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Sunday, 25 September 2016

Cathy's 21st

I hope you are all enjoying your weekend. I was sorting out some folders on my computer and realised that I have lots of cards that I haven't shown. I'm very bad at remembering to blog my makes. So today I have a card that I made for my youngest daughter's 21st birthday back in May.

I started with an 8"x 8" (21 cm x 21 cm) card blank and used papers from Prima's Epiphany pad. I hand cut the numbers from linen card and edged with Spun Sugar Distress Ink. 

I used a mixture of wooden and ceramic birds and covered them in black embossing powder. I then sprinkled them with gold Frantage. I fussy cut some bird cages from the Prima paper.

I heat embossed the metal feathers and a metal corner with white powder, pink powder and gold Frantage.

I made all the roses and dusted them with a mix of white and gold embossing powder. The butterflies are from the papers and coloured with pink DI.

I finished the card with three handmade stick pins. I added a lot of symbolism to this card to make it especially personal for my daughter and she was delighted with it.
I hope you all have a lovely week.

I've entered this card in the following challenges:

Friday, 16 September 2016

In House Birthday 2016

Another weekend is nearly here. I hope you have something nice planned. I shall be going to the craft show at Ally Pally on Saturday. Lots of fun with friends and crafty spending. A perfect way to spend the weekend.
I have lots of cards that I have made over the summer that I haven't shown you yet. Today is a card that I made for the wonderful craft shop where I teach mixed media. In House Crafts in Milford Haven. They recently celebrated their fifth birthday.

I used an image I've had for years and lots of mixed media techniques. The blue/green layers were created with sprays. For the peach layer I used a homemade coloured texture paste through a TH flourish stencil onto an acrylic painted background.

The image is from Sassy Studios and I coloured her with Copics before matting on to Kraft card. I then sprinkled on some Frantage.

The clock is a Marianne die. I coloured the card with DIs and added some sprays and gold Frantage. The hands have been gilded.

The birdcage die is from Spellbinders and was gilded after cutting and then randomly dabbed with paint. I made the flowers from painted card and dipped them, and the bead centres, in Frantage.

The sentiments were computer generated. Lastly, I coloured seam binding ribbon, tied a floppy bow and added a resin flower.
I hope you all enjoy your weekend. I'm really looking forward to mine.

Saturday, 10 September 2016

Docrafts Demos September 2016

Happy weekend everyone. I will be demonstrating at The Range in Carmarthen today for Docrafts. I shall be in store from 10 am until 4 pm. If you are in the area please pop in, I'd love to see you.
This time round I'll be demonstrating with the Create Christmas range, the X-cut Christmas dies and some of the new X-cut mini dies. It seems a bit early for Christmas cards to me but I know many crafters like to craft all year for the biggest event of the year.

The X-cut Christmas dies combine well with glitter card for quick makes. These dies are versatile enough to make Christmas decorations too.

These new mini X-cut dies are fabulous and perfect for Christmas cards. They are so inexpensive to buy and many of them come with little extras like snowflakes and stars.

The Create Christmas range has everything from chipboard words and shapes, peel-offs, stamps, stickers and 'chenille stems' (pipe cleaners). All fabulous for making any style of Christmas cards.

I have uploaded more of my samples to my Docrafts Gallery, just click on the link in the sidebar to be taken there.
These new products and more should be arriving in stores now and there are some gorgeous new Christmas collections that you really should check out.
I will be demonstrating in Carmarthen today but you can check on the Docrafts website to see if there is a demonstration local to you.  
Enjoy your weekend.

Friday, 2 September 2016

Creative Artiste #18 September 2016

The first Friday of the month means it's the start of a new challenge at 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. 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.
A big Thank You to everyone who entered Challenge #17 in August. Your projects were fabulous and the winner has been announced on the blog.

We are sponsored this month by
Scrapmatts & Papertole Australia


And our theme is, as always,
"Anything Mixed Media Goes"
The DT were generously sent some products from our sponsor earlier in the year to play with. This is what I made with some of mine.

I started by painting a plain white wooden photo frame with shades of turquoise acrylic paint. I used a Bubbles 01 laser cut chipboard piece and cut it to fit around the outside of the frame.

I painted the bubbles to colour coordinate with the frame then added blobs of white acrylic and sprinkled with Shabby White Frantage. Once heated it gives a fabulous bubbly effect on the bubbles. I positioned the chipboard pieces around the frame.

The centre piece was created by stamping the Katzelkraft seahorse and heat embossing in white. I then used green and blue sprays to colour the card. I used Leonie's In a Spin die for the circles. I spray coloured them and placed around the seahorse before trimming the panel to fit in the centre.

I finished the project by adding shells to the frame.

Now please visit the Creative Artiste Challenge Blog to see the wonderful projects created by my talented team mates. Remember to have fun and enter your "Anything Mixed Media Goes" creations in the challenge.

We are having a DT call this month for crafters who love their mixed media. Details of requirements and how to apply are on the challenge blog.

I've entered this project into the following challenges:
http://alteredeclectics.blogspot.co.uk/2016/09/septembers-challenge.html
http://rheddscreativespirit.blogspot.co.uk/2016/09/septembers-challenge.html
http://welove2create.blogspot.co.uk/2016/08/challenge-18-anything-creativemixed.html
http://notjustcardschallenges.blogspot.co.uk/2016/08/35-august-challenge.html

Thursday, 1 September 2016

Crafts Galore Encore September 2016

I hope you've all had a lovely summer. I've been a very bad blogger lately. I do apologise for not visiting your blogs very often but I decided to put family first this summer and spend some quality time with my gorgeous grandchildren and other family members.
Now it's back to business, and the first order of the day is the new challenge on the Crafts Galore Encore Challenge Blog
Thank you to everyone who joined in with the August 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 everyone's favourite
"Anything Goes"
and our wonderful sponsor is
Beccy's Place
Beccy is offering one of her digi sets for the lucky winner.

Only some of the team were lucky enough to receive an image from Beccy to work with this time so I had free rein for my project and this is what I made.

I wanted a sea themed piece so I used mixed media card, linen card for layering and a wooden box frame.

I started by creating texture onto a 7"x 7" (18 x 18 cm) piece of mixed media card with stockinette and texture paste. Whilst it was still wet I added wooden beads, seed beads, micro beads and real shells. Once that was all dry I used acrylic paints in shades of blue to colour the whole piece of card. I dry brushed on some silver paint to create highlights.

I added die-cut birds to the sky while the paint was still wet and dabbed on white acrylic paint with my fingers until I was happy with the cloudy sky and tumbling waves effects.

I painted the wooden frame with a couple of coats of blue acrylic on the inside and white around the outside and front edges. I mounted the seascape onto white linen card and secured the finished piece inside the frame.

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 project into the following challenges:
http://alteredeclectics.blogspot.co.uk/2016/09/septembers-challenge.html
http://rheddscreativespirit.blogspot.co.uk/2016/09/septembers-challenge.html
http://welove2create.blogspot.co.uk/2016/08/challenge-18-anything-creativemixed.html
http://thatscraftychallenges.blogspot.co.uk/2016/09/all-square-challenge.html


Friday, 5 August 2016

Creative Artiste #17 August 2016

Firstly, Thank You for all the messages of sympathy on the sad passing of my Father in Law and the tribute canvas I made for him last month. Your comments were a great source of comfort.

The first Friday of the month means it's the start of the new challenge at 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. 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.
A big Thank You to everyone who entered Challenge #16 in July. Your projects were fabulous and the winner has been announced on the blog.

We are sponsored this month by
STAMPlorations


And the theme is
"Anything Mixed Media Goes"
The DT were generously sent some stencils from the store to play with. This is what I made with mine. It was going to be a wall hanging but I found a wooden block to fix it to so it can stand on the mantelpiece.

I started by creating an ombre effect on mixed media card with Distress Inks. The colours I used (from top to bottom) are Squeezed Lemonade, Scattered Straw, Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, Ripe Persimmon and Barn Door.

I wanted the Shutters stencil to look like a brick wall so I inked through it with Festive Berries DI. I dripped spots of water over the card to create the illusion of raindrops. When that was dry I inked through the Happy Flowers stencil with DI Black Soot. I masked off the bottom of the stencil to fit it above the Shutters stencil.

I stamped the Life & Rain verse from Bee Crafty with black Archival ink. The card was then matted onto yellow card and black card before I fixed it to the wooden block.
Now please visit the Creative Artiste Challenge Blog to see the wonderful projects created by my talented team mates. 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/2016/07/august-over-here-at-altered-eclectics.html
http://welove2create.blogspot.co.uk/2016/07/challenge-16-anything-creativemixed.html x
http://countryviewchallenges.blogspot.co.uk/2016/08/august-challenge-hot-summer-days.html x
http://thatscraftychallenges.blogspot.co.uk/2016/08/zest-zing-challenge.html x
http://rheddscreativespirit.blogspot.co.uk/2016/08/august-challenge.html x
http://desiref.blogspot.co.uk/2016/08/atg-with-create-with-tlc-challenge-no2.html x

Monday, 1 August 2016

Crafts Galore Encore August 2016

Summer is rushing by and it's now August. We have had some lovely weather here in the UK in between the rain. I'm hoping for more sunshine this month.
As it's the first of the month there is a new challenge on the Crafts Galore Encore Challenge Blog
Thank you to everyone who joined in with the July challenge. The winners are on the challenge blog '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
"Use a Digi or Stamp"
We are being sponsored this month by the fabulous Sherri Baldy who is offering the three digis that the team have used for the winner. Sherri's images can be purchased from Sherri's Etsy Store or the My Besties Shop

I have made an 8"x 8" (20 cm x 20 cm) card that will make a perfect birthday card for a little girl I know.

I have used a white linen card for the matting layers. The three papers were all freebies from a magazine. I used roses from Wild Orchid and made a bow with seam binding.

I chose this adorable image to work with. She is called Besties of Faith Girl Img 875. I have coloured her with Copics in colours to match the pretty papers.
Now please visit the  Crafts Galore Encore challenge blog to meet the wonderful new DT members and see the fabulous projects the whole team have created with Sherri's images for your inspiration.
I've added my card to the My-Besties Designs Facebook group page and
I've entered this project into the following challenges:
http://mybestiesuk.blogspot.co.uk/2016/08/august-challenge.html x
http://worldwideopendesignteamchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2016/07/15th-august-2016-world-wide-open-design.html x
http://scrapbookstampsocietychallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/2016/07/challenge-97-anything-goes-option-summer.html x
http://lilpatchofcraftyfriends.blogspot.co.uk/2016/07/challenge-38.html x
http://classicdesignteamchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2016/08/1st-august-2016-classic-design-team.html DT Favourite

Saturday, 9 July 2016

Docrafts Demos July 2016

Firstly, Thank You for all the lovely messages and comments on the sad loss of my beloved Father in Law - previous post. It really is a comfort to know that others are thinking of us.

Now, I hope you have something nice planned for the weekend. I will be demonstrating at The Range in Carmarthen today for Docrafts. I shall be in store from 10 am until 4 pm. If you are in the area please pop in, I'd love to see you.
As there were delivery delays with the new product ranges for Docrafts this month we have been asked to demonstrate techniques using different Docrafts mediums. I have had great fun getting messy and creative. Here are some of the samples I have prepared.

I used PVA and acrylic paint to create the 'faux wood' effect on this topper. The flowers are die-cut from hessian and have been coated in PVA to hold their shape.

Here I stamped butterflies onto vellum and heat embossed in white. The straight lines are double sided tape that has been heat embossed in white and gold.

This technique demonstrates resist stamping. I first stamped and heat embossed the 'Hellos' in gold then coloured the card with brown and red inks, blending until I was happy with the faux suede look.
The pennants are a paper from the Mr. Smith range and the gold dots on them were stamped using small double sided foam pads.

This rather 'arty' card was created by applying small blobs of red, pink and white acrylic paint onto a piece of acetate. I then stirred them to mix and pressed a piece of white card on top. This is what the card picked up. I stamped the sentiment after the paint had dried. The results can be very random but it's a fun technique to play with.

One of the techniques we were asked to show is 'painted marble'. I think I need more practice. The base is black card which I painted with white acrylic. I then painted the cracks in black acrylic and used a baby wipe to soften the lines in the still wet paint. I kept repeating these steps until the result resembled marble - sort of. 

This is another 'arty' card and was created with embossing powders. First I tore a piece of  paper to create the borders, then inked in between. Next I quickly applied three different colours of embossing powders, gold, red and black and heated them. I repeated the steps until I was happy with the result. The black dots were stamped with small double sided foam pads and embossed in black. I let the powder fall onto the card to give a splatter effect.
I have uploaded more technique samples to my Docrafts Gallery, just click on the link in the sidebar to be taken there.
The new products should be arriving in stores now and there are some gorgeous new collections that you really should check out.
I will be demonstrating in Carmarthen today but you can check on the Docrafts website to see if there is a demonstration local to you.  

Friday, 1 July 2016

Creative Artiste #16 July 2016

The first Friday of the month means it's the start of the new challenge at 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. 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.
A big Thank You to everyone who entered Challenge #15 in June. Your projects were fabulous and the winner has been announced  on the blog.
We are sponsored this month by
Scrapmatts and Papertole Australia
The prize is $30-35 (Aus) worth of the latest designs from the store.
Our theme this month is everyone's favourite
"Anything Goes"

The DT were generously sent some products from the store to play with. I have made a tribute to my wonderful Father in Law who very sadly passed away last month with his family around his bedside. He was my only father for the past 30 odd years and his passing has been very difficult to cope with for the whole family. This personal tribute to him helped me deal with my grief.

The base is an 8"x 8" (20cm x 20cm) canvas that I covered in crumpled tissue paper and painted with copper coloured acrylic. I cut six narrow panels from card. I painted them in shades of brown and used a Tim Holtz stencil and Black Soot DI to make them resemble a fence. I fashioned a wall using a Tim Holtz die. The green panel was created with a Scrapmatt's stencil.

I split up the Retro Squares laser cut chipboard piece and covered the pieces in Shabby Gold Frantage.

The chipboard words are from the Scrap Words set.

I used a Docraft's stamp and edged the letters in gold embossing powder.

This is the last photograph I took of one of the most wonderful and influential men in my life.
Paul Crowe  09/06/1929 - 05/06/2016

Now please visit the Creative Artiste Challenge Blog to see the wonderful projects created by my talented team mates. Remember to have fun and enter your "Anything Goes" mixed media creations in the challenge.

I've entered this project into the following challenges:
http://alteredeclectics.blogspot.co.uk/2016/07/july-challenge.html
http://thatscraftychallenges.blogspot.co.uk/2016/06/masuline-challenge.html x
http://rheddscreativespirit.blogspot.co.uk/2016/07/july-challenge-2016.html x
http://cceestampers.blogspot.co.uk/2016/06/ccee1626-mixed-media.html
http://artisticinspirationschallenges.blogspot.co.uk/2016/06/challenge-159.html x
http://ainkymess.blogspot.co.uk/2016/06/challenge-1.html x

Crafts Galore Encore July 2016

Today is the 1st of July which signifies the end of a very sad month for me and my family. There will be more about that in my next post later this morning. I took a month's sabbatical from Blogland and social media but now I'm back to tell you about the new challenge on the Crafts Galore Encore Challenge Blog
Thank you to everyone who joined in with the June challenge. The winners are on the challenge blog '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 everyone's favourite:
"Anything Goes"
and we are sponsored this month by the wonderful
Art By Miran.


The DT were given a choice of three images to work with and this is the card I made with my choice.

I created an 8"x 8" (20cm x 20cm) card. The papers are from First Edition Mulberry Kisses and are matted onto cream cardstock. The butterflies were all fussy cut from one of the papers. The doily was cut with a Sizzix Thinlet's die and sprinkled with Shabby White Frantage.

This delightful image is called 'A Closer Look'. I coloured her with Copics and then cut her out. She is mounted on foam pads.

The ruffled trim is from Docrafts and I added the pearl string down the centre. The sentiment is a magazine freebie.

Now please visit the  Crafts Galore Encore challenge blog to see the fabulous Anything Goes projects my talented team mates have created for your inspiration.
We are also holding a DT Call this month.
 You need to have an established and active blog, be happy to be in a Facebook Group (secret!) willing to produce one piece of work a month (usually with digi images provided by our sponsors)  blog it and leave comments on entries throughout the month (not just at the end). You also get to choose a winner every other month and write a sentence or two about your choice.
If you are interested please send an email to cardsgaloreencore@yahoo.co.uk including a link to your blog and a little bit about yourself ... we are a no drama group lol!!!

I've entered this card in the following challenges:
http://classicdesignteamchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2016/07/1st-july-2016-classic-design-team-open.html x
http://artbymiranchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2016/06/challenge-61-anything-goes.html x
http://chocolatecoffeecards.blogspot.co.uk/2016/06/challenge-112-girls-of-summer.html x
http://crafting-with-friends.blogspot.co.uk/2016/07/challenge-24.html x
http://morgansartworld.blogspot.co.uk/2016/06/challenge-13-use-patterned-paper.html x


Friday, 3 June 2016

Creative Artiste #15 June 2016

The first Friday of the month means it's the start of the new challenge at 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. 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.
A big Thank You to everyone who entered Challenge #14 in May. Your projects were fabulous and the winner has been announced  on the blog.

We are sponsored this month by Foilplay
who will supply a prize pack for the winner if they are in the UK. Otherwise the winner will receive a prize from Rhonda.
Our theme this month is everyone's favourite
"Anything Goes"


I decided to be practical this month and make a mixed media card as I need a few for upcoming birthdays. I started by using Peacock Feathers and Cracked Pistachio Distress Inks to colour a square of white card. I then used a stencil from Creative Expressions and Chipped Sapphire DI to create a pattern. After adding some dots of white Frantage I matted this layer onto a piece of blue card and layered them onto an 8"x 8" (20 x 20 cm) card blank.

I created the central panel by using DIs Peacock Feathers and Cracked Pistachio on white card and matting that onto blue card - as with all the panels. Next was the spotted panel which was created with Turquoise and Ultra Marine Brushos and a homemade stencil which I heat embossed with white powder. The flourish is from a Sizzix die to which I added some white gel pen.

The seahorse is a Katzelkraft stamp. I stamped it with Versamark and embossed with white powder onto another piece of card coloured with DIs.

Finally, I threaded some pearl beads onto green wire to create the embellishments and mounted them behind the sentiment,
Now please visit the Creative Artiste Challenge Blog to see the wonderful projects created by my talented team mates. Remember to have fun and enter your "Anything Goes" mixed media creations in the challenge.
I've entered this card into the following challenges: