Sunday, 26 March 2017

Inspired by Seth....

Hello friends

Spring is finally here.....and its been a beautiful spring day here in the UK!
(It's also our mother's day too, so wishing you all a very happy, peaceful day!)

Today I wanted to share this make, inspired by the very lovely Seth Apter...
I'm a huge fan of Seth's work and Im always inspired by how Seth creates layers (check out his blog here) I was very lucky to meet Seth, earlier on in the year....honestly, I could of watched his demo's all day....such a creative soul and a really lovely chap.

So here's what I created...
I used Seth's limited addition paints  (set 2) from Paperartsy
I used lots of layers of paint, when I was happy with the background I used one of Seth's stencils (Transform from stencil girl) and continued to add ramdon layers.
I then stamped faintly with Seth's stamp set from Paperartsy (here)
Next I added lots of splatters.
The die cuts are from Seth's range of Spellbinders (here )
I coated them in Tim Holtz grit paste, then coloured them using the paints
Some of the die cuts were mounted onto some book text, then I added a butterfly from Idea-ology Botanical ephemera pack, which I sewed into place. 
To finish I added some more words from the book text and 
added a rusty key from my own vintage stash.
I really enjoyed creating this piece, I hope you like it too!

(...A BIG thank you for your inspiration Seth!)

As always feel free to leave a comment, I really appreciate each and everyone!
Have a lovely week...

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Oxide tags....

Hello friends

Hope you are all good!
Its been another super busy week here.....with not a lot of free time to get inky!
However, I did manage to squeeze in a quick playtime using the Distress oxides....
I love, love, love the effects they give....the best way to describe them is its a bit like adding milk to your ink, they are a real game changer allowing you to create some cool backgrounds!
I had a play on two tags

For this tag I used fossilised Amber, faded jeans, cracked pistachio, 
spiced marmalade and walnut stain
I built up the layers of oxides, I love that they don't mud, 
you can still see the colour onto of each layer.
I then added lots of Idea-ology cogs....these were painted using texture paste 
then coloured using the oxides
The man doll is from the Idea-ology paper dolls....his wings are from the botanical ephemera pack

For the next tag used the oxides to create a background and stamped using a text background. 
I then added a layer of ranger crackle paste and left it to dry.
Next I added some texture using one of Tim's stencils with some grit paste,
when it had dried I used distress crayons and the oxides to colour the paste.
(note: the paste will pick up some of the oxide colour of the background too as it is distress!)
I then painted the girls using distress paint and crayons
I used cracked pistachio, walnut stain and fossilised amber in the oxides
The stars were punched out and coloured the same way
To finish I added some words from the Idea-ology clippings and framed them in a vintage optical slide from my own stash.

These tags were fun to create and were great to experiment with the oxides....
As always please feel free to leave a comment, I really appreciate you popping by

Have a lovely week
Bye for now 


Friday, 10 March 2017


Hello friends

Hope you are all good!
Wow it's  been such a busy couple of weeks here,
 I'm only just catching up with blogging, adding more chaos to my 
desk and finishing off some makes that have been waiting patiently for me to finish......
(I can't believe we are nearly half way through March!)

Today I wanted to share this vintage make...
I started of with a piece of 8x8 paper from paper stash from Dapper
I created several layers using gesso, collage medium and distress paints, I stamped in coffee archival ink,  using the ledger stamp set (Tim Holtz)
The image is from the Idea-ology Paper dolls.....
she was painted using distress paint and distress crayons.
The image is attached with 3D foam pads (sadly the picture doesn't pick it up too well)
The flowers/butterflies are from the Idea-ology ephemera packs....some really great vintage images!
The letters are also Idea-ology and were distressed using alcohol ink and distress paints

To finish I framed it using a Panel frame which I gave the distressed treatment added a mini crown to the image (how cute are they?! from Idea-ology) 
I also added an old vintage key from my own collection!.
I love vintage and thoroughly enjoyed getting stuck into creating this one!

As always feel free to leave a comment, I appreciate each and everyone.
Wishing you a fabulous weekend!
Bye for now 


Wednesday, 1 March 2017


Hello friends!

Hope you you are all good!
Spring is finally here....thank goodness!
winter hung around...way too long!

It seems like ages since I used a tag in my work...
I had forgotten how much I love working on them,
 its a great way to experiment with different mediums,
 products and's how I first got bitten by the ink bug!

So I started by creating lots of layers using gesso and distress paints
I lost count how many layers.......but it was many!
When I was happy with background I added a layer of the new Ranger Opaque crackle paste using a palette knife...
This product is so VERY cool! I think I will be using pots of it!
(I got mine from Art from the heart here) 
When the paste had dried I added more layers using distress crayons, paints, stencils and stamps
 (Tim Holtz -Birch and pine set and Correspondence)
The heart is a Sizzix thinlit, which also got the grunge treatment using the paste...
I added the words from Idea-ology "Clippings" and framed them with some rusty wire  
To finish I added lots of stitching and some painty splats!
It was great to experiment with a new product, it helps revive the old mojo when its feeling a bit flat!

As always feel free to leave a comment, I really appreciate you passing by!
Have a great week!
Bye for now