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Friday, 7 August 2020

Creative Artiste #63 August 2020

We heard it was going to be nice weather this week so decided to have a few days away visiting family. Although its been warm, I'm not sure where the sun has gone. But, while I wait ....
.... 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 July. 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 a home decor project to show this month.

This is an 8"x 8" (20cm x 20cm) wooden box frame. I started by disassembling it and discarding the glass.

I cut a sheet of watercolour card to fit and gave it a coat of pale yellow acrylic paint. I did some random, second generation text stamping and sprinkled on some spots of Lindy's Magicals with water.

I painted a couple of wooden hearts with gesso then used texture paste through a text stencil. Once dry, I gave them a coat of pale pink acrylic. I added some lace flowers to the base card and fixed the hearts on top.

I started the main arrangement with some pieces of bark and wooden skewers. I then added some fabric flowers, leaves and Prima Artstones around the arrangement.
I put everything back together and now have a lovely piece of home decor.

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 August challenge. 

Yay! The sun has come out to play!

I've entered this project in the following challenges:

Saturday, 1 August 2020

Crafts Galore Encore August 2020

Still uncertain times for everyone but we are learning to balance staying safe and grabbing good times when we can.
The upside to spending more time at home is that there is more time to craft. But one thing I didn't want to have to waste my time on is the new Blogger dashboard. Why do they hide the buttons you need to use most? And why do I now have to click twice as many of them to do the simplest things? A steep learning curve I didn't need. 

But I managed it, so, ....

.... There is a new challenge at
Thank you to everyone who joined in with July'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:

Fabrika Fantasy
who are offering a prize of 3 digi stamps from their store.

I have made an 8"x 8" (20 x 20cm) card and will add a sentiment when I decide who it's for.

I started by outlining the card base with an orange Copic then I created a background with Turquoise and White Brushos.

We were given a choice of images from Fabrika Fantasy and I chose the Beautiful Seahorse image. I coloured it with Copics and cut it out with a circle die. I cut a second, slightly larger, circle which I edged in orange for a mat.

I used an orange Brusho on watercolour card and punched out some circles to represent bubbles around the image. Lastly, I splattered on some white with a Posca Pen.

Now please visit the  Crafts Galore Encore challenge blog where you can see the fabulous projects and cards created by our talented design team using Fabrika Fantasy images.
Grab some inspiration while you're there and enter your "Anything Goes" creations in the August challenge.
Stay safe everyone!

I have entered this card in the following challenges:
https://morgansartworld.blogspot.com/2020/08/morgans-artworld-challenge-8.html

Friday, 3 July 2020

Creative Artiste #62 July 2020

Finally there is light at the end of the tunnel. From Monday, in Wales, we will be allowed to travel out of our local area and even mix indoors with one other group from our family. I can't wait till next week when I can see my youngest daughter for the first time since mid February.
But, before then ....

.... 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 June. 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 created a little underwater scene from some leftover packaging.

The box is 6"x 3" (15.5 x 7.5 cm). I started by strengthening the box with layers of tissue paper which I then painted with watercolours. Once dry I added some Prima Artstones with gel for sand and painted that.

The fish were created with Katy Sue moulds and paper clay. They were coloured with Copics, acrylic paint and a black Posca pen to look like Clown fish. I added glass beads for bubbles.

All the die-cut foliage was coloured with watercolour paints. The shells were made using Katy Sue moulds and paper clay. They were coloured with Copics.

The anchor was cut with a Spellbinder die and was given a rusty look with acrylics and crushed Artstones.

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 July challenge.

Stay safe everyone!

I've entered this project in the following challenges:
https://abitmoretimetocraftextra.blogspot.com/2020/07/abmttc-extra-challenge-july-anything.html x
https://aperfecttimetocraft.blogspot.com/2020/07/a-perfect-time-to-craft-challenge.html x
https://classicdesignchallenge.blogspot.com/2020/07/classic-design-challenge-july-7-2020.html DT Fav
https://lovetocraftchallengeblog.blogspot.com/2020/07/ltccb-48-july-anything-goes.html x
https://lovetoscrapchallengeblog.blogspot.com/2020/07/ltscb-135-anything-goes.html DT Fav
https://countryviewchallenges.blogspot.com/2020/07/july-2020-do-what-makes-you-happy.html

Wednesday, 1 July 2020

Crafts Galore Encore July 2020

I'm sure I'm not the only person missing family and friends due to pandemic safety restrictions. We were very sad not to be able to see my wonderful Mother-in-Law for her birthday last month. At least I could send her this card and a lovely bunch of flowers. Hopefully, we will be able to celebrate with her later this summer.

In the meantime ....

.... There is a new challenge at
Thank you to everyone who joined in with June'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:
Fred She Said
who are offering a prize of a $10 voucher for their store.

This is the 8"x 8" (20 x 20 cm) birthday card I made for my lovely Mother-in-Law.

I used a scalloped card blank and matted and layered it with card coloured with Distress Oxides. I used Picked Raspberry for the base layer and a blend of Lucky Clover and Twisted Citron for the centre panel.

I chose to work with this gorgeous Hibiscus image from our sponsor. It comes as a single flower and I used a graphics program to make it into a little bouquet. The flowers were coloured with Copics and then cut out leaving a white border.

I dyed some seam binding ribbon with Lucky Clover DOX and attached it to opposite corners before mounting the centre panel. I finished the card by stamping the sentiment and adding some gold gems.

Now please visit the  Crafts Galore Encore challenge blog where you can see the fabulous projects and cards created by our talented design team using Fred She Said images.
Grab some inspiration while you're there and enter your "Anything Goes" creations in the July challenge.
Stay safe everyone!

I have entered this card in the following challenges:
https://morgansartworld.blogspot.com/2020/07/morgans-artworld-challenge-7.html x
https://craftycreationschallenges.blogspot.com/2020/07/july-challenge-411-anything-goes.html x
http://yourscrapbookplace.blogspot.com/2020/07/july-challenge-with-star-stampz.html x

Friday, 5 June 2020

Creative Artiste #61 June 2020

I shouldn't have mentioned the nice weather we'd been having as, since then, it's been grey and chilly. Hopefully it's been nicer where you are and that it returns to more summery weather here. So, while we wait for the sun to shine again ....

.... There is 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 May. 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 started this project by making two panels after being inspired by a Finnabair video. I didn't know what to do with the panels once they were assembled so I created a base for them to make just one big (16"x 12"/ 41cm x 31cm) project.

The panels and base were created the same way. I started by gessoing some thick greyboard and then randomly stamping over it. Next, I used texture paste though stencils. Aall & Create's Tribal Lines stencil on the base and Dutch Doobadoo's Art Gears on the panels.
The elements are from various Tando Creative kits, my greyboard leftovers and whatever was to hand.


I die-cut the cogs from normal card and layered them up. They were then painted with rusty colours and added to the boards along with Prima's Artstones.


The frames were made the same way as the cogs and the wings are from paper clay in Prima moulds. (Thank you Pam!)


Once the panels were attached to the base I painted everything using DecoArt Fluid acrylics and water. The colours I've used are Hansa Yellow Medium, Magenta and Quinacridone Violet.
I finished with paint splatters and dry brushing with DecoArt Metallic Gold acrylic paint.

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 June challenge.

Stay safe everyone!

I've entered this project in the following challenges:
http://moremixedmediachallenge.blogspot.com/2020/06/more-mixed-media-challenge-anything.html Top 5
https://mixitupchallenge.blogspot.com/2020/06/miucb-38-anything-goes-acrylic-block.html x
https://lovetocraftchallengeblog.blogspot.com/2020/06/ltccb-47-june-anything-goes.html x
https://sandee-and-amelie.blogspot.com/2020/06/sandee-june-2020-steampunk-challenge.html x