Monday, 9 October 2017


All About Alice

This weeks Stampotique challenge is 'Anything But A Card'.
I wanted to make something a bit more 3D and mixed media and this is what I came up with.

The little box shrine is one that I have had for a while, I decorated it with substrates, painted it with black gesso, then used pigment powders from Indigo Blu to colour it and give it a metallic finish.

I used my Stampotique Alice stamps on shrink plastic and coloured them with artist pencils, then shrank them. The toadstool and red queen stamps were manipulated over a roller, to curve them.
I painted a tree in the background and made the heart bush from another piece of shrink plastic using the Red Queen's skirt.
I finished my little scene off by adding an Alice tag.

Monday, 25 September 2017


I've had a few weeks off again, largely due to working full time at the minute and just not having the time to do anything arty and crafty😭.
But back to it last night and was rather please with this tag that I made with Daniel Torrente's sea horses, lots of backgrounds and mixed media.

 The background was made using streaks of blue iridescent acrylic paint, with Indigoblu's bubble stamp stamped on the top in distress oxide.
 I stamped on the sea horses and highlighted them in blue fine liners, then blended the colours using Spectrum Noir blendable pencils in different shades of blue. I dribbled on light blue graphix pen and made it run. I then over stamped my sentiments and seaweed and added some blue gems.
The lovely thing about this tag is that because I used distress oxides, it reacted with some of the other pens that I have used, creating some lovely purple, green and blue hues.

Thursday, 24 August 2017

#SDC280 - INCHIES WEEK TWO. Maria Lawton.

It's odd how I really struggled with my inchie last week, but this week....I just 'did it!'
Again, I have used Distress oxides for the background and on the INCHIES themselves. I used Jo Capper-sandon's seaweed stamp for the background, stamping both with and into spritzed oxides.
I used Daniel Torrente's 'Girl with a heart purse,' to stamp across all of my INCHIES and used a Dylusions sentiment stamp, which is quite close to my heart. To finish off, I used gold guilding wax around the edges and mounted my design onto Kraft card and added a scribble border.

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Upward Bound Card.

I have been desperate to use this stamp by Maria Raita Sabina for ages and a belated birthday card for a dear friend's daughter seemed a good excuse to use this gorgeous little bunny.
The card is a fusion of embossed sentiments (Leonie Pujol) stamping and acrylic painting, I loved making it and hope that my daughter's friend loves it too.

#SDC280-Inchies Maria Lawton

After three weeks of sorting out my Art room, I've finally found my desk and made something for the Stampotique 'Inchies' challenge.
Challenge was the appropriate word, I found this quite tricky to do, in fact this is the third attempt!

I have used Daniel Torrente's starfish cube and Jo-Capper Sandon's Seaweed stamps, from Stampotique and the sentiment is from a set by Tracey Evans.
My little starfish Inchie was stamped, then overlaid with glossy accents and finally painted in acrylic paint.
The background, other starfish and card edges were created using distress them.

All-in-all I feel that I have done justice to christening my new and improved art room.

Thursday, 27 July 2017

#SDC278 - Use Some Kind of Tape - Week 2

Phew! It's ages since I have posted, in fact, since May I have taken a bit of a break from Stampotique challenges as I have been busy with work, painting commissions and co-ordinating a whole school art project to paint a huge mural at my school.
I am now on school hols, so I may have a bit of time to play and join in with the challenges...(between keeping my four children entertained!)
Firstly, I have  confession....I have never used Washi tape before (shock, horror!)
The only Washi tape that I owned came in job lot of crafty bits I purchased a while ago.
Being a red candy stripe design, the Washi tape, immediately made me think of Christmas, so it was the perfect excuse to use my newly purchased 'Chilly' by Jo Capper-Sandon.
  I stamped 'Chilly' using aqua markers onto watercolour card and painted it using aqua markers mixed with sparkle pen to give a lovely subtle glitter effect to the snow.
I then added three strips of Washi tape, then over stamped at the top with Daniel Torrente's  'Hanging Hearts.' I painted these in aqua markers again, then used glossy accents on them and Chilly's buttons to make them stand out.
For the blue background, I used a piece of gelli plate art, which I create ages ago using metallic blue paint. I used Kate Crane's 'Doodle cube', to stamp random snowflakes, which I then embossed with Snowflake embossing powder.
Finally, I layered up my card, using a Washi tape border on top of my card and adding a stamped Christmas sentiment.
I really enjoyed making this and will definitely seek out some  more Washi tape, I have also made my first Christmas organised!!

Tuesday, 30 May 2017


I have used Buru by Daniel Torrente to create 'Shack Man Tim.' This is a standing joke between myself and my husband Tim. With all the stresses of life and the recent horrors in the world, he wants to go and live in a shack on the beach and be known as 'Shack Man Tim!'
So this was the inspiration for his birthday card. I have used Buru and the shack is made from my signature driftwood. The background is painted using acrylics.
Needless to say, he loved it😁😁🤣