Thursday, 28 May 2015

Darcy's May Calendar Challenge

Hello everyone, this is Mo’s Partner. She has asked me to post on her behalf as she is quite poorly at the moment.

Mo completed her May page for Darcy’s Calendar Challenge a couple of weeks ago and just needed to add one word, under her direction i stamped and added the word and took the last two images of her completed page in her mop up journal.

Darcy’s May prompts:
1. Keep a part of the original picture and incorporate that into your design
2. Technique - Make marks... scratching or stamping into texture paste/thick gesso/spackle/glue anything that will hold the shape
3. Add – an image that depicts your star sign/horoscope (drawing,painting,magazine image)

4. Blog your calendar page and link up from May 1st 2015

Mo used copier paper to print her image, cut it out, added DecoArt white gesso then dragged two different wedges through it and let it dry.

The colours are Tim Holtz Distress Inks, Abandoned coral and Mermaid Lagoon.

Plum dots are Finnabair stamp and Plum Archival ink pad.

Progression of background in Mo’s mop up journal. First she splatted some Mermaid Lagoon Distress stain then swept Scattered Straw and Mustard Seed DI pads over the page.

A layer of Abandoned Coral DI was added and the marks in black are using a credit card edge and Black Dylusions Paint. Mo has added some words into the spaces between the marks on the bottom left of the page which relate to a Gemini personality.

The circles are from Derwent Graphik pens. 

Mo wanted to use two of her favourite images to depict her star sign of Gemini. She coloured her characters of Molly from Stampotique and Hush Little Bunny Gorjuss Girl with Crafters Companion Spectrum Noir pencils.

I stamped the word Gemini and added it between the two hearts of Polydeuces and Castor the Gemini Twins. Didn't manage to get the word in a straight line but Mo tells me this is perfect so i didn't feel too bad (hmmm).

Mo’s final page for May 2015 challenge where she made marks and added an image that depicts her star sign.

Thank you for dropping by, i will be posting for Mo (taking dictation) over the next few weeks until she is able to.


Friday, 15 May 2015

Reverse Canvas

Hi Everyone, a share today from last weeks workshop with the very lovely Lindsay Mason. We made a reverse canvas using DecoArt Media Paints and other media.


We were all give the same kit and with Lindsay’s guidance we glued different embossing folders onto some thick grey board, next job cut our pieces into tile shapes. When we were happy with our tile shapes we painted all of them black.

The head is made of paper clay and the ribbon is curtain lining which we stamped on. I chose a Tim Holtz butterfly stamp with Plum Archival ink to match my canvas colours.

The most tricky job was attaching the tiles and getting them to fit around the frame. I like how mine are all different heights.


Close up of the face and wings. The wings are from Tim Holtz dragonfly die.

This is as far as we got in the workshop, finished everything else at home.

The words in the two hearts read Love and Deeply.


Decided to keep the back of my canvas black. Lindsay’s had lots of lovely papers on the reverse of hers but i wanted to keep mine simple.

You can see how the triangle topper is attached onto the canvas with a cardboard hinge.

When everything was dry i tried to add ‘grout’ between the already metallic looking tiles but it all went wrong so i had to coat all of the tiles black again and added DecoArt Metallic Lustres in Green Gold, Majestic Purple, Blue and Copper Kettle.


The finished reverse canvas.

Really enjoy making this, learnt how to make some fab tiles which i can use on other projects and how versatile baking foil is (this made the top of the triangle).

Thank you for taking the time to drop by, i hope you have enjoyed your visit today.

I am entering this into the Paper Artsy challenge of WORDS.

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Art It Friday–Show Your Face

Another Friday is upon us and this week i can show a face i created yesterday. I am linking to the lovely Kim Dellow’s blog where she is hosting a Face Share every Friday, the link goes live at 10.00 am. Hope you can find the time to come and play along.

Be gentle with me this week as this is the first time i have painted a face on an A4 sized page.


Added some Gesso onto a piece of A4 white card stock, sticking down little pieces of embossed card, book paper and a Frameworks die cut, chevron to add texture. In the thicker areas i ran a Catalyst Wedge through for adding texture to the surface.

I didn’t sit down and finish my page in one go, i did a little bit here and there over the day. Used Portfolio Pastels for the whole of the page. These Pastels are so wonderful to blend, i enjoy using them a lot.

I hope you can see the beginnings of a face shape on the page.


This was after i added some more colours and managed to get an area to add the facial details. So glad i took a picture at this stage!


Macro of the hair area,look at that texture!


Macro of the frameworks die.


Macro of her face.


Added DecoArt Metallic Lustres in Orange Flicker, Copper Kettle and Blue, i hope you can see them in the picture.


Completed face with faux glitter pearls for her eyelashes.

If you look closely you will see that the varnish i used on her lips and hair is gloss, everywhere else it is matt.

Struggled with adding eyes, nose and lips but i am fairly happy with the result. When OH saw the blank face he said that’s you! I wonder what he will think when he sees the finished page. Don’t think he will recognise me!

See you next week on Friday with another face.

Thanks for dropping by, looking forward to your lovely comments.


Wednesday, 13 May 2015

SDC 195 Human With Animal Head

This week it is the turn of the very talented Arwen to choose the theme over at Stampotique Designers Blog, this is what she has to say:

I love to combine designs together.  This time I want to see something funny.  Combines a human body with an animal head.  I'm looking forward to your creations.




The background is from a workshop i attended last year and is made from Dylusions sprays. Wanted to add some splats and drippage which i did using Windsor and Newton Inks and a Colour Bloom spray called Precious Stone. Also added some script stamping using Brilliance Graphite black ink pad.


The pictures dried up after that, sorry! Did a bit of mixing and matching and came up with two characters.

I have used Mink and Smitten Moustache Monsters as my first mash up and Buru and a piece of fabric with a butterfly on it as my other.

Washi tape from stash grounds them both and if you look closely you can see that Ron has wings…

The text reads RONALD WEASLEY!!! Thought this would be a good adventure from Hogwarts School of Magic where Ron has tried to do a transformation spell and it has gone all wrong, poor Hermione!

Went a tad overboard on the tiny little stamps in the background, they represent the Magic in the air as Ron tries to get his spell correct.

The stencil used is from Artist Cellar and Tamara LaPorte.

Thanks for dropping by, i hope you enjoyed your visit and look forward to your lovely comments.


SDC 194 Stencils

Hi Everyone! A very quick post today as i want to enter three challenges with the same project and the deadline for one is very close.

Stampotique SDC 194 Stencils

Glitzcraft – Bespoke

Andy Skinner – Industrial

Stamps and Stencils – 3 of a kind

Three 3 x 4 inch tags

Three in a Round from Stampotique

Paper Artsy – Words

I made the background for the tags from some left over DecoArt Crackle Paste i used on another project here and three of the new Distress Ink colours, Abandoned Coral, Mermaid Lagoon and Cracked Pistachio.


Cut the paper up into 3 3 x 4 inch pieces and adhered to black card that had used to mop up some IZink silver.

All the glue and sealer used in this project are from DecoArt.




Macro shots of the cards.


Used my Glitzcraft stencil to add circles to the backs of my cards. I LOVE DecoArt Metallic Lustres, they can be used straight out of the container or they can be watered down. The finishes you see above are:

left – neat Copper Kettle through the stencil using my finger.

middle and right – removing the lustre from the stencil using a baby wipe you get a much more subtle effect and a shimmer which i really like.

The script stamp is an old one, used Brilliance Ink Pad Moonlight White to stamp over the stencilling.




Stamped out three of Three in a Round and three of the Tim Holtz Crazy Birds.

The Crazy Birds have been coloured with the new Distress inks Abandoned Coral and Mermaid Lagoon. Three in a Round have been coloured with the new Distress colour Cracked Pistachio.

Used copy paper for Three in a Round and Print Paper for the birds.

Had a little fun by using the circle stencil over the birds and applying Mermaid Lagoon over the top. The blended colour is a beautiful grape shade, now they are dotty crazy birds lol.

Highlighted the circles with a white Signo pen and added DecoArt Liquid Glass to the bird’s eyes. Took the pictures before the Liquid Glass had time to dry so they do look a little funny at the moment!


Here are all three together.

Had a bit of fun adding the words from three in a round who are eyeing up dinner, they read from let to right:

left – who’s a pretty boy then

middle – mmm lunch

right – is the oven on yet?

I do hope i haven’t offended anyone, just my humour…

Thank you for dropping by, looking forward to your lovely comments.


Monday, 11 May 2015

Art It Friday–Show Your Face

I am late posting this week to the fantastic community share the lovely Kim Dellow hosts on her blog which she calls Art it Friday – Show Your Face.

My faces this week are from late April 2015. I haven’t managed to draw anything from May 1st due to life getting in the way and house repairs going on. This will definitely be remedied very soon…

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This is the largest face i have ever drawn, it is A3 size on print paper and using pastels that were available on the night. I visited an open evening at my Friends studio, Creative Art Courses, a few people had a draw, this is mine lol.

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This is Ergo, she was hand drawn then photographed and digitally altered using an App called Pixlr-O-Matic. Added writing around her wings and in her hair.

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Meet Serenna or She Found Her Wings. This is another hand drawn Angel, photographed and altered using the Pixlr-O-Matic App.

Enjoyed drawing her hair and adding the words to her.

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Raindrops is the name for this original. Very original you might add lol.

Tried to draw an umbrella but as you can see it doesn’t look anything like one. Like her polka dot dress and the writing.

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This is Doris, like her just as she is.

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Finally meet Crystal. I find i enjoy adding words to my faces, hope you try this too.

I hope you will use one of your face drawings as inspiration to come along and join in with my new Challenge Blog called Old, New and digital Too. hope to see you there.

Thank you for dropping by, looking forward to your lovely comments.


Sunday, 10 May 2015

Challenge 3 MMW - Vintage

Hi Everyone and welcome to our 3rd challenge at Mixed Media World.

This time the theme has been chosen by our Lovely Deborah Wainwright and she has chosen:


Our sponsor for this challenge is Glitzcraft.


The prize is a £15 voucher to spend in their online store.

I must apologise for the pictures in my post, i have been poorly for the last couple of days with food poisoning and haven’t felt up to doing much.  The light has been dreadful today so the true colours of my project are not really shown.

Also i finished my project before taking any pictures which is really bad of me, as i usually take them as i go along.

I chose to make a Vintage message and key holder, a place to leave your bits and bobs when you come into the house instead of losing them.


Started off by folding an old book (Bibliogami), there were so many pages that it automatically made a round shape.

The glass half marbles (from stash) have all been stuck onto book pages, cut out and then adhered onto the top of the holder. Each one has a specific word highlighted.

Took two old CD roms and painted them with DecoArt Chalky paint in Relic. Added a layer of script stamping then a layer of DecoArt Quinacridone Gold from their Media Range then sealed it using DecoArt Decou-Page Matt Glue/Sealer.

Added washers from stash onto both sides of the CD’s, stuck these with the Decou-Page glue, allowed to dry then glued the book pages between the CD’s.


Made one of the larger Eileen Hull Scoreboard 3 cube dies to house the keys.

Cut out the larger cube then embossed all the pieces using one of the 8 x 8 Crafters Companion Embossing folders.


Covered the inside with map Decoupatch papers from The Range using the DecoArt Matt Decou-Page Glue.

Next i added a number of the Distress Inks to the outside using make up sponges. Think i used Walnut Stain, Iced Spruce, Peacock Feathers, Spiced Marmalade, Barn Door and Dusty Concord.


Mixed a little of the Dioxzine Purple Media Paint with DecoArt Crackle Paste, spread this through the Andy Skinner Stencil called Industrial and applied to all sides of the cube apart from the base.

Tried the DecoArt Sand Texture Paste for the first time, it is fantastic and has a great texture. Added a layer of Quinacridone Gold and Paynes Grey Media Line paints before adding a layer of DecoArt Carbon Black Antiquing Cream. Rubbed this right back as i wanted a hint of colour to age the purple stencilled words.

Hope you can see both the crackle and the sand paste textures, i added some DecoArt Metallic Lustres in Champagne Ice and Majestic Purple to add a little shimmer.


For the mini clipboards i used a Tim Holtz Sizzix Bigz die called ATC and Corners. Cut out both the card and then used one of the Vintage papers from our other sponsor The Old Vintage Shop on Etsy. I posted how i made this paper here.

The mini clipboard shape is a movers and shapers die from Tim Holtz and Sizzix.

These have been stamped with the days of the week using a small alphabet set from The Range and a Sepia Versafine Ink Pad.


The mini clipboard shapes have been coloured using Carbon Black, Red and Shimmer Turquoise DecoArt Misters. When dry i added a layer of the Decou-Page glue to seal the colours then added a layer of Quinacridone Gold Media paint to age them. I really love how they have turned out they look very rusty.

After the stamping was added i cut out some of the plastic that the dies are delivered in and cut out some more of the mini clipboard shapes, these have been adhered over the top to give them extra body.


I LOVE creating backgrounds like these on the backs on my mini ATC’s/mini clipboards. The same inks used on the cube were used here except i used different techniques and added stencils from Glitzcraft into the mix.

Do you know that you can get your own bespoke stencils made to order from Glitzcraft? The one i have was designed by me and the lovely people at Glitzcraft had it cut and posted and i had received it within 5 days. Great service don’t you think!

The following colours were layered  up, Walnut Stain, Iced Spruce, Peacock Feathers and Dusty Concord, water was then flicked on them. Using a piece of tissue the water was dabbed off to reveal water blots. Then added a layer of circle stencilling using Peacock Feathers. Next sprayed again with water, let card dry for a few seconds then blotted off the water.

Next up was a layer of script stamping; used a very old stamp and Cornflower Blue Archival Ink. Next a final layer of Barn Door Distress Ink through a hexagonal stencil.

Dried with a heat gun then added a layer of Decou-Page Matt Sealer, found this really brought out all of the layers of colour.

The last little touch was to add one of the chevrons onto the back of the mini clipboard shape. these are the waste from Tim Holtz Frameworks Bigz Die called Chevron.

I do hope you managed to stay with me through all the images and the descriptions, well done if you did lol.

Please remember to visit my lovely DT members blogs to see what Vintage inspiration they have for you.




Georgie C


Looking forward to reading your lovely comments and thank you so much for taking the time to drop by.


Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Old, New & digital Too, a new Challenge Blog

Hello everyone a HUGE welcome to my first post as the owner and creator of this new Challenge blog. I am very excited that my idea for this blog has at last been realised. I have been working on my idea for over a year but it was in January that i decided to go ahead and make it happen.

Old New and Digital Too.


I have to give a shout out to the very talented Pamellia from My Little Craft Things who came to my rescue when i was struggling to put the blog together. I provided Pamellia with the artwork she then designed our blog. She has done an amazing job and i am hugely grateful to her for getting it up and running.

THANK YOU Pamellia!!!


My project has all three of the elements required to enter into our challenge.

My ‘Old’ elements are the flower and leaves, the card stock, twine, Stickles and Treasure Gold which are all from stash.

My ‘New’ is the die i used from Eileen Hull called Mini Album 658982.

My ‘Digital’ is a drawing of an Angel i did which i photographed and printed out using my inkjet printer.



Firstly i cut out a mini album and 5 signatures using the die.


Lined the album using some very old papers with some fab textures before adding the signatures at the end. Took this picture after i had finished the album. Got too carried away playing to take step by step pictures, sorry!


Added corrugated cardboard over the spine area but didn’t glue it down right to the edge as i wanted to add a couple of little embellishments.

Painted the base of the album with DecoArt Vintage Chalky paint. Used Everlasting Chalky paint through an old stencil called Cosmic Swirl.

Sprayed the whole base with DecoArt Turquoise Shimmer mister then went over with DecoArt Media Interference Paint Blue then added a layer of DecoArt Raw Umber Antiquing Cream. When dry i rubbed a lot of it off to get this wonderful mottled effect.


Used a Martha Stewart punch to cut out a design and added this over a piece of thick card stock from stash to create the border. Lightly rolled the edge of the papers to give that aged look.

Added a paper flower and leaves from stock and stamped out the word Breathe from a small set of alphabet stamps from The Range.


Hope you can see the lovely Treasure Gold colours i used.


My hand drawn Angel has been added onto a piece of light card stock and drawn over using a black Uni-Pin Pen. Her hair is courtesy of Stickles and Treasure Gold. Derwent Graphik Line Markers added the little bits of colour to her Heart and lips.

A piece of corrugated cardboard provides her base. Used Treasure Gold in 3 colours here to match the colours of paint i have used.


The front of the mini album.


Flattened out as best i could so you can see from all angles.


The five signatures have been added using some IKEA cord and tied round the back using a basic knot.

I do hope you have found some inspiration and see how easy it is to add all three elements to your projects.

Please visit our very talented Design Team to see their fantastic projects too.

Looking forward to your lovely comments and thanks for taking the time to drop by.