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Hi I'm Clare, and as you can probably tell by my blog name I love to craft. It is a hobby of mine which I fit in my hectic life whilst working as a teaching assistant in a primary school, looking after my son, daughter and hubby Gary. Not forgetting our two mad springer spaniels, Suzi and Jess.

Monday, 22 August 2016

Master board step by step with Dylusion Paints

Hi folks, I just thought I would do a quick blog for my page today to show you how I come up with my master boards.  I don't think that there are any hard and fast rules to this and everyone has their different ways of creating.  I have made a step by step in photos to show how I built up the layers on this particular board.

I started off with white linen Dylusions paint and brayered onto my white card.

Using London blue and the brayer I repeated.  It doesn't look much at the moment,  I promise when you add more layers the magic begins!

Brayering again now with white.

A change of colour.  Using after midnight.

Again I brayer over the darker blue to knock it back.

Time for some stencils, using white linen I sponged through the Dylusions stencils.  I like to put my stencils in three different areas but that is dependant on size, style and pattern.

Now for some dots using a Dylusions stencil, I love dots, circles, splodges all shapes and sizes, I love em!

Now I've added in some stripes still working in three areas and placing my stencil in different directions.

See I told you I love circles!  Using my chosen colours placing white over the darker areas and darker shades over the lighter areas.

Coming back with the White, using Tim Holtz splotches stencil.  I broke my rule of three on this I love the effect the rough edged circles create over the darker colours.

Time for some stamping!  Using stamps from the Tim Holtz set 'District Warehouse'  I stamped in blue and white pigment ink.

So there you have it, my master board!  Like I said there are no rules just go with what you feel and watch your piece grow!

Here are a couple of very different makes using this master board.  The details and links to the materials I used are over at A Sprinkle  of imagination.


Thanks for stopping by.  I love to hear your comments, you can leave these below or maybe you would like to follow my blog for regular updates?

Happy crafting,

Clare X X X 

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Scribbly summer days

Hi folks just a quick blog from me tonight.  I decided today that I wasn't going to be wasteful!  So flicking back a page or two, in my large Dylusions journal, I decided to use a background I had made for a different project which I'd abandoned.

I sploged away with my Dina Wakely acrylics to layer my petals.

I blended around the flowers with my fingers with umber, white, some tangerine and magenta.

Lots of doodling now with my Posca pens.  I was very scribbly with my doodles on the flowers!

That's all from me today.  I have lots of projects on the boil so I hope to be back soon to share with you all.

Happy crafting, 

Clare X X X 

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Happy Place

It seems like an age since I reached for my journal and for one reason or another today was the day.  

Today I used my Paperartsy Fresco paints and sploged away to make my background.  Using Tim Holtz stencils and the paints I added in some marks for me to work with later.

I stamped Trish Latimer's Whimsy girl onto some water colour card and coloured with Neocolour II Water soluble crayons.  I fussy cut her and collaged onto my journal page.

I added lots of doodling with my paint pens (my favourite part).   That was some much needed therapy today.  I really let go, note to self  I must make more time for my journal in future
and stop letting things get in the way.

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Happy crafting,

Clare X X X 

Monday, 1 August 2016

Bobbing along......

Hi folks and welcome to this months Mixed Media Challenge!  It really has been an exciting first month on the team and I've really enjoyed looking at all the entries and visiting  your blogs.

So without further ado let me tell you about this months challenge .....


Yes it is holiday season and the theme is travel.   Our sponsor and Guest Designer this month is Lindsay Weirich. She has a HUGE You Tube Channel. She is known as The Frugal Crafter. She is offering a free spot in her new online Craftsy Class called Mix It Up Mixed Media for our winners.  She is ALSO offering a half off code to her class to all our viewers. Here is the code for the discount http://craftsy.me/thefrugalcrafter You can visit her blog https://thefrugalcrafter.wordpress.comhttps://thefrugalcrafter.wordpress.com and her You Tube Channel https://www.youtube.com/user/thefrugalcrafter#p/u  Her You Tube Channel has 263,242 followers!!

So now you have all the info let me share with you the project that I have made especially for this month. 

 Living in a seaside town it made perfect sense to go with what I know, the boat is my means of transport being that my husband is more often than not out bobbing around the deep blue in search of his next catch.

For my project I worked on a canvas board with Dina Wakely acrylics.  I added a little DecoArt crackle paint in areas for interest.

For my beach houses  and vessel I decided to collage using old French dictionary pages along with Tim Holtz distress Matt medium. 


I doodled over my canvas with Posca paint pens and added some pearly dots using liquid pearls to create my fizzing ocean. 

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today.  Your comments are always great fully received.  Pop over to the Mixed Media challenge bloghttp://mixedmediamc.blogspot.com/2016/08/mixed-media-monthly-challenge-27-travel.html to submit your entries.  I can't wait to se them all.  

Crafty hugs,   

Clare X X X 

Sunday, 24 July 2016

Oodles of doodles!

Hi folks, no smonday feeling for me tonight, it's the start of the summer holidays,  time to kick back and relax!  After suffering withdrawal from my craft room I managed to skip back in there today to finish a project that I had started three weeks ago.

I've been avidly following the wanderlust projects and this particular canvas was inspired by Magda Polakow.  She creates amazing whimsical art and also designs stamps for Stampotique.

On canvas I collaged  scraps of paper before painting with Dina Wakely acrylics and Posca paint pens.  I drew my little owl character, painted with gesso and added watery colours with inktence pencils.  The flowers were made from a previously painted piece of deli paper.

I really enjoyed creating this project, the whole process was very therapeutic.  Now what crafty mayhem will I cause next?  I have a couple of ideas on the boil but before then the craft room needs a tidy....so I can make another arty mess.

That's all from me tonight but I look forward to sharing some more of my makes with  you over the coming weeks.

Crafty hugs,

Clare X X X 

Thursday, 14 July 2016

I'm up on Paperartsy 3UP!

Good evening folks, as you can imagine I was uber excited to find out that I was to be included in Paperartsy's  3UP project.  When the stamps arrived I could hardly contain my excitement and I set about planning my project.  The challenge was to use JoFy stamps along with inks.  Using JoFy's stamps are never a chore more of a joy and I'm always thrilled with the crisp clear stamping that the stamps produce.

I decided for this project that I wanted to work on a small box canvas.  Read on to find out how I created my mini canvas of blooms and flutters!

I started of by applying some torn dictionary pages, I then scrapped some gesso over the canvas to leave behind some texture.

I applied my chosen colours of distress inks to the canvas using a blending tool.  Peacock feathers is one of my favourite distress ink colours.

Through a JoFy stencil I scraped through some grunge paste to give the canvas some more background layers.

I stamped the dandilion heads from set #38 with clear watermark ink and heat embossed with holographic embossing powder.

To the grunge paste dandies I added some aquamarine Treasured gold and later added some dots using a white pen.

With the canvas set aside I stamped the images onto watercolour card and some old dictionary pages and  heat embossed with embossing powder.  I watercoloured the plump blooms with seedless preserves Distress Inks and fussy cut around them ready to sit on the canvas.

The dragonfly, from set #13, was stamped first onto a dictionary page and heat embossed with holographic embossing powder and then onto some watercolour card.  I water coloured with seedless preserves.  The wings were fussy cut and applied to the dictionary dragonfly.  He looks as though he may flutter off the canvas!

Remember to pop over to the Paperartsy blog where you will find two more fabulous projects using the wonderful JoFy stamps!

Thank you for taking the time to stop by I love to hear your comments and thoughts on my project.  If you have enjoyed your visit feel free to follow and see what I get up to next.

Happy crafting,
Clare x x x 

Friday, 1 July 2016

I am proud to announce........

Hi guys,  this is so exciting!  I'm here today to let you all know that I have been invited on to the Design Team for The Mixed Media monthly challenge!

The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge offer you monthly, themed challenges and guest designer. There are some amazing prizes available each month.

So without further ado let me tell you about this months challenge.  The theme for this month is 'Reach for the Stars'. This months guest designer is no other than Seth Apter!

Let me share with you my creation for this months starry themed challenge.

Using my Dina Wakely heavy body acrylics I put down a base colour onto my blank canvas using lime and white.  Using an old credit card I put down an assortment of black lines around the picture.  With some die cut stars to use as a mask. I placed them on the canvas and using Tim Holtz stripes stencil I applied some texture paste and removed the masks.  I added some smaller stars from a Dylusions stencil by drawing these.  

Once the paste had dried I went back to my Dina paints I used turquoise, lime and umber to blend over the top of my previous layer but leaving the original colour peeping through the stars.  

I stamped in the voided stars with Seth Apters star stamp and heat embossed with frosted embossing powder.  I added some walnut distress inks so that you could see the wonderful detail from the stamp.  

I wanted one of my large stars to have a bit more dimension so with a couple of layers of hard board I die cut a star and glued them together.  I covered in tissue paper and spritzed with Dylusions turquoise ink.  Once dried I stamped Seth's star stamp once again with black ink and once again heat embossed.  Using some more Dylusions stencils (dots & alphabet). I sponged over the stencils with a mixture ofwhite and turquoise paint.  For the finishing touches I added in some shadows around my stars with a black inktence pencil and some white doodles with a Posca pen.

Thank you for stopping by today.   Remember to pop over to The Mixed Media Monthly challenge blog  to check out the challenge rules  and submit your entries.  The star that  I have used in this project is included in this months prize!

Crafty hugs,

Clare x x x