Sunday, 30 September 2012


"Rock Candy Distress Stickles with Embossed Background"
Just a quick post to show you something I was playing with today.  I tried using reflection text in an embossing folder!  Didn't get it quite right as I only had a few minutes and didn't bother putting the stamp on a stamping block hence I got the text where I didn't want it!  Still its a good lesson!  When I have more time I will try and get it right.  But over all I like the results.  

So I used Dylusions spray ink to make the background, then ran it through the embossing folder to emboss the trees and finished off using distress ink pad 'iced spruce' to highlight the tree and the edges!
Have a great week!
xxxx hugs xxxx

Thursday, 27 September 2012

Happy accidents!!

  Hi folks - thought I would show you a page I put together today.  
Ive had the background done for a while - often have a spell where all I do is background!! Also had the little guy coloured for another project but didn't get used.  So I decided to do some crafting but wasn't feeling all that creative.  However while flipping through my journals this page came open just as the Stampotique character fell out!! So that was that.  
The quote is one I saw recently and still had in my head so it all worked well.

I think I will submit him for the Stampotique Designers Challenge which is all about squares.
Hope you all enjoy some happy accidents!!

Sunday, 23 September 2012

Drawing!! EEK!! in my journal!

Ok, as a child I use to love to draw, but as with most things, as you get older the confidence and freedom you feel to do these things slowly disappears.  But thanks to the very talented, and patient Kate Crane who taught a class at Art From The Heart at the weekend I actually managed to draw straight into my journal and ended up with an image which I was really pleased with.  
So, Human she's not, but I have to say I'm quietly pleased with my tranquil alien!!  
Realistic she's not but she is an encouraging place to start - and hopefully thanks to her I will have the nerve to start doing more drawing in my journal.

The background was done with golden paints and ranger paint dabbers as was most of the face.  I added some random stamping to the background with distress ink pads and added a bit of shading to the edge of the page as well with a blending tool.  Random quote came from an old book page.  A lovely new stamp from Stampotique added the border and the final touch was  a few drops of crystal stickles for the bling factor!!
Hope you all have a creative tranquil week.  Take care
xxxx HUGZ xxxx

Friday, 21 September 2012

Dyan's Challenge

Hi folks - energy and creativity have been thin on the ground around here lately - so when I saw that a challenge had been put on to one of my facebook groups (the Dyan Reaveley Art Journaling Fan Club) I didn't think I had much chance of getting it done.  
So I saved a bit of energy up and decided to give it a go this afternoon. 
 Nothing much was happening in the creativity section of my brain but I decided to mess about and see if I could come up with something.  
After mindlessly colouring and cutting I found that some ideas came together and this is what I produced.

Background done with Dylusions ink sprays and the figure is one of her stamps.  The border stamp and the leaves are from Designs By Ryn (love this ladies stamps).
Anyway - I'm hoping now that I have got something made I will manage to continue doing a little each day - well that's the plan - will see what happens!!
Have a great weekend!!

Monday, 10 September 2012


Just a quick post tonight - I have been trying to make myself use my own hand writing more in my journals rather than always resorting to something else!!!

I did the background over a year ago but loved it too much!!! Note - don't fall in love with your backgrounds because its then a nightmare to have to cover it up!  I have gone to this page so many times to use it and ended up stroking it lovingly then moving on to another page.
Finally I thought just practising my large writing wouldn't cover up too much of my beloved background so it finally got used!! yeah!!
I used paints, inks and gesso for the background - 2 of the lovely Dyan's Dylusions  border stamps and I cheated with an image of on old childhood friend Eeyore!  Of course Eeyore was never into 'serenity', gloominess was more his thing, but some how he just looked at home on this page.  Im still trying for Serenity but I think it might take me a while to achieve, but I keep trying!!
Wishing you all a creative, serene week!

Friday, 7 September 2012

Mop Up Journal

Hi everyone, I'm feeling very proud of myself as I have made myself a journal using lots of my mop up pages!!!  

I have a box in which I store all the random pieces of paper which I use to mob up spare ink with when I'm making backgrounds.  I clean up stencils on them, stamps - so I don't waste anything!!!  So I decided I needed to use some of them up!
I made the front and back cover on canvas boards using Dylusions inks and Dylusions & Stampotique stamps as well.  
I then chose the mop up pages and cut them to size, as they are all different types of paper and card, some textured, some not, I decided I would stick them together back to back so that I could strengthen some of the pages up.
I then bound it with a 'Bind it all' and added the fibres onto the back page and onto the spine.  
As it is a Stampotique figure on the front I think I might make all the pages up using different stampotique images - well that's the idea at the moment, only time will tell if it stays that way!!!
Hopefully in the future I will show you some of these mop up pages as finished art journal pages!
Have a great, creative weekend!
I will leave you with some more images of the journal!

Inside front cover
Inside back cover

Sunday, 2 September 2012

Surprise!!! 2 days in a row!

Ok don't be alarmed - this posting twice in 2 days is just an anomaly!!!  I wont happen to often LOL.

I was at journaling class last week, at my favourite place, Art From The Heart, (like you hadn't already guessed that!!! and this is one of the pages I did.  I have had to acquire Tim Holtz new Apothecary stamp set as I do love the skull rather a lot, so you may see it quite often in different guises. The rest of the stamps are Dyslusions.  Background as always done with Dylusions spray inks and and colouring done with posca pens.  
Have a fun Week!! xxx

Saturday, 1 September 2012

Gasp!! Its September!!

I have just realised that it has been nearly a month since I last posted - sorry about that - I was hoping to do it on a more regular basis!! I did actually get some work done during August but I haven't had the chance to post it!  Hopefully, all things being willing I will be able to get some of it on this month!!!! 

Ok, so as I have managed to continue making and filling in the Calendar Journal Pages that I am doing along with Kate Crane on her blog, since the beginning of the year I will show you Septembers offering.  As always I only managed to get it done just in time for me to start filling in tonight, I hoping to be a bit more organised this month, but I'm not holding my breath on that one!  LOL

The background is one I started several months ago, in one of Kate's classes at AFTH.  I then left it and came back to in a few days ago.  I did some stitched round the bottom (though the paper wasn't very happy as its rather brittle at the edges) and added the Stampotique elements.  Love these stamps.  Ok now I'm done for the day I'm going to fill in the first balloon on this page!!! Have a great month! x