Saturday, 10 March 2018

Distress Oxide Ink on Glosy Paper with Distress Glaze- Experimenting

I love experimenting with all my craft products and I am always wondering "what happens if I...?".
My other friend Cat, is horrified at the things I mix together sometimes, but if we don't try different techniques how will we learn? How do you think the experts became experts in their field? I guess because of the cost of materials sometimes, people don't want to waste their products, which is fair enough. So I experiment on ATC (Artist Trading Card) sized samples so I don't waste a lot, but can still see if I will be successful or not.
A friend of mine (Hi Ric:) asked me to show him some samples of what it looks like when  Ranger and Tom Holtz's Distress Oxides are applied to Glossy Paper and then covered in Distress Glaze. I had fun using this Technique so I decided to video my findings. It is only the second video I have ever done, so please be kind as I am learning about cameras and editing software etc. I am always open to suggestions, tips and questions as well. Click on this link to view the video.

Below are close up photos of the samples from the video and names of products I used.

Set 1 ATC sized Samples.
Distress Oxide Ink Colours used: Faded Jeans,Iced Spruce and Broken China.(Left sample is un-glazed,right has been glazed)

Set 2 ATC sized Samples.
Distress Oxide Ink Colours used: Spiced Marmalade, Peacock Feathers, Wilted Violet.(Left sample is un-glazed,right has been glazed)

Set 3ATC sized Samples.
Distress Oxide Ink Colours used: Hickory Smoke, Aged Mahogany, Tattered Rose.(Left sample is un-glazed,right has been glazed)
Santoro London Stamp: Gorjuss Girl Collectable Mini Rubber Stamp No2. New Heights (GOR907302)
Ranger Black Archival Ink.

Set 4 ATC sized Samples.
Distress Oxide Ink Colours used: Squeezed Lemonade, Pickled Raspberry, Seedless Preserves.(Left sample is un-glazed,right has been glazed)
Stencil Used: Dusty Attic DA1488.

Thank you for visiting and hope to see you back here soon!

Saturday, 3 March 2018

The Magic Of Alice- Art Journal Entry

The Magic Of Alice- Journal Entry 1.
Hello Everyone!
It has been a while but I am so glad to be back into swapping Art Journals with a talented lot of artists through the Australian Art Swap Group Journal Swap . I'm hoping this will re-inspire me to get journaling again. Head over to their blog and check out all the cool journal entries and details on how I created this entry.

Feel free to visit me on Instagram and Facebook to view other creations, art and ideas.


Saturday, 13 May 2017

"Family" Layout

This Layout is inspired by my friend Paula and her gorgeous boys. I had recently had a haul of ScrapFX Chipboard and Blue Fern Studios paper, which is beautiful and thick, so just perfect for using some heavy mediums on them. I used a Dusty Attic Stencil with some Couture Creations White embossing paste with the stencil and a range of Distress Inks to add splashes of colour. the Heart frame and sentiment were by ScrapFX and I added some coordinating flowers and fibers from my stash. I love how this Layout turned out and I hope it inspires you to get creating. Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, 12 May 2017

Art Journal Entries in My own Journal.

Sometimes its nice just to take some time out and do things for myself. Create and play just for the pleasure of it. So I thought I'd share a few entries from my own journal that I have loved.

Dirty Old Lady Journal Entry.


Image Transfer from an advert in a magazine, surrounded by stenciled embossing paste and gold powder.

Kaisercraft paper background with Gel Medium and inks, Image transfer and Stamps in Archival Ink.
Trust Yourself.

Gorjuss Contained.
Happy Crafting Everyone!

Travelling Art Journals For Australian Art Swap Group- Creatures of the Bay

Hello again!  I am part of an awesome swap group that have a Facebook page an a blog and I was due to do an entry in one of these gorgeous Journals. I love the feeling of getting one in the mail and opening it up and checking out all the varied entries and interpretations of the theme.

Joan's Journal was so interesting as it was an old photo album that had been recycled into an art Journal. There were many pockets protecting our journalling and also heaps of magazine cut outs and maps etc that we could use with the theme. There was a strong recycling theme going through but Joan said we didn't have to stick with it and to just have fun so I did.

I am a little mermaid obsessed, and so I thought well they could live in "The Bay" too right?
so I got some gesso and some background colour down. I originally wanted spirals in the background in blues, but I didn't get the results  I wanted so I smudged it all with baby wipes. while it was wet I pushed pieces of Tulle into the page.  I had a trim that looked like roses on tule and I thought they looked a bit like underwater weeds so I put them onto the edges of the pages.As I am very impatient, I got my heat gun out and started drying, but then the tulle started to crinkle up and shrink and burn and I LOVED it! I had a few Beachy type embellishments from a swap years ago and decided to put those in as well.  

I them put some embossing paste over a stencil and dropped some midnight sparkle coloured embossing over the top of it... Instructions said "wait till it dries before heating".bahahhahahah...Me? Wait?? Heatgun attack! and it Puffed up beautifully to give the page more texture. 

My little mermaids are layered stamps and the Queen of the Bay is a Prima/Julie Nutting doll stamp. I stamped her on one of the pages from the back of the book , cut it out and then attached sequences to her tail. I then glued her down onto the page. 

I used my really old dymo labeller to punch out the quote and then stuck that down too. I love how some of the mini mermaid tails lift off the page. I hope you enjoy this Joan! Happy Crafting everyone!

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Mixed Media Tags - RUSTY

I am obsessed with making things look rusty and old. I had a blast playing with a heap of products including adhesive aluminium foil, Dusty Attic Rusting powder, Lindys Stamp Gang colour shots and colour burst powders and other items I have been collecting along the way for projects such as these.
I am hoping to get a video camera soon so I can start filming and posting these adventures. Happy Crafting everyone!

Close up of embellishments and rusting effects

Close up of embellishments and rusting effects

Close up of embellishments and rusting effects


I love to make cards as I think they are a great way to try out new techniques on a small scale, so I thought to show you a small selection of greeting cards I have made. I have used stamps, embossing folders, colour sprays, dies and alcohol markers (to name a few products) in some of these projects.
Have a great week everyone!

Distress Oxide Ink on Glosy Paper with Distress Glaze- Experimenting

I love experimenting with all my craft products and I am always wondering "what happens if I...?". My other friend Cat, is horri...