My little crafting world....

Hi all
I'm a complete craft addict! I have a small business called Surrey Crafts teaching craft workshops from my studio in Esher, Surrey and at venues around the country. I teach mixed media, decorative painting, card making and papercrafts, jewellery making and creative embroidery classes. If you'd like to find out more just leave a comment, or take a look at my other social media pages:
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Tuesday, 14 September 2021

Hi all!

It's been a while, but I thought I'd share a project I've worked on for my next online sewing class. Details under the classes tab.

Please say Hi to 'Happy Hippocampus', my ocean scape and seahorse piece!

The kit includes everything needed and an option to have the seahorse plain or painted and a Facebook Live class, which will be in a private group.

Felt in the background, lots of sparkly textures, sea shells and lots of fun stitching.

Hope you like it. Thanks for looking.



Sunday, 9 August 2020

Alcohol inks abstract art

 Here's a litte abstract artwork I made on my Create and Craft tv shows on Saturday 8th August.

I used cobalt and mojito inks, then just added a few drops of statue alloy ink, with blending solution.

I then showed how to use the applicator tool to swipe across the Yupo. 

Here's a link to the show, available for 30days.

Friday, 29 May 2020

Circle of Thorns Hello Card

Hello lovely people.

Here's a bright and fun card using a gorgeous new stamp Called Circle of Thorns by Andy Skinner. Hopefully you'll see this make an appearance on Create and Craft tv later in June.

Using a versamark ink pad and Andy's Satin Sunset embossing powder, I randomly stamped the image, then heat embossed it.
 I blended in some Bright Sunshine Colour cloud.
 A sentiment stamped out and inked around the edges.
The embossing powder has hints of red, so I used red gems to pick that out. A little bit of ribbon and lace and there you have it. I loved making this quick and simple, but bright and beautiful card.  
I hope you like it too.
Thanks for looking.

Saturday, 2 May 2020

Repurposed canvas and bandage dressing

Hi all
I made this fun canvas to join in with the Creative Expressions Mixed Media Challenge day 1 with the theme of 'Bright'.
I took an old canvas I no longer liked and covered it with vintage book pages then a coat of mixed media paint. 
Then added Intense Pigment Stains in Bluebell, Emerald and Citrus Lime, layering up until I liked the colours.
I then used the same products to colour an old field dressing/ bandage and that had been in my stash for years (not useable as no longer sterile due to damaged packaging) and a piece of hessian fabric. I spritzed water to help the bandage and hessian soak up the colours.

Taking the Smashed Glass Andy Skinner stamp, I used my stamp platform and Versafine Jet Black ink to stamp onto a piece of calico. frayed the edges and stuck it down onto the hessian. I had to use red liner tape as wet glue would have seeped through, activated the colours underneath and stained the stamped calico.
 Glass gems and fabric roses gave a pop of red to the canvas. But it needed something else. So I wrapped wire around my spritzer bottle to form loops, then stuck these underneath the focal point of the layered bandage and fabric.
 You can see some of the text through the colours here and below.

 Love how colourful this is.

Thanks for looking.

Friday, 1 May 2020

Sending Hugs

Hi all

Here's my project for the May Craft Stamper Blog Challenge. A pretty card with a wired heart and paper rose embellishments. To find out about the challenge and the fab prize, click HERE.

I made a mixed media background on Coconut White card using the white paint, Intense Pigment (Rich Crimson) and the Pixie Powders (Scarlet Mist and Mango Blaze). Once dry I dusted with the anti-static pad then used Andy's Smashed Glass stamp, with Versamark Ink and gold detailed embossing powder.

I also used the paint, Intense Pigment and Pixie Powders on a piece of fabric, which I use for the background and as a ribbon across the card. To embellish I added a piece of wire I'd shaped into a heart.

This looked a little bland so I then made a paper heart by rolling up copy paper coloured with the IP ink, and snipped a few black leaves from card I'd cut with the Leafy Frame die, adding some gold treasure Metallic Gilding Polish.

A stamped sentiment from the Big Ideas sentiment stamp set, and mounted them onto a little flag die cut from a Stitched Flag die set by Sue Wilson. Along the stitched detail I drew lines with a sharpie marker. This really makes it look like stitching. A few gems, a piece of lace and a thin strip of paper and it's finished.

Friday, 17 April 2020

Retro Spark Plug Wall hanging for Andy Skinner's Creative Team

A little project today inspired by a spark plug I found!
It started with a kit.....Andy's Gelli Plate 3D canvas kit from Tando Creative, plus lots of Creative Expressions goodies!
Olive Grove and Warm White Chalk paints on the small squares from the kit. 
 A little more chalk paint dry brushed over.
 On the large square backing panel I used black chalk paint. Onced dry I used a 50/50 mix of Strata Paste and Structure Paste.
 I did the same to all the small squares too.
 On the left are all the ones I painted with Mustard Seed - I only used one of those in the end, for the middle.
 All the pastes dried rock hard and I painted each square (large and small) with the Yellow Iron Oxide, then Paynes Grey and Quin Gold, and finally a bit of Raw Umber.
 Did one of Andy's 'Dirty Washes' over the front of the little squares too - you can see the difference it makes below. I had also added the rub on transfers before the wash and it was fine.
 A well washed but rather battered spark plug.
 Painted with the colours above.
Then wrapped with wire to form a hanging section for the art, threaded through holes punched in the back board. Small panels glued on with Quick Grab Glue.
 Middle square, which I'd made to go at an angle, also glued down - this is where the glue comes into it's own, used on top of the uneaven pastes it holds really well.
And that's it! Thanks so much for looking.

Click here to see the full list of products on my 'quick post' on Andy Skinners blog.

Friday, 3 April 2020

HOPE - for the Craft Stamper April Challenge

Hi all

Hope is something many of us need right now. It is a very difficult time and our new world and way of living is affecting so many elements of our lives. So I just want to send a little hope out to all of you. Talking of hope - there are GORGEOUS stamps and a stencil to be won this month, seriously, they are beautiful, and I HOPE you will take part! Take a look HERE.
 I used two vintage book pages, Shakespeare don't you know, (sold by the library years ago as falling apart) glued them together as they were very thin. Added a layer or watery gesso so the text would shows though.
 A little more gesso, then some light blue DecoArt paint added with a very watery brush.
 Stamped Andy Skinners 'Memories of India' stamp, firstly in a green, Shabby Shutters colour, then I stamped it some more with a clear Versamark pad and used a very pale pink embossing powder by Creative Expressions to build interest in the background.
 Then I used all the foliage stamps from Jane Gill's Woodware stamp set 'Hare in the Middle' (JGS699), inked with Olive Memento ink and then with Versamark and heat embossed with clear powder. I did this on my stamp platform as I repeatedly stamped each of the images to build the layers.
 You can just make out the pink embossing in the background in the photo below....
 My plan was to use little white flowers to fill all the gaps I'd left in the foliage. So I used an old die set by Susan's Garden called Flower Yarrow as it cuts loads at once - but you could use any small flower die or punch. I added tiny white pearls in the middles and glued down with Cosmic shimmer. I also found this pretty butterfly which I had in my stash - it was in a set from either the Range or Poundland. To make the antennae I just looked around for a slither of card I'd cut when making another project!
 The Hope stamp is another Andy Skinner stamp. I coloured it with the ink used for the foliage.  Once dry I added another little flower to the edge to tie in with the rest of the card.
And that's it for now.
Thanks so much for looking. Please do keep going.... and have hope.

See below for links to the stamps I've used:
Memories of India
Hare in the Middle