Saturday, September 13, 2014

Commissioned By The Groom!

My colleague Matthew is getting married today.
Congratulations to both him & Hayley.
He asked me to create a card which
he could give to Hayley on the wedding day.
His only instructions - it had to be "Hot Pink"
After I had got over the thrill of being asked
to create such a special card,
I got to thinking....
is he sure!!!!!!!
I was away for a week at my sister's at the time.
He messaged me on Facebook with his request.
I am glad to say he was right, I did it and
he reported early this morning that most
important of all....
She Loved It!!!!
Job done!
So here it is.
Card covered with a doily & sprayed with a
diluted re-inker - Picked Raspberry.
Once dry I glued lace across the centre.
The heart is created from some sheets of French book text.
I lightly painted them with gesso
edged with picked raspberry ink
& attached in the centre.
Message was computer generated & die cut.
I selected French text for two reasons.
a) it is romantic
b) Hayley's parents live in France.
So I knew it would have hidden meaning for her.
The card was mounted onto a white folded card
& I added plain velum in the centre to which
I stamped feathers in white ink.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Another photo

A slightly better photo of Rain!!

Art Journal - Rain

This is my twelfth journal page.
I based it on a favourite song of mine
Rain - Ladysmith Black Mambazo
I am NOT happy with how the blue shadow looks
because it really is not that colour on the page!!!!
 To create my page I took a piece of scrapbook paper
I knew I would not use on a layout & covered it with gesso
spritz blue inks all over it and allowed to dry.
I then covered it with Tim Holtz tissue.
I added a bit of blue paint with sponge here & there.
I die cut Umbrella man from chipboard & used
it as a stencil to apply Viva Décor Ferro paste
in Steelblue. I let it be uneven too for texture.
I stamped images of rain drops, rain in words
& die cut letters & added a lady with Umbrella.
Stamps by Katzlecraft,
(mine were previously loved)
Studio G & Inkylicious

This is a small postcard I made to send
some documents to my sister.

used distress emboss ink & black embossing powder.
I then gently stippled paints around them.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Recent Creations

Firstly I am sharing the final pages
in my 3x3" handmade mini journal.
They are a bit hard to photograph  because
I coloured the pages with two shades of Inka Gold
Next is the start of a new project.
My very first hand stitched (bound) art journal!
This book measures 91/2x51/2" open page spread.
This journal is all about backgrounds
with texture/colour/imagery.
This first image is the front piece of the booklet.

This is the first double page spread.

Second double page spread.
I want this all about colour and texture
I want to experiment with stencils, pastes
floral images and stamping.
I am not bothered about any journaling on the pages.
I will share the cover when the journal is complete.

Sunday, August 03, 2014

Album/Box decorate Tim Holtz Style

First picture is a collage of it all.

This is my favourite side. 

Totally love the top of the lid.


Close up of centre Eiffel Towers.
These would not meet neatly in the middle
& so I have put battery tea light in centre.

 One of the sides.
 Front - wish I had used my favourite side for this!!
 The mini album inside.
I wanted to make a functional mini album.
I wanted it to be cheap to make and
I wanted to use my Tim Holtz papers
& new Stamps & Dies set French Flight.
I can not take credit for the design of this book, the credit
goes to Kit Bauer (Paper Kitz) She has a You Tube
Channel where she made mini books from one single
sheet 12x12. So of course this thrilled me!
This was fun to make. The box itself took 25 minutes.
The decoration took about 5 hours over the course of a week!
French Industry Paper
Distress Ink - Walnut Stain/ Antique Linen
Hand stained coffee paper
Tim Holtz Stamp sets
Chipboard - backs of A4 pads.
Trinket Pin
Book Plate die
copper brads aged with Inka Gold Browngold

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 Décor 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!!!