Thursday, 25 May 2017


Hello friends

Hope you are all good!
I can't believe its nearly the end of May!
How did that happen?
life has been a little hectic of late... hope to get back creating very soon.

I love to create grunge, Im always inspired by Tim, Seth Apter and Andy Skinner
(they totally rock the grunge!)

So here's my take on a grungy panel that I created using a black piece of card.
I started off creating the background with layers of Distress oxides....I just stamped using actual ink pads to layer the inks, drying in-between..
I then added layers of distress paints...
The bolts are from Tim's Industrial die by size 
the key is from my vintage collection 
I added some washers and painted them with rust paste 
To finish I added lots of drips of distress paints, a quote chip from Idea-ology and some grungy stars.

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

Hope you enjoy the sunshine....its warming up nicely in the UK!
back soon!


Thursday, 11 May 2017


Hello friends

Hope you are all good!
Today I want to share a quick post all about the 
new Tim Holtz Assemblage Jewellery line...its seriously a must have!!
The Assemblage line is only available in the USA and is exclusive to Joanns stores
(but I've been super enough to get my hands on some!)

I'm a huge fan of the leather cuffs, 
so when I saw that Tim had released some I was very happy!
Heres some close ups....
this one was distressed with a little sandpaper 
On this next cuff,
I actually stamped on this cuff using Archival ink..... 
its stamped perfectly!
This cuff was also distressed again to give a cool worn look 
Heres a close up of all three!
I've really loved working with the cuffs and what I
 like the most is that you don't need any fancy equipment.
I also love that the word bands are interchangeable so you can swap them about!

Check out Tim's blog here for a close up of all the new additions.....
I know I want more of them and my shopping list is growing!

As always feel free to leave a comment, always great to know you popped by!
Have a great week 


Monday, 1 May 2017

Tiny houses....

Hello friends

Hope you are all good!
Happy May day to you!
Sorry Ive not been around much....
Life has been pretty hectic of late
and Ive been really busy enjoying some much needed
 family/friends time!

Today I thought I would share a couple of Tiny houses from Tim Holtz/Sizzix
I love creating with this die...
( one of my favourites!)
After cutting the die out, I gessoed the chipboard.
Next I painted with distress paint,
 when it was dry I sanded the colour back with some sandpaper to give a worn look.
I then painted them with vintage collage medium.
I mixed up some of the paper dolls with the botanical ephemera pack 
I then added some clippings for the words and some of the Idea-ology tape 
The stars are from Idea-ology too! 

The paper dolls were painted with distress paints 

I hope you like them!
As always feel free to leave a comment, I appreciate you popping by!
Have a lovely week!


Sunday, 2 April 2017

My Sweetheart...

Hello friends

Hope you are all good!
Wishing you a very happy April!
(hopefully without too many April showers!)

A very, very quick post from me today 
 to share with you this latest make...
To create the background I used
Tim's distress crayons, combined with grit paste through stencils and my new favourite... opaque crackle paste... I just love this stuff!
I layered lots of old text papers, torn denim substrates and lots of stitching using my trusty sewing machine! 
The photo is from Idea-ology photo booth and I added one of my old, vintage rusty keys. 
The "My Sweetheart" is also from the new Idea-ology Clippings...
(i love these too!)

Sorry its a such a quick post....its been a very busy few days here, 
hopefully normal service will resume soon!

Please do feel free to leave a comment, I appreciate each and every one...

I will be back very soon
Have a great week!

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Inspired by Seth....

Hello friends

Spring is finally here.....and its been a beautiful spring day here in the UK!
(It's also our mother's day too, so wishing you all a very happy, peaceful day!)

Today I wanted to share this make, inspired by the very lovely Seth Apter...
I'm a huge fan of Seth's work and Im always inspired by how Seth creates layers (check out his blog here) I was very lucky to meet Seth, earlier on in the year....honestly, I could of watched his demo's all day....such a creative soul and a really lovely chap.

So here's what I created...
I used Seth's limited addition paints  (set 2) from Paperartsy
I used lots of layers of paint, when I was happy with the background I used one of Seth's stencils (Transform from stencil girl) and continued to add ramdon layers.
I then stamped faintly with Seth's stamp set from Paperartsy (here)
Next I added lots of splatters.
The die cuts are from Seth's range of Spellbinders (here )
I coated them in Tim Holtz grit paste, then coloured them using the paints
Some of the die cuts were mounted onto some book text, then I added a butterfly from Idea-ology Botanical ephemera pack, which I sewed into place. 
To finish I added some more words from the book text and 
added a rusty key from my own vintage stash.
I really enjoyed creating this piece, I hope you like it too!

(...A BIG thank you for your inspiration Seth!)

As always feel free to leave a comment, I really appreciate each and everyone!
Have a lovely week...

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