Friday, 14 October 2016

'Fillis Maris' - Ancient Journal

Hi everyone!!

Some exciting news... I'm up on Sandra Everton's Relics and Artifacts 'Muse' blog today as their Guest Ambassador!!

Crazy.. right??

So excited to be there and such a huge honour to say the least.. But without further ado, please see my sneaky sneak peek using their fabulous pieces and as always if you have time please go and check it out!!



Sunday, 25 September 2016

'Remember' Layout for 49 and Market


I'm up over on 49 and Market today, with another dark, Autumn inspired layout - please check it out if you have the time!!

Also... you may have seen... so excited :) I have some stamp designs out... 

Here they are...

I have an extra set so if you would like the chance to win and have a play please just leave a comment below and I will randomly select a lucky winner to send them to!! Happy to send world wide!!! And you don't have to be a follower but it would sure be nice :)

Hugs Everyone


Sunday, 11 September 2016

The Rook


Mixed Media World have a new challenge up and running today! The theme this month is:


So come over and play along with our theme, we love seeing entries from everyone :)

Here is my inspirational piece for this month:

I created an old magical secret book-box. I used an embossing folder from Spellbinders, which I got ages a go but haven't got round to using yet and this was just the most perfect opportunity to try it out. It's one of their M-Bossabilities called Noble Rook. 

I covered everything in black gesso and then added various applications of 'gilding' to it. Putting further pressure on areas I wanted to stand out more, but overall gave the whole piece a light layer to show wear.

The hidden depths... Gave the inside a simple coat of black gesso. This book was made for my mum to give to friend to put a layer of chocolates in as a present. Just hope they like!

Thank you so much for stopping by!


Thursday, 8 September 2016

Bliss - Layout

Hi lovely peeps!

I'm up on the Mixed Media Place blog with a layout!

My layout has lots of lovely goodies from the 7 Dots Homegrown collection!

I love the photo and chose the challenge from More Than Words for my inspiration. I have included 

Tags and Die Cuts

And I may have over garnished with creativity ;)

Gorgeous Prima Flower from the Purity range. I used Izinks to colour it. The trick is to wet the flower first then just add a small drop of colour and let it fan out. 

7 Dots Flair button, metal embellishments and some of those gorgeous red glass beads by Finnabair.

 Used the 7 Dots Tags but added metal eyelets for extra interest. Some gems from Prima Marketing.

Lots of textures, with 3D Matte Gel through a stencil, Glitter Glass and thread. The Izinks and Art Alchemy paints helped make the gorgeous warm background, I wondered how they would work together, but they are stunning!

Mechanicals hidden amongst the layers, peeping out to say 'hi' :)

I LOVED creating this, thinking about the challenge by More Than Words, thinking about what recipes I love (fave by the way is Lemon Drizzle Fairy Cakes with Poppy Seeds and White Chocolate Chips) and like cooking and baking, I love doing 'mash ups' with my art. All those things are my 'Delight'. When you're so in the moment with a task everything falls away and you're left with the process.

I'd like to enter this at More Than Words Challenges

Thanks so much for stopping by today.
All your bloody love really does make me smile. 



Monday, 29 August 2016

Best Buds Layout

Hi folks,

***Sorry this post was meant to be scheduled for the 25th but what with the rush of fitting in a last minute holiday as the last one was a disaster, I didn't press 'Publish' - eek, shame on me... anyhoo, sidelining past that now... here is what you should have seen:***

I'm up over on 49 and Market today with my layout, 'Best buds'. With the summer here and holidays galore going on left, right and centre, I thought I'd whizz back a couple of years to where my son really got to grips with the beach and the sea! Of course, with the help of his Dad. Such a strong bond of trust was built that year between the two and as a result a once nervous boy is never afraid to go near the ocean if his Dad is around. Now he takes him swimming once a week at the local pool and there is even talk of Kayaks when we next go on holiday...! (Save me now) 

This is where that beautiful friendship started... :)

To see all these lovely 49 and Market products please hop across to the blog here and I have a list of all wonderful products I used.

Check out these gorgeous flowers - I created a sea of them under and around the photo. Used some white gesso to alter and distress them. Plus those circles in the background... only happen to be Gabi's gorgeous stitched circle stamp set too!

I also used products from Dusty Attic, String Frame and Best Friends Word Pack. Some Prima IOD Water Soluble Pastels, glass glitter and gems. Linda's EP for the string frame and Izinks acrylic inks for general splatter merriment and for the 'Best Friends' bit. Didn't even have to gesso the chippie first - the inks are that good!!

I'd like to enter this layout at:

More Than Words (for August - use circles and the word 'Friend')

Dusty Attic (for August - check out that fab mood board)

As always, thank you for stopping by, I really do appreciate all the lovely words you leave me!
Massive hugs


Saturday, 20 August 2016

Liber de Somniis - handmade journal

New challenge up over at Mixed Media Place! As always there is the chance to win a voucher for the store.

For my inspiration piece I chose to create another 'Magickal Olde Worlde Journal' as I'm just loving these so much right now... This time I actually hand stitched it!!

Liber de Somniis

All my journals get named, usually in Latin, as I love the mystery, magic and romance of the language. This book translates to 'Book of Dreams'. The legend has it that dreams (or nightmares) can be made reality with this magical dream journal, however only those of a certain bloodline could harness it's wondrous power..

New 'Mechanicals' from Finnabair, I painted the centre of the heart in Royal Red Art Alchemy and then distressed with Art Basics Black Gesso.

The brads and bottom layer of chippie pieces were covered in the much loved Rust Paste that Finnabair released this year. I really recommend this stuff for quick and easy rusting techniques, especially if you don't already have any preferred methods, or even if you do this makes it so easy! 

The background paper is from IndigoBlu, the ancient world look to these makes you want to just dive right into the magical world to promises. 

The Regal Chippie from Dusty Attic was covered with Mega Flakes from Indigo Blu - those flakes are just gorgeous and perfect for this sort of look.

Close up on the hand stitching. Quite please I had managed to finally conquer this and already starting my next book using this method.

I originally found my inspiration for creating these kind of books from Altered Alchemy. Seeing Luthien's work made me believe that you can make masterpieces like this using mixed media techniques. 

The Creative Gym challenge theme this month is:

Hope you can come and join in with us and have found some inspiration from here. Please also be sure to check out my other talented teamies fabulous makes - they are awesome!!

Have a fabulous day

Sunday, 7 August 2016

The Sun Will Rise + video

Hi ladies!!

My turn over at Mixed Media Place today! Here is my sneak peek but please do pop on over if you would like to find out more...

I have created a video for this one too, just showing my creative process.

A huge thank you as always for stopping by :)


Here are some of the goodies that I used:

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