Sunday, 11 May 2014


The PaperArtsy blog has been full of inspiration this week and I had a play with a few techniques from Ellen Vargo's tag book which is stunning.

Unfortunately I don't have any of her stamps (yet!) and I don't have the elusive dry waxed deli paper that appears on so many USA mixed media artists lists of essential supplies - if anyone knows what this is in the UK please let me know - and where to buy it.

Any way I used the paint scrape technique to apply Fresco Finish paints to my background, tissues paper to stamp the black and white repeating border and distress ink to stamp background in toning colour as well as a few other bits and pieces to create this journal page ... hopefully I am in time to join in this week!

It needs a bit more work and the 'journaling' but I think I will make this into a double page spread in my DLP journal

Friday, 9 May 2014

Another journal spread

Art to the 5th week 4 ... tip in closed ...

... and tip in open ...

Loving this process and now able to incorporate unfinished old journal pages ... also turned this page into more of a 'calendar journal' in Lin style and enjoyed this approach ... a cross between Art to the 5th planner, diary and art journal.

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Art to the 5th spread 3

The challenge was to use an envelope as the tip in or as part of the tip in ... it should have been a recycled one received through post but I didn't have one and it was a bank holiday (no post) so used a black envelope from my stash. PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Paints and stamps.

I don't normally 'do' orange so quite pleased with this! Also finding that i have a desire to write a little ... just going with the flow

Saturday, 3 May 2014

Art to the 5th

Second spread ... titled 'Selfie' - Yuk - but I did it ...

In progress above - lots and lots of layers - first Inktense then PaperArtsy Fresco Finish paints - loved this look but knocked it back a bit before adding the elements with some dry bushed Gesso which gave it a gorgeous finish - it almost seemed a shame to cover it up ...

With the tip-in open above (although I do not know why I am showing this) ... and with it closed below

I do really (quite) like these pages - this was a surprise as I usually hate my art journaling - I need to brush up on my lettering though - my Dad was a sign-writer - he would not be impressed :-))

Friday, 2 May 2014

Art Journaling

Art to the 5th style ... lots of inspiration with this team ...

The panel to the right is an added 'tip-in' and you can see the other side of this below ...

This is the first prompt - 'your front door'. i am not doing planner style pages and I chose a different front door!

And I was 'showcased' on last weeks Tag Along challenge - thank you :-))

Thursday, 1 May 2014


I hope you are all following the PaperArtsy blog his week (and always!) for some great stamping and mixed media inspiration ... as promised here is my second project using some of the Chatsworth Collection paper scraps left over from my mini album which featured two nights ago ... this is a project I came up with a while ago for a swap and it makes a lovely gift for a 'crafty' friend ...

You could substitute the button card for a small envelope to hold a gift card – actually there is room in the pocket for both. I have added an optional charm on the side using a Tim Holtz hinge clip.

The back is a piece of sturdy cardstock 6” x 4” covered on both sides with papers from the Chatsworth Collection. The button card is 3” x 5” and is also covered with paper on both sides. Corners are rounded and the edges distressed with Walnut Stain Distress Ink. The pocket is made using paper that measures 5” x 3” – I have scored 3 sides at ½” and then used a plate to cut the unscored edge slightly curved. The ½” tabs are turned in, bottom corners rounded and then lace is glued to top edge before distressing edges and gluing pocket to card.

I made the flowers dimensional. After die cutting using the Paperartsy Grunge Flowers die in the smaller 2 sizes the petals are snipped towards the centre …

Then the back of each petal is gently ‘rounded and shaped’ using a ball tool. The red inner flower is a punch. I’ve added pearl centres, die cut leaves and a bit of glitter.

The buttons are made from a Marianne die. I have cut 4 layers of card and 1 from the paper for each button and glued them together – the top paper layer has been stamped with the script stamp from LPC014, the edges distressed with Black Soot Distress Ink and then a thick layer of Glossy Accents added on top. The card they are tied to has been decorated with stamps from Ink and the Dog Buttons Plates 2 and 4. 

Below are more photographs from the mini album and a link at the bottom to my Youtube video showing the project ... thank you for reading, watching and commenting - it is really appreciated.

Page 1

Page 1 inserts

Pages 2 and 3

Pages 4 and 5

Pages 6 and 7

Pages 8 and 9

Pages 10 and 11

Page 12

And you can watch the video here   ...


Sorry if you came back for more pictures and new project - I was aclittle unwell yesterday - should be able to post later today