Friday, 23 March 2018

Follow Your Heart

Spring has officially arrived this week and, as an outdoorsy-kinda-gal, I can't be more thankful.
Flowers are appearing, there's a hint of green in the trees and the sun's got some warmth to it...Yay!

In celebration of all things 'springy', I've made a gift drizzled in sunshine yellows with a message for all of us.
Follow Your Heart.

This applies in so many aspects of our lives.
Just do it.

As always, I prepped my heart base with gesso, added crackle paste and then went to town (and back) with my embellies.

There's ooodles of white microbeads and glitter alongside some tiny, yellow flowers, glass stones and hearts. Drizzles of Lemon Peel impasto paint and Wink of Stella shimmer.

The weekend is here.
I hope the sun shines where you are.
Follow your heart.

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Altenew - Remember This / Bold Alphabet

This is the card that I made for my son's girlfriend a few weeks ago.
The brief was 'something pink n' girlie'.

I used flowers, buds and foliage from Altenew's 'Remember This' stamp set and their Bold Alphabet die to cut out the letters.

Dusting off the ol' Zig Brush markers I used them as watercolours, adding the tiniest amount of colour, where the darker sections would be, and then using a fine brush to drag out the ink with water to give a really delicate look.

I also stamped and embossed in white, some foliage on vellum and fussy cut it.

As always, sequins to finish. 

Sunday, 18 March 2018

Spring Mixed Media Tag

Another tag today, this time with fresh, cheery, spring colours.
I started with a leafy piece of 6 x 6 inch paper from an old Basic Grey collection called 'Sultry' and cut it a few millimetres smaller than my chipboard tag, which is a 3.5 x 6 inch tag from Prima.

I roughed up the edges of the tag and the paper (in an non-violent, adhered the paper to the tag and then started decorating.

A mixture of elements....Wild Orchid Crafts flowers and flat beads, a Prima keyhole mould, wooden foliage and birdcage embellishments that I embossed with a white, glittery powder from Honey Doo Crafts.

There is additional colour in amongst the embellies using this luscious Green Apple Impasto paint from Prima.

More texture with various sized artstones, which I love...

....sisal and and then a couple of metal dragonflies.

I love making these tags, they can either be used on gift packaging or as a hanging ornament. Sometimes I like to add a message or encouraging sentiment.
And then, as if by magic, when I photographed it the sun came out.

Friday, 16 March 2018

Love Is All You Need - Mixed Media

I'm always falling in love.
Somedays it's a new flower, other days it's a piece of music and sometimes it's a crafty project.
I'm just a romantic fool.

This project was for 2 very special, loveable people and also an excuse to have a go at 'proper' scrapbooking.

What I love about mixed media is the opportunity to use all sorts of different mediums and in ways that I've not used them before.

Everywhere I go now, I'm looking to see if I can use things in this new craft that I'm enjoying so much. Bits of wood, bottle tops, packaging, old jars....I've become a bit of a magpie. 

So I started with a delicate, pale, green page from the beautiful First Edition Papers 'The promise' 12 × 12 inch paper pack. Every page in this pack is soft and elegant, like classy wallpaper.

I clear gesso'd my page first so that I could add some additional paint / spray colours, then it was just a case of positioning my centrepiece, in this case the photo, and then decorating around it.

I used a paper doily, die-cut paper foliage, art stones, glass glitter, glass stones, Nuvo Crystal Drops, wooden shapes, Christmas floral pieces and wedding decorations. The beautiful flowers are from 49 and Market. There's also a stencilled heart backdrop to the embellishments but you can't see it in the photos.

I loved making this.
Love is everywhere....and it's all you need.

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