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

13 April 2016

Colourful Masterboard

Morning, folks!  I decided to make a masterboard that I could cut up for cards.  I started by sponging my Dylusions paints onto a sheet of A4 card using Mini Blending foam.  Next came some stencilling using Tim Holtz Stencils, then then stamping with Dina Wakley Textures using Ranger Archival Ink.

Then I started chopping the masterboard up for card fronts and toppers:

148mm sq card (Dymo tape sentiment)
A6 card
Topper on A6 card - this one's my fave!
This could either be a bookmark or a gift tag.
Topper on a 148mm sq card
After I'd finished sponging each colour, I got rid of the excess paint by sponging circles (as recommended by Dyan Reaveley in one of her videos) onto another sheet of card:

Out came the circle stamps from the Finnabair Don't Forget To Fly set.  I allocated one stamp per colour, and stamped over all the circles, filling in the gaps with some of the smaller stamps:

And now I've got another masterboard!

Have a crafty day!

Shirley x

10 April 2016

Distressed Watercolouring !!!

Good morning everyone and a very happy Sunday to you all....

Today I want to share my renewed love for my Ranger distress pads !!!

When I started art journalling it was one of the first this I bought but apart from stamping or inking edges I never really did anything else with them and they were soon relegated to the bottom of the art draw. 

Well I have to say I am now so back in love with the possibilities they hold I just had to show you what I've been doing with them.....

I've discovered that they are super amazing to use as watercolours !!!..... Yes you heard me.....by rubbing the pad onto an acrylic block or a non stick craft sheet you can add water to the pigments and paint like watercolours.....I just love it....I know I'm not going to be the first to discover this but I just love the effect it gives!!!

By adding more or less water to the pigment you can get different shades of colour. 

I can honestly say I have a new found  love for these pads. Never again will I look at them just for stamping and with the amazing array of colours both vibrant and subdued there is something for everyone. 

The mini pads are fabulous for travelling and I have made sure they are in my travel art kit. A definately must have !!!!

The colours I used are,,,
Picked Raspberry
Peacock Feathers
Wild Honey
Crushed Olive

The red heart was a felt tip pen

Thanks for stopping by

Bright and painty hugs

05 April 2016

Scribbly Bird

Hi, it's so lovely being on holiday at the moment, it gives me more time to be able to play and explore so without further ado let me show you what has been going on in my journal.


For this journal entry I used Dina Wakely heavy body acrylics,  Dina Wakely stencils; Spinners Tim Holtz layering stencil; splotches. Dina Wakely Scibbly Birds.   Alcohol inks and Posca paint pens.  Pop over to the online shop for a gander at the marvellous selection of mixed media materials. 

I built up the layers with Dina's creamy paints and stencils then painted on the flowers and bubbles. The scrbbly bird was stamped onto a sheet of alcohol inks which had been previously prepared, I cut it out and stuck it onto my colourful page.

Finally I added some doodling with my paint pens.  I always seem to get carried away at this stage and wonder how much is too much doodling?

Thank you for stopping by today.

Crafty hugs,
Clare x x x 

03 April 2016

New Beginnings !!

Good morning
Not sure what it's like in your part of the world but we are having a lovely sunny weekend here in London !!!

Playing in my large Dylusions journal I decided to just let go and see what happened (I do that sometimes when I'm not sure what direction to go in) I just picked my favourite paint colours and started adding them to my pages. 

I started adding in random shapes outlining in black gel pen to give definition. Stamping and stencilling is always a good idea and gives added depth to a page. When I'm not sure what I'm creating I always reach for my favourite Dylusions and Dina Wakley stencils and stamps ( as I already love them they will always look good on a page)

Paint splatters and white penwork always make a page pop and adding outlines to shapes with black pen always defines the shapes and gives detail....

So when your not sure what you want to create, just let go, pick a few of your favourite paint colours, gather up some stencils and stamps and a few pens and play.....it's so freeing and you never know what you will end up with !!!!

Thank you for stopping by

Bright and painty hugs

Supplies I used:

30 March 2016

Spread your wings!

Hi there, I'm going back to my roots today.  When I first started crafting I used to be mainly a papercrafter.  I soon discovered a passion for all things inky which then led me to mixed media and all thinks painty!  Here is my make for today using Distress inks.

I inked through a circle template using Picked Raspberry, spiced marmalade and wild honey distress inks.  Using the same colours I blended through Tim Holtz layering stencils; zig zag and bubble.  Over the top I stamped the buble wrap stamp from Nathalie Kalbach set of grunge stamps and finally
stamped the vinatge lady from Finnabair don't forget to fly stamp set.

Not visible on the photo but I highlighted certain areas using a clear Wink of stella pen which gives a lovely subtle shimmer.

That is it from me today.  Thank you for stopping by.

Crafty hugs,
Clare x x x 

23 March 2016

Ranger Ink Love !!!

Morning everyone, Tracy here today with a post about one of my most favourite brands..... Ranger Ink !!!

The brand that brought you Dylusions, Dina Wakley's Media Line and of course who can forget Tim Holtz !!!!

The page above in my journal was done with a mix of paints, I just love all the fabulous bright colours of both Dina's and Dyan's amazing paints which compliment each other so well 

and of course the fully co-ordinated line of Distress products from Tim....In the picture above I've used distress markers which are one of my new favourites and I love to use them like watercolours by scribbling them onto an acrylic block and then picking up with a wet paint brush and applying to my image. It allows you to blend and build up the colours. 

This technique works equally well with the distress pads as shown on the above journal page ( I used picked raspberry, mustard seed, crushed olive & spiced marmalade) !!!

And let's not forget all those fabulous stencils....a never ending array of amazing designs with the perfect design for every project. My personal favourites are the Dylusions bubble stencil and         Dina Wakley Gears stencil both shown in the above project. They really are amazing !!!!

And of course although not technically Ranger, Tim Holtz's association with Stampers Anonymous compliments the entire range perfectly. My favourites at the moment are the Crazy Bird and Crazy Cat stamps. Perfect for colouring and perfect to add to any card or journal page but there are so many more available to suit every taste, go check them out !!!

I hope you enjoyed stopping by. Go check out all the lovely Ranger and Stampers anonymous products....I promise you will not be disappointed!!

Bright and painty hugs 

21 March 2016

Easter Special Offers!


Its almost Easter but what would you prefer the Easter Bunny to bring you... 

Chocolate or Art & Craft Supplies?? 


Offer lasts until Easter Monday or stocks last. 

oh - and if you're interested...
 I'd have the chocolate with the craft supplies...  I'm greedy like that! 

Happy Creating


20 March 2016

It's A Man Thing

Happy Sunday, peeps!  Shirley here with a trendy masculine card for you.

I started off by stamping the guy image from Dylusions Mini Couture using Tea Dye Distress ink, watercoloured the image using the same colour, then masked that with some scrap paper.  I inked up the Mix Tape 6x6 stencil by Ronda Palazzari with Distress Inks, turned it over and placed it over the masked stamped image at a jaunty angle, pressing it down with kitchen roll so that the colours mixed, and the excess was mopped up.

The scrap paper I used for masking was red and white checked, but because it got soaked by the Distress Inks, some of it ripped and stayed behind as I was removing it.  Doesn't it look cool, though?  Might have to try drawing checks on the jacket next time!

I used a stamp from Dina Wakley Textures to add some detail around the edges, then trimmed the panel, matted it onto black card, then adhered it to my card base.  On a spare piece of black card, I wrote the HB2U with a white Posca pen, and stuck a strip of the trimmed card across the bottom using 1/8 inch Wonder Tape.  It just adds that little bit of interest.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
Shirley x

16 March 2016

I could while away the hours

Hi I'm here today to share an entry into my large art journal.  It must be the time of year as I am feeling a tad florally at the moment and some blooms have just landed onto my art journal pages!

For this project I used Dylusion paints.  I mixed crushed grape and fresh lime with some white to
make my colours pastel.  I recently have enjoyed designing and carving some of my own stamps onto
speedball easy cut stamp carving blocks.  I used one of these to stamp onto my background with the pastel colours.  I also stamped  one of Nathalie Kalbach grunge stamps in black for a little more interest.

I pencilled on my flowers along with some free falling leaves, leaving these void I began to blend crushed grape and white linen around the pastel openings.

I added some doodling with my Black and white Posca pens.  Onto some white card i stamped a Julie Nutting mixed media doll, Megan and coloured her in.    On a clean up page,  where I had been cleaning off  my brushes I stamped  my background  stamp and then stamped Megans dress over the top and cut out to dress my doll.

I finally stamped my saying using Dylusions alphabet stamp

Thats all from me today, thanks for stopping by,
Clare x x x 

06 March 2016

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Sunday, and Happy Mother's Day!  I thought I'd show you the card I've made for my mum, using the Pomegranate Bits from Julie Fei-Fan Balzer.

There are two masks in the pack, and all I did was ink them with Distress Ink Minis, spritz lightly with water, then lay each one down onto white card, pressing with kitchen towel to ensure full contact and to make sure the inks blend.
You can get a bit of splatter/leakage as you lay the mask onto your card, but that suits me, because I add more splatter anyway!

When you remove the mask, there is still sufficient ink left on it for another quick spritz and a softer image.  You can also use either side of a mask, which helps to give a bit of variety to your composition.

To finish off my card, I defined the edges of the images by very quickly and loosely scribbling around the edges with a fine tipped black pen.  I created a matching sentiment by watercolouring the same Distress Inks onto white card, then die-cutting the Hero Arts Happy Stamp & Cut, and stamping the rest of the sentiment, then mounted the whole panel onto yellow card.

That's it from me today - enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Shirley x

04 March 2016

New Arrivals | Kelly Purkey

Hello there!

Are you a planner addict?
Or do you just like small but VERY useful stamps?

I use mine for my pocket page scrapbooking as well on my calendars and in my diary.

If the answer is yes, you will be pleased to hear that we have now taken delivery of the new Kelly Purkey Planner stamps.
Kelly Purkey Adventure Planner Stamps
Kelly Purkey Fitness Planner Stamps
One of my favourite products in the Kelly Purkey Line are the mini ink cubes.  I'm a fan of mini ink cubes and Hero Arts inks anyway.

You can find all of the Kelly Purkey Ink Cubes here
Happy Planner!

Just before I go, quick reminder we still have a HUGE sale section with lots of marvellous goodies still available. We have even added new lines to our paper sale!

Happy Creating!