Brusho Box

Standard

Last Sunday I went to Karen Clare’s Brusho Box workshop in Swanley, Kent. Karen is on the Lisa B Designs DT with me & she is one of the loveliest people you could hope to meet, she’s also super talented. She runs monthly workshops, so if you’re interested, follow her blog or find her on Facebook.

The MDF box was from Candy Box Crafts.

2015-01-21 001 002

I started the background at the workshop, but most of it was done this weekend, as last week I had no idea what I was going to do.

All the colouring & stencilling was done with Brusho colours. Initially I wasn’t going to add any texture, but I’ve been using gold embossing paste through stencils on other projects & liked it, so on it went.

 

2015-01-21 001 003

 

I had to include Stampotique’s Moth Fab of course & I added used Tim Holtz bird & quote stamps. I used TH fasteners for the drawer handles.

 

2015-01-21 001 004

 

On the sides are mushrooms from Dylusions Shrooms stamp set & Crafty Individuals Crowned Bunnies.

2015-01-21 001 005

The stencils I used were PaperArtsy, Donna Downey & TCW.

2015-01-21 001 006

I’m really happy with this, my Brusho pots are inside & it’s sitting on my craft table.

2015-01-21 001 007

Thanks so much to Karen for a lovely day.

K.

A Birthday Card for Chris

Standard

Hello, happy Saturday-soon-be-Sunday. Today’s birthday card is for my crafting friend Chris & it’s bright. Very bright. Too bright? You decide. The seemingly endless grey days of January are getting to me, so I’ll take all the brightness I can get. :)

I put distress inks onto a stencil – PaperArtsy ELB001 – & put watercolour card on top. I dried the card & applied black gesso through the border section of the Dylusions Snow stencil, then added bottle cap circles with Old Gold Fresco Finish paint. I also added Glossy Accents to some of stencilled circles.

 

2015-01-18 001 003

 

Stampotique’s Moth Fab was coloured with distress inks & a water brush.  I used one of my mini alphabet stamp sets for the greeting & punched out the circles.

 

2015-01-18 001 001

Happy birthday Chris, I hope you’ve enjoyed your day.

Thanks everyone for visiting my blog. I’ll end today by saying how thrilled & honoured I was when Kim Howard chose my Moth Fab Christmas card as one of her favourites from the SDC#176 challenge. Thanks so much Kim, I’m delighted to have the Stampotique favourites badge on my blog.

K.

A Birthday Card for Lin

Standard

(Very) Belated Happy New Year to everyone, I hope January is treating you well. Since the start of the month I have been elbows deep in orders & DT projects – you can see my DT cards on Tuesdays & Fridays usually (often on Sundays & Mondays too) on the Lisa B Designs Inspiration blog – but I have a number of friends with birthdays this month, so I needed to make cards for them too.  Today I’ll show you the card I made for Lin, whose birthday is today. I was so engrossed in making this that I completely forgot about taking photos.

I covered a square of white card with gesso & put another piece of card on top,  ‘smooshing’ them together to create texture, then separating them & leaving them to dry. My idea was to build up layers of colour with Brusho crystals, but despite many attempts I couldn’t get a result I was happy with. I decided that I liked the very pale green & purple background left behind by wiping off the Brushos with a baby wipe, so I dried the card thoroughly & applied White Fire Treasure Gold all over it with my fingers, which I buffed with a soft cloth. The sheen is not showing up particularly well on my computer, but it did look nice.

 

2015-01-18 001 007

 

I added stencilling – PaperArtsy ELB004 JOFY007 Wendy Vecchi Dots & Stripes Borders – with Eggplant Fresco Finish paint & black gesso. I used bottle caps with FF Old Gold & black gesso for the circles.

I decided when I‘d finished the card that the border stencilling needed something more, so I covered a scrap of white card with Seedless Preserves distress ink, punched out the circles & glued them down, then applied clear Wink of Stella & Glossy Accents.

The greeting is from Tim Holtz’ #Hashtags stamp set.

 

2015-01-18 001 005

Happy birthday Lin, I hope you’ve had a lovely day.

K.

Cards & Tree Decorations

Standard

Hello, thanks so much for all the kind comments on my recent posts, I appreciate each & every one.

I made today’s cards back at the beginning of December. Some needed to be mailed early & some I was just playing with ideas.

This one is copied from somewhere, but I can’t remember where. I used Brusho colours & I think the original was distress inks………..

2014-12-01 001 004

Same as above, but with white embossing, which I masked off before adding the colour……….

2014-12-01 001 003

The background on this card is a Hero Arts stamp – Beaded Curtain? – I inked it with distress inks. The large star was die cut from white card onto which I brayered Diamond Sparkle Medium……

2014-12-01 001 005

More white embossing & Salty Ocean distress ink……….

2014-11-29 001 016

White sparkle embossing & Brusho………..

2014-11-29 001 017

To finish, two MDF Christmas tree decorations………

2014-12-20 001 010

PaperArtsy Crackle Glaze (am rubbish at using Crackle Glaze at the moment) & Fresco paints, Sparkle Medium, Glossy Accents.

2014-12-20 001 009

Thanks again.

K.

 

My First Stampotique Christmas

Standard

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas Day.

Long ago, in the mists of time, I fell in love with Stampotique stamps. I loved the imagery & the strange characters & I kept promising myself that I would buy some. But other things got in the way, the stamps are expensive – wood mounted & excellent quality – and time went on. But a few weeks ago, Art From The Heart had a brief sale & I could resist no longer. I bought just two stamps; Top Knot & Moth Fab.

And here’s the first card I made, using Moth Fab………

2014-12-20 001 003

The background is Brusho colours, Portfolio pink pastel & stencilling with Orange Blossom Archival ink. The stars are a freebie stamp from Craft Stamper magazine, in 2013, I think. I added clear Wink of Stella to them.

I coloured Moth Fab with Fibralo pens & used clear Wink of Stella on her dress, the tree is from Papermania & has been in my stash for years.

2014-12-20 001 004

I think that, to celebrate my first Stampotique project, I’m going to enter this card in the current Stampotique blog challenge, SDC176. The theme is ‘Anything Goes’, so why not?

Thanks for looking.

K.

 

Brusho Christmas Cards

Standard

I had ideas for multi-layered Christmas cards, with lots of details, but as I got busier all those ideas went out the window. I needed to make a lot of cards & I needed to make them fast.

I took sheets of watercolour card & pots of Brusho colours & got to work……….

 

2014-12-10 001 008

Red, Ultramarine & Orange………….

2014-12-10 001 009

Red, Yellow & Emerald Green………….

2014-12-10 001 011

These were splattered with a mix of Imagination Crafts’ Gold Brocade Silkies & water.

Turquoise & Ultramarine……………

2014-12-10 001 010

Red, Turquoise & Ultramarine………

2014-12-10 001 012

These were splattered with a mix of Silver Satin Silkies & water.

The snowflake is a Memory Box die & the wreath is from the Tim Holtz Regal Crest die.

2014-12-10 001 008

Not your traditional Christmas cards, but better than nothing.

I wish you all the happiest of Christmases, see you on the other side………

K.

 

You Can’t Have Christmas Without Poinsettia

Standard

Well, of course you could, but I needed a title. Anyway, here are two more of my cards for Christmas. This one has gold embossing powder heat set over a reddish-pink Gelato………….

2014-12-20 001 008

This one is Weathered Wood, Dusty Concord & Seedless Preserves distress inks through a stencil, followed by silver Sparkle Medium……….

2014-12-10 001 013

A close up of the silver foiled effect………

2014-12-10 001 014

I made two more cards sing this technique & you can find out more in this post for the Lisa B Designs blog.

Thanks for visiting my blog.

K.