Monday 28 October 2013


This month sketch challenge over at is:

and here is my take;

I used all products from the October kit (which by the way is awesome!).  I gessoed the background to dilute the stripes.  Using a brick stencil and texture paste I placed bricks around the edges which i coloured with distress inks - fired brick, black soot, rusty hinge, and gathered twigs.  Before the ink dried I covered with dimensional magic to highlight but also gave the blended colour effect.

A few close ups:

I painted (or smudged with my fingers!) with Inka Gold - Old Gold.  Fantastic product to work with.  I then added some black gelato - which is a little hard to see in the photos.

This awesome little resin potted tree from Prima has been painted with Ranger Patina paints.

Thanks for looking and dont forget to head over to Swirlydoos and check out all the layouts.

Tuesday 15 October 2013


On the 15th of every month AAG has a challenge on the Boy Meets Girl Challenge blog and this months challenge is all about TEXTURE.

Here is my DT submission.  This is a night out where we had to dress from the 80's.  Couldn't find the "flashdance" leg warmers anywhere so had to knit up a pair which i was still knitting whilst we were driving the 3 hours to the venue!!!!

On the bottom layer I used modelling paste and a Prima stencil.  I then colored this using glimmer mists (unfortunately the photos don't show the shimmer!).  I randomly stamped around the edges creating another texture.  The next layer, I again used modelling paste and a Prima stencil.  This time I tinted the modelling paste with silks acrylic glaze in pink grapefruit before using it.  The lace at the bottom of the page was coloured with metallic grape gelatoes.  Flowers are a combination of Prima and I am Roses.  I added another layer using chipboard, first coated in gesso and then inked with the silks acrylic glaze.  The other emblishments are all from Bo Bunny Noteworthy die cut pack.

Here are a couple of close ups:

Thanks for stopping by and dont forget to check out all the other DT entries at and have a go yourself.

Sunday 13 October 2013

Double entry this month

This month I have completed a layout that I have entered into two challenges:

White with one -
Purple Pumpkin - purple pumkin

I used the sketch from Purple Pumpkin and the colours from White With One:

turning the sketch upside down this is my take:

The colours for White with one is Watermelon and the photo does not do the colour justice as I had to take it at night.

Swirlydoo Butterly Challenge

I have finally finished my layout using the September Gilted Pleasure Kit and the butterfly Challenge:

The colouring is not so good, as I had to take the photo at night.  All items but the twine and clocks have come from the Swirlydoos September kit.

Saturday 5 October 2013


This months sketch challenge at Swirlydoos is:

and here is my take:

This is a photo of my grandma taken in 1939.  The majority of products used came in the September Kit, including the background stencil which I used with Ferro Modelling Creme, Pearl.  The tags have been painted with Acrylic Glaze silks which I watered down to give a softer effect.  The chipboard title and date were covered with Inka Gold - Old Gold as were the small emblishments made from Mod Podge Melts.

Dont forget to go to Swirlydoo's blog - and check out the awesome layouts the DT have done.

Thanks for looking and have a great weekend :)

Tuesday 1 October 2013


This is the first post for the new blog -

The Challenge was to create a layout "Grunge or Messy".  I chose to do a canvas which I had fun doing.  I find it a great time to use those embellishments that you ask yourself "what was i thinking buying that colour" or when you experiment with some chipboard and it all goes wrong.  Nothing like a "few" - sometimes "alot" of gesso and they are now embellishments that you love!

and i have taken some close ups:

Dont forget to head over to their blog and check out the other DT layouts.