Sunday, 15 July 2018

Challenge reminder

Happy Sunday everyone, today I’m sharing a beautiful Dream Catcher designed by Melina for Rubber Dance and I’ve used it in this post to remind you of the current challenge, which runs to end of the month, so still plenty of time to enter.

So I started with a wet in wet technique by wetting my watercolour card and then dropping colour onto the wet card.
The water travels across the page randomly, or as I like to think it goes to where it wants to be lol.

I dried the page  thoroughly and then with blue gold added lots of splashes, I load my brush with lots of colour and then tap the brush on my other hand over the areas I want the paint. The bigger the brush the larger the splashes. ( sorry for the focal point being out of focus, I was trying to show the gold)

Then I stamped the focal point and the little elements randomly round the page. I mounted this onto gold card before adding it to a card 

Hope you like it 
Hugs xxx


Thursday, 12 July 2018

A tutorial for Rubber Dance

Hello everyone, today I have a tutorial for you over at Rubber Dance on how to build some quick layers in your journal page. 

Why not pop on over to see what I got up to


Friday, 6 July 2018

TV samples pt 2

Hello everyone, hope you are all well and surviving the lovely weather. I must admit I’m loving it, which is a first for many years as hormones the last few years made it virtually impossible to enjoy even warm days let alone scorching hot ones, but thanks HRT patches I’m back to being a sun worshipper. I do however sympathise with those that are struggling. My advice is to drink loads (our bodies retain fluid if we don’t drink enough, which leads to swollen limbs etc, which in turn makes us miserable). Wear lose clothing in natural fibres, a nice floppy hat is useful to provide wearable shade, and finding shady spots in the garden, during the hottest hours all help to keep our body temperature down. 

Anyway onto the reason for my post, I’m sharing some more samples I made for Chocolate Baroque’s TV shows on Hochanda last month. 

First we have this altered door handle plaque

Using elements from Blossom and Grow

And then this card

Stay tuned as I’ll be back soon with more creative projects 

Take care


Thursday, 5 July 2018

I’ve gone all Paper Artsy for Country View Crafts

Morning everyone today I’m sharing my second post for this month challenge over at Country View Crafts with my take on garden flowers. All products are from Paper Artsy.

So I started with a background using Fresco Finish Acrylic Paint first using a brayer, on top of which a stencil by Sara Naumann 090

Then built up my focal point using the lovely Kay Carey stamp plate 13

To achieve the look,

I first stamped the main flowers with a stamp platform then painted the flowers with Snowflake Fresco, once dry I restamped the images, then used Pitt pens from Fabre Castell to add finishing touches.

Let’s take another look

Hope you like this card

Take care everyone 


Monday, 2 July 2018

TV samples part 1

Hello everyone, I’m honoured to share some of the samples I created for Chocolate Baroque’s Hochanda show last month, where the lovely Lesley and Judith introduced the new Cacti stamps. Over the next few of weeks I will be sharing my contribution starting with these two.

 The Cacti Garden
Using elements from Blossom and GrowCaptivating Cacti, and Scrumptious Succulents I created this garden by stamping and fussy cutting out the elements and then using Fabre Castell Pitt Pens, brought them to life.

Framed Cacti
Using elements from  Scrumptious Succulents on to a crackle background on the frame and the  flower focal elements has been painted with 

Thank you for joining me,
Take care


Sunday, 1 July 2018

Nature’s Garden

Hello everyone, today starts the new challenge over at Country View Crafts and today Jane chose Garden Flowers. What a wonderful subject for the summer month of July. Hopefully you will you have experienced our glorious summer so far, as here in my little village snuggled between the Cumbrian mountains and the Pennines it has shone non stop for over a month. I feel truly blessed to sit in my garden surrounded by such glorious nature.

One of the things I have enjoyed very much while driving around this beautiful County is the daisies growing everywhere and in abundance. They are all over the fields, in peoples gardens but most of all on many of the roads verges. As you drive along there are carpets of white everywhere. There is a particular wonderful display as you drive from Penrith towards Keswick, with the mountains in the backdrop, the rolling hills and then the carpets of daisies all of which make a truly gorgeous picture, and it is this that has inspired my first piece for this month.

This very loose water painting was built in layers, but very simple to do. Below are some shots of the progress.

I hope you are inspired to play along in this months Challenge especially as you could be the lucky winner of a voucher to spend in the wonderful 



Friday, 29 June 2018

A CAS card for Rubber Dance

Hello everyone today I’m over at Rubber Dance with some inspiration for a clean and simple card

Hope you can pop over to how I created it



Monday, 25 June 2018

...and it’s goodbye for now!

Hello everyone, today I’m sharing my last post this time round as a guest designer for Chocolate Baroque, 
but I will be back later in the year. For this post I made a tag which you can see below, but before I go 
You can see more of my designs soon, so watch this space for some news of when and where.

I used a size 8# greyboard Tag from Tando, Creative, and gave it a coat of paint using the Green (Muted Teal) from the Little Birdie Chalk Paint and Crackle Kit and dried it with a heat gun.

I stamped my main focal point from Tranquility and then repeated the stamp onto masking Tissue, cut around the design and then stuck it over the image on the tag. I then repeated this with the flowers, once both images were masked, using Big Bold Background Belle Flowers and Veramark I stamped over the masked areas, then sprinkled with a glitter embossing powder and heated it to melt the powder. I now removed the tissue to reveal the stamped images below.

Using watercolour paints by Koh-I-Noor I painted first the background flowers, then the main images. Once the first layers were dry I added more pigment, varying the value in this way adds depth to your images. My sentiment is from Punky Expressions.

Here are a few snaps of the different stages 

Hope you like it
Take care


Monday, 18 June 2018

Another post for Chocolate Baroque

Hello everyone today I am sharing my second piece for Chocolate Baroque and this time 
It’s a journal page

Here’s what I did

I blended  the colours from the Chalk Paint and Crackle set onto my background and once dry

Lightly stamped with green Archival ink Big Bold Background leafy stamp

I painted the leaves in a very light green, then I moved the stamp round and repeated it with black, again I painted the leaves but this
Time in darker greens. I used Watercolour paints from Koh-I- Nor

I added the fairies and butterflies from May Fairy, I chose these as they faced myfocal stamp, which I stamped and 
Fussy cut out.

I also started to build a border in black. It needed several coats to achieve the 
End result.

The focal images are from March Fairy 

I hope you like my page, and I’ll see see you next week for my final piece



Sunday, 17 June 2018

Words words words

Hello everyone today I share my second inspiration for this months challenge over at Country View Crafts whose theme is Words. 

And this is how I created it

Stamp you main focal areas, and then mask the area. I used masking tissue.
Smooch Distress Oxides onto your surface, (I started in my journal, but ended up removing the page and 
Turned it into a card), and spritz with water.

The stamp I used is Hydrangea from Rubber Dance (one which I designed)

Dry your page thoroughly and then with a word stamp or your chosen words, (mine is from another stamp set designed by me for a Rubber Dance
Called Joy in a Jar) and versamark stamp all over your background. I chose to change the direction each time. Try not to overlap, then sprinkle with white embossing powder and heat until it melts.

Remove the tissue paper and colour your flowers, I used Artist Pitt Pens. I chose to add a very dark blue to the negative space between the petals which creates a great contrast of colour. Once dry I added white highlights.

To finish, I typed the words (slightly larger than the stamp onto white card, cut them out and adhered them with glue.

Hope you are inspired to play along as you could be the lucky winner and receive £20 to spend in the fabulous store.

Take care everyone and I’ll see you soon

Hugs xx


Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Tutorial for Tuesday on Rubber Dance

Hello everyone today I’m over on the Rubber Dance blog with a retro tag using the brand new stamps I designed Joy in a Jar.

Why not pop over and see how I created the little mason jar full of colourful flowers

The tag’s background crackle was created by first painting tag blue, then adding the crackle medium and once dry the last coat is a gorgeous cream, all by Chocolate Baroque. 

Take care