Monday, 9 April 2018

A Special Wedding Card

Good morning! Well, I'm not really sure what's good about it as it's chucking it down with rain here in Hampshire. Not a great start to a week off work, but on the up side it does mean I can cosy up and craft. 

I'm popping by to share a card I was asked to make recently for a bride to be on here wedding day. The request was to include a black cat so I combined this beautiful bride digi stamp from Julia Spiri with a stamp in my Lavinia stamps collection. I think they worked quite well together.  The card was made in the wedding colours, and the sentiment was created using a Visible Image stamp. 

It's always such a buzz making special cards that I know will be treasured. Hopefully this will bring the bride many happy memories of her special day in years to come. I wish her and her husband a long and happy life together.

Friday, 6 April 2018

Creative Artiste Mixed Media Blog April Challenge DT Post

Wow it's April already! This year is just flying by don't you think? A new month means a new challenge over at Creative Artiste Mixed Media Challenge Blog and so here is my inspiration piece. 

We are kindly sponsored by Mixed Up Mag. Mixed Up is a membership website, packed with step-by-step and video tutorials for the mixed media enthusiast. Learn techniques, explore products, and create sensational artwork with our international team of amazing designers. We already have 50+ tutorials available and more are added every week!
Mixed Up is giving one lucky challenger a free one year subscription to the site worth £40!

And Creative Artiste followers who sign up during April 2018 can get their first month for just £2 – use coupon code CreatewithMixedUp
(coupon valid for Rolling and Quarterly options only)

This time I have chosen to make a card with a vintage feel to it.  Mixed Up offer some free downloads to members, and the main image I have used is one of them. It is by Crafty Individuals and I think it's absolutely stunning. 

My background is created using layers of vintage paper and vintage tape onto Kraft card stock, which I stained with layers of Distress Oxide.  and then I have added a gorgeous paper napkin over the top with matt medium. I had some old rub ons in my stash that I added , and I inked the edges in Distress Ink before adding my embellishments and image, which I mounted on a die cut and distressed doily. The postcard and tags are from Hunkydory.

I hope I have inspired you to investigate Mixed Up Mag and also to join our challenge. Anything mixed media goes so it's easy to get involved. 


Bye for now


Sunday, 1 April 2018

Crafts Galore Encore April Challenge DT Post

April is here and that means it's time for a new challenge over at Crafts Galore Encore and as always the theme is Anything Goes.

This month we are kindly sponsored by Star Stampz.

I chose to work with this Little Mermaid image to create a sea themed card and use up some papers I had in my stash. She's so sweet! I can never resist a mermaid. They are so magical. 


Thanks for popping by.  Do enter our challenge if you can. 

Have a great day.


Monday, 19 March 2018

Born to Dance Card for Samantha K

I've been meaning to share this card I have made for Samantha K for a little while but life has been crazy busy so I haven't had much time for blogging. 

This was super easy to do, and here's how:

Step One: Colour a piece of watercolour cardstock with a light wash of Aquatint Ink ( or any other watercolour paint will do). Mat and layer onto a distressed base card 

Step two: Lightly stamp musical notes randomly in soft grey.

Step 3: Paint Samantha K swirl frame and leave to dry.

Step 4: cut/tear image to size to fit the frame and adhere ( I used the top layer from a beautiful paper napkin)

Step 5: Stamp and heat emboss the sentiment in silver ( stamps by Visible Image)

Step 6:  Glue frame  in place and add flowers, leaves and gems and finish off with die cut corners. 

Challenges I am entering:

If you aren't a member already then do join us on Sam's Mixed Media Facebook Group. There's exciting news of the next Hochanda show coming soon so you won't want to miss out!

Hope to see you there.


Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Cogs Canvas for Samantha K Gifts

Hi there. Today I would like to share with you another mixed media piece I have created recently for Samantha K. I love cogs and so I was really happy to see them included in my last DT pack. Sam has designed some brilliant mdf cog clusters and tags with bases and I was itching to have a play with them. 

I started by using some thick card which was once the back of a watercolour pad for my base and coated it with black gesso. 

I used a combination of Deco Art fluid acrylic and spray inks to add some colour to the panel. 

On black card stock I used texture paste through a  panelled stencil by Sweet Poppy designs, which I covered in mica powder and heated until it bubbled. Once dried hard I cut and arranged on my base and on the back of the tag piece ( which was also painted in gesso) and also added some texture sand for more dimension. 

Once the sand had dried I arranged my painted cogs and tag on top, alog with some die cut cogs to give even more layers. 

Then it was a case of darkening the whole thing down by dry brushing black paint over some areas, leaving the metallic mica showing through. When that was done I attached the top layers and went wild with the gilding wax until I had created an effect I was happy with. 

I finished it off with a sentiment from the Sheena Douglass Time Traveller series of stamps. 

I thoroughly enjoyed creating this. I hope you have enjoyed taking a peek at it too. 

Do join Samantha's Facebook Page if you haven't already. We love you to share your mixed media projects over there and it's a great way to keep up with what's going on with new releases etc. 

Hope to see you there.


Guest DT for The Male Room

I was thrilled to be announced as the winner over on The Male Room challenge blog recently with this vintage card I created using Visible Image stamps. I often struggle with cards for the fellas, so it was a lovely surprise, and one that has pushed me to create more male themed cards as they kindly invited me to guest DT for them for this months challenge with the theme Space/Science ( you can find it here).

I couldn't decide which of the two themes to create for, so I decided what the heck and did both!

The first feature stamps by Sheena Douglass and he Alchemy range. I really love these and they make male cards so easy- result! The background was created using distress oxide inks and I have used a combination of watercolour paints and sparkle pens to colour the images.

For my second card I used a background paper I created a while ago on my gelli plate, which I spattered with white paint to create a space effect. All the stamps are by Visible Image and I have used a combination of stamping in chalk inks and in Versamark with Wow embossing powders to create my universe. The images are fussy cut and coloured with Sparkle pens.  

I really hope you feel inspired to join in this challenge yourself. 

Thanks for having me The Male Room.


Saturday, 3 March 2018

Just Dance Like Tomorrow Doesn't Exist

My friends teenage daughter loves to street dance and recently asked me to create a 'funky' card to reflect that for her.  It was a bit of a challenge as there don't seem to be any street dance specific stamps out there on the market, so I decided to use the jumping girl from Visible Images Tomorrow Doesn't Exist set. She has so much energy- just like my friends daughter!

To create the background I first used Dylusions spray inks. Then I inked randomly through some stencils ( all the stamps and stencils used on this card are by Visible Image ) with Distress Ink, and stamped music notes and stars in Versafine Clair ink. The sentiment and main image were stamped and heat embossed, and I added some star bursts and also embossed them with Wow glitter embossing powders to give the card a little sparkle. 


Thanks for popping by