Random Crafts

We will remember postcard

This postcard is a bit different from my usual makes as it features very little in the way of papercrafting.

The theme for this month’s swap is poppies and I bought the commemoration tea towel from the supermarket with its beautiful poppies all over it. I didn’t need another tea towel though so decided to use the tea towel and cut it apart!

I then stitched round the poppy and added seed beads to the centre before glueing to the Hessian and adhering that to the postcard I had cut.

I then added the title using alpha stamps and decided that this textural card was exactly what I needed.

Happy crafting!


Art Alchemy paints, Artful Days Goodie Box, Distress oxide ink, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Inktense, Derwent, Masks/Stencils, Random Crafts

Finishing off last month’s atcs 151 – 153

I thought I should just do a post with so the random atcs left to blog from last month…. So here goes.

This is a painted background and then some bits and pieces from the desk … pretty butterflies! 

Another pretty butterfly sticker and a background that has lots of layers of ink and paper and paint … pretty.

A picture from the Artful Days goodie box plus some bits from other swaps. Also love the moody background piece using distress oxides which is an offcut from another project.

Right I think that’s all the random bits from March finished off. 

And three more for the challenge. 

Happy crafting!


Darcy, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Masks/Stencils, Raggy Dolls, Random Crafts, Ribbons

Raggy doll house number 5! 

Another day… another house and card to share! 

The house got a bit of a whitewash type finish but with some purple undertones. The snow is the glass bead gel and Glitter sprinkles.  I then drew on the windows and doors. This one got a little porch at the front too! 

Righto… the card! 

I chose the brighter colours of the paints… amethyst and bora bora . .. and swiped them and printed them using another piece of paper.  That paper then became the tag for the topper. 

Back to the background… I added iridescent medium through a stencil and also some of the Darcy snowflakes.

The house and the card both had a bit of sari scraps ribbon added to them to link the two of them. 

Another lovely house and enjoyed making this one too…. three more to make now!  Come back tomorrow to see another one! 

Happy crafting !


fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Masks/Stencils, Mixed media products, Raggy Dolls, Random Crafts

Raggy doll Christmas house #1

For the next few days I will be sharing the houses I made for my raggy doll sisters and their Christmas cards! 

One of the girls, Lynn, had a massive wooden stamp changeover. She took a large selection of Stampin Up wood mounted stamps and removed them from their wooden blocks so she could store more of them in the same space… as a result ended up with many wooden blocks that needed repurpossing! 

We came up with the idea of turning them into little houses and next thing we knew we all had blocks sent to us for us to make Christmas houses for each other as Christmas presents.

So this is the first post sharing what I did with the wooden blocks. 

I gessoed and then stuck together blocks using a hot glue gun into ‘house’ configurations. Then painted all of them with the same combination of paints and with some book print onto some sides too. 

This house was the first I finished and is closest to the Base painting that I did. For the roof on this one I got some sturdy card and used hi tack glue to secure it and then used some paperclay to fill in the gap underneath. Once this was dry I added more gesso and then a layer of glass beads gel and sprinkled it with Glitter whilst it was still wet. 
I drew the windows and doors and doodled on the house a little with white paint pen too. 

I thought it needed something else so I added the painted hessian star to the top to finish off! 

It was as this had been finished that I then decided to make a card for each of the recipients to match their house. I can’t tell you whose this is as the house and card are wrapped up ready for opening on Christmas day! 

So for this one I took the same paint colours and made a background using some of the techniques from the Seth Apter day I went on in September. I used snowflake stamps and the sentiment from a magazine set and the stars were done using a stencil. 

The bottom piece was created from the palette I used to create the background layer and the above picture is when I was waiting for the glass beads gel to dry.

Once the glass beads gel was dry I added more doodles and then the bottom piece on top with some foam pads to give some more dimension. 

Love how this came together and looks so good with the little house to match too! 

Happy crafting! 


Designer Series Paper, Random Crafts

Hunkydory card

Yes you read that right… I made something using Hunkydory supplies! 

I got given some supplies by a friend who was clearing ssome space in her stash and they have sat in my stash ever since. 

Well I decided to make something from it … or add it to the get rid pile. 

I also added a little bit of punchinella and some cute little embellishments. 

Now I admit I am not properly hating this, although it is far from my usual style, so I can see I might use some of the stash I have to make similarly pretty cards. 

It’s amazing what you find in the stash when you try to have a clear out! 

Happy crafting!


Design Team, Digital stamps, Random Crafts

DT: Craft your passion: chicken sign

Hi there  

Decided to make something a bit different for my Craft your passion design team contribution.  BECCYS PLACE are sponsoring the challenge and I used a set that I already owned to create my little sign.

I printed the silhouette panel with the sentiment on black card. I then added distress stains and some water. I love the way they blend and splashed out. Once dry I mounted it onto the black cardstock. I then made a little fabric sign with some scruffy machine sewing and a little coffee stirrer. To then ensure that the chicken family stand out I added some gold highlights.  

And here it is on the wall in my craft room. Love this little bright and fun banner. 

Pop over to the blog to see what others have got up to this week. 

Happy crafting!


fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Random Crafts, Stampers Anonymous - Tim Holtz

Happy Halloween house

A couple of days ago I shared with you a Halloween themed card I made for a friend.  I made reference to the halloween house I also made. Well it is time to share it! 

I am making some Christmas houses as part of a Christmas gift with some friends … more about that at Christmas time … well I had a little house that I had made up but wasn’t feeling Christmassy about it so ended up turning this one into a little halloween house. I knew that Hannah would like it so I thought I would gift it to her for her birthday. 

The house is made from wooden blocks on which there used to be stamps mounted. My  friend has been converting her wood mounted SU stamps to cling mount so as a group we have lots and lots of these wooden blocks to play with! 

This had lots of lovely bright pretty colours on it … but I ended up adding the black gesso over the top of that.  I then aadded some coral and autumn fire fresco paints.  as they are translucent I also added a little bit of chalk in too.

I then added stamping using a text stamp from Tim Holtz and black gesso to add random pattern over the house, and then the spider stamp on both the front and back. I then made sure the rroof was black and added glass bead gel and added a purple bead on the top. Next I some black ink around the edges to give it some shading and some flicks of the orange paint too.  Finally I then added little windows and doors. 

These pictures are whilst waiting for the glass bead gel onto dry.  It did get to be clearer. 

Hannah loved the little gift and I kknow my bit of play time was appreciated. 

Happy crafting ! 


One last pic added before I gave her the house… 

Lavinia, Masks/Stencils, Random Crafts

Postcard swap… fairies

Another challenge I have managed to get up to date with… postcard art challenge. This month the theme is Fairies, Goblins or Imps…. I of course chose fairies. 

I decided on a background made from distress stains and then built up with distress inks, stencils and stamped images. 

I added the little Lavinia fairies and then dots of glitter and small star sequins. Perfect fairy dust. 

Loved creating this. Just so much fun. 

Happy crafting! 


Random Crafts, Zentangle


Hi again

Yes I seem to be back to blogging regularly again!

Now as you may be aware I went AWOL for a few months. During that time, not much crafting took place, but I did do some arty stuff.  I’ve started a bullet journal (discovered through a friend on instagram) and one of the challenges I’ve been doing is the #zenartchallenge where there is a pattern each day to practice. 

Whilst I was on holiday, I made some cards (for other people in the challenge) as these were relaxing and easy to do whilst sitting in the tent or in the sunshine.  Here are some of the designs I made using the patterns I had learnt…  all that’s needed is to add bit of trim to the side and they are ready to write and post when needed! 

Love how these came out. And enjoyed the process of making them too.

Happy crafting! 


Canvas and Mixed Media art, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Random Crafts

Decorating lolly sticks! Madness

So there is a lovely Facebook group where we celebrate small art and I sometimes take part in swaps and challenges.  This is one of those challenge swaps! And the substrate for the challenge was 6 lolly sticks.  This is what I did! 

A mixture of designs, colours and themes.  Loved doing these mini creations! 

Happy crafting!