Monday, 23 May 2016

Sprinkle and spray...

My first time with Brushos and I'm hooked.

Just to get used to them I thought I would spritz them over some die cut flowers. I've used Heartfelt Creations Delicate Asters dies for these flowers.


It's a shame the Brusho bottles don't come colour coded so I pinched an idea I saw on TV which was to stick a map pin with a colour coded circle of card into the top of the Brusho bottle as shown below.

I can't believe such a tiny amount can pack such a punch of colour.

For anyone who hasn't used them, they start out like this...


..and, after spritzing with water, end up like this...


I have kept the rest of the card clean to show off the flowers and completed it with a sentiment from Paula Pascual.


Love love love these little pots of colour!

Bye for now, thanks for stopping by.

Monday, 16 May 2016

Making a right GIMP of myself...

This post is as much about me learning GIMP as it is about making flowers.

So what is GIMP? Having ditched Windows operating system several years ago when Microsoft stopped supporting Windows XP, I now use Linux instead. The best part is it's free. For those that don't know GIMP is the free photo editing software compatible with Linux. I've used both Paint Shop Pro and Photoshop in the past when I used Windows XP. GIMP is every bit as good, if not better in my view.


So not only did I edit the photos for this post in GIMP, I learned how to add text and symbols. Now you's all may be looking at this and thinking but it's really easy, but for me, although I'm far from a technophobe, it has take me a little while to get used to it. 

With no further ado, here are my flowers, complete with the names of the Tim Holtz colours I've used. Note my little left and right arrows!!


I've enjoyed learning something new today and will no doubt be using my newly aquired GIMP skills for future photos!

Saturday, 14 May 2016

Precious treasures...

It feels like winter has returned here so I thought what better to stay indoors and craft.

I found this huge flower from Prima at the bottom of my stash and thought I would use it for this creation, I love the different colour tones of the petals.

The background script stamp is by Stampin Up, and the flourishes are by Kelly Panacci for Hampton Arts.


And of course I've splashed around some Dylusion ink in Polished Jade, gorgeous colour.

Hope you like, enjoy your weekend whatever the weather!

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Waking up my mojo...

I think it is fair to say my card designs are going off in a new direction. Having spent years crafting along the clean and simple route, I felt I had got stuck in a rut. Since getting out my inks and watercolours out a few weeks ago my mojo has been reignited.

Now don't get me wrong, it is in my crafting DNA to leave lots of white space still, so I think my new creations will be somewhat of a hybrid between CAS and these new inky designs.


These abstract designs are much more out of my comfort zone, learning how to layer stamps and add ink without it ending up looking a total mess. Trust me several attempts have already ended up in the bin.

I have used a mixture of various texture stamps with sentiments by Paula Pascual.


 Now that I've unleashed my inky side I'm not sure I'm ready to go back, only time will tell.

Saturday, 7 May 2016

Enjoy the moment...

I find working with pastel colours quite difficult, so when I saw this week's colour challenge over at Less Is More I nearly ducked out. But that's not the idea of a challenge is it.

I have had this beautiful Anna Griffin semi circle stamp for a long time but never used it. When I stamped it I thought it had quite an ethnic look, so I went with I thought were quite ethnic colours of pale blue and peachy orange.


The centre sentiment is on old Hero Arts stamp, and the silver lining stamp is by Papertrey. Both quite good for perhaps someone who is going through a difficult time.

I've added just the tiniest spattering of Dylusions black marble ink, enough to add a bit of interest without, I hope, losing the CAS look.

Well I hope the weather is lovely where you are, it looks like summer had arrived early here. Enjoy your weekend!

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

My first inky collage creation...

You may be forgiven for thinking that you've come to the wrong blog.

Those of you who follow me regularly will know that usually my creations are very clean and simple, but today I bring you my inkiest creation so far.

A collage of texture stamps with lots of ink splattered everywhere. 


I have often seen these inky collage creations and longed to have go but have never been quite brave enough. For me it required a lot of thought, particularly in relation to overall composition, and a lot of practice on sheets of A4 paper before committing to making an actual card.

And that was it, just taking time out to play, something I don't do often enough.


I have used the beautiful Dylusions spray inks, they are so vibrant. The texture stamps are a mixture of Crafter's Companion and Kaisercraft, and sentiments by Papertrey.


This was yet another challenge for me but I am so pleased I persevered as I absolutely love the effect. 

I hope you like it too, thank you for stopping by!

Monday, 2 May 2016

Stretching my creative synapses...

I have been crafting for more years than I care to remember but I have made relatively few gift tags. I spent quite a while staring at my desk today before I even made a start. I pulled out every craft box and was practically buried under all my craft stash. I must have had a look of despair as hubby came in and asked what was wrong. I said I was trying to make a gift tag but was struggling for ideas. He looked at me surrounded by all my stuff. There was a few moments silence when he blurted out "but you have more craft stash than Create and Craft". He has a point, but I couldn't make him understand that loads of stash does not necessarily equal loads of mojo.

As I got started I realised I found making a gift tag much harder than I thought. I'm so used to having all that space to work with on a card that you just don't have when making a tag. Working on such a small piece of card was a challenge for me. 

I decided to layer two tags, one slightly smaller than the other, with co-ordinating lacy borders stamped in silver ink.

  tag f2

The "Friend" word stamp is one of my fave old Hero Arts stamps, which I've teamed with one of Papertrey's simple sentiments. Then I finished with some silk ribbon and grey May Arts cord.

  tag f

It looks so simple but this definitely used creative synapses that stretched me to my limit.

I've got to go, I've got quite a lot of clearing up to do.

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Upcycling old furniture

I'll be honest. I haven't felt like crafting at all over the last couple of weeks, so I decided to take a creative break and upcycle an old glass cabinet that I bought from a charity shop. I wish I had taken a before photo, but I can tell you it was dark brown wood and just looked very old and tired.

All it took was one 8oz pot of Plaid Folkart chalk paint in Vintage Mustard to transform it. It matches the colour scheme of my new craft area perfectly.


As soon as I saw it I knew it would be perfect for my Papertrey stamp collection and lots of other pretty craft stash.


Having moved to a different part of the house to craft I fancied a change. Instead of dark furniture, my new craft area is bright and cheery, just the kind of space to feel inspired.

Now you don't want to see my old craft units do you? Please don't make me show you. They are on the opposite side of the room and definitely still work in progress.

 Oh OK, here they are...they're not particularly pretty like my newly painted cabinet but boy do they work hard for me.


Now you may think the next photo is a bit boring but it is merely to demonstrate my idea for storing A5 stamp sets. 

I store them in A5 clear wallets and have found that a 12 litre Really Useful Box is the perfect size for the wallets. As you can see in the photo above I have several and have organised the stamps within into different categories such a Christmas, Halloween, Birthday and so on. I also do this with my craft dies too. I tell you since doing this I have reduced my accidental loss of craft stash to nil as I put the stamps or dies straight back in their wallets as I work.


Finally a photo of my lovely Ikea Falkhojden table and matching desk organiser-just right for showing off my beautiful Nuvo pots of glitter. The filigree table legs make it look as though it may be unstable but the table is heavyweight and very sturdy.

Of course, I have tidied it up for won't stay like this for long!


It is lovely to have given a new lease of life to my cabinet and make it really unique.

All I need now is some crafting mojo! Hope you like, thank you for stopping by.

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Spray and go!

 "Quick" and "inky" don't normally belong in the same sentence when it comes to my crafting. Usually if I start getting my inks out I'm in for a long session of crafting, but not so with this creation.

This is how I did it...

1. Spray Tim Holtz distress ink in "fossilised amber"-totally lush.
2. Stamp Stampendous "Ornate Border" in pink ink-just lovely.
3. Add yellow satin ribbon, Prima flower, May Arts cord, and a gorgeous sentiment from Paula Pascual.

Job done!

  inky 1

In less than 5 minutes this creation was born. 

As much as I love my Pan Pastels to create backgrounds, I am totally in love with the Tim Holtz sprays. I haven't done anything remotely inky for a while so this has made a fab change for me.

Hope to back soon with more!

Saturday, 2 April 2016

Spring is in the air...

The weather here is beautiful today, it seems at long last Spring has sprung, so you may wonder why I am using a Penny Black stamp called "Winter Berries" for this creation....

blossom 2

Of course I have added some Nuvo Crystal drops to add the illusion of blossom to give it a spring-like look. I think this stamp was made for these drops!

I've used Papermania Capsule collection cardstock in Midnight Blush. Although it's not the heaviest weight cardstock if, like me, you love your neutrals, the shades of grey are lovely.

To get round the sometimes difficult issue of stamping a sentiment onto dark cardstock without the white ink disappearing, I've created a small rectangular aperture and layered the dark card onto a white base. I find an image stamped in white ink is often easier to work with on dark card as I go over the design with what I think it the best white pen on the market-Sakura pen touch. With different size nibs they are ideal for using on dark cardstock.

  blossom 3

I have made this card for the challenge over at Less Is More which is "White space but not white space".  

Well I hope you too have lovely weather where you are, have a great weekend!

Monday, 28 March 2016

Just doodling...

Well, I am hunkering down indoors today as we are still on the tail end of storm Katie, although winds are now gradually easing and at least the sun is shining.

I decided to get my Spectrum Noir Sparkle pens out and just play, and this is what I came up with....

I masked off a central strip the width of the Papertrey bracket stamp from their Boutique Borders: Mini Thanks stamp set, and then gently flicked the pens to create this design. I had several attempts-it is easy to get carried away and end up over-doing it. 


I was lucky enough to get my mits on the new set of vintage hues Sparkle Noir pens from Hochanda, and have used them on the green card.

Well, I hope you like. Enjoy the rest of your Easter and thank you for stopping by!

Sunday, 20 March 2016

Feather Finery

Postie kindly brought me some new Papertrey stash the other day so I just had to unwrap it all and have a play.

I had been after this particular stamp set called "Feather Finery" for a while, it is just so lovely.


I also used their curved vertical die and then mounted it onto black cardstock. The feathers lend themselves to be stamped in graduated colours, so I've used 3 shades of lilac on each feather.

But by far my favourite part was using the new Nuvo crystal drops on the feathers. When I first bought these it was simply because I thought they would look very nice on my craft shelf (is that so wrong?), I didn't really think I would ever use them. Now I can't get enough of them, they work beautifully, no horrible splodges, just little drops that I think look very jewel like.


Well I hope you are enjoying weekend, I think Spring is finally on it's way here! Thank you for stopping by x