14 June 2016


For my calendar page over at Country View Crafts Projects this month I chose to play with Distress Crayons and stencils. There's something really satisfying about a crayon...!

13 June 2016

Hayfever Free Pots

It is my pleasure to have some Hayfever Free Pots featured on the PaperArtsy blog tonight. The theme is fabric and I used calico as it's easy to stamp on - please pop over and see!
I was very lucky to have some expert advice from my sister - thank you Lucy x 
If you wanted the template for the trug this was mine:

Thank you, as always, for popping by

7 June 2016

Cracking Invite

This month's Crackle challenge at Country View Crafts Challenges has inspired some fabulous projects and I humbly add this one. My daughter turns sweet sixteen this month - right in the middle of her GCSEs (poor gal) and so we will be celebrating at the end of the month when she's free! I made this tag as the invite for family to come and help her celebrate the end of her exams and her belated birthday!
I made the background using the same technique as earlier this month (see here for more details but this time I used Slate and Chalk) and then added the stamping before colouring them in with watercolour pencils and then Prismacolour pencils. 
We hope that you will be able to join in with us this month.

1 June 2016

Cracking paint

This month at Country View Crafts Challenge we are looking at crackles - you can use paint, stamps, glue, pastes, glazes, vaseline... the possibilities are endless! I chose to use PaperArtsy's Crackle Glaze which couldn't be easier to use!
I started by putting a layer of blue paint on some thick cardboard:
Then I added an even layer of Crackle Glaze:
Finally an even layer of white paint - the cracks appear before your eyes as it dries!
To finish it I stamped the face and sentiment (I LOVE that sentiment!) and coloured the face with watercolour pencils. I sanded the edges and added Vintage Photo Distress Ink. I really like the way the crackles show through the main image - the face looks like old porcelain. 
I wanted to use the board as part of the cover for my nearly complete journal so I laid a layer of white paint, stamped the images and added very thin layers of translucent Fresco paints so you can still see the images. I gave the whole cover a good sanding.
Then all I had to do was adhere the board to the cover and add some stamping in gold paint for a little 'bling'!
I hope you feel inspired to join in with us this month - we'd love to see your amazing 'cracking' creations!

23 May 2016

Doodles - Ink and the Dog

It is my pleasure to have a project on the PaperArtsy blog tonight - the topic is doodles and I used Ink and the Dog stamps! Please pop over and see more!

17 May 2016

Be bold

For my second project for Country View Crafts Challenges I used some of my favourite stencils. The squares and numbers feature a lot in my journal pieces - you might not always find them as they are in the background but they are there! I love stars so they needed to feature too! The leaf was stencilled using Grunge Paste. I added blue paint once dry and then sanded it to reveal the paste as a highlight. Then I drew round the leaves to give them some emphasis.

There is still time to join in this month's Blog Hop and the stencil challenge - more details on both can be found here. Thank you, as always, for stopping by.