Saturday, 20 January 2018

InspireINK - Sparkle, Shimmer and Shine

Hello and welcome to my bit of the very first InspireInk blog hop!

We (the bloggers) are all current Stampin' Up!® demonstrators and every month we'll share a project that we've made according to the challenge criteria. The products used are all available in the current Annual, or seasonal, Stampin’ Up!® Catalogues*. We link our blogs together so that you can hop from one to the next just by following the "next" link at the bottom of the post.  

We'll be taking it in turns to set a challenge theme, and the theme for this month is - Sparkle, Shimmer and Shine ( easy for you to say!)

I made a card using the super-fabulous Myths and Magic Glimmer paper and the "Celebrate You" dies in the Sale-A-Bration brochure.  The picture doesn't really show it, but the dragonfly's wings (the stamp is from Dragonfly Dreams) and the "amazing" have Wink of Stella brushed over them to add some subtle shimmer.

As stated elsewhere in this blog, I am officially addicted to playing with Brushos and I made the background using them.  If you want to see how it went together, check my YouTube channel in a day or so....

Meanwhile, might I suggest that you hop along and see what the lovely Justyna has ready for you?  Click the button below!

Keep crafting!
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Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Discovering Brushos

Hi everyone, and welcome!

Today’s blog is a bit different. Just for once, I wanted to take some time to talk about techniques that you can use in your crafting.

Brushos on Shimmery White
I’m a bit of a technique-o-holic, just between you and me.  Before I discovered Stampin’ Up! most of my crafting was based around mixed media/altered art.  I love getting inky and painty. 
Brushos on Watercolour card

So I quite literally did a happy dance when I spotted Brushos in the catalogue, because that means that I can use them in my SU projects without teasing you!

I used them in different ways on different surfaces- 
and I will be using the results as a base for future projects.  I'm not going to explain the techniques in detail in future, so I wanted to spend a bit of time now showing you some of the ways these pots of brilliant colour can be used.
Here's the video I made while I was playing-

Brushos on Glossy White
I may be a little bit addicted to the starch-and-cling-film technique.  I used to be a primary school teacher and many of the ways of using colours are things I used to do with my classes - but I wouldn't have used spray starch with young children because of concerns about safety, so this one is new to me!

I was particularly pleased with the way Glossy White card came out- 
it's more of a satin finish than gloss and the starch doesn't leave quite so much texture but the colours are super-vibrant.
They work well with a stamped and embossed resist image as well.  For a super-bright contrast, I would use white embossing powder - I used clear here and colours did bleed a bit underneath.  

I had so much fun and I'm so happy with the results.  What do you think?  

Keep Crafting,

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Saturday, 13 January 2018

Falling Flowers Fancy box

Hello and welcome - thank you for visiting today, I'm so happy to see you!

I'm sharing a version of the very popular self-closing box today.  My claim to fame is that, as far as I know, I originated this style of box about three years ago.  (Really!)  Like many of us, I'm usually inspired by something I've seen elsewhere and make up my own versions, but not this time!

If I'm totally honest, I was going to make a different kind of project which I'd seen somewhere else, and as I was putting it together (actually as I was recording the video) I suddenly saw that I could put it together differently and get a really pretty box - so I did.  

A lot of people liked the result and made their own version.  And I couldn't be happier about it.You can even buy dies that will cut and score the card for you, but you don't really need them.

Today I'm revisiting the design.  Here's the original, which has a fancy top flap.
The new version has a smooth, flush closing top.  And I went completely out of my comfort zone and used Melon Mambo!  (But it goes so well with the DSP)  Take a look....

I really like this with the flush-fitting opening - how about you?  Whichever way you prefer, do give this one a try. Measurements?  

Card 10 1/2 " by 8

Score at 
(short side) 1 1/2' and 6 1/2"
(long side) 5" and 10", part-score at 2 1/2" & 7 1/2"

Let me know how you get on!

Keep crafting,


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Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Bright and Brusho

Hello again and welcome!

What's your favourite item in the new catalogue?    (If you haven't seen a copy, click the link at the bottom of the  page for a pdf or ask your demonstrator for a copy or get in touch with me and I’ll do my best to help you).  What are you most excited about?  There are so many lovely things, I’m struggling to decide which to play with first!  AND it’s Sale-A-Bration time too (who doesn’t love a freebie?)

One  item that  I was over the moon about is/are Brushos (p 27).  This isn’t a new product – it’s been around for quite a few years – and I have to admit to having a bit of a Brusho addiction.  I am, at heart, a messy, mixed-media, altered art sort of crafter.  I love nothing better than taking a plain piece of card and making it awesome by inking and spraying and sponging and Brushos are a fantastic way of adding colour.  

If you’ve never used them, Brushos are water-soluble colour crystals.  They’re superfine, and it’s recommended that you don’t open the jar but simply pierce a hole or two in the lid and use it like a salt shaker.  There are plenty of ways to use them and I’ll definitely be demoing some techniques over the coming weeks.

Today I’ve used Brushos, spray starch (yes, the stuff you use in laundry!) and cling film to create the background for this card.  I love the vibrant colours and the starch has created a bit of texture.  Using starch is a new departure for me – I’ve previously used water with the cling-film technique- but the idea seems to have been around for some time.

I’ve wittered on about the background, but the stamped image is pretty cool as well – and the stamps are from this year’s Sale-A-Bration so were FREE (my favourite price!)  If you want your very own set, find out how you can get your hands on them by popping over to my online shop.  Sale-A-Bration runs until the end of March 2018 but items are subject to availability, so I wouldn't wait too long just in case!

Anyway, I'm off to play

Keep Crafting!


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