Easter Bliss

Tuesday 28 December 2021

Christmas Cards 2021

I hope you've all enjoyed a wonderful Christmas, just as we did. Lots of food, love and laughter. Santa was very generous to us all and our little princess felt very loved - especially by Santa! The lives of those no longer with us were remembered and celebrated.

Today I want to quickly show some of the Christmas cards that I made for family, neighbours and friends. 

I used two sets of papers that I just couldn't resist. The first is the Let it Snow collection from Graphic 45. I haven't treated myself to G45 Christmas papers for a few years, so this collection was a real treat for me. 

I bought a bundle and other matching bits from My Creative Spirit which included the 12" (30 cm) and 8" (20 cm) papers, plus journalling cards, stickers and the 12" (30 cm) patterns and solids papers.

I made some 6"x 6" (15 x 15 cm) cards and some 5"x 7" (12.5 x 17.5 cm). I used gorgeous matching ribbons from Fantastic Ribbons. The plain card I used for the matting layers is from Limetree Craft.

 I die-cut snowflakes, trees, ferns and poinsettias from dies I have in my stash as embellishments and added gems.

I also used the White Christmas 6"x 6" (15 x 15cm) papers from Craft Box to make some cards. The lovely artwork of this collection really caught my eye. They show some wonderful wild animals in beautiful watercolour snowscapes. All that was needed was some matting card, ribbon and a die-cut sentiment.

All the cards were finished with generous helpings of glitter.

I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful Christmas, however you celebrated, and you now look forward to a wonderful 2022 with a heart full of hope.

Friday 3 December 2021

Creative Artiste #78 December 2021

Christmas is all in hand and sleeps til Santa are being counted. Just two more weeks of school to get through, family present deliveries to make and Christmas cards to finish off. Oh, and an excited little princess to keep amused. I'm sure the time will fly.

Meanwhile ....

 ....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 am showing a small canvas I made for Remembrance Sunday last month.

I started by using small portions of an old Woodware text stamp randomly on the canvas. I then added a thin coat of white gesso over the canvas. Once the gesso was dry I rubbed my Antique Linen Distress Ink pad across the canvas to give it a vintage tinge.

I added some small ripped up pieces of music paper with matte gel and then texture paste through AALL & Create stencil #17.

I glued the poppy image to the centre of the canvas and gave it all a coat of clear gesso.

 Using Derwent Inktense pencils Saddle Brown, Bark and Charcoal Grey with a brush and water I painted shadows around the image, music papers and under the stencilled lines. I also painted around the edges of the canvas to finish.

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 
December challenge. 

 Creative Artiste will be taking it's annual break in January. The team will be back on February 4th 2022 with Challenge #79.
I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

I have entered this project in the following challenges:

Wednesday 1 December 2021

Crafts Galore Encore December 2021

The countdown to Christmas has begun in earnest now. A letter to Santa has been posted and the tree is up and decorated. Just presents to wrap, cards to deliver, food prep to be done etc. But, before I can sort all that ....

.... there is a new challenge starting 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 are offering a $25 voucher for their Etsy shop to the lucky winner.

I have made a set of four gift tags for my grandchildren's Christmas presents.

The tags are Tando Creative Mixed Media Boards and all measure 5.5" x 3" (14 x 7.5cm) I punched holes in the tops of the tags for the ribbons.

I started by covering the tags with a couple of coats of white gesso. Once dry I added two of the papers from the Merry and Bright ATC collection.

I used the Santa Claus Lane collage set. There are two pages in the collection that are packed with fabulous vintage Santas. I cut out four Santa images and mounted them on white card which I distressed with Antique Linen Distress Ink

I printed colour coordinated sentiments and fixed them to the tags along with little strips of lace. I also added ribbons from Fantastic Ribbons to the tags.

I finished the tags with some wooden decorations which I painted and some coloured 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 Gecko Galz images.
Grab some inspiration while you're there and enter your "Anything Goes" creations in this month's challenge.

You will also find the details of the DT Call for Crafts Galore Encore. So, if you want to join our team, please apply.

and keep staying safe!

I have entered these cards in the following challenges: