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 



Saturday, 16 April 2016

A Patchwork of Wildflowers

Hello friends......

Hope you've all had a great week!
its been so nice to see a little sunshine but
I woke up this morning to a blanket of snow!!
Snow in April?! That's crazy!

Anyway I thought I would warm you all up with a patchwork of wildflowers
created with offcuts, leftovers and my very trusty sewing machine!
The backgrounds were created using lots of distress paints and that gorgeous wildflowers stamp set

In the backgrounds I've used the mixed media 2 stamp set along with the halftone and rings set 
I stamped the images using Ranger black archival ink and I added some rub-ons in random places 
(The quote is from the Perspective stamp set) 
Using colour is always a little alien to me as I'm a creature of habit and always reach out for the more subtle vintage tones.....but I have to admit  I've really enjoyed stepping out of my comfort zone 
( plus its used up my off cuts/leftovers!)

As always feel free to leave a comment.....its great to know you popped by!

Have yourselves a great weekend

bye for now


Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Dapper chap

Hello friends

Hope you are all good!
A quickie blog post to share this make with you...

I've been really enjoying experimenting with backgrounds using a mixture of Distress crayons, inks and paints
I'm really liking the new flip top lids for distress paints, they give you more control over the amount of paint to use...... a little bit really does go  such a long way!
I'm also loving the new Distress Splatter brush, it gives some really cool splatters to its great fun to use (my phone has a whole new look!)
I really wanted to use the "Dapper"Tim Holtz/Stampers anonymous stamp set
so I paired it up with one of my favourite stamps..... Wendy Vecchi/ Stampers Anonymous phrenology head stamp as they compliment each other perfectly!

Lots of Idea-ology Rub-ons, distress crayon colouring and lots of stitching
The hat, shirt and tie were coloured using distress markers a
the quote is from the Random quotes stamp set  
The tag is mounted onto a black cabinet card from Idea-ology and is stuck down using distress matt medium  
Thanks  so much for popping by....
As always feel free to leave a comment, I really appreciate each and everyone
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Right I so need to clean up the mess on my desk!
(that's the bit I don't like!)

Have a great week!
Bye for now



Saturday, 9 April 2016

Live your dream...

Hello friends

Hope you are good and that you've had a great week!
Easters hols are nearly over...
Its back to pay the bills job next week for me so this weekend I crammed in some precious
 inky time....

Here's what I did......

I used distress paints with a brayer to create the background, lots of layers!
I then used my splatter brush  to add random splats all over. 
I then stamped the image using Rangers Archival ink and the Tim Holtz/ Stampers anonymous Evolution stamp set ( I just LOVE this set!)
The layers of paint from the brayer gives the image a really cool slightly textured look
I also stamped in red archival ink, using the Mixed media #2 set
Next I added Rangers texture paste through Tim's Herringbone stencil and left it to dry
While it was drying I stamped the quote using stamp set "Perspective"
Once the texture paste was dry I used distress crayons over the top, I really like the look they give on top of the texture paste.
I then painted up the Idea-ology cogs with distress paints and glued them in place using distress matte medium.
This was one of those makes that I could of kept adding to..... but in the end I had to tell myself to stop and walk away!

As always feel free to leave a comment, really appreciate each and every one!
have yourselves a great week

bye for now


Wednesday, 6 April 2016

A Trio of found Relatives

Hello friends!

Hope you are all good!
Its been a busy couple of weeks....I've been busy enjoying the Easter break, some precious family time,  some days out oh and the odd bit of  of vintage shopping (oops! a little too much of that.... shhh!)

Anyway I've managed to get in some inky time....usually late at night when everyone has gone to bed and I eventually get time for me! 
I always hate wasting ink  on my heat mat so I always mop it up with tags in the hope I will use them in a project..... well that pile of mop up tags ended up as a big bag of tags, ( I'm such a hoarder!) so I thought I would try and use them in a project......

I started by selecting three different coloured tags 
I then grabbed my favourite Dylusion stencil (dotted flowers) and matched up distress inks to match the colour of the tags. 
I applied distress inks directly onto the stencil, then spritzed with water, this left beads of ink on top of the stencil....I then put my tag to the stencil, pressed down, lifted then dried  the tag with my heat tool.
To highlight the circles I used black pen and I used the new splatter brush to add paint (what a cool brush!)

The images are cut out from the Tim Holtz found relatives and are stuck to the tag using glossy accents
I repeated the process on all three tags.... added some stitching, stamped out a hat and mounted the tags onto black card
The words are from Idea-ology small talk and I've also added some Remnant rub-ons
I hope its inspired you (like me to hoard....) I mean use your mop up tags....
thanks so much for popping by!
As always feel free to leave a comment, always great to know you popped by!

Have a great week

bye for now


Sunday, 3 April 2016

April-12 tags 2016

Hello Friends

Hope you are all good and have had a lovely Easter!
April already!!
Wow that came around so quick!

Tim has just recently posted the April tag for this month you can find all the info here
Its been such a long time since I last took part.....not because I haven't wanted to but just down to I'm really going to work harder at making time for just for me so I get chance to play!

I didn't have any of the woodgrain cardstock but I did have some from Tim's paper stash (Motif) so I used that instead.....
Like Tim says....Its a really great way to use up any scraps by making a mosaic, it was all stuck down using the distress collage medium.....Love this stuff!
I added lots of layers, stitches, Idea-ology rub-ons and some of my own vintage finds
To finish it off, I mounted it onto an old vintage book cover...
So don't forget to go to Tim's blog here to get all the details
To buy products for  tis project, head over to Art from the heart here.....

Thanks so much for passing by, I really enjoyed taking part!
As always feel free to leave a comment....

Have a fabulous week!
Bye for now