Monday, 30 September 2019

Arteza Real Brush Pens Review

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This is my second review of products by Arteza.   I was not paid for my review and I have not paid for the products they have sent to me. 



I was really excited when I received the pack of 48 Real Brush Pens and was itching to use them.

They are blendable and come in an attractive plastic box and I will be keeping my pens in that for storage.  There are four trays of pens arranged in their colour families when opened for the first time, and all are clearly labelled with their colour/number on the barrell.  There is a very handy chart on the reverse of the packaging giving details of the colours and their corresponding identifying numbers. 

I created a colour swatch on some Expert quality watercolour paper which Arteza also sent to me.  The paper is fabulous to work with.   It is cold-pressed and one side is textured (not overly so) and the reverse of each page is really smooth (perfect for using watercolour pencils).  Priced at £23.99 for a twin pack (each pad contains 32 sheets), this is exceptional value for money.

I recommend creating colour swatches because it really does make selecting your colour palette for your projects so much easier.  You have a "true" impression of how each colour will look from being applied neat straight from the pen, and how each colour reacts and fades when blended with water.



I was really impressed with how fine the tips of the brushes were, which was perfect for the small intricate detail of the grasses in the stamped image I worked with for my video.  I laid down very pale shades initially by applying just a hint of the waterbased ink to water which I applied with the water brush.  The water brush is also included with each pack.  I was very careful not to be heavy handed with the water, just lightly brushing the dampened nib of the water brush across across each leaf/flower and then blending the hint of colour from the real brush pens with the water, before brushing over that again with the water brush. I was sure to squeeze the water brush onto a piece of kitchen towel and gently dabbed off any excess water before applying to the paper.   I let each layer of colour dry, before adding the next layer of colour, gradually building up a gradient of blended shades.



What I did not make reference to in my video review was the fact that unfortunately the pens are not available to purchase "open stock", so if and when a pen runs out of ink, it cannot be replaced individually. 



The price point, I think, is exceptional given, firstly and importantly, the quality of the pens,  and also quantity of the pens.  48 Real Brush pens for just £29.98/$33.98 is an amazing price.   Bear in mind too that Arteza do free shipping.  If you wish to spread the cost they also offer a payment plan.

I was very happy with results that I was able to achieve using the Real Brush Pens and will definitely consider buying them again, should my pack of pens run out of ink.

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Thank you for visiting.  I hope you found my review/video helpful.

That's it from me for today.   Bye for now and .................."Happy Crafting Everybody".

Linda

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Saturday, 28 September 2019

Garden Party - Flora Background and Nuvo Alcohol Markers

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There is something very absorbing about colouring and I can see why adult colouring books have really caught the eye of many.

I recently invested in some Nuvo Alcohol Markers and I love using them, they colour and blend so effortlessly.    I used them here on a card which was made using the Flora background stamp which is one in the Garden Party series of stamps from Tonic Studios. 


I used my large Tim Holtz stamping platform to stamp up the big image in Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  I found I had to stamp it a couple of times to get a good even black outline and this is what, for me, makes having a stamp positioner tool, a vital part of my craft basics.  The bad news is that it is currently out of stock at Tonic Studios, but the good news is that Amazon are doing a special deal.  For a limited time it is available to order from Amazon for £22.59, a saving of over £10.

Then I just sat and enjoyed some colouring down time.

I love the card, I love the stamp and I love the Nuvo Alcohol Markers.  Hubby even commented that he liked the card when he spotted it !

Well that's it from me for now.

Happy weekend everybody and ...................."Happy Crafting!"

Lindaxx

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Wednesday, 25 September 2019

Summer Blooms - Stamps & Dies by Chloe

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Last week I shared a really pretty box with straw handle that I had created using beautiful papers and the Summer Blooms Stamps and Dies Bundle by Chloe.

Today I have a pretty card to share using that same bundle .  For this project I created a pretty blended background using some Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks in Squeezed Lemonade, Picked Raspberry and Dried Marigold.


         

I decided that the focal point for this card was going to be one solitary large beautiful dotty flower which I stamped and heat embossed with some Opaque Bright White Wow Embossing Powder.  

I die cut the flower from the blended base and then die-cut it again in several layers of card stock which I then stacked and adhered to the base panel to create a focal point with plenty of dimension.  I finished with a nice bold banner sentiment.




I love how fresh and contemporary it looks.   I give credit for that to the stamp set and dies.  All the blooms are pretty cool and funky looking rather than traditional.  

I love the Summer Blooms Bundle by Chloe and have loads of plans and ideas for more projects - so do watch this little space of mine.

Thank you for looking. 

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Have a super day and ..........."Happy Crafting Everybody"!

Linda xx


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Tuesday, 24 September 2019

Nuvo Embellishment Mousse and the Flora Background Stamp from Tonic Studios in Monotone

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I am getting my mileage out of the gorgeous large Flora Background Stamp from the Garden Party Range of stamps from Tonic Studios.

I invested in it because I could see the potential for many different themes and ways in which I could use it. 

I also invested in some gorgeous Pearlescent Card Stock in Blushing Pink and a pot of Nuvo Embellishment Mousse in French Rose which is a beautiful shade of rosey pink.


To make this card I took a square piece of 3.75" x 3.75" inch card stock and rubbed in my embellishment mousse with a Tim Holtz Blending Tool.   I applied several layers slowly building up a pretty pearly base.   Once it was completely dry, I used an anti static tool, wiping the entire panel thoroughly before stamping and heat embossing my pretty Flora image in gold embossing powder.

I layered that onto a piece of gold foil card before sticking to my Blushing Pink Card Base.  The pretty sentiment die called Fancy Hello is from Altenew.

I love how this card turned out and I love the effect of using Nuvo Embellishment Mousse to create pretty backgrounds.  It does as it says on the pot - it adds a lovely metallic dimensional detail to your craft projects and  it's a technique I shall definitely be revisiting.

Hope you like it too.

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Thank you for looking.  I hope you pop back.

Bye for now and ........................."Happy Crafting Everyone".

Linda xx

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Friday, 20 September 2019

Beautiful Day Card - Altenew

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Hello everybody.

Here is a little first for me.   I am sharing a pretty card that I made using the Beautiful Day Bundle from Altenew.  I have long been an Altenew fan and it was so nice to receive this order and have a play.


I even did a spot of watercolouring !!

I do love the beautiful detail in the Altenew floral stamp sets.  The Fancy Hello Die is also from Altenew.

I used the Gemini Isometric Embossing Holder for the background panel - because I wanted to add some interesting texture.

I do hope you like it.   I will say that I have put some Affliliated Links in the promotional photographs below to markets here in the UK and in USA.   Simply click on each photo to be taken to the relevant market.

Unfortunately I do not have affiliated links for the die set in the UK because I gather that Craft Stash has sold out.   If you use any of my affiliated links to place an order for any of the products I have used, I will earn a small commission, but it will not impact in any way on the cost to you. 

Thank you for looking.  I hope you will pop back.

Bye for now and ......................"Happy Crafting Everyone".

Linda xxx
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Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Cute Gable Style Gift Box With Straw Handle


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It seems like ages since I shared a box project. 

I have spent the last month researching products from different paper craft brands and have been having a blast revamping my craft stash with lots of new "toys".   It was during my quest for pretty papers that I discovered Chloe Endean.  A lovely crafty friend had recommended her brand to me and I am so glad she did.  Thanks June !


I have to say that the quality of the papers in the Raspberry Luxury Foiled 8 x 8 inch Paper Pad is just fabulous and the designs are gorgeous.  I can say hand on heart that there is not one design that I do not like.  They are all pretty stunning.  They made putting together today's little gift box an absolute treat.

I have lived in a little Stampin' Up! bubble for the last six years and I now find I am really like a little kid in a candy shop with my pick of anything that grabs my fancy. 


I did have to invest in a 1/4 inch handheld punch for this project.  The quarter inch hole will securely hold the straw handle in place.   Any larger, it will simply fall out and any smaller, you will never fit one through.  I used paper straws for my project (environmentally friendly) and having invested in several packs in different designs, they all seem to be of a standard diameter which fit securely in place through a 1/4 inch hole.  I bought my punch relatively cheaply from Amazon, (see affiliated link below in the product summary below).

I love the Summer Blooms stamp set and coordinating dies I used too.  They are modern and contemporary and just very pretty.   I am a big Chloe fan !   I bought my Chloe products from Craft Stash (where you can get 20% off your very first order).   Craft Stash do run some great promotions.  They ship to the UK, Europe and USA mainland. 

I do hope you like this of box design and feel inspired to have a go at making one.  The boxes are nice and easy, and although they probably look like they could be complicated, I promise you they are not at all.  I have made a step by step video tutorial, so make yourself a brew and sit back and relax.  Having been suitably refreshed, I hope you will then scamper off to your happy little craft space and make one yourself !!



I originally saw this style of box demonstrated on YouTube by Crafty LittleMissK.  She made a little cubed version.  I decided to elongate the design and this little gift box is a good size for lots of little treats.  It measures 2" inches high, 2" inches wide and 4-3/8" inches long, and is pretty sturdy.   How sturdy your box is will depend on the quality and weight of the card stock that you use.  I used Crafter's Companion Centura Pearl card stock, and at 300 gsm it is just wonderful to work with.  I bought a pack in assorted pastel colours (see affiliated link in the product summary below).

Oh, by the way ....... remember I recently revamped my little craft space? ......... Well I shall be doing so yet again.   My daughter recently bought her own place and I am inheriting her bedroom and turning it into my new craft den !!   Its about 12 x 9 feet and I am so excited.  Any tips, recommendations and advice will be gratefully received.

Well that's it from me for today.

Bye for now and ................."Happy Crafting Everyone!"

Linda xxx

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Monday, 16 September 2019

More from the Tonic Garden Party Suite - Today I have used Summer Flowers

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Today I have another project using stamps from Tonic's new Garden Party Suite of stamps.  I love flowers and I wanted a really clean and simple card, which I think I achieved using the pretty Summer Flowers Photopolymer stamp set.  There are 17 stamps in this set. 
 


I stamped and heat embossed the floral motif using Wow Opaque Bright White embossing powder and then simply coloured in the flowers using my new Nuvo Alcohol Markers.   I did not do any blending with them, and just applied them direct to the stamped image in an array of pretty colours.  I defined the white outline of the flowers using my Feather Grey Nuvo Alcohol Marker to create a very pale grey shadow.



I used my Spellbinders Curved Borders Dies to die cut the white card panel, before applying it my base card which is a gorgeous pearly pastel green.  This pearly card is from an assorted pack of coloured card from Crafter's Companion (see photo link below).   I also die cut a separate curved border using my Spellbinders Curved Borders Two dies (see photo link below) and adhered this over the curved white card panel.

I finished with a little smattering of sequins to add a touch of sparkle.

I rather like it and I hope you do too.

That's it from me for today.  I hope to be back with a box project and video tomorrow - so watch this space.

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Bye for now and happy crafting everybody.

Linda xxx
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