Sunday, 1 March 2015

Brusho Box and Anything Goes!

This month the Crafts Galore Encore Challenge is, "Anything Goes", and the prize is a whopping $12 to spend in the gorgeous Di'd Digis online store.

I was lucky enough to go to a workshop with Karen Clare (AKA The Clock Lady!)  in which we put together and decorated a set of drawers for our Brusho (swoon!) collections.
We began by assembling and painting the Candy Box Crafts (items can be bought from Karen) and then we decorated the card panels for the drawers and front, using our Brushos, and to our own design.
I decided to use the pearlised side of the card (Crafter's Companion Centura Pearl in a cream colour) to see what happened!
I built the panels up using a selection of stamps (mainly Dyan Reaveley) and stencils, the colours were built up layer upon layer using the Brushos, which provide a great effect and because of their translucent quality, can provide differing depths of colours.
To finish we stuck handles on using nuts and screws from Wilko's "Fill a bag", range!
My Brushos are very happy with their new home :)
Happy Crafting,
Denyse x

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Saturday, 14 February 2015

Happy Valentine's Day .... or Bah Humbug! (Depending on your point of view!)

Today I thought that I would blog a Valentine's card. I started with a piece of mixed media card (from Daler Rowney) a broken trellis stencil and some grunge paste. I taped the stencil over the paper and applied the grunge paste using a spatula. Once it was dry I did the same thing with a heart stencil and then when that was dry I used the trellis stencil again, coming from the other side and on top of the heart.
I then took my brushes (sill brushes from Screwfix currently on sale three for £9.59) and using golden open acrylics lightly brushed in colour from the sides (I saw Barbara Gray's demo using canvas board, but wanted to try it out on card first!
Once dry, I scratched out areas with a pokey tool (giving the heart a lighter edge on one side) and then embossed with a small amount of Treasure Gold.
I hope you like it ... my husband did!
Happy Crafting,
Denyse x

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Friday, 6 February 2015

Use a Stamp or Digi for February!

This month at Crafts Galore Encore we have a fabulous Challenge for you as we have two wonderful sponsors with three prizes!
Our first sponsor is the ever delightful Kenny K, who are offering two prizes of their gorgeous digi images, two images can be chosen  a winner picked at random, and two by a chosen winner.

We are also delighted to say that Jelly Park are back up and running with a BRAND NEW website, featuring their delicious digi images!
Jelly Park are offering a bundle of images to a winner who will be chosen.


You will need to be happy to be part of a secret group on Facebook, happy working with digi stamps, have a blog, comment and produce 1 piece of work a month!

I used the Princess Image from Jelly Park Post Pals Group
PLEASE consider joining the group by following the link HERE you will be given a FREE image to use. You send your card to a seriously ill child and are then given another free image to create your next card. This is SO WORTHWHILE, I have received two photos of children with cards that I have made and their faces are so joyful!
I also used a Thank-You image from a previous Jelly Park Collection.
My princess card went to a lovely young lady named Bethany (not my daughter) and because digi images are so versatile I managed to create a reflection in the mirror for the Princess. I coloured with copics and cut on my Cameo!
Happy Crafting!

I would like to enter these for
Emerald Faeries Love Challenge #64 (Because the whole idea of Jelly park's Postpals is based on 
love really)
Fitztown Challenges Have a Heart  (Have a heart and join Postpals!)
Silhouette Challenges AG (everything including card blank cut on my Cameo)

Thursday, 1 January 2015

Happy New Year!!!

I would like to start by wishing you all A Happy New Year! I can't believe that it is a year since Isobel and I took over the running of the Crafts Galore Encore Challenge Blog.
For our first challenge of the year we are being sponsored by a favourite designer of ours, the lovely Janice from Scrapper's Delights.
The prize is three digi stamps of your choice from the Scrapper's Delights Store and there are lots of fabulous designs to choose from!
The theme is anything goes!
I worked with Honey Anime. I used a Clarity Stencil to emboss white card. I then used it as a stencil and coloured the circles using gelatos. The phrase was cut in vinyl on my Cameo and I coloured Honey in with my Copics, cutting her out by hand.
I hope you come and join in our first challenge of 2015 and wish you all the very best for 2015,
Happy Crafting!
Denyse xxx

I would like to enterthis for:-

Seemacrafts Anything Goes
Silhouette Challenges Anything Goes 
(It took just over15 mins as the sentiment had been cut
 previously and was in my stash!)
Inspiration Destination Anything Goes
Retarte #29 Anything Goes
Fairytale Stamper Everything Goes

Saturday, 1 November 2014

Brushos and Stamps for Anything Goes!

November's theme at Cards Galore Encore is Anything Goes and we are sponsored by the lovely Whoopsie Daisy, who are offering two free sheets of lovely digi's from their shop. Click on the badge below to have a look at their fab images.

We also have some exciting news, we are looking for new team members to start on January 1st 2015! If you would like to join us please click on the badge below to see the details!

I couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to go to an Eileen Godwin workshop at Oyster Stamps. She is a lovely lady and her creations with Brushos (amongst other things ) are amazing. I was really inspired and so for my project I used the techniques that I learnt at the workshop.
To begin with I wanted a "Splodge", stencil. Fortunately I have a Cameo, so I designed my own "Broken Lattice Splodge", and cut it out of Mylar. 

I then popped a tiny amount of Brusho powder on to my glass mat, added some water. I used purple, yellow and leaf green. If you haven't seen these bad boys in action you are in for a treat. You literally use a few grains (never open the lid to the brushos, just put a pin prick in it) and sponged the colour through the mask. Once it was dry I stamped flowers using the Penny Black Stamp, "Delicate Florals" and also water droplets from the fabulous Designs by Ryn stamps set. I then painted in the flowers and the droplets using brushos. I double mounted the card and felt it didn't need anything else added to it.
I hope you like it, it is my first unguided attempt with Brushos and I have to say I am really pleased with it!

Happy Crafting!
Denyse xxx
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Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Trick or Treat? Scary or sweet?

This month at Crafts Galore Encore the theme  is "Trick or Treat? Something Scary or Something Sweet?" and you have the option of entering a Halloween project or a "sweet", project (as not everybody likes Halloween!)

We are sponsored this month by the fabulous Kenny K and we have two prizes, both are for two digis of choice from the Kenny K website, one will be chosen at random and the other on merit!
We look forward to seeing all your entries but PLEASE REMEMBER TO CHECK IF YOU ARE A WINNER!(See the tab above!)
This month we also have another bonus prize of a set of Christmas stamps which will go to a chosen winner.

I began by painting gesso on a sheet of A4 card. I then cut out a background with bat cut outs using my trusty Cameo. I used Gelatos to colour over the background working from red, through orange to yellow and blending it. I sealed it with hairspray. I cut the black foreground on my Cameo and also used it to Print and Cut the Mummy. The mummy was coloured using green and warm grey copics. When I layered it up I created depth with silicon glue and put on three card candis!
Happy crafting and Happy Halloween!
Denyse x

Monday, 1 September 2014

September Already!

Well it's getting a bit chillier and Autumn is on its way as is a new challenge at Crafts Galore Encore. This month all you have to do is,
The Sponsor is Beccy's Place and the prize (which is randomly chosen) is 3 Digis or a digi set of your choice!

This month we also have a bonus set of stamps, which will be given to a chosen winner

I have been trying lots of new things lately (more to follow) and my card is made from using brusho powders on watercolour card. I also used a set of darkroom Door stamps and some FaberCastell Pitt pens!
Happy Crafting!

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Friday, 1 August 2014

My First Canvas!

I have wanted to create a canvas for a long time so when the theme for the Crafts Galore Encore Challenge for August was chosen as, "Anything Goes", I decided it was time to have a bash at it!
I began by covering the canvas in Gesso, once that was dry I tore masking tape up to mask the edge of the canvas, creating a ragged border. I then took my finishing brush (which is a 1950's 4" Badger haired brush) and lightly brushed the canvas with Paper Artsy Chalk Paints, brushing horizontally and then vertically to create texture. I used Claudine Hellmuth matt medium to adhere pieces of old book pages to the canvas, some of which I sprayed with water when dry and then peeled off to leave the text transferred beneath. I stamped my canvas using Stazon and a range of stamps from Dyan Reavely (Dylusions) and Tim Holtz. I also used various stencils which had artists texture paste roughly smeared through them. Both the stamps and the texture paste areas were then coloured in with Faber Castell Pitt Artists pens (both big and small) and I added more colour with gelatos. At the end when everything was dry I used a black pen to add dots and outline the stamped areas,
Finally I glued some randomly placed green dew drops on and ran washi tape around the edges of the canvas.
I have to say that I am really pleased with it and will be trying more!
This month's challenge is sponsored by Di's Digis and the prize is a whopping $12 to spend on Di's gorgeous digi stamps so do please enter our challenge HERE the design team have really come up trumps and their beautiful creations are well worth a look!

Happy crafting,
Denyse x

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