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In today’s post I will be reviewing;

'Sheena's brushes' aka Royal Langnickel: Crafters's Choice.

‘Sheena’s brushes’ aka Royal Langnickel: Crafters’s Choice.

Product Details

  • Manufacturer/Brand; Royal Langnickel; Crafters Choice. Otherwise know as Sheena’s Paint Fusion brushes
  • Item number:
  • RRP at time of writing: £10
  • Set contains: 5 x White Nylon Brushes:
  • Crafters Choice White Nylon Wash – 3/4″
  • Crafters Choice White Nylon Wash – 1/2″
  • Crafters Choice White Nylon Shader Size 8
  • Crafters Choice White Nylon Round Size 6
  • Crafters Choice White Nylon Round Size 3

Reason For Buying

These were demo’ed by Sheena Douglass on Create & Craft, for use with Sheena’s Paint Fusion (one stroke) painting stamps. My best friend gave me a set of these last birthday, I had bought several of Sheena’s stamp sheets and just started with acrylic paint for the first time. I have limited dexterity and these appealed to me for the cushion grip area on the handle.

Pros/Cons

Pros

  • Superb quality
  • Grippy sections on the handles. Great if you hands don’t work so well
  • Easy to clean
  • Great set of sizes
  • Perfect for acrylic paints
  • Springy without being scratchy, soft without being too delicate
  • Very comfortable to use
  • Match with Sheena’s one stroke stamp sheets if you are getting into that.

Cons

  • Haven’t got any. It would be nice to see a long-handled version of these too.

Build Quality

Excellent

Value for Money

Excellent

Would I buy it Again?

Yes, I use these a lot and they work really well

Summing up

At first glance and with the name ‘Crafter’s Choice’ I can see some artists walking past these as being cheap and cheerful brushes. It would be their loss. These brushes are superb quality for all round crafting and painting and have performed really well. The balance outperforms Daler Rowney System 3 brushes by a mile!

The sizes in the set are ideal for most projects, don’t be an art snob and miss out. Check these out, if you are bewildered by what brushes to buy and get these. Add any extras you need to AFTER you try them, unless you are painting REALLY big, these cover most projects.

Links

Available from

A great set of brushes, try them, you won’t regret it, they are fab.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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The Virtual Crafting Challenge theme for May 2012 is:

Nice n Natural

Great I hear you say, but now what? Well for those of you who would like a few ideas to get you started, here are some  colours, products and techniques to help you choose, where you could go with this month’s theme. Feel free to use your own ideas for the theme Nice n Natural.

Colours

  • Neutral earth tones
  • Floral Colours

Surfaces

  • Wood
  • Paper
  • Card

Techniques

  • Painting and drawing natural items from around the garden
  • Photographing nature.
  • Use the colour palette of your environment in your projects
  • Garden/Floral/animal prints, papers, stamps
  • Alter an item you find using natural colour tones that inspire you.

Links

Check out my Online workshop: Adventures in Acrylics. The Virtual Crafting Challenge themes, will co-ordinate with products and ideas used in the workshop. So you can try out your newly found skills with The Virtual Crafting Challenge.

The most important thing about this challenge is that you have fun and explore. Don’t feel pressured to have a finished item at the end of the month. Explore different styles and techniques either in person, if you have the supplies, or through research, looking online.

You learn so much more when you take away the rules and just PLAY. Adapt this challenge to a creative style that interests you. Enjoy :)

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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In today’s post I will be reviewing; Joanna Sheen’s; House Mouse Stamps

Joanna Sheen: House Mouse; Get Well Soon

Joanna Sheen: House Mouse; Get Well Soon

Product Details

  • Manufacturer/Brand; Joanna Sheen
  • Item number: JSHM051
  • RRP at time of writing: £9.99

Reason For Buying

I’ve adored House Mouse stamp range for ages. Then when this Get Well Soon set came out I couldn’t resist it. My best friend was due an operation and poor DH had a lot of dental work and these stamps looked ideal to cheer them up.

Pros/Cons

  • Super high quality
  • Very detailed stamps
  • Lots of stamps on each sheet
  • A range of sizes of images, little uns for the inside of the card/ back of envelope as well as large main image ones
  • Adorable designs drawn by Ellen
  • Unmounted stamps are nice and easy to store
Storing; Joanna Shhen House Mouse; Get Well Soon Stamps

Storing; Joanna Shhen House Mouse; Get Well Soon Stamps

Cons

  • Haven’t got any

Build Quality

Excellent. These are deeply etched and very detailed images. They stamp out perfectly.

Value for Money

Excellent. There are several images per stamp sheet. Had these been wood mounted you would have paid more for a single large image than you do for the whole sheet. Many of the images mix and mingle across the House Mouse range, giving you many options for all kind of creative projects.

Would I buy it Again?

Totally. There are LOADS of House Mouse stamps on my wish list, especially those with birds and budgies in the sets too.

Summing up

Joanna’s stamps are superb quality and I’ll definitely be buying more House Mouse stamps in the future. They are always getting into such mischief and you have just as much fun making projects with them as the people get when they open their cards.

Links

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Here is a project I made using the Crafters Companion Envelobox Creator.

Set of Gift cards in dimensional Envelope box

Set of Gift cards in dimensional Envelope box

Within the dimensional envelope is a small set of cards with coordinating envelopes.

Products used

Pearlescent card, Anna Griffin Stamps, Crafters Companion Envelobox Creator

Inks; Versafine Onyx Black Ink, Pewter Cats Eyes ink, Zig Art & graphic pens for the hand drawn flowers and trees.

Hope you like it, its quick to make and ideal for a nice little something for someone special.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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In today’s post I’d like to share a picture of the card I created using the flower ATC I created recently

Rock n Roll Flower Card using Zig Art & Graphic pens

Rock n Roll Flower Card using Zig Art & Graphic pens

This features

Hope you like it.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Do you wish your die cuts had more appeal, were more interesting? Read on for hints and tips to create much more interest with your favorite die cuts.

You Will Need

  • Die Cut
  • Inks
  • Stamps
  • Cut n Dry Foam
  • Craft Sheet

Method

  • Cut out your favorite die cut using whichever machine you choose.
  • This bird was cur on a Slice Elite machine from the SD card Vintage Findings
  • Use good quality card, I’ve used Rymans; Bright White 160 gsm card
  • Spray ink over your die cut in a co-ordinating colour
  • Stamp text or pattern onto your die cut
  • Ink edges to add dimension
  • Curve image for more depth using a bone folder

    Spice Up Your Die Cuts with Colour

    Spice Up Your Die Cuts with Colour

 

Ink; Tim Holtz Distress in; Weathered Wood, Dusty Concord, Stormy Sky

Stamps; Elusive Images UDLGW0009

You now have a dimensional element perfect for embellishing your chosen project. Great for cards, altered art, art journals, cards etc.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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The Virtual Crafting Challenge theme for May 2011 is:

Die Cuts & Embossing

Great I hear you say, but now what? Well for those of you who would like a few ideas to get you started, here are some  colours, products and techniques to help you choose, where you could go with this month’s theme. Feel free to use your own ideas for the Challenge too.

Products

  • Brass Stencils
  • Embossing Folders
  • Die cutting machines; Cuttlebug/ Wizard etc
  • Electronic Die cutting machines; Slice/ Cricut/Vagabond etc

Surfaces

  • Card
  • Paper
  • Metal
  • Fabric
  • Acetate

Techniques

  • Embossing different surfaces
  • Colouring your embossing (Video tutorial coming soon)
  • Using dimension with your die-cuts (Video Tutorial coming soon)
  • Use your die cuts on Cards/ATCs/ Art Journals/Books etc

 

The most important thing about this challenge is that you have fun and explore. Don’t feel pressured to have a finished item at the end of the month. Explore different styles and techniques either in person, if you have the supplies, or through research, looking online.

You learn so much more when you take away the rules and just PLAY. Adapt this challenge to a creative style that interests you. Enjoy :)

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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