Saturday, 17 May 2014

16th birthday

Today celebrates my youngest daughter Chelsea's 16th birthday.
This is the card I made for her. I've used a Saturated Canary digi stamp and coloured with spectrum noir pens...

Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Art Journaling for 3UP on PaperArtsy

Here's my step-by-step on my 3UP entry @ PaperArtsy

So what is 3UP I hear you say....
Well in the words of Leandra @ PaperArtsy, it's simple. 3 volunteers are selected each evening over on the PaperArtsy blog. When a semester concludes at the end of a 4 month period, we {PaperArtsy} end up with a spare week before the new semester commences. This is the perfect opportunity for us {Leandra & team @ PaperArtsy} to feature the work of  you, our blog, twitter and Facebook followers, and for you to show us your personal style with our newest releases.
You guessed it I was lucky enough to get the chance to join the 3UPsters!
So to kick off I used stamp set EDY06 & EDY08

Which can be purchased at PaperArtsy

First I opened my journal and selected 4 pages to use, then taking the middle 2 I tore a border round.

Next I spritzed my backing page with water for a base for the inks, on the background I have used Dylusions Lemon Zest & Pomegranate Seed, you can see how the water used as a base helps the inks to mix easily. Then I have dried my page doing the same on the other backing sheet, next I have taken the leaf stamp from set EDY06 and stamped a border all around the outer edge. To finish I have highlighted with a white gelly roll pen.

My next step was to build up my centre pages, again using Dylusion ink sprays Lemon Zest & Polished Jade, dried with the heat gun then spritzed  (slowly so you get the large droplets) with water left for a few seconds then used the heat gun again, this leaves you with bleached effect splodges, which I love.
next I stamped a border using the branch stamp from EDY08, and gradually built up a background using the houses, masking them to get the village effect.

Then came the fun part, I just adore steampunk and when I saw the steampunk cat in stamp set EDY06, I knew then exactly what I was going to do for my page. So I stamped the cat 6 times coloured 5 in browns & greys (promarkers), then for the 6th cat I coloured him vibrantly (because he wants to stand out from the crowd and 'be unique') cut him up and back together in a dancing pose. Also had to give him a funky hat which was created using the cog from another cat and some leaves, lets not forget the adorable steampunk snail (EM04) , I couldn't leave him out! Then it was just a case of arranging everything on my pages and sticking them into place. All of my characters were stamped and coloured on Smoothy cardstock .
You will notice there is a notch on the top left of the green page, this is for my tag where I will do my journaling. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed my 'Party on Paper'!

Monday, 28 April 2014

3up @ PaperArtsy

Hi everyone, a little excited tonight as I entered into a challenge over on PaperArtsy for their 3up posting and my name was picked at random to take part! Yipee!
So if you would like to see what I've been up to then head on over to PaperArtsy 3up to see for yourself.
Here's a little peak...
but you will have to head over to see the end result....

thanks for stopping by

Saturday, 26 April 2014

Acrylic paints

First go with acrylic paints in my art journal, think it turned out okay. I've been waiting for some time to get my hands on these birdy stamps by Dina Wakley, this is just the page I imagined, glad I've got it done. Now what's next?!

Thursday, 24 April 2014

Art journal fun

Having a little fun with Dylusions & Stampotique stamps today... Can you guess the famous poem....

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Floral card

Hello crafters, thought I'd share this quick card with you today. I've created this one with Tim Holtz newly released stamps 'Random Quotes' along with Sizzix (leaf/branch) & Spellbinders (quilling flowers & labels) dies & distress inks.
First made up my flowers...
Then stamped and layered up my sentiment...
Next I've die cut some foliage, coloured then coloured & stamped a background...
Finally to put it all together....
You could also add a bit of colour to your flowers before glueing together & adding your own embellishments....

Friday, 18 April 2014


Eventually finished my "Floral Fancies" page, I've used a mix of Tim Holtz, PaperArtsy & Dylusion stamps & stencils on this page, and it's coloured with Dylusion ink sprays & Distress ink pads. Just loving these new floral stamps from Dylusions, going to stick them everywhere, so cheerful.

Monday, 14 April 2014

Art Journaling

Quick page created tonight using my latest purchase from PaperArtsy, a stencil design by JOFY 'bloom & grow' and a couple of stamps, again designs by JOFY floral & verse {JM34 & JM40}. Other stencils & stamps used are from the Tim Holtz collection. 
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Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Altered Art

Having a little play with Sizzix & Spellbinder dies today. My collection of MDF shapes is getting rather large so I thought it was about time to start using them, so here is one I made yesterday.
First coloured my heart shaped MDF with distress inks then layered with Tim Holtz tissue paper. Next I used texture paste through a dotty stencil and dripped ink on for a distressed look. Flower is cut using spellbinders rose creations largest die. Dragonfly & foliage are both sizzix dies. Also used some guilding flakes. Finished off with a Tim Holtz sentiment stamp along with some Ideaology metal parts (key, bull clip, tag & pen nib).

Spellbinders Rose Creations S5-050
Sizzix Bigz Fancyful Flight SZ656635
Sizzix Decorative Strip Spring Greenery SZ 659573
Stampers Anonymous Way With Words CMS165
Distress Ink Pads Tea Dye, Gathered Twigs, Mowed Lawn & Peacock Feathers.
Dylusions Ink Sprays Vibrant Turquoise & Calypso Teal.
Guilding Flakes from Indigo Blu.

Monday, 10 February 2014

Valentine 2014

Valentine card

8 x 8 card made using Tim Holtz stamps and the brand new stamps from Brett Weldele.
I have coloured the background using worn lipstick distress ink, then embossed the background, scuffed over embossing lightly with gathered twigs distress ink. The character has been coloured using promarkers & cut out using XL spellbinder ovals, embellished to finish.

Friday, 7 February 2014

Art Journal doodles

Decorated the front cover of my mini journal with some stamps and a little doodling... String used on the spine is the packaging from a recent parcel from my favourite shop! ... Can you guess?

Monday, 3 February 2014

February's Callendar page

This is my February AJ Callendar challenge... Used a wide selection of stamps for this one, including;
Dylusions, Jofy, creative expressions, prima, Wendy Vecchi and last but not least the amazing new stamps from Brett Weldele. Coloured mainly with Dylusion sprays for the background & flowers - prismacolor pencils, fairy is coloured using promarkers.

Thursday, 16 January 2014

Art Journaling

First page of 2014 complete.
Background coloured using Dylusion inks , stencils & stamps. Also used Stampotique stamps Molly & Teddy.