Friday, 28 April 2017

An Afternoon With The Gelli Plate

I am learning to LOVE my Gelli Plates! I recently saw a fabulous You Tube video by Brigit Koopsen.  It inspired me so much that I couldn't stop creating Gelli prints!

I won't show you how I created the prints as Brigit shows this in her video.  I used Paper Artsy Fresco Finish paints which worked a dream.  This is what I created....

It really was addictive!! I just couldn't stop printing.

I then used Brigit's technique and created a birthday card for my bestie, Caz.  The main image is an Everything Art stamp from Paper Artsy.

I had loads of prints left over and so have started to create a background in my small journal. 

I'm not sure what to do with this page yet so will probably come back to it!

I really think that you should have a play at this technique - it is so much fun!

Thanks for looking.....

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Rusty ATC

It's my turn over at the Country View Crafts Challenges blog.  The theme of the month is rust - and I can't get enough of it!

Today I am sharing an ATC that I have created.

This project started off as an embossed sheet of card which I then painted in Little Black Dress Paper Artsy Fresco Finish paint.

I then set about creating a 'rusty' background in the same way that I did for my project earlier in the month.

I love the effect that you can create with these paints!

Once I was 'happy' I added a little bit of treasure gold to make some of the rust stand out.

I then cut a section of this to create my ATC background and set it aside.

My next step was to create more texture for the ATC.  For this I used Paper Artsy Sara Naumann ESN02 stamp set.  This is one of my favourite sets and gets used alot!

I started to stamp using black Archival ink onto tissue paper, then once heat set, tore around the stamped images as closely to them as possible.  I also created a Paper Artsy infusion background and then stamped text onto the background.

Scraps of the tissue paper were adhered to the ATC background using Matte Medium.

Next, I gathered embellishments together.  I  brought another element of rust in my choosing some ready-made rusted embellishments.

The butterfly and rusty screw head were adhered using Cosmic Shimmer glue.

To finish I added words from the Tim Holtz Clipping Stickers.  These were actually one sticker which I cut in half and then edged in Walnut stain distress ink.

And finally - a closer look at some of the layers on the ATC.

I had so much fun creating this ATC.  And even better is the fact that I have embossed background and tissue papers left over to use in another project!

I really hope that I have inspired you to take part in the monthly challenge.  Don't forget to share your creation on the CVC challenges in blog to be in with a chance of winning a gift voucher.

Thanks for looking......

Wednesday, 19 April 2017


It's my turn over at the Paper Artsy blog tonight.

Pop over to see my project.  The theme is Resin and I have used Hot Picks stamps
in my work. 

I hope that my resin butterfly inspires you to join in with the challenge and be in for the chance of winning £50 worth of Paper Artsy vouchers.

Thanks for looking.....

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Country View Crafts Challenges #50 - Rust

I was excited when I saw the theme for this month's challenge as I have recently saw Seth Apter demonstrate a rusting technique using just paint.

This is my finished project:

And here's how I created it.....

I started off by using the new Distress Oxides, which I blended onto a tag and sprinkled with water.  I love the feel of the ink - they are softer than original distress inks.

Just look at the effect the water has on the ink - awesome!

Next I die cut a Tim Holtz bird cage in plain white card and painted it in black fresco finish paint.

I then took the 2 sets of Seth Apter colours for Paper Artsy Fresco Finish paints and set to work at creating rust.

I layered up Mahogany, Terracotta, Green Patina and Smoked paprika.

I kept layering the paints until I was happy with the 'rust'.

I then started to construct my tag.

I took a lady from the new Tim Holtz Paper Dolls and added some colour using a marker.

I then attached everything to the tag and added a quote and metal chain.

I really enjoyed making this tag...Pop over to the Country View Crafts challenge blog and see what the other design team members created.

I hope you join in with the challenge.

Happy crafting!

Monday, 27 March 2017

Inspired By Tim Holtz

It is my turn over at Country View Crafts today. I am still super excited about joining the team.

Here is my project for today

I started by creating 2 master boards using spiced marmalade and worn lipstick Distress inks. Once covered I using a Tim Holtz stencil to add more colour and patter.

Next I set about using one of my favourite Tim Holtz stamp sets. 
It's one of the early sets but still my favourite - I just love that script.

I randomly stamped the script over the master boards using Archival ink

One of the master boards were used to create the background of these fabulous new butterflies.

The other was used for the background to my card. 
I inked around the edge using walnut stain Distress ink.

I then assembled my card, adding black seam binding ribbon and a Tim Holtz word band.

So, a bit of a Tim Holtz overload - but what's not too love?!

Thanks for looking.....

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Paper Artsy Topic 4: Windows, Doors & Architecture - Unlocking The Past

Tonight it is my turn over on the Paper Artsy blog.

The theme is Windows, Doors and Architecture - such a fabulous theme!  I interpreted this in my own way! 

Pop over to the Paper Artsy blog to see how I created this.

I hope you feel inspired to join in with the challenge..... look forward to seeing your creations!

Thanks for looking.....

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Country View Crafts Challenge - Inspired By Tim Holtz

A few weeks ago I received a very exciting email from Susan at Country View Crafts, inviting me to join the CVC Design Team - it obviously took me a whole 30 seconds to respond!  I can't even tell you how excited I was!

The current Country View Crafts challenge and my very 1st official challenge is "Inspired By Tim Holtz".  As soon as I saw the theme I was really pleased!  Tim has inspired me since I started to craft in 2007.

So - here is my first creation....

I started by creating an alcohol ink background using sailboat blue and juniper alcohol inks- I LOVE these colours.  I hadn't used alcohol inks for a little while so it was lovely to use them again.  I had forgotten just how fun they are to use!  I cut a slim slice from the background to use for the sentiment panel.

I then used the Mixed Media 2 die to cut the swirls in opposite corners of a white card panel.

I then attached this to the alcohol ink background and adhered it to a card front. 

I stamped a sentiment from Tim's  Simple Sayings stamp set and adhered this to the centre of the card.

To finish I added a seam binding bow and a few adhesive pearls.

I was really happy with the end result!

Do pop over to the Country View Crafts Blog and see the other amazing projects created by the Team, and I hope you choose to join in the challenge.

Thanks for looking.....

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Fun With Alcohol (Inks)

I managed to have a play with alcohol inks last weekend.  I hadn't played with them for a long time and had forgotten how much fun they are!

I kept it simple and used the colours from the new Alcohol Ink kits that are for sale.

Here is what you get in the kit.... loads!  And some card stock too!

Here is what I did!

I smooshed some alcohol ink onto alcohol ink glossy card stock.

Next, I die cut one of Tim's wildflowers in black card stock- these are such versatile dies - I love them!

I added a panel of black card to a card blank and then added the alcohol ink panel on top, with the wildflower die adhered to the centre.

To finish I added a strip of card with a stamped sentiment.

I really enjoyed making this card and it was unusually 'simple' for me! 

Thanks for looking....

Saturday, 4 February 2017

Love Is In The Air...

The current theme over at Paper Artsy is pink and orange. These are not colours that I would normally use together but I had soooo much fun.

I thought I would use these colours to create a Valentine card.  Here's what I did....

I decided to use Prawn and Coral Fresco Finish paints for my project. 

I put blobs of these colours onto my craft sheet and used my brayer to cover a sheet of tissue paper.  I wasn't bothered about it being too blended and wanted some areas to be darker and bolder than the others.  This was the result.

Coral is an orangey-pink and so these colours worked really well together.

Next, I wanted to add some stamping to the background of the tissue paper.  For this I used the fabulous feather in the Tracy Scott stamp set - this is a really good sized stamp and the detail is beautiful.

I stamped this in Archival ink.

I then added some Tea Rose stamping.  This is another beautiful orangey pink.

For some reason I then forgot to take more photos!

I adhered the background to a card blank and cut it to size.

I used a TCW stencil and sponged Little Black Dress paint through it.  Once this was dry I added detail using a white gel pen.

I stamped different hearts from Tracy Scott onto the background and then separately onto white card. I coloured the hearts using Prawn and a dash of London Bus Fresco Finish paints.

Once dry, these were then cut and added to the card with foam dots. 

I added a scribbled border around the edges.

This is my finished card....

I had great fun making this and am entering it into the Paper Artsy challenge.  And, as a bonus, I have a Valentine card ready for the big day!

Thanks for looking......

Friday, 3 February 2017

Spring Is In The Air

Or at least I wish it was!  It's cold and wet outside today.

I thought I would share a card that I made recently.... it made me think of the start of spring and lighter evenings.

I covered a card blank using distress ink and a doily stencil (yes... I know... I am always using this stencil!).

The JOFY images were stamped and coloured using Polychromo pencils.  They were then carefully cut out.  I added white gel pen detail to parts of them, then added this to the card blank. 

I coloured seam binding with distress ink and added this to the card.  To finish, I added a simple greeting.

I enjoyed making this so made another in a blue colourway!

I am hoping and planning to have a craft filled weekend.... so hoping to have more to share with you soon!

Thanks for looking.....

Sunday, 29 January 2017

Creative Play Time

Good evening all,

I was hoping to have had some crafting time today but unfortunately life got in the way!  I was away in Portugal last week - and had an amazing time!  We arrived home on Friday to find that we had a dishwasher leak and the kitchen floor was flooded - not great seeing as we had plumbers out a couple of days before we went away!

Then yesterday we went to see Trainspotting 2.  I loved the original -  certainly a cult classic of mine.  And the 2nd one - 20 years after the original - was amazing!  So much so that I cannot wait to see it again!

This morning I went shopping and treated myself to a new organiser.  I have had my beloved Filofax for many years and there are so many new and gorgeous versions on the market - though the one that I fell in love with has debossed butterflies over it!

So... that's why I haven't been able to craft.  I need to get busy though as I have a list of things to do and some gorgeous Paper Artsy stamps and stencils that arrived from Country View Crafts before I went away!

This evening I am sharing a card that I made before I went away.

I made a batch of the blank backgrounds a few weeks back.  I used a doily stencil from TCW and Prima soft paste through it (I love this paste - so light and fluffy!).  I then left these to dry until I needed them.

When ready, I coloured the stencil background using distress inks.  In the past I have added Paper Artsy Infusions to the paste beforehand and it has given a wonderful spectrum of colour on the background.

The main image is from the Crafters Companion Time Traveller collection.  It is stamped and coloured using alcohol markers, then cut out and added to the card blank.

To finish I have stamped a greeting and coloured seam binding ribbon.

It was really fun to make this.

Anyhow.... back to the real job tomorrow!!  I've hot a very busy week and an incredibly busy February ahead..... and lots of secrets to share!

Thanks for looking......

Sunday, 15 January 2017

A Special Birthday For A Very Special Person - My Mum!

Today is a very special day - it is my mum's birthday!  It is a big one too.... 

I am whispering this so she doesn't hear - but we have a very special gathering planned shortly that she doesn't know about!

I wanted to make a special card for mum.... here is the finished design:

To start the card I embossed grunge paste through a doily stencil.  Once this was dry I lightly added distress ink to keep the design subtle.

Next,  I added scraps of tissue paper and papers.

I distressed a cheap plastic frame using inks and Treasure gold then added a picture of Mum to it.  This was the focus of the card.  I then added loads of embellishments and bling until I was happy, trying to keep teh colours subtle.  I even managed to add a number!

Once I finished the card I realised that it was too dimensional to put in an envelope.  So I decided to make a box envelope for it....

Sorry for the rubbish photo!

The envelope is1 inch deep and made using A3 Crafters Companion card.

I embellished the envelope with flowers, feathers, pearls and beads.

I was really pleased with the envelope as I didn't follow any instruction and actually used my head to calculate the measurements! lol!

Hopefully mum loves this.... and loves her 'bigger surprise' even more (which is a secret I will share later!).

Thanks for looking......

Friday, 13 January 2017

Monster Party!

Ok- I confess.... I am a little bit obsessed with the Paper Artsy Zinksi Art monster stamps!

I have been rather poorly over Christmas and New Year and so as soon as I have some energy I stamped some of those cute critters and coloured them using watercolours.

Here are the cards that I created:

I used up scraps of paper and ribbons and just had fun!!

Even better - I still have lots of monsters cut out ready to make more!

Hope you like my creations......