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Friday, 2 December 2016

Creative Artiste #21 December 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 #20 in November. Your projects were wonderful and the winner has been announced on the blog. 

Our theme is this month is
"Anything Mixed Media Goes"
and we are sponsored by
         
Scrapmatts and Papertole Australia

I'm sharing a Christmas present I've made for a very special person in our family to use as a memory box.


I glued a piece of card on the top of one of my precious Craft Box boxes. Firstly I used texture paste through a star stencil and painted it all white. I then lightly rubbed gold gilding wax over the stars and edges.

I cut up some Retro Squares 02 from Scrapmatts and painted them white then added gold Frantage before sticking the pieces down. The vintage photos are from the internet and I printed them with a pinkish tinge. I added one photo to the beautiful cabochon from Craft Box and tucked some little detail pieces around the photos and flowers.

I placed a die-cut pink doily in one corner and used the Tim Holtz Tattered Flowers die to create the flowers with pearlised card. I Frantaged the edges and central pearls. The centrepiece on the large flower came from a bracelet.

As this is intended as a memory box I thought this sentiment from Bee Crafty was very apt. I stamped it in brown ink onto pink card.

Lastly I added pink ribbon and some floral lace around the box and finished off the front with a SnipArt frame and chipboard word. Both were painted pink and Frantaged.

Please visit the Creative Artiste Challenge Blog to see the wonderful mixed media projects created by our talented team and meet our new member who is joining us from today. 
As this is our last challenge for 2016 I'd just like to say a big Thank You to all our lovely followers and wish you all a Merry Christmas. We hope to see you all back in 2017.
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/2016/11/december-challenge.html
http://rheddscreativespirit.blogspot.co.uk/2016/12/decembers-challenge.html

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Crafts Galore Encore December 2016

The first of the month means it's the start of a new challenge on the Crafts Galore Encore Challenge Blog
Thank you to everyone who joined in with November'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
Sherri Baldy
The prize will be the three fabulous images that the DT have used.

As it's nearly Christmas I thought I'd better make a Christmas card.

This card will fit in an 8"x 8" (20 x 20 cm) envelope. The base panel is covered with a plain paper from my stash. The spotty papers are from The Paper Studio. All panels have been matted onto green card.

This gorgeous image is IMG 924 and I coloured her with my Copics. I cut her out using an X-cut scalloped oval die and edged it with Antique Linen Distress Ink.

I fussy cut the poinsettias from some old First Noel paper from Papermania and layered a couple of them up. The vintage style lace is from my stash. I added some fibres for a bit of texture. The words were also cut from the First Noel paper.
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.
As this is our last challenge for 2016 I'd like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas.

I've entered this project into the following challenges:
http://worldwideopendesignteamchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2016/11/15th-november-2016-world-wide-open.html
http://scrapbookstampsocietychallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/2016/11/challenge-105-anything-goes.html
http://artbymiranchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2016/11/challenge-72-anything-goes.html
http://classicdesignteamchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2016/12/1st-december-2016-classic-design-team.html
http://deepoceanchallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/2016/11/challenge-143-santa-is-coming-to-town.html
http://countryviewchallenges.blogspot.co.uk/2016/12/december-2016-christmas.html
http://bestieschallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2016/12/winter-time-at-besties-international.html

Friday, 11 November 2016

Remembrance Poppies

Today is Remembrance Day in Britain. The First World War officially ended on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918 and we remember those who lost their lives with a two minute silence at 11 am. The poppy has become a well known symbol of remembrance as it was made popular by the poem In Flanders Fields inspired by the sea of red flowers that thrived on some of the worst battlefields of the war. 
For Remembrance Day today I thought I'd show you two cards I've made with one of the loveliest poppy stamps.
The stamp is the Limited Edition 2016 Poppy from Bee Crafty. A donation of £2 will be made to the Royal British Legion for every one of these stamps sold.


This card is 6" x 6" (15 x 15 cm) I stamped the poppy onto watercolour card with black Archival ink and painted it with Brushos. The background border was created with Brushos too.

I coloured the poppy by wetting the image in small areas,  sprinkling on Scarlet and Brilliant Red powders and blending with my brush. 

I used Leaf Green and Emerald Green for the stems. I then stamped the Remember sentiment that comes with the poppy stamp and used a stencil with a Copic pen to create the red raindrops.


This second card is 8"x 8" (20 x 20 cm). I stamped the poppy and the sentiment onto white card and after colouring the poppy I matted and layered them onto red and green card.

I used Copics to colour the poppy.

I used back card for the background and stamped just the poppy head with Versamark and heat embossed in gold.
Towns and cities across Britain will commemorate Remembrance Day with  civic services on Sunday which, as the second Sunday of November, is known as Remembrance Sunday.
Have a lovely Remembrance weekend everyone.

Friday, 4 November 2016

Creative Artiste #20 November 2016

Hopefully this post finds you all getting ready for a lovely weekend. And all being well, I am at the craft show at the NEC in the UK having a fabulous time with friends and family.
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 #19 in October. Your projects were wonderful and the winner has been announced on the blog. 

Our theme is this month is
"Anything Mixed Media Goes"
and we are sponsored by

Details of the prize are on the challenge blog.

I have done another 12" x 10" (30.5 cm x 25.5 cm) canvas for this month's DT project.

I started with texture paste and a Stamposaurus stencil. When that was dry I painted the canvas in blue and purple acrylic paint, darkening the colours towards the edges, and added splashes of white paint. Once everything was dry I stamped Believe in the corner with a stamp from Bee Crafty.

While shopping one day I spotted a bag of unusual looking potpourri. I thought some of the seeds looked like butterflies. (Probably just my bad eyesight). I sprayed some of the seeds and painted others before arranging on the canvas. 

I added clear half pearls and blue beads in between the 'butterflies'. I made gold wire antenna for the big butterflies and gave them a gold pearl each.

To finish I added Pebeo gold gilding wax to the butterflies.

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:

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Crafts Galore Encore November 2016

I hope you all survived the ghosties and ghouls of Halloween and enjoy the rest of your week. I shall be heading to the NEC later this week for a few fun days visiting the various craft shows and exhibitions. Maybe you're going too?
The first of the month means it's the start of a new challenge on the Crafts Galore Encore Challenge Blog
Thank you to everyone who joined in with October'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
The Fantasy Art of Nikki Burnette

The team were lucky enough to receive an image each from Nikki Burnette and I made a card with mine.

I created the blue background with Brushos on watercolour paper and fixed it onto an 8"x 8" ( 20cm x 20cm) card blank. I stuck down some string netting across the base before fixing the orange panel which was also created with Brushos.

The image I chose is Mermaid Stamp - Jayna and I coloured it with my Copics. I dusted around the image with a blue Pan Pastel and cut it out with an X-cut scalloped oval die.

I die-cut the anchor from white card using a Spellbinders die. I dabbed it with Pebeo Sand Texture Paste then painted it with dark brown acrylic paint. I added some DecoArt Media Quinacridone Gold and Yellow Iron Oxide, My intention was to give a rusted appearance to the anchor.

I used Sizzix Thinlets dies on card coloured with Brushos to create the plants and finished the card with some real shells.

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://classicdesignteamchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2016/11/1st-november-2016-classic-design-team.html x
http://worldwideopendesignteamchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2016/10/15th-october-2016-world-wide-open.html DT Favourite
http://deepoceanchallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/2016/11/challenge-141-use-die-cuts-or-punches.html x
http://craftycardmakers.blogspot.co.uk/2016/10/176-explosion-of-colour.html Top Five
http://scrapbookstampsocietychallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/2016/10/challenge-103-anything-goes-option.html x

Crafts Galore Encore November 2016

I hope you all survived the ghosties and ghouls of Halloween and enjoy the rest of your week. I shall be heading to the NEC later this week for a few fun days visiting the various craft shows and exhibitions. Maybe you're going too?
The first of the month means it's the start of a new challenge on the Crafts Galore Encore Challenge Blog
Thank you to everyone who joined in with October'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
The Fantasy Art of Nikki Burnette

The team were lucky enough to receive an image each from Nikki Burnette and I made a card with mine.

I created the blue background with Brushos on watercolour paper and fixed it onto an 8"x 8" ( 20cm x 20cm) card blank. I stuck down some string netting across the base before fixing the orange panel which was also created with Brushos.

The image I chose is Mermaid Stamp - Jayna and I coloured it with my Copics. I dusted around the image with a blue Pan Pastel and cut it out with an X-cut scalloped oval die.

I die-cut the anchor from white card using a Spellbinders die. I dabbed it with Pebeo Sand Texture Paste then painted it with dark brown acrylic paint. I added some DecoArt Media Quinacridone Gold and Yellow Iron Oxide, My intention was to give a rusted appearance to the anchor.

I used Sizzix Thinlets dies on card coloured with Brushos to create the plants and finished the card with some real shells.

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://classicdesignteamchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2016/11/1st-november-2016-classic-design-team.html
http://worldwideopendesignteamchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2016/10/15th-october-2016-world-wide-open.html
http://deepoceanchallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/2016/11/challenge-141-use-die-cuts-or-punches.html
http://craftycardmakers.blogspot.co.uk/2016/10/176-explosion-of-colour.html
http://scrapbookstampsocietychallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/2016/10/challenge-103-anything-goes-option.html

Sunday, 23 October 2016

Canvas Birthday Card

I hope you are all enjoying your weekend. Mine is passing by in a blur of busyness but I wanted to take time out to show you a birthday card I made recently.
This card is based on the canvas I made for the current Creative Artiste challenge. It's A5 in size, so a good deal smaller but the main elements are there.

I started by painting a panel of mixed media card in lilac acrylic. I scruffed the edges and added Shabby White Frantage and Pebeo gold gilding wax. The next layer was created with a couple of acrylic paints in pinks. I then used lilac coloured texture paste through a Tim Holtz flourish stencil and splattered with gold Frantage. Again the edges were scruffed before I mounted both layers on to a card blank.

I used a frame stamp and the Believe verse stamp from Bee Crafty to create the sentiment panel. I cut around it, scruffed it and added Frantage. I used metal charms from Craft Box to create the flower above the sentiment. I painted them white, added a painted purple half bead and Frantaged.

I painted and Frantaged a wooden frame. The heart locket is an X-cut die that I gold embossed. I die cut two butterflies from card and dabbed them with gold gilding wax. I added a brass key.

To finish I dabbed white acrylic onto the second butterfly with the gold gilding wax.
I'm pleased to say that the card arrived safely at it's destination so I can now show it.
The original canvas can be found here. It now lives with one of my daughters.
I hope you all have a lovely week. I'd better get back to work.

Friday, 7 October 2016

Creative Artiste #19 October 2016

Yay! It's Friday and the weekend is starting early for me as it's my youngest grandson's first birthday. There will be plenty of fun, family, presents and party food all weekend. I hope you all have something nice to look forward to too.
The first Friday of the month means it's the start of a new challenge at Creative Artiste  We have some fabulous new DT members to announce today and would love you to visit the blog and show your support for them.
Creative Artiste is 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 #18 in September. Your projects were wonderful and the winner has been announced on the blog.

Our theme is this month is
"Anything Mixed Media Goes"
and we are sponsored by

The Dusty Attic


I have a 12" x 10" (30.5 cm x 25.5 cm) canvas to show today.

I started by colouring the background in horizontal strokes of two shades of pink acrylic. I then used a Stamposaurus stencil with homemade lilac coloured texture paste. While the paste was still wet I added gold Frantage and heated.

I used a frame stamp and the Believe verse stamp from Bee Crafty to create the sentiment panel. I cut around it and added Frantage. I used two metal charms from Craft Box to create the flower above the sentiment. I painted them white, added a painted purple half bead and Frantaged.

I made the frame using a Katy Sue silicon mould. Once dry I painted it lilac and edged with gold gilding wax. The heart locket is an X-cut die and gold embossing powder. The chipboard branches were painted white and sprinkled with Frantage.

I sprayed the three roses with violet Artiste Spritzing Ink then added gold gilding wax. I finished the canvas with the DREAM key from Craft Box.

Now please visit the Creative Artiste Challenge Blog to meet the new DT members and see the wonderful projects created by the 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/2016/10/october-challenge.html
http://rheddscreativespirit.blogspot.co.uk/2016/10/october-challenge.html
http://welove2create.blogspot.co.uk/2016/09/challenge-20-anything-creativemixed.html
http://thatscraftychallenges.blogspot.co.uk/2016/09/all-of-sparkle-challenge.html

Saturday, 1 October 2016

Crafts Galore Encore October 2016

Can you believe it's the first of October already? The nights are starting to draw in and the weather has turned chilly here which makes perfect conditions for crafting.
 The first of the month means it's the start of a new challenge on the Crafts Galore Encore Challenge Blog
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 this month is everyone's favourite
"Anything Goes"
and our sponsor is the fabulous KennyK Stamps
who are offering a prize of three digis from their store.

I was lucky enough to receive an image from KennyK Stamps and have made a tent fold card to showcase it.

Seeing as it's Halloween at the end of the month I dug out my precious Graphic 45 Rare Oddities papers. I used both black and purple pearlescent card for my matting layers and die cuts.

My image is called Devilish Donna but I think she looks quite sweet. I used my Copics to colour her and then cut her out. She is mounted onto the card with foam pads.

I used a clock die from Marianne and a birdcage from Spellbinders. The birds were made from a Heartfelt Creations die which I trimmed into a raven-like shape. I hand cut the bats.

I tucked a length of lilac lace beneath the layers and added two gem filled bottles.

The finishing touches are a black lace bow and some large gems.
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://pinkgemchallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/2016/10/challenge-179-halloween.html x
http://craftycalendarchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2016/10/october-challenge-halloween_1.html x
http://classicdesignteamchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2016/10/1st-october-2016-classic-design-team.html x
http://artbymiranchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2016/09/challenge-68-anything-goes.html x
http://scrapbookstampsocietychallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/2016/09/challenge-101-anything-goes-option.html x
http://craftycreationschallenges.blogspot.co.uk/2016/09/325-halloween.html Top Three
http://cck-digitalstamps-challenge.blogspot.co.uk/2016/10/ching-chou-kuik-digital-stamps.html x
http://copicmarkerspain.blogspot.co.uk/2016/10/october-challenge-halloween.html x

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: