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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Saturday, 6 January 2018

It's impossible!

Hello and welcome!  

Today I am sharing this rather clever box.  It looks as if it's in two parts - a base and a lid - but in fact it's all in one.  

It's a new style to me, but it seems to have been around for some time - and I just HAD to find out how to make one!  I did some research, and found that, with a bit of careful measurement and burnishing of creases, it was quite straightforward to make

Here's the video-

I used the full width of a piece of 12 x 12 card, using a  separate joining strip to pull it all together.  Here's the folding/cutting diagram  -

And here's what I used!

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Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Let's Sale-A-Brate!

Hello, and welcome!

I've had a bit of a break from blogging/YouTubing recently.  It wasn't intentional;  I've been suffering from a particularly nasty cold that's been doing the rounds hereabouts.  I'm happy to say that I am on the mend now, and I did manage to record a few videos while I was recuperating.

And today is the first day of the new Spring/Summer catalogue AND Sale-A-Bration 2018 so I'm just popping in with a quick update for you.  

Don't forget to click on the links below to see what's in the new catalogue, and also the Sale-A-Bration brochure.  Want a physical copy?  Get in touch with your SU demonstrator or drop me a line ( if you're in the UK.

To start the fun, I've created my version of a card that's in the brochure - see if you can find it!

See you soon, and keep crafting!

Crafty Hugs,



Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Heart baskets

Hello everyone, and welcome!

Can you believe it?  This time next week Christmas 2017 will be over.  It always seems to come and go so quickly, unlike when I was small when it seemed like a lifetime from Christmas to Easter!  This is my last-but-one blog post before The Day and today I’m sharing a very traditional project.

These baskets could hang on the Christmas tree with little gifts inside, or be placed on guests’ plates at a festive meal.  They are easy enough for children to make – with a bit of help with the cutting if need be – and might be a useful way of keeping your small ones occupied on Christmas Eve.  They use the minimum of supplies - just paper, a bit of glue, and something to cut with.

I did have fun making these and I hope you do too.

Crafty Hugs,


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Saturday, 16 December 2017

Mini Milk Carton

Hello, and welcome!

As I'm writing this, summer seems a long way away. It's pretty cold here - well, by our standards of cold.  Even though this morning's sunrise was glorious (this was the view from my window today) it's still chilly!

So today I thought I'd make something using this gorgeous paper.

It makes me think of days in the summer sun.

Here's the tutorial -

Hope you enjoyed.

Keep crafting,


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