Monday, 29 September 2014

New Artist Trading Post Design Team

Hello everyone, and welcome.

I have some exciting news to share with you all this morning. There is a new Mixed Media challenge blog starting  at on thursday October 2nd, and I have been invited to join along with some very talented ladies.

The other members are being introduced this week so please keep popping over there. On thursday I and the other DT ladies will be sharing our first Design Team project's so it would be great if you could pop back and have a look at what has been created.

A special thanks goes to Sue for all the hard work she has put into getting the team up and running.
Thank You.

Sharon x

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Pounding the Petals

Just a quick post to show you a fab workshop I went to at Betty's Sewing Box in Ashbourne.

It was called Pounding the Petals, I'll not go into too much details but it was the noisiest
 lesson I have attended.

 This is the sort of item you can make with the material when it has had it's Floral Transfer technique applied, but after a lot of practice I would think.

This was a beautiful little dress.

A small selection of the flowers before they were pounded?

The lovely June enjoying stitching around the flowers.

These are the flowers I transferred onto various different material, and then stitched around them, using a free flow technique, not sure if that's the right term for it, but it was great fun and I did go a bit mad with it :)

Here's a Lampshade made using this method.

This is Jackie who runs Betty's Sewing Rooms, she is always interested in selling hand made items, of good quality.

Pop in to see her and the shop next time your in Ashbourne or check out their website, did I mention the home made cake, well I don't want everybody to know or there will be none left for me.

Here's a small sample of some of the hand made items you can buy.

These are so cute.

That's all for today, hope it gives you some ideas of what goes on in Ashbourne, the next workshop I have booked in for is called Cow Parsley. I will keep you informed. Hope you have a great weekend and manage to do something that you enjoy.

Sharon x 

Friday, 12 September 2014


You may think I am a bad blogger, the truth is I'm not very technically minded so more often than not things go wrong..... So this will be the second time I have written this blog. If anybody finds my original one please let me know.

I have been painting terracotta plant pots, as I work in a garden centre it is very easy for me to get hold of them and there are a very reasonable price.

Here is the first pot I painted, I stamped onto tissue and painted on the back of it, I also used Grunge Paste and Crackle Glaze on the top. 

That was a longer process than the next pot, where I just painted straight onto the pot with Paper Artsy paints.

When I had the base coat applied I started to build up the layers by applying paint through stencils, these are designed by Lin Brown for Paper Artsy and available from Artist Trading Post.

A little masking tape helped to keep the stencil in place.

After painting I repositioned the stencil over the flowers and stamped over the stencil with Archival Ink

Here's Bru again wondering is it time for walkies and football yet  !!!!!!

Well I hope you managed to see this post, I would love you to leave a comment so I know that somebody is looking. 

Happy Crafting

Sharon xxx