Sunday, 16 January 2022

Start the New Year at More Than Words

The first Mini Challenge word for the year at More Than Words is START.  You have to create a tag, card, ATC or postcard. What will you create?

I made a tag:

I used ArtStacks images to express the feeling of freedom that can come with a new START. I used a geli print as a base and all the green papers are from a gorgeous printed tissue that was wrapped around a Christmas present I received. It was love at first sight!

I hope you can join in the challenge this month. You can find it here.

Happy arting!


Wednesday, 12 January 2022

Time to Reflect at More Than Words


The challenge at More Than Words this month is to be inspired by the word REFLECT and to use DOODLING on your art journal page. How cool!

The focal point is a large gingko leaf from ArtStacks. I find I use these a lot!

I realised that I don't reflect often enough so this page is about making sure I do it more in the future.

I used doodling in many places - around the title, on the background and I partly used a stencil to help me doodle the large flourishes.

Will you join us this month? You can find the challenge here.

Happy journaling!


Friday, 7 January 2022

Delightfully Difficult at ArtStacks!

Ohh, I've been having fun! I could create with Lorraine Haight Moraine's Altered Ancestors every day. I love her sense of humour. Her clever quotes and funny figures always make me smile.

This is a fairly simple piece. Here's how I made it:

  1. I used a favourite geli-print as my background, adding a bit of stenciling, stamping and outlining.
  2. I cut out one of the gorgeous gingko leaves from the Trees & Leaves stack from ArtStacks. I use these a lot - they're perfect for providing that extra something in the background.
  3. I also cut out the man and chair from Lorraine Haight Moraine's CoreStack, inked all the edges in black, and added them to the page.
  4. I added the tissue-paper quote using gel medium. Dina Wakley's soft gel matte medium is the perfect combination with the ArtStacks tissue. The tissue disappears completely into the background, making it look like the quote is typed directly onto the page. (Note that neither myself nor ArtStacks have any affiliation with Dina's products. I just love this particular product!)
  5. I finished by adding a stitched border, some messy stitching and, surprisingly for me, a cardstock border!

I made this for a swap with my online friend, Carolyn S. Nehring. I saw a piece of hers online that I loved so we did a swap! Here's the gorgeous piece of Carolyn's.

Thanks for the swap Carolyn!

These pages are so much fun and not difficult to make at all. If you make something similar, I'd love to see!

Happy craftin'!



Saturday, 18 December 2021

Dream at More Than Words

Can you guess what the Mini Challenge word is for December? Yes - it's DREAM! You must use the word DREAM on your card, tag, ATC or postcard.

I made a tag.

I made this with my own geli prints and ArtStacks papers. The gorgeous gingko leaf and the row of trees are from ArtStacks' new Trees & Leaves stack. I love this one! You can find it here.

I did some experimenting with the ArtStacks tissue. I wrote on it with a permanent pen then applied it with gel paste. It worked perfectly. You can't see the tissue at all!

I hope can join us over at More Than Words this month. You can find the challenge here.

Happy scrappin'!


Monday, 13 December 2021

Peace, Hope and Love

Welcome back! have you seen the new challenge over at More Than Words yet? The challenge is to be inspired by the word "Wishes" and to use Trees on your art journal page.

ArtStacks recently released a new stack called Trees & Leaves so I had many trees images to choose from! In the end, the gorgeous colours of the pink and yellow tall trees spoke to me so I based my page around these.

My background is a sheet of the printed pianola roll paper from The Homemaker CardStack. I layered it over pink paper so the pink showed through the small rows of holes. I added an extra border of the roses and stencilled and swiped paint over the top.

I painted gold stars to make the trees look Christmassy. These are all from The Dusty Attic.

I finished with a quote printed on tissue from another New Release, the Christmas Quotes MiniStack. As usual, this tissue has almost disappeared when applied, leaving just the print showing. I love it!

You can find the trees, the printed pianola roll paper and the quote over at ArtStacks here.

I hope you'll join us over at More Than Words! You can find the challenge here.

Happy art journalin'!


Wednesday, 8 December 2021

The Wrong Day

Hi again. How is your December so far?

I found time to relax in my craft room and came up with this piece for ArtStacks. I love this quote and the cute little guy. Both are from Lorraine Haight Moraine's CoreStack. 

I made a balloon with the collaged shapes I've been making lately and tangled the string into a mess to work with the title. The gorgeous gingko leaves are from the new Trees & Leaves stack.

I find that these quotes and images from Lorraine Haight Moraine make creating a breeze!

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Happy craftin'!


Wednesday, 1 December 2021

Rainbow Love at Kraft Plus!

Hello and welcome to THAT month! Have things got a little crazy for you yet? I'm ok at the moment but I'm about to get very busy with so many December events on.

Luckily, creating is still my relaxing time and I've been able to get a project done for the new challenge at Kraft Plus. You have to be inspired by rainbows. What a cool challenge!

I adore colour so I had trouble deciding what to create at first, but in the end I found this fantastic quote and decided to create an art journal page based around the quote.

To make this, I first layered the RAINBOW letters onto the cardstock then added Magicals on top then lightly sprayed them with water. You then need to let everything dry thoroughly before removing the letters. This left the word in white behind which I outlined with black.

I raided my bits and pieces drawer to find small images to add to the page - I even found a rainbow and a cloud! To keep to the kraft requirement, I backed my page with kraft and added a large leafy image made with kraft.

Will you join us over at Kraft + this month? You can find the challenge here.