Scrapping, Gelatos and YouTube 

I did some scrapping last weekend.  For the first time unprompted and I had such fun. I even did it on camera! Yes another YouTube video for you!

The main plan was to use gelatos and some of the February Artful Days goodie box stash.. and just to play. 

So happy with how this ended up. Definitely inspired by Missy Whidden YouTube videos and loving the mixed media style.  So many textures and colours. 

Thanks for getting me back into scrapping Helen. 

Happy crafting! 


Postcard Art swap… tick took clocks


Today I’ve got a postcard swap to share with you.  This year does seem to have involved a lot of swaps so far! 

The theme for this one was clocks. I started with the base card and coloured it with distress stain in abandoned coral. I did try to then bleach a pattern with water but it didn’t work… Can’t seem to get the timing right! Never mind… So instead I stencilled using the distress oxide over the top… but didn’t like the look of what I had done so covered most of it with another panel.

This is the same stencil but I spritzed the distress oxide and laid it down on the panel. I love how this came out with the cogs and clock parts. Next another stencil and this time iridescent medium.

Wasn’t sure at this point if I wanted it landscape or portrait. But once I started on the feature images I decided on portrait. Of course I also got carried away and forgot process pics! 

I added a strip of book print that I had added paints to and then some splotches of Fossilised amber distress oxide.

I then stamped the clock on a piece of cardstock and used the distress oxide to colour it adding lots of water. Once dry I cut it out and heat embossed the whole piece with clear powder. 

I doodled a border and then once I’d added the sentiment sticker and the clock I had stamped, I used Inktense to add some shading and a final splotches session with the distress oxide. 

The finishing touch was some opal magic flicks onto the whole piece to add some glimmer.

Love all the layers and colour this has.  Really pleased with the end result… the beginning was a little worrying if I am honest! Goes to show perseverance is the key when the mojo is failing.

Happy crafting! 


Two ATC’S… one gets made into a card! 137 & 138

Two more ATC’S today made from scraps of scratch paper and bits wiped off… one of which got made into a card topper… the other is an ATC going into the general trading stash! 

Here it is all stamped up using archival and distress stain added to the background which had brayered paint on it. The bird was stamped and cut out of another piece of painted paper.  

I also added the metallic acrylic ink to the flowers to give it some sparkle.

This one became a card with a mount of white cardstock and then onto a navy card I made and then doodled a border with a silver pen and added some silver to the flowers too.

The second one I made a background adding distress oxide inks on top of the inky wiped off already on the paper. I then stamped the sentiment… this time with distress oxide.

This had some iridescent ink already added to it. So it wad already quite shimmery.  

I mounted it onto an ATC I had die cut and then stamped the Kim Dellow circle trees.  Then I added more colour using the distress oxides as a Watercolour medium.

Love how they both came out and both look different even though they are the same image and quote. 

Happy crafting! 


PA quick card for a friend

Made a quick card using scraps off the desk. 

First a piece of background using Brushos to stamp the Handcarved background. 

The heart was stamped from a distress oxide background and then added gold pen to the screw heads. 

I then added another strip of the distress oxide background and then a piece of black cardstock. 

A cute little card and a good way of using up some of the scraps on the desk. 

Happy crafting! 


Gelatos art… Create Joy

Today I am off to scale the heights of the trees in delamere forest with the princess and her bestie… wish me luck. I also have another YouTube video to share with you that I made on Friday and for a change it doesn’t have anything to do with Distress Oxides.

Instead the medium of choice was gelatos! 

I made a piece of art using some packaging as the base and then used gelatos and stash from the Artful Days goodie box from February.  

Here it is framed on the bookcase… complete with the curling brush I’ve just noticed! 

And pre framing an extreme closeup! 

And here it is in the light but in its frame!

Hope you manage to pop to my YouTube video to see the process. I really enjoyed this challenge.

Happy crafting!


Distress oxides… still not bored of them! 134-136

Yes I am still playing with distress oxides. This time some ATC’S I made last night. 

I started with some papers cut from wipe offs from inky Gelli plate play. 

I gradually built up the colours using the distress oxides… 

Next I started on some stamping using a Paula Pascal set of stamps and a Kaisercraft stamp.

I then had a hunt for a suitable quote or title and thought this Seth Apter one worked perfectly.  

I then trimmed each of the pieces slightly and mounted on some peachy orange cardstock.  

Then I grabbed some acrylic ink and splattered it across the cards.  

OK time for some close ups… 

I love how these came out.  The colours, the stamping and the Seth Apter quote work perfectly together.

Very pleased indeed… and the love affair with distress oxides continues! 

Happy crafting!


Brusho swaps! #131 – #133

I’m participating in another swap! This time it’s a Facebook group which focuses on Brushos and pigment powders. The theme for the swap is Spring. 

I started with this one…

I used the Brushos to sprinkle through a stencil. This was Gamboge and Lemon. 

I finished it with a simple silhouette stamp and a quote. 

Next I used Brushos to stamp the background. I love the way this works and the watercolour effect of the stamping.  I finished with a Totally Trees stamps and then a bit of water colouring.  

Now a background using the Brushos and then coloured in the stamped image using Brushos too! 

Love how all of these came out. 

Happy crafting! 


More distress oxide playing

And another YouTube video done! 

Feeling more confident with the app to edit the video now and hopefully this makes sense. 

And here are pics of what I made at the end of the video

Not quite got round to sticking the last one down yet and think it needs a layer of something before I do.

Anyways … check out the video to see how I made these and if you enjoy it, give it a thumbs up! 

Happy crafting! 


Happy birthday princess!

My gorgeous girl turned 11 today! Where have all those years gone? 

Of course I made her a card. I went very mixed media and included lots of layers and of course…. distress oxides! 

Layer one (which of course has lots of layers of its own!) is distress oxides! 

Next I chose some of the papers from the Artful Days goodie box. I cut them into panels and then inked the edges and added more Distress oxide to them. I layered them up and then added some iridescent medium through a stencil. 

Next another piece of the patterned paper coloured with the … yes you’ve guessed it… distress oxides! 

I then chose one of my favourite heart stamps from Darcy’s Paperartsy stamps. I heat embossed it and fussy cut it out. 

I then added stickers and the sentiment and added some bakers twine and brads to add some features.   

The last thing to be added was some splatters of the Art Alchemy metallic turquoise paint. 

I mounted the panel up onto some black cardstock and then a large white card blank. 

A funky and fun card for our princess! 

Happy crafting!