15 Dec 2013


didn't have much time for crafting this week as I felt very poorly for four days..so I am sooooo behind for Christmas. I decided to have a go at one of the bagalopes that Joanne Wardle had done on the paper artsy blog this week....she did some lovely christmas projects..you should pop on over and have a look here..I fillowed Joannes instructions but have come to the conclusion that a heavier weight envelope would have been much better!!

I used crushed olives distress ink around the edges and stamped some holly with the same ink. I used one of Darcy's christmas sets for the bow..coloured it with prismas and cut it out. I then put a layer  of pearl glaze over the top. stamped merry christmas in fired brick distress and done!

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9 Dec 2013

A New Baby

I think a new baby is something that puts a big fat smile on most peoples faces..so when little Gabriella arrived I wanted to do something special. I have admired Finnabair's style for a long time but have yet to attend one of her classes. I have watched loads and loads of tutorials on you tube of pieces inspired by her so decided I would have a go..

So off to Boot's I went to get a real photograph printed. I chose one of her lying on stomach and set to work.

I took a piece of grey board 10x10 inches and gave it a coat of snowflake, then decided where to put the photograph. then it was just a matter of placing loads of embellishments.flowers, buttons,filgree wrap,die cut...what ever came to hand. The layout was inspired by Gabrielle Pollacco, you can watch here

                                             Work in progress

               Then when everything was stuck down I painted it all white.

Then it was time to add some colour so I watered down some butternut and some very berry and sprayed it randomly making sure to dry in between sprays. I added some glimmer mist in toffee apple mainly around the embellishments. Dried that and added some more very berry to the bottle and concentrated that around the embellishments.Next I used chocolate pudding to add a bit of a shadow around the raised bits and dried that off

Once that was all dry and I was happy with the colour I dry brushed  all the raised bits with snowflake to bring them all to the front again...

                                     Here are some close ups...

                And here is the finished piece!! Isn't she just too gorgeous :D

I absolutely loved working on this project because there are no rules!! and I am very happy with the finished piece which is not something I often say, and the proud new parents loved it!!! and that is what I wanted..so as they say job done!!!

I will blog some more piccies of the baby and family soon...

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4 Dec 2013

christmas card

Well I have made in total 4 Christmas cards lol!! Really need to get my act together..this is one of the first one's I made but didn't photograph the other one before I gave it away doh!!!

So here it all white on white.....

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3 Dec 2013

Sculptered Book

I have been seeing these books in blog land and also on you tube..they are also called book art or origami book art....you should check them out as some of them are amazing!! So I thought I would like to have a go.

I used an old Dickens book which had nicely discolored pages and set about folding them back on each other into the centre. You don't have to glue them they will stay in place. I then very lightly inked the edges with some walnut stain distress ink.

Next I chose some paper to line the insides...I believe it is my minds eye from a Christmas stack. I distressed the edges and inked them and stuck them in leaving the edges curled slightly.

On to decorating..I used some lovely green velvet ribbon to hold the book at the angle I wanted it to sit. I coloured some lace with watered down green olives fresco and stuck that onto the edges of the pages.

From a selection of movers and shapers dies I cut three reindeer and the number 25.I painted the reindeer with a combination of brown frecos and the 25 with claret and london bus.

I then used antiquities from ranger to give them a slight frosted look. I stamped the holly leaves onto some christmas paper, heat embossed them and cut them out. These were shaped and placed onto the book with silicone glue and some pearl beads coloured with red pepper alcohol ink were placed in the middle.The reindeer were stuck in.

I found the poem 'Twas the night before Christmas' online and printed it out onto parchment in as small a font as I could. I distressed it and concertina folded it into a little book I had made from grey board and grunge paper. This had a filgree wrap cut in half with a metal bead spacer as a closure with some wired thread.

This was stuck securely on the bottom of the book.

I had bought some really cute wooden tags and stars from Ally Pally in September and thought they would finish it off. I stamped joy with crimson archival onto the tag and put some red wire through the top.
The stars had the antiquities on them and were put along the bottom of the book

                               So here it is finished........

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*What I didn't write in this post at the time was that the book was going to my sister in the USA!! I posted it off on the 14th December..paid a whole lot more to have it delivered in 4 days and did it arrive?? NO!! It finally arrived on boxing day..which happens to be her birthday and I was talking to her on Skype when the postie knocked on the door...so saw her open it too which was nice :D she loved it!! so all went well in the end and she has something I made out of something that belonged to our beautiful mum to bring out every Christmas!!! Hope you have all had a lovely Christmas and a happy new year to you all xxx*

1 Dec 2013

Inspiration from Jo

Well it was Jo Myhill's last week on the Paper Artsy blog and she came up with some cracking pieces again!! Some of us were in York this weekend for a visit to @pinksparklegirl and a trip to the Christmas market..(but that's another blog post lol). You can pop over and see Jo's work here...beautiful.
I loved the project on day one so popped out to my shed this morning to make a canvas inspired by the piece she did on day one. I actually managed to use liquid leaf without gassing myself!! I more or less followed along with what she did so won't bore you with all the details apart from I used ferro instead of treasure gold and a mini canvas instead of the heart. I used snowflake and nougat frescos.

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24 Nov 2013

Inspired by Liz Borer

It was the last week for Liz Borer as GD over on the Paper Artsy blog this week and what a great week it was. I loved the project on day 2 and so thought I would like to have a go. I more or less copied Liz's technique and design But first you really should pop over here and see Liz's fantastic project. .I wish I had had more time to flaff about with it...but I didn't..so here it is.

I won't go over how I did it as I more or less followed instructions from Liz. Thank you Liz for yet another week of great projects!!

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16 Nov 2013

One Stamp..Six Tags

Darcy over on Art and Sole set us another challenge this week to win a set of her lovely christmas stamps!! the challenge was 6 tags from 1 stamp..you can see her's here

So seeing as I would love to own some of those stamps I had to join in....They are all around 4x21/2 inches..

                                                             Tag one

I covered the tag with some christmas paper and stamped some holly leaves in black.
The tree [my chosen stamp] was stamped onto white card and coloured in with puff paint. I then cut it out and added it to the tag using foam pads. The sentiment was stamped onto matching paper and edged with black and also added to tag with foam pad.

         Tag two

I inked the tag with distress inks in the blues. I stamped the tree in walnut distress and softened the lines with a water brush. I then added ranger antiquities over the whole tag and used my heat gun to set it. To finish just a touch of glitter to the tree. Snow was cut from a sizzlits die.

        Tag three

I cut this tag from craft card and stamped the tree directly onto it. I used a white prisma to colour the snow. I stamped some snowflakes using a white versafine ink pad,

The sentiment was also stamped onto craft card and added to the tag using a foam pad..

          Tag four

The tag was coloured using distress inks and splattered with water to give the effect of snow..I stamped the tree in black archival and coloured the snow with a white poscha pen. I then added some glitter to the tops of the tree and stamped the sentiment in black.


         Tag Five

This one was coloured using distress ink and the tree stamped in walnut stain and the edges softened with a water brush I then added some pumice stone glitter, stamped some snowflakes in the background and added the sentiment..

   Tag Six

the last one...I did the background for this tag with distress paint and just stamped the tree and the sentiment. I sanded the edges of the tag to remove some of the colour. Then I added a touch of glitter randomly to the tree and around the edges of the tag..

I think the tags look much better in real life but these are the best pictures I could get.

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Christmas with Joanne Wardle

Over on the Paper Artsy blog this week it was all christmasy with Joanne making some lovely cards..my inspiration came from day two when she just stamped on grey card and used black white and grey pencils...you can pop over and see it here.

I didn't have that many christmas stamps to choose from (well not that I use anymore) so went with two of Jofy's minis and made some tags..

Here are all six...I just stamped with black versafine onto grey card and used a white prisma along he edges to throw some light..I also added a tiny bit of glitter but don't know if the camera has picked it up or not....I added some black fibres to the top of the tag...

sorry about the poor piccies but it was very bright today and just couldn't get it right!!

So thank you Joanne for your inspiration this week..simple but very effective!!

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10 Nov 2013

Christmas card challenge with Darcy

This week Darcy challenged us to make a bunch of Christmas cards using the same stamp. well she did six cards using the brilliant steam punk robin from one of her new releases of stamps..(and very nice they are too!!) Well this robin is one of my favs of Darcy's stamps but I don't have him :( so I used a whipper snapper stamp instead. Now I must admit that I rarely make cards these days so I am more than a bit rusty lol..I didn't have time to make six cards so had to settle for three..

The first one is just stamped onto white card and coloured in prismas..all shades of blue..I painted the snow with puff paint and put tiny dots of it all over the rest of the card.

The second one was again stamped onto white card and coloured with copics and promarkers. This was mounted onto red card and then onto black card which has snow flakes stamped in white versafine.

The third one was stamped with walnut stain distress ink. I used water brush to soften the lines. I distressed the edges and used frayed burlap to soften the edges and added a tiny bit of glitter to the snowy parts.

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A couple of tags

Alison Bomber was back this week over at Paper Artsy with some stunning projects as always..you can pop over and see them here. On day one she did some gorgeous tags which is where my inspiration came from..

I used the same techniques as Alison..using frescos with stencils and stamps for the back ground. I cut the arches from a die I bought at Stevenage from once upon a stamp and painted,crackled and distressed them. I didn't have rusting powder for my embellishments so used distress embossing powder instead. Once everything was assembled on the tag I used rafia and string to tie the top. I really enjoyed this project so thank you Alison for a great week!!

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3 Nov 2013

Inspiration from Jo

Over on the paper artsy blog this week we welcomed back Jo Myhill with some great projects you can see them here My piece was inspired by all the techniques she used this week...

I started off with a piece of grey board and painted it with holly and crushed olives. when dry I added crackle glaze and put that aside to dry.
Next a piece of an old cardboard box with a bit of the corrugated showing, I painted that in  mix of green frescos, and a tiny bit of beach hut. I then stamped the key from LP013 in olive archival.
Back to the crackle glaze, I painted a coat of honey dew and dried it off with a heat gun. Then added some hey pesto and beach hut with my fingers. when that was all dry I stamped the script from backgrounds 2 in coffee archival.

I took a piece of hessian and painted it with watered down choc pudding and a bit of squid ink, sprayed it with water and scrunched it up and left it to dry naturally. I made the flower with thick mulberry paper and the primitive hearts die by sizzix and painted in honey dew and beach hut, added a small flower and sizzix button in the centre. I edged it all in black soot distress ink and layered it up with foam pads and silicone glue.

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27 Oct 2013

Sewing Room

The October challenge over on the Arty Inklings blog this month was 3D with a sewing theme...you can pop over and have a look here well I had this mannequin sitting on my desk for ages and nowhere to live lol.. I had made it one day when just playing around with the die and some old book pages.

I painted a piece of grey board with mermaid and bora bora fresco paints and stamped with coffee archival ink. I cut some lacey borders from a Tim Holtz die strip and stuck around the edge after painting it with chocolate pudding.

I have a big bag of empty spools so took 4 and painted them brown and used them as feet for my little stand. I then took 3 more all different sizes and coloured those too using a mixture of mermaid and chocolate pudding. I wrapped assorted lace and ribbon around them. I painted a small metal tin with little black dress and french roast and filled it with ribbon and buttons..laid the scissors across and voila!!

My sis in the USA would love this but not sure it would survive the journey!!

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Halloween..a challenge by Liz Borer

This week over on the Paper Artsy blog we have Liz Borer showing us some amazing projects. This one was inspired by Liz here. I don't have any Halloween stamps so had to go with what I had...

I couldn't find my new tub of grunge paste (found it now phew) so I used puff paint to write trick and treat on a piece of an old box. Most of what I did I followed along with Liz..using haystack..smoked paprika..claret and eggplant frescos. I stenciled some branches with my newly found grunge paste.

I cut the cat and raven from my movers and shapers die in black card and coated them with gloss glaze. the witches face is a Lynn Perella stamp from LP008 stamped onto crackly tissue and put onto a paper artsy paper head and cut to size..I made the hat and painted it black and added some glitter. I also used the bat wings from Eclectic 6. and jewels for the body. I stamped some script randomly and stuck everything down Lastly I went over the lettering with white fire TG and here it is...

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20 Oct 2013

Clean and simple

Joanne Wardle was back on the Paper Artsy blog this week some more of her clean and simple projects. This card was inspired by day one which you can see here..so pop on over and have a look.

This has to be the quickest card I have ever made but I really enjoyed it!! I followed along with what Joanne did. I used two of the new fresco colours..caramel and toffee along with chocolate pudding and brown shed. I then added a thin layer of pearl glaze..

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13 Oct 2013

Canvas inspired by Alison

Two posts in two days!! wow...Seemed to get a wee bit more time to myself this week and the weekend off as well. Alison Bomber did some lovely work this week over on the Paper Artsy blog you really should pop over and have a look here

This one was inspired by day 2...  I just used a 5x7 canvas and followed along with what Alison did.

 At the end of September some of us patwits got together for a two day class with Lin Brown up in Potterpury..well that is another blog post and coming soon I promise!! Well the naughty girls presented me with a lovely set of stamps by Darcy because I did a bit of organizing..so I decided to use them on my canvas and here it is...

12 Oct 2013

Inspired by Alison..

Over on the Paper Artsy blog this week we have had some fab projects by Alison Bomber..this was inspired by her first project which you can pop over and see here. I loved all the texture and great colours so out came my mole skine

I started off by sticking some book pages onto my book (although you can't see them now) Added different sized tags randomly onto the pages. I coated the page in snowflake and added the texture with some string,some trim and grunge paste. Then layers of colour using blood orange,claret,tango and autumn fire and sherbert fresco.I sprayed some paint on and blew through a straw to spread it around. Dried that and added some more colour using dry brushing.

I stamped my image onto crackly tissue,painted it from the back and stuck it onto my page. I stamped random Paper Artsy stamps onto the back ground using archival ink,and splattered some black paint over that...what a lovely way to spend your day off getting covered in paint!!

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6 Oct 2013

Inspired by Jo Myhill

This week over on the Paper Artsy blog we have had some lovely projects from Jo, one of the new GD over on the blog. She has done some lovely projects, you really should pop over and see them here. I absolutely loved all three projects but had hardly any spare time this week.

Last weekend a group of #patwits and myself had a great weekend of classes with the very talented Lin Brown....but that's another blog post..watch this space lol! Sam Emma and I went into the local garden center to get some flowers and came across some very inexpensive little wooden boxes. Wow great for bellies we thought so seeing as they only had three there we got one each. So here is mine inspired by Jo...

I started by painting the whole box in snowflake frescos...at first it was painted in all shades of browns and black but I didn't like the end result.Jo suggested I paint it all in concrete and start again..which I did.
I stenciled the diamond pattern randomly all over the box using grunge paste and let that dry. I then stamped mini 96 with embossing ink and used utee to emboss. I then gave the whole box a coat of lake Wanaka..dried that and just started dry brushing with Antarctica and honey dew. I do love the texture of the embossing along with the grunge paste so thanks for that Jo..I finished off with some treasure gold around the edges and slightly over the embossing.I just wish we had been able to get more boxes..All I need to do now is fill it with bellies!!

26 Sep 2013

Ally Pally here we come!!

Saturday just gone was the big show at Ally Pally!! I look forward to this show twice a year as I don't have a decent craft shop near me so it great to go and have a mooch so to speak. I met Helen outside and we queued for ages. We had a plan...go and see the mdf man and straight over to Paper Artsy...well that was before Gillian and Nicky popped outside and told us that there wasn't that many new embellies on the Paper Artsy stand!! so change of plan lol!!! We went straight over to where Leandra and Lin were already demoing and grabbed us a few packs!! Then we went over and hassled the MDF man!! We also met up with Sunshine Cazz and her mum and Kirsten came later on in the afternoon.
After the show we went to the pub for a quick drink and everybody was knackered but in a nice way if you know what I mean.
I did go on Sunday as well and met up with Lucy and her friend who's name I can't remember (sorry) Alison and Julie Ann and probably more I've forgotten!!
So won't bore you with any more here are some piccies of the day..not as  many as I would have liked I'm afraid..

 Getting very busy already!!

                                  Leandra and Lin doing there thing!!

Helen and Karen taking the weight off!!

 And when we went back in Jo was there so we sat and had another natter lol!! like you do!!

    Mark having  chat with Rachel and Janet

                                                      Leandra demoing


Gillian and Nicky and below with Lin
                            And here are some piccies of my stash!!!

                     Well that's it for a few months but ad a fantastic time!!