Create a Calendar Part 1

Have you seen the papermilldirect 2018 Create a Calendar? It has a gorgeous Teal cover, and the beautiful heavy weight card that you would expect from papermilldirect. They allow you to make your own beautiful calendars whatever way you want, adding photos, creative panels – the only limit is your imagination! I created three months so far, keeping with a rough theme with each month. I have full details for these first three months up on the Papermilldirect blog.





Thank You Water Colour

Hi All,

I have a very fun card to share with you, that allows you to play with watercolours (or inks, or any other mediums you use) and just have fun, all while making a pretty card! I have full details on how to make this over on the Papermilldirect blog. Head on over and check it out and see just how simple it is and try it out!

Pencil Holder with a Heart!

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I love recycling objects instead of throwing them out and this is one of those items. I had a tin that was not really sharp on top so it was perfect to be put to use for something else. I needed a pencil holder in work so I decided that would be what I would turn it into.

Here is how it looked when it started…

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I coated it in a layer of gesso and then coated the tin roughly with distress crackle paint in broken china. I spread this on with a pallet knife in a rough way and made it thicker at the bottom and thinner as it spread up towards the top.pic 2 When this was dry (I left it overnight) I painted on a coat of silks acrylic glaze in a lovely shimmery brown. I love the effect this gives over the blue.pic 3 I took a wooden heart from crafty cutting and painted it in this brown colour also. When the paint was dry I painted it in clear rock candy crackle paint for a cracked distressed look.pic 4a

I took a piece of paper and tore it to fit the area I wanted. I then crumpled and inked it up to highlight the crumple marks. I unfolded it and adhered it to the side of the tin. The wings are grungeboard wings that I painted in the brown silks and added some blue silks are highlights to. I went with the wings as the tin was reminding me of dragon scales at this point so wings seemed like a good fit! I glued them down with the heart on top. I wrapped twine around the tin and the heart and tied it in the middle.pic 4I had a clay seal that I had made, so I snapped it in half and stuck it above this twine knot to finish it off. And voila called it done…a rather unusual pencil holder!pic 5 I love the texture from the crackle, twine and grungeboard, it is so fabulous all together…pic 6 The heart is the perfect touch for on the piece to really finish it off and it is amazing quality too. pic 7

Heart Keyring

I love Fridays….especially sunny Fridays! I am just dropping in quickly with this little make today. I used a chipboard heart from Crafty Cutting for this. I covered the heart with dictionary paper and then inked it all red. I stenciled on some crackle paste to the heart which gave me that fantastic texture. I punched a hole, added the chain and leaf charm and added this to a key ring holder.I love this as a mini piece of art to help hold all your keys!

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Have a great weekend everyone, lets hope the sun keeps shining!

Bon Voyage Card

My cousin recently headed off to Australia for college for a few months so I made her a bon voyage card using the adorable Meljens Huggy Koala image. I printed off a vintage map of Australia for the background of the card. I coloured the image using my Inktense pencils and added some glossy accents on some of the hearts for some shine.

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The sentiment was added onto the digi image as it was being printed. Some seam binding and pearls finished the card off.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Digital collage tag

This is my first ever attempt at creating a digital collage. Retro Cafe Art Gallery have a fantastic Las Vegas themed freebie up on offer at the moment. To enter simply download the free collage sheet and use it through any medium you like and then post a picture of your creation on their FB wall. Simple and fun!

I created my tag in Photoshop and used some vintage splatter brushes to age it up a bit. I then cropped out parts of the collage sheet and applied them to the tag. I am not the best at Photoshop but I am happy enough with this for my first attempt at a digital collage!