Saturday, 18 March 2017

Gentlemen take a Bow

 This week on SPA  it's time for the gents.... of the vintage variety.


have fun and come and join us!
Mandy  xx

Vintage Canvas

i was super excited to receive my DT package from Bettina at ScrapUnlimited
so many gorgeous elements I can use
 Firstly, I took an A5 canvas board, I used texture paste through a script stencil, added a few bits of collage pieces of paper and used crackle paint instead of gesso, just to add some more texture

 Once dry, I used some distress paints and blended them together with a baby wipe. And some distress crayon around the edge, that I rubbed into the crackle paint.
 Next, I used some metallic gold paint through a Prima stencil (damask) and added some splatter with a Lindys spray
 Here I start assembling my focal image, I used a vintage lady image
and added a Scrapinec chipboard frame around her,
then added some rose ephemera
 I added the flowers from ScrapUnlimited on top of the rose epherema
and followed the frame around with the flowers.
I added the metal keyhole to the top of the focal image.
I keep adding paint and distress crayons to bring colour
to the background so it blends with the background

 Lastly, I added some glitter paste through a stencil
around the frame. Added some stamping and inked around the edges
 Here is a close up pic of the focal image.

Thank you for looking
I've enjoyed making this
Mandy xx

Saturday, 25 February 2017

Scrap Unlimited

I've some GREAT NEWS I've been asked to join the DT of Scrap Unlimited from the Netherlands.... they have fantastic stuff for sale and I'm hoping to continue my journey into mixed media.

so watch this space for some makes from me and check out the online shop
scrap-unlimited.nl

Mandy xx

Birdseed Biscuits...

I got this recipe from Carol, who got it from a magazine... I've tweaked it to be vegan. 

They taste good AND so does the raw mixture


what you need is
170g vegan marg
150g brown sugar
2 tbsps. apple sauce (30ml)
tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp bicarb
260g flour
85g oats
85g seeds/coconut/nuts/dried fruit

Mix together the marg, sugar , vanilla and apple sauce
then add the dry ingredients.
For this batch I used some goji berries, coconut and sunflower seeds

Once I'd mixed it up, I split it into 3 and added cocoa to one batch, choc chips to another and left the other plain.

Roll into balls and place on a baking sheet, press with a fork and bake at Gas 5 for 10-15 mins.
Once cool, I drizzled melted dark choc on top.
Yummy!

Diablo looking serious lol
 and the beginning of a mini blanket for the Cat shelter, I'm using my bits up to make a few for them.
TFL
Mandy x

Fly my pretties

Butterflies is the theme this week on SPA, chosen by the wonderfully talented Jenn as in Mixed Media Jenn.... I sub to her on YT ... I'm a tad addicted to YT I must admit. lol

Here's my butterfly postcard... I've used the crackle paint again... I just can't get enough of it. I've been using in place of gesso

hope you get a chance to join in with us.
TFL
Mandy xx

Saturday, 18 February 2017

adventures begin

the wonderful Sabine is joining us on SPA for this week's theme of DICTIONARY

I found the dictionary definition on Pinterest and then low and behold I found a pocket size dictionary that was going to be thrown away and so... I figured I'd keep it for my artwork!
hope you have fun with this theme
TFL
Mandy xx


Saturday, 11 February 2017

Go with your heart

This week's Sunday Postcard Art was chosen by Stacy and is VINTAGE ROMANCE.

It's probably not pc but I love this postcard I made... all the crackle has turned out brill!

come over and play along with us.... sundaypostcardart.wordpress.com

Mandy xx

Saturday, 4 February 2017

East meets East

this week on Sunday Postcard Art the theme is ORIENTAL.
I've scanned this postcard but it's not it's true colours... IRL the background actually matches the images. lol I may try to photograph it in the morning when there is some light.


Anyhoo... Tricia chose the theme, she is a new hostess to SPA
I had the pleasure of meeting Tricia when I went to visit Carol last December and she is fab at mixed media

TFL
Mandy xx

World Cancer Day

well.... it's World Cancer Day.... for me, every single day is Cancer day!

I never knew anyone who'd had cancer, my parents both died but not of cancer of other health problems. But no, no one

then... my daughter got cancer... where from? who knows. She was a healthy 21 year old woman, who was fit... she did pole dancing, could hold herself upside down. Ate a vegetarian diet for the majority of her life. Never ate processed food and we never had a microwave.

One day, she was fine, then she felt like she had a stitch in her side, maybe a pulled muscle. She went to the GP who gave her some pain medication, she took the medication. 5 days later she was vomiting blood. I took her to the hospital where we discovered she had an ulcer from the pain meds. This was bad enough. Then after numerous blood tests and scans then discovered cancer... it was neuro-endocrine cancer. That was 2 weeks into her going into hospital.

6 weeks later Lily died. She came home one night but it was too traumatic. so we had no 3 6 9 months to live, no time to do anything. I spent every night sleeping next to her at hospital either in a chair or in a put up bed. My brother took time off work to do the same.

She was one brave girl. I miss her so much every single day. I cannot stop thinking about all the pain she went through and that I could not help her. I could only sit and watch my child suffer and slowly die in front of my eyes.

my heart goes out to anyone who suffered any sort of cancer as well as their loved ones.

Take Care
Mandy xx

Sunday, 29 January 2017

Veganuary 2017 Week 4

well, we've reached week 4 and yes I survived.

But I'm wondering just how much of a vegan I can call myself as I feed Myrtle chicken every day that I buy and cook. (yuck btw) I don't enjoy doing this but have to due to Miss Myrtle being so ill. I have to feed her by hand and chicken is the only food that seems to stay down.

Before she was ill, none of the animals here at Octopode Towers ate anything meaty. Myrtle is my little baby girl and I will do anything to prolong her life.

Here's my entry for Go Tag Thursday... the theme is ephemera, I've used lots on this even though they aren't hugely noticeable.
Thanks for looking
Mandy xx

Saturday, 28 January 2017

Handle with Care

Here is my mixed media piece for this week's Sunday Postcard Art
where the theme is SEPIA, chosen by Rosie.
I've used images from Hidden Vintage Studios.
To be honest, I have a box of images already cut out from various collage image companies and I'm trying to use them up. It works quite well in collage/mixed media as you can use a lot of images as texture.
I'm loving my journey
TFL
Mandy x

Veganuary week 3

ooopps  bit late posting this as it's already nearly the end of week 4.

Tried a lot of things this week, including vegan cheese.... no no no and NO.  I'd really rather go without.

But I've found a gorgeous vegetarian pate that is divine, especially on toast. It's a nice accompaniment to homemade soup. Yummy

 Doing some chunky granny square crochet...
here it is so far..
have to wait for some more black wool to carry on
it's so warm
TFL
Mandy xx