Friday, 23 December 2016


Well it's Night Three of the PaperArtsy/Stencil Girl Blog Hop and doesn't time fly when you're having fun. Thanks to all of you for your wonderful comments. I am tickled pink that you liked my project.

It's not over yet though; tonight it's the turn of:-

Click on the names to go straight to their amazing projects and don't forget to check out the details of our fabulous giveaway.


Thursday, 22 December 2016


Hello there!

How exciting to be invited to join in with this amazing collaboration. We have a whole week of really great blog posts for you. All you need to do is follow the links (which I've listed below) to see a host of new ideas and inspiration using some amazing PaperArtsy/Stencil Girl mash ups. In addition, we have an awesome GIVEAWAY for you to get you in the party mood. One lucky winner will receive a monumental $75 worth of Stencil Girl Products AND £50 of PaperArtsy products. Be still my beating heart! Too good to miss? You betcha! All the details and links you need are at the bottom of the page, so read on lovely people; I hope you'll enjoy what I made.

I had a folding chair which has been much used and much loved but could really do with an update. Our chair comes out if we need an extra garden chair or if we are going out for the day so I knew I wanted a travel theme. I chose  PaperArtsy Hot Picks sets 1106 1218  and 1206 together with S307 Go Your Own Way With Arrows, L361 Are We There Yet, S161 Map 6  and S126 Mimosa 6 Stencils (which I think looks a bit like tyre tracks). I was so impressed with how well everything works together and thoroughly enjoyed making my project.

Because this chair will be bumped about a bit, I decided to distress it a little just to save having to fuss about chipped paint. It will naturally distress more over time, which I like.

The cushion is made from some old shirts belonging to my husband (don't worry, I got them out of the rag bag, not out of his wardrobe :oD)

I used Fresco Finish Paint by PaperArtsy throughout. The colours I used are Haystack, Slate, Mermaid , Bora Bora and South Pacific. To stencil the cushion, all I needed to do was add some Golden Fabric Medium to the paint just before stencilling and then apply in the usual way (I used a stencil brush). This ensures the paint works into the fabric and I was really impressed with the results. Adding the fabric medium fixes the paint well enough that the fabric can be washed.

On the back of the cushion I stencilled and stamped before quilting the arrow shapes with my sewing machine

I did the stencilling using Slate Fresco Finish Paint mixed with some Golden Fabric Medium, leaving gaps in the stencilling for my stamped images.

I was really pleased with how well the stamped images turned out. That is a testament to the quality of the red rubber stamps. You really do get a lovely crisp image with them. I used Archival Ink which I then set with a heat gun to make it permanent. Ink the stamp up really well and you should get a really nice clear impression.

Once I had stencilled and stamped all my fabric pieces, I joined them together so that I had two large squares just larger than the size of my cushion. I added a zip and, turning the two pieces of fabrics, so they were right sides facing, joined the two squares together to make a cushion cover - easy peasy. I also added ties to my cushion so that I can attach it to the chair.

For the chair itself, I sanded the whole chair lightly with fine grade sandpaper to prepare it for the paint.

I first painted parts of the chair with Seth Apter's Midnight Fresco Finish Paint. The dark blue paint won't actually show until I sand back at the end but I like the contrast you get when you get hints of another colour showing through the top coat of paint. I then went ahead and painted the whole chair with two coats of Mermaid Fresco Finish Paint. Believe it or not, I managed to coat the whole chair twice using just one small pot of paint. Impressive huh!? I thinned the first coat down a little with water, but only a little and I use a large stencil brush to scrub the paint into the surface of the chair. It works really well and seems to make the paint go a really long way.

Now for the fun bit. I stencilled arrows all over the seat of the chair in Bora Bora Fresco Paint

Next I added some lines of small yellow arrows in Haystack Fresco Paint. This ties it in with the cushion and adds a nice contrast with the blue. I also added some hints of yellow on the back of the chair to help pull everything together and break up the blue a bit.

Now for the stamping: I decided to stamp onto some good quality paper and decoupage it onto the chair rather than stamp directly onto the chair but you could do either. I stamped the images onto white paper and cut them out. I glued them onto the chair using heavy body gel medium and sealed them with a layer of gel medium over the top before leaving them to dry thoroughly. When dry I lightly sanded over the images and added another coat of gel medium which I left to dry again before sanding smooth. Now I could add my stencilled words and arrows with Slate Fresco Paint.

I left everything to dry for a couple of days and then sanded back areas of the chair for a distressed look. When I do this I tend to concentrate on the areas I know will wear naturally. Over time the piece will naturally continue to distress so it's constantly evolving.

When I was happy with everything I added a couple of coats of wax to the chair to seal everything and give a durable finish. I'm really pleased with how it looks and I know it will get years more use.

I hope you've enjoyed seeing how I made my project. Thanks so much for dropping by.  The fun's not over yet. It's time to go to Kristie Taylor's blog (Links to all blogs are below) for some more inspiration. Wait until you see what she's got in store for you.... You won't be disappointed.


One lucky winner will receive a $75 Gift Certificate to StencilGirl Products

AND a £50 Gift Certificate for PaperArtsy!!

Visit the fabulous designers from both teams and comment for your chance to win!

The more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to WIN!
(One comment per blog please.)

You have until Friday, December 30th at 11:59PM Central Time to leave your comments.
Winner will be announced onStencilGirl's Facebook page and PaperArtsy's blog on Sunday, January 1.


Wednesday, 21 December 2016


....and we've all been so excited about it. Check out the details here  and here , follow the links to the first four amazing projects and enjoy. We've got several nights of really great stuff to tempt and delight you PLUS a fantastic prize. You'd be MAD to miss it!

Tonight's projects are by the very talented and amazing

Darcy Wilkinson

Kim Dellow
Mary C. Nasser
Gwen Lafleur

Enjoy! And don't forget to pop back tomorrow to see my own project along with work from.....Well you'll just have to come back to find out won't you... ;oD

See you tomorrow....


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.


Sunday, 2 October 2016


I've been driving everybody mad at PA HQ this last week naming all the new characters in their latest range of stamps. I think this little chap looks like a Mortimer.  He's one of the amazing creations from the very first stamp set (ZA01) by Elenazinski Art. What can I say? I'm completely addicted. It's LURVE!!!!

This sentiment from HotPicks 1604 is just perfect, don't you think.. Shame I didn't stamp it straight. Ho Hum... Next time maybe ;oD

I've used a combination of Prima Confections, Fresco Finish Paints and Prismacolour Pencils on a greyboard panel from That's Crafty for this and I'm pretty pleased with it as a starting point. Can't wait to play some more and, with so many great characters to choose from, I'm unlikely to run out of ideas any time soon. Woohoo! COLOUR ME HAPPY!!!


That's Crafty

Saturday, 1 October 2016


We are all SO excited about this super talented lady and her amazing characters, so please take a moment to check out the fabulous new designs from Elenazinski Art over on the PaperArtsy blog tonight.

I have rather fallen in love with all the wonderful images and I've given all the characters Nerd Names (I hope Elena will forgive me!!)  What can I say? It HAD to be done! Here's a sneaky peek at one of my samples, but you'll have to go to the blog to see more from me, Leandra, Jo Firth Young and Keren Baker

Now I KNOW you are dying to see more so what are you waiting for? Get on over to the PaperArtsy blog and see what we're all so excited about.... Go on... Skedaddle!


Sunday, 25 September 2016


A big thank you to the lovely ladies who came to my acrylic class at That's Crafty yesterday. They worked their crafty fingers to the bone and produced some really great results.

Action Shot :oD

 Oh dear. This one's a bit blurry. No Gin involved; honest! Trish, I'm so sorry, I was distracted by some drama across the room....

 Uh oh! Here's Trouble! Not sure what Graham is up to here. Suffice to say he'd been in the room less than two minutes and I think Di's face says it all... LOL

Well done to everybody.


Friday, 16 September 2016


for the weekend at Ally Pally. It's been all hands on deck getting ready and I'm really looking forward to seeing everybody over the weekend.

Here's a sneaky peek at what I'll be making on That's Crafty's Make and Take Desk. As usual, I'll be concentrating on acrylic...

and if these don't float your boat there are plenty of gorgeous makes from  Alison Hall, Helen Chilton, Carol Fox and Kerry Roberts to tempt you. Hope to see you there.


Thursday, 15 September 2016


Just a quick little project to share with you today using Donna's fab new stamps for That's Crafty. What a clever girl she is!


Cannot tear myself away from the gorgeous Fresco Finish Paints and Prima Watercolours combination and just check out this gorgeous Pentart Glitter we've got at Ally Pally this weekend. Wow! A new addiction! Just what I needed! ;oD

All products are, as usual, available at That's Crafty. Hope to see you at Ally Pally at the weekend. Loads of great demo's and make and takes planned. Don't forget to book early.