25 November 2015

Black Poppy with Alcohol Inks

Morning, folks!  I've been playing with alcohol inks, and getting them to move over my glossy card using an air duster (a can of compressed air, available from your local computer shop).  

Alcohol inks dry really quickly.  Using a straw will move the ink before it dries but an air duster also allows you an element of control over the shape, so it enables you to build up petal-like layers.

Here's how my flower started off:
A few blobs dropped directly onto glossy card, each one given a little blast of air.  Check out the inky fingerprint!
Add some drops of blending solution in the centre and watch it push the colour out, then introduce greens and blues in the background.
Keep on adding drops of ink, blasting with air.  A gentle blast of air gives you the frilly edges on the flowers (as on the left) and a sharp blast of air gives you the spiky edges (on the right).
You don't have a lot of control over the finished flower, but you get some pretty results!
Looks good in yellow, too!

You can find Adirondack Alcohol Inks, Blending Solution and glossy card here.

23 November 2015

The Twelve Designers Of Christmas is back

I can't believe how quickly a year has gone by and it'll soon be time once again to celebrate the season by hosting our very successful Twelve Designers Of Christmas festival.

Between 1st and 25th of December, right here on the blog, we'll be bringing you inspiration and amazing creativity from not only ourselves but some fantastically talented designers too. 

As well as the Designer projects there will be Twelve fabulous products which we'll be taking a closer look at and there'll even be a little give away at the end of it so you really don't want to miss a thing. 

Join us on 1st of December for the launch of the festive fun, you won't want to miss it.

20 November 2015


Good morning folks, how are you? Today I wanted to share a little bit of journaling with you. One of our more recent dark evenings, I found myself in need of some cheering up so, I headed off to my craft room to dig out my journal.

For the background I blended Dylusions paint. I used Lemon zest & Vibrant turquoise. I added some background stamping using the numbers from Tim Holtz Stuff to Say stamp set.

I painted a piece of card with my Dina Wakely media line paints and then stamped some circles from the Finnabair Don't forget to fly stamp set. I adhered these into my journal and sketched in my blooms. I then added a coat of white paint to my flower petals and dried before adding some colour to the petals and some shading with Inktense pencils.

Finally, with my white and black paint pens, I added some doodling and the word 'blooms' to my project. Sitting and creating in my journal really cheered up my dark, dull evening.

Thanks for stopping by today.
Happy crafting,
Clare x x x

19 November 2015

In our sale...


Who doesn't love a bargain? 

We have lots of goodies in our sale section, 
but this is just a quick note to let you know 
that we have now reduced 

We wont be restocking these papers, so if you are Tim fan 
it could well be worth popping over top take a peek at what we have left.  

We are down to 1 or 2 pads left in some cases. 

Happy Creating!


18 November 2015


I wanted to create a simple Christmas plaque as my project today... not many colours, not loads of distracting detail... I hope it works!

I covered an MDF panel with music paper, then gave it a wash of white gesso. A further wash of sky blue paint, and that was it!
I covered the panel with a layer of clear gesso, as I knew I wanted to add wet media in the form of watercolour pencils. The clear gesso gives an even 'tooth' layer, enabling the watercolours to move about freely, whilst still being able to see through to the layers underneath.
I sketched out and coloured my figure..

As i mentioned, watercolour pencils for the face, then I coloured her hair with blue acrylic ink. I added sprinkles of white UTEE as the snow, and also drew some larger flakes with a white gel pen..

My word is a die cut word from Hero Arts, I cut it from thin card then used gilding flakes over the top to give the silver metallic sheen..

Have a fabulous day,
Trish xx

ASOI products used:

White Gesso
Sky Blue Paint (Dina Wakely)
Clear Gesso
Watercolour pencils
Acrylic Ink
Hero Arts word Die
White Gel pen

15 November 2015

Abstract alcohol inks !!

Good morning
Tracy here with today's post....

Sometimes you need to just let go and play with no preconceived idea, refresh your inspiration and be free. 

My favourite way to do this is to get out my trusty alcohol inks and alcohol gloss card......

I love the random patterns that alcohol inks make when you drop them onto a multitude of surfaces but the gloss card really does enable the inks to spread and create completely abstract results....

Using a straw to blow the ink around can create some fabulous effects....

Once I have a completed piece and allowed it to dry I love to sit and mindlessly doodle over my alcohol ink patterns with black and white gel pens, I love how every single piece is different and no two will ever be the same...

If you do this technique on white ceramic tiles all you need to do is wipe the tile over with alcohol blending solution and then start to drip the colours onto the tile. The colours spread instantly and you can drop colours inside of colours to create some great effects. They would make a fabulous gift as a set of multi coloured coasters !!!

Come on get out your alcohol inks, dust them off and play.....you'll have a blast but be warned...it's addictive !!!

Thank you for stopping by

Things I used today:

Bright and painty hugs

13 November 2015

A Peaceful Time - Journal Page


Georgie here today with you and I'm sharing another journal page. This page was purely about letting go completely caring and just being free on the page with a handful of colours. The experience was quite freeing, and peaceful. Hence the title.

Allow the colours free movement, spritzing with water is perfect for this, but do allow each layer to dry throughly before the next.

Some stamping of Finnabair's text bubbles, and shadowed with some Intense pencils.

Double background stamping, once with black ink and then with UTEE. I love the way these colours have mingled together and the black contrasts!!

Thanks so much my lovelies, that's all from me for today,

For a full list of products please see list below:

11 November 2015

Decorated Storage Jar

Hi guys, Shirley here with a decorated storage jar.  The plain empty jar was sitting unloved on a shelf in the garage so I thought I'd give it a makeover.

I started by prising off the plastic stopper on the lid, then brushed some Mod Podge on the insides and sprinkled in some Frosted Lake Mica Powder by Finnabair, replaced the stopper and gave it a good shake to distribute the powder.

Next, I pasted the outside of the jar with Mod Podge and adhered white tissue paper to provide a base for the next layer, then got my stamps ready.

Using the Finnabair Lace & Doily stamp set and Wire Net stamp, and Ranger Archival Ink in black, I covered a half-sheet of tissue paper in stamped images, leaving space between so that I could rip them apart.  You need to protect your work surface when stamping through tissue, because the ink will soak through.

I tore up the tissue then adhered it over the base layer,

then raided my stash of beads, ribbons and embellishments to pretty it up, mixed more Frosted Lake mica powder with gum arabic and water and painted around the shoulder and lower portion of the jar, and added some Frosted mica flakes around the base.  I added a light brushing of Mod Podge onto the coin charm then a dusting of Pale Silver mica powder.

Pretty, don't you think?  Think I'll have another look in the garage, see what I can find ....

ASOI products used:

Finnabair Mica Powder - Pale Silver
Finnabair Mica Powder - Frosted Lake
Finnabair Mica Flakes - Frosted
Finnabair stamps - Lace & Doily
Finnabair Stamps - Wire Net
Ranger Archival Ink - jet black
Mod Podge

06 November 2015

Don't Forget To Fly triptych

So... what do you do when you fancy making a triptych but don't have a suitable substrate? Make your own!

This little number was made from a cardboard box. I decided how big I wanted the middle panel to be, based upon the size of the main figure image, then cut two pieces this size from a bit of old box. One of those pieces was cut in half, leaving me with 3 bits....

I joined the pieces together with sticky backed canvas. Nice and sturdy, but flexible. Make sure you leave a gap between the 2 bits of card, as this is how a nice 'hinge' is created.

Stick a bit of canvas on both sides..

Once you've done both sides, the triptych shape is revealed..

Now it can be covered with either copy paper or old book pages...

And can then be decorated!

I used a mixture of Finnabair stamps, the main image figure:

And some circles..

And some butterflies!

Everything was painted with Dina Wakely paint, before grunging the designs up a little. I used black water soluble pencil, then blurred the lines with a waterbrush to create dark shadows.

Have a great day!
Trish xxx

ASOI stash used:
Dina Wakely Paint
Sticky Backed Canvas
Finnabair Stamps
Prima Stamps (on the triptych base)
Black watersoluble pencil

31 October 2015

What a Story - Layout

Hi my lovelies,

Georgie here today and sharing my latest layout - What a Story.

I'm going to list all products used at the end of this page  :)

Lots of different elements used to build up this composition. I played a little with different colours to build a grunge look to contrast the soft photo.

Started with some stencilling mixing paste with Mica Powder, then added some stamping. Also with the stamping I went around the outside to keep the eye focussing inward.

Lots of gorgeous elements to help build layers, and splatters of white gesso to tie everything in.

Adored playing with Mica Powders, some of them the new release from Finnabair. 

Here is the list of items used:

7 Dots Studio:

Finnabair Line:

Prima Embellishments:

That's my post for today, and hope it proves some inspiration for you.

29 October 2015

Whimsical Animals

Good morning lovely and creative ones, Tracy here with a quickie post from me today.....

For a long time I have looked at all those cute critters appearing in everyone's art journals and said to myself 'I want to do that'
I have never been the best at drawing and learn more from watching than trying to figure it out myself but have found lately that I am more able to look at things and break them down into basic shapes therefore making it easier to create things I never thought I could....

Using the fabulous Dylusions and Dina Wakley paints I created my background and sketched my bear on top, just basic shapes, circle for the head, semi circles for the ears, eyes and nose. 

I used the golden paints in ochre and umber paints mixed with white to paint my bear adding my shading and highlights as I went along. 

I love creating my whimsy animals, I just can't stop. Look what else I have been creating....,

Aaaah my lovely little bunny !!!

And my happy little hippopotamus!!!!!

The possibilities are endless

Show me what you can create!!

Bright and painty hugs

25 October 2015

Making Tracks

Hi folks, Shirley here with a card for those oh-so-hard-to-make-for menfolk in our lives.  The Tim Holtz Treads Layering Stencil was the perfect starting point.  I used Finnabair's Graphite Texture Paste through the stencil onto some watercolour card.  Don't be put off by the 'undercoat' colour of the paste - when it dries it's a beautiful dark colour with a fabulous slightly sparkly texture.

A close-up of the texture - with sticky pads in the grooves, ready for the stamped image.
Once the paste was dry I wet the paper and dropped in some Distress Inks with a paintbrush - Faded Jeans, Seedless Preserves, Dusty Concord, Forest Moss, Peeled Paint - and let them move around and flow into each other.

I diecut the 'happy' (Hero Arts, Happy Stamp & Cut) from black card, smeared it with clear pigment watermark ink then brushed it with Finnabair's Mica Powder - Frosted Lake.

On a separate piece of card, I stamped the male image from Dylusions Couture Collection - Mini Couture, coloured it with the Distress Inks and fussy cut it.  I added the 'birthday' then matted the whole piece to a white base card.

I hope that's given you an idea for cards for your men.  Thanks for stopping by!