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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
http://countryviewchallenges.blogspot.co.uk/2016/08/august-challenge-hot-summer-days.html
http://thatscraftychallenges.blogspot.co.uk/2016/08/zest-zing-challenge.html
http://rheddscreativespirit.blogspot.co.uk/2016/08/august-challenge.html
http://desiref.blogspot.co.uk/2016/08/atg-with-create-with-tlc-challenge-no2.html

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
http://worldwideopendesignteamchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2016/07/15th-august-2016-world-wide-open-design.html
http://scrapbookstampsocietychallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/2016/07/challenge-97-anything-goes-option-summer.html
http://lilpatchofcraftyfriends.blogspot.co.uk/2016/07/challenge-38.html
http://classicdesignteamchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2016/08/1st-august-2016-classic-design-team.html

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:

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Crafts Galore Encore June 2016

Summertime at last on this side of the world and we have finally had some lovely weather (mixed in with the rain). I'm sorry if I haven't been visiting your blogs regularly but family health problems and new interests are the reasons. I hope you'll all forgive me.
But, the first of the month means it's time for a new challenge on the Crafts Galore Encore Challenge Blog. Thank you to everyone who joined in with the May 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 fabulous KennyK Stamps
who are offering a prize of three digis of the winner's choice.

I made an 8"x 6" (20 x 15 cm) tent fold card and matted and layered with cream card, brown textured card and a paper from Prima.  I scruffed the edges and coloured the paper with Tea Dye DI then I used stamps from Papermania, Kanban and Clarity to add details for a travel theme. The postcard is a stamp from Papermania and the text is from LaBlanche.

I chose the gorgeous Biker Girl digi image from KennyK Stamps and coloured her with Copics in shades to match the paper. She, and her bike, are mounted on foam pads.

The Eiffel Tower was cut twice with a die from Sizzix, once in brown and again in black. Then I mounted them to create a 3D effect. I added some cross hatching with gold embossing powder.

The tickets were cut out using a Kanban stamp and then stamped with Kaiserkraft text stamps.
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 look forward to seeing your entries for this month's challenge.

I've entered this card in the following challenges:

Friday, 20 May 2016

Mr Smith's Workshop May 2016

Yay! It's Friday. I've had another very busy week and it's going to be a busy day tomorrow too. But at least I shall be crafting. I hope you have a nice weekend planned and get some time to craft too.
I have some more samples to show you that I have made for my Docrafts demo tomorrow. 
There are so many fabulous new products from Docrafts this month. I showed some samples from the gorgeous Gorjuss Vintage Rose collection on Wednesday along with some of the new dies and embellishments. Today I have some of my samples from the brilliant Mr. Smith's Workshop.

This collection is perfect for those difficult men's cards. And for Father's Day. The A4 Ultimate Die-cut and Paper Pack has plenty of toppers, decoupage and papers. There are also two sizes of Paper Packs which have some wonderful papers that look like textured wood, bricks and metal.

There are metal embellishments, wooden letters, 3D stickers and stamps to go with the range.

In both May's Creativity magazine and the product supplement there are some fabulous tutorials. You can make the record card (second photo), and wallet, (photo above). Both make brilliant gift cards.

Learn how to construct the metal look tool box from the Creativity magazine. It works so well as a gift box.

And if you grab a Goody Bag and the product supplement you can create a shed card like mine thanks to a tutorial by Mags Woodcock.
Don't forget to check out your local Docrafts stockist for these and more of the new collections. You can see more of my samples in my Docrafts Gallery. Simply click on the link in the sidebar.
If you are around Carmarthen then please pop into The Range where I will be from 10 am till 4 pm. I'd love to see you. If not, then have a wonderful weekend.

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Gorjuss Docrafts May 2016

Sorry I've been MIA lately. It's been a busy time for me and the family. I hope you've all been keeping well and enjoying your crafting.
Today I want to show you some of what I've been busy doing these past weeks. I've been preparing for a Docrafts demo at The Range in Carmarthen on Saturday. I shall be in store from 10 am - 4 pm and if you're in the area I'd love to see you.
There are lots of exciting new Docrafts, Papermania, X-cut, Papier Patch and Anita's products released this month and three fabulous new collections. One of them features the popular Santoro Gorjuss. This new range is called The Vintage Rose Collection.

These samples were made using the Vintage Rose A4 Ultimate Die-cut & Paper Pack which comes in a fabulous triple folder. I added some of the pretty coordinating Gorjuss ribbons and some of the Gorjuss Rose Charms which are wonderful moulded roses in four different colours and sizes.

The Gorjuss Vintage Rose collection also includes four new rubber stamps. The one I've used is called Heartfelt. Each character comes with a coordinating frame and extra embellishments. There are also two new sets of Watercolour Dual-tip Pens to colour these pretty stamps with. Or you could paper piece the stamps to fully coordinate with the pretty papers and vellums.

There are also lots of new X-cut dies like the fabulous Filigree Tea Time set and the Woodland Flourishes I used on some of the Gorjuss cards.

Look out for the new Papier Patch papers, Papermania Colour In Glitter Stickers and Glitter Dot Stickers. They work fabulously with Anita's Foiled Decoupage.
Also, the new Cut and Emboss Folders will let you quickly and easily create fabulous, elegant cards. 
All these new products means lots of samples which, hopefully, means lots of inspiration for you. I hope you now go and check out your local Docrafts stockist so you can grab some of these fabulous new goodies for yourself. You can also see more of my samples by viewing my Docrafts Gallery. Simply click on the link in the sidebar.
Remember to pop into The Range in Carmarthen on Saturday if you are nearby. I'll be back in a couple of days to show you two more of the new Docrafts collections.

Saturday, 7 May 2016

Kraftyhands May 2016 Challenge

Welcome to a new challenge at Kraftyhands. We hope you will all join in. 
The theme this month is based on this colour chip


"Teal, Dusky Pink, Sand and Circle"
The lucky winner will receive a £10 Kraftyhands voucher if they have used a Kraftyhands product.
A full set of the rules are on the blog.

I made a round card that will fit in an 8"x 8" (20 cm x 20 cm) envelope. Hand cut circles are not my forte but I cut the matting layers from teal card. The sentiment was computer generated.

I used a paper and a round topper from the Craft Nouveau CD. It's only £8 in the Kraftyhands sale at the moment and is a must for anyone who loves the Art Nouveau period. It's full of pretty pattered papers and beautiful images.

The flourishes are a Sizzix die and the flower was made with a Crealies die.
Please visit the  Kraftyhands Challenge Blog for a full set of the challenge rules and to view the inspirational creations from my talented team mates. This challenge runs until the end of the month. Remember to be a follower of the challenge blog to qualify for entry.

I've entered this card in the following challenges:

Friday, 6 May 2016

Creative Artiste #14 May 2016

I shan't complain about Mother Nature today as we finally have some beautiful weather. I hope it's as nice and sunny where you are.
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. As long as you use more than one medium on your creation 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 #13 in April. Your projects were wonderful. The winner has been announced  on the blog.

We are sponsored this month by
Maja Design
who are generously offering a pack of their beautiful papers for our prize winner.
The theme this month is
"Anything Goes"
as long as it's mixed media.

I chose to alter a box for the mail and keys that I picked up at a local store. A photo of the original is at the end of this post.

I started by removing the fixings and the covering the whole box with several layers of white gesso and then acrylic paint, sanding down in between the coats.

I used a Sue Wilson die to decorate the top of the box. I coloured the flowers and leaves with Distress Inks and then sealed with Modge Podge and used that to stick them down after cutting to fit. I added half pearls to the flowers.

I made the front panel with pink card and Pion papers. The die cut flowers are from a Memory Box die and the roses are from Wild Orchid. I printed the HOME letters on the computer and cut them out before coloring with Bundled Sage Distress Ink. The bow is seam binding coloured with Bundled sage DI and the metal corners were coloured with Pesto Adirondack Alcohol ink. I added some pearl strings and single pearls and finished by dotting around the whole panel with an iridescent pearl paint.
   

      The box went
from this -------------------> to this.

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://fabnfunkychallenges.blogspot.co.uk/2016/05/challenge-303-we-want-to-see-three-or.html x
http://alteredeclectics.blogspot.co.uk/2016/05/new-month-new-challenge.html
http://rheddscreativespirit.blogspot.co.uk/2016/05/new-month-new-challenge-dt-call.html
http://lilredwagon.blogspot.co.uk/2016/05/challenge-340-anything-but-card.html x