Thursday, 17 August 2017

On the Beach

On the Beach

Hallo Everyone!

Hope you are having a good
time and continue to enjoy the

If you are having to have an
indoors day do take a look
at Craftyfield's delightful
scrapbook page - it is sure
to inspire you to make a
page or two..........

"What better way to get in the holidays
 spirit than to look back to our last beach outing... 

Forever late in my scrapbooking, it was 
high time I documented it. The small photo 
immortilizes the day my men went into the mud 
flats and came back with what we named 
"Shrek's feet". I can't remember why, but at 
the time it provoked much hilarity...

Apologies for the main photo, the printer ran out of ink!

I'm using some masking tape to isolate what 
will be a sea impression, made with 
Distress Oxide in Faded Jeans, 
applied with a brayer

I applied the sand (DO in Fossilized Amber) and 
stencilled the sun with regular Distress inks 
in Squeezed Lemonade and Scattered Straw.

Using the masking tape I extend the sun rays.

Kaisercraft have some great washi tape 
but as I didn't have any to hand I made
 my own with some sticky labels and a stamp. 

I stamped with Archival inks and gave a wash
 of colours with DO. 

I then cut pieces from these as I needed.

 A bit of stencilling with a Carabelle stencil
 and DO in Walnut Stain.

 Using gel medium I add shells, sand 
and micro beads.

At this stage I was sorely tempted to turn
 this into a painting, as the DOs did such a great
 job at illustrating a beach, effortlessly...

A bit of stamping with Impression Obsession 
Create-A-Card Canvas. 

I am using it without the acrylic block to 
add small areas at a time. 

I also add some stamping with the same 
Kaisercraft stamp I have used for the "washi tape".

To finish I added some Kaisercraft flourishes 
(Life's a beach pack, of course) and die-cut words.

 Here are a few close up pictures."

Looks such a simple page Craftyfield
but on closer inspection there is 
more and more to see.  Thank you
for the inspiration.  Those Oxides
are a fantastic addition to the 
range aren't they? 

I only ever scrapbook odd memories
and I just love that
you can do as much or as little as
you feel and still have a great page

'Till tomorrow

Mickie xx

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

On the Beach

On the Beach

Hi There!

Hope you like our new topic
expect many of you are beached!
If you are on holiday - have a
great time, don't get sunburn
and come home safe

We have Louise Thomson here
today to start us off with a
delightful greeting card:

"You'll have to forgive me as I got all the
 shiny things out for this card and totally 
forgot to keep taking photos as I went 
along (oops!)
 Always have been easily distracted!

I started with a few distress oxides in 
shades of blue and green, smooshed onto 
my craft mat and spritzed with water.

 I repeated a few times to get the desired effect
 and made a tag while I was at it too... 
(waste not want not and all that!)

I placed the kaisercraft stencil over the
 blue and used a damp cloth through the stencil 
to remove some of the ink. 

Then I replaced the stencil and added grunge 
paste through it to create streams of bubbles.

 I also stamped some 'seaweed' in peeled 
paint distress oxide. (Technically the stamp is from
 Card-io's backyard blooms set, but I was using
 creative license) 

At the bottom of the card I added texture 
sand paste in quite a rough formation, 
then coated it in some yummy glitter and beads.

From this point onwards I basically went nuts 
adding every shiny thing I could find
 (which was quite a lot!)

Included here are metallic gel pens, 
stickles glitter, liquid pearls, wink of stella,
 glossy accents, and alchemy wax.

I also stamped parts of blue ferns' seaside 
stamp around the edges to add a border.

Next I cut some sea themed shapes using
 an impression obsession die set. 

Ever since I saw Helen Chilton use enamel 
accents on die cuts I've been wanting to try it
 - now seemed like the perfect opportunity. 

I used the enamel accents on some, 
and liquid pearls on others.

Time to add some text using some
 'ink-smooshed' card strips and a fine liner 
before mounting inside a card base. 

(I used a square die to cut the aperture 
from an ordinary blank card)

And that was it! 

Such a lot of fun to make, I hope it inspires
 you to get messy in the craft room 😃"


A lovely card Louise - thank you
You did seem to be having a
lot of fun making this - I love
your embellishments

Amazing what you can do with
a die cut and some Enamel Accents
Nothing like making your own

'Till tomorrow

Mickie xx

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Comparatively Speaking

Comparatively Speaking.....

Hallo Everyone!

Just for the fun of it and
because we are often asked
the question; "What is the
difference between 
Brusho, PaperArtsy Infusions
and Cosmic Shimmer Pixie Powders?"
I asked Claire Jackson to put
them to the test.  She did and here
is what she found...........

Having seen the fabulous samples Chris Dark
 made for her June class I was tempted into
 buying a few of the new Cosmic Shimmer 
Pixie Powders. 

When I get a new product I always like to 
have a bit of a play to see how it’s
 going to react. This time I thought it would 
be a good idea to compare the Pixie Powders
 with Brusho and PaperArtsy Infusions.

 So here goes...

First of all there are differences in the packaging. 

Brusho comes in a pot with a wide opening 
which for most purposes doesn’t give the
 control you need to sprinkle the powder,
 hence most people tend to pierce the top with 
holes like a pepper pot. It is handy though
 if you want to use larger amounts to make
 your own sprays. The pots don’t have any
 colour on so it’s also much harder to see 
which is which. 

Infusions come in a smaller bottle but 
it’s still useful to pierce holes in the top 
for sprinkling. They do have coloured labels 
so it’s much easier to see which is which.

 Pixie Powders also have coloured labels 
and a top with a (removable) fine nozzle 
but I did find the top clogged a couple
 of times and I had to use a pin.

Brusho is made of ink crystals. 
Some of the colours are one pure hue, 
while others are made of different coloured 
crystals combined. 
The colours can be very intense and bright.

 Infusions are made from a combination 
of dye crystals with added walnut crystals. 
The walnut crystals dissolve slower and can 
give a more mottled effect. 
The amount of water used and whether it is
 blotted controls how much the walnut 
dissolves into the main hue. 

The overall effect gives a softer vintage look. 

The Pixie Powders, like Brusho, have some 
pure hues and some with a combination of colours. 
In addition to the dye crystals they have mica
 added to give a gorgeous pearly sheen 
when they dry.

For each comparison I tried to pick the 
most similar colours that I have (as unbelievably 
I don’t have the full range of each...yet). 
I also tried to use similar amounts of 
powder and medium. 
They have all been tested on fairly cheap 
watercolour paper.

Technique 1

Sprinkle the powder on the paper, 
spritz with water and leave to dry naturally. 

The Brusho seemed to spread the quickest
 and the Infusions kept most of the granular appearance.
 The mica in the Pixie Powder didn’t spread
 as much as the dye crystals, leaving pearly dots.

Technique 2

Thoroughly wet the paper then sprinkle
 on the powder. 

Fairly similar results.

Technique 3

Mix the powder thoroughly with water to create a wash.

 The Infusions have a much more muted grungy look. 
The Pixie Powder didn’t dissolve as thoroughly 
leaving a few flecks and the shimmer is more subtle.
 You have to wait for it to dry for the mica to appear 
on the surface.

Technique 4

Sprinkled on wet gesso then given a light spritz with water.

 Interesting effects as the Pixie Powder dye
 has nearly disappeared making the mica really stand out.
 The walnut crystals in the Infusions seem to
 dominate while the Brusho colours have separated out.

Technique 5
Added to a spray bottle and dissolved in water
 to make a spray.

Technique 6
Sprinkled onto wet matte glaze. 

All three didn’t spread as much and remained quite granular.

Technique 7
Thoroughly mixed with matte glaze.

Technique 8
Darker wash with a lighter colour sprinkled on top. 

The walnut crystals and the mica stand out 
better in the Infusions and the Pixie Powder, 
where the Brusho blends together more.

Technique 9

All very similar, the Pixie Powder kept its sheen even 
where it was bleached.

I could have gone on to try stamping and testing 
different surfaces such as glossy card and fabrics, 
but that’s for another day! They all have their place. 

For vibrant I would pick Brusho, 
for vintage Infusions and
 for shimmer the Pixie Powders. 

Looks like I’ll be doing some shopping!"

Cosmic Shimmer Pixie Powders
PaperArtsy Infusions

Super article Claire, thank you - I'm
surprised you haven't yet got ALL
the colours ...............!! Hehe
By the way, the card you have shown
at the end is really nice - I love how 
you have used all the products there.

'Till tomorrow

Mickie xx