Thursday, 12 July 2018

scrumptious succulent

This time a flowering cactus from the scrumptious succulents plate and a sentiment from blossom and grow, just to swop things around a bit.....
Afraid it's still brusho though - images stamped with versamark and white embossed before sprinkling leaf green brusho over the background and orange over the flowers and sentiment before spritzing with water. It looked a bit washed out when dry, so i sprinkled more brusho over the stems and the flowers and used a wet paintbrush to add more colour - once everything is dry, just tap off any excess powder.
A mat of black card and mounted onto a 7" square white card blank to finish off.

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

lolly sticks!

Have been meaning to try this technique since I saw Lesley Wharton demonstrate it on Hochanda a while ago, but never found the big lolly sticks - then my friend Moira produced some on Sunday.......
Thought this big cacti stamp from Chocolate Baroque would be ideal, and it just fitted onto 8 lolly sticks.
It is a lot easier if you stick the lolly sticks down onto card first, makes it far easier to stamp afterwards........thanks for the tip, Moira! I stamped using archival ink after colouring the sticks with distress inks, then got out my new dinky Koh-I-Noor watercolour palette (also from Chocolate Baroque) - I was surprised by how vibrant the colours were over the inked background, and they are so easy to use with a waterbrush.
I stamped the sentiment, then stuck it down onto a 7" square white card blank

Tuesday, 3 July 2018

all things of nature........

The current weather is very appropriate to show  last months featured cacti and succulent stamps, if not for today's show featuring Christmas!
Today I have the first of my samples last month for Chocolate Baroque using this lovely spiky flower, and, of course, my favourite brusho powders!
The spiky flower is from the blossom and grow plate, and the sentiment from scrumptious succulents.
A very quick card if you ignore the drying time - both images were stamped with versamark ink and white embossed. A good sprinkling of black brusho powder and a fairly heavy spritzing with water was all that was needed.
Once it was dry, trimmed to size and a mat of bronze/red  card to pick up the colours in the brusho, them mounted on a 7" square white card blank.
The second card is very similar, except that I ended up with a very watery effect - not really suited to cacti, but I liked it! I plan on trying to get this effect again using the mermaid queen stamp........

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

lords & ladies

 Today I have two cards using the lords & ladies flower stamp from Chocolate Baroque, and, of course, brusho powders.
The first one was stamped in brown ink and masked using Pebeo drawing gum before sprinkling blue and yellow brusho and spritzing with water. I also used the same colours on another piece of card to create the background piece.
Once everything was dry. I rubbed off the masking fluid and trimmed both pieces down to fit a 5"x7" white card blank, edging both pieces with a black marker before gluing down

The second card had a distress ink background
after stamping and masking the flower, adding the inks to a blending mat, spritzing with water and mopping up with the card. I added the foliage stamp in grey once everything was dry and before rubbing off the masking fluid.
I added shading with grey ink and a waterbrush, then used yello and green brusho with a waterbrush to add more colour to the leaves and the stamen. Green marker round the edges, and a 6"square card blank to finish.

Tuesday, 5 June 2018

dreaming wings

 I loved playing with this new stamp set,from Chocolate Baroque so much so that i have a lot to show you today, so a coffee first may be an idea!
My first two were experiments which worked ok, thankfully. I remembered seeing a post where someone had stamped using brusho, so i had to try it out. Sprinkling powder onto a stamp and then spritzing with water was not a good idea - it took about 8 impressions to get a passable image!
A different stamp, using the paler grey powder with a waterbrush to apply to the autumn medley stamp and stamping onto damp card was much better! I wanted a dreamy effect, so added nore powder round the edges and spritzed fairly heavily with water then used a damp feather stamp to stamp into the brusho round the face. - it took a long time to dry, but I liked the efffect, though the feathers didn't show up as well as i had hoped. The large zentangled feathers and the sentiment from words of inspiration were stamped in versamark and white embossed.

 This one was my first attempt at an eclipse card. I used a distress ink background on and A5 piece of white card, and stamped the birds fron the curly birds set using black versafine ink. I masked the bodies and wings using Pebeo drawing gum before stamping the feathers in grey versafine ink. I have a magnetic platform for my big shot, which was a definite help diecutting the letters - you don't really realise how big the letters are until you try to fit a word in! I made an A5 card from black card and trimmed the stamped panel down to fit, gluing the centres of the letters in place before adding the actual letters on foam pads. This was very fiddly, and I think you would get a better result diecutting the letters several times and gluing them in place.

This one used another distress ink background, with the curly birds again stamped in black versafine and masked with the drawing gum before stamping the feathers with grey versafine.
The sentiment in black is from the feathers set.

The fourth one is fairly similar, except that I stamped feathers drifting downwards on the card  using versamark and white embossing powder before dusting with turquoise and grey brusho powders and spritzing heavily with water.
The feathers were masked with the drawing gum before stamping the curly birds in blue distress ink.  sentiment in black versafine ink
.I used the same blue ink on the white base card and sponged the edges as well before adding the panel.

My last card was cut down from an A4 sheet of card, so i have quite a bit left in case I need to make some quick cards.......

The feathers were stamped using versamark ink and white embossed before sprinkling turquoise and purple brusho over the sheet and spritzing with water. A corner of the card was trimmed to
5.5" square and mounted onto a slightly larger piece of black card before adding to a 6" sqaure white card.

Monday, 28 May 2018


 Saturday was Hobby Art day at Costessey with Moira Walters, and we used the new bluebells stamp set.
Moira had some lovely samples, but I had to live up to the rebel reputation and do something different!
Actually this first one is fairly similar to the sample if you take out the background and the sentiment...... the bluebell spray was stamped onto blue card and white embossed before colouring with mica paints. Having just collected my set of inspirational quotes I had to try them out..... I thought this one fitted, so used it to randomly stamp in the background and then white embossed on a strip of blue for the sentiment.

The other cards are very similar, just different inks for stamping. It was supposed to be the quick first card using white embossing and brushos, it ended up taking me most of the day! As the bluebell stamps are small, most people used a butterfly stamp, but I wanted to see if I could make a bluebell wood land scene.
The first time I stamped the bluebells with versamark and white EP before masking with drawing gum and stamping the trees several times in grey versafine and masking them as well. Grey brusho and water across the lot. Snag here once I had rubbed off the masking was that i wasn't too sure what was bluebells and what was tree in some areas! Also the colour I used for the flowers meant that they didn't stand out.
Version two i stamped the bluebells using black versafine and painted them first before masking. The trees were stamped with grey versafine again and masked before adding the grey brusho.
I was much happier with this version, but don't think I will try to do it again, far too fiddly.

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

colours of nature?

Just when you thought I had given up on them, here i am back with my favourite brusho powders and some samples from the Chocolate Baroque tv shows - I just love the vibrant colours and the randomness of the results!
The large honeysuckle stamp was ideal, I stamped and embossed with white EP before sprinkling the red, yellow and green powders roughly where I would like them to stay, then spritzing fairly heavily with water. The EP resists the water, and also traps some of the colour into the image.
Sentiment from Mackintosh words stamped in black versafine, image trimmed down to fit onto a square white card blank with a deep red mat.

This one is far more muted, just a very light dusting of yellow powder to create a background. Image stamped with black versafine and coloured with watercolour pencils - have to admit I can't remember which set the sentiment came from!

For my final TV samples this month I have used the lovely big tree stamp from essence of nature.
The first one is very restrained, not a speck of brusho in sight!
I used a square white card blank as the base, and stamped the tree stamp all over  to create the background. I used hickory smoke distress ink and held  the stamp in my hand so that only part of the image stamped at a time.

 The focal image was stamped onto black card with versamark ink and I used a rather ancient bonding powder (which thankfully still worked) before using the gold and coppery mix of gilding flakes. For some reason i never got on with stamping using glue when i had the gilding flakes with everything craze years ago, but the bonding powders worked every time...

My final card was back to brusho for the foacl image. Stamped onto white card using black versafine ink and clear embossed before using yellow, red and blue powders to create the sky.

I started with a square back base card , and added the background card at an angle. This was a square of white card stamped with the trees in hickory smoke distress ink and sponged round the edges.
I trimmed the brusho image down, added a black mat and glued onto the background.