Fly Free, Distress Oxides and stencilled canvas

I have a new post on the Imagine Design Create blog today, and would love for you to head over there.

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Fly Free, Distress Ink and Stencilled Canvas

I have a little peek for you here



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Playing with Faber Castell Gelatos

Imagine Design Create have a peek inside my art journal today, where I have been experimenting with Gelatos and how they blend onto a background of Starlight paints from Imagination Crafts.

Visit the blog and see what else is going on at Imagine Design Create

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Mixed media journal page for Imagine Design Create

Hi there, I have a new Mixed media journal page for the Imagine Design Create blog today. I have used a few techniques using Sparkle medium, Rusty patina paint and watercolour pens. I have gone into detail about each over on the main blog

Die cutting with sparkle medium..

but here are a few peeks of the process for you now


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Love IndigoBlu Luscious Pigment Powders – February Challenge


Hi there we are welcoming the February challenge for IndigoBlu, and showing off the beautiful IndigoBlu Luscious pigment powders ;

Love is all you Need

So in the words of the great Beatles  song – include anything Love related, hearts, flowers, weddings etc. We can’t wait to see how imaginative you will all be.

I have gone with a soft approach, using gentle colours and a variety of stamps to create the background. The focal image is an image torn from the ‘Lost Family’ A6 mixed media paper kit and knocked back with Gesso so that it softens into the background.

Indigoblu february challenge blog DT piece, Claire Newcombe


The cluster of embellishments can be created by stamping images from various stamp sets.

IndigoBlu Heart Flourish ‘dinkie’ A7 stamp

Butterfly from the IndigoBlu Floral Fantasy A5 stamp set

Cogs from the IndigoBlu Take the Time A5 stamp set

‘Love’ from the IndigoBlu word Blocks #1 stamp set by Mike Deakin

Stamp each of the elements  with ranger perfect medium (a sticky ink pad) onto a cream card stock, and apply the gorgeous Luscious powders with a soft brush to colour. I have used two colours, Coral on the heart and Bronze for the butterfly and cogs. The mica within the powders create a beautiful sheen when directed to the light … you really need to play with them yourself to see the true beauty.

Please join us on the Indigoblu Challenge Blog today, over over the coming month as the rest of the team will also be inspiring you their take on this theme.

Thanks for calling by, see you next time

IndigoBlu – Unicorn Glisten & Sparkle

Wow, I’ve been playing with super thick Slap-it on and Unicorn sparkles to create this Unicorn Glisten & Sparkle card, quite handy as the November is all about

Glisten & Sparkle

The sparkles come by mixing the Unicorn Sparkles in super thick Slap  It On and spreading it through the Vintage Frame Stencil, making it look like a magical rainbow. The amazing thing about using the super thick Slap it On is that as it dries it becomes transparent, so you get the dimension that shows off any medium you have mixed into it – in this case all the glittering unicorn sparkles.

I have made ‘Jewel’ the Unicorn glisten by painting her with blue Luscious powder. It is so hard to capture in the photograph the beauty of the sparkle, but any of you who have used the Unicorn sparkles or Luscious powder will know how fabulous they look in real life.


The blue backdrop has been created by splashing water onto a distressed ink background, and ‘mopping up’ the splashes.

Really looking forward to what you all create for this challenge, hope you can join us.

IndigoBlu Supplies used..

IndigoBlu 'Jewel'
IndigoBlu ‘Jewel’
IB Vintage Frame
IB Vintage Frame
IB Slap It on super thick
IB Slap It on super thick
IB Unicorn Sparkle
IB Unicorn Sparkle
IB Luscious
IB Luscious
IB Peace on Earth
IB Peace on Earth
IB Sarah's Choice
IB Sarah’s Choice






Thanks for joining me today, hope to see you again soon.


Cosmic Shimmer lustre fabric paint, Tote bag

Today’s post is fairly picture heavy as I talk you through how I used the fabulous Cosmic Shimmer Lustre Fabric Paints to decorate a canvas tote bag. You can pick up the canvas bags from most art & craft stores these days, but why not try a painting a plain tea towel/cushion cover/pillow case, because once you have painted and ironed over the paints with a warm iron, your design is permanent…just think of all the possibilities.

Along with the paints, I used two new floral clear stamp sets by Creative Expressions. I have really fallen for these stamps, they are so pretty and versatile and am really looking forward to showing you what else can be created with them.

Shopping List

Cosmic Shimmer Lustre fabric paints – Golden Lime, Sea Green, Atlantic Blue, Summer Sunrise, Moroccan Rose

Cosmic Shimmer Sparkle Fabric Paint – Silver Shine

Creative Expressions Wild Flowers A5 clear stamp set CEC781)

Creative Expressions Summer Meadow A5 clear stamp set (CEC780)

Step 1. Prepare the tote bag for painting by ironing, and inserting a layer of cardboard to separate the two sides.


mix shades of green
Step 2. Onto a palette/acrylic block,  mix up 3 shades of green using Golden Lime and Sea Green lustre paints.


ink stamps with paint
Step 3. Take one of the fuller grass like stamps onto an acrylic block, and ink up using the paint.  Stamp multiple times using a combination of the three shades.


stamp darker paint to front. Maintain a good mixture of stamp shapes for interest
Step 4. Introduce a second stamp with a very different shape, and continue stamping with the green shades. Keep a good balance of the colours and shapes across the canvas.  Consider keeping the lighter colours  in the background, and the darker colour to the fore to create the illusion of dimension.


Step 5. With Sea Green paint select a third stamp (again with very different features) and begin stamping in the foreground of the composition. Using Golden Lime lustre paint, and a ‘grass like’ stamp, begin creating the canopy of a tree.


Step 6. Introduce floral stamps and colour. Use Moroccan Rose lustre paint and a wildflower stamp to add just one or two images.


Step 7. Using Summer Sunrise Lustre paint, stamp the single flower stem over the lighter green images.  The paint dries very fast, so it is fine to stamp over images already on the material.
Step 8. Add extra colour that will tone in well, mix the lustre paints to create a new colour. To create a lilac, mix together Moroccan Rose and Atlantic Blue. Taking the stamp to this paint continue adding more floral elements to suit.


Step 9 To link the tree canopy and meadow below, paint some birds free hand using Summer Sunrise paint between the two areas.


Step 10. Remember to place stamps in warm soapy water after stamping to allow the paint to wash off without problem.


Step 11. When all the colours have completely dried, take the Silver Shine Sparkle fabric paint, and randomly paint a single flower head across the whole picture.


tote bag
Step 12. As the sparkle paint dries the mica pieces really come to the fore and transforms the flower meadow into a magical fairy glen.

I hope I have intrigued you enough to have a go with these paints. Honestly they are so easy to use, and this was the first time I have tried a project like this. Because of the texture of the paints, they are perfect to use with your stamps, so you don’t even need to be confident free hand painting.

Please click the link below to see what the other members of the Creative Expressions Design Team have been creating

I have entered this into the Take it Make it challenge over on the Craft Stamper blog

Many thanks for joining me today, hope to see you again soon.


IndigoBlu Vintage Mixed Media Canvas – Brown & Teal Challenge

Hi, come and join us for a brand new challenge on the IndigoBlu Challenge Blog, the new theme is, and I have made a vintage mixed media canvas panel, inspired (loosely) by the Queens 90th birthday celebrations.


IB brown teal

I’ve seen the inspiration from the rest of the design team, and it is definitely worth a visit to the blog. So head on over and leave your challenge entry too, the theme is one of my favourites so I’m looking forward to seeing them all.

Good Luck everyone!

I have created a video for you, so pull up a chair, make a cuppa and press play, hope you enjoy!.


IndigoBlu Stamps used

IB- ‘Jack’
IB- ‘Penny Farthing’
IB – ‘Floral Fantasy A5’







Thank you so much for joining me today, hope to see you again soon.


Spring is in the Air – IndigoBlu Acrylic Paint

Hello, it’s time to introduce a challenge on the IndigoBlu Challenge Blog,

Spring is in the air

IB April 2016

I have used a 6 x 4 inch canvas board, so the finished project has a wonderful texture to it.

Before painting the canvas with the buttery smooth English Cottage acrylic paints, I stamped a few texture stamps with Memento Black ink. The great thing is that when you paint over these stamped images, they stay visible in the background (make sure the ink is properly dry before covering with paint though!).

I have used the stencil (listed below) to create a gate effect, and shadows in with a grey promarker. In the birthday card below, I included the gates again, but this time added them using tecture paste that I had tinted with the acrylic paint.

I have used the following supplies;

IndigoBlu Tasty Textures
IndigoBlu Tasty Textures
IB Take the Time
         IB Take the Time
IB Loud Music
IB Loud Music
IB Stylised Flowers
IB Stylised Flowers
IB Texture Stencil
IB Texture Stencil
IB Acrylic paint - Banana Custard
IB Acrylic paint – Banana Custard
IB Acrylic Paint - Grandma's Teacup
IB Acrylic Paint – Grandma’s Teacup
IB Acrylic paint - Peppermint Tea
IB Acrylic paint – Peppermint Tea














I have also made a birthday card, and videoed the process for you, but for some technical reason un known to me, the middle part of the video didn’t work!

I have photographed the card for you, and this time you can see how I finished off the projects with gilding wax.

IB Spring is in the air card

Many thanks for joining me today, I do hope we see you over on the challenge blog. Hope to see you again soon,