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Friday, 1 July 2022

Creative Artiste #84 July 2022

 This is my second post of the day. Please scroll down if you want to see my Crafts Galore Encore challenge post for July....

 ....Welcome to a new challenge at

Creative Artiste is a monthly 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 last month. Your projects were all fabulous and our winners have been announced on the blog.
Our theme is always
"Anything Mixed Media Goes"
We have opportunities to be a Guest Designer for all our winners.

I recently took an online class from Art Workshops with Bipasha K and we decorated a shadowbox. As I had two more smaller shadowboxes I decided to decorate those as well to made a matching trio.

One of the techniques involved heat embossing. Another was stamping and colouring flowers. I used these throughout the three boxes.


One of the steps was to insert a small LED light strip to illuminate the circular aperture. I also used twigs and Prima Artstones.


I used acrylic paints and crackle paste on the outside of the boxes. The tops of the boxes were finished off with Tim Holtz Curio Knobs and twine.


I chose three Tim Holtz Paper Dolls to go with the three Aall & Create stamped sentiments.


It was a fabulous class and I enjoyed using the different techniques from Bipasha to create this little set of shadowboxes.

Now it's your turn to have fun and create your mixed media projects. You can enter our challenge as many times as you like. 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. 

Don't forget to scroll down for my Crafts Galore Encore post.

I have entered this project in the following challenges:


Crafts Galore Encore July 2022

We were told it would be a wet week here but we've been lucky and mostly dodged the showers. It would be nice to be able to plan ahead and not just have to rely on looking out of the window. Sunday is forecast to be sunny so we are keeping our fingers crossed that we can get out to visit our favourite local attraction.

Meanwhile .....

.... there is a new challenge starting today at

Thank you to everyone who joined in with last month'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:

Color of Love
who are offering a winner's prize of 3 digi stamps from their shop.


I have made a 6" (15cm) z-fold card. I used papers from Papermania Sweet Treats 12" paper pad. The pink and blue mats are from Papermania Solid Cardstock.

This fun image I chose to use is Li'l Ellie's Donuts and I coloured it with my Copics.


I finished the card with some pink gems and a computer generated sentiment.

Now please visit the  Crafts Galore Encore challenge blog where you can see the wonderful projects and cards created by our talented team using Color of Love images.
Grab some inspiration while you're there and enter your "Anything Goes" creations in this month's challenge.
This is my first blog post for today. My Creative Artiste post is above.

I have entered this card in the following challenges:

Friday, 3 June 2022

Creative Artiste #83 June 2022

 Happy Friday everyone! The Platinum Jubilee celebrations have begun in Britain and we were treated to a wonderful televised parade and a stunning RAF flypast from London on Thursday morning. I do love all the pomp and ceremony of Royal events but I'm glad not to be in those massive crowds. We still have a few more local celebrations over the next few days and have our fingers (and toes) crossed that the rain holds off.

But, before those events....

....Welcome to a new challenge at

Creative Artiste is a monthly 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 last month. Your projects were all wonderful and our winners have been announced on the blog.
Our theme is always
"Anything Mixed Media Goes"
We have opportunities to be a Guest Designer for all our winners.

I made a project last month whilst doing an online class with Finnabair through Art Workshops. When I was tidying up my supplies I ended up creating this project following the same techniques I used in the class. I've called this canvas 'Mechanical Moon'.

I started by gessoing the 10"x 12" (26 x 31cm) hexagonal canvas.


I used white texture paste through a stencil featuring different sized cogs. 


I built up my composition using some resin cogs, stars and a moon that I'd made from Prima moulds. Once they were stuck down I added some Prima Art Stones and gave it all a coat of white gesso.

I used DecoArt Fluid Acrylics Prussian Blue, Cobalt Teal Hue and Quinacridone Gold with lots of water spray to colour the canvas, cogs and stars. The moon was coloured with Cobalt Blue Gansai Tambi pigment paint.


I finished by stencilling some hexagons with texture paste around the six sides.
And then I finally tidied up.

Now it's your turn to have fun and create your mixed media projects. You can enter our challenge as many times as you like. 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. 

I have entered this project in the following challenges:

Wednesday, 1 June 2022

Crafts Galore Encore June 2022

Here in the UK we are looking forward to a four day holiday to celebrate our Queen's Platinum Jubilee as she has reigned for 70 years. Starting tomorrow there are many official events taking place all over the UK and we have local events happening too with a big street party and a 'Party in the Park' that we are looking forward to attending. 

But first ....

.... there is a new challenge starting today at

Thank you to everyone who joined in with last month'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 is offering a $10 store voucher to our lucky winner.


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

All the papers are from old LOTV paper pads. I used On A High Note and Country Gent from the NitWit Collections. I matted all the panels with dark red card from my stash.


I used one of my favourite images from Beccy's Place; the birdhouse from the Shabby Chic Roses set. I coloured it with my Copics.


To finish the card I added seam binding that I coloured with Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink a few red gems and a stamped sentiment.
 
Now please visit the  Crafts Galore Encore challenge blog where you can see the wonderful projects and cards created by our talented team using Beccy's Place images.
Grab some inspiration while you're there and enter your "Anything Goes" creations in this month's challenge.

I have entered this card in the following challenges:

Friday, 6 May 2022

Creative Artiste #82 May 2022

 Happy Friday everyone!

Welcome to a new challenge at

Creative Artiste is a monthly 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 last month. Your projects were all wonderful and our winners have been announced on the blog.
Our theme is always
"Anything Mixed Media Goes"
We have opportunities to be a Guest Designer for all our winners.

I recently took an online class with Finnabair through Art Workshops and this is what I made.

The class was all about exploring our "Signature Style". I discovered that I like circles, turquoise/blues and cogs/gears.


I first white gessoed a 12" (30 cm) canvas and then randomly stencilled circles using AALL & Create #87 Totally Dotty stencil with soft matt gel.


I worked on my composition using empty ribbon and tape reels. I made some cogs and flat back beads with resin. I fixed everything in place with heavy body gel and gave it all a coat of white gesso.


Once everything was dry I used watered DecoArt Fluid Acrylics Prussian Blue, Cobalt Teal Hue and Quinacridone Gold  to colour the cogs and canvas. I also added touches of Pebeo gold wax to the beads and some cogs.


I coloured Prima Art Stones with Cobalt Teal fluid acrylic and used Soft Matt Gel to add them to random areas. I chose a Tim Holtz Paper Doll and placed her on a pair of resin wings I'd made and painted in pale blue acrylic. Lastly, I added the words around the top half of the canvas with a dark blue Posca pen.



I've called this piece "My Sanctuary" as it represents my happy place.

Now it's your turn to have fun and create your mixed media projects. You can enter our challenge as many times as you like. 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. 

I have entered this project in the following challenges: