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Friday, 4 May 2018

Creative Artiste #38 May 2018

Yay! It's Friday and it's a Bank Holiday weekend here in the UK. I have a buy weekend with family coming to visit.
But business first, so;
Welcome to my May 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 #37 in April. Your projects were all wonderful and our winner has been announced on the blog. 

Our theme is always
"Anything Mixed Media Goes"

This month we were let down by our sponsor at the last minute so, we have arranged a GDT spot for May's winner.

I have made a tag using some popular mixed media techniques.

I cut the tag and the smaller pieces from greyboard and gave them a coat of gesso. Once dry I used a wax stick to create a resist so I could make the tag and layers look like weathered wood. I then painted all the pieces with DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics in Paynes Grey, Quinacridone Gold and Prussian Blue Hue. I finished with a top coat of Titan Buff and a light wash of Quin Gold.


I used various stamps over the tag and layers and then applied texture paste through a tattered harlequin stencil on the tag only. I made washes of Prussian Blue and Quin Gold Media Fluid acrylics to colour the texture paste once dry.


I used an old butterfly stamp on watercolour card and coloured it with the left over washes before fussy cutting it out. I layered everything up with Prima Soft Matt Gel.

This challenge runs until the 27th of May so you have time to create your 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 crafting and enter your "Anything Mixed Media Goes" creations in the challenge.
I hope you have something fun planned for your weekend.

I've entered this project into the following challenges:
http://alteredeclectics.blogspot.co.uk/2018/05/may-challenge.html
http://rheddscreativespirit.blogspot.co.uk/2018/05/may-challenge.html
https://abitmoretimetocraftextra.blogspot.co.uk/2018/05/a-bit-more-time-to-craft-extra.html

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Crafts Galore Encore May 2018

Welcome to my post for the month of May for
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"

Our sponsor this month is:
Fred She Said
who are offering a $10 voucher to our winner.

I made an 8"x 8" birthday card for a family member.

I matted and layered another beautiful paper from the First Edition Wild Flower paper pad with purple pearlescent card. I made a panel for the image with the purple card to create a border with the paper.

I chose the Marigolds & Morpho uncoloured set to work with. The images come in Jpeg and PNG format which enabled me to create this design in my graphics programme  plus print extra butterflies in different sizes. I used Copics to colour the flowers and butterflies to match the paper. The butterflies have been decoupaged to create depth.

I finished the card with a sentiment banner and a single purple pearl.

Please visit the  Crafts Galore Encore challenge blog where you can meet the fabulous new design team members and see the wonderful projects and cards created by our talented team. Grab some inspiration while you're there and enter your "Anything Goes" creations in the May challenge.

I have entered this project in the following challenges:
https://abitmoretimetocraftextra.blogspot.co.uk/2018/05/a-bit-more-time-to-craft-extra.html
http://lilpatchofcraftyfriends.blogspot.co.uk/2018/04/challenge-80.html
http://createsandmakes.blogspot.co.uk/2018/04/challenge-21.html
http://crafty-girls-creations.blogspot.co.uk/2018/05/challenge-47.html
http://deliciousdoodleschallenge2.blogspot.co.uk/2018/05/may-2018-flowers.html
https://alwayshappybirthday.blogspot.co.uk/2018/05/may-challenge-birthday-anything-goes.html


Friday, 6 April 2018

Creative Artiste #37 April 2018

I hope you all have a lovely crafty weekend planned. I shall be heading to Coventry for the Texture and Color retreat organised by Art Workshops and featuring Kassa Hayselden and Anna Dabrowska (Finnabair). I'm anticipating much fun and messy fingers. Hopefully I'll learn some new tricks too.

In the meantime, welcome to my April 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 #36 in March. Your projects were all 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:
Mixed Up
who are offering one year's free subscription worth £40 to our winner.
See the Creative Artist blog for a special offer on subscription.

I have upcycled a little box.

I started by eating the delicious cheese that came in the box! Once empty, I gave the box top and base a couple of coats of white gesso. I then used texture paste through a honeycomb stencil on both the top and base of the box.

Next, I added some Artstones, gems and cheesecloth to the box top with a soft gel medium along with some paper roses, moss and metal embellishments.
Once that was all dry I gave everything a thick coat of white gesso.

Then I watered down a pink, an orange and a yellow acrylic paint and kept applying them with brushes. I added more water as necessary and dried in between coats, until I was happy with the blends and coverage.

Finally I dry brushed with white gesso to highlight some areas.

This challenge runs until the 29th of April so you have time to create your 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 crafting and enter your "Anything Mixed Media Goes" creations in the challenge.

I'm now off for my much needed break from reality for a few days and wish you all a happy, crafty weekend.

I've entered this project into the following challenges:
http://moremixedmediachallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2018/04/more-mixed-media-challenge-anything.html
http://alteredeclectics.blogspot.co.uk/2018/04/april-challenge.html
http://rheddscreativespirit.blogspot.co.uk/2018/04/april-challenge.html x


Sunday, 1 April 2018

Crafts Galore Encore April 2018

It's the first of April so,
Happy April Fool's Day! I hope you don't get caught out by any tricks.

Welcome to my April post for 
Thank you to everyone who joined in with March'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:
Star Stampz
who are offering the winner a choice of three digis from their store.


I have made a 7"x 7" card and will add a sentiment when I decide to use it.

I matted and layered some turquoise card from my stash with a gorgeous First Edition paper from their Wild Flower 12''x 12'' pad. I created a small panel with the reverse of the paper and added a bubbles die-cut.

The cute image I used is called Little Mermaid Chibi. I coloured her with my Copics before matting her on turquoise card.

I added a strip of large rik-rak and some large flat backed pearls to finish.

Please visit the  Crafts Galore Encore challenge blog to see the wonderful projects and cards created by my talented team mates and to enter your
"Anything Goes" creations.

I have entered this project in the following challenges:

Friday, 2 March 2018

Creative Artiste #36 March 2018

Welcome to my March 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 #35 in February. Your projects were all 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 the lovely and talented:

Hannah Oxberry
who is generously offering a fabulous
Mixed Media Bundle
to our lucky winner.



I have done a couple of of Hannah's make and take classes and today I am showing a trio of tags I've made using some of Hannah's techniques and the products she sells.


In a session last November Hannah showed a resist technique using a wax crayon. Here I have used that method on the background before adding a layer of DecoArt Crackle Paste.

The paints I've used are DecoArt's acrylics in Burnt Umber and Light Buttermilk. Also DecoArt's Media Fluid Acrylics in Cobalt Teal Hue and Vermilion. The MDF flourish, bark and flowers are from my stash.



Here I have again used DecoArt's Media Fluid Acrylics. The colours are Cobalt Teal Hue, Vermillion and Quinacridone Gold.

I wrapped some of Hannah's gorgeous Silver Coloured Copper Wire around the tag and fashioned a heart with it too. The stencils and stamps on the background and bark are by AALL & Create. I also sprinkled some Lindy's Magicals for a touch of sparkle.



Using more of Hannah's techniques I used the DecoArt Andy Skinner Industrial Elements stencil with DecoArt Modeling Paste on the background before painting washes of DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics in Cobalt Teal Hue, Payne's Grey, Quinacridone Gold, Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide and Vermilion. I finished by dry brushing with Titan Buff.

The butterflies are from Tando Creative's Butterfly Grab Bag. I used a book page, Titan Buff, Vermilion and Cadmium Red Hue Fluid Acrylics to decorate them.

All items in bold are available from Hannah's store. Please click the link to visit the store and Hannah's fabulous blog.

This challenge runs until the last Sunday of the month so you have time to create your 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 crafting and enter your "Anything Mixed Media Goes" creations in the challenge.

I've entered this project into the following challenges:

Thursday, 1 March 2018

Crafts Galore Encore March 2018

It's the first of March so,
 HAPPY ST. DAVID'S DAY!

Today I'd like to welcome you to my March post for 
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 every month is the popular
"Anything Goes"

Our sponsor this month is:
Createful Heart Digis
who are offering the winner a choice of three digis from their store.

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Before I show you my card today I need to share some exciting news with you.
We are holding a DT call this month! All the details can be found on the Crafts Galore Encore challenge post for March.
It would be lovely if you could come join us! Good luck everyone.
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Now on to business. I made an 8"x 8" card and will add a sentiment when I decide to use it.

The papers are from an old LOTV pad. I wrapped organza ribbon around the layers before fixing them to the card base.


The image I used is called Hummingbird-n-Morning Glory Flowers. I coloured it with Copics.


I finished the card with an organza bow.

Please visit the  Crafts Galore Encore challenge blog to see the wonderful projects and cards created by my talented team mates and to enter your
"Anything Goes" creations. Don't forget about our DT call.

I have entered this project in the following challenges:

Saturday, 24 February 2018

Trimcraft Demonstrations February-March 2018

Happy Friday everyone. I hope you are all looking forward to the weekend. It's going to be a busy one for me as I have demonstrations both days.
This weekend my demos are for Trimcraft using some of their gorgeous newest collections. On Saturday I shall be at The Range in Carmarthen and on Sunday at The Range in Swansea.

I am lucky to have been working with two new collections and some wonderfully versatile papers.


The first collection is Hey Baby It's not only perfect for those new baby cards we all like to make but also for children's scrapbooks and home decor items. The colour palette is delicious and the images are delightful.
The range includes lots of colour coordinated embellishments as well as a decoupage pad and paper pads from First Edition.


The second collection is Nature's Grace. It's full of beautiful artwork of birds, birdcages and florals with colours in soft purples, pinks, yellows and greys. There are papers in different sized packs and a whole host of pretty embellishments to compliment your projects.


I have also been working with the Perfect Allusion papers from First Edition. The colour palette involves lots of earthy and metallic tones and the artwork has geometric, abstract and floral designs. The papers are perfectly suited to male and female cards.


Don't forget to look out for the new coordinating elements including bunting, frames, pegs, ribbons, doilies, dies, stamps and more. And check out the Trimcraft range of basics such as adhesives, card blanks, coloured card stock and papers.
Look for them all 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, 2 February 2018

Creative Artiste #35 February 2018

Welcome to February's 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 #34 in January. Your projects were all 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 are offering this fabulous prize for our winner.


I have upcycled a box that my little dog's food comes in. It's sturdy and big enough to use for my ready made card collection.

I started by cutting the box to the shape I wanted and adding a central divider. I then covered the box with a First Edition Rose Garden paper that looks like newsprint and painted some random patches in DecoArt's Americana Desert Turquoise, Bahama Blue and Baby Pink acrylic paints.

I then gave it all a light coat of white gesso and once dry I added a band of lace around the box and arranged some bits from my craft stash on the front. I added some Prima Artstones and painted the lace and embellishments with the same paints as before.

Lastly I dry brushed white gesso over the lace and decorations which gives it a lovely shabby chic effect.

This challenge runs until the last Sunday of the month so you have time to create your 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 crafting 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/2018/02/were-back-with-first-challenge-of-2018.html
http://rheddscreativespirit.blogspot.co.uk/2018/02/welcome-to-februarys-challenge.htmlx
http://eclecticellapu.blogspot.co.uk/2018/02/january-challenge.html

Thursday, 1 February 2018

Crafts Galore Encore February 2018

Sorry folks but once again I've not been able to spend a lot of time in Blogland as I've been busy dodging life's curve balls. I apologise for not making as many visits to your fabulous blogs as I would have liked.

Today I'd like to welcome you to my February post for 
Thank you to everyone who joined in with January'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 chose a delightful image from our sponsor to make this card for a little girl who turns 7 today.

The card is a 6"x 6" (15 x 15 cm) blank that I layered with two different cards in shades of pink. I added an amusing sentiment before printing the image as a large topper.

The image is Betta Fish Crowntail and comes with just one fish. I used a graphics program to duplicate, flip and resize one of the fish.  The image was then coloured using my Copics. I added glitter to the fins and finished the card with some pink gems.

Please visit the  Crafts Galore Encore challenge blog to see the wonderful projects and cards created by my talented team mates and to enter your
"Anything Goes" creations.

I have entered this project in the following challenges:
http://cardz4galz.blogspot.co.uk/2018/02/challenge-64-think-pink.htmlx
http://abitmoretimetocraft.blogspot.co.uk/2018/02/a-bit-more-time-to-craft-challenge-61.htmlx
http://craftingwithanattitude.blogspot.co.uk/2018/02/challenge-36.htmlx
http://aperfecttimetocraft.blogspot.co.uk/2018/02/1st-february-2018-perfect-time-to-craft.htmlx
http://classicdesignteamchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2018/02/1st-february-classdic-design-team-open.htmlx


Friday, 5 January 2018

Creative Artiste #34 January 2018

Happy New Year and welcome to my first post of 2018 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 #33 in December. 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:

Tando Creative
who are offering two prizes of a 30% discount on Tando products in their online store.


I have used these products available from Tando Creative to create a tag.


I started by giving  the greyboard tag a base coat of black gesso and then two of white gesso, drying in between coats. I sanded back patches of the white gesso when dry. Next I stamped over the tag using black Archival ink and one of Andy Skinner's stamps from his Toxic set.

Then I painted the tag with washes of  DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics in Burnt Sienna and Burnt Umber and wiped back areas with a damp cloth.
Lastly I added Burnt Sienna acrylic paint around the edges.

The butterflies are from The Butterfly Grab Bag. I gave them a coat of dark blue acrylic then I applied a layer of  DecoArt Media Crackle Paste with a palette knife and left to dry. I finished them with washes of DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics in Cobalt Teal and Green Gold.

I did the Diamond Grid the same way as the butterflies but with a turquoise acrylic base coat and only a Green Gold wash. To finish the tag I used a heavy matt gel to attach all the pieces and added a fabric flower.

This is a month long challenge so you have time to create your 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 crafting and enter your "Anything Mixed Media Goes" creations in the challenge.

I've entered this project into the following challenges:

Monday, 1 January 2018

Crafts Galore Encore January 2018

Happy New Year everyone!
I hope you have all enjoyed a wonderful festive season.
Welcome to my first post of 2018 for 
Thank you to everyone who joined in with December'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:
Sparkle N Sprinkle

I have made this card for my 'ready-made box'.
This is a versatile card that could serve many purposes including Birthday, Get Well and Anniversary. I will add a sentiment and appropriate embellishments when needed.

The base is a 6"x 6" card blank. I layered a double sided paper from First Edition's Mulberry Kisses paper pad and added a strip of the reverse side. I then added a paper doily.

The cute birds are the Chickadees digi image from Sparkle N Sprinkle. I coloured the image with Copics and a black fine liner pen. I then framed it with green card.
A simple but pretty card.

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 have entered this project in the following challenges:

Friday, 1 December 2017

Creative Artiste #33 December 2017

This is my second post of the day. To see my December Crafts Galore Encore post please scroll down.

Welcome to my December 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 #32 in November. 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 and Papertole Australia


I have created an A4 size canvas. It was actually my sister's birthday present.


I started by fixing torn strips of paper from Prima's Epiphany pad onto the canvas and then stencilling with texture paste through Scrapmatts Lattice stencil. I then randomly added DecoArt Crackle Paste.


Next I dribbled colour and created runs with DecoArt Misters in red and black. I added handmade poppies, glass beads and some Scrapmatts Words.


Lastly I added a gilded Scrapmatts Ornate Frame and an embossed, stamped sentiment.

This is a month long challenge so you have time to create your 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 crafting and enter your "Anything Mixed Media Goes" creations in the challenge.
I'm off on my travels again this weekend. I hope you all have a nice weekend planned. 

I've entered this project into the following challenges: