Friday, 21 July 2017

Fond Farewells

Fond farewells is the theme at The Craft Barn this week. Some how it slipped my attention that my project was published yesterday but it's not too late to take a look at the blog for details of how to make it.

It's a great stamp for layering and although I thought it was perfect for a retirement, it would equally be great for a birthday or a party invitation. I decided to stamp on acetate for a glassy feel but it would work equally well on card.

Thank you for popping by. Hope you have some lovely crafty treats lined up for the week ahead. xxx

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Shadow Box

Hello again
A two post that doesn't happen very often!
I've been having a play with the new Art-C kits in stock at The Craft Barn. First up is the shadow box which I think lends itself to a vintage or shabby chic finish. I'm always happy messing around with paint and textures!

For the full method pop over to The Craft Barn blog. When I get a bit of time I'm looking forward to trying out the display box and mini house box too.

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you all have a crafty week!

Happy 4th July

Happy 4th July to all my American friends in the UK and all of my followers in the U.S.

A good day to celebrate the things which unite us across the globe.

Sunday, 2 July 2017

Hot July brings cooling showers...

Hello there
It's the first Sunday of the month and time for the next verse of The Craft Barn's Twelve Month Challenge, based on Sarah Coleridge's poem The Months.

Hot July brings cooling showers,
Apricots and gillyflowers.

I really enjoyed making this one, I think because of the lovely warm colours. Of course I had to look up what a gillyflower was! I went with the old fashioned definition of a sweet scented flower, typically a pink carnation or stock.

Do pop over to the blog to see what everyone comes up with for this month. Meanwhile enjoy the summer and fingers crossed for more of the hot sun and less of the cooling showers! xxx

Saturday, 24 June 2017

Kit n Kaboodle - Retro Clock

Hello there
A quickie tonight. I've had a lovely day at The Craft Barn where we were making retro clocks with Helen Chilton in the Kit n Kaboodle class. If you like mixed media with a practical application this monthly class is the one for you. I have to say that my clock wasn't particularly retro by the time I finished with it. As often happens I kept looking at it in the class but wasn't quite happy. By the time I had driven home for an hour and had a fresh look the answer was obvious...more white!

Of course I had to do a bit of shopping too so watch this space as I try out my purchases!

Thank you for stopping by. Take care xx

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Punch it!

Thank you for stopping by. This week The Craft Barn theme is all about using punch boards. I get to kick off the week with a card using a tabs punch board. It seemed too easy to just make index cards or journal dividers! Do pop over to the blog for all of the details and look out for ideas from the rest of the DT over the week.

Have a lovely day. It looks like it's going to get very warm indeed where I live!

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Flowers and Smiles

Hello there
I've been having a little play with my Distress Oxide inks. At first I didn't have a clear idea of what I was aiming for but seeing how beautifully they layer and react with water a little inkling of an idea crept in.

I started by dabbing white card in fossilised amber and spiced marmalade which had been spritzed with water. I did four at a time to make the most of mopping up the ink.

Next I used spiced marmalade through a stencil and added a little more around the edges.

I die cut some Tim Holtz wildflowers and used the negative as a stencil. I started to build up the flower layers using the same colours. After I'd added a few flowers I spritzed with water, allowed a few seconds for the inks to react, before blotting with tissue to soften the images.

I then added another layer of flowers but this time did not soften the images. As you have probably noticed from the photos  it's not the same background each time. I obviously lost track when photographing!

Then I completely lost track and forgot to take photos at all! I finished the background with a little text stamping in peeled paint.  The sentiment was stamped using a stamp positioner just in case it didn't stamp perfectly first time. The die cut flowers were coloured by dipping in Distress Oxide ink and a little extra Distress Ink was also added to the flowers, before layering onto the card.

A cheery summery card to make up for a rather gloomy day. Thank you for taking the time to have a look. xx

Materials used:
smooth stamping card
Distress Oxide ink: spiced marmalade, fossilised amber, 
fired brick, cracked pistachio, peeled paint, broken china 
Distress ink: picked raspberry, festive berries
Archival ink: jet black
Tim Holtz wildflowers 2 dies
Carabelle Studio mask: around the world
PaperArtsy stamps: ZA08, MN61

Thursday, 8 June 2017

One for the Boys

It's all things Seth Apter over at The Craft Barn this week. If you don't know his style it is very industrial and loaded with layers and textures. I had very messy fun decorating a Kate Crane Tando planner. Each page has roughly 8 layers of paint and stamping on it!

For step by step details of how to achieve this effect have a look at The Craft Barn blog.

Thank you for stopping by.  xx

Sunday, 4 June 2017

June brings tulips, lilies, roses...

Hi there everyone
What a lovely hot, sunny Sunday it is. Meterological summer really here in theory and in weather! The first Sunday of the month means the next verse of The Craft Barn twelve month challenge is on the blog:

June brings tulips, lilies, roses,
Fills the children's hands with posies.
Here's my mini canvas...

Do take a look at The Craft Barn blog and all of the other entries. I always try to comment on as many as possible, unfortnately the links don't always work for some reason.

Enjoy what's left of the weekend. Happy crafting xxx

Friday, 26 May 2017

Vintage Chic

I've been having a play with some of the Blue Fern Studio stamps. They are gorgeous in the amount of fine detail in the images. Today one of my cards is the featured project on The Craft Barn blog. By adding different sentiments I've used this card design several times for Mother's Day, birthdays, get well and thinking of you.

For full project details have a look at the blog and for Blue Fern Studio stamps take a look at The Craft Barn shop. Hope you have a lovely day. xx

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Owl in a good day's work

Yesterday was one of those very rare days when my friend Mary and I got together to mess around crafting, without a specific purpose in mind. She brought over her new crafty stash and I got out all of my new bits and we had a play. In the end I think I came out of it very well as I used a lot of her new stamps. I think it's a great idea to craft together. We can all get a bit comfortable sticking to the same style or favourite brands. Good to shake it up sometimes!

We used my new stamp positioner and both agree that it's a very useful tool, especially for large stamps, or for adding the final sentiment without fear of making a mistake! It's also great for over-stamping the same image in several colours. I stamped the owl first in vintage photo. Then I inked it up in walnut stain, but removed the ink from the centre with a baby wipe. Finally I inked it in black and removed all of the ink except for the very edges. I drew out some of the colour with a waterbrush. I did the same with the moon using weathered wood and faded jeans.

So far I've only finished one card but watch this space as I get round to making the others up. Thanks for stopping by. I hope you have a lovely Sunday whatever you're up to. xx

Materials used:
Hobby Art: Orla owl
Creative Expressions: dreamy sentiments
Distress Ink
Archival Ink

Friday, 12 May 2017

Blossom Time

Hi there
I love this time of year as the flowers really get going. I'm especially fond of peonies. The newest Tracy Scott stamps are great for bringing a bit of that spring vitality to a project. Combined with chalk paints I have turned cheap 20p plastic flower pots into pretty containers for plants or herbs.

For full details of how to do this take a look at The Craft Barn blog. Have fun! xx

Sunday, 7 May 2017

May brings flocks of pretty lambs...

This week saw the arrival of the swifts at the reservoir near to my home. People who know me might say I'm a little obsessed by swifts! I'm excited when they arrive and feel sad for days when they go. They are a sure sign that summer is not far away. The reservoir attracts a lot of wildlife and is a well known birding spot. On the grassy banks sheep are grazed and this is a lovely time of year to watch the lambs playing.

And so over to The Craft Barn Twelve Month Challenge. The challenge is based on Sarah Coleridge's poem The Months.

May brings flocks of pretty lambs, 
Skipping by their fleecy dams.

It feels quite sultry this morning. Great for bringing the flies down which means the swifts come in close. I feel a bit of swift watching coming on!

Do have a look at The Craft Barn blog to see what other ideas people have to illustrate this month. Thanks for stopping by. xx

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Heartfelt Owl

Just a quickie with another card using this beautifully intricate matching die and stamp set...

Materials used:
GiogioCraft stencil: floreal circle
Hearfelt Creations: sugar hollow collection
Distress Ink
Archival Ink

Monday, 1 May 2017

Moroccan Lantern

I've had great fun this Bank Holiday actually doing a bit of crafting and finishing a Moroccan lantern I started on a workshop with Helen Chilton at The Craft Barn in March. If you love messy, mixed media but practical projects the monthly Kit and Kaboodle class is fantastic.

The base is a Tando Creative kit. Helen had us painting it with metallic paints and distressing it to make it look worn and rusted. I won't give away her secrets but the faux rust was really fun to do. We embossed acetate and coloured it with alcohol inks to create the 'glass' panels. The hinges were cut with the WRMK tabs punchboard. Of course I had to buy one!

Most people on the day chose to box in the top of the lantern but I already had other ideas...and so a month later I've had time to finish it off.

Firstly it all had to be assembled. Then I painted a few wooden embellishments to add some additional decoration to the sides.

Then time to decorate some bottles to fit into the recesses on the top. I used alcohol inks on miniature glass bottles and some old medicine bottles. To create more intense colours I used one colour on the inside of the bottles and two colours on the outside, plus some metallic mixative. I also dripped the copper mixative down the sides of the bottles,

I painted ribbbon to go around the top of the larger bottles, added painted embellishments and finished the tops with enamel accents.

I altered little silver charms with the alcohol ink and tied them on with wire and tiny labels were tied with string.


I had some left over paper clay flowers and butterflies from another project, so after a lick of paint I added a few of those, along with a few metallic gems.

I really love the irridescence of the alcohol inks on glass. 


It looks fantastic with a battery lit candle in it if I do say so myself. It is only made of cardboard so you really must not use a real candle!


Just have to find it a permanent home now. My husband has already asked where it's going!!!!

Materials used:
Tando Creative Moroccan lantern kit
Ranger alcohol inks
Tim Holtz grunge paper
DecoArt dazzling metallic acrylic paint
DecoArt fluid acrylics
black gesso
Ranger enamel accents
wooden, metallic, glass and gem embellishments
lace ribbon, string, wire

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Quirky Bird

And now for something completely different! Joggles have a range of strangely compelling and very weird cling stamps. Their quirky bird stamps somehow capture my frantic mood, while I try to balance all the different aspects of everyday life. I've created a door hanger with the quirky bird #2 to warn anyone approaching the craft room!

For all of the details on how to make it, pop over to The Craft Barn blog where it is the project today. 

Wishing you all a few moments of calm in your day. xxx

Friday, 7 April 2017

Fanciful Plantation

Hi there
I have had great fun playing with PaperArtsy Infusions and the new Elena Zinski stamps for The Craft Barn theme this week. I managed to get myself very sticky in the process of turning a cheap £2 glass vase into something more exotic!

For full details and to see what the other DT members have done pop over to the blog.

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

April brings the primrose sweet...

Hello there
The lovely mild weather we've been having where I live has brought all of the blossom out, making the trees look spectacular. It's the start of a new month which heralds the next verse of the Poem Challenge at The Craft Barn:

April bings the primrose sweet, 
Scatters daisies at our feet. 

Here's my mini canvas for April...and of course I couldn't resist getting those cute bunnies out again!

It's not too late to join in the challenge even if you can't enter into the months which have already gone. Why not have a look at the blog to see what other people have come up with for inspiration?

Friday, 31 March 2017

Bunnies by Night

It's 'silhouettes' week at The Craft Barn and today my project is featured. I've used the delightful Lavinia bunnies on a mini printers tray. For full details of how to make it and to see all of the projects this week pop over to the blog.

Tomorrow sees the start of my two week holiday and this time I have actually kept a few days completely free for some craft time. I feel like a small child on Christmas Eve! Watch this space there may be a flurry of posts...