Avery Elle, Brilliant Wings, Butterfly, Canvas and Mixed Media art, Ribbons, Tim Holtz, Washi tape

Mixed media Monday – Chopping up the collaged masterboard

The project last month was making collaged masterboards. Well this month I had to take someone else’s collaged masterboard and make at least 4 somethings out of it… but using ALL of it.

So Dianne had sent me two masterboards and I chose to use this one.

It was challenging to cut into something so pretty but cut it up I did… and ended up with these bits and pieces to play with…

And the left overs…

I think I am forgiven for chopping these little bits off! Lol!

So what did I make… well I made a postcard…

I added washi, the die cut little circle flowers, the punched butterfly and stickers. I also added ink and the strip of fabric and the corrugated oval. Love how the different elements worked well together.

I also created 2 tags, one slightly larger than the other but based on size 8 ranger tags…

Again I added some extra bits like the tissue paper, fabric, die cuts, washi, sewing, stickers, keys and inking!  Also some ribbons and trim for the top of the tags.

Next I made 2 small tags…

I grabbed little elements with texture from my stash… I love the little gold theme for the fairy one… and the sewn elements for the butterfly one.  I ended up adding the base tag to this one in the Calypso Coral cardstock to lengthen it a little too.

Finally I made a bookmark with inchies as the element of the masterboard.

Again I added the extra layers such as the wax paper, ribbon, book print, die cut and sewing. Love how this finished up so much!

So hopefully Dianne likes these and can make use of all the different pieces I made for her from her gorgeous background.

Looking forward to making use of the other masterboard she sent to me for things I can then keep and use.

Happy crafting!


Butterfly, Butterfly Bijou, Butterfly Brilliance, Butterfly journal, Masks/Stencils, Ribbons, Swallowtail, Washi tape

Butterfly themed journal craftalong

I did a fun craftalong with some friends recently where we made butterfly themed handmade journals. I decided to use mine to document my Brave the Shave event and hair regrowth in 2019, alongside a little of my friends stories about breast cancer.

Here is how far I have got with decorating it and filling it so far. Still got many stories to tell but for now I am pleased with how much I have managed to do on this project.

I used the already sold out Butterfly Bijou dsp, alongside vintage papers, random papers, index cards, colouring book pages, washi, vellum, doilies … basically anything that was around whilst I was playing got thrown in the mix.

Some pages I have just added little collages to and not added documenting which I love to add interest, especially as this is a bittersweet story to document… both a celebration of success and loss for my two friends who have had to face breast cancer along with the story of my shave journey which I am so proud of what I achieved through a simple but brave act.

If anyone fancies seeing the hair disappear there is a speedy version on youtube. Enjoy!

Will share future projects in this journal as they happen… keep your eyes peeled!

Happy crafting!


Baked Texture embossing powder, Builder Bird, Butterfly, Butterfly basics, Dictionary, Inchies and Twinchies, Simply Sketched, World Map

Back to Black twinchies

So as per usual I made twinchies for the coin swap peeps… and kept to the same Back to Black theme. This first set of four was using black cardstock and the baked texture embossing powder in Deep Sea to add the dictionary stamping in the background and the butterfly embellishment. Also added the punched leaf from black cardstock and kept it plain as contrast. Then edged the pieces in black embossing powder to finish off.

Second set of four was another scrap piece of black cardstock and this time heat embossed with the handcarved stamp although didn’t ink it fully so it meant it was more of a loose stamping.Then I heat embossed the white splodges on top. Next I coated some cardstock with sparks paint and then heat embossed one of the Watercolour wings stamps before using a punch to punch out the butterfly.

I then used the Tap Tap Tap sentiment which I heat embossed in white and then finished the twinchies off with white gel pen doodles.Pictures don’t really show the sparkle and shine on these but they are fab in real life.Then another pair of twinchies…

Next a set of six…More embossing and this time one embossed background with white craft ink stamped and embossed which created cool effect on the leaves. Then punched and stamped butterflies on top.

Next up a set of eight. Again an embossed background this time using the world map stamp and then the simply sketched leaves using different powders.I found a butterfly in a magazine stamp set and embossed them onto the black card using white powder.Finally two using scraps of patterned paper, and embossed flower and embossed details on punched butterflies.Some fun twinchies … all back to black but also with butterflies thrown in for this month’s theme too!

Happy crafting!


Artist Trading Coins, Butterfly, Butterfly basics, Petals and more, Shrink plastic, Tim Holtz

Butterfly Artist Trading Coins

Yesterday I revealed the theme for the swap in my Artist Trading Coins UK swaps group over on Facebook… Butterflies.

I figured it would be an easy theme for people to join in with as there are so many butterfly themed crafting things around and not the hardest things to draw or paint either!

I decided to use a lot of supplies that were hanging around on my desk to make mine.I chose papers from Making Cards magazine kit that I had never got round to putting away for covering the coins and then added another layer of a partially die cut wall (Tim Holtz dies). Then I die cut book print using the leaf die from Petals and More. Then took a shiny leaf from the stash, copper thread and some little flower embellishments.

Then for the butterfly…. Butterfly basics little text butterfly which I white heat embossed on some bronze cardstock and stuck it down. I then stamped the sentiment from the same stamp set onto shrink plastic and heat it so it became a cute embellishment.Absolutely love these textural and layered coins with fun embellishments.

Hopefully the eventual recipients do too!

Happy crafting!


Art Alchemy paints, Butterfly, Dylusions paints, Masks/Stencils, Raggy Dolls

Raggy doll journal catch up

I played catch up at the weekend to get up to date with my raggy doll collaborative journal project. I had to do a Geometric shape themed page with the background Jackie had done and start a winged things background.  Here’s what I got up to…

Jackie had done this fab pink and silver background.  I started adding to it using shape stencils. First the triangles. Then I moved onto the block pattern and some black paint…

Then I got some stamps out and started stamping… I used quite a few including the Kim Dellow ones from Paperartsy. 

Next I chose to create some squares of texture using iridescent medium and then half way through the drying process I blasted it with heat to pump up the texture.

I then did some doodling and added my “quote” as I thought it worked with the theme. 
Next I had to create a background for a ‘winged things’ theme. I started with a base of white Dylusions paint and then a layer of black Dylusions paint.  Whilst that was still wet I added  stencil and wiped through with a baby wipe. 

This created a great diagonal to work with. I punched lots of butterflies using a punch from music and book print. I added these using Matt medium. Once this was dry I added a coat of the Art alchemy opal magic paint (which I am in love with) and this turned the whole page pink… or blue dependent on which way you look at it! 

I then added splatters of back paint and then some stamping in black archival to finished the background off for Leanne to finish. 

Loved working on these pages.  

Butterfly, Canvas and Mixed Media art, Darkroom Door, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Promarkers, Letraset

Lindsay Mason ATC swap – masquerade 

Oh my …. my blog was mad busy yesterday… maybe i should write about strictly more often! Ah well back to the usual sedate number of visitors today I suspect. I’m actually off work today with the poorly princess who is sporting a high temperature and horrible cough. Hopefully a day of snoozing and snuggles and she will be on the mend quickly.  So I can at least blog early on in the day.

I missed a month or so of Lindsay Masons ATC swap but I joined in again in September and here are my ATC’S with the theme of masquerade.

The first one I used a scrap of corrugated card that I distressed, gessoed and painted with fresco finish paints.  I used some stamps to add pattern and then added the Byron quote.  The butterfly was painted and then has some shimmery ink added on top to make it shine.  I mounted it onto a white ATC and then doodled to finish it off.

The second is a simple quote stamped (darkroom door) then onto an acrylic ATC I stamped the Paperartsy Hot Picks image in stayzon. I then added some colour to the back using Promarkers. 

Then I fixed them together with a little bit of sewing.  

The third one… 

The background was made with paints, mainly fresco finish paint. I used stamps and stencils to create the patterns. 

I then hand drew the masquerade mask in black Indian ink. Then I added the glass gel bead medium to it carefully so that it was only on the mask.  Once it dried this created a lovely texture and shine for the mask. 

Loved making these.  Looking forward to seeing what I get in return. 

I am also entering this last one into the More Mixed Media Challenge as I’ve used orange in the background of the ATC. 

Happy crafting!


Butterfly, Design Team, Digital stamps, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Inktense, Derwent

DT: Fab’n’funky : no patterned paper

Hello! It’s Wednesday and it’s time for a new challenge at Fab’n’Funky.   This week the challenge is not to use patterned paper and I decided to make two projects. For the first I am using this lovely image from Lacy Sunshine, Rory Catching Butterflies which is from our sponsors this week.

Here is my card….


But hang on… that looks like patterned paper. …. but no it is actually where I wiped my brayer whilst gelli printing and it made this lovely colourful but grungey paper… so strictly speaking not patterned paper!

I coloured the image using inktense blocks and a water brush.  Then punched the butterfly out of a scrap of the painty paper and die cut the sentiment. 

Lovely simple card.

The second card I used Lacy Sunshine Rory Cherry picking.
I coloured her using felt tip pens… a mix of brands. Then I die cut her out in a large oval.

I then cut one side off and mounted it onto the pale green card blank.

I added the sentiment to the little stamp piece and some card candi. Another cute card.

Now come and join us at Fab’n’Funky for this weeks challenge.

Happy crafting!


Bliss, Butterfly, Use them or Lose them

Use them or lose them #9: Bliss

So this year I have decided to challenge myself to make a set of cards, scrapbook page or journal layout using each of my stamp sets as I know I have some I rarely use!

This week I grabbed the Bliss stamp set and decided to have a go with this. I got this set in saleabration about 6 years ago… and it was all about the flourish for me… and I still love this flourish but don’t use it very often these days.

I decided to make a couple of cards using up some patterned paper from the stash that has a lovely satin finish to it. I took some creamy yellow cardstock from the stash and cut a square and stamped the flourish in the centre in black. On another piece of the same cream cardstock I also stamped two butterflies in Fired Brick distress ink and added some clear embossing powder to them. Once heated this gave them a lovely shine.

I punched out the butterfly and edged it with a su marker then added it with a glue dot into the centre of the flourish. I then edged that panel with the same red, mounted it onto the dsp and then a panel of red cardstock to finish it off.

I made two cards and also decorated the envelopes…
The final touch was to add some dots of stickles…

Love how this came out. Love this flourish too. Not sure I can part with this stamp set yet. Wonder if I can make something else with it before the end of the week so that it can stay!

Happy crafting!


Balloon, Balloon celebrations, Butterfly, Happy Thing, Life... but not as we know it, Papillion Potpourri, Use them or Lose them

Two sheet wonder

Firstly I have to start with a grumble. Depression sucks. People (myself included before I suffered from it) think it is sadness or unhappiness. It really isn’t that. It’s more that for me it is numbness, or emptiness, combined with despair and isolation. I can be surrounded by people who love me and I love back but feel so alone. It really is horrible. Then the anxiety kicks in and it’s like everything is there at once and you just want quiet in your head but you can’t find it. Sorry to put this in the blog but I think if this helps one person understand another’s troubles or helps another person to identify this in themselves and get help then it’s worth it!

I’ve been back to the doctors this morning. We’ve decided on an increase in medication to go alongside the other things I am trying and I need to increase my exercise (from almost nothing to something routine). I have managed a small walk to and from the shop but after only 5 hours sleep I am now shattered and heading back to bed. Not sure I will get round to any crafting so glad I have a project I can blog about already completed…

Yes as part of the yet of Use them or lose them I have another one sheet wonder (using two sheets of dsp). 

I started with some sketches from Freshly Made sketches …  number 1 to 18 to be precise and after roughly cutting cardstock and paper to size I then started teaming up brads as embellishments, black paper as the consistent matting and then card blanks… three different kinds in total.


This is then how I left them… waiting for the right opportunity to add feature stamps and sentiments. 

A few weeks later I grabbed some coordinating cardstock scraps and black paper and the sentiment dies…
And had a big old die cutting session. Didn’t end up doing the button dies for this project.

Next I took all the smaller cards and started assembling them with the die cut sentiment and in some cases a stamped image (or three!). Some I had added paper flowers to already so they didn’t need the stamped images and because of the jazzy backgrounds I didn’t want to overdo it!

These I will share today… the others tomorrow!










Love how these all turned out… and how different they are because of the jazzy paper I probably wouldn’t have used for this type of project normally.

Pop back tomorrow to see how I finished the other cards from this two sheet wonder!

Happy crafting!