Sunday, 31 January 2016

Cogs and Hearts Canvas

Texture paste and mircobeads painted on the canvas, when dry painted with night sky multi surface satin, copper metallic lustre used to hi-light the textures from the microbeads. Lots of embellishments and die cuts added to create the collage.

Close up of the crackled heart and the wooden cogs.

Close up of the microbeads.

All products used are from the DecoArt range.

DecoArt Rust

Another corrugated background painted with black media paint, die cut clock washed over in silver, heart bubbled with decoupage matte glue, painted with black media paint and the texture pulled out with copper metallic lustres. The lock die cut has been made to look rusty using texture sand paste and media paints.

All products used are from the DecoArt media range.

Hearts for PaperArtsy

Die cut hearts and clock mounted on background, wooden crackled heart, stamped and mounted.

PA mini splats stamp used on the crackled heart.

More die cuts, haven't used corrugated for a long while, so this is my base. More die cuts mounted and a wooden stamped heart to finish, again using PA minis, script and the face.

Atc's for That's Crafty

That's Crafty wanted to see some atc's this week.

Saturday, 30 January 2016

Left Handed Doodles

Covered the pages with various colours of paint using a baby wipe to blend them. Stamped white paint with bubble wrap. Using my left hand, black paint and a paint brush I doodled as best I could on the pages.

With my right hand I added some further doodling, some stamping in black paint and hand wrote the words.

I know you can't see them very well, but they are there, so I am entering into this weeks PA challenge with a theme of hearts.

Miniature Cabinets

These little cabinets measure 9 cm x 10 cm. This is the outer cover and was made for a birthday present for a friend.

And this is the inside housing miniature items made from beads, findings, wires, leather, 3d foam and charms.

Close up of the miniatures. The case and shelves are made from chipboard.

This is another one I made again for a friends birthday. Close up of the miniatures.

This is the cover, again it measures 9cm x 10 cm.

And this is it open. It's quite sturdy and free standing.

I hope they like them as they were fun to make.

To see how to make them check out this YouTube video from Jennings644, she makes some fabulous things.

Monday, 25 January 2016

Another Dabble

I felt the need for another play when I got home tonight, this is what I ended up with.

Sunday, 24 January 2016

Just Doodling

This really is nothing more than a chilling out doodling page. I opened a page in my buried journal and just wanted to get my fingers messy. 

PA challenge is hearts.

Another Birthday Card & Envie

And today is Chris's birthday and this is the card that I made for her.

Close up of the bottom right corner.

And the front of the envelope.

And lastly the back.

Saturday, 23 January 2016

Powertex Play with Polystyrene

I wanted to have a play today with the transparent powertex. I decided to play with a couple of pieces of polystyrene.

I painted them with black gesso and used a PA mini script to stamp in white gesso. I stamped in black stazon onto the piece of mulberry bark.

I wanted to see if I could make some of the fabric pieces stand out on their own again, like I did last weekend with the lace in the hoop on the Stone Art workshop.

I then did the other side of the heart.

This is the base, it has the stamped mullery bark draped over it.

And this is how the tassels came out, very impressed they are all free standing.

I used a wooden BBQ skewer to join the two pieces together.

I added a couple of pieces of lace in heart shapes and placed a piece of fabric down the middle.

PaperArtsy have a theme of hearts this time around and there is a powertex challenge on for valentines so been as I have a heart and some French script what could be better!!

Birthday Card & Envie

It's Lin's birthday today and this is the card I made for her.

Front of the envie.

And the back.

Saturday, 16 January 2016

Stone Art Workshop with Allison

Today, me, Chris, Emma, Lesley and Lin all went over to Nottingham to take a Powertex class with Allison. This is her showing us some of the things you can do with the Stone Art product.

Lesley and Emma listening intently. Hmmm...... can I do this?

And Chris and Lin on the other side of the table.

And Allison telling us how she created this piece.

This is a close up of the above piece, fab isn't it.

Then I stopped her in her tracks as she was explaining about the plaster figures, I needed a team photo!

We then set to and created our shapes. I had a circle, so had to cut the middle out, which made snow!!

Allison then showed us how to use the Stone Art product.

And then explaining what she's doing and how the get the stone effect.

Me getting a close up of what is going on!

Then she showed us the different effects that the different colours created.

Then before we knew it, it was lunch time. We were all eating and Lesley was just adding a few more touches.

Then we did a bit more and it soon became afternoon tea break and cake time.

It's Lin, Emma and Chris's birthdays all within a week of each other at the end of January, so we had birthday cake and candles. 

Then back to it, Lesley and Emma titivating Lesley's fabric.

Ooooh look, it's now snowing on Emma too - hehehehe!!

This is Emma's WIP, she came to a bit of a standstill as she was waiting for her budda to set.

This one is Lin's WIP, she chose a circle too.

This one is Chris's WIP. Chris hadn't seen these products before, but absolutely loved it.

This is Allison's test piece, she showed us loads of techniques and was very happy to share her knowledge.

This is Lesley's WIP, she put some stencilling on hers too.

And finally, this one is mine.

And this is us more or less finishing up. We didn't half make a mess, so out came the hoover!! I hope we are allowed back at a later date as we had such a wonderful day and Allison is absolutely lovely. I did pre-warn her what we were like before we booked!!

We had a group photo before we all left for home.

And this is my finished piece.

A close up of the lace with the bister and coloured pigments.

Should you wish to take a class with her, and I highly recommend that you do, you can contact her at

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