Saturday, 14 January 2017

A splash of colour.....

Hello friends!

Hope you are good!
Have you had a good week? Its been a cold one here brrrr....
There's been lots going on in the craft world, lots of new releases, new inspiration and lots of new products that we all NEED!
I am so looking forward to what the Creativation show brings us this coming week....its such an exciting time!

So just a quick post tonight, 
 to share a quick make using lots of colour.....yes thats me using colour!
(it's good to come out of your comfort zone and experiment....and as  its January I needed a splash of colour to lift these dark winter days!)

The image is from my own vintage collection that I photo-copied and
did an image transfer using gesso
I highlighted the girls using distress paint (mustard seed)
I then added lots of splashes of colour using lots of distress paints. 
Next I stamped using Black  Archival ink and Tim Holtz Mixed Media 2 stamp set 
I created a patchwork of stitching from some off cuts and added some Remnant rub-ons 
To finish I added some words from Big chat ( idea-ology) and backed it onto black card...

As always feel free to leave a comment, I really do appreciate you popping by...
and when the CREATIVATION show has finished, I will be back
to share some of my secret projects with you...
(I really cannot wait!)
Have a great week!

Sunday, 8 January 2017

Hello 2017

Hello friends!

First of all let me start by wishing you all
a very happy, healthy and creative new year!

Secondly, let me apologise for being missing in action....
I would like to tell you that I spent the christmas period lying on a hot beach, sipping cocktails but the reality is that Ive been really busy working on some top secret projects....shhhh more on them in a couple of weeks!

So today I just wanted to share a quick make that I put together over the weekend....
(I am surprised it even got made as my desk is officially a disaster area! Each time I get motivated to clear it I get distracted and I add to the mountain of mess....butI work better in mess so its not too bad!)

If you are a regular follower of my blog you will know that I am a collector of old photographs and ephemera and I love to use them in my makes...
So I selected this lost soul, she kind of stuck out and fitted perfectly in this Idea-ology frame
I used lots of layers of gesso, texture paste, stencils,distress paints, distress crayons and substrates 
The old rusty keys are from my stash. I added rusty wire and a mini tag from Tim Holtz Tiny tabs and tag die, I also added Remnant rub-ons. 
The outside was framed with stitching and the Ideology frame was given the shabby/ grunge treatment!
As always please feel free to leave a comment, always great to hear from you!

(Don't forget to pop by Tim Holtz blog this week for lots of sneak peaks of new products being released at the Creativation show (formerly CHA)..for more info click here.)

As always please feel free to leave a comment....always great to hear from you!
I Will be back very soon
Have a great week 


Saturday, 31 December 2016

Happy New Year!

Hello friends!

Just popping in to wish you all 
A very happy, healthy and creative new year! 

back in the new year! 

Monday, 5 December 2016

Bleaching Technique.....

Hello friends

Hope you are all good!
Ive not forgot you... its just such a busy time of year, 
and theres not enough hours in the day!
I will be back soon....

Here's a quickie post to let you know that Ive got a bleaching tutorial over at the lovely Paperartsy blog....hop  here to read how too....

Have yourselves a great week!
bye for now 


Sunday, 27 November 2016

Me and you...

Hello friends...
Hope you are all good!
It's getting to that really busy time of the year....
eekkk, so many things to sort, buy, organise
I always find December a bit of a challenge!
I'm not a big fan of christmas, don't get me wrong i love the day,
 but really don't like the build up to it....
I'm actually thinking I may hibernate for the whole of December!!

Anyway before I squirrel away.......I wanted to share this quick make with you
I created it with a left over tag
The tag was covered in old text paper, dried then I applied a coat of gesso through Tim holtz stencils, along with adding some off cuts of vintage lace....
When it had all dried I applied distress paint and distress crayons to get a nice wash of colour...
I then added some splashes of black soot.
The photo is from Photo booth (Idea-ology) framed with a wooden frame from my stash, I also added some paper flowers that also I coloured with distress crayons.
 To finish,  I layered the tag onto some parcel paper, then backed it onto a cabinet card (Idea-ology)
I then added some stitching and the words from chit chat (Idea-ology)

As always feel free to leave a comment, always great to hear from you....

December is a super busy not sure when I will get chance to blog...
don't worry, I'm sure I will pop back over the festive season to share a make or two!
Have a great week!

bye for now 


Friday, 25 November 2016

Art, Imagine,Create

Hello friends...

Hope you are all good!
Wow its been such a busy week...
Last weekend was my birthday, 
 (thanks for the good wishes!)
so I was very spoilt by my family and friends, 
I had a really lovely day, but now Im playing catch up in a big way!

Anyway, today I wanted to share this Andy Skinner inspired make....
I'm still working my way through my Deco-art/Hochanda shopping spree..
(thinking I may NEED some more supplies very soon!)

I created a triptych using three Tando tags backed onto some card
I coloured them with Deco-art media paints
 (yellow green light, cyan and Pyrrole red)
When dry I stencilled some Titan buff paint through Andy skinners stencils
The bolts are also from Tando ( Industrial elements) 
The stars are actually from a christmas decoration
I applied texture sand paste to the star, when it had dried 
I painted them using burnt umber and Quin gold to get a cool rusty look.
The circles are actually old curtain rings....

I really like the grungy look so this was right up my street!
Please feel free to leave a comment, I really appreciate each one!

Right my desk looks like a disaster zone...looks like I'm going to be busy!
(I may need help!)

Have a great weekend!


Saturday, 19 November 2016


Hello friends
Hope you are all good!
I wanted to share a piece Ive been working on over the last few days...
Its been one of those makes where I didn't know
where I was going with it....
but eventually after lots of mugs of tea, some pulling of hair I was happy with how it turned out
I created the background using a mix of gesso and texture paste through Tim Holtz stencils
I coloured the background with distress paints and crayons
I added some background strips by sewing them in,
I then added some ripped up cheese cloth, wire and old washers and bolts
The centre piece is a n Idea-ology pocket watch, painted and filled with a star from the Tim Holtz ephemera pack and more wire
To finish I added some of my own vintage keys, a vintage pocket watch key and some big chat words
I also used a couple of stamp set Tim Holtz, correspondence, Halftone and rings and Mixed Media 2 sets and stamped randomly with black archival ink.

As always feel free to leave a comment, I really do appreciate you popping by
Enjoy your weekend...

bye for now