23 July 2014

More Project Life.

I thought today I'd show you a couple of my Project Life pages using the Echo Park Capture Life collection.  I'm loving this collection at the moment and the sheet of cards and stickers makes everything so simple and quick to do.

 The only extra's I've added in are a few words with a Dymo labeler and a couple of my own arrows cut from foam the rest is purely the kit.

Jaine x

20 July 2014

Sticker background!

You are all probably aware that I love backgrounds...using anything and everything to create weird and wonderful textures and designs. I want to share a quick and easy way to use up left over alphabet stickers to create something a little bit different! The end result looks like this...
I'll take you through the stages.....
First, firmly stick down the left over stickers to your surface. I've used a Tando panel for this. If your stickers are old and have lost their stick somewhat, glue them down! You will be adding inks, gesso and water over them, and if they are not stuck down firmly, the stickers will left up from the surface.
Put them on randomly, just keep checking to make sure you haven't spelled a rude word by mistake! Trim around the panel...
Sponge over with gesso to give an even, white base. Sponge because it gives a thinner layer, and you still want to see the shapes of the letters!
At this point, it's up to you as to how you colour the background. Thin layers of paint will work, as will acrylic inks. I've used Dylusions ink sprays. I used  pink and orange, then flicked a few splats of red at it! A little spritz of water to get them all running together, then a blast with a heat gun to dry everything....
This is your basic background, now you can add detail. I have kept it simple, and used black paint splats, a tiny bit of black stamping, and then edged the whole panel....
 Despite all the inks covering the stickers, their shapes still appear, giving a nice interesting look..
My little girl is a Stampotique image. Once stamped, I masked off her head and legs, then stamped with a text stamp to give her dress a little interest.
She is standing on a bit of stripy text paper, left over from my last circles project!
A couple of stars, and a text phrase finish off the whole thing!
I hope you like her...it's a nice way to use up old stickers and create something new!

Trish xxxx

17 July 2014

a sprinkle of colour challenge

we're running, well I'm running, a little behind schedule at the moment, so my apologies for the lateness of announcing the June Colour Challenge winner. 

drumroll please... 

....is Carol!

I loved this card and the fact that it even tied in with the image that we used for the colour palette. Do pop and pay her a visit on her blog! 

challenge news now...

We've decided that with summer now upon us we'd take a short break from the colour challenge until we all have our children firmly back in school and out of our hair. 

We'll return with a new colour palette for you on the 15th September. 

Many thanks to all of you that join us each month! 


14 July 2014

In the pink.

This journal page was so easily put together that I can almost be accused of cheating on my blog post, but I was so excited by parts of it I really wanted to share it with you.

To start off,  the background is what was left on my work table after spraying some die cut shapes. I always keep these clean up sheets and have a large sketch book especially for the purpose. I spray over it and clean my stencils off on it and it really makes for quick and interesting backgrounds.

After cutting it to fit my journal and sticking it in, I added a torn piece of text page which I gave a thin wash of gesso. I've been playing with transparencies and layers recently and thought I'd print a photo onto a clear sticky label sheet for ink jet printers. I love this as it's a brilliant way to get a wonderful translucent finish. I just love how you can see the text page underneath as well as some of the original background.

The letters I found in a magazine and fitted my page perfectly.  Quick, easy and hardly any effort.

Thanks for looking.

Jaine x

10 July 2014


I love circles, use them loads whether its scribbly circles, printed circles or stamped circles! I decided to have a little circle play on a panel today, this time cutting some circles out and sticking them down.....
I took two different approaches to the circles. I gave some book pages a wash of paint, and dried it thoroughly. I then punched a few circles our (make sure the paper is COMPLETELY dry before punching, paper that is even a little damp just gets mangled up in the punch.....ask me how I know that lol!!) I glued the punched out circles to the background, overhanging the edge...
Once trimmed, you have a nice scalloped edge that you can then print or doodle over!
I cut out two larger circles from book pages, and very simply smeared paint over them! These were then stuck down to the background, and printed and doodled over....
These circles were my focal point, and I placed them upon stripey stems....
The background itself is another messy painty affair, as you might expect! Lots of smears, all done with fingers and dried in between colours so no muddy mixing occurred...
I stencilled a little, and then stamped a little too...
I added stitching for my other worldly flower heads to stand on...
And then added a cut up book page as a title..
Black UTEE splatters also found their way onto the panel!
So, a nice messy painty creation, colourful as usual with an emphasis on circles!
Hope you like it!
Trish xxxxxxx

07 July 2014

Pimp my shoes!

This project is a little bit different from the sort of thing I usually bring you but I thought I'd show you a way to take your art off the page and wear it too.

This is the pair of shoes which started it all off, a simple pair of pumps which I painted on a while ago for a project in Craft Stamper. I wore them out recently and had lots of comments, one of them from a little girl who absolutely loved them and really wanted a pair of her own. As it was her birthday I thought it would be the perfect present.

I used a product called Inkssentials Fabric Medium by Ranger.  It turns all your acrylic paints, alcohol inks and ranger inks into fabric paints. Even glitter.

I started off by protecting the rubber sole with masking tape.

I stamped the birds and flowers from Rangers Dylusions How Does Your Garden Grow with a Stazon ink. I found it easier to stamp on the shoe with a piece of foam and my hand in the shoe so I could feel the stamp through the fabric. If you miss a few bits or some of the stamping doesn't come out perfectly just use a black permanent marker to go back around the image.

Mix up the medium one to one. You don't need much, a little goes a long way.

Paint in the design. Again don't worry about going over the stamping, you can go back over it later.

Here are the finished shoes. I mixed up some of the medium with some glitter added to add glittery bits on the shoes. The medium can also be used over the top as a sealer if you want as it's totally clear.

I made a second pair and love how they came out.

Why not consider wearing your art, it makes a great statement.

Jaine x

05 July 2014


Yesterday was the Fourth of July (obviously!), so today I'm carrying over the theme with a red, white and blue creation!
The background is a very quick and easy monoprint. I liked the blobby look in this instance, so stopped pulling the print at this point! I would usually carry on placing the print on the acrylic block and lifting off until the paint was blended a little more, however, this seemed just right for my theme!
Pulling off a painty print leaves a fabulous texture to your background....
I did my usual stamping over the paint...
And added a little stitching, mainly for my figure to stand on!
My Stampotique lady is holding punched out stars, glued onto twirly wire...
I love using wire in otherwise flat projects, as it gives great dimension!
A word sticker to finish...
Hope you like her!
 Have a fabulous weekend...I'm going to be glued to the sofa, tennis AND a Grand Prix to watch- marvellous!!!
Trish xx

23 June 2014

Project Life week 22

I'm becoming quite obsessive about my Project Life and I'm able to say I'm only a couple of weeks behind at the moment.

Here's week 22;

Instead of using ready made cards I chose this time to use a sheet of cards to cut out by Echo Park called Capture Life.  This is a superb collection of full sheets plus these journaling card sheets. They can be bought individually too so at under £1 per sheet it's an affordable way to create a weeks layout.

I also used the die to cut the view finder which is also from Echo Park and matches the collection perfectly.

Jaine x

20 June 2014

Serious Girl...

Today I want to share some closeups of the piece I created for this months Colour Challenge!
Great palette, lots of scope for nice colour combos!
(The pic seems to be very yellow for some reason...the cream is definitely browner than it looks like on screen!)
 The base is a square of  recycled cardboard. My son had a new wardrobe, and I spent nearly a whole afternoon cutting up the packaging into nice sized pieces to paint on...very tedious at the time, but now I'm really glad I have a huge stash of ready cut bits to play with. Well worth the scissor blister!!!!
Anyway.....I've wandered off the point a little....
I smeared the cardboard with cream coloured paint (NOT lemon coloured, honest!), making sure to work some paint into the sections where I had ripped off the surface. I then added some seafoam coloured paint with a palette knife, emphasising the ridges here and there. Stencilling with the darker blue...
Then onto the printing and stamping!
I stencilled the ruby red stars, and had a bit of an accident! I used too much paint, and the stars went a bit 'smooshy'...technical term, that....
However, I tried to rectify things by doodling around the shape, drawing lines to give a sharper outline...
Weirdly, I like it better than an immaculately stencilled star..... (I could wax lyrical about embracing imperfection at this point maybe?!!!)
The little girl is a favourite Stampotique image, stamped onto text paper..

As a finishing touch, I added a little red splatter here and there. Not too much, (red splatter can look like an incident requiring the paramedics if you go overboard)...just enough to echo the red stars and bring the whole thing together!
I hope you like her.... and don't forget to have a play with the colours and enter the challenge HERE!
Love Trish xxx

17 June 2014

A seaside tag

I thought for my post today I'd show you a bit closer the tag I created for this months colour challenge.
I was already working with the Teresa Collins Family Stories collection and this piece of wood grain paper was on my table. By painting a few black lines down the tag, I was able to give it even more of a wooden finish.

 I used a home made stencil to paint gesso onto the tag in order for me to be able to paint circles in watercolour paint.

The finishing touches are a few rub on stitches and my title.

Join in with this months challenge, the colours are so very fresh and summery.

Jaine x