Monday, 31 October 2016


Hello friends

Happy Halloween!
I said in my post yesterday that I would share with you a project Ive been working on....
its a really mash up of different products.
(I will list them all at the end of the post)

I wanted to create something a little bit grungy to go with this original vintage photograph
Im still very much experimenting with some of my Tando/Deco-art purchases. 
I used lots of crackle paint for the background on the tag....loving that crackle!

I created lots of layers using modelling paste, gesso and paints,
I used a dylusions stencil to get the background circles.....

The actual base is wood, bought from hobby craft.
I stamped using Amy Tangerine alpha stamps with black archival.
The screws and bolts are from Tando creative and I was inspired by Andy skinners technique, giving them that cool/rusty look.

The stars are small wooden christmas decorations that i stripped the colour off and painted using deco-art media paints.
The word remember is from Tim Holtz Idea-ology range, framed by a book plate from Tando

I really enjoyed creating this, although I realised how impatient I am when it comes to waiting for gesso/paint to dry!

Feel free to leave a comment, I really do appreciate you popping by 

Have a very Spooky Halloween!

Bye for now 


supplies used:

Sunday, 30 October 2016

A little catch up....

Hello friends
Hope you are good...
Half term is nearly over with....sad face
It flies by just way too fast...

 I just took a road trip Oop north to visit friends and family....
So I thought I would share some snap shops of what I got up too!

So first stop was to meet up with my very lovely friend Kate Crane,
its always great to catch up, we always have
 so much fun and I actually think we talked non-stop!

Kate treated me to a visit to see York minster...WOW
It was just beautiful, in fact it was breath taking!
(thanks Kate!)
(I'm not religious but I just love churches/cathedrals,
the history, the sculpture, the windows....just everything)
here's some photos of the inside...
The stain glass windows were huge!
I love this sign for the tower....
(As fainting at the top of the tower is not a good look
 we decided,  for our own health and safety 
not to climb the tower to the top! phew!)
We did however discover a glass bottom floor in the museum at the base of the minster, 
which still houses walls from the original Roman fort, Kate decided to have a little try to check we could walk over it, Kate's braver than me!
After dragging me out of the Minster as I didn't want to leave,
 we then popped into York town and visited lots of really quaint shops 
and this medieval street called 'The Shambles' (here's a link all about its history)
it was so cool!
 So after doing some shopping we sadly said our goodbyes to Kate and her family, it had been such a great day, if you get the chance to go to York you will not be disappointed...I think I left a little piece of my heart there...

The next morning we took ourselves off to visit Harrogate
(One of my favourite places to visit)

I had to do a quick delivery of some vintage goodies to my lovely friend Dyan.  Dyan is so busy and is often away in the USA teaching her line of Dylusions for Ranger, so it was really good to see her, we managed a very quick catch up over a cuppa....and then it was of to the next stop....
I couldn't come to Harrogate without popping into Art from the Heart...
I NEEDED some art supplies, so after filling up a bag of must have items, I popped by the studio to say a quick hello
 Kate was busy teaching her regular Art journaling class...
(sorry Kate,  not the best photo)
Here's what they were cool is that? 
Have a look at Kate's classes here, they are so inspiring!
Donna was busy working hard in her journal.....check out the hair too!
Time was ticking as we were off to visit family, so we said our goodbyes, sniff sniff
We just had enough time to pop by Betty's tea room.... a must when ones in Harrogate! 
Sadly the queues was too big to sit in so we had a take out of a cake or two,
Here we are eyeing up the Halloween goodies in their windows!
I hope I've not bored you too much! 
Just wanted to share our lovely few days away....

I will be back tomorrow as I have a project to share,
 here is a little peak...

bye for now 


Friday, 21 October 2016


 Hello friends

Hope you are all good....
Its half term here in the UK,  so Im off to enjoy some very precious friends and family time....

Before I go, I wanted to share some recent journal pages I created in an old vintage book...
Ive used lots of gesso, texture paste and put to use some clothes/parcel tags/torn text pages
I used distress paints and crayons to add colour and layered the texture paste using Tim Holtz stencils 
To add more texture I layered lots of vintage lace
The photo is a tim holtz photo booth on (Idea-ology)
I added splashes of distress paints and lots of staples...
I really enjoyed creating these pages....even though I clumsily managed to get a couple of fashionable  stripes down my new black jeans! (always the way!)

Anyway, have yourselves a lovely weekend/halfterm
feel free to leave a comment.... great to know you popped by xx

bye for now 


Monday, 17 October 2016


 Hello friends

How are you?
Hope you are all good....
I'm feeling a little groggy today...I think i have a cold looming, boo!
Just before half term rude!

So a very quick post from me today to share this grungy make...
I used Tim Holtz papers from the Dapper paper stack, as a base, 
I then used Tim Holtz grit paste through a stencil (TMS058)
When it was dried I rubbed lots of distress crayons over the grit paste.
I then selected a photo from the found relatives set, cut around it and then layered lots of tags etc from the ephemera set (Idea-ology)
I then added stitching and more layers of distress crayons
As always feel free to leave a comment....
I appreciate you popping by.

Bye for now


Monday, 10 October 2016

Beautiful Memories....

Hello friends...

Hope you are all good
Brrr theres a real chill in the air at the mo....
A real reminder that winter is just around the corner...

After a recent walk in the woods,
I found lots of dead fern, so not one to miss an oppoutunity I popped some in my pocket 
and it eventually made its way onto my desk...
I paired it up with an old vintage postcard, that had at some point had an ink pen leak into it....I loved the colours it had left so I matched them up with some distress paints and inks

I created the background on an old french bank statement from 1924,
I ran texture paste through a Tim Holtz stencil (THS032)
I then sprayed with distress inks (hickory smoke, broken china and walnut stain)
I added lots of splatters using distress paints, added some stitching, the fern, then selected a photo from my collection to go in the Idea-ology frame. 
To finish I added an old key, some tags, a lone star and more stitching into some old lace and some bunting.
As always feel free to leave a comment....I appreciate each and every one

Have a great week!


Monday, 3 October 2016


Hello friends...
Hope you are all good!
Today I wanted to share with you this recent make...
It absolutely threw it down with pouring rain on Saturday, which meant it was a cozy, don't even think about stepping out side, hog the radiator sort of a thats exactly what I did.
I sat at my desk, hogged that radiator and created just for me....
This turned out to be a real mash up of some of my favourite products thrown together....
heres what I created...
I always love to use lots of layers 
This make has loads! 
I started by using a layer of gesso through the stencil, 
when it was dry I painted lots of layers of paint  
I used crackle paint for the inside of the pocket watch and filled it with a heart. 
The bolts were inspired by Andy skinner, I really love that rust effect...Im addicted!!
         I also added some infusions ( be warned you only need a tiny amount)
To finish I mounted the card onto one of my vintage books.

I really got lost in the process of putting this one together
Creating art just for me is so good for the soul.... 

I think this one is a keeper!

feel free to leave a comment I appreciate each and every one xx

Have yourselves a great week...


Products used....

Decoart fluid acylics, gesso, crackle paint and antiquing cream
Tim Holtz stencil-TMS054 distress glaze, distress ink 
Tim Holtz Idea-ology pocket watch frame, big chat words 
Andy Skinner Industrial Elements -bolts and washers by Tando creative
Old vintage book