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.