Saturday, 3 May 2014


It's 3up week on the paperartsy blog this week.  There was so much artwork and creativity going on, it was hard not to pick up a paint pot and splodge away! I loved the work that Lesley Ebdon created on a framed mirror and took my inspiration from her work.

At my recent trip to Alexandra Palace, I bought a tray from the mdf man that I am going to use for my craft tools.
This was the perfect substrate to get my art on!  I had fun building up the layers..

I started with a base layer of a light blue then mixed 2 further shades of blue using a cut and dry pad. 
Using a Dyan Reaveley border stamp inked up with watering can archival ink I went on the inside edge of the tray, whilst that was drying I stamped some JOFY glitter and circle images into some old dictionary paper.

More JOFY stamps were used for the flowers and for effects.  Once everything was dry (ish! - You know us crafters are impatient!) I added acrylic paint to accent & glued the dictionary images with gel medium. 

Fab inspiration from paperartsy! Ta muchly!

Friday, 2 May 2014

JOFY scrapbooking!

There are not many times that I would solely use stamps on a layout for scrapbooking.  But my friend Karen showed me an example on the Paperartsy blog using JOFY stamps, but also laying it out in a project life styley!

So at our crop we go to, we set ourselves a mission to finish a layout!

It was great fun getting messy and laying out each rectangle to make a larger picture.

I finished off by stamping the title and the journaling too.

Looking forward to our next challenge Karen!

Tuesday, 29 April 2014

You've gotta start somewhere...

So, a bad day for me means waiting for meds to kick in, blocking out the pain and normally watching YouTube! 
Christy Tomlinson has always interested me, so finding out that we have lots in common surprised me!  I watched a couple of her videos and one was her she art taster video.. and the impatient person that I am... Took some notes and once I collected the girls from school I grabbed some paints from my newly organised craft cupboards and splodged away! 
I am pleased with what I ended up with.  I used acrylic paints, inktense pencils, charcoal pencil and a black pen for outlining. 
For next time I am going to add more texture on the background and make sure that the doll is more in proportion to the page.
Not bad for a first attempt and no template!

Sunday, 27 April 2014

Chalk Artiste - scrapbooking

Another session at Craftability in Ipswich.  I used one sheet of patterned cardstock along with 3 coloured bazill c/s. 
Trying to emulate the popular project life trend that is going on atm, I decided to trim 3 blocks of colour to mount on top of the cinder background.  The blocks are 10x15cm.  With photos mated on top of these, I took the flowers from the patterned paper and messy cut them, inked the edges and arranged them in a central cluster to join the three blocks together. 
I experimented this month with making my own version of enamel dots, I did this using pearl paint, after several attempts I found out that using simple plastic packaging (this time from my die packages) worked a treat!  We just popped these off when needed and then were glued into place with a tiny dot of cosmic shimmer dries clear glue.
The banners and words were cut from the reverse of the page.
The bottom right hand journaling box was stamped repeatedly with a flower stamp and then added with white strips of journaling. 
We also experimented making our own backgrounds that I will show in the week!