Thursday, October 30, 2014


Hi everyone!!! I'm here today to share with you a canvas I made using some stunning 13 Arts mediums, Paints, Mists and Inks. It was inspired by a card I made a few months back that my Mom really liked, so I decided to create something similar on a canvas as a gift for her.

For those of you who don't know, 13 Arts products are now available in Australia from Sassy Scrappers, in the US at The Flying Unicorn, or you can purchase them directly from our online store


Using a palette knife I have spread modelling paste all over the canvas, including the sides, using the knife to create bumps and ridges all over. I really love how it cracked in some of the thicker areas when dry. I have then proceeded to use various paints, mists, and black ink to add color lengthways down the canvas, highlighting all the cracks and bumps.

Some close-ups:

I have mixed some small glass beads, and slightly larger plastic beads with some gesso, then using a paint brush added them to my canvas to create a kind of frame, which I have placed most of my embellishments in or around.

When that had dried I added a couple of chipboard frames, some flowers and metal pieces, then I sprayed everything with Ayeeda Mists in Pastel Black and Pearl Gold.

Here you can see some of the beautiful cracks in the modelling paste into which the Ayeeda Ink in Black has seeped.

My flowers have all been randomly painted with Ayeeda Gesso, Pearl Gold paint, and Gold Glitter Paint.

To finish I added some black and white splatters of mist and a few little resin roses.

I hope you like what I have created and that you found something here to inspire you!!! 
Thank you for stopping by!!

Products used:

Ayeeda Paint - Gold Glitter
Ayeeda Paint - Pearl Gold
Ayeeda Paint - Matte Sand
Ayeeda Paint - Matte Yellow 
Ayeeda Paint - Matte Caramel
Ayeeda Paint - Matte Cinnamon
Ayeeda Mist - Pastel Black 
Ayeeda Mist - Pastel White 
Ayeeda Mist - Pearl Gold 
Ayeeda Inks - Black (Graphite) 
Ayeeda Medium - Liquid Acrylic Medium
Resin - Roses

Monday, October 20, 2014


Hi everyone!!! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!!! I had hoped to get this post up yesterday, but we had an issue with the monitor for most of the day where it was turned on, but no image on the screen. Still not sure why it happened, it just fixed itself, thankfully, last night. Today I would like to share with you my most recent creation for CSI. As you can probably guess, I loved this case-file!!! The colors were a perfect match for a photo I have of Jet when he was about 7 months old.

Case-file 144:

For my evidence I used: 
Paint/watercolor: I used 13 Arts Matte paints on my background mixed with equal parts Acrylic Liquid Medium and lots of water for a watercolor effect.
Polka dots, stripes: I have used striped paper for the bottom half of my page, and a stencil from the Crafter's Workshop to create a Polka Dot pattern on the background with Texture Paste.
Triangles: I have cut a piece of paper into a triangle and a piece of glitter tape into a smaller triangle to create the arrow on the left of the page.
Lightbulbs: I have used a Prima lightbulb on the right of my page, beneath the flower.
Tickets, clips: I have used a Prima canvas peg clipped onto my photo. 
Ribbon, buttons: I have placed a grey button on my twine frame at the lower right corner of my photo.
Phrase Stickers: The 'I Love You' to the left of my photo. It's not really a sticker, I cut it from a sheet of paper.
Flowers: Lots of yummy Prima flowers!!!!
Metal: I have used some metal screw heads, nuts, pins, and part of the lightbulb is also metal.

For my Testimony I have used all three Inspiration words: real, curious, and limit. My journaling is on the back of my layout as it is quite lengthy.

It reads:
" This photo of you was taken when you first began to crawl, and I swear you have been testing the limit of my patience since you first realized you could move about on your own. From the day you first began to move yourself around, you literally have not stopped. You rarely sit still, and in the blink of an eye you will be somewhere completely different. You are a real curious little boy, always getting into everything, pulling it apart, digging it up, smashing it to bits, just to see how everything works and is put together. Curious and destructive would probably be a better term. I find it hard to tell you off though because you always look up at me with those big blue eyes and such an innocent look on your face that it melts my heart and instead of growling I just want to hug you. What can I say your a boy and boys will be boys. I love you too much. Though I must admit I sometimes wish you would just sit down for 5 minutes and not move. You may sit down, but you move and fidget constantly. Where does all that energy come from???? You have more than the 4 adults in the house combined!!!! You haven't really changed so much since you started crawling, even though your now 3, and you walk and talk. You still have the same big blue eyes, the same curiosity, enthusiasm, energy. You still love cuddles from Mommy!!! At the end of the day your perfect and everything I ever dreamed of or could have wanted. Besides, compared to some other kids I know your an angel who always behaves. I love you!!!"

'I love You.... Always'

I love the combination of blue and yellow here, particularly in the background paint work. These colors just work together so, so well!!!

Some details:

As always.... lots of Dimension and layers!!! For my tile I have cut the 'I Love You' from a sheet of 13 Arts paper, and added it to my paper layers on the left of the photo. I have then popped the word 'Always' from a Heidi Swapp pack and layered it on my photo, slightly tucking behind the yellow flower.

I have wrapped the stem of my arrow with some blue cord and metallic gold thread. I love waxed twine, bakers twine, cord, thread, all of it. they are one thing I am not sure I will ever get tired of using.

I have painted some Dusty Attic chipboard chevrons with matte Turquoise paint from 13 Arts. Adding them to the top and bottom of the page pointing towards the photo.

When I had added all my elements to the page and glued everything down, I covered my photo and sprayed everything with 13 Arts Silver Pearl Mist to give it all a beautiful shimmer!!

I had hoped to also share with you today my creation for our CSI and Scrap365 collaboration case-file, but we had family over most of the day, so by the time I got around to writing this post it was already late in the afternoon. Sadly this means it is now its time for me to get dinner ready, bath Jet, ect. I will try and write it up to share with you guys within the next few days. Until then, I wish you all a wonderful week full of lots of scrappy fun!!!! 

Big hugs!!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014


Hi!!!! I just wanted to pop by quickly and share with everyone a second piece of super exciting news that I have received in the last couple of weeks. You all know I love to work with chipboard and I'm super excited to announce to you all that I will be joining the Dusty Attic Design Team in 2015!!!! 

A huge thank you to Jen Hedger (owner of Dusty Attic) and Jen Burns (the Design Team coordinator) for selecting me to be part of such an amazing team and for giving me the opportunity to work with products I absolutely love!!! 

I also wish to say a Big Congrats to everyone else who is remaining on the team, and who made the team, in particular Lizzy Hill who has been so supportive of me and my online creative adventure since it began. I can't wait to start working with all you talented ladies!!!

Have a great week!!! I will be back on the weekend to share with you a couple of creations for CSI!!!!


Tuesday, October 14, 2014


Hi everyone!! I'm very excited to be sharing with you today my first creation as a member of the 13 Arts design team. Today I would like to share with you a beautiful mixed-media layout I created using amazing 13 arts products.

13 Arts products are available in Australia here at Sassy Scrappers, 
in the US here at The Flying Unicorn, and  
of course you can purchase them from the 13 Arts online store here.

'Fly High'

I have used papers from both the 'All is Love' and 'Fly Away' Collections.
I have used 2 different stencils to add texture paste to my background. To achieve the watercolor look on my background I have combined various 13 Arts Ayeeda Matte Paints mixed with equal parts Ayeeda Acrylic Liquid Medium. This thins the paints, making them more fluid, and increases its transparency. Then using a very wet paintbrush I began to paint my background working on very small sections at a time. This is because these paints are acrylic and they cannot be reworked once dry like a traditional watercolor.

Some details:

For my title I have used chipboard from the 'Fly Away' collection. I have primed it with Ayeeda Gesso, then covered it with a thick layer of Ayeeda Paint: White with Silver Glitter. 
I have also painted a 13 Arts flower green, tucking it beneath my papers.

All my flowers have been randomly brushed with Ayeeda Gesso and Ayeeda Paint: Silver Glitter, for extra sparkle.

As you can see I have also used the chipboard butterflies from the 'Fly Away Collection. I love how delicate and detailed they are. The butterflies have been painted using the same colors that I have used in the background.

I have used used Matte paint in Cobalt to add shadowing beneath all my embellishments and paper layers.

I have added some small resin pieces and gems around the page to accent, then to finish I have covered my photo and sprayed everything with Ayeeda Pearl Mist in Silver, giving everything a gorgeous shimmer.

I hope you like what I have created and find something here to inspire you!!

13 Arts products used:

Papers and chipboards - 'Fly Away' Collection
Ayeeda Paint - Matte Pea
Ayeeda Paint - Matte Mint
Ayeeda Paint - Matte Pistachio
 Ayeeda Paint - Matte Turquoise
Ayeeda Paint - Matte Cobalt
Ayeeda Paint - Silver Glitter
 Ayeeda Paint - White and Silver Glitter
Ayeeda Medium - Modeling Paste
Ayeeda Medium - Acrylic Liquid Medium
Ayeeda Mist - Pearl Silver
Ayeeda Mist - Pastel White
Ayeeda Ink - Black
Resin - Curls
Resin - Roses 
Adhesive Beads - French Journey