Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Playing with Brushos

I've had a set of the wonderful Brusho crystals for a while and have dabbled here and there with a few backgrounds for cards.. but I decided to have a go at a proper painting.  This is a small painting to fit on a Birthday card I made for my daughter - she loves the Van Gogh Almond Blossom painting and even bought herself a print of it when she visited the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam.. 
I am very pleased with how it has turned out.. and so was she :)

 Here's how I did it:

First of all I printed a copy of the picture that I found online at the size I wanted for the card.. then I used some Trace down to make a rough outline just to mark out where the main branches are onto watercolour paper filling in the details with a pencil, once I was happy with the pencil drawing I went over it with masking fluid.  Once that was dry I wet the watercolour paper all over and sprinkled 4 various shades of blue Brushos and then misted it with water to blend even further. I dabbed with tissue where to wipe the excess water.. after drying it with a heat gun and it was completely dry, I rubbed off all the masking fluid..which left pure white areas to fill in the designs for the twigs and blossom.  I used Brusho crystals mixed with water to paint it.  I finished off when that was dry with a fine liner pen to add a bit more detail... and that's that!.. it was alot easier than I thought it was going to be and I really love the depth that the Brushos bring.

Thanks for visiting :)

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Faberge style Eggs!

I love the sheer beauty and craftsmanship of Faberge eggs.. they are completely over the top and extravagant (or eggtravagant! Lol).  I was so inspired by them I had to design some die cuts for Joanna, you can find them here
Here are the sample cards I made for Joanna:

 I can't be the only one with tons of holographic card stashed away wondering how to use it?.. Well die cut these eggs with it for an instant BLING!! I layered them over holographic too! This card is mainly black and cream with a little touch of lime green (holographic too!) The egg holders are plain cream card plus I added cream tulle across the base of the card to add to the luxury.

 To create the concertina style opening I drew around the egg die placing it next to the last one but slightly overlapping as I went along and then folding along the joins..it creates a lovely egg shaped mini book.  I decorated each egg with various colours of lace paper from Joanna Sheen Vol 1 Pad
 Then die cut 6 white Signature die Anya Faberge style egg for the inside pages and die 1
Signature die Caterina Faberge style egg for the front. I added ribbon before sticking to the card. All the flowers are from the Signature Dies flowers and leaves collection - I used Herb garden and Herb border and the Primrose.
For this card I die cut all 3 layers of card in the same place to layer up. I added mirror card on the inside to reflect the back of the egg. The egg is the Signature Die Anya Faberge style egg die cut from gold card and I cut 2 base dies. I made 2 eggs up layering one onto red the other onto blue card and stuck them back to back sandwiching cotton in the middle so as to attach the cotton in the layers of the background to hide it. The lovely Teddys are from Joanna Sheen Janet Kruskamp cardmaking collection Pad 1 and 2  and the lovely blue backing paper is from Joanna Sheens Paper collections Pad Vol 4 Christmas    and of course as with all these cards I added lots of gems!! Lol

Thanks for visiting and I hope these have inspired you to make your own Faberge style egg cards to share this Easter

Monday, March 6, 2017

Distress Oxide card

I was lucky enough to buy all 12 of the new Tim Holtz Distress Oxide ink pads and I have fallen in love with them. I love the softness of the colours and what's even better is that you can use them with the ordinary distress inks for matching tones of colours for a wonderful look on backgrounds etc.

I made this card after playing with them making some backgrounds on A6 pieces of card. After a pile of backgrounds I decided to die cut some to create wonderful colourful houses using Joanna Sheen's Signature dies - Town house dies 
I wanted to make a card with the feel of Amsterdam and give it to my daughter and her husband who celebrated their first wedding anniversary recently.  I used the distress oxide for the houses, river and leaves.  The various brickwork papers are from a lovely paper pad from Joanna Sheen Vol 2.   
I die cut the houses from the backgrounds and from white card. I cut out the windows to layer over the coloured houses for a neat window frame look.
I had to add lights to the card because the narrow boats and along the river bank are usually lit up at night.. so I cut small holes in the picture once I'd finished where the lights would be (artistic license Lol) and added lights behind - I used tiny micro LED's on copper wire with tiny battery cases. 
Here is the card:
First with the lights off

  ..and then the lights switched on!


My Daughter and Son-in-Law really loved the card and said that it totally reminded them of both their honeymoon and their short break in Amsterdam.. so Job done well :)

Thanks for visiting today.. come back soon to see more Distress Oxide creations! ..and more sample cards I have made for Joanna Sheen.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Card samples for Joanna's Show on 2nd Feb

I made some samples cards for Joanna for her show on Create and Craft TV shown on 2nd February last week.  I have used the latestJoanna Sheen Signature flower dies that I designed for her  together with one of her wonderful backing paper pads Vol 1

This first ard is inspired by the painting
Crown Imperial Fritillaries in a Copper Vase, c.1886
by Van Gogh

Background paper from pad and lightly
inked. Copper paper for vase and white gel pen for all the specs. Die cut about
12  Fritillarie flowers for this card

Bluebell Woods
  Backround is made up from Green and brown marble paper
 and blue lace paper from the pad. 
Butterflies are from Jane Shasky butterflies pad. 
Die cut about 20 bluebells for card.

Crocus Card
  Blue lace and green marble paper
 from Pad for background. 
Butterflies are from Jane
Shasky Butterflies Pad.

 Pots and pots of Primroses
  Created grid background using peel offs to
mask adding ink and then removing peel offs. 
Used One flower die cut for each pot
with a few extra to add the extra leaves and flowers.

Tulip Card
Die cut Tulip about 5 times
for this card

Thanks for visiting today :)

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Pebeo fantasy painted clocks

I thought I'd added these to my blog ages ago Lol... but it must have slipped my mind.
...anyway.. Here are two clocks I made myself from scratch.

 Dr Who inspired Timelord seal
I cut out the 12"  shape with 12 sides and covered it with the Pebeo fantasy paints, mixing the Prisme and the Moon paints together to get some amazing effects! I cut out the top decoration and covered that with grey and black pebeo fantasy paints.. the nerds out there might realise that I put the top part on back to front Lol! nevermind..

Ammonite shell
I used my own design for the shell.. it measures about 12" across.  I cut out the design using foam board and glued each part to the base leaving a gap between them. Each segment has been covered with the pebeo fantasy paints with black paint in the gaps. 

Both these clocks took a long time to dry and cure.. about 3 days.  but they do look good.  the Fossil is fun becaus it looks very heavy... but is light as a feather LOL!

Thanks for visiting
Sylvie x

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Handmade Photo baubles

Happy New Year!
I promised to show you these in my last post.  I made them using the clear snap together baubles you can get to fill with what ever you want. I used 4" ones because the dies fitted them perfectly.
I used the Tree of Life Signature die from Joanna Sheen that I designed last year. I also used a lovely clock face die from the Sheena Douglass  Time traveller series and the rubber stamp  with glow in the dark embossing powder on the green ones. The pink ones have pebeo gilding wax to make them shine. These were gifts and they went down very well.

I added crackle to outside edge to give an aged look and to make it look frosty.

Thanks for visiting
Hugs xx

Friday, December 30, 2016

Light up Star!

I made this star today for a friend.  It measures 22" and I have added some pretty little rice lights inside and it looks gorgeous!  I made it from some thick Ivory paper and punched all the holes with my Big Bite. Even though I have made  lots of these stars already over the last few years, I haven't got one this big so I think I will have to make one for myself and put it away for next year Lol!
Here it is:

 Here it is next to the top part of my tree.

 Thanks for visiting... I'll be back tomorrow with some bauble gifts I made this year.
Happy New Year!
Hugs  xxx

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Signature designer Fairy Die samples

I really enjoyed playing with the new Joanna Sheen Signature Dies -Designer Fairies that I designed for Joanna.
Here are the samples I made - some were shown on her last TV show.
 The image is from Joanna Sheen HollyPond Hill CD Rom

 This uses a clear snap together bauble 10cm.  I lightly sponged white gesson inside each half.
The die cut fairy sticks to the inside. I punched a small hole with my BigBite to poke the little
string of rice lights through.. clipped the bauble together - added the bow and ribbon hanger and then
added paper over the battery case to look like a tag.
I covered the mason jar with with tissue paper keeping it smoother in the middle with the creases top and bottom where I added glitter when it was dry. I stuck the die cut fairy and dragon fly to the inside of jar along with the extra cut out bits to create the scene.  I punched a hole in the lid for the small rice string lights to poke through.  The battery pack is glued to the top of the lid covered by the flowers and leaves but still accessable to turn it on and off.
 For the fairy mobil I used part of an embroidery hoop wrapped in ribbon with the various colour Fairy die cuts dangling down on more ribbon.

Here are a few extra cards that were on the show using more of Joanna Sheen products

Thanks for visiting today 
I hope you are enjoying the run up to Christmas!!!  I have made some Christmas cards and presents  I can add them to my blog once they have been given and opened.!! Watch this space!!


Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Sunday, October 2, 2016

TV sample cards and a free template

Here are some sample cards I made for Joanna Sheen's last TV shows.

This card was fun to make with the little lights added to the tree.
The bunting and backing paper are from the JS Christmas Paper pad.
The topper frame is an envelope to the thickness of the battery case (about 5 mm)with a cut out
opening – also helps keep the light inside where it's
wanted. I printed the image from the CDRom twice onto matt photo paper and again onto some vellum.
I punched holes where the candles are on the tree, layered the vellum under the image matching it up.
I cut out the little girls from the second printout layering them on top.
On a piece of card the same size as the topper I stuck down the lights where the candles are on the tree. I added mini Holly dies
The starry night Edger makes a magical edge for the easel to stand against.. I added mini Fir branch dies and the greeting and some pearls.

This card uses some burlap sparkly ribbon that
 I pulled apart for the frame around the topper.
Used Mini Fir branch die with faux red pearl pen added for a 
touch of festive colour.
Added The Holly Edger in 2 rows with light
inking for a more vintage feel.

Printed Angel and flowery papers from CDRom
All layers were sanded, pieced and added faux
stitching. Starry and snowflake papers from
JS Christmas pad.
andmini Fir die coloured with promarkers
Tiny pearls add sparkle and the pom pom
braid gives the feel of snow.

Printed out Santa topper adjusting the colours
to give a more sepia look. sanded the edges and added glitter..
Distressed the edges by sanding on all
4 backing paper layers from JS Vol 2 pad
added glitter on edges of top 2 layers
Layered them all onto the Red card stock
Added ribbons and silver bells plus the 25th 
with promarker pens
Added a mixture of real flat pearls and faux
pearls with a pearl pen.

I made box up as per template instructions
Added background paper from JS Vol 2 pad
also pretty winter images from the Jane Netley Mayhew Pad.
added Pom Pom braid around edge
Basic template & Instructions available at the end of this blog.

... and with the lights on....

I printed out the image from the Josephine Wall project book (No 9 Dew Drop Dancers)
Matt and layered the image, punched a hole
under the top right leaf (where the added layeres
will cover it up).then punched a hole through the main layer on the card and through the card front itself.
Then I poked the little lights through the hole to the image glueing them onto the drew drop carefully. Once this was dry I layered up all the layers and the netting. The Fairy Aurora die cut x2 from purple card – I added sparkly organsa in-between the layers of her wings for a more magical effect.
The lights are taped unside the card making it easy to turn them on and off.

I cut the tree shape from a Wood effect paper from the JS paper pad Vol 2 I chose the part with a knot in the wood so I could cut it out and layer the picture beneath. I cut a rough door shape for the fairy door and again adding an image to a secret word beneath the tree cut out. The die cut mini fairies have wings with sparkly organsa for shimmer. I added glitter to the main Topper image (No 4 Secret Garden) from the Josephone Wall project book and layered it up
The inked backing paper is from the pad along with the grass and floral edge.

I tore several pieces of the papers from the JS
Vol 2 paper pad to make the background. I cut out various little children from the Faye Whittaker pad plus the little boy by his beach hut.
add more to the little scene.
I used a red pen to add the red stripe around the edge of the card.

Used the Weathered Wood backing paper from the JS pad Vol 2 – cut out each plank and sanded back and then inked with Blueprint Sketch distress ink. Die cut the beach huts and birds
the Lifeboat ring was cut freehand with added
string for a beachy feel.

Thanks for visiting today but before I go: I made  up these templates for you to print out and use if you would like to have a go at making your own Memo pad box - just print out (to get actual size, print each of them on 2 halves and stick the A4 bits together if you don't have a printer big enough)



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