Handwriting Journal Page

I love searching and finding artists journal pages in the hope of being inspired. Whether it be a technique I’d like to try or the colour combinations or perhaps the style.

I’ll admit yesterdays page didn’t start so good. Not that there was anything specifically wrong, I just wasn’t feeling the pink and blue lol SO out came the gesso to cover it up, ready to start all over again lol.

I had no plan with this page other than I wanted to do some kind of doodling. Eventually I decided upon a little cute house which I would quite happily craft in haha.

I hit a wall what to do next so I went on to finish some other design work. By the time I had that finished it was rather late and I was tired but I wasn’t ready to admit defeat just yet. So I got comfy in my bed with my sketch book, pencil and black fine liner.

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Here’s the finished page…

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 Step by step…..

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1 -Add a layer of buff coloured acrylic paint (Daler Rowney). Using a wet baby wipe go around the edges with light brown acrylic paint (Daler Rowney).

photo 22- Using a wet baby wipe go around the edges with red acrylic paint (Daler Rowney).

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3 – Doodle some clouds onto an old book page using a pencil then cut out. Cover in white acrylic paint but not too much as they still want to be able to se the book text. Once dry use 0.5 black fine liner to go around the edges of the cloud. Now using your finger, slightly smudge the black link.

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4 – Using a black fine Posca pen doodle some hanging hearts. Now fill in the hearts using a fine white Posca pen. Fix the book paper clouds to the page using strong glue.
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5 – Doodle a house onto smooth white paper. Colour using acrylic paints and once dry add detail using a black fine liner pen. Using a wet baby wipe sweep to over the entire image to give an aged look.

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6- Fix the painted house to the right of the page.

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7 – Again using the black and white Posca pens, doodle some heart plants and some large text. To finish add some small text up one side of the house using a black 0.5 fine liner pen.

My next post is all about the latest edition of Making Cards magazine and this month I am on 3 pages, how amazing is that!

Clare x

Happy New Year

A big Happy New Year to you!

2015 was an eventful but exciting year. Goals were achieved, new opportunities came my way and new adventures started.

Here’s my year in review……

The start of the year kicked off  with a trip to Stitches in Birmingham in February. I had a blast meeting new people and catching up Sarah Hurley, Jaine Drake and the rest of the design team. It was a real learning curve allowing me to make decisions and plan for the future ahead. Would you believe in a few weeks time I’ll be doing it all again with a twist!

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April I opened my Etsy store where I sell my MINI MAIL and MINI MAKES range.

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Not long after my feet landed back home it was soon time to hop back on a plane in April, this time to Coventry for CHA Creative Exchanges Designer event. It was non stop fun where I got the chance to meet lots of amazing people. The seminars were so educational, my little notebook sure got a hammering.I honestly can’t wait to do it all again this year.

May brought the biggest change when I decided to give up my day job as Play leader at my local charity toddler group. However despite my heart breaking and lots of tears I knew it was the right decision. And as a good friend once told me you always have to look forward.

In June I got the amazing opportunity to get published in Making Cards Magazine and have since been a regular contributor, how exciting is that! I’m proud to be a part of such an amazing team.

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July was time to visit my best friend Sarah Hurley and a lessoned learned to never accept a jelly been from her ever again ha ha

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I also had a marathon to run. Running the marathon resulted in raising lots of money for Accord Hospice in Paisley, where my mother in law sadly spent the last few weeks of her life after battling cancer.

August was crazy busy juggling work whilst the children were off school for the summer holidays. 

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September  and October I got to see my cards in print in the September and October edition of Making Cards, making a little appearance on the front cover on the October edition.

November was spent making scary plans for 2016 eeeep!

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December was long hours working hard to achieve existing goals but it doesn’t seem like work when you are having a ball! More change then came but more about that later.

The last day of the year was celebrated with a bang, celebrating the new January edition of Making Cards magazine. And once again a made the front cover, bottom left!

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So that takes us to 2016, it’s going to be a cracker!

Clare x

Frosty Festivities 2015

Hands up who loves to have lots of fun and who also loves a giveaway!!!

Jennifer Grace’s Frosty Festivities is in full swing, where she is posting daily for the whole month of November.  More details can be found on her Jennifer Grace Creates blog.

I was asked to join in with a blog hop which will be starting @ 2pm on Sunday 15th of November. As you hop from blog to blog you will discover a winter or Christmas crafty inspired project.

Until then have a great day whatever your plans may be.

Clare x

New To Etsy and a Giveaway!!!!

Finally I get to share some super exciting news. I’ve only gone and launched my very own sewing kits…..whoop whoop!!! There are 4 kits and they are part of my new MINI MAKES product range which I’m also super excited about.

Both the Mini Mail and Mini Makes range has been created using my own designs and packed in my signature packaging, how cool is that! Here’s just one of my kits and the finished product you can make. To see each individual kit hop over to my Etsy, store by clicking on the button on my blog.

In true Blue Peter style here’s a Mushroom House Decoration that was made earlier lol

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I’ll be giving this pre made mushroom away to one lucky winner!

All you have to do is leave a comment here on my blog, you have until 12 midnight on the 30th November. 

To view the full range of sewing kits pop on over to my Etsy store by clicking on the Etsy button at the right hand side of my blog.

I’ve also launched a couple of super cute jumbo planner paperclips. Both are available to buy in a pack of two over in my Etsy store.

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There’s lots of exciting things happening so please check back here on my blog to keep up to date.

Clare x

Badge of Honour

Hello and happy hump day!

 Yesterday was a really exciting day for me with my new blog launch but that wasn’t the only excitement of the day. I also received my badge of honour from Making Cards magazine. And guess what, it’s pink !!!!It’s now proudly displayed on my blog side bar at the right-hand side. Of course I’m now thinking I need to create a pink header ha ha!

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As promised I’ll be blogging about my little bird project but that will have to wait until tomorrow as I continue cross off things on today’s mahoosive to do list eeeep!

Thank you for popping by and I hope you come back soon!

Clare x