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.

Friday, 7 April 2017

Rusty Door

Here is my second piece for Country View Crafts topic of "Rust".

I worked in my repurposed girls annual, starting by applying Black Gesso to my page.
Next, using a credit card, I swiped colours from Seth Apter's PaperArtsy fresco range. I mixed some DecoArt crackle paint with fresco paint and applied thickly with a palette knife.
There is stamping using a Seth Apter French Text stamp from Spellbinders , drippage and extra crackle from a crackle effect stamp.
For the hinge, I die cut from TH collection and applied dark paint, PaperArtsy Crackle glaze and finished off with fresco Buff.
The lettering is from Everything Art, which I added shading using Posca pens.
Not authentic rust as we know it, but an artistic interpretation.
There is still time to enter the CVC challenge and time to pop over to see all the inspiration from my fellow teams.

Products used:- Seth Apter paints Set 1, Set 2; TH die; Crackle Paint; Crackle Glaze; Stamps.

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Rusty Book.

Here we are, the first of April! Another topic from Country View Crafts.......Rust! Yummy.

Just love this topic and had so much fun playing.

I decided to decorate the cover of a small 4X4 Watercolour pad. As you can see, the objects are a little random. I cut the buckles from a holder of a Throw that I bought at christmas, I knew that I wouldn't fasten it back up in it!
There is a car that was stranded in our sandpit, a metal Finnabair flower, and a few buttons. 
I secured them down with some Prima Heavy Body Gel and left them to dry.

In order to help the rust to adhere to the objects, I brushed over them lightly with Matte Medium. While still wet, I sprinkled on my rusting powder and sprayed with vinegar. 
I sprayed them several times until they dried with the desired finish.
To complete my book cover I added some words from TH Idea-ology Chitchat.

I also rusted some ribbon to tie onto the spirals.

I am really pleased with how my cover turned out. If you would like some more rusty ideas, then please visit the Country View Crafts blog and maybe enter the challenge to be in with a chance of winning the £20 to spend in the CVC shop.

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Blue and Ochre with Oxides

Today, I took the wrappers from the Oxides! Scary, but they have been calling to me.
I did lots of smooshing and spraying and dabbing and adding distress inks. Kept layering and drying and using up lots of paper.

I learned by playing and really enjoyed myself.
I chose to use blues and ochres in order to play once again in the PaperArtsy challenge.
As you can see, some green crept in as I was introducing distress inks. 
Nevertheless, I was pleased with this background and used one of my favourite stamps from HP1005, stamping with BluePrint Sketch Distress ink, and a sentiment from ELB28.
I finished off with a bit of bling using Stickles. 
Thanks to Corrie Herriman for redirecting me to TH instructive video and to Alison Bomber for tempting me to buy the Oxides!

Monday, 27 March 2017

Blue and Ochre.

Over on the PaperArtsy blog, I am totally inspired by the "Blue and Ochre" theme. Fabulous colours that remind me of beautifully sunny days in the Mediterranean.

I began in a large journal by gluing a sewing pattern page down and framing it with manuscript pages.
I dabbed onto this some Pumpkin Soup fresco paint and blended it with my fingers. I aged everything with some Vintage photo inks.
Next, using some of my favourite stamps from PaperArtsy, of various faces, I stamped them around 2 edges using BluePrint Sketch Distress ink pad.
I then drew a face using Medium Brown Portfolio Pastel and a little black stabilo pencil.

I dabbed the Blueprint distress pad onto some Vintage lace and sprayed it with water and selected some blue and ochre buttons.

To finish, I added the word "Curiosity", from TH new Quote Chips.
The girl is looking wistfully back upon the people in her life.

I would also like to enter this piece into the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge of Buttons.

Thanks for visiting my blog.

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Hope is never lost.

Having found Ingrid's Mixed Media world recently, and being inspired by the mood board and the fabulous samples from the designers, I decided to join in.

I began by gessoing a page in my Girl's Annual and using crackle paste through a snowflake stencil.
When dry, I sprinkled some PaperArtsy infusions onto the snowflakes and spritzed with water.

I tore up some corrugated card and dipped into some watery infusions and cut up some strips of lace.
I die cut some flowers from TH flowers die using shiny card and arranged them to grow through the layers.
I finished off with  new TH Quote Chips.

My feeling was, that the flowers will always endeavour to grow, despite the odds.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Keep Safe

I am still pursuing the Paperartsy topic of Windows, Doors and Architecture. There was a piece on the introduction that really sparked my imagination. It had lots of images of buildings and lots of texture.

So, I had another play tonight. 
I started by cutting pics of buildings, facades, doors, walls from magazines and glued them to my page. Then I clear gessoed them so that I could paint or draw over the glossy surfaces.
I added some grunge paste bricks and some crackle paste and cotton cheesecloth for texture.
I decided to add some pen drawings of famous buildings, which got me thinking of the atrocity on Westminster bridge today.
So, to finish off, I added the message to all vulnerable people. 
Not much else to add!

Tuesday, 21 March 2017


I based this piece upon a photo that I took a couple of years ago at a beautiful little village on the North coast of Spain. Somewhere very special to us that we have been visiting for the best part of 30 years.

I began by gessoing a page in my girl's annual and tearing up and attaching pieces of manuscript and dictionary pages.

Next, with a stabilo pencil, I drew the main outlines of the buildings.

Using PaperArtsy fresco paints, I filled in the buildings, and backgrounds.

I thought that this was in the style of Cezanne, and then climbed down from my perch and got real!
On reflection, maybe I should have stopped at this stage! What do you think?

Anyway, I added detail with a fine black pen and with my Stabilo pencil and washed water over the marks. 
As advised by my guru, Alison Bomber, I found an alternative to using greens for foliage and mixed yellows, blues and purples!

I may have overworked my final piece, but can't go back now. 
Here is the original photo of Cudillero.

Critiques of any helpful description are gratefully received. 

Thursday, 16 March 2017

LP houses.

Here is my third entry into the PaperArtsy Challenge of Doors, Windows and Architecture.
Inspired by the graffiti buildings which Darcy found on the intro, I decided to do a cityscape made up of Lynne Perrella images.
I drew a few shapes onto PA Heavy stamping card, masked off some of the walls and stamped with a variety of LP stamps. A few fresco paints, bit of doodling with Posca pens and decided upon a map of the French coastline around Roscoff for my background.
For distance, I drew the outlines of buildings and scribbled Stabilo Black pencil and washed over it with water.
Finished off with a Th rub on!

It's a bit crazy but was good fun. I might have a go at another one in muted tones next!

I will also enter this into the challenge..ART-Journal_Journey Challenge, Out and about.

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Tim Holtz inspired

This month on Country View crafts our theme is "Inspired by Tim Holtz".
I began by getting out my Compendiums of Curiosities, written by Tim and got together a few ideas.
First, I experimented with a few different methods of creating backgrounds with alcohol inks and settled on one called "Alcohol Ink Monoprint", which I am sure you can look up. 
Onto this I added some stamping from his stamp Sideshow CMS263, using blue archival and white fresco snowflake.

Next, I stamped my main image from the same stamp set and added some Alcohol Ink Splatters.

Using more Tim techniques, I created an alcohol ink background onto acetate and then an "Alcohol Ink Resist, where you stamp with archival and then gently rub to remove the ink. 

I used this as an overlay and secured it with brads, leaving the bottom section clear. 
There are a couple of TH rub ons too, to add to the finish.