I'm back creating with Altered Pages

After almost a year hiatus I am back creating on one of my favorite Design Teams - Altered Pages. They specialize in Collage Sheets as well as selling a whole host of wonderful art supplies from all your favorite companies.

Throughout August the Design Team have been traveling the USA with all their wonderful creations and today it was my turn.  Having never been to the States I decided to create a Shadow Box Shrine featuring one of the destinations we hope to visit, as it is our goal to travel to Hawaii next year......to see my whole project and read why we will be heading to the Big Island you will have to head over to the AP Blog.

Here's a bit of a sneak peak...........I am using the Blue Hawaii Collage Sheet for the wonderful imagery along with some Graphic 45 Papers which were part of the Mermaid Fantasy Mailbox Muse Kits which are seasonal mail order art kits also available for purchase from Altered Pages.

Things with Wings

This month over in the Unruly PaperArts Facebook Group I am hosting a Things With Wings ATC Swap.  The cards wonderful cards have started to arrive from our participants and I plan to share some of these with you next month on the blog (Unruly PaperArts Blog).

Today I wanted to share the cards I have made which are created using one of my most recent stamp purchases from Carabelle Studio.  It is called Collage avec des oiseaux , These stamps are available from Time to Create who is the only stockist of them here in Australia.  I am a huge fan of these Carabelle Studio stamps and am slowly but surely adding more and more of these to my collection. They even have stamps A4 in size of which I own a few.

For my ATC's today I have also used some other bird related stamps such as feathers and a bird cage. My backgrounds are a mix of paint, gelatos, stencils and washi tape.

We are also currently hosting a Fairtytale Fiction and Fantasy Postcard Swap over at Unruly too........I will share my Postcard for this in the coming weeks after we have moved.  Tomorrow it's packing and shifting the small stuff before the revivalists arrive on Tuesday to move the bigger items.

Planning, Painting and Packing

Hi Everyone!  I've been a bit quiet on here of late as I have been busy planning and preparing for for a number of upcoming events including the Unruly PaperArts Retreat, Packing to move house next week.  In between I have been spending some time in my studio playing with paint.  I have been enjoying creating on large canvases and large mixed media paper sheets and over the past weekend I had the opportunity to join a number of other highly creative ladies to play with paint, pastels and other mediums sharing ideas and techniques.

My latest work in progress

Here's a look at a couple of my recent creations including some from the weekend.

Butterflies in the Garden (Mixed Media)

In the Woods on a Rainy Day

Lighthouse Beach Close Up (Pan Pastels)

Waterlillies (Acrylic)

Clowning Around
 (ATC Traded for recent Art Athon at ATC's for All)

Halloween Mona
created for Mona Lisa Outtakes ATC Swap

Our theme this month over at Unruly PaperArts is called Chip off the Old Block and it is exploring the wonderful ways you can dress up and use chipboard and some other specialty papers in your work, so be sure to pop over and take a look.

Masking Marbled Backgrounds

Hi Everyone earlier this month I shared over on Unruly PaperArts some fun Marbled Backgrounds created with Shaving Foam and Dye Reinkers.  Today I am sharing the next steps taken using these backgrounds.  I am exploring the technique of masking using some beautiful masks and art templates from Carabelle Studios.

To see everything I got up to you will have to pop over to Unruly PaperArts.

Will you be joining us as we Step into Spring?

Join us for our 'Step Into Spring' Creative Retreat

We invite you to step into Spring, get back to nature and nurture yourself and your creativity with us at the beautiful Solitude Retreat. 

When:  3.00 pm Thursday 17th of September 2015 - 3.00 pm Sunday 20th of September 2015.
Where:  Solitude Retreat 3376 Nerang Murwillumbah Road, Natural Bridge  Qld  4211.

Join me Danie and some of the Unruly Team at this intimate, creative and spiritual venue located amongst 164 acres of beautiful rainforest in the Gold Coast Hinterland of Australia for four days and three nights of comradeship and mixed media fun.  This venue will spoil you in every sense of the word ‘Retreat’.  We will have it all to ourselves and have set a program which will allow you time to relax, create and get a little unruly too during your stay.

Suited for both the beginner to the more experienced, you will get to play with a variety of mixed media products ……learn new techniques and go home with a array of completed art projects.  We have planned a minimum of four in-depth workshops and a number of smaller group activities and projects throughout the duration of this event.

It's a wonderful opportunity to escape and come together with like minded people and make new friends.

In your free time you can take advantage of the beautiful surrounds of our venue which has a number of rainforest walks and plenty of areas for you to relax and bask in the sun.  You are pretty much guaranteed some sort of wildlife encounter too, from the native birds that come in to feed on the deck to Pademelons bounding across the path in front of you.  You may also like to take a short trip to Natural Bridge and view the glow worms.

For those of you in search of some new art supplies for your shopping convenience Julie Short from Time To Create will have a selection of products from her store available on site.


 $595 ALL INCLUSIVE (meals, accommodation, workshops, class supplies and take home goodies)  

  • Tea/Coffee on arrival
  • Thursday Night Dinner
  • Friday Breakfast, M/T, Lunch, A/T, Dinner 
  • Saturday Breakfast, M/T, Lunch, A/T, Dinner 
  • Sunday Breakfast, M/T, Lunch

All meals will include Vegetarian and/or Gluten Free Options, please advise us if you have any other dietary requirements that need to be met before booking.


Our venue is unique and offers small group style accommodation in shared rooms surrounded by   beautiful colours and artwork.  Each attendee will have their own single bed (all linen provided).  There are a number of delightfully appointed bathrooms, one of which includes a large free standing bath, which you may wish to take advantage of during your stay.

You can see more details and photos of our venue by visiting the Solitude Retreat Website.


You only need to bring a basic tool kit that you would take to most classes, ie scissors, glue, d/s tape, black pen, as all other supplies for activities and workshops will be provided. 

Then it’s just a matter of the clothing and personal belongings you desire.  I would suggest to include a jacket just in case for the night time.


This is the first event of this nature taken on by the Unruly Team so we want everything to be perfect, hence our numbers will be limited so book early to avoid disappointment.

A Non Refundable Deposit of $195 will secure your place at this event.

The balance can then be paid in one full payment or 4 x $100 installments each month.

Total Payment must be paid by 15th August 2015 and no monies will be refunded for cancellations after this date.

Payment can be made via direct deposit to:

Danielle A May
Bank of Queensland
BSB: 122-737
Acc. No: 22298204
Please use your Name as a reference

Please also email unrulymail@gmail.com to let us know you have paid your deposit.  This way we can keep an eye out for your payment and proceed to sending you further information.  Once your deposit has been received you will be sent a questionnaire to complete and also be invited to join the Retreat Facebook Group so you can meet your fellow attendees ask questions and see sneak peeks of what we have planned.


The venue is approximately 30 minutes south of Nerang, 45 minutes west of Surfers Paradise and just 30 min north of Murwillumbah. If you are flying from interstate or overseas then the closest airport is at Coolangatta which is approximately 40 mins away.  

  • There is no shorter stay or day options available for this event.
  • Mobile and internet reception at this venue is limited. Mobile phones will be required to be switched off during all workshops and meal times in consideration of your fellow attendees.
Please direct any questions or inquiries about this event to Danie May at unrulymail@gmail.com.

Hope to see you there!

Angel ATCs with a Touch of Yellow

I recently saw a lovely theme for a ATC Swap - Angels.   Unfortunately however the swap was full for the number of participants allowed but that didn't stop me playing along with the theme using some of the beautiful vintage Angel Collage Images I had on hand from both Gecko Gal and Altered Pages.

For the backgrounds I used a mix of Crafty Individuals Background Papers, Lindy's Stamp Gang Beauty School Drop Out Flat Fabio Spray Inks and Carabelle Studio Stamps.

Altered Pages Mother's Day Link Up!

This week to celebrate Mother's Day Altered Pages are hosting a Mother's Day Blog Link Up Party, so I took the opportunity to create a pretty feminine card using their Lovely Ladies and Beautiful Butterflies Collage Sheets along with papers from the Kaiser Craft Botanical Odyssey Paper Collection which are all available from their online store.

I just love the color turquoise at the moment and these pretty Kaiser Kraft Papers.  A strip of corrugated cardstock, was layered under my image and over a eyelet border punched strip cut from black cardstock.  The Free Spirit Quote was cut from a piece of Prima Paper.

You have until the 15th of the Month to join in the fun, you just need to use an Altered Pages product which is easy as they have two free Collage Sheets for you to download over on the blog as part of the Link Up Post here.

I am also linking this up to 
Brown Sugar Challenge #145 Lot's of Layers
Sister Act Card Challenge #105 Anything Goes

Things that make you go MMM!

Sorry it's been a bit quite on here of late, the past few months I have been focused on getting on top of a health issue and to be honest I really wasn't feeling up to being creative in any way.  It was all very sudden, but wasn't if you know what I mean as it took years of mistreating my body to get to that point where this issue reared its ugly head and then needed immediate attention to rectify .....I had to have surgery to bring things back to some state of order and check for the nasty C word. The Good News is they didn't find any cancer so now it's just a matter of taking steps to change my lifestyle and get my health back.......that could take a while.

Shaving Foam and Reinkers perfect for some messy fun!
I managed to get back into the creating spirit because I had an article due for Unruly PaperArts more than desire but at least its something. This month our MMM Issue......all things relating to the letter M that is and what better way to do it than having some marvelous and messy fun creating some Marbled Backgrounds with Shaving Foam.

I ended up splitting my planned article into two to cover another artist who had to pull out last minute so this week over on the blog you will see where I have created my Marbled Backgrounds and later this month I share how I then used this marbled backgrounds with a masking technique to create some other projects.

There is lots of other wonderful M projects and techniques being shared this month so be sure to pop over and take a look.