Monday, 22 March 2021

Altered Journals By Heather Thompson

Here are more journals I promised. I made these for the girls at work. I always have a variety of things laying around. I have chipboard started, tags started, bits and bobs laying around. I had a number of projects started and set aside waiting for more time to finish. Waiting for things to dry and then getting sidetracked on to another project. So I gathered up a variety of products and paints and put together with some heart and soul.

This journal was made with a tag I was working on. I love the colours on the background. Very bold and bright. The large gear is from the Industrial Set. I wrapped some rusty wire around the gear and actually never finished wrapping it. The heart fit perfectly on the gear.

I added some antique paper from the late 1800's on the background and a discover title on the placard.

Here are a few close-ups of this cover.

I add some background crackle on the base of the journal to match the tag that I never ended up finishing.

This is another journal cover I made with lots of Andy's industrial elements. The featured element is the "So Call Me Already" and the Industrial shabby tag kit.


Lots of background texture and paste with the Structure Paste. And more rusty elements to make the focal point.

Using the other dial from the "So Call Me Already" set.

And the third journal was made with the Industrial Shabby Tag Kit and Industrial Elements. Same type of background, a thick layer of pastes befrore adding colour. And rust elements with paint.

I added other scrapes and the Call Me Already.

Layers of paints, stamping and shading. Here are a few more close-ups. Enjoy!

Thank you for stopping by today, I hope you enjoy! Stay creative~!

Andy Skinner Industrial Elements

So Call Me Already

Shabby Industrial Tag Set

Mixed Media Pastes/Paints

Friday, 19 March 2021

All Seeing- Fiona Randall


Morning all Fiona here with a little project using Andy's Stuff 

with a bit of Mitform Castings thrown in.

I created a piece of Wall Art with a Steampunk and Grungy feel.
 This all started with a piece of MDF to which some of Andy's Rice paper from his Floral Grunge set was applied to create my base.
 Next up some heat embossing with Andy's Circuitree stamp in gold embossing powder.
 Elements from Andy's Industrial Elements set from Tando Creative were then given distressed paint effects Using Andy's Cosmic Shimmer Artist Pigment and chalk paints. 
Andy's clock face from Tando creative was given a rusty treatment using cosmic shimmer grit paste in conjunction with Andy's Artist Pigment Paints.
 The mitform castings of cogs and the porthole were given a distressed effect using Andy's Artist Pigment and Chalk paints. 
Off cuts of Tando Grey board were then given a crusty Rusty effect using Andy's Strata Paste and Artist Pigment Paints.
 All elements were then layered up onto the base using off cuts of Grey Board to give depth and dimension. 
Andy's Eye Spy was then stamped onto a piece of cardstock to fit the inside of the Mitform Porthole. The stamped image was then given a wash of quinacrodone gold to age, dried and then glued to the back of the porthole and then glued to the base as shown
.The inner of the porthole was then filled with glossy accents and allowed to dry overnight. To finish a small piece of grey board was cut to make a sentiment strip.
 A piece of cream cardstock applied and then aged with a wash of Quinacrodone Gold.
I then trimmed one of the images from Andy's Poe Diverity Transfer sheets that says 'All Seeing' and applied to the sentiment strip. 
This was then attached to the bottom of the bookplate as shown.
All the edges were then inked Using Archival Ink in Ground Espresso.

I love how this has turned out with just a few supplies.
Thanks for taking the time to stop by and read


Artist Pigment Paints in

Cosmic Shimmer Andy Skinner Matt Chalk Paint in

Cosmic Shimmer Andy Skinner Strata Paste.

Cosmic Shimmer Grit Paste.

Andy Skinner Mixed Media Transfers- Poe Diversity.

Creative Expressions Andy Skinner Rubber Stamp- Circuitree

Creative Expressions Andy Skinner Rubber Stamp-Eye Spy

Creative Expressions Andy Skinner Floral Grunge A4 Rice Paper

Andy Skinner by Tando Creative- Industrial Elements Kit

Andy Skinner by Tando Creative- Industrial Clocks

Assorted cogs and Porthole from Mitform

Sunday, 14 February 2021

''True LOVE is like a DIAMOND''
last for ever
clay mixed media notebook

Hello from Greece
Maria here wishing you all  stay safe and creative
Happy Valentine's day because of the day ..i was thinking of transforming an old but unused notebook..
 I covered it with several pieces of book pages

My first inspiration was to compine 

a mold diamond heart from plaster with clay amd mit_castings embellishments..

First i create a clay tile and i press on it when the clay was wet Andy's stamp Memories in India and let it dry naturally
Up to notebook  i put with palet knife Andy's structure paste on some parts
edges and center
i put also structure paste on the mitform_casting embellishments and after that when the clay tile dried i paint one layer of gesso or primer..same thing to  embellishments .Also paint the diamond heart with primary magenta and the notebook with Andy's chalk paint "London Brick"

with my pallete knife some area aplied gesso of decoart media to make extra texture 

washes with the  primary magenta on the notebook  ..

then i continued with  payen'sgrey and quingold paint..

and i took out the colour with babe wipe in a few the result was ok by me..

i paint with the same technique the clay tile but i used different colours..cobalt teal payen's grey ,prussian blue and quingold paints  .

i make a rust effect with the acrylics also to the embellishments

Then i decided to use  lava paste with a stiff brush on the side of the book..i dried right away with a heat gun and the amazing result showed up..i paint it with a quingold paint and after that ..dry brush with white paint.
I used a plastic card to make some vertical and horizontal lines with silver paint.
On the back side of the notebook i liked to use first some stamps to edges[mandala and circle of thoms]

I adore so much Mandala stencil  and i was so happy to put it to the back side above all the techniques

hope you like it 

i painted  with payne's grey the embellishment ''family ''   and after that with a stiff brush made a little touch of white acrylic

I made the  edged of the notebok rusty  and some parts on  sides of the heart.
 I stuck all the parts  with the  quick grab glue ..
 put one layer of a glossy varnish on the heart to shine
 and connect the metal arrow with a rusty wire..

i enjoy so much this mixedmedia renovation
love the result
hope you feel the same with me
take care of yourselves
dream big
and love without limits
thank you so much 

Maria Kantzali



Tuesday, 9 February 2021

Grungy Tag- Fiona Randall

Morning all I'm here with a grungy Tag 

and my favorite Moth stamp from one of Andy's previous releases. 

Layers of paint were dripped and drabbed  on a Tando Tag and heat dried in between until I got the look I was Happy With. Next Up some stamping using Andy's Vintage background stamp with black archival ink and the edges of the tag inked too. Structure paste was applied with a stippling brush to one of Andy's cogs from his Industrial Elements set. Once dry two coats of Andy's Artist Pigment Paint in Paynes Grey was applied to give a dark Tarnished Metal Effect. A bookplate and a Gasket Ring from Andy's Industrial Elements set were given different Effects with resist stamping and normal ink stamping with the vintage and pebble Beach stamps befor a wash of Quinacrodone Gold Artist Pigment Paint applied. All elements were then layered up onto the tag base with off cuts of grey board to give depth and dimension. Finally the Gypsie Queen moth was stamped and coloured with washes of Prussian Blue for the wings and Raw Umber for the Body. This was the attached to the layered cogs as shown.
Thanks for stopping by today
Stay Safe
Fiona xx

Products Used

Monday, 8 February 2021

Love You To Pieces - Grunge Valentine's Day Cards, by Natassa Blazaki

Hi all! Natassa here.

Hope you're doing well and keeping safe. We've lost touch for quite some time, but 2021 started with so much going on. I really wish the whole situation cools down soon, cause I'm sure we all need a break!

Anyways, today I'm here to share with you a project quite unusual for my standards, since I'm not a card maker and also I never make Valentine themed projects.😁 However, Andy's stamp designs are always so inspiring to me and I decided to use them in order to create some grunge style Valentine's cards. I kept them simple and what I focused on was the combination of different stamps, in order to alter the style and look of every card, keeping the CE Heart Rubber Stamp as my focal point. All of my cards measure 4 1/4 x 6 inches and I used precut black cardstock bases. Of course, you can use any cardstock you may have available.

So for the first card, I wanted to create a background full of hearts and then have one of them stand out. I took a piece of thin white wrapping paper and stamped a few rows of hearts. Because the paper was semi-transparent, I stamped every other row on the backside, so that it looked like I did mirror stamping.

Then, I took a piece of light cream cardstock and collaged a page from an old book on it. On top of that, I glued the piece with the stamped hearts, and this way the text from the book page picked through. I stamped with red ink a heart, which I fussy cut and glued on top of the middle heart on my card. I handwrote the sentiment on a piece of black cardstock.

For the second card, I used the CE Circuitree Rubber Stamp and stamped around the heart. I also used the CE Enigma Rubber Stamp to fill the empty space on the top, bottom, and sides of the design. Then, I stamped with teal ink and fussy cut a heart that I glued in the middle of the design. Also, I used some Cobalt Teal and Yellow Iron Oxide  CS Artist Pigment Paint, to tone down the brightness of the paper.

Lastly, for the third card, I went for a dark chic look. First, I stamped the card base with white pigment ink and used the CE Vintage Background Rubber Stamp. This gave me a very subtle background effect. On another piece of black cardstock, I stamped with gold pigment ink and used the CE Winter Trees Rubber Stamp. I wanted to make it as if the trees grew from the heart. I fussy cut the whole design and matted it with craft cardstock. Then, I glued it on my card.

These are really quick and simple cards to make and I'm sure you'll find they are much different than the classic Valentine's cards. Also, I think the designs are suitable for masculine cards, so you can make them and give them to your boyfriends, hubbies, or just your loving guys!

I truly hope you like this project and get inspired
Sending big hugs from Greece