Sunday, June 26, 2016


Hello Everyone...

Time for my tree bark tutorial and sorry there is a lot of photos and steps..


This is what I started out supplies..


Layer strips of masking tape onto canvas or whatever you want to make your tree on to form a base for the scrunched up tape to stick to..


Now add strips of tape and squish it up as you stick it down - not neat - just do it as it comes...

and keep layering the strips until you think you have enough and you can make" knots" for the tree too..


I placed my "Knot"in the centre and will add another later...


Once I'm happy with the tape -'[  it keeps sticking up a bit and wont stick down tight, but we are gonna fix that]..we come to modge podge or any medium that dries hard..


While it is drying bits still pop up so just press them down while drying with a heat gun and they eventually stick down ....and when

dry we cover the whole tree and page with Gesso...this makes a non porous background for whatever your colour medium is..

Now for the fun part....PAINT.....
First layer - Burnt Sienna or any light reddy brown colour..

Second Layer - Burnt Umber or any darker reddy brown paint..

Third layer - Raw Umber - or any shade of a darker brown.
Use the brush really lightly and you get those strokes showing which gives it the natural texture of bark..

Fourth Layer - A light splattering of black..
All these coats were added while paint still can wait for each layer to dry if you want...I just don't have a lot of patience..and I really think it works better while the layers are still wet.


NOW..I let it dry - be back after lunch..


Two ham,cheese and onion sandwhiches later..I'm back..
Have coloured the background with Geltos and used baby wipes to help wet and spread.. then used my fingers on the rest....

Back to the tree...this time a bit of shading with a black pastel crayon and add any more black and brown paint to the trunk and branch just in case it needs it dries it sometimes leaves too much white showing..


Punch out a gazillion leaves and stick them down..only on the stalk ends so they pop out..

Then I added my "Sweet Blooms" image from Miss Daisy Stamps

Little cutie has even made diamonds grow in the centre of her flowers...

Now that was supposed to be the end of my tutorial...but the more I looked at this project over the last fews days.. the more it rattled me and I was not happy that I place the branch so low down the page and made it so thick...So I added another branch and leaves...and a Marianne watering can and wheelbarrow die...

Some leaves in the join of the branch and then added a birdhouse tied on the branch with I'm happier...

Thanks so much for stopping by and hope my tutorial showed you just how easy it really is..I love doing these trees and I feel a forest coming on in the near future..with a Deer..and just never know..

See you tomorrow..


Saturday, June 25, 2016


Hello Everyone...

Here today to share my DT inspiration project for MISS DAISY STAMPS and I have gone all soft and pastel...very soft and pastel..

This precious wee Mermaid is called MERMAID PEARL 

She is such  sweetie and beautiful to colour..and I really did go all pastel..but .the light was so bad that day when photographing and I did mean to take more photos as they look a bit blue...and well, just forgot until I loaded them this morning..

I used Faber Castell pencils for colouring a red marker on her heart embellishment and a few spots in the sand..and then encased her beautiful shell with green gems..

Some cheesecloth and a few dies were added and liquid pearls for bubbles and the background was done with streaks of blue and green pencils..

So there we go...and if you feel like something fun to do there is our FACEBOOK PAGE GROUP  to go and visit...and of course the new range of We R 3 digital papers HERE 

Thank you so much for stopping by and tomorrow I will be back with my "TREE BARK TUTORIAL" so hope you can join me..

See you tomorrow..

Challenges to enter...

Sisterhood of Crafters  [Create your own background]

Crafting with an attitude  [anything goes]


Thursday, June 23, 2016


Hello everyone...

Well, am I glad I got up extra early today as I think I'm on dial internet is so slow this morning and took me absolutely ages to log on and load up..but I'm on lets get going.

A new challenge is starting up over at Southern Girls  and this fortnight it is Anything goes..

We have two fabulous sponsors..All Dressed Up and Crafts and Me..

I used this gorgeous image from Crafts and Me called Perched at Dusk

He is all coloured up with Faber Castell pencils and some Reno Art markers..

I started with an A4 sheet of water colour paper and stencilled my beautiful new leaf stencil from my friend Annie [thank it]

Using a sponge dauber I added spots using the same colour [SU - Old Olive] and then a vine stamp..which I love very much too..[photo missing]

Stencilled some grunge prints and added texture with a stencil and modelling paste...

Added my bird after fussy cutting him out....

A hessian rose with a sentiment  and he was done...

A side view with the sun just peeping around the corner and the shadow of the plant cascading down..

Some photos are missing..they just wont load...but there is my finished project and I hope you like it..

Thanks so much for stopping by...

Challenges to enter...

Anything but cute   [Birds and Bees]

Try it on Tuesday  [I believe I can fly]

Make My Monday  [Fairies]

See you tomorrow..


Tuesday, June 21, 2016


Hello Everyone..

Here today to share my DT inspiration project using a new release image from the 1st June..from 

This is MIA ON A SWING  and she is on an A4 Water colour sheet..

I coloured her skin and hair with Faber Castell pencils...left her dress white but coloured the hearts and the bow in her hair with Reno Art Markers...then fussy cut her out and popped her onto the water paper..

When I cut her out,  I cut the drawn strings off and added real strings to the swing..

The background is coloured with Gelatos and I painted in some grass and flowers..

The tree tops, I printed and cut out several times and added foam squares underneath..

And of course I made a masking tape tree..a tutorial will be on my blog on how to make these trees on the 26th June..

So there we go...for more inspiration pictures you can check us out on PINTEREST

and also pop on over to our FACEBOOK GROUP CHALLENGE BLOG

Thanks so much for stopping by...


Saturday, June 18, 2016


Hello Everyone...

It is a cold and frosty Saturday morning for me but it is going to turn into a beautiful sunny day and only have work till lunchtime and the afternoon off to there is justice in the world after

I'm here today to share my project for our mid way challenge at The Creative Playground - Imagine That!

Just a reminder it is a Tic Tac Toe challenge..

There we go..I used  this beautiful image from the Freda's Flower Basket set 

I coloured my image with Faber Castell pencils [the basket] and Reno Art Markers...

and I  used the top row..Gems [in the flower centres]..Sentiment and flowers...

I left the flowers white and the papers are from Rosies Studio..

So there go..thanks so much for stopping by and hope you can join in with our challenge HERE

See you tomorrow..

Challenges to enter...

Alphabet challenge  [H for hand coloured image]

Crafting with Friends  [anything goes]

Crafting with an Attitude  [anything goes]

Little Miss Muffet  [anything goes]


Thursday, June 16, 2016


Hello Everyone..

Delightful Thursday time with the FABulous DIGITAL DELIGHTS

This week I have the cutest little girl to share called WATERING MAIZY

Ahh..there she is...all coloured up with Reno Art Markers and Faber Castell pencils..

The background shading done with  grey pencil and Archival oil to blend..

Lots of Wild Orchid craft  flowers added and a Marianne Creatables birdhouse and wee bird..oh! and the watering can..

And a peek of the gorgeous lace from my stash..papers are" MME Dolled up" and a few punched leaves..

We have a loads of inspiration on our FACEBOOK PAGE  and wonderful images in the STORE

Thanks so much for stopping by..I have another post under this one with three cards to share,so do slide down and take a peek..

see you tomorrow..[my day off..yay!!]



Hello Everyone...

I have three cards to share today from the New Releases at SASAYAKI GLITTER  and they are all so fun and fabulous..

This is PILOT SHY  and as soon as I saw him I remembered these papers to go with him from Rosies Studio..the tags are cut from the same  paper pad too..

This little fellow was coloured with Faber Castell pencils and his goggles all glossed up.

And I hand cut the blue oval as I have lost the one in between die..don't you hate that!..

My next creation is called BAKING TIME and again had just the right papers..

My little baker is coloured with Reno Art markers and the cupcakes are a stamp which I fussy cut out and glittered them up..

Such a cute image and so easy to colour..

Then we have the lovely Amy...she is so sweet...Amy in the Garden is her official name..

Amy was coloured with Reno Art markers and a few pencils for shading...

She was fussy cut out and popped up on foam dots for dimension and place on one sheet of paper that I could not cover up anymore than I new paper pad called " Magnolia Lane" from Ultimate Crafts..

I think Amy looks so pretty in her garden with her orange hair..

And your freebie from our FACEBOOK GROUP PAGE ...

So there we releases today from SASAYAKI GLITTER  PLUS a freebie and all are in the store NOW..right HERE

Thanks so much for stopping to start a tutorial on bark making with masking tape as promised to a I will see you tomorrow..or maybe later on times are all up the shoot..