Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Mini Manequin

This manequin was another workshop taken with Jennie Boxall from The Artistic Stamper at Pickleberry Papercrafts.

We started with a manequin that we Gessoed to cover the very [un]attactive pink spotty swimsuit that was painted on it.

These sat out in the sun while we played in the studio


We used, Tim Holtz Products - Tattered leaves die, which we used to cut, metal, shrink plastic, modeling film and mesh, musical notes tissue tape and alcohol inks.

We ran the metal leaves through Jennies Vagabond with an embossing folder, and coloured them with alcohol inks.

The shrink plastic was die cut with the leaves die and heated in a UTEE melting pot to shrink and stamped into while still hot and soft.  These were then coloured with perfect pearls.

The Modeling Film was die cut with the leaaves, coloured with alcohol inks, then heated with a heat tool.  As you heat the film it takes on a mind of if own and twists and turns.  You can also mold it by hand or my laying it over something curved till it cools.  If you don't like the shape, simply reheat and start over.


The butterflies and roses were added at home.


The bodice was made using ink coloured and heat embossed sticky backed canvas, with ink coloured lace.

And there it is, the finished manequin.

Take care


Friday, 29 June 2012

Mini Canvas Workshop

Well I did say I was going to try and catch up, so here I am, catching up

This was a workshop I took with Jennie Boxall from The Artistic Stamper at Pickleberry Crafts [way back in February this year ,oops].

We had a great day playing with inks, stamps, die cuts etc., and this is what I came up with.

A mini canvas attached to a small canvas

Lots of bits and pieces from Tim Holtz

Die Cutting using one of the journalling Tags

Paper from Tim Holtz I believe

This was the first time I had used the Distress Pens.  Need to save my pennies to get some of these.

Well, thats all for now.  Will post more very soon.

Take care


Thursday, 28 June 2012

Bad Blogger !

OH BOY !! I can't believe it has been so long since I last posted.  I am a very bad Blogger.

I won't bore you with all the details but needless to say, life and work has got in the way over the past few [read FOUR] months.

My Craft room is now up and running.  Will post a few photos when I tidy it up a bit. 

I have done a few workshops at Pickleberry Crafts [who sadly are closing their bricks and mortar shop at the end of July] with the lovely Jennie Boxall from The Artistic Stamper. 

I am just coming to the end of an online workshop, Evil Elixir, with the inspiring Mr Andy Skinner and have already started another one with him, Timeworn Techniques.  I have also signed up for yet another one due to start in September, Excavation.

Two very different styles of Art, but equally enjoyable.  So, if anyone likes getting, inky, painty and generally grungy then get over to Jennies Blog at and

Over the next few days I will be posting some photos of things that i have created during these workshops.

Speak soon and take care


Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Just trying something

Just trying to link my Blog to facebook.  I wish I was more technically minded.  Thanks to Nicks for trying to help this technophobe :o)

Saturday, 25 February 2012

All done and dusted..............

until next time.  Well, the job on the night club is finished for now.  We've been there since September, so I think I need a little break from, crackle glazing walls, distressing, ageing with wax, everything that doesn't move, and dying lace fabric with paint in a bath to make it look old and grungy.

I had a play day today.  I went to a workshop by Jennie Boxall at Pickleberry Papercrafts.  Picked up Sparkles on the way and spent a good few hours with four other ladies, getting Inky and Grubby. 

We had a great time decorating two mini canvases with Die Cuts, Distress Inks, Tissue Paper and all things Tim Holtz.  We also got to play with his new Distress Pens and they definately do what it says on the tin.

Sorry about where the pictures have ended up.  I WILL get the hang of this blog malarky some time.

Well, best get on, dinner is calling me.

Take care



Friday, 27 January 2012

Here again......Just

Well, what with one thing and another, January has completely passed me by. 

Problems with OH hospital appointments, being stuck in work from Dawn till Dusk, and I can't find my external Hard Drive with all my project photo's on.  So, no photo for this post.  Sorry folks.

I am looking forward to a Workshop at Pickleberry Crafts in Faversham with the talented Jenni Boxall from The Artistic Stamper.  The workshop is for an Altered Book.  I've been wanted to do this for a while, but never had the courage to start cutting up a book.  My love affair with books is well known in my family.  I have far too many, but cannot bring myself to part with any of them.  I really, really need a library room of my own. [Wishful thinking].

Keeping this short and sweet.  WHEN I find my hard drive I will make another post.

Oooh yea, BTW, I had a scrap layout published in this months Scrapbook Magazine.  Very excited me

 Take care and speak soon


Sunday, 1 January 2012


Today is the first day of the rest of our lives.  I wish you all a very Happy, Prosperous and Artful 2012.

Well to start as I mean to go on, my first post of 2012.


This started life as a white bird house bought from a large supermarket chain [in a sale].  I made it into a clock for a Christmas Present for my sons Girlfriend.. 

The main body was crackled and stamped, then a craquelure finish applied. The cracks were highlighted with Raw Umber Oil Paint.

Cogs are die cuts from Tim Holtx Die and the given a worn and weathered look with embossing powder, stamps and ink.

The green leaves are a Sissix die.

Bird and branch are from Maya Road [I think] and the flowers from the bridal selection of Hobby Craft.

Clock hands were coloured with alcohol inks because they were too gold and shiney.

Roof tiles were made using a Tim Holtz on the edge die.

The little face was made with UTEE in a silicone mold. Painted with Black Acrylic and highlighted with silver and gold gilt cream.  I found the tiny pair of glasses in a box of bits.  They took ages to secure on the face, but I think it was worth it.

I had some trouble with the clock mechanism.  The one I had was too short to pass through the wall of the bird house.  A Crafty friend sent me one with a longer spindle, but my clock hands wouldn't fit it.  So in the end I managed to track one down with a long spindle and new hands, but it was a tad too long, so I tied some Jute string round it to give the illusion that it is shorter.

I really enjoyed altering this.  I have already been asked by a friend to make something similiar.

Thats it for now.  I already have some bits sorted to upload soon.

Take Care