Thursday, 21 April 2016

Lots going on Round Up Post Magazines, workshops and Day Of The Dead Seating ;)

Sorry it's been a little while, it's been a whirlwind the last month or so.
I thought I had better do a little (not so little) round up of what's been going on and what I have been working on.
Warning, Picture heavy.

First up I was given the amazing opportunity to create a Decoart  feature project for Craft Stamper Magazine for their April edition, now they may issue is out I can share my project on my blog.
I have used Decoart Media fluids and Americana Decor Chalky Finish paints along with some of Andy Skinners new Stampendous Stamps and lots of  stamps from Carabelle Studio's.
A huge thank you to Trish and the team as well as Decoart for the opportunity x.

Sticking with some chalk paints I wanted to try a colour that I wouldn't normally be a go to colour so I broke out the Decoart Chalky Finish Inheritance and sanded back for a distressed look. Finished with Satin Varnish and some Day of the Dead fabric.

Told you it was a long post ;-)
I kicked of my crafty teaching year this month starting at Andy Skinner and Tando-Creative's Ministry of Mixology retreat at the beginning of the month.

I helped out on Andy's Saturday workshop and was one of the demonstrators for the saturday night doing make and takes, I was working with the chalk paints and we made several different technique tags.
I also painted up this bottle using more of Andy's new Stamps chalky finish paint and washes of Media Fluids.

We even used Stampendous's Stamp n Bond to add some gold leaf.

Such a good event, Thank you to Andy and Di for having me along, great to see so many of you from blog land and facebook in the flesh and making new friends like Graig from CHA. I even got to play on the Sunday in Kate Crane's workshop.
A selection of Andy's kits ate available from Tando-Creative.

Thanks Kate for a great class. was great to finally meet up with you in person. It was such a fun day crafting on Sunday as I got to hang out with one of my oldest crafting friends and fellow Haunted Design House DT member Helen. lovely to spend the day chatting and painting.

Last weekend I was at That's Crafty  in Essex teaching my Mixed Media Paint Caddy class using one of their new kits. they have stacking storage crates with different inserts for the different sizes of paint pots misters etc.

More Decoart Media Fluids, some Carabelle Studio stamps and more Stampendous Stamp n Bond.

As I write this post I am just about ready to head off in the morning for the Mixed Media Mayhem retreat held by Rowan Tree Crafts in Cumbria where I will be holding 2 workshops. My Mixed Media ATC and storage class and y Alice In Wonderland Fat Book.
These kits are available from That's Crafty.

And finally, If you are still awake I will have my first article in Making Cards Magazine that hits the shelves this Friday (May edition).
Thank you Sally and the team for asking me to create some cards. I have 3 cards with a little step by step.

Thank you for stopping by and thank you for sticking with this mammoth post.
You can find me on Facebook HERE, I,m a little more up to date with my crafty goings on there. xx

Class Schedule:

23/24 April Rowan Tree Crafts Mixed Media Mayhem Retreat Cumbria
7 May Pickwell Farm Southampton Atc Workshop.
30  July Daisy Jewels and Crafts Coventry
31 July Crafty Bunch Telford 

Thursday, 14 April 2016

Decoart Boho Suitcase Tutorial

Thanks for stopping by, I'm sharing on the Decoart Media Blog today a tutorial for my Boho Suitcase using Decoart products, Carabelle Studio Stamps and some Stampendous Stamp n Bond.
If you have some time it would be great to see you over there. xx

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Stacked Acrylic ATC Birthday Card

Afternoon all, Thanks for stopping by.
I have been playing with the Stacking Atc's I helped designed with That's Crafty for my mixed media Atc class.
Today I have used it as a Birthday card for my sister who's birthday is tomorrow.
I have used stamps from Carabelle Studio, My sister had a pair of red shoes like these when she was young and this stamp just put me in mind of her wen she was young.
I have added a layer of some gold leaf using the Stampendous Stamp n Bond. This product acts like an embossing powder and once heated you add the gold leaf, It's so much cleaner and easier than using the gilding glues.
To add my colour I have used Decoart Media Fluids. and for the spacey look for the back ground I added a couple of pinches of Stampendous,s fine white embossing powder.
Thanks for stopping by.
Hopefully I will see some of you at the Andy Skinner/Tando-Creative Ministry of Mixology retreat next month xx.

Monday, 7 March 2016

Andy Skinner, Decoart/Stampendous Blog hop. Zoltan the Great Tutorial Post

Welcome and thanks for stopping by.
Something a little special going on today, I am teasing you with a little pic of my project for the Decoart Media DT creation for the Stampendous Decoart Blog hop that is going on this week. My tutorial post will go live on Tuesday but today Andy Skinner is kicking things off for Decoart.
All week long members from both Design Teams will be sharing work and tutorial using Andy Skinner's new Stampendous stamps and the Decoart Media line.
All the links can be found at the bottom of the post.

To take part in the blog hop and to stand a chance of winning some awesome goodies all you need to do is visit the blogs each day and leave a comment, each comment on each blog gives you one chance at winning the prizes. The competition IS open Internationally not just the USA and at the end of the week three winners will be picked via a random number generator.

For Decoart.

Monday, Andy Skinner
Tuesday, Mark Gould (me)
Wednesday, Mel Hookham
Thursday, Jools Robertson

For Stampendous.

Thursday, 3 March 2016

Craft Stamper Paris Tribute Feature.

Morning all. Thanks for stopping by. 
I was given the amazing opportunity recently to design a piece for the Craft Stamper magazine for a Decoart feature. Of course a great big thanks to Decoart and Craft Stamper. 
The magazine comes out today and I have created a wall hanging using some off cuts of wood, a heart and some wings, lots of Decoart paint and Carabelle Studio stamps along side some of Andy Skinners new stamps from Stampendous. 
The magazine has the full project with lots of detail pics and a little step by step. 
Again. Thanks you Trish and the team at Craft Stamper and Decoart for the opportunity xx. 

Saturday, 27 February 2016

Calico craft parts guest dt Alice in wonderland secret book

Morning all I'm sharing a little peek of my last guest dt post for Calico Craft Parts. I have to say a great big thanks to all the awesome artists on the blog for having me join in this month. 
If you don't know Calico Craft Parts they produce some awesome Mdf shapes and kits. 
I have used their small secret book and Decoart  media fluids to paint my stamped Alice image, I made this for the better halts valentines card. 
I have written a bit of a step by step on the Calico Craft Parts blog. It would be great to see you over there. 

Saturday, 13 February 2016

Guest Designer Calico Craft Parts

Morning all, I have been lucky enough to be the Guest Designer over on the Calico Craft Parts Blog this month. So I amm sharing a little teaser pic of my make.
I have made 5 Atc's using their Mdf framed Atc blanks. All the links for the Atc's are on my blog post just follow the link.
As well as their Atc's I have use Decoart Media Fluids and their One Step Crackle as well as stamps from Carabelle Studio and Viva Las Vegas Stamps

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

New Class Paint Caddy Funky and Fresh ;)

Well a belated Happy New Year to you all, I hope it brings you all you want and lots of crafty goodness to go along with it.
Now I promise although I have been quiet on here, things have been all go on the crafty front, I just cant say much about it at the mo ;)
but I may have turned to the dark side of crafting lol.
Anyway, more of that when the times right, till then I have pics of a New class I will be running this year.
Ill be running this class at That's Crafty in Essex on the Saturday 16th April.
This is a new kit that Thats Crafty will be releasing in March as part of their new MDF range, and of course I have pared it up with the Decoart Media Fluids and some of my fave stamps from Carabelle Studio.
we will also be adding some gold/silver leaf using a great product from Stampendous.
Everything you need will be provided for you on the day, just come ready to get messy and have a good time.
If you would like more details of the classes I run or would like to book me for a Demo or class please feel free to email me at

Thanks for stopping by and hopefully I will see some of you on the road in 2016 xx.

I'm also be teaching here.

Papercuts in Whitley Bay 19/20 March different class both days. Paint Storage and Mixed Media ATC's
That's Crafty 16 April Paint Storage Crate
Rowan Tree Crafts Mixed Media Mayhem Craft Retreat 23/24 April Mixed Media ATC's