UTube inspired mixed media … Again!


Another video I watched during the night of no sleep led to this project. I found a UTube video using the same Gelato set I have, and the artist created a fabulous mixed media painting. Whilst I knew I would never be able to do what she did, I knew I had some things I could use to do something akin to the inspiration piece.

I started with this picture I bought in the sale at the Range. This is so not my thing… But at £1.75 for a 12×12 piece of mdf with the fixings etc ready to hang, I knew it was crying out for some playtime! I forgot to take a picture of it pre Gesso layer… But you can see pretty much what it was!


One layer of gesso was clearly not going to be enough… Second coat… And this is the third coat!


Time to try some colour. Using the banana gelato I scribbled all over, and then used water and my fingers to blend the colour. This however did not help with the covering of the base picture!


So I reached for my trusty friend… White titanium acrylic…


So I put this to one side to dry to start on the next bit that needed prepping… Some canvas. I took some of the canvas sheet that I bought an age ago from SU (the u tube vid uses self adhesive but as I had this I figured it would do the job just as nicely). Again I took the Gelatos… This time the Blood Orange, Acqua Dolce and the Banana and scribbled roughly all over the canvas.


Water applied, and fingers used to blend and coat the canvas created this nice but slightly bland piece… Nb needed to weight down the corners as it was very very curly nice wet.


More colour added, in particular the Acqua dolce, and roughly blended with not as much water. Then added stamping using Stayzon. I actually used a sheet of stamps that are all French script type ones and kept them all on the sheet and stamped as a whole all over, and different directions.


Next added a bit more stamping with a grid Kaisercraft stamp, and then cut it into pieces using my trimmer.


Once I had some assorted pieces of canvas I again added a bit more colour to some of them… I think that once they became little canvases, I felt I needed them to be individual rather than cut from the same piece.


Once they were dry, and the main board was dry it was time to attack with the Mod Podge. The video I had watched had as the main topper flowers, but I felt I wanted a photo as the main feature of mine, so used a photo of my grandmother, whom I never met, but I can see a family resemblance in her so feel very attached to this photo. This is not, I hasten to add, the original, but a printed version of a scanned version of the photo …. I wouldn’t go using a precious photo for this!

So I layered up the canvas and photo and used the ModPodge to stick everything down.


The next stage was to add some texture paste. I did this quite roughly, using a credit card to scoop the paste and form the shaping. Then the picture got put aside for a few days to completely dry out.


When I say a few days it was more like two weeks in my usual half a project way! Ha ha!

So onto the next time I picked this up… I added more Gelatos to the white, to the texture paste and then added some definition to some of the panels of canvas with the faber castell Big Brush Indian ink pens which I blended with my finger.

Next I took some paper flowers of different types that I had in the stash and started clustering and layering them around the board. Then I added some strung pearls too. Then it was time to get out some sprays … First some orange which I dripped more than sprayed, and then some silver spray which I sprayed! … Both with mica in them so they will leave a lovely glistening finish. They look a little dark on this picture as they were still wet.

20140726-164910-60550000.jpg. And again it was time to let it rest and dry out.

Later the same day, I kid ye not, I looked at the picture and tried it on the wall where I thought I wanted it to hang, but the yellow was too acidic a colour and it looked too bright. So I grabbed the French Vanilla acrylic paint and smeared some round the outside to tone it down. I knew this wouldn’t be the last coat of colour but it seemed to work better now.


Next steps… Added in some more of the Gelatos in patches to break up the border. Added some stamping using both Gelatos, black ink and some black acrylic paint. Then some drips and splashes of black acrylic. Then I grabbed the Big Brush pens again and added more ink to the edges of the panels to give them more definition. And now it is finished!!! And hung on the wall!


Love it!

Happy crafting!


Colour my Monday! Elegant Eggplant!



Happy Monday! Time for some elegance and some lovely REGAL colour!


After all the Christmas card making it was good to go clean and simple and make something different! Time for the trusty Swallowtail stamp to come out!


I stamped the butterfly through an aperture in have Elegant Eggplant and used my water brush to pull the ink around the image, then added a border with Wisteria Wonder pen and outline both the butterfly and the square with some Smoky Slate ink and the water brush to give it some dimension. The sentiment was not brilliantly stamped due to inferior quality of the stamp (magazine freebie now in the bin) but still I love the simplicity of the card. The idea came from something I saw on Pinterest … Love that I made something from an idea I pinned and it worked well!

Happy crafting!


Hip hip Horrah! Made festive!


My lovely talented friend Helen ran a class using the Hip Hip Horrah simply created card kit and I wasn’t able to attend, but did enter a little competition she ran on her Facebook page and won the kit! Woo hoo! And incredibly generous of her! Look at the lovely set of stash!


However the cards that SU designed, although cute, we’re not really what I wanted to make so I decided to make a set of Christmas cards instead! Yes that’s right … This cheery summery set ended up Christmassy!

Taking a picture of the finished designs proved a little difficult so good luck seeing everything!



Then I selected some of the ones that are my favorites that I made for you to have a closer look. I used some random HOTP stamps I got in a freebie for most of them, with some additional word stamps!






Leftover from the kit are still a lot of arrow stickers which I wanted to save for scrap booking projects and a couple of the speech bubble stickers again I saved for other projects. I also haven’t used the stamps, paper clip and twine embellishments. I did however add some rhinestone gems to most cards …. Have to have some bling!

I think because I am not so good at following instructions this is a good way of me using these fabulous card kits! Plus I get more out of the kit as I still have bits and pieces to use!

Happy crafting!


A Christmas card frenzy!


Well I have lost the plot officially and been madly making Christmas cards a lot these past few weeks. No I have no idea why… I just have! And here is another one.

Made using some Papermania papers, and then the fab stamps of Pennant parade with the pennant punch to make a Christmas tree! A lovely combination!


I added some bling to the tree and the lovely gold angel hair fabric panel too to make it special. I can’t remember the curvy stamp set name but I love this stamp of special words.

Happy crafting!


More gelli plate fun


A week or so ago I shared with you the ghost print as a result of some playing with the gelli plate inspired by a UTube video. If you want a reminder… Click here!

Now it is time to share the original print and now card I made from it! I really love the blending of the background and the subtle way the stamped images work…


As this was on a coated pearlescent paper, the stamping in black isn’t my best, but still I love this card.

I added the Lavinia fairies and text from a set I have and then added the little rhinestone stars randomly around the card to add the touch of magic.

I mounted the artwork onto a pale blue and raised it above the graphite and white mount with ribbon wrap on dimensionals.

Happy crafting!


Thursday Treasures! photo prompt!


A late post this week so I thought I would cut straight to the quick this time with a photo prompt!

I spotted this gorgeous cake picture on Pinterest just by chance and figured it was so beautiful I could use it as a Thursday Treasures photo prompt…

I wonder how it will inspire you?

For me it is of course the only tea party that really counts… The mad hatters tea party of course! So I grabbed a picture the princess insisted on being taken of her, the dormouse and the teapot and set to!

I used the fabulous Confetti Celebrations DSP as it’s bright and wacky and create this page without any sketch for a change. I usually have a sketch to hand via Pinterest but occasionally, it’s dictated by the colours I want to use the papers and cardstock I have to hand … This is one such page.


I decided to use the teapot stamp from a random set I’ve had for ages from a magazine and stamped it all across the page in Strawberry slush. I also stamped one more on Whisper White, fussy cut it out, and then I added some glossy accents to this to glaze it. Next I added a bit of additional colour to the teapots with the ink and my watercolour brush.

All the DSP was matted with a layer of cardstock in coordinating colours and then doodled around the edge of the layers with my trusty white gel pen. I also added a bit of bunting made from the Pennant Parade stamps and the pennant punch. There were a couple of banners from the Banner Blast stamp set punched out. I also used the Stripes stamp to put the lines in for the journalling panel.

Sorry it’s a rubbish pic… Will need to upload a better one when I get a moment. But hopefully you can see what I did with the inspiration… And now I want tea and cake myself!

Happy crafting!


Cataloguing my Promarkers! Just the ticket! Woyww!


Hi there … It’s WOYWW! It’s been a little while since I joined in the fun of sharing the work space … But thought I would share today! I was actually not working on the actual desk, but instead back on the table in the family room as I had children playing in the garden at the time, and needed to be downstairs! So I grabbed an easy project …

Hot on the heels of my book of elephants, my distressed butterflies and families of flowers, I next tackled the box of Promarkers! It was spurred on by the purchase of a new set of Limited Edition Promarkers on offer for £10 in Hobbycraft … For 12 Promarkers and a blender pen! Amazing value and of course just HAD to have them!

First thing I do with new pens is test them out on a sheet of whisper white as I never think the colour on the outside does them any justice! And inspired by that little sweep of colour I did I decided to dedicate a couple of hours to the joy that is coloring in!!!

So here is a little round up of activities…


1. Stamped one of the ticket stamps in That’s the Ticket stamp set a gazillion times onto strips of Whisper White.
2. Added a sweep of colour across each one, and wrote in the name and any identifying ink number on the little ticket lines.
3. punched them all out and tried to put them into colour groups. Then spent an age going through the official promarker list of colours and then adding in the Limited Edition ones where they seemed to fit (in my eyes).
4. Lined up all the punched tickets… Don’t they look fab?


5. In an A5 Sketch ring bound sketch book, I added in some pencil lines to keep them straight, and then glued them in in pairs in order.


6. As the greys page only had 6 tickets on it … I decided on a colorful piece of artwork … This is actually the front page of the sketch book so it seemed a suitable opening page. With hindsight probably would have been better at the top of the page … Ah well never mind! Used on of the Darcy Paperartsy stamps and plenty of masking to get many many colorful hearts one on top of the other!

7. As a finishing touch for each page I wanted it to have a border of some kind, so I drew some intertwining swirls to create segments in which I added the colours from the page in a graduated type effect. As I had done border in a slightly different place on each page working towards the edge of the page on the last one, I was able to cut along the border for each page, so you can see the lower pages peeping out… Here you are…





I know there are a zillion other Promarkers colours, but it have decided enough is enough for me. I don’t use them often enough to justify any more, and the box I store them in is now completely and utterly filled to the brim… There isn’t even room for the blender pen in there! But I have to say I really enjoyed making these pages, although maybe the amount of fumes from the pens was making me a little high! Ha! I love colour and I loved the therapeutic nature of doing this… And can you believe it I didn’t make one mistake! Amazing!

Anyways … Next week will take pics back at my usual crafting space… Off to nosey at other peoples desks and projects now!

Happy crafting!