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 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

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.

This month is all about turning Trash to Treasure at Unruly PaperArts

This month over at Unruly PaperArts is all about recycling.  Turning your Trash into something to Treasure.  I am not down to do an article this month but that didn't stop me from playing along with the theme.

I have been wanting to create some ATC Folders for some of my various collections and have the covers match the theme of my collections so I started creating covers for my Oriental Themed Cards.

I started with the covers of a Watercolor Paper Pad that I had used all the paper from.  And cut off a piece from the plastic front cover and heavy duty chipboard back cover big enough to house my ATC Sleeves.

I coated the Chipboard with Red Fluid Acrylic Paint.

The plastic front cover was coated with Gesso, than some red tissue paper, cherry blossom napkins and Red and Orange Fluid Acrylic.

Once my base for each cover was dry I added further detail with stencils and stamps along with a Chinese coin.

My covers and sleeves are held together using 3 hinged rings.

Friday Disruption!

Can you believe it's the 3rd Friday in March already............what that means apart from the year is whizzing by is that it is my turn to post over at Time To Create.  My disruptive post this month is sharing a video on a technique I discovered by accident (well sort of) which gives you a quick and easy way to highlight an embossed or raised surface cleaning up any excess spray inks as you go.

I discovered this technique while creating the project below.  And for today's inspiration and demonstration I have used it for a quick ATC background.


So if you want to take a peek at exactly what I have done, and perhaps give it a try for yourself then be sure to head over to the TTC Blog.  It is created using the beautiful Cuttlebug - Anna Griffin Poppy Embossing Folder.

Under the Sea Chunky Page Swap at Aussie Crafters

Happy Tuesday everyone!  Today I am sharing a Chunky Page I have created as Inspiration for the Aussie Crafters Group for their upcoming Under the Sea Chunky Page Swap.

Participants in the swap are asked to make 7 - 9 identical pages with both sides decorated to an under the sea theme on thick cardboard such as chipboard.  The Page size is 10 x 15 cm with a landscape orientation.

I actually had my background piece premade from a previous play with some paint and spray inks, stencils and stamps.  I did however add some further metallic paint around the edges after I stuck this to my chipboard base.

It may be a bit hard to tell from the photo but my sand base is actually rough - created using some Paper Artsy Grunge Paste and a Orange Colored Pan Pastel which both were applied with my finger and then allowed to dry.

The mermaid stamp, netting, shells and dew drops were all items that were included in the Mail Box Muse Kit - Mermaids.  I also used some Hampton Arts and Darkroom Door Stamps to add the star fish, shell and seaweed.

My mermaid was very simply colored with my Memento Markers and a skin colored Watercolor Pencil.  She was cut out and mounted on some foam dots.  

So if you are an Aussie Crafter and looking for a fun swap be sure to head over to Facebook and check out this wonderful crafting group and swap.