21 Apr 2016

Happy 9Oth Birthday Your Majesty

Created by Jane Perkins


Long May You Reign Over Us !

This beautiful art work was created by Jane Perkins who recycles old items and creates something new and beautiful with them!

I am planning to make something special for the Queens official birthday in June. So I must put my thinking cap on!

Have a Happy and Glorious Day everyone.


20 Apr 2016

Create an Acetate Overlay Frame



Beatrix Potter would have been 150 years old this year, so I decided to mark the occasion with this overlayed framed picture.


To create the overlay I used alcohol inks onto an acetate sheet. I wanted to be careful to frame the picture, so I traced around the outline of the key points of the photo. Because the alcohol inks go on the back of the acetate, I flipped over the tracing.



Place the acetate over the tracing and hold in place with masking tape.Alcohol Inks give a random pattern especially when used with blending solution. I used an ink blending tool and added a felt piece, select the colours you wish to use then dab them onto the felt in your chosen pattern. Add a drop or two of blending solution so the colours blend together.


You can create patterns for flowers, leaves anything you can think of.



The colours blend nicely with the blending solution and give random effects, some are nice some maybe not so good ! You can always wipe away any parts you do not like with some solution on a clean cloth and gently wipe.

You can use the same colours, the same photo and it will come out very different every time.

When you are finished and the inks are dry remove the tape, and turn the acetate over and place it ink side down over your photo.

Did you spot the little Peter Rabbit I added ?


I hope I have inspired you to create some overlays. They are fun and easy to make.

Below is another picture I created using the same method.



Don't forget to add your art work to this months challenge at Mixed Media Mojo which is Recycle with a twist of using metal. Everyone of all experience levels is more than welcome to take part.

Most of all Have Fun ! I look forward to seeing your creations.



17 Apr 2016



I love water colours they give such a delicate look, and are so easy and quick to use.

I used a Santoro stamp which I found in the sale at Hobbycraft! I then coated the Tando Creative butterfly with gesso and coloured with water colours.


Thank you for visiting today


I would like to enter this into the Tando Creative Watercolours Challenge.

and Stamping Sensations Challenge One For the Girls


This week I have been busy making 50 identical invitations. I have done about 14 so far, and well they are not all quite identical!

I took a break from them, to join in the Unity Challenge on Facebook which is to use the colours Teal and Grey. These are not my most favourite colours so this was a real challenge.

I cut the butterflies out of some very pretty tissue paper.

Thank you for visiting.

Don't forget there is plenty of time to enter The Mixed Media Mojo Challenge which this month is Recycle with a twist of using Metal.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges

That's Crafty Face Value

Tando Creative Watercolours

Stamping Sensations Challenge One For the Girls


8 Apr 2016

Guest Designer Craft Stamper spring Flowers

Today I was fortunate to be a guest designer at Craft Stamper Magazine. Thank you so much.

I created this spring meadow of flowers for their Spring Flowers theme. I stamped the grasses first, then stamped and water coloured the flowers before cutting them out. I curled up some of the petals to give them more of a realistic look. Then I attached them with a 3D pad.

Thank you for visiting today.

7 Apr 2016

Alice in Wonderland

I made this especially for this months challenge at Artistic Stamper which is All Things Distress. This lovely Alice in Wonderland stamp is made by Artistic Stamper,but it is several years old so I am not sure if they still make it.

I water coloured the images, and placed them on an Indigo Blu vintage paper with a pocket watch on it. I ran an emery board around the edges to give it a more distressed look. I think the poor creature being put into the pot is very distressed indeed !

Must dash I'm late for a very important date ! : )

6 Apr 2016

George picking flowers


Created by Jannet Blay http://gillslap.blogspot.co.uk/
It was a lovely sunny spring morning, so George picked up his basket, and skipped into the garden. He wanted to pick his Mum some flowers, because of course he had the best Mum in all the world.After he had picked a few George felt sleepy and gently snuggled down on the soft grass for a nap.....

I started making George's garden with a biscuit box and I covered the sides in lovely Indigo Blu papers. Green felt made the grass , I just scratched it up a bit to make it more fluffy.


Well no garden is complete without flowers, so I die cut a few. I then used water colours to add some colour to them and added a pearl dot in the middle.

I made the stems and leaves with some green wire.


Now George needed a basket to carry the flowers in, so I plaited some paper together to make a basket.

I put some lovely yellow ribbon with tiny pom poms on around the top of the sides.



George was getting impatient so I quickly coloured him with some watercolours and placed him on top of the grass. I then added lots of the flowers around him, so he was very happy and content.

This is going to be a gift box so I covered the bottom with some more Indigo Blu papers and cut a little door into the bottom. I think some chocolates or a gift card etc would fit inside ok.

I used an array of different medias to create this, I hope you like it.

Thank you for visiting George today, he loved seeing you.

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I would like to enter George Picking Flowers into the following challenges

Indigo Blu Challenge Yellow, Pink, Green

That'sCrafty All Things Bright and Beautiful

Creative Artiste Anything Goes

Vintage Journey Spring Is In The Air


2 Apr 2016

All Things Alice ATC blog swap


These are my three Alice in Wonderland ATC's for the All Things Alice blog swap, being run by Marion.

I hope all the Alice fans will like them !

I printed out a page of text from the story which I found here and lightly coloured it over with several different colours of inks. This became my background for the ATC.

I decided to use the new Alice stamps by Carabelle Studios, which I love! Water colouring is my favourite way to add colour to stamped images. I much prefer it to pens or pencils.

I added some white pearl spots to the toadstool, and stamped some more images onto the background.

Thank you for visiting please let me know what you think.....


1 Apr 2016


Today it is 16 years since Tammy died, I still miss her everyday. She helped me to cope with all of my health and disability problems. Life is much harder without her by my side.



Think Happy Tin


I recycled an empty hinged tin of mints to make this fun little scene.

I started by lining the tin with card, I used some off cuts from some bleeding art tissue backgrounds which I had made a while ago. There are so many pretty papers available that the possibilities for creating the background are endless.

I chose this set of little silhouette stamps for my scene.

I stamped them all in black archival ink and carefully cut them out, but leaving a little tab on the bottom of them to glue to the grass later.

I cut a strip of card slightly longer than the width of the tin and fringed it to look like grass. I folded each side edge of the card and glued it to the inside side of the tin. I used two strips of grass, and then added the silhouettes onto the grass strip.

I die cut a tree branch and flowers, and glued the branch into the top of the tin and adhered some flowers. I stamped a sentiment on the lining inside of the lid.

I decided to use decopatch papers to cover the tin. Apparently you are meant to use expensive decopatch glue, but I have found that Pva glue works fine for me.

There are so many different scenes you could create inside of a little tin, why not give it a try!

Thank you so much for visiting today.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges

Creative Artiste Mixed Media Anything Goes

That's Crafty Bright and Beautiful, incidentally I bought the stamps I used here from That's Crafty, it was a few years ago but they may still have them.


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