Monday, 17 July 2017


Made a handful of Atcs this morning, I think I was half inspired byBecky and half by Chris. Becky for the atc's and Chris for the tag she did at a make and take on Saturday.

The background for these ones are earthy colours of pan pastel. I sealed them with DecoArt matte spray before I stamped on them. I dug down deep and found my box of wooden stamps that I've not used for a while, it was great to get them out again.

The two purply / blue backgrounds are again pan pastels and the one on the right is gelatos. The images are all stamped in versamark and heat embossed with WOW embossing powders.

And finally, these backgrounds are all gelatos and all the images have again been stamped in versamark and heat embossed with WOW powders.

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Black Soot Oxide Edged Tag

I used the black soot oxide to edge the tag, love how it looks over the other colours.

Leather Shoes

I have to say I was more than slightly apprehensive about doing this. This is my right real leather (expensive) work shoe. Not sure if you can see or not, but the front is pretty scuffed up and they've started to look a bit tatty.

DecoArt have just brought out this new product called Patent Leather Paint and you can use it on leather to revive it. So here goes, to try it on my expensive leather shoes - yikes!!!

But OMGosh, WOW, what fantastic results so far. I left the small panel on the right as you look at it just to compare. In case it went hard or anything like that.

And this is the left as you look at the photo compared to the right, what a difference and the leather has kept its shape, it's feel, ie it's still very soft and flexible. 

You have to give them 24 - 48 hours to cure before they become fully waterproof, so that is the next thing to try when we get some rain. Obviously I am now going to paint the other one plus the panels I missed on the first one.

But up to now, I have to say, I'm really impressed. So if you have anything you need reviving I throughly recommend this product and it comes in an array of different colours, not just black.

Friday, 14 July 2017


I stamped on some of the tag backgrounds I made eariler. I used Dina Wakley stamps for the main images and used black soot oxides to stamp with.

These are stamped with black stazon as I wanted to see the difference.

Oxides Play - New Colours

My new set of Ranger Distress Oxides arrived yesterday - yay!

So obviously, I had to have a little play with them.

I started off with a few tags.

The black soot is lush.

I had some black left on the mat so decided to see how well it stamps. I got a perfect crisp finish, but I spritzed them to see what would happen and the above is what I got.

Using a sponge, I picked up the colour direct from the ink pad and put it through a stencil, this is the piece on the right. Took the stencil off, spritzed it with water and laid a piece of card over the top to get the left hand side image.

This is the twisted citron, picked raspberry and black soot.

And finally a couple of small tags to use the leftover card up.

Sunday, 9 July 2017

A Few Cards

Using some of the pieces I've created over the last few days, I've now made them into cards. I've used the matting and layering method to give them a border.

I've not put any seniments on them yet, until I decide what to use them for. 

Saturday, 8 July 2017

More Mini Makes

I decided to challenge myself today to makes some more minis but without using black in the background. I also wanted to use darker colours than I did last time. However, I did start with yellow as a base colour.

Next I stamped some Teesha images onto glossy magazine pages and cut them out. I did use black stazon for the stamping.

I placed them where I thought I might like them to go.

Next I added more interest to the backgrounds using paint. The dominant colour ended up being pyrrole red, but only because I squeezed too much out the bottle, so decided to edge them all with it too!!

I also used some gold which I'm hoping you can see here.

I took some photos against the green grass because sometimes a different background colour changes how they look.

Close up.

And another.

And another.

You can just about see the print from the magazine on this one.

All the paints are from the media range by DecoArt.

That's Crafty have a theme this time around of anything goes.

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Mini Makes

Having seen some of the makes from the weekend from Kate Cranes mini art journalling class I decided to have a play myself. I brayered the six colours of paint onto an A4 piece of white card.

Next I added DecoArt media paint through a couple of stencils.

After cutting the card into different sizes, I added some stamping using Kates stamps, again with DecoArt media paints, sap green and purple. I used paynes grey to add the dots through a stencil and also edged each piece in the same colour.

And finally I added some images, mostly Teesha Moore and a Stampotique has snook in there too.


They are finished now!

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Tag Quartet Stack

Chris very kindly sent me some of the huge selection of mdf tags she recently bought from the MDF man. Having seen a blog post by Kate Crane I decided to use the smallest four. The smallest one measures 6cm x 3cm and the largest 14cm x 7cm.

Next I decorated them in Kate style. The colour combo was a pure fluke as I just picked three bottles of DecoArt media paints out of my box. They are stored in colour sets so I knew I was heading for a blue, green and yellowy orange! I used DecoArt white tinting base first as it seems to make the colours brighter.

And finally today, I found some images. I didn't want to use too many as I didn't want to cover up the backgrounds.

All paint products and mediums are from the DecoArt media range.

Sunday, 2 July 2017

Atc's with Bling!!!

I covered a piece of card with sticky silver foil, cut it into ATC sized pieces and embossed each one with a different folder.

Swiped them with versa mark and added embossing powders. Heated them again and added some schizel otherwise known as foil!

Then I made a huge mistake!!! Instead of swiping a permanent ink over the top, ie archival or stazon, for reasons unknown to me, I used versa fine ink, which just would not dry!!

I couldn't use the heat tool to dry the ink as it would remelt the powders! So I sprayed them with matte varish and then swished over them again with black stazon ink! I finally chose some images and words, but didn't want to cover up too much of the backgrounds.

Saturday, 1 July 2017

T!m's Tiny Houses

I was looking through my ice cream boxes this morning and found all these images that I stamped a couple of years ago when we went to a workshop in the Peak District. So I decided to put some of them to use. He is my favourite Teesha Moore stamp, unfortunately, I don't own him - yet!!!

And this is the back, again another image brought back from the Peak District.

We also stamped some images in paint onto pieces of fabric. This is the image I used to make my Andy Warhol pages. Again, unfortunately I don't own this stamp, but I'd sure like to. This was sewn onto the cardboard using the sewing machine.

And I think this image was one that Linda bought for me in a pack for my birthday, but it was from James who runs the workshops. Again I used a zig zag stitch to sew it onto the cardboard.

These are the fronts of the houses.

And these are the backs of the houses.

And finally, these are the roofs. 

The backgrounds were painted with white gesso, modeling paste was put through various stencils and DecoArt multi surface satin paints were used to colour them once they had dried. I then swiped black stazon over the top to hi-light the modeling paste. I also added some extra stamping using PaperArtsy mini stamps. 

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