Thursday 29 October 2015

Abstract Landscape

Hello everyone, thank you for popping by. I have something a little different over at That's Crafty today. Here is a peep. To see the full details, please pop over there and have a look. Don't forget to leave a comment so I know you've been.

Take care Hugs Debs xx


Wednesday 28 October 2015

Ooh I'm so late

Hello everyone, thanks for stopping by. I'm finally sharing a face, well two actually that I created to link to the lovely Kim Dellow's show your face on Art it Friday. If you don't know what I'm talking about then please take a look here. I must say that every week some amazing Artists share their faces with Kim's site, and they are so talented and inspirational.

I'm late posting as I have had a cold which has really brought me down. I won't bore you with the details but suffice to say I've not been able to create so what I'm sharing is a digital piece and a face I made a few weeks ago.

Here's the digital face.
I was playing with some Fresco Acrylic Paint from Paper Artsy and a brayer. I then stamped this corner flourish from Elizabeth Borer for Paper Artsy. I took a photo of the corner. I then took the background into Procreate and coloured the stamp in. I loved the effect so thought it would make a great background for my face. video below.

Next is a face I made on an old background, which is quite tatty. But as those who know me know, I don't mind a bit of tat.

So there you go, if you haven't had a go then I would highly recommend it, but be careful it's addictive.

Sending hugs from a poorly me, you all take care and I'll see you soon. Xxx


Sunday 25 October 2015

What a fabulous Day

Hello everyone, welcome to my crafty home. I'm writing this quick post as I want to tell you about my amazing day yesterday at Birds In the Barn. I taught a journal class there and met some incredible ladies.

Before I move onto the wonderful art they all created, I would firstly like to thank Janet for an amazing lunch which I know was appreciated by us all. I'd also want to thank Karen and Ginny for looking after us, you were amazing.

Here are the ladies with all there lovely work.


Here are some photos of my sample through the different stages


And my Finished Piece


And look what amazing creations the lovely ladies made







Thank you ladies, it was lovely meeting you all.

My next workshop at Birds In the Barn is 22nd November but hurry as 4 places have gone already! Please contact the shop to book your place. We will be having a Poppy theme and using Paper Artsy products.

Take care for now and I'll see you all soon Hugs Debs xx



Friday 23 October 2015

More Texture

Hello everyone, today I'm bringing you my second piece for the current challenge over at Country View Crafts. There are some fabulous entries already so if you haven't, get out all your bits and pieces get some texture going, to be in with a chance of winning a £20 Voucher to spend in the shop.


This is how I did it.


I built up up my layers of colours using Fresco Acrylic Paints from Paper Artsy brayered on the page. Once that was dry I added some texture with Grunge Paste through a circle stencil. I then lay the Masks of the girls and using a palette knife I applied Fibre Paste from Golden around the edges of the girls were outlined in the paste.


I then added some circles here and there and painted the rest out with Black Gesso.


Using a white Sygno Gel Pen I scribbled round the circles

Using a sentiment with white Ink I stamped randomly

Hope you like this and it has inspired you to have a go. Take care and I'll see you Hugs Debs xx



Ooh nearly spooked myself!

Hello my crafty friends, I hope you are all well. I am so enjoying the beautiful colours of Autumn; It is still quite pleasant, here in Essex, colder, but most days are bright. I like October, as its cold enough to change the colours of the trees and plants, but not too cold to make them drop. Then there's Halloween, and the excuse to indulge our darker, shadow side in our crafty makes.

This leads me to let you know, that a new challenge starts today at That's Crafty, and the theme is Haunted/Halloween. Believe me, there's some very spooky inspirations over on the blog from my team mates, so pop over there and have a look, if you Dare!

And of course, if you enter the challenge there's the chance you could win a £20 voucher to spend in the shop. So come on! tune into your darkness and let your creativity go wild.

Here is my creation for this challenge.


I used a 6x6 grey/white board and gave it a coat of Crackle Paint. Once dry I applied Fresco Acrylic Paints in Blue Oyster with a brayer and then using Caramel randomly added the colour, again with brayer and then edged the board with French Roast.

I love how grungy this looks.

I then added some stamping from HP Halloween 03 from Paper Artsy using Archival Ink. I sprinkled on some Neutral Bisters and spritzed with water letting it drip. I dabbed most of it off just leaving a thin layer. I wasn't keen how the headstone looked like it was floating, so using a black Stabilo All pencil, I added shadow and depth which gave the appearance of being in a room. For the skulls on the floor I used Stained Wallnut Embossing powder to give some texture. 


For my next element I used a face I had painted in my journal. I shrunk the Picture and printed it off the size I needed. This is the face below. You will notice that I cut it from its background which I liked but did not fit with the room.
Once I stuck it in place with Matt Medium from DecoArt, I started to work on the background. I know that's  all back to front, but in this instant it worked. 

 I added some stencils from That's Crafty to the side and back wall, which I think is very effective.

Below we get closer to the ghost popping out of the wall. The red drips are Media Mist from DecoArt.


 Well there you have it. I hope either I or my teamies have inspired you to play along. Don't forget to follow the rules to be in with a chance. Looking forward to see what you all make. 

Take care Hugs Debs xx


Thursday 22 October 2015

Let's talk about Christmas

Hello and welcome everyone, today I'm sharing some more new stencils from That's Crafty. Their Dinky Stencils really are a treasure. I won't give too much away here, but I will give you peep. You can all the details here.

I'll be back tomorrow, as its time for a new challenge on the That's Crafty Blog. Wonder what the theme will be...

Take care Lovelies and I'll see you soon. Hugs Debs xxx

Wednesday 21 October 2015

I thought I'd blog the faces

Hello everyone, this is just a quicky about a digital face. A few days ago I drew this face in an app called Procreate on my iPad.


I have to say I was very pleased with her, and thrilled when I saw that Leandra from Paper Artsy had used the face as inspiration on the blog, as the Current Challenge is Faces. You can see the post here, and on Saturday I had a painted face on the blog which you can see here.

Well anyway, I printed the face off and coloured her with soft Pastels, I didn't get the whole face as she is actually quite large.

I loved the effect of the pastels. I actually forgot how much I love pastels.

Next I took a photo of this, and took it into another app called Brushstrokes. It's a great app for changing the colours etc. And this is what I got.

I am going to use this as a reference photo to see if I can recreate it in paint. So watch this space...


I'm going to enter this into Kim Dellow's Show your face, which is my second link this week. Kim invites us to link to her site each week where we can see other artist's work. It's a great community full of inspiration and support. You can check it out here

So it's faces everywhere at the moment so why not join in and have some fun. Take care and I'll see you soon, Hugs Debs xx



Sunday 18 October 2015

Whimsey winter scene

Morning everyone and welcome, thanks for popping in this morning. It s a quick post to share what I have been working on for the last few days.

It is another digital piece but I may recreate it with real stuff if I ever get the time, lol. I hope you like it.

And here is the video

As always I'll be back soon, you take, care hugs Debs xxx


Saturday 17 October 2015

Broken Doll


Hi everyone, I'm so excited, tonight one of my girls is on the Paper Artsy Blog. If you don't know the theme is Faces and its is one of my favourites.

There has already been some wonderful inspirational faces this week, you have one more week to get your faces in the challenge. If you are the lucky winner you will recive a £50 voucher to spend in store.

So the face I am sharing is that of a broken doll. She was dropped long ago down a dark flight of stairs but cannot remember when or where. She just sits it the corner waiting to remember...

You can see the full details and lots of photos on the Paper Artsy Blog



Thanks for popping by, take Care Debs xx



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Friday 16 October 2015

Face for Friday

Hello everyone, welcome! As always thank you for popping in, I do love it when you all visit. I haven't been able to visit as many blogs as I would like lately, but I do try to catch up with you all. Many of you will understand that working full time, running a home, (even if there are only two of us at home you'd think I had a whole family to take care of lol.) and crafting, there is not allot of time left.

Well today is Friday and those that know me, know I try to link to the lovely Kim Dellow's Show your face. I try to get there every week, but sometimes life gets in the way.

This week Kim was over on the Paper Artsy Blog as their topic this fortnight, is faces. Yes I know. faces are everywhere! But once you start I know you will be addicted. Kim shared a fabulous face on the blog with a tutorial so pop along and have a look.

I recently signed up for an online class with Ivy Newport and Robin Laws, called Paint and Pixels. It is a great little class that's demonstrates mixing digital with your own art. I love this idea! So I have been playing on the iPad during these older evenings. Here is what I came up with this week.

I do love drawing digitally as you can correct mistakes so easily. I also find very useful as a practice tool. And as always with Procreate ( I also used Repix in this creation) there is a video which is produced automatically so you can view your process. I have attached it below, but it is also on my You Tube channel.

Well that's me for today but pop back tomorrow as there is another post due around 7pm but shhhh it's a secret!

Take care all hugs Debs xx


Thursday 15 October 2015

Still playing with Stencils

Hi everybody, thank you for visiting me today; it's my turn at That's Crafty to share my latest creation.

Here is a little peek, you can read the full details here.


Have a lovely day, I'll see you soon take care, hugs Debs xx



Monday 12 October 2015

Vamp by digital

Hello everyone, thanks popping in as I have a quick journal page to share. Those that follow me on social media sites know that I love drawing and painting faces and recently I've added digital drawing too.

Today's page mixes this up, I drew my girl (with a bit of Hallowean included) on the iPad, printed her off twice one large and one small. The small one I transferred to my page and the large one I stuck to the page. I added some stencilling to finish the page.

Here is the video

Well that's me signing off for tonight. You all take care, I'll see you soon
Hugs Debs xxx


Sunday 11 October 2015

New Challenge at Mixed Media World

Hello everyone it's me again and this time I'm sharing my inspiration for the new Challenge at Mixed Media World and the Theme is Anything Goes on Wood chosen for us by the lovely Mo or Massofhair as she is known. Mo has become a very good friend of mine but unfortunately she hasn't been well for a while so I'm hoping seeing all the creations inspired by her idea will cheer her up.

To enter please follow the rules, link your make via the linky and you could be in with a chance of winning a prize from one of our sponsors which this month is a the Artist Trading Post who kindly will give a £20 voucher to spend in store, how fab is that.

Here is my inspiration but there are lots more on the challenge blog from my teamies

I took a wooden heart and added lots of textural pieces with embossing powder and then painted over the top with Crackle Paint.


I punched out my flower shapes using we r memory keepers punch board which is fun. I'm still experimenting with the flowers which I'll share another day.

I painted the flowers with Fresco Finish Acrylic paint and then sprayed them with spay paint which has Mica in it to give a lovely shimmer.
I finished of with a butterfly and some rusty wire. My sentiment is from large chit chat stickers with a coat of glossy accents over the top.

I had fun with this, so thanks Mo :). I hope I have inspired you to have a go, looking forward to seeing what you make. Take care all hugs Debs xxx