From all of us, Watercolour paint

Stampin Up Sunday… from all of us

Last weekend I grabbed some time to do some colouring experiments with a new stamp set I’d had delivered … From all of us. I thought this was a super cute image and it’s quite a large focal image so good to get some colouring practice on.

I grabbed some whisper white and some watercolour card and stamped it using a variety of inks to try some different effects…

And then I had a colouring spree…

Oddly the one I chose to play with first and make into something was the splodgy mess one…

I had made a right old mess on this and wasn’t entirely sure if I could rescue it. Well the monkey I decided was beyond rescue but the ostrich, bear and bird (toucan?) seemed like they might be worth salvaging.

A few colouring pencils came out to strengthen the lines and features… then chop with the trimmer… outline the edge and mount on white…

Yup… happy with this one!

I found the patterned paper in the stash and mounted it on green with the green stamped sentiment cut at angles…

All in all it made this a quirky and fun card! So pleased I persevered.

It’s a good value red rubber stamp set this one… only £20 for the 8 stamps in the set… and can’t wait to see what I do with the rest of the coloured images…. not sure they will end up looking as funky as this one! If you fancy this stamp set just let me know and I can order it for you…

Entering this into the Watercolour challenge at Vintage journey

Happy crafting!


Watercolour paint

Matthew Palmer watercolour online workshop

Last Sunday we chose, as a family, to do a watercolour class with Matthew Palmer online. I had been seeing the excellent paintings my friend Darcy has been doing with these classes so was eager to see what I could do, and whether it would interest my princess.

Well it was hard work, but fun.

Here is the end result…

And here are some process pics…

And here are the three finished pieces.

We all really enjoyed the class, so much so that we booked for the next one this weekend. So will of course share what we make after that class.

The great thing is that we can rematch the video as much as we like to have another go at the picture… might do this one again to work on some of the areas I was less happy with… but I must admit I am super happy with the end result!

Happy crafting!


Art by Marlene collage papers, Artful Days Goodie Box, Darcy, Hot Picks, Neocolors II, PATWITS circle journal, Ribbons, Washi tape, Watercolour paint, Winter Frost

Circle Journal for Tricia

Another circle journal to share with you today, this time for Tricia.

It is a lovely Kraft background to work on so I decided to go for a white gesso messy background.

In addition to the gesso dry brushing I added some stamping in white craft ink. I used a mixture of stamps from Hot Picks and this gave me a nice finish.

Next I started pulling papers and ribbons from my stash and putting them together as I fancied a layered piece and plenty of sewing. So out came the sewing machine.

Then I got the Neocolours out and added some shading and definition to the layers and added some details.

Next I started bringing together the focal images and started building up the pages. I decided to add images from the stamped fabric stash from our weekend with James Sharpe. I think Tricia (who I was lucky enough to sit opposite all weekend) would appreciate seeing me using them.

I also grabbed tags from an Artful Days kit and added them in, but before they made it into the final pages I added distress inks to change the colour a little. I also decided to add some more details to the layers with a bit of stamping and added some shimmery watercolour to add a different texture, oh and I moved things round a little on the final pages so that Albert was on the other side!

Next I added rub ons and sentiment stickers to the page. I also added some splattered black soot distress ink and some white pen marks.

And then I grabbed the black puffy paint and added some dots around the pages as embellishments. And I called it finished!

Love how eclectic this is and love that white background behind the pop of lime and teal colours.

Also love all the loose threads that come from me being a messy sewer and the loose edges to the layers. Those rub ons also work well in keeping the layers light and fresh.

Hopefully Tricia likes what I made too… and now it is time for me to start work on the next journal.

Happy crafting!


Spectrum noir pencils, Stampin Up - stamps, Watercolour paint, YouTube video

Advent cardmaking: Presents

So today I have a few cards today where I used the same stamps and some masking to create a present giving polar bear to work for day 6 theme of presents!

Love how cute these are… even if the stamping on one is a little out of kilter.

I enjoyed the different looks I could give to this polar bear with the different colour schemes and patterned papers.

So cute!

Enjoy the video here

Happy crafting!


Art by Marlene, Canvas and Mixed Media art, Watercolour paint

Tag art with Marlene

This past weekend I went to Middlesborough to meet with a friend and attend a class with Marlene Meijer-van Niekerk. I had a fab time.

Here is what I made…

Fab mixed media tags… fun to make a some good ideas that I hadn’t thought of before… always good to get new inspiration.

And such a lovely bunch of people I spent time with…

Plus I had a bit of a spending spree in the shop and bought some bargains…

Plus… to make the whole weekend I spent time with the gorgeous Darcy…

Just love this girl so much!

So all in all a great weekend.

Want to hear more… check out the video I rambled through here!

Happy crafting!


Mama Elephant, Watercolour paint

Snowman two for one

Today I have two cards made using one stamp… the So many Snowman stamp from mama Elephant. This is a fabulous stamp… just like the dog and cat one I also own. Love it!

I took my inspiration from this card that Kristina Werner posted last year. Although clearly I’m nowhere near as skilled or as practised as she is.

I used watercolour to colour both the sky and the Snowman elements and then heat embossed the sentiment and chopped it into three pieces… one for on a longer card and two as panels on the standard card.

I finished both off with a white sharpie paint pen to add snow and some highlights to my little snowmen… so so cute!

I’m enjoying making Christmas cards now… good job as it’s nearly December… so be prepared there are more to come!

Happy crafting!