Découpage, Oh so succulent, Watercolor words

More decoupage cards

Yes the remaining six decoupage cards I made from the Crafts Beautiful decouoage kit… these were made adding my own card blanks into the supplies… 

The first three I added simple embossed sentiments and decoupage panels.

The final three I added some patterned paper and cardstock to finish them off in addition to sentiments either from the kit or from my stash.

I added glitter to some and little dots of glossy accents to others and on the final one I added flicks of pearlescent pink mica spray.

Loved this little play with decoupage for a change. And it just goes to show that allcrafting can be fun! 

Happy crafting!



Decoupage cards

There was a discussion between my crafty friends and I last week about decoupage and although you may think with my love of mixed media and grungy crafts that decoupage might not be my thing… but I do enjoy it every so often. So when I saw the Crafts beautiful magazine and it had a decoupage kit in it as the freebie I thought … why not! 

Of course it was meant to make 6 cards but I ended up adding a few card blanks and bits and pieces of paper to make it into 12! 

Here are the first six which are using the cards that came in the pack with various levels of decoupage. I did add some glitter, glossy accents and some foiled sentiments to a few to add to them… otherwise these pretty flowers are mainly how the kit intended them to be (I just skipped a few layers to save them for other cards!).

I will share the other six I made another day… but hope you also like these pretty cards. Far from my usual style but still fun and relaxing to make. 

Happy crafting!


Art and crafting styles, Waterfront

Waterfront sympathy

I hate that I had to make this card. The news that someone has passed away always knocks me. And in this case the world has lost a young, creative, fun soul. I feel for her parents and of course all her family. Rest in peace Lorna. 

I decided to make a muted card with a scene using these amazing Waterfront stamps from Stampin Up.  I have seen so many cards using these on Pinterest and can’t wait to make some different scenes using them. 

I used a mixture of grey inks, mainly distress inks but also added in weathered wood for a touch of blue. I then added some light shading to the edges and to catch the texture of the cardstock with a clarity brush.  The sentiment was a magazine freebie stamp.

I kept the card simple with a black mount for the image and then a linen cardstock card blank.

Happy crafting! 


Art and crafting styles

2018 crafting challenge… 52 mixed media cards… card 1

So this year I hadn’t set myself any crafty challenges and wasn’t going to… but then in a Facebook group I am part of (mini marvels) Chris challenged us to altering 52 playing cards using mixed media.  No other rules although she may give us a prompt to use if we want it. 

So just over a week late here is my first card.

I decided to not use playing cards but instead use up the stash of random papers and cards I had cut ready for ATCs and Chris had said we could do this instead! So here is the box full of bits and bobs ready cut to size and in some cases half made ATCs I never finished. So in addition to the one a week challenge… I am challenging myself to use up what’s in this box! 

So my starting point was this…

A base made from a scrap of brusho background. Some gelli print scrap, some book print from an atlas and Tim Holtz tissue wrap. Already pretty mixed media! 

I then staryes adding more and bringing all together and ended up with this… 

I had no plan at the beginning and just enjoyed the play to be honest… it was nice playing with paint for the first time in ages and just creating.

I used black gesso, art alchemy metallic paints and sparks paints, pen and also added the metal frame brad embellishment which I have had in my stash for more than 12 years! Never found a use for it before! Now I have!

Finished with some doodling and the Tim Holtz sticker sentiment.

Loved making this and the sentiment really helped me focus my mind tonight. Exactly what I needed! 

Happy crafting!


Art and crafting styles, Promarkers, Letraset

Cherry picking fun! 

Another cute digi stamp from the batch I found the other day and made some cards up from.

Again I chose some patterned papers from the scraps box and a foiled sentiment to make up the card with a scrap of bright yellow ribbon.

I added some wink of Stella to a few parts of the image to add some shimmer.

Love how this looks… so delicate and sweet!  

Tomorrow I will be back to my mixed media work I am sure after a few days of cardmaking… but it’s been nice to do something a little different for a while. 

Happy crafting! 


Art and crafting styles, YouTube video

My favourites of 2017 pt 2

I’m back with another favourites list from everything that’s gone on my blog this year!  And the new thing for 2017 was YouTube! 

Yes I know it’s been around for years but i embraced it this year and put into the world a few videos… And here are my favourites! 

Seasons postcard 

Christmas ATCs

Shine wall hanging

Scrapbook page


I could have chosen more… I’ve uploaded over 50 videos so far with some only showing unboxing stash, some small projects on fast forward, some product explorations and some in depth full process videos.  Here is my channel for those interested… if be happy to have more people viewing the videos!  So expect plenty more next year! 

Pop back tomorrow for another of my favourites of 2017 lists! 

Happy crafting!