Wednesday, 28 September 2016

two friends...

Hello friends...
Hope you are having a good week
Just a quickie post from me to share this make with you....

Those that follow my blog regularly will know that I'm not the best person to make use of colour....
I really do admire other artists that use colour and I try and give it a go, but I keep getting pulled back to the darker/grungy shades, I guess that's where I feel most comfortable. ( Its not just in my arty wardrobe pretty much consists of grey and black....I know, I know its grim, but they really are my comfort colours...)

 I created a monochrome background using Rangers Texture paste, when it was dry I used a mixture of distress spray (hickory smoke) along with distress paints (black soot & picket fence)
I also used a mixture of Tim Holtz stencils
I used an original vintage photograph and cut around the ladies,
 ( there were originally three ladies in the photo but I used my artistic licence and removed one.... i liked it that the two ladies mirrored each other) 
 I then mounted them onto an old vintage page from a french ledger. 
I wanted to highlight the ghostly friends so I used a white signo gel pen. 
I then created a patchwork of strips from some offcuts, I stamped using some number stamps and added lots of stitching. 
I then added more layers, an old playing card, vintage train ticket stub, an old french bank statement and a rusty key....
The stamped stars are from the tim holtz correspondence set....(yes....I cut the stamps!)
I also used the halftone and rings set
The number stamps are from Hobbycraft..

As always
Feel free to leave a comment, I really appreciate each and everyone.....

Have yourselves a lovely week 


Friday, 23 September 2016


Hello friends...
Hope you have had a lovely week!
I wanted to share a quick make I recently made
 using some of my Hochanda shopping spree from last month!

This tag uses lots of Decoart-media paints (grunge set)
After watching Andy Skinner, I was so inspired... 
I've still got lots of experimenting to do with them but 
I'm really loving the effects you get with them....
I've also used some Tando/Andy skinner creative tags and 
Industrial elements (bolts and washers) of my new favourites!! 
The chevron stencil is also by Andy skinner, along with the stamp set...
The key is one of my own vintage finds, wrapped in rusty wire
I love grungy/industrial so this is was great fun to create!

As always feel free to leave a's always great to know you popped by.

Have a great weekend!

Monday, 19 September 2016

Best of friends....

Hello friends

Hope you are all good 
Many thanks for the lovely comments on my last post....I really appreciated each and everyone ...

Wow!September has been so busy for me....lots of things happening, my family seem to like September for their birthdays so there's been lots of celebrating....and cake....lots of cake!
So I've not had a lot of time to create, but I did manage to finish off this piece that had been sat on my desk for what seems like ages.....

I used lots of Tim Holtz distress paints, stamps and an Idea-ology frame....the photo is a vintage one from my collection.
I created a patchwork from off cuts of failed attempts ( I never throw anything away!) 
The background is made up from splashes of distress paints, Remnant rub-ons and some stamping using Tim's Mixed media 2 set and Halftone/rings set

I added lots of stitching with my trusty sewing machine.....although its no longer white! 
To finish I framed the photograph using an Idea-ology frame and coloured it using a sharpie pen.

Right my mission this afternoon is to clear my desk, its shamefully over crowed with "stuff"
I really struggle to be organised.....
As always feel free to leave a comment

Hope to back soon with another make
Have a great week 


Friday, 9 September 2016


Hello friends

Hope you are all good!
Ive just returned to work after the summer holidays...
sigh...its taking a while to get back into the swing of things but I think I'm getting there, slowly...

During August I watched my very talented friend Kate Crane do her arty thing with her magic hands on the Hochanda shopping channel....wasn't she good??
(if you ever get a chance to take a workshop with must, she rocks!!!) 
Kate was using some Tando creative products and Deco- art media to create a planner....
I told myself that I didn't need anymore mixed media stuff, I didn't need anymore mixed media stuff, I didn't need anymore mixed media stuff....
but by the end of the show I had ordered new mixed media stuff!
(cheers Kate!)

Then towards the end of August I watched some of Andy skinners shows on Hochanda,
How good were they?? 
So you know where this is going right??
Yes....I'm a salesman dream!
So After running up a nice bill on my credit card I thought I best put to use some of the products I bought and share with you my latest make...

The base is a wooden plaque that I picked up from hobbycraft
I used some of the techniques that were shown on the shows.... 
The background stencil is a crafters workshop, I used modelling paste through it
The bolts are from Industrial Elements ( Tando creative) and are coloured with the Deco-art media grunge set from the show that Andy Skinner did on Hochanda, I love the transformation the kit goes through....its very clever!
If you are a follower of my blog you will know that I like to add my own embellishments, so I added an old rusty key and some really old telephone cord cable.....
To finish I added some rusty wire and added some stitching to the photograph.
 I also added some of my favourite Remnant rub-ons and the word 'memories' from Tim Holtz Big chat words.

I'm still very new to the using the products and still have lots to experiment with (and learn!) but Ive really enjoyed the process!

If you would like to leave a comment then please, feel free....
I really appreciate each and everyone!

I will be back soon
Have a lovely weekend!
Bye for now


Tuesday, 30 August 2016


Hello friends

Hope you are all good!
Well the summer is nearly did that happen?
Its back to work next week for me....but, I'm kind of looking forward to getting back into a routine as Ive been enjoying too many lazy days and not getting an awful lot done!

Today I wanted to share with you a make that has been sitting on my desk for what seems like ages....
I just found it really hard to get back into the swing of things....I think Mr Mojo is still on his holidays!

One post that really inspired me recently was a post that Katy leitch did here, using deco art media crackle paste...
I really like the effect it gave to her tag and really wanted to try it for myself, Katy has a really useful video of how to use the paste too! 
(thanks for the inspiration Katy!)

So this make has a mash up of lots of different product...
Ive used the crackle paint, distress sprays, archival, idea-ology...
The photograph is an original from my collection.....
I built up layers with the help of Sizzix thinlits, card and tags....
I added walnut stain distress ink and archival ink (coffee) to colour
I used rusty wire to frame the cheeky chap in the photo and added ideology pins/rub-ons
I also added lots of stitching to the card
I am really pleased with the chippy paint effect, it gives a great shabby peeled paint look
I will defiantly be experimenting with the paint again!

Anyway as always feel free to leave a comment, it always great to hear from you!

Have a great week!


Friday, 19 August 2016


Hello friends

Hope you are all enjoying the beautiful summer....
If you are a regular follower of my blog you will know that Ive not been around much as Ive been
spending some much needed quality time with my friends and family, its been so busy trying to cram everything in but its been so much fun creating some great memories with them.

Although Ive been super busy.....Ive still managed to sneak in some much needed arty time 
(usually, very late at night while everyone is asleep and bonus.... plus extra bonus I get to watch the Olympics in Rio, its multi-tasking at its best!)

So I apologise for it being a very, very quick post,
I will leave you with some photographs of my end result.

I created lots of layers for this make, using gesso, I used the lace as a stencil and applied gesso through it to create a cool shabby plaster look. I also used lots of distress sprays/crayons/paints/archival ink and embellished it with vintage lace, beads, stitching and crochet flowers.....I picked the photograph up from a local car boot sale.

Again I really do apologise for it being a quick post....
Normal service will resume very soon...
feel free to leave a comment, I really do appreciate each one

Have a great weekend 


Thursday, 11 August 2016

She flies.....

 Hello friends
Hope you are all good!
Sorry I've not been around much at the mo, as its the summer holidays and I'm trying to cram in as much as I can with my family and friends,,,,
but I've managed to pop back in to share a quickie make I created.....
I've been catching up on creative chemistry 103 
and I've been so inspired to crack open all things inky!
(if you want to know more about creative chemistry 103, its not too late.....pop over here for the details, its full of  great techniques with tons of  fabulous inspiration)

So I got myself busy with pots of gesso, Tim Holtz texture paste and grit paste 
some stencils, distress paints/sprays and distress crayons
I created lots of texture using grit paste, gesso and texture paste, when it had dried I coloured using distress crayons and distress paints
I stamped out Papillon butterflies (Tim Holtz) and framed them with some rusty wire 
The number band is a vintage key fob ( one of my vintage finds) 
To attach the butterflies I sewed them in place with my sewing machine 
 I used Mixed media 2 stamp set in random areas and highlighted the stamping with a white gel pen
and I touched up the grit paste using distress crayons ( I just love the effect you get with them)
To finish I added the words from Idea-ology small talk
and sewed the edges of the black card.

As always feel free to leave a comment, I really appreciate reading each and every one!
Wishing you a happy week
Enjoy the summer
hope to be back soon