Saturday, 17 June 2017

You're Out of This World

It's a scorcher here is Hampshire today and while I love the sunshine, I hate the heat with a passion, so I kind of of wish I was in another world today ( or at least a cooler one!), Which leads me neatly into the theme for today's card I am sharing. 

I've been in a bit of a creative slump recently, and today I was itching to get crafting, and for a while it just wasn't happening ( don't you just hate it when that happens!). Then I remembered a background I made a while ago when idly playing and had an idea. I dug out my trusty box of stamps from Visible Image ( always guaranteed to inspire so check them out yourself on the link) and this card came to life. I just love these stamps , which I believe are sadly retired now. They are perfect for boys cards and artwork. 

The background was created with brushos, glossy accents, gilding wax and splatters of acrylic paint. It just screamed outer space to me when I created it. I love brushos as you never quite know what you're going to end up with, which makes the creative process so much fun!


Have a great weekend



Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Celebrating Pride Art Journal Spread

It's been a while since I've played in my art journal but this week I felt the urge to throw some brusho's about and see what happened and I have to say I am really proud of the result. The bright colours thrown out by those amazing pigment paints just sang rainbows to me, and little rainbows have been popping up all over my Facebook news feed recently in celebration of Pride month. Those little emojis.  coupled with a very unnecessary thread and predjudiced thread about the LGBT community on a creative group I belong to today, kick started my creative process and this spread somehow emerged magically.

 The main image was one I saved a while ago from a National Trust magazine. I knew one day it would just work for me, and today it did!! Point proven yet again that a crafters hoarding is never in vain!

Products used were:

Brusho paints
Dylusion Paints
Paperartsy border stamps
Visible Image stamps
Wow embossing powders and versamark
Zig water colour pens
Charcoal pencil
Nuvo drops
Black fineliner


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Friday, 2 June 2017

Creative Artiste June Challenge #27 DT Post

So I have some exciting news that I have been sitting on and I am finally able to share it with you today- yippee!! I am now a proud member of the design team over at Creative Artiste! I am SO thrilled to have been invited to join the incredibly talented ladies on the team and hope that I can do this fab challenge blog justice with my projects and inspire you to join in with your own mixed media projects. 

So, without further ado, here is my debut piece for the June challenge #27.

This month the challenge is kindly sponsored by Judy McKay, who is offering this great prize of stamps and dies, which is also the theme for the challenge this time. 

I have used stamps and dies from the new Alchemy collection by Sheena Douglass. I fell in love with them the moment that I saw them and just had to treat myself. My 11yr old daughter loves Harry Potter and wants her bedroom decorated in a magical style, so I have created a canvas for her wall. 

I used texture paste and a dragon and stars stencils on my prepared canvas to add some dimension, and then sponged a variety of dark and metallic paints over the top of the whole thing until I had a good coverage. Then I highlighted the pasted areas with gilding polish. The different elements were die cut and stamped, and coloured with dylusions inks ,aqua tint inks, distress oxides and distress pens- so a right mix! Some acetate added a real glass touch to the magnifying glass, and I clear embossed over the bottles to create the same effect on them. 

I hope you've enjoyed looking at my work and I have inspired you to join in the challenge. 


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Thursday, 1 June 2017

Crafts Galore Encore June Challenge DT Post

It's time for a new Anything Goes challenge over at Crafts Galore Encore and this month we are kindly sponsored by Sparkle N Sprinkle

I chose to work with the great set of coloured digital images called Espresso Yourself- they were just perfect for my coffee loving husband for our wedding anniversary recently. I kept my card clean and simple so it really focused on the lovely image and sentiment. 

We would love to see your entries so do pop across and join in if you can, and also take a look at the creations made to inspire by my talented teamies too. They are all lovely!


A Bit More Time to Craft #45 Anything Goes
A Perfcet Time o Craft #06 Anything Goes
Classic Design Team Open Challenge June- Anything Goes
Connie Can Crop- Its a Guy Thing
Crafty Hazelnuts June Challenge- Patterned Paper

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Thursday, 25 May 2017

Julia Spiri Coloring Book Release!!

It's finally time to spill the beans on a secret I have been so excited about! The oh so talented Julia Spiri has released her very first colouring book ( you can find it here on Amazon) , and I have been privileged enough to get to colour one of the exclusive images from it , Whimsical Fairy,  to share with you. 

I adore fairies and so working on this was a real treat for me. It's a beautifully detailed image with lots to enjoy as you colour.

I couldn't resist popping my finished piece on a card of course, but I am very much looking forward to colouring her again when I am the proud owner of my own copy of this book. 

I am entering this in the following challenges:

Don't forget to stop by Julia's Facebook page where you can share your own colourings and projects with us. We would love to see them. You can also see what the rest of my team mates have been working on over on the blog too. 

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Saturday, 6 May 2017

Sheena Douglass Alchemy Art Journal Page

It's rare that I watch the selling channels on TV but when I saw the new Alchemy range of stamps and dies from Sheena Douglass I had to have them so tuned in to her shows last weekend and hit the purchase button. I've been stalking the postie ever since, and pleased to say he arrived yesterday with these beauties! I fear he may now be deaf after hearing my squeals of delight, but wouldn't you screech if this lot arrived on your mat too?!

So much to choose from that I wasn't sure what to make first. In the end I opted for an art journal page. Over on Sheena's Inkette's Facebook fan page there's a challenge of creating something with the focus being silhouettes, so I wanted to have a go at that. This is what I came up with. The fairies are also Sheena stamps that I have had kicking around for ages. I adore fairies so must admit I felt a bit mean trapping them in potion bottles! 

I can't wait to play again tomorrow. These stamps have SO many possibilities. 

Thanks for popping by to take a look


Monday, 1 May 2017

Crafts Galore Encore April Challenge

Wow March went fast! April is now upon us so it's time for a new Anything Goes challenge at Crafts Galore Encore.

This month we are kindly sponsored by Star Stampz and Ppinky Dolls. I have been working with Cinderella from Star Stampz. She's so adorable and was great fun to colour with my copics and promarkers.

I kept my card fairly simple , just using an old but pretty paper from my stash, adding crowns and some bling.

I hope I've inspired you to play along. 


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