Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Vintage layers

Hello friends

Hope you are all good!
I think summer has finally arrived here in the UK....not sure for how long,
but I'm going to make the most of it!!

Its been a busy few days here, lots going on, theres just not enough hours in the day!
(I always seem to be constantly chasing my tail!)
Whoohoo....and the summer holidays are nearly here (YIPPEE!) working in a school really does have its perks... we get to have a much needed long summer break
I'm really looking forward to spending some quality time with my family and friends....
( I just love the summer!)

Anyway I wanted to share very quickly 
a vintage inspired make that I recently made....
I adore this image from Tim Holtz, Found Relatives (Occasions)
and knew I had to use it, the Idea-ology frame fits around it perfectly
I scratched away at the photo to create a more worn look
I  used sizzix thinlits (wildflowers) cut out in black card.
I created lots of layers using stencils and texture paste, along with lots of stitching
I also used an original bank invoice from 1915 and stamped onto it using a stamp from the correspondence set (Tim Holtz) along with an old key from my stash
I then photographed it in a vintage box file, 
 (the metal clip holds it all in place)
I hope you like it?
As always feel free to leave a comment, I appreciate each one
I'm off to enjoy the sun.....
Happy Holidays!

Sunday, 10 July 2016

Vintage girl...

Hello friends
Hope you are good!
Yuk!! Its been a little soggy here in the UK, 
I'm really hoping that the summer sun finds us sooner rather than later!

Today I'm sharing a make, inspired by a vintage shop fitters receipt
 I picked up from a local junk store (I've included part of it next to the photo)
I decided to photo copy the original because as much as I love to always use originals, sometimes I have to stop myself as they are just too lovely to tear into...this was one of those don't touch it occasions!
I did however use a very old original envelope (from 1887)
as my base, along with a handwritten note from the same time period. 
I used distress and Archival inks to some of the papers to give and extra worn look... 
the photograph is also original (a CDV card)
I added some remnant rub-ons, some stitching and a cut out from Tims sizzix die 
I also added an old military button, some vintage lace and a feather 
I created a frame for the photograph using stitches and some Idea-ology pins 
(the case around the 7 playing card is one of my vintage finds)
To finish I attached some fine cotton to the found objects (Idea-ology) 
and mounted onto some music paper.

I really hope you like this vintage make, as always feel free to leave a comment,
 I really do appreciate each and everyone.

Have a lovely week
bye for now 

Friday, 1 July 2016

4th of July

Hello friends...
Pinch punch its the first day of the month!!
Wow July already. I hope you've had a great week
I thought I would join my American friends and create something to celebrate the 4th of July....
Ive always loved this photo from Tim Holtz found relatives pack.....
it was just the perfect image to use.
 I started by tearing out a page from an old scrap book album and
adding gesso randomly with my brayer.....
I then added lots and lots of stitching, splats of distress paints and some stamping of stars

 On my vintage travels i found a really cool ribbon holder (think its meant for medals) and threaded on some red, white and blue ribbon
To finish I added more layers of paper and the word thankful. along with a vintage ruler.
So to my American friends.... I wish you all a very Happy 4th of July!

As always feel free to leave a comment, I really do appreciate each one
I hope you have a great weekend

hope to be back soon


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