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

Wednesday, 31 October 2018


Hello friends

Hope you are good...
Wishing you a spooky

I've not been around much as life has been very hectic....
 but I wanted to share this quick post sharing my latest Halloween make
using the spooky im Holtz Halloween Idea-ology....

I really hope you have a fun Halloween, be safe and enjoy the sweet goodies!
Thanks for passing by 


Saturday, 29 September 2018


Hello friends

I'm back with another spooky Halloween make....
I took a vignette box and covered it using Halloween papers by Tim Holtz and distress it.
I lined the inside with the wallpaper.
I also added melted wax from a red candle to add another layer of spookiness!
I broke the fingers off the zombie hands by accident, (because I actually stood on them both!!) but like in my previous post I decided to make use of those fingers by making them look like they were coming out of the box

I was trying to suspend the skulls with thread so they would moved with the box but wasn't having a lot of luck, so I  drilled through the skulls using a Dremel drill,,,(thank you to the lovely Stacy for giving me the inspiration to try this!) it finally did the job!

I then set about adding lots of the Idea-ology goodies to decorate the box....
I also wanted to used the damaged zombie hand elsewhere so I added it inside 
corked dome... my dome had slightly cracked at the top so I carefully removed the glass using my Tim Holtz scissors, so it looks like it that hand is poking out...
I added more candle wax to finish!

Hop over to Tim's blog to see more spooky inspiration here 
thanks so much for popping by


Tuesday, 25 September 2018

Something Wicked

Hello friends!

I hope you are all good!
I know its been a while since I blogged...but I'm super excited to share this 'Haunted'
Tombstone to get you in the mood for Halloween next month 

I started with an Etcetera Tombstone tag, then layered it with papers from Tim Holtz and painted it with distress paints and vintage collage medium. 
I then distressed a cabinet card from Idea-ology, painted up the found relative
and gave her a makeover....(the witches hat is from one of the witch photo's) 
I then set about adding lots of Halloween Idea-ology...
The fingers on the broom are from the Zombie hands...I snapped them off as I wanted them to look like they were coming out of the cabinet card. 
I coloured some of the mummy cloth using distress inks , de-threaded it a little and hung it over the top of the tombstone. To finish I added skull and bones and splashed of red distress paint! 
more skulls and pumpkins were added along with an old key from my vintage stash!

I really hope you like this Halloween tombstone, please feel free to leave a comment, I appreciate you passing by.
All of the Halloween Idea-ology is available now, if you are in the UK, Art from the Heart are stocking it get it before it goes!

Have yourselves a lovely week!
I'll be back soon with another spooky make


Wednesday, 25 July 2018

Be your beautiful self....

Hello friends

Happy Summer Holidays!!
It seems like forever waiting for the holidays to arrive....but its finally here!
I'm going to be super busy re-organising my creative space, I have too much stuff, very little room and I hoard everything, so at some point I'm going to purge and get rid of some things (deep breaths!)
If I get chance I'm also going to set up an Etsy account so I can sell some of my makes, along with some vintage (that's if I can bring myself to part with it!) so keep an eye out on social media, I will let you know when Ive set it up...

Today I am sharing a soft, grungy make...
I love the photo booth photos by Tim Holtz....I use them the most in my makes
I used a piece of mount board and applied Ranger gesso and Texture crackle paste
When it had dried I started to paint layers using distress paints in Ground expresso and stormy sky 
I used the stampers anonymous stamp set "ticket booth" and masked off areas so just the numbers were stamped 
To finish I added some Idea-ology stars circled with rusty wire and added the words from Tim's small talk book of words...
These words resinated with me, as a mom to a teenage daughter I was inspired to use them as a reminder to my always 'be your beautiful self'  as she's discovering, that life is full of stresses and unnecessary pressures and sometimes its hard to remember who you are...

As always please feel free to leave a comment, I really do appreciate you passing by...
Have a great week and enjoy the sunshine
Bye for now