Friday, 26 May 2017

Seascape Driftwood Frame

Driftwood Seascape

With Debs Frost

Saturday 15th July 10.00-1.00 £20.50

Using Creative Expressions Gilding Polishes
We shall create something special using the varied techniques available with these yummy products. We shall create a stunning circular driftwood look frame reflecting the beach & lazy summer days using Gilding Polishes, stamping, die cutting, embellishments & texture with soft pearly shades of blue, pearl & silver. Never used Gilding Polishes before? Beware they are addictive as they are very versatile & come in a range of luscious colours! The price of your workshop will include the pack of 2 frames but we will only have time to work on one so the smaller one will be yours to get creative with at your leisure. A suggestion sample will be provided. 
Please bring a basic kit of pencil, ruler, scissors, etc. If you have some coloured pencils that you could bring please do to avoid waiting but I will provide some. The stamp set we shall use is “The Sea View Collection” from May’s edition of Creative Stamping so if you have this set it would be great if you could bring it again to avoid waiting.


Father's Day from Stix2


A5 white card blank S57342
Printable Acetate S57183
Spray Fabric paints Bahama Blue, Neon Green,Sapphire Blue, Neon Pink
Tinted Card Intensive Blue & white
Transfer foils
Clear Foam pads
All available from:-

Father's Day is just around the corner & here's a  fun card for Dad using Stix2 products & featuring the very versatile printable acetate which is one of my favourites. I've sprayed some white card with a mix of the fabric spray paints which are great for paper craft too & when dry I have printed the sail boat (Sail Away JGS520)  & coloured with water based pens. I die cut an aperture from the front of the card blank & then attached the stamped image to the inside of the card so that the boat shows from the front. I then printed the words I wanted using Word on my computer & then printed it onto the acetate in the same way you would onto a piece of card. Easy!! I would advise just leaving the acetate to one side for a while just to allow the ink to "set" as it's slightly tacky when it comes out of the printer. I then cut the acetate to fit & attached it to the inside of the card with DS tape. I cut another piece of white card with the aperture to fix over this just to hide the tape & make it look neater.   



Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Flowers from Foam

I've just discovered a great product for flower making & I can see it becoming quite addictive. It's called  "foamiran" & it's a very thin foam which can be die cut or even punched. You can then heat it either with an iron or heat tool & scrunch it up to create great shaping for your flowers. It can be coloured with inks or I used Gelatos on a wet  wipe. The heart is MDF & I gave it a coating of Creative Expressions Gilding Polishes.  



Mixed Media Altered Jar


I've been playing with another "Altered Bottle" in preparation for my workshop this coming Saturday, which is all sold out so if you wanted to join us let me know & I may plan another date. 
I began by covering the jar with white Gesso & then when dry I glued a piece of bandage in place twisting it into a swathe as I went. Then I glued paper roses, chain, charms , beads etc. in fact anything which creates interest & texture. When dried I then painted over everything with pink, blue & mint pearly acrylic paint. Finally I added a few pink glass beads for some extra twinkle. 

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Sunday School fun with Stix2 Fabric Glue Pen

Just thought I'd share these photos of Littleham Church Sunday School Exmouth hard at work with their fabric project using  the new Stix2 Fabric Glue pen which proved just perfect for the job! The pens were kindly donated by Ruth at Stix2 so a big "Thank You" from all the kids (& big kids!!) who created such great work with them!









Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Art Journalling- Love, Love ,Love

OK I know I'm a little late for Valentine's day but some scrumptious stamps & mixed media products from IndigoBlu have  recently come into my possession & I just had to have a play! Some of you will know of my recent obsession for my art journal so I decided to put my new goodies to good use. So here's what happened!


The first thing I did was to create the textured border you'll see at the left. I stuck some white tissue paper all over a piece of card using Super Thick Slap it On. When dry I torn off a piece & gave it a coat of black gesso. Leave to dry again & then I just lightly brushed IndigoBlu metallic acrylic "Ruby Slippers". This is quite useful as you have the rest of the tissue piece to treat with other colours & mediums.
For the main background I used Distress inks Barn Door, Dusty Concord & Victorian Velvet. I really soaked this with a spray & let it move around & run before drying off with a heat tool. I then dripped some water onto the ink & blotted out with some kitchen paper.
 Next I stamped IndigoBlu's "Love Is" using a Onyx Black Versafine- gorgeous stamp! Now came the fun part my first play with Flitter Glue & gilding flakes, good thing I paid attention! I was thrilled with the results stamping with  "Heart Flourish"- such great detail & so easy, I thought I was bound to mess it up but no!!   
I masked parts of the sentiment & printed separately which worked out well so all that was left to do then was to add some touches of the "Ruby Slippers" to the stamped image & stick the border in place. The little butterflies, dragonflies & hearts you see were punched from a piece of black card which had a "smear" of the red metallic paint applied. To finish I added some leather flowers which I knew would come in handy when I added them to my stash! I scuffed the edges of the page & aged a bit with some Black Soot Distress ink.   

Here's a closer look at the border

The gorgeous heart stamp

My first attempt at Flitter Glue & gilding flakes- I'm proud of that!
OK I'm done for now ....my art journal is beckoning again!!

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Love is in the air

Soon the wedding season will be in full swing again so here's a pretty card to send to the happy couple or indeed for an anniversary, using Stix2 products. I've used a Stix2 A5 ivory card blank & for the panel at the centre I've  die cut a piece of ivory pearl card & then passed it through an embossing folder. The delicate blue edging have been die cut using the beautiful Stix2 Moondust card in baby blue I've placed a piece of double sided polyester ultra sticky sheet under the the die cut aperture before covering with seed beads from the bead & glitter set (you can see all the products I have used in the final photo). The borders at each side are created from the micro beads from the same set with the ultra sticky tape. The 2 ovals which I've used for the sentiment are Stix2 die cuts- very handy as they layer together perfectly.