Thursday 31 March 2016

Bister and Brusho collection


Bister and Brusho are so popular at the moment, rightly so, they make fabulous backgrounds with minimum effort! I thought I would gather up some photos of my favourite makes with these products and put them together for you to see (many thanks to my dear friend Didi!).

Bister is my personal favourite, I love the natural tones of this dye and the little brown flecks give lots of texture. The little particles take slightly longer to react with water than Brusho, so you have time to play and get the look as you want it. Brusho colours are more vibrant and as they react very quickly with water, I sometimes feel that it 'gets away' from me and the colours merge too much. I use these products slightly differently, the Bister I sprinkle on my craft mat, spray with water then lay the card on top. I usually sprinkle the Brusho onto the card then spritz with water. Either way, they are fun and fabulous!

Here's a list of the stamps used:

Top left - Dylusions Background Love, Tim Holtz Runway

Top middle - Tim Holtz Flower Garden

Top right - Background stamps from Carabelle Studio, Shell from Designs by Ryn

Middle right - Tap from Carabelle Studio, Droplets from Designs by Ryn

Bottom right - Carabelle Studio background, Stampinback Poppies

Bottom middle - Viva Las Vegas!

Bottom left - Carabelle Studio Histoire du temps, Stampinback Poppies

Middle left - Various 'sea themed' stamps from Designs by Ryn and a Tim Holtz sentiment.

Thanks for visiting! Xxxx


Monday 28 March 2016

A journal page...


I haven't played with my journal for ages, but I felt like having a go yesterday. The gorgeous girl is from Viva Las Vegas and the zigzag stitchy stamps are from Carabelle studio.

Thanks for visiting! Xxx


Sunday 27 March 2016

Bright and bold Stampotique!

Happy Easter!

A crazy background for a crazy Stampotique girl, stencils, stamps, washi tape, distress inks and acrylic paint, messy fun!

Hope you are enjoying your Easter Sunday, God bless! Xxx


Friday 25 March 2016

Bister, Brusho and Tim Holtz...

Happy Easter peeps!

Hope you've all shared and enjoyed the beautiful weather today, had a walk on the beach with the dogs this afternoon and listened to the sea, lovely!

I was in the mood to crack open my Bister again and wondered what a dash of red Brusho powder in with the Bister would look like... Well, this is what it looks like! I stamped Tim Holtz's Daisy in Versafine Onyx Black and coloured it with Prismacolour pencils.

Hope you all have a peaceful, happy Easter. Many thanks for visiting, big hug! Xx


Saturday 19 March 2016

Altenew - Wild Hibiscus

Hello peeps!

Another Altenew card today, hope you're not getting bored with them?! I'm certainly not bored of these beautiful stamps, so many ways they can be used... Here I've just stamped the Hibiscus outline in Versafine Smokey Grey and water coloured loosely with Worn Lipstick Distress Ink. I made my own splatters in the background by tapping a loaded paintbrush over the card. I added some crystal stickles to add sparkle but, as usual, it doesn't show on the photo!

Thank you for visiting, much appreciated! Xxx


Thursday 17 March 2016

Magnolias for her, Altenew.

Hello crafty peeps!

I've got the Altenew bug!! I've used the 'Magnolias For Her' set to make this card, so relaxing to water-colour the flowers and leaves...

In the background I used my favourite stamp from the Stampin' Up set, Gorgeous Grunge, available in my Stampin' Up shop by clicking on the icon on the right! ;)

Hope you like it! Many thanks for visiting, big hug! Xxx


Monday 7 March 2016

Designs by Ryn and Hobby Art

Hello peeps!

My mojo has returned, and boy am I glad it's back!! Today I made a background with Distress Inks and the acrylic block method, that is I put some ink onto an acrylic block, spritzed the block with a little water then plonked it on the card, very technical!! Next I squidged (and yes, I do mean squidged 'cos the paint had gone a bit dry!) some Inka Gold paint in jade through the beautiful Maidenhair Fern stencil from Designs by Ryn. Actually, I quite like the rough texture that the dry paint gives, even if I was a bit grumpy about the paint drying out!...

Then I stamped the dear little birds from Hobby Art across the page, and coloured with Prismacolor pencils and gold glitter pen. I added a few of my latest fave accessory, sequins, and away we go...

Hope you like!! Thank you so much for visiting, big hug! Xxx


Sunday 6 March 2016

Mother's Day

Hello bloggers!

Happy Mother's Day to all you lovely mummies out there!!

I fell in love with a beautiful card on the Altenew blog by Therese Calvird ( and Therese had made a video tutorial to show how to make this card and colour these beautiful Altenew flowers...

The design is all Therese's work, I've just tried to follow her tutorial and my goodness, I certainly enjoyed giving it a go!! I'd forgotten how much I love 'colouring in'. If you haven't looked at Therese's work before, do have a look, her designs are beautiful...

I hope my mum loves it! ;). Thank you for visiting, big hug! Xxxx