Friday, 30 November 2018

Still Addicted to Coins

Whilst entering a swap of three coins I also created one for myself - as the recipient has received the swaps I can now show it.

I love Autumnal colours and while we are in Southern England these glorious colours go into the winter here.
Leaves are Crafters Companion Autumn Morning stamps coloured with Derwent Inktense watercolour pencils These have then been fussy cut and layers around the Sculpy moulded clay face I had made.Which was then coloured with Decoart Art MM paints.

 The outer edges have initially had a Stabilo black pencil edge and then edged again with Winsor and Newton Gold Drawing ink to add interest / highlights. I tried using various backgrounds but the lovely edging is so hard to capture :(
Have a lovely weekend and thank you for dropping by.

I would like to enter the following Challenges
Country View Challenges                                  Artist Trading Coins
Stamplorations                                               Anything Mixed Media
That'S Crafty                                                        Winter Wonderland
Through The Craft Room Door                                   Anything Goes
Try It On Tuesday                                                 Winter Wonderland

Monday, 29 October 2018

Haunted House

Oh that was a long Summer break …..

I love Halloween so had lots of fun decorating this MDF house and creating the characters .

Lots of DecoArt paints and mediums, stencil for the brick work, acetate, rubber stamping (Stampendous) to the die cut fencing to add interest a Bee Crafty stamp was used to create the moon, alcohol pens, cardstock for fences and to add strength to the characters, cocktail sticks, small log slices. Corrugated cardboard was used for the roof too.

I had a problem judging the character size so have several now LOL. 
A closer pic of the characters all together. With some stamped, inktense pencil coloured, fussy cut leaves. 
Struggled to get a decent pic :( 


I think when it is lit at night is my favourite x

Thank you for dropping by xx

I would like to enter the following Challenges
Try It On Tuesday                                                   Trick Or Treat's Halloween
Emarald Creek Dares                                                                             In The Night
Lost Coast Portal To Creativity                                              31 Days Of Halloween
Dream In Darkness                                                      The Best Month Of The Year
That's Crafty                                                                                       Spookalicious
Crafty Catz                                                                      Anything Goes / Halloween
PIN)spirational                                                                               Picture Inspiration
Rhedd's Creative Spirit                                                                Anything MM Goes
Love To Create                                                                             Anything MM Goes
Love To Craft                                                                                       Anything Goes

Wednesday, 25 July 2018


JJAMMA are having weekly challenges to celebrate 5000 members Fab prizes on offer.
I love Halloween and so wanted to make a display where I could change my ATC cards as desired! 
 I took an MDF board and layered a piece of Teri Sherman's fab 666 paper then peeled some off, and edged with DecoArt black modelling paste.

Then I decorated my MDF tags DecoArt Media paints Andy skinner stamp to ground my Mishchief Circus  ItKuPiLLi Halloween Faries collage sheet images (fussy cut), TH splats stencil, red splats with paint brush and edged archival soot ink.
 To make the ATC's removeable I used Velcro strips!!  Really happy with the result !!

Thank you for dropping by :) 

I would like to enter the following challenges
Love To Craft                               Anything Goes
MIUCB                           Anything MM Goes
Love2 Create                   Anything MM Goes
Altered Eclectics                 Anything MM Goes
Rhedd's Creative Spirit            Anything MM Goes

Friday, 13 July 2018

Summer's Here

I love Hot air balloons, to me they are a symbol of a gorgeous Hot Summer and I had a lovely time designing and decorating this large MDF Balloon (from Woodform Crafts). Charlotte sketched the lines for me and using these I traced and made a template for my first panels which are the embossed TH Distressed ink panels, Archival Black to edges, and used matte Medium to adhere to the balloon shape. The yellow cog panels are DecoArt texture paste and TH cogs stencil. Coloured once dry with acrylic paint.
I then created the distressed brown panels and basket using Deco Art acrylic paints. I used Andy Skinners Industrial stamps and MME small script stamp from the Asparagus Collection of stamps with Archival Sepia Ink. The Patina Blue/ green (depending upon light) were created again with DecoArt paints and Docrafts Steampunk stamps and Bee Crafty pocket watch Art Stamp.
I then added MDF Cogs and Cog Bee (Wild Roots - Woodform Crafts), which I had decorated with Versamark and clear EP to cogs and then DecoArt MM paints and Viva Metal Colour Bronze to outer Cog Bee border. Finally added smaller metallic cogs and clock hands (Amazon) all adhered using DecoArt Matte medium. A leather braid was used to attach the basket to the balloon.

I then removed glass and decorated the Range frame base DecoArt Acrylic Titanium white, then DA Gesso through Andy Skinner bubble stencil and then I sealed with DA ultra Matte Varnish - it was "flat" and uninteresting so I used Finnabair bubble stencil and DA Americana Frost Glitter paint - which is so hard to capture!!
Thank you for dropping by  :)     x 

I would like to enter the following Challenges 
That's Crafty                                                                          Close To Nature 
Rhedd's Creative Spirit                                                          Anything Goes (MM)
Country View Crafts                                                             In The Summer Garden 
The Artistic Stamper                                                               Distress It!!
Altered Eclectics                                                                     Anything Goes (MM)
TIMI (Craft Stamper)                                                              Anything Goes (Stamp/s)
Love 2 Create                                                                          Anything Goes (MM)
Lost Coast Designs and Carmen's Veranda                            Something Beginning with "B"
MIUCB                                                                                    Anything Goes (MM)
SanDee & amelie's Steampunk Challenge                      Summer Special Anything Goes (MM)
Love To Craft                                                                          Anything Goes

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Still Having Way Too Much Fun :)

I am still enjoying altering these AT Coins!!
Lost Coast have a theme of Round and round . 

Background Crowabout Images . 
Stamp(from Lost Coast - Doodle Dolls 2 set), stamped in versamark in , heat embossed, coloured with copics pens and black Faux diamante edging applied.
MDF base Woodform Crafts 

Thank you for dropping by  :)  I would like to enter the following challenges
Lost Coast Designs and Carmen's Veranda                   Challenge 55 Round and Round
Colour Crazy Craft                                                         Week 24 Anything Hand Coloured Goes
Creative Artiste Mixed Media                                         Anything Mixed Media Goes
TIMI June                                                                        Anything Goes
Love To Craft                                                                  Anything Goes
Mix It Up                                                                        Anything Goes
More Mixed Media                                                         Anything Goes
A Bit More Time To Craft                                              Anything Goes

Sunday, 27 May 2018

Artist Trading Coins

 I am enjoying creating Artist Trading Coins (see post below for more info) They are great for using smaller stamps I love PS's Mini stamps and love this image. The first is directly stamped to MDF then Titanium White to the background.
This was initially clear embossed I then tried to washes in Nude and white but poor results so back to black Versamark and clear embossing. Background Burnt Sienna.
Third coin again stamped raw MDF for face and background crackle paste and Antiquing cream added to highlight the cracks.

Paperartsy MN83 stamp
DecoArt Media Burnt Sienna, Titanium white, Nude  Crackle paste Matte medium
Stampendous clear gloss E/P
Versafine Onyx Black
MDF coins  Woodform

Thank you for dropping by I want to enter this project into the following Challenges
PaperArtsy                    Neutrals
Star Stampz                   No Squares
Ike's World Challenge   Anything Goes / Monochrome

Friday, 25 May 2018

Always Be Yourself

I don't know if you have seen the Artist Trading Coins - Craftyhodges has an excellent you tube tutorial - I think she had the idea to create them first.
They are great fun and I loved creating this one! The only problem is I only have spellbinder die cut circles and they can only cut standard cardboard - bit flimsy I asked Woodform Crafts (PM Michelle who will be happy to help with any requests) to cut me some 2.5 inch MDF circles - much better I have both 2mm and 3mm MDF - both are fab !!

I have lots of small stamps and this really allows them to become the main focus of the project. 
The background is Nik Bantock inks (Chrome Yellow and Charteuse Leaf). I used the CL through a small Tim Holttz stencil, further interest added by stamping Music (Scroll Works Stamp) with Archival Sepia Ink. The Black foliage top and edges is a Bo Bunny stamp againg Sepia and Versamark Onyx Black ink.

The cute main Image stamped coloured with copics and fussy cut - it is a Tim Holtz mini image on a cube. A TH word sticker to add " always" as in the dress the words are "be yourself". Stabilo Black pencil and White gel pen for highlights / shadows.

Thank you for dropping by I would like to enter the following challenges
A Vintage Journey                              Words and Music
A Bit More Time To Craft Extra         Anything Goes
Colour Crazy Challenge                      Anything Goes
Crafty Gals Corner                              Anything Goes
Crafty Creations Challenge                Anything Goes
Crafty Sentiments                              Anything Goes
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge    Use More Than 1 Stamp
Star In My Pocket                               No Squares Allowed
Through The Craft Room Door          Anything Goes
Penny's Paper -crafty Challenge         Anything Goes

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Fish Fossil

I loved looking for Fossils as a child wish I had found one as intact as this rubber stamp! 

I used a large Woodform MDF tag (they will happily cut any size you would like), mine is 18.5 x 7.5cm. 
Having recently attended Andy Skinner's Scrap Metal Box workshop at the lovely 
Brigitte's Barn ((Let's Be Creative)  I decided to practice one of the several techniques we had learnt - (thoroughly recommend any of Andy's courses). I jumbled several techniques together with others from a previous course and am happy with the result!

 The fish is from Andy's Stampendous Fossils Stamp set. I enjoyed adding the rusted wire as not used before I gave it some swirl effects at the ends! DecoArt paint and mediums were used.Versafine Black Onyx and Color Box frost white and Stampendous Detail clear embossing powder.

I was lucky as glorious sunshine I could pop out to the garden for some photographs! 

Thank you for dropping by :) 
I would like to enter the following Challenges 

Mixed Media Monthly                            Rust
Emerald Creek                                  Guy Style
TIMI                                     Take A Stamp

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Sunday, 6 May 2018

Trying New Techniques - Finnabair Style

I treated myself for Easter to Finnabair's  Art Transformations Imagine Course - which I thoroughly recommend. 
I decided to decorate a 14cm MDF Circle .
 Crafters Companion embossing folder was my starting point.Various Dies were used by TimHoltz and Sheena Douglas. plus ply numbers, and various embellishments including found items from my stash.

I stamped several images of Sheena Douglas' Steampunk Woman and used one as a guide to check position and size. I then coloured one of my other images with Copics and sealed.  
 I had a blast layering and colouring this project and for a first attempt am happy with the finished project. It would be unfair to add any more details as a courtesy to  Finnabair.

Thank you for dropping by - have a lovely Bank Holiday if you are in UK or Europe xx

I would like to enter the following challenges 
Fussy and Fancy                                             Beautiful In Blues
The Artistic Stamper                                               Backgrounds
Altered Eclectics                                                   Anything Goes
Colour Crazy (wk 18)                                                  Anything Goes
Creative Artiste                                        Anything Mixed Media Goes
Creative Inspirations                               CAS or Fussy and Fancy (mine is
                                                         Fussy and Fancy)
Love 2 Create                                                      Anything Mixed Media 
Rhedd's Creative Spirit                                       Anything Mixed Media
TIMI (Craft Stamper)                                                           Anything Goes
Try It On Tuesday                                    Stencils /Die cuts or Both ( I have
                                                                   used lots of die cuts)
SanDee & amelie's Steampunk                                           Anything Goes Steampunk/ Industrial

Monday, 9 April 2018


I had a blast adding multiple layers of pastes, crackle, paints, MDF and metallic cogs to create Sid


A layer of black paint then a layer of crackle paint (both Deco Art).
Before Die cutting I used the dies to see which/ where I wanted to position them. (Tim Holtz and Sheena Douglas dies).
 I then used Andy Skinner and my own added concoction of paints to add rust onto the pre cut cogs. Adding texture paste here and there for dimension, and many layers of paint.
I treated the added to cogs to the same rusting and crusting effects as the base ones and added metal cogs and gears plus watch hands in some areas.
I added some layered small circle offcuts from the die cut cogs to add more interest to the mouth.
The eye is a trimmed card die cut made from the transparent cellophane from a sweet LOL . I made several in different colours but the red was my favourite.

Skull and MDF cogs here
 Paints used

Thank you for dropping by :)

I would like to enter into the following challenges
Sandie & amelie's Steampunk Challenges                        Steampunk
A Vintage Journey                                                                     Rusty and Crusty
Craetive Artiste Mixed Media                                                  Anything MM Goes
More Mixed Media                                                                   Anything Goes Option yellow ( lots of                                                                                   transparent Yellow oxide was used in this project).
Rhedd's Creative Spirit                                                             Anything Mixed Media
That's Crafty                                                                              Going Around In Circles ( lots of cogs)