Lin and Helen also sent me email vouchers which arrived in my in-box this morning, but I've not had time to look for anything today as I had another fabulous surprise.

Emma came over to see me, so I grabbed a quickie pickie once Fraz had calmed down after saying his hellos, and she was finally able to sit and have a drink.

But my intention for today was just to craft and nothing else, primarily playing with the brushos. Emma was up for this as well and here are a couple of things she made. The red reminded us of poppies.

And we did quite well for not making too much mess, well to start with anyway!!!

Then Emma moved on to play with lots of other things, Pan Pastels, Silks, Primary Elements whilst I managed to throw the contents of a box all over the place!!!

This is brushos on a small canvas using a pipette and the TH distress marker spritzer. I dried each colour before adding the next.

And then after cutting out all the 3 plates of stamps above and Emma stamping each one to make sure I'd cut enough rubber off, I added a couple of images to the canvas.

Then I tried a stencil technique that I saw Tracey from Oyster stamps demo at the show on Sunday.

This is the stencil which Emma brought with her, but left at my house!!  It's another Ryn one.

I just loved how this one came out, it's just one colour of blue brusho and then spritzed.

And a tag with a pipette and the TH spritzer tool to blow it around. Then stamped a couple of the Choc Baroque steampunk images and coloured them in with brushos and a water brush.

This is another technique observed on Sunday by Tracey. You may recognise the background image as one of the EV stamps, yes I used brushos to stamp with, then stamped the LP image in black and bleached it out to remove all the colour from it. You wouldn't believe what a difference the bleach made!!

And for my last tag I simply stamped one of the Ryn sets of raindrops, very effective indeed.

This is Emmas bleached out brusho one using one of the new Choc B steampunk set.

And brushos using the TH spritzer tool to get some air to move the brusho about with Lavinia stamps.

And she was testing out more of the Choc B Steampunk images.

The red poppies again.

This tag background was done with silks and primary elements. Looks really good IRL.

And the brushos through the stencil.

I have no idea why, but it won't let me turn this and show it the right way up!!!

Again I have no idea why it's turned around, but nothing I can do. This is Emmas pan pastel make.

And if you've managed to stay with me this long, thank you and well done and a huge thank you to all who have sent birthday wishes via Twitter, FaceBook, by email and by post. I've had a truly lovely day made special by all of you.

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Doncaster Dome

Found Lesley and Linda's gang and hubby at their normal drinking spot. Fantastic to meet up with everyone again.

This is Claire's mum, Claire, Hazel and Lesley. I've not met Claire before IRL but spoken to her loads on twitter, great to finally meet you Claire and great to see Hazel too.

This is Tracey of Oyster Stamps demoing the fabulous brushos for honeydoo crafts.  She was stamping with them and putting them through stencils with some fantastic effects.

This is Linda contemplating if she actually needed them or not, she was very good and restrained from purchasing - lol.

Lesley, me and Hazel, just to prove I was actually there, with the PA stand behind us.

And finally just before Linda and co were about to leave after not winning a raffle prize, I snipped this photo as Darcy was walking past and Lelsey had joined us.

Now the lovely Lin and Chris were also there but for some unknown reason I didn't snap a photo of them, sorry ladies, I do apologise, but I'll get you next time xx

And I was very good, this is all I bought, a few bits from the MDF man, a TH stencil and some cut n dry. I actually wanted some thicker red liner tape and some 6" or 7" white square cards without envelopes, but didn't manage to get either!!!

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Purple, Pink & Black

Last night Lin sent me a video by France Papillon as she'd incorporated pan pastels, silks and primary elements into a journal page which you can see here. Now you know I don't do journals so I started with an 8" x 8" piece of white card and pretty much followed what she did.

Loved the drippage from the primary elements.

Stampotique have a theme this week of purple, pink and black, hence the colour scheme. I added a couple of the lattice die cuts, an arch and the two Stampotique characters which I coloured with distress markers.

PA Grunge paste used through the large diamond stencil coloured with purple and violet pan pastels.

Primary elements drippage over the grunge paste.

Stampotique images Moth Fab and Linda.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Quickie Male Card

Martin decided last night he needed a birthday card for his brother in law, so here it is. I'm also entering into this weeks That's Crafty challenge which has a theme of keep it simple.

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Brusho Splatting

I've been playing with three colours of brusho, burnt sienna, prussian blue and turquoise, a toothbrush, bubble wrap and white linen card.

Close up of the brusho splatted and flicked with a toothbrush.

More splats.

Close up of the brusho used with the bubble wrap.

Stamped the TH image in timber brown stazon and coloured the background with the same colours of brusho.

Added in idea-o-logy #7 and an arrow.

I stamped this guy from another of the TH stamp plates and again coloured him with burnt sienna and gave him a turquoise waistcoat.

Added a metal corner, and gave him a proper pocket watch!!

The TH men are stamped in timber brown stazon, masked off and the background stamp was stamped over them in gathered twigs distress ink.

I added tissue tape along the bottom and a selection of cogs, gears, a spinner and a brad.


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Hi I'm Sam, 43, birthday in October - Any piece of art gratefully rec'd - Thanks. OH, Martin, been together 23 years and still no plans to get married!!! We love spending time with our pupster, especially when the weather is dry and we get to take him to the woods. I love any sort of crafting and would say that I am adventurous with new materials. We love going skiing in any winter resort, but mainly the States or Canada, they have better snow!! We lost our first beardie, Max, August 2006 at a ripe old age of 14 and 1/4. Since then Frazzie has come along, he is now 6 years and 7 months old and is still a little Bugger, Bugger!!! Unfortunately in December 2008 we lost Alfie at 14 months old after only having a short time of 7 weeks loving and caring for him. He found a good buddie in Fraz and loved him to bits.

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