Friday, 9 June 2017

7 Gypsies Guest Designer

I am over the moon about today's little post, I have been asked to be a guest designer for the
  7 Gypsies  blog this month.
I was asked to play with the brilliant new Architextures range and have created a couple of vintage and shabby wall hangings.
If you head over to the 7 Gypsies blog you can find more pics and a little write up of how and what I did. 
Hope to see you over there x

Monday, 15 May 2017

Andy Skinner Design Team Grungy Chic Wine Crate

A little tease piece today as I share my first make as part of the New Andy Skinner Design Team.
We will be focussing on Andy's range of products, Stamps, Stencils etc as well as the Decoart range of paints and mediums.
To see the full project with a little info on what I did to achieve the grungy finish just follow the link HERE.
Keep heading back as well so you can see all the new inspiration from the new DT.

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Decoart Graffiti Tutorial Happy Easter

Morning all, thanks for stopping by, It's been a busy few weeks here and I am just back from Andy Skinner's Ministry Of Mixology retreat where Kate Crane and France Papillon taught a weekend of fantastic classes and I was there to lend a hand and teach one o the make and takes on the Saturday eve.
Such a fun weekend catching up with so many crafty friends and so much creativity under one roof always leads to a good weekend away.

Today though I am sharing a Graffiti style step by step tutorial on the Decoart Media Blog, I have used lots of Decoart Media products and the new Chalky Finish White Cream Wax along with various stencils. The main focus stencils are from a new Stencil book I picked up recently after seeing a FaceBook friend post about it, Details can be found on the Decoart post.
I hope to see some of you over there. For those of you that don't know about the media blog, you will be introduced to some amazing mixed media artists sharing their tutorial posts using the Decoart Products.

As always a huge thank you for stopping by.
If you would like to follow me on FaceBook you can find me HERE.

Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge are having a Hip Hop challenge ;) x Now I know my entry is a little tongue in cheek but I have tried to keep it festive with my Jesus Graffiti and the links between hip hop culture and the Graffiti street scene lol x.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Chalk Paint ATC's

Thanks for stopping by, I hope all is well where you are?
With mothers day and my sisters birthday coming up this weekend I needed something to give my mum and sister and as I am not a big card maker I decided to be a little different and make some Atc's and use them instead.
I started with some mdf blanks from Tando Creative and used Decoart's Chalky Finish Paints for the background.
I used three of the new colours in the range and used the same three colours for each Atc just varied the amount of each colour as I blended them together allowing each colour to partly dry before adding the next colour, this allowed for a softer blending and different colour tones to show through.
I used the colours, Colonial, Victorian and Bestow.

I have used the Tim Holtz Pear stamp and stamped using Stazon ink. the edges have been distressed with the ink and the back has been painted black so I can write a birthday message to my sister with a white posca pen. The Atc has been finished with a satin varnish, this really helps bring out the colours and makes things pop a little more.

This stamp is from Viva Las Vegas Stamps and will be a mothers day card from my 6 month old Niece to her mum with a little message on the back.

This stamp is also from Viva Las Vegas Stamps and this Atc will be making its way to my mum for mothers day.

Thanks for stopping by. xx

Friday, 17 March 2017

Decoart / Stampendous Blog Hop Skull Coaster

Items Used:
Decoart Media Fluids
Andy Skinner Stampendous stamps: Skuldoggery, Toxic

Thanks for stopping by on the last day of the Stampendous/Decoart blog hop that has been running all week.
Here are the list of people playing along today. 


Pam Bray

Jamie Martin

Louise Healy

Asia King

Janelle Stollfus

Lea Fritts

Alison Heikkila

Katy Leitch

Mark Gould

DecoArt Blog

Today I have a 4x4 inch canvas board coaster painted with Decoart Media Fluids and one of Andy Skinners new Stamps from Stampendous.

I started by mixing a pale shade of green using the Media Fluids  and the Media Tinting Base and applied a base coat to the canvas board.
Once dry I stamped the skull with Black Stazon ink and started painting the skull using the fluids acrylics. I watered down the Transparent Yellow Oxide for the main skull, A little Titanium white for the teeth and a little Pyrrole Red for the nose.
I created a mask for the skull by stamping the image on some thin copy paper and cutting it out. I used Andy's Scratch stamp from the toxic set and stamped using the fluid acrylics to add some colour contrast and interest to the back ground.
I finished by stamping the word Fear also from the Skuldoggery set across the top of the skull and using a Posca pen added some highlights to the letters.
The edges were distressed using some Stazon ink applied with some foam.

Thanks as always and If you have some time we would love to see you joining in on the hop and seeing what the other DT members have created.

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Industrial Grunge Clock Decoart/Stampendous Blog Hop

Items Used:
Andy Skinner Stampendous Stamps. Curiosity, Steampunk
Stampendous Stamp Vintage Note

This week Stampendous and Decoart have come together for a week long blog hop celebrating the Andy Skinner stamps new and old and the Decoart Media Line.
Here is a list of the people participating today.

Stampendous Blog

Jamie Martin

Louise Healy

Mark Gould

Ursula Wollenberg

DecoArt Blog

I am lucky enough to be on both design teams and have taken this opportunity to share a new class I have put together with a new faux Pitted Tin technique and a little rust thrown in as well.

A couple of close up pics to show the textures created.
This is a grey board kit from Tando-Creative and measures 12 inches x

I cant wait to teach this class and I am so excited that the first place I will be teaching it is on my return trip to California this May 5th/6th when I visit It's All About The Scrapbook in Dixon CA.

If you have some time it would be great to see you stopping by the the other hoppers pages and leaving some love, you never know, you might be selected as one of the winners.
Head over to the Stampendous or Decoart blog for details of the generous prize pack. xx

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

CHSI Trade Show and some New Class Dates

I am enjoying a lazyish day today after a busy weekend at the CHSI trade show held at the Birmingham NEC this past Sunday, Monday and Tuesday where I had a stand promoting the classes I run.
It was great fun catching up with so many crafty friends and meeting so many more new faces, Lots of fantastic contacts made and lots to think about over the coming months.
I am just sharing a couple of cheesy pics of me and my booth ;)

I have also added a couple more dates to the Classes page on the top of the blog and hopefully there will be more added to the list in the coming weeks, keep popping back or friend me on FaceBook for more up to date info.

I so need to work on the resting B face ;-)

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Decoart Mixed Media Blog Tutorial Post - Painting and working with Acrylic

Today It's  my turn to share a little tutorial post over on the Decoart Media Blog and I have gone for a Vintage Circus style tag using one of the Acrylic Media Boards from Tando Creative and stamps from Carabelle Studio.
If you follow the Decoart Link it will take you straight to the tutorial post xx.
Hope to see you there. x

Simon Says Stamp are having a 'Use your favorite tool' challenge this week. My fave tool has to e the heat gun, I am an impatient crafter and always turn to my heat gun to help things along when I can, I have also used it for one if it's more traditional uses on my tag for some heat embossing.

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Classes, March 4th and March 5th.

I hope everyone is doing well despite what may be going on in the world at the mo?

Just a quick update post today.

I will be at Crafty Bunch in Telford on Sunday March 5th teaching my double sided shabby chic clock using Decoart Chalky Finish Paints and the Kit from Tando Creative.
One side will be a faux chalk bard finish and the other side we will go through a distressing technique ideal for embossed surfaces.

On Saturday March 4th I will be at Daisy Jewels and Crafts in Coventry teaching my New pitted tin class using one of their kits and the Decoart Media line, we will also be using Stampendous and Carabelle Studio stamps.

Thank you for stopping by. xx.

Friday, 13 January 2017

New Class Project Pitted Tin

Well, my blog is like waiting for a bus at the mo, nothing for ages and then three posts pop up all together ;)
If you follow me on FaceBook you may have seen me share a little tease and test piece for a new technique I have been playing around with. It's a pitted tin faux finish and the sample for my March 4th class at Daisy Jewels and Crafts in Coventry.
I am also in Telford on March 5th at Crafty Bunch Class project to be confirmed x.

Plenty of messy fun with the Decoart Media line and lots of Andy Skinner Stampendous Stamps and Carabelle Studio stamps to finish of an Industrial Chic style Grunge container ideal for all your lose pens, pencils and crafting smalls xx

Thanks as always for stopping by. And hopefully I will see some of you on the road in 2017.

I would like to enter my Shabby/Grungy box into a couple of challenges.x

Frilly and Funkie are having a Vintage or Shabby Chic challenge at the mo.

Altered Eclectics are having an Anything Goes Altered art/Mixed Media challenge running. 

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Decoart DT 2017

Another lighting fast post today.
I am over the moon to be part of the Decoart Media DT for 2017. It's an amazing team to be part of an I am so pleased to part of the team again for 2017.
You can check out the full team by clicking the link below.

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Stampendous Andy Skinner New Stamps

Happy New Year all.
Ok, now I know we are nearly two weeks into Jan but it's been a slow start mojo wise and I am just getting back into the swing of things after an amazing crafty  2016.

Today is just a quick post as I have just got y hands on the new Andy Skinner Stamps, they should be in the stores very soon ;)
For my first play I grabbed a 4 inch canvas board and gave it a base coat of a green I mixed up using the Decoart Fluid Acrylics and the Media Tinting Base.

Anyone that knows me will know of my love of skulls and all things slightly (totally) horrible so to my delight when I got hold of some of the new Andy Skinner stamps ;)
The skull was stamped with Stazon ink and the skull was painted using watered down, Transparent Yellow Oxide and Quinacridone Gold, a little Titanium White for the Teeth and some Pyrrole Red for the nose.
I made a mask using the skull stamp to protect the image and the back ground was stamped with Andy's Scratch BG stamp and some Decoart Media Fluids.
The word Fear was stamped across the skull and the edges were distressed with some Stazon Ink.

Stay tuned, I will be back soon with some new Pics for a new workshop with a new Pitted Tin finish. xx

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Stampendous - Happy Birthday Laura Blog Hop

Afternoon all and thanks for stopping by. Today is the Birthday of a good crafty friend, Laura Weed, So a huge Happy Birthday to Laura, Laura works for Stampendous and organises all of us on the DT as well as so many other things, to many to list ;). And as such, Several of the Stampendous DT have decided to do an impromptu Blog Hop, The full list of Participants can be found at the bottom of my post.
Nothing up for grabs this time but plenty of creativity throughout the hop. 

The first stop is 

Products Used:

I have used a pre primed box canvas and applied some Crackle paste to the canvas, Modeling paste was used through the stencils as well as a thin layer on the background around the crackle paste to create different textures. 

Once the pastes were dry I started spraying the canvas with the media misters allowing areas to dry partially and then over spraying with the second colour, This allows the the misters to blend together and creates a mottled almost marbled look

Leave the misters to dry and add a coat of the antiquing cream and remove to leave behind in the cracks and the low areas around the stencil.

The canvas was finished by painting the sides of the canvas black and a coat of the aerosol version of Triple Thick Varnish.

As always a great big thank you for stopping by.
If you are taking part in the hop you should have arrived here from Dee's Blog and after me you finish with Lea.
The full list is posted bellow.


Monday, 5 December 2016

Stampendous Embossing Powder Maple Branch Canvas

I hope everyone is keeping well?
Stampendous are sharing my Maple Branch Canvas on their website with quick Step by Step instructions today. Head on over if you would like to know what I have done with their Frantage Embossing Powders and Dreamweaver Stencils.
I have also used some Decoart Media Fluids.

Thanks for stopping by, xx

Monday, 14 November 2016

California Dreaming Road Trip

Wow, What a 2 weeks that was ;)
I am not long back and only just getting over the jetlag but wow, what an amazing trip, We (better half and me) had such a fun filled and welcoming trip adventure for my first trip to teach in the USA.
I gave 3 classes teaching my Mixed Media Tag and Tag Storage box class and in between teaching we managed to squeeze lots of touristy stuff in too.
Sorry there will not be a lot of finished craftyness as this post is more about what we got up to an where and is a good place for me to keep track of events in a time line xx.

First of I need to say a huge thank you to Laura from Stampendous and here entire family who bent over backwards to make us feel at home and Laura pretty much made this trip happen for me, So Thank you again xx
Also a big thank you to my Craft friend Glo and her hubby for putting up with us for the first weekend of our trip xx.
There are lots more thank you's that need to be dished out and I hope by the end I have not forgotten anyone ;)

So the trip started with my first class in America being held at It's All About The Scrapbook with Andrea and her lovely group of ladies that took great care of me and eased me in to teaching in the states.

The following day we had a day out in San Francisco visiting a bucket list attraction for me, Alcatraz.

Managed to get some nice rusty texture pics here ;)

the island

An external rusty door

Close up of a cell door

Close up of an old sign on the island


After San Francisco we headed a little south to Orange and managed to fit in both Disney and Knotts Berry Farm theme parks.(we did the Knott's Scary Farm halloween night as well)
This was my first Disney experience and I loved the park, everything is over the top but in such a fun way, the rides were great fun but the general feel of the place was just so much fun.

Inside the Hanted Mantion

From the Pixar Parade at California Adventure.

And from Knott's Scary Farm.....
Now this was fun, I love Halloween and we were so lucky to be in the USA for Halloween, Knott' Farm open in the evenings and go full out with hundreds of actors roaming around the park in full halloween dress scaring the you know what out of everyone, as well as the rides being ridden in the dark they also have several horror mazes (loved these) and a live show by the amazing Elvira.

One of the actors roaming around on stilts in the Day of the Dead section of the park

The Ghost Rider roller coaster,  best roller coaster I have ever been on, I have always wanted to ride one of the old wood frame coasters and this I think is the largest on the west coast of the USA. It was even better riding in the dark ;)

For our second weekend we headed down to San Diego where we went on a guided tour of lots of haunted buildings and had an amazing meal at a restaurant called C Level, This top pic was our view from the table.

Sorry, couldn't wait to get started before taking the pic of my dinner.

Saturday I was at the Stamp Addict run by the lovely Roxanne, Another big thank you to Roxanne and her Hubby Walt for taking care of us xx.

And on Sunday I headed to Westlake Village to Deb at Scrapbooking Forever.

Scrapbooking Forever marked the end of my classes and I want to thank all 3 shops for having me and to all the ladies that came along, you made me feel so welcomed and I loved every minute of being there, It was wonderful to finally meet some of my facebook and blog following friends xx. Hopefully Ill see you all soon ;)

The last few days were filled up with a trip to Universal studios....

And one of the crowning glories was the Guillermo Del Toro exhibit At Home With Monster hosted at Lacma.
I pretty much ran my phone battery down taking so many pictures here, there was just so much to see from his personal collection, Film Props, costumes from his movies, Art Journals from several of his films as well as a huge collection of other horror items that have inspired his works.
I have included a few just to give you an idea but this was an amazing couple of hours walking round soaking in all the creativity.

Thanks for sticking with my rather long drawn out post.
And Again, I can't thank everyone enough for all they have done for us this trip, It was so good meeting friends from online and making so many more.
I can't wait to return to sunny California.