Saturday, 29 November 2014

The big thank you Becky blog hop

The docrafts team are having a blog hop in honour of the lovely Becky James who has inspired us with her many projects over the years. After going freelance as a designer the Docrafts team decided to hold a blog hop to thank her for all the inspiration she has given us. I am going to share with you two of my projects in which i was inspired by Becky's designs.

This bunting was created using the image transfer technique i learned off Becky James on creativity TV you can get the tutorial here

my next project i created using a tutorial off her blog i used this tutorial to create this vintage look rose embellishment using glitter and spritzing inks.

to see more projects that have been inspired by Becky please visit the other team members blogs.

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

My first mixed media canvas

Here is my first mixed media canvas art, i wanted something to personalise my craft room with and will be doing a few more. i bought it for 50p from a charity shop and covered over the old image with some forever friends self adhesive fabric and then covered the area with some homemade texture paste and left it to dry overnight. i then gathered up my favorite stencils, inks and paint and started dabbing and spray things all over the place.

To add dimension just spread texture paste over a stencil mask and dried it with a heat gun before randomly spritzing it with inks. I used Artiste Cardinal Red, Violet,Goldstone, Electric Blue and ocean Blue. Oak House Stdio's  Pumpkin, Sepia, Vintage blue and tempting teal. it was not long after this project that i realised i needed a pink one so i guess i've spent next months wages already. to make the quote (which was influenced by a stamp i had spotted on Oak House Studio's website) i used a selection of Tim Holtz alphabet die strips and then spritzed the cutouts with Goldstone spritzing ink.

for the altered chipboard i just painted it over with the texture paste and the spritzed inks over it. I then titled the canvas up and blew the excess ink down the page adding a few more drops to add to the effect.

Thank you for visiting and the products i used are below


Goldstone DOA550612
Ocean Blue 
Electric Blue DOA 550605
Cardinal Red DOA550603
Violet DOA550611
Pink Blush Acrylic Paint DOA763219

Oak House Studio
Tempting Teal
Vintage Blue
Vintage Burgundy


Crafters Workshop
Ranger dylusions diamond of a boarder
Well Rounded

That special touch

Tim Holtz
Vintage Market

Monday, 10 November 2014

The Memory Nest Make it Monday 29

Another new challenge is up at , this time the challenge is based around one of my specialities, Mixed media.

yes it sounds daunting but its really simple and all you need to do is take some gesso or white acrylic paint and cover a large area of your layout with it and wait for it to dry. Then you can add any type of inks, paints and stamped images you want. just go wild and unleash the creativity.

 I used a lot of masks on this one, with these you can either cover them over with modelling paste to get a raised pattern or use inks over them. Just make sure you hold them close to the page to prevent bleeding.
                              I used different paints on this part and toned them in with gesso.

This is what the modelling paste looks like if used on a mask and left to dry. If you use a heat gun on it then it goes puffy.

I cut the title out of Kraft card and used a stencil mask to dab ink on to the letters.

Now its your turn to play along and thanks for visiting

Friday, 7 November 2014

Introducing First Edition Botanical Notes Paper pads

Hello everyone 
today i am going to share with you two projects i have made using the new Botanical Notes pads from First Edition. it is absolutely beautiful and is perfect for vintage, girly or wedding projects. again this pad comes with different textured papers from canvas effect to foil engraved patterns.

 i have really got into mixed media lately and love the paper flowers that Trimcraft produce. i have used an assortment of different ones.  the background page already had a lot on it but i used a few stencil masks to add texture and dimension to it.

to get the running ink effect i just took the cap off of the spritzing inks and dropped a blob of ink on the page, tilted it up and blew the ink down the page or you can use a straw.

i used the butterfly from the Dovecraft everyday stamps range and stamped it on to card and cut it out.  i used book print paper and the music script stamp from Oak House Studio to add more texture to the image but its detailed on its own.

Here is a mixed media card i made using these papers, mixed media isn't just limited to Layouts and Canvas art but i would love to do a few canvas wall hanging for my craft room when i get chance.

i just copyed the techniques i used on the layout on to a card. i first started by covering a card blank with pattered paper and using a stencil and texture paste on the background. I then tore a triangle out of the corner of a 6x6 sheet of paper and adhered it to the corner of the card with half a doily tucked underneath. i again used spritzing inks to create the ink drips and clustered and layered up the paper flowers.

I used the stamps from the curiosity corner range to create the lace effect layers and the butterfly stamp from the Dovecraft everyday stamps range. i love these stamps as they are photopolymer and create a nice clear image.

 I glued the petals together on the paper blossoms so that they stayed in position, it was one of those things i discovered by accident and will share once i have recreated the effect.

Thanks for visiting

Monday, 3 November 2014

The Memory Nest Make it Monday 28

Hi today i have a new sketch for you and i am also introducing an exciting new rang from Trimcraft. This is the Sail Away paper pad from our First Edition Range. I just love all the seaside images and nautical patterns which are perfect for all of those holiday photos. These pads come with different textured papers. My layout below  was created using one of the canvas style textures. These are brilliant at holding inks and paints. if you would like to play along with the sketch challenge then please link up your projects at

There are no rules with mixed media, its up to you what textures and colors you want to add to your layouts. i stuck with blue tones with the odd contrasting color in order to blend in with the overall color theme of the papers.

I started this project off by painting a large area of the page in gesso and leaving it to dry. I then  used a boarder stencil across the page and rubbed over it with ink using a make up sponge. I mixed a bit of turquoise powdered Blusido ink into modeling paste and smothered it over a stencil mask using an old plastic card. Be careful when using this kind of medium as it stains where it touches like my hands it took two days for it to wash off.

 i have used an assortment of embelisments from the Fun Fair and Forget me not ranges by Dovecraft. you can find out about these products here I
 painted over them with white acrylic paint and let it dry before flicking some Ocean Blue Spritzing ink over it.

The shell and Starfish stamps are from Oak House Studios and i just stamped them on to plain card and cut them out. You can view their range of products on their site its free shipping if you spend £25 or more.

Thanks for visiting