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Friday, 6 November 2020

Creative Artiste #66 November 2020

It's all change here in Britain again. As Wales comes out of it's firebreak lockdown England goes into one. New rules for everyone means our family still can not get together as we are not allowed to travel from one country to the other. I just hope that everyone follows the rules, stays safe and the virus rates come down so we can start to plan Christmas....

Meanwhile ....

.... there's a new challenge at
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 the challenge in October. Your projects were all wonderful and our winners have been announced on the blog.

Our theme is always
"Anything Mixed Media Goes"
and we have opportunities to be a Guest Designer for our winners.

I have made an 8"x 8" (20 x 20 cm) shadow box frame.

I made the box frame from stiff white card and covered it with tissue paper to strengthen it and give some light texture.
I used DecoArt acrylic paint in Raw Umber over the frame. Once dry I then used Tim Holtz mini stencil from set 10 with Archival black ink to give the wood effect. Lastly, I touched up the edges with Pebeo Gold Gilding wax.

I took a piece of watercolour card and coloured it using Lindy's Flat Magicals Caribbean Blue and Ocean Breeze Blue.  I cut a piece to fit inside the box frame and used the remainder to stamp the hot air balloon from IndigoBlu Mixed Media box set 2.

For the floral arrangement I coloured another large piece of card with Distress Oxides Broken China and Chipped Sapphire. Once dry I splashed it with a gold Posca pen. I then die cut and assembled some flowers. I also used some flowers from my stash. The tickets were stamped onto card coloured with Antique Linen and Broken China DOX using another stamp from the IndigoBlu set. 

The little balls were painted with gold acrylic and gold centres were added to the flowers. I touched up the edges of the flowers with Pebeo gold gilding wax. The bow was created with seam binding from Fantastic Ribbons that I dyed with Chipped Sapphire DOX

I finished the insert panel with words stamped from the same previous IndigoBlu set. Once the insert was fitted into the frame I built up the floral arrangement with Prima's Soft Matt Gel.

Now it's your turn to have fun and create your mixed media projects. You can enter our 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 fabulous mixed media projects created by our multi talented team.
Remember to have fun crafting and enter your "Anything Mixed Media Goes" creations in our November challenge. 

I have entered this project in the following challenges:


Sunday, 1 November 2020

Crafts Galore Encore November 2020

It's been a half term school break here for the past two weeks and Wales has been placed in another lockdown. Not that we could go anywhere anyway as the weather has been awful with strong winds and heavy rain. Thank goodness it's back to school tomorrow as we're running out of things to do indoors. At least I've made a start on Christmas cards and ....

.... There is a new challenge at

Thank you to everyone who joined in with October's challenge. The winners have been announced on the challenge blog. This is a month long challenge and you can enter up to three times. There is a full list of rules on the challenge blog.

Our theme every month is the popular
"Anything Goes"
and our sponsor this month is:
who have a $25 voucher to their online store for our lucky winner.

I have made a selection of 6"x 6" (15 x 15 cm) Christmas cards.


These adorable little gnomes are from the Gnome for the Holidays digital collage set. The set has 17  delightful gnome images over two pages.
I paired the images with the papers from the Merry and Bright ATC Collection.

I used coloured card, mirror card, doileys and die cut snowflakes from my stash. The lovely ribbons are all from Fantastic Ribbons.

Here are a couple of Z-fold cards, one with a band. The great advantage to having Gecko Galz digital sets means you can print the images you want to use and the papers to match for each card. There are lots of fabulous collage and paper sets to choose from, so, grab a coffee and have a browse.

Now please visit the  Crafts Galore Encore challenge blog where you can see the wonderful projects and cards created by our talented design team using Gecko Galz images.
Grab some inspiration while you're there and enter your "Anything Goes" creations in the November challenge.

Stay safe everyone!

I have entered these cards in the following challenges:

Friday, 2 October 2020

Creative Artiste #65 October 2020

Yay, it's Friday! But a typical Welsh weekend of rain and strong winds is forecast so we will be staying in. Lots of playing games, watching films and indoor fun for us. Maybe even some crafty messiness to look forward to.

Meanwhile ....

.... there's a new challenge at
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 the challenge in September. Your projects were all fabulous and our winners have been announced on the blog.

Our theme is always
"Anything Mixed Media Goes"
and we have opportunities to be a Guest Designer for our winners.

I have created a box lid and decorated it.

I started by making a 6"x 6" (15 x 15 cm) box lid from watercolour card and cutting a square of card to fit on it. 

I used texture paste through stencil #13 from Aall & Create on the piece of card and the sides of the box lid. I darkened the top edge of the lid with Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink.

I arranged some paper straws, resin flowers, a resin frame and some glass beads on the piece of card. I used Distress Inks and Oxides to colour them. All the colours have been added using splatters and splashes by mixing the inks with water and using a brush. I splashed the sides too.


I finished the colours with some splashes of blue Posca pens and added a white flower from my stash. I then fixed the card to the box lid. Now I just have to make the box base and fill it.

Now it's your turn to have fun and create your mixed media projects. You can enter our 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 fabulous mixed media projects created by our multi talented team.
Remember to have fun crafting and enter your "Anything Mixed Media Goes" creations in our October challenge. 

I have entered this project in the following challenges:

Thursday, 1 October 2020

Crafts Galore Encore October 2020

 October already! Not that I'm complaining. The sooner this year is over, the better. We no sooner get used to one routine when it's all change for different rules. It's a bit like being on a merry-go-round that constantly changes direction. I'm so dizzy now and can't wait for it to stop.

But, in the meantime ....

.... There is a new challenge at

Thank you to everyone who joined in with September's challenge. The winners have been announced on the challenge blog. This is a month long challenge and you can enter up to three times. There is a full list of rules on the challenge blog.

Our theme every month is the popular
"Anything Goes"
and our sponsor this month is:
who are offering one digi stamp set to our lucky winner.

I have made a 6"x 6" (15 x 15cm) card using an image, a paper and a sentiment from our sponsor.

I started by matting and layering two pieces of Papermania textured card in shades of orange. The patterned paper is from the Sunny Sunflower Digital Stamp and Paper Kit that I used.

I took the single sunflower from the set and used a graphics programme to print five copies in varying sizes, flipping a couple of the images. I fussy cut them all out and arranged them in a circle on the card.

The Sunny Sunflower set comes with two hand drawn flower images in both black and white and colour. There are also six papers. I used the pre-coloured sunflower image as I love the way it has been beautifully coloured by Bev, the owner. 

The digi set also includes three sentiments and I chose this happy one for my card. I finished the card with some gold gems.

Now please visit the  Crafts Galore Encore challenge blog where you can see the wonderful projects and cards created by our talented design team using Artsystamper images.
Grab some inspiration while you're there and enter your "Anything Goes" creations in the October challenge.

Stay safe everyone!

I have entered this card in the following challenges:

Friday, 4 September 2020

Creative Artiste #64 September 2020

 I'm pleased to say that 'Back to School' has been a success for our little princess and she likes her new teacher and classroom. Now we can look forward to 'Back to the Office' for Granddad and I can have my house and routine back!

But, before that ....

.... there's a new challenge at
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 the challenge in August. Your projects were all fabulous and our winners have been announced on the blog.

Our theme is always
"Anything Mixed Media Goes"
and we have opportunities to be a Guest Designer for our winners.


I have made a 6"x 6" (15 x 15 cm) folder.

I cut two squares and one rectangle from mountboard and attached them together with black tape to make the folder. I then painted white gesso on all the sides. I attached some beads to elastic as a closure for the folder and added three loops of elastic to hold the signatures.

On the outsides of the folder I used texture paste and #70 Diamond Life stencil from Aall & Create in random areas. I coloured the folder using Broken China and Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxides with water.

I finished the outside panels with #235 All Measured Up Aall & Create stamp and added the title with a stamp from their #195 Flowers & Gears stamp set.

On the inside covers I used Aall & Create's #17 stencil with texture paste and parts of their #109 Blossomed Numbers stamp. I coloured the panels using the same previous two DOX colours and Scattered Straw DOX.

The flowers on the front and inside back cover are from the #109 Blossomed Numbers stamp and were coloured with the same DOX previously used. I cut the flowers out and stuck them down with soft matt gel.

Now it's your turn to have fun and create your mixed media projects. You can enter our 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 fabulous mixed media projects created by our multi talented team and meet our new team member.
Remember to have fun crafting and enter your "Anything Mixed Media Goes" creations in our September challenge.