Butterfly basics, Forever Young, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Serene Silhouettes

For ATC’S sake … 64 (who can’t see that number without singing?)

I have a single ATC to share today. 

I grabbed a piece of paper that had some brayered paint on it and cut it down to a little smaller than ATC size as I wanted to mount it onto some silvered cardstock I had found. For once I had a bit of a plan before I started on this one! 

I stamped some silhouette flowers and leaves onto the pink and blue background using black gesso.  As you can see I made a bit of a stamping faux pas and also caught the edge of the rubber in one impression but I knew it wouldn’t matter as the quote would go over the top of that and cover it up! 

I also edged the piece with the black gesso.

Next I used a Seth Apter stamp and cut out the quote I wanted. I then positioned and added the quote with Matt medium.

Then I flicked silver paint over it.

I love that this worked out like it had in my head. Unusual for that to happen for me as I usually just go with the flow and rarely plan.  

Another one in this challenge of 365 in 2017! 352 to go!

Happy crafting !


Brushos, Forever Young, Use them or Lose them

Use them or lose them #19 project #2

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 it is one of my old favourites… Forever Young.  I rarely use this stamp set now but still love the tree swing image and the lovely clock.

Decided this time to try with the rainbow brusho stamping technique… and wow I love them!


The tree swing stamp didn’t stamp perfectly but it was enough to make a very successful card topper. I die cut it out and layered it onto some scraps and added the handcarved brusho stamp to the card blank.



The clock stamped well although a little wet, at least the clock face is clear.  I kept the background simple with a punched border to the mount.  I think the watercolour paper makes a real difference for this technique.

I was undecided on Sunday about keeping this set… I’ve decided now. It’s not going anywhere!

Happy crafting!


Canvas and Mixed Media art, Forever Young, Gorgeous Grunge, Use them or Lose them

Use them or lose them #19 Forever young

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 have reached for one of favourite SU stamp sets which I have not used for ages.  Forever Young was one of the first sets I bought and I used to love creating with it but that stopped a while ago and I just never seem to be drawn to it now.

So that needed to change and it needed to be tested in my challenge.


I decided to make a sample page for art journalling class where the theme is vintage.  I’m not really a vintage kind of girl so this was a challenge but the little frames and silhouette heads worked well I thought.


I used some watercolour paints to add warm tones to the “wallpaper”.


More colour and some distress ink texture using Gorgeous Grunge stamps.


It was based on an image I saw online.

I built up the layers.

And lengthened her skirt.

I thought the other side of the wall needed some colour too so added inks.
Then started defining her and adding shading and depth.
And then the quote finished off the page.

I have to say I am glad those stamps spoke to me this week as this page is lovely. Very happy indeed with how it came out. As for the stamps being keepers or Losers… undecided at this stage. Need to see what else I come up with this week.

Happy crafting!


Time to create a girl for the page…. I fancied Julie Nutting style but my only julie nutting stamps were too modern so had to create

Brushos, Canvas and Mixed Media art, Claritystamps, Forever Young, Gelatos, Faber Castell, Lavinia, Masks/Stencils, Paperartsy - Ellen Vargo stamps, Serene Silhouettes, Summer Silhouettes

Results of playing with friends

Last night was art journaling class at my house and this time only three friends were able to come.  It was a shame others couldn’t come but it did mean it was a very relaxed play session for us.  

The main aim was to use gelatos, but we also got to play with the brushos a little too before I handed them back (reluctantly) to Linda.

Here are the results…

These were all using gelatos and archival ink.

These were using brushos and archival ink.


And everyone else’s creations…

I am still not 100% convinced that I need gelatos but they are fun to play with.  brushos on the other hand… Definitely on my birthday wish list! 

Happy crafting! 


Forever Young, Lacy Brocade

Colour my Monday!  Wild Honey distress ink

It’s been a while since I did a Colour My Monday post, mainly because I have not even thought about it, and this was not done with that in mind but fulfils the brief so thought it could be shared today! 

One of the things I did for the art journalling session last week, was to create some ATCs using the same technique of watercolour effect background using an e bossing folder as a stamp.  I created some paper doing exactly that using a combination of Old Paper and Wild Honey distress inks.. I added this to an Atc sized card onto which I added lots of Wold Honey ink using the cut and dry foam and a little Fired Briick ink too to make it slightly more orange.

Then stamped the little cameo silhouette from the Forever Young set, stamped the words and then did some outlining to finish off.

Happy crafting! 


Dictionary, Forever Young, Gorgeous Grunge, Off the Grid, That's the Ticket, Ticket punch

Colour my Monday! Melon Mambo!


Happy Monday peeps! Hope you are having a good day!

It is the time of the week when I focus on colour… And this week is a good one! Firstly … It makes me think of Strictly Come Dancing and Dirty Dancing which is never a bad thing in my book, and secondly because it is a fun and BRIGHT colour!


Ok so it’s not the most masculine of colours, but other than that … Who can not be cheered by a bit of Melon Mambo in their lives!

However what to make did stump me for a little while. I started with a piece of Whisper White and decided on making a bit of a grungy type background using Midnight Muse, Wisteria Wonder & Smoky Slate and a combination of the Off the Grid, Dictionary and the Gorgeous Grunge stamps. I also edged it with some ink to define the edges a bit more.

Whilst putting these stamps away I spotted my all time favourite set of SU stamps Forever Young and thought the clock would be the perfect focus for the card. So I stamped it in the fabulous bright Melkn mambo direct onto the background, and then again onto another piece of card to fussy cut it out. Then I did the clock part again in the Smoky Slate and cut that out too.

I layered the clock onto the background and then the same with the clock face. I then added glossy accents to the clock face to give it a raised and … “glossy” …. finish.


I mounted it onto the Melon Mambo cardstock, I inked one of these and left the other plain to add a different effect. Then I added my embellishment of the moment … A doily! This softened the look of the card. Then added it to a navy card blank.

For the sentiment I used the fab That’s the Ticket stamp and the coordinating punch on the Melon Mambo cardstock and stuck it off centre. Finally some bling to finish off!

Love this card… And the dark card blank and the grungy background contrasts nicely with the pretty pink and the delicate doily!

Happy crafting!