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Friday, 3 August 2018

Creative Artiste #41 August 2018

Happy Friday everyone. I'm on my travels again and keeping my fingers crossed for a good outcome today. Hopefully, one way or another, we will know what the future holds. But first there is something else going on today, so ...

... Welcome to my August post for
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.
A big Thank You to everyone who entered Challenge #40 in July. 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 sponsored by the fabulous
Samantha K Gifts

who are offering this lovely prize to our lucky winner.


This month I have decorated an 8" (20cm) embroidery hoop to make a wall hanging.

The hoop is an old wooden one I've had for years that deserved a new lease of life. I started by painting the hoop and my MDF pieces with black gesso. Once dry I used white gesso and DecoArt crackle paste to create texture.

 I cut a circle of heat resistant acetate and attached it to the back of the hoop. I built up a support layer with a strip of silky fabric, some thick netting and cheesecloth and stretched them tightly over the hoop frame. I then added the 'bubbles' to the background and foreground which  are Circle Cluster B and Circle Cluster C from Samantha K Gifts.

I fixed shells, glass beads, pearls and a seahorse to the structure with my glue gun. I added clusters of Prima Artstones and gave it all a coat of white gesso.

Next was the fun part of painting everything. I used gorgeous Prima Art Alchemy Metallique acrylic paints in Emerald Green, Crocus Fields, Mermaid Teal, Light Patina and Vintage Rose.

For the finishing touch I added little highlights of Prima's Art Alchemy Metallique waxes.

Now it's your turn to create your mixed media projects and enter the challenge 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.
Enjoy your weekend everyone.

Find Prima products in the UK at Artist Trading Post.

I've entered this project into the following challenges:
https://rheddscreativespirit.blogspot.com/2018/08/august-challenge.html
http://alteredeclectics.blogspot.com/2018/08/august-challenge.html
http://countryviewchallenges.blogspot.com/2018/08/august-2018-sun-sea-and-sand.html
https://aperfecttimetocraft.blogspot.com/2018/08/a-perfect-time-to-craft-open-challenge.html
https://lovetocraftchallengeblog.blogspot.com/2018/08/ltccb-25-august-anything-goes.html
https://mixitupchallenge.blogspot.com/2018/08/miucb-16-anything-goes-acrylic-block.html


Wednesday, 1 August 2018

Crafts Galore Encore August 2018

July ended in a bit of a washout in the UK but it's not like the land didn't need some rain. Hopefully the sunny skies will be back for some more lovely summer weather.
On the home front we are slowly making progress, thank you for your good wishes. The four legged family member is recovering well and meetings and hearings are scheduled over the next couple of weeks. Lots more travelling for August but things should start to fall into place soon, hopefully.

In the meantime ...
Welcome to my August post for
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:
who are generously offering a $10 voucher for their digi store to our lucky winner.


I made a 6" (15cm) Double Gate Fold card with a difference.

I started with a normal Double Gate Fold card but turned it around and decorated the back. I didn't want to hide the lovely image inside a card.

I made the paper by sprinkling Brushos onto watercolour card and spritzing with water. I then cut it into three panels to fit the gate fold leaving a white border.  

The Fred She Said image I chose to work with is the gorgeous Corner Rose. I printed it off five times and coloured it with my Copics. I then cut out layers to decoupage the rose and mounted the layers on foam pads for dimension.

I finished with a computer generated sentiment cut into a banner.

Please visit the  Crafts Galore Encore challenge blog where you can 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 August challenge.

I have entered this project in the following challenges:


Friday, 6 July 2018

Creative Artiste #40 July 2018

Well, never a dull moment for us. On top of all the family strife we now have a pet problem that needs sorting, so, I'm on my travels again. I'm hoping for a swift veterinary solution and wonderful weekend in the British sunshine visiting with lovely family and friends. Crafting will be resumed later next week.
In the meantime ...

... Welcome to my July post for

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.
A big Thank You to everyone who entered Challenge #39 in June. 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 sponsored by the fabulous
Tando Creative
who are offering a prize of a 30% discount on Tando products in their online store.

I have decorated a Tando greyboard tag.

I started by gluing the diamond cut outs from a Diamond Grid to the tag then I
gessoed all the greyboard pieces including the butterflies. I then added washes of Prussian Blue Hue and Green Gold Media Fluid Acrylics from DecoArt until I was happy.

I edged the tag with a wash of Quinacridone Gold Media Fluid Acrylic and added some splashes to the tag and diamonds.

The butterflies are from a Tando Butterfly Grab Bag and the cogs, washers and bolts are from Tando's Andy Skinner Industrial Elements pack. I added the cogs etc to the large butterfly before painting them all with washes of DecoArt's Media Fluid Acrylics in Cobalt Teal Hue, Green Gold and Quin Gold .

This challenge runs until the 29th of July 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 and crafty planned for your weekend. Enjoy!


Sunday, 1 July 2018

Crafts Galore Encore July 2018

Summer has definitely arrived in Britain with lots of glorious sunshine. I have even managed to enjoy some of it in between my almost weekly travels across two countries trying to deal with family issues. At least I've found time for a bit of crafting, so ....

Welcome to my July post for
Thank you to everyone who joined in with June'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

I've made a 6"x 6" card.

I started by matting and layering a Papermania wood effect paper onto Kraft card and fixing to a card blank.

The Design Team was generously offered a choice of images from Beccy's Place and I chose this Old Mailbox digi image and coloured it with my Copics. I then trimmed and mounted it on Kraft card.

I deconstructed a Papermania envelope in a wood effect pattern and fixed to Kraft card with a stamped sentiment from Dovecraft. I finished with some thin cord and the envelope fastener.

 Please visit the  Crafts Galore Encore challenge blog where you can 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://crafty-girls-creations.blogspot.com/2018/07/challenge-49.html
https://lovetocraftchallengeblog.blogspot.com/2018/07/ltccb-24-july-anything-goes.html x
http://beccysplace.blogspot.com/2018/07/july-challenge-photo-inspiration.html x

Friday, 1 June 2018

Creative Artiste #39 June 2018

Welcome to my June post for
This is my second blog post for today. To see my DT card for Cards Galore Encore please scroll down.
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.
A big Thank You to everyone who entered Challenge #38 in May. 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 sponsored by the fabulous
DecoArt

who are offering another brilliant prize.

I have made a wall plaque from an old cardboard box lid.

I started by giving it a coat of DecoArt Media Black Gesso. Once dry I painted it with a coat of DecoArt Media White Tinting Base and when that was dry I sanded back areas and the edges to reveal some of the black layer.

I stamped all over with Andy Skinner's crackle stamp from his Toxic set in black Archival then gave a wash with DecoArt Prussian Blue Hue. Lastly, I dry brushed with white gesso to give a lighter and patchy effect similar to a faded old piece of wood.

The flowers were die-cut from wet wipes coloured with DecoArt's Hansa Yellow Light and Diarylide Yellow Media Fluid Acrylics. They were then blasted quickly with my heat gun to shape them.
Seam binding ribbon was coloured with the two yellows and Green Gold Media Fluid Acrylic before being tied in a bow.


The stone effect flourishes were created with white DAS clay and Prima's IOD Large Flourish Moulds. Once dry I gave them a wash of DecoArt's Media Fluid Acrylic in Payne's Grey. I love how it shows all the little cracks in the clay and makes them look like old stonework.

This challenge runs until the 1st of July 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'm hoping for a quiet one at home for a change.

I've entered this project into the following challenges:
http://alteredeclectics.blogspot.com/2018/06/june-challenge-is-here.html
http://welove2create.blogspot.com/2018/05/challenge-8-anything-creativemixed.html x
http://eclecticellapu.blogspot.com/2018/06/its-june-and-anything-goes.html

Crafts Galore Encore June 2018

Welcome to my June post for
Thank you to everyone who joined in with May'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 
who are offering a $15 voucher for their store.

I have made an 8"x 8" card to show you using some hot Summer colours.

I started by colouring two pieces of watercolour card and a strip of seam binding using Distress Oxides and water in Spiced Marmalade, Worn Lipstick and Squeezed Lemonade.

Once dried I printed the dresses from the Dress Up set a few times each and cut them out. I removed some of the details to leave just the dresses.
I used Posca pens to add some extra colour to the dresses.

The sentiment is one of two that are included in the Dress Up set and was printed at the same time as the dresses.

I wrapped the seam binding around the card and matted it onto black cardstock before fixing onto a card blank. I arranged the dresses and stuck them to the card with foam pads.
To finish I added a thin black bow to a seam binding bow and fixed them to the card.

Please visit the  Crafts Galore Encore challenge blog where you can 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://simplypapercraftsforalloccassions.blogspot.com/2018/05/challenge-58.html x
http://brownsugarchallenge.blogspot.com/2018/06/challenge-279-wedding-or-party.html x
https://crafty-girls-creations.blogspot.com/2018/06/challenge-48.html x
http://abitmoretimetocraft.blogspot.com/2018/06/a-bit-more-time-to-craft-challenge-69.html x
https://lovetocraftchallengeblog.blogspot.com/2018/06/ltccb-23-june-anything-goes.html x

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 Top Three
http://rheddscreativespirit.blogspot.co.uk/2018/05/may-challenge.html x
https://abitmoretimetocraftextra.blogspot.co.uk/2018/05/a-bit-more-time-to-craft-extra.html Winner

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 x
http://lilpatchofcraftyfriends.blogspot.co.uk/2018/04/challenge-80.html x
http://createsandmakes.blogspot.co.uk/2018/04/challenge-21.html
http://crafty-girls-creations.blogspot.co.uk/2018/05/challenge-47.html x
http://deliciousdoodleschallenge2.blogspot.co.uk/2018/05/may-2018-flowers.html x
https://alwayshappybirthday.blogspot.co.uk/2018/05/may-challenge-birthday-anything-goes.html x


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: