Monday, 18 June 2018

On one of my blog wandering moments, I came across a Brushos technique that I hadn’t seen before and I really fancied trying….

Given that the current Allsorts challenge is to use at least 2 die cuts, which I rarely use, I thought this may well fit the bill.

You’ll find my inspiration post here.

Here are my die cut cards… I’ve only used two colours of Brusho on each one.

Using 6 die cuts, 2 double stitched squares, 3 flowers and 1 word… the ‘shadow stamped’ flower is a Penny Black iris.


This one has 3 die cuts…I’ve edited it because it was showing as much darker, but now it’s showing lighter Sad smile The card base is a very deep green/blue – not quite turquoise – one of my favourite colours. Sorry I can’t get it to show up the way it is but this is a little clearer.


This one has 4 die cuts… and is probably my favourite. You can see the Penny Black stamp on the right hand side in the ‘shadow’ stamping.


So I decided to transfer the technique to my journal…


I did get a little carried away with more imprinting in the Brushos while wet, then stamping some background fillers in Broken Twigs and Delicata gold. I also added a little more red and yellow ink (Oxides) because the colours had lightened over the gesso. I used a gold pen afterwards, for a few highlights. I would love to be able to get more of these Sailor rolling ball pens but they don’t seem to be available anywhere! They really do look like gold, unlike most gold inks.

I used an old double ended Zig glue pen that I’ve probably had for 18 or more years on the flowers, and to my delight, it still works! But later, I noticed that some glue was still a little sticky on the pages, so I was worried they may stick together. Ping! I had a thought! Why not add some gold leaf to them…?


The words are from a Visible Image plate I found at Port Sunny and I love them! I added bits of journalling before and after photographs.

I’d like to link the journalling to the current Art Journal Journey Challenge and the above cards to

Stamping Sensations – Anything Goes

Penny Black and more – In My Garden 

Dragonfly Dreams – Anything Goes

My Time to Craft – Stamped Background

Mix it Up Challenge – Anything Goes

That’s all for now.

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Saturday, 16 June 2018

I love colour and I love the depth achieved by sponging, using whichever type of sponge you prefer, but occasionally, a light touch is preferable and gives a totally different effect.  I know ink brushing has been around a long time, but I never really fancied it until I watched the video Anja linked to, showing brushing inks with cosmetic brushes and really liked the idea…

So I had a play to experiment with them.

This one uses Distress Oxides and a couple of Tatty Button stamps, with a Chocolate Baroque border below. The words are from Stampinback and I coloured Tatty with Prismacolor pencils. The ‘bubble’ effect is from the card – I often stamp on the reverse of hammer cardstock because it seems to take the inks really well.

Addicted to stamps and more has an Anything Goes challenge, so I’d like to link this one.


I had the current  ‘Just Add Ink’ challenge in mind for this one, using the following colours… though of course I used the equivalent colours of Distress here…



The colours didn’t show up too well because I used glossy card so that I could play with a resist technique from Nancy Curry’s Resist book that I haven’t used for a while. I’m not sure I like the effect of the brushes here….

Next, I played with some of my Brilliance inkpads for a change, this time sponging the inks on and trying to keep (roughly) to the same colour scheme. I decided to reink some of my pads while I was playing, which led to some blotching, but I still liked the effects. I used the same stamps (Tim Holtz mini wildflowers).

I’d like to link this to the Flower Challenge, which is to use one of their previous challenges. I chose ‘Focus on background stamping’.


Not knowing when to stop, I overstamped one of my crackle stamps, using Brilliance Moonlight White ink.


For this one, I used the brushes again, but this time with standard distress inks, playing with this Canada goose stamp and creating a background for him. I love the subtle colours here. I used some Inkylicious stamps in the foreground and finished off with a light brushing of Gathered Twigs.

For Crafty Creations’ Anything Goes challenge.


This (Lavinia) Fairy card was sponged with Distress Oxides, but using the two palest colours to keep it subtle; Squeezed Lemonade and Tattered Rose. I managed to lose one of my little ‘shrooms – I’m very good at losing small clear stamps Sad smile  - but I love ‘shrooms, so hopefully it will show up soon! The two shrooms in the centre (ish) is a broken stamp but it still stamps well, even though I have to put the two pieces together every time I use them…. I just love them. Her wings are lightly coloured and glittered.

I’d like to link this to the Anything Goes challenges at:-

Love to Craft

Creative Moments

Dragonfly Dreams and

The Fairy and the Unicorn


And finally, in keeping with the more delicate theme, a simple journal page based on a Bible verse I love… the bottle sketch very rough, but I actually like the whimsical effect.

The verse is ‘You have counted my wanderings, put my tears into your bottle….’ and is from Psalm 56:8, which is my inspiration for the page. I’d like to link it to Art Journal Journey’s ‘Inspired by…’ challenge.


I’m off to play some more, in between other bits I need to do.

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Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Try it on Tuesday this week is For the Boys.

Here’s my entry.


This one was inspired by Avril’s DT sample for Fashionable Stamping’s Seaside Challenge, but uses a DoCrafts Michael Powell stamp, watercoloured with Inktense Pencils. I finished it off by handwriting words I associate with the seaside around the edge.


I’ll also enter the above card into the Country View Challenge ‘The Written Word’ and

Happy Little Stampers Watercolour – Anything Goes.

This next one was just a play around with stamps from Port Sunny (Lavinia Stamps and I can’t remember who the words are from – sorry).  The words in the background are from Visible Image and will be used again because I love them Smile  I used inks, stencils and lots of water splashing. I quite like the touch of Squeezed lemonade with the Shaded Lilac. The centre flower is coloured with Oxide and glittered – shock, horror!


There’s an Anything Goes challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More, so I’ll enter the one below… I think she is from Stampinback (I particularly love the fact that she has her own shadow – I have her in two sizes) and the words are from Non Sequitur. 


Because there are spots and speckles on this card, I’d like to link to Just Add Ink’s challenge – Spots, Splatters, Speckles (Choose two).


That’s all for now. Thanks for looking.

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Monday, 11 June 2018

I worked on this journal spread a while ago, but only finished them off yesterday, so I thought I’d share them for the Art Journal Journey ‘Inspired by…’ challenge.


It’s inspired by a Waterboys track, ‘Trumpets’…

Make My Mondays Challenge is Embossing Resist… this is my first play with one of my favourite techniques.


I stamped on white card with Versamark, then stamped the verse in Versafine, embossing with clear embossing powder.  I then sponged on distress inks - Salty Ocean, Peacock Feather, Toasted Marmalade and Mustard Seed, wiping the excess ink off the stamping with a paper towel. Then I stamped the Hero Arts wheat a couple of times in Mustard Seed ink. I love resist techniques and there’s a Faux Batik challenge over on another challenge blog, so I may well be doing some of that soon…

This is a card I made a while ago, using some new tree stamps from Marianne.


And here’s a little card made with a scrap background piece I found… though I did add some colour to it. The butterflies were from my ‘already cut out’ image basket, as was the word ‘Prayers’.


I’d like to link to

Simon Says Monday Challenge – Anything But a Card,

Butterfly Challenge


Snippets Playground

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Saturday, 9 June 2018

The theme at Art Journal Journey this month is ‘Inspired by…’ – what a great theme Smile

My first entry for this is inspired by friends and friendship…

I think the hardest thing about getting older is losing people who’ve had a big influence in your life and been very precious. Sadly, we tend to take people for granted until they’re no longer here, and this is my inspiration.

I firmly believe that everyone who comes into our life is sent by God for a reason… sometimes it’s only for a season, but other times the friendship lasts a lifetime and as we are the sum of our experiences, so each friend makes a contribution to who we are – some more than others….


I gessoed my pages first, applying some thickly so that I could stamp into it for texture, and some sponged with natural sponge before it dried. Then I decided I wanted pastel type colours and grabbed my Adirondack acrylics – I really ought to use what’s left before they dry up like the others…

I stamped with Distress Oxide, then clear embossed it. I’ll probably add a lot of journaling to this later because it aroused lots of memories, especially of friends no longer with us and others who are quite poorly.

On another note… this is my entry for the Allsorts Penny Black ‘In the Garden’ challenge, and I’ll also enter it into the Penny Black Saturday challenge, which is ‘Anything Goes’… obviously, I haven’t gone for the optional challenge of ‘Masculine’ in this one…Winking smile


I’ve been playing with one particular stamp the last few days – variations on a theme. Here are the results.


I stamped three of them in black, then coloured with Prismacolour pencils, the other one is stamped in a dark brown, though it’s hardly apparent that it isn’t black!

Here are the individual cards.




I had to reimagine the last one because my very reliable stamp smudged when this very unreliable stamper stamped it Sad smile

I stamped the flowers first, then overstamped some text in Delicata Shimmering White, which works well on Kraft card, before colouring. On the third, I stamped the background first, using Versamark, then heat set it before stamping and colouring the final flower.

Here’s another card using the same stamp, obviously focused again on friends... I stamped this one in the Stamping platform, using Tombow pens, adding colour little by little.


I’d like to link to the following challenges:-

Country View Challenges – The Written Word

Dragonfly Dreams – Anything Goes

A Bit More Time to Craft – Anything Goes

Not Just Cards – Anything Goes

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge – All things Bright and Beautiful

That’s all for now.

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Wednesday, 6 June 2018

I don’t actually have a garden… Winking smile but I do have a yard and I do have lots of pots and containers, which this year are filled with lots of tomato plants, fuchsias, herbs, lavender, clematis and other delightful plants…

This week’s stamping has been garden related – no surprise, really.

Another purple, aqua and lime card for the Stamp Ink Paper challenge. (Sadly, closed…)


A ‘Just Because’ card because I happened upon these stamps… I can remember how much I NEEDED this ‘Artists’ Signatures’ background stamp and I haven’t used it in years, so I intend to put that right… the flowers are from Unity Stamps.


Using the same (PB) words with some TH flowers,, a very different card…


This one uses just a section of one of my biggest stamps… a lovely (ten years or more) old  ‘Stamp Out Cute’ collage stamp.


and not in a garden, but for fun… another stamp I’ve had for a lot of years…


…and my entry for Addicted to Stamps Black & White Challenge…  a little like another one I did.


I’d like to link to the following challenges:-

Stamping Sensations, Anything Goes

Simon Says Stamp, All Things Bright and Beautiful

A Perfect Time to Craft, Anything Goes

Crafty Catz, Anything Goes with B&W option

Simply Papercraft, Anything Goes

Retro Rubber Challenge, Anything Goes

Alphabet Challenge, E for Ebony

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Friday, 1 June 2018

I made a couple of cards for some challenges I noticed, so I thought I’d better post them before they closed them… for a change. I seem to be missing a lot lately, just because I don’t blog them in time Sad smile

The first is for

SIP (Stamp Ink Paper) - Purple, Aqua and Lime


My lime is a little bit washed out, sorry – I probably shouldn’t have oxidised it! This is one of my favourite colour combinations but I rarely sponge it in stripes and maybe I shouldn’t have taken off colour with the stencil… sorry, my head is elsewhere at the moment.

I love the words, but next time I’ll use them with a more appropriate image, lol.

Insects, Bugs, Bees and Butterflies is the challenge at Allsorts and this is my entry…


It’s a simple offering – Wilted Violet and Seedless Preserve Oxide background, overstamped with Brilliance Moonlight White.

The butterfly is coloured with Prisma Pencils. I love the Papillons stamp – it’s from a set designed by Isabelle or Isa (of Isa’s Art) with lots of lovely French words about Nature and Flowers – I bought it from the Craft Barn a long time ago!

I’d also like to link to the

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge – Anything Goes

That’s all for now…

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Tuesday, 29 May 2018

The new challenge at Try it on Tuesday is She’s Got the Look! I’m Guest Designer for this one, so here’s my contribution…


The stamps are from Time to Stamp (now I Brake for Stamps) da Vinci plate, Paperartsy Ink and the Dog and the words background just peeping through is Non Sequitur – are they still around?   The stars are from Stampinback.

After masking the main image, I inked the background with Oxides, taking some off by misting water through a stencil and wiping with kitchen towel.

The words are computer generated.

I used lots of layers because I found it hard to find a background that worked with these colours (Spiced Marmalade, Squeezed Lemonade and Picked Raspberry), so I eventually went with the black, using white to pick up the contrast and pink to accentuate the colours.

I like layers.

Because this theme was well and truly in my head, I made a few different cards…

I stuck with the French theme for this one, masking the lady before stamping the French café scene (from a set sent to me by my friend in France) and going for dramatic with the black, white and red…


On similar lines, I used the same elegant lady (probably the only elegant lady stamp I own!) with one of my favourite faces in the background.


The graduated spots background is from Viva Las Vegas. The words are mainly stamped with a couple of computer generated words. The face is either VLV or Stampinback – sorry, I don’t remember.

This one is a simple black and white creation, aiming for a dramatic, stylish look.


Main image Paperbag Studio, (Oops!) Innovative Stamp Creations, words background from Stampendous.

My last effort is in one of my favourite colour combinations…blue, turquoise and lilac (salty ocean, peacock feather and wilted violet).

The background is a Non Sequitur stamp, white embossed, and I cut the ‘icon of creation’ phrase from a smaller version of the same stamp.  Face from Stampinback.


I’d like to link this to

Tuesday Throwdown – Make your own background

Simon Says Use More than One Stamp, Wed Challenge


The Artistic Stamper – Backgrounds

I look forward to seeing what you come up with on this theme over the next two weeks.

Thanks for having me, TIOT.

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