Thursday, 10 April 2014

Secret Garden folding photo book

When Leandra over at PaperArtsy asked the Alumni guest designers if they wanted to join in one more time to making something for the blog, I jumped at the chance. 

I wanted to make something little and pink! And here it is, its a Secret Garden photo book. 

I have a walkthrough of how I made this over on the PaperArtsy blog.
Tiny arty things make me smile :)
Michelle x

Saturday, 29 March 2014

Love the Simple Things. Wynyard Mixed-Media class

What a magic day its been!
I was teaching a Mixed-media class in Wynyard,Teesside.
Loved every minute of it, even though I was very nervous this morning.
I don't know why really they're all a lovely bunch of crafter's and one serious potter (Bryan).

Here is everyone making merry with the paints.
There was definitely a hive of activity, and lots of funny conversation. Daisy Lou was in tears at one point!

Me with the canvas they were creating.

Susan in deep concentration and her daughter Jane watching on.

Debbie Happy, Lou serious!

Donna is taking on the challenge of doing it all with her eyes shut!
Errr actually Donna what are ya doing here?

In family corner 

Daisy showing me my stamp! lol and Gemma needs to be reminded of her name 4 times! ha ha love it Gemma x

Karen and Jane, lovely ladies x
What are Gemma and Annette saying to Susie lol!

Naughty Sam, nuff said! 
Joan, what's up luv?

Sue tries to rein in Lou, chance! 

Helen's canvas, loving the texture.

Action shots

This is Sam stroking again, only its her own this time! lol

What a day, what a blast!
Roll on the next one.

From left to right. Back: Sue, Bryan,Karen, Annette, Joan, Juliet, Susan, Debbie, Jane, Diane, Gemma, Jane. Louise Wither's hiding her face!
Front: Daisy Lou, Kay, Sam, Me, Donna.
Susie lying down :)

Sunday, 16 March 2014

She was in charge of her own destiny

I'm loving this sunny weather, it means I can get in the garden and get an early start on the Spring clean up. I hope the snow doesn't come back and bite us in the butt though!

Today I felt like a bit of drawing, so these little iddy biddy (4" x 4") canvases just needed something small and dainty on them, so I drew the house, the flowers, the mushrooms and the girl under the tree. I drew them on paper and coloured it with promarkers, then cut them out and stuck them on with gel medium.  I painted the tree directly onto the canvas, (love the way that it continues around the edge).

Here's a little walkthrough. Get 2 iddy biddy canvases and stick lots of bits of paper and washi tape on them with gel medium. (Yes even the phone book didn't escape this!)

Paint up the canvases with 3 paints, here I used, teal, white and lime green.

Edge with gold paint and stamp a text stamp with dark blue paint.

Add gesso and a bit more teal paint to knock back the harsh colour. 
Add some background stamping and some coloured texture paste through a stencil.
Then rub the edges of the canvas and the raised bits of the paste with Treasure Gold.

Here's a close up of the house with it's climbing plants and the mushrooms.

You can see the raised texture of the paste.

I always invite the edges of the canvas to the texture party :)
Here I've also used Kate Crane's amazing self made stamps (arrows).
Kate sells her handmade stamps on Etsy, but you gotta be quick, they sell out fast.  

Off to have a nice soak in the bath, we did 26,000 steps yesterday walking round Newcastle before the Russell Howard gig and now I'm aching!
Have a great week 
Michelle xx

Sunday, 23 February 2014

A Monster Birthday!

Ok my life has been a bit of a roller coaster lately, working fulltime, teaching at the weekends and my Mum in hospital with a serious illness. I'm wondering when will it all end. :(

Hopefully the consultancy work I'm doing will be coming to an end in the next couple of weeks and I should have more time to care for my Mum and get some me time in the craft room too. Please be patient with me, normal service will resume at some point. xx

I'm still creating, but mostly making class projects, which I can share on here once I've done them :)
Here's a little snippet of a mixed-media canvas I'm working on right now.

I made this card for my Son's birthday and I thought it would be nice to share it.

I've used Dylusions stamps and spray inks. I love the grey theme, it makes it more sinister.

I've also used lots of stencils to add hidden layers of inks.

My Son loved his card. 
Hope you're having a good day especially with the sunshine being out today :)

Monday, 3 February 2014

Hels weekend 25th & 26th January 2014

We had a fantastic weekend with Hels Sheridan last week, there was lots of fun and laughter as always. Hels repeated the performance this weekend too, so I nipped up for a quick cuppa with the ladies at lunchtime. 

It was really nice to meet people who I know from Facebook and the blog world but hadn't met yet. :)

Here is what we got up to on our weekend and my two projects below.

Look at this motley crew, from back left to right Janella, Pat, Susan, Jayne, Jane, Sara, Karen, Helen, Joan, Jean, Dimps, Gemma, Tracy, Fallon. Front row from left to right. Sam, Joanne, Susie, Donna and me with a naughty Hels growing out of my head, doing bunny ears!

 This picture is so funny, Sam looks like she's pulling out a wedgie, Joanne looks like she's got a bit of trapped wind, and maybe Gemma too, Donna is protesting and I'm feeling the need for a little dance!

Payback for the bunny ears Hels! ha ha! Thats my girl Helen. :)

 Gemma's eying up Jayne's art work, and well what can I say, Susie just wants to be in on all the action I'd say!

 I caught Fallon and Tracy having a selfie moment!

Susie's ahead of the game and waiting for the next course of action.

This was my background before I started putting all my embellishments on the ATCs.

 My finished ATC piece. 

Finished canvas, with a bit of grungy paintyness :)

I'll be back with a monster birthday card later this week. :)
Ta ta for now Michelle xx

Thursday, 2 January 2014

New Mixed-Media workshop at Wynyard Teesside

On the 29th of March 2014 I'll be teaching a 40 x 30 cm mixed-media canvas workshop at Wynyard Teesside.
from 10am until 5pm.
We'll be using all kinds of ephemera, inks, paints, grunge paste, stamps, stencils and pastels to make a colourful creation for you to take home. 

The class will be packed full of mixed-media techniques that you can use on cards, journal pages and altered art, as well as canvases. All supplies are provided, just bring a heat tool and a apron.

The venue has plenty of free parking, is just off the A19 and has a Premier Inn close by.

If you're interested in booking on the class please contact Sue Tucker (on facebook) or Sue Tucker's email on Or let me know and I'll get you in touch with Sue. 
I'd love to see you there. 
Michelle x

These are some of the mixed-media canvases I've done so far. 

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