Thursday, 22 December 2011

Be happy..!

A random card really, using some new stamps and gilding flakes on handmade embossed paper.

Monday, 19 December 2011

Mixed media canvas

Well its been a while !! I have been doing other things elsewhere.....
This creation is mixed media on a canvas board using some new stamps (new to me anyway!), metal, metal flake and other bit n bobs.Love those images.....xx

Monday, 8 August 2011


Ok..a little madness here!! Found these bits n bobs in the recycling "shop" nearby... and instantly thought "carousel" you this is what i did with it. Fun to do and it even goes round!

Used the nozzle off a big glue tube and some dowel for the spindle......

Thick card for the top......

Stamped some horses and cut them out then coloured them....

and this is the end result ! Thanks for looking.......................:)

Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Encaustic art in minature!

These art cards (same as ATCs except you can sell them!) are created with encaustic waxes. Fun to do and dont take too long!
We had a stall at an Open Gardens event at the weekend and I am happy to say that I sold 2 encaustic art pictures and the pink "inky flower" picture from the previous post plus the altered box and quite a few cards!! Not big money but sure makes you feel good!

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Inky flowers.....

I was messing about with a variety of inks yesterday, with the intention of creating some background a bit carried away ! I brayered Kaleidacolor inks onto some watercolour paper in a random fashion, added some shimmer mists , spritzed it with loads of water then blobs of Perfect Pearls. The result made me think flowers so I accentuated these by dragging the ink about with a wet paint brush and used some ink on a dabber to make the centres.

Monday, 20 June 2011

Collage on canvas...

I got some gorgeous new stamps from La Blanche last week, they are really meant to be Christmas one but this one is much more cherub than angel I think! The background is tissue paper, scrunched and sprayed with shimmer paint, glued on then some of it was scraped away to make a "cloud" for the cherub. More tissue paper , white this time was scrunched and stuck underneath the stamped image. The border is another La Blanche stamp, I then added some silver lined clear beads , black beads and the bird to complete.

Saturday, 18 June 2011

Sea shells on the sea shore.....

An altered box of a different sort! This one originally had some stamps in it and has been waiting for inspiration to strike! I have backed the compartments with seaside themed paper, the boat and deckchair are made from balsa wood, paper & coffee stirrers!

Altered box..

Found this little box in a sale, it is about 11cm square. I first painted it with white acrylic followed by Cosmic Shimmer spray, overstamped with more white and again with the script stamp. Finally I topped it off with a chipboard butterfly.

Friday, 10 June 2011


Well, I think thats what it is! I started off with some canvas board , cut it to shape with a craft knife then inked, spritzed, splodged, salted and stamped it all over the inside, added some lovely satin material across the centre along with some scrim , the main image (courtesy of DEZINAWORLD ) which is edged with gold mirror mosaic plus the words and birds. The front and back has a stencilled heart with gold embossed chipboard corner pieces, the front finished off with a key, padlock and ribbon.

Thursday, 9 June 2011


Made this a while back but couldn't photograph have a lovely new camera! here it is. Originally a tin of embellishments it somehow cried out to be made into a suitcase!!! I covered it with some K&Co paper with vintage maps on and used various stamps , stickers and cut outs to embellish the outside then covered everything with several coats of PVA to seal. The handle is wire covered in red leather with a couple of wooden beads at each end , a small chain with some "dog tags" on one side. Inside is lined with brown paper , then the holiday images with some shells .

Thursday, 2 June 2011

some more brayered bits.....

These are done with the Kaleidacolor "Berry Blaze" rainbow ink pad, the stamps PaperArtsy, Hobby Art and Docrafts.....still need some practice I !

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

First attempts at brayering.......

Well , not quite the first attempt...that went in the bin !! I have tried a similar technique before but had a lino roller instead of a speedball brayer and it didn't work very well, which put me off. However, bought the brayer and some Kaleidacolor inks at a local craft fair at the weekend , this is the result so far......................

Tuesday, 31 May 2011


Inspired by this picture found on the front of a damaged book of sheet music in a charity shop...dont know why but got to wondering who she was and what her life was like...I will never know!! Anyway... I used a piece of mountboard , sprayed with cosmic shimmer mists to fix the picture to, embellished with some lovely antique lace (given to me by a kind aunt!) buttons beads and butterflies, a faux porcelain flower and 2 wooden hearts, covered with some of the sheet music and clear embossed. Across the bottom is some lovely beaded trim. I wanted to use fabric for the edging but didn't have anything suitable so pleated this K&Co paper instead.

Thursday, 26 May 2011


I have been messing about with a combination of acrylic paint and cosmic shimmer mists for the background to these tags.......the first was overstamped with versamark & perfect pearls added to give the gold crest then the metal charm added. The seahorse on the second is a rub-on, I have used tiny shells, gems, and glitter glue to decorate. Lastly, I over-stamped with script, the bird is laser-cut wood , added the word & the trailing branches are made from flowersoft........knew I would find a use for that eventually !!

Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Wooden heart.....

Once again, apologies for the rubbish photo, borrowed camera ! This heart is made of a light wood, I think balsa . I put a thin coat of white paint on first then stamped the swirls and the bird stamp (freebie from CS mag) then added various distress inks to give it a vintage look. Finally I used a coat of 3D gloss to protect the surface and added the the sheer ribbon.

Friday, 20 May 2011

Yet another card.......

I decided to blog this one as I think it came out quite well, by accident !! I found some old decoupage sheets from when I first started with this card making lark and thought I would use it up. Started by stamping the swirls (La Blanche)with peeled paint distess ink, then remembered I had the Tall Grasses stamp (EZMount Art Stamp) then blended with a little peeled paint and dabbed around with broken china ink to create the sky before fixing the ducky decoupage ! Hope you like it.

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Cards for charity...

I am making some cards for a couple of charities...I wont blog them all , its ok!! Here are a couple of them.....the guitar one is actually on a white A6 card !

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Tag book....

Apologies for the lousy picture! Had to squish it in the scanner as still no camera! Made this little tag book at the weekend workshop with Katy Fox at The tags are samples of distress ink techniques, which are labelled on the back so I dont forget what I did!

Really enjoyed the workshop, lovely people ......and coffee and cake!! Thanks to Caroline and Katy for a fab day.

some more cards....

Just a few cards..the bottom one was for my nieces' birthday and the others inspired by a workshop at last weekend .

Thursday, 7 April 2011

Altered thimble shelf

I made this some time ago but never got round to putting it on here. The thimble shelf is one of several I bought at a car boot back last summer & measures about 6inches square plus the top bit. I was inspired by a tv program about a house full of collectables & antiques - this reminds me of a little junk shop ! I know - Weird !!

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Heres another one...

The stamps, BTW , are mostly from PaperArtsy. This one is really simple but works I think.

Saturday, 2 April 2011

A bit different......

Well its been a while ! Anyway here I am with some cards to get me started again (need to get a new camera as mine is now defunct ! Cards I can scan.) These are a bit different to my usual style ....but I really like them! What do you think?

Monday, 24 January 2011

First art journal page.......

This is my first art journal (the cover is a few posts back) and I am not at all sure I have the right idea !! If not will someone please let me know? It feels a little like a mini scrapbook......

A couple of cards......

Sunday, 23 January 2011

More grunge pages........

Vintage memories.........Create your dreams
(Edison image courtesy of "the Graphics Fairy")
Your numbers up...................Feeling blue

Friday, 21 January 2011

Grunge book pages.....

Journey in time .........Come fly with me

The wheels go round ......................So the saying goes

Fun with letters...................Wish you were here

Monday, 10 January 2011

Art journal workshop

I went to have a look at a new craft shop in the town and ended up booking a place for this workshop ! Thoroughly enjoyed doing it and the company too - thanks to Caroline for hosting the workshop.
Anyway, this is the front cover of my journal, the idea is to do a page a month, so will blog as I go!

The online store is

Saturday, 1 January 2011

Collage on canvas - Sanctuary

Another theme which has been floating around in my brain, strange what goes on in there ! The background is some gorgeous K&co paper followed with some PaperArtsy stamping then the "tree" etc is made from plaster bandage which has been painted with H20 s

Altered thimble shelf.....

Not the best photo in the world but hey ho ....... I bought several thimble display shelves at a car boot back in the summer..
This is the transformation of one of them.

Natures Spirit

This piece is part painting, part stamping and lots of bit of other stuff - so guess it qualifies as a collage! It is just something I had in my head for ages so decided to to "download" it, lol !!
The stamps are from the fabulous PaperArtsy range.
Sam, I have been in a crafting desert for a while so have had very little to blog!! Thanks for your comment , hope you all had a great xmas and new year too. xx