Butterfly, Butterfly Bijou, Butterfly Brilliance, Butterfly journal, Masks/Stencils, Ribbons, Swallowtail, Washi tape

Butterfly themed journal craftalong

I did a fun craftalong with some friends recently where we made butterfly themed handmade journals. I decided to use mine to document my Brave the Shave event and hair regrowth in 2019, alongside a little of my friends stories about breast cancer.

Here is how far I have got with decorating it and filling it so far. Still got many stories to tell but for now I am pleased with how much I have managed to do on this project.

I used the already sold out Butterfly Bijou dsp, alongside vintage papers, random papers, index cards, colouring book pages, washi, vellum, doilies … basically anything that was around whilst I was playing got thrown in the mix.

Some pages I have just added little collages to and not added documenting which I love to add interest, especially as this is a bittersweet story to document… both a celebration of success and loss for my two friends who have had to face breast cancer along with the story of my shave journey which I am so proud of what I achieved through a simple but brave act.

If anyone fancies seeing the hair disappear there is a speedy version on youtube. Enjoy!

Will share future projects in this journal as they happen… keep your eyes peeled!

Happy crafting!


Paperartsy - stamps, Swallowtail

Calendar – February 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 February artwork.

I decided to choose one of my favourite stamps… Swallowtail and stamp and heat emboss it and then use sponge daubers to add ink. I just love how these came out.

I also added lots of splatter and some distressing on the edge. I also added the month stamp (a Paperartsy one).

Happy crafting!


Art and crafting styles, Swallowtail

Color throwdown ctd492

Decided to choose a challenge to play along with… And #colorthrowdown took my fancy this week…

… what pretty colours… And as I did some gelli plate printing I remembered it and ended up with a perfect background for the challenge by brayering off in between prints.

I cut up the background to make two panels.

The larger square I decided to use for the challenge… I must admit that the red is slightly more pink looking on the photo but still I am happy with it.

I white heat embossed the Swallowtail which was the perfect size for the panel.

I mounted it onto the white cardstock and then onto the light grey cardblank.

The second card I heat embossed the art deco image with black ink and clear embossing powder and then added white paint pen accents.

I mounted it onto a white linen card blank to finish off.

Really happy with both cards.

Happy crafting!


Crafters Companion, Distress oxide ink, Swallowtail

Butterfly postcard art swap

This month I joined in another swap over at postcard art Facebook group and the theme was butterflies… so of course Swallowtail had to come out to play!

I started by heat embossing it with a dark red/brown embossing powder onto the mountboard panel. Then added colour to the butterfly using a mix of Aged Mahogany, worn lipstick and Fossilized Amber distress oxide. After a few layers of the oxide applies with a water brush I then also added the fossilized amber to the rest of the background and flicks of the aged mahogany. I heat embossed the sentiment from Crafters Companion and also edged the card too with archival inks. I then added a generous amount of wink of Stella to the butterfly.

Then to seal I heat embossed the whole panel with clear embossing. I did this several times especially over the butterfly. This gave it a smoother feel in the centre.

Hopefully from the close up you can see the smooth texture and some of the shimmer to the butterfly.

Love how this came out and very tempted to make another to keep. Hope the recipient likes it too.

Happy crafting!


Distress oxide ink, Swallowtail

Happy birthday KJ!

Today is one of the princesses best friends birthday… so we have been partying this afternoon. 

Of course I had to make her a special card. 

I chose to play with distress oxides (again!) because I just can’t get enough of playing with them. I made a background by swiping the colour on the cardstock and then spraying it to blend. This provides a stronger depth of colour. I still did some more inking on top to create more layers though. 

Then once it was dry I inked the Swallowtail stamp with Versamark and then heat embossed it.

I then made a second background using the same colours and did a blended background and splattered on the Wilted Violet ink and some water droplets. 

I mounted both of these onto Basic Grey cardstock and layered them up. 

Brushos, Swallowtail

For ATC’S sake … #46 and #47

Two fairly simple atcs this time… this was a stamped Swallowtail on a piece of copy paper I used to mop up a Brusho rainbow I had used for another project about 8 months ago. It then sat there getting crumpled and not being used… so here is the perfect way to use them. I cut them both to slightly smaller than ATC size and then edged them with black ink. Next I added a layer of versamark and clear embossing powder and then embossed them. 

I love the mottled shiny finish this gives them. I love the vibrancy of the colours that the layers of embossing gives them too.  I had forgotten how much I love brushos… think they may have to come out to play again very soon! 

I then mounted them onto some navy thin cardstock to frame them. 

A simple pair of ATC’S that would make very good card toppers too! 

Happy crafting! 


Brushos, Butterfly basics, Gelatos, Faber Castell, Masks/Stencils, Papillion Potpourri, Swallowtail, Watercolor wings

Mixed media card class… flutterbys

Tonight it is time to make cards with my friends and this time I decided to make a whole load of butterfly cards.  I gathered four stamp sets with butterflies and used different medium and techniques to make the samples.  Wonder how the gang will get on with them?


Love how varied they are and how lovely they all are.

Happy crafting!


Beautiful Birthday, Brushos, Swallowtail, Use them or Lose them

Use them or lose them #4 set 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 I have been playing with the fabulous Swallowtail stamp.  I decided for these three cards to use Brushos to create some cool splodgy backgrounds…


All three very different.  Then all I needed to do was add the Swallowtail and a sentiment.




For each of them I edged the piece with a black pen, added it to a piece of scrap from the organised scrap box (I am defintely making use of this box this year) and added some card candi embellishments.

Love these.  Super simple to do and super effective arty cards!  This Swallowtail stamp is going nowhere! That is for definite!

Happy crafting!


JOFY, Masks/Stencils, Swallowtail, Use them or Lose them

Use them or lose them #4 Swallowtail

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 grabbed an old favourite… Swallowtail.   This was my most used stamp at one point… but not grabbed it to use for a while. 

I did however grab it when I made these two cards from a piece of cardstock I had lying on the desk begging to be painted!

This was the process to get the background done.  Added paint with a brayer, then through a stencil.


I stamped the main image in Archival Sepia ink and then the same for the sentiment (JOFY sentiment).  I also added a couple of brown doodly circles from JOFY in the same set.



I cut the pieces in different sizes and rotated one so that the triangles were going in different directions.  This gave both pieces a different look.  I edged them with the brown ink to frame them before putting them on to the card blanks.

I love this stamp and it was nice to play with it again.  No doubt as it’s out I will play with it again soon! 

Happy crafting!