Glimmer paste, Lynne Perrella, Masks/Stencils

Circle journal for Marie part two

Today I am sharing of the other side of the bunting I decorated in Marie’s circle journal.

I started with some distress stain added to the bunting panel and a little bit of stamping using some background stamps.

Once dried I layered some glimmer paste through a stencil. I love how this paste shows through the colours it is layered on.

Next a little more stamping with the Lynne Perella stamps.

Next I stamped and coloured one of the Lynne Perella stamps and fussy cut her out.

Love how dramatic this girl is.

Next I added some splatter of the sparks paint to the background to add a little more contrast with the watercolour background.

And now to finish off… some mark making with pens.

And adding the girl and a quote to the top.

This is so different from the other side and I love it!

Lynne Perella stamps always remind me of Marie (she once did a design team project using them for the Paperartsy blog – this must be why!) So hope she likes my Lynne Perella piece.

Happy crafting!


Darcy, Ellen Vargo, Gelli Plate, Hot Picks, Lin Brown, Lynne Perrella, Masks/Stencils

Finishing off cards from the gelli plate play session

So I’ve finished off the cards I made at the beginning of the month for the gelli plate play session.

All of them I added shading using a big brush pen and Tim Holtz stickers for sentiments.

Some I added embellishment using sequins, card candi or stickles.

Love all of them and how they feel now they are finished!

Happy crafting!


Brushos, Darcy, Distress oxide ink, Gelli Plate, Hot Picks, Lynne Perrella, Masks/Stencils

Crafting play session with friends

Tonight I had a few friends come and get inky with me. We played with the gelli plates and inks and brushos and generally had fun making a mess and lots of pretty bright and colourful papers. We didn’t quite get to the point of making a card … I must plan sessions better to make sure we have finished projects! But after they left I sat and cut out images and made up six cards from the stuff I had created… even if they aren’t completely finished cards… they are at least nearly done!

I also still have the pile of images and a few bits of background I can use left too for other projects… I reckon a postcard or two might be featuring some of those bits sometime soon!

Anyway here are the cards.

I think with a little shading, a sentiment and a small amount of embellishing these cards are good to go… and from the stack of paper we gelli printed a good amount of projects can be made!

Happy crafting!


Claritystamps, Distress oxide ink, Emma Godfrey, Hot Picks, Lynne Perrella, Stampers Anonymous - Tim Holtz

Distress oxide fun!

Well this post is a bit bittersweet for me as it was meant to be accompanied with a YouTube video. The only problem is that during the edit I managed to delete some of the video which meant it no longer made sense. So now no video! 

I loved playing with these inks for the first time and came up with some interesting backgrounds. This first one is the usual wrinkle free distress background but using distress oxide.

I then used a Lynne Perrella stamps and water coloured it using the same inks and made this card. 

Next up is a splash background…. I saw this on a Jennifer Maguire YouTube video. This provided a fun confetti background … perfect for this Zinski stamped bird and sentiment. Once stamped the bird was coloured using the oxide ink too.

This next one was using the oxide inks and blending tools… I love this so much as so creamy and smooth a finish. I then also stamped with the oxide ink and again when adding a small spritz of water they also oxidised. 

Whilst playing with these inks also did some comparisons with distress inks and stains… 

From that I ended up with a really interesting panel which I finished with the bird from the Hot Picks Paperartsy stamps.

And finally I also did a distress ink version of the wrinkle free distress background. 

This I finished off with these Clarity stamp garden stamps… love it! 

So yes I love what I made just frustrated that the video didn’t work… of course I couldn’t let it be… and so late on Saturday I filmed another video… 
And from that made a card and a background for another project I can’t share yet! 

 here is the link to the video!

Happy crafting!


Art Alchemy paints, Canvas and Mixed Media art, Darcy, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Lynne Perrella, PATWITS circle journal

PATWITS circle journal… Marie’s journal pages

It’s been an age since I shared a circle journal page … so glad I can share this one. This is a really special one as although it’s a PATWITS circle journal… it is for one of my raggy doll sisters! The lovely Marie made a fab circle journal for us all to work in and the instructions were to do both sides of the page…. so here is my first side. I used a lot of different book print papers to add texture and pattern and then a mix of coral and autumn fire and terracotta and chalk fresco finish paint to do the background with some flicks of Bora Bora too. Then some iridescent medium through a heart stencil and lots of Darcy heart stamping and embossing. Then doodling and outlining and inking. The big heart I also gave a coat of the opal magic paint. Then found the he perfect quote for the page for Marie. 

Next is the reverse and this time I went a little different.  

I decided to do an ombre type background with the paints and then use the Lynne Perrella stamps as the main feature. I then grabbed the Darcy sentiment and some of the bits and pieces from the Artful Days goodie box to finish off. 

Love how incredibly different both sides are and that they both started with similar colours but went pastel for one and rich for the other. 

Hopefully Marie will like it too. 

Happy crafting!