Wednesday, 23 April 2014


Hi!  Its so nice to have the time to be able to decorate something just for myself :-D  When I started journalling a few years ago I soon realised that there are a lot of pens (of different types) that you 'need' when you have done the main body of the page and have retreated to a comfy seat for all the doodling.  With this in mind I bought one of those cheapy cardboard mini suitcases which was ideal for the job.  Its now literally fallen apart so I have treated myself to a little wooden suitcase and decorated it. At 8inches long its ideal for pens and all the other paraphernalia that journalers tend to collect   need hahaha!  Its also large enough to hide a journal inside!

The top of the lid...

I gesso'd all the outside surfaces before adding some texture paste through Andy Skinners Sunburst Mask on the lid.  Then I painted everywhere using watered down Fresco amethyst.  I used a diamond mask to add some Fresco Dusty Teal in places.  Then I replaced the Sunburst Mask and added 'neat' Amethyst and teal to the modelling paste.  

The sides...

Some stamping with a quote stamp and Stazon Gothic Purple was added before I used an old credit card and Fresco Chalk to add lines.  he white dots are made using the end of a pencil.  Still not happy I had a nose around my stamps and found a teensy flower stamp to stamp over the white dots.

I have decorated the inside of the lid and added a quote which I like.  The rest is plain!  To finish off I painted the letter 'K' and glued to the centre of the lid and added some glossy accents here and there.

I hope you like it.  In case you are wondering, here is the now-falling-apart case that I did 3 years ago haha!

Thank you muchly for coming by my lovelies, Take care xxx

Monday, 21 April 2014

Inchie #16

Hello, its Monday again and I am here with another inchie :-D.  This weeks prompt is 'HOT' and I did get in a muddle trying to decide what to do.  Thats the great thing about this makes you think!  Saying that, I will have to think very hard about next weeks prompt hahaha!  Back to this week.  I took the easier route of inking up a sun onto my inchie using distress inks.

Its not very good though but you get the idea hahaha!  I am getting quite a collection now so when I get to 20 I will show you them all together.   If you fancy this challenge all the prompts are already up on the site, take a look *here*.  

Thank you for popping by, take care xxx

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Tando goes Spotty!

Yes, we are seeing spots before our eyes over at Tando this week :-D  I have chosen to use a small ROUND FRAME for my piece and a Stampotique Mushroom stamp to go inside.

This little frame comes with its own stand but I have made it up to hang.  The base has been painted blue with a teensy dot stamping to finish.  The rim has been painted sand and some red has been stippled through the TANDO SEQUIN MASK.  The mushrooms have been stamped, coloured and cut out to go inside with some doodling and wording to finish off.

Thank you for looking today, many HUGS xxx

Monday, 14 April 2014

Inchie #15

It Monday so it must be INCHIE time again.  This week the prompt is 'HEAD' but for some reason I was thinking it was 'face' instead...doh!!!  But all is not lost because it is a head too hahaha!

I stamped onto my inchie this week and coloured her face in with Derwent pencils, using Promarkers for the rest.  The stamp is by Katzelcraft.

Thank you for popping by.  Do go to the *EVERY MONDAY INCHIE* blog to see some amazing work using all sorts of mediums, its worth it :-D xxx

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Tando Black and Blue week!

haha that does not mean that the Design Team are being beaten into submission :-D  Working with BLACK and BLUE is our theme this week.  Tricky colours to work together but there are so many shades of each aren't there?  I have gone for darker versions to decorate a little 2inch square canvas...

I have used one of the little birds and branches from a grab bag.  I just love these birds, there is so much you can do with them and they are small enough to fit anywhere as an accent on your work.  ou get quite a few in a pack too so very cost effective.

I used distress inks throughout, the moon is by Stampotique, no idea who made the flower stamp below though, sorry.  Yes, I couldn't do a Night scene without doing a Day scene to match haha...

I have a photograph wall in my kitchen so these two will nestle into some gaps nicely!  Thank you for looking today, take care out there xxx

Monday, 7 April 2014

Inchie #14 - Gold!

This week over at *Every Inchie Monday* the prompt is 'GOLD'.  My first thought was to try and recreate a gold ingot using utee but then I started thinking about other 'golds'.....James Bonds Goldfinger being one of them!  But I decided to keep it simple this week with a lovely British bird...the Goldfinch.  A simplejob of taking a pic from Goggle to use...

Thank you for looking, HUGS xxx

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

April Challenge at Tando

Helloooo!  This is the 1st week in our monthly challenge over at Tando Creative! The theme this month is RECYCLE/UPCYCLE .  There is a random draw for the winner who will win some Tando goodies that they get to good is that???  For my entry I have altered a catfood box.  We go through a lot of these with three cats haha!!!  Anyway, when you open them up they have a cut-out section just right for leafing through things like masks...

Here is the before haha...

I covered the box inside and out with scrunched up tissue paper.  I find this a far quicker option than sanding and applying a few coats of gesso onto a shiny box!!!!  Anything for an easy life ;-D .  The tissue paper also adds some textural interest.  I then glued on some Tando letters and two Tando Karens Flowers (yes, that is my design)  before covering with acrylic paint.  Lots of dabbing with a stencil brush through the Sequin Mask and on the flowers & letters followed.  Then it was onto the black and a bit of stamping and bottle top painting to finish.  The centre of the flowers has been filled with Pebeo Prisme Fantasy in onyx.

I know it all looks a bit messy for me but I actually really like it and I am quite happy for it to sit on my desk :-D.  Thank you for looking today and don't forget the challenge, HUGS xxx