Monday, May 25, 2015

Commissioned Christening Card

This card was commissioned by
my friend Claire (the ex train buddy)
& recipient of the dog canvas
a few posts below.
My design brief was non religious christening
with a theme Peter Rabbit.
Here's what I came up with.
Have to say, I'm quite proud of this!
First image is  a sleeve to
cover the card.

Front cover of the card

The next  two pictures,
are of of the inside.
The 2nd picture showing the
message tag in place

Close up of the message tag
reverse left blank for Claire's
message to baby Archie.

Final shot just shows the width
of this card/book

Materials used;
Papermania Xcut Woodland Scene
(I wanted this to resemble a tunnel book
& so I mounted each layer on foam.)
140lb Watercolour paper
American Crafts White cardstock
Embossing Folders;
Brenda Walton / Papermania
Rectangle stitched dies - Lawn Fawn
Derwent Watercolour pencils;
Deep Cadium 6
Scarlet Lake 12
Deep Vermillion 14
Prussian Blue 35
May Green 40
Cedar Green 50
Bronze 52
Vandyke Brown 55
Gunmetal 69
Computer font - Harrington
Computer Software Silhouette Studio
Rubber Stamps - Crafters Companion

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Rod's Birthday Card

As I said in my last post, sharing Claire's birthday canvas,
it was also Rod's birthday and today I am sharing his card.
I got this stencil new recently. I really love TCW stencils
especially ones designed by Rebekah Meier.
I felt this design Mini Harlequin Circles just
spoke to me for a male card.
I added texture paste through the stencil and dried well.
I then over stamped with a Kaisercraft Stamp Dictionary
I coloured the background with Gelatos  & Ferro Gold paste.
I die cut two TH men, snipped off the brolleys
& reversed one so they appeared to walk side by side.
I added shadow with my Big Brush brown pen.

Monday, May 04, 2015

Happy Birthday, Claire (& Rod)

Today I am sharing the canvas I made for Claire.
It is also Rod's birthday and I will share his card
later this week. He hasn't seen it yet!
The photo belongs to Claire.
The picture is of Bailey and Baxter.
Bailey belongs to her mum & dad
Baxter is Claire's baby.
This photo was taken in November.
(At least I'm sure it said that on Facebook)
Materials Used;
5x7 Crawford & Black Canvas Board
Gesso - White & clear
Tim Holtz Tissue Melange - stencil Lace
Clear texture Crackle paste
Embossing Folder Falling Hearts
Bo Bunny Stamps
Papermania Doily die - white paper blooms
Hey Little Magpie - Turquoise Dewdrop
Memory Box foliage die
Gilding Wax - Pearl Moon
Dylusions white linen paint
Hero Arts Shadow Ink Wet Cement

Monday, April 20, 2015

Art Journal - Banksy Love

Below are my two favourite items.
My Banksy design mug and mobile phone case.
I was so delighted to discover that
the girl image "Hope" was available as a stamp
from Bee Crafty and I pondered how
to use it for a journal page.

 Here is what I came up with.
(Along with two other Inspired by stamps!
Not Endorsed by Banksy.)
I do love his imagery and I wanted to use it.
This page has taken me a month.
Partly because I am busy at work and tired when 
I get home, and partly because I have
been busy with commissions.
The hardest part of all was keeping the image plain.
I love colour, but this needed to be dirty & grey.
I wanted the page to feel like a run down area,
the song in my head "Hallowed Ground" by Erasure
plays in my head.
This is a unloved waste area in any town or city
the weeds are covered in oil & grime
(free CS cover mount stamp by Visible Image)
The only splash of colour is the graffiti.
(Brusho in colours;
Ultra Marine/ Purple/ Lemon/ red)
Hope's dress & balloon are Hero Arts,Shadow Ink
Raspberry Jam. Wall is layers of torn paper
stamped with numbers and gesso'd.
That didn't work well so I added torn
masking tape over the top giving the aged look
I really wanted. The ground is Pumice Stone
Distress ink rubbed over gesso.

Now everyone has an opinion of Graffiti, Street Art
whatever you wish to call it. I personally love to
see some of it. I especially love the
work of Banksy.
To some it will always be Vandalism, to me much of it
is beautiful and better than the alternative
grim reality of inner city life.

And as for commissions, one is almost complete and
I have agreed to another. :0)
I thought the Wedding Album was a big one,
Well how about a possible 100 Wedding Invitations!

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Art Journal - Happy Colour

Well, one commission done one to go!
I am taking a quick break between
to create just for me!
I had 3 art journal pages half started & here
we are, nearly the end of March & not one done!!
Had to change that quick smart.
Here is page one of my brand new Art Journal.
Bright isn't it!!!!
Yeah! Baby! Get those shades on!
This page depicts the colour of my thoughts.
You know how you just can't put into words
what you think and feel, well I can create in
a colour palette instead.
And after colouring that flower, I had pink fingers
for over a week because gloves disappeared.
This album is hand made from 140lb water colour paper.
Each page measures approx. 10ins x 7.2ins
folded down the centre. It is a
workable size for me.
Each set of pages will be attached
back to back and a cover made at the end.
I can add brads, staples etc. and they will be
hidden by the next page. Cool!
Materials Used;
Dylusions Sprays; Tangerine dream, Lemon zest
Rangers Distress Picked Raspberry
Stencils; Crafters Workshop &
Tim Holtz
Stamps; Technique Tuesday
Acrylic Silks, Inka Gold
Brad - from stash.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Commissioned Wedding Album

This has been the biggest commission I have done,
in over 5 years. I am extremely proud of it!
I did have a few "what have I done" moments,
especially on Thursday when the cover refused to close
and having re-designed two other covers,
it was still refusing to play nicely!!!
I have not uploaded every photo, the album has 19 pages,
plus two mini books containing 12 photos each.
The picture below is not the best but it perhaps
gives you an idea of the dimension of the project
and shows the main book part with the
sleeve closure behind!
My album was commissioned by my friend, Jade.
I have made many for her in the past, sadly
all pictures were on the computer that died :(
My design brief was, yellow/navy/ivory/sunflowers.
I made the body of the book a month ago, but had to wait
for two separate sets of photos.
Jade had this made in secret and so photos of the
dress, veil etc. were sneaked whenever she could.
Four pages have been set up for photos of the actual day to be added.
The wedding was at 3pm yesterday and so today I can share.
This shows some more tiny photos in a pocket which I made and stuck to the album.
If you are wondering about the actual album,
I copied a version of the original Laura Denison One & Done Album
on YouTube by Dawns Inspirations.
Dawn glued down the flap sections and added tags inside.
If like me, you needed more room to add pockets to the flaps,
consider making the main cover piece with a wider spine.
At just 1 inch, the spine was not deep enough for
my project, however the slip case was easy
to create to keep it together.

Bride Katie, was to become Mrs Bee, hence the bee theme.
Bees Stamp by Jo Capper-Sandon for Stampotique.
Sunflower - Memory Box die coloured
with Distress Ink Markers by Tim Holtz

I fell in love with her veil!
I have a far better photo of it but it was
taken before the album was complete and so
the heart & love with the shoes was missing.

Poor Jade struggled to get a photo of the dress.
She said it was hard to find some place to hang
it so she could get good light and not be caught in the act!

This is one of the two identical mini books,
which went into pockets to house 24 photos of the girls
on the two nights out.

I am very pleased with how this came out.
I recommend this type of mini album.
The panels were all cut from Bazzill cardstock
and then ivory card panels were cut to size
and embossed with my Big Shot.
Embossing folders used;

Saturday, March 14, 2015

New Home Card & Address Kit

My sister & her hubby were forced to move to a new
rental home at the end of February.
The cost of renting is spiralling out of
control and when it gets too expensive
we have to look around and move somewhere cheaper.
Moving is stressful and so I sent them a bright
card to cheer them up and I also made
a mini "New Address" kit.
First the card.

Front of the kit
Back of the kit

Inside the kit
Each card is a single piece of card with an
address sticker on the reverse.
I made 12 cards. I included a book of 12 stamps
& added the extra labels. I forgot to take a photo
of the kit closed with the belly band shown above it.
The typewriters were coloured with Silk Acrylic Glazes.
Covers made with distress ink & gesso,
Tim Holtz Papillon stamp.
Other stamps & supplies;
 free magazine stamps,
Papermania bird house stamps
Inktense Watercolour pencils.

Monday, March 09, 2015

Happy Birthday, Dad.

Today is my dad's birthday.
I created this card for him from scratch!
To begin I stamped my image on white tissue
then once dry attached it to watercolour paper.
I then applied an acrylic wash of brown paint.
This was then sealed with clear gesso to seal the colour in
and to provide tooth for the next layers.
I built the colour up gradually & then dry embossed with a folder.
I then rubbed brown/gold Inka gold over all raised areas,
heat embossed sections with Enchanted Gold powder
& finally, I highlighted some areas with Enchanted Gold Metallic Gilding Wax.
I have been very busy crafting but nothing to show as yet.
I was commissioned to create a wedding album,
but it is for her to give as a gift & the wedding is
not until 21st March. So, I have had no time for
my art journals, just cards. (Although I do have
4 pages in progress!!)

Friday, February 13, 2015

Happy Birthday, Hayley

My beautician, Hayley from Queen Bee, Scunthorpe, is celebrating her birthday today.
I was in earlier having my hair done and am back tomorrow for my massage.
I took along this card for her, a mini easel.
Movers & shapers mini baroque die
Marion Smith Designs -  Mad Tea Party paper
Small Cupcakes -  from Papermania
Large Cupcake - Tim Holtz
Painted with Silks Acrylic glazes and a touch of
clear Wink of Stella to give some party sparkle.
Banner & words - free from magazine
Hayley like her card, hope you do too.

Saturday, February 07, 2015

Art Journal 2014

Finally, I have completed the covers
for my 2014 Art Journal.
The pages were sprayed with water & then over
sprayed with Dylusions Polished Jade.
I added a little more water, waited a few moments
and then soaked it up to get the gorgeous
mottled design. Once thoroughly dry,
I added homemade texture paste through a
Dylusions Leaf stencil.
I allowed the leaves to dry then added
Gilding Wax in Pearl Moon to them.
The numerals are Heidi Swapp
coloured Polished Jade & with gilding wax added.
The tree was a homemade stamp from an embossing folder.
I typed up all the words on computer
and added them to my branches.
The tree is coloured with Silk Acrylic Glazes.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Birthday number 3!

Today, it's Rachel (aka Taniwha) who is the birthday girl.
I made two other cards for her, but neither turned out
like they were pictured in me head!
This one is using same background technique
as I did for Pauline, but adding a Memory Box die cut.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Back with another birthday.

Today is my scrap friend, Pauline's birthday.
I got free stamps & die for feathers and HAD to use them!!
So I went with this Kaisercraft triangles stamp
then inked vellum to die cut two feathers & card
to cut the other. Sentiment heat embossed.
I "inked" up the stamp with distress markers.
Watch out Tuesday, when I will be back with Rachel's birthday!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Happy Birthday, Kath

Today is my aunt's birthday.
I am pleased with this simple design, but as
always, not too impressed with the photo!
Coloured cardstock embossed with
vintage roses embossing folder.
Vellum strip with heat embossed greeting
3 flat backed pearls to finish.
Saw something similar made by Jennifer Maguire.
I will be back tomorrow with Pauline's card.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Final 2014 Art Journal Entry

I have wanted to share this for a week or two.
However, now matter how hard I tried, I
just could not get a decent photo.
Having two days off work meant the chance to have another go
& after 7 shots, I think I got the one!!
This is page 18 (final one) in the 2014 Journal.
I have learned not to journal this size again!!!
Seriously I have struggled with the height of the pages.
I think it is A4 and I am going to hand make
the next one at about 6"h x 10" w so I am less
daunted by how to fill all that space up top!
I do have the front & back covers to make.
At present it is plain black.
The paper inside was only about 60LB so I
tore lots out and doubled every page up before they
were attached back to back for strength.
Hence why only 18 entries!
My final spread was chosen simply because I had
covered Autumn & it was December & I was seeing
more Deer in the fields than usual. I daydreamed about
seeing them in fields covered in snow - hence this page was born.
Very simple to create gluing dried out baby wipes and [painting
white then adding some glisten to the snow using
Tim Holtz Stickles Rock Candy and clear Wink of Stella
Memory Box Deer Trio die and for the forest effect I
used Craft Individuals trees and the stamping off technique
to achieve different shades of black.
For the sky I applied lots of water to the gesso around the tree tops
then added Autumn Skies Primary Element and dragged it right out.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Penny's Birthday & a few other cards

Today is Penny's birthday.
She is a huge Alice fan, met him many times
& even gets messages from him on Facebook on her
special day!
This card was made especially for her.
Background, Brusho, stamps Inkadinkado

Next up is a quick Thank You Card
for my sister for having us to stay
& the lovely presents this Christmas.
Background Brusho, Stamps Designs by Ryn.

When I got back to work,
I discovered a colleague, Hollie
had got engaged.
Main Stamp Elusive Images.
Punched Butterflies & Stamped one.

Finally a quick birthday card
for a long term friend, Colette.
Stencilled background, Stamps by Santoro "Gorjuss"
I Love You Little Rabbit.

I have three more birthdays coming up
& I still have my last Art Journal page of 2014 to share.

Saturday, January 03, 2015

Birthday Card & Visual Journal Spread

First up, is this birthday card.
I made this for Carol, who had her birthday
yesterday. I needed to be sure she had
received it before I blogged it!
Stamps are Crafty Individuals - Alice Palace Hares
Background is hand made.
Crafters Workshop stencil
Inka Gold - Turquoise
Home made texture paste.
Images coloured with Inktense pencils
my "go to" craft item!

This next piece is a spread in my Visual Art Journal.
I am not sharing these in any order.
I begin a page and perhaps it won't be
completed for weeks or even a month.
I do not want to rush this one!

Photos - I took in Nontron - France (Dordogne)
Darkroom Door - Lavender
Designs by Ryn - Hummingbird Moth
Coloured with Inktense Pencils

Thursday, January 01, 2015

Happy Birthday / Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!
I hope to create as many pieces of art
as I possibly can!

Happy Birthday to my Brother in Law, Martin.
Vintage Image Courtesy of Blanca

Paper - Gorjuss
Kraft card blank
Gorjuss die cut
Papermania Stamp

Computer generated wording.

Monday, December 29, 2014


Anne - Birthday (Christmas day)
One of my long time scrap friends.
Stamps Foxes - Gorjuss
Foliage & stars - Indigoblu
Dies cut - Papermania
Coloured with Inktense Pencils
Perfect Pearls on stars

My Dad's - Xmas Card
Stampendous stamp - St Nick
Wink of Stella clear brush pen
Inktense Pencils
Doily with acrylic paint
& Inka gold

My Sister Tracy & BIL Martin's Xmas Card
Stampendous stamp - Snowy Postcard
Inktense pencils
Wink of Stella clear brush pen
Doily with acrylic paint & Inka gold
Label tag - Papermania

Queen Bee Beauty Salon - Xmas Card
Doily with acrylic paint & Inka Gold
Crafty Individuals - Angels
Inktense Pencils
Wink of Stella clear brush pen

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Christmas Wishes

Merry Christmas to all my
craft friends old & new!
Some of us go way back
& it is good to be seeing 
a whole New Year coming to
spend with you & the possibility 
of meeting new friends along the way!

So eat, drink & be merry!
Cherish time spent with loved ones 
& let's hope 2015 doesn't fly by
quite as fast as 2014 did because there
are so many thinks I want to try
& new products to play with!!

Merry Christmas Everyone. X

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Bottom of the Sea Art Journal Page

I started this page in June. It has been
re-worked 5 times. I finally got it how I wanted it
and then I added my chosen wording in black
stamping and it looked awful!
The words were too black and ruined the
feel I wanted for the piece. So I had to get out
some acrylic paint and cover it all up.
Now I can not get it back to the colour that it was :(
But, I am happy enough to call this DONE!
I applied home made texture paste through the
CW branches stencil at the top left to look like seaweed.
Then bottom right through my Clarity Stamps stencil Pods
to resemble Sea Anemones. I coloured them with Inka Gold
in Turquoise & greens. This made it too shiny.
So I applied some acrylic paint first & them over painted
most of the textured sections with Silks Acrylic Glazes.
It looked fabulous (until the stamping)
I ended up painting dark blue & then re- applying
Silks & Primary elements over the top.
My fish & crab are coloured with Inktense Pencils.
I added sequins to give shimmery bubbles to the water
and computer generated the words which are more suited
to the overall tranquil feeling I wanted for this piece.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Art Journal - Quirky World

Beware! Very bright colours!!!
I am VERY happy with this one.
I had a plan for Psychedelic but it wound up Quirky. 
Mind you it did begin as a happy accident.
I was testing out a new Joggles stencil - Swirls
on the inside covers of the journal and ended up with
rather a lot of juicy ink left on the stencil.
So not wishing to waste any I flipped it and this was
the resulting print ( Dylusions Pomegranate seed)
My background was then built up using
Dylusions Luscious Leaves stencil
with distress inks, Squeezed Lemonade
and Wild Honey for funky checks.
Forest Moss & Mowed Lawn distress paint
for the upward leaves.
Shabby Shutters distress ink for rays at the bottom.
Sponged Seedless Preserves across the top.
Forest Moss paint for the hanging
leaves (Dylusions Leaf Flourish Stencil)
The word blocks were created on my computer
using my Cameo Silhouette Studio software;
Font - Billo
then printed onto regular card stock.
My figure was made up of collage images
from a set purchased on Etsy;
Crazy Paper Dolls - by Cemerony.
Thank you for looking.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Autumn Art Journal Page

This is page 17 in my journal.
Pages 15 & 16 are in various stages of completion.
I am totally thrilled with how this one
turned out! :0) :0)
Autumn - My favourite season to depict
in art work due to the fabulous array of colours.
I know summer is pretty but Autumn is full of
russet, gold, terracotta & greenish browns.
What this photograph does not show is the umpteen
layers that went into creating the depth of colour
in the background.
I lost count after 7 applications of paint and ink.
I stencilled the trees either side with my
homemade texture paste and the centre in brown
heavy body acrylic paint.
I made two "trunks" from chipboard for the outer
trees using chipboard as the stencil (CW Reverse Branches)
has no trunks on it.. Once the texture paste was dry the trees were first painted
with Luminarte Silks Acrylic Glaze in Chestnut Brown.
Once that was dry I added brown HB Acrylic paint sparingly
by dry brushing over the branches.
Fence is a Die cut as are the two birds.
Word Autumn - TH Chip block Alphabet
This was coloured with Ripe Persimmon Ink, covered
with Rangers Crackle Glaze & once dry
swiped over with Gathered Twigs.
Then of course I added my leaves!!!
TH Tattered Leaf die, some sprayed with
Dylusions; Ground Coffee/ Chopped Pesto
Tangerine Dream & Melted Chocolate
The rest were Gilded with Indigoblu Mega Flakes
Winter Dawn (silvery ones)
Chocolate Box (goldish ones)
I am extremely please with those leaves!!!!
Finally the wording strips.
These were computer generated & inked with Antique Linen.
The words are the first two lines taken from
the poem "Leaves" by Elsie N Brady.
“How silently they tumble down
and come to rest upon the ground.
To lay a carpet, rich and rare,
beneath the trees without a care.
Content to sleep, their work well done,
colours gleaming in the sun.
At other times, they wildly fly,
until they nearly reach the sky.
Twisting, turning through the air,
‘till all the trees stand stark and bare.
Exhausted, drop to earth below,
to wait, like children, for the snow."
I wanted to use the whole of this beautiful poem,
but felt it would not look right on my page.