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4/27/2015

Rudolph Day #4 - with Brusho-s

Good morning and thanks for zipping by. Also thank you to everyone for being so kind about the cards yesterday...your comments made me feel better about them, as I really was quite discouraged with my efforts. I was feeling pretty much the same way about today's card, and after it was put together, I did one little change, and surprisingly - that made me like it more.

I had watched the Eileen Godwin youtube videos where she is using the Ranger Spritzer tool to blow the Brusho puddles around, and my first attempts looked nothing like hers. So watched them once again, and saw immediately what I'd done wrong. I have been better satisfied with my later attempts, but still have a way to go. However, I decided to use the last efforts, combine with Misti stamping, and that resulted in today's card. I did want to participate in Rudolph Day for April 2015.


- Brusho colors of Scarlet, Yellow and Sea Green. Dabble a regular brush in water, put puddles along the edge of the card stock, sprinkle the crystals - spritz with the Ranger Spritzer tool. You could use a straw too, but the tool gives finer lines - per Eileen. It was lots of fun, once I remembered what one is supposed to do. (I was just wetting the paper, sprinkling, and trying to spritz). I did several pieces and it's quite fun to do. Next, how to use it, since I don't have the pretty Lavinia stamps used by Eileen

- A Hero Arts set of patterned Christmas trees from years ago, along with a sentiment from the same set. Got out Misti, placed stamps on the dried art work, and Voila, Misti placed exactly.

- Die cut with a S/B Label 46, and then thought "This doesn't really look very Christmas-y". Faux cut the mat, and looked at the piece for several days.

Zipped into our local (and not very good) Tuesday Morning store last week while running errands. I don't go in this store often, as I don't find much that appeals to me. I do check in occasionally, and sometimes will find stamping/scrapbooking supplies, usually nothing that I have the imagination to use. Found a very nice large McGill punch that has 4 Halloween motifs ($7.99 - think these are usually at least $15 and up), and a Grand S/B Grand Decorative Circles for $19.99. Best price I've ever gotten on the Grands has been in the $30-s. So the smallest S/B shaped  the base card from some gold poster board found some time ago on sale. It cut very nicely, after running through the BS several times. Made this into a hinged card, with a white back, which is peeking through in the photo. This is not that noticeable IRL.  Still not crazy about the card as yet.

Had dropped a couple of sequins on the floor from another project, and while picking up some mess off the desk, noticed the red sequin. Placed against the card and "Hmm, maybe that would help". Tried a few more, and decided I liked the look, so Voila, the card is done! To my eyes, this was the spark that finished off the card.

So off to play at Rudy Day. Do please join in the fun with our very own ScrappyMoi.  You have until the end of April to submit a Christmas Card - anything with a Christmas theme.

Thanks for the visit. Big Hugs & blessings.

47 comments:

Pippa said...

Hi Mary, what an unusual card. I see what you mean about the sparkle just finishing it off. x

scrappymo! said...

Beautiful creative and arty Christmas card! Love every little thing about it.The brusho's, the foil, the design and the pretty stamps.

I think I am going to have to order a Misti as you know me and crooked stamped images.
I googled this and it sounds so much more guaranteed to correct my tilting problems!

Thanks for taking part in the APril Rudolph days Challenge. Good luck in the draw!

Lisa said...

It's so artistic and beautiful, Mary!! I love how the colors look!! The tree stamp is awesome!! Have a great day :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Sarah said...

I remember blowing paint with a straw when I was a littley and doing the same with my boys too!! It's a brilliant effect Mary particularly where the colours merge as yours have done so beautifully. I think it's a wonderful contemporary card and the sequins certainly finish it off a treat!! xx

Sue said...

I love the card.

Hope you have had a good start to the week. Sue

Charlene said...

I think it turned out fabulous!!! I watched her video with the link off your blog and tried it.....definitely didn't turn out like hers lol!!

jimlynn said...

You are just amazing to be able to create like this! SO cool looking and pretty at the same time. I do love the sequins on but the way you did the Brusho's is wonderful. Love that look.
Lynn

Veerle said...

Someone's being very bussy with her brusho's LOL Very nice Mary love it. Hugs Veerle x

Sharon said...

Love the ink blowing Mary - very effective and such a cute little xmas tree. The sparkle finishes it off perfectly.
Have a lovely week.
Hugs Sharon. x

Jacee said...

Wow, this is a lovely design, unusual, but I love it!
hugs Jacee
Simply Paper Card Design

Pia S said...

This is so original and cool, certainly not mainstream, but plenty of fun! I think it's great that you allow yourself to be creative and thinking out of the box!

crafty creations said...

Another amazing card Mary - loving seeing your work with Brusho

Jenny L said...

Hi Mary,
oh I love the fab shape of this really great creation.
Beautifully designed as always.
Your purchase sounds wonderful value for money.
Love and biggest hugs to you and yours.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

cuilliesocks said...

Hello Mary, what a fabulous card, I love your vibrant colours and the snazzy Christmas tree, hugs Kate x

LesleyG said...

LOve this contemporary card, Eileen inspires us all, great shape too xxx

Kathleen said...

Well done you, I would have given up ages ago, you must have a load of patience but it all worked out in the end.
Great colours and a lovely tree.

Kath x

Jean said...

I love the Brusho colours you used here. I have not tried this technique yet, but it has made a great background for the music tree. You are right about the sequins, they add a lovely festive look. I love the shape too and the pretty gold edge set it off beautifully.
Jean x

KT Fit Kitty said...

Hi, Mary! This looks like an artsy card - very creative! I don't know what Brushos are but I think you are enjoying them! I like these fun colours!

pam said...

Hi Mary, think your Mojo has returned!.
brilliant card, love the colors and stamping..
Hugs Pam

Pat said...

This is very pretty Mary and the Grand Decorative Circle is lovely as the base. The brushos are lovely colours and the spritzer tool has blown the colours into such pretty shapes. The music tree and the sentiment give it a modern Christmas feel, and the sequins give it some beautiful sparkle. x

Liz said...

Beautiful card, Mary. Love the unusual shape. Great use of the Brusho, a technique I need to try out. The sequins are a perfect finishing touch. xx

Redanne said...

You should not feel discouraged Mary (says she who often does!!) as your work is always beautiful and you are always so prepared to experiment and use new things - which is one reason I love seeing your creations so much! This card is wonderful, I love the shape, the colours, the sequins - everything! Hugs, Anne xx

Brenda in IN said...

I've never seen this shape before and it is perfect for this card. I love that you are experimenting with different things and how well you are doing. The brusho's come in such pretty colors and the sequins really added to it. I hope you have found out what is causing DH's tummy problems and that it is a quick and easy fix for him.

Sally H said...

Wow, Mary! What a totally brilliant Christmas card! Love the colours and the brusho blowing! Fun to make and fun to look at too!

Mrs A. said...

Sequins definitely give the card the pataze look. Hugs Mrs A.

Shona Erlenborn said...

You are so funny - even picking pieces off the floor to finish your card! But it looks awesome. You know I love the Brusho background - loving the special streaky effect! Great creativity!

Maxine D said...

Love this card Mary - a bit different and absolutely adorable. Brusho-s and the other colour crystals certainly look like fun to play with - hopefully I will find an NZ source for them soon :-)
Blessings
Maxine

brenda said...

This is a real beauty Mary, of course I love all things Brushos, but it's the colour, shape and indeed everything abut this one that so appeals.

B x

SARN said...

Oh that Eileen sure is an "enabler" of wonderful techniques isn't she!? Love her to bits and glad you persevered with the Brushos etc as you've made a lovely card here Mary xxx

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Dear Mary, you are game one and I dips my lid to you!!!!
Who would've thought of a Christmas card like that...

And it goes so well with the brushos, well done!!!

You've have come a long way since we first met in blogland, and two nice cards below too... love the second one particularly.
Hugs, Shaz in Oz.x

Brenda said...

I am loving the look of this card Momma Mary! It is very artsy!! I would not be able to pull something like this off as I'm not artsy at all. lol That gold doily base is just beautiful, love how you blew around the brusho colors-so pretty and that tree is awesome. I think too that the sequins added more sparkle to this beautiful card. I'm always amazed how you always try new things. I'm not very venturous but you always step out of your comfort zone. I need to be more like that. lol Hugs, Brenda

Bonnie said...

I love the way your Brushos ran! I need to try that. The sequins make it even more festive!

Faith A said...

I LOVE this Mary and the blown paint! the confetti certainly adds something, I love the shape and the gold doily AND the stamp.

mamapez5 said...

Oh Mary you work just like me. I keep adding and altering to make things look better. I think this is a grand card, and that little bit different which is good. I love the labels die. Another set for my wish list! Well done on the bargain for the other die set. Don´t we all love a bargain! Happy Rudolph day. Kate xx

KandA said...

Fabulous card, love the xmas tree stamp xx

Kim Heggins said...

This is absolutely beautiful Mary. I love your music note Christmas tree and your background is stunning. Love the wonderful shape you used too! Simply one amazing card!

aussie aNNie said...

Brilliantly designed card and love all of these added goodies......{aNNie My Personal Blog}

Pam Sparks said...

Very cool Mary! I don't have these pens! Neat! Made me laugh about the sequins! treasure! hehe TFS!

LesleyG said...

love your arty christmas card, I see lots of party poppers exploding over that fab tree ! xxx

Carol said...

This is so artistic Mary and those sequins finish it off perfectly. Carol x

aussie aNNie said...

Hi there delightful Mary. Re the frontage I use VersaMark embossing stamp, sprinkle my frontage and heat underneath a little and then on top. Some of it blows away but as you saw on my last mixed media card where it blew it melted and ended up looking like snow or rain or whatever the imagination saw....I don't stick with the rules...just play and if it turns out ok, if not well still ok...xxx

Petra Swart said...

Hi, Mary, I've been busy with some other projects for a few weeks and fell behind on blogvisits terribly!!!!! I have spent a lot of time on your blog now, enjoying all of your beautiful cards your posted since I was here the last time!!! What really stand out on your cards are the beautiful dies you use so creatively and all the fun images you use on your cards!!!! You are so talented at using all sorts of interesting techniques and equipment to create beautiful bgs!!!!
As soon as I have caught up on all my blogvisits and commenting I will be a regular visitor again!!!!
Have a super day!!!
Hugz

Donna Ellis said...

What a fantastic shape to go along with the Brushos technique, Mary! Love your image, too - sounds like you had lots of fun at Tuesday Morning, and found some great bargains! Your craft room will be cheering with its new additions LOL Hope your day is wonderful! hugs, de

Carol L said...

You came up with a real artsy look to this fun card, and I really like the shape too! The musical tree looks whimsical along with the colors and I really like the sequins too! Nice job Mary!

crafty-stamper said...

love the tree image and fabulous background and yes the sequins were the perfect finishing touch
Carol x

Donna said...

Beautiful card and technique, so glad you explained how you did this!!

Shirley said...

Wonderful mixed media card, Mary! I am really mesmerized by the Brushos you used and the sequins are the perfect add!