Friday 28 October 2016


Hello everyone thanks for popping in. I have a journal page to share today using squares in my background. I love using straight edged paper and card in my art  to create a unique page. I recent taught a journal class using them which was very successful, with all the ladies producing wonderful pages.  I was inspired to make this page by Paper Artsy current challenge, which is Squares and Grids.  I will enter this into the challenge.
This page was created using Paper Artsy stamp plate Hotpicks and die set 2 which also includes a Die to cut out your frames. I arranged them on my page and stuck them down. On the other areas of the page I used a stencil by Kim Dellow for PA and grunge page, drying it with a heat tool. I then painted the whole page in Chalk Fresco Acrylic also from Paper Artsy.
 I sprinkled infusions in Violet Storm onto the page and activated it with water. I tipped the page from side to side to disperse the colour and once satisfied dabbed the colour and let it dry.  
I painted my face and wanting to create an abstract page cut it up into three.
I stuck them down and used Distress Crayons to edge them, blending the colours out onto the textured areas.

 With a black crayon I smudged it into the texture around the edges and to finish I added my words.

Another look 

Take Care and I'll see you soon




Wednesday 19 October 2016

Spooks Shrine

Hello everyone today I have my second Spooks Inspiration for Country View Crafts. All month my teammates have been sharing some wonderful inspiration!

I've stuck with the skeleton theme, but this time it's a Shrine with Ghostly Ghouls, and Creatures of the Night, to spook you all. Boo!


So here's what I did!

I assembled a large Niche-Paper Artsy and applied Crackle Paste-DecoArt through a stencil to cover it all. I first painted it purple and once dry, sprayed it with Black Media Spray- DecoArt. Once it was completely dry I also sprayed a few drips of red.    Inside I wanted to use the skull stencil from Andy Skinner but as it is an 8x8 I decided to cut it out. I can still stick it together if I want to use it whole. I do this a lot, to make to tools work for me. I do it to stamps too. I used it with crackle paste and once dry I painted it pale green one side to give it a glow.    

I stamped and cut out the skeletons- Tim Holtz and stuck them in place. I also added some silver angel hair inside as well as in the Draw. I wanted it to reflect the light when I used a candle! However only use a battery candle, as impatient me, who didn't have any, used a real one and nearly set it on fire!


Lastly I drew and cut out a ghoul to sit in the draw


And here it is again with the candle 


Hope you are not too spooked!

Take care and I'll see you all soon

Hugs Debsxx



Monday 17 October 2016

One for Autumn!

Hello everyone, thanks for popping in. Autumn is taking hold in some parts of the country but in my little part of Essex it's hardly visible. I still travelled into London today with a thin top and jeans and glowed all day lol.    Anyway with Autumn in mind I created this free standing wooden plaque, which I will  to enter into these challenges. Firstly, Craft Stamper, whose theme is Autumnal Creations  and secondly, Stamps and Stencils theme, Elements of Nature. As you can see from photo, Autumn hasn't yet shown herself in my garden.  
  I painted the Plaque with Mahogany, from the Seth Apter's limited addition colours of Fresco Acrylic Paint for Paper Artsy, then once dry I gave a coat of crackle glaze, again once dry a final coat of Chalk Fresco Acrylic. 


  I used the same colour to stamp the leafy twigs from Lin Brown's new stamp plate ELB30, faintly all over the area as well as a little script here and there. I wanted to keep the background subtle to allow the features to shine. Once completely dry and using the same stamp in mahogany  I stamped twice, to bulk the stalks out a little and a third time with black Archival Ink to give some definition. 


  Now the next part didn't really go as well as I hoped! First with Versamark I stamped the leaves from Lin's Other new plate ELB29 and then applied the flakes from indigoBlu, (sorry cannot remember  which one) quite unsuccessfully! They did not want to stick. Next with a black pen I outlined the leaves roughly. It was quite difficult to make out! I then used a liquid glue spread carefully on each leaf and again applied the flakes. This time they stuck but were untidy, so using Ranger's enamel accents in black, I edged the leaves.


  To finish I wrapped the plaque in garden twine to add to the rustic look I wanted to create, as Autumn has that feel to me. It's not just the beautiful colours but the time when the foliage is dropping and it all looks a bit wild! As I'm writing, I'm reminded of this stanza from Emily Dickinson's poem Nature!

The leaves unhooked themselves from trees

And started all abroad;

The dust did scoop itself like hands

And throw away the road.

And here's another view     
That's all folks!
Until next time, take care and stay creative!
Hugs Debs xx

Thursday 13 October 2016

It's black, it's white, yeh yeh yeh!

Hello everyone thanks for popping in, I have a quick journal page to share, that I'm entering into Mixed Media Place current challenge   

Black and white


Here are some photos of how this was created








That's all!

I love how it turned out, hope you do too.

Hugs a Debs xx 


More for Halloween

Hello me again! Welcome to more Halloween. Just a quick one today with a different take on Halloween, I drew this ages ago, originally part of a set of Stencils images for a craft shop, who then decided they didn't want them. So rather than just letting them grow dusty I thought I would use them. This is Jim the ventriloquist's dummy and I'm going to enter him into A Vintage Journey's current challenge as well as Write Edit Publish,   

The original drawing 

After adding some more colour using Oil Pastels, I decided to finish him off digitally using Procreate and Repix

Hope I didn't scare you too much!

Stay Creative and take care

Hugs Debsxx 


Wednesday 12 October 2016

4 colours

Hello everyone, welcome back. It so kind of you to visit, but you might need a drink for this one, as there are quite few photos! I've been playing freely, which I love, and wanted to challenge myself. So I decided to only use Fresco Acrylic Paint in the new Seth Apter's colours. These colours are my favourite at the moment, you can see them here if you are not familiar with them. I also allowed myself to mix different colours but only with the original four colours.
I used Seth Stamps ESA 01 and also two circle Stencils. The only other colours are from my black and white pens, and white Portfolio crayon. So here it is! I am going to enter this into the Paper Artsy challenge which current theme is use Die Cuts. 
The only plan I had to start was that I wanted to create a peeled  paint background, so I set about creating a few layers.
Once this was dry, I applied some petroleum jelly randomly over my page on top of which I applied a thick coat of crackle glaze. You don't have to use a lot but I wanted big crackle, and once dry applied a thick coat of Midnight.
I deliberately left some areas as I knew I was going to continue building layers
I completely dried this and continued to heat it until you could see where the petroleum jelly was underneath the layers, I rubbed quite hard with a dry cloth to expose the layers below which you can see in the next two photos.
Next came Maggie again only using Seth's colours 
And finally I added my painted Die Cuts, which I then decorated, and the sentiment is from Seth's Stamp plate.
Stay creative! And take care
Hugs Debsxxx

Tuesday 11 October 2016

Something for Halloween!

Hello everyone thank you for stopping by, I know two in one day! Well,  I have a journal page to share, but it's not for the feint hearted! I do hope you like her, or maybe not ... Over at A Vintage Journey  the theme for Octobers challenge is Make it Spooky, so I did lol. I am going to enter this into the challenge.
Here is her creation!
Last one!
Only kidding! She is just made up, because she's off to a fancy dress party, honest!
        Pop back soon as I have more creations to share
Take care 
Hugs Debs xxx

Heart of Gold

Morning everyone, I have project to share today that I have worked on in stages. I do hope you like it!


Let's start with the heart

Apply a thick layer of craft paste and stamp into randomly (I used a hand carved stamp). Dry with heat tool and then paint a thick layer of crackle paint, let this dry naturally. I used DecoArt for both the paste and paint.   
For the colour I used Shimmerz Paints from the tonez range Ocean earth and Celestial. I only used the Sprays on this heart but the tonez range are sets of coordinating colours which include the Sprays and paints. You can see more of these paints here  
Next I moved onto the feature
I covered the heart in gold glitter and add the pearls and diamonds. The figure inside was drawn onto shrink plastic and then cut out and heated. Love this stuff amazes me every time I use it. The feature is from Prima.    
Next the background 
I Used the new colours designed by Seth Apter for Paper Artsy, layering the colours and using a variety of tools to make marks.  
I drew some some flowers and painted them, once dry I sprayed with a gloss sealer. Some close ups
And one last look at the whole thing.
 Enjoy your the rest of your week!
And stay creative,
Hugs Debsxx