Art Stamping & Papercrafts

Christening Cake

Sunday 13th September 2015 saw the christening of two wonderful children, Noah and Ava Lowther. The twins were born at 27 weeks in January 2015 and they are fabulous. Here they are with their proud parents, Kirsty and Shaun Lowther .


This is the cake I made for them, hope you like it



Inspired by Judith

Yesterday’s post told the story of my fabulous weekend at Glenda’s Workshop and today I would like to share a few things I made yesterday.

At the workshop Judith Smith made a beautiful wooden affirmation block and I thought I would use that as inspiration for one of my own.

I found a wooden canvas that I had purchased from Chocolate Baroque and started by adding white gesso. When that had dried I applied Golden Light Moulding Paste through a leaf stencil and allowed that to dry thoroughly.

I then added pan pastel in a creamy colour, using one of the new egg shaped blending sponges, and then green over the top of the relief leaves.

I stamped an Inkylicious sentiment onto some tissue paper and glued it to the block using Golden Soft Gel Matte on the back and also over the front of the sentiment. This helps it ‘sink’ into the background. I think I used too thick a tissue paper as the edges are still slightly visible.

I then used three shades of green ink and stamped images from Chocolate Baroque Clear Stamps, ‘Floral Edges’ mainly along the bottom edge and lightly around the other three edges.

Finally I inked the sides of the block with Distress Ink in Black Soot.

My second offering is a card I made with Chocolate Baroque’s  ‘A Year of Stamps’ April butterfly stamp.

I scribbled two co,ours of Gelato’s into the card blank and smeared them around pad with a baby wipe to give an uneven painterly background and mounted the stamped image on this. The image was stamped twice , the base layer gently coloured with Gelato’s and I cut out the main butterfly images from the other layer and coloured them with Gelato’s and Spectrum Noir pencils before mounting them on top of the base layer.

My final offering today is a canvas backed notebook I bought from The Works. I decorated it using Gelato’s, acrylic paint and stencils. It may need a bit more adding to it but I will think about it, any suggestions.


I was lucky enough to be able to attend the first weekend of Glenda’s workshops held at her Portpatrick Studio over the weekend of 25th and 26th April. My husband Keith had agreed to drive me from Durham to Portpatrick and we had booked into The Portpatrick Hotel, high on the cliff overlooking the harbour. He then had to fill in his time on the Saturday and Sunday while I was off playing!!

Portpatrick Harbour

Portpatrick Harbour

Portpatrick Harbour

Portpatrick Harbour


There were four of us on the Saturday , Lesley Wharton, Karen Paul, Judith Smith and me and we were looking forward to a great weekend of painting, sticking, inking and stamping.

We started on Saturday morning by preparing 3 affirmation blocks and a tag, the blocks themselves were the wooden blocks from wood mounted rubber stamps. I am sure we all have a few of these lying about from which we could remove the stamps.

Firstly we gessoed the blocks and allowed them to dry while we planned out what we were going to do. Once dry we started the decorating bit. 

I chose to use Golden Light Moulding Paste through a stencil on my smaller rectangular block so that was done first in order that it could dry. The square block was decoupaged with bits of Tim Holtz printed tissue, and again left to dry. The larger of the two rectangular blocks was left plain.coloured with Gelato’s and Acrylic Paint and left to dry. 


Before colouring With light moulding paste, with decoupage

Before colouring
With light moulding paste, with decoupage

We then adjourned for lunch, provided by Glenda’s husband Adrian and Lesley’s husband David. It was a very fine buffet lunch and a wonderful fresh fruit salad.

Suitably replete we returned to the studio to do the finishing of our blocks, The larger rectangular block was coloured using Gelato’s and Acrylic paints and , once dry , part of a paper napkin to give the bird and Nature decoration.

AOnce the decoupage had dried on the square block it was coloured, again using Gelato’s and left to dry.


The smaller rectangular block was coloured with acrylic paint and then a piece of Paper Napkin applied over the middle section. 


I then made a tag , again using blended Gelato’s and part of a napkin.


Day one drew to a close and I headed back to The Portpatrick Hotel to get ready for dinner. After dinner we collected Karen and drove to the harbour to meet up with Glenda and Adrian, Lesley and David, and Jusith Smith. After a good evening we dropped Karen at her hotel and went back to ours so I could get a good nights sleep , ready for Sunday’s workshop.


We were joined on the Sunday morning by Eileen and we set about making a Rainbow of Tags. 7 tags using different grounds, mediums and techniques.

Tags with grounds applied. Before colourimg

Tags with grounds applied. Before colourimg

Glenda showed us samples that she had prepared , and how she did them before letting us loose with the necessary supplies in her fabulous studio. Once we had prepared the tags we were again served another wonderful lunch.

After lunch we were allowed to use Glendas supplies to finish our tags. We had used different techniques as explained by Glenda in the morning but now it was up to us to choose which colour was going to be paired with which tag. We were also allowed to use Glendas wonderful collection of Stamps and colouring materials. Paints, stains, ink pads, and a myriad of different pens. heaven!!!

All we had to do was produce one finished tag for each colour of the rainbow. Easier said than done when you have a huge choice of lovely stuff to choose from!

Red, Orange and Yellow

Red, Orange and Yellow




Here are my 7 tags assembled on a book ring.



My Tags on a book ring

My Tags on a book ring

I must admit I did not finish all of my tags on the Sunday and actually have just finished some of them today!


Eileen, Judith, Lesley, Glenda, Karen and me

Eileen, Judith, Lesley, Glenda, Karen and me

 I would like to thank everyone for a wonderful weekend and would encourage anyone to check out Glenda’s future workshops and try to attend if you possibly can, and I hope to be able to get to another one soon.

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Paperartsy Blog #3 UP Post

I was lucky enough to be asked to do a project for the Paperartsy Blog For Decemebr.

This is it:-

Hi everyone, here's my take on PVA crackle…

I decided to do a ‘pretty’ grungy Heart Hanging with my version of a PVA Crackle effect. This effect varies depending upon the paint used and the thickness of the PVA. I don’t use ‘neat’ PVA as it is a bit too thick for this effect, I use a mixture of 1/3 water and 2/3 PVA mixed together and stored in a small bottle.

Step One:

I painted my Heart Shape with PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Paint in Mulberry and let it dry. I then painted on the PVA and Water mixture, only on parts of the Heart Shape and let that dry too. DO NOT USE A HEAT GUN AT THIS STAGE, just let it dry normally.

Step Two:
Once the glue solution had dried I over-painted the whole heart shape with PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Paint in Chalk. I left it for a minute or two and then USED THE HEAT GUN over the areas where the PVA solution was painted. You should start to see the PVA bubble under the surface and the top layer of paint will crack. The darker paint will show through and the top layer looks like a layer of weathered painted wood.

Step Three:
I wanted a more sedate cracking on the main wood shape. I used the same colours on a piece of card and used a thicker layer of the PVA solution and you will see that this gives a more distinct crack. I then stamped my sentiment in Black Archival Ink, (from PaperArtsy stamp set EDY10) onto part of this card and cut it out using a die, then edged it with gold powder, heat embossed.

The large heart was then toned down in some areas using Distress Inks to give it a less ‘bright’ finish and then I stamped some images, again from EDY10, in Versamark and embossed them using a gold embossing powder. I then coloured the flowers using the same Mulberry paint that I used for the base coat of the heart. The small verse image and the flying birds were stamped in a contrasting colour.

I added some stencilling to the background using Milled Lavender Distress Ink and some paper roses edged with the Milled Lavender.

I really enjoyed doing this project and I hope that you like it.


Our final contributor tonight is Deb Wainwright. (@lilacsparkles)

general photos around the ship,










This is our Captain, Henrik Loy, who is only 38

After a day at sea we arrived at the first of our last three stops, Cadiz.





You can see how big the ship is on here!!!

Next day was Lisbon, we had been here last November but it was a lot hotter now. Sadly the city centre is a bit run down but we took the bus to Belem, a little village just along the Coast and it was lovely here.





The big buildings in the first two photos are the Maritime Museum in Belem, the third one is of two street performers in Lisbon and the last one must be the poshest Starbucks in the World!!!

Our last Port of Call was Vigo. Another small beautiful city, and again blooming hot.





We left Vigo at around 3o clock in the afternoon and after two nights at sea we arrived back in Southampton.

A very enjoyable holiday spent on the company of our friends, Bob and Helen Dodds and Rachael Dodds and Danny Hedley. Roll on next May for our next one, back to The Fjords or the Baltic we think.

Hi folks,

Wll we are back from our 12 day voyage to The Meditteranean aboard Royal Carribbean's Independence of the Seas
We embarked in Southampton on 20th September and checked in to our Balcony Cabin, all the way up on Deck 8. it is the biggest cabin we have had on board a cruise liner.


A four sweater settee and a huge bed, also a bathroom with shower and a large double wardrobe.

A couple of days at sea gave us time to explore the ship and see what it had to offer.

The Climbing Wall


The Flow Rider







After a couple of days at sea we arrived in Gibraltar on 24th and a trip to see the Apes was on the agenda.






The weather was scorching so a beer was called for. Gibraltar Beer brewed in The Isle of Man with Gibraltar hops!!


We also visited the caves


24th September brought us to Cartagena, Spain and it is 29 degrees, Very hot. Went and had a wander around the city centre , and came back and the deck of the Balcony is too hot to stand on!!!








The Roman Amphitheatre

Then we went to Barcelona

I was so looking forward to seeing The Sagrada Familia but I must say I was disappointed. Covered in netting and sheeting and portacabins all along the front. I am not sure if I like it, may need another trip to make sure.




It is a beautiful city though , and it was HOT





There was a fabulous Food Market on Las Ramblas


Next day was Palma, Mallorca.

. Another hot and beautiful day, and a fabulous city with a beautiful cathedral








A day at sea was next, time to wander around the ship


This is the Royal Promenade,the atrium that goes from Deck 5 to Deck 9 and is full of shops, a Pizza Parlour, Ben and Jerrys , Cupcake Cupboard, and a Pub.




Our cabin was on deck 8 and you can see our vestibule if you count up from Deck 5 where the shops are so we are one down from the ceiling. This gave a great view of the parties etc they had some nights.



Will do another post later.