Friday, 10 June 2016

A compendium of catch ups!

A few things to post on here today! I was a busy bee for the past few weeks getting enough pieces made for my stall at the Poulton Gala last Saturday. The weather was kind and I had a lovely day.

It was certainly a nice change not having to worry about keeping everything dry as I have to when we have the Christmas market!

My monthly ATC swaps are proving to be very popular. May's theme was "Fabric" and, as always, this could be interpreted in any way. Here are photos of just some of the ATC's that have been swapped....

From left to right these are by Catherine, Lilly and Kelly. All gorgeous and all so different. The centre one, by Lilly, has a felted flower brooch that can be removed - how clever!

These three are by Tracey, Kelly and Millie....I love how everyone has been inspired by the same theme but each has come up with something different.

Just a few of the many lovely ATC's that were swapped in May.

If you fancy joining in with the June swap, the theme this month is "Books" which can be interpreted as you wish. The simple rules are to create three ATC's on the theme, each being 2.5" x 3.5" and with details on the reverse (your name, date, title etc). The deadline is the 30th of June so there's still lots of time. Just drop me an email to register your name and I'll send you the address details.

Mentioning emails....mine is changing! I was with Virgin but am now with TalkTalk so my new  address is

On the Design Team front, Millie Moss has been busy creating postcards, which seems to becoming a popular idea now. Millie shared two that she had made using some of my images...
....the one on the left features my digi download "Oswald" and on the right is the postcard made using my stamp set
Zendoodle Houses (SDCSA6049).

To complete them, Millie has stamped a very authentic postcard image on the reverse. Millie says they are made using 4" x 6" index cards. What a lovely idea!

If you are thinking of trying digital downloadable images, I have mine on a special offer until midnight on Sunday 12th June. If you purchase one you can get a second one at half price. As I am not very "tech savvy", I don't know how to offer the discount at the checkout, so I will refund the saving. The designs are all available HERE and, once downloaded, they can be printed out as often as you wish, re sized, flipped etc...very versatile!

To finish this round up, here are a few images of some of the pieces that I've made recently...
 ....this is a 16" x 16" canvas that I made using "Gorjuss" image which I then blended acrylics over and added dimensional pieces to before painting and adding lustres. 

I've gone a bit crazy with hearts lately and made quite a few heart shaped wall hangings in various styles....

And a wood block canvas....just to celebrate colour!
All of these, and more, are on the shelf in my Etsy shop 
I think that's everything that's been going on here creatively at the moment! I'll try not to leave it so long till next time!

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

A few creations...

Just having a short coffee break in between making items for my stall at Poulton gala on Saturday 4th seems to be coming round quite quickly now! So I thought I'd just share a few images of some of the pieces I've been making.

This is one of my textural wall hangings in which I like to incorporate upcycled cardboard and other items. Lots of DecoArt paints and lustres here! I do like a bit of shimmer!

This is an 8" x 8" canvas with some of my favourite colours, all toned down slightly with Burnt Umber. There's some crackling on there too and I've added various positive "messages" to make this into an affirming piece of wall art....good to look at something on the wall that gives one a lift I think!

Here's a little house shaped hanger, again with lots of texture and a little metallic thrown in for good measure.

This wall hanging was a lot of fun to make! I used a couple of my Doo Lally Pip stamp sets, adding wings to the character as well as her polka dot top hat! I've used gold embossing powder very randomly on the edges and added a message - one that I think is a good one in these very image conscious days.

Lastly, a canvas board that I just "made up as I went along" other words, I had no idea what it was going to be when I started! I do like working that way, though sometimes it doesn't end well!

I like the cheerful colours on this though and the sentiment felt right.

These pieces, and others, are on the "shelf" in my Etsy shop.

Well, the coffee is now drunk so I had better get back to work! Hope you liked the little peek at some of what I've been up to. 

Sunday, 22 May 2016

Tracey's latest creations...

I've had a little trouble posting to my blog this week, but it all seems resolved now. Meanwhile, DT member Tracey Fairgrieve has been busying herself with more of my digital images and has created some really characterful pieces which I hope you'll enjoy as much as I did!

Just look at this quirky beach scene! Tracey used my Zendoodle House stamps to create the beach huts and I just love the grasses and the waves. 

But the "piƩce de resistance" has to be the hankie on "Pugglie"'s head! Priceless!

Next, Tracey used "Oswald" owl to create a cute  hanger. Tracey says that she printed him onto ordinary copy paper...just shows that you don't need to spend a fortune to make something special!

That's not the end of Tracey's latest creations's a really wonderful piece made using my "Tazzy" the cat download.

It really captures the character of Tazzy I think and I'm full of admiration for all the details that Tracey has added to her moonlight urban scene.....all the graffiti, the bricks in the wall, the buildings and the moon craters...just great!


To see more images of Tracey's creations as well as more details as to how she created them, do check out her blog Hotchpotchcreations.

You can find all the digital downloads that Tracey used in my Etsy shop here.

Thursday, 12 May 2016

Catch up!

I'm a little behind in posting as it's been a busy week for me, including three days of  "dog sitting" for friends whose usual sitter was away herself. I had a lot of fun as I haven't walked a dog in years! 

Anyway, I have some DT members projects to share now, starting with two from Kerry Kennedy who has created both a card and a herb marker using my "Heart Angel" and "Oswald" digi designs.

I really like the colour palette that Kerry has used here. Check out Kerry's blog for more details by clicking the link above.

Next Kerry created something different with my Oswald Owl character! He has become a herb marker....


 ....mind you, I'm not surprised he has that rather cross eyed expression given that stick! Lol! 

Kerry used pencils to colour him and then glazed him to protect the surface so he could be safely popped into a pot. What a neat idea!

DT member Millie Moss has used my "Little Angel" digital image to create a gorgeous card for her granddaughter.

Millie's attention to detail is fantastic and touches like the co-ordinating flowers and the butterfly hat really make this card special.

Again, really great colour choices.


All of the digital images that have been used here are available in my Etsy shop and are incredibly easy to download and use. 

Once purchased you simply download and save the image to use over and over again. Of course, you can change the size, flip the image etc, so they are very versatile.

At the moment there are only my digi stamps in my Etsy shop as all of my canvasses, wall hangings etc are in a small exhibition that I have running at Poulton library until 21st May.

I'm also busy getting more things made for when I have a stall at the "Celebrate Poulton/Poulton Gala" event at the beginning of June, so I'm keeping pretty busy!

Sunday, 8 May 2016

An altered Angel

I love how the Design Team members all bring something different to each of my digital designs and DT member Tracey Fairgrieve has really given the "Heart Angel" a complete makeover.

This is the original digital image....

..... but Tracey has given her a fringe and flowing locks as well as a long gown - fabulous!

I love the piercing blue that Tracey has used to colour the Angel's eyes which makes them look really soulful.

To read more about Tracey's creation, do visit her blog


Thursday, 5 May 2016

Oswald Owl...

Tonight I'm sharing a great card made by DT member Hazel Thomson and featuring my digi design "Oswald". 
Hazel has such a great eye for colour and always manages to pick the perfect co-ordinating papers and accents - really glad to have you on the Design Team Hazel!

To read more about how Hazel created her card and what she used, pop over to her blog Didos Designs. Thanks for looking!

Monday, 2 May 2016

Brave enough to fly...

I'm loving this double page Art Journal spread created by DT member Teresa Morgan. I love the way that Teresa uses vibrant and clear.

Teresa has used two of my digital downloads here ..."Little Angel" and "Quirky Buildings"

Here's a closer look at the superb colouring on the Angel....

Teresa has used the buildings to create a townscape at the bottom of the page.

I love the pink clouds with words!

You can read more details about how Teresa created the background etc by visiting her blog

Saturday, 30 April 2016

ATC updates

I've just posted the April swaps, though I don't think they'll go now until Tuesday - sorry for the delay but I was mistakenly expecting one more set of cards. Anyway - they are in the post box!

So....onto the May swap - how can it be time for the May swap already?! If you would like to join in, please email me on so that I can make a list of who is partaking. If you then find you can't get the ATC's made in time, please can you let me know so that I'm not hanging on for them.
For anyone new to the swaps, you need to make and send me three ATC's with the monthly theme and you will receive three cards back. ATC's must be 2.5" x 3.5" and you can use whatever materials you wish to make them. They can be on heavy card, mountboard, fabric etc - your choice. Just email me for the address details.

This month's theme is "Fabric"....thought I'd come up with something a bit different this time! You can interpret this however you wish...use real fabric or not, feature a costume, lace, pleats.....whatever you can come up with! The deadline will be 31st May - don't forget the Bank holiday though!

Saturday, 23 April 2016

A special offer...

Another special offer on my online digital downloads! Until midnight GMT this Sunday, 24th April, you can purchase any two digi designs for £3.50 (four for £7.00 etc). You'll be charged the full cost but I will refund whatever you've paid over and above the special offer price. You can find them here...

Wednesday, 20 April 2016


I spent most of today with my sister, Heather, visiting our mum and having a spot of lunch together. I also borrowed Heather's camera so I could grab a couple of photos of some things I've been working on this week. 
The completed piece is an 8" x 8" canvas which I created using DecoArt products...Media Misters spritzed over the gessoed and crackle pasted canvas and Media Fluid Acrylics used to add patterns and to paint the Angel. I used Glamour Dust on the wings...has to be done!

The second photo shows a 7" x 5" canvas which I'm still working on. As you can see, I've drawn and cut out the figures and am in the process of painting them.

What I do is to draw around the cut shape onto the canvas so that I can leave that area relatively free from texture. Once the canvas and the figures are painted I apply the cut out to the relevent space and add some shading around it to make it look part of the canvas. A couple of coats of DecoArt varnish (which finish I use depends on the look I want) seals everything nicely.

Two posts in one day....think I need a lie down now!

Cards, tags, door hangers and journal pages!

I'm doing a round up of projects made in the last week by my talented DT members...time rather got away from me over the last few days with lots of meetings, all day events and a quiz night too (our team didn't win!). So, catch up time no, with projects created by Millie Moss and Tracey Fairgrieve.

First up is a card made by Millie using my digital image "Gregory". Millie has personalised the card in a clever way with the balloons and the "acrostix" lettering.

     A closer look at Millie's great colouring skills. Love his bright and shiny cheeks!

Next up is a journal page made by Tracey.... clever is this! Balloons feature again as you can see. Tracey has used one of quotes and trees which are all from my stamp sets. The quirky little chappie holding the balloons and stretching his arms wide is from my "Kookie Kreatures" digi download sheet, which features six crazy characters.

This is such an imaginative page that would also work really well as a greeting card.

Millie created some whimsical gift tags which would grace any parcel or could be used on the front of a card or on a scrapbook page. 

The characters on the tags are all from the "Kookie Kreatures" download which is an A4 sheet which can, of course, be resized to suit whatever a project requires. Here are all of Millie's tags....
Love them!

More creations from this particular digi sheet now....seems a popular choice for the Design Team!

Next up are two cards created by Tracey....

.....I can't tell you how much that kitty card is appropriate for one of my pusscats, Tara! She is a round ball like the image and her biggest joy in life (obsession!) is eating!

These two cards are so much fun and would be perfect for any animal loving friend. I really like the touch of white on Foxy's chest and the background is lovely - another of Tracey's great skills!

Millie has shown the versatility of downloadable digital designs in this next project which is a door hanger....

You can see by the ruler next to the finished piece that Millie has enlarged "Heart Angel" to a full A4 size. Millie explains how she made the hanger...
"Door hanging made for granddaughter Amelie. Lindsay Mason's digi image 'Heart Angel' enlarged to A4. Printed on patterned papers and paper pieced onto the original image. Embellished and pearls/gems added. Backed with thick card hanger for door handle."

What a great idea! I bet Amelie will love this!
Here's a closer look...

Finally, another creation by Tracey. This could be a journal page or a card...even part of a child's story book. This one really tickled me and I specially loved the pair of little eyes peeping up at the cheese!

How cute and funny is this! The mouse is from that same "Kookie Kreatures" set. You can read more about Tracey's projects on her blog 

Hope you've enjoyed seeing these great pieces by two of the talented Design Team!

Pop by again soon for more!

Monday, 11 April 2016

Two cards...

Two very different cards to share this evening. The first is by DT member Elaine who has used my "Flourished Skull" digi image to create a really unusual card that would appeal to a lot of people that I know!

I love the border that Elaine's created...teeth! Lol!

The flowers and butterfly help to create the whimsical feel to this card.

A closer look at the the sheen on the flowers and the great colour combination. Notice too how the skull is raised up from the background for a more dimensional effect. Nice one Elaine!
DT member Millie has been busy again, making a really super card for a little girl. Millie has combined my "Little Angel" and "Kookie Kreatures" digi images which I think creates a very dreamy, fantasy scene that I think would delight any little girl.

Here are a couple of close ups of Millie's lovely work....

Millie's colouring is so

She has really brought those characters to life!

Sunday, 10 April 2016

Home Sweet Home

Here's a lovely project from DT member Tracey Fairgrieve who has used my Home Sweet Home stamp set. Tracey wanted to create something "homely, bold and bright".
I think Tracey definitely achieved that...the finished piece has a lovely warm atmosphere.

Tracey can't decide whether to keep this as a journal page or to frame it...I think I would like it on the wall!

To see more pictures and read more about how Tracey created her piece, check out her blog HERE.

Friday, 8 April 2016

Inspiration comes from lots of sources....

....and for DT member Teresa this time it was from reading the book "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children"  by Ransom Riggs. I haven't read the book (yet!) but the film, by Tim Burton, is due out soon. One I will definitely be seeing as, not only was it filmedin my home town of Blackpool, but two of my friends were extras so it will be fun to look out for them on screen!

Anyway, back to Teresa who used the book as inspiration for her journal page spread. As you can see, Teresa has used quite a few of my digi characters....Little Louisa, Delbert, Gregory, Percy, Zomboy and Jilly....all coloured to perfection!
This is such an intriguing journal page - doesn't it make you want to read the book?

Gregory, Percy and Zomboy, with Jilly up in the sky! I love Teresa's use of vibrant and with brilliant shading.

Little Louisa (as twins...apart from the hair!) and Delbert. Very interesting things going on in the background too.

If you'd like to read Teresa's description of the page, then pop over to her excellent blog The Fat Cactus.
Meanwhile, DT member Sallyann has created a story tag using characters from my "Fungi Fun" and "Kookie Kreatures" digi downloads. Sallyann tells me it was claimed by her son before she could even write on the back of it!

More brilliant colouring from Sallyann whose subtle use of colours is just perfect.

If you'd like any of the images used by Teresa and Sallyann, you can find them HERE. Once downloaded and saved, you can use them as often as you wish and you can reduce or enlarge the designs to suit your own projects.

Hope you enjoyed these projects as much as I did.