Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Journal panel...

 Hello friends

I hope you are all good!

Today I wanted to share with you a journal panel Ive been working on...
As much as I like to journal...for me, 
I find it easier to create on a panel then add it in to my journal later. 
I think its because  it allows me to sew into it, add extra layers and if I really like it and am feeling brave, I can then frame it.
I started by using a sheet of Ranger card stock ( perfect for journalling!)
I then layered some vintage text using matte medium.
I then added a layer of gesso then distressed the page using distress ink and paint. 
I then built up layers using brush marks in black paint, some text stamping in archival ink and some Idea-ology washi tape.
I then added lots of stitching, some fern leaves, buttons, a vintage key and to finish a framed photo ( both from Idea-ology)
As always feel free to leave a comment, I really appreciate you popping by!

Oh and if you didn't see my last post, I will share with you that Im super excited to share with you that I will be a teacher on Wanderlust 2018
to find out all about it and to save money with an early bird price  click the link below

thanks again for passing by 
will be back soon 


Friday, 1 September 2017

Wanderlust 2018

Hello friends
I hope you are well, A big welcome back to my blog from me....
I took the summer off to spend some time with my friends and family but I'm back with some very exciting news!
I am so thrilled to share with you that I will be a teacher for Wanderlust 2018!

Wanderlust is a whole year long journey - an online event offering you videos from 24 guest teachers and 2 resident teachers on a weekly basis (each one is full length, high quality and downloadable), access to the Wanderlust Community with a supportive and friendly atmosphere, where all of the classes are gathered. You will also find there various activities that will stimulate your creativity and motivate you to simply enjoy the process of making art. Together with the class you will also get an exclusive whole year discount to leading art and craft retailers..
Wanderlust class is the perfect alternative to in-person classes!

Buy Wanderlust 2018 before 31st December 2017 and save 20%!

Early Bird Price - £79! (regular price £99)
You can sign up here: 


A big thank you to Kasia and Jamie for inviting me to be a teacher on Wanderlust 2018
It really is an honour to be teaching along side such a wonderful group of talented artists!

I am currently a participant in this years Wanderlust class and have already learnt so much,
 from new techniques, new ways to create, product knowledge, introduction to new artists, a constant supply of inspiration and creativity, the list goes on...
I really hope you will join me and look forward to seeing you over in the Wanderlust community
Again hop over here to see what its all about

Thanks so much for popping by to share in my exciting news!
I will be back very soon to share some art

bye for now 


Wednesday, 12 July 2017


Hello friends
Hope you are all good!

Today I wanted to share with you a grungy make....
This has been one of those projects that I had to step away from as I could of kept adding to it!
these tags are great, they come in various sizes and are perfect for  adding lots of embellishments to!
To start I coated the tag with a coat of gesso, I then added some fresco paint layers (Paperartsy) in green patina, smoked paprika, french roast and captain peacock.... these are my new favourites!
I stamped onto the tag using my Tim Holtz stamp platform (wow... this is a must have tool!) I stamped using Tim's foam stamps, when it was dry I sanded the numbers back to get a more worn look.
I then started to add lots of my vintage finds..... the orange ruler was 20p from a car boot, I cut it up to create a frame.  Around it I added lots of clock parts, Idea-ology and a vintage key from my stash 
As I am a self confessed hoarder of stuff and I was looking for something to add to the middle....the radiator key was a perfect addition ( who needs a radiator key) I also added a square cut from one of Seth Apter dies and coloured it with rust paste.
To finish I added the bolts to the side, also given the rust treatment!
I'm the first to admit that I'm not very good at using colour....it always scares me but I have to admit I really enjoyed having a dabble...

As always feel free to leave a comment, I appreciate each and every one!

Have a great week!


Tuesday, 20 June 2017


 Hello friends

Hope you are all good!
Wow its been a hot few days here in the U.K.
I hope you are enjoying the weather too, wherever you may be!

Today I want to share with you my latest make....
Sometimes it can take me forever to find the right photo for a project, 
but today while I was moving some of my lovely junk around, this photo fell out and I found it on the floor....so I decided to use it and to try and bring the lovely lady back to life...
The gesso has been painted on a journal page, I tore lots of text from an old book and stuck it down....more gesso, paint and crackle paint were added.... 
I added some vintage lace from my collection and added some chit chat words (Tim Holtz) 
The frame (Idea-ology) was painted with gesso then distress paint.
I love to collet things, so while out walking the dog I collected some twigs and moss and added some to the base of the frame.
I always like to add a vintage key, this one fitted perfectly!
To finish I layered the journal page onto some waxed paper, black card and then added some stitching

I hope you like it as much as I enjoyed creating it....
As always feel free to leave a comment, I appreciate you stopping by!

Have a great week 

Wednesday, 7 June 2017


 Hello friends

Hope you are good!

Today I want to share with you a large ETCETERA tag
by Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous 
These tags are a base for any mixed media project and they come in various sizes. The tags are made from a Thickboard and are perfect for altering or collaging.
(They and all the other items used on this post are available from Art from the Heart here)
I love vintage and wanted to create an old vintage look.....
So I covered my tag with gesso then applied several layers of Rangers texture (opaque crackle) paste
When it had dried I applied distress paint using a dabber (ground expresso) wiping away away the paint with a wet wipe.

The centre piece (some grey board) was given the same treatment, but I also added 
distress grit paste through some stencils to add more texture. 
The photograph is from my own vintage collection, 
I then added some stitching, a circle of rusty wire, a rusty old key and some words from big chat/chit chat.  The butterflies are from Tim Holtz  Botanical ephemera set and I added number rub-ons. 
To finish I added a quote chip and some stars 
I hope you like the project....as always feel free to leave a comment, 
I appreciate each and everyone!
Have a lovely week!
Bye for now 


Thursday, 25 May 2017


Hello friends

Hope you are all good!
I can't believe its nearly the end of May!
How did that happen?
life has been a little hectic of late... hope to get back creating very soon.

I love to create grunge, Im always inspired by Tim, Seth Apter and Andy Skinner
(they totally rock the grunge!)

So here's my take on a grungy panel that I created using a black piece of card.
I started off creating the background with layers of Distress oxides....I just stamped using actual ink pads to layer the inks, drying in-between..
I then added layers of distress paints...
The bolts are from Tim's Industrial die by size 
the key is from my vintage collection 
I added some washers and painted them with rust paste 
To finish I added lots of drips of distress paints, a quote chip from Idea-ology and some grungy stars.

As always feel free to leave a comment, I appreciate each and everyone.

Hope you enjoy the sunshine....its warming up nicely in the UK!
back soon!


Thursday, 11 May 2017


Hello friends

Hope you are all good!
Today I want to share a quick post all about the 
new Tim Holtz Assemblage Jewellery line...its seriously a must have!!
The Assemblage line is only available in the USA and is exclusive to Joanns stores
(but I've been super enough to get my hands on some!)

I'm a huge fan of the leather cuffs, 
so when I saw that Tim had released some I was very happy!
Heres some close ups....
this one was distressed with a little sandpaper 
On this next cuff,
I actually stamped on this cuff using Archival ink..... 
its stamped perfectly!
This cuff was also distressed again to give a cool worn look 
Heres a close up of all three!
I've really loved working with the cuffs and what I
 like the most is that you don't need any fancy equipment.
I also love that the word bands are interchangeable so you can swap them about!

Check out Tim's blog here for a close up of all the new additions.....
I know I want more of them and my shopping list is growing!

As always feel free to leave a comment, always great to know you popped by!
Have a great week