Saturday, 3 October 2015

Recycled Candle Holder

Powertex creations.

Here's another couple of creations using Powertex.

Iv'e recycled an old Candle Holder and jar using this amazing medium. More creations yet to develop in the forthcoming weeks. Absolutely love this stuff.

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Bottle Top using moulding medium

My first attempt at using "Powertex"  - A Bottle Cover

This is a new creation made for a friend's Birthday. I bought this new medium at the Westpoint Craft show and absolutely love it.  This is a "Bottle Cover" which can be used for wine or perfume alike.

I can't wait to get creating using this fabulous medium. I love it as it's so versatile and comes in various colours and textures too.  Watch this space for many more creations soon....

Friday, 25 September 2015

From Autumn Leaf to Rose

From Leaf to Rose.

I made this Rose from some Maple leaves I picked up the other day. 

The middle leaf was folded inward and wound around itself to form the centre bud.  I then added extra leaves getting larger and larger as I added them around the centre bud. They were stuck down with a Glue Gun and edged with Starlight Paint from Imagination Crafts.

Eventually they will perish but I cannot wait for all the Autumn colours to arrive to make more. 

They would look lovely on a wreath for Christmas so I may spray them with Acrylic varnish to seal them in the hope that they last longer.

Friday, 11 September 2015

My new techniques for Imagination Crafts

My Starlight Paint Techniques for Imagination Crafts

Here are the two techniques I devised for Imagination Crafts using the new Starlight Paints as Sue used on the new Hochanda channel "Imagination Crafts" show seen yesterday 10th Sept.

Technique No 1.  - Painted flowers using Starlight Paint.  

These flowers and leaves were painted with "Starlight Paints" - to get this affect you load your paint brush with two different colours (one either side of the brush) then press down the brush down onto dark cardstock and wiggle to spread the colour into a petal shape leaving the darker colour in the middle.. Lift off the brush and do the same again to create another petal. Turn the cardstock to make it easier to paint each petal in turn until you have a complete flower,

The leaves were done in a similar way but you just press down and spread the colour onto the cardstock whilst wiggling the brush a little then turn the brush  and lift away from the card which will then form a point. Do the same for the other side of the leaf and then, when dry, cut them out to use as embellishments. 

Technique 2- "Sparkle Medium" Large Glitter

Spread some Sparkle Medium onto a Craft Mat and let it dry out. Scruch it up into big flakes and use this to stick onto your cardstock like big glitter. It looks fabulous if you use lots of different colours too. 

I hope you like my new techniques - I'll try and get a video up on here for you to actually see how I| did this. Off now to play even more with my craft stash.......

Friday, 4 September 2015

My crafting is going International....

My Freelance work is taking me International..

You never know who is watching whilst you are Demonstrating do you.......  

I was "spotted" at a card-making demo by the owner/founder of Art-Kure stamps and pens and am now working for the U.S. market.  

Art-Kure have their own website (currently being re-vamped) but currently mainly sell via Crafter's Companion USA and the stamps I am working with can be seen on their website.  

Art-Kure have a variety of ranges including "Timeless Britain" which are lovely scenes of iconic British views, scenes, landscapes, famous buildings etc.,  Just my cup of tea. They also have flowers of all sorts and USA iconic images such as The Statue of Liberty, The White House, Winter in Central Park etc., 

The card above is made on Acetate using the "Yosemite Chapel" stamp. Exciting times ahead I think.......

Friday, 14 August 2015

Imagination Crafts Demo - Otter Nurseries


Please join me and Sue Baker from Imagination Crafts on Saturday 22nd August from 10.00 - 4.00 p.m.

We will be demoing all products from the Imagination Crafts range including Sparkle Medium, Silkies and the new Starlight Paints.

Sue has a new video showing the new Starlight paints and how lovely they are.

Click the link below to be taken to Sue's new You Tube video to see the wonderful effects you can get using these paints.

Hope to see you there....

Friday, 24 July 2015

My Imagination Craft TV samples

Hi again

Here are just a few of my samples for the TV show on Create and Craft today at 11 a.m.

The show is full of inspiration using the new Starlight Paints, MDF Chalk paints, Art Cutz - something new for your stash to use with all sorts of projects.

I'm off to get the kettle on and put my feet up whilst watching the show. 

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Create and Craft TV - July 24th at 11am

Hi folks,

Here's another sample made for the Imagination Crafts show on Friday 24th July at 11.00 am.

This time Iv'e used an MDF Sleigh stenciled with the lovely new "Starlight Paint" - Orange Oxidized.
This paint seems to have magical powers - if you mix it with a little water it gives you a Silver sheen on the top of the colour. So unusual and adaptable, especially for those Christmas decorations. I love it and the colour range is fabulous.

Watch the show for many more samples and lots of lovely new products. More to come very soon...

Monday, 20 July 2015

More Imagination Craft TV Show samples.


Iv'e been busy again making some samples for the Imagination Crafts Create and Craft show on July 24th at 11am.

Iv'e been using Starlight Paints, MDF Chalk Paints Art Cutz - just wait until you see these - they are fab to work with and add that something special to all your projects.

To make this frame I used two colours of chalk paints (watch the show on July 24th for details) and added the lighter colour at the top and darker at the bottom.

I then painted the Art Cutz images in both colours and also used some Green Starlight paint. These were added top right and bottom left and that's all you need to do.
So simple and looks lovely - all ready for that special photo.

More samples to come very soon. Don't forget to watch the show for products and ideas.

Monday, 6 July 2015

My final post for WoW Design Team.

Hi all

This is my final post for on the WoW Embossing Powder Design Team. Iv'e thoroughly enjoyed my time with WoW but after approx 3/4 years, I thought it was time to leave the group and make way for fresh and exciting new talent especially as I'm moving on to crafty pastures new.

This project was made using Viva Las Vegas stamps and inks. Go to the WoW blog here to see more of the projects from the WoW team using VLV products.

I'm looking forward to seeing the fantastic projects made with WoW powders in the coming year and good luck to all the new Team members.

Friday, 3 July 2015

Wedding Box/Treasure Box for that special occasion

Here's my latest creation - a Wedding Box/Treasure Box

These boxes are great for that "special day" to put cards or money in and can be saved to
keep as a treasure box for all those special sentimental little things.

Great fun to make and lots of uses for them for Birthdays, Weddings, Anniversaries etc.

Friday, 12 June 2015

Imagination Craft Samples for Create and Craft TV

Hi all

As promised here are a few of the samples I made for the Create and Craft show today.

MDF Stands from Imagination Crafts -

For this Stand I mixed I.C. Gesso with Baking powder and spread it through a Snowflake Stencil then used my heat gun to make it expand a little. I then added the new I.C. Alchemy wax onto the board with my finger so that I could spread it between the raised snowflakes.

These new Blackboard MDF Stands come with their own sticky-backed black sheet so that you could stick them to the board and write onto the boards with chalk.  Iv'e created something a little different with my samples  and included post-it notes for the Shopping List Stand and for the Christmas Stands Iv'e used Stencils and the new Art Cutz shapes which will be out soon.

The paint Iv'e used is "Starlight" Paint - the new paint from Imagination Crafts that goes onto almost anything. Iv'e even used it for painting onto metal embellishments.

Click here:  Alchemy Wax and for the MDF Boards here to be taken to the  Create and Craft website.

Friday, 5 June 2015

Imagination Crafts samples for Create and Craft 12th June.

Hi folks

Imagination Crafts are back on Create and Craft TV again on Friday June 12th at 8.00 am. Here's a sneaky peek for you of just one of the samples Iv'e been making...

There are some fabulous new products for sale so I recommend tuning in to see some exciting new crafty products which Iv 'e had the pleasure of working with.

Iv'e had great fun making these samples -  I'll post all the samples once the show had aired - and add them to my Pinterest Boards too which you can find here.

Happy crafting everyone........

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Silhouette Cards with my Background papers.

Silhouette Scenes using my Imagination Crafts Designs

Here's a few Scenes created with my designs for Background papers from Imagination Crafts. 

Click here to be taken to the website.

Iv'e used some I.C. Stencils and Die Cuts to create these simple silhouette cards. 

Imagination Crafts are bringing out a whole new range of products which Iv'e been working with for Create and Craft TV shows. 

The next show is June 12th so I hope you will tune in to see some of the lovely new products available. 

Future shows to come will also feature more new fabulous items, in particular paints that Iv'e had the good fortune to work with - they are fabulous as they go onto all surfaces and have a sheen like no other paint Iv'e ever used before. 

Watch this space for more to come in future.....

Thursday, 14 May 2015

Otter Nurseries Demo - "Folk It" Home Decor & Chalk Paints

Demo at Otter Nurseries - "Folk It" for Home Decor and techniques with "Chalk Paints".

If you are in the Honiton area on Friday then please join me for a FREE Demo of "Folk It" techniques - similar to Canal Art you can decorate lots of items for Home Decor using the Folk It kits.  I'll be at OTTER NURSERIES in Ottery St Mary on Friday 15th from 10.00am - 4.00 p.m.

I'll also be demoing how to use Chalk Paints and their uses.   They work perfectly on MDF for crafting and home decor. Iv'e tried them for painting pictures and they work well so I'll be using the Chalk Paints in future on my projects.

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Landscape Moon backgrounds from Imagination Crafts

Hi all

As promised another card made with one of my backgrounds - Iv'e used a waterproof ink pad and acrylic paints to add colour to these background papers.

The papers are coated so water-based ink pads do not dry well on them but waterproof ink pads work well. They still need a little time to dry as does any acrylic paint you use on them.

For this card Iv'e coloured my flowers with Gold Metallic and Lime Green Acrylic paint.

Imagination Crafts Celtic Dies

Hi all

Here's just a taster of one of the new backgrounds Iv'e designed for Imagination Crafts. They go so well with the Celtic Dies and add a full background to any image or to any Scenic Die.

I want to try them next with stamps and embossing powders to create even more scenic cards so watch this space for more in the very near future.....

Friday, 10 April 2015

My New Designs for Sale with Imagination Crafts

Hi all

Pop over to the Imagination Crafts website here to see some of my new card designs. Dawn Mist, Lilac Moon, Warm Sunset, Landscape Moon and Meadow Sun. A sneaky peek for you....

More to come soon................................

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Nature's Gallery Wall Hanging

Hi folks

Here's a project I made at my demo on Saturday at Homefayre in Tiverton.  It's made from the packaging from a card pack.

I used the new Nature's Gallery Tissue for the background and flowers and the Ultimate Die Cut pack for the embellishments.  More to come soon....

Friday, 20 March 2015

Spring Rings from WoW

Make WoW Embossing Powder Spring Rings.

For this month's post for WoW Embossing Powders Iv'e made some Spring Rings - pop over to the WoW blog here for the instructions and to see more of these fun rings.

These rings can be made to match any of your outfits this Spring. WoW powders come in a vast variety of colours so you will be spoilt for choice. 

Friday, 6 March 2015

Bird and Bird Box Canvas

Bird and Bird Box Canvas Tutorial

This canvas was made using Imagination Crafts products along with other bits and pieces.  I hope you get out your canvasses and try this method of using up your bits and pieces.

Please find below my tutorial for March.  Title : "Bird and Bird Box Canvas"  

1.  Mix an equal amount of Bicarbonate of Soda and white acrylic paint and spread onto a canvas.  Place the Honeycombe stencil on top and spread more mixture on top again. 

2.  Scratch lines into the surface for effect 

3. Heat with a Heat gun and the paint and Bicarbonate of Soda mix will puff up.

4.  Add some more images from the Deco Branch Stencil and heat again. 

5. Stamp, cut out and stick on Flower Stamp images from the Imagination Crafts Decoupage stamp sets and add other bits and pieces including string etc. 

6.  Paint the whole canvas with white acrylic paints. When the White paint is dry, brush over the canvas with Blue Adirondak ink.

I loved creating this project and it's a great way to use up all your bits and pieces to make a work of art to use as home decor. 

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Memory Wire Cuff Bracelet and Earrings

Hi all

Iv'e popped a Memory Wire Cuff Bracelet and set of Earrings on my blog today as Iv'e been having a clear out of jewellery that Iv'e made and thought this was one set I would keep for future use.

I love making jewellery as well as painting, crafting and all sorts of other practical things. Iv'e been making a lot of canvasses lately so they will be on here soon for you to see.

More to come very soon.

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Imagination Crafts 3 Hearts Wall Hanger

Hi all

For this month I chose to make a 3 Heart Wall Hanger for my Imagination Crafts project.

Firstly I cut out 3 hearts of different sizes and painted them with Chalk Paints.  I then added Crackle Medium then repainted each Heart so the cracks appeared when the paint dried.

I then stamped some dots onto each heart around the edge for decoration. I used the Deco Branch Stencil with two colours of Sparkle Medium to finish each heart.

Jump rings were threaded through the top of each heart and a chain added to all 3 so that the hearts hung down in a row. More to come using Imagination crafts products in the future.

Products used in making the 3 Heart Wall Hanging
Stencil - Deco Branch
                                        Paint Chalk Paint Lamp Black,  Vanilla
                                        Sparkle Medium - Chartreuse,  Golden Pine

Friday, 27 February 2015

"Folk It" painting Demo tomorrow atOtter Nurseries

Hi all

I'm busy getting ready for my demo tomorrow 28th Feb at Otter Nurseries from 10.00 am - 4.00 p.m.

I'll be using the new "Folk It" Kits - anyone can learn to paint using these easy to follow instructions so if you fancy having a go at painting to create something for your home then come along and have a go.

Monday, 23 February 2015

My next Demo "Folk It" Art at Otter Nurseries 28th Feb,

Hi all

If you have ever fancied painting but don't know where to start, I'll be demoing the new "Folk It" Art Kits on Saturday 28th Feb at Otter Nurseries.

Why not come along and have a go yourself and see how easy it is to transform your home using Acrylic painting techniques and the "Folk It" Art method.

Here's just a taster of what I will be demonstrating.

Hope to see you there....

Friday, 20 February 2015

Wow Blog post Sneaky Peek

Hi all

Today I'm showing you a canvas using my WoW embossing powders.. Here's a sneaky peek at my creation now on the WoW blog.

Click here to be taken over to the blog to see more about this project. Why not join in with one of the challenges?

Sunday, 15 February 2015

Imagination Crafts Inspiration =Celtic Dies

Hi all,

For the Imagination Crafts Inspiration Post this month Iv'e made this card using one of the lovely Celtic Dreams Dies.

To make this card I firstly covered a piece of cardstock with tissue paper, When dry I dropped Inkadinks onto the tissue and spritzed lightly with water then  let it dry thoroughly.  I mounted the card onto black cardstock and then onto a large white card inked around the edges.  The Die was cut from the Celtic Dreaams Die range using black cardstock. This was then added to the card.

I also cut out two Butterflies for the top and bottom of the card.

For the glitter, I spread a variety of Sparkle Medium onto a craft mat and let it dry.  Once dry I scrunched it up and dropped it onto the card at the top and bottom using PVA glue. I also added it to the butterflies and tops of the mushrooms to finish.

This card is a bit different but then I do like to do things a little bit out of the ordinary. Back soon with more creations.  See you again soon for more Inspiration.

Products used

Sparkle Medium
Blue Moonstone
Royal Purple

Celtic Dreams  Die



Friday, 13 February 2015

Sneaky Peek at my Imagination Crafts Blog tutorial

Hi Folks

There is a new blog post on the Imagination Crafts Blog. Click here to be taken over to the blog for the full instruction for this project.

Here's a sneaky peek for you for my Triptych style card.

This is a very easy card to make so pop over and take a look. More tutorials to come very soon so watch this space.,