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Thursday, 18 January 2018

Brusho Crystals

I have only recently received my new Brusho Crystals and thought I would see what all the fuss was about.
I love them. By following a couple of tips on how to open then, or not open them they are very easy to use.
My main tip, as advised by support office, is DO NOT OPEN the lid of the crystal pots. The crystals are so fine, that just opening the lid causes them to poof everywhere. The best way to use the crystals is to use a sharp object, like a pin or a piercing tool, poke a couple of small holes in each lid and then use them as you would a salt shaker. All cards use Watercolour paper.
The butterfly card in the top left is caesd from the catalogue. I find the catalogue a great place for inspiration, especially when products are new. 
To make this card I heat embossed the butterfly from the Beautiful Day stamp set with white embossing powder. I applied water over the image with an Aquapainter, then quickly while the water was still very wet I sprinkled the Prussian Blue and Moss Green Brusho Crystals over the water. As the water dries the crystals blend together.

For this card, I again heat embossed, this time the flower from the Beautiful Day stamp set. I carefully only applied water to the flower with an Aquapainter and then sprinkled on the Red Brusho crystals. Once the flower was dry I did the same for the leaf with the Moss Green crystals. For the background I put a puddle of water on a block then tipped some Prussian Blue crystals into it. I used the Aquapainter to apply this to the paper.

The flower for this card was done the same as the last one. For the background a sprayed about 5 squirts from a spary bottle onto the Watercolour paper then sprinkled the Prussian Blue crystals lightly over the top. Once this dried, I wiped off the excess crystals.

These butterflies are stamped in Basic Black Archival ink. Just the butterflies were carefully wet with an Aquapainter. I sprinkled Yellow crystals on the top of the butterfly wings and Red crystals on the bottom half of the wings. These were left to dry and blend on their own.

To colour the background for the final card I covered the whole card with water frrom an Aquapainter then sprinkled the Prussian Blue crystals all over and allowed it to dry and spread. The butterfly was heat embossed in white, coloued with Yellow crystals and then cut out.

These are just a few of the techniques possible with the Brusho Crystals, I’m looking forward to discovering more of them.

I will be holding a class using the Brusho crystals in the near future.

Contact me for more information on this amazing product or any of our other products. 

Hpaay stampin,


Monday, 15 January 2018

Picture Perfect Birthday

These cards were made using the Picture Perfect Birthday stamp set and Picture Perfect Party Designer Series Paper. These products are great for beginners or for when you need a card quickly.

These papers have realistic photographic images on one side and patterns on the opposite side.

Happy Stampin,

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Friday, 12 January 2018

Let The Good Times Roll

Sale-a-bration and the new Occasions catalogue is here! I know I’m a bit late as they started on the 3rd of Jan, but I have been spending all my spare time working on samples for my first class for 2018 and mini catalogue launch on the 3rd of Feb.    Let The Good Time Roll is a stamp set from the Occasions catalogue. I dedicated a whole day to playing with this set and the matching thinlits.
 This is the first card I created.

The front uses part of the inside thinlit trimmed down to make a simple roller coaster.

Inside the card I cut the Roller coaster die from Soft Sky cardstock and again from Silver Foil.
Clouds have been heat embossed in the sky and carriages added to the roller coaster. Even the teeny tiny flags have been cut out and attached.
Although this card was lots of fun to make, I made a simplified version suitable for a class.

I will post a tutorial for this card after the class has been held.
I will be back regularly with more of my projects.
Happy Stampin,

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Tuesday, 19 December 2017

A few last Christmas cards for this year

I was very happy when I found out that this stamp set and thinlits very being carried over for the next catalogue. Hearts Come Home was my favourite set in the Holiday catalogue.
Back soon with a few more, Happy stampin, Rachel

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Display Board Stamper Projects

       I had so much fun last time I was selected to be a Display Board Stamper for one of Stampin' Up!s Onstage events, I decided to apply again. 

        These are my projects I'm submitting.
This card is a special birthday card I made for my daughter, who would live in the water if possible, she loves swimming. The Magical Mermaid set was on the top of my wish list earlier this year.
       To achieve the blurry 16 I dampened the watercolour paper before stamping the numerals, I wanted it to look like the numbers were under water too.

Here's a close up of the gold embossed Mermaid that was coloured with an Aqua painter.

Whilst I had this set out I dug out some photos from our trip to Fiji. Here is Miss 16, a few years earlier, practicing to be a Mermaid. She spent ages under the water with the waterproof camera, taking selfies!

Close up of the title and another Mermaid.

 My next card uses the Beautiful Bouquet stamp set and matching framelits. The background paper is from the Bundle of Love Specialty paper. The light pink flowers were inked in Versamark and then coloured on the edges with a Pink Pirouette Marker. This was then stamped on Very Vanilla cardstock and embossed with Clear Embossing Powder.

Here's a close up of the flowers.
 A few sprigs from Gold Glimmer paper add a bit more elegance, fitting for a wedding card.

My final card uses a brand new stamp set called Petal Palette and the matching thinlits Petals and More.

 The embossing on the left was done using one of the folders from the Petal Pair folders, also brand new in the Occasions Catalogue which starts on the 3rd of Jan.

The Silver Glimmer paper sprig was cut using the Petals and More Thinlits.

My first 3D project is a box of Christmas tags. The set used is Merry Mistletoe and is in the Annual Catalogue.

 The box slides open like a matchbox to reveal the tags. The window on the front was cut using the Lots of Labels dies. I then mounted a small piece of Window Sheet behind the panel to make a window.

 Here's a photo of some of the 8 tags. The top of each tag was punched with the Scalloped Tag punch. A small strip of Silver 1/8th ribbon was added to each tag so that it can be attached to a present.

My final project is Bone Folder holders that I made for those who attended my Stamp Camp.

The end of the holder was punched with the Scalloped edge punch. The flowers on the front were made using the Daisy punch.

My wonderful husband very carefully drilled a small hole in the end of each Bone Folder so that I could attach a Stamp Camp Tag and a tiny initial tag so that everyone knew which Bone Folder was theirs. The shrink plastic was cut using the Lots of Labels Dies.

I hope you enjoyed seeing my projects as much as I enjoyed making them,

Happy Stampin,