28 June 2016

Prima goodness !!!

Morning gorgeous people
Tracy here and it's great to be back with you again...

So this week I've been playing around with the amazing Prima Watersoluble Oil Pastels, I've used the neocolours for a couple of years now so wanted to see what these new beauties from Prima could offer....

My substrate for this was a black and white napkin from my local supermarket, and i adhered this to a 6x4 index card with my gel matt medium before drying it fully. 

Once adhered I started by laying down small amounts of colour directly on the napkin and then going over it with a wet soft brush to dilute the colour around the design ( you can only do this technique if you have gel matt medium over the top as it stops the water absorbing into the napkin giving time to move the colour around)
I continued doing this until I was happy with the depth of colour, you can keep going back to areas adding more colour until you are happy. 

Once I was happy I went in with the oil pastel dry and added some darker areas to the stalks of the leaves and centre of the flowers etc smudging in with my finger ( you could also use a blending stump for this)

My final step was to use white acrylic paint to add some highlights and detail to my card and of course their had to be glitter !!!

I had so much fun with this technique, the oil pastels are rich and creamy with a stunning array of colours and they are current on sale !! ..... What's not to love !!!!

Thanks for stopping by
Bright and painty hugs


24 June 2016

Technicolour or Monochrome?

Hi peeps, Shirley here.  I've been playing with this gorgeous stamp from Karen Hayselden in the new Stampotique Originals range. Meet Herbert Hare - isn't he wonderful?

I stamped out a couple of images, and coloured one with Derwent Inktense pencils and gave it a light wash.  Once it was dry I went back and added more dry colour.  Around the whiskers:
 Around the ears:
And a  shadow wash to ground the image.
Then I did a monochrome version, using just the black pencil.  A light wash inside the ears - always wash inside your ears ;)
Then pencil shading on the face and around the outside of the image.
Followed by a shadow wash to ground the image.
Pop on over to the store for a look at the rest of Karen's and other Stampotique designers' ranges.

Have a great weekend!
Shirley x

20 June 2016

Crazy Town !!!

Hey there lovely people
Tracy here and it's great to be back with you today for a new post....

It's been a while and I've been working on lots of great projects but I always come back to one of my favourite techniques....

I just love to create these colourful collage whimsy houses and whenever I have scraps of paper on my desk to use up I just can't help myself.....

Using various scraps of paper, old tags & the gorgeous Dina Wakley Acrylic Paints I set to work to create a truly unique 'crazy town' 

Every time I makes these I have no plan how they will turn out, I just start to cut up scraps of paper, card, tags etc and play around until I'm happy with the look. 

Once all my pieces are glued down I can start going in and painting, I love to use my fingers for this process as I like the messy random look it gives ( you can use a brush for this if you don't like finger painting !!!)

Once I'm happy with my brightly coloured houses, I start to add detail. One thing I like to do is add shadow with a black watersoluble pencil around all of the edges of the houses, this really does help to ground them onto the page and really makes the colours pop !!!

One of my last steps is to add words or phrases to my houses and sometimes I like to add small pieces of metal embellishments, buttons etc to add some extra depth. 

I hope you love my 'crazy town' as much as I do and can't wait to be back to share with you again soon...

Bright and painty hugs

17 June 2016

Time Flies

Hi guys!  I've been playing with various media to make this Time Flies canvas.

I started off by making my weathered wood panel by swiping Distress Ink minis from top to bottom.

Then scoring it every half inch before stamping with the Peeled Paint background stamp from Darkroom Door.  I painted my canvas with black gesso and adhered the panel to the canvas.

Added a few buttons, paper flowers, bandage fabric scrap and some moulded items from my stash, and painted those black.  
Once everything was dry I sprayed Dylusions White Linen over it and when that had dried, rubbed on some Viva Decor Inka Gold in Lava Red, Jade and Gold.
The Inka Gold adds a lovely antique metallic look to the painted flowers.
Using the Julie Nutting Mixed Media Doll Wings stamp as a template, I cut out a pair of wings from black card and painted them with Finnabair Art Alchemy Acrylic Paint - Opal Magic Rose-Gold.  You see the gold in one light, and the pale rose colour in another.  The clock is from Tim Holtz Curiosities, sponged with Antique Linen.
I hope time isn't flying too quickly for you this summer!

Enjoy your weekend.
Shirley x

12 June 2016


Howdy folks, I've  sadly made it to the end of what has been a couple of  relaxing, crafty weeks.  It's back to school for me on monday where I shall be daydreaming of my little crafty hideaway and doing maths, of course!  So with that in mind I have prepared myself a little door hanger in anticipation of the monday morning blues.

On the door hanger I painted with the following Dylusion paints: Bubblegum pink, cherry pie, vibrant turquoise, white linen.  I also used black linen for the circles.  I doodled around my mark making 
with a white Posca pen.  I chose Kate Crane's delightful Stampotique character 'Boots' with hope that she will lift me from my doldrums.  I coloured her in with Inktense pencils, cut out and adhered her to my door hanger.  

All I need to do now is decide where to hang it.  Dare I hang it in my teaching area at work or just on my bedroom door to warn the family to tread carefully?

Enjoy the rest of your weekend everyone!

Crafty hugs,
Clare x x x 

04 June 2016

Happy you!

Hi guys I'm here today with my latest post for A Sprinkle of Imagination.  Along with me I have brought Nina Angel, Magda Polakow's cute design from the Stampotique originals.

I started to work on a piece of black card.  Using Dylusion paints, bubblegum pink and vibrant turquoise I blended through Dylusions starry night stencil.  Once my colours were dry I bumped the 
stencil over and blended some white dylusions paint through the same stencil.  I doodled over the constalations with a white posca pen and set aside.

Nina Angel was stamped, cut out and then watercoloured using distress inks.  From a piece of card that has previously been sprayed with Dylusion inks I die cut a star and added some white dots.  From the Lawn Fawn die 'Happy birthday to you' I cut out the words happy & you and joined them together. And added some more white dots.

Thank you for stopping by today, remember to stop by the ASOI shop and check out the fabulous selection of stamps, stencils, paints and mediums galore.

Happy crafting,
Clare x x x 

29 May 2016

Recycling Backgrounds

I've been recycling a piece of stamped card where the impression hadn't been as clear as I would have liked, and I didn't want to throw it away, so I painted over it to push the text to the background.

The stamp in question was the large text stamp from Tim Holtz Papillon.  I sponged Dylusions Paints (Cherry Pie and Fresh Lime) then using London Blue I scraped some paint lines.  A splattering of After Midnight and White Linen completed the background.

Once that was dry I stamped Donna Downey Poppies, masking the first one while I stamped the second one, then drew in the stems with a black Posca pen, and sponged some white around the outlines to help define the image.

Drawing stems onto flower head images is a great way to stretch your stamps.

Have a great bank holiday weekend!
Shirley x

22 May 2016

Maude Doodle Dolly

Hi peeps!  Have you seen the gorgeous new stamps by Karen Hayselden for Stampotique?  I fell in love with Maude Doodle Dolly.

I stamped her on a spare piece of white card, then watercoloured her with Distress Inks and cut her out.
On my tall card base I swooshed some black gesso across to ground where she would be standing, splattered some Distress Inks, then added some ring marks using a bottle top and Dylusions Cherry Pie and After Midnight paint, placing one of the ring marks as a halo.
I added a diecut and sentiment from Hero Arts Happy Stamp and Cut set to finish the card.

Pop on over to the Sprinkle of Imagination store for a look at the rest of the new Stampotique designs and all the other new goodies.

Shirley x

21 May 2016


Hello my lovelies, I'm here today from A Sprinkle of Imagination to share with you some feathered friends from Stampoutique.

I started off by blending some fresh lime  and white Dylusions paint onto a tag.  I added some background detail to my tag using contasting paint and ink.

I stamped Kira Nichols Stampotique - Birdy Up onto some water colour card and using Inktense pencils I gave the birds a burst of colour. There are four birds on this stamp but I only used three.  I added some little dots using a White Posca pen.  I fussy cut out my three little birds and set them aside.  The sentiment was from the Dylusions set Say it how it is, stamped on white card and cut into individual words.

I assembled my birds along with the sentiment onto the tag and embellished with some sequins.  I added some glossy accents to the birds wings and eyes and the pink bird had a sprinkle of glitter to make a little more fabulous.

Thank you for stopping by today, look forward to seeing you again soon.

Crafty hugs,
Clare x x x 

08 May 2016

Rainbow Heart

Morning all,  Clare here with my blog post for A sprinkle of imagination.  Recently I was having a little play in my journal and my Daughter fell in love with my page and asked if I could make her a canvas for her bedroom so I set about making a girly creation.

First of all I layered up all of my bright Dylusion paints along with Dylusion stencils. 

Onto this I stamped on some Finnibair butterflies and hearts , from Dont forget to fly & trust the magic stamp sets.  I drew a freehand heart onto the canvas.  Carefully, I painted around my images using Dylusion paints with Turquoise and white.

Once this layer had dried I stamped some Dylusion stamps with white Dylusion paint randomly around the canvas.  Using a black Inktence pencil I edged my images.  For the doodles I pulled out my trusty Posca pens.  Finally through a stencil I  swept through some Finnabair art basics   3D gel matt medium and sprinkled a dusting of glitter.

My daughter is overjoyed with her canvas which is now hanging up in her room.  I hope you like it too?

Thanks for stopping by today.  I'll catch up with you all soon x x x 

Crafty hugs,
Clare x x x 

23 April 2016


Hey peeps, happy Saturday :)  Today I've been playing with one of my favourite Tim Holtz stamp sets, Papillon.  I just love the large background script stamp.

I started off by stamping the image with Versafine Onyx Black on card, then sponging Distress Inks (Spun Sugar, Shaded Lilac, Dusty Concord, Peeled Paint).  A quick blast with the heat gun to seal the inks, then I added some highlighting with a white Post paint pen.  I trimmed the panel using the largest frame from the Lawn Fawn: Lawn Cuts Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables which give a lovely stitched edge.

I wrapped some grape Prima Jute around the panel then mounted it onto my base card, and it was finished.  Or was it?  Maybe it was lacking a little something.  The moths and butterflies in the Papillon set came to the rescue!

That's better!  Have a crafty weekend :)

20 April 2016


Hi there fellow bloggers.  Recently whilst on holidays I decided to treat myself to a few new stamps (just a few, and a few more) ;-). I decided that I would get out my trusty Distress Inks and have a play.

I went a bit wild with my Distress colour choices this time using peacock feathers, twisted citron and seedless preserves through my Tim Holtz layering stencils. I stamped Stampotiques 'Midge' onto my card and then onto a post it to mask her.  Using stamps from the Finnabair Lace & Doily set I stamped the flowery  and lacy borders along with some small doily circles.  The mischevious sentiment is from the Dylusions set Say it how it is

Midge's dress was coloured using seedless preserves with some white dots added to her frock. I know how she feels, when I'm unsupervised I always end up in some sort of mischeif, it usually involves a checkout full of stamps and crafty goodies.

Thats it from me for today, I'll be back soon with some more crafty mayhem.

Crafty hugs,
Clare x x x 

17 April 2016

Index Card Art !!!!

Good morning gorgeous ones !!!

It's no secret that I loooove index card art, it was, after all how I got started in mixed media and it still holds very dear to my heart. 

I was lucky enough to teach a class last week on this very subject and think my addiction for these little beauties definately rubbed off on one or two or six of the lovely ladies that attended.....

We used lots of the fabulous Dina Wakley acrylic paints, they are definately one of my favourite go to paints, the colours are fabulous and the consistency thick and luxurious.....

I just love playing on these small cards, they are inexpensive and I can experiment on them with new colours and supplies without having to worry about the end result...

One of the other paints I like to use are the Ranger Distress paints. Although thinner in consistency the blend really well and the colours coordinate perfectly with Dina's heavy body acrylics so it's a real win win for me.....

It's so easy to create gorgeous projects with a pile of index cards, a mix of beautiful paints, and a black and white gel pen.....so what are you waiting for ????

Thanks for stopping by
Have a beautiful Sunday

Bright and painty hugs