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Saturday, 20 May 2017

Cherish Canvas

Hello everyone, I hope you are all keeping well. Another busy weekend for me. I shall be demoing from 10 am till 4 pm for Trimcraft in The Range at Cwmdu today. Before I go I wanted to show you the Valentine present I made for my husband.

This is a 5" x 7" (12.5 cm x 17.5 cm) canvas board. I started with black gesso then an uneven layer of DecoArt Media Crackle Paste. Once dry and nicely cracked I stamped some Stampendous text with Archival black ink and splattered black and red DecoArt Media Mister inks and watered down gold acrylic paint. 


The heart is a Flaming Heart from Prima's Relics & Artifacts range which I painted with red acrylic. I then used gold acrylic paint to stamp the veins. I made the 'wings' using air dry clay and an IOD mould by Prima. They were then painted with gold acrylic.


The heart and wings were fixed to the canvas with Heavy Matt Gel and I finished it with the Tim Holtz die-cut word Cherish in red card. 

I hope you all have nice plans for the weekend and have a lovely time whatever you do.

Friday, 5 May 2017

Creative Artiste #26 May 2017

Happy Friday everyone. I hope you all have a nice weekend planned. I'm hoping that now May is here the weather will get warmer and more settled.

On to today's business which is my May challenge 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 #25 in April. 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


Lindy's Stamp Gang

who are offering a voucher for the lucky winner.


I love Lindy's sprays and have used them on this canvas.

I started by dry brushing a light blue acrylic paint and white gesso all over the canvas. Then I used texture paste through a Tim Holtz flourish stencil before
fixing lengths of lace onto the canvas with a matt gel.

I die cut the heart from card, used the stencil and texture paste and painted it with pink acrylic paint. The flowers are from my stash and I arranged them and the heart on the canvas with matt gel. The little stars are iridescent beads.

Once everything was in place I sprayed, sprinkled and squirted with Plumeria Pink, Hibiscus Rose, Salt Water Taffy and Ocean Breeze Blue Magicals from Lindy's.

This is a month long challenge so you have time to create 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.
Have a lovely weekend everyone, whatever you have planned.

I've entered this project into the following challenges:
http://welove2create.blogspot.co.uk/2017/04/challenge-9-anything-creativemixed.html
http://alteredeclectics.blogspot.co.uk/2017/05/may-challenge-here-at-altered-eclectics.html
http://rheddscreativespirit.blogspot.co.uk/2017/05/mays-challenge.html
http://mixedmediaworld.blogspot.co.uk/2017/04/mmw24-anything-mixed-media-goes-with.html#more
http://countryviewchallenges.blogspot.co.uk/2017/05/may-2017-flower-power.html


Monday, 1 May 2017

Craft Galore Encore May 2017

Happy May Day everyone! I hope those of you in the UK are enjoying the long weekend.
Welcome to May's challenge on the  
Thank you to everyone who joined in with April'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"

We have two sponsors this month:
Ppinkydolls art

and

StarStampz


I chose a Ppinkydolls image and created this card.

I started by printing a musical paper and matting it onto red card.



I chose this image called Alice and coloured it with my Copics.

I die-cut some hearts from red card and used miniature playing cards as embellishments.

I printed some vintage Alice in Wonderland related images and matted them onto red card.

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 project into the following challenges:

Friday, 28 April 2017

Trimcraft Demonstrations April/May 2017

Good morning everyone. Another week has rolled on by. This coming weekend is another busy one for me as I have demonstrations both days. After checking my diary I realised that I only have one free weekend until the end of July. So much for relaxing weekends. At least we have a Bank Holiday here in the UK this Monday.
This weekend my demos are for Trimcraft using their gorgeous newest collections. On Saturday I shall be at The Range in Carmarthen and on Sunday at The Range in Swansea. 

The Blooming Lovely collection is full of Springtime colours and wonderful florals.


The colour palette for Painted Blooms is rich with pretty butterflies and dragonflies.

The fabulously fun Kiss and Makeup collection has eye catching colours and should appeal to ladies of all ages.

Each collection comes with it's own range of embellishments including bunting, pegs, dies, ribbons, stamps and more. Don't forget to check them out at your local stockist.
I'd love to see you if you are in the South West Wales area this weekend. Otherwise, have a  lovely weekend.

Friday, 21 April 2017

Ministry Weekend April 2017

Hello everyone. The year is travelling fast and another weekend is almost upon us.
I recently spent a very busy weekend in Coventry at the Ministry of Mixology Retreat. For those of you who don't know, the Ministry of Mixology Retreats are run by Tando Creative and Andy Skinner. Most of the wet mediums we used over the weekend were supplied by DecoArt.
There were two main tutors. France Papillion and Kate Crane. Although their styles are very different both are lovely, patient and very talented in the world of mixed media. I really enjoyed both classes. I learned new techniques and got to play with products I'd not used before.


On Saturday I attended France's class. We made a book box to hold ink pads. The actual kit was supplied by Tando Creative and was easy to assemble once France explained it all.
The box was then covered in several layers of paints and finishes to achieve an old wood effect.

The final part was to decorate the top of the box and thread the string.


Kate's class on Sunday was a divided box to hold tags and four tags to put in it. I didn't manage to finish all of the tags on the day.

The box was decorated and assembled in the morning session. The colour palette and techniques were great fun to work with.

I managed to paint and embellish one of the large tags (6"/15cm square) and start painting the other tags in the afternoon.


On Saturday evening there were Make & Take sessions. I managed to do three of those. 

The first project was Dee Adams's Steampunk heart.


My second Make & Take was Hannah Oxberry's stencilled tag. I really need to practice this one.

My last project of the night was Nikki Killinger's acrylic media board. I now understand the principle of working backwards! 

I'd like to say a very big Thank You to everyone involved in organising and participating in the Ministry retreat weekend. I had a fabulous time and learned so much.
 I shall be attending a Clare Charvill workshop on Saturday and working with some pretty Graphic 45 papers. Have a good weekend everyone, I hope you have something nice planned.

Friday, 7 April 2017

Creative Artiste #25 April 2017

Hello everyone, happy Friday! I hope you all have a nice weekend planned. I'm off to Coventry for the Ministry of Mixology weekend. I'm really looking forward to all the craftiness! But first, today's order of business ....

Welcome to my April challenge 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 #24 in March. 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
DecoArt
who have this wonderful prize for our winner.



I have decorated a jewellery box using some DecoArt products for my project this month.


This was a plain white box and I gave it a couple of coats of gesso to start with. I mixed DecoArt Crafter's Acrylic in 'Burnt Sienna' with some local sand and covered the whole box.

Once dry I used two shades of DecoArt Americana acrylic paint in turquoise to cover most of the textured layer, then dabbed on patches of Crafter's Acrylic in 'Early Spring Green' and 'Cool Blue'. I finished by adding patches of DecoArt Media Quinacridone Gold.

For the central panel I started by gluing on shells, glass beads, pearls, Art Stones and painted die-cuts.

The marbled effect was created with DecoArt Triple Thick Glaze and some Pebeo Fantasy paints.


This is a month long challenge so you have time to create 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.
Have a lovely weekend everyone, whatever you have planned.
I've entered this project into the following challenges:
http://welove2create.blogspot.co.uk/2017/04/challenge-7-anything-creativemixed.html x
http://alteredeclectics.blogspot.co.uk/2017/04/april-challenge-over-at-altered.html
http://rheddscreativespirit.blogspot.co.uk/2017/04/aprils-challenge.html
http://abitmoretimetocraft.blogspot.co.uk/2017/04/a-bit-more-time-to-craft-challenge-41.html
http://moremixedmediachallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2017/04/more-mixed-media-challenge-anything.html
http://mixedmediaworld.blogspot.co.uk/2017/03/mmw23-anything-mixed-media-goes-with.html


Saturday, 1 April 2017

Crafts Galore Encore April 2017

There is a new challenge on the  
Thank you to everyone who joined in with February'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 this month is the popular
"Anything Goes"
and our sponsor is


A Day for Daisies
who are offering a $12 voucher for the winner.

I decided to keep things simple and make a monochrome card.

I used an A5 card base and painted the outside edge in black. I then distressed a paper from Prima's Epiphany pad and dripped on a few splashes of black paint. The flourish image was fussy cut from a different page and fixed in the corner.

I was given a single bird from the Freehand Bird 3 image. I used a graphics program to copy and flip the image. I then joined the two birds together and printed the image out.

The flowers were from my stash and the sentiment was computer generated.

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.


Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Docrafts Demos January to March 2017

Hello fellow bloggers. I apologise for my absence. It has been caused largely by a nasty bout of bronchitis and a broken laptop. In between antibiotics and computer shopping I have been managing to keep up with my Docrafts demonstrations. I have some samples from the past few months to show you.


There were lots of fabulous new dies released in time for January's demos including dies to cut houses and new Cut and Emboss folders.


Personalising projects is so easy with the new mini alphabet dies and two sizes of wooden letters. The new family tree die has proved popular too.


March's new products include adorable animal images and brilliant papers in the Paws for Thought range.

There are some gorgeous new dies to make card designs easy. 


The wonderful new Capsule Elements collection features wood designed papers which are suitable for male and female cards.
My demonstrations all went well and the new collections proved very popular.
I'm pleased to report that the bronchitis, which was the culmination of  poor health since mid-December is now under control. The laptop, however remains another issue. I am now the owner of a new laptop that's full of sharp edges and lots of useless software. I'm ignoring the awful Windows 10 and only using the laptop when necessary. It's only redeeming feature so far is the touchscreen feature that I insisted on.
I shall persevere however and hope to be back to normal soon.

Friday, 3 March 2017

Creative Artiste #24 March 2017

Welcome everyone to my March challenge 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 #23 in February. 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 sponsored by our own DT member Judy who has arranged a prize of dies and stamps.

I have incorporated some stamps and a die in my project.


I started with a compass stencil and texture paste on an 8"x 8" (20 x 20 cm) base. I used watered down acrylic paints and some sprays to colour the background. Once dry I randomly stamped some travel themed stamps and then gave it all a white gesso wash.

I stamped and heat embossed the hot air balloon from Sheena Douglass onto watercolour card. I dripped on some spray colours and cut it out.


I created the rust effect border with acrylic paints and sand texture paste. The Harlequin die-cut is from Tim Holtz and was coloured with paints and inks. I layered on a piece of cheesecloth and dry brushed it with paint before fixing the hot air balloon in place with foam pads.


The embellishments are mostly from Craft Box. I painted some with acrylics and added beads to the wire bauble.


For the finishing touch I heat embossed the chipboard word with copper and gold powder.

This is a month long challenge so you have time to create 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've entered this project into the following challenges:
http://alteredeclectics.blogspot.co.uk/2017/03/new-month-new-challenge.html
http://rheddscreativespirit.blogspot.co.uk/2017/03/new-challenge-for-march.html x

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Crafts Galore Encore March 2017

Happy St David's Day from Wales. Wow! The first of March already, the year seems to be rolling on more quickly now. Probably because February was so short.
I had a wonderful weekend of classes with the fabulous Finnabair. She is an amazing teacher. I shall show you my projects starting next week.

But today's business is a new challenge on the  
Thank you to everyone who joined in with February'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 this month is the popular
"Anything Goes"
and our sponsor is

Fabrika Fantasy

I was lucky enough to be able to choose a fabulous image from our sponsor. I love unicorns and have decorated an art board from Bee Crafty.


I glued the two bits together and gave it all a coat of white gesso. I then used a star stencil and texture paste to create a bit of dimension.

I printed the beautiful Flying Pegasus image after adding a bit of shading in a graphics program. I then cut round the unicorn leaving a thin white border.

Before fixing the Pegasus in place I used a few of my Lindy's Stamp Gang sprays to colour the art board background in dreamy pastel shades.

I printed the words on the computer, cut them out and inked around the edges before fixing them and the Pegasus to the art board.

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.