Brushos, Distress oxide ink, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Gummiapan, Hot Picks, Indigo Blu, Masks/Stencils, Print Poetry

Arty session with the gang… male cards

Hi there. 

Tonight I have some time with my local crafty friends for playing with mixed media.  The plan for tonight is some cards suitable for men.

I find male cards difficult but still need to make them.  So thought this would be the good push I needed. 

Card one is this green hot air balloon one. I kept this relatively simple with some distress inking and embossing.

Card two is a vintage seaside one using distress oxides.

Then onto card three which is a brushos background, an indigo blu stamp and then some embossing for the sentiment.

And finally the painted card. I sort of threw everything at this… stencilling/stamping/doodling.

I used a Paperartsy Hot Picks stamp for the focal image.

So these are the samples which I’ve prepared.  Will have to see what we actually create tonight in between the chat! 

Happy crafting!


    Distress oxide ink, Indigo Blu, Masks/Stencils

    A shoal of seahorse atc (223-227)

    One of my online swap friends suggested a seahorse themed swap and I went a little overboard and made 5 seahorse swaps! 

    It helped that the stamps with Creative stamping magazine were nautical themed and included a seahorse. 

    This started as a piece of map and a piece of brayered paper. I added the seaweed stampong and then the stamped and cut out seahorse with the circle of paper added for contrast.

    This was a piece of inked paper I had added black gesso through a stencil on and then added more stencilling. I added some map pieces and then the twine and the seahorse. I then mounted it onto the green base. I added the sticker and sequins as embellishments.

    This was a piece of inked background and I added distress oxide stamping to it. 

    This piece of map had clear gesso and distress oxide added to it and then some sewing to finish off the edges.  I then stamped the seahorse onto it (this was the Indigo Blu one). Then added the sequins. 

    Finally a piece of scratch paper onto which I heat embossed the compass in clear powder and then added the distress stain onto it. The embossing and paints resisted the blue ink. I love the finish this gave. I mounted it onto map paper and added the sequins and title sticker too. 

    Such a fun time making these different themed atcs.

    Happy crafting!


    Gelli Plate, Indigo Blu

    Atc replay! #205


    I was asked to remake an ATC which is usually impossible as each one I do is unique due to the nature of them being handmade. However I could make one similar.

    This was what I ended up making…

    A gelli print background with additional distress stain added then embossing. 

    Hopefully by the time the recipient gets it she will be happy with it. 

    Happy crafting! 


    Distress oxide ink, Indigo Blu, Masks/Stencils

    Seaside ATC’s (194,195,196)

    Lindsay Mason organises an ATC swap every month and I always try to join in… the theme for April was Seaside. 

    I started with three bases made out of some patterned paper that is quite grungy… I then gave them a coat of gesso.

    Next step I added some stamping with a postcard stamp and time to get out the distress oxide inks.

    Above shows them before I added water.

    Then after the water before they dried.  I added a few more layers and dried it… 

    Love how this looks. 

    So each of them got a different look with some seaside themed stamps. 

    The first one has the seagulls as the feature images. I added the stamping and then added the title with some letter stamps and embossed them. I did the same with the edge.  I then also added the shiny fishscale type gems. 

    This one I chose to make a focal point with the frame and embossed the image below it before adding the frame. I also added embossing for the title and the edges.  I also did a little bit of stencilling just to change it up a little.

    The last one had a different look as the colour underneath is a little bit more green. After the stamping I added tissue paper to soften the images and add texture.  I also then added the embossed shell image. I also thought it needed some more contrast colour so added some Spiced Marmalade distress oxide ink.

    I also added some string and shells and then the Indigo Blu sentiment. 

    Love how they all look different and plenty of fun texture going on. 

    Happy crafting! 


    Distress oxide ink, Indigo Blu, Masks/Stencils, Treasure Gold, YouTube video

    Tempus fugit ATC swap (174 & 175)

    Hi there. Hope you are well and thanks for making time in your day to visit my little space in blog land! It’s appreciated. 

    Today I have two atcs I created for a swap with the theme of “tempus fugit” which apparently means time flies! 

    So here are my time related atcs. 

    This first one I actually created on video… so check out the video if you have time and want to see the process. There is basically a distress oxide and then gilding wax theme going on with this.

    The second one also features my favourite medium … distress oxides. I also used iridescent medium through a stencil and gave a glossy sheen to the clock with embossing. 

    Stamps used are from a mish mash of sets for the second one but the first one is mainly Indigo Blu stamps. 

    Happy crafting! 


    Deco art fluid acrylics, Distress oxide ink, Indigo Blu, Masks/Stencils, Stampers Anonymous - Tim Holtz

    Flourish postcard swap

    Another day, another swap! 

    Today is a postcard swap where the theme is to “flourish”. I started off with quite a thick chipboard that I cut to 6×4 and covered with gesso.  

    Once that was dry I added modelling paste through a Tim Holtz stencil. 

    Next I started to add colour. First magenta and purple using the decoarts fluid acrylics and then some distress oxide on top. 

    Next I added the wild flower image with white embossing powder and added a rough frame doing the same on the edges.  There were some wet parts  (impatient me) which also had some powder catch which left some other white parts. I liked this though. It gave it a rather loose feel.

    I then added the sequin waste layer and some embossed Tim Holtz butterflies and then the Indigo Blu sentiment which I stamped and coloured using the distress oxides.

    Really happy with how this finishes up. Hope the recipient also likes it too. 

    Happy crafting! 


    Art Alchemy paints, Deco art fluid acrylics, Distress oxide ink, Indigo Blu, Masks/Stencils

    Blue Atcs (168, 169, 170)

    I’m up early and still feeling poop as I adjust to medication  but thought I could do something positive and write up a blog post. Here are three ATCs made for a swap where the theme is The Blues. I went for a sea theme but started by grabbing three off cuts which had blue themes. 

    The first and third were gelli print off cuts and the middle one was a palette with some modelling paste through a stencil. 

    I completely transformed them to make my atcs… I can’t believe how differently they ended up from these starting points.

    The one on the left was the one on the right hand side. I added some of the rich turquoise ART alchemy paint and then some embossing in a blue using the Indigo Blu stamps. I then heat embossed the seahorses and the sentiment in white powder. 

    The middle one got a coat of the decoarts Ultramarine blue over the base and then a few layers of scraps before I added the fish and sentiment. 

    The final one was the one on the right. I added the opal magic blue/pink all over it and then added some stamping and embossing randomly with the blue powder. Then I added the layers of scraps and the focal image of the seaweed and sentiment. 

    All of them I trimmed or tore them to a slightly smaller size and then added them to a light blue base. 

    Really pleased with how they all turned out. 

    Happy crafting! 


    Canvas and Mixed Media art, Challenges/projects, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Indigo Blu, Masks/Stencils

    A watery journal page! 

    Today I don’t have any atcs to share with you… instead I have a page I inserted into my Dylusions journal and decided to do an ocean inspired page. Why ocean inspired? Well I’ve joined a Facebook group where there is a prompt each month… and this month the prompt is ‘ocean’ … so this seemed like a good idea to go for when I only had about 10 minutes play time…

    This was what the page looked like at the beginning… lots of wiping off of stencils and brushes.  A perfect starting point for a watery background. 

    And this is how it finished… 

    I added more paint and some painty stamping using the Indigo Blu stamps … then added the sentiment and the embossing of the fish and the seaweed.  Then I finished with the little dots of liquid pearls and some gilding wax around the edge.

    A quick and easy page markers.. so nice to get back into my journal. 

    Happy crafting! 


    fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Indigo Blu, Timeless Textures

    Quick arty cards

    I’ve been involved with a lot of swaps and ATC trades recently and I always like to send a little card with them where I can. Here is one of the cards I’ve made recently for swapping an ATC.  

    I started with the Timeless Textures stamps and used Cheesecake Fresco finish paint to stamp the flourish and then mahogany for the spots.  The plane from Sky’s the Limit was stamped using Chocolate chip and the sentiment from an Indigo Blue set is the same. Using almost dry sponges for applying the paint I then stamped the clocks from the Indigo Blue set and they came out a lovely mix of the colours.  I finished the little shaped card off with some bakers twine. 

    I think a simple and cute card.

    Happy crafting! 


    Howlstooth & Scaringbone, Indigo Blu, Masks/Stencils, Spellbinders, Stampers Anonymous - Tim Holtz

    Postcard swap- all about halloween

    The theme for the postcard swap in October was “all about halloween”.

    Now I didn’t have a clue where to go with this at first having used up my Halloween thoughts for the ATC swap which I shared yesterday … but then I decided to just start with some dsp that was halloween coloured … the lovely Howlingtooth and Scaringbone dsp that SU did a few years ago that I used for scrapbook pages from our halloween trip to Disneyland Paris. And then I just followed where my mojo took me!

    I tore pieces up and collaged them onto a 6×4 piece if packaging I used for the base. Then once that was dry I added some black gesso to blend the papers together into the background.  Then I added some lovely Autumn Fire Fresco finish paint which works perfectly with the papers. I also used a stencil I have that I thought looked a bit like a spiders web and some glass beads gel through it to add some texture. 

    Next I grabbed a die that I have had for several years and never used and die cut the gothic arch window from some paper. I coated it with black gesso and then a layer of the glass beads gel too. Yes as regular readers of my blog know I am obsessed with glass beads gel! 

    Here they are drying… the glass beads gel dries clear… although the die cut is on the postcard it isn’t stuck down. I knew I had plenty more layers to add! 

    Next I felt I needed a scene through the window so I stamped the bare forest from indigo blue in a mixture of distress ink colours and added embossing powder to it, heat set it and added more distress ink over the top! 

    I cut it to the right size for the window by die cutting it and then trimming off the ornate frame part. Then my card sat untouched for a couple of days! Well OK it might have been closer to a couple of weeks… but I got distracted! He he! 

    OK fast forward to when I finished the card. I added stamping and embossing using some Tim Holtz stamps that I ended up buying due to the realisation that I had no halloween stamps at all!  

    I then added the Undertaker skull stamped image that I then embossed too. Lots of fun layering up with muslin and thread. 

    Added some white pen outlines and highlights. 

    I love how this came together when I finally finished it. Hope the recipient loved it too! 

    Happy crafting!