Brushos, Paperartsy - stamps, Sheena Douglass stamps, Spectrum noir pencils

Calendar – March 2019

For Christmas I gave my parents and my auntie a calendar I had made with a postcard sized piece of art on each month… so today I am sharing their March artwork.

I wanted to use the March hare for this which is a Sheena stamp and after stamping in archival I added light brown brusho and lots of water… I love the way the colour separates and moves across the page.

Once it was dry I used some spectrum noir pencils to add definition to the image and stamped the month (Paperartsy stamp).

Happy crafting!


Brushos, Sheena Douglass stamps

Postcard Hare

I decided to use the fabulous Sheena Douglass Hare stamp again and brushos to create this month’s postcard. It is very similar to the ATC I made… just bigger!

I added more orange tones to the hare itself and the background is the light brown brusho. I love this stamp and how easy it is to create some stunning artwork.

Now part of the challenge for this swap is that you have to be able to post the postcard so I had to seal the brushos.

I decided to give the full postcard a couple of layers of clear embossing to do the seal. This gives the whole piece a glazed appearance. Love it.

Happy crafting!


Brushos, Designer Series Paper, Distress oxide ink, Sheena Douglass stamps, Sizzix

Bunny rabbit ATCs

The theme for this month’s ATC swap at Artful ATCs is rabbits and I chose to be a little creative in my interpretation and do one hare ATC and one rabbit ATC.

I used scraps of green patterned paper to create hills and then used my sewing machine to adhered them together and define them.

Then I added some distress oxide with a blending tool to add some more defintion.

The little rabbits were left from the Making Cards magazine papers that I used for theEaster cards I shared a few days ago.

The hare is a Sheena Douglass stamp that I haven’t used before and have had it in the stash waiting for the perfect moment to use it.

I stamped it straight onto the mountboard ATC using archival ink in Sepia. Then I got out the Brusho to colour the hare using the light and dark brown colours.

I finished it off with a little sprinkle of the light brown brusho so some of the separate colour crystals dilute as individual colours.

Love how this came out. And loved playing with brushos again.

So these were my swaps for April.

Happy crafting!


fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Gelli Plate, JOFY, Sheena Douglass stamps

ATC swap … texture

Already I can blog about September’s ATC swap because I made these in no time at all and popped them in the post to the recipient.

The theme for this month is texture.

This first ATC has various paints wiped and brushed in the background which is collaged onto the Base white card. Over this I added some Glitter washi tape. Next I used some grey coloured texture paste through a Tim Holtz stencil. Once this was dry I added the spotty washi tape.  Then I stamped the JoFy flower and coloured it using both paint pens and fresco paints. The title is using the Tim Holtz stickers. I then went to town with the paint line painters from Derwent.  I love these.

This second ATC started in much the same way with brushed off paints on the paper which was then collaged to the Base card. This time I chose a feather theme and a transparent glossy texture gel. The feathers stamped in the background are Sheena Douglass’ stamps and then added a paper clay embellishment I made and painted with silver paint. 

I had used the same stencil as last time, but this time with the clear texture gel. 

I also used a metallic gel pen for highlights and doodles. 

Love both of these. Looking forward to next months already. 

Happy crafting!


Masks/Stencils, Sheena Douglass stamps

Playing with distress and Sheena!

I have some Sheena Douglass stamps that I don’t use often enough that’s for sure.  One of them is this large architectural stamp.  I love the image but never remember to use it!


I stamped it out twice recently and then never got round to using it so it just sat in the heap of things on my desk.  So I grabbed the one stamped in grey and decided to ink it up.  I chose warm colors of Fossilised amber, Abandoned Coral,  Spiced Marmalade, Spun Sugar and Pumice stone distress inks and started blending them with the blending tool.  Then I distressed the edges.  I kept the Pumice Stone to the edge of the picture.  Then I flicked water at it and then dried it off to create the blotches.

I also found the background on the desk from I think an art journalling sample made last year possibly during the class and never used.  It seems to be a distress ink and grunge paste background.  I felt the colours worked with the stamped panel so mounted them up.  Then added the sentiment and some embroidery floss to embellish.

Now I have another of those images stamped out in black… wonder how it will differ when I get round to using it?

Happy crafting!