My Lovely Friends,

Monday 15 February 2021

Home Decor Mixed media Style

 Hi guys, I'm back today for The mad Scrapper design team, with another of my mixed media makes using some of the fabulous products Janine sells in her bricks and mortar and online shop,

Of course it's online only at the moment due to lockdown but you can still order all the awesome products without having to wait,

I love to alter old used paint brushes and hubby found this one which was just right for the beautiful chipboard and flowers I had got to go with it,

After gluing some twine from my stash around and over the top of the handle so I could hang the finished project up I started off by painting some Finnabair heavy white Gesso  over the handle and the top of the bristles, also going down the middle of the bristles to follow the chipboard design which would be going over the top, this gives a good base,

Next I went over the handle with some Finnabair stone effect paste, putting it on quite thick, to give some fabulous texture,

When completely dry I painted over everywhere I had previously used the Gesso as well as the Stone effect paste, with Finnabair opal magic acrylic paint in yellow/pink, set this aside to dry really well.

Meanwhile taking the beautiful Dusty Attic Mystic Frame #2 and the Finnabair Tapestry stencil with some Finnabair modelling paste adding it to the middle of the circle, let dry, then when dry add some of the same acrylic paint in yellow/pink, again leave to dry, I added some Finnabair white wax on the chipboard parts I had left with the white Gesso,

At this point I glued the chipboard to my old paint brush placing it so the bottom of the flourish on the frame lined up with the bottom of the brush,

Again I used some old smaller paint brushes from my stash which again I painted first with gesso then the Yellow/pink, when dry I glued them in place at an angle on the brush,

I then started decorating the finishing touches to my brush, by using some of the gorgeous flowers Janine sells, the large white ones are from the 49 and Market Blossom Blends - Cotton, following the smaller paint brushes as a guide, in between the larger flowers I added some 49 and market -flower series no1 in cream and one white rosebud at the bottom,

I decided to add some metal embellishments as well for variety and added interest, so on the circle part previously stencilled I added two metal hearts from the Finnabair Mechanicals - Tin hearts, and some metal leaves from the Finnabair Mechanicals - Woodland leaves collection,

I then used another Dusty Attic Butterfly I had in my stash, this I left in it's natural colour,

I really love how this turned out and seeing as this is my last DT make as Janine will have a new Design team for the next six months, so lots of new ideas will be coming to you soon, so make sure you check in for that,

I wish to thanks Janine very much for the honour of being on her first ever Design Team, and wish her well for the future and who knows you may well see me again in the future,


Old white Matte wax

Heavy white Gesso

Stone effect paste

Mechanicals - Tin Hearts

Mechanicals - Woodland Leaves

Tapestry stencil

Modelling paste


Dusty Attic:

Mystic Frame #2


49 and market;

Flower mini series no 1 cream

Blossom Blends - Cotton

Mini Rose buds White

Happy Crafting!!

Sunday 14 February 2021

Love is all you need

 Hi guys, aw am I being soppy? lol

I am loving creating scenes with my Birthday present of my hubby, so I couldn't resist making this Valentines come love card card,

I've always loved colouring and I'm loving creating this way again,

I saw an awesome video Tracey did on the lavinia stamp channel on reflection stamping and I thought I've got to give that a go, I made my reflection scene smaller as I wanted it more in the background so the fairies appear sat at the side of the water,

Stamping the stamps in the front a darker colour makes the ones that are stamped in a lighter colour appear further away too, I used parts of the fairy path at the front to look like there is a walk way to where their sitting, these I coloured with some pencils from my stash, adding a little shadow below the stamps too,

I finished off the wings and mini hearts with some fine glitter, again these have been stamped in the lighter grey to appear in front of the Fairies, I then stamped a couple of the hares on the right hand side to  balance the scene,

I then added a few strokes of white Gelly Roll pen over the water to give a little depth too, then mounted the scene on a slightly larger card base,

if you want any more details, just ask,
Happy Crafting!!

Friday 12 February 2021

From the heart

 Hi guys, gosh it's cold round here lately, so I've been creating a few different projects,

my latest Alcohol Ink one is a little different for me as it's not a flower!! lol

Well I wanted to try something different with different colours and with Valentines day coming up it made me think of hearts and instead or red I used this gorgeous pink instead, with a hint of Brass,

I'm loving the effect I got from just the one colour,

I've had a couple of cards to make recently too, I will show those later as they've not got them yet,

Happy Crafting!!

Tuesday 9 February 2021

Valentines love

 Hi guys, I created a Valentines card for hubby, using the awesome Shower Of love stencil by Sweet poppy Stencils, he's had quite a few valentines cards as we've been together 42 nearly 43 years, Married 41 of them in May!! Oh my gosh where has the time gone!! lol

 So with time frame, I went for a classy look, well hopefully!! 

I recently bought a Gel plate, not got the ink pads to go with it yet so it didn't quite turn out as I wanted but it was ok for A first attempt, I used black soot distress ink which gave a pale grey effect, which is what I wanted,

I then used a circle for the moon cut out of some acetate and in the circle used a brilliance ink pad watered down with a slightly damp brush, this was to add a little colour but not too much, I then went over with some white Gesso, dabbing it on for a little texture, let this dry( doesn't take long)

I then created some hills with torn paper edging with the Black soot distress ink, leaving the background colour showing underneath,

Take the stencil and tape off the hares, then using some silver embossing paste from my stash I stencilled through the stem and the hearts,

I added some heat to the hearts with my heat gun to make the paste bubble, this gave a little added interest without having to go over with another product,

let this dry properly on the lower stem as no heat has been added to that part,

place the stencil back in place and dab black gesso through the hares,

Again dabbing the gesso gives a little texture to the hares,
I took some more of the black soot distress ink and using a makeup style brush went around the edges of the card to make a night scene, leaving the paler grey around the moon effect seeing as it's a full moon, then I added a tiny amount of old silver wax going slightly across the moon for a cloud effect,

I finished off the card by adding some shadow on the ground behind the hares with some pencils then some glitter on the ground around the hares, I then mat and layered the scene onto some mat silver card and black card to tie it all in,

Happy Crafting!!

Saturday 6 February 2021

Spring is coming

 Actually as I write this the sun is out, the sky is blue and I've just got back from taking the dogs out, for the first time in months it wasn't freezing, lol

So onto my card, Sweet Poppy Stencils have a challenge monthly on FB, this time it's "Spring is Coming"

so taking two stencils I have in my stash I made this card,

I created some hill effects with some torn copy paper, then sinply using one of my makeup style brushes I lightly brushed over the edge of the torn paper in Peeled paint distress ink, then  placing the hare on my card roughly in place I then new where to place the sun, so I removed the hare stencil and using a  circle cut out of some card used some Antique linen first then went over randomly with dried Marigold, make sure this is dry, then go over the card around the sun and up to the grass effect with Broken China and a little touch of speckled egg, this gives variety and added interest, I went over the sun to give a muted look too,

Taking the Shower of love sweet poppy stencil, I masked off all the design with the awesome tape they sell so only the right hand hare could be used, then I went throught the stencil with tea dye and on the right hand side edges with a light stroke of vintage photo distress inks, I placed it so the lighter sections looked like the sun was hitting it, with his back in the shade, I then gave the hare some shadow with some Frayed Burlapdistress ink pen blended with a Picket Fence distress ink pen, to soften it,

I then took the Foliage stencil by Sweet Poppy and turned it upside down so the leaves floweed as if off a tree, I stencilled through the leaves with bundled sage, Antique linen and iced Spruce, again for a hint of variety,

On the hill effect I used the top middle section of the Shower of love stencil, again masking off bits I didn't want with the tape, I then went through here and there with Frayed Burlap to create plants, I turned the stencil over for some too so they didn't all look the same, I then finished them off with some white Posca Pen dots,

As you can see to balance the card I added one near the Hare too,

Well I hope you like it, I've created this for my lovely next door neighbour who's really poorly and can't get out any more, I'm hoping it bucks him up,

Happy Crafting!!

Thursday 4 February 2021


 Hi guys, I had A lovely Birthday earlier this week and i finally got my Lavinia stamps hubby bought me for the Big Day!! lol

So I created my first scene,

Lavinia stamps are doing a "Snow Blizzard" challenge so I based the scene on that, I don't have many deep coloured inks to have made a darker scene, so went with what I had,

I used some white gesso, and a white Posca pen to create the snow effects, using distress ink pads for the shadows,

Adding some white on the branches help give them depth too,

I'm really hoping spring is on it's way, but I had fun creating the scene anyway, lol

Happy Crafting!!