Friday 30 December 2016


Hello everyone, I do hope you are having a good time whether you celebrate this time of year or not. Warm thoughts of health and happiness to you all.

Today I'm sharing a masterboard I created. I love making these, especially on 12x12 card from Paper Artsy, which is where I first saw a masterboard by Jo Firth Young, (JOFY). On this one I haven't added any stamping except a butterfly which I squidgged into the wet paint randomly, if you do this, don't forget to wash your stamp immediately. 

blank board 

I used several Fresco colours, and once dry I sprinkled infusions in Violet Storms over the page, spritzed with water. I applied a gloss glaze to finish. Once dry, I cut the card into different shapes, 3 tags, 2x 3.75x6.75 in for cards and 4 ATCs. 

ATCs Tags card background  

I chose to complete a small tag and card using Rubber Dance stamps owned by the lovely Bibi Lindahl 


Loved these birds, and thought they were perfect for making an early Valentines Day card. I stamped the Birds onto the card as well as smoothly card and heat set. I added some hearts to help create theme. I used watercolour pencils to colour the Birds and the branches they were sitting on. I distressed the edges and mounted it onto bronze paper and then onto a black card.

I loved this stamp as soon as I saw it. I loved its quirkyness, but thought I would add a little more by cutting her out and making her dance, well life 
Is wonderful, and I love to dance, lol.

I stamped her onto card and heat dried, before cutting off the arms and legs. I added some background stamping before sticking her into place? I added my sentiment and backed with black card.

What I used
The background was all Paper Artsy products

The stamps were from Rubber Dance

Inktense Pencil Dewent 

I will finish off the other pieces and share them when I do
Take care
Hugs Debsxxx

Thursday 29 December 2016

Let's remember!

Hello everyone, hope you all are okay and enjoying the festives. Today I have a post over at Paper Artsy where I curate my favourites from themes 13,14 and 15. I loved these themes and was very happy to volunteer to curate them.

I would have loved to have added every project as they were all fabulous, but had to choose 3. The ones that spoke to me most during the time I was choosing were the ones I included in the post.

I also added a page I had created in Capture by Adobe where you can make patterns out of anything you either take a photograph of or have already. I chose this journal page, 

The result was this

I haven't had time to make anything with this yet but will blog when I do in the next couple of days.

See you all soon
Hugs Debsxx

Sunday 11 December 2016

Let's get Decorated.

Hello everyone, sorry it's been a while, like many of us it's such a busy time of year. It's often quite a juggle trying to get everything else done and play, and I'm working on secret stuff shhh all coming next year. It's going to be an exciting year and I hope you come on the journey with me.  Anyway today is my turn over at Country View Crafts who theme for this month's challenge is Christmas, and I have a decoration to share.   

In this photo the light are switched on.

The cage had been painted previously with crackle paint, but as I wanted to go rusty I decided to first spray it black!
 Once that had dried I added some texture using texture sand and again sprayed it black. Then I added two coats of Quinacradone  Gold. I love this effect learnt from Andy Skinner and one of my go to methods for creating a rusty look.
Now for the cones Die Cuts from Tim Holtz tattered cone using metal Paper and sandable paper.
 Once it was dry I added the boubles and lights, fitted the cones and sentiment
Last photo in the dark
I hope you like it. If you have any questions please leave in the comments or email me. 
Take care 
Hugs Debsxx

Thursday 1 December 2016


hi everyone here I am with first of my two Christmas themed posts for Countryview crafty as this month was my choice what else could we have in December! There are some fabulous creations over on the blog to tempt you away from all those cards and pressies you are making to play along and have some you time! And don't forget if you are chosen you win £20 to spend in the shop!   I do hope your preparations are ticking along nicely, try not to get stressed, remember this is a celebration and as such enjoy it, whatever you celebrate. 

Well I certainly enjoyed creating this vintage Snow Globe, full of snow and ice!

  The paints and crackle I used are from Paper Artsy and the snow is chunky white embossing powder. TIP! flick water where you want the texture and then sprinkle the powder. The heatgun doesn't blow it away! A great tip from the ladies at Birds in the Barn in Marks Tey in Essex, thank you ladies!   Here are some photos of how I created it!  

The background 

ArtZone tip! Apply a layer of Grunge Paste and let it dry then add your crackle, most times I do this I get this lovely thick crackle 
It was difficult painting on the crackle, but it's meant to look old, right?
Adding colour and snow, building up the layers.
Adding the finishing touches!
Lastly a different scene
Love the way it looks with the candle, our only decoration currently up!
Have fun my friends and stay creative!
See you all soon
Hugs Debsxx

Tuesday 22 November 2016

Retro cards

Hi everyone just a quick post to show how I created some Retro cards



All the backgrounds are green or blue Bistre.

I then drew out my design, all except the reindeer were just out of my head, for the reindeer I used a reference photo.

I painted the design in white acrylic so that the colours were bright 

I repeated the process for all cards


Once I was satisfied with all I mounted them onto a plain white card. 



I hope you like them as I love them, and I loved creating them too!


Take care, hugs



Monday 21 November 2016

Composite play

Hello everyone today in sharing a quick post about some of my digital work. I've taken many of Ivy Newport and Robin Laws online classes but two in focus today are Paint and Pixel and Mobile Magic. Both are using digital art but in slightly different ways. Today I'm focusing on Composite Art.
I used several images from royalty starting free stock but of course you can use your own photos or artwork or a mixture in any combination.  I've used 6 different photos and the apps I've used are Procreate Stackables, Repix and Brush strokes and Distressed FX. I pulled all my photos into Procreate on different layers so that I can manipulate each piece individually.     
Here are some snaps of the different stages
Then into Repix where I added some colour and visual texture
Then into DistressedFX to tone it down and add the Birds.
Then back to Procreate to add the words
Here is a quick video from Procreate
Finally I took it into Stackables where it got its purple colour. I stopped there as I wanted to keep it simple but you could continue to add pieces to your art, all of which will change it in some way.
I hope you like this, if you have any questions please leave in the comments or email me.
Take care hugs 
Debs xx

Sunday 20 November 2016

Alcohol inks

Hello everyone, here are again another Sunday evening! The weekends just goes far too quick, it often feels like I'm dumping my bag on Friday once home, spin around and it's Monday again. I guess it's the same more many of us, and I know it's not first time I've mentioned it lol. Onto the reason for my post, over at Paper Artsy the current challenge is Alcohol Ink and Pens; inspired by the challenge and in particular Ruth Mescall's post from a few nights ago. I loved what Ruth did and come up with my own version. I'll be entering this into the challenge. 
After spending about two hours looking for my alcohol inks I gave up and used my sharpies instead! So I scribbled some colours onto Yupo and dripped blending solution over randomly also allowing it to drip. 
I repeated the above steps
I then stuck the Yupo to a #6 tag and again with sharpies I doodled.
I then mounted the tag on black card and added 3 acrylic blocks
To finish I added the sentiment and a ribbon.
I like how it came out and hope you do to. 
That's all from me,
Take care
Hugs Debsxx

Friday 18 November 2016

Not your usual tools

Hello everyone, thanks for popping in today, as I'm sharing a journal page I created. I was I nspired by the new challenge in the fabulous year long workshop Wanderlust 2016. We were asked to be creative using tools that usually have another purpose. So here's my page.  
The tools I used 
Here we go!
I chose a page on which I had started a sketch. I started by using the grill panel as a stencil, with crackle paste applied randomly on the page.  I'd  saved the grill from a portable barbecue we used in the summer. I've had it rusting in the garden wrapped in some material so that the colour was transferred.
I used Dina Wakley Media paints and applied them first with pieces of the bark, and then the ball from my potpourri was rolled in paint and then rolled onto the page. I continued building up layers experimenting with the different items and colours. I placed the grill plate back on top of the paste and with DecoArt Media mists added anther layer.  
To add some contrast I used Titanium White heavy bodied acrylic To make circles. First with my kitchen sink's plug and then a pasty cutter. I loved the fluted edge I got from the cutter, it added a different look?  
I worked on the face some more, with Prima Water Soluble Oil Pastels, and then painted her hair in black to add more contrast along with the white.  Finally I added a little Metallic Lustre over the crackle to add more interest.
I really enjoyed experimenting with the different pieces and will definitely be on the look out for more ordinary item; it's like looking at familiar items in a completely different way.
Over the weekend I will post some details about the Composite Art I have been creating with a tutorial to show the basic of how these fabulous pieces of art can be created. So hope you can join me, have a lovely weekend and stay creative.
Hugs Debs xxx

Thursday 17 November 2016

What a star

Hello everyone thanks for popping by, I know it's been a while but I have been very busy with secret things but shhhh! Today I bring you my second piece for this months challenge at Country View Crafts, whose theme is Stars.   
This little shiner now hangs happily in my crafting room and as she is such a diva she has pride of place? 
The star is MDF board which I distressed before adding silver and white embossing powder. 
The background is Crackle Glaze with some Distress Crayons to give  colour  and then the fabulous Diva herself from Paper Artsy  Hot Picks 1604  
Hope you liked this, and it has inspired you to play along. You could be the winner of a £20 voucher to spend in the shop! Take care all Hugs Debs xx