Sunday, 21 January 2018

Ranger ink designer challenge 2018

 Hello friends

Welcome to my first post of 2018!
The last couple of months have been crazy busy, with lots of secret projects on the go...
but today, I'm so excited to share with you one of those exciting projects!

Before I show and tell, I just want to send a big thank you to my dear friend Dyan Reaveley. I remember years ago watching Dyan teach her journaling.  I was totally fascinated with her style, her enthusiasm and her desire to share her knowledge, but the main thing that struck me most of all, was her honesty, her honesty to journal her deepest (sometimes darkest thoughts) her dreams, her hopes and fears for all to see....then she works her magic and creatively puts it all together into "Dyan's"own unique style....its so inspiring to watch
(thank you millions Dyan, for giving me this opportunity and for always encouraging me to be brave...)

You can Check out all about Dyan and  Dylusions here

So back to the challenge.... The Ranger Designer challengne takes place at the Creativation trade show in Arizona USA.  This year it was Dyan's turn to showcase her line of must have products. 
Dyan choses a selection of designers and sends them a box containing the same things (just different colours) and the designers work they magic which is then showcased at the show.

I got sent a selection of Dylusion paint colours, they were black marble, melted chocolate, tangerine dream, pure sunshine and vanilla custard.... and yes, those of you that follow my blog will know that colour scares me.... a lot, I like my comfort colour, brown and lots of it!
The box also contained a paper mache top hat!
So this was most defiantly a challengne! 
After lots of experimenting, I decided on a patchwork look, I had to make a template of the hat, and make a base....then I painted lots of patches of Ranger cardstock and set about sewing them altogether. 
I then got my serious grunge on.... 
lots of embellishments were added, some ideology and some of my own vintage additions and
not forgetting those pheasent feathers!
Here it is on display at the show!
( thank you to my friend Jess, for sending me this photo)
As soon as they film a video of the Ranger booth, I will add it here so you can see all the other artists "hat" work.....they have made some truly inspirational pieces that you don't want to miss....

I will be back very soon to share some of the other secret projects that I made for the show.
As always please feel free to leave a comment,  I appreciate each and everyone!

Have a lovely week 


Thursday, 30 November 2017

Eileen Hull Journal ....

Hello friends

Hope you are all good...
Brrr its dropped so cold here in the UK,
I've moved indoors from the shed....
as much as I love to create in my shed its just way too cold!

Ive really tried not to buy the Eileen Hull journal die, not because I didn't like it just because I wasn't sure I would use it, but after seeing lots of inspiration from my arty friends I decided I needed it, I wasn't disappointed, such a fun die!

I cut out out the die using greyboard and coated it in gesso and crackle paint
I then distressed it using distress paint, texture paste and lots of stitching 
I then added a frame (prima),  made layers using some re-cycled parcel paper, added some remnant rub-ons (Tim Holtz) and some vintage lace 
To finish I added some paper flowers to the frame.
This die has loads of here for more inspiration
As always feel free to leave a comment, I appreciate each and everyone!

Hope you have a great week!

Friday, 17 November 2017

Heart card

Hello friends,

Hope you are all good!
A very quick post from me tonight to share a little bit of colour...
Those that know me well will now that 
I don't tend to use colour much...
but I recently purchased some of Dina Walkers scribble sticks and I love them!

I used a scrap piece of cardboard from some packaging
used a dry brush to brush on some of dina's gesso randomly.

Next I added some dots of colour using the scribble sticks, then I stitched into the card 
I then die cut some chevrons using the Tim Holtz strip thinlits  and a heart by sizzix 
To finish I added some rub ons, layered the cardboard onto black and white card, then used an old pocket watch ring to circle the heart.

This was a fun little project to create, loved using the scribble sticks, 
(go check them out here or buy them from here)

As always feel free to leave a comment, I appreciate you popping by...
Have a lovely weekend 


Thursday, 26 October 2017

Mini journal cover...

Hello friends...

How is your week?
I hope you are good!

I've had a busy week off work, enjoying some much needed time 
with friends and family

However, I have managed to escape to my desk, usually early in the mornings...
Sometimes the mojo just disappears and yes,  its been one of those missing mojo kind of weeks! 
So I decided to challenge myself that I was only allowed to use stuff that was already out on my desk,  (including all the  scraps in the bin.)

I've had some of these mini journals sat waiting for a project, so i took one of them and gave it a layer of gesso. (The journals are from a Danish shop here in the UK called Flying tiger )
As I had no distress inks on my desk I used my coffee to stain the ribbon and papers.... 
I used lots of layers, using scrap cuttings, rusty wire, card and tags... 
I stamped randomly using Tim Holtz 'Ledger' stamp,
 along with some remnant rub ons from Idea-ology 
The butterfly is from one of Tim's Ephemera packs.
To finish I added some splashes of gesso and more coffee splatters

I really enjoyed creating with stuff that was destined for the trash...
As always feel free to leave a comment, always great to know you have popped by!

Have a lovely week!


Friday, 20 October 2017

Leaf journalling....

Hello friends

Hope you are all good
I cannot believe that its nearly November....this year is flying by!

I do really love this time of year, so many different shades of colour!
I'm a collector of just stuff, anything from, junk, books, photos or mother natures gifts...
I was inspired to have a go at journalling onto a leaf....I wasn't sure if it would work but I'm really happy with how it turned out!
I layered some old text onto the leaf using matt-medium, this helps preserve the leaf too!
I then added some stencilling, some stamping and photo from Tim Holtz Idea-ology ephemera pack and a cute frame (prima) 
I then carefully stitched into the leaf with my sewing machine and added some acorn shells, some vintage lace  to finish it off...the leaf was then backed onto some black card and cut into shape. 
This was really fun to create, it combined all the things I love...
Feel free to leave a comment, I appreciate each and everyone!
have yourselves a lovely weekend 

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Halloween inspiration

Hello friends
Hope you are good...
Sorry I' m a little late sharing my projects, life been a little hectic here!
So a quick post to share some Halloween makes...

Heres couple of my makes so far!
This creepy house was made using the sizzix die
I then added some found relatives and lots of idea-ology

This make was made with an idea-ology box, 
then decorated with loads of halloween ideology
Tim is sharing some  fabulously spooky inspiration over on his blog here loads of very talented artists sharing their work....
Hope to be back very soon to share more spooky projects!
feel free to leave a comment 


Monday, 25 September 2017

Creative Chemistry UK

Hello friends!

Hope you are all good!
Ive just returned home after a really exciting weekend completing Tim Holtz Creative chemistry workshop at the home to Dyan Reaveleys studio....Art from the heart, in Harrogate UK
 (the really sad thing was that Dy was away teaching down under in Australia....we really missed you Dy!)

A big huge thank you to Ben, for the mammoth task of organising the workshops....there's so much work that goes into the organisation not just for the workshops but for the shop too, you did us proud...if you've not been to Art from the heart do try and go....the shop is stacked high with paints, pens, papers, stencils, stamps etc...theres something for everyone!

Secondly a big thank you to the gorgeous Su and Ali who looked after me, Im so grateful for your time, the giggles and most of all your friendship 
(you girls are the best!)

So heres some photos of the weekend....

It was lovely to catch up with friends old and new....
(hope I've not missed anyone out!)
Creative Chemistry UK was packed full of techniques, product information and inspiration....
If you ever get the chance to go to one of Tim's workshops will not be disappointed, theres so much to learn, try and experiment with, Tim is one of the best in the industry when it comes to knowledge of product....the guy is an ink genius!
Heres some of my technique tags during the class...... 
One of my highlights was finally got to meeting up with the lovely Zoe and Jenny, we help Zoe, along with Jess and Jennalee (who are USA based) with the huge task of running the Tim Holtz addicts group on Facebook, here we are having a team photo with Tim
And finally a huge thank you to Tim and Mario....
You guys work so hard to bring us the best workshops, creativity and inspiration
we are so grateful for everything you do!
We hope you will be back to visit us all again soon! 

Thanks for popping by
I will be back very soon!