Tuesday, 14 January 2020

A New Pencil Pot..

made from recycling the centres
from two empty reels of tape.
You can tell it's handmade & that just
adds to my delight!
The bottom roll was from metal duct tape
& the top was left from double sided tape.
 Another view of the completed article.
Embossed metal tape with blue
metallic paint on it.
 Here's what they looked like to begin.
I was working on my Tombstone at the time
& while waiting for things to dry,
I was putting this together.
I covered them inside & out with white cardstock strips
& painted them with black gesso.

 I stuck metal duct tape to thin card & embossed
them all using Tim Holtz Bingo & Fragments
embossing folders.
I then pieced them together onto the pot
as I have seen Lorrimarie Jenkins do in
many of her altered book projects.
 In the bottom corner, you can see the top reel
just painted black on the outside.
I decided to put a little paint on the finished piece
just to highlight the edges. I didn't want a thick cover.

Friday, 10 January 2020

Altered Folder

This is my first attempt at an altered folder.
The folder in question was from back in the day
when I was an agent for Freemans' Catalogue.
I kept it for years knowing I could re-purpose it!

Here's what I did.
This first photo doesn't show the colour too well.
I used black gesso over Golden Pumice Gel.
I then glued on die cuts & added pearls.
Then coated the whole thing in black gesso.

Next I added metallic paints - dry brushing them
over the surface. 
In the next two photos, I have altered the
shadows so the blue/green colours
will show up more.
 This is the back.
I'm not entirely happy with how it looks,
but in fairness, getting the right light might have
helped my cause!!
It looks really streaky in this picture,
but it isn't in real life.
I house all my Memory Box & Spellbinder dies
in this folder. Memory box come in such
adorable envelopes, I didn't want 
to throw them out!
 The pumice gel was applied through a stencil,
I'm wishing I had the Fleur De Lis for this project.
But I'm happy with it for a first try.

Tuesday, 7 January 2020

Dina Wakley Media - Show Us Your Media Gratitude

Challenge Month Five

Grateful for Kindness

First page for 2020 of this Gratitude project.
Kindness is an important part of my life.
Without it, I don't think anyone could cope
with daily living. So for my theme I went with
a circle background. It is to signify how
Kindness breeds Kindness in an endless way.
To begin I added white gesso to the page.
I then added Golden Light Molding paste
through TCW Stencil, Ring Doily.
Once dry, I added colour.
Dylusions paint in
Peony Blush / Cherry Pie / Crushed Grape.
I sprayed with water to get it moving.
Once dry, I added the same colours plus white,
with ghost stenciling using the same stencil.
This seemed too vivid once dry, so I brayered
gesso over the top to tone it back.
Next a bit of black background stamping
with a Bo Bunny background stamp
& also some French script.
After adding some DWM Collage tissue
in circles, I stamped onto copy paper,
my image from DWM From the Past.
I stamped her again onto light card.
I adhered the copy paper version,
added brown shading around her with 
Woody 3 in 1 880/630,
then stuck the card version on the top.
I printed my quote with the dymo label maker,
added to the page & used woody 880/334
to create shadows around the words.
To finish, I wrote my journaling &
added Tim Holtz Small Talk phrases
relevant to the words I wrote.
I just put that the world can be a better place
with just a smile or a few words. They might make
someone feel like they matter, at a time when
they may well be feeling very low.

Monday, 6 January 2020

Birthday Wishes

for my friend, Colette.
Today is her birthday & here is
the card I made for her.
 The paper is Cardboard Patterns,
 from The Works.
The ladies are from the set,
"Beautiful You" Stampin' Up.
I coloured them with my Aldi 
Metallic pencil crayons.
I cut them out, then adhered them to
the white panel over the blue shaped paper.
The design is based loosely on a sketch 
Happy Birthday stamp by MFT as is
the shaped scalloped border die,
used to cut top & bottom of the blue paper.
Edges all inked Altenew Persian Blue. 

Friday, 3 January 2020

Walking in a Winter Wonderland

Art Journal page for my Colour Exploration Journal.
A nice wintry feel to kick off the New Year Blogging.

I began this page with gesso.
Once dry, I applied my first colour, 
PaperArtsy Blue Smoke in vertical strokes,
taking care not to hit the edges.
This was overlayed with Wolf Eye.
Once dry, I added my final blue layer,
using Iceberg. I made this far more watery,
spraying it with water to create a running,
dripping effect down the page.
I dried it all well & then stamped with
a free snowflake stamp from Craft Stamper,
in Blue Smoke.
Once dry, I added Golden Light Molding paste
through the Tim Holtz Crossed stencil.
I printed my focal image, adding a light blue vignette
to it as I felt it would help it blend better
to my page than plain white.
I added text stamping with two free stamps
from Simply Cards & Papercraft issue 182,
"Let it snow" & "Walking in a winter wonderland"
I dry brushed gesso lightly to knock back the
stamping & to add splatters.
After adhering my image, I went in with
Stabilo Woody 3 in 1 pencils;
800/405 Ultramarine, 
800/470 Turquoise
this added just the right amount of contrast
& shading. To finish I added Tim Holtz
Christmas Clipping stickers.

Wednesday, 1 January 2020

New Year's Day Birthday

Happy Birthday to my brother in law, Martin.

Martin adores Border Collies.
As I have no new motorcycle stamps,
I figured I would make him a dog card.
These pictures were found online & neither
had names or watermarks so I can't credit
the photographer.
The papers are from out of my die cut books
I added two strips of washi tape,
in black stripes & turquoise.
I die cut the banner & added stamping.

Friday, 27 December 2019

Winter Art Journal

Sharing a Winter themed art journal page
that I created just before Christmas.

This is kraft card (page 10) in my new journal.
I'm not creating in order so 7, 8 & 9 will
be created on in 2020.
I began by scraping gesso on the page, taking care 
not to go right up to the edges.
Once dried, I applied Golden Light Molding paste
over Winter Wonderland Stencil/Mask
by The Crafter's Workshop.
I dried this with my heat tool to make it
puff up so that the rings went deeper.
Before it was fully dry, I added a dusting of
Rock Candy glitter to give sparkle like you
see in real snow.
To colour my page I used watered down PaperArtsy
Fresco Chalk paint in Wolf Eye & Blue Smoke.
(Oct 2019 release, Christmas present)😊
I dry brushed white gesso over some of the
textured areas once the paint was dry.
I love the blue on the kraft where I had
not put down gesso first.
I busted out my Tim Holtz Ephemera packs,
(hoarded for two years)
to create a cluster of mainly B&W,
with just hints of colour in the text.
I then added my die cut deer (American Crafts die)
onto a simple wreath I made from jute.
The finishing touch was Tim Holtz Christmas Clippings
(also hoarded for two years)
I have also created another winter theme
 for my Colour Exploration Journal.

Thursday, 26 December 2019

Merry Christmas Art Journal

I made this page on Christmas Eve,
it's the very first themed page in my
Colour Exploration Journal.
I wanted something festive & to be honest,
I was at a loose end waiting
for an ornament to dry.
I loved the Lisa Oxley repeated version of
Dina Wakley's ghost technique &
wanted to play with it again.
However, you can't see much of it 😄 
 To begin, I added gesso & once dry,
I wrote a Christmas song from my childhood
down the page.
I'm not certain if you are familiar with it,
I was 4 or 5 when we sang it, but
it goes;
Who is coming on Christmas Night?
With a red, red coat & hair all white.
Eyes that sparkle like a starry night,
I know, don't you?

Who has a bag all packed with toys?
With wonderful things for girls & boys.
A beautiful sleigh that makes no noise,
I know, don't you?

Every time I see an image of Santa (Father Christmas)
I always remember this song & 
how we sang it with such excitement.
 I used the repeated ghost technique with Dylusions,
Cherry Pie / Peony Blush / White Linen
& Tim Holtz Festive stencil.
I added Cut Grass through the stencil to give
a pop of colour in 3 places.
I then broke open my hoarded Christmas
Ephemera packs by Tim Holtz
& pieced together a few bits.
To complete I added Christmas Clippings
in two places. "Merry Christmas" &
"all to sleep before Santa comes"

Wednesday, 25 December 2019

Merry Christmas & Happy Birthday

Merry Christmas to you all.

Today I am sharing a
Christmas Day Birthday card.
A mixed media card created back in October,
using recycled  brown paper,
gesso, texture paste, stencils,
lace, Lindy's sprays, sequins,
a die cut paper piece,
an image by Finnabair, a simple
white flower & a pearl.


Tuesday, 24 December 2019

Christmas Eve second share

Gingerbread Card for Kate.
Front is an knitted jumper embossing folder,
free with Simply Cards & Papercraft issue 185
Card front imagery created from the
 die cut books from The Works.
All added to a Kraft base.

Inside the card was layered with white card.
At the top I stenciled clouds,
using a My Favorite Things stencil. 
Stamped a santa & sleigh.
I die cut Lawn fawn pop up hills for snow banks
& attached to it my Gingerbread House
by Sue Wilson. Along with all the decorations.
The tiny door wreath is from a Tim Holtz die set.

I die cut an XCut label for my greeting & added
 to the reverse of the card.
 This view shows the depth of the piece
& a closer look at the sentiment
which is a set by Crafter's Companion.

 This piece is for me.

It is based on the shadow box I shared yesterday,
except I applied Tim Holtz Poinsettia on all the 
front facing edges & the inside.
I poked holes through from the back
& added a set of 10 warm white lights
gluing the battery box to the base.

It looks a bit like a Mad Scientist/Professor 
attacked it from behind,
but who cares,
when it glows like this in the dark.
Mine says Let it Snow.

First of Two Shares today.

Another easel card to share.
 Front was created from the die Cut Book
purchased last year from The Works.
I believe these to be some really old
Studio Light books. As the format
is strikingly similar.
This shows a front facing view.
 This view shows the card looking down
& below shows a closer view of the 
inside decoration.
I used a Tim Holtz bookplate die cut 
several times to create depth.
I used Die Cutting Essentials issue 56
free dies to create the two floral clusters.
Adding pearls to finish off the bookplate
& some stamping.

Monday, 23 December 2019

Another Special Card

or rather...
A Shadow Box.
From four residents,
Dad, Bill, Jenny & I,
that appreciate their Christmas Lights.
This is their tree from my front drive.

Here is the Shadow Box.
 Created from a sheet of 12x12 cardstock.
Scored & folded, with mitred corners,
which I covered with texture paste to resemble snow.
Globe - Tim Holtz die cut from blue painted paper
(PaperArtsy Summer Sky)
Wings were made with a mold & some two part resin.
Backdrop is white media paper, painted with
P/Artsy Summer Sky & stenciled with Tim Holtz
mini Poinsettia stencil.
Peace on Earth - die cuts - Tim Holtz
cut twice for depth, with Nuvo gloss applied.

Top view looking down so you can
get a feel for the depth.

I glued a piece of heavy weight chipboard
to the back & made a stand by tracing a photo frame
that i have. I glued it to the piece with UHU
& a 2.5in butt hinge because the weight of the
resin wings was pulling the piece backwards. 
 Another view of the hinge,
showing the neat finish.
For photo frames the stand is just short of
the bottom to give it a lean.
I wanted this to stand more upright,
so made the stand flush with the bottom.

In all I am very proud of this piece.
There were various videos on YouTube for
making shadow boxes.
I watched a few then kind of tweaked the
measurements to fit my purpose.

Sunday, 22 December 2019

Couple more cards

for people I know from the internet.

This first card was created using 
PaperArtsy Summer Sky & Gesso,
over a card piece. drying well & then
I stenciled Golden Light Molding paste
through Mike Deakin Art Carnival 1 stencil.
Whilst this dried, I set it aside
& set to work on my clock.
It is the Tim Holtz Weathered Bigz die,
which I covered with Prima/Finnabair
Champagne Crackle Medium.
I die cut the word NOEL (free with the
Die Cutting Essentials issue 56)
from an off-cut of blue painted paper.
I then die cut the stems/leaves/pinecones
from the wreath die set (also in issue 56).
I dusted them with Tim Holtz Rocky Candy 
to give them a festive glow.

The card below began as a piece of blue painted paper,
which I added a few Tim Holtz Falling stars.
I then die cut two snowbanks using my Lawn Fawn
hill/snow border dies.
For the house, I cut a strip of houses from the 
die cutting Essentials free dies with issue 39,
(Summer Scenes) & cut off one tree & house.
I tucked this behind the snowbank.
Next I decided to die cut an aperture
from a card piece using a pine tree die by XCut.
I backed it with acetate from old packaging
so that I could add tiny silver sequins.
Finally, I die cut the word NOEL from
blue & silver & layered. 

Saturday, 21 December 2019

Christmas Easel Card x2

I made two identical cards
for two close friends.
 Both cards were made from a total of 3 card blanks.

I began with the globes (Tim Holtz)
brayering paper with PaperArtsy paint;
Glacier Ice/ Summer Sky/ Smurf
Surf's Up/ Glass Blue/ Snowflake
& also white gesso.
Adding shimmer with Snow & Ice Cosmic
Shimmer Lustre polish.
 I used mixed media paper to make the blue
textured panels. Painting over french book text
using the same colours but in a wash.
I then added texture paste (golden light molding)
through the Tim Holtz Poinsettia mini stencil.

While allowing these to dry, I die cut my book plates.
Distressed with blue paint, stamped a greeting
& added pearls. Each bookplate is about
5 thick to add dimension. I copied this
from the pink toned card I shared a few
days ago on here.

 I added white feathers behind the
globes, which I mounted using
foam pads.
I created the banners by hand after
stamping the Peace on Earth,
which were from a free stamp set,
several Christmases ago.

Finally I added a blue star to the reverse,
 as I did the gorgeous pink toned easel card,
 from a few days ago.

Friday, 20 December 2019

You guessed it!

More Christmas Cards!
Well I say this every year & I 
will say it again, I don't like to share until
I know they have arrived.

The first two images are of the card I make for
each member of our street. However, we lost three
last year & gained one, so I ended up with two spare.
I love this image because it reminds
me of hope & so I gave the two spare cards
to my ex colleagues, Kim & Lorraine.

 Stamp is Guardian Angel by Sugar Nellie
Background is Tim Holtz Falling stars
stenciled with texture paste
& iridescent medium to add sparkle.
Which I'm hoping the slight side view version shows.
I stamped peace on book text.
Added Ruby Slippers Nuvo glitter drops to
the heart pendant & shimmer pen to
both sets of wings.

This card is for the rest of my ex colleagues 
in the office.
I used the John Lockwood (John Next Door)
Sam's Starz  set & coloured it with
original distress ink - Tumbled Glass
& swiped over some Cosmic Shimmer Lustre
polish - Snow & Ice 
 I raised the star slightly in the centre
to give a different look.

Thursday, 19 December 2019

Lucy's 18th Birthday

I can't believe my step-niece, Lucy
has already turned18!!

 I made this using coloured molding paste,
but it came out too pink,
so I coloured over it again with Seedless Preserves
regular distress ink, keeping the cleaned, stencil in place.
Celebration Star Stencil - Imagination Craft
This is a Christmas design but I use it whenever!
Girl was free with Creative Stamping issue 53
Number 18 - Creative Stamping issue 44

Wednesday, 18 December 2019

Christmas Card share - I know, another!

This card is my favourite!
I just love everything about it.
In fact, it nearly didn't go to it's
intended destination!
The images & papers are from a die cut book,
I purchased in The Works last year to make
clear baubles with. (Which I forgot to share)
I love all the colours on this.

So for the easel part, I tried to match the colour
as close as possible using Paperartsy Fresco
paint in Taromilk Tea. I then used a Tim Holtz
stencil (Falling Stars) to create the backdrop.
I die cut the bookplate from aTim Holtz
bigz die.
I distressed with the same paint
& then stamped the greeting on it.
Adding pearls to complete.

For my greeting, I grunged up a star die cut
using the same paint & stamped the 
Apple Blossom sentiment. 

Monday, 16 December 2019

Dina Wakley Media - Show Us Your Media Gratitude

A Year of Gratitude Project

Challenge month four

I am grateful for Creativity

I have been poorly for a week & so it
has taken an age to complete this.
My background is heavily influenced by
Lisa Oxley's repeated version of the
Dina Wakley ghosting technique.
I saw Lisa's work, after following a link from 
Niamh Baly, another of my fav journal artists.
DWM heavy body paint in
Lapis, Ocean, Lime & Fuchsia
Dylusions Stencils - Dyalog Stencil it
& Small Leaf Flourish 
DWM Collage Tissue - Backgrounds
Paintbrushes & Garden Angel Ornament
are images from Daphne's Diary Magazine.
My journal pen is a bit rubbish
& you can barely see the journaling.
 It reads, I can never remember a time
in my life when I wasn't creative in some way.
I was always making something right back to being 
a small child. Creativity is my life.

Saturday, 14 December 2019


I made two of this design,
obviously I only took a photo of one.

Nice simple design for a friend & also for
old employers, from way back.
Snowflake stencil - That Special Touch
Peyton Ornament Die - Simon Says Stamp
Golden Molding Paste
Glimmer card stock in Gold.
Greeting also by Appleblossom. 
Some people are getting cards that I
made last year. I made extras to give myself 
a head start on this year.

Thursday, 12 December 2019

More Christmas Card Designs

The next cards are crafty friends.
These Stamping Bella Oddballs
are just soooo cute!!

The backgrounds are stenciled mini masterboards. 
Each card was created the same.
I brayered over the cardstock some gesso. 
Once dry, I began with a snowflake stencil
adding them all over the design in various colours.
I added stenciled words,
in Glacier Ice.
Then more festive images.
Paints - PaperArtsy Fresco Chalk.
Venice Blue / Glacier Ice
Summer Sky / Smurf
Surf's Up / Snowflake
Images coloured using Copic Markers.
Text blocks stamped & cut as steps
for them to stand on.
I really love the feel of the paper with
all the paints stenciled on.
If it appeared too bright, I just knocked 
it back with Snowflake or
Cloud9 if i grabbed the wrong one!!