26 April 2017

A little birdie

I am thrilled to be featured on the Country View Crafts Projects blog. Today it's a page in my small Dylusions Journal.

12 April 2017

Cover Art

I am thrilled to have a project featured on the Country View Crafts Project blog today. Please pop over to see how it was made.

5 April 2017

Rusty Things

The theme at Country View Crafts Challenges is 'Rust' and I made a rusty looking tag. 
I covered a small tag in metal tape and then embossed the tag with a Texture Fade.
I started the rusting process by covering the tag with Little Black Dress Fresco paint by putting a small amount of paint on some Cut and Dry foam and tapping the foam on the tag. I didn't want a smooth surface as rusty surfaces are anything but smooth so tapping works best for me! 
I then built up several layers using Mocha Mousse, Chutney and Smoked Paprika. I probably made a total of about 30 layers building up the colours and trying to ensure a random spread of colour. I added a little black in the odd place here and there as I was building the layers to keep the overall effect non-uniform.
Then I added some Copper Treasure Gold on the tag and added more paint on top to 'knock' the Treasure Gold backwards.
On the accents (the house, bird and large flower) I used the same techniques as above but added a little Captain Peacock to the edges so they stood out against the tag. It's really an opportunity to experiment and if you don't like the effect you can cover it up and start again! My only advice would be to try and be random in your application of the paint as a rusty object in real life is not uniformly rusty.
I hope you find your inner rustiness and join in with us this month!

3 April 2017

My Dyary Cover

I wanted to take a while before decorating the cover of my Dyary because I wanted to get a sense of its style. Every journal has its own heart don't you think?! So this weekend I decided to be brave and put paint to cardboard!
The front and back have the same treatment with the same paint colours, stencils and stamps used. The cover has a debossed box and so I scraped the paint that covered the debossed shape. I might draw in the shape with a paint pen at some point in the future... not decided yet!
On the front I added a tag with the dictionary definition of 'journal'. A close up is here:
The back cover shows 'the end' and I didn't like the what I'd done to the head of the chap so replaced it with a skull thinking that pretty accurately represents another end!
I know that this cover is about 95% finished - once I get a paint pen in my hand and a spare five minutes I'm sure I'll add some doodling! As the dyary will last until December I wanted to leave something for later in the year! 
Thank you, as always, for popping by!

2 April 2017

Dyary - Week Commencing 27 March

I am really enjoy my Dyary - as much as for keeping a record of a snippet of each day as for taking the opportunity to really mix up the stash in my Studio. I loved the background of this page so made a complementary tag and added Wendy's tulip. Next week's page is one of the pre-printed pages so I'm off to do some colouring in!

1 April 2017


It's a new month and a new challenge at Country View Crafts Challenges and for my first project this month I made a mdf plaque look rusty!
I started by covering the plaque with Little Black Dress Fresco paint by putting a small amount of paint on some Cut and Dry foam and tapping the foam on the plaque. I didn't want a smooth surface as rusty surfaces are anything but smooth! I then built up several layers using Mocha Mousse, Chutney, Captain Peacock and Smoked Paprika. I probably made a total of about 30 layers building up the colours and trying to ensure a random spread of colour - this is the plaque about halfway through the process.
I then added Copper Treasure Gold and added more paint over the top. Then I added a little torn piece of paper and some embellishments I treated the same way as the background.
Thank you for sharing my project today - I hope you find your inner rustiness!

24 March 2017

Dyary - Week Commencing 20 March

Hello, I am really enjoying using my Dyary and this is this week's Dyary page using my PaperArtsy and Elenazinski stamps as promised last week! I've shared the entries this week as they highlight my growing suspicion that my son is up to something as he cooked dinner three times in a row... hmmm...!
Thank you as always for popping by!

16 March 2017

My Dyary

I have been experimenting with different daily art journals to find a system that would work for me. I love the whole idea of the monthly art journal calendar but this wasn't quite for me as I wanted to ensure I was being creative at least once a week as my job and family life can sometimes mean I can go quite a while without having the chance to make anything. I graduated to a Bullet Journal which I tried several times change the system to become what I was after and it seemed to get very complicated very quickly.

I found myself ordering a Dylusions Dyary. There is a weekly layout and a pre-made background meaning that all I have to do is complete the daily section each day and I have found that I slowly add a little to the week's art page each day which means I'm being a little creative each day. The perfect antidote to a busy day! This is my Dyary so far. I've used a mixture of Dylusions, Stampotique and Wendy Vecchi products so far, but I am anticipating making sure that the Dyary is an eclectic mix of contents of my studio as the weeks go on!

I've not shared the daily entries as I doubt you're interested in the intricacies of my week(!), but if you'd like to see how I lay them out, then let me know in  the comments and I'll share that in a future post.

Front cover:

First Page:
w/c 13 February (my favourite so far!)
w/c 20 February
w/c 27 February
w/c 6 March (every so often there is a blank page pre-printed which can be coloured. Very therapeutic when watching the TV after a busy day!)
w/c 13 March - Su had to make an appearance!
Hope you like my Dyary so far - I'll share more pages as the weeks of the year slips by! The next page will have a PaperArtsy/Elenazinski vibe I think..!

13 March 2017


It's my turn at Country View Crafts Challenges and this month we're inspired by Tim Holtz. This has meant I've dusted off some of my favourite of his older stamps. 
I used Broken China Distress Ink and Gathered Twigs on the edges. I then spritzed water through Tim's starry stencil to make the background. 
I used pencils to colour the chap in and lots of Glossy Accents on the wings, crown and motto. When it was dry I bent the wings and crown so they cracked and then rubbed a little more Gathered Twigs in to highlight the cracks.

Thank you, as always, for popping by, please do look at the Country View Crafts Challenge blog and see what wonderful art my team mates have made.

1 March 2017

Su - Inspired by Tim Holtz

The latest theme at Country View Crafts Challenges is Inspired by Tim Holtz. I think we have all been inspired by Tim at some point!
For this challenge I decided to dust off some of my favourite stamps that I haven't used for ages. I started by adding a layer of Wild Honey Distress Ink to the page - this is one of my favourite colours!
I then added Gathered Twigs Distress Ink through one of Tim's stencils and added some to the edges of the page. I then lightly misted the page with water to soften the stencilled image. I stamped my Phrenology head (who I lovingly call Su) and added glasses!
Thank you for popping by and I hope you feel inspired to join in with us this month.

25 February 2017

My latest completed Journal

I have completed a small Moleskine journal and looking back on some of the pages I thought it might be nice to share some of my favourites! You may remember some and some I may not have shared before! Didn't I keep the cover clean! That's because I wrap paper round the journal as I create so I don't get paint or ink on the pages I've made.

I love the bright colours on this page. I remember smiling all the time I made it and it makes me smile to look at it again now!
Sometimes less is more and I think this page sums that up!
I love multiple images and this repeated image seems to go really well with the quote!
Another simple looking page but you know that the simpler ones can take longer to get right than the complex pages - this was no exception!
This was one of my first 'plays' with Infusions and I loved the effect they made. I am still in love with them today!
I loved making this page - it was quick and simple and the sprayed paint background was a joy to make.
Pink and blue, with a little yellow (gold in this case) is my favourite colour combination. Su is heavily disguised on this page!
This may be the last page in the journal but it was actually the second page I made! I always work from the outside in. So I'll do one page in the front and then the next page in the back so that the book stays balanced as it grows.
Thank you for popping by, I hope you enjoyed my trip down memory lane!

18 February 2017

Zinski Playing Cards

I am thrilled to have a project featured over at Country View Crafts Projects. I've made some playing cards. There are three more to see so please do pop over!