Canvas and Mixed Media art, Distress Crayons, Gelatos, Faber Castell, Masks/Stencils

Stick with it … Got there eventually!

Today I have a journal page I’ve had “in progress” for a long time…. probably over a year in fact waiting for me to find the perfect finishing touch. And it turned out these vintage photo printouts I had were It!

Once I fussy cut them out and stuck them down I knew straight away I was happy with the page and with a few Tim Holtz stickers the page was done!

So the page was gelatos and distress crayons and black gesso and transluscent texture paste and bits of book print in the background… I think that pretty much covers it although also may have added some pencil shading and outlining too. Oh and white paint pen doodling too.

Sometimes you just need to have patience and wait for the perfect element to present itself!

Entering this into the Anything Mixed media goes challenge at Creative Artiste mixed media blog.

Happy crafting!


Art and crafting styles, Simply Sketched

Another sympathy card

Unfortunately last week I had to make another sympathy card 😔

Decided to steer clear of Waterfront stamps before I only think death when I use it … and went for an ombre watercolour wash and Tim Holtz wild flowers stamp instead.

I layered yellows and oranges Stampin Up inks using my large flat brush and water. Then I flicked some spots of the darker orange and let it dry.

Once dry I added some subtle pattern through the writing stencil from Donna Downey and the stamped the flower using the stamp platform to ensure I got the impression well. I then flicked some watered down Sparks paint to add some shimmer.

Once that was dry I stamped the flower again, this time using versamark and heat embossed it. This is where the stamp platform came into it’s own as the stamp wad still perfectly placed. I did the same heat embossing with the sentiment.

I then took the stencil brush and made sure I had darkened the edges to frame it.

I am so so so happy with how this card finished up… again I wish it was for a happier reason… but hopefully it will bring some happiness to my friends mum in her sorrow.

Happy crafting!


Alcohol Inks

52 mixed media cards… 2 week catch up

On catch up again … these are weeks 17 & 18

A true gent…

Bring me sunshine…

For both of these I used printed images to finish off which links them but some different other techniques.

A true gent… I added patterned paper to a piece of mountboard cut to size and then added black gesso to the edges. Whilst it was drying I rubbed some foil on it and it stuck in a few places.

Then I created my gent from two images and stuck him down and then added the frame which I had already painted. I found the quote on a printed sheet and felt it worked with the image.

Bring me sunshine… I used a piece of glossy cardstock I had coloured with alcohol inks in bright sunshine colours. Then I added the image of the girl in the vintage bathing suit, and the strip with the sentiment on.

After adhering them I outlined with a fine nib red sharpie and then added it to the card base which I had added black gesso to already.

Love these fun and different ways of creating the cards.

Happy crafting!


Brushos, Dies, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Paperartsy - Eclectica Lin Brown, Paperartsy - JOFY, Paperartsy Hot Picks

Art coins

So there is a new trend a Facebook friend had picked up… Art coins. They are like circular ATC and so of course I’ve made some to join in with a swap.

I started by making a masterboard with fresco finish paints and some Paperartsy stamps onto mountboard.

I then cut it into quarters and die cut a 2.5″ diameter circle from each.

Next I decided to add some contrast colour with a stamped flower. I added gamboge and ost Red brushos to some cardstock with water. Then once dry I stamped the Jofy flower. Then I added some more colouring with brusho before adding some stamping (number stamps) in coordinating colours.

I fussy cut them out and then added doodling to each of the bases.

I added copper thread between the flower and the coin and adhered them together.

I then used Tim Holtz rub one for the titles. I added them to bookprint and the adhered them to the flower with glossy accents to add some fun dimension.

Love how these came out.

Happy crafting!


Tim Holtz

Goodbye and good luck

I made a new friend at work recently … but she’s upped and left me… for an opportunity she couldn’t pass up… so I guess I will forgive her!

Anyways I made her a card…

A painted background with some splatters of gold shimmer ink and then heat embossed the wildflower image on the top.

So wishing my friend all the best, knowing that of course she needs no luck as she will do just fine!

Entering this into the challenge of flowers at Patties creation challenge

Happy crafting!



UK stampers forum tag

I have yet another swap to share today… this time a tag.

I went with a car theme because I wanted to use the travel themed stamps I got with a creative stamping magazine.

I stamped the map background stamp and then added the distress oxide ink in peeled paint and twisted citron with the blending tool.

Next I stamped the tyre tread in black soot oxide and clear heat embossed it.

Next I stamped and embossed the car onto white cardstock. I then fussy cut it and then coloured it with Distress inks … this time fired brick and candied apple. I added it to the tag and then edged it all with black to frame the tag.

I used a printed quote and adhered it with Matt medium.

Finished it off with the green pleated ribbon.

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!