Friday, 27 May 2016


Morning everybody

This week's challenge is The Sea. My project is rather more IN the sea...or maybe a nearby Rock Pool. I've used some lovely fish stamps by Carabelle and the tall acrylic stack seemed the perfect way to create a little pool of water for my fish to swim in. I've used a combination of alcohol inks, Fresco Paints and Posca Pens for the colouring. The tendrils of the water weeds are from a set by lovely Lin Brown for PaperArtsy...

I hemmed and hawed a bit about whether to put the panel with the fish on top of all the water panels but I wanted them to look like they were IN the water rather than ON the water. In the end I made a very pale panel with some splashes of pale blue alcohol ink so that you can still see the fish. I think it works. I have to say, I'm really pleased with how it turned out. Sadly, you lose the dimension and sparkle in the photograph but I hope you will get a sense of how it looks.

It would be great to see you over at the challenge. One lucky winner, picked at random, will win a £20 voucher to spend in the shop. Too good to miss don't you think!


Tuesday, 17 May 2016


Just a bit of fun to share with you today. I love these cute little robots by Jo Firth Young for PaperArtsy. I thought they would work really well on the acrylic atc's from That's Crafty and I must say I wasn't disappointed.

The background is Fresco Paint stencilled with That's Crafty's Dinky Cogs Stencil and I used a combination of Fresco Paints and Posca pens for the colouring (together, of course, with my Glossy Accents and Glitter Glue) to make this little nugget of fun. I'm really pleased with it and I love the way the stamping on the back shows through to the front of the ATC in places. One of the joys of working with a transparent substrate.


Saturday, 14 May 2016

That's Crafty Acrylic Stacks for Hochanda Show

On Thursday That's Crafty launched their Acrylic Stacks on Hochanda so I thought I would share my samples with you. A big well done to the entire Design Team whose fabulous samples were such a joy to show off. They really pulled it out of the bag.  I really am in awe of them all. They are mixed media mavens in every sense of the word. Links to ALL their blogs can be found on That's Crafty's Blogs.

My heartfelt thanks to all those who took time to leave such kind and encouraging messages on social media. It carried us through the day. Honestly!

Big thanks also to all at Hochanda who supported me through the terrifying ordeal of appearing live on TV. Charlie and Hayley were amazing and I'm sure it was obvious they REALLY had their work cut out for them keeping me and my nerves under control.

John Lockwood, too, was fantastic! He was so kind and encouraging all day and gave me some really good advice to take forward. I met some great people and I can honestly say it was an experience I'll never forget. Steep learning curve. Terrifying to have to go through it so publicly but hey! That's how we grow, right!?

I've used a mixture of my stamps from my favourite companies, namely PaperArtsy, Tim Holtz and Carabelle. Stencils and substrates all by That's Crafty. I'll post more  pics through the week.


Friday, 13 May 2016


A spooky theme for this one, at least that was my take on the challenge at That's Crafty. You might want to focus on the good luck aspect - or something else entirely... That's part of the fun isn't it.

Here's my project for the challenge. I had loads of fun with it.

I hope you'll find time to join in with the challenge. One lucky winner will receive a £20 voucher to spend in the shop. Good Luck!