Tuesday, 17 September 2019

21st Birthday

Today it is Oliver's 21st birthday.
He is my step sister's son.

As a keen Volkswagen fan, I had to include this
beetle image as a focal point.
The background was created with a grunge stamp
from a set by Viva Decor.
I added the red triangles & orange zigzags using
a TCW stencil.
21 is Tim Holtz Chip block die.
VW plus cars in background  - Papermania

Sunday, 15 September 2019

Sing like a Bird

Mini junk journal page.
This began life as stamp packaging.
One end had the fancy tag top,
(bee pages), this end the deckled edge.
This is the other side of She sells Seashells.
I began working from the back as it was harder
to create on the pages. 
My next book has beensewn using Coptic binding, 
so every page will lay flat.

 I covered the page in gesso & it had some
random stencil marks from cleaning off from the
page next to it (Doing what you love)
It also had a scrapped line of taupe paint.
I used that as a ground point & stamped
a Bo Bunny texture stamp along it.
Then I stamped Tim Holtz nest.
I added colour with Inktense pencils.
The bird is a die, which was free with issue 171
of Papercraft Essentials. 
I added it to my nest once coloured with Inktense.
My words are by Lisa's Altered Art.

Thursday, 12 September 2019

Doing what you love.

Another junk journal page. I think I love this one!
Again I was using my new favourite palette.
This time I combined all the colours with just two stencils.
This was a Daphne's Diary page which I stuck book text
onto before covering with white gesso.
I then gave it a base coat of PaperArtsy Fresco Seaglass,
before removing with a baby wipe through a free Ranger stencil.
(Simply Cards & Papercraft issue 186 - 4 stencil/stamp sets)

I added Stone, then Mushroom circle stenciled layers.
Then added three larger circles with Dusty Teal
(a soon to be discontinued colour, along with Mushroom)
After drying again, I went over with Taro Milk Tea
using the free Ranger stencil,  then sponged Snowflake. 
I made sure to dry between every layer (colour change). 
It is essential when doing this technique, to prevent mud!

This shows the paints. That Taro Milk Tea is Yummilicious!!
 But then, so is the whole palette.

Here is a close up of the finished page.
I stamped my focal image using my stamping platform
(free Wendy Vecci stamp from the set)
I added Posca paint pen in black & white
to highlight the image & brighten it.
Black - outline & dotted outline
White - petals plus background circle doodles.
 My words were free from My Dandelion Dreams.
I added it onto a piece of book text,
which I cut with deckle edge scissors & applied gesso lightly.
Circles stencil - TCW - Well Rounded.
Designed by an internet buddy of mine,
Ronda Palazzari

Sunday, 8 September 2019

She Sells Seashells.

Another mini junk journal page to share today.
This is the other end of the Bo Bunny Stamp
packaging. It has a cool, deckled edge.
I wanted to use some of my new favourite colours
from my PaperArsty paint collection.
Stone, Mushroom, Seaglass & the brand new colour 
for 2019, Taro Milk Tea.

I had covered the packaging in some left over texture paste
from making 15 Christmas cards.
I had used soft paste with iridescent medium,
through Tim Holtz stencil to create shimmering 
falling stars around my main image.
This street sends everyone cards, I make them all
the same & always get them done early, out of the way
of my other card making.

I added the colours & some stamping, then topped with
one of my favourite images I obtained many
years ago from art-e-zine.
I used her for ATC's, 4x4 pieces & cards.
She went perfect with my colour theme.
Words were all purchased from Etsy,
Lisa's Altered Art.
A simple page, but I felt the texture & fancy edge
didn't need much covering.
I wanted those & the girl to be the main part of the tiny page.

Thursday, 5 September 2019

2nd Wedding Anniversary card.

Kate & Paul were married two years ago, today.
Dad & I were their witnesses.
Here is the picture I put on Instagram/Facebook.
Kate took this in their hotel room in the Lakes. 

Here is the card I made. 
The photo was taken by Kate.
It shows their family hands (paw)
I know it has special significance for them so used the
jigsaw die free with Die Cutting Essentials issue 54.
I cut the middle puzzle piece from white card so that it would be raised
& covered it in Anita's clear gloss to highlight the piece.
This piece shows  both hands & wedding rings plus Skye's paw.

 I wanted the card simple so just added a die cut word love & a red heart.
Both pieces came with the puzzle die. 
The paper is a beautiful grey piece from a pad I picked up in
Bargain Madness known as B&M here in UK.

Tuesday, 3 September 2019

Fairy Tale Ending

This is the back page of my Mini Junk Journal.
I am having to work from the back now as it is
becoming increasingly bulky.
The image I used was left over from the
creation of the wedding card commission,
in my last post. It is I Do - ADFD
(A Day for Daisies is now closed. )

 This began as a Daphne's'diary page with clear gesso.
After adding the image, I blended white gesso around the edges.
I liked the rose at the foot of the page so left it.
I covered it with matt medium to prevent smearing.
I added PaperArtsy Eggshell & Vintage Lace
Fresco chalk paint to soften the page.
 I then used a crumpled kitchen  towel to sponge over,
Cherry Blossom. This lifted the flat colours.
I coloured the image with my favourite medium, Inktense Pencils.
I used Sepia, Saddle Brown, Willow, Carmine Pink,
Sun Yellow, Poppy Red & Spring Green. 
Kingfisher Blue was added in areas around the veil before
I added PaperArtsy snowflake.
Once dry, I added Spectrum shimmer pen.
I drew inside of a Hunkydory Arch window die
adding loose lines for a frestyle.
I then added more Eggshell & some Stone around the couple.
I added stenciling with PaperArtsy paints & outlined with Inktense.
The words are my own, which I computer generated.
"In all the story books, every little girl has a fairy tale ending."

Hope you like it. I will be back with more soon.

Saturday, 31 August 2019

Commissioned Wedding Card

I was commissioned by a friend/neighbour - Deb.
to create a card for her God Daughter's wedding.
I have to say, the first photo did not turn out great.
No idea why.  I used the exact same camera
to take all the photos.

Image - I Do - a digital purchase from the, 
now closed store, A Day For Daisies.
To get the image onto the heart, I first
printed it onto plain copy paper.
I then placed the heart over the image
& ran back through.
 I used the paper copy in an art journal.

Front panel & all inside die cutting - Tonic Studios;
Square Vines Base Affections Die Set,
First Crush Affections Insert Die.
Embossed background using a folder which I think was free.
I just can't remember where from! 
Large Congratulations die was an Ebay purchase.
Wording was picked by Deb.

 Inside I added a die cut heart for decoration & a plain heart
tucked into a die cut pocket for their personal greeting.
Pocket was made from a free die with
Die Cutting Essentials 33 - Cherry Tree 

This image shows the full inside design.

Sunday, 25 August 2019

Colour Love...

I am busy creating.
I will share soon.
What I can share is my newest favourite
colour palette.

PaperArtsy Fresco Chalk Acrylic Paints in;

Taro Milk Tea (Brand new for 2019)
Mushroom (being discontinued)
Dusty Teal (being discontinued)

 Here is a photo of the palette
I only have 40 colours & most are neutrals.
Here is the palette on the mood board
Cork noticeboard covered with rose gold, geometric 
gift wrap from Primark

This is another of my boards.
 I have a third board covered with adhesive magnet.
It looks a mess at the moment!

Thursday, 22 August 2019


I have no more art to share right now!
I have to edit photos of a Wedding Card,
commissioned a few weeks ago.
I have a few bits started & I have made
the first 14 Christmas cards.
I have been busy in the garden.
I have been tending my plants, preparing the
raised bed for vegetables next year.
Spotting wild creatures & sat outside while new windows
were out in the bungalow.
Normal service will resume soon.
(or when I have created something!)

For now I leave you with some photos.

Raised bed with section of original bed shortened.
Covered with pebbles until slabs located.

Recycling the old fireplace again!
Sunken Stepping Stones in front of the bench.

This is a Privet Hawk Moth Caterpillar.
Nice bright dude! 
He moves quite quick.
He looks like a witches finger 😁
This is kind of cute!
This is an Elephant Hawk Moth Caterpillar.
Those spots look like big eyes. 
He (she) was just hanging out on my Fuchsia.


Sunday, 18 August 2019


That is the title for this next mini junk journal page.

The book is getting close to full & I am planning to
make another, but slightly larger. 
I actually began this page before "Dreamer"
but I loved how the Lindy's dried on the textured gesso
& so Dreamer was created first.
I smoothed out the gesso on this one before
letting it dry (after smooshing both pages together)
before colouring the page with the 
Nantucket Pearls Lindy's.
I added some Dylusions White Linen Spray
around the edges to fade it out more.
For my focal point I used the free Altenew stamps
(The set includes a stencil also)
If you are not familiar with the site, you will find
free digi downloads for papers & stamps.

I chose Altenew crisp inks;
Heartbeat / Velvet / Moss & Jet Black
to stamp the images, but to be honest
they did not react well stamping on top of the Lindy's
I had to use my Posca black paint pen to go over
some of the stamped lines to make them clear.
It must be the shimmery surface (not visible in the pic)
I kept this page simple & just added the words by HGDesigns. 
I felt the grunge background stamping & the focal image
didn't need much of a supporting cast.

Thursday, 15 August 2019

And Still...

I Rise.
Another mini junk journal page.
I had so much fun with this one.
I knew I wanted to play with my chosen,
 purchased image.  So, I worked around it,
 using magazine image collage & stamping.
It started out as something else completely,
but I decided I didn't like the way it was
going & so I tore off the texture.
Fatal mistake! It weakened the next page
which was my Mermaid dreamer! 😱
Still, I managed to save it with some good glue
& heavy body gesso 😇 

I added an image transfer using a magazine
image & the method LorriMarie taught.
Once fully dried & backing paper removed,
I added an image stamped on tissue.
This was the dressing table & mirror from
Creative Stamping issue 53.

 I added Distress paint Seedless Preserves, through the
Gothic Tim Holtz stencil. Allowed it to dry & then
sponged a light covering of the same colour over top.
Then I re-sized & printed my focal point.
Mike creates some fabulous journal pages
& if you visit the store, he has great images,
stamps & stencils. Most, if not all, are his own designs. 
If you are not familiar with him, you can also find him on YouTube.
Next I added Colourcraft Gold Drawing Ink as
I linked in my Mermaid "Dreamer" page.
I drew around all my imagery with a black Posca paint pen.
Then added black ink to darken it all up.
Finally I added digital words by Helen Green - HGDesigns. 

Monday, 12 August 2019

In Time

Everything will work out
in time.
The next page in my colour exploration journal.

Carnival 2 stencil - Mike Deakin Art
with texture paste & emobssing powder.
I also added a clock stencil - Tando Creative
Distress Stains - Chipped Sapphire / Seedless Preserves
Dylusions Paint;
Lemon Zest / Bubblegum Pink /Fresh Lime / Crushed Grape
The stains alone was too flat, so I built up extra colour with the paint.
I added torn text & gesso to clock faces.
Stamped a clock face in both & then in the top one, I
added Tim Holtz word stickers  " you have to believe & trust" & 
added my masked, stamped focal point.
(Bird & Crown from Crafty Secrets Clear Arts
These are a "previously loved" set, so possibly no longer available.
But, I have linked an image so you can see them.
Main title also Tim Holtz.

Friday, 9 August 2019

Rainbow Child

This page came about in an unusual way.
I was sat in our local church on 22nd July,
attending a funeral service for our dear friend & neighbour, Fran.
She had written her wishes clearly & said under no circumstances
was there to be a eulogy. She was a member of the local choir & chose her own hymns. 
Therefore, after the first hymn, the Reverend Julie Donn first read a poem,
I wandered lonely as a Cloud.
She then spoke of how, as there was to be no eulogy, she felt she should read 
some scripture that seemed fitting for celebrating Fran's life.
I fail to remember the exact passage as I was still getting over the
singing as the choir members, stood in the congregation & sang with us. 
It was hauntingly beautiful & I still get goosebumps
thinking about it now as I type.
I do remember her saying,
that Fran meant something different to each one of us
& we would all remember her in our own unique way.
After the committal at our local cemetery, where the vast 
majority of my family are laid to rest, we went to the wake.
When we got home, I couldn't help thinking about the service.
I went outside to look at the plants I had inherited from Fran
& the song from Dan Reed Network came into my head.
I knew then I had to create a page.

You see, when I think of Fran, I think of an abundance of colour.
She loved every flower in every colour & shade.
So I created a rainbow coloured page with Dylusions paint & a stencil.

Then, because the song would not leave my head,
I wrote most of the lyrics across the whole page in black 
using a Posca Paint Pen.
At the end of the song, Dan Reed talks the final words,
Say hello, to the rainbow child.
She don't talk much, she don't have to..
So I computer generated them along with words
free spirit & gentle soul as these both describe 
who Fran was. I added the Santoro Willow 
girl, stamped & paper pieced.

Tuesday, 6 August 2019

At last....

another entry in my colour exploration journal.
"Be the Light"

First off I have to say, this is just one of those
pages that did NOT translate from brain to page,
exactly how I wanted it to!
In fact it took me 6 weeks to complete!
I have to say, it is not my favourite, but
I had to get the initial parts out.
The light rays, the dark clouds & the quote.

I used a light-bulb stamp from Viva Decor which I cut out,
added Nuvo clear accent & left it to dry while I
added the texture paste through the Tim Holtz stencil.
Coloured  using Prima Watercolours, Shimmering Lights.
I computer generated the quote.
I am not even sure if it is a quote.
I just remember seeing something tragic
on television & thinking how you should spend every day
being kind to all you meet. Be the light so it can shine.
Everyone is going through some kind of darkness.
 I added cloud stenciling with distress inks & then die cuts some
really dark clouds.
If I'm honest, I don't know how I could have done this any other way. 

Saturday, 3 August 2019


This page was made literally two days ago.
I had three scheduled posts of older
art work, but I LOVE this so much.
I just had to sneak it into the line up! 😀💓
It's all because I saw to my dismay
that an online digital stamp shop,
A Day For Daisies, was closing it's doors! 😢
I only discovered them recently after obtaining
the free download from Simply Cards & Papercrafts
for the Mechanical Dolls (which I used on a recent art journal)

So, I purchased a few of my absolute favourites.
Here is the first.
My background was made up of textured gesso.
(Putting this & the next page together)
I then blotted some of the colour used from the next page
onto this one. It's Lindy's Gang Nantucket Pearls;
Clam Bake Beige & Cape Cod Coral.
Once dry I buily up layers using Totally 80's Magicals by Lindy's.
Cowabunger Copper, Bodacious Blush &
Midnight Rendezvous.
While these all dried nicely, I re-sized & printed
my digital Image - Striped Crown Mermaid (ADFD)
I used an inkjet printer (it's all I've got) & printed
onto tissue. I didn't glue it right on my page
it tore a little at the tail.
So I added texture paste through a Tim Holtz stencil.
The stencil is THMS068 from a mini set.
This disguised the error.
To highlight my image I used Colourcraft gold ink.
I should point out here that I refer to it as gold paint.
It isn't, it is Metallic Drawing Ink.
My bottle is at least 5 years old & just says Gold.
I purchased Bronze at the same time both 28ml.
The final touch was to add Wood Veneer Stars from
Studio Calico / American Crafts (part of a Daily Dec. kit)
My words were a free download from Patricia

Wednesday, 31 July 2019


on what's important!
This is the title of the next "steampunk" style
page in my junk journal mini.
The page began as three torn tags
covered in gesso.
I added brown paper & then began to build my
background layers of colour.
Using PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Paint,
I made glazes with Koala, Mustard Pickle,
Peach Nectar, Toffee, Twilight & French Roast.

I added gold leaf in some areas & brayered on
Dylusions Black Marble.
I added tissue stamped imagery as well as images on book text.
My focal image was stamped on card. 
Stamp - Papermania
Words - Tim Holtz
Inktense pencils to colour focal image.

Saturday, 27 July 2019

Sympathy Card

A quick card for my cousin, Paul, his wife, Ann & daughter, Madison.
Ann lost her mum last week. 
 I hate having to make these, so I think simple is best!
I just stamped the Crafty Individual - 121 Thistle text
using Altenew Crisp ink - Ultraviolet
In Altenew Jet black I stamped the two sentiments,
from the set Thinking of You.
A mix & match sympathy stamp set free with 
Making Cards Magazine October 2017.
This is available as a back issue here

Wednesday, 24 July 2019

Commission - Get Well

This was a really quick commission
for a neighbour, Deb, who needed a quick cvard.
She provided the photo for me to manipulate.
It was for a lady that attends dog training & who
was poorly in hospital.

The black Labrador in the photo, is Paddy.
He is Deb's dog. 💓

Front - added text to her photo.
Font - Arial Narrow - size 16
Added a black frame around the image.
Matted photo onto navy card stock

 Inside - stamped
Creative Stamping - issue 63 Furry Friends

I think it took me 15 minutes. 
Sometimes simple is best!

Sunday, 21 July 2019

Happy Birthday, Katie

Another Queen Bee girl, having her birthday, today.
She is a lover of horses, owns two & so I had to
design something around them.
I came up with a surprise slider.

Picture 1 - stable (door closed)

Picture 2, stable - door open

Picture 3, horse come to greet you at the stable door.
 Materials used;
Horse - Inkadinkado stamp
Tractor (inside - no photo) - Woodware stamp
Stable constructed using paper - Mr Smith's Workshop
Bushes - X-cut trees with trunks chopped off. 
Hidden slider track.

Saturday, 20 July 2019

Card to send a recipe in

My sister asked for one of my recipes.
I made this card to tuck it inside.
The recipe is made up of 3 recipes so I
wrote it out in stages.
 I made a multiple stenciled background using my Dylusions paints
but instead of using bright pink for the final layer,
I selected turquoise to tone down the palette
& used TCW Harlequin stencil.
I die cut a hexagon from Altenew Geometric dies
to use as a stencil. I added gesso to white-out
the centre & placed my stamped images.
These were coloured with Inktense, cut out & stuck in place.

The inside looked blank & boring so I added a
stamped background.
All stamps used were from Simply Cards & Papercraft magazine 173
The card was made as a tri-fold with a short folded panel.

Wednesday, 17 July 2019

Another street birthday card.

This time, the card is for Georgie.
It was her birthday on 7th July.

I used original distress ink, Twisted Citron,
through the Tim Holtz Gothic (damask) stencil.
I stamped the Foxgloves first (Simply Cards & Papercraft 173)
masked them off & blended ink over the top. 
I cut the card away leaving the floral as the card edge.
I added matching stenciling to the inside
along with a piece of gold washi tape.

Sunday, 14 July 2019

Just Breathe

This page in my mini junk journal was
heavily inspired by France Papillon.
In particular this journal on Monday
video - 171 Brave
I wanted to emulate the texture that
France created, but using all I had.
Namely heavy gesso, brayer & PaperArtsy
Fresco Chalk paints.
This page is the reverse of the image
transfer & it was a tad fragile at the edges.
So I had adhered torn scraps of brown paper,
magazine paper & old tea bag paper in a
collage fashion (having learned from LorrieMarie)
I watered down a little gesso to coat it all,
applying it heavier on the darker browns.

 I then began lightly brayering my colours;
PaperArsty Cherry Blossom,
Sugar Plum, Orchid & Pansy.
I added more gesso heavier in places & added a
frame of Spanish Mulberry using a brayer technique
Leandra had taught us in  the PaperArtsy videos.
I have several of the brayer ones in my playlist, here
I added stamping with some script images, which
I then knocked back with gesso.
I added gesso through this Circle Squared stencil
by Mike Deakin Art. 
I copied Frances technique of blending Inktense pencils
around the circles as I love my Inktense.
I journaled around them & then added a 
little black & grey for more definition.
Finally, as I loved the texture so much,
I just added the Prima Finnabair words.

Thursday, 11 July 2019

30th Birthday Commission

This card was commissioned by Lorraine,
an ex colleague, for her daughter, Rhianne.
The brief was;
sunshine, tea, Harry Potter, otters,
squirrels, meerkats & brightly coloured.
I think I managed to fit them all in!
The box itself was made using the free die with
Die Cutting Essentials - 51.
It started life as a plain piece of white card
& I made backgrounds on each side.
I kept the inside relatively subdued, but
the outside was a riot of stenciled, Dylusions paint colours.

I made a tiny book to place the 30 on so it wasn't too "in your face"
& put two quotes Lorraine requested onto tea cups.
(Dies by Simply Cards & Papercraft magazine issue 176)

I spelt out her name using Tim Holtz Alphanumeric dies.
I was careful to use free Harry Potter images from UI-Ex.com

Monday, 8 July 2019

Fran's birthday card

Our neighbour, Fran, had her birthday
last week. Being a keen gardener,
I like to create something floral.
This card is from Dad & myself.
She lives across from me, but next door to him.
Here is what I made.

Front panel is Spellbinders Botanical Bliss.
Flowers - Altenew Crown Bloom.
Inks - Altenew crisp inks;
Andromeda / Wisteria / Hydrangea / Sea Glass
Ocean Waves / Frayed Leaf & Forest Glade
I 💓 that Sea Glass in the centre of the front bloom.

Inside, I wanted a surprise!
So I made a box of flowers.
Box & balloons - Honeybee stamps 
Label with greeting is stamped using