Saturday 29 April 2017

Car-tastic Birthday!

I've mentioned on many an occasion just how much cars and motoring feature in Dan's life!  Last week it was our friend, Colin's birthday.  Here is the card that I created for him....

I covered a card blank using paper showing the world - Colin travels all over the world for work and fun and so I thought this would be perfect for him!

The Ferrari image was stamped onto water colour paper and then painted using Prima watercolours.  It was then layered onto kraft card.  I stamped a greeting and added some pearls to finish.

Fairly simple card but effective for a motoring enthusiast!

Thanks for looking.....

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!