Monday, 4 March 2013

I'm back!

I haven't been around t'internet for quite a while.I have been busy card making. I am loving the new range from Docrafts. Its very similar to Tim Holtz' range of goodies but at a fraction of the cost. Here is the Valentines card I made for the main man in my life..I' ll post more work as it's photographed

Sunday, 6 March 2011

More Journal pages

This next one is only started but I couldn't resist showing the beautiful texture and sheen of the Croco paint

My beautiful daughter was confiirmed

Tuesday, 15 February 2011


This was my start page. An excercise set in the book, Drawing lab for mixed media artists
Basically the objective was to draw a 3D object a child made and give it a context. I chose a Ladybird made by my daughter a few years ago ,of which I had reluctantly decided to get rid . I wanted to keep a record of it so I created this page. I used water soluble crayons,a white and a black journalling pen and the ladybird got a coat of sparkly mod- podge. Click on the pic for a more detailed view

The next challenge I chose from the same book was a cracks in the pavement excercise. This involved finding images in a photograph of a cracked pavement, similar to studying clouds and discovering images within. I found and drew my two dogs and related a story which had happened while out walking them. I used acrylic paint, journalling pens, bubblewrap(to print), newspaper, and an acrylic overlay coloured with sharpies(for the grass)

This page was created using a magazine freebie stencil of a tailors dummy which was coloured with brown furniture scratch removal markers (£ shop)and highlighted with gold foil (lidl). The phrases came from a tub of 4500 Words to Go from K&Co (TK Max). Back ground is Copic marker over Gesso.

This page started out as an excercise in Drawing with alternative tools. I drew a rough portrait of one of my students using an eyedropper filled with Indian ink. Layers of paint,Ink, Gesso,Pen and Gold foil later......This is what I ended up with.
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Monday, 6 December 2010

Snow is Falling......

I've been playing along with Tim Holtz' 12 Days of Christmas. Here are my offerings:

And this is what Two Feet of snow looks like!!!!!

Tuesday, 22 June 2010

Back from Tuscany

Chilling Out!

Me and Saoirse

Martin and Michael

I thought I'd better blog a few photos, crafty stuff to follow tomorrow!

Tuesday, 4 May 2010


Well, last weekend I took part in the UKS cybercrop.I was looking forward to a weekend of using up stash and intensive scrapbooking.The cybercrop was very technique driven, which suited me down to the ground. The week before I had checked the supply lists to make sure I had an approximation to what was needed. I began to make a list of things that I didn't have or coud substitute. Woah! 2 Ikea Frames,a large canvas, a heart shaped jig, a chipboard house, a mountain of glimmer mists,archival spray!......This was becoming expensive. I really wanted to take part as I love learning new techniques, so I acquiesced and bought some of these.

The classes were good, some great!I managed two the first night

On Saturday I waited for the House class as I had a feeling it would take some time.........6 hours later I finished, pleased but got nothing else done

On Sunday I did the next two classes

Tired and pleased with the work I'd achieved, I checked in later to discover I'd won a prize for Jumping over Waves. I was disappointed that I hadn't had time to do the challenges and indeed some other classes. Alas the Ikea frames are still sitting in my craftroom, I wasn't impressed with either class. Which brings me to question is there any way of knowing in advance what the class entails? I could have spent my money on some of the new Tim Holtz dies and have got a lot of use from them. I will use the frames for another purpose so all is not lost but I feel a stash budget should be introduced to avoid the class designers going overboard

Sunday, 21 February 2010