Saturday 31 December 2016

Collage Journal Spread

My latest piece for the Craft Barn DT is a collage spread. You can see how I made here.

Thank you for visiting, have a wonderful New Years Eve.
xxx Hazel.

Sunday 25 December 2016


HAPPY CHRISTMAS everyone, I hope you're having a lovely day.

Today it's my turn to share a Christmas card for the Craft Barn DT. You can see how I made my card here

Thank you for dropping by, enjoy the rest of the day whatever you're doing.
xxx Hazel.

Sunday 18 December 2016

SPA - Christmas Baubles

Hi everybody. Today I'm hosting the Sunday Postcard Art weekly challenge, the theme I've chosen is Christmas Baubles.

The base for my card is a piece of cream card that has gold music on it. I covered it in a lacy fabric.I covered the bauble shape with lace and holly and added the Gecko Galz angel image.

Thank you for dropping by.
xxx Hazel.

Friday 16 December 2016


Good morning everybody, Today I'm showing you a snippet of a Winter canvas that I've made for the Craft Barns DT. You can see how I made it here.

Thank you for visiting, have a lovely day.
xxx Hazel.

Sunday 4 December 2016

Red and Gold

Hi everybody, today I'm sharing a sneaky peek of a Christmas card that I've made for the Craft Barn DT. You can see my project here.

Thank you for looking, have a lovely day.
xxx Hazel.

Saturday 26 November 2016

Caught In Crystall

Hello everyone, it's been a long time since I've posted on my blog and I must apologise for the lack of commenting - I hope to be back to normal soon.

Today I'm sharing a little sneak peek of my latest project for the Craft Barns DT, you can see my project here.

Thank you for dropping by, have a lovely weekend.
xxx Hazel.

Sunday 30 October 2016

Vintage Tag

Go Tag Thursdays  challenge theme this week is Your Favourite Theme, I don't really have a favourite theme so as last weeks theme was Vintage Man I thought I'd do Vintage Woman this week.

I used Wendy Vecchi  stamps for the stamping, I also added some tissue tape, lacy fabric that I'd coloured with distress ink and some fabric roses.

Thank you for dropping by, enjoy what's left of the weekend.
xxx Hazel.

Friday 28 October 2016

Mixed Media Canvas

Good morning everyone, I hope you are well and looking forward to the weekend.

Today I'm sharing my latest project for the Craft Barn Design Team. You can find out how I made it here.

Thank you for dropping by, have a lovely day.
xxx Hazel.

Saturday 22 October 2016

Down In The Dungeon

My latest piece for the Craft Barns Design Team is a Halloween journal page.

I used a piece of mixed media card and stencilled the Tim Holtz wall with modeling paste, then I gave it a coat of gesso.

I painted the wall with watered down acrylic paint and spritzed with water, drying the wall between each colour, I also used a little brimstone wings Color Bloom.

I fastened some chain to the wall with brads and put some jump rings on the ends. I used some quinacridone gold paint to make it look like the metal had rusted.

I stamped some Carabelle Studio images onto white card using black Archival ink , coloured them with pencil and cut them out, the glass dome was stamped onto acetate and cut out, the Flonz Craft skeletons were stamped onto card and cut out, the knife was hand drawn.

The Table was stamped with an Impression Obsession stamp and distress ink. I stamped the mad doctor with a Stampers Anonymous stamp, I cut him out so that he looked like he was holding the knife, I cut his head of and added the skull.  I added some gauze, die cut spiders, a Tando pumpkin, some red paint for blood and some graffiti on the walls

Below are some close ups.


Decoart - modeling paste.
Decoart - gesso.
Decoart - acrylic paint.
Tim Holtz - bricked stencil.
Color Bloom - brimstone wings.
Carabelle Studio - cabinet of curiosities stamp set.
Impression Obsession - woodgrain stamp.
Tando - pumpkins.
Archival Ink - Black

Thank you for dropping by, have a lovely day.
xxx Hazel.

Friday 21 October 2016

Vintage Male

The theme for this weeks challenge at Go Tag Thursday is Vintage Male.

I stamped some Indigo Blu circles onto a gelli print and distressed the edges of some paper scraps, I glued them to the tag together with some thread and a Tim Holtz Photo Booth image. I added a few metal embellishments and a Tim Holtz small talk words.

Thank you for looking and have a lovely day.
xxx Hazel.

Wednesday 19 October 2016

Autumn Tag

Today I'd like to share with you a tag that I've made for the Go Tag Thursday challenge, the theme is Autumn.

I sprayed inks on the background and wrapped some metallic thread round the bottom. The Crafty Individuals stamp was stamped onto a scrap piece of card and the leaves were cut out of scrap card using Sizzix Thinlits dies.

Thank you for dropping by, have a good day.
xxx Hazel. 

Monday 17 October 2016

SPA - Skulls

This weeks Sunday Postcard Art challenge is Skulls.

I'd like to enter my postcard in the following challenges.
Moo Mania and More - Drips and Splatters.
Try It On Tuesday - Scary and Spooky.
Country View Challenges - All Things Spooky.

For the background I stencilled modelling paste through a Prima stencil and gave it a coat of gesso when it had dried. I coloured the background with acrylic inks and Color Bloom sprayed with water and let it run down. I stamped some skulls onto tissue paper and glued them to the background then I splattered some white paint. The large skull was stamped onto white card and cut out. The sentiment was stamped onto card that had been coloured with Color Bloom. I used pencils to colour the moth.

The stamps that I used.
Stampers Anonymous - large skull and sentiment.
Carabelle Studio - background skull and
Flonz Craft - background skull.

Thank you for looking.
xxx Hazel.

Friday 14 October 2016

Christmas Tea Light and Good News

I was absolutely thrilled and delighted a few weeks ago when I was told that I'd made it to the Craft Barns Design Team.

My first DT project is a decorated wooden tea light holder using stampboard, you can see how I decorated the holder here.

I do hope you can take a look at my project, have a lovely weekend.
xxx Hazel.

Monday 10 October 2016

Oriental Tag

I've made a tag for the Go Tag Thursday challenge, the theme is Oriental.

I used red card and washi paper for the tag.
The images had been stamped and embossed onto card that had been coloured with Infusions, the colour is green but it looks grey in the picture.
The image at the top had been stamped onto shrink plastic.
I added red thread, ribbon and charms.

Stamps used.
PSX - bamboo on the background.
Inkadinkado stamp - main image.
Paperartsy - image on shrink plastic.
The other stamps are unknown.

Thank you for looking.
xxx Hazel.

Sunday 2 October 2016

SPA - Wizards

Good morning everyone, I hope you are having a lovely weekend.

I'm very pleased to be hosting this weeks Sunday Postcard Art challenge, the theme I have chosen is Wizards.

I used a couple of That's Crafty dinky stencils with modelling paste for the wall then I glued some gauze to the bottom half. I painted the card with gesso. I coloured the background with Daler Rowney and Magic Color Artist Acrylic Ink. I stamped and coloured the images with felt tips and coloured pencils. I cut out the images and glued them to the card.

The stamps I used are
Stamps Happen - the wizard.
Hampton Art Stamps - bottle.
Stampers Anonymous/Tim Holtz - label, skull and bat.
Cherry Pie Art Stamp - candle.

Thank you for looking, enjoy the rest of the weekend.
xxx Hazel.

Tuesday 27 September 2016

Try It On Tuesday - Guest Designer

I was thrilled to find that a tag I'd made had been chosen as one of the top 5 in the Try It On Tuesday Book Pages challenge and I was even more thrilled when I was asked to be a guest designer.

I have made a couple of postcards for my GD spot - the theme of the challenge is Sun/Moon/Stars.

For my sun postcard I used modelling paste with a Memory Box stencil, then I gave it a coat of gesso. To colour the background I used acrylic ink sprayed with water.

I kept adding more ink and water until I got the colours that I liked.

I stamped the PaperArtsy flower onto some white card twice, I coloured the flowers with the inks and cut them out, I glued one of the flowers to the card and then I cut the outer petals of the second flower and glued it over the first flower.

My moon and stars postcard was made the same way as the sun card.

I used a Crafters Workshop stencil with the modelling paste and used acrylic ink to colour it. I dry brushed some white acrylic paint over the top of the stars and then I added some stickles to the stars. The Clarity stamp moon was stamped onto white card, coloured with watercolours, cut out and attached to the card with thick double sided tape. I wrote the W. Clement Stone quote and added it to the card.

Please take a look at the challenge to see the fabulous samples that the very talented design team have made and I hope you can enter the challenge as well.

Sunday 25 September 2016

SPA - The Beatles

The Beatles is the new challenge theme at Sunday Postcard Art and it's being hosted by Marion.

I printed the image of the internet, cut it out and glued it to some card that I'd coloured with alcohol inks ages ago. I wrote some of the Beatles song titles on the card.

Thank you for looking, have a fabulous Sunday.

Saturday 24 September 2016

AJSS 2016 - Lesson 9

Rae Missigman was the teacher for lesson 9 - A Painted Paradise. For this we had to do an image transfer on matte medium using a picture of somewhere we've been or somewhere we'd like to go. I've done image transfers before but not on matte medium, when the paper was rubbed away the image was left on the matte medium and was transparent, you can't see this on the photograph. I've used an image of the Cote-dazure.

I glued my image transfer to the journal and used watercolours, neocolour and acrylic paint on the background and stencilling.

Thank you for dropping by - have a lovely weekend.
xxx Hazel.

Thursday 22 September 2016

Put A Bug On It

I'm sharing  a postcard with you today that I've made for the Stampotique Designers Challenge, the theme is Put A Bug On It.

I used a stencil with some modelling paste and when this was dry I painted it with gesso, the colour underneath is from the postcard.

I added some colour with acrylic paints.

I used acrylic ink to add more colour by adding some different colour inks and spraying them with water.

I stamped the Stampotique bees onto card, coloured them and cut them out. I added some stickles to the wings. I glued them to the card along with the quote [PaperArtsy].

Thank you for looking.
xxx Hazel.

Wednesday 21 September 2016

Coffee and Cream

I've made a card for the latest challenge at Try It On Tuesday - Coffee and Cream/Two Colours.

I'm also going to link it to the Craft Barns Two Weekly Challenge - All Around The House - I used instant coffee to colour my watercolour paper and also used my sewing machine that sits in my craft room not doing a lot.

I coloured some watercolour paper with instant coffee and water, when the paper was dry the coffee left on it was very sticky so I rinsed it of under the tap. I cut a pice of the paper to fit the card and stamped the La Blanche flower on the piece that was left. I cut the flower out. I put a piece of tissue wrap on the card and attached the flower and a heart [Clearly Impressed stamp] with some ribbon. The sentiment was done on my sewing machine, I frayed the edges of the material and attached it with staples.

Thank you for looking.
xxx Hazel.

Tuesday 20 September 2016

Gothic Tag

Gothic is the theme for this weeks Go Tag Thursday challenge, the theme has been chosen by Zoe.

I covered the tag with a grey coloured gelli print, the cat and bats were stamped onto the tag, all the other images were stamped onto tissue paper and glued to the tag. I gave the tag a coating of matte medium, when this was dry I added colour with some pitt pens. I added some ribbon and the Creepy Lane.
All the stamps are Cherry Pie Art Stamps except the Creepy Lane which is an Inkadinkado stamp.

Saturday 17 September 2016

AJSS 2016 - Lesson 8

Joanne Sharpe was the teacher for lesson 8 at the Art Journal Summer School, we did painted lettering. The idea was to write the words with watercolour and then add more watercolour so that the words disappeared into the background - I didn't journal on them as I'm not very keen on what I'd done - you may see them again with some doodling on them.

Thank you for looking and have a lovely weekend - I was supposed to go to Ally Pally today but I've not felt too good this week so I'm giving it a miss - not very happy.
xxx Hazel.

Thursday 15 September 2016

O Is For The Orpington Chicken

O is the latest letter in the Craft Barns Alpha/Dictionary challenge. I was looking at O words in my dictionary when I came across the word Orpington - I live in Orpington and wondered why it was in the dictionary, turns out it was talking about the Orpington Chicken.

This is what Wikipedia has to say about it.
The Orpington is a breed of chicken named after the town of OrpingtonKent, in south-east England, which was made famous in part by this breed. It was bred to be an excellent layer with good meat quality. Its large size and soft appearance together with its rich colour and gentle contours make it very attractive, and as such its popularity has grown as a show bird rather than a utility breed. Hens often become broody and are good mothers. Although rather heavy, they are able to fly small distances but rarely do so.
The original black Orpington was bred by William Cook in 1886, he chose a black bird so that it would hide the dirt and soot of London. 

I got the images for my postcard of the Internet and found that the chickens come in a variety of colours now.

I covered my postcard with a copy of an Orpington road map, I used a credit card to scrape some acrylic paint over it. I left the top right hand corner clear of paint because my road is there quite close to the station.

Thank you for looking.
xxx Hazel.

Tuesday 13 September 2016

Mixed Media Postcard

At the beginning of the year I took part in a Mixed Media swap in the KCUK group, I made a postcard and never got round to blogging it as it's very similar to a canvas that I'd made sometime last year.

I started by colouring the background with Gelatos.

Then I added some cotton and painted it with gesso.

I stencilled some flowers with modelling paste and some shapes with crackle paste.

I added some colour with Gelatos and sprayed with water.

I kept adding colour with gelatos and water.

I stamped some black script and splattered some white paint..

I stamped the butterflies and cut them out after I coloured them, The small butterflies are a Martha Stewart stamp and punch and the large butterfly is a Stampendous stamp and die. The quote is an Artistic Stamper stamp.

Below are some close ups of parts of the postcard.

Thank you for dropping by to take a look, have a lovely day.
xxx Hazel.