Art and crafting styles

Quick atcs using my 52 week art challenge attempts (44 & 45)

I am not great at drawing at all but finding I am trying to do some of the challenges in a fb group I joined … 52 week art challenge. 

Here are the ones I made for …

Week 3 : superhero

For these I followed a tutorial video on you tube. My faces are far from accomplished … but it was an attempt and once put onto atcs (which were scratch paper die cut) and edged with pencil and the titles added I am quite happy with them.

Happy crafting! 


Brushos, Inktense, Derwent, Masks/Stencils, Paperartsy Hot Picks, PATWITS circle journal

PATWITS circle journal… Deborah’s turn

Another PATWITS circle journal to share today. This time it is Deborah’s hand shaped journal. 

As per usual I adored all the artwork in the pages already completed and felt overwhelmed and nervous about whether I could come close to matching their beauty. But I quickly threw the doubts to one side as they wouldn’t achieve anything and set to with the medium I felt like using at the time… Brushos. 

I chose ultramarine, purple, pressman blue and tried to keep them quite light to make sure I kept the dispersal patterns. 

Already I loved this. Next I attacked the page with stencils… and gesso and texture paste and ink. Again I love how this was shaping up.

The hand shaped made me grab a Paperartsy mini stamp for the right hand side and the numbers stencil too. Then I started to focus on the title.  I also started adding depth to the framing of the pages with plenty of inking.

the next step was more stamping and then doodling and mark making round shapes. I also added some depth to shapes and spots of colour using Inktense pencils.

I finished it off with the quite stickers and the stamped title. I made this over the course of several days.and was very happy with it. Should have remembered to get a better picture than this but it’s already off with the next person so this is the best I can do. 

Looking forward to receiving one more journal and then mine will be coming back to me. Such a lovely project to have been involved in. 

Happy crafting!


Brushos, Swallowtail

For ATC’S sake … #46 and #47

Two fairly simple atcs this time… this was a stamped Swallowtail on a piece of copy paper I used to mop up a Brusho rainbow I had used for another project about 8 months ago. It then sat there getting crumpled and not being used… so here is the perfect way to use them. I cut them both to slightly smaller than ATC size and then edged them with black ink. Next I added a layer of versamark and clear embossing powder and then embossed them. 

I love the mottled shiny finish this gives them. I love the vibrancy of the colours that the layers of embossing gives them too.  I had forgotten how much I love brushos… think they may have to come out to play again very soon! 

I then mounted them onto some navy thin cardstock to frame them. 

A simple pair of ATC’S that would make very good card toppers too! 

Happy crafting! 


Oh so succulent, Succulent Garden

Crafting at Helen’s retreat … oh so succulent!

Yesterday I took myself out for the day to craft with my friend Helen who is a Stampin up demonstrator and great teacher. She had planned a one day class using some lovely products from the Oh so succulent range (Oh so succulent stamps and Succulent garden dsp) and we made cards to go in the tin that’s in the saleabration.  I had a lovely day following Helen’s instructions (sort of!) and managed to make 7 cards and have oodles of supplies left to make more to go in the card tin… which I’ve planned to give as a gift to my auntie. 

Here is the tin… 

Then the inserts which I’ve only done three types of card so far… so that’s all I’ve done for the categories… 

Right now here are the cards I made following Helen’s designs and instructions… on most of the cards I also decorated inside the cards… not something I often remember to do but thought it would be a nice touch for my auntie. I also did some simple stamping for the envelope too. 

This was the most time consuming one I made as it involved lots and lots of masking but love the effect I got in the end. I did go a bit dark with the inking through the mask but still I love it. 

The colour scheme was so pretty for this project… I love the sugar Plum pink and the mint macaron in particular. So pretty. 

Helen had the matching framelits available for us to cut all the stamped images and Daisy flowers out. They did speed up the process a lot and I wouldn’t have wanted to fussy cut all the flowers out but I still am not a fan of framelits so I will have to use the good old fashioned scissors next time I use this set.

I do however love the Daisy flowers that are die cut from this set. They are super cute… and having seen what others have created using the larger succulent dies they are amazing. So I can see the value in getting them… even if it’s unlikely I would get them myself.

I chose, as Helen had, to make the cards tent fold. I much prefer this … or even to make them landscape … I think it’s a more unusual fold and makes the cards look elegant. Plus when cutting your own card blanks you have the freedom to do this and otherwise these are an expensive card blank type to buy.

So those were my take on Helen’s designs. I then made a card using scraps from the off cuts and a tiny bit of stamping… 

…as you can see I changed the envelope for this and also the card looks so different without dsp! 

I also made three ATC’S from some of the scraps on the table but not quite finished them yet so will post them when I do. 

As per usual for Helen’s classes, there is a ton of product left as she is suoer generous, so have enough to make three more cards on white card bases and then probably at least another ten cards if I was to use some precut card blanks or even some of the coloured cardstock she’s included too.  Maybe by the time my auntie gets this for her birthday in March it will be funny with plenty of lovely cards to last her a while. 

Happy crafting! 


Ghoulish Grunge, Gorjuss, Masks/Stencils, Tape it

Postcard Art exchange… monochrome¬†

I joined in the postcard art exchange again this month. The theme was Monochrome and I must admit I struggled to think of what to do at first but then I saw the Gorjuss stamp I bought sitting on my desk begging to be used! 

So this was masking and over stamping and paper piecing and fun stencil play! 

At this point the texture paste (iridescent medium mixed with black gesso) needed to dry so it was a good time to take a picture. I used the lovely Ghoulish Grunge and Tape it stamps to add the background stamping and then the creative impressions mini stencil for the hearts. 

I finished it off with a silver pen… and a little quote. 

Love how this turns out and enjoyed playing with the limited colour scheme.

Happy crafting!


Designer Series Paper, Masks/Stencils, Stampers Anonymous - Tim Holtz

Paperartsy challenge … and for ATC’S sake … 38 – 43 !!!

It’s been a while since I managed to do a Paperartsy challenge … but I kept seeing amazing art both on the blog and from my friend Hazel who has made three different projects already (all of which are stunning) so I had to join in. 

Last night was the night to get in the zone and do this! The first DT project by Corrie I loved and although my make was nothing like hers it still inspired me to get my colour going! 

The first challenge for 2017 is a colour scheme… pink and orange! Lovely and bright and zingy.  Of course in keeping with this year’s challenge I had to make some ATC’S.  

So I grabbed some paper which I got in the sale at M & S as part of a stationery kit… and went to town with abandoned coral and carved pumpkin distress stains. I didn’t bother going to the edges as I knew that on this 8 x 8 paper I wouldn’t be using it all.

Next I grabbed some neon pink paint. This is DoCrafts fabric paint but I use it quite often on my papercrafts and never on fabric! I grabbed a stencil and added some onto the background but the paint is translucent so barely visible. So then I got out some gesso and an open design stencil so I could provide a base for the pink paint. 

That’s better.. more stencilling and stamping with bottle tops and credit cards and all that remained was some speckles! For this I used the metallic paints from Finnabair to also add a bit of a sheen. 

So I then cut up the pieces into ATC size and added stickers that were included in the stationery kit.

Right onto the focal images.  I wanted to keep them all in one theme and happen to have very recently bought some stamps that I knew would work perfectly… these Tim Holtz Runway ones… stamped in archival onto white cardstock and loosely coloured with the distress stains… perfect. 

I cut them out with a reasonable border and then adhered them to the backgrounds.  They are slightly larger than the atcs so they did loose legs etc… and in one case the dog! 

Then I decided to trim them down and add them to a cardstock base that I cut out of the postcards from the same kit… they had cute postcard style cards and they were perfectly 2 atcs for each… so I did half on the kraft side and half on the white. Oh I and so edged each of the panels with ink before sticking it down. 

Next up… doodling. A bit of doodling and outlining and then some stickers for sentiments. 

And here they are… gorgeous even if I say so myself! I also added a little bit of enamel accents on each just to add a little more texture. 

And here they all are in close up…

So that’s another six atcs made towards my challenge… I am way ahead of schedule (16 ahead already) and really enjoying this challenge.  I also love joining in with the Paperartsy gang for the pink and orange challenge… I do realise that I didn’t use any PA products this time … but I have an idea for another project using these colours and PA products so if idea get a chance in the next couple of days I will be back with that one too.  

In the meantime check out the Paperartsy blog and all the fab inspiration.  

Happy crafting! 

Awesomely artistic, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Inktense, Derwent, Masks/Stencils, Perfect Blend

Cafe cards… 35, 36 and 37

Hello there… another few atcs to share today that are part of the weekly challenge Marta sets up in Maremis Creative cafe fb group.  

These are the cards for weeks 2, 3 and 4…

Week 2 was bubbles… so bubble printing and doodling and quote about bubbles… perfect.  Then added the sparkly domes too. 

Week 3 was coffee… of course I had to use the perfect blend stamps… plus some beads and thread to add texture.

Week 4 was Dragonfly… the feature came from Awesomely Artistic and this was added to a pretty pastel background card to which I added the quote from Darcy’s stamps.  

Love how different these look and grateful for the inspiration in the fb group. 

Happy crafting !