Monday, March 2, 2015


March is here already, before we know it the clocks will be going forward, I've noticed its much lighter when I finish work which is always a good sign that warmer days "should" soon be with us - notice I did say Should!

As its the first week of the month the theme over on the Tando Creative blog is a colour swatch… and here is March's colours

here is my piece:-

I started off by using a large straight edged arch and added paint from the Paperartsy fresco range.. I then doodled in paint and added a black swirl from the long flourish mask to create this to end up this as my background….

I then painted a small bookplate with the same paint and added some treasure gold, the flowers, stars and leaves were painted and doodled before clear rock candy distress stickles were added….

Pop on over to the Tando Creative blog to see if you are February's winner and to join in with this months challenges.

TFL xx

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Paperartsy - miniatures take 1

This morning I meet up with Janet and spent a lovely few hours sitting at her kitchen table crafting - it was fab just chilling, drinking coffee and making a canvas for this fortnights theme over at Paperartsy….

The canvas is 2.5" x 3.5" - I started off using a variety of Paperartsy fresco paints - the blues were turquoise and mermaid and the purply one I can't remember!! I then doodled using cap lids and the ends of paintbrushes along with adding some doodling with neocolour 11 crayons, black and white pens….

I used the same paints to add colour to a piece of smoothy cardstock and then stamped using Lynne Perella stamp set 030 - I then added a couple of fragments to some of the stamped images and added that along with a metal strap to the canvas … and came up with this:-

TFL xx

Tando Arches week…..

Today is the last day of the arches week over on the Tando Creative Blog and I'm closing the week with:-

so my base is a back plate from a gothic arch layered frame - I added some texture paste thro' the small harlequin mask…. once dry I then painted the arch using Paperartsy fresco paints…. I then sanded back the harlequin areas before adding doodles and stamping with paint.  I painted one of the new mini owls, a mini butterfly , a mini key and an arrow with matching paint…  I then added the key to the body of my butterfly and added hi-lights using white and black pens…. my main image is a banksy stamp which I stamped directly onto the arch with versafine black ink - I then added grey pen to the edges…. some washi tape was then added to the base….  all items are available from the retail shop - keep an eye out for the new mini owls and the larger versions appearing soon...


Sunday, February 22, 2015

take 3

…so, for the first time ever, take 3 lol I just play with paint all the time, and every project I do has some paint in it somewhere, so this fortnights Paperartsy challenge has really been my thing… I really loved these pages by Anneke De Clerck, here is my take:-

I used the same colours for the back ground, but added some meshy stuff I found in my ribbon box! and some washi tape…. also added some doodling in the background…I didn't have the Darcy's stamps used on the original page but I did have these flowers from EDY09 - the smaller flower was from the same plate - all my flowers have been painted with the Lin Brown paints and then fussy cut. Can't wait to see what the theme for the next fortnight will be…


painty take 2

I'm so enjoying playing with the new Lin Brown paints from Paperartsy that I have taken advantage of this fortnights Paint theme over on the PA blog to create this:-

The base is a Tando Creative Mixed Media board which I painted with snowflake before adding the Lin Brown paints… I then stamped with the Ellen Vargo EEV06 before adding doodling and stamping from the old faithful text stamp… black dress was added to the outsides… the large bird is a new mini EM12 and the phrase is from ESN09…. a bit of bling on his crown and feathers finished off the piece…

TFL xx

Sunday, February 15, 2015

cover with paper...

…is this weeks theme over on the Tando creative blog….I'm ending the week with:-

The base is a "twinchie" covered with paper from the Papermania Victorian Valentine pack, once adhered to the base I sanded the edges back and added distress ink.  The hearts are from the heart grab pack, one was covered with red bazaar paper and the other from a little piece of carta bella "words of love" - love song paper….these hearts were also had the edges sanded and distress ink added….a bit of bling and a "chitchat" word finished it off.

Today is the Sincerely Yours crafting show in Thetford, Norfolk - the doors open at 10am - if you are attending the show do call in at the Tando Stand where I will be assisting Di for the day… we would love to see you.

TFL xx

Friday, February 13, 2015


I do love my paint… would you agree after seeing this?

the entire second layer of my "Ikea" trolley is full and this is my Paperartsy paints… don't ask about any others!!!!!!!!!!!!!! so, when Paperartsy announced this fortnights theme as PAINTY wow fabulous just up my street and even more so I've created a piece in the first week! unheard off.  I haven't really used anyones specific technique just played… 

So, I decided to use the new edition paints by Lin Brown - these are just gorgeous - so vibrant…my base is a cream tag and I gave it a coat of snowflake (white) and let that dry before adding my paints…

I then stencilled with the same colours, and stamped in snowflake using stamps from the Ellen Vargo 06 plate and a very old text stamp which came as part of a craft stamper sub gift many moons ago, I also doodled with a white pen...…

to finish off my tag I die cut two hearts and painted them using London Bus and Cherry Red…they each had a coat of gloss glaze before being sat upon some washi tape and a couple of words were added….  

TFL xx