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.