Thursday 10 December 2015

12 Designers Of Christmas!

A Sprinkle Of Imagination are hosting another wonderful blog extravaganza this month!

I am thrilled to once again be part of it, and today is my day for sharing!
My focus is on Inktense pencils, fabulous watercolour pencils made by Derwent. I have a little tutorial on how to colour a face using them... here is a little sneaky peek!

Don't forget, for all those who leave a comment for each designer this month, there is the chance to win a big bundle of mixed media supplies! Don't worry, comments are open until the end of the month, so you have time to go back and comment on any you have missed out so far!

Today's blog post (that's me!) can be found HERE

Have a wonderfully creative day!
Trish xxxx

Tuesday 1 December 2015

Our Creative Corner: December challenge!

There is a brand new challenge over at Our Creative Corner today.... and it's my turn to host! How exciting!

Its all about stars.....

My challenge to you all this month is a very simple one...Stars!
I have a passion for stars. Stars are incorporated into my email addresses, internet log ins, business name and even my tattoos :)
I would love for you all to share your creations, full of stars! 
Star stamps, star die cuts, star embellishments, star shaped backgrounds, it's up to you! 

Use lots, or just the one, as long as there is a star somewhere, you're good to go!

I can't wait to see all your wonderful creations!
Our sponsor this month is Tando Creative
The lucky winner chosen by will receive a fabulous mystery bundle of goodies! 

So... what did I create?
I made a whimsy girl..

I can't wait to see all your entries... don't forget to pop on over and have a look at the fabulous art my teamies have created!


Wednesday 4 November 2015

A Triptych for PaperArtsy!

I'm so pleased to be featuring on the PaperArtsy blog tonight, showing off a triptych!
There are lots more pics over on the blog, but if you want a little peek....

Now here's a challenge... can you guess the theme of the triptych just by the pic of my whimsy girl above?!!
Please hop on over to the PA blog HERE to see if you're right!
Have a good week,
Trish xxx

Sunday 1 November 2015

November Challenge: Our Creative Corner

It's time for another challenge over at Our Creative Corner! I'll hand you over to this months hostess with the mostest....... Lys!

November - Topsy Turvy! - Lys
We often try to do the 'right' way, use the suitable thing, organize our creations following definite lines or intentions… and sometimes it doesn’t go the way we wanted to. Sometimes it goes to the bin, sometimes we discover something new… and we love it!
On the right side or topsy turvy… Is there a right side in art?

So let’s play!:  whatever it is: upside down,  inverted, reversed or escaping from the right order…. Please show me one “topsy turvy” creation, and how it came to life in your hands!

This month, our sponsor is:

The Prize is a Decoart Media Sampler Kit and Andy will include a few of his stencils too!

colours may differ on the actual prize

My contribution took the theme rather literally....I sketched out a topsy turvy whimsy girl!

I'd love to see how you all interpret the theme, so why not join in with the challenge over on the OCC blog!
Have a great day,
Trish xxx

Thursday 1 October 2015

Our Creative Corner October Challenge!

First of the month... so time for another challenge over at Our Creative Corner!

As it is an October challenge, the theme is a little spooky!

Forget cute cats and smiling pumpkins....

we want....

For this Halloween share with us some horror inspired
 creations that are sure to send shivers down our spines.

Bring out your most grotesque stamps and embellishments....
....or perhaps take on the challenge of finding a way to transform 
pretty stamps into something macabre.
Reach for the grungiest colours and textures....
Come over to the dark side of Halloween

Can you scare us?
The fabulous sponsor this month is Nicecrane Designs

 And the prize is a very generous $20 voucher to spend in store!

I now need to apologise to Laura for not really following her theme!
I just don't do macabre horror projects, but I have used a zombie... does he count?!

I created a painty background on an MDF plaque...

Then did a little stamping and splattering with UTEE crystals..

My zombie is a Dilly Beans digi stamp (#337 Martins Heart) I printed him off onto regular printer paper, then gave him a wash of clear gesso. This meant I could colour him with watersoluble pencils without any issues!

I typed some words with my vintage typewriter, then added them to the background. A little outlining and smudgy pencil to finish off!

So.... not really horror... but a cute zombie is always good!
Don't forget to hop on over to the OCC blog where I'm sure you'll see some REAL Halloween Horror from my talented teamies! 

Trish xxx

Saturday 19 September 2015


When things get hectic...... take a couple of hours off, and get covered in paint and ink. DEFINITELY the way to de-stress, I find!
My messy play time this week led to the creation of an Art Doll (I know, go to your happy place when you just want to relax, eh?!). She became my DT piece for A Sprinkle Of Imagination this week.
Here is a little peek...

You can see all of her if you pop on over to the ASOI blog HERE!
Have a great weekend everyone!
Trish xxxx

Thursday 10 September 2015

Scary cube!

I know I'm getting in a bit early... but I need to tell you all about the Halloween selection over at Calico Craft Parts so you have time to go look, buy stash amd then create your own!
FABULOUS range... check it out HERE!

My DT project today features a few pieces form the collection..... one of which is this word! Isn't that a wonderful font?!

You can see the full project in all it's glory over on the blog now!

Have a creative day!
Trish xxx

Tuesday 1 September 2015

Our Creative Corner : Autumn Challenge!

Our Creative Corner is back after the long summer challenge, with a brand new one to enter!

The challenge is all about Autumnal colours...

 Julia is our host, and this is what she has to say....
 "I love the colours of autumn! Those beautiful and dramatic reds, golds, yellows, browns, greens and all shades in between. Your challenge this month is to take some inspiration from the colours in the image provided and make an autumnal inspired project"

This month, the challenge is sponsored by Creative Embellishments

and the fabulous prize for our random prize winner is a $25 voucher to spend in their store..

So... what did I create?

This rustic wire figure...

Playing amongst stamped and glazed leaves....

So, why not pop on over to the OCC blog now.. and see all the wonderful art my teamies have created! (oh and then join in with the challenge, of course!) 

Trish xx

Monday 31 August 2015


I am sharing a rather round project tonight over on the PaperArtsy blog..... all about circles!
I can share a little sneek peek... you'll need to pop on over HERE to see the whole thing!

Hope you have had a great Monday!
Trish xxx

Thursday 27 August 2015


Hello, sadly neglected blog readers......

I seem to have been rather busy... so apologies for the lack of art shared here!

Today I am sharing a project over at the Calico Craft Parts blog... I just ADORE the printers trays used as shadow box frames... and the word? The word is from the Create Your own range... yep, you can ask them to make ANY WORD YOU WANT! Anything at all! in 5 different fonts and 5 different sizes! How cool is that! I chose 'dream' because I wasn't feeling that adventurous..... I have a list of weird and wonderful words all ready to order though!

Have a great day,
Trish xxx

Saturday 8 August 2015

A Memorial Blog Hop for Lily

Today we are remembering Lily Chilvers a truly beautiful artist and soul taken from us too soon.
To honour Lily we are sharing projects we have made in her memory using the wonderful, whimsical and wacky art she shared with us all.

Blog Hop List

Leigh Snaith-Brunton
Laura Holland 

My project is this colourful panel...

I created layers of detail on the background using paint, stencilling, printing, splattering, stamping and a little bit of washi tape...

As it is quite a thick panel, I could create my favourire black and white striped edging..

The amazing octopode figure was printed off, then covered in clear gesso. As I like to colour with wet media, the clear grsso gives the paper a nice protective layer! I used acrylic inks and watercolour pencils to add the colour.

The quote I used feels very apt today.

Lily was such a fabulous, talented artist. She will be missed throughout the whole of the crafting community.

Trish xxx

Thursday 30 July 2015


Are you into ATBs? Artist Trading Blocks? Creating with cubes, in other words
Calico Craft Parts has a selection of cube kits, just perfect for all that ATB art!
My DT piece this week just happens to be one of those ATBs...

Of course, that's just a sneeky peek.... to see the whole thing you'll need to pop on over HERE!
Feel free to leave me a comment :)

Have a fab day everyone,
Trish xxxx

Monday 20 July 2015

Butterfly Dream!

I have a DT post over on the WOW! Embossing powder blog today.... lots of embossed vellum butterflies! I haven't done this for ages, you forget how effective some techniques are! A little peek...

The whole project is now live over on the blog HERE...
Have a lovely day everyone!
Trish xxx

Wednesday 8 July 2015

WOW! and VLVS!

All this week there is a fabulous collaboration happening between two great companies....

It is my turn today over on the WOW! blog, I'm sharing a framed home decor piece using both WOW! powders and Viva Las Vegas Stamps.... You'll need to go over to the WOW! blog HERE to see the whole thing, but I can share a little of the process here too....

I created a painty background, then stamped some wonderful VLVS images in black ink...

I used white embossing powder to emboss the writing circle design, and more white (and black) powder to create splatters...

I cut a word from black card as my final touch, then embossed it with black powder to give it a fab shine!

Hope you like it!
Don't forget to hop on over to the VLVS blog HERE to see more inspiration!
This event last all week, so check the WOW! and VLVS blogs to see all the other wonderful creations by the rest of the DT!

      Find WOW! : 
Shop | Blog | Facebook

Find Viva Las VegaStamps! :
Shop | Blog | Facebook

Have a great day,
Trish xxx

Wednesday 1 July 2015

Mexico moods!

 We have a fabulous summer challenge for you over at Our Creative Corner!

The theme is.....

Mexico Moods

We want you to grab any inspiration you like from these wonderfully exotic photographs...

Go for colours, shapes, textures, objects or style.
There is certainly plenty of inspiration to choose from here in this selection of glorious, vivid, colourful photographs.

Join us in the summer holiday mood....!!!

We have some FABULOUS prizes on offer! TWO prizes for TWO randomly drawn winners!

 There is a $20 voucher for anything Stampington over on!

Stampington are also offering a $2 voucher for EVERYONE who enters the challenge (1 per person) how great is that!

We also have the fabulous Tando as a sponsor...

Tando are offering a wonderful surprise selection or products to the winner!

My take on the mood board?
This little hanging panel! 

Have a great day!
Trish xxxxx

Monday 22 June 2015

Here Comes The Sun

It's a Summer theme this month over at the WOW! Embossing Powder blog!
My contribution is this page:

Lots more pictures over on the blog HERE right now!

Have a fabulous day,
Trish xxx

Friday 19 June 2015

Hidden Objects: Wish!

So happy to be back guesting on the PaperArtsy blog tonight!
The theme is 'Hidden Objects'... and I'm going to be mean and make you hop on over to the PA blog HERE to find out exactly what I did to embrace the theme!
Not totally mean though, here is a pic to be going on with..

(I know.... nothing about that says 'Hidden Object' does it? he he he... you'll need to go look!)
Have a great weekend everyone!
Trish xxxx

Thursday 18 June 2015

Be A Dreamer Today

Calico Craft Parts are rather fabulous.. you need to take a little trip over there and see what's in store, so much to get the imagination firing!
My DT project today uses rather a lot of them... and if you're into this style of crafting, then these embellishments work wonderfully!

The whole thing is now live over on the Calico Craft parts blog..... HERE!

Have a great day!
Trish xxx

Saturday 13 June 2015


Yep, been drawing again.... an open eyed whimsy girl for a change rather than the 'eek I'm too scared to do an eye' closed eye person!
This is my DT piece for A Sprinkle Of Imagination today, and is now live over on the blog HERE...

Have a lovely weekend!
Trish xxx

Monday 1 June 2015

What Makes You Smile?

So, what makes you smile? That's the theme for the June challenge over at Our Creative Corner!
Jan is our host, and this is what she has to say:

 What makes you smile 

Close your eyes for a few minutes, relax and think about something that makes you smile..............
It could be a special person, a favourite place, a quote, an incident, the list is endless!
Your June challenge is to create something that will make us smile, it could be a scrapbook or journal page, a canvas, a tag, whatever your imagination dictates.

Our sponsor this month is Tando Creative!

Tando Creative are offering a selection of products for the winner of this months challenge, a prize well worth winning!
What makes me smile?
Creating painty backgrounds and drawing quirky figures!

I thought I would share just how my figure came into being. First, she was sketched out onto watercolour paper, and cut out. Yes, poor girl looks weird as she has no hair yet!

Sketch out the shape of the dress onto text paper...

Cut it out...

Make sure it fits!

Do the same for the wings..

Glue the text in place...

I then painted the dress...

And then added stamping for extra detail...

Her face was then painted..

And the whole  thing stuck to the background..

Now the hair can be sketched in...

and painted...

I added extra details to the hair with a fine liner pen..

My background is a typical 'Trish' painty, stencilly and stamped affair..

I added a heart and some words...

 As a finishing touch I edged the whole figure, with a smudgy black pencil.
I hope you like her!

Don't forget, the 'What Makes You Smile' challenge can be found over on the Our Creative Corner blog now!

Love Trish xxx