Steampunk Shadow Box

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I was so excited to get the MDF kit from Daisy’s that was my own design. Amazing from paper to 3D, thank you Kerry and Wendy!

The kit was how I imagined it, with depth and layers to play with.

I had Steampunk in mind and covered the back with G45 Steampunk Debutante paper with Glossy Accents to highlight the wings.

The middle layer had the rust treatment on the cogs. DecoArt sand texture then layers of Paynes Grey, Quin Gold, Oxide Yellow and Blue Hue.


The inner sides and middle layer were stamped straight onto the MDF, I love the burn marks from the cutting process!

The dress form had a coat of Translucent white paint then the same stamp. I cut lace and bits from my stash to create a bodice.

When the box was assembled, tab and slot with Daisy’s MDF glue I added ephemera to enhance the scene.

I painted the edges black and covered them with the roses paper from the same collection. The corner edges were sanded and inked.

This was such a fun project, I hope you like it.


Jan x



Little Filigree Shelf

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This little shelf unit was fun to make. The mdf pieces slot together easily and using Daisy’s Glue they are firm.

I had made lots of Gelli plate mono prints on white tissue paper and used these to collage onto the shelves before assembling the unit. Heavy gel stuck the pieces, the tissue edges became invisible and allowed the golden glow from the mdf to add to the colour.

I added stamping with Andy Skinner numbers and a swirl stamp to enhance the filigree.

The sides and back were painted Matt black.

Its a great size to hold my growing collection of passport journals!


Jan x


Daisy’s at Hochanda!

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Wow, DaisyJewel and Crafts is featuring at Hochanda on Monday June 26th at 10 am. As part of the DT we have all been busy making samples of the Beside the Sea Collection of MDF and stamps.

Here are my samples

I made a passport journal using Eileen Hull Sizzix die. I used TH grungeboard for the covers, painted with DecoArt fluid acrylics. The MDF boat was painted then stamped. The title MDF shape was painted then the title stamped over. The charms are from Daisy’s, I stamped on paper then punched a circle to fit. I used the stamps from the range to decorate the pages.

The second passport journal was made from greyboard. The MDF lighthouse, seahorse and circle were painted gold. The cover was painted and embossed with beads, mica flakes and pearls. It was sprayed and dry brushed.

The pages were made from a variety of different papers and again stamped with the Beside the Sea collection.

The seahorse was entangled in the strings from the signatures.

I made a photo frame using 3 MDF frames and inserted sea creatures coloured with Colourburst powders. The title Travel is MDF, painted and dry brushed. The frames were painted, crackled and Antique Creamed using DecoArt products.

The coasters were made from the inserts from the frames above! They were painted, crackled and then stamped with Archival Inks. The shapes were painted with metallic paint, I varnished them with Softtouch. The backs were covered with black felt.


The Sea Box was fun to make! The frame was painted, crackled and Antique Creamed. The MDF title was painted and drybrushed, the handle was added and rusted. The Sea creatures were all painted with acrylics and the eyes Glossy Accented. The inner scene had tissue glued on in seaweed shapes and then painted with Iridescent Paints. The cogs were rusted using Prima products to resemble a shipwreck. The box was painted and the inner covered is scrapbook under the sea papers. The box was tied on using rough string.

I hope you see my samples on Hochanda!


Jan x


Washi Tape Hanger

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Well its Spring and time to declutter the attic so I can actually see what is in my stash!
What to do with all those rolls of washi tape? Hidden away in a drawer they never get used.

MDF door hangers! I assembled 3 upside down on a plaque with hanging holes pre drilled. I added mdf stars to fit the night sky theme I had in mind.

I coated the hangers and star with Gold Decoart paint. The hangers then had clear crackle medium applied then finally a coat of …………….. I love watching the crackles develop! The gold really shines through the crackle.

I heat embossed the edges for added texture, I used Tarnished Silver and Spice Mix. I added a gold ribbon to hang it up. I had several rings in my stash, I think they were 7 Gypsies, to hang through the holes, lots of room to add more!

The MDF is available from
Daisy’s and Jewels

Have fun crafting

Jan x

Daisy’s small storage

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I really enjoy decorating storage items and this small mdf tray is perfect for paints or bottles. I have recently attended a workshop with Kate Crane at Ministry of Mixology and wanted to practise the techniques I learned with her.

First I laid out all the pieces and checked where they would fit, the dividers have a different fittings front and back. I used Decoart paint.

The colours were layered up from pale to dark. Remember to do both sides of each piece, I always manage to miss one side!I dried each colour before adding the next layer.

When I assembled the tray the front looked bare so I added a large mdf arrow and the word, create. The edges were all painted black and had a hint of treasure gold applied.

These trays are available from
Daisy’s and Jewels

Gypsy Fayre

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Hi Everyone,

Candice is our challenge host at Our Creative Corner this month. I love her vibrant work and she has reflected that in her theme….

Look at those colours!

Candice says

“Blessed are the gypsies. The makers of music, artists, writers, dreamers of dreams, wanderers and vagabonds, children and misfits: for they teach us to see the world through beautiful eyes

 This month’s challenge invites you to let us see your gypsy nature.

 Gypsies are wanderers, purveyors of exquisite things, mysterious things, free-spirited bohemians curating the beauty of life and sharing the wonders with you as the travel along.
 So for the challenge let your creativity run wild and free like a gypsy

I want you to create interesting items you might imagine finding at a traditional Gypsy Fayre”

You may create whatever your gypsy heart desires, but it must….

contain at least 3 colours from the featured colour palette


  show us how your project is inspired by this gorgeous ode to the gypsy soul!

So craft with the soul of a gypsy and share the wonder with us.
Create little trinkets or curious items that could be found at a Gypsy Fair

I began by trying to imagine what an old fashioned gypsy might have in her caravan, I discounted making wooden pegs!! I thought she might have a collection of colourful fabrics, metal charms and useful bits and bobs.


I read somewhere that Romany Gypsies originated in India and travelled over Europe, so I began with a piece of sari silk. Luckily I had a piece that had some of the lovely colours in the palette.

I backed it with white felt to show the colours off and mounted it in an embroidery hoop the gypsy might have salvaged. I painted the hoop black.


The lace and muslin were soaked in tea overnight, love that subtle colour! The charms were attached to a safety pin, they had been treated with Distress Crayon, Treasure Gold and Quin Gold paint. I added ribbon to make a wall hanging.

I hope it sells at the Gysy Fayre!

The sponsor this month is Tando Creative, and one lucky person will win a prize!

I hope you are inspired to create a trinket for our challenge,
Jan x

A Vintage Journey Doorhanger

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Welcome to my blog,

I decided to travel with A Vintage Journey on their new challenge.

I had to use grey board ( Doorhanger and perfume bottle), metal ( butterfly and charm), lilac/ purple colour and rust technique ( Distress Vintage Photo embossing Powder and Quin Gold Decoart paint).

When I read that lilac and purple were the colours to use I remembered old perfume bottles smelling of lavender belonging to my Nana, so that became my inspiration.

I really enjoyed creating the background. I started with white gesso then shades of purple paint which were then script stamped. I added White heat embossed butterflies and pearlescent texture paste through stencils. Mostly Tim products!


The perfume bottle had a coat of gesso then purple paint. When it was dry I covered it with Decoart Crackle Glaze then Antiquing cream in white to highlight the cracks. I had some perfume bottle stamps which I heat embossed onto tracing paper and coloured with spectrum noir pens.



The ribbon and flowers were dyed with DI, wilted violet and Dusty Concord. The metal butterfly and charm had treasure gold rubbed on and then pearls added.

The rust was created with Vintage Photo embossing powder heated then diluted Quin Gold dripped on top to run down. Very satisfying process!!!


Jan x


Communique Mirror for Jones

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I was really excited to receive the new Graphic 45 Communique papers and wanted to make something special with them. I covered a cheap IKEA mirror, £1.50 when I bought it!
I covered the wood in paper and made a frame from strips for the mirror. Then the fun began, making a collage of camera and photo related images.
I finished off with some of Tims Found Relatives and added fragments. I used a fragment as a lens for the larger image.
Hope you enjoy looking, here are close ups of the corners.




Jan x