Monday, 21 July 2014

Another Vintage Journal

Hi gang: Big apologies, as I haven't posted for AGES... reason being, I'm trying to redecorate the flat and finally get my own art space (which is squeezed into part of the living room) more workable. So there's a lot going on (STILL not finished) which I'll post shortly.

Meantime, I manages to get this journal finished. It's another upcycled, recycled one with original vintage covers and some of the original pages, ledger pages plus new papers, tapes etc etc. I've also used washing tape on the edges of the cover to add a little zap, without covering the original titling.

It's a Ready Reckoner - in Pounds, Shillings and Pence!So it's pre 1968 (when the first decimal coinage was released in the UK).

I've also put in section wraps in a really zingy screen printed 30s style paper, which could be left as is, or used to sandwich pocket pages, tip-ins etc.


This one has been a lot of fun! Hope you like it.

Friday, 30 May 2014

Just watched Despicable Me 2

I loved Despicable Me No 1, and Despicable Me No 2 is just as much fun. Those Minions are so sweet - so here's Pharrell Williams's YouTube video for you to enjoy.


Friday, 16 May 2014

VOICES - Gelli Plate mono print

VOICES - this is a monoprint I've just finished, using the Gelli Plate and IndigoBlu stamps. The silhouette shape is a stencil I made, cutting round a figure from a magazine which I've then laminated. Came out pretty well, I think.

I used a page from an old text book for the print. The base layer was a mix of Antique White and a pale turquoise - both craft acrylics (the cheap ones, ready mixed in a bottle). I placed the stencil on top and left it in place while I brayered deep pink and deep turquoise onto the plate, then removed the stencil. This was the second layer.

Next, I stamped the IndigoBlu Honeycomb Background stamp using Ranger's Archival Black ink, and topped this with IndigoBlu Mechanics background stamp. I held the stamp in my hand (not on a block) to get partial images - again, with Archival Black ink.

Finally, I stamped the phrase in Archival black, the chemical formula in Archival Red and the lightbulb in Archival Sepia - all from IndigoBlu's Beautiful Mind stamp set. The black circle shapes in the corners are giant snap fastensers.

I started off creating this as a journal page - now I'm thinking it could go in a frame? I'm really pleased with this one.

Monday, 28 April 2014

6 PRINTERS IN 7 DAYS! A loooong story...

Yes, you read it right: SIX printers in seven days. As usual, when it comes to me and machinery, there's always a story...for me, NOTHING is ever simple.

HP printer - broken type and smudging
Easter Saturday I had the first printer delivered: HP Envy 4500. As soon as I opened the box, I knew I was in for trouble... the CD was bent, so wouldn't load, and it took 5 tries to download from Hewlett Packard's website.

By the way, I emailed HP - as of today, they still haven't replied.

Then when I finally got printing, the top quarter of the page had horizontal breaks right across.

Thursday, 24 April 2014


I've used stamps from the latest Stampendous range - just IN! Plus Kraft card, an edger punch, buttons, a piece of lace and some seam binding ribbon.

I'm really excited about my new class at Blade Rubber Stamps on Saturday 3rd May - details here. It's all about how to use the Gelli Plate! Anyone who's used one just raves about it - it's the easiest and most fun way to create your own unique monoprints EVER!

I've created a lace edge on the card with a Martha Stewart punch.

I thought you'd like to see a card I've made, using the Gelli Plate to make my own background papers - and this background is using some kitchen roll to create the texture! I've also made my own paper flowers from die-cut card.

Tons of dimension: I stamped the bird directly onto the Gelli print background, and cut the paper down to size. I also stamped the phrase twice. I then stamped the bird again onto the leftover Gelli background, this time using pigment ink, and embossed it. Finally, I cut it out, mounted it over the first stamped image using silicon glue, and added a little bit of Stickles glue for extra bling.

I'm absolutely loving working with the Gelli Plate - so much you can do with it, using stencils, found objects, bits of old lace, draw directly onto the much fun, it's really addictive.

Friday, 18 April 2014

HAPPY EASTER - 20% off in my Etsy store


I can't send you all an Easter egg, so here's something a lot less fattening: 20% off across my Etsy shop (until 30 April). Just type in HAPPYEASTER in the coupon code space when you buy something.


I've put up a couple of blog sets (background, header, sidebar widgets, email thingie and social icon buttons) and I'll do the coding for you, plus add your blog name etc. And I'll supply tutorials if you need them, too!
Vintage Concertina book

There are also some new bookbinding tutorials.

So I do hope you'll take a look - you might find something you like!

Happy Easter, everyone.

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Vintage Journal class

Children's annual circa 1930s

Just a quick reminder my Vintage Journal bookbinding class is on Sunday, starting at 11.30am - and there are just 2 places left...

Closeup view - you can see I've used Grungeboard, painted to look like leather, for the tapes and the keyhole fastening.

If you love to UPcycle, and would love to make your own journal using a variety of vintage text and sheet music pages, mixed with art papers, then this is the class for you (even if you've never made a book before!)

This journal was really old (1910) but had a very boring cover, apart from the debossed edging, so I've collaged the cover with bingo counters, a bingo scorecard and a vintage photograph from the same period.

You'll choose your own mix of papers, vintage book covers (I'm bringing a biiiiiig selection) and you'll go home with a unique, tailor made journal - a true one-of-a-kind, which you'll love to work in.

This book is a modern one, but I couldn't resist the cover - so I saved the entire page block for reading later on.

As you can see from the couple of samples above, you know you'll never see another journal exactly the same as yours! Much fun - and very addictive.

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Block stamped wall hanging

This is a simple wall hanging, using 3 clip frames, which you can get pretty much anywhere for next to nothing - plus a length of ribbon for hanging, and a piece of twig. I've used Colouricious wood block stamps for the whole project.

Side view showing the dimension - kraft die cut flowers, painted and block stamped with assorted patterns.

And a closeup, so you can see more detail re the lettering. Again, block stamped - onto pieces of patterned paper (more stamping) layered onto yet more patterned paper (also block stamped). I've used acrylic paints throughout.

Hope you like it!

Sunday, 30 March 2014

BonBon dishes - block printing

I'm slowly putting up all the pix of the samples I've made for Colouricious, using their wood block stamps (exclusively hand carved for them by artisans in India).

This set of bonbon dishes are kraft cardboard, which I've painted with acrylics, coated with a crackle medium and then over-painted with more acrylic to get the cracked effect.

Bonbon dish by Decopatch

I've cut out pre-painted and block stamped paper (acrylic paints throughout) and glued this inside the bases, and then used small pieces around the edges and for the corners. Finally, I added a coat of decoupage varnish.

I think they've turned out rather Oriental!

Sunday, 2 March 2014

ELEPHANT Perpetual Calendar

I've been really busy, so not much time for posting! Here's what I've been up to: I am now on the Design Team for Colouricious, and also writing tutorials for them - which will shortly be available as instant downloads from their site - on how to block print on paper etc.

I've done a load of samples - this Elephant Perpetual Calendar was done for the Knitting & Stitching Show at Olympia in earlier this month (13 March, as you can see from the calendar).

Closeup view- I've used self-adhesive foam numbers from a scrapbooking kit, then painted them with copper Lumiere acrylics.

I created one large sheet of artwork (heavyweight Bockingford watercolour paper) and smooshed acrylic inks for a base coat of colour, using red, yellow, and a touch of blue. These blended into a rainbow of colour which I then overstamped with a tree block, using black acrylic. I then cut this down to size to fit the sides, back and blocks.

...and the back view...

To me, it's just as important the back is as nicely finished as the front. Here, I've used a corner rounder punch to echo the shape of the wood edges.

I've stamped the elephant twice, then cut out portions which I've decoupaged onto the first image using Pinflair Glue Gel for dimension. And of course I've had to add glitter glue to her toenails etc!

And here she is, in glorious closeup!

Hope you like the calendar, and that it gives you a few ideas.