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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:

Monday, 1 June 2020

Crafts Galore Encore June 2020

The first of June and it definitely feels like summer here with all the lovely weather we've been having. It's just a shame that we are still restricted by the tight lockdown rules in Wales. At least we are, from today, allowed to drive five miles to exercise, so, we can now visit our local beaches. But before we head out ....

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

Polkadoodles
who are offering a prize of 3 single digi images from their store for our winner.

I have made a 7"x 7" (18 x 18 cm) card to show you.

I layered textured card in green and pink for the base and die-cut some circles from blue textured card to look like bubbles.


The cute mermaid image is called Winnie Mermaid Mermazing and I coloured it with my Copics. I matted the image onto pink textured card.


I made some shells from paper clay and coloured those with Copics too. I finished the card with some glass beads.

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 Polkadoodles images.
Grab some inspiration while you're there and enter your "Anything Goes" creations in the June challenge.
Stay safe everyone!

I have entered this card in the following challenges:
http://yourscrapbookplace.blogspot.com/2020/06/june-challenge-with-hetty-clare.html
https://lovetocraftchallengeblog.blogspot.com/2020/06/ltccb-47-june-anything-goes.html
https://aperfecttimetocraft.blogspot.com/2020/06/a-perfect-time-to-craft-challenge-for.html
https://classicdesignchallenge.blogspot.com/2020/06/classic-design-challenge-june-2020.html
http://abitmoretimetocraft.blogspot.com/2020/06/a-bit-more-time-to-craft-challenge-117.html
https://polkadoodle.blogspot.com/2020/05/week-22-anything-goes-craft-card-making.html

Friday, 1 May 2020

Creative Artiste #60 May 2020

This is my second post for today. Please scroll down for my Crafts Galore Encore challenge post. But first, have a look at this ....

.... 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 April. 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.

Do you ever misplace your keys at home? I made a box to keep keys safe for a lovely family member.

This started life as a thick cardboard box. I covered it with multiple layers of white tissue paper all glued in place with soft matt gel making it very sturdy.

I then gave it a coat of light turquoise acrylic paint and randomly used an Aall and Create stamp from set #10. Once that was dry I coloured some soft matt gel with Cracked Pistachio DOX and passed that through Aall and Create stencil #20 around the box.

I chose a darker turquoise to paint the interior and base of the box. I also painted four little wooden cotton reels and glued them to the underside of the box.

I had some decorative keys in my stash and fixed them to the front of the box. I added a gem to one of the keys so the number reads 1960 - a significant number for the recipient of the box.

I finished the box with some silver Pebeo wax on the edges, corners, keys and legs.

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 May challenge.

Stay safe everyone!

I've entered this project in the following challenges:
https://mixitupchallenge.blogspot.com/2020/05/miucb-37-anything-goes-masking.html
https://classicdesignchallenge.blogspot.com/2020/05/classic-design-challenge-may-2020.html
https://lovetocraftchallengeblog.blogspot.com/2020/05/ltccb-46-may-anything-goes.html
https://mixitupchallenge.blogspot.com/2020/05/miucb-37-anything-goes-masking.html
https://lovetoscrapchallengeblog.blogspot.com/2020/05/ltscb-133-anything-goes.html

Crafts Galore Encore May 2020

The first of May and already a busy month for me. Starting with the first of two blog posts for today ....

.... The challenge at  
Thank you to everyone who joined in with April'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:

Star Stampz
who are offering a prize of 3 digi stamps from their store.

I have made an 8"x 8" (20 x 20 cm) card to show you.

The base layers are textured card in blue and yellow that I've fixed onto a card blank. I die-cut some small hexagons to dot around the card.

I chose the super cute Spring Bumble Bee image to work with and coloured it with my Copics before die-cutting it out.

The two sentiments were generated on the computer and hand cut to fit with the hexagons.

I finished the card with some lovely daisies from my stash and a bee charm.

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 Star Stampz images.
Grab some inspiration while you're there and enter your "Anything Goes" creations in the May challenge.
Stay safe everyone!

I have entered this card in the following challenges:
http://abitmoretimetocraft.blogspot.com/2020/05/a-bit-more-time-to-craft-challenge-115.html
https://2craftycrittercrazies.blogspot.com/2020/05/challenge-38-may-2020-sponsor-fabrika.html x
https://classicdesignchallenge.blogspot.com/2020/05/classic-design-challenge-may-2020.html SM
https://aperfecttimetocraft.blogspot.com/2020/05/a-perfect-time-to-craft-open-challenge.html x
https://lovetocraftchallengeblog.blogspot.com/2020/05/ltccb-46-may-anything-goes.html
https://lovetoscrapchallengeblog.blogspot.com/2020/05/ltscb-133-anything-goes.html




Friday, 3 April 2020

Creative Artiste #59 April 2020

I hope everyone is keeping well. These are certainly difficult times and, hopefully, we will all stay safe and can look forward to brighter times in the not too distant future. I must admit, I'm finding it hard to remember what day of the week it is at the moment as every day seems the same.
But, I know that today is definitely the first Friday of April,
so it must be the start of  ....

.... 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 March. 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 used a 12" (30cm) circular canvas to make a project to share today.

I started by priming the base with a couple of coats of white gesso. I then added colour with Cracked Pistachio and Broken China Distress Oxides and water.
I used Faded Jeans DOX to ink up Aall & Create stencil #45 Digital Bubbles and pressed it down over the base and around the edge.

I used Aall & Create's #30 Bubble Block stamp randomly all over and then knocked everything back by sponging with white gesso.
I mixed soft matt gel with Twisted Citron DOX and passed it through Aall & Create #48 Tribal Lines stencil.

The flowers were created with Aall & Create's #199 Eclectic Stems stamp on card coloured with Scattered Straw and Squeezed Lemonade DOX. I sponged on white gesso to dull the black ink and added dots with a black Posca pen to the centres before cutting them out.

I added splashes of white and black with Posca pens and glued circle die-cuts and some black straws across the canvas before arranging the flowers.

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 wonderful mixed media projects created by our multi talented team.
Remember to have fun crafting and enter your "Anything Mixed Media Goes" creations in our April challenge.

I've entered this project in the following challenges:
https://lovetocraftchallengeblog.blogspot.com/2020/04/ltccb-45-april-anything-goes.html x
https://mixitupchallenge.blogspot.com/2020/04/miucb-36-anything-goes-fancy-fold.html x
http://craftstamper.blogspot.com/2020/04/take-it-make-it-challenge-april.html x
https://art-journal-journey.blogspot.com/2020/04/geometric-shapes.html ?
https://creativefingerschallengeblog.blogspot.com/2020/04/challenge-183.html x