Friday, February 27, 2015


Hey everyone!! I hope you all are well? I can't believe Feb is almost over!!! Just stopping by to quickly share with you my take on this month's moodboard. With February being the so-called 'month of love', I have used the colors and the word passion from the moodboard to create a pretty card.

February's Moodboard: 

Here is my take on the board:


I have used lots of gorgeous DA chippies combined with some 13 Arts papers and mediums.

Some details:

I have cut a small banner banner from Banners #1 and covered it with some patterned paper, layering it on my card on top of some triangle paper banners I cut. I have topped it with a bow and some twine.

For my title I have taken the word 'Passionately' from the live beautifully set and cut off the 'ately', leaving me with the word Passion. I have painted it with Gesso, and sprinkled with Chunky Gold Glitter, before layering on top of my flower cluster.

Above my flower cluster I have added a butterfly from the Flutterbies #3..... I really love these butterflies and use them all the time :-) I have painted it with Gesso, and then dabbed a few colors of mist on, very lightly, using my finger.

I have taken the smallest of the frames from the String Frames small set, and painted it with a combination of Gesso and Gold Paint. I have placed it on some calico on my background, and built my composition into it. 
The little scroll on the lower right side of the frame is actually the top of a key from the Vintage Keys set, that my Son decided to pull off another page breaking it off. At first I planned to just throw it out, but it managed to get lost on my desk, and I am glad as it was the perfect finishing touch for my card. It has been painted with Gesso, Gold Glitter Paint, and sprinkled with Chunky Gold Glitter.

I hope you enjoyed my post!!! I will be back in a few days with more!!!

Dusty Attic Chipboard Used:

Monday, February 23, 2015


Hi lovely blog readers!!! I hope you all enjoyed your weekend and are having a great start to the week!!! Today I would like to share with you I made for my Mom's birthday. It's a lot simpler than anything I normally make, and a little out of my comfort zone, but I love how it turned out!! I have also put together a little tutorial for you!!

'You Are Loved'

 A few close-ups:

Here is the Tutorial for you:

Step 1: Cut a square from a piece of 13 Arts paper to fit the front of your card. I have chosen to use 'Daydreamer' from The Fly Away Collection. Spread gesso over your page quite thickly using a palette knife, and fiddle with it to get some interesting texture. Let it dry.

Step 2: Select a combination of your favorite 13 Arts Mists and Water-based Inks in coordinating colors. Start roughly off center, dip a small paintbrush into one of the colors and paint a circle onto your background. Then choose another color and paint a second circle. Continue this, swapping colors until you are happy. 
You don't need much color for each circle, in fact each one should be almost dry, though not completely before you start the next circle. If it is too wet your colors just go muddy. The few slightly wet spots will react and blend with the new layer creating a gorgeous watercolor effect.

Step 3: Add some splatters of color over your painted circles then tilt the page slightly letting the colors run a little, then leave to dry naturally, using a heat gun can cause the colors to mix completely with each other, taking away that beautiful mottled effect.

Step 4: Once your background is completely dry add a little stamping, then frame your painted area with a circle of twine. Add some sparkly thread and Washi Tape.

 Step 5: Use your finger to paint a chipboard frame with gesso, then glue it, along with some flowers to your background , also add some gems randomly around the page. Next cut 2 small banners using the same paper from the background, and a black piece from the Color Basic Collection. Glue them together on an angle, and add some word stickers for your title. Attach it firmly above the flower.

 Step 6: Paint around some of the flowers with the Bordeaux Water-based Ink to create a slight shadow, then paint the part of the chipboard frame with the Chalk Woodbine Mist and lightly brush it along the bottom of the title. Add more flickers and drops of both over the embellishments and background.

Step 7: Finish of by distressing the edges of your 13 Arts paper, then spray a tiny bit of mist onto a baby wipe or wet paper towel, and use it to wipe around the edges of the card. 
 Now all you need to do is attach it firmly to the front of your card, write in it, and it is ready to go!!!

I wish you a wonderful week of creating, and thank you for dropping by!!!

13 Arts products used:
Paper - Fly Away Collection - Daydreaming
Paper - Color Basic - Black Cocoa/Caramel 
Ayeeda Mist - Chalk Woodbine
Ayeeda Mist - Chalk Yellow Amber
Ayeeda Water-based Ink - Bordeaux
Ayeeda Water-based Ink - Pink
Adhesive Beads - For Wedding 1

Tuesday, February 17, 2015


Hi!!! I hope you are all enjoying your start to the week!! I'm very excited to say that 13 Arts have teemed up with Sketchabilities this week and that some of our team have the pleasure of guest designing over on their blog which you can checkout here. We are also having a reveal on the 13 Arts blog, so be sure to pop over and check it out!!!

I have also put together a little step-by-step background tutorial for you, so make sure you read right though!!!

Here is the awesome sketch I have based my layout on:


Some close-ups:

Here is a quick background tutorial I have put together for you:

Step 1: Scrape some gesso on your background in a rough triangle shape then dry. Then take your 13 Arts Color Basics Triangle Mask and using a lead pencil trace triangles on your background.

Step 2: When your happy with the position of all your drawn triangles, again take your stencil and place it on your background. use a palette knife to spread modelling paste through the mask. I have actually tried to spread it in a way so that I have not completely filled any triangle with the paste, instead creating, raised, partially finished triangles.

Step 3 and 4: Stamp the paste while it is still wet. I have used an ordinary Lego block, and also a Lego Duplo block which is larger. You can use pretty much anything for this step, however if you choose to use a normal stamp I would advise spritzing it with water first. After that let your modelling paste air-dry.

Step 5: Now that it is dry you can begin adding color, I have used 13 Arts Mists in Chalk Celedon, Chalk Sap Green, Pastel Green, and Pastel Yellow. I have sprayed some of each color onto my craft mat, then using a paint brush applied the colors directly to my background, switching colors often, and blending with each other.

Step 6: When I had finished the background it seemed like it was missing something so I have added some 13 Arts Water-Based Ink in Orange, again painting it on the background with a very wet brush. Add some splatters of color around the page.

Step 7: When all the color is dry use a black pen and doodle around some of the modelling paste triangles. I have done this in a very random manner.

Step 8 and 9: To finish off I have added a little black stamping with a triangle stamp, and some splatters of 13 Arts Water-Based Ink in Black (Graphite). 

Step 10: Now that your background is finished you can begin to build your paper layers, add your photos and other elements.

And there you have your finished page!!! I hope you liked the tutorial!!!

13 Arts Products used:
Color Basics - Papers
Color Basics - Stencil (Triangles)
Ayeeda Mist - Chalk Celedon
Ayeeda Mist - Chalk Sap Green
Ayeeda Mist - Pastel Yellow
Ayeeda Mist - Pastel Green
Ayeeda Water-based Ink - Orange 
Ayeeda Water-based Ink - Black (Graphite)
Ayeeda paint - White and Silver Glitter
Chipboard - Spruce Branch
Chipboard - Fly Away - Words

Sunday, February 8, 2015


Hi everyone!!! I have another Canvas I would like to share with you today, which I created for my first post over at Dusty Attic this month.... I have been quite addicted to making canvases lately, perhaps it is because my Mom claims each and every one I finish, and I'm hoping she will let me keep one for myself ;-).... 


 I have used all my favorite girly colors on this canvas along with some of my favorite 'girly' pieces of chipboard, at least girly in my opinion!!

Some details:

 I have taken one of the larger swirls from Elegant swirl #3 and painted it white. I then layered it on top of my flower cluster, adding a few more flowers on top. I then spritzed it with a touch of Pink Mist, though it is a little hard to see it in this photo as it is very faint.

On top of the Swirl I have placed a large Butterfly from the Flutterbies #3 set, simply painted white with gesso, using my finger for a slightly bumpy texture and sprinkled with gold glitter while it was still wet.

I have placed a second smaller butterfly near the top of the canvas to create movement.

I have taken 2 large swirly leaves from the Foliage set, completely covering both in white liquid pearls for beautiful shimmer, before adding some 13 Arts Microspheres and mists in a few colors. I have placed them next to each other with the ends touching, one facing up, and one facing down to create a little flourish across the canvas.

For the title I have taken the word 'Beautifully' from the 'Live Beautifully....' set, and cut off the 'ly' at the end so I just had the word 'Beautiful'. I used my finger to paint it with gesso, then placed it on top of the second 'Foliage' leaf. I have added a few small sections of color to it, but chose to leave most of it white so that it stood out from the leaf.

I hope you enjoyed today's post..... Stay tuned as I have a few more fun canvases to share with you over the next few days, as well as some other exciting things!!!

Have a great Sunday!!

Dusty Attic Chipboard used: