Friday, 2 January 2015

Anything Goes!

I know, I know, it's a bit like buses here today, see none for ages then several turn up at the same time!
These cards are all for the new challenge at
 Lavinia where the theme is

I've been playing with my latest crafty buy, Brushos.
If you've seen some of the amazing creations that many of the Lavinia ladies have made using them you will be forgiven for not realising that I'd used them in 4 of today's creations.

I've a lot to learn and if you were a fly on the wall when I made this collection, you would have (in the words of Vivian Ward in Pretty Woman) "Peed your pants" I was ooing and ahhing, gasping and holding my breath, amazed at the gorgeous colours appearing on my paper and my hands and the area surrounding my craft mat. 
LOTS of baby wipes and paper towels were used in the creation of these items !

For the first two items I simply shook the tiniest amount of powder onto my mat, so tiny that I didn't realise there was any there until I touched it with my damp brush, I then just used it to paint my stamped  Hanging Lanterns.
I just LOVE the strong colours that can be achieved!

It's a good job that Tracey couldn't see what I was doing with my stamps for the next two items, I took my experimenting to a new level for me, Eileen was in my ear saying "Go for it" well actually she wasn't but I know that she would have been egging me on lol! 
I tried spraying my stamp with water and adding a sprinkle of powder, this didn't create what I wanted as the water was too wet if you get what I mean, the stamping just spread it's way into an unrecognisable splodge on the paper.
Then I remembered my bottle of glycerine, I added a tiny drip to my craft mat, added a light spray of water and painted this onto my stamp, I then sprinkled my stamp with different powders and brushed across the stamp with a dry brush. I love the look, especially on the first one here, I made the mistake on my second one of spraying the edge of my card after which caused the pigment to start to bleed, won't make that mistake again! I'm looking forward to experimenting some more. I've yet to try some of the techniques that Eileen demos on YouTube.
I wonder if she has any tips on how to remove the colours from my stamp lol! 

The last card was made after my tidy up, stamping one of my favourite images for a man's card, the Large Deer. "Happy" was cut using the ScanNcut.
If you fancy joining in with January's challenge, you can make anything you like using your Lavinia stamps or dies, it isn't necessary to have a blog to enter as email entries are accepted. You could be lucky enough to win a £40 voucher to spend at Lavinia.

I'm entering the following challenges:-
LRS132, Something old something new,(Brushos, piercing wheel)
ESC121, Something old something new, ""  ""  ""
CUYL5, Kraft,
LIM203, Family.

Thanks for stopping by,
Happy New Year!


Squirrel x said...

Oh you have been having fun missus, and what gorgeous results! xx

Chris said...

Oh Julie, you do make me laugh!! I can just hear you 'oohing and aahing' over your brushos and as for that 'too wet water' (I do know what you mean but it does sound funny!!!)These are such beautiful cards and I love the effects you've created with your experiments!
Happy New Year

Zoe said...

Beautiful creations Julie, Happy New Year xx Zoe xx

Sally said...

Happy New Year...Love your creations. you are far more adventurous than me ....
Hope you had a lovely Christmas.

Looking forward to seeing what else you create with these :))))
Hugs Sally xxx

Rainey's Craft Room said...

This is a fabulous collection of cards Julie. Sounds like you had great fun too making them. Love the stamp you have used and the Brusho's are new to me, must investigate.
Happy New Year.

Karen said...

Loving these Julie, fantastic variety. Happy New Year. Kx

Lea Brawn said...

These are absolutely fabulous x

Hellen Pearce said...

Gorgeous designs Julie, love the vibrancy of colour in them - does make a mess of your stamps though doesn't it lol, but still useable and at least I can't lose them now they're all Brusho'd! Happy New Year x

Julia said...

Hi Julie, wow, I just love the deer in the kraft card, its just beautiful! Thanks for joining us over at Challenge up your life!

karalschuknecht said...

Great cards, so pretty, and I might need to try some of this myself. Thanks for joining us this week at Eureka Stamps for our Old/New Challenge.
Karal DT

PaperDaisies said...

What a fabulous selection. Love each and everyone. Great job. Thank you for sharing your talents with us over at Loves Rubberstamps. Hugs Nina

Melissa Latchem said...

love the simplicity of these, so elegant

Nancy in Iowa said...

I think the hallmark of a great image is the ability to use it over and over with delightful results! Each one is as lovely as the next! I really may have to pick up this Lavinia! I love the versatility of this beauty! You always inspire! Hope 2015 is kind to you!

Manuela said...

Your kraft-card looks gorgeous! The big letters are great and the deer matches perfectly!
Thanks for playing with us at Challenge up your life! Hugs, Manuela

Ela G said...

Lovely cards all of them.

Eileen said...

Fantastic cards.... LOVE the tip re the glycerine and NO I have no tips for getting rid of the stains from my stamps except warm water and a dash of detergent and a soft t'brush!
Enjoy yer brusho's and thanks for the Vid mention
E xx

Linda R said...

Your post has me smiling. Looks like you have been having some creative fun!!! Fabulous work my friend!


Karen Clare said...

Fab samples Julie, all really