Dies, Gelli Plate

52 mixed media cards… Week 3

Hi… another of my 2018 challenge cards to share tonight that I made a couple of nights ago. This time Chris’ prompt was black and white and colour all over. This is what I made using my box of bits!

Once again I started with a scrap of gelli print and this time a scrap of painted cardstock that had lots of acrylic paint on it… mainly metallic.

I layered them up and then added distress stain in Abandoned Coral all over it… there is the colour all over part. Love how some of the gelli print resists the colour.

Now for the black and white.

I added a scrap of vellum and added a little gesso onto it and adhered that with some gold staples and then a black bird die cut (left over from the class last week) and a sticker sentiment. Finally some doodling to finish with both black and white pens.

Really pleased with this and lovely the playtime I had making it. And of course some more bits from the box used!

Happy crafting!


Deco art fluid acrylics, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Inktense, Derwent, Masks/Stencils, Petal Palette

Art journaling to prompts

So just before christmas I shared some canvases that I made using the instructions that my friend Chris provided. I decided to also make a journal page based on the instructions. 

I started with a page thay had some wiped off ink and stencilling on it in my Dylusions journal. 

Then I added a layer of lime green decoarts paint, then the stencilling of modelling paste and then some strips of book print.  I know this picture looks yellow but in real life the colour is more green.

Next step was to add analogous colours…. 

I added some Haystack and Butternut fresco finish paints through a stencil and with a sponge.  I then added plenty of splashes and flicks or paint.

Now time for the contrast colour.  This was to be a contrast to that original colour of the lime green and to be used sparingly in at least three places. So I chose a bright blue… I know probably purple would have been a more accurate contrast but I thought this was probably good enough. Of course at this point I felt the end was in sight and forgot to take pics! 

So I chose to add the bright blue with the credit card to create some patches and then also added it over the texture as a very light layer. This showed the texture up more. 

The next instruction was to add a feature image and the final one words and finishing touches! So I guess now I reveal the final page… 

So the image was from a magazine I added some shading using Inktense pencils, some pen doodling and painted in the glasses to add more blue to the page. I also added a little red stamping and some red paint to the texture to add some more balance.  I chose some Tim Holtz stickers and some words cut from magazines for the page too. 

I added doodling using white and black pen for a few bits and pieces and finally added some little black enamel accent dots. 

Super happy with this page. It was fun to use the prompts as guides for each stage too. 

Lovely to get my first mixed media journal page done of the year! Think I will aim for one a month to try and get more play into my life! 

Happy crafting! 


Claritystamps, Gelli Plate

Happy birthday Millie B

The princess’ best friend is a unicorn obsessive so I made a unicorn card for her birthday!  Her birthday was actually at the beginning of December but rather rubbishly she has only been given her card and present today.

I used one of the gelli plate backgrounds I made a while ago as the starting point and added some additional colour to the Claritystamp unicorn. Then I added plenty of wink of Stella to make it brilliantly shimmery! 

I added lots of layers of pink and blue cardstock and then some blue and purple thread wrapped round and knotted. 

So happy belated birthday Millie!

I also have quite a few backgrounds left that I have not had a chance to turn into cards yet… hopefully will be able to soon.  So do watch out for the rest of the backgrounds in the future.

Happy crafting!


Epic Celebrations, Gelli Plate, Inktense, Derwent

52 mixed media cards… card two

Hello. I’ve managed to catch up on the challenge … phew! 

Chris gave us a prompt that we could use or ignore for this week.  Use three geometric shapes. 

I chose to add three triangles punched out of a gelli print. So here is the starting point. 

Red cardstock, atlas paper cut slightly smaller and three triangles of gelli print. I added some inktense to define the triangles.

Ok so no idea where to go from here so gesso layer went down. The atlas paper is quite shiny so the gesso is a requirement. I also added a scrap of painted paper too. 

I added stamping (the black dots) and more Inktense in blue and red. Then I hunted through my folder of collage pieces in magazines. Found a man who fit the piece (no plan still in what I was doing!) And outlined him in blue and added gesso to him and some definition using a pen.

Ok I still wasn’t happy with this. So more work on it required. 

More Inktense added. Then doodling with black and white pens and then enamel accents added too. Finally happy with my little card. 

Took me out of my comfort zone doing this and took a while till I felt I was happy go with it and not just throwing it away! 

Finished with a Tim Holtz sticker sentiment that summed up the process rather than the image.

Now feel like I am on a roll so looking forward to seeing what the prompt is for next week. 

Happy crafting!


Art Alchemy paints, Badass Chick, Deco art fluid acrylics, Distress oxide ink, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Gelli Plate, Gummiapan, Visible Image

My favourites of 2017 pt 4

Final list of favourites for 2017 today… And today it is techniques! Yes what techniques have been my favourites for this year?

Well first has to be masterboards! Whether for ATCs or cards I have been churning out masterboards rather a lot and love creating them so much… want to see some… Here goes… 

I mentioned embossing yesterday in terms of products…. well embossing has been high up on the list of techniques this year.  Even if only embossing the sentiment the versamark, powder and heat tool have been to hand rather a lot! Here are just some of the embossed projects! 

And of course stamping remains my go to technique regardless of what type of project I make. I rarely make anything without a stamp making an appearance somewhere. I don’t really have a favourite stamp but new companies I’ve enjoyed this year are the #badassartchick ones which I subscribed to for funky and interesting stamps and the Gummiapan text one I bought I love too. I also have a few Visible Image stamps I bought this year which are fun.  Of course I’ve loved Paperartsy and Stampin Up stamps too and continued to add to my collection of those too. And I must mention that Creative Stamping magazine have had some fab sets this year too. 

Finally sewing… not exactly featured heavily this year but I have been known to add sewing to the list of techniques especially when doing mixed media. It might only be a small project but this landscape ATC comes to mind when I think of sewing.  So it’s on this one piece of artwork I will finish my favourites of 2017 series. 

Hope you have enjoyed my slightly different round up of the year and will be joining me for more creative fun in the next year. 

Happy crafting! 


Art Alchemy paints, Distress oxide ink, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Gelli Plate

My favourites of 2017 pt 3

Back again with another list of favourites.  Today it is all about products that I have loved using this year! 

Of course 2017 is the year of distress oxide inks… wow these really are a game changer for the crafting world and I am in love with them! 

I did a video on them when I first got them and that had a stupid amount of views etc…. Here it is! Never did I think I would ever have a video with more than 10 views never mind 1.7k!!!

Anyway I love my distress oxides and here are a selection of the projects I made using them this year! 

Just love the variety of effects you can get with these inks! 

Next product I have loved using is my gelli plates… especially towards the end of the year… with both ink and paint. 

Again… some of the projects where the gelli plate features…

Another product I’ve loved since I got it is my stamp platform. It makes stamping so much more fool proof… no more blotchy or patchy stamping and instead beautifully bold stamping.  No pics for this but it did deserve a mention. 

Paint remains in my favourites list… in particular the Paperartsy fresco finish paints and the Finnabair Art Alchemy paints. I just adore both of these brands for different reasons. The fresco finish paints are perfect for every project and layer wonderfully. Love the fact that they have both opaque and transluscent paints. The art alchemy paints are great for adding special sparkle or shimmer. I love the sparks paints in particular.

Here are some painty projects from this year… 

Finally I must mention my Wink of Stella pen and embossing. Both of these have featured heavily this year although not always easy to show on pics. I have to say my heat tool has never had this much work to do in previous years but it is constantly at my side now. And the wink of Stella makes everything sparkle so beautifully so I had to mention it! 

So this is my main product favourites of 2017! 

I have one more list to share with you so pop back tomorrow for another run down on my favourites of this year! 

Happy crafting!


Art Alchemy paints, Artful Days Goodie Box, Deco art fluid acrylics, Distress oxide ink, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Gelli Plate, Gorjuss, Inktense, Derwent, Masks/Stencils, Promarkers, Letraset, Sky's the Limit, Spectrum noir pencils, Tim Holtz, Trish Latimer

My favourites of 2017 pt 1

I see these little videos on YouTube with people celebrating their favourite supplies of the year… of course they are all affiliated so not entirely sure how much I trust their judgements so instead I thought I would share my favourites of 2017! 

Of course I couldn’t not mention ATCs given this year has been all about these small works of art.  I challenged myself to create 365 in the year and I exceeded the challenge by a long shot. 

I’ve made mixed media 3d cards, hand drawn cards, stamped cards and even pocket letters! I’ve participated in swaps all over the world and made most of my Christmas cards using ATCs as the toppers.  So my favourite artworks of the year…

I think these stick in my mind as favourites… so in no particular order…

Fairy cards

Halloween pocket letter

Work of art 

Alphabet ATCs


Gorjuss girls


I could go on… there were after all over 400 to choose from! So for now this will do. 

So my favourite supplies for making ATCs are… pretty much anything I can grab quickly and smaller sized stamps. 

Hope you enjoyed this little refresher on my ATC journey. 

Will be back with another favourites list of 2017 tomorrow if I get a chance.

Happy crafting!