Saturday, 29 June 2019

"Each of us." Mini Junk Journal

I wanted a textural, vintage look for this page & so
I added torn die cutting off-cuts
to create a textured background.
I then built up my colour in stages,
using glazed layers. I love this technique!!
I usually only do it on canvas, but fancied a go
in an art journal.
I am very pleased with the results.

 Over the torn pages I applied a layer of Liquitex Heavy Gesso,
followed by a painted layer of Acrylic Titan Buff.
Once dry, I applied Prima Finnabair Art Basics Clear crackle paste
through a mini Tim Holtz numbers stencil.
I also added the pste with a palette knife to add other texture.
For my glazes I used;
PaperArtsy French Roast / Toffee
Daler Rowney Burnt Umber / Red Ochre
To emphasis some areas I added Dylusions Black Marble
paint & a little PaperArtsy White Fire.
I die cut the Xcut Cogs & applied gold embossing powder,
I then reheated the powder & sprinkled on salt.
This gives a distressed look.
I computer generated the words.
My thinking behind them was that we are all a mass of
tiny parts, which when working together in harmony,
create a happy world. The cogs symbolize the working together.
Not as in the most commonly used phrase, cogs in the wheel.

Wednesday, 26 June 2019

Happy Birthday, Kim

Kim worked with me for 10 years.
Since my redundancy, we have kept in touch.
She has two Labradors,
Bailee, her little lady is yellow & Bo,
her boisterous boy, is chocolate.
So, I made her this using the free stamps from

All stamps used were free with the magazine.
I used copics to colour the dogs & dog bed.
I used prismacolor pencils for the bones & toys.
Inside it reads.. Have a Fur..ry happy birthday.

Monday, 24 June 2019

Centre Pages of the Mini Journal

Having watched even more videos on
I just HAD to try her image transfer technique!
It turned out FABULOUS!!!!!!!
Seriously, if you have never seen her Altered Book
videos, go check them out.
She is based in Vallejo, California,
teaches in a really easy to understand manner
& is a really lovely human. 
In the past my transfers have been very much
hit & miss, with a whole load of miss.
This turned out perfect.
Granted it is a magazine image, but I am going
to try my hand with an inkjet print.
I have already learned how to get a coat of 
gel medium on them before they smear.
I saw the idea of putting a coat of medium
down on the gel plate & then placing images face down
& brayer them. It worked in the video by Artzology, here 

As this is the very centre of my mini junk journal,
it made sense to make a double page spread.
I prepared my image as per LorriMarie's instructions,
then after applying a coat of heavy gesso over my page, 
I applied a coat of PaperArtsy Smurf (blue) 
Once the image was prepared & dried,
I added a coat of Winsor & Newton Galeria Matt Medium
to the page & brayered down my image.
I then walked away for 48 hours!! 
I think this was the crucial thing, to let it dry.
Once dry, I added a little water & the backing literally
all came off leaving very little behind!!
The light blue underneath helped the image
to appear light. I added a white gesso border
all around as a vignette. I also added
some texture paste with a TCW well rounded
mini stencil to look like moving water/spray.
All I added to this were the stamped seabirds,
free with creative Stamping issue 72
& Tim Holtz words. I wanted the image to shine.
In hindsight, I wish I had added light green
in the areas where the cliffs are.
Magazine image was from Daphne's Diary.

Sunday, 23 June 2019

More about the bees

The houses are getting quite full,
but the last week of rain has held them back.
The Tree Bumble Bees that are nesting
in my soffits, are very busy gathering
pollen & don't appear phased by the rain.
I have had a job on my hands
reviving them. 😢
They do not have a long life cycle
but they are so pretty close up.
here is one enjoying a sugar water snack.
It's little tongue was out, lapping for all it was worth.
They never seem to stop, then suddenly they can't fly.
When they get really bad, they just run everywhere.
Sadly some are dying now.

This image shows three different types of bee
heading into the houses.
The bottom furry one is a mason bee,
I am not 100% certain what the other two are.
They are all solitary bees regardless & they
all have eggs tucked away now until spring.

Friday, 21 June 2019

Remember to Play.

Mini Junk Journal page.
I stumbled upon the YouTube channel,
of a lady called LorriMarie Jenkins.
She makes all kinds of Altered Books,
a subject dear to my heart.
(although I never tried a "true" altered one yet!)
What struck me was how she applied collage to
most pages for background texture.
It isn't something I do often.
I wasn't intending to make this page, it just sort of happened.
I was searching for something entirely different,
but during my search, 3 pieces of paper fell
onto my lap & I was surprised by how well
they appeared to go together.
I was drawn to create something immediately,
& this is what I came up with.
The torn wallpaper lining had a torn
piece of paper already glued to it.
The red with white scribbly flowers & button pieces
just fell out with it. 
I tore around the flowers & buttons,
attached them all together & then created my background.
This had some titan buff & glazes left over
from working on the adjacent page
(number 14, not completed yet)
it peeled off so I added a spot of Burnt Umber
& Red Ochre & blended them with gesso.
I then added burnt umber with a palette
knife around the frame & with an old gift card.
In fact the thing that took longest to
create was the word "collage" which
was cut from 7 different words in a magazine.
The final touch was the Tim Holtz phrase
"Remember to Play" 
I couldn't resist adding the little ladybug.

Tuesday, 18 June 2019

If nothing ever changed

Another mini junk journal page,
I have never been so prolific!
24 pages in approx. 2 months.
It's the power of the smaller surface,
works it's charm every time.😉

This is another cheerful page,
but with a more muted tone as I used gesso
to turn the colour more pastel.

I began with a coat of gesso, then added stenciling
using the same Julie Fei - Fan Balzer mini patterns
stencil with Dylusions paints.
Once dry, I added the images from Tim Holtz
stamps Fairytale Frenzy in Onyx Black
Versafine ink & heat embossed clear.
I added colour using brushos, keeping each
colour separate to prevent mud.
I used a brush to help them move.
Once dry, I stamped my quote which was
a free stamp set with issue 160
of Simply Cards & Papercrafts. 
To finish, I added texture paste through 
Art is - stencil TCW.
I love how it has soaked up colour in each section.
The texture paste I use is;
Golden Gel Mediums Light Molding Paste.
I bought the 946ml (32 fl.oz) size & it lasts.

Sunday, 16 June 2019

Happy Father's Day

After last year's moving
lawnmower, I knew I would have
my work cut out this year!
Still, thanks to Sam - Mixed Up Crafts
I came up with this! 😉 
 Birds - RSPB Garden Birds
free with Simply cards & Papercraft 187
Die cut watering can - Papercraft Essentials 173
Tools/Wellies/sign - Dovecraft Secret Garden

Primula / Marigolds / Nigella

die cut frame from my stash.
Stamped Images from;
Papercraft Essentials 173
Sentiment - Creative Stamping 70 
Flowers created with coloured cardstocks by Gina K Designs.
Inked with Distress Ink (original)
The Gina K Designs card cuts like a dream.

Friday, 14 June 2019

Sanctuary - Mini Junk Journal

This page was a map with a bird on it.
I so wanted to keep the bird but short of
tearing paper scraps & sticking them all over,
I had no idea where this page was going.

So I left it a while & did other pages in the journal.
Then I had an idea & came back to it.
This is actually page 6 - Sanctuary.

I thought the outlines of all the torn text
pieces looked like old castle walls or some
similar old building.
So I used PaperArtsy Fresco paints to
colour them using several greens, browns & grey.
I then added more colour to the bird & gave it some
sort of nest/ ground material. 
I fashioned the arch rather too perfectly
for real life, but it could really be
a small window in a castle.
I used my Inktense pencils to add further colour
& to highlight the "stone work".
Finally I added a sentence & some words from
an old RSPB magazine. It was an article about
birds seeking sanctuary in the urban cities of UK.

Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Memories - Colour Journal

This is another multi-coloured piece,
but with a black outline around my images.
I was watching some YouTube videos by
Niamh Baly & Inkyfairy design 
& I had forgotten how effective this technique
can be. Some really great examples on
YouTube are by Nika in Wonderland 

I decided to use the technique here.

I made a multi-coloured background,
added stenciling, gold leaf, all the same as
my Open Heart mini junk journal page,
but I added black marble paint over a die cut 
as a mask (Tim Holtz Bigz Sewing Room)
I added a lot more black than I liked &
when I tried to remove it, the colours smeared
losing the stenciling everywhere.
But, it is very visible in the mannequin silhouette
so I am extremely happy.
I added a Tim Holtz Mini Blueprints 2 image 
(Sewing Machine) & as my gold pen ran out,
I did my journaling in silver on the mask
(Cardboard die cut) & stuck it overlapping 
the silhouette. My words are about my mum.
she was a self taught seamstress & was bloody good.
All words by Tim Holtz.
Background stamps - Attic Treasures (TH)

Monday, 10 June 2019

Open Heart

Another mini junk journal page.
This began as a page from Daphne's Diary,
covered with clear gesso.
I added a couple of spots of Dylusions
paint in Vibrant Turquoise & Fresh Lime
& brayered them together lightly.
I added white, then more green.
Once this layer was dry, I added stenciling.
I used Mini Patterns - TCW
designed by Julie Fei - Fan Balzer 
I used more Dylusions paint
Lemon Zest/ Squeezed Orange
& more Vibrant Turquoise. 

 Once that layer was dry, I added Bubblegum Pink
through Swatton Flowers v.2 - Stencil Girl
Over this layer I added stamping in Archival Black
& Hero Arts Raspberry Jam inks.
The next layer was to add glue through a stencil
I used a UHU gluestick for ease.
Once tacky I added gold leaf.
I stamped Dina Wakley's Handwritten Heart Collage 
& then added heavy gesso around the edge to
white out the page & also the heart centre.
I then added Tim Holtz words.
This was extremely layered & colourful.
Way out of my comfort zone, but not now! 😀
I find myself loving this technique
& must try again ... SOON!!

Friday, 7 June 2019

"She Was" - Colour Journal

This page was all decided in my head,
except for the colour. I knew I wanted girly,
bright & happy because the quote itself
is not happy really.
The quote is by author Anna Funder & it says
"She was brave, strong & broken.
All at once."
I had planned to use three Mechanical Dolls,
digital stamps by A Day for Daisies, free from the
However, I realised I would need to use
one doll, three times for the quote to make sense.
I didn't use limbs.
I added underskirt/bodices using brayered paper
& die cut flower heads for the skirt of the dress.

Background is a card front die cut
Spellbinders Emmeline Treillage
Venise Lace - Becca Feeken.
Cut from fun foam & torn.
Script & number stamps -
Prima / 49 & Market
Tim Holtz - Flower Garden
Computer generated words.

Wednesday, 5 June 2019

Bee Update!

The bees have been extremely busy!
They are so clever! They know that female bees
hatch later than males & so they lay
the female eggs right at the back of
the tubes, put a bit of food in, then partition
it off with mud, before laying the next egg.
They continue this to the front of the
tube where the male eggs are laid & then
they seal up the entire tube.

This is the new house.
They have already filled about 20 tubes in
this photo. The actual number is 27 today.

This is the original house,
it is almost completely full.
Good job I saw sense & bought a second house!

This is totally new to me & absolutely fascinating!
I adore my little families, even if they are only eggs.
Sadly the bees fly off to die once the tubes are finished 😢
I ❤ Mason bees 🐝🐝🐝

Monday, 3 June 2019

Two Junk Journal mini pages

As this page is a folded piece
of Kraft packaging, I decided to 
create a single theme but over each side.

Side One - London
 Side Two - Paris
Each side measures no more than
4 3/4 inches tall x 2.2 inches wide.

London - was made using torn fragments of
Tim Holtz French Industry paper.
I sprayed Dylusions inks in browns,
Stamped Big Ben & the word London
then lightened the background so
you could see the design.
I added the stamped guard (Tim Holtz)

Paris - was made by painting the page buff.
I then adhered used tea bag paper over the top.
I added a little colour before stamping Notre Dame
& Eiffel Tower (Elusive Images stamps)
I then added the stamped French Man (Tim Holtz)

I thought it would be a struggle to create on such a small area, 
but as soon as the London/New York/ Paris 
phrase popped in my head, I had a light bulb moment.

Saturday, 1 June 2019

Birthday Card for Lorraine

who I used to work with at Bluefin.
(now Jelf)
I wanted something a little more 3D as this is
the first card I haven't made for others to sign.

Card front  is created using lilac cardstock by Gina K Designs
White card is Neenah Solar White card
Die cut is Woodland friends,
free with Die Cutting Essentials issue 32.

The inside is based on Jennifer Maguire's Spinner card,
but minus the spinner & with the grassy hills.
 The card was made exactly to the size of her card,
but I added the die cut grass by trial & error.
Materials used;
XCut Woodland Build a Scene dies
Stamps; A Walk in the Park
(free with issue 150 Simply Cards & Papercraft)
Die cut creatures; from the woodland friends die
used on the card front.
I kept it clean & simple inside to show off
the scene inside the woodland.