About Me

My photo
Hi I'm Clare, I live in the South West of England in the seaside town of Torquay. I adore playing with inks, paints and generally getting messy. It is the calm place which fits in between my hectic life whilst working as a teaching assistant, looking after my son, daughter and hubby Gary. Not forgetting our two mad springer spaniels, Suzi and Jess.

Sunday, 9 August 2015

Home Alone

Good afternoon bloggers. What is a girl to do when faced with being home alone. The chores are done and it can only mean one thing! Craft o'clock.

I decided to have a go at an altered book cover. This is something I have never tried before, I haven't attended any workshops so go easy on me! I was a little apprehensive as I am a rather impatient crafter and looming in the back of my mind was the fact that this could all turn into a rather gooey mess.


For this project I used:

Diamonds mask

Tim Holtz visual artistry stamps

Tim Holtz hand written thoughts

TCW Art is stencil

Dylusions ink - Crushed grape

Paperartsy Fresco paint

Grunge paste

Bits of broken jewellery

Treasured gold guilding wax

Various die cut cogs and flourishes



I don't have a huge collection of embellishments so I raided my jewellery box to find out any broken necklaces and bracelets and took them apart to put on my project. I do have a little box which I fill up with beer caps and other little treasures thay may come in handy. It's nice to say that I have finally put them to some use.



I would like to enter this into the following challenges: The Craft Barn Weekly Challenge Diamonds and

That's Crafty Challenge Purple Passion


Thanks for stopping by to look at my blog today. I love hearing your comments and feedback. If you have enjoyed your visit today remember to hit the follow button above.


Happy crafting,


Clare x x x



  1. Fabulous! I do love the colours and gorgeous design and texture.
    Linda xxx

  2. Amazing cover Claire, if this is your first attempt, then carry on as you have a talent for doing this. Beautifully decorated and love the colour. Well done Hugs Jennifer xx

  3. Absolutely fabulous,ous Clare. Gorgeous design x

  4. this is an awesome project. are you sure you are new at this? xx

    1. Thank you Theresa. I have had a go at mixed media before but the book cover is a definite first! Still have lots to learn though! Thanks for visiting x x x

  5. This is stunning and I love that sentiment!! Thank you for joining in The Craft Barn Challenge.
    Jane x

  6. What a gorgeous cover. Love the mask and those colours are so bautiful.

    Hugs Abbs xx

  7. Fabulous and a worthy winner of the Craft Barn challenge.