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.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Journal Page for Hallowe'en

I had real fun creating this Hallowe'en themed Page!
I had the image in my head from the word, go
& I'm pleased to say it mostly went as planned.
The background began as pieces of dry wall tape
randomly stuck down. It was then covered generously with
gesso & dried. Then came the two stencils & home made
texture paste. Beaded home made paste added at the bottom.
I then painted the sides with TH distress paints but
once dry it was too dark so I went over it with Silk Acrylic Glaze.
Added die cuts & hand cut pieces all in black.
Then painted them with matt black paint.
I added texture paste to the top of cauldron & made it look
as if it had spilt down the side as the Witch stirred the mix.
For fun I added textured circles for bubbles.
Acrylic Glazes - Moss Green, Olive Vine
& Boysenberry. Beads painted with Primary Element Pigments
Black Orchid & Blushing Rose to redden some of the brown.
I painted the bubbles & Cauldron "gloop" with Primary elements
Lucky Apple & added some further colour with Big Brush Markers
by Faber Castell. Finally gave both the Cat & Witch some
white highlights to make them stand out as bit.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Art Journal Pages

Page 13 of my large journal.
Loved how this eventually turned out.
Background made of tissue
sprayed with inks (dylusions ground coffee
& tattered angels coffee shop)
Postcards using Papermania stamp
and covered with more.
Lettering stamped and painted with
Crimson Silks Acrylic Glaze.
Word - Art die cut
Word Writing - computer generated.
The title is a play on words
my question is really two.
Is letter writing dead, or in this technological world,
is writing dead?
Bottle made from chipboard
Feather found on floor.
Stencil - Cubist / old postage stamps.
My next pages are the start of my new Visual Journal.
I bought a gorgeous Derwent hard covered journal in
Corbridge during my holiday it measures roughly
61/2 x 4 3/4 & I will mainly be doing work in watercolour with
inktense pencils.
Some paint (TH Distress because dries flat, smooth & permanent)
My first page below (hidden address)
2nd pages not yet complete.

3rd pages - using paper, photos
& inktense pencils to tell my story.

Stamp - Sheena Douglass
This will be pretty much how my book will look on each page.
Except I will do stencilling with paint
here and there.
thank you for looking.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Happy Anniversary Tracy & Martin!

 It took me ages to get this photo
and even now it is not the greatest!!
Background was hand made, as was the tag.
I applied some texture paste and a Tim Holtz die
trellis. I made the bird & circle with the silhouette Cameo by
creating the hoop & welding one of my bird shapes onto it.
I then applied beads with some soft matt gel
& nutmeg primary elements.
I added tiny birds & leaves (die cuts) along with the
prima flowers.
Stamping used here and there to add interest.
I am quite pleased with this one, but as usual
I am critical of it & would do bits another way!!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Baby Mini Book

WARNING!!!! Photo Heavy!!
One of my colleagues, Krystal recently
gave birth to her son, Jimmy.
I didn't make a welcome baby card, instead
I made this mini book.

The book began life as a 12"x12" sheet of white
cardstock, folded like a maze book but then
pages glued together to make 8 double
spreads. I then primed them all with gesso.
Once dry, coated each page with texture paste,
(my binding ingredient - baby talc)
once this was dry it all got a coat of
clear gesso to seal and then when that was dry
I went in with blue acrylics in baby blue & sea spray.
It took 3 days just to get all that done!
So I busied myself making the watercolour paper stars.
Photos were all taken by Krystal, partner Mark
and various friends/relatives.
I had the pleasure of meeting baby yesterday
even had a cuddle! and Krystal loved
the book so I can now share it!

Friday, October 03, 2014

Another Wedding Commission!

This time it was another colleague,
Hollie, who requested a card for her friend
Samantha's big day.
My design brief was, hearts & roses,
Cream & deep red & to include a phrase
& a verse. Quite a lot to go on.
Here's what I came up with..
Die cuts by Tonic Studio
Embossing Folder - Vintage Floral (roses)
by crafters Companion.
I added the phrase like a banner.
 I used Art Extravagance Texture Paste
by Finnabair /Prima in Platinum crackle to
age this Tim Holtz die cut bookplate.
Verse created in Silhouette Cameo design software.
I then printed it onto cardstock before running
through the big shot.

Finally, I made a box for her to put it in
& decorated it with more tonic studio die cuts.
I saw this box on this You Tube Video  by LiveLoveScrap.
I just had to give it a go.
Very pleased with the finished result.

I have been very busy, reading,
learning & playing in my art journals.
Nothing complete that I am able to share just yet.
I am also creating a mini book for a colleague, Krystal
who recently had her first baby.
That I will be sharing soon.

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 D├ęcor 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