Sunday, 2 April 2017

My Sweetheart...

Hello friends

Hope you are all good!
Wishing you a very happy April!
(hopefully without too many April showers!)

A very, very quick post from me today 
 to share with you this latest make...
To create the background I used
Tim's distress crayons, combined with grit paste through stencils and my new favourite... opaque crackle paste... I just love this stuff!
I layered lots of old text papers, torn denim substrates and lots of stitching using my trusty sewing machine! 
The photo is from Idea-ology photo booth and I added one of my old, vintage rusty keys. 
The "My Sweetheart" is also from the new Idea-ology Clippings...
(i love these too!)

Sorry its a such a quick post....its been a very busy few days here, 
hopefully normal service will resume soon!

Please do feel free to leave a comment, I appreciate each and every one...

I will be back very soon
Have a great week!

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Inspired by Seth....

Hello friends

Spring is finally here.....and its been a beautiful spring day here in the UK!
(It's also our mother's day too, so wishing you all a very happy, peaceful day!)

Today I wanted to share this make, inspired by the very lovely Seth Apter...
I'm a huge fan of Seth's work and Im always inspired by how Seth creates layers (check out his blog here) I was very lucky to meet Seth, earlier on in the year....honestly, I could of watched his demo's all day....such a creative soul and a really lovely chap.

So here's what I created...
I used Seth's limited addition paints  (set 2) from Paperartsy
I used lots of layers of paint, when I was happy with the background I used one of Seth's stencils (Transform from stencil girl) and continued to add ramdon layers.
I then stamped faintly with Seth's stamp set from Paperartsy (here)
Next I added lots of splatters.
The die cuts are from Seth's range of Spellbinders (here )
I coated them in Tim Holtz grit paste, then coloured them using the paints
Some of the die cuts were mounted onto some book text, then I added a butterfly from Idea-ology Botanical ephemera pack, which I sewed into place. 
To finish I added some more words from the book text and 
added a rusty key from my own vintage stash.
I really enjoyed creating this piece, I hope you like it too!

(...A BIG thank you for your inspiration Seth!)

As always feel free to leave a comment, I really appreciate each and everyone!
Have a lovely week...

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Oxide tags....

Hello friends

Hope you are all good!
Its been another super busy week here.....with not a lot of free time to get inky!
However, I did manage to squeeze in a quick playtime using the Distress oxides....
I love, love, love the effects they give....the best way to describe them is its a bit like adding milk to your ink, they are a real game changer allowing you to create some cool backgrounds!
I had a play on two tags

For this tag I used fossilised Amber, faded jeans, cracked pistachio, 
spiced marmalade and walnut stain
I built up the layers of oxides, I love that they don't mud, 
you can still see the colour onto of each layer.
I then added lots of Idea-ology cogs....these were painted using texture paste 
then coloured using the oxides
The man doll is from the Idea-ology paper dolls....his wings are from the botanical ephemera pack

For the next tag used the oxides to create a background and stamped using a text background. 
I then added a layer of ranger crackle paste and left it to dry.
Next I added some texture using one of Tim's stencils with some grit paste,
when it had dried I used distress crayons and the oxides to colour the paste.
(note: the paste will pick up some of the oxide colour of the background too as it is distress!)
I then painted the girls using distress paint and crayons
I used cracked pistachio, walnut stain and fossilised amber in the oxides
The stars were punched out and coloured the same way
To finish I added some words from the Idea-ology clippings and framed them in a vintage optical slide from my own stash.

These tags were fun to create and were great to experiment with the oxides....
As always please feel free to leave a comment, I really appreciate you popping by

Have a lovely week
Bye for now 


Friday, 10 March 2017


Hello friends

Hope you are all good!
Wow it's  been such a busy couple of weeks here,
 I'm only just catching up with blogging, adding more chaos to my 
desk and finishing off some makes that have been waiting patiently for me to finish......
(I can't believe we are nearly half way through March!)

Today I wanted to share this vintage make...
I started of with a piece of 8x8 paper from paper stash from Dapper
I created several layers using gesso, collage medium and distress paints, I stamped in coffee archival ink,  using the ledger stamp set (Tim Holtz)
The image is from the Idea-ology Paper dolls.....
she was painted using distress paint and distress crayons.
The image is attached with 3D foam pads (sadly the picture doesn't pick it up too well)
The flowers/butterflies are from the Idea-ology ephemera packs....some really great vintage images!
The letters are also Idea-ology and were distressed using alcohol ink and distress paints

To finish I framed it using a Panel frame which I gave the distressed treatment added a mini crown to the image (how cute are they?! from Idea-ology) 
I also added an old vintage key from my own collection!.
I love vintage and thoroughly enjoyed getting stuck into creating this one!

As always feel free to leave a comment, I appreciate each and everyone.
Wishing you a fabulous weekend!
Bye for now 


Wednesday, 1 March 2017


Hello friends!

Hope you you are all good!
Spring is finally here....thank goodness!
winter hung around...way too long!

It seems like ages since I used a tag in my work...
I had forgotten how much I love working on them,
 its a great way to experiment with different mediums,
 products and's how I first got bitten by the ink bug!

So I started by creating lots of layers using gesso and distress paints
I lost count how many layers.......but it was many!
When I was happy with background I added a layer of the new Ranger Opaque crackle paste using a palette knife...
This product is so VERY cool! I think I will be using pots of it!
(I got mine from Art from the heart here) 
When the paste had dried I added more layers using distress crayons, paints, stencils and stamps
 (Tim Holtz -Birch and pine set and Correspondence)
The heart is a Sizzix thinlit, which also got the grunge treatment using the paste...
I added the words from Idea-ology "Clippings" and framed them with some rusty wire  
To finish I added lots of stitching and some painty splats!
It was great to experiment with a new product, it helps revive the old mojo when its feeling a bit flat!

As always feel free to leave a comment, I really appreciate you passing by!
Have a great week!
Bye for now

Friday, 24 February 2017


Hello friends

Hope you are good!
I cannot believe how quick this week has flown by....
Time always flies when your having fun!

Today I'm quickly sharing this make...
I love, love, love using lots of layers of mediums to create texture and dimension.
I started by stencilling with Tim Holtz grit paste, I added some gesso, distress crayons, distress paint and lots of stitching.
The centre piece is a photo from Idea-ology photo booth, framed in an Idea-ology monocle...
I added lots of black cotton to circle it along with a 
vintage pocket watch frame (from my own vintage stash)
I stamped over parts of the page using Tim's Birch and pine set...and the stars were distressed and added randomly. (I stamped in Archival ink.)
To finish I added some Idea-ology Remnant rub-ons and the words are from
 the new releases of Idea-ology called Clippings...

I really appreciate you passing by, please feel free to leave a comment!

Im sorry its such a short post....hope to be back very soon!
Have a fabulous weekend!


Friday, 17 February 2017

Curious boys...

Hello friends

Hope you are all good!
Its been a super busy week here,
but I actually cleared my desk at the start of the week in a bid to be more organised....
it lasted 2 days.... I cannot find a thing! 
Sigh....I'm resigned to the fact that I will never be tidy and I'm completely hopeless at being organised!

After all the excitement of the Creativation show, the postman bought me some happy mail             (available here) soon as I saw this sizzix die, I knew it would be in my shopping basket! Its called "Tiny Houses" by Tim Holtz....I think its one of my favourites ever!
The die not only cut but scores too, so makes it really easy to assemble, I covered my chipboard in Tim Holtz paper stash, then ran it though my machine.
I assembled the houses and stuck them down with collage medium

I then added lots of layers of distress paints, gesso, vintage medium and distress crayons to create a really grungy look.
Next I selected my Paper dolls ( Idea-ology) I chose these two brothers and painted them using distress paints.
I then Layered them on top of some cogs (Idea-ology) added some Remnant rub-ons, washi tape, a star, ruler for a chimney and words from  the clippings stickers 
(All the Idea-ology and mediums are available from Art from the Heart here)
Nearly forgot...Those butterfly wings are from the new Idea-ology ephemera may need them too!

As always feel free to leave a comment, I really appreciate each and everyone!
Have yourselves a great weekend!