Sunday, 14 September 2014

Using up Brusho practice papers

Hope you are all having a lovely weekend. I have spent most of today doing all and I mean all my ironing, I bought a new ironing board that claimed to make ironing easier!!! I can confirm that it didn't and it is still a chore...... Having done all my ironing I was a little lacking in wardrobe space so this ironing task led me to sort out some (I couldn't cope with all) of my wardrobes. So 5 bin bags, for the charity shop, later I have managed to put my ironing away. After that I thought I needed some therapy and what better place then than a couple of hours in my craftroom.
I was sorting through all the sheets I had with my Brusho practising and decided to see if I could make some cards out them, so these are what I came up with.
Stamps used are all from the Revolution set by Visible Image 
Stamps are:-
Indigoblu "Beautiful Minds" set
Indigoblu "Script" background
Clarity "Word chain" No.5
and lastly
Stamps used:-
Indigoblu "Boadicea" set
Indigoblu - "Nature 1"
Bleach to remove the colour from the flowers then added the pale blue.
Thanks for stopping by
see you soon
Amanda X

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Brusho but with a clingfilm and perfect pearls combo

Hi Everyone
I hope you are all having a lovely weekend. I got the chance to finish a project I started a few days ago. I began with a background that I have made with brusho's but this time using them slightly differently, I first saw this technique on Anjas wonderful blog HERE and love the effect that she created, clingfilm and perfect pearls pewter spray.
Onto glassy card I sprinkled brusho's, a little water and sprays of perfect pearls pewter spray to also activate these little cystals of colour. I then laid scrunched up clingfilm onto top and wrinkled it around, once dry I removed the clingfilm and was left with this wonderful effect, unfortunately the camera doesn't pick up the pewter but it runs through the colour.
I then used Wendy Vecchi crackled texture paste through Crafters workshop "Mini Fish Fossils" stencil. I like how the wet paste has picked up some of the colours from the background I have also tinted them slightly with marigold distress stain.
You can see the crackled effect better here on a close up picture
I have used some Tim Holtz remnant rubs to finish this off.
I am currently looking for new ways to use Brusho crystals and really like how this technique has turned out.
I would like to enter this into this months challenge at Country View Challenges 
their theme for September is NAUTICAL.
thanks for stopping by and have a lovely saturday evening,
Amanda X

Friday, 12 September 2014

Favourite Colour Combo at C4E

Today starts another weekly challenge at Crafts4eternity and our theme for the week is
"your favourite colour combo" (minimum of 2 colours)
Now Here comes my big admission, one of my favourite colours!!!
and on this card I have teamed it up with grey and some touches of pastel colours.
It isn't totally another brusho card, the pink and pastels are mop ups on my craft sheet of slightly diluted Dylusions inks, the I added grey brusho over the top of that.
the main image is from Inkadinkado and I have no idea what its called. I have removed a little of the colour with bleach just to give a few white accents to it.
Other stamps include:-
Texture circle by Stampendous stamped in pink versamagic
Friends 2 by Art Journey
Sentiment Stampendous "Life is Art"
I have finally added a piece of sequined net which I cut into a strip.
So why not come along and join in with your favourite colour combo piece.
This particular challenge is sponsored by "Crafts4eternity" and one randomly chosen winner will be able to pick 3 digital stamps from the online store.
Myself and my team mates would love to see you over there and see what your favorite colour combo is.
Thanks for visiting and see you soon
Amanda X

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

One Man Band

This is a quick post as I really should be in bed as I have to be up at 5am tomorrow morning as I have an early start (work related)
Just wanted to share a birthday card I made using stamps from Paperartsy Urban Snapshots "Stage Lights" collection.
Background created using Brusho's and then stamped the music score with bleach.
Torn music paper dragged through brusho colour left on my craft mat.
Text stamped onto offcuts and stuck with pinflair for 3D effect.
Main image stamped with versafine black ink.
Happy Birthday is Tim Holtz stamp..
Anyway off I pop now, said it would be a quick post
thanks, as always, for visiting.
Amanda X 

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Fashion Fortnight at FSC

Today starts another new fortnightly challenge over at fashionable stamping challenges with the fabulous theme of
We want to see your fashion themed projects which must include rubber stamping as your main focus.
So to get things started here's mine.
I have created the background using Brusho's, I think for those of you that follow my blog you will have guessed that I am currently addicted to these little pots of paint crystals!!
I then stamped "Mode Chic" by Carabelle Studio.
Then using the postal stamp from "Paris Memoir" set - Tim Holtz I stamped with bleach over the brusho (I'm loving this effect too)
I also added the Eifell Tower from the same set. All stamping has been done with black versafine.
I added an additional sentiment "She had a flair for fashion" - Wendy Vecchi Flair for Art set.
Some machine stitching finish this card off.
Carabelle Studio - Mode Chic
My team mates have created some stunning pieces should you need any inspiration, and if you don't well worth a look anyway here.
One lucky winner will win a $20 voucher to spend in the Flonz Craft store.
Thanks for visiting and hopefully see you playing along with us this fortnight
Amanda X

Saturday, 6 September 2014

Refresh it! at stampotique

This weeks challenge at Stampotique Designers Challenge has been set by Kaz and the brief for this weeks challenge is:-
We all love playing with new stamps, but sometimes it's good to revisit some that have been neglected for a while. I'd like you to find an old favourite and give it a new lease of life.
I have chosen as my "Refresh" stamp one I have had for ages and, until now, never even seen an ink pad, how bad is that?
that stamp is
"Zara's Cupcake" by Maria Raita Sabina
I have used it to make this card for a very special little girl.
Lots of white space on this one, a little bit of stenciling with paint, washi tape and sentiment cut from my silhouette.
Image has been coloured with spectrum noir pencils.
I've gone with quite a different look with this weeks challenge so hope you like it.
thanks for visiting
Amanda X

Thursday, 4 September 2014

A Very difficult week

and huge big hello and welcome to my latest followers, thankyou for sharing my journey. This week has been a terrible week. Following a frantic call late saturday evening I have spent the week at the bedside of my very sick step mother. With the prognosis that she would probably only survive a couple of days I am pleased to say that she has been showing signs of improvement and has been moved to another hospital ward to be cared for. Needless to say my Dad is not for moving from her side because she is a long way from being in any position to go home, so we are all just waiting.........
I have though this week, mostly in the early hours of the morning because I couldn't sleep, being playing in my neglected art journal. It gave me a chance to ink up at least one of my new Dylusions stamps that are just sitting in a pile.
The one I have used here is "Survivor"
the other pages uses an old favourite Dina Wakley stamp - "Grungy Silhouette"
These pages are just a collection of splodges and ramblings.
I don't know really if they are any good, whatever good is? but making them this week has helped me a lot.
Thanks for visiting
Amanda X

Friday, 29 August 2014

It's a Little bit French

and a big hello to my latest followers it's lovely to have you along.
I have today been playing with "Elfe & Oiseau" stamp from the brilliant range of stamps that come from Carabelle Studio.
Having been playing a lot with brusho recently (something you might have noticed) I am trying to use some of the papers that I have created whilst practicing what these fabulous little crystals will do.
I have used again some of the brighter colours in the range. I then stamped my image with black versafine and then removed the colour from her skin with bleach. I have added a little bit of colour to her skin using spectrum noir pencils (camera seems to have washed that out a little)
I then made myself a custom bleach inkpad using a plastic tray and some sheets of kitchen roll paper and then added the bleach, the kitchen roll absorbs the bleach so as to not flood the stamp with the bleach. I then dipped my stamp "Spiritual Journey" by Stampotique and stamped it into the colour, I love how the text has appeared through the colour.
Then finally added the sentiment which thanks to google translates to say
"Love is the dream that isn't a dream" or words to that effect!!
Thanks for stopping by I really appreciate your visit.
Amanda X

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Under The Sea at Stampotique this week

Hi Everyone
Wednesday means a new weekly challenge over at Stampotique designers challenge and this weeks challenge has been set by Arwen, great theme Arwen and given me chance to use some of my beachcombing finds!!
I have gone with an ATB this week and my message on it is:-
"Treasure the world and share your adventure"
This post is a bit picture heavy to show all the sides.
Stampotique stamps used:-
Smumanha and Smushallaum both stamped onto gesso covered book paper glued to clearly for art so I could mould them both around the cube (nightmare to cut out!!)
Spider Grass
Sizzix ATB die
Archival inks
spectrum noir coloured pencils
Thanks Arwen for a fabulous way to spend my day off!!
Thanks for visiting
Amanda X

Saturday, 23 August 2014

Warm Sunshiny colours

Over at allsorts challenge blog the new seekly challenge is "Warm sunshiny colours" and using brusho (again) I have been playing around with some of the brighter colours in the range. I have applied the brusho to my page and blown it around to create my background effect.
The stamps I have used are Flutterby dinkie - Indigoblu
and a sentiment from Sheena Douglass - True Colours.
I hope you all have a lovely weekend and I am away now from a lovely soak in the bath.
Thanks for visiting and see you soon
Amanda X

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

what is it about elephants?

Just getting a late night post in, it's nearly midnight and I really should be away to my bed (I'll be sorry in the morning).
The challenge over at Less is more  this week is "Animals" and I have used my favourite animal the elephant. I am still in Brusho mode with these, practice makes perfect as they say.
I would like to enter both of these into the weekly challenge.
Here they are both together
and individually
Using a combination of brusho colours
Elephant is from Tim Holtz "Life Adventure" set
The word "strength" is taken and cut out from a longer quote stamp.
Background again a combination of Brusho colours
Elephant stamp is "Elephants" Joanna Sheen Jayne Netley Mayhew collection
Sentiment is from Clarity stamps word chain No. 5.
Thanks for visiting and I am away to my bed now before I turn into a pumpkin!!!
See you soon
Amanda X 

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

More Brusho and Bleach

I'm still playing with brusho, I just love this stuff, so much so I have just ordered the last 8 colours to complete my set, a girl just can't have enough colours!!
I have again been combining brusho with bleach this time using "Sunflower" by Indigoblu.
For my background I have used 3 colours of brusho and then just blown the around the page. I then stamped the sunflower with black versafine and then began removing the colour from the tip of the petals with a fine paintbrush and bleach, is it just me but I love the smell of bleach!!
To make the white dots in the centre of the flower I have removed the colour by dipping the end of a cocktail stick into the bleach. The sentiment is from Paperartsy Hot Picks.
Right off to play now and make the most of my day off.
Have a lovely day
Amanda X