Friday, 24 June 2016


 Hello friends

Wow another week has flown by...
Cannot believe its nearly July!! 

Its been a funny old week here in the UK
Ive been doing my best to avoid all the news/social media feeds, as its been full on reporting about Britain leaving the EU.
(Its been really hard to know who or what to believe anymore)
but the decision has finally been made, 
so I guess we just have to Keep calm and drink GIN! 

So while Ive been sipping on my extra Large gin, 
I got to work on creating a layered piece using lots of original letters and envelopes 
I started with a first an old air mail letter. I added a photo from the Tim Holtz Photo Booth collection, then set about adding lots of stitches.
I added another layer of Kraft card cut from the  Sizzix Mixed Media thinlits and added some splatters of distress paints. 
I just love the Correspondence stamp set (CMS225) its full of great images....I stamped a few of them using Archival ink.
Plus I always love to add some Idea-ology, along with my own vintage finds....
( the brass token and ruler) 
I added the union jack, I guess as my own way of marking this weeks topical events.... 
(It does not however represent any of my own political views, parties or sides, like I say just my own personal way to mark the event)

The vintage file box was a great find in a junk shop.....just wish there had been a couple more!

Right I think my glass needs topping up!!More gin please!!

As always feel free to leave a comment, 
I appreciate each and every one!

Have yourselves  a really lovely weekend

bye for now 


Friday, 17 June 2016


 Hello friends,,,

I hope you are all well,
Sorry I've not been around much for a few weeks.....
I was hoping to spend  half term week with the family but all I managed to do was to catch a really horrible viral infection which put me out of action for a while,  :0(   ( it always happens at half term!) it really knocked me about......but glad to say Im feeling so much better! 

Anyway, this evening Ive managed to get some much needed creative time...
Heres what I made....

Those that follow my blog regularly will know that I love to use original vintage photos in my work,
I found this one along with the photo I used in my last post here, in an old album that i bought from a local junk shop, I really like how happy the couple look on their holiday.... 
I started by creating a background using gesso on an old note pad page that I had torn from a photo album, I then added black tim holtz distress paint through Tim's herringbone stencil using some cut and dry foam 
I then stamped using distress archival in ground expresso using the mixed media stamps.
This was followed by using the distress splatter brush and peacock feathers distress paints flicked randomly onto the background.

I always add stitching to my work so I got to work with my sewing machine!
Ive added lots of Idea-ology along with some of my own vintage finds (ruler, curtain ring and ephemera)
As I was a lucky winner in last months 12 tags so I spent my voucher from (thank you!!) on the Correspondence stamp set from Tim Holtz, its such a great set as it has so many smaller stamps that are really useful, Ive used some on the tags and the photo!

(If your interested in any of the Tim Holtz goodies Ive used they are available from Art from the Heart here in the UK)

Right, my desk is looking in a very bad way!! I best have a clear up....
As always feel free to leave a comment, great to know you popped by!

have a lovely weekend
Bye for now 


Friday, 3 June 2016

Vintage panel

 Hello friends

Hope you are all good!
Ive had a really busy half term week, spending some quality time with my friends and family.....
(I can't believe how quick the week has passed!)

So a very quick post to share my latest make with you....
Ive used lots of Tim Holtz  Idea-ology, distress and Archival ink, oh and some of my own vintage finds....

I used parcel paper to create layers.....
I mounted it all onto a Tim Holtz cabinet card....   
The ruler is vintage, I had to bring myself to cut it into pieces.....
The photograph is an original 
I used one of theTim Holtz Sizzix thinlits dies (660220) cut it out then added more layers with vintage papers and farmed it with an Idea-ology frame 

As always feel free to leave a comment, I really do appreciate each one xx

Ooo Before I go don't forget to check out the new  Tim Holtz Creative chemistry online classes here
Its a great way to learn new techniques, share ideas/connect with fellow students and be taught by the professor of distress himself...Tim Holtz! 

Have yourselves a fabulous weekend


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