Thursday, November 5, 2015

Fascinator hat with Helmar

Over on the Helmar Design Team page this week I go into details about how 
I made a fascinator hat for the Melbourne cup. 
I have never made a hat before and it was a fun to challenge myself by doing something
 outside of my comfort zone. 

I just used things I had here. I started by gathering up items I thought that I could make a hat out of. The only things I had to buy was the headband and the little bit of milliners lace. I really like the delicate look of that lace so knew I wanted to add that on it. 

It ended up being a fabulous race for the Melbourne cup the first time a female Jockey won and at 100 to 1 odds wish I had of had a few dollars on it. 
Have a great day 
Vicki-Ann :)

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Happy Halloween

This week for Helmar I have made a spooky Halloween tag. I used the wonderful Tacky Craft glue and made some fabulous spider webs. They turned out so well. I have stored the extras just on a sheet of card stock so I am all ready to make even more creepy items in the future.  

For more information and all the details head over to the spooktacular Helmar page. Dont forget to check out what all the wonderful Helmar design team are making. There is lots of awesome Halloween themed items all using different Helmar products. So grab a cuppa and check out what we have all been up to and hope you get all inspired to make some Halloween themed items to make your Halloween the best ever..  

Happy Halloween
Vicki-Ann :) 

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Fun with some Art Journaling...

 I have not posted for a while but have been playing in my art journal. Lot going on at the moment. We are renovating our kitchen and bathroom, so I have just been doing fun quick art journal pages that take no time and are done in layers. So would do a layer, just a background and then come back and do the next layer. Leave that, come back and do some words and doodling. 

For this one when I did the background to the left. I just played with paint and stencils. I then cut out a heart in some book covering plastic. I held that over the top and used DecoArt Media Black Gesso to go around it with a makeup sponge. I then used some DecoArt Media Modeling paste and the cute Balzer designs Mini Circle stencil and gave it some great texture.

I used a fabulous napkin for this one just cut out the butterfly and then made some flowers out of some other pieces of the design. Doodling some stems and around the circles. I always like that part. The backgrounds were all done using Decoart Americana paint on both of these. 

There is other pages to come yet, so keep a look out for another post soon. 
Have a great day
Sandy :)

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Simplicity and Helmar...

Well its that time again.  Its Helmar Design Team post day..
Today I am sharing a canvas I made. Look at all that wonderful texture. I am using my all time favourite glue for all my sewing collage elements. The wonderful Tack craft glue. 
Want to see more pop over to the Helmar blog and I go into lots of detail with what I used and with more detailed pictures. 
Very exciting news that I have been asked to stay on the Helmar design team for another 6 months, Woohoo.. 

Have a great day.
Vicki-Ann :) 

Tuesday, September 29, 2015


Fun collage and layering today.  I got 2 new stencils so they had to go in my art journal.  I have been after that Balzer Designs Mini tiny circle one for a while. I just love the way it looks. Think there is something about circles and splatters yep, I know, I am hooked on stencils.  

Started off with DecoArt Media Line Gesso on both pages. Then I used the DecoArt Americana Desert Turquoise and the Margarita coloured paints and painted that on with a paint brush, blending together with a bit of Blue Mist here and there. Then it was stencil time and used the Tim Holtz Argyle stencil with the Blue Mist paint and a makeup sponge. I very lightly went over the background on both pages, leaving some spots empty.  I then grabbed the Balzer designs Mini Tiny circle stencil and the Lamp black paint. Just randomly stenciled here and there. Then it was time for a focal point. Some collage today. So I found this great quote in amongst my stash of papers from Kaisercraft and painted some book papers to match my background. I went around all the papers with Tim Holtz distress ink in Tea Dye adding a layer of hessian and a piece of a hexagon die cut, torn into pieces. I used Helmars Tacky craft glue to piece them together let them dry thoroughly and then sewed around the quote and in random places. I then used more Helmars Tacky craft glue and stuck them down in my Moleskine art journal.  To finish off I covered my collage elements with scrap paper and used some watered down Gesso and a fan brush to add white splatters. I always think it ties it all together nicely at the end. Then with my round blending tool and black momento ink I went around the edges of the pages. That's it, all done for another double page spread. I really like the way these colours blend and the way the Argyle stencil in the Blue Mist used both in the background and through the stencil looks so like it is supposed to be there.

I am linking this up with Balzer Designs, Art Journal every day. 

Have a great day 
Sandy :)

Wednesday, September 23, 2015


Spring has sprung here in Australia and I am loving all the flowers and colour in my garden. So decided to paint some in my Molskine art journal. 

I used the DecoArt Americana paints in Petal pink, Vivid Violet and Wild Orchid in my first layer. Then I used Wisteria with the Andy Skinner stencil Tornado and a make up sponge. I used one side of the stencil and moved it across the page on both sides. Then I drew in my flowers overlapping the petals and painted them in a layer of DecoArt Media line Gesso. Then painted over them in Sea Breeze such a lovely blue they really popped. I did a swish of Primary Yellow in the middle of the flowers over the Gesso then I added more Gesso to blend it in. I doodled flower stems in and went around the flowers in black pen adding stamens to my flowers and filling in bits here and there with my Signo white pen. The stamping was with a tiny set of stamps I have from Studio G. Bloom where you are planted, seemed the perfect quote for this page. Went around the edges of the pages to frame it with my blending tool and the Momento black ink. 

I am popping this in the link over at Balzer Designs and over at 
Mix it Monthly its Mixed media flowers this month. 

Have a great day
Sandy :)

Tuesday, September 8, 2015


I wanted to practice more faces. So I tried out one with a bit more of an angle to her head. 

I used my Neocolor IIs and my waterbrush in my Moleskine art journal. I added some highlights with some white and skintone acrylic paint to her face.  I only have the 15 pack of Neocolor IIs, so really only the one face tone colour in that pack.  I cut the banners out of book paper and gave them little highlights with the Neocolours.  Used some sequin waste and sponged some Gesso through it in the background and then a little stamping with my France Papillon cube stamp. Added a little doodling with some dangle hearts with pens.  

She woke up one day and threw away all her excuses. Thought that quote kind of suited her, she looks very carefree. 

Going to link this up at Balzer Designs, Art Journal every day

Have a great day
Sandy :)