Friday, 21 October 2016


 Hello friends

Hope you are all good....
Its half term here in the UK,  so Im off to enjoy some very precious friends and family time....

Before I go, I wanted to share some recent journal pages I created in an old vintage book...
Ive used lots of gesso, texture paste and put to use some clothes/parcel tags/torn text pages
I used distress paints and crayons to add colour and layered the texture paste using Tim Holtz stencils 
To add more texture I layered lots of vintage lace
The photo is a tim holtz photo booth on (Idea-ology)
I added splashes of distress paints and lots of staples...
I really enjoyed creating these pages....even though I clumsily managed to get a couple of fashionable  stripes down my new black jeans! (always the way!)

Anyway, have yourselves a lovely weekend/halfterm
feel free to leave a comment.... great to know you popped by xx

bye for now 


Monday, 17 October 2016


 Hello friends

How are you?
Hope you are all good....
I'm feeling a little groggy today...I think i have a cold looming, boo!
Just before half term rude!

So a very quick post from me today to share this grungy make...
I used Tim Holtz papers from the Dapper paper stack, as a base, 
I then used Tim Holtz grit paste through a stencil (TMS058)
When it was dried I rubbed lots of distress crayons over the grit paste.
I then selected a photo from the found relatives set, cut around it and then layered lots of tags etc from the ephemera set (Idea-ology)
I then added stitching and more layers of distress crayons
As always feel free to leave a comment....
I appreciate you popping by.

Bye for now


Monday, 10 October 2016

Beautiful Memories....

Hello friends...

Hope you are all good
Brrr theres a real chill in the air at the mo....
A real reminder that winter is just around the corner...

After a recent walk in the woods,
I found lots of dead fern, so not one to miss an oppoutunity I popped some in my pocket 
and it eventually made its way onto my desk...
I paired it up with an old vintage postcard, that had at some point had an ink pen leak into it....I loved the colours it had left so I matched them up with some distress paints and inks

I created the background on an old french bank statement from 1924,
I ran texture paste through a Tim Holtz stencil (THS032)
I then sprayed with distress inks (hickory smoke, broken china and walnut stain)
I added lots of splatters using distress paints, added some stitching, the fern, then selected a photo from my collection to go in the Idea-ology frame. 
To finish I added an old key, some tags, a lone star and more stitching into some old lace and some bunting.
As always feel free to leave a comment....I appreciate each and every one

Have a great week!


Monday, 3 October 2016


Hello friends...
Hope you are all good!
Today I wanted to share with you this recent make...
It absolutely threw it down with pouring rain on Saturday, which meant it was a cozy, don't even think about stepping out side, hog the radiator sort of a thats exactly what I did.
I sat at my desk, hogged that radiator and created just for me....
This turned out to be a real mash up of some of my favourite products thrown together....
heres what I created...
I always love to use lots of layers 
This make has loads! 
I started by using a layer of gesso through the stencil, 
when it was dry I painted lots of layers of paint  
I used crackle paint for the inside of the pocket watch and filled it with a heart. 
The bolts were inspired by Andy skinner, I really love that rust effect...Im addicted!!
         I also added some infusions ( be warned you only need a tiny amount)
To finish I mounted the card onto one of my vintage books.

I really got lost in the process of putting this one together
Creating art just for me is so good for the soul.... 

I think this one is a keeper!

feel free to leave a comment I appreciate each and every one xx

Have yourselves a great week...


Products used....

Decoart fluid acylics, gesso, crackle paint and antiquing cream
Tim Holtz stencil-TMS054 distress glaze, distress ink 
Tim Holtz Idea-ology pocket watch frame, big chat words 
Andy Skinner Industrial Elements -bolts and washers by Tando creative
Old vintage book 

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

two friends...

Hello friends...
Hope you are having a good week
Just a quickie post from me to share this make with you....

Those that follow my blog regularly will know that I'm not the best person to make use of colour....
I really do admire other artists that use colour and I try and give it a go, but I keep getting pulled back to the darker/grungy shades, I guess that's where I feel most comfortable. ( Its not just in my arty wardrobe pretty much consists of grey and black....I know, I know its grim, but they really are my comfort colours...)

 I created a monochrome background using Rangers Texture paste, when it was dry I used a mixture of distress spray (hickory smoke) along with distress paints (black soot & picket fence)
I also used a mixture of Tim Holtz stencils
I used an original vintage photograph and cut around the ladies,
 ( there were originally three ladies in the photo but I used my artistic licence and removed one.... i liked it that the two ladies mirrored each other) 
 I then mounted them onto an old vintage page from a french ledger. 
I wanted to highlight the ghostly friends so I used a white signo gel pen. 
I then created a patchwork of strips from some offcuts, I stamped using some number stamps and added lots of stitching. 
I then added more layers, an old playing card, vintage train ticket stub, an old french bank statement and a rusty key....
The stamped stars are from the tim holtz correspondence set....(yes....I cut the stamps!)
I also used the halftone and rings set
The number stamps are from Hobbycraft..

As always
Feel free to leave a comment, I really appreciate each and everyone.....

Have yourselves a lovely week 


Friday, 23 September 2016


Hello friends...
Hope you have had a lovely week!
I wanted to share a quick make I recently made
 using some of my Hochanda shopping spree from last month!

This tag uses lots of Decoart-media paints (grunge set)
After watching Andy Skinner, I was so inspired... 
I've still got lots of experimenting to do with them but 
I'm really loving the effects you get with them....
I've also used some Tando/Andy skinner creative tags and 
Industrial elements (bolts and washers) of my new favourites!! 
The chevron stencil is also by Andy skinner, along with the stamp set...
The key is one of my own vintage finds, wrapped in rusty wire
I love grungy/industrial so this is was great fun to create!

As always feel free to leave a's always great to know you popped by.

Have a great weekend!

Monday, 19 September 2016

Best of friends....

Hello friends

Hope you are all good 
Many thanks for the lovely comments on my last post....I really appreciated each and everyone ...

Wow!September has been so busy for me....lots of things happening, my family seem to like September for their birthdays so there's been lots of celebrating....and cake....lots of cake!
So I've not had a lot of time to create, but I did manage to finish off this piece that had been sat on my desk for what seems like ages.....

I used lots of Tim Holtz distress paints, stamps and an Idea-ology frame....the photo is a vintage one from my collection.
I created a patchwork from off cuts of failed attempts ( I never throw anything away!) 
The background is made up from splashes of distress paints, Remnant rub-ons and some stamping using Tim's Mixed media 2 set and Halftone/rings set

I added lots of stitching with my trusty sewing machine.....although its no longer white! 
To finish I framed the photograph using an Idea-ology frame and coloured it using a sharpie pen.

Right my mission this afternoon is to clear my desk, its shamefully over crowed with "stuff"
I really struggle to be organised.....
As always feel free to leave a comment

Hope to back soon with another make
Have a great week