Sunday, 10 December 2017

Torn Ripped Burnt - Paperartsy topic 18

Brilliant challenge from Paperartsy this week - torn, ripped burnt details can be found here .  Wasn’t brave enough to go for the burnt but here’s my little make with ripped card and torn fabric. Crafting is definitely the best way to spend a snowy afternoon.

This piece of card was ripped and part of the front torn off to show the middle. Painted in space cadet fresco paint and Antarctic (very fitting for today ) over the crackle glaze.

This was hi lighted with gold under the strips of torn fabric. A few silver stars and a shiny reindeer complete the panel

Hope everyone is warm and safe. Thank you for looking xx

Sunday, 26 November 2017

Last minute shades of white quick make

Talk about leaving things to the last minute , don’t know where time goes at the minute.

Anyway here’s my little card for the current Paperartsy challenge of shades of white full details here - hopefully this still counts as I couldn’t resist adding the touch of blue.  Would you believe the embossing powder was called true white, more like cream unless this sort of thing goes off with age ?

Hoping to grab a bit more crafty time this week so can’t wait to see what the next topic is

Thank you for looking xx

Sunday, 1 October 2017


So what to do on a dreary Sunday morning ...... nothing better than a spot of crafting 😊

Just a quick make today, a cardboard panel covered in bronze paper and topped with an IndigoBlu stamp - I hadn't any glue to do the guilding flakes so tried bonding powder - don't know if I rubbed the flakes off too quickly but quite like the distressed result. Found some bronze paint in my stash for the stencilling and a little metal charm to finish it off. 

I'd like to enter this is to the latest Paperartsy challenge, see here for full details

Thank you for looking xx

Sunday, 3 September 2017

Hybrid Inks #3 - can you believe it

Totally inspired by all the beautiful creations on the Paperartsy blog - had a go at the technique shown by Clare Messenger ( full details here) using distress oxides ink and pearl glaze as a resist.  I'll definitely be trying this one again.  So I didn't detract from the pretty background I decided to keep all my stamping to black and made this pretty little card.

The word "believe" came with the fairy Stamp - thought it was very apt as I can't "beieve" I've manage to make three entries to the current topic of Hybrid Inks ! thank you Paperartsy and all the designers for the fab inspiration blog can be found here

Thank you for looking xx

Friday, 1 September 2017

Hybrid Inks #2

I now know why everyone loves distress oxides - they're so addictive 😊

So here's my second entry to the latest Paperartsy Challenge  - see  here for some fantastic ideas and inspiration

To be honest I didn't really have a plan on where this would end up but the final background vaguely remind me of a gorgeous sky.  It's doesn't really show in the picture but there's a touch of treasure gold round the edge and distress glitter on the "path".

I then mounted the main panel and popped it in my journal on a fresco paint background - love how these complement the oxides

a bonus how the shadows of the metallic thread  show up on the right hand side.

Glorious sun this morning - took these photos on the new patio area our son has just built for us - pretty good for a first attempt,don't you think ?

Thank you looking - hope you all have an enjoyable weekend xx

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Hybrid Inks

Thanks to the recent Paperartsy challenge I've finally opened the distress oxide inks sitting on my desk  - see topic 12 details and masses of inspiration  here

Here's a couple of tags I've made

Thank you for looking xx

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Paperartsy topic #11 Books

I had so many ideas for this topic but too little time. I finally managed to make a tiny concertina book from a sheet of 12 x 12 patterned paper.

there's been some wonderful examples and ideas on the Paperarsty blog during the last 2 weeks - challenge details are here

I brayered a light covering over the paper - added some background stamping - next I went through my old under used stamps and just had fun - a few die cuts and pearl drops and heres the finished results.

I didn't properly bind it so I could still see both sides 


Thank you looking xx

Saturday, 22 July 2017

PA topic #9 Aqua

what a brilliant topic on the Paperartsy blog see here for details and inspiration  - as blue's my favourite colour how could I miss it. Can't believe how long it's been since I had my fresco paints out - been MIA for a be explained later in this post.

As a lover of blue I was amazed that I only have 2 paints I'd call aqua Captain Peacock which I used for the background and South Pacific for the stencilling.

I've made myself a promise to cut down on new supplies and use some things that have never been out of the packet - we'll see how long that lasts !! I think I won these fish minis on the PA blog a few years ago.....

The blue obviously conjures up "sea" and was the perfect background for these two skeleton fish stamps. Everything was looking at bit flat - a quick rummage through my bits and bobs and found an organza bag, this was cut into strips and adhered around the page.  I then cut an few weed shapes from some scrap and added a touch of stunning calypso WOW embossing powder.

I've started a few entries this year and either never finished them or not had time to blog them. Spare time has been taken up with my daughter Lauren and new son in law Ben's wedding prep.  This was back on 10th June  - here's the newly married couple


Myself and husband Tony

The reception was in a marquee we decorated- loads of bunting, vintage china and beautiful flowers arranged by the grooms mum.


And my card to them

And two days before this was our son Jacks 18th 😊 - this was taken at a family meal on the 3rd.

Thank you looking and will hopefully be taking part more often now.

Friday, 7 April 2017

Paperartsy challenge #5 Blue & Ochre

Well how could I resist a challenge involving entry is inspired by the gorgeous blue sky today and the pretty yellow flowers around at the moment. There's loads of wonderful projects and inspiration on the Paperartsy blog see here

I've created a small hanging piece involving crackle glaze, texture paste, gilding wax, stencilling and a stack of embellishments.  



Thank you for looking and enjoy the sun this weekend x

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Topic #3 Infusions

What great pots of colour - I need to buy a couple more. Love using them but don't get many chances to be messy. I hadn't realised how many ways they could be used until I read the recent posts on the Paperartsy blog - the challenge info is here

I've gone for a journal page using infusions with matt glaze for the background. I then stamped and embossed three flowers, sprinkled infusions in the centres and spritzed with water. For the top flower I repeated this on a piece of spare card and cut it out to add dimension. 

The smaller flowers needed more impact so a diluted a sprinkled of powder with water and painted in the centres. I had loads and loads left so mopped this up with card and cut out the flowers when it was dry.



Thank you for looking xx

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Paperartsy challenge - masks

Unfortunately I've been a short of time over the last couple weeks so haven't had time for anything more elaborate. There are some wonderful entries over on the Paperartsy blog they can be seen here

I've used the simplest of masks to protect the central panel of this card. I then used a variety of little stamps to randomly cover the top and bottom. A little sentiment finishes it off.


Thank you for looking xx