Canvas and Mixed Media art, Masks/Stencils, Paperartsy - Eclectica Lin Brown, Paperartsy Hot Picks, YouTube video

Playing in my journal… out of the box

Today I’m sharing a video of last weekends playtime in the craftroom. I had nothing in mind when I sat down to play other than I needed to do something with colour! And the result… well I’m very happy with the final page. The video doesn’t cover the doodling which I did the day after to allow for everything to dry properly.

Here is the link to the video. 

Hope you enjoy watching the page emerge. 

Happy crafting!


Art and crafting styles

Enchanted ATCs 344 – 346

Three ATCs for the Lindsay Mason ATC swap, where the theme is Enchanted Forest.

I used the distress inks to create the blue and purple background on the linen cardstock and then overstamped with the Indigo Blu Bare Forest stamp using the stamp platform to try and get the image dark.

Then I die cut the fairies from mirror card and then decided to add some embossing with the sentiment and a little cluster of fairydust.

I then decided to also add embossing to the edge to frame the little artworks.  Cute! 

I’m entering these into the challenge at Artistic Inspiration challenges blog which is an Anything Goes with the option of using Cool Colours challenge. 

Happy crafting!


Art and crafting styles, Brushos, Distress oxide ink, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Masks/Stencils, Paperartsy Hot Picks, Paperartsy, Eclectica -Darcy

Deb’s Patwits circle journal¬†

Hello there

I have another circle journal page to share for the Patwits envelope journal. This time it is Deborah’s journal and her construction is similar to mine but bigger! 

I decided to go all Teesha Moore style. I started with painting the envelope with the Bora Bora paint.
I then cut a piece of paper to the size of envelope (not the base where it opens) and added a base of Autumn fire Paperartsy fresco finish paint and then added all the magazine collage papers.  I then added stamping to them using a mix of number and word stamps from my Hot Picks stamp sets. 

I then stamped the queen stamp onto some paper I had coloured with Paperartsy fresco finish paint. I then added that to the envelope and added black paint for the borders and then some doodling and the sentiment.  I used white paint pen to add the dots. 

I then added some dots through the stencil for the inside part of the envelope still visible as it needed some pattern too!

Next I decorated a tag to peek out of the envelope.  The envelope is partly sealed which means it fits perfectly in the gap and sits in the middle! 

I decorated both sides … but the back gas a message for Debs so only showing the front of the tag here…

I used brushos and distress stains to add colour and then black paint through a stencil to add the zig zags.  Then I used gesso to mute a bit of the colour and pattern and added Darcy’s feather stamp and gilded it with the gilding flakes.

I added the tiny dots to add some interest to the left hand zig zags and then stamped the sentiment from the same Darcy stamp set onto a scrap of paper I had stamped a background onto with Distress oxide. I cut that out and added that on the top. 

And a sneak peek of the other side of the tag…  I used distress oxides and another Paperartsy stamp set to create this autumnal leaf tag! I stamped the leaves with a mix of archival inks to make it a red and brown leaf and then clear embossed… I love my stamp platform for making these techniques so easy!

So there you go… another Patwits circle journal page complete. I hope Debs likes my experimental Teesha Moore style page.

Happy crafting!


Art and crafting styles

ATC’s numbering 340 – 343

So I can’t believe how close I am to my target of 365… and there are still 3 months to go before the end of the year. Not sure I’ve ever managed to fulfil a challenge before. I am amazed! 

Anyways … the idea for these ATCs came from Wanda who shared a project on the Paperartsy blog using distress oxides and transparent gloss texture paste. So I had to have a go! 

I took some pieces of mixed media cardstock and layered the fired brick, candied apple and black soot distress oxides until I was happy with it. Then I added the texture paste through different stencils.

I finished them all off with stamps and doodles, mainly using the Paperartsy stamps.

These first three are all for a UK stampers forum swap. 

The final one I treated slightly differently. 

Once the texture paste was dry I took a baby wipe and wiped off a lot of the colour. I LOVE how this came out.  So different. Will definitely be trying this again.

So that’s 4 more towards my target! 

Happy crafting!


Art and crafting styles, Distress oxide ink, Happy Celebrations, Layering the Love, Ribbons

Tag swap with layering the love

I made this tag using some leftover distress oxides from other projects and stamping using the Happy Celebrations set. 

I then used timeless textures too and the Layering the Love for the main sentiment. I then added dragonflies from the awesomely artistic set.

I am so in love with Distress Oxides and how they layer. So much fun! 

Happy crafting!


Art and crafting styles, Design Team

DT: Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge 

Hello … how is it already the 1st of October? Wow! This year is zooming past! And apologies no blog posts for the last couple of days… but I am back up and running (well stumbling along may be a more accurate description) again! 

Well as it’s the first of the month I have a Design Team contribution for Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge.

I used Memories and More card pack from the Colour Theory suite and made an anniversary card. 

I love how this came out, especially with the acetate overlay. Nice to use these project life style cards that I know I am unlikely to use for the reason intended! 

Rightio… with that card shared it is now time for me to go check out what my fellow team mates have been up to with their stash of patterned paper! 

Happy crafting! 


Art Alchemy paints, Badass Chick, Canvas and Mixed Media art, Distress oxide ink, Masks/Stencils, Promarkers, Letraset, Sizzix, Tim Holtz Tissue Wrap, Trish Latimer

A play in my journal – make a wish and sparkle

Another play in my Dylusions journal last weekend led to this spread….

I used a mixture of distress stain spray and distress oxides to create the background using stamps and stencils. As the colour was added over gesso it gave it a lovely pale and creamy texture.

I added the stamping of the circles from #badassartchick stamps across the bottom and then added some of the Tim Holtz tissue wrap in the centre of the two pages. I then added the swirly sizzix die cut and then the cute Trish Latimer fairy. I had coloured her with promarkers and then added the Art Alchemy Sparks paint to her wings and the star. I also splashed some of the sparks over the page to add the sparkle. 

I absolutely love the sketchy nature of this focal image against the washy nature of the background so super happy with this page.

And yes another creation for the Paperartsy challenge over on their blog for using Hybrid inks.
Happy crafting!