Monday, 25 September 2023

Class give-away!

Heyyyyy everyone. GUESS WHAT??! Just a heads up ... another fabulous on-line class coming right up!

I am super excited to share that I am teaching on Gratitude Junk Journal 2023 hosted by Tiare Smith This year it’s bigger and better than ever! Myself along with 12 other AMAZING artist instructors are bringing you a bit of joy, creativity and gratitude, for 30 days, to jumpstart your gratitude practice and your JOY! We'll open our hearts to gratitude and fill our lives with LOVE, JOY and CREATIVITY! And guess what? I am giving away a FREE spot in Gratitude Junk Journal 2023! Woohoo! All you need to do is leave a comment on this post right here, (or on facebook here, or instagram here)and I will select a winner at random. 

Plus you can get two additional chances to win right **here**

See you there! :-)


Saturday, 23 September 2023

New Carabelle Studio!

Is it too early to mention the 'C' word? No, of course it's not! At the time of writing it is only 94 sleeps till the big day. And obviously that was on my mind when I designed my latest stamps for Carabelle Studio - Snowmen, silly goofy reindeer, Christmas trees ..... everything you need :-)

Now these haven't been in my hands for long but I did manage some creative time this week. 

I had window cards in my mind, for whatever reason, I don't know so, I grabbed the Grafix clear film and added windows to my cards, perfect for silly reindeer!

I decided that this silly reindeer should be bursting through the aperture looking for mince pies!

The single reindeer heads work really well on circles, so I used some of my alcohol gel prints for this tag. You can't see it too well on the photo, but I added glossy accents to the nose for a fab 3-D glossy nose :-)

I designed some border stamps this time (it was a LOT of drawing for me!) The great thing about border stamps is you get a LOT of stamp, and can use it as it is , or cut it up as single elements. Here is is double stamped on Kraft, then stamped and coloured on white:

And here it is chopped up as a single feature on a little tag:

I also did a version with hearts because when do you not need a heart stamp? Here it is as a full stamp:

And chopped up as a single feature:

The fabulous Katy Norgate has also been very busy and very creative making some fabulous things, so here you are, a selection of Katy's fantastic makes. (THANK YOU KATY!)


Wednesday, 20 September 2023

New Stamps Coming Soon!


Yay! It's almost time for the new Autumn release at Carabelle Studio :-)

Is it too early to mention the 'C' word?? Nooooo, this timing is perfect. The nights are drawing in and at the time of writing this post it is just 95 days till Christmas. So, now you know.

I am NOT one of those people who starts making their Christmas crafts in July, absolutely not, although I know some of you do! But it is feeling distinctly autumnal around here, it's getting colder, the nights are drawing in, and I even lit my stove one night! So, that means you can start thinking about Christmas now.

With that in mind I designed a few Christmassy things including lots of trees, a snowman and some particularly goofy reindeer. Personally the silly reindeer is my favourite.

But to balance things out a bit, I also designed some hearts ... so maybe you can get ready for Valentine's Day too ;-)

Lots of fab new designs coming from the other designers too so watch this space or keep your eyes peeled on social media.

Lots more samples coming from me soon!

Find out more information and see lots of samples and inspiration *here*, or visit Carabelle Studio *here* (look for the translate button!)

Friday, 15 September 2023

Art journaling with Carabelle Studio

'Tweeters' by me! for Carabelle Studio 

I love a bit of art journaling, but I really REALLY love it in my junk journal.  

I often have a few bits lying around leftover from other projects and in this case this is exactly what happened. I had this crazy cross little bird from Tweeters already coloured, a bit of old ledger paper which I had added some inky marks to, and a scrap of Grafix Matte Duralar with alcohol ink on. (Haven't tried alcohol ink on Matter DuraLAr? Oh, you must! Its fab!)

There was a lot of dense colour on the Duralar so I left a lot of the ledger paper untouched - I like the contrast. I added a few scribbles with some Distress Crayon to tie it all together, and a couple of toadstools (washi tape stickers) and then a few of my usual splats and scribbles. A bit of stitching and Ta-Da!

Oh, and the quote is my own. Makes me LOL! And it's true ;-)

P.S. New Carabelle coming tomorrow! Woop! Watch this space!

Monday, 11 September 2023

New Classes!


30th September

Guess what??! After a long, long break I'm going to be back teaching at Art from the Heart woop woop! It has been a while, and there have been some major changes at AFTH including a fantastic refurbishment and new teaching studio. Looking forward to seeing some of my ol' friends again 🙂
30th September - Epressive art journaling
14th October - Everything Carabelle
18th November - Everyday Sketching
Come and join me 🙂 **HERE**

P.S. Oh, and if you haven't seen the shop in it's new location, jam packed with goodies yet ... oh myyyyyyy!

14th October

18th November