Friday, 2 March 2018

Little things....

Good morning,
Just popping on before work to share a little project.
I wanted to make a few little gifts for my colleagues at work and thought that post it note folders were the ideal thing as we are always using them.
So, taking the size I made folders from card and covered them with fabric as I wanted them to be reusable and to be able to take the wear and tear of being shoved in pockets.
I used Infusions  and water to add colour and left to dry before adding the post it pads.

I then stamped a selection of my bird stamps onto watercolour cardstock using Archival ink.

Then it was time to add some colour using Distress Markers.

When dry, I cut them into squares to fit onto the top of the holders. I then used DecoArt Media Matte Medium to seal everything and make the colours waterproof. (Tip, to prevent bleeding of the ink from the image I put a very thin layer on to begin with and dried it with a heat gun, That way, when I added a second layer the colours didn't run!)

The finished pads looked pretty cool I thought, and they were well received too.

Hope you have a good day everyone.

Thursday, 1 March 2018

Altered Frame

Good morning friends.
I trust this finds you well. It has been a difficult start to the year, I was hoping that it was going to be a better year than 2017  so here's hoping that the year improves as it goes on.....

Today I thought I would pop on to share a picture frame that I have recently altered using DecoArt products. I love the details on the frame but the plain white plastic finish definitely didn't float my boat.

I began with a coat of DecoArt Chalk Paint in a lovely deep brown. I left it to dry for a bit but not totally.

I began working over this with a light DecoArt Chalk Paint (Primitivo I think) which blended in beautifully with the under layer of brown to create a more distressed and faded finish.

 I rubbed some areas back a bit give a more weathered effect and left to dry thoroughly.

Next it was time to add some bling with DecoArt Metallic Lustres.

The final aging was achieved with a wash of DecoArt Fluid Acrylic Media in Quinachrodone Gold and Carbon Black.

I left this to dry thoroughly before adding a but more of the Lustre. When dry I filled it with vintage styled photos from a trip to Beamish last year.

Hope you like it. It's a perfect way to add character and style to an inexpensive frame.
Have a lovely day folks.

Saturday, 6 January 2018

New stamps part 2

Good morning,
I'm back again with my second new release.
This stamp set is perfect for valentines day, anniversary occasions, well, for any occasion where you want to express a little love.....

My first sample though is a little different. I used the square heart for my Christmas cards last year.

Love, Peace and Joy, a simple card but I liked it.

Then, I used the tall stamp in my journal to create a series of "file tabs".

This little grouping of pages are kind of link themed around me, so I thought it worked pretty well to create little tabs. It also adds interest to the journal I thought.

The stamps are available from The Artistic Stamper HERE if you are interested.
Take care folks and have yourselves a brilliant day.

Friday, 5 January 2018

New Stamps

Good evening friends and here's wishing you all the very best for 2018.
After a bit of a rocky start to the year I am happy to share with you a couple of my new stamps released today from The Artistic Stamper. They are available HERE if you are interested.

First up I have a set of 4 mini stamps which are smaller versions of 4 of my currently available large backgrounds. I have wanted to do these for a while now as the size makes them great for ATCs, tags and smaller projects.
For those of you who know me, it comes as no surprise that my first project has been to make a set of mini notebooks LOL.


They are great for adding details to smaller journal pages too
I am looking forward to sharing more projects with these great little stamps. I also love that you get all four designs in one set.
What do you think?

I'll be back tomorrow with the next design samples. Until then, I hope you have a lovely evening.

Thursday, 7 December 2017


Hi there everyone.
I trust this finds you well, thank you for popping on by.
Thought I'd just share some of my recent decorating photos. I still have some detail work to do but to be honest I usually rope Susan in to do it as she has a much steadier hand than I do.
I started the stairs ages ago but I recently took a week off to paint and decorate the rest, the entrance, walls and top landing.
Of course, me being me, I complicated things by deciding to create a textured effect on the lower section of the walls. Then I decided to lift the carpets so I had to sand and varnish the wooden floor and paint and stencil the bottom concrete floor. I don't make life easy for myself. I am, however, over the moon happy with the end result which makes it all worth it.
Hope you enjoy the end result too.

 To create the texture I used tissue paper, something us crafters use quite often, this was on a much larger scale though lol.

 I do love the stairs, they have stencil work on the edges and I added some word stickers.

 We've an eclectic selection of vintage sieves, a clamp and deer horn shelf  going up the stairs.
 They form shelves to display some of our smaller sculptures and other vintage ephemera.
 Just catching the light you can see "veins" of variegated metals, created with gilding flakes.

 The concrete floor has been simply painted with some stencil work running along the edges.
A detail showing some of the textured finish. All in all there are around six layers to this as I had to just keep going until I reached the effect I was after.
I am glad it's almost finished though, I was losing the will to live closer to the end.
Take care and have a lovely day.

Monday, 11 September 2017

"Emergency" sketchbooks...

Good morning friends.
Last week on my day off I decided to have a bit of fun making journals. I call them my emergency sketchbooks as they are small enough to pop into a bag, or even a pocket so all you need is a pen when the urge to sketch strikes.

I started by folding 10 strips of 280gsm card stock in half to form a single signature.

I popped them into the press for a while to help flatten the fold. (Much easier than trying to get a decent fold with my own power)

When I took them out I added the thread holes and using a no.4 string from the Ropery in Hawes bound each signature and trimmed the edges.

 Then it was time to raid the leather box and cut the covers.
A pile of books waiting to be glued. This is my least favourite part to be honest. Still. Each cover was glued, weighted under slate and then when I had done six they went into the press for final pressure.

I used a beaded tie closure to finish them off and by the end of the day I had finished 19. Yes, there are only 17 here for those who have counted lol. The other two were gifted to a friend.
The finished books are 6 x 14 cm.
Why am I making so many? Well, I have decided to take the plunge and open an Etsy store soon and thought it would be nice to have a reasonable selection of different books to begin with along with my larger journals. I will also be putting together some book making kits containing everything needed to make your own...
So watch this space, I will let you know when I have taken the plunge. I have to say, I am very nervous about this. I don't know if I am the only "artist" who feels this way about putting their babies out there for the world to judge.....but hey I will get over it I am sure.
Take care.