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Friday, 7 July 2017

Creative Artiste #28 July 2017

Happy Friday everyone and welcome to my July post for 

Creative Artiste

We are 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 #27 in June. Your projects were wonderful and our winner has been announced on the blog. 

Our theme is always
"Anything Mixed Media Goes"

This month we are being sponsored by:
    

The lovely Sofie very generously sent the team some some of her Scrapmatts products to play with. I've used some on this journal page.


The base is mixed media card cut to 5" x 8" (13cm x 20cm). I first used texture paste through the Bubbles stencil. When that was dry I stamped some circles randomly using black Archival ink.


I then added patches of colour using Lindy's Magicals in blue and turquoise tones and added some blue ink splashes. I chopped up and coloured some Bubbles chipboard and added that to the page.


I created a panel with the Bubbles stencil and Lindy's Magicals and edged it in blue before fixing it to the page.


I printed off a butterfly in blue and added some Scrap Words to finish.

This is a month long challenge so you have time to create mixed media projects and enter 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 and enter your "Anything Mixed Media Goes" creations in the challenge.
I hope you all have a nice weekend planned. 

I've entered this project into the following challenges:

Saturday, 1 July 2017

Crafts Galore Encore July 2017

Hello everybody. Today I have a card in a popular colourway. Red, white and blue are the colours of the flags for three of the countries I have lived in and still have family in. Can you guess which counties they are?

I have made this card for our July challenge on the  
Thank you to everyone who joined in with June's challenge. The winners are on the challenge blog's 'winner's page'. This is a month long challenge and you can enter up to three times. A full list of rules are on the challenge blog.

Our theme every month is the popular
"Anything Goes"

Our sponsor this month is:
OddballArtCo
who are offering 3 digis from their Etsy store to the winner.

My card is 7"x 7" (18cm x 18cm).

I started by adding red and blue DecoArt sprays to a white piece of card and matting it onto blue card before fixing it to my card blank.

I chose to work with an old Oddball Art image I had. The actual image is called Chloe and has been revamped so the current version has different hair. I coloured her in with my Copics and fussy cut her out before adding to my card front with foam pads.

I used a Memory Box die to cut the heart border from card I'd sprayed red and matted it onto blue card. I added some of the cut out hearts around the image and finished off with a seam binding bow I'd dyed red.

Now please visit the  Crafts Galore Encore challenge blog to see the wonderful projects and cards created by the rest of the talented team and to enter your "Anything Goes" creations.
BTW, the three countries are England, France and the USA. Were you right?

I've entered this project into the following challenges:
http://cutitupchallenges.blogspot.co.uk/2017/06/challenge-125-patriotic-red-white-and.html
http://creataliciouschallenges.blogspot.co.uk/2017/06/challenge-118-anything-goes-with.html
https://oddballstamps.blogspot.co.uk/2017/06/oddball-art-challenge-june-17-spread.html

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Urban Chic Graffiti

The weather here in the UK has been gloriously sunny and hot this past week. Personally I love the hotter weather and constant sunshine although I do understand that some people suffer in the heat. But like all good things the wonderful weather is about to change and the rain is starting to roll in.
Last Saturday I was in Bournemouth, a beachside town in the south of England, attending a workshop with Mark Gould. It was a very hot day but we were tucked in a lovely cool room at the Atelier shop and Mark was teaching us different techniques to create a graffiti based wall hanging.

I won't tell you the techniques that Mark taught us, you will have to take his workshop to learn the secrets, but we used a 10"x 10" (25cm x 25cm) wooden base, an image transfer technique and lots of DecoArt products.


As soon as I saw this image I knew I wanted to use it. There is something about Audrey Hepburn that has always appealed to me. This type of black and white image is called 'a threshold' image and is available from Andy Skinner's website under his Products tab along with some other iconic images.


As you can clearly see we used stencils to create a textured background. I chose the wall stencil as the project is based on wall art. We also got to use some products that I'd not used before so it was great to have a play with new mediums. 


We also used small stencils to mimic graffiti and, lastly, some word stencils. I chose images I thought went with the glamorous, iconic picture. The stencils are from DecoArt and That's Crafty.

I can highly recommend Mark's workshops. His style is what he describes as " Industrial Grunge meets Shabby Chic" and he has several different classes to chose from. You can find Mark on Facebook where he advertises his workshops.

Friday, 9 June 2017

Applied Creativity in 3 Acts

Hello everyone, I'm back to tell you about the amazing time I had at the Applied Creativity in 3 Acts retreat last weekend. The event was smoothly run by Art Workshops - thanks to Sue and her fabulous team. - It was a very busy weekend with a total of 18 hours of tutored crafting over the two days by the three best mixed media teachers. Anna Dabrowska (aka Finnabair), France Papillon and Marta Lapkowska. I learnt so much from them and had a wonderful time. So many new techniques and friends.

These are the projects that I had so much fun making. Obviously I can't give you details of how they were made but I can recommend you take the classes if you get the chance. The sessions were all three hours long and all three tutors taught two different projects. 

First up on Saturday morning was Marta's class.

A dimensional vintage plaque that I painted in soft colours. 



After lunch was France Papillon's class. 

This was supposed to be half an eggshell but mine ended up as more of a shallow dish. (I blame the air conditioning) but I still love the result.



On Saturday evening I had Finnabair's first class.

A stencilled and embellished mixed media notebook. 



After a much needed rest we started on Sunday with the second of Anna's classes.

This project is on MDF and we got to work with Anna's brand new Art Alchemy Impasto paints from Prima.



In the afternoon was Marta's second class.

A hexagonal block of wood decorated with layers, stencilling and flowers.


The last class of the weekend was with France on Sunday evening.

This project is on a 9" (23 cm) piece of wood and we got to use France's first stencil. I added the metal embellishments from my stash.

I couldn't pick a favourite project as all were so fantastic. The tutors were amazing and I'm very grateful to my lovely husband for the most wonderful birthday present he's bought me in 35 years. Certainly better than the tumble dryer and the ironing board! No joke!
Do look out for Art Workshops retreats and classes. They are available through Artist Trading Post as well as many of the fabulous products we used over the weekend.
Now it's back to reality for me. I'm demoing at The Range in Cwmdu for Docrafts on Saturday. Have a lovely weekend everyone.

Friday, 2 June 2017

Creative Artiste #27 June 2017

Happy Friday everyone. I hope you all have a nice weekend planned. I shall be heading to Coventry, again, for a fabulous crafty weekend at the Applied Creativity in 3 Acts retreat. The tutors are Finnabair, France Papillon, and Marta Lapkowska. It will be a busy, fun filled weekend and I can't wait. This is my Christmas and Birthday present from my lovely hubby,

But before I head off  to Coventry there is today's business which is my June challenge post for

Creative Artiste

We are 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 #26 in May. Your projects were fabulous and our winner has been announced on the blog. 

Our theme is always
"Anything Mixed Media Goes"

This month we are being sponsored by our very own  Judy  who is offering this prize to our winner.



The design team were asked to use stamps and dies on our projects.

This is an 8" x 8" (20 cm x 20 cm) canvas. I started by painting blocks of colours using DecoArt Early Spring Green and Cool Blue acrylic paints. Plus Docraft's Artiste Buttermilk and Blanc.

I used black Archival ink and various stamps from Docrafts all over the canvas. I then dry brushed white gesso over the top. I splattered some black ink and watered white acrylic paint all over and brushed Chipped Sapphire DI around the edges.


I made the flower with a Tim Holtz Tattered Flowers die and card I'd coloured with Squeezed Lemonade and Scattered Straw Distress Inks. The fern fronds are also a Tim Holtz die.


The butterfly is from the Tim Holtz Butterfly Duo set. I used Chipped Sapphire DI on the embossing folder and spritzed it with water before embossing the butterfly.

This is a month long challenge so you have time to create mixed media projects and enter 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 and enter your "Anything Mixed Media Goes" creations in the challenge.
Have a lovely weekend everyone, whatever you have planned. I'm sure I shall. I'll tell you all about it when I get back.

I've entered this project into the following challenges:
http://alteredeclectics.blogspot.co.uk/2017/06/new-challenge-for-june.html
http://rheddscreativespirit.blogspot.co.uk/2017/06/june-challenge-at-rhedds.html x
https://mixedmediamc.blogspot.co.uk/2017/06/mixed-media-monthly-challenge-37-year.html Ch#36 Put a Stamp On It x


Thursday, 1 June 2017

Craft Galore Encore June 2017

June is finally here and has brought some nice Summer weather - and a few storms - to those of us here in the UK. I hope your weather is being kind to you. I've had a wonderful week but have been busy packing today for a very special weekend. More about that on Friday ....

Welcome to our June challenge on the  
Thank you to everyone who joined in with May's challenge. The winners are on the challenge blog's 'winner's page'. This is a month long challenge and you can enter up to three times. A full list of rules are on the challenge blog.

Our theme every month is the popular
"Anything Goes"

Our sponsor this month is:
Sparkle N Sprinkle
who are offering a prize of a choice of three digis to the lucky winner.

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

I matted and layered brown card and a text paper onto the card base. I coloured seam binding with Antique Linen Distress Ink  and stamped it with a tape measure stamp before fixing it to the card. I randomly coloured plain card with Distress Inks in Squeezed Lemonade, Spiced Marmalade and Picked Raspberry then cut it into diamond shapes. I added the diamonds to the card.


I chose the Sewing Machine digital image from Sparkle N Sprinkle and coloured it with Polychromos. I matted it onto brown card,

I cut out a dress mannequin image from the internet. I coloured some cotton threads and wound them around wooden bobbins.

I finished the card with a computer generated sentiment and a pair of antique scissors embellishment I received from Craft Box.

Please visit the  Crafts Galore Encore challenge blog to see the wonderful projects and cards created by the rest of the talented team and to enter your "Anything Goes" creations.

I've entered this project into the following challenges:

Saturday, 27 May 2017

Docrafts Demos May to June 2017

Good morning everyone. Happy Saturday. 
I have more Docrafts demonstrations coming up starting with today in Carmarthen. I shall be at The Range from 10 am until 4 pm. If you're in the area please stop by.


The new Capsule Elements collection is Metallics. It has gorgeous super shiny papers, tags, embellishments and alphabets. Perfect for adding a touch of elegance.


There are some fabulous new Santoro products including Gorjuss stamps, papers, decoupage and dies. Also colouring books, stickers, washi tape and wooden elements.


Perfect for the summer are some lovely romantic dies and pretty Anita's decoupage. All wonderful for wedding, anniversary and birthday cards.
There are lots more new fabulous Docrafts goodies starting to arrive in the stores. Don't forget to check out your local stockist and stock up.

I will be demonstrating in Carmarthen today but you can check on the Docrafts website to see if there is a demonstration local to you.  My next demo for Docrafts is on June 10th in Cwmdu.
Enjoy your weekend everyone.

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Cherish Canvas

Hello everyone, I hope you are all keeping well. Another busy weekend for me. I shall be demoing from 10 am till 4 pm for Trimcraft in The Range at Cwmdu today. Before I go I wanted to show you the Valentine present I made for my husband.

This is a 5" x 7" (12.5 cm x 17.5 cm) canvas board. I started with black gesso then an uneven layer of DecoArt Media Crackle Paste. Once dry and nicely cracked I stamped some Stampendous text with Archival black ink and splattered black and red DecoArt Media Mister inks and watered down gold acrylic paint. 


The heart is a Flaming Heart from Prima's Relics & Artifacts range which I painted with red acrylic. I then used gold acrylic paint to stamp the veins. I made the 'wings' using air dry clay and an IOD mould by Prima. They were then painted with gold acrylic.


The heart and wings were fixed to the canvas with Heavy Matt Gel and I finished it with the Tim Holtz die-cut word Cherish in red card. 

I hope you all have nice plans for the weekend and have a lovely time whatever you do.

Friday, 5 May 2017

Creative Artiste #26 May 2017

Happy Friday everyone. I hope you all have a nice weekend planned. I'm hoping that now May is here the weather will get warmer and more settled.

On to today's business which is my May challenge post for
Creative Artiste.
We are 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 #25 in April. Your projects were fabulous and our winner has been announced on the blog. 

Our theme is always
"Anything Mixed Media Goes"

This month we are being sponsored by


Lindy's Stamp Gang

who are offering a voucher for the lucky winner.


I love Lindy's sprays and have used them on this canvas.

I started by dry brushing a light blue acrylic paint and white gesso all over the canvas. Then I used texture paste through a Tim Holtz flourish stencil before
fixing lengths of lace onto the canvas with a matt gel.

I die cut the heart from card, used the stencil and texture paste and painted it with pink acrylic paint. The flowers are from my stash and I arranged them and the heart on the canvas with matt gel. The little stars are iridescent beads.

Once everything was in place I sprayed, sprinkled and squirted with Plumeria Pink, Hibiscus Rose, Salt Water Taffy and Ocean Breeze Blue Magicals from Lindy's.

This is a month long challenge so you have time to create projects and enter 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 and enter your "Anything Mixed Media Goes" creations in the challenge.
Have a lovely weekend everyone, whatever you have planned.

I've entered this project into the following challenges:
http://welove2create.blogspot.co.uk/2017/04/challenge-9-anything-creativemixed.html x
http://alteredeclectics.blogspot.co.uk/2017/05/may-challenge-here-at-altered-eclectics.html x
http://rheddscreativespirit.blogspot.co.uk/2017/05/mays-challenge.html x
http://mixedmediaworld.blogspot.co.uk/2017/04/mmw24-anything-mixed-media-goes-with.html#more x
http://countryviewchallenges.blogspot.co.uk/2017/05/may-2017-flower-power.html x


Monday, 1 May 2017

Craft Galore Encore May 2017

Happy May Day everyone! I hope those of you in the UK are enjoying the long weekend.
Welcome to May's challenge on the  
Thank you to everyone who joined in with April's challenge. The winners are on the challenge blog's 'winner's page'. This is a month long challenge and you can enter up to three times. A full list of rules are on the challenge blog.

Our theme every month is the popular
"Anything Goes"

We have two sponsors this month:
Ppinkydolls art

and

StarStampz


I chose a Ppinkydolls image and created this card.

I started by printing a musical paper and matting it onto red card.



I chose this image called Alice and coloured it with my Copics.

I die-cut some hearts from red card and used miniature playing cards as embellishments.

I printed some vintage Alice in Wonderland related images and matted them onto red card.

Please visit the  Crafts Galore Encore challenge blog to see the wonderful projects and cards created by the rest of the talented team and to enter your "Anything Goes" creations.

I've entered this project into the following challenges:

Friday, 28 April 2017

Trimcraft Demonstrations April/May 2017

Good morning everyone. Another week has rolled on by. This coming weekend is another busy one for me as I have demonstrations both days. After checking my diary I realised that I only have one free weekend until the end of July. So much for relaxing weekends. At least we have a Bank Holiday here in the UK this Monday.
This weekend my demos are for Trimcraft using their gorgeous newest collections. On Saturday I shall be at The Range in Carmarthen and on Sunday at The Range in Swansea. 

The Blooming Lovely collection is full of Springtime colours and wonderful florals.


The colour palette for Painted Blooms is rich with pretty butterflies and dragonflies.

The fabulously fun Kiss and Makeup collection has eye catching colours and should appeal to ladies of all ages.

Each collection comes with it's own range of embellishments including bunting, pegs, dies, ribbons, stamps and more. Don't forget to check them out at your local stockist.
I'd love to see you if you are in the South West Wales area this weekend. Otherwise, have a  lovely weekend.

Friday, 21 April 2017

Ministry Weekend April 2017

Hello everyone. The year is travelling fast and another weekend is almost upon us.
I recently spent a very busy weekend in Coventry at the Ministry of Mixology Retreat. For those of you who don't know, the Ministry of Mixology Retreats are run by Tando Creative and Andy Skinner. Most of the wet mediums we used over the weekend were supplied by DecoArt.
There were two main tutors. France Papillion and Kate Crane. Although their styles are very different both are lovely, patient and very talented in the world of mixed media. I really enjoyed both classes. I learned new techniques and got to play with products I'd not used before.


On Saturday I attended France's class. We made a book box to hold ink pads. The actual kit was supplied by Tando Creative and was easy to assemble once France explained it all.
The box was then covered in several layers of paints and finishes to achieve an old wood effect.

The final part was to decorate the top of the box and thread the string.


Kate's class on Sunday was a divided box to hold tags and four tags to put in it. I didn't manage to finish all of the tags on the day.

The box was decorated and assembled in the morning session. The colour palette and techniques were great fun to work with.

I managed to paint and embellish one of the large tags (6"/15cm square) and start painting the other tags in the afternoon.


On Saturday evening there were Make & Take sessions. I managed to do three of those. 

The first project was Dee Adams's Steampunk heart.


My second Make & Take was Hannah Oxberry's stencilled tag. I really need to practice this one.

My last project of the night was Nikki Killinger's acrylic media board. I now understand the principle of working backwards! 

I'd like to say a very big Thank You to everyone involved in organising and participating in the Ministry retreat weekend. I had a fabulous time and learned so much.
 I shall be attending a Clare Charvill workshop on Saturday and working with some pretty Graphic 45 papers. Have a good weekend everyone, I hope you have something nice planned.