Saturday, 23 March 2019

March - Vintage Sweetheart tag

Hello friends

Hope you are good...
Today I want to share with you this Shabby vintage tag...
To create the background I used distress oxides in Walnut stain and Iced spruce
I then added layers of Tim Holtz Design tape along with some crackle paste 
The photo is from the Idea-ology Photo Booth, which I distressed.
I added more layers using tags, stitching, vintage lace, flower and splashes of paint.
The tag was then mounted onto a Etcetera tag.
This was a fun tag to make and I enjoyed using the distress oxide sprays to create the muted background.
As always feel free to leave a comment, I really appreciate them
Have a lovely weekend


Wednesday, 20 March 2019

March - Original Moments....

 Hello friends...

I hope you are good...
Sorry I've been missing for a few weeks,
I've been quite poorly but hopefully I'm now finally on the mend!

Today I wanted to share with you a very quick make, this grungy notebook....
The notebooks are from a shop here in the UK called "Flying Tiger"they stock some lovely book blanks, perfect for giving them a new unique look.
I was inspired by this old barn door that I took a photograph of while out walking....
I loved the worn paintwork and wanted to try and create something similar.
I used Ranger ink's Manila card stock as its perfect for adding lots of layers to.
I started by brayering gesso and fresco paints (Paperartsy)
I then added lots of layers of archival ink, infusions, oxides and crackle medium to 
get a cool grungy look
The Number five is from Tim Holtz Idea-ology-stencil chips, which I sewed into the cover 
The words are also from Idea-ology range...
As always feel free to leave a comment...I appreciate you passing by

Hopefully spring is on its way....look forward to sharing another make with you very soon 

Have a great day!


Monday, 25 February 2019

February - fly away

Hello friends
I hope you are all good!
A very quick post today to share this little notebook
The actually notebook is from a shop here in the UK called Flying Tiger, 
(I love this shop, it's a little like ikea but sells lots of stationary and household stuff that you don't really need but you end up buying it because you realize yes you do need it and spend a small fortune in the process !)

I brayered on some gesso then added some crackle paste....

When it had dried I added colour using Paperartsy Infusions, they give a really cool grainy wash of colour that works perfectly into the crackle paste.
I then added the found relatives by Tim Holtz and gave them some of the new Idea-ology wings 
(Thanks to mylovely friend zoe for gifting me them!)

To finish,  I added some stitching, the stars and the words....
As always feel free to leave a comment, thanks in advance
Have a great week!



Thursday, 21 February 2019

February -Grungy heart

Hello friends...

Welcome to the Little shabby Shed,
Thanks for popping by...

Today the weather has been really mild for February, it is so spring like and makes a lovely change from the cold ….
It has allowed me to get into the shed and to get creative.
As a collector of stuff I always keep packaging from parcels and this is where I started with this make...
As the card was corrugated I started by spritzing off the top layer  with water to expose the
corrugated part
Next I added a light coating of gesso, then peeled it away bit by bit.

When the gesso had dried I started to layer colours of oxides to the card, 
drying in between.
I then added a sprinkle of Paperartsy Infusions which give a cool grungy look.
I then added a Prima rusty heart, which was the inspiration for this piece
 ( this one was kindly gifted to me by my good friend igirlzoe...thank you!)

To finish I added some stitching and some words.....
As always please feel free to leave a comment, I appreciate you passing by!
Have a lovely week


Thursday, 14 February 2019

February - A Valentines Dream...

Hello Friends

I hope you are all good, wishing you a Happy Valentine's ….
 I can't quite believe that I've actually managed to blog twice in one month, go me...
So a quick post to share this make.
 I've created a vintage inspired panel, using lots of collage papers...
My inspiration for this piece were some vintage initial labels that I recently got from a local flea sale, J.H.... I knew I had to have them
I layered the photo booth photo with some Idea-ology ephemera, then added the
 J.H name tag to the photo,
around it I added a rusty wired circle to frame it

The background was create on a base board, I then added lots of layers of collage paper (Idea-ology)
I added crackle paint and oxides to get that distressed look.
I then added this large flower from Tim Holtz Assemblage and colored it with distress oxides,
this was all mounted onto some vintage lace.
Sorry its such a quick post...
As always please feel free to leave a comment, I appreciate each one
Have a lovely week
bye for now


Tuesday, 5 February 2019

February - Heart and Soul

Hello friends

I hope you are all good!
It's finally February... (believe me, I don't wish to wish away the days or months) but with February
now here it's so lovely to see the signs of spring just around the corner....Snowdrops, daffodils, baby lambs, longer days... it feels so much better than those dark January days...

So today I'm sharing this vintage inspired panel....I was inspired by these images from pinterest of so beautiful vintage plastered walls.... I just love that look!

I started with a base board ( Idea-ology) I love to use these as it you can just make out some of the text under the gesso, plus they are very sturdy.
I gesso-ed the board, then added a layer of old text pages, then repeated the gesso.
Next I peeled away some of the text pages to give a layered finish, I applied a small amount of crackle paste and left it to dry completely.
Next I added colour using Oxides....stormy sky was just perfect for this look! I also used some broken china and ground expresso....
I then added some archival ink to give it that rusty worn look....
The photo, words and frame are all from Idea-ology and the vintage lace is from my own stash.
To finish I stitched into the board and hand sewed in some old buttons to give another layer of interest.

I really hope you like it, I think my favourite thing to create is backgrounds!
Please feel free to leave a comment, I really appreciated each one

Have a lovely week!
Hope to be back soon 

Wednesday, 30 January 2019

January-Everything has beauty

Hello friends,

First of all a very Happy new year to you!
I know, I'm fashionably late posting...
I can't believe my last post was Halloween!
A few people have contacted me to see if I was ok as Ive not posted in a few months...
I'm happy to report I'm very good thank you, I just took some time out over the madness of christmas as life just got extremely busy, work, family etc.

I always find January to be dark month, the short days, dark nights and the harsh realities of being broke after is a struggle to feel motivated or inspired but flip it over and its also the start of a new year, new memories to make, adventures to have and the start of new life/ with that said I really want to try and blog more (well at least once a month!) I'm going to share what inspires me, places I visit or maybe where I find some of my vintage let me know what you would like and I will try and blog about it. 

So I thought I would start off with this grungy panel, I was inspired to make this after finding inspiration from Pinterest (I'll post a photo at the end of the post.)  
The base is a baseboard from Idea-ology which I covered in a layer of (my favourite) Ranger Opaque crackleTexture paste.  When it had ride I added lots of layers of distress paints...

I also added some Paperartsy Infusions, these are little powders of pigments that you shake on, you then spritz with water to activate them....
you can get some really cool colour effects.( a little goes a long way!) 

The pocket watch is from my own vintage stash which has rusted up quite nicely.
I then added a quote from Idea-ology along with the butterflies.
The cogs are from my own stash but you can buy them quite cheaply from eBay. 
Because the baseboard is card, it allowed me to sew into the edges using my sewing machine
(I think I will however need to replace the needle...I don't recommend you try it with yours!) 
I really enjoyed getting creative after having some time out....although my shed is freezing at the moment -1 today!
I'm really looking forward to the spring so I can get out there more...
Anyway, as always please feel free to leave a comment I really do appreciate them xxx
Have a lovely week.
Hope to be back very soon

My inspiration from Pinterest