30 June 2013

Shine like a Star

Today I'm sharing a little art doll I've made... I wanted a change from all the painty panels!
I found two tiny 2" canvases lurking in a box, so decided to use them as the body for my doll. I glued them together, then wrapped bits of old book page around them for extra strength, and to hide the joins!
 The body, Tando chipboard butterfly wings (one big butterfly cut in half!), and the spool base were all then given a coat of gesso. I used Claudine Hellmuth paints for everything, landscape green, classic teal and dash of red being the three I used this time. One of the fab things about buying the paint in the mini kits is the teeny bottles you get. This means you can use the paint through the fine nozzle to create dots....
Once blasted with a heat gun, the dots will raise up and give fabulous texture!
Once painted, I glued everything together, then added arms. These were done by twisting wire into shape, then glueing to the back of her body...
The front of the canvas has a red star.... with a teeny rub on word..
The head of the doll is a Stampotique figure, decapitated!

Have a great week everyone!
Trish xx

27 June 2013

Scrap, layered, big tag

I really cannot tell you how many layers are on this tag, there are so many I could use it as a door stop! No seriously it's not that bad but there are a few. 

I had absolutely no idea what direction I was going to take this project in so I just went with it and the end result didn't turn out too bad I don't think. 

I started out with one of the massive Ranger tags. These tags are so big they stand alone as backgrounds and make great mini book pages or cards. 

I put it through a wood grain embossing folder for texture and sprayed it with ink and I was initially hoping the spray would work it's way around the embossing and look totally cool but it just wasn't happening, so I covered that up with two coats of gesso. (Two because the first layer activated the ink colour).  I sprayed again this time with two colours of Mr Hueys, Estate Green and Taxi Yellow.  I loved the colour but over the gesso layer it was too bright and swamped the scrap layers on top so I toned this down a bit by scraping over some white acrylic. 

The background still screamed at me but once I'd layered my photo and scrap papers it was looking a lot better. 

Happy thursday, have fun and I'll see you next time.

Jaine x

26 June 2013

Learn to Dance in the Rain

Paula here again.....another card I know but it can be translated on to canvas or a journal page.

Products Used:
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads: Ripe Persimmon; Festive Berries; Worn Lipstick; Black Soot
Donna Downey Stencil: Perforated Dot Flower
Dylusions Stencil: 5x8 Number Jumble
Tim Holtz Stamps: Psychedelic Grunge
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Remnant Rubs: Elements; Words; Numbers
Archival Ink: Jet Black

The basic gist, goes a little like this......
  • Card blank size is 99mm x 210mm
  • I've used the Donna Downey stencil randomly over the card, using the Ripe Persimmon, Festive Berries and Worn Lipstick.
  • Used the Dylusions Stencil using the Black Soot ink.
  • Stamped the circles from the Psychedelic Grunge stamp set.
  • Added different Remnant rubs.
  • Used a Dymo machine to do the quote.
  • Die cut the man and umbrella out, I used grey card and then coloured it with a black marker.


25 June 2013

Make a wish!

Happy Tuesday everyone, Gez here sharing a little project I have been working on using one of the small glass corked vials available from HERE over at the shop.

.. make a wish!

Thank you for calling, have a great week. Happy creating, Gez oxox

24 June 2013

morning tag


It was a very busy month for me...and I became a wife! I can't think of anything but love. I'm joking ;)
Here is my messy tag. This tag was made at 5am please don't expect nothing amazing from it ;)

I've used these products:
- Ranger Black tag No.8

23 June 2013

How beautiful..

I really love challenges, especially color palettes and sketches. The challenge blog "Thats just so cute" have many different challenges and they have a color challenge every month. This time it was a really lovely palette! It's only a few days left to play along with this challenge but maybe you want to give it a go?

This time I made a page for my art journal. The text stamp says; "How beautiful the day is when touched by the kindness."This book will be filled with only good pages :-)

For the background I started out by applying molding paste trough a TCWS stencil. I also sprayed on some Goose Bumps. LOVE that medium! I than sprayed some glimmer mist on and started to mix up water colors to get the right shades. To finish the page of I used a rubbon from Tim Holtz. They are so beautiful and really easy to rub on:-)

I've used these product that you'll find in the shop:

22 June 2013

Listen To Your Heart...

(or....another way to use indian inks!)

I've been playing with Indian Inks again, another one of those 'old school' techniques. In fact, I'd go as far as to say this is literally an old school technique, as I used to do this with paint when I was about 5 years old at school!!!
I made this panel.....
(This is also about the closest I will ever get to clean and simple.....and I'm still covered in ink!!)
The heart shape has been cut out from an inky background, a background that is both loads of fun and a total doddle to do!
You need to get two pieces of glossy cardstock (has to be glossy, regular cardstock just absorbs the ink and you don't get the smooshy movement). Drip a few drops of ink onto one piece of card, then place the other piece over the top, glossy side to glossy side. Squish the card with your fingertips, then peel back. You'll have two pieces of multi coloured, vibrant backgrounds! I made lots....
You need to experiment with colour combos and the amount of ink you use....as you can see some of my pieces ended up a little muddy! You can use a whole sheet for a very surreal other-worldly look, or you can choose to use just a small portion, as I did!
I swiped some of the same coloured ink across my plain white panel, then added a piece of washi tape. I attached a strip of card I had die cut, and lightly glued down the heart on top...
I then got the sewing machine out, and added a border, and fastened the heart down with stitching...
After all this was done, I wanted to tone down the vibrant colours, and add a little grungy-ness! This was done very simply by gently brayering with white paint. I waited until this point to do this as I knew I wanted to take the harsh black-ness away from the stitching too!
The only crisp black colour comes in the form of my rub on words....
Lots of white space from me today, not my usual way of doing things, but I think I like it!!
Love Trish xxxx

20 June 2013


I'm sorry to say that this is one of those looong posts with loads of pictures but that's only because I got carried away with the process and wanted to share it with you at every stage! 

It did start as an experiment which I'm happy to report worked a treat, so here it is;

My page started with a coat of black Claudine Hellmuth Studio gesso just for a change instead of white. I wanted to see how other paint colours looked over the top. I also had the idea to create an area of negative space so I die cut a border of birds from a piece of sticky masking tape (you could use something like stick and spray too) and stuck them down to my page. 

With Neo Colors II by Caran d'Ache in my usual favourite colours, I added colour to the background going right over my mask.

I added water to activate the paint in the crayons being careful around the mask so as not to let paint get under the birds. 

Using a Balzar Design Stencil (mini pomegranate) I sprayed water through then used a piece of kitchen towel to lift off the paint. I loved how the black gesso is now peeking through here. Those Neo colors are really shining on the black background too.

To lift the page further I added some marks in white acrylic paint.

I lifted off the mask and woah, I was so pleased at how pretty it looked.  I added some torn pieces of Tim Holtz tissue paper and drew around the circles.

Finally my title "Waiting".  I like to get the most out of my alphabet stickers so I use my negative spaces too.  I also created some borders with some pieces of Glitz Design papers color me happy.

I'm really loving using the black gesso as an under layer and experimenting with what I can use on top, each time I'm amazed.

Happy thursday

Jaine x

19 June 2013

21 today

Paula here with a 21st birthday card design.....

Products used:
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Remnant Rubs: Numbers
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Remnant Rubs: Words
Tim Holtz Stamps: Mixed Media
Tim Holtz Stamps: Steampunk
Tim Holtz Stamps: Psychedelic Grunge
Donna Downey Stencil: Perforated Dot Flower
Dylusions Stencil: 5x8 Number Jumble
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads: Festive Berries; Worn Lipstick; Black Soot
Archival Ink Pad: Jet Black

Right, the basic gist of this is......
  • Card Size is 99mm x 210mm
  • I took a ProMarker pen and scribbled down a base layer of colour.
  • Used the Festive Berries and Worn Lipstick Distress inks through the Donna Downey Stencil.
  • Used Black Soot Distress Ink through the Dylusions stencil.
  • Stamped the circles and star shape from the Psychedelic Grunge set using Archival ink.
  • Used Tim Holtz Remnant Rubs.
  • Stamped the hand and reverse stamped it (I used an old brayer to reverse the image) Cut the hands out.
  • Typed out Happy Birthday using a Dymo.
  • Stamped the star within circle image from the Psychedelic Grunge in Festive Berries.
  • Added some white rub ons from my own stash, as well as adding the word twenty and the number one.


18 June 2013

Be mine? Tin man tag by Gez

I am delighted to be sharing a tag creation with you today.

I decided to set myself a little challenge to use up some of those little scraps I just can't bare to throw away which are lying around my desk and to also try and fit it into Vicki's 10 minute challenge over at the biskit barrel, yipee, I did... apart from the colouring.. that took wayy longer! However, it was a great challenge!

I started with a plain black No.8 tag and tore away the left hand side.. I then ran up the sides with the Chevron Glitz Design Roller Doodle stamp.. gotta love these!

The gorgeous Tinman is a  fabulous new design by Janet Klein and is available HERE when you scroll down the page, along with his cute friends..

The red chevron paper is from the Yours Truly paper collection by Glitz Design along with the little advertisment from the Ephemera paper and the little cut out hearts are from the Color Me Happy Hearts paper also by Glitz Design.

There are new products being added to the store weekly, so why not sign up for the newsletter, details in the left hand column of the home page HERE! 

Thank you for calling, happy creating, Gez oxox

17 June 2013



After a long break I would like to show you my page from a new art journal. My summer art journal is bigger than usually. I have a few 12x12 papers which I don't want to cut to small pieces – I love them too much ;) Anyway...here is my first page.

It's difficult to say what I used in order that's why I will simply listed.

Magda x

16 June 2013

A bottle full of wishes...

I've made a painty canvas to share today, with lots of extra little details that you can use to jazz up those canvas projects!
The canvas itself (a 5 x 5 chunky box canvas), has had my usual treatment of smearing paint across it! I've used Golden paints for this, in teal and violet. I also added some rough puff paint areas to give some texture...

I did a little painty printing, but this canvas is all about the additions really, not the background!
I took two of the idea-ology glass vials, and dripped in a mixture of white glue, water and Indian ink. Put the cork back in, then shook them up. Poured away the excess, and you're left with an interesting coloured look to the bottle!
I glued on the bottles to the canvas, then wrapped some wire around them. This is purely for decoration, the glue is holding them on securely! I also twisted the wire to form a bow, then added that to the wire wrapping.
The feet for my canvas are made from rolled up paper spirals, painted to match....
Not to be left out, I also added interest to the top of the canvas. I coloured a paper flower to match the rest of the project, then added an idea-ology door knob to the centre...
I curled up the petals to it looks very dimensional from the side view...
The final touch as to add the letters, idea-ology again!

So... feet, flowers, door knobs and great big items such as bottles can all adorn your canvases!
See you soon!
Trish xxx

14 June 2013


Most of the time I have a lot going on on my pages. I love color, pattern, paint, inks etc. But I also LOVE the clean&simple style of scrapping. Today I'm showing you a really simple, yet striking way to show of a favorite photo.

For this page I used a large Ranger tag as a base for my photo. I also added two copies of the photo to make it stand more out. The card with the text on it is from Glitz Design: Color Me Happy Bits & Pieces. To give the page a little extra I added a sticker text and a little bird paper clip from Prima.

So there you have it - made in minutes:-)  

(sorry about the really bad picture. Not easy to get a clear photo on a grey, rainy day;-) )

13 June 2013

More canvas painting

This week I'm back to using my sticky backed canvas by Claudine Hellmuth. It really is wonderful stuff and I'm surprised at how much stuff I can paint onto it and not loose it's stickiness!!

I saw this painted canvas in a magazine and thought I'd use it as inspiration to make a canvas of my own.

It was easy to get the grungy finish as when I used a brayer to roll on the acrylic paint, the texture of the canvas automatically gave me the look I was after. 

While I was in the Claudine Hellmuth mood I took out her Decor foam stamps to add my red squares. 

I used a tag from the set of Vintage Mechanicals by Finnabair  to embellish my flower stalk and more sticky canvas to die cut some leaves and a flower. 

Happy thursday, I hope it's a good one.
Jaine x

11 June 2013

Midnight in Paris tag!

Good morning, Gez here sharing a tag I made for my daughter.. we are in the process of deciding whether to visit Paris or Florence.. I think we might just have to do both!!

I started with a plain {black tag} size No.8, stamped and inked the background word stamp from the {Papillon} Tim Holtz Rubber Stamp set onto the tag. I didn't mind the little white speckles as I thought they look like tiny stars and I wanted a shabby finish to the tag..

Next I stamped the Effel Tower stamp onto black Glitz Design Color Me Happy {Chalkboard} cardstock which has a nice chalky old fashioned blackboard appeal to it (I can see many uses for that paper!)

To finish off the tag I used a butterfly stamp from the {Papillon} set and stamped it onto Claudine Hellmuth's white {Sticky-Back Canvas} using {Jet Black} Archival ink pad and coloured the butterfly randomly with {Distress Stains} I also added tiny dots of Ranger Liquid Pearls in a line down the centre of the butterfly to create a body and added a flick of {Funky Fuchsia} Dylusions ink spray to add to the grunge effect!

The heart and words 'someday' were cut from Glitz Design Color Me Happy {cardstock}

Thank you for calling, I hope you like my tag ♥