Monday, 3 August 2020

Thank you card

for Caroline & Chris, our neighbours.
They were very helpful & supportive, during a difficult time.

Inside stenciled imagery
(Tim Holtz - Roses stencil & Speckled Egg D/Oxide)

I saw this card by Aida Haron on the Sizzix US blog
& I used part of the front with a little adaption.
Heidi Swapp stamp - Script
Kaisercraft stamp - PS. I love you ( clock/ butterfly)
Tim Holtz Thinlits - mixed media set 5
Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Speckled Egg
Altenew Inks; Vanilla Cream / Almond Butter
Concord & 9th die - Bitty Thank You

Sunday, 26 July 2020

Summer Banner!

Finally completed & hanging, pride of place,
over my fireplace.

It took a fair bit of work, but I'm happy with the results.
I now have a banner for all the four seasons.

Dylusions paints - Cocktail Colours
Joggles Stencil
Darkroom Door Stencil
Docraft Mini paper doilies
Imagery, all stamped, coloured
& cut out.
Creative Stamping Magazine issues;
43 / 46 / 54 /59 / 82
Strawberry stamp free with Craft Stamper
Alphas - die cut Alice Xcut.

Monday, 20 July 2020

Changed by what we see...

art journal entry.
I saw an advert on ITV about
more than television.
Sir Trevor McDonald's
words at the end are powerful
& I knew they would work
perfectly with the Visible Image stamps.

Prima/Finnabair Stencil - Tapestry
Golden Light Molding Paste
Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink;
Mermaid Lagoon / Peacock Feathers
Blueprint Sketch / Chipped Sapphire
Accent colour - Rusty Hinge
Stamps added on tissue paper, 
eyes coloured with posca paint pen
Stamp set - Visible Image - Face It!
Face coloured with more D/Oxides;
Tattered Rose / Worn Lipstick
plus a t/rose, r/hinge mix,
to create a skin tone.
Inks applied using acetate for the background,
drying between each colour.
Face was coloured using a waterbrush.

Monday, 13 July 2020

Dina Wakley Media Gratitude Challenge

Challenge Month 11

Grateful for Colour

First side of the tag book.
Imagery taken from the first Collage Collective
by Dina Wakley.

On the reverse of the tags, 
I added photos of flowers in my garden.

Mini circle gel plate
DWM paint - Blackberry / Turquoise
DWM Collage Collective
Invisible Sellotape
Black Embroidery Thread DMC

Tuesday, 7 July 2020

Georgie's Birthday

Georgie is a resident in our street.
We are like a small family down here
& a card was needed, quickly.

My card making is just not great this year!

Very simple design.
Die cut frame - Xcut
Embossing Folder - Secret Garden - Papermania
Anita 3D butterflies

Sunday, 5 July 2020

Happy Birthday to Tracy

Today it's my sister's birthday & we can't see each other,
due to her having damaged ribs.
I sent her some gorgeous Neom Tranquility,
direct from Neom & made her this card.

Mini circle gel plate
Gel press petites set.
Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Speckled Egg
Brusho Crystal Colours - Purple / Turquoise
Altenew Stamps - leaves
Gold embossed word Sister
Mini gold sequins

Friday, 3 July 2020

A New Baby Card

Jake Leonard arrived a little earlier than expected,
on 3rd July 2020. Mum, Kate was 36 weeks.
I think he is gorgeous & he's doing really well.
Can't wait for the day it will be safe to meet him.

Here is the card

Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Speckled Egg
Hero Arts Stamp - Starry Background
( I think that's it's name)
Sizzix Dies - Baby Elephant with Balloon
Copic Markers

Friday, 26 June 2020

Kim's Birthday Card

This card didn't come together well.
In the end I was happy enough to send it out.


Gel print for the background
( So glad I made them )
Die cut frame - I forget the manufacturer
Dogs - stamps from Creative Stamping
Magazine issue 68
Greeting same magazine
I thought this was cute.

Sunday, 21 June 2020

Father's Day Card

Father's Day was slightly different due to Covid-19,
but Dad still had some treats.
I made him this card as well.

Background started as one of my gel prints.
Tree, Owl, Moon stamps Creative Stamping
Magazine issue 83
Owl re stamped & coloured with copies.

Sunday, 14 June 2020

Dina Wakley Media Gratitude Challenge

Challenge Month 10

Grateful for Second Chances

This shows the girl opened
to see the journaling.
It represents a second chance.

DWM / TCW mask - Carly / Sally
DWM paint - Marine / Ruby / Lime
Gel print I made
Stencil from Essential Silhouettes
MD249524 stamp set DWM

Wednesday, 27 May 2020

Dina Wakley Media Gratitude Challenge

Challenge Month 9

Grateful for Stillness

DWM Stencil Branches
DWM paint - lemon / turquoise
DWM Collage Paper - Backgrounds
Dymo label maker - stillness
Tim Holtz - fill my soul

Monday, 4 May 2020

Two Birthdays

Claire & Rod.
Both backgrounds created on the gel plate,
using PaperArtsy fresco paints.
Technique by Kate Crane from the 
Gel Press YouTube channel.

Giraffe for Claire, Bird for Rod.

Sunday, 3 May 2020

Dina Wakley Media - Show Us Your Media Gratitude

Challenge month 8

Grateful for Community

This was created on 6th April, but I forgot
to add it to the blog!
Background colours DWM Ocean & Fuchsia
paint. Pebbled Heart stencilled over top.
DWM collage tissue applied on top.
I drew a group of figures to represent
my community on tissue, added Cheddar paint
behind them & stuck where a heart
showed through from the stenciling.
She holds a house, cut from Collage Collective.

Friday, 1 May 2020

Quintessentially British

I wanted soft, feminine and reminiscent
of my love for Afternoon Tea.
I used soft colours of PaperArtsy paint,
then muted them further with 
heavy gesso through the doily
stencil by Tim Holtz. 

Thursday, 30 April 2020

Home is the best place

for us all.
Created 17/04/2020
Full details are on my Instagram.

I really love how this turned out.

Stay Home!

It's not forever.
Created 11/04/2020
Full details on my Instagram.

Thursday, 9 April 2020

Creative Play

With the world in lockdown due to this frightening virus
Covid-19, deadly Coronavirus,
lots of people in my arty world have taken
to creating more to pass time.
Many of the big names in the world
of products are releasing daily videos
using their products, demos on techniques,
Ideas & much more!
There is so many ideas floating around in my head,
that I felt overwhelmed. So, I decided to
just play with something I bought before I
was made redundant & until now,
have never used. My Gel Press Plate.
Here's what I made.

I began by making a blank, one page book,
as shown recently by Dina Wakley on her 
daily demo. I used a large sheet of mixed media paper.
Then I dug out my Dylusions paints,
Mike Deakin Art stencils & created
pretty backgrounds to print onto each of
the pages. Making a few sticker sheets &
a few backgrounds on copy paper.
I am thrilled with my first attempt. 😊

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.