Sunday, 15 April 2018

Live in the moment...

Hello friends
Hope you are all good!
The Easter holidays are over....
I'm back to the day job's really 
going to be a struggle to get back into a routine!

So a really quick post to share with you this cover of a blank journal...
I started by applying a wash of Dylusions paint (dirty martini) and gesso to the cover of the book...
Then  re-using a polka-dot paper gift bag, I set about layering it with old text pages...
I then added more gesso and some of my new favourite slate grey, dylusions paint.
 The photo is from Tim Holtz photo booth, I also used some of Tim's  Idea-ology findings
 I added some vintage lace, some rusty wire and to finish I added some stitching. 

I added splats of ground coffee dylusions paint and re-purposed some ric rac ribbon that was originally on a gift bag I had....( Remember I hoard everything!)
As always please feel free to leave a comment....I appreciate you passing by!

Have a great week!
Bye for now

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Heart and Soul

Hello friends

I hope you are all good!
Just a really quick blog post today to share with you this make...

I created this mini box using some old bolts, an old camera parts, a butterfly from Tim Holtz Botanicals ephemera pack and some rust paste and Art stones from Finnabair.... 

I added some rusty wire and stitched into the butterfly.... 
The words are from Tim Holtz too ( clippings - idea-ology)

I really love the effect from the rust paste....
please feel free to leave a comment, I appreciate each one...
Sorry its such a quick post, it's the easter break here so I'm really enjoying spending some time with my family and friends xx

have a lovely week 


Friday, 30 March 2018

Daylight dreams...

Hello friends

Hope you are all good!
Just popping in to wish you all a very Happy Easter...
I hope you are spending it with your loved ones and enjoying all the yummy chocolate!

I've spent most of my day journalling, drinking tea and relaxing with my family...its been bliss!
                            My desk however needs some serious attention, but it can wait for another day!

I started adding lots of Gesso, texture paste, stencils, layers of paints, and my new favourite.... the new collage Floral papers from Tim Holtz Idea-ology into an old book that I like to journal in.
I also used some of the Tim Holtz Rose design tape, distress crayons and word clippings 
The numbers are from the stamp set Ticket booth
I added some embellishments from Idea-ology and the photo is from Photo booth set.
I also added some vintage lace from my collection.
This photo shows both pages....

All of the Idea-ology is available from Art from the heart here in the UK
As always please feel free to leave a comment I appreciate you popping by,
Have yourselves a lovely Easter break and I will be back soon 


Sunday, 25 March 2018

Follow your heart....

Hello friends

I hope you are all good!
Today I'm sharing with you a journal page...
Just lately, Ive noticed that time is running by so fast, everyday life takes over and sometimes I don't know if Im coming or going!

So today I made some time, just for me and put to use some of my lovely Mother's day presents that I received from my family....they've been sat on my desk for a couple of weeks and I finally got to play!

The background is made up of lots of gesso, crackle paste and old text,
Ive used a really mash up of different products for this page.
I used some Impasto paints from Finnabair, (chocolate and Aubergine) over the top of the gesso and crackle medium...
Then I added gold from a Gold leaf Krylon pen randomly to add some contrast.
The photo is from the Tim Holtz photo booth collection.
 I then sewed into it and then framed it with some rusty wire.
I stamped some very faint stars (Tim Holtz) in areas of the background, love the hickory tones...such a subtle colour.
I wanted the staples to look rusty so I added some colour from Finnabair rust paste (love this product!)
The 'Follow you heart' words are from 7dots studio.....I chose these words as I sometimes  need reminding to do just that!

All of the products are available from Art from the Heart here 

Thank you so much for passing by, 
 do feel free to leave a comment....I appreciate each and everyone!

Have yourselves a great week!

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Dream Journal

 Hello friends

Hope you are all good!
I really cannot believe we are nearly 
half way through March and it will soon be Easter....this year is flying by!!

Today I'm sharing with you my "Dream Journal" 
created using the Eileen Hull travel journal die, along with a mash up of lots
 different products that I have in my stash but have not had chance to use.
The journal was cut using mount board which then I painted with gesso...
Next I built up lots of layers of paint, I used a mix of distress and decomedia paints. 
I painted using my fingers that way you don't get the brush marks. I then rubbed away some of the paint and repeated the process.
I added a layer of Rangers crackle medium and left it to dry.
The centre is made up using rusty wire, torn text, old watch parts, an optical lense and an idea-ology star, a vintage key and the words are from 7dots studio (paint chips)
Using the Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Merchant set (one of my new favourites!) I stamped in Archival ink, I also added some of the number remnant rub ons and a clock face to the lense.
I really didn't have any idea how the journal was going to end up (I never do!)....but I really enjoyed creating the layers for it. I will put it to good use and journal some of my many hopes and dreams...
Thank you so much for passing by the little shabby shed...feel free to leave a comment, I appreciate each and every one!

Have a great week!

Friday, 2 March 2018

Grungy Panel

Hello friends
I hope you are all good!

Today I had a snow day, which meant I couldn't get into my day job
 due to the "Beast from the East" snow storm....its been so cold here in the UK
it hasn't helped that my boiler has seized due to the frozen pipes, so at the moment I have no central heating or hot water....Thank goodness for our log burner!

As cold as it has been, it has allowed me to finish this panel of grunge, that I started earlier in the week...
Due to other commitments and recent deadlines, Ive not really had chance to create for myself,
something that I've really missed..... so today I made time just for me!
The panel is an offcuts of plywood that I save from the log burner...
I've used a real mixture of lots of different products on this, sometimes
I forget to use all the stash I have stuffed away, so this was great
to experiment with products I already have.
The star is mounted on an old vintage camera lens from my stash, 
I attached some rusty wire around it
I've used lots of layers, stencils, mediums, was a anything goes kind of make!
I've used lots of layers, stencils, mediums, really is an anything goes kind of make!
As always please feel free to leave a comment, I appreciate each and every one
I really hope that the snow clears up soon....we are in March right?
Have a great weekend

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Creativation part 3

Hello friends
Hope you are all good!

A really quick post to share with you the last of my Creativation samples
 that I made for the Tim Holtz Idea-ology booth.

This trio is made from Vignette panels, they are held together with book rings
Each panel has been decorated with the new wallpaper, I then added lots of ephemera, embellishments and frames

This sample is made from a printer tray
I added some of the distress crazing to the background which gave a nice distressed/worn look
I then drilled one of the pulleys into the top of the tray and fixed it to the base and added some string 
I then added lots of my favourite Idea-ology to the tray 
I lined the pocket watch with one of the new milk caps, then sewed a butterfly onto it 
The Boy paper doll fitted perfectly onto the blocks, (he's one of my favourite dolls!)

Thank you so much for all the lovely comments on my previous posts...I really appreciate each and everyone, it has been such an honour to create the samples for Tim, Ive enjoyed every minute!
Please check out Tim's blog here for more photos and video from the show!
I will be back very soon with more makes
Have a lovely week!