Friday, 1 September 2017

Adventure Awaits.

Here is my 1st of September creation for the Country View Crafts Challenge. My dear friend Miriam chose the topic of Metal and I immediately thought of Tim Holtz and cogs.

To begin with I chose some silver metallic card with a dull finish and I embossed the cogs using TH embossing folder.
To this, I rubbed in a selection of Treasure Gold colours to enhance the relief. 

Then I started to have fun with PaperArtsy Infusions. Spraying the surface with a fine mist of water and sprinkling Golden Sands, Rusty Car and Black Knight, letting them run and controlling with a few dabs of kitchen roll.

I was going to add some die cut cogs that I had aged and rusted, but on reflection, discovered that plain shiny black die cuts worked best as a contrast. 
So, I arranged my TH diecuts and glued into place.
I spent a while mounting the card onto card and onto card and finished off with a phrase from TH metallic stickers....Adventure Awaits.
So, my card was complete and a little Black Soot around the edges finished it off for me. 

I hope that you will be inspired to join in with us at Country View Crafts and be in with a chance to win the voucher for £20.
Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

A Vintage Town

In May, this year we spent a wonderful, if rather damp week in the town of Honfleur. In the Normandy region of France, a town filled with character that has inspired many famous artists.
I have recently been inspired to start a watercolour journal of my travels and this waterfront scene was an obvious addition to my growing collection.
I sketched quickly the collection of buildings using an ink pen and then added watercolours which soon brought the scene to life.
I am happy to enter this into the watercolour challenge in "A Vintage Journey".

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Be Bold, Be Brave.

For my second piece this month on Country View Crafts, my "Blue and Green" ensemble is based around an" Everything Art "set of stamps, more paint card samples and lots of ribbon.

I began in my recycled Girls Annual by gessoing the page and stamping some of the Everything Art stamps from PaperArtsy EEA02. I used a selection of green and blue archival inks.

I used the paint cards and stamped onto parts of them also, so as to continue the background stamps.
I arranged some ribbon and lace and added some swirls of cotton for added texture.
My focal point is a lady from one of the Tim Holtz collections.
I splattered some inks from Posca pens and created a subtle frame with a wash of Distress ink.
The butterfly, buttons and words complete my piece. 
I do hope that you find time to check out the beautiful work on our CVC blog and hope that you will be inspired to enter our challenge! 

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Blue and Green should never be seen!

Here we are on the Country View Crafts blog into August and our challenge is Blues and Greens.

This saying from years ago always sticks in my mind. Whoever decided that blue with green should never be seen?

I began in my Dyan large journal by spreading randomly some PaperArtsy Fresco paint in Green Patina and then dipped some string into some Fresco Paint China.
I let the string fall in swirls and then removed it.

Next, I added some more string printed lines, stencilled dots using Archival Inks, some drippage and circles using Dina Wakley scribble sticks.

I chose to use a stamp by Dina Wakley which is actually of her Grandma....she told me this at a class in Harrogate.
So stamped in Archival ink and given a light wash of colour and lined up down the centre. I imagined that her generation believed and lived by this motto, although if she was anything like Dina she would not play by the rules.

Thanks for looking and please visit the Country View Crafts blog for more inspiration.

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Facelift anyone??

Over on the Paperartsy blog the topic is Dark to Light. I really enjoyed creating this portrait of me and incorporating the lovely stamps from Emma Godfrey EEG14.

First I created a brayered master board with lots of stamping over the top. This was to stamp on and cut out my flowers.

Here are my chosen fresco Chalk Paints

For my background I chose Pumpkin Soup, Banana and Tikka Fresco Chalk Paints.

I wanted to make the process of portraits easier for the people who think that they can't draw. So, I chose a photo of me and printed it out in black and white, and traced it and transferred it to my page.

The scariest bit is adding colour, but the stages really made me laugh out loud!

I have given myself fuller lips, brighter eyes and a tighter jawline! what more could a girl want, except longer legs of course!

Heres a close up, highlighting Emma's indispensable stamps!
Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Objet Trouve

Happy to be back in the groove and joining in once again at "Stamps and Stencils".
The topic is Colour, Texture, Shape, and the mood board was very inspiring.
I chose to use mellow tones of honey and sepia, with a little antique linen for good measure.
I began with a background of fragile papers and toned them down with Chalk and Snowdrop fresco paints. Added some texture with gesso through a stencil and also with a few Seth Apter stamps. 
next came the lace, flowers and beads which took longer to arrange than the background to create. 
to finish off, a little dishes stain and a word band. 
I managed to include a little of the Oxide, antique linen to the background which made me happy!

Infusion-oxides mash-up.

Hello, happy to be entering the "A Vintage Journey" challenge once again after falling off the crafting wagon recently.
This morning, while half watching tv in my kitchen, I spotted the fabulous Leonie Pujol playing with oxides.
As I came into it near to the end, I am not sure how she achieved her effects but it gave me an idea.
I was about to embark upon a project for the Vintage Journey challenge of "All Squared Up", so here goes.

I started on some hefty mixed media paper creating squares by pressing down with a selection of Oxides.

Then sprayed them with water and dried them.

Next, some stamping with a selection of Lynne Perrella stamps from PaperArtsy. There was a fair bit of masking done.

Next, I sprinkled a selection of infusions over it all and spritzed with water!

Finally, I lifted some of the infusions away with a wet brush and kitchen roll; sectioned the images using a Gold Leaf pen; added a few words and made a rough border.

I am pleased with my experiment and am entering it into the A Vintage Journey Challenge.

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Paint card.

My second piece for "Things with Wings" over on the Country View Crafts challenge is a very simple and quick card.

I have recently been buying paint from a paint store and picked up a few paint sample cards.
This stamp from PaperArtsy HP1506, is the perfect size to fit along the colours.
I stamped with black Archival ink , added a strip of ribbon and stamped an extra butterfly onto another paint card and added a greeting from Emma Godfrey's mini stamp EM18, finally mounting onto black card.
There is still time to enter our challenge and be in with a chance of winning £20 to spend in the CVC shop. 

Products used:- Black Archival pad; HP1506; EM18.

Wednesday, 12 July 2017


My title is "Collywobbles", because, for the first time in ages I got excited and my heart was going on overtime as I created this piece.
It grew from nowhere and I really enjoyed it!
It doesn't have a story, it is just the pure enjoyment of a creation.
I used 2 of my fave PaperArtsy stamps, SD1 and stamped onto smoothy card with Distress Ink Blueprint Sketch.
A bit of distressing and a few attachments of ribbon, lace and sari sis, a few buttons, a stick pin with jewels and a clip.
Obviously, the pocket of a pair of denim jeans....and a nice little play after tea!
So, I am entering this into the PA challenge of Aqua!

Monday, 10 July 2017

Hey Little Wren.

This weekend I joined in with a free class entitled Creative Retreat.
There was a great selection of talented artists and as always, some appealed more than others, but what struck me the most was one lady in particular who just talked.

She was talking about Rituals and how they can help with creativity. Now, recently I have been in a creative drought and somehow this lady was speaking to me.
One of the things that she talked about was spending a little time each day drawing something....just anything, but drawing practice.
Well, yesterday I drew my teacup and today a little baby wren.
I hope that I keep up the momentum and work towards my creativity once again.
By the way, her name is Eli Trier.....and here is my little wren.

Saturday, 1 July 2017


My latest post is called "Fanfare" because we have our first sets of stamps from Alison Bomber! So happy and so well deserved.
Alison has been an amazing source of inspiration to me and many others for a few years now. I now have a few techniques locked into my head from her work and she never ceases to inspire me.

So, my stamps arrived this morning and I chose one of them to create this piece.
(New stamps).

I had a sheet of Bo Bunny paper which was ideal for my background and selected a few Oxides to add to it to create an interesting sky. Blending and spritzing onto my craft sheet to create the desired effect.
A frame of Vintage photo distress ink and the sentiment stamped with coffee archival onto Kraft Card which also had the oxide treatment.
A little hessian to frame the words and......hey presto....happy with my creation.
Thanks so much are a star!

Padstow Journal Page

Last month I spent a week in Padstow. The weather wasn't very kind to us and so we went on lots of walks.
Here is my journal page celebrating the fabulous Camel Trail. 

I had collected a few brochures with pictures of the Padstow area which I used as my base. I added some neutral paints into the gaps and also rubbed some TH Distress crayons in Tattered Rose and Scattered straw, spraying them with water and blending with my fingers.

Next, I added a beautiful poem by Wordsworth entitled "To a Butterfly" and stamped a sentiment from a fairly new Kay Carley stamp. EKC05.

To complete my page , I added some lovely images from TH Botanical Layers...a packet filled with flowers, birds and butterflies. 

I do hope that you feel inspired to join in with the challenge over on Country View Crafts....lots of lovely ideas on there. 

Saturday, 3 June 2017

Flowers and hearts plate

Hi, Hazel here!
Here is my second piece for Country View Crafts topic of "Hearts".
There was a lot of muppetry involved in the creation of this, as I was on another planet and thought that I was still in May and designing something for the flowers topic!

However, just before I finished I realised that it was "Hearts" and was able to redeem it!

I have a dresser in my kitchen with lots of beautiful plates and mugs and decided to have a go myself. So, I selected a white plate and covered it with clear gesso to give me a dull surface to work on.
Using Black Stazon, I stamped some flowers from 2 PaperArtsy designers...Lin Brown, ELB25, and Jo Firth Young, JOFY14.

You will notice that I also stamped a sentiment but it was wonky, so I painted over it!

Next are my colours and here was my inspiration.

And the Fresco paints that I chose.

After a while it dawned on me that I was on the wrong months' topic, so I grabbed a heart stamp from  PaperArtsy Squiggly Ink SM05 and dotted some hearts frantically around!
Finally I sealed it with Ranger Multi Medium Matte.

So, here is the finished plate, happy with it and will add it to the collection on my dresser.

Plenty of time to join in with our topic of Hearts. We look forward to seeing your entries, and you never know, you may be the lucky winner drawn out for the £20 prize over on Country View Crafts!

Products Used:- JOFY14; ELB25, Black Stazon, Fresco paints; Ranger Multi Medium; Clear Gesso.

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Recycled hearts

I chose the topic of "Hearts " for our June challenge over on Country View Crafts. It provides lots of scope for creative ideas.

I began by recycling a hair product bag. As you can see, I left the recycling notice visible as I think that it adds to the rustic feel.
Next, using my Sizzix Hearts die, I cut lots of different sizes using manuscript paper and corrugated card. I brushed the edges of the hearts with good old Vintage Photo distress ink.The background manuscript is really old and has luscious age spots on fakery there!

I used some Dina Wakley stamps along the top of the bag and in the centre of the arrangement of hearts.
To finish off, I put some manuscript paper through my shredder to create ribbons, which I curled with my scissors.
I couldn't resist taking a photo of it sitting amongst my glorious Wisteria.

I hope that you get some inspiration from my creation and from the other members of the CVC team. Don't forget to pop over and have a look.

Products Used:- Sizzix Hearts Die; Vintage Photo Distress ink. Dina Wakley Gals and Borders; Dina Wakley Collaged Hearts.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Queen Anne's Lace

Here is my second offering on the Country View Crafts blog on the topic of "Flower Power".
For this, I chose to feature a wild flower called..."Queen Anne's Lace"    otherwise known as "Wild Carrot".

I began by black gessoing my page and applying layers of glorious Heavy Body Acrylic Paint by Dina Wakley. I drew the stars around the moon with Posca pen and also added a "stitched" border.

I stamped and heat embossed with white, the flowers from one of my favourite sets by Paperartsy HP1005 and then die cut some flowers from a new set of Sue Wilson dies called Queen Anne's lace. The die cuts are from off cuts of gold coloured card.
Finally, a few words from TH Ideology small talk.
There is just one week left to join in with our challenge and a chance to win the £20 prize. Good luck!

Products used:- Black gesso; Dina Paints; HP1005; Craft Dies; Small Talk.

Monday, 1 May 2017


My first piece of art for the Flower Power challenge over on the Country View Crafts blog was determined by my choice of TH flower stamp, which I adore. 

I began by Gessoing a page in my Girl's Annual, adding neutral fresco paints and choosing some papers to show off the flowers. 

I stamped the flowers onto some sturdy watercolour paper and painted them very roughly with Vintage Photo Distress ink.

I cut them out so that there was some of the cream background still there in order to make them stand out from the background. 
I assembled my chosen papers and aged them a little, and added a poem from a book by Wordsworth. 
The key just gave some added interest to the story.
I hope that this, and the fabulous work of my teams has inspired you to enter our challenge. 
Thanks for looking. 

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Mindy Lacefield.

Typical on a different tangent as a result of watching a video by Mindy Lacefield on my Wanderlust class.

I really didn't think that her style would appeal to me, but it has really captivated my interest.

Loved layering up the colours for the backgrounds using Dina Wakley Heavy Body Acrylic paint.

Got plans to do more. 😍

Friday, 21 April 2017

The Magic Of Three!

I am thrilled to have invited by "A Vintage Journey" blog team to be a Pinworthy Guest Designer.
The theme chosen is "The Magic Of Three", and this is what I have created.

I began with a piece of Acrylic paint Board measuring 12"x8", and created a textural background. This consisted of grungepaste through a doily stencil, cheesecloth, lace, hessian, manuscript paper and crocheted doily.
All were secured down with dollops of gesso. 

My piece is a dedication to my Dad's sister Joan. A wonderful lady whom I admired very much. A quiet, unassuming lady who was always gentle and kind. She had a twin sister who was the more flamboyant of the two, and Joan just blended into the background. 

I copied a photo, framed it and added treasure gold to my frame.
Here is where the 3's come in. There are 3 wooden hearts, 3 Roses and 3 other flowers. I added the word Love, and some die cut foliage. 
The gold effects are created by melting some Frantage Embossing powders, Aged Gold and Shabby White.
There is a little script stamping in the background and it is framed with Aged gold Embossing Enamel.

So, here is my lovely Auntie Joan, I aspire to be kind and gentle like her!

Friday, 14 April 2017

Utee Sunflower

Over on the PaperArtsy blog the new topic is Resin and UTEE. Great inspiration on there from the designers and Darcy's intro, so, I got out the old Melting Pot.

I wanted to use the fabulous stencils and stamps from Jofy, with her Sunflowers. I created a background using her stencil, but it didn't show off the main flower.

So, here is my Jofy sunflower, with infusions, and my UTEE centre, with flakes and beads inside. I mounted it onto a background which had been waiting to be owned, which consists of Seth Apter frescos.
Entering the PA challenge.