Category Archives: Clare Lloyd

Happy birthday ickle cus!

A few weeks ago it was my cousins birthday but I never got round to sharing what I made for her at the time… so thought I would share it today for you! 

I started with a piece of patterned paper to which I had added gesso added no texture paste and added some of the more muted colours of Fresco finish paint. Then I added a piece of the master board from the PATWITS circle journal I had been doing … this is one of the offcuts I couldn’t bear to throw away. I mounted both the background and this to dark pink cardstock. 

I then took a piece of Very vanilla and stamped the Clare Lloyd girl out using a mix of Taupe and mahogany paint. again I mounted it onto the pink cardstock.  I finished off with a little flower and the That’s the Ticket SU sentiment. 

I stuck it onto a white card blank and of course forgot to take a picture of the final card! 

Happy crafting !


PATWITS circle journal… Jo’s ATC journal

It feels like a long time since I shared anything from the PATWITS circle journal.  I actually finished this one a week ago when my ankle forced me into sitting still for a while. The ankle is still causing bother but less painful now thankfully and so although driving is still an issue the pain of standing and hobbling isn’t as bad.

Jo’s journal is a neat idea. It is made up of pockets and the instructions are to make a master board 8×8 size, then cut into 4 ATC’S using the template provided and then stick three in the pocket as they are and decorate another for the front of the pocket. 

So I took some dsp (so that the back was patterned a little too) and created my master board.  I decided on go with autumnal colours because at the time I couldn’t get enough of terracotta and autumn fire fresco finish paints.  I also added Haystack, Mahogany, Taupe, Mermaid and Bora Bora. All of which look delicious together.

I built the patterns using both stencils and stamps. I mainly used Hot Picks stamps and Lin Brown stamps for this as thought they made lovely subtle backgrounds and then the dramatic pop of the mahogany on the top finished it off. 

I loved this so much I had to squeeze 5 atcs out so I could keep one for use another time too! plus there are some of the offcuts I didn’t throw away.

So I popped three into the pocket and started decorating the pocket outside. As per usual I got carried away and forgot to take pics. 

So this is where I got to before I remembered to take a picture. 

I added stamping to the pocket using the same colour paints and also added some to the ATC. Then I opened up my Steampunk Artful Days goodie box and decided to use the laser cut chipboard bits as they colour so nicely and work perfectly as a frame. 

 I had already coloured them with distress stains so I added some of the fresco finish paints and some stamping on the top to bring them into the colour scheme of the pocket.

Once they were stuck down I also infilled a couple of the cogs with the gel bead medium. Next I chose my focal images of the Kim Dellow birds and stamped them onto card I had already coloured with paint. I then added some details in other coloured paints and cut them out and stuck them down. 

I then did the same with the sentiment.

Once it had all dried I then added some highlights with the white pen and some with the gold pen. I also added a little shading using a Pitt big brush pen.

Now to turn it over and add something to the back.  I started by painting an orange tag using the same colours, and added a bit of pattern using the Kim Dellow stamp and paint.  Then I added some torn music paper and then a strip of the leftover master board. I also added another two strips to the little pocket to stick out from underneath the tag. 

I then added some Kim Dellow stamping and a Clare Lloyd word.  

Loved doing this little project and love the master board I created. 

Thanks Jo for the inspiration and hope you like what I made.

Happy crafting!



PATWITS circle journal: Chris’s ribbon holder journal 

Today I can share with you the creations I added to Chris’ cute little ribbon holder journal.  Here is side one…

I created the background using fresco finish paint, stamps and stencils and then stamped the main image straight onto the background. I then added translucent paints to add more colour.  I then added a transparent glossy texture paste over the top through a stencil. Love the effect this gives to the final project.

The other side I got a completely different style. 

Again  the background was created using stamps and stencils with Fresco finish paints but this time I also added some Seth style doodles and marks. 

The main feature is a digital stamp from Ppinky dolls. After colouring her with Promarkers I added her to the background and then framed her with a hand drawn frame. I then added gilding wax to the outside of the frame to add some sheen to the finish. 

Love how I achieved two very different looks to the ribbon holder tag. Hope Chris likes them too! 

Happy crafting!


Updated page

A quick post tonight to show the final page I shared yesterday with some tweaks.  I knew I wasn’t happy with it so when I got into the craft room today I knew I wanted to do something…. 

I added some pen doodles and white paint pen doodles to the die cut shapes and then to some of the stencilling.  Then I added some black gesso in some splodgy stripes and few flicks. I also added some stamping using the letter stamp from the Tap Tap Tap SU set. 

Much happier with this now.

Happy crafting! 


Apologies for being AWOL again 

Yup I disappeared from blog land again. Continuing dramas of the father in laws ill health and prolonged hospital stays, the unexpected and tragic death of another family member, an amazing holiday in Cornwall and now the move of the father in law into a care home and resulting clearing of his flat has kept me busy and away from crafting … and combined with this, my parents are still living in the craft room so popping in there for 10 mins crafting isn’t possible either.  

The last bit changes tomorrow though as they are heading back to Spain so I get my craft room back and hopefully some time to pop in there in between the chaos of our life! 

I did find an hour a few days ago to complete some ATC’S for a swap and finish a journal page started in early July.  The journal page is one in my Paperartsy challenge journal and was for the theme of Paper piecing.

I made the background using the distress ink pads and just pressing them straight onto the paper in a patchwork type of pattern. Then sprayed them to make them bleed slightly. Then used some die cuts I’ve had for a while from a scrapbook class Helen did.  Then I added gesso and acrylic paint to blend them in a bit.  Next I stencilled using Paperartsy stencils and added some stamping.  The paper pieced girl is a Clare Lloyd girl and I used some Stampin Up dsp for the dress.  Finally some doodles and the quote stamp I’ve had for a while and never got round to using before.

Not as happy with this page as I normally am but putting it down to being a little out of practice due to how long it’s been since I did any art journalling.  But still it is a page done in my challenge journal.  I am now a fair number of topics behind but will get there once the room is mine again I am sure.

See you tomorrow with the ATC share and hopefully some news that I am back in the room!

Happy crafting! 


Tracy’s PATWITS journal

Time for another patwits journal page to share…. This time in Tracy’s lovely mixed shape journal. All of the spreads have different edges and some reveal the pages below.  I can’t wait to see how it all looks at the end when the pages are complete.  I imagine it will look stunning! 

Anyways… what to do in this fabulous journal???


A quick round up of the layers!
Fresco finish paints, distress crayons, stamps and stencils.  Then a Clare Lloyd girl. 

Then I stopped… unsure what else to do!


Decided to add some treasure gold to the girls dress.


Added some more doodles to the girl and outlined her dress and hair again with Indian ink.

Then decided to add some of Kim Dellow’s circle trees/flowers dangling from the top!



After colouring the dangling circles I added more doodling to them using the Indian ink and the same to the girl and round the page. I also then stamped the quote stamp onto the page. I wanted the heart word to stand out though so I added a pearl accents heart and then added the heart word on another piece of cardstock I doodled round and embedded it in the heart.

I added dots of the pearl accents and some glossy accents round the page for a bit of additional texture and of course my name and the month so Tracy knows who did the page.


Really happy with how this came out. Love doing circle journals and the joy of getting one in the post to pour over the details of what has already been created.

Happy crafting!


Mini Marvels – altered playing cards

My friend Chris, who organises us for the Patwits circle journal also runs a fb group called Mini Marvels,  where it’s all about small artwork.

A while ago I participated in a mail art swap and this last month I’ve done an altered playing card challenge too.

We had to alter 9 playing cards (ATC size) and then swap them, and in return we get 9 back and then have to bind them and share them. 

I decided 9 individual designs was a bit much completely from scratch so instead went for two different background designs and went from there…

All the cards (I made 12 in total in case of distress! ) got a coat of black gesso.


Then a strip of book print which wraps round and covers some of the back too.  This is when I realised the gloss finish to the cards may present an issue in terms of getting the paint to adhere. Ah well I decided to plough on.

One got a pink, purple and pale blue background… and some more gesso.


By this time the paint was adhering better.

The others I went with blue and green and cream…


In both cases I used Darcy’s stamps from Paperartsy.

By now I had started to separate out the cards and it was more that I had 10 good cards to play with rather than the 14… the others will get finished at some point though!

I then realised I would want to do something to the backs so they got a coat of black gesso too … which invariably ended up on some of the fronts too as I am such a messy crafter!

Next I stamped some of the Darcy images onto tissue paper, coloured them with ink and adhered them.


Yes by this time I am down to 10 cards due to various little messes! So time to individualise them…
This one I added a printed little phrase off and also added Dream stamp from Clare Lloyd in the background. A little bit of doodling and some stickles. No 1 done!

This time I stamped in white and then black for the sentiment and added stickles to the key and edged the card with white. No 2 done!

This one I over stamped the whole card with the Darcy stamp then added the printed phrase. No 3 done!


This one I added the compass type stamp and a printed phrase then added some touches of glitter glue. You guessed it… no 4 done!

No 5 is a bit different…. yes I took one of the ones without the key that I had thought was no good and added the Clare Lloyd face stamp… and again on bookprint. Perfect!

Painted the hair and details and added the sentiment and some glitter glue dots. No 5 done!

Now for the other backgrounds…

This needed some leaves (Darcy ones) and the sentiment (Hot picks) and some black edging. No 6 done!

This one I added the word stamping and then the Bird from Hot Picks in white gesso first and then in black. Then added the sentiment from the Hot Picks set. No 7 done!


More birds and grasses. The birds are the Kim Dellow cute ones and the grasses are Darcy ones. Super cute!
No 8 done!

And finally!


Added the flying birds from Darcy’s stamps and then the Hot Picks collage type stamp onto book paper and then stamped Fly on to it.

So here is the full set…

9 different but similar cards.

The backs are all black gesso with a stencilled design on them… ready for people to do as they wish with them.

And here is the collection I received!

Aren’t they fabulous? Love each of them. Now just got to dream up a way of displaying/keeping them to finish off the challenge.

Happy crafting!