Friday, July 18, 2014


My eleventh art journal page.
This is possibly my second favourite.
I started with a piece of scrapbook paper
Squared Papermania Happy days
I clear embossed the swirls & borders top & bottom
before spraying re-inker sprays in
Spiced Marmalade/ Fired Brick
Wild Honey/ & a mix of Fired Brick with Mandarin
Perfect Pearls for shimmer.
I added the Tattered Bird & Text (both TH)
by stamping onto tissue & apply with gel medium.
Flowers & butterflies - ISC Friendship plate.
I stamped the images in Hero Arts Cup o Joe
& edged the page with Rusty Hinge/Barn Door
You might not see but the page was also over-stamped
with script & a crackle stamp using Apricot & Sand Hero Arts inks.
Images coloured with Big Brush Pitt Pens.
I loved the quote & felt the background squares gave
an industrial/urban look.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Two More Mini Journal Pages

 With this one I coloured my pages orange
& then applied homemade texture paste through
the stencil while the background was still slightly wet.
It gave this fab paler orange texture.
Stencil - TCW

This started off as reduction stencilling,

but then, I started to add touches of
colour to make the stars & flowers pop.
Image - ISC friendship plate
only one more spread to go and my mini is finished!!

Saturday, July 05, 2014

Happy Birthday Tracy

My sister Tracy's special birthday.
Spending time together for her big day
Special thanks to my friend, Jade who is very kindly  house sitting for me.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Art Journal - Friendship

This is my 10th Journal page.
I am VERY happy with this one!
I was inspired (as I most often am)
I fell in love with this colour palette
after watching this video.
I modified the reduction technique
& even added some 3D swirls using gesso.
Stamps - Art Journey & Craft Individuals.
Words -Tim Holtz Chit Chat Stickers
Quote in circle - Friendship plate - ISC
My paint colours are rose & turquoise acrylic
with degrees of white mixed in .
I added TH Seedless Preserves Distress paint
some Artistes Baby Blue paint
Pitt Artists black pens in 4 sizes.
FRIENDS - Alice alpha die X-cut.
Circles drawn around die cut card shapes.
Inka Gold in Turquoise.
Copic markers in flesh tones
Distress markers for girls clothing.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

More Wedding Card Photos

Following on from the post yesterday,
here are two far better photos of the Wedding Card.
Detailed Front

In the box

Saturday, June 21, 2014

A Commissioned Wedding Card

I was asked by a colleague, Lorraine
to make a wedding card for 21st June 2014
for her relatives, Lewis & Rachel.
Here is a photo of the box lid that I made for the card
to be kept in after the big day is over.

Here are a few shots of the card.
I made it to resemble a book
and I am VERY happy with the finished piece.

Lorraine was delighted with it! I was pleased about that!!
I did take a photo of it in the box,
think it must be on my phone.
Materials used;
Tim Holtz hearts dies
& butterfly dies
Silhouette Cameo die cut machine
Martha Stewart Cherry punch
Prima papers

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Father's Day Card

Happy Father's Day, Dad!!
I made this card for him using my
newest set of Tim Holtz stamps.

To make the background, I cut a square slightly smaller
than the card front and applied home made texture paste
through a Crafter's Workshop Harlequin stencil.
I made my own texture paste after watching this brilliant
video on You Tube by Leanne

Once my paste was dry (I left it over the day while out at work)
I then sprayed with re-inkers diluted in a little water.
I used Gathered Twigs/Wild Honey dried it and then
sprayed with more Gathered Twigs and Fired Brick,
leaving the bottom left texture free for so I could
stamp the nest and feather.
Both birds and eggs were stamped, coloured using
distress inks and cut out. I used my favourite shades of
Hero Arts shadow inks to stamp the eggs;
Soft Sand & Wet Cement, edging with a little
Cup O'Joe to darken the speckled areas.
I applied a little bit of Viva D├ęcor Ferro in Amber Gold
using my fingers to some of the raised harlequins.
This provided a little more texture and shine.
All the cut outs were added on foam.
I added a slight side view so you can perhaps
get a better view of the dimension.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Cards & a Layout

The first card is for my friend, Katie.
She left yesterday & begins a new job on Monday.
We have been friends for 6 years
& I needed a suitable card to wish her luck.
I used a mix of Indigoblu & Lavinia Stamps
along with Crafty Secrets Birds.
I added crackle medium to the wings
and the card warped a little!!
This next card is also for a work colleague.
It is Lorraine's birthday tomorrow
I know she is busy this weekend so won't see this.
I used a Heidi Swapp Damask stamp
& used a "previously loved" stamp.
I just had to use my new Hero arts
Shadow inks in green hills & Raspberry Jam

Finally, I have another layout
for my third 8x8 mini album.
I used homemade spray inks for the subtle
background colour & my memory box die
I then used the die to cut some 7dots studio Messy Head
paper to fill in some of the circles.
I added mini butterflies.

I used weathered wood distress ink
to colour the Typset alphas (die cut)
I stamped the floral design
(Elusive Images)
My journaling is really simple,
just 3 words
feel, you, here
They are on the butterflies on the right.
Finally I covered the photo & added paint splatters.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Desk Tidy & Art Journal

This first piece of art is something
that has been sat for over 6 months half done!
You know what it is like!!!
Well I'm proud to have completed it at last.
Somewhere to put the pens!!
Constructed using Kraft  Tall card blanks.
Crown die cut border using Silhouette Cameo
Stamp - Kaisercraft
This next piece is my 9th art Journal page!!
Quite impressed, although I did originally set
out to make 1 page a week (insert blush)
Think I under estimated how long
these can take to create.

It is based on one of my favourite quotes
by Ralph Waldo Emerson.
The page idea came to me after a chat
with a colleague who is pregnant.
I imagined these are all the things
she wishes for her unborn son.
I even wrote it with my own handwriting!
Though I have to admit I hate my writing
& did it in pencil first on faint drawn lines!!
Stamps are LOTV
Stamp Bug & CI
Indigoblu &Autumn Leaves
Word strips - TH Chit Chat
title - die cut from two
alphas Moxie & Alice
Background built up of layers
paint, ink, gesso.
Stencilling & stamping.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Mini Journal Entry

For my third spread, I used this Paperbag Studios
stamp which I recently bought.
It was a "previously loved" purchase
(or second hand to some)
I added gesso to the pages & then
stamp the images onto each side.
I then stamped them again in Versamark
black ink so I could cut out the two gentlemen.
I added brown distress inks to the newscript background
in 3 shades to add an aged look.
Then I stamped the mini harlequin on either side.
I also added a few swirly bits along the edging.
Finally I stuck my men over the top of the
original images & added the Xcut - cogs
die cut from black card with a spinner.

I wanted to play with ink & paper
but had no clear idea in my mind other
than I had two cards to make.
In the end, this was not used for either!
This is just a "sparesy" hanging around
until needed. 
I wanted lots of layers.

I made the postcard from a scrap of watercolour paper
& a Papermania stamp along with sequin waste & my
newest Shadow Inks by Hero Arts;
Raspberry Jam and Green Hills...
Yummy! Are they just the most edible colours.
I used other Papermania stamps,
Madame Payraud paper, swirl die cuts
& the stamp is another "Previously loved"
purchase I made.
I also used a Hero Arts definition stamp.
and finally...
some of you may wonder where I have been craft wise.
Ive made a commissioned wedding card,
which I can not share with you until 21st June.
A leaving/new job card which I can not share until
next Friday and a birthday card I can not share
with you until next Sunday!! 
I have an 8x8 scrap layout almost complete.
I have an art journal page which is half done
& a few projects in the pipe line..

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Vintage Journey - Fond Memories

I tried to think of just one but had far too many.
So, I decided to make a photo frame.
This way I can change the memory!!
It took a week to make and dry!
The piece is made from some grey board off the back of a pad.
Covered in Tim Holtz French Industry paper.
Stamps are Tim's new Bird Feather.
Trellis - Tim's Frameworks die
Frame made from corrugated cardboard
Book Label - Fond Memories
Tim's tag & labels die with Anita's gloss
Leaves - PoppyStamp dies.
It wasn't very easy to photograph
so I took a couple of shots.
The side view shot shows the dimension
of the leaves around the nest
I chose to stamp in the picture
area so that it remains a
decorative piece even
when empty.
This view is of the frame including a photo
a very favourite memory
La Marchaderie, Limousin
France 2011
A place I went twice with my sister, Tracy.
She has this photo framed & on her bedroom windowsill

I feel I may need to make a matching
frame with a Landscape frame opening!
Finally, I have my Art Journal page to share.
It was supposed to be ready last week,
however an incident with a jar of water
meant a few days further pressed under a book!!!
It didn't quite translate to paper as well
as the image in my head. I wanted the page to
be fairly plain with an explosion of colour
but it looked wrong that way.
The main image is Juliet - Indigoblu stamp
but, I have masked the image
to make the hair fuller.
I have punched mini butterflies to glue
in the hair as it accentuated the ones in the stamping.
I also used my new Memory Box Delphiniums stencil
to add height & interest to the wild garden below her.
The colours were all re-inker sprays.

Sunday, May 04, 2014

Claire's Birthday & Mini Art Journal

Happy Birthday, Claire!
I don't see her everyday now, but
I know  from messages that
she is having a great birthday weekend.
 The design I chose was using one of my
favourite techniques of white embossing
then highlighting with colour.
Stamps used are; Art Journey
Kaisercraft & the background stamp is unknown
as it was purchased second hand.
Below is my second mini journal entry.
Even though these pages are only
3ins square there is plenty of scope.
Stamps used;
Kaisecraft, Paperbag Studios
& Bo Bunny.
Although it is not clear, the word
SPARKLE was stamped with
Picked Raspberry & clear embossed.
As was the chicken wire.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Art For Hermine & a Mini AJ

I was recently asked by the very talented
Hermine Koster, to make a piece of
art for her project. I was sent an Art card
& then spent about two weeks trying to decide
on my theme!! France was my choice.
Here is the completed card below.
Stamps - Elusive Images
Background - Emboss resist stamp - Tim Holtz.

This is the card I made to accompany the little art card.
Stamps by Art Journey.
Clouds and grass are stamped using
embossing folders. Colour added for flowers
using distress markers & watercolour brush.
I also sent to her the matchbook that I recently made
as it went well with my final design.

I also sent her a blank miniature Art Journal.
Below is mine.
I am showcasing the front cover, the first spread
and the back cover today.

Inks used Hero Arts Shadow Inks.
Archival Black Ink.

Stencils are TCW and Donna Downey.
Stamps - Stampers Anonymous
Kaisercraft & Paperbag Studios.

This little Art Journal measures 3" square.
I made it from a piece of 140lb watercolour paper
and I created a Maze Book.
To create the two covers I copied the idea from
Tim Holtz Valentine Book 
instead of making card covers, I folded them
over to make sturdier covers. I did not bind the book with tape
I left it free flowing until it is completed.
I did seal all the pages together on my version.
I have left them open on Hermine's,
so she can make pockets if she wishes too.
Being so tiny, there are only 6 double spreads but as my
name suggests, I love minis!!!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Caught up with my Art Journal

I have been very creative behind
the scenes making things for others
and taking care of a few commission pieces.
Today I got chance to finish page 6
of my Art Journal and make page 7 too!
 I had made a mistake on the word MOON
but with some bold drawing around the word,
it is hard to see now where I went wrong.
The background is made spraying home made
distress inks in peacock feathers and pumice stone.
This page came together really easily once
I decided on my theme. In fact
the only problem I had with
this one was knowing when to stop!
The colours do not look as good in photo
form as they do in real life.
The camera makes them much lighter.
I had planned to offer this piece for the
latest Vintage Journey challenge,
Spring Flowers but I do not think it floral enough.
The background on this one is stamped white tissue
coloured with distress ink sprays. I made it in the week
following reading an old CS article by
Rachel Jackson & seeing France Papillon
use it on her latest AJ layout.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Quick Cards

No Art Journal page to share again, this weekend.
It still isn't quite right. I made an error (smudged my colouring!)
and to fix it is a slightly lengthy process.
If I could get away with leaving it I would.
I have also been extremely busy trying to
finish up some commission work so that I
can crack on and create for me & others.
Once I'd finished one of the commission cards,
(It will not be blogged as the person it is for reads &
it wouldn't be fair on the person who requested it!!)
I had all the inks, stamps & embossing gear out so,
I made a quick couple of cards just to have
on hand.
Les Papillons
It is always good to have a few
cards  in reserve!
Stamps; Kaisercraft, Next
Cavallini, T Holtz
Butterfly - 2 Cavallini stickers fussy cut.
White embossing detailed powder
Distress inks; worn lipstick,
bundled sage, victorian velvet,
squeezed lemonade.
The first card has gesso on the surface surface before embossing
the stamp and inking it up.
Ironed off the powder and added further stamping.
Second card was a piece of left over from the
commission using wrinkle free technique.

Sunday, April 06, 2014

Vintage Journey - A Little bit French

The third challenge on The Vintage Challenge blog
I had to think long and hard about this one,
not because it was hard, but because I had
too many choices!!
I finally decided on a matchbook in browns and pinks.
Here is the front.

This is the back.
 This is the front of the glassine bags
and this is the back of them.

I made six of these mini cards to insert
into each bag and they have images on the front
and quotes on the reverse. 

This is the whole piece put together.
If I could have done this differently,
I would have used sturdier cardstock.
The whole thing took me about 8 hours,
with drying time at about half hour.
Glassine bags (internet purchase)
White cardstock
Distress stains - gathered twigs/ Victorian velvet
picked raspberry
Perfect Pearls - Cappuccino/ perfect gold
Staz-on Timber Brown ink
Archival black
Hero Arts Shadow Inks in
soft sand/wet cement
CW - Harlequin Stencil
Stamp sets;
Tim Holtz/Elusive Images
Kaisercraft Quotes
Wooden Paris stamp
B Line Designs Paris duo
Typographie - unknown
I coloured the main body of the matchbook with
gathered twigs distress ink & then once
dry sprayed with gathered twigs
re-inker & the perfect pearls.
Mini cards were sprayed with V/Velvet
& then a quick spritz of P/Raspberry
added to the back of each.
They were lightly over-stamped with text
and V/Velvet was sponged through a
Crafters Workshop Harlequin Stencil,
prior to having the images & quotes added.
Hope you like it as much as I do. The shimmer is gorgeous!

Edited to add I have also entered this in the
Kraft Journal Paris or France Challenge.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Do Seagulls like Lettuce?

Hi guys! No Art Journal page to share
this weekend. It just isn't quite finished!
But I do have the first scrap layout of the year.
In fact, the first layout since October 2013!
The title of my blog post says it all.
While staying with my sister last July, we went to Holy Island.
It was the most beautiful hot day. Not a cloud in the sky,
the sea was a dazzling blue & the birds sang their hearts out.
We sat down for a drink in this pub garden & watched the birds flocking to the tables.
It was really comical. I would never imagine a Seagull
liking lettuce!! Oh well, I guess what ever was on offer suited them.
I wanted this layout to be loose & scribbly,
hence all the black lines around the triangles.
I also wanted it bright because it was such a gorgeous day.
I stamped the background first with
Tim Holtz paint & Kaisercraft stamp.
Papers are Finnley - Glitz Design
The word Lettuce was die cut using
Tim Holtz Chipblock die & funky foam.
The other letters are from the Finnley pack.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Vintage Journey Challenge & and Art Journal Page

My first piece of art is for challenge 2

I made my background spraying various homemade sprays
mixing distress re-inker with water.
Colours used; Broken China, Peacock Feathers,
Salty Ocean, Dusty Concord.
Edges blended with Chipped Sapphire & Archival Black ink.
Corner bird stamped - Prima-  embossed black.
Tim Holtz phrase - embossed white.
Die cut clock &bookplate.
Stamped Tattered Sparrow.
Other stamps Tim Holtz background stamps.

Spring (Birds)
 This second piece of art is my 5th Art Journal Page.
This was started over a week ago.
As I visited my sister last weekend,
today was the first chance to complete the piece.
Stencilling, dry wall tape, die cut birds
& swirls. Stamped birds nest & floral sprigs
die cut words & TH Chit Chat sticker
all make up this page.
Now it is complete, I wish I had done it
quite differently! Typical that!!
Oh well, the technique in mind can wait
for the next page.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Painted Tea Cup & Cabbage Rose Flower

It's my birthday today & so I have had
the luxury of a craft day at home!
I had been away to my sister for a long weekend
& didn't see the point in returning to work just yet!!
A while ago I bought a china white cup & saucer
& made a start painting it.
I used Artiste Pearl Acrylic paints & pearl medium to
create this gorgeous blue/green shade.
My next issue was, what to put in it!
So, it sat on the shelf empty for a month or ten!!!
Then, a couple of days ago, while watching a friends You Tube Channel,
I came upon this cabbage rose tutorial by this very
crafty lady, Lee (crafty loops)
Sadly my rose is not as gorgeous as Lee's but it is my first attempt!