Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Wild & Free.

This page was created as a direct
result of the last page I shared.
I had scraped left over gesso onto the
kraft page & sponged off the paint
in Peony Blush.
So I felt this needed to be another
nature page.

I began by stamping Craft Consortium
Wildlife Meadow hares onto the page 
& also onto watercolour paper.
The watercolour paper ones were sprayed with
Dylusions Melted Chocolate & Slate Grey inks
& set aside to dry.
Using the Imagination Crafts Ivy stencil,
I sponged Dylusions Lime & Cut Grass.
Drawing veins with a Posca pen.
I cut out the watercolour hares & added them
directly over the stamped ones.
I find this the best way to get a good
clear focal point & maintain any whiskers.
Using Memory Box Delphiniums stencil,
I added Dylusions paint,
Pure Sunshine & Cherry Pie.
Once dry I added dotted details with posca pens.
I wanted this less busy than the previous page so,
after creating my own Wild & Free quote with the
dymo label maker & adding the Tim Holtz
phrase, I just added my journaling.

Sunday, 29 March 2020

Spring is in the air.

For this page, I wanted beautiful bright colour,
but it needed to be muted down because,
spring is naturally not as vivid as summer. 

So, I scraped a layer of gesso over the page,
then set to work with stencils to create the background.
I used Dylusions paint in;
Peony Blush, Pure Sunshine, Postbox Red
& Cut Grass through TCW stencil,
 Next I added Peony Blush
through the small flowers, on the Dylusions 
Dyalog Stencil Doodle It
 To tone this down further, I added
white gesso through the large flowers
on the same stencil.
While wet, I added touches of gold foil.
At this stage it looked a hot mess! 
I wanted a little more colour back in so,
I brayered Pure Sunshine onto a large
flower stamp. (Can't remember the brand!!)
I then stamp again over the top,
brayering Cherry Pie paint.
My focal point is large & matches all the colours
in my spread. It was on the back cover
of an issue of Daphne's Diary.
All that was needed for this was a bit of journaling
& the Tim Holtz Quote.

Thursday, 26 March 2020


Kraft cardstock, painted with black gesso.
For this page, I wanted something simple,
but also dramatic. I saw this stencil - Surfer
by Funky Fossil Design & had to have it!! 

To create my "ocean", I added Peacock Feathers,
Salty Ocean, Chipped Sapphire & Picket Fence
Distress paints to a mini craft mat,
spritzed with water & smushed onto my page.
I dried this thoroughly, then added more
Salty Ocean & Peacock Feathers in the same way,
dried again & added a little more Picket Fence.
Once totally dry, I used the stencil with black gesso.
Dried this off, then used the mask that comes
with the stencil, to add white gesso, to
crisp up the man & give a foam look.
I used Posca pen to add marks & dots.
When it was fully dry, I added a little extra 
colour with my Woody 3-in1 pencils.
I added my journaling all around the page in black.
It reads;
"When times are rough, hold on tight & go with the flow"
"Things always get worse, before they get better, hold on"
"Have the courage to face each day, secure in the
knowledge, you are ok"
"Life is a wild ride, but it is also beautiful."
I then printed my quote about waves, 
using the dymo label maker. 
Stay safe everyone!


Sunday, 22 March 2020

Colour (my world with a rainbow)

is the title of this page in my Colour Exploration Journal.
In fact, I went for a Rainbow!
I made this page using the Inspired to Create
issue 59 - Indigoblu Magazine Kit.
Alll stamped images & the stencil were
in the kit.

 I drew a rough circle so that I could make
my DWM Scribble Stick rainbow.
I have two sets & I selected the colours I wanted to use
before marking the circle out.

Once the scribble sticks were dry, I added versamark ink
through the stencil & applied some 
gold/brown perfect pearls & gold foil.
Once dry, I added texture paste through the stencil 
right on top of them so the pearls gave a shadow look
& added some WOW fine gold embossing powder
heat setting, so I could move on.

Here is a close up of the gold foil & the texture.
 I added stamping directly onto the page
& stamped onto watercolour paper.
I coloured my elements using Woody 3 in 1
pencils, the cut them out & layered them into
a small cluster. I added the three paintbrushes
first then stuck some left over tissue from the 
DWM Adventure challenge page to
"ground" my layered paint tubes.
My quote comes from CS issue 38 &
some Tim Holtz stickers.
I didn't need to add journaling,
the quote & the imagery said it all for me.

Thursday, 19 March 2020

Laura's Birthday

Today it is my birthday.
It is also Laura's & this is what I made for her.

I began by making my background on watercolour card.
I used brushos in Lemon, Lime Green, Rose Red
& a little Yellow Ochre. I spritzed & dripped
until happy with the look the dried thoroughly.
I then positioned my piece in my WRMK stamp press
& using Versafine Onyx Black, I stamped the girl (Juliet)
three times to get a crisp image.
I added the daisy to two corners using the same ink.
stamps were free with SC&P issue 123
& are a selection manufactured by Indigoblu.
The sentiment is made up of two words from
CS issue 74. 
I used a little water on a Q-tip to "bleach" the
colour from the daisy petals.
I mounted it onto gold card & then onto the card front.

Monday, 16 March 2020

Never Judge

As soon as I obtained my copy of
Creative Stamping issue 82, I knew
straight away, what I wanted to create
in my art journal!

I wanted a busy, but also subdued background
to emulate chaos behind the calm.
I had watched a YouTube video by
Shawn Petite, on her process of
sandwiches in stenciled backgrounds &
really wanted to give it a try.
You can watch the video here
To create the background I used,
Dylusions Paint:- Vibrant Turquoise, 
London Blue, Cut Grass, Pure Sunshine,
Cherry Pie, Peony Blush & Black Marble.
Tando creative - Distressed Sequins,
TCW - Well Rounded, Harlequin, Mini Patterns
& Art Is
Natalie Kalbach - Dots.
Numbers - Indigoblu
Shoes, Signpost, Footprints - CS82
(These were designed by Hunkydory crafts
for creative Stamping) 
The words added to the signpost are done
in gel pen to make them stand out.
Quote created on my dymo label maker.
 I particularly like how the parts of the Art Is stencil
that show through are the words "surface"
"experiences" & "what might"
very apt for my journaling.
It is about never knowing what another person is
going through on a daily basis. Never knowing
the burden they carry, the demons they are fighting.

Friday, 13 March 2020

Dina Wakley Media Show Us Your Media Gratitude

Challenge Month 7

Grateful for Adventure

To create my page, I began by making my own
patterned tissue, using the girls head free with SC&P 
& some very old Elusive Images (now Chocolate Baroque)
Stamps & one from Paperbag Studios.
This was then left to dry while I created my page.
I added colour using DWM Scribble Sticks;
Sky, Magenta, Mineral, Aloe & Night then did the ghost
technique with the free Dylusions stencil from the same SC&P.
While this was drying I turned my attention to the focal
point, which I decided was to be a tag.
I added some of the tissue down the side & the
same stamping. I added the dictionary definition
& after stamping the girl's head,
I created a rough body with Black Scribble Stick.
I coloured in using Lemon & Lime Scribble Sticks.
As the page was dry, I added my tissue across the top of the
colour & added a little more stamping.
Next I wrote my journaling across the top of the tissue.
I saw that the girls head on the tissue
had landed right over the magenta area & it
looked like a floral dress so I coloured the flowers yellow.
To finish I added more journaling to the side of the
tag & then glued it onto the page.
I added my title using a mix of Tim Holtz Stickers.

Monday, 9 March 2020

Happy Birthday, Dad!

Today is my Dad's birthday.
As he is keen on astronomy,
having his own telescope, I thought I would 
put some celestial stamps to use.
Here's what I made him.
 I wanted to use my Lawn Fawn Reveal Wheel Dies,
unfortunately, they are only sized for 3 - 4 images.
There are 8 Moon phases.
So, I had to cut a larger circle & fashion my own
front panel, which while it went okay,
it lacked the gorgeous faux stitching.
 I inked my panel with regular distress inks in;
Tumbled Glass / Broken China /
Chipped Sapphire & Black Soot.
I then used the In The Wild Stencil by Funky Fossils,
to add in the tree line across the bottom.
I stamped & heat embossed all the
constellations from the Upon A Star stamp
set from Lawn Fawn. I added an earth using the
die cut circle left from the window
& partial stamped it with a map stamp.
I have only shown photos of two of the
moon phases, as there are 8 & it would be 
rather too boring.
What you can't see in the photos, is that 
I spritzed the fronts with perfect pearls,
pearl & water for a shimmer.

Below is a quick photo of the inside.
The greeting comes from Creative Stamping issue 28.
While it was meant for Oscar/Red carpet,
 type birthdays, it shows how you can find sentiments
to fit any occasion.

Wednesday, 4 March 2020


This journal page formed in my head
while eating breakfast one morning!
Good thing is, it turned out
exactly as it was in my head!
I began as always with gesso on the page.
I then drew in where I wanted the
large circle to be.
Next, taking my Golden Light Molding Paste,
I applied it randomly through the
Once these were dry, I added the large
circle with the same paste using my homemade stencil.
I let these dry for a few hours, while I did some shopping.
Once back, it was time to add colour.
I went with Lindy's Gang Starburst Sprays;
Ponderosa Pine Olive /   Sea Grass Green
Whale Watch Blue & Clam Bake Beige.
I added a little more gesso around the edges &
over brushed the circles until I was happy.
Then I used a Prima/Finnabair script stamp
to add interest on the circles.
I stamped my girl (free with CS issue 66)
& coloured her with Copic Markers.
I wanted her to appear sat, balancing on the largest circle.
I then added shading with Derwent Inktense pencils. 
I used the stamp phrases (also issue 66) & printed
Balance on my Dymo Label Maker.
I shaded them with Stabilo Woody 3in1(880/570 Light Green)
 My journaling is done in paint pen & just
says how balance is essential in every aspect
of our daily lives.

Saturday, 29 February 2020

Birthday card for Eve.

Eve is our street's eldest resident.
She was born on 29th February,
so she doesn't get to celebrate 
the actual day, all that often.
Frank, another resident, who sadly passed away 
in September, last year,  
was also born the same day of the same year.
What's the chances of that!!
They were no relation to each other.
Well Eve is now the oldest at 92 today!

Not only is she a resident of our street,
but a long standing family friend.
One of her brother's, was my Dad's
best friend, right through school.
I made the card using Brushos
in Rose Red & Alizarin Crimson.
I then dry embossed with this gorgeous
folder by Brenda Walton.
To highlight the design,
I rolled white gesso over with a brayer.
Stamp is a free one with CS issue 58 

Wednesday, 26 February 2020

Infinite Beauty

This page began as a direct result of the
Dina Wakley Media Gratitude Challenge.
I had mixed my own paint for it & used this page,
to use up the left over.
Paint is precious, right?!
So on the gesso pages,
I applied the Lime+Lapis (IVY)
& Lime+Sky (Cactus).
Now I needed to bring them together.
(Not easy to photograph)
I used the same Leafy stencil that came with
the "Little Birds" DWM clear stamp set to
apply Lime, Sky & white over the
colour & stencil clean ups.
I then took the same DoCraft stamp & added
the black foliage, grasses etc.
In the stamp set are flower heads,
so I also added some of those before
setting to work colouring & adding details
with my Posca Paint Pens.
My quote is by John Ruskin.
I like to work small, but every now & then,
it's fun to mix it up with a double spread.
Should have took a couple of
close up shots, but if you click on
the picture it is bigger.

Saturday, 22 February 2020

I Am Strong

This page had a little mop up stenciling on
it which I like & wanted to keep.
To begin I stamped & masked the image three times,
from the "Don't Judge" stamp set Visible Image.
I then coloured them using PaperArtsy
Fresco mixing shades of Nougat,
Concrete, Koala, Steel Grey & Cloud 9.
Once dry, I added shadowing around the 
edges & added the stamping on to them,
using other stamps from the set. 
The three images represent myself.
The greyest broken one, when I was made redundant,
picking up the pieces in the centre, trying to
find work & take care of myself & the final
light one showing I am healing. I am strong it
takes times, but I am working again & I will get there.
I used TCW532 Cathedral of Love stencil with
DWM Fuchsia & Cheddar paints for my background.
I then added a little stamping using 49&Market
stamps Labels by Gabrielle Pollaco.
I added handwritten journaling then stamped
& cut out the phrases from the stamp set
to add to each figure. I re-outlined my images,
blurred by the paint using posca pens
then added a little gold & red mark making detail.

Wednesday, 19 February 2020

Look Beneath the Surface

This page is all about the layers.
My inspiration for this page came from a sentence
I read in a novel. I fail to remember the exact words,
but he was saying something about, "first impressions
of the house, everything appeared smart, neat. But,
he could feel underlying tension."
It made me want to journal about looking 
under the surface. Not judging what  you see or
perceive something to be, 
purely by the outward appearance. 

I had added clear gesso centrally to the kraft page
& applied molding paste through the Tim Holtz
Floral stencil. I had then added DWM Ruby
paint over the raised texture.
 I saw on Artful Mavens blog, a background 
technique I could apply to my already started page.
So, I layered over more DWM paints in
Tangerine, Lime, Magenta & Ocean.
Drying between each colour application & wiping it
off the textured flowers. Then I added French script
stamped randomly over the page & on the flowers.
I then finger painted a little more
paint & gesso until I was happy that I could see
every colour right down to the original Ruby.
I then added my quote from Tim Holtz & used
my Dymo Label Maker to create a bit more.
I added my journaling & finally,highlighted with 
a woody 3 in 1 pencil.

Sunday, 16 February 2020

Dina Wakley Media - Show Us Your Media Gratitude

Challenge Month Six

Grateful for Nature

Here is the completed double page spread.
Below are closer views of each side.
 I added white gesso to my kraft pages, 
not bothering to go up to the edges.
Then I set to work mixing my DWM heavy body paints
using Dina's mixing chart.
I used Lime + Lapis = Ivy
Lime + Sky = Cactus
plus Marine & Ocean.
Using the Little Birds Clear stamps & stencil set,
I added paint to the page & used the leafy stencil
to apply the reduction stencil technique, one colour
at a time, drying between each.
I then coloured the DWM Backgrounds Collage Paper,
circles using Dylusions ink sprays:
Pomegranate/ Tangerine / Lemon / Cherry
on the reverse & allowed to air dry.
I then stamped my little birds onto this paper.
 While the birds were drying, I used a Design Objectives
stamp to add the grasses & flowers.
I added pieces of the circles paper on the background
to tie the piece to the birds.
I then added my three birds & used gel pens
to highlight the details.
I did add a little journaling, but the plan
was to journal far more.

The opposite page had the left over paints
applied to it so I applied
Marine & Ocean stenciling over the top
before also applying white.
I cut the page to half a heart to show
my love for nature & added a few
more grasses, flowers & one more bird.

 I used Posca Paint pens to colour my flowers
& to add detail in the grasses.
Along with more gel pen details.
I then wrote my journailing.
It tells the story of how, watching my
garden bloom, seeing the bees, feeding the birds & spotting 
various wildlife species, helped my through last year,
when I was redundant from work & searching for
a new job. I applied for so many, faced so many rejections
& had to attend interviews. 
Nature gave me the peace I needed in between. 
I could not have got by without the beauty of Nature.

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.