Thursday, 3 September 2015

Quick Journal Cover

I am off down South this weekend to demo and teach at The Craft Barn... excited and so nervous!

I have been packing samples to take with me, and one of my journals has a terribly dirty,painty cover. Usually I dont decorate covers until the journal is full, as while I am working in them the covers get trashed on my desk. But they do look too grubby to take away with me, so I make temporary covers that can slip on and off. 

This cover is so ridiculously easy to make.. it is literally a rectangle of cartridge paper and a rectangle of brown parcel wrapping paper. 

The cartridge paper is painted, stencilled, stamped, embossed... it took about 30mins to do the background and then a little longer to emboss the butterflies and stamp and layer the title.. but def under an hour for the whole thing. These butterflies are fab and were released back in July. HP1506

Droolworthy layers of painty goodness. 

I glued the brown parcel paper to the inside and painted it with black gesso. Then the 2 end bits are folded in. 

The criss cross embossing was done with EEV05 and WOW embossing powder in Chocolate Caramel Pearl. 

and the top and bottom edges are zig zagged on my sewing machine. 

Now the journal can just slip inside the end flaps. 

All done, nice and tidy.. 

Darcy x

Monday, 31 August 2015

Calendar Challenge for September

Hi everyone, we have dwindled to a hardcore few, but that's ok.. hope you are still enjoying altering your calendars. I have to say, even though I was pushed for time this month I loved doing this page.. In fact I think it may be one of my faves. 

Here are the rules for Sept.. 

Here are the rules for September. 
1.. Keep a part of the original picture and incorporate that into your design
2, Technique - add lines using the edge of a ruler or credit card dipped in paint
3. Add – use a random word generator to pick 10 words, use these to make a sentence to add to your page
4. Blog your calendar page and link up from September 1st 2015

Here is how my page started.. 

I really wasn't inspired by the original at all, too drab for me. So I turned to the main rule for this use a word generator to find 10 words. 

These are the words that is found for me. 


and here is the sentence/title that i pulled together. 

The parrot was curious about the daisy crime at the beach; a hairy boa was left at the heart shaped lantern

So, I picked out some areas to leave... there really wasn't much to choose from, but I decide to keep the wine bottles and the hat. I wasn't sure about the area on the right. I did end up covering this eventually. 

Next I blocked in some sea and sky, outlines the lantern in black and glued on real sand for the beach. 

I added shading to the lantern, and waves to the sea. 

and here is the hairy boa.... I did wonder how I was going to do a hairy snake, but then decided to go for a feather boa instead. 

I coloured in our parrot detective.. 

and added the crime based daisies to the wine bottles

The other rule was to use a ruler or credit card to add lines of paint, i added these in the sky under where the title would go. 

Then I printed out the sentence and glued it in place. 

On the bottom planner area I used the same blues and added more daisies. The green stems are also done with the side of the credit card. 

I added a few birds from my own stamp set EDY 10.  and the month stamp is from HPXT07

Here is the whole thing finished.. 

Here are the rules for October. 

1.. Keep a part of the original picture and incorporate that into your design
2, Technique - use water,bleach,rubbing alcohol to remove colour to create a pattern
3. Add – add something or use the style of a famous artist. Tell us which artist and why you like them. 
4. Blog your calendar page and link up from October 1st 2015

Saturday, 29 August 2015

A little secret..

Craft Stamper magazine is popping through letterboxes today, and some of you have already seen and commented on the advert for next months issue. Yes that is me, the free cover stamp next month is deigned by me. Make sure you subscribe , then you will get your copy early. 

You can get a 1 year or 2 year subscription HERE..  otherwise pick up your copy in WHSmiths on 2nd October. 

This is a brilliant UK magazine, newly revamped and given a fresh new look by the gorgeous Trish Latimer who is now the editor. The next few months are going to be very exciting for the magazine as lots of new people will be appearing on the pages. 

Make sure you sub and support our home grown talent. 

Darcy x

Thursday, 20 August 2015


Come and join me at It's Crafting Time on Sat 12th Sept and Sun 13th Sept for the following workshops. Spaces still available. 

Saturday evening 6-9pm 
We will be making this cool and colourful fan with special little carry case. 

on Sunday morning - 10am - 1pm
We will be constructing this memory book, decorating the covers and the middle pages. 

On Sunday afternoon 1.30pm - 5.30pm

We will paint and decorate this panel which will be sewn to a calico bag. 

We will be using PaperArtsy products throughout, including the latest stamps from Lin Brown. I am really looking forward to seeing you there, putting names to faces. please pass these details on to anyone you think might like to come along. 

All classes can be booked HERE. 

Darcy x

Saturday, 1 August 2015

Calendar Challenge -August

Here we are again, time to show and tell.. The months are flying by, it's August already, how did that happen. 

Here is a reminder of the rules for August
1.. Keep a part of the original picture and incorporate that into your design
2, Technique - Use found objects to stamp with
3. Add – a silhouette
4. Blog your calendar page and link up from August 1st 2015

My calendar started out like this..

I added a thin layer of gel medium to add tooth, then whited out most of the page with gesso, leaving just the central figure. 

I then gave her some clothes, it might be August but jeez its not that hot.. 

Next i reached for my 'found objects' bubble wrap and a spring. 

I added paint with the bubble wrap and then over that I added lines by rolling the spring into paint and then onto the page. 

More found objects, credit card, a lid, sponge ear plug and the tube thing i think was the inner tube from something or other. 

Using these i added circles, dots and lines. 

Next for the other rule to add a silhouette, i decided to add buildings for her to stand on and some butterflies. 

I echoed the colours onto the bottom half, the title is added over a patch of black to match the silhouettes. 

This is how the bottom half looks, i really like this. 

And the top half.. I felt she needed something extra so added her wings. 

And here is the whole thing finished.. 

Hope you like it. 

Here are the rules for September. 
1.. Keep a part of the original picture and incorporate that into your design
2, Technique - add lines using the edge of a ruler or credit card dipped in paint
3. Add – use a random word generator to pick 10 words, use these to make a sentence to add to your page
4. Blog your calendar page and link up from September 1st 2015

Friday, 31 July 2015

The Jello Tour...

Some lovely friends from America are currently on a Wendy Vecchi tour to the Uk, visiting several towns and doing workshops. Yesterday myself and Clare went all the way down to Stratford upon Avon to meet up with them. it meant 10hrs or travelling for me, a really long day, but it was worth it. 

I set off by train at 7.15am, it took 2hours to get to Huddersfield where I was meeting Clare. I whiled away the time by watching Penny Dreadful on my ipad, clearly watching vampires and other monsters is the done thing on a busy train!!! I also did some messing about with a Dreary Dead girl face in my journal. Obv she is a train driver.. 

I covered the page first using Peerless watercolours, then sketched the face, and then shaded using Stabilo pencils. Finally added highlights with a posca pen. just a play with minimal supplies on a train. 

Clare picked me up from the train station then we had a 3hr drive ahead of us.. though we did stop off for coffee.. 

Finally we arrived and after lots of hugs we sat down with Diane, Darcie and Johnna. 

We ordered afternoon tea and chatted and laughed and went online to stream and we exchanged gifts. The girls brought so much stuff with them and gave me so much, including composition books, stamps, stencils, ATCs and more... including a 1960's girraffe costume lol

I had made the girls one of my painted panel bags, and Clare made Ice Resin embellishments to hang off the bags. 

I made cakes, here is Darcie pouring tea and tucking into one.. 

Apparently it was good!

Johnna was playing with her selfie stick..

and when it wouldn't work she shook it lol

Before we knew it time had flown and it was late afternoon, so we went for a walk around Stratford. 

I have no idea where she thought this would lead lol

While out and about we bumped into Wendy Vecchi. 

The birthplace of Shakespeare..

no idea if this has significance to the town, but i liked this jester statue.. 

We stopped for a cuppa in a lovely little cafe, which had this cool wallpaper. 

All too soon it was time to head home... but not before lots more photos.. 

Clare and Johnna doing glam poses lol

I finally got home at 1am, after stopping off at Clare's for a while. Fantastic day, thanks everyone. 

Darcy x