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Saturday, 9 September 2017

Docrafts Demos Autumn 2017

With Summer officially over and the rain settled in for the foreseeable future it's the perfect opportunity to keep busy with preparing for my Docrafts Autumn demos. I hope you are all well and busy crafting too.

Docrafts gets nostalgic for Christmas this year with a kitsch collection called Love Santa. It's fun and lively with a bright colour palette that will appeal to all ages. The range features charming Babysham-style reindeer and other iconic images.

With 12 x 12" and 6 x 6" paper packs, gift tags, toppers, decoupage and 3D stickers, there’s everything you need to get started with your Christmas crafting. 


The collection also includes an A4 Ultimate pack, A5 die-cut postage stamps, colourful festive sticker sheets and 4 x 4" clear stamps featuring Christmas sentiments and images. 
Embellishments include mini tinsel and strings of mini lights, plus pom-poms and glitter pots.

There are also lots of fabulous new X-cut dies. Dies are always very popular for Christmas projects and quick cards. There is a design for every style.

Besides the beautiful new winter scene dies there are some wonderful and fun seasonal and festive mini dies.

It's not all about Christmas though. Docrafts have also brought out the wonderful Modern Lustre collection. It's an opulent looking range that is perfect for celebrations of all occasions. The foiled designs come on a white background, with a selection of geometric lines, spots, stars and stripes for a fresh, contemporary feel.  The range includes paper packs, a decoupage pack and clear stamps, with sentiments for every occasion.

I do hope you will visit your local Docrafts stockists to check out these fabulous new collections.
I shall be at The Range in Carmarthen this weekend and in the Swansea and Llanelli Range stores later this month and in October. I hope you will be able to stop by if you are in the area.
Enjoy your weekend everyone.

Friday, 1 September 2017

Creative Artiste #30 September 2017

This is my second post for today. Please scroll down to see my Crafts Galore Encore challenge post.

Welcome to my September post for 
We are a challenge blog for everyone who likes to mix their media. So, as long as you like to use various mediums on your creations we'd love to see you enter the challenge.
A big Thank You to everyone who entered Challenge #29 in August. Your projects were fabulous and our winner has been announced on the blog. 

Our theme is always
"Anything Mixed Media Goes"

This month we are being sponsored by:

Scrapmatts & Papertole Australia

I have decorated a  5"x 7" (12 x 18 cm) canvas using some of the gorgeous products I received from Scrapmatts.


I used the heart lattice stencil with texture paste for the background and gessoed over.


I tore up a printed vintage postcard and randomly glued that down before adding patches of  DecoArt Crackle Paste. I then dry brushed with gesso to knock back the black. I splattered some red and black DecoArt spray across the canvas.


I used the dividing piece of chipboard from the Ornate Frames and heat embossed it in silver. The words are from the Assorted Words 28 set. I painted them in red acrylic and secured the montage in place with a gel medium.


I added some paper roses and buttons from my stash. I painted the buttons red before I tinged them and the roses with silver Pebeo Wax. I finished the canvas by adding the wax around the edges.

This is a month long challenge so you have time to create mixed media projects and enter up to three times. A full list of the rules is on the challenge blog. For more inspiration please visit the Creative Artiste Challenge Blog to see the wonderful mixed media projects created by our talented team.  Remember to have fun and enter your "Anything Mixed Media Goes" creations in the challenge.
I hope you all have a nice weekend. 

I've entered this project into the following challenges:
http://rheddscreativespirit.blogspot.co.uk/2017/09/septembers-challenge.html
https://mixitupchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2017/09/miucb-5-anything-goes-inlaid-die-cut.html


Crafts Galore Encore September 2017

September has arrived and children are back at school in Wales this week but I'm still waiting for Summer. Hopefully we will at least have a mild, dry Autumn.

Today I have a card to show you that I made
for our September challenge on the
Thank you to everyone who joined in with August's challenge. The winners are on the challenge blog's 'winner's page'. This is a month long challenge and you can enter up to three times. A full list of rules are on the challenge blog.
Our theme every month is the popular
"Anything Goes"

Our sponsor this month is:

Fabrika Fantasy

I have made an 8"x 8" card.

I used a piece of card coloured with Distress Oxide Wilted Violet as a base and layered a paper from the G45 Rare Oddities collection. The sentiment was printed on the computer and layered on to off-cuts.

The design team was lucky enough to be able to choose an image from Fabrika Fantasy to work with and I picked this fabulous Wise Dragon. I've coloured it with Copics and layered it on to a piece of card coloured with Spiced Marmalade Distress Oxide.

I made some mini books out of card as embellishments.

Now please visit the  Crafts Galore Encore challenge blog to see the wonderful projects and cards created by the rest of the talented team and to enter your "Anything Goes" creations.

I've entered this card in the following challenges:


Saturday, 26 August 2017

Craft Box Clipboard

Well, our weather over here in South Wales still can't make up it's mind about summer. We typically have a mixture of sun, rain, wind and fog. And that's just in a morning.
I cheered myself up this week by making this project. There were some lovely elements in the August Craft Box which I received at the beginning of the week. They included a board and a clip which I put together to make a clipboard. 

The board is 7.5" x 5.5" (19 x 14 cm). I started by adding some torn pieces of a craft newspaper and bits from the SnipArt trellis before a light coat of gesso.

Next I built up a platform using some stencilled card layers. I then cut up one of the metal filigrees and began adding some elements from the most recent Craft Boxes I'd received.

Those elements included a Steampunk charm, wooden pegs, mermaid cabochons and purple half pearls.

There were also paper roses, resin roses, Druzy sparkles and opal tiles. 
To colour the clipboard and elements I used four of my 13 @rts Ayeeda sprays - available in the UK from Artist Trading Post. The colours I used are Pastel Dirty Pink, Pastel Green, Pastel Turquoise and Chalk White.

I made the sentiment plaque by heat embossing white Frantage on a die-cut oval and using a Kaisercraft stamp with Stazon.  

My finishing touch was to add a seam binding bow I'd coloured with Distress Oxides.

 In parts of the UK this weekend it is a Bank Holiday, which means that Monday is a day off. There is no extra craft time for me though as we have house guests. Trust me they're not here for the weather.
I hope you all have a crafty weekend and lovely weather though wherever you are.

Friday, 4 August 2017

Creative Artiste #29 August 2017

Happy Friday everyone.
Today I have my August post for 
We are a challenge blog for everyone who likes to mix their media. So, as long as you like to use various mediums on your creations we'd love to see you enter the challenge.
A big Thank You to everyone who entered Challenge #28 in July. Your projects were fabulous and our winner has been announced on the blog. 

Our theme is always
"Anything Mixed Media Goes"

This month we are being sponsored by:

Maja Design

I have used some of my gorgeous Maja papers to make three vintage style tags.

The papers I've used are from the 6"x 6" (15cm x 15cm) Sofiero collection and the tag bases were all hand cut from greyboard.

The base layer on this tag was gessoed, painted with pale pink acrylic and second generation text stamped with coffee Archival. I then splattered on white gesso and painted the edges with Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide. The next layers are torn Sofiero paper with texture paste through a stencil and some vintage lace. I added some torn strips of paper before fixing the topper in place. A seam binding bow with cord and a handmade flower with cheesecloth finished this tag.

The base of the second tag was painted and inked with Broken China DO then a torn piece of Sofiero paper. I added half a die-cut doily and some cheesecloth coloured with DOs then some more paper before fixing the topper in place and splattering some white gesso. A seam binding bow, some cord and three handmade clay roses finished this tag.

The base of this final tag was created in the same way as the first. I then added half a die-cut doily coloured with Worn Lipstick and Vintage Photo DOs and a couple of pieces of torn Sofiero papers.
I added the topper and splattered some white gesso. Some seam binding, cord. a lace applique and a homemade clay button finished the tag.

This is a month long challenge so you have time to create mixed media projects and enter up to three times. A full list of the rules is on the challenge blog. For more inspiration please visit the Creative Artiste Challenge Blog to see the wonderful mixed media projects created by our talented team.  Remember to have fun and enter your "Anything Mixed Media Goes" creations in the challenge.
I hope you all have a nice weekend planned. 

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Crafts Galore Encore August 2017

Sorry I haven't been around much lately but I've been having too much fun with family and friends. I hope you've all been keeping well while I've been busy. Today I have a card to show you that I made
for our August challenge on the
Thank you to everyone who joined in with July's challenge. The winners are on the challenge blog's 'winner's page'. This is a month long challenge and you can enter up to three times. A full list of rules are on the challenge blog.
Our theme every month is the popular
"Anything Goes"

Our sponsor this month is:
Beccy's Place
who is offering one digi set to the winner.

I have made an 8"x 8" (20cm x 20cm) card.

I created the background by adding texture paste through a stonework stencil on mixed media card. Once dried I painted it with a soft yellow acrylic then lightly brushed over the texture paste in pale grey. I painted the edges of another piece of card in brown acrylic and matted the yellow card on top.

We were allowed to chose one of Beccy's fabulous images and I chose The Old Well. I coloured it with Copics before trimming and scruffing the edges. I printed a sentiment and fixed them both to the card with foam pads.

I embellished the card with fabric flowers, polystyrene baubles, and bamboo sticks.

Now please visit the  Crafts Galore Encore challenge blog to see the wonderful projects and cards created by the rest of the talented team and to enter your "Anything Goes" creations.



Sunday, 23 July 2017

Oxide Dragonflies

Sorry I haven't been around much over the past couple of weeks. I've been busy with demos, classes, commissions and DT work. I did however find time to finally have a play with the Distress Oxides I purchased from Artist Trading Post. These are the results of my first playtime.

Both of these projects are mixed media card fixed to an 8"x 8" (20 cm x 20 cm) canvas board. The Distress Oxide backgrounds were created by dipping and lifting the mixed media card in puddles of Oxide ink and water on my craft mat. I dipped each colour separately and dried in between.

I used Worn Lipstick, Broken China, Vintage Photo and Cracked Pistachio to colour this background, die-cut doily and cheesecloth.

The dragonfly was die-cut using the Tim Holtz Sizzix die in pearlescent card. It was dipped in Cracked Pistachio, Worn Lipstick and Vintage Photo Oxide inks.  There is a beautiful sheen to it in real life. 

Once the ink layers were dry I stamped some text, added texture paste through a Prima stencil and some bamboo sticks. The added textures were coloured using Oxides mixed with water and painted on like a watercolour. I then added some white micro beads.

For this background and dragonfly I used Vintage Photo, Spiced Marmalade and Cracked Pistachio DOs.

This dragonfly was die cut from plain white card and dipped in watered Oxides. Prima Artstones and cheese cloth were coloured with the Oxides as a watercolour.

The panels were finished with glass pebbles from my stash.

Both canvas boards were painted with dark brown acrylic and then a layer of DecoArt's Weathered Wood. Once dry I added the top coat of acrylic paint and watched them crackle. The card panels were then glued onto the canvases with soft matt gel.
I love the way the Oxides react with each other and on different surfaces. The soft, chalky look on plain card is my favourite. It's so tactile. Have you got any Oxides? What do you think of them? I still have a couple of colours I haven't tried yet, I'll have to make time for another play....

Friday, 7 July 2017

Creative Artiste #28 July 2017

Happy Friday everyone and welcome to my July post for 

Creative Artiste

We are a challenge blog for everyone who likes to mix their media. So, as long as you like to use various mediums on your creations we'd love to see you enter the challenge.
A big Thank You to everyone who entered Challenge #27 in June. Your projects were wonderful and our winner has been announced on the blog. 

Our theme is always
"Anything Mixed Media Goes"

This month we are being sponsored by:
    

The lovely Sofie very generously sent the team some some of her Scrapmatts products to play with. I've used some on this journal page.


The base is mixed media card cut to 5" x 8" (13cm x 20cm). I first used texture paste through the Bubbles stencil. When that was dry I stamped some circles randomly using black Archival ink.


I then added patches of colour using Lindy's Magicals in blue and turquoise tones and added some blue ink splashes. I chopped up and coloured some Bubbles chipboard and added that to the page.


I created a panel with the Bubbles stencil and Lindy's Magicals and edged it in blue before fixing it to the page.


I printed off a butterfly in blue and added some Scrap Words to finish.

This is a month long challenge so you have time to create mixed media projects and enter up to three times. A full list of the rules is on the challenge blog. For more inspiration please visit the Creative Artiste Challenge Blog to see the wonderful mixed media projects created by our talented team.  Remember to have fun and enter your "Anything Mixed Media Goes" creations in the challenge.
I hope you all have a nice weekend planned. 

I've entered this project into the following challenges:

Saturday, 1 July 2017

Crafts Galore Encore July 2017

Hello everybody. Today I have a card in a popular colourway. Red, white and blue are the colours of the flags for three of the countries I have lived in and still have family in. Can you guess which counties they are?

I have made this card for our July challenge on the  
Thank you to everyone who joined in with June's challenge. The winners are on the challenge blog's 'winner's page'. This is a month long challenge and you can enter up to three times. A full list of rules are on the challenge blog.

Our theme every month is the popular
"Anything Goes"

Our sponsor this month is:
OddballArtCo
who are offering 3 digis from their Etsy store to the winner.

My card is 7"x 7" (18cm x 18cm).

I started by adding red and blue DecoArt sprays to a white piece of card and matting it onto blue card before fixing it to my card blank.

I chose to work with an old Oddball Art image I had. The actual image is called Chloe and has been revamped so the current version has different hair. I coloured her in with my Copics and fussy cut her out before adding to my card front with foam pads.

I used a Memory Box die to cut the heart border from card I'd sprayed red and matted it onto blue card. I added some of the cut out hearts around the image and finished off with a seam binding bow I'd dyed red.

Now please visit the  Crafts Galore Encore challenge blog to see the wonderful projects and cards created by the rest of the talented team and to enter your "Anything Goes" creations.
BTW, the three countries are England, France and the USA. Were you right?

I've entered this project into the following challenges:
http://cutitupchallenges.blogspot.co.uk/2017/06/challenge-125-patriotic-red-white-and.html Winner!
http://creataliciouschallenges.blogspot.co.uk/2017/06/challenge-118-anything-goes-with.html x
https://oddballstamps.blogspot.co.uk/2017/06/oddball-art-challenge-june-17-spread.html x

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Urban Chic Graffiti

The weather here in the UK has been gloriously sunny and hot this past week. Personally I love the hotter weather and constant sunshine although I do understand that some people suffer in the heat. But like all good things the wonderful weather is about to change and the rain is starting to roll in.
Last Saturday I was in Bournemouth, a beachside town in the south of England, attending a workshop with Mark Gould. It was a very hot day but we were tucked in a lovely cool room at the Atelier shop and Mark was teaching us different techniques to create a graffiti based wall hanging.

I won't tell you the techniques that Mark taught us, you will have to take his workshop to learn the secrets, but we used a 10"x 10" (25cm x 25cm) wooden base, an image transfer technique and lots of DecoArt products.


As soon as I saw this image I knew I wanted to use it. There is something about Audrey Hepburn that has always appealed to me. This type of black and white image is called 'a threshold' image and is available from Andy Skinner's website under his Products tab along with some other iconic images.


As you can clearly see we used stencils to create a textured background. I chose the wall stencil as the project is based on wall art. We also got to use some products that I'd not used before so it was great to have a play with new mediums. 


We also used small stencils to mimic graffiti and, lastly, some word stencils. I chose images I thought went with the glamorous, iconic picture. The stencils are from DecoArt and That's Crafty.

I can highly recommend Mark's workshops. His style is what he describes as " Industrial Grunge meets Shabby Chic" and he has several different classes to chose from. You can find Mark on Facebook where he advertises his workshops.

Friday, 9 June 2017

Applied Creativity in 3 Acts

Hello everyone, I'm back to tell you about the amazing time I had at the Applied Creativity in 3 Acts retreat last weekend. The event was smoothly run by Art Workshops - thanks to Sue and her fabulous team. - It was a very busy weekend with a total of 18 hours of tutored crafting over the two days by the three best mixed media teachers. Anna Dabrowska (aka Finnabair), France Papillon and Marta Lapkowska. I learnt so much from them and had a wonderful time. So many new techniques and friends.

These are the projects that I had so much fun making. Obviously I can't give you details of how they were made but I can recommend you take the classes if you get the chance. The sessions were all three hours long and all three tutors taught two different projects. 

First up on Saturday morning was Marta's class.

A dimensional vintage plaque that I painted in soft colours. 



After lunch was France Papillon's class. 

This was supposed to be half an eggshell but mine ended up as more of a shallow dish. (I blame the air conditioning) but I still love the result.



On Saturday evening I had Finnabair's first class.

A stencilled and embellished mixed media notebook. 



After a much needed rest we started on Sunday with the second of Anna's classes.

This project is on MDF and we got to work with Anna's brand new Art Alchemy Impasto paints from Prima.



In the afternoon was Marta's second class.

A hexagonal block of wood decorated with layers, stencilling and flowers.


The last class of the weekend was with France on Sunday evening.

This project is on a 9" (23 cm) piece of wood and we got to use France's first stencil. I added the metal embellishments from my stash.

I couldn't pick a favourite project as all were so fantastic. The tutors were amazing and I'm very grateful to my lovely husband for the most wonderful birthday present he's bought me in 35 years. Certainly better than the tumble dryer and the ironing board! No joke!
Do look out for Art Workshops retreats and classes. They are available through Artist Trading Post as well as many of the fabulous products we used over the weekend.
Now it's back to reality for me. I'm demoing at The Range in Cwmdu for Docrafts on Saturday. Have a lovely weekend everyone.