Friday, 29 April 2016


Entered into the PaperArtsy Blog challenge at

Hi Everybody. 

Well, makes a change, a typical April week....sunshine, rain, sleet, sunshine, more sleet....and start all over again! It's such a shame as I haven't been able to do the gardening and have had to get covered in paint instead. Tragic! I was joking about the garden though. My garden and I have an understanding...we leave each other alone unless absolutely necessary.

This week I'm entering the PaperArtsy challenge using rubbish....crafty, creative rubbish though! This was for me a 'challenging' challenge as white space can be a bit intimidating....down right scary I say! So I put my big girls pants on and set about challenging my 'eeeeek scary' head.

I was at the wonderful monthly craft group that I go to, run by the amazing Lynne Gilbert, trying to create a thing(or several) of beauty but really having a good natter and nosing at what all the other talented women were making whilst enjoying the coffee and nibbles that Lynne supplies( yes...I do leave some for others, my mum taught me well....).

Anyhoo, Lynne was showing us a technique that Kim Dellow uses which I must say is FABULOUS!!! My friend Debbie had finished with the repositional tape I'd shared and said that, knowing me, I'd probably make use of it. This was true. Last club I found a bit of a stick which I took a liking to and used it to make a hanging hearts thingie. I also love rusty bits of metal, onion bags, sea glass, shells, cereal packets, bottle tops, beer tops, computer parts,,,,,,etc. All donations welcome by the way....

So I had these pieces of painty tape, lovely colours on them too. I stuck them on a piece of card, in a creative and arty way of course, to take them home with me. I rather liked how they looked on the card but did not really know what I would do with them.

When I saw what the latest PaperArtsy challenge was I immediately thought of the tape...and this is how I made this journal layout....


repositional tape
PaperArtsy Fresco paints...variety of colours
JOFY flover stamps
Stampotique sentiment
pen and black ink
Cosmic Shimmer glue
Archival ink in black

I had already put the tape on the card so that part was done. As the colours were so lovely and bright I decided to use flowers with it. I like to make dimensional pieces ... so loads of flowers needed. I used JOFY flowers which I love, particularly as there are three sizes, all slightly different. 

I painted a piece of card, using the Kim Dellow technique and the same colours that were used on the tape. I then stamped the flowers onto the card and cut them out. I then stamped the sentiment onto a piece of white card, cut it out and edged it with the black archival.

I matted the tape card onto apiece of A4 white card and then stuck on the flowers. After this I flicked some black paint onto the whole piece and then drew and ink border and attached the sentiment....tadah!

Now for an apology...sorry about the mixed bold and not bold sections, can't remember how to correct it. If I haven't put in links correctly, my bad!

And now for the important bit, thank you for taking time to read this and I hope I made you smile...also happy with the odd groan instead though.

Happy crafting to all (and gardening...) xxx

Saturday, 16 April 2016


Inspired by the More Mixed Media Challenge

Hi All....

Today is very much an April showers day.....and dull, really dull! Plus I have a cold...grrr. I must say I'm looking fab though with a bit of tissue stuck up one nostril as that one is a leeky tap at the mo!! I know...gross image....back into my corner goes I!!

So to cheer my day I altered this sweetie tin....


Acrylic Paint
Ink Pad
Sweetie Tin

Firstly I gessoed the tin, then used a mix of DecoArt fluid acrylics in primary yellow, cadmium orange hue and cadmium red hue which I applied with a brush any old how...started with the lightest colour.
Then I stamped onto the tin using a selection of PaperArtsy stamps (primarily from the Eclectica  range), using Snowflake Fresco paint. I then spattered the tin with Little Black Dress.
I painted a piece of card with primary yellow and stamped the large Stampotique flower several times and the little one too (so it didn't feel left out...) with black Archival ink.
I curled the flower petals, layered them up, stuck them together, glued the result to the tin ....

Well, not quite. Big thank you to all who read this far. 
THANK YOU!! xxxx

Friday, 8 April 2016


Hi All....

Feeling sad....last journalling club, run by the very talented # Carol Fox, was held on Monday....waaahhhhh! Also my crafty mojo decided it needed a break and up and left! So was not in the best of moods on club night. Having said that Carol had designed a wonderful page to inspire us.

Anyway to cut a short story shorter....I was outside missing my e-cig (battery ran out!!), debating which of my car tires I was going to kick, when I spotted a broken piece of a rose bush and I thought...hummm I could do something with this. Earlier I had been eyeing a large wood pallet all on its lonesome by the recycling bins but alas it was too big to fit in my boot. So I consoled myself with my little rosewood stick.

Did I mention that it was a magic rosewood stick? Well it was because as soon as I got home my mojo returned and I had the idea for the little mobile above....using the magic rosewood stick!

Products used:

1 magic rosewood stick
#PaperArtsy Fresco paints in bubble gum, caribbean sea, yellow submarine, snowflake and little black dress
#PaperArtsy crackle glaze medium
#Decoart media fluid acrylics range metallic gold
Cosmic Shimmer glue
3D gloss gel
#Stampotique flower stamp...large and small.
#PaperArtsy text stamp (one of the mini ones....a definite favourite go to stamp!)
#Ranger Inc grungeboard shapes and letters
white cardstock..A4
MDF hearts
thin wire
cotton thread
beeswax pellets
#Archival ink pad in black

So, firstly I gessoed the MDF hearts and my magic stick. While these were drying I painted a sheet of cardstock with the Fresco paints in bubblegum, yellow submarine and caribbean sea...roughly covering a third of the card for each colour. I then stamped on the Stampotique flowers, a mix of large and small ones and then cut them all out.

Going back to the hearts, I painted them in the Fresco paint. On one of the hearts I applied crackle glaze, very thinly, with a pallet knife and when that dry I painted another colour on top. On another heart I melted on some beeswax and painted over that when it had dried. I then heated it again and, using a baby wipe, removed some of the wax and paint. I then heated it briefly again to smooth any bumps in the remaining wax.

Next, using the PaperArtsy stamp I stamped text on each of the hearts using an alternate colour from the base colour. Using the same paint colour I'd used for the text, I stamped flowers on the hearts using the small Stampotique flower. I also painted three grungeboard hearts.

Next I painted the edge of the MDF hearts and some grungeboard stars with the gold metallic paint. Then I painted the grungeboard letters in little black dress and attached them to the hearts with glue.

Back to the cut out flowers....I spattered them with the gold metallic, little black dress and snowflake. When dried I curled the petals and stuck a small flower in the centre of the larger one using the cosmic shimmer glue.

I also dry brushed the gold metallic paint onto my magic rosewood stick.

Using some thin black wire I attached the MDF hearts to the magic stick. I then attached the flowers to the stick using 3D gel...this also helped to keep the wire where I wanted it.

Finally (phewww!!) I tied on some pink thread to hang it up with.


If you have read this far thank you very much and hope I gave you the odd titter xxxx

Hugs and things,
Tricia xx


I have entered this into the That's Crafty blog challenge

I have also entered this into the Stampotique design challenge which can be found here

Tuesday, 5 April 2016


Hello All

Well, thus far my adventures in Blogland have been a bit of a nightmare both for me and the brave souls who have been trying to bring me into the 21st century!! So firstly a huge thank you to Debbie Whatley and Carol Fox for their hours of help and undying patience....I'm really going to be spending a fortune on flowers now!! Secondly, all the mistakes are of my own making....there will be loads!

So, having consumed copious amounts of coffee (should have added rum...lots of rum...) and as a way of avoiding the rest of the housework I'm posting a wee index card on which I practiced using masking fluid as a resist for the PaperArtsy blog challenge on...resists! You can find details of the challenge here...

OMG...I think I've done it....added a link...woohoo!


1 index card
masking fluid...fineliner application type
selection of PaperArtsy Fresco paints and Decoart media range paints. will do.

I painted the card with Fresco paint in Mermaid. Adore this colour! Dried it with my heat gun. Then I applied clear gesso on top and dried this layer. When it was completely dry I then applied the masking fluid in what I hoped was an arty way....then waited for it to dry...and waited ....had coffee...waited...

When it was finally dry I applied paint over the  masking fluid. I used a mix of colours, mainly dark blues, wiping some away with a wet wipe, drying in between layers.

Finally....rubbing off the masking fluid with my finger....very useful tool. Thankfully I have several as the first one I used got worn out.

Oh yes, then printed out some words and glued them onto the card after edging them with black Archival ink.

Some of the words come from a wonderful song by Bruce Cockburn, 'The Whole Night Sky'.

So that's it....if you read this far, thank you very much.

Dim bulb moment today.....spending five minutes trying to open a bin bag from the wrong end!