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Friday, 6 October 2017

Creative Artiste #31 October 2017


Welcome to my October 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 #30 in September. 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.
A Decoart Mixed Media Starter set.

I have made a 10"x 12" (25 x 30 cm) canvas.

I started by painting the base with DecoArt Crafter's Acrylic Spa Blue to give a pale turquoise background.  Then I randomly stamped a PaperArtsy clock with Coffee Archival ink and I used a large Americana Old French Script stencil with texture paste. Finally for the base I added random patches of DecoArt Crackle Paste.

I die-cut the clock twice and glued them together before giving it a rusty appearance using DecoArt Americana Burnt Sienna acrylic, Payne's Grey and Quinacridone Gold Fluid Acrylics. And a sprinkling of sand. I fixed it in place and added some glass beads and bamboo straws.

I arranged the rest of the diagonal display with a mix of paper, resin and clay flowers. Also metal embellishments and crystal beads.

I die-cut and embossed a Sizzix Tim Holtz butterfly and used the same colours as before. Once I was happy with the display I mixed Art Stones with gel medium and filled in around the elements.

Once everything was dry I added the top layers of paint using DecoArt Fluid Acrylics in Cobalt Teal Hue, Cobalt Turquoise Hue, Quinacridone Gold and Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide. I watered each colour down to make it more fluid which, because the paints are highly pigmented you can do without losing any colour, and used a brush to dribble the paint.

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://moremixedmediachallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2017/10/more-mixed-media-challenge-anything.html
http://alteredeclectics.blogspot.co.uk/2017/10/october-challenge.html
http://rheddscreativespirit.blogspot.co.uk/2017/10/octobers-challenge.html
http://welove2create.blogspot.co.uk/2017/09/challenge-1-anything-creativemixed.html
http://ainkymess.blogspot.co.uk/2017/09/challenge-14.html
http://inkychicks.blogspot.co.uk/2017/10/challenge-no-89-anything-but-square.html
http://emeraldcitycraftschallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/2017/10/challenge-4.html

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Crafts Galore Encore October 2017

Today is the first of October. The nights are drawing in, the temperatures are getting chilly and the trees are a riot of warm colours. Perfect crafting weather, I just wish I had the time.  
Today I have a card to show you that I made
for the October challenge on the
Thank you to everyone who joined in with September'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:

Rick St. Dennis
who is offering two digi images for the winner.

I have made an 8"x 8" card.

I started by colouring the edges of the card blank with Vintage Photo DI. I then layered a piece of card coloured with 13 @rts Ayeeda Mists in Pastel Blue, Chalk Turquoise Light and Pastel Yellow.

We were generously offered a digital image from our sponsor and I chose A Clockwork Dragon. Anyone who knows me knows that I love dragons and Steampunk so this fabulous image was an obvious choice for me. I used my Polychromos to colour the dragon then I fussy cut him out.

I used an X-cut set of dies to cut the cogs then sprayed them with 13@rts Ayeeda Mist in Pastel Yellow  and added dabs of Vintage Photo DI. I fixed them randomly to the backing before mounting the dragon using foam pads.

The sentiment was printed onto card coloured with 13@rts Ayeeda Mist in Pastel Yellow and cut out. Vintage Photo DI was added to the edges.

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.
Today I shall be at The Range in Llanelli doing a demonstration for Docrafts. I hope you find some time to craft too. Enjoy your Sunday everyone.

I have entered this card in the following challenges:

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 x
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.

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: