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EXPLORING ART is my thing - I love crafting - Altering things, Mixed-Media, Art Journalling and Card Making.

I would probably say my favourite styles of crafting are vintage, grunge, shabby chic and; Steam Punk.

I hope you will subscribe to my YouTube Channel & my Blog and that you find something to inspire you.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

A Birthday Card for Andrea Kidman

Here's a birthday card I made for my good friend Andrea Kidman.
I know she likes green and grungy/textured so I tried to match the card to her style.

I started first on the green layer and used white Stamping card by Sheena Douglass.
I cut a cheap kitchen sponge into 8 pieces and cut small chunks from the bottom of two of the pieces to make texture.
 I took some Pebéo Deco Creme Paint in  29 Matt Bright Green, 31 Matt Tropical Green and 04 Matt Yellow and brayered the colours onto the card. Then I took some Pebéo Dyna Paints 359 Iridescent Green Yellow and 355 Iridescent Copper and dabbed these randomly on top of the other colours to create more texture.
I use some Imagination Crafts Starlight Wax in black  and smoothed it around the edges of the black matting layer and also onto the central black layer which had been texturised with an embossing folder by Crafter's Companion Textures - Artist Collection - Hessian.
When it was dry I polished  both pieces with a soft cloth to really make them shine.
I ran another piece of black card through a different Embossing Folder by  Crafter's Companion "Just For Men" collection - Pop Dotty and then rubbed over the surface with Pebéo Guilding wax in Antique Gold. I die-cut this piece of card with the Sheena Douglas "Going round in Spirals die twice and punched out letters to spell Happy Birthday with an old Martha Stewart Alphabet punch which I'm not sure if it's still available..
I then assembled the card as above and added some black bling from my stash to the corners of the central layer and a couple of Leaf sequins to the spirals.

Below is a Step-By-Step Video Showing the Creation of This Card

ATC Challenge for Almut Ollsen.

Just wanted to share with you a little ATC I made recently for a 1500 subscriber challenge with Almut Ollsen on YouTube.

 I used the free stamp and die set which came with issue 159 of Simply Cards and Papercraft Magazine.
I cut an ATC from waste packaging using the Sizzix Bigz Die - Artist Trading Card.
I textured the card with  an Embossing Folder - Scattered Dots by Crafter's Companion Signature Collection - Birthday Party.
I then painted the background with Pebéo Dyna Paints 356 Iridescent Violet Blue 357 Iridescent Blue Green 358 Iridescent Green Blue then toned the colours down a little with white Gesso by Daler Rowney.
I water coloured the flowers with Zig Clean Colour Real Brush Markers and finished it off with a coat of Spectrum Noire Clear Sparkle Pen

Below you can watch my step-by-step video of its creation on YouTube

Thursday, March 30, 2017

CAPTURE THE MAGIC - Art Journal Page

Hi There,
I decided to make another Art Journal page using the free stampset which came with Simply Cards & Papercraft Magazine Issue 160

Its a really pretty little set and a great freebie as it also comes with a stencil (Which I used in my last post) and an embossing strip.

I started the page by stamping my image then I covered it with Pebeo Drawing Gum. When completely dry I added  an ombre wash using Spectrum Noire Aquatint 02 from the Perfectly Primary set.

 I added the ink to the top of the page then blended it with clean water to the bottom of the page. I left this to air dry then rubbed off the drawing gum with a "Mask Away" rubber.

 I coloured the flower image with Zig clean colour real brush water-colour marker pens. I then covered the image with a cloth and splattered the background with black gesso thinned with water using a fan brush.

 Later I added Viva Decor Facetten-Lack Crackling Colour paste in white using the diamond stencil by Crafter's Workshop..

 I stamped and doodled a border around the edge then stamped out the butterflies and bee stamp also included i the set and once again coloured them with the Zig markers. I adhered these to the page with Tacky Glue and then added a few words from the Tim Holtz Idea-Ology ChitChat stickers as my sentiment.

 I outlined this with a Sketch & Wash charcoal pencil and activated it with water. I also used this pencil to shade under the leaves, flowers and the butterflies.

YouTube Video of its Step-By-Step  Creation

Tuesday, March 28, 2017


Hello Friends,

I made a new Art Jornal page recently using the Free Stencil and Stamp Set from Simply Cards & Papercraft Magazine Issue 160.

The main image was added with Structure Paste by Imagination Crafts and then coloured with Zig Clean Color Brush pens and  Starlight Paints also by Imagination Crafts.

 The Background was coloured with Tumbled Glass distress ink using a blending tool and later I smooshed some ink onto my craft mat and used a brush and some water to colour the areas I could not reach with the tool. 

 I then stamped onto the background with Brilliance Ink in White Pearle and Pearlescent Blue.

 I outlined the flower and created a sketchy border using a Faber Castell Black Pitt Pen and then added Glitz It glitter glue in gold into the centres of all of the flowers.

 I added more shading to the leaves and behind the flowers with Specrtum Noire sparkle pens and then Matted the piece onto black cardstock.

 I stamped and cut out the sentiment and adhered it to the bottom of the card.

You can watch my step-by-step YouTube video of its creation below.



Tuesday, February 28, 2017

A Question of Love - Art Journal Page

After a long absence from all forms of Art and Crafting (Life get's in the way sometimes). I'm glad to be back and this is my debut post for 2017.

 As February is the month for celebrating Love I decided to make an Art Journal page inspired by Love.

Here are a few photographs and below you can watch my YouTube video where I show how it was created.

I used Spectrum Aquatints in three shades for the background blended with water to give an ombre effect. Once dry I embossed the page with a Texture Embossing folder by Crafter's Companion called "Distress". I lightly sanded this with  a sanding block and then carefully added Antique Linen Distress Ink just over the raised areas.

The stamp set is by Stampendous and called "Hummingbirds" I stamped the two birds and the flower spray onto card, coloured them with Spectrum Noire Sparkle Pens and the flowers with Pebeo Dyna Paint in 354 Irridescent Red Blue.

I cut a heart from a cereal box, painted it also with the Irridescent Red Blue and adhered a generic die-cut from my stash which I coloured gold using a Pentel Hybrid Dual Metallic Gel Pen.

 I printed out the quote and coloured it with a yellow Faber Castel Big Brush Pitt Pen. Cut this into strips. Everything was adhered into place with Liquitex Matt Gel Medium then shaded with a grey IG4 Spectrum Noire Alcohol marker pen and highlighted with a white Sakura Gelly Roll pen.

Step-By-Step You Tube Video

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Art Journal Page and my Entry for the Art Journey November Challenge - Theme = Fantasy

Just thought I'd share with you my Entry for the November Challenge by Art Journey.
The theme this month was "Fantasy" and had to include Art Journey Stamps.
The stamps I chose came from the Silhouette2 set which has some interesting images.

I have used two of the images and this is the Art Journal page I made:-

My vision for the Fantasy aspect was a woman closing her eyes on her troubles to dream that she is being carried away to another calmer land.
I used Masking Fluid to create cloud areas and to act as a resist, then made a water colour wash to create the sky. There are touches of Picked Raspberry Distress ink watered down and blended in for a sky at sunset and I also used Distress Ink in Faded Jeans around the edges to simulate night drawing in. Once dried I rubbed off the Masking Fluid. I stamped and embossed my main images with Wow Black Twinkle Embossing powder. I used a tree stamp by Tattered Angels and the flock of birds was a stamp by Tim Holtz. I lightly coloured the trees with Spectrum Noir pencils. Printed my quote on my computer and adhered it with Matte Gel Medium. To finish I've matted and layered my piece first onto white card and then onto black.

                   Below is a short You Tube video where I talk through my creation process.

If you are interested in participating in the challenge click here: http://artjourneydesign-team.blogspot.nl/p/challenge.html

And if you would like to buy Art Journey Stamps  (They ship world wide) click here:- http://www.artjourney.nl/3220--art-journey-stamps

Sunday, November 23, 2014

My ATC Swap With  Claudene - MsKayKrafts on YouTube

I've just finished making 6 ATC cards for a swap with Claudene who is MsKayKrafts on YouTube.
They could be on any theme we chose so here are mine.

I made the first one using the Punky Flower stamp set by chocolate baroque. the background is acrylic paint stenciled over with  Viva Decor pearl modeling paste through the Crafter's Workshop Mini Cell theory stencil. I used a silver paint pen on some of the larger spots in the design for a more metallic feel and added a rectangle of Dry Wall Tape mesh over the top. I stamped,  painted and cut out the flower images and positioned them raised up with foam tape. i glossy accented the light bulbs and added small watch/clock parts to various parts of the flowers and for the filaments in the light bulbs. I also added metal rods over the stems and under my sentiment. The metal butterfly was originally bronze so I used Inka Gold in Silver to change it. I adhered blue rhinestones into the empty sections withing the metal piece. 

The second one is made using Duct Tape in two designs. A zippe die-cut by Mariane's Creatables and a few beads strung onto metal and made into a flower with some mesh bling.

The third is using background paper from Marian Smith Designs, Pink lace, Pearl bead trim and a die-cut bird cage by Memory Box. I added a flower from my stash, Leaves from Wild Orchid Crafts and a bird that I'd purchased on ETSY quite a while ago. I printed the sentiment on my computer and added adhesive pearls to the top and bottom of the cage, As a finishing touch I rubbed glitter gel onto the petals of the flower and the wings and tail of the bird and aged the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink..

For the fourth I made a tiny shadow box and backed it with a Parisian Advert. Inside I placed an Eiffel Tower metal charm and a small flower arrangement. The front was primed with Gesso then embossed with Viva Decor Pearl Modeling paste through the Tim Holtz Baroque stencil. I then sprayed it several times with Lindy's Stamp Gang spray in Pink Cotton candy. I added two carnations, some tiny rose buds and a couple of  tiny rhinestones.

I like to make a British themed ATC when I'm making them for overseas friends.
 This ATC was to celebrating the Ceramic Poppy Art display that was at the Tower of London  this year to commemorate 100 years since the start of World War 1 and all of the British and Commonwealth soldiers who lost their lives.
I added my personal Remembrance poppy and an image of several London icons. On the back  there is an envelope containing some photo's that i took of the ceramic poppies on a recent visit and a print out explaining the event which was extremely moving.. 

The last card was made using a stamp set by Docrafts and is a paper shirt, tie & jacket. I left the front edge of the jacket unglued so I could curl it back slightly to give some dimension and to make the jacket appear as if it was open.

I really enjoyed participating in this swap and I hope Claudene likes the ATC's when they arrive.