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Thursday, 8 February 2018

Golden Brusho butterflies

These cards were inspired by Dena Albec. They use Beautiful Day stamp set and Brusho Crystals.

I first embossed the butterflies (on both cards) in gold embossing powder on Shimmery White card stock (Shimmery White is the best card stock to use with Brusho crystals).
I also gold embossed the sentiment on Dabber Denim Card stock for one of the cards.

Then I coloured the butterflies with different techniques. The first one I sprinkled brusho on the card and spritzed it with water. I added some water on the butterfly wings with aqua painter ti cover the entire butterfly with colour.

The second card I used aquapainter to add water on the spots where I wanted yellow colour, and then sprinkled Yellow Brusho on those areas. Then I added water on the areas where I wanted green and sprinkled Moss Green on the butterfly. I tried to keep the colours away from each other. Then I added Prussian Blue to the centre parts of the butterfly wings.

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Magical Day

Here is another card made using the 'Magical Day' stamp set and the matching thinlits.

The background is made using Brusho Crystals. On this, I sprinkled the crystals on the card stock, and then spritzed it with water. You can see that the centre of the paper got quite wet, and the crystals blended more, and at the edges, the crystals make more of a splatter design. 

This card also has some dazzling diamonds. 

Here are some random Brusho techniques. These will become cards at some point.

This one I watered the paper with aquapainter, and then sprinkled the brusho (Prussian Blue and some Brilliant Red)

This one I sprinkled Prussian Blue Brusho on the paper and then sprized it with water.

This one is my favourite!
I sprinkled Brilliant Red and Yellow Brusho on the paper and spritzed it with water. Then I let it dry completely, and then drew some swirls on the paper with aquapainter and sprinkled some more Yellow Brusho on the paper. You can actually also paint with Brusho! Just use a piece of plastic (or a clear block), sprinkle some crystals on it and use your aquapainter to pick the colour up!

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Celebrate You!

I love this 'Celebrate You' thinlits die, available as a Sale-a-bration freebie, when placing an order of $120. Don't worry, you can get it also later this year, as it will show up again in the next annual Catalogue, at the beginning of June 2018. It has 3 dies, two of which have been used in this card. The third spells 'amazing' which I'll show in the next post.

The stamp set on this one is 'Waterfront', from the Occasions catalogue p.48.
The background is made using Brusho Crystals, also on the Occasions catalogue, p.26. 
The Brusho Crystals are a cool way to make different kind of backgrounds, and I've been using them lately in almost all of my cards, just to try out different ways of using them. I'm also planning on doing a Brusho class, maybe towards the end of February, early March.

Also the cut out 'celebrate' is made using Brusho. I splashed Brusho on white card stock and once it dried, I cut out the word using the Celebrate You thinlits.

Sunday, 28 January 2018

One of a kind

I love this new 'Magical Day' stamp set!
I got it thinking it will make great cards for my niece, who is into Disney princesses. So far I have made couple of cards with it, and it is so versatile.

It has this cute unicorn stamp, and you know unicorns are such an IN item nowadays.

The pink is 'Blushing Bride and the I used Archival Basic Gray for the sentiment and unicorns. The bakers twine is the new whisper white with silver metallic thread.

The middle unicorn is cut out using the matching die and popped up with dimensionals. I also added one rhinestone on the unicorn. The background unicorns are randomly stamped in different angles.

Friday, 26 January 2018


Okay, Stampin'Up! has brought back the alcohol ink blend markers. You might remember they had these few years back (blendabilities), but they had some problems with the tips drying (they were not airtight). So now they have fixed the problem (??).
I know, I'm a Stampin'Up! independent demonstrator, but I haven't been able to jump this wagon yet. I guess I'm waiting for the verdict, weather they are problem free or ....

I like how they have reduced the nr of pens to 2, instead of the previous 3. I found that the 3 pens were almost too close in tone, so this is much better. 

I also find that since Stampin'Up! introduced the watercolour pencils and now the BRUSHO Crystal ink... there are other colouring options available, so I really don't need another one.... maybe I'll order few next time just to see if I like them....
But click on the link above to see the new colour options!

Thursday, 25 January 2018

FINALLY some crafting!!

LOVE that new Painted With Love paper!!! and check out those PRETTY butterflies!!!

Okay, I know it's been awhile since my last blog post. I returned back to Canada on January 7th, but have been recovering from a VERY bad cold ever since. I actually got sick a week before Xmas, and I STILL have a cough!!! And I've seen a dr, got some meds, but still... it just lingers on.

But I must be getting better, since I've been crafting for the past few days!!!
Well... actually I've been busy finishing off a night stand (once it's at its fully finished, I'll post it here).

So this blog post is about crafting.

Yesterday I made a Wi-Fi sign for our guest bedroom. From this picture I blurred out our network name and password, but on the print they are printed with a very easily readable 'PT SERIF'-font. This way there are no questions about what letters, capital or lower case, and numbers there are in the password. You know how some fonts you cannot tell if it's a lower case L (l) or number one (1). But I found on 'PT SERIF'-font it's very clear. I used My Memories Suite 6 -program to make the sign (this is similar to the old Stampin'Up My Digital Studio program (same program developer), but since Stampin'Up got rid of the MDS, I upgraded to My Memories Suite, which gets updates regularly.
(You can still use the old MDS files in this program... too bad you cannot get the new Stampin'Up! images for it).

I also decorated the plain white frame with Washi Tape. The tape is from the latest Holiday Catalogue (no longer available). And the font visible in this picture is 'Jane Austen'.

I've also been playing with the new BRUSHO Crystals (available in the new Occasions catalogue, p.26). The BRUSHO Crystals are Watercolour ink crystals!!
So you can either sprinkle them on the paper and add water (either by spritzing or with a brush, depending on what effect you want), or you can add water on your card stock and THEN add the crystals. The cool thing is that you never know what kind of result you get. Okay, sometimes it can be annoying, as you want to create a certain kind of a background, and the end result is totally different.

On the picture you can see the pink and orange versions. They are created with a brush (smoothing the colour after adding water and the crystals). The others are done either by adding crystals and spritzing the paper, or by adding water with a brush and then sprinkling the crystals on it.

The biggest problem for me with these is that I have to WAIT!!! So I tried different kind of techniques, then let them dry until the next day (you don't need to wait THAT long, but I didn't have the time/energy that evening to finish them). So the hard part was to go back to the created pieces and trying to figure out what to make out of them. You can also add new colours after you let the original piece dry. I have a card coming up on that also.

So here are few cards waiting to be properly photographed in my lightbox. You can see the pink and the orange one used here (oops, one of the cards had decided to open too much... I guess you just have to wait few days to see it).

Monday, 18 December 2017

Merry Patterns, special Hostess set

I just love this stamp set - unfortunately it was only available for hostess orders for the month of October. Just too soon for holiday crafts. I got mine, but didn't get to use it until December!!

I love the easy two step stamping with photopolymer stamps. And even if you are not 100% matching, it still looks pretty good!

So I made this one card with 3 different colour combos, using the special metallic snow flakes available from the Holiday Catalogue. The pack has 2 different colours of metallic snow flakes - gold and silver. The back of the snow flake is white, so I guess you could use them white also.

The first two colour combos where on Whisper White card stock, using Night of Navy card stock as a layer, Silver snowflake and on one the deer and the pattern sentiment has been stamped with Night of Navy, and on the other using in-colour 'Powder Pink'.

My favourite colour combo was the first one, which actually surprised me. I don't particularly like Very Vanilla, it's just a bit too yellow. I also don't care for the new in-colour 'tranquil tide'. But in this card, combined with the gold, it just looks 'trafidional'. The pattern stamp in the sentiment 'season' and the deer head has been stamped with Sahara Sand. The wood pattern paper (where the deer is stamped) is from Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack.

Then a very simple design. Just using single layer of Thick Whisper White Card Stock!. The stamp is from Merry Patterns special Hostess set. I stamped the outline deer with Archival Black Ink and then coloured the pattern version with Real Red marker (just the sweater part). Stamped the red sweater on the deer and then hand coloured using Sahara Sand Marker the head and the legs. I tried first colouring the stamp with two colours, but the image ended up smudged.

The border is hand drawn with Basic Black marker. The idea for this card came from Pinterest. I saw a german demonstrator doing this and thought it look very Scandinavian!