Sunday, 21 August 2016

Getting back into the groove!

Background stamps by me! for Stampotique Originals
Stencil by Tim Holtz
Butterflies from Papillon set by Tim Holtz

I'm back from my little summer break! Did you miss me?! I had such a very busy time in the run up to the school summer holidays that I just needed to step away from social media, from my art, and spend some time with my family recharging the old batteries. 

I find that it is remarkably easy to switch off, but not so easy to switch back on again ;-) However as I had a regular art journaling class scheduled at Art from the Heart this weekend I was forced to get back into my little art room and get creating again. Needless to say the first art journal page i made was awful (I won't show you that one haha!) but you just have to work through it and keep going. Creativity breeds creativity ....

When I returned from my hols (a wet camping trip to Wales!) I was very lucky indeed to attend a class with the very gorgeous France Papillon. What an amazing teacher! If you ever get the chance to take a class with France then do!  It was completely different from what I usually do but I learned so much and got to try lots of different things, including the Prima Rust Kit. *LOVE* *SWOON* A very quick and simple way to make a rust effect.

Made at a class with France Papillon

This inspired me to add some of my newly learned techniques to my art journal pages (done in my FAVOURITE black square Dylusions journal). How fab do these rusted washers look on my colourful background? In case you are wondering, I cut them using a Sizzix die from an old Cheerios box.

I also delved into my rather large stash of clothing tags which are just too nice to throw away ...

I also made this simpler one colour version. Although it looks simpler it has a lot of layers, and lots of hidden journaling underneath.

Background stamps by me! for Stampotique Originals
Beach hut by me! for Stampotique originals
Stencil by Tim Holtz

And I just love the combination of blue/teal with rust:

I stamped my *new* beach huts stamp onto an old book page (for the nice colour paper) and cut out just one of them to add to my tag:

And here's just a snippet from my rubbish page that I didn't like, because I used my new sailboat stamp. This is the only bit of the page that I actually like.

Sailboat by me! for Stampotique Originals

And I had a very lovely day indeed with the regular journalers at Art from the Heart where there was much laughter, chat and biscuits. Here they are all hard at work:

And finally .... I have updated my workshops page *here* and I will be adding to it as bookings for events go live etc so keep an eye out. Maybe I'll see you at a workshop in the future?

Byeee for now!

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

New Stamps!!!

Yay! I'm so excited to have some more stamp designs released with Stampotique Originals this week! It is always sooo exciting to see your designs in rubber, and then even more exciting to see what others make with them :-)))

Often my designs are taken from my art and art journals. Here's the scribble angel as she originally appeared:

 I've always had a bit of thing for beach huts. We see them often in and around the coastline of the UK and they are just sooo cute. I began painting these onto to bits of driftwood that I picked up  on my travels (as you do!) and now they are a stamp:

I don't think you ever have too many texture stamps. These are the stamps that you will use over and over. This cube features some of my most used background stamps:

And also my MOST favourite spiral, taken from one of my hand carved stamps. You can see these texture stamps in this little book I made a while ago (and everything else I ever make too!)

And here's my final release .. and this time it is totally new and not something taken from one of my art journal pages. 

I haven't actually received my latest stamps yet so I can't actually show you anything that I have made! But you can see all of my designs for Stampotique Originals *here*.

And there's a blog hop happening too with all of the latest releases. You can see that *here*.

Right, that's it from me for now. The summer holidays have finally arrived, and after a very, very busy few weeks for me I am signing out of blogland and social media for a while and as always spending some precious quality time with my family. See you in a while! Happy summer everyone!

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Live TV! Yikes!

Well, what a weekend! Last weekend I was at the Hochanda TV studios to film 5 LIVE TV shows for DecoArt in association with Tando Creative, and GelliArts.

So what is it like filming live TV? Let me tell you, it's truly terrifying! But I had the most amazing, reassuring, wonderful feedback throughout on Facebook, which made me feel a whole lot better (Thank you!)

Some things I learned about filming for TV:

It is scary.
An hour can whizz by in what feels like seconds.
Unless it is not going so well then an hour can feel like days.
Looking directly into the camera is HARD.
The presenters have a tough time of it. They get criticised by viewers for giving the sales pitch, but then told to advertise the product by the managers....
Everyone who works in TV seems to be young and trendy.
Feedback on social media is a huge support :-)

Here I am filming with Hayley ...

And then with Paul ...

And here is one of my programmes in progress ...

I was super-lucky to have the support of Kathy from DecoArt :-)

And in the entrance of Hochanda Studio there are some rather large thrones. Well, you've got to haven't you?! It would be rude not to.

The programmes are available on catch-up on Hochanda for a few days so if you didn't manage to catch them but would like to take a peek have a look here: Hochanda

Thursday, 14 July 2016

More news!


OOOh, how lucky am I to be teaching at this fabulous Ministry of Mixology retreat next year alongside the very lovely France Papillon

I taught at this retreat alongside Andy Skinner, in association with Tando Creative,  earlier this year and it was a FANTASTIC event, loved every minute! Great location and hotel, great products to work with, and all in all a very enjoyable time was had by all. Hope to see some of you there next time.

Tickets will be going on sale soon, but they tend to sell out really quickly so just giving you a heads up .... Watch this space!

Wednesday, 13 July 2016


Ooooh, guess what?! I'm going to be on the telly :-)) This is exciting and terrifying in equal measure!

This coming weekend, I will be demonstrating 5 mixed media techniques over 5 shows on Hochanda using the very lovely Media fluid acrylic paints by DecoArt, and  some fab substrates by Tando  Creative (including my updated bigger and better planner kit), in association with Country Love Crafts.

Here you can see some of the samples for my shows ...

I'm planning to show you various techniques over the 5 shows, and by the final show all of the techniques will be rolled into one final project - my big and beautiful art journal planner!

You can follow what's happening on social media: Hochanda on Facebook and leave comments, or on my facebook page: Of course this is all monitored during shows so if you want to see more of something let us know and we can work on it for the next show.

 So, if you want to see me in action here are the details, and don't forget you can watch on catch up too (I won't blame you if you're not up and around for the first Sunday show. I'm really NOT a morning person so it could be interesting haha!)

Tune in to see Kate Crane’s very first launch One Day Special show using the Deco Art products on Hochanda on Saturday 16th July at 8pm and the following day, Sunday 17th at 9am, 12pm, 4pm & 7pm! 

You can watch Hochanda live online, Sky channel 663, Freeview 39 (6am - 9pm) or Freesat 817.