Thursday, 1 December 2016


1st of December and I'm up to my eyes with Christmas preparations and very exciting samples for the coming year so quick and easy cards are the order of the day and given my usual habit of looking on the quirkier side of life. I decided to go completely left field with this one. Brace yourselves people! I have NOT thought outside the (Christmas) box! I know! Crazy huh!  There are NO sheep hiding behind this beautiful image and not a single monster lurking anywhere. I may have to breathe into a paper bag any minute...

Seriously though, I absolutely love this gorgeous cake stand stamp by Jo Firth Young. It looks fabulous on a really clean and simple background and was actually really easy to fussy cut too.  I've dragged the colour of the baubles down into the dish to help the illusion that it is glass. I think it really looks effective and, once again, it is a very simple thing to do. I left my pencils in their box and stuck with my Copic Markers for this one.

Here's the shape of the card and you can see the background is very clean and simple. You could make it a one layer card but I really like the way the focal image stands away from the background with this style of card.

It will be back to monsters tomorrow... They miss me if I don't play with them regularly...

Thanks for dropping by. If you've got a few more cards still to make, why not give this one a try. It's really quick and easy.


Friday, 25 November 2016

Zinski Alcohol Blending - PaperArtsy

Evening all. What a busy time it's been! How's the Christmas card making coming along? I am wayyyy behind but all is not lost. I'm over on the PaperArtsy blog tonight with my beloved ZinskiArt gang of monsters and some alcohol inks and markers to share some easy techniques for a couple of quick Christmas cards so please zip over and take a look.


Monday, 14 November 2016


How are your Christmas cards coming along? I'll be making a super quick  batch of these. They really are so easy to put together and really make me smile. 

Of course this stamp does make the most beautiful flower as well :oD

I've used JOFY Sets 45 and 21. BaaaaaRilliant!


Wednesday, 2 November 2016


I've got a Demo Day and Workshop coming up at Birds in the Barn on Saturday 12th November.  In the morning I'll be showing you a variety of ways to get the most out of some of the fab new collections from PaperArtsy using a variety of colouring techniques and a mix of paints, Distress Crayons, pens and pencils.

I've got some fun ideas for some bright and original layouts for cards, tags and gift boxes that can easily be used in your journals.

In the afternoon we'll make some cards, tags and gift boxes using the new collections from ElenaZinski Art, Tracy Scott, Emma Godfrey and JoFY. You can choose whichever collection appeals to you, or mix it up and use all of them. If cards are not your thing but you want to do a couple of journal spreads, that's fine too. Just come along and play...

Details are here on the Birds in the Barn website.


Thursday, 20 October 2016


Morning all

Just a very quick journal page using more stamps from ElenazinskiArt for PaperArtsy and one of Emma Godfrey's great go to sentiments, which are a staple item in my kit. I haven't worried too much about the finishing on this one (good therapy for me as I tend to agonise over such things). It was really just about getting some ideas down on paper. I've left space to add a few bits if the mood takes me....

I made the houses using the square border from ZA03. All I needed to do was add a roof to each square.

I think the little girl looks like she could be holding something... I haven't decided what yet. Balloons are a fairly obvious choice, or maybe flowers...   I may also add some raindrops over daddy monster's head...


Tuesday, 18 October 2016


Well now, Halloween is fast approaching and the ElenaZinski Art family have been rehearsing for their school play....

I've been dying to have a play with  PaperArtsy's chipboard niches so this seemed like the perfect opportunity for a Monster Mash Up. Alongside Elena's fabulous characters I've used stamps by Emma Godfrey, Seth Apter and PaperArtsy Hot Picks. They work so beautifully together, and that's what I love about them.

Aside from that all I needed was some Fresco Finish Paint and PaperArtsy Smoothy card. I've coloured the characters with my Copic Markers and Prismacolour Pencils, which is pretty much my favourite combination but you could colour them however you like with whatever you like. They are just so cool.

A bit of a close-up....

I've used a selection of characters from Elena's new collection of stamps. I love the way their expressions look like they're having their photo taken.


Monday, 3 October 2016


The current topic at PaperArtsy is Dies and I am so pleased to have a post sharing just some of the reasons I love these crafty multi-taskers on the PaperArtsy Blog tonight.

Here's a sneaky peek at what I made using just a fraction of my collection of dies and some amazing PaperArtsy goodies, old and new.