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Friday, 2 April 2021

Creative Artiste #70 April 2021

 Last month was an awful one for our little family when it became even smaller and we had to deal with a tragic loss that no parent should have to face. I was reluctant to make a project for this month but then the idea of this canvas came to me. It represents a soul being set free and I've called it Phoenix Rising

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"
and we have opportunities to be a Guest Designer for our winners.

I was inspired to create this bright little canvas.

The canvas measures 9 and 1/2" x 7" (24 x 19 cm) and I started by wrapping wool, string and thick thread around it.


I added some Artstones and then gave it a coat of thick white gesso.


The colours are from DecoArt Misters. I removed the spray top and used a brush to add the colours to the canvas, making sure each colour was dry before adding the next. The colours are Red, Orange and Primary Yellow.


I added splatters of red, yellow, white and black from the DecoArt Misters. The winged embellishment represents a Phoenix rising up through the flames. Just like a soul flying free.

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 April challenge. 

I have entered this project in the following challenges:

Thursday, 1 April 2021

Crafts Galore Encore April 2021

The return to school has been a big success (and relief) in our house. But it was short lived as it's now the Easter holidays. Two weeks off but, at least, there is no homeschooling. We just have to find enough fun things to keep the little princess amused.

 Meanwhile ....

.... there is a new challenge at

Thank you to everyone who joined in with March'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:

         BabycakesDND

I have made a 6"x 6" (15 x 15 cm) card and will add a sentiment when I decide to use it.

I matted and layered dark blue and red card on the base. Then I created a panel by lightly shading white card with Broken China DI and randomly using a stamp with letters and numbers.

I coloured the Owl was Reading image with Copics and matted it onto blue card.

I used off-cuts of the coloured card on the background before adding the image. I finished the card with three buttons from my stash.

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

Keep staying safe everyone!

I have entered this card in the following challenges:

Friday, 5 March 2021

Creative Artiste #69 March 2021

 I should be happy it's nearly the weekend and I get a break from homeschooling, but ours is a sad house at the moment as we come to terms with a family member's sudden passing and we prepare the funeral. Stay safe everyone, this virus can effect anyone, of any age. 

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"
and we have opportunities to be a Guest Designer for our winners.

I have created a sea themed CD to inspire you.

I started by gessoing an old CD and adding texture paste through a circle stencil. Once dried I gessoed it again. 


I then used DecoArt Fluid Acrylics Prussian Blue Hue and Cobalt Turquoise Hue. I flushed the colours with plenty of water then left the disc to dry. It creates a fabulous texture with the gesso bubbling up.


I used paper clay and Katy Sue moulds to make the shells, seahorses, fish and leaves.
Once I'd stuck everything down I added Prima Artstones in the gaps.


I painted the individual pieces with DecoArt Fluid Acrylics using Quinacridone Gold, Green Gold, Diarylide Yellow and Titan Buff and sprayed with water. I also added more of the blue colours.


To finish I painted the small shells with Golden Fluid Acrylic Iridescent Pearl (Fine) for a bit of shine and darkened the edges of the disc.

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 March challenge. 

I have entered this project in the following challenges:

Monday, 1 March 2021

Crafts Galore Encore March 2021

 We are still stuck at home here and still homeschooling. The little princess isn't happy that she can't go back to school just yet. So am I! Hopefully she will be able to return before the end of March. Yay!

Meanwhile ....

.... there is a new challenge at

Thank you to everyone who joined in with February'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 a prize of a £6.75 store voucher.

I have made a 6" gatefold card in cheerful springtime colours.

I created the card base with white card and covered the front panels and inside with pale blue card. The two patterned papers are old ones from my stash.


I used the Winnie Sunshine Delights image. I printed it on white card and coloured it with Copics. I die-cut the image and mounted it on the pale blue card. I fixed it to the left side opening.


I printed the flowers in her hair separately and cut and coloured them. I fixed them to the top corner and finished the card with some blue gems.

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

Keep staying safe everyone!

I have entered this card in the following challenges:

Friday, 5 February 2021

Creative Artiste #68 February 2021

Thank goodness it's Friday! That means it's nearly the weekend and I can have a break from home schooling. Give me adults to teach and different mediums to work with any day of the week rather than a child with math and literacy work to do. I've earned my weekend off !

 Meanwhile ....

.... Welcome to first challenge of 2021 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 December. 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 altered box to inspire you.

This box started out housing a rather yummy Camembert and is made from thin wood. I first used black gesso all over both the top and bottom pieces.

Once dry, I used some texture paste through an old hexagonal stencil on the outsides and gessoed in black again. I then stippled some orange, brown and black acrylic paint over the outside surfaces.

I made the wings with Hearty paper clay and a Prima mould. The cogs are layered die-cuts. I painted the embellishments with turquoise acrylic paints then lightly stippled with brown acrylic. I did the same with the glass beads.

Lastly, I dry brushed the embellishments and the edges of the box top with gold acrylic paint and glued everything in place with matte 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 February challenge. 

I have entered this project in the following challenges: