Art Alchemy paints, Artful Days Goodie Box, Badass Chick, Beautiful You, Claritystamps, Distress Crayons, Distress oxide ink, Dylusions, Finnabair, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Gelatos, Faber Castell, Gorjuss, Gummiapan, Masks/Stencils, Tim Holtz

Big ATC swap! (259-270)

So today I have a mammoth 12 ATCs to share that I made for a swap with the theme of Mixed Media! Of course I can’t make 12 all the same so I decided instead to go with six pairs. 

So I cut some mixed media cardstock into six panels of 5 x 3.5 inches and then added either tissue paper, sewing pattern paper or wallpaper to each of them and added some gesso too. 

This gave me the following six panels to work with…

I then worked on each of them at a time adding colour and texture. 

This first one was the floral tissue paper that had come on an artful days goodie box and I added distress crayons over the gesso. 

I then added some stamping using the badass chick stamps and a piece of the textured wallpaper in the centre. I then mixed some modelling paste with distress crayon and added it to the card through a stencil.

I left that to dry and moved onto the next card. This one had the sewing pattern paper on it. I added some book print and then distress stains. I love the different vibrancy as a result of the gesso and non gesso papers.  I then got out the sewing machine to add some stitching for extra texture.

The next one was tissue paper from a shoe box which had some pattern and some numbers on it.  I added blue gelatos to colour and then heat embossed the stars with white powder. Then I added pieces of a blue doily and some sequin waste using some blue staples. Finally I added some book print it had added colour to using distress oxides.

Right onto the next one… 

This was some floral vintage style tissue paper. I added some red card that I had impressed a brickwork die onto but by the time I had added gesso over the top and Matte medium this had pretty mich disappeared. I then added some more colour using gelatos and then through a stencil I added some of the art alchemy paint in a pale pink colour.  Finally I added two strips of wax paper that I used the sewing machine to adhere to the panel. 

Next I had a bit of a heat him issue with! But still I love it! 

I used some spotty tissue paper on this and after a very light coat of gesso I added some transparent glossy texture paste through a circles stencil. 

This once dry added a lovely resist so then I added distress stain in blues and greens but when impatient for them to dry I took my heat tool to speed things up forgetting that the texture paste doesn’t play with heat so ended up making a bit of a mess of the circles which meant the ink did seem into them. Ah Well! Never mind. To add to the circle theme I wiped some of the ink away through another stencil and then added the Finnabair circle stamps.

Final one… I had added the textured wallpaper to this one in torn strips. I used the Paperartsy fresco finish paints to add the colour and then used the Art alchemy sparks paint to paint a piece of watercolour paper that I then die cut using a Tim Holtz die. After adhering this I added some text stamping using the Gummipan stamp.

So these were my six panels ready to make into ATCs.  I took each panel and trimmed it to size and then started adding the rest of the pieces on to turn them into mini artworks. I used a mixture of stamps and embellishments to do this.  And this is where they all got organised and adhered. Particularly like the Craft stamper Magazine star that Kim Dellow designed. And I hadn’t used the Clarity tangled heart in a long time! 

Then it was time to finish each piece off.

The first panel I added the Badass chicks girl head stamp and gave her a body from book print. I coloured her with distress crayons and then added stickles to one set of the flowers and glossy accents to the other.  I then chose some sentiments for the titles.

The next one I added some diecuts from craft foam and one of the stamped girls from the Stampin Up Beautiful You set.  I also added a sentiment for each. Then on one I chose to add the glitter flakes and the other got a button.

I think this next set might be my favourite. I added some navy thread behind the stars that I stamped in distress oxide and heat embossed with clear powder. I then added some spots of glitter and on one of them I also added some tiny star sequins. I then added the sentiments.

I didn’t add much to these except two Gorjuss girls and Tim Holtz sentiment stickers.

I ended up adding some netting to these next ones and some more sewing. Then I added the star stamp which again was stamped with distress oxide and heat embossed.  I then added the gems from the artful days goodie box.  Then on the one on the left I added some of the blue stars and some glitter glue. 

And the final set… I heat embossed the heart and then added distress oxides.

So happy with all of these and how I managed to make them all different! 

Happy crafting 


Dylusions, Masks/Stencils

Distress stains and dylusions ATC 180!!!

180 ATCs made since Jan 1st. Wowsers! 

And here it is… 

I started with a piece of mixed media cardstock and soaked it in a mixture of distress stains although mainly Picked Raspberry. 

Once dry I added a stencil and babywiped a little ink away so those are the faint hearts in the background. 

Next I added the strips of punchinella using some fun coloured staples.  Then the main feature of the Dylusions cat which after stamping in archival I also coloured with the distress stain.

I added doodles and the PURR title and jobs a good’un!

So there we go… 180th ATC! Almost halfway through my challenge (well ahead of schedule) and still enjoying it. 

Happy crafting! 


Dylusions, Dylusions paints, Dylusions spray inks, Masks/Stencils

Alphabet quote cards with Dyan 

Today I’ve been in sunny Harrogate taking a class with the lovely Dyan Reaveley. The plan was to make 26 quote cards using the alphabet as inspiration… but making 26 in one day is a little bit of a challenge so I’m just sharing what I managed so far! 

This first step was getting inky…. 

In fact I got very inky! 

Then it was time for paint play… 

Then gluing them together and cutting them all into large cards… 

Then it was time for lunch. I grabbed a lovely smoked salmon bagel with cream cheese, rocket and sweet chilli sauce. Yum! 

Then it was back to the classroom (I might have had a little spend in the shop too of course). 

We then stamped and stencilled borders before grabbing magazines and having fun tearing out images we might want to collage.  I ended up with a big stack of images and then started the mammoth task of cutting out the images…. this was just a small selection of the images I cut out and not sure I used many of these. 

Then I worked my way through the pike selecting images and composing the cards. I did all of this without sticking down and the once I had a stack with some images I then started gluing things in place.  I also got to stamp a few of Dyans images and adding them in the mix too. 

And this is where I had got up to at the end of the class. Not a single finished item but plenty started and only I think 4 without inages yet affixed. 

This type of collage is very outside my comfort zone but I loved it.such a drawing experience to just try something new. 

I’m writing this blog post whilst having a quick coffee break on my way back… May have to go grab a couple of other magazines from the shop to get some more images to play with… I sense a new obsession about to start! 

And the hands? Well the nails look ok… shame about the rest of them! 

Will share how I finish the cards off as soon as I do.

Happy crafting!


Clare Lloyd, Dylusions, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Kim Dellow, Masks/Stencils

Pocket letter… 9 ATC’s in one go! (73 – 81)

Tonight I have something a bit different… but still ATC based! My friend Chris runs a fb group called mini marvels which focuses on small art… perfect for atc obsessed me. 

Anyway she has organised a pocket letter swap which consists of 9 ATC’s and they are all themed and put into a sleeve with a hidden letter… so as the meet my ATC challenge and are 9 in one go I couldn’t resist joining in. 

So here was my starting point… a piece of cardstock with layers of painty goodness! Stencils and splashes and card swipes galore! 

Then time for stamping… Kim Dellow and Clare Lloyd stamps. 

Next step is to chop it up into the ATC pieces.

I decided once I had chopped them up they needed more stamping to connect them so put them into order and tacked them to a piece of copy paper to keep them in place. Then out came the archival and some stamps.

I started with some Kaisercraft quote/affirmation stamps. I stamped these straight onto three of the cards. I then grabbed some Seth Apter stamps for the background of a few of the others… linking a few cards together.

Then I grabbed some white card and used some of the Dylusions stamps onto that so I could add those to three of the other cards… this is me trying out the layout. 

Next to decide on how to embellish and add features… pink hearts became my theme to go with the positive sentiments. 

These were punched out of cardstock painted with bougainvillea and then I added glossy accents to raise them and add some shine.

And now for more hearts … and circles.

Some Darcy hearts and some die cut and embossed circles. Then I decided to use a Gorjuss girl for the central feature.

OK onto the final steps… some doodling, some additional colour added to the circles and some stars. Sticking it all down and deciding if it is finished or not but putting it into the sleeve. 

I thought at this point it needs something else…. so I left it another day to think about it.  

Distress Crayons, Dylusions, Inktense, Derwent, Masks/Stencils, Stamps

For ATC’S sake … 28 & 29

Today there are a few blog posts to get through… the first of which is this about two ATC’S I made for the challenge…

They started off as a distress ink background I made a while ago with some stamps and blending of inks. Next I added some distress crayons and then removed a bit of the colour again with a baby wipe through a stencil.  

I then stamped using White acrylic both some little bits of texture and the main flower image. Next I added colour and shading using Inktense pencils and pen for doodling. 

Then I chose my sentiments and went for a different look for each of them.

Love both of these. 

Please pop back later to see the other posts I also have in store for you! 

Happy crafting! 


Dylusions, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Masks/Stencils

Missing raggy doll house! 

Ooops… don’t know what happened but one of the raggy doll houses photos went missing! So I am missing sharing one of them! Sorry… instead I have some cards I made for my work friends instead. 

I started with some pieces of watercolour/mixed media cardstock cut to size and then added paints. I wanted a fresh and modern look with Mermaid, Bora Bora, Chartreuse and bougainvillea mixed with a bit of chalk too.  Then started stamping using Midnight too and Dylusions stamps.

This is like doing a master board but had already cut up the pieces and so a bit more placed. 

Next it was time for the sentiment. I decided to keep to the same stamp set and keep to the Midnight paint. 

Then time for some bling…. or in this case some iridescent medium through a stencil to add the necessary bling.  

I edged each of the panels with some more Midnight and then mounted them onto some card blanks.

I love how they all look the same but are all different. 

So tomorrow I will have my final raggy doll house and card for you. Wonder if I will ever find the photos of the other one? 

Happy crafting! 


Art Alchemy paints, Dylusions, Masks/Stencils, Snow Flurry Bigz

Snowflake art postcard exchange 

Today I am sharing a postcard I made for a swap which had to have the theme of snowflakes! 

I did mine nice and early knowing that December would be busy. 

I started with a piece of grey card cut slightly smaller than the 6 x 4 size. I then covered it in the Art alchemy opal magic paint that is either pink or blue dependent on the light and the surface it is painted on. On this grey card it turned mainly pink. 

I then added some snowflakes through a stencil using iridescent medium paste and left it to dry. Once dry I added other snowflake stamped images by embossing them with white powder. 

This gave it a lovely texture and shine… and I am in love with that paint!  here it is from a different angle to show the different colour. 

I decided to make a tag to sit on the top of the card.  I cut some white cardstock to size and painted that with the paint … this time because it is a white base it is blue! I added the more embossed snowflakes and then the sentiment and the edging I did using a champagne powder which looks so nice when melted. 

I die cut a Snow flurry snowflake using the amazingly sparkly glimmer paper and then also added wooden snowflakes with some gems on … to add some more bling! 

It is a super shiny and sparkly card that’s for sure! and that paint? well I am well and truly in love with it! I’ve put it on my Christmas wish list as I NEED more colours! 

Happy crafting !


Blonde Moments, Dylusions, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Masks/Stencils

December Artful ATC swap… presents 

This month it is my choice of theme for the Artful ATC group and I chose presents.  It seemed suitable for the month of December.  

I sent mine off really early this month so as they’ve already been received I can share already!

Here is what I made.

ATC 1: 

Some jolly Christmas papers collaged onto a painty scrap.  Knew it wouldn’t matter what it looked like as I was collating over it. Then added gesso to blend the papers together a bit. 

Then I went a bit mad with stencils and stamps but knew I had a die cut to add on the top so most of this got covered up! 
I’ve had the die cut in my stash for a long time so it was good to find a use for it. The Blonde Moments stamped sentiments seemed perfect for it too! 

ATC 2: 

I used a similar set of colours of the fresco finish paint and stamped a few Dylusions stamps randomly over the background. I also used some archival ink for some other bits and then when it was dry I outlined the shapes with a silver pen… after all it is Christmas! 

Then I stamped the present image out onto white card in the same colour scheme. I did it twice in different colours so I could add the bow as a different colour.

I had added the present using pinflair glue gel to give it dimension and then added some stickles to the bow for extra sparkle.  For the mount I chose a bright pink cardstock and layered it up, finishing off with some more silver pen doodling. 

Really happy with both of these… looking forward to seeing what I get in return. Always fun opening the envelope to discover the beauty inside. 

Happy crafting! 


Dylusions, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Masks/Stencils, Stampers Anonymous - Tim Holtz, Ticket punch

Artful ATC Halloween swap

This month the Artful ATC swap theme is Halloween.  I managed to find one specific Halloween stamp in my collection so made stuff up instead! (Yes then bought some Tim Holtz halloween stamps … he he he! Well I did spot a gap in my supplies!)

I started with these two pieces of thin card I had used for wiping paint and textute paste off on from other projects. 

It was when I tidied my desk last month and cut all the pieces of scrap into ATC size so I could have some pieces started. And I have already made a significant number of ATC’S from this little stash! 

I trimmed both down a little so that they could sit on a card with a frame, then started with the one on the right.   I added distress stains in carved pumpkin and Fossilised amber which resisted the paint but coloured the rest of the card. 

Then I used the Tim Holtz stencil called crackle and added versamark ink which I then clear embossed. Once this was heat set I added some more distress stains, this time in ground espresso which only went into the gaps in the embossing. I added some archival round the edge and then wrapped some orange and black trim round the piece. 

I then stamped the ticket stamp from That’s the Ticket SU set in versamark and embossed with black detail powder. 

I finished it off with black around the edge of the Base card too. 

The other piece I took the same stencil and added black gesso over the top. This left the cracks as the colourful sections. But I wanted a Halloween image for the main feature for this.  I then spotted the crazy bird set my friend has left at my house and this particular bird reminded me of dracula… so a few little additions drawn on and there is my vampire bird.   

I coloured the bird with distress stains as watercolours and then cut him out. I decided he needed to be upside down like a bat and once I stuck him down on the background I also wanted to heat emboss the whole panel …. once embossing powder is out on my desk it gets used for everything! 

Then I chose the sentiment from my Dylusions stamps and added that and the blank ATC as the Base.  

Cute and fun … not exactly scary for my Halloween ATC swap! 

Happy crafting! 


Canvas and Mixed Media art, Dylusions, Gelatos, Faber Castell, Hot Picks, Ink & the Dog, Masks/Stencils, Treasure Gold

Wax page in my Paperartsy journal

The third topic this year for Paperartsy blog was wax… wax! Not something I felt confident about.   Gelatos were mentioned in Leandra’s blog post introducing the theme though so I started with them and started on this page way back on 9th February!


So these photos show the first stage of play… gelatos scribbled randomly in blocks.  Water added with fingers to blend.  More colour added and blended.  Gesso added randomly with finger and blended.

Later that day I added a stamped border on each page using some Dylusions stamps Karen let me use.  I also added more gelatos and more gesso.

Starting to build a nice background. But not exactly wax in my book! Off I went to watch You Tube videos and of course keep my eye on the Paperartsy blog design team contributors.

I love Darcy’s completely fabulous wax poppy picture which showed lots of wax techniques. I also loved a You Tube video someone posted in the Patwits group showing papers being waxed and sewn. These took me down the route I ended up taking.

But first I used some grunge paste mixed with a purple paint through a stencil to provide some texture.


Then I added some shavings of kids wax crayons in splodges and melted them with my heat gun with a piece of paper over the top to stop then from moving about too much.

I must admit this wasn’t really going well. I was struggling to control the wax but I do think it adds some interest to the background.

Next time to do the feature image.


I stamped the mannequin in Watering Can archival and then the text in Seedless Preserves distress ink onto some photocopy paper and tore it into a nice shape. Then I put the piece on a tray and melted a Yankee candle onto the paper until the whole piece was covered. I then set it aside to dry. The benefits of using a scented candle is that it smelt lovely in the craft room as a result! 🙂

I then took the rest of the photocopy paper and tore that as a mount, crinkled it up and inked it with the distress inks (seedless preserve and abandoned coral).

Round the edge I stamped the zip stamp from the same Hot Picks Paperartsy stamps.

I then used my sewing machine to sew these together in my usual scruffy sewing style.

I then added this to the journal with matt medium and left it to dry. I then felt that the title should be in a similar colour to the mounting panel. I stamped that onto the scrap, tore it out and inked it up.

At this point I felt that it needed something else.
I grabbed some teal coloured gilding wax and added in a few random areas. This gave it some more depth and shine and also incorporated another wax!

Decided it needed some more stamping…

The scissors were stamped… and then words!

I grabbed the ink and the Dog buttons plate and stamped words from that in the distress inks randomly which I think really finished the page off nicely. I then edged the pages with Midnight Muse ink and added the topic and month at the bottom.

A really long post showing all the steps so of you got this far… well done! I am trying to show stages as best as I can so people can see how I work when putting together a page. It also helps me document how I got to where I am. Next topic to be tacked is image transfer which is not my best skill… may take some practice!

Happy crafting!