Moth Fab With Hearts


Me again. I made this last month for a Stampotique challenge & then forgot to blog it………….

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I used an MDF three piece frame from Imagination Crafts, covering the top piece with a square of patterned paper.

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I used a baby wipe to blend PaperArtsy Fresco paints, I can’t remember which ones exactly………..

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Added stencilling (TCW & Andy Skinner)…………

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Gold embossing paste through a Dina Wakley stencil for TCW. Moth Fab was painted with Frescos…….

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I added some stamping with black Archival ink & used a Luminarte shimmer spray in blue, it gives a very subtle shimmer……

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The heart is MDF, also from Imagination Crafts. I painted it with white gesso & Eggplant Fresco, then Snowflake Fresco through a stencil. I covered it with Glossy Accents to finish….

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I debated with myself about adding a sentiment or a quote, but decided not to, I think it’s okay as it is.

I would like to enter this into the challenge on the new Mixed Media World blog. Thanks for looking.


My Birthday Cards


It was my birthday earlier in the week & I got so many gorgeous cards that I had to share them.

From Sarita….

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Kate, Gill & my Chocolate Baroque friends….

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Lesley & Karen….

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Julie Ann & Jan….

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Hazel & Helen….

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A close-up of Hazel’s amazing UTEE embellishment….

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Emma & Lin….

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Sarah & Margaret….

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Chris & Georgina….

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Claire & Lisa….

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Aren’t they all wonderful?? Enormous thanks to everyone, I feel very lucky.


PaperArtsy Challenge #4 Miniature Art


Good morning. The PaperArtsy challenge this week is all about things in miniature & yet again, there was incredible inspiration from all the designers. I had a few ideas, none of which I’ve had time to make, but yesterday I came up with this, my first ATB………………

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The block was made from kraft card, using a WRMK board, which I borrowed from a friend to try out. Very easy to make boxes with it, but scoring heavy weight card irritated the carpal tunnel in my left hand & I don’t like the ‘link the two sides together’ closure – sorry, can’t think how to describe it. Anyway, I still want the ATB dies. I painted this one – it’s the smallest size ATB, btw – with black gesso & set it aside.

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I created a masterboard following Leandra’s series of YouTube videos, using a variety of Fresco paints & a brayer.

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I added various colours, including Orchid, Turquoise, Caribbean Sea, Cheesecake & Guacamole………..

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Then stamping with assorted PA stamps, including Lin Brown & Ellen Vargo sets……………..

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I chose images from Darcy Wilkinson’s Eclectica 11 & Eclectica 12 sets, & painted them with Lin Brown’s new limited edition Frescos………..

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I painted the Lin Brown owl from & sat him in flowers I’d cut from the masterboard with the Tim Holtz Tattered Floral die……..

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I glued the ATB to a spool I’d painted with black gesso & Fresco Old Gold, then I sanded it & added Little Black Dress Fresco to the sanded areas……

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That’s it, thanks for looking. I’d like to enter this into the PaperArtsy challenge.

PaperArtsy Challenge #3; Paint


Happy Sunday to one & all, yet again I’ve left my entry into the PA challenge almost to the last minute. There’s been so much fantastic inspiration on the PA blog for this challenge, but when I saw Clare Lloyd’s wonderful ledger book portrait last night, I knew that was the one I wanted to attempt. I also knew it would take me ages to finish, so I decided I would copy Clare’s page, even down to using similar colours, because that would give me more time to work on the face.

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The background is Bora Bora & Turquoise Fresco paints over black gesso. I painted a rough face shape with Honeydew Fresco, added a few details & some colour – Orchid for the hair, Turquoise for the eyes –  to get me started. (Already, my ‘inner critic’ was screaming so loud I’m surprised the neighbours weren’t complaining)………

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After this I got so engrossed I forgot to take photos, but trust me, I spent HOURS on this face. Thank goodness for opaque Frescos, I kept painting over & redoing the facial features because I couldn’t get them right, but each time the Honeydew paint covered up perfectly what was underneath.

I used Sky & Limelight Frescos for the shading with baby wipes & a water brush.

As with the first face I did, everything is wrong with this one, but if you just glance at it quickly, it doesn’t look too bad. (At least, that’s what I keep telling myself)

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I finished with stamping using various PA stamps; EDY01, EEV05 & EEV06, ESN02 & I painted the centres of the spiky circles with Guacamole & Limelight Frescos.

Thank you so much to Clare for the inspiration & I would like to enter this page into the PaperArtsy challenge HERE.

A Journal Page For Sam


A few weeks ago I received a lovely surprise in the post; a gorgeous A6 journal from my Twitter friend, Sam.  She altered the cover with various mixed media items, mostly by Deco art & you can see how she did it in her blog post HERE. She sent me the blue one & I’m thrilled with it. I adhered the little card she sent with it to the inside cover & then made a quick page while I was waiting for other things to dry………..

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I gessoed the page first, then stamped Topknot from Stampotique & covered her with masking fluid. Applied Zesty Zing, Limelight & Yellow Submarine Fresco paints with a cosmetic sponge & wiped off the masking fluid, the added the black & white details…………….

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Thank you so much Sam, I LOVE my little journal.