Monday, 30 January 2017


Hello friends
Hope you are good!
Its nearly February.....YAY! Im so pleased January is nearly out of the way....
I'm certainly not a fan of Jan!

Just a quick post today,  to share the last of my Creativation samples with you....

This sample is a real mash up of different Tim Holtz products... Ranger inks, Tim's distress paints, Idea-ology along with Sizzix
This piece lived on my desk for quite along time....I just kept adding lots of different elements to it as and when I could, even now looking at it I still want to add more!
The base is an Idea-ology panel frame, which I painted up and distressed using distress paints. 
I added this cool paper doll from Idea-ology , along with a mix up of ephemera...
The pipes and cogs are the cool dies from Sizzix/Tim Holtz called "Industrial" and "Pipes"
These dies are a must....I really loved using them
I added lots of Idea-ology arrows, coloured with distress paints. 
 The ticket is from another Sizzix die "Tiny tabs and tags" (another must have die!)
The background is from the Memoranda paper stash, I've sewn into it, added splats of paint and also added lots of different washi tapes...
To finish I added some of the new Quote chips (Idea-ology)these can be coloured with paint or inks...

Again a Huge thank you to Tim, Mario, Paula and all the other lovely designers.....
its been so much fun to be a part of such a fabulous team!
As always feel free to leave a comment, I really appreciate you popping by...
Have a great week!
bye for now 

For all your Idea-ology shopping check out Art from the heart here
For Sizzix check them out here

Saturday, 28 January 2017

Idea-ology Part 2

Hello friends...
Hope you are good!
Thanks so much for all the lovely comments on my previous post.....I really appreciate each and everyone.

I thought I would share part 2 of the samples I created for Idea-ology booth at the Creativation show,  which took place last weekend.
Ideology is my favourite lines ever, so these were so much fun to make.....

For this sample, I used the reverse of a panel frame to create the base,
I then used a board from the new salvaged base boards
I added lots of Idea-ology cogs, rulers, clips, washi tape, frame, keys......
To finish I hung it all from an Idea-ology hanger 
For this next sample I used lots of layers, substrates, cabinet cards and paper stash
The centrepiece is a pocket watch filled with one of those paper that dog!
I then mounted them all onto a clipboard 
This sample was made with vignette panels,
I created a hanging by linking the boards with book rings....
Each board was covered in paper stash (Memoranda)
I added paper dolls, transparent tiles, some arrows, stars and again some of that fabulous washi tape!

Again it was such an honour to be a part of team Tim, 
I enjoyed every minute!

I will be back on Monday to share the last of my makes....
Feel free to leave a comment, always great to hear from you!
Have a fabulous weekend!


Thursday, 26 January 2017

Idea-ology Part 1

Hello friends

Hope you are good!
Thank you so much for the lovely comments on my previous post,
 I appreciate each and everyone!

Today I thought I would share some more of my samples from the Creativation show...
This  time its from the Idea-ology booth.
I'm a huge fan of Tim's Idea-ology line, I love all the possibilities, the vintage look and all those little findings..... so as you can imagine I was so thrilled to be asked to create for them!
Today I will share some of my vignette boxes,
These are cool little nested boxes that are sold in a packs of 4.
I covered the boxes using the paper stash called Memoranda by Tim Holtz.
Each box was lined with papers then the edges were covered using the new washi tape,
I then filled them with everything Idea-ology,
 ephemera, the new paper dolls, keys rulers, frames, bottles. pocket watches...

(thank you Marjie for taking this photo at the show).
Here's some close ups....

 I loved using the new finials, these are turned wood fittings, they add an extra vintage element to the boxes....I know for sure that I have more of these on my ever growing shopping list!  

A huge thank you to Tim, and Paula for asking me to be a part of the creative process....
....its been a dream come true!

As always feel free to leave a comment,
I really appreciate you popping by xx

All the new Idea-ology is available to order at Art from the Heart here

I hope to post part 2 over the weekend
Have a great day!


Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Ranger Designer Challenge at Creativation

Hello friends

Hope you are all good!
A very special post to share with you today...

As you may know last weekend saw the Creativation (formally CHA craft trade show) took place over the pond in Arizona, wow it looked AMAZING 
(I so want to go even more now!!)

Last November, Tim  and Ranger invited me to take part in the Ranger Designer challenge that takes place in the Ranger booth, this year the theme was "The Evolution of Distress"
I was assigned with one of my favourite products....Distress Crayons!

It was such an honour to be asked.... it was a pinch me moment!
I'm so thankful to share the experience with some amazing designers and friends
(Huge thanks to Tim, Emma, Paula, Kath, Zoe, Vicky, Anita, Kassa,
 Dyan, Dina, Shari,  and the fabulous other designers)
I was so exciting seeing everyones take on the distress line.

We were sent one of the new Stampers Anonymous large tag Thickboards
as our base.  I stencilled using Tims stencils and Rangers texture paste and gesso. 
I then got busy with lots of the Tim holtz distress crayons
I added lots of layers to an Idea-ology clipboard and added a pocket watch (Idea-ology) filled with a heart and key 
The numbers are Remnant rub-ons and the tape is also Idea-ology.
Those that follow my blog regular will know that I love to add my own vintage finds, so I added these cool scissors, keys, washers and an old ruler.... 
And here it is next to Tims in the Ranger booth!
(and yes I did let out a squeal when I saw it!)

Heres a video filmed at the show by scrap time so you can see the other designers inspirational work.

I will be back soon with some more of the samples that I created for the Idea-ology booth which I can't wait to share with you!
Feel free to leave a comment, I really appreciate you popping by xx
Hope you have a fabulous week


Art from the Heart here in the UK will be stocking the new releases go check them out here

Saturday, 14 January 2017

A splash of colour.....

Hello friends!

Hope you are good!
Have you had a good week? Its been a cold one here brrrr....
There's been lots going on in the craft world, lots of new releases, new inspiration and lots of new products that we all NEED!
I am so looking forward to what the Creativation show brings us this coming week....its such an exciting time!

So just a quick post tonight, 
 to share a quick make using lots of colour.....yes thats me using colour!
(it's good to come out of your comfort zone and experiment....and as  its January I needed a splash of colour to lift these dark winter days!)

The image is from my own vintage collection that I photo-copied and
did an image transfer using gesso
I highlighted the girls using distress paint (mustard seed)
I then added lots of splashes of colour using lots of distress paints. 
Next I stamped using Black  Archival ink and Tim Holtz Mixed Media 2 stamp set 
I created a patchwork of stitching from some off cuts and added some Remnant rub-ons 
To finish I added some words from Big chat ( idea-ology) and backed it onto black card...

As always feel free to leave a comment, I really do appreciate you popping by...
and when the CREATIVATION show has finished, I will be back
to share some of my secret projects with you...
(I really cannot wait!)
Have a great week!

Sunday, 8 January 2017

Hello 2017

Hello friends!

First of all let me start by wishing you all
a very happy, healthy and creative new year!

Secondly, let me apologise for being missing in action....
I would like to tell you that I spent the christmas period lying on a hot beach, sipping cocktails but the reality is that Ive been really busy working on some top secret projects....shhhh more on them in a couple of weeks!

So today I just wanted to share a quick make that I put together over the weekend....
(I am surprised it even got made as my desk is officially a disaster area! Each time I get motivated to clear it I get distracted and I add to the mountain of mess....butI work better in mess so its not too bad!)

If you are a regular follower of my blog you will know that I am a collector of old photographs and ephemera and I love to use them in my makes...
So I selected this lost soul, she kind of stuck out and fitted perfectly in this Idea-ology frame
I used lots of layers of gesso, texture paste, stencils,distress paints, distress crayons and substrates 
The old rusty keys are from my stash. I added rusty wire and a mini tag from Tim Holtz Tiny tabs and tag die, I also added Remnant rub-ons. 
The outside was framed with stitching and the Ideology frame was given the shabby/ grunge treatment!
As always please feel free to leave a comment, always great to hear from you!

(Don't forget to pop by Tim Holtz blog this week for lots of sneak peaks of new products being released at the Creativation show (formerly CHA)..for more info click here.)

As always please feel free to leave a comment....always great to hear from you!
I Will be back very soon
Have a great week