Love – heart and soul

January 2019 Art Playground challenge
jan19 This month topic is WIND OF CHANGE. New year is a wonderful opportunity to have new decisions and change the things we always say we will but never finds the right timing. So… in that spirit we want to encourage you with our monthly tip – Don’t be afraid to get out of your comfort zone and seek for changes and development. We all have things to learn, fields to explore, new skills to develop…Try to make new decisions for your art as well!

Love – heart and soul

Created for the Art playground January challenge I moved out of my comfort zone to use more flowers, and work in pink, in a layered mixedmedia style to create this lovely little 7×7 inch greetings card.


I was inspired by the pink roses and heart in the challenge image, and the hint to mixedmedia with the spattering of colour.
I have added both a pearl and silver charm heart to the layout, the word ‘heart’ in the subtitle and ‘love’as the main title.

I have used 15 small to tiny paper blooms over a resin rose swag.  I have added 8 paper leaves and 9 sugar stamens to bring glitter and sparkle to the design, which is made of layered chipboard elements over a Lemoncraft ‘House of Roses’ paper, finished in tones of pink paint and glitter.

The tactile element comes from the soft downy white feathers.

I hope to make more small mixedmedia projects in the coming year.  Thank you for the challenge, thank you for looking.


Dreamer 8×8 album cover

Created as DT project for CraftBox UK using papers from The Dreamer collection, the Satyr page, and 8×8 album cover.

Dreamer-8x8-album-sneekPeekUsing simple layering and the addition of paper, resin and ribbon blooms, these excellently  printed detailed papers need little enhancement.

Dreamer-8x8-album-coverI pulled out the hint of golden yellow from the feature image into two doily halves coloured with Tim Holtz inks (Fossilised Amber and Wild Honey), increasing the warmth of the layout.
The Dream catcher was cut from the paper pad and embellished with gems, real feathers and recycled jewellery.
Three pieces of recycled jewellery and a large flat back pearl embellish the album cover.
16 Small blooms embellish the Satyr’s headdress, ribbon, resin and paper blooms, including some hand coloured to match the blue papers.  A hint of gold silk thread and some glitter add a touch of opulence.

Detail from the album cover layout:

I shall be building the complete album over the next few projects.

Thank you for looking


Acetate background

I follow Finnabair, inspired by her techniques and quality products, I was lucky enough in 2017 to attend four of her workshops.  If you cant make it in person, you can still get tutored by this Mistress of Media onlineon-clear-acetate-SneekPeek

One of her recent Media Minutes tutorials was a mixed media design on acetate, which I have followed here.

on-clear-acetateI used a piece of recycled acetate packaging measuring just under 6×4 inches as the base for this layout, adding clear gloss gel through a stencil and sprinkling a tiny bitter of glitter to this base layer, finished with script washi tape.

The second layer is worked on the acetate base and has all the textures; created with metal filigree, recycled buttons, lace flowers, paper flowers, snipart swirls and fibre circlet or ‘happy nest’ for the third layer to sit on.

The third layer is assembled on a playing card sized rectangle to enhances the feature photograph, and has more paper flowers, a further metal filigree and more recycled buttons.  The tutorial used a playing card but I used one of my favourite ATC designs from the Lemoncraft vintage time cards.  Unfortunately the colouring step obliterated the delicate rose and feather edge design.  Neither should I have added vintage tea stain to the feature photograph.
The beauty of following these tutorials is that you can learn what works best for your style.

This layout uses lots of finishing touches such as glitter and art stones.  I especially liked the effect of letting the art stones stick to the fibre circlet.

I used a pink Lindys spray and paler pink starlight paint for the colours, inspired by the colours in the Lemoncraft Vintage Time paper.

on-clear-acetate-Side-viewThe finished piece has lots of depth and textural interest.
It is a technique I will try again.

Thank you for looking, let me know what you think.


Beaches Before Wheels

CSI#258CSI#258 celebrating summer – Feel free to interpret the Case File in any way that inspires you. [Entry 5]

combined with

White with Air Bubble [entry 8] WW1-July18-Air Bubble

Summer is here and thoughts once again return to trips out to the beach to enjoy the warm weather together.

UPDATE: this layout was chosen as a July Highlight by white with 1, thank you for your support, it means a lot to us.

WW1-July18-BBW-sneekPeekExcept, now my husband is in a wheelchair beaches are off the menu.  Created in memorium of Beaches Before Wheels (BBW).

WW1-July18-moodboardMy husbands favourite colour is blue, and he adores the bleached wood background of this layout which closely matches the White with colour Air Bubble highlighted with plenty of white and hints of pale sand.

From the White with…moodboard I have included stamped circles like the bunch of balloons, and open weaved cheesecloth like the cross over pattern of the ball of wool.


Print, script and woodgrain papers have been layered with white corrugated card to add interest and texture to the background and bring the focus to the two main images, the line of beach huts which angle to the journaling stripes, and the feature image in the Miszmasz circle flourish chipboard frame, finished with white embossing.

A cluster of beach themed veneer embellishments have been coloured with Lindys Creme Brulee and Azure Asters.  A loose weave white cheesecloth hints at fishermen nets.

Pale beach sand, glitter, art stones and seaglass elements nestle amongst the embellishment cluster to add texture and detail to the Ice Queen Ombre beads and complete the project.

Journaling reads:

Fond memories of beaches before wheels;
a peaceful place, walking hand in hand, sand between our toes, waves gently lapping, hunting for shells, BBW

Details from layout:

Stripes (woodgrain)
Beach/nautical elements (actual sand and beach veneer elements)
other animal (seahorse)
Circles (frame and stamped)
Embossing powder and sand
Elements from the Scene; shells, beach

Topic: Document a trip to the beach
Presentation: Add journaling to stripes on your paper

bright sky blue
navy blue (for text)
red with a hint of orange (look closely at the photograph of the beach huts to see the man in the red coat)
sand (actual sand used, plus the pale sandy brown of wood)

Thank you for looking
God bless

Mechanical Dreams

Designing for CraftBox using the Steampunk City skyboat cover page preview, lots of lace and an assortment of cogs.

mechanical-dreams-sneekPeekMechanical Dreams, find it, the world that never was

I identified a couple of Lindys starburst sprays that matched the blue and amber colour scheme of the papers, and used them to colour the canvas board background, adding a music score stamp, and later some splatters of white paint.

mechanical-dreams-mixed-media-boardAn assortment of cog sizes in paper, snipart, snipart MDF and metal were treated with the same Lindy’s starburst spray, and tucked under and around the the feature image, overlapping each other to create depth.

A tiny portion of lace shows on the mini page preview, inspiring me to use real lace to frame the image.

I have used glass cabochons; left clear, translucent, with steampunk gauges and over-painted in a variety of sizes around the project.

Snipart steampunk borders and pipes add some straight lines to the overall design taking hints from the feature image.  The project is finished with druzi stones and microbeads.

Details of the layout:


mechanical-dreams-detail3The finished depth of this project is around 9mm.

Thank you for looking
God bless you


Find it 8×8 card

Designing for CraftBox using the Steampunk City papers airship paper and cat atc and assorted steampunk inspired snipart elements and metal cogs.

Everything you can imagine in real, find it, the world that never was

find-it-8x8-card-sneekPeekThe 8 inch background paper was enhanced with script stamp and overlaid with a full 6 inch page, layered with airship postcard, and airship front cover miniature.
The large snipart cog was decorated with gold Fleur-de-lis inspired by the background paper design.
A snipart pipe and tap is finished with a small resin bulb, to which a little glitter was added to the mix whilst casting.
All the cogs were treated with Lindys starburst colours in blue, amber and copper, and a sprinkling of copper mica.

find-it-8x8-cardThe atc is finished with a compass charm, aligning the E east with the E of Everything in the quote.  A tassel in complimentary pale blue green finishes the card.
There is a lot of layering and depth on this card.

Details of the card:

Thank you for looking
God bless you

Dragonfly tag

Designing for CraftBox using the Steampunk City Dragonfly quote atc on a tag

dragonfly-tag-sneekPeekI identified a couple of Lindys starburst sprays that matched the blue and amber colour scheme of the papers, and used them to colour the canvas board tag background.  I tore some scraps of paper to add further interest and stamped with script.

dragonfly-tagAn assortment of cog sizes were treated with Lindy’s copper starburst spray are tucked under and around the the feature atc. A little more dimension was added to the wings, and some tangled gold thread highlights the clock face.
Another cog is converted to a clock by adding a small clock face cabochon.

Finally a dragonfly charm was added with chain to the tag hole.

Details of the tag:

Thank you for looking
God bless you

Beautiful A4 layout

Designing for CraftBox – A beautiful A4 layout using Steampunk City papers the seahorse page and assorted steampunk inspired snipart elements and metal cogs.

‘The beautiful is always bizarre’ atc features and inspires the layout, including some fussy cut pipes, and rub-on lace detail.

A bit of layering with papers from the collection and corrugated card inspired by the seahorse, assorted paper, snipart and metal cogs, enhanced with steampunk gauge and clock cabochons.

A little glitter was added to the mix whilst casting the little resin bulb, additional sprinkles of glitter was added to the finished layout to add sparkle. The MDF title was treated with copper embossing powder.

Details of the layout:

seahorseI would love to get some small pipes, cogs and corrugated product to make a miniature model of that dear little seahorse.

Thank you for looking
God bless you


We do at the beach

Created for More than words July 18 challenge: [entry17]

Jul18 MTW-challenge
Word Inspiration – BEACH
Creative Challenge – SEASHELLS

What does the word BEACH inspire you to create?

You can choose to use the actual word somewhere on your project or simply be inspired by it. Since words are an integral part of our challenges, we want to know how this month’s word stimulated your creative process, so please do explain in your blog post how it inspired you if it isn’t obvious in your work.

It’s time to get some sand between your toes and get inspired by the beach! To help make your creativity sea-worthy, we want you to add SEASHELLS on your project.

We do at the beach

When my sister proposed to her fiancee on the beach of a far off land, she wrote her reply in large letters the sand. ‘yes’. I created this layout to celebrate that moment, including real tiny seashells edged in golden gilding flakes.

Jul18-beachThe moment of inspiration came when I created the word ‘yes’ in sand and 3D gel medium on a MDF heart, copying the way she had written it at the time, using the round end of a paintbrush to engrave in the gel.  Other beach inspirations come in the form of the lighthouse clock glass cabochon, the white rough edge of the paper likened to the foam edge of a wave on the beach.  I have also included small sandy accents and maintained a sea blue, sandy brown and seashell white colour combination.

For the background I used a weather worn wood effect paper, to emulate the worn look of beach huts.  The shell style frame and resin key hole are only lightly treated with white gesso and colour.  A light coating of white gesso on the other wooden elements adds to the worn weathered beach feel.

Seashells from several snipart and MDF styles, and actual shells have been used with art stones throughout as embellishment, along with a few ombre pearls, opalescent mermaid heart gem and clear dew drops.

We do in detail:


Thank you for looking.

Debbie xx

Exploding box card

Designing for CraftBox. – Trying something completely different, an exploding box card using Floral Memories paper collection, scraps and off cuts.


Using the front cover, elements from the designer pad and fussy cuts as appropriate, on the outside just a plain white cube tied with a silk ribbon bow.


Open the lid and a floral bouquet explodes to delight the eyes.


The 4 internal sides each depict one of the floral elements of the designer paper, layered and edged with gilding flakes, with a sentiment and decoupage floral detail for added dimension.

The floral centre piece, a die cut tea cup contains several large paper blooms, bent leaves, berries and bead sprays.  The centre piece a fussy cut hardware element from the reverse of one of the designer pad pages, mounted on a beaded hat pin, and finished with a diamante silver butterfly button.


Details of the centre piece:

Thank you for looking
God bless you