Baked Texture embossing powder, Deco art fluid acrylics, Paperartsy - Ellen Vargo stamps, Paperartsy Hot Picks, Paperartsy, Eclectica -Darcy, Washi tape

Next circle journal page

I had to do the other side of the journal page that I shared yesterday and chose a completely different colour scheme.

I chose to cover even less of the background with paint and instead layered up some papers and washi tape to create the main base and then added some paints to it. I also added rub ons and some doodles.

Then I assembled lots of layers for under the main image of the Darcy heart.

I chose to use some neon pink painted card and some alcohol ink coloured vellum along with some copper thread. I heat embossed the heart onto some painted paper and then added gold pen around the edge to give it a gilded look.

This more junk journal approach really spoke to me when I made it… and contrasted lots to the previous page.

I also have a little extra for Hazel as I made a little piece for inside the envelope too…

This is again very different from the other pages. I really wanted to play with the Chunky Rust embossing powder from Seth Apter. This gave me the perfect opportunity.

First I created an earthy and rustic backgroynd with paints and stamping. Then I added the lino print style house onto another piece of painted paper.

I then took a piece of card and added lots of layers of the rust embossing on it. I also added more of it to the panel in a more organic way around the edges. Love how this looks.

So overall three very different pieces of art for Hazel in her cool journal.

Happy crafting!


Art and crafting styles, Masks/Stencils

Circle journal page for Hazel

Time to share another circle journal page…

I chose a black envelope in Hazel’s journal as my surface to work on and grabbed some of the elements she had gifted to work with. The little oriental charm gave me the idea to work with the Lynne Perella stamps.

This is the first in progress picture with the paint, stencilling, paper and then waiting for the glossy texture paste to dry.

I love the tag and how I added all the layers of paint, embossing and sanding to make it dimensional and more vintage.

In the sunshine you can really see all the layers and the bright colours I added. I love that I kept quite a lot of the black background still visible too.

And in the light off the lamp you can see the texture paste shine too!

Happy crafting !


Art Alchemy paints, Distress oxide ink, Ghoulish Grunge

Shades of grey postcard

Last month at the postcard art swap the theme was shades of grey. Now I didn’t want to go with anything related to the books and instead just used the colour as the basis of the artwork.

I did include a little bit of fishnet pattern in the background but that is as far as I got towards ‘sexiness’.

I used a couple of texture stamps and different grey inks and then splashes of watercolour paints too.

I added a die cut butterfly which I inked with distress inks and then added some silver gel pen. I did add a tiny bit of purple sparks paint as I felt it needed that little pop of colour.

Happy crafting!


Art and crafting styles, Ribbons, Sizzix

Upcycling positive vibes!

Today I have a card I made for a work friend who has had a major operation and is currently immobile. Just before Christmas she passed me a stack of inspirational quotes that she had cut from a calendar in case I had use of them and I love them all! Of course I needed to make her a card so grabbed one of them that seemed appropriate and made this card.

The quote piece was cut down a little and then mounted on both a piece of tranquil tide and some white edged with the same ink colour. Then I die cut the sprig from vellum a couple of times and added the bow in pool party ribbon from the stash.

A lovely positive card and of course a fab bit of upcycling aswell.

Happy crafting!


Art and crafting styles

52 mixed media cards week 10 “How does your garden grow?”

Ok it’s time to share this week’s 52 mixed media playing card and the prompt is

How does your garden grow?

Well with plenty of weeds and mud if I am honest!!! However I can make pretty art to forget about that!

So whilst I am being honest I actually made this card before I knew the prompt as a card ready for when I didn’t want to follow the prompt and so I had one prepared ahead of time in case I wasn’t able to create… but it fits the prompt so I’m using it this week.

And why am I confessing this? Because I made a video and that will give it away regardless! Lol!

So enough blathering … here is what I made…

Plenty of gorgeous textures and colours. Super happy with this!

And here is the link to the video.

Happy crafting!


Art Alchemy paints, Artful Days Goodie Box, Badass Chick, Distress oxide ink, Inktense, Derwent, Masks/Stencils

Go Fish swap!

I’ve joined in a swap with a Facebook group called Mini Marvels where the theme is go fish! So I decided to do something with a 6×4 box canvas …

I started with some layers of paint in blues and turquoise and then added some texture paste through a stencil and let it dry… Then I added some lime paint splashes too.

Then I worked on the feature images and finished off the canvas without in progress pics.

I chose to add a laser cut wood veneer shape from an Artful Days Goodie box and added layers of Art Alchemy Sparks paint. I then added some patterned chiffon that had been in a goodie box too as a bag. I thought it looked quite sea themed.

I then added some stamping onto some bookprint using the Badass art stamps and colouring them with Distress Oxides. I then added some sparks paint onto the seaweed. The fish I then added a layer of versamark and then clear embossed powder which made it all shiny. Then I added some spots of white paint pen.

The title for the canvas is also a Badass artchick stamp. I cut it out and added some shading with Inktense pencils.

I then added some glossy accents to the sentiment strips and added some drops to the artwork as clear drops.

Finished off with some splashes of white gesso and some archival ink to the edges.

Happy crafting!