Sunday, 25 September 2016


A big thank you to the lovely ladies who came to my acrylic class at That's Crafty yesterday. They worked their crafty fingers to the bone and produced some really great results.

Action Shot :oD

 Oh dear. This one's a bit blurry. No Gin involved; honest! Trish, I'm so sorry, I was distracted by some drama across the room....

 Uh oh! Here's Trouble! Not sure what Graham is up to here. Suffice to say he'd been in the room less than two minutes and I think Di's face says it all... LOL

Well done to everybody.


Friday, 16 September 2016


for the weekend at Ally Pally. It's been all hands on deck getting ready and I'm really looking forward to seeing everybody over the weekend.

Here's a sneaky peek at what I'll be making on That's Crafty's Make and Take Desk. As usual, I'll be concentrating on acrylic...

and if these don't float your boat there are plenty of gorgeous makes from  Alison Hall, Helen Chilton, Carol Fox and Kerry Roberts to tempt you. Hope to see you there.


Thursday, 15 September 2016


Just a quick little project to share with you today using Donna's fab new stamps for That's Crafty. What a clever girl she is!


Cannot tear myself away from the gorgeous Fresco Finish Paints and Prima Watercolours combination and just check out this gorgeous Pentart Glitter we've got at Ally Pally this weekend. Wow! A new addiction! Just what I needed! ;oD

All products are, as usual, available at That's Crafty. Hope to see you at Ally Pally at the weekend. Loads of great demo's and make and takes planned. Don't forget to book early.


Tuesday, 13 September 2016


Love Donna's quirky cat, Bentley. I've used Prima's gorgeous watercolour paints over Fresco Finish Paint  on this fab greyboard panel for this little project.

I love the way the Fresco's work with the Watercolours. I'll be using that technique again, for sure.

Don't forget to check out the entire collection at That's Crafty.


Monday, 12 September 2016


Their amazing Design Team will be sharing their projects on That's Crafty's blog all week so don't forget to swing by each day and see what they've been doing.

Today, quite rightly, it's Donna's turn to share and she has a real treat in store with her first project so don't miss it here

Here's a little mash up I made using two of the sets (Treena and Fleur) and I must say I had an absolute ball just footling about with this piece.

 All my supplies are, of course, available at That's Crafty.


Friday, 2 September 2016


It's challenge time again at That's Crafty and the theme is All Square. I knew I wanted to create a cracked ceramic tile effect for this so That's Crafty Surfaces and Dinky Stencils were my first port of call.

I've used one of their 6x6 MDF panels for my project, and I punched a hole in the top with my Crop-A-Dile so I can hang it near my craft desk.

I wanted the background to be a fairly prominent feature so I've employed a simple colour trick and made the butterfly tone with the background rather than stand out. That way you still have a focal image but your eye is actually drawn across the whole piece rather than straight to one element.

I used DecoArt Crackle Paste through one of my favourite Dinky Stencils; the Grid Background.
When the crackle paste was dry I sprayed it with DecoArt Media Misters in Turquoise, Green and Yellow. They work beautifully with the crackle paste and you get a lovely sheen like a ceramic tile. Once dry, I dripped some White Media Mister and some more of the Yellow Media Mister over the top and dried with a heat gun.

I then used a Ranger watermark ink pad just roughly dabbed around the edges to adhere some Ranger sticky embossing powder and heated with my heatgun to activate the glue. I dipped the board into some Gilding Flakes and I love they way they look around the edge of the piece.

Still very much in love with Dina Wakely's Scribbly Insects so out came one of the lovely butterflies again. I sprayed some PaperArtsy Smoothy Card with the Green and Yellow DecoArt Media Misters and added a little detail with my Pitt pens. A tiny bit more gold on the butterfly just to continue the theme and pull everything together.

I do love words and these little Chit Chat Stickers by Tim Holtz are just the ticket,so I added a nice inspirational phrase.You will have noticed that I like to add a bit of dimension to these by adding a slick of glossy accents over the top. It just gives them in a bit more clout.

Well that's me folks. Pop over to That's Crafty's Challenge Blog and check out the amazing inspiration from the Design Team.

Don't forget there's a £20 prize for one lucky winner picked at random, so why not join in the fun.


Sunday, 28 August 2016


The lovely Kim Dellow has recently released another fabulous set of stamps for PaperArtsy and I really do have a soft spot for her gorgeous, slightly retro shapes which are bang on trend. What can I say? They just make me sooooo happy.

I had no real plan for this page but I was desperate to ink up the stamps and have a play so I found myself repeat stamping the flowers up and down the paper to make this very simple one layer journal spread.

This was very easy to pull together so I could lose myself a bit in the repeat pattern (which I find very therapeutic) and the colouring. I stamped the flowers first, then masked them with masking fluid and stamped the word shine over the top. Once the ink was dry I carefully rubbed the masking fluid away and painted the flowers. There's a cute little lion in the set so I've used the lion's mane to make the grass at the bottom of the page. Distress Ink to edge the page and pull your eye into the centre. (I can see from the photo that I haven't blended the edges brilliantly so I will probably go back in with a water spray and just soften them a bit and blur those hard edges).

Have a great Bank Holiday Weekend. We are decorating (which is why my journal is balanced on a dust sheet :oD).