Friday, 21 December 2012

Red butterfly

This is todays encaustic offering - The actual painting is approx A4 size.....

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Its been a while .....

I have been re-thinking the whole crafting thing.....and whilst I still make some cards etc and use digital crafting mostly I am concentrating on encaustic/mixed media art these days. I have exhibited at a couple of local venues and sold a couple there which was a great boost !
Here are a few of the latest pics....

Thursday, 23 August 2012

Just cards....

I seem to be having trouble uploading pics at the moment ...but here are some cards made for Mother in laws 'stock' box .
Thanks for looking x

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Crafty Bloggers - pink & black

I made this card for the The cardstock is plain glossy A6 size ..I used pearlescent paint, micro beads and a tiny stamp for the background with a little bit of Stickles glitter glue for the flower centres. The photo is from Darkroom Door Photo Booth. I have finished of with some crystal pins with pink beads and a black bow.
Thanks for looking x

Saturday, 4 August 2012

The Cupboard Trilogy Challenge
The challenge this month is embossing, dry embossing, heat embossing or any other sort you can think of ! I did this scrap LOof my grandparents using some Brenda Pinnick paper for the main piece and plain blue card from my stash which I punched & embossed with a MS punch, used an embossing folder to emboss the the card behind the journalling, then a stencil, versamark ink and clear embossing powder for the flowers, outlining them with a white gel pen.
Thanks for looking x

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Shabby Tea Room Challenge - Sweet Summertime

The Shabby Tea Room Challenge  - Week # 125 is Sweet Summertime....... and has to include the colours shown , flowers & a stamped element. I used Anna Griffin lace stamps for the border, then flowers and other elements from her Engraved Botanica kit, adding extra flowers, my own die cuts, feathers , flowers , gems & a tiny bow.
Thanks for looking x

Vintage Artisans Challenge #3 - Travel
 Challenge #3 at Vintage Artisans is Travel so this is my take on that theme. The map background , Eiffel Tower and postcard images are courtesy of Free Vintage Digital Stamps, The luggage is stamped with Vintage Photo distress ink & highlighted with metal leaf.The date stamps & other bitn bobs are various stamps from my stash.
Thanks for looking x

Merly Impressions July Challenge...

The July layout challenge over on Merly Impressions
got me thinking "why I scrapbook.." and i came to the conclusion that it is mostly to provide memories for the here it is !
Thanks for looking. x

Friday, 27 July 2012

Red white & blue..

I have made this card for MerlyImpressions Card Challenge - Red White & Blue.
I used Memento 'Paris Dusk' & Brilliance ' Rocket Red for the colours and various stamps for the sentiment & stars then highlighted with a white jellyroll pen.

Thanks for looking x

Image transfer

I wanted to try using an image tranfer technique...tried it before with dodgy results lol ! I think this one worked out quite well.
Cant remember where I got the image from, sorry. Anyway, I used a piece of satin lining fabric, tore round the edges of the image and then painted on an even coat of pva glue, put it face down on the fabric and rolled over it with a brayer to ensure it was well n truly in contact with the fabric. I then got called away to do something else so it was several hours before I came back to it....which is probably why it worked so well, normally I would not have the patience to leave it so long!!
I then spritzed the back of the image and rubbed with my finger to remove the paper backing...a slow job....spritzing as required until the image revealed itself, then dried it off gently with a hairdryer. Finally I stamped and inked around the image, frayed the edges and added the embellies and attached to a coordinating card blank.
Thanks for looking x


I have made this tag for the Dragonsdream Tag it On challenge - Alice & the rabbit situation !
I used a plain manilla tag, Broken China & Frayed Burlap Distress inks, spritzed and blotted then ran the tag through an embossing folder to get the clock impression. I used mini playing cards, tree embellishment and stamps from Alice quartet stamps.
Thanks for looking x

Friday, 20 July 2012

Ok.....this card was made for the Vintage Artisans 'Steampunk' Challenge.
I have used stamps from Paper Artsy, Club Scrap, Indigo Blu with black Stazon and Weathered Wood inks. The lightbulb image ....well I think it was from the Vintage Fairy...apologies if not! I stamped the butterflies into the bulb and coloured them with Distress Stickles then used 3D gloss over the top to give a glassy look. The cogs & chain are carboot junk finds.
Thanks for looking x

This is my second entry into the 'show us your twinchies' Summer challenge.
The background is stamped with the sunray then the children, the sea and sand are Brilliance inks and a bit of glitter. (Cant remember where I got the stamps from, sorry! )
Thanks for looking x

Entering this twinchie into the 'Show us your twinchies' blog challenge. The theme is 'Summer'. background is Brilliance inks, the seagull and anchor rub-ons , the seashells stamped , coloured and cut out. There is a little bit of glitter glue too.
Thanks for looking x

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Vintage card..

Made this card today with papers from 7 Gypsies, stamp from Papermania Urban Stamps range and embellishments from my craft stash. The image is courtesy of Dezinaworld.
I hope to enter this card into 2 challenges - Stellas' Sketch Challenge
 and 'Anything Goes' at
Thanks for looking x

Monday, 2 July 2012

The Cupboard Trilogy Challenge

I am very pleased to be part of the Design Team (scrapbooking) for the Cupboard Trilogy Challenge blog, these are my DT pages. Please drop by and take a look at the challenge...even better have a go !! 

The theme for the first challenge is colour palette, using a minimum of 3 colours from those given.
The top page is conventional scrapping with embellishments etc from American Crafts & other stuff from my stash and the bottom one is digital, created with Craft Artist. Thanks for looking xx


One of 3 twinchies I am going to enter at Show us your Twinchies Challenge Blog..the theme is 'Anything Goes '.

A chance remark made me think that I should describe what has gone into these here goes !
The base is mountboard covered with some pretty washi paper, the edges are embossed with copper embossing powder. The photo which has been torn round the edges is I think from Darkroom Door (not certain!) has been covered in clear utee and cracked. There are micro beads down the one side of it and some gems to finish.


One of 3 twinches I am going to enter in the challenge at   The theme is 'Anything Goes '.

This base on this is mountboard, inked with frayed burlap distress ink & stamped with Indigo Blu cogs from 'Take the Time' set and embossed in gold. The nelliephant I made from utee in a little mould salvaged from a childs play set! The cog is an old watch part.


One of 3 twinches I am going to enter in the challenge at   the theme is 'Anything Goes' .

The background is a piece from a paper napkin, the crown from Pandurohobby (cut n half )and the sceptre is a 'nobby' pin .The wording is my you can tell that lol..the edge has Stickles around it.

Fat page..

This was for a quickie challenge in the CC......and I won some promarkers ! The theme was 'rain'.

Encaustic pic...

Just a quick one lol..a little A6 flower painting .

Saturday, 30 June 2012

Encaustic painting which I did yesterday......

Friday, 29 June 2012


A little tag , just for fun.....Inked with Brilliance inks, stamped with script in white, then leaf in white & lavender, overstamped with the word 'imagine' (heidi swapp). A few embellies & there we are !
I have entered this tag in the Simon SaysStamp and Show Challenge - Depth of Distress

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

A little mixed media/altered thingy !....

This started life as a thimble shelf , bought from a charity shop. It is roughly 8" high and 5.5" wide. I painted firstly with matt white emulsion, then covered that with white tissue paper which had been stamped with script in black. Added various inks in lavender and dusky pink followed by the trinkets and embellishments .
I am going to enter this in the challenge over on Vintage Artisans..the theme is vintage shabby chic.

Friday, 15 June 2012

More encaustics.....

The latest encaustic wax paintings.........

Saturday, 9 June 2012

Scapbooking with encaustic wax...

I have been experimenting with scrapbook pages and encaustic wax....not sure about it tho' ! What do you think folks?

Friday, 8 June 2012

Scrapbooking today...this page is of  my sister Jill, my Mum and me !

Ben (grandson) and daughter Emma on Bens 13th birthday.

Friday, 1 June 2012

2 posts in one day! I have called this one 'asters', the background is done with the iron , the flower centres 'blown' and the petals with a brush. There is quite a bit of gold in this pic  but it doesn't show up very well in the photo.
Todays encaustic wax offering is called 'Delphiniums', the wax is applied then blown with a heatgun then detail added with a stylus.

Friday, 18 May 2012

New encaustic pic....a bit moody this one !
New encaustic pic. A smaller version of the one below..(this one is better I think) 4in x 6in.
A new encaustic wax pic...They look best in the frame but cant get it in the scanner ! This one is about 8in x 6in.

Monday, 14 May 2012

I have made this postcard for the Song Lyrics Challenge on . The song was 'Wind Beneath My Wings' by Bette Midler.

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

A card with an oriental flavour made with papers from and my entry to the May comp.

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Ducks !

Made this cheery card with papers from Debs and to enter the April Challenge. The raindrops and puddles have been highlighted with 3d gloss to make it look more 'watery' but doesn't show very well on here! The bunting was some of the umbrellas that I cut up.

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Valentines Competition

Entry 2 - Greetings card using distress inks.

Entry 1 - black & white scrapbook page , with a hint of colour ! The verse is called An Angels Kiss.

The above card and scrapbook page are entries for a Valentines competition here being run as a trubute to Sarah Lawrence who died suddenly last December. Sarah , owner of Craftynotions ,designed the stamp which was featured in th February Craft Stamper magazine.