Friday, 17 February 2017

Curious boys...

Hello friends

Hope you are all good!
Its been a super busy week here,
but I actually cleared my desk at the start of the week in a bid to be more organised....
it lasted 2 days.... I cannot find a thing! 
Sigh....I'm resigned to the fact that I will never be tidy and I'm completely hopeless at being organised!

After all the excitement of the Creativation show, the postman bought me some happy mail             (available here) soon as I saw this sizzix die, I knew it would be in my shopping basket! Its called "Tiny Houses" by Tim Holtz....I think its one of my favourites ever!
The die not only cut but scores too, so makes it really easy to assemble, I covered my chipboard in Tim Holtz paper stash, then ran it though my machine.
I assembled the houses and stuck them down with collage medium

I then added lots of layers of distress paints, gesso, vintage medium and distress crayons to create a really grungy look.
Next I selected my Paper dolls ( Idea-ology) I chose these two brothers and painted them using distress paints.
I then Layered them on top of some cogs (Idea-ology) added some Remnant rub-ons, washi tape, a star, ruler for a chimney and words from  the clippings stickers 
(All the Idea-ology and mediums are available from Art from the Heart here)
Nearly forgot...Those butterfly wings are from the new Idea-ology ephemera may need them too!

As always feel free to leave a comment, I really appreciate each and everyone!
Have yourselves a great weekend!


Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Heart & Soul

Hello friends

Hope you are all good!
Wishing you a very Happy Valentines day...

A quick post today to share a project I made a while ago
I used an Idea-ology vignette panel as a base, covered in an original
 french bank statement from 1922.
I then took a laser (photocopy) copy of a photograph of one of my vintage photos and created a image transfer onto the panel.
I then added lots of layers, ephemera, old key, cogs, old buttons, etc.
I used distress paints and inks to distress the panel.
To finish I made a frame from an old ruler and placed the panel in the middle 
The word is from the New Tim Holtz Quote chips and as it's valentine's I added some hearts.

As always feel free to leave a comment, I really appreciate you taking time out to comment.
Have yourselves a lovely week!
Bye for now 


Sunday, 5 February 2017

Collection No 5

Hello friends

Hope you are all good!
I've not had the best start to February.....
We've had an un-welcome visitor in our home AKA The Lurgy!
Its been very quiet as I have Laryngitis, Yuk, (although my family are enjoying the peace!)
Hoping its finally on its way back to where it came from!
 ( btw a big thank you for all the lovely messages on my Facebook/insta pages)

Today I want to share a Panel frame from Idea-ology that Ive been working on....
As you all know I love to create grunge, so this was right up my street!
 I used lots of gesso, distress paints and distress crayons to get that grunge look!
I then embellished it with lots of Idea-ology and some of my own vintage finds
The word 'collection' is from the New Idea-ology quote chips, I added some stitching to mine
The base is one from the base boards (also Idea-ology) I grunged this up using paints distress crazingand distress crayons, then I added a few remnant rub-ons 
I coloured the salvaged doll with alcohol inks in espresso and pebble, gave her some wings from the ephemera pack and crowned with that cool crown.  She is framed in an Idea-ology baroque frame
I hope you like what Ive created, please feel free to leave a comment, I really appreciate each and everyone.

If you have Facebook I have a  "Little Shabby shed page" (link on sidebar) You can keep up to date with all my blog posts there too!
Thanks so much for popping by!
Have a great week!


Monday, 30 January 2017


Hello friends
Hope you are good!
Its nearly February.....YAY! Im so pleased January is nearly out of the way....
I'm certainly not a fan of Jan!

Just a quick post today,  to share the last of my Creativation samples with you....

This sample is a real mash up of different Tim Holtz products... Ranger inks, Tim's distress paints, Idea-ology along with Sizzix
This piece lived on my desk for quite along time....I just kept adding lots of different elements to it as and when I could, even now looking at it I still want to add more!
The base is an Idea-ology panel frame, which I painted up and distressed using distress paints. 
I added this cool paper doll from Idea-ology , along with a mix up of ephemera...
The pipes and cogs are the cool dies from Sizzix/Tim Holtz called "Industrial" and "Pipes"
These dies are a must....I really loved using them
I added lots of Idea-ology arrows, coloured with distress paints. 
 The ticket is from another Sizzix die "Tiny tabs and tags" (another must have die!)
The background is from the Memoranda paper stash, I've sewn into it, added splats of paint and also added lots of different washi tapes...
To finish I added some of the new Quote chips (Idea-ology)these can be coloured with paint or inks...

Again a Huge thank you to Tim, Mario, Paula and all the other lovely designers.....
its been so much fun to be a part of such a fabulous team!
As always feel free to leave a comment, I really appreciate you popping by...
Have a great week!
bye for now 

For all your Idea-ology shopping check out Art from the heart here
For Sizzix check them out here

Saturday, 28 January 2017

Idea-ology Part 2

Hello friends...
Hope you are good!
Thanks so much for all the lovely comments on my previous post.....I really appreciate each and everyone.

I thought I would share part 2 of the samples I created for Idea-ology booth at the Creativation show,  which took place last weekend.
Ideology is my favourite lines ever, so these were so much fun to make.....

For this sample, I used the reverse of a panel frame to create the base,
I then used a board from the new salvaged base boards
I added lots of Idea-ology cogs, rulers, clips, washi tape, frame, keys......
To finish I hung it all from an Idea-ology hanger 
For this next sample I used lots of layers, substrates, cabinet cards and paper stash
The centrepiece is a pocket watch filled with one of those paper that dog!
I then mounted them all onto a clipboard 
This sample was made with vignette panels,
I created a hanging by linking the boards with book rings....
Each board was covered in paper stash (Memoranda)
I added paper dolls, transparent tiles, some arrows, stars and again some of that fabulous washi tape!

Again it was such an honour to be a part of team Tim, 
I enjoyed every minute!

I will be back on Monday to share the last of my makes....
Feel free to leave a comment, always great to hear from you!
Have a fabulous weekend!


Thursday, 26 January 2017

Idea-ology Part 1

Hello friends

Hope you are good!
Thank you so much for the lovely comments on my previous post,
 I appreciate each and everyone!

Today I thought I would share some more of my samples from the Creativation show...
This  time its from the Idea-ology booth.
I'm a huge fan of Tim's Idea-ology line, I love all the possibilities, the vintage look and all those little findings..... so as you can imagine I was so thrilled to be asked to create for them!
Today I will share some of my vignette boxes,
These are cool little nested boxes that are sold in a packs of 4.
I covered the boxes using the paper stash called Memoranda by Tim Holtz.
Each box was lined with papers then the edges were covered using the new washi tape,
I then filled them with everything Idea-ology,
 ephemera, the new paper dolls, keys rulers, frames, bottles. pocket watches...

(thank you Marjie for taking this photo at the show).
Here's some close ups....

 I loved using the new finials, these are turned wood fittings, they add an extra vintage element to the boxes....I know for sure that I have more of these on my ever growing shopping list!  

A huge thank you to Tim, and Paula for asking me to be a part of the creative process....
....its been a dream come true!

As always feel free to leave a comment,
I really appreciate you popping by xx

All the new Idea-ology is available to order at Art from the Heart here

I hope to post part 2 over the weekend
Have a great day!


Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Ranger Designer Challenge at Creativation

Hello friends

Hope you are all good!
A very special post to share with you today...

As you may know last weekend saw the Creativation (formally CHA craft trade show) took place over the pond in Arizona, wow it looked AMAZING 
(I so want to go even more now!!)

Last November, Tim  and Ranger invited me to take part in the Ranger Designer challenge that takes place in the Ranger booth, this year the theme was "The Evolution of Distress"
I was assigned with one of my favourite products....Distress Crayons!

It was such an honour to be asked.... it was a pinch me moment!
I'm so thankful to share the experience with some amazing designers and friends
(Huge thanks to Tim, Emma, Paula, Kath, Zoe, Vicky, Anita, Kassa,
 Dyan, Dina, Shari,  and the fabulous other designers)
I was so exciting seeing everyones take on the distress line.

We were sent one of the new Stampers Anonymous large tag Thickboards
as our base.  I stencilled using Tims stencils and Rangers texture paste and gesso. 
I then got busy with lots of the Tim holtz distress crayons
I added lots of layers to an Idea-ology clipboard and added a pocket watch (Idea-ology) filled with a heart and key 
The numbers are Remnant rub-ons and the tape is also Idea-ology.
Those that follow my blog regular will know that I love to add my own vintage finds, so I added these cool scissors, keys, washers and an old ruler.... 
And here it is next to Tims in the Ranger booth!
(and yes I did let out a squeal when I saw it!)

Heres a video filmed at the show by scrap time so you can see the other designers inspirational work.

I will be back soon with some more of the samples that I created for the Idea-ology booth which I can't wait to share with you!
Feel free to leave a comment, I really appreciate you popping by xx
Hope you have a fabulous week


Art from the Heart here in the UK will be stocking the new releases go check them out here