Monday, 24 October 2016

One Stamp 3 Ways Mini Canvas Topper Trio

Morning everyone!

I hope you are all in fine fettle. Today's offering for you today is once again in miniature form - yes I'm addicted teeny tiny pixie projects!

These are a set of mini canvases which I've had in my stash for a good long while which I decided to use as card toppers. In keeping with this month's WOW! blog DT feature which asks us to use one stamp three ways, I've created these projects with my chosen stamp coming from the Pick 'n Mix set.

Do you recognise which one it is?
 For the first topper I prepared the background with gesso and paint, then stamped the circular stamped randomly with black ink. I added die cut chipboard on top to create depth and filled the recesses in with embossing powder (Mandarin, Black Ebony and Clear Gloss), using glass beads for texture. I have a bit of a thing for skulls and adore this wooden cut from Alter This which I pimped up with gesso, fine liner pens and more micro beads.

The simplest topper of the trio has the stamp utilised as a flower by cutting away lined "wedges". I mixed this up with paper flowers plus a couple of pieces of lace then painted over water colour ink and sprinkled White Puff embossing powder which I melted to created a 3D mottled effect.  
The last canvas topper is a mixture of many different bits and pieces I had laying around. I do love to use these up on cards, great way to waste nothing! The background for this one started with a layer of gesso and net material which I pressed in whilst still wet then covered with Midnight Dream, Silver Stratosphere and British Summer embossing powders and melted. The circle has been stamped onto thin metal with a clear ink and Black Ebony powder to create this industrial looking little embellishment. For the other details I've used torn paper, washi tape, cotton, mis-matched gems and small pieces of WOW Melt It! foil tray. 

I finished off with a phrase we should all heed: remember to play....

I hope you've found some inspiration to use with your stamps, have fun and be creatively free!

Hugs until next time

Saturday, 1 October 2016

World Card Making Day 2016 & WOW! Blog Hop

A warm hello to you all!

It's World Cardmaking Day today and to honour the occasion we have a WOW! blog hop, woo!


 I do love a good card making session and went with some of my favourite colours; denim blue, hot pink and aqua. The background was created by stamping doodle circles (new WOW! ones guys;) and filling in the centres with embossing powder. It give a quick, fun and effective finish.


I used the feathers WOW! silicone mould with air dry clay and covered the embellishment in Primary Blue Tang and Silver Sparkle embossing powders. Cork, denim and mini playing card elements add some interest and texture to the card.  

I finished with a playful, whimsical "just because" greeting as that's what this card was all about; being free, fun and just because!

Fran Westmoreland <------ You are here!
WOW Embossing Powder Blog
Victoria Petrenko
Martha Lucia Gomez 
Laurence Colling

Sarah Jackman Read
Susanne Rose

Have fun hopping and good luck!


Thursday, 29 September 2016

Mixed Media ATC Trio

Hello lovely crafty friends!

I hope you are all doing well. I have a dose of WOW! embossing inspiration to share with you today with these micro mini wonders or ATC's (artist trading cards). I have used a selection of  WOW embossing powders to create a variety of textures and effects.
And here is my set of three ATC's together. I wanted to create a set which matched in terms of colour scheme and accents but were all individual.
The base for this one stared out as an old postcard which I cut down prepared with gesso. I stamped the circular stamp from the Spark 'n' Shine set all over the card then adhered pen nibs and pieces of crumpled Copper Fab Foil onto one of the stamped circles to fashion the main feature of the card. Textures have been created with the use of micro beads, Copper Ultra High and Blueberry Cheesecake embossing powder which I melted over the beads.  
For the second ATC I used the same postcard, again cut down to form the base card and added gesso to prime the surface once again. using some mica spray to which I added Green Pearl and Peppermint Tea embossing powders which gave a beautiful subtle shine to the background then just layered embellishments and highlighted with Ultra Rich Gold powder.

The resin heart embellishment has been made using the WOW! Hearts mould and Melt It powder mixed with Silver Stratosphere embossing powder. I've finished the card off with a border stamp from the Pick 'n' Mix set.
For the final card I used a piece of scrap packaging as a base which I layered with denim scraps, tiny wooden shapes, old brads and gems. I covered with gesso to allow my paint spray to adhere properly then added Copper Ultra High, Chocolate Caramel Pearl and Primary Blue Tang powders into the wet spray once again and melted. For the main embellishment I have used a leave stamp from the Flights of Fancy stamp set which I stamped onto card and coloured with a paint spray. To create a beautiful iridescent two tone effect I melted Pearl Green powder on top of the wet spray.

Have a wonderful day

Friday, 16 September 2016

Papteterie Aberdeen 2017 Workshop Announcement

Hi sweeties!

I'm so excited to announce I will be back at Papeterie Crafts in Aberdeen next April!! I had a fabulous time when I visited in August and I'm really looking forward to returning. There will be a full weekend of Prima workshops and mixed media messy fun, with an art journal and canvas workhops! Details below:

Saturday April 29th 2017 - 10am-5pm- Creative License art journalling class £65

Sunday April 30th 2017 - 10am-4.30pm Freedom mixed media canvas class £60

Book both days with a discount for £120

For info / booking please contact


Thursday, 8 September 2016

Autumn Workshop dates

A warm hello to you all!
Firstly, I just to apologise for things being a little quiet around here recently. It's been a very busy here with lots happening behind the scenes, along with a few bouts of illness to hamper things! But as you can see I'll be busy in the next few month and I'm very excited to announce my series of Autumn workshop dates around the UK. I feel like I'm in a band lol.

Saturday 17th September - The Artistic Stamper - Faversham

Saturday 24th September - The Mulberry Bush - Thatcham

Saturday 1st October - Sir Stampalot - Peterborough

Saturday 22nd October - Crafty Ideas - Studley

Saturday 29th / Sunday 30th October - Scrapbook Magic - Helston bookings

Saturday 12th November - Keep On Crafting - Bury St.Edmunds bookings

Saturday 19th November - Craftstation - Kirkby-in-Ashfield- Project TBC

Saturday 26th November - Loobi Crafts - Leighton Buzzard - bookings


I will certainly enjoy getting inky fingered and messy, meeting new people and having fun. Hope to see you there!

Bug hugs,

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Because We All Need to Bloom: Art Journal Page

Hi everyone!

I hope you are all well and enjoying the later Summer sun. Today's post is a dose (that was snappy, go me!) of WOW! inspiration for you. I decided to try out the new Hey Little Flower and Just Saying stamps combining them into an art journal page

Firstly I applied a layer of clear gesso to my page to protect the pages then once this was dry I added paint and watercolor ink for my colour base. Into the wet paint and ink I added pinches of Silver Stratosphere and Blueberry Cheesecake embossing powders which I heated to melt.

Once happy with the arrangement I stamped various flowers from the Hey Little Flower stamp set around the pages with black ink and WOW's clear slow drying ink pad. I sprinkled Metallic Copper and Pink Lady over the wet ink and set with a heat tool.

I filled some of the petals with a chalk pen and some with WOW's clear embossing pen, which enable me to add embossing powder into those fiddly areas!  

 I finished off with some more stamping from the Just Saying set, doodles and journal scribbles.

I hope you will be inspired to try using your WOW stamps and powders for something a little different like journalling and don't forget to join in this month's challenge.

Have a creative day

Thursday, 28 July 2016

Escape Journalling

Hi everyone!

I hope you are doing well. It's a busy busy day at Peanut headquarters and I'm taking a breather from work to share a journal page I created a while back but never got around to posting

My idea of an inspirational page is to create something with freedom and honesty along with adding in things which are powerful to me. And for me the journalling on this one is the power point.

I wanted a bold and striking feel to the pages with an urban edge and bright, clear colours. I used a selection of my favourites from the Art Alchemy paints which are the usual suspects of teal, hot pink, orange and mauve.

Sculpture Medium is great for giving texture 3D properties and durability to bend into various forms. Here I used the Clear Sculpture Medium with cotton to create the 3D hair on my image, painting  the medium around the edge of the image and coiling lengths of cotton into it. I painted over with more of the medium and layered with more cotton to build up the texture.

Using oil pastels onto a gessoed surface and blending with fingers is a great way to create journal backgrounds. I used the new Art Alchemy acrylic paints around the pastel details which added rich metallic colour.

Beige Sculpture Medium was used to create the messy swirls, I simply drizzled onto the page to create texture then added doodle details on and around the dry medium.

Prima Products:
Art Basics: Double-Sided Texture Brushes Set 1 - 3 pcs 963873
Sculpture Medium -  Neutral Beige 963026
Sculpture Medium  -  Clear 963019
Art Alchemy-Acrylic Paint-Metallique Gold Rush 963071
Art Alchemy-Acrylic Paint-Metallique Pink Blush 963217
Art Alchemy-Acrylic Paint-Metallique Black Berry 963149
Art Alchemy-Acrylic Paint-Metallique Brass Hardware 963095
Oil Pastel Crayons 814328
Royal Menagerie - Diana 583354
Royal Menagerie - Helena 583330
Art Basics - Heavy Gesso - White (17 fl. oz.) 961374

Have a wonderful creative day