Monday, 14 April 2014

April Inspiration

Hello friends
Remember me??
I know, I know its been a while ....
life is really busy at the moment and I'm playing catch up with everything...
I'm always terribly late!
Over at the fabulous  Inspiration Emporium the monthly theme is up
"Using a few of your favourite things!"
Check out all about how to enter here
 (You may even win some Inspiration dollars!)
The sun has been shining so
 I managed to get some shed time today .....
it had been so long that my shed was covered in cobwebs
more on that later!
I thought I would share some of my favourite things....
 Distress paints, Burlap and idea-ology!!
Here's what I created!
I took a sheet of glassine paper and scrunched it up, I love the effect you get when you unravel it,
I then cut it down to the size of my burlap panel and stuck it down using glossy accents
Using two #8 Ranger manila tags I applied distress paints
to colour, when the tags were dry I  splattered the left over paint to the tags.
I then trimmed the tops of the tags off and placed them top and bottom of one of the tags
and sewed around the edges
I stamped using the stamp set Purveyer from Tim Holtz/stampers Anon in Archival ink
I cut down one of the found relatives and added lots of idea-olgy
As always feel free to leave a comment great to know you popped by!
Just to quickly show you how covered my shed is in cobwebs here's just the door!
I had to arm myself with my henry hoover as there are mutant spiders lurking in there! 
Wishing you a spider free week!

Monday, 17 March 2014

Guest Designer for Vintage Journey
Hello Friends

Hope you are all good!!
Did you get an inky weekend??
I manage a few hours in the was perfect!

Today I am so excited to be Guest designer
If you love Vintage/shabby, mixed media, Tim Holtz products and techniques or even fancy taking part in challenge then you need to hop over and pay them a visit.... there's oodles of creative inspiration, ideas and they are just the loveliest of people.....
for even more inspiration you can visit Tims blog here

So here's what I did....
I started with a burlap panel, I cut a piece of paper from the Wallflower paper collection,
I added some stitching to the edges.
For the strip of numbers behind the image I used a strip of manila card, I took some white distress paint and with cut and dry foam I stencilled through the cargo stencil.
When dry I used the spritzer with a black soot distress marker and added some speckles of ink.
The stars are a snippet from the Motif resist paper stash, I added ink using a blending tool and walnut stain distress ink.
I cut out the girl (from the found relative pack) and layered some of the ephemera behind her
I used some rusty wire to create a love heart and stitched under the word "beautiful"
I always like to add some of my own vintage to my makes, so I added some vintage French lace and an old key and button.
The numbers are Remnant Rub-ons
I hope you like my make
As always please feel free to leave a comment, its always great to hear from you!

A huge special thank you to the" Vintage Journey "team for inviting me to be a guest designer....
its been soooo much fun, please don't forget to pop over to their fabulous blog here

Ooo I nearly forgot to announce the winner
 of the giveaway I had on my last post (it was to win a signed copy of Tim's new book)
The winner was choosen by Mr Kaz.........
Congratulations to...


If you contact me I will send the book to you ASAP xx

Have a fabulous week

kaz x

Sunday, 9 March 2014

March Inspiration and a giveaway.....

Hello friends!

Hope you are all good,
Whoohoo!! Spring has finally sprung and
today has been a beauty!
I decided to open up the shed for the first time this year
and it was so good to be back in my little creative place.....

(pssst in case I the end of this post, I'm having a little giveaway..... a signed copy of Tim's new book!)

Over at Inspiration Emporium the challenge this month is a splash of  colour,
Hop over to the blog here to see all the details
Colour is a little scary for me as I love vintage tones but I gave it my best shot!
I started with re-cycling some old cardboard packaging...
I spread over lots of gesso
I also gessoed the Idea-ology clipboard and fixed it using some brads.
Using distress paints I splattered over the cardboard and clip.....
while it was drying I stamped the sea-horse using Archival ink
and set about colouring it in with distress markers and blending using a water brush
(something I'm still trying to master!)
 I used my spritzer to add some black speckles and sewed the edges using my sewing machine
Using the garden greens die I cut out the leaves with core`dinations paper and sanded......
I used distress ink (peacock feathers) around the edges of the stamped image and finished by adding some red/white twine.
I really enjoyed my time in the shed was so good for the soul.
Now ..... did I mention I was having a little giveaway??
First of all I was so thrilled to have some of my work published in
 Tim's new cool is that??
The book is just fabulous....full of inspiration, ideas and techniques..
the book looks like this
Click here to go to Tims blog for more info
and so for the giveaway....
  Tim generously sent me a signed copy of his book
to giveaway to one lucky reader
All you need to do is to leave a comment.....
I will select a winner on March 17th
good luck!!
Have a fabulous week
enjoy the sunshine!