Tuesday, 14 August 2018

New website!

So excited to announce we now have a new website at www.simplycraft.com with a much simplified way to book our events, but also selling some of my work! Here are a few examples that are available:

I hope you enjoy having a look round, there are also links to my You Tube tutorials and my Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest - plenty of inspiration to keep you occupied!

Thanks for looking


Monday, 21 May 2018

Mixed Up Blog hop!

I hope you are enjoying meeting the Mixed Up design team! Welcome to my blog!
This is my first design team and the Mixed Up ladies and have made me feel so welcome.
As you know each of us are sharing our favourite makes for Mixed Up today, and I have chosen a few projects as it was hard to decide on just one!

I have had the pleasure of working with some amazing products. These two projects use a fabulous stamp from Rubber Dance (designed by one of our DT members Debs Wainwright) and it shows how versatile stamping can be. In the first, 'Star Girl', I have put her in front of a cosmic background created with Aladine Izinks. But in the other she has become an 'Ice Princess' with cool colours and snowflake punch outs (complete with 'hair extensions')
One of my absolute favourite projects was this binder folder (from Tando Creative) I really went to town with the distressed look! It uses lots of DecoArt Media products and chipboard shapes also from Tando. I made this for my distress dabber sponges and it used just about every day.
I am also showing off a sneak peek of something else I have coming soon! It is a video tutorial all about creating layers (something I am known to go on about!)   

The Mixed up website has tons of mixed media projects, including these and many more! If you want to know more pop on over to the website HERE  

Thanks for popping over to have a look!


Make sure you visit everyone's blog and comment to be in with a chance of winning:

A One Year's subscription to Mixed up worth £40 plus 10 Mixed Up Printable resources of your choice!

 Here's the hop list!

Mixed Up Magazine

Leslie Lineberry

Riikka Kovasin

Erica Evans  YOU ARE HERE

Debs Wainwright

Corrie Herriman

Mags Woodcock

Carol Fox

Fiona Potter

Lisa Taggart

Nikki Killinger

Hop rules:

Visit each designer and leave a comment on their blog for a chance to win a fabulous mixed media prize!

The draw is open internationally.

The draw closes 31st May 2018 at midnight GMT.

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Handmade Junk Journal

I love making books/journals, I also like making something from 'nothing', something that would have been thrown away.
 When I saw this Amazon packaging I just knew it would make a great folder for my scrap papers.
I gave it a coat of tissue paper and DecoArt Decou-page glue to strengthen the board.
I then added white gesso to give a good ground.
Then started layering on paint colours - PaperArtsy Fresco Finish acrylics.
Then I added some stencil work.
To start with I went with warm colours, then added some cool colours - turquoise and blue

I was excited to use my new goodies - Emerald Creeks Baked Texture embossing powders designed by Seth Apter. I have used Vintage Beeswax, Chunky Rust and Patina Oxide.
Firstly I used a stencil and added Vintage Beeswax embossing powder and heat set, it changes the colour underneath slightly and gave it more texture.
Then I 'dripped' on the embossing ink to use with the Chunky Rust powder - I love how this turned out!
I used the Patina Oxide with die cut card (using Spellbinder dies by Seth Apter) my favourite colour I think!
The die cuts, punched circle and brads are used to make a closure for the book. I also made the beads from card rolled and covered in embossing powder.
The inside has a pocket for all the little bits of card to use in future projects.
I love the textures created from all the layers ( I added a dark paint edge just to frame it)

Hope you enjoyed my little project, and remember, don't throw anything out without checking if you can use it first!
Thanks for looking


Saturday, 3 March 2018


I have recently re-visited making artist trading cards ATC's - these are little cards (2 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches or 64x89 mm) originally an art concept by a Swiss artist M Vanci Stirnemann in 1997, these are designed to be traded and never sold and are a great way to share ideas.
The small size of them also make it a perfect and quick way to try out ideas and materials.
They make great reference cards to see how different paints and mediums work - the one above uses DecoArt sand texture paste and fluid acrylics on Tando Creative board with added Treasure Gold gilding wax.
This one uses PaperArtsy Fresco Finish paints with a stencil.

I have been experimenting with collage and the small size makes these very quick to make, I love playing with different styles, I am thinking the vase of flowers (which came about by accident) would be great as a larger canvas.
This set of 9 ATC's were created for Mixed Up Mag using materials from Therm-o-web designed by Rebekah Meier, I love using the foils on a background of Distress Oxides,
I have also started to swap my ATC's on the Mixed Up Mag Mixer Facebook group - the one above is my first made for the swap (using DecoArt sand texture paste, an MDF frame from Samantha K and digital download from Mixed Up Merchandise.

These were made for the second swap (the Frida stamp is by Lost Coast Designs and the Marilyn is my own design that I used to make when I had a shop) they were both made from a masterboard (an A4 sheet of card that was decorated with paint and stencils then cut down to ATC size) When you do this you kind of have to work with what you have which always creates surprises.

The first set was posted out to the US and were presumed lost so I made another two (above) as it was the originals turned up but I really love how the second Marilyn ATC turned out!

My last two for this (rather long!) post brings us up to date - the February swap with a love theme - this time I tasked myself to use bits and pieces I had lying around my table, ATC's are great for this and it pushes you to be creative with bits that maybe have been cast aside!
Well I hope you enjoyed my gallery of ATC's and if you have never made one, I highly recommend giving it a go - they are very addictive!
Thanks for looking,


Monday, 29 January 2018

Mixed Media Workshops

I run a regular Mixed Media workshop once a month in Cardiff, UK and it is a lovely way to share my ideas and techniques.
This month we created a 12x12 canvas, I could see it was a bit daunting for some of my ladies, well a blank canvas can be a bit daunting for all of us!
So straight away we got painting the canvas black and adding layers.
It didn't take long to fill the table with 'stuff'. It was a nice small group so we had plenty of space to spread out.
You could hear a pin drop at times!
Here is the sample (above) I made on the day to demonstrate techniques, I used an A4 sized black card.

Some beautiful pieces of work were made
The faces are stamps so the whole canvas was very easy to complete and not at all scary!

Here are a few close ups of my finished piece - I really hope if you have the opportunity you give a mixed media workshop a go, if you are in the Cardiff area I would love to see you!

Thanks for looking


Friday, 12 January 2018

Art Journal Page - my word for the year

It took me a long time this year to decide on my word for the year, the kickstart for my creativity. I had a tough year last year and I really needed a positive expression going forward.
I started on a page that already had some paint on it (PaperArtsy Fresco Finish paints), I like to do this as I have less control over the direction of the piece if it already has colour/images on it. I added stencils and stamps to create layers,
The face (The Crafter's Workshop stencil) was already on the page and I just added more colour to it. This was the start of the direction I was taking with the page.
The word I have chosen this year is 'believe' this covers many aspects - belief in my work, what I can achieve, that God has a plan, and that I can do anything I put my mind to! So I stamped it large over my page (PaperArtsy alphabet stamps designed by Everything Art)

I also had another set of stamps from PaperArtsy designed by Everything Art and on this is an image of a tube of paint labelled courage, I thought this would be a perfect metaphor for my ambitions this year. I used a new technique for this - I stamped it first, then over-painted it white (covering it) when dry I stamped it again in the same position (it gives a screen print/Andy Wharhol look and it doesn't matter if it isn't perfectly aligned) and then coloured it in. I love the look of this and will try this technique again. I added my own drawing of a paint brush.
To finish the page I added a darker colour around the edges then stamped stars in Archival Ink to blend the edges.
I loved making this page as is the perfect kickstart to the year (and I will make sure I look back on it as inspiration!)
Thanks for looking