Saturday, 25 April 2015

Bite me with Bister

Over the last 6 months I have seen lots of people using Brusho crystals in their crafting. I love to challenge myself to embrace new products and techniques so I started having a look around on the Internet. However whilst investigating Brushos I also came across another product called Bister. This appears to be an old product. There appear to be very people who are using it in this country and after a lot of detective work I bought some.

I have already shared one of my cards I made using Bister here
I promised I would come back at some point to share the process.... so here it is......
The pigments are activated by water and when they arrived I tried out all the different colours on sheets of watercolour paper just to see how they react. I just sprinkled on the pigment and added a little spritz of water.  I love the way the colours blend out. Very little is needed to make some very interesting effects,

This is how I coloured the white paper flowers I used above

 I just kept added sprinkles until I was happy with the result. I also played with all the colours making test sheets.
I have had another play today as I wanted to use the Visible Image "Bite Me" stamp I won last weekend (thanks Helen and Mark x). I used red bister first with a spritz of water.

 I then stamped my VI rose stamp
 I then went back over the roses with some yellow bister keeping the centre fairly clear.

I didn't have time to photograph the rest as I had to work quickly with some embossing powders on Archival ink but this is the finished result....I really had fun with my Bite me stamp

Such a cool stamp isn't it.

I would like to enter my Bite Me piece  into the following challenges;

Inspiration Journal everything goes
Try it on Tuesdays new beginnings my new beginning is that this is the first outing for my Bite Me stamp
Our Creative Corner colour your world
Mixed media world bright colours
The ribbon girl use a colour from your National flag I have use red from St. George's red and white flag
As you like it favourite embossing technique and why mine is wet...just look at the effect on those lips, they look kissable ;0)
Mixed Media World use bright colours

OK it's nearly dinner time here so time to tidy my studio for the night. We're off out tomorrow meeting friends at a National Trust so we have our finger crossed that it stays dry.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend and thanks for popping by.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x

Thursday, 23 April 2015

One of the best kinds of weekend; Daisy time and crafting

Last weekend was time spent with Daisy and her Mummy and Daddy on Saturday and then on Sunday a Prima workshop. Such a great combo!

Saturday was the best day for weather which was very fortunate so we enjoyed a country walk to a lovely bistro by the sea for a drink and snack in the sunshine. We met these 2 souls on the way who obliged me with a photograph.

Daisy had fallen asleep in her buggy at this point so missed saying hello to them.
once we reached the coast we walked along to the Marina.
to the new Bistro which has opened there with a pretty garden. We found some shade for Daisy to snooze
whilst we enjoyed a drink and cake

watched over by this little fellow
who sung his little heart out to us

It was such a pretty setting in the spring sunshine. All the leaves are coming out on the trees too.

This provided the perfect colour inspiration for my workshop I went to on Sunday. 
This was the sample below which we were shown as an example.
We were given free reign with colour choices and stencil shapes.

I decided to use photo of Daisy and I which was taken over my birthday weekend earlier this month.We were shown how to add texture to our canvas and added micra sprays. I went for green and yellow as there was no blue spray available. I managed to make some blue where my yellow and green combined. I love the way my mists  of paint flare out. 
I thought about where I wanted to put my photo and then removed it to add some more textures and details.

 These were the other projects from the ladies on my table. It's always so interesting how different everyone else's looks.

I built up the layers...such messy fun. I added micro beads and some soft gel, which I coloured blue with acrylic paint, through a stencil, to remind me of that blue sky and sea from the day before. I made up the green paste by adding green micra powder.

We even drew scibbly flowers which we cut out and added
I have put the finishing touched to my canvas during this week. So would you like to see my finished canvas...................?

Here it is

and some close ups

lots of stenciling

an arty shot
and one final one.

This is the first canvas (it measures 10 x 10") I have ever made. I must admit I am really pleased with how it turned out and I am going to hang it in my garden studio. It will make me smile and think of little Daisy Jane whenever I look at it.

I would like to enter my mixed media canvas into the following challenges;

Mixed media monthly use bright colours
Inspiration Journal everything goes
Top Tip Tuesday 3 of something I used 3 scribble flowers.
Fussy and Fancy flowers
Try it on Tuesdays new beginnings my new beginning is my very first canvas!
Our Creative Corner colour your world
Frilly and Funkie stencil mania

Another week has nearly flown by and I noticed that next week is the last in how did that happen. Thanks for visiting me here and for the enthusiastic comments you leave. I really do appreciate them, I am so enjoying my creative journey. I want to try share some more of my jewellery and crochet projects too soon.  I just wish there were a  few more hours in the day! Some clouds have reappeared today taking up some of the clear blue sky. We are getting some cooler temperatures but hey, we have only just started spring. The recent taste of summer we have enjoyed has been such a bonus.

Bye for now,

Back soon,

Jane x

Monday, 20 April 2015

A taste of summer

Good morning, the sun is back after a rather cloudy Sunday but wow what a week of weather we enjoyed here in South East England last week. It reached 27c in the shade in my garden on Wednesday after work. I enjoyed a sit down and basked for half an hour in the peace...bliss. I  shared with you a sneak peek of my day out with  my girlies on Tuesday so I thought  I would catch up with that today in my journal.

 My weekend was brilliant; we spend a lovely Daisy Day on Saturday and my workshop was so good. I have made a canvas which I will share with you in due course.

Meanwhile back to my girlie day out last Tuesday.............

 We went to Claremont in Surrey, a very pretty National Trust Gardens with a huge lake which at this time of the year is teaming with wildlife.
You can buy a little bag of seed to feed the fowl and obviously Daisy was delighted by this.

My daughter and I were thrilled when this Mummy duck and her 3 duckling not only swam over but got out the lake to say hello to Daisy.

Just look how close they came

We also said hello to a gorgeous black swan and just look at how many fish are in the water
What a lovely day we had...and of course it involved ladies lunch. Daisy even had her own little tray of food.
Nanna's cant' resist kisses even over lunch.

Our little dolly wore her legs out with all the running around  
I love that Daisy is amongst the daisies here ;0)
 I'm reliably told she went out like a light that night at bed time. Special Mum/Nanna times indeed.

So my card challenge entry today is spring greenery inspired.
I love making little money wallets, it's so much more personal than just giving cash. My design is a bigger version of the one my blogging friend Brenda of Butterflies and Bumblebees shared. I have made Christmas versions of this too. I used lots of spring distress ink colours and added some nature inspired die cuts and remnant rubs. I added some extra colours through my stencil for some more depth and texture and tied everything up with some green spring ribbon. This one was for my son,

This is the back,
the inside
and a little look at the detail on the front. The egg was coloured using Bister...yes I know I keep promising a post on this great product, I really will soon.
I would like to enter my money wallet into the following great challenges;

The Artistic stamper flora and fauna
Die cut divas in the garden
Craft stamper take a technique colour
Art with heart spring break
Mixed media world bright colours
Simon says stamp Mondays due date I was inspired but our girlie day out last Tuesday.
Inspiration journal everything goes
Simon says stamp Wednesday make your own background
That's crafty grunge grunge grunge
Crafting musketeer's It's a mans world

It's back to work for me this morning so time to dash. I hope you all enjoyed your weekends and thanks as always for your visits here. Sending sunshine your way.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x