Wednesday, 11 January 2017


Bokeh is the word of the day! If you're none the wiser Wikipedia describes it as: 

In photography, bokeh (originally /ˈboʊkɛ/, /ˈboʊkeɪ/ BOH-kay — also sometimes pronounced as /ˈboʊkə/ BOH-kə, Japanese: [boke]) is the aesthetic quality of the blur produced in the out-of-focus parts of an image produced by a lens. Bokeh has been defined as "the way the lens renders out-of-focus points of light

You can see how to imitate this effect in mixed media at The Craft Barn this week starting with my project today.

For full project details check out The Craft Barn blog.

Sunday, 1 January 2017

Happy New Year

Happy New Year to you all!
I've started my year with a day dedicated to crafting, fingers crossed I can continue to carve out time for it as the months go on.

The new twelve month challenge has been announced at The Craft Barn and I am delighted to reveal that I will be creating the examples for the poem challenge.  Each month the challenge will focus on a verse from Sara Coleridge's poem, The Months.

January brings the snow,
Makes our feet and fingers glow.

For full details of how to enter the challenge and how to recreate this canvas pop over to The Craft Barn blog. You have until midnight on the 22nd January.  Happy crafting! xxx

Saturday, 31 December 2016

A year in review

...and so to the last day of the year.  For the last blog post of 2016 I've put all of The Craft Barn dictionary challenge entries together. 

2016 has been a pretty good year for me but I'm always looking forward and excited to try new things. The first few months of 2017 are going to be busy, but fun. 

I wish you all a very Happy New Year and wish that 2017 brings you many blessings. xxx



Friday, 30 December 2016

P is for Penguin

To round off the year we have the last letter in The Craft Barn dictionary challenge...P. In my house it just had to be penguin. I discovered a stamp set I must have bought years ago and never used. Think I might use it for next year's Christmas cards!

The background is white gesso, Inktense ink and white acrylic paint with touches of black paint pen. I used Distress Ink through stencils and some stamping for the border.

And here it is...the final letter...

It's been great fun to join in with the dictionary challenge this year. I've enjoyed looking at how everyone has interpreted the letters and a BIG thank you to everyone who has visited this blog and left such lovely comments. Looking forward to the New Year and a new challenge. xxx

Materials used:
Inktense blocks
PaperArtsy Fresco Finish paint: snowflake
Archival Ink: jet black
Joanna Sheen: Jayne Netley Mayhew penguins
Kaisercraft: edges
Distress Ink: faded jeans
PaperArtsy stencil: PS031

Friday, 23 December 2016

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas everyone!
I've been so fortunate these last few months to be involved with The Craft Barn DT and what I love most about it is how it brings the crafting community together. Looking at the stats for my blog I have had visitors from all over the world.

Graph of most popular countries among blog viewers

Whether you celebrate Christmas or not at this time it's good to remind ourselves that there is far more that unites us across the continents than that which divides us.

My latest project for The Craft Barn is on the blog today. Please do pop over and have a look. Meanwhile I wish you all happiness and crafty good times.

Merry Christmas

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

M is for Meadow

Penultimate letter of The Craft Barn dictionary challenge...M. A quick one as Christmas is nearly upon us. I've used a variety of flowery meadow stamps with a Gelatos background and some acrylic paint splatters. I rubbed away some of the background with a baby wipe and circle stencil to create a bokeh effect.

Just one last letter to go...

Materials used:
PaperArtsy stamps: EDY10, EDY11
Woodware: hedgerow
Hero Arts: blooming meadow
Free magazine stamps
Archival Ink: cobalt, cornflower, jet black
PaperArtsy Fresco Finish acrylic paint

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Collage at The Craft Barn

Hi there
Just a quickie to let you know I have a project on The Craft Barn blog today. Collage has been a bit of a theme recently and instead of the paper layering technique I went with one of the lovely Carabelle Studio collage stamps.

For full project details and a much better photo why not pop over to their blog for a look?