Saturday, 5 December 2015

PaperArtsy Blog Post - Topic 22 Masterboards - Let Us Read Good Books

Hi everyone,

Tonight it is my turn on the PaperArtsy Blog with a masterboard that turned into bookmarks. I enjoyed making these so much and was sooooo excited by how they turned out!

Go and check it out ... you'll find all the instructions over there.

And NEW stamps too ...

I'm so pleased Leandra decided to release these as an early Christmas present to you ... I don't think I could've kept them secret until January! They are available to buy here.


Thursday, 19 November 2015

Stars In Their Eyes

Hi everyone,

It's been a little while since I've posted a project ... in my defence I have been very very busy working on top secret (and very exciting) PaperArtsy stuff for 2016!

A couple of weeks ago it was my nephew's Birthday ... so of course I had to make him a card.   He's seven, and in his own words "all grown up now" ... so I decided a mixed media type card might be the way to go ... paint and embossing powder ... stencils and stamping.

As I had some of the background sheet left over ... I made a couple of extra cards too.

Don't they look fab together...

And here's a close up that better shows the clear and gold embossing.


Friday, 6 November 2015

PaperArtsy Blog Post - Topic 20 Triptychs - It Is Not In The Stars

Hi everyone,

Tonight over on the PaperArtsy Blog you'll find my post for the Triptych topic.   I loved making this project - and it's in my favourite colour scheme at the moment!


Thursday, 1 October 2015

More art journal shenanigans...

Hi everyone,

Here's another page I created recently in my art journal.   It's inspired by Roben-Marie Smith.

And yes, neon pink paint is becoming my favourite.

Love the details the white extra-fine Sharpie pen gives.


Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Art Journal Fun ...

Hi everyone,

It's been a busy few weeks with all the new releases and Ally Pally, but I did get time to have a little play in my art journal.

These pages were inspired by one of Raemissigan's 15 minute mixed media videos.  

Here's a photo I took after I'd applied most of the base paint colours.

I love her use of colour - and the video took me a little out of my comfort zone with the paint colour combinations.   But I love it!    All of the paints used were PaperArtsy Fresco Finish - except for the neon pink (I am trying to persuade them that we need a neon Limited Edition paint set!).


Sunday, 20 September 2015

Crafting At Ally Pally - What fun we had!

Hi everyone,

What a great day we had yesterday at Ally Pally on the PaperArtsy stand!   If you came along and said hello - thank you so much - it was really lovely to see you...

As usual I was completely pants at taking photos ... I took only one all day ... midway through one of my make & take sessions ...

However this morning, I have taken some photos of the demos I did in my art journal ...

Playing with the small Gelli plates...

Playing with Bister Powders and Golden gels...

Playing with Fresco Finish paint, Grunge Paste and Golden gels...

You can find lots more photo's on Helen's blog post (she made her demo debut at the show - and was brilliant!!).  As were the two Alison's!

If you're going along today - have a fabulous time - there's lots more demos and make & takes going on on the PaperArtsy stand.


Wednesday, 9 September 2015

New Stamp Designs - EEG11 / EEG12

Hi everyone,

I'm so excited to be able to finally share with you my two new stamp designs for PaperArtsy.

Thinking about seasonal holidays coming up ... EEG11 is Halloween themed and EEG12 is perfect for Christmas.

Here's a video from Leandra showing the stamps in my detail, and the fabulous samples made by my wonderful wingmen!  Thank you so much Lauren, Gabrielle, Liz and Sue ... your projects are so inspiring!

What do you think?

I purposely made the snowflakes on the Christmas set not overly "snowflaky", so they can be used on projects all year around.   And how handy are those tags?

You can find lots of photos and tips over on PaperArtsy blog now.   

And remember there are more new releases for PaperArtsy's other signature designers all this week.

If you're tempted by any of the new products, you can find them all here.  They are all in stock and ready to ship.


Monday, 7 September 2015

Crafting At Ally Pally - Demo and Make & Take

Hi everyone,

As you may know, the craft show at Ally Pally is coming up in a couple of weeks (Sat 19th and Sun 20th to be exact).  Are you going?  I certainly am.

I'll be on the No.1 destination of the show ... the PaperArtsy stand ... and the Make & Take table will also be returning.  If you went to the show in April, you will know how popular this was and how quickly all the spaces sold out. If you want to do one of the projects ... get there early to book your place!

I'll be running a Make & Take Saturday morning ...

... and also demonstrating either side of that ...

... I have lots of ideas for backgrounds using the Golden Gels.  I might even get my gelli plate out and use it with a BRAND NEW medium from PaperArtsy!

Talking of brand new products ... they will of course have all the NEW stuff ... including TWO new seasonal stamp sets from yours truly. :)  Exciting times. You'd be mad to miss it!  If you want tickets or more information on the show, then you can find it here.

See you there!

Sunday, 30 August 2015

PaperArtsy Blog Post: Topic 16 Circles

Hi everyone,

Tonight it is my turn over on the PaperArtsy blog, and I'm sharing with you this completely dotty journal page...


Monday, 24 August 2015


Hi everyone,

I'm so excited to share some news with you ... I am now officially a WOW demonstrator! {squeal}.

If you're not aware of who they are, then you can check them out here ... as you know, I {heart} embossing powder.  And look how many colours there are!   And foil too!

Last week I went to a demonstrator training day run by the fabulous Marion Emberson ... and she taught me a lot of stuff I did not know ... I got to play learn lots and I'm so excited to get started.  My head has been buzzing with ideas since, and I can't wait to get a chance to create some of them...

Here's a card I made this morning... (Yay, I took new photos, though this card has so much sparkle on it the photos still don't do it justice).

I used WOW! Mulberry Mist for the background stamp, WOW! Metallic Platinum Sparkle for the word and butterfly, and WOW! Metallic Gold Rich Pale for the "birthday".


Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Choose To Shine

Hi everyone,

I wanted to try something a bit different to the frames today (but still a home decor item), so I used a piece of wood.   It's quite small ... about 6"x4".

I used the same translucent Fresco Finish paints as for my previous posts this month ... and so I had to paint the wood with Snowflake first.  I also added some Grunge Paste through a stencil, and some text stamping to add some interest in the background.  The Grunge Paste was accented with Treasure Gold.  I went around the edges of the wood with a piece of Cut'n'Dry Foam and Jet Black Archival Ink.

I really like how it turned out ... I have some larger pieces of wood ... perhaps I'll be brave and try one of those next time!


Friday, 24 July 2015

It's Going To Be A Bright Sunshiny Day

Hi everyone,

Tonight is the last of my frames... and this one shows off one of the fab techniques the translucent paints lets you do...

I started with some book text stuck onto a piece of white Smoothy, and then I stamped ELB04 with Jet Black Archival Ink.   I watered down the translucent Fresco Finish paints, and swiped them over the card with my fingers.   You can still see the stamping through them!  I added a border using an Inktense pencil and a black pen.  Details with a white pen and some shimmery dots (using a stencil, Versamark Ink Pad and Copper Perfect Pearls) finish it off.


Sunday, 19 July 2015

Creating Imperfection Is Magical For The Soul...

Hi everyone

Here's another background in another frame ... 

This one was created using the same Fresco Finish paint colours as my earlier post ... in fact most of this background was made swiping up the leftover paint from that background! I built up the layers with stenciling, doodling, paint splattering, bottle top circles (with some doodled spikes!) and topped it off with a quote.   Just as well the quote was about imperfection - as I dropped my water brush and blurred it!


Monday, 13 July 2015

Nothing Happens Unless First A Dream

Hi everyone,

I've been playing this month with my PaperArtsy Fresco Finish translucent paints to create mixed media backgrounds to go into some frames.

The colours I used included Beach Hut, Glass Blue, Blood Orange, Tango, Eggplant, Limelight and Pumpkin Soup.  And some Snowflake and Little Black Dress of course.  Add in some stenciling, doodling and finger painting, plus a nice quote ... and voila!


Tuesday, 7 July 2015

New Stamp Designs - EEG10

Hi everyone,

I'm back tonight with my second stamp set that is being released by PaperArtsy this week ...

This one is EEG10 and is themed around travel ... whether you're going out for the day or you've been somewhere overseas ... I'm hoping you've got lots of photographs to scrap!

It works really well with EEG09 (the summer set I showed you yesterday), as well as any of the other EEG stamp sets (I really wanted all of my stamp sets to be able to work alone or be mixed together).

If you watched the video on the PaperArtsy blog yesterday, then you'll have seen the projects made by my fabulous wingmen for tonight (thank you so much - Hazel Agnew and Paula Pascual).   If you haven't seen it yet, here are some sneak peeks of what you can expect over on the PaperArtsy blog here tonight.

Paula Pascual

Hazel Agnew

 Emma Godfrey

All the new PaperArtsy stamps are available to buy here

I do hope you love this set too ... and please make sure you share a photo of anything you make with the stamps.


Monday, 6 July 2015

New Stamp Designs - EEG09

Hi everyone,

I have some exciting news ... on the PaperArtsy blog tonight and tomorrow night you will get to see my brand new stamps, and of course lots of inspiration too!

If you don't know already, yesterday kicked off a week of new releases from PaperArtsy with the gorgeous new Hot Picks.   On Wednesday and Thursday you will see the new sets from Lin Brown, and on Friday and Saturday it's Jo Firth-Young's turn!   There is so much fabulousness coming your way!!

But back to tonight ... the first stamp set we're going to show you is this one...

It's perfect for this time of year, with the school holidays about to start, and the lovely weather we've been having here in the UK.

Here's just a couple of photos of some of the projects that I and my wonderful wingmen made (thank you so much - Anneke De Clerck and Lynne Moncrieff).   

To see all the projects, and the video we filmed at PA HQ, head over to the PaperArtsy blog here.

Anneke De Clerck

Lynne Moncrieff

 Emma Godfrey

I hope you like this new stamp set ... both of my new sets (and all the other PaperArtsy releases) are available to buy here.   Please share on Facebook or Twitter if you make something with them - I'd love to see what you do.