Flutter by, butterfly…

Created by Hand this week… Things that Fly. And, first time for me… Crazy Amigos – Insects!

I created both these ATCs at the same time – smooshed paint backgrounds, doodling and stamped images on sticky-backed acetate, adhered to sparkly net. The scans don’t really do them justice, but hey-ho!

Flutter by, butterfly...

Valkyries came…

… into my head this evening as I was experimenting with watercolour paints. This is how they look:

I can’t hide it – I am really excited about this painting. I love how it has turned out. I think I am going to do more of this sort of thing in the year ahead – “Out with the old”????Created by Hand’s prompt today, seems appropriate, no?

I have always had a fondness for Isaac Asimov and I, Robot is one of my favourite books/films. I loved the epic “Dune” too and I have a penchant for Harry Potter, X-Men, well that sort of thing. I expect catching the latter half of Jurassic Park III last night may have brought the Valkyries out! I don’t know, but I do like this piece – a lot. I have to keep working on improving my technique now….

Fairy Magic Pendant

Created by Hand this week is all about “Faeries”… so I happily got to play with the Toadstools stamps from Home Impressions to create this altered puzzle piece pendant for Ria!


I started with a little collaged music and text and then brayered over them with a rainbow ink pad, which has seen better days! I then used the toadstools and fairy stamps and lastly the Fairy Magic words. I outlined the images and then coated the whole piece with clear polymer medium gloss, after making the holes for the jump rings.

Once dry, I added the j-rings, a fairy charm and a ‘necklace’ thing! (I am technically challenged when it comes to jewellery findings!!) Maybe the rings should be closer together?

Quelle surprise!

Created by Hand’s theme this week is ‘French’! Funnily enough, my Graduation Piece for Layer Love has a french flavour… so here’s the last “official” painting – or Lesson #9, as we know it! Images from Ten Two Studios Little Blue Things, french text too.


Here’s a close-up of the central part, with the framed “belle dame”. The slide mount frame is very faffy… covered in paint-splashed kitchen roll, then adorned with more paint, microbeads, gel medium, etc., etc.!


I don’t think the photos do it justice… it’s hard to show all the tones of the paint in a mere pic or two. I’m so happy to have taken this class though – I even learned to paint on wood!

Julie’s teaching another class in September – The Mother of Art Journalling and I reckon I shall be taking that one too. She’s a really great teacher – very supportive, caring and obviously very talented. It has been such a pleasure learning with Julie – roll on September!! =)

More puzzling!!

This is a triple-header puzzle piece from me this evening. I painted the background whilst I was waiting for my Layer Love#6 painting’s layers to dry!! I used a piece of corrugated cardboard for the hatchmarks with black archival ink, images from Ten Two Studios Little Men/Children Sheets, a pewter charm from my stash and some copper wire and wooden beads. I just taped the ends to the back of the puzzle piece.


This piece fits nicely with Go Make Something’s Make It Mondays – altered puzzle pieces; Created by Hand’s – Father’s Day and Lots To Do – Charms…


Created by Hand theme for this week! I made a large sheet of backgrounds a while ago, using instructions from Lisa Vollrath’s Go Make Something, called Serendipity… you use up scraps of paper, ink and stamp backgrounds and they make interesting ATCs, etc. This one features a dragonfly stamp that I love.


I love random speckles of embossing and mixed papers. It’s something I like to make when I’m stuck for inspiration… the mojo usually pops up when I least expect it and suddenly I have too many ideas in my head again!!

The weather here is lovely and I’ve managed to get so many things/chores out of the way over the last couple of days – makes you glad to be alive! So after dinner, I shall treat myself to a couple of hours of painting and dancing (we dance between layers you know, so they dry properly!). 🙂

Lots done!

I’ve been getting back into creating and have got lots done this afternoon/evening… Created by Hand this week (Pink & Green) and Lots to Do (Wonderful Wood) – I have completed the first side of this wooden block for Ria, which is still a WIP, but prompted by the pink and green theme, I tried my Neocolours on this side and am very pleased with their vivid colours:


Here’s a side view…


It’s very folksy, isn’t it?!! The other side is completely different!

Now for the altered frame I made for the Make It Mondays challenge this week, using “Foreign Text” – got some Italian text from Ten Two Studios out, and found two great images on the Orange Things collage sheets that went together really nicely. The frame is a car boot bargain and I just had to paint it, and then bubble-wrap print over that with silver acrylic paint:


The flowers are recycled from fake bunches and their centres are orange glass beads. That’s not a colour combo I’d have chosen naturally, but I think it works really well!

Created by (my) Hand!

CBH has Mother’s Day as its theme this week. Check out my altered spoons on Ten Two studios and if you leave me a comment, you’ll be entered into the Daily Eye Candy Draw to win a 6-month subscription to the Monthly Muse – full of tips, images and how-tos. This Daily Giveaway is running till May 10th – get in there!

Here’s an accordion-fold Seed Packet Wallet I made for MIL. She’s an avid gardener (89 this year!) and I thought these manila envelopes were the perfect size for her seeds. The images are from the Faux Postage collections HERE.




I made this wallet from a single 12″x4″ pieces of scrapbooking cardstock – light enough to fold nicely, but strong enough to carry the weight of the envelopes (IYSWIM)… I measure the envelopes and took it from there. I had the ‘flowery ribbon’ which went well with the faux postage images and the Cuttlebug folder I used.

Right – I’m off to unpack more supplies and source my Class supplies for the online class I’m taking later this month… it’s so exciting!! 😉

Spring is in the air…

CBH – “Spring”. Here’s a collaged canvas I finished this morning. I have come to the conclusion that the sooner I sort and pack my art supplies and leave myself just a few things to create with, the better! I’m feeling super-stressed and thoroughly fed up for lots of reasons. I have mountains of packing to do and my box-mojo is in denial!!! Ah well…


I’ve used another delightful (Ten Two Studios) image from the Green Things Collage set HERE and the canvas is 7″x5″. The net was melted onto the painted surface with my heat gun and the images, etc. have been given a coat of gel medium to seal them.

Back to the boxes… =)


Rosie & Linda (Awfully Big Art Adventure) had bookmarks as their challenge this week and their examples are gorgeous. Created by Hand asked for blue and green combos and Artygirlz wanted us to “Smile”, so I’ve combined these three into a bookmark with an Italian flavour!


I used Italian text pages and images from The Little Blue Things collage sheets from Ten Two Studios, an olive green cs base and brayered blue ink over the text page. I added the rubon words (TLC), covered the whole thing with bookfilm and added the embellie!

I love making bookmarks – they make fab gifts to friends and I use 2/3 at a time myself! 🙂