May 19, 2016

Doodling a Border.

 To doodle is to draw or scribble idly in a aimless or foolish manner.
I did not feel foolish when I made my scribble, there was no preconceived pattern, I just went with it.

The Butterfly is a stamp by Penny Black, I used distress inks, Black Pitt pen and White Sakura pen.

Paper Artsy challenge is Doodles and Scribbles.
Deb Wainwright designed a journal page this week on the blog which looked random to me so I thought, I can do random, albeit I did not go with the bright palette that she worked with.

May 17, 2016

Butterfly and Blooms

Hello Everyone,
I am still working with my Gelli prints I made a few weeks back. 
Mixed media is always a go to for me when I make cards, and this week is no exception.

The three substrates plus the Heart is all from gelli printed paper.
I enhanced these backgrounds with stamps and stitching, plus Tar gel medium on the Heart.
Adding the lace and gauze for a tactile effect.
The three circle blooms are embossing paste.
And to complete adding 3 weeny buttons.

Entering into these Challenges this month.

Hope you are having a great week.

May 12, 2016

Mixed media and the Gelli plate

Hello Everyone.
When you play with the Gelli plate, you end up with quite a number of wonderful backgrounds, I usually set aside an afternoon and just print off sheet after sheet of different substrates to use at my leisure. Below is one such print, as you can see I have used some embossing paste randomly to add more texture.
Here is the card that was made from this piece of paper.
I have used the JOFY 24 set of stamps to make the flower.
JOFY Stamp Set 24
   I then worked on my substrate with a few glazes to bring out more contrast and depth.
Top right you will observe some gold flakes.
The centre of the flower is a collection of glass beads.
I made a strip using organza in similar colours.

Click on images for closeup details.

Inspiration was this post by Sue Carrington, the magenta on her flowers popped for me.


Apr 13, 2016

Working with Fibres

Hello Everyone,
I am working with fibres at the moment, which I find very relaxing. My intention  was to make a piece that represents New Zealand; a country that has wonderful colours all year round. 
It is also a gift for a friend that will be visiting from the UK.

I will start with the Bg which was painted  (gelli plate) and stamped, then stitched randomly.

The flower was cut using lace, tyvek, and fantasy film and the centre is a little piece of Paua shell; commonly used in Maori carvings, and traditionally represents the stars in the sky.
I have tried to recreate the iridescence  of this shell using the fibres and beads.

 Many layers sewn by hand...took me ages.
 This will be framed.
I see NZ in this piece; a small part of this amazing planet called Earth.

Challenges to enter and to celebrate Earth Day: 22nd April.
Inspiration photo.


Hope you are having a great day

Mar 7, 2016

Mixed Media Card

I am only posting once a month these days as I am a little busy, but I thought you may like to see what I made this week.
I spent a day in the garage making up Backgrounds with the Gelli plate including stencils, and I liked this Bg so much it inspired me to make this card.

 I also made the Tyvek Bg behind the chipboard butterfly.
The text stamping  was added then I stitched in the left hand corner.

The element and main focal point has a Bg of painted Tyvek, I have combined layers of different media, added the glass seed beads, stitching and then cut the butterfly out of the Background paper, but this time I included foil sweet papers.
I would like to enter my card into these Challenges:
Frilly and Funkie- Layer It Up.
(Shabby Chic/Vintage)

 The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #22

 Challenge: Springtime.

And lastly a new Challenge Blog for me and first time  entering:
Creative Artiste Challenge 12-Anything Goes.

Hope you are all well.
 Smiles :)

Feb 9, 2016

Mixed media cards

It has been awhile since I last posted circumstances allowed me to have some playtime in the craft room and I made some master boards, from these boards I made two cards.

The card below is my entry into the Challenge:Anything mixed media at Love to Create.

The Bg has many layers of glazes to create depth, then I applied some stamping and painted tissue paper. Dry embossed then highlighted in Gold
Diecut the flower from the same master board.
Painted up some cardstock in Teal Acrylic and diecut the glamour bits.
Have a great day

Dec 20, 2015


Compliments of the Season to you.

  A Big thank you to my followers who have taken the time to share your comments on my work this year, I do not say it enough but I really appreciate your thoughts, it is always pleasing to read what inspires you.
I have made a few tags and cards that I would like to share with you, please enjoy this special time of Year with your loved ones and a most Happiest of New Years 2016.

Mr and Mrs Claus.
The Tags.
The cards.
And this is a little Album I made for Scarlett (Gd) to keep her secrets in.
Bamboo Skewer binding. 
Credit for my interpretation of this cover was taken from here.
Inside Cover.
Handmade thread box.
All pages are like this.
Envelopes inside pockets for her secrets.
Back Page.
Note paper and various size tags, depending on how big her secret is!

I am all done and ready to share a wonderful day with my family.

Dec 17, 2015

12 Tags-Funkie Junkie Style # 12

Hello Everyone,
Oh goodness I have completed the Funkie Junkie 12 days of Christmas Challenge.
And it is a little bit of Shabby from me to finish off.
On this creation I was inspired by the Holly, texture and Twine.
 My Bg was painted using Red Acrylic with a touch of Quin Gold then I dry embossed.
The ornaments were cut on the cricut, and then decorated up with mini textured Holly leaves and pearls, also some sticky bling bits.
I sat these on a little piece of lace, I went crazy with Texture on this Tag.
The word JOY is a rub on.

You can click on the photos for close-up views
all 12 Tags for my banner here.
I did not take a picture of them hanging as it is too difficult to see them all properly.
So another year of this Challenge has finished and it has been so much fun, it is always surprising where a little bit of inspiration can take you creatively.
 Thank you Linda for continuing this annual challenge.

The URL is

Have a great week,