Sunday, 20 March 2016

It's been a while

I've not had the urge to craft for a very long time (over a year maybe) but when a friend suggested we do a group swap I wanted to join in. I went with something I'm comfortable with, mixed media and a box canvas.

Layers of acrylic paints, sprays, stamps and stencils were all used to make this piece.

Monday, 21 April 2014


Here is the full picture of the hanging I made to be featured over on the Paperartsy blog last week

Step by step instructions and pictures are available here

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Paperartsy GD project

I've kept this under my hat since December last year and now I can finally tell you about it, I was lucky to be asked to do a guest designer post over on Paperartsy's blog. 

I've been using Paperartsy stamps for as long as I can remember so to get to have my work featured on their blog is a privilege.

Here is a little snippet of my piece 

The whole piece is posted over on the Paperartsy blog so go take a look and let me know what you think x

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Bee happy jar

I recently took part in an altered jar/bottle swap on a friends art Facebook page, Zuzu's Petals Altered Art 'n' Stuff.
I've never made an altered jar before and not sure if I will again, but I quite enjoyed the process.

I used a thick piece of tissue and applied layers of paint, ink, stamps and stencils and then once it was dry used the paper as a wrap to go around the bottle.

I'll be back tomorrow with an exciting post, well exciting for me anyway :-D

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Bee happy

  Happy Mothers day to all you Mums. I've taken advantage of today being 'my day' and spent the whole morning crafting. 

This card is what I came up with.
Layers of paint, stamps, ink and Grunge paste

Monday, 24 March 2014

My umbrella

I was a naughty DT member last week and didn't get around to doing my post for Clare Curd Crafts . With a big inspection coming up at work I was working long hours and the week flew by, but today is my much needed day off, and what better way to de-stress than a few hours crafting.

When I want to totally relax crafting I go to my paints and  a canvas, todays is 7x5 inches in size. 

I have to apologise as there are some photos missing to the process of creating a mixed media canvas, but when I get going I forget to take pictures....oooops sorry :-/

I started with a good few layers of my chosen paint colours and when I was happy with the blending and the paint had dried I moved onto stamping.

I built the stamps up in layers (the secret to depth on a piece is lots of layers) I also used some spray paint.

I then added some texture using texture paste through some sequin waste and when it was dry dry rubbed some paint over it.

Now this is where I got carried away and forgot to take photos. I drew a template for the umbrella and then transferred the pieces onto my patterned paper, cut them out and stuck them to my canvas using ModPodge.

 Once the umbrella was stuck down I stamped and added my quote. 
The next step is optional but I like the effect it gives. Using either a black maker or black paint, whatever you are comfortable with, draw around the pieces of teh umbrella and blend the colour in. This will make the pieces pop and give some dimension to your canvas.

My final step was to apply some white rub ons for extra interest.

The items I used from Clares shop are as follows

My Mind's Eye Kate and Co. OXFORD LANE 6 x 6 paper pad


My Mind's Eye Kate and Co. OXFORD LANE Stamp Set

I've also used the Raindrop set of stamps from Designs by Ryn.

Thursday, 13 March 2014

A lovely day

Hello, well it's Thursday again so my turn to share over on Clare Curd Crafts

The sun put in a very welcomed appearance yesterday and I think it was reflected in the card I was making, bright and cheerful

I used the 

My Mind's Eye Kate and Co. OXFORD LANE 6 x 6 paper pad 

and the 

start by decorating your base card if you wish, then cut a few narrow strips of the patterned paper and weave these together. Cut a picture tile, also from the paper pack, and mount this up on layers of 
coordinating papers to give some depth. Finally run a contrasting ink pads around the edges of your finished card.