Happy birthday Mum!

Today my fabulous Mum turns 70!  It’s hard to believe looking at her, but she has indeed reached this amazing age.

So of course I needed to make her a lovely card to mark the occasion, and couldn’t resist using the new Watercolor Wings stamps which I love. 

I decided to use the gelliplate to stage the stamping for the background, and a clarity framer stencil.  Then I went for the stencil brushes and the dotty wave stencil for the background too.  

I then added the large butterfly, to which I did two layers and affixed it so it stood proud on the page.  I used the Spectrum Noir pencils to add shading to the square panel and finished it off with a hand stamped sentiment.

Love the way it came out.  A nice mount too using the coordinating colour card stock, then added some more stamping and shading on the envelope too to help it coordinate. 

Here are some close ups…

Happy birthday Mum!  

Loads of love as always.

Happy crafting! 


Beautiful brushos


One more gorgeous brusho card sample.  This time Paperartsy Hot Picks stamped sorted in Versamark and embossed with white detail powder. Then added the Brusho and plenty of water to give it more of a watercolour finish. I edged the panel using navy ink.

Then I added some DSP and card stock and ribbon and card candi to embellish.


I then used the same stamp and the navy ink to create the image on the envelope.

Next I decided it needed a sentiment so used the Four frames to create the topper.

Love how this came out.

Entering this into the flowers challenge at Paperartsy.  Nice easy challenge to join in with and have a few more I will blog about in the next couple of days to join in!  Loved the samples Leandra showed on the video this week.  Made me NEED more stamps! 

Happy crafting!


Masking and stencil fun

I got the little JOFY stamp in the sale a few months ago but hadn’t got round to using it till now.  I stamped it straight onto the tag in black and added some colour to the present image.

Then I decided the tag needed some colour and pattern. So I masked off the stamped image, added the stencil and brushed the two colour inks through the stencil. 


I then added the sentiment, punched out and layered up.  A tiny scrap of ribbon, and a touch of silver pen on the stamped image and th edge of the tag… and jobs a good un!

Entering this in the Fab n Funky challenge of no dsp… 

Happy crafting!


Feathering the Brushos & WOYWW!

really is it Wednesday already?  Not a thing has changed in my craft room since last week as not had a second free with an ounce of energy to start the task of tidying before I can create anything! Fortunately had a load of things I made a couple of weeks ago to blog… Including the card below.  But first the obligatory desk picture… 

Somewhere under this is a desk I promise… 

The mess has even spilt onto the stool next to the desk… Although these are the goodies that arrived in the post this week plus my pencil case full of spectrum noir pencils… 

Now for this weeks creative share… 

yes I know, I know… More Brusho…. But really I just love these little pots of colour!  

This was a card I made for a friends birthday a couple of weeks ago but never got round to sharing at the time.  It really was such a simple card to make too! 

Firstly heat emboss with white detail powder the fabulous Sheena Douglass feather stamp.  Then spray some water onto the cardstock panel.  Then sprinkle one few shakes of the Dark brown Brusho… Yes just the one colour actually has all the pigment colours you can see on the card.  Spray again once more just to soften and activate the crystals.  Set aside to let it dry.  Once dry use a tissue to remove any pigment off the embossing.  Then ink the edge of the panel. 

Choose a colour of cardstock and a neutral ink that goes with the Brusho background. I chose Canteloupe Crush and Early Espresso.  Stamp the sentiment, mount the panel on the cardstock and mount onto a card blank.  Stamp the flower on the envelope to finish the project off. 


Right as it’s been a rubbish day for me health wise I have not ventured far from my bed since I got home from work… Will now do a bit of blog hopping courtesy of Julia’s fab WOYWW before I nod off! 

Happy crafting! 


PATWITS circle journal… Julie’s journal

So this is my first spread for another’s journal in quite some time.

 Forgot how nerve wracking it is to create in a book that isn’t your own, especially when the talent expressed on the page before is so awe inspiring.

 I knew however to stare at the white page was a bad idea and it was better to get some colour down quickly just to take the fear away.

 So here are my basic process pics… Nothing fancy and you can tell I got carried away right at the end as the photos stop! 

So yes this is the point the mojo started working properly and I started to like what I had created.  Ok I know the girl is far from brilliant but she is pretty much as good as I get … Why on earth I thought a face was a good idea I have no idea! But I just went ahead and created and had fun and that was the idea! 

Yes I threw pretty much everything I could think of into it.

And now the final page…

Happy with that! Hope Julie likes it too! 

Happy crafting! 


Traveling tag card

I really don’t enjoy making cards for males… But my parents needed male and female cards and this is one of the male ones I made.  When I saw the challenge at Papertake blog was Use a Tag I knew it was the perfect time to share it! 

I started with a plain cream tag and transformed it using Distress Inks. 

I added ink through a stencil after the background was blended and then stamped some random travel themed stamps from the stash.

I used some linen thread twine and card candi to embellish.
The envelope got some inking too!

Happy crafting!


Simple happy brusho moments

Two more brusho cards today using am old SU stamp set Happy Moments.


Here kept the colour quite delicate and let it run with pop of some speckled colour.


This one quite the opposite with vibrant burst of colour.

Love the simplicity of both of these.

Happy crafting!


Fluttering with distress inks

Hello lovely blog readers

Today I have another of those cards I made for the parents stash to share…


For this I did plenty of blending with Distress Inks and then splattered with water.   Next I stamped the butterfly (Indigo Blu) randomly all over.

To make the sentiment pop I heat embossed it with black embossing powder and also added some versa mark to the edges roughly and heat embossed that too.


I added some funky fibres to the tag and raised it on the card blank for some dimension.

The envelope got some ink and a butterfly to match too.

Entering this into the Anything Goes challenge at Craft Your Passion Challenge blog. 

Happy crafting!


New stamps, new stencils!

A quick card created with new Ellen Vargo stamps and Emma Godfrey stencil! Fun and simple to create. 

I did the stencil bump technique to create the blurry two colour background, after I had stamped and masked the flower.  Then I coloured the flower with the fabulous Spectrum Noir pencils.  

Simple, pretty and effective little card for a friend.

Happy crafting! 


More Brusho play… Up up and away

It may not yet be apparent since I’ve hardly used them since I got them, but I love Brushos!!!  Who am I kidding?  I’ve done hardly anything but play with them.  The way the colour disperses on the paper when water is applied is like a thing of magic. I just adore working with them!  So here is another card using this fabulous product! 

I thought the blue panel looked like sky and so decided to dig out this hot air balloon stamp which was a freebie on a magazine and heat emboss it with black detail powder, then add the Brushos like a watercolour paint.  I then cut out the balloon and added it to the panel using Pinflair glue gel to give it dimension.  Next I added the happy birthday stamping in the sky and edged the panel with a black marker to make it pop! 

I added this to the card blank at an angle and then added some card candi as embellishment.  I purposefully wanted to keep it as clean and simple as possible, but couldn’t resist adding some more, different colored balloons to the envelope.  

Really pleased with this card, and of course the Brushos! 

This is also entered in the anything goes challenge at Crafty sentiments blog And the Addicted to CAS challenge at Addicted to stamps challenge blog

Happy crafting


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