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Ole’ Salty Dawg (It’s a Postcard!!)

I was watching Natasha (Enastasia) stream this afternoon and I made this as I crafted along with her πŸ™‚

It’s my very first attempt at doing an art journal page (of sorts) cause I don’t have an art journal book (yet)! Β  This was fun, I dont think I’d use timmy’s distress inks again as they tend to run when I applied some gel medium … guess i’ll need to invest in some archival ink!! Β …*** Edited to say that after watching Rachel’s live stream this is in fact a postcard!!) who’d have thought!***…

I have absolutely no idea where the inspiration came for this… I just went with the flow and this is the outcome… in fact, It kinda reminds me of my late dad, he was in the Navy and he used to smoke cigars (bless his wee soul), wonder if he was with me in spirit up in my craft workshop today πŸ˜‰

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Altered Shabby Chic Picture Frame

I altered a wee Michaels Picture frame this afternoon and gave it a bit of a shabby chic feel, then to finish it off I popped in a picture of our wee cat Jerry πŸ™‚

Materials Used :~

  • Gesso
  • White & Pink Acrylic Paint
  • Heat Gun
  • Glue Gun
  • Seam Binding
  • Cherry Blossom and Foundation Roses from Wild Orchid Crafts
  • Paintbrush
  • HP Photo Paper


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Shabby Chic Effect Altered Mirror

Here’s my Friday Night Project… I bought two of these mirrors from IKEA a very long time ago, and I had watched a video on Youtube the other day where someone had altered the very same mirror, I;ll need to look for the link and post it here,, think I saved it to my favs on Youtube… anyway, I had loads of fun making this, it took me hours and hours lol

It started off looking like this

Then I applied a coat of Gesso, a special blend of acrylic paint, that i’ve called Peach melba, had it been ice cream i’d have eaten it lol, then I took a Pearl Dauber and covered the whole thing, then another layer of the home made paint on top of that

Then I ripped up some strips of 12 x 12 patterned paper, I used Prima Flights of Fancy, and stuck them down along the edges and gave them a wash coat of a watered down version of my paint

Once I had all the paint and paper stuck down I started to embelish it … until it looked like this

Loads of mini 10mm roses from Wild Orchid Crafts and some of the Websters Pages Rosette Trim in Peach hot glued down into the shape of a heart…

I hand painted some prima flowers and also a stick pin with the peach paint and also painted over the top of a medium cream rose, and round the edges of the Adage ticket.

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The Dog Tag and a Love Plaque…

I sneaked a couple of hours up in the workshop this evening, tidied up some of the mess and made a few bits n bobs πŸ™‚

First up is a wee dog tag…

Supplies List :~

  • Sizzix Scallop Tag Die
  • DCWV Linen Closet Patterned Paper from the 8 x 8 stack
  • Prima Jack & Jill Patterned Paper from the 6 x 6 stack
  • 2 x chocolate brown Prima E.Line Pearls
  • Colorbox Chestnut Roan Chalk Ink
  • Woodware Heart Punch
  • Tombow Mono Multi Adhesive
  • Scotch 714 adhesive
  • Pink & Brown Fibres
  • Eyelet
  • Cropodile
  • Copic Spica Clear Glitter Pen
  • Uniball Broad White Opaque Gel Pen

I then made another thingy silimar to the one I made last night… light green and pink this time

Supplies List :~

  • Top 1/3rd of a $1 chipboard album page
  • Reeves Acrylic Paint : Titanium White, Light Green & Crimson
  • American Crafts Thickers “Love”
  • Prima E.Line Pink Pearl
  • Papermania Light Pink Chalk Ink
  • Eyelet & Cropodile
  • Paintbrushes
  • Prima Flights of Fancy Β Patterned Paper
  • Prima Pink Flower
  • Wild Orchid Crafts 10mm Foundation Rose in Light Greeny Blue
  • Scotch ATG 714 Gun

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Painted Love

A tag to celebrate my “Love” of messing around with paint πŸ™‚

Supplies List :-

  • 1 x Tag (it’s a chipboard page from a mini album) 4″ x 6″
  • Daler & Rowny Gesso
  • Anita’s Country Blue Acrylic Paint
  • Adirondack Lights Cloudy Blue Paint Dauber
  • Tattered Angels Patina Glimmer Mist
  • Folkart Taffy Acrylic Paint
  • Anitas Wedgewood Blue Acrylic Paint
  • Artiste Lagoon Acrylic Paint
  • Stickles – Crystal
  • Scenic Route Chipboard Alpha pieces
  • Decoart Ornamental Snow Tex
  • Ranger Glossy Accents
  • Ranger Crackle Accents
  • Classic K Charlotte Patterned Paper (scrap)
  • Heart Punch by Woodware
  • Prima Cardstock Stickers – Glittered Heart
  • Sharpie Opaque White Poster Paint Marker


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ATC : Past & Future

I spent this morning tidying and cleaning my workshop… it was…. the biggest hugest mess you ever did see

So once it was all tidy and clean, I decided to mess it all up again and get the paints out πŸ˜‰

Last night I spent an hour or so researching ATC’s and watching videos of people making them on Youtube

Today I decided to make one and here Β is my first attempt…

Supplies List :-

  • Chipboard cut to 2.5″ x 3.5″
  • Gesso to prime the chipboard and I also used it for the stamped image (a tip from Deb)
  • Acrylic Paint : Lagoon
  • Gel Medium
  • Paper Artsy Swirly Stamp
  • Basic Grey Flower Stamp
  • Donna Salazar Daily Chronicles Newspaper Quote
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink : Vintage Photo
  • A Jam Jar of Cold water and a couple of paint brushes
  • Pumpkin Stazon (to cover up the botched up swirl where the Gesso went on too thick)

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I have been playing around in the workshop tonight with all the bits and bobs I have bought today and this is the result… its a bit of a first attempt at Mixed Media Art (of sorts) because I didnt glue anything down lol…. However, I did a bit of stamping and used different mediums πŸ˜‰

All comments and pointers in the right direction welcomed πŸ™‚

There is rather a long list of materials used so I have broken it into 2 sections inbetween the photographs… took me 45 mins to clear everything away once i’d finished, but had loads of fun!!

Supplies List : –

  • Daler Rowney Gesso Primer White
  • Daler Rowney Watercolour paper – cut to 4.5″ x 4.5″
  • Windsor & Newton Galeria Acrylic Paint in Cerulean Blue Hue and Titanium White
  • Anitas Acrylic Paint in Country Blue
  • Artiste Acrylic Paint in Buttercup
  • Crystal Stickles
  • Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Shabby Shutters and Broken China

Supplies List Continued …

  • My Minds Eye Bloom & Grow Stamp Set
  • Fancy Pants Brush Strokes Stamp Set
  • Promarkers in Lime Green, Blue Pearl and Sky Blue
  • Copic Ciao’s in Β B12 Ice Blue and BG93 Green Gray
  • Versafine Onyx Black Instant Dry Pigment Ink
  • Dew Drop Brilliance Pearlescent Olive Fast Drying Pigment Ink
  • Studio G Smile Stamp

This painting is destined for a lovely wee frame and i’m going to hang it in my downstairs loo πŸ™‚