Friday, 3 August 2018

Creative Artiste August Challenge DT Post

It's time for a new challenge over at Creative Artiste and I am sad to say that this is my final blog post as a member of the design team. I have had an absolute ball being part of it, but life is busy and the time is right for me to step down to focus on my other commitments. 

This month we are sponsored by Samantha K Gifts, which I am very excited about as I am also on her design team as you may know. Her MDF is fabulous to work with so I urge you to enter if you can for the chance to win a great prize. 

Thank you Creative Artiste for having me on your team, and stretching me creatively. It's been fun! 


Sunday, 22 July 2018

Stars Can Only Shine Where There is Darkness

It's been a while since I have blogged as I have been seriously busy creating samples for my various design teams, ready for show on Hochanda later this week. Now all the samples are sent it's time for me to start sharing my creations, and today I am starting with a wall plaque that I have made for Samantha K. Sam creates some incredible mdf cuts, which are perfect for mixed media and card making,  and the latest release is just divine. She will be on Hochanda on the 27th July so set your reminders if you can.

To create my piece I first wanted to ensure it had some lovely texture so I adhered tissue to a base plaque. 

Once that was dry it was time for a good layer of black gesso, and some acrylic paints in night colours. I also added some shimmer sprays for added sparkle.

While that was drying I used a dabber and some Shimmer Magic paint for Luv Crafts on the mdf sentiment. It's SO sparkly. I just love it! 

And talking of sparkle, every night sky needs loads of stars, so I used a mask and some Imagination Crafts Sparkle Medium and a stencil to create a super starry look.

To finish I spattered white acrylic over the entire board, and added my sentiment and some more MDF stars that I painted with Shimmer Magic. 

I am really pleased with how this came out. I hope you like it too. 

You can seem more of my DT pieces and what the rest of my team mates have made over on the Samantha K Mixed Media and Crafting Facebook Group. You are welcome to share your own mixed media pieces there too of course. 

I'll be back soon with more work to share.


Friday, 6 July 2018

Creative Artiste Mixed Media Challenge Blog July Challenge. DT Post

Hi! I hope you are all enjoying this gorgeous weather that we are blessed with right now. Personally I struggle with the heat a bit, but luckily for me my craft desk is in a nice cool spot so no excuse not to keep cracking on the with my paint and ink!

Today I am sharing my DT piece made for the new challenge at Creative Artiste. This month we are kindly sponsored by Tando Creative

I used their sweet 'Home Sweet Home' hanging plaque to create a welcome sign with a summer vibe. I used Dylusions paint on the main board and words, and stamped images with versafine ink and coloured with paint pens. Patterned papers and some doodling gives the houses more interest, and then I used Gellitex on the words to make them sparkle. 

I hope you can join in our challenge.

I am entering this in the following challenges:


Thursday, 14 June 2018

Luv Crafts Studio Light Industrial Samples

I've neglected my blog a little lately but rest assured that's not because I have neglected crafting. My little work area has been messier than ever as I have frantically been making samples for the design teams that I am currently serving on and their Hochanda tv shows. So exciting!

This week saw my first batch of creations for Luv Crafts appear on screen. I cannot begin to tell you how exciting it is to see my work promoting some incredible products on telly. Such a buzz!

The show was featuring Studio Light's Industrial range and Luv Crafts brilliant mixed media products. The Rusty Magic is incredible for creating an aged look. An absolute must if you love grungy vintage like I do. 

Here's all the samples that I made for you to have a peek at. If you want to know how I achieved any of the effects, why not pop along to our Luv Crafts Crafting and Mixed Media Facebook group and you can ask away there. Obviously you are welcome to join even if you don't want to know how I did them- just come along for the chat and to share your own mixed media work with us. We'd love to have your company. 

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Whimsical House Card for Polly Allsorts

Well it's really not long now until Create It in Kent ( 4 sleeps!), where you can enter the whimsical world of  Polly Allsorts and see all their beautiful products on their stand. I am getting SO excited! If you keep your eyes peeled you may spy this card that I have made there. 

I used a stencil  for the main image, and glitter paste, and coloured in and painted a little scene around it with sparkle pens. I mat and layered it onto a co ordinated piece of card which I embellished with stamps and stencils from the range. I love this little house- it would be perfect for a new home card. 

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

Thanks for popping by


Sunday, 13 May 2018

Whimsical Flora Cottage - A Polly Allsorts DT Post

Good evening all. I hope you have had a great weekend. I'm popping by to share a project I have made using the stunning Whimsical Flora Cottage from Polly Allsorts. I adore these gorgeous houses. They aren't only pretty but practical too as can be used as storage because the front panel is hinged, allowing you to pop your own treasures inside. How cool is that!

To create my house I first applied a coat of white gesso, then painted in acrylic paint. I initially painted it a brighter yellow but decided that was a bit too bright so toned it down with a creamier yellow, which worked beautifully with the blues I selected. I accented the grooves using a dark posca pen to make them pop. 

The brickwork and flowers were created using a Polly Allsorts stencil. So useful for detailing. I coloured white texture paste and added the brickwork through the stencil. and the flowers were stencilled using glittery Sparkle Medium.  

Polly Allsorts also create some lovely complimenting stamps, which I used to create the foliage and signage- because every fairy cottage needs flowers and a cute name right? To finish off I painted some mdf flowers and leaves and glued them on too. 

I am so pleased with the way this turned out. I would love to live in a house like this wouldn't you?

If you are planning on visiting Create It  at Detling Showground in Kent next weekend you will be able to see all these wondrously whimsical  goodies as Polly Allsorts will be there. There is also  the opportunity to create a fabulous story book at their workshop. If you are interested you can find the details here.

I'm visiting the show myself next Sunday and can't wait! It promises to be a really good event with an amazing line up of demonstrators. Hopefully I will see you there.

I'll be back soon with another whimsical project to share, but for now I must go as the last of the Sunday sunshine is beckoning and the bbq is lit. 

Have a lovely evening


Monday, 7 May 2018

Happy Birthday Ian!

Happy bank holiday Monday all. What a beautiful day it is too. Perfect for wandering the great British countryside don't you think? We did that yesterday, so today is a catch up on things at home and crafting kind of day. It's also my brother in law Ian's birthday, so I thought I would shar ethe card that I made for him. Ian is often found wandering the countryside as he is a keen geocacher in his spare time, so when I saw the latest release stamps from Sheena Douglass it struck me how perfect they would be for a card for him. 

To create my card I first made a background using distress oxide inks, and added streaks of sunlight through a mask. I stamped Sheena's silhouette thistles along the base, and the birds and sentiment are by Tim Holtz. 

The main image was stamped and then I coloured with watercolour pens. I love that it's like an old photograph- again perfect for Ian as he supports my sister in her professional photography business. 

To finish if off I added a die cut and stamped compass, from Sheena's Time Traveller collection. 

Happy birthday Ian. I hope it's a good one!