2 August 2015


August already! This year really is whizzing by! August is a holiday month in our house and I  chose to show that in my journal.
The clouds are from Emma Godfrey's new stamps set and the beach huts are from a set from Jo Firth-Young. I stamped them on tissue paper and painted the reverse. Cute aren't they?
I hope you have a wonderful August, thank you as always for stopping by! If you want to see more then I have grouped my calendar pages this year here and there's a Facebook group full of incredible inspiration with loads of different styles - worth checking out!

1 August 2015

Beach Hut

The joy of warmer weather means that summer is here and there’s something special about the UK in the summer! This month’s theme puts me in mind of bucket and spade summer holidays at the beach! Jo Firth-Young’s stamps are just perfectly evocative of these holidays and I have used them a lot this month! For my first project for the new Country View Crafts Challenge this month, with the theme of Summertime, I have made a tag. The beach hut opens up!

I started by brayering the tag with blue paint and then added a layer of white paint. I then stencilled randomly around the tag with blue paint and lightly sanded. This gives a lovely smooth finish for stamping as well as helping to give the finished look of it being a little ‘weathered’. I then stamped a sentiment around the edges and linked them up with a black pen.
I stamped a beach hut on cream card and then, using the remaining ink on the stamp, lightly stamped some more card. I then drew lines across this ‘ghosted’ image joining the lines on the image. I then painted both huts. With the first hut I cut the doors with a craft knife so they would open. I added some stamped, painted images inside and some buckets in a matching ink to the background of tag. I am going to take this tag on holiday with me to use as a postcard and write on the top half!

I hope you’ll join in with this month’s challenge – we’d love to see what you make!

28 July 2015

Super exciting newness (the return!)

Following on from the super exciting newness that was Lin Brown's new stamp launch that I was incredibly privileged to participate in, my projects were included in the latest PaperArtsy video previewing this fortnight's challenge of flowers. If you would like to watch the video - it's here and really worth a watch because there's some fabulous work from some talented people! If you're my mum and then just watch from 3:51!!!
For those wondering how I did make the petals on the sunflower 3D - the book text was adhered to Clearly for Art, heated and molded in to shape using a paintbrush handle... easy!

27 July 2015

Secret Garden

There's a new PaperArtsy challenge and it's Flowers! I simply had to make a journal page in my large Moleskin journal and this is it!
The background is full of brayered, layered paints, stencils and stamps.
The lovely Lin Brown flowers are stamped on tissue paper (painted on the reverse) and the clouds are painted on an old book page. Thank you for popping by and thanks to all at PAHQ for choosing a great theme!

22 July 2015

Lazy days

Ooh! Time for a new number for DragonsDream Tag It On - and it's the number 8 as chosen by our very own crafty Robin - Elizabeth! I chose to turn my number eights into flying butterflies by adding wings! I hope you'll join in with us this fortnight - just add at least one stamped image on a tag!


21 July 2015

Still enjoying the journey!

For my second project for Country View Crafts Challenges this month I have made a page in my small Moleskin journal. I wanted to create a postcard that fitted with the 'On your travels' theme.
I used my brayer and added blue and white paint to the page and then used tissue paper to stamp on to and painted the reverse. Obviously tissue paper is pretty fragile so when you come to glue it down you do need to be quite careful when the image had extra bits like the flag and sandbags on this one!
I really enjoyed using my travel related stamps, and we hope you'll join in with us and use yours!