Friday, 30 May 2014

Designs by Ryn and more Tarmac!

Hello bloggers!

I've been at it again... more tarmac!  This time I've decorated a mirror a la Karen Clare, the very clever and very lovely lady who taught me this technique.  Have a look at Karen's BLOG to find out how to do this technique.
I used some of my fab stamps from Designs by Ryn to decorate the mirror, raindrops, circles and the striped reed set.

 I love how the tarmac gives an instant aged look to the project, good and dirty! Look at the speckles on the letters, yummy!

Karen suggests highlighting with gold wax, it really makes the shapes pop!

Here's what the mirror looked like before the tarmac was added - too clean! :D

Thank you for popping by!  Hugs xxxx

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Tarmac technique with Designs By Ryn



I had to try out the Tarmac technique at home, it's so much fun! I found a cheap wooden photo frame and decided to jazz it up a bit. The hardest part of this technique I think, is fitting the pieces together so there are no gaps... I'm not quite there yet! I used several stamps from Designs By Ryn (, Lace (hard to see but it is in the left-hand red section), leopard print and the lovely circles. For some reason my stamping doesn't show up as well on this frame as it does on the clock, got to figure out why before I make my next Tarmac project! Thank you for visiting! Xxxxx



Sunday, 25 May 2014

Tarmac Technique clock.

Hello bloggers!

I was lucky enough to go to one of Karen Clare's fabulous 'tarmac technique' classes (nothing to do with potholes or driveways!!).  The class was held at The Artistic Stamper in Faversham.  Here's what I made using the technique....

We used lots of embossing folders to get all that lovely background texture....

and added die-cut shapes and stamped sections to add interest.

We rubbed metallic paints and waxes over the background and shapes, which is why the clock looks different colours in each photo, depending on the light!  The class was fab, and if you get the opportunity to go, I can thoroughly recommend it!  For more information, look at Karen Clare's blog by clicking HERE.
Thanks for popping by, I hope you like my clock! xxxxxxxxxx

Saturday, 17 May 2014

Tim Holtz 'Old Jalopy'

Hello blog peeps!

I've made a card for my Dad's birthday next week (he doesn't 'surf the net' so I can safely show you!) I used a Justrite background stamp coloured with Distress Inks, and Tim Holtz's Old Jalopy die. I also used a TH stamp to make the compass in the top corner. I hope you like it! Xxxx


Friday, 16 May 2014


Hello peeps!

A watercoloured card for you today, with the Stampin' Up set called Wetlands. Hope you like! Xxx


Monday, 12 May 2014

An Eileen Godwin workshop card!

Hello blogsters!

I went along to one of Eileen Godwin's workshops on Saturday, always good fun! I thought I'd show you my favourite card that I made on the day. I used 2 stencils from Memory Box and poppies from Stampinback.

Thank you for visiting! Big hugs xxxxx


Wednesday, 7 May 2014

My first 'face' journal page...

Hello lovely peeps!

I've just finished my first journal page with a face on it, I've never tried drawing a face before, not too bad eh? The background has been in my book for a while now, I made it by spraying some yummy Dylusions inks on one side of the page, then closed the book and rubbed to transfer some of the ink to the opposite page too. The colours made me think of butterflies, so I went with that thought!

I hope you like my butterfly lady! Thank you for visiting, big hugs! Xxxx


Monday, 5 May 2014

Chocolate Baroque Mackintosh Windows

Hello blog peeps!

I've used another piece of my Dylusions inky background to make this card. I painted the Mackintosh window with Silks Acrylic paint, which gives it a lovely sheen. I stamped the background with one of the Texture Fragments also from Chocolate Baroque, then embossed with emerald green Lustre Embossing Powder from Cosmic Shimmer. This EP looks fab, but is a pain to photograph as it only shows up where the light hits it!

I hope you like it, thank you very much for visiting and leaving lovely comments! Big hugs xxxx


Saturday, 3 May 2014

A journal page....

Hello lovelies!

Something different today, I've made a journal page with Dylusions inks, acrylic paints and a black pen!
I've been looking at a lot of Dina Wakley's work (when I should have been studying, doh!!) and bought her 'Freedom' art journal book, so you can probably see I was inspired by her style.

This is quite out of my comfort zone really, because I usually create order in my craft and rarely manage to have that free-flowing feeling to anything I make (at least that's how I see it!).  I'm hoping to start letting myself relax and see what happens.... :)  As you may also notice, I managed to pop another of those dear little birds in this piece!
I hope you like it, thank you for visiting!  xxxxxx

Friday, 2 May 2014

A new Lavinia Stamps Challenge!!

Hello bloggers!

It's time for another Lavinia Stamps Challenge!  This month the theme is 'Birthday Girl', here's my DT make for the challenge....

I used my most favourite Lavinia fairy stamp - 'Faye',  she's so pretty!  The little butterflies are a set of 3.  My background was made with distress inks and a Memory Box stencil.  Stickles in her hair and around her wings add a touch of fairy magic!  These stamps are, of course, available on the Lavinia website.
Don't forget that you don't have to have a blog to enter the challenge, you can enter by email now!  The prize, as always, is a FAB £40 to spend on Lavinia products!!!
Go on peeps, get your Lavinia stamps out and join in the fun! :)
Thanks for visiting, big hugs! xxxxx