Monday, April 14, 2014

Configurations Book

Today I am sharing a project that i recently completed using the Tim Holtz small Configurations Book. I must say I love these keepsake books as you can really go to town on the external decoration and then have a lovely surprise inside.

This first photo shows the finished interior with the little matchbook mini album out of its box. The papers used were a mixture of Prima Devine and Melissa Frances Attic Treasures.
Each internal box was decorated and filled with trinkets. I chose to turn one of the boxes back to front and cover it with paper.
This is yhw matchbook album open. I used a mixture of journal cards and patterned paper for the pages.

To make sure the book stayed closed, I punched a hole in the lid and passed some seam binding through.
I secured the seam binding in place using a Prima resin piece and some of the flowers.
The lid was covered first with paper and then I applied paste through a stencil in different areas. Next I added the fliwers and leaves. I then gessoed the whole thing using a light coat and removing it in some places with a baby wipe. I spritzed the cover with gold and pearl perfect pearls mists. Finishing touches were a key, brad, butterflies and a couple of resin pieces. All edges were finished with Treasure Gold wax gilt.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Prima TV

I recently purchased a gorgeous TV from It is designed by Ingvild Bloume (hope I spelt that right) for Prima. The TV is metal and has a lovely aged finish. The back opens and you can fit a little scene inside. I was so excited I made 2 little boxes to fit inside as I want to change the scene for each season.
The first scene is for spring.

I covered the inside of the box using Tim Holtz paper stash Wallflower. I cut some pussywillow from the garden and added them. I wrapped some flower buds around one of the stems and added some larger flowers to the r.h.s. Finally I added a little nest and eggs.

For my second scene I used the new Graphic45 By the Sea papers to cover the box. I fussy cut the lighthouse from one of the sheets and added it to one side. The beach hut is a little birdhouse turned back to front and covered with paper. I used a sandy coloured glitter and added some shells and a wooden bead for a beachball.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Always trying to catch up!

It's been a while! My only excuse is that I don't have a working computer and my last mobile phone was shockingly bad, so now I have what my brother-in-law calls a proper phone, so I will endeavour to keep up.
 My mojo got up and left me at Christmas time and has only just popped its head over the parapet. This is in no small part due to the wonderful weekend which I have just spent at the Create with Kate party in Athlone. The gorgeous new products that my favourite companies have released blew my mind.

An overview
The box is a recipe box by Kaisercraft which I painted in Blue sky paint by Ecogreen. The colour was perfect with the Couture Collection papers by Graphic45. There are five openings in the front and sides of the box, which can be used to put photos in. I didn't want to do this however,  so instead I used one of the fab new dies from Tim Holtz and Sizzix. It is a lovely lattice which has been designed so thatched pattern can be repeated and joined up to create something much larger. 

The lid
Once I had everything painted I started to cover the box with patterned paper. I wanted the sides to be quite simple so I chose the black and cream stripe In the side openings I infilled with a gorgeous blue lattice. In the front opening I layered a black lattice onto another paper for contrast. On the lid I used one of the cutaways and a ticket and added a bow in the black and cream paper, cut with another new Tim Holtz die. I added a door plate and some flowers and a little crystal knob. 

The inside
The box comes with five dividers, each of which I painted and covered with different papers.

I added some cutaways and some stamps and tickets.

Lastly I made some cards to go inside.  All of the materials are available from

Monday, October 7, 2013

Crazy Crafty Weekend

What a great weekend I have just had! I was teaching a Mixed Media Canvas class at a wonderful event in Athlone with the fabulous Create with Kate. The event was held over 2 days with 4 classes each day and lots of Make and Takes and demos going on throughout. I even had time on the second day to take a class myself! It's been a long time since I did that and it was great fun. We made a lovely 'Grunge Quilt' inspired piece with the lovely Louise Furlong. I will post a photo of it here, when I have finished adding the final pieces. To see the canvas which I made have a look at my previous post here.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Card-making class

Some of you will probably know that I teach card-making classes weekly. However I always forget to add photos of what we do. So I thought I would add what we did last week and what we are doing tonight.

This is an easel card made using the lovely Grapic45 Steampunk Spells collection

This is a tunnel card made using Melissa Francis Vintage Treasures papers and Graphic45 Little Darlings Stamps
I hope you like them. I will hunt out some more soon and post them.

Art Journalling for Beginners

So Saturday saw the first Art Journalling for Beginners class in Ballinameela School, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford. What a fantastic day it was too! The inimitable Midi Walshe invited me to teach the class and we had 10 lovely peeps on the day. As you can see from the photo above the table was groaning with wonderful home baking and as many art supplies as could fit into the car. No-one had ever done any journalling before and so there was a bit of nervousness around the concept. But I am happy to report that by the end of the day everyone had at least 3 pages done and many more backgrounds laid down.
Drying some collage sheets
One of the pages
Another background

A side view of another page
As you can see we got lots done and had a great fun day. Our next session will be in early November, details to follow.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Catch Up!

I have been really busy lately and haven't had a chance to update the blog. So get ready for a photo heavy post.

Firstly though a little bit of class news. On September 21st I will be teaching a beginners Art Journalling class in Dungarvan Co. Waterford. This will be an opportunity for all of you who have been tempted to start this creative journey, but have just been unsure where to start. On the day we will hopefully complete 2 pages and have lots of fun making different backgrounds for some more pages. If you are interested in coming to the class contact me here in the comments or on my Facebook page.

A second class that I will be teaching is a mixed media canvas. I will be teaching this as part of the 2 day Create with Kate event in Athlone on 5th and 6th of October.

And so to what I have been doing recently. Well my journal journey continues. I am really enjoying playing with all of my products and seeing what works together. The new distress paints from Ranger and Tim Holtz are fantastic! In the latest issue of Crafting Ireland online magazine I did a product review, so check it out here.


Another thing that I have been doing lately is art swaps. 
The first swap was hosted by Create with Kate and was an alphabet swap. We were each given a letter of the alphabet and had to send our artwork to the person above us on the list. I decided on a canvas. The letter I had was "R", and I had an idea based on a quote about rainbows.

Another project I have done is a commission for a 16 year old girls birthday. This is again a canvas with a lots of collage work on it.

So there you go, a little sample of some of my recent work!