Easter Bliss

Friday, 2 August 2019

Creative Artiste #52 August 2019

Two weeks of the summer holidays gone already and we are surviving. Yay! We still have a mini break, family coming to visit and a birthday for our special little girl to look forward to. Now all I need is to find some crafty time for myself. Meanwhile ...

...Welcome to my August challenge post for 
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 Challenge #51 in July. Your projects were all fabulous and our winners have been announced on the blog.

Our theme is always
"Anything Mixed Media Goes"

I have a 12"x 9" (30 x 23 cm) canvas to show today.

I started by applying texture paste through a stencil by Marta from Maremi Small Art around the edges of the canvas. Once dry I covered it with a layer of black gesso.

I added splatters with a gold and a white Posca pens.

I then applied Pebeo Empire Gold gilding wax to the raised texture paste and the edges of the canvas.

I brayered acrylic paints onto watercolour card and die cut circles which I then stamped using a PaperArtsy Eclectica stamp set by Tracy Scott.

I again used my gold and white Posca pens to add details to the circles before mounting them all up on the canvas using foam pads for dimension.

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 talented team. Remember to have fun crafting and enter your "Anything Mixed Media Goes" creations in our August challenge.

I've entered this project in the following challenges:
http://countryviewchallenges.blogspot.com/2019/08/august-2019-texture.html
http://welove2create.blogspot.com/2019/07/challenge-8-anything-goes-mixed-media.html
https://lovetocraftchallengeblog.blogspot.com/2019/08/ltccb-37-august-anything-goes.html
https://mixitupchallenge.blogspot.com/2019/08/miucb-28-anything-goes-triple-time.html



Thursday, 1 August 2019

Crafts Galore Encore August 2019

The school summer holidays are here and our daily routine has flown out of the window. I've been away on a weekend of craft workshops, us 'girls' have a little holiday to look forward to and family are coming to visit. We have lots of fun things planned so, hopefully, the six weeks will fly by.
Meanwhile ....
.... There's 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:
Fred, She Said Designs .... The Store
Fred She Said Designs

who are offering a $10 store voucher for the lucky winner.

I have an 8"x 8" (20 x 20 cm) card to show today. A certain young lady, who has a birthday coming up, has requested it as one of her birthday cards, ha ha.

The card base was layered with some blue card and then matted with a pretty paper from LOTV's Promises collection.


The next layer is another sheet from the same pad which I cut to create two wide borders. I inked the edges in Dusty Concord DI and mounted them with foam pads for dimension. I stuck gems on the flowers and printed a generic sentiment.

I chose this delightful image to work with as she looks like our little girl. It's called Emma in her Cool Cap.  I printed it out four times and coloured them with my Copics before cutting Emma into decoupage layers and mounting her up with foam pads.
I finished the card with a little turquoise bow.

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

I hope you all have a lovely summer and manage to find some crafty time for yourselves.

I have entered this card in the following challenges:
http://craftrocketchallenges.blogspot.com/2019/08/challenge-62-august-2019-anything-goes.html
https://craftingwithanattitude.blogspot.com/2019/08/challenge-54.html
http://yourscrapbookplace.blogspot.com/2019/08/its-time-for-august-challenge-at-ysbp.html


Friday, 5 July 2019

Creative Artiste #51 July 2019

I'm still busy with weekly demos and teaching and looking forward to the summer break in a few weeks - just in time for the school summer holidays! I hope we all get to enjoy some lovely sunny weather. 
First, some crafty business ...

...Welcome to my July challenge post for 
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 Challenge #50 in June. Your projects were all fabulous and our winners have been announced on the blog.

Our theme is always
"Anything Mixed Media Goes"

I have a project I made for the class I teach to show today.

This is a journal made with an Eileen Hull die from Sizzix. I cut the panels out of greyboard and gave the front one a coat of black gesso.


I built up the arrangement using paper straws to give dimension to the random elements. Most of the embellishments are made with paper clay and moulds. Once the embellishments were in place I added Prima Art Stones to the gaps and gave everything a coat of black gesso.


I dabbed Prima's Art Alchemy Acrylic paints Metallic Crocus Fields and Metallic Emerald Green on the cover and used plenty of water to move the paint around. Once dried I did the same with Prima's Art Alchemy Metallic Rustic Brown.


For the back cover I used DecoArt Crackle Paste through a stencil. Once dry I repeated the same paint techniques as on the front. I finished both panels with touches of Prima's Art Alchemy waxes for extra shine.


Once both pieces were painted, dried and waxed I joined them together and threaded them with black elastic for the signatures. I finished the ends off with some beads.

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 talented team. Remember to have fun crafting and enter your "Anything Mixed Media Goes" creations in our July challenge.

I'm demoing some gorgeous Docrafts products at The Range in Carmarthen tomorrow (Saturday 6th) from 10am til 4pm. Join me if you're in the area, and have a great weekend if you're not!

I've entered this project in the following challenges:


Monday, 1 July 2019

Crafts Galore Encore July 2019

This year is spinning past so quickly. I can't believe we are over halfway already. It will soon be the school summer holidays and a year since we've had our gorgeous little girl living with us. What a difference to all our lives!
But, before the holidays, there's a bit of business ....

.... There's 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:

Polkadoodles

I have made a birthday card for a boy to show today.

The card is 8"x 8" (20 cms x 20 cms). I coloured the background with Squeezed Lemonade Distress Ink. The two papers came with the image and I changed the colours in a graphics program and cut them into angular shapes. They are edged with Chipped Sapphire DI.

The Polkadoodles image is called Gamer Little Dude. I coloured him with Copics and cut the image out in an angular shape.

The image comes with three papers and some sentiments. I chose this one and coloured it with Chipped Sapphire DI. The musical notes are from an old Crealies die set.

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 July challenge.


Friday, 7 June 2019

Creative Artiste #50 June 2019

How has your week been? I'm being kept very busy here. My prep is all done for my Trimcraft demos but I still have some birthday cards to make and some mixed media classes to organise. I'm hoping to find some extra crafty time for me in between commitments and family life. But duty first ...

...Welcome to my June challenge post for 
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 Challenge #49 in May. Your projects were all fabulous and our winners have been announced on the blog.

Our theme is always
"Anything Mixed Media Goes"

I have a 12"x 9" (30 x 23 cms)  canvas to show today. I wanted to create a vintage looking canvas and decided to only use Distress Oxides for colour. The colours I chose are Vintage Photo, Antique Linen, Worn Lipstick and Broken China.

I mixed texture paste with Vintage Photo and passed it through a stencil over the background. I mixed the pink and blue DOX colours with white gesso and applied thinly to the canvas with a palette knife then used a wet wipe to add Antique Linen to the uncoloured areas.

I started to assemble the arrangement with three wooden sticks and an old CD. The CD was coloured with gesso mixed with the pink and blue DOX. I coloured die-cuts and circles with gesso mixed with DOX and some by just dipping in watered DOX.

The ephemera is from an old Kaiserkraft collection and the flowers are my handmade paper ones coloured with the DOX. I tucked scraps of cheesecloth in random areas.

The die-cuts are using dies from Fantasy and Marianne and added to the arrangement with either gel medium or foam pads to create the levels of dimension.

I finished the project by adding Prima Artstones around the base and in the flower centres. Also a few glass beads.
I was really pleased to be able to use the Distress Oxides in different ways to colour this project. I love the soft colours they produce.

Now it's your turn to have fun and create your mixed media projects. You can enter the 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 talented team.
Remember to have fun crafting and enter your "Anything Mixed Media Goes" creations in our June challenge.
I'm demoing at The Range in Llanelli tomorrow (Saturday 8th) from 10am til 4pm. Please join me if you're in the area, and have a great weekend if you're not!

I've entered this project in the following challenges:

Saturday, 1 June 2019

Crafts Galore Encore June 2019

May was a lovely month with  two long weekends, a half term holiday and some really nice weather. I used the month to relax, spend precious time with the family and have fun crafting. I hope you managed to do the same. June is going to be very busy with demos every weekend and lots of birthdays to celebrate. But first I'm starting with ...

.... 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:
Vera Lane Studio
who are offering a prize of  two digi sets.

I have made a fun fold out card to show you today.

I started by sticking two 6"x 6" (15 x 15 cm) card blanks together. I used Distress Oxides Broken China and Lucky Clover to cover the first three panels of the card and Vintage Photo on the final one.

The die-cuts are from an old X-cut set and the sentiments are computer generated.

The cute animal images are all from Vera Lane's Farm Animals Set 2. The set comes complete with animal noise words too. I used a graphics programme to group the individual animals and my Copics to colour them in before fixing them with foam pads to the card base.

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

I have entered this card in the following challenges:
https://classicdesignteamchallenge.blogspot.com/2019/06/classic-dt-open-challenge-june-6.html
https://lovetocraftchallengeblog.blogspot.com/2019/06/ltccb-35-june-anything-goes.html
https://creataliciouschallenges.blogspot.com/2019/05/challenge-164-anything-goes-with.html
https://2craftycrittercrazies.blogspot.com/2019/06/challenge-27-sponsored-by-rick-st-dennis.html
http://craftyanimals.blogspot.com/2019/06/challenge-27.html

Friday, 3 May 2019

Creative Artiste #49 May 2019


...Welcome to my May challenge post for 
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 Challenge #48 in April. Your projects were all fabulous and our winners have been announced on the blog.

Our theme is always
"Anything Mixed Media Goes"

I have a small canvas to show today.

This is a 5"x 7" (13cm x 17cm) canvas board. I started by using Distress Oxides (Lucky Clover and Broken China) with water to colour the canvas for the background to my scene.

I used Woodland Nature stamp set from Samantha K and stamped the large toadstools onto the canvas with black Versafine. I then painted the stamped image with black acrylic to create a solid shadow. The toadstools were also stamped onto watercolour paper and painted with watercolours. I fixed these toadstools to the canvas, slightly offset, with a thick layer of matt medium.

All the other images were stamped onto the canvas with Versafine and coloured with watercolours and Posca pens. To finish, I added Anita's 3D Clear Gloss to the bee wings and dew drops.

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

I've entered this project in the following challenges:

Wednesday, 1 May 2019

Crafts Galore Encore May 2019

Well, that was a mixed bag of weather for April. We had everything from a mini heatwave to a near gale. Of course there were plenty of April showers thrown in too. Hopefully May's weather will be kinder where ever you are in the world ...

.... Welcome to my post for May's 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:

A Day for Daisies
who are offering an $8 gift card to our lucky winner.


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

I started by matting and layering a card blank with dark brown and pale yellow card. The pretty paper is from Stamperia. I attached coloured seam binding before fixing it to the base.

The DT were allowed to choose an image from our sponsor and I picked Braid In My Hair. I printed the image out and coloured it with my Copics. I then mounted it on brown card.

I added a Fantasy die-cut, as a simple embellishment, which I'd coloured with my Copics.

I finished the card with a yellow seam binding triple bow and a sentiment die-cut.

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

I have entered this card in the following challenges:
https://morgansartworld.blogspot.com/2019/04/morgans-artworld-open-challenge-05-1st.html x
https://lovetocraftchallengeblog.blogspot.com/2019/05/ltccb-34-may-anything-goes.html x
https://aperfecttimetocraft.blogspot.com/2019/05/a-prefect-time-to-craft-challenge-for.html x
https://artisticinspirationschallenges.blogspot.com/2019/05/challenge-215.html

Friday, 5 April 2019

Creative Artiste #48 April 2019

 April has certainly arrived full of showers! Last week was lovely with springtime warmth and sunshine here in the UK, but we now have chilly, wet winter weather. Things can only get better, right? ...

...Welcome to my April challenge post for 
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 Challenge #47 in March. Your projects were all wonderful and our winners have been announced on the blog.

Our theme is always
"Anything Mixed Media Goes"

I have a tag to show today.

The tag is a piece of hand cut greyboard. I started by gessoing the tag and then Brayering in yellow and then blue acrylic paint over the tag. Whilst still wet I placed a STAMPlorations "Shutter" stencil over the tag and wiped back the paint through the stencil.

The next step was to use some AALL & Create stamps on the tag in black ink. I added some details in white Posca pen.

 I stamped the AALL & Create stars on watercolour card and cut them out. They were then coloured with watercolour pencils and mounted on the tag. The finishing touch was to add some white paint splatters and darken the tag edges with black ink.

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

I'm off travelling again this weekend. This time it's to a craft show in London where I hope to find some lovely new supplies. Have a good weekend yourselves.

I've entered this project in the following challenges:

Monday, 1 April 2019

Crafts Galore Encore April 2019

I'm currently on my travels again, and will be for the next week, sorting out family issues. But, at least, I've been able to enjoy the lovely spring weather we've been having here across the UK. I hope the weather wherever you are has been equally nice ...

.... Welcome to my April post for
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:

Star Stampz
who are offering three digi images to our lucky winner.

I have made a card with an April showers theme to show you.

The card is made from a 6"x 6" (15 x 15 cm) card blank. I matted and layered two squares of textured card to match the image colours.

We were given a choice of images from Star Stampz and I chose Spring Rain to work with. I added the sentiment before printing the image out and colouring with my Copics.


I finished the card with pretty little yellow bows and some blue and yellow flowers.

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

I have entered this card in the following challenges:
https://aperfecttimetocraft.blogspot.com/2019/04/a-perfect-time-to-craft-challenge-for.html x
https://morgansartworld.blogspot.com/2019/03/morgans-artworld-open-challenge-04-1st.html x
https://artisticinspirationschallenges.blogspot.com/2019/04/challenge-214.html x
https://lovetocraftchallengeblog.blogspot.com/2019/04/ltccb-33-april-anything-goes.html x

Friday, 1 March 2019

Creative Artiste #47 March 2019

This is my second post of the day. Please scroll down for my Crafts Galore Encore challenge post.

Welcome to my March challenge post for 
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 Challenge #46 in February. Your projects were all wonderful and our winners have been announced on the blog.

Our theme is always
"Anything Mixed Media Goes"

I have another circular project to show today.

This one started out as a wooden cheese container at Christmas. The top and bottom were given a good couple of coats of white gesso and some harlequin stencilling with texture paste.

Next were the paint layers. First, dark brown acrylic, followed by mid-turquoise. I then added Prima Artstones and painted a layer of light teal acrylic. Each paint layer was wiped back with a damp cloth before it had fully dried. I finished the paints by dry brushing with a pale gold acrylic.

I created the flowers by die-cutting four layers of each petal from plain white card, gelling them together and shaping. The petals were painted with the light teal and dry brushed with gold before assembling and having Artstone centres added.

The butterflies are metal embellishments that have been given the same treatment. I added extra gold paint on the Artstones because it looks so pretty.

The finishing touch was to stamp some text randomly around the sides of the box in brown Archival ink.

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

I've entered this project in the following challenges:
https://bleedingartchallenge.blogspot.com/2019/02/february-challenge-show-us-love.html
Turquoise is my favourite colour - I love it!
https://mixitupchallenge.blogspot.com/2019/03/miucb-23-anything-goes-inked-background.html
http://alteredeclectics.blogspot.com/2019/02/march-already.html
http://rheddscreativespirit.blogspot.com/2019/03/march-challengeplus-some-sad-news.html


Crafts Galore Encore March 2019


.... Welcome to my March post for
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:


Bugaboo
who are offering a $12 gift code for their online store.

I have made a sweet tag to show you.

The tag measures 6.5"x 4" (16.5cm x 10cm) and is a piece of handcut greyboard. I started by gessoing it in white and adding ripped pieces of old book pages.

I then used texture paste through a Dyan Reavely stencil and while still wet I sprinkled on Papermania Pink embossing powder and heat set. This creates a fluffy, enamelled looking textured detail. Next I coloured the tag with watered acrylics in light green and yellow, and finally, randomly stamped the Dyan Reavely flowers.

The cute image is Fancy Sunbonnet Flowers. She was printed on to watercolour card and coloured with Copics before being cut out and fixed to the tag with gel medium.

I finished the tag with black ink around the edges and some pretty yellow ribbon - thank you Pam.

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

I have entered this card in the following challenges:
https://thehappycraftchallenge.blogspot.com/2019/03/your-march-2019-entries-link-up.html
https://papercraftchallenge.wordpress.com/2019/03/01/papercraft-challenge-16/
https://lovetocraftchallengeblog.blogspot.com/2019/03/ltccb-32-march-anything-goes.html
https://classicdesignteamchallenge.blogspot.com/2019/03/classic-dt-open-challenge-for-march-3.html
https://morgansartworld.blogspot.com/2019/03/morgans-artworld-open-challenge-03-1st.html