28 March 2015

With love

For my latest post over at Country View Crafts Projects I used the truly lovely new Lin Brown stamps and paints. Please do pop over for more info!

18 March 2015

Find your style

Are you finding that this year seems to be whizzing by?  I love being part of the DragonsDream Tag It On team but the fortnightly challenges do seem to come around very quickly! This fortnight it’s my lovely friend Julie Ann’s turn to choose the recipe and she chose... toffee and lace.

I had lots of ideas involving toffee wrappers but then realised I didn’t have any toffees to use the wrappers! Doh! So instead I combined toffee colours and my favourite Wendy Vecchi lace stamp. The other stamps are also by Ms Vecchi (ain’t she clever?!). The scissors and thimble were stamped onto metal tape and thoroughly dried with my heat gun before cutting out – I guess that means I have finally learned that I need to dry it otherwise I smudge the image!
Thank you, as always, for popping by. If you would like to play along, and we hope you will, please include a stamp and at least one stamped image in your final project.

17 March 2015

Remember Su... Make ART everyday!

It is a new theme at the Make ART blog this month and it’s stencils. The idea of the challenge is to embrace all things Wendy Vecchi. I was more than fortunate to have won last month’s challenge and my prize was some Wendy Vecchi goodies (including, fortuitously, stencils!) Sunday was Mother’s Day here in the UK and I was given a small moleskin sketchbook (sort of police notebook style - what's that really called?!) which was crying out to be inked! 
I added paints to the background and then I employed some these stencils (and some trusty old faves!) I used paint and Distress Inks through the stencils to give a sense of layers. The stripes on the side were emphasised with white pen. 
I adore my phrenology head stamp (fondly known as Su) and thought she should probably wear a headpiece encouraging me to fill my new sketchbook and so the page was born! I covered some book paper and with a thin layer of white paint and the stamped Su on top - looks like her head is full of ideas!
I hope you like my new Su! And if you know the correct name for this type of notebook I'd be really grateful!

16 March 2015

Deconstruction - sort of!

This fortnight’s theme at PaperArtsy is Deconstruction... It was all a bit of a disaster this time! I had the idea to make a caged skirt for a lady out of a cardboard box that some course materials came in. I used rusting powder like Alison used in her fabulous project which failed miserably for me (I find my results with this stuff really hit and miss – well, mainly miss!) so I started again and used Distress Embossing Powders which I equally struggle with but at least I got a result! I have now realised that I forgot to rip the top layer of the cardboard in my second version – it really didn't go well did it?! 
The moth and head were stamped on leftover scraps of Smoothy Paper – I really keep every scrap I have and then scrabble through the ‘bits box’ when occasions like this present themselves! The antennae for the moth was on offcut from some old wire I found. Makes me sound like a Womble doesn't it?!
The flower is a little leftover shrink plastic that I refused to throw away so was glad to repurpose! The leaves are from a Lin Brown stamp and left over from another project (you’ll see that in April!) and were stamped on painted old book paper. So I repurposed a few things, achieved what I set out to achieve but not quite how I thought it would look! Isn’t that so often the way?!

15 March 2015


We are continuing to celebrate Country View Crafts Challenges Blogaversary this month with the theme ‘Anything Goes’. I chose to focus on my new favourite colour, Bougainvillea which featured in both projects this month!
I took a mdf board and covered it with Chalk paint and then added Bougainvillea with a hint of Carribean Sea. I then added some stencilled and stamped images in the background.
The truly wonderful Lynne Perrella hot air balloon was stamped on tissue paper and I painted the reverse. When dry, I then adhered it to cream card and cut it out (be warned: this took a-g-e-s!) 
I then added a few wire strings to attach the figure with the balloon and adhered it to the background. I also re-stamped the swirl on the balloon and the label on the figure on cream card and adhered them on the top of the image for a little depth.
Congratulations Country View Crafts Challenges once again on your Blogaversary and we can’t wait to see what you’ll make for our theme – don’t forget there’s a prize to be had!

14 March 2015

Bad landing

For my latest project over at Country View Crafts Projects I have made a step by step journal page - hope you might pop over and see more!

6 March 2015


I've had the opportunity to squeeze in a tiny "play" with my new stamps I bought at the Stamporama show in Stevenage - love the Lin Brown for PaperArtsy flower head as a skirt! Making people from a collection of stamps is one of my favourite things to do and so I had real fun making this! I'm also chuffed with my new Fresco paints! Blueberry is gorgeous!!!