Friday, 23 September 2016

A Vintage Journey Guest Designer Create Within A Frame

Morning all and thank you for stopping by, Today I am over the moon to be sharing a little make as Guest Designer for A Vintage Journey. Thank you to Brenda and the team for having me along this month xx.

The theme for their challenge has been set by Julia and she has chosen ' Create within A Frame' 
which I just love as I get to break out the chalk paints and do some Shabby Chicy stuff ;)
To see the full project and a little step by step of what I did it would be great to see you over there xx.

Friday, 16 September 2016

Date Change for Southampton class

Just a quick post to say the Date has changed for my vintage circus box class being held at Pickwell Farm  It is now Saturday 15th October, not the 1st (still to be changed on pickwell farm site)
Hopefully I will see some of you there x.

Thursday, 1 September 2016

Craft Stamper. Chunky Layered ATC's September edition

With the new issue of Craft Stamper hitting the shelves tomorrow I can now share a little make from Septembers edition where I have a little article showing what I did to create these Chunky Layered ATC's
I have used Decoart Media fluids to paint the Acrylic.

These stamps are from Carabelle Studio, You can get them from Wendy at Dasiy Jewels and Crafts and if they don't carry the design you want I am sure she will order it in for you with their next order xx.

I have combined the clown from Carabelle with the circus tent stamp from one of the Oxford Impressions vintage circus sets.

I thought these fish were Ideal for the stacked ATC, layering the images really helps crate some depth. The stamp is again from Carabelle Studio and actually comes as 3 fish swimming, I just cut the fish out to make the separate and make the stamping of each fish easier.

Thank you so much to Trish and the team for having me in the issue alongside so many amazing crafters, It's such a fun issue with some fab projects x.
There are better pics and a little photo step by step in the September edition incase you would like a copy xx.

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Stampendous SteamPunk Pen Pot and Graphic 45 Papers.

Morning all, and thank you as always for stopping by, I know the blog has been a bit slow but lots and lots has been going on, I need to find some time to write it up. You can always join me on Facebook to see more of whats going on xx.

Today I am sharing another make created for the latest Stampendous Catalogue for new products and this week over on the Stampendous Blog we are sharing the makes where we used the Paper Graphic 45 Generously supplied us. A Huge thank you to Graphic 45. xx

I have used:
Pen Pot
Copics, Cool colours and a deep blue.

I stamped the image with memento ink as I was going to add colour with alcohol markers.
I used the cool shades of the Copics for the Steam pumpkin image and left the cogs white and block filled the background a nice deep blue.

The image was cut to size and glued to the front of the pen pot. I used a fine grade sanding block and sanded at a 45 degree angle to get a nice smooth edge.

For the remaining sides I added the Graphic 45 paper and embossed the Swirl Flourish using the Verdigris Embossing powder.
The edges were again sanded and I used a black copic to give a nice clean black border around the paper.
The inside of the pot was also painted black for a clean look.

Thank you for stopping by. If you head over to the Stampendous blog this week you will find lots of new makes from our Dt using lots of the new releases xx.

Thursday, 28 July 2016

Stampendous - Fresh Fall Fun July Catalogue Sample

Frantage Embossing Enamels: Aged Marine FREG037
                                                  Aged Bronze FREG042
                                               Aged Ivory FREG030
Decoart Media Fluids: Titanium White, Carbon Black, Green Gold, Quinacridone Burnt Orange.

This week the Stampendous Design Team are sharing makes using the new Stampendous products that have just been released, I am joining in today with my first make as part of their new Mixed Media team.(we will be creating projects for the Stampendous Catalogues and joining in time from time with the Awesome Stampendous DT.) 
If you head on over to the Stampendous Blog you can find more info and more projects using the new products.

I used a 6x8 inch box canvas and built my background up using the different Frantage Embossing Powders.
Once the powders cooled down I used the Maple Branch metal stencil and using a stencil brush added.
I stenciled first using the black media fluids and then off set the stencil and went over using the white paint to create a shadow effect 
the leaves were stenciled with the green gold and burnt orange to give an autumnal feel.
I wrapped some thin cord around the edges, Not really sure why but it felt right ;)

Thanks for stopping by, hopefully if you have some time we will see you over on the Stampendous Blog. xxx

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Stampendous - Tando-Creative Blog Hop

 Thanks for stopping by as Today I am taking part in the Stampendous/Tando-Creative Mixed Media Hop.
You can find the Stampendous Blog HERE
And Tando-Creative HERE

Get your fingers into mixed media with one of our fun prize packages. To be eligible, leave a comment and where you live on our blog, Tando Creative blog and the designers blog for our hop. Each comment is an entry to win one of THREE terrific prize packages. This is open to commenters with a US and UK mailing address. Each prize package includes a Tando Creative Mini Heart Printer Tray plus Stampendous NK Studio Fiesta Stamp Set. Winner will be announced early next week!

Here are the people playing today xx


Ok, So after a little tease on Facebook earlier this week and a rather delayed post today (heat stroke is a Pain)
I am now sharing my Latest (and last ;-) ) Dalek made from one of Tando-Creatives Christmas tree advent calendars.

I have had to improvise a couple of extra pieces for the body and head and the skirt has been made out of strips of masking tape.
The Dalek has been decorated simply with Decoart Media Fluids, Pyrolle Red over a white base coat.
The drawers have been painted black along with the arms and skirt. The fronts of the Drawers have been embossed using Stampendous's Sparkly (yes I used Sparkly) Embossing powder Twilight

I love the different flecks of colour in the Twilight pot of powder.

Now this little fella will be making it's way to Laura from Stampendous as a little thank you for all the amazing help organizing my first crafty trip to California later this year.

I will be visiting three shops in California this October and I will be teaching a new mixed Media class using a brand new kit for my class from Tando-Creative, we will also be using lots of Stampendous and Decoart Media products to create a tag storage box and an assortment of tags using several mixed media techniques.

More class pics coming soon.

This is where I will be, Hopefully I will see some of you there xxx.

Sat 22nd October. It's all about the Scrapbook in Dixon
Sat 29th October. The Stamp Addict in Sand Diego
Sun 30th October. Scrapbooking Forever Westlake Village

Monday, 18 July 2016

Decoart Media Blog - Under The Sea CHallenge

Afternoon, I hope all is well in your corner of the world ;)
Now if you have been following the Dcoart Media Blog the last week or so you will have noticed we have a new challenge going on. The theme this time is 'Under The Sea'.
You have till the 12th August to enter and we want to see your interpretation of our theme xx.

 My DT make for the Challenge is a little seascape canvas.

Materials List:

Decoart Media Fluids; Hansa Yellow Medium, Primary Magenta, Cobalt Teal Hue, Prussian Blue Hue, Carbon Black.
Decoart Media Tinting Base.
Decoart Media Gesso.
Decoart Media Texture Sand.
Decoart Media Satin Varnish.
Decoart Decoupage Matte Glue.
Tissue Paper, Various Embellishments Beads, charms etc, The stamp is from Graphic 45. Canvas and Paint brushes.

Use a pallet knife and apply some modelling paste to the canvas, apply a thicker layer where you want to add embellishments, Push the embellishments into the wet modeling paste and leave to dry naturally.
I have left an area fairly smooth and large enough for the stamp I am using in the centre of my canvas.

Add a thinned down coat of Gesso and work it into all the awkward spots, add a little texture paste to areas of the canvas to build up the texture. Leave to dry and add a coat of the tinting base to leave a nice clean and even base to work on.

Starting with the Hansa Yellow then the Primary Magenta start blending and applying the colour, leave to dry and then add the Cobalt Teal Hue.These colours are on the transparent side and just painting over other colours is a great way to blend and add more colours whilst using a limited pallet. To build up the Teal colour I stippled the paint on quite thick in places, the thinner areas give you the more purple hues when you paint over the Magenta and some nice greens over the Yellow.

I stamped my design using Black Stazon Ink onto the tissue paper.

Making the wash, Add a small amount of paint to your craft sheet and add some clean water, the Media fluids are pretty much pure pigment and an acrylic base, no fillers so a little goes a long way and the colour intensity remains strong  even when watered down.

Carefully cut or tear around the image and glue down using the Decoupage glue.
Make a wash using the Prussian Blue and using a mop brush (these hold lots of water and make adding washes a lot easier) dab the wsh around the edge over the Cobalt Teal, be careful not to have the wash encroach to much onto the brighter areas. If needs be mop up the excess with some kitchen roll.

The wash once dry sits in all the low spots and provides the darkest colour, I used some Dry Brushing to pic out all the raised areas.
I wanted to use the Hansa Yellow as my highlight colour, as this is a transparent colour and lighter all it would do is turn the blue a shade of green, to keep the yellow cleen first dry brush with the tinting base.
Build up the white gradually, its better to go over the area several times rather than trying to do it all in one go.
When dry brushing, add a little paint to the brush and then wipe most of it off onto a rag or kitchen towel. Gently flick just the tip of the bristles across the surface of the raised areas. I used a softish 3/4 inch brush for this canvas as I wanted a softer look to the dry brushing,

The dry brushing was repeated with the Hansa Yellow and once dry the sides of the canvas were painted Black and all was given a coat of Satin Varnish.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed the canvas xx
Remember you have till the 12th of August to enter.
To Enter you can follow the LINK


Sunday, 10 July 2016

California Dreaming in October

Good morning all, Some really exciting news to share today and it's the culmination of lots of work (thank you Laura) but it's happening.
I will be heading to Sunny California this October to teach a new class using a brand new kit I designed with Tando-Creative.
We will be making several Mixed Media Tags and decorating a box to keep them all in.
The class will be using Decoart Media Products and lots of goodies from Stampendous.
We will be playing with Acrylic, grey board and some nice chunky MDF tags.
Ill be adding new and different tags to the kit as we get closer to the event x.

I will be at 

Sat 22nd October. It's all about the Scrapbook in Dixon
Sat 29th October. The Stamp Addict in Sand Diego
Sun 30th October. Scrapbooking Forever Westlake Village

It would be great to see some of you there, I am so beyond excited as not only do I get to teach in the states, I also get to be in the USA for Halloween, something I have wanted to do for years.xx
Again a huge thankyou to Laura from Stampendous for helping set things up and a big thanks to the three shops for having me join them xx.

Just for Fun

Morning all, I hope you are all keeping well this Sunday?
I had a quick play yesterday with some of my new Stampendous goodies and the Decoart Media Misters.
I used a Media Board from Tando-Creative and added some Stampendous Embossing Enamels, Twilight, Aged Marine and Verdigris.

Using Black Stazon ink I stamped one of the new Stamp releases 'Chilling'.
I decorated a wooden plaque with Decoart Media Misters, Red and Yellow.
If the Media misters are new to you, they are a permanent acrylic paint in a spray bottle much like the water based ink sprays that are out there, the advantage the Media misters have is that once dry they will not be reactive with varnishes or other layers of paints etc unlike the water based sprays.
You can even spray them over metal,painted and sealed surfaces and they will dry properly and keep their colour intensity unlike some of the ink based sprays that look vibrant for about 10 mins ;)
I added started with the red mister and then swapped to the yellow straight away, this allows the colours to mix and blend naturally and bellow you can see the close up of the kind of effect you will be left with,

The plaque was finished by giving them a coat of Satin Varnish and the Media Board was glued down.

Thanks for stopping by, Ill have a full post with the Details of my upcoming California trip in the next few days.

Monday, 4 July 2016

Stampendous Media DT and California Workshops

Firstly. Happy 4th July to my American friend and followers x. Hope you are having a good day away from work 😜  Thanks for stopping by, today my post is two pronged but both related ;)
Firstly, I am over the moon to say a little while back Stampendous  asked me along with Katy Leitch of Postcards from the Attic and Dee Adams of Dee Adams Art to be part of a new Mixed Media Design Team they are putting together. Of course we all said yes and have already been busy creating with their new products ready for their new catalogue release and we will be sharing our makes very soon. We will also be popping up alongside their Longstanding DT every now and then xx
A Huge thank you to Laura Weed and all from Stampendous for asking us to be part of their creative family, I know we are all looking forward to working with the awesome Stampendous range and are very excited to get going.

Here are the links to our Face book and Blogs in case you would like to see who is who xx

Katy Leitch (UK DT Co-ordinator) – that’s ME! (

I am also bursting with excitement as in October I will be heading to The USA to teach and one of the best parts is I will be there for Halloween, I have wanted to be in the USA for my fave holiday for as long as I can remember.
Now as we all know, everything is bigger in the States so with this in mind I have taken my mixed media ATC class and made it bigger, It's a class based around Tando-Creatives Media boards which I am addicted to using, they make great tags, toppers and even Cards ;)
I have also designed a new Media tag storage box and there will be some new variations to the existing media boards.
Dates are still being confirmed for a few venues but I will be at the Stamp Addict on the 29th October
and I am hoping to be in the Dixon and Thousand Oaks area so fingers crossed xx
I will do a full write up once things are confirmed and share a few more pics of the project.
Thanks as always for stopping by and joining me xx.

Thursday, 16 June 2016

Summer Fun With Nathalie Kalbach and Stampendous Blog Hop

Morning all and thanks as always for stopping by.
Today I have a little share using one of Nathalie Kalbach's new foam stamp sets from Stampendous.
I have used the elephant set.

In the set you get a sturdy foam stamp, one side for stamping a silhouette the other has a patterned surface, you also get a cling rubber stamp that fits perfectly over the silhouette and to top it of there is also a stencil.

I have made a wall hanging using some off cuts of 3"x 1" timber and some left over tile baton.
The wood has been painted using Decoart Chalky Finish Paints, I started with a coat of Heritage followed by a coat of Rouge sanding between coats to get a nicely faded distressed look.

Using some Stazon Ink I stamped using the foam stamp on the patterned side top and bottom of the piece of wood.

In the middle I stamped using the cling mount rubber stamp, again using Stazon ink.

I have had this Hindu style stencil from Stencil girl a little while and have been waiting for the right project to use it. The stenciling was done with Decoarts Carbon Chalky Finish Paint.

Some Decorative stamping with Stampendous's Decorative Boarder Stamp.

The hands were also stenciled and are from The Crafters Workshop.

Using some panel pins the planks were pinned to the tile baton ready for hanning.
To finish everything was given a couple of coats of Decoart Media Satin Varnish.

For full details of the hop and to see more creations from the Stampendous DT Follow the LINK, (There are even some fab prizes up for grabs)