Tuesday, 24 May 2016

12 tags 2016 - May!

 Hello friends
Hope you are all good!
A very quick post from me today..... Im meant to be doing something else!

I'm running late with my May entry for 12 tags....
To find out how to enter click here for all the details.....

Here's my entry....

feel free to leave a comment
Have a great day


Sunday, 22 May 2016

PaperArtsy Infusions

Hello friends

I hope you are all good!
Just a really quick post today to share with you how 
I have used the new Paperartsy Infusions...
(I'm a little late to the Infusions rude of me!)
If you haven't seen them yet then you really need to give them a won't be disappointed
 I got mine from country view crafts  here 

I used the infusions to create a negative print using a stencil....

(Ive got a how too you tube tutorial at the end of this post)
The Infusions look like this.....
really cool little bottles, you just piece a hole in the top of the lid and gentle  shake out the granules, a little product really does go a long way!
(to seal just pop a little tape over the lid so the granules don't escape)
For my hanging I used Emerald Isle, golden sands and A bit Jaded.... 
I just love the walnut residue left by the tiny gives a really cool vintage feel

Here's a little tutorial on how I put it all together...
(p.s there is music....didnt want to make you jump!)
I hope you found the clip helpful....I'm still new to filming/editing!
I hope its inspired you to give them ago...
As always feel free to leave a comment, always great to know you popped by xx
have a great week 


Saturday, 14 May 2016

Found girl....

Hello friends

I hope you are enjoying the beautiful weather,
its a gorgeous day here in sunny Shropshire...

Maybe because of the sunshine or the fact that its late spring, the fields where I live are filled with the brightest, rapeseed yellow must have had an influence on me to use more colour in my work......
(Those who know me well, know that I'm on the dark side....I pretty much always wear my comfort colour, black, black or more black!)
That really hasn't changed and probably never will but I have to admit, 
Ive really enjoyed experimenting with colour....

So today I thought I would share some subtle vintage colour, courtesy of Paperartsy fresco chalk paints....
To create the background I painted up an XL Manilla tag
I used lots of Fresco colours to create the background
I stamped over the paint using Papersrtsy stamp set Word plate 2 using Tim Holtz distress Archival (hickory smoke)
Then I started layering using some of my original vintage ephemera, 
along with some Tim Holtz Idea-ology.
To create the crackle I used Paperartsy crackle glaze with lilac and snowflake white fresco paint. 
The image is an original photo I found from an auction sale
 ( I'm always buying other peoples memories....hate to see them being thrown away!) 
I used my sewing machine to add lots of stitches too!
To finish I added some rusty wire to hang it from....
I hope you like it?
To find more info on Paperartsy and their products, hop over to their website here....there's some really useful you tube clips too!

As always feel free to leave a comment....its always great to know you popped by!
Right, I'm off sip a large G&T in the sunshine
Hope you enjoy the sun too!
bye for now


Tuesday, 10 May 2016


 Hello friends

Hope you are all good!
Yikes...I'm playing catch up this week.....
 seriously there's just never enough hours in the day!
Anyway, I wanted to share this make with you, I actually made it a few weeks ago but I wasn't happy with how it originally looked ( It nearly ended up in the bin on several occasions!)
Ive been persevering and tweaking it every now and then, when time allowed!
I created the background using lots of distress paints and a brayer, I then added more layers stamping in Archival ink with the Tim Holtz mixed media 2 stamp set 
I got splattering with the distress splatter brush, its gives a great effect!
I always love to add stitches to my work, so Ive added lots to this piece.... I also added texture paste through Tim Holtz stencils when dry I coloured the paste with distress crayons 
The butterfly is from Tim's  Watercolour stamp set, again coloured using distress crayons.
I added Remnant rub-ons and framed the photo using the Idea-ology frame painted with distress paints.
(The quote is from the Perspective stamp set)
I'm so glad I stuck with it, sometimes it is worth all the hair pulling and keeping it out of the bin!
 I'm finally happy with how it turned out 
(mmm.... i think, lol!)

Anyway feel free to leave a comment, always great to know you popped by
Have yourselves a fabulous week
bye for now 


Friday, 29 April 2016

Fly girl...

Hello friends

I hope you've had a great week!
The weather has been pretty bonkers here in the UK for April!
Yesterday I drove in glorious sunshine, followed by hail, snow, sleet then thunder and rain....
whoever has borrowed the sunshine please bring it back!

I thought I would share a little vintage make Ive recently made, using one of the vignette panels and some of the sticky back textile surfaces....( I just love this linen effect)
I stuck the linen to the panel then using a couple of Tim's stencils I applied randomly Ranger texture paste.  When the paste was dry I rubbed over the top using distress crayons
I cut out the girl  from the found relatives pack and stuck her to one of my old vintage envelope, I added some remnant rub-ons and lots of stitching 
I also added some idea-ology and some of my own vintage finds....

The ribbon was coloured using hickory smoke distress spray ( my new favourite colour!) 
The butterfly is from one of tims ephemera packs and the word fly is from the 
chit chat book ( Idea-ology)
To finish I hung it from the lovely vintage hanger ( also Idea-ology)

I hope you like her?
As always feel free to leave a comment, its great to know you popped by

Im really hoping the weather improves overnight, as myself and some very fabulous friends are doing a 5k mud run first thing tomorrow morning in aid of cancer research UK..... 
( yes we are all completely bonkers!)
(Please have your fingers crossed for us that we get round in one piece!)

Have yourselves a great weekend!
bye for now 


(P.S. If you wish to buy any Idea-ology or stencils hop over to Art from the heart here they have a great selection)

Sunday, 24 April 2016


Hello friends

I hope you are all good!

Today I wanted to share a vintage inspired make....
I'm always being asked, where I find my vintage stash....
Let me tell you, its not easy, I spend literally hours and hours scouring different places, 
flea markets,  charity shops, car boots, the list goes on......
sometimes I'm really lucky but more often or not I've had a wasted journey.

On several occasions I've almost had a full blown bun fight over junk.....
I have two general rules.....
If you pick it up....don't put it down!
If you like it buy it....
(Don't think I will come back to it later, there's nothing worse than watching someone else walk away with something you had your eye on!)
 I really love the chase of finding stuff, I guess its my drug....
(oh and gin, gotta love a cheeky G&T to celebrate your finds)

So here's what I did with some of my latest finds.......
I stamped in coffee archival, onto kraft card using Tim's Damask stamp to create a background 
I then layered using paper from the Dapper paper stash.... 
(The French bank statement in the background is an original )
I then added a cabinet card and an image from the idea-ology photo booth
and framed her using a frame....

I then added some more Idea-ology and some of my own vintage finds....
(I have to say I just love that mini envelope!)
I love working with vintage, I'm always intrigued as to who, what, where and when
things were used and the stories behind it,
if only they could talk...

Anyway, feel free to leave a comment I really appreciate each and everyone...
Have  yourselves a great week
bye for now

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Tissue wrap/distress crayon tutorial

Hello friends
I hope you are having a great week!
I thought I would share some projects Ive been working on....
Ive put together a couple of you-tube clips of how I created the can find them at the end of my post.
(...that's been a whole learning curb in its self....)

I'm certainly not a techie when it comes to creating you-tube clips...
I don't own any fancy cameras, just me and my trusty the quality isn't the best, but hopefully you will get the idea ....
 Im still toying with the idea whether to invest in a "proper camera"I think Ive still got some learning to do yet!
(p.s. there's also music playing in the background so be warned.....I don't want to make you jump!

I was really inspired to try the Tim Holtz (Idea-ology) Plain tissue wrap after seeing one of my favourite artists, Paula Cheney work her magic here and here
( aren't they fab?? I'm sure Paula has magic hands...I  do really admire her work)

So, I was curious to see how to create some texture and how it would look with distress crayons....
here's  the results of some of my makes......

I finished this tag by adding texture paste over the top  and colouring the paste with distress crayons when it had dried...
This clip will show you how to create just the plain textured background
  You will need:
Tim Holtz paper wrap (plain)
Distress collage medium(matte)
distress brush
heat tool/matt
distress crayons

This tag I did by stamping the tissue wrap to start....if you watch this video I will show you how....
(p.s. please don't judge my dirty stamp block/pad!)

I hope you found the clips I say the quality isn't the best and I'm  very much still learning! (slowly!!)
Ive really enjoyed creating texture with the tissue wrap.....the distress crayons smooth over it like a dream!
As always feel free to leave a comment 
I really appreciate you popping by

Have a great week