Friday, 14 December 2018

I’m a Guest Designer for Chocolate Baroque

Hello everyone, it’s that time again for me to design for the lovely company Chocolate Baroque  I am honoured to be part of the December team with makes over the next 3 weeks. So to start us off I have a love Christmas design which I made into a card for my lovely daughter.

I love this stamp which is Serena, it’s such a pretty stamp and can be used in many ways. I chose to use it for a card as I thought it would be perfect for my daughter as I know she will love it.

So I started by stamping the image into watercolour card with black archival ink.

I used watercolour paints on this image. I started with the face and a light glaze of a light skin tone.

I then added some darker tone for shadow, I blended this out so that I had no harsh lines.

I started to add glazes around the image allowing each to dry before moving in next to it so that the colour doesn’t run. For example, paint a flower move onto the candles while the flowers dry.

Moved onto the leaves 

 once I’d finished painting I added some splatter for interest 

So there we have it, ha-pay crafting and I’ll see you soon

Take care


Friday, 7 December 2018

It’s Christmas with Rubber Dance

Hello everyone I have a couple of ornaments for you today using Rubber Dance stamps A little Birdie and Textured houses. They are very quick and simple to make, using the very trendy ATC Coin. 

Drill a small hole to start and then age the coin (I used crackle glaze with acrylic) once dry I embossed the edges with Ancient Amber baked texture.


I then stamped on the images and used Inktense pencil to add colour

I used several coats to build up the colour but liked how it was uneven as it added to the vintage vibe.

The little tree was created by husband who used Polymer clay to make the twigs which once dried he painted I added the chunky white embossing powder. It will hang with pride on our tree.

Hope you enjoyed this little tutorial 

See you soon

Hugs xxx


Saturday, 1 December 2018

New Challenge for Christmas at Country View Crafts

Hi everyone welcome to The Christmas challenge at Country View Crafts. As always there is a chance to win a voucher to spend in store, but don’t forget to follow the guidelines with your entry as if you forget you will not be entered. There are some fabulous makes from the team to further inspire you which you can see here  I have a vintage card for you for my first inspiration using Oxides on the background and die cuts for my focal point.

So let’s start with the background 

I cut water coloured card to fit just over 3/4 of the card for 1 piece, and then another piece to the remaining of the card with a slight gap. I used a mixed of Old Paper, Forest Moss and Gathered Twigs Distress Oxides smooched all over, flicked with water and then dried. I repeated this several times 
Until I was happy with the mottled affect. I then completely dried it.

I then edged the card with baked texture 

I cut several items from Winter Foliage 

 Then I painted them using Sennelier watercolour paints, as if I were actually painting. For example, added my colour and then blended out the 
colour with clean water. I mixed a light green for the edge of the holly with lemon yellow and French Ultramarine and then a dark green substituting the lemon yellow with sennelier yellow deep. 

For the berry’s I mixed sennelier Red Deep and Rose Madder Lake into a nice deep colour and then separated into two puddles, one I made a little darker for the shadow. I was mindful of leaving my highlight.

I love how it all came together, and hope you like it too.

See you later in the month

Hugs xx


Wednesday, 28 November 2018

Journal style card

Hello everyone, I’ve been playing with watercolours again lately, and I’m definitely in love with their versatility. Over the last year they have become my favourite medium for all my creative needs. Today I created a grungy card in a style I would usually use in my journal but thought it would work as a card too. So here it is and then I’ll walk you through how I created it.

Sorry the lights not great but it’s hard to get anything completed before it’s dark now days. So I started with the background by wetting the card with clean water, then started to add the colours. I used a mix of Daniel Smith and Sennelier watercolour paints, both are on my palette, as I love both makes. I made a small puddle of each colour and dropped it onto the wet card. 

Wet in wet - When you drop paint onto a wet surface it’s spreads and runs allowing for more accurate blending, 

For this make I left hard edges and allowed it to cauliflower (technical term) as it adds interest, however, if you were using the paint traditionally you would blend out the hard edges.

Once the background was dry I used Old Page stamp from Rubber Dance with Archival ink in Plum randomly over the page. I used a light pressure in some areas and heavier in others. This creates added interest.

I then stamped my focal point da Vinci Body Sketch from Rubber Dance. I love this stamp as it has many creative uses. For this card I kept it simple. I chose my light to come from the right side so added a shadow on the left side. Again working wet in wet, I softened the edge of where I added the paint to blend it slightly. Using the shadow in this way gives a more 3D affect.

To finish I added a sentiment, aged the edges, and mounted it onto kraft card. Keeping the mount simple allowed the image to take centre stage.

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Saturday, 3 November 2018

A reminder

Hi everyone, I’m like bus this week, you wait for ages and then they all come at once, lol. For my second Artist Trading Coin inspiration for the current challenge at Country View Crafts I created a Journal Page.

                     First the background- lots of layers.Craft paste through essential 1 stencil (ArtZone) then lots of of chalk paint (DecoArt)

I then added silk fabric beads and string and cotton adhered with heavy bodied Matt Medium

Once all that was dry I added Baked Texture (Emerald Creek) then lots of gold splats

The Coins were created by first a crackle layer
Then lots of washy tape and lace

Distress Oxides for colour

To finish I added the Tim Holtz paper Dolls and chit chat stickers.

I completed 4 but only used 3

Hope you are inspired to have a go
Take care
Hugs xx


Thursday, 1 November 2018

New challenge for Country View Crafts

Hello everyone, it’s been a while. I took a break to give myself some time to settle into my new home and just play for myself. Sometimes I find creating for a deadline can affect my creativity so its good to just play for yourself at times. Anyway I’m back with my inspiration for this month’s theme over at Country Views Crafts which is the on trend Artist Trading Coins. Yes they are everywhere!

So to be in with a chance of winning £20 to spend in the shop let’s see what you come up with.

My large tag

 Created a crackle background with weather wood and tinting base from DecoArt 

Then coloured the crackle with Distress Oxides from Ranger

I painted the Coins with the tinting base and applied the same colours of Oxide

I edged the Coins and tag with gold paint. Then built my layers, first old teabags then the coins.

To finish I die cut some flowers from Tim Holts Wild flowers and used the Oxides for colour. I used old book page from Rubber Dance 
To add more interest.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial 
I cannot wait to see what you create 
Take care
Hugs xxx