Friday, 28 September 2018

Alcohol Inks - No 15

An uber quickie from me today.
Introducing the imaginatively named 'No 15', using a selection of autumnal coloured alcohol inks.
There...told you I'd be quick 😉

Saturday, 15 September 2018

Mixed Media - Puppy Love

I can't believe it's been 4 months since my last post here. 
I've been super busy with my day job as a gardener, plus I have now got an allotment patch (insert high-pitched 'Squeal!', which has been keeping me occupied and outta mischief.

I have had a couple of framed, mixed media commissions over the summer, which I was thrilled to make, and I am now able to show you the first one today.

I was pretty much given free rein on this piece, so I went for floral and colourful.

The background paper was a beautiful 12 × 12 sheet from the First Edition 'The Promise' collection. This is such a classy selection of papers, very muted, delicate patterns that don't steal the limelight but are essential backgrounds.

I started with my image, a photograph of the recipients beloved pooch, and then gathered up my bits n' bobs to coordinate with the photo's colours.

I used Altenew's 'Floral Flurries' washi tape, sticking about a foot of it on to white card first before fussy cutting the flowery images... a very relaxing job.

I also used flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts ...

...and one of my favourite stamp sets 'Beautiful Day' from Altenew.

I spent ages ...and I mean AGES...shuffling bits around before the final stick down.

I also added a wooden 'Love' sentiment, beaded pieces and some Card Candi dots, which I haven't used for ages (slaps wrist) but definitely will in the future. 

To finish, a few glittery highlights and some glassy embellishments.

Thank you for stopping by and I'll be back soon.
Have a groovy day xxx

Friday, 4 May 2018

Mixed Media Birdhouse

Another little mixed media birdhouse today.

This one was covered with crackle paste, art stones and microbeads before being drizzled with colour.

I also used glass stones and tiny flowers.

It's actually more lime coloured than it has photographed.

I made those little curly decorations from the stems of the flowers by winding the wire around an embossing stylus.

A little wooden bird in the doorway to finish et voila!

Friday, 20 April 2018

Mixed Media Heart-Shaped Gift Box

I hope you've had good week and, if in Blighty, managed to enjoy some of the beautiful weather we've had. 

Today I have a little heart-shaped gift box, which started out rather plain before I got my grubby, mixed-media mitts on

Embellished within an inch of its life, I really enjoyed transforming this little box from an ugly duckling.

Have a groovy weekend.
I intend getting my knees out and catching some rays.

Saturday, 14 April 2018

Altenew Bold Alphabet - MFT Party Patterns

Do not adjust your eyeballs!

You are not tripping... I just went a bit mad with the mind-bending, migraine inducing patterns.
Sorry about

So to give you this free, legal 'high' I used Altenew's Bold Alphabet die set for the letters and paper from MFT's Black & White Basics 6 x 6 paper pack.
I also used a dotty, circle stamp from MFT's Party Patterns set.

To finish the card I added some brown glitter, razzle-dazzle sticky dots and a sentiment from MFT.
Enjoy the ride man.

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Alcohol Inks - No 14

Get your sunglasses out...the Pinata alcohol inks are in town!

Pinata inks are insanely bright, outrageously garish, the punk rockers of the crafty world. 

This is a 9 x 11 inch Yupo painting.
Add 91% isopropyl alcohol and you've got a magical mix.

Pinatas provide the razzle-dazzle...give 'em a go.

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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