Friday, 1 December 2017

Born to Ballet Card

So on Black Friday Visible Image had the most amazing sale and anyone that knows me knows that my favourite combination is a sale, craft supplies and Visible Image so of course I had to put in an order ( well, actually two. Naughty me!).

One of the sets I bought was Born to Perform. I don't know anyone that does ballet, but my youngest daughter dances with our local street dance group and often takes part in stage shows so the sentiments in this set will be really useful to me as I document her performances in my scrap book. 

To create this card I first made a background with picked raspberry and spiced marmalade distress oxide. Then I applied a deeper layer of picked raspberry distress ink through the strobe stencil ( also by Visible Image). I stamped the ballerina in the centre, and used the stars from the set with versamark ink and wow embossing glitter. I also embossed the sentiment. To finish I dotted prefect pearls around and sprinkled ultra fine glitter on them, and added a thick layer of distress stickles over her skirt, which I sprinkled with coarser glitter to create a super sparkly ruffled look. 

I am entering this in the following challenges:

Creative Artiste December Challenge DT Post

It's time for the final challenge of the year over at Creative Artiste Mixed Media Challenge blog and this month we are sponsored by Scrapmatts.

My project this month is a scrapbook layout marking a very momentous day this year- my youngest daughters first day at secondary school.  I started by inking and stamping a 12x12 piece of cardstock.  I kept humming Brick in the Wall by Pink Floyd as I was created so I just had to add some brick work in with a stencil and texture paste, which I them coloured with distress ink and gelatos. I had some school themed stickers in my stash which helped add the finishing touches too. 


I hope you will join us this month. As long as your project is mixed media anything goes so get creative and have fun!


Crafts Galore Encore December Challenge DT Post

Finally it's December and we can no longer deny that Christmas is coming! So of course this months project for the new Anything Goes challenge at Crafts Galore Encore just had to be a festive one. 

This month we are kindly sponsored by Fred She Said and the prize is a $10 coupon to spend online. 

I have used Emma the Skating Elf. I used my copics to create a little scene around her, and added plenty of glittery snow of course. I teamed her with some snowflake papers from my stash, a hunkydory sentiment topper and some punched snowflakes and peel off trees. 

I hope you will join us this month. 

I am entering this in the following challenges:

Thanks for stopping by and merry Christmas to you all!


Thursday, 23 November 2017

Unicorns- A new Release from Julia Spiri

I am so excited to be sharing today's new release from Julia Spiri. I love all things magical, and especially unicorns and boy has she drawn some beautiful ones for you to enjoy. 

The first is simply called The Unicorn and you can find it here. I coloured her in copics with wink of stella over the top, and gave even more sparkle by creating a dotty background using up my scraps of glitter paper and some snazzy ribbon. 


The second image has yet to be named but you can find it in the shop here. There will be a game over on the Facebook page giving you the opportunity to name it so pop across and play along. 

This is such a tender image that I wanted to give my card a soft magical feel. I created a shaker card and put them amid a flower meadow- so sweet!


My team mates creations are also stunning so pop across to the blog to check them out as they are amazing inspiration. 

Thanks for stopping by


Sunday, 5 November 2017

Dare to Swim

So it seems yesterday turned out to be a real Visible Image kind of day. I just can't help it- I get my box of their stamps out and can't stop playing with them! Yesterday I shared my skull card, today I am sharing a mixed media card I created using their Fibres Stencil, and stamps from the Dare to Swim set. I just love those wibbly jellyfish!

The background was created with Distress Oxides, which I then went through the stencil with distress ink on top. The images are all stamped direct to the card and heat embossed with glttery powder and painted in twinkling H2O paints. I also added nuvo drops and perfect pears for extra sparkle. 


Saturday, 4 November 2017

Skull Card

This week I have taken delivery of some awesome new stamps and stencils from Visible Image. If you're a regular reader of my blog you will know what a huge fan I am of their stamps, but now they have branched into stencils too I am really looking forward to taking my projects to another level and playing with them.
Today I have had a go with Skull Shadow, teamed with a sentiment from Tomorrow Doesn't Exist, exploring my dark side in a message from the grave type way. I really think they just work together so well!

I must confess, this project was a bit of a happy accident. I had some old distress crackle paint that I attempted painting through the stencil over a card coloured with distress oxides. It didn't crackle right as was a bit gloopy so I tried heat setting it as an experiment. It bubbled and crackled away, and then the magic happened and some amazing texture was the result. 

I reapplied the mask to protect the inked area, then used gilding polish in black and purple to add depth and emphasised the edges with a charcoal pencil to finish it off. 

It just goes to show- there are no mistakes in crafting. This could so easily have ended up in the bin but with a bit of patience and reworking it turned out better than I could have imagined!


Thanks for popping by. I'll be back with another project very soon!


Friday, 3 November 2017

Creative Artiste Mixed Media Blog November Challenge

It's the first Friday of the month which can only mean one thing- a brand new challenge over at Creative Artiste- yippee!!

This month we are kindly sponsored by Lindy's Stamp Gang.

My project to inspire is a box canvas, featuring multiple layers of paper, paint, texture paste, Lindy's embossing powder,  and, well, anything I could throw at it to be honest! I wanted to create something with a romantic shabby feel, so added hearts, die cuts and flowers to soften the grungy inky look. The stamp is a Prima Doll by Julie Nuttall. 

I hope you will join us this month and play along. 

I am entering this in the following challenges:

Have a lovely crafty weekend!