Monday, 26 December 2016

Prima Sweet Peppermint Christmas Day Layout

Hello crafty friends

I hope you all had a great Christmas and took loads of photos of the big day. I have a layout using the Prima Sweet Peppermint Collection to show off my Christmas snaps.

I took a sheet of green card and cut it roughly to 8 x8 and stuck it to the centre of the page.

I then used a stencil mask to add the snow flakes with DecoArt Modeling paste

I then used the natural distressed ribbon across the middle of the layout,

I cut a 4 cm wide strip of red striped paper and adhered it along the side of the square using foam tape.

I then cut a small square and tucked it under the strip and added a piece of white web trim over it.

Next i matted the photo on to patterned paper and placed it over the strip.

I wrapped some twine around the photo and added a chipboard embellishment and flowers.

I cut out another small strip of paper and added this along the photo.

I added one of the dates from the calendar sheet as my title.

Thank you for visiting 

Saturday, 24 December 2016

Steampunk Industrial Winter Layout Featuring Artful Days Goodie Box and Things to Alter

                                   Hi all

The December goodie box is a mix up of items from the last 11 goodie boxes so i have a layout to share which has a steampunk winter theme.

Here is how to create the background.

Start off by inking a rubber texture stamp with blue metallic paint not too much otherwise you will get a blob instead of an impression. Stamp this around the corners and then paint random parts of the stamp and stamp into the centre of the layout.

Add another paint colour to the next texture stamp and repeat until you get a mixture of patterns and colours around the middle of the page.

Next add a couple of stencils over the stamps. I used crackle paste and black modeling paste to get different textures. Once dry add random strips of washi tape.

I dry brushed a bit of blue over the crackle to show it up a bit more and then painted the embossed card with Turquoise metallic paint and dry brushed it with pale blue to show the design,

I started adding the layers by first matting the photo onto card and cutting it to fit. I saved the off cuts for the layers. I cut up the silver doily and steampunk papers and just played with the position before gluing it all down.

 I cut one of the mdf Geo shapes in half so i could glue it either side of the photo.

I painted up a few mdf snowflakes and cogs before adding glitter to a few.

I finished off the layout with buttons and sparkles from the goodie boxes.

Things to Alter Tutorial MDF Basket

Hi all

I have a new tutorial for you and today i am going to show you what to do with the MDF baskets.

First coat the pieces with gesso or white paint

Once dry coat with your main color. I choose lilac

Let the paint dry and use a stencil with modeling paste to add a pattern over the front and back pieces.

Glue the pieces with PVA glue or hot glue.

when it has all dried off, add another color by dry brushing over the top of the first layer.

Let that layer dry and then repeat with a second color

I decorated the front by painting a couple of butterflies and blending two metallic colors together.

Thank you for visiting

Friday, 23 December 2016

Penguins and Presents Shaker Card

HI all

My last Christmas make for 2016 and here it is the super cute Penguins and Presents collection. You can grab some here

It is all change next year as i take a step back due to the Father in law having terminal cancer. It is a very unpredictable illness and we just don't know what is going to happen and when so i have decided to step down from most of my DTs and the magazine work this year. 

I will be taking the next few days off as the Christmas rush begins first with my own family coming down tomorrow and then Christmas Day which if all goes well will be spent with the other half's family.

The shaker part was made with a clear food bag which i glued a frame over of and stitched to the bag before cutting it out.

The mdf shapes are part of the collection and i used marker pens to colour him in with white paint for his belly.

I added twine and pearls because the colours worked with the rest of the card.

Thank you for visiting and Merry Christmas

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Prima Sweet Peppermint Mixed Media Christmas Card

Hi all

I have recently been trying out a new style of card design and trying to go with a more layered mixed media style. It is a bit hit and miss at the moment but i will keep trying. Have you tried anything new this week?

To make this card i first covered a black card in snowflakes using a stencil and DecoArt Modeling paste. I then too a DecoArt Media Mister in Green-Yellow and added a bit to my pallet with some water to create a wash and i used this to add the color to the card.

Next i used the Prima Sweet Peppermint Kit and cut a strip of green card and inked it with Frayed Burlap Distress Ink.

I then cut a square 4 x 4 and adhered it over the strip and added a bit of brown web trim over the square.

I added a thin strip of paper i cut from the bottom of the page.

Then used one of the sheets with the toppers on, and cut out a few to add as another layer and then added the ticket on top as a sentiment.

                      I finished off the card with the matching paper flowers and sequins.

                                           Thank you for visiting

Sunday, 18 December 2016

Trimcraft Christmas Magic and Sparkle Layered Merry Christmas Card

Hi all

I am starting to roll out the festive makes and i am starting off with the  Dovecraft Magic and Sparkle collection by Trimcraft. I love the sparkly bits on this pad and the reindeer which really feel like Christmas is on the way. I have most of my Christmas shopping done already because i have to be organised this year. Have you started yours?

I used a silver 6 x 6 card blank from the Dovecraft Basics range as it works really well with this collection. I then trimmed one of the 6 x 6 papers down to around 4 x 4 inches and glued it down.

From there i cut up more scraps of paper from the pad and began building up layers

I Took one of the Christmas Basics Wooden frames and added crackle to it for a rustic feel.

I wanted to add lots of texture so i added lace flowers and frosted berries.

The Reindeer is cut from the packaging so nothing goes to waste.

Thank you for visiting

Thursday, 15 December 2016

Life in a Snapshot December Challenge Art Journal

I think this journal page represents what happens when you unleash your inner child. I went with a winter theme that followed the Mood Board but started going through my stash and trowing things on just to see what happened

I like these micro beads by 13Arts which you can melt with a heat gun. I didn't melt them fully to keep texture and spritzed inks over them

I used the dove from the More Then An Art Journal kit by Marta Van Eck

I tore up decoupage paper to add more layers

I used different stencils and stamps to add layers to the background

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Life in a Snapshot December Challenge

                                                                     Hello Everyone

I have decided to take a new approach to the challenge and use a mood board for the December Challenge. You can submit any project you want as long as you use at least one element from the mood board, it can be anything from the colours to one of the subjects in the photo. It is up to you to let your creativity flow.

The Challenge is a bit later this month as we are all busy getting ready for Christmas and New Year so we are going to run the challenge from the 15th December to 15th January.

The Prize is a mystery box from Things to Alter and there are a few new ones on the website now so take a look here

Here is the mood board and the theme is Winter

Our November Winner is 

Dorothy S please emil me at or click the email button on the left so i can get your prize arranged.

Now for the DT creations 


Looking forward to seeing your makes

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

IKE's Art Photo Inspiration: Dis Cracker Iz Mine Christmas Card

Hi all

I am posting my make for IKE's Art Challenge We will be on the Christmas break until January.

Well the Christmas Tree has survived so far but i hear the odd thud as one of the cats gives the baubles a whack but so far they haven't tried to climb it. I have the presents wrapped and most of the shopping done so bring it on i have Vodka and Brandy at the ready.

I used Crackercat because mine are crackers too but i just thought he looked cute before ripping that thing to bits. I can just picture the carnage now. The papers are from the First Edition A Christmas Story paper pad. 

I colored in the image using Prima Watercolor pastels and just used a water brush to paint the color on starting with more color around the edges of the image and moving the color out into the center.

Thank you for visiting

Monday, 12 December 2016

Things to Alter How To Weather Wood Ornaments

Hi all

Would you like to learn how to create a totally weather worn look on your projects? What about a realistic rusty water look? 

I just wanted to mention that Andy Skinner did the Crackle effect tutorial first and that i am just adding my spin on it.

Here is what it looks like before i altered it and you can get these from Poundland. Go quick before they put the Christmas stuff out.

First coat the plaque in black paint and then once dry add a  coat of Weathered Wood Crackle paint. You can also use pva glue but skip the crackle paint layer and use white paint instead as the crackle paste won't crackle if you use it with pva.

If you use the weathered wood crackle medium let this dry before painting on the crackle paint. If you use pva glue then paint on the white paint while it is wet. 

Add a couple of blobs of Quinacridone gold fluid acrylic around the plaque.

Lift the plaque up slightly and add drops of water on to the paint with a brush and drag the colour down. Add more water to fade it out more and create a more weathered look.

Leave to dry