Sunday, 19 March 2017

Oxide tags....

Hello friends

Hope you are all good!
Its been another super busy week here.....with not a lot of free time to get inky!
However, I did manage to squeeze in a quick playtime using the Distress oxides....
I love, love, love the effects they give....the best way to describe them is its a bit like adding milk to your ink, they are a real game changer allowing you to create some cool backgrounds!
I had a play on two tags

For this tag I used fossilised Amber, faded jeans, cracked pistachio, 
spiced marmalade and walnut stain
I built up the layers of oxides, I love that they don't mud, 
you can still see the colour onto of each layer.
I then added lots of Idea-ology cogs....these were painted using texture paste 
then coloured using the oxides
The man doll is from the Idea-ology paper dolls....his wings are from the botanical ephemera pack

For the next tag used the oxides to create a background and stamped using a text background. 
I then added a layer of ranger crackle paste and left it to dry.
Next I added some texture using one of Tim's stencils with some grit paste,
when it had dried I used distress crayons and the oxides to colour the paste.
(note: the paste will pick up some of the oxide colour of the background too as it is distress!)
I then painted the girls using distress paint and crayons
I used cracked pistachio, walnut stain and fossilised amber in the oxides
The stars were punched out and coloured the same way
To finish I added some words from the Idea-ology clippings and framed them in a vintage optical slide from my own stash.

These tags were fun to create and were great to experiment with the oxides....
As always please feel free to leave a comment, I really appreciate you popping by

Have a lovely week
Bye for now 


Friday, 10 March 2017


Hello friends

Hope you are all good!
Wow it's  been such a busy couple of weeks here,
 I'm only just catching up with blogging, adding more chaos to my 
desk and finishing off some makes that have been waiting patiently for me to finish......
(I can't believe we are nearly half way through March!)

Today I wanted to share this vintage make...
I started of with a piece of 8x8 paper from paper stash from Dapper
I created several layers using gesso, collage medium and distress paints, I stamped in coffee archival ink,  using the ledger stamp set (Tim Holtz)
The image is from the Idea-ology Paper dolls.....
she was painted using distress paint and distress crayons.
The image is attached with 3D foam pads (sadly the picture doesn't pick it up too well)
The flowers/butterflies are from the Idea-ology ephemera packs....some really great vintage images!
The letters are also Idea-ology and were distressed using alcohol ink and distress paints

To finish I framed it using a Panel frame which I gave the distressed treatment added a mini crown to the image (how cute are they?! from Idea-ology) 
I also added an old vintage key from my own collection!.
I love vintage and thoroughly enjoyed getting stuck into creating this one!

As always feel free to leave a comment, I appreciate each and everyone.
Wishing you a fabulous weekend!
Bye for now 


Wednesday, 1 March 2017


Hello friends!

Hope you you are all good!
Spring is finally here....thank goodness!
winter hung around...way too long!

It seems like ages since I used a tag in my work...
I had forgotten how much I love working on them,
 its a great way to experiment with different mediums,
 products and's how I first got bitten by the ink bug!

So I started by creating lots of layers using gesso and distress paints
I lost count how many layers.......but it was many!
When I was happy with background I added a layer of the new Ranger Opaque crackle paste using a palette knife...
This product is so VERY cool! I think I will be using pots of it!
(I got mine from Art from the heart here) 
When the paste had dried I added more layers using distress crayons, paints, stencils and stamps
 (Tim Holtz -Birch and pine set and Correspondence)
The heart is a Sizzix thinlit, which also got the grunge treatment using the paste...
I added the words from Idea-ology "Clippings" and framed them with some rusty wire  
To finish I added lots of stitching and some painty splats!
It was great to experiment with a new product, it helps revive the old mojo when its feeling a bit flat!

As always feel free to leave a comment, I really appreciate you passing by!
Have a great week!
Bye for now

Friday, 24 February 2017


Hello friends

Hope you are good!
I cannot believe how quick this week has flown by....
Time always flies when your having fun!

Today I'm quickly sharing this make...
I love, love, love using lots of layers of mediums to create texture and dimension.
I started by stencilling with Tim Holtz grit paste, I added some gesso, distress crayons, distress paint and lots of stitching.
The centre piece is a photo from Idea-ology photo booth, framed in an Idea-ology monocle...
I added lots of black cotton to circle it along with a 
vintage pocket watch frame (from my own vintage stash)
I stamped over parts of the page using Tim's Birch and pine set...and the stars were distressed and added randomly. (I stamped in Archival ink.)
To finish I added some Idea-ology Remnant rub-ons and the words are from
 the new releases of Idea-ology called Clippings...

I really appreciate you passing by, please feel free to leave a comment!

Im sorry its such a short post....hope to be back very soon!
Have a fabulous weekend!


Friday, 17 February 2017

Curious boys...

Hello friends

Hope you are all good!
Its been a super busy week here,
but I actually cleared my desk at the start of the week in a bid to be more organised....
it lasted 2 days.... I cannot find a thing! 
Sigh....I'm resigned to the fact that I will never be tidy and I'm completely hopeless at being organised!

After all the excitement of the Creativation show, the postman bought me some happy mail             (available here) soon as I saw this sizzix die, I knew it would be in my shopping basket! Its called "Tiny Houses" by Tim Holtz....I think its one of my favourites ever!
The die not only cut but scores too, so makes it really easy to assemble, I covered my chipboard in Tim Holtz paper stash, then ran it though my machine.
I assembled the houses and stuck them down with collage medium

I then added lots of layers of distress paints, gesso, vintage medium and distress crayons to create a really grungy look.
Next I selected my Paper dolls ( Idea-ology) I chose these two brothers and painted them using distress paints.
I then Layered them on top of some cogs (Idea-ology) added some Remnant rub-ons, washi tape, a star, ruler for a chimney and words from  the clippings stickers 
(All the Idea-ology and mediums are available from Art from the Heart here)
Nearly forgot...Those butterfly wings are from the new Idea-ology ephemera may need them too!

As always feel free to leave a comment, I really appreciate each and everyone!
Have yourselves a great weekend!


Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Heart & Soul

Hello friends

Hope you are all good!
Wishing you a very Happy Valentines day...

A quick post today to share a project I made a while ago
I used an Idea-ology vignette panel as a base, covered in an original
 french bank statement from 1922.
I then took a laser (photocopy) copy of a photograph of one of my vintage photos and created a image transfer onto the panel.
I then added lots of layers, ephemera, old key, cogs, old buttons, etc.
I used distress paints and inks to distress the panel.
To finish I made a frame from an old ruler and placed the panel in the middle 
The word is from the New Tim Holtz Quote chips and as it's valentine's I added some hearts.

As always feel free to leave a comment, I really appreciate you taking time out to comment.
Have yourselves a lovely week!
Bye for now 


Sunday, 5 February 2017

Collection No 5

Hello friends

Hope you are all good!
I've not had the best start to February.....
We've had an un-welcome visitor in our home AKA The Lurgy!
Its been very quiet as I have Laryngitis, Yuk, (although my family are enjoying the peace!)
Hoping its finally on its way back to where it came from!
 ( btw a big thank you for all the lovely messages on my Facebook/insta pages)

Today I want to share a Panel frame from Idea-ology that Ive been working on....
As you all know I love to create grunge, so this was right up my street!
 I used lots of gesso, distress paints and distress crayons to get that grunge look!
I then embellished it with lots of Idea-ology and some of my own vintage finds
The word 'collection' is from the New Idea-ology quote chips, I added some stitching to mine
The base is one from the base boards (also Idea-ology) I grunged this up using paints distress crazingand distress crayons, then I added a few remnant rub-ons 
I coloured the salvaged doll with alcohol inks in espresso and pebble, gave her some wings from the ephemera pack and crowned with that cool crown.  She is framed in an Idea-ology baroque frame
I hope you like what Ive created, please feel free to leave a comment, I really appreciate each and everyone.

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Thanks so much for popping by!
Have a great week!